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Hunkeler innovationdays 2019 – a hardware view

Ralf Schlozer
 Mar 5, 2019

The Hunkeler innovationdays started out as a humble open house event of a Swiss finishing manufacturing company. Indicating a forward-thinking company, the innovationdays morphed over the years into the most important global event for continuous feed production document printing – as finishing equipment is naturally best demonstrated in conjunction with a printing system. Visitors love the idea of seeing printing lines from all major vendors sitting side-by-side and feeding the finishing lines for converted products. The 2019 iteration improved again on the number of exhibitors and visitors with about 100 exhibitors and 6,500 visitors expected for the show.

The theme of this year’s event was “success with automation”. There is no doubt that automation is getting increasingly important as a means to reduce labour cost, counter the shortage of skilled staff, avoid production mistakes, and speed up the device setup. This is especially critical the shorter the runs become. Hunkeler presented some fine examples of automation, notably a prototype of a sheeter and stacker that is able to automatically change formats from within seconds. Other new launches with focus on automation included a non-stop roll splicer for continuous feed printers, folders, perforators and web inspection modules.

Hunkeler Automated Cut & Stack line

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InfoTrends’ Global Forecast Data Suggests Growth in Emerging Countries

Ralf Schlozer
 Nov 6, 2018

Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends recently published its annual global production copying and printing market forecast for 2017 through 2022. The global figures for the installed base enable calculations of copy/print volume, service/supply revenues, and the retail value of print. This forecast aggregates the data for the United States, Western Europe, Japan, and more than 20 other countries or regions to provide a global perspective on how the industry is evolving.

Much of the production printing market is dominated by the most developed areas, including the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. Together, these three countries/regions accounted for nearly two-thirds of total production printing placements in 2017. Although the U.S., Western Europe, and Japan represent the lion’s share of placements, they only make up about 24% of the global GDP and about 10% of the worldwide population.

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Sheetfed inkjet scales up for drupa with Komori and Konica Minolta

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 Mar 1, 2012

Komori and Konica Minolta revealed a digital printing alliance this week. At the beginning of the week Konica Minolta released details of the firms’ collaboration in toner-based technology with Komori selling an OEM’d version of the bizhub Pro C8000 cut sheet colour machine to the commercial print market. It also revealed that the two firms would show a prototype inkjet printing system at drupa, but revealed little detail.

Later in the week, at the pre-drupa media conference held at Messe Dusseldorf, Komori revealed more details of what would be shown. First off there will be systems, not a single system, with one 29” (74cm) wide sheetfed machine and another 20” (52cm-wide) webfed machine. Both are four-colour and both use 1,200dpi Konica Minolta print heads and offer a choice of three quality/speed settings.
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