Fuji Xerox develops new inkjet web press

Fuji Xerox has launched a new high speed colour digital press, the 11000 Inkjet Press, which so far appears to only be available in the Japanese and Asian markets. 

The Fuji Xerox 11000 Inkjet press is a dual engine web-fed colour press that will print to offset coated stock.

It’s a dual engine web press that takes paper up to 520.7mm and from 64 to 157gsm. It runs at 80mpm in standard mode, equivalent to 1048 A4 ppm, though this speed drops to 50mpm for its higher quality mode, which appears to have a fourth greyscale level. It’s fitted wth Fujifilm Samba recirculating printheads, delivering 1200 dpi resolution. It has a built-in sensor to detect nozzle failures and can correct for missing nozzles and ensure even print density. 

The press is said to have image quality that’s close to that of offset printing though obviously the print quality will depend heavily on the resolution used and the ink coverage. It’s aimed at the direct mail and brochure markets. 

It prints in CMYK, using a new pigment ink developed by Fujifilm. This ink contains a fixing agent that minimizes the amount of water that penetrates into the paper. It’s designed to print to offset coated stocks without the need for any pretreatment. Essentially, Fuji Xerox appears to have improved upon the system used by the Fujifilm Jetpress 720 presses, which apply a primer with a coagulant immediately before jetting the colours. The ability to print direct to offset coated stocks would make it a direct competitor to the Ricoh VC70000, Screen Truepress Jet 520HD+, Canon ProStream, and Xerox Trivor. 

Each print engine contains both the printing and drying. The drying is a mixture of a heated drum with an option for an infrared unit. It has a surprisingly complicated drying path, with the web entering the first print unit, passing under the print heads, then past the infrared dryer, before being wrapped around the heated drum and then passing back first over the top of the drum and then underneath it to exit the print unit, before going through a turnbar and then into the second unit. However, I’m informed that the reason for this is to reduce the risk of wrinkling on thin papers. 

It can be combined with a GX Print Server, though this appears to be sold separately. The print server is based on Adobe PDF Print Engine 4 with Adobe’s Mercury RIP. It supports JDF and can handle variable data as well as image correction at the rated speed of the press.  

There are separate units for the ink supply, to control ink pressure, and to control the drying system, as well as chiller cabinets for the ink and paper. It takes the press around 20 minutes to warm up before printing. The press requires a three-phase electrical supply.  

I believe that Miyakoshi has built the chassis and paper transport for this press though Miyakoshi does not appear to be selling its own version of the 11000, or at least not anything aimed at the high value applications that Fuji Xerox is going for. 

It’s not clear if either Fujifilm or Xerox will bring this press to the European market, though I think there’s a good chance that we’ll see it at Drupa next year, though probably not much before then. 





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