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Oct 1, 2008 12:00 AM


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Graph Expo takes place Oct. 26-29, 2008, in Chicago. It's the biggest U.S. graphic arts event of the year, with upwards of 31,000 people expected to jam the aisles at McCormick Place to see more than 600 exhibitors. Here are some show highlights. More to come!

Expanded range of sheefed inks

Van Son Holland Ink's (Islandia, NY) VS series of commercial sheetfed printing inks supports faster makereadies and consistent print color control. The new Vs3 XS inks allow printers to customize their process set. Features include X-Strength balanced pigment range, X-Setting Speed for faster setting and drying, X-Stability for extra stability to handle 4/4 perfecting, and X-Specialize for customization. See www.vansonink.com.

Expanded production color

New additions to the Xerox (Rochester, NY) production color family include the 70-ppm Xerox 700, the 50-ppm Xerox 5000AP and the 110-ppm iGen4. The 400 uses EA low-melt toner and offers 2,400 × 2,400-dpi resolution with an offset-like matte finish. It can handle coated and uncoated paper up to 220 gsm/80-lb. cover. A booklet finisher enables coated bifolding and saddlestiched coated booklets. Applications for the $60,000 machine include business collateral, photo specialties, books, manuals and direct mail.

The DocuColor 5000AP runs coated and uncoated stocks at 50 ppm. It can handle 16-lb. bond to 110-lb. cover.

Key iGen4 features include image quality improvements and expanded press automation. An auto density control system eliminates streaks and ensures smoother tones; auto carrier dispense for smooth flat tints and better flesh tones; an inline spectrophotometer; high definition linearization; advanced color profiling for matching offset CMYK output; and Pantone and custom spot-color matching.

Continuous-feed introductionsc

Rated at up to 1,232 duplex A4 images per minute, Xerox's 650/1300 continuous-feed printer targets service bureaus, data centers and commercial printers. It uses dry toner, electrophotographic imaging and flash-fusing technology. Because no heat or pressure makes contact with the paper, the device can print on a wider array of substrates. The 490/980 also incorporates flash fusing. It prints at 600 dpi and maintains top speed when printing full color or monochrome, regardless of the number of colors used or the weight of the paper. It prints 226 fpm or 450 ipm 2-up, simplex on 8.5 × 11-inch paper, and 900 ipm duplex.

On the monochrome side, new finishing options for the Nuvera include a tape binder and Watkiss PowerSquare 200 — stitching, folding, spine forming and trimming for SquareBack books. See www.xerox.com.

Here's to the winners

Teaming with Premier sponsors Heidelberg and Kodak, AMERICAN PRINTER, in conjunction with NAPL, created the Environmental Excellence awards to recognize commercial printers who are leading the industry in environmentally conscious manufacturing. Gold-level sponsors include Adobe, Agfa, Air Motion Systems (AMS), HP, Mohawk Fine Papers and Presstek.

The Environmental Excellence Awards will be presented during an evening ceremony at Graph Expo on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008. Stop by booth 3890 for your free invitation!

Will it be the inkjet Graph Expo, too?

High-volume web-fed inkjet highlights at Drupa included: Océ's JetStream 1100 (492 fpm) and 2200 (500 fpm); and HP's 400 fpm , 30-inch-wide, 4-color duplex inkjet platform. Kodak's continuous inkjet solutions include the 500-fpm Stream Concept Press — a high-speed, process color system with resolution that exceeds 600 dpi. Potential applications include direct mail, transpromo and even targeted newspapers.

InfoPrint — the IBM/Ricoh joint venture — showed its inkjet strength with the InfoPrint 5000, a 209.9 fpm continuous forms production printer with a maximum print width of 19.96 inches. Also new: the InfoPrint EMP156 cut-sheet printer.

