unveil host of services, products for drupa 2008
MAN Roland, Kodak will debut
their on-press digital inkjet system; Megtec introduces high-speed splicer.
By Mary L. Van Meter
Germany — With drupa 2008 only a few months away, PrintCity Alliance companies
last month outlined new products, services and general strategic plans.
PrintCity, a strategic
alliance of vendors founded in 1998, includes Oce Printing Systems, MAN Roland,
Sun Chemical, UPM, Megtec Systems and MacDermid Printing Solutions. The group
said it would focus on seven core printing competencies, ranging from UV
printing to workflow integration.
Timothy Ruth, MAN Roland’s vice president of sales for webfed
Among partner announcements
(in alphabetical order):
•MacDermid plans to introduce
a new high-speed violet computer-to-plate flexographic plate, called Direct
Write, and an upgrade to its Stabil-X offset blanket technology that further
reduces the environmental impact of blanket production and usage.
Dubbed RefleX, the printing
surface technology uses polymers to replace ground-buffed rubber in the blanket,
thus creating solvent-free production, MacDermid said.
The Stabil-X blanket design,
meantime, will also be extended to Metalback and Sleeve product lines earmarked
for coldset narrow-gap presses and high-speed commercial presses using tubular
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MAN Roland’s APL automatic plate loading system on a ColorMAN XXL press.
•MAN Roland said it would
highlight press innovations.
Products showcased will
include the fully automated robotics-based APL (automated plate loading) systems
for newspaper and commercial presses, said Timothy Ruth, vice president of
The first newspapers to buy
the APL system are German publishers Saarbrucker Zeitung and Freie Press in
Chemnitz, with startup pegged at next month and year-end 2009, respectively.
The company will also
demonstrate its ecology and energy efficiency measures and display its XXL
•Megtec introduced three new
products, including a splicer that can handle roll diameters of up to 60 inches
at a maximum production speed of 3,540 feet per minute.
The DLC 6000 match-speed
splicer can support rolls that weigh more than 6 tons, said Andreas Keil,
director of marketing and product development for Megtec’s printing product
Rolls are loaded into the
paster by automatic roll-handling systems. The system also features an
integrated infeed unit, and the splicer has quick-change chucks in 3-inch and
6-inch sizes. Megtec said the first DLC is integrated with a MAN Roland Pecom
control system and scheduled for installation at Austrian printer Leykam this
Meantime, the company also
rolled out a new series of core-driven flying pasters. The MP12, MP14, MP22 and
MP24 products are aimed at printers with limited space requirements, especially
newspapers, Keil said.
The splicers can be used on
singlewide and doublewide presses.
“The engineering behind the MP
makes it an ideal machine for high-performance newspaper presses that require
high degrees of safety and color registration,” Keil said.
The first MP22 splicer will be
installed this spring at Union de Reims on a Goss International Corp. Uniliner
press, Keil said.
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Rainer Kuhn, managing director of PrintCity, with Helmut (John) Dangelmaier,
PrintCity president, at the pre-drupa press conference last month.
Finally, Megtec said Leykam,
which is using its DLC splicer, is also the first printer to install its
Dual-Dry RTO drying system. The drying system uses regenerative thermal
oxidation to cut gas consumption and emissions by as much as 50 percent, the
•Oce plans to target
newspapers with its recently introduced JetStream 2200 digital press, said Peter
Wolff, vice president, business group. The continuous-inkjet press can produce
full-process color at speeds of up to 500 feet per minute — about 3,000 40-page
newspapers per hour — with a print width of 20.3 inches and a paper width of
Wolff said the trend toward
ever-shorter product lifecycles, in combination with fragmented audiences, is
driving adoption of digital press technologies. “Printers need variable content
to target specific audiences and this is where digital presses can be
invaluable,” he said.
Megtec’s Andreas Keil, and the company’s MP12 core-driven flying
paster. Megtec said it plans to introduce a number of new products at drupa.
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•Sun Chemical said it would
highlight its SunRay Web UV ink formulation, which the company tested with
newspaper printer Herald Druck in Vienna, Austria (see Newspapers & Technology,
It will also showcase inks and
fountain solutions designed to help newspaper printers operate more efficiently
and in the process save energy costs, according to Felipe Mellado, corporate
vice president of marketing. Finally, Sun will showcase commercial ink products
and a color management system, dubbed SmartColor.
•UPM will introduce two new
training services, a paper and printing training program and a printing
simulator, said Jussi Toikka, vice president of marketing of the firm’s paper
Toikka said the training
program will include tools aimed at helping press operators troubleshoot
problems and improve their performance. The simulator will support both coldset
and heatset press training. The device is based on Sinapse Graphic
International’s simulator design, integrated with Honeywell’s Printa press
UPM has established two
training centers equipped with the consoles. One is located at UPM Technical
Service’s training center in Augsburg, Germany, and the other is in connection
with an R&D center at a mill in Changshu, China.
Additionally, UPM is
introducing iRoll, a customer version of the optimization technology the company
now uses to monitor paper-making machines.
The iRoll system, which
consists of a device mounted to a press’ roller, will be available later this
year, UPM said. It will enable printers to track such metrics as tension
variations and other components.
AUGSBURG, Germany —
MAN Roland and Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group said they will roll
out their high-speed, on-press digital inkjet printing system at this
The two companies
last month signed a letter of intent governing the further development
of the system, which was initially announced at last year’s IfraExpo.
The system is based
on Kodak’s Versamark DS6240 inkjet head and can run at full press speeds
of up to 90,000 copies per hour, according to Anton Hamm, MAN Roland’s
executive vice president, business unit newspaper production systems.
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Anton Hamm, MAN Roland’s executive vice president, business unit
newspaper production systems, shows how a cell phone can interact with a
barcode printed by the high-speed on-press digital inkjet system MAN
Roland developed in conjunction with Kodak.
MAN Roland has been
testing the inkjet printer on a ColorMAN XXL press at its research and
development center since last fall, he said.
Hamm said the system
would allow newspapers to produce a variety of localized advertisements,
text and images, including barcodes underpinning UpCode Ltd.’s cell
phone-to-print ad technology (see Newspapers & Technology, December
The digital printing
system is designed to work with MAN Roland’s Pecom control system and
will be available for new presses as well as retrofits on Pecom systems
installed after 2000, Hamm said.
Kodak engineered the
Versamark inkjet head with a 4-inch width and the initial system can
output either in black or in one color.
The print head is
situated about 3mm from the web and can be placed at any point across
the top of the web, Hamm said.
Move to various positions
It can also be moved
to various positions, Hamm said, and newspapers can elect to deploy
multiple inkjet heads if they desire.
The software running
the inkjet heads is integrated into Pecom via a proprietary interface,
Hamm said, and the system is designed to overcome such forces as
electromagnetic static build-up and other factors.
MAN Roland declined
to disclose the price of the system other than saying that per-page
costs shouldn’t exceed 1 cent.
—Mary L. Van Meter