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Device Packaging - top 10 mistakes Europe's most modern media colleges Advantage N HS Platesetters for high-volume newspaper printers Fuji Xerox Takes Time and Labour Out of Booklet Production First full colour images at 100,000dpi resolution One-to-One delivers bold, personalised postcards Intertech Award three times! Paper with good sound quality Booklet labels for single-service fresh food prepacks: A fruitful solution Heidelberg VLF Series of XL Presses deliver lowest cost per print Korean printers invest in Rapida technologyr Growth Opportunities Through Exports to Emerging Markets Roland 700HiPrint:World class through premium enhancement American Packaging and Label Printer Invests Digital centrestage Carbon footprint debate Increase production capacity in Siam Print in Thailand Award-winning AccuCam at World Publishing/IFRA Expo Leading the way for other printers in Bangalore Ergonomic operation: user-friendly production Industry news from all over the world Classified pages

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Device Packaging: Top 10 Mistakes

Packaging is almost as important as the device itself Packaging for medical devices plays a key role in safely delivering specialised treatment to patients. Most single use, sterilised medical devices can be opened with a high degree of confidence that it has remained sterile throughout storage, handling, and transportation. emphasis on standardising package development.Some standardisation comes in the form of the international standard ISO 11607: Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices. Below are 10 common mistakes that companies make when developing and validating packaging systems for terminally sterilised (inside a closed package) medical devices. 1. Losing sterile integrity This is the most common defect in medical packaging and can happen from fractured thermoforms along with pinholes, slits, cuts, and tears in pouch packages. These defects come from handling (or mishandling), vibrations during transportation, storage, and impact caused by dropping.

What makes packaging doubly important is that regulatory authorities recognize the critical nature of sterile barrier or primary package by considering them components or accessories to the medical device. This implies that packaging is almost as important as the device itself. And it is. If a package

does not, for instance, keep a pacemaker sterile, patients will be put at risk. The design and development of packaging has rightfully come under closer scrutiny by international and domestic regulatory agencies. This scrutiny has placed a great deal of

2. Cutting too many corners Many people in manufacturing are unaware of the need to test their packaging, or the existence of the ISO 11607 standards and the fact that these standards are being used by the FDA and the European Community. So they try to validate the packaging “on the cheap” without using sound, scientific practices. In their haste to get a product to market, companies risk noncompliance with regulations, or worse yet, they risk unknowingly let suspect devices reach patients. The time to properly validate a fullpackage system depends on the product’s shelf life and its expiration date. For example, it usually takes three to six months to go from package concept to final qualification for a one-

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Management/General configurations of the same or similar products may be covered by one validation. In fact, a few ISO 11607 guidelines work to device manufacturers’ benefit. For example, a provision allows validating families of packaged products rather than individual configurations. 5. Not developing protocols Before working on a validation, write a protocol. It provides a blueprint for how testing will be done, including its purpose, scope, responsibilities, parameters, production equipment and settings, and acceptance test criteria. year shelf life. The validation schedule should also allow for unexpected events, such as finding pin holes in the packaging after a test. 3. Not prequalifying package and product for compatibility A common package development mistake skips the preliminary evaluation and just dives into package validation. Cutting corners to trim time is shortsighted and usually backfires by extending development schedules and increasing overall validation costs because some part of the package fails. That means retests. A few common prequalification tests that should be used to detect potential design and manufacturing problems include seal strength and integrity tests on manufactured packages. A seal test, for instance, measures the force needed to open a seal. Such tests point out potential deficiencies in manufacturing and may indicate the production line needing corrective action. This should be done far in advance of testing package performance, such as for transportation, sterilization, or handling. Prequalification tests should also be the basis for establishing targets for process quality control. Another test used to prequalify packageproduct compatibility is dynamic testing associated with transportation and handling. A shaker table reproduces the frequencies and amplitudes that the shipping container is likely to experience, for a prescribed duration. Most sterile medical-device packages

do not typically lose sterility simply sitting on a shelf. Failures often stem from events in manufacturing, during shipping to the sterilisation facility, or during distribution. Therefore, proposed packages should always undergo a prequalification to isolate potential hazards and determine the package response to each of those hazards. 4. Ignoring the worst-case scenario It is often difficult to determine which shipping configuration to validate. Should you test just one product in one package? Or four products in a box? To determine the worst-case scenario, it is necessary to decide the most common shipping configuration before validating the package. In this way, other package

Validation qualifies the materials and processes that make the complete package. If one process is not right, the entire system breaks down and the manufacturer risks harm to patients. 6. Having the wrong sample size The question 'what is the right sample size for testing' is one of the most daunting to answer. Many factors play a role in determining sample size including what type of test it is (e.g. quantittive/ variables or qualitative/attributes); what is the sample population; how many samples are available for testing; what are the economics; and what are the risk factors (e.g. onfidence intervals). Most often, the sample size is too small and renders results with no statistical

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Management/General addition, temperatures over 65°C are indefensible based on the rationale typically used to justify accelerated aging protocols.

significance. 7. Using the wrong package type/ material Using the wrong package type or material for the product is a packageproduct compatibility issue, which could have been avoided if prequalification of the packaging had been done at an early stage. Some of the typical observations that are prevalent include fracturing of thermoform trays as a result of using the wrong plastic material for the intended product (for instance, if the product mass is too great for the impact resistance of plastic). This can be avoided for large, massive products by using a high-impact resistant plastic, such as polycarbonate, to reduce the possibility of fracturing during normal distribution and handling. The thermoform design is also critical to ensure that the product is held in place firmly so that a loose product is not jettisoned through the tray lid and fracturing of the plastic doesn’t occur from the inside-out. 8. Squeezing oversized pouches into cartons Pinhole defects in pouches can be reduced by inserting the pouch into a carton without folding, wrinkling or creasing the ends. Pinholes occur at the junctures of the creases and folds when they are vibrated, causing the intersection to be ‘worked’ or fatigued at the juncture. This effect is exacerbated by making complex folds of the pouch causing a very concentrated point of stress at the juncture of the materials. This can be circumvented by using secondary packages (cartons/shelf

boxes) that are large enough to allow insertion of the pouch without folding.

Accelerated aging is performed on packaged medical devices to document expiration dates for products. Real time aging can be performed; however, products are often obsolete by the time a three-year expiration date is validated. The FDA does not require expiration dating for products without components with a defined effective life such as batteries, while European Directives imply that all sterile medical devices must have an expiration date. Therefore documented evidence must exist to substantiate those claims.

9. Not recognising Tyvek® separation as a false-positive One phenomenon that was discovered some years ago, but only really came to light when medical device packages began to be integrity tested routinely using bubble and dye-leak methods, was ‘sheet separation’ of the porous web of Tyvek®. In integrity tests, this ‘sheet separation’ appears as false-positive when the material is bent, folded, or wrinkled.

Temperature selection for the accelerated aging study should avoid unrealistic failure conditions, such as deformation due to melting. This advice is sometimes ignored in the haste to bring products to market faster. As critical as packaging is, some companies occasionally don’t take it seriously, considering it too late in the design cycle, cutting corners, or using inappropriate materials. Avoid these above mistakes and plan well in advance to develop and validate your packaging.

DuPont has proven that this phenomenon does not change the sterile barrier performance of the material and that any leakage of air or dye solution is only along the transverse direction of the material and not between the Tyvek® and poly material, as would be the case in an adhesive (seal) failure. There is no loss of filtration capability when this occurs.

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However, when performing these tests, it is incumbent upon the tester to analyze the failure carefully. In some cases, when there is a suspect ‘falsepositive,’ it may be necessary to look at it under high magnification to determine the cause of the leakage. 10. Performing accelerated aging at high test temperatures In ill-conceived attempts to reduce costs and time, some manufacturers decide to accelerate the shelf life or expiration date studies to unrealistic and indefensible limits, usually by raising the test temperature to a level that causes packages to melt down, warp, or change in other uncharacteristic behaviors. In

Patrick has over 27 years of experience in the testing and analysis of packaging and products for shock and vibration hazards inherent in the distribution system. He serves the package testing industry as Chairman for the ASTM committee D-10 on Packaging and is also a member of the AAMI committee to draft a Technical Information Report, which identifies 11607 compliance regulation guidelines. Patrick is a contributing writer to the Standard Handbook of Biomedical Engineering and Design and has been quoted and published in several industry magazines. Contact him at

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Europe’s most modern media colleges. Stuttgart Media University (Hochschule der Medien, (HdM)) has long been recognised internationally as one of the leading colleges in its class. Students there receive practical training using the most modern equipment available with special emphasis on the latest packaging technologies and central colour management from CGS. The university was formed by combining the former University of Applied Sciences for Library and Information Science (Hochschule für Bibliotheks- und Informationswesen) with the University for Print and Media Technology (Hochschule für Druck und Medien(HDM)), where teaching in printing techniques can be traced back to 1853. For the last hundred years, thanks to the generous sponsorship of leading printing technology suppliers, the university has been giving students practical training on the very latest equipment and software, thus creating an attractive environment with a high level of practical relevance. It is no wonder that their graduates are in great demand with regard to technical executive positions and regularly come

out top in European rankings. Around 4000 students are currently enrolled at the Media University, which comprises three faculties, offering 21 accredited Bachelor and Master courses of study. The HdM is also home to the German Flexographic Technical Group (DFTA) of the Steinbeis Foundation and the Packaging Printing and Processing Centre (ZVV), both of whom work closely with the college, and for over thirty years the HdM has an active cooperation with the Technical University of Xi’an for a Chinese/ German study course in print and packaging technology. CGS has donated a comprehensive portfolio of ORIS colour management products for use primarily across the whole spectrum of digital printing,

with special emphasis on the crossfleet colour management of a range of digital and analogue printing systems, comprising different technologies, such as the toner-based digital printing machines Xerox DC 5000 and DCP 700, or inkjet devices from Epson, HP and Roland DG. The education lasts seven semesters and the students get to know digital printing as well as all conventional printing methods. The technical equipment would actually do credit to any modern printing company. The offset department for instance uses, amongst other presses, a Heidelberg 6 colour + varnish CD74 press and in the flexo area the latest F&K 8 colour Flexpress flexo machine is installed. The silk screen and the gravure department

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Management/General 13 are equally adequately equipped in the press room, prepress and finishing. A challenging task awaits graduates of the Packaging Technology discipline in their final semester: Supervised by a graduated graphic designer, they have to create a new design for a fictitious product. Except for design aspects, a host of guidelines have to be observed: Filling capacities, colours, finishing options etc. In any case, various materials like cardboard and plastic have to be used, as well as more than one printing technology, like offset and flexography. One of the basic requirements is a consistent colour reproduction, irrespective of the printing substrate or method. In the past, colour patches with gradual variations were made, and visually compared to achieve a match. “Colour management has always been an important and exciting theme for us,” explains Dr. Gunter Hübner, Dean of Students of the Print and Media Technology course of studies at the HdM, “It is especially important that we have now CGS colour management as part of our syllabus. By being able to exactly match all of the printing systems and technologies to one single standard, our students get a very good impression of the problems of color management and of how to solve them." The HdM has worked within the ISOcoated V2 Standard for a longtime and, like any successful commercial printer, has been certified to the PSO Process Standard Offset standard.

continues Dr. Hübner. “In addition, we want to produce to industry standards such as ISOcoated V2 as close as possible throughout our different printing processes. Here we rely on high quality production papers to enable a superior, more standardized and practical course of student projects."

