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Issue: News in Review 2012
Chapter: Headline News February 2012

Headline News for end February and beginning of March…

News for 27 February – 2 March 2012

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To start the week we not only had the 120 Sappi European Printers of the Year shortlisted finalist companies, but also confirmation of the new senior management team at Manroland Sheetfed Systems in Offenbach, so at last the company can now start to operate properly again under the leadership of Alfred Rothlaender, who was confirmed by James Langley as its interim president on Friday 17 February. As was expected for some time now, Rafael Torres Penuela is the newly appointed vice president sales for Manroland Sheetfed GmbH. He previously headed Manroland AG sales in Southern Europe, and is extremely popular and well-known to many of the former company's customers, as well as to most of the heads of the global market organisations.

There's a broad selection of news for you this week, and to round off on a high note, you will find that KBA has finally revealed its drupa 2012 secret which everyone has been trying to find out about for months: 200 years after the first cylinder press was unveiled by company founders Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer in London, Koenig & Bauer AG will be the only traditional press manufacturer to launch an own-brand digital inkjet press at drupa 2012, the definitive print media trade fair in Düsseldorf. The revelation is contained within its preliminary figures announcement for 2011, which heads the news on Friday (today). FESPA Digital visitor numbers have also exceeded expectations. Final visitor numbers were up by more than 20 per cent on expectations, with over 50 per cent of these, first-time visitors at last week's event in Barcelona, which is encouraging in a drupa year too.

Having just returned last night from Düsseldorf with a mountain of pre-drupa news which is not yet processed, I have to leave for Lisbon very early on Tuesday morning to gather even more, so I am unsure as to whether I will be able to bring you an e-News update next week, or even the following week, as most of that will be taken up by the pre-drupa event in Israel with HP, but I will do my best to keep the Website updated as often as time and communications allow. It will all be published eventually in a combination of headline news and in our dedicated drupa 2012 Newsroom, so you will not miss any of it - but it will take a little time!

Until next time. My best regards,

Mike Hilton

Monday 27 February

Sappi European Printers of the Year shortlist
Sappi Fine Paper Europe has shortlisted 123 finalists for 2012, from over a 1000 entries, representing 22 countries…

With 4 collection rounds spread over the year, 11 different printing categories, and no limit to the number of entries for each of those categories, it’s been a difficult yet very rewarding challenge to define the short list for the 2012 Sappi Printers of the Year competition. The task has been accomplished and Sappi Fine Paper Europe is delighted to announce the 123 finalists from over a 1000 entries, representing 22 countries With the high quality and large variety of entries shortlisted, our independent panel of judges will have their work cut out next month when the winners are finally selected!

Well established amongst the international printing community since 1985, the Sappi European Printers of the Year awards encourage printers to find the best processes, find the best papers and find the best combination of experience and graphic materials to achieve the best results for their customers. It is of great importance to Sappi to recognise printers who give their utmost and set increasingly higher standards in print excellence Making it onto the short list is the penultimate stage in the competition.

The judges will meet one final time from 5 to 7 March 2012 to decide on the overall winners with the final announcement to be communicated by the end of March.

Bösmüller Print Management GmbH & Co KG
Buchdruckerei Lustenau GmbH
Druck Hofer GmbH
Gutenberg-Werbering GmbH
Niederösterreichisches Pressehaus Druck- und Verlagsanstalt mbH
Offsetdruckerei Schwarzach
Paul Gerin GmbH & Co KG
Ploetz Packaging GmbH

Drukkerij Pietermans
Drukkerij Van Maele

Cerovski doo
Kerschoffset Zagreb doo

Czech Republic
Tiskarna Grafico sro

Artisan Press
Fulmar Colour
Geoff Neal Litho Ltd
Hampton Printing (Bristol) Ltd
Polestar Wheatons
Pureprint Group
St Ives Westerham Press

Art et Caractère
Bonin Laffontan Imprimerie

Arvato Vogel Druck
Aumüller Druck GmbH & Co KG
B&K Offsetdruck GmbH
Beltz Druckpartner GmbH CoKG
Color Gruppe München
Color Offset GmbH
Color Press Digitaldruck GmbH
Colordruck Leimen GmbH
cre art Neidhardt Werbe GmbH
Druck Pruskil GmbH
Druckerei Schmidt GmbH & Co KG
Druckhaus Cramer GmbH & Co KG
Druckhaus Ernst Kaufmann GmbH & CoKG
druckpartner Druck- und Medienhaus GmbH
Druckstudio GmbH
E&B engelhardt und bauer
Eberl Print GmbH
Hans Gieselmann Druck u Medienhaus GmbH & CoKG
Hartung Druck & Medien
Holzer Druck und Medien
IVD GmbH & Co KG
Kessler Druck+Medien
Lechte Gmbh
Mayr Miesbach GmbH
MEDIALIS Offsetdruck gmbH
Mediengruppe Universal, Grafische Betriebe München GmbH
Metzger Druck
Neef + Stumme Premium Printing GmbH & Co KG
Oscar Mahl GmbH + CoKG
Passavia Druckservice GmbH
Paul und Paul GmbH & Co KG
Quensen Druck
Raff Mediengruppe
Rhiem Druck GmbH
Ruksaldruck GmbH + Co KG Repro plus Offset
Sachsendruck Plauen GmbH
Schmid Druck + Medien GmbH & Co KG
Werbedruck Petzold GmbH

Orfanos Michalis AVEE

Alföldi Nyomda Zrt
ColorPack Zrt
HM Térképészeti Közhasznú NKft
Keskeny és Társai Nyomdaipari Kft
Mester Nyomda Kft
Pauker Nyomdaipari Kft

AR Printing
High Teck Print

Arti Grafiche Colombo srl
Boffi AG
Braille Gamma srl
Ditre Arti Grafiche srl
Faenza Ind Grafica
Fontegrafica srl
Futura Grafica 70
Industrial Box
Litopat spa
Maggioni Type
Plastic Stratosfera
Tipografia Ceccarelli
Tipolito Petruzzi
Tipolitografia Trullo

British Industries

53 Dots - Dar El Kotob
Chamas for Printing & Publishing SARL
Photogravures Vartan SARL
Raidy Printing Group SAL

The Netherlands
Drukkerij Boeijinga
Drukkerij Damen
Page 5 of 6
Drukkerij De Bink
Drukkerij Zwart BV
Epos Press
Habo da Costa
Vrijdag Premium Printing

QuadWinkowski Sp z oo

Almaz Press
Pechtniy Dom ‘Format’

BB Print, sro
Dali-BB, sro

Brizzolis, SA
Fotomecánica Index
Treballs Grafics

Sultanate of Oman
M/S Oman Printers & Stationers LtdCoLLC

Artgraphic Cavin SA
AVD Goldach AG
Jean Genoud SA

A4 Ofset Matbaacilik San Ve Tic Ltd Sti
FRS Matbaacilik SanVe TicLtdSti
Gezegen Tanitim Ltd
Ofset Yapimevi

United Arab Emirates
Emirates Printing Press LLC
Masar Printing & Publishing

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 - 27 February 2012

Manroland Sheetfed confirms its new management
Management team at Manroland Sheetfed GmbH confirmed…

Following the recent appointment of Alfred Rothlaender as head of the newly formed Manroland Sheetfed GmbH, which began trading on 10 February 2012, the company has now confirmed its senior HQ management team:

Right: Rafael Torres Penuela, is the newly appointed vice president sales for Manroland Sheetfed GmbH. He formerly headed Manroland sales in Southern Europe and is extremely well-known to many of its customers, as well as the heads of the global market organisations.

• Alfred Rothlaender - president
• Rafael Torres Penuela - vice president sales
• Marco Faulhaber - vice president aftermarket
• Peter Esch - head of production
• Stefan Finger - head of engineering R&D
• Ewa Lohmann - head of finance
• Thomas Heyn - head of Human Resources

Manroland sheetfed GmbH began trading on 10 February 2012, following the acquisition of the sheetfed division of the insolvent Manroland AG by British industrialist Tony Langley and Langley Holdings plc.

On 17 February, the British investor confirmed the appointment of Alfred Rothlaender as head of Manroland sheetfed systems GmbH. Rothlaender was formerly head of machinery builder Claudius Peters near Hamburg when Langley acquired the business in 2001. Rothlaender then went on to head the Piller Group, a producer of heavy electrical systems for data centres near Hanover, between 2005 and 2008, following Langley’s acquisition of that business, before retiring mid 2010.

The industry veteran kept in touch with his former boss and said that he was ready to come back should Langley make a further acquisition in Germany.

‘Alfred knows exactly how we work when taking on a new business.’ said Tony Langley, ‘he is a vastly experienced MD who I know can be relied on during the transition between the former institutional management style of Manroland AG and the leaner more flexible way that our companies do things.’

Manroland sheetfed employs around 900 people at the HQ site in Offenbach, Germany and more than 2000 people worldwide, in over 40 subsidiaries.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 27 February 2012.

Trelleborg top tips for specifying blankets
'Ideas for the Long Run' downloadable white paper explores effects of using different blankets on print quality and efficiency…

Leading manufacturer of printing blankets, Trelleborg, has released 'Ideas for the Long Run', a white paper exploring the effects of using different printing blankets on print quality and efficiency.

The new document is free to download via a dedicated landing page and is also available in a hard copy format. It takes a detailed look at the importance of using the correct printing blanket for the correct application to maximize productivity and keep maintenance costs to a minimum.

Thomas Linkenheil, PA director, Trelleborg Printing Blankets, commented, ‘With the challenging economic climate putting increasing pressure on the industry to control costs and improve efficiency, the need to match the right printing blanket solution to the right application has never been more important.

‘It is vital that the industry understands that different printing methods, such as Heatset, Coldset, Sheetfed UV and Sheetfed Packaging, all require different approaches when it comes to specifying a printing blanket. Therefore, if careful thought and consideration isn't given to selecting the right blanket to do the job at the outset, and just a standard blanket is installed, the effect on the quality of print, as well as the issues that may arise later down the line, can be extremely detrimental.

‘We compiled a list of our top facts and tips in a bid to highlight key areas of concern and then provide an easy to follow guide through the correct specification process.’

Visit: www.ideasforthelongrun.com/TopFacts for more information and to download a copy for yourself.

For additional information on Trelleborg, visit: www.trelleborg.com. In Southern Africa, consult Antalis South Africa’s Graphics division.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 - 27 February 2012.

CG Web to Print (W2P) Webgate Edition
The W2P online shop solution for LFP printing service providers announced by ColorGATE at FESPA Digital last week…

The new powerful CG Web to Print (W2P) Webgate Edition of ColorGATE enables a fast, cost-efficient and very simple entry into B2C online business for large and wide format printing service providers. Joomla! and JoomShopping-technology-based Webgate online shop is easy to administrate and provides a broad range of products including banners, displays, roll-ups, pop-ups, framed canvas prints etc. Outstanding highlights are the integrated SEO support and standard connection to Fotolia image database. Once purchased, there are no further costs for Webgate Edition (except the ongoing costs for hosting the online shop), making it possible to easily calculate the payback period even before investment.

Like any other CG Web to Print solution of ColorGATE, Webgate offers:
• High cost efficiency and time savings due to automated production processes and simple commercial processes
• Attractive choice of presentation options for the product portfolio
• Optimally customizable to the own corporate design
• Tailored production according to customer requirements (customizable size of edition)
• High level of personalization and individualization for quotations and production

Webgate can be extended by versatile additional modules, e.g. Walldesigner for wall papers, export for MIS systems via CSV or XML, function for optimal alignment of business cards, catalogues etc.), and integrates seamlessly with Productionserver 7.

Both the front-end and the back-end of Webgate have a well-arranged, intuitive, Flash-based user interface. The front-end provides professional design tools including a broad range of tools for sophisticated and attractive designs and layouts (image and text elements, vector graphics / clip arts). Via a gradual approach, customers are guided through the design and ordering process and can see online in advance, how the finished product will look like. A 5-star display informs customers about the print quality and if it is adequate for printing. The standard connection to Fotolia image database provides a large number of images, but also own final print data can be uploaded easily.

In the clearly-structured back-end, customers can generate printable files (PDF/X3-Data), manage purchase orders and the internal image database. The back-end provides an order history and even LFP-specific product characteristics will be taken into account.

For more information, visit: www.colorgate.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 - 27 February 2012.

Bytes announces new multifunction printers
Xerox keeps colour costs in check with solid ink multifunction printers, available from Bytes Document Solutions in Johannesburg…

The innovative technology inside Xerox solid ink multifunction printers (MFPs) has given thousands of businesses around the world an easy, low-cost way to print in colour every day. Three new MFPs built on the award-winning ColorQube platform will now save customers money with faster print speeds and simple-to-use features that make work easier.

The new MFPs are distributed in 26 African countries by Bytes Document Solutions, a company in Bytes Technology Group, wholly owned by JSE-listed Altron.

‘Companies can dramatically cut colour print costs with the Hybrid Colour Pricing Plan available on the Xerox ColorQube 9300 Series – paying only for the amount of colour on a given page. This is an important differentiation when using just a little bit of colour, such as a company logo on letterhead,’ said Erica Marks, senior product manager in the Xerox division at Bytes Document Solutions (pictured above).

‘The Xerox ColorQube 9200 Series broke new ground in office colour printing by turning the cost equation on its head. It gave companies an affordable way to use colour every day – something they have requested for years,’ said Robert Palmer, director, InfoTrends Digital Peripherals Consulting Service. The cartridge-free MFPs print and copy at speeds up to 55 pages per minute (ppm) in colour, 60 ppm in black and white, and they scan as fast as 60 impressions per minute in colour.

Other benefits of the ColorQube 9300 Series include:
• Colour that is noticed – Solid ink produces consistent colour prints, regardless of media type, with intuitive features like Colour by Words, a colour-editing tool that allows for accurate and vibrant colours from the first print.
• Walk-up convenience – Employees can easily print from and scan to a memory stick or thumb drive via the USB port located on the side of the MFP. This is tightly controlled for enhanced security.
• Built-in security – Image overwrite electronically ‘shreds’ data on the MFP’s hard drive, while 256-bit encryption protects information flowing through the device; it conforms to current FIPS 140-2 requirements. Network authentication prohibits unauthorised access by validating user names and passwords. PDFs are also password-protected, which means sensitive documents are protected. In addition, Smart Card e-mail encryption allows e-mails to be encrypted by using the recipient’s public encryption key.
• Lower environmental impact – The ColorQube 9300 Series is Energy Star-qualified and generates up to 90 per cent less consumable and packaging waste than comparable laser devices. It includes only one replaceable component – a cleaning unit with 65 per cent longer life - an average of 330 000 prints. This supports customers’ sustainability drive. In addition, power consumption is down by 17 per cent.

A list of key features in the new ColorQube include:
• Enhanced processor: Up to 1.5GHz, from 1GHz
• Hard drive increased from 80GB to 160GB.
• Enhanced productivity: Faster duplex printing, with new cleaning unit and software improvements.
• Optimised image processing means improved first set out time for complex landscape images.
• Significantly enhanced image quality.
• The Banner Sheet Feature has been renamed Job Identification, as this better reflects the feature’s name.
• Cost reduction through user permissions, which restrict printing to users based on colour, time of day, job type and application.

For more information, e-mail Erica Marks, Bytes Document Solutions: erica.marks@bdsol.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 - 27 February 2012.

Hönle, Eltosch and PrintConcept at drupa in Hall 6
At drupa, the Hönle Group will show its trendsetting curing and drying technologies for the international printing industry…

From 3 to 16 May 2012 drupa opens its doors in Düsseldorf – and the international printing industry flocks at the Rhine to see the latest developments and trends for the graphic industry.

