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Jul 2, 2001 12:00 AM

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Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) (Radebeul, Germany) and httprint (San Francisco) have forged an alliance to deliver an Internet-based e-commerce solution designed to minimize the time printers spend between print jobs and allows their customers to send digital files directly to their presses. Httprint, using its e-commerce front end and color management software tools tailored to KBA’s 74 Karat presses, will deliver an integrated, Web-based workflow for a more efficient print management process. KBA and httprint will set up two beta sites in Germany; KBA also has six Karat presses at beta sites in the U.S.
KBA’s 74 Karat digital press features online plate imaging and waterless printing. A laser in the press engraves the plate, rather than the drum, reportedly enabling press operators to change printing jobs in minutes. Customers can send digital files to the presses themselves, eliminating the need for press reproduction departments.
Httprint has partnered with software and hardware suppliers to deliver the front-end software. GretagMacbeth provides color management, Markzware supplies preflighting and Bestcolor supplies the RIP. The KBA-httprint system will be demonstrated at KBA’s booth, Hall A, #929, at Print 01 in Chicago.