Fujifilm has developed a new UV inkjet digital label press, LP350, to meet the needs of the prime label market for short runs, high quality and variable content.

LP350 will be available in 228mm (9in) and 330mm (13in) web widths, and can print at 50m/min (164ft/min) with a resolution of 600 x 600dpi and four-level grayscale. Interstation UV pinning enhances the print quality. The press natively runs CMYK+OV to hit 94% of the Pantone colour gamut, noted by Fujifilm as necessary for work in the prime label printing market. In addition, two white inkjet channels enable high levels of opacity for a wide variety of label applications.

Newly developed UV inks have various resistance properties for enhanced surface durability, lightfastness, and water- and chemical-resistance. The inks also offer excellent print reproducibility, density and vibrancy, and can be used with a variety of commonly used label substrates, such as clear supported and unsupported films, foils, metallised materials, and coated and uncoated papers.

Other key features include corona treatment, built-in static elimination, web cleaning, full variable print ability, chill roller for shrink applications, and an end-of-press UV system for final cure of the inks.

The Fujifilm LP350 also implements the company’s ColorPath Sync suite of Cloud-based colour management tools, which align output devices to designated colour targets. ColorPath Sync incorporates optimised colour correction and a simple, step-by-step interface. Fujifilm has also collaborated with a known digital front-end and software provider in order to deliver an integrated, comprehensive, and efficient production environment in order to meet the high market demands of the label market.

Now in the final stages of development and planned for release in early 2022, LP350 has been designed to meet growing demand within the prime label market for short runs, high quality and variable content.

Matt Bennett, global vice president, business strategy for packaging at Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems, said, ‘The addition of this new digital label press to our digital packaging press portfolio marks an exciting step forward for Fujifilm, demonstrating our commitment to ‘Never Stop Believing in Print’.

‘LP350, along with the recently announced Jet Press FP790 for flexible packaging, underlines Fujifilm’s wealth of inkjet expertise combined with years of experience in providing high quality inks and plates for the flexographic market. The first press will be delivered to Fujifilm’s Graphics Innovation Hub in Hanover Park, Illinois, by the end of 2021 and will be available for demonstrations and testing soon after.’

The press will be showcased at Label Congress 2021, a one-off event organised by the team behind Labelexpo Global Series in order to allow the label and packaging industry in North America to reconnect and educate itself on the latest industry developments.