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Issue: News in Review 2011
Chapter: Headline News August 2011

The Headline News for end July and first week August...

News for the period end July + 1 – 5 August 2011

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There is a whole raft of news for you this week due to the backlog created by my first holiday for some time, and the well-needed break it afforded. It was really great to have had the opportunity to spend some quality time with my young son for a change, before he returns to school at the beginning of next month, so you have some 77 news items to work your way through, as well as three newly added feature articles in Online Features 2011.

You will find key news below out of Heidelberg's AGM (28 July); its latest Sustainability Report for the 2010/11 financial year which focuses primarily on reducing emissions in the printing process (31 Jul); as well as its latest acquisition of CSAT GmbH, the manufacturer of electrophotographic and drop-on-demand inkjet digital presses for the packaging market (3 Aug), and today (5 Aug) of its new 'IPA-free Package', which means Heidelberg becomes the only press manufacturer to offer a fully comprehensive solution for alcohol-free printing. Needless to say there are also a host of sales and installation successes over the past week or so as well.

Sappi made the headlines with no less than two mill closures in the space of just one week: Biberist Mill in Switzerland (28 July) and Adamas Mill in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (4 Aug). You will also find Sappi's latest Results for its third financial quarter leading the news for yesterday (4 Aug). On Wednesday (3 Aug) UPM published its second quarter results, where the recently announced and concluded Myllykoski acquisition gives UPM a unique opportunity and momentum for profitability improvement (also 4 Aug).

On 28 July, we published the list of technologies and winning companies in the Printing Industries of America 2011 InterTech Technology Awards; this was followed by individual announcements from KBA North America on Sunday (31 Jul); further detailed information from the PIA on Thursday (4 Aug); and from EskoArtwork and Enfocus today.

From the local marketplace: Kemtek and HP will showcase high-value applications produced on the HP Indigo 5500 at Africa Print 2011, from 24 - 26 August, in Johannesburg (28 Jul). EFI has added the largest Print MIS/ERP provider for Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK to its portfolio (4 Aug). Thunderbolt Solutions and KBA have installed the third KBA Compacta 215 at CTP Printers in Isando, Johannesburg (4 Aug); while in today's news, two KBA Rapida 75E presses, launched at Ipex last year, have made their debut in South Africa at Pro-Print in Congella, near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Again supplied by Thunderbolt Solutions. To round off this week; Cape Town-based Digital Distributors, together with Kemtek, will unveil the revolutionary EFI Epson 7900 CTP solution at Sign Africa / Africa Print 2011, taking place from 24 to 26 August at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

A new series of knowledge sharing events in Europe, featuring seminars in Turkey, the Ukraine, Russia and Poland were announced by the PrintCity Alliance (28 Jul); while on Thursday (4 Aug), PrintCity also announced that it will sponsor the European Rotogravure Association Annual Conference in Munich in October. It has also launched a 'We love print' survey via its Website and on Twitter - but you will have to go to the PrintCity Website for the links, as I do not allow urls or Twitter links to be included in the editorial comments in the weekly News Update or Review. You will also find a whole host of announcements related to Labelexpo, which starts in Brussels on 28 September, as well as the start of those for Graph Expo, with more to follow after the weekend. Goss International will also highlight the game-changing advantages of its new variable sleeve Sunday Vpak web offset presses at Pack Expo 2011.

There are just too many superb and stunning sales and installations successes to even try to mention this week from Goss, and with multiple successes from Presstek, Heidelberg, KBA web and sheetfed, Kodak, HP Indigo and HP Scitex; also from EskoArtwork, EFI, Manroland web, QuadTech, Ricoh, Screen and more, so please scroll down carefully, so as not to miss some of the milestone achievements mentioned this past week or so.

There are also several new acquisitions, important co-operation agreements, awards, and some striking new developments - but sadly I am well overrun on my self-allocated space, so it is up to you from hereon...

That's it until next Friday. Do have a great weekend.

With my best regards,

Mike Hilton

Monday 11 July

Goss customer gains Certificate for Standardised Printing
Sing Tao News Corporation becomes the fourth publisher worldwide to achieve rigorous quality accreditation from WAN-IFRA…

Sing Tao News Corporation, a long-term Goss press user recently became the fourth publisher worldwide - and the first in Asia - to be awarded the WAN-IFRA Certificate for Standardised Printing for high-quality newspaper production.

Headquartered in Hong Kong with operations worldwide, Sing Tao operates a raft of Goss newspaper press technology. The publisher most recently invested in a new five-tower 4x2 (16-page) Uniliner press to complement production from a four-tower 4x2 Uniliner press line and a five tower 4x1 (double-width, single-circumference) Uniliner press line. These presses print acclaimed titles including market-leading flagship broadsheet Sing Tao Daily, free English newspaper The Standard, and the leading Hong Kong free newspaper Headline Daily.

The WAN-IFRA Certificate for Standardised Printing assures Sing Tao's international customers that production is on a high-level, conforming to international newspaper standards. The certification covers product and process quality benchmarking to standards including ISO 12647-1; ISO12647-3; ISO 3664; ISO 5-3; ISO 5-4; ISO 2846-2 and ISO 12635.

In order to be awarded the certification Sing Tao had to fulfil strict test criteria which included on-site auditing of the implementation of quality assurances and a variety of print tests, which were assessed for key quality indicators such as accuracy of tone value on plate; screening; tonal range; maximum black colour and the colour gamut of primary, secondary and tertiary colours.

The certificate is valid for two years after which time it may be renewed by successful repeat test prints and an on-site quality audit.

According to the specialist judging body at WAN-IFRA, for publishers looking to expand and win new business or establish a reputation built on excellence, achieving the WAN-IFRA Certificate for Standardised Printing helps to differentiate printing companies from others in the marketplace.

Peter Kirwan, Goss International vice president of Asia Pacific newspaper sales said, ‘Testing for the award is very thorough, and the certificate can only be obtained if the results of all printing tests and the audit are positive. It is a fantastic achievement for Sing Tao to become one of only four newspaper publishers worldwide to be awarded the WAN-IFRA Certificate for Standardised Printing.’

Sing Tao News Corporation Limited is a media corporation listed on the main board of Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In the past few years, the Sing Tao Group has further expanded its presence, through a number of joint ventures and strategic alliances, into the media market in mainland China. With a business network covering the major cities of China, the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia, the Group employs over 2,400 staff worldwide.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 July 2011.

Global Graphics earns Microsoft distinction
Global Graphics achieves a Microsoft Gold independent software vendor Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network…

Global Graphics Software, a leading developer of printing, PDF and electronic document software, today announced it has achieved a Gold Independent Software Vendor Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft Gold Competency, organizations must complete a rigorous set of tests to prove their level of technology expertise, have the right number of Microsoft Certified Professionals, submit customer references and demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction by participating in an annual survey.

Global Graphics Software develops innovative printing and electronic document solutions for ISVs and IHVs. It specializes in Page Description Languages, including PDF, XPS, PostScript and PCL, and has a portfolio of technologies for document viewing, editing, conversion and printing. An acknowledged expert in its field Global Graphics’ technology enables its customers to achieve the quality and performance required for their market-leading applications which include solutions from HP, Kodak, Agfa, Corel, Fuji Xerox and Quark.

Elan Lennard, director of quality assurance for Global Graphics Software said, ‘We are extremely pleased to have attained a Gold competency in the Microsoft Partner Network. It strengthens Global Graphics' ongoing relationship with Microsoft and further reinforces our successful record of developing and marketing world class print and electronic document solutions.’

‘The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to empower solution providers to succeed in today’s business environment. By achieving the prestigious Gold competency, participating companies are provided with a rich set of benefits, including increased customer visibility through branding and accessibility, training and support,’ said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, worldwide partner group at Microsoft Corp. ‘We are proud to put forth a program that provides the right resources to help a company develop the expertise customers demand in today’s competitive market and also provides the community and infrastructure that can connect them to one another, lowering costs for all parties.’

The Microsoft Gold Competency signifies to the market that a company has demonstrated the highest level of skill and achievement within a given technology specialization. All 29 Microsoft competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner’s specific technology capabilities, helping customers find solution providers quickly and easily. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the industry.

ISV/Software Competency
Through the Microsoft Independent Software Vendor (ISV)/Software competency, you can gain access to the latest technology, market opportunities, and sales and marketing resources that have been specifically created with ISVs in mind. From planning the development cycle to supporting your customers, you will have the tools and resources you need to build innovative solutions and bring them to market.

The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to equip organizations that deliver products and services based on the Microsoft platform with the training, resources and support they need to provide their customers a superior experience and outcomes.

For more about Global graphics, visit: www.globalgraphics.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 July 2011.

Two new feature articles are now online
The latest from Paul Lindström and Nessan Cleary added to our Technology Guides and Specialist Features section for you…

Simply click on the article headlines below to take you directly to these latest articles which were added to our Website for you on Friday of last week, and are the eleventh and twelfth so far this year…

Technology Guides & Specialist Features

Black is the new black
There are countless reports and surveys telling us that everyone wants to print in colour and that colour is driving the market for digital printers. So just why is there so much monochrome print being produced? By Nessan Cleary

Save time and gain quality
With more and more images entering the publishing workflow, it might be a good idea to consider one of the excellent solutions for automatic image enhancement. By Paul Lindström

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 July 2011.

Xerox launches DocuColor 808 digital press
Productivity apps, low gloss dry ink and colour accuracy add versatility to this new Xerox digital press…

Xerox Corporation's new DocuColor 8080 digital press handles jobs ranging from direct mail and calendars to booklets and collateral, opening up new ways for printers of all sizes and scope to increase business.

Core to the DocuColor 8080 are three features that offer printers a competitive edge: productivity apps, low gloss dry ink and the Automated Color Quality Suite (ACQS):

• Productivity apps simplify the most common print jobs with ready-to-use templates. Apps range from job ticketing and personalization to prepress operations, allowing printers to significantly increase the number of jobs completed daily. Each app comes with software from the FreeFlow Digital Workflow Collection and on-site support to help users reach maximum productivity fast.

• Low gloss dry ink, ideal for various marketing applications, offers a smooth, matte-like finish that accents colour images, including shadows and highlights. The ink creates the look and feel of offset - highly sought after by marketers and graphic designers - with the speed and simplicity of digital technology.

• Colour accuracy is accomplished with the ACQS, a set of tools driven by an Inline Spectrophotometer, which reads colour data inside the printer. ACQS automates colour management tasks with minimal operator involvement - allowing for more high-value, profitable applications to move quickly through the shop.

‘Our focus is to help customers produce more jobs, reduce costs and grow their business. The DocuColor 8080 was built with this in mind,’ said Eric Armour, president, Graphic Communications Business Group, Xerox Corporation. ‘Technology like the DocuColor 8080 gives printers the power to expand capabilities, meet production demands, strengthen relationships with customers and capture more revenue.’

Options customised for any print environment
Printing paper weights up to 300gsm at 80 pages per minute, the DocuColor 8080 features three different print servers - users can select the one that best matches their production environment. The networked servers, offered by Xerox, EFI Fiery and Creo, allow operators to produce consistent colour quality easily.

Print providers can boost business by producing booklets, calendars, custom covers and flip presentations with various finishing options available from Xerox, GBC and Standard Horizon.

Customers who purchase the DocuColor 8080 have access to Xerox's Profit Accelerator Business Development Portfolio to help promote and expand their digital printing businesses.

Xerox is distributed in sub-Saharan Africa by Bytes Document Solutions. For additional information, click on the Xerox banner or sponsor logo links on our Home page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 July 2011.

UPM Shotton Materials Recovery Facility opened
UPM Shotton's materials recovery facility officially inaugurated by UPM CEO Jussi Pesonen and the UK Ambassador of Finland…

UPM CEO Jussi Pesonen and the Ambassador of Finland to the United Kingdom officially opened the £17m Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at UPM’s Shotton paper mill on Friday 8 July.

The state-of-the-art facility, supported by a £1.7m investment by the Welsh Government, has the capacity to sort 270,000 of co-mingled material and has been designed to achieve the highest recovery rates in the UK of 99 per cent. In addition to a unique design, the facility has the latest sorting and screening equipment in the market. Using UPM’s technical knowledge combined with world-class installers and technology providers, the UPM MRF will output high quality materials for further reprocessing off site. 120,000 tonnes of high quality paper will be recovered for paper making at the North Wales site.

Speaking at the inauguration of the facility Jussi Pesonen, president and CEO of UPM said, ‘The MRF clearly demonstrates how integrated manufacturing can work. We are working hard to maximise reuse and minimise waste. The UPM Shotton site is a clear example of our Biofore vision and strategy in action.’ Currently, 90 per cent of UPM’s production waste is reused or recycled.

Pekka Huhtaniemi, the Finnish Ambassador to the United Kingdom said, ‘UPM has created a fantastic facility here on their Shotton site. Not only is the technology impressive but also the motivated workforce. In addition to their renewable energy power plant, UPM Shotton is a good example of Cleantech thinking.’

The facility was opened in front of 180 key suppliers and partners at a short opening ceremony on Friday 8 July. It is capable of sorting six types of plastic, as well as metals, paper and glass. The building is rated BREEAM excellent using abundant levels of natural light and recycled water.

At full operation the facility will employ 160 persons in addition to the 405 staff working for UPM Shotton site which produces 100 per cent recycled fibre newsprint. UPM is the largest manufacturer of 100 per cent recycled newsprint in the UK, recycling 640,000 tonnes.

More about UPM can be found at: www.upm.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 July 2011.

Kingston Carton orders Roland 706 LV Direct Drive
Hull-based packaging and folding carton company has ordered a six-colour Roland 700 LV + coater DirectDrive press…

Hull-based packaging and folding carton company, Kingston Carton, has confirmed it has placed an order with Manroland GB for a six-colour Roland 700 LV + coater DirectDrive press. The sale, which was confirmed during Northprint 2011, will be installed at the 94 year-old privately-owned packaging print operation this summer and will provide it with the flexibility to grow market share in the highly competitive on-demand and mirco-run sectors of the food and healthcare packaging industries.

Said Arend Buitendam, managing director, Kingston Carton, ‘With greater demand for more specialised packaging, quicker makereadies and lower print runs becoming the accepted norm in our core sectors, we needed to ensure our next press investment would enable us to continue to compete effectively in this rapidly changing market.

‘Manroland’s DirectDrive technology is extraordinary, and in all the trials we undertook it stood clearly above the competition. Today, we all know that even the smallest production enhancements make a big difference to profitability and efficiency, so, we believe the installation of such an impressive and innovative press technology like the DirectDrive is going to have a very significant, positive impact on our business. However, in addition to great technology, a packaging company also needs to be confident that it has a partner that can provide an outstanding level of service and support. We have always received this from Manroland, and it was this experience that helped make the final decision for us.’

The Roland 700 DirectDrive press is multi-tasking, multiple-award winning champion and the world’s first offset litho press with an independent electronic drive on the plate cylinder and a patented double-clutch system. This dramatically reduces make-ready times, making it perfect for printers who require short run productivity with uncompromised printing quality. The unique DirectDrive technology means plate changing can be carried out simultaneously on 2 to 12 printing units at the same time other makeready functions are being performed, offering ‘zero time’ plate changing.

The Roland 700 DirectDrive also comes with a range of Manroland’s QuickChange modules as standard, including QuickChange Job, QuickChange Color and automated ink profiling. The new 706 LV will join an impressive production lineup at Kingston Carton, which already includes a Roland HiPrint 706 LV with both UV and infra-red drying, as well as Manroland’s ColorPilot automatic on-press colour control solution.

Said John Worsley, northern sales manager, Manroland GB, ‘The Roland 700 DirectDrive now offers run lengths of up to 18,000 sph, a patented double-clutching system and simultaneous fully Automatic Plate Loading (APL®); ensuring zero time make-readies -taking make-ready time right out of the production equation. This combination printing speed and zero-time makereadies, effectively makes the DirectDrive peerless when it comes to on-demand, micro-run packaging production.

‘As part of our Secrets of Profitable Print (www.secretsofprinting.com) initiative, which we launched at the end of 2010, we have made a very concerted effort over the last few months to ensure our customers really understand the considerable benefits of our unique DirectDrive technology, and as this order clearly demonstrates, this message is starting to gain real momentum in the market.’

As part of the deal, Manroland will also be upgrading Kingston Carton’s existing Roland 700 HiPrint through its futureproof package, including converting the press to ColourMetrics, integrating a PilotPlus monitoring system and retrofitting a QuickChange clamp to the HiPrint’s coating unit. Kingston Carton has also signed up to Manroland’s Printservices ProServ maintenance contract including TelePresence, its 24/7 Internet-based remote diagnosis system and will be supplied with pressroom products from the manufacturer’s Printcom division.

Concluded Norman Revill, managing director, Manroland GB, ‘This is a fantastic announcement to make on the back of a successful Northprint exhibition and it’s very exciting to have now sold our first DirectDrive press in the UK packaging sector. Like all sectors of the print industry, packaging is experiencing the twin demands for lower, more cost effective run lengths and faster, more efficient productivity. This is exactly what our DirectDrive technology has been designed to achieve, and I’m sure it will enable Kingston Carton to increase its business in these competitive sectors, confident in the knowledge that it has a printing technology that can support even the most ambitious growth plans.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 July 2011.

HP Designjet L25500 helps to create an art gallery
Work of Art: HP Latex Technology enables Creativ Werbung to reap the benefits of fine art reproduction (En/De)…

Creativ Werbung is a German company with headquarters in Kaiserslautern. It has set itself the goal of taking an innovative approach to providing customers with unique printing solutions in the large format sector. The business was established in 1989, has seven employees and offers full service, from consulting all the way to printing and installation.

Right: Andy Tecles, general manager, Creativ Werbung

Below: With the help of HP's latex printers, Tecles has turned his passion for art into a career and now sells products that he has designed himself, as well as works by other artists in the form of art reproductions.

With its two HP Designjet L25500 printers, as well as an HP Designjet Z6100 Printer and HP Designjet 10000s printer, Creativ Werbung is able to meet a wide variety of customer needs, using a range of media that includes banners, films, paper, textiles and wallpaper. These customers include several regional and national clients in the furniture, financial services, telecommunications and trade show industries.

Among Creativ Werbung's specialities are signs, vehicle wraps, backlit posters, trade show signs and art reproductions, the latter being one business model the company has taken up with great enthusiasm, supported in part by latex technology.

Creativ Werbung reproduziert Kunstwerke mit HP Latex Technologie

HP Designjet L25500 Printer spielt eine zentrale Rolle bei der Erstellung einer Kunstgalerie…

Creativ Werbung ist ein deutsches Unternehmen mit Sitz in Kaiserslautern, dass es zu seinem Ziel gemacht hat, individuelle Drucklösungen im Großformatbereich auf innovative Art und Weise anzubieten. Die Firma wurde 1989 gegründet, hat sieben Mitarbeiter und bietet ein Komplettangebot an - von der Beratung über den Druck bis hin zur Montage.

Mit den beiden zur Firmenausrüstung gehörenden HP Designjet L25500 Printern, dem HP Designjet Z6100 und HP Designjet 10000s Printer kann Creativ Werbung den unterschiedlichsten Wünschen seiner Kunden gerecht werden. Einige der regionalen aber auch nationalen Kunden kommen aus der Möbelindustrie, aus dem Finanzsektor, der Telekommunikationsindustrie und dem Messebereich. Zu den verwendeten Materialien gehören Banner, Folien, Papier, Stoff oder Tapete - die Firma arbeitet auch mit HP Medien (z.B. HP Canvas Medien).

Zu den Spezialgebieten von Creativ Werbung zählen Schilder, FahrzeugWerbungen, Citylight-Poster (von hinten beleuchtete Plakate), Messebeschilderungen sowie Kunstreproduktionen - letzteres ist ein Businessmodell, das die Firma mit großer Begeisterung und unter anderem mit Hilfe der Latex-Technologie ins Leben gerufen hat.

Verblüffend echt: Eine Kunstgalerie erstellt mit HP Großformatdruckern und der Latex - Technologie
‘Wir verwenden nur Großformatdrucker und drucken schon seit Jahren ausschließlich mit HP - Druckern. Als wir 2010 den ersten L25500 Latexdrucker installiert haben, waren wir direkt von der hervorragenden Druckqualität beeindruckt, so dass wir uns im gleichen Jahr für einen zweiten L25500 Drucker entschieden haben’ sagte Andy Tecles, Geschäftsführer, Creativ Werbung.

Andy Tecles hatte schon immer eine Neigung zu Kunst. Mit Hilfe der Latexdrucker hat er sein Hobby zum Beruf gemacht und bietet nun sowohl selbst entworfene Kreationen als auch Werke anderer Künstler in Form von Kunstreproduktionen zum Verkauf an. ‘Die Latex-Drucker sind ideal für diese Businessidee im FineArtPrint-Bereich. ‘Die Drucke sind hochauflösend und lassen Reproduktionen ausdrucksstark und verblüffend echt erscheinen. Letztendlich lassen sich die Werke kaum von dem Original unterscheiden. Unsere Käufer sind dermaßen überrascht darüber. Zwei Drucker zu besitzen, gibt uns zudem eine größere Produktionssicherheit.’

Die Räumlichkeiten des Unternehmens Creativ Werbung bestehen aus einem Showroom und einer Produktionsfläche von 500m_ und einer 200m2 großen Kunstgalerie, die mittlerweile über 260 Bilder umfasst. ‘Kunden kommen herein und sehen direkt, welche Möglichkeiten die Latex - Technologie bietet, ‘ erklärte Andy Tecles. ‘Die Kunstgalerie mit ihrer großen Auswahl an Kunstreproduktionen zeigt, wie vielfältig und ausdrucksstark Latexdrucke sind.’

Creativ Werbung konnte sogar einige nationale und internationale Künstler für die Kunstreproduktionsidee begeistern. ‘Es passiert nicht selten, dass Künstler mit einer DVD in unser Geschäft kommen und nach einer Reproduktion ihrer Kunstwerke fragen. Diesen Service können wir natürlich direkt in-house anbieten und seit Frühjahr 2011auch online.’

Drucke kommen trocken und sofort einsatzbereit aus dem Drucker. Es werden keine besonderen Abluftsysteme(2) oder externe Trockner benötigt, was wiederum zu niedrigeren Stromkosten führt und Trocknungszeiten obsolet macht. Auch dies ist laut Andy Tecles ein Vorteil für Creativ Werbung, denn die sofort trockenen Drucke verkürzen eindeutig Liefer- und Installationszeiten und verschaffen den Endanwendern einen Wettbewerbsvorteil. Creativ Werbung investierte nicht nur in die HP Latex-Drucktechnologie wegen der hervorragenden Druckqualität aber auch wegen der guten Eigenschaften der wasserbasierten HP Latextinten.

Die beiden Latexdrucker mit den Tinten auf Wasserbasis können nämlich für verschiedenste Erzeugnisse im Außen- und Innenbereich eingesetzt werden. Creativ Werbung schätzt die Haltbarkeit der Drucke, deren Kratz-, Wisch- und Wasserfestigkeit mit der von lösungsmittelhaltigen und lösungsmittelarmen Tinten vergleichbar ist.(3)

Kunstwerke und andere Druckerzeugnisee nun auch erhältlich online
Die Nachfrage nach den Kunstprodukten war so groß, dass Creativ Werbung seine Businessidee nun auch online anbietet. ‘Heutzutage muss alles schnell gehen und über das Internet bestellen, ist natürlich sehr bequem für unsere Käufer.’ Auf der Webseite www.creativ-online.de können Kunden ihr Kunstwerk auswählen und mit nur ein paar Klicks bestellen. Dies gilt auch für andere Produkte aus dem Portfolio des Unternehmens.

Umsatzsteigerung, Rentabilität und verbesserte Arbeitsumgebung
‘Dem Einsatz der Latex-Technologie haben wir zu verdanken, dass wir unseren Umsatz steigern konnten. Die Rentabilität der beiden Latexdrucker ist sehr hoch. Ein weiterer Grund, der für die Latex-Technologie spricht, ist sicher die Tatsache, dass wir nun eine verbesserte Arbeitsumgebung schaffen können,’ erklärte Andy Tecles. ‘Wir hoffen, dass wir nun auch einen Wettbewerbsvorteil mit geruchsfreien Ausdrucken(1) haben.’ So hofft Creativ Werbung, zukünftig zunehmend auch solche Unternehmen anzusprechen, in denen geruchsneutrale Drucke(1) eine große Rolle spielen.

(1) Drucker, die HP Latextinten einsetzen, verwenden ein internes Heizsystem, um die Latex-Polymer-Schicht zu trocknen und auszuhärten. Einige Bedruckstoffe können Eigengeruch aufweisen.
(2) Bei Verwendung von HP Latex-Tinten ist zur Einhaltung der U.S. OSHA Anforderungen hinsichtlich der Grenzwerte für die berufsbedingte Exposition und flüchtige organische Verbindungen keine spezielle Belüftung erforderlich. Die Installation von Belüftungsgeräten liegt im Ermessen des Kunden - seitens HP liegen keine speziellen Empfehlungen vor. Kunden sollten die gesetzlichen Anforderungen und Bestimmungen berücksichtigen.
(3) Schätzwerte für die Haltbarkeit sowie die Kratz-, Wisch- und Wasserfestigkeit HP Bildern ermittelt durch HP Image Permanence Lab. Haltbarkeit bei Einsatz im Freien geprüft gemäß SAE J2527 mit HP Latextinten, lösungsmittelarmen und umweltschonenden lösungsmittelhaltigen Tinten auf verschiedensten Medien einschließlich HP Medien; bei vertikaler Ausrichtung unter simulierten nominellen Bedingungen für den Außenbereich mit extremen klimatischen Bedingungen, einschließlich direkter Sonneneinstrahlung und hoher Feuchtigkeit; bei Änderung der Umgebungsbedingungen können sich andere Werte ergeben. Die Kratz-, Wisch- und Wasserfestigkeit wurde unter Verwendung von HP Latextinten, lösungsmittelarmen und umweltschonenden lösungsmittelhaltigen Tinten auf verschiedensten HP Medien geprüft; die Wasserfestigkeit ist beim Druck auf wasserfesten Bedruckstoffen vergleichbar. Vergleich der Lichtbeständigkeit mit Laminierung bei Latextinten/lösungsmittelarmen Tinten unter Verwendung von Neschen Solvoprint Performance Clear 80 Laminat; Vergleich bei Latextinten/umweltschonenden lösungsmittelhaltigen Tinten mit Laminierung unter Verwendung von GBC 1,1mm Heißlaminat klar glänzend. Die Ergebnisse können je nach Beschaffenheit des jeweiligen Druckmediums und dem angewendeten Kratzprüfverfahren variieren.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter www.hp.com/go/supplies/printpermanence.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 July 2011.

Flexograf helps flexo printers compete using Flexcel NX
Italian prepress trade service provider Flexograf's customers now rival gravure and litho results with Kodak Flexcel NX technology…

Print service provider Imball Center is using Kodak Flexcel NX Digital Flexographic Plates produced by Flexograf to deliver outstanding print quality in food packaging applications.

Italian prepress service provider Flexograf is helping flexo printers compete with gravure and litho after investing in the Kodak Flexcel NX Flexographic System. The company began using the Kodak Thermoflex platesetter to make digital flexo plates six years ago, and in September 2010 it upgraded to the latest technology, the Flexcel NX System, which has enabled their customers to enhance production and significantly improve print quality.

Headquartered in Sesto Fiorentino, Flexograf employs 20 people and has been involved in flexographic prepress since 1966. Much of the company's success can be attributed to its commitment to innovation and modernization, an ethos that has ensured it has remained competitive.

‘Using the Flexcel NX System process for plate production has enabled us to make big strides forward in terms of efficiency and exceptional plate quality,’ explains Alberto Bramanti, Flexograf's CEO. ‘Once the graphic design is finalized, Kodak's technology ensures excellent repeatability and predictability of the printed result on any media.’

Job-to-job print consistency
A crucial aspect of the Flexcel NX System is the lamination step, where direct contact between the imaging layer and the plate prevents contact with the air and protects against oxidation. The result is stable, full-amplitude, flat-top dots on the plate.

Alberto Bramanti believes the technology is a big step forward: ‘We chose the system to help differentiate ourselves from the competition and provide our customers with something truly novel.’

‘Jobs can be repeated with consistent print quality, from one print run to the next. The flat-top dots are more durable in printing and during cleaning.

Bramanti has also been impressed by the imaging system with Kodak SquareSpot Imaging Technology, ‘The system ensures dot uniformity and tonal stability of the screens, giving us high line screens. Our print customers particularly appreciate the reliability and consistency of the Flexcel NX Plates' quality, even on very long print runs.’

Flexcel NX Plates offer a wider tone range than conventional digital plates, with higher density and brighter lights, and no shifts in tone. And the ability to have high-density prints while preserving subtle gradations allows a wider colour gamut and simplifies prepress processing.

‘In the past, we used to evaluate using special colours to support four-colour printing-reds, greens, blues, or splitting black plates into line and tone work or using two white plates to reach the desired coverage,’ says Bramanti ‘In addition to the processing time, this required adding variables to the system, which certainly didn't help the repeatability and predictability of the final result.

‘Today, everything is much simpler. And when we come across a special colour, we tend to ask if we can print it in the basic four colours. Our customers immediately noticed the impact of printing with fewer plates while at the same time increasing the quality of the finished product.’

The excellent quality guaranteed by the Flexcel NX System meant that Flexograf could compete on applications traditionally dominated by gravure printing, such as those in the food sector. Bramanti continues: ‘We're beginning to get the message across to flexo printers that things have changed-with this technology they no longer have to accept poor print quality and can set the bar higher than they thought possible.’

Producing top-quality flexible packaging
Imball Center is one of Flexograf's long-standing customers. The print service provider, which specializes in producing flexible packaging for the global food and medical markets, is already enjoying the benefits of Kodak's technology.

Handling mostly flexographic printing, with two plants for eight-colour flexo printing, Imball Center is renowned for its high quality standards and its use of cutting-edge technologies. The company's philosophy is to increase efficiency and reduce waste, not only to minimize costs, but also to limit the company's environmental impact. Using Flexcel NX Plates fits perfectly with this philosophy, as they enable rapid start-ups, reduced waste and less rework thanks to a longer life. And being able to use the four basic colours to print jobs that previously required seven or eight colours means significant cost savings.

Gianluca Dattili, Imball Center's technical manager, is pleased with the results obtained with the Kodak Plates, ‘The plates produced by Flexograf using the Flexcel NX System have helped us increase quality when printing thermal envelopes and films for food packaging. For example, we have printed images with screens up to 70 lines/cm (175 lpi), using only the four basic colours, plus white.

‘Our customers are beginning to realise that flexo quality is fast approaching gravure printing, and can see that they're now able to reduce the number of print colours while at the same time increasing image quality. The benefits for customers are clear - we're helping them to reduce their start-up costs, save time and improve the quality of reprints.’

Promising growth prospects
Flexograf and Imball Center are optimistic about the future of flexography. Bramanti added, ‘Our investment in the Flexcel NX System is paying off and has a key role to play in our future growth. Kodak's technology will help flexo lose its reputation as a poor man's printing technology, and could even make inroads into the gravure printing market.’

