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  • Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015

    Being held for the 11th time, the Hunkeler Innovationdays event in the Swiss city of Lucerne once again has a great deal to offer. Allow yourself plenty of time to have in-depth discussions, make new contacts and discover innovative ideas and solutions dealing with every aspect of digital high-performance printing and paper processing.

    The opportunities to do so have never been better. In the two new trade show halls in Lucerne you will find more than 40 real-world production solutions. More than 80 exhibitors – from wide-ranging areas including prepress, print and finishing, printing substrates, consumables and finishing materials as well as software – will all be in one place to provide you with expert advice.

    The Innovationdays will be complemented and rounded off by top-quality forums: The DOXNET-on-Site event (on February 25, 2015) conducted by the Document Xperts Network and many other speakers invite you to participate in fascinating technical presentations and discussions.

    Hunkeler and its partners will also use the event to present exclusive world premieres. Experience all this for yourself in a truly unique atmosphere. Be sure to reserve your own personal ticket. During the online registration, you can at the same time also book lodging.

  • Hunkeler Innovationdays wrap-up – part 1

    Naresh Khanna, Print21 Independent Media Alliance partner, and publisher of Indian Printer & Publisher, highlights some of the innovations on show at this year’s Hunkeler Innovationdays event in Lucerne, Switzerland.

    New digital print and finishing solutions

    The expanded five-day Hunkeler Innovationdays event in Lucerne started off without much fanfare in its inimitably friendly style. The turnout on the first day looked thin, and Stefan Hunkeler confirmed that the expectations were not for a large increase of visitors over the previous event in 2011. Moreover with the addition of an extra day, he expected the visitor numbers to be more comfortably spread out over the event.

    The next Hunkeler event is in 2015 and there are hints that it could be an even bigger show in that year. Certainly there seems to be support from the exhibitors who find the no-frills presentation of complete solutions without money being spent on decorations to be cost-effective. Even on the first day they were happy with the turnout of customers and potential customers who seem to know what they are looking for and have an understanding what they are looking at.

    What are the innovations in Innovationdays? There are a number of upgrades and new inline finishing equipments at the Hunkeler stand and at those of its OEM’s that address the automation of book block production, direct mail, and increasing the production of complex hybrid products such as a multi-page offset printed mailer that has new images and text that have been personalized on the basis of data mining.

    Hunkeler’s double plow book folder system that was introduced at Innovationdays 2011 and which can take input from printed reels or be positioned in-line to a webfed digital press seems to have matured with real life experience over the past two years. At the Hunkeler stand it is being demonstrated with a robot that can intelligently pick up book blocks for automating even single copy book orders. It can help in the instant and serial production and fulfillment of single orders containing multiple titles with great efficiency.

    Other interesting finishing solutions include the Fastblock lay-flat technology for pasting and binding photo books and coffee table books and a solution from Atlantic Ziesser for short monocartons using an inline rotary diecutter with a flexible magnetic die.

    There are several new digital presses at show or at least upgraded versions of earlier ones including the KBA Rotajet first shown at drupa 2012 and shown running here. Yesterday saw the global launch yesterday of the Kodak Prosper 5000XLi which contains an Intelligent Print System to monitor quality and make adjustments and enhancements on the fly.

    Xerox is showing not only its CiPress based on waterless inks but also its new Colour 8250 Production Printer. The 8250 is positioned so that its capital and running costs are lower than the iGens in order to serve direct mail and transactional markets that do not require the use of paper above 220gsm. Domino is also showing its monochrome book press at the show.

  • Muller Martini showcases new stitcher at Hunkeler Innovationdays trade fair

    Muller Martini showcased its new Presto II Digital saddle stitcher at the Hunkeler Innovationdays trade fair in Lucerne this month, producing three different print products live and without interruption stitcher.

    With high-performance inkjet digital printing establishing itself in the field of high-quality color printing too and sizes of print runs for magazines, journals and brochures continuing to fall, Muller Martini presented the Presto II Digital to trade visitors in Lucerne as a new industrial finishing solution for digitally printed products. Three different products were produced live and without interruption at Muller Martini’s trade fair stand. If necessary, covers could be fed to match a specific copy.

    Muller Martini presented a Presto II Digital line, consisting of a high-performance processing folder, two signature feeders, a cover folder feeder, a stitching machine and a three-knife trimmer, in combination with an unwinding system, a fold/merge module and a cross cutting machine from Hunkeler.

    A Lot of Expertise in a Small Space

    Paul M. Wasanga, CEO of the Kenya National Examination Council, says he is is convinced that “such inline systems are what the market needs.”

