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agfaAgfa Graphics launches new high-speed platesetters

The new platesetters for the high-volume newspaper market – the :Advantage N PL HS (Pallet Load, High-Speed) and the :Advantage N TR HS (Trolley Load, High-Speed) – both run at speeds up to 350 plates per hour, 50 plates more than the :Advantage N. The :Advantage N PL HS can hold up to 6,000 plates in a fully-automatic setting – two pallets of 3,000 plates each. The system uses a unique process that pre-separates the plates and slipsheets in the plate stack before plate loading.

Regardless of temperature fluctuations or long storage periods, the pre-separation process avoids plate and paper jams due to plates or slipsheets sticking together in a plate stack. Thanks to the increased speed, both systems can extend newspaper publishers’ editorial and advertising deadlines, giving them the ability to deliver the latest news and last-minute offers to their readers. The increased speed will also help newspaper publishers replace multiple, slower CtP engines with fewer, faster ones. The :Advantage N TR HS features a trolley to transport plates from safelight environment to the CtP imager. This gives customers who cannot switch to yellow safelight in the room where the CtP device is installed, the flexibility to load the plates easily and more efficiently in a separate yellow safelight environment.

kmbizhubKonica Minolta unveils new bizhub C754 and C654 printers

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. has released to the Canadian market its new bizhub C754 and C654 Colour Multifunctional Products (MFP’s) that will print, copy, fax and scan all in one system. The company’s new C-Series features the Konica Minolta INFO-Palette design that enables customers to access more information, communicate more effectively, share information with greater speed and security and increase output while reducing costs.

The Series also features a unique Eco-Indicator that enables monitoring of paper, toner and energy usage to promote greater cost-consciousness. The result is the lowest power consumption rate in its class – even lower than the standard specified by Energy Star certification. The devices have an intuitive “touch & swipe” interface that works as easily as today’s fastest mobile devices. Simplified menus and customizable icons also allow users to work faster and smarter. For professional settings, the C754 and C654 enable high-speed scanning, scan-to-folder capability and seamless integration for converting records to electronic forms. The printers also include dual scanning, powerful finishing options, warm-up time of 22 seconds or less, 100-sheet stapling, 80-page booklet capacity, tri-folding, tab printing, and up to 1200 × 1200 dpi output.

Canon updates large-format printers

Canon U.S.A. Inc. has unveiled four new 36-inch imagePROGRAF large-format models – the Canon iPF765, iPF765 MFP (Multi-Function Printer) plus the iPF760 and iPF760 MFP. Each device has a new horizontal stacking basket for 24″ x 36″ plots, ensuring prints stay organized and flat once they have been printed. To create a one-piece solution, the imagePROGRAF MFP printers are equipped with a new integrated stand, allowing the printer and scanner to be attached. In addition, both new imagePROGRAF iPF765 models have a 250 GB hard drive to streamline the workflow for a networked environment – or for those printing larger-sized files with complex images. With true 600-dpi resolution, CIS scanning technology and room for documents up to 40″ wide by any length, the iPF765 MFP is a versatile imaging solution, says Canon. It also has a large, simple-to-use touch-screen interface for one-click scanning and copying.


xeroxXerox unveils waterless print system

The Xerox CiPress 325 delivers sharper image quality on low-cost plain paper. The system complements the company’s CiPress 500 Production Inkjet System as the world’s only high-speed waterless inkjet devices. Going waterless means users can print quality, colourful images and graphics on low-cost, plain paper without ink soaking through. The CiPress 325 offers fast, high-volume production at 325 feet per minute (FPM). It prints at 600 × 600 dpi and users can upgrade to 500 FPM. Its FreeFlow Print Server handles complex variable jobs without sacrificing print speed and users can configure their digital front engine to meet their job-processing requirements. Xerox’s granulated, resin-based ink makes it easier to de-ink prints for recycling. In addition to unveiling the new device, Xerox has also enhanced its CiPress 500 Production Inkjet System with an ink optimization mode that reduces the amount of ink coverage on pages that have more text and fewer graphics.

oceCanon and Océ team up with new technology solutions

A high-capacity stacker has been co-developed to extend the finishing range of the Canon imagePRESS C7010VPS and C7010VP. The stacker offers unlimited stacking capacity that facilitates continuous production and reduces carbon footprint. Its high-stacking accuracy makes it ideal for feeding into offline post-processing equipment. The capability to configure stack height ensures exact output to input if post-processing is done at another location. Also new is the Océ ColorWave 650 Poster Printer, a specialized version of the Océ ColorWave 650. Aimed at the point-of-sale market, it can print on a variety of paper sizes at 155 A0 sheets per hour. The prints are instantly dry, water-resistant, cut to size and ready to mount.

