Printer Adds First Screen Truepress JetSX Sheetfed Inkjet Press in North America

From the back row (left to right): Mark Oosting, Tim Karel, Paul Kelly and Merlin Buhl make up the ownership group at Foremost Communications in Grand Rapids, MI. Front row (left to right): Brian VanderHooning, COO; Kyle Keitzman, lead digital specialist; Greg Gibson, digital specialist; and Jim Fongers, digital specialist.

“We had three main criteria: being able to handle up to 24-point board, accommodate 100-percent variable data documents and print both sides of the substrate without having to manually flip the load,” the ownership group said. “We felt the competing equipment could not fulfill all three criteria. We are privileged to partner with Screen and have the first Truepress JetSX installed in the United States.”

The Truepress JetSX employs water-based pigment inks. It features a minimum droplet size of 2 picoliters and can output at 1,440×1,440 dpi with a maximum sheet size of 20.8×29.1˝. It prints on coated and uncoated cut sheets, including any gloss or matte standard stock, with no need for a precoating stage. A postcoat unit applies a spot coat to protect image areas. An infrared drying unit dries the sheets before delivery, allowing sheets to go immediately to postpress.

In production since February 2013, the Truepress JetSX is taking over short-run color work previously printed on Foremost Communications’ half-size Komori press.

“Static document runs up to 3,000 sheets of full-size paper are cost-effective on this new digital press, depending upon the piece,” noted Brian VanderHooning, chief operating officer. “The cost savings in plating and makeready tasks increase our profitability.”

Also, Foremost Communications has migrated a portion of its toner volume to the Truepress JetSX to capitalize on the larger sheet size.

“The Truepress JetSX allows us more capabilities to print longer runs of variable data booklets, postcards, brochures and mailers,” VanderHooning added. “It produces better yields and higher profit margins.”

One game-changing feature of the press is its ability to print on prescored and creased paper package materials, coated board and cardboard up to 24-point. Short-run and personalized folding cartons can be produced efficiently and competitively without the requirement to source a die and then set up cutting and creasing in a separate stage. A traceability function utilizing serial numbers or control barcodes offers a variety of added-value applications.

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