San Leandro, CA – September 11, 2009 — A new alternative in high-speed, high-quality narrow web inkjet printing promises to draw considerable interest from visitors at INX booth 4848 during PRINT ’09, which will be held September 11-16 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The first narrow web press from INX Digital International Co. demonstrates an ability to deliver brilliant full-color UV LED-cure single-pass output at through-cure speeds of up to 80’ per minute and will be in action throughout the six-day show.
Engineered by INX Digital systems integration specialists with a long track record in high tech electronics and software development for digital printing, the new press is ideal for short-run narrow web labels, as well as numerous customized and variable data applications. It uses patented Xaar™ 1001 piezoelectric printhead technology with Summit UV’s patented unique Black Diamond™ 365-8W series LED lights. The specially designed INX Digital EVOLVE™ line UV inks provide a perfect match for the powerful, highly focused Summit LED short-wavelength UV-light technology to guarantee eye-popping color and one-pass through-cure.
The narrow web press can run material widths of 6.3 inches and has a maximum print imaging width of 5.5 inches. Intuitive touch-screen controls enable operators to move diverse jobs along quickly and easily.
Advanced commercial-grade technology
“The basic technology was previewed in 2008 at drupa, shortly after single-pass through-cure at this speed was first achieved,” said Jim Lambert, Vice President Digital Division of INX International. “Afterwards, our design engineers became more fully involved, developing commercial-level system electronics and software for a press that is now ready to be integrated into any number of customer workflow operations.”
Lambert also emphasized it takes a superb printhead to deliver high quality output in one pass, and the Xaar™ 1001 has already been proven to be more-than-equal to the task. Its advanced piezo drop-on-demand, 8-level greyscale technology with patented Xaar Through-Flow Technology™ provides exceptionally consistent, continuous tone output.
“Prospective customers will be able to see for themselves how this system performs at the INX booth during PRINT ’09,” Lambert said.
While reiterating the wide variety of narrow web applications for which the narrow web press is suited, Lambert said the electronics and related technology developed for this machine can be retrofitted and/or readily adapted for other presses and applications.
“Our forte at INX is engineering design and system integration. We also work in collaboration with digital technology leaders such as Xaar, Summit and others, in order to deliver advanced systems and equipment that help digital operations to broaden their capabilities, and do so profitably.”
INX Digital International Co. is a leading global manufacturer of inkjet inks for wide format, super-wide and new generation digital printers, and a supplier of printer parts and related services. As the digital arm of INX International Ink Co., it offers a full palette of digital ink systems, advanced technologies and integrated services including chemistry, hardware and software, engineering design and integration and media. For more information, visit the web site at www.INXdigital.com.