On-Demand Turns Full-Production Color
NexPress, for example, has PDF built-in, as well as the Adobe Extreme architecture. Announced by NexPress Solutions, the NexPress 2100 digital production color press houses its brains in NexStation, a digital front end that combines workflow management, press operations control and on-board diagnostics in a single station.
NexStation is intuitive, with an open architecture based on PDF that allows the NexPress 2100 to be a truly open platform that can accept virtually any digital file. The NexPress 2100 will be sold and supported though the Heidelberg sales and service organization. NexPress Solutions' cycle time for delivering NexPress 2100, from concept, development, design and manufacturing, will be less than four years. The NexPress 2100, when it comes to market, will be priced less than $350,000.
Next Level Printing
DRUPA 2000 was also the platform for the next-generation Indigo and Xeikon digital presses, as well as new devices from Xerox—and an interesting development from Barco Graphics. From the world of Benny Landa, Indigo founder, Indigo announced the new generation of ultra-high-speed digital offset color presses, both sheetfed and web varieties.
The Series 2 generation of Indigo presses, making their debut in Dusseldorf, included two sheetfed models for commercial printing, two web presses for commercial printing, publishing and direct mail applications, and three web presses designed specifically for label printing. "Indigo is bringing digital offset color printing to the heart of the commercial printing market," Landa, chairman and CEO at Indigo, stated during DRUPA 2000.
Indigo's Series 2 product family includes the sheetfed presses for commercial printing, UltraStream 2000 and UltraStream 4000; the two new web presses for commercial printing, publishing and direct mail, Publisher 4000 and Publisher 8000; and three new web presses designed specifically for label production, WebStream 100, WebStream 200 and WebStream 400.
The UltraStream 2000 sheetfed press is a single-engine press operating at a process speed of 240 fpm, producing 2,000 four-color, A3 pages per hour. The twin-engine UltraStream 4000 is twice as fast, producing four-color, A3 images at 136 letter-size pages per minute. Also for the commercial printing and publishing segments, the twin-engine Indigo Publisher 4000 web press prints at a rate of 4,000 four-color A-3 images per hour, with the four-engine Indigo Publisher 8000 web producing double that figure at 272 letter-size color pages per minute.