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Oct 1, 2006 12:00 AM


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Graph Expo and Converting Expo will be held Oct. 15-18 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The show's organizer, Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC) (www.gasc.org) promises “four days of comparison shopping, networking, live equipment demonstrations, seminars and critical investment decision making.”

Here are some pressroom highlights.



High-volume press fulfills need for speed
Punch Graphix unveiled the Xeikon 6000 at a pre-show briefing for about 30 industry analysts and label, packaging and commercial print journalists at its U.S. headquarters in Itasca, IL. The event featured presentations from Patrick Canavan, president and CEO; Rob Mayerson, vice president of digital sales for North America; Ben Van Assche, CEO, Punch Graphix; Siegfried Trinker, chief sales officer, Punch Graphix; and other executives.

“It's not just a new press,” stressed Mayerson. “It's a whole system: toner, X-800 digital front end, Form Adapted (FA) toner, engine, finishing line and service.”

At 160 A4 pages per minute (9,600 full-color pages per hour), Xeikon says the press is “the fastest digital color press on the market offering graphic arts quality.” The 6000 has an approximate duty cycle of 4,000,000 pages per month. The web-fed press can run substrates ranging from 320 to 500-mm wide and offers unlimited image length.

Applications include on-demand printing, direct marketing and transactional printing. The Xeikon 6000 also has some packaging potential — it can handle paper stocks from 40 to 350 gsm and runs a wide range of substrates, including paperboard.

The X-800 front end facilitates high speeds while offering FA toner support, a fifth color and color management tools. A full-color Intelligent Print Data Stream controller is available. Its open architecture is said to easily interface with fully automated workflows. The FA toner featured on the Xeikon 6000 is Pantone-licensed, a key benefit for users who must match clients' company colors. See www.xeikon.com.


Size, speed and strength
KBA North America's (booth 2029) show motto is “size, speed and strength.” Size refers to the vendor's presses ranging from 20 to 81 inches — KBA is the only vendor that can make this claim. Speed is a nod to KBA's reputation for exceptionally fast and automated presses. Strength emphasizes the vendor's 190-year history.

Small-format press offers big opportunities
The company will spotlight its award-winning Genius 52 UV sheetfed offset press. KBA's compact press enables small- and midsize-format printers, plastic printers, packaging houses, lenticular printers, screen printers and general commercial printers to enter new markets economically.

Genius 52 prints in four or five colors with UV curing inks that rapidly and completely harden through an efficient integrated drying system, thus allowing further processing such as laminating or punching with no waiting period.

The press will be shown with a raised kit, enabling increased pile heights. Demonstrations will include a variety of substrates, including paper, board and plastic as well as lenticular applications.

An inline alphaJet C continuous inkjet system will showcase personalization possibilities for single sheet marking with variable imprints, such as letters, numbers and barcodes.

Genius offers a smart start for VDP
The Mallard Press, (Lombard, IL) installed the Genius UV press in December 2005. “Over the past 10 years, we've seen demand in the market shifting more and more into short-run, quick-turnaround process color work,” says Bob Gay, Mallard's president. “We have been very aggressive with investing into the latest technology that can deliver short-run, high-quality results. After analyzing the equipment and costs involved, we jumped at the chance to purchase and install a KBA Genius 52UV.”


Anilox inking units eliminate ghosting
A satellite cylinder arrangement with a central impression cylinder gives the Genius 52 UV its small footprint and distinctive appearance. The design of the anilox inking units on the Genius 52 UV effectively eliminates the ghosting effects typical of a classic offset process. The combination of an anilox inking system, waterless process and the revolutionary, self-calibrating inking unit with keyless ink metering ensures a predictably fast production start in high quality and with minimum initial waste.

The Genius 52 UV is the world's first waterless UV sheetfed offset press. The maximum sheet size is 143/16 × 20½ inches, and it can operate at 8,000 sph. The press has the world's widest stock range in this format: from 60 lb. to 32 pt. KBA credits its waterless technology for exceptional makeready times and print quality.




