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Dec 1, 2004 12:00 AM
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Remote & soft proofing
CGS’s (Minneapolis) Oris Global Proofing includes the Color Tuner 5.1; Certified Proof 1.1; Color Markup and Soft Proof. Color Tuner lets novice users calibrate multiple devices at any location using a simple interface. Certified Proof allows Mac or Window users to verify a proof’s compliance with a pre-determined standard, such as SWOP. Color Markup is a collaboration tool for hard-copy proofs. Users place the proof on a pressure sensitive tablet and mark up the proof. Software captures each annotation, attaches it to a low-res PDF and automatically returns it to the service provider. Soft Proof lets users view color-accurate monitor representations of their jobs-with no per click/job fees. Hot-folder-based technology generates an image file included in the PDF file. This can be viewed locally or via the Web, using Acrobat for annotations and digital signatures. An ORIS plug-in verifies the file was generated correctly as well as monitor calibration and color management settings. See www.cgsudusa.com.
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Four-up CTuP system
Esko-Graphics (Kennesaw, GA) Espresso is a four-up computer-to-UV plate (CTuP) that images conventional pre-sensitized plates with UV light. Film-based workflow users can migrate to CTuP while using the same plates and processing equipment. Espresso can image plates from 25 x 29.3 inches to 12.8 x 19.1 inches. At the fixed resolution of 2,400 dpi, the Espresso can image up to 13 four-up UV plates/hour in normal light conditions. See www.eskographics.com.
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Software gangs jobs on single press sheets
LithoTechnics’ (Medford, MA) Metrix software calculates the best way to gang jobs on a single press sheet. Metrix integrates with MIS systems by importing JDF product intent data. The Metrix Production Edition exports Preps templates to streamline prepress production. Metrix also exports JDF and CIP3 data to cutters and folding machines. See www.lithotechnics.com.
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Small-batch paste ink dispensing
INX International’s (Elk Grove Village, IL), in cooperation with GFI Innovations (Gurnee, IL), developed the self-contained offset paste lithographic (OPL) automated small-batch ink dispenser. The dispenser reportedly costs thousands of dollars less than pump systems and requires significantly less space.
OPL lets users get on-press quickly with precisely formulated
colors in small batch amounts. The system automatically dispenses
up to 16 color components in individual formula amounts as small as
five grams. Each OPL unit is about 11 ft. long and four ft. deep
and can be installed in minutes.
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Monochrome production printer
Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA (Windsor, CA) launched the bizhub PRO 1050, a 105-ppm, 600-dpi monochrome production printer. Built for print-for-pay and midlevel production, it has a monthly duty cycle of 1.5 million impressions and offers 200-page saddlestitching, six-position folding and removable stackers. It has a 9,000-sheet paper capacity and accepts 16-lb. bond to 140-lb. index paper sized up to 12.75 x 18.11 inches.
Konica Minolta’s new PageScope Publisher preflight and job
management software was created specifically for the bizhub PRO
1050. See www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.
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Joggers, cutters & three-knife trimmers
Colter & Peterson (Paramus, NJ) showcased its Baumann BASA automatic jogging system connected to Wohlenberg pro-tec paper cutters. The Baumann BASA system reportedly is the first commercially available system that automatically jogs material prior to cutting.
Visitors also saw Prism paper cutters with standard eight-inch
liquid color screens and Saber paper cutters with 10-inch color
touch screens and CIP3/4 compatibility. The vendor’s Amatco
division displayed an Acutrim three-knife trimmer and a
reconditioned Stahl three-knife trimmer. Colter & Peterson also
debuted the Wohlenberg Quickbinder, an automatic perfect binder for
short runs as well as the Short Run Solutions three-knife trimmer.
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Variable web presses, stitchers, binders & more
Muller Martini Corp., which launched almost two dozen new products into the U.S. market, announced the following Graph Expo sales:
Muller Martini stressed its commitment to open systems. It
products could be seen at the JDF Pavilion, as well as connected to
other vendors’ equipment including MAN Roland’s CIMcity
(BravoPlus Amrys); Océ’s AmigoDigital perfect binder,
SigmaTower and SigmaTrimmer; Delphax’s AmigoDigital; and
Nipson’s Concepta web press. See www.mullermartiniusa.com.
