Agfa has added to the top end of its Jeti hybrid wide-format printer range with the introduction of the Jeti Tauro H3300 S, a six-colour model offering throughput of up to 302sqm/hr but upgradeable to the 453sqm/hr of the original H3300 that was launched in 2018.

The H3300 S (for ‘standard’) meets customer requests for an ‘entry-level’ Tauro model, according to product manager Sign & Display Reinhilde Alaert, and is priced below the €500,000 ‘break point’. Its six colours can include optional white and a primer for difficult substrates such as glass or some metals, and as all the same automation peripherals for the H3300 work with the new model, there are six possible configurations.

Four of these are dedicated to board production and include manual, fully automation and 3/4 which has an automated board feeder than can be pre-loaded by the operator to allow for rapid changeover between material types and sizes in mixed short-run production. The other two configurations are aimed at roll-based printing, with ‘master’ and ‘light’ options. The new model shares its faster sibling’s inks, image quality and rapid start-up times and like all Jeti models is driven by Agfa’s Asanti workflow but is available only in a six-colour configuration.

Ms Alaert commented, ‘The new Jeti Tauro H3300 S LED is built on the same platform as its bigger brother and marks another step in the expansion of our high-end large-format inkjet printer family. It covers a wide range of media sizes and types – for boards and sheets as well as rolls – and supports all print jobs with fitting automation options that ultimately enable operators to tend to multiple jobs and printing engines simultaneously. The printer’s upgradability – to the speed of the existing Jeti Tauro H3300 model – makes it an ideal starting point for print service providers’ further growth in sign & display printing.’

Agfa also used its press briefing to introduce two Tauro variants aimed at industrial printing applications. The InterioJet is aimed at laminate flooring and decor applications. It is capable of printing two 155cm width rolls simultaneously and features a dedicated rewinder to ensure wrinkle-free material. The Alussa eTU25 is designed for printing to real leather, featuring a dedicated transport system, and new inks that meet flexibility and other quality requirements of high-end fashion brands, something that Agfa says is a first. It is capable of printing at up to 80sqm/hr.

The Oberon RTR3300, which was also to have been launched at Fespa 2020, is also available. The 3.3m roll printer is available in four or six colours  and has a water-cooled table to permit printing to heat-sensitive substrates. It also has a mesh option for soft signage and sits between the Anapurna and Jeti ranges.

2021 will see a new addition to Agfa’s Avinci soft signage printer line, bringing the ability to print to dye-sublimation transfer paper, and a dedicated printer for corrugated board is also promised.