Cut-sheet contenders

Sheetfed standouts included Fujifilm Corp.'s Jet Press 720, a high-speed inkjet press targeting runs of 2,000 or less, and Screen's Truepress Jet SX that can print on A2-wide size paper, up to 530 × 740 mm. In addition to sheet size, these presses offer substrate flexibility — special papers aren't required.

Don't forget digital wide-format and postpress inkjet

“Special delivery” (September 2008) includes postpress inkjet developments from Domino Amjet, EFI Jetrion, Kodak, Lake Image Systems, Pitney Bowes, MCS, Secap and Videojet.

Wide-format inkjet trends include a shift to UV-curable ink technologies for both roll-fed and flatbed printers across all price brackets, as well as wider options for aqueous-based printers. “Grand times” (January 2008) covers products from Agfa, EFI, Fuji, Gandinnovations, Inca, HP, Mutoh, Océ, Roland, Sericol and Screen USA.

Briefly noted

  • Punch Graphix' (Itasca, IL) web-fed Xeikon 8000 can print 230 A4 pages per minute, which translates into 13,800 A4 pages per hour and a monthly volume of 8.5 million pages. See www.punchgraphix.com.

  • Konica Minolta (Glen Cove, NY) is scaling up from light production to midproduction. Its High Chroma Toner, has a wide CMYK gamut. Like SIMITRI toner, it fuses without oil, so printed surfaces aren't shiny and cracking is eliminated. See www.konicaminolta.us.

  • Link-Tech's (Pewaukee, WI) ink meter delivers “real-time” minute-by-minute production data to production, accounting or billing departments. See www.link-techinc.com.

  • Random Logic (Cincinnati) ReliaPull automates adhesion testing for inks, paints and coatings. See www.reliapull.com.

  • Spiel Associates' (Long Island City, NY) Sterling Coilmaster Jr. automatically binds books up to 25mm in diameter at speeds of up to 600 books per hour. See the new video at www.spielassociates.com/Videos/CMJr.wmv.

  • Digital Information's InkZone Wedge lets users measures and evaluate proofs and prints against target values, industry specifications and international standards. See www.digiinfo.com.

  • Xerox (Rochester, NY) reports that more than 2,000 iGen3 presses are installed worldwide and that 126 of these customers are printing 1 million or more pages per month per machine. Some 275 customers have installed two or more iGen3s. See www.xerox.com.

  • Techkon's (Danvers, MA), SpectroDens is a combination spectrophotometer and densitometer for verifying proofs, process control on press, QC of incoming ink as well as print products in color labs. It offers seamless G7 integration, individual ink zone trending data and immediate CMYK conversion data. See www.techkonusa.com.

  • C&P Microsystems (Petaluma, CA), C&P Microcip technology allows older paper cutters to integrate CIP3/4 and JDF compatibility. The vendor has more than 25,000 retrofit and OEM installations worldwide. See www.cp-microsystems.com.

  • PrintValue, a service portfolio from manroland (Westmont, IL), unites the contract portions of printservices, printcom and printadvice. The PrintValue program offers an across-the-board service strategy while reducing costs and increasing efficiency. See www.manroland.com.

  • Kern's (Niederhergheim, France) EasyMailer allows for 17 × 11-inch or 8.5 × 11-inch printed cut sheets to be finished into a personalized envelope wrapper around folded letters with no paper waste. See it at the Xerox booth (www.xerox.com).

Long perfector alternative and more

At Drupa, Goss Intl. (Bolingbrook, IL) unveiled the M-600 Folia, a dryerless web press intended as a long perfector alternative. Utilizing standard 16-page Goss M-600 printing units, the 30,000-sph press prints high quality sheeted products on coated stocks. Additional M-600 units can be added for special colors and varnishes.

Each side of the paper web is sprayed with powder prior to sheeting. Moving from left to right, the web makes an “S” to spray the top and then turns the bottom over for spraying from above again.

