InkTec will publicly unveil its first LED UV Printer at Fespa Digital.

The manufacturer said the Jetrix LX5 press builds on the technology, stability, precision and design of existing Jetrix printers but meets market demand for more environmentally friendly and energy efficient printers.

The machine is said to offer 35% lower electricity consumption than a mercury lamp printer, has no warm-up time, creates less heat and has an extended lamp lifetime of up to 20,000 hours.

It is equipped with six picolitre Konica Minolta print heads and can print at up to 39sqm/hr in production mode or 11sqm/hr for precise fine art printing.

The printer is available with a 4-(CMYK), 6- (CMYK and double hit white), or 7-channel (CMYK, double hit white and one varnish or primer) colour configuration and runs InkTec’s specially formulated UV inks.

InkTec said the device, which also features an optional roll-to-roll system, delivers a wide colour gamut and has fast ink curing abilities. The LED curing system eliminates heat associated risks such as media deformation. The Jetrix LX5 can be ordered with immediate effect and shipping is due to start in April. Pricing for the machine has not yet been released but will vary depending on the configuration and whether or not the customer requires the roll-to-roll system.

The company said the new inks offer superior UV resistance & adhesion and high colour concentration. They are also said to offer equivalent longevity & stability compared to the OEM inks. At last year’s Fespa, in Cologne, InkTec launched the 5m UV roll-to-roll Jetrix RX5000 printer.