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Fujifilm Launches New Uvistar2


October 18, 2011
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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.