Paper is stream-fed out of the press; there are no gripper bars in the delivery. “At the equivalent of 30,000 40-inch, 4/4 sph and priced similarly to a 40-inch, 8-color perfector, it's cost-effective for short-run 4/4 publications,” one printer told us.

A 96-page web press

Additional Graph Expo highlights include the 96-page Sunday 5000 press, Automatic Transfer, pinless folding, Autoplate, FPS, DigiRail and digital workflow technologies, as well as the shaftless Pacesetter saddlestitchers, including a new full-format Pacesetter 1600 model.

Visitors also can learn about GossRSVP, a way for print advertisers to digitally connect with consumers utilizing 2-D barcodes and cell phone technology. See www.gossinternational.com.

Imposition software

Dynagram's (Quebec) inpO2 version 3.0 includes two new modules for automated ganging (optimization) and imposition planning. The vendor's inpO2 ATOM is the entry-level edition for single document PDF imposition; inpO2 Standard edition allows for more complex multiple-file jobs and downstream JDF workflows. See www.dynagram.com.

Paper cutters

The Challenge Machinery Co. (Norton Shores, MI) will display the new Challenge/Daeho iCutter series. This guillotine paper cutter is available from 34 to 61 inches, with a CIP4/JDF-compatible easy-to-use Windows-based, 15-inch color touchscreen display. The heavy-duty cutter has a dual gear-box-driven knife. See www.challengemachinery.com.

Monitor-based proofing

Integrated Color Solutions' (ICS) (New York City) Remote Director was the first monitor-based proofing system to be SWOP certified. Remote Director guarantees that proofs match the color certification data sets used in publication production or an operator's current proofing system. By moving Remote Director's color computing to processors so powerful (typically used for advanced scientific 3D and gaming applications), ICS engineering teams were able to move to a spectrally based color system (the most complete color data set) and also add numerous previously unavailable functions. See www.icscolor.com.

CTP, PDF worklows and digital color presses

Xanté (Mobile, AL) will showcase platesetters, digital color presses, all-in-one PDF workflows, plate processors, plates and chemistry.

The Ilumina 3D Digital Color Press can print directly on lenticular media as well as provide cost-effective proofing for higher-end and wide-format lenticular applications.

Symphony (formerly OpenRIP) and Symphony Flexo workflows target small and midsize traditional, digital and flexographic printers. New versions offer integrated Pantone color library support; high-end enhanced StripRITE Imposition that allows the mixing of page sizes and orientations on a press sheet; Freeform Ganging; linearization and dot gain enhancements; and halftone processing features.

Xanté Myriad Magnetic digital media is a flexible, rubber magnet designed for short-run, full color printing on the Ilumina digital color press. The Ilumina 502 handles a wide range of paper weights, from text to ultra thick cover, 75 to 502 gsm.

CTP developments include the PlateMaker 5XL large-format, process-free, chemical-free polyester CTP system. It images 16-up polyester plates and paper proofs up to 36 × 48 inches.

Xanté also offers the VM4 violet metal platesetter. Maximum plate size is 36.5 × 25 inches at 2,540 dpi with linescreens of over 200 lpi. See www.xante.com.

Inkjet for transpromo, book printing and direct mail

InfoPrint Solutions Co. (Boulder) will showcase transpromo solutions, including a dedicated Professional Services division and components such as AFP-enabled color and monochrome production printing suites, InfoPrint ProcessDirector (IPPD), alongside software from partners Prinova, StreamServe, Mapping Suite and Exstream.

The InfoPrint 5000 will be printing transpromo documents using two Hunkeler rolls. The InfoPrint 4100 is a high-speed, monochrome continuous form printer driven by the InfoPrint Power controller. This 64-bit, multi-processing controller supports speeds up to 175 fpm. Applications include transactional printing, direct mail and books. On-demand newspaper and book demos will use LaserMax Roll Systems and MBO pre- and post-processing equipment.

The cut-sheet InfoPrint 2235 prints at more than 135 ppm, with remote management capabilities.?It bridges the gap between workgroup and continuous-form printers. See www.infoprintsolutions.com.

