FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) today announces that it will be using Drupa 2016 as a platform to showcase how the J Press 720S is transforming print businesses today as a proven, high quality digital production system, and why the press will continue to lead the market in B2 inkjet digital printing.
Launched as a technology concept at Drupa 2008 as the J Press 720, the press has benefited from a wide range of enhancements since its commercialisation at Drupa 2012. In particular, the improvement in press up-time, the addition of a new bar code system for variable data production and new modular SAMBA™ printheads added in 2014, together with the ability to handle heavier-duty carton board stock introduced in late 2015, ensure the current J Press 720S model is a proven, reliable and incredibly versatile production press. Those printers who have invested in the J Press 720S have been able to produce ultra high quality print that could not have been produced with either offset or other types of digital press, allowing them to successfully pioneer new business opportunities with higher profit margins. The J Press 720S is now transforming the operations of an increasing number of printers across the world, with the total number of installations now standing at 70.
Over the last decade, the application scope and capability of Fujifilm’s inkjet technologies have expanded substantially, making it possible to meet the exacting needs of commercial and package printing customers. The integration and evolution of printheads, inks and image optimisation technologies is critical to delivering a reliable, high quality inkjet production system. Fujifilm is able to optimise each of these three cutting-edge core technologies to optimise system performance to the maximum extent. Fujifilm will be showcasing these technologies at Drupa 2016 under the brand name “FUJIFILM Inkjet Technology.”
The J Press 720S has benefited from the evolution of “FUJIFILM Inkjet Technology.” The latest generation of SAMBA™ printheads form the heart of the single-pass system used for high-performance and stable jetting. The wide-gamut VIVIDIA water-based pigment ink is applied with RAPIC anti-coagulation technologies to achieve ultra-sharp printed results on a wide range of printing papers. Other features include extended FM screening optimised for inkjet and an automatic “On-the-Fly” image compensation function that controls ink deposition inconsistencies. Endorsement of the performance and reliability of these technologies comes from the growing number of Fujifilm customers, and a number of suppliers, not least Heidelberg who have chosen these technologies to form the heart of their recently launched B1 industrial inkjet press.
The J Press 720S has built up a solid track record as a system for generating added value profit, with many users expanding their business on the basis of the world class quality and colour consistency of the print produced. In addition, the J Press 720S has received ISO / DTS15311-1 and Toy Safety approval, and benefits from advanced environmental performance thanks to the deinkability of the inks (ISO standard being prepared). The full-speed variable printing capability has also made the system a powerful tool for collated printing, improving the efficiency of post-processing and speeding up job turnarounds. Many users are also setting themselves apart from their competitors by making maximum use of the wide colour gamut of the VIVIDIA inks used within the J Press 720S, which in turn have helped accelerate the system’s market penetration.
At Drupa 2016, Fujifilm will be showcasing in a true production environment, how the J Press 720S can deliver such competitive benefits, and Fujifilm is proud to announce the following enhancements to the press at the show:
Press up-time has been improved by a further 20% thanks to software upgrades which have improved the efficiency and job handling capability of the press.
In addition to being able to print on heavier duty carton stock, the ability of the J Press 720S to print on canvas media has now been approved, widening the application capability of the press even further.
Fujifilm’s XMF Workflow has been improved to more effectively communicate with Online Order and Management Information Systems and more efficiently manage the J Press 720S alongside existing offset presses. This allows press utilisation, whether offset or digital, to be more effectively controlled.
Says Takuo Ito, Director, Fujifilm Global Graphic Systems: “Fujifilm has built the industry’s leading printhead, ink and image optimisation technologies, which form the heart of our new ‘FUJIFILM Inkjet Technology’ brand, and we will continue to develop unique web and sheet-fed systems, such as the B1 industrial inkjet press jointly developed with Heidelberg, to expand the reach of these technologies and our portfolio of inkjet digital presses. We look forward to showcasing what the J Press 720S can achieve at Drupa 2016, and invite printers to come and see how it can transform their businesses today to meet the changing needs of their customers.”