Growth of flexographic printing is assured for Flexograf, proof being the fact that they have ordered the Wide version of the Flexcel NX System, which gives a maximum plate size of 1,067 x 1,524mm.

Dattili concluded, ‘There is still plenty of room for development, because Kodak's technology is suitable for all kinds of applications. In the food industry especially, many people use gravure because they lack confidence in flexo. But with the advances Kodak has made, it's clear that flexo is catching up fast. Its flexibility, quality and the ability to handle smaller quantities make it a viable alternative to gravure printing.’

Kodak is a global advisor and provider of integrated services to help companies transform and optimise their businesses. Through a network of service professionals in 120+ countries, Kodak provides technical, professional, consulting and managed services to enable customers to focus on growing their businesses, maximize productivity, and more effectively manage risks. All Kodak products and software are backed by Kodak Service and Support.

To learn more, visit: www.graphics.kodak.com. In Southern Africa, consult Antalis South Africa’s Graphics division.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 July 2011.

HP Upgrade Package for HP Scitex XP2300
New billboard modes; plus HP Scitex Print Care tools and services to boost versatility, productivity and uptime…

HP has introduced a new upgrade package for the HP Scitex XP2300 printer that allows print service providers (PSPs) to confidently print on a range of media and reduce downtime with the ability to print a variety of applications with one set of inks.

Designed for high-volume PSPs interested in a UV-curable alternative to solvent ink printing, the HP Scitex XP2300 Printer now offers new billboard print modes for printing directly on inexpensive banner materials,(1) which could previously be used only with solvent technologies. With these print modes, designed for HP Speciality Billboard Scitex Inks, customers can achieve a glossy or matte finish using one ink and reduce the time spent switching inks between print jobs. Customers who install the upgrade also begin receiving support through HP Scitex Print Care, a set of tools and services that anticipate technical issues, enable remote diagnosis and provide performance information.(2)

‘Since introducing the HP Scitex XP2300 Printer, we have been working closely with our customers to identify the features that would enable them to move more jobs from their solvent devices to this proven, UV-curable platform,’ said Yariv Avisar, vice president and general manager, Scitex Large-format Solutions, HP. ‘The upgrade package allows our customers to create a competitive advantage with more a productive, cost-effective UV solution that also reduces the impact of printing on the environment.’

HP Scitex XP2300 Printer owners that want improved versatility and productivity with the benefits of HP Scitex Print Care can seamlessly upgrade with the HP Scitex XP2300 Upgrade Package, available worldwide on 15 September.(3)

More information about HP's sign and display printing solutions is available at: www.hp.com/go/scitex, through the HP Graphic Arts Twitter feed and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts.

(1) For further information on compatible media substrates, please visit http://www.hp.com.
(2) HP Scitex Print Care is also available with the HP Scitex LX600, LX800, FB500, TJ Series and FB7500 Printer.
(3) Availability date may vary by region and is subject to change.
(Click on the image to download the 300dpi version)

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 July 2011.

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 July

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG AGM for 2010
Heidelberg's Annual General Meeting for the Financial Year 2010/11 has agreed all items on the agenda with a clear majority…

AGM appointed Lone Fønss Schrøder and Herbert Meyer to the Supervisory Board
•Heidelberg Supervisory Board elects Robert J Koehler to succeed Mark Wössner as chairman of the supervisory board

Around 2,000 shareholders today participated in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) for financial year 2010/11, which was held at the Congress Centre Rosengarten in Mannheim. Approximately 48 per cent of the company's share capital was represented at the meeting.

The Management Board discussed the company's strategy and the balance sheet for the past financial year (1 April, 2010 to 31 March, 2011).

Top right: Bernhard Schreier, CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, at the Annual General Meeting for the FY 2010/11 at the Mannheim-based Congress Centre Rosengarten.

Below: Robert J Koehler has been appointed chairman of the supervisory board by the Heidelberg supervisory board.

Approval from the company's shareholders was needed for six of the seven items on the AGM's agenda. The main issues concerned the appointment of two new members to the supervisory board and a change to the Articles of Association. Shareholders also voted on a further four resolutions.

On the occasion of the appointment of two new members to the supervisory board, a vast majority of those eligible to vote approved the proposed candidates. Consequently, Lone Fønss Schrøder (51) and Dr. Herbert Meyer (64) will sit on the supervisory board until 2016.

Lone Fønss Schrøder from Copenhagen, Denmark, is a non-executive member of administrative bodies for several non-German companies, including Volvo Personvagnar AB, Sweden, and NKT Holding AB, Denmark.

Dr. Herbert Meyer, originally from Eckernförde in northern Germany, was president of the Berlin-based Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel (FREP) until June 30, 2011. Prior to that, he had been the CFO at Heidelberg for 12 years and held senior positions in other international companies. Dr. Meyer is also a member of the supervisory board of Demag Cranes AG and Webasto AG.

As planned, Dr. Mark Wössner (72) stood down as a member of the supervisory board for reasons of age and relinquished his mandate as chairman of the supervisory board at the end of the AGM. Dr. Werner Brandt (57), member of the management board at SAP AG, Walldorf, also stepped down as a member of the supervisory board at the end of the AGM at his own request.

During the constituent meeting of the supervisory board that took place after the AGM, Robert J Koehler (62), chairman of the management board of SGL Carbon SE, Wiesbaden, was elected as the new chairman of the Heidelberg supervisory board. Koehler has been a member of the Heidelberg supervisory board since 2003.

‘We are pleased to welcome Lone Fønss Schrøder and Herbert Meyer to our supervisory board as experienced senior executives. Their extensive experience and specialist know-how will be of great value to us,’ said Bernhard Schreier, CEO of Heidelberg. ‘In his role as chairman of the supervisory board, Mark Wössner has supported Heidelberg through many years and difficult times and shown great commitment and passion. I would like to thank him sincerely on behalf of everyone who works at Heidelberg. We would also like to thank Werner Brandt for the valuable support and co-operation he has brought to our supervisory board over the past years.’

The Annual Report and Agenda for the Annual General Meeting can also be downloaded from: www.heidelberg.com, or click on the Heidelberg button to the left of this page.

The scheduled publication date for the financial statements for the first quarter of 2011/12 is 9 August, 2011.

© Graphic Repro on-line, 28 July 2011.

Kemtek to demonstrate HP Indigo 5500 at Africa Print
HP to showcase high-value applications produced on the HP Indigo 5500 at Africa Print 2011, from 24 - 26 August, Johannesburg…

HP and Kemtek have announced that the capabilities of the HP Indigo press 5500 (pictured right) will be demonstrated live on the Kemtek Imaging Systems stand at Africa Print 2011, to be held from 24 - 26 August, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

The HP Indigo press 5500 will be producing high-value, on-demand printed products, such as personalised marketing collateral and photobooks, giving visitors to Africa Print 2011 the opportunity to see the many high-quality applications achievable with HP Indigo technology, as well as the numerous production benefits of digital printing.

‘HP Indigo presses are designed to give print service providers [PSPs] the best possible competitive advantage in this challenging marketplace,’ said Kim Rehbock, business development manager, South Africa, HP Indigo. ‘The HP Indigo press 5500 is a perfect example of this - enabling PSPs to deliver the most innovative, high-quality products, cost-effective short runs and greater levels of productivity. All these factors are key to securing profitability and business success, and Africa Print 2011 provides us with the ideal platform to demonstrate the ways in which businesses can thrive with our technology.’

Capable of printing 68ppm full-colour and 272ppm monochrome in one pass, regardless of media type or thickness, the HP Indigo 5500 enables high levels of productivity, helping PSPs meet customer deadlines and run efficient and streamlined operations. With a wide colour gamut of up to seven colours, including white, and utilising HP Electroink liquid ink technology, Pantone emulation and the spot colour capabilities of the HP Indigo press 5500, PSPs can achieve consistently high-quality prints.

In addition, the ability to print on a wide-range of substrates as standard, or enhance this flexibility further to print on transparent, metallic and coloured media with the HP Indigo White Ink option kit, provides HP Indigo PSPs with extensive possibilities to enhance their product portfolios.

‘The many profitable solutions made possible by the HP Indigo press 5500 include premium quality consumer products, such as photobooks, personalised greeting cards and calendars, as well as creative and clever B2B and B2C applications, like targeted direct mail, company brochures with variable content and transpromotional marketing materials. No matter who your existing customers are, you'll find new ways to enhance your product offering and inspiration for avenues into new market sectors when you see the HP Indigo technology on show at Africa Print 2011,’ concluded Rehbock.

Other presses in the HP Indigo range and available through Kemtek Imaging Systems include: the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press, capable of 120 full colour pages per minute; the HP Indigo press ws4500 and the HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press for label, shrink sleeve, flexible packaging and folding carton production; and the HP Indigo W7200 Digital Press for high-volume publication, direct mail and transpromotional applications.

Kemtek Imaging Systems is a comprehensive supplier of raw materials and equipment to the printing industry in Southern Africa. Kemtek has five branches throughout South Africa, as well as an Export Department reaching into Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

For more information on Kemtek Imaging Systems please contact Gavin van Rensburg at: gavinvr@kemtek.co.za or call (+27) 011 624 8000.

More information about HP is available at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts or follow HP on www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts. You can also click on the HP or Kemtek banners or sponsor logo button links on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 July 2011.

InterTech Technology Awards winners for 2011
Printing Industries of America Announces the 2011 InterTech Technology Award recipients…

Pittsburgh, PA, 27 July, 2011 - Printing Industries of America has announced the recipients of the 2011 InterTech Technology Awards. The technologies receiving this prestigious award have been judged as truly innovative and expected to have a major impact on the graphic communications industry.

The independent panel of judges deliberated over technology nominations ranging from plates and digital printing to a variety of production and management software. Great strides in technology were demonstrated in packaging software, inkjet printing, workflow automation, offset press efficiency, UV curing, and variable-data printing.

Eight innovative technologies were selected to receive the award.

The 2011 InterTech Technology Award recipients are:
(Listed alphabetically by company, with the technology named first)

Enfocus Switch

KBA Flying JobChange
KBA North America, Inc.

Komori H-UV Drying and Curing System
Komori America Corporation

Manroland autoprint APL
Manroland, Inc.

Memjet Technologies

PDF/VT (ISO 16612-2)
NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies*
*NPES coordinates U.S. representation to the ISO technical committee on graphic technology.

Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves

TrueJet Digital Coated Papers
NewPage Corporation

The InterTech stars, recognised as the symbol of technological innovation and excellence, will be presented before an audience of industry leaders during the 2011 Printing Industries of America Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Gala, 11 September in Chicago, Illinois.

A technology review booklet showcasing all of the entries will be produced and distributed this autumn at Graph Expo and in an issue of Printing Industries of America The Magazine. The booklet will also be available at: www.printing.org/InterTech.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 July 2011.

Ricoh secures number one spot in production printing
Ricoh Europe secures the number one spot in colour production printers just three years after stating it will lead in the market…

London, 27 July 2011 – Ricoh Europe has secured the number one spot in colour production printers just three years after stating its intent to lead in the market. The recently published figures from Infosource for production devices / colour press cut sheet, for Western Europe, show that Ricoh’s share of the market in Q1 2011 leaped from 22.2 per cent to 33.1 per cent.[1]

‘Print service providers in the commercial and corporate sectors have confirmed Ricoh as their brand of choice,’ said Stephen Palmer, production print director, Ricoh UK. ‘The Ricoh Pro C900, combined with our service ethic and Ricoh Business Driver Programme, proved to be an ideal asset in the print room. The launch of the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition (pictured) has further accelerated sales, especially within the commercial printing sector.’

The Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition is also now distributed by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen in North America, Germany, the United Kingdom and Asia, with other geographic areas destined to follow between now and Drupa 2012 in Düsseldorf, which takes place from 3 – 16 May 2012.

Ricoh customer, Thomas Wiesinger, managing director of Wiesinger Media, operates six print shops in Germany said, ‘We chose the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition for its great quality, productivity and excellent registration performance. Competitive pricing and Ricoh’s customer-centric approach helped seal the deal,’ he added.

Peter Verhoeven, general manager Prepress4You is based in The Netherlands and is also the owner of a Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition said, ‘Ricoh has a thorough knowledge of the industry and immediately had faith in our plans. That creates a bond. When we saw the new system for the first time earlier this year, we were immediately hooked. It measures up to the much larger systems in terms of speed and quality, but it is much more cost effective.’

Steve Taylor, managing director of UK commercial printing operation Wincanton Print, added, ‘The quality and stability of the colour output of the Ricoh Pro C901 is exceptional. We are feeding a lot of offset substrates through and it handles them all well. Clients love it too, and it is opening up new doors of opportunity with them.’

Former offset only firm Ripping Image, London, works in demanding colour environments such as fine arts, and its director Pete Cooper, said, ‘Absolute colour quality was our number one priority. Our reputation for great colour is important to us. So before investing in digital production colour for the first time, we examined all the main players' products but none could match the offset-like reproduction and colour consistency of the Pro C901. The fact it doesn't slow down for heavier materials is also a huge benefit for us, as well as its smooth integration into our prepress workflow.’

I[[1] Infosource market share report, Q1 2011. Figures based on sales by manufacturer from January 2011 to March 2011 in Western Europe in production devices/ colour press cut sheet category compared to sales from October 2010 to December 2010.]

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 July 2011.

Bytes awarded the Altron Environmental Award
Altron recognises Bytes Document Solutions’ commitment to a sustainable environment in this year’s awards…

Bytes Document Solutions has been awarded the Altron Environmental Award. The recognition was made at the annual Altron Awards event following several greening and environmental initiatives undertaken by Bytes Document Solutions and its Green Team.

‘It was a proud moment,’ said Hennie Du Plessis, CEO of Bytes Document Solutions. ‘The environment is going to become increasingly important in our lives as corporate citizens and we are setting a fine example thanks to the ownership and responsibility demonstrated by Eddy Gordon and his team.’

‘We identified a Green Team that was responsible for various greening initiatives,’ said Gordon, manager digital solutions and MEA technical training at Bytes Document Solutions. ‘They organised events such as e-waste days, retro-fitting their offices to be more energy and water-efficient, introducing a formal waste recycling programme and adopting and maintaining a piece of land opposite their offices by inviting employees to assist in cleaning the area, planting trees and installing dustbins to encourage passers-by to dump their waste into bins and not the environment.’

Gordon was also responsible for promoting environmental sustainability in the press, as demonstrated by his recent article in iWeek promoting IT solutions that save electricity.

Bytes Document Solutions values commitment to fostering sustainable environment programmes.

The business bought Dell servers because they claim to generate less heat and complemented those with Dell PCs. The PCs also use less packaging when they are shipped, which is an added benefit.

‘We have also automated the process of switching the PCs off at a specific time every night to ensure they do not needlessly consume power through the night,’ said Gordon. ‘Saving electricity in South Africa is paramount because we make extensive use of coal power stations in this country and the more electricity we consume the more coal pollutants are introduced into the atmosphere, the greater the number of trucks and trains that must transport coal to the power stations, the more must be removed from the ground and so the knock-on effect continues.’

Pictured above: From left to right Eddy Gordon, manager digital solutions and MEA technical training at Bytes Document Solutions and Hennie Du Plessis, CEO of Bytes Document Solutions.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 July 2011.

New PrintCity Alliance European events announced
A new series of knowledge sharing events in Europe, featuring seminars in Turkey, the Ukraine, Russia and Poland…

Gröbenzell, Germany, 27 July, 2011 - A new series of PrintCity Alliance knowledge sharing events in Europe is announced, featuring seminars in Turkey, the Ukraine, Russia and Poland this winter.
Full details at: www.printcity.de/index.php?site_id=361

First ever PrintCity Seminar in Istanbul, Turkey
Join us for our first seminar in the intriguing Turkish market on 13 September. All PrintCity market sectors are covered in this event being organised with the Turkish printers association BASEV. This event offers many benefits for those interested in packaging, magazines, newspapers, commercial printing and book production.

Packaging and Sheetfed Seminars in Eastern Europe
Based in the popularity of PrintCity events across Eastern Europe in recent years, these seminars cover a wide range of printing and packaging topics under the 'connection of competence' alliance focus. Special highlights include the first results from the Value Added Packaging project exploring new technologies for high-end decoration and food packaging.

• October 27/28 - 6th Balkan Print Forum, Belgrade, Serbia - under the patronage of Manroland
• November 9 - Kiev, Ukraine
• November 17 - Moscow, Russia
• November 22 - Poznan, Poland

Who should attend PrintCity Seminars
Managers involved in any area of the print and packaging industry who wish to increase their industry skills and process knowledge.

Benefits for PrintCity event attendees
Attendees receive latest knowledge on trends for packaging, magazines, newspapers and book production, through business benefit and process focused presentations by PrintCity Alliance members. They participate in an interactive programme which includes question and answer sessions and break-out opportunities. Direct benefits include access to the shared knowledge of PrintCity members, plus networking with other industry professionals.

For more information on events contact: info@printcity.de

Follow the PrintCity Alliance on Twitter at: twitter.com/#!/PRINTCITY_. You can also click on the PrintCity button link on our Home Page to take you to its Website.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 July 2011.

EskoArtwork to showcase latest range at Labelexpo Europe
EskoArtwork to show a raft of design, prepress and workflow solutions for productivity, quality and reliability gains at Labelexpo…

EskoArtwork will showcase its latest range of innovative solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2011 on stand B30 in Hall 5. Taking centre stage will be the company's newest advances in digital flexo technologies including HD Flexo and the Digital Flexo Suite. Savvy visitors looking to streamline their end-to-end workflows should make a bee-line for the EskoArtwork stand to find out why the company has become the worldwide reference for label design, prepress and workflow solutions. Irrespective of whether converters produce labels digitally, in offset, flexo, letterpress, gravure or screen printing, EskoArtwork's solutions can help them achieve significant productivity gains, reduce costs and deliver higher and more consistent levels of quality. Labelexpo Europe takes place at the Brussels Expo, Belgium from 28 September to 1 October, 2011.

‘We see a major trend towards both industrialisation and digitalisation in the label industry, and it's one that continues to advance rapidly every day. Through our technological advances, we are proud to be one of the leading parties in this evolution,’ said Carsten Knudsen, CEO of EskoArtwork. ‘We are looking forward to coming to Labelexpo Europe again this year to meet with our customers - both existing and new - and to answer all of their questions on how to achieve the best possible results from their label prepress and production.’

Raising the bar yet again in digital flexo plate imaging
Placing the focus on ways to excel in digital flexo production will be EskoArtwork's live demonstrations of its advanced digital flexo solutions. The highlight will be the latest HD Flexo version, the company's highly acclaimed flexo imaging technology. While the first release enabled label printers to obtain significantly sharper images, smoother tints and a greater colour gamut, HD Flexo 2.0 improves the screening even further delivering exceptional printing quality throughout the entire tonal range including highlights with gradients down to zero, stable mid-tones, and higher ink density solids. In addition, the innovative development of creating flat top dots generates sharper definition for outstanding image results. This means end users can have a more striking and visually impressive product with the all-important shelf impact. A wide variety of excellent real-life HD Flexo samples from a wide variety of high level brands both for labels and flexible packaging will be presented on the stand. Installed at more than 250 customer sites, HD Flexo sets the standard for flexo plate quality since its release in 2009. As such, it will be found at work inside most of the flexo presses in action across the show floor at Labelexpo Europe.
EskoArtwork's Cyrel Digital Imagers (CDI) which will be present on the stand with a state of the art equipped CDI 2530, the most popular digital flexo plate imager for the label industry.

Experience the Digital Flexo Suite
How to streamline and shorten the production of print-ready digital flexo plates will be highlighted by the Digital Flexo Suite. This set of platemaking tools offers quality improvements and cost savings through the automation of the flexo plate production. Digital Flexo Suite for labels works through the combination of using smart software and the EskoArtwork Kongsberg cutting tables. This setup will also be live demonstrated with a Kongsberg table and related software at EskoArtwork's Labelexpo Europe stand.

Design, prepress and workflow automation - at the heart of label production
Visitors to the show will also have the opportunity to come up to speed with the host of new features included in the latest release of EskoArtwork's software suite (version 10.1), with a focus on solutions for the label industry:

• Studio Toolkit for Labels, a unique set of design tools which enable artwork professionals to work in a 3D environment. It offers them a valuable quality assurance tool which can be used to identify errors and potential issues during the early stages of the design - saving considerable time and reducing waste down the track. Studio Visualizer, a powerful, virtual prototyping tool allows to share hyper realistic ideas and designs with clients early in the process to gain fast and effective feedback. One step further, Store Visualizer allows users to envision hyper realistic store shelves simulations, based on the same designs produced in Studio and Visualizer. This new tool adds a spectacular extension to the design and preproduction capabilities of EskoArtwork's design software.

• A raft of new features in EskoArtwork's prepress editors will also be presented. ArtPro 10.1 comes with significantly faster and higher quality trapping for easy preparation of print-ready packaging artwork production files. DeskPack 10.1 detects errors as early as possible, reducing the cost to a minimum and enabling prepress operators to produce higher quality jobs in a shorter time. PackEdge 10.1 uses quality control tools like Preflight, Viewer and Studio to identify problems in an early stage and reduce the risk of wasted proofs, plates, press stops and claims.

• Automation Engine, the powerful, yet scalable, workflow automation server which integrates all design and production components in to one workflow. When many of the repetitive and mundane tasks are automated, the risk of errors and costly rework are reduced. Automation Engine now also fully integrates with Nexus - the popular workflow solution for label print pre-production - combining the strengths of both workflow technologies.

• Colour Engine, the colour management tool including a central colour database for all colour critical data. It can be easily and effectively integrated into every step of the workflow and ensures brand integrity. Working with the Colour Engine, label manufacturers can guarantee colour consistency and accuracy from design through proofing to printing, in critical point for brand recognition.

• WebCenter, a powerful Web-based platform that manages pre-production approval and project life cycle. The latest release includes a new and unique 3D viewer which enables users to upload, view and perform the full document approval cycle on 3D files (Collada and Zipped Collada files). Label converters will now be able use WebCenter as an online medium to share 3D mockups with their clients, make changes to the artwork immediately and gain approval quickly and efficiently.

At the heart of the Digital Print Workshops
EskoArtwork has been an enthusiastic driver of the Digital Print Workshops since its first edition during Labelexpo Chicago last year. The ultimate challenge continues at this year's edition in Brussels with three competing digital printing technologies (Xeikon dry toner, HP liquid toner and EFI inkjet) lined up alongside each other to run the same label job. The prepress workflow and colour management on all three presses will be managed again by the EskoArtwork Automation Engine that integrates all MIS and job information on the highest level. Visitors will be able to assess the advantages and limitations of each technology with regard to substrates, consumables, preparation times and running costs.

‘We really enjoy being part of these Technology Workshops. It's a great opportunity for potential buyers to evaluate the pros and cons of the respective technologies,’ commented Jan De Roeck, director solutions management at EskoArtwork. ‘From an EskoArtwork perspective, our solutions automate the prepress workflow of all three presses. Because of our strong partnership with all the leading vendors, our software is already fully integrated into their presses and has been in full use around the globe for many years. This certainly helps to ensure the smooth running of the Workshops.’

EskoArtwork will be presenting in Hall 5, where its key product specialists will be around to demonstrate and explain the entire range of solutions for the label making. In addition to its own stand, EskoArtwork solutions will also be demonstrated on the stands of the leading digital press vendors that are working with EskoArtwork software to drive their presses, such as HP and Durst. Also EskoArtwork's HD Flexo plates will be used by a range of flexo press vendors across the show floor.

For more information, visit: www.esko.com. In Southern Africa consult Kemtek Imaging Systems: www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 July 2011.

EFI to acquire Entrac Technologies
Acquisition of technology leader in self-service business solutions expands EFI's Fiery Mobile Print Applications…

EFI has reached an agreement to acquire privately-held Entrac Technologies. Entrac is a leader in providing self-service and payment solutions for business services including mobile printing. While financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the acquisition is not expected to be material to EFI's 2011 results. The transaction, which is subject to various closing conditions, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2011.

‘Entrac's self-service products expand the portfolio of products and services we can offer to providers of business services,’ said Toby Weiss, general manager of the Fiery business unit and senior vice president, EFI. ‘In addition, the Entrac payment technology offers new possibilities for future EFI products in both our traditional print-for-pay markets as well as the enterprise markets. For example, adding EFI's PrintMe cloud printing to existing Entrac products will make it even easier for customers to begin offering self-service printing to mobile workers, students, guests, and patrons.’

Entrac will become part of EFI's Fiery business unit. With its global sales presence, EFI expects that it can offer Entrac's easy-to-use self-service and payment systems to a broader customer base such as franchise print shops, office supply retail stores, hotels and hospitality businesses, universities, convention centers, airports, transit stations, museums, libraries and many other locations worldwide.

Entrac is a privately-held corporation headquartered near Toronto, Canada. Entrac provides access control and payment systems for self-service business equipment with over 4,000 installations in North America in office supply stores, retail printing locations and business centres in hotels and convention halls. Service providers are drawn to its simple and intuitive, yet secure, user interface for self-service use of business machines including printers, copiers, computers / Internet access points, fax machines, and photo printing kiosks.

‘Entrac has been committed to providing superior self-service and payment solutions to our customers in North America,’ said Micah Kornberg, president of Entrac. ‘EFI has the global reach, printing industry leadership position, customer and partner relationships, and strong financial position to extend our geographic reach and market penetration, deliver more integrated products and services, and expand the markets and customers we target. I look forward to managing the Entrac product line within their world-class organisation.’

Follow EFI Online: Follow us on Twitter: @EFI_Print_Tech; Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EFI.Digital.Print.Technology; View us on YouTube: www.youtube/EFIDigitalPrintTech, or simply click on the EFI banner or sponsor logo link on our Home Page to take you to its Website.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 July 2011.

Sappi Fine Paper Europe closes its Swiss paper mill
Sappi Fine Paper Europe has announced the cessation of coated graphic paper production at its Biberist mill in Switzerland…

After an exhaustive search for possible purchasers for its Biberist mill in Switzerland, Sappi Fine Paper Europe announced on 20 July, that it has been unsuccessful in its attempts to find a suitable acquirer to allow continued operations and employment at the mill.

The company has therefore decided on the complete closure of the mill. Production at paper machines 8 and 9 has already ceased and production on the uncoated paper line will halt at the end of August. Redundancy notices to all remaining employees affected by the closure are being sent out today.

‘The process to find a suitable purchaser included numerous discussions with interested parties and involved close co-operation between local mill management and Sappi’s European and global management teams to make the purchase as attractive as possible,’ said Sappi Fine Paper Europe CEO, Berry Wiersum. ‘Unfortunately several industry players quickly withdrew their interest and we were unable to come to an agreement with any other interested parties.’

Sappi has agreed a social plan with the employees and the labour unions. Meanwhile Sappi continues its search for a new owner for the site.

Approximately 550 employees in total will be affected by the closure, of which 134 have been given notice earlier.

The volumes produced at the mill will be transferred to other Sappi sites in Europe. There will be no supply interruption to customers during the mill closure and transfer of production.

With the cessation of coated graphic paper production at Biberist mill, Sappi will reduce its graphic paper capacity by 500,000 tons per annum.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 28 July 2011.

Sunday 31 July and Monday 1 August

Unique KBA technology earns PIA InterTech Award
KBA receives prestigious Printing Industries of America InterTech Technology Award for its unique FlyingJob Change…

KBA North America, a premier distributor of sheetfed and web offset printing presses for its parent company, global press manufacturer KBA AG, is proud to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Printing Industries of America InterTech Technology Award for its unique FlyingJob Change technology. The 2011 InterTech Technology Award will be presented to KBA at the 2011 Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Gala on Sunday, 11 September, 2011 at the Marriott Chicago Downtown during Graph Expo. During the past six years, KBA has captured four InterTech Awards; in 2005 for the Rapida 205 81-inch sheetfed press; in 2006 for the Genius 52 UV offset press; and in 2007 for the Rapida 105's unique Sensoric Infeed System (SIS) sidelay-free infeed feature.

‘We are very proud to receive the highly-acclaimed 2011 Printing Industries of America InterTech Technology Award,’ said Mark Hischar, president and chief executive officer of KBA North America. ‘KBA's Flying JobChange makes a significant technological impact in the market; it allows offset's quality, offset's wide substrates range, and offset's speed, all within digital press technology changeover times. It is the optimum production technology. No other sheetfed press manufacturer offers this technology - it is a technological breakthrough.’

The Flying JobChange makes the pressroom faster and more efficient. Plates for each new job can be changed on-the-fly at an impressive speed of 10,000 sheets per hour; then the press can be accelerated back to its production speed of 18,000 sheets per hour (depending on the configuration). This means there is no make-ready downtime and the production can be completed without interruptions.

The Flying JobChange
• Drastically reduces production times and machine downtime thus enabling the printer to prepare the press for the next make ready while the press is running.
• Offers practically zero make ready time
• Is perfect for ultra short runs
• Allows multiple processes to take place at the same time without stopping press production; the press is continually running during the process.

‘The Flying JobChange is so productive that it can potentially allow a printing company to replace three presses with only two Rapida 106 41-inch (1060mm) presses due to its significant production gains,’ said Chris Travis, KBA director of technology. ‘This yields major savings with utilities, floor space, consumables, manpower and more.’

The Flying JobChange technology is equipped with automation like the KBA Simultaneous Plate Change, in which the system mounts all plates at the same time in between jobs. It is also equipped with KBA Plate-Ident, a dot matrix code on the lead edge of the plate which identifies that the correct plate is in the correct unit and also sends job data to the press for presetting functions. All of these functions lead to higher output, better print quality and greater substrate and format flexibility.

Printing Industries of America is the world's largest graphic arts trade association representing an industry with approximately one million employees. It serves the interests of more than 10,000 member companies. Printing Industries of America, along with its affiliates, delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.

KBA North America is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the KBA Group. Established 194 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), the parent of the KBA group, is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA's banner, 'People & Print', reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes commercial and newspaper web presses, sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, special presses for books, inserts, banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards; CDs and DVDs plus inkjet and other coding systems.

For more information visit the company's Website at: www.kba.com. In Southern Africa, KBA is represented by Thunderbolt Solutions. For more about PIA, visit: www.printing.org.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 August 2011.

First Fujifilm sheetfed Jet Press 720 in Europe
Fujifilm has installed the first Jet Press 720 demonstration machine in Europe in its demonstration centre in Brussels…

Fujifilm has installed the first Jet Press 720 in Europe in the company's demonstration centre in Brussels. The installation was completed in late June 2011, with the company now carrying out final preparations for customer demonstrations which are due to start very soon. This follows the completion of a successful beta trial in Japan earlier this summer. The first European beta site is scheduled over the next few months, with full commercial availability in Europe planned for Q4 2011.

‘The commercial availability of the Jet Press 720 marks the start of a new era for sheetfed digital printing. We are very proud that Fujifilm is at the forefront of this revolution.’ commented Ryuta Masui, senior vice president, Fujifilm Europe GmbH. ‘Since the technology announcement at Drupa 2008 and its live demonstration at Ipex 2010, Fujifilm has been perfecting the technologies within this groundbreaking new press as we want to make sure that the Jet Press 720 will make a difference to a printer's business right from day one. As a result, we are confident that the Jet Press 720 is going to create new opportunities for both traditional commercial printers and the new breed of digital-only printers who are both looking for cost effective short run print of exceptional quality.’

