xpedx Spotlights New Print Production Technologies, Systems Integration at GRAPH EXPO
CHICAGO—09/30/2010—Print industry professionals attending GRAPH EXPO 2010 in Chicago Oct. 3-6 will see a strong emphasis on connectivity and integration across every aspect of print production. This theme will be thoroughly explored at xpedx® booth 3200.
Dennis Killion, xpedx director of marketing, says that the technologies critical for printers to investigate at GRAPH EXPO are in two general categories: systems and equipment that reduce costs and increase efficiency—and those that help drive top-line revenue. xpedx is the nation’s largest distributor of printing equipment and supplies.
Common to both strategies, Killion says, is integration. That means linking processes “to take the touches out” of print production in ways that maximize throughput as they minimize cost and waste.
Process optimization will take center stage in the xpedx booth in Chicago’s McCormick Place. The presentation will showcase solutions in workflow, color management, proofing, wide-format output, and digital printing and finishing. With products from top industry suppliers, xpedx will highlight the power and the profitability of the digitally enabled print shop.
xpedx will demo a workflow that starts with EFI Digital StoreFront® and EFI Pace software, then connects to a KODAK PRINERGY Digital Workflow for production management, and EFI Colorproof™ XF for proofers and wide format devices. The result, says Killion, is an example of full automation that links all key steps from job input to output on a digital press.
The sequence continues after printing with the Bourg Sheet Feeder, a highly flexible sheet handling device that accepts collated output from any digital press and feeds it directly into bookletmakers, trimmers, and other near-line finishing equipment. Morgana’s DigiFold Pro and Secap’s mailing solutions, including a folder/inserter, tabber and addressing printer, will also be demonstrated.
Nearby, xpedx will demo EFI PrintSmith™ which has been integrated with the xpedx paper catalog giving print shop estimators access to real-time inventories and custom pricing.
There will also be a sample department to showcase paper and synthetic substrates optimized for digital print production, including xpedx’s Endurance Digital brand. Additional substrates will be imaged throughout the show on a wide-format inkjet device, showing the profit potential in signage, banners, and other items that can be produced with equipment and supplies readily available from xpedx.
Wide format solutions including the Epson Stylus Pro GS 6000 and the EFI VUTEk® QS220 will be demonstrated, as will the Epson Stylus Pro 7900, demonstrating state of the art in photographic ink-jet technology.
xpedx will conduct continuous briefings on G7 benchmarking, workflow integration, obtaining certification from the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), and in-plant printing services. Killion says all of the talks will be concise and give printers important, actionable information.
With more than 230 locations across North America, xpedx offers equipment, supplies and specialized services across all pre-press, on-press and post-press functions. www.xpedx.com, www.xpedxstores.com and the xpedx eBusiness team provide printers with real-time access to xpedx products as well as customer service and support. xpedx also provides detailed operations consulting to printing company owners and managers.
The xpedx Technology Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, gives print professionals a single location where they can learn about and test a variety of printing equipment and technologies. It is the only center in the U.S. featuring technology from top print industry OEMs covering all aspects of offset and digital printing. Visit www.xpedx.com/xpedxTechnologyCenter.aspx to learn more.