On-Demand Turns Full-Production Color
Xeikon addressed new digital printing directions of its own, adding to the production direction of the digital press, with the announcements of the new CSP DFE driving Xeikon's new CSP 320 D sheetfed digital color press. Xeikon's CSP 320 D features include job ticket support and job management through Xeikon's X-flow job submission tool, the generation of preview windows and automatic post-RIP impositioning.
Xeikon also used DRUPA 2000 as a launchpad and demonstration platform for the new DCP 320 D web digital color press, the DCP 500 web digital color press and the Xeikon 7000 black-and-white web digital printer for book-on-demand applications.
The DCP 320 D and DCP 500 D third-generation, digital color web presses incorporate Xeikon's One-Pass Duplex electrophotographic technology and feature web widths of 12.6˝ and 20˝, respectively. Two speed modes are offered on both systems, a standard speed mode of 10/100 ppm, respectively, and a high-speed mode of 130 ppm. These faster engines incorporate a number of developments to further increase quality, productivity, flexibility and ease of operation.
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!
Although rumors had been circulating in the weeks leading to DRUPA 2000, it was still a bit of a shocker to see Barco Graphics launch a digital color press, with an interesting name to boot—the.factory (pronounced "the-dot-factory".)
Barco's target audience with the.factory may very well be the package printing and label manufacturing market, but any printing operation interested in high-speed, variable digital color printing on everything from uncoated papers to aluminum foils to vinyl might be interested in this new development from the makers of the FastRIP and VIPLine variable data technology.
Taking their own turn at digital printing, Barco opted for drop-on-demand piezo ink-jet technology for the.factory, which sports ink-jet heads developed and supplied by British manufacturer Xaar. The press runs single pass, full process color and additional spot color printing on a single-side, continuous-feed, roll-to-roll configuration. The Barco digital press is capable of printing fully variable images at 360 dpi, using Barco's VIPLine editor to enable jobs to contain variable objects.