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drupa 2012 almanac

Thursday, 10 May 2012
By Print 21 Online Article

Check out this space as manufacturers big and small announce their latest releases and products to be showcased at drupa 2012. One world – one drupa.


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swissQprint Nyala

Digital Information PP490

Dragon Tone

Plockmatic International

MacDermid Printing Solutions


Goss International

Atlantic Zeiser



AGFA clocks 350 plates per hour,

Agfa Graphics has introduced two new high-speed 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. :Advantage N PL is available for demonstrations at the Agfa Graphics stand at drupa 2012,(Hall 8A).

The :Advantage N PL HS, a completely new design, can hold up to 6,000 plates in a fully-automatic setting – two pallets of 3,000 plates each. The system employs a unique and patented process that pre-separates the plates and slip sheets in the plate stack before plate loading. Regardless of temperature fluctuations, RH issues or long storage periods, the pre-separation process avoids plate and paper jams due to plates or slip sheets sticking together in a plate stack. Agfa’s patented auto slip sheet removal process offers less downtime with no paper jams and an efficient procedure for emptying the slip sheet into the “dump area.”

“Like all segments in the newspaper industry, the high-volume segment is also looking for improved production efficiency, cost savings and automation. With Agfa Graphics, newspaper publishers have a company with expertise in hardware, complete workflow solutions and consumables, covering the entire pre-press production area,” says Emiel Sweevers, marketing manager for Newspaper Engines, Agfa Graphics, worldwide. “Agfa Graphics’ goal is to continue to develop solutions that enable our customers to effectively meet the current market challenges head-on and win.”

Graph-Tech inkjet at drupa

There is a lot to be proud of for Swiss-based integrator Graph-Tech AG at this year’s drupa. Not only is the company introducing its new high-speed MonoCube inkjet printing press to the world, but its products will also be present on the exhibition stands of some of the biggest names in inkjet.

Graph-Tech is the technology of choice for leading manufacturer Landa. Graph-Tech provided the ink ejector integration for all seven nanographic printing presses on Landa’s 1400m² exhibition stand where these systems will be printing with Landa NanoInk on off-the-shelf paper and plastic films in B1, B2 and B3 formats.

Other companies such as Domino, Omet, Toyo, Sitma and Solex are all demonstrating Graph-Tech-powered inkjet printing systems printing on various substrates including envelopes and label stock. MBO and MicroJet/Herzog & Heymann are OEMs of Domino and are also showing Graph-Tech’s technology.

“Graph-Tech goes back a long way and has made a name for itself in the inkjet world, so it comes as no surprise that our products are the technology of choice for so many leading companies,” comments Reto Simmen, business operations manager of Graph-Tech. “We are seen as the pioneers of inkjet, we have lots of exciting new technology on show at drupa and are looking forward to one of our most successful shows yet. Domino Printing alone is demonstrating over five presses which are driven by Graph-Tech technology.”Simmen adds.

The Graph-Tech stand will feature an array of products, including single-head to seven-head print bars, inkjet controllers and a range of jetting assemblies, alongside the digital MonoCube printing system.  The new MonoCube is a family of 16 high-quality monochrome, continuous feed (web-fed) digital presses that can print web widths of 446mm up to 783mm at speeds of 75m/min up to 150m/min in simplex or duplex configuration – all from the same modular Cube. This is delivered in the smallest, compact, footprint on the market – saving valuable floor space.

Ilford expands Omnijet offering at drupa

Ilford has announced two new introductions to its Omnijet range of commercial printing materials at drupa 2012.

The first addition to the Omnijet range is the recyclable Screen Print Separation Film, a high-performance alternative in the UV and visible light screen print separation market. Thanks to Ilford coating technology developed in Switzerland, the inkjet receiving layer ensures high levels of resolution and density, offering an exceptionally high Dmax of up to 4.5 (UV) and 3.1 (Visual). In addition the product offers multi-printer compatibility, instant drying, good registration thanks to accurate feeding, a dimensionally stable base, ease of use and good water resistance.

In response to sustained market demand for thicker roll cores, Ilford is also pleased to introduce 3-inch cores across its Omnijet range on products including Omnijet glossy portable display film 400gsm, self-adhesive vinyl 180gsm and glossy 255gsm, satin 200gsm/255gsm and pearl photo 250gsm RC paper. The thicker roll cores bring the additional benefits of increased productivity and reduced memory curl.

The focal point of Ilford activity at drupa 2012 is the Green Printing section of drupa innovation park, an area which is dedicated to innovation within sustainable printing. Ilford is taking this opportunity to present its sustainable substrate solutions offered for environmentally responsible commercial printing.

In addition to the recyclable Omnijet Screen Print Separation Film, this includes the recyclable paper-based Omnijet Photo Realistic products, which have been certified as responsibly sourced in compliance with the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC C107238). Available in gloss and satin finishes and compatible with aqueous printers, Omnijet Photo Realistic features an instant dry porous ink-receiving layer and is suitable for printing posters, exhibition panels and graphic displays.

Accompanying the Omnijet range at drupa 2012 is the BioMedia range of biodegradable and recyclable substrates. The range is being printed on across the show at the stands of leading industry manufacturers.


EFI has announced its drupa 2012 showcase, including its gamut of technology that it says will continue contributing to the printing industry’s transformation from analogue to digital production.

The company’s industrial inkjet solutions are heralded by new introductions to its wide-format platforms, the award-winning Fiery portfolio, and complemented by the latest productivity software including new cloud-based MIS and web-to-print offerings.

“Delivering innovations that empower our customers to successfully transform their business is our primary mission – it’s very simple. 2012 drupa visitors will see that we are focused on creating amazing new technology that will accelerate the ongoing transformation of the print industry,” said Guy Gecht, EFI CEO. “We couldn’t be more excited to be at our industry’s largest trade show with our next generation inkjet technology, the latest in Fiery innovation and new MIS and web-to-print offerings that extend our leadership as the largest cloud services provider in our industry.”

EFI says it will demonstrate how its latest integrated technology enables customers to transform their businesses and benefit from areas of solid growth in print across all commercial sectors. Forward-thinking development and investment has resulted in one of the most comprehensive business and production software families in the industry, along with cost-effective solutions for versatile UV-curable wide-format and narrow-web platforms.

Drupa attendees will see the debut of the 3.2m VUTEk HS100 Pro, which the company says is set to become a screenprint replacement with image quality approaching offset. Driven by EFI’s advanced Orion software and the Fiery proServer, the HS100 Pro has blazing fast throughput rates, low ink consumption and innovative pin curing to guarantee precise droplet placement. The VUTEk QS2 Pro is also being launched at the show, targeting the mid-range 2m sector with six-colours plus three layers of white and low print cost that doesn’t compromise colour quality. Both machines benefit from variable drop greyscale printheads, EFI’s advanced ink formulation and low total cost of ownership.

EFI Orion OS is a robust, integrated operating system specifically engineered to maximise the capabilities of every new EFI wide format and VUTEk inkjet printing system. Orion OS contains a unique set of expandable features that optimise printer technology and functionality. It controls a powerful combination of software and hardware that work together to provide greyscale readiness, remote assistance, enhanced colour, integration and improved performance.

EFI’s Jetrion 4900 has brought print-and-cut capabilities to label convertors in a fully integrated narrow-web digital press that caters to shorter runs and greater levels of flexibility. This digital label production machine features CMYK and a highly opaque white ink, plus powerful laser cutting, resulting in a complete production line that’s ideal for the lean manufacturing of high-quality durable labels on a wide variety of substrates.

