Live Demonstrations Exhibit Future of Short Run Printing is in Offset Quality and Digital Flexibility
Valhalla, N.Y., September 27, 2010 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced that its ground-breaking, sheet-fed Fujifilm Digital Inkjet J Press 720 can be seen live in action for the first time in North America at booth #627 at GRAPH EXPO 2010. Show attendees can see the press firsthand at any one of five daily presentations being delivered throughout the duration of the show.
With the look and feel of an offset press and the versatility and job handling of a digital device, the Fujifilm Digital Inkjet J Press 720 features a standard four-up offset sheet size with a paper delivery and exit like that of a traditional offset press. The press is particularly suitable for traditional commercial printers looking to improve competitiveness for short-run work and digital printers who are looking to offer a wider range of digital print services.
“The Fujifilm Digital Inkjet J Press 720 is going to change the face of short run printing and offers benefits that cannot be found from any other digital printing device on the market today,” said Sam Ota, division president, Graphic Systems Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “We look forward to demonstrating for our print partners how this device will change the way they do business through the J Press 720’s progressive technological advances and unrivalled production capabilities that will save our customers time and money.”
A Breakthrough in Digital Print Technology
The J Press 720 uses Fujifilm Dimatix’s SAMBA™ single pass piezo drop-on-demand inkjet head technology to achieve an impressive true 1,200dpi x 1,200dpi resolution with four-level gray scale (minimum size: two picolitres), a specification unobtainable from any other digital printing system. The press’s four-level gray scale capability boasts color and quality never previously seen from a digital device. An integrated controller incorporates an advanced color management system and color calibration capabilities that maximize color consistency without requiring excessive intervention or expertise from the press operator.
The J Press 720 print speed is up to 2,700 29.5”x20.8” four-up size sheets per hour, or the equivalent of 10,800 8.5”x11” pages per hour, resulting in a product that offers offset quality and robustness plus the versatility to handle short press runs. The J Press 720 prints on coated offset stocks, allowing for printing on standard offset-sized sheets, a key advancement over most inkjet and digital presses which often require uncoated or pre-treated papers.
Revolutionary Production Capability
The Fujifilm Digital Inkjet J Press 720 has an incorporated infrared drying system, which means no drying time is necessary after printing so sheets are ready for finishing. The range of finishing options available is also much wider than with many other digital print technologies. Once imaged, sheets can be treated like an offset sheet, dropping into existing finishing equipment.
Quality is enhanced through Fujifilm’s unique “anti-curling” and “rapid coagulation ink” technologies, which deliver vibrant images and prevent paper curl and dot gain. The J Press 720 uses water-based, eco-friendly ink so there is no toner pile-up, resulting in an offset-like finish and quality. The water-based inks also mean the unit requires less cleaning and produces less waste. Outstanding quality is achieved sheet after sheet since the J Press 720 provides sustainable image quality with the use of a CCD sensor which scans every sheet and makes any necessary alteration in real time.
Finally, the Fujifilm Digital Inkjet J Press 720 is capable of variable data printing, making it possible to fulfill custom, short-run orders.
“For the commercial printer looking to enter the digital print market, the Fujifilm Digital Inkjet J Press 720 fills the wide gap between toner-based digital and offset printing formats and is the true alternative to the short-run offset press,” said John Kaufman, product marketing manager, Graphic Systems Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “It delivers the quality of an offset press, fits the format size needed for various post-printing processes while also giving users the capability of handling smaller run lengths, VDP applications, and quicker turnaround times.”
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