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2017 Intertech Technology Awards

Of the numerous excellent technologies nominated for a 2017 InterTech Technology Award, fourteen technologies were selected by the judges as being truly innovative and expected to have a significant impact on the graphic communications industry. The independent panel of judges of 2017 InterTech Technologies Awards selected inventions that extend the performance of inkjet presses, use LEDs to overcome long-standing challenges, extend capabilities for digital enhancement, assess and manipulate colour in new ways, permit the creation of low-cost prototypes, automate platemaking and presswork to new levels, and offer digital press users powerful apps to manage their processes.

The recipient technologies are listed below alphabetically by company:

XP Series LED-UV Curing Modules
AMS Spectral UV - A Baldwin Technology Company

XP Series LED-UV Curing Modules enable faster production speeds, lower energy consumption, and overcome other challenges of traditional UV and IR systems. A patented optic system ensures uniform light distribution and modules integrate readily onto new and used presses. Modules can last more than 30,000 hours, eliminating the need to frequently replace bulbs while providing unprecedented curing consistency. One judge commented, “This is absolutely a leap forward from traditional UV curing.”

ORIS Flex Pack // Web Visualizer
CGS Publishing Technologies International LLC

ORIS Flex Pack // Web Visualizer is a proofing and prototyping system for packaging mockups produced on flexographic, offset, gravure, and digital presses. Utilizing the ORIS colour management system, a Roland eco-solvent printer, ORIS XG (extended gamut) inks, and CGS substrates, users can produce colour accurate proofs and prototypes of proposed packaging designs from 3D design to final prototype. The judges praised an innovative solution that puts high-quality capabilities within reach of even small firms.

ColorLogic ColorAnt 4.0
ColorLogic GmbH

ColorAnt 4.0 advances the quality and reliability of ICC profiles used in a colour management workflow. It measures colour targets used in profiling inkjet, offset, and flexo presses, and, importantly, finds and corrects measurement errors. Judges lauded ColorAnt’s ability to edit primary colours without the need to go back on press to print another test chart (particularly important in packaging), make corrections based on G7 and industry standards, and support all of the popular measurement devices.

Esko XPS Crystal
Esko

The Esko XPS Crystal is a digitally controlled LED UV exposure unit supporting photopolymer flexo plates. The unit provides an unprecedented level of automation and can be part of a completely automated platemaking line. The LED UV light technology, concurrently performing both main and back exposures, and the digital control allow for new levels of exposure accuracy. The judges praised Esko’s innovation that both streamlines flexographic platemaking steps and improves plate consistency.

Gallus Labelfire 340
Gallus Ferd. Ruesch AG

The Gallus Labelfire 340 is a label converting system that allows printers to produce UV Inkjet-printed labels in one press pass. The press combines flexo and/or screen units with inkjet units imaging at 1200x1200 dpi native, thus facilitating variable data and versioning in label printing. Eight colour labels can be printed, embellished, and converted at speeds of 164 feet/minute. The judges immediately saw the impact of a hybrid press that can do it all in-line at those speeds.

Prinect Press Center XL 2 with Intellistart 2
Heidelberg

The Prinect Press Center XL 2 with Intellistart 2 changes the paradigm of press operation. The system is capable of autonomous job changes, monitoring and adjusting print quality (activating the good sheet counter once colour has met a predetermined setting), stopping the print job after reaching the desired quantity, and starting the next job once new plates are automatically mounted. “The ‘Push to Stop’ approach is a game changer, dramatically improving throughput,” said a judge.

HP PrintOS
HP

HP PrintOS is an operating platform with a set of Web and mobile apps that help print service providers get more from their HP presses and printers and simplify and automate production. PrintOS is available to HP device owners (with an active service contract) who can choose to use applications that optimize their device operation. Judges expect PrintOS and the array of affordable apps to be especially attractive to PSPs that currently don’t own production management software solutions.

HP PageWide Web Press T490 HD
HP

Judges saw the significantly increased speed and resolution of this 40” HP PageWide inkjet web press as an unmistakable innovation, one that combines customized print at a throughput of traditional colour offset presses. Users can print and dry at speeds up to 1,000 feet per minute with 1200 ink nozzles per inch, or impressively, choose to double the resolution to 2400 nozzles at slower speeds. The press duplexes and can print on coated paper with in-line priming.

JUST LED moduLight Dual Illuminant D50/D65
JUST Normlicht, Inc.

