:M-Press Leopard at drupa

Making a first-time appearance at drupa is the award-winning :M-Press Leopard which, along with the :M-Press Tiger, represents offset litho and screen-printing speed and quality. This wide-format industrial production engine now handles rigid and flexible materials up to a maximum size of 1.6 x 3.3 metres offering a choice of manual or auto-loading options.

A recent nominee of a prestigious EDP Award for 2012, the :M-Press Leopard inkjet platform combines technology from Agfa Graphics and Thieme and offers industrial printing on a variety of materials up to 50 mm thickness. Its high levels of precision and design make it easy to produce accurate recto/verso sheets using a simple positioning, register pin and vacuum system.

The :M-Press Leopard’s bed size has now been increased to 1.6m x 3.3m so that it can accommodate a growing range of larger size materials, such as Forex rigid sheets. Handling longer media is easier due to 75 vacuum zones for easy positioning of a sheet, while 29 register pins maintain the correct alignment of the substrate.

Firmly established as a cost-efficient alternative to analogue production, the :M-Press from Agfa Graphics is finding new markets beyond conventional applications such as point-of-sale and retail advertising. Increasingly it is also being used for more unusual jobs, including deco and packaging — both markets where an opportunity for low volumes and one-offs exist.

:M-Press is designed to consume very low volumes of :Anuvia ink, thanks to the high density of the formulation and the dedicated print shuttle which features 64 Agfa UPH2 greyscale printheads with variable dot sizes, as well as a page-wide print array.

An optional auto-loader is now also available for the :M-Press Leopard.

Driven by Agfa Graphics’ :Apogee software which brings full automation to digital print workflows, it is easy to streamline production and job management, control colour and simplify the use of variable data printing and versioning via :Apogee Vibe.