Jet Press 720S

Powerful second generation B2 sheet-fed digital inkjet press

Overview

Inkjet: The power to transform commercial print

Digital printing in the commercial print market has come a long way in the last twenty years, with toner based technologies having had the most success in delivering high quality, on demand print. Despite this success, however, the majority of commercial print is still produced using traditional offset presses.

Over the last six to seven years, inkjet deposition technology has evolved to such an extent that single pass printheads able to deposit ink at the speeds and quality levels required by the discerning consumers of commercial print have now become a commercial reality. It is these printheads, combined with sophisticated control systems, ink and paper handling technologies, that are now set to ignite a revolution in the way that commercial print is produced.

Jet Press development

Fujifilm has been at the forefront of these technology developments since 2004, with the company launching its first B2 inkjet digital press, the Jet Press 720, as a ‘technology announcement’ at Drupa 2008. This press became commercially available in 2011, with the last three years seeing installations all over the world. Now Fujifilm is launching its second generation press, the Jet Press 720S, with many improvements over the earlier model. The technology at the heart of these presses is SAMBA™, which is without doubt the industry’s most advanced single pass printhead technology. The development path of SAMBA™ has mirrored that of the press itself, with many improvements being introduced over the last eight years, the latest being the ability to replace individual SAMBA™ modules within a print bar.

Ready to transform your business

The world of commercial print is changing fast. Long run jobs are becoming more and more unprofitable as overcapacity in the market drives down prices. Print buyers, on the other hand, need the benefits that digital printing can bring now more than ever. Short runs, fast turnarounds and print-on-demand are all standard requirements in today’s fast moving world. And with ‘retro’ and ‘vintage’ being increasingly en vogue, there is a resurgence of interest in high quality, very short run print, particularly where the physical, emotional and tangible benefits of print can win over online information delivery.

These trends are set to continue at an even faster pace in the future, with the classic long run vs short run print model set to be turned on its head. This is where forward-thinking printers can prepare for the future and position their businesses to be at the forefront of these developments. B2 inkjet is the perfect technology to address these changing market conditions, and the Jet Press 720S is without doubt the front runner.

[Image] Ready to transform your business

The efficient way to produce short run print

The most efficient way to produce short run print is to send the PDF to the press and print. This is how the Jet Press 720S operates, as this groundbreaking B2 inkjet press eliminates all the timely and costly preparation and set up parameters of an offset press. There are no plates to produce, no platesetters or processors to maintain, no make readies, no run up to colour, no waste sheets, and virtually no pressroom consumables.

The printed sheets can often be handled immediately (although drying time ultimately varies according to paper type), and print quality and consistency is guaranteed, with no on-press tweaks necessary. So if you are looking to be ultra-competitive on short run print jobs, the Jet Press 720S is about as efficient as you can get. Just send the PDF and print.

[Image] The efficient way to produce short run print

A wide range of application possibilities

The B2 format size of the Jet Press 720S means it is possible to print a wider range of applications digitally, but this is not the only reason why the press can take on a wide variety of jobs. The Jet Press 720S can print on most standard offset stocks, thanks to its integrated Rapid Coagulation Primer system. This system coats the sheet with an ultra-thin, invisible film providing a consistent environment for the coagulation of ink droplets, guaranteeing the highest print quality. The ability to print on a wide range of paper stocks means many new applications can be printed digitally that were previously impossible.

In addition, the finishing possibilities are limitless, with the water-based inkjet ink performing better than a traditional offset ink in its ability to be folded, laminated, spot coated and finished in a multitude of ways. So if you produce bespoke, high quality print with a wide variety of finishing techniques applied to the sheets, this press is ideal.

[Image] A wide range of application possibilities

Coffee table books

[Image] Coffee table books

The quality, format size and ability to print on standard offset paper make the Jet Press 720S ideal for the production of short run coffee table books.

Photography portfolios

[Image] Photography portfolios

High quality photography portfolios and photobooks are perfect for the Jet Press 720S, with the wider colour gamut able to deliver breathtaking images.

Brochures

[Image] Brochures

Short run brochures are perfect for the Jet Press 720S, with the ability to personalise and print multiple language versions quickly and easily adding extra value.

