Fujifilm Technology Summit Showcases Digital Printing Solutions
Fujifilm North America, Graphic Systems Division recently hosted another in its series of successful Technology Summits at its Chicago Technology Center, detailing full-color, high-speed digital Xerox models, enabling print service providers to integrate digital color printing into their current workflow. Invited guests gained in-depth knowledge of Xerox’s line-up of presses, including the ColorPress 1000i, Versant 2100 and the iGen.
The Xerox ColorPress 1000i press delivers sharp, rich, digitally mastered image quality. Offering a range of choices for all production environments, the ColorPress 1000i has flexible, cost-effective finishing options. It’s easy to add a professional finish to complement the outstanding image quality and clear dry ink design. Xerox metallic dry inks offer stunning effects and unique value by helping print service providers (PSPs) replace traditional foil stamping, offset metallic inks and metallic papers with a cost-effective, digital alternative. With this modular design, PSPs are able to add-on as their business grows.
The Automated Color Quality Suite of tools enables operators to output more high quality jobs. Utilizing Xerox low melt, EA (Emulsion Aggregation) Dry Ink and new fusing technology, the ColorPress1000i offers wider color gamut that can produce vibrant images with smooth sweeps that command—and hold— attention. Running all weights at rated speeds of 80 or 100 ppm, the ColorPress 1000i delivers one of the widest ranges of media handling, from a light weight 55 gsm to a hefty 350 gsm.
“I am impressed with the production output of the Xerox ColorPress 1000i, the clear coat capabilities are a great selling point,” said Don McDonald, production manager, Laplume & Sons Printing, Lawrence, Massachusetts. “Attending this Technology Summit has been a great eye-opener seeing all the technology that Fujifilm brings to the market, and how it can innovate our business.”
The Xerox Versant 2100, a mid-level digital color press with ultra HD resolution delivers extremely fine details with 1,200x1,200 dpi rendering, allowing users to take full advantage of the exceptional media latitude, utilizing labels, tabs, greeting cards, embossed stocks, durables/synthetics, polyesters, magnets and custom-designed media.
The Xerox iGen uses patented innovative technology and the power of automation to deliver this high-production digital press, allowing for impressive monthly volumes and high definition image quality to capture more pages and profit. Create offset and photo-quality images with consistent color from the first print to the last, accurately matched to GRACol standards, meeting today’s color demands. The new Xerox iGen5 series offers printers the ability to hit more critical brand colors with the additional fifth station for expanded gamut printing.
Educational breakout sessions included a lively discussion on insights into North American digital trends, led by Roger Gimbel, of Gimbel & Associates. Another session featured ColorPath Sync, a cloud-based color management tool that aligns output devices to designated color targets. XMPie software was also featured. A software business unit of the Xerox Corp., XMPie is a variable data publishing software that unites customer databases and creative content to help print service providers, marketing service firms and small-to-medium sized businesses leverage customer data and create personalized, multi-phase campaigns that use today’s communication vehicles including print, web, email and mobile.
Additionally, Mark Geeves informed attendees about Color-Logic, a metallic and decorative effect color communication system. Geeves, director of sales and marketing at Color-Logic, touted the key benefits of their special effects for print, including its compatibility with offset, inkjet, flexo, digital, screen and gravure printing processes.
As an added bonus, attendees also experienced wide-format solutions including the Inca Onset R40i and Q40i; the Acuity Series of flatbeds including the Acuity F; the Acuity LED 1600; the Uvistar grand-format press. Packaging innovations were highlighted by the Graphium, and for the flexo segment, the Flenex series, a new, innovative flexographic plate system, as well as the J Press 720S, a high-quality sheetfed inkjet press, along with the J Press 540W, a web-fed inkjet press with short-run and variable data capabilities. Finishing solutions were also showcased, featuring the Esko Kongsberg Cutting Table.
“When it comes to new technology, Fujifilm is the best,” said Lamar Mendes, operations manager at Miami-based Sunshine Graphics.
Fujifilm North America, a marketing subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings America, consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries.
The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. The Industrial and Corporate New Business Development Division delivers new products derived from Fujifilm technologies. Fujifilm Canada sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada.
Fujifilm Holdings, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2015, the company had global revenues of $20.8 billion, at an exchange rate of 120 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship.