Digital Printing

Xerox is to begin taking order this October for its new C60/C70 light-production printers with the ability to print on a range of substrates from magnets and linens to polyester labels and vinyl window clings, in addition to traditional papers.

Based on Emulsion Aggregation (EA) toner printing, with what the company terms as ultra low-melt technology, the C60/C70 series reaches speeds of up to 70 pages per minute (ppm) in colour and 75 ppm in black-and-white. It produces 2,400 x 2,400-dpi resolution.

The C60/C70 devices can be equipped with Xerox’ recently introduced FreeFlow Print Server Integrated with Microsoft Windows architecture, while also leveraging pre-programmed workflow tools for job accounting, job security, monitoring and tracking.

Xerox plans to demonstrate the C60/C70 series at Graph Expo 2014, running from September 28 to October 1 in Chicago.

HP introduces two new Indigo presses, including the sheet-fed 7800 model and the roll-fed WS6800, building on the company’s flagship Indigo 7000 and WS6000 series, which have more than 2,000 installations worldwide.

Initial shipments of the two new presses are expected later this month, while both are expected to be available as optional field upgrades in early 2015. HP expects to showcase the presses this fall at Graph Expo 2014 in Chicago.

The HP Indigo 7800 press – driven by HP SmartStream – holds new capabilities for direct printing on synthetic substrates and plastic cards, as well as a new colour management approach with an in-line spectrophotometry. This is largely possible through HP’s branded One Shot Color technology.

The Indigo 7800 supports HP Indigo ElectroInk Digital Matte for spot coating effects on glossy substrates in addition to other special inks, including HP Indigo ElectroInk Invisible Red and Light Black. The press allows for creating special effects like raised print, textured effects and digital watermarks.
 
HP’s third-generation Indigo WS6800 press is aimed at label and packaging converters and also features new automated colour management. It features an expanded frame width, increasing from 317 mm to 320 mm, for higher press output and reduced costs. In addition, label converters can produce up to 131 linear feet per minute in color using Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM).

The Indigo WS6800 can leverage HP’s Indigo ElectroInk White and Indigo ElectroInk Silver. A new, high-definition 223 lines per inch (lpi) screen provides increased colour gamut space.


Xerox introduced a new 100 page-per-minute, light- to mid-range production toner press, scheduled for a third-quarter 2014 commercial launch, with North American order availability in June.

During a media briefing, Xerox executives describe the Versant 2100 production range as sitting in between the entry-level C75/J75 systems and higher-end Docucolor 800/1000 presses. The Versant 2100 has been designed to replace the DocuColor 8080 engine.

The Versant 2100’s imaging system uses a new compact belt fuser handling substrate weights from 52 to 300 GSM at 100 pages per minute (ppm), as well weights of above 300 to 350 GSM at 80 ppm. The press also includes an auto sheet-clearing feature to reduce paper jams. Xerox describes the substrate range of the press as being able to handle unique stocks like linen, polyester, vinyl magnet and specialties.

The press prints with what the company labels as new Ultra HD Resolution, in which reproductions are rendered at 1,200 x 1,200 dpi at up to 10 bits. Three controller options are available, including the Fiery-based Xerox EX and EX-P 2100 Print Servers, as well as the Xerox FreeFlow Print Server. Users can also leverage software like Xerox FreeFlow Core to automate prepress steps and XMPie StoreFlow for generating Web-to-print portals.
 
For registration, Versant 2100 uses what Xerox brands as Production Accurate Registration in addition to what the company refers to as Full Width Array technology. The press is rated for an average monthly print volume of between 75,000 to 250,000 pages, with a duty cycle of 660,000 impressions.

At Ipex 2013, MGI Digital Graphic Technology of Ivry-sur-Seine, France, previewed its new Meteor DP8700 XL+ press, which the company describes as its fifth-generation machine.

Capable of printing up to 1,200 mm (47 inches) in format length, the Meteor DP8700 XL+ extends upon the substrate compatibility (size and thickness) of the existing Meteor DP8700 model. MGI points out this extended size allows for the creation of up to 5.7 A4-size jobs on one single sheet.

The Meteor DP8700 XL+, scheduled for a Q3 2014 launch, is also able to print on thicker substrates, including plastics, reaching up to 400 GSM and 450 microns. The new press includes an automatic duplexing feature designed to print and register work up to 300 GSM, as well as a new Automatic Skew and Centering Adjustment (ASCA) system.

