Inkcups has released the Helix Hi-Fi 7-color rotary digital printer said to deliver photorealistic skin tone matching with three new color pockets.
An evolution of the Inkcups Helix, in addition to Helix’s standard CMYKWV, the Hi-Fi has light cyan, light magenta and light black, bringing output quality to “a new level”. The benefits are most dramatic in printing skin tones where true photorealistic images are generated with smoother shade transitions, less graininess and higher resolution edge effects.
The Helix Hi-Fi’s skin tone matching function is increasingly in demand for personalised printing which often requires one-off production of facial images. Helix Hi-Fi can import a series of image files and produce high resolution printed products of stunning quality.
Ideal for promotional and retail markets, the Helix Hi-Fi prints multi-color graphics on straight-walled cylinders, tapers and objects with limited wall curvatures. The system features a built-in programmable tilt to reduce change-over time and eliminate the need to optimise print recipes for each SKU change.
The Helix Hi-Fi uses UV LED ink and prints 360 degrees with a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi. The machine’s printable area is 8.6 inches (218 mm); the system can print on items up to 12 inches (305 mm) in length with a diameter ranging from 2-5 inches (51-127 mm). The Helix Hi-Fi is delivered as a turnkey package that includes software to integrate with web-based production solutions, as well as Inkcups InkcupCare warranty and service coverage.
Inkcups offers multiple pre-treatment options (including newly released MagiCoat), inks and other supplies, along with application testing and sample prints upon request. Metals, glass, plastics, and ceramics are all validated for image durability from handling and washing. “The Helix Hi-Fi is unmatched in price and performance,” says CEO Ben Adner. “The addition of these three inks is a game changer for customers looking to achieve high quality personalised results.
“Inkcups has always had a strong business with promotional printing, and we are pleased to lead the industry in the personalisation category.”