Case study: Acuity Ultra R2

Ateliers Cassandre

Case study

Ateliers Cassandre drives productivity and growth with Fujifilm Acuity Ultra R2

Ateliers Cassandre

Wissous, France

Acuity Ultra R2

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Our commitment to excellence drives us to collaborate with the best. That’s why we partnered with Fujifilm – an established brand and expert in digital printing.

Clément Asnar | Ateliers Cassandre

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Highlights

  • Ateliers Cassandre invested in an Acuity Ultra R2 super-wide printer.
  • The decision was driven by the company’s dedication to delivering high quality projects in a timely manner to its customers.
  • They first saw the Acuity Ultra R2 at FESPA 2022.
  • Clément Asnar – owner of Ateliers Cassandre, was wowed with its design features and exceptional printing quality.
  • It is ultimately capable of boosting Atelier Cassandre’s productivity, helping it to complete more than 50,000 jobs per year, and delivering an excellent ROI.
  • The wide format printer has proven to be a worthwhile investment.

The family-owned business, which was established in Essonne three decades ago, produces numerous applications including exhibition stands, retail displays, textiles and more. The ISO-certified company’s premises is the biggest manufacturing site in Ile de France.

Always appreciative of its customers’ deadlines, Ateliers Cassandre prides itself on delivering high quality projects in a timely manner. To support this strategy, the company continuously invests in top performing, cutting-edge technologies, such as the Fujifilm Acuity Ultra R2, which owner Clément Asnar first saw in action at FESPA 2022.

Asnar believed the Acuity Ultra R2 would be an ideal addition to his business for a number of reasons. It has printing speeds of 600m2/h; its 3-level greyscale printheads deliver 3.5 pl drop sizes for exceptional photo printing quality, while minimising ink usage; and the printer also has a very low energy consumption. It is ultimately capable of boosting Atelier Cassandre’s productivity, helping it to complete more than 50,000 jobs per year, and delivering an excellent ROI.

Clément Asnar, Owner, Ateliers Cassandre, comments: “When we first saw the Acuity Ultra R2 at FESPA 2022, we were wowed with its design features and exceptional printing quality. We then visited a client in Southern Spain, who already had the machine in its fleet, and we were further impressed with its high productivity.

Asnar adds: “With our annual growth rate being approximately 10%, we are in a phase of rapid development and our commitment to excellence drives us to collaborate with the best. That’s why we partnered with Fujifilm – an established brand and expert in digital printing. The Acuity Ultra R2 has proven to be a worthwhile investment and we look forward to collaborating with Fujifilm in the future.

Shaun Holdom, Marketing Manager, High End Products at Fujifilm Wide Format Inkjet Systems, adds: “Launched in 2021 as part of Fujifilm’s fully redesigned Acuity wide format range, the Acuity Ultra R2 roll-fed printer has won iF, Good Design and Red Dot awards for its impeccable design features.

“We’re thrilled that the Acuity Ultra R2 is helping our customers, such as Ateliers Cassandre, to push the boundaries with quality, productivity and print speeds, while remaining energy efficient and delivering on ROI.”

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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.

 

fujifilm wide format printer

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.

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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

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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.”

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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

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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.

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.

Alessandro Conte | 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.”

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Acuity Prime Hybrid

Dedicated hybrid for
rigid and roll print

Versatile & ultra reliable

A game changing, LED UV hybrid machine capable of rigid and roll printing

The design of the printer is based on the award-winning Acuity Prime, including the printhead carriage, ink system, Automatic Printhead Maintenance System (APMS) and software interface.

Up to

141 m²/hr

roll-to-roll
Up to 7 channels

CMYK+W+Cl

plus primer
Up to

51mm

media thickness

Why Acuity Prime Hybrid?

