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100 days and counting….

While it feels as though the industry is only beginning to come down off of the high of drupa 2012, it’s officially just 100 days until Graph Expo 2012 kicks off in Chicago. What should we expect?

Overwhelmingly, this year’s was an “inkjet” drupa, and manufacturers hosted a number of technology showings and previews, all largely focused on inkjet and providing a clear indication of precisely where this industry is headed. But, the show wasn’t focused much on where the industry is now. Most of the technologies and devices that were shown were said to be 18-24 months from commercial availability – and that’s a long time for business owners watching their profits rapidly decline.

Will this, then, be an “inkjet” Graph Expo? Will attendees in Chicago get a similar glimpse of things to come?

Not at Booth # 414. (That’s Fujifilm’s booth, in case you were wondering.) There, they’ll get a look at things that have arrived.

Admittedly, that’s why I see Fujifilm as being different and why the company really is leading the way for change. We showed our J Press 720 inkjet press at drupa 2008 and already have nine installations around the world. We wanted to ensure that our customers have both options and opportunities for their businesses today and that’s the rationale for the tremendous R&D efforts and investments Fujifilm has made over the last several years.

Inkjet is clearly the future of the printing industry and we’re anxious to show you our latest solutions and what they can do.

See you in 100 days…and counting.

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Didn’t make it to Dusseldorf? See (some of) what you missed.

drupa 2012 officially wraps up today and was, by early accounts,  a successful show. According to show organizers, nearly 315,000 attendees (representing more than 130 countries) visited the show’s 19 exhibit halls.

As you know, Fujifilm had the largest booth in the company’s history and was certainly a sight to be seen. For those of you who weren’t able to make your way to Germany, here’s a brief look at the Fujifilm stand.

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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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Nice to meet you.

Hi…and welcome to Pixels, Dots & Spots. Here we’ll share our thoughts and opinions on the ever-changing graphic arts industry as well as let you in on the latest news and information from Fujifilm. Our goal with Pixels, Dots & Spots is simple: a conversation. We’d like to know what you’re thinking, to hear about challenges you’re experiencing in your business, and to celebrate your successes. So, bookmark this blog, email it to friends and colleagues or add your RSS feed, and let’s talk.

You’ll also see customers in the spotlight from time to time and we’ll highlight challenging print jobs, share real world best practices, and talk about social media’s impact, both in our personal and business lives.

It’s a fortunate coincidence that we’re launching our blog now, as we’re currently attending and sponsoring PODi AppForum , a conference dedicated solely to digital printing. This year’s conference promises to deliver the inside scoop on how printers are successfully incorporating digital printing in their shops and aims to share real-world stories and advice.

As we all know, digital printing – and specifically inkjet printing – is triggering some of the largest changes this industry has witnessed in decades. The technology has made incredible strides in recent years, both in terms of quality and speed. And, for a growing portion of the work, it’s proving to be a more cost-effective option than traditional offset printing.

Let’s have a look at the marketplace as it is today:

  • 35% of print jobs today consist of 250 pieces or less
  • Between 40-70% of B2 jobs are less than 2,000 sheets
  • Value-added services (such as variable data printing) are more profitable than originally predicted
  • By 2014, the number of pages printed digitally is predicted to increase by 11% each year

This is a change we anticipated some time ago and it’s driven a large part of our company’s R&D over the last several years. It prompted our acquisition of both FUJIFILM Dimatix and FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, and brought about the development of the FUJIFILM Digital Inkjet J Press 720. Introduced in the U.S. at Graph Expo in October 2010, the J Press 720 is, we believe, the future of commercial printing and is a solution for an area of the market where most printers struggle to compete and where a majority of print jobs reside.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying that inkjet printing will replace offset completely, but we are entering a phase where print runs are getting shorter and printers need a more cost-effective way to manage the jobs – both short and long run – that come through their shops.

During PODi AppForum, we’re anxious to hear more about how printers are using digital printing technologies now and how they anticipate it affecting their operations in the future. So, whether you attended the conference or not, let us know what you think and what type of impact you see these two technologies having on our industry.

Until next time….

Todd


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