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Active installs robotic Onset flatbeds from Fujifilm

Wednesday, 07 March 2018
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Active Display Group GM of Operations Stuart Gittus (r) with Shane Hanlon (c) and Ashley Playford (l) of Fujifilm Graphic Systems, with the Inca Onset X3. 

Leading display and signage manufacturer Active Display Group has ordered the region’s first two Inca Onset X series UV flatbed printers from Fujifilm Graphic Systems for its site in Melbourne.

Active is part of the brand management, advertising, PR and media group WPP AUNZ, which is majority owned by WPP – the company headed by notable advocate of print media, Sir Martin Sorrell.

This will be one of Fujifilm’s largest installations of its type in the Asia-Pacific region and features ABB Robotic Systems automation. The combined systems, to be installed at Active’s Mulgrave site, are versatile and scalable systems that can grow with business needs, being highly automated with robotics.

“Extensive due diligence was performed and, in the Inca Onset X series from Fujifilm, we found print speed at high quality will ultimately enable us to become even more competitive in a challenging market, whilst increasing our capacity for speed-to-market,” says Active’s GM of Operations, Stuart Gittus. “Also, with the degree of automation, both machines can be run by a single operator.”

Active’s Onset X3 is capable of printing commercial-quality up to 900m² per hr and features industry-leading 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. This combined technology from Fujifilm and Inca Digital will be an impressive combination of quality and speed for the Australian-New Zealand market. The systems are due to be fully operational in early 2018.

Active’s second machine is an Onset X1 designed to be future-proof, thanks to Inca’s scalable architecture. This means that an Inca Onset-X purchased today is designed to grow with businesses into the future with in-field upgrades such as additional printheads and higher speeds.

Both of Active’s X series devices will be running robotic automation, allowing the company 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. Added to this is the flexibility of being able to place proof-sheets for the operator to check during production, without having to interfere with the palletised job.

Fujifilm Graphic System’s national sales manager, Ashley Playford says: “Our thanks go out to Stuart and the whole team at Active for entrusting Fujifilm and Inca with their next production growth phase. We are truly excited for Active and can’t wait for their customers to experience the quality and speed to market that these two Onset X series systems will offer them.”

Active has two other Fujifilm-supplied grand format printers at Mulgrave; a Uvistar 2 and a Uvistar Pro8 – both 5-metre-wide roll-to-roll machines. “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,” says Gittus. “Fujifilm has been very proactive and lateral working with us to provide a solution to suit all our needs. Also, the technical information has been invaluable to the decision. It has been a pleasure working with Fujifilm and Inca.”

A fully robotised Inca Onset X3 similar to the ADG installation.

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