Digital Printing
Ricoh at the start of January unveiled its Pro C5200s series, a toner-based colour production printer aimed at in-house print centres, corporate reprographics departments, print-for-pay and commercial printers.

The new Ricoh Pro C5200s and Pro C5210s produce colour and black-and-white documents at up to 65 and 80 ppm, respectively, reaching VCSEL resolutions of up to 1,200 x 4,800-dpi. Along with optional oversized media support, the Pro C5200s works with medias of up to 360 gsm simplex and 300 gsm duplex at 13 x 19.2 inch standard format. The optional oversized media support provides a 13 x 27.5 inch format.

“With the RICOH Pro C5200s series, we are helping expand customers’ capabilities so they can serve as a one-stop shop for their clients, whether they’re an in-plant or print-for-pay…. This series is designed to fit easily on our customers’ production floors, within their information flows, and within their budgets,” said John Fulena, VP, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh USA Inc.

The system has a total paper capacity of up to 8,250 sheets and four paper trays available as standard. This feature combines with the series’ saddle-stitching, embedded paper library, and folding capabilities to make the Pro C5200s devices suited for booklet production. Optional Cover Interposers and Booklet Finishers are available.
 
The new systems leverage Ricoh’s optional Smart Operation Panel for workflow automation, as well as a variety of scan-to options, including Scan-to-URL, Scan-to-Directory, Scan-to-USB and Scan-to-SD.
Canon Canada has introduced the imagePRESS C850 Series, consisting of the imagePRESS C850 and C750 colour presses, aimed at commercial printers, in-plant operations and franchise printers, among others. The imagePRESS C850 Series is the successor to the company’s imagePRESS C800 Series.

Canon explains the imagePRESS C850 Series is designed to provide offset-like image quality through its gloss optimization technology, enabling users to match the gloss of the toner image to that of the media. The press also leverages a 32-beam R-VCSEL red laser to help produce crisp and clear images efficiently at 24,00 x 2,400 dpi.

For increased flexibility, the system comes with a number of screen patterns to choose from and new 190-lpi dot screen capabilities, again aiming to provide offset-like reproduction. By using CV Toner and an Advanced Image Transfer Belt, Canon explains these devices can print high-quality work on a range of medias, including textured stocks..

The imagePRESS C850 and C750 devices operate at print speeds of up to 85 and 75 letter-sized pages per minute, respectively, in black-and-white and colour. Canon also points to the press line’s reliable paper feeding with air separation and double sheet detection intended to reduce paper jams and production interruptions. The Compact Registration Module is designed to provide consistent colour.

The presses can be integrated with a range of inline finishing options to stack, fold, saddle-stitch, staple, perfect-bind and ring-bind. A new option for this series will be the Multi-Function Professional Puncher-A1 for die punching on a wider range of media sizes and weights for letter size and larger, oblong bound books. Utilizing Canon’s die set, this new finishing module can crease documents in-line to produce folded applications, including saddle stitch booklets, with less paper cracking on the spine of the document. This series of printers now supports auto-duplex printing of up to 30-inch long sheets – helpful in the short run production of 6-panel brochures, posters and dust jackets.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is now offering an optional neon yellow spot colour for its Versafire CV printing system. The toner glows under UV light and the effect can also be used as a security feature, because the toner is near impossible to copy. Heidelberg explains this makes it especially interesting for printing admission tickets or wristbands, for example, and other applications in the event industry that only light up under UV light.

In total, three additional toners can now be used with the Versafire CV in addition to CYMK: white, varnish, and neon yellow. To apply the toner, operators need an additional developer unit, while leveraging the Prinect Digital Frontend developed by Heidelberg and colour tools from its PDF toolbox.

The new toner application can be retrofitted to all Versafire CV and Linoprint CV systems already in the market.
Canon Canada has launched the imagePRESS C10000VP Series to enter a new higher volume segment, engineered to run a range of media types and to support a monthly duty cycle of up to 1.5 million letter-size images.

The imagePRESS Series reaches print speeds of up to 100 letter images per minute with the C10000VP model and 80 letter images per minute with the imagePRESS C8000VP, on all supported media weights up to 350 gsm.

The imagePRESS C10000VP Series produces a resolution of up to 2,400 x 2,400 dpi with automatic colour control and adjustments, and more accurate calibration using new inline spectrophotometric sensors and Gloss Optimization technology to help match gloss levels of the printed image to the substrate it is printed on.

The systems run medias from 60 gsm (uncoated) and 70 gsm (coated) up to 350 gsm, on textured media and supported specialties like vellum, film and synthetics based on the Series’ CV toner.

Workflow support and integration is provided by the latest PRISMAsync Colour Print Server and Fiery-based imagePRESS Servers with new Fiery FS200 Pro System, which integrate with Océ PRISMAprepare.
Komori announced some of its technology plans for drupa 2016, which will mark the start of general availability of its Impremia IS29 press. The Impremia IS29’s UV inkjet architecture and ability to print on a range of stocks, explains Komori, allows the system to be used for commercial printing and package printing applications.

Komori will also demonstrate its B1-size Impremia NS40 printing system based on the branded Nanography technology under license from Landa Corporation, which first introduced the process at drupa 2012. Komori explains the system will reach speeds of up to 6,500 sheets per hour.

At drupa 2016, Komori will also showcase the Lithrone GX40RP as a one-pass, double-sided press that reaches print speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour. The GX40RP requires no flipping of the sheet, explains Komori, making it suitable for package printing with double-sided, multi-colour printing.

Komori’s Lithrone GX40 with coater will also be at drupa demonstrating printing control and a print inspection system aimed at high-speed package printing and specialty printing. The machine exhibited will be shown with optional accessories that include PDF Comparator System, Sheet Numbering System and automatic mask creation software for inspection in packaging applications. All offset presses on the drupa floor will be equipped with Komori’s H-UV curing system and K-Supply H-UV ink.  

In Düsseldorf, Komori, among other systems, will debut the new Lithrone G29 29-inch offset press with a renovated design. The press maker will also debut the new Lithrone G37 with a 25 x 37-inch maximum sheet size to produce A1-size products.
HP Inc. unveiled plans to release eight new or enhanced presses to its portfolio, including five Indigo presses and three PageWide Web presses, which will be highlighted at the upcoming drupa exhibition in Germany.

The company describes the press expansion as representing its most-significant Indigo technology breakthroughs in 20 years. The new HP Indigo portfolio includes three sheetfed presses, the HP Indigo 12000, 7900 and 5900, as well as the oversize B1-format duplex HP Indigo 50000 press, HP Indigo WS6800p for photo specialty applications, as well as an enhanced HP Indigo 20000 equipped for commercial applications. The new and enhanced presses build on the HP Indigo platforms announced at drupa 2012.

The new HP PageWide Web Presses T490 HD, T490M HD and T240 HD expand HP’s High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) inkjet platform. The 42-inch HP PageWide Web Press T490 HD is a colour duplex press running at up to 1,000 feet per minute (fpm) in performance mode. Its monochrome variant, the HP PageWide Web Press T490M HD is aimed at high-volume book manufacturers. The HP PageWide Web Presses T470 HD and T480 HD now offer 500 fpm in quality mode, a 25 percent increase since introduction.

The new 22-inch HP PageWide Web Press T240 HD prints at speeds of up to 500 fpm in performance mode, a 25 percent speed increase, and 250 fpm in quality mode. With a monthly duty cycle of up to 60 million pages, the T240 HD is designed for commercial, production mail and book printing providers.

HP PageWide Web Press customers have produced more than 150 billion letter-size equivalent pages since 2009.
At Graph Expo 2015 in Chicago, Xerox plans to focus on three recently introduced technologies, including the new iGen 5 press platform, Rialto 900 inkjet system, and XMPie StoreFlow Cloud.

Introduced in July 2015, the iGen 5 press is Xerox’ next-generation platform of the iGen family with offerings at three print speeds: 90 pages per minute (ppm_, 120 ppm and 150 ppm. The press features an optional fifth colour unit to match a larger amount of Pantone colours or unknown spot colours. The current options of orange, green or blue supplement CMYK and can accurately hit distinctive brand colors without moving short runs to offset. While the iGen 5 150 Press and EFI Print Server were available in July, the iGen 5 120 Press, iGen 5 90 Press and FreeFlow Print Server will be available in September.

Introduced in February 2015, the full-colour Rialto 900 is designed for producing 1.5- to 5-million impressions per month. Xerox also states the Rialto 900 has the smallest footprint of any inkjet press on the market, measuring 11.9 x 5.1 feet (3.58 x 1.55 metres), including the press tower. Rialto 900 features what Xerox describes as an all-in-one design, meaning the front-end controller, paper roll and finishing components are housed within the machine. In addition to duplex printing, the company also explains Rialto has the smallest, narrow web on the market, measuring 9.84 inches (250 millimeters).

Launched in July 2015, XMPie StoreFlow Cloud is a subscription-based solution for creating Web-to-print portals. With little or no IT investment required, StoreFlow Cloud lowers the barriers to entry for practicing Web-to-print. StoreFlow Cloud offers a cost-effective way to create and manage e-commerce websites that enable visitors to upload their documents, or select a template from a catalog and personalize it, price the job, and submit it for processing and handling.
Konica Minolta has introduced the new bizhub PRESS C71hc toner-based press aimed at providing vibrant colour for corporate and marketing collaterals.

bizhub PRESS C71hc uses what the company describes as High Chroma toner with the capability to reproduce a wider range of sRGB gamut, relating to colours seen on monitors. The High Chroma toner is derived from Konica Minolta's proprietary Simitri HD E toner technology.

In addition to running at speeds of up to 71 colour pages per minute, the bizhub PRESS C71hc features automatic duplex printing of up to 300 gsm, and producing printed materials up to 1,200 mm for simplex printing.

The printing system comes with what the company describes as an all-in-one finisher (FS-532), Saddle Stitcher (SD-506), Stapling Finisher (Fs-531/ FS-612), Multi-folding Unit (FD-503), and Perfect Binder (PB-503).
Xerox today debuted its iGen 5 press platform, highlighting key features like a fifth-colour option, improved press uptime and multiple speed choices. The new platform includes the 150 press (150 ppm), iGen 5 120 press (120 ppm) and iGen 5 90 press (90 ppm). The company is also introducing a new scalable press architecture, which allows users to upgrade iGen 5 speeds.

The iGen 5 150 and EFI Print Server are available immediately worldwide, while the iGen 5 120, iGen 5 90 and FreeFlow Print Server will be available in September. Xerox released U.S. list prices for the machines, including the iGen 5 150 four-colour base configuration starting at $752,000 and the iGen 5 150 five-colour base configuration with a price of $849,000.

“We launched a digital colour revolution when we introduced the iGen platform in 2002,” said Andrew Copley, President, Global Graphic Communications Operations, Xerox Technology. “And we continue to anticipate change and respond with new ways to convert pages from offset. The iGen 5 is fully customizable to meet page volume, application type and colour needs – all while delivering market-leading press uptime.”
 
The iGen 5 platform provides 2,400 x 2,400-dpi imaging, as well as what the company labels as Object Oriented Halftoning, Xerox Confident Colour and Auto Density Control. For the optional fifth colour unit, providing a larger gamut of Pantone colours or unknown spot colours, orange, green or blue options supplement the standard CMYK model.
 
The iGen 5 line also offers gloss or matte dry ink options and a 26-inch sheet size option to enable applications like six-panel brochures, gatefold pamphlets, pocket folders and direct-mail campaigns.

Xeikon is introducing two new toners, MatteSilver and PalladiumSilver, for use with its presses, primarily aimed at label and packaging applications.

The two silver metallic toner colours are the first products in the new Xeikon Creative Colors toner group, which focuses on providing special effects for label and packaging print, especially in the consumer products arena.

MatteSilver, explains Xeikon, offers a rich metal finish to the print substrate and PalladiumSilver features a speckled silver sparkle for extra textural interest. The new toners will be commercially available as of Labelexpo Europe 2015, taking place in Brussels, September 29 to October 2.

“With this new Creative Colors toner line, Xeikon is mirroring the capabilities of flexo and offset inks. We are giving label and packaging printers and converters the opportunity to offer brand owners added-value haptic and optic qualities with the Xeikon digital print process,” explained Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Management at Xeikon.

HP announced plans to begin offering fully warranted and reconditioned Indigo 7000 presses, under new Indigo 7r branding. Remanufactured on a dedicated production line, HP explains the presses undergo the same complete integration process and testing as new HP Indigo presses.

HP Indigo 7r presses can also be upgraded to include capabilities currently only available on HP Indigo 7800 Digital Presses, such as One Shot Color technology, automated on-press colour management aided by an in-line spectrophotometer and Smart Scheduling. In addition, the base configuration of HP Indigo 7r presses can be upgraded to include additional ink stations for up to seven colours, including white ink, and on-press special effects capabilities.

“Backed by HP’s support, HP Indigo 7r digital presses offer a wider range of PSPs the opportunity to seize new revenue streams within the profitable digital printing market with less capital investment,” said Alon Bar-Shany, GM, Indigo Digital Press Division, HP.

Driven by the HP SmartStream Production Pro v.5.1 Print Server, Indigo 7r presses can print up to 120 full-colour pages per minute or 160 pages in EPM mode by knocking out the black channel. They are rated to produce up to 4-million pages per month. The Indigo 7r presses also provide access to HP Indigo Print Care for automatic issue diagnosis and troubleshooting and are eligible for HP Indigo support programs.

 

Less than a month after introducing its Rialto 900 narrow-web inkjet press, Xerox unveiled the new Versant 80 press, as well as new capabilities to print gold and silver metallic inks on the Color 800i/1000i series presses.

Building from its Versant 2100 press platform introduced in mid-2014, the new Versant 80 reaches speeds of up to 80 pages per minute, handling media weights from 52 GSM to 350 GSM and media sizes up to 13 x 19.2 inches. An optional Performance Package for the press allows it to maintain top speeds of 80 ppm on all stocks up to 350 gsm, along with an inline spectrophotometer for increased colour automation.
 
The Versant 80 also provides users with single-pass duplex scanning at 200 images per minute. Using the same Xerox Ultra HD Resolution imaging platform as the Versant 2100, the new press delivers 1,200 x 1,200 at 10-bit RIP rendering, which Xerox describes as a 2,400 x 2,400 imaging resolution. It can handle a variety of media types with a compact belt-fuser system and Xerox’ EA Low Melt Dry Ink. The Versant has a monthly duty cycle of 460,000 pages.

The Color 800i/1000i presses, first launched as 800/1000 models five years ago, now offer what Xerox describes as true Pantone metallic gold or silver specialty dry inks. The newest systems can be purchased with an optional Specialty Dry Ink Station that enhances documents with these metallic gold or silver dry inks or for applying spot or flood creative effects with clear dry ink. Xerox states it is the first in the industry to offer silver dry ink at rated speed.

In Canada, the Versant 80 Press and the Color 800i/1000i Presses will be available for install in late April or early May. The Versant 80 optional Performance Package with inline spectrophotometer, as well as  optional upgrades for currently installed Color 800/1000 presses, will be available in June.

 

Xeikon demonstrated its new Xeikon 9800 dry-toner press for the first time during Hunkeler Innovationdays, which ends today Switzerland. Designed to replace Xeikon’s 8800 press, while adding to the continuing 8500 and 8600 models, the 9800 press is scheduled for a September 2015 commerical launch.

The 9800 press uses Xeikon’s new QA-CD toner and reaches speeds of up to 21.5 metres per minute. It is designed to print on a range of untreated substrates ranging from lightweight 40 gsm to 300 gsm.

Leveraging the Xeikon X-800 front-end and new QA-CD toner, the Xeikon 9800 is rated to produce a print resolution of 1,200 x 3,600 dpi, with variable dot density. The company states the 9800, described as its most-productive colour press, with 5/5 single-pass duplex printing, is ideally suited for high-end direct-marketing work.

Available QA-CD toners include CMYK, Red, Green, Blue, Extra Magenta and SuperBlack as well as White and Clear (UV reflecting) toner. Upon request, Xeikon can also provide special colours when specified by printing operations.

During Hunkeler Innovationdays, which has become a prominent annual industry event for technology introductions, the Xeikon 9800 is equipped with a Hunkeler Unwinder, a Web Finishing module that protects against damage in the converting device; a Hunkeler cutter that cuts to clean sheets; and a GUK folding device, a single conveyor belt that stacks the leaflets.

RISO Inc. has launched its new high-speed digital duplicator, the SE9480, into both Canada and the United States. The company describes the SE9480 as the fastest cut-sheet digital duplicator on the market, producing documents at a speed of up to 185 sheets per minute.
 
It is engineered, Riso explains, for use in a range of printing environments, such as corporate, manufacturing and educational settings, requiring high-volume, low-cost document reproduction. User can employ the system’s optional Letter Cylinder for more efficiency, as well as optional colour cylinders, including metallic.

The SE9480 scans and prints images at a true 600 dpi based on new imaging technology designed for producing clean, uniform imaging of solids and fine text at high printing speeds. It includes multiple image modes and the RISO i Quality System for print quality and supply management. RISO’s SE9480 is also ENERGY STAR compliant.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, three years after introducing its Linoprint C series, is introducing a new generation of printing systems with the Linoprint CV and Linoprint CP models. The devices also include a new Prinect Digital Frontend for RIPping and colour management.

Both printing systems and the Prinect Digital Frontend will be available in spring 2015 and are to replace the previous Linoprint C 751 and Linoprint C 901 models.

Linoprint CV, with a maximum speed rated at 90 pages per minute, is available as a five-colour system to provide white printing and coating (high gloss) functions. The system can run paper formats of up to 700 mm long, suited for applications like 3-page folding brochures or posters.

Linoprint CP, rated for a printing speed of up 130 pages per minute, is aimed at inline finishing for high-capacity stacking, perforating, and folding, as well as producing leaflets and books with adhesive binding. Its image transfer and fusing units are physically separate, which reduces heat. The standard configuration includes a vacuum/suction-tape feeder.

The new Prinect Digital Frontend supports the finishing options of the upgraded Linoprint systems.

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