Sign & Digital Graphics

November '12

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simply keeping their options open for a future purchase, they can take comfort in the fact that manufacturers are con- tinuing to enhance technology and better their offerings. What's out there? (Photo courtesy Océ) Flatbed printers can open up a world of possible applications. For sign professionals interested in either upgrading their current flatbed printer or installing a completely new one, the choices abound. For your con- venience, we have added a chart within this article to highlight the specs of the top flatbed printers available. To drill down even further, we asked a handful of industry experts to explain why and how their machines would add to a sign shop's bottom line. Because as Jeffrey D. Nelson, business development manager of high productivity inkjet equipment for FUJIFILM North America Corporation Graphic Systems Division puts it, shop owners "should consider what's going to work best for their business and bring in the additional income." FUJIFILM offers The Inca Onset Series—which includes the Onset S20 and Onset S40i—and The Acuity Advance Series—comprised of the entry level Advance LT, the Advance, the high speed HS, and an extended table X2. "The Onset S40i produces P.O.P.-quality prints at 94 5' x 10' sheets per hour, which allows the Onset to complete a print in as little as 38 seconds," says Nelson. "The Acuity Advance HS at 14 4' x 8' beds per hour and the HS X2 at 20 beds per hour." As speed relates to quality, Oriol Gasch, signage category manager, Americas, HP Scitex says, "Overall pro- ductivity is affected by mechanical print speeds, feeding and the finishing work- flow." The HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press, which prints to rigid and flexible sheets up to 65" x 126" at speeds up to 5,380 ft2/hr, employs the The Hostert Automatic Loader which, according to Gasch, allows for true stack-to-stack operation so high-volume print shops can produce long, repeating runs. Efficiency is an element that Océ (Photo courtesy Océ) 34 • November 2012 • SIGN & DIGITAL GRAPHICS North America also regards as very important. The Océ Arizona Series of DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS

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