Fujifilm has launched the second generation of its Uvistar super-wide format printing series at FESPA Digital 2011 (Hall 4, Stand B10). In combination with Fujifilm’s vibrant Uvijet QK inks, the Uvistar II is particularly suited to producing super-wide format print for both display POP and outdoor advertising markets without experiencing any loss in production.
The Uvistar series, which was launched in 2010 as the most flexible, cost efficient printer in its class, produces high quality output at throughput speeds in excess of 350 sqm/hour, and on substrates up to 5m wide. Generation one was ideal for outdoor applications where the vibrancy of the inks and the associated materials, including polyethylene, worked extremely well together. The second generation has been developed to meet the growing demands of indoor applications, where viewing distances tend to be closer, and rigid materials are more commonly used.
One of the major new advancements within the second generation device is the use of a parallel drop size (PDS). This allows an increase in print quality without compromising speed or ink coverage. This technology enables users to print the current drop size of 40pl together with smaller, 20pl drops. The large drops provide coverage, while small drops enable fine details, all without a reduction in print speed.
Other improvements to the design include: printhead heating to make the resulting ink density more uniform; and the ability to print both flexible and rigid substrates double-sided through changes to the mechanics and the addition of linear motors, all without loss in production.
“We are delighted to be able to introduce the next generation of Uvistar at FESPA Digital,” said Tudor Morgan, group marketing manager, wide format at Fujifilm. “Just over a year ago our first generation series went on sale and has been incredibly successful in a short space of time. Now we want to broaden the reach for environmentally friendly, super-wide format print not only for outdoor applications but also indoor. The very simple interface allows for very fast changeover from roll-to-roll to flatbed, better meeting the needs of indoor applications.”
A major advantage of the Uvistar II platform is that it can print on many different substrates, flexible and rigid, in combination with Fujifilm’s Uvijet QK inks, producing an end result that is more environmentally friendly and cost effective, and opening up new revenue streams for customers.