The Deregulation Of the Digital Press
Also, Pageflex Mpower, an integrated suite of software applications from the Pageflex division of Bitstream, gives digital printing providers the ability to design and produce customized databases or Internet-driven marketing communications on-demand.
Pageflex Mpower operates as a front end to Indigo's TurboStream and UltraStream presses. It offers a very high level of functionality for heavy-duty personalization applications, such as those involving complex designs or personalization formulas, large databases and multiple clients.
New in the Xeikon product portfolio is the DCP/50-SP digital press for folding cartons and other paperboard packaging. With an obvious focus on package printing, the new Xeikon comes with a web-feeding system capable of handling up to 18-pt. paperboard, producing 630 full-color sheets per hour. The unit is ideally suited for smaller folding cartons, such as cosmetics, specialty foods, video sleeves and presentation folders.
On the variable front, Xeikon's DCP/50D and DCP/32D digital color presses support the VariScript operating system for production color variable data printing. VariScript is capable of producing 100 percent variable data at full press speeds.
The much-publicized DRUPA 2000 exhibition this May in Dusseldorf, Germany, will provide a world stage for digital printing press vendors. All current technology providers, and perhaps some new ones, will be there to show their newest offerings. DRUPA 2000 will present the shape of digital printing to come. Prepare for more deregulation, as the digital press refines.
Direct Imaging Offset Analysis:
Offset Presses That Image Plates On-board
Offer Printers Significant Advantages
By Doug Clott, North American sales and marketing director for Karat Press
For years, the conventional offset press was the only game in town. Then in 1993, the pendulum swung and the electrostatic "digital press" burst onto the scene. Since then, digital presses have carved a niche in the ultra-short-run and variable data markets with the focus on cost per page. But they don't always serve the commercial printers whose customers want offset quality and lower costs for medium run-length jobs.