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September '14

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42 • September 2014 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS Low Relative Cost and Scalability Following Moore's law—as the den- sity increases, the relative cost decreases. I remember paying more than $3,000 dollars for my first Commodore 386 computer. Today's $300 dollar computer far surpasses the speed of computers just a few years old. Today you can find a wide range of super-fast flatbeds (and an equally wide range of price points). But for less than $200,000 dollars, you can step into high-production printing and print more than 30 boards an hour. Five to seven years ago this speed wasn't available for less than $500,000 dollars and the quality of output was far less than today. Manufacturers today also offer scal- ability options allowing an end user to have a low entry price point and the ability to scale production speeds in the future by adding modular options such as more printheads. Conclusion Today's high-production flatbeds have a relatively low entry price point and the quality to produce a wider range of output. If Moore's law holds true, the future holds amazing things for the next generation of flatbeds. SDG Agfa Graphics offers the Jeti Titan S and HS true flatbed six-color UV-curing inkjet printer for indoor and outdoor applications. The unit features a robust build quality and Ricoh Gen 5 print- heads. The Jeti Titan S is equipped with one row of printheads and the Jeti Titan HS (pictured) has two rows for higher productivity. (Image courtesy of Agfa Graphics) Like the original Commodore 386 PC com- puter—which cost more than $3,000 dollars when it was introduced—early flatbeds were very expen- sive. Today, for less than $200,000 dollars, you can print more than 30 boards an hour. The fully-loaded EFI VUTEk GS3250LX flatbed is a production-level LED-based UV-curing printer with "cool cure" technology and high productivity features enabling print speeds of up to 2,400 square feet an hour. It is designed to print onto both rigid and rolled substrates. (Image courtesy of EFI)

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