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.
Agfa will be featuring two new options from the company’s UV-curable Jeti 3020 Titan series on its stand at drupa. The new UV wide-format printer is available in 36-head and 48-head-versions and - thanks to its modular design - is very easy to configure.
As a 36-head configuration, the new Agfa Jeti 3020 Titan will be running CMYK plus highly opaque white ink, showing pre- and post-printing options as well as spot white. In its 48-head version the system is configured with eight sets of CMYK LC LM ink for optimum productivity and quality in both rigid and roll-fed modes. Configurations can be adapted in the field inline with business growth. As demand grows, the system can be enhanced to user specifications to incorporate additional colours and printheads for higher speeds.
Productivity, reliability and durability are key components to the Jeti Titan 3020 which has a maximum print area of 3.2x2m in its flat-bed configuration, and the ability to be modified to handle heavy-duty rolls of material with its FTR (flat-to-roll) option. The bed design and construction makes it easy to load and unload media; the Jeti 3020 Titan is able to start printing from the rear or front position and it prints at the same high speeds for roll-to-roll and rigid materials, which makes it one of the most versatile wide-format printing solution on the market.
IntegraColor has announced its addition of a Durst Rho 1000L Continuous High-Speed Production System to its diverse array of print output offerings – which already includes UV and conventional sheet-fed, digital, silk screen, flexographic, web offset, photographic and rotary letter.
This move is another important step in IntegraColor's ongoing strategy to position itself to exceed current and emerging clients' point-of-sale business objectives through innovation, acquisition and expansion opportunities, the company said. The installation is one of the very first in the country.
"We invested in Durst because, out of all of the offerings, we believed that Durst offered the highest quality at the fastest speeds, which will truly allow us to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace," said Donovan Campbell, IntegraColor's Chief Operating Officer. "We believe that a partnership between one of the world's premier digital manufacturers and one of the world's premier point-of-sale providers will benefit our customers as we continue to strive for premium quality and decreased costs."
"Our sales team has already shown samples to both existing and new customers," added Rob Styacich, IntegraColor's Senior Vice President for Sales. "The customers were very impressed by the quality and capabilities of the machine. These additional production capabilities add a new dimension to our overall point-of-sale capabilities which will drive additional sales for IntegraColor."
The Rho 1000L fits nicely within IntegraColor's under-one-roof print solutions model, and will complement its existing 44 print devices. Among them is the world's largest UV sheet-fed press – an 81-inch KBA Rapida – as well as a Durst Rho 800 Presto and two Durst Lambda large-format digital photo printers. The Rho 1000L bridges the gap between IntegraColor's existing digital presses and their screen and sheet-fed presses, the company said. Rho 1000L
The 98-inch Rho 1000L, with a top speed of up to 4,090 s.f./hr., can be integrated into existing printing processes – such as screen and offset printing – and also equipped with automatic media loading and unloading devices. The system's fast set up times (no masking necessary) and its simple, quick media changes allow complete customer jobs with different materials to be processed in a single operation. The Rho 1000L supports the latest PDF/VT file format, which offers a combination of high-level graphic design features and Variable Data Printing (VDP).
"It's not just business, it's also a pleasure to continue our relationship with IntegraColor, and we're delighted the company has selected the Rho 1000L to continue to move their operations forward," said Christopher Howard, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Durst U.S.
"The Rho 1000L and its big brother, the Rho 1000, represent nothing less than a new global standard for productivity, efficiency and image quality in large-format production digital printing," Howard added. "Our customers call the printer a 'game changer' that can transform their printing operations and allow them to compete in new market spaces."
Publiman, based outside the picturesque town of Cenac in the Dordogne Valley region, is one of the two largest print service providers in the French long term scrolling banner market. The company’s 11 employees are all well trained to guarantee the smooth running of the business. This includes short turnaround times and ensuring it delivers jobs to the highest standards to its range of well-known customers, the likes of which include CBS, Clear Channel and JC Deceaux.
The company produces almost all of its work on a 3.5m Uvistar superwide format roll-to-roll UV device while a dedicated finishing department ensures the product is finished to the right specifications, ready to be delivered to the customer.
Daniel Mandart, founder and managing director of Publiman, explains the reason for focussing on the scrolling banner market: “Since the regulations for outdoor communications in France have changed with restrictions placed on the amount of billboards that can be erected, the market for scrolling banners has grown exponentially. With up to six advertisements that can be added to one scrolling banner at a time, the amount of banners to be printed adds up very quickly.”
In addition to running a successful printing business, the company also manufactures its own media – Polyman Paper – for scrolling billboard applications which is sold to print service providers across Europe. The unique environmentally friendly paper, which is coated by a polymer film with a polyester layer, has been proving so popular with billboard print service providers that Publiman has now created a second arm specifically dedicated to this part of the business.