Narrow web presses

Edelmann Graphics GmgH, shaftless narrow-web presses are used for direct mail, commercial print, flexible packaging and folding cartons, labels and security. The Color Print presses offer integrated variable data, personalization and inline converting. Multi-web presses have been built for specialized applications.

Distributed by Matik North America (West Hartford, NJ) the Shaft-less Color Print series is offered in web widths of 20 ½ and 28 1/3 inches, with print repeats of 16 inches to 48 inches. Hybrid presses are available with flexo/offset being the most common. UV, EB, IR and hot air drying systems are offered.

Norwood Printing, Inc. (Norwood, NJ) has completed the installation of their third Edelmann web press. The press, a Color Print V76, was purchased to provide additional production capacity as well as replace a full-size sheet fed machine. The press has a web width of 30 inches and print repeats are available in the range of 20 to 48 inches, which gives the press the capability to print and sheet 40 inches on substrates for pharmaceutical applications.

Norwood Printing is the package insert and outsert branch of Control Group, a specialist in printed packaging for pharmaceutical, health care, cosmetics and consumer goods. See www.matik.com

Do it all with JDF

Hiflex's (Ashland, NY) MIS and Web2Print have full JDF functionality on the shop floor from prepress to bindery. Industry examples of JDF compatibility with its MIS include Kodak's Prinergy and Insite Prepress Systems, KBA Logotronic Professional, Muller-Martini stitchers with AMYRS (Automated Make-Ready System), and MBO folders with DataManager. Hiflex can generate JDF information dynamically for each order as well as import it from a print buyer and export it for preflighting on the customer's desktop. Hiflex MIS is configured to a printer's specific rules and equipment and dynamically generates JDF files for every order to be printed, including a complete job component breakdown, with JDF parts and sub parts as well as a complete JDF process plan or how the job will be run in the shop and in live production. See www.hiflex.com.

Commercial. flexo and package proofing

Epson America Inc.'s (Long Beach, CA) Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 offer professional inkjet technology for commercial, flexo and package proofing. The 24- and 44-inch printers feature Epson's 11-color UltraChrome HDR ink, AccuPhoto HDR screening technology, and Epson's MicroPiezo TFP printhead providing accurate dot placement and fast print speeds. See www.epson.com.

Tools for greener printing

At Graph Expo, technotrans america (Mt. Prospect, IL) will showcase an energy-efficient combination unit for dampening solution circulation and ink unit temperature control, including fine filtration. Also featured are high-performance pumps for central ink supply in UV applications and innovative cleaning systems. See www.technotrans.de.

Double-sided proofing

Digital Information (Zurich) offers four Preproofer systems for automatic double-sided proofing: the 745 and 788 models for the 50/70 format and the 945 and 988 models for the 70/100 format. The systems include Epson inkjet printers, DI-Plot software and image data taken from almost any brand of prepress RIP. See www.digiinfo.com.

Register control and more

Q.I. Press Controls (North Kingston, RI) products include system solutions for color and cut-off register control as well as Air Bustle Device for automatic fan-out compensation. The recently introduced mRC can be found at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) and Transcontinental USA, The New Strait Times Press of Malaysia and Gannett subsidiary Newsquest. Gerald Ferron, Managing Director of Q.I. Press Controls NA will be representing Q.I. Press Controls, which will share its booth with agent Print2Finish. See www,qipc.com.

Pitney Bowes offers new mailstream series

Pitney Bowes Inc. (Stamford, CT) will present its new Mailstream Productivity Series high-speed production mail systems. This new family — with a newly designed mailstream engine featuring interchangeable friction and rotary feeders, high productivity inputs and enhanced envelope sealing — produces up to 26,000 mail pieces per hour.