The technology uses LED arrays that are precisely manufactured to reproduce different portions of the light spectrum. It is the first LED colour viewing technology to achieve certification to the demanding ISO 3664:2009 standard. JUST hardware, software, and optical technologies are integrated to achieve conformance to CIE D50 and D65 illuminants and to remain consistent over time. The judges agreed that the JUST LED moduLight product line reaches a new level of viewing performance.

KOMORI IMPREMIA IS29
Komori

The Komori Impremia IS29 is a 29” UV inkjet press that can run a 23x29” sheet, at speeds up to 3,000 sph. It meets customer needs of quality, reliability, substrate freedom, and delivers bindery-ready sheets thanks to the UV curing capability. Users extol its ability to print variable data while producing print quality visually indistinguishable from offset. It is the IS29’s perfecting capability that caused the judges to see it as easily integrated into existing sheetfed workflows.

MGI AIS SmartScanner Intelligent Registration System
MGI Digital Technology

The AIS SmartScanner is a new JETvarnish 3D registration technology solution for enhancing offset, flexo and digital printed material. It automatically adjusts the placement of varnish (clear ink) and foil based on actual ink impressions and substrate characteristics (shrink, skew, stretch, etc.). It eliminates the need for registration marks and optimizes quality by treating each finished piece as a separate print job. A judge commented, “Waste is very expensive and the SmartScanner is an innovative way to avoid it.”

Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil digital enhancement press

Scodix Ltd

The Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil digital enhancement press can print eight different applications and combinations of applications. The judges were struck by the uniqueness of several applications. Scodix Braille is a new way to print documents for the visually impaired; Scodix Crystals uses a high build polymer to create attention-getting 3D sparkles; and Scodix Cast&Cure produces dramatic holographic-looking 3D images. Digital enhancement presses give users new abilities to differentiate their products and price work at a premium.

Truepress Jet 520HD Continuous Feed Roll Inkjet Press
Screen Americas

The Truepress Jet 520HD inkjet web press is a 20” Inch Production Class Inkjet printer for the commercial print, direct mail, and publishing markets. It delivers offset quality printing (1200 x1200 dpi) with high printing speeds, however the judges zeroed in on the specially-developed ink system that gives 520HD owners the ability to print on the same coated litho stocks, without pretreatment or primer, they currently use on their offset presses. Customers confirmed the breakthrough.

Image Test Labs - Image Grader
TechnologyWatch, LLC

The Image Grader technology offers companies a method to assess--and improve--the image quality of their offset and digital presses. After printing test pages and sending them for analysis by Image Test Lab’s automated system, companies receive an easy-to-understand report with A, B and C grades for each attribute. The judges were won over by the system’s ability to pinpoint imaging problems by comparing performance to like presses in the database and, when possible, suggest fixes.

The awards will be presented to companies before an audience of industry leaders during the 2017 Printing Industries of America Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Gala, September 10 in Chicago, Illinois.

A peek into Canon workhorses in commercial & photo printing

Print & Publishing recently visited Canon facility in Noida to review two of the largest professional printing machines which Canon has in its product portfolio - imagePRESS C10000 VP and DreamLabo 5000. A technical expert provided complete hands on experience of these line of products, besides others. A report by Varsha Verma. A visit to Canon’s facility in Noida was very informative and we could see some of the leading machines in the commercial printing and photo printing market. The Professional Printing Products (PPP) Group of Canon offers equipments in four major categories – commercial printing, production printing, wide format printing and photo printing.

Commercial & photo printing applications

The commercial & photo printing equipments find application in photo, proof, POP (installed at commercial printers, retail, schools, etc); documents (installed at large organizations, copy shops, jobbers); books & manuals (installed at commercial printers and manufacturing units) and transaction documents (installed at banks, insurance, telecom), etc.

Equipments offered in commercial printing segment

In the commercial printing segment, Canon offers imagePRESS C10000VP and iPRC850/C750/C650 colour printers in cut-sheet category, used for printing visiting cards, calendars, books, brochures, catalogues, labels and stickers while in the black-and-white cutsheet category, the company offers iRADV85XX Series and Oce VP 6000 Ultra for printing reports, projects, books, barcodes, credit card statements, mobile bills, etc.

imagePRESS C10000VP

It is an exceptional digital colour production system at 100 ppm for commercial and in-house printing. The imagePRESS C10000VP takes digital colour printing to the next level, combining exceptional quality, productivity and versatility at 100 ppm across a vast variety of applications.

Rated at speeds of up to 100 prints per minute irrespective of media weight up to 350gsm, imagePRESS C10000VP maintains productivity even on long-run or mixed media jobs, including speciality stocks such as synthetic media.

