Screen – your perfect partner for Print on Demand (POD)
In its long graphic arts supplier history, Screen has continued to grow by maintaining a leading position in the technology that is reaching maturity while emerging as a major supplier in a new generation of equipment. The same is true today as Screen emerges as a pioneering supplier of a variety of inkjet systems while maintaining its leading role as a manufacturer of Computer to Plate (CTP).
To illustrate why Screen is the ideal partner for POD we give a quick review of history. If we looked at the printing process even 30 years ago we would have found many different steps: each a distinct process with specialist skills and specialist equipment: scanners; cameras; paste-up’ film output; retouching; planning; plate-making; proofing and or course printing. While every step was important a simple rule has always applied to printing and that is the better the quality of origination, the better the printed result.
Over time, the number of stages has been reduced. However, managing colour images as well as different screening techniques still make the difference between good printing and bad. These are all areas where Screen has excelled, so as the processes have been reduced, Screen has always been at the heart of quality control. At each stage, the knowledge of how to create a solid foundation for colour printing has driven our business.
POD sees this process reach its logical conclusion as files are sent directly to the printing press so this knowledge of colour, this knowledge of screening and the precision control that has always characterised Screen products have come together in putting ink on paper.
Each product combines many different unique Screen technologies
Screening is one of the core factors for print quality and this lies at the heart of all of Screen POD devices. Screen's original screening technology provides smooth gradations and superior reproduction from the highlights all the way to the shadows.
Color management and scanning technology
High-end scanners were one of the main products that established the Screen brand in the prepress industry. Our POD devices are make use of this expertise through built-in quality control scanners that can read a printed test chart and automatically correct any problems, ensuring reliable and remarkable print quality.
Optimal control technology
Precise imaging is essential for CTP exposure system as well as direct pattern imaging for printed circuit boards. This technique has not been adopted on our POD devices. The Truepress Jet650UV for example, features a dedicated CCD camera that detects registration marks on printing media and automatically adjusts the alignment to ensure consistent registration accuracy.
Imaging head assembling know-how
For each POD device, Screen has used the most appropriate technology to achieve the best performance. The Truepress Jet520's inkjet heads are mounted in Screen's unique single-pass multiple head array, which enables high speed printing with superior quality. The distances between inkjet heads for each color, as well as the distance from the inkjet heads to the media, are short, ensuring exceptional color-to-color-registration.
Media transportation technology
Media transportation plays an important role for automation, quality and productivity. The Truepress Jet650UV’s use of a linear motor drive enables a top speed of 1,300 cm2/min (under Screen’s recommended conditions). The combination of the linear motor drive, the unique multiple printhead array (up to 32 printheads can be installed), and the high-powered UV light source results in the highest productivity in the world for an industrial printing system.
Screen’s philosophy has always been to turn technology into customer values and precision engineering lies at the heart of the whole process. Screen's POD devices are completely manufactured at our factories in Kyoto all of which have certified ISO quality management systems. The quality of our POD devices rely on the consistency of production that comes from such systems.
Integration of cutting edge technologies
In 2001 Inca Digital shipped the world’s first commercial digital flatbed printer and since then the company has remained at the forefront of development in the wide format digital inkjet industry. By combining Inca’s expertise in wide format inkjet printing, with Screen’s long standing experience in the prepress industry, we can further strengthen and grow Inca and Dainippon Screen’s print on demand businesses.