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Issue: News in Review 2007
Chapter: Headline News October 2007

The Headline News items which appeared in our Home Page news during the fourth week of October...

The week's news for 22 - 26 October 2007

The articles which included environmental issues this week to round off the month nicely, are Fujifilm and Oce, which led the green news on Monday with their latest moves to reduce greenhouse gasses and emissions,
whilst on Tuesday, HP Indigo announced its latest moves to reduce the carbon footprint in the manufacture of ElectroInk, its liquid ink used on HP Indigo digital colour presses. Fujifilm’s primary US plate manufacturing complex, located in Greenwood, South Carolina, is using methane gas from a local community landfill site to power approximately 40 per cent of the facility's operations. Just think what this type of move could perhaps achieve in South Africa for local communities - where there are large landfill sites. Wednesday saw the Isle of Man's largest printer also make a press change - citing environmental issues as being a factor in favour of MAN Roland.

The latest report from British scientists, in a study carried out by the British Antarctic Survey in conjunction with East Anglia University in the UK over a period of ten years, reveals that levels of carbon dioxide have risen 35 per cent faster than expected since the year 2000, so the sooner we start to listen and take action, the better.

Heidelberg's Print Media Academy Summer University will kick off in Cape Town in just under two week's time. There are still vacant seats if you want to grab this unique opportunity. All the various links for the seminar updates and to register, or to find out more about it are included in the article below (Tuesday). The four-day seminar programme will focus on both production technology and business management issues.

The first Optimus User Group meetings ever held in South Africa concluded in Cape Town on Friday 19 October, marking a new era in the country for the leading British MIS supplier. In April 2007 Optimus formed a new partnership with NJA Computing, appointing it as its new agent in South Africa. The two companies have been working closely ever since. The Optimus User Group meetings held in both Johannesburg and Cape Town were acclaimed by Optimus' managing director Nicola Bissett to have been a phenomenal success. South African printers can expect to see the Optimus name become more prominent as the Optimus Group implements a strategy to gain a greater share of the market. Optimus is already a leading MIS supplier worldwide and is headquartered in the UK with subsidiaries and partners in a large number of countries.

It's hard to believe that next year's European Soccer World Cup has actually gained a new web press sale for MAN Roland in Jacarta, Indonesia (Tuesday), but perfectly true. We really do live in a global village these days. WAN's articles on both Monday and Wednesday also highlight this fact, as 'new' media evolves constantly out of the major newspaper publishing groups, who are all growing very quickly into becoming sophisticated multimedia businesses, while their traditional newspapers also continue to thrive - albeit in perhaps with a different format or new look.

Sappi made the headlines again on Thursday, with its grant recipients for the Ideas that Matter 2007 competitions held in North America, South Africa and Europe. You will find a link in the article below to take you to the winners and grant recipients. There were also a number of very nice sales successes again this week, including DI presses from both Screen and Presstek, as well as an order for six NexPress digital colour presses from one customer.

Good news to round off this week is that Presstek Inc. is the latest company to sponsor our Website, and joins a growing list of key manufacturers to lend its support to our efforts to keep you informed of the latest news and developments. Since mid-September we've also increased our daily news coverage by 50 per cent, just to keep pace with the volume of key articles we now receive, and although this is likely to taper off as we approach the end of the year, it will probably exceed these latest numbers as Drupa approaches, with only 213 days to go until the show opens in May. Visitor numbers to the Website have also reached new all-time record highs this month, far exceeding our expectations and keeping us firmly on track towards another record-breaking year. Heidelberg is also breaking records for the number of PDF downloads ever recorded, for its 'How is a press made?' publication from our Online Features downloads section.

Mike Hilton

New issue 262 of Heidelberg News
Value-added printing - going the extra mile for your customers, and lots more in this latest 72-page issue…

Anyone who wants to ensure they retain their current client base long-term, or even attract a whole new range of customers, must be in a position to offer their target groups impressive added value. But how can you gain this kind of advantage over the competition?

In the newly published issue 262, the authors of Heidelberg News try to track down the answers to these questions by visiting a diverse range of print shops. The magazine drops in on Moquin Press in the US, which specialises in customers from the print broker industry - a clientele under permanent pressure due to time and costs.

Anderson Printing in India also has to be exceedingly flexible as the demands of its 300 customers from Calcutta's booming real estate market alone are growing all the time - each of them wants an even more appealing brochure, a more impressive calendar or more up-to-date prospectus. The result is 150 print jobs per day which Anderson handles using a Prinect workflow, three Speedmaster presses and its own postpress equipment. Yet the company not only deals with these jobs admirably, but also offers a full service package, including advising customers and designing print products in-house.

We also find out how the Finance Printing Company in Vietnam, which operates in a socialist market economy, achieves profits that benefit society. We look at how a new Speedmaster SM 52 UV and exclusive printed materials are helping Karl Heinz Ottersbach from the German company Stach GmbH attract more customers, and the in-house benefits and customer advantages that a franchise model such as Kall Kwik has brought to Henry Luce in England. The authors have also spoken to Peter Göppel who explains how it is possible to build up a dynamic business even in tranquil Liechtenstein and why BVD's international clientele are so excited about Göppel's 'Prinect-Turbo'.

As well as all this, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG's customer magazine offers a first glimpse of the forthcoming Speedmaster XL 145 and 162, gives an insight into the enormous potential of the Speedmaster SM 74, and takes a close look at the coating supply unit, CoatingStar. To round things off, there’s a chance to catch your breath in the Toppan printing museum in Japan.

Issue 262 of Heidelberg News is available now. Copies for your own use can be downloaded from: www.heidelberg-news.com or requested by e-mailing Heidelberg.News@heidelberg.com or faxing +49 (0)6221 92 50 42.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 October 2007.

Goss introduces new M-800 4x4 commercial web
The new 4x4 Goss M-800 uses conventional flat blankets and incorporates design elements from gapless Sunday presses…

Goss International has expanded its range of double-circumference commercial web press options, adding a new 4x4 M-800 press to complement its gapless Sunday 4000 models. Imprenta Ajusco in Mexico City will be the first to install the new press in 2008.

The Goss M-800 press prints at up to 11 meters per second and is equipped with a JF-70 Collect folder. The new model utilises proven design elements from existing Goss press systems, including Sunday presses.

Imprenta Ajusco will install a four-unit M-800 press to print a range of commercial products, as well as books and heatset tabloid newspapers. Goss International will equip the system with a Contiweb CS splicer, Ecocool dryer and Omnicon controls. Imprenta Ajusco added Goss M-600 presses in 2001 and 2003.

'The new M-800 press provides another option, in addition to our advanced gapless presses, and introduces a unique combination of value and performance advantages to the double-circumference commercial press sector,' according to Goss International CEO Bob Brown. He noted that the 32-page M-800 press can complement 16-page Goss M-600 and M-500 systems. 'Commercial printing facilities that operate both 4x4 and 2x4 presses can gain efficiency and product versatility while still maintaining a single web width and paper supply,' he explained.

The M-800 press uses conventional, flat blankets and incorporates several features from gapless Goss Sunday presses. These include inking and dampening systems, multidrive, an in-line cylinder stack, and bearer-less cylinders. The JF-70 Collect folder allows the press to deliver up to 35,000 32-page signatures in collect production or 70,000 16-page signatures in straight production.

Pictured above: Sergio Torres (right), owner of Imprenta Ajusco in Mexico City, confirms plans to install the first Goss M-800 web press with Phil Burke, Goss International sales director for Latin America.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 October 2007.

Two new larger Kongsberg die-less cutting tables
EskoArtwork's Kongsberg i-XE32 and i-XE54 are designed to cut and finish digitally printed materials for displays…

EskoArtwork has increased its Esko Kongsberg i-XE series of digital die-less cutting tables which are now available in two, larger sizes: the Kongsberg i-XE32 with a working area of 1300 x 1620mm and the Kongsberg i-XE54 (pictured) 1600 x 3050mm. These two new models join the compact Kongsberg i-XE10.

The new tables are perfect for the cost-efficient and swift cutting and finishing of digitally printed, flexible and light-duty sheeted materials such as adhesive vinyl (decals), vinyl banners, foam board, and textiles. The system also easily cuts semi rigid materials such as carton and single flute corrugated board and polycarbonate.

Kongsberg i-XE: Automated digital finishing tables for signs and displays
The Kongsberg i-XE series of automated digital finishing systems, based on the technology and robust architecture of the Kongsberg i-XL series of large format digital finishing tables, was specifically created for signs and displays. The Kongsberg i-XE models provide the highest speed, acceleration and precision cutting available in the graphics industry. Screen printed decals, digitally printed POP displays, and pressure sensitive films, among others, are perfectly kiss-cut or through-cut using an advanced motion system and Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering's (MGE's) patented i-cut vision system. This is supported by proven, rugged construction, with robust rack and pinion motor drives, and an ultra-fast multi axis servo system that permits superior acceleration and full speed without loss of precision.

Each graphic element on every sheet is checked by the MGE i-cut Vision Pro system for any type of distortion in the printed image or substrate and corrected on-the-fly, even for non-linear type stretch or skewed images, without any user intervention. Even jobs printed months earlier will be cut accurately, despite any material shrinkage or image distortion.

The i-cut vision software and camera integrated into the tool head, reads printed registration marks that have been strategically placed by the ai-cut Adobe Illustrator plug-in module, which is able to create register marks in seconds.

The i-script software is an additional component enhancing finishing productivity. The software connects the separated routes of the graphic design and the finishing data. It is the interface between the digital print control and RIP software, and the i-cut digital finishing system. With i-script, the operator does not have to re-register the tool head for each printed file on one sheet or roll of material. The i-script standard allows digital print control software to generate and communicate key finishing data to the Kongsberg i-XE. Setup time can be reduced to just placing the printed material on the Kongsberg i-XE table and pressing the 'Start' button.

Unique tooling system
Esko Kongsberg i-XE tables features an entirely new tooling system, for lightning-fast motion to increase productivity, for a wide range of materials. The tooling system offers two configurable tool positions with quick connectors, prepared for a range of advanced tool stations. In addition, there is a permanently mounted block holding the i-cut vision control camera, a ballpoint pen and a laser pointer for fast indexing.

Kiss and through cutting of vinyl, polycarbonate, polyester, carton and more, up to single flute corrugated material, is performed with a variety of tooling, including a PressCut tool allowing kiss and through cutting within the same job; a VariCut tool used for kiss cutting with fine depth tolerance as well as through cutting within the same job,; a Static knife tool for through cutting of thin, rigid material such as carton board and polycarbonate; a Reciprocating knife tool suitable for single-flute corrugated board up to and including C-flute and other light-duty fibrous materials; and a Crease tool for creasing of folding carton and corrugated board.

The Kongsberg i-XE10 can be equipped with a conveyer system and the MGE sheet feeding system for automated material processing. Production applications, requiring continuous loading of material by pushing material on the conveyer belt and moving the belt, are made easy.

‘As the speed of roll and flatbed printers increase, they require faster finishing tables that are correspondingly faster and productive,’ explained Tom Erik Naess, Esko product manager, samplemaking and SRP. ‘Our new Kongsberg i-XE tables were developed in larger sizes to accommodate the wider materials that are coming off wide-format digital presses for displays of many sizes and shapes. We offer the speed required to keep up with these faster printers.’

The new Kongsberg i-XE table will be demonstrated for the first time on MGE's stand at the SGIA show in Orlando, Florida, which is being held from October 24 - 27, 2007. The first machines will be available for delivery at the beginning of 2008.

For more information, visit: www.esko.com or in Southern Africa from: www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 October 2007.

Inca introduces new 6-colour Columbia Turbo Plus
Capable of printing CMYK plus white, or extending the colour gamut with light cyan, light magenta, green, orange or violet…

At SGIA' 07, Inca Digital has reinforced its commitment to development and flexibility by launching the Columbia Turbo Plus printer. The new model incorporates two additional print modules that increase the total number of print heads to 96 compared to 64 on a four-colour Columbia Turbo. The extra printheads enable the Columbia Turbo Plus to incorporate white or two additional colours which can be selected from light cyan and light magenta, as well as green, orange or violet.

The Columbia Turbo, first launched in 2004, set an exceptional standard in performance with display print firms worldwide. The new Columbia Turbo Plus offers the same benefits, printing on rigid or flexible substrates up to 40mm thick at speeds of up to 123 sq/m hr. With a maximum sheet size of 3200 x 1600mm, it will consistently produce at a throughput of up to 24 full bed sheets per hour (allowing for handling time). The new Columbia Turbo Plus is available for immediate delivery.

'The Columbia Turbo Plus provides the same diversity of printing as the Spyder, but with faster productivity for those printers who typically work with larger print runs. Customers have been asking for a Turbo that can print white and now Inca can deliver this,' said Heather Kendle, Inca's director of marketing.

