Incorporated into the Solara ion printer, these two technologies help produce an extremely versatile and fast print solution that will image almost anything with vibrant colors. Gerber also said the ink has an excellent outdoor life of up to three years. Curiosity piqued? Keep reading and discover the Cold Fire Cure solution.
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By Chris Morrison July 20, Gerber Scientific Products has been a standard in the sign industry for as long as we can remember, and their hallmarks have always been innovative design and outstanding quality. The Gerber Edge has been a de facto standard for printing images on vinyl. Though the Edge, in its latest incarnation, is still an incredible product, the industry has been changing by leaps and bounds. The trend has been towards wider materials, photographic quality and expansive substrate choices.
This technology is environmentally friendly, and the inks can adhere to virtually anything. A UV printer with an adjustable head height can even image rigid materials. To further limit choices, the printers were generally designed to handle rigid material, due to a flatbed design, or to handle flexible, roll-to-roll media. Hybrid printers that could do both were scarce and very expensive.
Gerber saw that change coming and, not so long ago, introduced the Solara UV printer. This product offered roll-to-roll printing using a unique set of UV inks. Gerber realized a hybrid design would tremendously benefit the sign industry, and it answered with the Solara UV2. This second-generation UV printer melds the best features of the Solara UV with an ability to handle rigid materials. The printer is designed to handle both flexible and rigid media up to 60 in.
With the tables attached, this printer is fairly large. With the roller tables detached, the printer is in. Gerber suggests leaving at least 3 ft. Expect to have Gerber install this lb. Other than a fairly large workspace, its only other special requirement is for power. It draws 20 amps. Gerber includes a line conditioner that ensures clean power to the printer.
Printing specifications Hopefully, everyone who reads our columns is familiar with UV-cure-printing technology. When exposed, the ink hardens and dries. The very durable, cured image offers up to three-year outdoor life without lamination.
The ink characteristics allow them to be used with piezo-inkjet head technology. The major modification to a standard inkjet printer is a means of curing the ink. Typically, a UV light source is attached to the printhead carriage, which allows the ink to cure as it hits the media.
The Solara UV2 uses exactly this technology. The six-color printer has one head per color. Two UV lamps, integrated into the printhead carriage Fig. Printhead resolution is x dpi, but the apparent resolution is dpi. Gerber uniquely addresses color gamut and image quality. Instead of the traditional cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan and light magenta, the Solara UV2 uses cyan, magenta, yellow, black, violet and green.
The odd secondary colors, Gerber says, allow the printer to achieve much better reds, greens and oranges than traditional digital printers. Gerber realizes its customers are signmakers and graphics providers who want vibrant, crisp colors for their customers. The printer also utilizes multi-drop technology with a multi-level pallet that also prevents dot gain. As for speed, the Solara UV2 tops out at 75 sq.
The typical shop will commonly use three-pass mode at 50 sq. For the best quality six-pass mode , the output speed is 25 sq. The printer can be connected to a local area network, or it can be directly connected to the RIP server via a special crossover cable.
Inks and media The ink comes in ml cartridges Fig. The printed image will last up to three years outdoors without lamination. Gerber offers roll media but not rigid substrates. However, it has profiled approximately 15 different media types, including vinyl, mesh, Coroplast corrugated, twinwall plastic and even MDO. The profiles ensure no additional tuning is needed to obtain the best-possible image quality.
Notice the list of media includes some rigid materials. The first Solara UV only handled roll media. The head height can be adjusted to handle media thicknesses up to 0. A Solara UV2 driver, as well as media profiles, are included. Printer operation Ease of operation characterizes the Solara UV2. Any device too difficult to operate can become an expensive boat anchor that will only be used occasionally. In most cases, the roll-to-roll machines are fairly straightforward and easy to use.
Ones that handle rigid materials, especially the hybrids, are a different story. With rigid material, you must adjust the head height and ensure the roller tension is set correctly for the media, and that the media is positioned properly for feeding. Changing from rigid to flexible necessitates removing tables, loading media, readjusting everything Gerber has engineered a very easy-to-use solution. First, we compliment Gerber for supplying two heavy-duty roller tables.
The tables are also designed for easy removal or installation Fig. Casters allow one person to roll the detached tables into place. Positive locks ensure proper leg deployment.
Two latches easily and precisely secure the tables to the printer. Removing the tables for roll-to-roll printing is also simple; just unlatch the table. Release the leg locks, and roll the table away.
The back and front tables are easily distinguished. This is much easier than a system with only a mark to line up the media. The guide is long enough to ensure the media is straight. First, the lamps must be raised to the high position. Next, you raise the media rollers with a single, large and easy-to-find handle. The rollers are adjusted to low force by turning wheels on the roller assemblies.
The first piece of media can be loaded from the rear of the printer. Engage the media-load lever, and use the wheel for final adjustment. Turn it clockwise until the audible chirp stops. One person can easily operate the printer. To print on roll material, just remove the tables, adjust the lamp height, reset the rollers and media thickness, and load the roll.
The versatile Solara UV2 is built with signmakers in mind. With it, you can produce full-color banners and signs Fig. The controls are easy to adjust, and registering rigid materials is virtually a no-brainer. It comes complete with everything, so you can start making money quickly. Gerber Scientific Products.
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