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the mixture of proof and production papers. "For example, colour variations between offset printed packagings and the one-off point-of-sale piece that may have been produced on an inkjet device shall be avoided," explains Markus Meider, scientific assistant in Packaging Technology. This is achieved by using ISO-profiles as a target for the printer calibration. Here the center piece of ORIS Press Matcher // Web comes into play, the ORIS colour management, which uses a four dimensional iterative color management process to numerically calculate and improve the correct colour match between proof and target. This allows perfectly matching a certified offset press. By adding ORIS Certified // Web to the mix, each step in the process can be measured and documented. Moreover, the various digital printing systems can be perfectly matched to each other, in order to produce related printed products like brochures and posters without any colour variation. From newly designed packagings, too, prototypes are made beforehand on a colour laser system and a cutter, just like in real production. Thanks to ORIS even those are highly color-accurate. “After the first tests, we were very enthusiastic about the results and the easy use. The simple user interface and intuitive way that the web client works just shows how far colour management technology has advanced over the past few years. We can achieve colour consistency to offset standards across our whole range of machines with just the push of a button. An essential

part of printing on our digital output systems now is the speed and ease with which we can colour match,” adds Meider. What’s hard to appreciate without seeing it in daily use here is the network of over 50 workstations (PC’s and Mac’s) all connected to a single Xerox DC700 through ORIS Press Matcher // Web. “We like the students to work with the technology themselves as much as possible. In conventional printing that is not always practical so we have full-time trained staff to assist them in that area. Understandably, it is difficult for the students to become acquainted in depth with the complex technology. The length of study is

simply not enough to give, for example, an extensive training on the use of the various DTP programs. And so data are often created from the perspective of a designer and the technical feasibility is somewhat neglected. ORIS Press Matcher // Web’s pre-flight and normalization features are very helpful to my colleague Frank König and me in showing them that what the designer wishes cannot always be printed that way,” adds Meider. The close cooperation with the university is also a great advantage for CGS. “The HdM distinguishes itself with outstanding training at the highest level. The number of graduates from the university who are in the highest career positions in the industry is an impressive proof of this. We are proud to have added the opportunity for learning on the most advanced colour management processes,” comments Heiner Müller, CGS Director of Business Development.

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Digital Technology

Advantage N HS Platesetters for high-volume newspaper printers Agfa Graphics introduced two new high-speed platesetters for the high-volume newspaper market. The Advantage N PL HS (Pallet Load, High-Speed) and the Advantage N TR HS (Trolley Load, High-Speed) both run at speeds up to 350 plates per hour, 50 plates more than the Advantage N. The Advantage N PL HS, a completely new design, can hold up to 6,000 plates in a fully-automatic setting - two pallets of 3,000 plates each. The system employs a unique and patented process that pre-separates the plates and slip sheets in the plate stack before plate loading. Regardless of temperature fluctuations, RH issues or long storage periods, the pre-separation process avoids plate and paper jams due to plates or slip sheets sticking together in a plate stack. Agfa's patented auto slip sheet removal process offers less downtime with no paper jams and an

efficient procedure for emptying the slip sheet into the "dump area." Thanks to the increased speed, both systems can extend newspaper publishers' editorial and advertising deadlines, giving them the ability to deliver the latest news and lastminute offers to their daily readers. The increased speed will also help newspaper publishers replace multiple, slower CtP engines with fewer, faster ones. This would result in savings on new CtP investments and other costs, such as processing equipment or punch and bending machines. Fewer CtP engines also results in increased floor space. The Advantage N TR HS features a trolley to transport plates from safe

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Digital Technology

Fuji Xerox Takes Time and Labour Out of Booklet Production Professional-looking books, manuals and booklets are popular and profitable applications but producing them can be challenging. With today’s short-run requirements, finishing is often a major obstacle in delivering timely materials. Xerox’s new automatic finishing solution eliminates bottlenecks often associated with inline and off-line booklet production – allowing printers to complete more jobs faster. Debuted at drupa 2012, the IntegratedPLUS Finishing Solution for Booklets offers the industry’s first off-line automation by combining the efficiency of in-line with the flexibility of off-line into one device. A new Dual Mode Feeder, available for the first time, allows an in-line finisher traditionally dedicated to a single digital print system to accept and handle printed output from multiple presses when operated in off-line mode. For example, applications printed on a Xerox Color 1000 Press could be wheeled on a stack cart to the Dual Mode Feeder attached to the new Xerox iGen™ 150 Press for booklet making. The operator simply scans a bar-coded banner sheet before connecting the stack cart into the feeder. The bar code instructs the booklet maker to set

itself up automatically and the process is completed without requiring skilled operator intervention. The iGen 150 can also print another job to its own stack cart simultaneously. Other features of IntegratedPLUS Finishing Solution include: Automation to reduce costs – a touchless workflow in prepress operations boosts uptime by eliminating the need for manual prepress and finisher setup – booklet jobs are preflighted and imposed according to the requirements of each unique job, and the finishing device automatically knows how they should be stitched and folded.

Removing these manual steps reduces human error during prepress or offline finishing processes and accelerates throughput. Open access – multiple print engines can take advantage of a single booklet maker, whether in-line or off-line, so operators can print one job, such as postcards, while a stack cart is wheeled to a finisher for creating booklets. This means print devices are used at their full potential, increasing overall productivity, and booklet makers can be used by all printers in the shop, optimizing asset utilisation.

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Digital Technology

First full colour images at 100,000 dpi resolution Inspired by colourful stained-glass windows, researchers from Singapore have demonstrated an innovative method for producing sharp, full-spectrum colour images at 100,000 dpi which can be applicable in reflective colour displays, anti-counterfeiting, and high-density optical data recording.

Researchers from A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) have developed an innovative method for creating sharp, fullspectrum colour images at 100,000 dots per inch (dpi), using metallaced nanometer-sized structures, without the need for inks or dyes. In comparison, current industrial printers such as inkjet and laserjet printers can only achieve up to 10,000 dpi while research grade methods are able to dispense dyes for only single colour images. This novel breakthrough allows colouring to be treated not as an inking matter but as a lithographic matter, which can potentially revolutionise the way images are printed and be further developed for use in high-resolution reflective colour display! s as well as high density optical data storage. The inspiration for the research was derived from stained glass, which is traditionally made by mixing tiny fragments of metal into the glass. It was found that nanoparticles from these

metal fragments scattered light passing through the glass to give stained glass its colours. Using a similar concept with the help of modern nanotechnology tools, the researchers precisely patterned metal nanostructures, and designed the surface to reflect the light to achieve the colour images. "The resolution of printed colour images very much depends on the size and spacing between individual ‘nanodots’ of colour", explained Dr Karthik Kumar, one of the key researchers involved. "The closer the dots are together and because of their small size, the higher the resolution of the image. With the ability to accurately position these extremely small colour dots, we were able to demonstrate the highest theoretical print colour resolution of 100,000 dpi." “Instead of using different dyes for different colours, we encoded colour information into the size and position of tiny metal disks. These disks then

interacted with light through the phenomenon of plasmon resonances,” said Dr Joel Yang, the project leader of the research. “The team built a database of colour that corresponded to a specific nanostructure pattern, size and spacing. These nanostructures were then positioned accordingly. Similar to a child’s ‘colouring-bynumbers’ image, the sizes and positions of these nanostructures defined the ‘numbers’. But instead of sequentially colouring each area with a different ink, an ultrathin and uniform metal film was deposited across the entire image causing the ‘encoded’ colours to appear all at once, almost like magic!” added Dr Joel Yang. The researchers from IMRE had also collaborated with A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) to design the pattern using computer simulation and modelling. Dr Ravi Hegde of IHPC said, “The computer simulations were vital in understanding how the structures gave rise to such rich colours. This knowledge is currently being used to predict the behaviour of more complicated nanostructure arrays.” The researchers are currently working with Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd (ETPL), A*STAR’s technology transfer arm, to engage potential collaborators and to explore licensing the technology. The research was published online on 12 August 2012 in Nature Nanotechnology, one of the top scientific journals for materials science and nanotechnology.

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Digital Technology Challenge • One-to-One Digital Solutions needed to process the variable data for a complex direct mail campaign for fine art manufacturer New Era. • To create an attention-grabbing postcard campaign for New Era, Oneto-One also had to deliver top-tier image quality and colour.

Solution • One-to-One turned to its HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press, featuring exceptional variable data capabilities and best-in-class print quality. • To achieve outstanding colour quality at fast print speeds, One-to-One chose Appleton Coated Utopia Inkjet paper.

Results • One-to-One produced a promotional postcard campaign that sparked more than a 4% overall response rate from New Era’s customers—with relevant, personalized pieces generating almost double the call-to-action response compared with static pieces.

One-to-One delivers bold, personalised postcards When One-to-One Digital Solutions began devising a direct mail campaign for fine art manufacturer, New Era Inc., the Texas-based digital solutions provider knew the mailers had to be eye-catching enough to impress the company’s art-savvy clientele. Because this was New Era’s first mailing to its interior design customers, One-to-One also knew a multipronged approach would help explore the most relevant and effective content strategy. The companies collaborated to create a postcard campaign to promote a free sample of New Era’s latest offering: artwork printed on HP PVC-free Wall Paper. Recipients were divided into three groups. The first group received a static postcard with a common wall art image. The second group received a more dynamic postcard with a living room scene featuring wall art depicting their nearest metro area. The final group received the most personalised postcard showing a living room featuring wall art of the last piece of art the recipient bought from New Era. Facing a complex, image-heavy mail campaign, One-to-One turned to the variable data capabilities, premium print quality, and efficient production offered by its HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press for top-quality results.

