Heidelberg will present its entire digital print portfolio under the Linoprint name at drupa 2012. The brand message is that offset and digital processes can be truly complimentary—and consistently profitable—when both are integrated properly and production managed fluidly between them. Backing up this pledge is Heidelberg’s unique expertise in cross-platform color matching, a core competence that shrinks to a minimum the difference in measured color between Heidelberg offset presses and Heidelberg’s digital print solutions.
In an expansion of its cooperation with Ricoh, Heidelberg now will offer Ricoh’s short-run, cut-sheet digital printing systems under the Linoprint C name. Heidelberg’s exhibit in Hall 1 at drupa 2012 will feature the debut of the Linoprint C 901 and Linoprint C 751 digital printing systems equipped with the latest version of Prinect Digital Print Manager, which enables print shops to manage and calculate both their offset and digital print jobs from a single workflow. This solution covers a wide range of functions such as variable data management, postpress with digital in-line and near-line finishing, and document-oriented production, and gives printers the ability to route jobs quickly to the most cost-efficient production equipment. Full integration with a shop’s Prinect workflow enables digital jobs on Linoprint C equipment to be seamlessly planned and managed (including standardized color management via Prinect Color Toolbox) with offset presswork—all from the same workflow software.
Finishing Options Expand Application Range
Linoprint C devices will be controlled by Heidelberg’s Prinect software and supported by a variety of inline finishing options including perfect binding, ring binding, folding, cutting, and stitching. Especially well-suited to the handling of both traditional and digitally printed materials are Heidelberg’s DG Creaser, 714XA/XLT; USA B20 Stahlfolder SPS (slit, perf, score); as well as POLAR’s forthcoming line of cutters with CompuCut 5.0 operator guidance and networking software, the Eurobind EB600/1300 adhesive binder, and versatile die cutting and folder-gluing equipment from KAMA.
Visitors to Hall 1 also can learn about Linoprint L, an inkjet system currently in development by Heidelberg. Linoprint is a drop-on-demand system for the economical production of complex, short to medium-sized label and film runs, and applications with variable content: for example, smart labels, security printing, and traceable labels. This system will be sold in the U.S. by CSAT, a digital press manufacturer acquired by Heidelberg in 2011