Graph Expo: Sheetfed/Web Offset Printing -- Still Making Impressions
Additionally, he provided an update on the manufacturer’s growing success with its Saphira brand of consumables; Heidelberg’s efforts to expand its business and consulting services; as well as the fact that some printers recently have been ordering press parts over the Internet, which they think are original Heidelberg parts, but in fact are counterfeit. Some critical replacement parts will now be embedded with security elements.
The only other 10-color press at Graph Expo appeared in the xpedx booth, with the North American debut of the Ryobi 7510P, a 23x31? perfector with UV coating and Grafix interdeck dryers. The 15,000 sph press features a three-drum perfecting device with a double-diameter transfer drum, which allows virtually mark-free printing at high speeds and on a variety of substrates.
During the show, xpedx also talked up the new 40? Ryobi 1050 series that will be available next July in four, five or six colors, with initial maximum speeds of 16,000 sph (18,000 sph model to come). Featuring double-diameter impression and transfer cylinders, the new series also incorporates a closed-circuit camera that continuously monitors print quality and adjusts ink keys as needed. In addition, information on the new Ryobi in-line UV casting and foiling system, and energy-saving LED-UV print curing system were available. xpedx has signed national distribution agreements with postpress manufacturers C.P. Bourg and FMA.
John Torrey, vice president and general manager of xpedx Printing Technologies, also reported on the new xpedx Technology Center that will open in Cincinnati next February. It combines the company’s two print technology centers currently located in Cleveland and Lenexa, KS. The new testing center will feature prepress, press and finishing equipment from several OEMs.
Like Heidelberg and xpedx, KBA North America only showed one press in its exhibit space. A 20? Genius 52 UV waterless press, now available with a new dedicated coating unit, was demonstrated printing on paper, plastic, board and lenticular substrates each day at the show. KBA and FLEXcon also partnered to premier three unique pressure-sensitive substrates designed for use with 41? KBA Rapida 106 presses.