February 19, 2019
The broad and growing popularity of SCREEN Truepress Jet520HD high-definition inkjet web presses around the world was marked by the company’s announcement today that its flagship device has achieved a significant 100-unit benchmark.
“When we introduced the 520HD press, the market was surprised by its offset-like image quality,” Ken Ingram, president, SCREEN Americas stated. “That was the first time high speed inkjet demonstrated the capability for effectively printing jobs that previously were the domain of only toner or offset. With SCREEN’s achievement of its 100th Truepress Jet520HD shipped, we have reached a key measure of its market potential which should only grow thanks to our dedicated, ongoing product development.”
Truepress Jet520HD press users can maximize the exceptional quality already available on each press by using SCREEN’s exclusive SC wide gamut inks, enabling it to print on a wide range of paper stocks including standard offset coated stocks, without the need for pre-treatment. Geoff Eisenberg, executive vice president, Tidewater Direct near Baltimore, MD, is a believer. “The Truepress 520 HD and SC ink technology allows us to print on commodity stocks we already use, bypassing the need for pretreated inkjet stocks. That’s a tremendous advantage in paper savings, making it cost effective for us.”
Another differentiating advantage of the Truepress Jet520HD is its advanced printhead technology. The press is able to place 2-picoliter droplets -- the world’s smallest -- with the utmost precision. Combined with the maximum true resolution of 1,200 dpi, the Truepress Jet520HD clearly images detail smaller than 0.10 of a point. The result is a sharp, eye-catching finish with no ink spread. “You need the SCREEN 520HD’s efficiencies to be competitive and meet the challenges of today's market”, exclaimed Kathy Pescetti, owner of Admail West in Sacramento, a full-service marketing firm.
"Print quality and substrate versatility were key elements in our decision to purchase the Truepress Jet520HD," IWCO Direct’s CEO, Jim Andersen, said. IWCO Direct is a data-driven marketing services company with seven production sites in four locations across the United States.
SCREEN’s Ingram acknowledges IWCO Direct’s purchase of SCREEN’s flagship inkjet press is testimony to how its technology meets the needs of high-end providers of direct mail and points out that many 520HD owners employ multiple presses as work is transitioned from offset and toner production workflows.
Epsilon illustrates the point. The interactive information management giant’s St. Louis area production facility installed the first 520HD in the US and now boasts three of the versatile inkjet solutions. Nate Milliken, Managing Director explained, “The Screen 520HD allows us to take a 1.2 million piece self-mailer program, which starts printing on Thursday, and we can actually mail it on Monday. It’s absolutely amazing compared to the turnaround time of our previous digital toner platforms, which previously would have taken 7-10 days to complete.”
Adding to the excitement and potential the Truepress Jet 520 HD is generating is the recently announced SCREEN NIR Dryer technology that works in conjunction with both the Truepress Jet520HD+ and the SC inks. The NIR Dryer features newly enhanced drying functions, improving drying performance for both lightweight and heavier weight coated offset stocks. Print service providers are able to access an extended range of applications while offering more productivity for difficult-to-dry substrates with increased print speeds on offset coated stocks.
The Truepress Jet520HD+ with SC inks will be showcased at Hunkeler Innovation Days 2019 in Lucerne, Switzerland, from February 25-28. Originally launched there in 2017 to wide acclaim, SCREEN’s leading edge production inkjet technology was honored shortly after with an InterTech™ Technology Award presented by Printing Industries of America, the US’s largest graphic arts trade association.
A traditional offset printer with a primary focus on folding cartons, Pacer Print and Packaging of Chatsworth, California, shifted 80 percent of its label business in-house with the new inkjet press.
FastCap, LLC, a lean manufacturer of unique household products located in Ferndale, Washington, installed the press in June 2020 and has since increased its productivity by 500 percent.