Agfa showcases inkjet printing advances with a focus on automation and efficiency at PRINTING United Expo
Mortsel, Belgium – September 21, 2023
Agfa will showcase its latest inkjet printing solutions at PRINTING United Expo (Atlanta, GA, 18-20 October), including the high-speed Onset X3 HS with robotic automation debuting Agfa’s new Onset 560 white ink, and the efficiency-increasing Flex Roll-to-Roll system on the Tauro H3300 UHS.
“When developing inkjet printing solutions, we always do so with an eye to increased automation, quality, and efficiency. We look forward to discussing print service providers’ business needs and exploring how our integrated offering of printers, inks, software, training, and services can best suit their growth paths and contribute to sustainable success”, says Ruben Silva, Vice-President of Inkjet Sales North America.
Visitors to Agfa’s booth can attend demos of the following printing solutions:
Onset X3 HS – now featuring white ink too
This high-speed flatbed inkjet printer is suited for 24/7 printing operations, printing on various substrates at a speed of up to 15,600 ft²/h. It integrates robotics and other automation features to boost productivity and cost efficiency. At the PRINTING United Expo, the printer will be shown in a ¾ automation setup with a laytable and an unloading robot, driven by Agfa’s Asanti workflow software and running different materials, including corrugated boards and plastics.
This event will debut the Onset running white ink. Agfa’s GREENGUARD Gold certified UV inks for the Onset offer excellent print quality, an extensive color gamut – even hitting challenging spot colors – and lower print costs thanks to Agfa’s patented Thin Ink Layer technology, reducing ink consumption by up to 30% compared to non-Agfa inks.
Both the Onset’s Dual Flex automation setup, and the Onset 560 UV ink set have received a 2023 Pinnacle Product Award.
Tauro H3300 UHS – more flexible than ever
Agfa also brings its fastest hybrid inkjet wide-format printer to PRINTING United Expo, which keeps raising the bar in terms of productivity, quality and versatility. The Tauro H3300 UHS is designed for reliable 24/7 print production of outstanding quality and features multiple automation options. Its capability to print corrugated cardboard in one pass at a speed of up to 9741 ft²/h makes it particularly appealing for packaging needs. The new HDR screens built into the Asanti workflow software enhance color gamut and density without compromising speed.
At the PRINTING United Expo, the Tauro H3300 will showcase Agfa’s award-winning Flex Roll-to-Roll system, which boosts printer uptime by enabling seamless transitioning from rolls to boards or sheets without undocking. This compact system, which is compatible with all Tauro H3300 models, is user-friendly and can be operated by a single person. It accommodates both single- and dual-roll printing and features an integrated camera system for precise double-sided printing, a feature that will also be demonstrated at the booth.
The Flex RTR system has received a 2023 Pinnacle Product Award.
Anapurna H3200i LED – a versatile engine for short to mid-run jobs
The Anapurna H3200i LED inkjet printer model has proven to meet the diverse needs of mid-volume sign & display companies. This versatile printer for short- to mid-run projects handles both sheets/boards and rolls up to 3.2 m wide, with the option for single- or dual-roll configurations. The white ink function creates possibilities for printing on transparent material for backlit applications or for printing white as a spot color.
Asanti v6 – efficiency & consistency
All printers will be driven by Agfa’s Asanti workflow software, a unique all-in-one print production hub that automates the entire print production process, ultimately saving time and money. The browser-based Production Dashboard offers insights into production time, ink and media usage, and interfaces seamlessly with MIS/ERP systems to optimize quotes and post-calculations.
The latest version recently achieved the G7® System Certification from Idealliance, confirming the ability to ensure uniform color reproduction across diverse printing processes and substrates. It also introduces additional automation tools for faster job preparation and reduced media waste, such as automatic PDF collection and nesting, and includes specialized features for packaging production, such as the integration of cut files.
In addition to Asanti, complementary tools will be demonstrated. StoreFront simplifies the setup of online stores, including automated preflight checks and real-time order status updates. PrintTune monitors color reproduction, offers valuable insights into printing equipment performance, and streamlines approval processes.
Inspiring print samples
Aside from printer and software demonstrations, an array of large-format inkjet print samples will be showcased for visitors to discover and draw inspiration from. A notable highlight are the varnish prints generated using the Jeti Tauro.
Industrial inkjet expertise
Agfa will also have its industrial inkjet experts available at the booth to discuss special UV- and water-based inks for dedicated industrial applications, as well as its comprehensive industrial printing solutions InterioJet (laminate décor paper printing), Alussa (leather decoration), and the upcoming SpeedSet (folding carton and corrugated packaging).
PRINTING United Expo will be held October 18 through 20 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA. Agfa can be found at booth B2832.
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is a leading company in imaging technology and IT solutions with over 150 years of experience. The Group holds three divisions: Radiology Solutions, HealthCare IT, and Digital Print & Chemicals. They develop, manufacture and market analog and digital systems for the healthcare sector, for specific industrial applications and for the printing industry. In 2022, the Group realized a turnover of 1,857 million Euro.
About Agfa’s Digital Printing Solutions business unit
Agfa’s Digital Printing Solutions division drives the adoption of inkjet printing across various industries. It empowers graphic printing and goods-producing industries to become more versatile and efficient through the innovative use of inkjet printing technology. It does so by analyzing their experiences, needs and challenges, and actively partnering with them and industry experts.
Agfa’s digital printing offering consists of in-house developed and designed high-quality inkjet printers, inks, software, and services, either as an integrated perfectly matched solution or as customized components within a larger production process. The assortment is best in class in terms of quality, productivity, sustainability, and cost of ownership, with impeccable service across the globe.