The Jet Press 720 is a four colour digital press capable of printing a B2 sheet in a single-pass, resulting in production speeds of up to 2,700 B2 sheets an hour. It makes use of Samba print-head technology to achieve resolutions of 1,200dpi x 1,200dpi with four variable dot sizes, and is set to raise the bar in terms of the quality that can be achieved with a digital printing system. Significantly, by applying a primer to the printed sheet prior to imaging, the Jet Press can print onto standard offset coated and specified uncoated papers.

Once imaged, the B2 sheet can be treated like an offset sheet, dropping into existing finishing equipment, with many special finishes possible. As a result, in terms of finishing flexibility, digital print can be treated more like offset print than ever before.

‘The interest in this press at Ipex was unbelievable, and the conversations we have been having with many printers across Europe since then have only reinforced this,’ concluded Masui. ‘We are looking forward to talking further with interested parties and demonstrating the benefits the Jet Press 720 can bring.’

For more information, visit: www.fujifilm.co.uk/gs

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 August 2011.

Kodak NexPress SX now available and shipping worldwide
New digital production colour platform innovations and longer sheet option offers additional features to capture new business…

The new Kodak NexPress SX Digital Production Color Platform with Print Genius is now available and shipping worldwide. The platform offers exceptional quality and productivity, and has been designed to meet the needs of commercial printers, direct mail houses, in-plant printers, and data centres. New features include speeds up to 131ppm, a longer sheet size (660mm), smaller ink particle size with the new Kodak NexPress HD Dry Ink, new Fifth Imaging Unit Solution Light Black, and a new matte printing effect option.

At 660mm, the long sheet option delivers 27 per cent more printable area. The benefits of this longer sheet include reduced waste and increased productivity, and enable new applications such as six-page brochures, posters, larger dust jackets for books, and a variety of labels.

‘The NexPress SX platform continues to build on the philosophy of doing more with one press; the technology innovations on the platform are backwards upgradeable to presses from 2006. Our commitment is to protect our customers' initial investments and to ensure they are able to integrate future innovations with their existing equipment,’ said Stephen Fletcher, general manager, digital printers & presses, Kodak. ‘The new platform features innovations that increase productivity and expand the gamut of applications that customers are able to produce, including a unique, in line matte finish option, never before available on a cut sheet digital press.’

Kodak NexPress HD Dry Ink with smaller ink particles reduces grain and provides smoother continuous tones for photo-quality output. In addition, Kodak Light Black HD Dry Ink Solution, which is now available for the Fifth Imaging Unit, uses proprietary algorithms to substitute the light black for specific colours, resulting in smoother skin tones while maintaining superb detail. The matte effect is completed inline, and produces a matte look for printed pages or photos. Printers can switch to and from the matte finish option in less than 15 minutes giving them the ultimate flexibility in finishes.

Featuring a monthly duty cycle of up to 4 million pages and print speeds of 91, 109 or 131ppm when printing on 660mm long sheets, the NexPress SX Platform prints on more than 600 standard offset substrates, including coated, uncoated, FSC, plastics, magnets, linens, static clings, micro-perforated substrates, and more.

The Fifth Imaging Unit enables watermarking, protection coating, glossing, MICR printing, gamut expansion, dimensional printing, and red fluorescing ink for security and workflow applications. In addition, high-quality glossing is possible using Kodak NexPress Clear Dry Ink in conjunction with the near-line Kodak NexPress Glossing Unit.

The next generation Kodak NexPress Intelligent Calibration System (ICS) delivers consistent high quality while minimizing downtime and costs by reducing the need for replacement parts. The ICS is at the core of a closed-loop quality control system that maintains accurate colour reproduction and increases image quality. In addition, the system uses industry-leading LED imaging heads, an inline densitometer, and software based on Kodak's proprietary image science to ensure automatic colour management while the press is printing.

Like all NexPress presses, the NexPress SX platform features Print Genius, a suite of productivity and quality control tools and options that automate tasks and help users maintain peak quality throughout their production run. The Print Genius quality suite encompasses hardware, software, and material science innovations to optimize quality and consistency from the first sheet to the last, day after day.

Kodak Products are backed by Kodak Service and Support. Kodak Service and Support is made up of more than 3,000 professionals in 120 countries. It is a leading multi-vendor integrated services provider, delivering consulting, installation, maintenance and support services for commercial printing, graphic communications, document imaging, data storage and retail industries. Kodak Service and Support professionals are uniquely qualified to provide services that control costs, maximise productivity, and minimise business risk.

In Southern Africa, Kodak NexPress is distributed and supported by Antalis South Africa’s Graphics division. For additional information visit the Antalis or Kodak Websites at: www.antalis.co.za or www.graphics.kodak.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 August 2011.

Heidelberg Sustainability Report for 2010/2011
The Sustainability Report for the 2010/11 financial year focuses primarily on reducing emissions in the printing process…

Focus on reducing emissions
• Heidelberg announces winners of 2nd ECO Printing Award
• Environmental bodies founded and environmental policy revised

Combining ecological printing and cost-effective production, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) supports print shops in all aspects of ecological printing by supplying the requisite technology and products and increasingly supplementing these with consulting services.

Cover of the Heidelberg Sustainability Report 2010/11.

The Sustainability Report recently published by Heidelberg for the 2010/11 financial year focuses primarily on reducing emissions in the printing process. Based on the new IPA-free package, the report shows how the solution provider's approach of perfectly coordinating machine components, consumables, services, and consulting helps print shops reduce emissions in the pressroom. A case study and an interview with a representative of the German Institution for Statutory Insurance and Prevention in the Printing and Paper Industry provide additional information on IPA-free printing.

On 6 July, the second international Heidelberg Eco Printing Award for print shops was presented in the categories ‘Sustainable companies’ and ‘Forward-looking solutions’. The Sustainability Report 2010/11 gives an insight into the work and decision-making process of the panel of judges, examines the criteria on which they base their decision, and profiles the award winners.

Two new environmental bodies at Heidelberg - the ECO Council and the ECO Working Group - are driving forward projects for environmental protection and sustainability in an even more targeted and efficient way and making sure that the projects and processes merge into a single integrated concept.

‘Sustainability and environmental protection are right at the top of our strategic agenda. These two environmental bodies are designed to intensify our activities in these areas. We see this integrated approach as an opportunity to combine eco-friendly practices with economic benefits,’ said Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment.

The report is rounded off with articles and news on ecology, economy, and social responsibility as well as information on individual locations and projects.

Environmental protection along the value added chain
Environmental protection has been firmly established as a corporate goal of Heidelberg since 1992, a period of almost 20 years. Heidelberg is working consistently and systematically to achieve this goal along the entire value-added chain. This work takes in everything from product development and manufacturing to the operation of its machines at customer sites. Heidelberg is focusing in particular on three areas: Resource consumption, emissions, and waste and is looking to reduce - or ideally avoid - all three wherever possible. Production of the Sustainability Report 2010/11 also focused on conserving resources, minimizing CO2 emissions, and offseting those CO2 emissions that are unavoidable.

For a copy of the Sustainability Report 2010/11, send an e-mail to: environment@heidelberg.com or fax +49 (0)6224 971850.

The report is also available to download at: www.heidelberg.com/eco.

Further information on sustainability along with environmental data, contacts, and general information on the company's development and production sites are also available online at: www.heidelberg.com/eco.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 August 2011.

New Quark Publishing Platform System 9
New Release automates digital publishing to the iPad and ePUB and expands workflow and remote access capabilities…

Quark has announced the availability of Quark Publishing System 9, the new release of Quark’s dynamic publishing platform for automated publishing to print, Web, e-reader, mobile, and tablet devices. The new version offers enhanced automation for publishing eBooks and multi-page documents, customisable workflows for the creation of media and business documents, fully supports the new capabilities of QuarkXPress 9 and QuarkCopyDesk 9, and delivers updates to Web Hub for content creators working remotely and externally.

‘Quark Publishing System has evolved to be a flexible and powerful publishing platform for all types of organisations who need to streamline their publishing processes while delivering engaging information to multiple types of media including print, Web, and digital. Our customers in financial services, manufacturing, and many other industries are choosing Quark Publishing System to create marketing collateral, technical documentation, white papers, investment research reports, and other communications,’ said PG Bartlett, senior vice president of product management for Quark.

Expands digital publishing capability with ePUB support
With Quark Publishing System, customers are already able to create and publish custom-branded apps with interactive content to the iPad. Quark Publishing System 9 now supports automated digital publishing from XML to the ePUB format. The capability to create intelligent, structured content using XML allows content to be easily reused and repurposed dynamically for automated publishing across multiple documents, channels, and formats.

Improves flexibility to manage varied workflows by project and asset
Quark Publishing System 9 enhances workflow functionality to extend support for different types of documents, projects, and assets through a new feature called ‘Collections’, which are groups of related assets that can share one or more workflows, automatic routing rules, Job Jackets, users and groups, and revision settings. Collections allow users to organise assets in an n-level directory structure according to business needs. The Collections functionality includes:
• Collection Attributes: Assign attributes such as due date to an entire collection rather than just to individual assets within a collection.
• Collection templates: Define standard parameters in a collection template and use the template to create a new collection rather than define parameters from scratch each time.
• Asset type-based workflows: Create workflows for different types of assets, such as one workflow for images and a different workflow for articles. Users can switch an asset to a different workflow at any time.
• Reusable workflows independent of directory structure: Apply existing workflows to any asset in any directory instead of recreating them.

Enhances publishing automation
Quark Publishing System 9 enhances support of dynamic layout of tables eliminating the need for manual intervention to automatically publish annual reports, financial statements, and other documents that use tabular information. The publishing platform can now automatically create tables and automatically handle tables that span more than one page.

Quark Publishing System 9 also allows for multiple sections within any journal or publication to be worked on independently as a project which then can be automatically merged into one single publication.

Advanced remote access with Web Hub
Web Hub is a module of Quark Publishing System that allows external content creators and editors to work remotely from a Web browser. The interface of Web Hub in Quark Publishing System 9 has been overhauled to provide a more intuitive and productive experience, including the ability to browse through the directory structure. The updates also provide editing enhancements, including:
• WYSIWYG view: Combines preview and editing in a single view to allow users to find and change content more easily and preview those changes without any extra mouse clicks.
• Picture editing and picture attachment to articles: Users can manipulate pictures through capabilities such as enlarging, shrinking, cropping, and rotating – or even replace pictures entirely.
• Zoomable asset previews: In the preview mode, users can zoom in to see content in greater detail.

Compatibility with QuarkXPress 9, QuarkCopyDesk 9
Quark Publishing System is fully compatible with QuarkCopyDesk 9, the application that allows writers, editors, reviewers, and other non-designers to collaborate on a layout from the page designer's perspective. QuarkCopyDesk now supports 17 user interface languages, including Czech, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and European Portuguese; allows users to create new articles from templates; gives more control for overriding local formatting while applying style sheets; provides Job Ticket support; and supports the .docx file format of Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010.

Through QuarkCopyDesk, Quark Publishing System also supports advanced design automation functionality introduced with QuarkXPress 9, including:
• Conditional Styles: The ability to automatically style content by applying powerful, pre-defined styling rules
• Bullets and Numbering: The ability to apply pre-defined bullet, numbering, and outline styles to lists and outlines
• Callouts: The ability to move boxes and groups automatically with text

To read more about Quark Publishing System 9, visit: www.quark.com/en/Products/Quark_Publishing_System/Whats_New.aspx

To read about businesses and organisations using Quark Publishing System, visit: www.quark.com/en/About_Quark/Press/Success_Stories.aspx.

To read more about App Studio for Quark Publishing System, visit: www.quark.com/en/Products/Quark_Publishing_System/App_Studio.aspx

To read more about Quark Publishing System support for Microsoft SharePoint 2010, visit: www.quark.com/en/Products/Microsoft_SharePoint_Adapter/

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 August 2011.

EFI launches the Xerox EX Fiery Print Server
Xerox and EFI bring exceptional colour to demanding production environments with new EX Print Server powered by Fiery…

EFI has launched the Xerox EX Print Server powered by Fiery for the new Xerox DocuColor 8080 Digital Press (pictured) to ensure the most vivid colour and best usability for high-volume digital print production customers. The Fiery-driven DocuColor 8080 is ideal for direct mail, collateral and personalised communications with colour critical and Variable Data Print (VDP) applications.

Fiery colour technology and the Xerox Automatic Color Quality Suite (ACQS), that automates colour management and assures colour accuracy, means customers of demanding production environments get the right colour every time. The EX Print Server also supports the application of new low gloss dry ink for digital image quality demanded by marketers and graphic designers for many applications.

‘EFI brings innovative colour features and productivity-enhancing capabilities such as native PDF workflow to the newest press in the DocuColor line-up,’ said John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing, EFI. ‘With the combined strength of Xerox and Fiery technology, this press exceeds the challenges of today’s fast-paced, high-quality colour production environments.’

The EX Print Server introduces Fiery Image Enhance Visual Editor (IEVE), a new innovation for editing and managing images. Available in the current version of Command WorkStation, the Fiery print job management and user interface software, IEVE allows editing each image in a job without going back to the native design file, saving time and reducing costs. IEVE simplifies the editing process, providing an interactive toolset for optimising image appearance and applying automatic per-image corrections, to ensure photos look their best. This tool also gives users a manual control to individually adjust brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows, colour balance, sharpness and an automatic tool to make red-eye corrections on any image within a job. Users can save preferred settings as presets to apply to other images or other print jobs, ensuring consistent and optimised output. (For more info, visit: w3.efi.com/fiery/Products/CWS5)

Demanding colour customers will be excited that EFI Color Profiler Suite (CPS) is a standard feature for the EX Print Server. Color Profiler Suite is the digital print industry’s only fully integrated colour management toolset for creating ICC profiles, guaranteeing colour reproduction is always accurate, consistent and reliable. CPS helps users achieve the colour results which delight their customers and allow them to realise the full potential of the engine.

In addition, the EX Printer Server incorporates the latest in VDP technology, with features such as the ability to preview the VDP records in the imposition stage, as well as the capability to easily reprint an individual record or a range of records if necessary. All of these features reduce errors and make it faster and easier for operators to produce VDP jobs.

For users requiring a native PDF workflow, the EX Print Server supports Adobe PDF Print Engine v2 (APPE). Users can now choose a native PDF end-to-end workflow in conjunction with the conventional PostScript interpreter to ensure accuracy and consistency of output from design to print.

In 27 sub-Saharan African countries, Xerox is represented by Johannesburg-based Bytes Document Solutions. In Southern Africa, EFI is represented by Cape Town-based Digital Distributors.

EFI is a Xerox Business Innovation Partner. For more information, visit www.efi.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 August 2011.

Alpha Colour adds Ricoh C 901 Graphic Arts Edition
Alpha Colour Printers switches from Konica Minolta to Ricoh C 901 Graphic Arts Edition supplied by Heidelberg UK…

News that Heidelberg was to supply Ricoh digital equipment secured Alpha Colour Printers' decision to replace a three year old Konica Minolta digital press with the Ricoh C 901 Graphic Arts Edition, complete with scanner and inline finishing solutions.

This Ricoh C 901 machine will be one of the first installed by Heidelberg UK, the first with the scanner option and Alpha Colour has agreed to be a user demonstration site for this digital press.

An existing Heidelberg customer which uses the latest Prepress Manager and Pressroom Manager workflow solutions for closed loop colour, Alpha Colour sees the attraction of having a supplier that can provide fully calibrated production across both litho and digital output devices.

‘With Heidelberg we feel confident of the support and integration services,’ said managing director Jeff Williams (pictured with his wife Maggie and the new C901). ‘We were reviewing options before the Heidelberg-Ricoh worldwide agreement was announced and had viewed the Ricoh. This made the decision easy. Customers don't care what technology is used to print their work, they care about price. Today quality is comparable and Heidelberg will calibrate all our equipment to a common standard.’

The scanner option is useful for Alpha Colour which handles work for local government and has to scan in documents. It has also seen the benefit of running single pass productivity to produce folded, square back books and so it has specified some Plockmatic and Morgana add ons, supplied via Heidelberg UK.

The litho operation runs double day shifts, the digital side runs 6am to 9pm as standard but working days are flexible, depending on volumes. Richard Butt, the prepress manager has now been appointed a director of the company because he is well versed in both litho and digital production and can steer the company into its next phase, supplementing public sector work with more business printing.

Williams attended the Heidelberg open house with his wife Maggie. His daughter Erica runs the inplant at Gloucester County Council, which Alpha operates on a facilities management basis. It has both colour and black-and-white digital printing presses.

At the start of the year Alpha Colour updated its litho line up with a Speedmaster XL 75-5-P with Axis Control which is running well.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 August 2011.

Goss exhibiting for first time at Pack Expo 2011
Goss International to highlight game-changing advantages of new variable sleeve Sunday Vpak web offset presses at packaging show…

In its first appearance at Pack Expo (26 - 28 September, Las Vegas Convention Centre, Nevada, USA), Goss International will introducing its web offset alternative for packaging printing. Exhibiting in Hall S2 East, the company will showcase the innovative Sunday Vpak presses, which are available in web widths to 75 inches (1905mm) and feature quick-change sleeve technology.

‘This is a dynamic time in the packaging printing sector, with new requirements for print quality, productivity and efficiency emerging,’ said Peter Walczak, product management director for Goss International. ‘Pack Expo presents packaging producers with a great opportunity to learn what is possible today; to see the latest innovations in technology and applications first hand and to learn what may be possible tomorrow.’

The innovative Sunday Vpak press models incorporate technology from industry leading Goss Sunday commercial web presses and have been designed specifically for folding carton, flexible packaging and label applications.

The first Sunday Vpak hybrid press is now in operation as part of a rigorous testing programme at the Goss International R&D lab in Durham, NH. ‘We have had numerous customer demos in the lab, and we look forward to presenting samples at Pack Expo of the products we have produced on a wide range of packaging substrates,’ Walczak noted.

Variable sleeve web offset technology is gaining momentum as a high-quality, cost-effective alternative to flexo, gravure, sheetfed offset and traditional cassette-style web offset for many packaging applications, according to Walczak. ‘By adapting proven Sunday press technologies to address the specialised requirements of this market, we have created exciting new possibilities for packaging producers to cut costs and achieve higher productivity and quality,’ he adds.

The new Goss Sunday Vpak press models are available in narrow and wide web widths from 20.5 inches (510mm) to 75 inches (1905mm) for flexible packaging, label and folding carton applications. They feature quick-change sleeve technology to allow variable repeat settings. The advanced inking, dampening, web tension and process control systems used in Sunday presses for high-quality commercial offset printing have also been incorporated, along with Goss automation and workflow technologies to reduce makeready requirements and waste.

Variable sleeve Sunday Vpak presses are available as complete production systems, including roll handling and converting components to meet various application requirements.

Pack Expo focuses on the latest trends and innovations in packaging processing, and consistently attracts over 25,000 attendees from all markets, including the food and beverage, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 August 2011.

Presstek heads to Graph Expo with broad portfolio
Stand to highlight revolutionary Presstek 75DI digital offset press and industry's broadest portfolio of CTP solutions…

Presstek has announced that its portfolio of DI digital offset presses, CTP systems and plates, press room supplies, and service offerings will be represented at Graph Expo 2011, scheduled for 11 – 14 September, 2011, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Presstek will be located in Booth 3200 at the front of the South Hall. The stand will feature a five-colour Presstek 75DI digital offset press which goes from digital file to sellable sheet in only six minutes.

‘Building off of last year's successful launch of the Presstek 75DI,’ said Joe Demharter, Presstek's vice president of sales, ‘we are seeing growing momentum in the marketplace for this breakthrough product. We are especially pleased that organisations of the quality of Quad/Graphics and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee have chosen to add this efficient, high quality press to their production portfolio. These orders validate our strategic initiative to serve larger commercial and in-plant printers. If you haven't looked at Presstek lately, I encourage you to stop by Booth 3200 at Graph Expo. Presstek has the broadest array of digital offset solutions in the marketplace, feet-on-the-street service, and a culture that values every account, regardless of size.’

In addition to the 75DI, Presstek will be displaying its wide range of digital offset solutions designed to improve productivity, reduce costs and environment impact, and improve competitiveness for printing businesses of all sizes. These include:

• Presstek 52DI-AC and Presstek 34DI digital offset presses. These unique digital offset presses, together with the Presstek 75DI, offer printers the most profitable solution for meeting the demand for quick turnaround, high quality colour printing in runs from 500 to 20,000. These presses are also being widely adopted by digital-only and mailing and fulfillment companies who wish to add offset quality print to their portfolio of offerings without the complexities of convention four-colour offset. For the highest quality personalised printing at the lowest cost, print the shells with the Presstek DI and then overprint using a toner-based or inkjet device. Capabilities are further expanded with the DI's ability to print on a wide range of substrates from onion skin to heavy card stock; including plastics and magnetic media. Superior quality printing is produced at up to 300lpi and FM screening-without incurring additional time or expense. The Presstek 52DI-AC supports both flood and spot aqueous coating. In-line aqueous coating is also available for the 75DI.

• Presstek Dimension Pro. The Dimension Pro is an excellent entry-level to mid-range CTP solution. It produces plates up to 45.0 x 33.0-inches (1143 x 838mm) at 450lpi. Production speeds on the Dimension Pro range from 15 to 50 plates per hour. Four- and eight-page configurations are available. Fully automated four and eight-page models of Presstek's Compass Series are available for shops requiring greater throughput and flexibility.

• Vector FL52. This 520mm metal platemaker features a compact footprint with an integrated plate washer and uses Presstek's chemistry-free Freedom Pro plates. The Vector offers the small format (520mm and under) printer a metal platemaking solution that provides higher productivity, a cleaner operation, and a lower overall operating cost.

• DPM Pro 400. The Presstek DPM Pro 400 is an easy-to-use, fully automated, high resolution polyester plate CTP system with an integrated plate processor. It supports plate widths up to 16.31-inches (414mm) and is faster, more economical to use, more environmentally-friendly, and more compact than comparable choices.

• Aeon Thermal CTP Plate. Aeon is a positive working high resolution non-preheat thermal CTP plate that offers run lengths to 200,000 without baking; an optional post-bake will enable runs of up to one million. Aeon is a versatile product that operates in 830 nm external drum platesetters.

• Aurora Chemistry-Free CTP Plates. Aurora is a true chemistry-free daylight-safe metal plate that can be imaged on a range of thermal platesetters. Aurora is rated up to 50,000 impressions and can be imaged at a resolution of 1 to 99 per cent at 200lpi. Its chemistry-free process only requires a simple water wash after imaging, there is no need for chemistry. It has a strong resistance to UV inks and solvents and can be used in both UV and conventional printing without any sacrifice in productivity and quality.

• Expert Service. In today's highly competitive market having a reliable service partner that provides rapid response and maximum uptime is essential. Presstek's highly experienced field engineering team, our second-level technical support experts, and our customer care group, are dedicated to delivering service, parts, remote support and supplies-what you need, whenever you need it to ensure optimum performance and a high-level of satisfaction.

• Supplies. Presstek stocks a wide range of printing supplies, plates, prepress materials, proofing products, parts, and small equipment, all ready to ship when you need it to. Purchasing is fast and easy. Order and manage your supply needs at: shop.presstek.com, or call 1-800-422-3616 in the USA and 1-800-387-3143 in Canada

‘Our open platform CTP and plate strategy is also paying big dividends as our product portfolio matures,’ said Kathleen McHugh, vice president of marketing. ‘Our long-run Aeon plate is gaining good traction in the marketplace and we expect that to continue. In addition, many printers have turned to Presstek's chemistry-free Aurora plate as a more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional chemistry-based plates. These plates provide an ideal digital plate alternative for printing companies of all sizes.’

For more information visit: www.presstek.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 August 2011.

Tuesday 2 August

Heidenreich Print world first with Speedmaster XL 145 UV
Renowned UV specialist counts on Heidelberg technology with considerable increase in productivity and flexibility…

Since May 2011, commercial and packaging printer Heidenreich Print, based in Bünde, East Westphalia, Germany, has been producing with the world's first Speedmaster XL 145 for hybrid applications from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. The press is a six-colour Speedmaster XL 145 with coating unit that can be operated either conventionally or, due to three UV interdeck dryers and a UV dryer in its delivery, it can also run as a hybrid or UV machine, as well.

Pictured: Hendrik Heidenreich (right), Heidenreich Print managing director; and Rudolf Becker, commercial managing director, count on printing presses from Heidelberg. Both are more than happy with productivity and quality of the world's first Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 145 UV.

In recent years, Heidenreich Print has built up a reputation as an experienced UV specialist in high-end commercial printing. After using presses of a different make for many years, the decision was taken in March 2010 to switch the entire press park over to machines from Heidelberg. A Speedmaster CD 102-5+L had been installed in August 2010, followed by a Speedmaster XL 105-6+L UV in January 2011 and now the Speedmaster XL 145-6+L UV.

‘This has given us even more flexibility to respond to customer requirements ranging from standard print to high-finish premium print products,’ Hendrik Heidenreich, managing director of Heidenreich Print, affirmed. He is also impressed with the user-friendliness of the Heidelberg presses, ‘In the past, we had to meticulously plan which operator would produce which orders on which machines and when. Thanks to the Heidelberg machines, we no longer have this problem. Our staff are impressed by the user-friendliness. Delivering first-class quality isn't a headache anymore.’

Rudolf Becker, commercial director at Heidenreich, is particularly pleased with the increase in productivity, ‘Even with the Speedmaster CD 102, we produced 25 million sheets in the first six months after taking it into service. We would have needed 15 months to produce that volume in the past. The Speedmaster XL 105 could even boost this output - just four weeks after commissioning the press, we completed an order of three million sheets with a net output of 16,500 sheets per hour. And the Speedmaster XL 145 has helped us achieve a whole new level of performance in the large-format sector, too.’

Established in Bünde in 1991, Heidenreich Print has a workforce of around 60 and handles both high-quality commercial orders and subcontracted orders in the packaging sector. The company's skills have won it numerous accolades including silver and bronze awards in the Sappi European Printer of the Year competition.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

QuadTech’s 10,000th global sale of its MultiCam
German multinational printer hails world’s best-selling register camera for its precision, speed and reliability…

QuadTech has achieved the 10,000th global sale of its MultiCam camera, after winning a deal to install register guidance and ribbon control technology on a new high-performance press at the Gütersloh, Germany, headquarters of Mohn media Mohndruck GmbH, a multinational commercial printing operation.

Left to right: Vince Balistrieri, QuadTech general manager, Commercial and Newspaper SBU; Gerd Meder, head of Department of Technology at Mohn media; and Frans Boelens, QuadTech general manager for Europe.

With a workforce of over 1700 and over 25 web presses, the Gütersloh plant is one of Germany’s largest offset printing houses, providing a total workflow solution for magazines, telephone directories, direct mail and promotional literature to customers across Europe.

The milestone achievement was part of an agreement to install eleven MultiCam cameras on Mohn’s new Manroland Lithoman IV, a 2250mm-wide, 80-page web press, with which the company plans to re-enter the brochure-printing market.

The new installation comprises two cameras on the web with QuadTech’s Register Guidance System — a closed-loop colour-to-colour register control system. Another nine cameras are integrated with the Ribbon Control System — to minimise lateral and circumferential error. The QuadTech systems offer unsurpassed performance for colour-to-colour registration and print-to-cut accuracy.

Proven performance
Mohn media’s working relationship with QuadTech began with retrofitting a number of existing presses with the Color Control System with Instrument Flight in 2005. This most recent installation of QuadTech’s Register Guidance and Ribbon Control Systems marks the 13th press at Mohn media to be outfitted with MultiCam.

‘In the last six years, QuadTech’s MultiCam technology has a proven track record in ensuring optimum colour consistency throughout the production run. With the installation on the new Lithoman IV, we have the assurance of offering consistent, high quality when running the press at extraordinarily high speeds,’ said Jens Krüler, engineer at Mohn media.

Gerd Meder, dead of Department of Technology at Mohn media, added, ‘The utilisation of MultiCam has been a big success for Mohn. We were able to noticeably increase production time and to decrease wastage.’

Unique camera design
Since its launch in 2004, the MultiCam camera has gained worldwide acclaim for its unique design, developed specifically for the job in hand. This means that it capitalises on the advantages of convenience, price and accuracy provided by digital imaging technology, without the disadvantages seen in many competitors’ products that use ‘off-the-shelf’ camera technology.

The disadvantages of many ‘off-the-shelf’ camera systems include the restriction of the sensor’s field of vision to a small section of the printing cylinder, rather than scanning the entire circumference. This restriction reduces the volume of data from the sensor, so that data can be sequentially processed and allow the system to still deliver reasonable speeds.

MultiCam’s 640 x 480 pixel sensor harnesses specially designed FPGA-based hardware to enable multitasking of mark-recognition and other essential calculations. This approach allows the camera to view the entire repeat length of the web and cope with the volume of data generated. By doing so, the system can find marks more quickly, especially during periods of maximum register upset such as during a web splice.

Handling marks as small as 0.36mm (0.014-inches), it can make up to 30 register mark searches per second. It is capable of operating at speeds of up to 17.8 m/sec (3500 ft/min), equivalent to the Lithoman IV’s maximum speed, and ensures immediate recovery from web-tension upsets. Furthermore, LED lighting ensures long life and low maintenance.

Integrated controls
Mohn media is also benefiting from another component of QuadTech’s ICON integrated platform: Data Central, an application that receives, manages, stores, and displays data in order to generate reports for monitoring and improving press and process performance. Data Central’s Color Print Curve Production Summary Report provides concise, easy-to-use job summary statistics together with tone value print curves for monitoring actual results of the entire colour reproduction process.

‘With immediate access to historic registration and colour performance data, we can optimise the press so our clients are assured predictable, ‘what you see is what you get’ quality that is identical to the original files,’ said Krüler.

Market acceptance
Karl Fritchen, president of QuadTech, commented, ‘MultiCam is the first register camera of its kind to achieve such a significant level of market acceptance. The success is a testament to the ingenuity and unrelenting dedication of our research and development staff to building better value for our customers. Printers large and small need solutions that reduce costs and ensure higher quality — at a time when printing has never been so competitive. And clearly, MultiCam meets that need perfectly.’

For more information, visit the Quadtech Website via the banner or sponsor logo button links on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

Langstane spearheads growth with Presstek Sorrus workflow
Investment in Presstek 34DI press, online job submission and digital printing, round out reinvigoration of service offering…

Presstek has announced that Langstane Press has recently installed a Presstek 34DI digital offset press combined with Presstek Sorrus workflow at its location in Aberdeen.

Established in 1947, Langstane, the largest family-owned stationer in Scotland, chose the Presstek 34DI digital offset press as part of a three-phase plan to re-invigorate its print division and to expand its service offering. The investment has proven so successful that Bob Bruce, Langstane Press general manager (Print), anticipates a ROI in a couple of years.

The new Presstek 34DI press and Sorrus workflow solution will be a foundation from which to implement phase two, allowing customers to easily order jobs online. ‘It is increasingly important to give our customers 24/7 access to our shop,’ added Bruce. ‘Many of our end users are high profile petroleum groups requiring fast turnaround print for their North Sea operations. Providing them with a customised online portal will streamline ordering and build stronger customer relationships.’

