Production Inkjet

There have been many developments in the different market sectors for inkjet, including wide format, super-wide format, industrial printing, labels, and packaging. This web page will focus on the production inkjet segment, for which the market place is becoming increasingly competitive and the many different print engines are available (or are too launched) that serve different market segments. These devices are those that will print medium to high volume jobs, primarily from rolls, though there are an increasing number of solutions that will print cut sheets. The print quality obtained from the different solutions depends on the actual application, though there is a consistent improvement in the quality, with near offset becoming a possibility. Learn more about production inkjet by listening to our 2013 free member only webinar. Please note, many products have been introduced / updated since this time and there will be an updated webinar later in 2012.

The different companies in the marketplace today that offer many production inkjet solutions and these are targeted at different marketplaces. The print engines are now getting to speeds that are comparable to speeds obtained from lithographic printing. Some of the solutions available are listed here (please note this is not a complete list).

Production inkjet products

Please find below a listing of the different production inkjet products and a selection of their specifications. This data has been collected from the vendors.

  • Canon ColorStream Series (3200, 3500, 3700, 10000), piezoelectric drop-on-demand water-based inks, transactional, books and direct mail solutions. This has MICR and security ink upgrades available.
  • Canon JetStream Series (500, 750, 1000, 1100, 1500, 2200, 2800, 3300), piezoelectric drop-on-demand water-based inks, transactional, books and direct mail solutions. This has MICR and security ink upgrades available.
  • Delphax elan™ Series using Memjet head technology, demonstrated at drupa and will be released in 2013.
  • FUJIFILM J Press 720 inkjet press with printhead technology developed by FUJIFILM Dimatix. Also announced at drupa was the introduction of a new half size sheetfed packaging press.
  • HP T410, T400, T360, T350, T300, T230, T200 high speed web press, utilizing thermal drop generation and utilizing a scalable architecture. This has MICR and security ink upgrades available.
  • KBA RotaJET 76, piezo inkjet technology with variable droplet size using water-based inks
  • Kodak Prosper Series (1000 Press and 5000XL Press), using the stream inkjet head technology producing a continual inkjet stream. These heads can be mounted on web presses and in-line finishing equipment. The KODAK PROSPER S10 Imprinting System received an InterTech™ Technology Award from Printing Industries of America.
  • Kodak Versamark Series (VL2000/VL2200, VL4000/VL4200, VL6000,VL6200), used for many high-volume variable solutions, used in forms replacement, transactional and direct mail. This has MICR and security ink upgrades available.
  • Komori Impremia IS29 sheetfed B2 inkjet press using piezoelectric heads for commercial printing with UV ink in collboration with Konica Minolta. Demonstrated at drupa 2012.
  • Konica Minolta KM-1, sheetfed B2-format machine using Konica Minolta piezoelectric heads printing UV ink in collaboration with Komori. Demonstrated at drupa 2012.
  • Landa Nanographic Printing Presses (S5, S7, S10, W5, W10, W50), using of the nano inks, inkjet heads that image a heated blanket, which is offset onto the substrate. Both web and sheetfed presses are available. Partnerships have been announced with Komori, Heidelberg, and manroland sheetfed. Demonstrated at drupa 2012, available late 2013.
  • Ricoh InfoPrint 5000 General, Multi-Purpose, and Volume, piezoelectric drop-on-demand used extensively in direct mail, transactional, and by service bureaus. The General Production and Multi-Purpose platforms have MICR and security ink upgrades available.
  • RISO ComColor series, whose engines are developed to print on cut sheets, with applications in medium-volume production.
  • Screen Truepress Jet L350UV, 520, 520EX-Color, 520EX-Monochrome, 520ZZ, piezoelectric drop-on-demand water-based inks with modular designs for magazines, newspapers, books, and transactional products.
  • Timsons T-Print, piezoelectric drop-on-demand using Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology for book production
  • TKS JETLEADER 1500 digital ink jet press, piezoelectric drop-on-demand water based inks focusing on newspaper applications, also designed for other commercial products
  • Xerox CiPress™ 325 and 500 Production Inkjet System, piezo electric heads to create the printed image using resin based inks
  • Xerox Impika iPrint and iPress (2400, 600) answer the market's need for complete printing solutions combining the flexibility of digital printing (variable data, short and medium size runs...) with the performances of inkjet : speed, quality, productivity and cost efficiency.

With respect to the press speed this is the maximum rated speed of the device. After evaluating this information, there are a number of questions that should be asked with respect to machine utilization (which is the more important factor) and how this is calculated to provide true comparison between the different devices. What has been included into the estimate of available time? The base line for this calculation can vary significantly between vendors. In addition, the final speed of production can be significantly affected by the performance of the software and hardware providing the data to be printed.

The resolution of the devices is an area of debate with different resolutions between the vendors being quoted. There are two main areas to be aware of when evaluating the resolution, firstly the addressable locations on the print (this will also be affected by the press speed) and secondly the ability to alter the droplet size. Both of these factors need to be combined when evaluating the final print quality.

