Emmerson upgrades Fujifilm press
Published: 19 September 2019 | No comments yet
The 750S has been installed at Emmerson's Kennilworth premises
Emmerson Press, the first company in the UK to invest in Fujifilm’s Jet Press 720S, has now replaced that model with the next generation Jet Press 750S.
The 750S prints at 3600sph, a third faster than the 2700sph the 720S can manage. It makes use of Samba printheads, prints at a resolution of 1200 x 1200dpi and boasts a maximum sheet size of 750 x 585mm. The press, which was installed at Emmerson’s Kenilworth premises earlier this month, prints in four colours (CMYK) and has variable data capacity.
Fujifilm has said that the main improvements the 750S has compared to its predecessors are a new printhead self-cleaning process called Overflow Cleaning, which carries out head cleaning at times when the press is between jobs, and a new Active Head Retraction system which lifts the print bars from the drum when a paper deformation is detected, reducing the likelihood of paper jams caused by damaged paper.
‘We’ve been delighted with the performance of the Jet Press 720S since our investment three years ago,’ explained director, Jamie Emmerson. ‘It’s boosted our reputation without doubt and it’s given us the ability to take on some high quality and high profile short run work that we simply wouldn’t have been able to consider otherwise – including a bespoke, large format book for Bernie Ecclestone based on his private collection of F1 cars. Since the investment, we’ve seen our digital turnover double, through a combination of acquiring new business and moving shorter run work from our litho presses.
‘During the August switch-over – when our 720S press was removed and the 750S installed – we found ourselves without a Jet Press for a few weeks for the first time in several years and had to migrate jobs onto other digital platforms or to our litho presses. We had a few of our regular customers get in touch to ask if we’d done anything differently as they didn’t think the quality was quite up to the standard they had become used to. That really drove home to us just how valuable the extra quality offered by the Jet Press has been to us.
‘With the Jet Press 750S now up and running, we can offer that same level of quality, but with more speed and using less power. It’s a win-win from our point of view – we can simultaneously increase the rate of our digital business growth and reduce our environmental footprint.’
At the same time as making this investment to secure the future of its digital business, Emmerson Press has also made an equally important investment in its offset printing process, signing up to Fujifilm’s Platesense programme.