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New Name, New Look and Improvements for the BEL2000 Flatbed Digital Ink Jet Printer

Friday, March 21, 2003

Press release from the issuing company

Bellwood, Illinois – 13 March 2003, Belcom North America announced the end of Beta Development for the BEL2000 Digital Printer in September 2002. Since the end of the Beta Development several improvements have taken place that enhance the performance of the printer. Until recently the device was sold in Europe, Asia/Pacific and other world markets under the name Shaldag SP. As part of the consolidation of Scitex Vision and Aprion, the printer formerly known as the BEL2000 or the Shaldag SP is now called the CORJet . Belcom is the North American affiliate and Distributor of the Printer in Corrugated Products markets. The printer is made by Scitex Vision Ltd., Netanya, Israel and is powered by the Aprion Digital Print Technology. The features of the CORJet consist of five main components: • ApriRip Software • The CORJet System Controller • NEW Automatic substrate Loader and Unloader • The print engine • Integrate Dryer Unit NEW ApriRip software The workflow is streamlined and efficient. The ApriRip software and the system controller together control the press. The ApriRip takes standard digital artwork files and, using preset hot folders, automatically RIPs them to CT and/or LW formats. This ensures maximum image and text quality. The RIPed files are then sent to the system controller. The system controller governs ICC color management, and is where operational functions are automatically or manually input. This includes special instructions for substrates, loading and unloading speeds, head and ink system activity, and parameters for drying, step-and-repeat and job queue management functions, file previewing and last minute adjustments to color. NEW Loader and Unloader This new system is composed of two elevators for loading and unloading and a vacuum transportation system, all automatically operated via the machine’s main controller. The elevator automatically adjusts its height in accordance with the number of sheets stacked on the loading unit, ensuring that it is in line with the vacuum table and print engine. The vacuum then lifts the media, aligns it and feeds it into the print engine. After the print and drying cycle sheets undergo the same process to unload and stack prints ready for finishing. This new system has four distinct advantages: 1. Accessibility. Not only does the operator have good visibility of the loading and unloading process but the new system allows users free accessibility to the loading platform from all directions. 2. Media size. Substrates – up to 160 x 285cm / 63”x112” can be used, allowing an image area of up to 1.55m x2.80m / 61”x110” to be printed. 3. Maintenance. Simple and straightforward with fewer spare parts needed. 4. Lifting weight. The new system is capable of loading 30kg / 67.5 lbs more than before with a capacity of 750 kg (1,690lbs) The Scitex Vision CORjet press is ideal for printing on corrugated substrates up to 10 mm / 0.39 in thick as ultra-high speed inkjet is a non-impact process. It prints in six colours, sheet-to-sheet, in sizes up to 1.60m x2.85m / 63x112in at resolutions of 600 dpi, reaching the amazing throughput of up to 150 m2 per hour (1614 sq ft/hr), yielding 33 sheets per hour. At the heart of the CORjet press is Scitex Vision’s patented Aprion technology. A Piezo based, drop-on-demand technology employing a 5.9 inch 512 nozzle head. This head uses the CW100 Supreme inks, Scitex Vision’s specially formulated pigmented water-based inks that enable controlled ejection of drops at a rate of 25,000 per second. Advantages to corrugated printers include the possibility of very low & cost-effective run lengths, higher margins, fast response times, versioning, localization and personalized printing. As a supplemental process to a conventional corrugated printing operation, the CORjet enables innovative applications, trial runs and test marketing, seasonal and time sensitive promotions to be printed on a wide range of paper-based liners on rigid substrates. Being digital, the CORjet requires no films, plates or other traditional prepress processes. There are no set-up costs, and high start-up waste is eliminated. Further convenience and cost savings can be enjoyed by both printer and customer as no printing plates or large inventories of printed stock need to be stored.

 

 

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