May 18, 2016
With drupa 2016 about to start, InfoTrends has written reports and blogs on key digital printing and finishing companies that will exhibit products for packaging and label converting there. With this report we will preview one more important drupa exhibitor, Xeikon.
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Mar 21, 2016
At drupa 2012 Xeikon made a splash by showcasing a new liquid toner technology under the Trillium brand name. Although it was quite apparent that Xeikon was banking the future of its digital imaging business on Trillium, it has not said much about the technology recently, and then the anticipated delivery to French direct mail printer TagG Informatique in 2015 was missed.
On March 17th 2016 Xeikon finally gave a detailed update on Trillium. The first product will be commercialised under the Trillium One name, as originally announced with a 60 meter per minute (200 fpm) speed, 1,200 dpi imaging resolution and 50 cm (20”) web width. Imaging speed is laid out for 120 m/min, so a future speed upgrade should be possible.
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May 30, 2014
Continuous feed colour inkjet printing has been a big success story over the past seven years especially in transaction print and with some book and direct mail printers. However the market lost a bit of momentum recently. While the move to inkjet in the transaction market is in full swing a lot more opportunities rest in short run publishing and promotional applications, especially when some degree of customisation, personalisation, and just-in-time manufacturing. Inkjet has had limited success so far in areas requiring higher print quality, particularly on coated papers. Canon’s launch of the ImageStream 3500 is intended to address that challenge.
On the 22nd of May Canon invited a small group of analysts to the Miyakoshi Akita plant in northern Japan, where all of Miyakoshi’s digital print engines are manufactured. At the manufacturing site Canon presented the latest launch in its inkjet portfolio, the ImageStream 3500. At first sight the ImageStream 3500 looks like a JetStream 3300 — part of Océ’s Wide series. In fact, both products share the same press base. Accordingly the maximum print speed is set with 160 meters per minute and the paper width is 30 inch.
The differences between a JetStream and the new ImageStream lie in the inkjet heads and the ink. The printer uses the latest Kyocera printheads with a native resolution of 1,200 dpi and three drop size levels. The printer can print with 1,200 x 600 dpi resolution at full speed, or 1,200 x 1,200 resolution at half speed, which is still an impressive 1,600 A4 pages/minute. The high resolution results in tiny droplet sizes with 1.3, 2, and 2.8 picolitre. Canon is using a new, waterbasedÂ ink as well, not only optimised for the tiny droplet size, but also engineered to stick on the surface of the paper — any paper. Read more »
May 10, 2012
A recurring theme at drupa 2012 is that many of the planned digital devices are intended as B2-format offset press replacements. This is puzzling positioning. Is there really a need for digital stand-ins for very efficient offset presses? The digital market, need I remind you, is built on values well beyond mere quick turnaround and cost-effective short runs. Production digital print is best leveraged when it facilitates full process automation, electronic collation, variable data, and the use of the digital printer as a virtual document archive. Designs that lack duplexing or use traditional offset feed and delivery systems miss out on some of the most basic digital print advantages.
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Oct 19, 2009
InfoTrends Tokyo-based senior analyst Masato Atoda has forwarded me some of his impressions of the Japanese graphic arts trade show JGAS (Tokyo, October 6-10). A couple of items stand out in regard to high-speed color inkjet developments:
- Miyakoshi showed a new continuous-feed color inkjet printer called the MJP20F that runs at 200 meter-per-minute (approximately 650 feet per minute) at 600 by 600 dot-per-inch resolution. In a duplex 4/4 configuration with a 541 millimeter (about 21.3 inches) maximum print width the price is about 300 million yen (approximately $3.3 million). It is available now worldwide.
- FujiFilm showed the sheet-fed, B2-format JetPress 720 that it had demonstrated at drupa 2008. It did not hand out print samples, but it does appear that print quality has improved since drupa. FujiFilm reported that the JetPress 720 will ship in the spring of 2010.
- Screen showed the TruePress Jet SX that it demonstrated at drupa 2008. The device now has duplex print capability, which Screen says will be a standard feature. Screen did not distribute print samples, but it appears that the quality has improved since drupa. Screen said that beta testing will begin this year and first customer shipments will begin in the spring or summer of 2010.
This weekÂ InfoTrends will be publishing an analysis for its consulting service clients that will include more on the production digital color developmentsÂ from JGAS.