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Aussies out in force at Ipex

Tuesday, 25 May 2010
By Print 21 Online Article

It’s a tough gig working a trade show, what with the long hours, late nights and sore feet. Print21 caught up with local suppliers on the stands at IPEX to find out how they were going and what’s new on the market.

Komori shines new light on UV

Gerard Wintle of Ferrostaal was at the Komori stand where the Japanese offset press manufacturer was introducing a new system that may well spark a renewed interest in UV printing.

According to Wintle, (pictured) Komori engineers have developed a new curing lamp that focuses on a narrower band of the UV spectrum, eliminating the parts which emit ozone and which typically require expensive ventilation systems and air ducting to be installed. Even more remarkably, when Komori tested the system, they found that they could achieve good results with only one lamp, reducing the energy required to cure the sheets and cutting the cost of running the system. This also meant there was less heat being generated which meant less deformation of the sheets and the ability to run more delicate stocks.

The H-UV system, as it is called, offers all the advantages of UV printing, such as fast drying and the ability to print on film and foil, but promises to make the process a whole lot easier to implement. Best of all, the new system, which was shown running on an eight-colour Lithrone S40P perfector, can be retrofitted to existing presses.

Another highlight of the stand was a new 29 inch press, the Enthrone 29, which is billed as an entry-level press for a 530 x 750 sheet size and which shares many of the features of the popular Lithrone S29 range.

The new press has the same double-size cylinders and roller train at the S29, so the core engineering is the same, but without all the bell and whistles. It is available only as a two, four or five colour press with no perfecting and has a top speed of 13,000 sheets per hour.

It’s an interesting looking small press with a compact footprint, low pile delivery and integrated control desk. Ideal as an economical entry-level or back-up press, said Wintle.

Pictured above: Gerard Wintle has high hopes for Komori’s new UV printing system.

Perfect binding on the Horizon

Perfect binding was a hot topic on the Horizon stand where Bernie Robinson of Curries was kept busy with a steady stream of customers looking at digital finishing and book-making.

As usual, Horizon had a host of new finishing equipment options on one of the biggest and busiest stands at the show.

Two of the longest exhibits on display featured inline folding and stitching lines integrated with Hunkeler unwinding and cutting units to highlight the potential for high-speed finishing of inkjet-printed rolls. The StitchLiner 6000 Digital system was shown running inline with Hunkeler reel unwinders, producing booklets at 6,000 copies per hour.

At the other end of the scale, there was a good deal of interest in the small BQ-160 perfect binder with PUR adhesive in combination with the HCB-2 hard case binder, a simple, easy to set up system for making photo books at a rate of about 100-200 per hour – not the fastest but very affordable and an ideal entry-point for the booming photo book market.

Moving up a notch is the BQ-470 perfect binder with inter-changeable EVA and PUR glue tanks which boosts productivity to over 1,000 books an hour while still retaining the capability to do short runs and one-off books.

On the stand, the BQ-470 was shown in combination with a new three-knife trimmer from Horizon, the HT-80, producing complete soft cover books from start to finish. This is the first time that Horizon has had a three-knife trimmer to integrate with the BQ-470 and the result is a very productive perfect binding line for printers looking to bring this service in-house without going to the expense of an industrial-scale system.

Pictured: Fielding interest in perfect binding and photo books: Bernie Robinson of Curries with the new Horizon HT-80 three-knife trimmer.

Müller Martini connects finishers online

One of the latest initiatives from bindery experts, Müller Martini, is something not easily shown at a trade show – a new online service solution.

Called MMRemote, the new service enables Müller Martini technicians to log into equipment around the world and perform remote diagnostic and trouble-shooting tasks without the need for time-consuming call-outs.

According to Livio Barbagallo, Müller Martini Australia MD, such a service is particularly valuable for countries like Australia where the travelling distances make the servicing of equipment much harder. A direct link between the equipment and local or overseas engineers enables rapid identification of any problems which can then be either fixed by the operator or via a remote connection. These days with the latest computer-controlled equipment, Barbagallo said that many of the service issues relate to software problems which can be easily fixed via an online connection.

