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Graph Expo 2004 New Products, Part 1

Dec 1, 2004 12:00 AM


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An upbeat Graph Expo
It was an upbeat Graph Expo in Chicago this past October. According to the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC), this year’s show was the largest since Print 01. About 600 exhibitors occupied more than 392,000 net sq. ft. of exhibits and attendance totaled nearly 40,000.

The Chicago show echoed key trends seen at Drupa—process automation, workflows for users with both digital and offset presses, processless plates, all manner of small-format platesetters and a wealth of sheetfed press innnovations. (Search our archives for Drupa 2004 articles.)



Tidbits…
> Mohawk’s Web-based calculator helps users quantify the benefits of using recycled paper. For example, a shop that produced 10 average sized brochures on Mohawk Options, a 100 percent PCW paper, would eliminate 12,000 lbs. of atmospheric emissions in one year. See www.mohawkpaper.com.

> Directory printer Stevens Graphics purchased the 28 x 40-inch Mitsubishi Diamond 3000TP Tandem Perfector seen at Graph Expo. The eight-color press with tower coater prints two-sided work at 13,000 sheets per hour without reversing the sheet.

> Fox Printing bought a three-head Domino On Demand system. Two heads are solvent, the other is UV. The system will be used in an in-line variable data application, printing folded mailers and CD envelopes on both a mail table and folder. See www.domino-printing.com.

> Stora Enso has expanded the stock items of its Futura Laser paper with 17 x 11-inch, 100-lb. gloss cover short grain and 12 x 18-inch, 80-lb. gloss and dull text long grain. See www.storaenso.com.

> Drabbe TurboFog high-pressure humidification system has six atomizers with a maximum output of 70 lbs. per hour. A high-pressure pulsation system enables droplet-free atomization. Drabbe has worked closely with Heidelberg for 10 years. See www.drabbe.com.

> Flint Ink Corp.’s Progressive Color Media LLC will provide color management software and services. Personnel include Diane Watt, president; Daniel Goodenow, director of sales and services; Fay Sommer, director of product development; Tony Ricketts, senior field service specialist; and Albert Johnson, senior sales specialist.
> Duplo’s SCC bookletmaking system, DC-645 slitter/cutter/creaser, and DBM-500 2KT two-knife trimmer help prevent image shift/cracking and white borders. See www.duplousa.com.

> Ink, coating and varnish manufacturer Handschy Industries offers an 8-page white paper on critical success factors for printing on foils and plastics. See www.handschy.com/technical.cfm.

> The U.S. Commerce Department has awarded NPES $180,000 to help the association’s members realize a $50-million increase in export sales to the Indian and South Asian markets within five years.

> Delphax Technologies and partners’ annual "Books for Schools" program printed and bound thousands of classics at Graph Expo, which they donated to the Chicago Public Schools. New equipment included Delphax’s CR2000 digital web press, introduced to the U.S. market for the first time following its launch at Drupa, and Stralfors, Inc.’s LaserMax LX500 Series 450-fpm sheeter. See www.delphax.com.



Four-up polyester platesetter
Developed jointly by Mitsubishi Paper Mills (Rye, NY) and Esko-Graphics, the DPX 4 four-up polyester platesetter produces press-ready plates up to 26.7 x 29.5 inches. The plates are automatically loaded, punched, exposed, processed and dried.

Mitsubishi Imaging also launched SDP-FRm175, a matte-backed polyester plate. It is compatible with most laser platesetters or imagesetters. See www.mitsubishiimaging.com.
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Object marking for anticounterfeiting
Creo’s (Vancouver, Canada) Traceless is a tamper-proof object-marking and sensing technology. It can be used to combat counterfeit passports, banknotes, tobacco and consumer brands. The proprietary Traceless powder taggant is identified with a special Creo reading device. The powder can be mixed with paper pulp, ink, varnish, laser toner and other compounds for tracking individual items. See www.creo.com.
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Wide-format media for photographic applications
Encad (San Diego, CA), a Kodak company, debuted a new micro-porous line of wide-format papers including Premium Rapid-Dry Photographic, a 260g paper in glossy and lustre finishes; and Rapid-Dry Photographic, a 190g paper in glossy and satin.

