GRAPH EXPO & CONVERTING EXPO 2004 DIGITAL PRINTING -- Solution
Other vendors providing components for the book production line included Keene Technology (splicer); Stralfors Inc. (sheeter); MBO America (MBO folder and Palamides stacker); Shuttleworth Inc. (conveyor); Muller Martini (perfect binder); and GBC (lamination). Glatfelter provided the paper.
Nipson showed two new continuous-feed printers: the VaryPress 200 (230 fpm) and 400 (410 fpm), based on magnetographic imaging with cold-flash fusing. The monochrome printing systems feature a next-generation writing head designed to offer longer life and a smaller spot size.
Color system vendors continue to fill out their product lines, as well.
Xerox Corp. unveiled the DocuColor 8000 digital color press, which outputs 80 ppm at 2,400 dpi and supports up to a maximum 12.6x19.2˝ page size. The company says that the device builds on and provides a next step up from the DocuColor 6060, which remains in the production line, and shouldn't be considered a "baby iGen3." Also introduced was the Xerox 180 highlight color system, a cut-sheet device that prints at 180 ppm in one color plus black.
LabelExpo 2004 actually served as the launching pad for HP's newest product, the HP Indigo press ws4050. It is designed to produced full-color, variable labels from roll stock up to 13˝ wide at 52.4 fpm. In the commercial print sector, the company previously introduced the HP Indigo press 5000 and 3050, both of which produce up to 4,000 pages per hour, offer an 800-dpi resolution and print in up to seven colors.
In a deal that primarily addresses the corporate data center market, Kodak Versamark and Emtex have teamed up to integrate the latter's VIP and VDE output management software with Kodak Versamark printing systems. Kodak Versamark's CS600 controller, jointly developed with EFI, remains the intended front end for the new VX500e continuous ink-jet color system targeted to graphic arts applications. It prints a 1,200 dpi equivalent resolution at more than 1,400 impressions per minute.