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Additional details of manufacturers' products The Players' Stats HP—The FB7600 features drop-on-demand, piezoelectric inkjet printhead technology, white ink kit, optional multi- sheet loader accessory, roll-to-roll (hybrid) option, max media thickness is 2.5". Océ North America—The Arizona flatbed series offers express and production mode print speeds, white ink option, arc lamps for UV ink curing, two independent vacuum sys- tems in XT models, roll media option (hybrid), max media thickness is 2". Flora—The Flora 2512 UV features white ink and varnish dedicated printheads, 16 printhead slots available, optional roll-to-roll (hybrid) upgrade kit, true vacuum table, automatic media registration pin system, optional pump blower, auto cleaning system for ink nozzles, max media thickness is 4". FUJIFILM—The Onset S40i has 28 printheads per color (168 total), metal halide arc lamps for UV ink curing, white ink option, 3/4 automation media handling system, max media thickness is 2". mall probably won't have the square footage. The machine and the carriage takes up space, plus you need access for maintenance and ink supply. And you will need room for loading and unloading large sheets of material." Some printers include additional features that allow for the abil- ity to save space, for instance "the HP Scitex FB500 and FB700 Industrial Printers offer extension table accessories for longer appli- cations that are foldable and can be stacked upright and out of the way when not in use," says Gasch. And Océ's Arizona flatbed printers offer a special device that can tilt the printers 90 degrees and allow them to be wheeled through doorways and down hallways, "but there are still some locations that it just won't fit," says Paar. Ultimately, the final decision will rest in the hands of the shop owner. Does your workload allow you to make a flatbed printer investment? Do you currently have the necessary space or will you need to create more shop room to house the printer? Can you pen- etrate new markets that will give you additional revenue streams for direct-to-print projects? If the answer to these questions is "yes," then you may be looking at a flatbed printer purchase in the near future. And industry manufacturers have given you plenty of options from which to choose. 38 • November 2012 • SIGN & DIGITAL GRAPHICS

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