New Avinci CX3200 supports printing companies’ expansion into soft signage

Wide Format Solutions

The new Avinci CX3200 from Agfa is a dye sublimation roll to roll printer that can print either directly to textile or on transfer paper. It delivers high productivity and a consistently vibrant print quality on a wide range of polyester based fabrics.

The CX3200 engine enables sign printing companies to create textile prints of up to 3.2 metre wide at a production speed of up to 270 m² per hour. The engine uses eco friendly, odourless water based dye sublimation inks to print either directly to fabric or to transfer paper.

Being able to print directly to fabric is easy and ideally suited for fast handling of soft signage applications such as banner displays, wall graphics and point of sales or trade show displays, as well as for special applications requiring print through, such as flags. Transfer paper, in turn, allows for super sharp prints, eliminates any set off, and limits media waste to a minimum. In addition, it extends the application scope to sportswear and fashion garments, as well as home décor prints on non-coated polyester fabrics.

The Avinci CX3200 guarantees a wide and vibrant colour gamut, outstanding tonal rendering and fine detail reproduction. The dedicated dye sub inks stand out through their flexibility, and outdoor resistance. They deliver a stable jetting performance and the same first rate quality batch after batch. An off line calendering unit effectively fixes the colours after printing.

Philip Van der Auwera, wide format marketing manager at Agfa, stated: ‘The market demand for soft signage keeps growing, as it is lightweight, resistant to wrinkles and folding, and easy to transport and reuse. The Avinci CX3200 will meet the needs of existing textile printing companies, as well as enable sign and display printers to diverge into textile printing and bring in new business. We designed it to be fit for high productivity and maximum uptime. It is extremely robust and reliable, as well as easy to operate.’

The new Avinci CX3200 is a solidly built, reliable engine that can handle any job from a single print to sizeable runs in a 24 hour a day, seven days a week set up. It is equipped with Kyocera water based printheads that will cover the printer’s entire life cycle. The strong pre-heater limits drying time and reduces set off, while the vacuum make sure that thin transfer papers are kept perfectly wrinkle free.

Changeover between jobs is fast and easy. Loading a new roll can be done in less than seven minutes by a single operator, thanks to the automatic media transport with pinch rollers.

The CX3200 is driven by Agfa’s intuitive Asanti workflow software, which streamlines all preparation, production and finishing steps of the printing process. Its smart algorithms guarantee high print quality and colour consistency, as well as low ink consumption.

In addition, Asanti features a number of options that facilitate soft signage production, such as the automated positioning of cutting marks and grommets, and the easy design of canvas extensions for the creation of flag pole pockets. It also lets printers nest and tile artwork to optimise media use.

With Asanti StoreFront, the company’s web to print software solution, soft signage printing companies can automatically manage incoming web orders or set up online stores.

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