Acuity Prime Hybrid

The True Hybrid Printing Solution

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A rapidly changing sign and display market needs flexible solutions to keep pace with changing demand. While improvements to speed and quality are still being made, these are increasingly marginal, and it’s in the areas of value-for-money and versatility that there are opportunities for real differentiation.

Part of this shift towards the demand ever greater versatility is a result of the Covid pandemic, where print service providers, particularly those who had been highly specialised in the past, were forced to adapt and invest in new types of technology, to serve new markets with a more diverse range of applications.

One market response to this shift has been a significant increase in interest in hybrid printers and the obvious benefits they provide in their flexibility and versatility. When Fujifilm completely redesigned and relaunched its Acuity range of wide format printers in 2021, it was, in part, to be able to better respond to exactly these kinds of market shifts. The Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED and Acuity Prime Hybrid are early evidence of this strategy working exactly as planned.

This article looks at the Acuity Prime Hybrid in particular, delving deeper into what sets it apart from the competition, offering some insights into its true hybrid nature and its place in the evolving print industry.

 

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A true hybrid platform

What do we mean by a ‘true hybrid’ platform? Aside from the obvious – being able to print to a wide range of both rigid and flexible substrates – what defines a ‘true hybrid’ printer? Perhaps we could start to answer that question by first addressing what it is not. It is not a flatbed printer with a roll function bolted on, nor, for that matter, is it a roll-to-roll machine with a flatbed table as an optional extra. Machines like this have their place, but that place is really only in environments where that additional functionality is needed only occasionally. In today’s print marketplace – where being able to accommodate and deliver as broad a range of work as possible is paramount – these ‘halfway hybrids’ are often no longer good enough.

With a true hybrid, you get exceptional performance, whether printing to rigid or roll-fed media, as the machine is designed with both in mind, rather than one of those simply being a bolt-on extra. And if the build quality of the machine is good enough, then that exceptional performance remains consistent even over very long jobs, whether roll-to-roll or rigid media, providing the ultimate flexibility.

The true hybrid opens up a range of possibilities for print businesses looking for growth opportunities. It is able to produce more work, faster.

Design and build

Fujifilm’s Acuity range combines award-winning UK design, with Japanese quality assurance and meticulous manufacturing processes. This exceptional design and build quality is notable in all aspects of the machines’ performance, but one area especially relevant to the Acuity Prime Hybrid, marking it out as an excellent example of a “true hybrid”, is the media handling capability. The industrial build quality of the Acuity Prime Hybrid gives it the ability to handle rolls of up to 100kg, far in excess of anything that a modified flatbed could manage. Not only that, but the media also tracks exceptionally well, meaning that the machine can be left printing long jobs with minimal operator involvement.

World class inks

When it comes to inks and curing, the Acuity Prime Hybrid boasts another advantage over many of its competitors. Fujifilm’s own UV and low energy LED UV curing inks mean that the Acuity Prime Hybrid is not only faster than many of its competitors, it also prints to a much broader range of substrates. This is because low energy curing also means low heat, which means that sensitive media can be used much more easily, and printed at higher speeds than would be possible otherwise, something impossible with curing systems that require a hotter drying process, for example latex. Lower heat also, of course, means lower energy use, which in turn means lower energy costs, meaning there are environmental benefits as well as potential cost savings, without reducing output.

Importantly, Fujifilm’s UV inkjet inks are also Greenguard Gold certified, making them suitable for a range of interior applications including wall coverings.

True versatility

The Acuity Prime Hybrid also distinguishes itself with its 2.05m printing width, a feature that extends beyond the standard 1.6m of most alternatives. This expanded capability doesn’t come at a premium, making it a practical choice for businesses looking to explore new horizons. The machine’s larger printing width offers the freedom to print rolls of various sizes efficiently, as well as the ability to run multiple boards side by side – while reducing the need for trimming or resizing, saving both time and resources. This versatility opens doors to a myriad of applications, from retail signage to durable outdoor displays.

In an era when adaptability is vital, the Acuity Prime Hybrid provides an ideal solution for print businesses to remain competitive and responsive to the ever changing market.

Proven solution

The Acuity Prime Hybrid is already proving its worth in real business environments.

David Allen, Managing Director of Allen Signs, in the UK, was first in the world to invest in this machine, in autumn 2023. He says the printer’s superb media handling made it not only stand out among competitors, but makes it able to print on difficult substrates, such as metallics, in a cost-effective manner.

Allen says: “Due to our familiarity with hybrid platforms, we sought the Acuity Prime Hybrid as an opportunity to explore the Fujifilm brand further. The printer has now allowed us to carry out our normal production with minimal issues and excellent quality and ink performance.”

Print Specialist at Allen Signs, Matt Ryder, adds: “We tried a job on the new Fujifilm machine, and instantly, it tracked. It was perfect. As for materials, we are yet to come across a substrate that doesn’t work.”

Allen Signs is the first of many businesses in Europe and around the world that stand to benefit from a machine that is both a true hybrid, and a true game changer in wide format print production.

Acuity Prime Hybrid

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Case study: Acuity Prime Hybrid

Allen Signs

Case study

Allen Signs becomes the first business to invest in the Acuity Prime Hybrid to support its efficiency and expansion

Allen Signs

Lincoln, UK

Acuity Prime Hybrid

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We sought the Acuity Prime Hybrid as an opportunity to explore the Fujifilm brand further. The printer has now allowed us to carry out our normal production with minimal issues and excellent quality and ink performance.