The Inca Spyder 320-8 Series is also be on display at the show. Its eight ink modules allow printers to widen the colour gamut of the CMYK ink set adding combinations of light magenta, light cyan, white, green, orange and violet-allowing a wide range of colours to be reproduced. The white option enables white to be printed (overprint, underprint, or spot colour layers) using one printing press. This ensures maximum flexibility and print speed, while delivering accurate registration between the white spot colour and a CYMK image. Sharp image resolution and crisp text is printed using a 28 picolitre drop on a 3200 x 1600mm static vacuum bed with highly accurate pin registration-at up to 80 sq/m hr. Fujifilm Sericol Uvijet inks provide an excellent colour gamut with print longevity. The new Spyder 320 Q with its 10-picolitre drop provides an additional option for those customers printing high quality graphics and smaller text.

'Our introduction of Spyder printers with six or more ink units demonstrates that companies are very willing to invest in systems that allow them to do noteworthy work, such as matching special colours, or printing two sided signs on plexi displays-requiring white underprinting,' commented Kendle.

At SGIA, the Inca Onset is also shown, in high-speed action on a large video screen on the Fujifilm Sericol booth, supported by a range of samples to demonstrate the quality of the Onset's printed output. The Onset is Inca's latest-generation digital flatbed inkjet printer and is the fastest digital flatbed available. Building on the core technology of the Inca Columbia Turbo and Inca Spyder presses, the Inca Onset offers unequalled print quality and speed with matt or gloss output. Automated feeding and stacking is optional but preferable to match the Onset's capability of up to 500 sq/m hr, equating to more than 100 full, 1524 x 3048mm sheets.

For additional information visit: www.incadigital.com or www.fujifilmsericol.com
You can also see high impact industrial applications in detail on: www.whynotinkjet.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 25 October 2007.

MAN Roland strikes record balance in Vienna
IfraExpo extremely successful for MAN Roland with brisk project activity and numerous web press sales…

MAN Roland will remember IfraExpo 2007, which took place in Vienna for the first time this year, with pleasure. The company has reason to be pleased not only with brisk project activity which has manifested itself in various letters of intent and verbal declarations of intent from international customers, but MAN Roland also signed three purchase contracts.

The Times of India, a MAN Roland customer for many years is to extend its machinery with three additional Regioman systems. The company has so far been working with several machines of the Regioman, Geoman and Colorman presslines at different sites.

Moscow printing company, Extra M, concluded a contract for a Geoman. Extra M is already a user of MAN Roland presses and currently produces with two Geoman and one Rotoman web presses.

Also found to be convincing was the new Euroman press: after customers in Brazil and the USA, as well as Indian printer Jagran Prakashan Limited decided in favour of the 32-page heatset web offset press.

Pictured above: Jagran Prakashan ordered a Euroman from the new 32-page heatset web offset series at IfraExpo in Vienna (from the left) Sandeep Gupta, executive president, Jagran Prakashan; Raj Nargis, managing director, MAN Roland India; Mike Ziegler, deputy vice president sales MAN Roland; and Timothy Ruth, vice president sales MAN Roland.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 October 2007.

VVA adds two Muller Martini PrimaPlus lines
Vereinigte Verlagsanstalten in Dusseldorf achieves big productivity increase with new PrimaPlus stitching lines…

‘It was our objective to achieve a substantial increase in productivity, in order to avoid outwork,’ stressed Thomas Röhrig, one of the management team at Vereinigte Verlagsanstalten in Dusseldorf. ‘And we have established that we have succeeded in doing this with the two new PrimaPlus saddle stitchers. We are now producing 20 to 25 per cent more than in the same period last year.’

At its printing facility in Dusseldorf, Vereinigte Verlagsanstalten GmbH (VVA) employs a workforce of some 250 people. In a three-shift operation, complete printing solutions ranging in size from A6 to A3 are produced. These include more than 100 periodicals (with a high percentage of titles published in-house) for customers at home and abroad. Production machinery includes everything from very up-to-date sheetfed offset and web printing presses to high-performance saddle stitchers and various addressing lines that operate independently of one another, enabling the company to produce on time and with the best possible quality.

For many years, VVA has put its trust in Muller Martini equipment for manufacturing its wire-stitched products. Up to now, two saddle stitchers have been in use, namely a model 335 and a Prima. Two new PrimaPlus saddle stitchers were put into operation in the middle of this year to expand existing capacity. After a stringent evaluation process, this model won through against tough competition. ‘The performance of the PrimaPlus demonstrated to us during sample production runs was clearly the feature that most convinced us,’ added Werner Küppenbender, technical manager at VVA. ‘In addition, the good experiences we had had with our older saddle stitchers in terms of reliability and high availability also came out in favour of Muller Martini and, as we recently experienced, Muller Martini machines also have a high residual value.’

The new pair of PrimaPlus saddle stitching systems have six and eight feeders and cover feeders, as well as a fourth and fifth knife attachment and sample gluer. Both lines are equipped with Semko lateral thickness measurement units and Asir optical signature recognition. This means the highest levels of production reliability and productivity. ‘We can already see a clear improvement in results today,’ asserted Küppenbender. ‘With comparable runs, we are 20 to 50 per cent faster than before.’

Board-member Thomas Röhrig is also extremely satisfied, ‘We are now producing 20 to 30 per cent more than in the same period a year ago. This has enabled us to achieve our aim of substantially increasing productivity to avoid outwork.’ Röhrig is also satisfied that the PrimaPlus lines have delivered all the promises made by Muller Martini. ‘We are still not quite where we want to be,’ Röhrig admitted, ‘but we are certainly well on the way.’

This is also because, from day one, VVA has placed great importance on the regular training of operating personnel. ‘Eight out of nine of our staff who work on the Prima lines have attended training courses at the Muller Martini Training Centre in Switzerland,’ comments Uwe Schreeck, finishing department manager. ‘The feedback from the training sessions was very positive. And this is underlined by the fact that our operating personnel performed excellently on the new saddle stitchers right from the first day.’

Two more employees will be sent to Switzerland for training courses shortly. VVA is convinced that it can increase productivity even more due to this intensive training and the increasing experience of its personnel on the new machines.

Pictured above: Uwe Schreeck, finishing department manager and Werner Küppenbender, technical manager of Vereinigte Verlagsanstalten in Düsseldorf, with Joachim Weis of Muller Martini Germany, at one of the two new PrimaPlus saddle stitching lines.

For additional information, please visit: www.mullermartini.com. In Southern Africa, Muller Martini is represented by Thunderbolt Solutions at: www.thunderbolt.co.za for more details.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 October 2007.

Poligrafici Editoriale chooses Grafikontrol
KBA Colora presses in Bologna, Florence and Milan to have Grafikontrol colour and cut-off register controls…

As a result of ongoing collaboration between the Group Poligrafici Editoriale and Grafikontrol, three new KBA Colora presses, to be installed by the Group in Bologna, Florence and Milan will be fitted with new Grafikontrol colour and cut-off register controls, CR25 and CR25TP respectively.

In addition to the three new presses with four towers and one folder each, the Bologna site will also receive a KBA Commander tower with dryer, equipped with another CR25 colour register system, CR8TS cut-off and sidelay register control and Grafikontrol Densiweb for in-line colour density control.

The investment is expected to enable the Group to make considerable reductions in waste during job start-ups. This is due to the complete automation of the control processes provided by the Grafikontrol equipment, which also ensures perfect quality consistency during a run.

The Group Poligrafici Editoriale prints Il Quotidiano Nazionale with its three editions, Il Giorno, La Nazione and Il Resto del Carlino. It has had a lasting relationship with Grafikontrol, which began with the installation of equipment on the heatset presses at Bologna and on the Newspaper presses in Loreto at the Group’s member company, Rotopress International.

This relationship will be strengthened by the new order, which also extends to the Bologna and Florence sites with Grafikontrol CR25 and CR25TP systems being retrofitted on three existing Goss Uniliner presses that have three towers and one folder each.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 October 2007.

Print campaigns that really make a difference
Sappi announces its 2007 Ideas that Matter grants for social good, in support of non-profit organisations…

What future is there for the unemployed… with no skills… and no resources? With little self-esteem they lack the impetus to gain entry into the job market. No longer is this the case in a small South African town. Through a motivated non-governmental organisation that was a recipient of a Sappi ideas that Matter grant in 2005, circumstances have changed for the better. Using the grant to produce fund-raising material which has achieved its objectives of additional funding, the disadvantaged in Stellenbosch are now training and being employed as waitrons, chefs, nurse aids and many other practical occupations.

While in Europe, when their daughter died 11 years ago aged 17 from a brain tumour, Neil and Angela Dickson wanted to donate to a charity who specifically researched into cures for brain cancers. At the time, very little research, if any, was conducted by any of the cancer charities. Brain cancer has been known as the 'forgotten cancer'. 'Sam's Campaign' was created with financial support from Sappi's Ideas That Matter fund and ran in March this year to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the Samantha Dickson Trust. The campaign kicked off with an 'open day' at the Houses of Parliament. Print media, taxi advertising and the internet were used to make people aware of the symptoms of brain cancer and to raise the charity's profile. The campaign resulted in an amazing GBP 70,000 of donations. A further £33,000 is expected over the next 12 months from the new acquired regular donors. 400 per cent sustained increase in hits to the website has been recorded. The campaign generated £2.1m free coverage on TV, radio, national and regional magazine, newspaper and online articles.

Sappi, the world's leading manufacturer of coated fine paper, through its Ideas that Matter initiative has again awarded its annual funding to innovative designers for print campaigns that promote worth causes.

The international Ideas that Matter initiative provides the graphic design community with a global platform to showcase their ideas to help promote the social causes they care about through grant funding to design students, professional designers and design agencies to produce print campaigns for social, environmental and humanitarian causes. The designers donate their time and expertise developing campaigns for worthy causes, while Sappi provides the funding needed to cover implementation costs.

$8-million awarded over the past eight years
Launched in 1999, Ideas that Matter draws entries from all over the world, and grants totalling US$1 million are awarded annually. Over the past eight years, US$8 has resulted in some of the most creative and effective campaigns ever produced for non-profit organisations.

This year, over 300 entries were received from designers and students in 20 countries, with 35 of these entries selected for funding. Projects submitted related to culture, education, the environment, health, human rights, society, violence and war.

The judges who selected the campaigns from Europe included former president of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) Mervyn Kurlansky from Denmark, AGI member David Tartakover from Israel, Guy Schockaert, former Icograda president, from Belgium, Oda Sanel from the German charity Alzheimer Forschung Initiative, and Sue Griffin, Marketing Communications Manager for Sappi in Europe. They feel that, "Ideas that Matter is a different source of 'self-enrichment', working with the jurors and the international entrants on Sappi's great ITM initiative."

The initiative is open to entries in the three regions, North America, Europe and southern Africa where Sappi has manufacturing units, with final awards made on the basis of innovation, creativity, impact and potential effectiveness.

‘Print remains one of the most powerful forms of communication,’ said André Oberholzer group head corporate affairs, Sappi. ‘It provides an immediate experience of the communications message and, as a result, prompts a response at a very personal level. This makes print an exceptionally effective channel for non-profit organisations - for fundraising purposes, education and raising awareness.

‘We are amazed to see the level of commitment, time and energy that the designers had invested in their entries for Ideas that Matter. There were very hard choices to make and the jury found the judging process very demanding,’ explained Sappi Europe's Sue Griffin. ‘But I'm looking forward to seeing how this commitment is communicated via the print campaigns. Especially at how successfully paper and ink come together to translate the ideas into effective campaigns that have the power to move people to actively support the causes that the designers so want to help."

Pictured above: The European 2007 Ideas that Matter judges (from left to right): Guy Schockaert, Icograda board member 1993 - 2001 and president 1997 - 1999; Sue Griffin, marketing communications manager Sappi Fine Paper Europe; Oda Sanel, Alzheimer Forschung Initiative e.V.; Mervyn Kurlansky, former president of AGI, past president Icograda and founding partner of Pentagram; David Tartakover, AGI member.

For more information and to see the full lists of this year’s grant winners in Europs, Africa and North America, please Click here

Or visit: www.sappi.com/IdeasThatMatter to find out more about this Sappi initiative. You can also use the Sappi Ideas that Matter sponsor logo link on the left-hand side of our Home Page or the ITM banner which is also linked.

© Graphic Repro On-line 25 October 2007.

Label Traxx partnership with UPM Raflatac
Label Traxx partners with UPM Raflatac to streamline electronic ordering for flexographic narrow web label printers…

Tailored Solutions Label Traxx, the print business management software for flexographic narrow web label printers and converters, now connects its European users seamlessly with UPM Raflatac.