Posters

[Image] Posters

High quality art posters are ideal for the Jet Press 720S, with the wide paper choice (coated and uncoated) and superb quality delivering perfect results time after time.

Variable data direct mail

[Image] Variable data direct mail

The Jet Press 720S features a new barcode system and high powered data servers to print every page on the fly, guaranteeing front and back page matching every time.

Book covers

[Image] Book covers

The Jet Press 720S is perfect for single sided book jackets, with the consistent high quality and wide colour gamut helping books stand out from the crowd.

Calendars

[Image] Calendars

With the ability to print on a wide variety of paper, high quality calendars up to B2 in size can be created quickly and easily, with personalisation an added bonus.

Components

A second generation press engineered to produce high quality print all day, every day

The Jet Press 720S has been built to produce high quality print all day, every day. The benefits of an offset paper handling system are obvious, and take advantage of technology that has evolved over many years to be ultra-reliable. But there are also many improvements in the Jet Press 720S detailed on this page that improve quality even further, improve variable data handling, speed up job downloads, reduce the necessity for system downtime and minimise breaks in production due to press maintenance.

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Ultra-high capacity data servers

[Image] Ultra-high capacity data servers

New high capacity data servers enable the press to download all the data needed to print a B2 sheet on the fly, making variable data and versioned print jobs possible on a single sided press.

1. Paper feed

[Image] 1. Paper feed

Traditional sheet-fed paper feed mechanism ensures high registration accuracy and reliable operation.

2. Variable data scanning

[Image] 2. Variable data scanning

To handle double sided variable data applications, a barcode is printed in the non-image area of every sheet. When the sheet is backed up, the barcode is read and the press downloads the right data for that sheet in the 1.3 seconds before printing.

3. Paper priming

[Image] 3. Paper priming

The primer unit applies an ultra-thin film Rapid Coagulation Primer onto the paper via an anilox roller mechanism. The reaction of the primer and the water-based ink produces incredibly sharp dots and vibrant images on standard B2 coated paper.

4. SAMBA™ inkjet heads

[Image] 4. SAMBA™ inkjet heads

The paper is fed onto the imaging cylinder where it is held by grippers and a vacuum, and four SAMBA™ print bars deposit the CMYK inks in a single pass. In the Jet Press 720S, the vacuum system has been further improved to enhance print consistency.

5. Sheet scanning

[Image] 5. Sheet scanning

Every sheet is scanned by the In-Line Sensor (ILS) with the system making any necessary alterations in real time. In the Jet Press 720S, this system is mounted just after printing to ensure any adjustments are applied to the next printed sheet.

6. Infra-red paper drying

[Image] 6. Infra-red paper drying

The Jet Press 720S features a new ink drying system, comprising infra-red lamps and Hot Air Knife (HAK) arranged across the B2 sheet width.

7. Paper cooling

[Image] 7. Paper cooling

Before the sheets leave the press, they pass under another bank of fans designed to optimise the sheet temperature and ink drying performance.

8. Sheet stacking

[Image] 8. Sheet stacking

The final printed sheet emerges in the delivery area in the same way as a traditional offset press.

Specifications

Printing
Printing-head FUJIFILM Dimatix SAMBA™ print bars (x4)
Colors 4 color, CMYK printing
Resolution 1200 × 1200 dpi, 4 level greyscale
Productivity Up to 2700 B2 sheets per hour (static and variable jobs)
Workflow XMF v5.5 or later or a third party workflow with XMF Processor
Varable data capability Yes, thanks to barcode system and high capacity data transfer
Substrate
Sheet size 545 × 394mm to 750 × 532mm
Printable area
Non printable area is:
13mm from gripper edge side
2mm from tail edge side
2mm from side edges
Thickness 0.105mm – 0.34mm (thickness), 127g – 300g
Type Coated paper (matt, silk or gloss) and specified uncoated
Physical
Dimensions

8019mm (w) × 2653mm (d) × 2050mm (h)*

  • * The height when cover is open is 2293mm
Space requirements 12m × 5m × 3m including transformer and workflow RIP
Required weight bearing load More than 2.2 tonnes/square meter
Power requirements Jet Press 720S: 3-phase 400 VAC 55KW (transformer is part of machine package)
Operating environment 20 – 28°C, 40 – 60% RH