Digital printing

Digital printing
Digital printing continues to evolve at pace. ProPrint has taken a look at some of the latest developments.
Canon imagePRESS C850 series
 
Canon says the imagePRESS C850 series has versatility, more automation and better performance – all in a lot less space.
 
Canon adds the device consistently delivers impressive 85 / 75 / 68 prints per minute on a wide range of uncoated media without sacrificing offset like quality. The imagePRESS C850 can also function at maximum printing speed with media up to 220gsm, supporting auto duplex print jobs to 300gsm.
 
A range of innovative technologies are incorporated within this colour light production device within a small footprint, to reliably deliver outstanding quality, excellent end-to end productivity, smart flexibility and versatile media handling.
 
Canon says the device also offers an excellent return on investment for customers – bringing time and cost savings to demanding CRDs and revenue generating opportunities from commercial print production to graphic arts environments.
 
It also has a number of technology innovations which Canon says ensures class-leading print quality without compromising on productivity. The VCSEL laser unit achieves an exceptional 2,400dpi resolution enabling even higher precision in the printing of text and images.
 
In terms of workflow, Canon says the imagePRESS devices integrate seamlessly with its versatile PRISMA software. 
 
Canon says the recently released PRISMAprepare version 7 is the company’s next generation of make-ready tools, building on the success of PRISMAprepare version 6.3. Canon says the new version provides features and functionality that are designed to help increase productivity, reduce turnaround times and enhance personalised services. 
 
These include a new production workspace, new product configurations and smart and editable automated workflows. The modular structure allows users to customise their configuration for their requirements and significantly reduces the entry cost so small print operations can take advantage of its core document make-ready capabilities.
 
Current customers that have a maintenance agreement are eligible for a free upgrade.
 
Canon says the newly developed Consistently Vivid toner improves transfer efficiency for enhanced colour consistency and accuracy across a wide variety of media. It also features a new compact and accurate registration technology that assures best-in-class results whether printing one sheet or thousands.
 
All in all, Canon says the C850 imagePress is part of a successful series, offering speed licenses ranging from 650/750/850, engineered to suit your light to mid production environment. 
 
 
HP INDIGO 12000 HD DIGITAL PRESS
 
HP has launched an updated version of its Indigo 12000 B2 digital press, which  it says doubles the image resolution.
 
Supplied by Currie Group and based on the world’s best-selling B2 digital press the HP Indigo 10000, the new version of the Indigo 12000 has HP claiming it delivers sharper, smoother, finer print, enabling printers ‘to surpass offset quality’ and open new digital possibilities in high-end commercial and photo applications.
 
The press uses an all-new High Definition Imaging System, using 48 parallel laser beams and high screen sets up to 290 LPI. Alon Bar-Shany, general manager, HP Indigo, HP Inc says, “HP print service providers are experiencing unprecedented growth and momentum as print buyers, agencies, and brands are looking for ways to connect the online world with the physical world. HP’s digital print technologies are blending these realities, providing new application opportunities, alongside higher productivity.”
 
The HP Indigo 12000 HD also features ColorUP!, which it says delivers an extended colour gamut using colour profiles to expand the on-press colour gamut using additional hits of CMY inks.
 
The B2 29-inch (75 x 53cm), seven-colour HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press is able to print for nearly any commercial application. At a speed of 4,600 pages per hour, it can produce more than two million colour sheets per month. In its monochrome setting, the press can print 4,600 duplex sheets per hour for quick publishing and direct mail needs. 
 
HP says its automation tools also boost production efficiency and uptime, allowing users to process thousands of jobs per day. The on-press Optimizer tool uses artificial intelligence to enable non-stop printing, and the Automatic Alert Agent conducts real-time print quality error detection.
 
HP says that with dozens of software and hardware innovations, the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press delivers smooth and sharp prints that match or even exceed offset quality.
 