The imagePRESS C10000VP takes image quality to the next level, setting a new benchmark in the 100 page-per-minute segment. Featuring the same CV toner and 32-beam Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology offers 2,400 x 2,400dpi print resolution and vivid output quality. A new developer unit maintains colour consistency, ensuring stable output even over long runs. It also features Multi Density Adjustment Technology that allows for automatic real-time density correction, as well as an in-line spectroscopic sensor that enables daily colour calibration.

Another plus point is that it can support a wide range of media from 60gsm (uncoated) and 70gsm (coated) up to 350gsm, delivering high quality output even on textured media and supported specialty media including vellum, film and synthetics.

imagePRESS C850/C750/C650

The imagePRESS C850 series consistently delivers impressive 85 / 75 / 65 prints per minutes on the wide range of media. It can support auto duplex print jobs upto 300gsm media.

This is a powerful colour light production device, which incorporates a range of innovative technologies within a small footprint, to reliably deliver outstanding quality, excellent end-to end productivity, smart flexibility and versatile media handling. Offering an excellent return on investment – bringing time and cost savings to demanding CRDs and revenue generating opportunities to Graphic Arts environments, the VCSEL laser unit achieves an exceptional 2,400dpi resolution enabling even higher precision in the printing of text and images. Its Consistently Vivid (CV) toner improves transfer efficiency for enhanced colour consistency and accuracy across a wide variety of media. It features a new compact and highly accurate registration technology that assures best-in-class results whether printing 1 sheet or thousands.

iRADV8585/8595/8505

These black-and-white cutsheet production printers can print at a speed of 85/95/105 Pages Per Minute respectively at a resolution of 1200 x 1200dpi. It can handle paper from 52 -256gsm and uses Electrophotography/Laser Printing technology. It can handle paper Size A4/A3/13”x19” and has a built in Scanning feature and has a duty cycle up to 10 lacs A4 prints per month.

OceVP 6000 Ultra

Océ VarioPrint 6000 Ultra Line is the world’s fastest and most productive family of digital perfecting printing systems. Featuring print speed between 171-320 PPM (Pages Per Minute), it offers print quality of 600 X 1200dpi. The machine can handle paper from 52 -300gsm and paper sizes –A4/A3/13”X19”. It uses Electrophotography printing technology. The machine has a heavy duty cycle upto 1 Crore A4 prints per month. It uses Océ Gemini technology for instant duplex printing and Advanced Active Registration technology. It has sophisticated media handling from upto 12 paper trays.

Equipments offered in Photo printing segment

Canon Dreamlabo 5000

Dreamlabo is Canon’s first ever inkjet production photo printer, which provides the new alternative to conventional silver halide technology, delivering a wide range of premium photo merchandise. Its fine print head technology ensures precise, high speed ink delivery and achieves enhanced colour gamut and smoother gradations with seven dye-based inks. The 7-ink system in addition to standard CMYK also employs photo cyan, photo magenta and grey inks to produce wider colour gamut with more precise colour control. Dye-based inks deliver photos with smooth gradations, faithful colours and natural skin tones. With the additional grey ink, black and white prints look more natural.

It features fast, one-pass printing thanks to the seven full-width fixed print heads. Another important feature is automatic double-sided printing, perfect for printing quality photo books. The machine is easy to maintain with dual paper magazine and inks replaceable while printing. With dual paper magazines when one roll runs out, another is automatically loaded, so jobs aren’t interrupted and productivity is maintained. An optional paper deck allows for 2 more paper rolls. An automatic double cutter ensures photo merchandise is finished to perfection and double sorting system allows output to be sorted by job order or paper size.

Fixed-line print heads enable prints to be generated in a single pass enabling 10x15cm photos delivery at 40 prints per minute. DreamLabo 5000 offers automatic double-sided printing with speeds of up to 1000 A4 double-sided pages per hour. The optional Digital Photo Image Enhancement System automatically deals with imperfections such as red eye and colour cast.

ATE: helping the print and packaging industry to excel

The print and packaging industry is one of the fastest growing and highly innovative industries in India. What makes the Indian print and packaging industry tick? Is it the print quality, productivity, reduction of waste, cost competitiveness, or all these? All of these is the easy answer to this question. That’s where ATE comes in too, with a range of novel products and integrated solutions designed to improve quality, improve productivity, reduce waste, and hence enhance competitiveness. In fact, ATE has been partnering the print and packaging industry covering gravure, flexo, and offset printing for over 35 years.

