Drupa stand highlights: show highlights

By PrintWeek Team , Tuesday 31 May 2016

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If the layout of the halls looks a little unfamiliar this time around, it’s probably because the whole of Hall 17 has been taken over by HP, bumping some of the other exhibitors into other halls. With Heidelberg in Hall 1, Drupa is now bookended by two of the leading lights in offset and digital printing technologies.




Hall 1 is traditionally home to just Heidelberg, but for this edition of Drupa the German press giant has brought its partner company’s into the fold. The Big H itself has promised that there will be an announcement at the show regarding a new Speedmaster, so anyone with an interest in top-end sheetfed offset presses ought to make a beeline for the stand. Of course, Heidelberg is not all about offset these days and there’s plenty of digital delights to be found in Hall 1; the manufacturer recently unified all its digital print technologies under the ‘fire’ suffix nomenclature, including its brand new B1 digital press, the Primefire 106 (see ‘Must see ’). Alongside Heidelberg in Hall 1 will be partner businesses Steinemann, Masterwork Machinery and Polar. Heidelberg signed a distribution deal with China-based Masterwork last year and has hailed the arrangement a great success. Long-standing partner Polar-Mohr will be demonstrating its cutting machines.

Must see Primefire 106

Technology Digital press

Why The Primefire 106 is an industrial-level B1 inkjet press that’s expected to attract a lot of interest from the packaging sector as well as commercial printers. It is set to go up against Landa’s Nanographic B1 S10. The Primefire can handle short runs and personalisation including barcodes, QR codes and numbering. It uses a seven-colour ink set (CMYK plus green, orange and violet) jetted at 1,200dpi.

Masterwork Machinery

Must see Diana Eye 55

Technology Folder-gluers

Why The Diana Smart range is aimed at mid-volume producers and offers short set-up times and production speeds of 450m/min. The new Diana Eye also boasts a quality inspection system that uses a number of cameras to ensure all added-value finishes are comprehensively checked.


IST Metz Stand B10

Must see HYcure

Technology UV curing

Why UV systems specialist IST Metz will be demonstrating its latest UV curing systems for printed packaging and commercial printing with an LED-UV system on a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 (UV-Anicolor) running demonstrations on stand. The company’s focus will be on its hot-swappable HYcure product concept for sheetfed, web-fed and narrow-web printing. IST Metz said it equips its UV units in such a way that they can be switched to operate either with UV lamps or with UV LEDs.

Kama Stand A15

Must see Pro-Cut 58 Stand A15

Technology Die-cutting

Why Kama will be showing a revamped version of its Pro-Cut 58 die-cutter, intended to increase performance and shrink set-up times. It is being billed as the world’s first die-cutter for digitally printed sheets in the quarter-size format. It is now available with a Heidelberg sheet feeder, a modern touchpanel and new software. Engineers also increased the format by 50mm so it can handle sizes up to 580x400mm. 

Muller Martini Stand A49-1/A49-2

Must see Primera MC 

Technology Saddlestitcher

Why Muller Martini has several world firsts on its booth, where the topic is “Finishing 4.0” and the connectivity of things. Check out the new Primera MC stitcher, with motion control technology and servo drives for all stations. Also new is the Alegro Digital perfect binder and “revolutionary” InfiniTrim fully variable three-knife trimmer. 


Leonhard Kurz Stand D60/E74

Must see Digital Metal

Technology Digital foiling

Why German foiling specialist Leonhard Kurz will be showing Digital Metal, its technology for adding foiling effects digitally to short-run or one-off jobs. The system combines digital printing with a coating and metal transfer process to create metallic finishes.

Omet Stand D90-1/D90-2

Must see Varyflex V2 Offset

Technology Flexo press

Why The latest addition to Omet’s Varyflex range of narrow- and mid-web presses. The Varyflex concept is intended to provide a wide range of printing and finishing options on a single platform. The new machine, the Varyflex V2 Offset, augment’s the platform’s UV flexo, gravure and screen capabilities with an offset option for printing flexible packaging, multi-layer films, labels, cartons and special applications. The V2 Offset is a mid-web press available in two widths, 670mm and 850mm, and runs at up to 400m/min. Omet said the use of lightweight sleeves (fiberglass, carbon fibre or aluminum) and the availability of a Revolver Cart for sleeve replacement are part of its ‘Easy Sleeve Format Change’ concept for greater throughput and flexibility.

Pröll Stand E54

Must see Noricure CCI

Technology Consumables

Why This new addition to the German consumables manufacturer’s range of inks is a UV-curing and laminate-ready screen printing ink developed for the manufacturing of plastic cards. The ink is suitable for printing on PVC and PETG core films. According to Pröll NoriCure CCI shows excellent laminating properties and good peel strength with PVC overlay films at temperatures above 140°C. It is available in nine colours including silver and gold metallic.


