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Issue: News in Review 2010
Chapter: Headline News April 2010

The Headline News for the second week of April...

News for the period 12 - 16 April 2010

With just 31 days to go until IPEX 2010 opens its doors at the NEC, this week has seen more show-related announcements added to our IPEX Newsroom (with 192 articles so far), as well as coverage in our daily news from Presstek; several from Agfa Graphics; Duplo; the PrintCity Alliance again with the third of its three themes; Alwan Color Expertise; CGS and Roland DG; Optimus; as well as the show's organisers with the announcement of the eighth Champion in Print having taken the lead on Friday, with a well-deserved accolade for Dan Gelbart, co-founder of Creo, who is aptly described as the 'father of modern CTP technology'. Although Dan perhaps wasn't the very first in this arena, his technology has certainly gone on to be the most widely used and most successful survivor under both the Creo name and under Kodak as it is known today. Having been an early pioneer with Creo CTP technology immediately following Ipex 98, Dan certainly gets my support and my very sincere congratulations!

Other awards this week went to EFI, which received no less than three from the Digital Press Association, which led Monday's news; while on Friday, Kodak announced that its Prosper 5000XL press has received an International Forum Design competition iF Product Design Award 2010. Our congratulations again.

On Tuesday, Pira International announced a challenging debate lined-up for Ipex 2010 which will try to understand the opportunities and threats for printers. Running on 20 and 24 May, 'Will an iPad for publishing kill printed media?' will explore how electronic devices could affect print business models. It is one of a series of free expert panel debates at Ipex 2010 tackling some of the most critical issues facing the print industry today. Produced by world print authority Pira International in association with Ipex, The Great Print Debates will bring together experts, thought leaders and high-profile industry representatives at the Birmingham NEC from 18 - 25 May.

There're lots of new developments this week, centred mainly around all the Ipex-related announcements - but the really big one led the news on Thursday, with KBA having announced a brand new 16-page commercial web offset press - the C16 (C is for Commercial) - which as far as output goes - now sits firmly between its Compacta 215 and the Compacta 217. In view of the current trend towards smaller circulations and more specific targeting by magazines, catalogues and upmarket promos, KBA sees a need for innovative 16pp web offset presses, especially since over 50 per cent of commercial presses, not just in Europe but worldwide, are for 16 pages. When designing this innovative new press KBA made a high net output, high-speed job changes, low levels of start-up waste, enhanced production flexibility and reduced operator, energy and maintenance input its key objectives, along with outstanding value for money. We've also included the new press in our Technology-related Online Features section, so that we could include a greater selection of photographs, since our news is restricted to just one.

Non-Ipex-related new kit, software or consumables this week can be found on Tuesday, from Adobe with Creative Suite 5; Canon with three new large-format printers; and Flint Group with a new conventional Nyloflex plate; and also from HP which has expanded its suite of solutions and large-format portfolio for the signage market. On Thursday US-based Color-Logic announced new special effects software and consumables for the printing industry with its new process metallic colour system.

There's much more if you go through the list carefully, with a couple of new feature articles, which include an interesting interview with Michael Deml, manager of Druckhaus Mainfranken's Klipphausen plant near Dresden, which is a specialist service provider to Flyeralarm, a successful online print enterprise which was established five years ago. Since then, Flyeralarm and Druckhaus Mainfranken have fired up a total of fourteen KBA Rapida 142 four-colour large-format presses. Other equipment at the company's production plants includes large-format presses from another manufacturer, small-format Genius 52UV and Anicolor presses, two Kodak NexPress digital presses, offline coaters and high-performance prepress, finishing and mailroom technology. It makes fascinating reading.

The tailender this week goes to Heidelberg USA, for its new Packaging white paper, announced on Thursday which you can download from the Heidelberg Website via the link provided in the article.

Until next week, enjoy your weekend.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

Friday 16 April

Dan Gelbart named as eighth Champion in Print
Father of modern CTP technology and co-founder of Creo, scoops the eighth international IPEX 'Champions in Print' Award...

The organisers of Ipex 2010 have announced the Father of Modern CTP Technology, Dan Gelbart, as the latest winner of its international 'Champions in Print' Awards. Gelbart, the eighth industry pioneer to be honoured with this accolade, has been awarded for being instrumental in the move from analogue to digital prepress printing.

A leader of new solutions in communications and electro-optics, father of three Gelbart started inventing in his laboratory in his parents' home in Israel when he was just eight years old. At 12 he was the recipient of an award for child inventors from the prestigious Weitzman Institute, and since then he has never looked back. After obtaining his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in electrical engineering from the Technion in Haifa, Israel, and completing the mandatory army service, Gelbart emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, and co-founded Creo in 1984, where he developed award-winning technology - including the light valve thermal imaging system and the thermal imaging head. Gelbart retired from printing in 2007, after Creo was sold to Kodak in 2005, and is currently working on medical devices. In total Gelbart holds over 100 patents to his name, most of them related to printing, covering thermal imaging, multi-channel heads, direct-to-press, flexography and plate handling. Gelbart enjoys the luxury of a private R&D facility, including a full CNC machine shop, located in his house in Vancouver.

Dan Gelbart's passion and skill for cutting edge-technology (he also invented an optical tape recorder, novel colour digital film recorder and a wireless telecom modem) knows no boundaries and he is currently Technology Advisor for Kardium Inc., a developer of medical devices to address cardiovascular disease. Gelbart is an often honoured inventor - awards include the Reed Technology Medal (2009), British Columbia Science Council Gold Medal (twice), Institute of Printing Gold Medal, Honorary Doctorates (from Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia), and 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year, along with Amos Michelson, by Ernst & Young.

Said Ipex 2010 event director, Trevor Crawford, 'We are delighted to honour Dan Gelbart for his exceptional contributions to the printing industry. We have been overwhelmed by the interest in the Champions in Print initiative and look forward to welcoming them to Ipex 2010.'

Dan Gelbart commented, 'I am honoured, surprised and delighted by this award. Honoured by seeing the names of prior recipients, but mainly surprised as I'm retired from printing for over three years. I guess in an industry with over 500 years of tradition, being away for a few years is not an issue. Printing is an amazing combination of art and science and I still catch myself checking print quality on every magazine or book I'm reading. As in many other mature industries, there is a surprising amount of innovation happening, as this Ipex 2010 demonstrates.'

All Ipex Champions will be invited to and officially honoured during the show's opening ceremony which will take place on Tuesday, 18 May at 11.30am in The Atrium at The NEC. All are welcome to attend the event which will also see a number of other key industry figures celebrating the beginning of this eight-day industry highlight.

The Ipex 2010 'Champions in Print' Awards were launched in April 2008 to honour individuals who have influenced and shaped the printing industry across the world. Ten winners are announced in the run-up to Ipex 2010, which will take place from 18th - 25 May at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. Previous winners included: John Crosfield, Lord Bob Gavron, Dr. John Warnock, Dr. Charles Geschke, Professor Frank Romano, JK Rowling and Benny Landa.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 April 2010.

Kodak Prosper 5000XL receives iF Design Award
The Kodak Prosper 5000XL Press has received an International Forum Design competition iF Product Design Award 2010…

The Kodak Prosper 5000XL Press, known for bringing innovative continuous inkjet technology to a range of commercial printing applications, is also being recognized for its achievement in overall industrial product design. The Prosper 5000XL Press was recognised as one of 778 winners of a prestigious iF Product Design Award 2010, standing out in the annual International Forum (iF) Design competition that drew manufacturers from 39 different countries with more than 2,400 product designs.

‘The attributes of the Prosper Press extend far beyond the game-changing imaging technology and include the overall product design,’ said Isidre Rosello, general manager, digital printing solutions and vice president, Eastman Kodak Company. ‘As we designed the Prosper Press Platform, we paid a great deal of attention to the usability of the product and how it fits into the production environment of customers. This recognition by a high-profile group of international design experts demonstrates that our commitment to overall excellence with the Prosper Press Platform has paid off.’

Based on Kodak's innovative Stream Inkjet Technology, the Prosper Press produces offset class output in terms of quality, productivity, and cost. It combines the benefits of offset printing with the flexibility of digital printing for books, direct mail, and other printed materials on a range of substrates, including glossy media. For the publishing market, the Prosper Press significantly increases the quantity of books which can be produced digitally at a lower cost than offset.

Entrants in the iF Product Design Awards are judged on the following design criteria:
• Design quality
• Finish
• Choice of materials
• Degree of innovation
• Environmental impact
• Functionality
• Ergonomics
• Visualization of intended use
• Safety
• Brand value + branding
• Universal design

Known the world over as a ‘seal of outstanding design,’ the iF Product Design Award honours outstanding achievements in design. Winners will be included in the iF Product Design Award Exhibition 2010, which opened on 2 March, 2010 and runs until August 2010 in Hannover, Germany. More than 250,000 international visitors will tour the exhibition.

Kodak Products are backed by Kodak Service and Support. Kodak Service and Support is made up of more than 3,000 professionals reaching more than 120 countries. It is a leading multi vendor integrated services provider, delivering consulting, installation, maintenance and support services for the commercial printing, graphic communications, document imaging and data storage industries. Kodak Service and Support professionals are uniquely qualified to provide services that control costs, maximise productivity, and minimize business risk.

For more information on the Prosper Press and other Kodak solutions, visit: www.graphics.kodak.com, or just click on the Kodak button to the left of this page, or the Kodak banner or sponsor logo button links on our Home Page. In Southern Africa, consult Antalis South Africa’s Graphics division.

© Graphic Repro on-line, 16 April 2010.

Optimus to launch Optimus Dash at IPEX 2010
Optimus to launch new MIS product for digital sheetfed, web, wide-format and flatbed printers at Ipex next month…

Following two years of research into the different sectors of Digital Print Production, Optimus is launching a new MIS with some fundamental differences. Group MD - Nicola Bisset believes, ’there can be a revolution in MIS system usage if – a simpler and much more relevant series of key strokes and questions which are company specific, not industry specific are required of day-to-day MIS users.’

Launched at Ipex 1998, the existing Optimus2020 MIS system has successfully catered for a wide variety of print sectors including: direct mail, packaging, books, sheetfed litho and web litho. Incremental enhancements and new modules have been added to the core Optimus2020 MIS system to deliver the benefits and usability that our customers have demanded.

However, Bisset said, ‘In our customers experience, one size does not fit all to define Digital Print Production. As technology and choice has increased, what has emerged is the need for a clearer distinction between at least four different Digital environments: (Sheetfed, Digital Web, Wide-Format and Flatbed.) The MIS quickly needs to work its calculation and production methodology out without referring to litho principles. We feel this means that the speed, ease-of-use, automation and the elimination of time wasting processes are must haves, not optional extras.’

As a by-product of their research and development; Optimus quickly began to realise that there was also strong demand from the new breed of Creative Media, Brand Savvy, agencies and companies that are also involved in producing printed product as part of a wider campaign.

All this has led to Optimus proudly announcing their new MIS system produced for the Digital Print Industry and Creative Media Companies. The new product, ‘Optimus Dash’ will be launched at Ipex 2010 from 18 – 25 May in Hall 9.

Optimus believes that a MIS system has to easily deal with: The initial customer enquiry, estimate or job creation, the management of time, materials, purchase orders and cost reconciliation’s against individual jobs or campaigns; and understand the difference between whether a job or part of the job is produced internally or externally. Posting the invoice and having powerful and easily accessible reporting are really industry givens!

In addition to all of the above, Optimus Dash contains four additional components:

Optimus Calc
At its heart, an extremely powerful brand new calculation and evaluation engine, Optimus Calc has been created from the ground up which has totally dispensed with the previous estimate building blocks in Optimus 2020. Optimus believes that this provides enough flexibility to allow almost any print process to be modelled thereby ensuring any formula or process that is needed to produce any type of Digital product - is configurable within Optimus Calc.

Optimus Sales Enquiry & Quote Manager
Optimus Sales Enquiry and Quote Manager, is a brand new interface which sits on top of Optimus Calc and is designed to allow the user to easily create rapid quotations whether complex or simple.

Everything in this interface is highly configurable and is driven by a series of questions that are user determined. There are no restrictions on the type of questions that can be created and used to determine the business logic that is trusted!

Regardless of the product to be produced; be assured that Optimus Sales Enquiry & Quote Manager in conjunction with Optimus Calc will be able to deliver a fast and accurate customer quotation and ultimately a fully specified production job within Optimus. This will be without re-keying and duplication but with the full analysis Optimus is famous for. The Optimus motto when developing this functionality was ‘if you can print it, Optimus can produce a customer quotation to match the product criteria.

Optimus Outwork Manager
A totally new functional interface designed to manage the process of obtaining multiple prices from different suppliers. Again fundamental to Optimus Dash principles are high levels of automation and speed to enable a rapid response to meet customer demands!

The process is very simple: Enter specification information once about the element of the job that you want priced, select multiple suppliers that meet the appropriate criteria to fulfil your requirements and then send out that information electronically. Optimus Outwork manager will monitor the responses back in real time, present that information and enable you to then make a purchasing decision. Full integration back into Optimus Dash is essential to quickly process the job to despatch and invoice. Optimus Outwork Manager also incorporates historical data about suppliers’ performance, to ensure that whatever your criteria; cost, on time delivery and quality of product; the
selection of the supplier is an informed choice.

Optimus E Commerce
One of the most powerful additions to the Optimus Dash portfolio of products is Optimus E Commerce. In its simplest form Optimus E Commerce enables products to be ordered online through any number of web to print systems. Optimus have worked with a number of preferred Web to print specialist software partners including the Red Tie RTT system to provide seamless product integration into Optimus Dash.

The core of the new E Commerce system uses the Optimus Calc engine, which sits between the printer or printer’s customer web to print system and Optimus Dash. Once products have been ordered, the electronic structure and content of that transaction is broken down into an appropriate level of detail which automatically creates a job within Optimus Dash. Again the consistent theme is speed, automation and minimal key strokes to ensure that administration and order time to process the job are kept to an absolute minimum. The focus as ever, is to ensure profitability is maximised through every transaction.

Additional information is available at: optimus@optimus2020.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 April 2010.

Optimus 2020 Vision v.2 for IPEX debut
Optimus continues to promote Lean Manufacturing for the printing industry with new initiatives and product enhancements at Ipex…

Following on from the launch of Optimus 2020 Vision at Drupa 2008, Optimus has since then worked closely with Vision in Print engineers to adapt and enhance Optimus in line with the new snapshot programmes offered by Vision in Print to Printing Companies.

Optimus has taken the 8 Key Performance Indicators specified by Vision in Print and incorporated these into a simple and visual dashboard - please see attached screenshot titled 'Optimus Dash'.

Equally, in keeping with the Optimus system of drill down functionality for greater analysis, each dashboard / speedometer can be drilled down to see the actual percentages - again all in a simple, clean visual display - see example screenshot titled 'OEE'.