Via Raflink Direct Link, European Label Traxx users can access the Raflatac order system directly from their software, making ordering Raflatac label stock easy, fast and reliable. Printers using Label Traxx can dramatically reduce order entry time by connecting directly and securely to the UPM Raflatac Raflink Business Line, thus eliminating double entries and greatly reducing the risk of errors. UPM Raflatac systems also provide immediate order confirmation and advance shipment notice data. Using the convenient barcode scanning feature of Label Traxx software, users can scan incoming and work-in-process UPM Raflatac material to easily maintain an accurate inventory.

Discussing the enhancement, Tailored Solutions president Ken Meinhardt commented, ‘Label printers and converters in both Europe and North America now can use the most popular job management software in the industry to deal directly with a major vendor of label stock. Tailored Solutions is proud to be the first and only software provider to fill this need.’

UPM Raflatac, a UPM Label Division, is a leading supplier of paper-based and film pressure sensitive label stock, and radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays. With 2006 sales of some US$1.3 billion, and 2500 employees, UPM Raflatac has manufacturing facilities in Finland, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Malaysia, South Africa, and the United States. UPM Raflatac self-adhesive roll stock is sold to converters and printers through a network of terminals and sales offices throughout the world.

Additional information can be found at: www.tailored.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 25 October 2007.

Sun partners with SA Labels to deliver world first
Sun Chemical in exclusive partnership with SA Labels to supply inks, adhesives and coatings for its Ultraflex press…

Sun Chemical has entered into an exclusive partnership with SA Labels to supply inks, adhesives and coatings for its cutting-edge Ultraflex press. Ultraflex is a ‘world first’ and exclusive print system offering uncompromising choices in print process configuration. It can deliver multiple decorative enhancements, such as foils, tactile finishes and varnishes across a wide range of pressure sensitive substrates and flexible packaging materials.

Tony Coultard, operations director, SA Labels, said, 'In today’s competitive consumer environment, brand owners need to find opportunities to differentiate their products from competitors. Packaging designs are becoming increasingly complex, especially in markets such as premium beverages, food and personal care where brand owners seek to add value to products through print. However, these can often be compromised by printing restrictions. Ultraflex eliminates these by using all aspects of print technology, including screen, gravure, flexo or a combination of these, allowing brand owners to achieve their vision.

'The partnership with Sun Chemical is vital to the success of Ultraflex. The press’ unique characteristics mean we had to choose an ink supplier at the forefront of ink innovation. Sun Chemical is the only company we feel has the portfolio of products which matched our requirements. Its R&D is extensive and it has a wide range of expertise across all printing processes to help Ultraflex push the boundaries of what is possible.'

Ultraflex will be available throughout Europe exclusively from SA Labels from June 2008.

Tony Palmer, general manager of Sun Chemical UK’s Packaging division, added, 'Ultraflex is a new breed of technology and the first press of its kind. It provides a new option to packaging printers to help them deliver a product the way it was designed, and we are delighted to add value to the project through our leading ink and coatings technology.'

© Graphic Repro On-line, 25 October 2007.

New Ideal shredder from Duplo
Duplo launches the Ideal 4005 shredder and safety improvements to the Ideal 2220, 2240 and 2260 shredders…

Duplo International has pushed forward the boundaries of shredding technology with the introduction of the Ideal 4005, which has a combination of high productivity and safety that make it suitable for the office market. At the same time Duplo is announcing the availability of new safety facilities for the Ideal 2220, 2240 and 2260 shredders which make them suitable for use in the home.

The Ideal 4005 incorporates a host of features to ensure efficiency and cost effectiveness, including an energy saving mode, automatic oil injection on the cutting shafts for a constantly high shred performance and photocell controlled start/stop. The hardened steel cutting shafts, which have a five-year guarantee, are paper clip proof and capable of shredding CDs.

Safety has been a top priority in the design of the Ideal 4005, which has an electronically controlled transparent safety flap in the feed opening to prevent fingers, ties or other objects entering the cutting shafts. There is an automatic reverse and power cut-off in the case of a paper jam. Coloured indicator lights inform the user if too many sheets are being fed at once and of the on-going capacity of the shred bag. When the bag is full the machine automatically stops.

'The huge amount of time and effort that goes into the design of a first class shredder is perhaps not always obvious, but every aspect of the Ideal 4005 has been carefully thought out and rechecked during extensive trials,' said Peter Jolly, UK marketing manager for Duplo International. 'From the convenient 405mm feed opening to the quiet but powerful 1,600 Watt single phase motor, each element has been designed with the aims of safety, ease-of-operation and efficiency.'

'The robust construction and reliability of the Ideal 4005, together with its enhanced level of safety gives the shredder the muscle to handle everyday shredding requirements in the office environment. The Ideal range of finishing equipment is a hugely popular selling line and we’ve already had a very enthusiastic response from dealers to this latest addition.'

The Ideal 2220, 2240 and 2260 all have a cutting width of 4mm, a feed opening of 220mm and a 150 Watt motor capacity. All of these models have been upgraded to include an additional safety flap feed opening to prevent objects entering the cutting shafts, which has also been introduced into all shredder models in the Ideal range.

For more information visit www.duplointernational.com. Duplo is represented by Antalis Graphics division in Southern Africa. You can visit the Website via the banner or sponsor logo on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 October 2007.

Rossington buys two Autobond Mini laminators
Rossington and Corden Print Finishers replaces ten-year-old Autobond with two brand new laminators…

Rossington and Corden Print Finishers was so pleased with the performance of its ten-year old Autobond laminator that when the time came to replace it, the company bought two new models. A new Autobond Mini 76 TH and Mini 105 TPH now operate side by side at the Nottingham factory, which is run by brother and sister, Duncan and Debra Rossington.

‘Our father started the business twenty-one years ago and we've been providing laminating services for about half of that time,’ said Duncan Rossington. ‘Autobond has given us a first class service during this period, while the laminator has been extremely productive - it has been one of the best machines we've ever purchased. Autobond was the obvious manufacturer to go back to when we needed a replacement.

‘The volume of laminating we were being asked to handle has grown steadily over the years and in the end, even working long days, we were turning work away. When we visited Autobond's Heanor factory we were very impressed by the ease-of-use and quality of its Mini series. The speed with which an operator can change a roll of film and makeready for a new job is very fast. The level of potential laminating work we have made it an obvious choice to purchase two Mini laminators.

‘Since their installation, the Mini 76 TH and Mini 105 TPH have lived up to all our expectations. We've bought the larger B1 Mini 105 with a perfecting facility, so sheets requiring laminating both sides go on that machine. The Heidelberg feed head in particular has been brilliant, allowing a wide range of stock to be handled at high speeds. Having two Autobond Mini laminators gives us great flexibility and certainly a huge capacity to turn work around quickly,’ said Rossington. ‘They've both performed very well.’

Pictured above: (Left) machine operator Adam Williamson with director Duncan Rossington.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 25 October 2007.

Studio Alfa pushing creative boundaries with Vutek
Superwide-format inkjet for fashion, jewellery, and home decorating provide growth for Brazilian firm…

EFI reported at Graph Expo last month, that Brazilian firm Studio Alfa has revolutionised its business with EFI’s Vutek superwide format printing.

'We started our business in Rio de Janeiro eight years ago as a prepress house,' said Evando Abreu, director, Studio Alfa. 'As the industry changed around us, we were looking for new business opportunities, and flatbed printing struck us as an innovative and exciting technology. Since we were one of the first firms to implement direct-to-rigid-substrate printing in Rio, it has taken time to educate the market, but now it is really taking off.'

Today, Studio Alfa has 70 employees and revenues of about $5 million. The firm counts among its clients high-end jeweler H Stern and fashion designer Casa Alessa. 'One of the most unique and exciting things we do is print custom fabrics for Alessa,' said Abreu. 'She came to us looking for an alternative to producing her new fabric designs for fashion shows. We have been able to offer her same day turnaround in many cases, as opposed to weeks with the conventional process she was using.'

Studio Alfa receives electronic files with Alessa’s custom designs for fabrics featuring Brazilian scenes, monuments, flora, fauna and architecture. The Vutek PV200 prints directly on the fabric and then Casa Alessa cuts and sews this custom fabric into a wide range of fashion items for use at fashion shows prior to going into full production. 'We can even print on leather so that she can create custom shoes, purses and other items,' commented Abreu.

'We never cease to be amazed at the creativity of our customers as they deploy Vutek solutions,' says Chuck Dourlet, vice president of marketing, EFI Vutek. 'Studio Alfa is an exceptionally creative firm, and it is producing work across the gamut of materials that can be used with the PV200, including wood, glass, stone, marble, PVC and acrylic, in addition to the textiles. They even produce custom Formica using a dye sublimation process for small quantity custom or sample interior coverings for retail outlets, businesses and homes.'

Vutek PV200 applications
The Vutek PV200 is an affordable flatbed production printer that produces the highest image quality up to 2032mm wide, the most versatile EFI printer available today. The PV200 is compatible with EFI’s new UV Series 50 speciality ink, the next generation of UV curable ink that widens the range of rigid materials that can be printed on directly without the need for a UV glass primer or other special pre-coating method, including acrylic and glass.

Studio Alfa is taking advantage of the flexibility of the PV200 to produce point of sale materials for upscale jeweller H Stern. 'We produced H Stern’s worldwide Christmas campaign,' said Abreu, 'customising everything from PVC window blinds and point-of-sale signage to printing in gold and silver tones on fabric for decorating display windows. It was a huge success for a very quality conscious customer.'

Studio Alfa is rapidly decorating Brazil using the Vutek PV200, from cruise ships and catamarans to restaurants, retail, offices and homes. The firm has also brought a new level of creativity to trade shows and expositions beyond conventional signage by customising floors, walls, windows and more. 'We are rapidly approaching the point of needing to increase capacity,' said Abreu. 'We will definitely be turning to our partners at EFI to do so. The Vutek printers are the absolute best in the market.'

For more information about EFI’s Vutek PV200 and other superwide-format printing solutions, visit: www.efi.com. For more information about Studio Alfa, visit: www.studioalfa.com.br.

In the Southern African marketplace, EFI Vutek is represented by Antalis Graphics division, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. For additional information visit: www.antalis.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 25 October 2007.

University is the UK’s first with imagePress C7000
Loughborough University's Media Services to target students with imagePress C7000VP using variable data…

Loughborough University is the UK’s first educational establishment to install Canon’s flagship digital press, the imagePress C7000VP. Loughborough University’s Media Services print unit will use the digital colour press to produce a range of high-quality, short and long-run print jobs, as well as cutting-edge variable data work to promote events and target students.

The imagePress is part of a large investment by the university to improve production facilities at its in-house print department, with speed and efficiency being the main buying priorities. Glenys Morley, print manager, Loughborough University said, 'We saw the imagePress C7000VP at Ipex along with other models that we were considering. The imagePress C7000VP was the only press that had it all - that could produce variable data work very quickly on a wide variety of substrates. It was essential that the new press could accommodate heavy stock as we use it for lots of short-run magazine covers, as well as marketing materials such as posters, flyers, postcards, business cards and Christmas cards.”

Loughborough’s in-house print department is staffed by 17 people and is open to students, staff and external visitors. It produces a range of products from ‘while you wait’ copies to entire marketing campaigns for external conferences. It is part of the university’s Media Services department, which employs a total of 50 people and provides a range of services including design, photography, multimedia, teaching support, conference and event support and mailroom services.

The press will be used for variable data work and will allow the different departments to promote conferences and events. The print department is currently working on an internal marketing campaign to promote the imagePress C7000VP’s capabilities to all departments.

'We’re also working with Canon and Objectif Lune to introduce PlanetPress, giving us the ability to produce a variety of variable data documents in-house. This will be used by departments to produce targeted collateral to students. For example, if there’s a shortage of particular students for a conference or event, we could run a targeted campaign to attract them. Personalisation improves response rates, so this is good for the university and students,' added Morley.

The imagePress C7000VP has replaced a Xerox 2045 and sits alongside the university’s existing fleet of Canon production equipment, including an iR150VP high-volume monochrome engine, CLC 3220 colour printer and iR6570 monochrome multifunctional printer (MFP). The University also has a Presstek 34DI digital offset press installed earlier this year and announced in May.

Ben Milford, head of Professional Print Marketing, Canon Business Solutions, said, 'Loughborough is the first educational establishment to recognise the potential of the imagePress C7000VP. They are very much pioneers in the use of variable data to target students through innovative campaigns. Just as many private companies use personalised data to increase response rates, so too is Loughborough University by harnessing information held on their databases. We look forward to working with them and providing the right solutions for their needs.'

© Graphic Repro On-line, 25 October 2007.

Ghent PDF Workgroup announces important updates
Well-known industry experts have developed and tested PDF/X Plus 3v3 plus specifications, with free downloads…

The international Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG), which in five years has become one of the world's most respected graphic arts best practice organisations, announced on Friday 19 October, that it has released new updates to its series of specifications for the use of PDF/X- 3 Plus in popular DTP, PDF generation and PDF verification applications in the graphic arts industry. The fast growing GWG is making it easier to produce and exchange reliable digital documents throughout the publishing workflow. The updates are now available for immediate use and downloading, at no charge, at the organisation's Website.

