The British company Axzyra has added a new flatbed to its Apache range of industrial printers with the launch of the Apache GH1012 EvoS.
Managing director Steve Woods says that the company has been asked repeatedly for an Apache to fit into the A0-sized board market for point of sale and larger industrial printing applications, capable of printing to plastics, PC, PET, acrylic, glass, steel, wood and stone. Thus this new model is bigger than previous Apaches and has a printable area of 1m x 1.2m, and will print to substrates up to 150mm high. The vacuum bed is split into two zones. Woods adds: “For printing to industrial or promotional objects we specialise in the design & supply of specific jigs.”
The GH1012 has a throughput of 5.6sqm/h, assuming resolution of 720 x 1200dpi, with eight passes, bi-directional. It’s fitted with eight Ricoh GH2220 greyscale print heads delivering a minimum 3pl drop size. These heads have two channels each, with the 16 channels used for CMYK WW, Varnish and Sticky ink for foiling.
It uses UV inks, cured by two air-cooled 70mm UV LED Lamps that can be configured for either fast cure or latent gloss spot varnishing with the RIP allowing users to select which curing to use. The inks themselves come from South Korea and are said to be very resistant to scratching, as well as being quite flexible.
The inks are supplied in 200ml foil pouches which keeps them in a good suspension. There’s no need for a recirculation system as the inks are kept agitated by the movement of the head carriage, helped by very short ink lines of 10cm and a specifically designed damper.
Most UV printers have a small heater built into the head but Axzyra has taken a slightly different approach as Woods explains: “Where we differ with our approach is to heat the whole head assembly including keeping ine ink pouches above the head array at a specific temperature. This is especially functional as some people run equipment in big cold buildings in winter. Come in the morning, boom, perfect nozzle check.”
Inevitably people will compare this with other small flatbeds that are aimed at the industrial market, such as Mimaki’s UJF series. However, Woods points out the GH1012 is more cost-effective to buy, offering a much larger bed for the money. He adds that it’s “easier to maintain with a more logical less complex construction”.
It can be supplied with a Topaz RIP from South Korea and there’s also an option to use a ColorGate PS10 RIP. The Gh1012 EvoS costs £37,500. It’s available to order now with deliveries in late February 2019.
You can find further details from axzyra.com