Print Industry Convenes for drupa in Germany
Exciting News, Breakthrough Product Releases, and Much More
By DO & DPS Staff
For four years the industry—from players in digital and offset printing, to packaging, superwide and grand format, substrates, document composition, workflow, and finishing—has held its breath for what’s known as the "Olympics" of print and media. The event continues through June 11, 2008 and is certainly delivering. Hype dates back earlier to this year’s ON DEMAND and ISA events, when key vendors teased us with promises for an exciting drupa.
According to Messe Düsseldorf, the show touts 1,971 exhibitors from 52 countries with an anticipated 400,000 visitors convening from around the globe. We leave you with highlights from the ongoing event.
Agfa Graphics debuts the newest additions to its family of inkjet printers—the :Anapurna XLS, :Anapurna Mv, and the :Anapurna M4f—all shown at the Agfa stand.
The new :Anapurna XLS is designed to eliminate the compromise between speed and quality as it is specially designed to provide photographic quality at high production speeds. The XLS produces top-quality printing with highly saturated, wide gamut colors in the medium, large, and extra-large formats. It allows borderless printing and has the capability for dual board printing.
The printer outputs photo quality images at resolutions of 1,440 dpi, enabling reproduction of very fine text and line art. The system incorporates many design features for advanced operator support, automated maintenance, calibration, and remote diagnostics. The printer is built around Agfa's unique Universal Print Head (UPH) technology. UV-curable :Anapurna XLS ink is developed for optimum jetting reliability, image quality, and adhesion to a wide variety of industry-standard media. The :Anapurna XLS will be available immediately after drupa.
The :Anapurna Mv offers the image quality of the popular :Anapurna M, but adds a spot of flood varnish to further improve printed materials’ cosmetic appearance.
The :Anapurna M4f also has the same robust design as the :Anapurna M. It has four CMYK printheads and is positioned as a rigid printer with roll-to-roll as an option.
Agfa’s industrial inkjet line includes both the :Anapurna and :Dotrix families, as well as the :M-Press. The :Dotrix range is a single-pass high-speed digital press for promotional, label, and package printing. The :M-Press is a revolutionary high-speed flatbed inkjet press that uses Agfa's expertise in digital imaging and inkjet technology. The :M-Press is fully automated, providing an accurate reproduction of full and spot color images. It uses both rigid and flexible substrates.
Canon, U.S.A., Inc.
Canon created its largest ever stand for drupa 2008. With more than 2,000 square meters devoted to demonstrating its portfolio of complete solutions, the stand is designed to help customers along the Path to Profit.
With seven distinct zones—including the print for pay, CRD, large format print, commercial production printing, and the Canon Essential Business Builder area—the stand represents one of the largest demonstrations of Canon’s commitment to the graphic arts. The layout enables an interactive and holistic experience for the visitor, in keeping with the Canon ethos of ‘We Speak Image,’ meaning it is not only about products and solutions, but also growing a business more effectively.
David Preskett, European marketing director, Professional Solutions, Canon Europe says, "With our comprehensive range of imaging solutions on show from Canon and our Alliance Program partners we have assembled a formidable stand that will help our customers get the right solution to provide value-add services, as well as provide guidance on growing and marketing a business in this competitive climate."
Highlights from Canon include the latest additions to the imagePRESS range, the imagePRESS C6000 and imagePRESS C6000VP. The presses are equipped with several powerful server options, capable of handling complex jobs involving static or variable data.
The imagePRESS C1+, the first color device with clear toner for the light production market–designed to enhance color and B&W areas when printing–is also being demonstrated. The new device presents a cost effective way of adding value to the print product in print-on-demand environments.
The presses are running with powerful front-end workflow options that suit hybrid print environments. Canon’s Alliance Partners will display Heidelberg’s Prinect and Agfa Graphics’ Apogee solutions that operate digital and conventional offset print rooms using just one workflow system.