The thirteen principal Ghent PDF Workgroup specifications are built upon PDF/X-3:2002; adding restrictions and guidelines on top of what is already specified in the PDF/X standard. Being compliant with PDF/X-3, the thirteen principal specifications allow the use of ICC-tagged RGB and CMYK colours in PDF documents.

The GWG's updated PDF/X-3 Plus specifications cover the delivery and file exchange of print ready PDFs according to international standards for graphic arts and publications applications including:
•Advertising for newspapers and magazines
•Commercial Screen / LFP Printing and Offset / Digital sheet printing
•Commercial (cold set) web offset printing (newsprint), with allowance for medium resolution (100 - 300dpi images / 550 - 1950dpi line art)
Commercial (heat set) web offset printing & gravure

These new specifications join recently released specifications for packaging markets (January 2007) and for large format digital printing and screen printing (February, 2007).

Said GWG Specifications Subcommittee co-chair, Peter Maes, 'These latest specifications represent a collaboration of our all-volunteer group of technological leaders and experts who have worked hard to identify, specify and test the GWG specifications and best practice recommendations – all in a very accelerated time frame. Our goal is to continually offer the industry up to date, free and practical tools for creating more reliable publishing workflows.'

The specifications were developed by a cross section of representatives from the GWG's 40+ member groups, including many international user associations and premier vendors of graphic arts solutions and tools. Educational institutions and, most recently, publishing companies, have also begun joining the ranks of GWG members. The newest include Hearst, Quebecor World, Sanoma Magazines, and BVDM, The German Printing and Media Industries Federation.

The 2007 specifications are an upgrade from the last comprehensive specifications released in 2004, with renewed PDF/X-3-specific specifications, and a series of additional checks including RGB / ICC workflow specific recommendations. For a detailed list of these additional checks see attached addendum.

Download free GWG specifications, test suites, whitepapers and more at: www.gwg.org

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 October 2007.

Now automated shipment and despatch from OA
Objective Advantage launches OASymbio shipping module following partnership deal with Best Way Technologies…

Objective Advantage (OA), the specialist print software development company, has expanded the capabilities of OASymbio to integrate the processes of shipment and despatch into automated print production workflows. OASymbio is a suite of versatile production management tools used to automate all areas of print production.

The launch of the OASymbio Shipping module follows a partnership deal between Objective Advantage and shipping software company Best Way Technologies, which gives OA access to ProShip Suite, Best Way’s multi-carrier shipping system. ProShip Suite is a feature-rich solution that automates all aspects of the shipment process and extends cost savings and visibility advantages of its small parcel and LTL shipping software to all other parts of the corporation.

'During our years of working with print service providers, we have come across varying degrees of automation within the shipment and despatch process, but it’s clearly an area where the majority of work is still undertaken manually,' said Gareth O’Brien, chief executive officer of Objective Advantage, 'This partnership with Best Way Technologies has enabled us to offer our customers the opportunity to expand their automation right through from initial job submission, to fulfilment, shipment and despatch.'

This latest facility, which enables OASymbio to integrate ProShip into the production workflow to fully automated shipment and despatch, offers print providers further cost and productivity efficiencies by eliminating the need for manual inputting of delivery details, reducing shipment errors and speeding up potential bottlenecks in despatch logistics.

Customers enter all shipping information, including names, delivery addresses and job fulfilment details at the initial job submission stage. This data remains with the job ticket right through production, in the form of an integrated job ticket that contains a barcode printed out with the same specifications as the job itself. This integrated job ticket remains with the documents throughout the print and finishing processes so that once the order has completed production the final page of the order to appear is the integrated job ticket with order information and bar code.

Once the finished items are forwarded to the shipping department, they simply look at the integrated job ticket atop the order and scan the barcode, which activates the printing of pack lists and despatch labels. The information is then automatically sent to a third party system via ProShip, which co-ordinates with a shipment vendor, such as FedEx, UPS and DHL. Finally, once all shipments have been automatically checked and sent out, OASymbio transmits the tracking information back to the Web-to-print system, so that email notifications can be sent to customers that their shipment has been despatched.

If further items are required in the final shipment, a bin number is assigned to the job, and all individual items are collated in the bin until the order is complete. Every time an item is placed in this bin, the bar code is swiped to update the package details until the shipment is ready for despatch.

Said Justin Cramer, executive vice president at Best Way Technologies, 'This is an exciting partnership as we both share a common goal of promoting increased productivity and cost savings through process automation. By working with Objective Advantage, print providers can now embrace a fully automated, streamlined production, fulfilment and shipment process via OASymbio and our ProShip shipping system, which can add real profitability benefits to their business.'

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 October 2007.

Latest Digital Dots features online
The two very latest feature articles from Digital Dots went online in our Technology Guides section for you on Monday…

Two new Digital Dots specialist feature articles from Laurel Brunner and Paul Lindstrom went online for you on Monday morning in our Technology Guides section. Both have illustrated PDFs available for download. These are:

A Quark’s Tale
In 1981, when Quark was originally founded, the publishing world had no idea of the momentous changes just around the corner; nor did computing, or the printing industry. By Laurel Brunner

Advanced proofing - spot colours
Digital Dots has conducted a test of proofing systems, where the test forme contains the normal four process colours, plus six selected spot colours. By Paul Lindstrom

You can access the Technology Guides section from the Index on the Home Page. You can also click on the headlines of the articles above to take you straight to them.

There are also two new articles in our Online Features 2007 section and Drupa 2008 Newsroom as well.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 October 2007.

Newspapers seen as growing multimedia businesses
WAN Conference a celebration of newspapers, both in print and as growing multimedia businesses…

The World Editor & Marketeer conference and Expo that ended last Friday was a celebration of newspapers, both in print and as growing multimedia businesses.

The conference, organised by the World Association of Newspapers, reflected the wide variety of innovative strategies that newspaper companies are using to increase readership and revenues, both in print and online. There were case studies of integrated newsroom developments, new newspaper and Website launches, circulation promotion strategies and many ideas that are helping newspapers thrive.

'Newspapers are a growth business, with circulation, free dailies, market share, advertising revenues, and newspaper online consumption continuing to grow, as do the number of newspaper titles,' said Eamonn Byrne, business director for the World Association of Newspapers, whose keynote address on world press trends set the tone of the conference.

Surprised? Byrne said the unrelenting negative and inaccurate news coverage of the newspaper industry, combined with exaggerated forecasts for the future of digital media, has given a false impression to many that newspapers are dead or dying. In fact, newspapers are innovating both in print and online.

'The indications are that the market wants print, and lots of it, every day,' he said. 'People still make the decision, every day, to buy a newspaper. There are 1.6 billion people who read a newspaper every day – if that isn't a global mass media, I don't know what is.'

'We still see print as an integral part of the future, but we will be on the digital platforms as well, providing relevant content, aggregating a growing audience and showcasing it to our advertisers,' he said.

The conference included:
- Case studies of integrated newsroom developments at the MEN Media Group and the Telegraph Media Group in the United Kingdom, RBS Media Group in Brazil, and at de Volkskrant in the Netherlands.

•The latest research on the free newspaper phenomenon and its impact on paid-for newspapers in a variety of markets.

•The launch of new business titles for young, untraditional business audiences in India and the Netherlands, both in print and online.

•And much more. Summaries of all conference presentations can be found at www.wan-press.org/article15379.html

The Paris-based WAN, the global organisation for the newspaper industry, 18,000 newspapers; its membership includes 76 national newspaper associations, newspaper companies and individual newspaper executives in 102 countries, 12 news agencies and 10 regional and worldwide press groups.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 October 2007.

BML first to buy Truepress 344 at DPW
BML Printers purchases Screen Truepress 344 and new CTP on first day of Digital Print World in London last week…

BML Printers visited Digital Print World on the first day to buy a Screen Truepress 344 digital offset press. The Romsey-based UK company decided on Screen's Truepress 344 to expand its business after extensive research into the DI market. Eddie Lawrence, owner of BML Printers, explained, ‘After speaking to other companies who had purchased DI presses, it was clear that the Truepress 344 was the best machine for us.’

Nigel Benham and Eddie Lawrence set up BML Printers in 1996 and although originally litho printers, two years ago they decided to go down the digital route instead with two A4 Xerox Docucolor presses. ‘We needed to go into the four-colour market in order to expand the business but we just didn't have the space for a four-colour litho press, explained Lawrence. ‘However, we found that we couldn't handle our growing volume of business on the Xerox toner presses, or the increasing amount of larger format work we are producing, resulting in about 70 per cent of our print jobs having to be printed externally - not an ideal situation. Our decision to buy the compact 'click-charge free' SRA3, four colour Truepress now means we can keep 95 per cent of our business in-house which will have a significant impact.

‘This investment allows us to expand into the buoyant, short-run SRA3 market. At the moment there is nothing else out there that is suitable other than the Truepress. Screen's reputation for producing high-quality kit is superb and we were extremely comfortable at the thought of purchasing anything from Screen. Everyone is really looking forward to the delivery of the Truepress.’

BML Printers prints everything from 50 business cards to 50,000 brochures and provides a platemaking service for the trade. Its customer base ranges from local borough councils; small-medium sized businesses and schools, to hotels, holiday companies, local garages, local marinas and boat companies, museums and charities.

The company has also decided to purchase a Screen B2 PlateRite 4300 platesetter. ‘Our original platesetter is slow to output plates and whilst we will not be making as many plates for ourselves, the introduction of Screen's semi-automated, processless PlateRite 4300 B2 device will revolutionise our trade business, allowing plates to be produced faster and too a higher quality.’

BML Printers has also bought Trueflow SE, Screen's workflow to drive the Truepress 344, the new PlateRite 4300 and the company's two Xerox machines on a single integrated network.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 October 2007.

Second Heidelberg in under a year for LT
LT Print returns to Heidelberg for a spot colour solution less than a year after adding a new Speedmaster SM 74-5…

LT Print has returned to Heidelberg for another press less than a year after ordering a Speedmaster SM 74-5 with AxisControl. Now it has decide to beef up its two-colour production, replacing two two-colour GTOs for one SM 52-2 which will nevertheless give the company a significant increase in productivity and make it more competitive for spot colour work.

The ageing GTOs were producing good quality but outputting at only 3,500 to 4,000sph compared to an anticipated 11 - 15,000sph with the SM 52-2 which arrives later this month.

‘We have specified the new press with CP 2000 controls because having a common graphic user interface as well as common press engineering means that operators can switch seamlessly between the two presses, giving us maximum flexibility to meet the demands of our designer, agency, print management and end user customers,’ said managing director Bob McWilliams.

Like the SM 74 it will receive set up data via Prinect Prepress Interface which speeds makeready by automatically setting inking and register on press.

LT Print, a £3m group, handles work primarily for hotel and leisure businesses throughout the UK. This means there is a good volume of two-colour work – for menus, door hangers, stationery etc to complement the ‘high end’ colour work which is the company’s core business.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 October 2007.

Brings to 12 the NexPress presses now at WMSG
WMSG adds six more Kodak NexPress 2500s to meet high volume, high quality needs of VDP direct marketing programmes…

To continuously drive strong marketing results for companies in the hospitality, automotive, photo product and financial services industries, WMSG of Dallas has purchased six additional Kodak NexPress 2500 digital presses.

WMSG utilises its 12 NexPress Presses to create personalised direct marketing materials that consistently meet customers’ high volume, customisation and quality requirements. The recent growth at WMSG represents a continuation of its record achievement for volume of output in 2006. The company delivered 30 million impressions to advertising agencies, direct marketers and consumers last year.

'WMSG focuses on working with customers to develop direct marketing campaigns composed of comprehensive variable content — it’s not a side business or ancillary service. Many of our clients have been with us for years and they continue to see exceptional returns using variable digital printing,' said Jim Liszewski, president of WMSG. 'Our staff understands the realities of the direct marketing world and how the latest technology and techniques can drive results. Kodak has been an integral part of our success by providing equipment and resources that help us meet the needs of our demanding client base.'

WMSG has been at the forefront of variable data printing, recognising the power of personalisation to create high impact pieces that catch the attention of busy consumers who receive hundreds of marketing messages each day.

'Our clients see the value of VDP in achieving results. Volumes sometimes start small but jump dramatically as clients see the ROI,' said Liszewski. 'VDP programmes will never be price competitive with traditional print and mail methods, so the returns must compensate for the cost. Our value to our clients is our experience in working in all areas of a client’s direct marketing program, including development, analytics, creative consultation, production and delivery.'

