Fujifilm And Inca Develop New Flatbed Series


Fujifilm North America Corporation’s Graphic Systems Division has developed a new addition to the OnsetX UV flatbed series, in association with its partner Inca Digital.

Featuring two new machines, the Onset X2 HS and the Onset X3 HS, the new range offers a dramatic increase in speed and productivity – now printing up to 1449sqm (15,597 square feet) per hour, using a new single cycle mode.

Compatible with Inca’s range of application specific robotic handling systems, and incorporating ’30 second’ job set up and ‘single cycle’ printing mode, the new HS range is set to deliver another ‘step change’ in inkjet printing.

The OnsetX HS launch is partnered with a new Fujifilm inkjet range, Uvijet OX. Uvijet OX features a brand new, unique, patented ink technology developed and manufactured at Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems in the UK, designed for the Onset family of printers to achieve exceptional adhesion on rigid plastic media, specifically those commonly used in North America, at the highest speeds.

‘We believe the launch of this new generation of OnsetX machines positions Inca Digital firmly at the forefront of the high-end inkjet market,’ said Stephen Tunnicliffe-Wilson, CEO, Inca Digital. ‘Inca Digital has always been focused on pushing the boundaries of what is possible in print. The dramatic increases in overall productivity, made possible by the further integration of robotics and great advances in printing speeds, print quality and substrate compatibility, all mean print businesses and entrepreneurs have the capability and capacity to grow market share and confidently move into new markets.’

The addition of the new ‘single cycle’ print mode to the OnsetX HS, made possible by the optimisation of the print jetting profiles and jetting frequencies, means the new HS range can print at speeds more than 50 percent higher than previously published throughput figures. The intelligent bonding properties of the new Uvijet OX ink also ensure maximum adhesion to a much wider range of media, even at these new highest printing speeds.

Machine downtime caused by job changes and set-up routines has also been dramatically reduced with the integration of a range of new automated features on the HS machines. On and off-loading systems, UV shutter alignment and table skin adjustments have all been automated, reducing operator intervention and bringing job set-up time down from an average of 15 minutes to around 30 seconds. Inca Digital’s own research in the field suggests this will substantially increase machine capacity and utilisation in ‘real world’ situations.

The OnsetX’s scalable architecture and multi-substrate printing capability has helped to make it the machine of choice of many print businesses for whom maximum productivity and flexibility are key. The new OnsetX HS, combined with the robust adhesion qualities of Fujifilm’s Uvijet OX ink, further builds on this reputation.

Together, the OnsetX HS and Uvijet OX inks open up an extensive new range of applications and possibilities in markets where the demand is growing for shorter run but the highest quality printing on corrugated board, packaging and non-PVC rigid plastics.

‘We are very proud of this new range of OnsetX HS machines; they are the latest example of Inca Digital’s proud tradition of launching inkjet machines that have a transformative effect on the industry,’ said Tunnicliffe-Wilson. ‘To secure such a significant increase in the headline speeds and overall productivity of the OnsetX series is an outstanding achievement.’

The new OnsetX HS series is available now and distributed exclusively in North America by Fujifilm.

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