By Richard Stuart-Turner, Tuesday 08 March 2016
Fujifilm has launched the Acuity Select 20 series, a replacement to the existing Acuity Advance Select series that retains the advantages of the Acuity UV flatbed printer.
Also new on the firm’s Fespa booth (1-G70/H70) is the Uvistar Hybrid 320, a 3.2m combination flatbed and roll printer that Fujifilm said had been designed to increase the range of substrates that can be printed on one device. It prints at up to 195m2/hr and has eight ink channels.
The new Acuity Select 20 series features “near-photographic” image quality, print speeds up to 33.6m2/hr, and can print on a range of substrates up to 50.8mm thick.
The range is commercially available immediately and while Fujifilm did not reveal exact pricing details, it said the cost was similar to previous models in the Acuity Advance Select range, the HS high-speed model of which remains available.
Features of the Acuity Select 20 series include optional light cyan and light magenta for higher quality work, such as fine art or photographic images.
A pneumatic pin registration system is said to deliver quick and easy media loading while an optional automated printhead maintenance system further improves productivity. Enhanced UV lamp technology allows for thinner and more sensitive media to be printed.
With the addition of light inks, the new series is available in three channel variations (four, six or eight channels) across eight new models. It will also be available in both the standard (2.5x1.25m) and X2 (2.5x3.08m) bed sizes, with a roll option available for both.
Fujifilm marketing manager Mike Battersby said the series has been designed with a focus on quality, versatility, reliability and ease of use. “It is a step up from the previous models that we’ve been selling for about four years.”
“The print quality was already extremely good but adding lights for the first time boosts the quality to another level for somebody printing fine art or photographic work.”
The manufacturer is also showing its recently launched Acuity LED 1600 II wide-format LED UV inkjet printer on its stand. It prints at up to 33m2/hr, has a maximum print width of 1,610mm and a 1,200dpi maximum resolution.