Sriraam Selvam’s Top Five of the Week

PrintWeek India's ERP and MIS expert, Sriraam Selvam, spots five products of the week which are making news

10 Jul 2015 | By Sriraam Selvam

Xerox iGen5
The Xerox's iGen5 is here. The latest digital production colour cutsheet press, has an expanded colour gamut with an optional fifth colour. It is touted to be the first in the iGen range to offer a fifth colour option alongside CMYK. The optional fifth colours are orange, green or blue dry ink.

Interestingly, Xerox launched the 1000i colour engine launch at PrintExpo in Chennai which offers pantone metallic gold or silver specialty dry inks. "The 1000i is designed to give the printers a creative, competitive advantage, said Rajagopalan Balaji, executive director – technology and channels, Xerox India.

Heidelberg logo
In June, Heidelberg unveiled a new logo with a revamped, coloured ‘H’, designed to reflect “The three customer touch points of service, equipment and consumables”.
Chief executive Gerold Linzbach said Heidelberg is pledging a “return to growth” in the future, despite posting sales down 4% for 2014/2015. This includes a 15-month contribution from Gallus.
Linzbach hinted about the Drupa 2016 launches. In all likelihood, the focus is on inkjet digital printing systems for commercial print and packaging. Heidelberg is “intensifying” its joint venture with Fujifilm for digital printing and will expand “primarily in the areas of printing chemicals, inks and coatings."
In news that would interest Indian print industry, the Heidelberg group also offloaded a chunk of its post-press operation through deals with Muller Martini and Masterwork Machinery, which contributed to the sales decline.
EFI digital front end
EFI has announced the first digital front end (DFE) which has been developed its new, faster Fiery FS200 Pro platform, the Xerox EX-P 5 Print Server Powered by Fiery. This is available with the Xerox EX-P 5 drives the Xerox’s brand-new iGen 5 digital press. Among the many new features in this DFE platform is an advanced Fiery HyperRIP capability that processes up to four jobs at once, with a special Rush RIP feature that opens up a fifth RIP to process rush jobs.
Last week, EFI has released three upgrades for its digital front-ends (DFEs) for Konica Minolta Bizhub presses.
The Freemont-based tech giant has acquired Reggiani Macchine and Matan. With this it has a solid grip in the textile market and extends its share of the superwide-format display graphics markets. The deals for Reggiani Macchine and Matan are worth $188.4m
Durst Rho 1312
What do you do when you need to print on aluminum, Correx, Foamex and cardboard?
The 2.5m-wide Rho 1312 from Durst is a good bet. The kit is capable of printing 620sqm/hr and features what Durst calls Gradual Flow Printing, which prints a 1.25x2.5m image with a wide array that does not need to scan back and forth across the media.
The media remains stationery during printing, while low UV pinning of the ink film during printing fixes the image, enabling curing to take place in an external UV dryer, leading to improved printing on heat-sensitive materials and corrugated board. Colour configurations are standard CMYK and optional light cyan, light magenta and process colour addition (orange plus either green or violet). The printer has a drop size of 12pl.
The Rho 1312 was launched during Fespa 2014.
During 2015, Durst showcased its first 2.5m wide-format printer using the technology, the Rho WT 250 HS.
HP 30000
HP Indigo's most latest 30000 was present at HP stall during, HP Indigo Worldwide VIP Event, customer Ducart Packaging Solutions had attended the HP Indigo event in Israel.
The offset folding carton packagers first foray into digital converts 650 tonnes of paperboard on its three KBAs six-colour presses, three Bobst punching and three folding-gluing machine.
A Bobst hot-foil machine fires 100+ plates per day and also produces milk packaging with a six colour french-made Chambon press.