In 2000, Pitney Bowes launched the Pitney Bowes Advanced Productivity Series (APS) system. The Mailstream Productivity Series goes beyond APS to create a new standard in ultra high-speed production mailing systems. Beta tests have demonstrated up to a 28 percent increase in throughput. In addition, the ability to use both friction and rotary feeders enables customers to run an even wider range of applications without compromising speed. The Mailstream Productivity Series is fully compatible with the Pitney Bowes inputs, which can process up to 72,000 pgs./hr., enabling processing of higher page count applications at unprecedented throughput.

The equipment offers a built-in upgrade path that allows mailers to increase speed and capabilities over time. Pitney Bowes offers three distinct models (18,000, 22,000 and 26,000 pieces per hour) that share a common platform and operating system.

Production intelligence software provides for end-to-end control and a closed-loop reconciliation that tracks and verifies each and every mail piece throughout the document lifecycle. See www.pb.com.

Ricoh Pro C900 to make U.S. debut

Ricoh Americas Corp.'s (West Caldwell, NJ) Ricoh Pro C900 production printer, introduced at Drupa, will make its U.S. debut at Graph Expo 08.

The digital color printer offers large production capacity and high productivity with speeds up to 90 ppm in full color. It incorporates Trained Customer Replaceable Units and includes the latest Ricoh image processing technology as well as the Fiery RIP for high quality output at an affordable price point. Extensive inline finishing provides added flexibility and efficiency.

“The fundamental goal of the product is to provide a new alternative for customers looking for high-quality color production printing at an affordable price,” says Carl Joachim, vice president of marketing, PPBG, Ricoh Americas Corp. “We believe this device will enable our customers to compete in an increasingly competitive business environment.” See www.ricoh-usa.com/ppbg.

Digital presses debut

MGI Digital Graphic Technology's (Melbourne, FL) offers high-speed 4-color digital presses for paper and plastic substrates, spot UV coating using inkjet technology, and an all-in-one printing, laminating, creasing and cutting unit for photofinishing applications. MGI is launching the Meteor DP60 series of 4-color digital presses and 3D Vision digital lenticular press.

The high-volume Meteor DP60 Pro multi-substrate digital press can produce up to 3,900 letter/A4 sheets, 1,600 13 × 19-inch sheets, and up to 32,000 ISO CR-80 PVC plastic cards hourly, in four colors with full variable data. See www.mgi-usa.com.

Speedy stitching, even for difficult jobs

Muller Martini's (Hauppauge, NY) 14,000-cph Primera E140 saddlestitcher has intuitive touchscreen technology and a user-friendly set-up wizard. The Primera E140's new feeder design holds signature tolerances, enabling users to run difficult jobs (small or thin sizes, light stock or perforations). The Primera line also includes the 13,000-cph 130 and the 11,000-cph Primera 110.

Printers and binderies can send their challenging stitching jobs to Muller Martini's Hauppauge, Long Island, demo room. To arrange for a stitching job to be shipped to Long Island and run on the Primera saddlestitcher, Muller Martini customers may contact their sales manager or call Judy Moran at 1-888-2-Muller, extension 1403. See mullermartiniusa.com.

Briefly noted

  • Xitron (Ann Arbor, MI) will debut a new online job submission and proofing solution (PrinterNet) along with demonstrating advanced workflow solutions based on the latest Adobe PDF print engine and Harlequin RIP technologies. See www.xitron.com.

  • Powered by EskoArtwork's Odystar Presstek, Presstek (Hudson, NH) Latitude is an automated PDF/JDF prepress workflow. Also new: Presstek PathWay, a scalable Web-to-print solution powered by Press-sense. See www.presstek.com.

  • Estimator Corp.'s (Westport, CT) Competitive Advantage software offers single-screen estimating solutions for sheetfed, web and digital presses, reportedly reduces estimating time by 70 percent or more. See www.quick-est.com.

