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  • 02 May 2012 10:23 AM | Arthur Lefebvre

    A seminar called “The newspaper of the future” will be held from 30 to 31 May at the De Persgroep’s Eco Print Center (EPA) in Lokeren, Belgium.  Attendees will hear about EPC’s technological success story and the new business opportunities it has generated.  ECO has a KBA Cortina 192 page press line with 12 printing towers and four folders.  The waterless press has proved to be a key factor ensuring maximum utilization of the De Persgroep’s investment.  Sponsors for the event are De Persgroep, Wifa, KBA, and Toray.  Go to www.persgroep.be/en for more information.

  • 25 Apr 2012 11:11 AM | Arthur Lefebvre

    Toray International America Inc., will showcase its products and services at Drupa 2012, the international trade fair scheduled for May 3-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany.  Toray will have its own 5,000 sq ft booth performing live demonstrations on stand D32 in hall 16; additional waterless printing demonstrations using Toray plates will also be seen at the KBA booth in hall 16, stand C47.

    “We believe that Drupa 2012 will provide an international stage to show attendees that waterless printing produces superior quality on a wide variety of substrates beyond paper and board with the same ink,” says Eric Friedman, North American sales manager of Toray. “Increased flexibility and efficiency, with fast processing on different materials, have been the focus of Toray’s most recent developments to meet the increasing challenges presented by a changing print market. Toray’s aim is to show solutions that will help printers expand their product range.”

    Live demonstrations at Toray’s booth include:

    • the world makeready champion KBA Rapida 106 41-inch five-color offset press with coater running a variety of different substrates printed with Toray’s waterless UV printing process.
    • the award-winning KBA Genius 52 UV 20-inch waterless press

    The KBA booth will feature:

    • the small-format Genius 52 UV series with new features such as an envelope feeder and rainbow printing
    • A new modular variable-format web offset waterless press being launched as the Varius 80 for the flexible packaging market; it implements short-train inking units and UV drying achieving excellent print quality on flexible, non-absorbent substrates with very low start-up waste. The offset plates are significantly less expensive than the sleeves required for a flexo process. The keyless and waterless Varius 80 is already in full color after 100 metres – a waste saving of around 80% compared to other presses. The environmentally-friendly press uses no water, no solvent and no powder. Engineered for a maximum web width of 31.5 inches and a production speed of 1,312 fpm, the Varius 80 handles substrate thicknesses from 30 to 800µm.

    “KBA considers Toray a strong partner in its waterless printing press line,” says Eric Frank, vice president of marketing and product management for KBA North America. “As we launch a new waterless printing press for the flexible packaging market, we believe that KBA and Toray will provide the necessary tools to showcase the advantages of printing waterless.”

  • 11 Apr 2012 10:06 AM | Arthur Lefebvre

    You can visit Presstek in Hall 4, Stand 4B03 to see live, personal demonstrations of the highly automated Presstek 75DI-AC digital offset waterless press.  The environmentally friendly press features extreme automation for the fastest job-to-job changeovers at a low cost per page, providing the ultimate solution for affordable short-run and fast turnaround printing.

    Presstek 75DI-AC:  5-color B2 format digital, waterless offset press featuring inline aqueous coating, 6-minute job-to-job turnovers including on-press imaging, extreme automation and precision quality printing (300 lpi or stochastic) at speeds up to 16,000 sph with capabilities of handling a wide range of substrates up to .8mm thick. 75DI models are available in 4-10 color configurations and optional aqueous coating.

    Registration tickets are available by clicking on the link below.

    http://www.presstek.com/news-events.htm#Scheduledemo

  • 23 Mar 2012 12:01 PM | Arthur Lefebvre
    For drupa 2012 KBA subsidiary KBA-MePrint has prepared two presses of the small-format Genius 52UV series with a number of new features which are to be available in the future (envelope feeder; rainbow printing). Another highlight is an interesting new development for the growth market of flexible packaging. The new Varius 80 is a modular, variable-format web offset press. It implements the same waterless technology as the Genius, with short-train inking units and UV drying. This combination achieves excellent print quality on flexible, non-absorbent substrates with very low start-up waste. The offset plates, moreover, are significantly less expensive than the sleeves required for a flexo process.

