Jim, from Summa, here. At Bob’s behest, I’m jumping in with some info on the 50″ Summa DC2 … with this caveat: I’m not entirely sure if everything I say applies in the UK. Check with our <a href=”mailto:email@example.com”>UK folks</a> for more info.
DC2 uses a 4-inch (sorry for the English measurements) thermal transfer printhead that can automatically lay down up to 8 four-inch strips of color, then advance the material and continue the process. It prints up to 50 inches wide and 215 inches long, unpaneled.
The inks we use are thermal transfer resins, which have nearly 20 years of realworld testing behind them (In this order: SummaChrome, Gerber EDGE, Fargo Pictura, Roland ColorCAMM, Summa DuraChrome, Matan Sprinter, Summa DC2, Summa DC3).
In the US, images are guaranteed for up to 5 years without lamination, provided Summa Certified media and ribbons are used. The gurantee does have the usual disclaimers for arid climates and harsh abrasives and/or solvents. Example: if you have a commercial vehicle that’s going to be exposed to acid washes or road grit, laminate it. If it’s a sign at the side of a road, don’t. Either way, it’s guranteed up to 5 years.
Also, it’s an entirely automated print process, which can print any combination of process and spot colors (up to 8 ribbons, automatically … any number with manual ribbon changing). So printing large areas of one color can be done very cost effectively. Also, we can print with white and metallic colors.
In the US, the DC2 is sold with a 53 inch DuraSign cutter for a combined price of $35,000 US. That may be less than the UK price … I can’t say. We also include all software.
Complete information can be found at <a href=”http://dc2.summadirect.com”>dc2.summadirect.com</a>. The site also showcases client examples, with links to the clients’ sites. Contacting those individuals should provide you with some good objective opinions.