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Grand Sherpa Poster Printing System
High-Resolution Turnkey Solution

Agfa brings a new level of quality, speed and versatility to poster printing. The turnkey solution includes one of three Grand Sherpa large-format inkjet printers (50, 64, 87-inches), a special Agfa Edition of the market-leading Onyx RIPs and a new advanced-formula AgfaJet inkjet media. No other printer on the market delivers the quality and flexibility of the Grand Sherpa Poster Printing System.

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A new level of quality brings a new source of revenue.
Whether you are new to the business, already offer poster printing or looking to expand your services, the Grand Sherpa Poster Printing System will deliver added revenue at higher profits. That’s because Agfa’s system delivers the highest quality inkjet printing in its price class. Automated features and printing speed increase productivity. Ease of use and low ink consumption make it easier to maintain and more costeffective to operate. Brilliant, detailed colour will increase sales of advertising displays, celebrity and art posters.

A Complete Solution
Agfa combines the extraordinary printing capabilities of the Grand Sherpa with the Agfa Edition of an Onyx RIP to deliver superior printing performance and system flexibility. Newly formulated AgfaJet inkjet media enhances the quality of the Grand Sherpa’s 1440-dpi resolution and the multi-density ink combinations to deliver attention-getting detailed colour.

A greater variety of output at uncompromising quality.
Head-Turning Colour
The Grand Sherpa represents Agfa’s new generation of piezo-electric inkjet printers. It offers true 1440 x 1440 dpi resolution, the capacity for up to eight multi-density inks and variable dot size. Up to six different drop sizes including a 5 picolitre drop heighten quality at any resolution by enabling fine detail rendering and greater sharpness. The result is colour that can’t be missed. Indoor and outdoor advertising displays will be more effective. Must-have celebrity posters and art reproductions will turn heads and bring added revenue.

Exceptional Speed
The Grand Sherpa can print up to 40 m2 per hour at 360 x 360 dpi in a 2 x CMYK colour configuration. Or it can print up to 12 m2 per hour at 720 x 720 dpi, making it the fastest machine in its class. A built-in hard drive lets you take full advantage of the engine speed. Files can be RIPped to the hard drive buffer and put in queue for printing at a later time. This way RIPping won’t interfere with engine speed

High Performance RIP
Onyx is the leading RIP developer for poster applications. Agfa puts the power of the Onyx RIP in the Agfa Edition (AE), which includes Agfa drivers for the Grand Sherpa. It also includes Agfa profiles for all AgfaJet media on most commercially available printers. Depending on the application, Agfa bundles one of two Onyx RIPs, PosterShop 5.6 or ProductionHouse. With a redesigned user interface, Onyx PosterShop 5.6 AE provides a user-friendly print queue, simplified workflow, job thumbnail and nesting previews, tiling and improved print controls. Agfa also offers Onyx ProductionHouse AE, the only RIP capable of RIPping two jobs at the time and supporting four active printers for simultaneous printing and RIPping. ProductionHouse also includes Step & Repeater for pattern tiling.

Application Flexibility
The Grand Sherpa prints with either pigmentbased inks, which are best for out-door and archival applications and dye-based inks, which offer vibrant colour rendition. In a six-colour configuration, the Grand Sherpa prints CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta (CMYKcm). In an eight-colour configuration the Grand Sherpa prints 2 x CMYK which increases printing speed. Or it can be configured with one set of CMYK pigment inks and one set of dye inks. This way you can switch between dye and pigment inks without having to clean the machine. AgfaJet media lets you print a variety of output—indoor, outdoor, back lit, front lit, vinyl, canvas. The possibilities are endless. With quality you can bank on.

Other Agfa Premium Papers and special media
AgfaJet Photograde Paper (PGP) Glossy and Satin: Heavy-weight, high quality photo-base RC paper for brilliant, high contrast, photo-like images (195 g/m2). AgfaJet Photograde Paper HP (PGP-HP) Glossy and Satin: High quality photo-base RC paper for brilliant, high contrast, photo-like images. Optimised for Hewlett Packard DesignJet 2000/3000/5000 (165 g/m2). AgfaJet Photograde Piezo Paper (PPP) Glossy and Satin: Special photo-base RC paper for use with a variety of piezo printers. For brilliant, high-contrast, photo-quality images (165 g/m2). AgfaJet Photograde Paper Self-adhesive (PPS) Glossy and Satin: Self-adhesive quality RC paper for photo-realistic prints (275 g/m2). AgfaJet Premium Paper (PP) 90 g: High-quality coated inkjet paper for premium quality colour graphics with low to medium ink coverage. Also available in self-adhesive version (PP-SA). AgfaJet Premium Paper (PP) 120 g: High-quality coated inkjet paper for medium to high ink coverage. AgfaJet White Opaque Film (WOF): Opaque-white, photographic polyester (PET) film for highest quality output. Double-sided coating for photo-realistic images (thickness 120 µm). AgfaJet Clear Film (CF): Fully transparent, photographic polyester (PET) inkjet film for highest quality output. Doublesided inkjet coating for overhead and diffused light box applications (thickness 120 µm). AgfaJet Canvas (CV): High-quality canvas-based material with special coating. Ideal for art and painting reproductions and stage decoration. Provides long term stability because of its compatibility with pigmented inks (340 g/m2, thickness 500 µm). AgfaJet Art Paper (AP): Canvas-like structured instant dry paper for indoor use. Ideal for art reproductions, (156 g/m2, thickness 287 µm).