David Allen | Allen Signs

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Highlights

  • Allen signs invested in the Acuity Prime Hybrid in 2023
  • The family-run signage business sought an investment in Hybrid print technology.
  • The printer has seamlessly integrated into the company’s workflow.
  • The trust-based partnership with Fujifilm has proven to be a key factor in the investment.
  • Since the investment, the company has found the printer to be incredibly versatile.
  • The company looks forward to exploring more ways that the Prime Hybrid can help them expand.

UK-based signage and vehicle livery specialist Allen Signs has become the first company to invest in Fujifilm’s new Acuity Prime Hybrid printer. The ground-breaking wide format hybrid machine , which was released earlier this year, is highly versatile due to its ability to handle both rigid and flexible media.

The family-run wide format business was established in 1965, and since then, has been producing a variety of different signage applications for its consumers. David Allen, the company’s Managing Director, says his interest in the Acuity Prime Hybrid stemmed from its versatility and economical ink consumption.

Allen comments: “Due to our familiarity with hybrid platforms, we sought the Acuity Prime Hybrid as an opportunity to explore the Fujifilm brand further. The printer has now allowed us to carry out our normal production with minimal issues and excellent quality and ink performance.”

Allen adds that the Acuity Prime Hybrid’s versatility has enabled his business to print on a wider variety of substrates more efficiently and cost-effectively. The machine is already being used to print on wall coverings, direct to board and even metallic surfaces.

Impressed by the printer’s ease of use, Matt Ryder, Print Specialist at Allen Signs, says: “We tried a job on the new Fujifilm machine, and instantly, it tracked. It was perfect. As for materials, we are yet to come across a substrate that doesn’t work.”

Having built a partnership, based on trust, with Fujifilm, Allen adds: “Fujifilm has been an absolute breeze to deal with. The installation and the training were extremely quick and efficient. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Acuity Prime Hybrid printer will allow us to expand our business in the future.”

Andy Kent, Division Manager, Fujifilm Graphic Communications UK, states: “We are delighted to hear that our wide range of customers are more than satisfied with our printing technologies. As a result of Allen Signs investing in our Acuity Prime Hybrid, they have seen significant increases in print quality and a reduction in costs, whilst expanding their substrate selection. It’s fantastic to see them exploring new business opportunities.”

Acuity Prime Hybrid

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Case study: Acuity Prime 30

Byblos

Case study

Byblos boosts creative potential with Fujifilm Acuity Prime investment

Byblos SRL

Turin, Italy

Acuity Prime 30

Temps de lecture: 4 minutes

Highlights

  • Byblos invested in an Acuity Prime 30 Flatbed printer.
  • The decision was driven by the company’s dedication to superior quality.
  • They have used the press to print on unconventional materials such as wood composite and glass.
  • The finishing techniques such as satin and gloss have been received well by clients.
  • The company are impressed by the exceptional adhesion and vibrancy of the ink.
  • Byblos is enthusiastic about being able to to meet evolving client needs.

L'investissement Acuity Prime 30 transforme notre activité. Avec sa qualité d'impression inégalée et sa capacité à travailler avec divers matériaux, nous avons dépassé les attentes de nos clients.

Alessandro Conté | Byblos

Byblos, an industry leader in high quality print production, founded in 1992, has recently made a strategic investment in Fujifilm’s Acuity Prime 30 wide format flatbed printer. This acquisition has allowed the company to attract a broader customer base, win new business opportunities, and position itself for continued success in meeting customer demands for high quality and customised wide format printing.

With a firm commitment to delivering exceptional wide format printing solutions, the Acuity Prime, installed in May 2023, is the latest addition to their advanced production line-up. Equipped with seven ink channels, CMYK, White, Clear, and Primer, and powered by the ColorGATE RIP, the new printer is empowering Byblos to expand its production offering to include unconventional materials such as wood composite and glass.

The decision to invest in the Acuity Prime 30 was driven by Byblos’ dedication to superior quality and the opportunity to experiment with different types of media and finishing techniques – such as being able to achieve a satin or glossy finish. According to Alessandro Conte, Managing Director of Byblos, these capabilities have been very well received by their clients. Furthermore, the excellent support provided by the Fujifilm team played a significant role in solidifying the partnership.

Conte is enthusiastic about the investment: “The Acuity Prime has transformed our production process and elevated our ability to meet the evolving needs of our clients. Its impressive speed and remarkable quality have exceeded our expectations. We can now deliver personalised, high-quality printing in shorter turnaround times, and unleash our creativity by printing on unconventional materials. This gives us a competitive edge in the market.”

The Acuity Prime 30’s remarkable ink quality enables Byblos to work with a wide array of materials, including various metals and glass, when using a primer. The ink demonstrates exceptional adhesion, with stunning precision and vibrancy in every print. And the durability of the ink allows it to withstand the effects of chemicals and cleaning agents, ensuring longevity and exceptional print quality.

Alessandro Conte, Managing Director of Byblos, concluded: “The Acuity Prime 30 investment is transforming our business. With its unmatched print quality and the ability to work with diverse materials, we have exceeded our clients’ expectations. This investment has not only fuelled our growth but has also solidified our position as a leader in the industry.”