Approximately 8 per cent of Langstane's revenues are generated by the printing department. Bruce commented, ‘We see this as a growth area and this investment is designed to increase the print contribution to the larger group. We have many requests from offshore customers who need to print and re-print materials such as data sheets and safety manuals. Sorrus enables those repeat jobs to be handled with a minimum of human touch points, increasing productivity for both Langstane and our customers.’

The Presstek 34DI is a unique digital offset press that offers printers the most profitable solution for meeting growing demand for fast turnaround, high quality colour printing in runs from 500 to 20,000. Chemistry-free plates are imaged on press and the press is able to go from file to sellable sheets in 16 minutes or less, giving this B3 7,000 sheet per hour press a small environmental footprint with limited makeready waste. Capabilities are further expanded with the 34DI's ability to print on a wide range of substrates from onion skin to heavy card stock, including plastics and magnetic media. Superior quality printing is produced at up to 300lpi and FM screening-without incurring additional time or expense.

Presstek's Sorrus workflow delivers comprehensive control over every job to increase throughput, improve quality, reduce errors, and maximise performance. Built on Adobe's PDF Print Engine, Sorrus opens the door to enhanced productivity with fully-featured JDF functionality. Tight integration with Adobe Acrobat 7 and 8 allows customers to submit jobs directly into Sorrus's job ticket module - including all customer data and source files, eliminating the need to re-key data throughout the production process. In addition, Sorrus offers the flexibility to create and store production plans for all jobs regardless of complexity. While Adobe in-RIP trapping is standard, Sorrus accepts all standard input formats.

Sorrus operates well in a multi-vendor environment, supporting more than 256 output devices from various manufacturers, including proofers, imagesetters, platesetters, digital presses, and production copiers. It provides imposition capability within the workflow and can accept templates from the most popular third-party imposition programs. It also enables re-mapping of inks to their proper plates with name variations for specialized colours as well as substantial flexibility for built-in job approval processes.

Bruce added, ‘In particular, Sorrus' impositioning capability has had a huge effect on business card printing. Now we can standardise the layout of 21 on business cards of different sizes on one sheet which makes guillotining smoother and faster. That, for us, has dramatically reduced a bottleneck in our work process.’

Other benefits include being able to submit pages when they are ready rather than waiting for the entire document to be complete, creating multiple workflow streams and checking a job at any point in the workflow. Sorrus also includes a unique 3D proofing functionality that allows completed, bound jobs to be viewed in a 3D format.

‘Our Presstek 34DI press has been running nearly to full capacity from the moment it was installed and business continues to come in - so much so that we are considering adding a second shift,’ said Bruce. ‘One of the first jobs we planned to print was our own marketing brochure to showcase what you can do with the 34DI's waterless printing technology. However, the Presstek DI has been so busy we haven't had time to do that yet.’

Bruce said Langstane Press did look at other market options, including presses from China, ‘To be honest,’ he said, ‘the DI is perfect for us. Its 300lpi imaging technology combined with fast changeovers allows us to drastically increase throughput. As we are ISO14001 certified, the environment aspects of the investment were very important to us.’

‘The press also produces excellent colour consistency giving us much more control and enabling us to deliver greater stability to our customers. We have a lot of repeat business and now we can better match that work. Another big advantage for us was the small footprint and the fact that you don't need a plate processor. We wanted to keep the department lean, mean and compact.’

DI waterless printing conserves water and reduces waste while providing higher quality colour with higher ink densities that expand the colour gamut and produce more saturated colour. Dot gain is also reduced because the press eliminates the need for dampening solution. The dots are sharper and photographic shadow detail is rendered more clearly. Screen rulings of 300lpi and FM screening are easily produced and the colour is consistent, within the job and from job to job, making reprints more reliable.

The third and final phase of Langstane's plan will be the addition of another toner-based digital press to produce cost effective runs as small as one. Bruce adds: ‘We were the first printer in the North of Scotland to invest in an HP Indigo press and we are the first to add Sorrus workflow. We are keen to look at any investment that will present us with a competitive advantage, and the end-to-end Presstek solution built around Sorrus and the 34DI digital offset press does just that.’

For more information about Presstek's digital offset, please visit www.presstek.com or e-mail: info@presstek.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

Screen Truepress 344 digital offset press for KopyKat
KopyKat Printing, London, has invested in a Screen Truepress 344 to boost high-quality fast turnaround times…

Efficiency is central to any printer’s business in today’s market. With more and more customers expecting jobs to be completed within 24 hours, KopyKat Printing’s investment in the Screen Truepress 344 will help to grow the business.

KopyKat, London, has invested in a Screen Truepress 344 digital offset press to boost fast turnaround times whilst maintaining high quality. The purchase will give KopyKat the capacity to meet growing demand.

Pictured above: Phil Moretti-Greene and his team with the Screen Truepress 344.

KopyKat, based in London’s fashionable Shoreditch, is a full-service print company offering everything from corporate stationery to large format posters. It employs 12 staff and, under the management of founder Phil Moretti-Greene, the company has gone from strength to strength over the past 30 years. KopyKat has continually evolved to meet the needs of local customers, investing in a range of complementary kit. Alongside the new Screen Truepress 344 is a 5-colour Komori Lithrone 28 press, Xerox DocuColor 700 and 5000 digital machines, Epson Stylus Pro 9800 and 11880 large format inkjet printers and flexible finishing solutions.

Moretti-Greene set up the company initially as a stationery print firm. Since then he has evolved its services to reflect the needs of its local and London-based customers. Although very London focused, the company delivers overnight to customer's multi-office locations nationwide. ‘As our customers’ needs have grown, so have our services and this evolution never stops,’ said Phil. The company hopes that its new purchase will help the business to continue to expand and adapt to customer’s requirements.

Today, KopyKat supports a large number of blue chip financial and legal companies as well as charity and campaign groups, many for over 20 years. There has been a recent influx of bars and nightclubs to the Shoreditch area that have turned to KopyKat for support with their printing. ‘This area has become very trendy over the last few years and we are surrounded by TV companies, agencies and clubs. Our walk-in trade has grown rapidly and we can get anything from 10 - 30 people through the door a day,’ added Moretti-Greene. ‘This means that we need to be increasingly flexible and efficient to meet tight deadlines and that’s why we bought the Truepress.

‘We chose this machine to deliver fast-turnaround offset quality on jobs from 500 - 5,000 copies. These days everyone wants everything fast and our aim is to meet their needs,’ he continued, ‘I like the automation of the Screen press. I can get a job from the digital front end onto the press in 11 minutes, compared to 45 minutes onto the offset press.’

Automation is the key to the A3 Screen Truepress 344 and that starts with plate loading. The material is automatically loaded from an on-board cassette and imaging begins straight away. At the same time, the blanket is cleaned, the feeder is set up and the ink calibration completed - all completely automatically. Five minutes later, all four plates are ready for printing at 7,000 impressions per hour at 2,400dpi resolution.

One of the most important aspects of purchasing a new printing machine is the training and service that goes along with it. Moretti-Greene said that ‘Screen has been very responsive. Installation and training went very smoothly and we were operational within days, since when we haven't looked back. They have given us great support.’

For additional information, visit the Screen Website via its banner or sponsor logo links on our Home Page. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannesburg.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

FINAT’s 20th anniversary at Labelexpo Europe
FINAT to showcase label community programmes at Labelexpo Europe 2011, and excitement builds for Operators' Day on 1 October…

FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry, will again be exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe 2011, to be held from 28 September - 1 October at the Parc des Expositions in Brussels. This year's edition of the exhibition will celebrate the 20th anniversary of FINAT's partnership with the world's leading international trade show for the label industry.

Right: For Jan Kerkwijk, foreman at Dutch company, Kolibri Labels, Operators' Day at Labelexpo represents a chance to fill in any knowledge gaps.

Linking the global label community
The association's stand, P40 in Hall11, will serve as meeting point for members and prospective members and will feature a series of new and existing programmes aimed at the international self-adhesive label community. This year's edition will see the release of the completely revised Educational Handbook, that will be made available in electronic PDF version edition to FINAT members as part of the associations on-going education programme. The Handbook will be added to FINAT's virtual library of educational, technical and marketing documentation that is available to (prospective) members from the associations new FINAT Website and Community that was launched recently.

At the show, members and prospective members will be invited to (join and) complete their personal profile and become part of the on-line FINAT Community. Over the coming 12 months, new functionalities will be added to this community to allow members to network, obtain and share knowledge and information, and participate in different on-line groups and events.

This year's FINAT stand will also feature the Sustainability and Recycling Desk, that will allow visitors to obtain practical information and guidance about the growing number of liner recycling solutions available across Europe.

More FINAT Events
During the show, FINAT staff and members of the different committees and groups, including FINAT's successful Young Managers Club will be available to inform visitors about the association's activities and programmes coming up next year such as the Technical Seminar in Barcelona in March 2012, the FINAT Congress in Athens in June 2012 and the first global Young Managers Summit in November 2012. Visitors will be offered FINAT's Yearbook 2011 as well as an informative pocket guide about its on-going activities and services. As a service to members, a small meeting room will be available upon reservation for brief private meetings.

The day before the show, on 27 September, FINAT will be welcoming its global counterpart associations from different continents to the European capital for 5th edition of the so-called 'L9' summit. Apart from FINAT, the associations from USA, Mexico, Japan, Cina and India have already confirmed their attendance.

FINAT managing director Jules Lejeune commented, ‘Labelexpo Europe is the world's show case event for the label sector. With 600 members in over 50 countries, FINAT has proudly been supporting this event for the past two decades. Together we provide a unique global meeting platform for companies with a single common interest: to promote the development of the label sector world-wide. We look forward to welcoming visitors to this year's edition!’

Excitement builds for operators' day
Operators' Day is organised by FINAT and its affiliated national label associations in Europe, in association with Labelexpo. The event, that will be held on the shows’ closing day, Saturday 1 October (tickets will be valid as of Friday afternoon 15.00 hrs.), is aimed at production personnel of label companies visiting Labelexpo: those workers involved in design and prepress, plate production, press operation (conventional or digital) and converting (including die cutting, slitting, rewinding). As the name suggests, it is dedicated exclusively to showing operators new solutions, processes and practices that will help them improve how they work.

The tailored programme will introduce operators to a special Show Trail featuring member companies exhibiting at the show, and will feature an educational competition with prizes awarded at the closing ceremony. The Operators Show Trail will include a variety of aspects associated with the self-adhesive manufacturing process, from materials and prepress technology through to the printing process. Via the websites of FINAT and the national associations, they will be invited to prepare themselves for the Trail.

Michael Jagiella, Technical and Production Leader at Germany's Gundlach LOGO, commented, ‘I regularly visit Labelexpo, as it's the most important show for our industry. Operators' Day is a very important initiative - it's the perfect opportunity to learn about new technologies and get updates on all the key issues affecting our business.

‘It's also a great place for making new contacts and sharing information. I'm looking forward to discovering how my peers do things, and how I could incorporate what I've learned into our production process.’

For Jan Kerkwijk (pictured above), foreman at Dutch company, Kolibri Labels, Operators' Day represents a chance to fill in any knowledge gaps: ‘We work in a fast-changing environment. And with technology advancing all the time, there are always new things to learn. Ultimately, the better you know your machines and everything they can do, the more value you'll get from them.

‘Operators' Day is crucial because it gives us a chance to really get on top of the latest technological developments. And because it's within an educational context, we can explore how the latest innovations could be deployed at our own companies, and get an understanding of the impact they might have from both a production and commercial perspective.’

Meanwhile Yohann Peyronnet, operator at French label manufacturer, Stratus Packaging, says the company will be taking 100 staff to Labelexpo and Operators' Day will be the highlight: ‘Operators' Day will be a great opportunity to meet face to face with suppliers. We'll be able to share with them the challenges we're facing, and discuss how we can overcome them.

‘Also, it's very nice to have a day dedicated solely to operators - it's recognition of how important it is that we have the opportunity to build on our print education and develop our skills.’

Lejeune, believes Operators' Day not only advances operators' skills and knowledge, but also benefits the whole company: ‘Operators' Day focuses on a very important group in our industry. It's really important for companies to invest time and resources in them. Operators' Day aims to do just that. It will be an educational experience - operators will be able to put what they learn into practise at their own print environments.’

To find out more, visit: www.finat.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

Muller Martini all set to exhibit at Labelexpo
The company has earned a reputation as a strong partner with over 100 installed machines for label and package printing…

At this year's Labelexpo trade fair, being held from 28 September to 1 October, 2011, the company will be showcasing its expertise in the label and packaging printing segment with web widths of 520 - 850mm at three different stands.

VSOP Printing Unit at the Muller Martini stand
At the L110 stand in Hall 7, Muller Martini will be exhibiting a VSOP printing unit to showcase infinitely variable size web offset printing and its potential applications. The VSOP web offset printing press features sleeve technology, meaning the print size can be changed quickly and easily, without the need to change all of the printing inserts - two light and handy sleeves are the only parts that need to be exchanged to change the print size. This is a real advantage, and particularly cost-effective, for print lengths that change frequently.

Additionally, the VSOP allows companies to make use of the benefits of offset printing, which include low costs and super short procurement lead times for printing plates. By using standard offset printing plates, considerable savings can be made in comparison to other printing processes, such as flexo or gravure printing.

Exhibition of Printed Products
The Package Printing Zone (Hall 12, stand V10) will give trade fair visitors an insight into how efficiently web offset printing can be used in the package printing segment. High-quality print products manufactured on Muller Martini web offset printing presses will be shown at this stand, plus visitors will be able to learn more about label printing and the host of potential applications presented by the VSOP for the flexible packaging segment.

Information on Safe Foodstuff Packaging
Another highlight for this year's Labelexpo will be the information on printing safe foodstuff packaging using electron-beam curing, to be presented by Muller Martini at the stand belonging to printing ink manufacturer Sun Chemical (Hall 5, stand E80). The stand will be showcasing industrially manufactured packaging that has been printed on VSOP printing presses by combining offset and flexo printing techniques. The printing inks on these items were cured by means of electron beams, meaning this procedure is especially well suited to foodstuff packaging, since the ink film is immediately cured all the way through. The result is a high-quality, low-odor and low-migration print product that has been manufactured under reliable production conditions, without the use of photo initiators or the emission of pollutants.

Come and see for yourself the benefits of this state-of-the-art offset technology from Muller Martini which offers infinitely variable print sizes changes. Visit us from 28 September to 1 October, 2011, at the Labelexpo trade fair in Brussels. Our printing press experts will be pleased to talk to you about the latest market developments and technology trends.

Pictured above: The VSOP from Muller Martini can be used as a flexible solution. Thin films as well as cardboard packaging can be printed with the VSOP web offset printing press.

For additional information on all Muller Martini solutions, please visit: www.mullermartini.com. In Southern Africa, Muller Martini is represented by Thunderbolt Solutions at: www.thunderbolt.co.za, or just click on the Thunderbolt sponsor logo button on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

Concept to consumer – Kodak doing more with packaging
Kodak to showcase entire packaging portfolio at Labelexpo 2011, at the Parc des Expositions, Brussels…

It is not just expertise in labels that Kodak will be showcasing at Labelexpo Europe 2011. Spanning two stand spaces (Hall 9), visitors will be able to see the company's entire range of solutions for the packaging world with a focus on the highly interdependent relationships between packaging production and the brand owner.

‘”What can your products do for my business?” is a question we are often asked and it is something that we set out to answer on our stand," said David Croft, packaging segment manager for Kodak in Europe. ‘Of course the answer lies in who asks the question. A production manager wants to know about efficiency savings, time to colour, dot size, smoothness of vignettes and ink lay down whereas a brand manager is really interested in shelf impact, creative opportunities and consistency of his image - the Kodak portfolio provides solutions and answers to each of these customers and many in between.’

A broad product portfolio on display at Labelexpo
For the production-based customers Kodak will demonstrate a range of technologies to maximise their quality and efficiency.

• Kodak Flexcel NX Plate system (pictured) - This award winning flexographic plate system delivers real advantages to the production of labels - achieving levels of print quality normally expected from gravure, offset or digital printing.

• Kodak Flexcel Direct System - A technology demonstration is set up at the booth. The versatile solution simplifies the plate making process, eliminates the variability associated with the traditional flexographic processes, removes the need for chemical processing and is perfect for in the round applications.

• Kodak's Letterpress and Analogue Plates - Increasing the range of label and decoration applications, Kodak plates are designed to work in existing analogue operations, allowing Kodak to truly deliver its technology solutions to all sectors of the industry.

• Kodak Workflow Solutions - Featuring Kodak Prinergy Powerpack workflow system and its packaging layout automation software which automates the time-intensive task of object layout, eliminating manual steps and reducing operator errors.

• Kodak Insite Prepress Portal System - Kodak will demonstrate its provision of secure Web access for remote job submission, progress tracking and approval, automating some of the most critical time consuming workflow steps.

For Brand-based customers Kodak will feature technologies and services that add value to their business.

• Kodak Design2Launch Solutions - For brand owners, particularly those developing out of retail roots with own-label products, the Kodak Design2Launch system is key to improving efficiency and reducing costs. It is an end-to-end digital workflow for marketing and creative teams that organises assets across brands, departments and suppliers and enhances speed, visibility, and collaboration in a single streamlined, centralised marketing workflow.

• Kodak's Brand Protection Solutions - A key area of labels is protecting the brand they represent. Kodak offers a suite of products to protect, track and secure high value products in the field. This sensitive area, is a growing business for Kodak. With overt, covert and ultra-covert technology, no other company is better placed to protect products, however much you want people to know. Or not.

Expert support and guidance to help visitors make the right move
To aid customers in making the right decision Kodak has a team of experts to apply process and knowledge to customer situations and create bespoke solutions. Kodak Marketmover Business Advantage Solutions gives brand owners and production organizations access to an array of knowledge including management consultants, solution architects, developers, and engineers. These teams analyze all aspects of the business and apply industry best practices to tailor an approach for each customer's unique situation and needs, eliminating inefficiencies with custom solutions while promoting business-wide interconnectivity and streamlined production workflow.

Sharing the Knowledge
All these topics and more will be the addressed on the booth by industry speakers and presentations that will inspire a creative approach, answer burning technical questions or simply promote a healthy debate. Key issues will be discussed in an open forum while members of Kodak's team will expand on technology and applications to deepen product understanding. Debates will be recorded and added to Kodak's social media sites and Kodak's bloggers and tweeters will ensure up to the moment updates are available.

Finally, giving visitors an idea of what can be achieved using Kodak's extensive portfolio, there will be an array of live customer work. ‘We promise not to talk about the how and why of production, but we'll focus on how we can offer real, demonstrable added value to what our partners sell and how we really can do more with packaging,’ added Croft.

In Southern Africa, Kodak Solutions are distributed and supported by Antalis South Africa’s Graphics division. For additional information visit the Antalis or Kodak Websites at: www.antalis.co.za or www.graphics.kodak.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

Domino ups digital profile at Labelexpo Europe
Domino confirms its transition from supplier of part-personalisation technologies to fully-fledged digital press manufacturer…

Exhibiting for the first time in the digital press area in Hall 9, Domino will display two key technologies for offering fast and efficient digital label personalisation and short to medium run printing; the K600i single colour high resolution modular print bar, which can be integrated into an existing press or finishing line or supplied as a standalone roll to roll solution, and the next generation N600i four colour 13-inch (333mm) web UV ink jet digital label press. Both systems incorporate the smart features of Domino's i-Tech Intelligent Technology and are based on UV curable ink jet technology, printing 600dpi at speeds of between 50 and 75 metres per minute.

The K600i is the first product Domino has launched that moves away from remotely mounted individual ink jet print heads to a solution covering the full web with a single digital ink jet module. Delivering quality output that is comparable to pre-print, the K600i operates at double the speed of most comparable digital systems. Key to the appeal of the K600i is the capability to accommodate different print widths which can be easily achieved by stitching print heads together across the web, achieving a print width range from 108mm (4.25-inches) to 780mm (30.8-inches), with scalability made possible by mounting print modules across a bar.

In addition, the modified print head with circulating ink system delivers an even higher level of performance and reliability, printing at a native resolution of 600dpi with three or four selectable drop sizes and line speeds of 50 to 75 metres per minute with UV curable inks. It also supports variable data printing, barcodes, 2D codes including QR Codes, numbers, graphics, logos and personalised data in a range of different image sizes.

Also on display in conjunction with the K600i will be the WebEx, a web handling extension for an existing re-winder or in some cases printing press, to facilitate variable data in-printing. The WebEx is designed to enable accurate material control essential for the high resolution print capability of the K600i, giving customers the opportunity to combine ink jet personalisation within an existing process.

Domino will also be exhibiting its piezo ink jet N600i Digital Label Press (pictured above), the only colour digital press to combine the productivity of flexo with the flexibility of digital printing. Operating up to 75 metres per minute and offering both a high 600dpi native print resolution, as well as up to four greyscale levels, the N600i utilises one of the smallest drop sizes to deliver excellent fine print detail. It offer the fast change-over and short run length options traditionally associated with digital technology, but printing up to 1.500 sq/m per hour also makes long production runs cost-effective. In addition its automated functions such as print head cleaning, capping and alignment helps to maintain the highest levels of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

‘The designs of both the K600i and N600i reflect a deep and long established understanding of ink jet technology that spans over 30 years,’ said Philip Easton, director of Domino's Digital Printing Business. ‘In addition, Labelexpo will be the first show where we will begin to roll out product deliverables that reflect the company's increased commitment to R&D enabling us to develop leading edge technologies that make valuable contributions to the productivity and profitability of our customer's businesses.’

Domino's latest digital label technologies can be seen in Hall 9 at Labelexpo 2011.

For further information on Domino, visit: www.domino-printing.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

More exhibitors’ news for Labelexpo Brussels 2011
Innovation in Action from Flint Group; Kugler-Womako; Label Traxx; Lintec Europe; Pulse Roll Labels; Rotocontrol; SMAG; and SOMA…

Another eight announcements relating to exhibitors’ lineups for Labelexpo Europe 2011, to be held from 28 September - 1 October at the Parc des Expositions in Brussels.

Right: The SMAG Comet Venus, featured much lower down in these combined Labelexpo articles, comprising unwinder, two full rotary die-cutting units, inline inspection with sensors, slitting and semi-automatic turret rewinder.

Flint Group at Labelexpo Brussels 2011
Innovation in Action! from Flint Group with inks, plates and sleeves that are smart, innovative and secure…

Flint Group is inviting visitors attending Labelexpo Brussels from 28 September – 1 October, 2011 to visit its stand in Hall 5, where they can see innovation in action and get inspired by inks, plates and sleeves that are smart, innovative and secure! Innovations will be unveiled throughout the show that are aimed at providing true value to any printer in either bottom line profit improvement, environmental considerations or inspiration to push through boundaries into new applications.

‘For the 2011 show Flint Group has more new products to show than ever before,’ said global product director Flint Group Narrow Web, Jennifer Joyce. She continued, ‘Thanks to a focused and intense R&D effort over the last 12 months from our global team we are able to introduce many new products that we know will be of high interest for many customers.’

‘The secret of Flint Group's success in product leadership and innovation lies with the company's strong focus on customer needs,’ added Niklas Olsson, Flint Group Narrow Web global brand manager, he continued, ‘Flint Group involves leading converters in the development process from a very early stage. We always listen to printers and try to fulfil their needs. We are proud to be able to state that the term 'printer friendly' will perfectly suit many of our products.’

Highlighted at the show will be:

Flexocure Ancora - a high performance low migration UV flexo ink designed to provide very low migration potential. The new ink offers high performance on press, good colour strength and adhesion while still meeting the demands of the food packaging industry. To provide exactly what label printers have been looking for - which is no compromise in performance as a result of low migration properties.

Lithocure Premium - ‘Printer Friendly’ UV offset ink perfected for Narrow Web - A new generation UV offset system with outstanding print and press performance suitable for most label substrates and narrow web applications.

UvoScreen Elite - Press ready UV screen ink for high end label applications. UvoScreen Elite is the latest technology from Flint Group, tailor-made for rotary screen printing using either Stork or Gallus screen systems. UvoScreen Elite offers vibrant colours, excellent adhesion to a wide range of films, perfect printability and press stability also over long runs. UvoScreen Elite can easily be used in combination with any of Flint Group's other ink ranges, and print perfectly over CombiWhite - Flint Group's award winning Opaque White screen ink.

BioCure F - UV curable flexo ink based on bio-renewable resin technology.

• BioCure F is compliant with current sustainability efforts and ideas. This environmentally friendly ink offers everything converters need in a robust UV flexo ink; providing high colour strength and excellent mileage; good press stability and good dot sharpness at high printing speeds.

Flint Group Flexographic Products will showcase its broad portfolio of printing plates and sleeves. Especially the plate types nyloflex FAB and FAH show outstanding performance when using UV and solvent based inks. The hard flexo plate type nyloflex ACE as well as the medium hard plate nyloflex ACT are ideally suitable for water based inks. The plates deliver excellent print results and are available in conventional and digital quality.

• Rotec Label Sleeves developed specifically for narrow web printing with increased dimensional stability and excellent edge stability.

• In addition printers can also learn about some of the benefits and possibilities in enhancing product decoration - by enquiring on stand about, Cast & Cure UV coatings, EB cured Offset inks, low migration coatings and UV primers and coatings dedicated for digital presses.

‘Flint Group provides a full range of products for narrow web printers’ says Inken Steinhauser, Director Marketing and Product Management Flint Group Flexographic Products, ‘and we are glad to offer system solutions to our customers from a single source.’

Call for entries - Narrow Web Print Awards 2011
Flint Group Narrow Web will also host the 7th Annual Narrow Web Print Awards Thursday, 29 September at 4:00 p.m. on stand. This award is dedicated to celebrate the excellence and innovation in the wider world of narrow web printing - honouring those ‘inspirational’ print jobs in the industry. Label converters from all over the world are encouraged to submit sample labels of their choosing for evaluation by a panel of industry judges.

Criteria for judging both categories include:
• Registration
• Smoothness of dot/vignette
• Overall print quality
• Degree of difficulty
• Creative use of colour

Entries will be placed in categories relating to technology and application. Contact Niklas Olsson in Europe at niklas.olsson@flintgrp.com or Deanna Whelan in the United States at: deanna.whelan@flintgrp.com for further information.

For more information, please visit: www.flintgrp.com. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannesburg.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

New label solutions from Kugler-Womako at Labelexpo
Kugler-Womako will present new developments for both the cutting of plastic labels and matrix removal…

At Labelexpo, Kugler-Womako will present new developments for both the cutting of plastic labels as well as a concept for efficient label matrix removal for pressure sensitive labels in Hall 7.

For over ten years, the LabelCut 102 from Kugler-Womako has been used throughout the world and enables customers to professionally convert wet glue labels from reels into strip piles. Kugler-Womako is building upon this successful technology: Its new development, a cutting capability for plastic labels, is targeted to the stringent requirements of this demanding niche market.

The LabelCut cuts plastic labels with a thickness of 50 sq/m to 105 sq/m at a speed of 2,000 cuts/min or 200 m/min. Even at the highest speed, the cutting accuracy is +/- 0.1 mm, both longitudinally as well as transversely. This is a performance that is even unmatched with paper. Nicolas Herd, Technical Director at Kugler-Womako, describes the new development as follows: ‘To meet our usual quality standards, even with these delicate materials, we have adjusted almost all individual stations.’ The company developed a collating area that makes it possible to collect sensitive plastic labels in strips smoothly and precisely. Even during operation, the collating area can be adjusted from outside to millimetre accuracy. ‘To meet the tolerance range of the connected machines, exact positioning of the strip piles, which are up to 110 mm high, is critical,’ said Herd.

Another innovation of the Southern German company focuses on efficient label matrix removal for pressure sensitive labels. Especially for the thin and attractive ‘no label look’ labels, it is difficult to achieve significant precision, particularly at high speeds. With its new concept, Kugler-Womako meets this challenge. Its solution for the converting of thinner label webs reaches a speed of 200 m/min and a width of 650 mm, without damaging the substrate. ‘Together with our customers and industry partners, we have developed a highly efficient concept for the label market and are now eagerly awaiting feedback from the knowledgeable audience at Labelexpo,’ said Dr. Hakan Ispaylar, managing director of Kugler-Womako.

For more information, visit: www.kw.kpl.net.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

Label Traxx at Labelexpo Europe 2011
The company to launch Version 6.1 at Labelexpo Europe, plus product enhancements and new modules, with demonstrations…

Label Traxx will launch Version 6.1 at Labelexpo Europe 2011, taking place from 28 September to 1 October. Now in beta testing and scheduled for full release following the Brussels exhibition, Label Traxx Version 6.1 includes:
• Expanded JDF integration and communication between Label Traxx and digital partners HP Indigo and EskoArtwork.
• Upgraded database engine technology, for increased speed and functionality.
• An entirely new Label Traxx E-Traxx module, providing a web portal through which brand owners can access and manage their label orders and quotations online.
• A new report writer, offering expanded capability and a simple user interface.

In addition to the Version 6.1 features, Label Traxx will also demonstrate a new Visual Scheduling module scheduled for release in a subsequent version update.

Label Traxx will be a featured venture in the Digital Print Workshops at Labelexpo Europe 2011, where visitors can compare the performance of three different digital presses printing identical files.

Commenting on activities at the show, Label Traxx President Ken Meinhardt said, ‘At Label Traxx, software enhancements are driven by our very active user group. Users continuously make their needs and desires known, and we respond with software updates twice each year or more often. At Labelexpo Europe 2011, Label Traxx will roll out our latest version, and we will also preview features to be incorporated in subsequent upgrades. The Labelexpo shows—in Brussels and Chicago—are important venues for Label Traxx, and offer us the opportunity to meet customers and prospects from around the world. We are expanding our efforts in Continental Europe, and expect the 2011 exhibition to be particularly productive.’

Label Traxx provides automated job management software for the printing industry. The company was formed as Tailored Solutions in 1993 by Ken Meinhardt and David Porter, both of whom remain active in the business. Worldwide, Label Traxx is the most popular print business management software for flexographic and digital narrow web converters and printers. Label Traxx is designed for use on both Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Tailored Solutions is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and may be reached at: www.tailored.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

Lintec Europe announces line-up for Labelexpo
The company will showcase its full line up of durable self adhesive label stock and printing equipment in Brussels…

Lintec Europe, global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of pressure-sensitive adhesive materials, will showcase its full line up of durable self adhesive label stock and printing equipment on its stand in Hall 6 at Labelexpo Europe, from 28 September to 1 October, in Brussels.

Must see products on the Lintec stand include the company's unique outer tyre label adhesive technology range and a new adhesive for siliconised surfaces.

Lintec's outer tyre label range has unique, ultra aggressive adhesion chemistry and offers the most advance options for both standard and winter tyres. As winter tyres typically have less adhesion qualities, Lintec's range of tyre labels is already proving a welcome alternative for tyre manufacturers.

Visitors to the stand will also be able to see Lintec's newest addition to its silicone adhesive range. It offers excellent tack levels and sticks well to all siliconised and low energy surfaces, as opposed the usual low initial tack of other conventional silicone adhesives.