Mondi Paper Stand C21

Must see Neujet 

Technology Paper

Why Mondi has a Canon Océ ColorStream 30000Z digital press on its booth, and will be showcasing the capabilities of its latest papers for high-speed inkjet printing. Neujet is Mondi’s newest grade for this market. It has matte or silk surface finish and comes in two quality levels. Mondi said it “closed the gap to coated offset printing”. Recycled grade Nautilus will also be demonstrated. Paper optimised for Mcor 3D printers will also be on show, and Drupa visitors in need of a haptic break during hectic Drupa should visit Mondi’s 

Pitney Bowes Stand D59

Must see AcceleJet Inkjet

Technology Mailroom equipment

Why Being shown for the first time in Europe, the AcceleJet printing and finishing system is designed to help mid-volume print and mail operations benefit from moving to full-colour inkjet, at a price point comparable with mono toner systems. The manufacturer said the system is ideal for transactional operations with a monthly print volume of one to ten million impressions. The AcceleJet is based on a Domino engine and offers duplex inkjet printing at 1,200dpi (perceived resolution) with built-in finishing options to suit a customer’s specific cut-sheet workflow requirements. Output is optimised for processing on Pitney Bowes inserting systems to deliver the benefits of a Pitney Bowes White Paper Factory Solution on a smaller scale. Integrated finishing offers output flexibility, including dynamic cross perforation, dynamic linear perforation, cross cut, and edge trim, additional linear perforation and chip-out options. In productivity mode the system can output up to 536 letter-sized pages per minute.

Scodix Stand D60

Must see E106 digital enhancement press

Technology Multi-finishing

Why According to Scodix the new B1-format multi-function digital enhancement press, the E106, is ideal for short to medium-length runs that it said were previously not viable for printers in the packaging sector. Scodix said the E106 had “ultra-fast” production speeds of up to 4,000sph to help folding-carton printers and converters differentiate their offerings and boost profit margins. Features include Scodix Sense, Scodix Spot, Scodix Braille, Scodix Digital Embossing, Scodix Variable Data finishes and Scodix Foil all in a single device. The foil system was developed by Compact Foilers, meanwhile Scodix partnered with Mabeg Systems to produce the Scodix E106 paper handling system. The E106 can handle substrates from paperboard to plastic and metalised boards, as well as offset and digital prints and water-based coatings and a wide range of laminated products. 


Domino Stand A23

Must see Unnamed B2 sheetfed press

Technology Inkjet

Why Domino will use its newly launched 782mm print width K600i monochrome printer to demonstrate a new sheetfed digital printing solution printing across the full width of a B2 sheet. According to Domino, the K600i is a truly modular and scalable system that can be provided in up to seven print-width formats, with two speed capabilities and with UV curable or aqueous ink. The system uses an SPL70 feeder from German sheet-handling specialist Gremser to feed B2 sheets from 60gsm to 250gsm in weight, enabling it to be used for applications as diverse as tax stamps, ticketing, gaming cards, high-impact mailers, pharma and lightweight carton packaging. During the show, a number of pre-printed ticketing and gaming type applications will have fully personalised, variable and secure data overprinted onto them at speeds of up to 120m/min with a monochrome scratch- and rub-resistant UV ink. Domino said the system’s USP was its ability to print in any position across the width of the B2 sheet without mechanical adjustment.

Epson Stand A1-1

Must see SureColor SC-P10000

Technology Wide-format printing

Why Epson will unveil its brand new 44in (1.1m) addition to the SureColor SC-P series; the SC-P10000. It follows in the footsteps of the recently launched 64in SC-P20000 and delivers the same level of quality in a smaller package. The company said the new machine is easy-to-operate and produces accurate, superior-quality, large-format photos, POS items and signage, even at very high speeds. Customers can benefit from all of the features from the range, but now with a smaller footprint. The SC-P10000 is targeted at photo labs, high-street photo and copy shops, as well as print production houses and corporates looking for an in-house solution. 

Kodak Stand F9-1

Must see Ultrastream

Technology Inkjet

Why Kodak announced earlier this year a new inkjet technology that could see it re-enter the wide-format market via an OEM partner. Ultrastream is billed as Kodak’s fourth-generation product. It is aiming to sign up OEM partners at Drupa who could use the head in sheetfed inkjet presses or in a wide-format array. That said we might also have news about a new owner for Kodak’s up-for-sale Prosper business at the show. Ultrastream is slower than Kodak’s existing Stream high-speed inkjet heads, but produces better quality. It can print 153m/min at 1,800dpi resolution. “We really think this meets the analogue printing challenge that’s been to difficult to match. It has speed and quality in one package,” president of inkjet enterprise systems Philip Cullimore stated.

