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So hot right now … ‘s Hot Pick winners revealed

Thursday, 31 May 2007
By Print 21 Online Article

Winnowing the very best from the rest, the awards recognise technological excellence within the industry. “The Print 21 Hot Pick technology awards recognise the most innovative and creative responses to industry challenges,” explained publisher, Patrick Howard. “The awarded technologies represent the cutting-edge of the graphic arts; this is something everyone should pay attention to.”

The full list of winners and their products include:

  • FujiFilm: Pro V chemical-free violet

    Though it’s only a demonstration that is not yet available, this technology will have an undeniable influence amongst the industry. A violet photopolymer chemistry-free plate, the Brillia HD PRO-V is Fuji’s plate solution for both the main CTP imaging technologies and continues the company’s strategy of giving users a choice according to their specific requirements. The Brillia HD PRO-V plate includes new technologies such as: sensitive polymerisation technology for high productivity, new MultiGrain technology for excellent ink/water balance and new emulsion technology for FM capability.

    Pictured: Peter Carrigan (left), who was very excited to receive the first Hot Pick award of the day from Print 21 publisher, Patrick Howard.

  • Currie Group: HP Indigo Press 5500

    Released two weeks ago in Rome, this is the first showing within the Asia Pacific region and is a huge triumph for the Currie Group. The HP Indigo 5500 and its sister, the 3500 feature 7-colour printing, producing offset quality with a photo look and feel.

    The HP Indigo pres 5500 includes recently unveiled HP DreamColour Technologies, which ensure colour accuracy at all times. The HP Indigo 3500 and 5500 presses deliver up to 68 pages per minute in full colour.

    Pictured above: more happy recipients, Rob West and Phil Rennell

  • FujiXerox: Nuvera 288

    The Xerox Nuvera 288 Digital Perfecting System prints at 288 impressions per minute, 15 per cent faster than any other cut sheet printer available on the market.

    The digital duplex production system has an unparalleled resolution of 4800 x 600 dots per inch – partly attributed to its pioneering Emulsion Aggregate (EA) toner technology and fusing. The Nuvera 288 was designed for maximum productivity and uptime, with Pass Through Programming that keeps the system running even if one of the engines needs service or a soft shutdown.

    Pictured above: Nick Nugenthiran and Wendy K Apton being presented with their award by Patrick Howard.

  • DES: ORIS Ink Saver

    Using this clever software results not only in huge savings but also in positive environmental outcomes; for example, it is possible to obtain the same image but use less ink. In a one-step, automatic process, ORIS Ink Saver significantly reduces the CMY components for all printed elements, and optimises the black separation – while maintaining visual and colorimetric integrity.

    Above: Christophe Thommessen, Scott Barry and Sarah Weightman.

  • Canon: imagePRESS C7000 VP

    The long-awaited final production model is here, and the results are most impressive. The imagePRESS is a brand new technology engine with a rated speed of 70 ppm. It can hold neutral colour across wide areas and produce stapled and folded A4 sized brochures from A3-size stock to name but a few of its many features. The largest and best colour gamut for digital workflow, it offers consistency and a wide range of colour and the Digital press preserves this through sophisticated RGB through CMYK conversions within the print controller.

    Pictured: Christophe Lambert with Patrick Howard

  • EFI: Fiery QX 100


    Impossible to ignore, this is the new generation of Fiery Rip. The industry’s preferred driver continues to set new benchmarks of efficiency and compatibility; the new Pro series Fiery are targeted at a variety of industry levels, with more than 14 million Fiery technology users worldwide, EFI is renowned for consistently precise colour, advanced connectivity, high quality, sophisticated workflow, and ease of use. The new Fiery puts EFI’s more than 17 years’ experience in print management solutions to work and adds tremendous value for customers in this highly competitive, dynamic industry.

    Pictured above: Kathy Wilson and Eric Holtsmark

  • Heidelberg: Heidelberg Anicolor

    The Heidelberg Anicolor is the offset fight-back against the perceived advantage of digital printing
    with very short runs. Part of the problem with traditional offset is the amount of waste sheets
    required before the job gets to acceptable colour. In a time when ecological values are becoming
    ever more important, apart from the issues of cost, the ‘run-up’ of offset seemed a deterministic
    factor that could not be overcome. The revolutionary inking unit on the Speedmaster SM 52 can get a print run up to colour in a very
    short time. On the Heidelberg stand at PrintEx07 full-colour job changes were up and running
    within five or six sheets before an enthusiastic audience removed
    any doubt that the technology, on its first Australian and New Zealand outing, will redraw
    the lines of battle between offset and digital in the short-run market.

  • Eizo: FlexScan SX3031W

    Among the many exciting debuts at this year’s PrintEx, Eizo treated audiences to an exclusive Australia-first release of the largest and cleverest graphic arts screen around. As the world moves increasingly closer towards soft proofing, it is technology like the FlexScan SX3031W that becomes even more important than ever.

    Pictured: Penny Swinfield and Matthew Bauer.

  • Kayell: Press-Side Soft Proofing

    The name says everything – to make soft proofing in the press room a reality requires scientifically-calibrated lighting conditions. This innovative American company, GTI has combined hi-tech software, Eizo monitors and its own developed lights to produce an effective solution which is even used in the US by Time publications.

    Pictured: Bob McCurdy (left), GTI and Fred McCurdy (centre), GTI with Robert Gatto (Kayell).

