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Aug 1, 2009 12:00 AM


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Transpromo, print on demand and more

InfoPrint (booth 2082) will feature:

Transpromo solutions

A suite of tools provides the core components — database analytics, statement design and composition, and direct marketing content — of a transpromo infrastructure that can be customized to meet specific company requirements.

Print-on-demand

InfoPrint's POD solution lets users streamline books and manuals, versioned textbooks or personalized marketing collateral production using industry-leading scan and composition tools. Repetitive tasks are automated with this solution to reduce operator error and job costs.

InfoPrint 5000

This continuous forms inkjet drop-on-demand printing system runs alongside InfoPrint's transpromo software solutions, including IPPD and InfoPrint Manager (IPM). The built-in AFP color management architecture provides device-independent color rendering. The InfoPrint 5000 is designed for transactional printers, service bureaus, direct mailers and book printers.

InfoPrint 4100

The InfoPrint 4100 Advanced Function Printing System is a next-generation digital publishing and transactional production output solution.

InfoPrint Pro C900

The InfoPrint Pro C900 printer capitalizes on the growing color printing market. It is ideal for commercial and in-plant printers with monthly volumes of 50,000 to 240,000 pages.

See www.infoprint.com.

Web-fed inkjet press arrives

Following a series of successful beta installations worldwide, HP's (booth1229) HP Indigo W7200 press is commercially available. The dual-engine, web-fed press offers a duty cycle of nearly 4 million, double-sided, four-color pages per month.

The two additional press models announced at Drupa — the HP Indigo 7000 and WS6000 presses — also will be featured at the HP booth. The HP Indigo 7000 Press has been installed in more than 20 countries.

The HP Indigo WS6000 can cost-effectively produce 80 percent of the work done by analog flexographic presses. Visitors also will see HP SmartStream workflow portfolio and partner software and finishing solutions.

See www.hp.com.

New bizhub to debut

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., (booth 6118) highlights include the recently launched bizhub PRO C65hc, which delivers 65 ppm. New bizhub PRO production print systems will be unveiled and Konica Minolta will also debut new Printgroove technologies to further enable streamlined workflows and increased overall efficiency.

See www.countonkonicaminolta.com.

Commercial, newspaper, finishing & media-to-mobile solutions

Goss Intl.'s 7,000-sq.-ft. booth (3629) will highlight commercial printing, newspaper production, aftermarket and media-to-mobile solutions as well as Goss/Ferag print finishing options.

Individual displays will cover web offset alternatives for sheetfed and packaging applications and the recent start-up of the world's first 96-page web offset press, a Goss Sunday 5000 system. Automated commercial web systems featuring Automatic Transfer technology and the Goss Web Center digital workflow will also be presented, along with solutions for crossover newspaper-commercial production requirements.

Visitors also can learn more about DigiRail inking, Ecobox and Ecochill heatset dryer enhancements, Triliner triple-around newspaper press conversions and comprehensive service programs.

Live demonstrations of Ferag STR-100 conveying technology together with the MultiLog bundler will emphasize how its speed and log quality can enable new, more efficient finishing workflows. Goss Intl. represents Ferag products in North America.

See www.gossinternational.com.

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UV curable, printable foil

UV presses have enjoyed double-digit growth over the past few years and Henkel Corp. (booth 5255) is poised to take advantage of this trend. Henkel's MiraFoil liquid coating offers UV press users a sustainable alternative to foil board laminating and hot foil stamping. Users can print foil effects inline and achieve high opacity with a single pass, eliminating the need for a double bump.

The UV curable and printable foil coating can be selectively printed on paper, board or plastic. Potential applications include folding cartons, cosmetic packaging, point-of-purchase displays, direct mail and tags and labels.

MiraFoil reduces foil waste allows for fully recyclable and sustainable packaging. There's no need for primer and special inks. Henkel offers a MiraFoil selection guide showing 1,176 metallic colors.

See a video overview at www.naturallyhenkel.com/mirafoil.htm or www.henkelna.com.

Advanced production

At Print ‘09, Canon U.S.A. (booth 2612) will display for the first time the newly released imageRUNNER Advance C9075 Pro multifunction devices. These models deliver advanced color and robust media handling capabilities for light production. Canon will demonstrate this new platform as well as the customizable user interface, ColorPASS Enhanced Platform and uniFLOW software technologies.