MGI Stand D21

Must see Jetvarnish 3D Evolution

Technology Digital finishing

Why MGI said its Jetvarnish 3D Evolution, being unveiled at the show, is the world’s first digital sheetfed enhancement press to be scalable from B2 to B1. The spot UV coater with digital hot foiling capabilities builds on the company’s existing Jetvarnish 3D digital enhancement press, first shown at Drupa in 2008, but will allow owners to buy a B2 machine and then upgrade to B1 in situ when business allows. The B1-format option can produce digitally embellished images, text, data and brand designs using spot varnish, 3D raised varnish and digitally embossed foil in one pass. It features three available substrate size options: 520x1,200mm, 640x1,200mm and 750x1,200mm. The Jetvarnish 3D Evolution 75 achieves more than 4,000sph B2, with the B1 running at 3,000sph, MGI said.


DataLase Stand A19

Must see Variprint

Technology Laser marking

Why DataLase is targeting big brands with its innovative laser marking technology that allows ‘inkless’ digital printing for versioning and personalisation at very high speeds. Variprint is an inline digital printing system that prints fully variable data at 2m/second, which is intended for use on packaging and labels. The system works using DataLase’s laser reactive colour-change pigment technology, which is incorporated into ink formulations from major ink manufacturers. The required area of the packaging or product is printed with a patch of the special ink coating using standard printing processes, including flexo, litho, gravure or screen. When the item reaches the packaging or production line, the area with the special coating is exposed with a laser of a specific frequency that is integrated into the line. This generates a colour change in the coating. The Variprint system uses a new type of near-infra red laser that allows very high speed operation. The lasers are arranged in an array to image the required format area. DataLase said the print speed was the equivalent of 100,000 products per hour.

Duplo Stand B61-1/B61-2

Must see PFi Di-Cut 300

Technology Die-cutting

Why The Duplo PFi Di-Cut 300 is an on-demand die-cutter that can produce a variety of digital print and packaging products. It can perform multiple cuts, slits, slit score, kiss cuts, perforations and window punches for single or multiple-up pieces, on a wide range of paper stocks at 3,000sph. Duplo said a major benefit is an industry-first X&Y automated registration system. Registration mark smart technology enables the machine to counter image drift. It is operated by a simple touchscreen panel that provides micro adjustments.

Durst Stand D40

Must see Rho 130 SPC

Technology Inkjet

Why Industrial inkjet specialist Durst is unveiling its new Rho 130 SPC, which has a print speed of up to 9,350m2/hr, and “offers the industrial productivity needed to transform the packaging sector towards digital technology”, according to the manufacturer. As well as being able to produce short and medium-length runs of packaging, the Rho 130 SPC also supports sampling, personalisation and versioning without additional set-up costs, the company said. The press employs a non-hazardous ink based on Durst Water Technology, which is intended to address future directives for sustainable packaging products in the food retail sector. The Rho 130 SPC is based on Durst’s latest generation of single-pass printing systems currently used in the manufacturer’s label printing machines, such as the Tau 330. 

Horizon Stand D5-1/D5-2

Must see SmartStacker

Technology Bookletmaking

Why Horizon will be highlighting how a focus on integrated post-press systems can deliver greater production efficiencies with a demonstration of its new SmartStacker system taking output inline from an Indigo 12000 digital press. The SmartStacker cuts and stacks from a B2 printed sheet and then delivers book blocks to the Smart Binding System. The set-up will deliver automated cutting, trimming, collating and stacking for faster job turnarounds, according to the Japanese post-press specialist.

Tech-ni-Fold Stand D59

Must see Spine & Hinge Creaser

Technology Cutting/creasing

Why UK manufacturer Tech-ni-Fold sells a range of products designed to improve performance of cutting and creasing machines. The Spine & Hinge Creaser replaces the mechanical scoring system in perfect binding sytems and can enable printers to produce deeper and more flexible creases that define and form book covers. The device can crease up to four lines simultaneously, on the same and opposite sides of the sheet, and is compatible with perfect binders from Muller Martini, Wohlenberg, Goss, Horizon, Kolbus and Harris UB binders.

Xaar Stand C5

Must see Unnamed inkjet printhead platform

Technology Inkjet

Why Among “a number of exciting new developments” UK printhead developer Xaar has promised to unveil a brand new printhead platform based on Thin Film silicon MEMS technology at the show. This is expected to be the P4 printhead intended to enable Xaar to make its mark in the sheetfed inkjet space for commercial printing, which has been under development for a number of years. 


Chili Publish Stand F40

Must see Chili Publisher v5 

Technology Pre-media

Why Chili Publisher version 5.0 is a new “feature-packed” release and will give users new functionality that can transform the way documents are created, edited and shared. This release includes a completely updated user experience, enhanced output options, new design effects, and enhanced support for Asian languages. The revamped package includes the ability for users to work across a range of devices and locations with a new user experience for online editing. This accommodates the wide range of applications in which users choose to edit – on their phones, tablets or computers. 

