Graph Expo: A Digital Printing Redux
Along with displaying its bizhub line of EP presses—from the monochrome PRO 951 to the full-color, 80 ppm C8000—Konica Minolta offered a preview of output from the B2-size KM-1 UV inkjet press, but did not have the machine on the show floor. New at Graph Expo was the launch of EnvisionIT Production workflow solutions, including EngageIT Automation for print and EngageIT XMedia, a cross-media solution. The company's new bizhub PRESS 1250 black-and-white digital press, with Image Density Control and Toner Carrier Ratio sensors to ensure consistent image density and quality, also drew a crowd.
Komori has been working with Konica Minolta to become a player in the digital sector, including collaborating on the development of sheetfed inkjet technology. Its Impremia IS29 29˝ press implementation was shown in a "live" virtual demonstration at Graph Expo via an interactive hook-up with the company's production plant in Japan. The bizhub PRESS C8000 EP color press was also demonstrated.
KBA talked about, but did not show, its new RotaJet 76 inkjet press unveiled at drupa and scheduled to ship early next year. The press accommodates a 30.7˝ web width, print speeds of up to 500 fpm and the use of aqueous pigment inks.
Kodak featured the imprinting part of the Prosper inkjet platform—the S-series. The new S30 model ups the speed range to 3,000 fpm to enable augmenting conventional offset presses with variable text and graphics. Kodak also announced its new Prosper Image Optimizer Station for the Prosper Press, which will pre-coat a wider array of stocks. On the EP side, the NexPress SX will get a speed upgrade, new 36˝ sheet capability, and fluorescent and metallic colors for the 5th imaging unit. Kodak's new Gold Dry Ink for the NexPress, for which it won a Must See 'Ems award, also attracted a lot of attention.
John Parsons (firstname.lastname@example.org), former Editorial Director of The Seybold Report, is an independent writer, ghostwriter, and editor. He is the co-author of the interactive printed textbook, Introduction to Graphic Communication, on the art, science and business of print, which has been adopted by Ryerson, Arizona State, the University of Houston, and many other schools and vocational training centers. Custom editions of the book are under consideration by major printing companies and franchises for internal training purposes.