DRUPA 2004 -- Gearing Up for the Big Show
Esko-Graphics is focusing as much on the packaging market (which accounts for 56 percent of its business) as commercial printing (41 percent) in its run up to this Drupa. One of its key initiatives is the Scope workflow environment, which encompasses modular and extensible software tools that address applications in both industry segments. The company says it is seeking to integrate the end-to-end printing supply chain, in part through use of centralized digital asset management and Web-based project management.
Scope tools will range from desktop software extensions to specialized workstations, depending on application and user need. Components are to be based on industry standards, with PDF used as the core graphics data format. JDF capabilities are being incorporated to interconnect processes and enable centralized job management.
Lowering Barriers to Entry
On the hardware side, Esko-Graphics is extending its platesetter product line by introducing the PlateDriver Compact (four-up) and PlateDriver 6, both featuring the FreeBeam 40mW violet laser. Compact has a fixed optical resolution of 2,540 dpi, supports a 615x745mm maximum plate size and requires manual loading similar to that with a conventional contact frame. PlateDriver 6 is offered in Semi and Auto (plate loading) versions, exposes plate sizes up to 680x930mm and offers a range of resolutions up to 3,200 dpi.
As an alternative solution for the four-up market, the new DPX 4 images polyester plates in sizes up to 680x750mm. The internal-drum device features a small footprint, offers a resolution range from 1,200 to 3,000 dpi and provides fully automatic platemaking.
Scitex Vision presented a review of its current product offerings for industrial ink-jet printing applications, which will also be the theme of its stand at Drupa. The company is highlighting two drop-on-demand, piezo-electric ink-jet systems, in particular.
TURBOjet prints roll-to-sheet (64x144˝ maximum size) at resolutions up to 488 dpi and a maximum speed of 4,304 square feet per hour. The machine is designed for P.O.P., exhibition and billboard applications, says Itai Halevy, vice president and chief marketing officer. Most of its installs have been at screen printing operations, he adds.