Graph Expo: A Digital Printing Redux

Making its North American debut, the Xerox iGen 150 features a 150 ppm print speed, new matte dry ink and a host of finishing options for booklet production.

Konica Minolta’s new bizhub PRESS 1250 black-and-white digital press attracted a lot of attention.

Xanté’s Impressia “multi media” digital printing system made its debut at the show.

The MGI Meteor 8700

The Epson SureColor S50670.

Kodak's new Gold Dry Ink for the NexPress, for which it won a Must See 'Ems award

The HP 10000

A Ricoh wide-format printer

The Xerox Nuvera 314EA black-and-white printer.

At Graph Expo, digital press vendors highlighted workflow and digital front end capabilities, emphasizing automation, personalization and ­run-length optimization.

Sharing the booth was XMPie, a Xerox Co., which introduced the uStore 7.0 upgrade to its Web-to-print solution. Enhancements include JDF compliance and the ability to work with Xerox FreeFlow Connect.

The New ‘Big Iron’

With offset presses becoming scarce on the show floor and digital vendors pushing for higher volume and larger B2-format machines, digital presses are becoming the “big iron” components of the show. One example was the HP Indigo 10000 digital color press which, advancing from its introduction at drupa, is now officially in beta testing. Two smaller-format HP Indigos—the 7600 and the 5600—also made their U.S. debuts. A major advance offered by these systems is Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM), which is the company’s three-color printing option that boosts productivity by 33 percent.

Although Fujifilm‘s J Press 720 sheetfed inkjet press was launched at Graph Expo 2010, it still drew considerable interest this year. Using 1,200 dpi Samba print heads developed by Fujifilm Dimatix, it can print up to 2,700 four-up sheets/hour on coated and uncoated stocks.

The InfoPrint line of digital presses, now part of Ricoh, has grown into a multi-platform offering topped by the continuous-feed 5000 family of inkjet devices. Enhancements include a new 315 fpm print speed option to match finishing components and new TotalFlow workflow modules to drive the device, including DocEnhancer for last-minute editing of PDF documents.

The 5000 line is based on print engine technology from Screen (USA), which did not have its own booth this year, but was able to team up with MCS to exhibit a Truepress Jet520 inkjet press.

Heidelberg, which showed one of the few offset presses at the show, prominently featured its digital offerings, such as the Linoprint C901 color digital press, based on the Ricoh engine. The company also had an EFI Rastek H652 UV flatbed inkjet printer in its booth, and all three devices were employed in a demonstration of cross-platform color matching.

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