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In <URL:news:lokaal.epson> on Thu 26 Oct, Eric wrote: > Our company's graphic design department is in the market for a large-format > inkjet. We need to use it for packaging mock-ups and big posters for our > showroom. > > We were thinking of buying the Epson 9000. However, it may be hard to > convince management because it costs so much. Is there something less > expensive? What do you think of that printer for our purposes. Given the 1.5 mm paper thickness the 9000 can accommodate and the near vertical straight path of the paper it can be used for packaging material. Getting that material with an inkjet coating may be more difficult. On the Drupa there was a stand of a Dutch company that had a four colour Mutoh converted to do that kind of work but they also could supply inkjet coated corrugated carton and custom coated papers if desired. The conversion of the Mutoh was needed because it has a horizontal paper path and heavier paper will cause problems then. They still had problems though and they thought about moving the printer over the bed instead, flatbed plotter style. Now the paper is pulled through (as normal) and supported on two stainless steel beds on both sides of the printer. Told them that moving the printer would make things worse on registration, better add an air cushion support for the paper in the two beds for less friction. They had never thought about that and promised to keep in touch as I was interested in their coating service. Never heard anything of course, should have asked a royalty right away. We Dutch have to deal with Dutchman all the time :-) The Epson 9000 will be better on that aspect but for rigid material there's a restriction on the size by the distance inkjet heads <> floor, approx 3'. Could be solved with an extra platform it stands on, that is also nicer for your back :-) There's one advantage with some other wide format printers for packaging mock ups if there is also a plotter knife in the printer included. When there is already a cutting plotter in the shop you don't need that function but registration is more complicated. So a Mutoh with plotter knife could be a solution if you keep the suggestions above in mind. Ernst -- Ernst Dinkla Serigrafie,Zeefdruk The point will never be metric - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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