Following our very successful and much sought after Ultimate Guides to MIS and JDF - available for a number of years to download from its Website, Optimus has announced the launch of its 'Ultimate Guide to Lean Manufacturing in the Printing Industry'. Copies of the Guide will be available on the Optimus stand at Ipex and after Ipex will be available for download from the Optimus Website.

At Ipex 2010, Optimus has organised for 'Introduction to Lean' Seminars on its stand each day at 11.30 am - spaces are limited, so book now by contacting Optimus on: optimus@optimus2020.com. The seminars will be run by a senior process engineer from Vision in Print and I am sure will prove to be extremely popular and thought provoking.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 April 2010.

CGS and Roland DG announce strategic partnership
CGS develops unique interface for the Roland VersaUV LEC-330 for contract halftone proofs for flexible packaging…

CGS Publishing Technologies International, global leader of colour management solutions, digital proofing systems and specially formulated media and Roland DG Benelux, a subsidiary of Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters announced today that the extensive collaboration is primarily focused on, but not limited to, the demanding packaging market, combining both companies' expertise.

Until now, producing colour-accurate contract proofs for flexible packaging was compromise-ridden and always constituted a challenge. Finally, combining the features of the Roland VersaUV LEC-330 printer and CGS' unique patented colour management, it is possible to produce highly accurate contract proofs on any kind of substrate, including composite or shrink film. In addition to CMYK, the printer prints white and a clear coating. The revolutionary Roland ECO-UV inks give a very wide colour gamut and remain flexible, particularly important for the production of packaging samples. CGS ORIS Color Tuner // Web software addresses the entire colour gamut of the printer and ORIS ScreenDot feature directly processes 1-Bit-data, producing perfect colour-accurate halftone proofs. Using the original screening information allows users to detect screening-related problems like moirés or artifacts at a very early stage, avoiding costly remakes. Optional ORIS ScreenDot Plus produces halftone proofs from customers’ continuous tone files.

Trevor Haworth, CEO of CGS commented, ‘We are delighted to partner with Roland DG. They have always been at the cutting-edge of graphic solutions and by combining both of our technologies, prepress and package-printing companies now have a solution for producing colour-accurate contract halftone proofs or mock-ups on any packaging substrate. Roland DG and CGS already enjoy considerably success in Japan with continuous tone applications of the product; the inclusion of contract quality screened proofing now addresses the specific needs of the packaging industry.’

Following extensive field tests at a leading German pre-press company, ORIS Color Tuner // Web for the LEC-330 will have its official debut at IPEX at the Roland DG stand in Hall 12.

‘We have of course been familiar with the award-winning CGS colour management solutions in the past, particularly on the Japanese market. For us, the superior CGS colour management technology and intimate market know-how has been a key to enter this very demanding and growing market segment. I am sure that in the very near future this partnership will also extend into other applications, like large format printing or display graphics. Users are increasingly confronted with demands for consistent colour meeting ISO standards. Our current and future customers will substantially benefit from CGS' profound expertise and our close cooperation. We are currently already working with CGS on integrating the ORIS solution with other Roland printers, such as the brand-new VersaCAMM VS-640 inkjet printer/cutter, featuring up to 8 colours including white, and a genuine metallic ink,’ said Michel Van Vliet, product manager of Roland DG Benelux.

For more information on Roland DG products visit: www.rolanddg.eu

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 April 2010.

Fujifilm FinalProof certified by Color-Logic
Color-Logic certifies Fujifilm FinalProof as an Effect-Proof Partner with new Color-Logic Metallic Color System…

Color-Logic has announced the certification of Fujifilm FinalProof as an Effect-Proof Partner for use with the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System for offset printing.

‘Proofing is a critical element in any printing system,’ stated Color-Logic sales and marketing director Mark Geeves. ‘The Fujifilm FinalProof system vividly demonstrates both the effects and color that designers can realise and printers can produce using the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System.’

Jason Kammes, Fujifilm product marketing manager for colour proofing and wide-format products, added, ‘Using our silver metallic donor and a generic ICC profile for offset printing, we are able to produce proofs that simulate the press images extremely well. The special effects and the number of metallic colours Color-Logic can generate should be very popular in packaging and traditional offset applications.’

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

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

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 April 2010.

Signs by Tomorrow lowers costs with Anapurna
Agfa's Anapurna M4f UV inkjet solution has reduced turnaround time for the South Carolina-based sign shop…

Signs By Tomorrow (SBT) of Spartanburg, South Carolina, has significantly reduced turn-around time and lowered costs following the recent installation of the Anapurna M4f UV inkjet printing system from Agfa Graphics.

SBT Spartanburg offers a wide variety of sign products and signage services including banners, posters, screen printing, and all types of outdoor signs. The company installed the Anapurna M4f in late November of 2009.

‘With our current solvent printer, the ink really needs to cure for 24 hours before we start working with it. Now our signs are ready to assemble as soon as they come off the printer,’ said David Hudgins, president and owner, Signs By Tomorrow, Spartanburg, SC. Hudgins also added, ‘For screen printed orders we would typically try to keep designs to one or two colours and required a 25 or 50 count minimum order. Now, the Anapurna M4f delivers rich colours for us and we can do as many colours as the customer wants.’

The Anapurna M4f is a wide-format industrial UV inkjet printer designed for rigid media, providing photorealistic quality POP displays, posters, exhibition panels, stage graphics, ad panels and more. It features a print resolution of 720 x 1440dpi and a maximum printing width of 1575mm (62-inches).

‘The addition of the Anapurna M4f has opened up a world of possibilities for SBT Spartanburg,’ said Deborah Hutcheson, director of marketing, Agfa Graphics.

‘Because the Anapurna M4f can print directly to the substrate, eliminating mounting and the layer of vinyl, sign shops like this one can reduce inefficiencies. At minimum, this cuts costs and time to produce the output in half.’

According to Hudgins, ‘With the Anapurna M4f we have penetrated additional markets and are now offering wholesale printing services to other printing companies and sign shops - essentially becoming the commercial printer's sign shop.’

For more information about Signs By Tomorrow Spartanburg, visit www.signsbytomorrow.com/Spartanburg.

Additional product and company information can be found on Agfa's Website at: www.agfa.com, or just click on the Agfa button to the left of this page, or the Agfa banner or sponsor logo links on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 April 2010.

Neue Westfälische opts for new PPI workflow
New workflow for the Neue Westfälische newspaper in Bielefeld ensures its prepress stage is further automated…

The newspaper publisher of the Neue Westfälische has commissioned PPI Media, a company of Manroland AG, to install a new workflow for its prepress stage. This became necessary after it purchased a new newspaper press and integrated ABB's press control system, MPS Production.

Apart from expanding and improving its range of services, the newspaper press and workflow will enable the printing house to plan its production more flexibly, making it less dependent on the publishing house. PPI Media will use the new interfaces to implement direct connections between its own solutions, which have been applied in Bielefeld for many years, and the new systems. In future, printnet OM, the CTP output management system, and PlanPag, the planning system, will be connected to the press control system at the Neue Westfälische.

Planning data will be imported to the press control system in future from PlanPag. However, as of this coming summer, this data will be refined in the ABB system and exported from there to the CTP output management system. With the help of printnet OM, this workflow will enable the printing house to label the plates exactly, even if pages must be replanned at a later stage.

The changeover in the workflow and the new web press are the first of extensive modernisation projects in Bielefeld. ‘Bit by bit we plan to replace the old systems and machinery, using innovative solutions to position ourselves optimally for the future,’ said Axel Walker, publishing director at the Neue Westfälische.

The Neue Westfälische, a daily newspaper with 16 regional editions, is published in the region of East Westphalia-Lippe. It has a daily circulation of just under 150,000 copies. The newspaper employs about 500 people, almost 140 of which are editors. Furthermore, about 1,000 people work as freelance employees and correspondents in Düsseldorf, Berlin, Brussels and Washington.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 April 2010.

De Persgroep adopts Quark Dynamic Publishing Solution
De Persgroep achieves more than 80 per cent automation with Quark’s dynamic publishing in drive for regional expansion…

Quark has announced that De Persgroep (DPG), a leading Benelux media company involved in a wide range of activities including newspapers, magazines, financial media, television, radio and Internet, is embracing Quark’s dynamic publishing vision by adopting its latest technology to extend its reach across the region. DPG is hugely influential in the Benelux region and publishes the leading daily, weekly and monthly national newspapers across The Netherlands and Belgium including De Morgen, Het Laatste Nieuws, Algemeen Dagblad, De Volkskrant, Het Parool, Trouw, Tijd and Echo, covering a total readership of over 10 million people in the Benelux.

Regional expansion
DPG wanted to extend its reach beyond its traditional national newspaper market by increasing the number of regional newspapers it produces. However, crucially, they needed to achieve this without expanding their current editorial team and only using use their existing resources. This required a system that could not just manage its editorial workflow, but also automate the print process, repurpose content and most importantly, automate pages.

‘We required a system that could accommodate almost 1,000 users and that could also help us to achieve our goal of expansion while at the same time reducing costs. The key was choosing a complete dynamic solution that would enable users to quickly and painlessly resolve publishing challenges, without having to seek multiple vendors to create a complete solution. After much detailed research and analysis, we concluded that Quark was the only company in the marketplace that can provide this kind of solution,’ said Guy De Bruyn, DPG Corporate ICT manager.

Automatic pagination
A key element of their expansion strategy was the automation of pages for the regional newspapers, as this would save time and enable them to focus their efforts on creating more titles. Using Quark’s dynamic publishing technology, they can create business rules that automate the creation of pages for the local news sections of the regional newspapers.

‘Using Quark’s Dynamic Publishing Solution we are achieving 80 per cent automation. This means that in many cases, no users are involved until the final touch up and this can now be done by two users, the editor and the sub editor, previously these pages were created by up to eight people. This adds up to a significant cost saving and in terms of ROI, we estimate that this system will have paid for itself in less than one year,’ added De Bruyn.

Open technology
DPG is a self-integrator and prefer not to depend on third parties to integrate different systems used for newspaper and magazine production, like advertising, editorial, printing plant, monitoring and tracking. Therefore, it was extremely important to work with a system that was based on open standards. Quark’s dynamic publishing technology is based on open standards and its spring framework and open service oriented architecture means that it is easy to integrate with third party applications and home-grown solutions.

‘Quark recognises that we are a self integrator and have always supported us by providing developer training. Having an open standards based system is paramount to our expansion strategy, as it enables us to extend its capabilities by integrating seamlessly with third party solutions like PictureSAFE for example,’ continued De Bruyn.

Quark’s vision
As an innovator and leading force in the Benelux market, DPG is keen to work with cutting edge technology and sees its longstanding partnership with Quark as instrumental in its future plans.

‘The level of support that we have received from Quark has been phenomenal. We have had some very specific requirements for this project and Quark have worked closely with us every step of the way to address any issues. We really understand and embrace Quark’s dynamic publishing vision. As long time users, we are confident in their technology and feel with their focused vision that they will succeed in revolutionising the publishing industry – again,’ concluded De Bruyn.

‘Having a brand like De Persgroep commit to the Quark’s dynamic publishing technology is testament to its power and flexibility and demonstrates their confidence in the future potential of the solution and in Quark’s vision. DPG recognises the importance of investing in a system that will improve productivity and efficiency now, and will also address future changes and challenges,’ commented Matthew Wallis, Quark senior vice president of sales in Europe and Africa.

For more information about Quark solutions, visit: www.quark.com/en, or just click on the Quark sponsor logo button on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 April 2010.

Thursday 15 April

KBA C16: An innovative new commercial web press
When designing the innovative new 16pp C16 KBA focused on cutting makeready, waste, handling and maintenance…

With commercial printers still reeling from the impact of the economic meltdown, overcapacity and price erosion, most reports of new investments in the European web offset market tend to focus on high-volume press lines for 64, 72, 80 and even 96 A4 pages on the cylinder. But the proliferation of such presses over the past ten years has in fact contributed to the problem by boosting capacity and driving down prices. On top of this, dwindling ad revenues in the wake of the recession have caused a decline in print runs and pagination, exacerbating the situation. When bidding for contracts, keeping the presses running often takes precedence over profitability. As a result wide, double-circumference presses end up printing jobs for which a modern 16pp press would have been more cost-effective.

55,000 or 65,000cph and extensive automation
While KBA also builds big presses for up to 80 pages, in view of the current trend towards smaller circulations and more specific targeting by magazines, catalogues and upmarket promos, it sees a parallel need for innovative 16pp web offset presses. After all, well over 50 per cent of the commercial presses not just in Europe but worldwide are for 16 pages. When designing the innovative new 16pp C16 KBA, the inventor of the first mechanical printing press, made a high net output, high-speed job changes, low levels of start-up waste, enhanced production flexibility and reduced operator, energy and maintenance input its key objectives, along with outstanding value for money.

The extensively automated KBA C16 (C stands for commercial) will be offered in two performance classes: 55,000 and 65,000cph. Its output falls between the Compacta 215 (max. 50,000cph), of which there are over 150 installations, and the Compacta 217 (max. 70,000cph) launched at Drupa 2004. Compared to these two models the C16 has several interesting new features and compared to similar models from domestic and foreign competitors it boasts a raft of technical and user benefits. Once the final tests that are currently taking place have been concluded the first to fire up the new press will be German commercial print enterprise LN Schaffrath in Geldern, North Rhine-Westphalia, which is slated to press the button on a 65,000cph version in August (see news announcement on Monday 8 February).

C16’s unique winning features
The KBA C16’s key innovations and unique features include:
• the fastest plate change in its class (less than 60 seconds irrespective of the number of plates);
• KBA’s unique RollerTronic rollers locks for a longer service life and reduced maintenance;
• a new, automatically convertible P3 folder with just one quarterfold up to 65,000cph and unique automated copy control;
• dedicated AC drives for each printing couple and other features for enhancing energy efficiency;
• flying job change with proven imprinter technology;
• optimised KBA EasyTronic software for fast, low-waste start-up and run-down at the touch of a button;
• automatic presetting, job management and optional JDF process integration via KBA LogoTronic Professional;
• user-friendly handling and optimum access to all subassemblies and feed systems;
• networking technology with high-powered MLC.

Efficient reel logistics and energy recovery
The C16 is fed with paper by KBA’s well-proven Patras reel-logistics system with custom-configurable automation, and reelstands engineered for the maximum reel diameter and production speed specified (Pastoline, Pastomat C or Pastomat CL for a reel diameter of 1,524mm (60-inches). The C16’s compact form encompasses an infeed unit built into the reelstand and all key elements (such as a web aligner) for a precise web run. Green technology includes an energy recovery system.

