4 surprising things at drupa 2016


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According to InfoTrend’s Jim Hamilton: “They were unexpected, showed new directions / capabilities and caught me off guard.”

Xerox/Impika KBA collaboration – with KBA’s sheet-fed division – a 40-inch sheet-fed digital printer for folding carton applications. It will be able to print 4,500 B1-format sheets per hour and has a modular design that will integrate inkjet printing with in-line options for coating, cold foil application, rotary die-cutting, creasing, and perforating.

Canon Voyager – a technology demonstration of a B2+-format, 3,000 sheet per hour, cut-sheet inkjet printer. The device is huge, which presumably is part of the intended statement. Canon’s apparent point is that the company wants to make a high-quality and productive B2+-format device using its own inkjet heads.

MGI AlphaJet – with a race-track concept paper path. Unlike anything seen in printing where straight paper paths are typically valued because of their implied reliability. In this case, having a circular paper-path allows the sheet to go around multiple times if, for example, it requires multiple hits of clear UV ink for a dimensional effect.

HP Indigo Digital Combination Printing – a technology demonstration combining an Indigo WS68000 and a UV inkjet unit developed by JetFX for a label printing application. A good example of the types of special effects/ embellishments that were all over the drupa show floor. What differentiated this tech demonstration for me was that it represented a hybrid printing example using liquid electrophotography and UV inkjet.

Read all about it here: http://blog.infotrends.com/?p=21691

Color Optimized?

by Noel Ward, Editor@Large
Color is in demand in all types of documents, making color management a critical part of Digital Printing 5.0. Managing color on one device/press can be an easy task with the correct tools and processes. But managing color to ensure printed pages are consistent and repeatable across the different substrates and color gamuts of toner and inkjet can be a much bigger challenge. Properly implemented color management workflows can help achieve consistent color results across multiple devices. Although many end-customers are claiming satisfaction with “pleasing color,” two challenges are still in play. Link to Article