The Hönle Group, represented by its printing specialists Hönle, Eltosch and PrintConcept, will showcast their unique portfolio of UV, UV-LED and IR/HA drying systems. In Hall 6, the companies will show their established products, as well as cutting-edge developments.

Hightech UV dryers made by Hönle
Dr. Hönle AG is the head of Hönle Group and a worldwide acknowledged specialist for UV technology. At Drupa Hönle shows their huge repertoire of UV dryers and UV drying systems: A downright all-rounder for classical UV curing is the approved UVAPRINT series. These compact-sized high-performance dryers can be integrated in almost any manufacturing process. They guarantee optimal curing of inks and varnishes even at highest rates of production. UVA-PRINT-units are apt for web-shaped and three-dimensional drying processes.

Hönle's pureUV convinces by its highly intensive irradiation. Its patented reflector geometry effectively filters out undesirable IR irradiation and thus enables the printing on temperature-sensitive substrates. PureUV has got a conveniently compact size. Its ‘quick change’ cassette makes it particularly easy to handle.

New! The Hönle jetCURE-series has been especially developed for wide-format inkjet printing applications. These high-performance UV dryers (up to 240W/cm) permit excellent curing results and enhanced printing quality - even at high printing speeds. jetCure units are equipped with dichroic reflectors for temperature-sensitive materials and are available with lamp spectra to suit the specific ink. Customisation goes without saying!

UV-LED - the future has begun
In addition to conventional UV dryers Hönle offers a broad spectrum of UV-LED units. The one which is generally used for printing applications is the LED Powerline. This high-performance array can be perfectly used for pinning and final curing in inkjet printing. The LED Powerline is available in wavelengths of 365/375/385/395/405nm and can be perfectly adapted to any inkjet application. The length of the array is variable in 40-mm steps and can be extended up to > 100 cm, just as the customer requires. Due to its small size and low weight the LED Power-line fits into even smallest spaces.

In the coming years, the UV-LED technology will gain more and more importance, also for printing applications.

The Hönle Group is a given trailblazer for this important technology. We put a strong emphasis on research and on developing trend-setting curing solutions, always in close collaboration with chemical manufacturers.

Eltosch - Developments for sheetfed offset printing
The sheet-fed offset specialist of the group, Eltosch, is presenting its successful Light Guide UV module at Drupa 2012. An optimised reflector system and a unique design are at the core of this UV module's success. UV lamp power up to 240 W/cm offers the necessary power reserves for demanding curing tasks. With a radiation length of up to 2.400 mm, even the largest web widths are easy to handle.

The Light Guide UV module in combination with the Hönle EPS was granted the BG certificate for ‘Energy-minimised drying’ in November 2009. With more than 40 years of experience in IR/HA drying systems for sheet-fed offset printing, Eltosch has long been known as a technology expert in this field. The directly heated EcoDirect and EcoDirect smart jets are ground-breaking developments in terms of power, drying performance and efficiency.

NEW! With the latest further development of this series, the ECOplus, Eltosch has once again pointed out its technological leadership: When developing this innovative drying system, Eltosch geared very much on the procedural requirements of the end customer. So Eltosch succeeded in bringing up a modular IR/HA system that can be easily adapted to any line speed, drying distance or special application. The principle of this lately developed IR/HA drying system is based on the combination of separate independent IR/HA segments. Each segment contains an own supply unit with integrated fan, damp register and microcontroller, which allows an individual programming. All IR/HA segments can be operated by a central control system, which at the same time is the interface to the printing unit and thus also offers peripheral equipment such as central exhaust or heat exchanger. An external cabinet for damper register or fan is not necessary, nor is a complex pipework.

The advantages of the ECOplus: simple handling, easy mounting, best energy efficiency possible and reliability of the manufacturing process.

PrintConcept: UV dryers for web offset and flexo printing
An excellent choice for label and narrow-web applications between 150 and 550 mm is the PC-1-A-ECO. This innovative UV system by Print-Concept guarantees a highly effective curing, also for temperature-sensitive substrates. The water-cooled UV system PC-2-W-ECO offers up to 225W/cm UV performance for all offset and flexo applications with a working width up to 2.500 mm. For both lamp types the patented cassette system by PrintConcept guarantees an easy cleaning, a quick lamp exchange as well as a high reliability of the manufacturing process.

Effective in every respect: nitrogen-inert UV printing
A very effective option of UV printing is curing in inert atmosphere, which is gaining more and more importance in finishing and package printing. In this process the oxygen in the air, which blocks the full curing of UV inks, is eliminated by nitrogen. Advantages of nitrogen inertisation: full surface cross-linking, first-class printing quality, higher rate of production, less smell and migration.

Some products, for example such with extra scratch- and abrasion-proof coatings, can only be cured in inert atmosphere. Inertisation does not only increase printing effectivity, in addition it saves energy as less lamp power is necessary than in oxygenic atmosphere - which is also an advantage for temperature-sensitive substrates.

The Hönle Group offers first-class solutions for nitrogen-inert UV printing. At the Drupa 2012 PrintConcept shows an inert UV system for low-migration inks. This latest generation of nitrogen-inertisation is characterised by its flat inert chamber and precise measuring technology. Nitrogen is uniformly distributed in the chamber. This high-speed inertisation reduces the concentration of photoinitiators and thus the migration. Especially in food packaging this reduction of migration but also of smell is more important than ever. The inert UV system by PrintConcept helps fullfilling the growing demands of manufacturers, consumers and lawmakers. For application with silicone oxygen can almost completely be eliminated from the inert chamber: a residual oxygen concentration of less than 50ppm can be neglected as it is no problem at all. The specific feature of PrintConcept technology: the air- or water-cooled lamps can be retrofitted with nitrogen-inertisation without any difficulty.

Offers just more: the Hönle Group
In addition to high-end drying systems the Hönle Group offers a great variety of peripheral equipment. Amongst them electronical power supply, reflectors, UV measuring devices as well as first-class UV lamps, manufactured by Aladin GmbH. Their high real net output ratio makes the Hönle Group an unique supplier for curing and drying technology worldwide.

For more information, visit: www.eltosch.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 - 27 February 2012.

Kurz: From visual disturbance to eye-catcher
How to turn a 2 D barcode into a design element: To be demonstrated by Leonhard Kurz at this year's drupa in May…

Whether it be on billboards, in magazines, on labels or packaging: 2 D barcodes are catching our eyes all over the place. But they don't exactly make a stylish impression. On the contrary. You notice them because they significantly disrupt the overall image. In most cases, they have not been integrated into the design concept and therefore give the impression of an out-of-place foreign object within the design. But it need not be that way, as Leonhard Kurz will demonstrate at this year's drupa.

Visual enhancement of a 2 D barcode by means of metallisation and diffractive structures.

The stamping foil manufacturer has developed diffractive 2 D barcodes with an appealing aesthetic that enhances the value of the product. Rather than being printed, the barcode is applied as a silver coloured stamping foil into which the actual code has been incorporated as a diffractive, holographic-like structure.

The barcode square can be integrated into a larger metallised design with further holographic details. The code could, for example, be combined with difficult-to-counterfeit optical security features. It would also be possible to integrate corporate design elements into the metallised area in order to harmoniously blend the integrated code into the brand image. Alternatively, the diffractive 2 D code can be applied as a standalone single image which the consumer will immediately recognise as an authenticity feature, thereby reinforcing the brand value.

Internet-based identification system delivers product data
While Kurz's diffractive 2 D codes cannot be compared with printed codes in terms of their appearance, they are comparable in terms of functionality. They can also be read both with a scanner or smartphone, and offer the same fast, ready access to mobile information. Kurz has installed an internet-based identification system called Secutrace that can deliver a wide range of product data for end consumers, dealers, customs officials or manufacturers of branded goods. This data can be accessed in real time via the 2 D code. A purchaser, for example, could confirm the authenticity of a brand name product via their cell phone. The 2 D code could also be used to access lottery tickets, loyalty programs, product information or interactive games.

Secutrace gives brand-name manufacturers the ability to access micro-marketing data and thereby accurately identify their target audiences and provide them with tailored offers. They can also trace the movement of the product through the entire supply chain. All code-specific queries are logged, analysed and evaluated by the identification system. Brand-name manufacturers can access these reports at any time to give them greater insights into the movement of the product, and to enable them e. g. to more easily discover parallel sales.

To find out more about the diffractive barcode and the Secutrace identification system, visit the Kurz stand at drupa in Hall 3.

For more information, visit: www.kurz.de

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 - 27 February 2012.

Inca Onset S20 from Fujifilm for Virupa
Volume expansion strategic choice for Virupa, as the Inca Onset 'combines' screen and large-format inkjet print…

Virupa recently decided to considerably expand its print volume. A definite necessity as the company is growing rapidly. With more than a 100 employees it is now one of the leading specialists in tailor-made in-store and out-store communication in The Netherlands.

The company, originating from the screen printing sector, later also acquired large format printers, and decided in 2007 to outsource the remaining screen printing work. From the beginning of 2011, the company has been able to produce large runs quickly, and in excellent quality, using its new Inca Onset S20 from Fujifilm.

Increasing volume
Virupa generates most of its turnover from large signage orders and large format print for major retailers, transport companies and large chain stores, and maintains an on-going regional presence. The company is based close to the German border and aims to 'spread its wings' into Germany also.

Operations kicked off in 1992 with a production hall of approximately 250m2, which was expanded in 1998 to 5,000 sq/m. In 2008 the company commissioned a new building with a showroom and more production facilities, all in all amounting to 11,000 sq/m.

In 2000 Virupa took over, or started, other companies, including Tritop Interieurbouw, Wanders Synthetics and Decorpress Doetinchem. They supplement the range Virupa is able to offer and complement Virupa departments that produce aluminium profiles and bend synthetics into shelf displays etc.

Elwin Bullée, operations director (pictured), explained that the acquisition of the Inca Onset S20 from Fujifilm fits seamlessly within this strategy. ‘We needed to increase our print volume. Because this Inca Onset S20 enables us to produce these larger volumes, up to 310m2 per hour, in excellent quality and larger runs more efficiently, we have managed to strengthen our competitive position in the market. We can also recoup part of the screen printing market by no longer having to outsource work that we can do in-house. Because we can go direct to print our costs are now lower. In addition, we benefit from higher productivity because we can print the full flatbed area of the Inca Onset S20.’

Enhanced quality and more options
Those are not the only reasons why the Inca Onset S20 was the favourite choice, explained Bullée. ‘It is also the only machine on the market that can print gloss graduations. The effect of high gloss in graduations really attracts attention, something we could only achieve with screen printing before. UV inks are always matt and demand additional processing.’

Banding is no longer a problem because the flatbed moves and not the print heads. The prints are razor sharp. Bullée shows his business card to illustrate the sharpness of small letter groups. But there is more. ‘The PMS range, controlled via ISO 12647, is more extensive than we were used to. The colour range now truly matches screen printing.’

With clients, there is a huge amount of interest in posters on paper, gloss effects and specific spot colours exactly matching their house style. ‘Graphic designers and advertising agencies in particular wax lyrical when they experience the new possibilities for themselves,’ Bullée commented happily.

The investment in the Onset S20 is part of the company's strategy to automate and streamline production. Customers can place orders via web portals and interfaces. Regularly-used materials or products are kept in stock or can be produced immediately. For example, Virupa has links with chain-stores with more than 100 outlets that place orders almost continually. The company also has its own assembly service, which covers tasks ranging from window application to the suspension of logo boards and assembly of illuminated advertising. ‘Our one-stop shopping approach aims to relieve customers of as many tasks as possible’, concluded Bullée. ‘I am pleased to say that the Inca Onset S20 is already lightening our load in the printing department.’

Onset Challenge
Printers are invited to visit the Onset Challenge Website at www.onsetchallenge.com to investigate how, like Virupa, they could expand their business and increase profitability. By entering information into a five step process, the Onset Challenge website will show, based on a printer's individual requirements, how quickly an investment in an Onset will pay off.

For more information, visit: www.fujifilm.co.uk/gs.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 - 27 February 2012.

Tuesday 28 February

Strong sales of HP Indigo presses in Scandinavia
Increased industry adoption of digital reflects benefits of digital presses for today's markets with language editions and short runs…

HP has announced continuing strong sales into Norway, Sweden and Denmark with upgrades and multiple press installations.

The HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press

Digital printing is well-suited to Scandinavian markets with shorter runs, and different language editions and enables quick and easy changes to keep images fresh, while shortened supply chains and reduced waste appeal to an environmentally conscious population.

‘These sales demonstrate the strong pace of digital adoption by the printing industry,’ said Jakob Bovin, Indigo commercial region manager, HP. ‘By being able to offer digital offset print quality, short-runs, personalisation and quicker times to market, digital print service providers can maximise their own sales as well as those of their customers. Working with HP's regional partner, Visutech, we have seen the steady development of this market with investment in new presses, and repeat and multiple orders.’

The nine press sales in Norway, Sweden and Denmark cover a broad spectrum of activities, encompassing commercial print, label converting and photo-specialty printing.

Among the presses sold are:
• Fovea AS, of Nittedal, Norway, an HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press and an HP Indigo WS6000p Digital Press for special photo-printing, supplementing an existing HP Indigo press 5500
• Holmbergs Service Point, of Svågertorp (near Malmo), Sweden, an HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press for general commercial printing, to address on-demand production, notably with special PANTONE(r) Colours
• Konsis Grafisk AS, of Oslo, Norway, an HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press for commercial work, supplementing an existing HP Indigo press 5500
• Kuvertteamet AB, of Bankeryd, Sweden, for commercial stationery and other commercial work
• Lexit Group Sweden AB, of Mölnlycke, Sweden, an HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press for label printing
• Rydheims Tryckeri, of Jönköping, Sweden, part of the Taberg Media Group, an HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press for general commercial printing, supplementing and existing HP Indigo press 5000
• Sydetikett AB, of Arlöv, Sweden, an HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press, for label printing, supplementing an existing HP Indigo press ws4050

The speed and print quality of these latest HP Indigo digital presses(1) offer print service providers (PSPs) opportunities to increase production speeds and volumes as well as increased flexibility to meet customer needs.

‘The growth of the digital label converting in Scandinavia has been very good,’ said Jan-Olof Jungersten, managing director, Visutech. ‘The many advantages of digital - cost-effective short runs, fast-turnaround times that support just-in-time delivery, reduced stocks, reduced waste, and high quality labels and flexible packaging - are becoming more widely appreciated. The sales of these high-end presses are a strong indication of the commitment to digital that PSPs continue to make.’

(1) The HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press is for PSPs printing up to 3.5 million pages per month; it can print at 120 colour pages per minute (ppm). The HP Indigo press 5500 prints up to 2 million pages per month at 68ppm full colour. The HP WS600 Digital Press prints at 30m/min (˜100ft/min).

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 February 2012.

Sun Chemical releases 2011 Sustainability Report
Newest sustainability report highlights eco-efficient products, services and projects at Sun Chemical…

Sun Chemical has released its 2011 sustainability report, which expands on its established data-driven metrics by showcasing how the company's leadership in sustainability is helping customers adapt and be more eco-efficient.

While Sun Chemical continues to be data-driven in its sustainability efforts by reporting the performance measurement for seven key sustainability metrics as outlined in its previous reports, the 2011 sustainability report expands on this commitment by citing specific examples of how its products, services and projects are helping customers improve their environmental impact.

‘We're now going beyond providing meaningful data that will help meet customer goals,’ said Gary Andrzejewski, Sun Chemical's corporate vice president of Environmental Affairs. ‘We are showing concrete examples of things we are doing to help customers produce less waste and carbon dioxide, while at the same time improving the efficiency of their operations.’

