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Mar 1, 2001 12:00 AM


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ONLINE TYPEFACE IDENTIFICATION

The Quick Brown Fox GmbH offers online typeface identification via its FontExpert software. At www.fontexpert.com, users can upload individual characters for identification. The service then shows samples of the best matching fonts out of a database of about 25,000 typefaces by more than 50 type foundries.
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SHEET/WEB CLEANING SYSTEM

SIMCO/Herbert's Ion-O-Vac Mark I sheet-cleaning system combines high-intensity air ionization, stationary brush action and high-velocity air flow to achieve effective surface cleaning. The sheet cleaner runs continuously while the press is printing, reportedly reducing blanket contamination. It neutralizes the static charge on the material to be printed, then dislodges more stubborn contaminant. The vacuum draws dislodged particles from the sheet material into a canister collector system.
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SOFTWARE UPGRADES

Meta Communications announces Virtual Ticket 3.0 and Job Manager 3.0. Virtual Ticket 3.0 is an upgrade of the software, an electronic job ticketing and digital asset management solution. New features include full AppleScript support and InUnity 1.0 support.

Job Manager 3.0 is also an upgrade to the 2.2 version, an electronic job tracking, costing and billing software solution. The new version allows users to create custom estimates; define, format and save their own SQL queries that generate custom reports; and use InUnity 1.0.
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DIGITAL PAPER, RELAUNCHED LINE

Mohawk Paper Mills introduces Satin 2.0, a digital sheet for use on color copiers and laser, inkjet and offset printers. It features a new palette of four smooth whites: Radiant White, Blue White, Warm White and Cream White. Cut sizes and Xeikon rolls are made with an extra-smooth digital finish for optimal toner print quality. It can be used for letterhead, sell sheets and newsletters, and meeting materials and manuals that combine offset and digital printing. It is offered in 8.5 × 11-, 17 × 11- and 18 × 12-inch sizes. Basis weights include 24-, 28- and 32-lb.; 60, 70 and 80 text; 65, 80, 90 and 100 cover; and 130 double-thick cover. Heidelberg Quickmaster DI sizes are also stocked in 80 text, 80 cover and 100 cover. Xeikon rolls, in both Blue White and Radiant White, are stocked in 80 text and 90 cover.

Mohawk has also relaunched its Options line with new whites and colors, and a new range of products for both digital and offset presses. Option whites are available in 28-lb.; 70, 80 and 100 text; 65, 80 and 100 cover; and 130 double-thick cover. Light colors are available in 70 and 80 text and 80 cover, and dark colors are available in 88 cover, pasted.
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COLOR PROOFING SYSTEM

Imation Corp. announces the Matchprint Plus proofing system, which is said to allow analog users to proof almost any custom or special color. It enables users to mix and coat special color sheets to make proofs that simulate actual inks used in print jobs. The system consists of a set of 15 aqueous inks, an automated coater and a receiver sheet. It utilizes an Imation model 447 laminator and an Imation model 2430 proofing processor. Using the customized color formula guide, users weigh each ink on the electronic scale to obtain a consistent color blend. A receiver sheet is laminated to a Matchprint base, the new ink is applied and dried, and the new color sheet is then exposed and processed, ready for additional colors to complete the proof.
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HIGH-LIFT PALLET TRUCKS

The Thork-Lift from Interthor combines attributes of a lift table and a pallet truck. It allows the operator to pick up and transport a unit load, lift it to a convenient working height, or remove it from a bench, transport and place it. With a lifting capacity of 2,200 lbs., its table can be raised as high as 31.5 inches. It is available in two configurations to handle open- or closed-bottom pallets or skids. The electric-lift model, powered by a 12-volt battery, raises a load to the highest position in less than six seconds. The manual-lift model provides two lifting speeds: 17 strokes for light loads, 56 strokes for heavy ones. Various fork lengths and outside dimensions are available.
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EIGHT-COLOR, WIDE-FORMAT PRINTER