Fiery digital front-ends continue to provide cutting-edge RIP performance and support for leading VDP industry standards. Visitors to the EFI stand will see the fastest yet Fiery server with HyperRIP technology reducing processing times by up to 40 percent, and running the latest VDP standard, PPML 3.0. Fiery technology demonstrations include new workflow automation, advanced job makeready software, and new voice activated commands that remotely control the Fiery as well as the digital engine attached to it. The stand will also showcase Fiery’s support for the new Altona Test Suite 2.0 and advanced colour profiling and spot colour solutions for demanding colour professionals.

EFI’s productivity software portfolio caters to every type of print business, with MIS and web-to-print products that are designed to simplify operations for a more streamlined workflow and intelligent automation. At drupa, the latest versions of the browser-based EFI Pace and EFI PrintSmith Vision will be shown, and EFI Monarch and EFI Radius will be on display. The latest version of the EFI Digital StoreFront web-to-print platform will also be shown, with integration to Fiery technology. During the show, EFI will announce cloud-based remote data protection offerings for Print MIS and web-to-print customers.

Nyala debuts at drupa 2012

The latest development by Swiss UV flatbed printing system manufacturer, swissQprint, will be debuted at this year’s drupa trade fair in May, with the new system boasting an extra large printing table offering flatbed and roll to roll printing up to 3.2 metres wide.

The new Nyala UV flatbed printer is based on the Oryx and Impala printers, and introduces a 4 head option for CMYK with quick print speeds of up to 215 metres squared per hour. Additionally the Nyala offers options such as white, primer, varnish, spot colours and oversized board as part of the modular system.

The Nyala (pictured) will print with superior quality both 3.2 x 1.6 metre rigid boards in true flatbed mode and 3.2m wide continuous roll material by adding on the roll media option at anytime. An increased output from 134m2 / hour on the Impala to 215m2 / hour on the Nyala is due to a new 4 x CMYK configuration – four print heads per colour, with the option of white ink printing simultaneously. The company says this sets a new ‘in-class’ speed record.

The new printer, which is distributed in Australia through swissQprint’s exclusive Australia Pacific distributor, Positive Camtech, will be on display at booth C57 in Hall 9 at the trade fair in Düsseldorf.

Digital Information turns out at drupa with PP490

Digital Information has announced plans to unveil the all new PP490 double-sided print system, a print concept for automated output of double-sided photo book pages, color proofs, art reproductions, posters, point-of-sale prints, and other commodities at drupa in May.

The PP490 is designed to work with the popular Epson Stylus Pro 4900 inkjet printer and it has been claimed it will deliver the highest-quality double-sided printouts up to DIN A2 or 17” x 22”.

The unit is a useful tool for photographers, photo studios, photo labs, service providers, pre-press departments and print shops needing to meet the greatest demand for excellence in double-sided printed products that require automatic output on the front and back.

Epson’s Stylus Pro 4900 inkjet printer sets the benchmark for print quality with its micro piezo print heads and UltraChrome HDR inks. With as many as eleven dyes the printer covers unparalleled color space. In addition to CMYK, Light Cyan and Light Magenta, there is a further addition to the palette consisting of Matte Black, two hues of gray, green and orange.

The PP490 works with inkjet paper sheets. A sophisticated pneumatic system lifts the sheets from a supply compartment which can hold up to 500 sheets and transports each sheet to the printer. Upon completion of printing on the face, the sheet is turned and automatically fed back into the printer for printing on the backside. When the printing process is complete, the PP490 deposits the double-sided printouts into a collection tray.

To drive the printer through RIP, color management, and workflow, Digital Information has developed control software with an interface for handling Epson’s ESC/P2 file format.

Check out Digital Information at the legendary ColorBar, in Hall 8B, Booth B02 at Drupa 2012 for a demonstration of the new PP490 system prototype to witness firsthand the impressive performance of this latest innovation from Digital Information. The PP490 will be available at the end of the summer 2012.

The dragon at drupa

It is fitting that the Year of the Dragon drupa, 2012, will play host to Dragon Tone Limited, a Hong Kong-based printing technology developer, which will be showcasing D-Tone, a colour assurance system that allows for cost savings and increased output quality across different print production environments.

