Postpress Innovations on Display in Press/Finishing/PackPrint/Photo Imaging Show Floor Section

GRAPH EXPO’s Press/Finishing/PackPrint/Photo Imaging show floor section features a host of new postpress products—including product debuts and MUST SEE ’EMS winners. Now spanning the realm of print, online, and mobile, this year’s show will display the hottest new technologies in the market and create a ‘must attend’ event for graphic communications professionals.


Postpress product debuts

This year in Chicago, a number of exhibitors will debut new postpress products on the show floor.

The JETvarnish 3D inkjet spot UV coater from MGI Digital Graphic Technology (Booth 3623) is making is U.S. debut at GRAPH EXPO. It pushes the limits of traditional spot UV coating with a new 3D effect that varies in thickness depending on application requirements. It handles formats ranging from A3/11.69x16.54" to 52x105 cm/20x42" and weights ranging from 135 to 500 g/m2, and is variable data capable, paving the way for personalized UV coating applications.

Also making its U.S. debut at GRAPH EXPO is Duplo’s (Booth 2221) FKS PrintBind KB-4000 PUR Perfect Binder. The single-clamp KB-4000 combines heavy-duty milling and notching with the strong adhesiveness of both PUR and EVA hot melt side glues to produce high quality, perfect bound books up to 200 books per hour. The KB-4000 also features a closed-tank system to prevent the emission of fumes.


MUST SEE ’EMS winners

Four winning products from the MUST SEE ’EMS fall into the “Postpress – Finishing Digital and Small-Format” and “Postpress Finishing – Wide-Format” categories and will be on display at GRAPH EXPO.

Xerox’s IntegratedPLUS Finishing Solution for Booklets (Booth 1200) offers a complete in-line, off-line and dual-mode booklet automation, creating a streamlined, end-to-end booklet making solution. Off-line and dual-mode automation are achieved with the Xerox Dual Mode Sheet Feeder, which allows an in-line finisher to accept and handle printed output from multiple presses when operated in off-line mode.

EFI’s Integrated Layout Option for Fiery Wide Format Solutions (Booth 2000) enables users to increase productivity, reduce waste, save costs, and eliminate errors. Specific tools allow users to create and clean up cutting contours based on the image shape, even on pixel data, including JEPG, TIFF, PDF, and Image-EPS file formats (gray and CMYK).

The Esko (Booth 427) Kongsberg XN is the one of the highest performing finishing tables in the mid-range market. Newly developed tools include a solid board v-notching insert, a corrugated paper-core board v-notching insert, and a Braille tool insert. It can also be equipped with a more powerful milling spindle, called the MultiCUT- HP. With this head, the Kongsberg XN offers up to three times more milling productivity. Thanks to the power-saving variable vacuum hold-down technology, it consumes less energy.


Other postpress highlights

Standard Finishing Systems (Booth 1244) will be showing its portfolio of postpress products at GRAPH EXPO. The new Horizon HT-1000V Variable Three-knife Trimmer operates in-line with Horizon perfect binders or off-line to deliver a wide range of input and output sizes for completely variable production. The system trims up to 1,000 books of variable thickness and format size per hour and will accept a broad range of input sizes and deliver trimmed books from 5.7x4.05" up to 13.38x11.69".

The Standard Horizon CRF-362 Creaser/Folder has been designed to handle the requirements of creasing and folding digital color output across a wide range of light and heavy weight stocks, coated or uncoated. The CRF-362 comes configured with seven selectable fold patterns and six selectable cover creasing patterns. The system can handle paper weights up to 400 gsm for creasing without folding (350 gsm with folding) and sheet sizes up to 14.33x34".

In cooperation with HP (Booth 1227), Standard Horizon is demonstrating a new way to process your B2 print. The new Horizon SmartStacker converts a B2 size/20x29" sheet into up to 28 individual cut sheets, with intelligent accumulation and stacking, and end-to-end JDF control. Designed to run in-line with the HP Indigo 10000 B2 Digital Press, the system can also be operated off-line.

Bell and Howell (Booth 2610) is unveiling enhancements to its Ascender series inserting systems. The Ascender 16 inserting system operates at speeds of up to 16,000 mailpieces per hour, supports multiple applications, changes over from flats to envelopes in minutes, and provides mailpiece integrity. The inserter also features Bell and Howell’s JETVision Navigator operating system and Harmonix productivity management software.