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April 2009
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• Hunkeler produced a single-sheet, self-mailer on its modular Variweb web finishing system equipped with the new FB 520-W fly-fold belt. Format cutting, tear-off perforation and chip-out functions were performed on the universal module—in one pass—followed by a linear fold on the new plow fold belt. A second demonstration featured the in-line application of an RFID transponder, fold-up smart card and four address labels onto a two-up, folded mailer.

• Kodak announced four new models to its Versamark VL-Series of ink-jet printing systems. Enhancements include optional speeds and resolutions, dye-based inks and MICR support. Also debuting was its new dimensional clear dry ink for the fifth imaging unit of a Kodak Nexpress, which provides a raised or 3D effect.

• An InfoPrint 5000 ink-jet printing system configured for roll-to-fold color transactional printing was equipped with Hunkeler’s FS6 folder-stacker, contact-free PEM520 web cleaning system and WI6-C duplex web inspection and color control system. The WI6-C incorporates fully integrated, dual cameras that monitor the entire web width and automatically signal for the repeat of faulty documents.

• Short-run newspapers were produced on a POPP7 line with a 26.4? web width. Integrated line and spot gluing was provided in the DC7 drum collator. A specially designed Heidelberg Stahlfolder enables large-format variable pagination newspapers (up to 24 sheets).

• HP displayed the easy changeover capabilities between book and transpromo production, including heavy paper stocks, on its rollfed HP Indigo w7200 press.

• Xerox showcased combination lines producing transpromo documents and mailers for either roll-to-roll or roll-to-sheet/stack production on Xerox 1300 monochrome and 490-CF four-color systems.

InnovationDays 2009 also served as the ceremonial passing of the torch from Chairman Franz Hunkeler to his son, Stefan Hunkeler, who become the majority shareholder January 1. According to Hunkeler AG Director of Sales Erich Hodel, the smooth transition will continue the Hunkeler family’s commitment to building the third-generation business. This includes investing more than 10 percent of sales in R&D annually.

“We also place high value in our long-term commitment to the American market and to Standard Finishing,” noted Hodel. “It’s not just a dealer/manufacturer relationship; it’s really a strategic partnership.”

—Mark Michelson



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