At Ipex, MGI also highlighted its new DF Pro inline finishing system unit for use on the Meteor series of presses. Features of the DF Pro include cutting and trimming, selective cutting and trimming perforation (both horizontal and vertical, allowing for knockouts), and positive and negative creasing. The company rates the speed of the DF Pro, which is designed to handle the 47-inch format of the DP8700 XL+, at 4,260 A4 per hour.

MGI also introduced new features and field upgradable options for its JETvarnish 3D Evolution system, allowing for either the doubling (T2) or the tripling (T3) of production speeds. This translates as production speed of up to 2,400 B2-size sheets per hour with embossed 3D effects and 3,000 B2-size sheets per hour with traditional flat effects.

Upgrades to JETvarnish 3D also allows users to emboss work of up to 300 microns in a single pass, on formats up to 52 x 105 cm (20 x 40 inches). A new Barcode Reaction camera system allows JETvarnish 3D users to digitally emboss or spot varnish variable data by reading printed barcodes and then recalling the images in the workstation to varnish.

MGI’s iFOIL technology can now also be used with JETvarnish 3D to produce inline both flat and embossed hot foiling. The company also announced a new strategic alliance with Konica Minolta in relation to the JETvarnish 3DS. In January 2014, Konica Minolta of Tokyo purchased a 10 percent stake in MGI.



Konica Minolta Business Solutions has launched a new line of enhanced toner-based presses for colour and monochrome production within its bizhub PRESS series, including the bizhub PRESS C1070/C1070P/C1060 series and bizhub PRO C1060L.

The new series of presses build upon the company’s existing bizhub PRESS C6500 series and bizhub PRESS C7000 series machines. The new bizhub PRESS feature the fourth generation of Konica Minolta’s Simitri HDE toner, as well as what the company classifies as Screen-Enhancing Active Digital (SEAD IV) processing.


The bizhub PRESS C1070 runs at 70 pages per minute in both colour and black-and-white, with a monthly production volume rated at 330,000 pages and a 7,500-sheet maximum paper capacity. The bizhub PRESS C1060 runs at 60 pages per minute in both colour and black-and-white, with a monthly production volume rated at 280,000 pages and a 7,500-sheet maximum paper capacity.


The bizhub PRESS C1070/C1070P/C1060 series and bizhub PRO C1060L include new paper handling, which includes air-assisted paper feeder options (PF-602, LU-202) with two variable-speed blowers on front and back of their trays to reduce paper jams.



In addition, an optional air-suction paper-feed unit (PF-707) traditionally found on higher-output devices. The new presses also feature support for the Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 rendering platform.



Ricoh Americas, at PRINT 13, introduced several production systems, including a new monochrome press line, new entry-level colour engines, the company’s first full-color wide-format inkjet machine, InfoPrint 5000 enhancements, and a range of software upgrades.

New Ricoh hardware
The Ricoh Pro C5100S and Pro 5110S systems are entry-level production systems, first announced in May 2013, print and copy up to 65 pages per minute (ppm) and 80 ppm, respectively. The new systems are designed with a small footprint, while allowing for work to be collated and finished in line. Both models feature a new toner formulation that increases the printable colour gamut by 10 percent when compared to Ricoh's other colour production printers, as well a lower fusing temperature, which allows for faster warm-up times and lower energy consumption.

The Pro C5100S and Pro 5110S include what Ricoh describes as a unique ac-transfer system and elastic fusing belt to work with a range of stocks, including textured media. The technology leverages Ricoh’s recently expanded media library and allow for saving more than 60 attributes.

For monochrome production, Ricoh’s new line of Pro C8100s/8110s/8120s multi-functional systems feature up to 220 IPM duplex colour scanning, 1,200 x 4,800-dpi resolution, and 40 gsm to 300 gsm media support. The line, first introduced in August 2013, features output speeds of up to 95, 110 and 135 ppm, and comes standard with scanning, printing, and copying functionality. All three models have a duty cycle specification of up to 3 million-per-month.

The InfoPrint 5000 colour inkjet system, which recently surpassing the milestone of printing 40-billion impressions worldwide, features new on-the-fly auto-splicing capability designed to increase throughput and reduce paper waste. The high-speed press also has new components, as part of a suite, to improve print quality and provide for higher density blacks.

The InfoPrint 5000 is also available with new configuration, including InfoPrint 5000 MP “H” Configuration, shown for the first time at PRINT 13, which becomes Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 GP platform in an H configuration. The InfoPrint 5000 MP line has now been upgraded to allow for printing in I, L, U, & H configurations. This also includes dual simplex printing capability so that customers can drive the two print engines printing separate applications, on two kinds of paper, at two different speeds. The InfoPrint 5000 GP platforms can now include an Extended Media Handling Option to work with heavier weight paper up to 250 gsm. InfoPrint 5000 systems are also now available with new page length capabilities to handle page lengths up to 54 inches, for multiple n-up signatures and longer form lengths.

