Awards & Engraving

July '16

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38 • A&E JULY 2016 The level of gloss is dependent on the number of clear layers applied. UV-LED inks as well as the printers are environmentally friendly. Finished products are scratch resistant and exhibit good light fastness indoors. If necessary, laminates can be applied to extend outdoor life. Fast production times are possible. Fully decorated items can be packed immedi- ately right out of the printer. No additional production steps are required. Reduced production cost and the wide variety of product designs quickly justify the initial capital expenditure of a UV-LED printer. All UV-LED printers, from entry level to high capacity/high speed, provide these same inherent advantages. Print speed, accuracy, resolution, and printed product size/weight all must be carefully evaluated to determine what level of printer to lease or purchase. In addition, most users I've spoken with find new uses for their printers after just a few weeks of operation. 2016 HIGH-END UV-LED PRINTERS AND SYSTEMS Mimaki UJF 7151 Plus The UJF 7151 Plus is the largest UJF model available. It has a printable area of 28 by 20 inches and can handle items up to 6 inches high weighing up to 22 lbs. Maximum print resolution is 1200 by 1200 dpi. Ink is supplied from 1-liter bot- tles, and white ink circulation technology is included. The 7151 is designed for effi- cient production. Six print heads in a stag- gered configuration provide print speeds on the UJF 7151 printer as fast as 45.31 sq. ft./hour. The printer is easy to operate and maintain. Users can connect to the Roland glass wedding gift printed on both sides. The Roland LEF-300 printer. IMAGES COURTESY ROLAND printer via Ethernet or directly through a USB port. An event mail notification system is included, allowing printer status to be monitored remotely. Most impor- tantly, the 7151 carries the UJF product line's reputation for technical excellence and reliability. Roland LEF-300 The LEF-300 is a welcome high-per- formance addition to the LEF product line. The expanded printable area of 30.3 by 13 inches increases productivity and flexibility. It can handle items up to 3.94 inches high, weighing up to 18 lbs. Max- imum print speed is 24.32 sq. ft./hr. One moving 4W UV-LED and one fixed unit are used for optimum ink curing. Four inline print heads with a maximum reso- lution of 1440 dpi are incorporated. Ink is supplied from 220cc and 500cc cartridges. Roland has incorporated, and improved upon, the best features of the LEF-12 and LEF-20 into this new LEF-300 production machine. All three LEF models are easy to operate with well-designed RIP software. Direct Color Systems Direct Jet 7200z UV-LED The 7200z is the new UV-LED printing system from DCS. It offers a max print speed of 320 sq. ft./hr. and features an optional Palette Shuttle System for automated continuous operation. This

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