The imagePRESS 1100 will be displayed with imageWARE PrePress Manager and Print Job Manager software. Additionally, the imagePRESS 1135 and C6000/C6000VP will be onsite to illustrate the process of automating digital workflows. Other devices from the imagePRESS line will also be on display including the proofing-oriented imagePRESS C1+ and imagePRESS C7000VP set beside the Essential Business Builder Program to show attendees the importance of integrating hybrid workflows.

Finally, Canon U.S.A. will have a selection of its imagePROGRAF printers on display — the imagePROGRAF iPF820, a 44-inch printer designed for technical documents applications, the imagePROGRAF iPF9000S, a 60-inch printer targeted at the professional print service providers and the imagePROGRAF iPF6200 to demonstrate print opportunities in the professional photography and graphic arts markets.

See www.usa.canon.com.

Prepress, press and postpress solutions at xpedx

At booth 1221, xpedx prepress technology experts will discuss workflow and color management tools such as Agfa :Apogee X Prepress, Xitron Xenith Sierra and EFI Colorproof XF v4.0.

xpedx, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Ryobi presses, will demonstrate two new Ryobi presses: the North American debut of the Ryobi 1050-6 and 756G with LED-UV curing unit. The RYOBI 1050-6 is an 8-up, 42.75 × 30.75-inch, 6-color press rated at 16,000 sph.

The Ryobi 756G is a 6-up, 31 × 23.5-inch, 6-color press with new features enabling the press to run a variety of substrates at up to 16,000 sph. The press will feature the Ryobi LED-UV curing system.

Xpedx will demonstrate the Konica Minolta bizhub PRO C6501 digital color press, the Epson Stylus Pro 9900 and the Epson 9900 inkjet printer with SpectroProofer. The company's expanding finishing and bindery lineup will be shown with an FMA UV Coater, Morgana Digifold 5000P and Secap Quick Jet printing and mailing system.

See www.xpedx.com.

EPG expands color line

Essex Products Group (EPG) (booth 5437) will exhibit advanced color measurement technology and new presetting and scanning interface software. Look for the new KeyColor C remote ink control desk as well as the KeyColor S controller for smaller presses, which provide computerized control of fountain ink keys. Also highlighted will be the new KeyColor Adelphi software, which uses the output of CTP to preset the ink fountain keys and reduce setup costs on presses with non-EPG ink control systems. The Adelphi scanner interface software works with any ink desk on sheetfed or web presses.

See www.epg-inc.com.

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See the iron in Chicago

The Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC) is offering discounts and incentives for exhibitors to bring their equipment to PRINT 09. If you attend the show in Chicago, Sept. 11-16, you will see an excellent assortment of equipment, especially offset and digital presses. In our July 2009 issue (“Quick Thinking”), we provided an overview of key offset press automation technology. Here's a recap:

  • PRINT 09 attendees will see KBA's (booth 2545) Rapida 106 41-inch press running live as well as the Rapida 75 and Genius 52UV. At Drupa 2008, the KBA Rapida 106 with DriveTronic SPC printed 15 jobs of 520 saleable sheets apiece — including 14 changes of eight plates — in less than an hour.

  • Clarence Penge, Heidelberg's (booth 1200) sheetfed product management v.p., cites Prinect Press Center, Intellistart software and Inpress Control as automation highlights on the 18,000-sph Speedmaster XL 105.

    Prinect Press Center — featuring the Wallscreen and Intellistart process-oriented operating platform — won a 2009 InterTech Award presented by Printing Industries of America (PIA). Available on all Heidelberg Speedmaster presses since Drupa 2008, the Prinect Press Center combines automation and data management to ensure efficient production.

  • Presstek (booth 3646) is continuing to expand its DI press portfolio with the Presstek52DI-AC. The digital offset press has an integrated aqueous coater that supports flood and spot coating.

    Presstek previously announced a UV printing version of its Presstek 52DI (20.47 × 14.17 inches) and 34DI (13.39 × 18.11 inches) digital offset presses. Adding UV capabilities to the waterless DI presses supports higher quality and faster turn times on a wider range of non-porous and specialty substrates.

