Nominations ranged from plates and digital printing to a variety of production and management software.
*KBA Flying JobChange
KBA North America, Inc.
KBA’s Flying JobChange reduces make-ready time on sheetfed offset presses by allowing an operator to prepare the next job – changing plates on one or more units – while the press is running. At the conclusion of one job, the next immediately begins at 10,000 sheets-per-hour before accelerating up to production speed. Ideal applications for Flying JobChange are language versions on a six-color press, four and five-color jobs on long perfectors, and one-over-one work on a four-color press. Important automation solutions to facilitate this include Plate-Ident, a dot matrix code on the plate used to confirm that the correct plate is in the correct unit and Simultaneous Plate Change.
*Komori H-UV Drying and Curing System
Komori America Corporation
The Komori H-UV Curing System is for inks and coatings that requires just one lamp in the delivery. The single H-UV lamp can cure up to 400-percent ink coverage plus coating at maximum press speed. The specially designed lamp also generates much less heat with a printed sheet pulled from delivery being only about 10 degrees warmer than ambient room temperature. This eliminates stock deformation from excessive heat resulting in better color fit and easier second passes through the press, the company reports. A press running H-UV can be switched to conventional ink and coating as desired.
*Manroland autoprint APL
Autoprint APL is designed for the newspaper industry and reduces times for plate change – an important feature in times when newspaper circulations are getting smaller and change-over more frequent. Utilizing robotic technology on a printing press, autoprint APL uses a four-axis robotic arm to change plates on two cylinders with a positioning precision of 0.01 mm. With one button make-ready, the system can simultaneously change plates in all or selected units within three minutes with no manual intervention necessary, reports the company. A barcode reader can also verify that plates are in the correct position.
*PDF/VT (ISO 16612-2)
NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies*
ISO 16612-2 Graphic technology – Variable data exchange – Part 2: Using PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-5 is designed to help production workflows for personalized documents (e.g., direct mail and transpromo). The use of PDF/VT allows VDP content files to be portable, easily proofed, color managed, and preflighted. Building on the PDF 1.6 imaging model, transparency, ICC-based color management, and layers are fully supported. PDF/ has the ability to drive digital presses in a job-ticket-driven workflow (via JDF, for example). Finally, to reduce file size and facilitate caching, a repeating element is defined only once, regardless of the number of times it appears in a job.
*Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves
With Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves, designers and prepress professionals can quickly create, test, analyze, communicate, and produce designs with 3D visuals without the need to produce mock-ups. The software accommodates asymmetrical shapes and multipacks, color shifts introduced during shrinking, barcode distortion, and it works in 3D from start to finish. The virtual shrink tunnel allows distortion to be easily determined determined.
A technology review booklet showcasing all of the entries will be produced and distributed this fall at Graph Expo (September 11-14 at McCormick Place in Chicago) and in an issue of Printing Industries of America: The Magazine. The booklet will also be available at www.printing.org/InterTech.
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