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Inkjet printing systems
Jetrion’s (Ann Arbor, MI) 3010 is a drop on-demand inkjet printer that runs one-inch wide at up to 1000 fpm with a top resolution of 400 x 300 dpi. Applications include mail addressing, packaging and specialty markets.
Jetrion’s 3005 thermal inkjet system delivers images up to
600 dpi and operates at a range of speeds up to 600 fpm at the
lowest resolution. It uses a 1.5-inch printhead that can be
stitched for wider imaging applications. See www.jetrion.com.
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Inline inkjet addresser
Videojet Technologies (Wood Dale, IL) demonstrated its new BX6000 Series of binary array inkjet printers on a Heidelberg Stitchmaster line. It prints addresses, maps, loyalty cards and other applications inline at 128 x 256-dpi resolution. BX6000 printers have a two-inch print band. A dual-head configuration enables printing four continuous inches or printing on two different areas of the target piece. See www.videojet.com.
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PDF workflow software
The Enfocus (San Mateo, CA) PDF Workflow Suite includes Instant PDF 3.0 and CertifiedPDF.net 2.0, PitStop Professional and PitStop Sever. Instant PDF 3.0 automatically updates PDF Queues published on CertifiedPDF.net. The workflow suite handles PDF specifications from editing and correction to creation. PitStop Server automates checking and correction of incoming PDFs. Non-certified PDFs are preflighted, automatically corrected and move through production with little or no direct interaction. See www.enfocus.com.
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Did you see ‘em?
Savvy showgoers "followed the owl" at Graph Expo last fall in search of booths sporting "Must See ‘em" banners. Led by PrintCom Consulting’s (Charlotte, NC) Bill Lamparter, 15 industry consultants and trade editors evaluated almost 200 products and services.
According to Lamparter, "Must See ‘ems" represent the most compelling technology and growing trends in the printing industry. "Worth-a-look" winners have the broadest appeal to niche markets and selected groups of printers and converters.
"Must See ‘em" and "Worth-a-look" accolades were awarded for production technology, individual products and services and encore products—previous winners from 2001 to 2003 that remain part of a growing technology adoption trend.
Computer integrated manufacturing
CIP4’s JDF Pavilion
Heidelberg’s Prinect Experience Workflow Tour
MAN Roland, Inc.’s printnet JDF network solution
Glunz & Jensen’s iCtP PlateWriter 4200 inkjet CTP device
Jetplate Systems’ Jetplate 4000 inkjet CTP device
Presstek, Inc.’s Anthem chemistry-free thermal CTP plate
Agfa Corp.’s Azura chemistry-free thermal CTP plate
Creo, Inc.’s Clarus PL processless thermal plate
Esko-Graphics’ Cyrel Digital Imager Spark XT for photopolymer flexo plates
Variable-image digital printing
Kodak Graphic Communications Group’s Versamark VX5000c continuous inkjet printing system
Muller Martini with Océ , Hunkeler and Shuttleworth’s Integrated Book-on-Demand System
Nipson and Muller Martini’s Hybrid Press-the Nipson VaryPress 400 with a Muller Concepta two-color web offset press
RISO, Inc.’s HC5000 high-speed color printer
Xerox Corp.’s DocuColor 8000 digital press
Xerox Corp.’s Nuvera monochrome digital production printers
Lithographic sheetfed presses
KBA’s Genius 52
MAN Roland, Inc.’s Sheetfed Press DirectDrive
Individual products & services
Creo, Inc.’s Traceless tamperproof object-marking and sensing technology
MAN Roland, Inc.’s Prindor inline foiler
Screen USA’s TruePress 344 direct-imaging press
xpedx/HumanEyes 3D software
Several products that were honored in their debut years have been chosen again for their continuing impact in the industry. They are:
EFI’s OneFlow workflow solution
Markzware’s FlightCheck Professional preflighting software
Kodak Polychrome Graphics’ KPG Matchprint Virtual Proofing SWOP-certified proofing system
KPG’s RealTimeProof Web-based proofing solution
Xerox Corp.’s iGen3 digital production press
Kodak NexPress Solutions’ NexPress 2100 III digital press
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