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Manroland Sheetfed

Manroland sheetfed is presenting a host of head-turning innovations reflecting the tradition of excellence associated with its brand. “Visitors to our stand will clearly observe the power of manroland sheetfed solutions to help their companies face the many challenges of today’s printing industry with the most innovative and productive sheetfed offset solutions in the industry,” said Alfred Rothlaender, President of manroland sheetfed. “With our new structure firmly in place, customers will experience an even more responsive partner in manroland sheetfed. We are dedicated to helping customers future-proof their businesses as we work hard to meet or exceed their expectations for excellence, both in product and services.” A key element this commitment will be its solutions for the packaging market including:

• The ROLAND 708LV press with the new indexed InlineFoiler that saves up to 55% in consumption of foil

• An inline coating unit for added-value printing effects that enhances the already high quality delivered by the press

• Intelligent colour pre-setting with self-learning software that can bring ongoing productivity gains to the production floor

• All required inline control technology, from colour to register and full-sheet inspection down to 200 dpi, along with PDF comparison down to 4 pt. text, (multiple camera system) to ensure accuracy and readability of the final product.

Visitors will also discover other high productivity packaging solutions, such as the production in half-format with the ROLAND 500 and medium format with the ROLAND 700 – as well as special 0B and 3B sizes with speeds as high as 18,000 sheets per hour (sph). In addition, manroland sheetfed now offers larger formats 5 and 6 with the ROLAND 900 at speeds of up to 16,000 sph with the high-speed packaging equipment. The company is also offering logistic solutions from the new automated non-stop, to full configurations that deliver efficient process optimization individually scalable to every printer’s needs (AUPASYS).

Innovative solutions for the commercial printing market include faster turnaround solutions such as:

• The Just-Ready-Print solution powered by LEC-UV (low energy curing ultraviolet)

• A new hybrid inkjet solution integrated in the press for individualized printing

• Autoprint Smart for automated processes between large job signatures combined with superfast make-readies enabled by DirectDrive technology and full inline quality control

• High volume commercial printing with 64 pages printed in one pass on the ROLAND 900XXL perfecting press

• A new press console and user interface requiring less operator attention and offering easier handling

The company’s PRINTVALUE program will also be showcased and includes these value-added services:

• Printservices technical support for total efficiency during the entire lifecycle of a printing system

• Printcom, a full range of factory-certified consumables that increases the efficiency of the printing process as well as production reliability

• Printnetwork networking and computer-integrated manufacturing solutions

• Printadvice advisory services from a partner that has had more than 160 years of industry experience. www.manroland.com.

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Xanté

The company is highlighting its new Excelagraphix 4200 powered by Memjet; the Ilumina 650 DPP with feeder/conveyer; Ilumina DEP GS; Ilumina DPP TL; PlateMaker 5; iQueue 6 digital colour workflow technology and much more. Robert Ross, Xanté Founder and CEO, says: “There is literally something for everyone at drupa this year. We’ll help you target your direct needs with one of our cutting edge, affordable digital solutions.”

Some of the company’s solutions that are now being featured:

• The new Xanté Excelagraphix 4200 prints high-impact, full colour, large-format projects on a wide range of substrates at “screaming fast” speeds, and at a price point that’s affordable for fast ROI. The product is the first commercial solution in the world specifically powered by Memjet wide-format colour printing components and technologies. The 4200 is a 42-inch-wide inkjet printing system ideal for short-run and variable-data colour printing and packaging – including folding carton and corrugated cardboard. Xanté’s exclusive substrate support gives customers the ability to print indoor signage and design graphics through a simple print path height adjustment on the press. Xanté anticipates that the first commercial shipments will be in June.

• The iQueue 6 digital workflow technology is a leading pre-production workflow designed specifically for Xanté digital colour print systems. iQueue 6 is especially optimized for the new Memjet-powered Excelagraphix 4200. The iQueue 6 possesses the most advanced colour intelligence available for Memjet-powered output, and makes it easy to manage multiple projects, make independent CMYK/density adjustments, match critical spot colours and select the desired feed, media type, resolution, line screen and dot shape. Users can also track press consumables, multiple-run counts and job cost from a single-user workstation.

• Xante’s Ilumina 650 GS Digital Color Systems are complete print solutions that foster production of high-volume full colour sheets, cards, envelopes, brochures, banners and

more. The machines can print on a wide variety of media, from text weights to extremely heavy card stocks (up to 32 pt.), textured stocks, metallic and label stocks. Ilumina 650 GS Systems are available in two production models and are driven by the automated iQueue Color Smart Workflow. Other popular solutions include the Ilumina DEP GS and Ilumina DPP TL.

