Drupa 2024 Preview: Landa – Polyart

Drupa 2024 is back after eight long years and will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, from May 28 to June 7. In this special series, PrintWeek highlights the top exhibitors to watch out for at the show.

26 May 2024 | By PrintWeek Team

Miraclon will showcase its newest innovations, which strengthen the core Flexcel NX technology to put printers on a clear path towards modern flexo

Landa (Hall 3/B31, Hall 9/A33-1 to A33-9)
Landa’s latest B1 digital print technology, the Landa S11 and S11P nanographic printing presses, offers a print speed of 11,200sph. The new Landa presses will be commercially available at Drupa 2024 and feature artificial intelligence technology.

The new Landa presses will also come equipped with a new PrintAI module, which enhances print quality and is suitable for even the most demanding folding cartons, commercial print applications, micro text, and other brand protection features. A new Landa W11 is a work-in-progress press for flexible packaging and will be previewed at Drupa.

Layflat.com (Hall 17 / A01-2)
Layflat.com, a specialist in photo-book production equipment, will showcase its latest LF 2000 All-in Max and TP 450 VS in close proximity to the HP Indigo 18K digital press. The company will also showcase its newest release, the LF 2000 All-In Max inline softcover glue unit, which is used to produce commercial softcover books. 

The LF 2000 All-In Max is a high-speed, fully automatic book block system that produces lay-flat book blocks from single sheets. It can create promotional books by glueing paper back-to-back and inserting cardboard between sheets. The LF 2000 All-In Max is a high-speed, all-in-one station featuring creasing, folding, and inline automatic book presses.

Among the featured equipment will be the TP 450 VS, a multi-functional slit and strip binding machine, which is used to give photo and commercial books an entirely lay-flat opening with V-Shape Technology. Rajkot-based Pinnacle Technocrats represent Layflat.com in India.

Manroland Goss (Hall 16/F02, Hall 3/B31)
Manroland Goss will show the Varioman press. Visitors can see the media in action and learn more about its technical details and benefits. The Varioman press can offset printing and produce high-quality packaging solutions on demand while keeping production costs low. The press has an advantage over flexo presses because it has quick and easy plate changes, which reduces set-up time to minutes instead of hours.

Manroland Goss will also unveil a new variable-format pin folder for book printing. This cutting-edge technology offers efficient processing of different formats, even for short runs.

Additionally, Maintellisense, a predictive maintenance platform that uses smart data analytics, will be showcased. This new technology uses AI-based anomaly detection to optimise machine maintenance, detect impending downtimes early, and help solve problems.

Furthermore, Manroland Goss has partnered with Hubergroup, a global specialist for printing inks, to develop a sustainable solution for the flexible paper packaging industry. The result of this partnership will be presented at Drupa, and the future of packaging printing will be discussed in a panel discussion at Touchpoint Packaging.

Michelman (Hall 5/D21)
Michelman will showcase its extensive suite of water-based primer and OPV solutions tailored to the HP industrial print ecosystem. The company will demonstrate its decades-long commitment to advancing the digital printing field and highlight its strategic partnership with HP.

Also featured will be Michelman’s barrier and functional coatings for packaging applications that deliver critical performance attributes while helping customers meet sustainability and circular economy initiatives.

Central to Michelman’s featured solutions at Drupa 2024 will be DigiPrime Vision 9000, a primer that streamlines operations in press rooms, delivering superior runnability and consistent performance.

Mimaki (Hall 9/A04)
Mimaki will showcase its latest in UV print technologies, designed to help users reduce energy consumption, minimise VOC emissions and generate less waste. Among the technologies from the current Mimaki product portfolio is the recently launched UCJV330-160, an integrated sign printer/cutter with a 2.5D printing function to create embossed effects.

Also central to the Mimaki booth will be the JFX 600-2513 flatbed UV printer and CFX-2513 cutting plotter. Expanding Mimaki’s cutting plotter portfolio, the CFX-2513 is a cutting solution.

