Fujifilm has teamed up with Hybrid Software to develop “industry-first” Smart Digital Front End workflow for its upcoming digital inkjet water-based Jet Press FP790 flexible packaging solution.

The new Smart DFE for Fujifilm’s FP790 press is the “first of its kind” to be developed by a software company for use in the packaging market and is a result of a close partnership between Fujifilm’s research and development team and Hybrid’s specialist software developers, forged during the early stages of the Jet Press FP790’s creation.

The web-based, open architecture production workflow is said to offer fully automated prepress functionality to ensure accelerated turnaround times, maximum productivity and reduced operating costs. 

Moreover, Fujifilm said its modular configuration will allow greater workflow expansion and upstream customisation to cater for specific user requirements.

Manual Schrutt, head of packaging at Fujifilm Graphic Systems EMEA, said: “Hybrid Software holds an enviable reputation in the packaging sector for delivering world-class, innovative workflow solutions. 

“Working with Hybrid’s R&D team, and its highly skilled software developers and drawing on their extensive knowledge of workflow solutions for the packaging sector, has enabled us to develop a very fast, robust and uniquely smart DFE infrastructure for our new Jet Press FP790 press. 

“This will deliver maximum production efficiencies and the highest quality output required to meet the ever-growing demands of the flexible packaging market, now and into the future.”

Mike Agness, executive vice president for Americas at Hybrid Software, added: “It has been extremely rewarding to combine the USPs of our two companies and their complimentary offerings to help Fujifilm bring such an exciting new print solution to market. 

“The combination of our extensive knowledge and understanding of RIP-to-print production workflows for the packaging sector and Fujifilm’s expertise in colour management and print production has been a perfect match in the development of the innovative technologies that lie at the heart of the new Jet Press FP790.”

Developed to deliver the highest quality output for a wide range of flexible packaging applications while adhering to the sector’s regulatory requirements, the Jet Press FP790 features an environmentally friendly design incorporating water-based inkjet print technologies. 

According to Fujifilm, the press can reproduce more than 90 per cent of the Pantone colour gamut, offers two dedicated white inkjet channels for high white opacity print and delivers high-quality 1,200 x 1,200 DPI image reproduction.

Fujifilm will showcase its new Jet Press FP790 for the first time at Interpack 2023 in Germany and will be supported on its stand by representatives from the Hybrid Software team.

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