Fujifilm has shown off a new inkjet press, the Jet Press 750S, which has been developed as a slightly larger and faster version of its existing Jet Press 720S, which Fujifilm will continue to sell alongside the new press.
As with the 720S, the 750S is a B2 press with a maximum width of 750mm, but takes a larger sheet size of 750 x 585mm. Fujifilm points out that it can take six B5 pages, which would be suitable for the book printing market. However, this sheet sizealso allows it to take six US letter size pages, an important consideration for expanding sales in the US market.
It can produce up to 3600 sheets per hour, up from the 2700sph of the 720S. This is partly due to using the latest generation of the Samba printhead but also down to an improved drying system, which brings the printing paper into close contact with the belt conveyor to apply direct heat. This new drying system requires roughly 10 percent less energy than the 720s and also makes the press 70cm shorter so that it will now fit into a 10 x 5.2m space.
Otherwise, the new press uses the same basic imaging system as with the 720S, applying a precoating with a coagulant to stop the dots from spreading and using the Vividia aqueous pigment inks. It still prints in just CMYK, which feels like a missed opportunity given that the larger sheet size may appeal to some packaging printers though most converters would prefer an extended gamut inkset. That said, the current inks can hit 82 percent of the Pantone range with a delta e of 1.95 using coated stock.
Resolution remains 1200 x 1200 dpi. It’s still a simplex press, relying on press operators turning the stack over to print the reverse, with a barcode to match the right front and back image to each sheet.
Fujifilm demonstrated a pre-release version of the 750S at last month’s Igas show in Tokyo, Japan, and is said to be readying the press for a commercial launch in Japan this autumn. That would mean that we might see it appear in the US and Europe by the end of the year, depending on how quickly it takes Fujifilm to evaluate it for use with substrates for these markets.