Canon’s large format devices have undergone a 40 percent sales growth during 2007 due to the roll-out of 11 new products. The business unit continues the momentum at drupa with more products specifically designed for the 44-inch CAD sector—the imagePROGRAF iPF810 and iPF820. Scheduled to launch in September, the five-color dye and pigment printers combine fast output production speeds with efficient ink usage and a low total cost of ownership, making them the most appealing printers in the sector.
Duplo unveils new products including, the fully automatic and user-friendly Ultra 205A UV Coater, the DuWrap—a polywrapping unit for the mail fulfilment market, and a new friction fed collating range including the DFC-100 and DFC-120 Mini Collator.
Visitors can experience technology previews as well as a new products and innovative modular finishing configurations allowing printers to introduce sophisticated value-added finishing processes to customer offerings.
In addition to the UV Coater and DuWrap product, visitors can view Duplo’s DC-645 Production Color Finisher with a new knife folder, adding further application possibilities to slit, cut, and crease machine. Drupa also hosts the first showing of the intelligent DSF-5000 high speed dynamic document sheet feeder, Duplo’s new PUR DuBinder, and the launch of the DBM-350T, a new mid-range bookletmaker.
EFI announces the preview of the VUTEk DS Series digital screenprinter. The high speed, flatbed UV printer provides a digital solution for the production of point of purchase (POP) quality graphics at breakthrough speed with the advantages of UV technology and digital economics.
The DS Series, with an expected availability in 2009, is a new category of high-speed digital flatbed printers representing a tipping point in productivity, image quality, and flexibility. It signifies a call to action for both analog screenprinters and leading edge digital printers in terms of new economics and capabilities now available with digital print. The innovative DS Series design and architecture enables cost effective production of higher volume jobs than ever before possible using a digital press.
VUTEk’s super high speed digital flatbed DS Series produces sellable output at up to 6,000 square feet per hour (sf/h) and uses a unique high productivity UV curing system, newly engineered from the ground up, to provide full curing at the fastest speeds. The unique VUTEk user controllable zoned vacuum table is optimized for European and North American standard single sheet graphic printing and also supports the simultaneous printing of multiple various sized substrates. With the addition of an optional advanced material handling system, automatic loading and unloading of substrates delivers productivity improvements of up to 100 percent.
The DS Series captures the advantages of UV technology, including print resolutions up to 1,200 dpi, and up to eight colors. Additionally, an extended application range of UV ink and compatibility with key industry substrates enables printing on paper, film, rigid boards, and a variety of other specialty materials.
The DS Series accommodates a wide range of rigid and cut-sheet materials with a maximum media size of 63 by 96 inches and up to two inches thick. A large ink reservoir and optional automated media handling for both input and output enable near-lights-out operation for up to eight hours. The DS Series is designed with a fixed array of printheads and a bed that moves back and forth, enabling much faster speeds than existing technology that utilizes moving printheads. The system can print in four- or eight-color mode and initial ink sets will include CMYK, as well as light cyan, light magenta, light yellow, and light black. EFI plans to expand the range of available inks in the future to include white and clear.
EFI also showcases its next-generation Fiery technology along with new, highly efficient and productive Fiery-driven workflows. First time demonstrations of the newest Fiery innovation include, new make-ready capability, a visual workflow for digital printing imposition and document composition, new digital printing workflow, integration with the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE), and Microsoft XPS support.
EFI’s color management system delivers consistent output across both the APPE and Microsoft XPS environments. Fiery is now PPML certified and features Pantone Goe integration.
EFI’s Advanced Workstream Solution is showcased within the Fiery technology pavilion. This new portfolio of products and services is created specifically for solution-driven integration, bringing together all aspects of business from management to production color and output.
Also on display, the Xerox EX Print Server powered by Fiery, the Splash RPX-iii Mac-based Workflow Solution, and the Integrated Fiery Color Server—all designed to optimize the new Xerox 700 Digital Color Press. The new solutions deliver advanced color and quality imaging combined with enhanced productivity tools to address a diversity of needs across enterprise, print for pay, commercial print, graphic arts, advertising, and graphics-intensive applications that require fast turnaround.
