Fujifilm India launches Uvistar Hybrid 320 superwide UV printer
By Amaan Kazmi - November 09, 2017
Uvistar Hybrid 320 is designed to build on Fujifilm’s position as one of the leaders in the super wide format market, providing printers with high quality, flexible and productive wide format inkjet technology
Fujifilm India has launched the new Uvistar Hybrid 320 at its state-of-the-art Demo Centre for Wide Format Inkjet Printers in Mumbai. Uvistar Hybrid 320 has been positioned as an all-round UV production printer with the flexibility to produce many kinds of display print. From superwide roll to multi-sheet rigid printing, the Uvistar Hybrid 320 offers the potential to broaden production capabilities in one investment.
The company maintains that the release of the Uvistar Hybrid 320 is designed to build on Fujifilm’s position as one of the leaders in the super wide format market, providing printers with high quality, flexible and productive wide format inkjet technology. It is driven by patent Fujifilm technology and has been specifically designed to provide high quality at affordable costs. With this launch, the new Uvistar Hybrid 320 joins Fujifilm India’s wide-format printer portfolio.
The new Uvistar Hybrid 320 is a 3.2m, combination flatbed and roll printer, capable of producing high quality output at speeds of up to 201 square meters an hour. Utilising Fujifilm’s Dimatix Q-Class print heads and Uvijet UV inks, the Uvistar Hybrid 320 prints full greyscale output at a high quality and delivers a wide gamut of vibrant colours. The press is available in a nine-channel configuration with CMYK, Lc, Lm, Lk, Orange and White ink channels which dramatically boosts performance.
Commenting on the occasion, Yasunobu Nishiyama, Managing Director, Fujifilm India Pvt. Ltd. said, “With the launch of Uvistar Hybrid 320, we aim to strengthen our presence in the Indian graphic arts market. The graphics arts business is one of the most important drivers for Fujifilm’s growth in the Indian market. With our world-class printing technology, we are focused on delivering high quality, technically advanced print solutions that help printers develop competitive advantage and grow their businesses.”
“The Uvistar Hybrid 320 is more than just another great addition to our wide format line-up. Its launch is the next vital step in ensuring that Fujifilm’s complete portfolio of wide format products deliver the necessary solutions to all customers – regardless of their needs in terms of print size, turnaround time or run volume. Fujifilm is delivering on its objective to provide new solutions that feature the very latest inkjet technology to suit every printer’s needs. The new Uvistar Hybrid 320 is the logical next step in this journey and it ensures that printers in the super wide market maintain access to the very latest technology in order to maximise quality and productivity, and grow their businesses,” added SM Ramprasad, EVP-Graphic Arts division, Fujifilm India Pvt. Ltd.
Ramprasad said at the launch event: “Solvent printing has completely phased out in some European countries. The Rs 750 crore wide format printer Indian market which commonly uses solvent and eco-solvent printing techniques has its own drawbacks. Due to the slight difference in the versions of the technology, brands end up with varying percentage of colours on their static OOH media. The Uvistar Hybrid 320 is a solution for closed and distance viewing.” With the ability to print directly on the media up to 50 mm, the machine delivers best-in-class media handling and ensures that all types of substrates track accurately in roll or flatbed mode. The 3,175 kg system can work on five print modes with respective speeds on media types such as styrene, banner PVC, polyethylene, paper, aluminium composite, etc. Highlighting the features of the product, SM Ramprasad said the Uvistar Hybrid 320 is “eco-friendly, gives less cost per print, designed to multi-task and high-speed”.
Several innovative technologies come together in the Uvistar Hybrid 320, providing a breakthrough in speed, quality and versatility that can be achieved from a hybrid machine, setting the Uvistar Hybrid 320 apart from the competition.
The first innovation is the use of Fujifilm Dimatix Q-Class printheads and VersaDrop™ jetting technology. These heads enable the press to image in greyscale with droplet sizes ranging from 10–30 pl, which produce the finest details at the fastest speeds. Taking full advantage of nine ink channels, the Uvistar Hybrid 320 produces outstanding image quality with the inclusion of orange ink increasing the colour gamut by 30 per cent.
Another Uvistar Hybrid 320 innovation is its patented tri-lobal belt and six-zone intelligent vacuum system. This system delivers best-in-class media handling and ensures that all types of substrates track accurately in roll or flatbed mode. Additionally, a dancer bar with spreaders keeps even the most difficult roll media from wrinkling before it enters the print area. Rear pinch rollers engage as rigid material moves from the print area on to the exit tables.
The Uvistar Hybrid 320 also has a ‘continuous board’ capability that increases productivity when feeding multiple sheets of the same stock during production. This feature offers time savings between sheets as the print carriage continues moving. No time is lost due to the carriage returning to its ‘park’ position, requiring the job to be started again.
The wide colour gamut of the Uvistar Hybrid 320 is made possible thanks to Fujifilm’s new Uvijet US high performance ink, with CMYK, Lc, Lm, Lk, Orange and White in the standard ink set. The lights and Orange expand the colour gamut to match challenging Pantone® and corporate brand colours, while the highly opaque White provides excellent coverage, with the ink set delivering excellent adhesion to a broad range of substrates.