  • Huber (Troisdorf, Germany) will show its Hydrolith alcohol-free fountain solutions, VOC-free press washes, CTP max thermal plate developers, CTP-NV developer for violet plates and NAB 2 developer for negative plates. See www.huber-troisdorf.com.

Binding books on demand

On Demand Machinery (ODM) (Elizabeth, NJ), Sticker (casing in) and Super Smasher (building in) machines provide on-demand, high-volume hardcover bookbinding. ODM machines are simple to operate, self-adjusting and require no makeready. Three Stickers and one Super Smasher can produce more than 1,000 hardcover books per hour.

The Sticker features a new cover guide for thin books. A large-format model, with an optional extra paste attachment (for additional adhesive in the joint area) is available for books up to 17 × 14 × 4 inches. Other options include a small roller glue station for rounded and backed books and a three-position blade height control.

ODM's Super Smasher is an automatic-feed hydraulic building-in machine. The operator places cased-in books into one smashing station that houses three nipping stations. A touchscreen panel lets users control dwell time, servo homing, manual indexing and a counter. An inline feeder has an electric eye that senses books and automatically cycles the machine. After the book has been pressed, it travels through three nipping stations that apply up to 1,500 lbs. of pressure to the joint area of the book. See www.ODMachinery.com.

Hybrid printing and digital press dimensional effects

Kodak's (Rochester, NY) Stream Concept Printhead can deliver monochrome, offset-class variable-data printing applications at up to 1,000 fpm. The printhead shows Stream Inkjet Technology's potential for hybrid printing. The four-inch Stream Concept Printhead produces a deep, rich black at 600 dpi on glossy substrates.

Kodak also will highlight NexPress Intelligent Dimensional Coating and Dimensional Clear Dry Ink. The coating and ink combine to create a raised printing effect with a dimensional feel that mimics the surface of the items in the image — an image of an orange feels like an orange. Users also can identify specific areas of the image that are to be raised and specify variable heights. See www.kodak.com.

Get problem-free, color-accurate PDFs

InterTech Award winner Alwan Color Expertise's (Brussels) CMYK Optimizer allows designers, publishers and prepress companies to quickly produce PDF documents that are compliant with ISO 12647 color and print specifications for problem-free printing. CMYK Optimizer allows printers to control and improve the printability of files by optimizing the separation for ISO 12647 standard printing or for actual process/press/paper capabilities. CMYK Optimizer is powered by Alwan Dynamic DeviceLinks technology known for its color accuracy, print stability and ink savings. Alwan is part of the Crossroads automation exhibit in booth 5463. See www.alwanco.com.

No need to reinvent the legacy billing application

BOWE BELL + HOWELL's (Durham, NC) BOWE One ReCompose print stream manipulation software lets users modify the appearance of print-ready output without re-engineering a legacy billing or statement application. The software enhances document relevancy with personalized messages and data. It can merge data from multiple sources, creating a single document with a cohesive look and feel.

BOWE One ReCompose supports application of bar codes and sequence numbers for unique document identification and interfaces with postal software for presort discounts. Users can convert between print and electronic formats or between various print formats without changing a document's appearance. See www.bowebellandhowell.com.

Large-format sheetfed presses

KBA North America, (Williston, VT and Dallas), will emphasize its large-format press technology, wide range of presses (from 20 to 81inches) and its stability as a 190-year-old, family-owned business.

KBA will promote its Rapida 106, a 41-inch fully-automated sheetfed press. At Drupa, the press produced a total of 15 jobs, each of 520 good sheets, in 59 minutes and 36 seconds. Rated at 18,000 sph. the press provides a wide choice of automation options including the KBA DriveTronic dedicated drives and simultaneous plate mounting system, as well as the DriveTronic feeder, with its presetting capabilities.

Visitors also can learn about the six-up Rapida 75, a 23.75 × 29.5-inch press rated at 15,000 sph. It is configurable with two to eight colors plus coater and 4/4 perfector, and incorporates 30 new features.