    The keyless and waterless Varius 80 is already in full colour after 100 metres - a waste saving of around 80% compared to other presses. As runs become ever shorter and job changes more frequent, that is an advantage which can make all the difference. And the higher quality of offset compared to flexo no doubt answers the wishes of many print customers. The environment also benefits, because the Varius 80 uses no water, no solvent and no powder. Engineered for a maximum web width of 800mm (31.5in) and a production speed of 400 metres per minute (1,312fpm), the Varius 80 from KBA-MePrint handles substrate thicknesses from 30 to 800µm. The printing length is variable between 21 and 34 inches. Changes in format length are accomplished in a matter of minutes with an automated plate and blanket cylinder change function (no sleeves).
  • 20 Mar 2012 11:00 AM | Arthur Lefebvre

    Even though the main waterless press at Nottingham, England-based ‘Print Revolution’ has been running all week, company director Adrian Collier, the impact of the tough economy.

    “Customers have had to cut print budgets and we have worked with them. Sadly some of our clients in the voluntary and public sectors are no longer around,” adds Adrian, who peers at his IMac screen so another job is readied for the press.

    Print Revolution will be 10 years old in December 2012 and the company has always been committed to using the latest print technologies such as the Presstek DI 52 press and environmentally progressive work methods.  Quality has always been their watchword and on inspection the main press room more closely resembles a hospital theatre than a traditional print room. It is that clean.

    Paul Bamford who runs the main press room knows that people want value for money more than ever, but he is keen to highlight the difference between value and cost.

    “Our customers keep coming back to us because of our print quality, service standards and environmental integrity” says Paul. “Sometimes, people tell us that they can get the same work cheaper elsewhere; but in nearly every case the same customer comes rushing back a month later because they’ve found out that ‘cheap’ often means poor quality.

    “But it’s not easy for people buying print because it’s only when the final product is produced that they see what their money has bought” adds Paul. “So that’s why we are offering new customers the opportunity to come and see how the waterless press handles their work.  They are happy to print small jobs for free if people can come and see how we operate and why their print looks so good when it comes off a Print Revolution press.”

    For further information about Print Revolution and/or this offer, contact Adrian Collier:adrian@printrevolution.co.uk or visit their website www.printrevolution.co.uk

  • 02 Feb 2012 12:41 PM | Arthur Lefebvre

    Presstek announced changes in the company’s executive management on February 1, 2012.

    The Board of Directors has elected Stanley E. Freimuth as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 13, 2012. Freimuth replaces Jeffrey Jacobson, who is leaving the company to accept a new position. 

    Mr. Freimuth, 65, spent nearly 25 years with the global imaging giant, Fujifilm, where he initially ran the company’s U.S. graphic systems business for 17 years and went on to serve as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, with responsibility for all Fujifilm businesses in the U.S. In this role he was instrumental in leading the company's successful strategy to transition from an analog to digital business model. Mr. Freimuth has been a valued member of the Presstek Board of Directors since 2009. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (NPES) and as Chairman of the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). He is a recipient of both the Franklin Award from the Association of Graphic Communications and the Harold W. Gegenheimer Award from NPES.

  • 05 Jan 2012 12:45 PM | Keiji Obata (Administrator)
    By Arthur W. Lefebvre

    In March 2011, IWPA conducted a G7 comparative print test between waterless and conventional offset printing.  The results of the test are published in a white paper titled “A current comparison of waterless printing to conventional lithographic printing.” The 32-page white paper, authored by Gene Langlais of Capricorn Research, is available exclusively through the IWPA. The white paper is available free of charge to all current IWPA members. Non-members can purchase the white paper for $149.00.

    Highlights

    Waterless shows advantage in color space compared to conventional offset, indicating that a slightly larger color space is possible with waterless.  Color stability for waterless was better throughout the pressrun using the G7 aimpoints.

