The 9,000 square foot Newspaper Pavilion at Graph Expo 2012 promises a slew of activities and new products designed to keep newspaper printers and publishers on the cutting edge. Attendees will get a chance to see, touch, and explore the equipment, products, and services important to them, including hybrid production, digital presses (hardware & software), offset presses, CTP and associated plate bending/punching, production workflow, UV and heatset technology, postpress and mailroom equipment, and consumables.
In addition, the Pavilion’s press/finishing and prepress/design/software areas will offer all of the latest prepress systems and workflow management tools, such as integration with Web-based approaches, creative direct mail programs, digital asset management, cost reduction (savings on paper, postage, and print), customized and personalized content and messages to increase response rates.
Innovative equipment will be on display, of course, such as:
• Glunz & Jensen will introduce its iCtP NewsWriter XL system and demonstrate live platemaking on the iCtP PlateWriter 3000.
• PRIME UV Systems is rolling out its Prime UV Radmax UV for the widest web presses. The unit’s design incorporates a UV lamp emitter with advanced embedded controls, featuring continuous data streaming. Solid state design offers control of uniform UV output and intensity across the widest webs.
• Augsburg, Germany-based manroland web systems Inc.’s partnership with Océ Printing Systems offers the initial innovations in industrial digital four-color printing, including graphics networking and finishing equipment.
•Pressline Services will roll out a press system, (3 Volution) that uses a plate cylinder capable of printing three sheets in a single revolution.
• Web offset press manufacturer TKS will be showing off its digital inkjet press, called the Jetleader 1500, which can reportedly produce multi-section newspaper products in-line, as well as book and catalog products.
• Goss International booth at Graph Expo will present unique options for newspaper and packaging printing, print finishing, and aftermarket support.
High on the list of reasons that many attendees return year after year are the exceptional opportunities to gain invaluable knowledge in seminars featuring experts in a variety of fields, and this year’s program will disappoint no one.
The International Newspaper Group (ING), a not-for-profit organization comprised of newspaper operations, executives, and industry suppliers, based in North America, will meet Friday, October 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm to exchange information and help foster a better understanding of the latest technology impacting the newspaper production process.
Among the seminars that will be of particular interest to newspaper printers and publishers:
Sunday, October 7, 5:00 - 5:30 pm: Lean Manufacturing: 5S—Straight-Talk Steps to Increased Productivity. This introduction to 5S by print consultant Ray Prince will show you successful ways of implementing the program. Changing the culture of a company is difficult. Included will be the benefits of 5S, how to successfully implement it, why these programs fail, how to avoid failure, and how to make your employees want this program.
Sunday, October 7, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Wondrous Workflow: A Printer’s Perspective on Optimized Automation. Mark Bohan, vice president, technology and research for Printing Industries of America will talk about where automation is being used effectively, how you can implement it without excessive capital outlay, how to remove costs with automation, and best practices for process automation, based on case studies.
Monday, October 8, 2:00 - 3:30 pm: Production Inkjet NOW: Practical Tips for Peak Productivity. Speaker Mark Bohan will help answer: Where is production inkjet now? What does inkjet offer in the different market segments? What is the difference between the inkjet solutions? What are the technical challenges with inkjet? What are the sales challenges for inkjet? Where are business opportunities?