Production Inkjet

Océ has announced the sale of its 100th JetStream inkjet press to company named Salmat in Australia. The press system made its debut in the summer of 2008.

Salmat has ordered two Océ 2200 MICR machines, the first two in Australia. The company has been a business colour provider since 2006. The company has also purchased two toner-based Océ ColorStream 10000 systems to supplement the JetStreams. They will go into two of Salmat's facilities in Australia.

“Océ provided the most competitive solution and demonstrated evidence of extensive product knowledge and application globally,” said Nick Debenham, Head of Salmat’s Business Process Outsourcing Division. “They are a leading provider of inkjet color and their size and scalability will ensure we can access service and support locally. This will provide Salmat with a technology edge which will enable us to produce statements without base stationery and add personalization to every document.”

According to Salmat, the company delivers upwards of 60 percent of all business to consumer communications in Australia. The company was founded in 1979 and today employs 7,000 people with operations in eight countries.

Xerox, during the Ipex tradeshow in the United Kingdom, demonstrated its new Production Inkjet Technology in a machine that currently fires 2-billion drops of ink every second. The roll-fed device – “designed to produce high-impact colour on low-cost papers” – runs on 56 piezo-electric print-heads with more than 49,000 nozzles each.

Xerox states the 4-colour, 600-dpi produces more than 2,000 colour images per minute, as well as production speeds of up 500 feet or 152.4 metres per minute. With a 20.5-inch width, the system features technologies based on more than 2,000 patents.

“[It] is a marvel of research and engineering, and an example of how our unique differentiated ink technology can address the needs of production customers,” said Xerox CTO, Sophie Vandebroek. Many of the technology needs for the machine are based on the work of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, based in Mississauga.

Xerox explains the core of its technology is based on a sensor, referred to as Image On Web Array (IOWA), that scans the billions of droplets per second – for registration, among other production needs. A scan bar registers each print-head and automatically adjusts alignment when necessary.

Aimed at transactional and commercial printers manufacturing cheques and other security documents, Kodak is adding Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) capabilities to its Kodak Versamark VL2000/2200 and VL4000/4200 series machines.

According to Kodak, its application of MICR printing is “different from other solutions on the market” because the company uses a MICR accessory rather than replacing the standard black ink. Given the machines, this inline MICR printing can be produced at speeds ranging from 246 feet per minute (fpm) to 492 fpm.

Kodak states its MICR solution will be commercially available in the first half of 2010.

A couple months after introducing the Prosper S10 monochrome machine, based on its Stream continuous inkjet technology, Kodak has now unveiled the lower-end Prosper S5, which still carries a rated speed of 500 feet per minute (152 metres per minute) while printing at a resolution of 600 dpi.

The Prosper S5 Imprinting System can be field upgraded to the Prosper S10. “With the Prosper S5 Imprinting System, we are broadening market accessibility to Stream Inkjet Technology,” said Kevin Joyce, Kodak’s Worldwide Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Digital Printing Solutions.

The system, which has a print width of 10.56 centimeters (4.16 inches), is unique in that it jets pigment-based inks. In addition to these two models, Kodak has also introduced the Prosper 1000 press for books and direct mail, as well as the Prosper 5000XL for books, direct mail, catalogues/inserts and magazines.

At PRINT 09, Screen, which owns Inca Digital (recognized as one of the pioneering companies of flabed inkjet technology), introduced its new Truepress Jet1600UV-F. This UV-LED-based wide-format printer has an imaging bed of 63 x 122 inches. It can reach speeds of up to 140 square feet per hour on substrates up to 1.96-inches thick.

This new flatbed machine is built in part by Mimaki, which also recently released the Mimaki JFX 1631.

Ink deployed by the Truepress Jet1600UV-F is “hard-dried” using ultraviolet rays produced by dedicated light emitting diodes (LED), which is a growing trend in UV-printing applications because of energy savings and a significant reduction of heat generation. Among other factors, this heat reduction also allows for the use of a broader range of substrates, such heat-sensitive materials like foam and channel boards, PVC, acrylic and styrene panels.

Screen claims it is employing a new imaging system within the Truepress Jet1600UV-F, featuring eight individual piezo-based printing heads that can emit up to seven dot sizes. A new head-positioning system incorporates what the company refers to as a “high-resolution linear scale,” which is said to better reproduce text – down to 3-point text. The machine hits a maximum resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi.

Fujifilm Inkjet PressUnveiled last May at drupa 2008, Fujifilm’s concept Digital Inkjet Press will be a highlight of the company’s PRINT 09 booth this weekend in Chicago. This sheetfed-based press, formerly referred to as the Jet Press 720, can produce up to 2,700 4-up sheets per hour, while reaching a true resolution of 1,200 dpi. The system is currently engineered for a maximum print size of 720 x 520 millimetres.

At PRINT 09, Fujifilm will also hold the North American debut for the Inca Onset S20 UV, which is owned by Screen but fitted with Fujifilm Dymatix printheads and Sericol ink. Engineered for large-format inkjet production, the Onset S20 UV can produce “POP quality production” at speeds of up to 2,688 square feet per hour. This production rate is equal to 50 full bed sheets per hour, as the press images an area of 123 x 63 inches, while accepting substrates that can reach nearly two inches in thickness.

The company also plans to highlight its recently released XMF workflow software, which integrates Adobe’s latest Adobe PDF Print Engine and is fully JDF compliant. Products in the line include XMF Complete, XMF Producer and XMF Prepare, as well as the newest application called XMF Remote. This Web portal application allows printing clients to preflight and submit jobs online and, once in production, to review, annotate and approve jobs and receive real-time notification of the job status.

Fujifilm is also showcasing Taskero Universe, designed to apply quality control measures across the production chain. Taskero Universe collects and analyzes data, verifying that jobs stay within the specified tolerance set at the press console. Taskero Universe collects raw data like performance across all ink keys, colour conformity and paper performance; and then generates real-time reports to the company or its customers.
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