Fespa Live Day 3: Océ launches new Colorado

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Océ has launched the Colorado 1650 roll-to-roll printer, expanding the application capabilities of its growing UVgel wide-format family.

The Océ Colorado 1650 can cure prints with both matt and gloss finishes, and can lay down gloss on a matte stock and matte on a gloss stock. It has the same productivity and image quality as the 1640, printing at 159sqm an hour and 1,800dpi.

Dale Hawkins, marketing manager at Oce ANZ said, "The new Colorado 1650 is designed for print business that are working with a lot of SAV, the flexible ink in particular supporting that media."

The 1650 is a four-colour, 1.6m-wide device which makes use of Canon’s exclusive UVgel ink technology. It joins the Colorado 1640 launched two years ago, and differs from it in having a more flexible version of its UVgel ink, which the company says increases the 'stretchability' to 85 per cent compared with 15 per cent on the 1640. Oce says this opens up additional applications such as soft signage, vinyls, and canvasses.

The new Colorado 1650 also has a new curing system, FLXfinish LED, which enables users to automatically switch between matt and gloss finish without changing inks or substrate. Océ says this is aimed at high quality indoor and high impact indoor/outdoor applications respectively.

Océ said the new version came from customer feedback after the 1640 hit the market – there are 800 now installed – and perceived four key pillars on which to build: productivity, automation, cost of ownership, and media versatility.

According to the manufacturer, the four-colour configuration of the Colorado with UVgel inks can achieve the same colour range as rival technologies that require additional inks and spot colours, minimising ink wastage and cost of ownership.

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