COLOR DIGITAL PRESSES--Decisions, Decisions . . .
While NexPress has certainly garnered interest among traditional commercial printers, Payne notes the most excitement has come from printers that currently provide digital printing and, consequently, better understand what the product can do for their business.
The NexPress 2100 is expected to be commercially available in the third quarter of this year. Support will be provided through Heidelberg.
Scitex Digital Printing
Scitex Digital Printing is targeting the market in a somewhat unique way. With the introduction of the VersaMark Business Color Press, Scitex Digital is courting the direct mail, billing and statement, catalog, coupon and personal, as well as book printing segments. "We do not see ourselves as competing against a Xeikon, Indigo or NexPress," explains Jason Oliver, director of page printing systems for Scitex Digital Printing. "Our ink-jet technology enables us to run at speeds three to 10 times faster than other digital printers. We provide a very good quality unit for the direct mail printer that wants to get into four-color or multiple spot color work."
The VersaMark is capable of 100 percent variable data output in CMYK process color. With print speeds ranging up to 500 fpm, the press is designed to handle heavy-duty production, yielding more than 2,000 ppm, and with a low operational cost per page. It is completely modular and can be upgraded as a printer's needs change.
Komori plans to begin offering its "Project D" press at PRINT 01 in Chicago this September. Project D is a 40˝ sheetfed press that combines Komori's offset press expertise with CreoScitex's digital imaging technology.
The Project D press offers latest-generation, 830nm thermal heads, which are capable of simultaneous imaging no-process thermal plates at a resolution of 2,400 dpi in under four minutes. Press speed is rated at 16,000 sph performance. Its ability to image plates mounted on-press works with Komori's automation systems to ensure a fast turnaround.