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Print 01 cut short by New York catastrophe

Friday, 21 September 2001
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Many exhibitors closed their stands, the crowds melted away and the bustle in the huge halls at McCormick Place evaporated as the printing and graphic arts industry, along with the rest of the world, grappled to cope with the acts of terror.

A decision was made to keep the show open but reports from Australians who attended confirm that very little business was done after September 11.

Graphics On-Line would like to take this opportunity to express sympathy and solidarity with the victims of the attack.

Up to that moment the show was a huge success with a record number of exhibitors, good attendance and many new products making their first public appearance.

The sales launch of the NexPress 2100, the digital color press from the Heidelberg’s joint venture with Kodak, was very successful. More than 70 units were sold at the show.

Products that were considered to be key at Print 01 were included in a Must See Them list compiled by a panel of industry consultants and trade magazine editors.
The products and processes, selected from over 200 nominations, were in five categories:
1. Proofing,
2. CTP,
3. Direct-to-Press Fixed Imaging Presses,
4. Digital Printing – Colour Variable Imaging
5. Single Colour (B&W) Variable Imaging

1. Proofing

* AGFA Sherpa Digital Proofing Systems: The Grand Sherpa is a turnkey digital proofing solution that includes 1440 x 1440 resolution inkjet engine colour management, quality management/calibration software, high-performance proofer RIP, media, and technical support. Prints eight colours up to 33″ x 46″ at 360 dpi.

* DuPont Certified Colour Contract Remote: The system links Cromalin Digital or Digital WaterProof ink jet proofers automating the processes of sending proofs and receiving hard copy contract proofs at remote locations. Colour critical data from sender to receiver is compared and certified that a match has been achieved.

* Heidelberg Colour Open Digital Proofing: Heidelberg workflow with integrated colour management outputting to the HP Designjet 5000 on specially certified proofing paper with standard ICC profiles to produce contract quality proofs at 1,200 x 600 dpi.

* Hewlett Packard Designjet Proofing System: With a low cost sensor, closed loop colour calibration and proprietary colour correction algorithms, the Designjet promises to deliver with 90% accuracy on Pantone colours and offsets standards. 2,400 dpi, six colour printing up to 13″ x 19″ in four minutes.

* Imation / Xerox Colour Proofing System: Imation MatchPrint Professional Server provides RIP network connectivity to the Xerox DocuColor 12 printer/copier to produce colour proofs to the MatchPrint standard at 600 x 600 x 8 dpi. Colour proofing papers help produce proofing fidelity.

* Imation Virtual Proofing System: Combines Imation colour technology with Real TimeImage image streaming, collaboration and colour management tools to deliver a CMYK colour proof to a monitor. System includes customised CRT monitor, colour management technology and a suite of proofing solutions. Claims to accurately render CMYK colour to RGB displays.

2. Computer-to-Plate

* Heidelberg Prosetter Series: Heidelberg’s new family of three platesetters, the Prosetter 52, 74 and 102 for 2,4 and 8 page formats offers output resolutions from 2400 to 3386 dpi with an output speed of up to 16 plates per hour. The new line utilises violet laser diodes for the imaging source, which coupled with an internal drum design, offers a lower cost alternative to thermal CtP systems. The equipment images plates sensitive to violet light in the 405-410 nm wavelength which are generally lower in cost compared to thermal plates.

3. Direct Imaging (DI) / Direct-to-Press Fixed Imaging Digital Presses

* MAN Roland DICO Web: DICO Web is a roll fed fixed image Direct-to-Press machine that utilises a unique imaging and de-imaging technology. A thermal transfer tape comes into contact with a blank cylinder surface. Then a CreoScitex digitally controlled infra red laser heats up the image areas transferring in-receptive material to the print cylinder. After a cylinder conducting step, the press is ready to run. After the run is completed, the cylinder is erased and ready for a new job. Introduced at Drupa 2000.

* Komori Lithrone 640 Digital Press (formerly known as the Project D Press): Currently the only 40″ FI digital press the Lithrone 640 was shown at Drupa 2000. The Lithrone 640 uses by CreoScitex Square Spot technology 830 nm, 240 beam thermal laser imaging systems. Komori claims that plates can be imaged at 2400 dpi in less than four minutes and that the press can be run by a single operator.

4. Digital Printing – Colour Variable Imaging

* Heidelberg NexPress 2100 VI Digital Press: The NexPress 2100 is a digital production colour press that sets new standards for uptime, reliability, image quality and consistency. It combines the power of a press (rugged, reliable design that performs like an offset press) with the flexibility of a printer (ability to mix papers, change finishing options and create print runs as small as a single piece) to provide a unique digital colour printing solution. Long awaited commercial product introduction.

* Scitex Digital Printing 3700 VI: Offers multiple rows of ink jet heads to print anywhere on a web up to 40″ wide in single, spot or process colour at speeds up to 1,000 feet/minute. Commercially available.

* Xerox – iGen3 VI Digital Press: Formerly demonstrated as FutureColor. Commercial introduction 2002. The revolutionary digital press from Xerox was on display and samples were printed in live time. Xerox made the headlines by claiming it would produce prints at an unprecedented five cents per copy.

5. Single Colour (B&W) Variable Imaging

* Xeikon DMP 8000 VI: Using magnetographic technology and printing in black at 600 x 600 dpi on webs up to 20.5 wide at speeds up to 196 f/m, the new Xeikon press can output 425 lettersize pages per minute. A twin engine version ups the output to 860 pages.

* Check Technology Imaggi Monochrome Press: At a speed of up to 300 pages per minute, the Imaggi II claims to be the fastest digital cut sheet printer in the world. Output is 600 x 600 dpi on an 18.75″ x 26″ paper format.

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