Fujifilm hosts wide-format inkjet tech summit at its Chicago Technology Center

Attendees inspect Inca Onset samples.
Attendees inspect samples from the Inca Onset R40i and Q40i.

Fujifilm North America’s Graphic Systems Division recently hosted another in its series of Technology Summits at its Chicago Technology Center, sharing its wide-format inkjet technology solutions to a record number of attendees. Invited guests gained in-depth knowledge of wide format applications while learning how to best serve this ever-growing market.

Presentations included insights into different substrates used to create wide-format displays as well as software – including ColorGATE Production Server 9 and finishing solutions featuring the Esko Kongsberg Cutting Table. Attendees experienced hands-on demonstrations of Fujifilm’s wide-format solutions, including the Inca Onset R40i and Q40i, the Acuity Series of flatbeds, the Acuity LED 1600, and an overview of the Uvistar grand-format press.

A world map printed on the Acuity F turned a lot of heads.
A full-colour world map printed on the Acuity F turned a lot of heads.

Other highlights included presentations by John Mills (CEO of Inca Digital), Steve Bennet (Vice President of Esko’s digital finishing business), and Steve Urmano (Director of Wide Format at InfoTrends). One of the most anticipated demonstrations was the Acuity F, a high productivity UV flatbed printer for display and signage, recently added to the Acuity Series of UV flatbed printers.

The customer user panel Q&A session featured four Fujifilm customers sharing their real-life experiences with Fujifilm solutions. Mmany attendees also experienced the J Press 720S, a high quality sheetfed inkjet press, along with the J Press 540W, a web-fed inkjet press with short-run and variable-data capabilities. “A good amount of attendees run conventional offset in their operations in addition to wide format, and were impressed by the extremely high quality of the J Press 720S,” said Ed Pierce, Product Marketing Manager, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.