Epson is showing new technologies to enable a move into new, vertical sectors while maintaining its position in the traditional large format printer market. At a booth three times larger than ever before, a range of new Epson solutions illustrate how a combination of quality, flexibility, reliability, and productivity can deliver high-quality inkjet digital print solutions that address the challenges of the printing industry.
Epson’s development of UltraChrome ink and its knowledge and expertise in its core Micro Piezo printhead technology bring inkjet to a high standard of quality and reliability and now used for a variety of commercial production-oriented printing applications including print for pay, label printing, print on demand, exhibition graphics, signage, photo, and fine art reproduction.
The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900, are new printers touting key features such as an 11-color Epson UltraChrome HDR ink set; expanding UltraChrome K3 with vivid magenta by adding crange and green in 11 individual, high capacity 350ml or 700ml cartridges; ten channel Epson MicroPiezo TFP printhead for accurate and reliable imaging with the highest image quality; Epson variable-sized droplet technology for optimum speed, ink usage, efficiency, and image detail; optional Epson SpectroProofer technology powered by X-Rite spectrophotometer; and auto-switching of matte and photo black inks.
Epson also announces the new Stylus Pro GS6000, a 64-inch large format printer with an eight color ink set, offering the widest color gamut to date in a printer designed for both indoor and outdoor applications.
Integral to the quality and durability of print output is the new Epson UltraChrome GS, an eight color eco-solvent type ink set with an exceptionally wide color palette. This ink set also addresses commonly used spot colors and is available in efficient 950 ml cartridges. Important for the environment and operators, Epson UltraChrome GS ink doesn’t spread harmful VOCs and is the first major eco-solvent type ink set to be launched without the need for a hazard symbol.
The Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 has a resolution up to 1440x1440 dpi and a 3.7 picolitre droplet. Production speeds deliver fast drying, scratch resistant prints that are water and UV resistant for up to 1.5 years without lamination. Prints can be laminated for applications exposed to intensive mechanical stress or abrasion.
Gandinnovations, a world leader in grand format digital printer innovations, launches its newest grand format UV digital printer, the NanoJet UV True Flatbed digital printer. The Nanojet uses the latest in digital print technology and is specifically designed to print outstanding photo-realistic quality outputs.
Equipped with a silicon nozzle plate, the NanoJet uses 24 spectra high performance printheads. This 15 pico liter head is specifically designed to deliver high resolution droplets. Printing at speeds of 220 sf/h in photo-realistic mode, the NanoJet has a print area of four by eight feet and prints in six colors at 800 dpi, using Gandinnovations UV-curable branded inks.
The strong vacuum table on the NanoJet holds virtually any rigid material in place up to two inches thickness and the specially designed table uses a linear motion system to control movement, ensuring perfect registration on rigid and flexible materials every time. Ideal for high quality display printing on glass, acrylics, dibond, aluminum, wood, steel, coroplast, formboard, and styren, the NanoJet is a true winner for any printshop needing to output photo-realistic quality products.
Other key highlights include the introduction of the new Jeti 3348 Jetstream UV RTR digital printer and the award-winning Jeti 3324 Aquajet Direct-to-Fabric digital printer as well as its full Jeti range of grand format digital printers.
GBC, an ACCO Brands business
GBC unveils its fastest and most advanced commercial laminating system at drupa. Running at speeds up to 500 feet per minute (fpm), the GBC 8500HS Cyclone offers greater productivity than any other system in this market.
Besides its astounding speed, the 8500HS Cyclone accommodates sheet widths up to 44 inches. Three models are available for sheet lengths of 31, 44, and 56 inches. At drupa 2008, is running the 56-inch model.
The 8500HS Cyclone includes an integrated high-speed MABEG feeder that runs up to 18,000 sheets per hour.