    Waterless printed with consistently lower dot gain than conventional wet offset.

    Start-up waste was significantly lower for waterless, requiring roughly 40% fewer sheets at start-up to achieve G7 aimpoint densities.

    Waterless reached and maintained target ink densities on all subsequent restarts.

    What is G7? Developed in the USA, G7® is IDEAlliance’s industry-leading set of best practices for achieving gray balance and is the driving force for achieving visual similarity across all print processes.

    G7® is a method defined by the Print Properties and Colorimetrics Working Group of IDEAlliance. The application of this method enables printers to reproduce a similar visual appearance across printing types and substrates.  Today, through the PPC Working Group, experts from across the spectrum of printing disciplines contribute to this important IDEAlliance Methodology. G7® specifies the components of an image that define a similar “visual appearance” to the human eye.

    To do this, the G7 Method:

    • Defines a colormetric definition for gray balance, and
    • Specifies gray balance in the midtones, image weight and image contrast from the highlights to the shadows, which are the factors that determine likeness of the visual appearance of an image.
  • 03 Jan 2012 12:30 PM | Keiji Obata (Administrator)
    By Arthur W. Lefebvre

    Jim Dinnage reports that “Seacourt have been fortunate to win the Queens Award for Sustainable Development 2011. As a result, Gareth and I were invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen and her husband.”

    But because Seacourt are one of a very small number of businesses over the previous half century to receive the Queens Award for Sustainability twice, it was decided that Seacourt would receive the award (a large crystal bowl and certificate signed by HRH the Queen and David Cameron) at the factory in Oxford and that it would be presented by Royalty. Consequently on 22nd September 2011 His Royal Highness Prince Edward the Duke of Kent visited the Seacourt factory and presented the award at a special ceremony. Staff and their families, customers and dignitaries (Member of the European Parliament, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Mayor of Oxford, Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council) were also present.
    Jim Dinnage said in his email “you might be particularly interested to know that HRH was ever so interested in Waterless offset and its benefits and was at a loss to understand why every printer did not use the process! It turned out to be a great day for all.”

    Seacourt were interviewed for “Shaping the Big Society” a week long virtual summit – another leading speaker was Vince Cable ( Member of Parliament and a member of our coalition government as Business Secretary). A lot of that interview surrounds Seacourt’s decision to change to Waterless offset.

    Our congratulations to Seacourt and its staff for such wonderful environmental accomplishments.
  • 30 Nov 2011 1:03 PM | Keiji Obata (Administrator)
    By Arthur W. Lefebvre

    Already producing short run waterless polyester- and aluminum-based plates for DI presses, the Israelibased company VIM will introduce the DO-S DirectPlate, a new high performance version of its aluminum plate. This plate is said to yield print runs in the neighborhood of 100,000 impressions and render screen ruling of up to 350 lpi. The announcement came during the World Waterless Printing Conference held on 19, September at Tokyo’s IGAS Exhibition.

    VIM has a long history in the graphic arts beginning with Scitex Corporation Ltd. (from the late 1960s -2005) which was founded by Israeli Efraim (Efi) Arazi. The firm was a flagship of Israeli industry, specialized in producing products, systems and equipment for the graphics design, printing and publishing markets.

    By the late 1990s Scitex was divided into three principal business units: Scitex Graphic Arts Group—acquired by Creo Inc.—2000; Scitex Digital Printing, sold to Kodak - 2004 and Scitex Vision, which was sold to Hewlett- Packard (HP)—2005. Several companies have been spawned out of Scitex. These companies and products include Inkjet technologies (Objet, Scodix, Diptech, Matan, Korni), Digital Printing Technologies (VIM Technologies, Digiflex) and Indigo N.V. (digital offset color printing) which was founded by Benny Landa in 1977. Hewlet Packard acquired Indigo in 2001.

    Mr. Avigdor Bieber had the honor of making the IGAS presentation to an audience largely made up of Japanese waterless printers. Mr. Bieber was general manager and chief technical officer at Scitex where he was responsible for the Eray plotter, the Raystar imagesetter and the famous Scitex Dolev.