When building their VDP services, WMSG examined the challenges associated with digital printing technology and determined that Kodak had overcome these obstacles with its NexPress digital presses. WMSG bought its first Kodak NexPress 2100 digital production colour press in 2003. The company added five units in 2006, giving the shop the capacity to turn out 120,000 pieces a day on 11 x 18 sheets, printed, cut, folded and ready to mail. Today, WMSG’s average print run is 200,000 plus pieces for a single client job, a steady increase in volume that more than justified the additional NexPress presses.

'The equipment is consistent from press to press, allowing us to meet the stringent standards of some of the largest advertising agencies and consumer marketing companies in the world,' Liszewski added. 'This allows us to produce large volumes of high quality materials on multiple presses, thus helping dispel the rumour that VDP is for short run jobs only.'

For more information about Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group, visit www.graphics.kodak.com. In Southern Africa, Kodak GCG is represented by Antalis Graphics, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Visit: www.antalis.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 October 2007.

Isle of Man Printer switches to MAN Roland
Environmental factors were at the top of the agenda as the Isle of Man's largest printer opts for a six-colour Roland 500…

Environmental factors were at the top of the agenda as the Isle of Man's largest print business, Bridson & Horrox, announced that it will replace its two existing presses with a Roland 500 machine. The company also included the purchase of a new Wohlenberg guillotine, complete with Baumann flowline system, as part of the order.

The six-colour plus coater B2-format press will provide the cornerstone of a new JDF/JMF production system at the Douglas-based print business, linking to an upgraded version of the company's Tharstern MIS system, and Agfa Apogee prepress workflow package.

The company has been partnered by a competitor for some 50 years, but was keen to purchase the most environmentally friendly press to meet its present and future printing needs. ‘Environmental issues are at the top of the print buyers' agenda at the moment,’ said Darren Horrox, managing director of the company. ‘However, a greener way of working can actually also help us to reduce our costs.’

Environmentally friendly six-colour Roland 500 with coater
‘The new Roland 500 press will run alcohol free, will provide for chemical recycling, and the significantly more efficient makeready will mean that we can set the press up with one-third less run-up sheets. The brush based wash up system on the new press also means that we will be recycling less cleaning rags. Reduced waste means less cost for us as a business because all of the waste that we produce has to be collected together and returned to the mainland for recycling.’

Bridson & Horrox's new machine will provide for six-colour printing and inline coating, as well as inline perforating and creasing. It replaces five-colour and six-colour competitor presses, with the shift pattern at the company extending from four-day, 24-hour to five-day, 24-hour. ‘The faster running speed of the new press - up to 18,000 sheets per hour - faster make-ready, and more efficient production with the JDF/JMF system will allow us to produce more work in a shorter space of time on the one machine.’ said Horrox.

Bridson & Horrox is the Isle of Man's largest print business. The business has recently attained both the Investors in People and ISO 9001 accreditations. ‘The ability to consistently deliver optimum print solutions is something that Bridson & Horrox has become synonymous with, and, with the help of this latest investment, it is our intention to remain market leaders for many years to come,’ concluded Horrox.

Commenting on the order on behalf of MAN Roland, Gary Doman, sales director for sheetfed presses, said, ‘Naturally we are delighted to be able to provide Bridson & Horrox with both printing and finishing equipment to service its current and future requirements, and it certainly is a major "plus" for us that the company has identified MAN Roland as the most environmentally friendly press on the market. The additional focus on a JDF workflow means that the Roland 500 really is the ideal machine for the company's printing needs.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 October 2007.

Duplo adds entry level desktop bookletmaker
Duplo International enhances capabilities of desktop bookletmakers with the launch of its new Auto Bookie Pro…

Duplo International has introduced the Auto Bookie Pro to its range of desktop machines for easy and cost effective preparation of booklets and folded sheets.

The Auto Bookie Pro is a fully automatic entry level bookletmaker providing saddle stapling and folding with innovative features such as automatic paper size settings, fine adjustments, timed stapling and the completely automatic stapling, and folding of booklets.

The Auto Bookie Pro can handle a range of paper sizes from A3 to A4 to produce A4 or A5 booklets. It can staple and fold up to 15 sheets in one pass and users can also program up to 6 additional memory settings for irregular paper sizes for even quicker set up times. The Auto Bookie Pro can also be used for folding alone. By removing the staples from the staplers, the document can pass through the machine and be folded in two.

Peter Jolly, UK marketing manager said, 'The new Auto Bookie Pro offers an automatic desktop solution for enhanced document presentation turning printed sheets into finished booklets in seconds. It makes it the ideal solution for low volume bookletmaking applications such as those required by schools, churches or small offices that need to create folded documents or booklets quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.'

Operation can be mastered in minutes and a clear LCD display guides the user through the simple set-up as well as displaying a total count of completed booklets.

Duplo is represented throughout Southern Africa by Antalis Graphics division. You can use the banner or logo links on our Home Page to go to the Antalis Website.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 October 2007.

PMA Summer University Cape Town – just three weeks to go
International specialists and managers from the print media industry meet for further training and to exchange success strategies…

The Print Media Academy (PMA) of Heidelberg is hosting the Summer University for the eighth time. This year it is being held from 11 – 15 November, 2007 in Cape Town and is geared to management staff in the print media industry.

‘In view of today's market dynamics, it is essential that managers in the print media industry keep themselves up-to-date with the latest industry developments and business strategies,’ explained Bernd Schopp, head of the Print Media Academy. This is why the four-day seminar programme focuses on both production technology and business management issues.

Well-known speakers will be presenting innovative market approaches, explaining new methods of management to increase productivity, and highlighting ways to optimize the workflow. Further lectures and discussions will cover issues of finance, controlling, quality assurance, colour management and the Offset Printing Process Standard. Moreover, participants will be given the opportunity to discuss their own practical experience with the experts.

The Summer University has established itself as an important international forum for the print media industry. The event also gives participants from different countries the opportunity to talk informally about their experiences and to make personal contacts. In Cape Town too, the Summer University will be rounded off by an attractive supporting programme, including an evening event and a visit to a local print shop. Cape Town is an ideal seminar location for anyone wanting to escape the European winter and experience summer in South Africa.

The event will be held at the SAS Hotel Waterfront. The conference fee is 2,800 Euro plus VAT. The price includes accommodation, lunch, refreshments, all seminar documents, and the ‘Handbook of Print Media’ by Professor H Kipphan. Participant numbers are limited to 25. The seminar will be held in English.

Up-to-date seminar information is available on: www.print-media-academy.com.

The Print Media Academy (PMA) of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Germany, is a centre for training and communication in the print media industry. Last year alone, over 9,000 participants from all over the world attended the training programmes of the PMA.

For further information on the seminar programme, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Print Media Academy
Silvia Becker
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 11
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 49 29
e-mail: pma-seminar@heidelberg.com.

You can download the Print Media Academy’s eighth Summer University brochure by using the link in our Online Features downloads section. Click here to take you to the article.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 October 2007.

New ElectroInks aid energy and emissions reduction
HP improves productivity of its ElectroInk manufacturing process, reducing manufacturing carbon footprint…

HP today announced that it has improved its manufacturing process for HP ElectroInks – the liquid inks used in HP Indigo presses – a change that has yielded significant benefits in productivity and energy efficiency.

Earlier this year, two HP ElectroInk manufacturing facilities implemented a new particle grinding process that reduces the energy consumption by up to 40 per cent in the manufacture of the inks. The energy savings comes from newly designed custom equipment used in what had been one of the most energy-intensive manufacturing steps for HP ElectroInk.

‘HP is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its facilities across the globe,’ said Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manger, Indigo division, HP. ‘Our new HP ElectroInk manufacturing process is an excellent example of how HP focuses on smart innovation – investing in research, product development and materials in ways to benefit our customers, our company and the environment.’

The increase in HP ElectroInk manufacturing capacity supports the continuing, rapid page-growth with HP Indigo. According to analyst firm InfoTrends, HP Indigo led the high-volume digital colour production market for the US and Western Europe(1) regarding unit placements in 2006. The compound annual growth rate for page production on HP Indigo presses has exceeded 40 per cent for more than three years(2), and ink production must scale to meet this trend.

The two HP ElectroInk plants are based in Rehovot, Israel, and Kiryat Gat, Israel. The HP ElectroInk plant in Singapore will also be revamped to adopt the new, energy-efficient manufacturing process.

HP ElectroInk is one of the most efficient supplies available in the digital press market. As a liquid ink, it is applied in layers that are thinner than what is possible with dry toners. This thin layer not only gives HP Indigo presses a level of true offset-quality that is unmatched by other technologies, the volume of ink used is less than the amount of dry toner that would be used to create the same image.

Through an initiative started with the World Wildlife Fund in 2006, HP has pledged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its operating facilities worldwide. Separately, HP has pledged to reduce its global energy use by 20 per cent by 2010. The new HP ElectroInk manufacturing process supports both of these important HP goals.

(1) InfoTrends, Inc, US Production Copying & Printing Market Placements: 2006, March, 2007; Western European Production Copying & Printing Market Placements: 2006, April, 2007.
(2) HP internal data, 2003 through July 2007.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 October 2007.

Jeco releases new precision pallet
Jeco Plastics addresses precision needs of high-speed Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 and XL 105 Presses…

Jeco Plastic Products, designer and manufacturer of plastic pallets and containers for the worldwide manufacturing and logistics industries since 1973, has announced a new precision pallet specifically for the Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 and XL 105 presses.

Developed in conjunction with Heidelberg, the Jeco Model 3B pallet is internally reinforced with steel for added strength, and meets the precise dimensional standards necessary for use with high speed presses. The pallet is rated to accommodate loads as great as 1400kg (3086lb), for as long as 48 hours. Moulded as a single unit, of virgin resin, the Jeco Model 3B pallet is made using a process which yields no stress points, making it the most durable pallet available from the Jeco range. The pallet may be accessed by fork lift or hand pallet truck from any side.

Announcing the new Jeco pallet, Jeco CEO Craig Carson commented, ‘The new Jeco Model 3B pallet for the CD 102 and XL 105 presses is the result of long co-operation between Heidelberg and Jeco. The pallet was developed by Jeco designers in accordance with Heidelberg’s exacting specifications, to be far more dimensionally precise and stable than conventional plastic pallets. Printers using the Jeco Model 3B pallet may confidently run the Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 and XL 105 presses at their full rated speeds.’

Jeco Plastic Products designs and manufactures extremely durable pallets and containers for the worldwide printing and automotive industries, as well as other industries handling heavy product which must be protected from damage. Other capabilities include the ability to produce complex plastic structural components with high tolerance requirements. Jeco production facilities include rotational plastic moulding and thermoforming capabilities unique in North America. Jeco designers employ complex plastic compounds to impart dimensional stability and structural integrity to their products.

Jeco Plastic Products is located in Plainfield, Indiana, and may be reached at: www.jecoplastics.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 October 2007.

Muller Martini automation at WVD in Frankfurt
WVD relies on Muller Martini Vivo bundle stacker and PrimaPlus saddle stitcher with streamfeeder loading…

The Westdeutsche Verlags- und Druckerei GmbH (WVD) in Frankfurt, Germany, counts on fully automated machinery. In print finishing the company relies on Muller Martini's Vivo bundle stacker and PrimaPlus Amrys saddle stitcher with automatic streamfeeder loading. Ralf Zuchner (pictured), head of the print finishing department at WVD, said, ‘The streamfeeder loading provides flawless workflows and several other interesting additional benefits.’

The Westdeutsche Verlags- und Druckerei GmbH is known for customised solutions, from data management up to printing and mailing. The company produces high-quality products, such as a daily financial paper, weekly trade magazines for the textile and food market as well as business reports, brochures, booklets and posters.

In order to achieve these goals, WVD's print finishing processes have been automated to the highest degree. Fully automated loading has already been realised for the guillotine process through the ‘BASA’ system of Baumann Solms, the press delivery system with Muller Martini's Vivo bundle stacker and the Prima Plus saddle stitcher, which is equipped with Amrys (automatic presetting system) and can be loaded automatically via streamfeeder. Other processes, such as inserting, addressing and packing, have also been automated.

At WVD, press delivery is performed with Muller Martini's Vivo bundle stacker. ‘We opted for this system, because quick makeready and high-quality bundles are of utmost importance to us, since print finishing requires accurately finished bundles for the automatic loading of the PrimaPlus Amrys saddle stitcher via streamfeeder.’ said Ralf Zuchner. Zucher praised the gentle separation of the products to a shingle stream, which guarantees a flawless workflow in the feeders.

‘Not only a flawless workflow and high production reliability of the streamfeeder loading is important to us, we also found additional features that allow us to use our machine even more efficiently,’ said Zuchner. ‘We noted that streamfeeders can be loaded with signatures of one or more short print runs still during a production run. If the axes of the feeders are controlled via Amrys, the set-up times can be further reduced.’ In other words, WVD produces short print runs without long downtimes due to job-changeovers, allowing the machine operators to prepare short run production in advance, even during long-run productions. This saves time and manpower.

