Fujifilm has released an updated version of its B2 inkjet digital press as it targets the short-run packaging market.
The Jet Press 720S can now be configured to handle folding carton board. It now has the option of increasing the vacuum pressure around the drum, and has a redesigned vacuum jacket, which allows the press to accommodate a more diverse range of heavier carton boards commonly used in packaging applications.
Head of Fujifilm digital press solutions in EMEA Taro Aoki said: "The folding carton and package printing market is changing, with advances in print technologies creating opportunities for forward-thinking companies to take advantage of the trend towards more creative, personalised and shorter-run packaging.
“The Jet Press 720S, configured to take heavier-duty folding carton board, fits this trend perfectly, with its high quality and productivity perfect for these types of applications.
“The press is already proven in the market, with an increasing number of commercial printers taking advantage of its industry-leading performance. Now these benefits can be applied to folding carton print applications."
The Jet Press 720S features Fuji's Samba printheads, which the manufacturer said are based on “the industry's most advanced single-pass printhead technology”. Each B2-width print bar comprises 17 individually replaceable modular printheads, each with 2,048 nozzles, ensuring the 720S can achieve full 1,200dpi print resolution.
The print bar also has VersaDrop technology, allowing the size and shape of each ink drop to be precisely controlled and placed on the paper. According to the company: “This guarantees the highest digital print quality in the industry with unbeatable consistency, with no on-press tweaks necessary.”
It added that the replaceable modular printheads reduce the necessity for system downtime and minimise breaks in production, while a traditional sheet-fed paper feed mechanism provides high registration accuracy and reliable operation.
Aoki added: "Fujifilm's focus on the packaging market is growing, and the launch of this configuration of the Jet Press 720S will provide exciting opportunities for packaging printers to offer their customers something different."
The company has not revealed the cost of the new version of the Jet Press 720S or whether older machines can be retrofitted. The machine had a list price of £995,000 when PrintWeek reviewed it in January.