Kontra Signs have expanded their already impressive range of products to now include digital large–format printing. Having invested in a Durst RhoPak 160 Corrugated Display Printer, an award–winning Quadro Array Inkjet flatbed printer, they can now print on virtually any substrate up to 160 cm wide, while the length of the printed area is restricted only by the length of the media. The maximum thickness of the media is restricted to 40mm. As its name says, this printer has been specifically developed to deal with corrugated media, and does an exceptional job on a media that has up to now been notoriously problematic to print on.
This printer makes use of patented UV–cured inks, which has been developed to meet the strictest environmental standards, thereby not just delivering exceptional quality prints, but in the process protecting both its operators and the earth from Volatile Organic Carbon (VOCs) compounds. These inks are proven not to emit any VOC's, which may cause health problems ranging from irritation of the respiratory system and eyes to damage of the liver, kidney and central nervous system; in some cases, even cause cancer. By drying the inks by means of Ultra–Violet (UV) lights compared to thermal dryers also contributes to this printer having a smaller Carbon Footprint. Besides the environmental advantage of using UV to cure the ink, it also leads to much quicker drying times (inks dry in 0.2 seconds), and also allows for ink adhesion to a great number of substrates previously not printable at all.
It is this last point that is of course the great advantage of using this technologically advanced printer. Think of a substrate, and the chances are this printer can print on it. Look through the website, and you will get an idea of what has been printed on since we got this machine. Our production area door, corrugated iron, enamelled steel, aluminium sheets, carpet, wall paper, tenting material, cork tiles, wood, tiles, foam, corrugated cardboard, glass … the list is virtually endless.