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SwissQprint unveils the Karibu roll to roll printer

SwissQprint unveils the Karibu roll to roll printer

SwissQprint has unveiled the Karibu, its first roll to roll printer, at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019, which is currently taking place in Munich.

This sturdy Swiss-built machine, which will be commercially available from September, is a UV inkjet printer with a maximum print width of 3.4 metres and incorporates many ingenious features that delver high efficiency and reliability as well as huge versatility.

The SwissQprint stand (Stand H30, Hall A5) is hosting live demonstrations illustrating how quick and easy it is to change rolls with Karibu, which uses a cassette system to ensure that media is loaded and ready to print within minutes.

The Karibu also features a light box next to the printing area, to facilitate immediate and continuous quality control of backlit prints, with the result that neither material nor time is wasted should optimisations prove necessary.

To ensure clean, simple and successful processing of permeable substrates, as well as full bleed printing, a mesh kit is integrated within the machine’s print bed, which eliminates the need for additional set-up work and subsequent cleaning. A mouse click by the operator sends the Karibu print beam, which is movable in the X direction, from its standard position to the mesh position. Printing can then start immediately.

For users who regularly print in parallel, SwissQprint offers a dual roll option capable of handling two rolls, each up to 1.6 metres wide, thus effectively doubling the Karibu’s productivity. The roll holders are split into two sections, with each half of the shaft driven individually, ensuring optimum web tension and perfect results on both rolls.

Karibu has 136 keys ranged across the print bed width, rather like a piano, with each one opening or closing a vacuum channel, thus eliminating air leakage, even in the gap between dual rolls. A light tap on the switches, using a fingertip, is all the user action that is required to open or close the entire vacuum area width within four seconds. This function has been named Tip Switch vacuum, a technical solution for which SwissQprint has filed a patent application.

Karibu has four beacon-like status indicators affixed to the print beam, which can be observed from a distance thus keeping the operator informed as to the machine’s status and progress, even when engaged on other tasks in the print room.

SwissQprint has also developed an inkset specifically for the new printer. The cured ink layer is flexible to ensure its suitability for use with all imaginable roll media, while the inks themselves are NVC-free and Greenguard Gold certified. Printed products are thus safe to use in critical places such as hospitals and schools, potentially further broadening users’ range of services.

The international swissQprint distributor network is now accepting orders for delivery starting in September 2019.

For further information, visit: www.swissqprint.com

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