Fujifilm launches new Superia solutions for newspaper printers

Fujifilm launches new Superia solutions for newspaper printers

At the WAN-IFRA World Publishing Expo in Berlin, Fujifilm announced the launch of three new products in its Superia range which have been especially designed for newspaper printers.

The products—Superia Newspaper Elara 5 Workflow Solution, Superia Newspaper Luxel News VMAX Pallet Loader System, and Superia Newspaper Automatic Cleaning System (ACS)—are highly advanced solutions in Fujifilm’s Superia Newspaper range bring plate-making to a new level of efficiency.

Superia Newspaper Elara 5 Workflow
The newly launched version five of Fujifilm’s Elara Newspaper workflow solution offers the most secure, flexible and cost-effective solution in the market. By far the fastest newspaper workflow available today and highly adaptable to individual business requirements, it also includes full 64-bit support and integrated ink-save, PDF-Normalising and RGB-PDF support.

Elara’s powerful RIP can process up to 1500 PDF pages per hour, all the while guaranteeing efficiency, reliability and flexibility. Elara 5 represents a complete system, from PDF to plate, combining all the tools needed to precisely manage newspaper production prepress in one intuitive, easy-to-use solution.

Superia Newspaper Luxel News VMAX Pallet Loader
With a new pallet loader option, customers can now gain even more benefit from the flexible design of the Luxel News VMAX CTP-solution. The new pallet loading system was incorporated into the design without adding any new components, which ensures all the existing advantages of this proven and reliable technology remain. The advantages setting this system apart from the competition include high levels of flexibility, a small footprint, ability to run in full daylight and the fastest possible loading and unloading of plates and pallets of any comparable system in the market.

Superia  Newspaper  ACS
One of the major challenges facing all newspaper printers today is the time it takes to manually clean and maintain plate processing units. Feedback from Fujifilm’s newspaper customers indicated that the labor-intensive cleaning process was not only expensive, it was also gruelling and de-motivating for prepress staff.

As a direct response, Superia ACS is a new development for the proven HDX NewsSpeed finishing unit. It automates up to 75% of the manual work involved in the cleaning of a processor. With Superia ACS, the cleaning cycle can run unattended with only limited interventions required at the beginning and end of the cycle. A lot of this automatic cleaning work can be done outside of normal working hours, reducing down time and freeing up pre-press staff for more productive and rewarding work.

Bernd Brombach, head of sales, Fujifilm Graphics Systems Europe, says, “In a challenging market, newspaper printers are under pressure to streamline processes and keep costs to a minimum. As a major supplier to this important industry, Fujifilm is constantly listening to its customers and striving to find new solutions to boost productivity and profitability while reducing environmental impact. These three new additions to the Superia Newspaper range build still further on Fujifilm’s reputation for providing solutions to meet real industry needs.”

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