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Diving Into Technologies at OEM Events

Highlights from Canon, EFI, HP and Nur.

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The printer also offers the option of printing simultaneously on two rolled substrates, each with a maximum width of 5.2-ft wide. Additionally, the printer features multi-file capabilities, allowing multi-roll printing of different images simultaneously. Nur reports the printer is capable of producing prints with an outdoor durability of up to 2 yr without coating or lamination.

In addition to the flatbed module, other optional features include curing modes (shutters control kit) for gloss controlled prints and double-sided printing capabilities. Users choose between Caldera's GrandRIP or Wasatch's SoftRIP upon purchase.


HP Adds Indigo Presses and More in Rome

At its annual Graphic Arts Summit, held in Rome, Italy, in May, Hewlett-Packard announced that it was expanding its graphic-arts portfolio. In addition to its Designjet Z6100 printer (which we reported on in our June issue, see p. 24), the company has added: two new HP Indigo presses, the HP Indigo 5500 (also available in a special photo package) and the entry-level HP Indigo 3500; the company’s first branded finishing accessory, the HP Indigo UV Coater; the HP mPrinter 1700c, a process-color device for OEM partners; and the HP Designjet T Printer series for the technical market.

Extending the versatility of HP's Indigo press 5000, the new Indigo press 5500 is designed to offer higher monthly duty cycles and is geared for high-volume production environments such as marketing collateral, direct mail, books, and manuals. Available in 4- or 6-color (CMYKcm) formats, its speeds top out at 68 pages/min (ppm) in 4-color mode, or 272 ppm in single-color mode; it can accommodate media from 80 to 350 gsm (55 lbs. text - 130 lbs. cover) coated, 60 to 320 gsm (40 lbs. text - 120 lbs. cover) uncoated.

Standard features include: fast ink replacement for spot colors; support for a wider range of media, including off-the-shelf media up to 13 x 19 in.; resolution-enhancement technology for higher-resolution imaging up to 2400 dpi addressable; a new paper-feeding unit; and increased media gamut. The press also provides 4- and 6-color Pantone emulations and ICC profiling.

Options include: off-press digital front ends (DFE) including Indigo Production Manger for large and complex jobs, Indigo RIP Expansion Rack off-press solution to increases RIP capabilities, and for photo workflows, the Indigo Scalable RIP Solution that provides high-performance processing and automates workflow and production tracking.