GBC’s new Advanced Adhesion Mechanism is shown for the first time. Located in the lamination unit of the 8500HS Cyclone, this mechanism is designed to improve bonding at all speeds.
After prints are laminated, they are separated with the aid of a track-mounted snapping assembly that remains stationary while running and maintaining its grip over the entire sheet. The result is clean and accurate separation of prints before they enter the stacker.
A single operator can easily control all critical functions of the 8500HS Cyclone from one of the two touch screen monitors that have been strategically placed on the system. At the main screen, the operator can quickly configure job settings including sheet length, speed ratios, film tension, and separation. Job parameters can be stored in memory for recurring jobs.
At drupa 2008, the GBC 8500HS Cyclone will be running GBC’s new High Bonding Strength (HBS) Film. This single-sided commercial laminating film is designed for superior adhesion while running at extremely high speeds.
HP’s latest digital printing products and technologies are designed to enable graphic arts customers to build a competitive advantage and successfully pursue profitable growth opportunities.
With new solutions and the company’s recent acquisitions of NUR Macroprinters Ltd. and MacDermid ColorSpan Inc., HP offers print service providers the industry’s largest all-digital color graphic arts portfolio. These moves also support HP’s Print 2.0 strategy to drive growth of digital pages and lower costs of printing for high volume commercial markets.
Customers already realize the value provided by new solutions such as HP Indigo digital presses and HP Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions. The new technologies are demonstrated publicly for the first time in the HP booth. Highlights include, three new HP Indigo digital presses—including a 7000 model available now.
HP also demonstrates high speed, 36-inch inkjet web press scheduled for release in second half of 2009. The 30-inch web width is designed for efficient production of signatures, full-broadsheet newspaper forms, or multiple-up documents. The press delivers 400 fpm or a monthly duty cycle of 70 million impressions. Finishing devices from Hunkeler, MBO, Muller Martini, Pitney Bowes, and EMT are compatible. The targeted pricing is $2.5 million.
The HP Designjet L65500 Printer is the first of a new category of large format signage printers with HP Latex Inks that reduce the impact of printing on the environment and offer outdoor and indoor application versatility, while delivering quality and durability at high print speeds.
Fourteen new large format substrates—including five recyclable—are compatible with HP Latex Printing Technologies. Specially treated HP media, such as HP Tyvek Banner and HP High Density Polyethylene Reinforced Banner, provide image quality and durability when printing with both HP Latex Inks and HP low-solvent inks.
InfoPrint Solutions Company
InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, demonstrates the power of its solutions for TransPromo, print on demand (POD), direct marketing, the automated document factory, and workflow management. These applications are running on the InfoPrint 5000 continuous forms full color production printer and the recently announced InfoPrint EMP156 cut-sheet printer.
Drupa also marks the one year anniversary of InfoPrint Solutions Company. "Our relationship with Ricoh has gone from strong to stronger and we will be using drupa as the platform to show new production offerings that combine Ricoh’s technical prowess with InfoPrint’s market expertise," says Dermot O'Loughlin, GM, InfoPrint EMEA.
InfoPrint Solutions Company’s drupa line-up includes, the InfoPrint EMP156 monochrome cut sheet printer, TransPromo on the InfoPrint 5000 Color Continuous Forms color production duplex printer, and the InfoPrint 75 and InfoPrint 100 continuous forms printers.
The company also demonstrates the value of a complete direct marketing service with a choice of integrated communications channels across email, mail, and SMS—depending on customers’ preferences and previous behavior. This allows customers to focus marketing on the cost per respondee rather than the traditional cost per mailpack. Consumer marketing campaigns can be linked to fully pURLs, generating offers based on customer insight.
InfoPrint’s Automated Document Factory (ADF) addresses regulatory compliance, high postage costs and multi-site management concerns through modules including mailroom integrity, postal optimization, and output management to drive out costs and improve the integrity of production operations by leveraging IPPD’s modular technology.