The company will also showcase its range of direct-to-object solutions, including the UJF-6042 MkII e, which will demonstrate 360-degree printing with the Kebab HS unit.
Mimaki will feature the TxF300-75 for direct-to-film (DTF) printing for the textile segment. Additionally, Mimaki will exhibit its Neo-Chromato Process, a world first in cyclical textile technology. Allowing the reuse of previously dyed polyester textiles eliminates the need for incineration and reduces the energy consumption associated with recycling. At Drupa, Mimaki will showcase a display of applications created with the company’s UV solutions.

Must See: Miraclon (Hall 15/F50)
Miraclon will showcase packaging printers and brands that have implemented modern flexo processes using Miraclon’s flexo plate technology to realise significant financial and sustainability benefits. Visitors to the booth can experience 12 case studies of commercial success and nine new product innovations. Miraclon will showcase its newest innovations, which strengthen the core Flexcel NX technology to put printers on a clear path towards modern flexo. These include the Flexcel  NX Ultra 42 processor, which offers a key proof point for achieving a high-volume, low-maintenance plate production environment. The Shine LED lamp kit is a simple and cost-effective path to exposure to UV LED plate, making an even more consistent flexo plate. Additionally, Miraclon will preview the next-generation Flexcel NX plate and Flexcel NX Ultra plate technologies, which are LED-optimised and offer even cleaner printing for greater efficiency and sustainability benefits.

OneVision (Hall 8A/A40)
OneVision is showcasing its automation technologies for print businesses at Drupa in Düsseldorf. The company is presenting its digital production tracking solutions for the first time. Its “Stations” solution maps and monitors the entire production process, while “Workspace Production” enables the dynamic creation and automated processing of print jobs. OneVision’s software is XML-based and easily connects to numerous MIS, web shops, ERPs, RIP/DFE, and printing machines. The company will be also be present at the Canon Europe (Hall 8A/B41) and Horizon (Hall 6/F21) stands.

Pantone (Hall 8B/A12)
Pantone (part of the Veralto group) is set to unveil a new digital product that will revolutionise designers’ colour decision-making process. The product will offer sophisticated insights, making it easier for designers to create artwork with on-trend colours that appeal to their target customers. With Pantone Connect, designers can access over 15,000 colours, including 2,390 Pantone matching system colours. The new product highlights the need for more nuanced shades to help designers integrate their evolving workflow. Key features include colour accuracy, digital integration, ease of use, and eco-friendly Pantone colours. Pantone licenses ink suppliers globally to ensure colour consistency across substrates for brands, designers, and printers.

Plockmatic Group (Hall 8B/A41)
This Drupa year of 2024 also marks a significant milestone for the document finishing company Plockmatic Group, which celebrates half a century of success in the post-press market. The Plockmatic Group will be launching several new products, including the new PowerSquare 7000 range of production booklet makers; the latest in the ubiquitous DigiFold range – the DigiFold Pro Ultra; a completely new range of DigiBook perfect binders; and several new ColorCut digital die cutters from the Intec line-up, including a larger format version of the popular SC6500 digital die cutter, the SC7000Pro XL. Plockmatic is best known for its booklet makers. Its first such product was developed in 1985 and could handle up to 20 sheets in both A4 and A3 formats, opening up a market for organisations needing to produce smaller quantities of booklets. In 2003, Plockmatic introduced its signature SquareFold Technology in the PL104 SquareFold unit, which gave a stitched booklet the look and feel of a perfect bound document produced with a squared spine – a completely new concept in its time. 

Must See: Polyart (Hall 4/E05)
Polyart Group will introduce its latest product lines at the Drupa 2024 exhibition, tailored to meet the current demands of customers, particularly in sustainability and digital printing. Polyart’s new products will be highlighted under three primary categories: digital, sustainability, and PolyServices. The digital category will feature their new dry toner coating and water-based inkjet range designed for labels. The Sustainability category will introduce its new range of films and papers, including r-Polyart, r-Satinex, r-Fluolux, Fiberskin, and Fiberskin Tag. Finally, the PolyServices category will offer comprehensive solutions for coating subcontracting and customised solutions for papers and films.