Following the demonstration of a prototype at FESPA in London in June last year, Screen Europe has formally launched the new Truepress Jet W3200UV wide-format printer. Prospective customers and European resellers attended the commercial launch at Inca Digital, a Screen subsidiary company and manufacturer of the new printer, in Cambridge, UK.
The Truepress Jet W3200UV is a new generation, mid-range flatbed inkjet printer that incorporates several features which are usually found in more expensive machines. It can take rigid board or paper sheets up to 3.2 x 1.6m format and up to 50mm thick, or multiple smaller sheets at once. The W3200 can produce production print at 10, 14, 18 or 22 passes depending on the speed and quality required. The printer uses vibrant and flexible Truepress inks, which deliver high-definition, wide-colour gamut print quality with excellent resistance to the bending and cutting of media. Users can specify colour options to suit their needs: CMYK + LcLm, +LcLmWW or +WW.
Print firms and resellers toured the Inca factory to see at first hand the quality build process and the detailed testing the Truepress undergoes before delivery ensuring high quality achieved at 85 sqm/hr maximum productivity.
At the launch Mike Willis, managing director of inkjet consultancy Pivotal Resources, spoke about the rapid evolution of wide-format inkjet technology and the development of commercial markets for these printers over the past decade. "In the early days nobody knew what the market would be for wide-format inkjets," he said. "But it has opened up a new category and now it is used for multiple applications from sign and display, point of sale, posters, wall covering, and packaging as well as for processes in electronics and ceramics. Industrial inkjet is expected to really accelerate over the next few years."
The Larger Profile in the UK is the world's first user of the Truepress Jet W3200UV, having acted as an early adopter for three months before confirming its order in November. Giorgio Damiano, designer and operator at The Larger Profile, was on hand to give an account of his company's experience of using the printer for a variety of work, especially quality sensitive, 'solid colours', display and wall panels for retailers, including a lot of work on clear acrylics, for which the high opacity white ink is essential.
Martijn van den Broek, wide format sales manager for Benelux at Screen Europe, highlighted the standout features of the new printer, including the nozzle mapping technology, automatic cleaning, mist extraction system and how accurate placement of the 14 picolitre droplets is achieved. "Ultimately this new printer gives reliable high productivity with consistent superb print quality. Add the great substrate flexibility and added value applications such as multi-layer printing and the Truepress Jet W3200UV is setting a new standard in the market," he said.
The Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV is available immediately and costs from €275,000.00 depending on specification.