At IPEX 98, New Digital Technology

In other moves, Portalis, the developer of a new concept in digital print production called PressPort—which turns a digital press into a sophisticated “off-the-glass” color copier—and Xerox demonstrated a strategic alliance to market PressPort with the Xerox DocuColor 70 digital color press.

“PressPort is a breakthrough technology that can bring quality digital color replication to previously untapped markets,” reports Joe McGrath, vice president and general manager, Production Color Systems, Xerox. “Developing an alliance with Portalis to market PressPort and the DocuColor 70 will accelerate this process.”

The German Giant

Highlights of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen’s Prepress Business Unit, Heidelberg Prepress, included processless thermal technology, halftone proofs from the plate recorder, future applications of PDF and the pre-controlling of print production. There seemed to be particular interest in the enhanced Trendsetter CTP solutions the company has developed in conjunction with its Canadian joint-venture partner, Creo Products. Also, Heidelberg Prepress presented version 5.5 of Delta Technology, which promises to optimize the CIP3 workflow.

New Imagers Among Us

In the realm of imagesetters, launches of note included the Screen Katana 5040, with a maximum imaging width of 15.7˝, and Screen Katana 5055, boasting a speed of 72˝ per minute across a width of 21.6˝. ECRM’s latest launch, StingRay, will compete directly in a market previously served only by drum-based imagesetters. The StingRay line currently has two versions, StingRay 6300, with a 25˝ width, and StingRay 5200, holding a 20.5˝ width. The 6300’s width enables it to produce eight-up impositions.

New Workflow on Block

Fuji Photo Film introduced Valiano, a workflow management and tracking solution that runs under NT using Microsoft SQL server database software.

Valiano will manage and track scanning, image input, image archiving, file interpretation, business management and output. With Valiano, Fujifilm offers its version of the ever-more-critical accessible audit trail. Valiano is designed to be linked to a variety of OPI servers and to manage output to both Fujifilm imagesetters and platesetters, as well as output systems from other manufacturers.

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