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Impika to Launch iPrint eXtreme at drupa

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Press release from the issuing company

The iPrint eXtreme, result of careful marketing and high technology expertise, offers broad new perspectives for inkjet printers. Targeting the tabloid and broadsheet press, graphic arts, book publishers and direct marketers, the iPrint eXtreme offers a 711 mm (28'') print width, and speeds up to 375 m/min (1230 ft/min) in process color and print resolutions up to 1200 dpi. The iPrint eXtreme can be configured from 1 to 6 colors and supports a large number of dedicated finishing systems, making it a leader among inkjet production printers.

IMPIKA’s proudest achievement, the iPrint eXtreme is built around scalable modules which allow customers to improve and enhance their productivity and printer configurations while monitoring and incorporating inkjet technological developments.

Print width : multiple custom formats
The iPrint eXtreme offers, through integration of latest-generation printheads, a print width of 711mm (28''), enabling a wide range of print sizes up to the B1 format (707 x 1000mm), including the necessary variations for newspapers production (broadsheet, tabloid and berliner), as well as format and width requirements for book publication.

Print Speed: fasten your seatbelts!
The iPrint eXtreme prints in color at 375m/min and offers opportunities for monochrome printing at far higher speeds. These unique and exclusive speeds inherent in the IMPIKA piezoelectric technology will revolutionize the user’s print productivity benchmarks and growth strategies.

The possibilities are many and varied. They include for instance, the color printing of 8,000 copies of a 40-page tabloid newspaper, or 45,000 format B2 or 22,500 format B1 pages per hour, according to the requested print quality specifications.

As it is for all models in the iPrint range, high speed variable data management is ensured by the multi-format iController, designed to IMPIKA standards and compatible with most servers on the market.

Print quality: an exceptional choice
IMPIKA inkjet technology addresses a wide range of color and monochrome applications to meet the most demanding quality standards:
• A 360x600 dpi mode particularly well suited for newspaper printing and transactional applications.
• A 600x600 dpi mode which is intended primarily for direct mail, transactional and Transpromo applications.
• A new VHQ (Very High Quality) Mode, an IMPIKA exclusive which allows printers working at 600x600 dpi, with four grey scale levels, to offer very high quality reproduction even at high speeds. This mode is ideal for applications requiring a high quality standard.
• An "Offset quality" with 1200x1200 dpi native resolution, an IMPIKA exclusive introduced at IPEX 2010, allowing printers to target graphic arts and offset market applications.

Number of colors: from monochrome to six colors
The iPrint eXtreme architecture is built around a unique modular concept consisting of a base frame with two print heads that can be added to eachother for more elaborate configurations. This modular concept allows flexibility, starting with high speed monochrome to four- and six-color configurations for the most demanding applications both in terms of quality and speed.

As with all series printers in the iPrint range, the eXtreme supports water-based pigment or dye inks, including a full range of Pantone colors, as well as MICR and special inks.

Finishing system: a new range suitable for the IMPIKA inkjet printers
The performances of digital printers should be fully exploited to derive the greatest economic and technical advantage.

IMPIKA will introduce at Drupa 2012, a first finishing solution capable of meeting the new speed standards proposed by the iPrint eXtreme. It is characterized by a pair of specially designed unwinders and rewinders to run at speeds up to 500 m/mn. Other high-speed cutting and folding finishing systems are currently in development to propose, for example, for the newspaper and graphic arts markets, full production lines to make the most of IMPIKA inkjet productivity.

Design and ergonomics: a combination of aesthetics and performance
At IMPIKA, the technical performances of our products are always related to a concern for the aesthetic and the functional experience. The dimensions proposed by the iPrint eXtreme are specifically packaged to mark the unique characteristics of IMPIKA’s new product able to answer to high productivity applications (printer) as well as high quality ones (press).

An innovative approach has been applied to the iPrint eXtreme ergonomics with the installation of optional new display, never seen before on this type of machine, enabling to inform about production and functioning in an “eXtreme” format.

New ink: printing in HD
Drupa 2012 will also be an opportunity for IMPIKA to introduce the latest generation of inks compatible with all iPrint models, referenced as HD (High Density) inks. These inks are the result of years of research and collaboration and are described as pigments incorporating "density boosters". The main advantages are the possible use of low cost papers, the show through reduction even on lower paper weights (

"The IMPIKA iPrint eXtreme represents a milestone in the market development of digital inkjet printing. We designed and manufactured this product to bridge the gap between traditional and digital printing, not only in terms of performance, but also as essential link between the paper and the full digital approach as figured by its graphic interface. The solutions synergy is for IMPIKA the way forward which allows different business models to coexist and evolve. The world is changing very fast and industry requires flexible and scalable solutions to meet the needs of today and, above all, those of tomorrow. The iPrint eXtreme, is the perfect example of the right combination of technological expertise and market feedback” noted IMPIKA Chief Executive Officer, Paul Morgavi.

The power of words and the logic of numbers are not sufficient to translate this new dimension in print if not accompanied by the emotion of a full-scale demonstration that will be on offer at the IMPIKA stand, Drupa Hall 5, C24.




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