For New Era’s personalized campaign, the variable data included thousands of individualised art images in both vertical and horizontal orientations. The data also contained a personal greeting and a personalized URL (PURL) that took customers to a website where they could submit a form to get a free sample of New Era art printed on HP PVC-free Wall Paper and explore the HP Wall Art Softwareas-a-Service solution.

Impressive variable data capabilities One-to-One needed to personalize half of the campaign’s 12,500 postcards using the extensive customer data New Era provided. Thanks to the HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press, the digital solutions provider was confident it had the right technology to tackle the job efficiently.

When it came time to process each page, the HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press’s robust variable data capabilities helped One-to-One handle the customer data quickly. “The front end on the T300 is probably the fastest page-processing engine I’ve ever worked with,” says Tim Chapman, chief technology officer at One-to-One.

Color quality to turn heads To really connect with interior design customers, One-to-One had to ensure the colours on the finished postcards showcased New Era’s fine art offerings in vibrant style. Using the best-in-class color quality of the HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press, One to One met the fine art manufacturer’s image-quality standards. “New Era’s customers are business-tobusiness interior design people, so it had to be a good-looking piece,” says Brett Benton, vice president of sales at One to One. The HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press uses CMYK HP pigment inks and HP printheads to produce vivid color images, sharp text, and uniform area fills. “The colour is far superior to what

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Digital Technology is out there (compared with similar web-fed inkjet presses),” says Benton. Joseph Garcia, President and CEO of New Era, adds, “We’re in the fine art business, and we’re known for our quality. I don’t think we could have gone with anything less than beautiful, and these postcards certainly hit the mark.” Due to the striking image quality and, for the most dynamic group, the personal connection to the artwork they bought, Chapman predicts that many recipients may keep the postcards longer than most direct mail: “The staying power of these pieces—the ability to get them up on the wall in someone’s office—I think will yield results through a longer sales cycle.” Efficient production “By the time we got to print the file, that was the shortest part of the whole project,” says Chapman. Using fullcolour, 100% variable data printing at full press speeds up to 400 feet (122 meters) per minute, the HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press printed the image-heavy, variable data campaign efficiently.

proved even greater than anticipated. After the results were tallied, New Era received an overall response rate of more than 4%, about twice the predicted rate for that type of direct mail campaign.

generate a cost per lead that Garcia explains is in line with comparable marketing campaigns the company has done before. “We were very satisfied with the return on investment,” he adds.

The campaign also revealed that relevancy matters. Personalisation drove 76% of dynamic group respondents to complete the online form, compared with just 44% of static group respondents. That helped

With a successful return on investment and new insights on how to best connect with the company’s customers, Garcia concludes: “We would absolutely do this again.”

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Lauded with InterTech Award three times Printing Industries of America (PIA) recently presented Kodak with a 2012 InterTech Technology Award honoring Kodak’s NEXPRESS Red Fluorescing Dry Ink’s innovative capabilities. The KODAK NEXPRESS Red Fluorescing Dry Ink Solution helps printers provide increased security and fraud protection on documents, packaging, promotional, and direct mail materials and is part of the KODAK NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions portfolio. This year’s InterTech Technology Award marks the third time Kodak has received Printing Industries of America recognition for its Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions. In 2005, Kodak was recognized for the initial launch of the Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions, and in 2009, for its addition of the new Dimensional Printing Solution. “Security solutions can often be cost prohibitive, but with Kodak’s Red Fluorescing Dry Ink, printers have a real solution against counterfeiting that is both cost effective and easy to implement,” said Mark Bohen, VicePresident of Technology and Research at Printing Industries of America. “This new technology can be used on a wide range of applications and opens the door for printers to pursue new market opportunities.” The KODAK NEXPRESS Platform offers exceptional print quality and productivity to meet the needs of commercial printers, direct mail

houses, photo service providers, and in-plant and transactional printers. Print providers can go a step further to differentiate their applications with the Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions, which create a variety of enhancements, including spot colours, Kodak’s unique in-line dimensional printing, highquality gloss, in-line watermarking, or coating in a single pass. The Red Fluorescing Dry Ink Solution can be used to print inline on a wide range of substrates and appears clear until it is illuminated with an ultraviolet light source. The intensity of the red ink can be controlled by the amount of ink applied during the printing process, but it appears virtually invisible to the naked eye. Similar to other NEXPRESS Dry Inks, Red Fluorescing Ink does not contain VOCs. As a security solution, Kodak Red Fluorescing Dry Ink is considered ideal for printing admission tickets, 2D and QR barcodes, and limitedproduction print jobs where fraud and counterfeiting issues are a top priority. At Alcom, an integrated marketing communications company, Kodak’s Red Fluorescing Ink was used to combat counterfeit ticketing for major-league games. Alcom relied on the Red Fluorescing Ink to apply an invisible team logo on each printed

ticket. Tickets were later checked at the admission gate using UV lighting, and any without the logo were immediately deemed unauthentic. The new feature helped Alcom eliminate its client’s counterfeiting concerns while providing a high-quality printed product. “Red Fluorescing Ink is a great example of how Kodak provides its customers with differentiating solutions to help meet their needs,” said Steve Fletcher, Kodak’s Vice President and General Manager of Electrophotographic Printing Solutions. “The combination of Red Fluorescing Ink and variabledata printing provides printers with fraud protection and security printing opportunities, and new capabilities often lead to greater customer satisfaction and additional business growth.” Kodak continues to develop innovative solutions to maximise its customers’ investment in the NEXPRESS Platform. During drupa 2012, Kodak debuted several new Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions, including gold, pearlescent, and neon print solutions for expanded application possibilities. With these latest enhancements, printers will be able to add eye-catching colours and effects to their printed applications. Kodak plans to demonstrate these new solutions live at the Kodak booth during Graph Expo 2012.

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Paper with good sound quality At the recent drupa print media fair, the Institute for Print and Media Technology of Chemnitz University of Technology presented printed loudspeakers on paper substrate and a solar tree with printed solar cells. Maxi Bellmann, researcher at the Institute for Print and Media Technology of Chemnitz University of Technology, shows the printed loudspeaker area. The bottom side of the paper loudspeaker can be printed with advertising messages - in this case you can see the logos of the project partners. The Institute for Print and Media Technology of Chemnitz University of Technology (pmTUC) presented new research results - loudspeakers that have been printed with flexography on standard paper. The R&D group of Prof. Dr. Arved Hübler, head of pmTUC, is co-exhibited with press manufacturer Windmöller & Hölscher KG (Lengerich). The printed paper loudspeaker is

connected to an audio amplifier like a conventional loudspeaker. “Frequency

response and hence sound quality are very good and the paper is surprisingly loud. Just the bass of the paper-based loudspeaker is a bit weak,” explains Dr. Georg Schmidt, Senior Researcher at pmTUC. The thin loudspeakers, which are printed in the laboratories of pmTUC, contain several layers of a conductive organic polymer and a piezoactive layer. According to project assistant Maxi Bellmann the loudspeakers are astonishingly robust and can be produced in a very cheap way as mass printing methods are used. The bottom side of the paper loudspeaker provides unused space on which coloured messages can be printed.

Lightweight and inexpensive to manufacture, the speakers are slim and flexible: they could be concealed inside ceiling tiles or car interiors, or printed with a design and hung on the wall like a picture.

Prof. Hübler expects a broad range of new applications: The paper loudspeakers could, for instance, be integrated into common print products. As such, they offer an enormous potential for the advertising segment.

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solar tree, you can see that the bottom side of the leaves is printed with advertisements”, explains Hübler, who adds is even better than in nature. According to Hübler, the advertising segment is the driving force of the printing industry: “As soon as the customer realises that it is better to not throw advertising that contains a solar cell away, but rather keep it to generate electricity for some time, the printed solar cell will become an unbeatable advertising carrier with a sustainable image”, reports the professor from Chemnitz.

“In addition, sound wallpapers and purely technical applications, for example, distance sensors, are possible, because the papers are also active in the ultrasound range,” says Hübler. He adds: “As printing allows for different formats and forms, there is the possibility to influence the generated sound waves.” The loudspeaker of pmTUC was realised within the framework of the project Plastic Acoustics (PACU), which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and includes the following project partners: Robert Bosch GmbH (Stuttgart), Heraeus Clevios GmbH (Leverkusen), X-Spex GmbH (Berlin), and Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic

Nano Systems ENAS (Chemnitz). Electricity that grows on trees Besides printed loudspeakers, pmTUC presented innovative application scenarios for printed solar cells. “Half a year ago, we introduced the world’s first 3PV technology - printed paper photovoltaics,” says Hübler. At drupa, the Chemnitz researchers exhibited a solar tree with 50 printed solar leaves. Similar to an ordinary tree, the leaves that face the sun collect energy. They are connected with snap fasteners. Via a cable in the hollow tree trunk the solar electricity supplies a battery. “If you stand below the tree and look up to the shade-giving leaves of the

Hübler does not only believe that the 3PV technology, developed at Chemnitz University of Technology, will make a contribution to global power supplies in the future, but also that 3PV will bring about the breakthrough of printed electronics. In his book entitled “print becomes electronics”, which was published in both English and German at drupa, Hübler analyses the backgrounds of this development and explains the transition that he expects to take place in the traditional graphic arts industry. According to Hübler, electronic media and conventional print media will increasingly merge in the future: "A large part of electronics will be printed, and most print media will be electronic.” The book is available upon request from pmTUC.

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Booklet labels for single-service fresh food prepacks: A fruitful solution The label on perishable food prepacks may be extremely transient but, despite its short life, it is still required to perform the key roles of providing both decoration for retail shelf ‘stand out’, as well as a considerable amount of product data.

