PRINT 13 Showstoppers

PRINT 13 is the largest graphic arts trade show in North America. The quadrennial printing equipment extravaganza will be held in Chicago, IL, September 8-12. Here are some of the top products to look for at the show. You can follow news and announcements from the show as well as hundreds of product descriptions by linking to the official PRINT 13 Show Daily from

The theme for PRINT 13 is “Innovate, Integrate, Communicate”, giving attendees the word up front that this show will focus on print driven multi-channel communications for each of 12 key market segments. Every aspect of the show has been crafted to stimulate 24/7 networking between industry experts and peers, and to facilitate connections among buyers and vendors to find the solutions that are just right for them.

This year the Chicago-based global print event is joined by the CPP EXPO, which will showcase package printing and converting technology along with a related education track. PRINT 13 also welcomes more than 60 other co-located events—conferences, user-groups, galas, meetings, and more.

PRINT 13 will host nearly 600 exhibitors who will fill the South Hall of McCormick Place and present their wares to the 12 targeted market segments: Commercial Printers, In-Plant Printers/Corporate/Government/Education Print Centers; Sign & Display Shops/Wide-Format Printers; Package & Label Printers & Converters; Quick /Small Commercial Printers; Photo Imagers & Retailers; Transactional Printers; Mailing & Fulfillment Professionals, Book Printers/Publishers, Newspaper Printers/Publishers, Marketing/Creative Services Professionals, and Media/Print Buyers. It is significant to note that 80% of attendees at this global marketplace are decision makers and key influencers.

The newest show floor attraction at PRINT 13 is the Inkjet Candy Store, a special wide-format inkjet area that will deliver live demonstrations of the latest technologies. DELIVER!, the newly re-imagined mailing and fulfillment center, is sponsored by the USPS and the Association of Marketing Service Providers (AMSP), formerly MFSA. It is still the world’s largest mailing show anywhere.

Also new for 2013 is Photo Finish—The Photo Imaging Pavilion, sponsored by Photo Imaging News and SPI Convention & Shoot-Out. It will bring together services for photo, photo book, wide-format and all-sized imaging, creation, finishing related equipment, products, software, substrates, and more.

Another new feature for this year's show is Sidelines—The Expanded Revenue Streams Pavilion. This special floor section will open the doors to a broad array of new revenue sources, including specialty printed products and advertising specialties.

PRINT 13 has also re-engineered the Wide-Format Pavilion into an area that is now simply called BIG. Sponsored by the International Sign Association (ISA), this dedicated section will host all things big and wide, including output devices, software, media/substrates, inks, finishing equipment, and supplies.

Other show highlights include The Marketing Theater, the return of the Printerverse, Future Print, Education Main Street, and GREENspace. Industry gurus will be available at four "Ask the Expert" stations throughout the show floor. There are also four Learning Theaters on the exhibition floor for wide-format, mailing, marketing, and cutting edge technologies.

Whatever you may be looking for to take your company to the next level, you’re sure to find it at PRINT 13.

manroland web systems, Booth 3143

Producing with print-on-demand to optimize costs and being fast on the market: these are the challenges of digital book production. The FormerLine system from manroland web systems is the industrial-strength solution to these challenges. Both inline production and offline finishing of pre-printed reels is possible. Together with the VBC collator, the system generates stacked signatures of up to 6,000 auxiliary-glued book blocks up to 100 mm thick, per hour.

manroland web systems’ FoldLine digital finishing solution is able to produce newspapers in any format (tabloid, broadsheet, Berlin) in both in-line and off-line operations. Also included in the FoldLine portfolio are brochures, magazines, and individual book signatures. FoldLine is designed to produce up to 96 pages (48 pages broadsheet) with a web speed of up to 300 meters/min and a web width of up to 1,060 mm. The system can output up to 2,700 broadsheet newspaper copies with 32 pages, 9,100 bound brochures, or 14,000 16-page signatures per hour. FoldLine can quickly be prepared for new jobs: the makeready times for format and paper changes are minimal, and changes to volumes can be made without interrupting production.