Encad introduces the NovaJet 850, an eight-color, wide-format printer in 42- or 60-inch-wide models. Its proprietary Octachrome ink sets combine a set of four new colors with the company's existing four-color process inks to reportedly produce a wide color gamut and smooth tonal gradations. Because ink sets can be installed at the same time, users can switch from indoor graphics to archival photos to outdoor signs at the touch of a button. It provides 2 × 4-inch printing for fast four-color process printing or 1 × 8-inch printing for high-quality imaging. The V8 print engine offers a torque-free floating carriage assembly, designed to run faster without vibration or banding. Its Dynamic thermal drying system adjusts to ambient temperature, allowing lamination of prints with 200 percent ink coverage in 10 minutes.
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AQUEOUS AND SPECIALTY COATINGS

Nicoat has introduced a new brochure, “Listen, Lead, Deliver.” It incorporates UV, aqueous gloss, satin and pearlescent coatings, as well as dull and gloss varnishes, to demonstrate a wide range of applications. Production notes are available on request to identify the types of coatings and techniques used.
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FLEXIBLE SCANNER

Agfa announces its TwinPlate scanner, the DuoScan f40. It offers FireWire and USB connectivity in a 42-bit DuoScan and provides separate beds for scanning reflective and transparent originals. It includes glass-free slide holders, which are said to eliminate distortion that can be caused by the glass plate.
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STACKER SYSTEMS

Contech's Stacker Systems are said to process a variety of materials quickly without damage. Using gripper-, vacuum-, slider- and jogger-type methods, they are suitable for a wide range of materials. They can be customized to stack sheets from a cutter into a cart or on a pallet for transportation, or to stack inline for the next processing operation.
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PAPERS FOR DIGITAL, OFFSET AND LASER PRINTERS

Georgia-Pacific introduces two brochures and a swatchbook that showcase each paper line and provide tips on printing methods and applications. Its imaging paper swatchbook details the Microprint and Quantum lines of high-performance technology papers, and presents various applications, including xerographic imaging, four-color graphics, digital photography and newsletter printing. It highlights the expanded Microprint paper line, which includes Multi-System, Laser, InkJet, Color Copy and Digital Publishing Text papers, and the Quantum Digital Opaque line.

The “One Line — Many Dimensions” brochure highlights Microprint papers for laser, inkjet and digital presses, as well as office papers, including Quantum Digital Opaque, Nekoosa Xerocopy and Spectrum DP.

The “Microprint Digital Color Press (DCP)” paper brochure is a tool for printers and designers that use a combination of digital and offset technologies, or for designers that proof digitally for a project that will be printed offset. Microprint DCP is available in 19.5- and 12.5-inch rolls.
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REAL-TIME WEB NIP WIDTH

E-nip, an electronic nip impression system from Sensor Products, offers users real-time static roll analysis. Its 75 sensors measure nip widths at multiple points along the roll cross direction for a single set of rolls or multiple roll sets (up to three simultaneously). Software analyzes the data received from the sensors and displays the measurements in a variety of formats. It reveals inaccurate alignment and roll skewing.
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TABLETOP NUMBER/PERFORATE/SCORE MACHINE

Count Machinery introduces Auto-Pro Plus II, an automatic numbering, perforating, micro-perforating and scoring machine with 18-inch-wide feed. It features a menu-driven microprocessor that guides the operator and allows each function to be performed individually or simultaneously. It is equipped with two programmable numbering heads that produce from one to 20 numbering impressions per page.
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ENTRY-LEVEL INKJET MARKING

The S8 Classic from Imaje is a small-character inkjet printer that marks on special surfaces, in difficult environments, and in variable or high temperatures. The single-jet printhead can output two lines of print, be used for logos and bar codes, and can run with a wide choice of inks, including alcohol-resistant inks. It is available in a single-jet configuration to meet most coding needs.
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WIDE-FORMAT INKJET PRINTER

Vutek introduces PressVu, a digital inkjet printer that prints on both rigid and flexible substrates. It handles sheet or continuous-feed material up to 72 inches wide and reportedly prints at a true 360-dpi resolution at 800 sq. fph. It is available with accessories, such as input and output tables, unwinders, rewinders and cutters. Combined with Vutek's Inkware ink technology, it is suitable for printing banners and signage, posters, backlit displays, fleet or vehicle graphics, and wall murals. Setup and changeover are said to be achieved in minutes.
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DIGITAL PRINTING SYSTEM