InfoPrint's POD workflow solutions help customers handle challenges such as shorter print runs, faster turnaround times, complex set-ups and manual processes without any compromises in quality, speed, or cost. It enables customers to leverage existing PDF tools by automating prepress and print production. InfoPrint’s POD workflow brings together best-of-breed, standards-based solutions developed by its industry technology partners, like IoFlex IoBookmaker, make-ready software for books, PDFs, and scans and award-winning Ultimate Technograhics Impostrip for advanced imposition. Other POD partners are Rochester Software Associates, WebCRD, GMC Printnet T, and Objectif Lune Planet Press.
InfoPrint’s most recent collaboration with Press-sense is also on display. Press-sense iWay, Manager, and Omnium complement InfoPrint's production print solutions to provide an end-to-end POD workflow solution from Web-to-print to MIS, streamlining POD workflow while increasing capacity.
Kodak Graphics Communications Group
Kodak’s integrated, tailored solutions—spanning digital, lithographic and flexographic technologies—help customers in all segments of the graphic communications market capitalize on the power of print to drive profitable growth.
Through the theme, Print is Powerful, Kodak spotlights the effectiveness of print in reaching audiences and achieving results through mass, 1:1, and cross media campaigns.
Kodak’s comprehensive portfolio of products and services at drupa includes electrophotographic, inkjet, flexographic, and lithographic options for offset class production, prepress products that optimize productivity and quality, KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions to enable the highest levels of production efficiency, and business development services that expand revenue potential.
Inkjet systems representing Kodak’s three platforms for production printing—continuous inkjet, drop on demand (DOD), and KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology—are on display. Kodak’s stand features two technology demonstrations of KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology, a continuous inkjet technology that enables offset class reliability, productivity, cost, and quality with the full benefits of digital printing for high volume commercial applications. The Stream Concept Press from Kodak shows a process color system with resolution that exceeds 600 dpi at industry leading production speeds. The Stream Concept Printhead from Kodak demonstrates the speed and integration capabilities of the technology, delivering monochrome offset class VDP applications at 1,000 fpm.
Visitors can see the KODAK VERSAMARK VT3000 Printing System, a scaleable continuous inkjet solution that can be customized for speed, configuration and color based on unique customer needs. Also on display is the new KODAK VERSAMARK VL2000 Printing System, which prints process color at 600 dpi and is ideal for transactional statements, TransPromo communications, and direct mail solicitations.
Within its electrophotographic portfolio, Kodak launches the KODAK NEXPRESS S3600 Digital Production Color Press, the fastest in its S-Series. The new S-Series portfolio includes the NEXPRESS S3000, S2500, and S2100 Digital Production Color Presses, all which have unique onsite upgrade capability for speed, color imaging stations, front end choices, and input/output accessories to help print service providers leverage their initial investments.
In addition to the S3600 Press, Kodak also introduces the KODAK NEXPRESS Intelligent Dimensional Coating Solution and the KODAK NEXPRESS Dimensional Clear Dry Ink, which allow for a raised printing effect that mirrors thermography printing. The combination of flexible, productive presses and versatile imaging features further enable the production of VDP and attention grabbing applications. This combination helps print providers grow their businesses by gaining new clients and volumes, and optimizing their bottom lines through high value applications.
In B&W, Kodak previews the KODAK DIGIMASTER EX300 Digital Production System, a cut sheet electrophotographic printer, printing at a rate of 18,000 A4 images per hour. A speed upgrade module that enables the onsite upgrade of current DIGIMASTER Systems to the higher speed of 300 ppm is also available.
For digital print workflow, Kodak demonstrates a device-based color management platform; next generation screening technologies; a PDF editing solution for Adobe Illustrator; and enhanced automation and job planning capabilities for packaging workflows.
Marking a substantial expansion of the industry leading workflow and connectivity solution, PRINERGY Workflow System Version 5.0 delivers optimal integration, productivity, and automation for blended conventional and digital production environments. As a component of KODAK Web to Print Solutions, PRINERGY Workflow System enables zero touch automation, or the elimination of virtually all manual processes from customer orders through to completed jobs, using Rules Based Automation technology.
Kodak also demonstrates KODAK COLORFLOW Software, the KODAK INSITE Creative Workflow System family, KODAK DARWIN Software Version 3.0, and KODAK EMS Business Software.
Mutoh Europe announces its new wide format UV inkjet printer, called ZEPHYR, engineered and developed at Mutoh’s European R&D center.
Mutoh’s product portfolio comprises piezo inkjet printers for indoor and outdoor applications up to a width of 3.3 meters. A wide array of inkjet technologies are available from Mutoh, to cover the widest possible applications range for digital print—dye/pigmented, eco-solvent, mild-solvent, solvent, dye-sublimation, UV, and textile printers.
Under the motto, Impeccability and Predictability lead to Profitability, Mutoh Europe invites visitors, customers, and partners to discover the unique benefits of Mutoh’s proprietary intelligent interweaving technology that is now standard on almost all Mutoh printers. With Mutoh’s Intelligent Interweaving Technology, ink is laid down in carefully optimized wave forms versus straight lines as used with most wide format printers. The result is a drastic reduction or even total elimination of defects such as horizontal banding, ink mottle, bleed, and the visible effects of missing or misfiring nozzles. Dedicated "print weave patterns" are being developed per individual printer and ink type. One of the biggest benefits of Mutoh i² technology is that it offers predictable and reproducible output quality.
The eye catcher at drupa is the new Mutoh Zephyr UV printer. This printer was developed from scratch by Mutoh Europe’s research and development center in Belgium. Zephyr is a CMYK 64-inch professional UV inkjet printer for roll-to-roll printing—vinyl, flex, mesh, PVC, soft sign. The printer also handles rigid boards up to a thickness of 20 mm.
The new Mutoh Zephyr printer incorporates four Xaar variable drop heads, offering high image quality combined with high productivity. The heads produce droplets as small as eight picoliter. Small drops are used to deliver pin sharp text and line art, while larger drops ensure excellent image saturation. Enabling six levels of grayscale, which is equivalent to six densities of CMYK, the printheads eliminate the need for extra process colors.
Mutoh Europe will also show its award-winning Blizzard series printer. Available in 65- and 90-inch widths, Mutoh’s Blizzard can be setup with mild-solvent or with Eco-solvent Ultra ink. Blizzard offers impeccable production output quality.
Visitors will also be able to see the latest addition to Mutoh’s ValueJet family of Eco-Solvent Ultra printers, the new ValueJet 1614 Eco Ultra printer. ValueJet 1614 is a 64-inch wide printer. The ValueJet 1614 incorporates a newly designed vertical cassette slot system, enhancing printer ergonomics and increasing ink capacity, leading to lower production costs.
Océ focuses on four key digital printing segments—publishing, personalization, promotion, and technical documentation. In all areas, Océ shows attendees how print production can be managed more cheaply, flexibly, and quickly by digital printing.
Océ is showing five systems and workflows for short run books, booklets, and magazines. The Océ ColorStream 10000 full color continuous-feed digital press is producing six-page brochures and books. Also, the Océ VarioStream 9720 printer fully automates printing of high quality books in B&W. Complemented by inline finishing and inline feed of the color covers, this workflow delivers professionally bound books in one hands-off end-to-end run.
The Océ VarioStream 8000 printer demonstrates high speed personalization of preprinted material, while the Océ JetStream 2200 printer shows its TransPromo printing power. The Océ JetStream 2200 system also prints color sections of digital newspapers on newsprint stock–demonstrating that even full-color daily newspapers can be produced cost effectively in short runs at remote locations or as special editions for hotels and conference centers.
With systems such as the Arizona 250 GT, Océ demonstrates unique flexibility, quality, and speed in wide and standard-format printing. The Océ Arizona 250 GT digital flatbed printing system showcases its roll-to-roll option. Users can print rolls and simultaneously prepare the next job on the fixed-installation suction table. Using just one system, customers can print signage, displays and banners, posters, and backlit signs.
Océ premiers a new technology focused on network printing. Océ Repro Desk Professional workflow software controls an entire workflow of different systems and locations. In addition, customers can submit print jobs directly into the print service provider workflow with client tools installed on their own workstations.
Océ also launches the new Océ CrystalPoint printing technology. The first product based on this new technology is the Océ ColorWave 600 system. Océ CrystalPoint technology changes the way wide format prints are made by combining the best of both toner and inkjet printing. The Océ CrystalPoint process converts color Océ TonerPearls toner into a gel. This toner gel is then jetted and crystallized onto any type of paper, producing crisp, waterfast high quality images with extremely accurate dot placement.
Standard Finishing Systems
Standard Hunkeler AG, a world leader in high-performance paper handling systems, demonstrates comprehensive portfolio of unwinding, rewinding, cutting, merging, stacking, and web finishing solutions. Fourteen different industry-leading digital print and mail inserting system suppliers show Hunkeler solutions tailored to meet the application requirements of the commercial print, book publishing, data center, TransPromo, financial print, direct mail, and label markets.
The new Standard Hunkeler Gen6 series unwinders, rewinders, fanfolders, cutters, double-cutters, and stackers take center stage. Designed to work with high-speed digital printers at up to 720 fpm, with superior paper handling performance on a wide range of paper weights, and cross-web chip-outs for full-color bleeds, the proven Gen6 series is shown with vendors including HP, Infoprint Solutions Company, Kodak, Nipson, Océ, Punch Graphix, Screen, and Xerox.
Hunkeler shows the new Standard Hunkeler FlyFolder, producing books-of-one in-line with the VarioStream 8750 on the Océ stand. The FlyFolder features dynamic in-line perforation, cut length, and plow folding, allowing customers to produce single edition books of different format from a continuous web, with on-the-fly changeovers and non-stop print productivity.
The new Standard Hunkeler FM6 Folder Merger debuts, combining a web merger and plow folder into one module, letting direct mail producers perform complex operations in-line at high speed with the ultimate in application flexibility, productivity, and space-efficiency. And, in a world premier, the new Hunkeler POPP7-series paper handling line will include the 26-inch wide Hunkeler UW7 unwinder, CS7 rotary cutter, the DC7 Drum Collator, and an in-line folder. The line will finish rolls from HP’s new wide format continuous-feed color inkjet printer, alternating between newspapers and book block signatures.
Under the theme Think Intelligent Automation, Horizon International showcases a range of highly automated post press solutions. Horizon will show technology demonstrations of a next-generation saddle-stitcher and a new hardcover book system, which are expected to be commercially available sometime in 2009.
Around the theme Working for You, Sun Chemical, a PrintCity alliance member, is presenting full details of its products and solutions that deliver quality, service, and innovation within the packaging, publication, commercial, and industrial sectors. It is also running the graphic arts industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of inks on the printing presses of most major press manufacturers throughout the exhibition.
A new range of market-leading sheetfed offset process inks for the commercial sector builds on the success of drupa 2004. Sun Chemical also unveiled a new range of UV curing inks—called SUNCURE Advantage—that comprises around 30 percent sustainable materials.
In packaging, Sun Chemical is uses drupa as the platform for advanced color management solutions for brand owners, designers, and printers. In addition, it is showcasing its capabilities across the whole industry sector, including brand enhancement, functional coatings, low migration offset and flexo inks, and sustainable solutions. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see demonstrations of innovative technologies, such as Wetflex and the FastJet digital press.
For the first time at a drupa show, Sun Chemical is also showing security and brand protection as part of its overall packaging solutions. Visitors can explore the company’s products, which go from generic entry-level up to very high security proprietary technologies. Sun Chemical’s speciality is product and document authentication, which means being able to distinguish a fake item from the genuine product at the touch of a button using covert machine-readable inks and coatings at any point in the supply chain.
Other offerings include a unique, next-generation matrix of products and services, which includes consumables, training, technical service, R&D, and value packages for customers. This robust set of services complements a range of innovative products designed specifically to add value for printers operating in the heatset, coldset, and publication gravure markets.
Xeikon, a division of Punch Graphix
Xeikon introduces the Xeikon 8000, which boasts true 1,200 dpi at four-bits per spot and more than twice as fast as its nearest competitor. Its state-of-the-art technology was developed to optimize print productivity and to provide fast, cost effective, and eco-friendly printing without compromising on quality. The Xeikon 8000 is available for shipment to customers worldwide.
Designed with speed and productivity in mind, the web-fed press prints full color multi- page documents at a top speed of 230 A4—244 letter-size—ppm, or 13,800 A4—14,640 letter-size—pages per hour. Its exceptional uptime of 90 percent enables duty cycles of 8.5 million A4 pages per month.
Xeikon also unveils the Xeikon 3300, a new digital color label press. The Xeikon 3300 represents a quantum leap in label print quality, offering true 1,200 dpi at four-bits per spot. With a top speed of 63 fpm, it is the fastest digital five color label press on the market, particularly suited for short to medium print runs and just-in-time jobs.
The Xeikon 3300 includes five color stations—four for standard process colors. With the fifth color station used for spot colors as well as opaque white and special security toner. Operating on Xeikon FA toner, the Xeikon 3300 combines the benefits of chemically produced toner with the performance of traditionally produced toner and is FDA-approved for use in certain food contact applications.
Xeikon also announces the availability of a high-quality option for its Xeikon 6000 and Xeikon 5000plus digital color printing presses. Until now, these two engines were standard-equipped with a 600 dpi variable dot density resolution. The new 1,200 dpi imaging head, initially developed for the Xeikon 8000, is now made available for the Xeikon 6000 and the Xeikon 5000plus, as well. The first Xeikon 6000 boasting this new imaging unit is on display at drupa.
Xerox unveils the Xerox iGen4, offering high-definition image quality, sharp images, and vibrant colors enabled by several new components including, Auto Density Control, patented technology that uses a full-width sensor array to automatically detect and eliminate density variations and streaks, while the press is running. Streaks are inherent in most printing processes and often require operator intervention or a service call to resolve. With this new component, streaks are eliminated and the iGen4 remains in production. Carrier Dispensing System, is a new method of combining dry ink and carrier—in place of traditional developer—that yields consistent color uniformity from the first print to the last and from job to job. With the Carrier Dispensing System, operators no longer have to stop the machine and change the developer. High Definition Linearization, is a patented process that eliminates time-consuming grayscale calibration, resulting in better production of neutral grays and highlight shadows. It also improves photo smoothness, especially in faces, while maintaining sharp background details. High Definition Linearization ensures greater color stability from job-to-job and machine-to-machine. And, Advanced Color Profiling, is an innovation enabling greater color consistency and realism in objects such as faces and skies. This tool automatically adjusts colors to closely match offset printing standards in minutes.
The iGen4 also adds a high-speed in-line spectrophotometer right in the paper path. The device automatically creates color samples on target sheets, registers them for accuracy and processes the data—all at the rated speed of the iGen4—and takes the appropriate action to adjust the press. The results are offset and photo image quality along with spot color accuracy. The iGen4 press runs at 110 ppm. It will be available for installation in September 2008 worldwide and have a U.S. list price of $640,000 for its base configuration.
This is just a handful of the many technologies on display at drupa. For more coverage, look in the July issue of Digital Output, which will hit the streets June 27, 2008. Our Web site, www.digitaloutput.net, will continue to post breaking announcements from Germany.
Jun2008, Digital Output