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Fujifilm offers speed, innovation, flexibility at Graph Expo

Sep 29, 2010 12:00 AM

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Valhalla, NY-based Fujifilm North America Corp.’s Graphic Systems Division will exhibit at Graph Expo 2010 under its new banner, “The future of digital printing is here.” The show will mark the U.S. launch of the Fujifilm Digital Inkjet J Press 720, which will be running live at Fujifilm’s booth for the duration of the show for the first time in North America. This latest advancement in print technology is where the quality of offset printing meets the flexibility of digital printing, according to Fujifilm.

Sam Ota, president of Fujifilm North America’s Graphic Systems Division, says, “Fujifilm sees this as a time of great potential that printers can take advantage of to reinvent themselves, and we want them to know they don’t have to do it alone.”

The Fujifilm Digital Inkjet J Press 720 prints up to 2,700 4-up sph, or 10,800 8.5 x 11-inch pages per hour. The J Press 720 prints on regular coated offset stocks, which allows for printing offset-sized sheets with a maximum sheet size of 29.5 x 20.8 inches, which means the press will create new opportunities for digital print with applications such as gate-fold brochures, folders and more unusual page sizes all possible down to run lengths of one. It uses water-based, eco-friendly ink so there is no toner pile-up, resulting in an offset-like finish and quality. The water-based inks also mean the unit requires less cleaning and produces less waste. Print quality is 1,200 dpi and offers four-level grayscale capability, which is achieved by utilizing Fujifilm Dimatix’s Samba single-pass piezo drop-on-demand inkjet head technology. The J Press 720 has an incorporated infrared drying system, which means no drying time is necessary after printing so sheets are ready for finishing.

Additional equipment in the Fujifilm booth includes two Xerox color presses: the Xerox 700 Digital Color Press and the Xerox Color 800 Press, both capable of printing at 2400 x 2400 dpi. The Acuity Advance HS UV flatbed printer with roll media option will also be running live on the show floor. Fujifilm will display the ESKO Kongsberg i-cut XL24, and two roll-fed print solutions:  the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 24-inch roll printer driven by ORIS Color Tuner Pro Web technology and the Mutoh ValueJet 1618 64-inch ecosolvent solution, dual-headed, eight-channel printer.

Fujifilm will showcase its line-up of wide-format UV and solvent roll media, as well as the the latest Pantone ink dispensing system with the GFI Innovations’ Mx6 Ink Dispenser.  Fujifilm’s Javelin 8600N-S thermal CTP device with single cassette autoloader will also be on the show floor, along with Fujifilm Brillia HD digital plates. Fujifilm will showcase its line-up of no-bake thermal plates: LH-PJ and LH-PL; baked thermal plates: LH-NI3 and LH-PSE; processless plates: Ecomaxx-T, Ecomaxx-V and Ecomaxx-VN (newspaper); and violet plates: LP-NV2 and LP-NNV (newspaper). Fujifilm’s Brillia LH-PJ, LH-PL, LH-NI3 and LH-PSE plates are all compatible with Fujifilm’s FLH-Z Processor with its ZAC Automated Technology Module, recipient of the 2010 InterTech Technology Award for its control over plate processing which results in more consistent plates, a money savings on chemicals, and a reduction in chemical waste without requiring a change in workflow.

The company will demonstrate a series of software solutions including Fujifilm’s Taskero UniverseTM ColorPath Verified, and ColorPath Sync, which is new to Taskero Universe. It has the ability to optimize color in the G7 process and enables the creation of G7 curves for platemaking and printing to G7 conditions. A unique benefit of ColorPath Sync is that is resides in the “cloud,” allowing for easy access and historical tracking to G7 conditions. ColorPath Verified as well as ColorPath Sync will be monitoring and controlling color output live, not only in the Fujifilm booth but in other booths throughout the show floor.

Fujifilm Workflow XMF will also be onsite this year. Fujifilm will showcase Rampage Systems’ prepress workflow and Metrix planning and workflow integration software. The DesignMerge Pro Bundle variable-data printing software package works directly within the Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress page layout applications.

Also on display will be ColorGATE ProductionServier6 Software, which is compatible with Fujifilm’s complete portfolio of wide format printers. ColorGATE can be viewed in action on the Graph Expo show floor.

Finally, Fujifilm will showcase a series of CGS technologies, including ORIS Color Tuner // Web, ORIS Press Matcher // Web and ORIS Ink Saver.