First ever Presstek-branded DI press
Presstek (booth 3822) hosted a pre-Graph Expo media event at its Hudson, NH, headquarters to showcase its DI presses and chemistry-free platemaking systems. Presstek stressed it has transitioned from a company known primarily for furnishing its technology to other vendors to a complete solution provider selling directly to end users.

Graph Expo marks the debut of the first ever Presstek-branded DI press, the Presstek 52DI. The landscape-oriented press (20.47 × 14.76 inches) targets print runs of 250 to 10,000.

“The demand for high-quality, short-run color is no longer an emerging trend, but a daily reality for today's print service providers,” says Ed Marino, Presstek's president and CEO. “We are excited to demonstrate how our range of digital solutions addresses that growth opportunity.”

The 52DI can print 300 lpi at speeds up to 10,000 sph on a wide range of substrates. Makeready takes about 10 minutes — this includes plate imaging and coming up to color within about 20 sheets. All four colors are laid down onto the sheet without any sheet transfer between colors.

Presstek also will highlight the DirectPress 5634DI.

Chemistry-free plates and platesetters
The Dimension425 Excel four-page platemaker has semi-automatic plate loading/unloading, produces up to 11 plates per hour and offers a larger image size than previous models. The compact platesetter is optimized for use with Presstek's chemistry-free Anthem Pro plate.

Vector TX52 is a metal platemaker targeting small-format printers. A Freedom anodized aluminum plate is inserted at the front of the thermal platesetter, then imaged and water-rinsed inside the device before being discharged as press-ready. Rated for up to 25,000 impressions, Freedom is priced to compete with poly plates.

Aurora chemistry-free anodized aluminum plates can be used with non-Presstek thermal platesetters. The daylight-safe plate enables up to 200 lpi printing and stochastic screening, and it supports run lengths up to 50,000.

Third-generation DI press for fourth-generation printer
Fourth-generation printer Grover Daniels, CEO of Boston's Copy Cop, installed a DirectPress 5334DI as the centerpiece of a production facility that supports eight retail locations. Although Daniels initially focused on toner-based production printing, customer demand for higher quality and faster turnaround convinced him to add a DI.

“We concluded that adding a DI press to the mix would put us in an entirely different category, and it has,” says Daniels. “The [press] is incredible. I am up to 7,000 impressions per hour with sellable sheets almost as soon as I start printing.” Putting it all together
Developed in collaboration with EFI, Presstek's Facet RIP has been qualified for operation with all Presstek- and ABDick-branded digital output devices. Facet also connects to most Fiery-driven devices and inkjet proofers, as well as a wide range of color and black-and-white production devices.

The Harlequin-based Momentum RIP is compatible with PostScript Level 3 and PDF 1.5 specifications, and it supports applications that generate PDF and PDF/X files. Based on Harlequin's most current RIP release, Momentum RIP 7.0 supports Presstek's DPM, Vector and Dimension Series CTP solutions as well as Presstek-enabled DI presses. See www.presstek.com.


Presses working in the real world
MAN Roland's booth (3237) will feature a VIP lounge where visitors can view live production from a customer site running Roland 700s and Rotoman presses. The vendor also is hosting tours of area customers, including Victor Envelope Manufacturing Co. (Bensenville, IL), a Roland 500 customer; Darwill (Hillside, IL) which boasts three networked Roland 700s; Accord Carton (Alsip, IL), a Roland 900 user; and the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), a Regioman newspaper installation.

Six-up perfector premieres
MAN Roland's 29-inch press line, the Roland 500 with InlinePerfector, will makes its North American trade show debut. The press is the only one in its class with a single-drum sheet turning system combined with double-diameter cylinders, enabling it to run up to 24 pt. in perfecting mode. The advancement also produces perfecting speeds as fast as 15,000 sph. In straight mode, the press can handle substrates up to 40 pt. thick at 18,000 sph.

