The Bigger Printing Company has completed testing of its Canon Océ Colorado 1640, the first UVgel large-format printer to be bought in the UK.
Speaking following the conclusion of the testing period that began at install in November, David Bowen, operations and marketing manager at Bigger Printing said: “We’ve been looking forward to having UVgel printing in our production facility since we became aware of the technology – and it certainly hasn’t disappointed. We are now able to produce prints on roll media much quicker than before, at a lower cost, with a tougher print solution, producing more vibrant imagery, while being better for the environment. We appreciate that our clients are facing tougher demands on their budgets and deadlines, and UVgel printing is just one step for us to supporting our clients even further.”
Over the last eight weeks the production team at Bigger Printing has tested a range of materials in order to fine-tune the applications it will offer using the UVgel process, in which liquid ink turns into gel droplets the moment it lands on the media. This prevents the ink dots from merging, or spreading, so the printer can deposit more ink in fewer passes. UVgel prints are cured instantly via UV LED technology, providing odourless prints which are instantly ready for finishing and installation.
The Océ Colorado 1640 has a dual-roll capability. Two rolls of the same media, or different media types can be loaded, and can be switched between automatically, helping to support reduced turnaround times.