Brazilian CAD/CAM company Audaces Automations will be launching what it believes is the world's first vertical plotter at the IMB trade show in Cologne later this month.

The Audaces Tower Jet overcomes problems such as lack of space in which to fit large format printers.

It is 0.6m in width, 1m in depth and 2.3m high, and comes with different speed options and printing widths.

The technology uses paper rolls of up to 250m in length to optimise the production process, and has printing costs estimated at less than US$0.01 per square metre.

According to Claudio Grando, Audaces' business director, the Tower Jet is a "smart" plotter, as well as providing "high productivity and low maintenance costs."

In addition to its compact design, the plotter uses industrial water-based ink, has a sensor for full roll and lack of paper, can use perforated paper.

Audaces exports its products to about 30 countries and is also the only Latin American producer of large-format ink jet printers (ink jet plotters) for the apparel industry.