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Media Days — Get Ready to PRINT

August 2009 By Mark Smith
Technology Editor
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Konica Minolta is still finalizing plans for previewing a next-generation bizhub PRO color engine that will either be on public display in its booth or behind a curtain for restricted viewing. The platform is reportedly targeted to the mid-range printer market, “offers a different economic model” (high speed and quality at a new price point) and is set for release in the first half of 2010. The company will also highlight its bizhub PRO C5hc color printer with high-chroma toner, the now commercially launched bizhub PRO 950 color system and the new bizhub PRO 1200/1051 monochrome series.

New from MGI Digital Graphic Technology will by a Super format printing option—13x40.15˝ or up to 47˝ long with manual feeding of materials—for its now FOGRA-certified Meteor DP60 Pro digital color press. The machine handles up to 350 gsm paper and 16-mil plastic substrates, and outputs a maximum 65 ppm at 2,400 dpi. 

The firm’s JETvarnish 20x29˝ ink-jet spot UV coating system will also have its first major showing and the Meteor DP20 photo press will be on display.

RISO introduced the third generation of its cut-sheet ink-jet printers for business documents, which features a much smaller footprint and enhancements to the Forcejet piezo ink-jet technology that are said to reduce clogging in lower-volume production environments. The new ComColor series is offered in five models with maximum rated speeds of 90 ppm to 150 ppm, and a top resolution of 300x600 dpi. An envelope feeder add-on (AR9000) is expected to be available by PRINT 09.

New configurations of its current digital offset presses will be featured by Presstek, including the 52DI-AC model with integrated aqueous coater previewed for delivery in 2010, and the UV-based versions of its 52DI and 34DI. Jeff Jacobson, chairman, president and CEO, wasn’t prepared to share details of a new plate the company hopes to introduce in Chicago, but did say printers are looking for a true chemistry-free product and the ability to see the image on the exposed plate.

Choice of Configurations

Ricoh Americas will be showcasing its Pro C900 and new Pro C900s (integrated scanner) color systems with enhanced finishing options and a choice of digital front ends (DFEs). The devices print 90 ppm at 1,200 dpi and feature Trained Customer Replacement Units. 

Also on display will be the new Ricoh Pro C550EX/C700EX (55 ppm and 70 ppm, respectively) color systems and the Pro 907/1137/1357 EX series of monochrome printers.

While not ready to reveal all of its product announcements slated for the show, EFI revealed plans to use PRINT 09 as a launching pad for Fiery upgrades, including a new-generation DFE based on Adobe PDF Print Engine 2 and incorporating image enhancement tools. Already slated for release are the Command Workstation 5 job manager, Fiery SeeQuence Suite imposition/workflow software and EFI Web Control Center color-managed file transfer software. The company’s range of wide-format printing systems, MIS solutions and the Jetrion 4000 UV ink-jet system will also be on display.

Henkel will formally launch MiraFoil coatings as an alternative to hot foil stamping and board laminating. The recyclable, UV-curable material can be applied in the coating unit of any press with suitable UV capabilities, and is said to reduce costs by eliminating production steps, cutting waste and enabling metallic effects to be printed in select areas.

Set for its North American debut, Lake Image Systems’ IntegraVision PQ is a camera-based print quality and data integrity system that can detect printing defects as small as 0.5mm, and is adaptable for verifying variable data jobs. It can scan across the complete web and also provides an audit trail. The company will also highlight solutions for implementing Intelligent Mail Barcode and ePedigree technology, the latter being a way to track pharmaceutical products throughout their life cycle.

DiMS! organizing print will launch the full release of its DiMS.NET! version, which is based on Microsoft’s .NET technology and has the look and feel of that company’s products. It is a Web-enabled platform designed to support multi-plant operations with 50 to thousands of employees. The system can be configured with a variety of modules that communicate with one another, including a new scheduling component that proposes the most efficient way to run a job and report live job updates from the production floor.

PRINT 09 will take place September 11-16 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. PI



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