Fujifilm Corporation has developed inkjet digital technology, and claims it enables the world's first high quality, high-speed printing on large sheet sizes, with quality on par with offset printing.
The Jet Press 720, which has a maximum print size of 720mm by 520mm, is the combination of Fujifilm Group's technologies. The press will be globally marketed by Fuji Xerox and exhibited at drupa this year.
Fujifilm claims the Jet Press 720 achieves quality levels comparable to offset printing for a variety of different types of coated papers. The high quality is realized by gray scale reproduction with a four-level drop modulation technology and rapid coagulation ink technology.
The company says, "This digital printing technology
achieving high-speed, high-quality and large sheet size is set to revolutionise
the printing industry by significantly enhancing the efficiency of the print
Fujifilm claims the printer enables high productivity, at approximately 180 sheets per minute due to the newly developed printhead for single-pass inkjet printing. Fuji also says it is more effective than offset printing to meet the demand for fast turnarounds and short print runs, since it needs shorter make-ready times and no drying time.
A company statement says, "Currently, the amount of short-run print is increasing in the commercial print market. In general, digital printing has been the preferred technology for such short-run print thanks to its short make-ready time."
The statement continues, "Up until now, there has been no digital print technology that achieves production speeds and quality comparable to offset printing on larger format sheet sizes."