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Agfa Introduces Wide-format Industrial Inkjet System at FESPA

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Munich, Germany – FESPA – 31 May 2005 – Agfa today unveiled the largest wide-format inkjet system in its portfolio, :Anapurna 100. Designed specifically to accommodate the needs of high-volume industrial operations, :Anapurna 100 offers fast, incredibly detailed output up to 2,540-mm (100-inches) wide. This advanced system is the result of a collaborative effort with inkjet printer manufacturer, Mutoh Europe. :Anapurna's shuttling printing system provides uninterrupted operation for maximum productivity in industrial environments. The combination of precision printheads, developed jointly by Agfa and piezo printhead manufacturer Xaar, and Agfa's new UV-curable :Anapurna inks, offer exceptional colour quality and excellent scratch resistance on a wide range of flexible and rigid media. Agfa's new generation Universal Print Heads (UPH) give the :Anapurna system precision accuracy. Its eight printheads each contain 764 nozzles and have the ability to print greyscale images up to 16 levels with a minimum drop volume of 8 picolitres. The result is highly detailed print at up to 1440x1440 dpi. One of :Anapurna's Agfa-patented features is the "Controlled Ink Supply System" which conditions the ink. This closed loop ink circuit enables degassing of the ink through continuous circulation, eliminating air bubbles in the ink chamber that could interfere with the printhead. It also controls the temperature and viscosity of the ink which contributes to more reliable, uniform drops when it is projected onto the media. Agfa's :Anapurna inks offer optimal adherence and colour durability on a wide range of substrates. ":Anapurna's sturdy engine and solid construction are specifically designed to cope with the heavy workload of industrial environments," said Agfa's Willy Van Dromme, worldwide director of wide-format inkjet business solutions. "The system offers best-in-class total cost of ownership for increased profit margins, while its width allows printers to accomplish a wider range of applications and expand their business opportunities."

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