Fujifilm’s North American Graphic Systems Division hosted a recent Packaging Technology Summit at its Chicago Technology Center, showcasing innovative packaging solutions to invited attendees.

Industry professionals experienced hands-on demonstrations at the two-day event, highlighting the Graphium, a UV inkjet press for labels, packaging and specialty print; along with learning more about the Flenex series, a new, innovative flexographic plate system, Fujifilm’s flexographic inks, and Flex Pack, a cost-effective packaging proofing system by CGS.

The Graphium is a high-speed modular digital UV inkjet press with the option to integrate flexo and finishing stations for hybrid production and conversion in a single pass, greatly expanding the opportunities that can be converted. Graphium represents the next generation of UV inkjet press for labels, packaging and specialty print that enables profitable printing of short-run jobs while boosting productivity and providing the ability to produce new print options previously unavailable through traditional flexo technologies. Graphium makes converting short to medium print jobs more profitable, as the press streamlines workflow, requires less setup material, reduces waste and eliminates overruns.

The Flenex FW water-washable plate system is able to form flat-top dots, and reproduce 200 lpi with halftone dots from one percent to 99 percent. Additional advantages include very good ink transfer, superior compatibility with UV, water-based, and solvent inks; wear resistance and the ability to consistently maintain good product quality even when printing long-run jobs. Compared to solvent processing, drying time is greatly reduced, productivity is increased and there is a reduced impact on the environment. The innovative water wash system eliminates the need for solvents, wicking cloths, and thermal equipment.

"Guests who attended this technology summit were truly immersed into Fujifilm’s advancements and leadership within the packaging industry,” says Michael Barry, product marketing manager, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. “The hands-on demonstrations of our impressive line-up of solutions got attendees thinking about how these new innovations could be incorporated into their operations to better serve their customers.”