Massivit Stand B40

Must see Massivit 1800 3D printer

Technology 3D printing

Why The Massivit 1800 ‘prints’ massive hollow 3D shapes of up to 1.8m tall, 1.5m wide and 1.2m deep. It can create shapes with flat tops and shapes with no visible means of support, such as arms, by first building a strut. Massivit 3D printing gel is UV sensitive, which means it solidifies and becomes hard polymer once it is exposed to UV light. The material is non-flammable, and has good structural strength similar to ABS materials commonly used in 3D printing. The relatively low fluidity parameters of the gel create advantages, says Massivit, when building non-vertical walls, and Smart Support structures or printing ‘support-less’.


Drupa Innovation Park

Why The Drupa Innovation park, also known as the DIP, is billed as the “global platform for innovations” and a chance for start-ups and technology companies to showcase their wares, and for the industry’s more established players to have an alternative presence at the show. It’s also the target zone for visitors from the marketing and print buying communities, who might not be as interested in the heavy metal side of the industry. The DIP is made up of lots of small stand spaces with the focus areas of multi-channel publishing and marketing, web-to-print, e-commerce, process optimisation, added value in print, print technology innovations, and new business models. Exhibitors range from Alwan Color Expertise, to FlyerAlarm, web-to-print software specialist Lead-Print and imposition specialist Quite Software. DP Lenticular is also promising to show a new large-format lenticular lens. Other DIP features include presentations and lecture programmes.

Drupa Daily/PrintWeek Stand C1

The team from PrintWeek, together with partner publications Druck & Medien and PrintWeek India, will once again be scouring the halls for all the news and views and publishing the Drupa Daily. If you’ve got a news story for us or just want to say hello, pay us a visit in Hall 7


Canon Stand B50-1

Must see Canon Océ ColorStream 6000 Chroma

Technology Inkjet

Why The brand new Océ ColorStream 6000 Chroma will be shown in two configurations. One line will be set up as a fully automated book production line, while the other will demonstrate a multitude of applications in a roll-to-stack configuration, including variable perforation. Canon said the high pigment load of the Chromera inks extends the application range of the press to lighter weight media with reduced ink showthrough, and enables the delivery of higher quality documents on uncoated or inkjet treated papers. The ColorStream 6000 Chroma model offers running speeds from 48-127m/min in full-colour mode. For monochrome work, printers can now benefit from an optional maximum speed of 150m/min. 

Hunkeler Stand C20

Must see Dyna-cut

Technology Book production

Why Hunkeler will introduce its proprietary Dyna-cut technology as part of a book-on-demand solution for variable-format inline book production, converting pre-printed rolls to pre-glued book blocks. Automatic variability of spine length between stacks is possible using the new Dyna-cut function in the CS6-HS Cutter and SD7-II Stacker, which enables dynamic, barcode-driven changes in sheet length. Rolls are processed into four-, six-, or eight-page signatures in the PF7 Double Plow Folder, with variable sheet count and page number from one book to the next.

Screen Europe Stand C11-1/C11-4

Must see Truepress Jet520HD

Technology Inkjet

Why The highlight of the Screen stand will be the Truepress Jet520HD web-fed inkjet press, a modular twin-engine press that can print up to four colours on a 520mm web. The greyscale heads boast a maximum resolution of 1,200dpi and support four droplet sizes down to 2pl. The press runs at 50m/min at maximum resolution, rising to 120m/min at 600dpi. It has a monthly duty cycle of up to 50m A4 pages. Screen is pitching the machine at the high-quality commercial print market and states that it is the combination of image and colour quality and substrate flexibility that sets it apart. 

Xeikon Stand 20-1/20-3

Must see Trillium

Technology Digital press

Why Expect a big noise around the long-awaited official launch for Xeikon’s Trillium liquid toner press, a 60m/min, £2m device aimed at commercial and DM printers that will have a special zone all to itself. Xeikon will also be showing its new Fusion Technology concept for digital colour label and packaging production. The system is built up from a series of digital modules, rather than relying on both digital and conventional systems, and according to Xeikon brings automated unattended production a step closer. 

Xerox Stand A62

Must see Brenva HD

Technology Digital press

Why Xerox marks its move into the sheetfed inkjet sector with the official unveiling of its Brenva HD and Trivor 2400 inkjet presses. The Brenva HD is only the second sheetfed B3-plus inkjet press to be announced. It mixes iGen and Impika technology. It can handle uncoated offset and inkjet coated papers and expected applications are transactional, books and manuals and DM. It has a max sheet size of 364x520mm and can print 197 A4 simplex images per minute. Features include an inline spectrophotomer, missing jet correction on-the-fly, front-to-back registration scanning, and vector halftoning. Users can also set up their own media profiles. 


