Profitable digital presses: Fujifilm Business Innovation Australia

This is an extract about Fujifilm Business Innovation Australia from the Profitable Presses Technology Focus written by Peter Kohn and published in the February 2022 issue of ProPrint magazine. To read the full story click here.

Darren Yeates, Fujifilm Business Innovation Australia’s senior marketing manager, graphic communication services, sees inkjet technology for publication printing as a cost-effective option for short-to-medium runs, due to the minimal ink and paper costs and savings on plates and makeready time.

But he adds offset can be a more cost-effective solution for longer runs as running costs are minimal after set-up.

“Both offset and digital technology can deliver high-quality results when it comes to general print applications, however digital technology can take advantage of a wider colour gamut which can be applied as spot colours or match specific Pantone colours without the need for additional colour separations,” he said.

Meanwhile, toner-driven digital printing technology enables personalisation and customisation capabilities which is important when it comes to direct mail and other applications, he says.

Digital technology can also deliver productivity benefits, including fast production time for finished work with inline folding, trimming and binding capabilities eliminating the need for extra steps of post-processing work from analogue systems.

“Inkjet technology is ideal for transaction printing because it can deliver high-speed variable-data capabilities. The running cost of inkjet is significantly lower than other technologies, which makes it ideal for long-run transactional print work. Wide format inkjet technology is a suitable solution for a vast range of short-run point-of-sale material, including posters and banners. Wide format inkjet technology also offers a wide gamut for vibrant colour reproduction,” he states.

Fujifilm Business Innovation offers two toner-based digital presses in its Revoria class.

The PC1120 includes six colour stations which create striking colour combinations, including a range of metallics and natural skin textures.

It uses AI-powered productivity for diverse applications and includes air suction feeders and a static removal device for highly stable feeding of a variety of media, such as cohesive coated paper and film.

The monochrome Revoria Press E1 series features black-and-white image management and superior fine type capabilities with high levels of productivity and reliability. It can print at speeds of up to 136 pages per minute, boosted by high-capacity feeders.

The Revorias print on standard offset coated and uncoated paper, canvas, and heavy-duty folding carton board, enabling a wide variety of applications.

In the continuous inkjet space, Yeates says Fujifilm’s Jet Press 750S and 750SH “combine the absolute best of both worlds” when it comes to offset and digital printing, with quality, speed and versatility.
The range offers short runs for customisable packaging at offset quality, with productivity of up to 3,600 B2 sheets per hour (static and variable jobs). An extended four-colour gamut achieves great detail and vibrant images. Next-generation Samba printheads deliver single-pass printing at 1,200 dpi and four-level greyscale with Vividia inks.

For wide format inkjet, Fujifilm’s Acuity Prime 20 and 30 series offers a true flatbed printer with outstanding image quality and excellent adhesion to a range of rigid and flexible media, materials and objects – all supported by five dedicated vacuum zones and jettable primer for excellent adhesion to more industrial media types.

Throughput is up to 150 square metres per hour on media sizes up to 1.27m x 2.54m. And Fujifilm’s Uvijet LED UV curing ink delivers strong, vibrant, lightfast colours with superior colour gamut. The Acuity presses are configured with either four, five, six or seven colour channels – including CMYK, white and clear.

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