Agfa has introduced the Oberon RTR3300, a 3.3 m roll-to-roll inkjet printer targeting extreme productivity and high quality.

The new printer comes in a four-colour plus white, and a six-colour version, depending on user needs and preferences. In express mode, the Oberon RTR3300 hits 150 square metres per hour and reaches 85 square metres per hour in production mode. The dual-roll option offers two rolls each up to 1.6m wide.

Tom Vermeulen, head of Sign & Display at Agfa, says, “When developing the Oberon, we once again focused on merging extreme productivity with extreme quality, in addition to delivering the lowest ink consumption levels and reduced overall operational costs. It is in a position to give print service providers a competitive edge.

Agfa says it has optimised the UV LED inks on the Oberon RTR3300 for flexible media and the smooth printing of solid colours. The inks have received the highest category of Greenguard Gold certification, which means they meet some of the world’s most rigorous chemical emissions standards and have use in sensitive indoor environments like schools or healthcare facilities.

The company adds that the Oberon RTR3300 covers significant media diversity and a wide range of applications. Other features include air-cooled LED curing lamps: a water-cooled table that keeps the printing zone at room temperature enabling operators to process any kind of heat-sensitive roll material, including lower cost media; and a dedicated mesh printing functionality that makes printing on mesh (with or without liner) more convenient.

Agfa says it designed the Oberon RTR3300 with a view to offering convenience, lean operations and peace of mind. The media loading setup enables quick loading; the smart multi-queue functionality offers effortless job planning in view of the available materials; the free fall option, for printing on demand, reduces media waste; a light box next to the printing area allows for on-the-spot quality inspection of backlit prints; and a double light curtain ensures that jobs don’t get interrupted and media wasted, even when an operator accidentally moves into the safety zone.

Vermuelen adds, “This new engine builds on decades of experience in developing and manufacturing versatile large-format printing solutions. Our systems approach integrates and optimises engine, ink, media, workflow and colour management to ensure the highest quality, consistency and reliability.”

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