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Raster Printers introduces the Daytona T600UV Flatbed Printer Based on a Stationary Vacuum Table and MEMs Printhead Technology - Setting a New Standard of Media Versatility, Image Quality and Price Performance.

Las Vegas, April 12, 2007 – Raster Printers, Inc. a California Company introduced today, Daytona T600UV a 60 inch by 48 inch (152 cm X 122 cm) Flatbed UV printer at ISA’s Sign Expo in Las Vegas.

The stationary vacuum table design with a moving gantry offers the most versatile media handling, from small tiles and labels to large heavy boards, precise dot registration and sharp text. Daytona T600UV is the first wide format printer to implement the latest M-Class Hex printhead module based on MEMS printhead technology from FUJIFILM Dimatix. Its advanced VersaDropTM gray scale technology is capable of producing photographic images at true 1080 dpi (grayscale support will be available in near future).

Six print heads, each with 304 nozzles can be configured as CMYK and lc, lm or with White ink and Varnish. At an introductory price of under $70,000 and offering speeds of up to 480 sq. feet per hour, the Daytona T600UV establishes a new standard for a vacuum table UV printer.

Indoor and Outdoor Graphics

Daytona T600UV is equally suitable for indoor and outdoor graphics. Utilizing variable drop sizes at true 1080 dpi resolution and additional light cyan and light magenta colors to provide smooth mid tone gradations, the T600UV meets the photographic image quality requirements of most indoor graphics. At the same time, the UV curable inks offer excellent fade resistance for outdoor applications.

Key Technologies

Stationary Vacuum Table. The vacuum table holds the media stationary while printing, enabling one to print on substrates of practically any shape, size or weight. Two precision lead screws combined with 1 micron encoders maintain precise position of the gantry after each step resulting in excellent dot placement accuracy which translates into sharp text and sharp edges for printing vector art. Stationary table design also uses half the floor space of systems which feed the media through the printer.

MEMS Piezo Print Head Technology. Daytona T600UV is the first commercially available Flatbed printer to use the latest MEMS technology. The new VersaDrop jetting technology on the M Class print heads produces the best shaped variable size drops. This is accomplished by two pulse and three pulse burst mode firing which forms a bigger drop right at the nozzle plate, not during the drop flight as is the case with most gray scale print heads, resulting in a satellite free spot. Three nominal drop volumes of 10, 20 and 30 Pl provide the sharpest text and smooth tonal gradations.

The Silicon nozzle plate used in these print heads is not only resistant to scratching but also provides precise directionality of ink drops resulting in sharp clean edges while producing vector art or text.

Six Color Technology. In addition to the four process colors, CMYK, the printer also includes two light colors – light Magenta and light Cyan. In mid tones and highlights, these colors produce much smoother appearance. Optionally, the light colors can be replaced by White ink and an overcoat or Varnish.

UV Curable Inks. UV curable inks are environmentally friendly and offer the flexibility of being able to print on just about any flexible or rigid media. In general, UV systems require less maintenance and offer higher reliability due to the fact that these inks do not dry in the printheads and at the same time offer instant drying on the media by curing the ink with UV light.

Hybrid UV Lamps Curing Systems. To be able to print on a wide range of substrates including heat sensitive materials the T600UV utilizes a unique hybrid curing system consisting of one LED based curing unit and one Mercury lamp unit. LED curing unit does not generate heat and can be used to "pin" the image when printing on heat sensitive materials. LED curing has the additional benefit of deep curing which results in better adhesion. These lamps utilize very little power and have long lamp life (10,000 hours), compared to less than 1000 hours for Mercury lamps, resulting in thousands of dollars of savings in replacement lamp costs and power consumption.

Current LED technology has made significant advances but is not yet capable of fully curing the printed image. A standard Mercury lamp provides complete curing of the inks immediately after printing. Power control from 30% to 100% power allows for adjusting the amount of curing energy to the printing speeds.

Media Gap Adjustment: To accommodate a wide range of media, the printer is designed to accommodate media thickness of up to 2 inches.

Simplified Head Maintenance: To maintain good print head nozzle reliability, even after extended idle time, the printer is designed with a simple but effective purge system.

Printheads can be purged by simply entering the purge time on the operator console. Optional Support for i-cut Digital Die Cutting Workflow With an optional upgrade to PosterShop or ProductionHouse, which includes the i-cut workflow module, graphics can be automatically cut on a router table to reduce finishing labor. (Mikkelson Graphic Engineering, Inc. is the developer of the i-cut automated digital cutting system).

Support for Wide Range of Media

UV curable inks offer the flexibility of printing on virtually any type of coated or uncoated media including: foam-core board, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheet, styrene, aluminum-plastic composite sheets, MDO boards, Ceramics, Glass, metals, acrylic and polycarbonate sheets.

Availability & Pricing

Daytona T600UV shipments of the binary drop size version will begin in May 2007. Introductory U.S. price for the complete system including printer, RIP software, high speed RIP station, a starter kit, installation, training and one year warranty is $69,995 for the CMYK Lc, Lm model. White ink version of the printer will be available in July.

Customers can upgrade to the White Ink version for $4,995. Grayscale capability will be released in near future and customers will be able to take advantage of this capability with a simple software upgrade.

About Raster Printers, Inc.

Raster Printers, Inc. is an innovative manufacturer of mid-range flatbed printing systems founded by Rak Kumar, former CEO of Oce Display Graphics and Raster Graphics, and by other members of the Raster Graphics management team. Based in San Jose, California, the Company’s strategy is to develop and market high quality mid range graphics systems at attractive prices by applying its team’s extensive background in producing cost effective designs. More information about Raster Printers is available at www.rasterprinters.com.

Editor
4/30/2007


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