    Wasanga considers it “a highly innovative solution that saves on a lot of space.” According to the CEO of the Kenya National Examination Council in Nairobi, who visited the Hunkeler Innovationdays for the first time, the market is in need of precisely such inline systems. “Digital printing alone is not efficient enough – it requires the right finishing for the seamless completion of print products. When I see solutions like the Presto II Digital, I am convinced that there is still potential for digitally printed, saddle-stitched products.”

    There is no question that new printing technologies will be successful, according to Patrick Douglas-Meis of PDM International in Toronto, who made the trip from Canada to attend the trade fair in Lucerne: “Digital printing is growing rapidly, and anyone who isn’t focusing on it will pay for it later – and that time will come earlier than they expect.” The printing expert with many years of experience at large graphic arts businesses believes that the Hunkeler Innovationdays trade fair presented an ideal opportunity to gain an overview of the technical state of the art: “There was a lot of expertise concentrated in a small space, with many decision-makers in attendance, including from abroad.”

    “Saddle Stitching for Digital Printing Will Continue to Gain in Importance”

    That is why Petr Romanov, Chief Technologist at JSC First Model Printing House in Moscow, spent four days at the trade fair in Lucerne: “Unlike drupa, where the entire spectrum of the graphic arts industry is present, at the Hunkeler Innovationdays I specifically studied digital solutions and could take a more detailed look at various machines. Technicians from various manufacturers took their time to explain their systems in detail.”

    JSC First Model Printing House already produces digitally printed hardcover and softcover books on a SigmaLine, consisting of a SigmaFolder and SigmaCollator. The products are finished on a Diamant MC 60 bookline and a Ventura MC book sewing machine from Muller Martini as well as on an older perfect binder. “I came to Lucerne to find out about the options offered by saddle stitching for digital printing, since I’m confident that this market will continue to gain in importance.”

    Quasi Selective Binding

    Dragan Volic, Marketing Director for Print Finishing Systems at Muller Martini, feels that the trade fair has been highly successful: “I’m very satisfied with the high quality of visitors and the great interest in our solution. Muller Martini has clearly confirmed its position as market leader in the finishing of digital print products by expanding its range of digital solutions with a flexible saddle stitcher.”

    According to Adrian Mayr, “many visitors to our stand are surprised by the wide range in the number of digitally printed signatures that can be processed on the Presto II Digital without interruption”. The Muller Martini Product Manager points out that the saddle stitching systems from Muller Martini have attracted a lot of attention, in particular the individual feeding of different covers as well as the feeding of conventionally printed signatures. “With the barcode system (AsirCode), which is used to switch the signatures in and out from product to product, we virtually offered selective binding.” Many customers have also been impressed by the configuration of the saddle stitcher with two length folds. This solution, which is one of a kind on the market, enables a high net output in small sizes (A6) in two-up production.

    Visitors to the trade fair from all over the world were not only interested in the live production at Muller Martini’s stand, but also by the Connex data and process management system presented there. Connex really comes into its own if the saddle stitcher is used as a fully integrated inline solution (digital printing with finishing), as it ensures seamless interplay and optimum control of all aggregates.

  • Hunkeler Innovation Days

    The Hunkeler Innovation days will be held for the tenth time at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility. The growing internationalisation and enormous interest on the part of the supplier sector and visitors alike has prompted Hunkeler to extend this industry event from its previous four days to five days. Approximately 80 exhibitors will present their latest products in Hall 2 with its 7000 sq/m of floor space. And once again, a few of them will use the exclusive showcase of the Hunkeler Innovation Days for world premieres.

    For thousands of experts and decision-makers from around the world (more than 5000 in 2011), the Hunkeler Innovation Days have become an indispensable platform for gathering information. Visitors value the unique opportunity to meet in person with staff members from leading manufacturers of digital printing systems, with those developing software solutions as well as vendors of consumables and finishing materials. They are also able to make direct comparisons of a wide range of practical solution scenarios for transaction / transpromotional printing, print-on-demand (books and newspapers) and direct mail production.

    Integrated total solutions that address every aspect of the workflow and for every industry segment will be shown at the Hunkeler 2013 Innovation Days. Technical advances provide access to the economies and advantages of digital printing and finishing processes in an increasing number of segments and applications, including the printing of packaging. The first approaches to solving these problems started to appear at drupa 2012 in Düsseldorf, and specific solutions will be available for viewing from February 11 to 15 February, 2013, in Lucerne, Switzerland.