‘Lintec continuously expands its rich heritage of innovative label solutions, and Labelexpo is the perfect European showcase’, said Kusakari Kazuhiro, general manager at Lintec Europe. ‘Our extensive range of durable, high end, self-adhesive labelstocks offer customers a wide range of solutions, and we look forward to showing this when we welcome visitors to our stand.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

Pulse to feature liner-less and release varnishes
Ink manufacturer Pulse Roll Label Products will feature the latest developments in its range of inks and varnishes…

At Labelexpo, ink manufacturer Pulse Roll Label Products will feature the latest developments in its range of inks and varnishes Recent developments include EL165 a UV flexo, varnish for liner-less applications with minimal noise levels. Extensive blocking and ageing tests have shown the long term release is the same and in some cases better than the standard cationic product. EL165 also gives a cost saving of 20 per cent over the cationic varnishes and eliminates the danger of free radical contamination making it easier to handle press side. From an environmental standpoint, the amount of label waste is significantly reduced, but so is paper consumption, freight, and storage costs, as well as the cost of waste disposal.

EL165 is complimented by EL088 a UV flexo, semi-gloss release varnish for peel and read applications. Both products offer good adhesion and resistance properties and are suitable for use on coated paper and board and treated PE and PP substrates.

Pulse Roll Label Products Ltd. has been supplying the label converting industry since 2001 and is part of the Pulse Group of companies. The company's portfolio includes UV and water-based inks, Digital varnishes and primers, coatings, adhesives, special effect inks, pressroom products and cleaning solutions. The company serves an international customer base from its manufacturing operation near Bristol, United Kingdom.

For additional information, visit: www.pulserl.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

Rotocontrol at Labelexpo Europe 2011 in Brussels
Rotocontrol to introduce sensing and verification at Labelexpo Europe with four machines on show in Hall 7…

Rotocontrol today announced the SVS (Sensing and Verification System) option will be introduced at Labelexpo Europe 2011 in Brussels, the world's largest event for the label, product decoration, web printing and converting industry. The SVS features powerful algorithms to detect repeated printed images on most material types including clear on clear, IML and butt-cut labels to provide missing label and matrix detection feedback to the machine. Secure sensing technology is key to providing customers with accurate counting.

On its stand, Rotocontrol will also demonstrate leading-edge Finishing technology including the flagship RSC Vertical Inspection Slitter/Rewinder, RSD Die Cutting, and the RSP Single Pass 100 per cent Security Inspection. 100 per cent servo drives from Bosch Rexroth assures precise, automatic tension control and high speed - trademarks of all Rotocontrol machines. The RSC Slitter/Rewinder machine will also be demonstrated in the AVT Stand.

Also featured will be the recently announced Vacuum Splice Table option enhancing Operator efficiency by automatically placing mill-splice/flags, matrix/missing labels and vision detected defects right on the vertical inspection plate for reworking.

Marco Aengenvoort, managing director of Rotocontrol commented, ‘Our company debut at Labelexpo Europe 2009 was very successful. With over 80 Finishing Machine installations around the world, we are pleased to return two years later to showcase our latest innovative technology and meet with industry-leading Converters. We ae also looking forward to meeting with key converter representatives during ‘Operators Day’, organised by FINAT, on Saturday 1 October.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

Smag Graphique flatbed screen at Labelexpo Europe
Smag to launch new screen printing and finishing modules for conventional and digital label converters…

New 30m/min semi-rotary flatbed screen unit offers benefits to offset, flexo and digital label converters.

Building on its established base of modular screen printing and finishing solutions, Smag Graphique will be presenting a range of new systems, running live, on its stand in Hall 7 at Labelexpo Europe, from 28 September - 1 October, at the Brussels Expo, Belgium.

The highlight of Smag's 280 sq/m stand will be the new high-speed semi-rotary flatbed screen printing station that operates at speeds up to 30m/min. With a maximum print width of 340mm and a 340mm repeat length, the print station will be operating mono-colour on a Digital Galaxie, in conjunction with a semi-rotary flexo station and a semi-rotary die-cutting station.

The use of a flatbed screen offers a number of advantages to label converters producing short runs. Flatbed screens can be prepared in-house, more quickly and much less expensively than rotary screens which are usually prepared by outside suppliers. Flatbed screen printing also offers greater ink density, opacity and higher definition images than rotary screens. Also, more special effects are possible with flatbed screens, giving label converters producing short to medium runs several competitive advantages in addition to improved cost-effectiveness.

Other production benefits include the ability to extend run lengths, turn around more jobs, and attract more business from existing customers as well new ones.

‘This high-speed flatbed screen printer enables label converters to deliver the advantages of screen printing including opacity, chemical resistance, and tactile effects more easily and cost-effectively than ever before,’ said Stéphane Rateau, general manager, Smag Graphique. ‘Visitors to our stand at Labelexpo will be able to see this printer in action, along with our full range of products for label converters.’

With solutions for flexo, offset and digital label converters, Smag Graphique's finishing lines can be configured to meet the needs of modern label converters to enable them to offer customers value-added features for their labels while having the benefits of efficient operation and sound engineering themselves.

Broadened finishing / converting program for digital label printing
New on the Smag Graphique stand will be the I-CUT 330, part of the entry-level finishing and converting series for digital label converters. The I-Cut 330 (330mm) offers speeds up to 40m/min. The new unit complements the established I-CUT 250 (250mm is a more compact model delivering speeds up to 15m/min). Both models offer a simple, reliable solution for those moving into digital label production.

Also new is the Foil Saver, designed to save foil - and costs - by electronically calculating the pulling length of the foil used by the Smag flatbed foil press.

The Smag Graphique stand presents a broad selection of Smag's equipment for conventional and digital label converters. Smag's semi-rotary technology allows a higher level of sophistication to be achieved in the production of short and medium run labels.

Digital solutions on display include:
• Smag Digital Galaxie comprising unwinder, semi-rotary flexo station, the new high-speed screen printer, and AVT Helios 100 per cent inspection systems, semi-rotary die-cutting, slitting and dual rewinding unit.
• Smag Digital Galaxie with unwinder, semi-rotary flexo station, flatbed screen printing station 450mm Stroke X2, semi-rotary foil station, semi-rotary die-cutting and dual rewinding unit.
• Smag I-CUT 330 with flexo unit.
• Conventional solutions on show include:
• Smag Galaxie Classic with unwinder, three flatbed screen units, flatbed hot foil press with the new Foil Saver, semi-rotary die-cutting, slitting and semi-automatic turret rewinding unit.
• Smag Comet Venus (pictured above) comprising unwinder, two full rotary die-cutting units, inline inspection with sensors, slitting and semi-automatic turret rewinder.
• Smag C4R+ slitter rewinder inspection system (350mm) with a BST International 100 per cent video inspection system.
• Smag automatic gearless fan-folder with unwinder.

About Smag Graphique
Based in the south of Paris, Smag Graphique, a division of Sramag, specialises in the manufacture of roll-to-printing and converting equipment for conventional and digital label and flexible packaging applications. During its more than thirty years of operation, Smag has a global network of agents and distributors and has installed more than 800 machines in 35 countries and formed strategic partnerships with the leading label and flexible packaging suppliers.

The Digital Galaxie, from Smag Graphique, will feature semi-rotary flatbed screen printing station capable of speeds up to 30m/min

The Smag Comet Venus slitter rewinder will also be on display at Labelexpo 2011

For further information visit: www.smag-graphique.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

Wide web Soma Bulldog meets narrow web in Brussels
Exhibiting for the first time at Labelexpo, Soma Engineering to feature live demos of its offline die-cutter and slitter-rewinder…

Exhibiting for the first time at Labelexpo Europe in Hall 7, Soma Engineering will feature live demonstrations of its Bulldog, offline die-cutter and Pluto II slitter-rewinder.

Commenting on the reasons for exhibiting, brand manager, Pavla Kusa said, ‘Soma is well known for its role as a manufacturer of equipment for the wide web, flexible packaging industry, but we have also quietly been supplying mid-web presses and converting equipment to label printers. We feel it is time to let this industry know that our common impression presses and converting lines also have a role to play in label printing and Labelexpo Europe offers an ideal platform from which to strengthen our position in this market.’

The Bulldog die-cutter is a roll to stack, off-line machine optimised for producing aluminium and plastic foils and laminate lids for in-mould labels, beverage labels, yoghurt cartons and similar applications. Print to die registration ensures high precision cuts with optimum edge quality. The flatbed die-cutting system consists of multiple long-life dies that also permit punching of different configurations at the same time. Depending on the shape of the lid and the number of die tools in use, typically up to 75,000 lids per hour can be produced and delivered to the stacker. The Bulldog handles unwind diameters up to 450mm with a maximum width of up to 320mm or 510mm. An embossing unit prior to die-cutting permits various patterns to be achieved. The machine is equipped with splicing table for continuous operation.

The new, 1350mm wide Pluto ll slitter-rewinder is aimed at greater efficiency and is designed to reduce waste and down times. With its larger unwind and rewind diameters and simplified job changeovers, Pluto ll is a high performance machine for long runs with in-built features for operator comfort. These include automated slit edge removal, 'knife positioning assistant', shaft-less unwind system with integrated loading and programmable rewind core positioning.

Located in the Lanskroun, Czech Republic, Soma Engineering manufactures high quality printing and converting machines for the flexible packaging industry. Its portfolio encompasses CI flexographic printing presses, slitter rewinders, laminators, mounter proofers, sheeters, die-cutters and special purpose machines. The company serves an international market with representation and distribution channels throughout the world.

For additional information, visit: www.soma-eng.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 August 2011.

Wednesday 3 August

Heidelberg acquires CSAT GmbH
Heidelberg acquires manufacturer of electrophotographic and drop-on- demand inkjet digital presses for the packaging market…

Strategic acquisition expands digital print portfolio in the growth market of packaging printing
• Portfolio aims at cost-effective production of short and variable print runs in the packaging sector
• Opening up new cutting-edge digital printing technology
• Customers benefit from well-known high-quality sales and service

With effect from 29 July, 2011, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG has acquired CSAT GmbH, based in Eggenstein near Karlsruhe, Germany. Both parties have agreed to keep the purchase price confidential. The company specialises in the development, manufacture, and worldwide sales and service of digital printing systems, including consumables for the packaging industry. It employs some 70 staff. CSAT is one of the market leaders for industrial digital printing systems that can be integrated into production lines. This takeover expands the existing digital print portfolio of Heidelberg for the packaging sector and widens its customer base in this market segment. Heidelberg also gains access to technology and expertise in the areas of drop-on-demand inkjet (DoD) and electrophotography.

'Acquiring CSAT GmbH is in line with the digital print strategy of Heidelberg. Parallel to our digital print activities in advertising printing, we are expanding our portfolio for the cost-effective production of short and variable print runs in packaging and label printing. In doing so, we are strengthening our strategic position in these markets. At the same time, this acquisition is a further step in our plan to build up promising new business areas that offer additional growth potential for Heidelberg,' said Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg management board responsible for the Heidelberg Equipment division.

'With an international customer base and comprehensive expertise in digital printing for the packaging industry built up over many years, we have established a strong position in the pharmaceuticals industry. Integration with the global Heidelberg Group will improve the efficiency of our operations and enable us to unlock the considerable potential of our digital printing technology by expanding into previously untapped areas,' said Hans Mathea, the former owner who continues as managing director of CSAT GmbH.

Opening up new cutting-edge digital printing technology
expands the Heidelberg portfolio for the print media industry

'The acquisition of CSAT gives us access to new technologies and pioneering know-how that will speed up the expansion of our current digital print activities for the packaging industry,' explained Daniel Dreyer, head of the Digital Packaging Printing Business Unit and responsible for the joint DoD inkjet and electrophotography activities. The acquisition will have no impact on day-to-day business operations or the quality of service for current users of Heidelberg drop-on-demand technology and existing CSAT customers. 'All current and future users of Heidelberg digital printing technologies will benefit from our global presence as a leading solution provider for the print media industry,' added Dreyer.

CSAT has supplied tailor-made digital print solutions for almost 25 years
CSAT's current portfolio based on dry toner technology includes the successful DTS 1200 printing system with a resolution of 1200 dpi which is used in the pharmaceuticals industry for inline or offline printing of blister packs and package inserts. Two years ago, CSAT expanded its portfolio by launching the ITS 600, featuring the new drop-on-demand inkjet technology. With a resolution of 600 dpi, the system is ideal for high-quality and variable full-color label printing.

Further information and images are available at: www.heidelberg.com, www.csat.de, and www.linoprint.de. You can also just click on the Heidelberg button to the left of this page to take you to its Website.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 August 2011.

UPM reports solid Q2 despite challenging environment
The recently announced and concluded Myllykoski acquisition gives UPM a unique momentum for profitability improvement…

Interim report for January – June 2011:

• Earnings per share were EUR 0.56 (0.33), excluding special items EUR 0.26 (0.29)
• EBITDA was EUR 372 million, 15.4% of sales (353 million, 15.9% of sales)
• Strong operating cash flow at EUR 280 million (102 million)
• Took a major strategic step by completing the Myllykoski acquisition on 1 August 2011

Q1 – Q2/2011:
• Earnings per share were EUR 0.89 (0.46), excluding special items EUR 0.58 (0.44)
• EBITDA was EUR 751 million, 15.7% of sales (641 million, 15.1% of sales)
• Profitability improved clearly – sales prices more than offset the rise in variable costs
• Net debt was EUR 675 million lower than a year ago

Jussi Pesonen, president and CEO (right), commented on the result, ‘Our operating profit improved clearly during the first half of the year despite the cost pressures. In the second quarter, we managed to maintain the quarterly operating profit on a steady level and our EBITDA increased from last year. We were able to offset the rise in variable costs through higher sales prices.

‘Market demand seems to have stabilized and cost development is levelling off. In these conditions the best way to make fundamental improvements in terms of profitability is through determined consolidation and restructuring. The Myllykoski acquisition gives UPM a unique momentum for profitability improvement. Already during the initial integration planning the merits of the transaction have been confirmed.

‘As the transaction is completed, UPM now has good prerequisites to maintain its position as the frontrunner in the field. The new combination offers us excellent opportunities to improve our cost competitiveness, also to the benefit of our customers. Although the transaction is an important step towards creating value in UPM’s Paper Business, it does not serve as a solution for all of the challenges faced by the industry’s players.

‘Within a year we have succeeded in reducing our net debt by EUR 675 million. It is testimony of a strong and solid operative cash flow. Our financial flexibility for further strategic manoeuvres is good and we intend to continue implementing strategic steps in our various businesses,’ Pesonen concluded.

Outlook for 2011
Earnings guidance for 2011 remains unchanged. UPM operating profit excluding special items for 2011 is expected to improve from last year. In the second half of 2011, operating profit excluding special items is expected to be on about the same level as in the first half of 2011. The earnings guidance includes the acquired Myllykoski operations.
The broad-based solid demand growth in UPM’s products experienced in the previous quarters has levelled off. The demand outlook for UPM’s products is largely stable in the second half of 2011.

Variable cost increases seem to be moderating and only minor cost increases are expected in the second half of the year compared with the first half. UPM has achieved some price increases in the third quarter in publication papers, self-adhesive labelstock and plywood, which are expected to broadly offset the increases in variable costs.

The complete Interim Report is available on the company Website at: www.upm.com, or click on the UPM button or sponsor logo links on our Home Page.

UPM will publish its Interim Report for January – September 2011 on 26 October 2011.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 August 2011.

UPM acquisition of Myllykoski is completed
The acquired businesses have been transferred to UPM…

UPM has completed the acquisition of Myllykoski Oyj and Rhein Papier GmbH (Myllykoski). The EU Commission approved the acquisition on 13 July 2011.

Myllykoski Oyj and Rhein Papier GmbH consist of seven publication paper mills in Germany, Finland and the United States. Their total annual paper production capacity is 2.8 million tonnes. The transaction also includes Myllykoski Oyj’s 0.8 per cent stake in the Finnish energy company Pohjolan Voima Oy.

The enterprise value of all the businesses acquired is approximately EUR 900 million. UPM will report a one-off gain of approximately EUR 40 million in the third quarter. UPM estimates that the transaction will have an immediate positive impact on cash flow and a positive impact on earnings per share from 2012. UPM has announced a preliminary estimate of annual cost synergies in excess of EUR 100 million.

For the financing of the acquisition, UPM will issue five million new UPM shares to the direct and indirect owners of Myllykoski Oyj and Rhein Papier GmbH and has drawn EUR 800 million in long term debt.

In its Interim Report to be issued on 3 August 2011, UPM will publish pro forma financial information on the transaction for the first half of the year.

Targeting fast integration
‘UPM has been very determined in implementing its long term strategy of being the cost leader in the European paper industry and the global leader in magazine papers. Consolidation and restructuring are the best way to make fundamental improvements in terms of cost efficiency and to create value in the paper business. Our position as a frontrunner in the industry enables us to make a step change in the profitability of our Paper Business.’ said UPM’s president and CEO Jussi Pesonen.

‘UPM and Myllykoski have been working together since the beginning of the year in order to prepare an integration plan. The co-operation and the initial planning have been very professional and progressed in a good spirit. During this process, the merits of the transaction have been confirmed,’ said Pesonen.

‘The planning work to identify cost synergies is still ongoing. As the transaction is now completed, we have access to detailed information on Myllykoski operations and business units and we can verify the various options. The planning is proceeding towards announcement as soon as possible, however, latest by mid-September,’ added Jyrki Ovaska, president of UPM’s Paper Business Group.

‘UPM has strong confidence in the print industry and our target is to be a very competitive paper supplier. After the transaction, we will be better able to meet customers' needs with an extended product portfolio and strong local presence, including also in North America. Paper is one of UPM's core businesses and our target is to achieve undisputed cost leadership in Europe. We also want to grow in China and other emerging markets,’ Ovaska concluded.

Appointments at UPM Paper Business Group
Following the closing of the Myllykoski acquisition outlined above, UPM Paper Business Group has announced the following appointments effective immediately unless stated otherwise.

Sverre Norrgård, president and CEO, Myllykoski Corporation, will retire at the end of this year. Until then, he will support the implementation of the Myllykoski integration and reports to Jussi Pesonen, president and CEO of UPM.

Thomas Ehrnrooth has been appointed vice president, marketing and member of the UPM Paper Business Group Management team.

In Sales, Wolfgang Bucher has been appointed vice president, Newsprint Publishers, Jaakko Nikkilä, vice president, Converters and Jussi Toikka, vice president, agent market (Seven Seas) sales organisation.

In Manufacturing, Anne Murtola has been appointed director, Development.

In addition, the following Mill general manager appointments have been made as of 1 September 2011:

Wolfgang Ohnesorg has been appointed general manager, UPM Augsburg and UPM Plattling Mills.

Winfried Schaur has been appointed general manager, UPM Schongau and UPM Ettringen Mills.

Caius Murtola has been appointed general manager, UPM Jämsä River Mills.

Juha Ebeling has been appointed general manager, UPM Hürth Mill.

Timo Suutarla has been appointed general manager, UPM Myllykoski Mill.

Pentti Putkinen has been appointed general manager, UPM Tervasaari Mill.

Juha Kääriäinen has been appointed general manager of the UPM Kymi and UPM Kaukas mill integrates.

Kenneth Winberg has been appointed general manager of the UPM Pietarsaari mill integrate.

Daniel Wiktorin, general manager of the UPM Albbruck Mill and Russ Dreschler, general manager of the UPM Madison Mill, will both continue in their current positions. All the other UPM Paper Mill general managers will continue in their current positions.

Jose Mambrino has been appointed head of the Supply Chain Integration Project.

Raimo Särkelä has been appointed director of Technology Projects.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 August 2011.

Stämpfli AG reaching new heights with Rotoman
Rotoman HiPrint and Rotoman DirectDrive were the focal point of the Technology Forum at Stämpfli AG in Bern, Switzerland…

With two recent additions, Manroland provides new platforms for its Rotoman presses: Rotoman HiPrint and Rotoman DirectDrive. These platforms were the focal point of the technology forum in Bern, attended by 60 representatives of leading European web offset printing companies. At Stämpfli AG, the attendees not only experienced one of the most innovative printhouses in Switzerland, but also got a unique perspective of the capital city: from way up top.

The view overlooking the historic city of Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is breathtaking. From Mount Gurten, the city’s very own mountain, visitors have an excellent view of Bern and neighbouring mountains. This lofty introduction prepared visitors to meet the new Rotoman platforms. For this encounter, they toured a company that is just as impressive: Stämpfli AG. Founded in 1799, the family company is in its sixth generation, managed by the brothers Peter and Dr. Rudolf Stämpfli since 1988. 350 employees work in five sectors along the value creating chain. ‘We have experienced strong growth due to the integration of our services,’ Peter Stämpfli explained, summarising the company’s recipe for success. Stämpfli went on to praise the company’s partnership with Manroland, ‘Fairness is a good fit with our company culture. Manroland is crisis-proof and a good partner, even in difficult situations. When necessary, we have quick access to key decision makers.’

During the event, the Rotoman’s performance was equally breathtaking. The web press mastered seven job changes with an average waste of only about 500 samples for each change; the best result was 434 copies. The demonstration involved printing catalogue signatures with a print run of 3,000 copies per signature. Job changes occurred at speeds that may have rivaled record times, with only 4 minutes and 22 seconds on average and the fastest time of 4 minutes. With PPL, the plate change was accomplished in less than 2 minutes.

Two platforms for all needs
Gerd Finkbeiner, chairman of the board of Manroland, succinctly summarised a central development in commercial web offset printing, ‘In the future, presses will dictate printing speeds, and not the printers.’ This is why Manroland now offers autoprint for the new Rotoman platforms. Peter Kuisle, executive vice president for Webfed Printing Systems, addressed the concept in greater detail, ‘Rotoman HiPrint is the solution that provides a good price/performance ratio for 16-page printing. It is mainly designed for emerging markets, which is paramount in the highly competitive market of 16-page printing. The Rotoman DirectDrive is very flexible; it offers automated reproducibility for all print run sizes. This platform is geared toward the high-end market.’

Peter Knauer, vice president of Development and Engineering for Commercial Presses, spoke about additional technical details: DynaChange for fully-automatic job change-overs was just one aspect. Further points included autoprint features to minimize waste during change-overs, fast production changes, InlineRegister Control systems, as well as product enhancements such as coatings, special colours, scents, and imprints. Signature switching with up to four colours without interrupting operations was demonstrated. The presentation included further highlights in the sectors of production cost optimization, operation, production reliability, and maintenance. Moreover, Manroland emphasized the energy-efficient design of the press and the drive system with greater reductions in net CO2 levels. The use of printcom products further enhances efficiency and reliability, which is clearly demonstrated at Stämpfli AG.

‘The technology forum was a complete success with enthusiastic visitors,’ said Robert Wiedemann, vice president Product Marketing Webfed Presses. ‘The Rotoman HiPrint and DirectDrive will set the new benchmark in the 16-page market. With both new Rotoman models, Manroland ensures that its customers get just the right product for their needs.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 August 2011.

Kodak digital newspaper printing now in Madrid
Acierta and PressPrint revolutionise local digital newspaper printing in Spain with the Kodak Versamark VL4200…

Billing, marketing and transpromo specialist, Acierta Transpromo & Billing Solutions, has joined forces with newspaper printing company PressPrint to create a local integrated digital newspaper printing service in Spain.

The service will use Acierta's infrastructure in Madrid, which includes two Kodak Versamark VL4200 Printing Systems. One of the systems is a recent purchase, while the other is an upgraded Kodak Versamark VL2200 system that was already in use at the company.

This integrated offering initiative was driven by a development project involving Acierta, PressPrint, Kodak, ASIP, the Tajamar Institute of Graphics and Technology (ITGT-Tajamar) and the paper producer, Holmen Paper Madrid. The project involved conducting research into developing new inks, paper weights, files and workflows suitable for digital newspaper printing while delivering quality similar to offset printing. After 18 months of research the project finally bore fruit. Today, several international newspapers are interested in using Acierta's and PressPrint's services to enter the Spanish market.

Juan Manuel Albelda, PressPrint's managing director, explained, ‘Acierta played a key role in the project, not only because the company already had the Kodak Versamark VL4200 Systems, but also because of its knowledge of database management, which is one of the services we offer newspapers to help them capture subscribers. The integrated offering makes a newspaper's move into the Spanish market much easier, as we can do much more than just print and distribute newspapers - we can also help them increase circulation and offer other services, such as customisation.’

Eduardo Giner, Acierta's sales director, confirmed the importance of PressPrint's involvement in the project. ‘Nobody knows the problems that exist in this market better than a company that belongs to a publisher like PressPrint, whose titles include El País, AS and Cinco Días. The company's experience has been vital in developing the entire workflow - they knew where the weak points were, enabling us to focus research on strengthening these areas. The result is an automated workflow that delivers outstanding digital print quality for newspapers.’

Delivering fast, top-quality output with the Versamark VL4200 system
Benjamín Caro, Acierta's managing director, summarised the partnership, ‘It is the collective added value that Acierta and PressPrint offer that differentiates them from other companies that focus solely on printing. The two companies offer an integrated service that includes customisation and the capturing of subscribers.

‘And because we have incorporated a second Kodak Versamark VL4200 system into our infrastructure, we now have two powerful printing systems that can produce around 12,000 copies a night.’

Gerardo Codeso, News and Publishing sales specialist for Digital Printing Solutions at Kodak, added, ‘The Versamark VL4200 system has a strong track record in the digital production of newspapers. The systems are used in newspaper printing operations around the world, thanks to their duplex and colour printing capabilities. The Versamark VL4200 system enables end users to add newspaper printing to their traditional commercial and data printing offering, opening up business opportunities using a single, versatile system.’

The Versamark VL4200 system operates at 125 metres per minute at a resolution of 600 x 360dpi. The system is packed with features that help users enhance reliability, stability, speed and productivity. The ink refill system, for example, runs continuously during production so jobs can be undertaken without interruption, ensuring production is fast and quality meets customers' expectations.

Adding value
Eduardo Giner explained that Acierta has aimed to add value to each of the production processes, ‘In prepress, ASIP and ITGT-Tajamar have played an essential role in workflow development and colour management, while we have contributed our knowledge to create a communications network that helps us stay in contact at an international level and handle all aspects of customisation.

‘In printing, PressPrint has made a huge contribution by sharing its vast knowledge of working alongside newspaper publishers. So too has Holmen Paper Madrid, which has developed newsprint that weighs 52gsm, providing a digital print with a quality that rivals offset.

‘As for Acierta, we have two Kodak Versamark VL4200 systems that will print newspapers at night, and the usual transactional and billing statements during the day. It's also worth noting that having two systems lets us fall back on one in case anything unforeseen occurs, and that the finishing is done using Hunkeler systems.’

Giner concluded, ‘We can help foreign publishers establish themselves in Spain via our distribution network, direct marketing strategies and by capturing subscribers. We can also create communication databases for them through the traditional postal service and via the Internet.

‘These services make the newspaper's entry into the Spanish market far simpler. In a nutshell, we are an integrated service provider-we receive the file that comes in for printing, capture subscribers and can help publishers build customer loyalty. We can even collaborate with media agencies to handle local advertising. We've certainly built a very strong foundation for the company.’

A safe operational model for publishers
Juan Manuel Albelda believes the integrated offering will appeal to publishers that want peace of mind when entering a new market, ‘In today's economic climate, the integrated option is a safe way for international newspapers to set themselves up in Spain, as it provides all the necessary guarantees-from near-offset print quality to the newspapers' timely arrival at sales outlets. Cost also plays a big part-although it may be slightly higher than offset printing, publishers gain because there are no logistics to factor in.

‘We also help national publishers to customize their newspapers, as we believe in the future that newspapers will increasingly provide their subscribers with value-adding content. Holding reams of information on subscribers means we can create products tailor-made for them, which will help circulation and ultimately make the newspaper more attractive to advertisers.’

Benjamín Caro believes that the future of the press industry involves listening to the customer more, and knowing how to provide the content he or she wants, ‘Companies are realising that to survive they must deliver what the customer desires. This has resulted in today's multi-channel world, where there is far more direct communication and interaction with the customer. Content will need to be more customized and targeted at specific groups, so having detailed information on subscribers is vital. And this is exactly what we're preparing for.’

To find out more about Kodak solutions, visit: www.graphics.kodak.com. In Southern Africa, consult Antalis South Africa’s Graphics division.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 August 2011.

PBL scores global colour first with ISO 12647-2 certification
First company in the world to achieve Heidelberg's ISO 12647-2 certification on a Speedmaster SM 52 Anicolor press…

PBL (formerly Printbylaser) is the first company in the world to achieve Heidelberg's ISO 12647-2 certification on a Speedmaster SM 52 Anicolor press.

Pictured right: Chris Murley and
Eric Stevenson in Heidelberg UK's showroom.

‘This is a modern day proof,’ said Chris Murley, managing director. ‘It shows you have the right quality checks and your customer has peace of mind.’

Although ISO 12647 is not a stipulation in tenders at the moment PBL believes it will become so. Print management companies and big agencies already look at colour consistency and may well adopt this robust standard in future. However certification is also peace of mind for The Washington, Tyne & Wear company itself. PBL wanted to ensure it was running in tolerance and in control.

‘With the Anicolor there isn't any roller, dampening or ink setting to fiddle with so results tend to be very consistent. Certification is belt and braces security,’ said Murley.

‘Now we have scored a hatrick. We have IS0 9001 and IS0 14001 accreditation and can now add the Heidelberg ISO 12647 certification to our display.’

Heidelberg's £6,000 ISO 12647-2 certification package includes consultancy, implementation including calibration of prepress, press and proofing devices and rigorous testing of print work. It includes six monthly colour quality checks over a two year period.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 August 2011.

Uniquely configured Goss Sunday 3000 for Solisco
Solisco Printers in Canada orders Goss Sunday web press with unique new capabilities for the North American market…

One of Canada's largest independent printing companies will be the first in North America to install a Goss Sunday 3000 web press with a 75-inch width, DigiRail digital inking technology, an advanced Goss Ecoset dryer and dual folders.

Pictured: Project manager Arnaud de Yparraguirre (second from left), head pressman Michel Vezina (centre) and technical director Eric Gingras, (second from right) from Solisco Printers visited the Goss International facility in Durham, NH (USA) to review the upcoming installation of a new Goss Sunday 3000 web press. Shown with them are Goss sales managers Jean Lemieux (left) and Christophe Bertrand.

Solisco Printers, which was founded in 1991 and provides complete publication, commercial and book printing services for customers in Canada and the United States, will add the gapless-blanket Sunday press capable of producing more than three million magazine-size pages per hour at its facility in Scott, Quebec later this year. The width of the 2x8 press, along with pinless former and combination folders, will allow production of multiple product formats and page counts, including finished magazine-format products that are up to nine inches wide. The Ecoset dryer with integrated chill rolls includes innovative technology which reduces energy consumption considerably.

Alain Jacques, co-owner of Solisco Printers, says lower waste, faster job changes and the opportunity to triple productivity with the same crew size make it easy to justify replacing less efficient capacity with an advanced Sunday press system.

‘We can't stand still in terms of innovation if we want to stay competitive and continue to exceed the expectations of our customers,’ Jacques added. ‘Goss shares that philosophy and has provided us with exceptional support and increasingly advanced press technology for two decades.’

