Drupa preview: environment & knowledge stand-by-stand

Tuesday 03 April 2012

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GSE will show its modular dispensing tools with the theme Think Lean just one green-focused launch of many at Drupa



Hall 8b, Stand A25-1 and A25-3
One of the key pre-press launches for Fujifilm this year will be the XR-1200F developer waste reduction and water re-use system, as well as the latest addition to Fujifilm’s renowned ‘low-chemistry’ family of products, Brillia HD LH-PXE, which is a thermal CTP plate for long-run commercial sheetfed and web applications (see Must-see, bottom of page). Brillia HD LH-PXE is compatible with Fujifilm’s FLH-Z ‘ZAC’ processor, allowing printers to reduce chemistry usage, maximise the bath life and minimise processor cleaning.

Also on show will be the Flenex DLE (Direct Laser Engraving) B2 CTP system for flexo printing applications. The flexo plate multichannel platesetter has been designed to remove the need for the multiple pieces of equipment associated with the current LAM plate-making process, and so reduce energy through the elimination of high-temperature plate drying process. It is also VOC-free.

"With the commercial availability of the system, we hope to be able to demonstrate that our technology know-how will provide packaging printers with a real alternative to the LAM-based devices on the market," says Yasufumi Morimoto, senior engineering manager, Graphic Systems Division at Fujifilm’s Tokyo headquarters.

Hall 05, Stand F9-1 and F9-6
New for Drupa is the Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plate, where processing chemistry and water usages are, says Kodak, virtually zero compared with previous technology. There is also no processing effluent or contaminated waste to manage and the plate’s performance, says Kodak, enables printers to cut start-up ink and substrate waste and use fewer plates.

Print Proof Solutions
Hall 3, StandF50
A GSE-associated company, Print Proof Solutions will display its Perfect Proofer, an automated, table-top flexo wet-proofing solution. This product is designed to enable ink laboratory technicians to pre-flight formulations under press conditions so that re-adjustments on the press are eliminated and ink and start-up substrate waste reduced.

Hall 9, Stand A40
In keeping with a Green Value 21 (GV21) environmental strategy to develop products and technologies that minimise the environmental impact of print, Screen will be showcasing CTP processors designed to reduce the use of chemicals and power by the processor after exposure by supporting chemistry-free plates. A highlight will be the PlateRite HD 8900 series Z model – the latest A4-size eight-page platesetter – which reduces power consumption by up to 41% per plate during operation

Hall 8b Stand A23
Software developer Enfocus will show its new releases PitStop Pro and PitStop Server which, through correcting last-minute problems in PDF files and making them suitable for production, avoid misprints and so saves paper and ink wastage.

Hal 8b, Stand A23
Esko’s environmental message will centre around automation, improved communication and visualisation, waste reduction and layout optimisation. The Automation Engine’s 3D preview technology saves waste through avoiding physical hard-copy mock-ups, where possible, and reducing print error waste. The Digital Flexo Suite reduces plate waste by at least 15%, estimates Esko, through avoiding manual flexo plate cutting errors. Meanwhile, the Esko  i-cut Suite has a dedicated ‘offcut database’ to manage partially used sheets of sign and display substrates. This is important, says Esko, as these substrates are expensive and hard to recycle.

Hall 8b, Stand A25-1 and A25-3
Drupa 2012 will see Fuji extend the XMF family of products with the XMF ColorPath, a cloud-based colour calibration system designed to help maintain consistent colour standards. XMF ColorPath will also help reduce printed waste, says Fuji, as careful calibration of presses and continual monitoring ensures print is more likely to be correct.

Hall 3, Stand F50
A newly developed MIS will be one of the features of the GSE stand this year. As well as providing control of ink budgets through real-time information on ink availability, ink recipes and an immediate overview of ink costs per order, the system is also geared towards waste reduction through improved stock forecasting and utilisation.

Hall 17, Stands A59 and C59
A Goss Control console at Drupa will be on show to highlight how Omnicon controls and the Goss Web Center workflow system can significantly reduce substrate, labour and time-wastage through advanced software to automate the presetting, control, adjustment and monitoring of the press.

