On Demand 2009: Preparing for Change

This year’s On Demand Conference and Expo was held March 31-April 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. More than 20,000 technology industry professionals gathered to network, attend conference sessions, hear from industry leaders, and look for new products and services from more than 300 exhibiting companies.

“From the show floor we heard very positive feedback from our major exhibitors including Canon, Xerox, Konica Minolta and Océ,” said Debra Brown, event director for Questex Media Group, producers of the show. “The conference sessions were well attended, and the buzz throughout the four-day event was that qualified buyers were walking the show, and were buying.”

Keynote speakers discussed the most pressing issues in the printing industry and key factors to keep business running smoothly in today’s rapidly evolving world of technology. The theme from all of the presenters throughout the four-day event was to take advantage of the moment and move businesses forward.

Mary Lee Schneider, president, digital solutions and chief technology officer of RR Donnelley, told her audience, “The opportunity to invest and grow your business is now.” She emphasized the importance of being cost efficient and making the correct equipment decisions that are most beneficial to any digital printing company.

Another digital printing expert, Sophie Vandebroek, chief technology officer and president of Xerox Innovation Group, stated, “Productivity is important for your business,” and went on to discuss all angles of value in productivity and quality control.

Robert Shimp, group vice president from Oracle, led a discussion with CIOs from Blue Cross Blue Shield, the U.S. Air Force Medical, the Organizations for American States, and Wells Fargo on how to successfully promote an ECM project and make it a priority in both the private and public sector.

John Mancini, the president of AIIM, said during his State of the Industry ECM Address that in a recent survey 47 percent of organizations found that managing electronic office documents is still a challenge and that modern business communication channels—instant message, text message, blogs and wikis—are uncontrolled and off the corporate radar for 75 percent of businesses.

What’s New

Canon demonstrated the imagePRESS C1+, which utilizes a clear toner station. Canon also showcased its imagePRESS 1135/1125/1110 B/W digital presses, which won Best of Show Awards along with the imagePRESSC1+.

Canon announced the latest version of the imageWARE Prepress Manager, a document and production workflow tool, imageRUNNER models such as the MEAP enabled (Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform) and Color imageRUNNER C5185, the imageFORMULA ScanFront 220e and ScanFront 220eP Compact Network Scanners, and the imageWARE Scan Manager Connector v1.0 for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

EFI launched Command WorkStation 5.0 and debuted the Fiery SeeQuence Impose and Compose Suite, an innovative makeready software application. Also showcased were Colorproof XF version 4.0 proofing solution, Digital StoreFront, and the latest versions of EFI Pace, PrintSmith, PrintSmith Site, PrintFlow, EFI Colorproof eXpress, Fiery, and Fiery XF (including integration to PrintSmith and Digital StoreFront). Command WorkStation 5.0 also won a Best of Show Award. For more information, visit www.efi.com.

HP announced telecommuter bundles include the Officejet Pro 8500 AiO Series as well as the HP LaserJet CM1312nfi MFP and HP LaserJet M1522n MFP. HP’s new scanners include: the Scanjet Enterprise 7000n Document Capture Workstation, and Scanjet Enterprise 9000 Sheet-feed Scanner. Other new products include the HP Designjet T1120 SD-MFP, HP Designjet T1120 HD-MFP, HP Designjet 4520 HD-MFP and 4520 Scanner, HP Designjet T1120 Printer series and HP Designjet 4020/4520 Printer series, Web Jetadmin, HP Open Extensibility Platform, Universal Print Driver 5.0, Output Server Solution, and Delivery Notification Solution for Manufacturing. AIIM Exposition and Conference in HP booth 1400. For more information, visit www.hp.com.

InfoPrint Solutions Co., a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, showcased its suite of TransPromo solutions, Print On Demand (POD) technologies, and Automated Document Factory (ADF) designed to solve challenges of postal optimization and mailroom integrity. The applications were demonstrated using the Ricoh Pro C900. The InfoPrint 100 was on display. For more information, visit www.infoprint.com.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. highlighted its latest products and technologies at On Demand. The bizhub PRO C65hc incorporates new toner technology. The bizhub PRO C6501 allows high-quality, cost efficient digital color production. Konica Minolta also demonstrated the bizhub PRO 2500P, the bizhub PRO 1200, and the bizhub PRO 950. Its PS7000C MKII system for color scanning and digitizing is perfect for large size books and other bound materials, with face-up scanning that protects valuable originals. For more information, visit www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.

Millmar Paper announced its distinct and engaging Xtreme Coated Cover’s swatch book, which demonstrates the impressive qualities of this two-sided, cross-platform sheet. Xtreme’s swatch book actually invites users to test the stock through fun and interactive folding games which showcase its remarkable versatility and flexible fiber structure. Xtreme Coated Cover’s For Xtreme Ideas Only swatch book was recognized with a Best of Show in the Innovations in Paper Usage and Substrates category at On Demand Conference & Exposition. The award and the awards show were presented in partnership with InfoTrends, a market research firm. For more information, visit www.millmarpaper.com.

