Destination - Duplication
For those shops looking for high-production printing units, there are a plethora of production printers on the market—and not always from vendors that might traditionally pop into mind when thinking digital printing technology.
Last month at a press conference held in New York City, Heidelberg Digital introduced a new software platform and new product accessories designed to enhance digital printing productivity and workflow. The new portfolio of Heidelberg products adds new capabilities and functionality to high-volume printing solutions using the Digimaster print engine. This includes the Canon imageRUNNER 9110, IBM Infoprint 2000 and the Digimaster 9110, offered by Heidelberg Digital and Danka.
New Heidelberg Image-Smart document mastering software employs a PDF-based workflow to enhance preflighting for document assembly, viewing, editing and proofing. Meanwhile, ImageSmart production software expands the Digimaster's functionality to offer full PDF support.
On the hardware side, a Digimaster 9110 accessory, the Heidelberg Inserter, gives users the ability to insert both pre-printed color and image-rich documents into black-and-white documents without slowing down the workflow. Also, available in the first quarter of 2001, will be the Heidelberg Imagedirect 665 production scanner, which delivers 600x600 dpi at 65 ppm.
The Heidelberg Digimaster engine enables 110 ppm black-and-white printing and employs an open architecture that is easily integrated into networks. It prints stored document or image files, scanned hard copy and date print streams. Heidelberg Digital reports it has shipped more than 1,000 Digimaster engines in its first year in the market.
With the IBM Printing Systems Infoprint 2000 multifunctional production system, users obtain up to 110 ppm printing speeds at 600 dpi resolution. The unit functions as a printer, a duplicator, or both, and has a 4,000-sheet standard feed capacity with a continuous run-while-reloading paper supply module. Grayscale Resolution Enhancement Technology (GRET) produces 64 shades of gray, resulting in crisp, clear halftones, as well as accurate reproduction of fine lines and small fonts. There are three base models available, each of which can be configured to meet the specific functional requirements of your environment.