Konica's other news at the show was commercial availability of the bizhub PRO 1200 series of monochrome production printing systems. The bizhub PRO 1200 and 1200P (printer only) are rated for 120 ppm at 1,200 dpi, while the PRO 1051 outputs 105 ppm.
Two Must See 'ems designations, plus an encore for the Metro DP60 Pro, topped the news from MGI USA. Newly honored were its JETvarnish digital ink-jet spot UV coater, which handles digitally or offset printed substrates up to 20x29˝, and the Meteor DP20, which is suited for photo book production in one pass.
After the show, the company announced it had closed orders for 15 Meteor DP60 Pro digital color presses in Chicago. That model is now available in a Super Format configuration for printing on paper or plastic materials up to 13x47˝.
RISO announced it has entered into a partnership with Kirk-Rudy to market the KR324-R in-line envelope feeder with a top load/bottom feed architecture for continuous operation and the MICR-Mate color MICR check printing solution. Both can run in-line with RISO's cutsheet ink-jet printers, including the recently introduced ComColor series with five models offering maximum rated speeds of 90 ppm to 150 ppm.
Envelopes were also a key application in the Xanté booth, with its Ilumina Digital Envelope Press+ printing envelopes up to 13x15˝ at up to 60 full-color envelopes/minute, including window envelopes.
Agfa rolled out enhancements to its Dotrix Modular digital UV ink-jet press, including Express Print Mode for a 35 percent faster top speed, and six-color extended gamut capabilities with the addition of orange and violet inks.
It also showed upgrades to its workflow product family, including Apogee Suite 6.0 featuring dynamic preflighting based on a new Agfa-developed preflight engine.
Increasing integration at the product and business levels continues to be the big trend in the workflow, MIS and Web-to-print arena.
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- Agfa Graphics
- CGS Publishing Technologies
- DiMS! organizing print
- Eastman Kodak
- Enfocus Software
- Epson America
- FUJIFILM Graphic Systems Div.
- GMC Software Technology
- InfoPrint Solutions
- Konica Minolta Business Solutions
- MGI USA
- Océ North America, Production Printing Systems
- Presstek Inc.
- Ricoh Corp.
- Xerox Corp.
- XMPie, a Xerox Company