Even a rush job can be easily and quickly fitted in during a production run. Zuchner continued, ‘While the original job is being run, the streamfeeders can be loaded with the signatures of the job to be fitted in and prepared for production. The parameters of the new job are entered in advance through the Amrys system. As soon as the rush job is completed, the previous production can be restarted by simply pushing a button.’

At WVD, inserts are added (inline or offline) with Muller Martini's Onyx inserting line. At the end of the production line, the automatic wrapping and packaging line of Muller Martini and Mosca provides a protective covering to the printed products so they can be delivered in mint condition to the readers.

For additional information, please visit: www.mullermartini.com. In Southern Africa, Muller Martini is represented by Thunderbolt Solutions at: www.thunderbolt.co.za for more details.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 October 2007.

Oklahoma upgrades Printnet workflow
The Oklahoma Publishing Company has updated its classified pagination system with the Printnet module AdPag…

The Oklahoma Publishing Company (OPUBCO), one of the largest newspaper publishers in the Midwest, has upgraded its Printnet workflow from MAN Roland and PPI Media with the Printnet classified pagination system AdPag. The new ad pagination system complements the PlanPag planning system perfectly and creates an integrated, highly automated foundation for the entire production workflow.

'The extension of OPUBCO's Printnet production backbone was planned from the very beginning to streamline our production workflow from end to end,' said Dan Barth (pictured), CIO at The Oklahoma Publishing Company. 'Our main objective was a maximum of automation with a minimum number of vendors. Therefore, it was very important for us,' said Barth, 'that we could fall back on a system that is not only able to integrate our new as well as our old production environment, but which, in addition, was developed by a supplier who could guarantee that projects will be completed in time and budget. PPI Media has proved to be an essential support and extremely reliable factor for our modernisation process so long. Next step will be the integration of SAP's IS-M/AM and IS-A/AM-C, which is scheduled for the 1st quarter 2008.'

The new fully automated Printnet classified pagination system will optimise the newspaper production workflow in the long term at OPUBCO. Since pagination is no longer based on finished layout files, but actual and confirmed ad order information from the AdPower system, planning - based on binding information on volume, colours and desks - can be completed very early on and the press configured long before the 'crucial phase' starts. Ad deadlines can be extended until shortly before production is about to begin.

AdPag provides a number of fully automated pagination processes for different ad markets which guarantee optimum results even for ads with different column widths. Class headers, follow-on references and headers and column rules can be placed automatically. An integrated function for inserting fillers ensures that empty space is automatically filled with matching elements. The last pagination results can be easily restored using the undo function. The Printnet classified pagination system is extremely easy to operate. Users do not even need to think about what material to select or how to group it for pagination, since this has already been done during the planning stage. Ads cannot be placed twice or forgotten. All ads are displayed schematically in the dummy. If released production data is available, ads can be displayed in preview mode.

'With AdPag we are now able to complete our system transition from outdated technology to a state-of-the-art system,' said Greg Peno, supervisor of the classified pagination department at OPUBCO. 'Especially in ad pagination and page assembly we can save considerable costs like this.'

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 October 2007.

Priority Mailing invests in Domino Bitjet+
Priority Newstrade and Mailing invests in five Domino Bitjet+ inkjet modules for graphics and variable messaging…

As part of its ongoing commitment to investment in technology, Salisbury UK-based polywrapping specialist Priority Newstrade and Mailing has invested in five Domino Bitjet+ ink jet addressing modules to use for graphics and variable messaging (pictured). They are to be used alongside Priority's new SITMA W18 enclosing lines and together have the ability to handle up to three million wraps per week. Overall, this represents a capital investment of £1.13 million for Priority.

Part of Domino's portfolio of variable data printing (VDP) ink jet technology solutions, the Bitjet+ binary printer is designed for in-line high-speed, VDP applications. Integrated seamlessly into existing production lines, the Bitjet+ provides an unparalleled standard of continuous uninterrupted personalisation. Priority will be using them for addressing polythene covers for mail order, charity and news trade customers.

‘Maximum production uptime efficiency is extremely important for us and our customers and we are always looking for ways to make improvements,’ stated Terry Turner, Priority's managing director. ‘We chose Domino's Bitjet+ because of its high standards in terms of reliability, productivity and continuous print-run time achieved, which we are sure will reduce our running costs. In addition, we are impressed by its quality graphics and versatility for both fixed and variable messaging. This is the first equipment we've purchased from Domino and we are already very comfortable using it. Following training our employees have quickly become competent in use of the Bitjet+.’

The Domino Bitjet+ system offers high definition quality up to the full 54mm band heights. Printing at 4m/second, common applications include bindery, folders, wrapping, inserters, rewinders, plastic cards, sheetfed and web presses, mailing lines and label presses.

Bitjet+ users are afforded greater advantages in ink compatibility as, in addition to methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) variants, it offers a black acetone option. Using this ink the printer complies with legislation in a growing number of countries on Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Additionally, the range of compatible substrates on to which the Bitjet+ can print, is greatly increased using the fast-drying, low VOC acetone option. These include coated paper, plastic and film, such as that used by Priority.

Domino has also pioneered the introduction of a ceramic charge electrode on the Bitjet+ to offer increased reliability and improved print quality through smoother ink break-off and lay-down. The more robust ceramic charge electrode offers greater longevity before replacement and suffers less wear, significantly reducing service costs.

The Bitjet+ also features a temperature control algorithm to reduce the length of start-up and improve efficiency through increased machine uptime. This function enables the Bitjet+ to reach its optimum temperature more quickly and increases stability by ensuring that it remains within a reduced temperature range.

Turner concluded, ‘Our customers' businesses are constantly changing so we need to offer flexibility and a professional business attitude to change with them. Our policy of investing in the best technology available, such as the SITMA and the Bitjet+, allows us to develop to meet the increasingly specific needs of customers in the news trade and direct mailing industries.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 October 2007.

2008 Euro football championship impacts on Jakarta
Heatset-coldset Uniset relaunches Top Skor sports newspaper for PT Trio Warna Gempita printers in Jakarta...

The European football championship even affects Indonesia's capital, certainly the PT Trio Warna Gempita sheetfed printing company in Jakarta. The big sporting event in Austria and Switzerland in 2008 dictates the schedule for the start of a new heatset-coldset Uniset in Southeast Asia.

PT Trio Warna Gempita in Jakarta has always been a sheetfed printing company and nothing but. Therefore, it had its important publishing product, the sports paper Top Skor, printed by a contract printer. This is to change. A major project has been initiated that will make newspaper printing an in-house activity. With it, the business model will also change as the company moves into web offset printing, as the company expands its production spectrum in the direction of flexibility and capacity. According to the AC Nielsen survey Top Skor has the fastest readership growth in the history of Indonesia's newspaper industry.

The management has decided in favour of a Uniset from MAN Roland. Equipped with three splicers and three towers, the system is planned for a heatset-coldset mix. This is enabled by a heatset package for one web, including folder with quarter fold. This tailor-made profile allows utilising the press around the clock. Plans are to print the sports paper at night. During the day, the press will be used for printing advertising material and inserts in heatset and coldset alike. Longer runs can be shifted from sheetfed to the more efficient printing on the web press.

In time for the European football championship in June 2008, the publisher intends to relaunch Top Skor as a completely revamped, attractive sports newspaper: generally four-colour with heatset cover and all other pages in coldset. Also to coincide with the European Championship, the paper's page count is to be increased from 16 to 24, and the circulation to be dramatically boosted. All this dictates the schedule: the Uniset must leave the MAN Roland factory in Plauen, Germany by mid December 2007 to reach its ship before Christmas. Start of assembly is planned for beginning of February 2008 so that production can commence on schedule in May 2008.

Pictured above: A Uniset press similar to the one to be installed in Jakarta early next year for Top Skor.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 October 2007.

Presstek 52DI for Swiss printer in Hallau
Presstek 52DI enables Hallau Printers to profit from fast, flexible digital offset production in house…

Presstek has installed a 52DI digital offset press at Hallau Printers. The Presstek 52DI has enabled the Hallau-based Swiss print firm to significantly improve the quality, speed and flexibility of producing the tri-weekly newspaper called Klettgauer Zeitung / Schaffhauserland, as well as commercial jobs and advertising materials for their demanding customer base in the region. The installation was finalised in June 2007 by AM Digital AG, Presstek's Swiss distributor based in Cham/Canton Zug.

Hallau Printers was a small traditional print shop when Max Weber, general manager, became head of operations in 2002. Weber recognised that a number of technological changes needed to be made. The 10-person shop needed to produce a tri-weekly newspaper with a circulation of 2,500 copies. At the same time, Hallau Printers' customers were requesting advertising materials, such as colour flyers, that required flexible print runs. Traditionally these kinds of jobs were typically outsourced.

Weber's research indicated that the best solution was a DI digital offset press. ‘When we invest in something new, we go all the way. We didn't want to take any intermediate steps; our goal was to modernise our machines to reflect the state-of-the-art,’ explained Weber. ‘We chose the Presstek 52DI because we wanted to produce our newspaper in-house again, from the editorial work all the way to printing.’

The Presstek 52DI digital offset press offers both traditional offset and digital printers the most profitable solution for meeting the demand for quick turnaround, short-run high quality colour printing. This 520mm press prints up to 10,000 B3 pages per hour with a maximum print area of 510 x 360mm; one of the largest print areas available in its class. Its highly automated sheetfed operation combines the efficiency of an all-digital workflow with the versatility and quality of a conventional offset press. The small footprint and easy operation make the Presstek 52DI an ideal choice for shops like Hallau Printers who have limited space for new equipment and a small production team.

Once production has been completely shifted to the Presstek 52DI, the company will gradually phase out conventional offset printing. In a relatively short period of time, the Presstek 52DI is proving to be a solid investment, saving time as well as money. ‘It's a good feeling not to have to outsource work anymore, as today we can easily handle the most demanding short-run jobs in-house. Our newspaper production is more streamlined too - we can print some pages the day before and make the entire process more flexible. This investment enables us to enhance both our competitiveness and our flexibility,’ concluded Weber.

For additional information visit www.presstek.com

© Graphic Repro on-line, 23 October 2007.

Doublet SAS installs latest Vutek QS3200
Leading French provider, Doublet SAS, remains ahead of the pack with its new Vutek QS3200 from EFI…

Doublet SAS, the leading French provider of printed materials and graphics for corporate entertainment and events applications, has installed a Vutek QS3200 large-format digital inkjet printing solution from EFI to enhance its capability for printing high-quality large-format graphics and signage.

Luc Doublet, CEO of the Lille-based company, explained, 'We are very familiar with large-format inkjet printing technology and felt that we needed to boost our operation by investing in equipment that delivers extra benefits to those currently achieved through our existing line-up of printers.' Launched only last year, the Vutek QS3200 (pictured above) is the newest addition to EFI’s family of UV-curing digital inkjet printers and provides Doublet with the ability to print onto a wider range of rigid and flexible substrates up to 3.2m width and up to 50mm thick.

Continued Doublet, 'We selected a Vutek printer to fulfil our needs for a number of reasons, not least because of the brand’s established record for quality and performance printing technology. We needed something that would perform to our own exacting standards – 24/7. After careful consideration, we felt that the Vutek QS3200 ticked all of our boxes. It is a fast, dependable and high-quality printing solution that, above all, affords us with the flexibility for roll-to-roll and rigid flatbed printing on one machine. This was a vital prerequisite and means that, not only do we save floor space, but we can also switch to each function in under a minute - which equates to virtually zero downtime.'

Immediately following an end of June installation, the QS3200 was quickly set to work on production of visually arresting graphics for July’s Tour de France race. As a long-running official supplier to the Tour, Doublet was once again responsible for producing eye-catching sponsors’ banners for the race. The huge range of graphics were fixed to roadside barricades on the approach to and at the arrival line, at each of the race’s twenty stages.

'Within three days of being installed, the Vutek QS3200 was operational and contributed to the total production of several hundred 2m x 1m sponsors’ graphics onto Forex; a solid recycled plastic substrate,' explained Luc Doublet. 'The durable, weather-proof graphics were then placed like a hood over the barricades, which we also supplied.'

Although the QS3200 ensures customer deadlines are always met, thanks to its high-speed printing capability of up to 84 sq/metres per hour, Doublet confessed to having not yet pushed the printer to its maximum ability. 'So far, we have been printing at around 45 sq/m per hour and have found the print quality to be exceptionally good – even when printing corporate colours.'

In addition to providing brilliant six-colour imaging at print resolutions up to 1080 dpi, the Vutek QS3200 offers a special seventh channel with white ink for increased versatility. 'The ability to print white ink was a key differentiator that set EFI apart from certain other suppliers we initially considered,' said Doublet. 'It is of huge benefit to us, especially when printing logos and other graphics directly onto pre-printed canvas material in applications like corporate hospitality tents,' he added.

