Media Days — Get Ready to PRINT

GASC President Ralph Nappi opened PRINT 09 Media Days by welcoming the large group of editors and analysts.

In place of its usual PIXI Awards program and event, Xerox is instituting the Best-of-the-Best Contest for its Premier Partners, and will produce the winning, real-world customer applications in its booth. This is part of its focus on helping customers drive profits, which includes offering free, 30-minute consulting sessions that attendees can sign up for in advance of the show. On the equipment front, the company will have the high-volume Concept Color 220 color press, iGen Automated Packaging Solution and ColorQube 9200 series of solid-ink color printers on display.

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—13×40.15˝ 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 20×29˝ 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 300×600 dpi. An envelope feeder add-on (AR9000) is expected to be available by PRINT 09.

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