Agfa has developed a new 3.3m wide printer, the Jeti Tauro H3300 LED, a hybrid design that can be set up for roll media or with tables for rigid media.
It uses Ricoh Gen 5 printheads with up to 635 x 1200 dpi resolution. Agfa claims that it can print 4 point text. The standard configuration uses six colours – CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta – with 48 printheads altogether. There’s an option to add a further 12 heads, which can be used for white or a combination of white and primer.
It can produce up to 453 sqm/hr in its fastest mode, which judging by the samples on the stand does produce quite nice quality images.
It takes boards up to 3.3 x 2.44m or flexible media up to 3.3 x 2.1m. It will take roll media up to 600mm in diameter and 800 kg weight. It can also print to dual rolls side by side, each up to 1.6m wide. For rigid media there’s a semi-automatic option for manually loading boards with automatic unloading as well as a fully automated loading and unloading option.
Naturally it uses Agfa’s own UV LED ink, complete with Agfa’s Thin Ink Layer technology. Basically this means that the inks have a very high pigment loading and deliver bright colours with relatively low ink consumption. Agfa tends to price inks fairly reasonably so this is a useful feature. There’s a choice of two inksets. The standard general purpose ink is Agfa’s Annuvia1551, designed for indoor use on polypropylene, PVC and styrene media as well as the usual outdoor materials, both rigid and flexible. There’s also Anuvia 1250, which offers a wider colour gamut on absorbent media, such as paper and cardboard.
In addition, the colour management is handled by Agfa’s Asanti workflow, which is another proven technology firmly rooted in Agfa’s past manufacturing photographic films.
Sadly, Agfa did not bring the H3300 to Berlin though there is a very small lego model of it on the stand! Prices start from €600,000, with further details from Agfa’s website.