Achieving these twin goals can be challenging on small containers – but Harmony Fruit and Yoghurt Desserts, developed by leading quality Swiss bakery and foods manufacturers Jowa AG for major Swiss retail chain Migros, certainly prove that it can be done. The challenge Harmony Fruit and Yoghurt Desserts are premium-quality, single-service fresh products, with a shelf life of just four days, packed in clear lidded PET pyramidical containers. They are offered in combinations featuring four fresh fruits – apricot, pineapple, strawberry and raspberry – and provide a delicious and healthy end to a meal. On the retail shelf, for such products, the consumer needs to be able to view the contents; to verify – via the label – the flavour offered; and read all the associated data – nutritional information, ingredients, weight, and sell-by date, etc. Space, however, is limited on the small, unusually-shaped Harmony containers. A creative answer Jowa’s Head of Packaging Development, Christian Pfeiffer, knew he needed a special labelling solution, and challenged specialist label printer Pago AG to deliver the answer. Pago is a regular label print partner of Jowa, and has a particular expertise in the production of self-adhesive leaflet/ booklet labels. Says Fredy Schöb, Pago sales manager: ‘Our long experience with complex label shapes combined with booklet content really helped us to develop a label for the Harmony desserts that delivered all the content elements our client required and, at the same time, looked attractive and clearly identified the flavour in the pot. As a

bonus, because the label also seals the pack lid – it additionally performs a valuable overt tamper-evident function.’ Using a 60 micron gloss white selfadhesive PP film as the base carrier for the FSC paper booklet, Pago prints the labels – incorporating three doublesided pages -- by rotary letterpress in six colours using low-migration inks, providing a double-perforated tear-off section as part of the construction. Label content is printed in three languages – French, German, and Italian. With the needs of plastics recycling in mind, the self-adhesive label laminate also features a removable adhesive. Printed in typical runs of 50,000 labels per flavour, the Harmony labels are hand-applied by Jowa staff as an integral part of their production and packaging process. ‘Real food appeal’ Christian Pfeiffer of Jowa is delighted with the end result. ‘The labels have real food appeal’, he says, ‘and for the consumer it’s easy to choose

the preferred flavour, thanks to the colourful picture of the different fruits. We chose Pago to print them because it has a very good development department, and first-class printing equipment.’ Award-winning labels The sets of labels for Harmony Fruit and Yoghurt Desserts were also recently recognised by FINAT, the European self-adhesive label industry association, in their annual Label Awards competition, where Pago was this year awarded the top prize in the marketing and end-use category for booklet labels. Kurt Walker, President of FINAT, comments: ‘Accommodating the increasing raft of textual content required by law on a food label has meant that label printers today need to be ever more creative. Pago has ably demonstrated that selfadhesive booklet labels can represent an attractive and practical solution.’,, www.

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Heidelberg VLF Series of XL Presses deliver lowest cost per print Heidelberg reports great success with its large format VLF Series of Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 , that was launched at drupa in 2008, confirming there are more than 60 machines of various configurations in operation today around the globe. In Asia the VLF Series of XL presses has been available since the company went into full production in 2009. Ralf Elsler, Regional Product Manager for VLF presses, Heidelberg Asia, says, “We have now sold more than ten VLF machines into Asia. These versatile presses are ideally suited to the print provider who is involved in producing packaging and point of sale materials as well as commercial and short run color work”. The success of the large format XL presses can be attributed to the fact that Heidelberg has listened to the market and addressed all the key market trends with this state-of-the-art Series including lean manufacturing through quick make ready times and highly automated processes; competitive pricing with the lowest cost per printed sheet; ecological printing with reduced waste sheets and high productivity and flexibility.

“With the introduction of the VLF Series we have given the market a press that is modeled on the proven technology of the Speedmaster peak performance technology XL machines,” says Mr. Elsler. “The VLF Series definitely meets the shifting needs of today’s market where shorter runs and print on demand can be seen in the packaging sector as well as commercial print environments. The versatility of the VLF presses makes the Series suitable to all market segments”. From Packaging to Short Run Color Productivity is High and Costs Low Presses of the XL 145 and XL 162 series deliver the lowest manufacturing costs per print sheet for short run color printing across a range of applications. “From packaging to short run color print, our customers are reporting huge savings,” says Mr. Elsler.

Globally, a number of the biggest companies in the packaging market such as multi-nationals Mayr Melnhof Packaging), Smurfit Kappa and Chesapeake, Meadwestvaco, and RockTenn, have invested in Heidelberg’s VLF Series citing a number of benefits including low cost per print, high productivity, super fast make ready times and consistently high quality output across various run lengths on a range of substrates. Mr. Elsler says, "In the packaging segment it is not unusual for our customers to print five million sheets a month on a regular basis, and we have one international packaging customer who has pushed through eight million sheets on its XL 162 in a single month". In the short run market turning around jobs quickly is essential. Mr. Elsler says one customer has revealed that they

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regularly print 12 jobs an hour on their XL 162-5+L, taking only four minutes to make ready each job with an average run of 200 sheets. “In this scenario the shorter the run the greater the cost benefits,” he states. The Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 lines are available in four-to eightcolor models with coating unit, dual coating, UV equipment, perfecting technology, and material logistics. Both models are suited to high volume folding box production as well as short run commercial print and point of sale display production. The high

productivity of the Heidelberg VLF series can be seen in the short change over times for jobs and reduced waste sheets. For example, packaging printers are reporting change over times of between 12 and 22 minutes as opposed to 40 minutes on comparable presses. And with waste sheets the Heidelberg VLF presses are ready to go in 150 sheets compared to 400. Fully automatic plate changing is also incredibly fast taking less than two minutes and individual drive technology enables all wash-up processes to take place at the same time. Also these Speedmaster models are noticeably faster with production

The Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 presses’ characteristics such as flat sheet travel in the press, automated plate changing, optimized compensation processes during plate assembly, and optional inline quality measurement with Prinect Inpress Control meet the very highest requirements in terms of print quality and material utilization. The inking unit technology is distinctive in this format class and the inventive Prinect Press Center control station with IntelliStart enables the automatic loading of data for the next job while the current job is still running. In terms of the make ready times for changing inks, screen rollers, printing and coating plates, there is no comparable solution on the market at present. Especially the fully integrated Inpress Control, which won different technology awards worldwide, gives the operator and the management a peace of mind package in term of production quality. Ink and register settings are done by the device itself and directly transferred to the machine control. All of these features combine to ensure a standardized print process that consistently delivers on quality and productivity. The environmental benefits of waste reduction also assist print providers in communicating to their customers their ecological credentials. Mr. Elsler says this is particularly important as corporations and governments continue to raise expectations for environmental responsibility in manufacturing. In conclusion Mr. Elsler says the opportunities for Heidelberg’s customers in Asia with Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 models are virtually endless. “This format suits a range of environments and delivers a level of productivity that is designed to enable customers to explore new profit centers and to expand services, particularly in the short run color markets. Print companies need equipment that will enable them to compete and to be profitable and our VLF models definitely provide a competitive edge”.

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Korean printers invest in Rapida technology At the end of last year Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) expanded its network of sales and service outlets in the Far East with a new subsidiary in Korea, a major industrialised growth market.

The intensive market development and customer focus pursued since mid-April under the guidance of managing director Kenneth Hansen is now bearing fruit: a succession of longstanding and new users have signed up for KBA’s high-powered Rapida sheetfed offset presses. Here, too, KBA is reaping the rewards of its strong position in the packaging sector. In 2010 Gomundang Printing in Daegu-Si was the first Korean print enterprise to fire up a medium-format Rapida 105 with DriveTronic SIS nosidelay infeed and DriveTronic SPC simultaneous plate changing. The family-run commercial and packaging operation already had six Rapida 104 and 105 presses, among them long perfectors for 4 backing 4. At present the company is enjoying brisk, sustained growth driven by the current boom in the Korean electronics industry, with packaging for mobile phones and other consumer electronics in particular demand. Specifications for the new Rapida 105 therefore included

a 450mm (17.72in) plinth, six inking units, a coating capability, a CX boardhandling package, automatic plate changers, dual-purpose CleanTronic Impact washing units, nonstop facilities and DensiTronic quality control. It is Gomundang Printing’s eighth mediumformat Rapida. Kuk Je Printing in Pusan, and its subsidiary Duksu Printing, are two more loyal KBA users in Korea, having

installed a total of seven mediumformat KBA presses since 1987. In October 2012 Kuk Je Printing took delivery of the eighth KBA litho press, a plinth-mounted five-colour Rapida 105 with a coater and board-handling capability, automatic plate changing, CleanTronic washing units, a nonstop roller and other automation modules. The company also produces large volumes of packaging for the highgrowth consumer electronics sector. Dream AD in the Korean capital, Seoul, is a relatively new enterprise that has already established a reputation for outstanding design and value-added commercial products. At the end of the year the company is expanding capacity still further with the addition of a fourth press, a five-colour Rapida 105 with coater and double extended delivery. Duksu/Kuk Je chairman Hyun Soo Jung and KBA Korea managing director Kenneth Hansen with the contract for Kuk Je Printing’s eighth KBA sheetfed offset press, scheduled for delivery in October

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Recently Wonchang Corrugated became the first printer in the south of the Korean peninsular to place an order for a KBA press, opting for a largeformat 1,200 x 1,620mm (44 x 63.77in) Rapida 162a for direct printing on corrugated board. Following shipment in November it will be installed at corporate headquarters in Kimhae. Along with board- and corrugatedhandling capabilities the six-colour coater press with extended delivery will have automatic plate changers, be mounted on a 420mm (17.72in) plinth and embedded in a pallet-free pile logistics system. Given the high level of interest among productivity-focused Korean printers in innovative Rapida sheetfed offset technology, KBA Korea anticipates further sales. Customs exemption for German products, Korean printers’ enhanced competitiveness compared to Japanese vendors and KBA’s outstanding image, particularly in the packaging sector, have resulted in a brisk revival in demand.

