Fujifilm Outlines Its Largest Presence at drupa; Will Emphasize Inkjet Technologies
HANOVER PARK, Ill. — March 2, 2016 — Fujifilm Corp. President Shigehiro Nakajima announced that the company will occupy a 2,020 m2 booth in Hall 8b at drupa 2016, in Düsseldorf, Germany, from May 31-June 10, alongside a smaller booth in Hall 1 to support the company’s Heidelberg partnership, which in combination, represents the company’s largest drupa presence to date. Under the slogan "Value from Innovation," the company will be showcasing technologies and solutions that add value to print operations in the commercial, wide-format and packaging market sectors.
A key element to Fujifilm’s presence in both locations will be the company’s industry-leading inkjet technologies, summarized and showcased under a new brand name “Fujifilm Inkjet Technology." Fujifilm’s inkjet capability combines the very best UV and water-based ink technologies and production facilities, leading piezo-electric printhead design and manufacturing, and world-class software and systems integration expertise. At drupa, Fujifilm will be showcasing how these technologies are being used to further the penetration of inkjet printing in the commercial, wide-format, packaging and industrial markets, opening up opportunities for print service providers to expand their businesses.
In Hall 1, Fujifilm will be showcasing how the latest generation of its modular SAMBA printheads, unique VersaDrop jetting and RAPIC anti-coagulation technologies, together with the company’s software, systems integration and ink development expertise, have been combined to form the "print engine" at the heart of Heidelberg’s new B1 industrial inkjet press.
In Hall 8b, Fujifilm’s main presence at drupa 2016, the company will be showcasing how these inkjet technologies can contribute to the expansion and development of new printing applications and opportunities. Of equal importance however, will be Fujifilm’s traditional technologies and solutions which are designed to optimize existing print processes, in particular offset and flexo print production. At drupa, Fujifilm will be focusing on demonstrating how its recently launched "SUPERIA" and "FLENEX" solutions can optimize production, help printers improve their profitability and ultimately provide the foundation for a strong print business.
Fujifilm’s stand in Hall 8b is divided into five different zones for different types of printing application. The details of each zone are given below:
Commercial Printing Zone
Center stage in the commercial printing zone will be the J Press 720S, with Fujifilm showcasing how this press is transforming print businesses all around the world, and why it will continue to lead the market in B2 inkjet digital printing. Featuring a number of new enhancements, the press will be operating in a true production environment, with visitors able to see the competitive benefits that can be gained using this press, which remains the only proven, reliable and fully commercially available B2 inkjet production press.
At the heart of this zone will be Fujifilm’s XMF Workflow. This leading workflow solution has gained worldwide acclaim for its native PDF architecture, its ability to efficiently manage digital and offset print production, and for its unrivalled speed and flexibility. At drupa 2016, Fujifilm will be demonstrating how the ability of XMF and the workflow’s Controller Module can integrate with post-press devices and MIS systems respectively to optimize production processes.
Fujifilm will also be showcasing its new resource-saving SUPERIA solution for offset printing. SUPERIA combines all the company’s pre-press and pressroom expertise in a solution which optimizes resources across the offset print process, giving printers the opportunity to reduce materials, labour, water, energy and their environmental impact to help make their businesses more efficient and ultimately improve profitability.
Wide-Format Printing Zone
Within this zone are a wide range of leading solutions for wide- and super-wide format print production. At the high-volume end of the scale, Fujifilm will be showcasing a new Onset X Series printer for the first time in Europe. The Onset X represents the latest evolution in Inca Digital’s advanced "scalable architecture" concept, and the productivity achieved with a choice of Fujifilm’s Dimatix printheads and Uvijet inks allow this industrial printer to be used for a diverse range of production requirements. In addition, it‘s 14-channel capability provides incredible versatility and allows the printer to be upgraded in the field to meet changing business needs.
