Fujifilm has expanded its printer portfolio by launching a more flexible, lower cost alternative to the Acuity LED 1600 II. The Acuity LED 1600R is optimised for four-colour CYMK roll-to-roll printing but is otherwise said to share all of the quality and performance benefits of the Acuity LED 1600 II hybrid model, launched in 2015.
Incorporating Dimatix Q-class industrial printheads, the Acuity LED 1600R offers four channels as standard. The 1.6m-wide machine can print at up to 33sqm/hr, matching the speed of the Acuity LED 1600 II. It can handle rolls of up to 40kg, around 15kg more than the maximum weight the 1600 II can accommodate, enabling users to manage longer uninterrupted runs, the company claimed.
The printer features a high-density mode capable of handling heat-sensitive roll media and is suitable for producing backlit and window applications. It produces low levels of heat and requires lower ink volumes and less power than similar machines on the market, Fujifilm said. The manufacturer’s new Uvijet RL ink is used with the device. The Uvijet RL range is meant for printing onto roll media.
Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe Sign & Display segment manager Tudor Morgan said, “the 1600R is a machine that comes in CMYK but is modular upgradable at the customer’s premises.   If they want to add a white or a varnish clear, or have light colours added to it, then they can. The fact that we’re starting from four colours with the 1600R makes the machine more economical. It gives customers the option – the majority of people only want to print onto roll so we wanted to give them a printer to do just that to start with.”