Accelerating web performance
QuickStart is advanced software MAN Roland web press users can access to enhance the performance of their presses' PECOM operating and automation system. Its advantages will be presented as part of the Commercial Web Seminar: “Maximizing the potential of your MAN Roland press.”

Key topics will include reducing waste, PECOM presetting and reporting functions, achieving faster makereadies, the importance of on-press procedures and processes, QuickStart, and finding time for press maintenance. See www.manroland.com.


Bringing offset and digital together
Kodak Graphic Communications Group (GCG) (booth 400) is concentrating on efficiently combining digital and offset processes (“blended production”) via its Unified Worklow Solutions. The company's products are used from creation to output and include software, equipment and consumables by a wide range of users: commercial printers, digital service providers, packaging printers, newspapers, in-plant printers, data centers and creatives.

The goal is to help printers unify diverse systems and processes, to optimize their overall efficiency. The solutions are built on existing products, with new capabilities constantly being added. Kodak says its advantage is its experience with conventional and digital printing.

Consistent color
Building on its color science heritage, Kodak GCG announced ColorFlow, technology to help customers communicate, control and confirm color from job creation to output. Doug Goertzen, GCG color director, says ColorFlow minimizes the effort required to get products to work well together while reducing operator confusion. A certified process ensures the correct steps have been performed in the correct order with the correct data.

Barry Quart, vice president of marketing, U.S. & Canada GCG, said Kodak's Graph Expo booth will feature three key innovation areas: commercial print (Unified Workflow, ColorFlow and PhotoRealistic Print); packaging (spotless printing, flexo screening, hybrid flexo/offset platesetter); and transaction & statement printers, demonstrating full color personalization on statements (“transpromo”).

Equipment on hand will include the Versamark VT3000 and NexPress 2500. New products include Thermal Direct no-process plates and Violet Print plates. See www.graphics.kodak.com.


Print folding cartons, posters, POP and more
Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses (MLP U.S.A., Inc.) (booth 2612) will present a digital network linking the Diamond 3000LX to a CIP4-compliant prepress system and management information system (MIS). Graphic panels, stationary displays and audiovisual media will provide information about the Diamond series sheetfed and commercial web press lineup, MAX-Saver software program for commercial web presses, and other efficiency-enhancing technology.

40-inch plastics and packaging powerhouse
The Diamond 3000LX is Mitsubishi's star of the show. The demonstration press will be configured with six printing units, an inline tower coater and delivery extension. The press features a new package of options for printing on plastics and synthetic papers, as well as with an ultraviolet (UV) curing system from Grafix LLC (booth 2217).

The 28 × 40-inch Diamond 3000LX reportedly can handle a wider range of stock types and thicknesses than conventional carton presses. Because it can print on lightweight paper up to heavy packaging board, production capacity is increased significantly. The press accommodates substrates ranging from 0.002-inch to 0.040-inch thick at 16,000 sph.

Applications include standard folding cartons, posters and point-of-purchase displays. Because the Diamond 3000LX prints on plastics and synthetics, it's an excellent choice for printing menus, recipe books, maps and credit/gift cards. The press is available with up to 10 printing units plus coater for applying aqueous or UV coatings. See www.mlpusa.com.




High-speed book and direct-mail digital output
IBM (booth 2600) will showcase solutions for service bureaus, direct-mail and book printers. Its print-on-demand offerings can help lower the costs of short print runs, reduce complex manual tasks and minimize inventory obsolescence. Special software tools help users measure operational costs, manage complexity and track data integrity. See www.printers.ibm.com.


New halfsize press series
Customer “kando” is an ongoing Komori (booth 629) motto. Kando means “moving” or “success” and conveys the company's commitment to anticipating and fulfilling customer needs.

