Fujifilm to offer budget LED 1600 wide format

Fujifilm has announced a new wide format printer, the Acuity LED 1600R, designed for roll to roll printing, and which appears to be a cheaper alternative to its existing Acuity LED 1600 II hybrid model.

Fujifilm offers this 1.6m wide Acuity LED 1600R, essentially a cheaper roll-only version of its 1600 II hybrid wide format printer.

It features a new ink – Uvijet RL – a UV LED ink that has been designed for roll media. It’s available in CMYK and CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta. There’s an option to include a white ink and later in the year there will be a further option for a clear ink. Naturally, this ink is made in the UK at Fujifilm’s Specialty Ink Systems division in Broadstairs, Kent.

The printer itself uses Fujifilm Dimatix Q-class print heads. The 1600R is said to be optimised for four colour printing though there is an option to upgrade from four to eight channels so that you could run the full inkset. Otherwise the printer appears to have similar specifications to the 1600 II hybrid, with a maximum speed of 33 sqm/hr. It features a high density mode capable of handling heat-sensitive roll media while printing and is suitable for backlit and window applications.

Tudor Morgan, segment manager for Sign & Display at Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe, commented: “Fujifilm has established a strong business with the Acuity LED 1600 and then the Acuity LED 1600 II, with close to 1000 installations globally. To build on this success, we are now offering an equally robust, lower-cost model in the Acuity LED 1600R that can provide a great investment opportunity for printers looking to produce high quality, large format display work – all without compromising on the excellent performance characteristics that have gained the Acuity LED 1600 II such a formidable reputation.”

The new machine will be shown off at this week’s C!Print show in Lyon, France.


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