Hall 5, Stand F9 -1 and F9-6
Kodak will be explaining how software such as Kodak Intelligent Prepress Manager 2.0 (IPM) can play a critical role in a leaner operation from softproofing – which avoids the cost and time required for a proof to be sent and approved – to production planning software that can reduce energy consumption and material waste.

Hall 71, Stand E14
Workflow and RIP providers StudioRIP will be showcasing the media-saving capabilities of its software. It can be used for anything from ganging pages on a proofer or film, to an imagesetter to control manually the placement of pages and so wasting less consumables. The firm will also highlight the way its CIP3 module cuts paper and ink waste through calculating the ink coverage for the ink ducts of the press and so improving the speed of the press.



Hall 8a, Stand C6-1
Several of the products on the Canon stand will boast notable environmental features this year. The Océ VarioPrint DP Line, which was jointly developed by Canon and Océ, includes HeatXchange technology that reduces energy consumption by at least 30%, says Canon, and EnergyLogic technology, which matches the power requirements of a print job with the available power in the system. Meanwhile, the three imagePrograf large-format printers on show are Energy Star qualified, as is the Canon imageRunner Advance 8000 series. The company will also highlight the benefits of the imageRunner Advance C9000 series, which includes a toner saving mode, an energy saving induction heating toner-fixing system, and an auto-duplexing system.

Hall 5, Stand C1
LED-curing technology in large-format printing will be one of the environmental highlights on EFI’s stand this year. With particular emphasis on their Vutek GS3250LX – the first printer to combine LED at the same quality and speed as mercury vapour – EFI will be promoting the benefits of LED lamps over mercury vapour lamps. Not only does this technology allow printers to use thinner substrates and so save on shipping costs, says EFI; LED lamps also save costs and the environment through lower consumption of electricity. Whereas a mercury vapour lamp converts about 5% of energy used into curing power and 95% is lost in heat, says the manufacturer, LED lamps convert around 20% of energy.

Hall 5, Stand A1-1 and A1-2
Epson will be hoping to communicate that environmental considerations define and influence every aspect of product design, manufacturing and use of Epson printers. The company will be promoting its ‘Environmental Vision 2050’, a strategy launched in 2008 that has so far seen the company reduce its emissions of global warming substances on a per-unit of sales basis by 51.2% compared with 1990 levels, cut chemical emissions, continue its commitment to recycling, and reduce the power consumption of inkjet printers by 73% over four years. As an example of Epson’s intention that all products brought to market deliver a small footprint and low energy use, the company will show the new four-colour Epson SureColor SC-S30600. Launched at Fespa Digital, Epson says the printer has an energy consumption seven times lower than the alternative major competitive printing technology.

Hall 17, Stands A25-1 and A25-3
Fujifilm’s Jet Press 720 B2 inkjet press, which will be running live throughout the show, offers a number of significant environmental benefits, says Fuji. The company explains that these include a reduction in raw material, hazardous pressroom consumables and paper waste, along with complete elimination of the plate production process – resulting in a much lower carbon footprint than an equivalent conventional system.

Hall 17, Stand A59 and C59
The most striking feature of the Goss stand may well be the Colorliner CPS compact newspaper press tower (Must-See, bottom of page), with its innovative system for natural heat dissipation. Also grabbing visitors’ attention will be a Sunday 5000 commercial web press printing unit and M-600 commercial web printing unit which, says Goss, both use modern low-energy servo drive motors to reduce energy use significantly, compared with older shaft-driven presses.

While Goss’s Ecoset/Ecocool dryers won’t be physically on show at Drupa, Goss will be highlighting key environmental benefits through videos and presentations. These will demonstrate technology that captures evaporated ink solvents and reuses them to partially fuel the dryer, reducing fuel consumption and solvent emissions.

Halls 1 and 2
Heidelberg will be promoting the fact that, as of 1 April, all Speedmaster presses will be supplied on a carbon-neutral basis, with the extraction of raw materials, the production of materials, the manufacture and testing of the press and its transportation to the print shop all taken into account. Almost all the sheetfed offset presses at the booth in Hall 1 will be fitted with an energy meter that measures power consumption per 1,000 sheets, to demonstrate that all printers can now monitor their energy efficiency at a glance on the wall-screen of the Prinect Press Center or on a separate PC.

