With Japan’s IGAS trade fair set to open on July 26th, Screen is taking a very digital theme with ‘Digital Everywhere,’ to be held at Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake, Tokyo.
Working examples illustrating the possibilities available with a digital printing business will be presented. This will include many items not possible with standard offset or flexo/gravure label printing, including mixed and small lot on-demand books, variable direct mail, security tickets, food packaging labels and shrink-wrap labels for beverages.
At the core of Screen’s stand is the EQUIOS workflow solution platform, which drives its range of Truepress Jet digital presses and can also interface with offset CtP for longer runs and mixed offset/digital production.
The main product highlights are:
Truepress Jet520HD + SC Inks
The star of the show will be Screen’s Truepress Jet520HD high-speed inkjet press, running SC wide-gamut inks that enable digital printing onto standard offset coated stocks.
The excellence of the 520HD + SC ink combination led to them receiving twin prizes in the US and Japan: a 2017 InterTech Technology Award from Printing Industries of America (PIA) and a 2018 technology award from the Japanese Society of Printing Science and Technology (JSPST).
Newly improved drying functions have further increased print speeds to 75 meters per minute even on offset coated papers. Attendees will have the opportunity to see a production solution built around EQUIOS that is linked from its front end, through to digital print and on to a cut and stack system provided by postprocessing experts Tecnau. Also demonstrated as a pilot on the 520HD, will be six-colour wide-gamut digital printing using SC inks.
The high-speed (150 metres per minute) Truepress Jet520NX supports a wide variety of applications including the creation of direct mail, transactional print, books on-demand, cheques, lottery tickets and educational study guides tailored to individual learning levels. The system will be used in a demonstration that includes the installation of an extra ink printhead (provisional exhibit) compatible with functional inks such as MICR and ‘invisible’ to show the Truepress Jet520NX’s high value- added capabilities.
Essentially a CMYK full-colour variable content printer, the CMY printheads can be ‘parked’ when printing mono only, which saves ink. Print resolution is up to 600 x 1200dpi.
EQUIOS and EQUIOS Online
EQUIOS powerful workflow will be on display at the SCREEN stand. This solution platform forms the core of the digital inkjet presses exhibited by SCREEN at IGAS as well as the printing solutions enabled by the latest CtP technologies. EQUIOS promotes process automation from data submission right through to postprocessing and also links to production presses to create hybrid workflows that allow it to integrate seamlessly into production lines.
The exhibit will also include the debut of EQUIOS Online Version 5, the latest edition of the platform’s Web portal system. The package includes new user authorization
functions that have been upgraded to accommodate the major changes made to the interface in the previous version, as well as improved plate inspection functions.
Truepress Jet L350UV+LM and Cartes GE361L die-cutter
The Truepress Jet L350UV+LM will make its Asia-Pacific regional debut at IGAS 2018. The high-end digital label press enables a significantly expanded range of applications including food packaging labels and shrink-wrap labels for beverages. It is also compatible with SCREEN’s low migration inks featuring reduced odour and is equipped with a nitrogen purge mechanism that accelerates UV curing.
A laser die cutting machine from Cartes will also be on display as a postprocessing solution. Technologies newly developed by Cartes are highly effective for overcoming the issue of white edges generated during die cutting. The system’s capabilities will be introduced in a demonstration of high-speed cutting using variable data.
Local Screen GP Managing Director Peter Scott says: “We look forward to warmly welcoming all IGAS visitors from Australia and New Zealand. Although the theme is ‘Digital Everywhere,’ Screen will also show latest developments in CtP and other products not yet available in our market. The venue is stunning and of course Tokyo night life after work is legendary. It’s well worth the visit.”
Screen GP Australia