Posts tagged: finishing

Xerox Presents New FreeFlow at Print ’13

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 Sep 10, 2013

FreeFlow, Xerox’s popular suite of workflow solutions, has received a major overhaul, including a newly developed “cloud-ready” architecture as well as the addition of several new products. According to Xerox, the new FreeFlow will help them lead with a cutting-edge workflow platform that is developed based on intimate customer knowledge and their long standing expertise in the production printing market.

Central to the updated FreeFlow is a new product called FreeFlow Core. Read more »

All Eyes on PRINT 13

Jim Hamilton
 Sep 6, 2013

PRINT 13 (September 8th through 12th at McCormick Place in Chicago) will test the validity of print trade shows in an era of always connected mobile access. Combined with the CPP EXPO (Converting & Package Printing) EXPO, the show runs once every four years and is a day longer than Graph Expo. The show used to be massive. It has contracted and now is about the size of a Graph Expo from the days of yore. In light of the sad decline of IPEX (March 24th to 29th, 2014, London), which virtually all of the possible major exhibitors are avoiding, all eyes will be on PRINT 13 this year as a test of the level that the industry will support a large printing trade show.

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Print & Mail Samples from the 2013 Pitney Bowes Client Summit

Jim Hamilton
 Jun 24, 2013

This video covers some print and mail samples I collected at a Pitney Bowes customer event in Connecticut in June of 2013.

The Pitney Bowes document I reference at the end is called Get higher value ROI from color and can be found at this link.

You can find more print sample videos on the Jim Hamilton YouTube channel.

Printers Set Finishing Automation as an Important Priority for 2013

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 Jun 6, 2013

A common theme that InfoTrends has been noticing among print service providers, for the past few years, has been centralized around finishing. Specifically the desire for printers to create fully automated end-to-end production workflows. In our annual U.S. Production Software Investment Outlook, we found that 23.5% of respondents have set improving finishing automation as an important priority for the 2013 year. Improving finishing automation is important because of the opportunity available for printers to reduce costs through improving production turnaround times, reducing dependency for manual labor, and removing human errors.

Top 10 Workflow Initiatives for 2013

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Océ Event Presents More Details on Packaging and the InfiniStream Product

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 Oct 1, 2012

Last week, InfoTrends was invited by Océ to visit its continuous feed headquarters in Poing, Germany for a drupa follow-up event to see Océ’s InfiniStream product and hear about its strategy to enter the packaging space. Océ also took the opportunity to present a few product updates and they announced a new model in the Inkjet Wide Series. Key highlights include:

  • New JetStream Model in the Wide Series; Océ Jetstream 5500 mono. The printer can produce up to 5,140 ipm (A4) with a web speed of 254m/min and a web width of 30 inch. The Jetstream 3300 mono and Jetstream 4300 mono are both upgradeable to the new 5500 mono.
  • Océ announced a premium black pigment ink for the publication market. This new pigment ink allows them to obtain a higher density black, especially on standard uncoated paper, which is especially desired in book printing.
  • Océ demonstrated a manroland book production line (manroland VFF-2) together with the JetStream 5500 mono. The line has been optimized for digital book block production, but is suitable for brochures and flyers as well. Additionally a newspaper production line (manroland VPF-211) for tabloid and broadsheet papers has been announced as well, but was not shown live.
  • Océ InkControl is a new software development for pre-print estimation of ink consumption; as well as monitor and feedback actual consumption. This closes the loop as its existing TrueProof solution can only estimate ink consumption, not feedback actual results
  • Océ talked about its alignment with the Canon organisation. Poing has become a Strategic Business Unit (SBU) that develops continuous feed products and delivers support for Canon’s regional sales headquarters, based in London (EMEA), New York (Americas), Singapore/China (Asia), Sydney (Oceania) and Tokyo (Japan)

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Frankly Speaking: Drupa is All About Hope

Frank Romano
 May 11, 2012

Drupa is the largest print-related exhibition in the world. It is a cross between a world’s fair and the storming of the Bastille. It is the place where new printing technology is introduced. And much of that technology is years away.

The first thing that hits you is the sheer size of it all. It takes almost an hour to walk from one side of the messe (fairgrounds) to the other (well, at my age it does). There are the equivalent of 20 buildings filled with every kind of printing and related device on earth. And there were 170,000 people from all over the world by the mid-point of the show.

The day before the formal opening is when Heidelberg (HEI) has their traditional press conference. But they were usurped by Landa, a company that revealed a new nano graphic printing technology. In fact, HEI is partnering with Landa on a future printing device.

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Prediction: The Top drupa 2012 Stories

Jim Hamilton
 Apr 18, 2012

I could be wrong. After all, the show doesn’t start for two weeks, but I think these will be the top stories at drupa:

  1. Benny Landa — Whether Landa Labs shows market-ready products or early tech demos doesn’t really matter. This will be a drupa remembered for the show that Benny Landa put on. Is it ready for prime time? We won’t know until May. One mystery that should be solved by then is why their press releases refer to “ink ejectors” rather than inkjet heads (like every other inkjet system vendor does). Could it be that they are doing something different than using inkjet heads to apply ink to paper? Wait and see. Read more »

From Mobile Apps to Marbled Paper: GPO Today

Jim Hamilton
 Apr 2, 2012

When I visited Washington last May to testify before a Congressional subcommittee on the Government Printing Office (GPO) I received an invitation to visit their facility at 732 North Capitol Street NW. With Dscoop7 taking place in Washington two weeks ago, I finally had the chance to take them up on their invitation. I recommend that you have a look at the blog I wrote after my Congressional subcommittee testimony. There have been some interesting changes since last May.

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Getting B2-Format Digital Right

Jim Hamilton
 Mar 13, 2012

There are more and more indications that drupa 2012 may be the “B2 Digital” drupa. The announcement today of the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press supports this contention. It’s the first B2-format digital device that I have seen up close that meets three key requirements:

  • Duplex printing
  • Multiple paper sources
  • In-line finishing
HP Indigo 10000

HP Indigo 10000

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