For CAD-centric environments, the new Ricoh MP CW2200SP is described as the company’s first full-colour, multifunction, wide-format imaging system. The system – with an embedded SDK architecture – uses what Ricoh’s calls a simplified display and an animated step-by-step guide, including the ability to choose from multiple paper sizes, weights and paper feeds.

New Ricoh software
For cut-sheet printing, Ricoh also introduced TotalFlow 2.0 encompassing TotalFlow Prep, Print Manager, and Production Manager for workflow management, including functions for Web-to-print, personalization, document and job management, and multi-channel marketing.

Ricoh also introduced its new 1to1Create Marketing Services, which is a Cloud-based subscription service to help print providers offer multichannel, multi-touch marketing campaigns. This portal provides turnkey templates to create customizable PURL driven direct mail cards, e-mail blasts, tri-fold brochures, flyers, counter cards and specialty pieces. The 1to1 Create Portal is designed and delivered in partnership with PTI Marketing Technologies.

The new Critical Communications Solutions (CCS) Suite, first announced in early 2013, is described by Ricoh as an industry-first software portfolio for the production, tracking, reporting, compliance or customization of jobs. At PRINT 13, visitors were shown how to track jobs with barcodes when using a third-party table top inserter and camera with Ricoh’s TotalFlow DocEnhancer Verification Feature, which relies on Ricoh’s existing ProcessDirector and ProcessDirector Express software.



HP introduced new enhancement packages for its Indigo 5600, 7600 and WS6600 press series, as well as new workflow software versions and new partner solutions.

The HP Indigo 7600 Enhancement Package, with features the company states can increase press up-time by around 10 percent, is expected to ship in October 2013. All of the new features are backwards compatible with existing HP Indigo 7000, 7500 and 7600 model presses.

It includes HP Indigo Print Care 2.0, a tool set for on-press diagnostic and remote support. A scan-and-send capability enables the sharing of images with remote support. The new Automatic Alert Agent helps press operators resolve print quality issues. The 7600 package also includes access to a new set of consumables, such as a new charge roller, which HP claims to carry five times the lifespan of the current version, new photo imaging plate (PIP) and PIP under-layer for improved installation.

The enhancement package also expands application versatility with a new red-fluorescing invisible ink, called HP Indigo ElectroInk UV Red, which is often used for tracking and anti-counterfeiting applications.

A new version of the HP SmartStream Production Pro Print Server features a faster Raster Image Processor and scalable architecture. A new browser-based user interface is designed to help in the operation of a multi-user system, job streaming and batching capabilities. According to HP, a key benefit of the new server is Direct2Finish, a platform for automated near-line finishing operation. In addition, the HP Indigo 7600 is now integrated with a new version of HP SmartStream Production Center, designed for better production visibility and Management Information System monitoring accuracy.

New inline finishing options are available from HP SmartStream partners, including the Duplo Ultra 300Ai UV coater and C.P. Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress.

The HP Indigo 5600 press can be fitted with a new Ultra Thick Substrate Kit to print up to 600-micron (24-mil) on opaque PVC materials. This enhancement package is also expected to ship in October 2013 and is backward compatible.


The HP Indigo WS6600 press, designed primarily for label production, can include an enhancement package with the new HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging Workflow Suite, version 4.0, powered by Esko. Key features, according to HP, include a new colour engine, imposition tools and variable-data tools like dynamic marks.


Ricoh Americas Corporation introduced new models to its production monochrome printer line. The Ricoh Pro 8100s series will be composed of three models which produces 95, 110, and 135 pages per minute.

The new models each have a duty cycle of up to 3 million pages per month and all come standard with scanning and copying functionality. The Pro 8100s series draws from technologies used in Ricoh’s colour print systems line.

To increase the range of supported substrates, the RICOH Pro 8100s Series features an intermediate-belt transfer system that can handle paper weights between 40 to 300 gsm, and even textured or coated stocks on sizes up to 13 x 19 inches.

“Our challenge was to keep advancing the state of production printing even though previous generations of this product were already strong,” said Tim Vellek, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “With the Pro 8100s Series, Ricoh builds upon its production technology legacy and takes it to the next level in terms of performance and value.”