Xerox Corp., Booth 1202

The Xerox Color 570 Printer is compatible with a range of substrates, such as polyesters and vinyl. It prints on coated and uncoated stocks up to 110-pound/300 gsm, and up to 80-pound/220 gsm auto duplex for most stocks. The multifunction features copy, scan, print, and fax, while the 2400x2400 dpi resolution and Xerox’s EA Toner produce high-quality applications with an offset-like finish. The printer outputs at 70 ppm color and up to 75 ppm black-and-white. Inline finishing options include stapling, hole-punching, folding, and face trimming. Users have a choice of print servers, enabling VDP capabilities. Xerox’s Mobile Print Cloud lets users print to the device from anywhere. List price is $44,495.

MBO America, Booth 531

MBO America’s M80 Modular Folding Machine is a 30-inch folder with modular design technology that can be reconfigured. Users can add or interchange certain components, according to specific needs. Other finishing lines will also be demonstrated live, including a Pop-Up Mailer solution, space saving Star Wheel Tapper, and a DFT 560 with selective fold plates that change fold configurations on the fly, based on reading a barcode.

Mutoh Americas, Booth 4250

Mutoh’s ValueJet 1324 - 54" Eco-solvent printer will be showcasing printing demos on 3M’s IJ180 adhesive vinyl material. Printing up to a 565 sqf/hr, the VJ1324 comes with Smart Printing features including Intelligent Interweave print technique, ValueJet Status Monitor App for remote printer monitoring, ColorVerify process control system, and is compatible with Mutoh's SpectroVue VM-10 spectrophotometer for on-printer custom profile making. Mutoh will be cutting the VJ1324 prints on the new ValueCut Cutting Plotters. Known for precision accuracy during long-run cut jobs, the ValueCuts are available in three different sizes.

Ricoh Print Production Solutions, Booth 1931

Ricoh will showcase its enhanced end-to-end solution portfolio for commercial printers, complementary to its broad base of solutions already widely used in the transactional print market. The new commercial print solution enhancements include innovative software, hardware, and professional services. Ricoh will demonstrate how businesses can maximize the productivity and efficiency of their print operations with the InfoPrint 5000, its color and monochrome continuous forms inkjet family which has produced more than 40 billion production impressions across its customer installations worldwide.

The company will also show how to do more with less by implementing sophisticated workflow solutions with Ricoh Process Director and Ricoh Process Director Express, workflow management systems that support both native AFP and PDF. Recently-announced enhancements include the Verification Feature for the TotalFlow DocEnhancer, which allows barcodes to be inserted into print-ready PDF files for the tracking and reporting needed for integrity and compliance. Visitors to Ricoh’s booth will also experience how they can take full control of their workflow with customized solutions from Ricoh and its newest partner Avanti Systems, a leading provider of print Management Information Systems (MIS).

ACTEGA Kelstar, Booth 558

ACTEGA Kelstar's UV Soft Touch Coating for the Graphic Arts Industry has the following technical ranges for the commerical and packaging industry. Run/Application: On sheetfed presses, run speeds of 8,000 to 10,000 IPH are recommended, applying the coating with a 10-14 bcm anilox. (Higher volume aniloxes can be used, but, the cure speed will be slower).

Screen printing the UV-8820ST is possible, provided that extra precaution steps are taken. Some steps include using a water resistant “knock- out” emulsion on the screen, not leaving the coating sit idle for any length of time (see below), and not applying the coating thicker than with a 305 mesh. The coating will come out soft, but, will “post-cure” quickly. Cure Testing: A cured film of UV-8820ST will typically yield 10 to 20 MEK double rubs, have a gloss level

EFI, Booth 2602

EFI PrintSmith Vision provides estimating, point-of-sale, account management, production management, receivables, and sales analysis tools within a single application for offset, digital, and large-format printing operations. PrintSmith Vision connects to EFI Fiery print server seamlessly through certified, industry-standard job definition format (JDF) technology.

Fiery HyperRIP technology can increase job processing speed 40 percent. Adding Fiery servers enables digital printing applications such as high-speed variable data, quick digital proofs that closely match offset quality using the latest Fiery Color Profiler Suite, and short-run prints with Fiery Impose and Fiery JobMaster for complex document imposition and makeready.

Air Motion Systems | AMS UV, Booth 563

Air Motion Systems | AMS UV will introduce its award-winning XP5 Series LED UV Curing System to the North American market at PRINT 13. The XP5 Series LED UV system delivers up to six times the curing intensity of mercury-based lamps for higher speeds and more thorough and predictable curing at just 50 percent of the power consumed, while eliminating the heat, ozone, mechanical shutters, warm-up time, bulb replacements, and safety hazards of conventional UV and High Wavelength “H-type” UV curing systems. And owing to its small profile and no need for air exhaust runs or lengthy UV press preparation, the XP5 can be integrated quickly into multiple types of machines.

