Spotlight on five digital presses at PrintPack 2017

Sriraam Selvam takes a look at five production digital presses which are attracting maximum eyeballs at the India Expo Centre.

10 Feb 2017 | By Sriraam Selvam

Canon Imagepress C10000VP
The C10000VP has over 10 installations in India and is the star attraction at the Canon stall.

The heavy production series which was launched at Pamex in 2015 is the company’s first 100 page-per-minute colour digital print engine.

The make of the machine is such as to produce 100ppm in colour with a 2400x2400 dpi resolution and can print maximum sheet size of 13x19.2 inches and minimum is 7.2x7.2 inches.

The C10000 can also produce 13x30-inch long prints which has found to be an added attraction for its users.

The C10000VP is targeted at commercial printers and inplant printing departments. It prints in CMYK at full rated speed on uncoated stock from 60-350gsm, and on coated grades from 70-350gsm.

It also features an inline spectrophotometer for colour calibration and uses a second transfer belt thereby eliminating material deformation and improved registration accuracy. The registration control technology delivers front-to-back registration tolerance of 0.5mm.

The device uses Consistently Vivid (CV) toner, a developer unit and reduced fusing temperature for improved colour consistency and accuracy.

The front end controllers of the machine are based on EFI Fiery FS200 Pro platform, supporting the engine with better workflow and media handling capabilities.

The Imagepress C10000VP is said to have a monthly duty cycle of up to 1.5 million letter-size pages and comes with several in-line finishing options, both from Canon and third party manufacturers.

HP Indigo 7900
Two two high profile installations since it was launched at Drupa 2016, the HP Indigo 7900 digital press got its photo version an India entry at PrintPack 2016.

The Indigo 7900 is a high-speed sheetfed SRA3 (12.6inches x 17.7inches) press for cut-sheet applications. It uses HP’s ElectroInk liquid toner technology and features inline spectrophotometer and one-shot printing. In one-shot mode all the colours are assembled on the blanket and then transferred to the substrate in ‘one shot’ and enables wider choice of substrates like canvas, synthetics, lenticular, and metallised media.

There are three advantages: for heat-sensitive materials it prevents registration issues, on delicate material it reduces the chance of scratches and for photo applications it ensure extremely tight registration for the highest quality and sharpness.

It also benefits from Indigo Optimizer, a new software tool that HP claimed can increase throughput per shift by up to 40% through features like intelligent job sequencing and the production of proofs without stopping jobs in production. HP’s SmartStream Mosaic produces millions of one-of-a-kind products using variable design technology.

The press prints colour pages at up to 160ppm for more than five million colour pages every month, using enhanced productivity mode, but HP says the productivity benefits come from the new features that improve uptime and reduce the need for intervention, such as an inline spectrophotometer, and a new screening configuration for the three-channel (CMY) Enhanced Productivity Mode (EMP).

The 7900 photo version consists of a new super fine blanket for even better photo quality, the new binary ink developers and Photospeciality software’s.

Konica Minolta Bizhub C1100/C1085
The C1085 was launched as early as 2014 along with the C1100 which was one of the earliest launched 100 ppm press.

The CMYK Bizhub C1085 can print at a speed of up to 85 A4ppm with a maximum size of 13x19 inches on stock weight range of 55-350gsm auto duplex (which the company claims to be the only machine in the price range to do it) and a monthly duty cycle of 2.80 lakh prints per month.

The machine is suitable for visiting cards, brochures, packaging products and promotional/marketing materials.

The production press, targeted at commercial printers and print service providers, incorporates Simitri HDE Toner, a newly-developed toner which according to KM realises improved image quality and energy-saving performance, and support hybrid workflow with seamless integration with Kodak Prinergy, Agfa Apogee and other third party pre-press and workflow solutions.

In addition the machine’s capabilities in flexible substrate handling and inline finishing options provide quality output.

The company which has more than 3000 installations at the end of 2016 rates the C1100/1085 as their most popular series in the mid production segment. KM has close to 150 installations of C1100/1085 in 2016.

Ricoh Pro C9100
Launched in August 2015, the Pro C9100 series boast a maximum recommended monthly volume of one million A4 pages.

The Ricoh Pro C9100 prints at a speed of up to 110 pages per minute (ppm) for A4 and 75 ppm for A3 with 1200 x 4800 dpi using Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology for superior image quality.

