New drupa 2012 Digital Production Printing Equipment Additions to InfoTrends’ Ultimate Guide

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Jul 6, 2012

drupa 2012 featured a slew of new production printing hardware, many of which were announced publicly for the first time during the tradeshow. This year’s show included exciting announcements with a primary focus on three technology areas: B2 format cut-sheet, continuous feed inkjet, and liquid toner devices. Vendors demonstrating new products in the above-mentioned categories include established digital print players such as HP Indigo, Kodak, and Konica Minolta as well as lower profile venders such as Delphax, Ryobi, and Timsons. Also of note are the new nanographic presses from Landa, which were shown in seven configurations.

B2 format was a popular subject at drupa, and the new format can extend the productivity and applications expectations for digital production print. With support for a wider range of substrates and a larger print format, B2 may help steer digital print towards packaging applications. Of the new B2 format cut-sheet presses, the HP Indigo 10000 is notable for its combination of duplex printing, multiple paper sources, and inline finishing capabilities. Other B2 format presses introduced or announced around drupa that have been added to the Ultimate Guide include Fujifilm’s Jet Press 720, Konica Minolta’s KM-1 prototype, Landa’s S7, MGI’s Alphajet, Screen’s Truepress JetSX.

As we forecasted in our Continuous Feed Inkjet Multi Client Study last year, high speed continuous feed devices will be producing a bulk of the color impressions in the near future. The market for these devices has become more developed, with drupa inkjet announcements that include HP’s T360 and T410 (faster versions of the T350 and T400 respectively), Kodak’s Prosper 6000XL (an upgrade to their color Prosper 5000XL model), and Landa’s W50, and Oce’s ColorStream 3700.

The third technological focus of drupa centered around liquid toner electrophotography devices. Traditionally, the liquid toner market has been dominated by HP’s Indigo line of production printers but several of its competitors have announced new hardware including Xeikon’s prototype Trillium press and Oce’s Infinistream, a roll fed liquid toner device. Liquid toner technology is gaining increased traction due to image quality, running cost, substrate flexibility, and high-speed potential.

As many of these aforementioned devices are still in the prototype stage and do not have official specifications sheets or brochures available, we will be updating their entries in the Ultimate Guides as the information becomes publicly available. To see the specs of these products as well as other products announced at drupa including KBA’s RotaJET 76, Delphax’s Elan, Timsons’ T-Press, and Xerox’s CiPress 325 visit InfoTrends Ultimate Guide at ultimateguide.infotrends.com

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