Agfa extends UV wide-format with LED offering?
On display for the first time at Fespa 2010 will be the Agfa Anapurna 2500LED which introduces LED curing technology on a UV-curable 2.5m flatbed and roll-fed platform. "The launch of our 2500LED printer will see the start of a revolution in the wide-format printing sector as users look to reduce their running costs and maintain high quality output on all types of media," said Willy Van Dromme, business line manager for wide-format inkjet at Agfa Graphics. "The incorporation of LED UV-curable technology in the Anapurna 2500LED offers greater flexibility on more materials and substantially lower energy costs."
The Anapurna 2500LED uses durable UV-curable inks and has been designed to accommodate Agfa's latest UPH-2 greyscale printheads, introduced in the M-Press Tiger. These heads, together with an automated maintenance system, deliver 764 nozzles each. The eight picolitre output, combined with a maximum output resolution of 1440dpi mean crisp text down to four point as well as smooth solid colours and fine detail.?
The Anapurna 2500 LED's technology uses low power solid state diodes which need no warm-up time and offer a very long life when compared with mercury arc UV lamps. Because the ultra-violet radiation is more consistent and the diodes generate no infra red, even heat sensitive and traditionally difficult media can now be handled.?
Suitable for sign-makers, POP printers and display producers who want consistent, high quality results with lower running costs and greater versatility, throughput speeds on the Anapurna LED2500 are up to 54m2/hour on both rigid and flexible materials. The printer's 2.5m width means it will accept the industry standard 2.4 x 1.2m (8 x 4ft) boards across the long edge to reduce printing time.?
The machine, which is available now, is shipped as a total solution including workflow, roll-to-roll system, two rigid tables and a start-up quantity of Anapurna ink.?