With advanced Fiery controller options and the ability to support paper weights of up to 400gsm in both simplex and duplex while maintaining rated engine speed, the series is said to deliver increased applications and efficiency without degradation of quality.

With a maximum standard sheet size of 13x19.2 inches and maximum monthly volume of one million impressions based on A4, Ricoh says it offers customers greater flexibility.

Other features include air assisted duplex banner printing, up to 700mm in length, from a bypass feed unit. Compatible substrates include uncoated, textured and coated media, plus specialty media such as super-gloss, magnet, metallic, transparent and synthetic.

The company says the ability to print the whole 49 inches is a major selling point in this market as it can reduce the number of pages used and prove to be a cost effective solution and make the difference in terms of price point.

Xerox Versant 80
As Xerox launch an enhanced version of their C70 presses at PrintPack, the spotlight is still firmly on their best and fastest selling model, the Versant 80. The compact digital press has more than hundred installations in India.

The production press which replaced the C75 and J75 models in 2015 prints up to a speed of 80 ppm and delivers image quality of 2400 dpi.

With the Rs 5,000 crore photo printing market as its prime target, the machine can print on all stocks up to 350gsm and is available along with an inline spectrophotometer for increased colour automation. It can handle a variety of media types with a compact belt fuser system and Xerox’s low-melt (EA) dry ink.

The Xerox team believes the Versant 80 is a great device, especially for the photo-printing segment. Its 10-bit image quality and ultra HD capabilities gives great finish and minute colour details, which makes it a must buy for customers doing photo printing
The machine comes with a choice of two servers: the Xerox EX-i 80 print server or the Xerox EX 80 print server, both of which are powered by Fiery. The addition of XMPie uDirect Classic Pro software will enable printers to produce variable data-driven personalised communications.

A demo that I have had on the Versant 80 proved the production press capabilities with walk-up simplicity. Another thumbs up is its offset-quality performance and automated features that remove the guesswork from optimising image quality, colour and registration.

Scodix Ultra Pro with foil

Scodix has launched the Ultra series, as the fastest, high-quality and most accurate digital enhancement press for textured finishes.
The Ultra digital press can produce 1,250 B2+ size sheets an hour. It can handle stock from 135 to 675gsm on thicknesses up to 700 microns.

Replacing the conventional analogue method and eliminating the need for dies, plates, moulds and other expensive makeready costs, the result is a break-even point of around 9,000 sheets and a huge cost saving for short to medium runs.

Scodix incorporates the patented RSP (Rotate Scale Position) based on 4 CCD cameras to deliver pin-point accuracy, PolySense 500 polymer enables ultra-fine details, and “the highest level of gloss” attainable for print.

The additional module Scodix Foil, running inline with the Scodix Ultra Pro digitally creates a brilliant foil effect simply, in-house with no waste or mess.

Print service providers and carton converters can easily produce short to medium runs profitably.

In India, Monotech Systems represents Scodix. The company installed the first Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil at PM Digital in Chennai. Two more are expected to be installed at Rakesh Press and Hira Print, soon. Another eight are on its way, claimed the Monotech representative.

JetVarnish 3DS with iFoil

MGI’s first inkjet product was the Jetvarnish press that was demonstrated at Drupa 2008 running at 1,000sph, it was the first digital spot UV coater in a B2 format. At Drupa 2012, MGI introduced its next version, the Jetvarnish 3D, which features new 3D with iFoil, world’s first.

With single-pass printing, the 3DS is a UV spot varnish device and spot foiling device. JetVarnish 3DS would provide additional value to PSPs by adding spot coating to printed brochures, display materials, packaging and other communication materials. There is no need to choose between traditional flat spot coating or 3D raised effects, because the JetVarnish 3DS can do them both on the same sheet.

The AIS SmartScanner, adds artificial intelligence technology to the kit. It is the only print registration solution in the world that individually makes adjustments and corrections for each printed sheet. It requires no registration marks and treats each sheet like a separate, unique job. The cost-savings are dramatic.

Print speeds are up to 4,800 A3 sheets per hour in flat mode (2D) and up to 1,500 A3 sph in 3D mode.

Konical Minolta (KM), which represents MGI JetVarnish presses in India, has three installations of the 3DS in India at Dina Color Lab, Pooja Digital and Varun B Corporation. Futura Digital booked the MGI’s fourth 3DS during the PrintPack show. TechNova through KM also represents JetVarnish in India.