Also being showcased at drupa will be the new Uvistar Hybrid 320. This is a 3.2m, combination flatbed and roll printer, capable of producing high quality output at speeds of up to 195 square meters an hour. Utilizing Fujifilm’s Dimatix Q-Class printheads and Uvijet UV inks, the Uvistar Hybrid 320 prints full greyscale output at an exceptional quality level and delivers a wide gamut of vibrant colors. The press is available in an eight-channel configuration with CMYK, Lc, Lm, Lk and Orange ink channels.
Leading the mid-range portfolio will be Fujifilm’s Acuity F flatbed printer which is a dedicated flatbed production printer delivering high quality print at up to 155 square meters per hour, and is available in six or seven channel versions.
Finally Fujifilm’s highly successful roll-fed inkjet printer, the Acuity LED 1600 II, will be showcased. This printer uses proprietary Fujifilm Dimatix printheads and Uvijet inks to achieve wide color gamut reproduction and smooth tonal gradations, while demonstrating a class-leading productivity of 33 square meters per hour in the high speed mode.
Also on show in the wide-format zone will be application examples produced using Fujifilm’s unique Uvijet KV inks suitable for thermoforming applications.
Package Printing Zone
Over the last few years, Fujifilm has been applying both its traditional and new inkjet technologies to the field of package printing, with drupa 2016 representing a key milestone in the development of these solutions. At drupa 2016, the company will therefore be showcasing two solutions — a water-based flexo printing plate and a new LED-UV inkjet digital press for the flexible package printing market.
Fujifilm will be showcasing its new advanced water-washable flexo plate, FLENEX FW, in the Package Printing Zone and will be demonstrating how label and flexible packaging converters can benefit from this high quality and low cost-in-use flexo plate. Thanks to advanced photopolymer technologies, FLENEX FW guarantees reduced dot gain and better ink transfer for cleaner and brighter print results, and can reduce platemaking times to less than 40 minutes.
This zone will also feature a new, next generation LED-UV inkjet press suitable for flexible packaging applications. This new press is ideally suited for printing on the underside of flexible packaging, and is powered by proprietary new Fujifilm image forming technology called "EUCON" (Enhanced Under Coating and Nitrogen purging technology).
Fujifilm’s new LED-UV inkjet press for flexible packaging applications continues the company’s core philosophy of offering high performance, high quality digital print solutions, and thanks to a reliable media handling system can deliver productivity of up to 50 meters per minute using the five standard CMYKW ink colors. In addition, as this new press uses an LED-UV curing and drying system, the amount of heat applied to the substrate is minimized, reducing power consumption and enabling the press to be used with a wide range of flexible substrates.
Fujifilm Inkjet Technology Zone
As a core part of Fujifilm’s presence at drupa 2016, this zone, situated at the centre of the booth, will demonstrate how the company’s cutting-edge UV and water-based ink technologies, leading piezo-electric printheads and world-class software and systems integration expertise, showcased under a new brand name "Fujifilm Inkjet Technology," are being used to deliver today’s inkjet printing solutions and create the printing applications of the future. The potential to expand the application of inkjet technologies and digital printing to different substrates and potential new business fields is significant and will be highlighted in this zone.
Print Applications Zone
This zone will showcase a variety of innovative and creative printed materials produced using Fujifilm’s diverse solutions. In a tie-up with Japanese brand owners operating their businesses in the spirit of Japanese craftsmanship and hospitality, Fujifilm will exhibit print samples from each company using a wide range of printing methods, including next-generation digital inkjet presses, wide-format printers, and more traditional offset and flexo printing systems. The zone will highlight the premium quality and productivity that can be produced using Fujifilm solutions.
Fujifilm invites printers to visit stand A25 in Hall 8b to see how the company’s innovations can add value to their businesses.
About Fujifilm Corp.
Fujifilm Corp. 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 minimizing the environmental impact of its products and operations, proactively working to preserve the environment, and strives to educate printers about environmental best practice.