From the left: Wonchang president Seok Joo Ohg, Wonchang chairman and CEO Jae Young Park, KBA Korea managing director Kenneth Hansen and KBA Korea vice-president Won Jyn An are delighted at the sale of the first Rapida 162a in Korea, which will print direct offset at Wonchang Corrugated





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Growth Opportunities Through Exports to Emerging Markets • Over 750 Speedmaster SM 52, SM 74 and CD 102 presses already sold in China • Export rate of more than ten percent for Speedmaster SM 52 and SM 74 standard presses from Qingpu in the Asia Pacific region • Customers value excellent price-performance ratio and high quality

The Qingpu site of Heidelberg near Shanghai has developed according to plan and established an excellent position on the Chinese market. The company now assembles standard offset presses and folding machines here on a production area of around 45,000 m2 (approximately 484,000 square feet). Heidelberg now assembles standard offset presses and folding machines at its Qingpu site near Shanghai on a production area of around 45,000 m2 (approximately 484,000 square feet).å

Heidelberg is thus unlocking the considerable potential of the Chinese market, which is now the company's largest single market. Over 750 of the four-color Speedmaster SM 52, the Speedmaster SM 74-4 with high-pile delivery presses and the Speedmaster CD 102 have been supplied since the site was established in Qingpu in 2005. The 100th Speedmaster CD 102 press was delivered to a Chinese customer in January this year. More than 700 locally produced KHC 66 and 78 folding machines have also been installed at Chinese print shops. Qingpu is also increasingly exporting standard presses in the 35 x 50 and 50 x 70 cm (13.78 x 19.69 in and 19.69 x 27.56 in) formats to the Asia Pacific growth regions and South Africa. The export rate here is around ten percent and is continuing to expand. Numerous Speedmaster SM 74-4 presses with high-pile delivery and SM 52-4 presses have been sold to Australia,

India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. Customers rate the presses highly thanks to their excellent price-performance ratio, reliable productivity and quality, and comprehensive range of services.

"Every third machine sold by Heidelberg in China now comes from our production facilities in Qingpu. With the growth in exporting, we'll continue to unlock the high potential on the emerging markets," states Stephan Plenz, member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment. The Qingpu site is an integral

The first Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52-4 produced in China, which was installed in Thailand, is used for the cost-efficient printing of short runs at Golden Medal Printing: (from left) Mr Sam, Ms Yang Kui-Yuan, Mr Chiu Hsien-Chi, Mr Vuthilert Kanjanaharitai and Mr Chalermchai Tiyapisanupaisarn.

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Krit Boonnumma from Roongsiri Publishing took the step to becoming a topquality print shop and invested besides other machines in a Speedmaster SM 74-4 with high-pile delivery from China – the first in this series in Thailand. in all, the company works with three presses of various formats produced at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site. Speedmaster SM 52 and SM 74 standard presses also in demand in the Asia Pacific region Heidelberg has already exported numerous Speedmaster SM 52 and SM 74 standard presses from Qingpu to customers in the Asia Pacific region. The first Speedmaster SM 52-4 produced in China, which was installed in Thailand, is used for the costefficient printing of short runs at

For Malaysia-based Tinggi Press, the Speedmaster SM 74-4 high-pile delivery from China was its first new press – the print shop previously used only remarketed equipment.

Golden Medal Printing, which actually is a digital print company. Here, offset and digital printing complement each other perfectly. Following intensive consultations, Roongsiri Publishing took the step to becoming a top-quality print shop. The company purchased a Suprasetter A 105 last year, and this has now been followed by investment in a Speedmaster SM 74-4 with highpile delivery from China (the first in this series in Thailand), a Polar 115 XC cutter, and Prinect Pressroom Manager. Bahagia Press, the leading company on the Borneo market in Malaysia, has opted for a Speedmaster SM 74-4 with high-pile delivery from Heidelberg owing to its superior quality and reliability, thus replacing a competitor's press. The Malaysian Prime Minister Department has invested in a complete solution that comprises a Speedmaster SM 74-4 with high-pile delivery and a Suprasetter. For Malaysia-based Tinggi Press, the Speedmaster SM 74-4 was its first new press – the print shop previously used only remarketed equipment. Last year, Japanese print shop Maruri Printing from Gifu Prefecture also installed a Speedmaster SM 74 with high-pile delivery produced in China. The print shop, founded in 1946, values this press just as much as the Speedmaster SM 102 perfector, Speedmaster SM 52, and Speedmaster SM 52 Anicolor already housed in

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Sheetfed Offset the pressroom. The portfolio covers traditional advertising materials and web-to-print applications. Variety Printer Pvt. Ltd. in Nepal recently installed a brand new Speedmaster SM 74-4 with high-pile delivery produced in China. The initial training given by Heidelberg was very effective and satisfactory and the care and service that the company provides is praise worthy. This machine is user friendly, highly efficient and has boosted their productivity and print quality. The low energy consumption

and the reduced number of waste sheets per job have minimized their expenses. “We have been providing high-quality print services from the last 25 years and have always believed that quality production is only possible through quality printing equipment. Heidelberg is world over renowned for highly reliable products giving excellent print quality. To us, Heidelberg is synonyms with quality improvement be it via

manufacturing, design, process or layout. We are proud to be associated with Heidelberg and look forward to working with them in the near future too.” states Mr. Bhava Rajbhandari, Managing Director of Variety Printers Pvt. Ltd., Nepal. Shree Maruthi Printers is one of the leading printing enterprises in South India providing end-to-end print solutions to customers. “To the stateof-the-art prepress, press and postpress infrastructure, we have now added a brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74. We are really proud to say that we are the first ones to install this machine in South India and we are very satisfied with the productivity and the quality it is consistently delivering to us.” states Mr. Thilak Kumar, Managing Director.

Last year, Mr Ito (right), president of Japanese print shop Maruri Printing installed a Speedmaster SM 74 with high-pile delivery produced in China and values this press just as much as the other Speedmaster presses.

The first Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52-4 produced in China, which was installed in Nepal at Variety Printers: Mr. Achute Rajbhandary and Mr. Bhava Rajbhandary

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ROLAND 700HiPrint: World class through premium enhancement "We aim to get our company established in the premium packaging sector and become a global player through the quality of our production," says Wang Xinyan, Managing Director of the Zhejiang Ideal Packaging Group. To reach this goal, the packaging specialist lately added a new highperformance press to the five manroland presses it already has: a seven-color ROLAND 700 HiPrint with twin coaters, two dryers, an extended delivery and a ROLAND InlineFoiler Prindor has been in production at one of the most successful Chinese printing companies since spring 2008. "The latest technology helps us to land new projects and has provided us with the highest standards of quality and performance," is Xinyan's explanation of the reasons behind the investment. "The longstanding cooperation with manroland keeps our operations stateof-the-art and gives us advantages over the competition. Our customers also appreciate this strong bond and are always satisfied with the printed products we supply them with." The strong bond also applies to service. The maintenance measures and the TelePresence Service Portal from manroland ensure Ideal of higher press productivity and lower maintenance costs. New options, new products

High-quality enhancement with cold foil provides this Chinese printer with a wealth of possibilities. manroland staff helped Ideal to develop innovative products with the ROLAND InlineFoiler Prindor. Some are already on the market, bringing new customers and boosting sales – an increase of 15 percent is expected in the current fiscal year. The ROLAND InlineFoiler Prindor has also assisted Ideal in optimizing its existing product portfolio. The capacity of the new configuration has increased the company's productivity by around 30 percent through shorter makeready times and inline cold foil application. Unmistakably valuable and effective. Ideal specializes mainly in products with metallic effects. Every year the company converts around 50,000 tons of metallized paper and cardboard into glossy printed products. It´s about papers or plastic foils which are furnished with a special metallic coat and are mostly used as material for packaging. The lion's share of production is for exclusive cigarette labels and packages. "We deliberately

use the ROLAND InlineFoiler Prindor for our most important product, namely cigarette packages. The innovative cold foil transfer system provides us with new design possibilities." What Xinyan appreciates above all is that the foil can be directly printed and further processed without delay. "We can apply patterns and lettering directly onto the foil which produces a great effect. This enables us to do more to satisfy individual customer wishes." Ideal's extensive portfolio also includes packaging for body care, cosmetic, and electrical products. With consumer goods, special attention is paid to the attractiveness and appeal of the packaging. The ROLAND InlineFoiler Prindor enables a wide variety of design variations to be produced for attracting the buyer's attention at the Point of Sale. Product protection is another important factor for the consumer goods industry. A high-performance printer. The Zhejiang Ideal Packaging Group was founded in Hangzhou in 1976 and is one of China's largest and most innovative printing companies. It is well known for manufacturing highly enhanced printed products such as packaging, labels, and paper and cardboard boxes which it exports to customers all over the world. With some 650 employees, the company has sales of almost Euro 96 million and its premises occupy an area of over 180,000 m2 which are the largest in the Zhejiang province, situated at the east coast of China. It has also received several awards ("Top 500 Printing & Packaging Worldwide" in 2001 and came top of the national rankings)

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American Packaging and Label Printer Invests • USA’s first printing press with short-grain sheeter CutStar and substantial Prinect equipment goes to DWS Printing Associates • Increase in productivity • High flexibility through a broad spectrum of substrates • Less waste by ecological printing At drupa 2012, DWS Printing Associates, based on Long Island, NY announced the purchase of a new Speedmaster XL 106-8+L. The new press is the first in the USA to be configured with the combination of the Cutstar inline sheeting system, Hybrid UV technology, and both Prinect Inpress and Prinect Axis Control colour measurement and control systems. DWS is a family owned package and label printer founded in 1865, serving the food and beverage industry. The company provides complete graphic and litho services from award winning graphic design to printing, finishing,

and delivery. According to president Tom Staib, “we needed to expand our current production capabilities and efficiency and needed state-the-art technology that would enable us to handle an increased variety of printing substrates and give us a competitive edge. I did not want to catch up with our competitors; I want to be a technology leader.” Harald Weimer, President of Heidelberg USA said “We are very happy to welcome DWS to the Heidelberg family, and extremely pleased that they selected Heidelberg as their partner to take them down the road to increased success. We are confident that we have the right people and the right technology for DWS to achieve their goals.” The performance and quality of the Speedmaster XL 106 are enhanced by the Cutstar sheeting system which will

reduce material cost and enable DWS to print on alternate materials that are more challenging to print with pre-cut materials. The ability to print using UV inks enhances the company’s product portfolio and at the same time makes more efficient use of the press.



By configuring the press with the InterTech Award-winning Prinect Inpress Control, the in-line/in-press spectral colour measurement system, and Prinect Axis Control, the consolebased spectral measurement system, DWS has the complete flexibility to measure any of the variety of substrates that will pass through the new press, and in combination with the Intellistart™ automatic press guidance system, will do so with the lowest possible makeready time and waste, further helping DWS achieve its goals of increased efficiency and at the same time support its growing Green Initiative program. The press will also be delivered with the latest version of the Prinect Pressroom Manager, which transfers complete presetting data from MIS and the prepress workflow to the press, and in return collects press production and performance data, making it easy to judge performance and apply continuous improvement policies. “We looked at solutions from several competitors, but in the end it was the people, technology, and support from Heidelberg that convinced us that this was the right decision for DWS. Heidelberg listened to our needs and addressed them with the right solutions” said Mr. Staib.







