Fujifilm Tech Summit showcases Xerox digital printing innovations

fujitrchsummitoct-inFujifilm North America’s Graphic Systems Division recently hosted another in its series of successful Technology Summits at its Chicago Technology Center, detailing full-colour, high-speed digital Xerox models that enable printers to integrate digital colour printing into their current workflow. Invited guests gained in-depth knowledge of Xerox’s line-up of presses, including the ColorPress 1000i, Versant 2100 and the iGen.

Educational breakout sessions included a lively discussion on insights into North American digital trends, led by Roger Gimbel of Gimbel & Associates. Another session featured ColorPath Sync, a cloud-based colour management tool that aligns output devices to designated colour targets. XMPie software was also featured. A software business unit of Xerox, XMPie is variable-data publishing software that unites customer databases and creative content to help printers, marketing service firms and small-to-medium-sized businesses leverage customer data and create personalized, multi-phase campaigns that use today’s communication vehicles – including print, web, email and mobile.

High-quality packaging samples printed on the Xerox ColorPress 1000i were a highlight of the event.
High-quality packaging samples printed on the Xerox ColorPress 1000i were a highlight of the event.

Additionally, Mark Geeves informed attendees about Color-Logic, a metallic and decorative effect colour communication system. Geeves, Director of Sales & Marketing at Color-Logic, touted the key benefits of its special effects for print, including its compatibility with offset, inkjet, flexo, digital, screen and gravure printing processes.

Attendees also experienced wide-format solutions including: the Inca Onset R40i and Q40i; the Acuity Series of flatbeds highlighted by the Acuity F; the Acuity LED 1600; and the Uvistar grand-format press. Packaging innovations were highlighted by the Graphium, and for the flexo segment, the Flenex series (a flexographic plate system), as well as 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). Finishing solutions were also showcased, featuring the Esko Kongsberg Cutting Table.

About the featured presses

The Xerox ColorPress 1000i press delivers “sharp, rich, digitally mastered image quality.” Offering a range of choices for all production environments, it also has flexible, cost-effective finishing options that add a professional finish to complement its image quality and clear dry inks. Xerox metallic dry inks offer “stunning effects and unique value” by helping printers replace traditional foil stamping, offset metallic inks and metallic papers with a cost-effective, digital alternative. The Automated Color Quality Suite of tools enables operators to output more high quality jobs. Utilizing Xerox low-melt, EA (Emulsion Aggregation) Dry Ink and new fusing technology, the ColorPress 1000i offers a wider colour gamut that can produce vibrant images with “smooth sweeps.” Running all weights at rated speeds of 80 ppm or 100 ppm, the 1000i handles media from 55 gsm to 350 gsm.

The Xerox Versant 2100, a mid-level digital colour press with Ultra-HD resolution, delivers fine details with 1200 x 1200 dpi rendering, allowing users to take full advantage of its media options – including labels, tabs, greeting cards, embossed stocks, durables/synthetics, polyesters, magnets and custom-designed media.

The Xerox iGen high-production digital press facilitates “impressive” monthly volumes and high-definition image quality. It can create offset and photo-quality images with consistent colour from the first print to the last, accurately matched to GRACol standards. The Xerox iGen5 series also offers printers the ability to hit more critical brand colours with the additional fifth station for expanded gamut printing.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.