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Landa Explains Nanographic Press Delays

REHOVOT, ISRAEL—It's December 12…do you know where your Landa Nanographic Printing press is? Benny Landa, chairman and CEO of Landa Digital Printing, feels your pain, but he will not release any press before its time.

The Godfather of Digital Printing took to his blog earlier this week to share why the press isn't ready, 30 months after he'd promised they would "perform to perfection." Landa cited two reasons why the Nanographic presses have not yet been delivered.

"The first is that as exciting as the drupa 2012 models were, they were not exactly what the customers wanted. Folding carton converters wanted inline coating," Landa wrote. "The big touchscreen user interface, although universally loved, needed to be at the delivery station. And operators needed more convenient access to the machine’s inner workings. In short, we learned that the product needed to be completely re-engineered. And just over a year ago, we took the difficult decision to do just that, to re-engineer the product from head to toe.

"The second reason is that we had to improve print quality. Although most customers at drupa were able to appreciate the fundamentals of Nanography—the sharp dots, the ability to print-on-any-paper, etc.—print quality defects masked many of Nanography’s remarkable attributes. Eliminating these defects too turned out to be a time-consuming challenge, especially as this work had to be done in parallel to the massive machine architectural changes.

As a result, Landa wrote, it has taken more time and money than anticipated, and the company has focused its attention on getting the press technology to the level it needs to attain. The machines are now much different than the ones shown at drupa.

"If our top-of-the-line Landa S10 press then weighed 10 tons, our fully-loaded Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press with inline coating now weighs over 30 tons," he says. "That’s not just 30 tons of iron, that’s 30 tons of technology. It is a masterful piece of engineering that integrates Landa’s Nanographic Printing engine with a paper handling platform from Komori; an image inspection system with image processing from AVT; and the industry’s most powerful digital front end incorporating EFI Fiery technology.

"As for print quality, our Landa NanoInk colorants are now visibly delivering on their promise: brilliant, deep pure colors, razor-sharp text and edges, nano-thin images that replicate the gloss of any off-the-shelf paper and more."

He says development has advanced to the point where Landa Digital will begin showing full-size B1 (41˝) samples to Landa S10 clients, with the company ramping up its sales and service organization in anticipation. Beta candidates will be hosted at an event in Rehovot next March, and Landa promises to double his floor space at drupa 2016.

"There is still so much to do. We plan to be in full beta in the second half of the year. We are blessed with the most amazing team of talented, dedicated people committed to making it happen…so it will happen.

"Apart from over 1,000 man-years of blood, sweat and tears invested by our people, by drupa 2016 we and our ALTANA partners will have spent over a quarter of a billion dollars bringing Nanography to market."

Worker Suffers Serious Hand Injury in Baler

WASHINGTON, DC—An employee working at the Government Printing Office (GPO) on the 700 block of North Capitol Street was seriously injured this Tuesday when his hand got caught in a paper baler, The Washington Post reported.

The unidentified employee was taken to a hospital and was listed in critical condition after the accident, said Tim Wilson, a DC fire department spokesman.

A GPO spokesman told the newspaper that several fellow employees saw the man injure his hand and assisted him until emergency responders arrived on the scene. The GPO is investigating the incident.

Video Shows Press Install at Tap Packaging

CLEVELAND—Tap Packaging Solutions has released a time lapse video that highlights the installation of its HP Indigo 30000 in a newly constructed Tech Center at its manufacturing plant here.

The time lapse video highlights the three-week construction of the 3,000-square-foot Tech Center, as well as the three-week installation of the HP Indigo 30000, its in-line priming unit and in-line TRESU coating unit. Combined, these three major components of this press weigh more than 30,000 pounds and measure over 80 feet long. Tap is in the final stages of ramp up, with full production scheduled for early 2015.

Click on the YouTube video below to view the time lapse video:

"The employee-owners at Tap worked extremely fast and efficiently to build out the new Tech Center in just under three weeks," said J. Anthony Hyland, president and CEO of Tap Packaging Solutions. "And it was quite an impressive feat, given that the room has all new lighting, plumbing, HVAC controls, humidity controls, walls, floors, windows, air lines, refrigeration lines and more."

Tap is one of the first companies in the world to install the HP Indigo 30000, reportedly the first digital press designed specifically for folding cartons. With the purchase of this press, Tap will be able to provide personalization, innovation and new possibilities in folding carton design.

Highlighting the Indigo 30000’s features are its in-line primer, TRESU coater and 29x20" format. The in-line primer enables the press to print on nearly any off-the-shelf substrate, including plastic, metalized board and recycled board—from 8-pt to 24-pt. The TRESU coater, also in-line, allows each sheet to be coated with a full flood or spot UV or aqueous coating. And, at 29" wide—the widest of the Indigo presses—the Indigo 30000 can print nearly all folding carton applications.