It also supports a wide range of substrates, including canvas, synthetics, and metallised media, with One Shot technology, extending high-value opportunities. The press also enables full sheet printing to produce canvas wall art, posters and folders.
 
 
Fuji Xerox Iridesse
 
The Fuji Xerox Iridesse is a new toner-based digital press offering speeds of 120ppm with substrates up to 400gsm, with print resolution of 2,400dpi.
 
The company says the new high speed Iridesse offers printers new levels of flexibility and versatility, and will enable them to increase their product range to the market.
 
Along with the four process colours Iridesse is able to print specialty colours including metallic with a single pass, by housing up to two additional specialty dry inks of gold, silver, clear and white.
 
The newly launched print engine enables CMYK dry ink layers to be processed on top of the special dry ink layer. An overlay of another specialty dry ink can be processed on top of CMYK dry ink layers, a feature made available with another Fuji Xerox digital printer, the Color 1000i Press.
 
Fuji Xerox says, “While conventional offset printing requires mixing silver ink to make metallic ink, this new product allows for simultaneous printing of several metallic colours during a single printing process.”
 
The standard colour library contains Pantone+Metallic and Pantone+Premium Metallic, which are swatches of metallic colours commonly used in the printing industry. With these colour swatches, the operator can reproduce colours similar to Pantone metallic colours on printing materials by designating the colour codes.
 
Finishing options include Fuji Xerox’s Finisher D6 with Booklet Maker, Crease/Two-sided Trimmer D2, and SquareFold Trimmer D1, which can be connected to the Iridesse press, allowing for automatic production of booklets and folded leaflets.
 
The company says the finishing options expand the possible printing applications by enabling to produce complex folded leaflets including accordion-fold and gatefold.
 
Roger Labrum, senior product marketing manager, Graphic Communications Services, Fuji Xerox Australia, says, “It is about personalisation for end users. Businesses should be able to align their collateral in accordance with their brand. With the Iridesse Production Press, collateral colours can be matched to brands or personalised, with colours patterned, mixed, enhanced to provide more.”
 
 
Konica Minolta AccurioPress C3080 
 
Konica Minolta says the AccurioPress C3080 series delivers productivity increases of up to 20 per cent when the revolutionary, optional, Intelligent Quality Optimiser (IQ-501) is added. 
 
It also says the AccurioPress C3080 series offers enhanced productivity and brilliant quality. It can deliver speeds up to 81ppm, which equates to 4,399 A4 sheets or 2,113 SRA3 sheets per hour, helping print companies manage deadlines without compromising quality. 
 
Konica Minolta says long life consumables and parts means the AccurioPress C3080/C3070 delivers an increased overall performance with higher productivity and improved uptime to meet customer demands. 
 
Further productivity benefits as well as automation and colour consistency can be achieved with an optional Intelligent Quality Optimiser (IQ-501). Konica Minolta says the IQ-501 greatly reduces manual set-up, enabling less experienced operators to produce precisely registered, calibrated and profiled colour prints: on the first run and on every run.  Sue Threlfo, general manager of production and industrial print at Konica Minolta, estimates that by using the AccurioPress C3080 series with the IQ-501, “printers can realise productivity increases of up to 20 per cent. This helps improve the speed and range of services that printers can offer their customers”. 
 
Other features of the AccurioPress C3080 series include high-speed digital colour printing up to 81ppm in colour and black and white and high-speed dual colour scanning at up 240opm. It has a 3600 x 1200dpi print resolution with 8-bit processing for smooth, superb colour reproduction while the SEAD IV Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Processing provides the highest quality image output.
 
The Simitri HDE toner brings colours to life while reducing environmental impact and the 18,000 sheet maximum media capacity for long uninterrupted printing. It can also handle media weights from 62 to 350gsm, 350gsm auto duplex and long sheet banner printing, simplex up to 1300mm and up to 762mm auto duplex.
 
