Posts tagged: HP Indigo

A Future Beyond Four Colors

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 May 28, 2013

In 2008, InfoTrends published a blog entitled, Beyond Process Color Digital Printing: Approaches to Additional Colors, Special Effects, and MICR, discussing vendors that offered one or more imaging units

in addition to the four traditional process colors (CMYK). Today, we have seen leaders in the high-end electrophotographic market, such as HP, Kodak, and Xeikon, expanding the capabilities of their devices to provide additional efforts to accommodate five or more print stations also known as, “5+” colors, during production. There has also been some activity in off-line digital devices that provide the ability to add value to a printed page through the application, typically via inkjet heads, of a gloss coating or some other effect. New entrants to the offline market such as, Scodix and MGI, are a few of these offline companies entering this market.

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First Name Fever: Why “Share a Coke” in Europe Is a Big Win for Color Digital in Labels

Bob Leahey
 May 22, 2013

This month consumers in Europe are beginning to see Coca Cola bottles on retail shelves labeled in a new way. Each bottle has the brand’s familiar swoosh graphic and red and white colors, but with iconic brand name reduced or cut out entirely. Instead, the words “Coca Cola” on the bottle have been mostly replaced by one of 150 most popular first names in the country where the drink is sold. HP Indigo WS6600s are printing all the names, essentially a giant exercise in versioning–over 800 million labels will be used between now and the end of Q3. Special kiosks will be on tour in the region so consumers can personalize their own Coca-Cola bottles. Coca Cola is also enlisting social media, first by encouraging Facebook users to create a virtual personalized Coke can to share with someone, and then look for their own names on bottles in stores. The deal is historic, not just because it’s for Coca Cola, but because it likely is, in effect, the biggest color digital label print job ever.

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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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Another Look at Corporate Greeting Cards

Jim Hamilton
 Jan 24, 2012



Last year around this time I reviewed all of the corporate greeting cards I received over the holiday season. I’m at it again this year and cover such diverse topics as colored signatures; recycled paper, FSC, and other green initiatives; text & image personalization; QR codes; printing on the envelope; metallics & pearlescents; special effects like dimensional printing; and non-card items such as calendars, menus, photo books. I also rant about electronic greeting cards that come with insincere tag lines like: “In our appreciation for the environment, we chose to send you our holiday wishes electronically.” Baloney! Face it, you’re just lazy and trying to hide your cheapness in an eco-green candy coating. If you really care, send me a physical card next year. My address is Jim Hamilton, 97 Libbey Industrial Parkway, Suite 300, Weymouth, Massachusetts 02189, USA.

Digi:media – a new trade show on print-media integration

Ralf Schlozer
 Apr 11, 2011

There are countless tradeshows addressing the whole or parts of the graphic arts industry and apart from half a dozen global flagship trade shows most receive only regional attention. However when the organisers of drupa, the mother of all graphic arts trade shows, come up with a new event, it is worth having a look.

Digi:media is billed as an addition to drupa, not only to bridge the three years between the drupas. Digi:media has been set up to cover the entire digital process chain for digital media. Print is covered from content creation and creative stage to the finished product with special focus on print’s integration with other media. The exhibition is flanked by numerous conferences and special events. Read more »

A Video Look at Corporate Greeting Cards

Jim Hamilton
 Jan 14, 2011

In this video I discuss the corporate holiday cards I received over the past month or so. Some of these cards were conventionally printed and some were digitally printed. The list of special effects include pop-up die-cuts, silver and gold metallic, embossing, and variable data tools such as personalized URLs, stamps, and QR codes. I also show two photo books that I received as gifts after attending industry analyst briefings.

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HP Installs at Rotolito Lombarda – Pushing the Envelope of Digital Colour Books

Ralf Schlozer
 Nov 29, 2010

The high-speed colour inkjet market remains very dynamic. Over the past several months, we have seen a number of product introductions and new installations. To this end, HP recently organised a publishing innovation event at Rotolito Lombarda in Milan to present the first full colour inkjet web press installation in Europe to members of the press and to discuss its Inkjet Web Press strategy.