The report highlights Sun Chemical's leadership role in low migration technology. As the regulatory landscape in Europe around the use of printing inks on food packaging has changed dramatically, Sun Chemical was the first company to offer low migration inks and provide best practice guides to help printers comply with the regulations.

Other products and services mentioned in the report that have helped customers become more eco-efficient include: SunGraphics SunLite In-Position Printing Plates for corrugated carton printers, the Sun Chemical Dispenser Program for the commercial and label, narrow web market, the SunMag Synergy ink / fount emulsion system for publication printers, and SunClean / SunWash cleaner and wash technology for heatset printers.

The report continues to show data collected every year since 2005 from approximately 170 Sun Chemical sites in over 25 countries. The key sustainability metrics measured in the data include: energy consumption/conservation at production and non-production sites, the energy carbon footprint at the production sites, process waste reduction, water consumption, materials safety, and employee safety.

Providing a report that shows the ongoing management and monitoring of key sustainability metrics is an important part of Sun Chemical's sustainability policy.

‘Our sustainability policy pushes us as a company to improve the eco-efficiency of our processes and products,’ Andrzejewski said. ‘Our R&D efforts are a pivotal part of this process as we provide our customers with solutions that will be both eco-friendly and save them money. These data-driven sustainability reports have played a key role in helping our customers achieve many of their eco-efficiency goals.’

All of Sun Chemical's sustainability reports, along with the ‘Carbon Footprint Report 2010,’ which outlines the results from nine independent environmental analyses focused on quantifying the carbon footprint of its product lines, are available to customers and can be requested online at www.sunchemical.com/company/sustainability. Customers in the U.S. can also calculate the initial carbon footprint for their facility operations by visiting www.sunchemical.com/suncare.

To learn more about Sun Chemical, visit: www.sunchemical.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 February 2012.

CIP4 launches new JDF Bulletin online
New format provides JDF news developments ‘On Demand’…

The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organisation has announced the February launch of a new ‘web version’ of the JDF Bulletin, enabling CIP4 to keep members, potential members and news media better informed on current developments within the CIP4 Organization, work done by the CIP4 Working Groups and JDF integration among member companies worldwide.

News announcements will appear on the CIP4 Website at: www.cip4.org/bulletin, and be able to be updated in a more timely manner, with news digests delivered on a monthly basis. In its new format, the JDF Bulletin will provide ‘news on demand’ to encourage greater interest in CIP4 membership and collaboration in the industry.

CIP4's first issue will focus on ‘Strategising for drupa’, with programme and event logistics information for drupa, starting with the Spring Interop (scheduled for 12 - 16 March, 2012) and leading up to the Print Automation Park, Print Automation Live! and CIPPI Awards events at drupa.

In the ensuing months, the JDF Bulletin editorial team led by CIP4 executive director Jim Harvey, Barbara McGowan and Stefan Daun will continue with regular columns that will focus on news about Working Groups, member company integrations, software tools and upcoming events. The JDF Bulletin will feature interviews with key JDF players and recently published books, articles, white papers and case studies. It will also include news from member companies.

Submission of JDF news and product release information is considered a CIP4 membership benefit, and all CIP4 members are invited to contribute. All content will be reviewed by the JDF Bulletin editorial team prior to publication. Submissions may be sent to Barbara McGowan at b2marketing.barb@gmail.com.

More information on CIP4 is available at: www.cip4.org.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 February 2012.

Bizhub Press C8000 and Fiery boost VDP productivity
EFI Fiery technology and Konica Minolta digital press a perfect match for demanding production environments…

EFI and Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, have announced that Fiery technology is powering the Konica Minolta bizhub Press C8000 Color Digital Press, providing the highest processing power available for demanding production printing environments that have complex files, dynamic variable data jobs and heavy workloads. The fast Fiery IC-3600 server comes bundled with EFI's most advanced job preparation workflow tools to maximise productivity and throughput.

‘Partnering with EFI to power our next generation of colour digital presses with the IC-3600 enables customers to realise tremendous performance gains in high-volume print environments with unparalleled speed, colour quality and workflow enhancing features,’ said Kevin Kern, senior vice president of marketing, Konica Minolta. ‘Customers can count on Konica Minolta for performance that enables them to keep up with the demands for faster processing and quicker job turnaround.’

‘Together, Konica Minolta and EFI have been delivering market-leading solutions to a wide array of digital print providers for years, and recently received one of the first IDEAlliance Digital Press Certifications that certifies the Fiery controller paired with the C8000 press meets the highest industry standard for colour,’ said John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing, EFI. ‘The advanced Fiery hardware platform matches the impressive speed of the C8000 to create a high-throughput digital press that can handle the most complicated of jobs with superior quality.’

The Fiery IC-3600 offers a robust, open, flexible and scalable variable-data printing solution, supporting all leading VDP formats including PPML 2.2 and VPS 1.5. Fiery technology optimises PDF and PS to guarantee printing at engine rate speeds, and works with all leading variable data print (VDP) composition software for seamless VDP workflows.

‘We recently decided to upgrade our Konica Minolta press to the bizhub Press C8000 with a Fiery server, and during the testing we were extremely impressed with the speed - a large VDP file that took one hour to RIP on our old system took only 10 minutes!’ said Oliver Zurfluh, manager of sports services at Datasport. Based in Switzerland, Datasport is a leading international service provider for sporting events, and as one of their services they print thousands of labels and other items each year. ‘This high level of performance, together with many other powerful Fiery features, means we can deliver even more top quality work for our customers,’ said Zurfluh.

Fiery servers are a great fit with EFI's market-leading portfolio of print MIS and workflow solutions, including PrintSmith, Pace, Radius and Monarch management systems and the EFI Digital StoreFront Web-to-print platform.

The award-winning Fiery Command WorkStation 5.3 job management solution and user interface centralises the entire print workflow, connecting to all Fiery servers on the network. Command WorkStation (CWS) reduces operator mistakes and waste, while shortening learning curves with an intuitive and flexible drag & drop operation. The Fiery Image Enhance Visual Editor (IEVE), a feature of CWS 5.3, allows editing and optimising of each image in a job without the need for the operator to go back to the native design file, saving time and reducing costs.

Available standard on the bizhub Press C8000, Fiery Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition provides expert users with professional tools for managing colour, proofing and controlling workflow. The solution meets the colour requirements of demanding customers and ensures accurate and repeatable colour every time by letting operators have total control of colour output quality.

Comprehensive imposition and composition tools come standard in Fiery SeeQuence Suite. Fiery SeeQuence Impose and Fiery SeeQuence Compose shorten job preparation times and last minute corrections by enabling users to do all document imposition, composition, and content editing with one intuitive user interface. A 3D preview capability further reduces waste by allowing operators to see exactly how the job will print on the digital press.

In these demanding print environments, operators need to be able to easily perform late-stage edits - colours may need to be adjusted, documents imposed into booklets, and files preflighted or postflighted to ensure the highest quality before printing. The Fiery server provides all these ‘late-stage make ready’ capabilities, without the need for additional applications, making it an ideal solution for high volume, demanding, operator-led print environments.

This offering is available now through Konica Minolta direct and authorised dealers. For more information on Fiery IC-3600, visit: www.efi.com

For more information, also visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 February 2012.

Leonard Kurz leaves product pirates high and dry
New Kurz authenticity features are making life difficult for brand counterfeits, as will be shown at drupa in Hall 3…

Leonhard Kurz will be presenting the latest generation of its diffractive authenticity feature, Trustseal, at drupa 2012. The optical product identification specialist has equipped this so-called OVD (Optical Variable Device) with new features that will stop counterfeiters in their tracks.

Partially metallised authenticity feature implemented using PM Premium technology.

Trustseal OVDs can be equipped with a variety of special elements, depending on customer requirements and the required level of security. These include not only lens, relief and contrast effects, but also hidden features that only become visible at specific viewing angles or under very high magnification. Thanks to the design flexibility and high functional potential of the Trustseal technology, it is possible to continuously integrate new security features into the OVDs, thereby creating an unfamiliar and ever increasingly difficult barrier to counterfeiters.

According to Kurz, its newly developed PM Premium technology offers an extremely high level of counterfeit protection. PM Premium stands for a product line in which a simulated surface relief is combined with further diffractive elements with transparent areas. The process of partially metallising image elements poses manufacturing challenges that can only be overcome with specialised know-how. Kurz is proud of the high-precision partial metallisation it has achieved with PM Premium, whereby sophisticated metallised designs have been placed in register with non-metallised areas at a tolerance that is practically indiscernible to the eye.

A further new Trustseal element is called Latent Photo. A Trustseal with an integrated Latent Photo element displays a high-resolution greyscale image at normal viewing angles. When the OVD is tilted upwards and viewed at a very oblique angle, however, the previous greyscale image transforms into a vibrant colour photo.

Aternatively, it is possible to integrate a further image flip so that the coloured photo doesn't appear until the third image. At normal viewing angles, the background shows a large-area gray scale image that is overlapped by a colourful single image. When the image is tilted to the left or the right, a second single image appears in different colours. The colour photo is revealed as a third design as soon as the OVD is tilted upwards and viewed at an extremely oblique angle. The Latent Photo effect can be utilised not only as a barrier to counterfeiting, but also as an exclusive design element. Any type of photo can be implemented as a Latent Photo, for example portraits of well-known personalities, depictions of famous buildings, or photographs relating to the manufacturer or product.

A third new Trustseal effect is called Bottle Neck. Just like Latent Photo, it offers a combination of brand protection and sophisticated brand design. The Bottle Neck effect has been designed especially for bottle seals. When OVDs are applied to curved surfaces like the necks of bottles, the full effect of the glittery, diffractive design normally only comes into play within a narrow section of the label. The diffractive Bottle Neck structures, however, have been designed in such a way that the design appears bright and colourful across the entire width, and all readily visible information is perceivable at a glance.

To see these and other novel Trustseal effects for yourself, visit the Kurz stand at drupa in Hall 3.

For more information, visit: www.kurz.de

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 February 2012.

Atlantic Zeiser - Beyond Printing! at drupa
Industrial digital printing from Atlantic Zeiser - Beyond Printing! in Hall 11 and with KBA in Hall 16 where ‘Digital meets Offset’…

Variable coding, serialising, personalising and printing on different materials and formats in a wide range of applications will form the centrepiece of the drupa show stand from Atlantic Zeiser in Hall 11, from 3 to 16 May 2012 in Düsseldorf. Along with Koenig & Bauer AG, the company will also be presenting a highly modern hybrid sheet printing and coding system, under the slogan 'Digital meets Offset' at the KBA stand in Hall 16, Stand C47. This means that Atlantic Zeiser will be showing system solutions and components extending far beyond traditional printing.

The Atlantic Zeiser Group, a leading developer and supplier of modules and end-to-end system solutions for industrial digital and security printing, will be on prominent display at drupa 2012. The company will be taking advantage of the world's most important industry meet-up to present its latest developments in industrial digital printing for coding, serialising, personalising and printing products made from different materials and formats with variable data and information. The merging of security and commercial printing here is opening up whole new synergetic effects for Atlantic Zeiser customers. The company will be exhibiting special solutions for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and packaging sectors along with security printing for ID card personalisation. These technical innovations meet the continually changing legal requirements and market demands to combat product forgeries, while delivering product traceability via coding and serialising, as well as maximum quality levels during direct product printing such as with 4C commercial cards.

There will be three exhibits in the 240 square metre area, demonstrating the key features of a modern, powerful printing and coding solution in industrial digital printing across complete system solutions. The stand will also showcase the combination of special printing requirements such as 4C card printing, coding and serialising a flat packaging carton with different barcodes and Datamatrix codes as well as individualisation using industrial digital printing for secure excise stamps to seal a package.

To achieve this, the following systems will be in operation on the stand:

• Digiline Web 300 with integrated high-speed digital inkjet printers Delta 105i and Omega 36i for label production of security seals and tax labels.

• Digiline Sheet 300 with integrated digital inkjet printer Omega 36i in combination with an environmentally friendly, air cooled UV LED curing system Smartcure Air for individual coding and serialising of folded cartons.

• Persoline with plasma pre-treatment, 4C-Gamma inkjet digital printer as well as varnishing UV coating module for high quality four-colour printing and personalisation of plastic cards.

Carl-Michael Heüveldop, chief marketing officer, Atlantic Zeiser commented, ‘drupa becomes the hub of the printing world for two weeks every four years. The objective is to impress customers with future-oriented solutions and systems. This is why our key focus at drupa is summed up by our slogan 'Beyond Printing' and why we will be demonstrating the numerous industrial digital printing options for the fast-growing markets of coding and serialising packaging in combination with security printing and card personalisation. Added to this is the fact that we will be underlining how important future hybrid solutions of offset and digital printing will be. At the KBA stand, visitors will be able to view an available solution in the shape of the new Rapida 105 from KBA with the integrated Delta printer.’

Atlantic Zeiser will be exhibiting industrial digital print solutions at drupa in Hall 11, Stand C56 under the slogan 'Beyond Printing'.

To discover the company's complete range of products, systems and services, visit: www.atlanticzeiser.com.

© Graphic repro On-line, 28 February 2012.

Abbey Print invests in a Ricoh Pro C751ex
Spalding-based Abbey Print in the UK upgrades to the Ricoh Pro C751 and transforms its digital colour capabilities…

Abbey Print has invested in a Ricoh Pro C751ex from Ricoh UK, keeping itself abreast of market demand and transforming its colour capabilities with the very latest digital production printing technology.

The new press replaces an older model Ricoh Pro C900 and offers the Spalding-based commercial printer even higher colour quality thanks to Ricoh's latest PxP (Polyester x Polymerisation) toner. Abbey Print is also enjoying greater up-time and longer servicing intervals thanks to the machine's increased amount of operator replaceable units (ORUs).

From left: Matthew Watkin, graphic designer, and Paul Houghton, director, Abbey Print

Said Paul Houghton, ‘The quality is exceptional. During a recent busy period we ran an A4 4-pp brochure through the press as overflow from the litho machines and the result were equally as good. A trained eye can always tell litho from digital but the Pro C751's output is as close as I've ever seen. I doubt an untrained could tell them apart.

‘Reliability and quality are our chief concerns over volume and speed and, in that respect, the addition of Operator Replaceable Units and the new Ricoh toner makes the Pro C751 production printer perfect for us. It is hugely reliable and always ready when we need it. It can print on both litho and digital stocks so it's even cost effective for proofing.’

Abbey Print produces a lot of colour critical work for the country's biggest supermarkets and relies on Ricoh's Ready4Print colour server for consistency across its two B2 Komoris and the Ricoh Pro C751. Once Ready4Print is set up, drag-and-drop functionality makes complex colour management quick and efficient. PDF files prepared by the pre-press department are then dropped into pre-profiled 'hot boxes', each representing a particular paper type. Ready4Print then automatically puts them through the workflow and RIP. The solution can be set up to print to any international or internal colour standards as required.

PxP toner's smaller particle size and more uniform distribution makes for more vivid colours, while a lower fixing temperature means less power is used and its environmental impact is reduced.

Stephen Palmer, production print director, Ricoh UK said, ‘The Pro C751 has been phenomenally well received since its UK launch in September 2011 and I'm pleased to see Abbey Print enjoying such success with it. Abbey Print first saw the improved colour quality of PxP toner at NorthPrint, which demonstrates the important role trade shows play in moving this industry forward. Drupa 2012, the biggest trade show of them all, is just around the corner and visitors to the Ricoh stand will be able to see for themselves the Pro C751 producing a wide range of added value applications in combination with powerful Ricoh software solutions."

