Fujifilm launches Activ Hybrid LED UV retrofit system

It can install on new presses or retrofit to existing equipment

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Fujifilm launches Activ Hybrid LED UV retrofit system.

Fujifilm recently announced the launch of the Activ Hybrid LED UV curing system, which can be installed on new presses or retrofit to existing equipment by label and packaging converters. The system combines the latest, high power, low heat LED UV curing technologies with Fujifilm’s ink expertise to improve label production on narrow web presses. It enables traditional UV or water-based flexo presses to be seamlessly converted to LED UV curing, resulting in significant environmental savings, cost and material savings and increased productivity and quality.

The LED lamp system and Sericol Flexo JJ ink range have been developed in harmony to ensure optimal performance. The system’s hybrid design has the added benefit of conventional UV Arc capability, arming printers with the option to print with specifically developed and unique conventional UV inks.

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The Activ Hybrid LED UV curing system offers significant environmental benefits over conventional UV systems. Energy use is drastically reduced, VOCs are eliminated, and less waste is produced. The working environment for operators is also improved, with many undesirable factors eliminated, including heat from the conventional UV lamps, noise and even the smell. Material usage is also reduced, and the system requires less maintenance and labor.

Increased productivity is another significant benefit. Press running speeds are 30-50% faster than a conventional UV system, with comparable press speeds on labels increasing from 70 – 100m/min on a conventional UV press, to 120-170m/min with the Activ system. Shorter job setups and make-ready times are also possible, thanks to improved substrate stability and the elimination of material distortion. Lower press downtime results in additional significant productivity gains.

The system offers more consistent quality as the impact of the heat from the UV lamps is removed, resulting in better registration and less substrate stretching. In addition, colours are vibrant and easy to achieve with Fujifilm’s high performance LED UV inks, and the dramatic reduction in power required for the LED UV lamps, means substantial cost savings can also be made.

Manuel Schrutt, head of Packaging, Fujifilm Europe comments, “We are delighted to be bringing such an innovative product to market. Fujifilm is proud to be the only supplier able to offer a state-of-the-art LED curing system and a high performance LED ink range to the label and packaging industry. The Activ system takes advantage of the latest LED UV curing technologies and Fujifilm’s ink expertise to deliver a reliable industrial curing system with none of the disadvantages of higher power and higher temperature conventional UV lamps.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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