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Inkjet Drupa 2012

(June 2012) posted on Fri Jun 15, 2012

For 14 days in May, Dusseldorf was the epicenter of the graphics world.


By Gregory Sharpless

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In addition, Esko introduced Suite 12, an update to its software solution for sign making, display, packaging, and label making. Comprising the latest versions of its ArtiosCAD, ArtPro, PackEdge, DeskPack, and Studio products, Studio 12 features: intelligent dielines in ArtiosCAD; a WebCenter online collaboration tool; Automation Engine 12 with embedded JDF connectivity; am integrated Color Engine 12 with PantoneLive; and more.

Landa’s Nanographic Presses
Landa Corporation (landanano.com) announced a family of six new Landa Nanographic Printing Presses, including three sheetfed models and three web presses. The presses employ the company’s NanoInk technology and colorants, which comprise water-based nano-sized pigments that are ejected onto a heated blanket conveyor belt creating the color image; the ink becomes a dry polymeric film, which is then transferred to paper or film without pretreatment. Landa reports that the film image instantly bonds to the surface, forming an abrasion-resistant layer.

Each of the three sheetfed presses can print in up to 8 colors and can use spot and specialty colors for a range of applications including general commercial printing, marketing collaterals, medium-run books and manuals, direct mail and short-run folding cartons: The Landa S5 is a 20 in. entry-level press that can print single-sided at speeds of up to 11,000 sheets/hr onto media from 60-350 gsm; the Landa S7 is a 29 in. digital production press capable of single-sided or double-sided printing at speeds of up to 12,000 sheets/hr (60- to 350-gsm media); and the Landa S10 is a 41-in. digital production press able to print single-sided or double-sided at up to 13,000 sheets/hr (60- to 400-gsm mrfos). A simplex model for folding carton operates at up to 6500 sheets/hr on virgin and recycled carton board, metalized stock (200-1000 microns thick), and plastics foils.

The presses (sheetfed and web) also feature an oversized Landa Touchscreen user interface. Press controls appear on the left and right sides of the screen to enable convenient operation from either the feeder or delivery end of the press; the right side of the display is dedicated to job management while the left side of the touchscreen is dedicated to press functions. Realtime graphics show the status of all press functions and stream live video images of each of the key stations.


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