The Ricoh Pro C751 is a 75ppm light production cut-sheet digital colour press. It can process substrates up to 300gsm and its modular design allows for the addition and combination of a range of options, including: stapling, ring-binding, hole punching, a new multi-folding unit, large capacity input trays, 100-sheets staple finisher, booklet-maker, stacker, GBC StreamPunch ProEX and Plockmatic booklet maker.

Abbey Print was established in 1956. It employs 24 people and current turnover is just under £2m. As well as the Ricoh Pro C751ex it has two 5-colour Komori B2 presses, and two Heidelberg GTO 52s (a 1-colour and a 2-colour). It also has cutting, creasing, folding and stitching equipment. The Ricoh Pro C751ex went live last month.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 February 2012.

World's largest Qur'an printer adds Muller Martini
Two Muller Martini Diamant MC 60 booklines for King Fahd Complex, the world's largest Qur'an printer, in Medina, Saudi Arabia…

With an annual printed total of 10 million copies, the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur'an is the world's largest printer of the Qur'an. Starting this autumn, the holy Islamic text will be produced in the Saudi Arabian city of Medina on two Diamant MC 60 booklines from Muller Martini.

King Fahd Complex uses the two identical Diamant MC 60 booklines to produce 10 million copies of the Holy Qur'an.

‘At our company, our keyword is unique,’ said Dr. Mohammad Salim Al-Oufi, general secretary at King Fahd Complex. ‘We strive to be unique when it comes to our books, so this is why we set high quality standards at all production levels. Each individual copy of the Qur'an is checked manually before it is delivered. Our client, the Ministry for Islamic Affairs, expects zero errors‚ so we must fulfill this requirement. It is for this reason that we also want to be unique when it comes to our production systems.’

King Fahd Complex has invested in two Diamant MC 60 booklines with the aim of enhancing the quality and productivity of its book production processes. This investment by the graphics company, which has its headquarters in Medina, a destination for many pilgrims, represents the company's first purchase of a Muller Martini finishing solution in its 27-year history. Dr. Al-Oufi explained the decision, saying, ‘We are certain that the Diamant is exactly what we need. Our technicians spoke in favour of the Diamant system following a detailed evaluation. We were also very impressed by the professional manner in which Muller Martini helped us to set up the Diamant project. We hope that this marks the start of a long and successful partnership with Muller Martini.’

The two new booklines really are ideal for the needs of King Fahd Complex as the original edition of the Qur'an is not only printed in a range of different sizes (from pocket-size to oversized editions), but the translations of the Qur'an are also produced in 58 different languages. The company also prints a whole host of other books relating to religious topics and a magazine that is published every six months.

MC technology guarantees excellent book quality
The range of sizes requires both booklines at King Fahd Complex to be changed over frequently, and it's the flexibility to enable these changeovers that is the real strength of the new Diamant MC. Thanks to the innovative motion control concept, the Diamant MC provides the level of freedom required for optimum book production. The intelligent, mechatronic machine concept optimizes product movement during the individual process steps, meaning flexibility and quality are increased, while changeover times are reduced.

The motion control technology reduces operating costs and works in combination with various quality checks to ensure that the very best book quality is guaranteed, right from the start of production, whether its traditional hardcover products or books with integral, full flap or plastic covers that are being produced.

Both Muller Martini booklines at the King Fahd Complex, which employs a team of 1,500 people, feature the same configuration: In addition to the Diamant casing-in line, both machines comprise a Collibri gluing-off machine, a Ribbon bookmark ribboning machine, a Merit S three-knife trimmer and a BLSD 650 book stacker.

For additional information on all Muller Martini solutions, please visit: www.mullermartini.com. In Southern Africa, Muller Martini is represented by Thunderbolt Solutions at: www.thunderbolt.co.za, or just click on the Thunderbolt sponsor logo button on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 February 2012.

Wednesday 29 February

WOCG releases best practice guides to download
Downloadable best practice guides and posters from Web Offset Champion Group are now available free-of-charge…

The Web Offset Champion Group (WOCG) are releasing some of its best practice guides in downloadable formats, and introducing accompanying posters. The first titles in this format are Roll to Web Processing and Web break Diagnosis.

The 36-page guides are available in two versions a screen-consultable format with 2-pages to view, or as a downloadable printing file.

‘Our goal with this initiative is to make best practice information widely available to the global printing industry,’ said Prof. Tim Claypole, joint managing director of WOCG. He added ‘the downloadable posters are a unique new complimentary format. Their content has been developed from the guides and provides at-a-glance reference to key practices. The PDF format allows for them to be printed on either digital proofing systems or by other digital printing in a format that can range up to A1 size.’

These Posters and Guides are available in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian editions.

Access to these downloads is free-of-charge to members of the Champion Club. Membership is available to anyone working in the web offset printing industry, it is also free-of-charge and simply requires registration at: www.weboffsetchampions.com. Member benefits also include a 10 per cent discount on publications

New finishing best practice guide

Perfectly Finished Web Printed Products is the recently released 8th Best Practice Guide (illustrated above). Correct finishing is not only essential to communicate the quality of a printed product, but it can also have a significant impact on profitability because defect costs are at their highest in an almost finished job. The purpose of WOCG’s new guide is to improve results through better communication and understanding amongst all participants in the workflow — designers, print users, publishers, printers and binders, and their suppliers. The guide addresses: 1: Selection of a finishing method; 2: Printing process issues to optimise finished products; 3: Review of key postpress processing issues including delivery systems, inline finishing, saddle stitching, and perfect adhesive binding.

The Web Offset Champion Group was formed in 1998 to ‘champion’ best practice in the web offset printing industry as a tool to improve productivity, quality and safety. Its members: Aylesford Newsprint, Kodak, Manroland, Megtec, Müller Martini, Quad Tech, SCA and Sun Chemical, and associates include Eurografica, Eltex, Printing Industries of America, System Brunner, Timsons, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, Swansea University.

Best practice publications include the Tool Box, a 242-page compendium of seven best practice guides in English and German. The guides are also available individually in five languages. They are available from www.weboffsetchampions.com and order from ‘The Champion Shop’ online for only €30 – to all users worldwide except in he USA and Canada.

About the Web Offset Champion Group (WOCG)
The Web Offset Champion Group comprises a number of leading global suppliers to the Web Offset printing industry. It is focused on Web Offset printing and finishing and benefits from the combined knowledge of its members: Aylesford Newsprint, Kodak, Manroland, Megtec, Müller Martini, QuadTech, SCA and Sun Chemical.

WOCG ‘associates’ include Eurografica, Eltex, Printing Industries of America, System Brunner, Timsons, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, Swansea University.

Promoting generic best practice for web offset printing
The Web Offset Champion Group was formed in 1998 to ‘champion’ best practice in the web offset printing industry as a tool to improve productivity, quality and safety. The Group is a joint project of international suppliers working with other industry specialists, printers and associations throughout the world to publish best practice guides. Printing Industries of America is a content contributor and is also exclusive distributor in North America.

Focus on total production process
The group’s objective is to improve web offset productivity. This requires a cross-industry and cross-process approach because no single company can provide answers to all the variables of the press line and its consumables. Best practices are a tool to improve overall performance without making any capital investment. The potential returns are extremely high as each guide identifies ways to reduce processing costs, improve quality and reduce accidents.

Generic easy-to-read content
All web offset printers — irrespective of the brands of equipment or consumables that they use — can apply the generic content of guides. They provide printers with a base reference to best practice and effectively help transfer knowledge in a global industry.

Guides are written in a concise, easy-to-read style accompanied by numerous graphics and are intended to be read at all levels from managers to production employees. They explain how to work more efficiently, prevent errors, improve diagnostic procedures and help introduce new methods, standards and benchmarks.

Worldwide review panel
Each guide is reviewed by a world-wide panel of industry specialists, printers, other suppliers and associations to improve their content and to ensure that they represent industry best practice.

The Group is a non-profit organisation that is funded by sponsorship from its company members. Best practice information is contributed free-of-charge by members, other companies, individuals and associations.

WOCG is based in the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, Swansea University. The joint managing directors of WOC Ltd are Dr. Tim Claypole and Nigel Wells.

For more information about the Web Offset Champion Group and its ‘Best Practice’ guides see: www.weboffsetchampions.com or e-mail Nigel Wells at: vimw@wanadoo.fr. You can also use the WOCG banner and sponsor logo links on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, repeated 29 February 2012.

Fujifilm confirms continued support of PrintIT!
Fujifilm Graphic Systems UK has confirmed its continued support of the PrintIT! educational initiative…

Fujifilm Graphic Systems UK today confirms its continued support of the PrintIT! educational initiative. Since PrintIT!'s launch seven years ago, Fujifilm has been firmly behind the programme, which aims to develop young students' knowledge of print and promote the industry as a career route.

Keith Dalton, director at Fujifilm Graphic Systems UK, said, ‘PrintIT! is a fantastic initiative for students in that it encourages them to take an interest in print, and we are always delighted to see the high number of quality entries in the competition every year.’ He continued, ‘We are really delighted that over the last couple of years it has been successful enough to broaden its remit from GCSE to A-Level students. It's great to hear that the programme continues to have a real impact on the perception of the industry among participating students.’

Recent evidence suggests that students are three times as likely to think about taking an apprenticeship after completing PrintIT!. Concluded Dalton, ‘The programme continues to be a very important and valuable tool in helping to develop the printers of tomorrow, and we're proud to be part of it.’

PrintIT! is led by Proskills, the Sector Skills Council for the Process and Manufacturing Sector, which includes the print and paper industries.

For more information, visit: www.fujifilm.co.uk/gs

© Graphic Repro On-line, 29 February 2012.

New Color-Logic Visualizer removes guesswork
Color-Logic metallic and decorative effects now can be seen on the designer’s desktop before putting ink onto paper…

Color-Logic, developer of the Process Metallic Color System, has begun shipping its new Visualiser tool, which enables graphic designers and brand owners to visualise the complete array of Color-Logic metallic and decorative effects on their designer workstations.

Announcing the new visualisation tool, Color-Logic director of sales and marketing Mark Geeves commented, ‘Our new Color-Logic FX-Viewer permits designers and brand managers to accurately visualise all Color-Logic metallic hues and decorative effects. The Color-Logic FX-Viewer is an integral part of the basic Color-Logic software, which creates five-colour files for printing with metallic inks or with white inks on metallic substrates. Using our software, designers can both create and view the metallic look and special effects of Color-Logic files right on their desktop workstation monitors, and thus verify visually, in one easy step, how their designs will appear when printed. It is no longer necessary to cycle through costly design iterations or expensive proofing to verify decorative effects.”

Color-Logic develops colour communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications. Color-Logic provides brand owners, product managers, corporations, and their advertising agencies the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients with a simple print production process that yields dramatic results. Color-Logic decorative effects utilise the existing workflows of printers and designers, yielding dynamic results without the use of special equipment. Color-Logic supports the value of print and works with designers and printers to enhance their printed media.

For more information, visit: www.colour-logic.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 29 February 2012.

Duplo introduces new versatile saddle stitcher
Duplo International has announced details of its latest fully automated saddle stitcher, the DBMi Saddle System…

Duplo International has announced details of its latest fully automated saddle stitcher, the DBMi Saddle System, which can produce books from CD inserts to A4 landscape. With book thicknesses up to 120 pages this innovative machine delivers flatter, more precise books than any other machine in the market.

Designed for today's busy printer the system which provides versatile & flexible solutions for the current saddle stitching market consists of two, three or four Hohner stitching heads, and up to six DSC-10/60i suction collators which have intelligent feeding capabilities for custom feed sequences. ‘As well as being capable of handling a variety of stocks we also have the ability to control the flow and strength of the air and vacuum in each collator bin, truly making this the heart of the System,’ commented Terry Wafer, graphic arts product marketing manager at Duplo International.

The DBMi Saddle System is extremely user friendly, it is completely controlled by a GUI (Graphical User Interface) PC control unit which means that a single operator can set most of the parameters from one location making this an attractive solution for both short-run digital and longer run offset applications.

Speed is also an important factor when it comes to the DBMi Saddle System. An impressive 9,000 books per hour can be achieved when fitted with the optional DKT-200 trimmer and gutter cut knives. Stored jobs can be recalled almost instantly, with set up time taking 60 seconds or less including the scoring tool height and folding gap thickness for each individual book.

Robin Greenhalgh, chairman of Duplo International said, ‘Complementing Duplo's existing line of quality fully automatic bookletmakers, the DBMi Saddle System gives our customers the capability to produce professionally saddle stitched publications including the increasingly popular A4 landscape size.’

‘The innovative DBMi Saddle System, offers printers a wealth of features that will allow them to grow and improve the profitability of their business,’ concluded Greenhalgh

For more information, visit: www.duplointernational.com. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannesburg. www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 29 February 2012.

TRESU Group to debut new systems at drupa
TRESU improves quality and performance of high speed coating on offset prints with new coating concept at drupa 2012…

Danish flexo press and printing ancillary product manufacturer TRESU Group has unveiled an in-line, pressure-controlled varnishing concept for high-speed, sheet-fed and web offset printing presses. Suitable for UV- and water-based varnishes, the TRESU Offset Coating Concept will be a highlight of TRESU's drupa stand in Hall 10-A62.

TRESU's L30i Combi coating circulator.

Based on TRESU Ancillary´s flexo technology, this new self-regulating concept comprises the TRESU UniPrint Combi chamber doctor blade E-line and TRESU Coating Circulator and a TRESU Coating Conditioner. This system will enable sheet-fed and web offset printers to coat printed products at faster speeds, without the risk of micro-foaming and blisters in the coated surface caused by the transfer of air into the coating from the anilox roll cells.

A key feature of the concept is the company's Pressure Control Technology. This ensures a sufficient pressure so that a constant barrier is maintained between the chamber doctor blade and the rotating open anilox cells, preventing air-bubbles from entering. The UniPrint Combi chamber doctor blade features TRESU's patented Seal System. Rubber seals form a perfect, airtight closure, eliminating leakage at speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour. It also comes with the patented E-Line doctor blade changing system for safe blade change within one minute. Furthermore, the Streamlined and compact designed chamber allows fast, effortless changeover by sliding and locking into position with ease. This minimises coating agitation and optimises productivity.

Working in harmony with the UniPrint Combi is the TRESU Coating Circulator i Series. The circulator automatically adjusts to the coating supply and initiates either a 6-minute or intensive 12-minute cleaning program, enabling fast job changes. A choice of circulators is available to suit a wide range of UV and aqueous coating types. By means of a sensor to measure coating volumes and press speeds at the doctor blade, the circulator regulates coating consumption.

Temperature regulation for UV coatings is achieved with TRESU's new Coating Conditioners, which feature an automatic re-filling system to maintain coating quantity and temperatures of up to 55ºC.

Henrik Kristensen, TRESU Ancillary sales director of the TRESU Ancillary division, comments, ‘In-line varnishing - using the flexo process - is a preferred method of coating offset printed products, but until now printers have faced the risk of blistering due to the foaming of the coating when running at high speeds. TRESU's new Offset Coating Concept, with pressure control technology, finally enables offset printers to achieve the highest in-line varnishing finish and reach full performance potential of their press.’

The New Offset Coating system is suitable for a wide range of sheet-fed and web offset applications where a perfect coating finish is needed, such as high-value glue-applied paper labels, carton board packaging and in commercial print as well as some web-fed offset applications like shrink-wrap sleeves.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 29 February 2012.