Océ showcased its new CS Tandem family of full-color cut sheet digital production printers. Available in multi-engine Océ CS130Tpro, Océ CS195Tpro, and Océ CS260Tpro configurations, engine speeds range from 130 to 260 pages per minute.

The CS Tandem line also won a Best of Show Award. The monochrome Océ VarioPrint 4120 digital print system brings total productivity to on demand print environments. At On Demand, Océ print systems were paired with the latest Océ PRISMA software, including PRISMAsync, PRISMAweb, PRISMAprepare, PRISMAarchive, and PRISMAaccess offerings. For more information, visit www.oceusa.com.

Prinova released messagepoint 2.0, which includes capabilities that allow easy planning, creation, approval, and tracking of campaigns and message content through a single Web-based software solution. Its major new features include: service provider support, graphical multi-part messages, batch data import, expanded message targeting, multilingual message preview, and an enhanced user interface. Prinova messagepoint also won a Best of Show Award for Document Creation Software. For more information, visit www.prinova.com.

Spiel Associates Inc., Long Island City, N.Y., announced an 18-inch Ultra Compact UV coater, specifically designed for small presses and digital copiers. The Ultra Compact UV coater features single-handle roller adjustments, ultra small (30 square foot) footprint, reverse spin metering roller for smoother coating, IR pre-treat system for hard curing issues, and installation, training, and a one year warranty. Spiel Associates’ Sterling DigiPunch features a variable pile lift, which allows for slowing the machine down for difficult jobs. Punch sheets with covers or tabs intermixed. A touch screen offers automatic set up and changeovers. For more information, visit www.spielassociates.com.

Xerox featured five digital systems in its booth: the Nuvera 200 EA Perfecting Production System, iGen4, DocuColor 8000 AP, 700, and WorkCentre 7655 color multifunction system. Xerox also announced document workflow systems: FreeFlow Web Services 7.0 Powered by Press- Enhancements; Two New Business of Printing Business Development Services, Value Based Pricing workshop and How to Sell Direct Mail workshop; details the basic elements required to build and DocuShare 6.5. Xerox also introduced a new ECM package, Xerox DocuShare Virtual Filing System. For more information, visit www.xerox.com.

XMPie presented PersonalEffect one-to-one cross media marketing solution. PersonalEffect 4.6 received a Best of Show Award. It now supports Adobe CS4 and gives end users more Adobe design capabilities. For more information, visit www.xmpie.com.

Best of Show Winners

The On Demand Best of Show Awards were judged in 10 categories by professionals from the graphic arts and printing community. One “Best of Show” award was presented in each of the following categories:

  • 1:1 Communications—XMPie Inc. PersonalEffect 4.6
  • Bindery, Finishing and Mailing Equipment—C.P. Bourg Inc., BME Booklet Maker
  • Color Digital Printing Equipment—Océ, CS130T, 195T, and 260T family
  • Document Creation Software—Bitstream Inc., Pageflex Storefront 7.0
  • Innovations in Paper Usage and Substrates—Millmar Paper, Xtreme Coated Cover
  • Innovative Use of Technology—Peleman Industries/Unibind, UniQover
  • Monochrome Digital Printing Equipment—Canon U.S.A., imagePRESS 1135/1125/1110
  • Print MIS/ERP—Avanti Computer Systems, Avanti Graphic Arts Management System, Version 11: CRM Marketing Campaign Management Module
  • Web To Print Solutions—Bitstream Inc., Pageflex Storefront 7.0
  • Workflow Solutions—Xerox Corp., FreeFlow Express to Print

The following companies were awarded honorable mentions:

  • 1:1 Communications—Crawford Technologies, PRO Document Enhancer V. 3.6
  • Bindery, Finishing and Mailing Equipment—BCC Software, Mail Manager Full Service
  • Color Digital Printing Equipment—Canon U.S.A., imagePRESS C1+
  • Document Creation Software—Prinova, messagepoint
  • Innovations in Paper Usage and Substrates—Neenah Paper, Classic Crest Digital, Classic Linen Digital, Environment Digital
  • Innovative Use of Technology—Xerox Corp., iGen4 Press
  • Monochrome Digital Printing Equipment—Xerox, Nuvera 200EA Perfecting Production System
  • Print MIS/ERP—EFI, PrintSmith v8.1
  • Web To Print Solutions—XMPie Inc., uStore 3.5
  • Workflow Solutions—EFI, Command WorkStation v5.0 (CWS5)