New Products
Sept. 2
Ricoh Pro C751EX and C651EX expand line
Ricoh has added two new models to its production printer lineup: the Ricoh Pro C751EX, with a print speed of 75 pages per minute in colour or black and white, and the Ricoh Pro C651EX, with a print speed of 65 pages per minute also in colour or black and white. The C751EX promises a real printing resolution of 1,200 dpi × 4,800 dpi, utilizing the PxP colour toner, also used with the Ricoh Pro C901 series. Both new models print on media from 52.3 to 300 gsm and from postcard-size to 13" × 19.2". In addition, they boast a variety of finishing options, including in-line paper booklet maker and trimmer.
MGI introduces new multi-substrate digital press
From MGI Digital Graphic Technology comes the new Meteor DP8700 XL, incorporating key features of all the Meteor presses, including multi-substrate versatility for paper, plastics and envelopes, laser-safe prints, offset-comparable output and no click charge. Also look for these new features: sheet size up to 13" x 40" in production, up to 13" x 47” via manual bypass; speeds of up to 4,260 A4 pages per hour or 2,280 A3 pages; 3,600 dpi and more than 20 line screen variations, in both regular and stochastic modes, two different line screens within the same print job; new auto-adjusting offset feeder table, high-definition, silicone-free dry toners (CMYK).
Kodak enhances Versamark VL-series presses
The Kodak Versamark VL-series now features enhanced print quality,reliability, and operator maintenance upgrades. These improvements are backward compatible and are available for existing customers through an upgrade plan. Specific enhancements include: more consistent dot-size variation, increased print-head life through ink degassing and temperature control innovations; and improved uptime and component lifetime through advanced operator training. Versamark presses produce process colour with full-page coverage using either water-based pigment or dye-based inks.
Océ boosts JetStream family productivity
Océ releases the JetStream 1400 and JetStream 3000 colour inkjet printing systems, enlarging its JetStream product portfolio. The JetStream 1400 is the high-speed model in the line offering full-width duplex printing capability in a single cabinet with a printing speed of 328 ft. per minute for producting 1,350 A4 (1,428 letter) images per minute. The JetStream 3000 is the company’s new top model in the product line’s dual series, with a printing speed of 200 m (656 ft) per minute, which translates to 2,700 A4 (2,856 letter) images per minute. All Océ JetStream presses offer 1,200 dpi perceived image quality based on 600 x 600 dpi resolution with a two-bit multilevel option, independent of production speed
New Xerox DocuColor 8080 promises competitive edge
Core to the Xerox DocuColor 8080 are three features that promise a competitive edge: productivity apps, low gloss dry ink and the Automated Color Quality Suite (ACQS). Productivity apps simplify the most common print jobs with ready-to-use templates. Apps range from job ticketing and personalization to prepress operations. Low gloss dry ink offers a smooth, matte-like finish that accents colour images, including shadows and highlights. The ACQS is a set of tools driven by an in-line spectrophotometer which reads colour data inside the printer. 
Canon launches new flagship presses
Canon Canada has new flagship colour production presses: the ImagePress C7010VP, C6010VP and C6010 with new productivity features and an expanded gamut of media. Improvements come from new sensors for better humidity controls to produce more accurate toner distribution; enhanced airflow unit and toner density stabilization for better colour consistency and halftone smoothness throughout the print run; and a high-performance, oil-free V Toner with small particle sizes of 5.5 microns that work well on many media, including textured stocks. The presses handle an expanded range of media types from 16 lb. bond to 120 lb. cover weight, with rated print speeds of up to 70 letter-sized ppm and 60 ppm respectively in colour and black and white, regardless of paper weight.
HP expands latex portfolio
HP is adding three printers to its latex portfolio: the Scitex LX 850 and LX820. The 850, at 3.2 m, delivers maximum versatility with multiple workflow features, includes dual-roll, roll-to-freefall, and roll-to-collector handling, and an ink collector for direct-to-fabric printing on flag fabrics. Also at 3.2 m, the 820 comes in a lower price in a roll-to-roll configuration. Both work with the new LX610 latex inks.
KBA enhances Rapida 106 press
KBA is enhancing its Rapida 106 41" press with software packages, design improvements at the infeed and delivery, plus a broad spectrum of cross-platform systems. KBA’s new AirTronic delivery supports high-speed production on diverse substrates. New, aerodynamic gripper bars optimize air flow, preventing air turbulence and reducing the amount of powder required. A new venturi system generates a uniform flow of air that gently deposits the sheets on the delivery pile.
Agfa adds to Jeti and Anapurna offerings
Agfa has added two models to the Jeti and Anapurna lines of UV-curable printers. The Jeti 5048 UV XL targets the 5 m ultra-wide market with two models. One addresses high productivity applications, such as building wraps and XXL billboards, with throughput speeds close to 300 sq. m per hour. Two is for higher-quality output for both XXL and/or point-of-sale applications.
The Anapurna M1600, is a UV-curable printer with the productivity of the Anapurna M2050 in a 1.6 m width at 46 sq. m per hour. It also prints with white ink and is designed for applications on the rigid substrates including mirrors or Plexiglas and roll-to-roll substrates that demand more flexibility including banners and exhibition graphics.
New hybrid UV printer from Roland
Roland DGA introduces a 64" Versa UV hybrid inkjet printer for the sign, packaging and specialty printing markets. Featuring Roland’s Versa UV technology the LEJ-640 prints CMYK, white and clear on substrates from roll media to half-inch thick board stocks, including corrugated cardboard, foam board and other rigid substrates. Bonus: the device simulates embossing on virtually any flexible packaging media. It goes from roll-fed to flatbed, comes with a built-in sensor that ensures proper print-head positioning, prints at up to 1,440 x 1,440 dpi, and comes in three ink configurations consisting of CMYK, white and clear. It’s the clear ink that can be layered to produce both gloss and matte finishes, including 72 ready-to- apply patterns that come with the machine.
New model added to Inca Onset Series
From Inca Digital Printers comes the Inca Onset S40, the latest addition to its range of wide-format UV flatbed inkjet printers. Positioned between the flagship, super high-productivity Inca Onset at 750 sq. m per hour (8,073 sq. ft.) and the Inca Onset S20 at 310 sq. m per hour (3,340 sq. ft.) the S40 prints at up to 470 sq. m per hour (5,059 sq . ft.). It was designed to meet the high-volume, fast-turnaround production needs of specialist display print companies and uses up to 168 new-generation, user-replaceable, printheads (28 per colour) on a full width print bar delivering a 27 picolitre drop size. This, combined with Inca’s precision ink drop placement, produces 600 dpi print quality with the option of four or six colours using Fujifilm’s UVijet OB ink. Inca printers are available in Canada through Fujifilm.
Agfa debuts eight-up thermal platesetters
Agfa new 8-up thermal platesetters, Avalon N8-60 and Avalon N8-80, boast a new generation laser imager, enhancing image quality and throughput. The engines handle the full portfolio of Agfa’s thermal plates, supporting all commercial and offset packaging applications. The Avalon N8-60 and Avalon N8-80 come in different speed versions; with the fastest model outputting more than 65 pages per hr. To accommodate ease of operation, new single- and multi-cassette autoloaders have been redesigned to increase ease and allow reloading during exposure.
XEROX debuts new production inkjet system
Xerox joins the inkjet fray with a high-speed waterless system that works well on low-cost paper for high-volume, high-value jobs. Building off its proprietary solid ink technology, Xerox has developed a patented, granulated, resin-based ink formulation boasting the key benefit of eliminating water so that consistent colour can be printed on low-cost, offset paper that comes out flat with no ink soaking through. In addition, the formulation of the ink makes it easy to de-ink the paper, which can be difficult to achieve with other inks. Xerox’s Production Inkjet System can produce nearly 2,200 pages or 500 feet per minute.
RISO unveils RZ1090 digital duplicator
Riso’s RZ1090 digital duplicator is the latest in the RZ series. It prints up to 180 pages per minute and features new production automation, true 600 dpi image quality, ledger-size printing, a built-in GDI controller and standard network interface connectivity.
With digitally imaged natural fibre master plates and liquid ink, the RZ1090 imaging technology is rooted in the offset printing process and provides a fast and affordable way to print jobs between 20 and 4,000 prints. Similar to advanced DI offset presses, the RZ1090 burns, loads, and unloads masters auto­matically at the touch of a button, streamlining make­ready and maximizing machine availability for print production. Over 70 available ink colours are available.
New Koilmatic coil inserter for digital market
From Spiral Binding/James Burn USA comes the new Koilmatic tabletop electric automatic coil inserter and crimper. It’s an affordable fully electric tabletop model designed with the digital print market in mind, requiring no tools or shop air to run. The Koilmatic binds up to 450 books per hour in sizes from 8 mm to 20 mm on 8 12" or 11" binding edges. A user-friendly LCD screen guides the operator through setup and operation.
New super-wide inkjet printer from Mimaki
Mimaki Engineering is adding the JV34-260 to its portfolio of super-wide large-format printers. Based on the JV33 series, the new model features a print width of 2.6 m and a throughput of up to 30 sq. metres per minute. It’s designed to produce such signage as banners and flags on a wide variety of materials, including polyester. It can handle water-based, solvent or sublimation inks.
New 40" model from Heidelberg
Heidelberg makes a new addition to the 40" space with the Speedmaster CX 102, a press that boasts many of the key components of the XL 105 technology. Positioned between the Speedmaster XL 105 and the CD 102, the new press targets high-end commercial, label and packaging printers. Features include an inline spectrophotometric colour measuring system, inline sheet-inspection system, operator guidance system, and systems that feed real-time data upstream for production times and cost. A new Prinect Mobile application for smart phones taps into the press remotely. Other features include semi-automated (upgradeable to fully automated) plate changing, and peripherals for drying powdering, and foiling. Sheets come out at a rate of 16,500 per hour. 
More inkjet Jeti models from Agfa
Agfa expands its Jeti inkjet grouping with the 3020 Titan and the 3348 HSS models. The Titan engine is a UV curable high-production modular flatbed that can be boosted with more colours and speed as demand warrants. The entry level version comes with 16 greyscale print heads for CMYK native output at 600 dpi and photorealistic output at 1,200 dpi on a print area that measures 3m x 2m at 113 sq. m per hour. Expansion can go up to 48 greyscale heads, a and speed of 226 sq. m per hour. It can also incorporate light cyan and light magenta, double white, white and clear varnish, or orange and green to extend the colour gamut. A vacuum table handles rigid and flexible substrates up to 5 cm thick.
The solvent-based 3348 is a fast 3.25 m roll-to-roll printer with a 300 dpi resolution, new drying technology, and a new back-lit option for building wraps, stadium graphics and other applications that need to handle wind conditions. It spits out print at 232.25 sq. m per hour. 

Hot stamping option from Spartanics
Spartanics new M590 hot stamping machine runs in-line with the company’s die-cutting system or offline, producing throughput of 540 hot stamps per minute. It can also produce multiple, 6-up stamps simultaneously, a departure from traditional hot-stamping devices. Ideal applications include cards, stationery, greeting cards, packages, decorative branding and holograms. 
New mid-size press from HANS GROHNI
At 19" x 26", the GH664 is the new 4-colour press from Chinese manufacturer Hans Gronhi for the mid-size market. The new model comes with a maximum speed of 13,000 sheets per hour, semi-automatic plate loading system, and CIP 3 connectivity. UV applications or in-line aqueous coating are also available. The press was first shown outside China last fall at Print World in Toronto. 
SCREEN expands Truepress line with two new models
Screen has unveiled two new models in its Truepress Jet520 series of continuous-feed, single-pass inkjet printing systems. The flagship model of the series, the Truepress Jet520ZZ, has a top speed of 721.7 ft. per minute (approximately 190,000, 81⁄2" x 11" colour pages per hour) producing direct mail, books, magazines and other high-volume work that traditionally has been printed offset. Use it for personalized catalogues, colour bank statements, technical manuals and newsletters. The Truepress Jet520ZZ handles rolls of inkjet paper, standard paper, uncoated paper, and matte and gloss coated stock up to 22.4" wide. 
Screen has also come out with an entry-level model, the Truepress Jet520EX, for shops considering a move from monochrome to colour variable printing, as well as those that mainly handle short-run work. The Truepress Jet520EX Colour features a more compact footprint than its predecessor. It delivers full-colour variable printing at a maximum speed of 210 ft. per minute at a resolution of 360 x 360 dpi.
Epson does affordable CTP
Epson’s new DirectPlate Aluminum creates aluminum lithographic printing press plates with a standard Epson Stylus Pro printer and Epson UltraChrome HDR inks. Once imaged, followed by a quick heat curing process, these plates can be used to produce up to 20,000 impressions each. This complete turn-key system combines an Epson Stylus Pro 7900, 24" printer with a unique plate curing device, an EFI computer-to-plate RIP software package, and plate guide attachment. The system is designed for duplicators and small to mid-size printing businesses. Its water-based plate-making system eliminates cleaning and handling hazardous chemicals, and because no special inks are required, the Stylus Pro can also be used to make press proofs, imposition proofs, and even  posters up to 24" wide.
Anapurna gets an upgrade
Agfa’s new Anapurna M 2050 (2.05 m) UV-curable flatbed/roll-to-roll printer has the white ink capabilities of the Anapurna Mw and the speed found in the Anapurna M2. The new machine’s versatility comes from its flexible media-handling capability and a four-zone vacuum table, which strengthen handling a wide range of substrates varying in size and thickness. Its 6-colours (CMYKLcLm) plus white capability and its 12-picolitre print heads produce solids and tonal rendering at up to 720 x 1440 dpi. Typical throughput speeds in four-pass bi-directional mode are around 24 sq. meters per hour.
Konica Minolta expands line of bizhubPress printers
Konica Minolta adds three systems to its bizhub colour digital presses. The bizhubPress C7000, 7000P, and C6000, along with the recently launched bizhubPress C8000, image at up to 70 colour pages per minute in fast-paced production environments. The C7000 (70 ppm) and C6000 (60 ppm) come with built-in print/copy/scan capability, while the C7000P boasts a high-speed colour print system. The series creates colour images at 1,200 dpi while automatic Image Density Control ensures consistent image fidelity over long runs. An air assist paper separation system supports heavy and coated stocks. 
New inkjets for signage market
The Rhotex 320, from Durst is a new industrial inkjet printer for soft signage: flags, banners, wall coverings and the like. The 10.5'-wide model uses environmentally benign water-based dye inks, on-board hot-air dryers, and Quadro Array 30D AQ print heads—designed specifically for the water-based inks—to deliver 775 sq. ft. per hour. This 6-colour printer—CMYK + Lc, Lm, Lk (grey), spot colours—features an in-line ink dryer positioned ahead of the take-up roll to prevent smudging and sticking.
Ricoh adds to it Ricoh Pro line
Ricoh’s Pro C901/C901s Graphic Arts Edition for the mid-production market prints on a range of media at 90 pages per minute. Drive the press with an EFI E-41 Fiery, EFI E-81, or a Creo C-81 server-based controller. The press feeds media from 5.5" x 8.5" to 13" x 19", and up to 300 gsm, even in duplex mode. As well, it has integrated full-colour scanning, copying and document storage for print-on-demand requirements.
Xerox improves one; unveils another
Xerox comes out with an improved iGen4 digital colour press. The iGen4 EXP has a large sheet size (14.33" x 26"), to produce multi-up jobs such as full-size tri-fold brochures, postcards and greeting cards, or extra large book covers and jackets. The larger size prints 40 sheets per minute and accelerates the iGen4 speed to 120 8.5" x 11" (A4) impressions per minute. It also has an automated web-to-finish solution, leveraging Xerox FreeFlow digital workflow collection along with software and finishing options from Xerox business partners, and it integrates with Adobe’s PDF print engine.
Also from Xerox there’s a new entry-level light-production colour printer. The Colour 550/560 printer, with an easy-to-use colour touch screen, targets quick print shops, small commercial printers, and in-plant operations. Applications can be produced at 50 colour pages per minute or 55 in black and white; and on the 560 at 60 colour pages per minute or 65 in black-and-white. Features include: low-melt emulsion aggregation toner, 2,400 x 2,400 dpi printing, in-line finishing options, and advanced colour management and streamlined production tools.

