Gardners, speciality printer, producer of point of sales materials, signs, labels and outdoor media, is the first UK company to install dotrix’s the.factory high speed colour inkjet press. Primarily a screen printer, the company will use the new digital press to produce many single items on a wide range of substrates.
Says managing director Richard Gardner: “the.factory is the most advanced digital inkjet press available in the market and the only industrial solution capable of providing high quality results in at least four colours featuring a wide colour gamut enabling very accurate spot colour reproduction.
“It is extremely flexible and able to print on foils, plastics and coated papers. Its ability to print on such a wide range of materials gives us the opportunity to expand and diversify our portfolio”.
He says the company also plans to install a second the.factory later this year.
The.factory incorporates the Single Pass Inkjet Colour Engine (SPICE), which uses piezo-ceramic drop-on-demand, greyscale, inkjet technology with inkjet heads from Toshiba TEC. These heads can produce different tints of ink by varying the droplet sizes, providing a 300dpi resolution with three-bit greyscale or eight levels of grey per spot.
Combined with stochastic screening, these different intensities are said to result in a high level of print quality at a perceived resolution of 900dpi. the.factory is claimed to be capable of printing 907m2/hour at widths of up to 63cm.
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