Digital Printing
Sun Chemical entered a collaboration agreement with HP Indigo to develop coatings to help drive digital printing in the packaging industry.

“Printers and converters have already invested in digital presses and need specialist coatings and varnishes that would enable packaging applications to be printed digitally according to market requirements and standards,” said Felipe Mellado, CMO, Sun Chemical. The digital coatings will include overprint varnishes and adhesives.

Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, has annual sales of more than $7.5 billion and over 20,000 employees.
Danish press manufacturer Nilpeter has expanded PANORAMA, its digital product line.

The advancements include a re-design of PANORAMA’s converting and flexo printing units and an update of the press software. The digital hybrid configurations meet a number of requirements, including standalone, all-round and value-added PANORAMA hybrids.

The new digital hybrid configuration features digital inkjet, flexo units, an FP-4 unit for hot foil and embossing, a semi-rotative die unit and a smart matrix unit.

The enhancements to the product line will be on display at LabelExpo Europe 2017 in Brussels from September 25 to 28.
HP recently reached a milestone with the sale of its 500th Indigo Series 4 press. The Series 4 press includes the HP Indigo 10000 and 12000 for commercial printing, HP Indigo 20000 for labels and flexible packaging and HP Indigo 30000 for folding cartons. The oversized, roll-fed HP Indigo 50000 also just completed its first customer installation at Digital Lizard in Las Vegas, Nev.

“We have used HP Indigo technology to offer innovative solutions that are tailored and customized for our clients to help them secure the growth they are looking for,” Jayme Wisely, President and CEO, GLS/NEXT Precision Marketing, says. “The B2 sheet size and high quality output have been a real game changer, and we expect our new HP Indigo 12000 to enable our company to raise the bar even higher.”

HP has also sold more than 200 HP Indigo 7900 units in less than a year, since drupa 2016 this past June/July.
Canon on March 9 released the third generation of its varioPRINT DP product line, aimed at the monochrome production print market, with the varioPRINT 140 Series. Models in the new series print at speeds of up to 140 ipm, 130 ipm and 115 ipm

Aimed at small- to mid-sized commercial printers and in-plants, the 140 Series is rated for average monthly print volumes up to 800,000 letter-size images and, explains Canon, has the capability of producing peak volumes up to 2.2 million letter-size images per month.

“Monochrome printed documents likely affect all facets of our everyday life… [they] are projected to remain the largest by volume in the coming years and there is still a strong desire for devices dedicated to black-and-white printing,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, Executive VP and GM, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A.

Software tools for the 140 Series include: PRISMAsync Job Scheduler, PRISMAsync Remote Manager, and the new PRISMAsync Remote Control app for smart devices. The Remote Control app, which can be applied to multiple PRISMAsync Print Server-driven printers, provides notifications of upcoming operator actions like loading media or adding consumables, or alerts of immediate actions needed. PRISMAsync Print Server is currently driven from a Windows 10 operating environment.

The 140 Series includes enhancements to copy and scan capabilities for document digitization with tools like book-copy mode, an easy-copy screen, page numbering and a smaller scan file size. Canon explains theses tools are well suited for high-volume copy/scan environments.

The printing systems use ScreenPoint Technology’s SuperCell rasterization, which allows for the reproduction of colour halftones and photographs as grayscale images – without operator intervention. Canon states the 140 Series’ DirectPress Technology all but eliminates quality degradation, based on working within a process taht isn’t affected by light, static charge, temperature, humidity, developer or toner mixtures.

The varioPRINT 140 Series offers a range of in-line finishing and output options, including stapling, saddle stitching, folding, die punching, inserting, ring binding and high-capacity stacking. The 140 Series’ open Document Finishing Interface enables in-line connectivity to third party devices.

The varioPRINT 140 Series is equipped with new security features to help provide better control over unauthorized usage and activity reports. Security features include user authentication by role or via LDAP-based operator login, a configurable user interface and extended audit logging.
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.

 

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