PPSI, a manufacturer of industrial inkjet printing equipment, has formed the Dice subsidiary to market single pass inkjet systems that convert traditional flexo presses into digital web presses.
A Dice GT System adds color digital inkjet capability to existing presses. According to PPSI President Chuck Raymond, the system includes “everything required to convert a flexo or offset press into a digital hybrid press. Print small jobs 100 percent digitally, avoiding setup expense. Print larger jobs with traditional analog process, except now with color variable data capability. Preserve your investment in downstream processes and web handling by adding inkjet to your existing equipment.”
The system is based upon arrays of the Xaar 1001 printheads. It prints a variety of UV curable inks with 360 dpi resolution and eight levels of gray scale at 80 fpm. Print widths are available from 2.7” to 22.2”. Inks are available to print on a variety of substrates.
“Our experience with recirculating ink supplies and the Xaar 1001 printhead has positioned us to supply this exciting new market,” says Raymond. “We feel the appeal of short run variable data systems like these is closely tied to the cost of ownership.Because it reuses existing equipment,the Dice GT is the most economical way to get into production inkjet.”