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Ubiquitous UV

Today, UV could well stand for “ubiquitous – very.” Printing with UV technologies has become that prevalent in the wide-format marketplace. Consider: Overall, more than 45 percent of all wide-format printers currently on the market utilize UV inks, according to our findings – that’s a significant number, and one that has continued to grow each year. Of 70 flatbed/hybrid printers we reported on in our 2011-2012 Printer Sourcebook, only two do not utilize UV inks. And of the 130 rollfed printers reported on in the Sourcebook, nearly 20 percent utilize UV inks. In just a few short years, we’ve seen UV’s tidal wave come ashore and make its impact on the market.

Today, UV could well stand for “ubiquitous – very.” Printing with UV technologies has become that prevalent in the wide-format marketplace.

Meanwhile, printer OEMs are constantly tweaking their machine offerings, bettering each printer’s mix of features as new models are introduced (including the integration of UV-LED lamps and related technologies, see page xx). And, importantly, the manufacturers have been addressing both the high end of production UV machines, as well as developing entry-level machines to allow small operations to get a foothold into the advantages that UV technologies offer.

We’ve provided details on one or two of the latest UV printer models from each of the 27 manufacturers that follow. In addition, in each company’s listing we’ve strived to note other UV models the company produces (visit the company’s website for the most up-to-date information as equipment rosters may change by the time we go to press).