Exhibitor Previews Offer Tidbits and Bytes
Xerox will introduce an ink-jet device “when the time is right,” Blauvelt continued. “We will not duplicate ink-jet technology that is in the market today. It (our technology) will offer superior image quality on a wider array of substrates.”
The company did announce a new monochrome continuous-feed printer line, the Xerox 650/1300, that has a maximum print speed of 300 fpm or 1,308 ipm (letter-sized). Slated for second quarter availability in the U.S., it uses dry toner and flash fusing. Xerox will also be introducing a new JPEG plug-in for the Freeflow Print Server and adding a Value-Based Pricing Kit to its ProfitAccelerator offerings.
Product announcements for the packaging sector are also in the offing, the company representatives said, but details are being held for the show. They did report that the focus will be mostly around folding carton applications.
Fujifilm is aiming to strengthen both its position in the traditional offset market sector and the digital printing arena. The company’s Drupa announcements will have a bit more regional focus in so far as it has elected not to offer the Adobe PDF Print Engine-based Workflow XMF system in the U.S. and the Taskero Universe color control solution was already introduced here.
On the offset front, Brillia HD PRO-V chemistry-free violet plates will be demonstrated on its stand and are expected to be commercialized after the show, possibly as soon as sometime in July. The multi-grain, photopolymer product is said to be compatible with current platesetters (no performance penalty), have a 1-99 percent resolution at 200 lpi and handle 150,000 to 200,000 impressions. Fujifilm will also be unveiling a new Pressmax line of environmentally friendly pressroom chemistry.
Under the banner “Digital Power at Your Control,” Xerox solutions will be featured in the digital printing/POD zone of Fujifilm’s stand, and current Fujfilm Sericol and Inca Digital product offerings will be on display in the new wide-format ink-jet zone. Dominating the latter, at least physically, will be the very large Inca Onset UV ink-jet system that has a maximum 126x60˝ imaging area.