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FFGS WING CITY ashigara

FFGS WING CITY ashigara (Japan)

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See, touch and feel…Welcome to the future world of printing.

This is where you meet the future of printing.
Printing is heading into new directions with ‘digital press’ and ‘flexography’ technologies. This is where FFGS(Fujifilm Global Graphic Systems, Global HQ of Graphic business located in Japan. Here after FFGS) showcases its cutting edge technologies. You can experience first-hand the effects of such technologies and how they benefit your company. Come and see how the next-generation inkjet digital press, the Jet Press, will transform future corporate strategies, and how our total packaging system will expand the potential of flexography. Operate the actual devices and feel the innovation and reliability these systems offer.
FFGS WING CITY Ashigara guides you to two grand doors that lead to the future world of printing. Drop by any time, and push open these doors to pioneer your future of grand innovation.

Establishment as one of Fujifilm’s 80th anniversary projects

Marking the company’s 80th anniversary, Fujifilm has positioned the Printing System business as one of its top priority fields, reinforcing the communication structure with customers. The Wing City, established as part of this initiative, epitomizes Fujifilm’s passion for creating the future of printing.

The third ‘experience-oriented’ showroom with eyes set on the world

The i-Communication centers at Fujifilm’s Nishiazabu Head Office and Tatsumi Office in Tokyo are now complimented with the Wing City in Ashigara, functioning as the company’s three major ‘experience-oriented showrooms.’ The deployment, with eyes set on Japan and the rest of the world, will provide comprehensive solutions that pioneer the future of printing.

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Addressing the latest needs of package printing at the two zones

The Wing City consists of the DIGITAL PRESS Innovation Center displaying the Jet Press 540WV, and the GRANPACS Lab Center that showcases the evolution for flexography and the characteristics of these systems are set to revolutionize package printing.

DIGITAL PRESS Innovation Center

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The DIGITAL PRESS Innovation Center was opened with three innovation themes of ‘projecting trends of the digital printing market,’ ‘analyzing the current status of short-run digital printing’ and ‘pursuing the potential of digital printing to meet the latest market needs.’ In line with these themes, the Center showcases the advanced reproducibility, productivity, stability and outstanding operability of the next-generation inkjet digital press for flexible packaging, Jet Press 540WV, through demonstrations and technology seminars.
This is not just the place of unidirectional information delivery from Fujifilm. The main role and purpose of the DIGITAL PRESS Innovation Center is to receive feedback from customers and work with industry players to create the digital presses of the future.

UV inkjet digital press for flexible packaging

●Jet Press 540WV
The combination of the most recent LED-UV inkjet printer and FUJIFILM inkjet technology including high-speed UV ink, specific pre-coating and nitrogen gas purging method achieves significant decrease in ‘print odor’ and ‘ink bleeding’. Excellent aptitude for short-run comes into it's own around 4,000m running or less. Additionally, variable printing, long-run and endless printing function allows versatile product offering and aggressive sales.

Providing specific demonstrations to present the benefits of the Jet Press 540WV

Main advantages of the Jet Press 540WV

● ‘Pre-coating technology’ to prevent ink bleeding
Fujifilm has developed specific UV curable primer to hold the color ink dot on the right position of the pre-coated substrate.
The UV curable primer is partially cured and CMYKW inkjet ink landed into the partially cured pre-coated layer to achieve brilliant color image.

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● ‘N2 gas purging technology’ to decrease print odor
UV ink cured soon after the monomer polymerize in the ink under UV irradiation. However, in ordinary UV curing systems, oxygen in the air inhibits polymerization and the remaining monomer causes print odor. Newly developed ‘Nitrogen gas purging technology’ is introduced to fill the surface of the running media with nitrogen gas simultaneously to complete the polymerization reaction. It shuts out oxygen to enhance polymerization efficiency and to decrease print odor significantly even for food packaging.

● High Productivity
The newly designed R2R transport system allows wide range of web to be handled precisely and stably with line speed of 50 meter per minute for CMYKW 5 colors.

GRANPACS Lab. Center

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Major trends in soft package printing are now moving toward ‘environmental responsibility’ and ‘water-based flexography.’ In response to these latest needs, Fujifilm has applied its unique advanced plate technology to develop the world’s first DLE plates that offer high image quality and high productivity at the same time. Based on the advanced flexo platemaking system combining the innovative DLE plates and plate-setter, FFGS’s latest packaging solution is a comprehensive system integrating a dedicated proofer, printer and peripherals. The GRANPACS Lab Center contains all the system components. Visitors can examine a series of processes unique to flexography and witness first-hand the ‘high resolution,’ ‘smooth gradation’ and ‘high productivity’ of this system, which is on a different level to conventional DLE systems.

Visual presentation of the synergistic effect of the introduction of GRANPACS

Performance highlights of these devices on display

Fujifilm’s water-washable flexo platemaking system
● FLENEX LAM System

This is a water-washable system that eliminates the use of solvents in the platemaking process. Compared to a solvent-based system, it substantially reduces drying time to boost productivity. This system can also form flat-top dots without any additional equipment to achieve precision printing quality.

Fujifilm’s engraving flexo platemaking system
● FLENEX DLE System

Combining the world’s most advanced DLE plate with a laser engraver to achieve razor-sharp relief images, resulting in clear text and reproducing photographs beautifully and smoothly

High-speed CI flexo printing press
● W&H MIRAFLEX

Designed with an emphasis on rigidity to deliver exceptional reliability while achieving high-speed performance at the same time; Featuring a unique large central impression drum with advanced precision to achieve premium printing quality, and the ability to automatically adjust impression settings for quick optimization to deliver quality output with constant stability

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Fine inkjet proofer for package printing
● GP-PRIMOJET Basic (Only in Japan)

Offering direct output to actual materials such as soft package film to provide printed proofs close to final product, so as to share the image of the final output with clients and drastically reduce the color-matching time during actual printing

  • * Items on display are subject to change without prior notice.