Daniele Carino of Fujifilm Italy added. “The Acuity Prime 30, part of Fujifilm’s ‘new blueprint for wide format’ has been exceptionally well received since it was launched two years ago. It was built to deliver versatility, value and ease-of-use, and we’re delighted that Byblos has become the latest company to recognise its potential and take advantage of it.”

Acuity Prime 30

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Acuity Prime Hybrid

Hybride dédié pour
impression rigide et en rouleau

Polyvalent & ultra fiable

Une machine hybride LED UV qui change la donne, capable d'imprimer sur des supports rigides et en rouleaux.

La conception de l'imprimante est basée sur l'Acuity Prime primée, y compris le chariot de tête d'impression, le système d'encre, le système de maintenance automatique des têtes d'impression (APMS) et l'interface logicielle.

jusqu'à

141 m²/h

Rouler à rouler
Jusqu'à 7 canaux

CMJN+W+Cl

plus apprêt
jusqu'à

51mm

épaisseur du support

Pourquoi Acuity Prime Hybride ?

Polyvalent

Gère les supports flexibles et rigides jusqu'à 51 mm d'épaisseur, ainsi que les supports en rouleaux jusqu'à 2 m de large.

Fiable

Bénéficie d'un système de durcissement UV LED refroidi par air ultra fiable et durable

Convivial pour l'opérateur

La conception coulissante permet un accès facile aux pompes à encre et aux filtres

Têtes d'impression natives de 7 picolitres, 3 niveaux de gris
4 zones de vide
2 m de largeur
Interface graphique intuitive
Système de durcissement UV LED longue durée, refroidi par air
Encres hautes performances Uvijet HM
7 canaux (CMJN plus blanc, transparent et apprêt en option)
Impressions sur matériaux sensibles à la chaleur

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Principales caractéristiques

L'Acuity Prime Hybrid est une véritable machine hybride, ce qui signifie qu'il n'y a pas de
compromis et aucun des compromis que vous trouveriez dans une machine plus ancienne lors du passage entre un support rigide et un support en rouleau.

Jusqu'à 7 canaux

L'Acuity Prime Hybrid peut être configurée avec jusqu'à 7 canaux, avec CMJN en standard, et en option Blanc, Transparent et Primer, et produit une impression de qualité époustouflante, capable de produire des tailles de gouttelettes allant jusqu'à 7pL. Il prend en charge des supports flexibles et rigides jusqu'à 51 mm d'épaisseur et des supports en rouleaux jusqu'à 2 m de large, et bénéficie d'un système de durcissement UV LED ultra fiable et durable, refroidi par air.

Elle dispose d'un système de vide à 4 zones et peut produire des impressions à des vitesses allant jusqu'à 141 m2/h. L'imprimante convient à une gamme incroyablement large d'applications, mais peut également être configurée avec un apprêt en option, étendant encore plus la gamme d'applications pouvant être imprimées.

Des dispositifs de sécurité

L'Acuity Prime Hybrid dispose également d'une gamme de fonctionnalités de sécurité intégrées conçues pour maximiser la disponibilité d'impression, notamment une protection anti-collision, avec des capteurs de collision déployés aux deux extrémités du chariot et une barre ioniseur qui réduit l'électricité statique sur la surface du support. Comme l’Acuity Prime, l’imprimante bénéficie également d’un fonctionnement à distance.

Conçu en pensant à l'opérateur

La réduction des coûts ne consiste pas seulement à réduire le prix des marchandises ou des dépenses, il s'agit également de garantir que la machine fonctionne quand et comment vous en avez besoin. Une grande partie de cela consiste à s’assurer que l’imprimante est facile à utiliser mais également facile à entretenir.

La gamme Acuity Prime se targue d'être extrêmement intuitive, depuis son interface graphique conviviale jusqu'aux têtes d'impression accessibles pour faciliter la maintenance et l'Acuity Prime Hybrid ne fait pas exception. En incluant le système unique de maintenance automatique des têtes d'impression, l'époque où il fallait effectuer un contrôle de maintenance fastidieux le lundi matin après un week-end plus long est révolue. Le système APMS garantit que l'Acuity Prime Hybrid est prête à imprimer à tout moment.

Modes et vitesses d'impression

Performances de premier ordre

Convient pour une utilisation avec une large gamme de médias

Hybride dédié

Grâce au système de gestion des supports robuste qui permet d'imprimer des rouleaux jusqu'à 100 kg, une gamme de supports difficiles à exécuter tels que le papier peint, le contravision et le vinyle autocollant qui sont souvent sujets au froissement, sont manipulés exceptionnellement sur l'Acuity Prime Hybrid.

Applications principales

Grâce aux gammes d'encres Uvijet HM, HF et HZ provenant de l'usine de fabrication primée de Broadstairs, au Royaume-Uni, l'Acuity Prime Hybrid est capable d'adhérer à une large gamme de supports en rouleaux, notamment les films de contravision et de fenêtre, qui sont des LED extrêmement sensibles à la chaleur. matériaux de durcissement, ainsi que textiles, souvent utilisés pour les graphiques et le polyester à dos noir.

