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Inkcups Introduces the Helix Hi-Fi

Inkcups Introduces the Helix Hi-Fi

Inkcups has used FESPA Global Print Expo 2019, which is taking place this week in Munich, to launch its newest product, the Helix Hi-Fi, a seven-colour rotary digital printer that delivers photorealistic skin-tone matching with the addition of three new colour pockets.

The Helix Hi-Fi, which can be found on the Inkcups stand (Stand H70, Hall A5), is an evolution of the Inkcups’ Helix printer and, in addition to Helix’s standard CMYKWV ink configuration, the Helix Hi-Fi offers three additional colours: light cyan, light magenta and light black. While the standard Helix already delivers excellent image quality, the addition of the light colours further enhances this, especially when printing skin tones, where true photorealistic images are generated with smoother shade transitions, less graininess, and higher-resolution edge effects.

The Helix Hi-Fi’s skin-tone matching function is increasingly in demand for personalised printing applications, which often require one-off production of facial images. It can import a series of unique image files and produce high-resolution printed products of high quality. Typical applications include personalised images on glass candle holders, drinkware including stemless wine glasses, stainless steel tumblers, pint glasses and much more besides.

Ideal for use in the promotional and retail markets, the Helix Hi-Fi prints multi-colour graphics onto straight-walled cylinders, tapers, and objects with limited wall curvatures. The system features a built-in programmable tilt to reduce change-over time and eliminate the need to optimize print recipes for each SKU change.

The Helix Hi-Fi, which uses UV LED ink and prints 360 degrees with a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi, offers a printable area of 218 mm and can print on items up to 305 mm in length with a diameter ranging from 51-127 mm.

It is delivered as a turnkey package that includes software to integrate with web-based production solutions, as well as Inkcups’ world-class InkcupCare warranty and service coverage.

The company offers multiple pre-treatment options (including the newly released MagiCoat), inks and other supplies, along with application testing and sample prints upon request. Metals, glass, plastics, and ceramics are all validated for image durability from handling and washing.

Commenting on the efficacy of the machine, Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups, said: “The Helix Hi-Fi is unmatched in price and performance and the addition of these three inks is a game changer for customers looking to achieve high-quality personalised results. Inkcups has always had a strong business with promotional printing, and we are pleased to lead the industry in the personalisation category.”

The Helix Hi-Fi is engineered and manufactured in the U.S. and is available for order now.

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