• PlateMaker 5 is an affordable solution that produces quality, high-resolution polyester plates and film without processing or chemicals. The complete CTP solution features the iQueue Ultimate Workflow that automates prepress production and streamlines the entire platemaking process.

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Agfa Graphics

Agfa is showcasing a broad range of prepress and inkjet printing solutions, SaaS/Cloud, connectivity, web-to-print solutions and continued investment in sustainability. The company is showing its broad range of innovative, cost-effective and eco-friendly solutions that enable printers to offer their clients competitive, unique and high-quality output at lower cost.

“Digital print is certainly growing but offset will remain the backbone of the printing industry,” said Stefaan Vanhooren, President of Agfa Graphics. “At drupa we are presenting a broad range of innovative prepress solutions. In addition, our strong software offering confirms our vision that workflow and connectivity will be crucial for the success of our customers. For the industrial print and sign and display industries, we offer inkjet solutions that enable our customers to print efficiently on a wide variety of substrates delivering stunning quality. The star of our seven-strong product showing is the unique and versatile :M-Press Leopard flatbed press. It is running live, demonstrating its exceptionally wide range of capabilities.”

The company’s presence at drupa focuses on four primary groups: industrial printers, sign & display printers, commercial printers and newspaper publishers. Leading the way is its revolutionary :M-Press Leopard industrial print system. With new features and the ability to print on various substrates up to 5 cm thick in any size up to 1.6 m x 3.3 m, the fast-turnaround press offers the potential to move beyond screen applications into other industrial applications such as decoration and furniture, packaging and homewares. The system outrivals any conventional or digital alternative in cost and quality, says Agfa.

Agfa is also demonstrating the :Anapurna series and two new :Jeti 3020 Titan UV printing systems. One of the two :Jeti 3020 Titans will be shown in a 36-head configuration, demonstrating productive CMYK printing in combination with a strong white-ink application. The large 2m x 3m mounting bed supports both rigid and thin flexible material and is suited both for opaque and transparent material. It also supports multiple-up jobs and printing on smaller objects.

The second :Jeti 3020 Titan is a new system with a 48-head configuration using 8 heads for each colour. It prints at the same high speeds for roll-to-roll and rigid materials, which makes it the most versatile wide-format printing solution on the market, according to Agfa. Also on display will be Agfa Graphics’ range of UV inks for industrial and sign & display applications.

For commercial printers, Agfa is extending its ThermoFuse-based prepress system to high-volume printers. The :Azura TS system helps commercial printers to run more efficiently and reduce their ecological footprint. The :Azura CX125 COU (Clean-Out Unit) reduces gum consumption considerably and extends bath life. It can handle plate volumes up to 40,000 m2 per year.

The newest version of Agfa Graphics’ award-winning workflow management suite, :Apogee 8 is also being demonstrated. :Apogee 8 features greater connectivity, drives an ever-growing range of digital presses, supports 64-bit systems and offers optimized imposition for large-volume web-printing systems.

:Apogee StoreFront is a new cloud-based, web-to-print software solution that enables printers to market their services and products more efficiently. It makes it easy to create online stores for both printed and non-printed products. :Apogee StoreFront is ideal for printers who wish to attract a broader audience by offering additional services without investing in hardware.

For newspaper publishing, Agfa Graphics is introducing two new high-speed platesetters. The :Advantage N PL HS (Pallet Load, High-Speed) and the :Advantage N TR HS (Trolley Load, High-Speed). Both produce up to 350 printing plates per hour. At drupa, the :Advantage N PL HS is running live. With a completely new design, it can store more than 6,000 plates plus an additional cassette in a fully automatic setting.

As far as sustainability, the company is showing systems that enable printers to eliminate toxic chemicals, reduce waste, lower ink and water consumption and save energy. www.agfagraphics.com.

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Presstek

Presstek is showing the 75DI Digital Offset Press and an array of Digital Thermal Plate Solutions, amongst other technologies. Specifically, the company is promoting a 5-colour 75DI with inline aqueous coater. The 75DI was first shown at IPEX 2010 as a prototype and is now a commercial product with successful installations on three continents in a variety of shops. The press has also earned strong interest from folding carton printers. The 75DI goes from digital file to sellable sheet in 6 minutes and prints at 16,000 impressions per hour. It’s the most economical press on the market for colour jobs from 500 to 20,000 impressions, says Presstek. It’s available in 4-colour to 10-colour configurations and a full range of productivity-enhancing options can be added.

“The combination of the 75DI and our new product announcements provide exciting possibilities for Presstek’s existing and future customers,” said Stan Freimuth, Presstek’s Chairman, President & CEO.

