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New Solutions for Large-Format Colour Printing

Monday, 27 November 2006
By Print 21 Online Article

At the Photokina exhibition held last month in Cologne, Agfa took the opportunity to present its latest innovations in large-format colour printing. On show were the Grand Sherpa 64 and Sherpa 24m, Agfa Editions of the Onyx PosterShop and ProductionHouse and the latest AgfaJet materials. These large-format printing (LFP) solutions are designed for printers, photographers, photographic studios, and minilab operators who want to extend their range of services.

For users with high LFP throughput requirements the Agfa Edition Onyx PosterShop 5.6, with its newly designed, intuitive user interface, is an ideal solution. It includes both a PostScript RIP plus a raster RIP, and offers a host of professional, user-friendly tools for job management and for ensuring the desired results in poster printing.

For example, the software offers functions for scaling, cropping, rotating, direct colour corrections and calibration. There are also preflighting tools for easy checking of the print job before printing. These not only help to avoid remakes but also ensure that optimum use is made of the LFP media.

Agfa offers a comprehensive turnkey package for users with even higher throughput requirements for poster printing, comprising the Grand Sherpa LFP system bundled with the Agfa Edition of the Onyx ProductionHouse software RIP. ProductionHouse offers a range of functions in addition to PosterShop 5.6 (Agfa Edition). The Agfa Edition of Onyx
ProductionHouse is currently the only RIP on the market capable of simultaneous RIPping and printing of two PostScript and/or raster files.

Even greater flexibility in job preparation for poster printing is offered by the extended functions, such as material management, calibration and step & repeat. This turnkey solution permits a high degree of automation, and at the same time offers experienced users all the flexibility needed to deal with individual output requirements.

Agfa Sherpa Printing Systems

At Photokina, Agfa featured the Grand Sherpa 64. With a printing width of 165 cm, this piezoelectric, drop-on-demand system offers resolutions of 360 x 360 dpi, 720 x 720 dpi and 1,440 x 1,440 dpi, together with variable dot size. The Grand Sherpa systems can print with up to six dye- or pigment-based multidensity inks, giving photorealistic results for smooth blends and difficult colours such as skin tones.

The new Sherpa 24m was also on show. It offers a higher printing speed and resolutions up to 1,440 x 2,880 dpi and can be fitted with an additional black ink cartridge to significantly increase its ink capacity.

AgfaJet Materials

Agfa showcased three new materials at Photokina 2002. The fast-drying Universal Instant Dry Photograde Paper (UIPP) gives excellent results both on piezo-electric and thermal printing systems, and, because of its special inkjet acceptance coating, can be used either with dye- or pigment-based inks. The Universal Photograde Paper (UPPd) is suitable for printing with dyebased inks on both piezo and thermal printers. The Universal Backlit Film (UBFd) offers the same universality. Agfa also demonstrated its high quality AgfaJet range of materials already available for LFP applications.

For more information:
Garry Muratore
Marketing Manager (Graphic Systems)
Agfa Gevaert.
Direct Tel: (613) 9278 7417


Sharon Harrison
Marketing Co-ordinator (Graphic Systems)

Direct Tel: (613) 9278 7422

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