Graph Expo: Digital Printing and Workflow — Digital Shows Its Dominance

HP reported having installed some 130 units worldwide of the HP Indigo 7000 digital press since its introduction at Drupa. Yet, it still expects to sell more 5500 models because the new machine is targeted to higher end users with its faster (120 ppm) print speed, larger image size and more robust duty cycle. The company also again showed the HP Designjet L6500 (104? wide) ink-jet printer that uses low solvent HP Latex inks.

Kodak felt the introduction of the Versamark VL2000 drop-on-demand color ink-jet printing system was overshadowed by the Stream Concept Press in Germany. It is capable of printing 1,072 ppm in duplex mode. New in Chicago was a Dimensional Printing feature for the Nexpress S2500 color press that applies a special Dimensional Clear Dry Ink to give the print surface a raised effect. The manufacturer also contributed to the mini resurgence of black-and-white systems with its introduction of the 300 ppm Digimaster EX300 printer.

Another example was Konica Minolta Business Solutions releasing the bizhub PRO 2500P series, with three models ranging from 160 ppm up to 250 ppm, duplex. On the color side, it unveiled the bizhub PRO C6501/C6501P/C5501 series as replacement models, offering tighter tolerances and individual RIPing and screening of pages for consistent output at up to 65 ppm.

Presstek also displayed a bizhub PRO C6501 in keeping with the agreement the companies signed that enables it to bundle the color printer with 34DI and 52DI digital offset presses. The new UV printing option for DIs was shown for the first time in North America. In a related development, Lacrosse Litho Supply unveiled a “Click Charge” Print Management Solution that enables printers to acquire DI presses through a “pay-by-the-click” program.

Previewed at On Demand, Canon formally introduced the imagePRESS 1135/1125/1110 series monochrome printers with top speeds of 135, 125 and 110 ppm, respectively. It also rolled out the imagePRESS C1+ enhanced version of its color printer that adds application of a clear toner to the capabilities of this 14 ppm machine.

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