Komori will debut its half-size press series, the Lithrone LS29, in straight and perfecting configurations. Many features from Komori's full-size LS40 series have migrated to the smaller press. The 29-inch press features fully automatic plate changing — a first for Komori in this format. The Lithrone LS29's speedy plate changing (four plates in 150 seconds) will enable users to tackle short-run, fast-turn jobs and, in some cases, compete with digital presses.

Other highlights:
  • 12,000 sph at start-up — the LS29 reportedly can reach 16,000 sph in seconds.
  • Six-minute changeover.
  • Skeleton transfer cylinders for maximum stock flexibility.
  • Three double-size perfecting cylinders for full-speed sheet transfer.
  • Komori also will highlight its flagship LS40 press and the Spica 429 convertible perfector.
See www.komori.com.


DI and inkjet presses return
Screen USA (booth 3802) will feature two presses first seen at PRINT 05. The four-color TruePress 344 has a maximum sheet size of 13.4 × 18.5 inches and a maximum imaging area of 13 × 18.1 inches, with a top printing speed of 7,000 sph. It utilizes high-speed 830 nm multi-array laser diode (MALD) imaging technology to expose processless plates. Plates can be imaged at 2,400-dpi resolution using screen rulings up to 175 lpi. In addition, Spekta screening enables printers to enjoy the benefits of AM/FM hybrid screening. In just over five minutes, the press is ready to start the next job.

Screen's TruePress Jet520 is a roll-fed variable inkjet printer featuring Seiko Epson piezo drop-on-demand heads. The Truepress Jet 520 offers the advantages of inkjet systems — high speed and low cost — with roll feeding for high-volume printing.

New six-up platesetter plus a flexo debut
Several PlateRite series thermal CTP platesetters will be featured, including the latest models from the PlateRite Ultima very large format lineup. The PlateRite 8800II will represent the eight-up CTP family. The PlateRite 6600, a unique platesetter for six-page plate production, makes its Graph Expo debut. This also is the first showing of the PlateRite FX870 for flexographic printing.

Trueflow 3 version 4.0 leads a long list of new Trueflownet-based workflow solutions in store for booth visitors. Other software introductions include Spekta 2HR, the high-resolution hybrid screening technology that achieves detail comparable to line screens of 650 lpi or higher. See www.screenusa.com.

Prepress, press, postpress and workflow solutions
Heidelberg's (booth 1200) highlights include:

Speedmaster 52 with an Anicolor Inking Unit: For the first time in the United States, Heidelberg will show the world's first sheetfed offset press with a zoneless short inking unit and a dampening system. Said to minimize start-up waste and reduce makeready times, the Anicolor Inking Unit provides-quality printing with consistent and even inking. Anicolor requires no special consumables.

Prinect Inpress Control: Heidelberg's new Prinect Inpress Control ensures faster makeready with significantly less paper waste and consistently high quality by measuring color and register spectrophotometrically in the color control bar while the press is running at top speed. Prinect Inpress Control is being shown on the Speedmaster CD 74 at the show.

Heidelberg systemservice offerings: The new Heidelberg Partner Program allows customers to select from a full-service plan or build a custom service package that suits specific business needs. Customers may choose any combination of 20 services to fit their needs, allowing them the freedom and flexibility to add a service when business conditions require.

Speedmaster CD 74 with 18,000 iph: The Speedmaster CD 74 six-color press with coater and extended delivery features the new Peak Performance Package, enabling real production speeds of up to 18,000 iph on a wide range of substrates. Innovations include a new suction head and automatic pile lifting control system, as well as a new dynamic sheet break that contributes to a perfectly aligned pile at high speeds.

Stitchmaster ST 450 saddlestitcher: The new 14,000-cph Stitchmaster ST 450 saddlestitcher features mobile feeders fitted with servo drives, which can be positioned at any point on either side of the saddle chain.

Speedmaster CD 102: The Speedmaster CD 102 now offers a highly affordable, entry-level configuration that makes it a scalable option for more customers. The featured press is a six-color configuration with coating unit and extended delivery.

