Cactus Imaging has installed Australia’s first Fujifilm Acuity Ultra press, as it seeks to branch out to top-end fabric clients, and boost its capacity.
Keith Ferrell, general manager operations, Cactus Imaging, says, “Predominantly it was about quality, it has a three picolitre head, and white ink. Its multi-roll features were a big plus for us as well.
“It will certainly help us with extra capacity in fabrics, and the POS area. We do a lot of interior decorating prints now, it will enhance that along with POS, and fabrics.”
“It is aimed at the high-quality work we are diversifying into.
“It prints at up to 1800 dpi, so it is pretty bloody good.
“I first saw the machine at Fespa in Germany recently, and then went to the UK and talked with Fujifilm over there about it, and went to their ink plant.
“It has multi-roll capability on a serious number of substrates.
“When you do long runs with UV lamps sometimes the platen gets quite warm, and it does affect media from a drying perspective.
“This platen is actually cooled, which gives it better consistency over longer runs.”
Available in five metre and 3.2 metre models with up to eight colour channels, including white, the Acuity Ultra uses a new high-quality, low film weight Uvijet GS Fujifilm ink.
Greenguard approved, this ink has been especially designed to deliver the highest quality and is fully emission-compliant for interior graphic display work.
With a 3pl drop size ensuring the highest possible quality, the Acuity Ultra is ideal for the high-end indoor display market, especially for luxury brands, with Fujifilm calling the quality comparable with litho and leading water-based ink systems.
Based around conventional UV technology, the vacuum table is efficiently water-cooled, minimising the build-up of heat on the print plate, meaning no shrinkage.
With a throughput of up to 236sqm per hour, the machine is capable of printing on three rolls simultaneously, as well as printing super-wide format graphics up to five metres in width. In addition, linear motors ensure smooth edge-to-edge printing with no vibrations at the end of the run.
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