By Editor Morten B. Reitoft
This is a 'solution' to load wrapped paper into a board to make it easier for an operator to manually un-wrap the paper before print.
Above is, of course, interesting, but even more interesting, and a big surprise to me was the presentation of the new toner-based Revoria B2 printer. Revoria is the new brand Fujifilm is introducing to the market after the breakup with Xerox. The machines surprised me with quite a few parameters. First of all, a new contender in the B2 segment today is dominated by HP. Secondly, to present a B2 cut-sheet printer based on toner isn't what I would expect. Most are talking about Inkjet, and as we all know, Fujifilm excels in the B2 inkjet market with the S750 JetPress. The third surprise is the quality—my god. The quality of the samples at the booth is simply stunning, and with a speed of 2,500 sheets per hour, it defines a new space for digital print. We hope to get more information about the press during the next few days, and who knows, maybe even an interview with Fujifilm/Revoria.
But there is more to it - or at least, something I didn't know :-)
Fujifilm ALSO revealed a new Jet press named Jet Press 1160CF. The 1160CF is a continuous feed roll-based printer capable of printing more than 2,000 A4 pages per minute in what Fujifilm refers to as 'Speed Priority Mode.' The two modes on the 1160CF offer, respectively, 80 meters and 160 meters per minute. The page width is up to 520.7 mm. This is effectively a machine becoming a severe contender to HP's T-Series. The new T-series Advantage 2200 offers slightly wider paper and somewhat different speeds (244 meters per minute in monochrome, 152 meters per minute in Performance mode, and 101 meters per minute in Quality mode,) but interesting to see how the 1160CF will fit a market more and more competitive!
This leads us directly to yet another product presentation that came as a HUGE surprise to me. Horizon has for years focused on cut sheet finishing. Innovative solutions from the BQ series to the Stitchliner series are seen with printers everywhere. However, this is maybe not entirely correct. Maybe Horizon's focus has always been on finishing digital printing solutions, so cut sheet was just the hotspot until now?