New printing-unit design delivers benefits in quality, handling...
The robust, bearer-free double printing units in the C16 are designed for a superb print quality, fast job changes and ergonomic operation. They feature the minigaps developed by KBA in the 1990s and subsequently adopted by other vendors, plus blanket plates that can be changed in under three minutes. The print-free margin is less than 6mm (0.25in), which saves on paper, minimises vibration and, unlike conventional blankets, requires no adjustment. Another feature lacking in other models is the ability to adjust impression pressure via a setting screw when switching to a different type of paper (eg in conjunction with a sheeter). There is a choice of automatic or semi-automatic plate change. Four forme rollers and large roller diameters ensure a swift ink/water balance during start-up and stable colour during long print runs.

...maintenance, cost efficiency and emissions
With KBA’s RollerTronic roller locks all the inking rollers can be adjusted by push-button from the console in less than two minutes. What is more, RollerTronic reduces roller abrasion, the frequency with which rollers must be changed, recoating costs and maintenance input while enhancing energy efficiency and printing conditions. The C16’s drive system is also the exception in this class: a dedicated AC drive for each couple (ie two per printing unit) allows the circumferential register to be set with no abrasion-prone mechanical parts. And two motors per printing unit generate less braking and accelerating force than does the usual single motor. The C16’s inking units are ideal for alcohol-free printing, as are the dampening units which can be converted from direct to indirect operation. The dampening units’ exceptional stability guarantees a rapid ink/water balance and thus very little start-up waste and a low makeready speed.

New P3 folder: one quarterfold module, automatic copy control
KBA has also substantially upgraded its P3 pin folder. Already automatically convertible from one type of stock to another, the P3 now features just one quarterfold module and new automatic copy control. This cuts initial investment costs, relieves the press crew of tedious setting tasks, ensures consistent printing conditions and helps reduce waste. A touch screen at the folder delivery shortens walking distances for the operator and can double as a full-scale console.

Modular design supports customised configurations
The P3 is available in a wide choice of configurations to support over 30 different types of fold in combination with various copy formats. The web guide elements in the superstructure (which can also be configured with turner bars) are easily accessed, as are the former and slitter. KBA’s patented turner bars do not have to be adjusted for different ribbon widths. The superstructure’s modular design, with dedicated drives throughout, means it can be customised freely and subsequently extended with retrofits. The same applies to the entire press line. The KBA C16 is available as a left/right or right/left floor-mounted press with up to eight units, as a two-tier configuration or as a duplex line with cross lead. Pre-delivery testing of pre-assembled modular components cuts on-site installation and commissioning times.

Digital integration with ErgoTronic, EasyTronic and LogoTronic
The upgraded, user-oriented ErgoTronic console is the operator’s central work station, where he can initiate fast, automatic press start-up and run-down at the touch of a single button. During makeready he can also automatically preset the slitter, turner bars, register rollers and former, or pre-ink the plates. To cut start-up waste KBA has substantially reduced the C16’s makeready speed. LogoTronic or LogoTronic Professional software for capturing operational data, downloading presetting data and storing job data to accelerate press preset for repeat jobs can be embedded in the customer’s workflow and even supports JDF networking.

KBA sources the C16’s colour measurement and control systems, cut-off register controls, hot-air dryer and other auxiliaries from established, proven vendors.

Everything under control: the user-friendly ErgoTronic console incorporates EasyTronic software for fast, automatic press start-up and run-down at the touch of a single button, plus KBA CIPLink and KBA LogoTronic Professional to support digital integration in the printshop workflow.

This article, with six additional pictures, also appears in our Online Features 2010 Technology-related Chapter. Click on the Index or button link on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 April 2010.

Alwan Print Standardizer 2.0 and Print Verifier 1.0
Two new launches at IPEX: True ISO 12647 standardisation and certification solutions for Mac and PC platforms…

Alwan Color Expertise, a leader in dynamic colour management and standardisation technologies, today announced it is launching two new print solutions at IPEX that will ease the path for print service providers in achieving ISO 12647 standardisation and certification within their operations. Both solutions operate in Mac and PC environments. Alwan Color Expertise is located in Hall 11at the show.

‘Just one year after the successful launch of the industry's first automated press standardisation solution - Print Standardiser - Alwan continues to pave the way to standards adoption in the graphic arts industry by bringing new and affordable solutions to print production workflows,’ said Elie Khoury, president Alwan Color Expertise. ‘Despite the continuous tough economy, ISO 12647 standards adoption has remained strong and is increasing worldwide. Many companies in Europe, Asia and the US have already used Alwan PRINT Standardizer to make this adoption easier in their pressrooms. Based on this success, Alwan is bringing to the market an even more powerful, flexible and affordable solution: PRINT Standardizer 2.0, to be launched at IPEX in Birmingham in May 2010.’

NEW: Print Standardizer 2.0
Print Standardizer 2.0 includes Alwan's unique Dynamic Press Calibration which collects measurement data from digital or offset presses in real time in order to accurately record the press behavior and compensate for its deviations. It offers users a new and unique ability to apply dot gain in their RIP and on their colour control bars and yet use measurements for press calibration update and print analysis in real time.

Print Standardizer 2.0 has been separated from CMYK Optimizer software that was included in Version 1.0 and has been optimised to automatically produce Dot Gain Compensation Curve files that can be easily imported into most digital printer and workflow RIPs. It brings a new and automated ‘Sheet’ and ‘Print Run’ Analysis Reports, guarantees assessments and certification for printed sheets and complete jobs according to ISO 12647 and ISO 9000 requirements for quality-control.

Finally, Print Standardizer Viewer displays a Sheet Analysis Report after each measurement on the press, enabling press operators to see at a glance on their console screens whether or not they are printing to ISO 12647 conditions.

NEW: Alwan Print Verifier at IPEX
In order to better align the practices of printers and print buyers, Alwan has also developed Print Verifier, a new print verification and certification solution for handheld devices that Alwan Print Standardizer users can offer to their print buyers.

Unique to Print Verifier is its ability to hold a number of quality control settings in its ‘Settings’ manager. This allows users to save, export and import quality-control analysis conditions including: Target, Instrument, Control strip, Measuring conditions, and Certification method. This unique capability guarantees printers and print buyers that they are performing quality control measures in identical conditions, hence avoiding mistakes and inaccuracies that can lead to false results, disagreements, and other potential conflicts that can now be avoided.

‘We are pleased to have successfully tackled the technical challenges that Version 2.0 of Print Standardizer encompassed,’ said Luc Regnault, Alwan's director of R&D and recipient of much industry recognition, including the prestigious French ‘Ordre National du Mérite’ decoration. ‘One of those significant challenges was the use of Black Backing measurement on the press when most popular reference printing conditions are available with white backing. The ability to extract information about the status of the press from measurements with a dot gain curve applied on them was another of those challenges that we were able to overcome in this version.’

Regnault cites ISO 12647-2 and ISO 12647-3 compliance criteria for sheets and print runs as the most delicate challenge of all, adding, ‘All similar software that we tested failed to deliver the right assessment and result in many cases. This can lead to problematic situations that Print Standardizer and its users do not encounter. When Alwan Print Standardizer passes a sheet or a print run, we can guarantee that those sheets or press runs will pass the audit criteria of certification organisations.’

‘We are also very excited to bring to the market, for the first time in Alwan's history, solutions that operate on both Mac and PC platforms,’ said Khoury, Alwan's president and an international ISO 12647 expert. ‘We are confident that we will be able to leverage our broad participation in today's standardisation market to help further develop the market, increase our market share, and keep prices affordable to help printers more easily adopt standardisation solutions.’

Availability & pricing
The Standard Retail Price for Print Standardizer 2.0 is 6 000€, half the price of version 1.0. With the promotions and bundles with instruments that Alwan's channel will be offering upon its launch at IPEX, the company expects that its street price will be significantly less, making it easier than ever before for printers to enter the world of ISO 12647 compliance.

Alwan has established very strong partnerships with many graphic industry players who are involved in standardisation worldwide. They include research organisations, Universities, software publishers and OEMs.

The outcome of these co-operations was the recent release of two new and unique ISO 12647 out-of-the-box standardisation solutions:
• PDF Standardizer, developed in partnership with Enfocus, offers a simple and reliable way to create PDFs that comply with ISO 15930-1 (PDF/X1-a), Ghent PDF Workgroup specifications as well as with ISO 12647 colour printing standards.
• Print Standardizer, developed in partnership with X-Rite, provides an affordable and easy-to-implement G7 and ISO 12647 standardisation in the press room.

Alwan Color Expertise has appointed specialist distributors for each of the targeted market segments. An ever-growing number of leading prepress manufacturers are either bundling Alwan software with their products or recommending it with their systems, such as Compose System, Dalim, Enfocus, Nazdar, X-Rite and others.

For additional information, visit: www.alwancolour.com. In Southern Africa, Alwan is represented by Cape Town-based Digital Distributors at: www.digitaldistributors.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 April 2010.

Color-Logic’s new process metallic colour system
New company formed to bring an entire line of special effects software and consumables to the printing industry…

Color-Logic, a new company formed to bring an entire line of special effects software and consumables to the printing industry, announced its first product last month, a revolutionary new process metallic colour system. The Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System is an integrated process which is initiated at the design stage and provides colour control through the printing process. The designer selects reference colours from Color-Logic metallic colour guides. The colour guides are printed, under standard printing conditions, using known stocks and inks. This eliminates the necessity of matching colour guides that were printed on different stock or with different inks. The Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System fits directly into existing workflows at both the designer and the printer, and does not require any special hardware or machinery.

Commenting on the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System, Color-Logic director of sales and marketing, Mark Geeves said, ‘The Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System enables creatives to use as many metallic colours and effects as desired, to create imaginative, luxurious, and refreshingly original printed media.’

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

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

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 April 2010.

Heidelberg releases new Packaging white paper
Heidelberg USA has released a new white paper which provides an overview of company’s extensive packaging activities…

In connection with the expansion of its North American Print and Packaging Technology Center (Technology Center in Kennesaw, Ga, Heidelberg USA has released a new white paper detailing Heidelberg’s strategy and solutions for the packaging market.

‘Packaging Printing: Complete Solutions from A Single Source’, discusses trends and opportunities in the packaging market, and traces two decades of Heidelberg’s packaging activities, beginning with the 1987 launch of the Speedmaster CD 102, the first dedicated packaging printing press. Heidelberg’s 2003 acquisition of Jagenberg and WPM marked Heidelberg’s expansion into postpress packaging, followed by the successful launch of a line of high-performance die cutters and folding carton gluers. The subsequent introduction of the ultra-productive Speedmaster XL platform and the addition of CTP devices and presses in the VLF format range at drupa 2008, have solidified Heidelberg’s position as the pre-eminent packaging equipment supplier, as well as the only manufacturer that can offer a complete range of package printing solutions from a single source.

The new white paper shows how Heidelberg has applied its core skills in sheetfed offset to the production environment in the packaging industry. Today, Heidelberg not only offers equipment for every stage of the packaging production process, but also integrates each individual area into a JDF-based Prinect Packaging Workflow and streamlines the logistics process. By cutting makeready times, reducing waste, and optimizing material flow, integrated prepress, press and postpress packaging solutions from Heidelberg achieve the lowest possible cost per folding carton. Heidelberg further combines its prepress, press and postpress know-how in the packaging segment with service, consumables and business consulting activities. The inclusion of equipment, software and services from Heidelberg’s packaging portfolio has been a powerful draw for visitors to Heidelberg’s Technology Center.

‘Packaging Printing: Complete Solutions from A Single Source’, is available for download at: www.us.heidelberg.com/eco.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 April 2010.

GEW to feature its e-System range at FESPA 2010
GEW to feature enhanced technologies for UV screen and UV inkjet printing at FESPA in Munich in Hall 3…

GEW (EC) Ltd. will feature its e-System range of UV lamp heads offering the combined benefits of increased UV output with reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Driven by the company's Award winning and compact e-Brick power supplies, the systems are easily integrated within the printing press and are available for narrow, wide and grand format inkjet or screen printing.

System enhancements include a new lamp head reflector profile with highly focused range that includes cold shutter and cold filter to optimise UV efficiency with cooler running. Various heat management options to suit different configurations of printing machines are offered to allow the widest possible range of substrates to be printed. Intelligent control software is used to manage lamp power according to the application, with either hand held or integrated UV monitoring solutions available to measure and optimise UV output.

Energy efficiency has been further increased on the e-Brick electronic power supply with the development of GreenTimer, a standby system that allows the operator to be away from the production area and programme a conveniently timed re-start. This means no time is wasted in waiting for the UV system to get up to speed.

GEW manufactures UV curing systems for all makes of printing and converting machines including specialised applications and supplies both original equipment manufacturers and upgrades for existing equipment. Established in 1991, the company has built a strong reputation as a global supplier of UV curing systems in the graphic arts industry. Based near London, England, GEW manufactures all its products in-house, which are available together with spare parts and after-sales service through satellite offices and its distribution network around the world.

GEW will exhibit at FESPA 2010, Munich, 22 - 26 June, 2010, in Hall 3. For additional information, visit: www.gewuv.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 April 2010.

Agfa's new Jeti 1224 UV HDC inkjet printer at IPEX
New system features photo realistic quality, greyscale printing up to 110 sq/m hr and industrial grade construction…

Agfa Graphics has announced the launch of the new Jeti 1224 UV HDC inkjet printer, which will be demonstrated for the first time in Europe at IPEX 2010 in Birmingham, 18 - 25 May 2010. The system made its debut appearance 8 April 2010 at the International Sign Expo in Orlando, FL, USA. The Jeti 1224 UV HDC is the first inkjet printer to be launched since Agfa acquired the Jeti business and demonstrates the results of the combined Agfa and Jeti research and development teams.

The Jeti 1224 UV HDC (HDC = High Definition Colour) inkjet printer features the widest colour gamut and highest productivity in its class, demonstrating high definition, sharp fine text and photographic detail with bright intense colours.

Built on a solid steel platform, designed for three shift operations, the Jeti 1224 UV HDC features a unique, linear motor driven vacuum bed for highly accurate dot placement in both flat bed mode or with the optional roll-to-roll (RTR) feature. The flatbed architecture can print on anything that is reasonably flat up to five cm thick and with its industrial grade construction can support media rolls up to 110 kg.

The Jeti 1224 UV HDC is the first Jeti printer to use the Ricoh Gen 4 variable greyscale print head technology. Agfa has created advanced waveform designs and introduced the Anuvia HD ink technology to drive the Ricoh heads up to 30 KHz in binary and 13KHz in greyscale. With four colour and white as standard the Jeti 1224 UV HDC delivers equivalent speeds in both binary and greyscale modes at resolutions up to 1200 dpi.