Eltosch greener than ever at drupa
Modern drying technologies enable better energy efficiency, as will be shown by Eltosch at drupa in May…

Since 1967 Eltosch, a member of Hönle Group, has been developing and manufacturing drying systems for the graphics arts industry. In the beginning the Hamburg-based technology company had focused on drying equipment for traditional inks and dispersion coatings. This led to the company rapidly developing into a pioneer for curing UV inks and coatings for the sheet fed offset market. Today, with over 10,000 installations worldwide, Eltosch is one of the leading manufacturers internationally of drying systems for the printing industry.

20 years after the Rio declaration for environment and development it should be intuitive for every technology company to be involved in environmental protection. The printing industry sums up this vision as "green printing". Eltosch has undertaken major efforts to contribute to this vision.

Development of energy efficient IR/HA dryers
Drying of dispersion coatings, UV inks and UV coatings in general is a technology which requires high amounts of electrical energy. Compared to the power needed for the mechanical part of a printing press, the power for the drying systems could reach at least the same level. It is therefore of the utmost importance to develop energy efficient drying systems as well as methods for optimal re-use of exhaust heat.

Technologies to dry oil-based and oxidative-drying offset inks are based on oxidative drying and penetration of binders into the paper. This process can be accelerated by infrared radiation. Mainly due to innovations in ink formulation, pure infrared dryers for conventional inks are rarely used today in printing presses.

The situation is totally different if we look at water based dispersion coatings. Protection characteristics against scratching, the possibility of fast post-processing along with enhancement possibilities of dispersion coatings for packaging or commercial print jobs have led to a continuously growing use of dispersion coatings worldwide. The drying of these coatings is based on the heating of the coating to evaporate the water in the coating. The common term for this process is called infrared/hot air drying or, in short, IR/HA drying.

Eltosch had already developed heat recovery systems for IR/HA dryers in the 1990s, which have been continuously improved over the years. By re-directing hot exhaust air back to the heating register and mixing it partly with fresh ambient air, the temperature difference between the input air temperature and the desired temperature of the hot air can be minimized. Up to 30% of the heating energy can be saved in ideal conditions.

This kind of heat recovery system is easy to build and therefore has a short return on investment (ROI). Other possible systems, such as redirecting warm air from other sub systems or air/air heat exchange systems require more effort in development and hardware. Therefore the ROI is longer and currently not viable. If or when energy costs increase in the future, these types of heat recovery could well become more interesting.

Another promising possibility of energy savings in IR/HA drying technology is to avoid energy losses which occur during the distribution of hot air from the point of generation to the point of use. These losses have been minimized in the past by using isolated air distribution ducts. Ideally however, hot air should be generated directly at or at least very close to the point of use. The solution: heating elements inside the air nozzle. These nozzles have been used since 2002. Improvements to these technologies are not only conceptual but very probable.

Possibilities of energy savings in UV curing systems
Curing UV inks and UV coatings is based on the polymerisation of monomers and oligomers by the influence of UV radiation. The photo initiators included in these inks and coatings split due to the influence of UV radiation in radicals, which then cause the monomers and oligomers to bind and build-up an immediate cured ink, or coatings layer.

Correct UV dose is crucial for the complete curing of inks and coatings, which is applied during the passing of the printed sheet below the UV module. Performance improvements in printing presses since 1992 consequently led to increased requirements for UV curing systems, since the same UV dose needs to be applied to the ink layer in a shorter time. Targeting an efficient UV curing system in view of environmental friendliness must involve the efficient conversion of electrical energy into UV radiation.

UV medium pressure arc lamps, which are currently used in UV curing systems, have been used since 1930. In 1984 Eltosch started manufacturing and marketing UV systems based on this technology. Mercury medium pressure lamps emit radiation at UV-C (approx. 200 nm wavelength), UV-B, UV-A and up to the visible range. They also emit infrared radiation. Approximately 30% of the electrical energy used is converted into UV radiation and approximately 10% into visible light. The remaining 60% needs to be extracted as heat.

Since 1992 major improvements have been achieved with this technology. This was a result of the increased production speed of printing presses and developments having reached market maturity which has lead to an increased UV dose on the substrate for example:
• Water cooled UV modules.
• The introduction of dichroic reflectors for improved reflection of UV radiation with simultaneous absorption of IR radiation.
• Adaptation of UV spectrums for improved curing results for specific inks, such as opaque white.
• Optimisation of reflector geometries for improved yield of UV dose.
• Also real energy saving technologies have been implemented: around 1992 continuous power control in relation to the printing speed or the introduction of electronic power supplies in the year 2000, which allowed energy savings of up to 10% compared to traditional transformer and transductor systems.

Heat recovery in UV systems is mostly effective by using recovery technologies in the water circuits inside the UV systems. Another possibility to generate UV radiation is by using light emitting diodes (LEDs), which have been in use since 2008 in sheet-fed offset machines under laboratory conditions and in some first field installations. LEDs - compared to mercury medium pressure arc lamps, have the following characteristics:

• An emission of narrowband UV spectra in the UV-A bandwidth 365 nm upwards).
• The efficiency is less than the UV systems currently available. Only about 10% to 20% of the energy input is converted into UV radiation. So currently, the LED technology from an environmental point of view is far less attractive than conventional UV systems.
• LED inks are currently not as widely available as conventional inks on the market.

UV-LED technology, which in other industries has already reached market acceptance, could be a serious alternative in the future. A precondition for this development will be more affordable LEDs as well as more affordable LED compatible press consumables. Until final market maturity of LED modules, some LED curable inks in limited availability can be cured very effectively by conventional medium pressure arc lamps.

As a conclusion it can be stated that since the Rio declaration, many improvements regarding energy efficiency have already been achieved. Green printing is far more than an empty phrase. Especially for Eltosch, who, in the spirit of its pioneering outlook, is a trendsetter in environmental friendly systems.

To find out more, visit: www.eltosch.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 29 February 2012.

Security from Kurz will meet design at drupa
Design-oriented authenticity features from Leonard Kurz deliver brand protection and brand decoration…

authenticity features to protect their products against counterfeiting. How to make a virtue of necessity, and utilise the authenticity feature for visual enhancement as well, will be demonstrated by the coating specialist Kurz at drupa 2012. They will be presenting two new product lines that combine brand protection and brand design in an especially effective manner.

The new security element from Kurz: SecuPlus Color.

One of these new products, based on either hot stamping or cold foiling technology, is called Light Line Unique. Light Line stands for Kurz's diffractive design foil product category. They are available in a wide variety of diffractive patterns, or as a glittery rainbow foil. Light Line Unique is a design foil that allows information to be embedded within it in such a way that is invisible to the naked eye, and only recognisable under a magnifying glass. This product offers manufacturers of brand name products the ability to integrate authenticity features without interfering with the overall design. Light Line Unique is particularly suitable for products that signal their high value through elegant design and a minimal number of design elements.

The second new security element is called SecuPlus Color, which refers to a design in which coloured, metallised areas are combined with fully transparent areas. Until now, it has not been possible to combine bright metallic colours with clear transparent areas. The new SecuPlus Color effect, however, combines coloured, metallised areas with uncompromisingly clear areas, thereby creating an especially elegant look. Kurz's SecuPlus Color product is also setting new standards in regards to copy protection. The process of partially metallising image elements is generally very elaborate and requires specialised know-how. Kurz produces a range of authenticity features in which the diffractive design, the metallisation, and the transparent elements are in precise register with one another. While these features are already extremely difficult for counterfeiters to copy, SecuPlus Color offers an even higher level of counterfeit protection. To examine these new security elements for yourself, visit the Kurz stand in Hall 3.

For more information, visit: www.kurz.de

© Graphic Repro On-line, 29 February 2012.

PPS buys a rare spec Speedmaster SM 52
A company with a niche in UK-wide forms and stationery supply is buying a rarely specified press configuration...

A company with a niche in UK-wide forms and stationery supply is buying a rarely specified press configuration these days, a single-colour machine.

PPS Commercial Print, which attributes 65 per cent of its sales to professional buyers in print management, broker companies and design agencies, already has a Speedmaster SM 52-2, a Quickmaster QM 46-2, both with numbering and perforating, and a Konica digital press.

Now it has returned to Heidelberg for a Speedmaster SM 52-1 with numbering and perforating so that it can have a dedicated machine for the extensive volume of single colour work it handles.

‘We have developed a niche in NCR forms and high quality stationery and, with the type of professional buyers we serve, we have to produce work on time and to the right quality. The amount of repeat work is testament to the fact we do that, and our customers get a flexible, personal service,’ said Paul Stagg, director.

‘We didn't look at any other suppliers because we have had our first SM 52 for ten years and it really is fast and so easy to switch over from, say, a single colour job with perforating and numbering to two pass four-colour work. The new single-colour will relieve the SM 52-2 of single-colour work and it will have the same robust build and proven mechanical strength. The only change will be the more updated press controls.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 29 February 2012.

Thursday 1 March

Another Ricoh Pro C751 from Heidelberg for Spectrum
Heidelberg supplied Ricoh Pro C751 Graphic Arts Edition to Spectrum, which marks British customer’s debut in digital printing…

The Ricoh Pro C751 raises the standard for productivity, efficiency, quality and profitability
• Innovative, cost competitive solutions are key for the investment in digital printing
• Route to maximum efficiency: Order for the newly announced Prinect Business Manager also signed
• New Suprasetter A 75 supports Speedmaster XL 75-5 and SM 74-6 from at Spectrum

From start to finish, the Pro C751 raises the standard for productivity, efficiency, quality and profitability.

One of the impressive points about the medium-format Suprasetter A75 is its compactness. Fully equipped with the technology of a high-end machine, the CTP plate setter offers outstanding performance features.

A Heidelberg supplied Ricoh Pro C751 Graphic Arts Edition will shortly be delivered to Spectrum Printing. This marks the Leicester-based company's debut in digital printing. The company has also signed an order ahead of drupa for the newly announced Prinect Business Manager, the new Heidelberg MIS system developed following the acquisition of Belgian developer CERM.

‘We went to Heidelberg's Brentford showroom at the beginning of the year to buy a Suprasetter A 75. While we were there we were shown the Ricoh press and we were blown away by its quality,’ said Karl Nicholson, joint owner-director. ‘That was convincing when coupled with its cost, including running expenses, which is much more attractive than other digital technology that we have looked at.’

Currently the company runs two B2 litho presses, a Speedmaster XL 75-5 and a Speedmaster SM 74-6. Its average run is 10,000 but with the new Ricoh on board Spectrum is confident that it can regain some shorter run work by extending the services it offers existing clients and opening up new business. ‘Our reps are very excited about the opportunities this press opens up,’ said Nicholson.

As the Suprasetter is installed work will begin on upgrading the company's Prinect prepress and pressroom workflows to the latest Prepress Manager and Pressroom Manager standard. The company has already had its press rollers updated and a full print colour management exercise undertaken. The new Suprasetter will be calibrated to comply with Spectrum's high quality standards. The company will run two automated Suprasetters, including cassette loading which allows users to output plates without manual intervention. It uses Chem-free plates through the CTP device.

At present the company runs the Heidelberg Prinance MIS system but it will replace this with the new Prinect Business Manager system mid-year, following its commercial launch at drupa. Digital workflow and the seamless linking of business and production software through one central server are seen as the route to maximum efficiency. As an early adopter of Speedmaster XL 75 technology, being one of the first with Business Manager holds no fears for Spectrum.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2012.

New Production Printing Customer Experience Centre
The new Océ Production Printing Customer Experience Centre has recently opened its doors in Poing, near Munich, Germany…

4000 sq/m of floor space now set the stage for Océ continuous feed production colour printing and integrated workflow solutions

Océ recently announced that the new Océ Production Printing Customer Experience Centre in Poing near Munich has opened its doors to the public - with more than 4000 sq/m of floor space now available - setting the stage for Océ flagships of continuous feed production colour printing and workflow solutions.

Versatile and future-proof print solutions
The new Océ Production Printing Customer Experience Centre underlines Océ's leadership approach of a world-class digital printing and workflow solution company. Not just a simple product showroom, the Océ Production Printing Customer Experience Centre emphasizes physically Océ's commitment to put customers' needs first.

‘This new showroom is designed to be a live performance environment for business leaders and digital printing experts, a place where our customers can experience the future of production colour printing. Visitors can see their own applications running on our high-speed inkjet- and toner-based systems,’ said Sebastian Landesberger, executive vice president, Océ Production Printing Systems. ‘We will also allow our worldwide guests a privileged view from behind the scenes of our R&D innovation hub.’

Smart solutions for challenging new business fields
Whether it's migration from monochrome to colour in variable data processing, solutions for transaction, TransPromo and direct mail or combined digital and offset printing applications, solutions for the graphics industry, for digital newspaper and book production, it's all on display in the Océ Production Printing Customer Experience Center. In business development and application areas, Océ customers get the opportunity to see real live applications from business leading Océ clients around the world. Additionally they can dive into their specific business models and experience new perspectives for their own business.

The new premises comprise the full line of established Océ toner-based systems such as the Océ ColorStream 10000 Flex, along with the latest high-speed inkjet systems of the Océ JetStream family and the Océ ColorStream 3500. The company's own PRISMA workflow software on display operates with finishing solutions and state-of-the-art variable data printing requirements.

The right place for decision making
By making the Océ Production Printing Customer Experience Centre visit an integral part of their decision-making process, visitors will see first-hand how Océ addresses document production challenges. During their stay, Océ customers and business experts can explore a variety of high-level print and output management strategies to help them decide how to best meet their business goals and to prepare for the future.

A new amazing high-tech event location in the prospering Munich area
And what's more: A multi-functional high-tech space of additional 3000 m_ can be rented by third parties as a location for conventions and events, offering a real venue enrichment in the Munich area. The new Océ Production Printing Customer Experience Centre offers purpose-built convention facilities for in-depth technology sessions, parallel workshops up to 300 people and a multi-functional stage for high-level presentations, product introductions including catering and more.

For more information visit: www.oce.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2012.

GMG debuted new ProductionSuite at FESPA Digital
GMG ProductionSuite: With new wide-format solution, GMG sets its sights on repeatable perfection and maximum productivity…

GMG is positioning the new application as the most comprehensive production solution on the market for businesses in indoor and outdoor advertising. The GMG ProductionSuite is available now from speciality distributors and premiered at FESPA Digital, 21 to 24 February, 2012, in Barcelona, at GMG’s stand in Hall 3 and at the stands of its partners, JetSet, Roland DG and Zünd Systemtechnik.

This innovative product targets both GMG’s typical, quality-oriented users, as well as those who put strong emphasis on maximum productivity. United in this one application, GMG offers the entire range of functions required today in a modern wide-format production environment. GMG ProductionSuite is a modular system, comprising Editor, RIP, SmartProfiler and PrintStation. It currently supports over 800 output devices. A flexible licensing model permits custom installation: from a simple configuration on one computer with only one RIP, one Editor and functions for driving one or two output devices, all the way to an extensive decentralised configuration with several editors that can send jobs to over ten printers and cutters. GMG ProductionSuite runs under Mac OS 10.5?-?10.7, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

The GMG ProductionSuite Editor is the application’s central processing unit
Simple, intuitive tools support highly efficient workflows. Users have access at all times to precision visuals that profile output quality. This way, a user can monitor every single detail of the end result prior to actual printing and, if necessary, edit work right in the application. The integrated Tiling Tool makes it easy in just a few steps to prepare tiled images very precisely for later assembly. One practical side effect: The tedious process of calculating scaling factors to determine material input is eliminated, because images are edited right in the final format. The GMG ProductionSuite Editor displays all settings required for processing in one main window. It takes just a few mouse clicks to define and position pockets, hems, grommets and pole pockets. The Editor even calculates the required number of grommets and, using a simple checkbox, the user can choose to omit corners. By accessing native data formats, such as PDF, PSD and AI, the GMG ProductionSuite Editor enables the variable editing of closed file formats. It is just as easy to implement a long production run with a number of different motifs, as it is to change individual images, texts, graphics or other elements. Integrated data preflight and process automation options round out the extensive range of functions.

