Fujifilm Showcases Hybrid Printing, Flexo Plate Innovations at Technology Summit
HANOVER PARK, Ill.—September 25, 2015—Fujifilm North America, Graphic Systems Division hosted another successful Packaging Technology Summit at its Chicago Technology Center, showcasing innovative packaging solutions to invited attendees.
Industry professionals experienced hands-on demonstrations at the two-day event, highlighting the Graphium, a UV inkjet press for labels, packaging, and specialty print; along with learning more about the Flenex series, a new, innovative flexographic plate system, Fujifilm’s flexographic inks and Flex Pack, a cost-effective packaging proofing system by CGS.
“I had no idea of Fujifilm’s breadth of offerings in the packaging arena,” said Brad Elledge, director of operations, Nosco, a full-service packaging solution provider based near Dallas. “Technology Summits are certainly guaranteed to change minds and perceptions of Fujifilm’s role in our industry.”
There was considerable interest in the Graphium, a high-speed modular digital UV inkjet press with the option to integrate flexo and finishing stations for hybrid production and conversion in a single pass—greatly expanding the opportunities that can be converted. Graphium represents the next generation of UV inkjet press for labels, packaging and specialty print that enables profitable printing of short-run jobs while boosting productivity and providing the ability to produce new print options previously unavailable through traditional flexo technologies. Graphium makes converting short to medium print jobs more profitable, as the press streamlines workflow, requires less setup material, reduces waste and eliminates overruns.
Bob Moran, publisher of FLEXO Magazine, and a member of the Flexographic Technical Association, provided insights into the North American label market, and engaged in a lively Q&A with attendees. Todd Zimmerman, division president, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, educated attendees about Fujifilm’s innovations in the packaging industry.
Attendees also showed keen interest in the Flenex plate-making system. The Flenex FW water-washable plate system is able to form flat-top dots, and reproduce 200 lpi with halftone dots from one percent to 99 percent. Additional advantages include very good ink transfer, superior compatibility with UV, water-based, and solvent inks; wear resistance and the ability to consistently maintain good product quality even when printing long-run jobs. Compared to solvent processing, drying time is greatly reduced, productivity is increased, and there is a reduced impact on the environment. The innovative water wash system eliminates the need for solvents, wicking cloths, and thermal equipment.
"Guests who attended this technology summit were truly immersed into Fujifilm’s advancements and leadership within the packaging industry,” said Michael Barry, product marketing manager, Fujifilm North America, Graphic Systems Division. “The hands-on demonstrations of our impressive line-up of solutions got attendees thinking about how these new innovations could be incorporated into their operations to better serve their customers.”
In addition to learning more about packaging technology, attendees also saw many other innovations, including the Acuity Series; the J Press line-up; the Inca Onset and Xerox presses housed within Fujifilm’s over 20,000-square-foot facility.
Fujifilm North America, a marketing subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings America consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries.
The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. The Industrial and Corporate New Business Development Division delivers new products derived from Fujifilm technologies.
Fujifilm Canada sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. Fujifilm Holdings, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies.
In the year ended March 31, 2015, the company had global revenues of $20.8 billion, at an exchange rate of 120 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship.