Working smarter 

Dec 01, 2010

While this year's Graph Expo attendees saw fewer offset press exhibitors, software, service and supplies were out in force. Here is a selection of workflow, CTP and offset introductions, along with more news from the digital exhibitors (see our digital, MIS and postpress coverage in the November 2010 issue). This year's show at Chicago's McCormick Place, October 3-6, attracted just under 20,000 attendees

Sustainable CTP 

Dec 01, 2010

Rye, NY-based polyester plate manufacturer Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM) Inc. (www.mitsubishiimaging.com) presented its next generation of ecofriendly CTP systems, the new Processless DigiPlate PDP-VL and Thermal DigiPlate System, at Graph Expo. The new PDP-VL plate will be available early next year in polyester or paper base, sheet or roll format, at various thicknesses. PDP-VL, compatible with most current

Workflow, G7 solution and the latest CTP 

Dec 01, 2010

Targeting high quality, short-run printing, Valhalla, NY-based Fujifilm's (www.fujifilmgs.com) Graph Expo demonstration featured the company's JDF-enabled Workflow XMF and 3D virtual proofing on the Digital Inkjet J Press 720 (see Digital Domination, AMERICAN PRINTER, November 2010). Workflow XMF is a pure PDF workflow that offers cross-media capability for digital and offset equipment. PDF content

Ink partnership comes with a free dispenser 

Dec 01, 2010

Parsippany, NJ-based Sun Chemical (www.sunchemical.com) demonstrated its Dispenser Program for commercial printers in the Pitman Company booth at Graph Expo. Designed to manage spot color inventory, Sun Chemical claims the program can decrease a printer's overall ink spend by up to 35% when blending inks in-house and up to 46% if blended inks are purchased. The GFI dispensing unit is free for printers

Color instrument testing 

Dec 01, 2010

Grand Rapids, MI-based FineEye Color Solutions (www.fineeyecolor.com) is the exclusive worldwide distributor for the Voglesong COLORef 1.0, a new ISO-compliant and NIST-traceable color Certified Reference Material used to verify the performance of spectrophotometers, colorimeters and densitometers. The $300 CRM, readable by a full range of devices, offers the same color characteristics, precision

Partners in the Agfa and Pitman booths 

Dec 01, 2010

Press | Sun Chemical demonstration of GFI's automated Mx12 Ink Formulation Dispenser using Sun Chemical's SmartColour Global Shade Library; SGBlue CAP (Clean Air Plant) air purification system. Packaging | Cyrel FAST plates and direct-to-plate products from DuPont and Toray. Also the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 Printer designed for proofing flexographic and gravure print jobs that require the color white;

More HP news 

Dec 01, 2010

Book printer Webcom (www.webcomlink.com) installed Canada's first HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press in October. The press is the centerpiece of Webcom's new multimillion-dollar BookFWD production program, which also houses an HP Indigo 7000 digital press. Webcom's BookFWD investments leverage breakthrough inkjet technologies, streamlined workflow and unique bookbinding systems to significantly reduce

Chemistry-free plates, printer/proofer upgrades 

Dec 01, 2010

Long Beach, CA-based Epson (www.epson.com) combines an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer with a plate curing device, RIP and plate guide attachment. The high-resolution aluminum press plate is chemically coated to work with the standard Epson UltraChrome Ink Technology. Once imaged at up to 175 lpi and heat cured, the Epson DirectPlate Technology is recommended for up to 20,000 impressions. The Epson

Wide-format metallics 

Dec 01, 2010

Irvine, CA-based Roland DGA Corp. (www.rolanddga.com) introduced two VersaCAMM VS 8-color wide-format metallic inkjet printer/cutters: the 54-inch VS-540 and 42-inch VS-420. The new VS models join Roland's 64-inch VS-640, which was introduced earlier this year as the company's largest and most advanced VersaCAMM to date. Equipped with Roland print/cut technology, the VersaCAMM VS prints images and

At your service 

Dec 01, 2010

Dallas-based KBA North America (www.kba.com) promoted KBA Service Select for its entire line of presses from the small footprint Genius 20-inch to the large-format Rapida 205 81-inch press. Programs maximize the customer's return on investment and minimize downtime. CardPak (Solon, OH) is installing at KBA Rapida 106 41-inch, 10-color perfecting press with coating tower and 12-ft. extended delivery.

Graph Expo 2010 honors 

Dec 01, 2010

Brandon Lutze, a Cal Poly Graphic Communication (www.grc.calpoly.edu) senior, took first place in the GAERF 2010 Student Design Competition, Post Secondary category. The contest challenged students to create marketing materials designed to promote next year's Graph Expo show. Royal Oak High School (Royal Oak, MI) won the 2010 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence. The award will be presented

Solution to color measurement discrepancies 

Dec 01, 2010

Grand Rapids, MI-based X-Rite (www.xrite.com) announced XRGA, a new metrology standard designed to reduce measurement discrepancies between legacy instruments previously developed by X-Rite and GretagMacbeth. Applying advancements in color science and new international standards, it promises to improve inter-model agreement. The former X-Rite and the former GretagMacbeth each had, for historical reasons,

Balancing document, BPO business 

Dec 01, 2010

Following recent changes at Xerox, including its acquisition of business process outsourcing (BPO) firm Affiliated Computer Services, chairman and CEO Ursula Burns says the company is focused is on being in the document management business and the business process management business. In the commercial print realm, Burns is open to partnership not a merger/acquisition with an offset vendor, if customers'

Workflow update and faster chemistry-free plates 

Dec 01, 2010

In Ridgefield Park, NJ-based Agfa's (www.agfa.com) booth, attendees saw demos of :Apogee 7, the latest version of Agfa's automated workflow that includes :Apogee Impose, an Agfa-developed imposition module that relies on live job information rather than templates to perform imposition. :Apogee 7 allows print buyers to go beyond the web-to-print screen to create new jobs in the prepress stage with

Goss at Graph Expo 

Dec 01, 2010

Now a wholly owned subsidiary of Shanghai Electric, Bolingbrook, IL-based Goss Intl. (www.gossinternational.com) represents Akiyama products in North America, including the M-600 Folia web-to-sheet press. New Goss Universal press models are now available for newspaper and semi-commercial applications. Goss Lifetime Support now includes Goss ServiceFSA flexible service agreements that allow customers

G7 consultation winner 

Dec 01, 2010

Web-to-print provider PrintPlace.com won a ISO 12647 Standards Gap Analysis Audit in the IDEAlliance G7 Summit competition run by KEE Consultants (www.keeconsultants.com) and sponsored by Alwan Color Expertise (www.alwancolor.com). We produce thousands of pages per day and understand what every page should look like in terms of CIElab and process control aim points, without having to visually inspect

The A to Z of W2P 

Dec 01, 2010

At Print 09, it was obvious that web-to-print (W2P) was becoming so ubiquitous that it was difficult to find vendors that didn't offer it. This year was no different. Some of last year's players did not exhibit, while others sent only individual representatives to roam the hall. Still, there was a strong presence by companies vying for printers' online presence. The state of W2P For business-to-business

'World's fastest' imposition software 

Dec 01, 2010

Montreal-based Ultimate Technographics Inc. (www.imposition.com) announced the release of its 64-bit version of Impostrip OnDemand Scalable Server Edition, designed to bring more speed and efficiency to high volume printing. Its prototype earned Worth a Look honors at Print 09 after being presented in HP's booth among the partner solutions adapted for the HP Inkjet T300 press. Since, Ultimate made

Digital domination 

Nov 01, 2010

The inkjet theme seen earlier this year at Ipex continued at Graph Expo 2010. Digital and mailing vendors occupied floor space once given over almost entirely to offset technology. Going digital Years ago, Indigo founder Benny Landa declared, Everything that can go digital, will, and that someday Palo Alto, CA-based HP (www.hp.com/go/gsb) would occupy a larger booth than Heidelberg. His prediction

Production intelligence 

Nov 01, 2010

Automate processes, eliminate waste Schaumburg, IL-based Technique-MIS (www.technique-mis.com) offers an integrated suite of modular applications; users select the appropriate components for their business. Technique-MIS Version 5, launched at Graph Expo, includes seven major enhancements: CRM Community Feeds | Live feeds from customers' RSS and social networking activities. Mobile CRM | Access to

2010 Must See 'ems 

Nov 01, 2010

For details and the 2010 and winners, see www.mustseeems.com. Software Apogee Impose, Agfa Graphics Process Metallic Color System, Color-Logic i-cut Suite, Esko Artwork QReate and Track, interlinkONE TransPromo Portal, Pitney Bowes Offset products 75DI press, Presstek Prosper S10 Imprinting System with Process Color, Kodak Offset plates :Amigo TS, Agfa Trillian SP thermal plate, Kodak Stylus Pro 7900CtP

The power of synergy 

Nov 01, 2010

The global recession has pushed vendors across the industry toward a service and support approach in mature markets such as the United States, while they emphasize growth opportunities in emerging markets around the world. Canon (www.usa.canon.com) is no exception, but its executives and those of Netherlands-based Oc (www.oce.com) which Canon is in the process of acquiring as a subsidiary are bullish

Briefly noted 

Nov 01, 2010

Adphos (www.adphosna.com) highlighted a fully variable process color Kodak inkjet press printing at 1000fpm as well as other solutions using its NIR drying technology. Business forms and apparel printer Ennis Inc. (www.ennis.com) has installed an MGI Meteor DP60 Pro digital press at its Ft. Scott, KS, plant. The press will produce plastic gift, loyalty and security cards, as well as personalized postcards.

End notes 

Nov 01, 2010

Postpress vendors were busy at Graph Expo 2010. From scoring and creasing accessories to soft cover book lines targeting the latest high-speed digital web presses, there was something for practically everyone. Almost 20 vendor and user groups held their events in conjunction with the show, including Dscoop, Xplor and the Imaging Network Group. New approach We're pleased to have the newspaper people

Top 12 critical technologies for 2011 

Nov 01, 2010

At the 2010 Executive Outlook conference preceding Graph Expo, the Must See 'Ems Selection Committee identified 12 technologies that are critical to print business survival: 1. Computer IT | Effective use of the computer with application of information technology (IT) in both the running of the business and production aspects of a printing company. 2. Multiple Products | Acquiring and implementing