Throughput is rated at 110 sq/m hr in express mode, 54 sq/m hr in production mode and 36.2 sq/m hr in high quality mode. With the Anuvia HD ink delivering maximum pigment density for saturated colours, combined with drops as small as 8 picolitre, the Jeti 1224 UV HDC consumes less than 7.6ml of ink per sq/m yielding over 140 sq/m per litre of ink.

‘Agfa is always looking for new ways to speed up the printing process whilst increasing the quality and lowering costs of production. The new Anuvia HD ink on the Jeti 1224 UV HDC system provides a higher yield and wider colour gamut to help our customers increase their profit margins, produce output with vibrant colour, and provide the lowest ink consumption in its class,’ said Richard Barham, vice president of Inkjet, Agfa Graphics.

The Jeti 1224 UV HDC is ideally suited for high resolution trade show graphics, POS (Point-of-Sale) displays, real estate signs, backlit signs, lenticular displays, high resolution banners, ceramic tiles, wood and many more flatbed applications.

First customer shipments will start on 1 June 2010.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 April 2010.

Agfa to launch UV low-migration inks at IPEX
New Agorix LM UV inks bring cost efficiencies to short-run digital UV printing on wide range of food packaging substrates…

Agfa Graphics has announced the launch of the UV curable Low Migration Inks for the Dotrix Modular LM high-speed, single-pass UV inkjet press. The unique Agorix LM UV inks can be used for digital printing applications on primary and secondary food packaging substrates.

The new Agorix LM UV inks use advanced photo initiator systems resulting in low odour, low migration and low set-off risks. The inks are formulated using Agfa Graphics patented Complete Cross linking Technology. Agfa manufactures Agorix LM inks adhering to strict industry standards. As a result, users of Dotrix Modular LM with the Agorix LM inks will be compliant with stringent EU & FDA food packaging regulations.

Dotrix Modular LM users, their customers and the brands that rely on their high-quality printing, will find these new inks provide excellent adhesion on a wide variety of substrates, have excellent light fastness characteristics and feature good converting capabilities.

‘These new Agorix LM UV inkjet inks are available in CMYK and CMYK-OV sets. The orange and violet colour stations considerably extend the colour gamut offering up to with 90 per cent reproduction of Pantone colours through the use of Apogee ColorTune Spot and Apogee ColorTune CMM. Agorix LM UV inks are designed to bring cost efficiencies to short and medium run digital printing on a wide range of primary and secondary packaging substrates including multi-layer alu, aluminium, PET, PE, PP, OPP and more. UV curable inks do not contain solvents, are considered ‘Green Technology’ and lower operating expenses by eliminating solvent recovery costs. The new Agorix LM UV inks have a long shelf life, provide outstanding jetting performance, guaranteeing high productivity and convertibility,‘ said Guy Fransen, product marketing manager, Industrial Single Pass Inkjet, Agfa Graphics.

Demo samples will be printed on the Agfa stand at IPEX in Birmingham, 18 - 25 May 2010.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 April 2010.

Atlantic Zeiser success in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's Government Printing Press Agency turns to Atlantic Zeiser to personalise ID cards…

Atlantic Zeiser has supplied two lines of the Persoline to the Government Printing Press Agency (GPPA) in Saudi Arabia. The State printing works uses the individually adapted machines to personalise the Iqama Card, which enables foreigners to live and work in Saudi Arabia. These cards act as work identity cards in the country, and are also used as ID by foreign workers.

High demand for the Iqama Cards spurred the GPPA into finding an automated way to personalise the cards quickly and securely. Security and test characteristics, such as barcodes and series numbers, are now applied with the help of digital Omega 72 inkjet printers and greyscale lasers. Finally, a camera control system, which checks the printed barcode and OCR-characters of each individual card, is integrated to ensure a 100 per cent quality test. Any incorrect numbers are automatically identified and documented by the control software so that an easy remake of cards is simple possible.

René Störk, sales director of Atlantic Zeiser, commented, ‘We are very pleased that our solutions are enabling the GPPA to produce professional and secure Iqama cards. Our long-standing contacts in the Middle East, our own presence in the region, and our convincing technological solutions contributed to us being selected as a partner for this project.’

Pictured above: (from left to right) Khalid Saleh Alkhalid, personalisation manager GPPA; Khalid Abdulaziz Alkhunaini, production manager GPPA; Ahmed Abdullah Alruways, technical manager GPPA; and Manuel Wikenhauser, sales manager Card Systems Atlantic Zeiser.

For additional information, visit: www.atlanticzeiser.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 April 2010.

PMP ensures directory quality with GMI Solutions
Au $1.57 million deal for AVT/GMI colour controls…

PMP Print, part of Australia's leading integrated provider of consumer insight and printed communications solutions, has installed three GMI Microcolor II and three GMI ColorQuick systems as well as a GMI CIP3 Interpreter to ensure print quality at its Chullora, New South Wales, facility.

The sales were part of PMP Print's comprehensive upgrades at the Chullora plant resulting from winning a multi-year directory print contract for their three Harris 9000 Coldset 2032mm (80-inch) directory presses, now equipped with the GMI solutions.

GMI solutions are modular and adaptable and are currently in use on more than 4,500 web and sheetfed press designs ranging in widths from 254mm to 2032mm. Providing the most accurate colour control and information, the GMI Microcolor II and ColorQuick solutions can reduce makeready waste by up to 50 per cent and deliver a rapid ROI combined with consistence colour quality during and between runs and a low cost of ownership.

‘There were three major considerations for investing in GMI's solutions,’ said Jeremy Boreham, national technical manager, PMP, ‘to provide more consistent and repeatable output for our client, savings in materials, and the data capture to enable printing to standards. With savings in start-up waste as well as running waste, GMI's solutions deliver an outstanding return on investment.’

In addition to the Chullora facility, PMP has 16 GMI solutions at four of its print centres along Australia's Eastern coast. As the largest heat-set web printer in Australasia, PMP prints some 4 billion catalogues, 120 magazines, 30 million directories and 24 million books each year.

A powerful combination for print quality and waste reduction
The solutions PMP has installed on its presses provide state-of-the-art colour control through an integrated approach that begins with GMI CIP3 Interpreter that converts pre-press artwork into digital ink key presets managed by the GMI Microcolor II remote ink control solution. The presets are converted into ink key positions and sent to the press units before printing, hence shortening make ready time and waste.

GMI Microcolor II uses patented, digital servomotor technology where each servomotor has its own microprocessor to enable precise control. The system provides very fine control, less than 1 per cent increments for light coverage and larger moves for heavy coverage.

Once printing, the ColorQuick's press-mounted spectrophotometer collects spectral colour data and controls automatically the ink density, and other colour parameters (Closed Loop Colour Control). Using the ISO Standard spectrophotomer, ColorQuick ensures the highest colour quality measurement accuracy and consistency between jobs and presses, and enables significant waste reduction during make readies, and run time.

‘We are very pleased that PMP chose AVT GMI as its partner. The sale of these solutions to PMP demonstrates the great benefits of installing GMI systems on legacy presses, extending their lives and transforming them into modern, efficient units delivering high quality colour print,’ said Gal Shamri, president, GMI. ‘Microcolor and ColorQuick are part of AVT GMI solutions that enable our customers to enhance their competitiveness, while at the same time ensuring production efficiency and print quality.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 April 2010.

Wednesday 14 April

The PrintCity Alliance LEAN theme at IPEX
Productivity, Efficiency and Standardisation: Lean Manufacturing from PrintCity and its members is one of its key themes at IPEX…

PrintCity Alliance members Leonhard Kurz, Manroland, Megtec, Merck, Océ, Sappi, Tolerans, UPM and Weilburger Graphics are exhibiting at Ipex 2010, focusing on three leading 'themes' PRINT: LEAN.GREEN.SEEN.

Of the three PrintCity Alliance hot topics 'LEAN' is possibly the most important one to offer printers and packagers the route to reduced costs and improved profitability.

Productivity, Efficiency and Standardisation – LEAN
LEAN manufacturing achieves less waste across the entire value chain, reducing total cost. Any waste reduction also has a direct environmental benefit. This is an area of PrintCity Alliance work since 2004, where members have taken a leading role in process knowledge sharing, first with an Optimised UV Sheetfed Guide, now in its second edition. Most recently, a new study has begun on Process Standards Optimisation, which will be published by winter 2010, plus there is a new Ultra Wide Web Offset report for Ipex.

'LEAN' is about reducing waste in a broader sense. Waste is anything that doesn't contribute directly to adding value for the customer including over-production, inventory, work in process, transportation, processing waste, motion, waiting and defects. Its key metrics are cost and time.

The move to ISO/PSO standards optimisation in printing and packaging industry is a multi parameter process that needs a cross-industry approach to be effective. PrintCity Alliance members are ideally positioned to offer the required breadth of process knowledge required to assist formulation of the best current & future industry standards.

LEAN is strongly linked with GREEN because any waste reduction will also reduce energy demand and carbon emissions.

Benefits from Lean Manufacturing and Process Standards Optimisation
Utilising best practice knowledge from PrintCity Alliance members, this new study will help guide publishers, printers and packagers forward to apply best practice in this complex area.

Some of the benefits they will gain are:
• Significant improvements in lead times, customer service, productivity, inventory, quality & costs
• Reduction of waste, continuous improvement and simplification
• Stability and improved continuity of business
• Three times higher probability to be an industry best-in-class performer (indicated by research)
• Be LEAN and Efficient!

Successful LEAN strategies focus on end-to-end integrated processes and include suppliers, logistics and service providers.

PrintCity Alliance shared productivity, efficiency & standardisation projects and research
PrintCity Alliance members have been researching process standards subjects for many years and are among the world leaders in this area. At Ipex 2010 visitors can access their combined knowledge and discuss research findings from these PrintCity productivity, efficiency and standardisation activities:

LEAN - Process Standards Optimisation - a new study available by winter 2010, it will become a vital guide to understand and apply best practice in productivity, efficiency and process standardisation for the printing & packaging industry. Visit PrintCity at Ipex to find out more....

LEAN - Optimised UV Sheetfed Guide - the 2008 second edition of this leading guide for UV printing on sheetfed presses is recognised as a 'must have' publication for this sector. Available from PrintCity project members or it can be purchased from the PrintCity online shop at www.printcity.de/shop

LEAN - Ultra Wide Web Offset Presses - this new publication for Ipex 2010 is the culmination of alliance member's work to assess the benefits of high productivity web offset presses of over 2 metres in web width. It takes into account all aspects of equipment investment, consumables and process benefits.

Who should visit PrintCity at Ipex?
All printers, publishers, brand owners, designers & advertising agencies can gain valuable knowledge benefits, plus process & technology application ideas by visiting PrintCity Alliance members at their Hall 17 'connection of competence hub' at Ipex.

To make contact with PrintCity Alliance members prior to Ipex, follow this link www.surveymonkey.com/s/IPEX_2010 and indicate who you want to hear from or meet at the show on stand area in Hall 17.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 14 April 2010.

Two Sides: Third direct mail approach this month
The UK initiative to promote the responsible production and use of print and paper, continues to promote print media's sustainability…

Two Sides, the UK initiative to promote the responsible production and use of print and paper and encourage its use as an attractive, practical and sustainable communications medium today announced that its membership is now over two hundred and that its drive to reach and educate media buyers continues with the issue of its third direct mailer.

Due to hit the desks of 21,000 media specifiers and influencers around the UK over the next couple of weeks including agencies and designers, corporates, retailers, government, journalists, politicians and publishers, this latest pack of six postcards has been illustrated by London-based freelance illustrator, Matthew Hams (www.matthewhams.co.uk). His distinctive and deceptively simple designs have been printed on Mohawk Superfine Ultra White Smooth 270gsm and 352gsm, which was donated by Mohawk. Mohawk Superfine is FSC certified and produced using sustainable energy sources.

‘The new direct mail postcard pack looks great and we are confident that we are getting our key message that paper and print is a powerful and environmentally responsible medium across to our audience,’ said Martyn Eustace, Two Sides director. ‘The growing number of members, including over sixty printing organisations that have a strategic focus on sustainability, is testimony that we are reaching all the stakeholders in the graphic communication value chain.

‘2010 will see us continue our efforts to raise the profile of Print Media, recruit more members and correct many common misperceptions about the production and use of print and paper. We will have a stand at IPEX (Hall 11) and will soon be publishing a 'Myths and Facts' booklet which can be used as a sales aid by our members.’

Visit the Two Sides Website at: www.twosides.info to discover more about the positive aspects of print and paper.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 14 April 2010.

Agfa launches new Thermal 8-up CTP system
Optimised for Azura TS chem-free plates the improved Avalon N8 offers increased productivity and reduced energy consumption…

Agfa Graphics has announced immediate availability of a more environmentally-friendly and more productive version of the company’s popular Avalon N8 thermal CTP system. The new Avalon N8 system, combined with Agfa’s chemistry-free Azura TS ThermoFuse-based plates and Sublima, Agfa’s patented cross-modulated (XM) screening technology, delivers unmatched plate production predictability, excellent on-press performance and high-quality image reproduction.

The new system, designed primarily for 8-up commercial offset printers, will make its debut on the Agfa stand at IPEX in Birmingham, UK, 18 - 25 May 2010.

With the new Avalon N8, Azura TS plates run 50 per cent faster with increased image contrast. The Azura TS thermal plates use a simple process via a clean-out unit (COU), making plates press-ready without chemical processing. With Azura TS, water consumption and waste are considerably reduced.

The addition of Sublima, which combines the strengths of FM and AM screening, gives users the ability to significantly raise print image quality to consistently produce stunning output without sacrificing pressroom productivity.

The new Avalon N8 system also features an improved air filter system and the cooling unit’s energy consumption has been reduced.

‘All of Agfa's CTP systems deliver stunning image quality without sacrificing pressroom productivity. The most important concern of the press operator is to deliver high-quality print, consistently and repeatedly, day after day, from the first run to the last run,’ said Marc Op de Beeck, senior vice president marketing and sales, Agfa Graphics. ‘Agfa is dedicated to bringing the most efficient and productive systems to commercial printers of all sizes.’

The new Avalon N8 system is now available.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 14 April 2010.

New industrial inkjet solutions distributor for Austria
Screen has appointed Bauer + Bauer as specialist distributor for the industrial inkjet market in Austria…

Screen has appointed independent company Bauer + Bauer as distributor for its range of large-format digital print solutions to the industrial screen printing market in Austria. The family-run company has more than 40 years' experience in offset litho, screen printing and prepress as well extensive involvement in the digital sector. In the industrial sector Bauer + Bauer is one of the leading companies providing solutions to this market.

The products that will be distributed are the Truepress Jet2500UV, which offers large-size, high-speed printing on many industrial materials be they roll-fed or flatbed rigid substrates; the Truepress Jet1600UV-F which provides vivid, full-colour printing especially suited to backlit applications; and the Truepress Jet650 (pictured), which has been specifically developed for industrial applications such as car instrument panels, plastic card printing or membrane overlay markets.