Enfocus Stand A23

Must see Enfocus Appstore

Technology Workflows

Why Enfocus will be demonstrating the range of workflows that can be created using apps from its new community-created Appstore platform. Appstore users can view information for each available app, including compatibility and version information, the name of the creator, screenshots and a link to the support offered by the creator. Once downloaded, an app is available for free for a one-month trial period, following which it can be purchased on a subscription basis. The developer said that new apps were being added to the store daily and Switch users around the world can download them to help solve business problems. At Drupa, Enfocus will be demonstrating the range of workflows that can be created using apps. Existing apps range in function, but so far around 20 are available and include tools for managing XML files taking data from CSV files. By Drupa, the firm expects there to be close to 50 apps available.

Esko Stand A23

Must see Kongsberg X20/X24

Technology Cutting

Why The new 1.68x1.27m Kongsberg X20 cutter runs at up to 50m/min while the 1.68x3.22m C24 can operate twice as fast. Both machines feature automatic tool adjustment for fast job changeover. The Kongsberg C24 is aimed more at short-run production, building on the existing Kongsberg C line, which has also been extended with smaller table sizes. The Kongsberg X machines can also be upgraded to add more cutting, creasing and milling tools as business needs develop.

Fujifilm Stand A25

Must see Onset X series

Technology Wide-format

Why For applications at the high-volume end of the scale, Fujifilm will be showcasing the new Onset X Series printer for the first time in Europe. The Onset X represents the latest evolution in Inca Digital’s advanced “scalable architecture” concept, and the productivity achieved with a choice of Fujifilm’s Dimatix printheads and Uvijet inks enable this industrial printer to be used for a diverse range of applications. Also being showcased will be the new Uvistar Hybrid 320, a 3.2m-wide, hybrid flatbed/roll printer, capable of producing high-quality output at speeds of up to 195m2/hr. 

Konica Minolta Stand A65-1/A65-6

Must see KM-1

Technology Digital press

Why First shown as a concept in 2012, the KM-1 is a sheetfed duplex inkjet press, using UV-cured inks. The company called it the “first machine in the industrial inkjet heavy printing segment” and predicts it will match offset quality more closely than any other digital press to date. The KM-1 is Konica’s first sheetfed inkjet press and has been developed as a joint venture with Komori, which will sell it under its own name as the Impremia IS29. Production presses will print 3,000 simplex or 1,500 duplex B2 sheets per hour at up to 1,200dpi, with full variable print. A beta machine was installed at PLS, the German operation of US-based business OvernightPrints in January, and Drupa marks its official launch.

Morgana Systems Stand A66

Must see DigiBook 150

Technology Perfect binder

Why UK post-press manufacturer Morgana Systems will be showing an enhanced DigiBook 150 entry-level PUR perfect binder, alongside a raft of its other machines. The DigiBook 150 has been upgraded to incorporate some of the features of the higher specification DigiBook 200, including automatic book block clamping and a new glue nozzle system, which has been upgraded to give better control of the spine and side glue application, according to Morgana. Morgana said the DigiBook 150 is ideal for conventional and digital printers who require short runs of PUR-bound books to a professional standard.

Xeikon Prepress Stand D12

Must see ThermoFlexX 20/30

Technology CTP

Why Xeikon Prepress will launch completely redesigned ThermoFlexX 20 and ThermoFlexX 30 digital flexo plate imagers. Features offered by the imagers include a choice of resolutions from 2,400dpi to 5,080dpi. The latter, the company said, is the highest on the market and allows the production of halftone screens of 250lpi, suitable for high-quality, intricate work. The ability to change resolution on-the-fly enables jobs with different resolutions to be produced on the same plate. 


Barberan Stand D26

Must see Jetmaster 420

Technology Inkjet

Why Spanish manufacturer Barberan will be exhibiting for the first time its Jetmaster range of inkjet machines for one-pass printing of designs on PVC panels for wall or ceiling decoration. The printers are intended to offer a complete line for tongue-and-groove panel decoration and include software to divide a design over several panels, primer application, digital printing and UV finishing. The Jetmaster 420 features a six-colour ink set and a 7m-long bed and can handle panels of between 30mm and 420mm wide. It can print at up to 55m/min and can print a different design on consecutive panels with no loss of speed. The 210 and 630 models can print on panel widths of 210mm and 630mm respectively.

Highcon Systems Stand C50

Must see Highcon Beam

Technology Cutting/creasing

Why Israeli firm Highcon will unveil three new cutting and creasing machines, from entry-level to high-spec. The big draw will be the Highcon Beam, currently in beta testing at Glossop Cartons. The machine is said to be suitable for mid to large folding carton converters, large trade finishers and B1 commercial printers and has a top speed of 5,000sph. The Highcon Pulse offers digital cutting and creasing in a smaller format. The machine, which has a top speed of 2,000sph, is aimed at B2 commercial printers and B2 digital converters. The Highcon Euclid III is said to cater for future growth by opening the door to new opportunities in high-value applications and markets. The machine has a top speed of 1,500sph.

