Screen’s digital print strategy for labels, cartons, flexibles and corrugated

Screen strengthens lineup for digital package printing

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Screen's new water based digital inkjet solution for flexible packaging Photo Screen

On 20 May 2020, Kyoto-based Screen Graphic Solutions announced plans to target package printing as a strategic business area. It disclosed several products and developments that take forward its previous activities in the digital label printing market to all packaging segments. For flexible packaging, its new water-based PacJet FL830 inkjet printing system can handle full-scale production applications. The Screen PacJet is currently scheduled for release from around March 2021.

Screen's new water-based PacJet FL830 inkjet printing system can handle full-scale production applications Photo Screen
Screen’s new water-based PacJet FL830 inkjet printing system can handle full-scale production applications Photo Screen

Digital printing has been attracting attention as a new production method with the ability to meet emerging needs for sustainable packaging. In response to these requirements, Screen has been actively expanding its presence in integrated high-speed inkjet printing, image processing, and inspection technologies. These were initially developed for its Truepress Jet520 series of high-speed roll-fed inkjet presses that have already achieved a market footprint of more than 530 units sold in the commercial printing segment.


Screen recently launched its new Truepress Jet L350UV SAI series for the seal and label printing segment. The new Truepress Jet L350UV SAI systems deliver industry-leading print speeds and higher quality color reproduction thanks to their ability to output up to seven different inks simultaneously. The series is positioned as a new range within the company’s Truepress Jet L350UV series of UV inkjet label presses. More than 170 units of Truepess Jet L350UV series have shipped since the initial release in 2014.


In the folding carton segment, Screen is cooperating with UK company Inca Digital Printers, a member of its own corporate group, on the development of a single pass, water-based inkjet press. This system is being specially designed to support the transition to digital printing currently occurring in the monocarton segment.

Corrugated cartons

In the corrugated packaging segment, Screen has been working with German company BHS Corrugated since 2016 to develop a water-based inkjet printing solution capable of delivering high-speed throughput of 300 meters per minute at widths of up to 2.8 meters. The partners are creating the system in response to growing demand in the shelf-ready packaging and full-color corrugated board markets.

The company has also recently released the PlateRite FX1524N/FX1200N and FX870N for flexographic and letterpress printing, as new models for its market-leading thermal CtP series. Sales of the PlateRite FX1524N/FX1200N began in February, with the PlateRite FX870N following in April.

Screen’s expansion of its expertise has also involved the screening, color management, and process automation technologies it has created for its thermal CtP systems, which have held the number one share of the global market for more than 20 years. Combining these technologies allows the company to provide each segment of packaging printing with inkjet solutions of outstanding quality, productivity, reliability, automation, and application compatibility.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.


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