On-Demand Turns Full-Production Color
Komori launched the world's first eight-page, 40˝ digital sheetfed offset press developed jointly with CreoScitex. A key feature of the Komori concept machine—Project D—is SQUARESpot from CreoScitex, used to image processless thermal plates at a resolution of 2,400 dpi in under four minutes. Komori is testing processless plates from Agfa, Kodak Polychrome Graphics and Asahi Chemical.
MAN Roland showcased DICOweb, based on MAN Roland's DICO process. The DICO process automates the changeover sequence of the press, eliminating the need for plates and making short color runs more efficient. The DICO process also employs CreoScitex SQUARESpot thermal exposure technology, which uses a proprietary light-valve technology to individually modulate more than 200 precise beams of laser light. DICOweb sports a modular platform design for short-run color digital printing.
Scitex Digital Printing demonstrated the recently launched VersaMark business color press, aimed at a broad range of applications, including direct mail, coupon and catalog printing, book publishing and statement printing. VersaMark can print 100 percent variable data in CMYK process color, while its throughput can exceed 2,000 pages per minute. Scitex wide-format printing was apparent in the Idanit Novo wide-format digital printing system, as well as the Scitex GrandJet.
Screen showed the TruePress 544, a B3-size, four-color digital press that uses on-press imaging technology to expose and develop the printing plate. Screen also introduced the TruePress 744, a four-color, B2 press—fully automated and capable of 8,000 impressions per hour, with on-press imaging. Shown for the first time in Europe was Screen's TruePress V-200, a sheetfed, toner-based, monochrome printer for A3-plus sheets, which is capable of RIPing data and printing at 400 pages per minute for A4 and 200 pages per minute at A3. Its 12,000 pages per hour (pph) single-sided printing is on par with conventional sheetfed offset. For two-sided printing, it exceeds offset at 24,000 pph.