PRINT 13: Production Inkjet, Wide-format Inkjet, Toner-based Digital Presses
With only two sheetfed offset presses on the show floor, digital printing vendors were the 'hot' booths at PRINT 13. Here's a sampling of some of the production inkjet, wide-format inkjet and toner-based digital presses that were highlighted for commercial print shops.
Inkjet Digital Presses
Konica Minolta Business Solutions and Komori America previewed the KM-1/IS29 23x29˝ UV color inkjet press. It combines Konica Minolta UV inkjet print head and ink technology with a new sheet transport system, cylinder configuration and sheet reversal mechanism from Komori to print cut-sheet pages at 3,300 sheets/hr. simplex, and 1,650 sheets/hr. duplex.
More than half of Xerox's booth was dedicated to production inkjet technology, including the CiPress 500 Single Engine Duplex (SED) production inkjet system. Compatible with waterless solid inks, it prints duplex jobs in a single frame at 500 or 325 fpm. Also shown was the Impika iPrint Compact, a single-engine, duplexing production inkjet system for transactional, transpromo and direct mail applications.
Canon U.S.A. offered attendees a virtual reality look at its new high-volume "Niagara" sheetfed color inkjet digital press. Featuring a patented four-color ink system (with a planned future extension of up to six stations), it will provide B3 sheetfed color inkjet printing on standard coated and uncoated offset media at speeds of up to 3,800 duplexed B3 sheets/hr. and up to 8,500 duplexed letter sheets/hr., with volumes of up to 10 million letter-size images per month.
Ricoh's InfoPrint 5000 GP platform was shown in an H configuration. The InfoPrint 5000 MP line has now been upgraded to allow for printing in I, L, U and H configurations. This also includes dual simplex printing capability so users can drive the two print engines printing separate applications, on two kinds of paper, at two different speeds. The InfoPrint 5000 GP Color now handles page lengths up to 54˝ and an extended media handling option enables paper weights up to 250 gsm.