Wide format inkjet technology manufacturer Agfa has released a 40-minute video featuring a live demo of its new Oberon 3.3 metre high-end roll-to-roll inkjet printer that had been scheduled to make a debut in March 2020 at the now postponed FESPA global expo.
“When developing the Oberon, we once again focused on merging extreme productivity with extreme quality, in addition to delivering the lowest ink consumption levels and reduced overall operational costs,” said Tom Vermeulen, head of sign & display, Agfa. “This new engine builds on decades of experience in developing and manufacturing versatile large-format printing solutions. Our unique systems approach integrates and optimizes engine, ink, media, workflow and colour management to ensure the highest quality, consistency and reliability.”
In addition to its air-cooled LED curing lamps, the Oberon RTR3300 features a unique water-cooled table that keeps the printing zone at room temperature.
A smart multi-queue functionality guarantees effortless job planning in view of the available materials. The free fall option, which may be used to print on demand, reduces media waste. A light box next to the printing area allows for on-the-spot quality inspection of backlit prints, while a double light curtain ensures that jobs don’t get interrupted and media wasted, even when an operator accidentally moves into the safety zone.
The company this week released another video (below) showing how its Asanti prepress workflow, in conjunction with a Jeti Tauro H3300 LED inkjet printer, "easily copes with a changeover from corrugated cardboard to glossy paper and honeycomb board. Simultaneously the print sizes and quantities also change. All the jobs first get defined in Asanti. The queued jobs are then printed consecutively using the Jeti Tauro."
Agfa last month announced it would expand its inkjet ink production capacity to cope with growing global demand.