‘The Screen large format digital machines complete our product portfolio,’ says Bauer + Bauer's Wolfgang Winter, sales manager for this industrial sector. ‘We can now expand our customer base in the industrial sector where we already have strong links.’

Screen Europe sales manager Bruce Hilltout welcomed the new appointment, saying, ‘Bauer + Bauer is an exciting addition to Screen's network of European distributors in that they focus on the industrial segment of the silk screen market. This will allow us to enter into new markets where the products we have developed fit extremely well.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 14 April 2010.

Graduation Day for Heidelberg's Class of 2010
Heidelberg USA proudly announces the graduation of seven field service technicians from its Apprenticeship Programme…

The graduates are the product of a three-year programme that begins with a two-month comprehensive on-boarding at Heidelberg USA’s headquarters in Kennesaw, Ga. The Print Media Academy-generated introductory curriculum teaches the ‘language of printing’ and acquaints recruits with the mechanical and electrical aspects of Heidelberg equipment. Upon the successful completion of the introductory segment, graduates return to their home region for the next two years and 10 months to shadow experienced Heidelberg technicians in the field, working first on installations, and then on troubleshooting actual problems. Apprentices return to Kennesaw periodically to supplement their technical education with focused, structured training at the Technology Center.

‘Heidelberg USA is proud to have given these seven graduates an opportunity to take their professional development into their own hands, supported by colleagues and trainers who accompany them through the learning process,’ said Jim Dunn, president of Heidelberg USA. ‘In training a new generation of field service technicians, our customers are ensured the continued availability of a pool of highly trained Heidelberg specialists who understand how to install, repair and maintain these complex pieces of machinery.’

‘Even in these challenging times, Heidelberg remains committed to investing in our future and in the continued success of our customers by preparing highly skilled field technicians to address the specific service requirements of our customers’ Heidelberg equipment,’ said Ulrich Koehler, senior vice president service for Heidelberg USA. ‘Industry-wide, no other training programme can make that claim. Ultimately, the proof of our dedication to providing the very best in service can be measured in customer loyalty.’

Emphasis on Mechatronics
In an effort to recruit candidates with the strong mechanical and electrical aptitude necessary to become a successful technician, Apprentice Development Programme manager Paul Cavanaugh cultivates relationships with technical schools nationwide, speaking with students and collecting résumés. According to Cavanaugh, the ideal candidate is a student with a natural affinity for mechanics and electronics, coupled with a manifest urge to tinker.

‘I need students who already understand tools and indicators,’ Cavanaugh said, who has developed mechanical, electrical and analytical tests to qualify applicants, and administers mid-term and final examinations — with an oral component — to his apprentices to measure their progress. ‘Students who have already rebuilt a car engine from the ground up, for example, often are ideally suited to this type of work.’ As if to underscore the point, Cavanaugh frequently combines his passion for motorcycle drag racing with his recruitment efforts, occasionally bringing his bike along when he visits technical schools while en route to various races across the US.

For all the effort involved in transforming a tech-savvy student into an apprentice and then into a full-line service technician for the world’s leading supplier of integrated print media solutions, Cavanaugh is indebted to Heidelberg’s team of field service technicians, who serve as mentors to the apprentices during their field training. ‘Without their dedication, expertise, and willingness to share their hard-earned lessons,’ he said, ‘our apprentices would not have been able to grow as technicians.’ Of the apprentices themselves, he adds, ‘I am extremely proud of them. They have been an absolute pleasure to manage, and every one of them has a bright future with Heidelberg.’

The remaining eight junior apprentices in Heidelberg’s Apprenticeship Programme will graduate in 2011.

Pictured above: From left to right: Carsten Schuster, Jamie Street, Steven Owens (Back Row), Steve Leibert, Kevin Stark (Back Row), Lance Henneberg, Paul Cavanaugh, Apprentice Programme Development manager; Tom Gjersoe.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 14 April 2010.

Duplo International to launch latest innovations at IPEX
Duplo will be using IPEX 2010 to launch an array of new finishing devices aimed at 'adding value to the print line'…

Duplo International will be using IPEX 2010 to launch an array of new finishing devices aimed at 'adding value to the print line', and enabling print organisations to differentiate themselves.

In its largest ever presence at a trade exhibition, Duplo will be showing ten new finishing solutions. Ranging from bookletmakers and UV coaters to perfect binders, there will be a range of real-life customer applications running through them. Duplo's major product announcement of 2009, the Alpha Saddle Stitcher, will have its UK debut and first customer unveiling.

Duplo International's chairman, Robin Greenhalgh explained Duplo's aim for IPEX 2010, ‘During the recession we have continued to thrive as a business as print organisations are looking at ways in which they can add value to their services, perhaps by adding quick turnaround perfect bound books, or by reducing their costs, which could include outsourced finishing costs. At IPEX our solutions are all geared towards adding value, either by improving quality of finished print products whilst not compromising turnaround time, or by enabling printers to differentiate themselves by introducing different products or services to their customer base.’

As well as providing a launch platform for many of Duplo International's new range, IPEX 2010 will also offer its visitors the opportunity to see Duplo products on a number of partner stands, demonstrating a variety of different finishing applications.

Visitors to the Duplo International stand will have the opportunity to experience a range of new products such as the DB-280 Perfect Binder, Ultra 200 UV Coater as well as the Integrated Folding System which will be shown with Duplo's unique slitter, cutter, creasers the DC-645 & DC-445.

Another of the many exciting machines on show will be the recently launched saddle stitcher, the Alpha Saddle. Shown for the first time in the UK, the Alpha Saddle was launched to the printing press last October at Druck & Form in Germany. Terry Wafer, Graphic Arts Product Manager at Duplo International says: ‘We're very excited about showing this product in the UK; it had an amazing response in Germany and we are very confident it will be a major feature of the IPEX exhibition as a whole.’

Duplo International, known for its wide range of finishing solutions will be demonstrating their latest offering on their stand at IPEX 2010. Among these are the following machines designed with users of digital & litho print engines in mind.

Alpha Saddle – Saddle Stitcher
Duplo's new saddle stitcher runs at up to 12,000 booklets an hour and is fully compatible with Duplo's collator towers and sheet-feeders. Able to run A4 landscape books and 2-up booklets, with the aid of a central gutter cut on the machine's three-knife trimmer, the Alpha is designed for quick set-up, high quality and fast output, with a long lasting 'heavy metal' build.

DKT200 – 2 Knife Trimmer
Also on show will be this optional module for Duplo's System 5000 bookletmaker range which provides for the precise trimming of the top-bottom of each book. The heavy duty construction of the DKT-200 benefits from a flat and straight paper path whilst allowing the operator to view the complete book process.

DB-280 - Perfect Binder
The DB280 is Duplo's new entry-level, single clamp perfect binder. Unlike many other desktop binders this machine is capable of perfect binding, tape binding, case binding and padding and includes several other outstanding features typically reserved for a more expensive machine.

Digital System 445 – Bookletmaker
Also showing at IPEX for the first time will be the Digital System 445. Duplo's new nearline bookletmaker is a system that cuts, creases and creates booklets all in one pass. It features an integrated spine press for flatter books and optional ASM-350 Square Spine for that perfect bound effect.

Ultra 200 - UV Coater
The Ultra 200 is the company's newest entry-level flood UV coater. Designed for the printer who requires smaller production runs, the heavy duty Ultra 200 incorporates some of the features and benefits of Duplo's higher specification model the Ultra 205A.

Digital System 3500 – Bookletmaker
Also making an appearance at the show will be the Digital System 3500. This system comprises the established DSF2000 sheet feeder & the DBM350 bookletmaker. Combined they provide a system which extends Duplo's range of digital systems by offering a mid volume option for creating variable data booklets.

Digital System 5000 Pro – Bookletmaker
Using modules from the System 5000 range, Duplo's newest sheet feeder the DSF5000, forms part of the Digital System 5000 Pro being shown. This system provides the perfect solution for high speed production bookletmaking from the latest generation of mono & colour digital presses.

Two new duplicators also form part of Duplo's offering at IPEX. The DP-M300 is an A4 entry level machine designed to provide cost effective printing & copying of simple text & line work. The DP-U950 is an A3 suction fed duplicator which incorporates a high stacker capable of holding up to 3500 80gsm sheets.

IFS – Integrated Folder for Digital Finisher
Duplo's Integrated Folding System (DIFS) which was previewed at Drupa 2008 will be shown in its latest innovative configurations at IPEX. The DIFS is now also available with the popular DC445 DuCreaser, which only further demonstrates how committed Duplo is to its policy of continuous technological improvement.

Initially launched in 2004 this machine is the epitome of finishing as it addresses both digital and offset print finishing requirements by incorporating the DC10/60 collator towers with a DSF2000 sheet feeder and DBM500/T bookletmaker & trimmer. Developed with the hybrid printer in mind, this bookletmaking system is perfect to accompany you in the voyage from offset to digital without needing 2 separate systems. At IPEX it will be shown with the recently launched DCR-ST criss cross stacker which enables the user to cross stack sets in addition to bookletmaking.

‘We're very happy with the latest additions to our portfolio and look forward to demonstrating their versatility and modularity to all our visitors. In today’s competitive print market it's crucial that printers use equipment that is capable of handling mixed workloads and whether you are a litho printer, a digital printer or both, Duplo International has by far the widest range of products in the market and we are sure that we have a machine that is suited to you,’ concluded Greenhalgh.

Many other innovative modular configurations will be on show on Duplo's stand illustrating a number of value-adding finishing processes, so visit: www.duploipex.com to register and book your demonstration slot. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 14 April 2010.

HP Scitex XP5300 printer for Oedim, Spain
Oedim breaks into new markets with an HP Scitex XP5300 printer…

Since the installation of its new HP Scitex XP5300 printer Oedim, of Jaen, Spain, has reduced turnaround times on jobs and lowered production costs.

Oedim, was established in 1995 and now has more than 40 employees. Its primary focus is as a provider of out-sourced print for print service providers (PSPs), advertising and marketing agencies and sign makers, using materials such as canvas, vinyl and textiles.

Oedim's primary market is Spain, but with its ability to offer web-to-print functionality, additional capacity and capability to respond instantly to customer demands, in addition to a responsive distribution network, the company plans to expand to other countries, with a view of serving the rest of Europe in the near future and sees the HP Scitex XP5300 printer as pivotal in that aim.

The XP5300 is a productive solution that combines the performance of traditional super-wide format printers with the speed, quality, and media versatility of today's UV ink printers. Ideal for high quality outdoor signage, POS/POP materials and displays, the XP5300 is designed for high-speed, robust production environments.

‘Thanks to the XP5300 we have won work which we would previously not even have been able to pitch for,’ noted Javier del Pino, co-founder, Oedim. ‘We can now produce long-run jobs, such as banners, on flexible materials that previously would have been screen-printed.’

The dual-mode UV XP5300 images indoor and outdoor signage on roll-fed media up to five metres wide at industry-leading speeds of up to 300m_/hour. With its fast throughput a variety of inexpensive print media and unprecedented ink coverage, the HP Scitex XP5300 printer minimises printing costs.

‘With such high output speeds we can better meet market demands,’ said Miguel Angel Gomez co-founder, Oedim. ‘Customers always want their work for yesterday. This machine easily doubles the production rate of any of the other printers we have, so we can fulfil orders for longer runs with the high print quality and efficiency to which our clients are accustomed’.

Features such as a Hot folder, multi-roll printing and an On-core Collector help lower the cost of ownership by saving floor space, and increasing productivity by printing more per shift.

For Oedim it was essential that productivity be increased; with the installation of the new printer it has found that the On-core Collector Kit allows it to roll printed output directly onto a standard cardboard core of the same width, which has helped it to move printed output to the finishing process quickly and efficiently. The XP5300's Hot Folder also allows Oedim to save time and simplify its workflow by automatically loading RIPped files to the job queue.

‘Some customers, which used to order long runs have reduced them by up to 90 per cent’, concluded Gomez. ‘This has meant that we've had to increase the number of customers as well as orders. Our reputation, HP printers and great service support from HP is allowing us to rise to this challenge.’

More information on the HP large-format and printer portfolio is available at www.hp.com/go/GSB and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 14 April 2010.

Two Roland 700 HiPrint for Parksons Packaging
Major Indian packaging printer opts for production consistency with with two Roland 700 HiPrint offset presses from Manroland…

Two Roland 700 HiPrint offset presses will be installed in the first quarter of 2010 to boost printing capacity at the new printing facility of one of India’s leading packaging printers, Parksons Packaging.

Parksons Packaging in Mumbai, has purchased two high capacity six-colour Roland 700 HiPrint offset presses. At the new printing facility in Rudrapur, North India, and the third production site for Parksons Packaging, a Roland 700 HiPrint with coating module was installed in the first quarter of 2010. Another Roland 700 HiPrint with full UV equipment will follow in the second half of 2010. The printing systems are equipped with TelePresence, which permits fast remote diagnosis when service is needed. The TelePresence Maintenance Manager module provides individualized, condition-oriented press maintenance. The company chose Manroland as its high performance business partner based on its upgrade flexibility and the production-reliable technology.

Parksons Packaging is one of India’s largest packaging and printing companies, turning out high quality folding cartons for some of the best known brands and leaders in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, electronics, retail, apparel and consumer goods industries.

Said Neeraj Dargan, general manager Sheetfed at Manroland India (pictured above), ‘Our alliance with Parksons Packaging validates the perception of Manroland India as one of the premier printing solutions providers in India, catering to market leaders in the printing and packaging industry. We’re confident that our presses will enable Parksons Packaging to achieve significantly enhanced print quality standards in further expanding their national and international footprints.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 14 April 2010.

CPC buys more fast-payback filtration capacity
Bristol-based CPC Packaging has now bought its fourth Technotrans beta.f dampening filtration system…

CPC Packaging has bought its fourth beta.f dampening filtration system and its UK operations director Jonathan Drennan said that each of the Technotrans units has brought a return on investment within seven months.

The company’s beta.f devices de-contaminate the dampening solution to enable the food packaging business to retain the quality and cleanliness expected by its customers.

‘Rather than having to clean out the dampening solution every week or fortnight we now only have to change it over every three months,’ said Drennan. ‘To clean out the solution takes about two hours so for each press we’re saving about eight hours a month, 32 hours in total. This is where the savings lie; any savings in dampening solution is insignificant by comparison.’

The Technotrans’ filters are lasting about six months on average. CPC Packaging’s operators are not required to attend to the units, bar the three monthly cleaning, leaving them free to concentrate on the printing. The filters are changed by the printer’s engineers.

