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Large format rules the roost at Visual Impact

Thursday, 25 August 2005
By Print 21 Online Article

Large format print specialists, Starleaton Digital Solutions, will be taking the opportunity to launch a range of products that spans the end-to-end spectrum of the ink-jet printing, with contributions from Kodak, ColorGate and Seal Graphics.

Gary Smith, director with Starleaton Digital Solutions, claims the company’s selection at Visual Impact will further accelerate the versatility and competitiveness of this medium. “From humble plotter beginnings in the 90s, large format inkjet has really come of age as a major graphic arts force,” he says.

((L to R: Starleaton’s Ben Eaton, Peter Eaton and Gary Smith with the new Kodak 1200i )

Fellow director Peter Eaton also agrees that the market power of large format is here to stay. “It is indeed a new era for large format and Starleaton, is right at the forefront of the revolution. We encourage all signage and non-signage large format print operators to come and see us at the expo.”

Sydney company Hyphen will be releasing its Arakis range of flatbed printers at Visual Impact/ Image Expo Sydney 2005. The belt-fed devices can accommodate materials up to 50mm thick. There are four different printers ranging from 17-inch widths to 44-inches. Printing at 2880 dpi on a variety of coated substrates such as art board, gator foam and ready stretched artist canvas, high quality photographic and art reproductions can be output in a matter of minutes.

The Arakis systems eliminate mounting, stretching and gluing of materials onto thicker substrates and leave their owners with more time to make money. According to co-proprietor, Jay Chinchen, the very reasonably priced Arakis range will quite easily provide return on investment within months if not sooner. Catch the Hyphen team at Visual Image stand 83 and 84 with Budde International next week before they head off to Print05 in Chicago.

Starleaton covers the spectrum

Starleaton covers a full range of non-solvent inkjet printers that extend from 17” to 60” in output width, and new at the expo will be the Kodak 1200i system. Available with both a 42” or 60” machine, the system comes with the option of Kodak’s new Quantum dye, which the company claims to have longer durability than any other pigmented ink. Starleaton also supplies a range of printers from Epson and HP.

On the finishing end of things, Starleaton will be launching the first ever 55” economy laminator/mounter from Seal Graphics, priced at under $15,000. The other finishing product to be released at the show will be the 54” AquaSeal liquid Signcoater, which puts a smooth gloss coat on solvent or eco-solvent printed materials.

No less than four new inkjet substrates from Kodak will be unveiled at Visual Impact, suitable for a range of applications across the signage industry. The new products include Production Backlit Film, Universal Backlit Film and Production Universal Adhesive Vinyl.

Starleaton will also have a range of new software available at the event. Its stand can be visited at booth 118 and 151-152 during the Visual Impact Expo, which will be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, from Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd September, opening at 10:00am each day.

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