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FujiFilm to demonstrate new Inca Onset S20 automation at SGIA 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Valhalla, N.Y. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced that its Graphic Systems Division will exhibit a full portfolio of solutions during the SGIA Expo 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV on October 13-15 at booth #2359. At Fujifilm's booth, specialty graphics printers will be introduced to new faster print modes and the automated substrate handling system on the Inca Onset S20 flatbed printer as well as other demonstrations of Fujifilm's Acuity Advance HS UV flatbed and Uvistar UV roll press, media and ink solutions - all designed to put printers 'in control'.

"Every year we look forward to SGIA," said Mitch Bode, general manager, Graphic Systems Division, Sericol Unit, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. "It's a great opportunity for us to introduce our latest product innovations and present software solutions to help our customers meet the demanding needs of retail and national brand print buyers. We are particularly excited to showcase the new automation and increased speed of the Onset S20. We have been very successful with the Onset series of presses as our customers have invested in their ability to provide fast turnaround of high quality, short run POP graphics."

With a full bed print array, the Inca Onset S20 now has faster speeds and can print up to 3,600 ft2/hr or as many as 68 full beds an hour when equipped with the new ¾ automated substrate handling system. In addition to CMYK configuration, the S20 offers a choice of white or light cyan and light magenta. The ability to vary the gloss level gives the user flexibility to set the desired gloss level on a per job basis directly from the operator console. These features make the Onset S20 the ideal press for production of high quality POP graphic displays and help printers meet the demand for fast turnaround print runs.

The Acuity Advance HS UV flatbed printer with roll media option will also be running live on the show floor. The 4-color with white Acuity Advance HS has an express mode, printing at speeds up to 657 ft2 per hour, and a production mode, printing at speeds of 430 ft2 per hour, and offers photographic print quality specifically designed for applications that require fine detail and high-resolution imaging. Demonstrations of the Acuity's amazing precision will include printing on clear and black substrates, lenticulars, backlits and prestretched canvas.

The UVISTAR UV roll printer will also be featured on the SGIA show floor. The UVISTAR, available in 3.5 meter and 5 meter configurations, is designed to print both POP and billboard quality at impressive speeds of up to 3,800 ft2 per hour. Capable of producing work on up to three rolls at a time, the UVISTAR offers quick changeover of a wide range of flexible media and boasts the lowest ink cost per square foot of any press in the market today.

Fujifilm will also display the Epson Stylus Pro 9900 proofer for screen and digital imaging. For screen proofs, the Epson 9900 creates a halftone based proof made from the actual separated files used to make the film that generated the screens. This proof simulates the dot structure, halftone screening and color target for a multicolor inline screen press. For digital proofing, the proof simulates the output of a digital wide format press and takes the proofing burden from the production printer and places it on a more cost effective proofing device.

Fujifilm will showcase its expansive line-up of wide format UV and solvent roll media, which provides printers with optimal print quality and color performance while providing durability and ease of use for virtually any application. A variety of media will be on display including banner selections, premium papers, adhesive backed vinyl, backlit media, canvas, wall and floor graphic media and perforated window film. All of the media is designed for use on UV and solvent solutions and is the perfect complement to Fujifilm's printer, ink and color management RIP solutions.

Fujifilm will demonstrate a series of software solutions at SGIA 2010 as well. First is the 2009 InterTech Technology Award recipient, Fujifilm's Taskero UniverseTM ColorPath Verified. Taskero Universe ColorPath Verified monitors the performance of all color equipment in the workflow and ensures printers achieve consistent color output from different devices. The solution's monitoring functionality equips printers with real-time help, support and communication to quickly resolve issues, avert downtime and minimize waste. Backed by Fujifilm's Print Performance Team, both customers and Fujifilm specialists are alerted when a device is operating below established standards.

To further help printers achieve improved process controls, Fujifilm will offer one-on-one presentations about G7 theory and color management principles specifically geared towards the digital and screen printing segments. In addition, Fujifilm will exhibit FUJIFILM Taskero Universe ColorPath Sync which has the ability to optimize color in the G7 process and enables the creation of G7 curves for printing to G7 conditions. A unique benefit of ColorPath Sync is that is resides in the "cloud," allowing for easy access and historical tracking to G7 conditions. This is one more way that Fujifilm is putting its print partners 'in control' of the printing process.

Fujifilm's complete portfolio of wide format printers will be running ColorGATE PRODUCTIONSERVER6 Software. With ColorGATE, printers are able to use one RIP and one color management system across all of the devices in their shop, allowing them to achieve predictable results and consistent color. ColorGATE also has a unique Quality Assurance Module and additional features to optimize file transfer. ColorGATE's Ink Optimizer module is seamlessly integrated within the ProductionServer workflow and transforms data downstream just before printing. ColorGATE optimizes the files by applying a predetermined amount of GCR (Grey Component Replacement) to the data. GCR lowers the amount of C, M, Y inks and replaces with K. This significantly reduces the overall amount of ink used and can reduce ink costs by as much as 30%.

Fujifilm will also showcase Uvijet Digital UV inks which are designed for use on the Inca and Acuity series of wide format printers. The inks offer superb dot reproduction and bright vibrant colors for a variety of applications. Using unique Micro-V dispersion technology to maximize pigment loading, the Uvijet range of inks allow for extended print head life with reduced maintenance. The same technology is used in Color+ Digital Inks for most of the popular roll-to-roll and drum-fed printers. By adapting ink chemistry to precisely fit the characteristics of each inkjet printer, Fujifilm has succeeded in establishing the most successful range of digital inks for wide and super-wide format printers.

To learn more about Fujifilm's comprehensive portfolio of solutions visit booth #2359 during SGIA 2010.