Screen Updates Press and Customers on its Digital Strategy

Ron Gilboa
Oct 25, 2013

Screen USA hosted a two-day open house in its facilities in Rolling Meadows, IL. (Near Chicago) this past week and provided an update on three key digital printing products: the Truepress JetSX, the Truepress Jet L350UV, and the Truepress Jet3200UV.

The Truepress JetSX

After the initial technology demonstration at drupa 2008 the Screen Truepress JetSX sheet fed inkjet press has been commercially available since January 2013. The system is one of several B2-format digital printing systems that entered the market over the past few years.

The Truepress JetSX sheet fed is a duplex inkjet printer with up to 1,620 simplex sheets per hour (or 108 U.S. letter-size images per minute) with a printing resolution of 1440 by 1440 dpi using multi-channel print heads with 2 picoliter drop size and 4 gray levels. The printer has a sheet size of up to 20.8” x 29.1” and supports media thickness from 3.2 mil to 23.6 mil (24-point) in the simplex mode and 16-point in duplex. This paper handling capability makes this printer suitable for folding carton application. A unique feature of this printer is the application via inkjet of a post-print coating. The post-coating channel is integrated with the yellow print head bar. The small drops, optimization of the amount of ink needed for accurate image reproduction, as well as post-print coating enables this system to print on a wide range of common substrates.

Screen Truepress JetSX — Press Controls allow operator to manage all aspects of print output

This system is capable of producing a wide range of applications such as photo book, publication work, posters, calendars, folders and book covers. However its ability to handle thicker media such as pre-scored folding carton stock enables print providers to offer folding carton applications with relative ease without the need to invest in in-house die cutting solutions.

When it comes to cost, Screen said that the Truepress Jet SX’s cross-over point with a conventional 40” press is about 9,800 letter images (2,450 simplex 4-up sheets) at a monthly print volume of 800,000 to

1 million Letter/A4 Images. Though the throughput of the Jet SX is about the same as existing digital products, its ability to handle B2 format combined with its thick stock support does open up a range of digital print applications, including folding cartons.

Truepress Jet L350UV

Competing with products from EFI Jetrion, Epson, and others, Screen’s Truepress Jet L350UV was shown as a technology demonstration at drupa 2012 and is now commercially available. The Truepress Jet L350UV prints at speeds up to 164 feet per minute (or 173.2 square feet of printed labels per minute), and has a 13.7” web width. The product’s12.7” image width is achieved using three 108 mm Kyocera based print head with 600 by 600 dpi and 4 addressable levels of gray (3, 6, or 13 picoliters) and four gray levels. The Truepress Jet L350UV uses CMYK Screen proprietary extended gamut inks. Optional opaque white will be available in 2014 and will enable the system to print on transparent films. The system can be coupled in the future with inline label finishing for lamination, die-cutting, foiling, coating and embossing. The Truepress Jet L350UV can output the special codes required for Advanced Track & Trace’s SEAL VECTOR digitized marking-and-tracking method and support the dot codes used in counterfeiting prevention and distribution management systems.

Screen Truepress Jet-L350UV — Automatic print head cleaning in 15 minutes

According to Screen, when compared with conventional 13” wide flexographic four color label press, the range where the Truepress Jet L350UV could yield most profitability for its users is upwards of 50,000 linear feet and depending on job specifics could be as much as half the cost of the conventional system.

Truepress Jet3200UV

Launched at FESPA 2013, the Truepress Jet W3200UV is the company’s newest available wide-format printer for rigid materials. The system is strategically aimed at filling a gap between the entry level smaller wide format printers and grand format units. Using UV curable ink this system is capable of printing on substrates such as metal, vinyl, plexiglas, as well as corrugated and plain board papers. The Truepress Jet3200UV can print 904 square feet output per hour (452 square feet in high quality mode) and is using Fuji Dimatix print heads with a 14 picoliter drop size that can deliver 600 dpi resolution, with an apparent resolution of 1,000 dpi due to the variable drop size. Truepress Jet W3200UV printing a variety of display graphics using the process colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), and optional light cyan, light magenta, and opaque white. With a flat-bed size of 62.9” x 125.9” the system can print on media, held in place by vacuum, up to 1.9 inches in thickness. An automated cleaning station helps maintain the print heads without operator intervention while nozzle mapping allows the system to continue production even when nozzles become blocked or misaligned.

Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV — Printing on backlit display media

In Conclusion

Screen USA, similar to other vendors in the industry, has streamlined its strategy and is focusing on digital printing. The company’s focus now is on expanding into industry segments where digital printing delivers value, automation, high quality and productivity. InfoTrends’ research with brand owners confirms that cost effective, short-run production, of customized products is becoming a reality. Screen USA’s expanded portfolio will help it capitalize on these opportunities and turn them into a commercial success.


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