COLOR DIGITAL PRESSES--Decisions, Decisions . . .
The Project D is designed for printers needing a 40˝ press that can meet the demands of deadline-driven production environments, on-press digital imaging, while facilitating last-minute changes and late modifications of the job.
The Series 2 generation of Indigo presses provides printers with a wide variety of choices that include both sheetfed and web presses. The UltraStream 2000 and UltraStream 4000 are suited for commercial printing, publishing and direct mail. The UltraStream 2000 is a single-engine sheetfed press that operates at process speeds of 240 fpm, producing 2,000 four-color A3 images at 136 letter-size ppm.
"The UltraStream 2000 is a perfect fit for both smaller and larger commercial printers," remarks Merrill Clark, director of marketing for Indigo. "It feels like a press—it's more robust looking. The 2000's ability to print up to seven colors, and do duplex printing, really sets us apart from our competitors. We're very near-offset quality."
The UltraStream 2000 is available presently; the UltraStream 4000, which runs at the twice the speed as the 2000 and offers a second tower, will be available in the first half of this year.
The Publisher 4000 and Publisher 8000 webfed presses are also based on the same Series 2 technology, and will be available at the end of 2001. The 4000 prints at a rate of 4,000 four-color A3 images per hour. The 8000 prints at 8,000 four-color A3 images per hour.
MAN Roland touts its development of the first digital offset press with on-press imaging and erasing. The DICOweb offers imaging/erasing and reimaging for the next job, format versatility, platform flexibility, and prepress, press and postpress integration. The three elements that constitute the DICOweb are imaging technology, format variability and platform flexibility.
What MAN Roland calls "Image Management" technology includes three automated steps that make mechanical changeover and plates unnecessary. Data from the prepress workflow is transferred onto a form cylinder using CreoScitex SQUAREspot thermal technology to image a thermo-transfer ribbon.