AgfaJet Media
Agfa rounds out its Poster Printing Solution with a wide range of AgfaJet Print Media. You can choose from a variety of media developed and manufactured by Agfa to meet the specific demands of poster printing. Fast drying characteristics, durability and rich colour performance enhance output from the Grand Sherpa. Depending on media type, AgfaJet media can be used with pigment and/or dye-based inks. AgfaJet Universal Instant dry Photograde Paper (UIPP) is based on nano-porous technology: ceramic particles with tiny pores that absorb ink instantly. As a result, the media dries instantly, which is essential for fast, unattended printing. The material can be finished and laminated immediately after printing. Satin or Glossy finish, 185 g/m2. AgfaJet Universal Frontprint Film (UFF) with macro-porous technology for instant drying. Because it is compatible with pigment based inks, the film can remain in light boxes long-term without noticeable fading. AgfaJet Premium Vinyl (PV) with macro-porous technology for instant drying is a self-adhesive water-resistant material that can be used for indoor and outdoor applications. AgfaJet Poster Paper (POP) is a cast-coated water-resistant paper. Glossy finish, 175 g/m2. AgfaJet Universal Photograde Paper, dye (UPPd) is based on a polymer-blend formula. Satin or glossy finish, 165 g/m2 AgfaJet Universal Backlit Film, dye (UBFd) , compatible with piezo-electric and thermal printers, dries faster than other backlit materials. Agfa’s backlit material offers higher colour saturation for more powerful colour display. Fast drying allows easy handling for greater productivity.

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Grand Sherpa Family
Technical Specifications
Printing technology
Multi-density drop-on-demand piezo-electric inkjet.

Adjustable head height – max. media thickness
1.2 – 0.1 mm. 1.7 – 0.6 mm. 2.2 – 1.1 mm.

Media cutting
Horizontal auto-cutting. Tungsten carbide cutting blade.

Available models
Grand Sherpa 50. Grand Sherpa 64. Grand Sherpa 87.

Operational panel display
LCD Menu hierarchy. Backlit type – 4 lines.

Resolution
360 dpi, 720 dpi, 1440 dpi.

Electrical
Voltage: 100-120 VAC, 200-240 VAC autoswitching. Stand-by power consumption < 100W. Printing power consumption < 100W.

Print modes
High Quality mode. High Speed mode.

Maximum Print speed
Approx. 40 m2/hour at 360 x 360 dpi. Approx. 2 min/A0 (33.1 x 46.8 in) at 360 x 360 dpi.

Environmental
Recommended temperature: 16-25°C, operating Recommended relative humidity: 40-60%RH, non-condensing

Inks
8 ink cassettes for up to 8 colours. 220 ml cassettes for dye and pigment based inks. Ink cassettes with smart-chip detection. Front loading.

Interfaces
Standard: bi-directional Centronics – IEEE 1284. Extended: 10/100 Base-T.

Dimensions (LxWxH) Grand Sherpa 50: 2671 x 720 x 1222 mm (105 x 28.5 x 48 in.) Grand Sherpa 64: 3070 x 720 x 1222 mm (121 x 28.5 x 48 in.) Grand Sherpa 87: 3700 x 720 x 1222 mm (146 x 28.5 x 48 in.) Weight (incl. stand)
Grand Sherpa 50: 135 kg (298 lbs.) Grand Sherpa 64: 160 kg (353 lbs.) Grand Sherpa 87: 190 kg (419 lbs.)

Standard hard disk 20.3 Gb
Stores up to 16 jobs. Engine can make multiple (up to 99) copies per job.

Safety certification
Safety standard: CE – UL – CUL – CCIB – KTL. EMI: CE – FCC Class A – VCCI Class A.

Memory buffer
128 MB standard.

Maximum RAM
256 MB, standard SIMMs.

Firmware upgrade
External flashcard or parallel 8 bit. On-line upgrade.

Communication protocols
Subject to changes without prior notice. AGFA, the Agfa-Rhombus, AgfaJet, ColorTune and Sherpa are trademarks of Agfa-Gevaert AG, Germany and Agfa-Gevaert N.V., Belgium. All other trademarks are recognised. www.agfa.com 743/EM Printed in Belgium Published by Agfa-Gevaert N.V, B-2640 Mortsel-Belgium NFU4B GB 00200205

RTL. MH-GL & MH-GL2.

Media feed mechanism
Multiple point pressure grid roller system. Micro-precision capstan paper transport.

Maximum media width and printing width per model
Model Grand Sherpa 50 Grand Sherpa 64 Grand Sherpa 87 Max. media width 1273 mm 1653 mm 2240 mm Max. printing width 1263 mm 1643 mm 2230 mm


				
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