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Digital centrestage Apart from the turnout at DRUPA which rattled the tradeshow circle, one glaring trait was the gradual aggressive stance that digital players are taking. The same ripples to upcoming Ipex 2014, Christel Lee reports. Heidelberg stood by its tradition of owning one hall, while some others opted for simpler booths. Landa made a breathtaking debut at DRUPA – surpassing most of the new products showcased by other exhibitors. Last July, Ipex 2014 organiser Informa was over the moon with “a good start”. Wayne Beckett, Sales Director for Ipex 2014, said: “In particular, EFI has increased the size of its stand by 740%, Impika +108%, Konica Minolta +95%, Canon +31%, while Epson, Hans Grohni/Printers Superstore, Screen, Xeikon, FUJIFILM, Horizon/IFS, MGI, Duplo, Vivid, Bowe Systec, CMC, Roland DG, Esko and Autobond have also committed to larger footprints at Ipex 2014. “Other major global manufacturers and suppliers who have committed to Ipex 2014 included: Heidelberg, Xerox, Komori, Kodak, Pitney Bowes, Muller Martini, Kern, Domino, Rollem, Freidheim/Hunkeler, IFS/ Horizon, Watkiss, Morgana, Scodix, Presstek, Meccanotecnica, Uchida Yoko, Tecnau/Lasermax amongst

many others. W&D lead the field in terms of a number of new exhibitors participating for the first time at Ipex.” After DRUPA, the industry saw major changes in the biggest exhibitor, Heidelberg – the exit of CEO, Bernhard Schreier, and its withdrawal from Ipex 2014. Hewlett Packard, one of the biggest digital exhibitors, had already signaled its intention not to exhibit due to financial pressures, as did Agfa. One glaring trait: while many digital players have opted for a bigger space at the upcoming Ipex, the offset players represent a gradual diminishing presence. One commentator said it could well be the end of Heidelberg’s massive display of presses and the next time we see another would be DRUPA 2016! Prior to DRUPA, China began to aggressively market local tradeshows, each vying hard for the investment dollar. India did the same and it became a question of “which tradeshow offers the most mileage?”

While it’s clear at Inkjet per se is taking the opportunity to dominate, the dilemma of tradeshow remains. In China alone, many investors have been encouraged to invest more dollars to establish local operations. The republic has been in an advantageous position, particularly since its notable dethroning of Japan as the world’s second largest economy. One glaring trait: while many digital players have opted for a bigger space at the upcoming Ipex, the offset players represent a gradual diminishing presence. One commentator said it could well be the end of Heidelberg’s massive display of presses and the next time we see another would be DRUPA 2016! In spite of Landa’s announcement to relook at its investment in Ipex 2014, it wasn’t sufficient to warrant any fear. He told Printweek, “We need to take a closer look and make a determination. First of all that will mean knowing the facts. How many players have decided not to show and what affect that is likely to have on customer attendance? That’s the only thing that counts,” adding the decision will be made soon. Putting such a take on a positive note, one could conclude that exhibition budgets can be better utilised in more effective activities; R&D for instance, if not to further study the geographical location’s potential mileage before taking the plunge. The other side of the coin could possibly be the fact that “there is no choice”. If the margin is thinning, do what it takes to widen the gap, declare your presence and exhibit resilience to the market blows.

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Carbon footprint debate The industry has seen many players dancing around the latest buzzword “carbon footprint”, through blatant announcements of low energy consumption. Christel Lee explores the other side of the coin. A reduction in the carbon footprint of a product or process is seen to be a worthwhile attribute, but just how meaningful is the term? Is it a genuine attempt to make an environmental contribution or purely a marketing ploy? One distinct feature used by a player on the launch of their latest addition in packaging print was the “elimination” of heat to cure ink on substrates, which translates to their contribution of time savings for users. As it turns out, this player known for the use of their signature print head in all their products inserts the “heat” onto the substrate, resulting in the ink drying almost immediately. Doubts have been expressed about added liabilities in the utilities aspect, however considering this is the company’s first attempt in packaging, one can afford to be patient with their exploration of this new sector.

Another known player for inkjet boasts an odourless production environment which enhances the work conditions for press operators. Solvent printing has also seen aggressive successors entering as eco-solvent versions, latex inks and even non-woven materials which are recyclable. However, the disadvantages remain, focusing around longer lead times for curing, if not higher energy consumption for the nature of the consumables. LED magic One clear example that warrants approval of the term reduction in carbon footprint is the usage of LED (light-emitting diodes) for curing inks. It’s been said UV LED curing technology provides significant benefits to both digital and traditional printing processes in the form of instant, on demand VOC-free drying at very low energy consumption, and without the heat and related maintenance and environmental challenges of mercury-based UV lamp systems. Flint Group, Agfa and IST Metz are some of the renowned players using such technologies to shave dollars off customers’ utilities. Flint Group (for instance) reportedly introduced a series of ink technologies for UV LED curing under the EkoCure™ brand. These inks are the first commercially available inks designed for combination print, formulated specifically for UV LED curing. The benefits with this technology are both economical (lower energy consumption), and ecological as the inks offer a viable and fully functional technology with less impact on the environment – lower energy consumption, no ozone development, and mercury-free lamps. The average person has a carbon footprint of 567 kilograms per month.

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how the paper is made and the source of energy used in production. Nuclear, hydro, biomass and geothermal energy, heavily used by some paper making countries, are all low carbon, while fossil-fuels are carbon intensive.” The site adds that the pulp and paper industry has reduced the emissions of carbon dioxide per tonne of paper produced by 42% compared to 1990 and down by 8% overall.

Belgium-based Agfa made its debut in 2010 with the :Anapurna 2500LED, which comes with a UV-curable 2.5m flat-bed and roll-fed platform. IST Metz’s UV curing systems boast up to 20% reduction in energy consumption for customers.

the average we each use every year, creates between 130 - 250kg of carbon dioxide – depending on the source of the energy. This is comparable to many other small scale activities, and is roughly equivalent to the CO2 produced by an annual family car over a distance of 600 miles.”

Core footprint There is substantial debate on our very own industry being one of the significant culprits of massive carbon footprint sources. attempted to debunk the following myth: “Producing 200kg of paper,

The site presents its position, which reads: “The main raw material of paper, trees, is a vast carbon store and the prime absorber of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Comparing the precise carbon footprint of the all paper grades is difficult to pinpoint as it depends on

Bigfoot revealed! With that, the industry appears to have an advocate negotiating its announced damage to the environment. Many organizations have jumped onto the bandwagon of using social responsibility to undermine the “crime” of producing gases threatening the ozone through reduction of energy consumption. For example, the topic of VOC has been haunting the consumer electronics industry with refrigerators now being stamped with stickers implying low VOCs emitted. Ironically, many feel going paperless will be the next age of communication – online content delivery, electronic publications and the like. Yet what do we have to show for “Earth Day”? dropped a painful bombshell on the same topic. One of the myths listed in the site read: “A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact that human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere, that have arisen through the manufacture and distribution of a product or service.” The site’s position read: “And in a multimedia world, print and paper may be the sustainable way to communicate.” It adds 2% of UK’s energy requirement is demanded by data centres today, which is on par with the airline industry. What is your position between the rock and the hard place?

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Increase production capacity at Siam Print in Thailand After becoming the first Goss M-600 user in Thailand in 2009, Siam Print, part of the Kilen Printing Group, has ordered a second Goss M-600 press to meet growing demands for higher quality production and longer print runs. The press, which is scheduled for installation in Bangkok early next year, will also complement seven sheetfed presses. The new M-600 press for Siam Print, chosen primarily for its high print quality, will incorporate a number of the latest-generation automation features as displayed on the Goss booth at drupa 2012 - to ensure maximum efficiency and low makeready waste. These include the enhanced Goss Autoplate automatic plate-changing functionality. The press will also be equipped with a Goss folder with delta fold capability, a Goss Ecocool dryer, an SH40 splicer and a Vits Rotocut S sheeter. The Rotocut is now included in the extended range of ancillary equipment available from Goss International, following the company's acquisition of Vits Print at the end of 2011.

According to Sorraphan Sitthisuk, managing director at Siam Print, the company's existing presses are currently running at full capacity, and in the competitive commercial print market there is no time to keep customers waiting. "We have to meet our customers' ever-growing demands for higher quality and the time is right for a new installation," explains Sitthisuk. "We've always been very satisfied with the service and aftersales support from Goss International, so a second M-600 press was the next obvious step for us when we found ourselves running at capacity. We know from our own experience that the M-600 press can match the quality of our sheetfed presses. Moving some

existing jobs onto the new press will open new opportunities for us." The Goss M-600 16-page web offset press has been specifically designed to deliver high-quality print and vibrancy of color to match the best of sheetfed, as is required for Siam Print's many print products including magazines, leaflets, brochures and flyers. The configuration of the new press line particularly, the inclusion of the sheeter and delta fold capability - will allow Siam Print to offer a more interesting range of products and expand its existing customer base, according to Sitthisuk. "Having one supplier for everything also makes the process easier, especially when it comes to financing," he adds. Tim Mercy, vice president of commercial press sales for Goss International in the Asia Pacific region comments, "We're delighted that Siam Print has decided to invest again with Goss. The high-quality, low-waste makereadies and investment value of the Goss M-600 are once again proven with a second order from this predominantly sheetfed house. It helps explain why the Goss M-600 is still the world's best-selling 16-page commercial web press with now close to 2,500 units installed worldwide." Siam Print was founded in April 2008 and employs 400 people at its facility in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Award-winning AccuCam™ at World Publishing/IFRA Expo Press control solutions including water control and fan-out control enable lean, high-quality newspaper printing The closed-loop Color Control System and Web Inspection System with AccuCamTM, enhanced with water control, is setting productivity and quality standards at major newspaper printing operations around the world, including Newsprinters Knowsley (UK), Sankei Shimbun Printing Co. (Osaka, Japan), Herold Druck und Verlag AG (Vienna, Austria), and The Chicago Tribune (Chicago, USA). In July, QuadTech's AccuCam system received the prestigious IntertechTM Technology Award from Printing Industries of America.