New label printing engine from Industrial inkjet
Industrial Inkjet Ltd. in the UK has unveiled the ColourPrint 142 HQ, the latest model in its range of ColourPrint inkjet print engines. Producing higher print quality at higher production rates, this new model is designed to meet the exacting requirements of the label printing industry.
Based on proven technologies including Konica Minolta inkjet printheads, the ColourPrint 142 HQ can achieve resolutions of 720 x 720 dpi and can match the production speeds of flexo.
Dynastrip upgrade boosts productivity
Quebec-based Dynagram has a new version of Dynastrip as it continues to focus on productivity. Major features include dynamic page sizes added to Reflow, enhanced marks and accumulative mark sets, and simplified document and page list capabilities. Dynagram will hold weekly webinars to help customers see the new and exciting features in DynaStrip 6.0 and the new 6.5. To sign up for the webinars visit the Dynagram website.
Epson expands packaging proofing media line
Epson expands its line of proofing media for the packaging and prototyping market with MetallicProof Film paper, designed for the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 with Epson UltraChrome HDR white ink. MetallicProof Film is a proofing media that enables designers and packaging companies to extend their prototyping capabilities in-house with new substrates and printing effects. White ink delivers an opaque base layer on MetallicProof Film, for high colour saturation and resolution. Use MetallicProof Film with the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900’s seven ink colours and create special effects such as pastels or metallic colours like gold and bronze. The film on the paper is thin enough for easy application to packaging surfaces such as boxes and bottles.
NELA bender for polyester plates
Wisconsin-based NELA has launched a new, fully automatic vision bender for polyester plates. The “Poly Bender” is specifically designed to bend polyester plates and paper-based printing foils—up to 180 plates per hour. This is achieved by a design that simultaneously picks up unbent plates while depositing bent plates into a stacker. Registration is accomplished by two registration contrast sensors that detect vision targets imaged on the corner of the plates. A heat source in the bend anvil enables the forming and preserving of the bend angle.  
Mimaki creates silver and white ink formulas
From Mimaki Engineering come two new inks: a silver and a white formula, for its ES3 ink portfolio of eco-solvent inks for the JV33 and CJV30 large-format printers. Metallic effects, such as gold or bronze as well as other colour shades, can be achieved by combining Mimaki’s new ES3 silver ink with full colour ES3 ink. Mimaki’s new ES3 white ink is especially good for printing on transparent and coloured substrates. Shipment of the new silver and white inks will start in October.
Konica Minolta brings out bizhub PressC8000
Konica Minolta’s new bizhub Press C8000 is the first in the company’s production print product line, designed to meet the demands of commercial offset and high-volume digital printing, andpositioned as an ideal replacement for full-colour offset, according to the company. The C8000 spits out 80 colour pages per minute, at 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, on a wide variety of stock up to 350 g. Other features include Simitri HD+, a colour polymerized toner to rival offset quality, and operator replaceable unit management system allowing operators to make routine maintenance and reduce downtime, automatic duplex, and various in-line finishing options. Availability is expected later this year.
New model joins Ricoh commercial series
The Pro C720s is the newcomer to Ricoh’s Pro series for the commercial and corporate print environments. It churns out 72 pages per minute, regardless of paper weight, for a duty cycle of 320,000 images per month. It scans, copies and distributes to multiple destinations including e-mail, URL and FTP, and stores files so they can be reprinted without re-ripping. An EFI Fiery controller is a standard component, as are a variety of job automation utilities. In-line finishing options include high-capacity stacker, and several document handling and finishing options.
Epson expands proofing
Epson rounds out its portfolio with a new contract-quality proofing system for packaging mock-ups. Package designers, flexo and gravure print shops are all ideal users. The inkjet 24" Stylus Pro WT7900 uses an aqueous-based white ink technology to produce the colour white on a broad range of substrates including inkjet coated transparent and metallic films. A new organic hollow resin particle technology forces light to randomly scatter, producing the illusion of seeing the colour white.
Finish labels offline with Primera FX 1200
From Primera Technology comes the FX1200 digital label finishing system, an off-line machine that accepts up to 12" O.D. rolls of printed material from digital label presses. Operations include lamination with polypropylene or polyester films, digital die cutting, waste matrix removal, slitting, and rewinding onto multiple 3" cores. Its patent-pending QuadraCut technology produces virtually any size and shape of label including contour cuts. It’s yours for US$29,995.
Canon adds to Imagerunner line
New from Canon is the monochrome multi-function Imagerunner Advance 8000and 6000 series, a follow-up to last fall’s colour Imagerunner Advance. Targeted at light production environments, the 8000 series scans, copies and prints from 85 pages per minute up to 105 pages per minute. Features include a single-pass duplex scanning, paper capacity of 7,700 sheets, ability to handle up to 80 lb. cover in sizes up to 13" x 19.25". Finishing capabilities include punching, inserting and face trimming. The 6000 series comes with most of the same features, but its paper size is 11" x 17" with output speeds ranging from 55 pages per minute to 75 pages per minute. Both have 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution.
Color logic debuts new process metallic colour system
Color-Logic, an Ohio-based company recently formed to bring a new line of special effects software and consumables to the printing industry, comes out of the gates with its Process Metallic Color System. It’s an integrated process that starts at the design stage for colour control through to the printing process. Designers select reference colours from the metallic colour guides, which are then printed with known stocks and inks.
Free from Xante: iQueue colour workflow system
If you have a Xanté Ilumina digital colour press, you can now get your free iQueue intelligent colour workflow system and take control of your clients’ digital files, manage production schedules and, so says the company, deliver better print and colour quality. The system delivers spot colour matching, screening control, independent CMYK control, full-colour management, queue management and archiving.
Océ Colorwave: single footprint, many functions
Océ is readying the ColorWave 300 for its North American launch. The multifunction system is the world’s first single-footprint device that prints, copies and scans wide-format documents in black and white and colour. The ColorWave 300 is a good fit for businesses with limited floor space, while its integrated scanner lets users control all functions via one panel that handles popular file formats like PDF, DWF and JPEG without sacrificing speed. 
Mimaki brings desktop device to production space
Mimaki’s new UJD-3042 UV LED desktop inkjet printer was designed for short-run production of industrial products, novelties, cards, nameplates, electronics covers, and label and packaging applications. The unit features a new inkjet print head that achieves a maximum resolution of 1,440 x 1,200 dpi and handles heat-sensitive media such as acrylics and non-coated substrates like glass, wood and metals. The UV LEDs also require less energy, while managing a top print speed of four minutes per A3 sheet in full colour plus white over and underprint.
MGI US has five finishing functions in one
Multi-substrate digital press and finishing systems manufacturer MGI US is adding to its product line with the DF360 5-in-1 paper finisher. Its in-line and automated standard functions include duplex lamination, horizontal and vertical cutting, automatic trimming, creasing and perforation. And all five operations can be performed in just one pass on this unit that accommodates sheet widths up to 14" and lengths up to 29", making it suitable for book cover, brochure, ticket, business card, photo book, invitation and menu applications.
Oki Data gets graphic
Making a move into the graphic arts and production market, Oki Data Americas introduces the proColor Series line of toner-based LED products for colour-critical applications. The pro910 and pro930 tabloid/A3 deliver high-quality for the short-run market. The 910 handles card stock, magnetic media and static clings, while the 930 incorporates Pantone calibration and processes variable data. The pro900D, for its part, produces variable data on a wide range of media, and has heavy-duty feed and production capabilities. And topping out the line is the pro510DW for continuous web printing at up to 30 ft. per minute, handling a 2,500-ft. roll of stock and supporting the use of paper, labels and various tag stocks.
Label me colourful with PRIMera Technolo
With a goal of producing short-run, full-colour labels more quickly and at a higher quality, Primera Technology is introducing the LX900 Color Label Printer. As the manufacturer’s fastest model yet, the LX900 produces labels at speeds up to 4.5" per second, and separate CMYK cartridges keep operating costs down as they only need to be replaced one at a time. Typical applications include labels for coffee, wine, water, baked good, meat and cheese, just to name a few. Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X 10.5 drivers come with the printer that can handle label sizes from .75"-wide to 8" wide and 24" long.
Precision is the key, for new CANON printers
Precision is the key driver for Canon’s two new large-format printers, the 44" Prograf iPF8300 and 61" iPF6300. Built to deliver ultra-high quality image reproduction, both models employ Canon’s new 12-colour Lucia Ex pigment ink set that increases the achievable colour gamut by roughly 20% from previous iPF models, and enables more than 90% Pantone colour coverage. Lucia Ex ink also promises better photo reproduction, producing crisper blacks, smooth colour gradations and the finest details in a photograph’s shadowed areas. Two print heads, each featuring 2,560 nozzles per colour produce a full resolution of 2,400 x 1,200 dpi. On the workflow side, the devices come equipped with a new Media Configuration Tool that adds and adjusts paper settings to further enhance output.
All-new system for IMAGERUNNER Advance
Canon has crafted an all-new system and hardware platform, and an easy-to-use customizable interface for the latest addition to its imageRunner line. The imageRunner Advance C9075/C9065 models suit high-volume, colour quick-printing environments and come standard with Canon’s ultra-fast rendering technology, optional Adobe PS3 and PCL capabilities, and reproduce images at a true 1,200 x 1,200 dpi. As for speed, the C9075 prints 75 letter-size ppm in black and white and 70 ppm in colour, while the C9065 prints 65 letter-size ppm in both modes. A single-pass duplex document feeder allows both units to scan up to 200 images per minute on black-and-white, two-sided and letter-size documents and optional hardware accessories can increase paper capacity to 9,300 sheets.
New systems from Fuji Xerox use AE toner
From the heads up department: Fuji Xerox is ringing in 2010 with the launch of two new colour on-demand publishing systems: the Color 1000 and Color 800 presses. Designed to expand the scope of applications in variable printing, the models are the first high-end printers to employ Xerox’s Emulsion Aggregation-Eco Toner for improved image quality, while the optional use of clear toner with the 1000 permits glossy finishing and watermark printing. The 1000, meanwhile, spits out 100 ppm (80 ppm for the 800) and both handle paper weights between 55 and 350 gsm. Finally, the machines’ long-life overcoat photoreceptor should improve damage and wear resistance. The machines will likely be rolled out in Asian markets first; no word yet on when they’re expected to hit North America.
ES Connect delivers Dalim integration
Enabling preflighting and normalization is the end goal for Dalim Software’s ES Connect, the latest add-on to ES Core, the backbone of its customer-facing online file delivery and approval environment. ES Connect does just that, fostering the integration of Dalim Twist and Mistral workflows into the ES Core. With ES Connect, for example, PDF files uploaded for approval by multiple users can be automatically checked for correct technical specs before the regular approval cycle begins. The detailed report generated by Twist becomes accessible through the add-on’s user interface.
Mimaki makes sublime addition
Building on its award-winning solvent superwide JV5-320S, Mimaki Engineering introduces the JV5-320DS. This new large-format, direct and dye-sublimation device prints directly on polyester substrates up to 3.2 m wide. Outdoor signage printed on polyester textiles, using water-based dye-sublimation inks, is an ideal application for the new machine, which reaches a resolution of up to 1,440 dpi, while speeds vary from 60.3 sq. m per hour at 540 x 720 dpi to 44 sq. m per hour at 540 x 1,080 dpi. An ink catcher prevents fabric stains, and a fan dries inks directly after printing so that media won’t stick during the winding process. 
New social network for print
Aiming to further open up communication between printing companies, PagePathTechnologies is taking a cue from the Facebooks of the world to launch printing-centric social network IdeaExchange. Web-based IdeaExchange is intended to help PagePath’s MyOrderDesk users and other printers and marketers share their thoughts, suggestions and challenges on the day-to-day operation of their businesses. Post questions to organized forums, search for solutions to problems and other information, gab with your peers and even post blog items and profiles. Looking to reach out? Sign up at 
Durst feels the need for large-format inkjet speed
Durst is revamping its product lineup. It enters the superwide  imaging segment with the 5 m Rho 500R UV inkjet printer incorporating the latest iteration of the Quadro 30D Array print head technology. The number of nozzles per colour doubles to 2,048, ink temperature is accurately regulated at the nozzle, and a point-drop-setting ink regulation system is included. The Rho 500R prints 6-colour, 600 dpi images on vinyl, mesh and other superwide roll media at speeds up to 4,300 sq. ft. per hour. It also is able to print three independent images from three separate job queues on three different 1.6 m rolls all at the same time. 

Durst has also juiced up its Rho 800 Presto large-format UV inkjet printer. Rho 800HS is a new high-speed version that, like its predecessor, has a continuous board printing system and the capability to print on multiple narrow boards up to 2.7"ʺ thick. What’s new is its use of Durst’s Quadro 30D array print-head technology that doubles the number of nozzles per colour to 2,084, regulates ink temperature and regulates iMnk flow to raise output by roughly 80%. This 98"-wide printer can also turn out speeds of up to 2,000 sq. ft. per hour or 1,200 sq. ft. per hour in two-pass mode.
XEROX adds MICR capabilities
Xerox has added to its line of black-and-white equipment with the Nuvera 200 and 288 perfecting production systems, enabled with Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) capabilities, for printing coupons, financial forms and cheques. MICR technology produces encoding for scanning and reading by high-speed magnetic readers/sorters, required when processing printed negotiable documents. The two new machines, which extend the Nuvera line to 10 products, print at 200 and 288 images per minute, at a resolution of 4,800 x 600 dpi, using tandem architecture—designed and managed as one—so one engine continues to work if the other one is down.  An optional feature that automatically tracks all the cheques in a run and captures every printed MICR line is also available. 
New finishing options also have been tacked on to the Nuvera line, such as the DS 3500 stacker to automatically rotate and stack paper in-line, and the CEM DocuCutt to trim oversized paper and feeds it in-line to the Bourg Book Factory.
Agfa’s Dotrix now more productive
Agfa’s Dotrix Modular digital UV inkjet press has two new features: an express print mode, and an expanded colour gamut. Express print mode increases productivity from 4,800 linear ft. per hour, to 6,300 ft. per hour, a boost of 35%, and results in printing speeds of about 13,000 sp. ft. per hour, which Agfa says will lower production costs, and increase efficiency. With a new colour enhancement, the Dotrix now has 6-colour gamut capabilities for more accurate colour matches—matching 90% of all Pantone colours and a variety of spot colours, according to Agfa.
Express print mode is available on the Dotrix Modular now, and the expanded colour gamut will be available in 2010. Upgrade kits are availabe, and the enchantments will come as options on all new Dotrix purchases
1 million impressions with no baking from Presstek
Presstek expands its line of digital plates with Aeon, a high-resolution, long-run, non-preheat thermal CTP plate. Ideal for broad market applications like books, magazines, and catalogues, Aeon works on 830 nm thermal CTP platesetters from all manufacturers. It handles runs of up to one million impressions, with a resolution of 200 lpi and FM screening. Post-baking is an option to extend print runs.
Also new from Presstek is the DPM Pro 400, a polyester CTP platesetter. Ideal for commercial and in-plant printers with small-format presses, the DPM Pro 400 produces plates from 9" to 16", and images at 1,200, 1,500, 1,800 or 2,400 dpi. Speed reaches 78 plates per hour, with the first ready in less than two minutes. Presstek says the device delivers better ink and water balance, increased press stability, and wider press latitude, due to its Presstek-enhanced MegaPro paper-based and polyester plates with new Mega LC chemistry.
Heidelberg Suprasetters become high-performace
Heidelberg has expanded its thermal printing plates segment with higher-performnce versions for its Suprasetter A52 and Suprasetter A75. The company says it should allow small and mid-format printers to increase their productivity by up to 58%, depending on configuration. Suprasetter A52 has a throughput speed of either 20 or 27 plates per hour, and the Suprasetter A75 have a speed of 17 or 22 plates per hour. Both can be integrated into Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow, and come with an optional auto top loader. The Suprasetter A52 and A75 are also eco-friendly, using just 0.7 kilowatts per hour, and because they’re not sensitive to humidity,  a ventilation system is not usually needed.
HP offers latex printing for low-volume shops
HP has added to its line of latex printing technology with the roll-to-roll DesignJet L25500 press and new printing materials compatible with HP’s latex ink. Latex inks can be used for both indoor and outdoor work, but offer versatility in that they can print on more substrates than water-based inks, and are more eco-friendly and cheaper than solvent inks.
The 6-colour DesignJet L25500, aimed at low-volume shops, handles a range of applications, like POP displays, wall murals, and outdoor banners, and comes in 40" and 62" models, printing at resolutions up to 1,200 x 1,200 dpi on media up to 0.5mm thick. Look for it worldwide in 2010.
Six new printing materials for use with HP’s latex ink bring the portfolio up to 19: white satin poster paper, one-view perforated adhesive window vinyl, air release adhesive gloss cast vinyl, PVC-free gloss adhesive film, PVC-free wall paper, and light textile display banner.
Appleton AutoLoader offers better efficiency
From Appleton’s Mfg division comes AutoLoader, which promises to reduce labour costs and increase productivity by freeing up operators for more complex tasks. When combined with other Appleton core products, such as the P510 automated core cutter, the AutoLoader offers uninterrupted production, consistent delivery, and a reduced number of employees to handle, sort and load cores. The AutoLoader can also be retrofitted to older Appleton core cutter models.
New ValueJet from Mutoh
Designed for soft signage printing, Mutoh is launching the new ValueJet 1628T 64" and ValueJet 2628T 100" aqueous printers. Ideal for banners, flags, POP, polyester fabrics and dye-sublimation paper, the new models offer a maximum print width of 63.2" and 103.2", at resolutions of 360, 540, and 720 dpi, depending on the application. Both models have draft quality speeds up to 447 sq. ft. per hour, and print speeds up to154sq. ft. per hour in production mode. Shipping is expected in April 2010.
Imagerunners print in colour and black and white
Designed for high-volume environments, Canon’s new ImageRunner Advance C9075 Pro and C9065 Pro deliver high-speed in black-and-white and colour. Both models print at 1,200 x 1,200 dpi and have a paper capacity of 9,300 sheets up to 13" x 19" and weights up to 300 gsm. The C9075 Pro outputs up to 75 ppm in black-and-white, and 70 ppm in colour, and the C9065 outputs 65 ppm in both colour and black-and-white. Canon’s Ultra Fast Rendering II technology comes on both models. The ImagePass and ColorPass print controller are options. Availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2009.
Agfa adds to Avalon family
Agfa has completed its Avalon N CTP line with the Avalon N4. It replaces Agfa’s Acento series and comes in two versions: the Avalon N4-10E, and the quicker Avalon N4-10S. Both image plates up to 660 mm x 830 mm, and the 10E has an imaging speed of 11 4-up plates per hour. It can be upgraded to the 10S, which images up to 21 4-up plates per hour. Agfa says the N4 is ideal for mid-sized shops, and works with its Azura chemistry free plates. An optional in-line punching system that can be extended with a variety of plate loaders completes the package.
New web-to-print option from Xitron
From Xitron comes the new Printernet web-to-print option for Navigator workflow users. Printernet is an optional portal complete with proofing and preflighting capabilities that integrates directly into Navigator. Printernet accepts and preflights jobs, and automatically sends a soft proof notification to the sender. If a job fails to pass preflight, the client is sent a link to a preflight report explaining the problem and allowing her to correct it or send it to the prepress department for adjustments. Pricing starts at US$4,995.
Heidelberg simplifies lenticular with new Screening Editor
Heidelberg moves into lenticular printing with its new Prinect Screening Editor, which creates lens-accurate screens for printing moiré-free images. Heidelberg says the new software will result in shorter makeready times, improved quality, and less waste for shops doing lenticular work. Because even the smallest mistakes can compromise the desired lenticular effect, Screening Editor—combined with Suprasetter technology—uses a unique algorithm to ensure that screen lines consistently line up with the film lenses. Screening Editor also makes last minute changes possible, because correction values generate automatically and can be saved.
Glossier, faster DocuColors from Xerox
The Xerox DocuColor 7002 and 8002 digital presses, are ideal for direct marketing, promotional, and photo-publishing applications. Both print 70 to 80 ppm, in duplex mode, on weights up to 300 gsm. A new low-gloss toner produces a smooth, matte finish, while an in-line spectrophotometer measures test patches. In-line options include the Xerox Tape Binder for producing tape-bound books, the GBC eBinder, for wrap-around lay-flat booklets, and the Standard Horizon ColorWorks Document Finisher and ColorWorks Pro Document Finisher, for booklets with stacking and face trimming. Both models integrate with the FreeFlow Digital Workflow  products.
Verify colour with new software from Lake Image Systems
U.K.-based Lake Image Systems now offers its verification systems in full colour. It can be equipped with colour cameras for improved operator image verification, and the company says users can zoom in and view images at press speed, and display opposite edges of a print at several, distinct magnifications. Integra Vision and Integra Vision PQ can identify print errors like blemishes, hickeys, voids, and out-of-alignment images and are ideal for secure and direct mail printers.
Have a “Dialogue” with Dalim Softwar
From Dalim Software comes Dialogue ES, an online approval platform based on the company’s ES technology. Accessible through a standard web browser, Dialogue handles all production-related approval and proofing duties and integrates with any third-party workflow. Options include the Flatplan View, to sort through pages manually within a web browser. An RSS stream broadcasts the job as a “virtual book” for review.
Mutoh’s dual-head inkjet press does it faster, on more media
The ValueJet 1618A 64” dual-head press from Mutoh America reaches speeds of 480 sq. ft. per hour in production mode. Ideal for printing banners and posters, including back-lit panel, on coated and uncoated media, the 1618A has two print heads, and 12 print modes with resolutions ranging from 540 to 1,400 dpi. It handles a maximum roll weight of 67 lb., and widths up to 63.97”. Another model, the ValueJet 1618A-HD, which includes a take-up system that holds up to 220 lbs. of media, is also available.
Founder Electronics taps into on-demand marke
For on-demand commercial printers comes the EagleJet C4200, a single-pass UV inkjet press from China-based Founder Electronics. The EagleJet has a narrow web inkjet system featuring 1001 grayscale printheads from Xaar. The printheads produce resolutions of 1,080 dpi at speeds up to 25 m per minute. The printer, which handles paper web widths up to 420 mm, also enables duplex mono and 2-colour printing at the same time, and duplex 4-colour printing with a tandem configuration.
Alwan and X-Rite team up to offer control and standardization
Alwan Color Expertise and X-Rite have come together to offer automated press quality control and standardization software for analog and digital presses, with X-Rite’s IntelliTrax and Alwan’s Print Standardizer. The combined offering, IntelliTrax with Print Standardizer, lets users set parameters based on the press and substrates used so real-time dot gain adjustments can be made. Any G7 and ISO standard printing condition can be matched on every job, so printers can cut prep time, and dramatically cut paper waste and ink consumption.,
Agfa’s Apogee Suite gets loads of new features
Apogee Suite 6.0 from Agfa has made its debut. The newest version is full of new enhancements and features, including Apogee Portal, a single-dashboard user interface with Adobe Flex technology, and Apogee Preflight, an integrated processing component that anticipates all the steps leading up to the final product. Apogee Digital Print Link is also new, and uses the enhanced Apogee DPL to control and drive digital presses.
Mutoh serves up sharpness and speed with new press
Mutoh’s new RJ-900 dye sublimation printer promises to produce photo quality and advanced line sharpness, along with a wide colour gamut, compatible with a variety of CMYK ink sets. It prints at resolutions of 360, 720, 1,440, and 2,880 dpi, depending on the application, at widths up to 42", and uses a 4-colour drop-on-demand variable-dot single-print head. Also on the printer: Mutoh’s Intelligent Interweaving technology, with draft quality speeds up to 426 sq. ft. per hour. Mutoh says the RJ-900 is ideal for POP displays, banners, wall murals, and floor graphics, and costs less than US$9,000. 
UV flatbed from Mimaki: fast, accurate and flexible
Mimaki’s latest inkjet press is the JFX-1631 large-format UV flatbed. Its new UV LED curing system is designed to reduce heat, so a broad range of heat-sensitive media can be used. Ultra-violet rays instantly cure the ink, improving turnaround time and eliminating drying time. The JFX-1631 uses eight print heads to reach speeds twice that of previous models, and produces ultra-fine step accuracy of dot placement even on media up to 63.1" x 122". Direct printing on non-coated substrates up to 50 mm thick is also possible, and a choice of flexible or hard UV inks is an option.
Kerio Technologies simplifies mail
The cross-platform Kerio MailServer 6.7 from Kerio Technologies is distributed in Canada by Syncron Cyberkare Graphic Systems. It helps shops simplify e-mail with enhanced anti-spam protection and support for Ubuntu Linux, and Debian. Ideal for small and mid-sized companies, it also has a new IMAP Migration Tool that runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux, and transfers accounts, domains, folders and e-mails from hosted or local IMAP servers.
New hybrid bookmaker from Zechini
Designed for the production of hard-cover books, finishing equipment manufacturer Zechini had introduced X-Book, a fusion of its Roby Junior case-maker, the Special 85 book press, X-case casing-in machine, and the Cimatic joint-forming machine. The Roby Junior produces hard cover books, round or square, up to extra large sizes. It also features an automatic board feeder, gluing station, and a turning-in station.  The X-book produces 200 to 250 books per hour, at sizes up to 500 mm x 460 mm. Zechini says the X-book can be easily integrated with other finishing equipment for techniques like embossing.
Canon caters to monochrome market
From Canon Canada comes a series of black-and-white digital presses: the imagePress 1135, 1125, and 1110 presses render extremely fine highlight and shadow details, with no filling or plugging. They also produce rich deep blacks, halftones, and very fine lines, at resolutions of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi. The three modular engines come with several input and finishing options, including the single-pass duplex automatic document feeder and colour image reader that scans hard-copy documents in colour for archiving. All models have a paper capacity of 14,000 sheets.
Get dry and greener with new Goss dryer
Intending to reduce both costs and environmental impact, Goss International has introduced the Goss Ecoset web offset dryer. According to the company, the dryer will cut emissions and energy consumption by 50% or more. The cooling section inside the dryer is gone, replaced with Goss’s small diameter Ecochill rollers. As a result, the web can travel from drying to chilling without any condensation developing, and the intake of cold air into the dryer is greatly diminished. The Ecoset dryer comes in web widths between 1.46 m to 2.86 m, and utilizes low-maintenance direct-drive motors, Simotion controls, and web-break detection to ensure top performance.
Sterling punches up the speed
From Spiel Associates comes the Sterling Digipunch, an automatic punch with a touch screen, aimed at the on-demand market. The high-speed machine has a variable pile lift, and handles up to 60,000 sheets per hour, at sizes from 5.5" x 5.5" to 13" x 12" for comb, coil, and double-loop wire and other hole patterns. The touch screen lets users do changeovers automatically, and help screens deliver prompts when it’s time to lubricate or change the die.
New toner on Konica bizhubPro produces vibrant prints
The bizhubPro C65hc from Konica Minolta is now available. Its new high chroma toner delivers bright, vivid images, at 65 colour prints per minute. It has three input trays for a 1,500 sheet capacity, a 250-sheet bypass tray, and optional high capacity feed unit for a 7,500 sheet capacity. Ideal for advertising agencies, direct mail and commercial printers, and design studios, the C65hc features the company’s advanced colour processing technology, S.E.A.D. (Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Process) to deliver colour at fast speeds. S.E.A.D. also provides multi-bit screening, dot position control for text and fine lines, and CRS technology to adjust and monitor engine conditions for output and colour stabilization.
Avanti adds direct mail module to Print MIS
The newest addition to Avanti’s Print MIS System is a Direct Mail Management module. The extension includes direct mail estimating, which estimates all elements of a job, such as postage, packages and data services, and shipping, which tracks and plans all drops, quantities within each drop, locations, and drop completion dates. Postage accounting, web-to-print integration, and on-demand management reporting round out the features. Avanti says the Direct Mail Manage­ment Module, combined with the rest of the Print MIS portfolio, help create an integrated, one-stop-shop.
Van Son expands Vs Series with vegetable-­­based ink
Van Son Ink has added vegetable-based Vs Zero to its Vs Series line of inks. Vs Zero is completely VOC-free and contains no mineral oils or petroleum solvents. It’s designed for straight printing and 4/4 perfecting presses, and responds to both UV and aqueous coatings. Van Son says Zero is extremely glossy, produces excellent dot sharpness, dries fast, and has a high water tolerance.
New web-to-print tool from Xitron
PrinterNet, the newest web-to-print tool from Xitron, provides online job submission, online soft proofing and preflighting, and automated job status notices. It can be customized to take on the look and feel of the printer’s existing website, and lets small and mid-sized shops take on more prepress work without adding staff. PrinterNet interfaces with existing Torrent, Navigator, and Harlequin RIPs, and Xitron Xenith workflows. Access is via the Internet, usually from a link on the printer’s site.
Printing area grows in next generation Acuity Advance
The next generation Acuity, the Acuity Advance X2 from Fujifilm, increases the printing area of its predecessor to 8' x 10'. Production speeds of 237 sq. ft. per hour and quality output of 161 sq. ft. per hour deliver a variety of image quality options. A key feature is a white option using Sericol Uvijet inks that print an opaque white under, over or between print layers. The Acuity series is a UV drop-on-demand piezo flatbed device with roll-to-roll option. Commercial shipments of the X2 model begin in May.
New inks from EFI, HP and Sun Chemical
Several new inks raise the quality bar. They are:
EFI’s QS Series 2, the next generation of UV inks for the company’s QS2000 and QS3000 superwide format printers, promise enhanced performance and flexibility on a wider range of materials than its predecessor formulation.

