B2 inkjet coming from Fujifilm

Fujifilm’s message at Ipex is production integration, with hybrid offset and digital workflow, web to print, variable data printing, wide format inkjet and MIS integration.

Described as using the best of digital and offset – the unit is essentially an offset feeder and delivery system, and offset transfer system, and an inkjet printer – the JetPress 720 is aimed at printers producing B2 jobs in the 500-2500 range. It produces 2700 B2 sheets and hour, with water based ink, precoater and nozzle wash.

Juergen Krufczyk, managing director of Fujifilm Australia says, “Australian printers will certainly be among those who will benefit from the short run ability, the simplified production, and the environmental credentials of the JetPress 720.”

The printer is due to be beta tested in Japan later this year, with the first installations set for 2011

The company also launched two new plates at Ipex: the Brillia HD LH-PLE plate and the Brillia HD LH-NI3 plate, both compatible with the company’s intelligent FLH-Z ‘ZAC’ processor.

The Brillia HD LH-PLE plate, targeted at the heatset web market, and designed to support run lengths of up to 300,000, is manufactured with aluminium alloy, which Fujifilm says is better able to withstand the stresses placed on a plate during long runs. The company says that the plate achieves run lengths without the need for plate baking, but it can be post baked if higher run lengths are necessary. It also works with UV inks on medium print runs without the need for baking. It is interchangeable with the Brillia HD LH-PJE plate.

The Fujifilm Brillia HD LH-NI3 plate is a third generation bakeable negative thermal plate targeted at very long run lengths for sheet-fed and web offset applications. Fujifilm says it allows printers to reduce chemistry consumption when used in combination with Fujifilm’s FLH-Z ‘ZAC’ processor.

Fujifilm is devoting considerable space at its stand to wide-format print production including the recently launched Uvistar UV inkjet roll-to-roll machine, which uses Fujifilm’s specially developed Uvijet QK inks and can print on rolls up to five metres wide.

The company is also showing its brand new Pro-File system, designed to deliver consistent colour output and optimise production efficiencies across both screen and inkjet technologies by combining Fujifilm Sericol screen inks, Fujifilm Acuity digital printers, and ColorGATE software.

In its Integrated Production area, Fujifilm is showcasing the latest version of its XMF cross media workflow system and the EFI Digital StoreFront web-to-print solution. Through a series of interactive presentations, the company highlights key areas of production such as automation, personalisation, web-to-print, and proofing. It is outputting live jobs to both platesetters and digital presses to show the efficiencies that can be gained through its XMF workflow architecture.

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