The new 42″ Velocity is a large-format high-production digital printer that combines high-speed Memjet Inkjet technology with proven Océ workflow to print up to 500 A0 colour prints per hour. Using the same six-media roll capacity of the Océ ColorWave 600/650, Velocity combines five Memjet inkjet printheads to operate simultaneously, applying more than 3 billion drops of ink per second!

New additions to the Océ ColorStream 3000 range are the entry-level Océ ColorStream 3200 and high-speed Océ ColorStream 3900, which join the Océ ColorStream 3700. Another new product is the Océ JetStream 4300, the latest system from its continuous-feed inkjet portfolio. The 200-metres-per-minute, full-colour production printer produces books, magazines, newspapers and transactional print at short and medium run lengths.

incaFujifilm reveals new UV Inkjet ink technology, launches new presses

The company’s “next generation” high-performance UV Inkjet inks include four new Uvijet high-performance inks. The Uvijet OZ, (for the new Onset S40i) gives a higher degree of flexibility, enabling users to fold, crease, cut, drive and route printed media. The Uvijet QN (for the new Uvistar Pro8) is an eight-colour ink set that delivers improved image quality, enabling superwide print for indoor exhibit and display graphics. The Uvijet KA (for the Acuity Advance HS X2 hybrid printer) has excellent adhesion to a wide range of rigid and flexible media. Also, the Uvijet LL (for the new Acuity LED 1600) is an eight-colour ink system featuring high-opacity white and clear inks that deliver optimum performance with the Fujifilm LED curing system.

Press launches include:

• The Inca Onset S40i flatbed UV Inkjet Printer has reduced bed masking, an innovative UV sensor system (that informs the operator when automatic cleaning is required), and a substrate height detector that provides enhanced substrate and printhead protection.

• The Uvistar Pro8 is designed for super-wide-format print for both display POP and outdoor advertising markets on flexible and rigid media. A complete set of light colours within the ink set increases print quality without compromising on speed. Together with its unique Parallel Drop Size (PDS) technology, this allows the Uvistar Pro8 to produce high-definition display POP graphics at speeds over 300m2/hour.

• A new Digital Inkjet Web Press enables duplex printing within a single tower design, resulting in an extremely compact footprint while retaining a maximum printing speed of 127 m/min. With digital web presses enabling direct-data printing, there is much more flexibility in the cut-off size of the paper. Digital web presses can also print short-run work more efficiently while accommodating variable data.

ryobiKodak and Ryobi team up to offer first hybrid sheetfed press

The first fully integrated hybrid sheetfed press, the Ryobi 750 Series, combines offset and digital technologies in a single system. The Ryobi and Kodak hybrid will enable customers to print high-quality sheetfed jobs, which include variable information, in a single step. This eliminates the costly use of laser printers as well as the one to two days of job set time prior to laser printing. Specifically, the 750 provides a single step of offset printing, inkjet printing and an optional inline varnish station. The varnish option provides direct-mail printers true print-and-ship capabilities. Direct mailers will also benefit from the 750 series’ ability to run B2 size sheets that today, cannot be post-printed with laser systems.

The 750 prints at up to 10,000 sheets per hour. Inkjet printing inline with offset printing delivers a number of significant benefits, including faster job turnaround time, lower costs and higher productivity for imprinting applications when compared to sheetfed laser printing. Hybrid printing eliminates drying time and enables imprinting on the sheets as they pass through the offset press, saving up to two days of production time.

efiEFI launches VUTEk QS2 Pro UV Hybrid Printer

The production-level UV printer driven by Orion OS software is designed for display graphics producers, photo labs and sign makers wanting higher image quality at production-level speeds. The EFI VUTEk QS2 Pro UV Hybrid Printer combines grayscale print quality with VUTEk production-level speeds for more colour-critical jobs. Fine art and POP image quality are delivered through true variable-drop grayscale technology, six colours plus white and multi-layer print capability. Greyscale technology delivers high image quality at production speeds while maximizing ink yield for a lower cost-per-print. The printer is designed for extended operation and has an optional roll-to-roll feature for increased throughput. Supplied with the Fiery XF proServer to increase productivity, it comes with an expanded set of Fiery RIP options, a high-performance hardware platform, JDF integration to EFI Web-to-Print and MIS/ERP solutions, and a complimentary 13-month support and maintenance plan.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.