In December, Gilson Graphics continued its early adaption and produced its first job with the new Fujifilm J Press 720 sheetfed inkjet press (Booth 414), marking the first J Press 720 customer installation in the U.S.
The investment provides Gilson Graphics with increased job turnarounds due to the elimination of platemaking/makeready processes the ability to print on a larger sheet size and flexibility in terms of substrates. Gilson Graphics said the speed to makeready is unprecedented. It allows the company to offer better economics for its customers because it can now produce much shorter run, high-end color production than in the past.
The 29.5x20.8" maximum sheet size is a bonus for retail signage. Because the J Press 720 marries the front end of an offset press to an inkjet engine, Gilson Graphics benefits from a sheetfed press and the quick makeready, printing advantages of a digital press on run lengths less than 3,000. The J Press 720 also makes it possible to generate products that previously were inefficient to print any way other than using offset technology.