On Demand 2011: Digital Innovations in D.C.
A Xanté representative demonstrates the Ilumina digital envelope press for Dan Slaten (middle) and Rodney Brown, of the University of Delaware. Xanté introduced a top-loading, continuous-feed option for the Ilumina.
Canon USA had the largest booth at On Demand and used it to unveil the DreamLabo 5000 seven-color printer for retail photo printing applications. Canon’s new imagePRESS C7010VPS production press, which integrates the Océ PRISMAsync controller, also made quite a splash.
Demonstrations of Konica Minolta’s new bizhub PRESS C70hc color printer, running eco-friendly High Chroma toner, always drew a crowd.
Ricoh touted the implementation of the new CREO C-81 Color Server with the 90-ppm Ricoh Pro C901/C901s Graphic Arts Edition color printing system.
At the MGI booth.
Now in its 18th year, the On Demand Conference and Exposition tried something new this time when it moved south of the Mason-Dixon line to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Not everyone was happy with the results.
Though some exhibits were packed at intervals, others were not so busy. Perhaps the absence of key companies like Xerox, Kodak, Presstek and Standard caused some potential attendees to skip this year’s event. Or maybe D.C. was too far for the Northeast day trippers who attended previous years’ shows in Philadelphia, Boston and New York.
IPG spotted fewer in-plant managers than usual this year. Most of those were there to see specific equipment they were hoping to buy. Unlike past On Demand shows, the educational program (called the Publishing Xchange Conference) did not have an in-plant track this year, possibly contributing to a smaller in-plant attendance.
Still, those who made the trip had more than enough to see—once they found their way to the back of the convention center, down two levels and past an unrelated expo. Canon USA had the commanding booth this year in terms of size and location, followed by Konica Minolta and Ricoh/InfoPrint Solutions.
Other exhibitors that anchored the show floor included GBC, MGI USA, GMC Software Technology and Graphic Whizard. HP also could be included in the latter group, but it again elected to be located in the co-located Association for Information and Image Management’s (AIIM) info360 Expo portion of the hall. The exhibitor list topped 90 companies, down slightly from 2010.
Much of the exhibit hall had the feel of the tabletop displays at Seybold Conferences in the early years. Some larger pieces of equipment were displayed, even several high-volume inkjet presses.
Some of the Highlights
Canon USA used the event for the U.S. introduction of the DreamLabo 5000 seven-color, roll-fed printer with a 12˝ width and 2,400×1,200-dpi print resolution. The device is positioned as an alternative to silver-halide technology for retail photo printing applications—including prints and photo books—due to its dense, nearly continuous imaging. Canon also sees the DreamLabo 5000 as a solution for high-end print-on-demand products because of its high-definition text printing capabilities. The printer has a 12˝-wide print head that uses Canon’s proprietary FINE inkjet technology to apply CMYK plus photo cyan, photo magenta and gray dye-based inks. It can output 40 single-sided sheets of 4×6˝ photos per minute (with internal automatic cutting).
- Avanti Computer Systems
- Canon U.S.A.
- Eastman Kodak Co.
- EFI, Jetrion Industrial Inkjet Systems
- Graphic Whizard
- InfoPrint Solutions
- Konica Minolta Business Solutions
- Magnum Magnetics
- Océ North America, Production Printing Systems
- Presstek Inc.
- Ricoh Corp.
- RISO Inc.
- Rochester Software Associates
- XANTÉ Corp.
- Xerox Corp.