Fuelling business with UV investment Publiman had been using a NUR banner printer for a number of years, and with its business quickly expanding, it was keen to invest in a UV device to increase productivity.
Daniel explains how the company came to look into suitable printers: “After experiencing unexpected downtime with our solvent device a few months ago, we realised it was time we looked into investing in a new printer that could be complemented by the NUR. We work closely with Urbanstorm in the UK, and we mentioned that we were looking for a new device – they immediately suggested that we look at Fujifilm’s Uvistar.”
He continues: “We immediately contacted Fujifilm to discuss the Uvistar, but also investigated a number of other suitable devices on the market to ensure we chose the best device to suit our needs. One of the most important tests we carried out was assessing the level of diffusion and the ability to keep vibrant colours against a backlight, which are carried out in-house. The Uvistar matched our level of expectations brilliantly and was by far the best option for us.”
So, in June 2011, Publiman became the first French print service provider to install a Uvistar printer. The 3.5 meter roll-to-roll device has a configuration of 32 print-heads to allow for faster printing, while Fujifilm’s Uvijet QK inks ensure no curing or ink starvation issues, and excellent inter-coat lay down for backlit and solid prints.
“The installation went according to plan and our operators received in depth training and onsite support while getting to grips with the device. Since day one, we have been confident that we have made the right decision to choose the Uvistar and this continues to be the case,” says Daniel. “Our turnaround times are now shorter, which in turn has allowed us to take on more work from new customers referred to us from existing clients.”
Environmental benefits Publiman places a great deal of effort into ensuring it minimises its environmental footprint. Investing in the Uvistar not only meant that the company could produce print at a much greater speed, but it also proved to have environmental benefits.
“The Uvistar also offers us environmental benefits – something we are very conscious of – by printing brilliantly onto polyethylene substrates and thereby minimising wastage,” says Daniel. “The short length of media needed to produce a scrolling banner means that the wastage can sometimes be huge, but the way the Uvistar is set up means we can reduce it down to the minimum.”
Further investments The company has been so happy with the results it has achieved with the Uvistar that it decided to trial Fujifilm’s solvent inks on its NUR device. “We ran rigorous tests to see how the inks compared against what we were using before, and were delighted to achieve the same high quality but with better consistency. We therefore made the decision to switch to Fujifilm’s inks in September.”
Daniel concludes: “Publiman is proud to be the first French print service provider to invest in the Uvistar printer in France. Not only has the device allowed us to create new business opportunities, but also to stay on top with our service offering. The ongoing support we have received from Fujifilm during this investment process has been fantastic – we have seen the benefits of working with them from day one – and I am confident that this relationship will continue to blossom.”
The Uvistar is available in four different models, producing high quality output at throughput speeds in excess of 300m2/hour. A proven multi-roll system with a highly intuitive user interface, it provides fast and efficient start up with low media wastage, and has the ability to handle rolls of varying widths. In combination with Fujifilm’s new Uvijet QK inks, the printers can produce jobs on a very wide range of flexible media, including polyethylene (PE).
Josero has teamed up with its distributor Everything for Signs to promote the new Redjet 320K wide format printer.
On the Redjet 320K printer, Sandy Gray, managing director of Everything for Signs (EFS), comments, “I couldn’t believe that they could produce a 3.2m-wide solvent printer of this quality for the price. It breaks all current assumptions regarding the performance/price ratio on printers of this size. Specifically designed to print banners and building drapes, this machine can print up to 110 square metres per hour with an ink cost of under 50p per square metre. Having seen it working, I am amazed at the quality and delighted to promote it. At £29,950 it’s as close to a gift as you’re going to get in this industry.”
Oasis Graphic Company has made a substantial investment in new printing technology to position the company at the forefront of exhibition and event graphic production. The 3.2-metre wide VUTEk GS3250 printer extends the company's printing capabilities with the highest image quality, fastest production speeds, and the best colour gamut.
Oasis managing director Simon Osborne explains, “This new printer is incredibly versatile and will allow us to undertake more high quality projects for a wider range of applications, including exhibition graphics, environment branding and retail and point-of-sale applications. It's been a long process, from shaking hands on the deal to moving it into its new home, but it's here and it's fantastic.”
In 2011, work commenced at the company's premises with the moving of a 10 m x 18 m wall by six metres to accommodate the new machine. While this was happening, the VUTEk left its home in Meredith USA and began the long six week journey across the Atlantic to the UK. Following installation, a week of commissioning commenced, including software install, configuration, colour profiling and operator training. The new VUTEk GS 3250 is now fully operational.
"This piece of kit truly is a phenomenal machine, its capabilities are enormous and has definitely improved the quality and speed of our direct print work. We're looking forward to acquiring a second one now,” added Osborne.
[photo shows VUTEk GS3250 printer]
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