FFEI Ltd, the global developer of award-winning digital imaging solutions, announces the launch of Graphium, the industry’s most productive, modular digital UV inkjet press with high opacity digital white, for the production of labels, packaging and speciality print. Set to be unveiled at the upcoming Print13 and LabelExpo, Graphium enables a greater number of jobs to be converted digitally, transforming productivity, profitability and the ability for printers and converters to respond to dynamic product and market changes.
“We are on a mission to transform the digital labels, packaging and specialty print market, and Graphium represents a major step towards achieving this goal,” comments Andy Cook, FFEI managing director. “Graphium represents a new generation of digital inkjet press aimed at the narrow web market – low capital investment, high quality print, unparalleled productivity and the most versatile range of applications. Bring all of these factors together and you have a ‘cost-in-use’ that defines Graphium as the most productive, high opacity digital white press on the market.”
Building on FFEI’s longstanding expertise in digital inkjet technologies, Graphium combines a range of leading-edge technologies that allow users to convert complex jobs that are not economically viable with standalone conventional or inkjet presses. Graphium combines innovative workflow, prepress, colour management software and cutting-edge head calibration technology, ensuring consistent quality through repeatable production. This guarantees a match between press and proof, aligning to colour standards. Printers and converters are able to benefit from high-quality, vibrant printing, with excellent adhesion, light fastness and durability.
“When developing this press, we wanted to bring our many years of software and inkjet expertise together to create a complete solution that transforms the print process. With Graphium, converters can now achieve greater efficiency from prepress to production and benefit from reduced start-up costs, minimal waste and increased productivity. The return on investment over conventional printing is huge – not only for short-runs, but longer also.” Continues Cook
Graphium offers convertors increased flexibility and productivity, enabling them to accept complex projects requiring a wide gamut of colours on virtually any substrate. Supporting up to six digital modules and six flexo stations, Graphium offers the unique capability from a single vendor, of being able to integrate optional flexo and finishing stations inline for conversion in a single pass. This capability significantly reduces production time and cost in comparison to traditional offline finishing.
Graphium uses specialist Uvijet Graphium UV curing inks developed by Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems. These inks combine the functional performance, colour gamut and adhesion needed for label printing with reliable jetting performance required for consistent printing.
FFEI have worked very closely with the Xaar R&D team to ensure Graphium maximises the full capability of the Xaar 1001 print head technology. The press also takes advantage of Corona pre-treatment, web clean, inter-colour pinning and Adaptive Screening Technology – all supplied as standard to ensure superior quality digital production.
“Graphium takes its name from a genus of vibrantly coloured swallowtail butterflies.” Cook explains During their life they represent a truly stunning transformation – one we feel is echoed by Graphium’s ability to convert digital files into high quality labels and specialty print.”