Highlights from Canon, EFI, HP and Nur.
Price: $415,000, includes 4-color and on-press DFE (digital front end) system. The Indigo 5500 will eventually replace the 5000, although the 5000 will remain available through 2007.
The new HP Indigo press 3500 is intended as an entry-level digital production device for shops adopting digital technology for the first time or those moving up from light-production color copiers. Building on the HP Indigo press 3050, it's designed for commercial and in-plant printing firms that have lower-end usage needs and for those specializing in marketing collateral, direct mail, books, and manuals.
Capable of handling media as large as 12.6 x 18.7 in., the Indigo 3500 produces speeds up to up to 68 ppm in 4-color mode or 136 ppm in single-color mode. It can handle media as thick as 80 to 300 gsm (55 lbs. text - 130 lbs cover) coated, 65 to 300 gsm (45 lbs. text - 110 lbs cover) uncoated. Other features include: resolutions up to 800 dpi (1600 dpi addressable), up to 7-color printing, adjustment-free paper handling, a press-production manager front-end utility; and 4- and 6-color Pantone emulations and ICC profiling.
Price: $325,000, includes 4-color and on-press DFE system.
HP also launched various new accessories for its line of digital presses, including several new DFE solutions for Indigo models, plus the HP Indigo UV Coater-the company’s first digital-press finishing device. Designed for use on high-quality color applications, the Indigo UV Coater is a near-line device that produces gloss, matte, or satin finishes and supports multiple HP Indigo presses.
Capable of handling sheets up to 14 x 20 in. in thicknesses from 115 to 450 gsm, the UV Coater can achieve speeds up to 4000 12 x 18-in. sheets/hr. It's compatible with varnishes from Nicoat and Arets Graphics. Ideal coating applications include high-quality direct-mail, photo books, calendars, greeting cards, marketing collateral, and book covers.
Price: hand-fed configuration: $71,000; with automation upgrade, feeder, and stacker, $89,000. Expected availability is September.