UK-based FFEI has announced a new modular narrow-web UV inkjet press, to be shown at PRINT 13 in Chicago next month and at Labelexpo in Brussels a few weeks later. The machine is aimed at the narrow-web converter and label printing markets.
Graphium is a system that supports up to six digital stations and six flexo stations, as well as the capability to integrate optional finishing stations inline. The system uses Xaar 1001 printheads and runs at up to 164 linear feet per minute on a web up to 16-inches wide.
“We are on a mission to transform the digital labels, packaging and specialty print market, and Graphium represents a major step towards achieving this goal,” comments Andy Cook, FFEI Managing Director. “Graphium represents a new generation of digital inkjet press aimed at the narrow web market – low capital investment, high quality print, unparalleled productivity and the most versatile range of applications. Bring all of these factors together and you have a ‘cost-in-use’ that defines Graphium as the most productive, high opacity digital white press on the market.”
The company says the imaging quality of the Graphium is equal to that of flexo and has the adhesion, durability and light fastness of screen printing. The system’s Uvijet Graphium UV cured inks are developed by Fujifilm Specialty Ink Systems.
“Graphium takes its name from a genus of vibrantly coloured swallowtail butterflies.” Cook explains. “During their life they represent a truly stunning transformation – one we feel is echoed by Graphium’s ability to convert digital files into high quality labels and specialty print.”
FFEI was established in 1997 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujifilm as Fujifilm Electronic Imaging, producing a variety of prepress equipment. The division’s management bought out the operation in the autumn of 2006, renaming the company FFEI. The two companies have maintained a close relationship since.