Exhibitor Previews Offer Tidbits and Bytes
This year, Domino Printing Sciences (Domino Amjet) is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a supplier of ink-jet printing solutions for addressing, labeling and personalization applications. Its systems are installed in-line with presses and finishing lines.
BitJet+ is the company’s leading product line for high-speed, high-end applications. Version 4.5 will be launched in Germany and is said to be a “big step change” in the product line’s development. Automated crosstalk compensation for improved image quality is a key advance, stated Philip Easton, Domino’s product director for commercial print. Also, the 2.13˝ continuous ink-jet print head has been rotated to boost the maximum print resolution to 180 dpi and the unit’s maximum print speed has been increased by more than three-fold.
Domino’s K150 drop-on-demand (DOD) piezo ink-jet system, designed for mailing applications, is said to be completely new for Drupa. It can use UV or solvent inks, has exchangeable heads, and prints a 180 dpi resolution at up to 325 fpm.
Other planned announcements from the company include the L400 thermal ink-jet system, which reportedly runs more than 30 percent faster than existing models while producing sharper print quality, and the BaseLine off-line material handling solution, a first for the company.
Version updates and new functionality for existing products dominate the introductions planned by Dalim Software. The JDF Connectivity Package for TWiST enables the workflow solution to automatically communicate job data to compatible systems. Version 3.0 of its MiSTRAL project management/job tracking system features a new Publisher’s Production Flatplan user interface that shows true PDF images of production pages and uses AJAX technology so only the portions of a Web page that have changed need to be refreshed with real-time uploads. The company will also report on its efforts to implement the Adobe PDF Print Engine technology.
On the proofing front, the version of DiALOGUE demonstrated at Drupa will feature text extraction capability that enables users to cut/paste text from the proof into a posted comment. In addition, Dalim will offer a “technology demonstration” of the Virtual Library option for PRiNTEMPO and MiSTRAL that provides an interactive simulation of the actual printed piece. Users can turn pages in an animated, curl fashion that mimics a printed piece, and pages can reflect paper characteristics such as show through and brightness. UPM-Kymmene has signed a deal to use the technology as a selling tool to demonstrate printed results on different paper stocks.