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Fastest flatbed printer is an InterTech winner

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM

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Inca introduced the Onset, a large-format UV digital flatbed printer in 2007. In 2008, it was among a handful of technologies honored with PIA/GATF's InterTech Award. “This will significantly change the large-format market and has the ability to take away share from other printing applications,” one judge noted. “The speed is a significant improvement, and there is great market potential with the diverse range of materials it can print on.”

To date, nine Inca Onset printers have been delivered to companies worldwide. Handling print sizes up to 10.5 × 5 ft . (3.2 × 1.5m) at speeds of up to 6 458 sq. ft. /hr. (600m2/hr), using new bi-directional modes the automated Inca Onset delivers 125+ full bed sheets (or 375 60 × 40-inch) posters an hour. Edge-to-edge printing allows images to be printed to bleed on substrates up to 0.39 inches (10 mm) thick and up to 10kg at full speed. One operator can run the Inca Onset, which virtually eliminates makeready — at the start of each day it takes about 20 minutes to set up the printer.

Hours, not days

Holland & Crosby, a Canadian printer specializing in point-of-sale marketing materials, installed the first Inca Digital Onset in North America earlier this year. (Colorado-based C2 Media is the first U.S. installation.) “The biggest thing we have noticed is the increase in productivity,” says Scott Crosby, Holland & Crosby equity partner. “We recently conducted a rerun of an exact job we printed last year. It was completed in five hours vs. 20 hours last year [on a screenprinting press].”

Crosby also likes the Onset's quality. “We can deliver a gloss finish without putting on a clear coating. Also, with a 5-ft. (1.5m) printhead, posters with large blocks of solid colors are exceptional, without the banding typically found on many inkjet printers.”

See it in Kansas City

Fujifilm recently teamed with its top partners to showcase the Inca Onset at its new Inkjet Solutions Center (Kansas City, KS). Speakers included Ed Carhart, chief executive, Fujifilm Sericol International; Mitch Bode, senior vice president, Fujifilm Sericol U.S.A,; Bill Baxter, CEO, Inca Digital Printers; Howard Baldwin, vice president sales, Fujifilm Dimatix; Tony Karg, senior director, business development manager, Fujifilm Canada; and Steve Bennett, vice president, wide format and marketing.

“The Onset's design draws on all our experience of flatbed design, and is based on core technologies developed for previous Inca flatbed printers,” said Baxter. “It is a steep change in the productivity of inkjet printing, at dramatically lower production costs. I believe that it will transform the graphics industry.”