The GMG ProductionSuite RIP
The GMG ProductionSuite RIP runs in the background, entirely independently of the work steps in the Editor. Print jobs requiring full computing power can thus be prepared while others have already been sent to the RIP.

To be able to check the final RIPped data prior to printing, the image in the Output Inspector corresponds exactly to the colour separations and colour quantities in the actual print data.

The GMG ProductionSuite SmartProfiler
Based on definitive colour profiles and printer calibrations, the integrated SmartProfiler can identically align several printers of similar type.

One fundamental feature in this connection is the precision processing of spot colours. With this GMG technology, previously reserved for high-end proofing, spot colours can be converted precisely to the printer’s colour gamut.

The GMG ProductionSuite PrintStation
Thanks to a user interface that visualises device- and media-dependent imposition, data can easily be grouped and prepared for production. Individual print jobs can be variably combined and optimised so as to ensure optimum material use and cutting sequences. The goal is to greatly accelerate order processing and significantly reduce material use.

Additional options
With its additional functions, such as Industrial Cutting, True Shape Nesting, Screen- and Variable Data Printing, the GMG ProductionSuite also fulfils some of the more unique requirements. Licensing an additional option not only expands the functionality of one work station, the option also is made available to all other associated main applications.

Rising demands on quality in the wide-format segment prompted GMG to enter the market
For Ian Scott, managing director of GMG GmbH & Co. KG, entering the wide-format market is a logical step in view of the company’s strategy, which has never compromised on the pursuit of quality. ‘With recalibratable spot colours, powerful editing options and support of some 800 output devices, we are now making all our know-how also available to the best wide-format producers.’

For more information see: www.gmgcolour.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2012.

UK product launches at Sign & Digital UK 2012
Sign & Digital UK will see a number of exciting new products for the sign and display industry debuted for the first time…

We’ve completed a round up of some of the launches and here are just some of the new products getting their first ever UK outing at the show, which takes place at the NEC Birmingham, from 27 – 29 March 2012.

Agfa Graphics – the new 2.54 x 1.54m Anapurna M2540 FB makes its UK debut at Sign & Digital UK. It is a dedicated flat-bed printer with a photo quality engine, featuring six colours plus white, which ensures highly durable prints with excellent adhesion on a multitude of substrates. Also showing for the first time in the UK is the 2.05m Anapurna M2050 which has quickly become a best seller as a highly cost-effective platform for companies wanting to produce top quality graphics. Users also benefit from its UV-curable output and the ability to print direct to 2 x 3m rigid and 2m wide flexible materials.

Océ – will be hosting the first UK public showing of their new Arizona 318 GL UV flatbed, the latest development in the Océ Arizona Series, the world’s best-selling UV flatbed printers for the display graphics mark. The Océ Arizona 318 GL system is a highly-capable introductory UV flatbed model that offers smaller print producers entry to the world of high-quality UV flatbed printing.

Hybrid Services / Mimaki – will host the UK and Irish launch of the Mimaki JV400-LX latex printer. The new Mimaki JV400-130LX and JV400-160LX feature state of the art Mimaki latex inks and are the first machines to incorporate Mimaki’s cutting edge print engine.

Fujifilm – will showcase its latest LED UV printer – the Acuity LED 1600 – for the first time in the UK at Sign & Digital UK 2012. The LED UV printer will be joined by Fujifilm's new XMF web-to-print system and a wide range of innovative euromedia products.

Maxicam – will display for the first time in the UK the MAXI-C 1325 CNC Router. The MAXI-C 1325 is an ideal machine for the sign-making workshop as it’s come with very few costly extras. The machine is highly specified in its standard configuration and all the customer really needs to decide is the size of the router table.

Epson – will demonstrate the SureColor SC-S30600 for the first time in the UK at Sign & Digital UK 2012. The new 64-inch SureColor SC-S30600 is a four-colour printer which has been designed from the ground up to offer efficient and environmentally-friendly signage print production.

Zund UK – will hold the UK launch of S3 – ground-breaking and super fast (pictured above). With a revolutionary direct-drive system, the S3 is built for speed. The NEW cutter excels with unprecedented price/performance as well as exceptional productivity.

Antalis McNaughton – will be unveiling an exciting new pan European range of wide-format papers, self adhesives, banners, textiles and wallpaper suitable for indoor and outdoor applications.

InkTec Europe – will be hosting the European launch of the latest addition to the Jetrix range of UV printers, the new Jetrix 2030 is the fastest printer yet in the Jetrix range.

Josero Limited / Triangle Ink – will be launching a new printer at the show featuring Epson DX5 technology and Eco Solvent ink.

Granthams – is using Sign & Digital UK to promote its latest solutions for wide-format digital output including new exciting printers and technologies to be launched at the show this year!

Insight Sign Systems – will be launching their Lumirescent Trough Lighting system at this years’ show. This will be the smallest and most cost-effective LED Trough lighting system available on the market offering bright illumination, low running costs and no maintenance required other than periodic cleaning.

Indasol – will be officially launching its Sign Block product. Sign Block is a versatile Polyurethane material designed for use in 3D lettering and Images.

SB Weston – UK manufacturers of WestonBoxes, will launch a unique new print storage box into the range. The SRA3 is to solve the problem of storing and preserving open reams of SRA3 paper.

Pre-register today
Make sure you visit Sign & Digital UK to see the exciting UK product launches happening at the show, and a whole host of other new products and services. Pre-registration is FREE and only takes a minute to complete. Simply go to: www.signanddigitaluk.com.

For further information on the top suppliers exhibiting and the exciting free-to-attend seminars at the show, please visit the Website www.signanddigitaluk.com and follow us on twitter @signanddigital

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2012.

Océ announces new JetStreamcolour 1900
The Océ JetStream 1900 comes with high speed, minimal foot print and excellent full-colour print quality…

Océ recently announced its new Océ JetStreamcolour 1900. It further extends the unrivalled variety of Océ's continuous feed inkjet portfolio. The Océ JetStream 1900 is the version of the Océ JetStream Compact series for highest versatility at minimal footprint.

Higher speed copes with growing colour business
The new Océ JetStream 1900 offers a printing speed of extraordinary 127 mpm in digital full colour. Member of the scalable Océ JetStream Compact series of high-volume duplex printers, the Océ JetStream 1900 expands this series from two field upgradeable speed bands of 75 and 100 to even faster 127mpm by increasing productivity by more than 25 per cent. This makes the Océ JetStream 1900, the high-end product of the Océ JetStream Compact series, the ideal solution for the cost-effective personalized, full-colour printing.

Performance and quality mode cope with costs and precision
For print jobs with short production windows and tight cost constraints the performance mode of the Océ JetStream 1900 operates at 127 mpm (417 fpm), which translates to 1,714 A4 (1,818 letter) images per minute, at 600 x 480 dpi resolution and multilevel dot modulation. For highest quality requirements the quality mode allows to print at 1,200 dpi perceived image quality with 100 mpm (326 fpm) or 1,350 A4 (1,428 letter) images per minute.

Transactional applications, direct mail documents or short run newspapers are often characterised by tight production windows and very high peak loads. This is where the Océ JetStream 1900 reveals its strengths and economic advantages. For cost-effective production the performance mode allows to save ink. Users also benefit from the reliability, print quality and media range associated with the Océ JetStream family.

New Océ JetStream 1900 copes with changing business needs
‘The majority of print providers start with moderate digital print volume. They often need to invest in additional equipment to handle growing printing demands,’ said Sebastian Landesberger, executive vice president, Océ Production Printing. ‘With the Océ JetStream Compact series customers can keep pace with changing business needs.’ A decisive investment protection of high volume digital print equipment.

‘The Océ JetStream 1900 offers the highest level of scalability. And it unites the high quality and versatility of all Océ JetStream Compact series inkjet printers with the peak-load capacity of a high-volume printer. This makes the Océ JetStream 1900 the most complete continuous feed inkjet system in the market,’ added Crit Driessen, vice president Marketing and Strategy, Océ Production Printing.

Investment protection based on core technologies
All members of the Océ JetStream family, including the new high-speed Océ JetStream 1900, are based on core technologies such as the field-proven Océ DigiDotcolour and the Océ SRA MP controller architecture.

The SRA MP is ideal for rigorous high-speed, full-colour digital printing. This supports a clear growth path and compatible workflow across all Océ JetStream engines.

Océ JetStream 1900 placements are planned for early 2012. Océ JetStream 1400 customers will be offered an upgrade option to Océ JetStream 1900, allowing them to benefit from versatility in quality and performance.

For more information visit: www.oce.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2012.

Soma Engineering plans new launches at drupa
Soma to launch new new Premia SomaFlex printing press and two brand new slitter rewinder converting machines…

SOMA Engineering will launch its new Premia printing press and two new slitter rewinders at drupa. The company will also feature the latest versions of its Lamiflex E laminator and Flexmont S mounting and proofing systems.

The Premia is the latest addition to the SomaFlex range of presses and offers a cost effective combination of high technology and engineering for medium and long runs that is normally only found on more expensive machines. A 1270mm wide version with 915mm print repeat and speeds up to 500 m/min will be exhibited with eight printing units, shaft-less unwind and rewind, automatic wash-up and viscosity control systems, three chip digital camera for 100% web inspection and sleeve ejecting device.

The new Premia concept features the latest versions of SOMA's tried and tested technologies. These include direct drive, new generation Inkflow and Inkstorm system, fast adapt, Q-Shield, CDTS, PCTS, sleeved lay-on and spreader rollers, composite mandrels, mono-block, Fast Blade, ink ready, flying anilox sleeve, easy intuitive touch screen, sophisticated machine design and improved 'energy minimalisation concept’. The advantages and performance characteristics of the machine will be demonstrated running several different job types.

The new Venus III slitter rewinder is designed to convert flexible packaging materials in web widths from 1100mm to 1850mm and has an overhead web path to enhance clean room conditions and permit entry into the food and pharmaceutical packaging markets. Features to optimise operation

The new Venus III slitter rewinder is designed to convert flexible packaging materials in web widths from 1100mm to 1850mm and has an overhead web path to enhance clean room conditions and permit entry into the food and pharmaceutical packaging markets. Features to optimise operation and efficiency include lower energy consumption as only one motor is needed to drive the rewind shafts and knife positioning assistant for ease of use. Minimum gap winding between the lay-on rollers and material rewind optimises processing of very thin films, self-wound tapes, cold seal and heavy ink lay-down jobs. An independent cross slitting system permits web cutting and splicing to the new cores automatically.

The new Pluto llI slitter rewinder with its beefed up side frames permits accurate slitting at speeds up to 600m/min in widths from 1100 to 1600. The machine is also aimed at greater efficiency with clever design features to reduce waste and down times. With its larger unwind and rewind diameters and simplified job changeovers, PLUTO llI is a high performance machine for long runs with in-built features for operator comfort. These include automated slit edge removal, automatic knife positioning system and shaft-less unwind with integrated loading and programmable rewind core positioning. Slitting is through razor blade for fast set-up and rotary knives for high quality.

Also featuring will be the Lamiflex E laminator, an ecologically friendly system that is cost effective and also benefits the environment. It uses a two part, solvent-free polyurethane adhesive that sets via chemical reaction. This avoids VOC emissions and also eliminates the need for a heated drying tunnel saving on both high energy consumption and machine engineering costs while also reducing carbon emissions.

The line up is complemented by the Flexmont S Mounter / Proofer which ensures accurate printing plate reproduction and mounting through micro-dots. Registration marks are scanned via a camera with 100 per cent magnification and displayed on a monitor. Once the micro-dots are aligned with the cross-hairs on the monitor, the plate is mounted precisely on the plate sleeve.

Located in Lanskroun, Czech Republic, SOMA Engineering designs and manufactures high quality printing and converting machines for a wide variety of industries. Its portfolio encompasses CI flexographic presses, slitter / rewinders, laminators, mounter-proofers, sheeters, die cutters and special purpose machines. The company serves an international market with representation and distribution channels throughout the world.

For additional information, visit: www.soma-eng.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2012.

New quality level for cold foils from Kurz
Leonhard Kurz to present its enhanced cold foils for sheetfed UV offset printing in Hall 3 at drupa…

Leonhard Kurz will be presenting at Drupa a new cold foil for sheet-fed UV offset printing that the company believes will set a new standard in quality. The cold foil is called Luxor / Alufin KPS-OP and, according to Kurz, provides consistently good results under a wide variety of application conditions.

A raster image created using cold foil.

When it is necessary to apply foil to large areas, the cold foil will achieve uniform coverage. When filigree details are required, on the other hand, KPS-OP will produce a high edge definition transfer. Even fine rasters are easy to implement. While it is possible in principle to transfer glossy metallic layers as a raster using the cold-foiling technique, adequate results have only been obtainable in the past for coarser rasters. KPS-OP allows the attractive design option of rasterised gloss effects to be utilized far more widely.

The cold foil KPS-OP was developed for UV offset printing but is equally suitable for conventional offset printing. It generally adheres equally well to conventional and UV-cured adhesives, and can be overprinted with conventionally drying as well as UV curing inks and lacquers.

‘KPS-OP embodies a great deal of development work and accumulated know-how,’ explained Dr. Ulrike Plaia, a product manager at Kurz. ‘We have put many years of intensive research into cold foiling technology, and in doing so have worked closely with machine, adhesive, ink and rubber blanket manufacturers. This new cold foil grade is the result of the cumulative experience we have gained. The users of this product have confirmed that it delivers an excellent print result and a very high gloss level, in particular on flat surfaces, and is uncomplicated to process.’

Luxor/Alufin KPS-OP is a silver-coloured cold foil that can be used to produce a wide variety of metallic colours when overprinted. The foil can however, on request, be produced in other colours. There is also an identical cold foil grade with a selection of holographic designs that is called Light Line KSO. To find out more about the properties of the Luxor/ Alufin KPS-OP and Light Line KSO coil foil grades, visit the Kurz stand in Hall 3.

For more information, visit: www.kurz.de

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2012.

First Muller Martini SigmaLine in Asia
China Translation & Printing Service is the first graphics business in Asia to install a complete SigmaLine book production system...

China Translation & Printing Service Ltd. (CTPS) in Dongguan is the first graphic arts business in Asia to install a complete SigmaLine book production system from Muller Martini. CTPS is now able to cost-effectively produce softcover books, even in smaller print runs.

'Why put knowledge to waste?' is the rhetorical question on the title page of the company's most recent brochure, which informs clients of the manifold possibilities of digital book production, CTPS has hit the nail on the head. Until recently, the minimum limit for softcover books produced in an offset printing process and with various binding methods was 1000 copies per print run. 'With our new SigmaLine, our objective is to have significantly smaller print runs,' underlined Gladys Lee, deputy general manager / system director.

According to John Currie, global business director, there have been clear signals from CTPS clients for some time now that they would like to avoid unnecessary stock levels and, therefore, seek to enhance short-run production. ‘With SigmaLine, we are able to respond to this trend and we expect this market segment to grow in the coming years,' said Currie. CTPS considers itself to be a trend setter in the graphic arts industry, 'We have a young CEO and continue to come up with surprising and new ideas.'

Naturally, before investing in SigmaLine, Gladys Lee and John Currie wanted to see the digital book production system from Muller Martini live in action. Therefore, the two of them travelled to Europe to observe how SigmaLine works in production. There is an old Chinese saying, explained Lee, ‘'Seeing is believing', and what we saw in Europe definitely convinced us.'