Doublet’s Vutek QS3200 was also involved in producing high-quality banners for this year’s Rugby World Cup, held at stadiums throughout France. The company printed sponsors’ graphics onto canvas for a total of over 20km of banners that were displayed at each stadium.

Doublet also plans to use the QS3200 in another core aspect of its business; the production of a wide array of printed signage. These include warning, instruction, information and directional signs used in everyday applications. 'The QS3200 will be instrumental for signage printing, as it will enable us to print large signs – some of which measure 3m x 2m - onto all manner of substrates; including Forex, Plexiglass, Dibond and wood,' explained Doublet.

Other unique productivity features of the Vutek QS3200 include the ability to increase operator efficiency by utilising a feed-side control module – thereby producing a near-continuous stream of printed output through loading and initiating print from both sides of the printer. In addition, a multi-job layout function through the Vutek graphic user interface allows Doublet to combine separate jobs into one print run, reducing costly substrate waste.

'The origins of our company can be traced back to 1832, when we commenced operations as a supplier of textile flags,' explained Doublet. 'If we are to uphold the strong tradition for service and excellence for the next 175 years, then it is vital we invest in the best large-format printing equipment available and EFI’s Vutek technology is keeping us on track to achieve that goal.'

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 October 2007.

Digital Print World evolves into 'Total Print Expo'
Reflects market growth and focus on 'added value' products and services, following last week's success at Earls Court...

Digital Print World, which was staged at Earls Court in London, was declared a resounding success by exhibitors and visitors alike as it closed its doors in its present format on Thursday of last week. Next year will DPW will become part of a new event for London - Total Print! Expo, 14 – 16 October 2008, Earls Court 2, London – just four months after Drupa in Düsseldorf.

Organiser IIR Exhibitions is taking the opportunity to expand the focus of the show from pure technology to solutions for total print services. 'The industry is changing and we have to adapt to meet its needs,' said IIR event director Richard Gayle. 'Everyone we have consulted is very positive about this step forward. It reflects the fact that print, be it digital or otherwise, is no longer simply a manufacturing industry but a service provider.'

While Digital Print World highlighted solely on digital production and new technologies, Total Print! Expo will allow visitors to explore how all print technologies - from litho to digital and small- to large-format - can be incorporated into their operations. Technology and products will remain at the core of the show end but with an enhanced focus on customer service techniques and solutions, creative applications and integrated marketing developments. This adaptation should appeal not only to printers, be they digital, litho or both, but also to end users, who have always had a substantial presence at DPW and this is expected to increase at Total Print! Expo.

This paradigm shift towards total print solutions was highlighted at the Digital Debates this week, which saw the theatre filled to capacity and more. At 'All presses will be digital by 20xx', the panel were all in agreement that the days of simply producing a product were long gone. As Kevin O'Donnell of Xerox stated, 'We have to move away from a manufacturing mindset to being service and market driven. People don't buy print. They buy what it does for their business. All printing processes are complementary. It's all about how we manage the relationship with the customer and the workflow process to the output device - whatever technology it is.'

This view was echoed by James Shand, principal of Eknows. 'Technology does not drive the market - consumer needs do,' he said. 'The market demands integrated marketing messages that level of variation means digital. Look towards the application, not the technology.'

The message came across loud and clear: print today is customer-driven, not technology-driven. 'Technology will come and go. The challenge we face is one of sales and marketing,' said O'Donnell. 'It is six times more costly to acquire a new customer than it is to keep an existing one.'

A question from the audience, 'Is finishing holding back the digital market?' drew this response from Quen Baum, managing director of Morgana, 'The problem is that finishing is treated as a poor relation. People will invest significant amounts in print but finishing is an afterthought. If you want to make a profit, get the bindery right before you start selling pages and documents. If you have a digital press you can't expect to pull out a 20-year-old folder and give your customer a good job. Start with the finished document and work your way back.'

On the convergence and complementary nature of digital and traditional printing processes, Pat McGrew, Data Sector and Transaction Segment, Kodak Graphic Communications Group, observed, 'These technologies live together and will do so for a long time. We are seeing powerful hybrid environments where technologies are integrated and their capabilities maximised according to the needs of the product and the customer.'

A selection of exhibitor comments:
Bytes - 'The show has been beyond our expectations, The quality of visitors has been very high and it's been an excellent place to launch a new product. The feedback has been excellent.' Douglas Gibson, product manager.

Transeo Media - 'Digital Print World has provided us with a great platform to introduce both our company and our range of specialist prepress products to the UK graphic arts market. We've had a very busy stand throughout the show with all our products receiving considerable interest - especially PressSense iWay Web-to-print and DirectSmile personalisation software and our own MediaAlbum photo book software solution. On the basis of the number of leads generated through the show, I'm confident we'll be back to repeat this success next year!' James Gray, MD.

Screen - 'I been involved with DPW for the last five years and every time we have sold a machine. This year, we expanded our presence, staged live, interactive demonstrations to large audiences and, in addition to selling a machine on the first day we fully expect to get orders for another three as a direct result of the show.' Brian Filler, MD, Screen UK.

Clinical Print Finishers - 'This is our first time and it's been so good we signed up straightaway for next year. There have been so many designers and marketers here and they are exactly the people who buy our products. It's been phenomenal. It's just a shame it's not longer.' Jamie Court, MD.

Optimus - "A printer came all the way from Brazil just to see us. He researched MIS, identified Optimus but didn't contact us beforehand. He just turned up on the stand. DPW is a good place for us to be as we are getting a lot of new business from the digital sector including screen and wide format.' Steve Richardson, sales director.

Watkiss - 'We had a lot of people come to our stand that we hadn't encountered before, which is very important to us. The visitors were also suited and booted and ready to do business.' Jo Watkiss.

Renz - 'It was a last-minute decision to come here and we have a much smaller scale than we would normally have but it has been surprisingly successful. We've seen a lot of genuine key buyers and have probably made sales in excess of £50k.' Daniel Pooley, sales and marketing manager.

Morgana - 'We're delighted to have the opportunity to showcase Morgana as the No. 1 in digital finishing. We have our partners all around us, such as Canon, HP and Kodak. I would love to see a bigger show. If London and the industry can't fill Earls Court 2 then there is a problem. The key players should support Total Print! Expo.' Quen Baum, managing director.

Digital People – 'Our stand has been absolutely rammed. We have had at least ten orders from the show, worth around £750,000.' Chris Blanchard, business development manager.

Konica Minolta - 'We have seen good quality potential customers and taken several orders at the show. There has been a real mix of litho, corporate and local government which reflects the broad interest in digital print solutions. The show has been such a success that we have rebooked for next year.' Clare Revill, national sales manager.

Canon - 'I am pleasantly surprised at the numbers. We have hit all our targets with four orders for the ImagePress C700VP. There has been a real interest not only in digital engines but also in workflow and support and advice. This demonstrates the move to service providers with people looking for value added for growth through cross selling and up selling.' Ben Milford, head of professional marketing.

GAE - 'Interest has been very good throughout the show with lots of visitors and enquiries. Printers are looking at how they can add value to their business with creative finishing solutions and our product range has sparked considerable interest.' Tony Hards, joint MD.

Xeretec - 'We have had a fantastic show selling £500,000 worth of kit on the stand and more to come after the show. The quality of visitors has been excellent, they want to buy and know what they are after. It's also a great social event.' Steve Hawkins, MD.

Esko-Artwork - 'Digital Print World is an ideal show for us in the UK as everyone coming through the door is someone to talk to. With this type of show we find visitors come to research the latest software technologies and when they see what we have to offer they make the decision to invest. This is a specific audience. We like the focus of the show as there are quality prospects. The visitors that come to the stand are there to discuss their needs and requirements. They have more time and are prepared to sit down and enjoy a demonstration instead of worrying about how they are going to get round several halls in one day. This year we demonstrated Odystar, Esko Visualizer and FastImpose. In the first 2 days we have had more leads than the whole of the show last year.' Paul Bates, regional manager, UK & Ireland.

GBC - 'The show has been a good one for us. There has been a lot of interest and the quality of the enquiries tells us that GBC's laminating systems are highly regarded. Wednesday was the busiest day. We had a continuous stream of visitors seriously looking to purchase. We now have at least four deals on the table ready for final completion and several other solid leads. We are delighted.' Lenny McCalla, area sales manager UK & Ireland

Roland - 'Digital Print World has been a great success for both Roland DG and PaperCo. We've had a great flow of visitors to the stand to view our new range of wide format machines, including the AdvancedJet AJ-740 and SolJet III XJ-740 which have made their UK debut here. Our new EcoXtreme LT ink, which has been officially introduced to the UK market at the show, has also attracted considerable interest. We've all been very impressed with both the number and calibre of visitors this year and are looking forward to building on this success in the coming months.' James Hobday, head of sales, Roland DG (UK):

Red Tie - 'We have had a phenomenal response to our new Web-to-print products. We have received excellent leads and made sales. The show has exceeded our expectations and we will definitely be back here next year with a bigger stand.' Marian Stefani.

ROI Software - 'The show has been very successful with very good quality “investing” visitors, the majority are printers who are looking to add value to the services that they offer their customers and so differentiate themselves. A lot of companies are looking for solutions to expand their business. There has been a lot of interest in cross media, such as variable data and urls. Web-to-print has been moved from a “nice to have” to a “must have” technology.' Dale Norcliffe, general manager.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 October 2007.

South African success for Optimus
The first Optimus User Group to be held in South Africa concluded in Cape Town last Friday, 19 October…

The first Optimus User Group to be held in South Africa concluded in Cape Town on Friday 19 October, marking a new era in the country for the MIS supplier. In April 2007 Optimus formed a new partnership with NJA Computing, appointing it as agent in South Africa. The two companies have been working closely ever since.

'We have many loyal and long standing Optimus users in South Africa and the Optimus User Group meetings, which have been held during the week in Johannesburg and Cape Town, were a phenomenal success,' said Optimus managing director Nicola Bisset. 'There has been a great deal of interest and enthusiasm in the latest version of Optimus QS and in particular our new Price List Estimating module and, following this week’s demonstrations, we expect to announce new orders for software upgrades in the near future.

'We are delighted to be working with Colin Garde of NJA, with whom we have ties going back many years, and know that he will provide excellent service and support for Optimus users. We believe there is a huge potential here in South Africa, with an increasing number of printers looking to reap the benefits offered by a leading MIS system. We anticipate opportunities across a wide spectrum of the industry.'

South African printers can expect to see the Optimus name become more prominent as the Optimus Group implements a strategy to gain a greater share of the market. Optimus is already a leading MIS supplier worldwide. The company has its headquarters in the UK with subsidiaries and partners in a large number of countries.

Pictured above: Nicola Bisset, managing director of Optimus and Colin Garde managing director of NJA Computing.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 October 2007

Roland 200 at Druck & Form on Wednesday
MAN Roland is to present itself for the first time at the show in Sinsheim, Germany, 24 – 27 October…

Hall 6 is where a five-colour Roland 200 awaits visitors – the press with which MAN Roland will be presenting itself at the Druck & Form trade show in Sinsheim, Germany, from 24 to 27 October.

Big technology for smaller operations as well: the big technology of the compact Roland 200 can be experienced live by visitors. The small-format press will be integrated into a complete prepress workflow including Printnet networking with the PressManager smart.

'The ease with which the machine is operated, its perfected Transferter technology, automation and printing quality – these are subjects that visitors are to get to know,' said Klemens Kemmerer of MAN Roland, looking forward to the event and many inquisitive visitors. Under the company’s theme of 'Value Added Printing', MAN Roland presents a benchmark in compact short-format sheetfed printing: a five-colour Roland 200, with the fifth printing unit being used for inline coating.

The press is equipped with the ProfitPlus de Luxe package consisting of:
•EPL (Ergonomic Plate Loading – semi-automatic plate change)
•Electronic double-sheet control
•Blanket wash-up device
•Complete board guidance
•ColorPilot smart online
•Inspection console
•PressManager smart online

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 October 2007

Futurists envision the newspaper in 2020
WAN asked academics, industry insiders, Internet pioneers and media experts to envision newspapers of the future…

What will the newspaper look like in 2020? The World Association of Newspapers asked 22 futurists, academics, industry insiders, Internet pioneers and other media experts to envision the newspaper of the future, and their responses say much about the present state of the newspaper business.

Some say newspapers will resemble glossy magazines. Some say they will be individually tailored to readers. Some envision networks of news generators and digital news hubs.

All these future scenarios share one thing in common – they're all based on current trends in the industry as newspapers evolve and grow as multimedia businesses.

'Envisioning the Newspaper 2020' will soon be published by the Shaping the Future of the Newspaper project, exclusively for members of WAN. But the report served as a centrepiece on Thursday of last week in a seminar on the future of newspapers at the World Digital Publishing conference, which drew 400 media executives from 74 countries to Amsterdam.

