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Grapo demonstrated its innovative printing technology at FESPA

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Grapo Technologies, a manufacturer of wide format hybrid and flatbed UV printers based in the Czech Republic, demonstrated its innovative printing technology at FESPA 2011. The Gemini system from Grapo Technologies, now proven in the market with more than a dozen successful installations, features a brand-new design and additional features that bring unique opportunities for the development of new printed applications in the sign and display graphics market. In addition, Grapo demonstrated the new and improved Shark printing system with cutter, loader and progressive XAAR 1001 Through Flow printing heads.

Since December of 2010, Grapo has installed more than a dozen Gemini systems in customer accounts, with another dozen expected to follow by the end of the second quarter of 2011. These early installs have provided the company with additional insight into how the  product must continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of a dynamic market. With speeds of up to 90 square meters per hour, Gemini offers double the speed of previous generation Manta printers when printing with white ink, at 15 to 30 square meters per hour. Gemini features CMYK, white ink and environmentally friendly UV printing, and is the ideal solution for screen printers seeking to move to more efficient digital technologies, as well as digital sign printers wishing to migrate their operations away from less environmentally friendly solvent printing solutions.  Offset and flexo printers are also using Gemini for the cost-effective production of short-run samples and/or to diversify their product offerings.

In addition to its high reliability and fast throughput, Gemini offers: 10 Xaar 1001 printing heads with a unique Through-Flow™ system and variable drop sizes from 6 to 42 picolitres for grayscale printing, Unique proprietary Grapo ink supply system, Single-pass printing of CMYK, white ink and CMYK, one of the first printers to bring this unique capability to market and especially important when printing on transparent substrates, such as acrylics, where images must be displayed on both sides, Very high quality printing of skin tones and higher quality flat colors, Energy-efficient operation, Ability to print on a wide range of substrates, from irregularly shaped items, wood and glass to all types of plastic, vinyl and paper materials.

New at FESPA 2011, Gemini now features continual adjustment of its UV lamps for higher reliability and increased operational consistency when printing on a variety of substrates. Gemini comes with a two-year warranty, another industry innovation, and is supported by a team of professional and experienced service and maintenance support among the best in the world. In addition to Gemini, Grapo Technologies featured its highly popular fully-automated Shark hybrid UV printer with feeder/cutter options. 

The feeder/cutter option allows users to take advantage of Shark’s speed of up to 120 m2/hour without requiring two employees to staff the printer at all times. The Grapo Cutter, made by Aristo, allows finishing of a wide range of display products. Its versatility and its balance between quality and investment levels, provides the ideal finishing solution, critical for printers to achieve success in the world of digital sign and display manufacturing. The four-color Shark is a multifunctional system capable of printing on both flexible and rigid materials, producing high-quality greyscale images for a wide variety of display applications. Shark prints at resolutions up to 960dpi and can image a maximum print width of 2010 mm with an unlimited print length. There is no degradation of speed regardless of whether the printer is operating in roll or sheet mode, a unique capability in the wide format market.

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