Fujifilm has launched its Acuity Prime Hybrid printer, which seeks to meet the needs of print service providers working with a range of rigid and flexible material applications.

Using the same highly pigmented inks as the previous Acuity Prime model, the Acuity Prime Hybrid is available with CMYK as standard, with small ink droplet sizes, Greenguard Gold certified ink, and pinpoint placement thought to produce high-quality print with no loss of colour, even when printing at high speeds.

The Acuity Prime Hybrid can print on substrates up to 2m in width when used as a flatbed machine. It can apparently produce print at production quality from 92m2 per hour on materials such as foamboard, polyester, acrylic, and Dibond.

Able to print up to four pieces of rigid media simultaneously, the printer features registration pins and apparently offers precise, edge-to-edge printing. Its roll-fed configuration can be loaded with two rolls each up to 0.9m wide, with front and back handling tables intended to support all media types while enabling easy media positioning.

A beta model will be installed in the UK in June 2023, says Fujifilm, and the printer will be commercially available by the end of the year. It is the latest instalment of the Acuity range, designed to balance output speed, print quality, price, and intuitive design features as part of the company’s ‘blueprint for wide format’.

“We have listened to our customers and we recognise that high functionality and versatility is in-demand,” says David Burton, director of Fujifilm Wide Format Inkjet Systems. “In response to our customers and, building on the success of the Acuity Prime flatbed series, we developed the Acuity Prime Hybrid – a cost effective and robust printer that will maximise productivity across a wide variety of applications.

“We’re delighted to showcase its capabilities at FESPA 2023, and we look forward to seeing how it will positively impact our customers’ businesses.”

Back in March, Fujifilm released its Acuity Prime L flatbed printer with an ink system specific to its series. This model intended to increase both ROI and productivity for print service providers.

Canon has also unveiled various printing solutions this year, from the ProStream 3000 web-feed inkjet presses to its imagePROGRAF TC-20M full-colour, large format desktop printer.

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