Premiere with 150 guests
The roughly 150 guests, all of whom were invited by CTPS, Muller Martini and HP to the Asian premiere of SigmaLine in Dongguan last spring, were also convinced. According to Finn Nielsen, the throng of visitors from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia and many other South-East Asian countries could barely believe their eyes. 'This was the first time they had witnessed an in-line solution for the production of digitally printed books live in action,' said the managing director of Muller Martini Hong Kong.

The visitors were able to see in detail how the SigmaLine works while it produced a sample of the 'Greater China Newsletter', as published by Muller Martini Hong Kong. The newsletter was first printed and finished in-line and then subsequently displayed at the Print China convention - also held in Dongguan - where it attracted a great deal of interest from the audience.

CTPS plans to use the new production system to produce three million books with print runs between 50 and 1,000 copies per year - mostly school and text books for the regional market and only softcover books. For its hardcover book production, CTPS, founded in 1964 in Dongguan and currently using 26 printing presses to print roughly 12,000 tons of paper each year, is implementing several Ventura thread sewing machines as well as two Diamant booklines from Muller Martini.

Connex tipped the scales
HP T300 digital printing machine, SigmaFolder, SigmaCollator, SigmaBuffer, SigmaBinder, SigmaTower, SigmaTrimmer and SigmaControl - CTPS decided on a complete, digital book production system for its nearly 50,000 sq/m plant in Dongguan, where a staff of roughly 1,000 are employed.

According to Currie, the system's centerpiece is the digital workflow system Connex, 'The Connex system, which is just as easy to operate as the entire SigmaLine, was the USP that tipped the scales in favour of choosing a solution from Muller Martini,' said Currie.

Connex guarantees a seamless interaction of all units. Connex communicates with all the machines involved: it ensures high levels of safety and transparency during production, generates job data for all systems and facilitates the sorting, grouping and planning of orders. These are indispensable assets, particularly given the trend toward increasingly short runs.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2012.

Park Communications extends its ink pumping
Park extends Technotrans system to take pumped ink to an additional Heidelberg Speedmaster ten-colour long perfector…

Park Communications has extended the pipework to take pumped ink to an additional Speedmaster SM 102-10-P long perfector that it has just installed to meet increased demand for high end commercial work from Report & Accounts and auction catalogues to general corporate material.

‘We have used ink pumping for five years and we like it because it is labour saving, helps the print consistency, allows us to secure a better ink price and is more environmentally friendly because it eliminates tin or cartridge disposal,’ said Michael Cassidy, factory manager.

The company is now equipped with two ten-colour, one eight-colour and a two-colour (the latter uses easy.fill inking) SM 102 presses. Park Communications also uses the alpha.r reverse osmosis system from Technotrans for standardising the pH and hardness of the dampening water and temperature control for the inking and dampening units. The East London, UK company has just renewed its maintenance contract with Technotrans to cover all its press peripherals.

‘This contract is important to us in terms of productivity and quality. We do a lot of customer passes on press so our machine has to be reliable for that and also for the periods of peak volume throughput. We are very busy currently. Having well maintained equipment really does mean greater reliability and performance,’ concluded Cassidy.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2012.

Friday 2 March

KBA preliminary figures for 2011 buck the trend
Own-brand KBA digital press to launch at drupa 2012. Bucking the industry trend with new orders up over 20 per cent and a profit…

Würzburg. Preliminary figures issued on 2 March reveal that German press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) bucked the industry trend in 2011 to post a pre-tax group profit for the third year in succession, the total being in the single-digit millions.

200 years after the first cylinder press was unveiled by company founders Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer in London, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) will be the only traditional press manufacturer to launch an own-brand digital inkjet press at Drupa 2012, the definitive print media trade fair in Düsseldorf

Group sales were marginally lower than in 2010 (€1,179.1m) following slacker demand in the second six months and delays to shipments in the fourth quarter. However, at more than €1.5bn, the volume of new orders surpassed the prior-year figure by over 20 per cent, primarily due to brisk demand for special presses. The order backlog at year’s end topped the €800m mark, exceeding the prior-year figure of €440.8m by over 80 per cent. As management indicated at an analysts’ conference on 9 December 2011, while the world’s second-largest press manufacturer failed to achieve its growth targets for sales and earnings, its performance was once again above the industry average. A major contributory factor was the group’s balance of high-volume and niche products.

KBA reports a good start to 2012 in terms of sales and new orders. The official figures for 2011 will be released on 30 March.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2012.

Epson becomes 50 per cent shareholder in For.Tex
Epson Italia takes 50 per cent share in For.Tex, Italy to strengthen and establish itself in the digital textile printing market…

Seiko Epson Corporation this week announced that subsidiary company Epson Italia S.p.A. would take on a 50 per cent share in For.Tex S.R.L. of Como, Italy. For.Tex is a leader in textile printing, and the move strengthens Epson’s efforts to establish itself in the digital textile printing market.

‘We are delighted to announce this agreement with For.Tex,’ said Minoru Usui, Epson’s corporate president. ...‘It’s another example of how Epson is seeking to leverage its core Micro Piezo technology to provide enhanced value to new customers....'

Located in the heart of the Italian textile industry, For.Tex specialises in sales of textile printing inks, manufacturing and sales of treatment agents used in textile printing processes, and digital textile printing chemical consulting. The Italian company has worked closely with Epson since 2003, when Epson entered the market by jointly developing the Monna Lisa digital textile printer with Robustelli of Italy.

The two companies plan to work closely together to help customers improve the quality of their products and the efficiency of their work processes. For.Tex will be responsible for marketing textile printing, selling dedicated Monna Lisa inks developed by Epson, and manufacturing and selling treatment agents that work in perfect combination with both the inks and textiles.

Textile printing is shifting rapidly from analogue to digital, with the latter forecasted to grow by 400 per cent between 2010 and 2015. Epson will take on a 50 per cent share of For.Tex with the aim of further cementing its presence in the textile printing market. The investment will bring together Epson’s core inkjet printing technology and global sales and service network with For.Tex’ expertise in textile printing marketing, consulting, and printing processes. With the ultimate aim of expanding the market for digital textile printing, the companies’ goal is to work together to create superior products with new textiles, colours and patterns, and provide proposals and service that will illustrate to customers the advantages of digital textile printing.

‘We are delighted to announce this agreement with For.Tex,’ said Minoru Usui, Epson’s corporate president. ‘It’s another example of how Epson is seeking to leverage its core Micro Piezo technology to provide enhanced value to new customers in fields as diverse as proofing, signage, commercial photography, production and industry. Both Epson and For.Tex are leaders in their respective fields, and this tie-up provides a superb opportunity to expand the market for digital textile printing.’

‘Co-operating with an international company such as Epson has given us the opportunity to enter the growing global digital textile market, and take on new and positive challenges,’ said Pietro Roncoroni, president of For.Tex. ‘Epson’s decision to take 50 per cent share of our company is a sign we are moving in the right direction. In the future we will focus on expanding the digital textile printing market with the aim of offering customers enhanced printing quality.’

Epson’s corporate vision calls for the company to leverage its core technologies to provide products and services that exceed the vision of customers worldwide. An essential part of this strategy is tailoring Epson’s core Micro Piezo inkjet printing technology to the needs of customers in textile printing and other commercial and industrial domains.

For additional information, visit: www.epson.eu and for more on Environmental Vision 2050, see: eco.epson.com/

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2012.

FESPA smashes target with over 12,000 visitors
A new global audience for FESPA Digital in Barcelona with over 50 per cent first-time visitors at last week’s event!…

FESPA Digital's move to Barcelona for last week's 2012 event (21 - 24 February 2012) delivered a welcome business boost to its 350 exhibitors. With a target of 10,000 expected visitors, the final numbers surpassed all expectations with over 12,000 people making their way to Fira Barcelona Gran Via over the four day event.

Over 46 per cent of visiting printers attended more than one day, bringing the total attendance to over 17,500. This represents a record breaking revisit rate for any FESPA Digital event over its 5 year existence, indicating that the breadth of technology on show, combined with the eight Explore-themed visitor features, gave most visitors a compelling reason to extend their visit.

The highest number of visitors came from Spain (45 per cent), followed by the UK (6 per cent), France (6 per cent), Italy (6 per cent) and Germany (4 per cent). While these leading European markets for wide format print are typically well represented among visitors to FESPA events, the location of the 2012 show in Barcelona had a particularly positive impact on attendance from Iberia and France. In all, visitors attended FESPA Digital 2012 from over 111 countries.

Several noteworthy product launches kept the show buzzing with news of innovation and fresh opportunities, and exhibitors across the show floor reported enthusiastically about how the event met their business objectives, whether for actual sales, lead generation, awareness building and channel expansion.

Stefano Rogora, EMEA marketing supervisor, INX Digital commented, ‘FESPA Digital 2012 met our expectations in terms of visitors and business opportunities. We particularly appreciate the international extent of FESPA shows, which makes them stand out as unmissable events for INX Digital. INX Digital is putting a lot of effort in the promotion of both alternative inks and customised solutions targeting industrial markets and we are extremely pleased that FESPA Digital 2012 has captured this very diverse audience. We have engaged not only with PSPs, but also companies focused on industrial applications across different vertical markets who showed interest in our products and solution orientated approach.’

Johan Suetens, marcomms manager for Ink Jet, Agfa Graphics commented, ‘FESPA Digital 2012 has been a very good show for Agfa Graphics. The quality and number of visitors was better than we had expected and we are especially pleased with the Iberian and UK visitor numbers. We are looking forward to London in 2013!’

Andrea Negretti, president Italy Branch, d.gen commented, ‘FESPA is THE place to be for d.gen. It's where we feel represented and recognised on an international basis and surrounded by a valuable community of prospects and customers. We are pleased with the sales results achieved and the positive reception our Teleios Grande textile printer received. d.gen is committed to the development and promotion of environmental friendly printers and we are proud that today the print industry is acknowledging our commitment and compelling proposition in this field.’

Print Shop Live!, FESPA's live workflow showcase which took place for the first time in Europe, was a highlight of the event, with hundreds of print service providers joining moderated tours in English and Spanish. Big Buck$ Cafe, a working cafe highlighting a range of digital print applications was also a popular destination, with many visitors taking advantage of a coffee break to consider the opportunities to diversify their product offering. The Explore Conference, Planet Friendly Printing Zone, Textile Talk Theatre and Narrow Format Zone offered a range of opportunities for visitors to absorb the latest insights into technology, applications, business growth and sustainability.

FESPA managing director Neil Felton commented, ‘FESPA is an amazing organisation to be a part of and the experience I have had on the run up, and during Digital 2012 has been incredible. The feedback I received from visitors and exhibitors at FESPA Digital has also been overwhelmingly positive.

He continued, ‘Our aim to provide PSPs inspiration to explore the wider opportunities of print certainly seemed to resonate with visitors who voiced appreciation of FESPA's sharp sector focus and our expert business-led content. FESPA is committed to investing in the success of our community, and bringing fun and vitality to each FESPA event’.

The next European FESPA exhibition is FESPA 2013, the flagship global 'screen + digital + textile' event, which takes place at ExCEL London from 25 to 29 June 2013.

FESPA Digital returns in Spring 2014, running from 20 to 23 May 2014 at Messe Munich, Germany.

Forthcoming FESPA events include:
FESPA Digital 2012, 21 - 24 February 2012, Barcelona, Spain
FESPA Fabric 2012, 21 - 24 February 2012, Barcelona, Spain
FESPA Mexico 2012, 20 - 22 September 2012, Mexico City, Mexico
FESPA Brasil 2013, 13 - 16 March 2013, São Paulo, Brasil
FESPA 2013, 25 - 29 June 2013, London, UK
FESPA Digital 2014, 20 - 23 May 2014, Munich, Germany

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2012.

Muller Martini and Sitma seal partnership
The graphic arts industry can now benefit from wide range of systems for inserting and for single copy film wrapping…

The machine manufacturers, Muller Martini, Switzerland, and Sitma, Italy, have signed a business co-operation agreement. Graphic arts industry will now benefit from a wide range of systems for inserting and for single copy film wrapping as well as a comprehensive technical support.

From left: Lamberto Tassi, president Sitma S.p.A.; Aris Ballestrazzi, president Sitma Machinery S.p.A.; Felix Stirnimann, Muller Martini Corporate Management; and Alois Hochstrasser, managing director of Muller Martini Marketing AG, sign the co-operation agreement between Muller Martini and Sitma.

The markets for both inserts and individually film wrapped publications are growing worldwide. Film wrapping provides a high level of protection in transport and ensures that printed products, along with inserts, gadgets and coupons reach the reader in a compact package and in excellent quality. In addition, contrary to paper wrapping, film wrapping has a proven extra environmental bonus. Several countries require subscription magazines to be film-wrapped for delivery by mail. More and more companies within the Graphic Arts are investing in in-line and off-line systems to enhance their saddle stitchers and perfect binders.

In order to offer customers a wide range of inserting and film wrapping systems as well as comprehensive technical support to ensure a high level of availability of the machines, the Swiss print finishing specialist Muller Martini and the Italian company Sitma, a market leader in packaging and mailroom systems, have entered into a partnership.

‘With this cooperation, we are extending our range of flexible production systems equipped with intelligent automation,’ said Felix Stirnimann of Muller Martini corporate management and Aris Ballestrazzi, president of Sitma Machinery S.p.A. ‘Our customers will have a higher level of investment security and will thus be able to significantly optimise the use of their machines.’

For additional information on all Muller Martini solutions, please visit: www.mullermartini.com. In Southern Africa, Muller Martini is represented by Thunderbolt Solutions at: www.thunderbolt.co.za, or just click on the Thunderbolt sponsor logo button on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2012.

HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press first in Spain
The HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press and HP Indigo 5500 helping Rodona to transform Spanish publishing market…

HP has announced that Rodona, of Pamplona, Navarre, Spain, is using digital printing technology to produce books with Spain's first HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press dedicated to print publishing and an HP Indigo press 5500.

Rodona is using digital printing technology to produce books with Spain's first HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press dedicated to print publishing

A subsidiary of ONA Industria Gráfica, Rodona was created through ONA's acquisition of the printing arm of a Spanish legal publisher, for which the company provides book production and supply and picking services. Before the acquisition of the HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press, the company only printed black-and-white books on a rotary offset press, and outsourced all other activities.

According to ONA Industria Gráfica's managing director, Alberto Senosiain, Rodona's HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press is one of the most productive publishing presses in Europe. With the ability to adapt production to demand, the company has been able to virtually eliminate faulty products, storage needs and printed product obsolescence. This equates to more environmentally friendly and sustainable production. Such immediacy provided by HP technology is key to Rodona's current and future growth.

‘With today's book market demanding smaller print runs and ever more titles, we decided, with our customer, to explore other opportunities and other forms of printing,’ explained Senosiain.

Recent technological advances have ushered in new forms of production that facilitate better adaptation to changing market conditions. With the support of its parent company, Rodona has expanded into printing customised or standard books and magazines in black and white or colour, which it can produce on small or in gradually increasing print runs, with reduced storage requirements.

Digital printing technology has also played a crucial role in Rodona's ability to offer unique solutions to its customers. This paradigm shift in the concept of print publishing has led to a complete overhaul of the company.

‘When we embarked on this project, we were looking for companies that could enable us to fulfil our objectives effectively,’ said Senosiain. ‘HP fully understood our needs and we quickly formalised our agreement. We wanted a solution that was closest to offset printing, so we installed an HP Indigo press 5500 for covers and an HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press for printing interiors in black and white or colour.