Hall 4, Stand D60-1
HP will be showcasing the fact that its Indigo 10000 Digital Press was designed with the environment in mind from the very outset. The press was built with energy management and recovery, consumables recyclability, and maximising the proportion of sellable prints in mind, says HP. The HP Scitex LX850, HP Designjet L28500, HP Designjet L26500’s presence at Drupa will also give the company the chance to highlight that all three presses use water-based HP Latex Inks and require no special ventilation or external drying equipment. And the company will be keen to promote the Green Leaf label of its 5600, 7600 and WS6600 Indigo presses.

Hall 16, Stand C47-1/2
High-speed changeovers and simultaneous operations will be the focus of the KBA stand, with the company keen to point out the energy saving benefits of such press efficiency. On show will be the Rapida 145 eight-colour longer perfector for the magazine and commercial market and the new Rapida 145 five-colour plus coater for packaging applications, which both harness Simultaneous Plate Changing technology. The stand will also showcase the inline colour control on the Rapida 75E, which ensures error-free production to reduce waste. The Rapida 75 is also alcohol-free and work is ongoing, says KBA, to reduce its power consumption.

Hall 5, Stand F9-1 and F9-6
Kodak says that its next-generation Prosper 6000XL will be the environmental highlight of this stand. Its silicon inkjet nozzles deliver a continuous stream of uniform water-based ink droplets that are continuously recirculated to eliminate residual ink waste on the press, and these heads are recycled to create new components when they need replacing. There is also an on-board control system to ensure no more materials are consumed than needed.

Hall 15, Stand D4
As part of its ‘offset on demand’ theme, Komori will be demonstrating a combination of its Lithrone G40P, Lithrone S29 post-press systems and digital printing system. The core technology to this incorporation of digital printing technologies to the pre-press and post-press processes of offset printing is Komori’s advanced H-UV curing system. This uses a special lamp that operates at half the power of a normal UV lamp and can be used individually rather than as part of a system of four, thereby reducing power consumption. Unlike a normal UV lamp, says Komori, it produces no ozone emissions.

Hall 4, Stand B3
At the Presstek booth this year will be a 75DI, B2-format digital offset press and Presstek’s 52DI four-color digital offset press. Both have a low environmental footprint, says Presstek, with chemistry-free on-press imaging of plates, waterless printing, significantly reduced VOCs, the ability to print on recycled stocks and support vegetable based inks, and reduced paper waste due to both press’s fast makeready times. Visitors will also be able to see the Aurora EXP plate which, though rated up to 50,000 impressions and imaged at a resolution of 1% to 99% at 200lpi, is chemistry-free and only requires a simple water wash after imaging.

Hall 8, Stand B46-1 and B46-3
Part and parcel of all discussions on the Ricoh stand will be the promotion of the manufacturer’s Energy Star compliance. The Energy Star programme is designed to identify the top 25% of products that excel in energy conservation features, and is based on standards EPA has set to promote energy conservation in office equipment. The company says all its machines – including the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition, Pro C751 digital colour sheetfed presses and the InfoPrint 5000 VP full-colour continuous feed platform on display this year – comply.

Hall 17, Stands C1-1 and C1-2
On its 812sqm stand, Ryobi will be showcasing the environmental benefits of its LED-UV curing solution, a product initially unveiled at Drupa 2008, and further enhanced in the run up to Ipex 2010. The first printing press manufacturer to put LED-UV curing to practical use, Ryobi can now offer this system not only to process inks on paper substrates but also on inks, sealing and coating solutions, as well as a range of substrates, including boards and plastics. Ryobi will this year be educating visitors about how they might cut power consumption by 70% by switching from a machine with conventional UV lamps to one with a LED-UV curing unit, such as Ryobi’s 520 Series press, one of the B2+ 750 Series, and/or one of the Ryobi 920 Series. LED-UV curing shortens drying times, generates minimal heat and ozone so that exhaust equipment is not needed, and last up to 12 times longer than conventional lamps.