Landa Digital Printing

Must see Nanography

Technology Digital press

Why Landa’s innovative new technology was the star of Drupa 2012, despite being still in the development phase. All eyes will be on the Israeli firm this year to see if Benny Landa’s much-vaunted Nanographic presses live up to the hype – or indeed are any closer to being shipped. Whatever, Benny Landa is bound to put on a good show. On stand will be two S10 B1 seven-colour presses with hybrid coaters printing at 13,000sph; an S10P B1 perfecting press, with a top speed of 6,500sph; a W10 web press for printing flexible packaging in up to eight colours (white ink, which is not Nano, is in development) at up to 200m/min; and a new Nano-Metallography system for foiling, on an Omet label press.


Bobst Stand A60

Must see M6 UV 

Technology Flexo press

Why Bobst will celebrate its 125th anniversary at Drupa and use the event to show a brand new version of the M6 UV flexo press, configured with folding carton production in mind. According to the company, the reel-fed M6 will challenge offset printed carton production by offering job changeovers in under a minute, thanks to its Digital Flexo technology, high running speeds and high-speed in-line sheeting.

Heights (UK) Stand B14-1

Must see Titanium

Technology CTP

Why The Heights (UK) Titanium range has been developed to cover the existing and projected market requirement for a high-end, compact and high-productivity thermal/conventional plate processor. The UK manufactured machine builds on the pedigree of the Mercury/Aztec and Bora processors, of which 10,000 have been sold worldwide. The firm also manufactures OEM processors for DuPont, Fujifilm, Kodak and Toray. Despite the rise of processless plates, technical sales director Stephen Morrissey says there is still a significant market for a high-end products like Titanium from large volume users who run high quality processed CTP plates. 

Varga-Flexo Stand A1

Must see Varga-Flexo

Technology Flexo press

Why Hungarian company Varga- Flexo will be exhibiting the latest version of its flexo press. The manufacturer said it had boosted the eight-colour machine’s speed, from 300m/min up to 450m/min, and added an automatic ink supply, control and washing system. The revamped press is fitted with a larger central impression cylinder, now 1.8m, and can handle wider print widths – up to 1.2m – and lengths – up to 900mm. Varga said the main features of the press are high quality, reliable and easy operation, fast reel change and retooling, cost-effective operation and fast ROI. The press is supplied with an online remote monitoring system that includes a Skype phone and immediate remote support. 


Asahi Photoproducts Stand A60

Must see New flexo plates

Technology CTP

Why Asahi will bring its full range of flexo plates to Drupa and also use it as the launch pad for two new plates. The AFP-DCV (Deep Colour Vibrance) digital flexo plate was developed to produce vibrant colour prints from both water- and solvent-based inks thanks to its unique polymer coating combined with Asahi’s Pinning Technology for clean transfer. The second new plate, AWP-DEW, features a faster plate processing speed, ideal for larger format flexible packaging operations with higher plate throughput, according to Asahi.

Autobond Stand A23

Must see B1 laminator

Technology Finishing

Why UK manufacturer Autobond will have four laminators and two spot UV varnishers on its booth, including the first showing for an all-singing, all-dancing B1 laminator. The single- or double-sided device can run inline with an inkjet spot UV varnisher, and hot foiling, at 60m/min – the equivalent of 3,600sph B1 format, or 8,000sph in B2. “Every book manufacturer in the world will be beating a path to our door,” says managing director John Gilmore.

LasX Stand E17

Must see CartonsinMinutes

Technology Cutting

Why The LasX CartonsinMinutes technology incorporates a laser cutter with an inline creasing system. Printed boards can be fed to the creaser, which then passes them on to the laser for automated cutting, and then passed to a new robotic stacker or to a folder-gluer for boxmaking. The system is all digital, reading barcodes for creasing and cutting instructions, and can produce one-offs as well as short runs.


Caslon Stand D6

Must see NSF A3+ 

Technology Foiling

Why The A3+ is Caslon’s latest foil press and as well as handling A3-plus sized sheets (max: 311x483mm) also incorporates touchscreen controls, electronic paper registration and double-sheet detection. Nevertheless Caslon stressed that it maintains the compact NSF format and is even easier to use. “With its compact design and ease of operation the NSF A3+ truly does make foil-blocking, blind embossing, die-cutting, kiss-cutting, perforating and numbering possible without the need for big, old fashioned heavy equipment,” says Caslon.

CyanX Stand B5-2

Must see X-presser

Technology Finishing

Why UK pressroom consumables business CyanX will be unveiling X-presser, a pressing station for users of its eco-seal tamper-evident self-seal product. The company said X-presser is a compact unit designed for the smaller print companies that works inline with existing finishing equipment, applying the final pressing stage to the eco-seal process after folding. The hardened steel rollers ‘crush’ the mailer as it exits the folder, causing the molecules of the eco-seal to bond together, something that standard folding machines are unable to do.

