Fujifilm updates B2 Jetpress inkjet printer (UPDATED)

Fujifilm has announced its second crack at a sheetfed B2 inkjet press with the Jetpress 720S. The specifications remain the same as for the original press though Fujifilm claims that the modifications will improve the overall productivity. However, there’s no word about applying these updates to existing models.

It still remains a single-sided printer but Fujifilm claims to have improved the variable data handling. Thus it prints a barcode in the non-image area of every sheet so that the sheets can be turned over and fed back into the stacker with the barcode ensuring that the correct image is printed to each side.

Productivity remains the same at 2700 B2 sheets per hour. It uses a new generation of the Dimatix Samba printheads, with each print bar built up of 17 individually replaceable printheads. These are four level greyscale heads that boast 2,048 nozzles and can achieve 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution.

There’s a CCD sensor mounted immediately after printing, which scans every sheet and adjusts the way the ink is discharged from the printheads

It’s a CMYK press and the Vividia inks and the drying system have also been improved, with Fujifilm claiming better colour reproduction

Modifications have been made to the ink jetting, print drum surface and paper vacuum control, which should reduce paper deformation in highly inked areas.

Other improvements include a modified mechanism to feed paper onto the drum, a new paper height safety detection system to reduce the risk of paper jams, and an enhanced printhead cleaning regime.

Fujifilm has already taken five orders from European companies, though none in the UK. The first of these has been named as Straub Druck + Medien AG, a German printer that has said that it is looking to replace the existing in-house offset printing presses by the Jet Press 720S.

Fujifilm has also updated its XMF Workflow to V6. This now includes the Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 (APPE3). It also uses Adobe’s Mercury RIP Architecture, which can work with multiple instances of the APPE and is designed for high speed operation. Thus, the system can balance loads by processing each page of a single job simultaneously during rendering to get the most out of the hardware available.

In addition, Fujifilm has also updated XMF Remote to R10, which is now completely compatible with HTML 5. It also has an Express Job function that can take one-off customer orders with just an email address, without the need to set  up an account.





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