Fujifilm, Inca Digital Introduces Enhanced Inca Onset S40i Inkjet Printer at SGIA 2013October 21, 2013
"This is our first-ever eight channel Inca Onset model," commented John Mills, Inca's CEO. "It stops Inca customers from having to make a choice between using the Inca Onset with only extra colors—light cyan and light magenta—or with only two extra channels of white. Now, they can have both."
The new press incorporates 224 Fujifilm Dimatix printheads on a full width print array. There are 56 new-generation printheads for white, which provide faster start-up times and greater reliability, especially with heavier pigmented inks such as white. This also assures excellent print speeds when printing white onto a wide variety of premium quality graphic substrates.
As a result, the printer produces superb POS-quality display graphics economically at throughput speeds of up to 6,000 sqft/hr (CMYK only) equivalent to 112 full bed sheets/hr (123.6" x 63"), and onto substrates up to 2 inches thick. A choice of uni-directional, bi-directional and super high quality print modes can be selected depending on the specific job requirements.
The Onset S40i with white uses the Fujifilm's Uvijet OZ ink system, which provides an excellent color gamut, adhesion and finishing properties, as laydown is typically higher than CMYK. To ensure coverage of backlit/frontlit graphics as well as colored substrates, the new model incorporates two white printhead channels to optimize throughput on this high volume machine.
In addition, the Onset S40i with white offers many other features to streamline productivity and reduce downtime. These include support for Inca's variable data Print Run Controller (PRC) software module offering advanced job management software; ReporterPro software designed to provide customers with detailed information on the productivity of their Inca presses; a 15-zone vacuum table to reduce bed masking requirements and, consequently, set-up time for thin substrates; and a UV sensor system that accurately monitors the machine's condition and informs the operator when automatic cleaning is required. The press is compatible with Inca's flexible automation system, which offers customers a choice to operate manually or using semi or three-quarter modes from the same configuration.
"Today there are 18 different configurations available in the Inca Onset product line, offering a choice of productivity levels and ink options," explained Mills. "This enables companies to pick the right press for their business. We expect the Inca Onset S40i with white to be particularly popular in the United States. White, of course, is used as a background layer for self-colored substrates—such as plexi and metal materials—and this is much more common in North America."
The Inca Onset S40i with white is currently commercially available.
About FUJIFILM Corp.
FUJIFILM Corporation is one of the major operating companies of FUJIFILM Holdings. Since its founding in 1934, the company has built up a wealth of advanced technologies in the field of photo imaging, and in line with its efforts to become a comprehensive healthcare company, Fujifilm is now applying these technologies to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the Medical and Life Science fields. Fujifilm is also expanding growth in the highly functional materials business, including flat panel display materials, and in the graphic systems and optical devices businesses.
About Fujifilm Graphic Systems
Fujifilm Graphic Systems is a stable, long term partner focussed on delivering high quality, technically advanced print solutions that help printers develop competitive advantage and grow their businesses. The company's financial stability and unprecedented investment in R&D enable it to develop proprietary technologies for best-in-class printing. These include pre-press and pressroom solutions for offset, wide-format and digital print, as well as workflow software for print production management. Fujifilm is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and operations, proactively working to preserve the environment, and strives to educate printers about environmental best practice.
About Inca Digital Printers
Inca Digital Printers, part of the Dainippon Screen Group, is one of the world's leading pioneers and manufacturers of flat-bed inkjet printing technology. The Eagle and Columbia printers set the early standards in UV inkjet flatbed printing. Today the ground-breaking Onset Series and Spyder range ensure that Inca's products remain at the forefront of productivity, quality and reliability. Fujifilm manufactures and develops the UV inks used in Inca machines and sells the flatbed printers around the world. Inca's facility in Cambridge, UK, incorporates R&D, customer support, machine assembly and commissioning, a dedicated training facility and clean rooms for printhead assembly and refurbishment. With approximately 25 percent of staff involved in R&D, a significant investment here helps the company maintain its position at the forefront of machine productivity, innovation, quality and reliability.
About Fujifilm Dimatix
FUJIFILM Dimatix, the world's leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads for industrial applications, is driving a revolution in inkjet technology to support a new generation of products for printing, industrial product decoration and materials deposition. The company's innovative inkjet technology and world-class fabrication techniques enable OEMs, system integrators and manufacturers to build cutting-edge systems and manufacturing processes for high-performance, precision printing of traditional inks and deposition of functional fluids on all types of surfaces, including flexible substrates. A wholly owned subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and maintains U.S. product development and manufacturing operations in California and New Hampshire. The company sells and supports its products worldwide through offices in the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Singapore.
Source: Fujifilm and Inca Digital.