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We are off to the C!Print show in Lyon, France. This is an opportunity for DataMaster Lab to check out the latest innovation, especially in the production printing world. New technical solutions, workshops, live demonstrations of innovative equipment ... lots of product launches too. C!Print 2019 will bring together, as every year, hardware manufacturers and software developers and suppliers who have all come to present their latest developments.
C!Print attracted 13,706 visitors during its sixth edition held on February 6th, 7th and 8th 2018.
C!Print also an opportunity to attend conferences and breakout groups and mix with the top specialists in the sector to learn all about the latest technologies and to meet professionals and clients.
Ricoh is renewing its range of monochrome production printers with the release of five new products. In the USA, the Ricoh Pro 8210 and Pro 8220 printers and the Ricoh Pro 8200s, Pro 8210s and Pro 8220s MFPs are already on the market.
They replace the Pro 8110E, Pro 8120E and MFP Pro 8100s, Pro 8110s and Pro 8120s released in 2013. The new machines' release for the European market is scheduled for Spring 2017.
The look of the machines remains the same. Ricoh has made a slight change in color with a darker shade of gray. They are still equipped with a 10.4-inch vertical control panel, and print at speeds ranging from 111 ppm to 135 ppm. But this new range is more compact and lightweight than the previous one.
The machines of the new range are more flexible, with better media management, the by-pass now handling stocks between 52 and 256 gsm. The machines have the same 1.86 GHz Intel Celeron P4505 processor, but have a larger capacity hard drive (640 GB as standard). They also feature a new optional EFI Fiery EB-34 controller.
On the finishing side, this range is equipped with large finishing modules offering stapling, multiple perforation, folding (two-, three- or "engineer" fold), trimming or brochures.
On the connectivity and compatibility side, these machines have Wi-Fi and (optional) Bluetooth and are compatible with Mac OS, Windows, Linux, Unix, Citrix, IBM and Novell systems and platforms. Printing and mobile scanning (for the MFPs) is also possible from the Ricoh Smart Device Print & Scan application.
Finally, the smaller environmental footprint of this new range over the previous generation is also worth highlighting.
You will be able to find all these machines on the DMO comparison portal as soon as they arrive on the European market.
Ricoh has just announced the release of a new series of color production printers, the Pro C5200s series. This is made up of the Ricoh Pro C5200s and the Pro C5210s. They will replace the Pro C5100s and Pro C5110s, released in 2013.
Designed by Ricoh to help reduce printing costs, the Ricoh Pro C5200s series is designed for internal print centers, corporate printing departments, and commercial printers.
More compact, the Pro C5200 series has been adapted for a variety of environments, but run at the same speeds as the machines they replace. The Ricoh Pro C5210s has a print speed of 80 ppm onto A4/letter (color and monochrome) and 42 ppm onto A3/ledger. The Ricoh Pro C5200s has a speed of 65 ppm onto A4 and 34 ppm onto A3. These MFPs have a standard capacity of 3850 sheets and options to get to 8250 sheets.
There are lots of new features on these two machines. Two new Fiery EFI controllers (E-24B and E-44B) should help with print quality and color fidelity. Also the new finishing modules SR5070 and SR5080 offer stapling, folding, booklet creation or perforation.
Finally, the Ricoh Pro C5200s and C5210s are also equipped with the all-new intelligent control panel, the Ricoh Smart Operation Panel.
It is 10 inches in size and is available as an option, offering more applications for printing, scanning and e-mailing documents more easily and at lower cost.
According to estimates the worldwide 3D print market is worth 2.2 billion per year and is growing by 25% per year. So, 3D printing had a prominent place at Drupa 2016!
The potential of this manufacturing technology should not be underestimated: "More specifically, the mechanical engineering spare parts market and packaging design open great opportunities for producers and users of these machines - and also for print service providers," says Sabine Geldermann, Director of Drupa. The Touchpoint 3D fab + print area in Hall 7A showed off the opportunities 3D printing represents, and the latest advances were being demonstrated by the numerous players in the field. Our reporting team was entranced, and particularly by two Israeli companies pioneering 3D printing.
The first, Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, used the event to provide the first public demonstration of its new printer, the Massivit 1800. This large-format 3D printer is - according to the manufacturer - the fastest on the market. It's big too: it can produce high-quality parts up to 1.5 m × 1.2 m × 1.8 m! It also relies on an innovative technology called GDP (Gel Dispensing Printing), which deposits melted filament layer by layer to produce a 3D object. This is then fixed by photo-polymerization with UV. The Massivit 1800 can print up to 350 mm per hour. So it takes so nearly 5 hours to print an object the size of an average human - but take it from us, that's still fast.
The second, Highcon, specializes in printing solutions for packaging companies, and they caused a sensation at Drupa by presenting an imposing 3D printer whose printing material is ... paper! Dubbed Highcon Shape 3D, this machine will be available on the market in 2019. Born out of the print finishing world, with all its folding and cutton technologies, Highcon uses an additive manufacturing technology to create objects layer by layer using cut paper. (It is however not the first to use this type of material since the Irish company Mcor Technologies were first to play with additive processes using paper.)
Other Equipment You Should Know About
MGI, now almost a subsidiary of Konica Minolta, presented the JETvarnish 3D Evolution, the first device in the world capable of selective varnishing and (foil) gilding B1+ sheets. Production speed can reach over 4000 sheets of B2 per hour. It also manages variable data, and each sheet can be customized in a single pass. This machine is designed for the printing industry and is also suitable for the production of packaging and POS.
