IGS release further detail on Elements printers, inks and materials
IGS UK has begun to drip feed details of the Elements family of green wide-format printers it will debut at Fespa 2010. These new printers have been designed to incorporate water-based, yet durable, eco-friendly ink formulations with the added benefit of an environmentally aware range of FSC certified materials and specially configured Rip. During 2010, IGS UK plans to introduce five members of the Elements family, which comprises four dedicated roll-fed machines and one flatbed printer, all of which carry the same environmental credentials.
The Elements printer family comprises two widths in the Elements Atom series of wide roll-fed printers. Users wanting wider output can opt for the Elements Titanium series, again offered in two widths, and completing the line-up later in the year will be the flatbed Elements Cobalt. At Fespa the company will demonstrate the Atom running proprietary outdoor durable aqueous-based H2O inks in conjunction with its Krypton Eco-Media products.
Despite the fact that the inks are aqueous-based, outdoor durability is reportedly comparable to current solvent and UV-curable output. Matched Krypton Eco-Media materials complete the green solution. Produced according to FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification, this media series goes further than being biodegradable and is completely renewable, reusable and sustainable. The Krypton Eco-Media series includes poster, billboard, backlit and frontlit products in a choice of widths, plus alternatives to self-adhesive and pressure-sensitive vinyl films.
To complete the Elements line-up and ensure accurate workflow, colour management and high standards of output, the Chromium Rip is configured specifically to optimise the production benefits of IGS UK's new printer and material families. The software incorporates simple set-up with intuitive controls, 16-bit rendering, powerful tools for colour and layouts, plus high-speed, accurate processing capabilities.