Agfa Graphics introduced this past Drupa 2016, the air-cooled LED UV-curing printer from the Anapurna i printers family; Anapurna H2500i LED is an alternative to the current mercury lamp curing technology, which will allow PSPs (Print Service Providers) to image a wider range of media, save energy, increase productivity and reduce operational expenses.
“In addition to widening the media range, UV LED curing technology delivers interesting operational and environmental benefits. Opposed to mercury lamps, which last for about 1000 operating hours, the lifetime of the LED alternative is in line with the economical lifetime of a printer of typically five years. As a consequence, both the cost and the downtime for changing lamps are obviated, while there is no issue in disposing of them either. In addition, the power output remains consistent over the LEDs’ operating life, which is an important element in maintaining good physical characteristics of the print with regards to adhesion for example.”
– Willy Van Dromme, Marketing Manager Agfa Graphics
The Anapurna i-series inkjet systems are equipped with the air-cooled 16 Watt/cm² UV LED lamps. By reducing the heat release, the Anapurna H2500i LED can print on a wider range of media, and print onto more heat-sensitive substrates such as thin-layer styrene. Unlike with mercury lamps, LED lamps have neither warm-up nor cool-down time, and power consumption is extremely lower, which results in a lower energy bill, and a lifetime of 5 years.
By managing eight Konica Minolta printheads with a drop-size of 12-pL, the H2500i prints fine text reproduction of up to 4 points, it also has good tonal rendering, low ink consumption, and a wide range of applications such as banners, tradeshow graphics, P-O-P, back- and frontlit signage, fine art, DVDs, wood, beer coasters, ceramics, interior décor, and more.
Agfa Graphics offers integrated prepress solutions to the commercial printing industry, the newspaper printing, publishing industry and the sign and display, decoration managed by the industrial inkjet printing industry; with this new addition, their clients portfolio will increase and they will be able to fulfill all the needs of the large format printers industry, so expect this and more from the development of the new segments of the industrial inkjet they got to offer.
Source: Agfa Graphics, Drupa 2016