Screen Graphic Solutions has received a 2018 technology award from the Japanese Society of Printing Science and Technology.
The prize has gone to Screen’s flagship digital inkjet Truepress Jet520HD, the high-speed web press. Peter Scott, managing director for Screen GP Australasia, says, “This is a great recognition of Screen’s determination to bring high volume digital inkjet up to offset standards.”
“It comes six months after the 520HD and SC inks received the InterTech Technology Award presented by Printing Industries of America, at the Print 17 trade show in Chicago last September. The ability to print on offset coated stocks using inkjet brings down the barriers that have prevented quality offset printers from fully embracing digital. Paper costs have also reduced since standard offset stocks cost less than specially coated inkjet media, or pre-treating of offset papers.”
The Japanese Society of Printing Science and Technology presents the awards in February each year to recognise technologies that have made an outstanding contribution to the growth of the printing industry or to the development of applications for other fields. In making its selection, the Japanese Society of Printing Science and Technology considers criteria that include the level of innovation, progress, marketability and expandability shown by each technology.
The Truepress Jet520HD features 1200dpi high-resolution inkjet printheads. Screen GP says it effectively delivers the rich colour gamut, texture, detail, vibrancy and depth required for high-quality publishing and commercial printing, adding that the press enables the achievement of superior image quality approaching offset printing at industry leading speeds.
The specially developed SC inks enable the Truepress Jet520HD to print directly onto offset coated paper without any pre-treatment or primer processing. The company says this ability preserves the texture of surfaces while cutting lead times and costs and adds that, thanks to these innovations, both products have been rapidly adopted by companies around the world for use in the publishing, commercial printing and direct mail markets.
Screen has previously won three Japanese Society of Printing Science and Technology awards; for its TaigaSPACE integrated prepress system, the PlateRite 8000 and 8600 thermal CTP recorders and original Truepress Jet520 high-speed roll-fed inkjet press.
Tsuneo Baba, president of Screen Graphic Solutions, says, “Screen is delighted to have been honoured by the JSPST with one of its prestigious technology awards. Until recently, specialised inkjet paper was the only choice available when using inkjet presses. However, we listened to calls from the market to be able to print directly onto standard offset coated paper and subsequently developed our award winning Truepress Jet520HD and SC inks.
“Together these products deliver significantly improved cost efficiency and image quality that opens up a wide range of new applications in areas ranging from personalized direct mail to publishing and standard commercial printing. Our technical capabilities have allowed us to develop unrivalled propriety technologies and we are extremely grateful for this recognition of their advanced functionality and viability.
“We plan to continue our work to create new business models that closely target the needs of our customers. It is our hope that the next-generation technologies developed as part of these efforts will make a major contribution to the ongoing expansion of the global printing industry.”