Versatile

Handles flexible and rigid media up 51 mm thick, and roll media up to 2m wide

Reliable

Benefits from an ultra-reliable and long lasting air cooled LED UV curing system

Operator-friendly

Sliding draw design allows for easy access to ink pumps and filters

Native 7 picolitre, 3 level greyscale printheads
4 vacuum zones
2 m width
Intuitive GUI
Long lasting, air cooled LED UV curing system
Uvijet HM high performance inks
7 channels (CMYK plus optional White, Clear and Primer)
Prints on heat-sensitive materials

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Key features

The Acuity Prime Hybrid is a true Hybrid machine, which means there is no
trade-off and none of the compromise that you would find in an older machine when switching between both rigid and roll media.

Up to 7 channels

The Acuity Prime Hybrid can be configured with up to 7 channels, with CMYK as standard, and optional White, Clear and Primer, and produces stunning quality print, able to produce droplet sizes down to 7pL. It handles flexible and rigid media up 51 mm thick, and roll media up to 2m wide, and benefits from an ultra-reliable and long lasting air cooled LED UV curing system.

It features a 4 zone vacuum system, and can produce print at speeds up to 141m2/hr. The printer is suitable for an incredibly wide range of applications, but can also be configured with an optional primer, extending the range of applications that can be printed even further.

Safety features

The Acuity Prime Hybrid also has a range of built-in safety features designed to maximise print uptime, which include anti-collision protection, with crash sensors deployed at both ends of the carriage, and an ioniser bar that reduces static on the media surface. Like the Acuity Prime, the printer also benefits from remote operation.

Designed with the operator in mind

Cost saving isn’t just about reducing the price of goods or outgoings, it’s also making sure the machine is running when and how you need it to. A huge part of this is making sure the printer is easy to use but also easy to maintain.

The Acuity Prime range prides itself on being extremely intuitive, from its user-friendly GUI, to accessible printheads for ease of maintenance and the Acuity Prime Hybrid is no exception. By including the unique Automatic Printhead Maintenance System, gone are the days of needing a time-consuming maintenance check on a Monday morning after a longer weekend, the APMS system ensures that the Acuity Prime Hybrid is ready to print whenever you are

Print modes and speeds

Prime Performance

Suitable for use with a wide range of media

Dedicated Hybrid

With the heavy-duty media handling system which allows rolls up to 100kg to be printed, a range of tricky to run media such as wallpaper, contravision and self-adhesive vinyl which are often prone to wrinkling, handle exceptionally on the Acuity Prime Hybrid.

Prime applications

Thanks to the Uvijet HM, HF and HZ ink ranges from the award-winning manufacturing plant in Broadstairs, UK, the Acuity Prime Hybrid is able to adhere to a wide range of roll media including contravision & window film, which are extremely heat sensitive LED curing materials, as well as textiles, often used for graphics and black back polyester.

This successful ink technology paired with the industrial build quality of the Acuity Prime Hybrid ensure that bold, creative applications are possible.

Quick changeover between rigid and roll media

Unlike some competitor machines, the Acuity Prime Hybrid is able to switch from rigid to roll-to-roll media seamlessly and within under a 10 minute changeover period, ensuring minimal downtime and optimal performance.

Fantastic ROI

Much like the entire Prime range, the Acuity Prime Hybrid offers its customers excellent return on investment, thanks to the full colour gamut provided by Fujifilm’s patented ink technology, maximum throughput achieved with the ability to print multiple boards with the 2m bed size, plus sellable quality prints even in draft mode.

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Case Study: Acuity Ultra R2 Roll-fed Printer

Soyang

Case Study

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

Soyang

Accrington, UK

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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

Designed for rigid and flexible media, offering superb, high quality printing in a 3.3m platform.

One platform. Unlimited results.

The Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED delivers an unrivalled range of applications at both high quality and high speed.

The Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED is a high-end printer designed for rigid and flexible media, offering superb, high quality printing in a 3.3m platform

Up to

218 m²/hr

roll-to-roll
Native

3.5 picolitre

greyscale printheads
Up to

1200 x 1200 dpi

print resolution

Why Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED?