Anuj Bhagwati, managing director, ATE Enterprises says, “Print and packaging in India has started to mature, and needs more thoughtful and sophisticated engineering. ATE continues to hone its products and services as we work towards providing our customers with innovative and cost-effective solutions. The advancements we have made in the print control and vision systems group are part of this drive.”

Register control systems

Anuj Bhagwati, MD, ATE EnterprisesResponding to the challenges of delivering exacting print quality, ATE had developed the highly successful ALYGN register control system. More than 170 ALYGN systems are now working satisfactorily in India, Europe, and China, supplied either through the leading OEMs or to the end users directly. Encouraged by this success and discerning the evolving market expectations of quality, ATE has now developed the next generation ALYGN register control system. The AlygnAXIS is set to create new benchmarks not just for reliability, but also for having one of the fastest correction outputs among the register control systems available in the world. ATE now manufactures a range of AXIS products that include StrobAXIS (range of stroboscopes), ViewAXIS (web video systems), and DetectAXIS (100% print inspection system) for various specialized applications, each in a class of its own, packed with unique features.

Application-specific solutions

ATE’s business unit, Valence, provides a range of application-specific solutions in print and packaging. They cover static management solutions, ink handling and conditioning systems, heat recovery systems, waste solvent reclaimers, chamber doctor blades and holders, etc, which are designed to improve quality, reduce costs, and improve safety.

Improving productivity…

It’s now well proven that fresh-clean-cool air positively impacts the bottom line of the manufacturing units due to improved productivity, reduced wastages, and the improved morale of employees. It is particularly true that the fresh-clean-cool air enormously benefits the print and packaging units. ATE brings to the print and packaging industry the HMX-Ambiator, the next-generation cooling solution based on evaporative cooling technology, from its business unit HMX. The HMX-Ambiator helps to maintain positive pressure and dust-free environments by supplying 100% fresh, clean, cool air for process cooling and people comfort. It also helps to reduce solvent losses and even static charges. The HMX-Ambiator is an excellent upgrade over air-washers and ventilation systems. HMX has already supplied 3.2 million CFM of indirect evaporative cooling solutions (HMX-Ambiator) in the print and packaging sector, which includes some of the leading names such as Uflex, ITC, Parikh Packaging, Balaji Multiflex, Uma Converters, M.M. Polytech, Renewsys, Creative Group– a clear testimony to the growing success of this innovative technology in this sector.

Industrial IoT solutions & services

Digitalisation of the manufacturing shop floor is the need of the hour for reaping the benefits of the digital technology, and the print and packaging industry cannot be an exception. Taking the benefits of digital technology to this industry, ATE’s business unit, EcoAxis, has developed customised industrial IoT solutions and services for rotogravure printing, lamination and slitting machines. EcoAxis provides integrated system bringing together data from ERP systems, production planning systems, machines, auxiliary equipment and manufacturing facilities at one single platform to give dashboards, reports and practical, actionable insights. The real-time insights for print and packaging industry include drill-down production reports, operator performance, quality reports, ink, solvent and adhesive consumption per print and energy consumption reports. The system also keeps track of deviations between recommended machine parameters versus actual machine parameters during production.

Towards safe & eco-friendly environment

ATE also represents some of the world’s most renowned manufacturers in the safety and environment fields to offer high technology solutions to the Indian printing industry. They include residual solvent analysers and LEL monitoring and heat recirculation systems from NIRA, distillation systems for solvent recovery from waste ink from IRAC, solvent recovery systems from DEC Impianti, regenerative thermal oxidation from DURR, electrostatic print assist from Eltex, and hazardous waste incinerators from McClelland, among others.

A spotlight on the Lucknow digital printing industry

Lucknow - the city of Nawabs has some gems of digital printing services providers as well. Print and Publishing recently visited the city and brings a report. Lucknow, the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, has always been known as a multicultural city that flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub and the seat of power of Nawabs in the 18th and 19th centuries. It continues to be an important centre of governance, administration, education, commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, music and poetry. Here’s a glimpse of the digital printing industry in this city.

Amar Fax Service
–From photocopy to fully functional digital printing set up

Harpal Singh AllaghAs the name goes, the present digital printing service provider has sprouted from being a photocopier-cum-fax wala. Established in 1989, the PSP is co-owned by Harpal Singh Allagh and Surjeet Singh Oberoi. They flagged off their journey with a black-and-white Xerox machine, later followed by other high-end printers from Konica Minolta and Xerox. At present, the facility houses Konica Minolta bizhub Pro1100 and bizhub Press C1060 for colour printing requirements, besides a colour plotter from HP.

