Crowds Return to Graph Expo
Flush with new equipment, including inkjet presses, last month’s Graph Expo did not disappoint.November 1, 2010 By Bob Neubauer, Mark Smith and Mark Michelson
Meanwhile, the crowds were noticeably larger than those at last year’s PRINT 09. Perhaps, as the vendors hoped, this signaled a renewed interest in buying new technology. Or maybe the full aisles were just a result of some McCormick Place trickery (a back portion of the hall was curtained off to hide the roughly 30 percent of floor space not sold). Either way it looked good, and left visitors and vendors feeling like this was a real trade show once again. (Watch IPG’s Graph Expo video)
Dubbed “The Inkjet Graph Expo” by some, the show featured more inkjet technology than most in-plant managers had ever seen in one place:
• Kodak representatives gleefully pointed out that Kodak had the largest printing press at Graph Expo, with the first U.S. showing of the Kodak Prosper 5000XL inkjet web press, printing 650 fpm on a maximum 251⁄2˝ wide roll at up to 175 lpi.
• Nearby, Screen (USA) showed its Truepress Jet520ZZ inkjet web press, with a top speed of 722 fpm and a maximum 720x720-dpi resolution.
• Hidden by a curtain, but visible at designated demo times, Fujifilm was running its Digital Inkjet J Press 720, a four-up (29.5x20.8˝ sheet) inkjet device built off a conventional press frame. It’s rated to print 2,700 sph on coated stocks at 1,200 dpi using a pre-coat solution and water-based inks.
• Océ displayed a JetStream 1000 color inkjet web press.
• InfoPrint Solutions showed its smaller footprint InfoPrint 5000 MP (multi-purpose) continuous forms inkjet printer.
• HP’s much touted 600-fpm T350 Color Inkjet Web Press appeared only on video.