Near photographic quality printing of a huge range of applications at high speeds

Scalable architecture that can grow and change as business demands evolve

Intelligent design and new high performance ink for maximum versatility

Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED Image hotspot
Media load and unload tables
Intelligent vacuum control system
Damage-resistant belt
Intuitive GUI

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Ultra-high quality

The Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED uses the same head carriage as the Acuity Ultra R2, capable of ejecting greyscale drops down to 3.5pL in size to deliver superb print quality. Combined with an industrial build quality, a linear motor head carriage drive and Fujifilm’s high performance Uvijet UH inks, the very best print quality is guaranteed.

Heavy duty chassis

Like the Acuity Ultra R2, the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED is built on a substantial welded steel construction, together with solid steel bars, which contribute to the machine’s 8.3T weight. This design not only delivers a robust construction, it also ensures that the printer displays very little vibration during operation, further enhancing print quality.

 

Linear motor head carriage drive

Many hybrid printers use a belt drive to move the print carriage, often resulting in a reduced life span as well as impacting print quality. The Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED uses a linear motor drive for the head carriage delivering travel speeds of 1900mm per second when using the fast carriage travel speed. The carriage movement is quiet and free from vibration, travelling along dual rails with the carriage supported by 6 large race bearings.

 

Designed with the operator in mind

A range of advanced features have also been incorporated into the design of the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED to improve operation and maximise uptime. These include:

  • Media tension buttons controlling the roll functions of the machine are located on both the input and output sides for ease of use
  • The input media roller is adjustable, moving up and down, for improved tension, and to help keep the roll media flat and wrinkle free
  • The durable aluminium media shafts cater for either single 3.3m rolls, or two rolls each up to 1.6m wide. The printer uses a special airshaft which allows two rolls of the same media having different diameters to be run at the same time

 

Uvijet UH ink

Fujifilm has developed a new high performance LED curing ink for use in the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED, specifically designed to give the adhesion performance needed in a hybrid solution. However, the ink still delivers the same high coverage and print quality as Fujifilm’s other Uvijet AU and GS inks, with customers also able to benefit from the same low ink usage.

The Uvijet UH ink set consists of six standard colours (CMYKLcLm) and an optional white ink. The printer can be configured with two white ink channels to maximise throughput speeds and print density.

The Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED with white ink allows flood white under-printing for non-white media, over-printing white for backlit applications on transparent media and/or printing white as a spot colour. The new ink range has both Greenguard Gold and AgBB certification.

 

Applications

Ultra-versatile

The combination of intelligent design features and Fujifilm’s new Uvijet UH high performance ink, ensures that the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED is one of the most versatile platforms on the market, able to produce an unrivalled range of applications at both high quality and high speed.

Print on rigid media with ease

The Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED’s belt transport and intelligent vacuum systems are truly unique, meaning it can print on a range of rigid substrates previously only possible on dedicated flatbed systems.

This means low cost Correx products for short term signage applications such as for sale signs and building hoardings, can be printed at high speed with multiple panels (up to 5 across the bed) continually printed with a single operator.

Double up with multi-layer capability

In addition, the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED can print onto Dibond and Acrylics, utilising multilayer printing and white for reverse printing, and two sided applications.

These applications take advantage of the superb transport system and accurate dot placement, and can deliver high margins and additional revenues, previously only possible with a dedicated printer.

Two rolls at once

The Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED can also print 2 x 1.6m rolls, even with different diameters, as the shafts have a differential in the middle meaning the rolls can spin at different speeds.

All rolls are transported perfectly through the printer, producing high quality results on materials such as self-adhesive vinyl, pop up materials for roller banners, floor graphics and billboard paper all delivered at high speed.

Highlights are a clear winner

For both rigid and roll, the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED can also print white on a wide range of clear materials such as clear self-adhesive PVC, optically clear polyester and polypropylene – all high margin applications for retail applications.

It also capable of printing on wall covering materials, either short rolls up to 1.6m with a textured finish, or on 3.2m seamless wallcoverings for business applications such as hotels and retail spaces.

Short runs to maximise productivity

Roll feeders located on the tables mean many short run applications can be printed economically, with very little waste material and fast change-around times, making the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED a truly versatile production system.

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Case Study: Acuity Ultra R2

Oedim

Case Study

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 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

Case Study

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

Case Study

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 | A1 Signs

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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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