Seven launches that sizzled

In the past six months, print equipment manufacturers have raised their stakes with cool technologies. A round-up of the top seven launches that made the news, in the right way

27 Apr 2015 | By PrintWeek India

Micro-Huber promotes ‘safety first’ with Gecko launch
Micro Inks-Huber Group launched the Gecko line of flexible packaging inks in India at twin events held in Mumbai and Noida on 20 and 21 March 2015 respectively, in the presence of Huber top brass from Germany and Italy, and the local printing community and print buyers.

Following the launch, Micro Huber has started production of the Gecko series of inks at the expanded facility in its Vapi plant.

Aimed especially at the food packaging segment, the series of inks under the brand name Gecko (which is a species of lizard, hence the brand logo of a colourful lizard) are free from hazardous and toxic chemicals like toluene and ketone. Gecko inks are already well established in Europe, and with this launch from India, Gecko will be made available globally.

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Heidelberg's CS 92 and Linoprint launched at Print China 
Heidelberg made a favorable impression in the recently concluded Print China 2015 exhibition held at Dongguan City, Guangdong from 7 to 12 April, 2015, with the successful launch of the Speedmaster CS 92 offset press.

The limelight for Heidelberg China (HCN) was the global debut of the Speedmaster CS 92 first-of-its-kind press for Heidelberg in the 92cm format, designed especially for the commercial printing industry. The first-ever Speedmaster CS 92 in the world will be installed at Chongqing Huacai Color Printing in China.
In addition to the CS 92, the new model of Linoprint CV digital printing system was also launched at the show alongwith the Jetmaster 4D printing equipment.

Rapida 105 Pro unveiled at Print China
KBA launched a new sheetfed offset press in medium format (740x1050mm) range, the Rapida 105 PRO, at Print China in Guangdong, China.
The new press is an improved version of Rapida 105 with higher production performance (17,000sph) and standard sheet format of 740x1050mm. KBA has positioned this press between Rapida 105 and Rapida 106.
The Rapida 105 PRO can be equipped with HR-UV or LED-UV drying processes, which are also available for other Rapida presses. KBA claimed that the LED lamps have higher life cycle and give minimal heat transfer to the printing stock.


Xerox launches C60/C70
Xerox has launched mid production engines Xerox Color C60/C70.

The Xerox Color C60/C70 offer 60 and 70 sheets (A4) per minute with a resolution of 2400x2400 dpi respectively. And in mono production it goes up to 65 and 75 PPM.
The image quality of digital printing press is combined with flexible inline finishing options, such as stapling, hole-punching, folding and face trimming.

Bolt RB 104: Notebook from paper reel
The newly launched fully automatic exercise book machine from Line O Matic, Bolt RB 104, has been designed to make soft cover staple pin exercise notebook online from the paper reel.

With a speed of 500 metres per minute with 60 strokes per minute, the machine can convert up to 20-22 tonne of paper in a day, depending on the grammage. The reel width of Bolt RB104 is 104cm, providing the user with an option of maximum five-ups.
The Bolt RB104 is equipped with an automatic inking and cover piling station. Equipped with a web-guiding system and hydro pneumatic tension control system, the Bolt RB104 has an excellent control over web alignment.

Pratham’s Supersort: Inspection system for pharma cartons 

On the first day of PrintPack, Pune-based Pratham Technologies launched Supersort, an inspection system especially designed for the inspection of printed cartons for the pharmaceutical industry.

Datta Deshpande, owner, Pratham, said, "Supersort is a 100% carton inspection and sorting system for folding cartons. We have developed this machine in collaboration with Vision Experts, wherein the software and illumination system is made in Germany while feeder, inspections conveyor, ejector and other transport systems are manufactured by Pratham in Pune.

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Swifts diversifies with VDP launch
The Nashik-based manufacturer 
commemorated the Diamond Jubilee milestone with the launch of VDP mini machine on 12 April at Shree Krishna Banquet Hall, Nashik.

During the PrintPack 2015 Swifts diversified into digital printing with the launch of two variable data printing machines: VDP Max and VDP Compact.

Om Marathe, incharge of business development at Swifts, said, “The Swifts VDP is a combination press with piezoelectric inkjet head plus a bulking system and our traditional offset technology.”

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