Agfa releases printer for interior decoration
Agfa is launching InterioJet, a water-based inkjet printing system it says produces quality and advanced customisation for digital printing of laminated surface designs.
The InterioJet 3300 is a multi-pass, water-based inkjet system for printing on decor paper used for interior decoration, such as laminate floors and furniture.
The InterioJet is built on the same inkjet printing platform as Agfa’s award-winning heavy-duty Jeti Tauro LED UV printing press for sign and display printing applications. Agfa says it delivers the same printing reliability – now with print heads, inks and a drying system tuned to water-based pigment inks.
“The InterioJet 3300 will accelerate the transformation from gravure to digital printing in the laminated surface market,” said Tom Cloots, director Industrial Inkjet for Agfa. “It is the ideal cost-efficient solution for medium and short production runs.
“Its limited start-up time and high flexibility will enable suppliers of laminated surfaces to gain new business by responding to evolving market demands, including printing on demand and just-in-time delivery. The system allows interior decoration designers to let their creativity run free and create customised designs for every order.”
The InterioJet can print on two rolls at a time – each with a width of up to 155 cm and a weight of up to 600 kg – at a speed of up to 340 m² per hour. It achieves a brilliant and consistent print quality throughout, as well as across print orders. It excels through its superior contrast, sharpness, and color saturation, matching typical decorative industry color profiles.
Incorporating Agfa’s signature Thin Ink Layer technology, the InterioJet has a low ink consumption, reducing production cost and footprint. It can be combined with various impregnation and lamination processes.
Like Agfa’s wide-format inkjet printers, the InterioJet is driven by Agfa’s Asanti workflow software, which controls, simplifies and automates the entire printing process from prepress to finishing. Agfa says Asanti’s comprehensive integration of file handling, colour management and preflighting guarantees smooth, error-free jobs.
For advanced workflow and colour management integration to the creative and reproduction processes, as well as cross-colour management with the analogue printing processes, Asanti handshakes with full compatibility to the latest Ava cadcam products.
In accordance with Agfa’s matched components’ approach – which the company says ensures the accurate alignment of printing systems, workflow software and inks – the company developed dedicated water-based pigment inks for the InterioJet. These eco-friendly inks are light- and waterfast and use specific pigments that deliver a high colour coverage. Thanks to the thin dried layer, they can be used to print great wood and natural stone designs (such as marble) without surface relief.