Part of the Acuity Ultra product family, the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED launched at Fespa in Berlin is a 3.3m printer that offers high quality printing to both rigid and flexible substrates. Fujifilm has also created a new ink range, Uvijet UH, for the new machine. Also new is the Acuity Prime L flatbed adding to the Prime 20 and 30 announced last year.
Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED UV - 3300mm width and up to 218 sqm/hr in roll mode
“Fujifilm announces its entry into the high-end wide format hybrid market with the unveiling of the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED at FESPA 2022,” says a company press release. “The machine, which will be commercially available from the autumn, is making its first public appearance on the Fujifilm stand (C30, Hall 2.2) at FESPA 2022.
“Part of Fujifilm’s ‘Blueprint’ concept, the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED is a 3.3m high-end printer that offers superb, high-quality printing to both rigid and flexible substrates. Printing at speeds of up to 218 sqm/hr (RTR) and delivering a print resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi, the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED is unique in being able to combine ultra-high quality and a competitive return on investment, for both rigid and flexible applications, all in one platform.
“It is engineered with the operator in mind and designed with specialist inks to support the printing of exceptional near-photographic interior graphics and the high-speed printing of banners and PVC signage.”
Media handling and functionality
Along with media loading and unloading tables, the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED also features a dimpled table surface to support all media types while allowing easy media positioning. A robust catch mechanism protects against accidental damage, and secure locking allows for media feed accuracy.
The GUI features the same design features found on the Acuity Ultra R2 and includes additional functionality to handle rigid media production – up to six sheets simultaneously.
An intelligent vacuum control system automatically turns on the correct vacuum zones needed for any print job based on the width of the media, and the vacuum motor power constantly adjusts to maintain optimal media hold down, regardless of media type and size, ensuring an accurate and high-quality print finish.
“For maximum flexibility when printing roll-to-roll, a bespoke designed airshaft allows dual roll functionality, so two media rolls of different diameters (each up to 36cm) can run at the same time,” Fujifilm said.
Uvijet UH: a new LED UV inkjet ink from Fujifilm
Fujifilm has created an entirely new ink range, Uvijet UH, especially for the new machine, with six colours (CMYK, Lm, Lc) available as standard and white ink also available as an optional extra. The new ink has both Greenguard Gold and AgBB certification.
Uvijet UH has been designed to adhere to a broad range of rigid and flexible substrates, while also matching the high quality of the Uvijet GS and AU inks used in the Acuity Ultra R2. The machine and the ink have both been designed by Fujifilm and they work together to maximise quality while also minimising ink usage, helping to keep running costs down and boosting ROI.
“Our ‘new blueprint for wide format’, announced last year is our answer to industry demand for greater flexibility, ease-of-use and better ROI,” said Kevin Jenner, European marketing manager, Fujifilm Wide format Inkjet Systems. “Our all-new Fujifilm Acuity range, built to that new blueprint concept, has been designed to offer exceptional performance and unbeatable value, and the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED is the latest evidence of Fujifilm’s commitment to the continued development of this range to meet changing market needs.
New mid-level Acuity Prime L
FESPA has also been the launch platform for Fujifilm’s Acuity Prime L, the latest addition to its Acuity Prime series of flatbed printers, offers a maximum print area of 3200mm x 2000mm and print speeds of up to 202m2/hr.
“Like the Acuity Prime 20 and 30 announced in 2021, and also being showcased at FESPA, Fujifilm's new Acuity Prime L flatbed is designed with the user in mind and built to offer exceptional ROI. It will be commercially available in late 2022.
“Offering a maximum print area of 3200mm x 2000mm and a headline print speed of 202m2/hr, the Acuity Prime L is easy to operate, and produces high quality results at high speed. It features six vacuum zones and 16 media location pins, as well as the ability to print side by side jobs with its dual zone function, for maximum flexibility.”
Anda Baboi, marketing manager, Fujifilm Wide Format Inkjet Systems, said: "The Acuity Prime series, when we launched it last year, represented both a 'next step' and a new start for Fujifilm. We're delighted to be adding to the versatility of the range with the Prime L and FESPA is the perfect place to showcase what it can do. Like the Prime 20 and 30, it's built on our knowledge and expertise, but at the same time it's something fundamentally new - ‘a new blueprint for wide format’."
Uvijet HM - an ink system formulated specifically for the Acuity Prime series - provides excellent adhesion to a broad range of substrates while also producing a wide colour gamut, the company said. The new ink range is optimised to produce high quality, vibrant images day-in, day-out.
A new jettable primer improves adhesion for challenging substrates, removing the need for offline pre-treatment of substrates before printing.
Available with up to seven ink channels (CMYK, plus white, clear and primer) the Acuity Prime L with Uvijet HM offers “the ultimate versatility and value by providing the flexibility for print businesses to customise it to their own needs.”
Fujifilm will have a major presence at PacPrint, Melbourne on stand G14.