Autobond, Booth 112

Autobond will demonstrate the Mini 76 thermal film laminator, equipped with an in-line inkjet spot UV (SUV) machine and a high-speed flying knife cross-cutter, neither of which have been exhibited in North America before. The resulting configuration, the Mini 76x105 TH-CC with a 52 SUV, is comprised of a one-sided, thermal thin film, sheet-fed laminator equipped with a Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 feed-head, a flying knife cross-cutter, and spot UV varnishing machine.

Capable of producing applications with gloss effects and braille-like feel, the technology uses inkjet print-heads to spot print UV varnish in-line with lamination in a single pass. It can also be ordered as an offline unit with a top loading suction drum hopper feeder or optional rising pile feed head.

The flying knife cutter, available in 30- or 41-inch widths, is capable of running polypropylene (OPP), polyester (PET), and nylon applications at up to 200 fpm. It can also be adapted to run two-sided thick film applications, edge seal, and flush cut, or for pressure-sensitive applications such as floor and window graphics, magnet lamination, and metalized film.

Roland DGA Corp., Booth 4274

Roland will showcase the SOLJET Pro 4 XF-640, its fastest large-format inkjet printer to date, delivering up to 1,098 sqft/hr.  And check out the VersaCAMM VS-540 printer/cutter with white and metallic ink options for attention-grabbing signs, banners, vehicle wraps, labels, decals, POP displays, and custom apparel.  There will also be demonstrations of Roland’s advanced UV printers and printer/cutters, including the VersaUV LEJ-640, LEC-330, and LEF-12.  These UV devices print on virtually any type of substrate and produce realistic, detailed package prototypes in record time.

On Demand Machinery (ODM), Booth 3558

The ODM Super Squasher Air Press machine is designed for pressing, compacting and squashing super-sized media up to 19x24 inches with a 17-inch opening. Ideal for photo album pages, menus, file folder products featuring an accordion type folder and many hand assembly items requiring hand pressing.

The ODM Super Squasher, with a 16-inch stroke (1-inch opening when cylinder is down), provides up to 3,000 pounds of pressure. The unit is mounted on a heavy-duty steel tabletop. Safety system promotes safe operation and is designed for single operator use. Power Required: 115 Volt, 60 cycle, 1 Amp, Air line.

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, Booth 2602 (EFI)

The new Sharp Pro Series MX-6500N and MX-7500N high performance color document systems are designed for on-demand workflow environments. These new models combine a modular design with a wide range of supported media. Edge-to-edge printing enables operators to output full bleed booklets in-line. An external Fiery FS100 Pro controller with Command Workstation is available for color critical environments. Features include a 150-sheet Duplex Single Pass Feeder (DSPF) that scans documents at up to 150 ipm, up to 13,500-sheet paper capacity that supports media up to 110-pound cover stock and up to 13x19-inch output, and true 1200x1200 dpi printing with 8-bit processing. Sharp’s triple air-feed paper handling option provides higher reliability for maximum uptime as well as enhanced media support and is virtually maintenance free.

Rollem International, Booth 231

Rollem International celebrates its 50th anniversary by introducing the Delta die-cutter. This flexo-magnetic rotary die cutting system will die-cut, kiss-cut, and cut-score high value products in an infinite number of shapes and sizes. It is well-suited to producing boxes, cartons, labels, and other types of packaging. Offered in two sizes, the Delta 5 handles up to a 17x21-inch sheet, ideal for digital presses, while the Delta 7 offers a larger B2 capacity of 24x30 inches, both are manufactured 100 percent in the US.

Spiral James Burn, Booth 3931

The James Burn Lhermite DocuPunch MK2 is the latest generation automatic punch from the James Burn Lhermite line. Designed for the print on demand market, setup is simple and is done in less than a minute, while die changes take only seconds. Just load the paper push the start button and walk away, the hands free operation allows your operator to perform other tasks while the punch does the work.

