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Ubiquitous UV

(February 2012) posted on Wed Feb 08, 2012

A tidal wave of UV tech has made its mark on the market.

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Fujifilm North America
The Uvistar 2 printer series is the second generation of the Uvistar UV rollfed inkjet printers from Fujifilm North America and is recommended for P-O-P and display-graphic printings. Available in 3.5- and 5-meter (print width) versions, it builds on the existing Uvistar platform. The 4-color printer uses Uvijet QK inks and offers 600-dpi resolution (1200 apparent). Top speed on the smaller machine is 2991 sq ft/hr; it’s 3800 sq ft/hr on the larger Uvistar.

The Uvistar 2 boasts new parallel drop size (PDS) technology, which enables users to print 40-pl drops together with 20-pl drops, eliminating the need for “light” colors to achieve quality print results, Fujifilm reports. Other modifications include: a new Linear Encoder that monitors printhead location for improved accuracy of drop placement; upgraded electronics offering greater control over printhead heating; a front-end scale-up feature allowing large files to be RIP’d in smaller sizes and then scaled up on press; and multi-roll support enabling users to work simultaneously on as many as three rolls up to 65-in. wide, with cores of varying weights, widths, and diameters. A ColorGate Production Server RIP is standard; a flatbed table for rigid materials is optional (accommodates substrates up to 1-in. thick).

The Acuity LED 1600 incorporates a fast-curing LED-UV ink, a long-life and low-power-consumption LED lamp system, and a high-precision and high-speed printhead. The LED 1600 prints roll media and rigid substrates up to 13mm (approximately ½-in.) in thickness and can accommodate media up to 63-in. wide. It can hit a top speed of 215 sq ft/hr at 400 x 600 dpi, and offers resolutions up to 1200 dpi. The 8-color printer (CMYKcm + w + clear) features: Intelligent Curing Control technology for precise LED light volume and alignment; VersaDrop jetting technology to ensure smooth tonal gradations; simultaneous single-pass printing of two or three layers of color, white, and clear inks; and a reusable cartridge and replaceable ink-pouch system. The LED 1600 also employs Sport Color Matching Software to simplify the process of matching spot colors.

Fujifilm’s other UV printers include: the Acuity Advance, Advance LT, Advance X2, Advance HS, and Advance HS X2, plus the original Uvistar printer series. In addition, the company is the exclusive North American distributor of Inca’s printers (see Inca listing).