Press

Print heads

Roll or sheet

 Max Web / Sheet Imaging Width

Max Speed

Target marketplace includes

Oce ColorStream 3200

Piezoelectric

Roll

17"

157 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, MICR jobs, books & manuals

Canon ColorStream 3500

Piezoelectric

Roll

21.25"

246 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, MICR jobs, books & manuals

Canon ColorStream 3700

Piezoelectric

Roll

21.25"

328 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, MICR jobs, books & manuals

Canon ColorStream 3900

Piezoelectric

Roll

21.25"

417 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, MICR jobs, books & manuals

Canon ColorStream 10000

Piezoelectric

Roll

19"

347.24 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, books & manuals

Canon JetStream 500

Piezoelectric

Roll

20.3"

246 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, MICR jobs, newspaper printing

Canon JetStream 750

Piezoelectric

Roll

9.4"

328 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, MICR jobs, newspaper printing

Canon JetStream 1000

Piezoelectric

Roll

20.3"

246 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, MICR jobs, newspaper printing

Canon JetStream 1100

Piezoelectric

Roll

9.4"

492 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, MICR jobs, newspaper printing

Canon JetStream 1500

Piezoelectric

Roll

20.4"

328 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, MICR jobs, newspaper printing

Canon JetStream 2200

Piezoelectric

Roll

20.4"

492 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, MICR jobs, newspaper printing

Canon JetStream 2800

Piezoelectric

Roll

29.5"

427 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, MICR jobs, newspaper printing

Canon JetStream 3300

Piezoelectric

Roll

29.5"

492 ft/min

Direct mail, transaction printing, TransPromo, MICR jobs, newspaper printing

Delphax elan™ Series [1]

Inkjet Thermal/MEMS-based semiconductor technology

Sheet

 18" x 25.2"

500 A4 sheets per hour

Direct Mail, Transpromo, Transactional, Books & Manuals, Legal & Financial, Security

FUJIFILM J Press 720

Piezoelectric

Sheet

 29.5"

 2,700 20” x 29” sheets per hour

 Commercial short run

HP T200 Color Inkjet Web Press

Thermal

Roll

21.75"

400 ft/min Mono;
200 ft/min Full Color

Book publishing, direct mail, transactional printing and newspapers

HP T230 Color Inkjet Web Press

Thermal

Roll

21.75"

400 ft/min Color and Mono 

Book publishing, direct mail, transactional printing and newspapers

HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press

Thermal

Roll

29.1"

400 ft/min Full Color

Book publishing, direct mail, transactional printing and newspapers

HP T350 Color Inkjet Web Press

Thermal

Roll

29.1"

600 ft/min Full Color

Book publishing, direct mail, transactional printing and newspapers

HP T360 Color Inkjet Web Press

Thermal

Roll

29.1"

800 ft/min Mono;
600 ft/min Full Color

Book publishing, direct mail, transactional printing and newspapers

HP T400 Color Inkjet Web Press

Thermal

Roll

41.75"

600 ft/min

Book publishing, direct mail, transactional printing and newspapers

HP T410 Color Inkjet Web Press

Thermal

Roll

41.75"

800 ft/min Mono;
600 ft/min Full Color

Book publishing, direct mail, transactional printing and newspapers

KBA RotaJET 76

Piezoelectric

Roll to roll
Roll to sheet

30.74"

500 ft/min;
3,000 four-colour A4 pages/min

Commercial printing, books, direct mail, transactional printing

KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press

Continuous

Roll

 24.5"

650 ft/min;
3600 A4 pages/min

Monchrome, books and customized direct mail applications

KODAK PROSPER 5000XL Press

Continuous

Roll

 24.5"

650 ft/min;
3600 A4 pages/min

Color books, direct mail, catalogs, magazines and inserts

KODAK VERSAMARK VL2000 (simplex) / VL2200 (duplex)

Piezoelectric

 Roll to roll
Roll to sheet
Roll to fold

 18.67"

246 ft/min

Commercial and data center printers

KODAK VERSAMARK VL4000 (simplex) / VL4200 (duplex)

Piezoelectric

 Roll to roll
Roll to sheet
Roll to fold

 18.67"

410 ft/min

Commercial and data center printers

KODAK VERSAMARK VL6000 (simplex) / VL6200 (duplex)

Piezoelectric

 Roll to roll
Roll to sheet
Roll to fold

 18.67"

492 ft/min

Commercial and data center printers

Komori Impremia IS29 [1]

Piezoelectric

UV ink

Sheetfed

29"

3,300 sheet/hour simplex;
1650 sheet/hour duplex

Commercial printers

Konica Monolta KM-1 [1]

Piezoelectric

UV ink

Sheetfed

29"

3,300 sheet/hour simplex;
1650 sheet/hour duplex

Commercial printers - short run static or variable printing

Landa S5 Nanographic Printing Press [1]

Piezoelectric

Nano inks

Sheetfed

 20"

