Crowds Return to Graph Expo

The Xerox Color 1000 Press prints 2,400x2,400 dpi at 100 ppm.

The Epson Stylus Pro 7900CTP system, which combines an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer with a plate curing device, enabling in-plant to image aluminum plates

The Mitsubishi Imaging Processless DigiPlate PDP, a true chemical-free offset lithographic printing plate.

Xerox showed the Espresso Book Machine (EBM), which can produce a 300-page paperback book with a color cover in less than five minutes.

These models were wearing dresses that were printed on EFI Jetrion inkjet printers.

MGI's Meteor DP60 Pro digital press

Presstek's new 75DI was one of the only offset presses at the show.

The FUJIFILM Digital Inkjet J Press 720, which has a paper delivery and exit like that of a traditional offset press.

The Kodak Prosper 5000XL inkjet press, a production web press with a print width of up to 24.5˝ at speeds up to 650 fpm.

The Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C8000 (introduced at On Demand), which prints at 80 color ppm on a variety of stock, up to 13x19˝.

The Canon imagePRESS C7010VP digital color press

Dozens of in-plant managers attended the IPMA session on integrated marketing.

A year after the disappointing attendance levels of PRINT 09, Graph Expo 2010 seemed like a real trade show again. The aisles were full of people, who massed around new products, and kept vendors busy with demos. (Watch three show videos on this site. Return to home page and click the Video tab at the top.)

With the big offset vendors like Heidelberg and Komori taking a break from the show this year, offset presses were hard to find. (This editor counted only three companies with presses: Presstek, Baum (with its small BaumPrint 18) and, tucked away in a back corner, a company called Gronhi Graphics International, showing the Chinese-built GH524 four-color press.

Though certainly unintended, the absence of the big offset vendors sent a message to attendees about offset’s place in the industry—a message amplified by the increased presence of digital print vendors like Xerox, HP, Kodak and Ricoh, all of whom had prominent booth locations.

What’s more, offset’s diminished presence coincided with the first U.S. showing of several large inkjet presses from Kodak, Fuji and Screen U.S.A., making this show worthy of the title “The Inkjet Graph Expo.” (HP’s much touted T350 Color Inkjet Web Press appeared only on video.)

Numerous in-plants were spotted walking the aisles of Graph Expo. Dozens of them packed a conference room for a lunchtime session on the show’s third day, to hear vendors and fellow in-plant managers talk about how they can incorporate integrated marketing into their operations.

Though equipment was certainly the main focus at Graph Expo, several vendors stressed new programs designed to help customers build business with their equipment. Others tried to move the focus to new applications customers can provide using their equipment.

Here’s a quick look at some of the more impressive new equipment seen by IPG at Graph Expo:

Bob has served as editor of In-plant Graphics since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 130 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Graphics.

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  • http://SiddharthaBhattacharya Siddhartha Bhattacharya

    There was also the Xerox Color 550/560 launched at Graph Expo and was a huge hit at the show! Hopefully there is an opportunity to feature this as part of the Nov issue as well.