‘When planning the implementation of our new production model, our initial concern wasn't so much the printing technology involved, but rather the quality and, of course, the end price of the product,’ continued Senosiain. ‘We now have little doubt that the future of many printed products lies in inkjet.’

‘It was the market itself that led us to the HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press,’ Senosiain said. ‘However, it wasn't just about evaluating the machine, which is not always the most important aspect; we were looking for a company that was betting big on this technology. In short, we weren't just looking for a supplier we wanted a technology partner, too. The company that offered us the best all-round conditions was HP, and time has shown that our decision was the right one.’

Senosiain pointed out that the two presses combined provide the flexibility and capacity needed in a customised, individualised product manufacturing environment with high industrial output.

In addition to using one of the most advanced technologies currently available for printing, products are finished using the Muller Martini bookbinding system, which is one of the most sophisticated systems of its kind in the world.

‘Besides the significant savings we achieve on storage costs and fewer faulty products. The system has also allowed us to start producing other products that are either not viable or very expensive with conventional technologies, such as customised books on small or very small print runs,’ Senosiain added. ‘This technology is all-embracing. Customers can print in offset and complete the run with this system, which covers additional sales without the need for storage. They can also carry out initial small print runs, before launching the definitive run.

‘I think the focus will very much be on print-on-demand book sales in the future. But currently, the main niche for this printing technique is clearly short runs,’ Senosiain concluded.

More information is available at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts or follow HP on www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts. For more about HP Indigo, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannesburg.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2012.

The Polar 92 X Plus is a Wincanton winner!
Wincanton Print, which has invested £4m in the past four years, has now installed a new Polar 92 X Plus…

Wincanton Print, a company which has invested £4m in the past four years, has just installed a new Polar 92 X Plus guillotine at its factory which runs 24 hours a day, six days a week.

The company views investment in good equipment as critical to survival in a market where pricing is particularly keen and where paper costs continue to rise.

Additional cutting capacity was required following the extension of Wincanton Print's digital printing side with the addition of Point of Sale and wide format equipment.

One of two existing Polar 92s were transferred across and the litho department was supplied with the latest touchscreen Polar 92 X Plus, an additional third cutter.

‘The technology on this latest Polar X Plus version is much better, not least the touchscreen and two air tables which we added to increase throughput,’ said Ian Gatfield, production director. ‘The knives are very easy to change with Optiknife which has enabled us to train two or three more staff to handle this task.’

Although the company has not yet opted to integrate finishing into its workflow, linking postpress functions to its Tharstern MIS system is part of its longer term plan. In buying the Polar 92X Plus it knows it is future-proofed in that respect.

‘The installation went very smoothly and the demonstration to our operators was very clear and concise. We get very good service and support from Heidelberg. Our two Speedmaster XL 75 presses, which have each lifted productivity by at least 20 per cent over previous models, are working well but we have taken out the extended warranty which, for an around the clock producer like us, means peace of mind. We also source our consumables from Heidelberg these days,’ said Gatfield.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2012.

New release of EFI PrintMe Mobile
Simplifies AirPrint-like Wi-Fi printing from iPads, iPhones and Android devices to enterprise printers…

EFI has announced the availability of PrintMe Mobile 2.1, the company's award-winning enterprise mobile print solution. The latest additions in PrintMe Mobile software provide greater flexibility to integrate with diverse network, security and communications infrastructures and make installation even easier. PrintMe Mobile enables enterprise IT to scale a mobile printing infrastructure to support any mobile device for thousands of users across a heterogeneous printer environment. A full version of EFI PrintMe Mobile software is available for download and a free 45-day trial at www.efi.com/printmemobile.

PrintMe Mobile is a cost-effective, scalable and secure on-premises mobile printing software solution that is easy to use, deploy, support and manage. PrintMe Mobile is the only enterprise software solution that enables direct Wi-Fi printing for iPads, iPhones, and Android devices, to all existing networked printers. IT departments can install PrintMe Mobile and deliver mobile printing on any printer connected to the network in as little as 20 minutes (view demo here). EFI PrintMe Mobile includes the following new features:
• PrintMe Mobile Link - free add-on software that enables Wi-Fi printing across complex, multi-subnet wireless network configurations.
• Proxy Server Support - provides easy set up for network configurations that require an internet proxy server.
• Microsoft Exchange Server - PrintMe Mobile now supports Microsoft Exchange Server over HTTPS as well as IMAP and POP protocols.
• Mobile Printing Reports - an improved reporting capability allows export for further data analysis. Print management software can now automatically track mobile printing jobs.

Meeting the unique requirements of enterprise mobile printing
According to a recent report by Quocirca, the diversity of mobile platforms and printer hardware makes implementing an enterprise mobile print strategy far from simple. Organisations face a complex array of hardware, software and service offerings, which vary both by mobile platform and printer device. Businesses cannot afford to ignore the consumerisation impact on enterprise printing. If they do, consumers will bypass IT and potentially use consumer printer apps which offer IT no real levels of corporate security or control on what is printed.

‘The future of enterprise printing will increasingly be shaped by consumer trends. The extent to which organisations and vendors can harness this trend will determine success or failure,’ said Louella Fernandes, principal consultant at Quocirca. ‘Organisations must balance a mobile print strategy with security, cost, business process requirements, user needs and delivery models. Quocirca believes that PrintMe Mobile is ideally suited to enterprises that are looking for a flexible solution that provides a universal approach to printing across a mixed device fleet and multiple mobile OS platforms.’

Growing demand across vertical markets
PrintMe Mobile uniquely enables all printers on an enterprise network to be capable of AirPrint-like Wi-Fi printing from Apple iPads and iPhones as well as Android devices. This is particularly useful in markets where adoption rates of iPad tablets are growing.

‘Zeno Office Solutions is seeing increased demand from our customer base for a mobile print solution that can provide direct Wi-Fi printing from the iPad and which works in a multi-vendor printer environment,’ said Keith Roher, vice president of sales for Zeno in Tampa, Fla. ‘We have successfully installed PrintMe Mobile at several customers recently and find EFI's enterprise mobile print software to be an ideal solution because it covers all of our customers' mobile print needs in all of the markets we serve.’

‘Knowledge workers are adopting tablets for their flexibility and convenience, and are integrating these devices into their daily routines at work. But unlike laptops and PCs, tablets were not built with printing in mind,’ said John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing for EFI. ‘PrintMe Mobile leverages more than a decade of mobile printing innovation to provide a solution that enterprise customers need today. We are removing the barriers to mobile printing, and letting users print when they want to from whatever device they have.’

For more about EFI, visit: www.efi.com or follow EFI online on Twitter: @EFI_Print_Tech. Find EFI on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EFI.Digital.Print.Technology, or view EFI on YouTube: www.youtube/EFIDigitalPrintTech. You can also simply click on the EFI banner or sponsor logo buttons on our Home Page at any time.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2012.

Esko supports PantoneLIVE in X-Rite/Pantone partnership
Integration of Esko's Color Engine supports breakthrough first-time- every-time colour integrity for the packaging supply chain…

Esko takes its packaging supply chain colour management offerings to the next level through a partnership with X-Rite/Pantone, the global leader in colour science and technology. Visitors to the Esko stand at drupa 2012 in Hall 8b will experience a colour management workflow that encompasses the entire packaging supply chain and ensures first-time-every-time colour integrity.

‘Market research consistently reveals that consumers use the colour and shape of a package to recognise and select the product they want when shopping,’ said Geert De Proost, director software engines for Esko. ‘That is why brand owners are so concerned about an accurate representation of package colours. For the same reason, we decided to implement support for PantoneLIVE from X-Rite/Pantone in our workflow. PantoneLIVE delivers an end-to-end solution that, for the first time, addresses the needs and requirements of every single discipline within the packaging supply chain. This means that the brand manager will see an accurate representation of on-press colour early in the design process, while converters can be assured of first-time-right colour proofing and easy-to-match colour on press. This sets the right expectations from the beginning of the process and has the potential to significantly reduce time to market.’

Accurate and consistent colour data throughout the packaging supply chain
Esko's Color Engine, the central colour database to manage colour and device profiles, is the enabling technology to support the PantoneLIVE colour management process across the prepress packaging workflow. The combination of PantoneLIVE spot colour profiles with Esko's unique and patented spectral ink model provides absolute accuracy and predictability for spot colour simulation. This is a winning combination at the basis for a breakthrough colour workflow in the packaging supply chain.

All supply chain stakeholders can access Color Engine from their preferred application:
• For designers, Ink Manager and Esko Viewer are PantoneLIVE-enabled plug-ins inside of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
• For prepress professionals, PackEdge, ArtPro, Automation Engine and WebCenter all connect to the same colour data for editing, previewing and proofing purposes.
• FlexProof creates accurate and achievable hardcopy inkjet proofs, either locally or remotely, based on PantoneLIVE spot colour profiles.
• Brand Owners can use the PantoneLIVE portal to manage digital brand colour standards.
• Printers and converters will access the exact same colour references to use in X-Rite Ink Formulation Software.

The Esko Color Engine is the central colour management software that brings about consistent colour across the packaging and print supply chain. In combination with the PantoneLIVE colour database, the Color Engine Pilot provides the perfect tool set for creating and maintaining critical brand colours, creation of spot colour profiles and other colour conversion settings. The Color Engine maintains consistency throughout the production environment by ensuring that every application and operator works with the same colour critical data.

‘PantoneLIVE delivers colour DNA based on real ink, on real substrates with real printing processes for predictable, repeatable results,’ explains Dr. Sonia Megert, vice president of the Pantone digital business unit at X-Rite/Pantone. ‘We are very pleased to have Esko, the leading packaging workflow software provider, endorse and recognise the value of PantoneLIVE. Esko plays a key, strategic role in the digital ecosystem that surrounds PantoneLIVE.’

‘This is the first time that the same digital ink specification can be used throughout the entire packaging supply chain,’ concludes De Proost. ‘It guarantees consistent colour reproduction from design through production, a goal that has been difficult to achieve in the past. Integration of Color Engine in PantoneLIVE changes the game. We are excited to support PantoneLIVE's end-to-end colour workflow at drupa 2012.’

For more information about Esko's Color Engine, visit www.esko.com/colourengine; for more information about PantoneLIVE, visit: www.pantone.com/live. In Souther Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems at: www.kemtek.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2012.

New stamping foil generation impresses processors
Coating specialist Kurz reports that its differentiated product range, to be displayed at drupa, well received by the market…

The coating specialist Kurz reports consistently positive results for the new hot stamping foils it has developed since the last Drupa. Over the past few years, the company has been developing a range of new stamping foil formulations to even better satisfy the needs of its customers. According to Kurz, the following three new stamping foils have established themselves extremely well in the market: Luxor / Alufin MC-Pro, Luxor / Alufin MP and Luxor / Alufin ML.

The MC-Pro stamping foil grade is especially suited for designs with both large-area and fine-detail elements.

To complete this successful range of high-performance hot stamping foils called M series, Kurz has developed the foil quality Luxor / Alufin MTS, which will be introduced at Drupa. The new stamping foil is intended to give the print finisher an especially wide scope of processing. The easy-to-process Luxor / Alufin MTS is suitable for all kind of motifs and offers high abrasion resistance, also for relief stampings. It adheres well on different substrates and excels with high coverage even on large-area applications.

As Kurz reports, today's finishing market demands a highly differentiated range of stamping foils. Processors find it very challenging to come to terms with the complex and constantly changing stamping conditions they encounter. They need to be able to deliver consistent and high-quality results for vastly different stamping jobs, while working as quickly, and producing as little waste as possible. The M series is aimed at assisting processors in better satisfying the wide variety of requirements with which they are faced. While the new Luxor / Alufin MTS has to prove its efficiency, MC-Pro, MP and ML are clearly fulfilling their purpose as they have become a staple item in the repertoire of many processors, according to Kurz.

Luxor/Alufin MP is a versatile stamping foil that is also suitable for laminated and UV-lacquered surfaces. This universal grade is preferred by processors who receive a wide range of jobs and want to keep their inventories low but still have quick access to an uncomplicated stamping foil.

Luxor/Alufin MC-Pro was developed for more finicky jobs and offers the processor a special combination of properties: it produces high edge definition stampings while also achieving excellent coverage. It is frequently used for packaging, sheet-fed labels and self-adhesive labels with challenging stamped designs.

Luxor/Alufin ML is a specialised grade that was developed for stamping fine details. It produces a clean stamping with sharp contours, even for filigree designs. This stamping foil has also proven to be ideal for use with UV-lacquered surfaces. Luxor / Alufin ML is an especially popular choice for cigarette packets.

Customer consultants will be available at Drupa at the Kurz stand in Hall 3 to provide you with comprehensive information about the properties of various hot stamping foils, and to advise you on their suitability for your upcoming stamping jobs.

For more information, visit: www.kurz.de

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2012.

Océ enhances power of Océ PRISMA server
Focus is on improving business efficiencies and expanding customer opportunities V4.06 of Océ PRISMAproduction Server…

Océ recently announced the availability of Version 4.06 of Océ PRISMAproduction Server. With this new version, Océ continues to expand and evolve its output and workflow management and capabilities in the high performance production area in response to customer needs and market opportunities.

High-performance output management tool for transaction and graphic arts
Océ PRISMAproduction Server - the Océ core platform for production printing - is a high-performance output management and automation system for both transaction and graphic arts environments. This solution creates a converged platform for mid to very high volume transaction printing, and also for publishing-type document printing.

The platform can manage an unrivalled range of b/w and full-colour printing systems, spanning the full gamut of output speeds and functionality. Furthermore, Océ PRISMAproduction Server offers a stable high-performance platform for maximised workflow integration and automation.

Highly efficient workflows for cost efficiencies and revenue maximisation
‘Continuous improvement, backed by world-class service and technical support, has been a hallmark of the Océ workflow software strategy. With the announcement of the new version of Océ PRISMAproduction Server we have reached the next level of integration, automation and usability in production and workflow management. As a result, users in both the graphic arts and the transaction markets can deliver more applications with greater flexibility, cost efficiencies and revenue maximisation,’ noted Crit Driessen, Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, Océ Production Printing.

Fully automated Océ PRISMAproduction Server workflows eliminate costs and manual labor for graphic arts operations, transactional print providers, direct mail marketers and others who depend on highly efficient workflows. Print providers can maximise margins, improve business efficiencies and open up new revenue-generating opportunities.

No preprinted paper, reduced warehouse space and paper waste
Océ PRISMAproduction software and the Océ Preprinted Forms Replacement application eliminate the need for pre-printed paper. Customers realise significant cost savings by reducing stored inventory, warehouse space, paper changes and waste. With this functionality, customers can now run multiple jobs even from cut sheet systems on a single paper roll, resulting in greater flexibility, higher levels of product reliability and uptime and improved productivity.

The new Océ PRISMAproduction Dashboard provides the overview needed in vast and complex operations. To gain the best possible utilisation and efficiency it is absolutely vital to have a precise overview at any given time. As a result, customers can save time, money and labour while achieving smoother production across the enterprise.

JDF/JMF integration for enhanced automation of print processes
As JDF and JMF adoption accelerates, enhanced Océ PRISMAproduction JDF/JMF capabilities enable greater connectivity to front-end order entry systems, both Océ and non-Océ print engines and support for a wider range of post-processing devices. With JDF/JMF integration, Océ PRISMAproduction provides a solid foundation as a centralised production management solution, enhancing the print process automation with greater flexibility.

With Océ PRISMAproduction Server and its unrivalled capabilities in automation, flexibility, reliability and integration, Océ customers will achieve the utmost in terms of increased utilisation of equipment and maximised cost savings across their entire document production process.

For more information visit: www.oce.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2012.