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Augend Technologies was a new name for Infiniti Europe, 2007 until their demise Print E-mail

During the years 200? through 2006, Infiniti Europe offered the Infiniti Xplorer, Infiniti Xpert, Infiniti Xterius, and Infiniti Xtream. But during 2007 there was a shake-up among the competing entities that form “Infiniti.” One casualty was Infiniti Europe. Augend Technologies appears to be a rebirth of Infiniti Europe in 2007.

One question is which “Infiniti” printers do they offer? Yat Fung Digital or Fey Yeung Union. “Infiniti” is not really a company in the sense of a manufacturer. Infiniti is a brand name that buys from various Chinese factories (these two just mentioned, among others).

Most (but not all) of the Infiniti printers sold via the US (usually sold via Miami to Latin America) tend to be Fey Yeung. The UV printers via FY were also originally manufactured by Hangzhou Honghua Digital Technology Stock Co. Ltd. But during the last four years, most alliances among Chinese brands and factories have changed.

 

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Aungend Technologies Xplorer solvent printer. Now that Latex and other alternative (and more environmentally friendly) inks have taken over, it is hard to see a promising future for solvent ink technology.

Infiniti Europe (and thus Augend Technologies) is very different from Infiniti USA (best represented by Aeromatrix)

Since Infiniti is a brand name more than a centralized company it is not surprising that the American reseller is totally different and unrelated to the European reseller. Both companies, however, have courteous booth staff and have always been patient and gracious when FLAAR has asked them questions for hours on end.

But Infiniti Europe never really launched their UV printer, indeed they withdrew it for a year or so (after showing it at FESPA 2005 in Munich). This is good to have taken if off the market, since Infiniti Europe has to cover tech support on the printers they sell within Western Europe. If a printer is not yet finished, doing tech support can get expensive quickly. Reportedly Agfa dropped out of the eco-solvent printer market totally because of higher than expected costs of tech support due to issues with its inks.

Infiniti in the USA tends to sell into Latin America. No one in Latin America can seriously sue a company in the US (much less a company in China). So there is not really that much tech support available to people in far-away Latin America after they buy their UV printers. Once you pay for it, it belongs to you forever.

Most European distributors dropped Chinese inkjet printers. Eurotech gradually began to modify them and then eventually designed and assembled the printers in Turkey. Sun LLC began as an importer and distributor of several brands of Chinese printers. But to improve them (so there was less tech support cost), Sun began to add stronger components. Gradually more of the printer was from Russia and less from China. By 2008 Sun LLC had their own factory, so the printers were not entirely Chinese any more. Of course if the printers are no longer Chinese then are no longer cheap. But if they are cheap, the low-bid components wear out in a few months.

Infiniti UV printers come under different names

Infiniti UV1612S

UV-1606

FY6150P

Xterius 16UVs (Infiniti Europe)

Fina (the brand name for the same printers in the US, via Aeromatrix)

It’s confusing, but so will getting spare parts be even more confusing. At least Augend is keeping the same name they have had for two years: Xterius 16UVS. This has essentially the same Xaar XJ126-300 printheads as the Sun NEO-UV, but the latter uses LED lamps because the Sun versions are retrofitted in Russia.

 

These models of Infiniti Europe are no longer available new, but you might find it as a used printer. Regardless of what brand and model, before buying any used printer, we recommend that you realize spare parts may be an issue for printers no longer manufactured. Plus, the main reason why a model is retired is because engineers have developed new (and hopefully better) printheads, ink delivery systems, substrate transport systems, etc. So what may have been an acceptable printer when it was fresh and new, may be not as viable today.

Plus undersand that there are so many old models that it is not realistic for us to update each and every web page going back so many years. So if you need personal assistance, to decide which used printer is worth the risk, you can hire Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth for a personalized consultancy. For more information, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Augend spec sheet does not indicate whether the 16UVS still uses just one UV lamp. More than 85% of UV printers use two UV lamps. The main exceptions are some Mimaki printers that do only uni-directional printing with Toshiba Tec printheads, in order to achive superior quality.

The Infiniti UV printer uses only one printhead because this is a retrofitted solvent printer. They have not yet had enough experience to design an entire printer with two lamps: that would require redesigning the entire chassis to take care of the heat. Even with one head, the Infiniti UV printers sold in the USA have serious problems with the ink lines (which are not always of adequate standard).

But to be fair to the European version, we will need to inspect end-users in Europe to see if they have the same problems as sign shop owners report in the US and Latin America. It’s not FLAAR that says any of this, it’s people that bought these Infiniti UV printers and then find out they are still in alpha stage, or barely in early beta stage.

However it is not only Chinese-made UV printers that have these problems. The $650,000 Luscher JetPrint, in our opinion, was never really fully out of beta stage even after three years since DRUPA 2004, or at least was not when they sold the machines where we interviewed the owners (in Europe and in the US). This is a Swiss-made UV printer.

And on the subject of Swiss quality, another Swiss UV printer failed to function two years ago. Only now, after two years of retrofitting, has it been re-launched.

That’s why the FLAAR Reports are essential. We do our best to learn which are printers still in beta-stage, and which are not even out of alpha-stage. And, which printers are mature and ready for use today.

But the new company, Augend, is moving beyond Infiniti

Augend Technologies, however, spent their funding and resources focusing on its Augend F16, a giant solvent-based “wide-format inkjet press.”

Simultaneously Augend Technologies spent even more money working on their garage-sized Augend RF20 UV-curing printing press.

Both were exhibited at one European trade show several years ago. But none of these super-expensive printing presses ever appeared again, and when I checked on the Internet in April 2009, their web site Augend.eu had ceased to exist (unless they are under a new name).

Presently (in 2012), “Infiniti Europe” has not been functional for several years. “Infiniti in USA” continues separated from Infiniti China. The true original official Infiniti China has a separate factory in another city.

If your company wishes assistance to better understand Chinese brands and factories, our experience is available to assist you.

 

Recently Updated April 9, 2012.

First posted May 23, 2007. Updated April 27, 2009 and Jan. 16, 2012.

 
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