Wide-Format Inkjet Printer uses UV-curable inks.

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Used for printing indoor/outdoor display graphics and signs, Truepress Jet2500UV hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printer accommodates rolled and rigid media up to 1.9 in. thick and 98.4 in. wide. It employs multi-value piezo drop-on-demand print heads and is driven by Wasatch Screen Edition inkjet RIP software. Able to print directly onto thick panels and flexible materials, digital solution offers output speeds to 726 ft²/hr with up to 1,200 dpi resolution.

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U.S. Premiere for Screen Truepress Jet2500UV Wide-Format Inkjet Printer at SGIA '07

Hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printing design, UV-curable inks and latest print head technology set standards for indoor and outdoor applications

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. - Printing companies of all sizes and capabilities have long relied on Screen's graphic arts technologies to drive their prepress operations. The leading manufacturer of digital imaging systems is significantly expanding its portfolio of printing solutions to give customers more choices and profit potential.

Screen (USA) has announced that it is demonstrating a new wide-format ultraviolet (UV) inkjet printer at SGIA '07. The annual exposition for specialty printing and imaging technology will represent the first U.S. showing of the Truepress Jet2500UV.

"The introduction of the Truepress Jet2500UV extends Screen's presence beyond on-demand and transactional printing into the wide-format display graphics and sign-printing markets," said Mike Fox, president of Screen (USA). "It provides a high-performance tool for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications."

The Truepress Jet2500UV offers the perfect balance of speed, quality and productivity on diverse substrates. This hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printer combines the benefits of a flatbed device for efficient handling of rigid substrates and the flexibility of reel printing for long, unattended production runs on rolled media. It affords minimal setup time, low print waste and the ability to print directly onto thick panels or flexible materials cost-effectively.

At SGIA, live print jobs will emphasize the unique advantages of Screen's excellent engineering. Acknowledged expertise in the manufacture of precision mechanical movements for sophisticated digital output devices has been brought to bear in developing the Truepress Jet2500UV. The new Screen printer achieves output speeds up to 726 square feet per hour, making it one of the fastest high-level digital printers. It accommodates rigid and flexible media up to 1.9 inches thick and 98.4 inches wide.

Key technologies
Screen has adapted multi-value piezo drop-on-demand print heads for the Truepress Jet2500UV. Unlike conventional inkjet print heads, this technology achieves a grayscale effect by ejecting tiny droplets of ink in groups at an extremely fast rate. The micro-droplets join together to form a single larger drop that lands on the substrate. By varying the size of drops, these heads minimize dot gain and deliver quality that is nearly equivalent to the quality of a print made on a desktop photo printer. As a result, the Truepress Jet2500UV produces exceptional graphics with photographic images at 1,200 dpi, along with precise dot registration and sharp text.

A choice of color configurations enhances the Truepress Jet2500UV's available tonal range. Print providers can upgrade the base configuration - four process colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) - to include high-precision light cyan and light magenta inks. These colors produce a smoother appearance in midtones and highlights. The Truepress Jet2500UV can be configured with optional white ink.

The use of UV-curable inks allows for greater durability, without lamination, of printed images. Furthermore, UV inks enable rapid, high-quality printing on poster board, vinyl sheets, banners, wallpaper, textiles and many other types of coated and uncoated media. The vivid color reproduction with UV inks ensures eye-catching graphics.

The printer supports an automatic head-cleaning function to maintain reliable performance from the print head nozzles.

The Truepress Jet2500UV is driven by Wasatch Screen Edition, the inkjet RIP software for wide-format and grand-format digital output developed exclusively for Screen by Wasatch Computer Technology. It also features Screen's screening technology.

In addition to the multi-color option, the Truepress Jet2500UV is available with an additional table option.

Expanding capabilities
The Truepress Jet2500UV builds on Screen's long history and solid reputation in providing imaging solutions to the graphic arts industry. It combines Screen's knowledge of color management and inkjet technology gained in the development of the existing Truepress lineup. For example, the four-color Truepress 344 direct imaging press employs a traditional dampening system and wet offset inks. The Truepress Jet520 variable data printer is a roll-fed printing system based on piezo drop-on-demand print heads (developed with Seiko Epson Corp.) using aqueous inks.

Screen (USA) will demonstrate the Truepress Jet2500UV in booth #156 at SGIA '07, October 24-27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

About Screen (USA)
Screen (USA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyoto, Japan-based Dainippon Screen Manufacturing Co., Ltd., is a leading supplier of systems and components for the graphic arts industry. From its centrally located headquarters facility outside Chicago, Screen (USA) provides complete sales, parts and service through sales representatives and dealer networks in principal geographic areas. Its diverse line of integrated products includes workflow management solutions, thermal platesetters, imagesetters, digital printing systems, flatbed scanners, hybrid AM/FM screening technology, color proofing applications and digital asset management software. Screen technology benefits commercial printers, packaging printers, newspaper publishers, trade shops, in-plants and service bureaus in every state, plus Canada and all of Latin America.

For more information, please visit Screen's website at www.screenusa.com. All trademarks and registered trademarks used herein are property of their respective owners.

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