Fujifilm has announced that its latest UV printer, the Acuity LED 1600, will be shown for the first time at a pan-European exhibition at FESPA Digital 2012, with the show also marking the commercial availability of the device. Visitors to the Fujifilm stand (K50) will have the opportunity to experience first-hand all of the innovative features of this hybrid roll-fed/flatbed LED UV printer which is built around proprietary Fujifilm technologies.
Featuring a unique, low-power consumption LED UV curing system, exceptional image quality and a productivity of 20 square metres per hour, the Acuity LED 1600 is the perfect addition to Fujifilm's existing portfolio of wide-format inkjet devices. It can print on both rigid and flexible substrates (including PET, acrylic and polycarbonate substrates) and is suitable for an extensive array of applications, including posters, in-store POP and graphic displays.
The results from the beta tests are extremely positive, with printers delighted at the cutting edge features of the device and results that the Fujifilm patented technologies embedded within the printer produce. Fabrice Houillon from LVRI in France has been using the Acuity LED since November 2011 and has only good things to say about it: "At LVRI we are focused on improving our production environment with advanced equipment to increase efficiency and guarantee short turnaround times. The Acuity LED perfectly fits in our workflow thanks to outstanding productivity, which is simply fantastic for a mid-range LED printer delivering vibrant colours at near-photographic quality. This technology allows us to diversify our range of services and to effectively tackle the POP and display market," he comments.
This advanced LED UV inkjet printer boasts a uniquely designed, long-life and low power consumption LED light source, combined with high precision and high speed printheads. Fujifilm's Fast Accurate Marking technology enables best-in-class productivity of 20 square metres per hour while the Intelligent Curing Control technology guarantees wide colour gamut and smooth gradation, as well as ensuring ink adhesion on a wider range of media, including many environmentally friendly materials which can traditionally be more difficult to work with.
The printer comes as standard with seven colour inks plus clear, based on Fujifilm formulations, which allow print service providers to create high-gloss value added applications. The ability to apply colour and clear or white inks in a single pass can significantly improve efficiency and turnaround time.
Spot Colour Matching software, which can automatically generate a colour comparison chart against the desired output colour and simplify the process of matching spot colours, is a significant, additional feature of the printer.
"Fujifilm is committed to providing the print community with state-of-the-art devices, and the Acuity LED 1600 is a further important step in this direction. This printer is the result of the application of a number of Fujifilm proprietary technologies and is nothing but a milestone in its market segment. This true LED system offers excellent productivity and gives printers the opportunity to extend their range of substrates to valuable and environmentally friendly media alternatives to PVC," comments Gary Barnes, Marketing Manager Wide format Inkjet printing at FUJIFILM Europe.
He concludes: "The perfect mix of Fujifilm's purpose designed ink, printheads and curing system gives excellent results without compromising on speed. The results from the beta tests confirm our belief in the potential of this innovative high performance LED UV printer and we are confident that FESPA Digital will be a positive commercial showcase to persuade many printers to add the Acuity LED 1600 to their production environment."