In addition to the fourth beta.f for the company’s Bristol plant, CPC is also taking delivery of an alpha.v varnishing unit from Technotrans which will be fitted onto its new Komori LS 640. This is a coating circulation system for supplying dispersion and UV coatings to the press and keeping the system clean.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 14 April 2010.

Tuesday 13 April

Will an iPad or e-reader for publishing kill printed media?
A challenging debate line-up for Ipex 2010 will try to understand the opportunities and threats for printers…

With Apple's iPad selling more than 300,000 on its launch in April 2010 and Amazon's Kindle becoming mainstream, the e-reader market space is hotter than ever and poses a real threat to many print sectors The electronic displacement of print is undoubtedly shifting the competitor landscape. A challenging debate at Ipex 2010 will try to understand the opportunities and threats for printers.

Running on 20 and 24 May, Will an iPad for publishing kill printed media? will explore how electronic devices could affect print business models. It is one of a series of free expert panel debates at Ipex 2010 tackling some of the most critical issues facing the print industry today. Produced by world print authority, Pira International in association with Ipex, The Great Print Debates will bring together experts, thought leaders and high-profile industry representatives from 18 - 25 May 2010.

Playing down fears about the death of printed media, Frank Romano, Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology and Great Debate chairperson explains ‘Neither an Ipub nor its Kindle or Nook manifestations will significantly affect all print volumes. They will affect some informational printed matter such as book, newspaper, and magazine volume. However, these products will continue to have a print base. The reason will be portability - you will not have to tote an electronic device everywhere you go. Print is disposable - and the batteries never run out.’

Pira Print chief consultant Neil Falconer also takes a positive view for print businesses but expresses frustration at missed opportunities ‘The digital media revolution provides printers with a life raft, unfortunately the majority are too busy drowning to realise it.’

One solution according to Pira Consultant and Great Debate chair Sean Smyth is for printers to anticipate new specifying and purchasing channels and get on board quickly. ‘Buyers will see print as non-key, part of a promotional or marketing spend. Expect new ways of specifying and purchasing, as a Google-App or direct from your iPhone.’

‘There's no doubt that mainstream media is in trouble' is the more blunt view of PR and marketing commentator Stephen Waddington. 'My parents will be the last generation that buys a daily newspaper. I occasionally buy a paper at the weekend when I have the time to read it but otherwise I use a variety of Websites. My children will get their news exclusively from the Web delivered through devices such as the Amazon Kindle or iPad.’

But Waddington believes this is a story of evolving business models rather than the death of print media per se. ‘By embracing the Internet newspapers such as The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian have become truly international brands. Their challenge is monitising these new audiences.’

The Debates come at a critical time according to Smyth. ‘The industry is in an unprecedented period of change, exacerbated by the deep recession. Cash conservation is a short-term tactic, not a strategy to build a successful business. These debates provide an opportunity for industry players to put their heads above the parapet and think about how their businesses, and their careers, might progress satisfactorily under new conditions’.

Three other important questions will also be debated: What will the printer of the future look like?, More than ink on paper - how should printers be selling print? and Green print: is it worth it? With full audience participation and interaction, The Great Print Debates will take expert commentary, lively debate and audience interactivity to a completely new level at a major exhibition.

Audience participation and interaction using simple polling technology will allow real-time feedback and drive the questioning of the panel chair, pushing the experts out of their comfort zone. Looking forward to the Debates, Laurel Brunner of Digital Dots reminds the industry, ‘It's all too easy to forget that understanding the important issues only comes with interaction and participation.’

Debate participants will take away an exclusive study with scenarios and forecasts to 2020. With input from a special panel of authoritative print and publishing experts from around the world, Print to 2020 will provide a unique global summary of the major challenges, threats and opportunities facing the global printing industry. Building upon the themes discussed at the Ipex/Pira forums, the study will offer an exclusive roadmap for how these issues are likely to develop over the next ten years. Print to 2020 is published by Pira International.

The Great Debates take place from 13.00 - 14.00 in the Printers' Profit Zone (Stand 9F 333), for more information and free registration go to www.ipex.org/greatprintdebates .

To learn more about Pira, visit: www.pira-international.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 13 April 2010.

Manroland and WIFAG call off negotiations
Manroland AG and WIFAG have agreed terminate negotiations aimed at Manroland AG acquiring WIFAG…

Manroland AG and WIFAG have agreed to call off negotiations aimed at Manroland AG acquiring WIFAG. It was not possible to harmonise the interests of both parties. However, Manroland and WIFAG remain open for co-operation on a technical level.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 13 April 2010.

Adobe unveils Creative Suite 5 product family
Breakthrough interactive design tools maximise impact of creative content and digital marketing campaigns across media and devices…

Adobe has announced Adobe Creative Suite 5, a breakthrough release of the industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Focusing on interactivity, performance and maximising the impact of digital content and marketing campaigns across media and devices, the Creative Suite 5 product line brings exciting full version upgrades of flagship creative tools while delivering significant workflow enhancements to designers and developers. Featuring integration with online content and digital marketing measurement and optimisation capabilities for the first time, Creative Suite 5 products include access to signature Omniture technologies, to capture, store and analyse information generated by Websites and other sources. Additionally, a brand new component, Adobe Flash Catalyst, joins the Creative Suite, ushering in the ability to design interactive content without writing code and improve the collaborative process between designer and developer.

The Adobe CS5 product family also enables the creation of content and applications for the much anticipated releases of Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2, which are optimised for high performance on mobile screens and designed to take advantage of native device capabilities for a richer, more immersive user experience.

The new lineup is headlined by Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection, which includes, in a single package, all of Adobe’s renowned Creative Suite tools, such as Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, InDesign CS5, Flash Catalyst CS5, Flash Professional CS5, Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and After Effects CS5. These tools are also available separately or in one of the five Creative Suite editions. The complete Creative Suite 5 lineup includes Creative Suite 5 Master Collection, Creative Suite 5 Design Premium, Creative Suite 5 Web Premium, Creative Suite 5 Production Premium and Creative Suite 5 Design Standard, as well as 15 point products, associated technologies and integration with new Adobe CS Live Services (CS Live Services are complimentary for a limited time).*

‘While Creative Suite 5 continues Adobe’s storied history of delivering astonishing new creative features, this release first and foremost addresses the challenges facing publishers and creatives worldwide—how to build profitable businesses around digital content,’ said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer at Adobe. ‘By coupling sophisticated online business analytics with dazzling creative tools, we’re ensuring that publishers, designers and marketers can create, deliver and optimise beautiful, high-impact digital experiences across media and devices.’

Design without boundaries
More than 250 new features have been integrated into the Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection. InDesign CS5 is powering the transition to digital publishing with new interactive documents and enhanced electronic reader device support. Image creation and editing get a boost in Photoshop CS5 with Refine Edge, which offers better edge detecting technology and masking results in less time. Photoshop CS5 also includes the ability to remove an image element and immediately replace the missing pixels with Content-Aware Fill. New stroke options allow Adobe Illustrator CS5 users to create strokes of variable widths and precisely adjust the width at any point along the stroke.

Work faster with greater precision
Engineering breakthroughs throughout Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection work together to dramatically improve performance. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects are now native 64-bit applications on both Mac and Windows, allowing users to work more fluidly when working on high-resolution projects. The highly anticipated NVIDIA GPU-accelerated Adobe Mercury Playback Engine allows Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 users to open projects faster, refine effects-rich HD sequences in real time and play back complex projects without rendering. The revolutionary time-saving Roto Brush tool in After Effects helps users isolate moving foreground elements in a fraction of the normal time. In addition, Dreamweaver CS5 now supports popular content management systems Drupal, Joomla! and WordPress, allowing designers to get accurate views of dynamic Web content from within the product.

Accelerate and optimise creative workflows
Adobe Creative Suite 5 products integrate with new Adobe CS Live*, a set of five online services that accelerate key aspects of the creative workflow and enable designers to focus on creating their best work. CS Live online services are complimentary for a limited time and currently include Adobe BrowserLab, Adobe CS Review, Acrobat.com, Adobe Story and SiteCatalyst NetAverages from Omniture. Adobe CS Review enables online design reviews directly from Creative Suite 5 applications, while Adobe BrowserLab is an indispensable tool for testing Web site content across different browsers and operating systems. NetAverages provides Web usage data that helps reduce the guesswork early in the creative process when designing for Web and mobile. Adobe Story is a collaborative scriptwriting tool that improves production and post-production workflows in CS5 Production Premium. Access to Acrobat.com services, such as Adobe ConnectNow Web conferencing, is also included to enhance discussion and information exchange with colleagues and clients around the globe.

Create and deliver to more mobile platforms
Using Flash Professional CS5, designers and developers can create, test and deliver Web content across a wide range of mobile platforms and devices such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, smartbooks and other consumer electronics. Users can look forward to deploying content in the browser with Flash Player 10.1 and as a standalone application with AIR 2 when those planned products become available. In addition, users can now build AIR applications using the new Packager for iPhone tool preview, a component of Flash Professional CS5, which can be deployed on the iPhone and iPad (subject to Apple's requirements and approval) with future device support planned for Android, BlackBerry and Palm webOS.

Pricing and availability
Adobe Creative Suite 5 products are scheduled to ship within 30 days, with availability through Adobe Authorised Resellers, the Adobe Store and Adobe Direct Sales. Estimated street price for the suites is expected to be US$2599 for Master Collection CS5, US$1899 for CS5 Design Premium, US$1799 for CS5 Web Premium, US$1699 for CS5 Production Premium and US$1299 for CS5 Design Standard. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available. Adobe CS5 products integrate with Adobe CS Live Services, which are complimentary for a limited time.*

For more detailed information about features, OS support, upgrade policies, pricing and international versions please visit: www.adobe.com/go/creativesuitemaster.

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

© Graphic Repro On-line, 13 April 2010.

EFI records 50 per cent increase for Connect 2010
EFI Connect registrations surge; annual Connect users’ conference kicks off 18 April until April 21 at the Wynn Las Vegas…

EFI is set to welcome customers and partners to the 11th annual Connect users’ conference from April 18 to April 21 at the Wynn Las Vegas. As evidenced by close to a 50 per cent increase in registrations this year, Connect is the ideal setting for business leaders from around the globe to participate in educational sessions, receive hands-on experience with new EFI products, discuss industry trends, network with peers, voice their opinions and learn from others at expanded user group meetings.

‘Connect has always been known as a hub for open dialogue and idea-exchange, and this year will be no exception, with the full portfolio of EFI products and solutions showcased to give customers an up close look at ways to build upon their existing investments to gain more competitive advantage,’ said Frank Mallozzi, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. ‘To add to the excitement we will be holding the first-ever live auction with over 20 items up for bid, ranging from software add-ons and packages, including a full Pace print MIS, to consulting and training opportunities.’

This year’s conference boasts longer and more in-depth educational sessions and additional user group meetings based on the needs and experience of individual attendees. More than 120 break-out sessions will cover ‘best practices’, discussions and valuable training on EFI Monarch (Hagen), Pace, PrintSmith, Logic, PSI, PrintFlow, Auto-Count and Digital StoreFront. Aside from EFI’s print MIS offerings, proofing (Colorproof XF, Fiery XF and Web Control Center), Fiery server, Fiery Central, MicroPress, VUTEk, Rastek and Jetrion solutions will also be featured in product demonstrations and educational sessions throughout the conference.

Connect 2010 will have two keynote speakers, Robert C Tapella, the nation’s 25th Public Printer and chief executive officer of the US Government Printing Office, and Joan B Davidson, group president of Sheridan Publications Services at The Sheridan Group. Tapella will speak on Sunday evening, 18 April, about transforming the US Government Printing Office into a digital 21st century publishing and information dissemination authority. On Tuesday morning, 20 April, Davidson will provide insightful commentary about opportunities to change one’s business to meet today’s challenges. To wrap up the conference, EFI CEO Guy Gecht will lead a panel discussion on Wednesday 21 April regarding the industry’s future with Cary Sherburne, senior editor of WhatTheyThink, Tim Fischer, executive vice president and COO of NAPL, and Andy Tribute, industry consultant, analyst and journalist.

Aside from the full range of EFI’s products and solutions, the conference also features exhibits of the latest printing technologies from industry leaders. Connect 2010’s Gold sponsors are Canon USA, Heidelberg, Kodak Graphic Communications Group, and Xpedx. Bronze sponsors are Agfa, Carlson Advisors, LLC, Lithotechnics Inc, M-Photo, NAPL, Printing Industries of America, SmartLinc, TCF Equipment Finance and Ultraflex. Also sponsoring / exhibiting are AzTECH, FlexCon, Honle UV America, Spartanics and Xaar.

For more information on Connect 2010, go to: www.efi.com/connect. Customers can also get the latest Connect updates on Twitter and LinkedIn:
twitter.com/EFI_Connect2010 and www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=2550793&trk=anet_ug_hm

© Graphic Repro On-line, 13 April 2010.

KBA Maghreb: Complete solutions for modern print
North Africa – a growing market for KBA sheetfed presses…

Some 80 print professionals from Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia met at KBA Maghreb in Rades near Tunis on 12 and 13 March to discuss new technology solutions for the print and media industry, and in particular to pick up the latest information on developments in sheetfed offset. In a hall of the company's own engineering centre, which is also used increasingly for product demonstrations, a Rapida 74 was shown printing a variety of different packaging jobs. Similarly avid interest was attracted by the Genius 52UV press. Die-cutting equipment and a folder-gluer were on hand for conversion of the products.

Even though North African users have tended to focus mainly on second-hand equipment in recent years, there has been a distinct increase in the numbers of orders for new presses, especially in the small and medium format classes. The favourite in the region is the Rapida 105, which is purchased in the most varied configurations.

Two of the biggest Rapida users in Morocco are the companies Fleximat and Litho Typo (both in Casablanca). Fleximat operates three six-colour Rapida 105 presses with inline coating and board handling options, one of them even with double-coating facilities and a perfecting unit after the first printing tower. The company produces a wide range of packaging, with the double-coater press serving above all a specialisation on cigarette packaging. Fellow packaging printers Litho Typo run a five-colour Performa 74 and a six-colour Rapida 105 – both with coater and extended delivery.

In Tunisia, too, there are numerous companies which count several Rapida presses their own. Tunis-based printers Finzi, for example, work with two Rapida 74 presses, while Al Khoutaf in Sfax has taken not only five-colour and six-colour versions of the Rapida 105 into service, but also a Rapida 142 with six printing units and UV facilities – all three in configurations for inline coating. Such large-format installations, however, are still quite rare in North Africa.

By far the largest KBA user in Algeria, and probably the largest printing company in the whole of North Africa, is Tonic Emballage. A total of 11 Rapida presses already contribute to production at the company print centre 40 km before the gates of Algiers, among them a 15-unit Rapida 105 which is almost 30 metres long. This press is configured with six printing units, a coater and two intermediate dryer towers, followed by a perfecting unit, five further printing units, a second coater and an extended delivery. Coating before and after the perfecting unit is thus by no means a current innovation, as has recently been implied in reports elsewhere.

