Screen develops Truepress Jet520NX Inkjet Press with new printhead

Screen Truepress Jet520NX.
Screen Truepress Jet520NX.

Japan-based Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions (Screen GP) has finalized development of its Truepress Jet520NX high-speed, roll-fed inkjet press. The new model incorporates many of the advanced image processing and inkjet technologies accumulated by Screen over its many years in the printing industry. The OEM added that in recent years, there’s been an increasing demand for diversified, small-volume printing capabilities that closely target the varied attributes of individual consumers. This has been accompanied by a similarly rapid rise in the requirements for direct mail, transactional and other types of roll-fed printing. “The global market for roll-fed printing is showing consistent annual growth and it’s estimated that by 2020 it will have grown by 40% compared to 2010,” said Screen. (For example, in 2010 according to Smithers Pira, printed materials with roll-fed paper valued at approximately 123 million dollars were delivered. This total is expected to increase to about 170 million dollars by 2020.) As a result, printing companies have been working to improve quality and productivity and create unique new value-added services. This has, in turn, given rise to increasing requirements and expectations for highly expandable printing equipment that can meet these needs.

Screen GP’s new Truepress Jet520NX includes many of the proven features of its successful Truepress Jet520 high-speed roll-fed inkjet press, which has already manufactured and shipped a combined total of more than 1,000 units. The Truepress Jet520NX is equipped with a newly developed 5-inch printhead module and supports a maximum resolution of 600 by 1,200 dpi plus advanced ink volume control. These features deliver significantly enhanced colour reproduction compared to the existing model, according to Screen. In addition to the standard printheads for four ink colours, the Truepress Jet520NX can be fitted with an extra printhead for a fifth colour that enables the use of MICR black ink, invisible UV fluorescent ink and other special inks. These combined technologies support the creation of product manuals, direct mail and invoices based on customer databases, as well as printing that incorporates various effects intended to prevent counterfeiting.

Also noteworthy is that the OEM has specifically designed the Truepress Jet520NX to facilitate the smooth replacement of its existing Truepress Jet520. It expects the new system to become “a key element in printing companies’ ongoing efforts to realize the potential of new printed products and solutions.” Since Screen GP originally launched the Truepress Jet520 series in 2006, its reliable print quality and outstanding speed have helped it to build an impressive reputation throughout the printing industry. This launch of the Truepress Jet520NX in 2017 is intended to further improve on these achievements, said the company.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.