Cette technologie d'encre réussie, associée à la qualité de fabrication industrielle de l'Acuity Prime Hybrid, garantit que des applications audacieuses et créatives sont possibles.

Changement rapide entre support rigide et rouleau

Contrairement à certaines machines concurrentes, l'Acuity Prime Hybrid est capable de passer d'un support rigide à un support rouleau à rouleau de manière transparente et en moins de 10 minutes, garantissant ainsi un temps d'arrêt minimal et des performances optimales.

Un retour sur investissement fantastique

Tout comme l'ensemble de la gamme Prime, l'Acuity Prime Hybrid offre à ses clients un excellent retour sur investissement, grâce à la gamme complète de couleurs fournie par la technologie d'encre brevetée de Fujifilm, un débit maximal atteint avec la possibilité d'imprimer plusieurs planches avec un lit de 2 m, plus vendables. des impressions de qualité même en mode brouillon.

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Case Study: Acuity Ultra R2 Roll-fed Printer

Soyang

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Soyang Open House event demonstrates award-winning capabilities of Fujifilm’s 5m Acuity Ultra R2 wide format roll-fed printer.

Soyang

Accrington, UK

Acuity Ultra R2

Temps de lecture: 4 minutes

Highlights

  • Soyang initially partnered with Fujifilm in mid-2022 to become a distributor of Acuity Ultra R2 Roll-fed printers in the UK.
  • The highly respected wide format materials supplier formed the partnership as it looked to enter hardware sales.
  • Soyang hosted an Open House to showcase the Acuity Ultra R2 Roll-fed printer in its new, purpose-built showroom.
  • The Soyang premises stocks more 1.5 million m² of printing solutions, including a huge variety of substrates.
  • Last year, Soyang bought a majority stake in Josero – a leading UK supplier of wide format printers, sign and print finishing equipment and printing supplies.
  • Josero has also partnered with Fujifilm to distribute the Acuity Prime flatbed printer in the UK.

As we branch out from being a wide format materials supplier into hardware, we felt that the ‘superwide’ 5m Acuity Ultra R2 Roll-fed printer would be a perfect fit for our portfolio.

Mark Mashiter | Soyang

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Soyang, a UK-based partner of Fujifilm, recently hosted an Open House event to showcase the remarkable capabilities of the ‘superwide’ (5m) Acuity Ultra R2 roll-fed printer to customers in its showroom. As a highly respected wide format materials supplier looking to enter into hardware sales, Soyang initially partnered with Fujifilm in mid-2022 to become a distributor of the Acuity Ultra R2 in the UK. The company was impressed with the machine’s ability to deliver on quality, reliability and ROI.

The well-attended Open House took place in Soyang’s new, purpose-built Acuity Ultra R2 Roll-fed printer showroom at its 70,000ft² head office and distribution centre in Accrington, Lancashire. In addition to the new showroom, Soyang stocks more 1.5 million m² of printing solutions, including a vast variety of substrates.

Soyang Europe Managing Director Mark Mashiter commented: “The Acuity Ultra R2 Roll-fed printer is a revolutionary machine and is part of Fujifilm’s new blueprint for wide format. At Soyang, we’re historically very well known for finding solutions to 5m prints, so as we branch out from being a wide format materials supplier into hardware, we felt that the ‘superwide’ 5m Acuity Ultra R2 printer would be a perfect fit for our portfolio.”

He adds: “We already support a huge number of customers in the wide format sector with material sales. We’re pleased to be able to offer hardware too.”

Soyang’s Open House event was hosted in partnership with Josero, a leading UK supplier of wide format printers, sign and print finishing equipment and printing supplies. Soyang, which bought the majority shares of Josero last year, has also partnered with Fujifilm to distribute the Acuity Prime flatbed printer in the UK.

Soyang customer Vincent Randall, co-owner of MediaCo Group, commented: “It was a pleasure to attend Soyang’s Open House event and it was great to see the Acuity Ultra R2 in-person. The fact that Fujifilm is making machines and designing them around users’ needs – and around their inks – is significantly important to companies like ours.”

Launched in mid-2021 as part of Fujifilm’s new Acuity wide format range, the Acuity Prime flatbed and Acuity Ultra R2 Roll-fed printers have each won iF, Good Design and Red Dot awards for their impeccable design features.

Andy Webb, UK Wide Format Sales Manager at Fujifilm, notes: “Our Acuity wide format machines were all fully developed by Fujifilm to maximise usability and ROI. We’re confident that Soyang’s extensive industry knowledge, expertise and customer base – all demonstrated at its recent Open House event – will help us to boost Acuity Ultra R2 and Acuity Prime sales across the UK.”

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Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED

Conçue pour les supports rigides et flexibles, offrant une superbe impression de haute qualité sur une plate-forme de 3,3 m.

Une seule plateforme. Résultats illimités.

Le Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED offre une gamme inégalée d'applications à la fois de haute qualité et à grande vitesse.

La Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED est une imprimante haut de gamme conçue pour les supports rigides et flexibles, offrant une superbe impression de haute qualité sur une plate-forme de 3,3 m.

jusqu'à

218 m²/h

Rouler à rouler
Indigène

3,5 picolitres

têtes d'impression en niveaux de gris
jusqu'à

1 200 x 1 200 ppp

résolution d'impression

Pourquoi Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED ?

