PRINT 05 Consumables & Press Accessories — All Consuming Topics
Mitsubishi Imaging expanded its ink-jet media product line with GF6, a new semi-gloss proofing paper designed to be used with Epson’s UltraChrome inks. For fine art reproduction and high-end photographic printing applications, Mitsubishi Imaging now offers Diamond Jet 100 percent cotton paper.
At the MeadWestvaco space, Executive AV (Added Versatility) and Executive DC (Die Cut) envelopes were shown for use with automated production mail and small office inserting operations. The envelopes were developed in conjunction with several U.S.- and European-based inserting manufacturers.
Meanwhile, xpedx announced an improvement to its cut-size Vector Multi-Purpose business imaging papers line. xpedx has increased the paper’s brightness to 92, up from 84, which improves print quality and readability. The company also said that it expanded the Vector line to include new laser-cut sheets, computer paper and copier tabs. These join the line’s multi-purpose, coated laser and DI coated offset papers.
Also, GBC introduced GBC Scuff-Free Film, a combination of polypropylene and an abrasion-resistant coating that protects and enhances the look of books, packages and other printed materials. GBC Scuff-Free Film is engineered to accept UV spot coating. It resists scuffing during production, shipping and handling.
As for the ink portion of the consumables equation, Superior Printing Ink unveiled its creation of a program known as Preflight to Profitability (P2P). This comprehensive new program targets operational issues such as color management, press profiling, makeready, ink estimating, waste reduction and unscheduled downtime to help optimize manufacturing workflow and productivity. P2P is tailored to a printer’s needs to create a sustainable impact on costs.
Superior Printing Ink also showcased inks for commercial and packaging printers and its products were running on the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 and other presses on the show floor. The Super-Cure system is a traditional UV ink for paper and board stocks. The hybrid system offered is Inter-Cure.