Two Goss pinless folders will expand the versatility of the new Sunday press, allowing magazine, tabloid and digest product formats. The PFF-3 former folder will be capable of producing more than 190,000 16-page signatures per hour in dual-delivery mode. The PCF-1 SQF high-speed combination folder will produce a full range of product formats and will feature new Goss innovations for quarter folding and signature control.

‘The productivity and versatility of the 2x8 Sunday press format, along with the nine-inch product capability, create valuable competitive advantages that we look forward to passing on to our customers,’ explains Jean Gregoire, who founded the company along with Jacques.

Goss International will equip the Sunday press at Solisco Printers with its exclusive DigiRail digital inking system. DigiRail technology replaces analog, open-fountain ink delivery with pumps that deliver pulses of ink directly to the ink train through individual valves. Digital control of the pumps and ink flow complements digital workflow and presetting capabilities.

‘The precision of DigiRail inking improves presetting, cuts start-up time and waste, and makes it easier to sustain ink density and color quality through the run,’ according to Jacques. ‘The technology is highly proven in newspaper and insert applications, and it represents an important new breakthrough for the North American commercial printing market.’

Additional features of the Sunday 3000 press at Solisco will include a Goss Contiweb FD paster, Omnicon controls and the automated Goss Web Center workflow system.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 August 2011.

Pixartprinting adds more HP presses and printers
Latest investment includes four HP Indigo 7500s, HP SmartStream Ultra Print Server, and two HP Scitex LX600 printers…

HP has announced that Pixartprinting, of Venice, Italy, has bolstered its digital printing capabilities as part of an investment programme that includes four HP Indigo 7500 digital presses, an HP SmartStream Ultra Print Server, and two HP Scitex LX600 printers, using HP Latex Ink technology.

Right: Matteo Rigamonti, Pixartprinting's founder and CEO.

Below: Part of the Pixartprinting stable.

These new HP digital devices enhance the Pixartprinting stable that already includes six HP Indigo 7000 Digital Presses, and five HP Scitex LX-series printers. This increased digital capability will be complemented with two new Komori 8-colour conventional presses as part of its complementary technology strategy.

Since its foundation by Matteo Rigamonti in 1994 to offer state-of-the-art DTP, scanning and typesetting services, the company has expanded into general commercial work using advanced web-to-print technologies and automated workflows. Today it has 65,000 customers and turns around 2,500 jobs each day comprising magazines, catalogues, postcards, stickers, labels and brochures. In addition, the company offers high resolution reproductions, posters, billboards, banners, displays, as well as packaging and other print services. Pixartprinting's growth is still increasing with 48 per cent on 2010 over 2009 and 62 per cent April 2011 compared to April 2010.

‘For that reason we decide to improve our digital capability. Today Pixartprinting's conventional printing business is nine per cent of total turnover,’ said Matteo Rigamonti, Pixartprinting CEO. ‘Our customers don't care what technology is used to fulfil individual orders. Customer satisfaction is based on the quality of the result; respect for delivery times; and, of course, competitive prices. Considering that the quality of offset and digital prints are pretty much the same, there are no longer problems with uniformity of production.’

Managing the powerhouse of conventional presses and ten HP Indigo presses will be Uragano (hurricane), a bespoke print management software programme developed by Pixartprinting engineers that uses five parameters to decide whether jobs are to be printed conventionally or digitally: length of run, type of paper and weight, format and delivery times. Jobs to be printed digitally will be sent to the HP SmartStream Ultra Print Server which manages productivity, RIPping and colour management, providing a centralised workflow control that assigns jobs to presses for printing.

As a major European Web-to-print company serving a market that requires print on demand and short time delivery, Pixartprinting requires efficient and reliable high-volume data processing to ensure a smooth end-to-end workflow.

‘The automated process management provided by Uragano and the HP SmartStream Ultra enables us to fully exploit the potential of our presses' capabilities, eliminating waste and inefficiencies,’ Rigamonti explained. ‘The result is that the breakeven point is lowered and production is optimised.’

The two HP Scitex LX600 printers and two of the HP Indigo 7500 digital presses were installed in April, with the other two and the HP SmartStream Ultra Print Server scheduled for installation early in the summer.

‘Recognising that conventional and digital printing technologies are complementary can enable print service providers to leverage a range of leading-edge tools for the customers' benefit as well as their own,’ Rigamonti said. ‘We have invested in HP Indigo presses since 2001 and are pleased to add these latest presses to our production capabilities.’

More information on HP is available at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts or follow HP on www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts, or on the HP graphic arts Webiste which can be accessed via the HP banner or sponsor logo button on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 August 2011.

MSO Cleland adds second KBA Rapida 106
Belfast-based major packaging print house new Rapida 106 dedicated to low migration inks to aid growth strategy…

Belfast-based major packaging print house MSO Cleland has increased total production by 30 per cent following the addition of its second KBA higher performance B1 litho press in as many years.

The KBA Rapida 106 six-colour press with coater was chosen to advance the £21m turnover operation’s programme for growth in the highly competitive packaging market. Dominic Walsh, chief executive of MSO Cleland, said, ‘When we chose the first press our key focus was to improve our performance. The Rapida certainly achieved that and this latest addition is helping continue the momentum. Together they have delivered a 30% uplift in production.’

An essential element of the press buy was its ability to run low migration ink from day one. Walsh explained, ‘It allows us to be more competitive because we have only ever run low migration ink on it. That means there is zero chance of contamination making our packaging very attractive to customers where food safety is big consideration.’

Also critical in the choice for a second KBA was the array of on-press features that enable it to be highly responsive and economical in the short run market – something packaging providers are finding increasingly important. These include Fully Automated Plate Changing and KBA’s DriveTronic SIS infeed system which eliminates all manual intervention during changes of stock and ensures a smoother sheet travel than its mechanical or pneumatic counterparts.

Walsh continued, ‘We have had to adapt our business model to allow us to achieve profit on short runs as well as the more traditional long runs. The KBA’s ability to easily switch from job to job through fast makereadies and with little waste means we can achieve this without compromising the high print quality that our blue chip customers demand.’

As for the timing of the spend Walsh added, ‘The market is still very flat at the moment but we have invested at the right time and we are now in a good position for future growth. As such we aim to achieve ROI within four years.’

Both KBAs replaced Heidelberg presses and the investment in the second Rapida was not a foregone conclusion. ‘Heidelberg did offer us a very attractive deal but we decided to stick with KBA because the commercial and technical benefits were right,’ explained Walsh. ‘With the print quality and consistency, operator understanding, commonality of functions, and proven press performance it made sense to stay with KBA.

‘When the first press went in there were some operational and training issues to overcome and KBA worked diligently to ensure we were 100 per cent happy. In part, it was because of that support that we chose the second press. The latest press installation was very smooth and it was up and running from day one. It has proven to be the right decision in terms of quality, cost, consistency of print and speed of makeready.’

KBA UK managing director Christian Knapp commented, ‘When we first talked to MSO we conducted a very through review of their business and demonstrated a host of savings and production benefits that could be achieved through investment in the right press technology. The first Rapida 106 demonstrated that, while the second has not only further increased their capability but also enabled them to expand into low migration ink which for some of their customers is a key benefit.”

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 August 2011.

Merkur Druck orders its second Speedmaster XL 105
Four years ago, Langenthal-based Swiss print shop Merkur Druck invested in a Speedmaster XL 105-5+LX2 from Heidelberg…

Some four years ago, Langenthal-based Swiss print shop Merkur Druck AG invested in a Speedmaster XL 105-5+LX2 from Heidelberg. Since then, the press has notched up an impressive total of around 100 million printed sheets. Now the company has signed a contract with Heidelberg Switzerland for a second Speedmaster XL 105 in six-colour configuration with perfecting device after the second printing unit and chambered doctor blade coating technology. The print shop chose another Heidelberg press mainly because of the net output achieved on the Speedmaster XL 105-5+LX2 and the high standard of consulting and service provided by Heidelberg Switzerland. Peter Germann, head of Sheetfed Printing and Postpress, singles out Prinect Inpress Control for the measurement and regulation of colour and register, end-to-end preset functions and high availability as being key to the quality and cost-efficiency that Merkur Druck has been able to achieve with the Speedmaster XL 105.

When the second Peak Performance class press is taken into service this summer, the print shop's competitiveness will receive an extra boost as productivity in industrial sheetfed offset printing is further increased and significant cost savings are achieved in terms of power consumption and paper waste. Merkur Druck AG has learned from experience over the last four years that all of these objectives can be achieved with XL technology and the efficient Star peripherals for dryer operation, air supply, and the processing of dampening solution.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 August 2011.

Publication Perspectives installs Presstek 34DI
Australian firm located in Mulgrave, Victoria, satisfies customers, attracts new work with innovative digital offset press…

Publication Perspectives, located in Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia and a leading producer of documentation, corporate materials, and multimedia and design services, has installed a 340mm Presstek enabled DI digital offset press to better position the company to meet changing customer needs. The company has been in business since 1970 and has six employees.

‘We were looking for a solution that could profitably produce four-colour runs in quantities of 500 to 5,000,’ said Phil Van Dijk, general manager of Publication Perspectives. ‘Our aim was to ensure that we maintain technology that allowed us to profitably deliver the quality product our customers expect, on time and at a competitive price. The DI is the perfect fit that will help our business achieve those objectives.’

Van Dijk reports that the installation of the DI allowed the firm to transfer work from a single-colour press, resulting in a dramatic cost savings. He adds, ‘In addition it has given us something new to talk about with existing and potential customers. About 20 per cent of the work we are producing on the DI is new business for us. Customers are attracted to the quality, fast turnaround time and environmentally friendly nature of the DI printing process.’

‘Publication Perspectives promises to create custom-made items to suit customer needs and budgets across a wide range of applications, from corporate materials and documentation, to self-published books, calendars, cards and invitations,’ said Tim Sawyer, Presstek director, Asia Pacific. ‘Although the press has only been installed at their shop for a short time, it has more than lived up to its promise to improve the company's competitive edge, retaining and growing existing customers while enabling the company to bring new customers on board. Its small footprint is also an advantage, taking up much less space than a conventional four-colour press and accompanying platesetter. Publication Perspectives sees the DI as a means to bring in new work.’

The 34DI is a highly automated four-colour digital offset press that operates at 7,000 sheets per hour. The 34DI offers both conventional offset and digital printers the most profitable solution for meeting the demand for quick turnaround (file to sellable sheet in 10 minutes), high quality colour printing in runs from 500 to 20,000. The 34DI's ability to print on a wide range of substrates from onion skin to heavy card stock; including plastics and magnetic media, expands the range of applications printers can produce. Superior quality printing is produced at up to 300 lpi and FM screening-without incurring additional time or expense. Its ease of use, fast makeready and small physical and environmental footprint make it an attractive solution for growing printing businesses such as Publication Perspectives.

For more information about Presstek's digital offset, please visit www.presstek.com or e-mail: info@presstek.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 August 2011.

Powerful workflow automation tool from EskoArtwork
EskoArtwork installs 100th Digital Flexo Suite at Miller Graphics production site in Beauvais, France…

Swedish group Miller Graphics has become the 100th company to install the Digital Flexo Suite from EskoArtwork at its production site in Beauvais, France. The Digital Flexo Suite is installed in conjunction with a Kongsberg XL44 cutting table, which is specifically designed for cutting flexographic plates.

Specialised in image processing for packaging applications, Miller Graphics' Beauvais team decided to invest in the Digital Flexo Suite and Kongsberg XL44 to optimise their packaging prepress process for a variety of food and hygiene brands.

‘We use the Kongsberg cutting table, which was originally designed for cardboard box makers, for a variety of purposes,’ explained Pascal Monsieur, site manager at Miller Graphics France (pictured top right). ‘It allows us to plot plans on polyester substrates, and to cut plates - in the standard way or with a bevel - for mounting on mylars or carriers. In short, we handle the fine and precise cutting of the plate before sending it to the printer.’

Saving on raw materials
The Digital Flexo Suite is a powerful workflow automation software that gives users the tools to enhance plate making efficiency and reduce plate wastage. ‘The Digital Flexo Suite enables automated photopolymer plate production. We anticipate that we'll be able to reduce consumption of materials by 20 per cent,’ added Monsieur.

The optimised plate and the cutting layout are simultaneously sent to the CDI and the Kongsberg XL table. Both the CDI imaging file and the Kongsberg cutting file carry identical names and registration marks. These are automatically imaged on the flexo plate, for later identification, registration and perfect cutting.

A new way of working
‘To optimise our work on the Kongsberg table, we have changed the way we operate and think about our tasks differently. When we carry out work, we always bear in mind that the product will eventually be cut on the table,’ continued Monsieur. ‘I have about 30 members of staff and they're all very keen to move with the times. Handling their work differently and working with new tools is not a problem.’

The team undertook a week's training on the Digital Flexo Suite, which was run by EskoArtwork. In addition to reducing plate wastage thanks to intelligent plate layout and automated cutting of flexo plates, Digital Flexo Suite significantly reduces errors and makes plate identification faster. Miller Graphics France also uses the latest-generation CDI 5080 equipped with HD Flexo.

For more about EskoArtwork, visit: www.esko.com. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannesburg.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 August 2011.

Thursday 4 August

Sappi Results for the third quarter ended June 2011
General economic uncertainty, particularly in Europe. High input costs remain a challenge in each of Sappi's businesses...

Operating profit excluding special items US$60 million; Q3 2010 US$75 million
• General economic uncertainty, particularly in Europe
• North American and chemical cellulose businesses continue to perform strongly
• Planned annual maintenance shuts at major pulp mills
• High input costs only partly offset by higher prices
• Loss per share excluding special items and once off debt restructuring costs 4 US cents; Q3 2010 EPS excluding special items 2 US cents

The quarter under review
Commenting on the results, Sappi chief executive Ralph Boëttger said:

‘Operating profit for the quarter was impacted as expected by planned annual maintenance shuts at a number of our major pulp mills and seasonal factors. In addition, weaker than expected demand for coated woodfree paper in Europe resulting from continuing uncertainty in economic conditions unfavourably affected operating profit. For the nine months operating profit excluding special items was more than 50 per cent higher than the equivalent period last year.

‘Sales for the quarter were US$1.8 billion, an increase of 12 per cent in US dollar terms compared to the third quarter last year and at a similar level to the quarter ended March. Average prices realised in US Dollar terms were 16 per cent higher than a year ago. Excluding the effect of translation from Euro and Rand to a relatively weaker US Dollar, average prices in local currencies increased 5 per cent.

‘High input costs remained a challenge in each of our businesses and are reflected in an increase in variable costs per ton of 18 per cent. In local currency terms variable costs per ton increased 6 per cent compared to the equivalent quarter last year. In order to reduce the impact of high raw material prices we continue to seek innovations with regard to the sourcing and the use of raw materials.

‘Operating profit excluding special items for the quarter was US$60 million compared to US$75 million in the equivalent quarter last year. Special items of US$6 million for the quarter included a plantation fair value adjustment and Black Economic Empowerment charges.

‘Net finance costs for the quarter include breakage costs and the accelerated amortisation of fees of US$43 million in connection with the debt restructuring completed during the quarter in order to extend debt maturities and reduce future finance costs. We expect quarterly net finance costs of approximately US$60 million after the refinancing. Cash generated from operations for the quarter was US$148 million, compared to US$188 million in the equivalent quarter last year. Capital expenditure was US$69 million for the quarter and US$161 million year-to-date. We expect the full year capital expenditure to be less than US$250 million. Net debt increased to US$2.47 billion as a result of net cash utilised in the quarter of US$20 million, the cash effects of financing activities and a currency movement and fair value impact of US$43 million, compared to March 2011. Liquidity remained strong with cash on hand of US$362 million and the undrawn committed revolving credit facility of €350 million (US$508 million), at quarter end.

‘The loss per share for the quarter was 13 US cents (including a loss of 9 US cents in respect of special items and once-off debt restructuring costs) compared to earnings of 12 US cents (including a gain of 10 US cents in respect of special items).

‘Plans to restructure the paper and packaging business of Sappi Southern Africa in order to improve profitability, in conjunction with the approximately US$340 million conversion of the Ngodwana pulp mill to chemical cellulose production are progressing. We expect to announce details of the restructuring plans before the end of the calendar year,’ said Boëttger.

Looking forward, Boëttger commented:
Boëttger continued, ‘Market conditions remain challenging and uncertain, particularly in Europe. Nevertheless we are entering the typically busiest period for coated paper. Order inflows in North America remain firm and in Europe we are expecting some improvement from the levels of the previous quarter.

‘We expect that the realisation of the benefits of our cost and capacity management activities in Europe will commence in the fourth financial quarter. Coated paper production at Biberist Mill in Switzerland ceased during July. Going forward, we expect savings of US$50 million per annum as a result of the closure. In addition, as previously announced, we will start to benefit from a further US$50 million per annum in fixed and variable cost saving measures towards the end of the fourth quarter.

‘Raw material input costs have continued to rise, in line with other commodity prices. Pulp prices remain high but there have been reductions in some regions from the peaks reached during the previous quarter. High pulp prices are favourable for our North American and Southern African businesses, which are net sellers of pulp, but unfavourable for our European business, which is a net buyer of pulp.

‘Our Southern African business has a strong order book for chemical cellulose and expects an improvement in demand for packaging paper in the domestic market. The domestic market, particularly for printing and writing paper remains highly competitive as a result of the strong Rand relative to the US Dollar, which has led to increased competition from imports. The business’ performance for the quarter will be significantly impacted by the industry-wide strike of about 3 weeks in July over wage negotiations.

‘We expect considerable improvement in operating profit (excluding special items) during our fourth financial quarter compared to the third financial quarter; however, it is likely to be well short of the level achieved in the equivalent quarter last year. Nevertheless, we expect a much improved operating profit (excluding special items) for the full year, compared to the 2010 financial year. We anticipate strong net cash generation in our fourth quarter and positive cash generation for the full year,’ he concluded.

The full results announcement is available at: www.sappi.com, where you also download the Sappi Q3 Results booklet in PDF format (pictured above). You can also click on any of the Sappi banners or sponsor logo links on our Home Page to take you to its Website.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

EFI continues global expansion with Prism acquisition
EFI has added the largest Print MIS/ERP provider for Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK to its portfolio…

EFI has acquired Prism Group Holdings (Prism). Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, with operations in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, Prism is the provider of Prism WIN MIS and Prism QTMS automated shop floor management solution, focused on general commercial printers, converters, web printers, mailers, and packaging printers around the world.

‘We are dedicated to providing a portfolio of industry leading products allowing customers to choose the right solution for their environment with the consistency of delivery needed for long term success,’ said Marc Olin, senior VP and GM of EFI’s APPS business unit. ‘Following in the footsteps of PrintStream, Prism is another example our consolidation strategy.’

The addition of Prism’s customer base continues to allow EFI an even greater focus on providing the industry’s most preferred solutions.

‘We continue to actively seek out additional Print ERP/MIS solutions worldwide to consolidate,’ added Olin. ‘By concentrating our investment and efforts on Monarch, Radius, Pace and PrintSmith, we can insure that the largest development and support teams in the industry are delivering the best possible solutions to give our clients the best chance to succeed in today’s challenging business environment.’

EFI intends to continue supporting and developing Prism Win (now ‘EFI Prism’), but will no longer offer it to new customers. Instead, EFI will offer new clients these four ERP/MIS platforms:

• EFI Monarch: for larger single and multi-plant operations looking for full workflow automation with specialization in publication, book, direct mail, transactional and large commercial printing operations;
• EFI Pace: for mid-market digital, offset, hybrid, wide format and specialty printing operations;
• EFI PrintSmith: for on-demand, copy shop and small commercial operations;
• EFI Radius: for labels, folding cartons and flexible packaging operations.

In addition, EFI intends to continue to support and develop QTMS (now ‘EFI QTMS’) but no longer offer it to new customers. Instead, EFI will offer new clients EFI Auto-Count DMI for automated shop floor data collection and real-time shop floor production visibility and embed the best of QTMS features into the Auto-Count platform.

EFI has historically supported all of its ERP/MIS offerings for many years even after it stopped actively selling them. For example, the PSI, Logic and Covalent software systems are all legacy ERP/MIS applications that EFI continues to support. For Prism clients that wish to move to a new platform, EFI will be offering special incentives to encourage them to transition to one of our four platforms, as well as transition assistance to help make the move as seamless as possible.

For more information, visit: www.efi.com, or simply click on the EFI banner or sponsor logo buttons on our Home Page. In Southern Africa, consult Cape Town-based Digital Distributors at: www.digitaldistributors.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

Sappi Southern Africa announces closure of Adamas Mill
Sappi Southern Africa has announced that it will shut down its Adamas paper mill in Port Elizabeth, South Africa at the end of August…

Sappi Southern Africa has today announced it will shut down its Adamas paper mill in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The permanent closure of the mill is expected to be finalised at the end of August. This brings to a conclusion the process announced on 24 May 2011 to investigate the continued operation of the mill.

Sappi Southern Africa has concluded an agreement with its Adamas mill employee representatives and redundancy notices have been issued to staff which specifies redundancy terms and includes provisions for outplacement and training support for all employees, to ensure that people have the best possible opportunity to secure new employment. The Adamas mill employed 213 people.

The mill has operated in Port Elizabeth for 47 years. Alex Thiel, CEO of Sappi Southern Africa commented, ‘As I mentioned when we began the consultation process, we fully recognise and commend the enormous efforts that employees and mill management have put in to try to make the mill competitive and to find a way to create a future for the mill. Unfortunately these efforts have been unsuccessful. We recognize this is a difficult decision affecting our employees, their families and the local communities and we would like to thank all of them for their hard work and support. Unfortunately this action became necessary to address the severe cost pressure that we are facing and the uncompetitive nature of this old and small mill.’

The volumes produced at the mill have been transferred to Sappi Enstra and Sappi Tugela mills.

We expect to take a charge of approximately US$5 million in respect of these closure costs in the fourth financial quarter ended September 2011.

Sappi will maintain its presence in the Eastern Cape as regards marketing and sales, as well as the collection and purchase of collected fibre (used for recycled paper) through Sappi ReFibre.

Forestry investment
Furthermore Sappi, in partnership with AsgiSA-EC have developed a joint proposal with a strategic goal of accelerating the establishment and management of 30,000ha of commercial tree plantations by 2020 in the Eastern Cape. It is anticipated that these partnerships will be developed between Sappi and communities that hold land rights, with Sappi being the ‘implementation partner’ as a provider of technical, managerial and administrative support to the community businesses. This development is expected to create 1,400 direct and permanent unskilled jobs and a further 125 jobs for skilled workers. Using industry trends, it is expected that some four to five indirect jobs would be created for each direct job, meaning a further almost 8,000 jobs. In rolling out the project, Sappi and AsgiSA-EC have already developed close to 150ha in conjunction with the Mkambathi and Sinawo communities.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

PrintCity supports ERA Annual Conference
The European Rotogravure Association Annual Conference in Munich in October is being supported by the PrintCity Alliance…

The European Rotogravure Association Annual Conference in Munich on October 17/18, 2011 is being supported by the PrintCity Alliance. This initiative reflects common interests in promoting web printing and knowledge sharing across Europe.

Presentations from PrintCity Alliance members:
Wilhem Demhardter, UPM: Carbon Dioxide balance of print products - view of the paper industry
Josef Aumiller, Manroland: Potential of 72, 80 and 96 page web offset presses in publication printing
Christoph Gauss, Océ: Opportunities of digital printing in the publishing market

Those interested in attending the ERA Annual Conference can do so by completing the registration form at the download location below, or by requesting a form from: ursulaneureiter@era.eu.org or by calling +49 89 439 5051 before 26 September.

Download ERA registration form here: www.printcity.de/index.php?site_id=316

More information on PrintCity Alliance projects, events and seminars can be found at: www.printcity.de.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

Innovative technologies earn 2011 InterTech Award
PIA has released more information about the eight technologies recently selected to receive a 2011 InterTech Technology Award…

Printing Industries of America has released more information about the eight technologies recently selected to receive a 2011 InterTech Technology Award.

The independent panel of judges deliberated over technology nominations ranging from plates and digital presses to a variety of production and management software. Great strides in technology were demonstrated in packaging software, inkjet printing, workflow automation, offset press efficiency, UV curing, and variable-data printing.

Technologies were selected from those nominated for a variety of reasons, but the judges felt they all met the award criteria of being truly innovative and expected them to have a major impact on the graphic communications industry. What follows is a description of the technology and its significance to the field.

The 2011 InterTech Technology Award recipients are:
(Listed alphabetically by company, with the technology named first)

Enfocus Switch

Enfocus Switch, available in several versions, is a modular, open automation platform that gives printers, publishers, and ad agencies the tools to accomplish repetitive tasks associated with receiving, processing, and sorting files automatically. Switch collects incoming files, sorts the files into different folders, and routes them through predetermined processing steps. Existing software investments are protected, as Switch easily integrates and therefore automates functionality derived from third-party applications. All of this functionality is driven by a visual flow editor that allows users to easily create automated workflows or import pre-designed flows from the Enfocus community website.

Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves

Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves creates artwork for shrink sleeves (labels placed around a package and shrunk during production). With it, designers and prepress professionals can quickly create, test, analyse, communicate, and produce designs with 3D visuals without the need to produce mock-ups. The software accommodates asymmetrical shapes and multipacks, colour shifts introduced during shrinking, barcode distortion, and it works in 3D from start to finish. The virtual shrink tunnel allows distortion to be easily determined, eliminating the trial and error of producing and wrapping shrink sleeve material around a container, running it through a shrink sleeve tunnel so distortion can be measured, and redoing the process many times until the design looks good when shrunk.

KBA Flying JobChange
KBA North America, Inc.

KBA’s Flying JobChange drastically reduces makeready time on sheetfed offset presses by allowing an operator to prepare the next job - changing plates on one or more units - while the press is running. At the conclusion of one job, the next immediately begins at 10,000 sheets per hour before accelerating up to production speed. Ideal applications for Flying JobChange are language versions on a six-colour press, four and five-colour jobs on long perfectors, and one-over-one work on a four-colour press. Important automation solutions to facilitate this include Plate-Ident, a dot matrix code on the plate used to confirm that the correct plate is in the correct unit and Simultaneous Plate Change.

Komori H-UV Curing System
Komori America Corporation

The Komori H-UV Curing System is an innovative curing system for inks and coatings that requires just one lamp in the delivery. The single H-UV lamp can cure up to 400 per cent ink coverage plus coating at maximum press speed. This dramatically reduces the amount of energy required compared to either IR or UV. The specially designed lamp also generates much less heat with a printed sheet pulled from delivery being only about 10 degrees warmer than ambient room temperature. This eliminates stock deformation from excessive heat resulting in better colour fit and easier second passes through the press. A press running H-UV can easily be switched to conventional ink and coating as desired.

Manroland autoprint APL
Manroland, Inc.

Autoprint APL is an innovative system for the newspaper industry that reduces times for plate change by up to 90 per cent - an important feature in times when newspaper circulations are getting smaller and change-over more frequent. Utilising robotic technology on a printing press, autoprint APL uses a four-axis robotic arm to change plates on two cylinders with a positioning precision of 0.01 millimetre. With one button makeready, the system can simultaneously change plates in all or selected units within three minutes with no manual intervention necessary. A barcode reader can also verify that plates are in the correct position.

Memjet Technologies

Memjet’s printhead, controller chips, and software are used by OEM partners to create new ways of colour printing in the office, label, photo, and wide-format markets. Its technologies power new printers operating at speeds up to one page per second, two to five times faster than average colour laser printers, with lower running costs and less energy consumption. This is one of the first implementations of an inkjet head printing process colour in a single pass (700 million drops per second) across the width of a sheet in this marketplace. The combination of speed, cost, and quality has the potential to decentralise printing by moving it onto factory and warehouse floors.

TrueJet Digital Coated Papers
NewPage Corporation

TrueJet Digital Coated Papers is a new line of printing papers developed to meet the needs of roll-fed production inkjet printing and related hybrid printing solutions. NewPage’s research and development has yielded technology which can provide a coated paper surface that accepts a variety of inkjet inks at full production speeds. It offers solutions for full-colour variable inkjet printing with inkjet printing on both gloss and non-gloss finishes with improved drying times, especially for aqueous inks. In addition, the paper facilitates inkjet printing in combination with web-offset, with roll-fed laser technology, or off-line in the bindery.

ISO 16612-2 (PDF/VT)
NPES (coordinator of U.S. representation to the ISO technical committee on graphic technology)

ISO 16612-2 Graphic technology – Variable data exchange – Part 2: Using PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-5 simplifies and brings new capabilities to production workflows for personalised documents (e.g., direct mail and transpromo). The use of PDF/VT allows VDP content files to be portable, easily proofed, colour managed, and preflighted. Building on the PDF 1.6 imaging model, transparency, ICC-based colour management, and layers are fully supported. More complex colour graphics in VDP jobs will enable customer communications with greater impact and ROI. One of PDF/VT’s greatest strengths is the ability to drive digital presses in a job-ticket-driven workflow (via JDF, for example). Finally, to reduce file size and facilitate caching, a repeating element is defined only once, regardless of the number of times it appears in a job.

The InterTech star, a symbol of technological innovation and excellence, will be presented before an audience of industry leaders during the 2011 Printing Industries of America Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Gala, 11 September, in Chicago, Illinois.

A technology review booklet showcasing all of the entries will be produced and distributed this fall at Graph Expo and with an issue of Printing Industries of America: The Magazine; the booklet will also be available at: www.printing.org/InterTech.

For more information about the InterTech Technology Awards, contact Jim Workman, assistant vice president, Center for Technology and Research, Printing Industries of America, at 412-259-1710, intertech@printing.org, or visit: www.printing.org/InterTech.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

InfoTrends' print production workflow market forecast
Global print production software market expected to surpass $10.8 billion by 2015 according to latest report…

InfoTrends' latest print production workflow market forecast shows the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) will be 7.9 per cent between 2010 and 2015 despite the fact that most regions are still recovering from the global economic recession. Although the U.S. and Western European markets are mature, emerging economies (particularly Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region) are still developing and therefore offer more opportunity for growth.

‘The need for more personalized multi-channel communications and production workflow efficiencies will drive growth in this market,’ commented Kaspar Roos, an associate director at InfoTrends. ‘Growth will also come from emerging markets and innovative licensing models (i.e., Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deployment and new opportunities in connecting print with other channels like mobile and social media).’

With the printing industry in a state of massive transition over the past few years, today's print buyers are strongly favoring on-demand printing, and some are even forcing their suppliers to switch to digital printing. Meanwhile, the economy is forcing marketers to consider low-cost technologies. A strong need to measure results, while also developing and understanding of new technologies, represents an enormous opportunity for print service providers and enterprise marketers that can offer software solutions to meet the requirements of a market in transition.

InfoTrends' Global & North American Print Production Workflow Market Forecast and Global & Western European Print Production Workflow Market Forecast provide an overview of the print production software market as it exists today, and the analysis necessary to understand the future directions of this market. These forecasts size the market for software and its related services revenue by product category, as well as calculate the growth of the global market over the next five years.

