In spite of all the hype of new technologies, traditional sheetfed witnessed interesting developments at drupa. It could be called a period of consolidation.
All three, Heidelberg (50 new solutions) and MAN Roland (70 new solutions) and KBA Planeta, generated excitement with spates of sheetfed announcements in their respective media briefings.
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The Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 in Hall 1. This 70 x 105 cm (27.5" x 41.3") press, which is premiering at drupa has speeds up to 18,000 sph and suitable for packaging. Meanwhile the Speedmaster CD 102 series, which is being seen for the first time at drupa, the 70 x 100 cm (27.5" x 39.4") perfectors incorporate new feeder and delivery systems, an entirely new design, and several coating unit innovations.
- Speedmaster CD 102 series seen for the first time at drupa
- Double-sided dispersion coating shown live
Then there is the Speedmaster CD 74. The maximum print speed both in straight and perfecting mode is 15,000 sheets per hour. Plus there is the coating capability on the Speedmaster SM 102-10P. This solution allows the fifth and tenth printing units to be used for either printing or dispersion coating. It enables commercial printers using a ten-colour press to print either 5/5 colour or 4/4 colour with double-sided dispersion coating in a single pass. According to Heidelberg, double-sided dispersion coating gives printed products a higher-quality appearance, improves the feel of the product, lets the product dry faster, eliminates yellowing, and enhances scratch and scuff resistance.
Man Roland :
MAN Roland is one of the chief movers in Hall 6. They introduced a number of new and improved sheetfed solutions, such as : The ROLAND 900 which is the largest-format version for books, posters, package printing, and a range of other jobs in paper and board. With a maximum speed of 10,000 sph, the press offers a sheet size of 1,300 x 1,850 mm (51.1" x 72.8"). Similarly, Roland offered a newer version of the ROLAND 700. The ROLAND 700 can have up to nine printing units and has been speed-boosted to 16,000 sph in straight printing mode. Then there is the DicoWeb, which is powered by Agfa. One interesting product is the ROLAND InlineFoiler Prindor, which is a cold foil laminating system designed for use on sheetfed offset presses. It offers, quality close to that of hot foil stamping and gloss higher than that achievable with metallic inks or coatings.
- ROLAND 900, which is the largest-format version at 10,000 sph speed
- ROLAND 700 with nine printing units at 16,000 sph in straight printing mode
- ROLAND InlineFoiler Prindor, a cold foil laminating system for sheetfed offset presses.
There is a lot to see in the 37,000 sq. ft. stand in Hall 16. The KBA stall is divided into six sections themed for sheetfed, prepress/JDF, newspaper, gravure, short-run, and commercial web offset operations. Also on view are specimens of products, processes, and applications developed with a long list of industry partners. One of the most talked about press is, the Genius 52. This keyless, waterless press is scheduled for commercial availability after Graph Expo.
- Most talked Genius 52 the keyless, waterless press scheduled for commercial availability after Graph Expo
- Genius 52 can accept both CtP and analog plates
- 46 Karat & 74 Karat direct imaging, waterless sheetfed presses were on display
KBA says that the temperature controlled, ghosting-free inking units enable the press to come up to colour with only a few sheets of start-up waste. The Genius 52 is billed as offering one-person operation with a small (9 meter) press footprint. Features include automatic plate infeed; automatic blanket washing (optional); and remote adjustment of circumferential and sidelay register. The press can accept both CtP and analog plates. A variant model produced by a new KBA subsidiary, Metronic UniverSYS, has a delivery extension and a UV package for film and plastic applications including smart cards.
On display along with the Genius 52 in the "short run factory" area of the KBA stand are the 46 Karat and 74 Karat direct imaging, waterless sheetfed presses. The 74 Karat is being displayed with a coater unit that enables it to print 3D lenticular images created with software from HumanEyes, a KBA technology partner.
Besides this there were old warhorses like Rapida 74, Rapida 105 (40 inch), Rapida 162 (63 inch) and the Rapida 205 (80 inch).
Mitsubishi has made sizeable in roads in India. Their Indian partner Proteck has installed almost twice the number of sheetfed presses, which their competitors have installed in India. Mitsubishi is a 40+ year history in the printing machinery business, when it delivered its first press to the Japanese market. Today, the paper and segment of Mitsubishi, one of the several companies within the parent organisation, manufactures over 700 different products, generates $25 billion in annual revenue and has over 60,000 employees. The printing and paper machinery business represents about 5% revenue contribution to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and employs about 1,400.
