Uvistar Pro8 Billboard Printer
For many years Benefitz have been leaders in the local grand format printing market with the ability to print up to five metres wide and any length. This is continuing with the recent installation of a brand new Fujifi lm Uvistar Pro8 eight colour five metres wide machine. This is the fi rst machine of this kind installed in the local market. It was fi rst launched at the DRUPA print show in Germany in mid-2012. The machine is made in Israel by Mattan and marketed locally in partnership with Fujifi lm. “What we like about the machine is its versatility,” explained Benefi tz Director Dallas Bennett during April, shortly after the decision had been made to move from the older HP machinery to the Uvistar Pro8. “It can print billboard skins and banners very quickly in the four colour mode, then in approximately fi ve minutes can be
switched to the eight colour option and be capable of printing high quality items suitable for instore point of sale. We have got all the bells and whistles with the machine, meaning it can also print rigid materials like a flatbed printing machine.” The Uvistar Pro8 delivers superb graphic print quality using the eight colour print mode which introduces a light colour ink set to great effect. It is capable of matching much closer to spot colour than previous technology. It also produces strong punchy and vibrant colours in the four colour mode. “A big advancement of this Uvistar Pro8 over previous models and other options on the market is its automated double side print option,” adds Dallas Bennett. “This enables us to very effi ciently produce vibrant and high quality double sided banners. The system uses two cameras
which measure the print registration at every registration mark ensuring that the back-up is very accurate and guesswork is completely eliminated.” A feature of the Uvistar Pro8 is the Parallel Drop Size (PDS) technology. This is a clever software algorithm that enables jetting within the same print pass of both small and large droplets without any reduction in print speed. The use of the small droplets helps to smooth images which if viewed close up may otherwise appear grainy. Other new features on the Uvistar Pro8 are totally new software and a touch screen interface which has an intuitive icon display to operate the printer – meaning onboard help support, which guides the operator through the actions needed to resolve any issues, eliminating downtime.
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