Following the launch of the six-color Inca Onset S40i (CMYK + LtcLtm) last year, the new Inca Onset S40i now includes a double white ink capability by extending to eight ink channels. The new Inca Onset S40i with white is the ideal solution for businesses that produce high-value backlit/frontlit and double-sided day/night POS display graphics where the ability to print high-opacity white as a base, spot color or top layer, quickly and cost effectively, is important.
"This is our first-ever eight-channel Inca Onset model. It stops Inca customers from having to make a choice between using the Inca Onset with only extra colors—light cyan and light magenta—or with only two extra channels of white. Now, they can have both," comments Inca CEO John Mills.
The new press incorporates 224 Fujifilm Dimatix printheads on a full width print array. There are fifty-six new-generation printheads for white, which provide faster start-up times and greater reliability, especially with heavier pigmented inks such as white. This also assures excellent print speeds when printing white onto a wide variety of premium quality graphic substrates.
As a result, the printer produces superb POS-quality display graphics economically at throughput speeds of up to 6,000 sqft/hr (CMYK only) equivalent to 112 full bed sheets/hr (123.6-by-63 inches), and onto substrates up to 2 inches thick. A choice of uni-directional, bi-directional, and super-high-quality print modes can be selected depending on the specific job requirements.
The Onset S40i with white uses the Fujifilm's Uvijet OZ ink system, which provides an excellent color gamut, adhesion and finishing properties, as laydown is typically higher than CMYK. To ensure coverage of backlit/frontlit graphics as well as colored substrates, the new model incorporates two white printhead channels to optimize throughput on this high volume machine.
In addition, the Onset S40i with white offers many other features to streamline productivity and reduce downtime. These include support for Inca's variable data Print Run Controller (PRC) software module offering advanced job management software; ReporterPro software designed to provide customers with detailed information on the productivity of their Inca presses; a fifteen-zone vacuum table to reduce bed masking requirements and, consequently, set-up time for thin substrates; and a UV sensor system that accurately monitors the machine's condition and informs the operator when automatic cleaning is required. The press is compatible with Inca's flexible automation system, which offers customers a choice to operate manually or using semi or three-quarter modes from the same configuration.
"Today there are eighteen different configurations available in the Inca Onset product line, offering a choice of productivity levels and ink options. This enables companies to pick the right press for their business," explains Mills. "We expect the Inca Onset S40i with white to be particularly popular in the US. White, of course, is used as a background layer for self-colored substrates - such as plexi and metal materials - and this is much more common in North America."
The Inca Onset S40i with white is currently commercially available.