Speedmaster XL 105: The flagship Speedmaster XL 105, shown as an eight-color model with coating unit and extended delivery, demonstrates fast makereadies and real production speeds up to 18,000 iph, which results in significantly increased net productivity.

Heidelberg's Print Media Academy (PMA) will cover topics such as color management, aqueous and UV coatings, JDF, and trends in print buying. Heidelberg also will be displaying prepress solutions in the Xerox (1217) and Hewlett Packard (646) booths; press equipment in the Carton Craft booth (1270); and postpress equipment in the Robatech (463), Nordson (3605) and Rollem (3529) booths.

Commercial, packaging, workflow and small business
The Heidelberg booth will include four primary solution areas: Commercial Print Solutions; Packaging Solutions; Prinect Solutions; and Small Business Solutions.

In the Small Business section of the booth, printers can view a range of prepress, press and postpress solutions designed specifically for the small business owner. Prinect workflow solutions, including a newly designed MetaDimension Workflow together with proofing, color management and computer-to-plate solutions for two-up format printers, will be demonstrated throughout the show. Booth visitors also can learn more about Heidelberg's recently introduced Printers Advantage Program, which is designed to assist small print businesses.

Midsize and large commercial and packaging printers will see sophisticated platesetters and presses for a wide range of applications, as well as highly automated bindery solutions that can be integrated easily into the digital workflow. On the packaging side, Heidelberg's offerings run the gamut, from equipment that produces simple folding boxes to premium-quality finished cartons for luxury goods. See www.heidelberg.com.




Variable-size web presses, a brand-new binder and more
Muller Martini (booth 1229) is known for its postpress equipment, but the company also offers variable-size web offset presses: Concepta, ranging from 14 to 28 inches; and Alprinta in 20½-inch and 291/16-inch widths.

Industry-first advancements on the Alprinta include Muller Martini's continuously variable-format offset insert, which allows the operator to keep the printing insert in the press at all times and perform a size change by removing the composite blanket and plate cylinders without any tools. A unique varnish cassette mounts on the back side of any printing unit. Alprinta also has state-of-the-art servo drive technology and a robust ink train that ensures ink coverage.

Visitors will see the Pantera perfect binder, the Presto saddlestitcher with Palamides automatic banding machine and the BravoPlus saddlestitcher with AMRYS (Automatic Make-Ready System) with inside/outside inkjet capabilities.

The Pantera perfect binder, never before seen in the United States, runs at up to 4,000 cph and handles a broad range of product sizes. The binder can be used for conventional hotmelt binding as well as PUR jobs. It will be shown with the company's Esprit three-knife trimmer. See www.mullermartiniusa.com.


Small press with large-format features
Hamada of America's (2648) new computer-controlled Mark II press builds on the success of the vendor's B452 series. The 14 × 20-inch press is offered in two-, four- and five-color configurations. Key features include a vacuum register board, aqueous coater and extended delivery. An ultrasonic double detector can read even dark or heavy board stock. A streamfeeder enables users to runs small cards or envelopes with the flip of a switch. See www.hamadaofamerica.com.


Small, midsize and DI presses
Key themes for xpedx (booth 3812) include JDF without the geek-speak, real-time remote backup and offset press offerings.

xpedx Printing Technologies/Ryobi representatives will demonstrate three Ryobi offset presses: the 755XL-E, a five-color, 23 × 29-inch press with full UV capabilities; the 3404 DI; and the 524GX-P, a four-color 14 × 20-inch press with perfector. Ryobi's CIP4/JDF compliant MIS system also will be demonstrated.

National Technology Center reps
Dan Wish, GM of the xpedx National Technology Center (NTC) (Twinsburg, Ohio), will be on hand with the NTC crew. NTC is a print industry technical team, lab and demo center that tests and evaluates print products and processes. It works directly with printers in recommending systems, implementation and ongoing monitoring/backup.

