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FLAAR now has a site-visit case study of a sign shop with two Mutoh Toucan solvent ink printers Print E-mail

It is not easy to decide among all the traditional solvent ink printers such as Mutoh Toucan, Mimaki JV3, when faced with all the new ones from DGI, Lyson Tiara, Eastech, or Infiniti. Even ColorSpan has a mid-size solvent ink printer now (ColorSpan 72S, Gator). Prices are tough to weigh, because it is never clear how to value what is offered in the specs.

The solvent ink printers from mainland China are still a bit premature. Many are not of the same engineering quality or build quality as those made in Japan or the USA . Certain brands from Korea, such as DGI, now have sturdy products, but they are primarily used in Latin America and areas where the lowest purchase price is what counts.

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Mutoh Toucan Solvent Ink Printer at ISA Tradeshow 2003

FLAAR recognizes the lack of adequate evaluation elsewhere, so we have been working the last several years to build up information on solvent ink printers as best we can. The result is our new series of reports which cover solvent ink, eco-solvent, lite-solvent, mild-solvent, and even oil-based printers. Professor Hellmuth found a sign shop that owned a Mutoh Toucan; indeed it is the outside company that often prints for our university. Thus we know the owners and trust their experience. The result is a penetrating review of what it is like to have a Mutoh Toucan in a commercial print shop.

No matter what brand of printer you are considering, you are about to spend thousands of dollars. The cost of a FLAAR Report is less than a set of ink... and may be a good investment too.

If you order the Solvent ink FLAAR Report Series from FLAAR now, you get four years of Nicholas Hellmuth's experience in checking out solvent ink printers all bundled in one convenient batch of PDF downloads. These reports are all in full-color and provide independent assessment of the pros and cons of DGI, Infiniti, Oce Arizona, Mutoh Toucan, Mimaki JV3, Lyson Tiara, and other inkjet printer brands.

Hewlett-Packard has now introduced their latex ink technology in a new HP Designjet L65500 printer. FLAAR has already inspected a beta test site in Europe and has been trained on latex ink in Israel a month before. Our preliminary report on the HP latex ink is now available, and a report on the printer will be issued as soon as we can spend inspect an advanced beta unit in the future.

 

Most recently updated May 18, 2005.
First posted March 10, 2004.

 
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