Impression de qualité quasi photographique pour une vaste gamme d'applications à des vitesses élevées

Architecture évolutive qui peut croître et changer à mesure que les exigences de l'entreprise évoluent

Conception intelligente et nouvelle encre haute performance pour une polyvalence maximale

Point chaud d’images Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED
Tables de chargement et de déchargement des médias
Système de contrôle du vide intelligent
Ceinture résistante aux dommages
Interface graphique intuitive

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Ultra haute qualité

Le Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED utilise le même chariot de tête que le Acuity Ultra R2, capable d'éjecter des gouttes d'échelle de gris jusqu'à 3,5pL pour offrir une superbe qualité d'impression. Combinée à une qualité de fabrication industrielle, un entraînement du chariot de tête à moteur linéaire et aux encres Uvijet UH hautes performances de Fujifilm, la meilleure qualité d'impression est garantie.

Châssis robuste

Comme le Acuity Ultra R2, le Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED est construit sur une construction substantielle en acier soudé, ainsi que sur des barres d'acier solides, qui contribuent au poids de 8,3 T de la machine. Cette conception offre non seulement une construction robuste, mais garantit également que l'imprimante affiche très peu de vibrations pendant son fonctionnement, améliorant ainsi encore la qualité d'impression.

 

Entraînement du chariot de tête à moteur linéaire

De nombreuses imprimantes hybrides utilisent un entraînement par courroie pour déplacer le chariot d'impression, ce qui entraîne souvent une durée de vie réduite et affecte la qualité d'impression. Le Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED utilise un entraînement par moteur linéaire pour le chariot de tête, offrant des vitesses de déplacement de 1 900 mm par seconde lors de l'utilisation de la vitesse de déplacement rapide du chariot. Le mouvement du chariot est silencieux et sans vibrations, se déplaçant sur deux rails avec le chariot soutenu par 6 grands roulements.

 

Conçu en pensant à l'opérateur

Une gamme de fonctionnalités avancées a également été intégrée à la conception du Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED pour améliorer le fonctionnement et maximiser la disponibilité. Ceux-ci inclus:

  • Les boutons de tension du support contrôlant les fonctions de rouleau de la machine sont situés du côté de l'entrée et du côté de la sortie pour faciliter l'utilisation.
  • Le rouleau de support d'entrée est réglable, se déplaçant de haut en bas, pour une meilleure tension et pour aider à maintenir le support en rouleau plat et sans plis.
  • Les arbres de support en aluminium durable peuvent accueillir soit des rouleaux simples de 3,3 m, soit deux rouleaux mesurant chacun jusqu'à 1,6 m de large. L'imprimante utilise un arbre à air spécial qui permet de faire fonctionner simultanément deux rouleaux du même support ayant des diamètres différents.

 

Encre Uvijet UH

Fujifilm a développé une nouvelle encre à polymérisation LED haute performance à utiliser dans le Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED, spécialement conçue pour offrir les performances d'adhésion nécessaires dans une solution hybride. Cependant, l'encre offre toujours la même couverture élevée et la même qualité d'impression que les autres encres Uvijet AU et GS de Fujifilm, les clients pouvant également bénéficier de la même faible consommation d'encre.

Le jeu d'encres Uvijet UH se compose de six couleurs standard (CMYKLcLm) et d'une encre blanche en option. L'imprimante peut être configurée avec deux canaux d'encre blanche pour maximiser les vitesses de débit et la densité d'impression.

La Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED à encre blanche permet une sous-impression blanche pour les supports non blancs, une surimpression blanche pour les applications rétroéclairées sur des supports transparents et/ou une impression blanche comme couleur d'accompagnement. La nouvelle gamme d'encres est certifiée Greenguard Gold et AgBB.

 

Applications

Ultra polyvalent

La combinaison de fonctionnalités de conception intelligentes et de la nouvelle encre haute performance Uvijet UH de Fujifilm garantit que la Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED est l'une des plates-formes les plus polyvalentes du marché, capable de produire une gamme inégalée d'applications à la fois de haute qualité et à grande vitesse.

Imprimez facilement sur des supports rigides

Le transport par courroie et les systèmes d'aspiration intelligents de la Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED sont véritablement uniques, ce qui signifie qu'elle peut imprimer sur une gamme de substrats rigides, auparavant uniquement possible sur des systèmes à plat dédiés.

Cela signifie que les produits Correx à faible coût destinés aux applications de signalisation à court terme, telles que les panneaux de vente et les panneaux de construction, peuvent être imprimés à grande vitesse avec plusieurs panneaux (jusqu'à 5 sur le lit) imprimés en continu avec un seul opérateur.

Doublez-le avec une capacité multicouche

De plus, la Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED peut imprimer sur Dibond et Acryliques, en utilisant l'impression multicouche et le blanc pour l'impression inversée, ainsi que des applications recto verso.

Ces applications tirent parti du superbe système de transport et du placement précis des points, et peuvent générer des marges élevées et des revenus supplémentaires, ce qui n'était auparavant possible qu'avec une imprimante dédiée.

Deux rouleaux à la fois

La Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED peut également imprimer des rouleaux de 2 x 1,6 m, même avec des diamètres différents, car les arbres ont un différentiel au milieu, ce qui signifie que les rouleaux peuvent tourner à différentes vitesses.

