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Jun 1, 2010 12:00 AM
Better than expected. That's how many of the 250 exhibitors described traffic at this year's On Demand Conference. The show, co-located with the AIIM Expo, took place April 20 to 22 in Philadelphia. Show organizer Questex Media reports that more than 24,000 people attended the combined event. This was OnDemand's Philadelphia swan song: The show is moving to Washington, DC, next year. It will be held March 22 to 24, 2011, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Mohawk Fine Papers (Cohoes, NY) and newly acquired LabPrints introduced Mohawk Maestro, a software solution for photo product production. With Mohawk Maestro, photo labs and digital print service providers can build a catalog to offer their customers the ability to create photo books, cards, or calendars.
Mohawk also announced Superfine Premium Label, a wet-strength, pressure-sensitive, specialty label grade that will be available exclusively from Fasson Roll North America/Division of Avery Dennison. This product is certified for HP Indigo roll-fed presses and features a patented surface treatment that produces enhanced toner adhesion and printed results on offset, flexo and digital presses.
Pitney Bowes' (Stamford, CT) Production Intelligence suite of software solutions includes the P/I Output Manager for print stream transformation, centralized resource management, and output device independence. With the P/I Output Enhancement workflow and print stream re-engineering solution, users can easily modify, repurpose, or enhance print-ready documents without reprogramming the original business applications. P/I Enterprise Manager centralizes the management of all production jobs, from multiple hosts or sites, for optimal productivity and asset utilization. P/I Wizard software simplifies job preparation for a variety of complex applications, from digital color to TransPromo to the USPS Intelligent Mail barcode.
Standard Finishing Systems' (Andover, MA) StitchLiner 6000 Digital is a continuous-feed saddlestitching solution resulting from close technical cooperation between Horizon and Hunkeler. Standard represents both lines exclusively in North America.
The Standard Horizon StitchLiner 6000 can be integrated with Hunkeler's UW6 unwinder and CS6 rotary cutter for production of up to 6,000 booklets per hour, inline with continuous-feed printers. It offers inline cover feeding and non-stop booklet production on a range of paper stocks at up to 600 fpm. Variable sheet-count booklets can be produced using barcode scanning or mark reading. Icon-based color touchscreen control and fully automated setup enable the same operators running the printer to manage postpress functions.
Next Page: Streamlining book production
Océ's Automated Book Production Solution works with multiple input sources, such as MIS systems, web-to-print software, or third-party software solutions. Files and job ticketing can be imported using JDF/JMF communication protocols or through Hot Folders to enable standards-based workflow. Users gain timesaving automation and accuracy for accepting, quoting, routing and spooling print jobs.
The solution allows batch management of all jobs prior to printing, and jobs can be attached by size, imposition, color and run length. Users can drive fleets of color or monochrome engines and track jobs through finishing and mailroom environments.
InfoPrint Solutions (Boulder, CO), the joint venture between IBM and Ricoh (scheduled to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Co. Ltd. at midnight on June 30, 2010) launched new support tools and educational materials for Automated Document Factory (ADF) users.
The vendor's ADF ROI Calculator instantly highlights the savings companies can realize by integrating a comprehensive ADF workflow. Components include an online questionnaire focused on analyzing the customers' current environment. Results are tailored to specific customers.
InfoPrint Solutions also showcased several mailroom optimization solutions, inserter monitoring and reprinting, mail preparation solutions, Intelligent Mail solutions, and its TransPromo Whitespace Manager — all driven by the IPPD workflow platform.
Avanti Computer Systems (Toronto) won best of show honors in the Print/MIS/ERP category. Avanti's CRM module integrates with Microsoft Outlook to boost salespeople's productivity.
It bridges the potential information gap between salespeople using Microsoft Outlook to manage internal and external communication and production teams relying on data from the shop's MIS. Avanti provides automatic synchronization of e-mails, contacts, tasks and appointments bidirectionally between Avanti's Print MIS and Microsoft Outlook.
“Trying to keep multiple applications up-to-date with exactly the same information is a productivity killer if done manually,” says Patrick Bolan, CEO of Avanti. “Avanti CRM becomes the control center for all customer information and the ability to synchronize with Microsoft Outlook ensures that key information is not sitting on multiple laptops. Instead, there is a central repository that is consistent, always up to date and available across all departments.”
Xante (Mobile, AL) announced iQueue Intelligent Color Workflow, a free content and production management solution for the Illumina digital color press. Ilumina users can take control of their customer's digital files, manage production schedules and deliver dramatically improved color and print quality.
Highlights include spot color matching, unlimited screening control, independent CMYK control, full color management, flexible queue management, and archiving and better output quality, due to special screening technology.
iQueue reportedly yields up to 25% savings on toner cost due to the special screening, making it an attractive companion to the Ilumina series.
