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First Fujifilm Acuity Ultra install for Russia

One year after its launch, Fujifilm has announced that it has installed its first Acuity Ultra super wide-format machine in Russia.

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Sergey Belousov and Igor Kosogorov, Fujifilm Graphic Systems Russia and Natalia Fomina, director of GlavPrint

Also the first in all of Eastern Europe, Moscow-based GlavPrint received the machine in February 2019 having previously centred its production around a Fujifilm Uvistar super wide-format printer.

Following recent business growth, the company made the decision to invest in another Fujifilm machine after its previous machine operated reliably and efficiently at near 24/7 levels for more than five years.

“The Acuity Ultra came out on top, by some distance, in tests we ran against all other competitor models,” explains Natalia Fomina, director of GlavPrint.

“Having become familiar with Fujifilm’s service organisation infrastructure in Russia, we were convinced that they could offer us the standard of support we required, even though this is the first installation of this printer, not just in Russia, but in all of Eastern Europe. The delivery of the printer took only three weeks, and the installation was carried out quickly and professionally.”

The Acuity Ultra comes in two models: 3.2m and 5m wide, with technologically advanced printheads enabling quality printing at speeds in excess of 200m sq per hour.

Technologies to optimise print speeds and quality are evolving rapidly across the industry, and Fujifilm is proud of the role that it is playing

Variable drop size technology from 35 down to 3.5 pl allows users to print at very near photographic levels of quality.

The printer has also been built around a steel chassis which weighs more than seven tonnes to eliminate any effects of vibration on print quality during operation.

A further development of the machine compared to its predecessors is a state-of-the-art cooling system which means that despite using conventional UV curing lamps, can print on very thin material without risk of it overheating.

Reflecting on how far this technology has come, Sergey Belousov, head of large-format division at Fujifilm Graphic Systems Russia says: “Every year, demand for large-format printing for interior applications is increasing.

“Though a few years ago most consumers were satisfied with the print quality achievable with a 20pl drop size, now even a 10pl drop size is too large for the level of quality that many are demanding.

“Technologies to optimise print speeds and quality are evolving rapidly across the industry, and Fujifilm is proud of the role that it is playing in driving this innovation forward to bring maximum benefits to its customers around the world.”

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