Tous les rouleaux sont parfaitement transportés à travers l'imprimante, produisant des résultats de haute qualité sur des matériaux tels que le vinyle autocollant, les matériaux pop-up pour les bannières à rouleaux, les graphiques au sol et le papier d'affichage, tous livrés à grande vitesse.

Les faits saillants sont clairement gagnants

Qu'il s'agisse de documents rigides ou de rouleaux, la Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED peut également imprimer en blanc sur une large gamme de matériaux transparents tels que le PVC transparent autocollant, le polyester optiquement transparent et le polypropylène – autant d'applications à marge élevée pour les applications de vente au détail.

Elle est également capable d'imprimer sur des matériaux de revêtement mural, soit sur des rouleaux courts allant jusqu'à 1,6 m avec une finition texturée, soit sur des revêtements muraux sans soudure de 3,2 m pour des applications professionnelles telles que les hôtels et les espaces de vente au détail.

Des tirages courts pour maximiser la productivité

Les chargeurs de rouleaux situés sur les tables permettent d'imprimer de nombreuses applications à court terme de manière économique, avec très peu de déchets et des temps de changement rapides, faisant du Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED un système de production véritablement polyvalent.

Le nouveau modèle du grand format

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Case Study: Acuity Ultra R2 Inkjet Printer

Oedim

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Wide format specialist Oedim boosts its Acuity ‘superwide’ printer fleet by investing in an Acuity Ultra R2 Inkjet Printer

Oedim

Jaén, Spain

Acuity Ultra R2

Highlights

  • Oedim invested in a 5m Acuity Ultra R2 Inkjet Printer to support business growth.
  • The company already had four Acuity Ultra presses.
  • Success with previous Acuity Ultra models and an excellent relationship with Fujifilm made it the obvious decision
  • The new press will be used to print advertisements, signage and building wraps.
  • The company prides itself on delivering versatility and value to its customers.
  • Oedim was pleased with the consistent good service that it received from Fujifilm.

Our investment in yet another Fujifilm printer has enhanced our confidence in the company as a trusted and reliable partner.

Miguel Ángel Gómez Cano | Managing Director, Oedim

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Spanish wide format specialist Oedim has once again partnered with Fujifilm to expand its fleet of Acuity wide format printers to increase productivity and support its growth. The company, which already owns four Acuity Ultra printers, recently invested in a 5m ‘superwide’ Acuity Ultra R2 Inkjet Printer. The new printer, which has been installed at its 20,000 square metre site in Jaén, Spain, will predominantly be used to print wide format advertisements on canvases, as well as signage for events and building wraps.

Established in 1996, Oedim is a wide format print specialist that prioritises personalisation and efficiency, while delivering on versatility and value. Many of its customers operate in the marketing and advertising sectors, and require wide format prints on substrates including vinyl, cardboard, tarpaulin, textiles and more.

Oedim sought another Fujifilm wide format printer because it was pleased with the quality and reliability of its existing Acuity Ultra machines. It was also very happy with the service it had received from Fujifilm.

The Acuity Ultra R2 Inkjet Printer, which is part of Fujifilm’s new range of wide format printers, is available in ‘superwide’ 5m and standard 3.2m configurations, and Mercury UV and LED UV configurations. Engineered from the ground up, with the operator in mind, it has won Red Dot, Good Design and iF awards for its impeccable design features.

Miguel Ángel Gómez Cano, Managing Director at Oedim, says: “At Oedim, wide format prints are our speciality. Many of our customers operate in the marketing and advertising sectors and require wide format prints – be it on textiles, vinyl, cardboard or tarpaulin. Our investment in an Acuity Ultra R2 has enabled us to prioritise personalisation and efficiency, while delivering on versatility and value – all while achieving growth.”

“Now, with an Acuity Ultra R2 included in our fleet of printers, we can offer our customers an even faster and more reliable service, particularly when delivering ‘superwide’ 5m prints. The machine is not only intuitive and easy to use, it is also reliable and offers exceptional quality. This is proven, as we use it predominantly to print on mesh and canvases and events canvases. ”

Cano says: “Our investment in yet another Fujifilm printer has enhanced our confidence in the company as a trusted and reliable partner.”

Joan Casas, Manager at Fujifilm Graphic Communications, Spain, comments: “We’re thrilled that the Acuity Ultra R2 is helping Oedim meet the needs of its customers and we thank them for being a loyal Fujifilm partner.” 

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Case Study: Acuity Prime 30 Flatbed Printer

Nuneaton Signs

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Nuneaton Signs opts for Acuity Prime 30 Flatbed Printer to maximise business growth

Nuneaton Signs

Nuneaton, UK

Acuity Prime 30

Highlights

  • Nuneaton Signs provides meaningful employment and training for people with disabilities manufacturing traffic and commercial signage
  • The company invested in an Acuity Prime 30 flatbed printer to support business growth and product sales.
  • The Acuity Prime was chosen for its reliability and ability to produce high-quality prints, cost effectively.
  • The printer’s versatility and ability to print to multiple substrates was also a huge part of its appeal.
  • The Acuity Prime’s ease-of-use and quick setup was a crucial factor for team members with disabilities.
  • The Acuity Prime 30 has won Red Dot, Good Design and iF awards for its impeccable design features.