Agfa Stand Drupa Touchpoint

Must see Arziro software

Technology Pre-media

Why As well as its own presence in Hall 8a, Agfa Graphics will also present new solutions for the growing packaging market at the Drupa Touchpoint Packaging exhibition in Hall 12, where it will show technology and software for future packaging design, production, authentication and customisation or personalisation. This includes: Arziro Design, a state-of-the-art plug-in for Adobe Illustrator to create counterfeit-proof artwork; Arziro Authenticate, a unique and powerful hybrid authentication and track and trace solution; and a range of ink technologies for smart packaging applications.


Must see Secondhand kit

Hall 13 is home to the industry’s secondhand dealers, including a lot of familiar faces from the UK, such as Roberts Graphics (G81), White Horse Machinery (C94), Grafitec (D97) and DPM (E89). So, if you’re looking for a pre-loved bargain it’s worth taking a look at what’s on offer. 

Gutenberg Museum Stand C51

Why Always a treasure trove of artefacts from print’s past, the Gutenberg Museum, based in Mainz, returns to Drupa with an exhibition on the history of printing and books. The museum will also be selling gifts including illuminated capitals from the Gutenberg Bible in the form of coasters and wall hangings, as well as miniature model Gutenberg presses. So if you’re looking for something to take back to those not fortunate enough to visit Drupa themselves, check it out.

Kisun Stand E6

Must see Digi Caser 800AF

Technology Book production

Why Kisun is showing its new compact casemaking system for short- and medium-length runs. The machine features automated turning-in, gluing and a board feeder and is capable of producing hard-cover books, desktop calendars, box files and more. This Korean manufacturer also produces some clever devices for digital inkjet spot coating, although stand size may restrict what they are able to show off.

Robovend Stand G24

Must see RoboCopy

Technology Print-on-demand

Why Czech firm Robovend has come up with a vending machine for printing, copying and scanning. It supports connection to USB devices and is operated with touchscreen monitor. RoboCopy can scan images or documents, and print A4 and A3, both single- and double-sided, from a scan or from a USB source. It can also store a library of template print products, such as tourist maps, for print-on-demand applications. Robovend said the RoboCopy would open up opportunities for high-street copy shops and print service providers.


Air Motion Systems Stand B71

Must see Peak LED-UV 

Technology UV curing

Why Peak LED-UV is a compact, solid-state device designed to deliver high-power LED UV curing at a fraction of the energy costs and complexity of conventional arc-lamp UV systems. The US manufacturer said the Peak LED-UV system is the only high-power UV LED curing light source with a field-proven, “extendable profile” design for superior intensity, cooling and optical range. AMS is one of a number of manufacturers catering to growing demand for instant drying from offset presses.

Blumer Stand B40 

Must see LabelBander 24

Technology Banding

Why US-based finishing kit manufacturer Blumer said it would be launching the Bandall Labelbander 24 label banding machine for square-cut products. Details were sparse as this issue went to press but the company said the machine combined Blumer’s expertise in label finishing with Bandall’s banding technology to ensure a “very professional and efficient banding process”.

Hohner Stand B32

Must see HSB 9.000 

Technology Saddle-stitching

Why Hohner is to show for the first time its latest saddle-stitcher the HSB 9.000, which is the successor to the 8.000. The new stitcher includes a number of enhancements, including higher operating speed, improved ease of use and greater flexibility. It can handle a wide range of formats from small sizes up to A4-plus and also features remote control. Hohner said the most exciting development on the new stitcher was the introduction of horizontal feeders, which “bring a totally new dimension of possibilities” to the new machine. The company is also showing the latest version of its HSB Digi-FS 8, which combines the functions of a conventional saddle-stitcher with those of a digital finisher and a folder-stitcher in an integrated finishing system. The revamped machine benefits from the ability to handle sheets up to 1,250mm in length.

Manroland Sheetfed Stand C21

Must see Roland 700 Evolution 

Technology Offset press

Why Taking centre stage on Manroland Sheetfed’s stand, alongside information on its range of machines from the compact Roland 200 up to the 900 XXL perfector, will be its latest press update, the B1-plus Roland 700 Evolution. Although it carries the 700 moniker, Manroland said the Evolution had been designed “from the ground up”. The 18,000sph direct-drive press boasts a range of new capabilities, including a new optional sheet size of 750x1,050mm. Unique features are the TripleFlow inking unit, intelligent speed compensation for inking and dampening units and effective anti-ghosting solutions. Other enhancenments include a newly designed central console with touchscreen control, a new feeder transport, new suction belt sheet handling technology, all-new dampening units, new bearings which significantly reduce vibration. Options include InLine colour control and register, InLineInspector and LEC (Low Energy Curing) UV technology.

