The webinar themed around Kuch Naya Dekha Kya provided a glimpse of what to expect from the show. The webinar whose sutradhar was Priya Raju provided an insight into the pre-media, press and post-press segments.
Agfa recently launched version of Apogee 10 will showcase improvements which include automatic image correction, a web-based file upload and page approval portal that shows preflight notifications, page bleed and trim sizes to the connected print buyers, and can directly link to wide-format devices
HP will splash the PrintOS. PrintOS, a set of cloud-based services for HP Indigo and other digital press users will function like a cross between the Adobe Creative Cloud and a professional print version of the Apple Store, where you can access and run an increasing choice of applications, sometimes temporarily by only paying for them when one needs them
Enfocus is introducing Appstore, by which its Switch technology users can build their own workflows by buying functions and components from other users
Heidelberg will introduce Prinect Smart Automation which will allow both digital and offset workflows to be integrated, as well as monitoring and measuring every machine and even elements within the machine.
Komori with the Internet of things – KP-Connect will put production, maintenance and error reporting information into the cloud.
EFI will also be showing their workflow, but is playing its cards unusually close to its chest for this Drupa.
The press segment in 2015 saw installations of around 75+ new presses. D’Cunha said, “Though presses are now considered a mature technology, they have steadily become more efficient – with more automation, cutting down waste and small gains in speed.”
Elaborating about the press segment, D’Cunha highlighted the new feature and technologies from Komori, KBA, Heidelberg and Ryobi. “The digital kit manufacturers will showcase larger digital press formats in the B2 and B1 range, most targeting the packaging market,” said D’Cunha.
“Keep an eye on UV-LED or low-energy LE-HUV from all the above manufacturers. There are retrofits services that suppliers like IST, AMS offer. They work on most presses with conversions taking one or two days at about 10% of the cost,” added D’Cunha.
While Aravkar provided a glimpse of the post-press segments and highlighted the top ten finishing products to look out for at the show. He said, “For many companies, post-press processes are still a bottleneck. Post-press is increasingly becoming important in delivering value in a print project.”
Joshi, a German language expert provided valuable tips for the attendees while at the show.
Do look out for PrintWeek india's post-Drupa webinar, which will be a round up of what transpired at the show.