For 14 days in May, Dusseldorf was the epicenter of the graphics world.
Neo TurboSpeed from Sun Innovations
Sun Innovations (sun-nsk.com), based in Russia, introduced its Neo TurboSpeed, a UV LED printer that offers print speeds up to 1076 sq ft/hr and a top resolution of 720 x 1440. The TurboSpeed features a CMYKcm+W inkset (Sunflower UV inks) and is available in 98- and 126-in. widths; media up to 8-in. thick can be accommodated, the company reports.
Memjet New Technologies
Memjet (memjet.com) worked with several partners to showcase its technologies, including Oce’s Velocity and Xante’s Excelagraphix 4200. In addition, Memjet announced a partnership with Fuji Xerox – which distributes Fuji Xerox and Xerox products and services throughout the Asia Pacific region – for the development of a wide-format printer featuring Memjet components. Under the partnership, Fuji Xerox is integrating Memjet technology and components into a rollfed 42-in. wide-format solution targeted at technical and production graphics applications. Top speed will be 300mm/sec at 800 x 1600 dpi, or 150mm/sec at 1600 x 1600 dpi, the company reports. A machine prototype was shown at the Caldera booth; Fuji Xerox is targeting a formal product launch in the Asia Pacific at future date to be determined.
Excelagraphix 4200 from Xanté
Xanté (excelagraphix.com) showcased its Excelagraphix 4200. A 5-color (CMYKK) 42-in. printer that utilizes customized dye-based aqueous inks, the printer was developed in partnership with Memjet and utilizes five Memjet printheads running Memjet Waterfall Technology. The Excelagraphix printer – which is set to begin shipping in July, the company reports – can accommodate a wide range of media up to 3/8-in. thick. It offers a top speed of 12 in./sec at 800 x 1600 dpi or 6 in/sec at 1600 x 1600 dpi (its top resolution) and can run variable data at full speed. It features Xanté’s iQueue 5.0 prepress Colorsmart workflow, which offers independent CMYK density control, spot color matching, imposition, job-cost estimating, and more.
MGI’s New AlphaJet
MGI Digital Graphic Technology (mgi-fr.com) presented a prototype of its new AlphaJet, a sheetfed digital UV press that offers cut-sheet sizes of up to 20 x 29 in. The AlphaJet prints in 6 colors plus spot or flood UV coating and features: production speeds up to 3000 sheets/hr; resolutions up to 1200 dpi; and full variable-data printing.
The company also premiered the latest entry in its Meteor multi-substrate digital press series, the Meteor DP9800 XL. The new machine, scheduled to enter production in early 2013, can print on paper, plastics, and envelopes.
Trillium from Xeikon
Xeikon (xeikon.com) demonstrated a Trillium prototype, incorporating a new liquid image-development system based on High Viscosity Toner (HVT). Toner-based and waterless non-VOC in nature, Trillium allows for printing on untreated substrates and is designed to enable printing at high speeds while maintaining a high level of image quality and eco-sustainability. Xeikon reports that it will first implement the technology into a range of products dedicated to the document and commercial printing markets.
Felix Schoeller E-Photo Papers
Felix Schoeller Digital Media (felix-schoeller-imaging.com) has expanded its E-Photo paper line for HP Indigo printers, adding matte and glossy finishes. The E-Photo papers are polyethylene-coated on both sides; liquid-, dirt-, and fingerprint-resistant; and are available in 190 to 290 g/m².
Its new Jet-Speed papers, for high-speed inkjet, have a coating that promotes fast drying, sharp line definition, broad color space, and high image stability. Jet-Speed papers can be printed on both sides and are available in satin matte, glossy, and chrome gloss finishes; in 130, 200 and 250 g/m².
The company’s Jet-Line uncoated papers, also for high-speed inkjet printing, offer sharp line definition, intensive black tones, and good ink fixing.
The company also has introduced a new range of products for dry toner systems: E-Feel and E-Pure. The uncoated E-Feel papers are available in sizes from 150 to 250 g/m² and have a canvas or pyramid finish. The smooth E-Pure papers are also uncoated, resulting in an unusual texture, the company reports.