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iColor FAQ

iColor® 500/600 FAQ

What’s so unique about the iColor line of Digital Color + White Transfer Media Printers?

The iColor 500/600 Transfer Media Printers offer several unique advantages:

  • The ability to print white as an underprint AND an overprint in the same machine, in one pass, using the iColor TransferRIP software (known as ‘A’ and ‘B’ configurations).
  • The white opacity of UniNet’s unique blend of toner is double that of any other brand, giving you the brightest whites and solid background to bring out the vibrancy of your colors.
  • The true black cartridge is included with both printers, allowing you to switch to CMYK mode to print items such as brochures and menus when white is not needed.
  • Optional fluorescent, security and clear toner cartridge options.
  • Lowest cost and most flexible machine available
  • No maintenance associated with ink based machine is necessary. The iColor 500 and 600 are all toner based systems.

What are the differences between the iColor 500 and 600

The iColor 500 has a maximum paper width of 8.5” and the iColor 600 has a maximum paper width of 11.6” for tabloid printing. Otherwise, the machines share all of the same great features and benefits.

What is ‘A’ and ‘B’ Configuration?

The iColor® 500 and 600 are both capable of printing white as an underprint and an overprint through the use of the iColor® TransferRIP software. Within the software is a cartridge configuration setup, where the white cartridge can be placed either in the first slot of the printer or the last. 'A’ configuration is suitable for white underprinting and ‘right side reading’, where you would want white printed first and then color on top for clear or dark substrates. You could also use this configuration for regular CMYK printing for items such as brochures or banners on white paper stock if white is not needed. ‘B’ configuration would be used for white or clear overprinting and reverse print applications when printing on transfer paper for T shirts and other textiles and substrates.

Why would I choose the iColor 600 over the iColor 500?

The iColor 500 and 600 share all the same great features and upgrade capabilities. The iColor 600 can handle tabloid / A3 sized paper, allowing you to print larger images for XXL shirts or other large fabrics. The iColor 600 is half the weight of competing models and is much more portable than any other wide format printer on the market today.

What kind of upgrades are available for the iColor 500 and 600?

Both machines have the ability to be upgraded to fluorescent toners, security toner, and clear toner. Simply swap toner and drum cartridges for the specialty cartridge and you are ready to print.

Why would I want security toner?

UniNet security toner contains special RF fragments which can be read by a reader. Most commonly used as a yellow cartridge, simply print a portion of your image in yellow for increased security and authenticity. The resulting print can be read by a special reader to confirm authenticity. View our video at www.icolorprint.com/video for a demonstration.

Why would I want clear toner?

UniNet clear toner is great for watermarking and adding a level protection to your printed items. Clear toner works just as white toner, where you can print it either as an underprint or overprint. View our video at www.icolorprint.com/video for a demonstration.

What is the iColor TransferRIP software and why would I want to use it?

Simply put, the iColor TransferRIP is the magic behind one pass printing with white as an underprint or an overprint. The most important point of the iColor TransferRIP software is that it allows colors to be put down in layers. Regular printer drivers only concern themselves with what the eye sees on the top layer, the RIP allows you to separately control each layer, thus giving you the ability to control not only what you see, but what is behind that top layer (typically the white layer). The iColor TransferRIP gives you the unique ability to use one machine to print images with white as an underprint or an overprint. You can now print vibrant colors on clear or dark media regardless of the background to which it is applied, where the white is put down first and the colors afterwards. The iColor TransferRIP ‘Color Mapping’ feature also allows for ‘Reverse Printing’ when printing and transferring to garments where white is put down last. This is the only way to achieve white underprint and overprint in one pass, and you will not find another machine on the market today that can do all of this. The software also allows for color manipulation and removal, cost estimation, rasterization, white opacity control, substrate color preview and advanced layout tools. It comes standard with the iColor 600 and as an add-on with the iColor 500.

What is the warranty of each machine?

The iColor® 500 has a limited warranty of one year for parts and labor and a five year print head warranty. The iColor 600 has a 3 year warranty for parts and labor, a five year print head warranty and a one time fuser hot swap replacement. The unit must be sent back to your dealer for repair, onsite service is not included in the warranty.

What kind of transfer media does Uninet offer?

UniNet has done extensive testing and R&D to come up with a variety of transfer media and add ons to satisfy nearly any situation or job. Available in a variety of sizes, these papers allow you to express your creativity affordably. For use in the iColor 500 and 600 series of transfer printers, as well as compatible brands. Click here for more information about all of the papers that we offer or visit http://www.icolorprint.com/products/transfer-media

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