To bolster image lifespan without lamination, HP has formulated the HP 781 and 791 inks for its Designjet 8000, 9000 and 10,000. They are compatible with the old inks, so no new cleaning supplies are necessary, promise up to three years of display permanence, and are more resistant to scratching, smearing and cracking.

Enhancing security is the goal of Sun Chemical’s SunGuard Apollo, an Infra Red ink which uses special pigments from a secure supply. Anyone using UV fluorescent inks, can integrate SunGuard to bolster protection even more.
Infoprint’s monochrome printers get upgrades
Several new features enhance Infoprint’s family of monochrome continuous printers. The 4100 model comes with a new toner that delivers higher fusing properties with cooler temperatures at the pre-heat platen and fusing station, higher optical density and better adhesion to a variety of media. The printer also supports a wider range of paper options such as heavyweight stock at high speeds in pinless mode, and comes with several other enhancements including new sensors that detect jams.
The 75 and 100 models now come with full support of Intelligent Print Data Stream and support for PCL and PostScript.
Get flexible with DryTac
Drytac’s new liquid coater VersaCoater XL is compatible with rigid or flexible media up to 3" thick, and suitable for coating output from inkjet presses, UV-curable flatbeds, and solvent and eco-solvent machines. Drytac’s Dynamic Coating Technology lets an operator control the coating weight from 8 to 20+ microns.
Drytac also introduced a new line of rollable substrates for UV inkjet presses, called the Drytac UV Printable line. It contains vinyls and polystyrenes ideal for POP displays, and wall and trade show signage.
HAL, the loading robot, works in sync with Jeti printers
From space odysseys to inkjet production, HAL, the new high-speed automatic loading robot from Gandinnovations, works in sync with all Jeti flatbed digital printers for greater productivity. Hal can handle materials simultaneously on two Jeti printers situated back to back. Its ‘magic eye,’ or intelligent camera station, looks for contamination, evaluates the condition of material for damages and pre-determines the position for perfect loading every time. The robot handles materials up to 10 mm thick in sizes up to 4' x 8', detects sheet corner damage, monitors print jetting, and inspects the test pattern on the border to reduce scrap. Once the job is done, HAL unloads it and places it in an allocated area.
Inkjet Jetvarnish works on paper and plastic
From MGI comes the JetVarnish, an offline digital inkjet spot UV coater for sheets up to 20" x 29". Drop-on-demand heads accommodate coated paper and plastic substrates up to 200 lb. cover with full variable capabilities, at speeds of up to 2,500 sheets per hour. Coatings come in gloss, ultragloss or satin finishes—the gloss finish is also available in security formulas that are only visible under black lights—while UV curing dries sheet on the fly via a conveyor belt. It’s compatible with digital, offset or flexo presses, no plates are required, and it integrates with most DTP software.
Markzware upgrades ID2Q
Markzware has upgraded its Adobe InDesign to QuarkXPress conversion tool ID2Q, with version four, which converts InDesign documents up to Adobe CS 4 to Quark 7 or 8. The company says the new-and-improved tool saves hours of formatting, scanning, and re-keying because it eliminates the barriers of entry of moving data between different formats. ID2Q re-creates details within an InDesign document instantly in Quark, and is compatible with both Macintosh and PC platforms.
Océ adds to Arizona family with UV 350 XT
The Arizona family of flatbed inket printers is getting larger. The soon-to-be-released UV Océ Arizona 350 XT will print images up to 8.2' x 10'. A white ink option and a roll media option also are available. Océ says the extra width means the printer can be used in continuous imaging mode for rigid media: two rigid boards can be mounted side by side; while one prints, the other can be changed. Production print speeds run up to 248 sq. ft. per hour on rigid media and 188 sq. ft. per hour on the roll media on substrates that range up to almost 2" thick. Look for it this spring.
Contact: www.océ.com
Vutek rolls out superwide hybrid printers
Vutek is rolling out two superwide UV printers: the GS 3200 and GS5000r. With dual resolutions of 600 dpi and 1,000 dpi, the hybrid GS 3200 is positioned for fine art replication, photography and POP displays as wellas 3.2 m banner and signage applications. It comes in 8-colour mode, plus white, for printing speeds up to 1,200 sq. ft. per hour, or 2,400 sq. ft. in 4-colour.
For an even bigger punch, the GS5000r comes in at 5 m and is aimed at mid- to high-volume print shops and commercial printers. In 8-colour mode it produces 1,600 sq. ft. per house, or 3,100 sq. ft in 4-colours. It too features dual resolution at 600 dpi and 1,000 dpi. Both will ship in the second quarter.
Creativity is simple with new Ilumina 3D from Xanté
Creativity is simple with new Ilumina 3D from Xanté For small to mid-sized shops that want to do special-effects printing, Xanté’s new Ilumina 3D prints on lenticular media. Powered by lenticular software manufacturer ProMajic, the Ilumina produces effects such as 3D and 3D Flip. It prints 8 lenses per minute 12.9" x 19" at resolutions of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi. Xanté also supplies the lenticular media, Myriad Digital Lens, with 75 lpi. It comes in 328 mm x 483 mm sheets that are .45 mm thick, and is suitable for applications like magnets, stickers, DVD sleeves, and posters.
HP’s UV flatbed press has signage and POP displays covered
HP introduces its flatbed UV Scitex FB950 press with billboard mode that reaches print speeds up to 42 sq. m per hour at 600 x 300 dpi, and 21.1 sq. m per hour at 600 x 600 dpi. Also well-suited to POP displays, and indoor/outdoor signage, the press has dimensions of 160" x 48" x 61".

Scitex FB950 produces double-sided and full-bleed prints, and prints
multiple copies on up to six sheets of rigid media. The Scitex will be available early this year.
Prisme Technologies makes web-to-print a little more personal
Family-owned Prisme Technologies has expanded its web-to-print PrintSYS business-to-business management tool, with a business-to-customer (B2C) extension. Distributed by Xerox Canada, the B2C service is pay-as-you-go, so customers can personalize, approve, and pay for their printed products online with a customized virtual storefront. It requires no software installation or licensing, and there are hundreds of templates for clients to choose from. The price tag is $19,000 and 60 printers in Canada are currently using it.
The pressure is on with Moll
The new specialized Pressure Stacker from B&R Moll is ideal for printed material with coatings that require additional glue penetration time and positive control following folding. Its height is adjustable, and it features full-width motorized blanket belts, and modifiable pressure control. The stacker also has a speed-controlled DC drive with top and bottom.
Acuity Advance UV from Fujifilm: flat, fast, and flexible
From Fujifilm comes the Acuity Advance UV flatbed printer, 40% faster than previous models, and quick, at print speeds of 236 sq. ft. per hour. It has a print area of 1.25 m x 2.5 m and handles substrates up to 48 mm thick. Its zoned vacuum table accommodates even irregular and unbalanced media, and each print head produces variable size droplets instead of the usual fixed droplets, as fine as six picolitres. A roll-to-roll module is also offered for printing on a range of flexible media.
Sun Chemical offers up new inks and leather-like coating
New PrintSmart publication inks from Sun Chemical are designed for printers that do magazine, coupon, and advertising insert work. The line contains four families of heatset inks, including SunMag for ad inserts and catalogues, and SunUltra, for book and commercial jobs. SunNews, for uncoated newsprint, and SunOne, for various heatset applications, round out the line.
Sun Chemical has also created a new coating ideal for POP, commercial, and sheetfed packaging printers. Rycoline’s Diamond Coat Soft Touch feels like leather, and provides a matte look. It is applied in-line through the aqueous coating tower, and as long as a UV matte coating is used, no offline treatment is required. Soft Touch has no VOCs and a viscosity of 18-22 seconds.
Xanté's latest PlateMaker does away with chemicals
Xanté recently debuted the next generation of its popular PlateMaker 5 CTP series. The new PlateMaker 5 XL is a process-and chemical-free prepress system that images 16-up polyester plates and paper proofs up to 914 mm x 1,219 mm in about a minute, and those plates can go directly onto the press. Designed for single colour and spot colour work, the Platemaker is powered by Xanté OpenRIP Symphony 3.0, a PDF workflow that automates tasks like imposition and safeguards file content. Contact:
An eco-friendly option from Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi's processless, chemistry free TDP-R175 Thermal DigiPlate is a 2-up CTP system that uses thermal fusing technology to generate a high-contrast image. It outputs 60 plates per hour at sizes up to 18.1" x 20.8."
EFI upgrades Digital Storefront with version 4.0l
From EFI comes version 4.0 of Digital StoreFront a web-to-print platform with an e-commerce interface, enhanced back-end and new variable data printing features. DSF lets print buyers navigate a site with services and products all in one space. It connects to the digital workflow and print management systems, decreasing print errors and bringing down labour costs.
Take it outside with EPSON CANADA
Epson Canada has entered the outdoor printing market with its Stylus Pro GS6000 64" roll-to-roll press, ideal for printing billboards, banners, vehicle wraps, and barricade signs. It prints up to 340 sq. ft. per hour for banner-quality work, up to 180 sq. ft. for everyday jobs, and up to 91 sq. ft. for photographic-quality signage. The GS6000 uses Epson UltraChrome solvent-based ink technology, and features a new dual-array micro piezo AMC printhead that produces a resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 dpi with a droplet size as small as 3.7 picolitre. Availability in Canada is through Mondrian-Hall.
Gandinnovations simplifies with GandiSoft
Gandinnovations, in conjunction with colour management company ErgoSoft, introduces GandiSoft, a RIP software program that works with all Jeti presses. It works in tandem with the RIP server, Job Client and Print Queue to simplify output because all those tasks can be done from a single window. GandiSoft contains a colour-rendering engine, an integrated ICC profiler, and custom linearization and ink limiting capabilities. It also includes several options, like global colour replacement, and a hot folder that automates the RIPping and printing process.
Durst expands with two new presses
From Durst comes the 126" Rho 320R large-format UV inkjet roll press. It prints up to 1,440 sq. ft. per hour on coated and uncoated media up to 10.5 ft. wide, and is suited for POP, window graphics, light-box displays and advertising textiles. The Rho 320R also handles detailed images in two-pass mode at speeds of 710 sq. ft. per hour.
Durst has also released its Rho 800 Presto press, for continuous board printing. It prints on a range of materials up to 2.75" thick, at speeds up to 1,200 per hour. In two-pass mode, the Presto can print at 624 sq. ft. per hour.
Adobe adds to Creative Suite
Adobe’s Creative Suite 4 comes with hundreds of new features and changes to its most popular applications. Adobe has simplified workflow and added enhancements to all its programs, including a new live preflight tool for InDesign users, and a “content-aware scaling tool” for Photoshop CS4. An expanded version of Dynamic Link moves content between Adobe Premiere CS4, After Effects CS4, and Encore CS4. Customers have the option of buying six suites or full version upgrades of 13 standalone applications, including Dreamweaver CS4, and Illustrator CS4.
MKS Ion keeps in contact with new E-Tacs
The new M510 Compact Card Punching System from Chicago-based equipment manufacturer Spartanics, is a small, low-cost engine ideal for producing small volumes of plastic cards in CR80 formats. Ideal for printing phone and gift cards as well as hotel keys, the M510 is about the size of a photocopier, uses electro-optical registration, and outputs 9,000 cards per hour at 50 strokes a minute. Inexpensive CR80 dies are also available as an option.
Mutoh adds to ValueJet line
Mutoh America is expanding its ValueJet family with the ValueJet 1608-64" Hybrid, an eco-friendly, hybrid press that reaches speeds up to 140 sq. ft. per hour. It prints on several substrates, including foam, PVC, corrugated plastic, and polystyrene, using Mutoh’s new Mubio ink, derived from 80% plant-based materials, with zero VOCs. Maximum resolution is 1,440 dpi, with drop-on-demand micro piezo inkjet technology, and it comes with the flatbed table for US$ 44,995.
Xeikon expands label press family with new 3000
Designed for converters to digital printing, the Xeikon 3000 label press is an entry-level counterpart to the Xeikon 3300 digital label press. It’s ideal for short to medium runs, and handles a range of substrates, as well as texture transfers and opaque foils. It prints at 9.6 m per minute at 1,200 dpi, and comes with an X-800 digital front end, for use with fully automated workflows.
Save time and money with inkjet press from MIMAKI
From Mimaki comes the UJV-160, a 60" UV-curable inkjet press that prints on heat-sensitive material and uses a new type of eco-friendly UV ink developed by 3M. The press uses UV-LED technology, which means the temperature of the lamps is extremely low. As a result, the UJV-160 can print on thin PVC, and curved surfaces such as shutters. The new ink stretches up to 200% and is fixed right after LED radiation, cutting production time dramatically.
Proof-it-online seeks “approval” with inMotionNow
InMotionNow, the newest two-sided, approval management and collaboration tool from Proof-it-Online, has one side dedicated to creatives and the other for reviewers. It helps shops manage, collaborate, and review interactive content like Flash, web design, graphics and print, by leveraging web technology to speed up project cycles and improve communication. Creatives post their content on a workspace and then reviewers are automatically notified to look at the project, and make approvals. InMotionNow tells the creatives about the approval, at which point all updates, reviews and changes are collected, time-and-date stamped, and updated for progress reports.
Komori system makes proofing seamless
Epson Canada has entered the world of outdoor commercial printing with the release of its Stylus Pro GS6000 64" roll-to-roll press. It can produce up to 340 sq. ft. per hour for banner printing, 180 sq. ft. for everyday printing, and 91 sq. ft. for photographic signage output. The Stylus Pro is equipped with Epson’s new solvent-based ink technology, and Ultra Chrome GS ink, which makes printing odourless without using ventilation systems, and is free of nickel compounds. Epson Canada also says UltraChrome offers an extremely wide colour gamut, dries fast and is resistant to scratching.
Web-to-print PathWay from Presstek

Powered by Press-sense, Presstek’s PathWay is a web-to-print option for printers looking to reduce operational costs and streamline business flow. PathWay supports digital, offset and hybrid workflows, provides proofing, preflight support, and lets printers customize upstream workflow. The program is open to external intergration and supports a bi-directional flow of information from print buyer to provider. It also links to Presstek's Latitude and Momentum Pro workflows.