Screen Europe
Hall 9, Stand A40
Screen will promote Print on Demand’s ability to reduce industrial waste and curb CO2 emissions during transportation, and the benefits of using digital machines to reduce the amount of intermediate materials required for offset printing, such as printing plates and developing solution. Printers on show will be the Truepress JetSX and two Truepress Jet 520s, a Z and a ZZ model. The Truepress Jet 520 Z will be connected to a monitor while it is running, to show the low energy consumption of all Screen printers. Screen says this will show the Truepress Jet 520’s power consumption to be 50% lower than competitor presses.

Windmöller & Hölscher
Hall 15, Stands A41-1 and A41-2
Key to Windmöller & Hölscher’s display of Miraflex, Novoflex, Vistaflex and Heliostar press ranges, extended since the last Drupa, will be focus on sustainable production. Windmöller & Hölscher will be keen to emphasise this year how, with smaller jobs more common and so job changeovers more frequent, its range of presses can help reduce changeover waste of inks and other materials, to save costs and reduce environmental impact.

Hall 8b, Stands A62-1 - A62-5
Xerox’s stand will showcase workflow solutions and business development resources, as well as Xerox’s full range of colour digital presses, ranging from the Xerox Color 550/560 Printer to the Xerox CiPress 500 Production Inkjet System. This latter machine is, says Xerox, an environmental highlight. The waterless technology not only delivers vibrant, consistent colour that can be printed on low-cost, offset paper, says Xerox; it also has the key benefit of having a high de-inkability rating, which makes it easier to recycle pages printed on this device compared with water-based systems, according to Xerox, bolstering the environmental credentials.



Hall 11, Stand 23
Three products on display on the Autobond stand incorporate Autobond’s inkjet spot-UV technology, developed to make Autobond’s spot -V products as environmentally friendly as possible. The technology, claims Autobond, uses 80% less energy than a conventional UV lamp, lasts 12 times longer and produces no ozone. Also on display will be Autobond’s range of laminators, designed to use a 16micron OXO biodegradable film and 29micron biodegradable cellulose acetate fim.

Beck Packautomaten
Hall 12, Stand A69
Beck Packautomaten packaging products, supplied by Friedheim, will be showcased at Drupa in conjunction with the manufacturer’s new ‘Ecofficiency’ concept. All new developments will be based on this concept, says the manufacturer, which ensures maximum machine efficiency and savings in energy and film material costs and wastage. On-stand to demonstrate this will be the new Serienpacker SXJ Mobilpackaging machine and the new Sammelpacker KV 602D sleeve-wrapping machine.

Bindery Solutions
Hall 6, Stand A39
Drupa 2012 will see the launch of Bindery Solutions’ new Ribler 420i Eco Binder for producing lay-flat books. The machine has been specifically designed for short-run digital books, including photobooks, and, when running off single-phase supply, boasts low energy consumption.

The binder also earns its title, says Bindery Solutions, through patented non-toxic cold adhesive, which does not affect the recycling of the paper and doesn’t require heat and so much energy expenditure to apply.

Hall 13, Stand B53
Visitors will be shown the environmental benefits of cutter-creaser, bookletmaking and binding machines that produce a sellable product with the first sheet and so reduce waste. On show will be the DBMI Saddle System, DC-745 Production Colour Finisher with Integrated Folding System, Digital System 5000 Pro bookletmaker and the new FKS PrintBind KB-4000PUR binder. Duplo will also be promoting its range of UV coaters and highlighting that UV coated products are 100% recyclable.

Hall 13, Stand D36-2
Horizon’s stand this year will highlight how the company’s latest generation  of perfect binders save energy by melting glues at lower temperatures, which also has the advantage of a less hazardous environment for the operator. Horizon will also be highlighting how these newer machines, including the most recent portfolio addition the BQ270V variable set-up single-clamp perfect-binder, also reduce their environmental impact through ozone-free UV-curing technology.

Hall 2, Stand B32
Kama’s ProCut 76 flatbed die-cutting and hot foil stamping machine, launched at Drupa, will boast the environmental benefit, says Kama, of a removable heating plate that the company says results in a lower power consumption than conventional honeycomb systems. This machine, and others in Kama’s range of finishing machines designed to process short and personalised print runs, also reduces environmental impact, says Kama, by helping printers to process the number of sheets actually needed, rather than to stock.




