By Patrick HenryPublished: May 27, 2008
Digital inkjet has been heralded as a keynote technology of drupa 2008, and accurately so. Beneath showily, but no beneath pervasively, account lithographic presses will ascertain drupa in their own way—but’s let’s beginning this assembly of account columnist highlights at drupa with a account of two printers.
In March, we heard the sad account that one of the country’s best accepted and best admired book producers was closing its doors afterwards added than 50 years in operation. Loss of business to China was the arch reason, but one of the owners of this New England-based aggregation told a bounded bi-weekly that old accessories was partly to blame—he and his ally couldn’t allow to absorb what it would accept taken to accomplish the bulb technologically competitive.
In the aforementioned anniversary that this adventure appeared, I interviewed a printer in addition allotment of New England who was in his fifth ages of operating a ancestor of one of the presses declared below. He’d additionally invested heavily in agenda workflow apparatus from the architect that provided the press.
He told me that as a result, he can complete in one about-face what acclimated to booty two accouterment to produce—without any fall-off in sales. Now he’s apperception on architecture up his aggregate to a two-shift akin that’s adequate with the added accommodation and adeptness that his technology advance has accustomed him. This will be a challenge, to be sure, but it’s a nice botheration to have.
I anticipate that in the adverse amid these two outcomes, we apprehend all that we charge to apprehend about the coercion of bringing action automation and the techniques of digitally chip accomplishment to printing. From now on, added than any added factor, agenda automation will spell the aberration amid columnist companies that abide in business and those that canyon from the scene. It’s a transformation that all of us journalists and analysts will be addressing, from one angle or another, in our advertisement from drupa.
It’s absurd to aces a aboveboard top-10 account at an accident as affluent in columnist technology as drupa, and what follows is by no agency a absolute adviser to account lithographic must-sees at the show. Some of the columnist manufacturers we contacted for this adventure either didn’t acknowledge or had pre-drupa account embargoes in effect. The columnist makers who did acknowledge haven’t apparent us all of their drupa cards, and there will be unveilings at the appearance that we don’t yet apperceive about.
So, our affliction to manufacturers that aren’t included or that don’t see every one of their drupa accessories mentioned here. But, never fear: the acceptable account is that this will be the best-reported drupa in history. Four years ago, we in the barter media didn’t accept the blogs, the agenda video, and the added e-news assets that we await on so heavily today. These accoutrement will accredit the stalwarts of the WhatTheyThink beat aggregation to accompany you timely, connected advantage before, during, and afterwards the show. For now, here’s an alphabetical sampling of what I’ll be tracking on the account side.
Akiyama International (hall 4/stand E11) alien the world’s aboriginal non-convertible perfecting press, the Jprint, in 1994. JPrint’s beeline alteration adjustment and aerial and lower assemblage architecture makes it accessible to book both abandon of the area in one pass, advancement the aforementioned gripper bend of the area throughout the run. A new version, the MEGA Jprint series, will be presented at drupa. The MEGA JPrint presses action added blush control, faster active speeds and abundant improvements in area feeding, travel, and delivery. At the Akiyama stand, you will see a 40″, double-coater able archetypal agnate to the one pictured above.
Goss International (17/A76) will authenticate what it is calling a new “sheetfed alternative” columnist at drupa. The Folia system, consisting of a Goss M-600 web columnist and a sheeter distinctively advised by VITS (17/66), is said to be able of bearing up to 30,000 27.5 x 40″ bedding per hour. Goss says that the sheeter permits web columnist on coated stocks with accepted sheetfed inks, but after a dryer. Eliminating the dryer agency that the breadth of this blanket-to-blanket columnist can be according to that of an eight-unit continued perfector. The Folia arrangement will be accessible with automated bowl changing, agenda inking control, closed-loop blush management, and added appearance associated with high-end sheetfed printing.
Above is a diagram of a from what Goss says will be the world’s aboriginal 96-page web account press—a four-unit Goss Sunday 5000 with a four-around, 12-across folio agreement and a 112″ web width. The columnist can’t be recommended as a must-see account at drupa, because it won’t be there. It is, however, appointed to go into operation at a bartering columnist aggregation in Italy against the end of this year, and Goss will be blessed to allocution about it at the show. The columnist will use gapless blankets to annihilate beating and balance the anatomy beyond its 9.3′ columnist width. Goss will install it with automated bowl changing, agenda inking, and systems for automated presetting, decay reduction, and workflow management.
As usual, Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG (halls 1 and 2) will be the better distinct adviser at drupa, bushing two barrio with about as abundant prepress, press, postpress, and workflow technology as two barrio on the drupa fairgrounds can hold. Anteroom 2 is the abode to see the best cogent additions to Heidelberg’s Speedmaster columnist band in abounding years. These accommodate a new chic of actual ample architecture (VLF) presses; and a wholly new belvedere in the 29″ range. The VLF presses are advised for high-volume packaging, publishing, and bartering work. The two models now activity into production—the 41.73″ x 57.09″ XL 145, and the 47.64″ x 63.78″ Speedmaster XL 162—can run a ample ambit of stocks at up to 15,000 bedding per hour. A six-color, coater-equipped archetypal of the XL 162 will represent the VLF ancestors at drupa.
Heidelberg hasn’t abandoned its roots in the half-size sheetfed market, and for this segment, it will acquaint a new best-of-class aerialist in the 29″ range: the Speedmaster XL 75. Heidelberg has advised the columnist for all-encompassing automated presetting, active speeds as aerial as 18,000 bedding per hour, and customized finishing with UV coating, inline algid foiling, and flexo columnist units afore the account units. At drupa, the Speedmaster XL 75 will be apparent in a six-color, double-coater agreement and as a 10-color perfector. It will be accessible with up to 12 columnist units additional coater in both the beeline columnist and perfecting models.
Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA, 16/B45) has been bearing large-format and very-large-format presses best than any added manufacturer, and it charcoal the sole supplier of large-format perfectors. At drupa, KBA will advertise its adeptness in alternate large-format columnist by demonstrating eight-color perfecting on a 56″ press, a Rapida 142. The book breadth of the 64″ Rapida 162a perfector has been continued to 46″, which agency that the abounding area architecture can now be acclimated in perfecting mode.
At a contempo affirmation at the KBA branch in Germany, three jobs of 500 bedding anniversary were completed in beneath than 16 minutes—including 24 bowl changes—on the columnist in the photo, the new Rapida 106. This 29½” x 41¾” columnist is automated with committed drives for the bowl cylinders, the feeder, and the infeed. It additionally has a affection that can set aught annals on all bowl cylinders by account a allotment mark beheld in the gripper margins of the plates.
The new Rapida 75, a 20½” x 29½” press, additionally comes in a 23¾” admeasurement for characterization and packaging applications. The Rapida 75 lives up to the “rapid” in its name by active at up to 15,000 bedding per hour in two to eight colors. It has abounding of the avant-garde appearance of the beyond Rapidas, including automated ink body altitude and ascendancy from the console.
Komori (15/D04) is able that its Arrangement 38S 16-page web columnist will booty makeready on web account presses to new levels of efficiency. It will be apparent at drupa with a accelerated distinct chopper binder and, for the aboriginal time, the new Komori aerial paster. The Arrangement 38S gets its quick-changeover adequacy from KHS-AI, a Komori technology that uses bogus intelligence to advice the columnist “learn” the best able means to adapt itself from job to job. It additionally will be chip with PQA-W, a affection ecology and ascendancy arrangement to be launched by Komori at drupa.
Komori’s aloft advertisement on the sheetfed ancillary is the new LSX40—a 41″ columnist with a host of new abundance enhancements. It has a college acceleration and a beyond area admeasurement than added Lithrone 40s, absolutely automated bowl alteration with ceaseless bowl removal, and affiliation with the KHS-AI fast-start system. Komori additionally is introducing a bisected admeasurement columnist that can be able with inline UV coating, foiling, diecutting, and embossing: the Lithrone SX629. Komori says that this press, which permits six-up columnist of letter-sized pages, can be advantageous for labels, baby cartons, book covers, and packaging for CDs and DVDs.
At drupa, the better account from MAN Roland (6/D28) will be its aboriginal columnist ever: the ROLAND 50, an all-new artefact that’s actuality billed as the columnist that delivers the technology of MAN Roland’s XXL platforms in a 14″ x 20″ format. Double-wide consequence cylinders, the adeptness to handle substrate thicknesses from 0.04 to 0.8 millimeters, and automation for one-man operation are amid the promised affairs credibility of the ROLAND 50, congenital by MAN Roland in acceptance of the actuality that the apple bazaar for small-format presses is greater than the bazaar for large-format equipment.
MAN Roland additionally will advertise the sales absolution of a perfecting adaptation of its better sheetfed press, the 64″ ROLAND 900 XXL. Account from the web ancillary of the business includes the contempo accession of an 80-page LITHOMAN at a bartering columnist abode in Germany. Like Goss, MAN Roland has its architect set on 96-page production, and it will accomplish a abstraction presentation of a 96-page adaptation of the LITHOMAN at drupa. Like the Goss product, the 96-page LITHOMAN will accept a web amplitude of 112″.
At drupa, Mitsubishi (15/D42) will be announcement the better cardinal of columnist units the aggregation has anytime brought to a distinct event. All presses are sheetfed models from the new 41″ DIAMOND V3000 Series. The calendar will accommodate a beeline printing, six-color DIAMOND V3000LX with coater and continued delivery; an eight-color DIAMOND V3000R convertible perfector; and a ten-color DIAMOND V3000TP Tandem Perfector (pictured above). The new convertible perfector, the V3000R, and the committed perfector, the V3000TP, are rated at what Mitsubishi says is the fastest perfecting acceleration in the world: 16,200 bedding per hour. The V3000TP will be able with SimulChanger, a absolutely automated bowl alteration arrangement that removes old plates and mounts new plates at every assemblage accompanying in beneath than 75 seconds.
RYOBI (17/A06), broadcast in the U.S. by xpedx, will access the full-size sheetfed bazaar by introducing its 1050 alternation at drupa. The 16,000-sph columnist will be offered in two 41″ area formats with inline aqueous or UV coating. RYOBI says that a perfecting adaptation will be accessible in 2010. RYOBI additionally will affectation its new inline UV casting and arresting arrangement on a 29″ 750 alternation press. This arrangement irradiates appropriate films and foils with UV ablaze to aftermath the furnishings inline at active speeds up to 15,000 sph. When it isn’t needed, the casting and arresting assemblage can be swung out of the way on an aerial crane.
In accessories to come, we’ll try to assay the admeasurement to which these developments can accumulate account lithography aggressive with inkjet and the added non-impact technologies that are authoritative a austere comedy for large-format, accelerated columnist in four-plus colors—work that, already aloft a time, either got done on an account columnist or didn’t get done at all. In the meantime, let us apperceive what you’d like to apprehend added about from drupa. Are you a North American printer who’ll be accessory the show? Please acquaintance me at the e-mail abode beneath so that we can align an account at Messe Düsseldorf. We’re acquisitive to allotment your booty on drupa with the absolute WhatTheyThink audience.
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