Agfa to demonstrate Oberon & Jeti Tauro wide-format printers at FESPA 2020

Powered by Agfa's Asanti software

Early adopter TVE, which is one of the largest companies in the field of indoor and outdoor signage in the Netherlands, highly values the print quality of the new printer. “The Oberon RTR3300 excels in the printing of solids over the entire media width,” says owner Hennie van Osch.

The visitors to the Agfa stand will be able to discuss their business needs in detail with Agfa’s experts while seeing two versatile printers pair extreme productivity with extreme quality: the brand-new Oberon RTR3300 roll-to-roll printer and the award-winning Jeti Tauro H3300 LED hybrid engine.

Oberon RTR3300

The Oberon RTR3300 is the latest addition to Agfa’s large-format printer portfolio. This dedicated 3.3 m high-end roll-to-roll system comes in a four-color plus white and a six-color version and combines extreme productivity and quality with an extensive media scope and unique ease of use. Thanks to its water-cooled table and its UV LED lamps, it smoothly handles any kind of heat-sensitive roll material, including lower-cost media. The dedicated mesh printing kit makes printing on mesh easy. The engine comes with several smart functions that speed up operations, facilitate job planning, and optimize media use.

Jeti Tauro H3300 LED

The Oberon will run alongside the heavy-duty Jeti Tauro H3300 LED. This 3.3 m hybrid printer is built to handle extreme workloads 24/7 at a stunning speed of up to 453 m²/h. It recently got a number of upgrades:

It now also comes in a four-color version, which reaches sellable ‘production’ quality in a mere three passes. The existing six-color version, on the other hand, best serves those prioritizing unequaled print quality.

The new Automatic Board Feeder (ABF) enhances production efficiency. It is ideal for shorter runs and a fast and smooth changeover between different media sizes or types. In addition to the existing master roll-to-roll version, designed for high-volume print runs, the Jeti Tauro H3300 LED now also features an optional light roll-to-roll unit, which is particularly suited for occasional, short single roll-to-roll work, yet can be quickly converted to sheet mode. This is the version that will be demoed on Agfa’s FESPA booth.

With the new additions, the Jeti Tauro H3300 LED now boasts six configurations with different levels of automation. At Agfa’s FESPA booth, it will be printing mainly on cardboard.

Since its introduction, the Jeti Tauro H3300 LED has supported the growth of many sign & display companies. French leading print service provider Créavi is one of them. It operates two fully automated Jeti Tauro H3300 LED engines, a six- and a four-color one. “Productivity of both printers is outstanding”, says company owner Dominique Robert. “We can quickly move from one job or substrate to the next. As the engines are fully automated, they work almost autonomously – in three shifts, all throughout the year. The Jeti Tauro also sets new standards in print quality. Our clients’ demands are always increasing, yet the Jeti Tauro printers enable us to deliver exactly what they need. And all of that at a low ink consumption!”

Smart production hub

Both engines on the booth will be powered by Agfa’s Asanti software, which functions as a smart production hub for sign & display companies. Asanti automates workflow processes for increased productivity and warrants the superior print quality and color consistency. Its intuitive dashboard, which visitors can explore in detail at FESPA, provides details about the status of the printer and print jobs, while ‘media recipes’ control all parameters for a particular substrate. In addition, Asanti’s smart imaging algorithms help to limit ink consumption.

Visitors to the booth will also be able to attend demos of the Asanti StoreFront web-to-print software, and of the data exchange solution PrintSphere.

Less ink. Safe ink.

Agfa’s large-format engines not only excel in print quality and productivity. They also offer the best cost of ownership thanks to their extremely low ink consumption, relying on Agfa’s patented ‘Thin Ink Layer’ technology, which involves the optimal dispersion and high pigment load of Agfa-made inks, combined with its Asanti workflow algorithms.

The Anuvia ink sets used in the Jeti and Oberon printers obtained the highest category of GREENGUARD Gold certification, which means they meet some of the world’s most rigorous chemical emissions standards and can be used in sensitive indoor environments like schools or healthcare facilities.

A rewarding journey

Agfa is committed to taking on the role of facilitator and counselor for its customers. “Our customers can count on us to improve the balance of their business,” says Tom Vermeulen, Head of Sign & Display at Agfa. “We do not just sell printers, ink, and workflow software, we accompany print service providers on their journey, by working out a growth path together. Our sales, application, and support teams think along with printing companies and help them identify their needs – and thus the needs of their customers – and the best possible way to answer them.” And he adds: “Many elements can play a role here, from hands-on application support over in-depth, technology-independent advice on color consistency, to overall process control, or even a meticulous analysis of a print service provider’s business strategy.”

Agfa Graphics will be exhibiting at the FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 from 6th – 8th October 2020 at the IFEMA exhibition center in Madrid. The Global Print Expo 2020 will be the meeting place for the industry to connect with over 700 exhibitors, showcasing their product innovations and demonstrating their solutions for screen and digital wide format print, textile printing, and signage.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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