The new service is available for all late-model equipment with the appropriate computer control controls and software connectivity.

On the equipment side, the company was showing its latest addition to the Primera range of saddle stitchers, the Primera 160, which boosts output speeds to 16,000 cycles per hour. This is now the fastest machine in this mid-range sector with models spanning output speeds from 11,000 to 16,00 cycles per hour.

The productivity of these machines, said Barbagallo, is such that typical installations see two older machines being replaced by one Primera, reducing labour overheads while still providing spare capacity.

Other new equipment releases included a new version of the Bolero B9 perfect binding line now with a top speed of 9,000 cycles per hour, and new versions of the Presto saddle stitcher, an entry level machine with a top speed of 9,000 cycles per hour aimed at the commercial print market.

Pictured: High performance saddle-stitching at 16,000 cycles per hour – Livio Barbagallo with the new Primera 160 saddle stitcher.

Baldwin does flexo cleaning too

Always the most hospitable and gracious of hosts, Peter Tkachuk of Baldwin took time out to provide much-needed respite for foot-weary journalists.

At any trade show, the Baldwin stand is always a safe haven from the frenetic product demos and high-powered sales pitches found elsewhere, preferring instead to rely on old-fashioned hospitality and a low-key approach with customers. Perfect for a quick refuel and a chance to catch up with the latest news.

At Ipex, Peter Tkachuk, who now manages Baldwin throughout south-east Asia as well as Australia, was on-hand to outline the company’s latest technology – as well as discuss England’s chances in the forthcoming soccer World Cup (pretty good, he reckons).

Baldwin systems can be found on much of the offset press equipment sold throughout the industry where it is the dominant force in cleaning technology. Now it has its sights set on the flexo market too. At Ipex it was showing a model of the FlexoPlateCleaner, an automatic brush plate cleaning system for the corrugated flexo market. By replacing what is, in many cases, still a manual, time-consuming operation on packaging board presses, the FlexoPlateCleaner aims to increase press uptime by 40-50%, delivering a huge boost in productivity.

Compared to the 20-25 minutes it might take to clean a plate by hand, the automated plate cleaner can wash and dry all plates in as little as three minutes during a production run, enabling shorter press-stops and a cleaner working environment for the printers.

Baldwin is also cleaning up in the pressroom with a new line of cleaning cloths called CleanPac which can be used for manual cleaning of the press as well being suitable for hand cleaning. The CleanPac cloths come in a pre-packed container and are a cost-effective, safe alternative to cleaning rags.

Pictured: Perfect hosts: (l-r) Gerald Nathe, chairman of Baldwin Technology with Print21 editor, Simon Enticknap, and Peter Tkachuk, managing director for Baldwin Graphic Equipment in Australia and South-East Asia.

Screen Jets all over the stand

Inkjet printing dominated the Screen stand at Ipex with the release of the Truepress JetSX sheetfed press as well as two new versions of the Truepress Jet520 continuous feed press, not forgetting the Truepress Jet2500UV wide format machine.

The JetSX drew much of the attention as the first duplex B2-sheet inkjet press on the market, undoubtedly one of the highlights of the show in terms of completely new technology.

In continuous feed, the Jet520EX is a monochrome version of the successful Jet520 platform, aimed at the on-demand book printing market, while the Jet520 CP is designed for the commercial print market but priced to appeal to printers with lower expected volumes than typically required for a high speed digital inkjet press.

Screen believes the Truepress Jet520 CP package is a viable option for any business printing more than one million impressions per month.

Speaking to Print21, Kunihisa Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the Dainippon Screen business management division, wouldn’t be drawn on new developments for the Jet520 system in future, stating that developments such as a wider web or faster running speeds would depend on what customers wanted.

Pictured above: Introducing the new Truepress JetSX (l-r) Kunihisa Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the Dainippon Screen business management division, Simon Enticknap, Print21 editor, Akira Hayakawa, managing director, Screen Australia, and Peter Scott, technical sales support, Screen Australia.

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