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Agfa says that the launch of its new Anapurna 2500LED with LED UV curing and a 2.5m width will extend Agfa's technology lead in wide format UV printing.
The latest addition to the company’s portfolio of wide-format digital ink-jet printers which will be shown at FESPA introduces LED curing technology for the first time on a UV-curable 2.5 m flat-bed and roll-fed platform. The Anapurna 2500LED incorporates many of AGFA's established technologies with what it is describing as ‘advanced refinements’ to make it a high quality, cost effective solution for print service providers, display producers and sign-makers.
The Anapurna 2500LED uses the latest durable UV-curable inks and has been designed to accommodate the company's latest UPH-2 greyscale print-heads, which were introduced in the M-Press Tiger. These heads, together with an automated maintenance system, deliver 764 nozzles each. The eight picolitre output, combined with a maximum output resolution of 1440 dpi, ensure crisp text down to 4 point as well as smooth solid colours and fine photographic detail.
The company says its LED's technology uses low power solid state diodes which need no warm-up time and offer a very long life when compared with mercury arc UV lamps. Because the ultra-violet radiation is more consistent and the diodes generate no infra red, even heat sensitive and traditionally difficult media can now be handled with confidence.
According to Willy Van Dromme, AGFA’s business line manager for wide format inkjet: "The incorporation of LED UV-curable technology in the new Anapurna 2500LED offers greater flexibility on more materials and substantially lower energy costs. The launch of our 2500LED printer will see the start of a revolution in the wide-format printing sector as users look to reduce their running costs and maintain high quality output on all types of media."
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