New printers expand Active capabilities

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Active_Inca_X3_ABB_inactionActive Display Group (Active) has purchased the region’s first two Fujifilm Graphic Systems Inca Onset X series UV flatbed printers.

The purchase represents Fujifilm’s largest installations of its type in the Asia-Pacific region and features ABB Robotic Systems automation.

These combined systems, installed at Active’s Mulgrave site, can produce in digital wide format in addition to being automated with robotics.

Active’s new Onset X3 is capable of printing commercial-quality up to 900sqm an hour and features printhead technology from Fujifilm Dimatix. Both of Active’s Onset devices use the latest Dimatix R-class printheads which fire a standard 14pl ink droplet at billions of times per second.

They will also be running the new Inca ‘tear-drop’ feature which allows droplet tuning from 11pl - 17pl, giving Active the capacity to further improve image quality and eliminate the need for additional light ink channels, which dramatically reduces the ink usage per square metre.

Active’s second machine is an Onset X1 designed to be future-proof, meaning that an Inca Onset-X can grow with businesses with in-field upgrades such as additional printheads and higher speeds. Both X series devices will be running robotic automation, allowing Active to maximise productivity by stacking higher stacks of printed sheets - something that was not previously possible with scissor-lift systems.

This is of major benefit in terms of machine uptime, as other technologies increase the downtime due to pauses for stack changes.

Active’s General Manager of Operations, Stuart Gittus, said print speed at high quality will ultimately enable the business to be more competitive in a challenging market, while increasing capacity for speed to market.

"With the degree of automation, both machines can be run by a single operator. When the new Incas arrive, they will be printing a wide range of media including synthetic paper, art paper, screen board, fluted plastic and fluted cardboard for both Australian and global leading retailers and brands," Mr Gittus said.

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