The new ICON-based CCS (Color Control System) will be shown for the first time at Drupa. It uses video-based technology to automatically locate and monitor micro-color bars to provide real-time information for use in adjusting ink keys. The system is said to reduce makeready and eliminate subjective judgment of color during press runs.
Prototype Ink-Jet System
Teaming up with Sun Chemical, Inca Digital Printers plans to show a prototype ink-jet system for single-pass, full-color printing of sheetfed corrugated materials. The system is slated to be commercially available in 2005. Packaging is often talked about as a diversification opportunity for commercial printers, and this product may offer a unique way to break into the market.
Also new on the company's stand will be the Spyder 150 color ink-jet printer for producing point-of-sale materials at up to 50 square meters per hour using UV inks. The flatbed, piezo machine offers a 40x60˝ print area and three resolution modes, from 400 to 1,000 dpi. It joins a product lineup that currently includes the larger Eagle and Columbia models.
Artwork Systems is looking to affirm its position as "The Independents" at Drupa 2004. It will feature Certified PDF technology in its ArtPro prepress and Nexus 8.0 packaging workflow solutions, which offer PDF support without flattening, a new technology for trapping and a PDF 1.4 native RIP. Innovations targeted for introduction at the show include support for imposition Runlist technology and native PDF version 1.5, as well as greater JDF integration.
In light of its recent challenges, Baldwin Technology spent a fair amount of time reviewing the current state of the organization and the letter of intent executed for its acquisition by technotrans. That agreement was subsequently terminated.
The company plans to highlight economical and environmentally responsible technology on its Drupa stand. Central to this message will be the introduction of the P3 series of PREPAC cleaning cartridges for commercial web and sheetfed printing. Designed to work with new and installed IMPACT cleaning systems, the cartridges have been re-engineered to address the use of lower grade papers and a higher content of calcium carbonate.
- Albrecht Bolza-Sch