On-Demand Turns Full-Production Color
Sakurai Graphic Systems has incorporated Presstek's newest version of its exclusive DI technologies into the new A2 Sakurai Oliver 474EPII DI press, launched at DRUPA 2000. The four-page press will initially be available in a four-color version with perfector and can be run either in DI or conventional mode. Five- and six-color versions will be introduced in the near future. Presstek's ProFire integrated imaging technology, also launched in Dusseldorf, and Presstek's PEARLgold thermal plates allowed Sakurai to create the new Oliver.
Presstek also bolstered the digital capabilities of Czech Republic press manufacturer Adast, as seen in the DRUPA 2000 announcement of the PAX DI, a highly automated, two-page direct imaging, waterless printing press using Presstek's internal, automated plate cylinder design. The PAX DI is compatible with a wide range of industry standard workflows and can be used in conjunction with Xerox DigiPath, which acts as a conduit for supplying jobs for hybrid document requirements.
Beyond the Presstek alliances—growing, it seems, with each conversation a Presstek product manager has with any intrigued press manufacturer—a host of new digital presses captured attention at DRUPA 2000.
Important to note, these new digital presses are not simply next-generation on-demand machines. They are new digital printing beasts entirely, signalling the end of on-demand digital printing, as the industry knew it, and the beginning of a new level of high-productivity, professional digital printing.
Thanks to technologies targeting DRUPA 2000, the digital press market, today, is now comprised of full-tilt digital color production presses, capable of instantaneous imaging on a variety of papers, textures and foils. These presses are targeting the commercial printing market—promising the performance of offset and the automation of on-demand.
Take NexPress. Now, at least in tangible concept, the industry has NexPress 2100—a high-production, digital color press from the company born of Kodak and Heidelberg. But even, perhaps, greater than the variable data NexPress is the concept that NexPress is carrying to the commercial printing industry: Full production, variable-data, color digital printing, for the true commercial printer, is the next great workflow to be conquered.