The NTC team will be joined in the booth by CIP4 advisory board member and print industry leader Janice Reese of Network PDF, along with Trish Witkowski, editor of “The JDF Guide for Managers.”

xpedx reps will introduce new print-for-profit opportunities including SpeedyDry, an ink additive that substantially reduces printers' dry times and eliminates the need for certain specialty inks on hard-to-dry substrates, including synthetics.

In addition, new advances in soft proofing, lenticular printing and disaster recovery/business continuance for graphics professionals will be spotlighted.

xpedx specification reps will discuss SuiteShop, the xpedx Web portal for graphics pros that offers Pantone, Gmund and other premium papers, as well as self-paced online training in all top graphics programs. Bindery, finishing and facility supplies and equipment also will be shown. See www.xpedx.com and www.ryobi.xpedx.com.


Digital printing tools and a custom bike
Xerox (booth 1217) will showcase business development tools, workflow solutions and new technology. Highlights include:

ProfitAccelerator, a robust set of resources to help printers grow their business and succeed with digital printing. The tools are designed using customer input, Xerox's digital printing expertise, and input from the industry's architects and observers.

FreeFlow Digital Workflow Collection, tools that provide the framework for describing key processes within an entire production workflow — from order entry through fulfillment.

iGen3 110 Digital Production Press, capable of producing up to 6,600 full process color A4 (letter) 4/0 impressions per hour.

Nuvera Digital Production System, a high-volume production printer rated at up to 144 monochrome images per minute.

Attendees also can see “Nu-Ness,” the custom motorcycle inspired by the Nuvera and built by design legend Arlen Ness. See www.xerox.com.




Magazine quality printing on a flexo press
Gateway Packaging Co. (Granite City, IL) (www.gatewaypackaging.com) has installed the first Drent Goebel (booth 2053) Wide Web VSOP (Variable Sleeve Offset Printing) press in North America. The press was custom built with a 49-inch web, the largest VSOP wide web in the world.

The press combines the high quality and speed of offset printing with flexo's flexibility. The new sleeve technology allows quick changeovers for variable repeat lengths. In addition to the ease of sleeve changes, production speeds can run in excess of 1,000 fpm.

According to Gateway, magazine-quality printing now is possible for flexible packaging. This press will print on a variety of substrates, including paper, film and paperboard. Colors are rich and sharp with offset printing, comparable to rotogravure and engraving. An electronic register guidance system is one of the many high-tech features of the VSOP that enable consistently high-quality printing.

Other features of the Drent Goebel offset press include a seven-color EB (electron beam) ink system and EB coating and drying. See www.drent-goebel.com.


Stacked perfector
Following PRINT 05, Akiyama (booth 2637) sold the 10-color (5/5), 40-inch Jprint perfector seen it its booth to Millbrook Printing (Grand Ledge, MI). The stacked press occupies about half the space of a conventional perfector, a key benefit for the trade printer, which could not have accommodated a long perfector.

With a rated speed of 13,000 sph, the J Print press is CIP3/4-compliant. It features X-Rite closed-loop color control and a redesigned feeder and delivery.

Simple plate mounting speeds makereadies, enabling Millbrook to run short- and long-run multicolor jobs efficiently.

Akiyama also offers the “eXtreme” 40 series, a 40-inch straight-delivery sheetfed press offered in two- to eight-color models with aqueous/UV coating and extended delivery. It can run 0.0016- to 0.04-inch substrates at 16,000 sph.

The Ilumina digital color press from Xanté Corp. (booth 4653) is designed for on-demand printing of jobs from lightweight flyers to heavyweight postcards at speeds up to 2,000 sph. It handles papers ranging in weights from 64 g/sq.m to 427 g/sq.m. Its straight paper path ensures all heavy sheets are flat and easily finished. The first sheet off the Ilumina is sellable with zero makeready. See www.xante.com.