Manroland Web Systems Stand C41-1/C41-2

Must see FoldLine

Technology Finishing

Why Manroland Web Systems has said its main focus at the show will be on industrial digital production. On its stand will be a FoldLine running output from HP and Kodak digital presses. The manufacturer describes the FoldLine as the optimal finishing tool for newspaper production in digital production environments. The company will also be showing different business models and products including books, newspapers, booklets and flyers.


Ferag Stand D25

Must see MiniSert

Technology Inserting

Why Ferag said the MiniSert enables newspaper printers to adopt automated inserting easily and cost-effectively. The machine can output up to 20,000 finished products per hour and, using twin modules, the hopper section can be uprated in steps from two to four and from four to six hopper stations. The machine handles products of 280x210mm up to 450x310mm, and paginations of 100pp in broadsheet format and 200pp in tabloid.

Komori Stand D4

Must see Lithrone G29

Technology Offset press

Why Komori describes its new high-end B2 litho press, the Lithrone G29, as the “pinnacle machine” to meet “complex next-generation printing needs”. The 16,500sph press is bristling with the latest automation systems for fast makeready and job changeovers, and is targeted at added-value printing applications. The maximum sheet size is 530x750mm and the G29 handles stock up to 0.6mm in thickness. It will be running with Komori’s H-UV low-energy UV printing system, as will all the offset presses on the Komori booth, which will also be the first showing for the firm’s new LED version, H-UV L. A new entry-level SRA1 press also makes its debut, and Komori will also showcase the fruits of its partnerships with Konica Minolta and Landa for B2 and B1 digital presses.

Windmöller & Hölscher Stand A41-1

Must see Miraflex A 

Technology Flexo press

Why The Miraflex A is a brand new addition to Windmöller & Hölscher’s (W&H) range of Miraflex flexo printing presses. It is available in printing widths of 820mm to 1,450mm. The press is sold in two configurations: AM and AL. The AM has a maximum repeat length of 800mm, while the AL has a repeat length of 1,130mm. W&H said its main applications would include the printing of plastic film, paper and laminates for packaging and labels and that it can produce both long- and short-run jobs cost-effectively. Both formats can operate at a top speed of 400m/min and are available with either eight or 10 colour decks.


KBA Stand C47-1

Must see Rapida 75 Pro

Technology Offset press

Why KBA’s new Rapida 75 Pro has many of the same features as its flagship B1-format Rapidas. The ErgoTronic console with TouchTronic graphical user interface is now a standard feature and all of the Rapida 75 Pro’s functions are controllable with a maximum of two touches of a button, which halves makeready times according to KBA. Performance has also been boosted; the Rapida 75 Pro now has a standard format of 520x735mm, up from 510x735mm and standard top speed has been boosted to 15,000sph (from 13,000sph) although the high speed option remains the same at 16,000sph. The new press is also equipped with the ColorTronic ink ducts found on the Rapida 75’s bigger stablemates. Semi-automatic plate changing is now a standard feature and fully automated plate changing is an option. Plate changing times are said to be about one minute per unit.

Kolbus Stand C22

Must see Bookjet BF 530

Technology Book production

Why Kolbus said the BF 530 is its most versatile and flexible book production line and is capable of processing very short runs (down to just a single copy) in batch mode at up to 70 cycles/min. The BF 530 features automatic servo-driven axes for faster makereadies, the ability to process a very wide range of formats and high throughput. New technology delivers sectional makereadies in the production of digitally printed hardcover products, for example, photobooks. The product is fed into the book production line via an indexing feeder fitted with a barcode reader. Subsequent processes – rounding, rub-down, casing-in in rigid, flexible or plastic covers, pressing and joint forming – take place as the product is transported through the line and are completely automated.

Ryobi Mitsubishi Graphic Technology Stand D24

Must see RMGT 10 

Technology Offset press

Why Ryobi Mitsubishi Graphic Technology (RMGT) will use its 1,000m2 stand to unveil its new look presses, including an RMGT 10 B1 six-colour with LED-UV curing, and an RMGT 9 SRA-1 eight-colour perfector with twin LED units. 


HP Hall 17

Must see Indigo 50000 digital press

Technology Digital press

Why Occupying all of Hall 17, HP has overtaken Heidelberg as Drupa’s biggest exhibitor, highlighting the increasing importance of the digital manufacturers. The company also has some big new presses to unveil: six Indigos and three PageWide web presses. The Indigo 12000, is intended to ultimately replace the 10000, and while it shares many of the headline specifications of the 10000, it will have a wide-range of productivity and quality enhancements. The 27-tonne Indigo 50000 is essentially a pair of Indigo 20000 reel-fed engines, that have been enhanced to expand their capabilities to make them more suitable for commercial print applications. The 762mm-wide web press can print 32m/min or 770 straight A4 colour pages per minute and has a maximum repeat length of 1,138mm, making it capable of printing pages 10-up, HP said. The 50000 will go into beta sites early next year, with commercial shipping slated for next summer. 

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