It can easily process the large volume of data generated by searching for register marks on text-heavy newspaper pages, using unique FPGA-based hardware. The MultiCam systems make adjustments at press speeds of up to 17.8 meters per second.

Besides offering advanced image-based colour control, the system also provides reliable warnings of many common printing faults such as scumming (catch up), creasing, transposed plates, plate crack-outs, and tramlines. The system's advanced web inspection typically detects defects within the first 170 copies, and continuously throughout the print run.

QuadTech press controls can then be linked to the ICON integrated platform, which provides real-time press control from a single point. Data Central® Reporting, which is linked to the printer's IT system, generates and stores press performance data, optimizing quality control for operators who can then compare productivity and make strategic decisions according to previous and live runs.

Eliminating the need for gray bars and colour bars, AccuCam uses pre-press image files to create L*a*b* target aim point values. Its six-channel spectral sensor measures the printed web and calculates the L*a*b* values of the entire image, then brings the printed image to the specified L*a*b* target values and automatically maintains the color values throughout the production run. QuadTech's Register Guidance System with MultiCam® is a closed-loop colour-to-colour register control system designed to work on the ICONTM integrated platform with other QuadTech products such as Ribbon Control System with MultiCam®. The uniqueness of the MultiCam design is that it can search the entire repeat length of the web, identifying marks as small as 0.36mm (0.014in).

QuadTech's Register Guidance System also includes an optional fan-out control feature. The system captures even the tiniest shift in lateral register position and instantly makes automatic corrections via an interface with the bustle devices.

Global Support QuadTech emphasizes its commitment to global customer support with Service Advantage with Proactive CareTM. Through this initiative, customers choose the level of service that best matches application, business and budgetary needs. The program includes a wide range of services such as Proactive Care-24/7/365 remote monitoring of your ICON system by skilled technicians-preventive maintenance, training, technical support, and more. The advantage to the printer is optimum maintenance and equipment performance to minimize budget surprises and downtime. The Performance ProvenTM Guarantee is a pledge that customers will receive guaranteed levels of performance improvement as a result

The QuadTech MultiCam® is the world’s best-selling register control camera. of their investment in QuadTech technology. When an order is placed, QuadTech specialists agree with the customer on the level of performance improvement expected after installation. Performance is then tracked using the reports generated by the QuadTech equipment. Customers who do not experience agreed-upon levels of improvements, after a specified period, are entitled to a full refund of the equipment cost. Karl Fritchen, President of QuadTech, comments: "Our focus on product innovation has enabled us to establish new quality standards and drive waste from the newspaper printing workflow. Our service packages ensure customers of the right support throughout the product life-cycles. World Publishing Expo gives an opportunity for visitors to see how these solutions make a significant, beneficial impact to profit margins."

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Leading the way for other printers in Bangalore Rajhans Enterprises has always looked to the future, leading the way for other printers in Bangalore. As a pioneer it has invested in sophisticated equipment that others saw little reason to acquire. In this spirit Rajhans has become the first printer in India to buy a fourth web offset machine from Komori. Over the years, Rajhans has created a large in-house infrastructure that caters to a wide range of sophisticated prin ing operations. Rajhans plays a pivotal role in the newspaper industry, printing several daily national newspapers. Rajhans also produces packing materials for many multinational companies.

of increased circulation of magazines in India. Rajhans now prints more than 60 monthly magazines with run lengths ranging from 5,000 to 200,000 copies and several daily newspapers in India. Because of this growing demand, they acquired yet another System 38S m chine this year.

System 35 for added capacity Mr. A. Balachander, director of Rjhans Enterprises, says: “In 2006 we acquired our first System 35 web press because we knew that only a Komori web could provide the highly versatile production capacity and speed our customers demanded.”

2006 System 35, cutoff 546mm, maximum printing speed 36,000 iph 2007 System 38S, cutoff 578mm, maximum printing speed 42,000 iph 2008 System 35, cutoff 546mm, maximum printing speed 48,000 iph 2011 System 38S, cutoff 578mm, maximum printing speed 42,000 iph

A year later the company again extended its production capabilities by installing a second Komori System 38S web with a 42,000 impressions per hour maximum printing speed, thereby considerably increasing the company’s output.

100,000 books a day To match the speed of the web machines, Rajhans had to add more prepress and postpress equipment. Today, the printer has an in-house capacity to produce about 100,000 books daily. Rajhans, largest printer in India, sets record by purchasing 4th Komori web press

Meeting the specific needs of customers with the highest quality products, Rajhans quickly expanded and has continued to grow. In 2008 the company installed its third Komori web press, a System 35, to meet the demands

Mr. A. Balachander, Director of Rajhans Enterprises Mr. Balachander adds: “As the support and service from Komori and Printools, their Indian distributor,

had already proved quite satisfactory, we settled on a new Komori System 38S, our fourth Komori web press. The new System 38S was commissioned in June 2011 by Printools and Komori engineers. Our level of satisfaction with production and quality is high. We were convinced by Printools that the KHS-AI management system will further reduce wastage and improve makeready time”. Recognition from Komori Komori has recognized Rajhans Enterprises as the “Largest Installation of Komori Presses in India.” The award was presented by Mr. Masaru Tsukamoto, Director and Operating Officer of Komori Corporation, during his recent visit to Rajhans Office. At Rajhans moving ahead is a way of life: to always take on new challenges, and in the process, to offer complete printing solutions to its customers. “In 2006 we acquired our first System 35 web press because we knew that only a Komori web could provide the highly versatile production capacity and speed our customers demanded.”

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Ergonomic Operation: User-Friendly Production The main challenge faced by the graphics industry is the ergonomics of machines and work processes. The new Primera saddle stitcher from Muller Martini is a great example of how much progress has been made in terms of operation.


The new Primera saddle stitcher from Muller Martini is a perfect example of logical ergonomic design. From an ergonomic perspective, it is vital that the interaction between man and machine is user-friendly. As a result, a lot of effort has been channeled into optimizing the Human Machine Interface (HMI). The HMI enables the user to operate a machine, observe the system status and (if necessary) make changes to the work process. To make this possible there has to be a seamless flow of information between man and machine. If this communication process functions without any problems, the working process becomes more ergonomic and more efficient, because an increase in operator friendliness means that the machines can be set up and adjusted in a much shorter space of time.

Logical Ergonomic Setup To make sure that workplaces and work equipment meet human requirements, different body dimensions and physical abilities must be taken into consideration. If these anthropomorphic factors are taken into account with regard to activities such as seeing, gripping, lifting, sitting or moving, the sense of well-being at the workplace will increase. The Primera is a perfect example of logical ergonomic design. Operation is self-explanatory and structured in a simple manner, while also offering a high level of comfort. In principle, the new saddle stitcher from Muller Martini allows all important tasks to be carried out at the front of the machine, which is also where all of the operating elements are located. A central screen provides machine operators with an intuitive, central location to work

from. The touchscreen features a setup wizard that can be used to guide the user step-by-step through all setup functions. All local control devices can be viewed at a good angle and provide all of the important details for ongoing production. If the machine operator is temporarily unable to see the keyboard, slightly raised buttons on the screen aid operation. Where earlier generations of machines needed work to stop, the adjustment elements – clearly labelled by symbols – can now be used without halting operations. Improving Ergonomics, One Step at a Time Consideration must be given to paper handling at the beginning and end of the saddle-stitching process; this is a critical factor in print finishing due to the load that is reasonable for operators to lift and carry. Streamfeeders allow the paper to be lifted to an ergonomic

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height from which the flat pile feeder can be easily loaded and the infeed technology they use is better and faster. As standard, every feeder has a hook on which the operating personnel can hang a sample of the sheet to be used for reference. The separation of products in the feeder is extremely important. There are slide controls on the front of the machine that allow this function to be performed ergonomically. These sliders control the separating needles that separate the sheets. One feature that is both ergonomic and practical is the manual movement direction, which corresponds with the operating direction in the machine.

Easy Access for Stitching and Cutting Large plexiglas doors make the stitching machines and three-knife trimmers easily accessible elements in the later work process. Adjusting the thickness control is no longer a complicated process. To prepare a brochure for the checking process that ensures it is complete, the machine operator simply types in the required thickness on the HMI. The operator is able to adjust the stitching heads using just a single tool placed directly adjacent to the site where it is used. Previously, the adjustment process required the operator to have very good visual judgement but now,


the clearly visible scale has made this task much easier. The development of a simplified threading process has also enabled a huge step forward for wire guiding. If required, operating personnel can easily install and remove the required auxiliary bands at the threeknife trimmer infeed. All additionally required adjustments to the product thickness, spine length, header section and the optional pneumatic knife clamp can be made on the operator side of the Primera. Thanks to Amrys, the E-version of the Primera is fully automated.





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News Inca Digital and Fujifilm launch the Inca Onset S20i Inca Digital Printers and FUJIFILM announce the introduction of the Inca Onset S20i wide-format UV flatbed inkjet printer, which now offers a range of new productivity and convenience features. The launch of the Onset S20i follows the recent launch of the Onset S40i announced in May. Both machines are supplied by FUJIFILM, Inca’s exclusive global distribution partner and the S20i is commercially available from October 2012. The Inca Onset range addresses the needs of specialist display print companies requiring high quality, highspeed throughput on a variety of both flexible and rigid support materials up to 3.14m x 1.6m (123.6in x 63in) and 50mm (0.59in) thick. The Onset S20i retains the characteristic full-width printhead array with 26 individual FUJIFILM Dimatix printheads per colour, giving users production speeds up to 310m2/hr (3,340ft2/hr), equivalent to 62 full beds per hour. New feature highlights of the Inca Onset S20i include: Multi-zone vacuum table: A new 15zone vacuum table reduces bed masking requirements for substrates less than 3mm thick, reducing setup times and increasing flexibility. Innovative UV sensor system: A new auto-sensor system constantly monitors the UV dose and informs the operator when to initiate the Onset S20i’s automated cleaning procedure. Sophisticated substrate height detector: Sensitive mechanical substrate height detectors deliver more consistent accuracy and reliability.

