Press Release: ColorSpan Announces DisplayMaker 72UVX Flatbed / Roll-fed Multi-Purpose UV Inkjet Printer

Minneapolis, MN - MacDermid ColorSpan, Inc., an innovator and leader in the
wide-format color inkjet printer market, introduces its second flatbed /
roll-fed hybrid, piezo-electric UV inkjet printer, the DisplayMaker“ 72UVX.
Developed as an extension to the highly successful DisplayMaker 72UVR, the
new 72UVX offers the ability to print on rigid sheets or flexible roll
stock up to 73 inches (185 cm) wide and Ω-inch (12.7 mm) thick. Designed
around sixteen (16) 600-dpi Micro-Quadô piezo-electric printheads, the
72UVX delivers true 600 x 600-dpi quality at print speeds up to 400 square
feet / hour. The printer will debut at the VISCOM tradeshow in Dusseldorf,
Germany September 29 through October 1, 2005.

Bruce Butler, director of marketing, stated, "At less than one-third the
price of other flatbed UV printers, the DisplayMaker 72UVR in its first 10
months in the market has quickly become the fastest selling UV printer in
the world, outselling its top 3 competitors combined. Now, with the new
DisplayMaker 72UVX and its ability to print on even thicker boards and at
faster print speeds, we have once again set a new standard for flatbed
printing performance and value. The 72UVX combines production speed with
award-winning quality, ease-of-use and low cost of operation. And, at well
under $100,000, it is affordable to a broader group of sign and screen
print shops that are looking to increase productivity while saving material
and labor costs."

The DisplayMaker 72UVX uses an open, non-obstructive design that reduces
the footprint space requirements while making it easy to use. When
configured for printing rigid materials, two 36-inch (91 cm) x 75-inch (190
cm) roller tables are attached to the front and rear of the printer to
accommodate sheets up to 60-inch (152 cm) in length. Optionally, two
additional tables can be added for sheets up to 120-inch (305 cm). The
tables can easily be removed for printing of roll-to-roll flexible media.

The loading of rigid materials has been made easier in a number of ways.
First, the 72UVX features a releasable pinch roller system for easy
insertion. Once in place, the pinch rollers are engaged with a variable
force adjustment to work with a wide variety of materials. Pressing the
load button causes the printer to use its integrated Automation Eye to
sense the right, left and front edges while also checking for media skew.
It then automatically positions the media for printing. The Media Wizard
feature stores many of the characteristics of a particular media, such as
media feed advance rate and platen vacuum force. When selecting a new media
type, the Media Wizard restores these values, greatly reducing the time to
switch from one type of media to another.

Other Product Features
Micro-Quad Printheads - Sixteen (16) industrial-quality, long-life
piezo-electric printheads are configured as four interlaced heads using 384
jets per color. These 600-dpi printheads jet a micro-sized 25-picoliter
droplet. The result is higher quality prints at lower production costs when
compared to typical 360-dpi, 70-picoliter, 6-color printers.

Production-Oriented Speed - Designed-engineered as a production sign
system, the DisplayMaker 72UVX uses 16 piezo-electric printheads with 1,536
total jets. The printer boasts a 600x600-dpi print speed of 400 square feet
(37.2 m2) per hour in its Billboard Quality print mode. Its Production
Quality mode has two print resolutions that both turn out quality, sellable
graphics; 200 square feet (18.6 m2) per hour at 600x600-dpi and 400 square
feet (37.2 m2) per hour at 600x300-dpi. A 600x600-dpi High Quality mode is
also available at 100 square feet (9.3 m2) per hour.

SolaChrome-UV inks - UV-curable, pigmented inks, available in cyan,
magenta, yellow, and black. Each comes in a sealed 3-liter container that
allows for easy, no-mess ink changes while protecting the ink from light
exposure. SolaChrome-UV inks, which have no solvent odors, are designed for
reliable jetting, low maintenance, extended head life, low cost of
operation and long-term outdoor display life - 2 to 3 years depending on
application. SolaChrome-UV inks cure instantly and print directly on
inexpensive uncoated rigid and flexible substrates for durable, indoor and
outdoor graphic applications.

Advanced Automation Eye - Only found on ColorSpan printers, it uses a
high-resolution imaging sensor, colorimetric spectrophotometer, and
embedded software to automate the setup and calibration steps critical for
achieving and maintaining print quality.
- AutoSet Calibration - analyzes dot placement of printed patterns and
automatically sets the head-to-head alignment and bi-directional (bi-di)
dot placement alignment to compensate for variable print speeds, head
height settings and media thickness.
- AutoJet Calibration - eliminates banding in prints and extends the useful
life of the printheads by mapping out jets that are not up to performance
standards and compensating by using another jet in their place.
- AutoTune Scheduler - schedules the AutoJet calibration to occur during
unattended print runs to ensure maximum print quality and minimize waste or
- AutoEdge Detection - uses the image sensor to aid in the loading of rigid
materials by detecting right, left and leading edges allowing the printer
to move the material into position for printing. It also checks for and
warns the user if the board appears to be loaded askew.
- Linearization - the on-board spectrophotometer supplies color and density
data to the external RIP's color management software. The color management
system then linearizes the color curves to ensure accurate and consistent
- Color Profiling - using the on-board spectrophotometer, the DisplayMaker
72UVX prints and automatically reads hundreds of color swatches to allow
the RIP and ColorMark+ color management software to create custom ICC and
ColorMarkÆ profiles for 3rd party media.

With its ability to print directly onto rigid display materials the
DisplayMaker 72UVX is ideal for sign makers, screen printers and other
print-for-pay service providers that produce indoor and outdoor signs,
banners, POP and exhibit displays by greatly reducing their finishing and
labor costs. In addition, the DisplayMaker 72UVX prints on flexible roll
stock for the high-speed production of outdoor signs, banners, floor
graphics, and other high volume work.

Pricing and Availability
The DisplayMaker 72UVX has a US retail price of $89,995. This price
includes 4 liters of SolaChrome-UV ink, 3 liters of printhead cleaning
solution, 600 square feet of banner vinyl, installation and on-site
training. The printer is available through MacDermid ColorSpan's worldwide
network of value-added distributors and resellers beginning in October


About MacDermid ColorSpan, Inc.

MacDermid ColorSpan, the recognized creator of the Big ColorÆ graphics
market, designs, manufactures and markets large-format digital color
printing systems, supplies, software and services. ColorSpan distinguishes
its products through high productivity features such as patented Big InkÆ
Delivery Systems and an Automated Eye for easy setup, calibration and
unattended printing. Their UV-curable inkjet printers are the #1 selling UV
printers in the world. Their headquarters and manufacturing are based in
Eden Prairie, MN, USA.

Denver, CO-based MacDermid, Inc. (NYSE: MRD), with 2004 revenues of $660.8
million, is a global specialty chemicals company serving the diversified
needs of the Electronics, Industrial, Offshore and Printing industries.

The telephone numbers for publication are (800) 477-7714 and (952)
944-9330; the fax number is (952) 944-0522. ColorSpan's web site is

Posted: Mon - September 26, 2005 at 05:33 PM