A digital inkjet press can improve job turnarounds, but can also result in less waste, lower costs, lower labour, and a simpler more sustainable production environment.
There are a number of significant environmental benefits with the Jet Press 720S including reduction in raw materials, hazardous pressroom consumables and paper waste, along with complete elimination of the plate production process; benefits that mean the Jet Press 720S has a lower carbon footprint than an equivalent offset production system.
Reduction in raw materials and paper waste
The advantage of digital print in terms of optimising the number of printed copies produced and minimising the overruns is a key benefit of the Jet Press 720S. In addition, the number of make readies is also considerably reduced. On some short-run jobs on older traditional sheet-fed presses, the number of make ready sheets can represent a significant percentage of the total run, up to 25% in some cases. With the Jet Press 720S the make ready time is virtually zero.
Elimination of plate production, water and alcohol
Jet Press 720S is a digital press therefore eliminates plate production. No plates, platesetters, processors or associated chemistry, water and waste. Each part of a plate production system have significant carbon footprints in terms of their design, manufacture, transport, use and eventual disposal.
Reduction of hazardous pressroom consumables
The Jet Press 720S removes the need for a number of pressroom consumables used on a typical offset press – founts, sprays and potentially harmful VOC washes – and significantly reduces water requirement. Jet Press requires only two consumables in addition to the water-based ink: a wash for the inkjet printheads and the Rapid Coagulation Primer solution applied to the paper prior to printing.
Lower carbon footprint than a typical offset press
Fujifilm carries out a life cycle carbon footprint analysis for all manufactured products, a process which takes into account design, manufacture, transport, use and eventual disposal. As a result Fujifilm estimates that the carbon footprint of the Jet Press 720S compared to an equivalent B2 sheet-fed press (internal estimate) is approximately 25% less.
Sheets can be easily recycled
Results of trials carried out by the International Association of the Deinking Industry (INGEDE) on sheets printed by the Jet Press 720S indicate levels of deinking on a par with offset inks, with 98 out of a possible 100 points, results which represent a milestone in the ability to remove the ink from an inkjet sheet.