Graph Expo Review: Digital Printing & Workflow - Inkjet Is the New Heavy Iron
Heidelberg’s booth was once again located at the entrance to the South Hall, next to Xerox, but the EFI VUTEk printer in it was the first piece of equipment attendees saw.
Agfa Graphics was just one of the many exhibitors showing wide-format printers.
Scheduled to ship next year and targeted for signage and packaging applications, the Xanté Excelagraphic 4200 inkjet system employs five Memjet thermal inkjet print heads for a 42˝ print width. It outputs 60 fpm at 1,600x800 dpi and 30 fpm at 1,600x1,600 dpi up to a 100-foot length. In the FASTechonology Group booth, Colordyne Technologies launched its CDT-1600 line of label printers developed in partnership with Memjet, capped off by the production-class model that prints a 8.69˝ width at 160 fpm and 1,600x1,200 dpi.
Like offset presses, computer-to-plate systems were conspicuous by their near absence from the show floor. Heidelberg did feature a Suprasetter A75 thermal platesetter in its booth, but Agfa Graphics had the only other significant hardware on display in the form of a couple of new plate processors. The latest developments in plates were featured by several vendors.
Turning to the specific product developments at this show, Agfa’s booth was dominated by three wide-format printers in a display of real-world inkjet applications. Making its first appearance at a commercial printing show was the Anapurna M1600—a 63˝, CMYK plus white ink UV machine that outputs a 720x1,440 dpi resolution at speeds to 500 square feet/hr.
On the CTP side, the company’s product introductions included the Azura Vi chemistry-free, violet photopolymer plate rated for up to 150,000 impressions, and the Energy Elite Pro thermal plate with a higher sensitivity. Agfa also introduced the Apogee Prepress 7.1 workflow upgrade featuing the latest version of the Adobe PDF Print Engine and preflight enhancements.
Just prior to the show, OKI Data Americas announced a national agreement with Agfa Graphics that enables the latter to sell the OKI pro510DW digital web press, which prints continuous-fed media or cut sheets in widths up to 12.9˝ at up to 30 fpm/36 ppm, respectively, with a maximum 600x1,200 dpi resolution. In its booth, OKI displayed its complete proColor series, including the pro930 printer and pro900DP envelope press.
- Adphos North America
- Agfa Graphics
- Bitstream Inc.
- Canon U.S.A.
- Eastman Kodak
- ECRM Imaging Systems
- Enfocus Inc.
- Epson America
- FUJIFILM Graphic Systems Div.
- GTI Graphic Technology
- Océ North America, Production Printing Systems
- Oki Data Americas
- Pitney Bowes
- Ricoh Corp.
- Xerox Corp.