The centerpiece of the booth will be the award-winning Genius 52 UV digital offset press, a recipient of the prestigious PIA/GATF InterTech award in 2006. See www.kba-usa.com.

Streamlined postpress setups, job scheduling and color consistency

Heidelberg's (Kennesaw, GA) Prinect Postpress Manager works with other Prinect modules to ensure an efficient overall workflow. It transmits presetting data directly to the machines to dramatically reduce makeready time. While machines are operating, status information is reported back to Postpress Manager, which in turn provides that information in a JDF framework to all users with access to the Prinect software. At the conclusion of a run, the system automatically collects data for cost analysis within an MIS.

Prinect Scheduler is a JDF-enabled electronic production planning system. It can be used to plan all aspects of print production, including prepress, press and postpress. A busy shop reportedly could save up to 10 or more hours of labor on a weekly basis with this tool. Prinect Scheduler is also “aware” of the status of a job at any given time in production, and immediately alerts users of potential scheduling conflicts.

Heidelberg's Near Neutral Optimizer lets different output devices calibrate to a common visual appearance, giving shops consistent color from any press. The new tool uses ICC profiles or user-defined reference values to calibrate directly to the neutral tone characteristics of the reference profile itself — meaning that users no longer have to rely on tone value. The solution automatically accounts for differences in substrates, inks, overprint trap characteristics and processes, and the results conform to existing standards such as ISO, GRACoL or SWOP. With a few mouse clicks, users can prompt the Near Neutral Optimizer to compare data and generate values for calibration. The Prinect Color Toolbox also includes a Profile Tool for generating and editing ICC profiles and a Quality Monitor for short-term and long-term quality assessment for printing, proofing, plating and proof certification. See www.us.heidelberg.com.

Direct from Drupa & the americanprinter.com archives

Most of Graph Expo's exhibitors participated in Drupa this past spring. While practical considerations preclude vendors from duplicating their massive Dusseldorf displays, Graph Expo visitors will see an impressive arsenal of new equipment. The following prepress, press and postpress Drupa highlights are sure to make a big splash in Chicago, too!

Prepress

Prepress Drupa notes

  • “CTP is getting leaner and cleaner” (September 2008) | Plates and platesetters from Agfa, ECRM, Heidelberg, Kodak, Glunz & Jensen, Fujifilm Mitsubishi Imaging, Presstek, Printware, Punch Graphix, Screen and Xanté.
  • “Acrobat 9” (August 2008) | Highlights include PDF portfolio creation, Flash support, better color conversions and improved document comparison features.
  • “Promising Proofers, etc.” (June 2008) | News from Alwan, Agfa, Kodak, Global Graphics, GTI, Epson, Esko, HP, GMG, Screen and Xanté.

Pressroom

Drupa offset developments at a glance

We have too many Drupa pressroom articles to list! Here's a quick summary:

  • Akiyama highlighted its new Mega Jprint 10-color patented inline double coater sheetfed press, first seen at IGAS.

  • Goss showcased M-600 Folia, a new dryerless web press intended as a long perfector alternative.

  • Drupa was the coming-out party for Heidelberg's XL 145 (41.73 × 57.09-inch) and XL 162 (47.24 × 63.78-inch) presses as well as larger format Polar cutters and Suprasetter platesetters. All SM presses will feature the Prinect Press Center. Look for an expanded portfolio of consulting services, too.

  • Komori debuted the Lithrone SX40 and the KHS-AI advanced intelligence print start system. Rated at 18,000 sph, the SX40 can accommodate a 41-inch sheet. Komori also announced a $97 million expansion of its flagship Tsukuba factory in Japan.

  • KBA's announcements included the new Rapida 75 and Rapida 106 as well as the upgraded Rapida 105. The vendor also detailed quality control innovations and a new consulting initiative.

  • Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses (MLP U.S.A., Inc.) showcased some sheetfed models from the new Diamond V3000 Series first introduced in September 2007 at IGAS in Japan.