Océ announces the DPS400 digital printing system for high-speed copying, printing and scanning. It incorporates PostScript 3 printing and imaging, and PDF technologies to facilitate programming copy jobs and to preserve digital file integrity. The modular, scaleable system handles print-on-demand applications at a speed of 6,000 copies per hour at 600 × 600 dpi.
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NUMBERING MACHINE

The GW Junior from Graphic Whizard is a full-featured tabletop numbering machine, suitable for smaller printers requiring in-shop numbering. The machine occupies less than one sq. ft. of space, and is said to have rugged construction with solid-state electronics.
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WIDE-FORMAT SCANNER

VIDAR announces the TruScan Latitude wide-format color scanner. It can handle documents up to 54 inches wide and 5.6 inches thick, and is suitable for scan-to-file or scan-to-copy environments. It is said to maximize color precision by capturing 36 bits of data, removing the background noise and sending the best 24 bits to the computer.
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EXPANDED CLUSTER PRINTING

T/R Systems announces connectivity between its MicroPress and several monochrome and color print devices from various OEM partners. The MicroPress, composed of software that allows a single server to manage and control multiple print output devices as a single integrated system, now supports the following printers: the Ricoh Aficio 700, 850 and 1050; Kyocera Mita FS-9000; the Canon imageRunner 110 as shipped by IKON Office Solutions; and the Toshiba 6070 and 8070. It also supports the Toshiba FC 22, a high-speed color printer/copier.
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LETTERHEAD OPTIONS

Neenah Paper announces additions to its Classic Laid line of premium papers. The new colors include Cloud Nine, Navy, Charcoal, Epic Black and Avalanche White, and are showcased in the “2000 Classic Laid Letterhead Folder” promotion.

Neenah also introduces three promotions that highlight other product lines. “Environment Papers: In all the Right Places” emphasizes Neenah Paper's 100 percent recycled papers. “The Invisible Image” promotion displays samples of watermarked papers, and “Neenah Paper Looks at Everything” focuses on the financial and investment markets.
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FILM SCANNER

Nikon announces the Super Coolscan 8000 ED, a multiformat film scanner. It scans 35 mm, 120/220 and 16 mm at true 4000-dpi optical resolution with drum-scanner quality. It is equipped with film holders and adapters, and Nikon Scan 3.0 software.
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ANALOG/DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTERS

Colex introduces the MullerSOHN VCP 2000 video analyzing analog/digital printers and printer labs. This series of printers enables users to make prints from both conventional negatives and digital images. They print optically from up to 6 × 9-inch negatives, making prints up to 8 × 12 inches; they will print up to 8 × 10-inch prints from digital files, using an LCD electronic negative. Models are available as analog/digital, digital only and analog only, in either a roll-to-roll printer or roll-to-processor lab configuration.
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COPIER/PRINTER CONTROLLER

Kyocera Mita America and Electronics for Imaging announce the Fiery X4 print controller for the Ci7600 full-color copier/ printer. Connecting the X4 to any network is said to be easy, making printing available to every desktop. It allows users to preview, edit and merge multipage publications for true document set printing. It has a maximum speed of 6 ppm for full-color applications and 23 ppm for black-and-white jobs.
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DESKTOP WIRE BINDER

GBC announces the TL2900 modular series wire binder. It can be loaded on top of a GBC modular punch for small, single-operator jobs. With the machines stacked into a single unit, a punched document can be loaded directly onto the wire binding to speed up production. Or, the machines can be separated for use by two operators. The binder is able to crimp electronically in one second for up to 200 books per hour. It can load and crimp a wide range of 3:1 and 2:1 pitch TwinLoop wire.
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ANNUAL REPORT INSIGHTS

Monadnock's annual report promotion, “This piece is about just one annual report,” demonstrates the role of the annual report from the perspective of the corporation, the analyst, the shareholder, the printer and the designer.

