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Large Format and Digital Printing Solutions: Together at Last

Sunday, 25 January 2015 | By Louis Gordon, Marcom Manager
 

Landa’s lB1 format digital printing sampleSome things just don’t go together – oil and water, tuxedos and flip-flops, fire and gasoline, diets and pastries. You probably can think of a lot more.

How about large format and digital printing? If you’re in the print production business, you might add these two items to the list of strange bedfellows: large format media and digital printing. Few if any of the digital production presses on the market have managed to accommodate large format media, i.e., B1 size (41 in. / 1,050 mm) substrates.

The Large format digital printing

The inability of digital print presses to support large format media support has long been a sore point for print providers. The fact is, for much of the work that comes into a shop, B1 media is a much more efficient format. The larger format (compared to media generally supported by other digital presses) accommodates more applications, results in less waste, enables higher productivity, and delivers more savings for both printer and print buyer.

The larger format B1 sized media also happens to be a standard format offset printing. Large format substrates and digital printing have never worked together – until now. The Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press lays waste, literally and figuratively, to the notion that large format and digital printing are incompatible.

A new class of printing solutions

The Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press is a B1 format (i.e., 41 in. / 1,050 mm) digital production device. It’s also the first digital printing press designed with Nanography®, a newly conceived technology for printing introduced by Landa Digital Printing at drupa 2012. In fact, similar to offset technology, Nanography supports any off-the-shelf media. Unlike other digital devices, however, Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press require no extra setup time and procedures, such as priming or pre-treatment.

The range of B1 substrates used in Nanography includes coated, uncoated, specialty and synthetic media for commercial printing and publishing. It also prints on heavy cartonboard for folding carton production, as well as PE, PET, BOPP and more for flexible packaging and label applications.

Reduced printing costs with large format printing solutions

Printing on media that runs twice as large as B2, the Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Presses lower paper and production expenses that are often incurred in other digital presses. The Landa Nanographic Printing Presses support a wide range of media thicknesses – 60-400 gsm (70-460 microns/3pt-18pt), and 200-800 microns for packaging. An inline coating unit applies aqueous /UV coatings and specialty colors onto the B1 sheet, increasing throughput, productivity, and applications even further.

Landa NanoInk® colorants – tiny droplets make a large impression

The Nanography® process involves the ejection of ultra-small droplets of Landa NanoInk® colorants onto a heated transfer blanket. Droplets applied by the billions spread quickly when landing on the blanket and immediately lose all of their moisture. While its water content evaporates, the droplet thins out rapidly to form a 500 nanometer thick, dry polymeric film, i.e., one-half the thickness of offset inks.

New solutions for digital print providers

With their ability to use the same media as offset equipment, Landa Nanographic Printing® Presses also integrate seamlessly on the shop floor next to offset equipment. In addition to requiring no special substrates as with other digital presses, Landa Nanographic Printing Presses need no special rooms or environments.

The support of large format B1 media finally allows Nanography® users to reach the productivity they’ve been asking for since the launch of digital printing. The days of undersized media support for digital printing are over. Using Landa Nanographic Printing presses, the opportunity for new growth and profitability looms larger than ever in the digital world.

 
 
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