Impala 2

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OVERVIEW

Unassuming at first glance, yet a jack of all trades when fully equipped. Impala 2 is the UV printer for businesses with a wish to grow. Because the base model can grow in all directions: doubling its output both in terms of printing speed and maximum format size. The Impala 2 is modest in only one respect: its physical dimensions.

The Impala 2 is an especially good illustration of the modular design principles of swissQprint products. At heart, it is a robust flatbed printer with a 2.5 × 2 metre printing table. There are two print head variants to choose from, both deployable either singly or doubled up for twice the performance: 180 m2 per hour is the maximum.

An Impala 2 extended with the board option for outsize formats can handle media up to 2.5 × 4 metres. In other words, twice as long as the printing table measures from front to back.

The Impala 2 also masters continuous printing with the roll to roll option. It scores for printing non-rigid media with a vacuum that tames wrinkles in the material and that is available in two strength variants. While feeding, the vacuum briefly releases to give minimal friction. This makes the Impala 2 able to process roll jobs all by itself.

Teamwork is only needed for tandem printing a series of boards. The Impala 2 takes care of printing duties, alternating between the front and rear halves of the table. The operator keeps loading and unloading media and printing really takes off.

FEATURES & BENEFITS

Software

swissQPrint Impala 2

The swissQprint control centre is quite simply versatile, accommodating a comprehensive scope of parameterisation. For instance, fine adjustments before and after the RIP process are just as possible as the free positioning of differing or identical images. When the board option is used, the controller determines the ideal moment for clustering and cropping.

In summary: the software of a wide format printer by swissQprint is a guarantor for seamless and flawless results. The livespooler, a small supplementary tool, communicates between the RIP station and the output software. This makes workflow continuous and enables the machine operator to maintain a clear overview and keep timing under control. The tool tracks the jobs dispatched from the spooler and provides continuous feedback on the status of each job. The position of each job in the queue is always clear. The livespooler also keeps track of the number of printed copies, status reports and ink reservoir levels. Here is another example of the various auxiliary functions: a high-resolution CCD camera in the printing table provides a view of the printing nozzles magnified by a factor of 500 to enable visual adjustments.

Colours

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Inkjet printing is as colourful as the world around us. The CMYK standard is expandable to nine colours: they include light colours for recreating natural skin tones and fine shading, as well as white, special effects lacquer and even primer for printing on glass. Special colours such as orange, violet and green expand the colour space further still for even more Pantone colour tones.

All of the UV-hardened inks are VOC free. They bond on acrylic, aluminium composite panels, wood, tarpaulins and awnings, polyester, polycarbonate, polystyrene, (rigid foam) PVC, vinyl films, flexible foam panels and numerous other media. Suitable materials may be stretched after printing without any signs of stress whitening in the colour, thanks to the adequately flexible ink.


Media diversity

UV-curing inks adhere to acrylic, aluminium composite panels, wood, tarpaulins, polyester, polycarbonate, polystyrene, (high-­density) PVC foam sheet, vinyl films, flexible foam panels, and with primer even on glass, anodised aluminium and stainless steel.

Homogenous white

White ink has a well-known tendency for sedimentation. swissQprint systems keep it agitated and circulated right down the print nozzles. Reliable print results are always assured, regardless of how often white is actually used.

First-level safety

Should something or someone breach the light curtain surrounding the beam, the print head carriage will slow down to warn as well as protect the operator. Meanwhile, printing continues and there are no rejects.

Targeted suction power

The vacuum system is steplessly adjustable along the width of the print bed. Masking is largely unnecessary. A higher-powered vacuum option is available for industrial applications and the Tandem function.

Second-level safety

Crash Sensor Technology prevents damage, for instance if the material thickness was entered incorrectly or corners on the medium are sticking out. The print head carriage is stopped immediately.

Vacuum inversion

The Quick Release button neutralises the vacuum in no time at all – and the substrate can be removed immediately. Thrust reversal creates an air cushion for effortless handling of heavy media.

Multiple points of origin

The simple, quickly set registration pins are a unique feature. In addition to defining the zero-origin, they also provide additional mechanical attachment points: format-independent, with as many as required to make efficient use of the printing table area.

Swiss made

swissQprint systems are developed and manufactured in Switzerland and are characterised by precision, long service life, and robust quality down to the very last detail.

DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS

Productivity

Oryx 2

Impala 2

Nyala 2

Draft 1

65 m2/h

Speed 1

40 m2/h

180 m2/h

206 m2/h

Production 1

20 m2/h

90 m2/h

103 m2/h

Quality 1

18 m2/h

48 m2/h

54 m2/h

Fine art 1

9 m2/h

28 m2/h

32 m2/h

Resolution

Variable drop size

9 – 42 picolitre

Addressable resolution

360 dpi – 1080 dpi

Visual resolution

up to 2160 dpi

Print technology

Piezoelectric inkjet technology (DOD)

Binary or greyscale

Software / RIP

Output software on integrated PC

Caldera RIP server (Linux or OSX)
Other RIPs available

Interface (data)

Fast Ethernet 1000Base-T

Inks

Integrated ink supply

colours in 5 litre containers, white, varnish and primer in 1 litre containers

White feed and maintenance system

fully automated

Low-odour UV-curable inks

Optimized for flexible & rigid media

Indoor and outdoor applications

Solvent-free (no VOCs)

Dimensions and weight

Dimensions (L × W × H)

2.35 × 5.04 × 1.42 m

2.51 × 5.72 × 1.42 m

Weight 2

1300 – 1600 kg

1400 – 1800 kg

Safety standards

meets or exceeds industry standards

Installation environment

Power supply

3 × 380–400V, 3L+N+PE 50/60 Hz, 16A (CEE16) / 32A (CEE 32) /
3 × 480V, 3L+N+PE 60 Hz / 3 × 208V, 3L+PE 50/60 Hz

Power consumption

approx. 9.6 – 18.5 kVA

approx. 11.3 – 20.5 kVA

Temperature range

+15° C to +30° C

Relative humidity

35% to 80% non-condensing

1 Productivity with 2 × CMYK configuration (Impala 2/Nyala 2) / Approx. 10% less with roll to roll
2 depending on configuration

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