Heidelberg and Fujifilm have jointly developed an inkjet printing press, the Primefire 106. "In record time, Fujifilm and Heidelberg have jointly developed the first industrial digital inkjet press to the B1 format of the World" says Gerold Linzbach, CEO of Heidelberg. This release is based on Fujifilm inkjet technology and the German manufacturer's offset technology platform. Aimed at commercial printing and the packaging industry, the Primefire 106 will be available in seven colors (CMYK, orange, green and purple) and clear varnish. Capable of producing up to 5,000 sheets of B1 per hour in simplex mode, it is aimed particularly at companies in the consumer goods industry. It will launch at the end of 2017.
Finally, the Esko stand had a wide range of innovative software from their X-Rite, Enfocus and MediaBeacon acquisitions. Six axes were distributed on a 900m² stand (and yes, they were giving out maps). It's worth listing these just to show you how far and wide Esko's reach is these days:
- Brands, specifications and synthesis
- Graphic design and photogravure
- Flexo Platemaking
- Printing and ink formulation
Drupa 2016: 1837 stands from 54 countries and 260,000 visitors from 188 countries.
Despite talk of going tri-annual, they are not. Bookings are being taken for June 2020. See you there!
In March DataMaster presented theXeroxi Series 'smart' MFPs which run with ConnectKey. Now let's focus on the Fiery FS150 controller from EFI available on the WorkCenter 7970i.
The recent upgrade of the WorkCenter 7970 to the WorkCenter 7970i with ConnectKey brings new technical advantages - principally, the option for the Fiery FS150 controller. The Fiery controller improves machine productivity by allowing faster processing of multiple large files, and ensures a reliable and professional print quality.
The FS150 controller is equipped with a dual-core 2.9 GHz Intel® Pentium® G850 processor, 1GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. This controller provides added value to the workflow and in color processing.
From the point of view of production, the Fiery SmartRIP technology helps process large, complex documents quickly by enhancing the performance of the RIP. Adobe PDF printing standards are also implemented. This offers the highest levels of accounting and file processing.
In terms of colorimetry, the controller incorporates a range of easy to use color management tools to provide exceptional quality. Furthermore, Pantone color calibration provides the guarantee of accurate color reproduction. These tools integrate with many of the Xerox ConnectKey applications to increase user productivity by simplifying everyday tasks.
The controller Fiery FS150 is also available on the Xerox WorkCentre 7830i / 7835i / 7845i and 7855i color MFPs.
EFI, the Silicon-Valley-based printer and software producer has announced that it has acquired two printer manufacturers, Reggiani Macchine and Matan Digital Printers.
Spending 188 million dollars in a single day, EFI has taken a further step in a stated acquisition strategy to widen its line of grand format digital printing equipment.
EFI's purchase of the Italian company Reggiani Macchine - one of the world's largest manufacturers of digital, water-based inkjet textile printers - might end up costing $140 million, including paying off business debts and subsequent payments to former shareholders based on future revenues.
Also on July 1, EFI announced it was buying Israel-based Matan Digital Printers for about $29 million in cash. Matan make superwide-format UV-curing digital printers. This comes just after a Fespa Infotrends survey was published suggesting that are UV-cured inkjet printers top technology buyers' shopping lists (followed closely by textile printers).
The EFI CEO has been widely quoted on the subject of the Reggiani buy-out, stating that it is a highly strategic acquisition. It brings EFI expertise and products in the digital textile printer market, which is only just starting to swing from analog to digital. Founded in 1948, Reggiani manufactures both digital and traditional printers, but in 2014 75 percent of its revenue was from digital. The company has customers in 120 countries and distributors in over 40.
The Matan purchase strengthens EFI's already impressive, high-end range of superwide roll-to-roll UV-curing printers - the VUTEK lines. Buying Matan brings EFI ranges of machines with relatively low acquisition costs for producing billboards, signage and banners - and it also brings Matan's strong research and development wing.
Both Matan and Reggiani shareholders and employees are very happy with the deals, and are optimistic about the future. For both companies, being acquired by EFI will mean massive resources in terms of marketing, sales - and software.
Electronics for Imaging, Inc. (EFI), the company behind Fiery print controllers, announced on July 21 that it has bought DirectSmile GmbH. Based in Berlin, DirectSmile develops and markets software for automating cross-media marketing stratgies, and lays claim to the invention of customized images in 2001. Today DirectSmile offers software which automates the production of personalized cross-media marketing materials, and which is aimed at businesses, PR agencies and printers.
DirectSmile technology will enhance EFI's catalogue, bringing their customers extended features entirely integrated in digital printing workflows, but also offering web content, email, social network management and marketing to mobile devices - all based on the same data.
The Web2Print division of EFI will continue to develop, market and support DirectSmile products as stand-alones for businesses, agencies and print shops. DirectSmile technology will also be integrated into EFI's Web2Print and electronic commerce offerings through the EFI Digital StoreFront.
EFI and Konica Minolta have just announced the launch of two new Fiery RIPs, the IC-308 and IC-415. They have been developped to run Konica Minolta's new bizhub PRESS C1060, C1070 and C1070P range of digital presses. The IC-308 supports SIG and EFI's web-to-print apps.
EFI also recently launched another Fiery RIP, the EB-32 DFE, which is intended to improve image quality and improve management of the new Ricoh monochrome production digital presses, the Pro 8100s, 8100EX, 8110s and 8120s. The EB-32 DFE includes Fiery Grayscale Calibration, which automatically measures and corrects tonal variances in monochrome images. People with Fiery RIPs on color presses connect this Digital Front End to the workflow manamgement systems in exactly the same way.
Both of these new Fiery RIPs are based on the Fiery FS1000Pro, which has numerous advanced features, high-quality imaging as well as tools which can improve automatic workflows and overall productivity.