  • manroland unveiled a new corporate identity and pushed the envelope with its Roland 900 XXL perfector.

  • Presstek introduced a UV printing option for the Presstek 52DI and 34DI. Also new: Compass 4- and 8-page platemakers, and chemistry-free Vector FL52 and Freedom Pro Plates.

  • Ryobi, once associated exclusively with duplicators, unveiled the 40-inch 1050. Also new: an inline UV casting and foiling option for the 6-up 755 and a concept demo of an LED-UV system on the 14 × 20-inch 525GX.

Postpress

Finishing up at Drupa

  • “All around PUR” (August 2008) | Equipment and adhesives from C.P. Bourg, Duplo, Heidelberg, Henkel, Muller Martini, National Adhesives, Nordson, Standard Horizon, ValcoMelton and Wohlenberg.
  • “Speed, accuracy & innovation” (May 2008) | New products from Baum, Buhrs, C.P. Bourg, Dynagram, Gietz, Graphic Whizard, KAMA, MBO, Muller Martini and Standard Horizon.
  • “Flexible Folders” (June 2008) | Folders from Baum, Duplo, Graphic Whizard, Heidelberg, MBO, Morgana, Standard Finishing and Technifold.

CGS adds ORIS Certified Monitor to suite

CGS Publishing Technologies Intl. (Minneapolis) introduces ORIS Certified Monitor, the newest addition to Certified Suite, which includes ORIS Certified Proof and ORIS Certified Press. The Certified Suite family of products verifies proofs, press sheets and now monitors comply with industry color standards such as GRACoL and SWOP.

Trevor Haworth, CEO of CGS, says, “Industry standards have been created as a language to communicate color. ORIS Certified Suite allows you to communicate to your staff and your customers that your proofs and press sheets are in compliance with industry standards. We introduced ORIS Certified Monitor to insure the monitors used to view color are in the compliance with the same standards used to for proofing and printing.”

ORIS Certified Monitor is fully integrated with ORIS Color Tuner and supports all recognized industry standards. Certified Monitor enables standardization of the calibration of all monitors. Historical records of compliance to the industry standards employed are maintained and can be used for trend analysis.

One of the key features of the ORIS Certified Suite is the summary label, which can be affixed to proof and press sheets. The label clearly communicates how the proof, press sheet and monitor combination used perform vs. the standards employed. See www.cgs-oris.com.

Easy color measurements

Beta Industries (Carlstadt, NJ) will showcase the BetaColor S7 Spectro Xpress. This seven-color spectro-densitometer combines features of the vendor's S series densitometers with precise spectro measuring. Completely automatic measurements include density dot gain, gray balance, trapping rotation, plus L*a*b*, Delta E and L*C*h*. Green (good) and red (stop) traffic light indicators clearly signal when measurements meet or exceed programmed tolerances. It can be used for ISO compliance, Gracol G7, Pantone and spot color measuring. See www.betascreen.com.

Free UV seminar

Bill Bonallo and IST America will host a free seminar on UV printing and hybrid UV technology on Tuesday, Oct. 28th, 2008 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

Speakers will include Sun Chemical's Anthony Bean, Bottcher Systems' Chuck Hands and NAPL's Ray Prince. Some high-end commercial and packaging printers will share their experiences, too.

Call 630-771-0590 to reserve your spot or e-mail info@usa.ist-uv.com.

On to Toronto!

Can't get enough trade show excitement? Print World, focused exclusively on short-run printing, will convene November 22-24 in downtown Toronto. The show will welcome over 200 exhibitors (300 companies) to 125,000 sq. ft. of space at Toronto's Direct Energy Centre on the Exhibition Place grounds. Other attractions, including the Print Software Theatre and Design City, will complement the equipment and services on display. Two new highlights this year: Upex (a pre-owned equipment marketplace) and an International Pavilion. See www.printworldshow.com.