Tap Packaging specializes in the design and manufacturing of folding cartons and rigid set-up boxes and currently serves the confection, cosmetic, fragrance and high-end retail markets, among others.

Learn How to Achieve Digital Efficiency and Effectiveness to Remain Competitive (Free Webinar Still Available On-Demand)

PHILADELPHIA—December 12, 2014—To effectively compete in the digital revolution requires service providers to demonstrate operational excellence, as well as offer the right services portfolio. In the "Digital Efficiency; Digital Effectiveness" Webinar recently presented by Printing Impressions and In-plant Graphics, and sponsored by Canon Solutions America, InfoTrends' Barb Pellow and Brian Dicker, president of Strahm Automation & Mailing Services in Kansas City, MO, discussed ways to achieve digital effectiveness, along with techniques for reaching end users and streamlining operations.

According to Pellow, some of the key trends InfoTrends is seeing in the digital marketplace include promotional variable data printing (VDP) as part of cross-media campaigns. VDP is also blurring with Web-to-print (remote composition) and cross-media marketing (multi-channel output and campaign management). "While VDP print volumes are still growing, VDP software sales are becoming mature and changing into a replacement (upgrade) market," said Pellow.

Other customized communications trends Pellow noted include high growth in transactional VDP solutions, freeing up business users, and rationalizing platforms and cloud deployment. "The most successful firms are making continuous investments in the right technologies in both equipment and software, and retooling their business processes, sales and marketing," she noted.

Dicker explained how Strahm retooled its business operations. Today, the 85-employee transactional document and direct mail printing firm offers imaging, lettershop, bindery and MLOCR presort services. Primary markets include the public sector, financial services and healthcare.

"Strahm produces over 2,500 jobs a day," he pointed out. "Inkjet has enabled us to go to a clean sheet with near offset quality and affordable full-color, with application appropriate color."

A long-time Canon Solutions America customer, Strahm migrated from cut-sheet to continuous-feed production seven years ago, first with an Océ 9000 and then an Océ 10000 press. Today, the company operates a high-speed Océ ColorStream 3500 inkjet press, which it installed just a few months ago. According to Dicker, the press has been ideal for handling its transactional and direct mail requirements.

The more than 300 Webinar registrants reported positive feedback. Here are just a few of the comments:

"All the information on inkjet, target markets and CAGRs was informative."

"It was helpful to learn how others are integrating the various MIS and W2P systems."

"Hearing perspectives on soft and hard cost and the positives and negatives of inkjet was beneficial."

Click here to register and watch the Webinar on-demand now.

Johnson Litho Bolsters Arsenal With Sheetfed Press

EAU CLAIRE, WI—Johnson Litho Graphics has purchased a six-color Mitsubishi 3000S sheetfed press. The 28x40˝ press with tower coater and delivery extension will take its place alongside a heatset web and a variety of sheetfed presses at Johnson Litho Graphics' facility here.

The Diamond 3000S features preset systems, remote-controlled adjustments and closed-loop color control. SimulChanger, Mitsubishi’s automated plate changing system, accurately changes all six printing plates on the press in a little more than one minute.

“The 3000S enables high-end, high-quality commercial printing applications,” said Lance Papke, president. “The ability to increase the level of service we can give while simultaneously reducing the cost of production will afford our clients greater opportunities for achieving their communication objectives.”

Johnson Litho offers full-color printing with aqueous and ultraviolet coating. In addition to folding and binding capabilities, it provides a complete range of finishing services, such as diecutting, embossing and foil stamping.

Following Earlier Investment, Ricoh Buys PTI Marketing

SOLANA BEACH, CA—Ricoh announced that it has acquired PTI Marketing Technologies, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) marketing asset management and marketing solutions provider based here. The multimillion-dollar acquisition will enable Ricoh and PTI to continue developing new marketing collateral management tools that help enterprises and commercial printers improve control of their marketing assets and workflow.
 
Ricoh feels the acquisition will provide a complete set of offerings to build, print and manage marketing assets. The PTI acquisition follows Ricoh’s investment in PTI in August 2012 and its 2013 strategic investment in Avanti Computer Systems, which complements Ricoh’s portfolio by enabling customers to streamline operations to help improve their bottom line with Avanti’s print management information system (MIS).
 
"Through our acquisition of this leading innovator in the marketing technology space, we can satisfy the growing customer demand for improved workflow and marketing asset management to further grow the value Ricoh brings to our global customers, particularly commercial printers and corporate print centers," said Ted Takahashi, senior vice president, Production Print Global Marketing Center, Ricoh Co. "It’s also mutually beneficial to our customers: it will further enable Ricoh customers to leverage PTI’s innovative platform and comprehensive marketing asset management technology, while offering PTI customers more seamless access to the broad Ricoh hardware, software and services portfolio. It’s a win-win-win."
 
PTI will continue to operate under its current name, management team and structure, at its Solana Beach, CA, headquarters and Chicago office.