We visited Fujifilm’s Broadstairs site, and were given an extensive demonstration of the Acuity Prime 30 Flatbed Printer, which turned out to be the ideal printer for our business’s requirements.

Daren Hollins | Nuneaton Signs

UK-based social enterprise Nuneaton Signs has invested in a Fujifilm Acuity Prime 30 flatbed printer to support its business growth and product sales. The company, which was established in 1982 in Nuneaton, UK, manufactures traffic signage and signs for a wide variety of commercial applications, whilst providing meaningful employment and training for people with disabilities, which affect 71% of its employees.

Daren Hollins, Head of Procurement at Nuneaton Signs said the company sought a new flatbed printer to speed up the production of its signs and manufactured goods. The company chose the Acuity Prime 30 because of its reliability, its ability to produce high quality prints and because it was in line with the company’s budget.

Hollins explains: “We went out to tender with various companies and we chose Fujifilm because we were impressed with the cost and efficiency of its inks, the cost of this printer and how overall, it was able to deliver in terms of quality and reliability – all while meeting our financial criteria.”

He adds: “It is two-and-a-half times faster than the previous printer we used for the same types of jobs. It is also quick to set up and easy to use – which is particularly important for our team members with disabilities.”

Hollins highlights that Fujifilm’s exceptional ink quality has enabled Nuneaton Signs to print high quality jobs on a variety of substrates. With a focus on the most sustainable substrates, Nuneaton Signs prints on: polypropylene; 100% recycled and recyclable cast acrylic sheets; polyester sheets; premium fibre structure paper board; recyclable aluminium composite material; lightweight foam board and many others. He also says that Fujifilm provided excellent training and support, further enhancing his trust in the brand.

Engineered from the ground up, with the operator in mind, the Acuity Prime 30 – released in 2021 as part of Fujifilm’s new blueprint for wide format – has won Red Dot, Good Design and iF awards for its impeccable design features.

Hollins continues: “We visited Fujifilm’s Broadstairs site (in Kent, UK), and were given an extensive demonstration of the Acuity Prime 30, which turned out to be the ideal printer for our business’s requirements. The service provided by Fujifilm was excellent and efficient. When the machine was installed, it was ready for use – factoring our training – within a week.”

Andy Kent, Division Manager, Fujifilm UK, adds: “We value all of our customers and their business requirements. We’re particularly pleased to see that our printer is supporting Nuneaton Sign’s team members with disabilities – ultimately enhancing their independence.”

Social enterprises like Nuneaton Signs trade for a social purpose and reinvest or donate a percentage of their profits to further their cause. In the UK, there are around 100,000 social enterprises, which employ nearly 2 million people.

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Case Study: Acuity Prime L Wide Format Printer

A1 Signs

Étude de cas

Netherlands-based A1 Signs becomes first company to invest in an Acuity Prime L Wide Format printer

A1 Signs

Apeldoorn, the Netherlands

Acuity Prime L

Highlights

  • The Netherlands-based company develops creative signage, advertising and retail displays.
  • It selected the Acuity Prime L Wide Format printer because of its fast printing speeds, reliability and high quality output.
  • The printer will be used to increase productivity and growth at A1 Signs, helping it to deliver prints to its customers more quickly.
  • The business’s founder was impressed with the Acuity Prime L’s intuitive design, fast start-up time and other advanced features
  • The Acuity Prime L was unveiled at FESPA 2022, following the success of the smaller Acuity Prime 20 and 30 printers.

The decision to turn once again to Fujifilm, and the Acuity Prime L, was an easy one.

Jan Carel Schepenaar | Panneaux A1

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Family-run wide format business A1 Signs has become the first company to install an Acuity Prime L Wide Format printer at its premises in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Established in 2012, A1 Signs manufactures and installs creative signage, advertising and retail displays.

Jan Carel Schepenaar, the Founder and Owner of A1 Signs said he chose the Acuity Prime L because of its fast printing speeds, reliability and high quality output. He was also impressed with the printer’s intuitive design, fast start-up time and automatic printhead cleaning function.

Schepenaar explains: “I hate limits and I like to print on the widest possible substrates. The Acuity Prime L, with its 3200mm x 2000mm flatbed, enables us to do this.”

The Acuity Prime L is a larger version of the Acuity Prime 20 and 30 printers. It offers print speeds of 202m2/hr, is easy to operate and produces high quality results at high speed. It features six vacuum zones and 16 media location pins, and can print side-by-side jobs with its dual zone function, for maximum flexibility.

Schepenaar highlights that the Acuity Prime L’s long-lasting LED curing system is energy efficient, further helping A1 Signs to minimise its carbon footprint.

A1 Signs’ partnership with Fujifilm goes back to 2014 when they invested in an Acuity Select X2 printer. This marked the beginning of a long and successful partnership, and when the time came to replace the original machine, the decision to turn once again to Fujifilm, and the Acuity Prime L, was an easy one.

David Burton, Director, Fujifilm Wide Format Inkjet Systems, adds: “Since unveiling the Acuity Prime L for the first time at FESPA 2022, it has received a huge amount of interest. We’re delighted now to be able to celebrate the first global Acuity Prime L installation and we look forward to many more.”

