Emmerson Press has taken on a Fujifilm Jet Press 750S to replace its 720S B2 inkjet and significantly up its digital firepower.
Its predecessor was the first Jet Press 720S to be installed in the UK back in 2016 and it was removed from the Kenilworth, Warwickshire operation’s premises at the end of August. The new 750S B2 digital inkjet press was fully installed in its place by 2 September.
The new arrival was an unplanned purchase for Emmerson Press, with its team going out to Fujifilm’s base in Belgium to view the 750S out of curiosity.
“We had in the back of our minds that it might be time to consider replacing the 720S,” said operations director Jamie Emmerson. “But we went to see the new system purely out of interest, and we were convinced straight away.
“It is 33% faster than the 720S and we were impressed by the engineering and particularly its drying technology and the productive way sheets pass through the press.
“Our deal on the first Jet Press was our first time working with Fujifilm and we found the service to be very good, coming through on exactly what they tell you.”
A four-colour machine, the Fujifilm Jet Press 750S prints up to 3,600sph B2 (compared with 2,700sph on the 720S) and uses Samba printheads to offer a maximum resolution of 1,200dpi.
It operates a completely new drying system, in which a printed sheet is passed onto a transfer belt heated via rollers, with a vacuum applied as the sheet passes through the drying section to keep it dimensionally stable. Drying is carried out via a combination of the heated belt and hot air applied from above.
Emmerson Press will be using the system primarily for short-run, high-quality work, focusing on clients in the property, education and automotive sectors.
Also recently installed was a Duplo DBM-600 bookletmaker in May, which brings digital bindery capabilities onsite for the first time to free up a persistent bottleneck in Emmerson’s workflow.
With a roster of 25 staff, Emmerson Press runs a five-colour B2 Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 and a Speedmaster CD 74 in tandem, as well as a small Heidelberg Linoprint C751 digital system and a varied clutch of finishing kit on its 1,860sqm site. Its turnover is £3.5m.