The developer of the patented D-Tone system, Andrew Yan, will be onsite at drupa 2012 to demonstrate how the system works, and its applicaion in commercial print environments.

The D-Tone system uses an innovative colour coding system that aloows print professionals everywhere to quickly and accurately identify colour and tonal variations that may impact a print job’s final output.

As such, the D-Tone system can dramatically reduce the initial colour balance assessment time between the ‘print’ versus ‘proof’ outputs, speeding up the entire production process by as much as 50 per cent, and ensures fully ISO-complient results.

D-Tone will be part of the exhibition of Compose System Europe, located in Hall 9, Stand E31 at drupa 2012 in May.

A Plockmatic drupa

Plockmatic International of Stockholm, Sweden will be out in force at Drupa 2012 in Düsseldorf.  The company will be demonstrating its high performance bookletmaking and mail inserting technology in Hall 13, Booth A49.  In addition, Plockmatic will join with partners Ricoh, Xerox, Heidelberg where you’ll find their online solutions as part of their best-selling printing systems.

In the Ricoh booth Plockmatic will have their bookletmaking solutions for the 901 and 751 printers, showing the capability to produce full-bleed applications online as finished books. And now that the partnership between Ricoh and Heidelberg is complete, Australians can see the Plockmatic full bleed finishing products offered by the merger of two greats of Print and Printer.

Xerox will also display Plockmatic finishing online with the Pro30 Bookletmaker and the new RCT30 Rotate, Crease & Trim module which delivers professional quality full-bleed booklet production.

Back in the Plockmatic booth in Hall 13, there will be plenty on display. Starting from the entry level bookletmaker with the “SquareFold difference” to the mid- production family of feeders/collators working inline with fully-featured bookletmakers producing quality, professional SquareFolded booklets.  They’ll demonstrate applications that show how Plockmatic is bringing high-end finishing capabilities to the mid-range.  All part of providing tomorrow’s finishing today.

Plockmatic will also present the PL4000 Mailing Inserter system, which is the most flexible system in its class.  It’s designed to shift easily from billing and statement jobs to direct mail with a few commands entered into the graphical user interface.  This unique system can run inserts up to B4 with an impressive envelope filling capacity of 12mm.  Now you can insert up to 8mm catalogs, cover letters, flyers and return envelopes into a single envelope automatically.

MacDermid Printing Solutions

MacDermid will launch its new Accent coating plates and LAVA 5080 thermal plate processor at drupa. The following products to be displayed on Booth 5A37 include:

LAVATM 5080 Thermal Plate Processing:
This new processor will enable printers and plate reproduction houses to create plates up to 50 x 80 in., allowing wide web printers who had been constrained by the previous maximum plate size of 42 x 60 in. to gain access to the benefits of thermal plate processing.

LUX Platemaking Process:
LUX 38″ Laminator is designed specifically for the narrow web market this laminator laminates plates up to 38 inches in width and includes several new features that make lamination of the LUX membrane easier and more efficient.

Membrane 200 is another option for the LUX Platemaking Process that allows the simultaneous creation of both flattop LUX dots and an engineered surface pattern in the plate. This innovation combines the print advantages of the LUX dot shape and the improved ink transfer of a surface pattern in one simple step.

Accent Coating Plates:
MacDermid Accent allows printers to image and produce coating plates on their existing UV CTP devices, giving them more control of their workflow and printing schedule. This new coating plate can be processed in water and is compatible with most UV and aqueous varnishes.

LiquifleX Platemaker:
This combines the benefits of liquid, such as low plate cost and flexibility of operation, with the simplicity of sheet platemaking. LiquifleX allows the operator to set up the platemaking process without calculations or guesswork.