Metallics on the march
Printers can produce thousands of metallic colors with MetalFX (booth 5613) all in one pass on a five-color press. The company, recently acquired by Ciba Specialty Chemicals, utilizes a base metallic ink alongside the usual CMYK set, making metallic colors a mainstream option. MetalFX's booth will feature live software demos, free world maps, calendar wall charts, brochures and more.

See it live on press and being proofed
Heidelberg, Komori, Sakurai and Fujifilm will run MetalFX jobs.

Heidelberg (booth 1200) will print MetalFX on its Speedmaster CD 74. MetalFX managing director Andrew Ainge will speak at the Heidelberg Print Media Academy, as well.

Komori (booth 629) will use MetalFX to highlight the versatility of its LS40 press. All LS40 jobs will be run with MetalFX to show value-added printing and as well as the full gamut of effects that can be obtained with the addition of just one metallic base ink.

Fujifilm (booth 4205) will demonstrate how the use of libraries with FinalProof GxT enables customers to proof virtually any metallic color.

Think ink
MetalFX also will be featured in the following booths: Eckart America (booth 4353), Flint Group (booth 3217), Hostmann Steinberg (booth 3111), INX Intl. (booth 1172), Pitman Co. (booth 4873), Sun Chemical (booth 2424) and Toyo Ink (booth 2406).


Acrobat, Creative Suite and Connect news
Adobe (booth 4229) has announced Acrobat 8 Professional software will be integrated into Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 Premium, with features for creative and print professionals that go far beyond PDF creation. Users can support Adobe PDF workflows with advanced tools for creating, collaborating, and controlling the output of high-quality Adobe PDF files. In addition, Creative Suite 2.3 Premium will bundle Dreamweaver 8, a leading Web design and development tool.

Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 Premium with Acrobat 8 Professional now supports PDF/A, the ISO standard for long-term archiving of electronic documents, and PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, and PDF/X-4, the ISO standard for high-quality, professional printing. Printers also will enjoy preflight review in PDF, enhanced support for JDF workflows, synchronized color settings between Acrobat and other components, support for transparency flattener presets, and a shared print engine.

Adobe also recently introduced Adobe Acrobat Connect software (formerly Breeze), which works with Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional to deliver real-time online collaboration through Web conferencing for geographically dispersed creative teams and their clients. See www.adobe.com.


Twice as nice
Océ's (booth 1263) VarioPrint 6250 cutsheet printer for high-end commercial and corporate applications features new duplexing technology. The VarioPrint 6250 produces 250 duplex A4/letter or 132 duplex A3/ledger prints per minute. Océ Gemini Instant Duplex technology presses toner images into both sides of the paper instantaneously.

Key components include the Océ Smart Imager Controller, which brings high-performance, multitasking capabilities, high RIP speed and open architecture to a company's IT infrastructure. Inline finishing options include bookmakers, set finishers and a high-capacity stacker. The integrated DFA interface of the Océ VarioPrint 6250 enables direct connection to many third-party finishing systems for perfect binding, cover binding, folding and punching. Océ PRISMA software suite fully supports the 6250. See www.oceusa.com.


Heavy-duty digital press
Canon (booth 1253) highlights include the imagePRESS C7000VP digital press. Built on the new Canon imagePlatform, it reportedly prints 70 ppm in color or black-and-white, maintaining rated speed regardless of media weight or coverage. Its rated monthly volume is 500,000 to 600,000 pages. There are three configurations for various paper capacity needs. With the standard 1,000-sheet paper trays and additional 4,000-sheet decks, maximum capacity is 10,000 sheets (based on 20-lb. bond, letter-size sheets). Finishing options will include two high-capacity stackers, and a plain or saddle finisher with optional trimmer. See www.usa.canon.com.


VDP and plastic card printing
MGI Digital Graphic Technologies (booth 3655) will feature the Meteor DP 40 series four-color digital printing systems. The systems allow for quick variation between substrates for variable-data printing of leaflets, news sheets and brochures (up to the A3+ format), as well as plastic credit, membership, identification and customer loyalty cards. See www.mgiusa.com.