29 June 2012
Screen spotlights release of its B2 inkjet press at open house
ROLLING MEADOWS, IL—Screen held an open house at its North American headquarters this week for customers and members of the media. More than 60 industry editors and analysts came to hear about highlights about Screen’s Drupa releases, the commercialization of the Truepress SX, a B2 inkjet sheetfed press, and to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Screen USA.


The Truepress 520ZZ for the high-volume market

B2, or four-up presses were one of the highlights of Drupa. Screen first showed its entry into this market in 2008 as a simplex system. By 2012, with an upgrade to duplex mode, the press became fully commercialized. The open house was its coming out party.

The press runs at 1,400 x 1,400 dpi, producing 1,620 sheets in simplex and 820 in duplex mode—not the fastest machine on the market, though it draw some kudos from observers for its quality. It runs specialized aqueous inks on any stock, without pre-coating, though an aqueous overcoat is laid over the image upon printing.

 
The B2 Truepress SX is ready for order-taking

Other key equipment on show was the one-year-old Truepress 520 ZZ, a 20.5” inkjet web press that operates at 720 feet per minute; a new version of the Equios workflow system, and the Truepress Jet 2500 UV, a wide-format printer.

But the company also provided some insight into where it plans to focus going forward and how it sees the market developing. President Michael Fox said that while CTP will remain a robust part of Screen’s business for likely another 10 years, the company sees three areas of growth going forward.

The first is the direct mail and transactional printing using its high-volume inkjet offerings. The second is packaging, particularly in countries like China, and Central and North America where the demographics align for it. Expect to see Screen high-speed UV printers for this sector next year. The third, based on its purchase of Inca Digital, will be inkjet applications that replace screen printing and move into more specialized areas such as textile and other materials.

One area the company plans to avoid is book or magazine printing. It doesn’t see long-term opportunities in a market that Fox said is being replaced by electronic means of distribution.

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