Monadnock also introduces a sample book that contains all of its text, cover and imaging writing papers: Astrolite, Astrolite PC100, Dulcet and Caress. The imagery throughout the book emphasizes mountain scenes, to reflect Monadnock's recent logo redesign.
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CUSTOM CHILL STANDS

Custom chill stands from Webex feature chill rolls designed to control temperature within ±1Þ F across the face of each roll. A proprietary computerized heat-transfer analysis program is used to analyze each customer's process parameters to custom heat transfer rolls.
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ORDER PAPER WITHOUT PAPERWORK

Gilbert Paper presents “Expert Opinions_ Marketing Materials: Music,” the third in an ongoing series targeting design topics. It showcases music-industry design projects on a variety of papers.

Gilbert also announces www.gilbertdelivers.com, an order/delivery website where customers can find information on every grade, color, finish and size of paper. Envelopes, digital papers and full-sized paper for larger presses are available. If ordered before mid-afternoon, small quantities are shipped out the same day.
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PERFECT-BINDING ADHESIVE

National Starch and Chemical introduces Flex-back 34-1137, a low-temperature ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) adhesive for perfect binding of magazines and other publications printed on paper stocks that allow adhesive to grab into the fibers. Its low viscosity is said to permit better machining for ground-wood papers used in paperbacks and magazines. It can be used with Heidelberg, Kolbus, Müller Martini, Wohlenberg and other equipment.
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CD AND FLAT-ART FILE STORAGE

Foster Manufacturing's new catalog includes Railex vertical files and Rotatrim cutters. Additions to the product line include CD filing systems and cabinets, polypropylene flat-art files, LAN systems, filing stands and quality-control equipment.
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SIX-COLOR, WIDE-FORMAT PRINTER

Xerox Engineering Systems (XES) introduces the ColorgrafX X2, a 54-inch, six-color inkjet printer. Its proprietary Pixel Correct technology reportedly eliminates banding and the draft mode. It prints at both 360 dpi and 720 dpi, and offers three print categories. In productivity mode it prints up to 431 sq. fph; in quality mode, it prints at 260 sq. fph; and in high-quality mode, it prints at 130 sq. fph. The printer uses oil-based inks that are water-, UV- and smudge-resistant, eliminating additional drying time. A 36-inch model will be available shortly.
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BRIGHT TEXT AND COVER PAPERS

Wausau Papers has expanded its Astrobrights text and cover paper line to include 23 colors and a larger variety of text and cover weights. It is suitable for both offset presses and copiers, and is available in ream-sealed cut-sizes, large press sizes and rolls in selected colors. For a copy of the Astrobrights swatchbook or samples of the new colors and weights, contact Wausau.
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BLANKET PRODUCT LINE

Lamp Express USA introduces airDOT press-blankets from CNI Graphics. The technology for canvass construction in two-, three-, four- and five-ply blankets provides immense tensile strength and elongation characteristics, which is said to reduce gauge loss and blanket stretch during the print process. The blankets can be used on presses from AB Dick, Chief, Crabtree, Davidson, Hamada, Harris, Heidelberg, HOE, KBA, Komori, Miehle, Miller, Mitsubishi, Multi, OMSCA, OMNI, MAN Roland, Ryobi, Sakurai, Shinohara, Solna and Toko.
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PREPRESS SOFTWARE UPGRADE

ScenicSoft announces ColorCentral 3.7, a server-based software solution that automates the prepress process. It reduces image file sizes for fast handling, then restores the full image data for output. It sends files to queues, then directs the files to network PostScript printers. The Macintosh server version contains upgrades; its OPI and print management capabilities are comparable with those currently available in the Windows version.
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INK SYSTEM FOR HARD-TO-PRINT SUBSTRATES

Sun Chemical Ink (GPI) announces the water-based UltraCorr ink system, designed to boost the productivity of high-speed presses during multiple-color runs and inline diecutting of corrugated stock. It is said to offer fast drying with high color strength, good gloss and rub resistance on non-absorbent substrates. Other features include ink lay and coverage without smearing during subsequent operations.
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STANDALONE TRAPPING TOOL