    He was also founder and president of Karat Digital Press a joint venture between Scitex and KBA. The 74Karat was the 1st four up DI digital press, introduced in 2000 and sold over 100 units.

    As founder of VIM Technologies, Mr. Bieber currently serves as the firm’s CEO and chairman of the board. Besides the digital processless waterless plates, the company boasts an impressive line-up of digital technologies including the JT Inkjet DirectPlate, the Inkjet CTP system and Inkjet digital process-less, chemistry-free plates VIM was started in 2001 by a group of industry veterans whose research and development are strongly supported by the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist located in the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor. In just a few short years VIM has established itself in Europe, North America, Japan, Central America, and the Pacific region.  There are 40 active dealers world-wide with hundreds of customers According to Mr. Bieber VIM’s Business Model is to focus on developing innovative and proprietary technologies and products in the Digital Printing market.

    They will sell the consumables and related msystems to generate recurring “annuity” streams via their waterless DP-R, DOB, DO-S plates and the JT Inkjet CTP systems & related disposables. They intend to keep the manufacture of proprietary stages inhouse while outsourcing common production stages.

    VIM’s overall Business strategy is to offer the right products and technology for the changing graphic arts industry, with a focus on VIM WL products that serve the needs for short runs, on demand printing (POD market), as well as long run offset presses. They position their products as green solutions because they are chemistry-free and process-less ablative plates that can be used with any thermal CTP that exists in the market.

    VIM’s challenge is to gain a foothold in the markets already occupied by Presstek and Toray.

  • 10 Nov 2011 8:31 PM | Keiji Obata (Administrator)
    by John O'Rourke

    Earlier this year, IWPA conducted a G7 comparative print test between waterless and conventional offset printing. Both waterless and conventional wet offset. The results of the test have been published in a white paper, titled: “A current comparison of waterless printing to conventional lithographic printing.”

    The-32 page whitepaper, authored by Gene Langlais of Capricorn Researchundefineda board member of TAGA and a member of GAFT Research Committeeundefinedis available exclusively through the IWPA. The whitepaper is available free of charge to all current IWPA members. Non-members can purchase the whitepaper for $149.00.

    The test was run on March 21-22, 2011 at Mosaic in Cheverly, MD. A common test form was printed both waterless and wet offset on the same press and under the same conditions to determine if measurable print and / or production quality differences could be found between waterless and wet-offset.

    During the test, Mosaic was asked to use their pre-press and start-up procedures for both print runs, using the read outs from the SpotOn!™ system to determine when salable copy had been achieved according to the G7® guidelines, which are in line with ISO standards.

    The first 30 sheets after each start-up were measured for all the pertinent values. This occurred after the initial start-up, after a planned stop at 4,000 sheets and a 30 minutes delay to simulate a lunch break, and finally after a planned stop at 7,000 sheets to wash the blankets.

    Additionally, samples were taken every 100 sheets and measured for the same criteria; namely, SID (Solid Ink Density), Ink Trap on the RGB patches, GB (Gray Balance), NPDC (Neutral Point Density Curves) and L*a*b* Color compliance (Delta E*) and for TVI (Total Value Increase).

    Furthermore, since 1-bit TIFF linear (and curved) tone targets were included on each test form, the 1-bit TIFF linear dots on the plates and sheets were compared every 1,000 sheets to record Dot Gain and review any signs of dot wear.

    Other areas such as Ink Consumption, Fountain Solution Usage, Paper Waste and Press Temperature were monitored and measured as well.

    Following are selected conclusions based on results of the print test:

    • Waterless shows advantage in color space, compared to conventional offset indicating that a slightly larger color space is possible with waterless.
    • Waterless printed with consistently lower dot gain than conventional wet-offset.
    • Start-up waste was significantly lower for waterless, requiring roughly 40% fewer sheet at start-up to achieve G7 aimpoint densities.
    • Waterless reached and maintained target ink densities on all subsequent re-starts.

    The whitepaper provides documented evidence of several key waterless benefits. Purchase your copy of the whitepaper today.

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