No sacrifice for speed
When we learned Océ had a new, large, Arizona UV-cure printer, the 550 GT, we were curious as to its place in the product line. Arizona UV printers have always been perceived as mid-range devices, that is, the machines are well accepted in high-quality, medium size shops. We discovered the new printer was built for the next level up. Meaning, if you’re after a fast, versatile printer that will produce large, high-quality prints, then you may have found it. And, expectedly, we found that Océ hadn’t compromised anything to attain the high speed.
Océ said, “The Océ Arizona 550 GT is the fastest yet, printing twice as fast as other Océ Arizona models and with image quality superior to all competitive systems.”
Specifications and features
All of Océ’s Arizona, UV-cure, flatbed-printer models are solidly built. They have a robust vacuum table and a gantry that looks like it could take down a house.
A gantry can be the weak point in flatbed printers, so a durable one indicates long and rewarding use.
The 550 GT measures 14.3 ft. wide x 6.5 ft. deep, and it stands 4.5 ft. high. Add the optional roll-media kit, and the depth increases to 7.5 ft. It weighs 1,179 lbs. without the roll-feed option and 1,598 lbs. with it. The printer requires two, 208 to 240VAC lines at 60 Hz each, single phase, and 16A circuits. It has its own vacuum pump, so there’s no shop air requirement.
You can configure the media table’s vacuum system to handle three zones. A foot pedal allows additional control.
The printer incorporates an LCD monitor and mouse. Its interface has six modes that range from print-job setup to maintenance functions. Further, via the monitor, you can track job statistics as well as ink levels and UV lamp usage.
Most instructions are entered via mouse clicks, but a virtual keyboard pops up for alphanumeric entries. The printer comes with both a USB interface and a 100 base-T Ethernet connection that will support gigabyte speeds.
Onyx ProductionHouse RIP software is an available option.
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