CreoScitex introduces CreoScitex Supertrap, a standalone version of the PDF trapping solution from the Prinergy workflow management system. It is an Acrobat plug-in that allows Brisque, PS/M and Impact users to interactively perform vector-based trapping tasks while retaining the open standard of native PDF files. Running on both Windows and Mac OS platforms, it offers the same vector-based PDF trapping functionality as Prinergy. It is available to users of most other PostScript 3 workflows.
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E-NEWSLETTER FOR CUSTOMERS

PagePath Technologies announces an automated, private-labeled newsletter service called PrintNewz. The newsletter will be sent electronically to printers' customers each month, personalized with the printer's name, Web links, company colors, etc. It contains tips on printing and technology-related cartoons, and requires no equipment or postage from users.
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LARGE-FORMAT PRINTERS

Hewlett-Packard's (HP) portfolio of large- format printing systems includes three families of HP DesignJet printers: 500, 800 and 5000 series printers; three printing materials: HP photo imaging glass, satin poster paper and photo imaging satin; and ink supplies, including a UV solution for the 5000 series printers.

Available in 60- and 42-inch models, the HP DesignJet 5000 Series printing systems include the 5000 printer with existing RIP solutions and the DesignJet 5000 PS printer, with an embedded Adobe Postscript 3 RIP. The 5000 series printing systems offer production speeds of up to 569 sq. fph, and image quality with a maximum print resolution of 1200 × 600 dpi.

The HP DesignJet 500/800 Series printing platform encompasses four printing systems: the HP DesignJet 800, 500, 800 PS and 500 PS printers. Each DesignJet printer comes in 42- or 24-inch sizes.
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BINDER SUPPLIER'S CATALOG

General Loose Leaf Bindery, a manufacturer of ring binders, folders, index tabs, poly boxes and other packaging, has released its 2001 Printernet Catalog. The seven-page brochure features vinyl binders, custom ring binders, custom index tabs, boxes and envelopes. To order, call (847) 244-9700 or e-mail: printers@looseleaf.com.
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MATCHING PLATE TO PROOF

GRIPdigital announces the Centurfax CCDot4 DotMeter, which features software that measures both the true physical dot and the true optical/visual dot.When used in digital workflows involving the production of plates and proofs, the feature is said to eliminate problems created by dotmeters that calculate dot area values based on logarithmic estimates.
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LIFT TRUCK CATALOG

Crown announces a condensed catalog that provides information on its lift trucks. The company's trucks range from hand pallet trucks, to sit-down and stand-up riders, to stock-pickers, to pallet and turret trucks. Features, such as multifunction controls and side-stance positioning, are highlighted.
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ONLINE COLLABORATION

WAM!NET WorkSpace is an online service for collaborative workgroups, including corporate clients, advertising agencies, website developers and print production professionals who create, manage, share, publish, distribute and store digital media. The service enables this collaboration by providing on-line, accessible storage for works in progress. This extends the company's storage services across the media production workflow, which also includes the WAM!BASE archive service, a centralized, off-site management and storage service for completed projects. WorkSpace functions as a virtual server that is accessible worldwide via WAMNET.COM or WAM!NET's high-speed, secure network. Subscribers can access the company's network services, online and near-line storage services and workflow applications, including a new image-repurposing tool that performs basic file conversion, including resolution, color space and file type. Other tools include RealTimeProof to enable remote soft proofing and annotation. The service utilizes the company's private network, the public Internet and third-party applications to enable secure production of digital content or media, including advertisements, website content, video, catalogs, magazines, collateral literature and other general corporate materials.
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SCAN-TO-WEB PRODUCT LINE

LizardTech Inc.'s DjVu technology converts any scanned paper document, catalog or book into super-small, high-quality images that can be instantly transmitted and viewed by anyone via a standard Web browser. Users reportedly will be able to efficiently scan, store, download and e-mail crucial documents via corporate intranets or the Internet 150 times faster than Adobe PDF and 20 times faster than JPEG or GIF. It runs on any standard PC and offers support for the most popular IT platforms, including Windows 95/98/2000, NT 4.0, Solaris and Linux. DjVu is also available as a software developers' kit to allow software vendors and IT departments to easily integrate DjVu encoding and decoding technology into software applications.
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