Heidelberg Open House at Print Media Center Atlanta
Managing the Balancing Act
The open house is the latest in a series of events designed to provide focused customer solutions through specialized 1:1 engagement. Those in attendance witnessed live equipment and workflow demonstrations, engaging technology presentations and informative Q&A sessions.
“These types of events help demonstrate the effect of technology on a customer’s business costs,” says Andy Rae, senior VP of equipment and marketing. “For far too long, the market has focused on the cost of the equipment rather than the value it delivers in terms of lowering the cost per 1,000 sheets, which is ultimately what our customers sell to their client base.”
Equipment highlights included the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor with UV and Versafire CV and CP digital printing solutions, as well as the InterTech award winning Omnifire 250 and Stahlfolder TH/KH 82-P. Also on display was the Speedmaster XL 106-8P+L with UV, LE UV and LED along with a range of POLAR cutting systems, the Promatrix 106 CS diecutter and a full Prinect suite of software, the only end-to-end workflow in the industry.
Canon unveils details of wide-format technology
The manufacturer has released details of a new UV curable ink that gels immediately on contact with media, which will be at the core of a new range of wide-format roll-to-roll printers to be released from early 2017. The first will be a high-productivity 64” model, most likely the smallest in the range.
“We felt there was a gap in the market that isn’t addressed by existing printers,” said Pierre-Olivier Esteban, European TDS/DGS marketing director at Canon Europe.
The devices will incorporate Canon’s latest-generation piezoelectric print-head technology, adapted to suit the new UVgel ink. The system uses acoustic sampling to monitor nozzle performance on-the-fly, whilst the LED UV curing system works without applying any heat to the substrates meaning ultra-thin and heat-sensitive media are suitable.
The LED UV curing system operates independently from the printing system, which Esteban said ensured identical jetting to curing for every droplet and gave better control of accuracy and size.
The new devices, which are being developed by the Canon Océ team, will be predominantly aimed at the signage and interior decor market – those printing around 10,000sqm per year – and Esteban said that because no heat was applied to the surface there were opportunities for lots of different types of substrate that were not used in the traditional sign and display market.
The manufacturer claims the ultra-thin ink dispersion results in low consumption that could reduce print costs by up to 40% compared to eco-solvent and latex printing.
The new UVgel technology will be revealed in reseller and customer events across Europe this year and the devices will begin customer trials in the new year at a location close to the Océ technology park in the Netherlands, Esteban said.
Hueneye installs an RMGT 9 series press
Montreal-based trade shop has installed a five-colour RMGT 9 series press with coater, purchased through KBR Graphics. There are 30 full-time staff members employed at Hueneye’s 12,000 sq.ft. facility. The new press was purchased to deal with the company’s high volume of print work.
The press features maximum print speeds of 16,200 sheets per hour, RMGT’s Insta.Color make-ready automation, and varnish coating capability.
“We needed a compact footprint,” Mike Green, Hueneye’s president said. “The 9 Series’ [maximum] sheet size of 25×36 inches is the majority of our work now. We are printing flyers on gloss, 16-page signatures for booklets and brochures, and even 23×35-inch posters in varying quantities ranging from 250 up to 100,000 sheets.”