To date, HP has announced 21 installations of full colour Inkjet Web Presses on a global basis (a total of 42 engines). In addition to Rotolito, these installations include beta sites such as the T200 and T350 at O’Neil and the IntelliJet installations from Pitney Bowes. A total of 13 installations were designed for book printing, while most of the remainder involve direct mail applications. All installations have occurred in the U.S. or Western Europe thus far, but an Asia-Pacific site is set to join in soon.

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New Testing Standards Group Will Help Digital Label Technology

Bob Leahey
 Oct 20, 2010

FINAT, the international association for self-adhesive label industry, announced this month that it has taken the first steps to achieve standardized testing methods for digital printing of labels. FINAT has begun establishing a picked group of industry representatives to form a “task force” dedicated to this topic.

The news from FINAT, which is based in The Netherlands and has 600 members from around the world, is a sign of the importance and maturity of digital technology in the label industry, which is now has well over 1,300 color digital presses base on EP or inkjet. While color digital presses have thus come into their own in the market that was once exclusively served by analog presses, there is a gap between digital and analog in terms of print testing. For analog technology such as offset, letterpress, flexo or gravure presses, the industry has well established testing equipment, procedures and standards, one that are accepted by the key supplier categories such as media and press manufacturers and by converters and their customers.

Color digital technology, though, is younger than analog, and most of the standard printability tests and procedures have not yet been fully tried. It is also possible that such tests may need to be modified or new tests developed for use in judging digital printing of labels and packaging. FINAT is aiming to close the gap, and make digital technology as well and uniformly tested as analog technology. Their overall goal is to make digital label printing a more globally standardized technology in terms of printability, performance standards, test methods and procedures.

InfoTrends believes this initiative by FINAT is very helpful one. While vendors of color digital technology have collectively achieved good success in the label market, they are a disparate group. They include not just two major technology categories, EP and inkjet, but subcategories of technologies within them, defined by toner technology (liquid or dry toned) and inkjet heads (Epson, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Panasonic, Toshiba TEC, Xaar). There is a lot to judge and compare, such as image resolution and color matching, among other items.

What will a better, standardized testing do for color digital technology? A key benefit will be greater acceptability of digitally printed labels among brand owners. Some share of brand owners still rate digital output as marginal compared to analog, and top consumer brands are especially demanding in terms of color matching and other features. These companies seek consistency and fidelity; standardized testing will enhance the reputation of color digital.

The move by FINAT is spurred by IGT Testing Systems, a print testing specialist based in Switzerland, and Mike Fairley, a key industry consultant with Tarsus Group, the organizer of Label Expo. FINAT is now in the midst of establishing the task force, which it says will represent different disciplines. FINAT’s Wilco de Groot is chairman of the group, and will soon make recommendations about its further recruitment.

An unwelcome IPEX surprise: Böwe Systec files for opening of insolvency proceedings

Ralf Schlozer
 May 24, 2010

On May 20, 2010 Böwe Systec AG, one of the three global leading manufacturers of inserting equipment, declared the opening of insolvency proceedings (the German equivalent to chapter 11). The announcement by Böwe Systec came as a bit of a surprise to stock market analysts as orders for the first 4 months in 2010 had increased by 40% over the previous year, although revenues were down considerably in 2008 and 2009. The announcements, which came at IPEX 2010 in Birmingham UK (this year’s largest international graphic arts show) also took Böwe’s staff by surprise.

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Canon to Acquire Océ

Anne Valaitis
 Nov 16, 2009

Today, Canon Inc. (trading symbol CAJ) announced a public cash offer for all the shares of Océ (trading symbol OCE).  Canon intends to make an offer of € 8.60 per Share (cum dividend) for 100% of the outstanding Shares of Océ, representing a premium of 70% over Océ’s closing share price of Friday 13 November 2009 and 137% to the average share price over the last 12 months, this makes the deal worth about 1.1 billion dollars.

In the wake of other major acquisitions in the last year, particularly Ricoh’s acquisition of IKON, there has been much speculation about what Canon will do. Now that Canon has agreed to acquire Océ, it is clear that one of its strategic options has been selected. Read more »

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