Fujifilm Debuting Acuity 15 At Africa Print Expo

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The highlight of the Fujifilm stand will be the Fujifilm Acuity 15, which will be premiered for the first time in Johannesburg at the Africa Print Expo, taking place from 12-14 September at Gallagher Convention Centre. The printer is a highly-capable introduction model that offers smaller print producers entry into the world of high-quality UV flatbed printing. It delivers quality printing in the same robust platform as the Acuity 20/30 printers, at a price positioned for light production and entry-level industrial environments.

Its attractive price point makes it accessible to print shops and sign makers with lower volume demand, while still delivering all the quality and versatility of the Acuity printer platform. It delivers a combination of near-photographic print quality and solid production output for a wide range of applications. It’s ideal for users who want to take a step into digital flatbed production.

Features include a dedicated flatbed design, high-resolution greyscale print heads, standard (1.25 x 2.5m) bed size, five colour channels, up to 22.8 sqm/ hr throughput, three-zone vacuum table, powerful instant-curing UV system, Fujifilm Uvijet UV curing ink, roll media option and white ink channel.

Tudor Morgan, segment manager sign and display at Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe said, ‘With the Acuity 15, Fujifilm is delighted to bring the benefits of its Acuity flatbed range to a much broader range of print service providers. Able to produce the same quality as the Select 20 and 30 ranges, the Acuity 15 provides a great investment opportunity for any print business looking to diversify. Whether for a full print job, a proof or even as a way to get into printing thermoformed objects, it gives small and large print businesses alike the chance to offer their customers stunning, rigid and flexible prints on almost any surface.’

The following will also be on display:

Acuity LED 1600 With Roll-To-Roll And Flatbed Function

Fujifilm will display the machine's hybrid capabilities, with one machine running a roll-to roll function, and the other running with the flatbed function. The Acuity LED 1600 II features a fast printing mode of 33sqm/hr, which is more than 50% faster than the previous model. This addresses customer demands for quicker job turnarounds and lower output cost.

The machine, which has a maximum print width of 1610mm, and a 1200dpi maximum resolution, also offers simultaneous two-layer printing (white plus clear) and three-layer printing (colour plus white and clear) when combined with Caldera or ColorGate RIP software.

The company will have the entries of the Fujifilm Design Challenge displayed on the stand, and will announce the winner and runners-up at the event. Entrants were required to submit a design for a number of different categories using the Acuity LED 1600 II’s unique features creatively.

Expo visitors can vote for their favourite winning design and stand a chance to win an INSTAX Mini 9 bundle.

Fujifilm's Photo Imaging division will also showcase its Instax range of cameras. The company also has compact photo printers that allow photographers to print their products at home or ‘on-the- fly’, while at schools or sports matches. The high quality photos come out dry, so they can be printed and immediately given to clients.

Entrance is free. For more information, and to pre-register online, please visit www.africaprintexpo.com