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Octopus reaches out to new sites

Thursday, 18 August 2005
By Print 21 Online Article

The two new installations of the Octopus X4 printer from Czech-based manufacturer, Grapo, are at Mobilewraps in Launceston, Tasmania, and Whites Law Bindery in Victoria. They follow the debut appearance of the Octopus at the PacPrint exhibition in May where its ability to print on a wide range of substrates attracted a good deal of interest. It brings to three the number of Octopus X4 units installed by CyraChrome in Australia since the launch of the printer late last year.

“These installations highlight once again the versatility and range of applications that are possible with the Octopus,” said Mat Barusel, CyraChrome’s digital wide format specialist. “The two companies have very different backgrounds and are not from the traditional signage sector. However, the ability of the Octopus to print on all types of substrates, coupled with its reliability and ease-of-use, make it ideal for different digital print applications where flexibility is important.”

Whites Law Bindery, for instance, is a well-known niche book bindery specialising in short run and ‘one-off’ publications such as high quality, hand-crafted leather-bound volumes, ledgers, presentation boxes and illuminated bound manuscripts. The emphasis here is on creativity and the ability to produce unique printed items. The installation of the Octopus X4 will increase the range of substrates and materials that can be used for printing onto directly.

At Mobilewraps in Launceston, Tasmania, Scott Lovell (pictured below 2nd from right with staff) is using the new Octopus to expand the range of digital print options available to local agencies, designers and sign shops. The Octopus is believed to be the first UV flatbed printer to be installed in Tasmania, although it can also be used to print roll-to-roll.

“We were looking for a machine to print directly onto material and be very flexible,” said Scott. “That’s why we went for the Octopus rather than a true flatbed because it’s a smaller market in Tasmania and it needs to be more versatile.”
Mobilewraps started less than three years ago specialising in the production of vehicle graphics. Since then the business has grown to include real estate signage and other trade work from sign shops.

“We see the installation of the Octopus as a good opportunity and a way to move forward,” said Scott. “We knew we had to increase our options and the range of services we provide to customers.”

Since its installation at the beginning of July, the Octopus has been used to print directly onto a range of material including corflute, aluminium sheets, polypropylene and clear acrylics.
The Octopus X4 was introduced to Australia late last year by CyraChrome offering a cost-effective, high quality production system for wide format UV printing. It prints up to 2040mm wide and can handle practically any substrate up to 40mm thick, ranging from conventional signage media (cardboard, banners, mesh and vinyl sheets) to wood, metals, glass and ceramics.

The Octopus is designed for reliable, trouble-free operation using high quality industry components. It features four Xaar XJ-500 print heads with ink supply from six litre capacity metal tanks. Ink curing is by means of an air-cooled UV lamp mounted on the print carriage. Print resolution is 360 x 360 dpi at a speed of up to 45 m2 per hour.

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