Flexo Concepts
Hall 11, Stand C34
As well as launching its environmentally friendly QuikWash wash-up system Flexo Concepts will also be promoting the environmental benefits of its MicroClean dry- media anilox cleaning system, is an automated, enclosed, off-press system that uses specially designed plastic media pellets to remove all types of inks and coatings from anilox cells. The system is ideal for companies looking to cut its use of solvents, says Flexo Concepts, as the technology runs without the use of water or chemicals and emits no organic substances. MicroClean media also offers printers a very safe-to-use cleaning option, says Flexo Concepts. Also, as the spent particles are non-hazardous and do not require special waste removal, the solution is recyclable.

Hall 3, Stand F50
As part of its ‘Think Lean’ theme, GSE will be demonstrating how its range of modular dispensing systems not only deliver consistent and high-quality colour on demand, but also enable ink-yield improvements of over 30%. Show highlights will include the relaunch of the Colorsat Slim for the paper, board and flexible packaging converter, and the Colorsat Compact designed for packaging printing.

Halls 1 and 2, Stand B56
Heidelberg will be showcasing its newly expanded range of Saphira consumables, which includes the Saphira Eco Line. After Drupa, Heidelberg will offer printers the option of attaining a Saphira Eco symbol provided they meet certain environmental standards. Heidelberg is also showcasing a Saphira Eco Starter Kit that enables customers to achieve eco-friendly production from the first day their presses are taken into service.

Mitsubishi Paper
Hall 9, Stand C22
Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe will be showing new products which combine, says the manufacturer, the best of functionality and environmental consciousness. All products on show will be FSC–certified and include a Thermoscript Thermal Paper, which Mitsubishi offers as recycled thermal paper grades in weights of 80g and 170g and a Giroform Carbonless Paper.

Hall 2, Stand B46
Technotrans will launch the next generation of its beta.c range, a combination unit that handles dampening solution circulation and temperature control in a cabinet housed alongside a press. The new NR series focuses on driving down electrical energy consumption by incorporating digital scroll compressors. These allow variable power output for times when full cooling is not required – during makeready, for example – and can reduce power consumption by 20% when combined with speed controlled pumps for ink temperature cooling.

Technotrans UK managing director Peter Benton says: "The timing of Drupa is critical. This will be a chance to take the pulse of the printing world, to uncover signposts to the future, and provide some very down to earth practical tips on optimising existing equipment."



Halls 1 and 2
Heidelberg will be showcasing an extended consultancy offering that now includes a Printshop Energy Efficiency Program. This programme aims to help printers reduce energy use through heat recovery, load profile management and lighting, and to reduce their energy costs by up to 20%.

Hall 4, Stand D60-1, 60-9
HP will be launching its carbon offset programme, initially available on HP Indigo Series III presses (7600, WS6600 and W2750) and free to customers. The firm will also showcase its HP Indigo consumables take-back programme and advertising the fact that it is now available in Germany. The programme incorporates an Indigo Binary Ink Developer take-back and parts re-use programme, Indigo ink cartridge recycling and take-back of Indigo Imaging Oil, which is burned to recover energy.

Hall 16, Stand C47-1/2
The KBA stand will feature in the VDMA’s Green Printing topic tour, focusing on energy-efficient printing presses and climate-neutral printing.

Hall 8, Stand B46-1 and B46-3
This year’s Drupa will be the platform for Ricoh to launch its Carbon Balanced Printing Programme, an extension of the company’s Sustainability Optimisation Programme. The new programme is designed specifically for the production printing market and is aimed at minimising carbon emissions through a three-step process. First emissions are calculated through Ricoh’s Business Driver extranet site, then Ricoh’s Carbon Balanced Printing Programme consultants help the business to streamline its print environment and remaining emissions are offset. There will be no cost for this service for Ricoh customers, says Ricoh; though there will be a cost for the carbon offsetting process.

"The idea is to allow our clients to minimise, measure and neutralise their carbon emissions on Ricoh engines. This is another demonstration of Ricoh having  sustainability as one of its core values," says Ricoh UK development director Mark Wilson.