11,000 sheet/hour simplex;
5,500 sheets/hour duplex

Commercial printers

Landa S7 Nanographic Printing Press [1]

Piezoelectric

Nano inks

Sheetfed

 29"

12,000 sheet/hour simplex;
6,000 sheets/hour
 duplex

Commercial printers and folding carton

Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press [1]

Piezoelectric

Nano inks

Sheetfed

 40.9"

13,000 sheet/hour simplex;
6,500 sheets/hour duplex

 

Commercial printers - short run static or variable printing

Landa W5 Nanographic Printing Press [1]

Piezoelectric

Nano inks

Roll

 21.6"

656 ft/min simplex

 

Labels and flexible packaging

Landa W10 Nanographic Printing Press [1]

 Piezoelectric

Nano inks

Roll

 39.6"

200 m/min
simplex

 

Flexible packaging

Landa W50 Nanographic Printing Press [1]

Piezoelectric

Nano inks

Roll

Double sided

 21.6"

656 ft/min
duplex

 

Direct mail, transpromo and publishing

Ricoh InfoPrint 5000 General Production Platform

Piezoelectric

Roll

6.4" to 20.4"

420 ft/min
[Max Resolution: 720 x 720 dpi]

Transactional printers, service bureaus, direct mailers and book printers

Ricoh InfoPrint 5000 Multi-Purpose Platform

Piezoelectric

Roll

6.4" to 20.4"

420 ft/min
[Max Resolution: 720 x 360 dpi]

Transactional printers, service bureaus, direct mailers and book printers

Ricoh InfoPrint 5000 Volume Platform

Piezoelectric

Roll

6.4" to 20.4"

722 ft/min
[Max Resolution: 720 x 360 dpi]

Transactional printers, service bureaus, direct mailers and book printers

RISO ComColor® 9050 [2]

Piezoelectric

Sheet

 21.5625"

146 pages/min letter;
150 pages/min A4

Transactional, direct mail, booklets, manuals, marketing collateral and general office communications

Screen Truepress Jet L350UV

Piezoelectric

Roll

13.7"

164 ft/min
[Max Resolution: 600 x 1,200 dpi]

Local magazines, newspapers, small-lot printing, textbooks and transactional printing

Screen Truepress Jet520

Piezoelectric

Roll

5.9" to 19.96"

420 ft/min
[Max Resolution: 720 x 720 dpi]

Local magazines, newspapers, small-lot printing, textbooks and transactional printing

Screen Truepress Jet520EX-Color

Piezoelectric

Roll

6.4" to 20.4"

210 ft/min

Local magazines, newspapers, small-lot printing, textbooks and transactional printing

Screen Truepress Jet520EX-Monochrome

Piezoelectric

Roll

6.4" to 20.4"

420 ft/min

Local magazines, newspapers, small-lot printing, textbooks and transactional printing

Screen Truepress Jet520ZZ

Piezoelectric

Roll

6.4" to 20.4"

721.7 ft/min
[Max Resolution: 720 x 360 dpi]

Local magazines, newspapers, small-lot printing, textbooks and transactional printing

Timsons T-Print [1]

 Piezoelectric

 Roll to signature

 

650 ft/min

 Book

TKS JETLEADER 1500 digital ink jet press

 Piezoelectric

 Roll to roll
Roll to sheet
Roll to signature (combined)

 55.1"

492 ft/min

Newspaper, books, brochures, sheeted product

Xerox CiPress™ 325 Production Inkjet System

 Piezoelectric
Waterless inkjet

 Roll to roll
Roll to fold
Roll to cut sheet

20.2"

325 ft/min;
1336 ipm 2-up duplex US letter

Books & manuals, direct mail, transactional promotional

Xerox CiPress™ 500 Production Inkjet System

 Piezoelectric
Waterless inkjet

 Roll to roll
Roll to fold
Roll to cut sheet

20.2"

500 ft/min;
2180 ipm 2-up duplex US letter

Books & manuals, direct mail, transactional promotional

Xerox Impika iPrint

Piezoelectric

Roll

41.75"

416 ft/min

Book publishing, direct mail, transactional printing and newspapers

Xerox Impika iPress 2400

Water-based Inkjet

Roll

18.67"

250 ft/min

Catalogs, magazines, direct mail, brochures, and newspapers,

Xerox Impika iPress 600

Water-based Inkjet

Roll

27.9"

249 ft/min

Catalogs, magazines, brochures, advertising, labels, and packaging

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Notes

  1. These are preliminary specifications
  2. Other models available in this line include ComColor 7050, ComColor 7010, ComColor 3050, ComColor 3010

Please note: This information is being continually updated

For additional information or to provide updates please email mbohan@printing.org

Disclaimer: All information on this web site is intended to inform people about production inkjet devices by providing common public technical knowledge and information. While it is our intention to provide information and data from well-regarded authorities and the vendors, you should be aware that the information we provide is for informational and educational purposes only. You should not construe publication of any content on this site as an endorsement by Printing Industries of America of the companies or products described.

Published on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 (updated 01/29/2014)

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