Agfa launches Anapurna H3200 hybrid

Agfa has announced details of a new hybrid wide format printer, the 3.2m wide Anapurna H3200, which will replace the existing H3200i LED and is said to be 70 percent faster. 

The new model has gained a protective enclosure that gives it a very different look. Agfa says that it has redesigned the print shuttle and print engine to increase the print speed, as well as reinforcing the beam to reduce vibrations, which should ensure more accurate dot placement.

Agfa has stuck with Konica Minolta printheads, with the same resolution as the previous model, up to 720 x 1400 dpi. However, Agfa won’t comment on which heads other than to say that it has increased the number from six to 10 heads for the colours, plus two for the white ink. It can produce up to 66 sqm/hr in its Production mode, dropping to 35 sqm/hr for Standard and 18 sqm/hr for the High Quality mode. 

As with the previous version, it has six colours – CMYK and light magenta and light cyan – plus white. It uses LED lamps for curing. Agfa claims a very low ink consumption, which presumably means that the inks are highly loaded with pigment. 

Being a hybrid, the H3200 will take both rigid media like corrugated boards and plastics up to 45mm thick, as well as roll media such as film, vinyl, banners, canvas, and coated textiles, up to 320cm wide.. There’s a new continuous board feeding feature that can print up to four boards simultaneously.

There’s a dual print mode that allows two rolls of up to 1.52m wide each to be printed side by side. However, there isn’t a split spindle so both rolls would have to be of the media type and thickness. There’s also a Flex roll-to-roll option that allows for unattended printing. 

Philip Van der Auwera, product manager for Agfa’s Sign & Display business, commented: “Since the debut of the first Anapurna over two decades ago, the printer family has undergone multiple enhancements and expansions. Renowned for its exceptional versatility and unwavering reliability, the new version of the Anapurna H3200 now combines these attributes with a boost in productivity and improved quality. This step underscores Agfa’s commitment to innovation and delivering top-notch solutions that align with the evolving needs of our customers.” 

As with all Agfa printers, the H3200 comes with Agfa’s excellent Asanti RIP software. It can also work with Agfa’s PrintSphere cloud-based system for production automation, file sharing and data storage.

The H3200 is available to order now with deliveries expected in the second quarter of this year. Price is likely to be just below €300,000, which Agfa should confirm when the printer is shown at Fespa. In the meantime, you can find further details from agfa.com.


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