Both forecasts are available for immediate purchase. For more information, visit the online store at store.infotrendsresearch.com/ or e-mail Robyn Wuori at: robyn_wuori@infotrends.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

QuarkXPress 9.0.1 update now available
Quark has announced the availability of QuarkXPress 9.0.1, a free update that is available to all current version 9 users…

Quark has announced the availability of QuarkXPress 9.0.1, a free update of QuarkXPress 9 that is available to all current version 9 users. As the first maintenance release of QuarkXPress 9, version 9.0.1 resolves issues identified in QuarkXPress 9.0. The update can be downloaded from www.Quark.com or is available through the Quark Update Service first added in QuarkXPress 8.5.

• To download the update to QuarkXPress 9.0.1 visit: www.quark.com/Support/Downloads/

• To read more about the known and resolved issues in QuarkXPress 9.0.1 visit: support.quark.com/en/documentation/QuarkXPress/known_issues.html

QuarkXPress 9
QuarkXPress 9 is the newest release of Quark's page-layout and design software that is built to help designers create content that can be published to digital devices - e-readers, smartphones, and tablets - with one tool, and without coding. Whether a designer needs to publish from QuarkXPress to the iPad, create content for an e-book, or reach an expansive audience through the Blio eReader, QuarkXPress 9 can help.

QuarkXPress 9 also includes new features that automate the design process. The features are instrumental in increasing productivity and alleviating many manual, time-consuming design tasks. For a complete list of new features visit www.quark.com/en/Products/QuarkXPress/Whats_New.aspx

System support
QuarkXPress 9.0.1 supports Mac OS 10.5.8 (Leopard), Mac OS 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard), Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or 3), Windows Vista 1.0, and Windows 7. The next update to QuarkXPress 9, due in late August, will be certified to support Mac OS 10.7 (Lion).

30-Day Test Drive
Quark is offering a free, fully functional, 30-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress 9 to users interested in experiencing the new features for digital publishing and design-driven automation. To download the QuarkXPress 9 30-day Test Drive visit www.quark.com/products/quarkxpress/test_drive.aspx.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

Steffprint in Keighley inspired to buy second XL 105
Second Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 in four years, an investment inspired by the productivity of the first machine…

Steffprint has taken its second Speedmaster XL 105 in four years, an investment inspired by the productivity of the first machine which clocked up close to 200 million impressions in four years. The new Speedmaster XL 105-5+L, a five-colour with coater, has just been installed at the Keighley, West Yorkshire plant.

Michael Watson, managing director, and Lee Hewitt, production director.

‘Although the market is tough Steffprint is competing well because it is well equipped to provide the quality, turnaround and pricing that the market expects,’ said Michael Watson, managing director.

‘The outgoing machine has been producing up to 50 million impressions a year operating 24 hours a day, five days a week. We are not an exclusive Heidelberg house and we do review the market each time we buy a press but no B1 press currently matches the XL 105.’

The new 18,000sph press is equipped with Axis Control spectral measurement for accurate colour and very fast set up times. The Keighley company handles a wide range of work from high volume mail order leaflets / brochures, bus / rail timetables to short run high pagination specialist books and trade work. It serves clients throughout the UK but also exports with one of its largest customers in New York where it staved off competition from China by being able to offer fast turnaround work at a competitive price.

‘The ability to print lighter weight coated stocks is much improved on the latest generation machine which is important because many print buyers are looking to reduce their paper costs,’ said Watson. ‘The XL is a great all-round press suitable for a wide diversity of work including packaging. XL 105 technology is enabling us to extend our client base and we are seeing a substantial increase in trade work.’

Steffprint does not have a dedicated sales team but makes a point of looking after existing customers with a bespoke service that has given it a high loyalty rate. It has recently enhanced its office buildings to include conference and meeting rooms which visiting customers can use. The company has a strong record in terms of investment and so the renewal of the B1 press after four years comes as no surprise. It's a business which harnesses latest generation technology in order to provide high quality, flexible services on time and competitively.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

Success is no mystery at CTP Printers, Johannesburg
Thunderbolt Solutions and KBA install the third KBA Compacta 215 for CTP Printers in Isando, Johannesburg, South Africa…

CTP Printers Johannesburg recently fired up its third 16pp KBA Compacta 215, reaffirming a longstanding relationship with Koenig & Bauer.

Left to right: Grant Anderson of KBA agency Thunderbolt Solutions; production director Brian Bain; and press room manager Simon Bagnall at the new Compacta 215.

CTP Printers near Isando Road is part of Caxton & CTP Publishers & Printers Limited, one of the biggest media groups in South Africa, with some 5,500 employees. Established in Pretoria in 1902, Caxton & CTP is a major player in the South African print media industry. Its Newspaper division prints a raft of titles not only in the cities but also in virtually all the provinces. Other activities include publishing, printing, book printing stationery, packaging, labels and inks.

The magazine and commercial arm, to which CTP Printers Johannesburg also belongs, has production plants in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, and is considered a trendsetter in its deployment of printing and finishing technology.

KBA presses have been in operation at Caxton & CTP’s 30,000 sq/m 178-employee plant near Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport since 1996. Two 16pp Compacta 214s were followed in 1998 and 1999 by two Compacta 215s.

Longstanding partnership
CTP Printers Johannesburg managing director Wally Blumberg was quick to recognise the Compacta 215’s impressive performance, hence his decision to order two of these 16pp presses. CTP Printers works director Brian Bain said, ‘The KBA Compacta 215s have proved their excellence in all three projects and have made a major contribution to the level of performance we can offer today. The third Compacta 215 came on stream smoothly and in a minimum amount of time. The high output and flexibility of these press lines have made KBA a key vendor. The service provided also deserves praise.’ Press room manager Simon Bagnall agreed, adding, ’We have gained a lot of experience with the Compacta 215 over the years. They are fast and can handle a wide choice of folds. They are cost-effective for both long and short runs of commercials and magazines.’

Driving advances in unison
Launched fourteen years ago, the Compacta 215 has been one of KBA’s most popular models, but in keeping with market trends has now been succeeded by a new, more compact model, the C16. Said Bain, ‘We watched the C16’s market launch last year with keen interest and are confident that it represents a good option for the future. Success is no mystery once you have found the right partner.’

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For more information, visit: www.caxton.co.za, www.kba-print.de, or: www.thunderbolt.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

Druckerei Gebhard adds Presstek 52DI-AC and coater
Germany's Druckerei H Gebhard is servicing growing short-run demand with a new digital offset system from Presstek…

Presstek has announced that German printing company Druckerei H. Gebhard GmbH & Co has installed a Presstek 52DI-AC digital offset press with an aqueous coater.

The installation of the DI digital offset printing machine will enable the traditional commercial printer to profitably deliver small and medium-sized runs, which are becoming increasingly common. Specialist Presstek partner, Heinrich Baumann Grafisches Centrum, played a key role in ensuring the installation went smoothly.

‘One thing is clear - print runs are getting smaller,’ said Anja Gebhard, managing director at Druckerei Gebhard. ‘We needed to respond to this trend and at the same time meet our customers' requirements, being a total printing solutions provider, and have found the ideal solution in the Presstek DI. The system will help us close the gap between offset and digital printing.’

Previously the company was handling requirements for multiple sizes on a 700 x 1000 offset printing system. However, the set-up would not prove profitable in the long term, as customers would have to wait a long time for their print products.

Coater and environmental protection
Another important factor in Druckerei Gebhard's decision-making process was the integrated coater. ‘The digital waterless offset printing technology had already won us over at Drupa 2004, but the integrated coater option was also key in our investment decision,’ continued Gebhard. Applying a fast-drying coating inline not only shortens turnaround times, it also increases the visual appeal and extends the service life of the printed products. The Presstek 52DI-AC can apply aqueous coating across entire surfaces or partially for spot-coated effects.

Virtually every Presstek application is finished with dispersion coating at Druckerei Gebhard. These include print runs of up to 5,000 sheets that are used to produce letterheads, postcards, dispensers, promotional flyers and brochure covers. The company is more than happy with the printed image, ‘We get excellent results with the FM screens we frequently use and with 175lpi screens on uncoated papers e.g. for commercial printed goods.’

Registration problems are virtually eliminated with the Presstek DI. ‘The make-ready times are extremely short and colour is reproduced quickly,’ added Gebhard. ‘We never need to worry about registration accuracy. As the plates are imaged on press without the use of chemistry. , Our reject rate on the DI press is considerably lower compared with standard offset printing systems.’

The reduced waste and elimination of dampening solutions and alcohol, thanks to the waterless offset printing process, fits perfectly with the FSC-certified, climate-neutral company's sustainability ethos.

The DI product range
Presstek DI digital offset printing machines are available in three basic versions: Presstek 75DI, Presstek 52DI and Presstek 34DI. All three models are environmentally-friendly, highly automated and offer 300 lpi as well as FM screen quality. The Presstek 52DI is a digital landscape printing machine offering speeds of up to 10,000 sheets per hour and a maximum sheet size of 520 x 375mm. The 52DI is available with either an inline aqueous coater or a UV print unit. It supports a wide range of media up to a thickness of 0.5mm.

For further information visit: www.presstek.com, www.druckerei-gebhard.de, or: www.baumann-gruppe.de.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

A second Roland 900 for more capacity
Allied Litho: Sheetfed operations only with Manroland…

With the purchase of a new Roland 900, Allied Litho from Kansas City in North America remains true to the manufacturer. Since this printer was founded in 1949, only Manroland presses have been used in its sheetfed operations.

The highest economic efficiency and optimal support are indispensable for holding one’s ground in a very competitive environment, and Allied Litho know they are on the winning side with Manroland presses. This is the second time Allied Litho, one of the largest packaging printers in the USA’s Midwest, has purchased a six-colour Roland 900. Allied Litho almost doubled its capacity with the purchase of a Roland 900, XXL 30 months ago. Now the company is looking to boost its productivity and profitability with the addition of a similarly versatile press. The new press is capable of performing 70 percent of the work that is currently being done on the Roland 900, XXL which will considerably expand Allied Litho’s capacity once again.

Tim Heier, Allied Litho’s CEO, faces the future with confidence, ‘Eventually we would like to get to a point where we are running our two presses on a two-shift basis. Our third shift would be a swing shift where we would use one or the other, depending on the requirements of the work at hand.’

The Roland 900, with speeds up to 14,000 sheets per hour, provides superior print quality and significant automation, including automated plate changing and Printnet workflow integration. It is a flexible system for paper and carton right through to corrugated board as it can process substrates from 0.04 up to 1.2 millimetres.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

ManCart goes digital with HP Indigo press ws4500
ManCart adds digital printing to its production capabilities with the installation of an HP Indigo ws4500 (English/Italian)…

Founded in 1934, ManCart was one of the first companies in Italy to introduce self-adhesive labels in the 1950s. Currently printing more than 1 billion labels a year for a range of customers in the industrial and cosmetics industries, ManCart recently decided to enhance its offering by adding digital printing to its existing flexo, screen and letterpress operations, giving them greater flexibility and efficiency by combining these diverse technologies to meet the product needs of the client.

The HP Indigo press ws4500 enables ManCart to provide customers with cost-effective on demand labels, allowing the company to offer high-quality proofs, identical to the final product, and print runs from a single copy up to 50,000 labels.

Pictured above: Luca Cattaneo, CEO/ direttore generale of ManCart with the HP Indigo press ws4500.

ManCart introduce la stampa digitale con la macchina da stampa HP Indigo ws4500
Per rispondere efficacemente alle esigenze di stampa dei suoi clienti ManCart inserisce nel suo processo produttivo di stampa di etichette e packaging una macchina da stampa HP Indigo ws4500…

HP ha annunciato che ManCart - Manifattura Cartaria SRL di Milano, Italia, ha deciso di aumentare la propria flessibilità nella stampa di etichette e packaging inserendo nell'ambito del suo processo produttivo - composto di macchine flessografiche, serigrafiche e tipografiche - anche la tecnologia digitale con la macchina da stampa HP Indigo ws4500.

Fondata nel 1934 come Manifattura Cartaria Palazzetti, ManCart è stata tra le prime aziende in Italia a produrre negli anni cinquanta le etichette autoadesive. Attualmente stampa oltre un miliardo di etichette all'anno ed effettua lavorazioni complesse anche nell'ambito del packaging combinando, grazie all'installazione della macchina da stampa HP Indigo ws4500, i benefici della stampa digitale con le altre tecnologie presenti in azienda. L'attività di ManCart, che riguarda quasi totalmente la stampa su materiali plastici e non cartacei (l'anno scorso l'86 percento degli acquisti ha riguardato proprio materiali plastici), si muove attorno a precise linee guida: innovazione di prodotto, qualità ed efficienza per l'intero processo industriale, sviluppo di partnership con i fornitori di riferimento e servizi focalizzati sulle esigenze del clienti, che spaziano dall'industriale al mondo della cosmetica.

‘Il nostro valore aggiunto,’ spiega Luca Cattaneo, general manager di ManCart, ‘è che siamo un'azienda artigiana con spirito industriale, in grado di fare sia cinquanta etichette sia cinque milioni di etichette, in base alle necessità dei nostri clienti e padroneggiando la maggior parte delle tecnologie di stampa, compresa quella digitale. Con l'acquisto della HP Indigo ws4500 siamo ora ancora più flessibili ed efficienti nel combinare internamente diverse tecnologie per arrivare al prodotto finale che il cliente ci richiede. HP Indigo ws4500 è una macchina da stampa che ci consente oggi più che mai di essere partner proattivi dei nostri clienti nel proporre anche soluzioni complete di packaging e non soltanto etichette’.

HP Indigo ws4500 è una soluzione di stampa produttiva, conveniente e versatile per la stampa di etichette e imballaggi. Permette di produrre prove di stampa immediate identiche ai lavori da produrre successivamente, di stampare tirature singole o fino a 50.000 etichette in tempi brevissimi, di sfruttare al meglio la stampa a dati variabili per fornire personalizzazioni interamente a colori e introdurre funzionalità di numerazione e sicurezza per consentire la tracciabilità e la protezione dei prodotti.

‘Siamo estremamente contenti di aver acquistato la macchina da stampa HP Indigo ws4500,’ conclude Luca Cattaneo, ‘che ha tutte le carte in regola per essere comparata a una macchina da stampa tradizionale, con in più tutti i vantaggi del digitale. Negli anni in cui abbiamo ricorso ai terzisti per la stampa digitale abbiamo potuto verificare i pregi e i difetti di parecchie macchine da stampa e le HP si sono rivelate di gran lunga le migliori. Abbiamo scelto la HP Indigo ws4500 perché è tagliata sulle nostre esigenze e per due aspetti fondamentali: la qualità di stampa e la sua flessibilità’.

More information is available at: www.hp.com/go/graphicarts and at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts or follow HP on www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts. You can also use the HP banner and sponsor logo links on our Home Page. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannsburg at: www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

Kodak partnership delivers best in class workflow
ESP Colour states that Kodak Unified Workflow Solutions help deliver financial benefits, increased sales and ROI…

ESP Colour credits increased sales of £11.6m in 2011 to Kodak Prinergy Rules-Based Automation Software (RBA). The company attributes the successful financials to its innovative Kodak Unified Workflow solutions with rules-based automation and full integration. With 60 staff on its Swindon site and an average of 3.6 million impressions per week across a range of B2 and B1 presses, the leading commercial printer is utilising the full suite of integrated Kodak Unified Workflow Solutions.

Kodak's support staff has supervised the integration and installation at ESP Colour of Kodak Prinergy workflow underpinning each and every process in the cycle from estimate to plate plus a Kodak Insite Prepress Portal system for online job submission and remote soft proofing, Kodak Preps 6.2 Imposition Software with JDF Certified and Prinergy Rules-Based Automation software templates for customized delivery. The investment also included a Kodak Magnus 800 platesetter, which today is imaging up to 10,000 Kodak Electra XD thermal plates per month.

‘Kodak's workflow solutions and prepress equipment are a 'must have' for any print business intent on success in this tough marketplace,’ stated managing director Anthony Thirlby, ‘and ESP is a business first and foremost! We believe Kodak has the only workflow solution available that can automate our manufacturing processes using true rules-based automation functionality. Our primary focus is to fill our cost centres not our presses.’

In 2007 ESP Colour reviewed its business model and made an analysis of its processes and job submissions - at that point there were thirteen stages in their production cycle. ESP decided to examine the latest innovations in prepress software and equipment and engaged with Kodak as its preferred supplier.

Thirlby continued, ‘We needed to ensure and control the pressure points in our business. In 2011 we have a new business model based on Kodak's innovative prepress software technologies. We now have three stages in production with each one under a separate fully accountable cost centre. Kodak has consistently and innovatively worked with us to achieve these goals. One of the key components in the Kodak Insite Prepress Portal system is the unique 'secure-link', which enables our staff to easily manage projects - we send each user a link by e-mail so they can access the project and complete each task. This speeds up the process massively. We are using Kodak Prinergy Rules Based Automation Software, which has completely changed our production model. The time-savings that have been made have to be seen to be believed.’

Prinergy Rules-Based Automation Software facilitates manufacturing, taking away a good percentage of day-to-day decision-making. It is a set of rules with associated templates that are filled in with the necessary information to automate the process. ESP Colour has a regular ongoing review across all of its processes from prepress into the print room and finishing - the company then utilises these RBA tools to automate each process and reduce time and wastage to create the RBA templates.

ESP Colour is recognised for its endeavours and success and was recently approached by the BPIF and Vision in Print to take part in a report, sponsored by Kodak - 'How are printers adapting to opportunities for prepress automation’. The company was selected as a participant in this study as ESP Colour is well regarded for its awareness in utilising the advantages possible from prepress and MIS technologies using Prinergy Workflow, Insite Prepress Portal System and Prinergy Rules-Based Automation Software. ‘Everything shows that we are two and a half years ahead of our competitors,’ stated Thirlby. ‘With Kodak Unified Workflow Solutions we know we are the best in class and an ideal example to other businesses.’

ESP Colour has also adapted its business model in other ways by moving a good percentage of its work onto two new B2 presses for higher pagination and shorter run work. The company plans to re-utilise and re-invigorate new markets. ‘By moving from B1 to a B2 - a 'just in time, short-run model' - we can decrease the average order price,’ explained Thirlby. ‘This causes a shift in the overall revenue stream and gives us smaller percentages and lowers the risk. At present we have no client above 5 per cent of our overall sales commitment. With pricing tensions at their height at present we have to engage with a wider sales ledger and change direction because of market forces. Kodak's workflow solutions strengthen and support the full production cycle of our business so we now have a complete new functional business model that is the best option for us at ESP. We have also recently moved to a four year depreciation cycle’

‘Importantly ESP is about people,’ said Thirlby. ‘We have phenomenal people working with us including six apprentices at present. Yes, we are in print but it's a business. We know that ESP is unique and we just wish that the rest of the market would revise their objectives, as we have had to do, embrace this innovative technology and educate clients in what the future could hold for them. Kodak is working for ESP - Kodak Unified Workflow Solutions underpin our market pricing, full scheduling and offers us a set of rules to categorise our product range. We believe we are one of the few full JDF sites in the UK. This is a business model for the future supported by Kodak and driven by ESP Colour’

‘We believe Kodak is ahead of the competition in trying to engage in 'what comes next'. Kodak has completely evaluated our three-step process with its Kodak Marketmover Business Advantage Solutions. Kodak's consultancy service has been of enormous benefit in helping us with a business analysis and guidance on new strategies and direction for rapid and sustainable growth as we evolve. It is exciting for us that we have a supplier who knows what we are trying to achieve and can also provide us with the tools to reach our goals. This business/supplier relationship is second to none.’

To find out more about Kodak solutions, visit: www.graphics.kodak.com. In Southern Africa, consult Antalis South Africa’s Graphics division at: www.antalis.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 August 2011.

Friday 5 August

Heidelberg’s new package for alcohol-free printing
With its ‘IPA-free Package’, Heidelberg is the only manufacturer to offer a fully comprehensive solution for alcohol-free printing…

‘IPA-free Package’ comprises machine components, consulting services, and Saphira consumables
• IPA-free printing lowers costs and reduces risks for health, safety, and the environment
• New dampening rollers, improved measuring technology, and alcohol substitutes ensure maximum quality

When the ‘IPA-free Package’ is launched this summer, Heidelberg will be the only manufacturer to offer a fully comprehensive solution for alcohol-free printing. The package incorporates co-ordinated machine components, consultancy services, and Saphira consumables. New additions include special dampening rollers with modified surface materials and structures and an extended range of features in the new CombiStar Pro. The package is rounded off by special Saphira dampening solution additives and comprehensive consulting services and will initially be available for the Speedmaster XL 105, SM/CD/CX 102, and XL 75 series for use with conventional inks. Previously installed presses from these series can be upgraded. The solution will be available for other models and for UV print applications by Drupa 2012.

Top right: As part of the IPA-free Package, Heidelberg is using new dampening rollers that distribute a sufficient amount of dampening solution very evenly over the printing plate, thereby ensuring an optimum ink-water balance.

Below: Heidelberg offers IPA substitutes for alcohol-free printing in its Saphira range, which is specifically geared towards the various requirements of commercial and packaging printing.

For many years, print shops have been searching for ways to reduce the amount of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) used in their operations, a trend that has been boosted by a growing awareness of how this substance impacts on the environment, human health, and the climate in the pressroom. IPA plays an important role in offset printing - it reduces the surface tension of dampening solution, ensures better wetting of rollers and printing plates, and stabilises the ink-water balance. However, the alcohol evaporates completely into the pressroom and can lead to health complaints for printers such as headaches, dizziness, and eye irritation. IPA is highly flammable and contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone, which is also known as summer smog. Furthermore, IPA is an extra cost factor that is exacerbated by statutory requirements, which vary from country to country.

‘We want the IPA-free Package to make it easier for our customers to switch to alcohol-free printing and to show that environmentally friendly solutions can also be cost-effective,’ explained Stephan Plenz, member of the management board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment. There is already very strong interest for this type of solution in Europe, but demand is also growing among customers in Asia and Africa.

New dampening rollers, improved measuring technology, and alcohol substitutes ensure maximum quality
In order for alcohol-free printing to work, water quality must be consistent and exhibit an overall hardness of between 8°dH and 12°dH. If hardness fluctuates, the water needs to be treated, for example in a reverse osmosis plant. The new dampening rollers ensure that a sufficient quantity of dampening solution is very evenly distributed over the printing plate, thereby achieving a steady ink-water balance. The CombiStar Pro peripheral unit is equipped with ‘Digidos’ digital metering technology for dampening solution additives, which achieves an extremely precise metering accuracy of plus/minus 0.1 per cent.

Integrated into CombiStar Pro is FilterStar with improved components for dampening solution micro filtration, which significantly extends the useful life of the dampening solution. The Prinect Press Center control station gives the printer an overview of dampening solution quality, with developments in temperature, conductivity, and pH value displayed in real time. The CombiStar Pro also shows consumption levels for water, IPA, and dampening solution additive. Low concentrations of IPA may be necessary when printing special colours and spot colours or when using non-absorbent substrates. In such cases, it is advisable to use the optional Alcosmart measuring and metering system.

The experts from Heidelberg worked closely with European customers over several months to test a broad range of alcohol substitutes. The most suitable turned out to be an additive based on glycols. Heidelberg offers IPA substitutes such as these in its Saphira range, which is specifically geared towards the various requirements of commercial and packaging printing. These substitutes are much more cost-effective and also improve print quality, with colours appearing far more vibrant.

Another important part of the ‘IPA-free Package’ is the provision of specialist consulting during startup. This includes the pulling of a specially developed dampening test form for determining the best setting for the roller frame and dampening solution. The quality of process water and dampening solution is also analysed and press colour and dampening profiles are adjusted accordingly.

Bastian Druck, which is based near Trier, southwest Germany, is one example of a print shop that has switched over production on both its Speedmaster XL 105 presses to zero per cent IPA.

‘We set ourselves up as a climate-neutral print shop and are constantly striving to go one step further, not just for our own sake, but because we feel it is our responsibility to do so for our environmentally conscious customers. But words need to be backed up by deeds. Alcohol-free offset printing was clearly the next step,’ explained Gerrit Schneider, production manager at Bastian Druck. ‘There are no limitations and we are now printing commercial work, packaging, and labels with far more gloss and colour fidelity,’ says Schneider. By eliminating the use of alcohol, Bastian Druck is not only helping to save the environment, but also save thousands of euros a year.

Note: This article also appears in our Online Features section under Technology-related articles, Chapter 2.

For more about Bastian Druck, visit: www.bastiandruck.de
For more information about Heidelberg, simply click on the Heidelberg button to the left of this page to take you to its Website.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 August 2011.

Redefining the future of CTP for smaller print shops
Digital Distributors, together with Kemtek, will unveil the revolutionary EFI Epson 7900 CTP solution at Sign Africa 2011 in Johannesburg...

Above: Digital Distributors brings to market an innovative CTP solution that can manufacture the plates to be mounted on the press in 15 minutes.

South Africa's leading local distributor of colour management and digital print solutions, Digital Distributors, together with Kemtek, will unveil the revolutionary EFI Epson 7900 computer-to-plate solution at the 2011 Sign Africa Sign, Display and Digital Graphics show from 24 to 26 August at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Commented John Panton, technical director at Cape Town-based Digital Distributors, 'We are very excited to offer this innovative - and affordable - direct-to-plate solution to South Africa's smaller print shops. Traditionally, CTP systems have been too expensive for these smaller users, many of whom have to rely on outsourcing to plate bureaux. Now using a special aluminium plate, Heat Curing Unit and easy to fit plate guide developed by Israeli Company VIM, together with a stock standard Epson 7900 printer and EFI CTP Express RIP, you have a complete direct to inkjet CTP system.'

Offering simple, fast, high resolution plate making in six to nine minutes per plate is not the only benefit of this plate making solution. Excellent print quality (up to 175 lines per inch) and up to 20,000 impressions can be delivered by this CTP solution, which not only has a small footprint but is also chemical free and requires no processing. Original Epson ink is used at low cost, making it possible to also print high-quality press proofs, imposition proofs and even high quality short-run posters on the very same system.

Panton added, 'This CTP solution will not present any expensive maintenance costs. EFI Epson 7900 CTP will deliver a high return on investment for smaller print shops, producing true aluminium press plates at a significantly lower total cost of ownership than other solutions currently available.

'This solution is specifically aimed at those print shops running one-, two- or four-colour presses. It uses a standard Epson printer. The aluminium plate is placed inside the proofer, the EFI Express CTP RIP is used to image the plate on the Epson 7900 using standard Epson inks, after which it is fed into a drier to cure before taken to the press. The set-up cost of this solution, which can easily be accommodated in the smallest print shop, is now available at below R150,000.

'We're partnering with Kemtek, with whom we have a longstanding relationship, to bring this solution to the market,' said Panton. 'We've enjoyed a very successful relationship with Kemtek over many years and both parties recognise each other's strengths. By leveraging these strengths, we can bring the best service and solutions to our customers.'

For more information on Digital Distributors' EFI Epson CTP system, please contact John Panton at Digital Distributors at Tel: (021) 423 5695 or e-mail john@digitaldistributors.co.za, visit www.digitaldistributors.co.za.

Be sure to visit Kemtek's stand (F9-18 & F19-22) at the 2011 Sign Africa Sign, Display and Digital Graphics show from 24 to 26 August at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 August 2011.

Atlantic Zeiser and Hugo Beck technology partnership
Comprehensive agreement on the ongoing development and production of high-end mailing solution, Versamail…

Atlantic Zeiser's cost-effective finishing and mailing system is the ideal extension to card manufacturers' personalisation environments. Versamail offers running speeds of up to 28,000 products per hour - Hugo Beck is to become a development and production partner.

Atlantic Zeiser offers complete end-to-end systems for modular and highly secure card solutions and will in future be working even more closely together with Hugo Beck GmbH, based in Dettingen, Erms, Germany. Carl-Michael Heüveldop, vice president of Card Systems at Atlantic Zeiser and Horst Heimann, managing director at Hugo Beck, have signed a comprehensive collaboration agreement on the ongoing development and production of high-end mailing solution, Versamail. Hugo Beck has been a supplier to Atlantic Zeiser for many years, and has outstanding expertise in the field of packaging machine construction. Versamail is part of the company's portfolio of products for high-quality and cost-effective card personalisation, card finishing, card mailing and lifecycle management.

Said Heüveldop on the technology partnership, ‘We are very much looking forward to strengthening our existing collaboration of many years with such experienced specialists thanks to the comprehensive technology partnership recently agreed on developing and producing complex transport units and packaging machines. This will bring together Atlantic Zeiser's sector-specific expertise with the technological expertise of Hugo Beck.’

Heimann reiterated, ‘Technology partnerships always offer significant potential for both sides. Hugo Beck is forming an extended business relationship with Atlantic Zeiser that along with the collaboration agreement concluded on Versamail, reaches a whole new level of mutual gain - a real win/win situation for everyone involved.’

Versamail - perfect extension to personalisation environments
Card manufacturers are achieving complex finishing on high-volume runs thanks to Versamail, the cost-effective finishing, packaging and mailing system from Atlantic Zeiser Group, a global technology leader in card personalization. The modular solution is used in a wide variety of applications, from simple attaching to more complex 'attach and match' and 'attach and personalise' jobs required for gift card packaging and envelope-less loyalty card mailings.

Many alternative card mailing and packaging solutions offer features and options for tackling complex jobs, but are compromised by their limited running speed, which leads to a high cost per product. In contrast, Versamail offers a running speed of up to 28,000 products per hour while still providing the high degree of flexibility required by card manufacturers.

Versamail is simple-to-use and offers fast set-up times and a short learning curve for operators and maximum productivity for card manufacturers.

Highest attach precisions are achieved using Atlantic Zeiser-designed Pick & Place feeders, which enable easy change over between portrait and landscape cards, and can attach even with inline reading of the card's magstripe without the necessity of any bump turn.

Versamail offers various folding options and allows inline high-quality carrier printing of variable data, such as numbers, barcodes and addresses.

Heüveldop concluded, ‘Versamail is based on a versatile platform, so it can handle a wide range of applications. This kind of flexibility sets it apart from rival systems - other solutions can also handle particular industry jobs, but they are blighted by their limited versatility and high set-up times. Versamail, on the other hand, can get through 28,000 products per hour by offering a maximum of flexibility with a minimum of set-up times, enabling users to increase their productivity and increase revenue.’

A full overview of Atlantic Zeiser solutions can be found at: www.atlanticzeiser.com. Further information about Hugo Beck can be found at: www.hugobeck.de.

© Graphic Repro on-line, 5 August 2011.

EskoArtwork's Shrink Sleeve Studio Toolkit InterTech Award
Technology saves considerable design and prepress time to produce shrink sleeves, one of the fastest growing packaging segments…

EskoArtwork is proud to announce that its Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves is the recipient of a 2011 Printing Industries of America InterTech Technology Award. Since 1978 the InterTech Technology Awards sponsored by Printing Industries of America have honoured the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. More than 80 per cent of technologies that receive an award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace.

‘We are very pleased and honoured that, once again, an EskoArtwork product has received an InterTech Award. And, it is even more rewarding because Enfocus Switch - from a business unit of EskoArtwork - has also received an InterTech Technology Award this year,’ commented Carsten Knudsen, EskoArtwork president and CEO. ‘However, most important to EskoArtwork is that these products have contributed to our customers' successes. In the case of EskoArtwork Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves, it remedies a very significant pain point for many package printers.’

