Jul 27, 2015
Konica Minolta, a long time innovator in inkjet technology with over 30 years of experience, has released information on a new generation of print heads aimed at the evolving graphic arts, industrial, and functional printing markets. These printheads have resolution as high as 1,200 nozzles per inch (npi), drop size as low as 3 picoliters, jetting frequency of up to 100 kHz, and a physical size that is significantly smaller than the previous generation of Konica Minolta heads. As with many print head manufacturers Konica Minolta is manufacturing these printhead using Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) fabrication. Konica Minolta’s high precision printhead is capable of jetting of a range of inks and functional materials such as resins. These new capabilities will enable innovative new products in a range of industries. Konica Minolta expects to begin mass production of these heads in the spring of 2016. Read more »
Jun 19, 2014
At a recent launch event in San Diego, CA HP unveiled plans to “reboot” its wide format digital printing portfolio with a new modular thermal inkjet (TIJ) platform. Additionally HP launched new wide format technical printers, production software, and a single print driver for their DesignJet family, but the headliner was a wide format printer from HP that will compete in the single-pass wide format segment.
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Jun 27, 2013
Yesterday we went through some of the highlights from the first day of the FESPA event at the Excel Center here in London. Over the past couple of days we’ve gotten a flurry of other announcements and other new printer information that we’ll be adding to our new Ultimate Guide to Wide Format. Some of the major announcements are highlighted quickly below:
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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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May 10, 2012
Wide-format developments were in evidence at drupa, but weren’t the centre of interest. The biggest noise at drupa was Benny Landa’s nanography and the other big noises were B2 sheetfed digital presses and the universal interest by vendors in applying their products to packaging and label printing. However, there were some launches and technology demonstrations of wide-format printing hardware that highlight developments in the sector.
Screen Truepress Jet W1632UV
The following is a list of some of the wide-format printer and press developments listed alphabetically.
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May 4, 2012
One of the most interesting things that we saw at drupa yesterday was a preview of a wide format printing system seen at the Caldera booth A14 in Hall 4. This 42-inch wide technology printer represents a collaboration between Xerox partner Fuji Xerox and Caldera. We are hearing that this product should launch in the Asia-Pacific region by the end of the year. It is a 4-color aqueous inkjet printer using dye-based inks.
A short video of the printer in action here: http://youtu.be/r5tDUceDkko
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Apr 9, 2012
Delphax is a long standing provider of high-end digital monochrome printers in markets focused on check, security, and book printing. Until the announcement of elan, these have all been toner-based cut-sheet and continuous feed solutions. With the trend towards color, Delphax began an initiative several years ago to develop its own color solution and is now launching elan, a 500 ipm digital full colour cut-sheet printer. As its imaging partner it chose Memjet, which provides the inkjet print heads for elan.
2012 will probably go down in history as the year of the “digital B2” drupa. This alone is exciting news for any print service provider looking for a new production tool. As an industry supplier however, it makes it more difficult to stand out with a B2-format offering. Still Delphax’s elan has a couple of exciting features that could really differentiate the product from its competition. Based on the details that Delphax has released so far these are:
– Low expected acquisition price and running costs
– High resolution
– Small footprint
– Innovative paper path
– Ability to run a fifth or sixth color or MICR
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Jan 18, 2012
Predicting the predominant theme of Drupa is like predicting presidential prospects. It is fraught with peril.
We know that the last Drupa in 2008 was truly an inkjet-oriented Drupa. Few of you can tell me what was new in offset litho but all can remember that HP became one of the largest exhibitors with a new high-speed, high-quality, roll-fed inkjet press that broke all the rules–inkjet, high speed, high quality, and roll fed were not terms that commonly collided in the same sentence.
The every-4 year (it was once 5 years) international show schedule was designed to provide enough time for large leaps in technology.Â That is why Drupa, Ipex, and PRINT shows have a personality. There is always something truly new.
As the 2012 edition of Drupa rapidy approaches we pundits delight in prognosticating. It is either that or actually working for a living. My original prediction was that Drupa 2012 would be “inkjet on steroids.” The steroid lobby has taken offence so I am re-thinking all inking.
Let us set the stage. Once HP set the bar for a new breed of inkjet printer/press in 2008, Read more »
Sep 27, 2011
One of the questions I hear frequently is about the potential impact of memjet – the inkjet print head technology – on the wide format digital print market. This question is likely to become even more common following the announcements at Graph Expo and LabelExpo that two companies have become the first to integrate the memjet print head technology into wide format digital print solutions.
At Graph Expo XanteÂ announced that it has become the first to integrate the memjet print head into a wide format printing system which the company is calling the Excelagraphix 4200. OWN-X’s WideStar 2000 is another memjet-powered wide format printer announcedÂ last week that will be shown at LabelExpo, so it is pretty clear that memjet is picking up speed, so to speak. Read more »
Sep 8, 2011
Inkjet developments continue to dominate graphic arts trade shows. Graph Expo, starting this Sunday in Chicago,Â is no exception. Here’s a quick look at some of the inkjet developments I expect to see at the show. Read more »