Next Page: Cutting-edge inkjet development for short-run direct mail
InfoTrend's eagle-eyed Bob Leahy spotted one cutting-edge inkjet development that escaped many visitors' notice. (See http://blog.infotrends.com/wordpress.) Rena Systems (Oaks, PA) showed a tabletop addressing system based on a page-wide, CMYK head from Memjet (San Diego, CA). “Rena says the printer, the name of which is unreleased, is planned to be commercially available by the end of this year,” reports Leahy. “If so, the printer could be the first Memjet-based printer to be marketed for any application.”
Leahy described the print samples on uncoated paper as “sharp and attractive” He notes that Rena currently offers only color inkjet systems using shuttle-head printers. “In concept, the tabletop color printer looks like a compelling addition to Rena's line, able to print both the envelope and its insert in full color, at fairly high speeds,” says Leahy. “As such the device would be useful in lettershops and similar settings for small direct mail runs.”
Memjet is charged with implementing print systems based on the inkjet technology patents of Silverbrook Research. (See “MEMs go mainstream,” December 2007.) Rena Systems manufacturers inkjet addressing systems based on monochrome thermal inkjet heads from Hewlett-Packard. Neopost USA acquired Rena Systems (www.renausa.com) in 2009.
Xerox (Rochester, NY) debuted additions to its digital color portfolio: the Xerox Color 800/1000 presses. Printing at 80 and 100 ppm, respectively, the Xerox Color 800/1000 presses offer a new clear dry ink station, allowing for images and text to be highlighted for visual impact. The presses produce high-definition image quality on a wide array of paper stock.
Xerox also introduced new business development software that helps print providers maximize resources and time. Examples include the ProfitQuick Direct Marketing ROI Planner which evaluates the effectiveness of a direct-mail campaign and the ezBusiness Planner which offers a customized five-year business plan. A Wide Format Essentials Kit helps print providers build a marketing plan, host an open house and identify revenue generating applications.
Konica Minolta (Ramsey, NJ) won the “Best of Show” hat trick. Two awards went to its bizhub press line: one to the color C8000 and one to the monochrome bizhub PRO 950. Konica's Printgroove web-to-print solution also was singled out for top honors.
Other “Best of Show” winners included:
Next Page: Laudatory layflat bookbinding
David Spiel accepts the “Best of Show” award for the Sterling Doublebinder. “It will revolutionize the way layflat perfect bound and case bound books are bound,” predicts Spiel. “This new technology produces a perfect layflat book by gluing not only the spine — but between the sheets.”
The new binder, said to offer an economical PUR alternative, binds books at speeds up to 300 books per hour. Minimal cleanup is required and books dry instantly.
Konica Minolta (Ramsey, NJ) introduced an 80 ppm model, the bizhub press C8000, targeted toward commercial offset and high-volume digital environments.
Nordson's (www.nordson.com) PURBlue 4 Slug Melter for spine glue applications provides the low volumes of reactive PUR adhesives short-run digital print jobs require.
GBC (www.gbc.com) is now the premier U.S. and Canadian distributor for Plockmatic booklet making equipment and systems.
RISO, (www.us.riso.com) highlighted its ComColor series of full-color inkjet printer/MFPs ranging from 90 to 150 ppm (A4).
Drytac (www.drytac.com) showcased its VersaCoater DocuMate Plus 20 inch with built-in IR. The IR is designed to handle highly polymerized, wax infused toner/ink technologies such as the Konica Minolta 5500/6500.
NewPage (www.newpagedigital.com) customizable digital paper swatchbook lets users order and personalize materials to demonstrate variable data capabilities.
Duplo's (www.duplousa.com) Alpha Saddlestitcher booklet-maker is rated at 6,000 books per hour. Its 3-knife trimming and saddlestitching modules produce high-quality, full-bleed flat books. It features parallel sheet feeding.
Also new: Duplo's DC-745 slitter/cutter/creaser with processing speed of up to 50 spm for applications such as business cards, brochures, greeting cards, catalogs and photos.
EFI (www.efi.com) PrintSmith users can now place xpedx paper orders and check inventory and pricing directly from the MIS.
The Lifetime Achievement award went to Charlie Pesko, who founded the ON DEMAND show 17 years ago.
Canon (Lake Success, NY) expanded its imageRUNNER line with the new monochrome Advance 8000 Series and 6000 Series of multifunction products. Designed on the same platform as the vendor's color models, the black-and-white machines offer output speeds up to 105 ppm. Canon also showcased several popular imageRUNNER Advance Color models.
Also new: the 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6300, which utilizes a 12-color Lucia EX ink set and advanced printing technologies specifically developed to produce precision prints for graphic artists and photographers.