Another five-colour Rapida 105 with inline coating, extended delivery and board handling equipment is just on its way to Rabah Press in Misurata, Libya. It is the first Rapida offset press to be installed in Libya.

The open house at KBA Maghreb confirmed the interest of the North African print industry in the latest press technologies – and with a team of more than ten well-trained technicians, the committed service department at KBA Maghreb is playing no small role in promoting the success of the Rapida presses in the region.

Pictured above: The open house at KBA Maghreb was an ideal opportunity to talk shop and to prepare the ground for new investment projects. The photo shows Adnane Rezgui, technical director of KBA Maghreb, in conversation with representatives of the North African print industry

© Graphic Repro On-line, 13 April 2010.

Trio of new Canon ImagePrograf LFP inkjet printers
Three new large-format printers offer broader compatibility with third party RIP, media and scanning solutions…

Canon UK, world leader in digital imaging solutions, has launched three new ‘imagePROGRAF’ large-format printers (LFPs) designed to deliver the highest quality output achievable in today’s aqueous large-format printing market – the 610mm (24-inch) Canon ImagePrograf iPF6350 and ImagePrograf iPF6300, and the 1118mm (44-inch) Canon ImagePrograf iPF8300 (pictured).

Featuring Canon’s new 12-colour Lucia EX pigment ink system and innovative printing technology, the new models are able to produce prints with increased accuracy and an extended colour gamut approximately 20 per cent wider than the previous Canon fine art series of ImagePrograf LFPs (iPF5100, iPF6100, iPF8100 and iPF9100). The new ink system has been developed in response to the growing demand for high quality, large-format prints in the professional photographic, proofing and fine art markets.

The new inks feature an innovative polymer structure that results in greater scratch resistance and protection from colour fading, whilst reducing bronzing and metamerism* to produce more consistent, durable prints. Denser, sharper blacks and smooth colour gradations are able to reproduce the finest shadow area details, meeting demands for more sophisticated print quality.

An additional in-built mechanical rigidity in the new ImagePrograf models enables more precise ink placement, resulting in improved line and text accuracy and colour uniformity. An in-built high-performance, multi-sensory colour calibrator can also precisely detect, adjust and compensate for print head density variations to provide an unsurpassed level of colour reproduction and matching.

Users are able to take advantage of the exceptional print quality of the new ImagePrograf devices with the third-party RIP compatibility from GMG, EFI, ColorGATE, ONYX Graphics, Eisfeld (PosterJet), CGS, DEV studio and SCP, providing a range of print applications, including proofs, designs and commercial photos.

The ImagePrograf models are able to use third-party media, alongside the Canon recommended stocks, by utilising the Media Configuration Tool to calibrate paper settings to achieve an optimum print output. Compatible ICC profiles of popular media types are downloadable from the Hahnemuehle, Ilford and Sihl websites. Additionally the new range of Canon ImagePrograf LFPs are fully compatible with Colortrac and Contex large-format scanners to offer a complete scan-to-print solution.

Gill Mussell, LFP product manager, Canon UK said, ‘Key research findings in Canon’s own Insight Reports over the past two years have pinpointed large-format printing as a growing business opportunity for a number of market sectors including professional photographic, proofing and graphic arts . The new range of Canon ImagePrograf LFPs deliver outstanding image quality with the broadest available colour gamut on the market. They produce high-quality, consistent prints to help professional print users to meet the demands of their customers without the need to invest in new workflows.’

To support high-volume printing and streamline workflows, the Canon ImagePrograf iPF8300 and iPF6350 come equipped with an 80Gb high-capacity hard disk drive (HDD) that allows for faster spooling of large files as well as the ability to reprint jobs directly from the printer. To ensure the highest level of productivity and reduce overall print time, all new models are also equipped with a standard gigabit Ethernet network interface and an automatic dual-blade cutter.

The new ImagePrograf models has been available to purchase either through an Accredited Canon Reseller or direct from Canon from 1 April, 2010.

Further information about Canon UK Ltd is available at: www.canon.co.uk.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 13 April 2010.

New 2.6m Dual Roll Kit extends printing capabilities
HP expanded its suite of solutions and large-format portfolio for the signage market at International Sign Expo, held last week…

HP announced its suite of solutions for the signage market at the International Sign Association (ISA) International Sign Expo 2010 last week – to help print service providers (PSPs) increase productivity and capture new growth opportunities.

Highlights include:
• The new HP 2642mm (104-inch) Dual Roll Kit for HP Latex printers, which allows printers to increase productivity by turning around single jobs faster or printing two jobs at the same time

‘HP is committed to providing our customers with technologies and solutions that help them increase application offerings and operational efficiencies,’ said Yariv Avisar, vice president and general manager, Scitex Large format Solutions, HP. ‘With the addition of the Dual Roll Kit and strong customer momentum across the portfolio, it is clear that HP is delivering solutions that demonstrate our understanding of the market and ability to meet customer needs.’

HP increases productivity and application capabilities for HP Latex customers
The HP 2642mm (104-inch) Dual Roll Kit for the HP Designjet L65500 Printer allows customers to significantly increase productivity with the ability to produce single jobs faster with two side-by-side rolls or two different jobs at the same time. Beta customers have reported that they can reach the same level of productivity with two 1.2m (48-inch) prints with the Dual Roll Kit as with one 2.6m (104-inch) print. This accessory accommodates rolls of varying widths and lengths. Its stable, reliable design equalises tension, enabling unattended operation similar to single-roll printing.

‘Our productivity has improved with the HP Dual Roll Kit as most of our jobs use banner media narrower than 1.2m, so we can print on two rolls simultaneously,’ said Margarita Campos, operations manager at Look Print, a digital large-format print shop based in Sydney, Australia, and Dual Roll Kit beta customer.

Since its launch in May 2008, the HP Latex portfolio has seen strong market acceptance with worldwide customer installations, plus more than 50 vendors and 300 media solutions tested and profiled through the HP Latex Solutions Media Programme. Orders for the HP Designjet L25500 Printer have already exceeded expectations by 45 percent, and HP Designjet L65500 printers have produced more than 3 million sq/m (32 million sq/ft) with pages growing at 52 per cent quarter over quarter.

Demonstrating the strength of HP Latex Inks for vehicle graphics, HP was the official printer of the American Wrap Star 2010 contest during ISA, producing all of the vehicle wraps, banners and signage for the event. The HP Designjet L65500 Printer was used to produce more than 1000 sq/m (11,000 sq/ft) of wrap material for the contest, which includes four rounds of vehicle graphic installation competitions to determine who can wrap a car with the fewest errors in the least amount of time.

More information on the HP large-format portfolio is available at www.hp.com/go/GSB and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 13 April 2010.

Heidelberg’s VLF XL platform soon to be UV-capable
Heidelberg demonstrates market leadership with Very Large Format XL technology with Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162…

Less than two years since the launch of Heidelberg’s Very Large Format (VLF) XL platform at Drupa 2008, established large-format users throughout North America and the world are discovering the advantages of the shorter makeready times, enhanced production speeds, improved print quality and reliability their Heidelberg user counterparts in other markets have enjoyed for years.

Commercial, publishing and packaging printers in the US and abroad now can avail themselves of Heidelberg’s ultra-high-performance XL platform in two high-end VLF formats. The 1450mm (57-inch x 41.7-inch) Speedmaster XL 145 and the 1620mm (63.7-inch x 47.6-inch) Speedmaster XL 162 are ideal additions to the upper end of the Heidelberg sheetfed portfolio. Because they are based on Heidelberg’s proven and highly successful XL platform, these presses deliver fast makeready times, low waste, consistently high print quality and excellent flexibility in handling a wide range of printing stocks. Combined with high press availability, accelerated throughput for long runs, award-winning ergonomic design and extremely user-friendly operation, and it’s a small wonder Heidelberg’s VLF offerings are taking the market by storm.

Seeing is believing
Customers clearly like what they see. To date, Heidelberg has sold more than 30 presses in the VLF format range worldwide, around half of these to customers in the packaging printing sector. The company currently claims an estimated 30 per cent share of the worldwide VLF market, despite a global recession marked by waning capital investment. In the US, Franklin, Wis-based Proteus Packaging hosted the first installation of a Speedmaster XL 145 press in mid-2009. At Print 09, independent folding carton producer Bell Incorporated, Sioux Falls, SD inked a deal to acquire the nation’s first Speedmaster XL 162 VLF press, and recently followed up with a decision to purchase Heidelberg’s Suprasetter 162 VLF CTP system and Saphira consumables to support the new press. In addition, a leading North American packaging producer has purchased two Heidelberg VLF presses and will shortly install its first Speedmaster XL 145. The upcoming 2010 launch of UV-capable XL 145 and Speedmaster XL 162 models will only enhance the appeal of Heidelberg’s newest entries in the VLF format class.

Superior makeready performance is built into the press, thanks to the calibration-free ink fountain with liner that facilitates fast ink changes. Because the ink is never in direct contact with the ink keys, a change of inks requires only the removal and replacement of the liner, saving time and preventing manual wash-up with toothbrush and solvents. Up to four wash-ups can occur automatically and in parallel: the ink train, the ink fountain roller, the blanket, and the impression cylinder can all be washed at the same time, at different speeds. Plates in all units are changed fully automatically in less than two minutes. There are no brushes or rollers to set on the single suction belt feeder.

Large repeats, in particular—for packaging in the food, electronics and toy industries, for example—can be produced more efficiently in the new formats. More ups on a sheet reduce the run lengths and the time it needs to complete a job. The consistently monitored feeder and dynamic air concept employed between the units further enhances productivity. Last not least, the delivery permits the integration of up to nine dryer elements, ensuring outstanding productivity.

Functionality and consistent operation get a boost from the state-of-the art Prinect Press Center with Intellistart navigation. Those who opt for even more integrated print production will find that Heidelberg’s Prinect print shop workflow enables both presses in this format class to be fully integrated in an end-to-end solution with more than 20 presets, enhancing the performance of the shop and achieving greater profit margins.

‘Our experience in the field confirms our strategy to focus on higher productivity, shorter makeready times and superior reliability,’ said Joerg Daehnhardt, director of product management, VLF Sheetfed, Heidelberg USA. ‘Heidelberg’s Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 presses already offer unique features that many large-format customers have been waiting for, such as synchronised wash-ups, simple handling, and improved inking control. With more than 30 of these presses already sold worldwide, our success in this category is indisputable and our charter is clear. We will continue both to refine our VLF sheetfed offerings, as well as to maximise the integration with our matching prepress and postpress offerings in support of these marvellous presses.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 13 April 2010.

New Nyloflex FSC conventional printing plate
Flint Group Flexographic Products introduces Nyloflex FSC conventional printing plate to round off its portfolio…

After the successful introduction of the Nyloflex FSC Digital, a uniquely soft solid photopolymer plate for corrugated postprint, especially for transit packaging, Flint Group Flexographic Products has now rounded-off the product portfolio with the launch of the conventional version of the Nyloflex FSC printing plate.

Due to its hardness of 26 Shore A, Nyloflex FSC plates demonstrate very good ink transfer, particularly in solid areas for perfect area coverage, but also with line work, allowing excellent print results on low cost liners.

Now available in both versions as a conventional and digital printing plate, the Nyloflex FSC provides superior durability for a softer plate with high print run stability and long lifetime.

For more information about Flint Group please visit: www.flintgrp.com. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 13 April 2010.

Monday 12 April

EFI wins three European Digital Press Association Awards
Prestigious Awards to EFI's wide-format printing, industrial inkjet and RIP solutions for innovation and new technologies…

EFI has won three European Digital Press (EDP) Association Awards for 2010; ‘Best Wide Format Printer up to 3.5 Metres’ for the Vutek GS3200, ‘Best Industrial (Speciality) Printing Solution’ for the Jetrion 4830, and ‘Best RIP Solution for Wide Format’ for Fiery XF. This intensive evaluation is performed by a committee of independent consultants, editors, engineers and other related professionals, and is based on innovation and the value of the new technologies these products bring to the European market. This includes improving speed, quality, usability and functionality, or reducing environmental impact as well as cost to the user.

‘EFI has now won seven EDP awards since 2007, which is testimony to our dedication to our customers' success,’ said EFI CEO, Guy Gecht. ‘EFI invests heavily in research and development and regularly seeks feedback from our users so that we can offer the products and solutions that will drive their success. We are extremely proud of this recognition from the European Digital Press Association; it is great motivation to continue to be leaders in digital printing innovation.’

EFI's Vutek GS3200 - ‘Best Wide Format Printer up to 3.5 Metres of the Year 2010’
The Vutek GS3200 has earned this award for ‘being a new generation 3.2m UV-curable flat-bed and roll-fed printer with a maximum output resolution of 1000dpi and the ability to produce 12 picolitre droplets in all colours including white and continuous board printing capabilities,’ as referenced in the EDP report. The combination of superior photorealistic quality and high production speeds without compromises allows business to increase revenues by expanding into new, higher-margin applications.

EFI's Jetrion 4830 - ‘Best Industrial (Speciality) Printing Solution of the Year 2010’
‘Designed for the label market,’ reads the EDP report, ‘its UV-curable inks provide excellent durability; its re-registration facility enables four-colour double-sided jobs to be output accurately and it has the ability to be used on pre-printed and pre-die cut rolls.’ The Jetrion 4830 prints 210mm wide, enabling two-up 100mm labels. With its high speed print mode of greater than 36.6 metres per minute, the Jetrion 4830 is capable of more than doubling the throughput of the market-leading Jetrion 4000.

EFI's Fiery XF 4.1 - ‘Best RIP Solution for Wide Format of the Year 2010’
The easy-to-use Fiery XF RIP has been given the award for ‘supporting contour cutting machines with drivers for 1200 cutting and routing tables from 70 different manufacturers and for having an identical interface on both Windows and Macintosh platforms,’ per EDP. Its automated workflow maximises investment by reducing lengthy production times and producing accurate, vibrant colours.

The above winning products, as well as other EFI solutions were on display in EFI's stand at the ISA International Sign Expo, 8 – 10 April, 2010 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

For more information about EFI solutions, visit: www.efi.com, or just click on the EFI banner or on the sponsor logo buttons on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 April 2010.

QuadTech remains confident in patent infringement case
United States District Court rules that QIPC has no selling restrictions while patent infringement case is being decided…

On Tuesday 6 April, 2010, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that there would be no temporary restrictions placed on QI Press Controls (QIPC) while the patent infringement trial takes place. QuadTech's claim, filed in June 2009, alleges that QI Press Controls' register control product (mRC) infringes on US Patent 5,412,577 in both mark and markless mode. The trial date has not yet been set.

