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.
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.
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.