Maximize profits in small volumes with punching system from Spartanics
The new M510 Compact Card Punching System from Chicago-based equipment manufacturer Spartanics, is a small, low-cost engine ideal for producing small volumes of plastic cards in CR80 formats. Ideal for printing phone and gift cards as well as hotel keys, the M510 is about the size of a photocopier, uses electro-optical registration, and outputs 9,000 cards per hour at 50 strokes a minute. Inexpensive CR80 dies are also available as an option.
Gandinnovations makes images pop with NanoJet
The new NanoJet True Flatbed digital press from Gandinnovations has 24 Spectra printheads, and is ideal for high-quality display printing on any substrate. It prints at 220 sq. ft. per hour at 800 dpi, and has a print area of 4"x 8". The NanoJet, unveiled at SGIA 08,’ uses Gandinnovations UV-curable banded inks and has a silicon nozzle plate, equipped with a 15 picolitre head.
Xerox makes it easy withthree new presses
Ideal for printers that want to get into POP, vehicle wraps and floor graphics, but have to deal with space restrictions, the new Xerox 8254E and 8264E wide-format colour presses print from 540 to 1,440 dpi at speeds up to 143 to 172 sq. ft. per hour. The 8254E and 8264E use piezo-electric drop-on-demand inkjet heads with intelligent interweaving print technology and variable dot imaging.

Also new from Xerox is the latest member of the DocuColor family, the 5000AP. It can print 50 ppm, regardless of paper stock or weight, and can duplex stocks up to 300 gsm automatically. It also has 2,400 x 2,400 x 1 dpi resolution and front-to-back registration of +/-1.0 mm. A two-tray feeder, capable of holding 4,000 sheets, means the printers run longer jobs without interruption.
AGFA adds to inkjet family

Agfa Graphics has expanded its inkjet family with three additions: the Anapurna M4f, the Anapurna Mv and the Anapurna XLS. The Mv is similar to the existing Anapurna M, but now delivers a spot of flood varnish to print jobs. The M4f is the entry-level UV inkjet in the Anapurna family, with four CMYK printheads and a roll-to-roll option. Like the Mv, the M4f handles widths up to 160 cm.
The Anapurna XLS comes in a number of speeds, and prints at 1,440 dpi on materials up to 250 cm. Agfa’s Universal Print Head technology along with automated calibration and
maintenance round out the package.

Epson takes it outside with new Stylus Pro GS6000
Epson Canada has entered the world of outdoor commercial printing with the release of its Stylus Pro GS6000 64" roll-to-roll press. It can produce up to 340 sq. ft. per hour for banner printing, 180 sq. ft. for everyday printing, and 91 sq. ft. for photographic signage output. The Stylus Pro is equipped with Epson’s new solvent-based ink technology, and Ultra Chrome GS ink, which makes printing odourless without using ventilation systems, and is free of nickel compounds. Epson Canada also says UltraChrome offers an extremely wide colour gamut, dries fast and is resistant to scratching.
QuarkXPress 8 new and improved
Quark has finally released its long-awaited QuarkXPress 8, with a completely new interface. Among the highlights: new Bézier pen tools that draw directly inside Quark; a picture content tool that grabs and scales images in real time, and a drag-and-drop item that drags material from iPhoto or Adobe Bridge to other applications. QuarkXPress 8 supports more than 30 languages and has built-in Flash authouring so video, sound and animation can be included in the layout.
EFI's Vutek fast and flexible
Introduced at drupa, the Vutek DS Series digital screen printer from EFI promises high speeds, flexibility and quality printing for POP graphics. It prints up to 557 sq. ft. per hour at 1,200 dpi and uses a new UV curing system. The DS Series is compatible with a variety of substrates and prints on materials up to 63" by 96" wide to 2" thick. It also supports rosette and stochastic screening and can run continuously for an eight-hour shift due to its secondary ink reservoir. EFI says the DS Series will be available in 2009.
Presstek goes waterless
APresstek showed a new UV waterless ink option for its 52DI and 34DI digital offset presses at drupa, ideal for a wide range of markets like direct mail and packaging. With the addition of the UV option, the 52DI and 34DI can switch between standard waterless inks and UV waterless inks. Two UV options will be available for the presses, including field upgrades. One enables printers to switch between standard and waterless UV inks, and will be available in the fourth quarter of 2008. The other UV option for running the DI only as a UV waterless press, will be on the market in the third quarter of this year.
InfoPrint EMP reaches new speeds
InfoPrint revealed several new applications recently, including the EMP cut-sheet press, an enhanced version of the InfoPrint 5000 continuous forms full- colour press, and two new presses, the InfoPrint 75 and 100. The EMP prints up to 156 ppm, for a monthly duty cycle of 4.5 million impressions. There’s an AFP controller now available for the 5000, so printers can take advantage of AFO colour technologies for TransPromo, a system that lets printers add promotional messages to documents.
The InfoPrint 75 and 100 are entry-level presses ideal for label and direct marketing work. The 75 prints up to 115 ppm at 600 dpi. The 100 prints at 154 ppm, also at 600 dpi.
Finishing gets a boost with new binder from Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta recently unveiled a perfect binder finishing option for the bizhub Pro C6500/C6500P series called the PB-501, which the company says will “redefine publishing.”

The binder uses a hot-melt gluing technology that ensures consistency from page to page. In conjunction with the Pro C6500/C6500P series, the binder can output up to 65 colour pages per minute, depending on the thickness of the book.

The PB-501 is available with a price tag of $35,000.

Also from Konica Minolta comes a new single-pass duplex cut printing system, the bizhub Pro 2500P, designed for the in-plant and commercial markets. It has a monthly duty cycle up to eight million impressions, and with maximum configuration, it will hold 13,800 sheets. The Pro 2500P can also print 160 legal, 250 letter, and 132 ledger-size images per minute. Look for it this summer.
SUN Chemical helping the “Earth” with new series of eco-friendly inks
Sun Chemical has launched a new series of low VOC inks called Earth, made from vegetable oil, soybean, and linseed. Each Earth ink produces 2% VOCs with vegetable oil content in the range of 38% to 51%. Sun Chemical says these inks still offer excellent performance, dot fidelity and high-trap efficiency. They also have a wide water window and transfer well.
EFI expands its QS family
EFI has expanded its QS superwide line of printers with the addition of four-and six-colour configurations to its QS2000 and QS3200 digital UV presses. Both print at 1,080 dpi on substrates up to 3.2 m wide and 2" thick. They can both changeover from rigid to flexible substrates in under a minute and use EFI’s QS Series UV inks. Both the QS 4C and 6C models are upgradeable.
Mutoh’s ValueJet 1618 makes banners and posters a breeze
Mutoh America’s new ValueJet 1618 64" dual-headed printer boasts speeds up to 334 sq. ft. per hour and uses the company’s Eco-Ultra ink. Ideal for coated and uncoated substrates up to 63.97" wide and 67 lbs., the ValueJet prints directly to banners, POP displays and full-colour posters. It uses Mutoh’s drop-on-demand piezo drive method and the Intelligent Interweaving Print Technology, which increases speeds, and eliminates banding and ink mottle. Expect models to ship in July.
Moll upgrades Standard 2000 system to be smoother and quieter
B&R Moll has upgraded its Standard 2000 folder/gluer system to include an improved roll-up standard stacker, suction air pile feeder and a motorized table. The system also features a belt drive for smoothness and reduced noise, and Moll’s Super-Grip fold rollers with movable segments for clean and quick set-ups. The Standard 2000 needs only one operator, and stainless steel is used throughout to ward off marring.
Xanté offers variety and affordability with the upgraded Ilumina 502
Able to handle a range of paper, and priced at less than US$9,000 comes the Illumina 502, the latest offering from Xanté.
An upgraded version of the previous Ilumina, the 502 can print on weights up to 502 gsm, and is suited for short-run, full-colour jobs ranging from business cards to packaging.
It can also print on a variety of substrates like textured canvas, magnetic and cast-coated stocks up to 12.9" x 24".
Goss International makes folding consistent
New from Goss International, the JF-65 SQF combination folder for the Goss M-600 web press models achieves speeds up to 65,000 copies per hour and comes equipped with single stream delivery for tabloid and magazine jobs. Because there is only one chopper to adjust, folding is consistent from copy to copy with less setting and maintenance. Other features of the JF-65 SQF include a web-severing device to handle paper jams, and a three-part jaw-folding cylinder to accommodate a variety of stocks.
Xerox takes it outside
Xerox has unveiled two new wide-format printers, the 8265/8290 and the 8365/8390, for vehicle wraps, full-colour banners and presentation graphics. The 8265/8290 prints at resolutions from 360 to 1,440 dpi at speeds from 162 to 215 sq. ft. per hour; the 8365/8390, designed for outdoor jobs, prints at 360 to 720 dpi from 162 to 215 sq. ft. per hour. Both printers use piezoelectric, drop-on-demand print heads, with variable dot imaging and interweaving technology. Both also use eco-solvent inks, so purification or ventilation systems are not needed.
Océ pumps up the colour
Océ’s new colour scanner, the TCS4XT, which supports full-colour and monochrome scanning, and handles rigid and stiff materials up to 0.6” thick, is now available in Canada. The company says its new scanner is ideal for government users and reprographers because it easily scans from thick originals. The TCS4XT has a flat 10” feeding table in front, a retractable 30” receiving table at the rear, and a lever on top for adjustments. A similar Océ scanner, the TC4, cannot be upgraded to a TCS4XT.
Contact: www.océ.com
Roland a cut above
New from Roland is the 54" Soljet Pro III XC—540, a print/cutter with new intelligent pass control technology, white ink configuration, faster speed and greater efficiency. Designed for a variety of applications, such as vehicle wraps, POP displays and banners, the XC—540 features upgraded media flanges, three ink configurations and prints at speeds of 441 sq. ft. per hour with resolutions of 1,440 x 1,440 dpi. Existing XC—540 customers are eligable to a free 2008 Print Performance upgrade, which is available for download at
Markzware gets faster
Preflight and data-conversion software developer Markzware has released FlightCheck v6. 10, an upgrade to its flagship prepress application with enhanced PDF controls, faster preflighting and detection of QuarkXPress 7 files. Preflighting speed is four times quicker than previous versions and a new “Get More” button in the Ground Controls pop-up menu accesses and downloads pre-defined ground controls based on specifications and output intentions.
Gandinnovations adds to Jeti
Launched at SGIA, the Mutoh ValueJet 1304-54" 4-colour, eco-solvent printer is designed for outdoor printing applications, and has a new 540 x 720 dpi mode ideal for banners. The ValueJet eliminates banding, and can print up to 145 sq. ft. per hour with a maximum width of 54". It’s equipped with 1,440 nozzles and uses Mutoh’s Eco-Ultra inks, which the company says will last up to three years outdoors without lamination.
HP goes bigger with Scitex
HP has two new large-format offerings, the Scitex XL2200 super-wide industrial printer and the Scitex TJ8300/8500 Double Sided Upgrade. The 16.4 ft. Scitex XL2200 prints at 4,300 sq. ft. per hour in 2-pass mode, and is designed for around-the-clock productivity. It uses the HP X2 Scitex printheads with MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) technology that produce tiny ink channels, nozzles and actuators on a silicon wafer with the accuracy of integrated circuits. The X2 also uses piezoelectric inkjet technology with 128 nozzles per head and can print at resolutions up to 800 dpi. The drop frequency is up to 30 KHz and the drop volume is up to 50 picolitres.
The Scitex TJ Double Sided Upgrade is a printing enhancement for the HP Scitex series designed for more extensive projects like indoor and outdoor displays. It switches easily between roll-to-roll and sheet-to-sheet printing and a single operator can manage the workflow.
Agfa adds to its Apogee line with new ink tool
Agfa has created an enhancement for its ApogeeX workflow, the new ApogeeX InkSave, which can save printers between 8% to 25% per job on ink costs and still deliver total colour reproduction. Announced at Graphics Canada, InkSave promises shorter drying times, greater press stability in colour, and better compensation of visual effects from misregistration errors. InkSave separates colours based on the chosen output file and replaces CMYK combinations with those that appear identical, but use colour combinations more efficiently.
Avanti’s ESB tool makes scheduling a simple task
Launched at Graphics Canada, Avanti’s new Electronic Scheduling Board (ESB) provides a real-time graphical view of every job in production and a tool for real-time schedule optimization. A part of Avanti’s Finite Scheduling Module, ESB is designed to improve on-time delivery of jobs and cut down on turnaround time. Changes and shift additions can be made easily, and the schedule, which can be locked before making actual changes, can be adjusted using a drag and drop function.
Xerox speeds it up with the DocuColor 7000AP
With the ability to choose between three print modes on a job-to-job basis, the Xerox DocuColor 7000AP digital press promises quicker turnaround with the capacity to run all stocks at 70ppm. It has 2,400 x 2,400 dpi resolution and prints two-sided jobs without slowing down because of its “race track” paper path.
MUTOH takes it outside with new ValueJet
Launched at SGIA, the Mutoh ValueJet 1304-54" 4-colour, eco-solvent printer is designed for outdoor printing applications, and has a new 540 x 720 dpi mode ideal for banners. The ValueJet eliminates banding, and can print up to 145 sq. ft. per hour with a maximum width of 54". It’s equipped with 1,440 nozzles and uses Mutoh’s Eco-Ultra inks, which the company says will last up to three years outdoors without lamination.
Muller Martini create saw and turnover belt with precision and productivity
Muller Martini’s splitting saw 3502 and matching turnover belt 3605, promise to increase the efficiency of the company’s perfect binding machines. The saw can be fully adjusted automatically and trims with precision because of continual product feeding. The new belt can be mounted onto the saw and format changes, switches and continuous production are fully automatic.
Xerox enters continuous feed market
Xerox has entered the full-colour, continuous feed market with its new 490/980 Color Continuous Feed Printing System, which the company promises will be the fastest of its kind. The 490/980 is 20" and prints at 600 dpi and 69m per minute with dry toner, xerographic imaging and light-based flash-fusing technology, which fuses the colour toners instead of the hot roll fusing used in sheetfed Xerox engines. It doesn’t use pressure or heat or make contact with the paper, enabling the device to print on a variety of substrates and operate at higher imaging speeds.
The 490/980 will become available in Europe in a phased approach during the first half of 2008, followed by North America. The U.S. price is $1.8 million per engine.
okBalance makes short work of midtone overprinting
Designed to speed-up makeready times and enhance colour consistency, okBalance, the latest offering from MAN Roland, is available as an optional software module for its ColorPilot colour control system.
okBalance evaluates the overprinted gray balances of cyan, magenta, and yellow that make up the job’s shadows and midtones. It then detects abnormalities and readjusts the ink zone slides on a Roland press to keep colour consistent throughout the run.
FusionPro’s new curves
FusionPro’s new curves
The FusionPro VDP Suite, Version 5.0, from Printable Technologies is now available. New, enhanced features include variable text on a curve, so designers can draw text curves using freehand and control-point. Others include enhancements to the HP PPML output format and improvements to Creo VPS output. Older versions of the FusionPro Desktop can upgrade for US$299. New licenses are available for US$599.
ESKO unveils two tables built for speed
Esko Artwork has released two larger models of its Kongsberg i-XE series dieless cutting tables. The Kongsberg i-XE32 now has a working area of 51" x 633/4" (1,300 x 1,620mm) and the i-XE54 has been expanded to 63" x 120" (1,600 x 3,050mm.) Esko says the new tables were designed with speed in mind and to accommodate wider materials printed on large-format presses.
New and improved Vantage 720 beefs up
The new model of B&R Moll’s Vantage 720 in-line folding box gluer now has a capacity of more than 25,000 boxes per hour, a sizeable increase over the previous model. Ideal for producing straight-line boxes, table tents, CD wallets and presentation folders, the Vantage 720 has a quiet, smooth all-belt drive and the Moll Pressure Stacker, designed for coatings that need additional glue penetration time after folding.
The Blizzard series from Mutoh makes signage a snap
Wide-format inkjet manufacturer Mutoh America has launched a new line of variable drop mild-solvent printers, called the Blizzard series, targeted at businesses that specialize in signage. The line has two models, the Blizzard 65, which prints widths of 64.5", and the Blizzard 90, which can print up to 87.8". Both reach speeds of 860 sq. ft. per hour and print directly onto standard uncoated vinyl, banner and soft signage. According to the company, the mild-solvent ink, designed specifically for the sign industry, will resist detergents, degreasers and cleaners, as well as true solvent inks.
Gandinnovations spruces up user interface
Gandinnovations has improved its Graphic User Interface (GUI) for its new Jeti printers. New features include a “jobs” program that can create a new setup and layout while another job is still printing, and pop-up messages that recommend solutions for problems that may occur.
The new GUI communicates with any common operating system, allowing the operator to send print-ready files to the Jeti from any networked computer.
Komori LSX29 mid-size press speeds up makeready
The newest mid-size press from Komori is the LSX29, ideal for labels, packaging, point-of-purchase and high-end commercial jobs. With a sheet size of 24" x 29.5" with space for gripper bars on the edges of the sheet, the press can handle 6 pages and is being positioned for the short-run, fast turnaround, or web-to-print markets. It churns out 12,000 sph and features advances such as suction tape feeder, skeleton transfers, and fully automatic console-driven makeready including pre-inking and de-inking software and one-touch blanket and impression cylinder cleaning to reduce job cycle time. Its automatic platechanging technology changes each plate in less than 40 seconds. Other features include the integration of EFI’s Auto-Count technology into the Komori Management System (KMS), which eliminates the need for a press operator to enter data into a separate workstation to track the job.
Digital shop in a box
Xerox’s Digital Print Shop in a Box, is an interactive CD and web-based collection of services and tools. Available at no cost to existing Xerox customers, the product features an offering from XMPie, which allows printers to make self-promotional direct marketing
campaigns using XMPie software or a web portal. Resources and toolkits from Pantone and Adobe are included, as well as digital printing tips from Xerox’s website, Red Hot Digital. Available in North America since October, Digital Print Shop in a Box will go global in 2008.
Fuji expands Brillia options
Fuji is expanding its Brillia CTP plate family with the Brillia LH-PL thermal and the Brillia LP-NV2 visible light versions. The LH-PL Thermal is a positive working thermal plate with a long press run up to 600,000 impressions and doesn’t require pre or post baking. It’s compatible with UV inks. The LP-NV2 violet plate is engineered for short-to medium-run lenghths, works with a wide array of press chemistries, and can be UV cured or post baked for additional run lengths. It has the same handling characteristics as a conventional photopolymer plate.
Ezejet makes easy task of mail-and-print jobs
The latest offering from Buskro is the Apollo EzeJet, an inkjet printer with HP technology. With a combination of Apollo print heads and BK705 controller, the entry-level EzeJet was designed for a variety of mail and print jobs, and also handles read-and-print applications with an optional camera system. It can print up to 660 x 600 dpi, comes with a wide range of inks, and requires simple maintenance and ink cartridge replacement.
Xerox goes bigger with new printers for growing inkjet market
New from Xerox are the 8200 Series wide-format colour printer and the mid-volume 6050A wide-format printer. Designed for in-plant operations and commercial printers, the 8200 Series is available as 65" and 95" models, and prints at resolutions ranging from 360 to 1,440 dpi at speeds of 162 to 215 sq. ft. per hour. It will launch in 2008. The 6050A is an entry level, black-and-white printer targeted at engineering, construction and architectural companies that do a lot of volume. It delivers 600 x 600 dpi resolution and comes in four configurations..
Dye-sub Jeti handles polyester with 24 heads
The Jeti 3324 Aquajet from Gandinnovations is a 3 m wide dye-sub printer that makes printing directly onto any polyester based fabric easy. And because it uses in-house developed, water-based dye sublimation inks, it achieves an assortment of vibrant colours. It comes with 24 special edition print heads in six-colours, achieves 600 dpi resolution and prints at speeds of more than 100 sq. m per hour. The Aquajet also has a built-in venting system, and a separate air-cleaning unit.
Pantone gets goe-ing with a new colour system that goes where colour hasn’t gone before
Pantone unveiled its Goe System, with more than 2,000 new colours, arranged in chromatic order for simple use. It comes with the Pantone GoeGuide and GoeSticks, a two-volume set of adhesive-backed chips and software on creating colour palettes. While offering an expanded palette, the colours are based on a smaller set of mixing bases, which includes Pantone Clear. All the bases are compatible with UV and aqueous coatings.
Entry level Varimatrix packs tonnes of force

For companies wanting to get into professional die cutting and embossing, Heidelberg has released its entry-level Varimatrix 105 die-cutter. It includes a manual nonstop pile feeder, a re-piling device, and side lays for processing a range of materials. In addition to earning the GS insignia for meeting German safety standards, according to the company, the Varimatrix is the market leader in cutting force tonnage, with 331 tonnes of force.

Who you gonna eCall?
eCall, the new Web-based remote service from Heidelberg, promises to make dealing with press-related service issues easier, faster and more cost-efficient. If a problem comes up, the press alerts an operator with the eCall message on the console screen. The operator then decides if and when to send that information to Heidelberg. Data can be sent in under a minute. If the information is passed on, Heidelberg experts propose a solution, and the customer quickly receives a phone call with an answer. It will be available in pilot markets in January 2008 with a phased global market launch scheduled for after drupa.
Baldwin webcatcher

Baldwin Technology expands its WebCatcher series with the WebCatcher S14, offering a catch rate of 90% or higher. Billed as an affordable solution for web breaks, the product prevents damage to plate cylinders, blankets and ink rollers. A motorized, integrated remote-controlled sensor continuously monitors the web during production. If the sensor detects a web break, the pneumatically operated trolley crossbar pushes the straggling web, kept stable by means of an air knife, to a spinning catcher roller. The WebCatcher S14 then guides the stuck paper in front of the dryer, where it can be easily removed after restarting the press.

Colour card production with integrated printing system
Xanté and RIPit’s first release since joining forces is OpenRIP FastCards, an automated and integrated printing system that delivers full-colour, high-resolution business cards on heavy stock. Using the four-colour Ilumina digital press along with OpenRIP Symphony workflow, Xanté AdvancedScan, a flatbed scanner and imposition technology, cards take only a few minutes to produce. OpenRIP FastCards configures digital files and set-ups for two-sided and multi-colour jobs on a variety of stocks. Sending files directly to OpenRIP FastCards from networked Windows and Mac platforms is totally automated.
Agfa Avalon promises compatibility with new chemistry free violet plates
Agfa Graphics has expanded its line of violet CTP print engines, with the release of the :Avalon LF XT+. Designed to appeal to modest budgets, it uses Agfa’s Lithostar digital printing plates to deliver 40 B1-size plates per hour. The :Avalon LF XT+ will be compatible with Agfa’s chemistry-free violet plate, set to hit the market in 2008.
Easygluer 100 makes it effortless
For those looking to get into the professional production of folding cartons, the Easygluer 100 from Heidelberg is now available. It works at up to 300 m a minute, or 50,000 lockbottom cartons an hour. Processing straight-line, folding and lockbottom cartons can be assembled like typical cartons. Even the sometimes tricky, 4- and 6- corner collapsible cartons can be produced.

Made with lightweight, aluminum roller bars, it also features a 2.9 m long folding station for a secure folding process. A touch screen makes the Easygluer easy to use, and it can be operated using a remote control.
FusionPro Web 6.05
Software and service provider, Printable Technologies releases FusionPro 6.0.5, with an innovative reporting module that delivers greater control over report contents, and the ability to modify, sort, order, and alter column visibility. The catalogue editor has been updated with a product info section that scrolls with the screen and provides visibility to all product locations within a catalogue. The FusionPro Web 6.05 is equipped with Adobe Acrobat 8 and Microsoft Vista support, a new JavaScript rules editor, and an advanced variable image downsampling system, which provides automated and fast downsampling of document templates and images.
A new line of dryers for KBA’s Rapida 105
KBA has just released VariDry, a line of infrared thermal air and UV dryers developed in-house for KBA’s medium-format Rapida 105 press. The drying components can be augmented with the addition of interdeck UV dryers and hot air knives can be taken from their slip-in ports without using tools, resulting in faster maintenance and easier servicing. VariDry can accommodate up to seven CIR emitters and the UV models are simple to change. The interdeck dryers can be changed in under a minute.
Gandinnovations expands Jeti family
Gandinnovations has just released the latest in its line of UV Jeti printers. Available worldwide, the 1,200 dpi Jeti 3148 UV flatbed printer has 48 Spectra high performance print heads, which allow for ink designation of eight heads per colour and printing speeds up to 500 sq. ft. per hour. The Jeti has a 5’x 10’ printing area as well as a three-zone vacuum controlled system, eliminating any masking or area covering.
Get your CTP plates cleaner
The chemists at Allied Pressroom have engineered two new plate cleaners, the Plate ACE and the Dynamight CTP, specifically for the industry’s most widely used CTP plates. The Plate ACE contains a mix of metal surface conditioners and de-sensitizing compounds not found in other plate cleaners, according to the company. It was designed to cut down on plate sensitivity, resulting in less waste and press downtime. The Dynamight CTP cleans and removes scratches on large-format CTP plates that exceed 48".
Heidelberg unveils automatic Eurotrim 1000 three-knife trimmer
Ideal for short and medium runs, the new automatic Eurotrim 1000 three-knife trimmer from Heidelberg is now available as a stand-alone machine or integrated into a complete binder line along with the Eurobind 1300. The Eurotrim 1000 is compact, allows users to enter values with a touch screen, and drastically reduces makeready times by eliminating the need to clamp block areas or set up the cutting table. Depending on the material, the machine works at 1,000 cycles per hour, with trim format ranges from a height-width minimum of 100 x 90 mm to a maximum of 470 x 330 mm with a maximum height of 60 mm.
Quark to InDesign made easier
The days of struggling to re-create content details from QuarkXPress documents in Adobe InDesign may be over, thanks to a new conversion tool from software developer Markzware. The Santa Ana, Calif.-based company has built Q2ID v3, a conversion tool that allows Adobe CS3 users to easily import Quark documents into InDesign, without re-formating, re-building or converting files. The Q2ID v3 works on both Mac and Microsoft Windows platforms.
New HP Indigo 5500 and 3500
HP recently expanded its Indigo lineup with two new models: the 5500 and the 3500. The 5500, the new Indigo flagship press, delivers several upgrades over the 5000, including a larger four-drawer feeding unit that holds 6,000 sheets, and a redesigned feeder that handles a wider range of substrate weights and thicknesses of 55 lbs text to 130 lbs cover for coated stocks. Paper-handling capabilities increase to 3" x 19" stock. Printing in seven colours, the press has a speed of 68 pages per minute in four-colour or 272 in monochrome, at resolutions of 812 x 812 dpi or 2,400 x 2,400 dpi with high-definition imaging. In addition the fifth and sixth units can be filled with light cyan and light magenta to extend tonal ranges and smooth gradations, offering near-silver-halide quality six-colour process photo imaging. A faster on-press ink replacement system enables users to replace special and spot colours on press while continuing to print other jobs. Previously the machine had to be stopped.
The 3500 is a new entry level press for monthly volumes between 150,000 and 250,000, is available in versions up to seven colours, and prints 68 colour pages per minute or 136 in monochrome.
Human Eyes upgrades
Human Eyes, a lenticular software developer, unveils Creative 3D 1.5, the latest version of its Creative 3D software. The upgrade incorporates proof preview, so that display proofs of lenticular and 3D designs can be viewed as Flash files. The function can be accessed in real time, creating Flash file that can be opened in a player or a web browser and sent to clients for proofing. The upgrade is available as a standalone product or as an upgrade package.
Remote Director 3.5 arrives
Integrated Color Solutions is releasing the newest version of its Remote Director 3.5, incorporating a number of new features and capabilities. Look for spectral colour definitions for proofing papers and spot colours; accommodation for images in any combination of ICC profile and spot colour channel; monitor uniformity mapping so that images can be managed for up to 128 regions per monitor, eliminating imperfections in uniformity that some LCD monitors suffer from; a GUI that’s been localized for English, German, Dutch, Japanese and traditional Chinese; and a system certification that allows the software to evaluate itself on the hardware where it’s running to verify that it is showing accurate colour according to SWOP, Gracol or even custom standards defined by the user.
New Durst large-format model boasts uninterrupted continuous board printing
Durst expands its large-format offerings with two new models. The new 98" flatbed Rho 800 Presto, available in the fourth quarter of this year, boasts uninterrupted, continuous board printing. Materials are registered at the leading edge using mechanical front stops, making it possible to load multiple sheets side by side. The next series of boards are pushed up against the first and are printed without interruption. The device prints 100, 4 ' x 2.6' sheets per hour, on materials up to 1.58" thick.

The Rho 351R prints simultaneously on two 5'-wide rolls of different materials with different diameters. It also has a stepless skip-white function in the XY direction, an integrated manual cutting device, a built-in security system for unattended printing of large rolls and double-sided printing. The UV inkjet printer prints on a variety of media up to 11.5' wide.
MAN Roland aims to cut solvent consumption costs
MAN Roland’s new line of solvent recyclers claim to reduce solvent consumption costs by up to 90% and virtually eliminate the need for solvent disposal. The recyclers clean used blanket and cylinder wash-up fluids for re-use via an off-press, self-contained process that separates spent wash-up fluid into its component parts: solvents that go back to work on the press, distilled water that is safely drained, and waste debris that requires no special disposal process. The company says the recycler automates the recovery process so it entails virtually no extra labour costs. A press crew has to switch out the drums of dirty solvent for containers of recovered solvent, and occasionally remove solids from the device. Used solvent is transferred to a distillation tank where it is heated. The solvent vaporizes leaving behind a residue. A condenser cools the vapour back into a liquid, a separator removes and drains excess water, and the recovered solvent flows into a clean drum for re-use.
ADAST releases in-line coater
ADAST has a new in-line coated option for its 807 series 29" press, designed to apply various coatings for full-sheet or spot-image areas with thicker coverage and high precision. The aqueous coating system features a custom-manufactured anilox-chambered doctor blade system and works with the ADAST touchscreen on the 807 series. On the press, it’s positioned between the last printing unit and an extended delivery section equipped with hot air knives and infrared drying. ADAST has also released a new registration control system. The new AdaRegister control system uses a specialized high-resolution CCD camera and software to achieve registration automatically on press. It’s available on ADAST 507, 707, or 807 series presses.
NexPress expands family
Kodak is expanding its NexPress family with a mid-level model and a high-end option. The NexPress M700, runs at 70 pages per minute for the full range of supported substrates, including coated, uncoated, synthetics and selected offset papers. Its targeted monthly print volumes range from 50,000 to 150,000 A4 pages, it prints at 1,200 x1,200 dpi, handles mixed media from five paper feeders accommodating a sheet capacity of 6,000, and allows simplex and perfecting modes to run at machine- rated speed.
The high-end NexPress S3000, with scheduled availability in October of this year, produces 100 A4 pages per minute on coated, uncoated, synthetics, standard offset paper and a selection of packaging board and textured paper. Maximum sheet capacity is 11,000 with targeted monthly print volumes of 450,000 or more.
To help its customers drive growth, Kodak also introduced the Marketmover business development services to provide sales and marketing support. An expert team of professionals, extensive resources and a large suite of services, including a Marketmover network, make up the program. Services for specific industries include segmented databases of prospects for vertical markets, data about specific sales and marketing challenges and customizable templates for direct mail, advertisements, open house materials telemarketing and presentations, all available online.
Xerox’s new DocuColor delivers two operational modes
Xerox’s new DocuColor 8000AP digital press delivers a broader range of applications at 80 pages per minute regardless of the paper weight or media type running through the system. The successor to the DocuColor 8000 handles media ranging from coated and uncoated papers to transparencies and synthetic materials, such as polyester, for products as wide ranging as books and magazine, magnets and window decals. Resolution is 2,400 x 2,400 x 1 dpi in two operational modes. The All Weights mode sets the press to run at 80 ppm for all substrates up to 110 lb. cover; The Single Weight mode varies the print speed based on the paper stock and delivers a glossier look and feel. The press is offered with a choice of the new Xerox FreeFlow Print Server 6.0, the Xerox CX8000AP colour server powered by Creo, or the Xerox EX8000AP colour server powered by EFI Fiery. Orders will be taken in the third quarter of 2007 for $275,000 with your choice of server.
A new competitor emerges in the wide-format arena
There is big news from Fujifilm, which has just pulled the curtain back on two new printers. The Acuity HD 2504 flatbed printer and the Vybrant line of solvent printers are at the forefront of its march into the wide-format market. The Acuity is a UV device with a new print head technology that produces variable-sized dots—from 6 picolitres to 30 picolitres, which Fujifilm says produces a sharper image with smoother transitions. The Acuity uses a zoned vacuum table to secure its media, and is designed to be used with Fujifilm Sericol Uvijet inks. The Vybrant printers are being offered as high-speed roll-to-roll devices for media ranging in thickness from 2.5 mm to 4.5 mm. The three launch models—the 1906, 2606 and 3606—handle widths of 76", 102" and 130" respectively. Fujifilm has installed two heating elements to cut down on startup time, and says the devices can run at speeds of up to 800 sq. ft. per hour at 360 dpi..
New Colorproof version makes it to Mac OS X
EFI has released version 3.1 of its Colorproof XF proofing and large-format production solution. The new version allows the XF server to run on a Mac OS X platform, features a new dot creator option for screening contone information, and better integration between the XF workflow and Fiery-driven devices.
A blueprint for blueprints
The Printing Industries Association has published the second edition of A. John Geis’ Printing Plant Layout and Facility Design. The illustrated book is available at the PIA website, and is offered as a reference to printing plant design and expansion.
A trio of Jetis from Gandinnovations
Multiple unveilings seem to be all the rage right now. Gandinnovations has also announced the release of three new presses.

The Jeti 1224 UV True Flatbed is billed as a “compact and economical” device. It uses 24 Spectra print heads to lay down six colours at 1,200 dpi resolution at 450 sq. ft. per hour. It prints across a 4' x 8' print area, with media held in place with a vacuum table.

The Jeti 3150 UV Flatbed also runs at 450 sq. ft. per hour at that resolution, but comes as either a 24- or 48-print head printer. Both the 1224 and the 3150 come with white and clear varnish as standard options, and either is capable of printing on media up to 2" thick.

The Jeti 2030 UV Flatbed is Gandinnovation’s new “continental” flatbed device that prints on an area of 2 x 3 m. It is designed for “continental” or metric rigid materials.

A new flex platesetter from Esko
Corrugated converters with large plate needs may want to consider Esko’s new CDI Spark 5080 flexo platesetter. It runs digital plates up to 50" by 80" and 7.35mm thick. It will image full- or partial-format plates, or ablative film of any size specification. When paired with the Optics 80 laser system, Esko claims the setter can image a 2,540 dpi plate in 19 minutes. The device also uses an air-supported loading table to assist with loading and unloading.
Roland 700 DirectDrive
MAN Roland released two new configurations for its Roland 700—the DirectDrive and HiPrint.

The DirectDrive’s plate cylinders are powered by servo motors that are separate from the press’s main drive. This allows them to be used while other make-ready tasks get done simultaneously. For example, according to a company press release, “all of the plates can be changed on the ROLAND 700 DirectDrive at the same time, while wash-up takes place, effectively resulting in zero plate-changing time.”

The HiPrint configuration was designed to “provide the majority of printers with the broadest range of application opportunities” with new in-line quality controls integrated with a series of option devices such as coaters, sorters, sheeters and foilers. The HiPrint also claims the largest sheet size in its class with 9% more image area than conventional 40" presss.
New colours for a new season
Colour system supplier Pantone has just released its Inspiration 2007 line—56 new colours for brand managers and designers. Formulated for offset printing, the set is divided into eight palettes—Simply Elegant, Classic Chic, Lumens, Mélange, Aux Naturale, Grass Roots, Fresh Air and Light Touch. The sets have seven colours apiece and are based on the company’s annual study in home furnishing trends.
Entry-level CTP and printers from Agfa
Hitting the market in May, the :Acento LF is Agfa’s latest CTP offering. According to its press materials, the LF is an “affordable thermal CTP system for the many offset printers looking to convert to digital platemaking.” It can run at speeds of 11 plates-per-hour, and produces B1 or 8-up formats.

There are also two new :Anapurnas on the market for the graphic screen printing and sign markets. The :Anapurna M is a 63" printer that uses Agfa’s own UV-curable ink and 14-picolitre printheads. The :Anapurna XL2, meanwhile, is 98.4" wide and has a white-ink factory option.

The new Z from HP
HP has been making strides to up its visibility among the fine art crowd, and the Designjet Z6100 is its latest offering for the photography/artist set. Hot on the heels of the Z-series 2100 and 3100, the 6100 comes in 42" and 60" models touting run speeds over 1,000 sq. ft. per hour on plain paper and 250 sq. ft. per hour on photo media. It uses eight pigment inks from HP’s Vivera line, including three black tones (matte, photo and light grey). The device also uses a new paper sensor, the Optical Media Advance, for paper advance control that the company says will reduce banding at higher run speeds. The 6100 also uses the new HP 91 printhead, which fires drops as fine as 4 and 6 picolitres.
A faster VarioStream
Océ has overclocked its VarioStream 9000 printer, producing a version it says is 60% faster than the previous model. The new 9000 now prints black-only pages at a rate of 1,350 per minute while maintaining its benchmark output speeds for 2-up and 3-up formats. A “Graphic Arts Plus” mode also is available at regular run speeds to increase image quality. The printer still uses Océ’s Colour on Demand technology—a duplex, single-pass black and white application method.
Envelope feeder for production speeds
The AR9000 is a new high-speed envelope feeder from RISO, Inc. It is designed for use with RISO’s MZ790, RZ990 and RZ590 printer duplicators. It can print envelopes and card stock at 140 to 180 prints per minute and accommodate sizes ranging from 3.5" x 5.5" to 10" x 13" and paper stocks from 20 lb. bond envelopes to 110 lb. index cards.
Punch Graphix expands with new presses
Belgium-based Punch Graphix is filling out its family of variable digital printing presses with the entry-level web-fed Xeikon 4000 and the ugraded Xeikon 5000plus. The releases are quick on the heels of the Xeikon 6000, released at Graph Expo last fall. The company also sells the Xeikon 330 label-printing press.
The new device—with an early estimated price tag of €390,000—prints on substrates from 27 lb. text to 90 lb. cover in four colours using Xeikon’s one-pass duplex technology, which prints both sides of a sheet in a single pass. It’s available in a 50 cm format and produces up to 130 pages per hour, for a duty cycle of 3.5 million pages per month. The press also comes with Xeikon’s new FA (form adapted) toner, in which the toner particles are modified into an oval shape instead of the more common irregular shaped particles, rendering a higher-quality image. It also features the X-800 digital front end.
The 5000plus is an update on the 5000 model introduced in 2004. It also features one-pass duplex printing and the FA toner, and can be equipped with a fifth colour and upgraded to the more robust Xeikon 6000.
Vutek makes corn-based inks
From EFI comes Vutek BioVu, a solvent ink made from totally renewable resources for the superwide format industry. BioVu is made from food-grade ingredients—derived from corn—and is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but it promises the same colour gamut as traditional solvent inks. The company touts other benefits, including lower disposal costs since there are no hazardous materials, reduced odour on printed pieces, and better air quality. No ventilation and burner systems are required to meet regulations as there are no VOC emissions. Colours include cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, light magenta, light yellow and light black. Currently made for use on the Vutek 3360, the inks will extend to other models in 2007.
Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 goes UV and targets label and packaging shops
Heidelberg recently announced that the Speedmaster XL 105 will be available in a UV version and as a double-coating press by the middle of the year. The Speedmaster XL 105 UV and Speedmaster XL 105 LYYL (with coating and drying units) should be most at home in industrialized print shops in the commercial, label and packaging sectors. Both presses will handle printing stocks from 0.03 mm to 1 mm. The UV model comes with a coating unit with a pressurized chambered doctor blade system for more even coating, and with three extension modules in the delivery. The double-coating press has two coating units and two interdeck units with integrated dryer technology. It can process conventional inks and UV coat them inline once a primer has been applied. Primers come with metallic coatings, Iriodin or functional coatings.
New UV-curable inkjet printers
A new multi-functional family of four UV inkjet printers from MacDermid ColorSpan comes with an affordable price tag from US$54,995. Targeted to small- to mid-size sign and print shops, the ColorSpan 5400uv series has a 54" print width and features a set of integrated tables that fold up and extend outward to accommodate rigid media longer than 8'. The variable-drop volume piezoelectric print heads produce resolutions from 600 x 300 dpi to 1,800 dpi, and a patent-pending self-maintaining service station eliminates the need to manually clean the print heads so they’re always ready to go. The machines are available in 4- to 6-colour configurations.
HP Indigos to deliver enhanced colour accuracy
From HP comes a digital front end that delivers greater colour accuracy in a wider range of processes and spot colours. The HP Indigo Production Stream Server can produce 5- 6- and 7-colour jobs by bringing commercial printing colour management technology to the digital press platform. These include a 6-colour, on-press, Pantone simulation system, an 11-colour off-press colour-mixing simulation sytem for spot colours, and a 4-colour on-press CMYK matching sytem. Productivity enhancements to the Creo-powered front end mean that printers who use Kodak Prinergy and Brisque worflows can incorporate HP Indigo presses into automated, JDF- and PDF-based workflows handling functions from web-to-print order entry to finishing.
MAN Roland makes a bigger Roland 700
MAN Roland is supersizing its 700 model with 9% more image area than a conventional 40" press. The new special-format press expands the sheet size of the 700 to 30.7" x 40.9" from 29.1" x 40.9" while boosting image area to 30.3" x 40.5" from 28.2" x 40.2". Minimum sheet size remains the same at 13.4" x 18.9". Other technical upgrades on the press include modified plate, blanket and impression cylinders, longer plate-inking rollers, and scaled-up feeder and delivery components. No perfector is available for the special-size machine but it can be equipped with various inline coating options.
Agfa brings out :Dotrix TransColor
Agfa takes another step in the inkjet market with the :Dotrix TransColor printer, adding colour to high-speed printing of transactional and transpromotional documents and direct mail pieces. An intelligent printer data stream control combines with a single-pass printing engine, UV curable inks, and a static array of inkjet heads that span the entire printing width, producing nearly 500 A4 pages per minute or 30,000 per hour in a single pass. A roll-to-roll feed delivers uninterrupted printing and a third-party inline finishing option can be added to increase productivity. The device also uses :Agorix Nova inks, which the company says are different from standard inkjet inks, but are similar to UV offset inks making them scratch, smear and water resistant.
This spyder comes in eight colours
Inca Digital is releasing the new Spyder 320 flatbed printer capable of printing eight colours, with Uvijet ink technology. It has eight ink modules, each consisting of four inkjet heads providing a wide colour gamut. Initially it will be available with the four process colour inks as well as light cyan, light magenta and two units of white. It prints at up to 860 sq. ft. per hour. The new model, which complements existing 4- and 6- colour versions of the Spyder, should be perfect for the mid-range market.
PAT on the black with Varstar
Normally Montreal’s PAT Technology Systems is in the air filtration game, developing vacuum systems for press equipment. It first jumped into the finishing market with the Rotoworx, and has now followed up with the Varstar, a sheetfed device that applies coating as a greyscale layer using inkjet technology. Levels can be adjusted to put down as much or as little coating as needed. The result is a matte or gloss finish produced in flood, spot or multilayer coatings with a single pass. The device can be used for variable data coating or single-colour variable data printing. The Varstar runs at up to 8,000 sheets per hour at a maximum sheet size of 14.4" x 22.5".
A new take on the Dart
The latest iteration of Fujifilm’s Dart platesetter, the 4300S model, boasts an output of 21 plates an hour at 2,400 dpi. It achieves this speed by imaging with a 32-channel laser diode exposure head working on a drum rotating at very high speeds. A more affordable model—the 4300E— is available, which runs at 11 plates an hour, also at 2,400 dpi. It, however, uses a 16-channel exposure head. Intended for small- and mid-size shops, both models can handle plate sizes up to 32 21/32" x 26". The 4300S can also be used in continuous operation with a SAL single- cassette autoloader or a MAL multi-cassette loader.
Bitstream flexes its variable muscles
Agfa launched its :Anapurna L and XL models in North America earlier this year. At 63" and 98.5" respectively, the roll-to-roll inkjet printers are being offered as high-volume industrial print presses. They use flexible and rigid media, with the XL model offering simultaneous printing on two half-sized media as well. The :Anapurna also boasts user-replaceable UV-curing lamps, white-ink printing, borderless printing capacity and a maximum resolution of 363 x 725 dpi.
Komori’s “makeready machine” hits North America
With a high-speed start up that allows a purported 12,000 sheets per hour out of the gate, Komori has chosen to bill its new Lithrone S29 half-size sheetfed press as having “the fastest makeready available.” Nearly halving the makeready time of Komori’s previous models, it features the Full-APC system, which includes an automated plate changer that can change four plates in two-and-a-half minutes, and a plate clamp that eliminates the need for tail bending.
The S29, heir to the 26/28 series and little brother to the full-size S40, has a remodeled dampening system, a new suction tape feeder and a lower rider roller than its predecessors. The maximum printing speed is 16,000 sheets per hour (compared to the S26/28’s 15,000). A perfecting version of the press is also available, as are add-on coating and drying units.
Canon fires a new volley at digital market with imagePress
Adding a few new brands to its digital catalogue, Canon recently unveiled the imagePress C7000VP and C1. The C7000VP boasts a 70-page-per-minute run speed on varying weights of letter-sized paper. Its maximum input and output is 10,000 sheets and, like the C1, it has a maximum resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi.
The imagePress C1 is Canon’s latest entry into short-run variable printing and colour-critical design tasks. Able to run 14 colour pages or 60 black-and-white pages per minute, the C1 touts its use of Canon’s new V Toner, which uses oil-free fusing for gloss optimization. Media parameters range from 17lb. bond to 110lb. index papers, and sizes up to 13" x 19".
Adobe launches new Acrobat
Adobe recently debuted its latest iteration of Acrobat, the popular documentation program. Acrobat 8 uses a refined interface that makes more commonly used features easier to find and implement. The program also now includes hosted software called Adobe Acrobat Connect, a web-conferencing tool. Connect users can converse in real-time in virtual meeting rooms through their browsers using commonly available flash software. Features include text chat, video and audio conferencing, as well as screen sharing.
Heidelberg unveils entry-level CTP
Aiming for print shops with relatively low throughputs, Heidelberg began showing off its Suprasetter A52 and A74 models in October with plans to make them available in January 2007. Using the same laser technology as their older CTP units, Heidelberg claims the quality of these new units will be the same as the more expensive models. They can process conventional, process-free and chemical-free plates ranging from 9.45" x 9.45" to 26.38" x 29.53". The company has also developed a RIP solution for the A52 by pairing Prinect MetaDimension 52i with Princet Imposition Editor, which processes PostScript and PDF files.
Agfa’s new high-volume inkjet printer
Agfa launched its :Anapurna L and XL models in North America earlier this year. At 63" and 98.5" respectively, the roll-to-roll inkjet printers are being offered as high-volume industrial print presses. They use flexible and rigid media, with the XL model offering simultaneous printing on two half-sized media as well. The :Anapurna also boasts user-replaceable UV-curing lamps, white-ink printing, borderless printing capacity and a maximum resolution of 363 x 725 dpi.
Inca whitens its Spyder flatbed series
Inca supplemented its large-format Spyder 320+ line of digital flatbed printers with a new “white” model. With the new model, white ink can be laid down as an overprint, underprint or as spot colour in single, multiple or graduated layers. The Spyder 320+white printer is distributed exclusively through Fujifilm Sericol, and is available as a field upgrade.
Another Hi-Fi Roland
The Hi-Fi Express FP-740 sublimation inkjet printer features eight piezo print heads and an extended-capacity ink delivery system that allows users to replace cartridges without stopping the printer. The 74" printer holds more than 3,520 ml of HeatWave ink in its 16 reservoirs, and has an automated take-up system that runs at 548 sq. ft. per hour when set to 270 x 360 dpi. Its maximum resolution, though, is 720 x 720 dpi. The 4-colour machine is meant for soft-signage and comes with Roland’s VersaWorks RIP software and integrated Ethernet capabilites.
Wide-format photo printers target artistic types
New tech and new inks mark the debut of HP’s Designjet Z photo printer series. The 8-colour Z2100 and 12-colour Z3100 each come in 24" and 44" widths with a built-in GretagMacbeth/X-rite spectrophotometer that self-diagnoses colour discrepancies on a variety of printable media. Both models use Vivera pigment inks with a proffered 200-year lightfastness on photo and fine-art papers. A newly developed gloss enhancer promises reduced metamerism and bronzing on black-and-white photos. The printers run at a speed of 15 minutes per A1 colour glossy sheet, or 9.8 minutes per A1 colour coated sheet.
Adjustable Stitchmaster ST 450
Running at speeds of up to 14,000 cycles per hour, Heidelberg’s new ST 450 saddlestitcher has an adjustable feed configuration that can place feeders on either side of the gathering chain. The stitcher is suitable for untrimmed paper formats up to 12 mm thick ranging from 3.35" x 5.04" to 12.6" x 18.9", and can run A6 landscape pages in single-sheet mode.
Xeikon launches 6000-model digital press with FA toner
Targetting the on-demand market as well as direct marketers and transactional printers, the Xeikon 6000 digital colour press from Punch Graphix boasts a speed of 160 A4 colour pages per minute (9,600 pages per hour) and a 4,000,000 page-per-month duty cycle. It runs a variety of substrates, stocks from 40 to 350 gsm, and widths from 320 mm to 508 mm. The press also uses Xeikon’s new Form Adapted toner—a dry, polyester-based, shape-modified toner that Xeikon says will deliver richer, deeper colour—and a reworked digital interface that offers colour management tools.
Océ goes big outdoors
The new 90" CS9090 digital printer from Océ is a bigger versions of its CS9065, but works much the same in producing outdoor-durable prints with low-solvent or eco-solvent inks. Designed with short-runs in mind, the wide-format printer runs at three speed settings: 140 sq. ft. per hour (720 x 720 dpi), 172 sq. ft. per hour (540 x 720 dpi), or 452 sq. ft. per hour (360 x 360 dpi).
New :Avalon CTP
The Agfa :Avalon SF runs a maximum plate size of 980 mm x 690 mm (38.6" x 27.2") at 21 to 25 plates an hour, depending on the plate type. The base model supports screen rulings of 240 lpi, but the SF Elite will go as high as 340 lpi. Single- and four-cartridge automatic versions are available, as well as a semi-automatic
Round POP display goes up quick
Round-Up is a POP display product from Accenta that can be used as a podium, column or showcase. Made of ABS plastic, it is strong enough to be used as a display base and its height can be customized tall or stout. The graphic wrap can be made out of materials such as frontlit panels, transparent plastic or frontrunner fabric. It attaches to a connecting ring and closes with Velcro tape. Round-Up is quick to assemble and easy to interchange panels. With the help of middle plates, the set-up configuration can be changed or added to. The plates come in a re-usable carrying box with a built-in resilient plastic handle for transporting, and the wrap comes in a protective triangular carton box cut to fit the height or the wrap panel.
New die-cutting modules for multiple product patterns
Schober USA has a new Vector line of die-cutting modules for punching, perforating, or cross-cutting various product patterns, useful for producing gable top cartons, juice boxes and other packaging applications. This technology can be integrated into existing roll printing presses or converting machines. The base module includes a servo drive, web register and shaft encoder for master machines. Features include a heavy-duty modular frame with two pairs of high precision-bearing blocks, a dynamically balanced super-CR anvil cylinder and cutting rotor with dual knives.
New and improved scanner theories from Vidar
Vidar, provider of large-format and colour and monochrome scanners, has released several new and improved scanners including: the Lynx 25e colour scanner, for documents up to 25" wide; the Latitude 54" scanner; the 600e 42" series, including the Spectra 600e colour scanner, Surveyor 600e scanner, and Flash 600e monochrome scanner; and its new family of 36" scanners, including the Atlas 600e, Select 600e and the Nova 36e. Features of the company’s new scanners include faster monochrome scan speeds, up to 12" per minute, high pixel capture, improved CCD technology for colour fidelity and image clarity, Energy Star compliance and RoHs compliance.
Xerox software tools enhance digital workflow
Xerox Canada has enhanced six software tools within its FreeFlow digital workflow collection, an integrated set of software that streamlines the way print providers handle print jobs. Among the upgrades is Xerox’s new web services software for a Web portal so customers can submit and buy print jobs online. FreeFlow Web Services 5.0 enables printers to host personalized Web pages for customers and streamline production processes by combining with other FreeFlow products and JDF-enabled systems so a job can move from submission to print to finishing without operator assistance.
Gandinnovations upgrades printer resolution
Gandinnovations has a new true 1,200 dpi resolution for all it’s Jeti 3150 flatbed and Jeti 3324 UV-curable printers. The company began by using 300 dpi Spectra print heads and followed up with 600 dpi heads, which it still offers. It is now providing customers with 1,200 dpi, allowing them to choose which resolution best fits their business needs.
New liquid laminate extends life of outdoor signs
Gandinnovations also has a new Jeti liquid laminate, a clear coating protection made especially for grand-format signs such as POP displays, car wraps and oversized banners. The laminate provides gloss, shine and scratch protection to the image. The company also offers a version of the clear coat and laminate formulated with UV fade resistance inhibitors, allowing an outdoor image to last up to seven to 10 years depending on the thickness of the clear coat. It can be applied with a simple sponge brush, sprayed on, or by using a liquid laminator.
Quark 7 for universal applications
QuarkXPress 7 is now available as a universal application for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. The Quark 7.01 update was built to run on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. Quark is the first major design and publishing tool to be released as a universal application, and its new graphics engine, XDraw, leverages the power of Quartz 2D to achieve the high-quality rendering of text and graphics. Xcode and other Apple tools enable developers to create universal versions of their applications
Large-format pigment-based options from Canon
The new 44" imagePROGRAPH W8400, and the 24" W6400 large-format printers from Canon use a pigment-based six-plus-one ink system and a four-picolitre ink droplet to deliver a 2,400 x 1,200 dpi resolution. Special tools create, process and print high-quality large-format output. For example, PosterArtist, one of the software programs available, provides an intuitive template-based poster-creation software for any skill level. Use it to print posters, banners, backlit displays, photographs, fine art reproduction, and more on a wide selection of media substrates.
Improved performance for Mitsubishi platesetters
Mitsubishi Imaging has upgraded its SDP RIP software to improve the prepress performance of its SDP-Eco1630 and SDP-Alpha 2500 platesetters. The SDP-Eco1630 is specially designed to run Mitsubishi’s Silver DigiPlate, while the SDP-Alpha 2500 is a violet metal platesetter. SDP RIP version 7.0 delivers a number of new features and compatibility benefits to the polyester CTP workflow. It enhances throughput by increasing system speed and expediting file handling. A new font emulation feature helps overcome delays during those times when a font is missing from a customer-supplied file. When activated, this advancement can make a typographically acceptable match to the missing font with no text overflow, while delivering acceptable character spacing, weight and width.
DocuColor targets mid-production market
Xerox swells its digital presses ranks with the 50-page-per-minute DocuColor 5000, aimed specifically at print providers that average between 30,000 and 150,000 impressions per month. The first Xerox digital press that comes with a user interface driven by a keyboard and mouse, it has a 2,400 x 2,400 dpi resolution, state-of-the-art laser technology, and a 32-beam laser that scans more data faster at a higher resolution. Other features include a tighter registration, a wider choice of colour management capabilities than light-production digital colour systems, and a paper feeder with 4,000 sheets that can be expanded to 8,000. The list price comes in at $180,000, including a colour server.
Agfa brings the outdoors in
 Agfa’s new indoor/outdoor wide-format inkjet printing system, the:Grand Sherpa Universal AM, comes in 65" and 90" widths. Both feature the Agfa Bulk Ink Supply System, a fourth-generation solvent ink that promises better colour saturation, a uniform gloss appearance, and faster drying time than typical inks.
Bizhub line expands
Konica Minolta is expanding its bizhub PRO line of production printing products with the bizhub PRO C6500, complete with the next generation of polymerized toner Simitri-HD (high definition), and the bizhub PRO 1050, with new perfect binder finishing option. The Perfect Binder (PB-50) is the latest addition to the finishing range. It ccompanies the bizhub PRO 1050 and take its number of system configurations up to 18.
New Soljet builds on Roland technology
Roland builds on its print/cut technology with the new Soljet Pro III XC-540 integrated inkjet printer/cutter. The 54"-wide machine prints at 1,440 x 1,440 dpi and integrates a new generation of hardware and software for greater all-round performance. New features include a souped-up print speed of 441 sq. ft. per hour, a more robust ink system designed for both 220 ml and 440 ml cartridges, a new precision firing pattern, an integrated tri-heater system for accelerated times, and a built-in media feed and take-up system that accepts rolls up to 66 lbs. The VersaWorks 2.0 RIP software, packed with upgrades, optimizes Roland’s inkjet technology, while a new DU-540 optional dryer/blower system expedites the high-speed applications.
Duplo system JDF compatible
Duplo is releasing the JDF-compatible DC 645 driven by Symbio software, a front-end production tool that puts a JDF workflow into the hands of small- to mid-size print shops. The system slits, cuts and creases in one operation, and works on a load-and-go premise, where it receives the information from the JDF job ticket. Also from Duplo comes the new DF-1000 suction folder for precisely folded scratch/mark-free material from work printed on both offset and digital presses. It’s ideal for folding direct mail pieces, and it incorporates suction technology which tackles common problems associated with finishing digital colour work. It won’t mark or scratch the printed page and avoids static build-up during the finishing process.
New UV curing inks with greyscale capability
Crystal UV curing inks with full greyscale printhead capability are new from Sunjet, the inkjet division of Sun Chemical. The Crystal UOX and UGT inks are designed for display graphics and other applications such as packaging and label printing on digital presses with Xaar’s drop-on-demand inkjet printheads. Greyscale printing has the potential to expand the scope of digital printing. SunJet has worked with Xaar to develop ink chemistry to maximize the technology potential of greyscale printheads. Ink approval in greyscale heads is heavily focused on jetting reliability as an essential feature of ink performance, a key requirement for single pass printing.
Small footprint inkjet printer
The Rho 600 Pictor flatbed UV inkjet printer from Durst boasts a small footprint that makes sense for digital print facilities, sign shops and any commercial shop that produces images wider than 24" primarily on rigid substrates. Proprietary 30-picolitre Quadro array print head technology produces a 600 dpi resolution, while white ink-printing capability, plus special-effect varnish and spot colour print directly onto any surface up to 62" wide and 1.58" thick at nearly 200 sq. ft. per hour. It’s controlled by a Linux workstation, comes with a roll feed-and-take-up accessory, and uses specially formulated UV inks.
New UV roll-to-roll grand-format printer
Gandinnovations has a new grand-format printer, the Jeti 3324 UV roll-to-roll, that prints at high speeds without using conventional heaters to dry solvent inks. The fully-automated 6-colour printer comes in 300 or 600 dpi format options. The head carriage hosts 24 Spectra print heads, while ink designation is four heads per colour, allowing for six colour combinations. Print speed is 650 sq. ft. per hour in best mode and 1,050 sq. ft. per hour in production mode with 300 dpi. The machine prints on frontlit, backlit, adhesive vinyl and virtually any rolled substrates. A linear motor using print heads with tracking magnets delivers dot placement within a micron.
29" press with in-line perfector
MAN Roland’s 29" ROLAND 500 now comes with an in-line perfector to accommodate two-sided printing in a single pass. The machine has a single-drum sheet-turning system combined with double-diameter cylinders to handle thicker substrates. The advancement keeps perfecting speeds productive, with a top end of 15,000 double-sided sheets per hour. Flat sheet travel and minimal sheet bending are useful for high press speeds and runs with thicker stock. The machine is available in nine basic configurations, from a 1/1, 2-colour model to a 5/5, 10-colour perfector. Single and double coating units are also available, as are extended deliveries and IR and UV drying systems.
DuPont releases new inkjet press
The DuPont Cromaprint 22UV is a complete inkjet digital printing system. It’s integrated by DuPont 86"-wide UV cure combination flatbed/roll-to-roll production printing engine, extended gamut UV curable ink, new DuPont Cromanet colour suite, and spectral colour management. The CromaPrint can print onto a range of substrates including PVC, foam boards, acrylics, corrugated, glass, styrene, aluminum, wood, and within two minutes, switch over to print onto flexible media such as vinyl and polyester film. Features of the new machine include: image area of up to 82" wide and up to 2" thick; and user selectable resolutions and number of passes for production speeds up to 463 ft. per hour.
Duo-sensor UV hazard metre
 Gigahertz-Optiks’ new X1-1 hand-held metre uses four-channel microprocessor technology to operate and display separate UV-C/B, UV-A detector measurements as well as calculate and display the sum of the two detector readings for more accurate UV hazard assessment per ACGIH/ICNIRP guidelines. The XD-9506 detector covers the full ACGIH/ICNIRP UV spectral effectiveness function by employing two sensor/filter/-
difuser combinations providing separate ACGIH UV-A and ACGIH UVC/B spectral responses. The two sensor method produces a precise assessment of hazard because the UV-C/B function exhibits approximately 10,000X higher weighting than UV-A, making it extremely difficult to accurately duplicate the full function using only one filtered broadband detector. The detector design also ensures proper isolation between the UV-A and UV-C/B spectral regions, important when assessing UV-A rich sources.
QuickPrint 5 ready for business
Quickcut’s QuickPrint 5 is the latest version of the workflow software for preparing and delivering advertising job files to print. Available on both Windows and Mac platforms, QuickPrint 5 works with Adobe InDesign CS 2 and QuarkXPress. Features of the new version include: file validation, which performs nearly 300 validation checks on a file; automatic optimization, a new timesaving feature to optimze PDF files; built-in Adobe distiller, allowing users to create PDFs on the fly; comprehensive colour management; and destination grouping, to minimize layouts and files.
6-up platesetter for UV-sensitive plates
Punch Graphix has a new fully automatic basysPrint UV-Setter 646 for UV-sensitive plates, targeted at the large-volume, 4-up market such as book printing, as well as commercial printing and commercial web plate requirements. The system uses a 3-pin-stop and, in its standard configuration, uses a cassette for 250 plates up to 0.3 mm width. It also comes with basysPrint’s new scrolling imaging method with a higher rate in the exposure time: approximately 25 plates per hour in the 610 mm x 860 mm format.
A more affordable iGen3 choice
The Xerox iGen3 90 digital production press has the same quality and flexibility as the iGen3 110 colour press, but the 90-ppm model makes it easier for printers with lower volumes to enter the high-end digital printing market. The iGen3 90 handles many stock weights and sizes and produces a variety of jobs from book jackets to posters. Two paper trays let printers reload while the machine is running. The iGen3 90 also supports in-line finishing devices, such as signature bookletmaking and perfect binding
Presstek grows chemistry-free plate portfolio
The Presstek Anthem Pro is a new chemistry-free thermally imaged digital plate. The new plate requires only a water rinse after imaging to prepare it for printing. Its PRO graining technology, in combination with Anthem’s thermal ablation coating system, results in better ink/water latitude and greater colour stability. The Anthem Pro doesn’t require any fuming, baking or chemical processing and supports run lengths up to 100,000 impressions. 
New Designjet signage series
The Designjet 8000s and 9000s printer series are new offerings from HP’s large-format digital printing solutions for the outdoor signage market, including banners, window graphics, vehicle graphics and decals. The Designjet 8000s series prints up to 89 sq. ft. of colour output per hour at 720 x 720 dpi. The 8000sr model includes an ONYX SignEZ v.2 RIP for out-of-the-box productivity and colour management. It produces speeds up to 176 sq. ft. per hour at 720 x 720 dpi and up to 220 sq. ft. per hour at 540 x 720 dpi. The 9000s series includes an in-the-box take-up reel for continuous unattended runs, fast data transmission rates and USB 2.0 connectivity. The take-up reel is also available as an accessory with the 8000s. Both series feature a new low-solvent printing system, which includes low-solvent ink formulations, ink cartridges and cleaning and maintenance kits. HP also has a variety of new media specifically created to work with low-solvent inks and the new machines.


New version of web-to-print software
Pageflex Storefront version 3.0 is the latest upgrade from the Pageflex division of Bitstream. The turnkey software package is used for defining, auto-generating and managing attractive web-to-print document customization sites. Version 3.0 expands e-commerce capabilities beyond document customization and personalization with a full range of online ordering and campaign-management services. New features include support for uploading and hosting PDF documents in print-ordering websites, and an add-on module for custom data integration that lets printers give customers access to databases with information used in personalized campaigns and mailers.


Mitsubishi platesetter upgrade
Mitsubishi Imaging has upgraded its SDP RIP software to improve prepress performance of its SDP-Eco1630 and SDP-Alpha 2500 platesetters. The SDP-Eco1630 is specially designed to run Mitsubishi’s Silver DigiPlate, while the SDP-Alpha 2500 is a violet metal platesetter. SDP RIP version 7.0 delivers a number of new features and compatibility benefits to the polyester CTP workflow. It enhances throughput by increasing system speed and expediting file handling. A new font emulation feature helps overcome delays when a font is missing from a customer-supplied file. When activated, this advancement can make a typographically acceptable match to the missing font with no text overflow, while delivering acceptable character spacing, weight and width.


Adchem removable adhesive
Adchem’s 83111M-76G is a new permanent/removable mounting adhesive on double-sided polyester film. It provides a clean bond to digital imaging and offset printers for temporarily mounting foams, polycarbonates, and plastics to glass. The exposed side of the polyester film is coated with a high-gloss, high-tack moderate peel, high shear acrylic adhesive. The liner side is coated with a low-peel, high shear removable, acrylic-based adhesive. The film is available up to 54" wide and has a one-year shelf life.


Printer for waterproof labels
The new LX810 colour label printer from Primera Technology produces full-colour photos, graphics, text and bar codes for short runs of product and box labels. The inkjet-based printer creates scratch- and smudge-resistant labels at 4,800 dpi on substrates including semi-gloss and high-gloss materials that are highly water resistant. Label size ranges from 19 mm x 19 mm to 210 mm x 609 mm. The LX810 comes equipped with printer drivers for Windows 2000/XP and Mac OS X version 10.2 or higher. Primera’s own NiceLabel design software is available, but Mac and Windows users can also create graphics in any popular label design software.


Latest digital copier/printer from Xerox fit for quick printers
The Xerox 4590 digital copier-printer is the latest entry for light production environments such as in-house and quick-print shops. The machine has an image quality of 2,400 x 2,400 dpi resolution, scanning speeds of up to 100 double-sided pages per minute, and it prints and copies up to 90 pages-per-minute. The system is engineered to produce from 75,000 to 175,000 pages per month and maintains scanning speeds up to 100 ppm for both single and double-sided documents. It also has a 250-sheet automatic document handler that holds 150 sheets more than competing devices, and has up to eight paper trays that hold 8,225 sheets of paper. The Xerox 4590 converts hardcopy documents to digital files and scans up to 10 jobs while simultaneously printing.


Autobond’s new encapsulator boasts wide range, high speed
The Sheetmaster 76E encapsulator is the latest addition to Autobond’s line-up of sheetfed film laminators. It handles stock from A5 up to B1, in weights from 80 to 650 gsm and at speeds of 60 metres per minutes, which equates to a top speed of 14,000 A4 sheets an hour. The in-feed and cross cutter are both servo driven for accuracy, and air coolers and water chilled rollers maintain constant temperatures. Autobond has incorporated side slitters with an edge waste removal system that automatically takes away waste strips in a 100 mm extraction pipe. The Sheetmaster can apply polyester, polypropylene and nylon films in 75, 125 and 200 micron thicknesses. It incorporates a Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 feed so that a wide range of paper types can be fed at high speed.


JobExpress module makes job submissions easier
 JobExpress is an ad hoc job submission module from Printable Technologies that enables printers’ customers to submit jobs from any application. The program is based on preset file creation parameters and produces a JDF job ticket. Print buyers create and submit jobs from applications—including all Microsoft Office programs—by selecting the application’s print funtion. After the user has reviewed and approved the PDF proof, the file is encrypted and a job submission form is returned to the issuer. Developed by the printer, the form contains all pricing, production and finishing information. The job is automatically priced and the user approves and proceeds to check out.