  • manroland (booth 1129) CEO Vince Lapinski stressed the company's dedication to the industry's success. “We offer a full line of printing equipment from portrait presses up to multitower hybrid newspaper presses,” he said. “Even in these tough times we have continued to develop and refine technologies, services and product offerings as we respond to the needs of the printing market. We were the first to feature aftermarket services part and support at PRINT 05. We listened when printers told us they want to focus on optimizing performance this year.”

    (See July 2009 for an overview of the Roland 700, InLineFoiler and ColorPilot QuickChange.)

  • Mitsubishi's (booth 1146) recently launched Diamond V Series features SimulChanger, a fully automated, simultaneous plate-changing system that replaces old plates with new ones at every printing unit in one seamless operation. The SimulChanger reportedly can reduce makereadies on a 10-color press by almost 15 minutes. The complete plate-changing process is just over one minute.

    Diamond Color Navigator, Mitsubishi's automatic color adjustment option, reduces dependence on press operators' color knowledge and eliminates complicated ink key moves. Mitsubishi's Diamond V3000 will be running at PRINT 09.

    PRINT 09 offers an excellent venue to see Ryobi's (booth 1221) new press technology. (xpedx Printing Technologies is the North American distributor for Ryobi branded presses.) Ryobi's Drupa highlights included a new 40-inch press, the Ryobi 1050, as well as an inline UV casting and foiling option for its 755 6-up model. Both will be running at the show.

A digital press Q&A

In our July 2009 issue, we spoke with Justin Searles, a consultant with InfoTrends Printing and Publishing Services (Weymouth, MA) about light, mid-volume, high and very high-volume production digital presses. We had a few more questions for Searles and he was happy to oblige.

AP | At the Media Days presentations, several digital press vendors spoke of identifying gaps between the lowest and the highest end production devices. Do you see any “underserved” categories where we might expect to see new introductions?

JS | For cutsheet devices, the typical “underserved” category always seems to be in that 70-90-ppm range between MFPs and full-scale production devices. Some vendors are filling this gap with products like the Ricoh C900 and likely the new Konica Minolta color product, which they will be showing in some form at PRINT 09 (no speed listed yet, but assumed to be faster than 65ppm). However, there are still some gaps in other vendors' product lines.

The other gap we may see addressed is between high-speed color cutsheet and high-speed roll-fed devices. Products like the Xerox Concept Color 220, Kodak SE3600 and HP Indigo 7000 are improving the speeds and productivity of cut sheet devices, creating a viable alternative to roll-fed color.

AP | There has been a lot of activity on the MFP front from Xerox with its new solid ink device, Riso and others. MFPs generally target office environments — do you see applications further upstream?

JS | There are certainly commercial applications out there for these devices. Though it is still early to say with the Xerox ColorQube, the Riso products have long been found in production environments. These products are often found in in-plant and educational institutions and serve as a great low cost entry in to the transpromo markets. Additionally, there have been multiple examples in which Riso products have been used as proofing devices for Kodak Versamark installations.

AP | The Océ JetStream family was the first to integrate the Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) feature into a full process digital ink jet color engine as an all-in-one solution to support both high-volume color inkjet printing and MICR applications on a single platform. When Océ showed its MICR capabilities, some observers wondered if this would pave the way for additional color or other capabilities. Any thoughts?

JS | The obvious answer would be spot colors and expanded gamut printing like hexachrome. Additional opportunities could include dimensional inks (similar to NexPress), clear inks, spot coatings, or multiple black units for increased productivity. I envision a day when we could be inkjetting far less conventional applications, things like metallic inks and microencapsulated beads; items that typically would be printed using specialized processes. The possibilities are vast — if it can fit through an inkjet nozzle chances are we could find some reason to print it.

AP | From the Media Days news, we know we'll hear additional news from Ricoh and Konica Minolta. Anything else we should look for?

JS | Nothing public at this point. I am interested in seeing the new Riso ComColor products, moving A4 sheets at 150 ppm is quite impressive. The chaining of multiple engines similar to the Concept Color 220 is also worth a look. The somewhat lesser known manufacturer MGI is gaining visibility. I am sure there will be many more as announcements continue to be made public.