Tomorrow’s Digital Printers Debut at On Demand
IT MAY not be a new topic, but on-demand printing can still pack a room—or a trade show floor, as was the case at the recent AIIM On Demand Conference and Exposition.
More than 20,000 visitors from 50 states and 62 countries traveled to Philadelphia in May for the annual event. Waiting to greet them were some 450 exhibitors, all displaying their latest wares.
Despite the show’s successful two-year run in Philadelphia, though, the city will not be hosting next year’s event (and no, the annoying cab strike on the first day had nothing to do with it). Questex Media Group, the show’s organizer, is moving it to the Boston Convention & Exposition Center next year, the third venue in four years for what is fast becoming a traveling show. Questex says the show’s “explosive growth” required it to move to the larger Boston facility (though attendance was higher last year—21,000—and higher still in New York in 2004—25,900; but we won’t quibble—especially not those of us who wouldn’t mind getting out of Philadelphia for a change).
The hallways and exhibit areas of the Pennsylvania Convention Center were generally busy throughout the three-day show, and many in-plant managers were spotted in the crowd. The conference program featured several notable keynote speakers, including Bruce Chizen, CEO of Adobe Systems, Dave Girouard, general manager of Google Enterprise, John Seely Brown, former chief scientist at Xerox, and Charles A. Pesko, Jr., managing director of InfoTrends.
Numerous New Digital Devices
There was a noticeable up-tick in the new digital print products at the show, resulting in further segmentation of the market. A surprising number of the systems highlighted, however, will not be available until later in the year.
One of the most notable digital devices introduced was Océ North America’s VarioPrint 6250 duplex cut-sheet printer, winner of the On Demand Best of Show Award in this category, as judged by BERTL, an independent research firm. The 6250 features single-pass Océ Gemini Instant Duplex technology, which presses toner images onto both sides of a page simultaneously without turning the paper. This, combined with a fusing temperature lower than that of competitive electro-photographic methods reduces stress on paper, minimizes curl and lessens the risk of paper jams. It prints 250 letter-size duplex prints per minute with a standard resolution of 1,200x600 dpi and a halftone resolution of 141 lines per inch. The 6250 uses Advanced Active Registration technology, employing a sensor-controlled system to ensure near-perfect sheet position.
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.