Global printing industry leader Inkcups announced the release of its newest product, the Helix® Hi-Fi, a 7-color rotary digital printer that delivers photorealistic skin-tone matching with the addition of three new color pockets. The Helix® Hi-Fi is an evolution of the Inkcups Helix®, the industry’s best-selling printer in its class. In addition to Helix®’s standard CMYKWV, the Helix® Hi-Fi has three additional colors: light cyan, light magenta and light black.
While the standard Helix® already delivers the best image quality in the industry, the addition of the light colors brings output quality to a new level. The benefits are most dramatic in printing skin tones where true photorealistic images are generated with smoother shade transitions, less graininess, and higher-resolution edge effects.
The Helix® Hi-Fi’s unique skin-tone matching function is increasingly in demand for personalized printing, which often requires one-off production of facial images. Helix® Hi-Fi can import a series of unique image files and produce high-resolution printed products of stunning quality. Typical applications include personalized images on glass candle holders, drinkware including stemless wine glasses, stainless steel tumblers, pint glasses and many more.
Ideal for promotional and retail markets, the Helix® Hi-Fi prints multi-color graphics on straight-walled cylinders, tapers, and objects with limited wall curvatures. The system features a built-in programmable tilt to reduce change-over time and eliminate the need to optimize print recipes for each SKU change. The Helix® Hi-Fi uses UV LED ink and prints 360 degrees with a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi. The machine’s printable area is 8.6 inches; the system can print on items up to 12 inches in length with a diameter ranging from 2-5 inches.
The Helix® Hi-Fi is delivered as a turnkey package that includes software to integrate with web-based production solutions, as well as Inkcups world-class InkcupCare warranty and service coverage. The company offers multiple pre-treatment options (including newly released MagiCoat), inks and other supplies, along with application testing and sample prints upon request. Metals, glass, plastics, and ceramics are all validated for image durability from handling and washing.
“The Helix® Hi-Fi is unmatched in price and performance,” said Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups. “The addition of these three inks is a game changer for customers looking to achieve high-quality personalized results. Inkcups has always had a strong business with promotional printing, and we are pleased to lead the industry in the personalization category.”