The new line will be shown at PRINT 13 this September.

Ricoh of Europe has announced two new models to its cut-sheet production system lineup: The Ricoh Pro C5110S and the Ricoh Pro C5100S.

The two machines, according to Ricoh, benefit from the company’s new toner formulations, which help contribute to an increased colour gamut of 10 percent. The toner is also developed to fuse at a lower temperature, providing an environmental benefit as well through reduced energy usage. The two printers are also the first to use Ricoh’s new enhanced toner transfer technology, which is designed to produce better quality print on heavily textured stock. The technology optimizes the fuser temperature and pressure depending on the substrate.

“The ability to process more, smaller, diverse job types, quickly and with maximal uptime, is essential to meet client needs in today’s dynamic printing environment,” said Graham Moore, Ricoh’s Director of Business Development, Production Printing Group, EMEA. “That was a key design goal for the Ricoh Pro C5110S and Ricoh Pro C5100S digital colour production systems.”

Th ePro 5110S and the Pro 5100S both integrate with Ricoh’s TotalFlow software portfolio and also incorporates technologies from the company’s flagship machine, the pro C901 Graphic Arts+, including the FS100 platform from EFI Fiery. The Pro C5110S has an output speed of up to 80 pages per minute (ppm) while the Pro C5100S has an output speed of 65ppm.


Xerox has introduced a new device aimed at the transactional printing market. Called the 8250 Production Printer, the machine will be made available in the Canadian market starting in July.

Xerox rates the 8250 with a recommended average monthly volume of between 800,000 to 3 million impressions per month and a monthly duty cycle 4.5 million pages. The machine prints at a top speed of 8,250 four-colour letter-size pages per minute, or 4,500 tabloid-sized impressions.

The maximum resolution of the 8250 is 2,400 x 2,400 dpi and Xerox explains the new system can print on uncoated stock between 16-lb bond and 130-lb cover. Xerox says the features presented in the 8250 Production Printers removes the need to produce pre-printed offset shells. 

The 8250 Production Printer also features:

- Freeflow Print Server with native support for IPDS, PDF, PostScript and Xerox VIPP data streams,

- Inline Spectrophotometer for Pantone matching and colour control,

- Auto Density Control, which detects streaks before they occur and fixes without operator intervention, and

- Optional roll feeder with finishing options such as booklet making, scoring, perforating, cutting and hole punching.

 



EFI announced yesterday that new Fiery Color Controllers E-42 and E-82 are now available for Ricoh PRO c901 Graphic Arts + print engines. The E-42 and E-82 digital front ends (DFEs) are powered by EFI's new generation of system software, Fiery FS100 Pro.

The Fiery FS100 Pro software also allows Ricoh customers to create end-to-end workflows by integrating with EFI’s large portfolio of MIS/ERP software, eCommerce/Web-to-Print products and scheduling tools.

"The Ricoh PRO print engines are designed to deliver exceptional quality and performance, no matter how large or complex the applications," said Tim Vellek, VP, Ricoh Production Printing Business Group. "The new Fiery FS100 Pro system makes these engines an ideal production printing solution to meet the needs of demanding printing environments. The Fiery server's advanced color management, automation tools, ease of use and speed are critical to a print provider's success and profitability."

Fiery HyperRIP, included in the Fiery Color Controller E-82, is described by EFI as a unique, speed-enhancing technology that splits individual files and processes them simultaneously with multiple interpreters.

"We have incorporated advanced technology in the design of our newest Fiery platform that processes files twice as fast as the previous generation. With the addition of HyperRIP technology, some files will have an added benefit of increasing that speed by another 40 percent," stated John Henze, VP of Fiery Marketing, EFI.

EFI continues to explain that Fiery FS100 Pro is the first, and currently only, DFE that carries a 100 percent perfect pass rating from VIGC's PDF RIP Audit. PPML 3.0 on the Fiery FS100 Pro provides an open, device-independent standard for producing personalized print applications in high volumes.

The FS100 Pro also includes: Fiery JobMaster, a make-ready solution to assemble complex documents; Fiery JobFlow, which provides prepress capabilities in a browser-based solution; Fiery Color Profiler Suite, integrated in-RIP colour management; and the Fiery Command WorkStation 5.4 user interface.


Konica Minolta introduced a new online resource called the Konica Minolta bizhub MarketPlace, which provides customers with downloadable apps directly from the bizhub MFP control panel screen. The applications are designed for enhanced document management and productivity.

