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Fujifilm Launches New Uvistar2

October 17, 2011

At the Specialty Graphic Industry Association Expo 2011, beginning October 19 in New Orleans, Fujifilm North America will debut its second generation of wide-format Uvistar printers, based on a UV, roll architecture. The first Uvistar systems were introduced in 2010.

The new Uvistar2 series is available in 3.5- and five-metre models, employing Uvijet QK inks for both indoor and outdoor applications. An optional flatbed table is available for printing rigid materials.

“In just over a year, the Uvistar series has filled a need for low-cost production of billboards and banners,” stated Mitch Bode, VP of Wide Format and Specialty Ink Systems for Fujifilm North America. “Uvistar2 offers enhanced capabilities and functionality for cost-effective production of high quality point-of-purchase displays.”

One of the major new advancements with Uvistar2 is the use of “Parallel Drop Size” (PDS) technology. According to Fujifilm, PDS technology allows an increase in print quality without compromising speed or ink coverage. This also allows for the use of larger 40 picoliter drops together with smaller 20pl drops, which provides for ink coverage and density, as well as producing finer details, without a reduction in print speed.

The Uvistar2 includes a new Linear Encoder that monitors print-head location for accuracy of drop placement, while upgraded electronics offer better control over print-head heating (more uniform ink density).

As well, large files can be RIPped to the Uvistar2 in smaller sizes and then scaled up on press, while the new printers feature software for making ink adjustments on the press. Uvistar2 allows users to work simultaneously on as many as three rolls up to 65 inches wide, with cores of varying weights, widths, and diameters.

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