‘The judges immediately understood the innovations behind Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves,’ commented Mark Bohan, vice president, technology and research, Printing Industries of America. ‘As one judge commented, 'Have you ever tried to create shrink sleeves manually? It's a nightmare. Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves offers a dramatic change to a process that has been done inefficiently for many years.' They were impressed with the math behind it, the ability to work well with asymmetrical packaging and the calculations to predict hue and color shift based on stretching.’

EskoArtwork Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves:
The perfect design and prepress tool for a growing packaging segment

The global $3 billion shrink sleeve market is growing at about 7% a year. EskoArtwork's Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves creates artwork for shrink sleeves (labels that are placed around a package or packages and shrunk around them during production). Designers and prepress professionals can quickly create, test, analyse, communicate and produce designs with 3D visuals, without the need to conduct physical test runs.

Designing and printing shrink sleeves is difficult, complex and labor-intensive process, involving a number of trial and error steps to get the design right, resulting in long lead times. Designers create grids on the shrink sleeve material, wrap it around the container, run it through a shrink sleeve tunnel, measure the distortion, and try to anamorphically size graphic elements based upon these measurements. The design is tested - often requiring plates and press time - and usually rerun many times. There's the real potential of damaging brand integrity if the process is not handled correctly.

Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves accommodates asymmetrical shapes and multipacks, and works in 3D from start to finish. It also works with a wide variety of substrates, taking into consideration the specific shrinking properties of each. With Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves, it is no longer necessary to manually create test films. Designers aren't working blindly in 2D, nor constrained. The pre-distortion can handle much more complex cases, resulting in more creative designs on more sophisticated containers, offering greater shelf appeal - and stronger sales. The 3D images accurately predicting the end-result can be used to approve designs faster and cheaper than making and shipping mock-ups. Less experienced printers can enter the sleeve label market.

Thus, Studio toolkit for Shrink Sleeves fits into existing design and prepress workflows, saving hours of operator time and weeks of design lead time. This can generate the brand owner significant revenues if a product can be launched earlier, and save the trade shop thousands in costs.

Productive results from customers
‘Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves has helped us considerably during the design process. Since we can see how everything will fall on the bottle, it gives us more design freedom,’ explains Amy Manchester, Lead Technician, Exopack Graphics Center, Spartanburg, SC. ‘We can use more of the 'real estate' on the package; we aren't confined to a small area. The 3D mock-up is so realistic that our customers see upfront what it will look like before anything is printed. It's a definite 'wow' factor. The best part is there's no expense to show a 3D mock-up.’

‘Before Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves, we would take a material sample and create a grid on film, shrink wrap it on to the product, and then measure the distortion of the sleeve off the grid. Sometimes we got it right, and sometimes we didn't. When the distortion didn't work, we would have to redo the art and start from scratch. It wasn't unusual to do two to three test runs to get it right,’ recalls Greg Swindle, Production Manager, Total Quality Labels. ‘With Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves, preparing art for shrink sleeves is not any more time consuming than preparing art for any other job. Shrink sleeve jobs now take us 2 - 3 hours, instead of 20 - 24 hours.’

‘Clients are giving us shorter and shorter deadlines to produce work for new product launches. So, within the time frame we have, Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves helps us work more efficiently and optimise artwork more easily,’ points out Matthieu Abiteboul, managing director, Ceisa Packaging, the first beta user of Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves. ‘The 3-D artwork created by Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves helps us explain to our customers why we suggest certain changes to artwork; modifying the placement of certain items. When we anticipate a problem, we show the original design and demonstrate an alternative solution. Usually, we can show new designs on the same day they have been requested, sending them electronically to the clients' desks. The design agency and marketing departments are always happy with the result, and understand why it is the best design for production. They are part of the process.’

‘We are thrilled that the judges appreciated the testimonials from users of Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves,’ concluded Kris Van Bael, EskoArtwork product manager, 3D and Image Retouching. ‘The judges understood that Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves fits a need for a growth industry. When you can reduce design time and prepress time from as many as ten cycles to one cycle, and offer more freedom when designing using a 3D viewer, this is a huge cost saver for a growing packaging market that will be here for quite a while.’

‘From hardware, such as our CDI flexo plate imagers, to Samba screening technology, to software such as our Neo PDF editor, and WebCenter project and collaboration solution - among others, we are thrilled that EskoArtwork has introduced our industry to a legacy of important, worthwhile technologies that have earned InterTech Awards,’ concluded Knudsen.

For more information about the 2011 InterTech Technology Awards or the 2012 programme, visit: www.intertechaward.com.
For more about EskoArtwork, visit: www.esko.com. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannesburg, or visit: www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 August 2011.

Enfocus Switch wins 2011 InterTech Award
Judges say Enfocus Switch automation platform is ‘powerful’ will have ‘huge impact’ in ‘transforming businesses’…

Enfocus Switch, the uniquely modular, customisable, and easily integrated automation platform generating excitement among publishing and production professionals all over the world, was this week recognised by Printing Industries of America with a prestigious 2011 InterTech Technology Award.

‘Enfocus Switch is exemplary of next-generation technology; where highly advanced, functional components will work together - reliably and efficiently, in any number of ways - as determined by the people using them,’ said Dr. Mark Bohan, vice president, research and technology for Printing Industries of America, and co-chair of the InterTech Award committee.

Fabian Prudhomme, vice president of Enfocus, said, ‘This is a very special year as our parent, EskoArtwork, is another one of the eight recipients being presented with the InterTech Technology Award, in its case for the Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves. We're proud to say that we, together, make up a quarter of those honored with the Awards this year.’

The InterTech Technology Award judges cited a number of Enfocus Switch attributes as standout features; including increased security, vendor neutrality, and especially, cost and time savings. Comments from the judges, according to Bohan, are that ‘a product like Switch makes sense for virtually everyone’, and that it can have ‘huge impact in transforming businesses.’

The judges are also impressed with the company's well-written code sets. ‘It's evident that Enfocus is utilising best practice software development given the company's ability to integrate all types of third party solutions,’ they remarked.

Prudhomme said, in response, ‘The judges' recognition of our team's coding abilities comes at a perfect time, as we are in the midst of taking our programming to the next level by utilising a new form of agile development.’ Prudhomme said the new methodology will make Enfocus even more responsive, more quickly, with up-to-date functionality.

‘As robust as Switch is today, it is but a hint of what's to come. We have big plans, and we are all thankful that we have such a perfect platform upon which we can build,’ Prudhomme said.

Customers who nominated Enfocus Switch said:
‘As a commercial printer with a multitude of departments and equipment relying on files from Prepress, being able to control file movement is key. Thanks to Enfocus Switch, it's finally achievable using one software solution throughout our entire production environment.’
- U.S. Customer Testimonial #1

‘Enfocus Switch is quickly becoming the tool of choice when it comes to workflow automation and focusing on reducing the amount of human interaction with repetitive work. We have embraced this technology and have begun to implement it into several workflows in as many locations.’
- U.S. Customer Testimonial #2

‘We have a long history working with Enfocus. We already work with Enfocus PitStop Server, so Enfocus explained the benefits of working with Switch. The integration with PitStop Server, as well as Acrobat and InDesign, was important to us. We are very pleased with our integration of Enfocus Switch into our workflow here. Jobs that before were done manually, or repetitive tasks that could not be automated in our previous workflow - such as creating low-resolution PDF files, and then sending them to the customer or converting postscript files to PDFs - are now done fully automated.’
- European Customer Testimonial

A closer look at the award-winning Switch technology
Enfocus Switch offers the simplest yet most robust automation backbone for organisations. Available as LightSwitch, FullSwitch, and PowerSwitch, Switch is a modular, open automation platform that gives printers, publishers, ad agencies, and those interested in higher overall efficiency across departments; the tools to accomplish repetitive tasks associated with receiving, sorting, and processing files automatically, thereby eliminating those tasks from the user's scope of responsibility.

Switch enables companies to automate the tasks that don't have added value, and that are repetitive. Automating those tedious tasks allows for more standardised processes, which, in turn, reduces errors, saving time and money. In addition, by giving employees the option to automate those tasks; time is made available for activities that create added value for a company - such as customer service, creative tasks, new marketing and sales opportunities, or simply concentrating on core business services.

For more about Enfocus and Switch, visit: www.enfocus.com. In Southern Africa, consult Cape Town-based Digital Distributors at www.digitaldistributors.co.za.

© Graphi Repro On-line, 5 August 2011.

Pro-Print picks energy-saving KBA champions
Two KBA Rapida 75E presses, launched at Ipex, debut in South Africa at Pro-Print in Congella, near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal…

The E-version of KBA’s B2 Rapida 75 launched at Ipex 2010 in Birmingham is fast gaining an international following, with installations in Europe, Asia, Latin America and, since spring this year, South Africa, where two press lines went live at Pro-Print in Congella, near Durban (KwaZulu-Natal). They are resounding proof that the E stands for both economy and ecology.

Barry Roberts, his daughter Yvette and Greg Young of KBA agency Thunderbolt Solutions (left to right) are delighted at the successful debut of the two KBA presses.

Professionals in Print
The KBA presses are the first in the company’s 47-year history, and join 16 Komori presses totalling 64 printing units. Pro-Print, which specialises in top-quality pharmaceutical packaging, has won numerous accolades, including the Sappi African Printer of the Year Award.

Proprietor and managing director Barry Roberts took over the helm from his parents, Ernest and Doreen, who in 1964 seized the opportunity to acquire the printing arm of Allen Hanburys, now Glaxo Smithkline. Since then Pro-Print (short for Professionals in Print) has built up a reputation for quality excellence and outstanding customer services. Its 3,000 sq/m premises in Hannah Road have witnessed its evolution from modest beginnings into a modern and well-equipped printing plant. Last year Pro-Print’s 160 employees generated sales exceeding €11m ($15.8m). With the two new KBA Rapida 75E presses the company is gearing up for future growth by burnishing its economic and environmental credentials.

Exclusive customers in many fields
Alongside international pharmaceutical companies Pro-Print’s highly discerning clientele includes prominent advertising agencies and a host of retail, industrial and tourist enterprises, among them Adcock Ingram, Aspen Pharmcare, Bayer, Winthrop pharma, Janssen Cilag, NBI, Sandoz Novartis Hexal, Whalley & Ass., Glaxo Smithkline and Xpressions.

Focus on cost-effective, ecological production
In choosing the Rapida 75E Pro-Print has opted for the energy-saving champion in B2 format. In addition to a higher maximum output of 16,000sph and a wider range of stock thicknesses (up to 0.8mm) the press features a raft of new advances.

Pro-Print CEO Barry Roberts said, ‘It may come as a surprise to many in the sector that as a longstanding Komori user we brought a new vendor on board, but the spontaneous decision made at Ipex 2010 in favour of the two Rapida 75E presses was based on solid facts. It was not so much the production speed that tipped the scales, but the small footprint, the array of features and the quality of the service provided. The evaluation system on which our success and reputation are founded accords quality, efficiency, pricing policy and service equal priority. This applies to every aspect of our production chain from pre-press, press and finishing to mailroom logistics.’

He continued, ‘Our rigorous standards don’t just apply to pharmaceutical packaging: we observe the same high principles when printing business cards and reports, brochures, catalogues and flyers, and environmental awareness is an integral part. All presses are alcohol-free. The new KBA presses fulfilled our expectations right from the start, enhancing our performance on a sustainable basis. We installed a four- and a five-colour version, both of which boast automatic plate changing, blanket washing and ErgoTronic consoles. Their makeready times and energy efficiency are highly competitive, and they are extremely reliable. Their ability to print alcohol-free makes them exceptionally eco-friendly.’

Diversity and further options
Barry Roberts has ambitious plans for the future. ‘Service is provided by the Durban branch of KBA’s South African agency, Thunderbolt Solutions. We are progressively updating the automation levels of our existing presses and maybe in a few years we’ll have an entire KBA fleet. Who knows?’

You can also access this article in our Online Features section with additional photographs. Simply Click on this link to take you straight to it.

For more information, visit: www.proprint.co.za, www.kba-print.de, or: www.thunderbolt.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 August 2011.

PDC safeguards future with Presstek 34DI
Presstek DI digital offset press chosen to boost competitiveness and enable environmental accreditation…

UK company PDC, has installed a Presstek 34DI digital offset press to help maintain its competitive edge. The company also views the Presstek 34DI as a key enabler in its journey toward environmental accreditation.

Owner and managing director Peter Dobson started PDC 11 years ago to service the requirement for short-run digital and litho general commercial print in the business-to-business market. Today, the Havant-based company has five employees and a £350,000 turnover.

Dobson said that an increased demand for shorter runs and faster turnaround times meant PDC's existing AB Dick 9995 two-colour press was struggling to complete the work coming into the shop. This resulted in PDC outsourcing an increasing volume, having less control over production schedules and quality, and working with reduced margins.

Dobson explained, ‘Short-run work with tight turnaround times is becoming the norm. We needed to be able to directly offer our customers that service. With more of this critical work being sent out, it was time to invest in a press that enabled us to do that work ourselves. We needed a press that would position us to be more competitive, something that delivered speed and fast turnaround so we could react very quickly to maintain our market position.’

After looking at the options, PDC chose the Presstek 34DI, a highly automated and high quality digital offset press that eliminates the time and cost associated with a separate platemaking process. Dobson says, ‘Our Presstek 34DI now completes work alongside a Xerox 5000 and a Xerox 4100 in a hybrid digital manufacturing process. As a long-time Presstek customer, we know and trust the quality of Presstek systems, and the benefits we saw from our new DI press were immediate. Where a job might have taken two days to produce on our old two-colour press, with the new Presstek 34DI we can have a completed high-quality offset print job completed in a few hours.’

The B3 7,000sph Presstek 34DI takes less than ten minutes to makeready, and the streamlined workflow reduces the time and cost of turning a job around. It delivers up to 300 lpi and stochastic screening on a broad range of substrate thicknesses. A major benefit is its low average cost per page for 500 to 20,000 impressions.

‘Whenever you buy something new, you always push it to its boundaries to see what can be achieved,’ added Dobson, ‘We have certainly pushed the envelope with the Presstek 34DI, and it has achieved more than we expected in terms of its fast makereadies and increased throughput.’

According to Dobson, a driving factor in the investment decision was ensuring that the company remained healthy in spite of the current economic conditions. He stated, ‘During the recession, we were seeing a decline in sales, and profitability was harder to achieve, especially as we began outsourcing more of our work. Being able to do more in-house means we can hold on to more profit. We are also more flexible, and that means we can talk to customers about delivering a wider range of work with amazingly short turn times.’ Ease of use was also a crucial consideration, since Dobson wanted to ensure a smooth changeover and have his staff to be able to quickly adapt to the new system.

Aside from increased productivity, the Presstek 34DI has bought PDC some breathing space. Dobson says, ‘We were running at 100 per cent capacity on the old press, which left us no room to grow. Now we are running the Presstek DI at 50 per cent on a larger base of work. This means we are well positioned to increase production when the market recovers.’

Maintaining market share and increasing capacity are the immediate results Dobson has seen from his 34DI investment. Going forward he expects the press to help the company to achieve ISO14001 accreditation within the next 12 months. ‘The fact that there is no CTP means we have eliminated all chemicals in the pressroom. This will be a key factor in working toward gaining certification,’ says Dobson. ‘The press is running well and we are delighted with the investment.’

Pictured above: Owner and managing director Peter Dobson next to the Presstek 34DI.

For more information about Presstek's digital offset, please visit www.presstek.com or e-mail: info@presstek.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 August 2011.

Okab Intergraphic picks Kodak Flexcel technology
Nine-month ROI for Sweden's first installation of Kodak Flexcel NX digital flexographic system at Okab Intergraphic…

The installation of the first Kodak Flexcel NX System at Sweden's Okab Intergraphic has been so successful the packaging specialist expects to achieve ROI in just nine months.

‘We wanted to be unique and offer something special to our customers. Being the first company in Sweden to install this technology allows us to do that,’ stated Mats Esbjornsson, vice president of the SEK6m (€6.6m) turnover operation, which includes European giants Kavli, Arla, and Electrolux among its core clientele.

Okab Intergraphic's product portfolio is divided into 60 per cent flexo and 40 per cent litho and Esbjornsson chose the Kodak Flexcel NX Plates to help it maintain its market leading edge. ‘Providing our customers with a more competitive solution sets us apart from what is already available. We are still working toward full production, but we already expect the system will have paid for itself by the end of the year.’

Survival of the fittest
As well as improving its relationship with customers today, Okab Intergraphic's investment was also critical to ensure the company's long-term survival. ‘We work with many top brands, and to continue to provide them with the best service, we needed to invest in state-of-the-art solutions. We can now deliver something almost no one else can.’

The Kodak Flexcel NX system uses a unique combination of exceptional imaging technology and materials science to produce plates that deliver outstanding on-press performance, achieving gravure-class print quality on a wide variety of substrates. It enables customers to grow their businesses through differentiated print quality, helps reduce costs through production efficiencies, and supports sustainability goals through reduced waste. It delivers imaging stability and predictability, true 1:1:1 image reproduction, stable flat top dot structure providing consistent quality and repeatability on press, smaller minimum dots, excellent ink transfer and impression latitude with full tonal range, reduced makeready times, and increased run lengths. It also eliminates the bump curve.

Market differentiation
It was the calibre of the final product that convinced Esbjornsson that this Kodak solution was the right one. ‘Improved quality, image, and ink coverage all created a much more effective result,’ stated Esbjornsson.

Quality is not the only gain the transition has achieved, ‘We are 25 per cent more productive,’ said Esbjornsson. ‘Other systems require full separation on a job to get dot and full-tone plates. With the Flexcel NX system, these are combined so instead of five colour separation there is only the need for four. That can save us as much as 15 minutes per job, or €90 to €100.’

Esbjornsson adds any risk associated with adopting the new technology was eliminated by Kodak's knowledgeable expertise and support: ‘After thorough testing and achieving very good results we were confident that we could deliver something special. The plates are very stable. It is always an issue with flexo that you never know what the result will be like, but with Kodak I don't think there have been any plates that we have had to do again. It saves us a lot of time and expense.’

Reaping the rewards
‘I am very glad we made the decision,’ comments Esbjornsson. ‘Both the installation and the handling of the sales process by Kodak was very easy. We are not a big company and I often go to see the customers myself. Explaining how new processes can benefit them and convincing them to support us can be time-consuming. But with these plates, as soon as they see the results, they are excited and want to work with us.’

Kodak delivers
‘As Okab Intergraphic discovered for themselves the main business-winning attraction of the Kodak Flexcel NX system is its ability to achieve dots as small as 10-microns using Kodak SquareSpot imaging technology,’ commented Håkan Persson, account manager Sweden, Packaging Solutions, Kodak. ‘This delivers consistent, predictable printing, even of subtle gradations and challenging shadows and highlights-all of which are increasingly important to brand owners looking for new ways to make their products stand out from the competition.’

Kodak is a global advisor and provider of integrated services to help companies transform and optimize their businesses. Through a network of service professionals in 120+ countries, Kodak provides technical, professional, consulting and managed services to enable customers to focus on growing their businesses, maximise productivity, and more effectively manage risks. All Kodak products and software are backed by Kodak Service and Support.

To learn more, visit: www.graphics.kodak.com. In Southern Africa, consult Antalis South Africa’s Graphics division.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 August 2011.

WEBprintConcept based on the HP Indigo 7000
Grafisches Centrum Cuno chooses the HP Indigo 7000 press to enter into high-quality digital print production (English/Deutsch)…

Perfect print quality is the hallmark of Grafisches Centrum Cuno. The company uses the HP Indigo 7000 digital press to ensure that its new digital print subsidiary, WEBprintConcept, can meet its clients' high expectations when it comes to quality.

Joint managing director, Steffen Cuno, WEBprintConcept.

Founded in 1957 in the GDR (German Democratic Republic) in Calbe near Magdeburg, Grafisches Centrum Cuno (GCC) has developed from a small book printer, into a high-tech media services provider with one of Germany's most modern printing works. The company currently employs 140 people and specialises in the production of high-quality applications such as books, magazines and catalogues for a trans-regional clientele.

WEBprintConcept setzt auf digitale Druckqualität mit der HP Indigo 7000 digital press

Höchste Druckqualität ist das Markenzeichen des Grafischen Centrums Cuno. Um auch mit seiner neu gegründeten Digitaldruck-Tochterfirma WEBprintConcept dem hohen Qualitätsanspruch seiner Kunden gerecht zu werden, setzt das Unternehmen auf die HP Indigo 7000 digital press.

Aus einer 1957 noch als ‘privatisiertes Druckunternehmen’ in der DDR gegründeten kleinen Buchdruckerei in Calbe nahe Magdeburg entwickelte sich das Grafische Centrum Cuno, kurz GCC, ein High-Tech-Mediendienstleister mit einer der modernsten Druckereien in Deutschland. Das Unternehmen mit inzwischen rund 140 Mitarbeitern ist auf die Fertigung emotionaler und hochwertiger Printprodukte wie Bücher, Zeitschriften und Kataloge für einen vorwiegend überregionalen Kundenkreis spezialisiert.

Druckqualität im Fokus
Die Druckqualität sollte daher auch beim Aufbau des Digitaldruck-Tochterunternehmens WEBprintConcept eine bedeutende Rolle spielen. Um den hohen Qualitätsanspruch erfüllen zu können, entschied man sich Ende 2009 für die Investition in eine HP Indigo 7000 digital press mit einem zusätzlichen fünften Farbwerk, das auch die Ausgabe von Sonderfarben ermöglicht. Zielsetzung war und ist es, mit dem Digitaldruck neue Märkte zu erschließen und die Produktpalette zu erweitern.

Der Entscheidung für die ‘HP Indigo 7000’ ging eine längere Sondierungsphase mit Marktanalysen und vielen Kundengesprächen voran. ‘Bereits auf der Drupa 2004 haben wir uns nach einer passenden Druckmaschine umgesehen aber die zu dieser Zeit verfügbaren tonerbasierten Systeme konnten die von uns geforderte Druckqualität nicht erreichen’, so Manfred Cuno, Geschäftsführer von GCC und zusammen mit seinem Sohn Steffen Cuno auch Geschäftsführer von WEBprintConcept.

Zu dieser Zeit begannen auch erste Kunden Interesse am Digitaldruck zu zeigen, etwa für die Produktion von Kleinauflagen. Natürlich stand auch hier die Forderung nach einer hohen Druckqualität ganz oben auf der Wunschliste.

Von der Druckqualität der dann im Januar 2010 bei WEBprintConcept installierten HP Indigo 7000 digital press sind Geschäftsführung und Kunden nach wie vor begeistert. Für Manfred Cuno ist es ‘ein Phänomen, dass mit der HP ElectroInk-Druckfarbe eine solche offsetnahe Qualität möglich ist.’

Vielseitiges Maschinen- und Softwarekonzept
Dennoch war nicht allein die Qualität ausschlaggebend für die Anschaffung dieser Digitaldruckmaschine. Auch die hohe Produktionsgeschwindigkeit von bis zu 120 Seiten pro Minute, die auch bei schweren Papieren bis 350 g/m2 gleichbleibend ist, spielte bei der Entscheidung eine wichtige Rolle.

‘Auf diese Weise sind wir auch für die Zukunft gerüstet’ so Steffen Cuno. Außerdem sei es mit dem zusätzlichen fünften Farbwerk sowie den von HP Indigo extra gemischten Sonderfarben möglich, eine große Bandbreite an Aufträgen abzudecken.

Gefüttert wird die Digitaldruckmaschine u.a. mit Daten aus dem HP SmartStream Director, einer offenen Workflow- und Web-to-Print-Lösung, die es WEBprintConcept erlaubt, die Joberstellung zu automatisieren. Damit hat das Unternehmen bereits einige Webshops realisiert, zum Beispiel für eine große Restaurantkette. Dort können die über 40 Restaurant-Filialen schnell diverse individualisierte Druckprodukte wie Flyer, Tischsets oder Aktionsgutscheine bei WEBprintConcept ordern.. ‘Wir haben uns für den HP SmartStream Director entschieden, weil wir eine schnell einzurichtende Lösung benötigten, die ohne Programmieraufwand funktioniert’, so Steffen Cuno.

Darüber hinaus produziert WEBprintConcept mit der HP Indigo 7000 digital press unter anderem individuelle Werbematerialien für die Automobilindustrie, anspruchsvolle und ständig aktualisierte Kataloge für Industriekunden sowie hochwertige Nachauflagen für Kunstbände und Kochbücher. Letztere werden häufig auch als hybride Produkte gefertigt - zum Beispiel die Buchseiten digital und der Umschlag im Offsetdruck.

Für die Weiterverarbeitungschritte wie Rückenstichheftung, Klebebindung, Cellophanierung bzw. die Herstellung von Hardcovern verschiedenster Art nutzt man dann praktischerweise die beim Grafischen Centrum Cuno ohnehin vorhandenen Kapazitäten.

Neue Ideen für die digitale Produktion
‘Um mit dem Digitaldruck eine breite Akzeptanz zu erreichen ist es sehr wichtig’, so betont Manfred Cuno, ‘spezielle Konzepte für die digitale Produktion zu entwickeln, die auf den Vorteilen der Digitaldrucktechnik gegenüber traditionellen Druckverfahren basieren’. So entwirft WEBprintConcept neue Produkte für seine Kunden im Buch-, Verlags- und Industriebereich - auch in Ergänzung zu den traditionellen Printprodukten. Neben Nach- und Kleinauflagen will das Unternehmen zum Beispiel den Anteil von personalisierten Druckprodukten in diesem Jahr deutlich steigern. So sind derzeit weitere Web-to-Print-Projekte für die Online-Bestellung von Druckprodukten in Planung.

Darüber hinaus setzt das Unternehmen auch im Digitaldruck-Bereich zunehmend auf eine umweltfreundliche Produktion mit FSC-zertifizierten Papieren. Man hat die Erfahrung gemacht, dass viele Offsetpapiere problemlos auch mit der HP ElectroInk bedruckbar sind. ‘So können wir für die digitale Produktion, zumindest teilweise, die gleichen Papiere einsetzen wie für den Offsetdruck. Neben dem Umweltfaktor bietet dies auch Vorteile bei der Lagerung, dem Handling und natürlich auch beim Einkaufspreis’, so Steffen Cuno.
Geplant ist, das Digitaldruck-Geschäft künftig weiter auszubauen. Mittelfristig soll das Tochterunternehmen auf etwa fünf Mitarbeiter wachsen.

Mit den Geschäftsergebnissen des ersten Jahres ist man durchaus zufrieden. ‘Wir konnten unsere Kunden von der guten Qualität und der Vielseitigkeit des Digitaldrucks mit der HP Indigo 7000 digital press überzeugen und haben die für das erste Geschäftsjahr gesetzten Umsatzziele sogar übertroffen’ meint Manfred Cuno ‘Unser Ziel war es, dass sich der Digitaldruck-Bereich so schnell wie möglich selbst tragen sollte und wir freuen uns, dass wir mit WEBprintConcept bereits auf dem besten Weg in die Gewinnzone sind.’

Zitat Manfred Cuno, Geschäftsführer Grafisches Centrum Cuno und WEBprintConcept: ‘Die Qualität der HP Indigo 7000 ist so gut, dass wir sie als ‘Digitalen Offsetdruck’ am Markt platzieren.’

• Das Grafische Centrum Cuno wollte mit dem Digitaldruck neue Märkte für das Unternehmen erschließen und seine Produktpalette erweitern.
• Manfred und Steffen Cuno suchten nach einer Möglichkeit, mit der neu gegründeten Tochterfirma WEBprintConcept ihren hohen Qualitätsstandard auch beim Digitaldruck zu halten.
• Lösung
• Die Qualität der mit der HP Indigo 7000 digital press hergestellten Produkte und die Vielzahl der möglichen Druckerzeugnisse übertrafen die Erwartungen deutlich.
• Die Ansteuerung der HP Indigo 7000 digital press mit dem HP SmartStream Director ermöglichten einen raschen und unkomplizierten Einstieg in das Digitaldruck-Geschäft.
• Geschäftsergebnisse
• Die für das erste Geschäftsjahr gesetzten Umsatzziele wurden übertroffen.
• Die Kunden sind mit der hohen Qualität der mit der HP Indigo 7000 digital press digital gedruckten Produkte sehr zufrieden.

More information is available at: www.hp.com/go/graphicarts and at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts or follow HP on www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts. You can also use the HP banner and sponsor logo links on our Home Page. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannsburg at: www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 August 2011.

Speedmaster XL 75 enhances Spot On's efficiency drive
Spot On was the first company to place an order at the opening of Heidelberg UK's new National Showroom in Brentford…

Spot On was the first company to place an order at the opening of Heidelberg UK's new National Showroom in Brentford. It has signed a deal to buy a Speedmaster XL 75-5+L with Inpress Control automated colour and register control.

‘This project has taken two years to come to fruition. We saw the XL 75 technology demonstrated and the technology spoke for itself but to attain the efficiency and process control to make the most of it we required a cultural change at Spot On,’ said Darren Lewis, managing director and co-founder of the 30 year old business.

‘Subsequently we have employed a consultant and begun a top down review that we believe will strengthen the company and ultimately arm us with the productivity and factual data that will allow us to choose which work to focus on.’

The XL 75-5+L will be delivered by the autumn and will be integrated into the company's new Tharstern MIS system, enabling the company to collate real life, real time data. The press replaces a similarly specified CD 74. The company is already a fan of Speedmaster technology but for Spot On the golden nugget is Inpress Control.

‘Inpress Control is awesome. If it delivers the results we've been hearing about from other printers then it's a must have. It gives us the opportunity to compete effectively in a cut throat marketplace. We have a mixed portfolio, primarily in the short to medium run market, but we could even snap up work in the cost-conscious, volume market with technology that provides the fastest makereadies and running speeds.’

His investigations took him into companies where they had created 18 additional production hours a week by switching to an XL 75, where net 12,600sph productivity in a shift is not unusual and where makereadies were achieved in under ten minutes compared to the 25 minutes they are experiencing at Spot On.

‘We will have the productivity of the press and our process focus means our physical workflow will be right and there will not be gaps in feeding the press because the paper or plates are not in place or the operator is taking a call on his mobile. With the automated spectrophotometer reading sheets throughout the run, the installation will also help us attain ISO 12647 colour certification and reduce our waste from 500 to 150 start up sheets,’ said Lewis.

Trading in the older press for the XL 75 has also proved affordable with no additional monthly outgoings in capital repayments. It was relatively easy for Spot On to write a persuasive case for its bank about this investment being a route to ‘healthy, profitable business’ going forward. The company retains an SM 74-5-P+L finding it an asset to have a perfector in its portfolio.

Spot On started out as a repro house, moving initially into Direct Imaging with the Quickmaster DI and then the SM 74 DI before turning to conventional B2 litho. It also has a digital arm with an HP Indigo press.

The High Wycombe company has developed its own Web2Print solution which will go live in the coming months and will differ from other photobook style solutions in having more tailored solutions with easy to use tools and aids to help users populate the product. This will generate work for both the litho and digital equipment where it sees a cost breakpoint of about 1,000 SRA3 sheets on most work.

Today Lewis is the last of his family to work full time at Spot On but he took on a customer as his fellow director two years ago and he sees Gary Ensor as ‘vital sounding board who has enabled us to be more innovative and creative’.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 August 2011.