Fujifilm has launched their Uvistar Pro-8 with white hybrid UV printer. The Pro-8W introduces white ink on this grand format press for the first time enabling the Uvistar to produce stunning backlit signs by printing white ink over or under the CYMK image.

The Uvistar uses light inks in order to produce the highest quality POP, and the innovative auto loader and unloader allows the operator to print up to ten sheets of rigid media edge to edge, without having to load or unload the media. The new block-out sensors allows two sided printing of opaque media with virtually no operator intervention and inline slitters allow media to be cut to size, drastically reducing the need for off-line finishing.  

Jeffrey Nelson, business development manager, inkjet solutions, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division said, ‘The Uvistar family continues to expand its capabilities every year. The Pro-8 with White is a feature our customers have been requesting, and we are pleased to be able to deliver then and reveal for the first time at SGIA 2013. With its automation of rigid media handling, two-sided printing, and in-line finishing, it’s an operator’s dream machine.’

The Pro-8W now offers white ink allows customers to use automatic print modes selected at the RIP to print a white layer under or over the CMYK content, White can also be used as a spot colour as part of the image.  With two channels of white spread across eight dedicated print heads, the opacity and smoothness of the white ink is impressive.

Uvistar Pro-8W Highlights

• Produces a variety of work from high quality POP displays to billboard.

• White ink allows for layered printing over or under or as a spot.

• Patent-pending ‘Parallel Drop Size’ (PDS) technology for excellent POP print quality, without loss in speed.

• Prints rigid media up edge-to-edge with auto loader.

• Easiest and fastest material change of any UV roll printer.

• Two-sided printing is simple with backlit camera option.

• Block-out sensors allow two sided printing of opaque media.

The new block-out sensor option allows precise registration of opaque media to ensure consistent results with accuracy of 5mm (.2”) over 81cm (32”). These sensors help simplify the printing of two-sided banners, making it much easier for the less-experienced operator to achieve professional results.

The Pro-8W includes both 3.5 and 5.0 meter printers that can handle a wide range of media, including rigid, flexible, backlit or block-out, lightweight or heavy substrates. The Pro-8W allows the operator to print roll-to-roll, free fall, and also roll-to-sheet. Uvistar printers are easy to operate, with quick changeovers to different media with little material waste.