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Luscher Goes Big At Drupa 2004

Press release from the issuing company

April 5, 2004 -- Luscher announces JetPrint, a new and versatile very large format (VLF) flatbed printer with a print area of 137.8 inches x 120 inches. JetPrint will figure prominently on Lüscher's booth 4A21 in Hall 4 at DRUPA 2004. Heralding Lüscher's entry into the large format digital printing sector, the company will launch and do live demonstrations of the printer. JetPrint is a UV cured ink-jet printer, which is mounted on a unique fixed vacuum table and employs Spectra PIEZO print heads, with 1024 jets per color. Using 4, 6 or 8 (or 2 x 4) state of the art SunJet UV cured inks, JetPrint prints virtually any rigid or flexible substrate up to 3.15 inches thick, and can print numerous small formats simultaneously. Printing at a true resolution of 400 x 400 dpi , JetPrint can operate at a speed up to 1,075 square feet per hour (with 8 colors). Also to be launched at the show, the XPose! 190 extends the XPose! range of thermal platesetters even further to the VLF end of the scale. Its super large format of 81.1 x 61.42 inches enables it to image oversized plates including those required by the new VLF KBA 205 sheet-fed presses. XPose! 190 is available with a range of optional resolutions. When Imaging at 600 dpi, the XPose! 190 is the fastest manual CTP device currently available. Other platesetters in the XPose! family to be exhibited and demonstrated live include the XPose! 75, which is noted for its high quality and accuracy by packaging, label and forms printers in the production of 4- and 6-up thermal plates. Live demonstrations of the XPose! 130, which produces 8-up (37.4” x 44.5”) thermal plates for the commercial and packaging sectors. A unique configuration will be shown with two platesetters operating in conjunction with a single, fully robotic Dual Plate Handling System (DPHS) automatically loading and unlading plates on both platesetters. Lüscher will also demonstrate the world record-breaking VLF XPose! 160, using the newly developed 128-diode imaging head. The XPose! 160's production record of 44 8-up plates in dual mode, and 20 individual 16-up plates per hour at 2400 dpi, remains unbroken and Lüscher challenges competitors to beat it employing the same parameters. In the graphic and industrial screen printing sector, Luscher will be demonstrating the JetScreen Computer-to-Screen stencil maker. JetScreen produces stencils required for the screen printing process by ink jetting the images onto the photo-sensitive emulsion with an opaque, hot-melt wax. The JetScreen will be demonstrated imaging frames of 14.75 x 8.5 feet. JetScreen is available in formats up to 26.25 x 12.47 feet. It is also possible to process, load and unload two large-format printing frames at the same time. With 4,000 square feet of floor space, complete with a second floor reception area, this will be Lüscher's largest presence at DRUPA, reflecting the company's growth since DRUPA 2000. Since then, over 500 units of the XPose! range of Computer-to-Plate systems have been sold worldwide.