Agfa Printing Solutions Receive Multiple Awards

Agfa Printing Solutions Receive Multiple Awards

The Pinnacle Product Awards celebrate outstanding products that drive advancements in quality, capability and productivity within the printing industry.

Agfa has received four prestigious Pinnacle Product Awards, presented by PRINTING United Alliance. Two of the winning products are dedicated to the advanced automation of high-volume print production processes on Agfa’s Jeti Tauro and Onset Grizzly printers. They will be shown for the first time at the upcoming PRINTING United Expo (Las Vegas, 10-12 September).

Arnaud Calleja, Vice-President of Digital Printing Solutions at Agfa, commented on Agfa’s achievement, ‘Winning multiple awards once again reinforces Agfa’s position as a forerunner in digital printing technology. Our inkjet solutions empower printing companies globally to broaden their print application scope, enhance efficiency, and reduce print production costs. We prioritise automation, versatility, and low ink consumption in our product development. These awards honour the dedication and hard work of our teams. We are honoured to receive this recognition.’

The winning Agfa products include:

Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS

With outstanding print quality, support for a wide range of media types and sizes, and multiple automation options, the sturdy 3.3m UV LED hybrid Tauro inkjet printer is a game-changer for high-volume display as well as packaging printing. Agfa continues to enhance its fastest multi-pass printer. Two recent upgrades were recognized with a Pinnacle Award:

Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS 7 Colours:

This printer was recognised in the output category – UV/Latex hybrid (in a specific price range) category. Agfa has taken the high-quality output of Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED to the next level with the addition of light magenta. The CMYKcmk configuration significantly enhances the smoothness of light (pink/red) solid colours and improves transitions in pastel gradient blends. It also allows for smoother prints for lighter cyan shades, which often contain minimal magenta.

This enhanced smoothness is particularly relevant for markets requiring ultra-high quality, such as the cosmetic industry. In addition to Agfa’s already low ink consumption, the 7 colour Tauro UHS achieves additional ink savings using GCR.

Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS With Robots

This was recognised in the non-output category – automation equipment (print/post-print)

The addition of robotic automation on the Tauro ensures maximum productivity and cost-efficiency, enabling print service providers to balance the challenges of rising costs.

The system can consist of either a single robot for loading or unloading media, or a dual robot system for full automation. The robots can be combined with the Tauro’s Flex RTR system, enabling smooth switching between rigid and roll printing. The latter setup makes it the ideal solution for print service providers who handle diverse materials and need to be able to switch between rigids and roll media in a heartbeat.

Onset Grizzly X HS

Just like the Tauro, the Grizzly was recognised for quality and productivity enhancements:

The Onset Grizzly X HS With Autoloader was recognised in the non-output category – material handling equipment.

The Onset Grizzly true flatbed printer is designed for 24/7 printing for the display, POP and sign markets. It can be automated in multiple ways: either by using a laytable or autoloader combined with an unloading robot, or by using two robots, be it with or without a laytable. The new autoloader, coupled with an unloading robot, offers full automation, reducing labour costs.

With a six-second cycle time, it matches the highest throughput speed of the Grizzly, while supporting the printing of up to 4 sheets with a thickness ranging from 0.1mm to 50mm.

Onset 560 Ink Set (CMYK+W)

This was recognised in the non-output category – Digital inks – UV. The Onset 560 UV ink set boasts explosive colour strength and a gamut surpassing the ISO-coated standard. In gloss mode, the printer’s extensive colour range includes previously inaccessible colours for UV systems. Notably, it matches challenging colours like Pantone 485C on standard matte paper and enhances greens and blues.

The ink set also provides significant quality and productivity enhancements, including improved dot gain control, sharper drop edges, and improved image detail rendering. High-quality print modes enhance the smoothness of solid colours.

In addition, Agfa’s Onset 560 ink set offers a superior ROI, featuring ‘Thin Ink’ technology for ink savings up to 22%, along with a white ink system that boosts white-ink job productivity by 40% compared to non-Agfa inks.

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