The Docupunch has been designed for accurate mid-volume automatic punching on demand, punching preprinted, collated documents directly from your copier or printer, including mixed stocks from 16-pound bond to 110-pound index. It features a top of pile, positive sheet pickup and three-sided jogging into the die for accurate punching registration. The DocuPunch MK2 has three cycle speeds of 50, 60, or 70 cycles per minute and an adjustable pick thickness from 0.4 to 0.7 mm. You can expect production rates up to 25,000 to 35,000 sheets per hour. Dies include: plastic comb, Wire-O wire, three-hole, spiral plastic coil, and more; custom dies are also available.

Ricoh Americas, Booth 1931

The Ricoh Pro C5100s/C5110s is an affordable, high speed, compact, production color laser printer that provides commercial printers with the application versatility, productivity and image quality in a system with a compact footprint they desire. Two models offer 65 and 80 ppm based on A4, a maximum sheet size of 13x19.2 inches, a maximum monthly volume of 150,000, with a duty cycle of 300,000. The Ricoh Pro C5100s/5110s provides 1200x4800dpi VCSEL image quality on a wide variety of media, from tree-based to synthetics and envelopes—an advantage for printers looking to make a smart investment that can handle the range of their customer’s printing requirements at an affordable price point. Ricoh will also demonstrate a unique ac-transfer system paired with an elastic fusing belt to showcase outstanding output on a large variety of textured media.

XMPie, Booth 1202 (Xerox)

The Xerox Phaser 7800 bundled with XMPie’s uDirect Studio LE variable data printing (VDP) software provides the perfect entry-level solution for VDP marketing initiatives. The Phaser 7800 produces crisp, smooth imagery at up to 1200x2400 dpi resolution and can handle heavyweight stocks up to 75 to 350 gsm.

With uDirect Studio LE VDP software users can create customized materials within the Adobe InDesign environment. As a plug-in to InDesign, uDirect Studio LE allows users to define variable areas in a document and link them to a data source with copy and image fitting features to ensure the content is automatically adjusted to fit the designated area. In addition, XMPie’s uImage software, part of the uDirect Studio LE bundle, enables automated creation of personalized images based on Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator designs. Upon completion, users can either view proofs of up to 50 records or send the job directly to the Phaser 7800.

Fujifilm, Booth 1218

Graphium, premiering at PRINT 13, is a modular digital UV inkjet press for labels, packaging, and specialty print in short to medium job runs. It includes a wider 16-inch web width for increased productivity. Graphium produces complex projects requiring a wide gamut of colors on virtually any substrate, up to six digital and four flexo color stations, and very high opacity white ink. Productivity is further increased by the tight integration of prepress tools for conventional and digital print processes. Graphium integrates optional flexo stations for hybrid production and optional inline finishing for converting in one pass. Its XMF workflow, prepress, ColorPath management software, and Adaptive Screening Technology ensure consistent quality through repeatable production, guaranteed match between press and proof, and alignment to color standards, resulting in high quality, vibrant printing with excellent adhesion, light fastness, and durability.

Konica Minolta, Booth 518

With a maximum monthly duty cycle of one million impressions, substantial maximum paper and consumable capacities, as well as air suction paper handling that ensures virtually jam-free printing, the bizhub PRESS C1100 from Konica Minolta is built for long, unattended press runs. Operating at up to 100 ppm regardless of media weight, the C1100 offers scalable finishing options for producing full color flyers and brochures, reports, and presentations with tri-fold spreadsheet pages, saddlestitch booklets or perfect-bound books, and GBC hole-punched or inline ring-bound training manuals, and educational or human resource packages. Additionally, image quality remains consistent due to Konica Minolta's proprietary image processing and sophisticated ASIC technology along with inline image and color density controls. A specialized toner allows images to fuse to paper surfaces at lower temperatures and adhere to rough paper surfaces for natural luster on both glossy and matte stock. It also provides high quality in solid color areas and enhanced electro-photographic properties to reproduce halftone photos and skin tones more faithfully and allow for smoother edges, greater legibility in fine text, and maximum color density without granularity.

Xanté, Booth 5007

The Excelagraphix 4200 is a 42-inch wide inkjet print system featuring the Memjet Waterfall Printhead Technology that delivers more than three billion drops of ink per second, for print speeds up to eight times faster (up to 12 inches per second) than traditional inkjet technology. The adjustable media path allows users to print on a wide variety of media, including ultra-thick foam board and corrugated cardboard up to 3/8 inch thick, and sheet sizes from 8.27x12 inches up to 42 inches x 50 feet.

Print full color architectural/engineering documents, maps, indoor signage, POP displays, packaging, folding cartons, corrugated boxes, newspapers, and more, in a matter of seconds. The Excelagraphix also runs variable data at full speed.

