Fujifilm and Inca Digital unveil Inca Onset high-speed flatbed printer series

Fujifilm’s new Inca Onset X3 HS UV Flatbed Printer.

Fujifilm North America Corporation’s Graphic Systems Division, along with strategic partner Inca Digital, have introduced two new inkjet printers to its popular OnsetX UV flatbed series – the OnsetX HS (High Speed) range will now include the Onset X2 HS and the Onset X3 HS. The new range offers “a dramatic increase in speed and productivity” printing up to 15,597 square feet per hour. Characterizing the new printers as “the world’s fastest high quality flatbeds,” both offer a 50%+ increase in speed, a single-cycle print mode, full automation and 30-second job set-up times.” Compatible with Inca’s range of application-specific robotic handling systems, the new HS range is set to deliver another “step change” in inkjet printing – something Inca Digital and Fujifilm have become renowned for, said the companies.

Stephen Tunnicliffe-Wilson.

The OnsetX HS launch coincides with a new Fujifilm inkjet range – Uvijet OX. Uvijet OX features a new, unique, patented ink technology developed and manufactured at Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems in the UK. The inks were designed specifically 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 of Inca Digital. “Inca Digital has always been focused on pushing the boundaries of what’s 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 that print businesses and entrepreneurs have the capability and capacity to grow market share and confidently move into new markets.”

Increased productivity. The addition of the new single-cycle print mode in the OnsetX HS (made possible by the optimization of print jetting profiles and jetting frequencies), means that the new HS range can print at speeds up to 15,597 square feet per hour – more than 50% 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, said Fujifilm.

Thirty-second job set-ups. 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-loading and off-loading systems, UV shutter alignment and table skin adjustments have all been automated – reducing operator intervention and bringing job set-up times down from an average of 15 minutes to about 30 seconds. Inca Digital’s own research in the field suggests that this will substantially increase machine capacity and utilization in “real world” situations.

New inks mean new levels of versatility and entry into new markets. The OnsetX’s scalable architecture and multi-substrate printing capabilities have helped to make it the machine of choice of many print businesses for whom maximum productivity and flexibility are key, said Fujifilm. 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 runs and the highest quality printing on corrugated board, packaging and non-PVC rigid plastics,” Fujifilm added. Tunnicliffe-Wilson also pointed out: “We’re very proud of this new range of OnsetX HS machines. They’re the latest example of Inca Digital’s proud tradition of launching inkjet machines that have a transformative effect on the industry. 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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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.