27 September 2011
Graph Expo points the way to Drupa
CHICAGO—With Drupa sort of around the corner, many manufacturers are keeping their most innovative new products under wraps, but the recent Graph Expo show in Chicago did provide a few glimpses of how we can expect product and service introductions to develop. Here are a few highlights:


KBA announced more details of its deal to develop an inkjet press with R.R. Donnelley. The new offerings will be based on Donnelley’s existing inkjet technology, which calls for a masking ink that is applied to the substrate to produce variable applications. KBA was scarce with details, but said any press will expand inkjet applications beyond the traditional transpromo and books markets.


Heidelberg and Ricoh announced the official North American launch of their distribution deal, where the offset manufacturer will distribute the Pro C901 Graphic Arts edition digital press.


Xerox unveiled its new inkjet press—the CiPress, after the sturdy and dependable cypress tree. It’s a waterless twin engine press with duplexing; it prints on matte coated stocks and uncoated stocks without pre-coating the sheet; and delivers a resolution of 600 x 400 dpi.


Xante announced a new partnership with Memjet, a company that produces super-fast inkjet heads that have until now been used in office environments. The new device aimed at smaller print shops is called Excelagraphix 4200 and is a small-format, 42” printer that prints at about one foot per second. According to the company, it should allow small shops to compete in a space now dominated by large printing companies.


A new entrant to the North American market was Scodix, an Israel-based company. It makes an inkjet press that applies a clear raised coating to simulate embossing. With a price tag of US$400,000, it produces 1,200 A3 sheets per hour.


 Fujifilm broadened its Inca portfolio with the Onset S40, positioned between the S20 and S70. The flatbet wide-format UV machine produces up to 5,059 sq. ft. per hour. Also new on Fujifilm’s booth was the Acuity LED wide-format inkjet UV printer incorporating a patent-pending LED-UV ink-curing system. Reaching print speeds up to 258 sq. ft. per hour, it comes with eight colours, uses fast-curing UV inks, and prints white or clear ink in a single pass.


Manroland announced the introduction and first installation of the Roland 700 HiPrint HS (high speed). The 40” press runs at 18,000 sheets per hour. Manroland also gave new insights into its alliance with Océ. The two will soon roll out a new digital platform for newspapers and other users. More should come at Drupa.


Ricoh partnered with Zumbox a service that provides a secure digital postal system. Consumers can receive, manage and store their digital postal mail in one place.

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