The Shaping the Future of the Newspaper project identifies, analyses and publicises all important breakthroughs and opportunities that can benefit newspapers all over the world. SFN provides WAN members and subscribers with Strategy Reports on these developments, a library of case studies and business ideas, and a wealth of other vital information for all those who need to follow press industry trends.

Here are some excerpts from Envisioning the Newspaper 2020, the first of seven SFN Strategy Reports for WAN members to be published in 2007 and 2008:

'Regardless of the name of the service, the core competency of news and newspaper publishers of the future will consist of generating content from highly efficient networks, technically process and manage them via networks and continuously or at regular intervals disseminate these contents through a multitude of channels. The recipients of the content will increasingly want to decide for themselves which channel they want to use at which time letters and images on conventional or electronic paper, the Internet, mobile phones or a combination of various information carriers.'
Gerd Finkbeiner, chairman, Man Roland, Germany (pictured above).

'As digital media takes an increasing hold on the news industry, audiences, in turn, will demand news reporting in which they can place the trust and confidence once reserved primarily for newspapers. Collaborative filtering tools and trust metrics will help to achieve those ends.'
Craig Newmark, founder of Craiglist.org, USA.

'Newspaper companies will look very different in 2020. There are many reasons to be confident that our industry has the vision, the energy and the fundamental business strengths to emerge by 2020 as a multi-media communications business with a wider market to operate in than it had before 2007.'
Chris Bisco, managing director, publishing division, CN Group, United

'Newspapers are going to survive. Will we be doing things the way we've always done them? Absolutely not. In the United States, there are two types of newspaper publishers – those who think the most important part of the word newspaper is “news” and those who think the most important part of that word is “paper”. …We can't be afraid of reaching our audience in new ways. It will be one of the keys to our industry's successful future.'
Rob Curly, vice president for product development, Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive, USA

More on the project and on WAN membership can be found at: www.futureofthenewspaper.com.

More on the conference, including summaries of presentations, can be found at: www.wan-press.org/article15380.html.

More excerpts from Envisioning the Newspaper 2020 can be found at: www.wan-press.org/article15384.html.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 October 2007.

Fujifilm’s plate manufacturing gets greener
Methane reclamation programme helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at US plate manufacturing plant…

Fujifilm’s primary US plate manufacturing complex, located in Greenwood, South Carolina, is using methane gas from a local community landfill site to power approximately 40 per cent of the facility's operations.

Methane gas is extracted from the landfill and piped into the Fujifilm complex, where it is then used in two of the facility's four boilers. The facility will use approximately 197 billion BTUs of methane-generated energy from the landfill per year – equivalent to the amount of energy required to heat more than 5,000 homes each year.

By using the methane as an energy source, Fujifilm is preventing methane emissions - which are more than twenty times more damaging to the ozone layer than carbon dioxide - from being released into the atmosphere from the landfill. The amount of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions avoided by this Fujifilm initiative is similar to that generated by 208,000 barrels of oil, or the equivalent of the annual emissions from more than 17,000 vehicles.

Graham Leeson, marketing manager at Fujifilm, commented, 'Our commitment to sustainability and the environment is second to none and this initiative reflects this. This is just one part of our global drive to reduce the amount of energy we consume and the CO2 emissions we generate.'

Indeed, Fujifilm’s goal is to reduce the company’s energy consumption and CO2 emissions per unit of output by 10 and 20 per cent respectively by 2010. As part of this move, by 2008 three of Fujifilm’s major production bases in Japan, will have installed high-efficiency natural gas co-generation systems, natural gas boilers and other equipment that will enable them to generate power and heat on-site.

Further information on Fuji’s commitment to the environment can be found in its most recent sustainability report (2006), which can be downloaded from: www.fujifilm.com/about/sustainability/report/index.html. We must warn readers that it is 16.4Mb, but is available in both English and Chinese (19.3Mb).

Fujifilm plates are distributed throughout Southern Africa by Printing Products. Use the Fujifilm banner or sponsor logo on our Home Page to take you to the Website.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 October 2007.

World-first 'Carbon Positive Plus+' programme
Océ UK launched its world-first carbon positive offset scheme at Digital Print World in London last week…

A world-first Carbon Positive Plus+ programme in the printing industry was launched on 16 October by Océ UK at Digital Print World in Earls Court, London, which involves benchmarking its Océ VarioPrint 6000 series printing systems' energy consumption and operational Co2 emissions.

With the Océ VarioPrint 6000 series, customers will be investing in a machine that is proven to be operationally better than carbon neutral through environmental consultants Shining EarthT. Under the unique offering, Océ has committed to offsetting 200 per cent of the CO2 for each of its Océ VarioPrint 6000 machines sold until at least November 2008.

The carbon offsetting scheme involves international 'eco-friendly' initiatives administered through Shining EarthT, which will be subject to its stringent, independent verification. Under the scheme, greenhouse gases will be reduced before they are even emitted.

Carbon Positive Plus+ is being driven by climate change and demands for more advice on environmental issues from Océ's customers. It is all part of Océ UK further strengthening its environmental credentials with a new long-term alliance with Lincoln-based Shining Earth, which is part of Delta-Simons Environmental Consultants Ltd.

Each of Océ's printing systems are designed with re-use and recycling in mind - and the company has some of the lowest energy-consuming systems in the marketplace. Now with the launch of the 'carbon positive' programme - initially for the Océ VarioPrint 6000 systems - Océ will be even more eco-friendly.

The CO2 emissions calculated under the scheme will be offset in three initial schemes:-
•Renewable energy in China
•Methane capture in Germany
•Tree-planting in the UK.

Gareth Pickles, managing director at Delta-Simons, said, 'We've gone far beyond the basics and obtained detailed measurements of energy consumption from the machine over many functions and selected offset schemes that we think provide a good balance of environmental benefit. There's real science to back up everything that Océ is offering.

'This is a unique offering to the market and will be viewed as such. Everybody has an ethical duty to do their bit towards sustainability and reducing carbon emissions, and we take that very seriously.'

Océ will provide carbon offsetting for every customer who purchases or leases one of the Océ VarioPrint 6000 family of systems for a minimum of 12 months. There will also be an opportunity to take up an 'environmental stewardship' scheme. Océ has agreed to pay for two days' consultancy as part of the stewardship appraisal, with the specific intent to help its customers improve environmental performance.

Ed Hudson, marketing manager for Océ UK's Digital Document Systems, said, 'When we develop our technology, we always take the environment into account. Buyers in the graphic arts industry are very aware of the green issues and do invest in our technology on the basis that it is environmentally friendly.

'We are convinced that Carbon Positive Plus+ is the first of its kind in the world. It's a serious piece of work and will have far-reaching benefits for our customers and the environment. We sincerely hope that this will enhance our customers' ability to win work with their own customers. Carbon Positive Plus+ is building on some of the successful environment work that has been done through the Océ Group head office in Venlo, such as sustainability reports and other initiatives.'

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 October 2007.

KBA appoints head of Sheetfed Service & Consumables
KBA UK offers exciting new challenge to B&T’S Andy Pang…

Andy Pang, print director at Butler & Tanner and a B&T employee for over 24 years is switching to a new challenge at KBA UK as director of Sheetfed Service & Consumables.

Pang begins his new role on 1 November, and takes to KBA his years of experience running a large battery of KBA Rapida presses, as well as some other makes producing bookwork, magazines and report and accounts.

His brief at KBA is to further improve and extend the company’s sheetfed service record and to launch a new Consumables division.

Said Pang, ‘I have watched KBA’s growing success over the years and seen its pressroom technology operate under pressure through a demanding customer’s eyes. Now I have a wonderful opportunity to help KBA’s future growth and to begin a new area of operation.’

KBA UK managing director Christian Knapp added, ‘We are delighted to welcome someone of Andy’s experience and stature. Providing our customers with the highest level of service whilst extending our overall offering with consumables are priorities for KBA. Andy’s background and professionalism will benefit our customers and us and I am convinced he will be very successful.’

Andy Pang began his career with Butler & Tanner in 1983 as a print apprentice and studied on a JTC course at Brunel, Bristol. He was appointed print manager in 1993 and print director in 2001. He lives at Frome with his wife and two children.

A low handicap golfer, Andy has been a regular competitor at KBA UK’s annual Golf Day.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 October 2007.

Madico introduces new cryogenic label stocks
Desktop laser and thermal transfer printable pressure sensitive films offer superior adhesion at -1960c…

Madico Graphic Films, a leading supplier of specialist pressure sensitive coated film products for durable label applications, has announced the introduction of two white polyester films, designed specifically for cryogenic labelling applications. The new label stocks are suitable for direct immersion into liquid nitrogen at -1960c and offer a cohesive bond high enough to withstand thermal shock, eliminating the problem of delamination caused as a result.

As such, Madico’s cryogenic label stocks deliver improved benefits for clinical laboratory, biomedical research, and other scientific environments by affording reliable label identification of plastic and glass vessels that undergo long-term cryogenic storage in liquid nitrogen or deep-freezing. Madico has introduced two 50 micron variants for the laboratory market; one of which is designed for desktop laser printing, and the other for thermal transfer printing with resin based ribbons.

Another specific advantage of Madico’s cryogenic films is the enhanced automation achieved by sourcing information directly from a database or other software application via connection to a desktop PC. This avoids traditional labelling methods involving use of a marker pen and, as a result, virtually eliminates the common eventuality of human error caused by illegible marking or mislabelling. At the same time users are able to print extremely minute batch and barcodes required on certain small vials and test-tubes, while ensuring 100 per cent clarity of information is maintained.

Commenting on the launch of the cryogenic label stocks, Andy Voss, managing director, Madico Graphic Films, said, 'Within laboratory environments it is critical that labels identifying receptacles used to preserve blood, reproductive cells and other biological material, stay in place and that the adhesive doesn’t delaminate from the film. Secondly, the information contained in such labels must be 100 per cent correct and allow no room for human error or illegibility. Failure to ensure either one of these prerequisites could easily be life-threatening. These new label stocks have been designed and tested to meet both requirements and, as a result, offer a giant leap in cryogenic product identification.'

Madico’s new films have been independently tested in accordance with the strict criteria of Southampton University’s specialist cryogenic department.

For further information on Madico, visit: www.madico.co.uk

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 October 2007.

Domino launches new L-Series inkjet solution
New Domino L-Series mailing base package delivers competitive price to performance ratio for mailing market…

Domino Printing Sciences plc, a world-leader in total coding, marking, traceability and printing solutions, has recently launched its new L-Series inkjet solution and mailing base package for the mailing market. On the Domino stand at Graphics Canada, 8 – 10 November, 2007, will be the L400, the first product in Domino's new L-Series range. To complement the L-Series, Domino is also launching a BaseLine mail table, which has been designed specifically for inkjet applications at the show.

Based on patented thermal ink jet technology, the Domino L400 is set to open up the market for addressing on direct mail, catalogues and magazines, including support for printing the new USPS Intelligent Mail Barcode. The company will focus on mail base applications with the L400 but other web and newspaper personalization applications requirements will also be met. The system delivers high resolution 600 x 300dpi print, operating at 375 feet per minute and offers an extremely competitive price to performance ratio. The other outstanding characteristics include the sharpness of the image with less obvious ink bleed. The simple, easy to operate disposable print head cartridge concept is combined with water-based inks.

The heart of the L400 system is an imaging module that creates a 50.8mm (2-inch) print swath. Up to four of these can be stitched together to create an 203.2mm (8-inch) swath or alternatively, up to four independent 50.8mm print swaths can be imaged independently via the powerful FlexMail software supplied with the L400 printer.

Complementing the new L400, Domino has also launched a BaseLine mail table. Domino's system is designed specifically for applications involving ink jet printers. This includes a high-performance vacuum based transport drive system to ensure precision printing at the highest resolutions. A ceramic plate has been included on the dryer belt of the mail base to ensure even the most demanding Infra Red (IR) or Ultra Violet (UV) dryer technology does not impact longer term operations.

Two demonstrations of the L400 with the BaseLine mail table will be shown on the Domino stand; one for longer production runs in magazine and catalogue addressing featuring bulk ink supply, shuttle feeder and exit shingle conveyor. The second system, configured for direct mail addressing, will incorporate a simple disposable cartridge ink supply together with a friction feeder.

Product director of commercial print at Domino Printing Sciences, Philip Easton, underlines the significance of these launches, ‘Domino has set its sight on delivering complete solutions for the commercial printing and mailing sectors - including variable addressing, sequential numbering, text and graphics at real-world production speeds,’ he said. ‘Our proposition is significantly strengthened by the introduction of the L400 printer and BaseLine mail base, which together with other solutions from our ink jet printer range, gives a product offering to meet the vast majority of potential applications. This gives Domino the advantage of being able to offer expertise in drop on demand, continuous or binary ink jet technologies to complement the L-Series in specialised applications. Any of these can be integrated with our BaseLine mail table for optimum handling.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 October 2007.