The lower weight paper, Rapid-Dry/190g, offers instant lamination with hot or cold laminates and is comaptible with piezo and thermal printers, and pigment and dye inks. It can be used for proofing and high-speed production applications. Custom profiles are available at www.kodakmedia.com.
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Flatbed inkjet printer
Vutek’s (Meredith, NH) digital inkjet flatbed printer, the PressVu UV 200/600, has a starting price of $199,000. It offers four- and six-color, 600-dpi, photographic color reproduction and crisp text reproduction. Color gradients are smooth in the printer’s six-color/600-dpi mode—commercial printers reportedly can achieve accurate and repeatable matching of target colors. See www.vutek.com.
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Asset management
Agfa’s (Ridgefield Park, NJ) :Arcadia dynamic publishing and asset management systems simplifies the image file management. It helps users accelerate sales and lower operational costs by letting them access, reuse and distribute content more effectively. It can be used alone or combined with :ApogeeX digital workflow and :Delano, Agfa’s project management system. See www.graphic.agfa.com.
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Fast folder setup
The Stahlfolder TH 66/6/4/4 buckleplate folder features touch screen, automated fold roller settings and motorized buckle plates. Virtually all hardware options are retrofitable and include features such as preslitter shafts for the first, second and third stations and/or double rear-mounted slitter shafts for the same stations. Automation can be extended to inline connectivity from prepress to the folder with Prinect FCS 100, utilizing data from a data management system such as Prinance, and job-specific set up data from Signastation. See www.heidelberg.com.
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Multiple monitor calibration
Pantone (Carlstadt, NJ) and ColorVision, the digital imaging unit of Datacolor, introduced their second-generation colorimeter, Spyder2. Spyder2PRO software delivers white-point correction routines, automated black-and-white luminance adjustments, and an improved method for loading calibration data at startup. Multiple monitor calibration support can be achieved for Macintosh and Windows systems. See www.pantone.com.
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Ink presets for legacy presses
X-Rite’s (Grandville, MI) IntelliPass reportedly delivers accurate ink presets across multiple press brands. IntelliPass processes existing prepress bitmap data to calculate precise ink key preset values, enabling press operators to quickly review and make adjustments to all ink units.

IntelliPass digitally transfers preset bitmap data directly from the CTP or film RIP. This bitmap data is converted to press- and shop-specific metrics, through which ink keys are calculated and stored on smart media. Press operators then use the media to quickly implement the settings. See www.xrite.com.
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Wide-format indoor/outdoor printers
Xerox’s (Rochester, NY) 8160 and 8142 wide-format color printers can be used for indoor and outdoor applications. The 8160 prints widths up to 60 inches at 150 sq. ft. per hour and the 8142 prints at widths of up to 42 inches. The printers come as complete integrated end-to-end systems with a choice of three RIPs with color management profiles of 33 prequalified papers and substrates. See www.xerox.com.
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Short-run personalized binders
Midland Communications Packaging’s (Lousiville, KY) PowerBinder personalized presentation system includes custom looseleaf binders, index tabs, sales kits, manuals, product catalogs, press kits and other communications packaging. Personalized binders can be turned around in three days or less for short runs or full carton packs. See www.powerbinder.com.
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InDesign VDP plug-in
uDirect, an InDesign plug-in from XMPie (New York City), lets users define business rules, extract field headers from a data source and populate "content objects." uDirect handles PDF and PostScript, as well as Creo VPS, Xerox VIPP and PPML/VDX. See www.xmpie.com.
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KBA presses for Unimac, Lithographix & Challenge
Unimac Graphics (Carlstadt, NJ) purchased a KBA (Williston, VT) Rapida 142 56-inch eight-color plus coater and perfector large-format sheetfed press as well as a KBA Rapida 105 41-inch eight-color perfector with tower coater. Lithographix, (Los Angeles) will buy a super large-format KBA Rapida 205 81-inch six-color sheetfed press with coater. Challenge Printing Co. (Minnesota) purchased the first new Drupa-model Rapida 105 41-inch six-color sheetfed press with aqueous and UV coating from the show floor.

KBA also announced it has a contract for the first KBA Genius 52 in North America as well as a large format Rapida 142 56-inch eight-color sheetfed press. See www.kba-print.com.
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JDF workflow for finishing equipment
Standard Finishing Systems (Andover, MA) showcased Horizon’s CIP4/JDF-enabled automated workflow, i2i ("eye-to-eye"). The system provides barcoded tickets for easy job management and lets users save and recall recurring jobs, job record data for accounting and analysis, and job status of i2i-connected machines in real time from a central console. The i2i configuration shown at Graph Expo used JDF data to drive Standard’s AFC-546AKT folder, BQ-270 perfect binder and StitchLiner saddlestitcher. See www.standardfinishing.com.
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See the gloss on a monitor-based proof
Integrated Color Solutions’ (ICS) (New York City) Remote Director Flash Proof software plug-in lets Remote Director v3.0 users manipulate a proof to view the interaction among substrate, coatings and lighting onscreen. Flash Proof allows users to "tilt" images back and forth on-screen to view gloss or sheen. Viewers can see how light reacts or reflects off specialty varnishes, inks and metallic surfaces. See www.icscolor.com.
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