As Harpal puts it, “Lucknow is under a lot of transformation and hence a lot of constructions are taking place. These sites need colour maps and hence there is a huge scope for map printing in Lucknow. This is where Amar Fax services tapped in the market and we are well equipped with Xerox printers designed to print maps ranging from A0 to A1 paper sizes.”

Telling more about their 1200+ sq ft facility, Harpal shared that they were the first one in UP to install Color A0 printer from Xerox. Harpal does not wants to rest on his past laurels and is now looking at adding more state-of-the art printers.

Harpal shared that they have a huge pool of clients, including government and corporate clients, though he preferred not to share their names. “The digital printing segment in growing not only in Lucknow, but also UP as it is now offered at comparable rates,” he concluded.

Ajanta Electrostat
–Catering to PSUs in Lucknow

Govind AmarnaniGovind Amarnani has been associated with the printing industry for last 27 years and his firm Ajanta Electrostat is well known for typing, colour photocopy, color printouts, ammonia print, map composing and binding. The company started as a typing service provider and soon made a mark for itself in digital printing.

The facility houses black-and-white photocopying machines from Ricoh and Xerox, besides Konica Minolta bizhub C360 colour printer, which prints 100,000 pages every month. At the same facility, Govind has also installed Canon IR 105 digital copier cum printer, with a monthly volume of up to 600,000 prints. According to Govind, they have an annual turnover of Rs 70-75 lakhs.

The company boasts of some big clients like LMRC, PWD, Jal Nigam, besides regular walk-in customers.

Sun Digital Print Media
–Catering to the educational printing market

AshutoshMajorly working for regional coaching institutes’ stationery requirements like notes, study material and test papers, Sun Digital Print Media is ideally situated in the educational hub of the city – Kapoorthala. Ashutosh, who started this outlet in 2009 as a photocopying shop, is now equipped with two Xerox machines viz. 5755 and 5790 black-and-white printers. Besides, for meeting colour requirements, the facility houses Epson L210 and L360 printers. Though, the PSP has a humble set up now, Ashutosh is planning to install high-end digital printer in near future.

Janpath Printer
–Always in seek of upgradation

Kanhaiya AmarnaniEstablished in 1985 with a sole purpose of copying documents, Janpath Printer is housed in a single room of 250 sq ft. Later, Janpath Printer redefined itself with the installation of some state-of-the-art printing machines in different formats in order to keep abreast with the changing times. Within a span of 10-12 years, the company diversified into three units in Lucknow, each spread over an area of more than 500 sq feet.

Kanhaiya Amarnani the proprietor of Janpath Pinter, situated at the heart of the capital city – Janpath Market – insists on their consistent ‘upgradation’ which makes them one of the prime PSPs in Lucknow.

While talking about their set-up, Kanhaiya enlisted large format printer from OCE, a multifunctional digital laser printer which is majorly used for drawing, copying, scanning and printing maps. Also housed is a Xerox 700 digital color printer, which is chiefly used for digital printing, colour copy and scanning.

For photocopying purpose, the PSP features refurbished machines like three Canon 105 and Konica Minolta bizhub C360. In his post press section, Kanhaiya has a line of best in class machines, providing all sorts of binding like wiro, spiral, thermal, etc.

On asking about how he maintains consistent quality, Kanhaiya mentioned that he used quality media for mono color printing. While, for digital printing, he majorly relies on company’s provided consumable and services.

Talking about their future plans, Kanhaiya shared that he plans to install a machine which can print on 300 GSM paper, for which he is considering Canon imagePress C850 and Ricoh Pro 7100X. Kanhaiya believes that Lucknow printing market is now accepting the new technical advancement with open arms and there is a surge in the digital printing needs.

Kesarwani Computers
–Catering to stationery requirements

Vineet KesarwaniStarted as a graphic designing unit, Kesarwani Computers has come a long way and has made a name for itself in offering solutions like pre ink stamps, steel brass, acrylic plates and flex boards. While talking about his Kaiserbagh situated outlet, the proprietor Vineet Kesarwani shared that his single color offset printer, Prakash 101 (installed in 2003) is fit to meet voluminous print demands.

While, in digital printing, the facility houses Canon 4050, which is generally used more for photocopying. Six months back, Vineet installed a Ricoh MP C2011 for applications like visiting cards, scanning, and color printing. In the post press section, the PSP houses lamination machine and a 32-inch cutting machine.

The outlet being situated at one of the business street of Lucknow majorly caters to walk in customers as well as shops for their stationery requirements.

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