drupa sure does look different

This is my fourth drupa and, reflecting back to my first show in 2000, I’m impressed at how much things have changed with Fujifilm. In 2000, the Luxel Saber P-9600 green (YAG) platesetter was one of the booth highlights. Compare that to today, when one of the most impressive aspects of the booth is the amount of packaging-related products and solutions.

When you take into consideration the various products and samples on display, approximately 30% of the booth falls into the packaging category. It’s significant to note, especially when you consider that at drupa 2008, when Fujifilm featured the J Press 720, packaging wasn’t even in our product line-up.

The J Press F (provisional name with “F” standing for Folding Carton) is the first product attendees see when walking into Hall 8b, and it’s the entry into the Package Print Zone. Based on the J Press 720, the J Press F features FUJIFILM Dimatix SAMBA™ 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, single-pass inkjet print heads and also prints at a speed of 2,700 sheets per hour. The device utilizes newly developed water-based Fujifilm UV ink, has a maximum sheet size of 750 x 530mm (29.5” x 20.8”), and can accommodate stock up to 24 pt. board. The J Press F will be released in FY’13.

The FLENEX DLE system and Acuity LED 1600 are also in the Package Print Zone. The DLE (direct laser Imageengraving) system includes FUJIFILM Workflow XMF (that will connect to any workflow), the platesetter and rinse unit, which are displayed on the main aisle and attracting a lot of attention. DLE is a simple two-step process system: laser imaging and rinsing, especially compared to the conventional seven-step LAM (laser ablation mask) process. As a result, DLE reduces hours of platemaking labor as well as equipment (UV exposure frame, processor and dryer) and the end results are substantial cost savings and superior print quality. The FLENEX DLE was launched at drupa, and will be featured at Label Expo in Chicago this September.

There are two Acuity LED 1600 devices running live in the booth, with one in the Package Print Zone. ImageFeaturing print samples for packaging applications, the LED 1600 is a Fujifilm-driven technology. The key components of the device are the Fujifilm ink, the print heads and the LED curing system. Customers visiting the Acuity LED 1600, section of the Package Print Zone are impressed with the packaging application and it’s creating a lot of interest.

– Peter Vanderlaan

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