Eliminated all platesetting, and virtually all makeready and dry times, combined with a production speed of up to 1.3 seconds per sheet, makes inkjet printing the hands on winner for capturing more short run printing business. And compared to pay-per-click digital presses, new inkjet solutions like the J Press 720 result in 50% reduction in the price per sheet.
Recent innovations in printhead technologies, water-based inkjet ink chemistry, color-managed workflow software and real-time, closed-loop color controls have led to press solutions that meet and soon may even surpass offset quality. Inkjet presses today already provide registration accuracy better than offset.
New flexible format sizes help create new opportunities for digital print, with applications like gatefold brochures, folders, and more unusual page sizes now possible, even with run lengths of one. Plus presses like the J Press are designed “half-sized” to make it fit into most any existing sheetfed pressroom without the need for alterations in terms of paper handling and finishing.
Inkjet presses deliver a dramatic reduction in raw materials, hazardous pressroom consumables and paper waste, along with the complete elimination of the plate production process. It is estimated inkjet delivers a 25% lower carbon footprint than an equivalent traditional offset half-size sheetfed press. Fujifilm Vividia inks have the highest rating for recycleability.