Presstek is also featuring a new chemistry-free CTP plate for sheetfed and web waterless printing applications. This new plate offers excellent on-press performance and will raise the efficiency of prepress departments by eliminating time-consuming steps, variables and costs that are associated with production of other waterless plates. Once imaged, only a simple cleaning with water is required prior to mounting the plates on press.

“The Presstek plate portfolio offers solutions that encompass a wide range of printing needs with high quality plates that can be imaged on industry-standard 830 nm thermal platesetters, including Presstek devices,” explained Freimuth. “This, combined with our outstanding service and support, has us well positioned to supply larger shops, and offers a terrific alternative to the traditional plate suppliers in the market.”

The company is also displaying a breakthrough colour calibration and defect-detection technology that inspects each sheet with the press operating at full speed and makes any necessary adjustments on the fly.www.presstek.com.

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Standard Finishing

Standard Finishing represents Horizon and Hunkeler equipment exclusively in North America. A wide range of Standard Horizon equipment is being shown in 6 different partner booths:

• The Standard Horizon StitchLiner 6000 Digital Roll-to-Saddlestitch solution in the Komori, Océ, and Xerox booths

• The ColorWorks 8000 in-line Bookletmaker in the Xerox booth

• The new BQ-270V Variable Perfect Binder in the Océ and Tokyo Kikai booths

• The BQ-470 4-clamp Perfect Binder in the HP booth with the new Standard Horizon SmartStacker premiering in the HP booth as a technology demonstration, paired with the new HP Indigo 10000 B2-size press.

In total, more than 8 new solutions are being introduced for the first time at drupa – some world premieres and some newly released. These include:

• A flexible perfect-binding solution that can handle both offset and digital output.

• A digital sheet feeder with superior feeding performance and a modular concept design that enables flexible booklet production for digital printed output.

• A creaser and folder system that can produce high-quality folded products without image cracking (even with digital print) on a wide range of lighter and heavier cover weight stocks, coated or uncoated.

• Smart book perfect binding solutions that combine a folder, perfect binder and three-knife trimmer using existing Horizon products.

• Automatic folder technology that’s upgraded with various efficiency enhancements such as print-mark registration, conveyor control, maintenance scheduling and sheet control.

• An offline all in one booklet maker that combines bleed trimming, creasing, stitching, folding, face trimming and stacking.

• A cross-folder equipped with 2 parallel buckle fold plates and 2 cross-fold knives ideal for the production of 8-page and 16-page signatures.

Standard Hunkeler is showing new paper-handling solutions including a comprehensive portfolio of unwinding, rewinding, cutting, stacking, perforating, punching and folding technology, including many world premieres. No less than 20 Hunkeler lines are being shown in 14 different digital print, finishing, and mail-inserting partner booths. This large sampling of solutions, including modular book block technology, will show the diversity of the Hunkeler line – and how the systems are tailored to meet the application requirements of the commercial print, book publishing, data centre, transpromotional, financial print and direct-mail markets.

Designed to work with high-speed digital printers at up to 720 feet per minute, with superior paper handling performance on a wide range of substrates, “huncolor ready” feeding and finishing solutions are currently being displayed with several industry-leading vendors including Canon, HP, Impika, Kodak, Océ, Ricoh, Screen, Xeikon, and Xerox. Hunkeler is also showcasing its best-in-class high-speed mail inserting with technology leaders Pitney Bowes and Matthias Bäuerle.

Standard Hunkeler unwinding and cutting equipment is also being promoted on three different finishing lines – a roll-to-saddlestitch line producing brochures and two roll-to-fold lines producing a direct mail-piece and signatures for perfect binding. Hunkeler is also introducing several products in its own booth including:

• SD7 Starwheel Stacker with glue dots

• PF7 Double Plow-fold Module

• DP6-A Dynamic Perforator

• HL6 Laser Engraving System

• PC7 Primer/Coater and LS7 Large Format Stacker

More information: www.standardfinishing.com.

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ATS-Tanner

The industry-leading banding machine manufacturer is showcasing its automatic US-2000 FAB-A inline stacking and banding-off folder, which is the ideal unit to have behind your folding machines and saddle stitchers as it can count, stack and band up to 40,000 printed products per hour. Demonstrations are showing how to create perfect stacks of printed material using the US-2000 TRS-L. This machine is equipped with an extra-long conveyor belt for long products, has a flexible format range and gently bundles all types of printed paper. Visitors are also seeing how easy it is to imprint a band with the US-2000 MDM-P. If you are not looking for a fully automatic system, smaller machines like the US-2000 ADU and the ATS-MS 420S are ideal. Banded products are proving to be much easier to handle and the machines operate so fast that they involve little or no labour costs and occupy very little floor space in a printer’s shop. www.ats-tanner.ca.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.