Fujifilm today announced the commercial availability of its Jet Press 540W digital inkjet web press as of 26 May 2013. Launched as a technology showcase at drupa 2012, the press is targeted at high-quality, short-run digital print such as leaflets and personalised magazines, as well as school textbooks, book printing and newspapers.
The press will be installed at Fujifilm’s booth #1200 at PacPrint13 (21-25 May) in Melbourne for demonstrations and will be ready for delivery thereafter.
Fujifilm’s Jet Press 540W features a unique design that enables duplex printing within a single tower. This results in an extremely compact footprint of 6.6m x 2.8m. Supporting both inkjet and non-coated papers of between 64-157gsm, with a maximum printable width of 540mm, the press offers a top printing speed of 127m/min and ultra high quality printing of 600dpi, upgradeable to 1200dpi later in 2013.
Fujifilm’s XMF Workflow system is used to drive the front end of the Jet Press 540W and allows full variable data printing. Already popular amongst commercial printers for its speed and flexibility in handling work across digital and offset print processes, XMF is continuously evolving, and today boasts an improved user interface, which can help increase automation, efficiency and ultimately profitability. It represents one of the most comprehensive and advanced production management systems on the market, addressing many of the issues faced by today’s print service providers.
The Jet Press 540W also utilises the company’s own screening technology, which is based on FM screening and allows for smooth colour tones and sharp text as well as eliminating moire and rosette patterns.
The press uses Fujifilm’s high performance VIVIDIA ink, developed specifically to facilitate superb image quality. The VIVIDIA ink allows high-density images to be printed at high speed, with less ink transfer from sheet to sheet, with high quality reproduction possible even on thin paper.
Fujifilm has used its experience and knowledge to develop both pigment and dye-based inks for use with this press which, when combined with the ultra-compact footprint, maximise the application flexibility and versatility of the machine. The VIVIDIA WP-S pigment ink features a wider colour gamut, suffers from less ‘see through’ on the page and can be used in nearly all graphic applications. The VIVIDIA WD-S dye ink also has a wide colour gamut, but provides better water resistance when used with inkjet papers.
The combination of short-run and variable data capabilities allows the Jet Press 540W to accommodate a wide variety of jobs and opens up new opportunities for a growing number of applications requiring these particular features. It can also help to reduce paper waste when compared with commercial web presses, which makes the press a more sustainable solution.
“We are excited to be launching our digital inkjet web press to the Australian market,” said Steve Collyer, National Product Manager, Graphic Systems, FUJIFILM Australia. “Fujifilm had a lot of interest in the technology showcase at drupa, and we are hoping to attract serious prospects by demonstrating the capabilities of the Jet Press 540W at PacPrint13.”
Fujifilm will also be showing the Jet Press 720, Uvistar Pro8 5m, Acuity Advance Select, Acuity LED 1600, XMF Workflow, Metrix, ColourGate, DSChemport and Euromedia.