FUJIFILM North America Corporation announced the introduction of the latest addition to the Acuity wide format UV inkjet family of printers – the Acuity Advance Select. The new printer will be shown for the first time globally at SGIA 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Fujifilm’s booth 2015, Oct. 18-20, 2012.
The new Acuity Advance Select builds on all the advantages of the Acuity Advance platform, with the same ultra-high print quality, but adds a number of new features that improve production efficiencies and extend the versatility of this platform, allowing it to be used for a much wider range of applications.
One of the key developments incorporated into the new Acuity Advance Select is the inclusion of eight independent ink channels. In addition to the standard CMYK ink set, the Acuity Advance Select includes additional white and clear ink channels. These can be configured in a number of ways:
The addition of white and clear ink channels allows print service providers to print on a range of non-white substrates and add a spot or flood coat “varnish” effect in a single operation all on one printer. This extends the application versatility of the Acuity Advance Select machine and improves the efficiency with which these types of added-value effects can be achieved.
Alternatively, the Acuity Advance Select can be used with two white ink channels to improve the density of white in a single pass, which can be particularly useful for demanding backlit applications.
The other two extra channels can be used for laying down additional cyan and magenta ink. This improves the quality that can be achieved in the higher speed, production printing mode allowing more demanding jobs to be printed up to 25% faster. The 8-channel Select also includes new print modes to further improve print speed. In either case, the Acuity Advance Select allows print service providers to print higher quality work faster.
As with other Acuity Advance models, the Select has an optional roll media kit for printing on a number of flexible materials. This simple-to-use option is incredibly versatile, allowing an operator to prepare rigid material on the flat bed while the roll media option is printing.
Finally, the Acuity Advance Select features additional vacuum zones, further reducing manual masking, together with new job handling capabilities for more complex jobs or those requiring multiple sets of prints, advancements which help to improve overall production efficiencies.
The Acuity Advance Select’s print performance is optimized by Fujifilm’s uniquely formulated Uvijet inks. These incorporate the company’s proprietary “Micro-V” dispersion technology that consistently delivers wide adhesion, superb color vibrancy and excellent durability in every print.
“The Acuity Advance Select, with white and clear ink options, sets a new standard for creating wide format, photo-realistic, fine detail prints with more versatility than ever,” said Todd Zimmerman, vice president and GM, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. “The Acuity Advance Select delivers stunning quality while printing at high production speeds. It can produce both rigid and flexible point-of-purchase signage that hold up visually, even at the closest of viewings, and can be used on practically any substrate, allowing printers to expand their capabilities and create new sales opportunities.”
The introduction of the Acuity Advance Select perfectly complements Fujifilm’s recently launched Acuity LED1600 roll-fed LED UV printer, with both platforms now featuring eight ink channels and the versatility of printing clear ink “varnish” type effects. The combination of these two machines represents one of the strongest line ups of mid-range high performance inkjet printers on the market, with a clear migration path for printers looking to upgrade in the future.