Inca Digital has revealed details of a new B1 inkjet printer that it will be showing off at the Fespa show in Hamburg. It’s said to be based on the same platform as the existing Onset X and Spyder X flatbed printers, which means that it uses Fujifilm Dimatix printheads.
The heads themselves have built-in recirculation, which should allow for better maintenance and make it easier to handle difficult inks such as white. It’s an 8-colour device that’s designed to compete against offset and screen printers, for both the graphics and industrial markets. It can deliver 7 picolitre drop sizes, with LED pining on the carriage backed up by final curing through a UV tunnel. There are optical print head alignment and calibration systems, as well as automated cleaning.
There’s a fully automated material handling system with both feeder and stacker. Inca says that it will also offer manual and ¾ automation solutions, with modular lay table and collection tray to suit the customer’s requirements and budget, much as Inca offers with its Onset X series.
John Mills, CEO of Inca, explained: “This is our response to the market’s need for a robust B1 inkjet solution capable of printing shorter runs on demand without compromise. The productivity and quality of the new platform will give commercial and screen printers the confidence to take lower volume work off their commercial printers, increasing overall productivity and opening up potential new revenue streams in the process.
The printer is still in beta testing and Inca doesn’t appear to have settled on a name for it yet. It will be distributed by Fujifilm, which will demonstrate it at Fespa, as well as Inca itself.