Sign of the times: Philipp Ehmsperger
Orafol is showing off its latest-generation UV LED dual-roll permanent traffic sign printer for the first time at Intertraffic.
The Oralite RTR 3200i LED printer has an increased production speed and offers a 30% increase in productivity over the existing model, says Orafol’s John Crotty, with lower power consumption a particular attraction to customers.
“Everyone’s moving to LED,” he continues. “It is simpler to operate with fewer mechanical parts, lamps are instantly on/off, there is no warm up/cool down and it is safer because you are operating on a lower voltage.”
The new model gives operators a 67% decrease in the power required, when compared with UV bulb technology, Crotty adds: “It will save you money in service over a lifetime, so there’s a reduction there, and there’s a constant UV output over the lifetime of the machine.”
As well as being more environmentally friendly, the Oralite RTR 3200i is also suitable for non-road sign uses, such as graphical applications which require printing on more heat-sensitive media, Crotty adds.
Orafol is also launching an iOS printer app which allows a production supervisor to be updated on the progress of a print job from outside of the office. “It means you can check in on the machine,” explains Crotty. “You need access to this information rather than rather than coming back the next day and finding a job’s not done.”
On the Orafol stand at Intertraffic there is also a police car emblazoned with different types of signage, acting as a showcase for the material combinations available for different requirements across various European countries, Crotty concludes.