Konica Minolta’s booth also had its bizhub line on display, with the bizhub PRESS C8000 and the bizhub PRESS C1070/C1070P/C1060. The 80 ppm C8000 has a monthly duty cycle of 500,000 pages. The C1070 and C1060 operate at print speeds of 70 ppm and 60 ppm, respectively, and have a full array of available finishing solutions.
Canon displayed its imagePRESS color production printer line with the C6010, aimed at small to medium-sized printers, and the C6010 VP, both with 1200x1200 dpi running at 60 ppm. It also showcased its C7010 VP for mid-sized to large printing operations.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of HP Indigo’s first press launch at IPEX 93. At PRINT 13, HP demonstrated the fourth generation of HP Indigo digital presses with the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press. As of August 2013, the HP Indigo had more than 50 installations in more than 20 countries. It is a 29-inch sheet-fed press that prints at speeds up to 3,450 sheets per hour (sph) in full color, and up to 4,600 sph in Enhanced Productivity Mode.
KBA also focused on its entry into high-volume digital print with the KBA RotaJET 76, an inkjet web press. Also (because I don’t want to short change traditional offset), KBA rolled out the new KBA Rapida 164 press, which was introduced earlier this year. Dubbed “big sister” to the Rapida 145, which launched last year at drupa, the new Rapida 164 has a top speed of 16,000 sph and a slightly larger sheet size than its predecessor the Rapida 162/162a.
What Will We See in the Future?
PRINT 13 was indeed a digital color show, but there were many not so subtle indications that the industry is rapidly moving away from its ink on paper roots. Mailing and fulfillment was a major theme, as was wide-format—including such exotic applications (at least to commercial printers) as fabric printing and vehicle wraps.
In the co-located CPP Expo, package printers and converters displayed equipment and solutions that are driving the growth and increasing interest in package printing among commercial printers. Indeed, some experts see packaging as one of the few growth opportunities for the commercial print market.
And then there are the “e” alternatives to print that continue to make inroads. We have watched the decline in traditional offset over the past decade or so. What will rise and what will fall in the coming years is yet to be seen, but PRINT 13 certainly gave us a hint.