COLOR DIGITAL PRESSES--Decisions, Decisions . . .
"The CSP is targeted at small-to-medium and even larger size commercial printers that want to offer high value digital printing applications," remarks Robert Barbera, vice president of the commercial print business unit for Xeikon.
"If you look at the market research, a lot of printers have to make an investment in digital printing. The CSP is a complete solution that offers the benefits of a true digital press, including full-color variable printing with an attractive, entry-level price. We see the CSP as being the door opener for commercial printers to enter the digital printing market," he says.
The DCP 320 D and DCP 500 D are third-generation designs and feature web widths of 12.6˝ and 20˝, respectively. They also incorporate Xeikon's duplex technology. Two speed modes are offered on both systems: a standard speed mode of 70/100 ppm and a higher speed mode of 130 ppm.
Printers interested in label or packaging work can take advantage of the Xeikon DCP320 S digital label printing press, as well as the DCP 500 SP paperboard packaging press.
NexPress Solutions LLC
The NexPress 2100 is a high production, digital color press targeted at the true commercial printer. NexPress, a partnership between Heidelberg and Kodak, allows the traditional commercial printer to offer 100 percent variable data and color digital printing, explains Chris Payne, chief marketing officer for NexPress.
The NexPress 2100 features an auto-perfecting engine with a blanket cylinder that produces ready-to-bind sets incorporating a variety of paper stocks. It also offers printing speeds of 2,100 A4 pages per hour. "Not only does it look like a conventional press, it also offers the robustness and reliability of a conventional offset press," Payne reports.
"If we look at the general printing market, we see a move towards shorter and shorter runs. Customers are reporting that time, not money, is now their most critical factor," he adds. "As a result, more and more commercial printers are interested in NexPress' capabilities—especially when you factor in that it can do any form of commercial printing and at quality levels similar to those from a traditional offset press," he claims.