The Side Stories from Hunkeler Innovationdays

Pat McGrew
Mar 7, 2019

By now you have read about the highly capable printing equipment that supported the Hunkeler Innovationdays demonstrations of Hunkeler, Horizon, Meccanotecnica, Kern, Bowe, Muller Martini, GUK, Sitma and others. You have probably read about the Agilox Intelligent Guided Vehicle that traveled the floor among the attendees moving paper and finished work among the stands.  But what you may not have read about are some of the other solutions worthy of your attention. They range from real-time shop floor monitoring to service, to accessibility, and all have a place in print production environments.


Agilox IGV getting ready to pickup finished work at Hunkeler Innovationdays.
Source: Keypoint Intelligence

The first one I want to call to your attention is Kobayashi, who came from Japan with their translator (on the left) to offer a service they call Uni-Voice. This is an accessibility tool that uses a printed code on a document to access an app that provides the information via audio recordings. Their pitch is that their service helps elderly and visually impaired people to understand information, and can even be used to provide multi-lingual options. Their solution has been used on pension communication from the government and insurance companies in Japan. Accessibility solutions have been in the industry for some time, and all have setup requirements. This solution seemed elegant and easy to implement.

The Kobayashi team came from Japan to show their accessibility solution.
Source: Keypoint Intelligence

Inkjet ink solutions were on display from Kao Collins and Diversified Nano Solutions Corp. The Diversified Nano team caught my attention with an interesting security solution that uses biomarkers combined with online tracking. I have been fascinated by their inks for many years, so I asked about compatibility with the inkjet presses that were running in the halls. They say that their inkjets are generally compatible with all of the most common devices and head manufacturers – of course you would want to test for your environment. This technology opens the doors to a wide range of brand authentication solutions, from pharma to retail. With the addition of industry veteran George Promis to their team, this will be a solution to watch.

Using the Diversified Nano Solutions Biomarker application seemed easy to do.
Source: Keypoint Intelligence.

One of the interesting functional demonstrations tucked away in a corner stand in Hall 1 came from the Spencer Metrics team, in association with the Xeikon team in Hall 2. If you took the time to stop and talk with David Spencer, what you learned was that they had teamed with Xeikon and were showing real-time data from the machines in the Xeikon booth. The value to the story was showing why the information was valuable. It was almost more interesting because it wasn’t sitting next to the machines that the Spencer Metric solution was monitoring. The image below shows the monitoring while I was standing there.

The SpencerMetrics Connect screen showing live data from the Xeikon stand.
Source: Keypoint Intelligence.

 

An event like Hunkeler Innovationdays provides a unique chance to see a wide range of applications that many printers might miss in online searches or in the giant shows like drupa. Innovationdays for 2021 is already on the schedule and should be on your planner.

 

Hunkeler innovationdays 2019 – a hardware view

Ralf Schlozer
Mar 5, 2019

The Hunkeler innovationdays started out as a humble open house event of a Swiss finishing manufacturing company. Indicating a forward-thinking company, the innovationdays morphed over the years into the most important global event for continuous feed production document printing – as finishing equipment is naturally best demonstrated in conjunction with a printing system. Visitors love the idea of seeing printing lines from all major vendors sitting side-by-side and feeding the finishing lines for converted products. The 2019 iteration improved again on the number of exhibitors and visitors with about 100 exhibitors and 6,500 visitors expected for the show.

The theme of this year’s event was “success with automation”. There is no doubt that automation is getting increasingly important as a means to reduce labour cost, counter the shortage of skilled staff, avoid production mistakes, and speed up the device setup. This is especially critical the shorter the runs become. Hunkeler presented some fine examples of automation, notably a prototype of a sheeter and stacker that is able to automatically change formats from within seconds. Other new launches with focus on automation included a non-stop roll splicer for continuous feed printers, folders, perforators and web inspection modules.

Hunkeler Automated Cut & Stack line

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What Does Hololens 2 Mean for Businesses?

Colin McMahon
Feb 26, 2019

On February 24, 2019, Microsoft unveiled Hololens 2, the successor to its augmented reality headset, Hololens. Almost three years have passed since the developer edition of the first Hololens became commercially available. In that time, numerous other AR, virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) headsets have come to market. All the while, software creators and content developers have used this time to create a wealth of programs – some simple, some quite complex.

For Microsoft, the three-year gap means one significant detail: DATA. The company has had several years to see exactly how its intended clients use Hololens and have created Hololens 2 with what it says are significant improvements for the enterprise space.

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Canon Closes 2018 Strong and Opens 2019 to Possibilities

Ryan McAbee
Feb 15, 2019

Around thirty print industry analysts and press media flocked like snow birds to Boca Raton, Florida, this week for the Canon Media & Analyst Event 2019. The company shared positive financial results and customer successes from last year, in addition to sharing its future vision for leveraging technology and humanity to bring value to customers.