The Konica Minolta AccurioPress C3080 with EFI IC-417 has also been recognised for its reliability, picking up the prestigious BLI award in 2018 in the outstanding mid/light production category.
 
Océ varioprint i300
 
The Océ VarioPrint i300 is a sheetfed B3 format inkjet press, more productive and efficient than other digital sheet fed presses with the ability to print on a wide range of media types including offset coated, uncoated and inkjet treated papers.
 
The i300 was the first B3 sheetfed inkjet press on the market. When it was released the target applications were transactional documents, direct mail and book printing, but Océ Australia Managing Director, Craig Nethercott states that with the latest generation of developments, in particular a new ink set, they are able to target the offset market aggressively. 
 
The company says offset printers who require the versatility of an offset press but also need image variability and automated inline finishing can also consider the i300, as it can now offer compatibility with offset papers. 
 
It is a single-pass inkjet system with full-width head arrays of variable-drop inkjet heads. The print engine is adapted from a range of Océ technology platforms and includes the proven and adaptable Kyocera piezo printheads giving 600dpi resolution and DigiDot 2-bit variable drops for a perceived 1,200dpi quality. 
 
Although it is a CMYK system there are six ink channels, with two spares. ColorGrip uses one channel to print a priming liquid. Océ has already developed MICR ink as an option for the VPi300 and are currently developing other specialty inks.
 
Printhead nozzles are monitored and failures automatically compensated for. A sentry unit detects and diverts bad sheets.
 
Finishing options include the BLM600 bookletmaking system producing square-back booklets up to 224 pages thick. The Tecnau TC1530 dynamic cut-sheet perforator creates horizontal and vertical micro-perfs, with the ability to be on or off on a per-page basis. Other vendor products was also available like the CP Bourg book systems. 
 
It can print up to 300 A4 impressions per minute and can output 8,700 duplex A4s per hour on average, including cleaning and other stoppages. In offset terms, this is about 4,350sph B3. 
It is controlled through the proven Prisma controller and Prismasync digital front-end technology, with graphical user interface and touch screen controls. 
 
It uses drop-on-demand piezo inkjet, with water-based pigment, on paper sizes from 203x203mm to 488x320mm. The stock weight range is 60–300gsm, paper input module is 4,600 sheets per input module, up to a maximum of three input modules, or 23,400 sheets.
 
Ricoh Pro C9200 Graphic Arts Edition
 
The successor model to the market-leading Pro C9100 Series is the new 
Pro C9200 Series, Graphic Arts Edition, primarily aimed at the commercial print market.
 
Ricoh says notable changes from the Pro C9100 Series include improved image quality and consistency, new toner formulation, higher resolution imaging, combined with a raft of image quality enhancements. 
 
The company says the new Pro C9200 has higher reliability with higher monthly print volumes, new swing-and-shift registration technology, and auto registration with real time adjustments, and new auto colour diagnosis. 
 
There is a broader media capability with heavier stock capability to 470 gsm (500 microns), auto duplex banner capability to 1,030mm, longer simplex banner sheet capability to 1,260mm, and enhanced NCR and envelope support. 
 
It has improved productivity with higher print speed and an hourly operating ratio of near 100 per cent. 
 
There is greater ease of use with new large operating panel, enhanced media library and new Media Management Tool, auto calibration, auto registration adjustment, and new jam LED guidance. 
 
New and enhanced accessories include enhanced Vacuum Feed LCIT, enhanced High Capacity Stacker, new BDT banner sheet feeder, a High Capacity Interposer, and new Plockmatic Banner Sheet Stacker. 
 
New print controllers include TotalFlow Print Server R-62 (with a choice of three PDF RIP engines for integration into Heidelberg Prinect, Kodak Prinergy, Agfa Apogee or Screen Equios offset workflows) or the EFI Fiery E-45 or E-85 Print Controllers based on the latest Fiery FS300 Pro system and new generation Fiery NX.
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