Current available apps via the Konica Minolta bizhub MarketPlace (bizhubmarketplace.com) include:

Connect to Microsoft SharePoint ($99), an online storage and retrieval directly from the bizhub MFP control panel;



Clean Planet, for streamlined recycling processes;

Paper Templates Lite, a library of forms to access and print at the touch of a button;

Paper Templates ($1.99), additional forms and functions over the Paper Templates Lite app;

Announcement, as a way communicate to employees with customized ads or announcements from the MFP control panel;

RSS Feeds, a simplified way to get the latest information from news feeds at that bizhub MFP;

Connect to the Weather, access to current weather at the location of the bizhub MFP or location of your choosing; and

Connect to Twitter, to automatic Tweets relevant to your business or organization.


At the upcoming Graph Expo show this weekend, Xerox will be exhibiting two new additions to its Nuvera black-and-white production toner line, the Nuvera 157EA and the Nuvera 314EA.

The new machines will feature production speeds of 157 (single engine) and 314 (dual engine) sheets per minute, respectively. The machines also feature a revamped production stacker, which unloads printed material even as a job continues to be run and can handle more pages without manual intervention.

According to Xerox, the two systems can handle a variety of substrate weights at a maximum sheet size of 12.6 x 19.3-inches.

The entire Nuvera line will also see the following updates, to be introduced in Chicago: 

- Updates to Xerox FreeFlow Print Server: New security standards, user interface enhancements and improvements to processing TIFF images on selected mainframe data streams.

- IntegratedPLUS Finishing Solution for Booklets: Designed to reduce bottlenecks associated with in-line and off-line booklet production. Available on all Nuvera systems installed after Oct. 2009.

- Production Information Management System: Tracks performance information, such as machine status and productivity metrics, allowing operators to manage multiple Xerox presses, in real time, regardless of location (optional feature).

The Xerox Nuvera 157EA Production System and Nuvera 314EA Perfecting Production System are available immediately worldwide. The list price for the Nuvera 157EA is US$257,000; the list price for the Nuvera 314EA is US$420,000, for each base configuration.


Xeikon in early 2012 acquired the Flexolaser business from RSD Technik GmbH and Flexolaser GmbH, which manufactured computer-to-plate (CTP) devices for both flexo and letterpress applications. At the same time, Xeikon also acquired the rights to Eastman Kodak’s Thermoflex technology. 



In March 2012, just prior to drupa, Xeikon then unveiled ThermoFlexX as its new product line of digital imagers, which produce flexographic and letterpress plates at resolutions of 2,540 or 5,080 dpi. A key benefit of ThermoFlexX, according to Xeikon, is its clamping design, which allows plates to be mounted directly on the drum, while vacuum sliders offer the flexibility of using plates of any width. This means there is no need to cut the plates to fit a dedicated vacuum zone, which also allows for the use of cut-off scraps. ThermoFlexX employs a hybrid drum to hold plates in place either by vacuum or magnetic fields.

During Labelexpo, held earlier this month in Chicago, Xeikon also highlighted its new Durable Clear Toner, which eliminates the need for third-party coating systems, and Vectorizor, described as an automatic die-cut generator.

Durable Clear Toner technology, according to Xeikon, can act as a spot varnish for folding cartons because it allows areas on the package to be left open for glue strips and code markings to be applied later. Durable Clear Toner is printed and fused like any other colour in the Xeikon 3000 Series of label presses, which use an extra curing step outside of the press to transform a clear layer of toner into a protective layer of varnish.

The patent-pending Vectorizor is a Web-based application, communicating with laser die-cutting devices, to produce finished labels without human intervention.


Konica Minolta today announced the availability of the bizhub PRESS 1250/1052 series of monochrome presses which are based on the existing bizhub PRO 1200 line.
 
The new systems have maximum output speeds of up to 125 pages per minute and are rated for a production cycle of up to 3,000,000 impressions per month. As well, all models feature tandem printing functionality to double output speeds as well as the ability to print on a substrate range from 40 GSM up to 350 GSM.

Using Konica Minolta’s Simitri HD polymerized toner, the systems handle media sizes up to 12 x 19 inches, while producing a 1,200 x 1,200-dpi resolution. The new systems are described by the company as featuring improved photoconductor design and transfer belt image technology.

The bizhub PRESS 1250/1052 series includes a 15-inch touch-screen control panel with thumbnail print-job previews. The user interface employs icons to highlight paper tray and output tray for setup, and separate command sequences for print, copy and scan functions. Job List, Job Ticket Editing, and Job Scheduling functions are available on-screen to help manage last-minute changes.

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