Screen Truepress Jet520HD is the world’s first inkjet printer using specially developed SC inks to print on litho paper
As part of its continual pursuit for highly automated, seamless book production, PrintOnDemand-Worldwide (PODWW) has gone live with a Screen Truepress Jet520HD press. Used in conjunction with Screen’s unique SC inks, the HD press provides the consistent quality and flexible production PrintOnDemand-Worldwide requires to serve the trade, academic, STMs, journals, photo-book, training and self-publishing sectors.
“PrintOnDemand-Worldwide focuses on a ‘book of one’ approach. Shareholders want to hold content, not stock. Customers want books on-demand, they don’t want to wait,” explains PODWW Owner and Managing Director Andy Cork, “The ‘book of one’ is about producing books as they’re needed, instead of having warehouses full of stock which may or may not be bought, whilst incurring cost and tying up much needed cash.
“The Screen Truepress Jet520HD press contributes to that vision with its consistent high quality and outstanding productivity. Screen is the industry’s biggest secret! Whether it’s a litho first-print or a POD reprint, there’s minimal difference in quality. The speed and the impressive uptime of the press means we can produce in excess of 4000 books in a shift, even with our average run-length of 1.75 books, with a focus to deliver them same-day/next day depending on the product line.”
The Screen Truepress Jet520HD is a high-definition inkjet web press with precision droplet size control and a true print resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, achieving the colours, textures, details and solid ink areas expected for high-end publication work. Running at speeds up to 150 meters per minute, the press is highly productive, requiring negligible downtime for maintenance.
Cork adds, “The Screen press is very user friendly. My rule of thumb when it comes to purchasing new technology is that if my grandma can’t operate it, I don’t buy it.”
With installation starting in January, it took just three weeks to install the Screen Truepress Jet520HD and have it up and running. According to Cork it was the SC inks and consistent quality without constantly cleaning heads that led to the investment: “As we drive our manufacturing facility towards being world class using Industry 4.0 methods, the Trust software built into the Screen device truly supports our technological vision of ‘connect, analyse and optimise’ particularly in the area of predictive maintenance – a must with such demanding SLAs.”
“The HD press combined with the SC inks was the turning point in getting PODWW to shift from a toner-first to an inkjet-first company. The ability to print directly onto offset coated paper, without the need for pre-treatment or expensive bonding agents means we can meet our customer’s quality expectations whilst making a margin.”
The 150 metre-per-minute (equivalent to over 10,000 B2 Duplex sheets per hour) Screen Truepress Jet520HD is equipped with Screen SC inks to maximise the already exceptional quality of the press. SC inks are compatible with a wide range of paper stocks including standard offset coated papers, without the need for pre-treatment.
Bui Burke, Senior Vice President Sales at Screen Europe, comments, “PrintOnDemand-Worldwide is forging a new path when it comes to streamlined book production. We know Screen technology and workflow can support that vision, so we’re delighted to see where they’ll take it.”