  • Ricoh: RDO Print

    In a move towards the democratization of the digital printing world, Ricoh takes a step forward by creating open access workflow. Its new RDo Print-enabled system allows printshop to trasnalte previously locked software files in open-standard PDF. If this doesn’t seem like such a big deal, remeber there are millions of legacy documents in existnece which can often require complicated translations. RDO (Roster Document Objects) is aiming to do for the digital print file system what PostScript did for commercial printing. The new system can take the legacy files and output them with little or no operator intervention. The subsequent PDF can also be created for viewing and archival.

  • Agfa: :Avalon Automated CTP


    Pictured (right): Garry Murratore, Agfa.

    The flexibility and ease-of-use of Agfa’s :Avalon makes it a stand-out piece. The :Avalon can handle plate sizes from 380 x 310 mm to 1130 x 820 mm. The PlateManager automates plate handling and provides loading of up to four cassettes at one time. The CtP system can work with a number of screening technologies, including Agfa’s :Sublima XM cross-modulation screening or :Cristal Raster stoachastic screening. These options allow delivery of higher resolutions – up to 340 lpi.

  • Fastbind: Powis Photopress

    A unique solution for digital printers, able to make photographs into books. The Powis Photopress proved to be a major hit at the show; Derek Lane reported people queuing up to buy it.

    Pictured: Derek Lane with his Hot Pick.

  • Konica Minolta:Bizhub Pro C6500 Production

    The bizhub PRO C6500 Production builds on the success of the existing bizhub PRO 1050 and supports the same finishing options. Customers can choose from a folding unit, staple finisher, booklet maker / saddle stitch unit or trolley stacker. It can be configured in nine different ways according to the needs of nearly any business, to produce a wide variety of output such as brochures, promotional materials or any kind of documents for inline finishing.

    Purpose-built to withstand the rigors of production print environments, the bizhub PRO C6500 Production provides high-speed output of 65 ppm in both colour and B&W to stay ahead of heavy workloads and tight deadlines. Robust internal components handle a monthly duty cycle of 300,000 pages and a sophisticated air-assist paper feed system with internal heating unit keeps even heavy coated stock running smoothly.

    Next-generation Simitri HD Colour Polymerized Toner enhances fine detail, sharpens text and improves colour halftone reproduction. And precise registration accuracy aligns front and back images to give colour booklets and brochures a crisp, professional look.

    Konica Minolta has partnered with both EFI and CREO to provide a powerful range of controllers for these models. With the options of either Fiery or Creo controllers and the introduction of the Micropress cluster printing system, Konica Minolta can now provide a true alternative.

    Pictured above: David Procter receives a Hot Pick from Patrick Howard

  • Quote & Print: Version 8


    Always one step ahead of the rest, Quote & Print’s latest release, Version 8, has truly pushed the boundaries and beyond. Some of its special features include JDF connectivity, new workflow solutions and new navigation. It was recognised by the prestigious Kodak-backed NGP director Mark Wilton as being a suitable technology to link into the industry leading Prinergy workflow. This opens up a wide horizon for the many Q&P users to interface with Kodak-enabled printers around the world. “It is so good to see Australian innovation develop and take on the world,” said the Vancouver-based Wilton, who came home for the show.

    Pictured above: All smiles as Judy Bell with Kodak’s Mark Wilton (centre) and Dave Bell (right)receive their Hot Pick.

  • Ferag: High Water Python CTP

    Ferag is the agent in Australia and New Zealand for the awarded Highwater Python CtP, a manual load and unload CtP device technology designed for the 2-up and 4-up market. The plate is mounted on a flat table, correctly positioned in the three-pin touch sensitive register system. It is clamped automatically and transferred to the high precision, internal drum. Here it is exposed using Pythons advanced optical laser system. The plate is retained in the clamp in perfect register while it is imaged at a resolution of 2540 dpi, at 6 mm per second. A B2 plate takes two minutes to image.
    The Python system includes a high-spec workstation running a Torrent Level 3 RIP, with a full complement of software applications.
    Pictured: Ian Martin (left) and David Griffin (right)

  • Kodak: Prinergy 4

    Kodak Prinergy Workflow System Version 4 is the latest system upgrade to a workflow that aspires, with some justification, to be the benchmark of the industry. This particular iteration includes a new dashboard to deliver at a glance job information. The system also offers support for transparencies, digital print automation to expand into the Kodak Web-to-print Solution, and new digital job notes and custom fields. Prinergy 4 has two major enhancements for transparencies to produce more predictable, high quality results while reducing errors and rework without flattening files. The Color Matcher and Trapper features have been upgraded to handle transparent objects natively. The new system also includes Adobe’s PDF Print Engine, with its full transparency support.

    Pictured: Nick Nataras, Sue McQuate and Gustavo Oviedo, regional managing director.

  • Océ: Vario Print 6250

    Pictured below: Herbert Kieleithner (left) and Tim Saleeba (right)

    This lightning-fast printer is capable of printing 250 digital prints-per-minute duplex. Targeted at high-end commercial and corporate printing markets and customers with production volumes of between 750,000 and 8,000,000 prints per month, examples of the 6250’s work includes: office documents; flyers; manuals; books-on-demand and direct mail. A spanner in the works won’t interrupt the flow of the 6250. If a ‘rush job” comes along with must be completed, the machine is still able to commence work on this without holding up other jobs which are already coming through.

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