Color Consistency, Uptime of Fujifilm J Press 720S Is Perfect Match for Walsworth
HANOVER PARK, Ill. — June 30, 2016 – Fujifilm North America, Graphic Systems Division recently installed the second-generation J Press 720S at Walsworth, a family-owned Marceline, Mo.-based publishing and print services provider.
Walsworth is among the 35 largest printing companies in the U.S., as well as a Top 10 book printer, with over 250,000 square feet of printing and binding facilities in Marceline. Additionally, Walsworth has many locations throughout the country, including the specialty book publisher Donning Company Publishers in Virginia Beach, Va., and The Ovid Bell Press in Fulton, Mo., which prints journals and magazines.
Having opened its doors in 1937, Walsworth now employs over 1,250 people worldwide, with more than 250 of its team boasting 20 or more years of service to the company, and at times, three generations have worked together simultaneously.
When the Walsworth team was looking at new digital capabilities to bolster its workload, the print quality on the J Press 720S stood out. "Quality covers sell our books," says Gary O’Toole, GM of the finishing plant in Marceline."The 720S delivers higher quality and better color consistency. It’s a perfect match for our business needs."
The J Press 720S is designed for print runs of just one or thousands, where traditional offset and other digital printing solutions fail to meet expectations. With a 29.5x 20.9˝ sheet and an output of 2,700 sph, the 720S has become the ideal solution for printers like Walsworth looking for a product that features the quality and robustness of an offset press, combined with the versatility to handle even the shortest of press runs.
Within the first 90 days of service, the Fujifilm J Press 720S had logged 1.7 million impressions, freeing up offset capacity and allowing the Walsworth production team to run more jobs per shift. Since day one of the Walsworth installation the consistency and color reproduction that J Press 720S generates has been — and continues to be — spot on.
"We couldn’t be happier with the color stability, and we have great success with the up-time on the J Press 720S, especially when compared to our other digital presses," says Steve Bergner, J Press 720S operator, Walsworth.
O’Toole adds, "Our relationship with Fujifilm is great. The service group is very consistent, always very responsive to our needs if we need them. And that’s important, because we offer services internationally — not just down the street.”
Such service has kept Walsworth as a longtime Fujifilm customer. As for the J Press 720S, the possibilities are endless.
Says Chad Tillery, Walsworth’s pressroom manager, "I’ve experienced a lot of digital printing, and hands-down Fujifilm’s J Press 720S is the best quality digital print device I’ve ever seen."
Fujifilm North America, a marketing subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings America consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries.
The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. The Industrial and Corporate New Business Development Division delivers new products derived from Fujifilm technologies. Fujifilm Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada.
FUJIFILM Holdings, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2015, the company had global revenues of $20.8 billion, at an exchange rate of 120 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship.