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KNF has announced a new oil-free swing-piston pump for OEM customers that aims to address the demand for a more compact, high performance, and economical solution for portable devices.
EyeC has extended the range of its scanner-based inspection systems for half-size formats of 915 x 635 mm (36 x 25 inches) with the EyeC Proofiler 900 DT, making print sample testing possible on all types of printed products, such as leaflets, flexible packaging and the printed sheets of folding boxes, it says.
Toray Graphics’ new Imprima LJ waterless offset printing plate delivers a printing resolution up to 175 lpi. Described as being 200 percent more durable than comparable waterless offset printing plates, the Imprima LJ thermal negative CTP printing plate uses a standard imaging wavelength of 830 nanometres and is ideal for label production but can also be used for a range of other applications, including CD/DVDs, loyalty cards, metal decoration, and printing on non-absorbent substrates.
Techkon has introduced the New Generation SpectroPlate, describing it as a high-resolution digital microscope that measures dot percentage, screen angles, lines per inch/cm, dot gain and AM, FM or Hybrid Screens of traditional offset or process-less, chemistry-free printing plates.
KNF has introduced new micro gas pump NMP830 HP for OEM customers, boasting “outstanding high flow, pressure, and suction performance in a compact size.”
Meteor Inkjet, an independent supplier of electronics and software to drive industrial inkjet printheads, has enhanced its portfolio with the launch of a new DropWatcher family of products.
At this year’s Labelexpo Americas in Chicago, Ill., EyeC showcased its range of print inspection systems for label and flexible packaging. In addition to its own booth, EyeC also exhibited an in-line system with Deacro Industries for the first time.
Omron Automation has introduced a new lighting technology designed to automate advanced defect detection and uneven colour inspection as part of the latest iteration of its FH-series vision system. It can also simultaneously detect defects with different characteristics, explains the company.
Mitsubishi Electric US has expanded its lineup of KD series industrial line scan cameras with model KD6R1064CXL-NL, a CIS camera that is 1064 mm wide with a 27-mm working distance. Target applications for the KD-CX Series include print inspection, glass inspection, printed circuit boards, and web-based processes.
Scheduled to debut at Print 18, Kao Collins is launching the XBAR print module and controller. Utilizing Samba technology to produce high-quality images, the system can suitable for use on everything from porous bond to high-gloss coated stock at speeds up to 1000 fpm (300 mpm), says Kao Collins.
Miip, a Quebec manufacturer of web inspection tools for printers and converters, plans to introduce its latest mini web viewer camera at Labelexpo Americas 2018.
Kodak, during last week’s WAN-IFRA World Publishing Expo in Vienna, introduced enhancements to its thermal CTP portfolio for newspaper. Since introducing thermal plate imaging technology 21 years ago, Kodak states it has shipped over 21,000 CTP units worldwide, of which over 2,500 are newspaper CTPs.

At WAN-IFRAl Kodak highlighted a 16 percent laser power improvement for both its Generation News and the Trendsetter News platesetters, allowing newspaper printers to image more plates in a shorter time. Based on the additional laser power, the throughput of the Generation News Platesetter Z-speed version has increased from 258 to 277 Sonora News Process Free Plates per hour. The Trendsetter News Platesetter V-speed version is up from 116 to 129 plates. Kodak intends to make this enhancement commercially available as a standard feature in the first quarter of 2017.

The new speed imaging technology branded by Kodak as “W speed” is another optional addition to the Trendsetter News Platesetter. When used together with the Sonora News Process Free Plate and the Autoloader option, it boosts the throughput of the Trendsetter News Platesetter from 150 to 240 plates per hour, or in the configuration with the Single-Cassette Unit (SCU) from 116 to 150 plates. Kodak also provides integration into existing plate lines with optional single or dual plate rotation. The new W-speed option will be released in Q2 2017.

“These newest enhancements to our CTP solutions are further evidence of Kodak’s faith in the future of newspaper and coldset web offset printing,” said Brad Kruchten, President of Kodak’s Print Systems Division.

Kodak has also announced recently the new, Mobile CTP Control app specifically designed for mobile devices, which lets customers monitor multiple CTP systems and receive immediate feedback on their platemaking process. The new Kodak Mobile CTP Control app will be commercially available early 2017.

Trendsetter News also features a new cooling system that, according to Kodakl improves power savings by an additional 30 percent compared to the initial design, namely down to as low as 770 watts while imaging. The platesetter also comes with a new, shorter unload table which reduces the footprint of the CTP configuration.
Agfa Graphics has added a new member to its Advantage N platesetter family, the Advantage N-PL with an ability to image up to 3,100 plates continuously at a throughput speed of up to 400 plates per hour.

The company explains continuous plate production is made possible by the integrated pallet load module of the Advantage N-PL. The module supports two different plate formats – single plates and panorama plates – and allows printers to have both online simultaneously. The printer either loads two stacks of 1,500 single plates or one stack of 1,500 panorama plates. In addition, an extra 100 plates can be loaded on top.

“The pallet load mechanism is quite simple. When the CTP engine has used up its first stack of plates, it automatically puts the second stack in place to continue plate production,” said Emiel Sweevers, Marketing Manager for Newspaper Engines, Agfa Graphics. “Thanks to this continuous production, we can avoid inconvenient plate leftovers. Moreover, the Advantage N-PL autonomy of more than 3,000 plates significantly reduces the number of necessary production stops and averts manual plate-loading errors such as badly stacked plates.”

The pallet load module also enables printers to load new plates under white light circumstances, without interrupting the production process. By inserting a light protection shutter between the empty stack and the online stack, for example, Agfa explains new plates can be loaded through the back or the side of the machine without damaging the online ones with UV light.
 
“The plate stacks are protected by a transport harness until they are moved to the online position inside the Advantage N-PL. That, together with the light protective shutter, allows printers to load a new stack without needing yellow light conditions,” said Sweevers. “The loading possibilities of the Advantage N-PL also add to the engine’s ability for continuous production.”
Agfa Graphics has added a new 4-up system, called the Avalon N4-30, to its thermal platesetter line. The new model for the 4-up computer-to-plate market comes in three speed options (E, S and XT).

The fastest XT version produces up to 33 plates per hour. The imaging technology is based on the company’s fiber-coupled LD (laser diode) recording head known from the Avalon N8-24 series. All the Avalon N4-30 models, explains Agfa, reduce power consumption thanks to the automatic Eco Mode in idle time and are available with manual and automatic plate loading.
 
“The Avalon N4-30 XT completes our offering in the 4-up segment supporting conventional and chemistry-free plate types,” said Bruno Lepage, Marketing Product Manager CTP Equipment Commercial & Packaging, Agfa Graphics. “Both the quality and the speed, but also the high reliability of our systems are extremely attractive to B2 commercial printers. The laser diodes enable the reproduction of sharper halftone dots, improving print quality up to Sublima 280.”
After the introduction of the Attiro clean-out unit earlier this year, Agfa Graphics has now launched the Attiro VHS, built on the same patented cascade concept of the earlier machine.

With an increased plate throughput speed of up to three metres per minute, the Attiro VHS handles plates from platesetters imaging up to 400 plates per hour, such as Agfa Graphics’ newest Advantage N-TR VHS.
 
“The throughput numbers of Attiro VHS speak for themselves, especially for heavy-duty printers,” said Emiel Sweevers, Newspaper Segment Manager at Agfa Graphics. “They need high plate volumes and require high throughput speeds in the complete pre-press production.”

The Attiro and Attiro VHS are built according to a cascade design concept. There are three sections; the concentrated gum cascades from the third section into the second and later into the first. The gum is therefore reused three times, explains Agfa, resulting in minimal gum consumption yet maximal clean-out effect. It allows users to save on maintenance and gum while contributing to a more sustainable prepress process.
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