Monday 19 August 2019

DataMaster at Drupa 2016, 4/6: wide format onslaught   12 July 2016   

Inkjet gets bigger and bigger at Drupa.  In the last article on our trip this year, we talked about the enthusiasm for this technology and alml its variants.  Today, we are turning our attention to wide-format printing.
In Hall 8b, Fujifilm had invested in a ​​2020 m² stand under the slogan Value from Innovation - and this is the largest area they have had at Drupa (so far).  They presented their new brand, Fujifilm Inkjet Technology - and its advanced inkjet technology.  The products developed by Fujifilm expand commercial print, large format, packaging and industrial printing markets, and thus open up growth opportunities for print service providers.
The two biggest stars presented by the manufacturer were the new Onset X and the Uvistar Hydrid 320.  Designed for high-volume, the former was enjoying its first European preview. The latest Inca Digital advanced scalable architecture, the Onset X is equipped with Fujifilm Dimatix print heads and Uvijet UV inks.  Accepting media up to 3.22 x 1.6 m and up to 50 mm thick, this machine has a 25-zone suction table, a UV control system and a head carriage which can carry up to 14 ink channels.  combinations of speed, inks and quality meet various needs.
With the launch of the Hybrid Uvistar 320, Fujifilm is intent on strengthening its lead in the large format marketplace.  This flatbed or roll printer offers high print quality for speeds up to 195 m²/h.  It is available in 8-channel and 9-channel (with white ink) configuration.  Featuring Fujifilm Dimatix Q-Class printheads and Uvijet UV inks, the Uvistar Hybrid 320 prints all gray levels with outstanding quality as well as in a very wide range of vibrant colors.
Still more on inkjet
In Hall 5, OKI also presented its range of ColorPainter wide-format printers, which they acquired last August from Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII).  These wide-format printers have been designed to the requirements of industrial printing and signage and are highly productive.  They can handle a wide range of media and materials (banners, fleet markings, wallpaper, pop-up displays, signage, etc.).  Using Piezo print heads - not part of the SII deal - the ColorPainters eject ink droplets with a high concentration of pigments, providing richer colors and excellent image quality.
Epson were leading on their SureColor printer, the SC-S30600. This 4-color 64-inch (162.6 cm) printer enables company printshops, print service providers, imaging providers, copy shops, etc. to widen their product ranges. Epson were also exhibiting their SurePress digital presses and ColorWorks inkjet color label printers.
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