Smaller Expedio 3200 joins NUR Macroprinters wide-format family
The new NUR Expedio 3200 from NUR Macroprinters, a 10’ wide roll-fed inkjet press equipped with UV-curable inks, is the little brother to the 16’ superwide Expedio 5000. With four- and eight-colour printing modes, the 3200 is ideal for indoor signage intended for close-up viewing, as well as billboards and other wider-format applications at up to 720 dpi. Printing speeds top out at more than 1,000 sq. ft. per hour. A modular design means that in future the printhead carriage will accept an additional row of printheads to increase productivity and will support interfacing with different types of printheads to allow for better quality. It will also accept external add-ons such as an inline varnish option for fleet graphics.
New folder for digital printers
Duplo is expanding its range of folding products with the DF-1000 suction folder for digital colour printers, ideal for direct mail pieces such as brochures, flyers and invitations, as well as official documentation such as invoices and letters. It handles bond stocks and art/coated paper to a maximum weight of 200 gsm, folds and batches up to 240 sheets per minute, and has a feeding capacity of 1,000 sheets. Operated by an LCD panel, the DF 1000 detects and adjusts itself to specific paper sizes, eliminating the need for human intervention.
Riso’s new flagship duplicator
This is the flagship of all digital duplicators. Or so says Riso about the RZ990, the newest member of the RZ family. It prints 180, 11" x 17" pages per minute, or 10,800 per hour, at 600 dpi, boasts a new graphic interface, enhanced paper handling features, is engineered with a newly designed soundproof system and, according to the company, costs are as low as 1/3 of a cent per page. Standard features include RISO editor to scan originals and make colour seps, a GDI controller with USB 2.0 interface, and Protect Mode to keep confidential documents away from prying eyes. Optional accessories include an automatic document feeder, job separator, letter size and colour print cylinders, and a paper feed kit for extra heavy stocks. The preliminary price tag is US $22,995.
GBC brings three new laminators to the market
GBC has expanded its range of laminators with three new models. Both the Orca 4064WF and the Falcon 3064WF are designed for laminating and mounting large-format prints up to 64" wide. Though the Orca is considered the premier model in the GBC family for commercial printers, both models are designed to create rigid and flexible applications including trade show graphics, backlit images and POP displays. Features include eight unwind and rewind shafts providing versatility for bi-directional and roll-to-roll operation. Bi-directional features permit hot and cold laminates to run consecutively without waiting for heated rollers to cool down. The control panel swivels for flexibility and the foot pedal can be repositioned with various speeds for finer control when mounting graphics.
Another new release, the 8544SS professional single-sided finishing system accommodates sheet sizes from 11" x 17" to 44" x 44". Running a variety of commercial thermal films, the 8544SS laminates various types of packaging as well as dust jackets, book covers, and gift bags. The easy set-ups, touch screen controls, and pneumatically controlled nip pressure allow the machine to run with a single operator. A tensioning system automatically detects changes in tension and adjusts throughout the full length of a 9,000 ft. roll.
New variable data software
 Meadows Publishing Solutions is adding two new offerings to its DesignMerge suite of variable data publishing software. DesignMerge Server is a server-based version of the DesignMerge Pro VDP software that is compatible with QuarkDDS, the server version of QuarkXPress. Users can upload QuarkXPress templates and database files to the server and create personalized output in many of the VDP output formats, including PPML, using only a web browser interface. DesignMerge Pro for Adobe InDesign brings all the same capabilities of DesignMerge Pro for Quark to InDesign users.
Real-time work with CSR Virtual
CSR Virtual from S-Marc is an integrated software suite that unites brand companies and design agencies with printers. With CSR Virtual, customers can collaborate online in real-time via a single, intuitive web interface to manage print jobs from conception to delivery. CSR Virtual continuously monitors changes in file content and colour, approval status, and usage, and generates automatic notifications. Core to the suite is a secure repository for archiving completed jobs. Text is indexed so customers can search, view, transform and order elements for derivative use. Job history including edits, comments, annotations, colour values, users, job time, and more, are permanently stored for detailed review, cost analysis and billing use
Heidelberg does large presses
Heidelberg has announced it is developing a new generation of presses for the larger format category up to 63.8" to complement its existing range of sheetfed offerings. The two presses, to be shown at drupa 2008, will be called the Speedmaster XL 142 at 40.2" x 55.9" and the Speedmaster XL 162 at 47.2" x 63.8". The company, which says it wants to play a larger role in the packaging sector, a growing segment of the industry, plans to build the new presses at the main German plant in Wiesloch.
Fiery has new software version
EFI is releasing its next-generation Fiery System 7 software. System 7 optimizes Fiery Q- and S-Series servers to deliver higher levels of digital printing performance and image quality. The system’s production printing package includes: EFI Compose, with enhanced preview and editing capabilities; Paper Catalogue, a system-based paper warehouse database; Fiery specific preflight with sensitivity controls to report pass or fail jobs; and Quick Doc Merge, which creates virtual files for assigning finishing characteristics. System 7 also has improved security features, including secure erase, IP filtering, port blocking and simple network management protocol version 3.
TDS 450 prints, copies, scans
Océ is releasing the TDS450 wide-format print, copy and scan system, available in a standard black-and-white configuration with the option to upgrade to colour. Firing up the machine is Océ’s patented Direct Scan optical system with a 600 dpi resolution, colour CCD camera and specially developed lens, as well as the latest lamp technology to illuminate the original. Other features include easy feeding of originals with automatic width detection, a display panel that mimics palm-top devices, and an ergonomic design.
Digital die cutter has new manufacturer, technology
Spartanics is the new manufacturer of Klemm Laser Cut Systems for digital die cutting. The new Spartanics Klemm digital die cutters will not discolour polycarbonate during cutting, delivers consistent registration accuracy within 0.1 mm without sacrifice in speed or production output, and operates at speeds up to 660 m per minute. It also features tightly controlled laser beam technology available in galvonometres, and proprietary software that automates controls on laser power and scanning speed for control in laser cut quality. The 0.5 hole size, intuitive Windows-based software is designed for operators without CAD expertise and also features an intelligent system for beam shaping.
GMG ColorServer offers automatic colour conversions
The GMG ColorServer provides automatic colour space conversions, scaling, sharpening, separation and optimization of pixel and PDF image data. Increasing digitization in prepress requires a way to automatically convert data from an existing colour space to a different colour space. The printing process, inks used, reproducible colour space, individual dot gain, and paper all play a decisive role in colour space transformation. Consequently, manual conversion of data to a different colour space involves both a great deal of technical knowledge and time. Functions of ColorServer include fully automatic colour conversions, 4D management from GMG for identical printing results, RGB-to-CMYK conversions, RGB data optimization, PDF-to-PDF conversion and gamut mapping.
Re-writable plate eliminates discarding plates
The Reusable Plate System (RPS) from Mitsubishi provides an alternative to imaging text and illustrations onto printing plates, and then discarding the plates after they are used once. The RPS is a separate offline erasing and writing system that is intended for use with web offset presses. Printers can erase, rewrite and reuse CTP plates up to 20 times without sacrificing quality. The aluminum plate serves as a bed on which a special polymer coating film is applied. Text, illustrations and photos are created on the film by direct digital imaging. After printing, the film is washed from the plate, and a new polymer coating is applied. The re-writable plate has a life of 100,000 impressions per job and reduces aluminum waste by 95%. The long-term target is up to 50 image re-writable cycles and up to 500,000 impressions per job.
Digital press switches from paper to plastics
The Meteor DP 30 multi-substrate, four-colour digital press from MGI switches from paper to plastics in seconds and prints at 1,800 dpi or 200 lpi. Speed ranges from 15,000 to 30,000 PVC cards per hour and the press also prints on polyester, polycarbonate, PET, lexan, vinyl, and teslin. The Meteor DP 30’s paper printing speeds range from 1,800 to 3,600 letter pages per hour on stock such as kromecoat, bristol, linen, CS1-CS2, bond, vellum, transparencies and adhesive labels. The press also features an offset feeder for high-precision registration, USD double sheet detection and an air-feed system, which eliminates friction feed, marks and substrate scratches. MGI Genebase software enables full variable data, auto numbering and barcodes, multi-layout and automatic imposition, automatic numeric or alphanumeric increments.
You can image with uImage
uImage is a new variable image solution from XMPie, in which Adobe Photoshop users can produce personalized images and graphics, and seamlessly merge them into XMPie variable productions in print and online. Designers can add a tag for variable data text in their Photoshop text layer, and uImage automatically fills in the variable text from the recipient data source. All effects applied to non-rasterized text with Photoshop CS2 are maintained true to form. uImage lets designers define copy-fitting settings so that text always fits into the desired space and multiple text layers with variable text elements can be achieved.
Small-format thermal inkjet system
The new G4100 digital printer from Videojet Technologies uses HP thermal inkjet technology and is intended for small to mid-sized commercial printers and direct mail houses. It features a 4.25" printband in a single head that customizes mail pieces with up to 1,200 dpi resolution for addresses, message text and graphics. The G4100 also has self-wiping printheads and dual 775 ml ink cartridges. The built-in PC connects to the user’s local area network to monitor print jobs remotely.
New inkjet label printer
The LX800 inkjet colour label printer from Primera Technology prints any combination of text, graphics, logos and photos in full colour onto media as small as 1.5" (38 mm) wide and .75" (19 mm) long, up to a maximum of 8.25" (210 mm) wide and 24" (610 mm) long. Substrates include matte-finished labels as well as semi-gloss materials. The LX800 comes equipped with printer drivers for Windows 2000/XP along with label design software called NiceLabel SE, Primera Edition. Virtually any other Windows-based design software can be used with the printer. All common bar codes are included in the NiceLabel SE software, including UPC, EAN, Code 39, Code 128 and 2D barcodes.
Touch-free densitometer
Beta Industries’ S4 Xpress colour densitometer automatically measures density, dot gain, grey balance, and trapping sequence all without touching any buttons. It also has printing tolerance traffic lights, which flash either green for good or red for stop. Advanced LED technology for 500,000+ measurements from common AA batteries eliminates external chargers and cables.
Scitex press OK for food
The Scitex Vision CORjet Premium is a six-colour press that uses water-based pigmented inks certified for food packaging. The CORjet incorporates a print controller and RIP, a fully automated loader, the press and drying unit, and automated unloader. It prints on corrugated board used for POP displays, foam board and styrene, or fluted polypropylene.
The Aprion technology uses specially designed heads, with 512 nozzles per head each firing 30,000 drops per second using patented drop-on-demand piezoelectric technology.
Xitron upgrades XiFlow
Xitron recently released the XiFlow 2.5 RIP manager for Harlequin RIPs. Features include automatic installation and configuration when used with the Navigator 7.0 RIP, enhanced job naming, enhanced job tracking, automatic client login and a 45-day trial mode. XiFlow serves as a RIP manager for version 5.5 and higher Harlequin RIPs, including those marketed by AB Dick, Agfa, Compose, ECRM, EskoGraphics, Highwater, Mitsubishi, Presstek, and Screen, as well as Xitron’s own Navigator products. Other features include the PDF tools with PDF creation and preflighting, an enhanced ROAM viewer and integration with third-party imposition support for multiple clients and RIPs.
K-series from Domino
The K-series drop-on-demand printer is Domino Printing Sciences’ latest variable data inkjet printer. The K-Series, whose flagship is the K200 printer, with three times the number of print nozzles, provides 300 dpi printing at 300 ft. per minute. The print head is angled to create the exact image required for each individual job. The K200 allows multiple heads to be grouped together, increasing the achievable image area. The printer will be offered with Domino CMYK UV inks and Domino’s Editor GT controller technology, operates on a Windows XP platform and networks up to eight K200 or sixteen K100 print heads. Also, different Domino printers can be managed by the same controller, so A-series and K-series models printing different aspects of the same job can be linked.
Instant start curing system with GraphiCure GC9
The GraphiCure GC9 is a UV curing system that uses instant start technology, in which UV lamps become fully operative within seconds without the need for a warm-up period. Benefits include improved productivity through increased press printing time and energy savings, since power is only used when the press is in production, and the possibility to achieve up to 30% more production hours per lamp. GraphiCure GC9 is compatible with GraphiSet GS4, Baldwin’s IR/hot air dryer for conventional ink and coating. With both systems installed on the press, printers can switch between conventional and UV production
Objectif Lune’s new version prints native XML
Objectif Lune has released the latest version of its flagship software product, PlanetPress Suite 5. With its patent-pending xml2print functionality, Objectif Lune can manipulate and print native XML without the need for middleware or converting data into another format. Users can use native XML data to design, produce and distribute variable data documents, without any modification to the data stream. With version 5, PDF files produced with PlanetPress Image can be digitally signed to verify document origin and integrity. This feature comes as a PlanetPress Watch plug-in.
Ilumina press for on demand
The Ilumina digital colour press from Xanté prints short-run, on-demand colour on papers up to 24 pt. cover. The press handles a variety of jobs from lightweight flyers to heavyweight postcards at speeds up to 2,000 sheets per hour. The straight paper path ensures all heavy sheets are flat and easily finished. The press comes standard with colour management controls. The print driver provides an easy path to control colour through ink simulations, colour matching modes and colour profiles. Also included is ColourMatch 2 software, which offers more in-depth control over monitor, scanner, source and destination colour profiles.
New DocuColor 7000 from Xerox good entry into digital market
Xerox’s new DocuColor 7000 digital press gives printers an option in the 70-page-per-minute speed segment. This entry-level offering for the digital colour market extends Xerox’s line of production colour products that operate between 45 ppm and 110 ppm. The DocuColor 7000 features 2400 x 2400 x 1 dpi resolution and handles a variety of paper sizes and types, allowing it to support print-on-demand, web-submission print processes, book publishing and personalized marketing. The Xerox FreeFlow DocuSP controller, or a colour server from Creo of EFI, are compatible options.
RISO unveils printer-duplicator
The MZ790 Printer-Duplicator from digital printing technology provider, RISO allows users to print in a single colour or add a second colour. The Easy 2 Color process eliminates having to prepare separate originals for each colour. The machine’s functions include: RISO Editor, to edit the original through direct-touch panel operation; Combination Print, to split a print run with one part single colour and the other in two colours; and Overlay, to select data from the memory card and overlay it onto the scanned original.
Outdoor life and expanded colour from Océ
The Océ CS6060 large-format six-colour inkjet printer offers 720 dpi resolution at print speeds of up to 176-sq.-ft. per hour in four-pass mode. It utilizes super-wide piezo inkjet print heads, featuring 512 nozzles per colour and is ideal for short-run, light production jobs such as POP displays, vehicle graphics, transit advertising, exhibit graphics, banners museum graphics, wayfinding and window displays.
Fuji Hunt, Pantone team up for swatch book
Fuji Hunt Photographic Chemicals, a supplier of pressroom chemistry products, and Pantone have created a new swatch book for designers to preview Fuji Hunt coatings and their effects when applied over Pantone Colors while still in the design stage. They can specify which coating they prefer on the final printed pieces before the job even reaches the pressroom floor. Four sections feature a repeating palette of 36 Pantone Matching System Colors printed with and without four coatings, including gloss aqueous, satin aqueous, dull aqueous and UV. Fuji Hunt PressMax chemistry products and the Pantone guide are available through Fuji Graphic Systems Canada.
Goss extends web press features
Goss International extends the advanced features of the Goss M-600 commercial web press to the entire M-600 press series. Significant improvements include the higher speeds, enhanced folder designs, shaftless drive technology, two new cut-off options and a new Goss Web Center management control platform. Lining up for the upgrades are the M-600 A, M-600 C and M-600 D, all 16-page presses with speeds of 45,000, 55,000, and 70,000 copies per hour.
SM CD 74 available as long perfector
Heidelberg’s Speedmaster CD 74 with perfecting device now comes as a long perfecting press with up to ten printing units, an additional coating unit and integrated UV technology for diverse coating and surface finishing options. It can print four- or five-colour jobs in a single pass on printing stocks ranging from 0.03 mm paper to 0.8 mm board. The Speedmaster CD 74 with perfecting device was released at drupa 2004.
Intraprint introduces web services module
Intraprint version 4.3 is the newly updated MIS print management system from Airesys with a new Intraprint Web Solutions, a new web services and e-commerce module (IWS.) Customers or internal sales reps can request instantaneous quotes through the Internet. The real-time e-form technology streamlines customer-specific job information to expedite order entry and quote generation. Linking the printer’s website with IWD software allows the printer to create dedicated HTML forms to calculate estimates and track jobs.
New inline folding box gluer from B & R Moll
The Vantage 720 is a new in-line folding box gluer from B&R Moll that produces straight-line boxes, table tents, sleeves, CD wallets, computer software cartons, and presentation folders. The Moll pressure stacker provides extra glue penetration time and positive control after folding. It has adjustable height intake alignment, a DC speed controlled drive with top and bottom full-width motorized blanket belts, and adjustable pressure control. The Vantage 720 includes a Quad glue system, stainless steel guides and formers, trombone delivery system, and optional dual stream feeding capacity.
Film laminator from Autobond with SM 74 feeder
Autobond’s new MINI TP H76 sheetfed, thermal film laminator is fitted with a Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 feeder and handles runs of up to 5,000 sheets. The new portrait-fed machine has a maximum sheet size of 76 x 1.2 cm and is available as a single-sided laminator or perfector, laminating both sides in one pass. It uses 30 mm steel side plates with steel support beams. The feedhead has a separate pick-up and forwarding suckers to feed the sheets on to the vacuum belts and into the laminating rollers. It handles stock from 90 gsm to 650 gsm and can be used with matte or glossy polypropylene or acetate.
HAWK-EYE monochrome scanner
Contex Scanning Technology recently introduced the HAWK-EYE Mx 36 monochrome scanner. Its patented technology includes Contex’ accuracy lens enhancement technology (ALE), all-wheel drive for handling large originals and flexible connectivity with both FireWire and high speed USB. Perform tool-free maintenance of consumable parts: the platen glass, lamp and white background plate can be replaced without a service call. The scanner captures grey tones at 16 bits and scans up to 10" per second.
Solid ink printer new from Xerox
Is this the world’s smallest offset press? Xerox has unveiled the C2424, a solid-ink colour multifunction office device that scans, faxes and prints up to 24 pages per minute using imaging technology that mimics an offset press. A re-imageable drum transfers the image to the paper. Aimed primarily at workgroups of about 25 users, the C2424 carries a base price of $3,999, and uses ink blocks with a price tag of $124.99 for three sticks each of magenta, cyan and yellow, and $80.99 for black. Each set of solid ink crayons is rated for 3,400 pages. To compare, the DocuColor 12, an industry staple, produces 12 pages per minute.
Therm-O-Type foil
Fusing for limited applications
The FT-10, the latest model from Therm-O-Type, is a hand-fed fuser for limited production applications. It includes 12.6"-wide maximum paper width, manual impression control, foil unwind and rewind tension adjustment, electronic speed and temperature range controls, and supports a single 550' foil roll wound on a standard 1" core.
HP makes strong commitment to graphic arts industry
At a recent media summit at HP headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., the company stressed that it is serious about moving into the graphic arts market. Several HP technologies were highlighted, including the new HP Designjet 4000 series that produces high-speed, colour and black-and-white printing up to 42" wide.
The press, now available in North America, uses HP’s new double swath technology, with two long-life HP printheads for each colour. The series comes equipped with an embedded processor and 256 Mb of memory, expandable up to 512 Mb. The driverless multi-file printing workflow is operating system independent. HP also recently announced that its new seven-colour Indigo 5000 press, introduced at drupa last year, is now available across North America.
New compensated foil
The new perf print plus (PPP) compensated foil is a multi-layer PVC sheet with an integrated millimetre grid. The grid is shrunk to size depending on the cylinder diameter on which it is applied. Press operators can measure a position on a printed sheet and apply a perforation rule or other die to the same co-ordinates on the foil. PPP compensated foil is part of the H.S. Boyd product line. has Canuck consultant, a web portal for news, information, support, and sales of colour management technologies is adding Canadian-based Digital Solutions, managed by Angus Pady, to its consultant directory. Digital Solutions provides training, workflow implementation, colour reproduction products, on-site evaluation and workflow analysis, on-site printer/monitor profiling and calibration, a digital proof certification program, and on-site training. Look for it at
New Creative Suite introduces Adobe Bridge
Adobe’s new Creative Suite 2 Standard edition integrates full versions of Photoshop for photo editing, InDesign for desktop publishing, and Illustrator for drawing. The Premium edition adds GoLive for web authoring, and Acrobat for PDFs.
A brand-new component for both editions is Adobe Bridge, a visual file browser that provides multi-view, cross-product integration across the suite’s software. Also included is the new Version Cue, a file-version manager and collaboration tool that enables users to visually preview, track and access historical and alternate versions of files. In the Bridge, designers can synchronize colour settings in all the Adobe software to avoid post-project colour adjustments.
Creative highlights include Adobe’s new stock photography service via the Bridge, which culls more than 230,000 images from leading commercial stock photography providers, and a nifty new Photoshop feature, the vanishing point tool, which simplifies complicated perspective corrections. Upgrade pricing is available for customers of Adobe Creative Suite and Photoshop.
Maxson sheeters for Roland 900s now available
Maxson sheeters are now available for every model in the large-format Roland 900 line. They come in roll widths from 44" up to 73" and roll diameters up to 72", and handle substrates between 50 lb. paper and 28 pt. board. All are digitally controlled and custom cut paper to fit each job. For non-stop operation, a dual-position roll stand is available that automatically switches the feeder roll as the press continues to produce. A right-angle sheeter is also available for facilities that print long grain. Maxson sheeters can be retrofitted onto any Roland 900 press.
New tabletop perfect binder
The Sterling Digibinder is a fully automated, tabletop perfect binder that binds up to 360 books per hour up to 2" thick. The pneumatic clamp and the nipper adjust automatically, a unique roughing blade roughs and notches the entire backbone of the book, and twin glue rollers provide an even glue application. A compressor comes with the machine.
Mid-priced Spyder 320 new from Inca
The Spyder 320 from Inca Digital Printers is a mid-priced device with a bed size of 126" x 63". It uses Sericol’s Uvijet four-colour UV ink. The new printer handles rigid materials, useful for screen printers and roll-to-roll, or hybrid flatbed roll-to-roll printers. It has maximum output speeds of up to 50 square metres per hour, prints on rigid and flexible materials up to 1.2" thick and weighs up to 80 kg. The Spyder offers adhesion profile and performance on materials such as glass, polycarbonate and corex.
New inkjet for display graphics
The Noritsu MYTIS-1 (Multi-Yield Transfer Inkjet System) is a six-colour, inkjet printing system that uses a dispersion dye ink sublimation process to produce 720 dpi prints up to a maximum image size of 48" by 16', with a colour quality similar to silver halide prints. Prints produced on the MYTIS-1 require no lamination or edge sealing, feature continuous tone imaging, and have a three- to five-year outdoor life. Applications include indoor and outdoor advertisements, in-store displays, exhibition graphics, POP displays, signs and billboards. Weather resistant polyester-based media is available including white vision film and backlit vision film.
There’s a new RIP on the block
The DigiFab Evolution Graphics RIP from DigiFab Systems is a new graphics raster image processor (RIP) for designers and printers who have trouble matching output colours and printing without delay. Users can customize printing or choose built-in colour profiles with the RIP’s variable dot control, eight-channel ink manipulation feature, and individual ink saturation controls. With a RIP-on-the-fly feature, the Evolution begins printing as soon as the file is opened. It also supports most medium- and large-format presses from ENCAD, Epson, HP, Mimaki and Roland. The Evolution RIP uses default setups or creates multiple costumized RIP configurations with hot folders for future and automatic recall.
New colour-management tool
ColorEyes Display is the latest colour-management innovation for digital photography and printing from Integrated Color Corporation. ColorEyes tools calibrate input devices from cameras to monitors, and can be used with all CRT monitors and LCD displays. The product is sold with the X-Rite DTP-94 monitor calibrator, but also supports the EyeOne Pro, EyeOne Photo, EyeOne Monitor, Spectrolino, and EyeOne Display by GretagMacbeth.
Deskpack plug-ins upgrade
DeskPack 2.0 from Esko-Graphics is an upgrade of the company’s software plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator, and PhotoShop. New functionalities include the ArtiosCAD plug-in, animated 3D VRML files, and a range of new Adobe Illustrator plug-ins including stepX, barX, OutRight, ViewX and Ink Manager. Adobe PhotoShop plug-ins include Flexotools and spot colour tools. DeskPack is an integrated part of Scope, Esko-Graphics’ workflow environment for the packaging and printing industry. DeskPack links Adobe Illustrator and PhotoShop users into the Scope workflow environment.
Fountain solution recycling system recycles waste
The FountainSaver fountain solution recycling system from Maratek Environmental recycles waste fountain solution, allowing a printing press to operate with less downtime and greater productivity. Water and colour adjustments can be made less frequently, resulting in consistent colour quality and less fountain-solution troubleshooting. Other benefits include decreased fountain solution replenishment and reduced waste.
Decrease drying time
SpeedyDry, a new ink dryer additive from QuickDry, reduces ink setting times. Independent tests of SpeedyDry have shown that drying time of coated stock went from three hours to less than one hour and matte stock went from three and a half hours to just under two hours. On a running press, the product can last for fifteen hours without having to be washed down. SpeedyDry is cleaned off rollers with conventional blanket wash. During a press stop, it can remain as is up to an hour and a half or two hours with the press on a crawl setting.
Combo vacuum/pressure pump for printing market
The new Zephyr combination pressure/vacuum pump from Rietschle Thomas uses Tri-Claw technology to produce both vacuum and pressure simultaneously in a single unit. Its friction-less and oil-less design, and the absence of vanes means there are no filters to change. This pump replaces the company’s KTA-80 as well as older pumps, such as the DCLF-80 and TR-80/81.
Rotary screen integration module for label start ups
Stork’s new RSI Compact rotary screen integration module can help start-up companies, and even occasional screen-process users, break into high-end label makers. At 475 mm high by 541 mm deep, and weighing in at 40 kg, the module can fit into most narrow-web presses on the market. It runs at up to 328 fpm. Functions include screen suspension, single-knob squeegee suspension control system, and Stork’s smart automatic slow rotation mode. Optional features include an ink level control unit, Stork’s FPS (flexible positioning system) rail, and an automatic register control.
Automatic folding and gluing
The Kluge OmniFold, an automatic folding and gluing system from Brandtjen & Kluge, handles a 30"-wide sheet, has right or left side sheet registration, a combination angled or vertical buckle fold unit, flipper gate and tab blast. Between the feed section and the combination buckle fold unit the machine offers six feet of converting area. Segmented converting tables, encoder based controls and simplified electronics make the OmniFold easier to set up, run and maintain. The OmniFold is modular, allowing the user to expand its capabilities as needed.
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