Mutoh Announces Toucan Hybrid Two-in-One Flatbed Printing System
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz.--Sept. 9, 2003-- Today, Mutoh America Inc., a worldwide leader and manufacturer of large format commercial inkjet printers announced the introduction of the Toucan Hybrid, multi-purpose printing system. The Toucan Hybrid is a flatbed for inkjet printing on rigid substrates, but can be converted to a roll-to-roll printer for printing on flexible goods in a matter of minutes. The Toucan Hybrid's versatility produces high-quality, outdoor durable images on a variety of uncoated, rigid or flex, low-cost materials. "The Toucan Hybrid is based on our popular Toucan 64-inch, 6-color industrial outdoor platform. Mutoh customers have been very pleased with the high quality and productivity of the Toucan, but have been after Mutoh to offer a flatbed printer," said Guy Cipresso, Vice President, Business Development. "We provided the best of both worlds with the Toucan Hybrid, a printing system that delivers high-quality output on flat, rigid substrates up to 3.5-inches thick, as well as on flexible roll media. This versatility is an important feature for many production shops trying to maximize capital equipment investments to satisfy their customer output requirements." The Toucan Hybrid, when configured in flatbed mode, accommodates rigid substrates up to 64-inch wide x 118-inch long x 3.5-inch thick. Print speeds and resolutions (up to 720 dpi) will vary depending on the substrate. The Hybrid's flatbed mode head heights are adjustable to accommodate substrates from .08 to 3.5-inches thick. Lasers are used for precise head height adjustment. The Hybrid quickly converts to a roll-to-roll printer where it delivers typical production print speeds of up to 400 sf/hr and high speed printing of up to 800 sf/hr. Outdoor durability of up to 3 years without lamination and up to 5 years with lamination is possible at resolutions up to 720 dpi and print widths up to 62-inches. Bulk ink reservoirs allow refilling on-the-fly, and a heavy-duty motorized feed and take-up system handle a wide variety of media effortlessly. The Toucan Hybrid includes a 21GB hard disk drive along with Mutoh's Thunderbird PostScript print server and ISIS Print Manager software. Priced at $149,995, the Toucan Hybrid includes installation and six-month on-site warranty service. Expected ship date is January 2004.