The complete solution is driven by the iQueue Simply Brilliant Prepress Workflow. IQueue automates prepress production and makes it easy to manage multiple digital files, make independent CMYK/density adjustments, match critical spot colors, select the desired linescreen, screen angles, and dot shape. You can also apply and save custom imposition templates, nudge/rotate a digital file on a specific sheet size, track multiple run counts, and estimate individual job cost from multiple user workstations.

Spiel Associates, Booth 3536

Spiel Associates’ Sterling Coilmaster III plastic coil binding system creates plastic coil from plastic filament, automatically inserting it into the book from the first hole onwards and then automatically cutting and crimping. This machine eliminates the need to store plastic coil. The cost savings of producing 12-inch lengths of coil from filament is more than 50 percent. The Coilmaster III incorporates the latest advances in automatic plastic coil binding, including an angled roller for speedy jam free binding, a spreading device that allows for any size margin, and the ability to bind books with any pitch with round or oval holes. The Coilmaster III delivers the capability of binding books up to 40 mm in diameter at speeds of up to 700 books per hour.

Rochester Software Associates, Booth 4634

QDirect software from Rochester Software Associates controls and automates digital workflows, routes jobs, and manages output across an entire organization. QDirect allows customers to consolidate printing and maximize equipment utilization, by handling many workflows—from simple output management to complex multi-location, multi-vendor workflows. QDirect accepts jobs from any source, including the network, mainframes, hot folders, other RSA applications such as WebCRD and M.I.S. Print, and popular industry applications. The software centrally manages and routes print jobs to destinations that can include production printers, the fleet, archival systems, email, or submission to external prepress and workflow applications. The software supports numerous file formats, including PostScript, PDF, PCL, LCDS, EBCDIC, ASCII, IPDS, and VIPP.

Extend QDirect’s capabilities with several add-on modules. QDirect Dynamics automates processing transactional and transpromo variable data using PDF template-based documents created with popular VDP software. The QDirect Make Ready module enables QDirect to process and re-ticket files created by digital production make ready and prepress tools to print on production devices from major print vendors. QDirect.SCAN and QDirect Accounting allow distributed MFPs to scan hardcopy documents with ticketing, submitting them to a centralized print shop without operator intervention, simplifying workflows and eliminating manual processes, tracking budget allocation, and usage reporting.

Mark Andy, Booth 1273

The Mark Andy Performance Series flexo printing presses are available in three different models—P3, P5 and P7—which all feature the same dynamic print station design. The models are differentiated by price points and the primary drive systems, from dual servo, intuitive system found in the P7, down to a standard electronic drive system found in the P3.

The print station features integrated self-setting components feature a load and lock ink system that loads in less than 20 seconds, self-locating reference discs that lock print cylinders into place with a touch of a button and sets impression automatically, and servo technology that consists of an intuitive registration system, using exclusive algorithms and Vari-Print programming.

With simplified, intuitive on-board controls at each station, combined with easy-access to webbing and viewing the press, set up, and changeover speeds are reduced by up to 50 percent. Additionally, reducing the web paths for UV printing has drastically cut the amount of material or substrate in the web.

All Performance Series platforms are offered in 10-inch, 13-inch, and 17-inch web widths that can print at 750 fpm on a variety of qualified materials with a variety of drying and curing options.

W+D, Booth 3922

W+D is premiering its new W+D BB700 S2 with TIprint 4dL, a direct mail inserter that operates at speeds of up to 16,000 envelopes/hour. The BB700 S2 prints a blank, unfilled, flat envelope before inserting materials into the envelope. Printing flat envelopes enables the inserter to print on the front and back side of the open seal flap in a single pass without having to turn the envelope or add additional inkjet printing capabilities.

Offset competitive quality can be printed on standard 24-pound white wove envelope stock. This is a function of the high-speed vacuum transport belt that moves the substrate through the machine and positions it as close to the inkjet print heads as possible. The formulation of Hi-Def water base inkjet inks produces a vivid and wide color gamut on standard envelope paper. Quality improves on papers optimized for inkjet and exceeds offset in many print categories.

The BB7002S uses an 8.66-inch wide inkjet print head. Combined with Hi-Def water based inkjet inks, it yields the lowest cost per imaged unit for any current generation DOD inkjet systems in its class.