Active launches Onset UV flatbed duo

Melbourne based Active Display Group hosted local display printers for an open inspection of its two new Inca Onset X series UV flatbed printers at its Mulgrave site, the first Fujifilm have installed in the Asia Pacific region.  

The company had earlier in the afternoon launched its new printing solution to its retail customers, with many of the biggest names from the High Street coming to check out the Incas.

Fujifilm says the Onset X3 and Onset X1 comprise one of its largest installations of its type in the APAC region, with both featuring ABB Robotic Systems automation to take printed sheets off the bed and stack them. An operator is able to check proof-sheets during production without interfering with the palletised job.

Tyler Yanase, CEO of Fujifilm Australia along with John Mills, CEO of Inca Digital were in attendance at the open house.

Stuart Gittus, general manager of Operations at Active says, “As part of WPP AUNZ, Active is able to provide clients with an end-to-end path to purchase solution, seamlessly delivering one streamlined integration of experts. Because we offer the region’s most comprehensive suite of services from design, production and distribution through to merchandising and warehousing; we needed to look at our present and future needs including, but not limited to, growing volumes and shorter print runs.

 “Extensive due diligence was performed and, in the Inca Onset X series from Fujifilm, we found print speed at high quality will ultimately enable us to become even more competitive in a challenging market, whilst increasing our capacity for speed-to-market. Also, with the degree of automation, both machines can be run by a single operator.”

Fujifilm says Active’s Onset X3 is capable of printing commercial-quality up to 900sqm per hr and features printhead technology from Fujifilm Dimatix. Both of Active’s Onset devices are said to use the latest Dimatix R-class printheads which fire a standard 14pl ink droplet at billions of times per second. The X1 will be used to produce short run and speciality work.

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Fujifilm says the printers will also be running the new Inca tear-drop feature which allows droplet tuning from 11pl – 17pl, giving Active the capacity to further improve image quality and eliminate the need for additional light ink channels, dramatically reducing the ink usage per square metre.

The other machine, the Onset X1 is designed to be future-proof, like all Onset X series, due to Inca's scalable architecture. Fujifilm says an Inca Onset-X today is designed to grow with businesses with in-field upgrades such as additional printheads and higher speeds.

Active has two other Fujifilm-supplied grand format printers at Mulgrave; a Uvistar 2 and a Uvistar Pro8 – both five metre wide roll-to-roll machines.

Gittus says, “The new Incas will be printing a wide range of media including synthetic paper, art paper, screen board, fluted plastic and fluted cardboard for both Australian and global leading retailers and brands.”

Ashley Playford, national sales manager at Fujifilm Graphic System, says, “Our thanks go out to Stuart and the whole team at Active for entrusting Fujifilm and Inca with its next production growth phase. We are excited for Active and cannot wait for their customers to experience the quality and speed to market that these two Onset X series systems will offer them."

Gittus says, “Fujifilm has been proactive and lateral working with us to provide a solution to suit all our needs. Also, the technical information has been invaluable to the decision. It has been a pleasure working with Fujifilm and Inca.”

Active is part of WPP AUNZ, who claims itself as the region’s largest brand management, advertising, PR and media group. WPP AUNZ is majority owned by WPP plc which has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. The group is headed by notable advocate of print media, Sir Martin Sorrell.

The company has 450 staff across its various sites in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hong Kong as well as in China and Singapore.

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