Kodak Polychrome Graphics' biggest news was its pending acquisition of the graphic arts division of RealTimeImage and its RealTimeProof online proofing technology. That announcement dovetailed with KPG's plans to introduce the Matchprint Virtual Press Side proofing system at Drupa. This second-generation system provides SWOP-certified, monitor-based proofing in a mobile installation that can connect to other Matchprint Virtual Proof users via a suite of Web applications.
KPG also plans to launch its first "no process" plate, called Thermal Direct. Targeted for small- to medium-sized printers, the thermal (800-850nm) plate is said to generate no debris during imaging or on-press and is rated for 75,000 impressions. In addition, the company will introduce an entry-level CTP system based on the Screen PT-4100 platesetter and a ROOM workflow.
Finally, the KPG Color Fidelity System encompasses a set of three modules—Capture, View/Edit/Proof and Output—that users can implement based on their workflow requirements.
Dainippon Screen is embracing JDF in expanding the Trueflownet production environment. Its latest releases will include version 3.0 of the core Trueflow workflow, Ritecontrol print manager, Riteonline Web-based print ordering, Riteportal for online PDF creation, Ritetransfer for submitting files to the system and Riteapprove, a remote proofing service.
More to Come
Other introductions planned for the show include the PlateRite Micra 30mW violet platesetter with a 20.3x22.8˝ format; the high-speed, 16-page PlateRite Ultima 16000 thermal platesetter based on GLV (grating light valve) technology; and a higher productivity Plate-Rite Ultima 32000Z 32-page, thermal platesetter featuring dual GLV heads. The company also is rolling out a second-generation FM screening solution called Randot X.
On another front, Screen will demonstrate the TruePress 344 digital offset press, slated to be available in the fall. Details can be found in the "Color Copier & Digital Press" story in this issue.
Encad Inc. previewed its new Novajet 1000i large-format printer, which was due to be formally introduced at the PMA show. The printer is designed to provide greater productivity, outputting up to 150 square feet per hour with a maximum 1,200 dpi resolution. The unit's print heads are said to have three times as many nozzles and are compatible with pigment and dye inks. Speed also is enhanced by use of a dual-component (heat and air), rapid-evaporation drying system. The printer is available in 60˝ and 42˝ models.
- Albrecht Bolza-Sch