FUJIFILM Jet Press – the new digital inkjet press

The press to be available in North America by end-2018

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Fujifilm Jet Press 750S

The graphic systems division of Fujifilm Corporation based in North America recently announced the launch of its new digital inkjet press. Jet Press 750S will be available in North America by year-end. The press is capable of printing 3600 B2 sheets an hour, for both static and variable jobs, with a maximum sheet size of 23” x 29.5”.

The J Press 750S features the Fujifilm Dimatix Samba printheads along with a 6-up letter size imposition and increased speed, delivering double the sellable output compared to the earlier version. The overall footprint is reduced by 15% and the energy consumption by 23%.

The J Press 750S delivers better quality with innovative technology, including good image quality at par with offset printing. Featuring the new-gen Fujifilm dimatix samba print-heads along with Fujifilm’s aqueous pigment VIVIDIA ink, the J Press 750S prints output that has the potential to exceed the quality of offset printing platforms. The 750S delivers flat tints, smooth gradients, perfect black tints, sharp text, fine line work and superior flesh tones and has an extensive color gamut reaching upwards of 90% of the pantone library.

The J Press 750S at its optimum speed is 33 percent faster than the current J Press 720S, without any compromise in quality. The sheet size of 23″ x 29.5″ the printing capacity increases by 50% as compared to the previous generation. The machine can be field configured up to 24 pt. Board stock.

The third generation 750S incorporates an inline scanning procedure of each sheet to ensure quality throughout the print run. Further enhancing this capability, Fujifilm has introduced a full sheet scanning function, one that ensures that each printed sheet matches a pre-approved image quality standard.

Ed Pierce, product marketing manager, graphic systems division, Fujifilm North America Corporation, said “With the new J Press 750S, you can now print a six-up letter-size imposition, and with the increase in speed, we have doubled the sellable output of our previous version. As a further advantage, the up-time on J Press is reported by customers to be near 95 percent or greater, making the J Press the most efficient production ink-jet press in its class.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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