Fujifilm North America’s Graphic Systems Division recently hosted a Prime Label Technology Summit at its Chicago Technology Center, showcasing innovative packaging technology trends to invited attendees. Successful solutions were the focus at the two-day event, with hands-on demonstrations of the Graphium (a UV inkjet press for labels, packaging, and specialty print) and the Flenex series (a new flexographic plate system). The OEM added that Graphium represents the “next generation” of UV inkjet presses for labels, packaging and specialty print that enables profitable printing of short-run jobs while boosting productivity and providing new print options previously unavailable through traditional flexo technologies. Overall, Graphium streamlines workflow, requires less set-up materials, reduces waste and eliminates overruns.
The Flenex FW water-washable plate system is able to form flattop dots and reproduce 200 lpi with halftone dots from 1% to 99%. Additional advantages include excellent ink transfer, superior compatibility with UV, water-based and solvent inks, wear resistance and the ability to consistently maintain good product quality even when printing long runs. Compared to solvent processing, drying time is reduced, productivity is increased and there is less impact on the environment, said Fujifilm. Its water wash system also eliminates the need for solvents, wicking cloths and thermal equipment.
Attendees also saw a wide array of additional value-added solutions while collaborating with industry leaders CGS-Oris, who discussed Flex Pack label production. Esko showcased extended colour gamut printing capabilities and reps from TLMI (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute) spoke about industry advances. Bob Leahey, Associate Director, InfoTrends, shared his thoughts about what’s trending in the marketplace. In addition to learning more about packaging technology, attendees were brought up to speed on many other innovations – including Fujifilm’s Acuity series, its J Press line-up, and the Inca Onset and Xerox presses housed within Fujifilm’s 20,000-square-foot Technology Center.