Digital Printing & Workflow: Exhibitors Cop an App-itude

Kodak's PRINT 09 booth featured interactive electronic displays, such as the "Pipeline of Innovation" shown here, that engaged showgoers with the medium as well as the message.

Quad/Graphics managers joined Presstek executives in their booth to celebrate the printer's installation of the new Presstek 52DI-AC press.

While he was not yet free to share many of the details, Screen (USA) President Mike Fox offered a teaser about a deal to install $25 million worth of Screen ink-jet (document and wide-format) and digital offset presses during the next six months in multiple locations of a new company being launched to provide short-run, distributed digital printing services in the United States. He also said that Trueflow SE version 7.0, which features a new imposition solution and improved integration with third-party systems, would probably be the last major upgrade of the system until the Equios/Equiosnet workflow concept is released.

Equios was introduced last year as the RIP for the Truepress Jet SX sheetfed ink-jet press. That machine, which can print on standard coated paper in up to a 20.8×29.1˝ format, was set to be launched at the JGAS show this month with orders taken just in Japan, and the U.S. introduction and order taking to follow at Graph Expo 2010.

Screen (USA) also announced a joint marketing program with Xeikon’s North American operations. The agreement enables Screen to offer some Xeikon press models in the U.S. and Xeikon to sell the Truepress Jet520 ink-jet press. At the show, Xeikon showed its 8000 model color press running with an in-line finishing setup for UV coating, lamination, super glossing, diecutting and stacking.

Presstek was able to punctuate the debut of the Presstek 52DI-AC (aqueous coater) digital offset press with a sale to Quad/Graphics. The press supports flood and spot aqueous coating on a maximum sheet size of 20.47×14.17˝ at 8,000 sph. For the first time, the company also released some details of its plans for a large-format model—the Presstek 75DI (75cm or roughly 23×29˝) with a modular tower design (up to 10 colors), set to be introduced at IPEX 2010.

Emphasizing the business side of printing doesn’t have to equate to less equipment on the show floor, but that tended to be the case in Chicago. Xerox melded the two by holding a Best-of-the-Best Contest for members of its Premier Partners Global Network and producing nine winning entries at the show.

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