Having taken delivery of the machine in December with the installation taking place in January, Mr Kollegger only has praise for the commitment of the Fujifilm engineers throughout the installation process: “We have a long history with Fujifilm in terms of their screen inks, so we have a good relationship, but despite installing many inkjet printing presses over the last 10 years, we have never seen a company so meticulous in its installation and commissioning process. From the moment the press arrived in boxes to the day the first print run came off the machine, Fujifilm’s approach has been first class, with the installation area kept incredibly clean. There have been inevitable issues to address along the way, but the Fujifilm team has been very supportive throughout the process.”
Asked about the immediate future with the Jet Press 720, Mr Kollegger concluded: “We anticipate building up the volume of work on the machine to two shifts over the spring and summer. We are excited about what the Jet Press 720 brings to our business. We often invest in digital presses and end up using them for many more applications than first anticipated. We expect the same will happen with the Jet Press 720. We look forward to working with Fujifilm during this process.”
The Jet Press 720 is a four colour digital inkjet press capable of printing a B2 sheet in a single-pass, resulting in production speeds of up to 2,700 B2 sheets an hour. It makes use of SAMBATM print-head technology to achieve resolutions of 1,200dpi x 1,200dpi with four variable dot sizes, and is set to raise the bar in terms of the quality that can be achieved with a digital printing system. Significantly, by applying a primer to the printed sheet prior to imaging, the Jet Press can print onto standard offset coated and specified uncoated papers.