Aspect Quadra RS:
The newest silver film replacement technology from MacDermid allows printers to make their own negatives in-house, without silver film or the need for processing systems or chemistry. Featuring four print heads and an improved film transport system the new Quadra RS can handle films up to 60 inches / 1.52 meters wide, allowing it to supply the largest platemaking formats available.

Trelleborg has drupa covered

The print blanket manufacturer Trelleborg will showcase two of its next generation products in Hall 6 stand B61.

The following products will be on display at Trelleborg’s stand:
Vulcan Synthesis Evo – a next generation print blanket developed for the heatset sector and features a new design and carrier.

Rollin MyCoat – a 2-ply mylar based strippable coating blanket available in three thicknesses, 1.96mm, 1.35mm and 1.15mm. A specially designed top rubber compound also makes the blanket suitable for use with both aqueous and UV coating applications.

Goss International

The giant press manufacturer is investing in a major presence at drupa 2012 to present commercial and newspaper printing and finishing systems as well as its new web offset presses for packaging. Goss International will occupy a 1,820-square-meter booth in Hall 17.

The new Sunday Vpak packaging press, Colorliner CPS compact-tower press and 96-page Sunday 5000 press will be among the featured Goss systems that offer new performance capabilities for current and emerging requirements.

The company will announce full details of its drupa 2012 exhibits at a pre-show news conference in Düsseldorf on February 29.

Atlantic Zeiser ‘Beyond Printing’

Variable coding, serialising, and personalising print in a wide variety of materials and formats will form the centrepiece of Atlantic Zeiser’s drupa stand in Hall 11, Stand C56.

The 240 square metre stand will feature three exhibits demonstrating the key features of a modern printing and coding solution in industrial digital printing across complete system solutions.

Also on display will be the combination of special printing requirements such as 4C card printing, coding and serialising a flat packaging carton with different barcodes and Datamatrix codes as well as individualisation using industrial digital printing for secure excise stamps to seal a package.

The following systems will be in operation on the Atlantic Zeiser stand:

  • DIGILINE Web 300 with integrated high-speed digital inkjet printers DELTA 105i and OMEGA 36i for label production of security seals and tax labels.
  • DIGILINE Sheet 300 with integrated digital inkjet printer OMEGA 36i in combination with an environmentally friendly, air cooled UV LED curing system SMARTCURE AIR for individual coding and serialising of folded cartons.
  • PERSOLINE with plasma pre-treatment, 4C-GAMMA inkjet digital printer as well as varnishing UV coating module for high quality four-colour printing and personalisation of plastic cards.

Zeiser will also be found at the KBA stand in Hall 16, Stand C47, presenting a modern hybrid sheet printing and coding system under the slogan ‘Digital meets Offset’.

HP – highlighting new print opportunities

As drupa’s second largest exhibit, HP is bound to draw a lot of attention. The print giant’s 4,952m² stand in Hall 4 will also claim the tradeshow’s single-largest exhibit of digital printing technologies.

The HP stand will be divided into demonstration areas for general commercial; photo specialty; publishing, direct mail and transaction printing; labels, flexible packaging and folding cartons; and sign and display printing.

HP’s stand will feature its broad range of graphic arts technologies, including:

  • HP Indigo digital presses featuring high-quality liquid HP ElectroInks for commercial, photo specialty, and label and packaging applications
  • HP Inkjet Web presses for high-speed publishing, transactional and commercial applications
  • HP large-format systems using HP Latex and UV inks for numerous sign and display applications
  • HP Specialty Printing Systems inkjet solutions for high-productivity, low-cost imprinting, addressing, coding and marking applications.

Complete end-to-end solutions will also be on display, including the new HP SmartStreamworkflow solutions; HP Exstreamcommunications management technologies; HP web-to-print and MIS solutions based on Hiflex technology; advanced HP service and support offerings; and third-party software and finishing systems from HP Graphics Solutions Partner Program members.

The stand also will feature a full range of tools and programs available to PSPs through the HP Capture business development program, including the DSCOOP (Digital Solutions Cooperative) HP users’ group.

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