drupa news: Fujifilm announces Uvistar Pro8 superwide format printer

Fujifilm Uvistar Pro8 Pic

Fujifilm Corporation has announced the launch of the latest development in its highly successful series of Uvistar super-wide format printers. Named the ‘Uvistar Pro8‘, this latest platform is particularly suited to producing super-wide format print for both display POP and outdoor advertising markets on flexible and rigid media, and can be seen in action on Fujifilm’s stand in Hall 8b.

One of the major advancements of the Uvistar Pro8 platform is the inclusion of a complete set of light colours within the ink set which increase print quality without compromising on print speed. Together with its unique Parallel Drop Size (PDS) technology, this allows the Uvistar Pro8 to produce high definition Display POP graphics at speeds in excess of 300m2/hour.

Other improvements to the design include an auto media handling system for rigid media; a fully automated backlit printing option; the ability to switch between 4 and 8 colour printing modes, and an intuitive new operator interface.

The existing Uvistar is ideal for outdoor applications where the vibrancy of the inks and the versatility of the associated materials, including polyethylene, work extremely well together. The new Uvistar Pro8 has been developed in combination with Fujifilm’s brand new Uvijet QN inks, to meet the growing demands of indoor applications, where viewing distances tend to be closer and rigid materials are more commonly used.

“We are delighted to be able to introduce the Uvistar Pro8 at drupa,” comments Tudor Morgan, group marketing manager, wide format at Fujifilm. “Since launching the Uvistar, it has been incredibly successful in a short space of time. Now we want to broaden the reach of the machine to indoor as well as outdoor applications. The Uvistar Pro8 certainly does this.”

The new platform will be commercially available from August 2012.