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Under the Hood

Fujifilm Revoria PC1120

Fujifilm recently released the long-awaited Revoria PC1120 to the UK market and it does not fail to impress. Brian Sims highlights some of its features

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The new toner printer features clean white lines and a distinctively dark hood over the print engine

Hitting the UK

After a slightly longer than expected wait Fujifilm has released to eager UK clients the Revoria PC1120.

So all of you that have been waiting to see what it can do can now take a good look up close and personal to see exactly what others have been keen to install in print shops across other parts of Europe.

 The new toner printer looks good even standing in a print shop with the clean white lines and distinctively dark hood over the print engine proudly displaying the Fujifilm logo in shimmering silver. Depending on your choice of pre- and post-optional equipment, the next consideration will be how much space you have.

At the heart of the Revoria PC1120 is a six-colour toner printing press, but there are a staggering six feeding expand applications and combined options; and after the colour is applied, there are nine output options to choose from. 

Being very honest, there is not really a combination of feeding and finishing configurations you could not be catered for. So, before you hit the sales team with a wish list, take your tape measure to the shop floor.

Regardless of options, the first and foremost reason to consider the new device from Fujifilm will be the print quality. The Revoria PC1120 has been developed with a delivery of 2,400 x 2,400dpi resolution; this in itself will stand this press out from the crowd.

The Heart Of The Matter

The printer has at its heart a Raster Output Scanner (ROS) that uses a specific type of light source called Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL). This means the high-resolution image can be deployed simultaneously via a series of laser beams.

One of the many stand-out features from the printer is the scanner light source combination which lays down six colours in total, giving a vast array of colour, be it metallic, PANTONE®, fluorescent pink, white, and obviously the process set (CMYK).

Of the six toner cartridges inside the printer, four stay dedicated to the process colours but the outer two can be swapped for either over or underlay of up to two further colours. As an underlay silver, gold, pink, or white can be added directly to the sheet and as an overlay of the CYMK set you can have the same as the underlay colours but also clear and custom red making it a total of six overlay colours.

The Revoria PC1120 can both underlay and overlay a number of colours to enhance the four-colour process set of CMYK

What is clever is the fact that the two speciality colours can be changed quite easily by an operator in between five to ten minutes meaning changing to these options takes a lot less time than would be expected for a conventional colour change on an offset lithographic press.

All of the colours used are of the Super EA-Eco toner and the extremely small particle size all add to the technology to ensure images are smoother in colour transition, lines are sharper, and even the finest text is clear and legible regardless of size.

From time to time, any printer will require adjustment and in fact it is a given that in order to maintain the highest quality such as 2,400 x 2,400dpi, there has to be an adjustment. On the Revoria PC1120 this can all be handled by an automatic inline system built into the machine and its software. 

Further image tuning can be deployed such as Edge Enhancement which fixes image areas such as jagged edges which can make the image look less sharp where white paper breaks across.

There are a number of other clever tools on the colour management of the press such as the use of fluorescent pink which can enhance skin tones on a number of levels, and as would be expected from any new machine, the ubiquitous AI is present on the Revoria PC1120.

Whether the system as with all the others is truly AI, as Alan Turing would have considered it, is yet to be agreed, but the press clearly has self-learning functions that over a period of time, takes data from the production run and makes educated changes to further runs with the objective of reducing waste.

As you would imagine from a manufacturer such as Fujifilm, the printer supports a number of standards such as Fogra, GRAcol and others.

As for feeding this printer with colour, it goes without saying the Revoria PC1120 is very capably supported by Fujifilm’s exceptionally popular Revoria Flow PC21 printer server and supported by Fujifim Fiery PC11

Handling The Stock

So much of the press itself, as expounded in the introduction, such as the scope for handling and manipulating of the substrate, is quite exceptional.

There are a number of variations of feeder stations which can table a wide range of stock. Each of the different units can have different configurations of things such as air suction or air assist depending on the stock being handled. Combining and separating units in the machine can also deliver many arrangements of stock handling.

Next on the variations is obviously going to be size and capacity with 2,000 sheets being standard, but then depending on what you are choosing to handle, you can hold between 250 and 2,100 banner sheets subject to the nature of the product.