Gandy Digital revealed its new Sl8te Hybrid and True Flatbed UV inkjet printers at Fespa Digital, which took place in Munich from 21-23 May. The Canadian manufacturer is promising a ‘low cost and low risk’ route for firms making the move into direct-to-board printing, at a more affordable price point than with its existing high-end range.

A 2.2m-wide Sl8te Hybrid model was demonstrated on the Gandy booth. It is available in four widths: 1.6m, 2.2m, 2.6m and 3.2m and can operate in flatbed or roll-to-roll mode. The Sl8te True Flatbed comes in two formats: 1.6 x 2.6m and 2.6m x 3m. It has pin registration and a zoned vacuum bed. A roll-to-roll attachment is available as an option.
Both versions can handle substrates up to 70mm thick.

Gandy Digital chief executive Hary Gandy said, ‘Many customers want to buy our printers so our client base want these machines and it opens up a new area of the market for us.’

The company is using Ricoh’s Gen 4 6pl printheads, which Gandy said provided a further advantage over competing models.