Published On: Tue, Sep 27th, 2011

New Agfa flat-bed printer allows printing on rigid substrates

Agfa Graphics, a printing solutions provider under the Agfa-Gevaert Group, has added the new :Anapurna M2540 FB flat-bed printer to its

product range, the company announced on September 21.

Equipped with the quick-change vacuum bed technology, six colors and white ink, the new wide-format UV-curable ink-jet printer was to accommodate the growing market needs for printing on rigid substrates.

“When we designed and engineered the :Anapurna M2540 FB, we made sure that it features everything a user needs when working with rigid substrates,” stated Willy Van Dromme, Director of Marketing Wide Format at Agfa Graphics. “The result is a dedicated flat-bed printer with a competitive entry level price point, making it the ideal machine for companies who want to print all sizes of applications up to a maximum of 2.54m in width, with a fast return on their investment. With the same low ink consumption of 8.1ml/m2 as the :Anapurna M2050, it delivers class leading low ink costs per m2.”

Designed to accommodate small as well as large applications, the new Agfa printer addresses the growing demand for niche output, such as the production of promotional goods and gifts, coasters and DVDs, said the company, adding that the excellent adhesion of the UV-curable ink and its fast and efficient curing mean that glass, ceramics and wood can also be printed, making it suitable for architectural and interior décor as well as exterior signs, displays and publicity.

Agfa added that the robust engineering enables the :Anapurna M2540 FB to simplify working with rigid substrates that must remain completely stable during the production process yet also allow for fast change-over. The powerful vacuum bed incorporates two zones each containing four switchable compartments, complemented by a reverse airflow function for swift removal of finished prints and moving of heavy substrates.

:Anapurna M2540 FB’s industrial build also features ionizer elements to prevent build-up of electrostatic charge on the material. To protect the print-heads from hitting the media, shuttle safety sensors are positioned on both sides of the print carriage.

The printer can print sizes up to 2.54×1.54m, on substrates up to 4.5cm think and 80kg in weight, with a maximum print speed of 45m2/hour, according to the press release. Also, it is equipped with 11 retractable register pins, allowing double-side printing.

The :Anapuma product series of Agfa Graphics includes :Jeti range of machines and the high-end :M-Press Tiger and :M-Press Leopard inkjet presses.


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