The Onset S20i is also available with Inca Digital’s optional flexible automation system, giving users the choice to operate the machine manually or with semi or three-quarter automation from the same configuration. For those requiring the ability to incorporate variable data printing as simply as possible, the Onset S20i also supports Inca’s Print Run Controller (PRC) software module. Complementing the Inca Onset S20i, an enhanced range of Fujifilm Uvijet inks have been developed to provide improved adhesion, stability and finishing properties. The result is even better print results from 600dpi up to 1000dpi using up to six ink colours (including white ink) and variable finish effects (matt, satin, high gloss) to address a wide range of applications such as display Point-OfSale, exhibition graphics, backlit/frontlit displays and outdoor graphics. ”The new features on the S40i have been very well received, so we look forward to

being able to take them into this machine as well,” says Tudor Morgan, Systems Marketing Manager, Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems. “The new Inca Onset S20i integrates the enhancements first seen in the Onset S40i to deliver increased productivity and print consistency,” says Heather Kendle, Director of Marketing at Inca Digital. “We develop and introduce software and hardware enhancements and options to improve the functionality of the Onset models. Features added to the new Onset S20i provide users with increased flexibility and help to ensure the fastest possible ROI.” HP Achieves First UL Sustainability Certification for Water-based Inkjet Inks HP today announced that HP Latex Inks and HP A50 Inkjet Web Press Inks are the first water-based inkjet inks to achieve the Sustainable Product Certification from UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories (UL). UL is a global independent safety science company. Its Environment business works to advance global sustainability, environmental health and safety by supporting the development of environmentally preferable products, services and organizations. Certification under the UL Environmental Standard for Sustainability for Printing Inks (UL 2801)(1) demonstrates that an ink meets a range of stringent criteria related to human health and environmental considerations. Originally created for offset, letterpress, flexographic and

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News gravure printing inks, this standard now includes criteria to certify water-based inkjet inks, screen printing inks and UVcurable inks. "We applaud HP for pursuing and becoming the industry's first printer manufacturer to achieve certification under the UL 2801 standard," said Sara Greenstein, president, UL Environment. "For every step a company takes toward greening its products and processes, the marketplace advances its overall sustainability practices." HP will showcase the HP Designjet L26500 Printer with certified HP Latex Inks at the inaugural EcoPrint Show in Berlin, Sept. 26-27, an event focused on sustainable print solutions. "As more consumers and companies seek environmentally conscious printing options, print service providers are looking for new ways to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability," said Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. "With two HP water-based inks meeting the UL sustainability standard, we are helping our customers gain a competitive edge with a certification that is recognized and trusted worldwide." More information about the UL Environment program and the UL 2801 sustainability certification for printing inks is available at environment.

New laser coder is ideal for applications in consumer packaged goods and industrial products markets Videojet Technologies Inc., a worldleading manufacturer of coding, printing and laser mar king products, fluids and accessories for the product identification industry, today introduced the new Videojet 3020 laser coder, which is ideal for simple marking and coding applications in the consumer packaged goods and industrial products markets. The 10-Watt CO2 laser coder applies high quality codes at low to medium speeds and with minimal operating costs. The affordable and compact single-box design allows for maximum ease-of-use, simple application set-up, quick installation and uncomplicated line changes. “The Videojet 3020 laser coder meets the needs of customers with simple code requirements such as serial numbers, time and date and other codes in the food, pharmaceutical, personal care and cosmetic, and industrial products industries,” says Markus Vetter, product manager for CO2 laser systems at Videojet. “The new laser coder has been designed for the most cost-sensitive package coding applications that require high quality marks.”

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News Various password-protected security levels are available. Troubleshooting is a simple matter of pressing a button while an integrated help menu is available for key functions. A keypad built directly into the marking system allows for quick access to start and stop buttons. The standard configuration consists of the laser, scanner, lens, controller, I/O panel, built-in keypad, mechanical focus finder, product detector and the touchcontrol unit. A mobile floor stand, beam shields, exhaust units, encoder, mounting brackets and additional fonts are optional. The Videojet 3020 laser coder and its user interface are configurable in 19 different languages. Esko enters strategic partnership with CHILI Publish for online packaging editing Esko (, a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, sign and display finishing, commercial printing and professional publishing, will integrate the online editing technology of CHILI Publish, the Belgian developer of the 'hottest online editor', into its WebCenter web-based packaging platform. Esko will also develop a new plug-in for Adobe® Illustrator®, enabling users to open packaging designs in WebCenter to create, edit and modify the packaging content. With this new integration, a designer or artwork creator will be able to publish an Adobe® Illustrator® document to a WebCenter project. Content like barcodes, nutrition facts, regulatory compliance data and other can then be provided by the brand owner simply by going online, opening and editing the document using the CHILI Editor within the WebCenter browser window. Bjorn Willems, Product Manager Interactive Applications at Esko, explains: ”There is a trend in the packaging industry for prepress companies to move upstream in the supply chain toward packaging artwork design and creation. Now, thanks to CHILI Publish, we are the first to make available a robust platform for content collation of packaging designs. This further complements our portfolio of WebCenter applications that manage the approval, collaboration, project management and planning for

the packaging life cycle." ”We experience a huge interest in online document editing, and users also ask us for packaging functionality," adds Kevin Goeminne, CFO and managing partner of CHILI Publish. "Working with Esko, the technology leader in this domain, is a logical and important strategic step that helps us launch our technology into a new market.” The new online packaging editing functionality will be available through Esko channels by the end of 2012. X-Rite launches SpectraLight QC and new training institute X-Rite, Incorporated has introduced the SpectraLight QC light booth and a training institute to give companies involved in global supply chains a superior way to visually evaluate the colors of samples for production readiness, helping to bring products to market quicker and reducing instances of waste. Responding to the needs of global customers, the SpectraLight QC reduces the rate of sample rejections at multiple locations by providing better consistency of light sources and standard conditions under which the color of products are assessed visually. The result: improved speed to market and reduced overall costs. SpectraLight QC gives Quality Control managers new monitoring and reporting tools to more precisely control and communicate how visual assessments of samples are performed. X-Rite, the world's largest designer and manufacturer of color management and communication solutions, launched the

X-Rite Visual Color Assessment Institute concurrent with the SpectraLight QC light booth to introduce vendors and brand owners to best practices and standard operating procedures for the visual evaluation of color. The institute provides easy-to-understand materials that explain the basics of color theory and special topics that apply to the visual evaluation of color. Participants in the institute study at their own pace, then take self-administered tests online to earn a certification in best practices for visual evaluation of colors. As an introductory offer, companies that purchase a SpectraLight QC will have access to the institute at no charge. SpectraLight QC offers more standardized illumination sources than any visual assessment QC solution on the market, faithfully replicating the lighting that one would find in natural daylight, at the shopping mall, at home or in other settings. When used in tandem with defined procedures, the SpectraLight QC ensures that quality control personnel can make valid color evaluations regarding whether samples meet the needs and specifications of customers. SpectraLight QC provides a cost-effective way for companies to evaluate how the colors of products look when they are placed under the same illumination as where they are sold or New updates for ‘Smart’ PitStop 11 & Switch 11 solutions available Enfocus announces the immediate availability of update 1 releases for

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News “As Co-Chair of the specification committee, Enfocus has been playing a leading role in the creation process of the new specification,” states Elli Cloots, Director of Product Management at Enfocus and Vice Chair of the Ghent Workgroup. “We are confident that this will offer a future-proof solution to the market and we are also very proud that our products are already compatible with the newly released GWG 2012 specification.”

PitStop Pro 11 and PitStop Server 11, and an update 2 release for Enfocus Switch 11. The updates add new industry-standard Preflight Profiles to PitStop Pro 11 and PitStop Server 11, and include expanded functionality and features for all three products. PitStop 11 update 1, for PitStop Pro 11 and PitStop Server 11 The PitStop 11 release marked the introduction of 'Smart Preflight and Correction', delivering complete PDF quality control and the ability to dynamically find and fix problems in seconds on a per-file basis. PitStop 11 provides users with a flexible solution to preflight and correct PDF files according to their own specific production requirements. “Version 11 is the most powerful PitStop Pro yet with the Variable Sets feature, which enables the same preflight profiles to be used for a variety of documents and jobs, altering the requirements and tolerances of profiles during preflight and correction without the need to maintain many, almost identical profiles. My PDF-processing depends on PitStop Pro, and now is even faster and more efficient with PitStop Pro 11.” – Pariah Burke - A Digital Publishing, EPUB, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark, PDF author, consultant, trainer & guru Empowering and Informing Creative Professionals™ Smart Preflight options have been enhanced, adding the ability to utilize

user-defined measurement units when working with job tickets in PitStop Server or within Enfocus Switch. The configurator for PitStop Server 11 in Switch has been updated to take advantage of the new functionality, further expanding the fully automated preflight and correction capabilities within Switch. Additional features include text editing enhancements, faster Smart Find and Replace, a new Action for customizing image recompression and improvements to image resolution checks. PitStop 11 update 1 now also includes full support and compatibility for the newly released operating system from Apple, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. New Ghent Workgroup Preflight Profiles The Ghent Workgroup, an international organization made up of graphic arts users, associations & developers, builds best practices for publishing workflow. Their recommendations enable an increasing numbers of professionals around the world to successfully create, process, and exchange graphic arts files for numerous applications. The Preflight Profiles introduced in PitStop 11 update 1, support the new GWG 2012 specification based on the PDF/X-4 standard. The specification has been created to accommodate modern workflow practices such as live transparency but also integrate valuable feedback from users and industry associations.

Enfocus Switch 11 update 2 Enfocus Switch 11 update 2 includes compatibility with Adobe Creative Suite 6. This includes the Configurators for Acrobat X (Win), InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Expanded connection properties are now available for InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Actions can now be dynamically selected within a Photoshop flow element using any Switch variable or a script expression. New in Switch 11 update 2 is the ability to define and set a user-defined unit for length measurements used by PitStop Server 11 update 2. This means that users are able to assign a system of measurement (e.g. millimeters, inches, etc.) to be used by a specific PitStop Server element when dynamically utilizing metadata or other Switch variables for Smart Preflight and Correction operations. This feature will allow users to better use existing information available in job tickets and MIS systems without the necessity for complex unit value transformations. The Web Services Module, an expansion option for Switch offering a browserbased interface into Switch, has been enhanced with new customizable PHP templates for web-based file submission and approval. The module includes improved documentation as well as a new sample implementation online at where users can see how the Web Services Module could be incorporated into their own site quickly and easily. Availability PitStop Pro 11 update 1 and PitStop Server 11 update 1 are available now as a free update for existing version 11 users. For more information on upgrades, licensing options and pricing, please contact your local reseller or Enfocus at



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