Agfa has introduced the InterioJet 3300, a water-based inkjet system for printing on décor paper used in interior decoration products such as laminate flooring and furniture.

Based on the Jeti Tauro 3300 platform, the InterioJet is  a multi-pass printer with printheads, inks and a drying system tuned for water-based inks instead of the UV-LED cured variety used in the signage and display printer. Based on the same 3.3m width, the new machine can print on two rolls simultaneously, each up to 155cm wide and weighing up to 600kg, producing up to 340sqm/hr. It uses Agfa’s thin layer ink technology which the company says reduces ink cost while still producing ‘brilliant and consistent print quality throughout’ that is light-fast and waterproof when dry.

Output from the InterioJet , which is driven by Agfa’s Asanti workflow, is said by Agfa to combine ‘effortlessly’ with various impregnation and lamination processes involved in the manufacture of finished décor products. Asanti is able to ‘handshake’ with AVA CAD-CAM products used in this sector, as well as supporting workflow integration and cross-colour management  with creative and reproduction processes including analogue printing.

‘The InterioJet 3300 will accelerate the transformation from analogue (gravure) to digital printing in the laminated surface market,’ stated Tom Cloots, director Industrial Inkjet for Agfa. ‘It is the ideal cost-efficient solution for medium and short production runs.

‘Its limited start-up time and high flexibility will enable suppliers of laminated surfaces to gain new business by responding to evolving market demands, including printing on demand and just-in-time delivery. The system allows interior decoration designers to let their creativity run free and create customised designs for every order.’