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Durabilité dans la fabrication

Fujifilm’s award-winning UV ink factory in the UK has implemented a wide range of initiatives to accelerate change towards a more sustainable operation

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Fujifilm’s award-winning factory in Broadstairs, UK, manufactures high performance inks for a range of markets, including Uvijet wide format UV inkjet inks, and Sericol screen and flexo inks. The company has implemented a number of sustainability initiatives over the last ten years, and more recently the recruitment of Antonina Realmuto as Group Sustainability Director, and Craig Milsted as Sustainability Advisor for the site, has brought about a much greater focus to accelerate change towards more sustainable operations.

When it comes to sustainability and protecting the earth, it’s important for us all to do more. Whether it’s consuming fewer products, opting for products with less packaging, or reducing waste – we must all play our part.

Fujifilm’s ink R&D and manufacturing facility in Broadstairs, Kent, has regularly made the news as a three-time winner of the UK’s Best Factory Award in 2011, 2013 and 2015, but it is for its sustainability initiatives that it is now rapidly creating waves.

Craig Milsted outlines the initiatives that have been implemented so far: “With the recent changes in personnel, including my own role, there is now a renewed focus on sustainability, and therefore a tremendous amount of work going on behind the scenes to help us operate more sustainably. This work is ongoing, but we have made a number of notable recent changes to our equipment and processes which are enabling us to operate in a more environmentally friendly way.

Big energy savings

“Firstly, we have massively cut back on our conventional energy use and have instead turned to alternative energy sources to help power our site. Back in 2016, we started to buy renewable electricity to power our factory, and in the same year installed many solar panels on the grassy grounds of our site. But in March this year, we expanded our solar power generation with the addition of panels on our site roof.

“We have an ongoing objective to generate more solar power over time and steps towards achieving this goal include reviewing our current processes and equipment. Through these checks, we have found that the solar panels on the roof are more effective than the ones on the ground, so we have repaired and improved those on the grass, while also scoping out new areas on our site where panels can be installed to effectively generate more solar power in the future.

“Our efforts so far have been successful – this year in June alone, our solar panels produced 82,240 kW of power. This is enough to power a typical  UK household for 26 years and is also 181% more power than the 29,185 kW produced in June 2021.

Since 2013, we’ve significantly cut back on the waste produced at our ink factory, and last year (2021), 689.7 tonnes of waste produced on site went for recycling.

Craig Milsted | Sustainability Advisor, Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

“Another way that we have saved on conventional energy is by turning our factory HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems off overnight, which achieved savings of £183,000 – and 1 million kW – per year. We have also upgraded our factory’s gas boilers – some of which were more than 50 years old – with condensing boilers, and replaced gas heaters in the International Logistics Centre with infrared heaters.

“Meanwhile, in our R&D facility, we operate our air conditioning on a timer system to save energy, as well as turning off equipment overnight, where possible, when it is not being used. Additionally, we have installed multiple free-to-use electric car charging points across the site for our team members to use.

Impressive waste reduction

“But it’s not only energy consumption that we have been targeting.  Since 2013, we’ve significantly cut back on the waste produced at our ink factory, and last year (2021), 689.7 tonnes of waste produced on site went for recycling.

“Other initiatives include: 100% of our raw materials packaging is reused and recycled; we return 1000 litre IBCs for cleaning and reuse, rather than disposing of them; and a number of moulded components used as part of our ink pouches are made from recycled materials. Additionally, we now secure our pallets with straps rather than using shrink wrap, which reduces our waste by around 8 tonnes annually. We are also in the process of swapping plastic tape for paper tape.

“In R&D we have also achieved a 50% reduction in glass jar testing; a 38% reduction in end container testing for one litre bottles; a 74% reduction in end testing for five litre cubitainers; and we have cut back on the use of one, two and three litre pouches by 29%, 33% and 20% respectively. We are literally looking at every single part of our operation and making changes to reduce our environmental impact.

Smart cutbacks on solvents

“Overall, thanks to the printers we sell becoming more technologically advanced over the years, less ink is required during the printing process.  This is obviously a better and more sustainable situation in itself. However, you can’t print without ink – it’s the most crucial element of printing. So for the inks that we produce at our factory, previously we would typically use around 140,000 litres of oil-based solvents to clean the vessels used in our ink-making and mixing equipment.

“However, very recently we replaced our oil-based solvent cleaner with an 80% water-based (aqueous) cleaning solution, manufactured by a company called Safe Solvents. Coinciding with this, a first-of-its-kind pot washing machine, also supplied by Safe Solvents, was installed at the factory.

“Suitable for use with the new aqueous cleaning solution, the machine offers a significantly more efficient pot washing solution on our site. The aqueous cleaner and pot wash machine combo makes it possible for us to separate solvent and aqueous waste, and in the future, it could enable us to reuse the pots after they have been cleaned, and then when they are beyond reuse, have the clean plastic shredded and sent for further recycling.

Measuring and analysing is key

“The recently installed pot washing machine at Broadstairs is a world-first, so we look forward to reviewing our credentials in the future and seeing the difference it has made. The most important thing is that we continue to measure and analyse everything, as only by measuring can you improve.

“It really is a painstaking, but ultimately very rewarding process – we have achieved a great deal in the last 12 months with our renewed focus, but we are confident we can continue to make iterative improvements all over the site, across all areas of energy, waste and material reductions, to make this award-winning factory a world-class, sustainable one too.”

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