Hall 2, Stand B46
Customers will be introduced to Technotrans’ ‘Blue-check’ initiative, designed to enable printers to evaluate their existing equipment. The scheme involves the Technotrans technical team advising printers on how improved water treatment, filtration, fount mixing and alcohol dosing devices can be cost-effectively retrofitted to existing systems to improve efficiency and reduce waste. The stand also features on the VDMA Green Printing tour, where dampening solution circulation, central water cooling/heat recovery and filtration to cut chemical consumption will be explained.

Hall 8a, Stand C6-1
Drupa will be a platform for Canon to introduce its Essential Business Builder Mentoring Program, an evolution of its Essential Business Builder Program launched in 2003 in the UK, and 2006 in Europe. The programme is designed, says Canon, for customers looking for longer term support than the workshops and consultations offered by the original scheme. Independent consultants are handpicked to suit the business in question and can offer support on issues such as selling the value of digital print. Canon will have one of its mentors on hand at its Drupa stand to offer information about the scheme.

Hall 8, Stand B46-1 and B46-3
Ricoh will be showcasing its next generation Business Driver Programme, available exclusively to Ricoh customers. The extension of the manufacturer’s online portal includes new market intelligence reports, e-learning courses and services to support business transformation and print application development. It allows members to connect with a community of consultants, Ricoh business specialists and other users through blogs and online networking tools.


Flexo Concepts QuikWash wash-up system

At this year’s show, Flexo Concepts will introduce its QuikWash wash-up system, which consists of a wash-up blade clamp system that attaches to the existing wash-up tray and uses the TruPoint DeltaFlex plastic wash-up blade. Flexo Concepts  says that the system uses low VOC solutions which – unlike other eco-friendly solutions – don’t require additional rinsing to remove the residual wash. Also, by using a plastic wash-up blade to improve the effectiveness of the wash-up. The QuikWash System cuts wash-up times and solvent consumption, says Flexo Concepts, to substantially reduce the use of VOCs.

Fujifilm XR-1200F developer waste reduction and water re-use system

The result of Fujifilm’s ‘Design for Environment’ strategy, the Fujifilm XR-1200F developer waste reduction and water re-use system will be officially launched at Drupa. It works by separating plate chemistry into ‘concentrated waste’ (reducing it by between 70 to 90%) and ‘distilled water’ that can be re-used either in the plate production process, or in other parts of the printing process.

Used in combination with Fujifilm’s thermal low-chemistry plate production systems, such as the Brillia HD LH-PJE, LH-PLE and the newest plate to join Fujifilm’s low-chemistry family, the Brillia HD LH-PXE, this unit promises to reduce waste volume, reduce the cost of waste treatment, reduce water use and reduce CO2 emissions otherwise generated by the transportation and incineration of waste.

Goss Colorliner CPS compact newspaper press tower

Goss International will be showing a four-high tower of its new Colorliner CPS compact press at Drupa which, along with automatic plate-changing technology and so fast changeovers and maximum speeds of 90,000 copies per hour offers an energy saving natural air flow design. The design overcomes the inherent challenge of heat build-up that compact newspaper press towers face through a unique cylinder and roller arrangement that produces a natural flow of air circulation and so dispenses with the necessity for energy consuming and expensive heat extraction systems. Combined with low waste between jobs and efficient technologies, this makes this particular press one of the most cost-effective printing systems available for a high-output press, claims Goss.

Heidelberg DryStar Combination dryer and DryStar LE UV

The DryStar Combination dryer draws heat from the dryer’s hot exhaust air and feeds in back into the fresh air while stopping the moisture from being transferred, to reduce energy consumption by around 20%. Meanwhile, the DryStar LE UV dryer is designed to consume less electrical energy than the original version. The UV and the DryStar Combination dryer can be used with the Speedmaster XL 75 and the Speedmaster XL 105, and the combination dryer can also be used with the  Speedmaster CX 102.

"A large proportion of energy used on a press is consumed by the drying process so it’s important that people consider a system like DryStar, which significantly reduces energy costs and the press’s impact on the environment," says Heidelberg service director Ian Wilcock.

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