COLOR DIGITAL PRESSES--Decisions, Decisions . . .
The TruePress V-200, a toner-based, sheetfed monochrome printer for A3-plus sheets, is capable of RIPing data and printing at 400 ppm for A4 and 200 ppm at A3. Its 12,000 pph, single-sided printing is on par with conventional sheetfed offset. For two-sided printing, it exceeds offset at 24,000 pph.
Adast America's 20x26˝, 700 DI sheetfed press is continuing its evolution, reports David McMaster, managing director. "We were the first press in the four-up format to incorporate Presstek technology. We have been delivering the press for three and a half years. It is a very proven technology when compared to everything that is out there."
The 700 DI comes equipped with Press Intelligence, Adast's press operating system, and an in-line coater. According to McMaster, it is designed for the medium-size commercial printer with some digital expertise or for the trade or service bureau with some digital expertise that's looking to add its first press.
The A.B.Dick Colour Digital Press is targeted at small- and mid-sized printers looking to buy an entry-level, four-color digital device.
The Colour Digital Press is capable of printing on multiple substrates and is ideal for on-demand, short-run work such as brochures, sell sheets and advertising. Its digital offset technology helps reduce overall production time; printers that have installed it are seeing significant savings with their digital workflow functions. Reports from A.B.Dick indicate that the quality is excellent, since the press relies on a dye-based liquid ink, not toner. The unit is also receiving high marks for front and back registration, and for allowing its users to have the flexibility to use a wide variety of substrates.