Said Karl Fritchen, president of QuadTech, ‘The US Court will be considering the patent infringement claim against QI Press Controls (QIPC). We appreciate the Court's time and attention to the matter of our preliminary motions. While we are disappointed that QIPC won the right to continue selling while the trial proceeds, this is just the first step in a long process. We believe our case is strong and that QIPC's mRC system infringes our intellectual property in mark and markless mode. We are confident that the outcome of the case will confirm this infringement. In the meantime, we will continue to protect our patent rights against QIPC to protect our intellectual property.’

The US court case follows a German court decision that stopped QI Press Controls from infringing on a related patent in Germany. On 17 June, 2008, the Düsseldorf district court held in QuadTech's favour that QI Press Controls cannot market or otherwise sell its infringing mRC (markless register control) system in Germany. The Court of Appeals in Germany upheld this injunction against QI Press Controls. QuadTech's Register Guidance System with MultiCam is the best-selling register camera in the world (pictured), with more than 8,700 cameras installed.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 April 2010.

Sappi to increase prices for mechanical coated papers
Sappi Europe has started discussions with customers to raise prices over the coming period for its LWC and MWC grades…

The recent market demand for lightweight coated (LWC) and medium weight coated (MWC) paper grades indicates a steady recovery leading to improved capacity utilisation. Current prices for these grades are at an all time low, having declined substantially since the autumn of 2009. At the same time input costs have risen sharply and continue to do so, with the weaker Euro boosting the effect. This has caused margins drop to unsustainable levels.

Sappi has started discussions with its customers to raise prices over the coming period for its LWC and MWC grades as contracts allow. Antti Makkonen, business manager for Mechanical Coated Reels said, ’We intend to stage the increases in several steps over the remainder of the year to enable our customers to absorb the price appreciation in a controlled manner. We will also review the future contract lengths to protect ourselves better from the current turbulent cost picture’.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 April 2010.

More price increases announced by Sappi Europe
Input costs lead to increased prices of coated fine papers by at least 10 per cent for deliveries from 1 June 2010…

Input costs have continued to rise further in the last months as a result of pulp, chemicals and oil prices all going up substantially, with the weaker Euro exacerbating the effect. This is hitting both manufacturing and distribution costs and is reducing margins on Sappi’s coated fine papers to unacceptable levels, despite the selling price rise implemented by Sappi as from 8 March. There is no sign of these rising cost trends being reversed in the coming months.

Sappi will, therefore, implement a further price increase of at least 10 per cent on its coated fine paper grades. Prices for these grades in Europe have not yet recovered from their all-time lows reached at the beginning of this year and are still low in world terms at a time of brisk order intake and increasingly high operating rates. We expect operating rates to remain strong for the foreseeable future.

This price increase will apply to woodfree coated sheets and reels for deliveries as from 1 June 2010 onwards.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 April 2010.

Presstek to debut new Polyester CTP solution at IPEX
DPM Pro 400 offers larger format size, as well as a significant reduction in chemistry use for small-format presses…

Presstek has announced that the European debut of its DPM Pro 400 polyester CTP solution will take place at IPEX. Presstek will be located in Hall 7. The DPM Pro 400 is an excellent solution for commercial and in-plant printers that utilise small-format presses.

‘We believe IPEX attendees will be very interested in this platesetting solution,’ said Guy Sasson, Presstek president for Europe, Africa and Middle East Region. ‘The DPM Pro 400 produces high resolution polyester plates ranging in width from 229mm to 414mm. This flexibility allows the DPM Pro to support a wider array of applications. The 229mm plates are excellent for business card and smaller format applications while the larger widths allow for landscape format printing, which is ideal for European printing requirements.’

The DPM Pro 400 brings new technology features and environmental advancements to Presstek's polyester CTP portfolio. The DPM Pro 400 images plates for both portrait and landscape format presses and supports screen rulings up to 175lpi. Its built-in processor provides extremely stable plate development and uses up to two-thirds less chemistry as compared to most other units on the market. The DPM Pro 400 uses Presstek enhanced MegaPro polyester and paper-based plates with a new lower-consumption chemistry. Plates produced on the DPM Pro 400 will deliver wider press latitude, better ink and water balance, faster press rollup and increased ink stability.

Other key features include:
• Capable of imaging at 1200, 1500, 1800 or 2400dpi
• Able to produce up to 78 plates per hour at 1200dpi, with the first plate available in less than two minutes
• Supports plate formats from 229 to 414mm in width, and 220 to 580mm in length, with a maximum imaging width of 404mm
• Optional punching systems

Presstek will initially launch the DPM Pro 400 in the growth markets of the UK, France, Africa and the Middle East. ‘We believe the new DPM Pro will be an attractive solution for small to mid-sized and in-plant printers seeking an affordable, entry-level polyester CTP solution for smaller format presses,’ added Sasson. ‘In addition, the expanded capabilities of the DPM Pro 400 provide an excellent upgrade path for customers with older polyester platemakers.’

For more information about Presstek's digital offset and workflow solutions, please visit the Presstek stand at IPEX in Hall 7, or: www.presstek.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 April 2010.

Agfa Graphics to launch Apogee 7 at IPEX
Apogee workflow now with intelligent imposition; more print buyer online interaction and latest version of Adobe PDF renderer…

New Apogee 7 also extends print buyer online interaction to include prepress, to function as a wide-format inkjet printing hub, and adds latest version of Adobe PDF renderer (APPE)

Agfa Graphics has announced that at IPEX 2010 the company will release Apogee 7. The new version of the Apogee workflow management suite includes Apogee Impose, an Agfa-developed imposition module that relies on live job information rather than templates to perform imposition. In addition Apogee 7 allows print buyers to go beyond the web-to-print screen to create new jobs in the prepress stage with WebApproval. The new version of Apogee also includes APPE 2.5, Adobe’s latest version of its native PDF renderer. Apogee 7 also allows printing companies that have digital inkjet printing capabilities to manage file distribution to different printers with their own specific application.

Apogee Impose, new Agfa-developed imposition
Apogee Impose is rules-based imposition software. Instead of using pre-defined templates which must be manually edited for each job, Apogee Impose uses job information, such as page size, product part information like cover, body and insert, and available equipment (prepress, press and bindery) to calculate and propose the optimal imposition scheme. Because it is intelligent, all job parameters are known and used to determine accurate imposition. For example, it will optimize signatures to put all black and white pages on specific flats. Conditions also determine that content goes to web presses and covers to sheet presses.

‘Apogee Impose is unlike any other imposition software. It interprets and executes imposition based on each individual job, instead of having to fit a job into an existing template. It can save a company significant time and labour,’ said Bart De Pelsmaeker, head of software. ‘Our customers tell us how cumbersome current impositions software can be. We have the solution and we make the transition from template-based to rules-based imposition easy.’

Apogee Impose lets operators set ‘standard’ schemes for optimum efficiency. For example, imposition can be set with an ‘up’ folding scheme, which results in fewer folding machine changes.

Because Apogee Impose calculates the preferred imposition scheme for every job, the outcome is predictable and automated, eliminating wrong settings.

Manual editing required with template-based imposition can take up to five minutes per template. With rules-based Apogee Impose operators can use unlimited production rules and work the way they want with standard or custom schemes. Standard imposition is completely automatic requiring no manual intervention. Custom imposition may require one to three minutes for the entire imposition layout. The result is significant savings in time and money.

New WebApproval functionality
Apogee's browser-based WebApproval function allows print buyers to view their jobs, approve and reject pages, upload and replace pages and approve for further processing. Apogee 7.0 extends WebApproval functionality beyond the traditional upload and approve functionality by allowing the prepress department to invite buyers to view and create new jobs in the prepress stage. They can create jobs based on a series of pre-define job plans. Once approved, Apogee selects the imposition scheme and starts processing the job. This gives printers the ability to develop greater involvement with preferred customers and further automating the prepress process.

Apogee wide-format printing hub
Apogee 7 gives printers who operate a variety of wide-format inkjet solutions or use wide format solutions next to their traditional CTP, a central production management hub. Apogee checks and corrects incoming files and applies colour management before outputting the file to different devices. This avoids unnecessary stand still of the wide format printers due to errors or incompatibilities of the supplied files. It also re-directs files to idle printers hence more efficient job management while maintaining colour consistency. Apogee 7 works with each printer's RIP and dedicated tools for a specific printing application on the wide format printer. This gives printers automated output control of the complete production environment.

Adobe PDF renderer (APPE 2.5)
Apogee 7 also includes the latest available Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE 2.5) giving users the advantage of using the latest workflow engines and guaranteeing compatibility with Adobe's latest Creative Suite.

Agfa will demonstrate the benefits of Apogee 7 at IPEX and will hold a User Group Conference 23 May at the IPEX stand to provide an in-depth look at Apogee 7.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 April 2010.

New Agfa violet chem-free CTP for IPEX launch
Agfa Graphics to launch new 4-up violet chem-free CTP for small- to mid-size commercial printers at IPEX…

New Agfa violet chem-free system delivers error-free plate production and waste reduction – available for small- to mid-size printers.

Agfa Graphics has announced the IPEX launch of a new 4-up violet chemistry-free CTP system, designed to help small- to mid-size commercial printers eliminate plate production errors, reduce waste and water usage, and lower maintenance requirements.

The full system includes an Avalon V4 CTP engine (36pph at 1200dpi with 175lpi), Azura V (violet) chem-free plates and a dedicated clean-out unit (VCF85). Existing photopolymer processors can be adapted to serve as clean-out units, making Agfa's Azura V system a versatile, lower cost solution. The Avalon V4 is available both in a semi-automatic as well as a daylight working fully automatic configuration.

The new chemistry-free system is ideal for commercial printers that use up to 10.000m²/year of plates on smaller presses (4-up) with jobs of 150lpi to 200lpi. It delivers high productivity and reliability at the quality level of 4-up thermal systems but at a significantly lower cost.

Because Azura V plates are not chemically processed, all conventional processing variables are eliminated hence corresponding processing concerns and errors are excluded. This results in plate production with high stability. The Azura V plates are cleaned out with gum and do not require extra rinsing water, yielding an improved ecological footprint.

‘Our new violet chemistry-free CTP solution is based on Agfa's own photopolymer technology, proven in newspaper production. We wanted to bring the extraordinary success we had with this technology to the commercial printer. Agfa has been the world's leading developer of innovative and successful chemistry-free solutions, first in thermal technology and now in violet technology,’ said Marc Op de Beeck, senior vice president of marketing and sales, Agfa Graphics.

The system will be available in the third quarter of 2010.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 April 2010.

Agfa’s new Dotrix Modular LM for IPEX debut

Agfa Graphics to showcase low-migration six-colour digital UV inkjet packaging on its Dotrix Modular LM at IPEX…

Agfa Graphics today announced that IPEX attendees and visitors to the Agfa Graphics stand will get their first look at the new Dotrix Modular LM and the low-migration packaging applications this digital press is designed to handle. Printing with low-migration inks is crucial in the food service industry, ensuring that no contamination occurs from the ink on the outside of the packaging to the food inside.

Agfa's new low-migration ink, Agorix LM, will be featured in demonstrations taking place on the Agfa stand during IPEX in Birmingham, UK, 18 - 25 May 2010. The demonstrations will emphasise the benefits that the 630mm wide single pass Dotrix offers for producers of flexible packaging, folding cartons and shelf ready packaging .

‘As an innovator in the development of industrial UV inkjet, Agfa is poised to define the most practical and efficient methods available for package printing’, said Jan de Vooght, head of sales and marketing, industrial single pass inkjet. ‘UV inkjet printing methods are green and safe and are considered the future of the package printing industry. Agfa has worked closely with end users, print head manufacturers and industry experts to launch the low migration application. To packaging designers, printers, converters and brand owners this is the most advanced and most cost efficient system on the market for short and medium runs of high quality printing.’

The new Dotrix Modular LM on the stand will also feature:
• 6-colour printing, up to 90 per cent reproduction of Pantone colours through the use of Apogee ColorTune Spot and Apogee ColorTune CMM
• Medium web (630mm) Single Pass Inkjet UV Printing at 32 m/min
• In-line Rotary Sheet Cutter and Stacker with variable sheet size cutting for folding carton and plastic substrates

See the Dotrix Modular CMYK + OV live at Ipex.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 April 2010.

Lüscher Multi DX at FESPA 2010
Lüscher AG is to present two global innovations at the FESPA 2010 trade fair in Munich from 22 – 26 June, in Hall A…

The new arrival at Lüscher is the Multi DX. The Multi DX unites the worlds of CTP and CTS and, therefore occupies a product category of its very own. In light of this, a globally unique concept is created: Computer-to-Xposure, or as Lüscher calls it: Swiss CTX. As the only direct exposure system in the world, the Multi DX makes it possible to process printing plates used in all standard printing procedures.

The mini multitalent can be used for the production of standard offset plates, plates for dry or waterless offset (Toray), letterpress plates (LAMS layer) and flexo plates (LAMS layer), in addition to tampon printing plates and flexible screen-printing systems, such as Screeny by Gallus.

The combination of these characteristics, coupled with the ability to expose rigid flat screens, is truly unique. Small in terms of size yet huge in terms of performance with a maximum printing plate format of 800 x 600mm and with a resolution of 2400 dpi, the Multi DXUV is especially recommended for:
• Label printing
• Solar cell industry
• Optical disc industry
• Hollow glassware printing
• Tube printing
• Container printing in general
• A range of special applications in which UV-sensitive layers or ablation layers are processed

The modular design with 16, 32, 48 or 64 UV laser diodes ensures that investment costs and the system’s output can be adapted to your individual requirements.

The high-grade standardisation of your processes, coupled with the elimination of consumable materials and the excellent price performance ratio of the Multi DX, increases the competitiveness of your company.

The aim of Lüscher’s development and application engineers was the consistent further development of the Computer-to-Screen system JetScreen DX, which has already enjoyed huge success over the course of two years. This was achieved by continuing to trust in proven technology alongside the implementation of innovative and high-quality technical components.

The complete drive system for the exposure axis and head is now operating with highly precise linear motors. This ensures a positioning accuracy of +/- 2 microns, which permits the high grade standardisation of processes.

Costs are reduced through the elimination of consumable materials for the printing copies, printing machine set-up times are reduced, dimensional accuracy is achieved quicker and macula and defects are minimised. In addition to this, the screen printing capacity is increased as a result of innovative technology which achieves a maximum exposure head speed of 3 m/sec.

The blue laser diodes used by Lüscher AG are subjected to a target-orientated development process in order to ensure that a new generation of high-power lasers can be incorporated into our JetScreen DX systems in the future.

For more information, visit: www.luescher.com, or just click on the Lüscher banner or sponsor logo links on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 April 2010.