Fujifilm has partnered with Hybrid Software to develop what is claimed as an ‘industry-first’ smart digital front end (DFE) workflow for its new Jet Press FP790 flexible packaging press.

The Jet Press FP790 is an upcoming inkjet digital water-based press for flexible packaging. The smart DFE from Hybrid Software has been developed to optimise productivity and output of the new press. Based on existing technology, the web-based, open architecture production workflow has been designed to offer fully automated pre-press functionality to, ‘ensure the Jet Press FP790 press offers accelerated turnaround times, maximum productivity and reduced operating costs.’ A modular configuration allows for greater workflow expansion and upstream customisation to cater for specific user requirements.

Moreover, it is claimed as the first of its kind to be developed by a software company for use in the packaging market. It has been developed through close collaboration between Fujifilm’s R&D team and Hybrid Software’s specialist software developers.

Manual Schrutt, head of packaging at Fujifilm Graphic Systems EMEA, said, ‘Working with Hybrid Software’s R&D team, its highly skilled software developers and drawing on their extensive knowledge of workflow solutions for the packaging sector, has enabled us to develop a very fast, robust and uniquely smart DFE infrastructure for our new Jet Press FP790 press.

‘This will deliver maximum production efficiencies and the highest quality output required to meet the ever-growing demands of the flexible packaging market, now and into the future.’

Mike Agness, executive vice oresident, Americas at Hybrid Software, said, ‘It has been extremely rewarding to combine the USPs of our two companies and their complementary offerings to help Fujifilm bring such an exciting new print solution to market. The combination of our extensive knowledge and understanding of RIP-to-print production workflows for the packaging sector, and Fujifilm’s expertise in colour management and print production has been a perfect match in the development of the innovative technologies that lie at the heart of the new Jet Press FP790.’