- Proteck has installed almost twice the number of sheetfed presses, which their competitors have installed in India.
- Diamond 3000 TP & Diamond 3000 LX was on display with new features.
There were three zones to the Mitsubishi stall at drupa. Two presses from the Mitsubishi lineup, which were demonstrated : the Diamond 3000 TP and Diamond 3000 LX, both with new value-added features. The Diamond 3000TP, with its single-pass perfecting, has an inline aqueous coating for high value added one-pass printing. It also has a new plate changing system that enables simultaneous plate changing at all units. This means an 8-colour plate change can be completed in just over 1 minute. The Diamond 3000LX includes new automation that streamlines the process of transmitting digital data to the press, including pre-set functions, shelf-checking and removal of printed output while the press is running.
Besides the top four giants, there were sheetfed offerings from Komori, Ryobi, and old Indian favourites such as Adast, Poly. Once again, manufacturers like Sakurai were drawing huge crowds for their 5 colour sheetfed presses. It's a pity Manugraph did not display their PrintMagic, which they launched during the trade exhibition in Mumbai.
E X E C U T I V E t i t - b i t s :
Pantone unveils new Pantone Matching System at drupa :
Pantone, Inc., announced the European availability of its revised PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM, including the flagship PANTONE formula guide that revolutionised the graphic arts industry 40 years ago. Colours in the new formula guide and chips books have changed due to a shift to coated paper that is brighter and whiter, reflecting the general market trend established over the past decade. The new matte guide has a flatter finish than previous editions for greater differentiation from the coated paper. This trend has been driven by a combination of factors : designers have gained more influence over the paper that is specified for use on jobs; prices for premium grades of paper have fallen within a cost-effective range; and because of the competitive dynamics associated with globalisation and consolidation within the paper manufacturing industry.
Sappi launches Life with Print in Europe :
Fine Paper Europe is taking the opportunity at drupa to launch 'Life with Print', a new programme that promotes the efficiency and importance of print - advertising, direct mail, brochures and catalogues - in effective brand promotion. As a result Sappi presents two 'Life in Print' brochures that highlight American and European examples of the value of print in the media mix. They aim to increase the understanding among advertisers and marketing professionals of the vital role print can play in building brands.
GretagMacbeth announces the Eye-One iO at drupa 2004 :
One of the highlights of the GretagMacbeth stand in Hall 5, Stand D40 here at Drupa 2004 is the announcement of an exciting new addition to the Eye-One colour management family - the Eye-One iO. This scanning chart reader, with its revolutionary new design, brings hands-free, ease-of-use, and affordable automation to GretagMacbeth's popular, award-winning, Eye-One Pro hand-held colour measuring device. When it is available later this year, the new Eye-One iO solution will add another level of convenience to measuring colour test charts for current and future owners of the defacto industry standard Eye-One Pro device.
Heidelberg's Bernhard Schreier - drupa 2004 Is Key Indicator For Industry :
One day before the opening of drupa, the print media industry's most important trade show in Dusseldorf, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG's CEO, Bernhard Schreier, is optimistic regarding the company's expectations of the trade show : "After three years of extremely slow investment activity and a phase of consolidation in the industry, we observe improving conditions, which could lift demand for printing solutions from the current modest level." He believes that the industry has turned the corner, expecting a slightly more stable second half of the year.
For Schreier, drupa is a key indicator for the industry. He believes that the trade show can add to the industry's accelerating momentum. Whether the currently positive upwards trend proves sustainable or not depends mainly on further economic development. "drupa does not influence the economy, the economy influences drupa," emphasizes Schreier. Heidelberg expects the trade show to generate incoming orders of well over one billion Euro in the current fiscal year's first quarter.
Agfa & Esko-Graphics demonstrate Software for Packaging Workflows :
At drupa 2004, Agfa and Esko-Graphics showed the results of their close cooperation to link Esko-Graphics' Scope packaging pre-production tools with Agfa's production automation servers through PDF and JDF. Both companies strongly promote the use of industry standards to allow their customers to build multi-vendor workflow solutions. The mixed workflows clearly demonstrate the power of PDF as the preferred data carrier for graphics, also in packaging applications. In their mutual commitment to the CIP4 standards organisation, Agfa and Esko-Graphics also cooperate to drive the appropriate developments of JDF capabilities to better support packaging workflows.
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