Toss in the usual demands of price, quick turnaround and quality, and the J Press 720 envisions itself as providing the best of all worlds. Fujifilm's executives noted that while the company took its time in coming to market, it will have been worth the wait.
The 720 marries the front end of an offset press to an inkjet engine. Operating at a static 2,700 sheets/hr. at 1,200 dpi resolution, it can print substrates ranging from 70-lb. text to 14-pt. coated and uncoated stocks, with a maximum paper size of 29.5x20.8˝. Its Samba print bar technology incorporates 17 bars, each with 2,048 nozzles per head. The single-pass system also features six halogen drying lamps that permit immediate reverse-side printing and finishing.
It's a sheetfed press without the time (and money) consuming platemaking/makeready processes, while reaping the benefits (read: profits) of a digital press on run lengths of less than 3,000. The J Press 720 is reportedly 25 to 30 percent more cost-effective in the sweet spot run length of 500.
"On a square inch basis, the J Press is two to three times faster than the other fastest digital machines currently available," Gilson notes. "The J Press is the closest to offset quality in the marketplace."
The 720 boasts variable data capability, meshes well with Web-to-print applications, eliminates the traditional offset chemicals (plate production, alcohol, etc.), and reduces raw material and paper waste, with a 25 percent lower carbon footprint.
According to Steve Sanker, director of inkjet presses for Fujifilm's Graphic Systems division, a number of orders have been placed for the 720 (he wouldn't divulge exact figures) led by the inaugural order placed by Gilson. PI