The day launched with a state of Canon address by the newly appointed, but not new to Canon, Sam Yoshida, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Business Information and Communications Group (BICG) of Canon U.S.A. Yoshida noted the growth of Canon to $35.6 billion in net sales of which the BICG unit made a positive contribution through a 1% year-over-year revenue increase. More importantly, Canon continues to focus on research and development, spending $2.8B last year, to spur technological innovation. This led to the company ranking third globally in patent applications and second for the total market value of those patents.

(Sam Yoshida, Executive Vice President and General Manager of BICG)

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WHEN DID SNEAKERS BECOME ACCEPTABLE BUSINESS ATTIRE?

Deborah Hawkins
Feb 11, 2019

I haven’t done the rounds of many exhibitions the last few years. My focus area of office print is generally served by Vendor specific events and the one global event the industry had, CeBIT has now finally been put to bed. So I was quite surprised at my first visit to ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) 2019 in Amsterdam. It was full, thriving and so many people were wearing sneakers.

Does this have something to do with the meeting of two worlds that ISE has emerged from?  The vibrant Audio Visual (AV) high tech hardware focussed industry and the IT world that can integrate practically anything without having to heed to standards or obligations?

Founded in 2004 and boosting 3500 visitors that year, the exhibition has grown to some 1400 exhibitors and an expected 90,000 visitors in 2019. For me, it felt far more than that. The growth has undoubtedly been supported by the portfolio breadth of AV boasting 8k, curved as well as inflatable screens and flashy displays and its acceptance across many horizontal and vertical sectors. What attracted me most to the show however, was the connection to IT and looking at how the AV industry hooks up with business IT, the hub of our digital world today. I see a lot of parallels to the office printing industry and I knew this industry was in a similar stage of disruption when I saw the likes of Google & Uber speaking about workplace trends at ISE 2019. Read more »

Hunkeler Innovationdays: An Outlook from a CCM Perspective

David Stabel

In a few week’s time, on February 25-28, Hunkeler is opening its doors again for the high-volume printing and paper processing industry at the 13th Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland. This year shows an increase in number of exhibitors from around 90 in 2017. This year about 100 exhibitors are staging demonstrations of 40 practical solutions over two halls at the Lucerne Trade Fairgrounds.

Hunkeler Innovationdays

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What’s Next for Production Print DFEs?

Marc Mascara and Eve Padula
Feb 6, 2019

A Trip Way Back in Time

On demand production print digital front ends (DFEs) began their competitive march in the late 1990s when Scitex Corporation announced its entry into the print on demand (POD) space by launching the Spontane printing system. The solution was an OEM version of the Fuji Xerox Docucolor 40. During that same timeframe, Scitex also developed a DFE version of its Brisque Prepress system and adapted it for the on-demand market. This announcement started a high-end competitive DFE battle between EFI, Scitex, and to some extent ColorBus.

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Digital CMYK+ Ushers in a New Crop of Design Enthusiasts

Marc Mascara
Jan 29, 2019

Designing for offset print is nothing new; the PDF revolution is a distant memory at this point and the “how to design for print” guides are long gone. For quite some time, designers have understood how to extend gamut and design for that hit of varnish. With that said, designing for these offset jobs was always difficult and somewhat restrictive to the creative process. Any creative liberties typically added a significant amount of time to the process because prepress often needed to make corrections to the designers file for reliable printing. As a result, commercial printers have always had a love/hate relationship with the creative members of the design community. This all began to change when the HP Indigo Digital Presses began to roll out 7-color liquid toner capabilities. It was still important to educate the design community, but not in terms of capability—the focus shifted to learning how best to design a clean file for prepress.

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ISS 2019 Event Ushers in New DTG Printing Solutions

Ron Gilboa
Jan 28, 2019

With over 400 exhibitors, a range of educational sessions, and many hands-on demonstrations, this year’s Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS) was held at the Long Beach Convention Center from January 18 – 20, 2019. As always, the event’s attendees came eager to learn about the latest innovations in technologies, materials, and processes. Navigating the show floor during the exhibition, visitors were exposed to new direct-to-garment (DTG) printing solutions, a range of shop management solutions, and continued innovations that improved the material handling process.

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AR Trailblazers’ Reality Augmented with Financial Turmoil

Alan Bullock
Jan 25, 2019

Like many budding industries, the Augmented Reality (AR) world is undergoing some upheaval. In recent weeks, a few of its early pioneers have hit what, for some, seem to be insurmountable financial roadblocks. Even so, entrepreneurial optimism remains. Read more »

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