The new generation of ‘B2’ format sheet fed presses from HP Indigo and several other suppliers has caused interest and excitement since their first unveiling two years ago. Today about 140 B2 presses are operating worldwide, and that total is growing. InfoTrends recently interviewed 40 current users of B2 presses and also surveyed 200 prospects for the technology in Europe and North America, in order to understand the status and outlook for B2 digital systems, which are available now from Delphax, Fujifilm, HP Indigo, and Screen, with more to come. The results are charted and interpreted in the new report, Opportunities and Challenges in B2 Digital.
The 2014 International CES has come and gone.Â Tens of thousands of geeks and those who write about geeky things (often indistinguishable, by the way) descended on Las Vegas earlier this month. Many of them persevered through travel delays caused by record cold and snow in the central and northeastern United States; an estimated few thousand more gave up after spending a day or two trying to make the trip. Those that made it saw a vast assortment of products, some of which will soon be available for sale, and others that will probably never again see the light of day. Read more »
Screen USA hosted a two-day open house in its facilities in Rolling Meadows, IL. (Near Chicago) this past week and provided an update on three key digital printing products: the Truepress JetSX, the Truepress Jet L350UV, and the Truepress Jet3200UV.
Recently, MGI, a French company known for its digital printing & finishing technologies, announced that it was going to acquire Ceradrop, a French company specializing in the printing of electronics and 3D microelectronic components. With this acquisition, MGI now enters the printed electronics market.
Founded by members of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) as a spin-off project in 2006, the first Cera printer was sold in 2008. Since then, Ceradrop has developed ceramic and organic printed electronic materials in 2D and 3D. Many of the printed electronics that are produced using Ceradrop technology become parts of products such as flexible solar cells (OPV), OLED displays, smart cards, and antennas. Ceradrop currently serves aerospace, defense, energy and medical industries.
These are InfoTrends’s top ten trends from PRINT 13:
Who was there? Who wasn’t? Agfa’s departure from the show floor over the summer added another important company to the small cadre of vendors skipping the show (Heidelberg, Kodak, and Screen). In truth, Kodak actually did have a booth, a smallish one at the very back of the show floor, but it wasn’t what you would typically expect out of them. Of much greater importance was Kodak’s participation in others’ booths, including Konica Minolta (for Creo and Prinergy) and Adphos (for the Prosper Imprinting heads). And though the timing of Kodak’s emergence from Chapter 11 may have made a big presence unadvisable, it was nevertheless a missed opportunity to show off the new Kodak to its core audience. It is also clearly time for Kodak to name a new leader who will bring the market knowledge and vision for the next chapter in the company’s history. This has dragged on way too long.Read more »
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:
In June, Screen USA invited a group of industry analysts and trade press editors to its U.S. headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, not far from Chicago, for a briefing that they called “A Closer Look.” The title is apt, because if you are like me, you may not have understood the full breadth of Screen’s graphic arts offerings.
Recently, Screen USA invited a group of industry analysts and trade press editors to its headquarters for a briefing. I’ve written separately about that event and in this video blog I will show someÂ print samples that I collected there. These samplesÂ are output from two of Screen’s Truepress product family. One set comes from the Screen Truepress JetSX, one of the new B2-format digital printers that was getting so much attention at drupa. The other set comes from the Screen Truepress Jet2500UV, whose dimensional sample is unlike anything I’ve seen before.
If you’d like to see other print sample videos, please check outÂ the Jim Hamilton YouTube channel. Here you’ll find a selection of my print sample videos as well as videos that have been recorded at various industry events.
The Society for Information Display held its annual Display Week trade show June 5-7 in Boston, MA. InfoTrends attended the show to learn about new technologies that may soon make their way into devices that will be used for viewing and sharing consumers’ photos and videos. Here are a few of the more interesting things that we saw: Read more »
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.