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Fujifilm debuts new plates, runs inkjet press at Ipex

May 20, 2010 12:00 AM

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Fujifilm is launching two new plates at Ipex 2010, both in its low-chemistry family. The Brillia HD LH-PLE plate and the Brillia HD LH-NI3 plate are compatible with the company’s FLH-Z ‘ZAC’ processor and will offer printers more options to make environmental and cost savings.

Fujifilm’s Brillia HD LH-PLE plate represents the next generation of high-speed, high-quality thermal plate. Targeted at the heatset web market, this bakeable negative thermal plate supports run lengths up to 300,000 impressions. Manufactured at the Fujifilm plate line in Tilburg with the latest, most robust, aluminium alloy, it is better able to withstand the stresses placed on a plate during long runs, including cracking and splitting, which helps to reduce and eliminate the need for costly remakes and press down time.  The Brillia HD LH-PLE is the latest thermal plate from Fujifilm to work with UV inks on medium print runs without the need for baking. This results in both faster platemaking and quicker make-readies on press.

The Fujifilm Brillia HD LH-NI3 plate is a third generation bakeable negative thermal plate targeted at very long run lengths for sheet-fed and web offset applications.  The LH-NI3 plate has the advantage of allowing printers to dramatically reduce chemistry consumption when used in combination with Fujifilm’s FLH-Z ‘ZAC’ processor.

Fujifilm’s Digital Inkjet Press is being demonstrated live at Ipex 2010. The sheetfed press makes use of SAMBA print head technology that achieves resolutions of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi with four variable dot sizes (minimum size: two picolitres). Quality is enhanced through Fujifilm’s “anti-curling” and “rapid coagulation ink” technologies. A CCD sensor scans every sheet and makes any necessary alterations in real time.

The Fujifilm Digital Inkjet Press can print a B2 sheet in a single pass, resulting in production speeds of approximately 2,700 B2 sheets per hour.  Its use of standard coated paper eliminates the need to use specialized digital paper.
Deinking trials on the press, carried out by the Intl. Assn. of the Deinking Industry (INGEDE), achieved levels of deinking previously unseen with inkjet print, according to Fujifilm, and represent a milestone in the ability to remove the ink from an inkjet sheet.

Axel Fischer at INGEDE comments: “We do these kinds of trials on a regular basis but we were very surprised with the levels of deinking that were possible with the [Fujifilm Digital Inkjet Press] samples.  These types of results are in the same league as those achieved with offset inks but we’ve never before seen such great results with inkjet print.”