HOT TOPIC: DIGITAL UV SPOT COATING
AUTOBOND’S INKJET SPOT UV TECHNOLOGY can produce gloss effects as well as braille-like output. It uses inkjet print heads to spot print inline UV varnish with lamination in a single pass. It can also be ordered as an offline unit.
MGI’s JETvarnish 3D digital spot UV coating targets operations with offset and/or digital presses up to 52×105-cm formats and can tackle runs from one to thousands. The JETvarnish 3D lets users feature traditional flat spot coating or 3D raised effects on the same sheet or separately. An inline hot foil option was shown as a technology preview.
Scodix’s new Ultra Digital Press is rated at 1,250 sheets per hour and reportedly can produce 10,000 B2 sheets, 40,000 photo-book covers, 80,000 greeting cards, or 480,000 business cards during every eight-hour shift. The vendor, which had it first installations at smaller operations, reports that Quad and Transcontinental have recently added machines. Scodix is now targeting designers—they want to educate creatives on these possibilities .
THE SCOOP: Although overall machine speeds have picked up, some may still find them too slow. Attendees loved the look and feel of the digital spot UV output—they snapped up posters, bags and other samples.
QUICK FIX FOR MISSING FONTS
This Enfocus and Monotype announcement almost sounds like an offering in a graphic arts app store. Users of Enfocus’ PitStop Pro 12 and PitStop Server 12 can connect to the new Monotype Baseline platform, a cloud-based solution to the ongoing missing-font problem. They can license a font for $1.49 per document and embed the font in the file, thereby allowing it to pass preflight and print successfully. As part of the terms of the agreement, Enfocus currently has exclusive rights to offer the Monotype solution for use in preflight.
THE SCOOP: We’ve heard a lot of cloud-related hype, but this sounds like the perfect use for it—and goodness knows the demand is there!
DO-IT-YOURSELF LIST PROCESSING
GoData is Bell and Howell’s 100-percent cloud-based tool for list processing. “Users can immediately access address-cleansing and list-enhancement services 24/7 using only their Web browser,” says Chris Lien, VP of Data and Postal Software Solutions. “There’s no software to license, install or maintain, and they can even pay with a credit card.”
THE SCOOP: “Managing data quality for your postal, marketing, and sales efforts has never been easier,” claims the company, and it certainly does seem to let users do everything on their own.
SMALL BUT MIGHTY POWERFUL…
The Kern iMpres is a monochrome high-speed inkjet printing press for transactional documents, production mail, books-on-demand and security print applications. It offers 1200-dpi quality and speeds of up to 492 feet per minute, with web widths up from 17.5 inches to 30 inches. Its compact footprint and paper path permit simplex, duplex and even duplex plus MICR in a single print-engine enclosure.
OKI unveiled the C941dn LED digital color printer in a five-station toner configuration (CMYK plus white or clear in the fifth position). The white toner option enables a wide range of applications, including on-demand print on color paper, POP/signage printing on transparent film, T-shirt printing with transfer paper, proofing for design review, promotional merchandise and marketing documents.
RISO’s display showcased ready-to-mail completed jobs produced on a single compact unit. Its ComColor 9150 or 7150 printer is paired with its Wrapping Envelope Finisher, which automatically addresses, folds, inserts into envelopes, and seals printed documents. Up to 2,200 completed pieces of mail can be produced every hour.
THE SCOOP: Each of these machines targets a different niche, but they all pack a surprising amount of functionality into small packages.
ONLINE DOCUMENT EDITING FOR YOUR W2P NEEDS
Some observers have previously described CHILI’s “Publisher” online editing solution as “InDesign in the cloud.” This software targets companies that have a web-to-print e-commerce platform and need a portal to allow end users to view and edit their documents online. The latest version lets a user edit a document in CHILI Publisher and export it to HTML 5, where it can then be used as the basis for online communications such as email campaigns.
THE SCOOP: Package designers will want to check out the latest 3D visualization options.
DIGITAL PRESS DYNAMICS
SpencerMETRICS won Must See ’Em honors for its iDPA, which provides real-time digital press performance data via simple data collection and instantaneous cloud-based analysis. PRINT 13 also marked the debut of Image Test Labs’ (ITL) new color assessment for press and process grading. ITL’s grading system, billed as a “report card for your press,” can be used on offset and digital presses.
THE SCOOP: These are interesting new assessment tools—and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to use them.
ONES TO WATCH…
Epson individually briefed the trade press on PrecisionCore, the MEMS-based technology that will push its thin-film piezo print technology to new heights. PrecisionCore is modular—Epson will scale the technology from single-pass industrial presses to workgroup and desktop printers. Its first application is a label press, but stay tuned, as there’s much more to come.
Canon U.S.A. previewed Niagra, its high-volume sheetfed color inkjet digital press. The platform features a patented four-color ink system, and up to six stations are in the works. Production speed is said to be 3,800 duplexed B3 sheets per hour and 8,500 duplexed letter sheets per hour, with volumes of up to 10 million letter-sized images per month. The integrated end-to-end digital workflow is built on the Océ PRISMA software platform.
THE SCOOP: More details as developments unfold