Every four years, the printing industry converges in Düsseldorf, Germany for drupa, the two-week trade show dedicated to printing. More than 314,500 attendees visited drupa 2012, visiting 1,850 exhibitors in 19 halls. As always, the label and narrow web industry has a sizable presence, particularly on the digital side.
HP had a major presence at drupa, with its Indigo systems front and center. Christian Menegon, business development manager, Indigo Division, graphic solutions business, noted that the HP has new Indigo offerings, with a focus on packaging. “There are a number of products that can be run in smaller run lengths,” Menegon said. “Brand owners want to put products on the market that will have run lengths of less than 100,000, so the demand is there. However, we needed a certain width to do packaging. It was a physical limitation that we have overcome with our HP Indigo 20000 and HP Indigo 30000.”
Stork Prints highlighted its Stork DSI versioning press for the label market. Desiree Ordelman, communications manager, said, “We keep expanding the DSI, and it now can print varnish, spot colors, do inline converting and versioning. It offers more modules for customers, which can either be a standalone or used for inline converting, such as diecutting and slitting. It can vary print positions, to print a primer or spot colors, and has up to 10 print positions.”
EFI showcased its array of digital solutions, including the Jetrion 4900 for the label and narrow web segment. “The Jetrion 4900 integrates our 4830 print engine and inline laser diecutting,” said Jennifer Renner, senior product manager. “It has been well received, and customers are very happy. We have had people lined up in front of the 4900 as well as the Vutek printers. Our key advantage is that we have everything for printers, from our Fiery rip system to our printers and inks.
Now part of Heidelberg, CSAT America exhibited its advanced Linoprint digital color production systems. “The volume of interest in the Linoprint C has been wonderful,” said Ron Shepard, director of sales. “The accessibility by Heidelberg has been tremendous. Some of their larger customers are interested in what we can do for them.”
Durst highlighted its Tau 330 digital UV inkjet label press. The Tau 330 runs web widths up to 13", with speeds of more than 150 feet per minute. “Inkjet has a big advantage when it comes to speed and durability,” said Helmuth Munter, segment manager label printing. It’s the right web width and at close to 1000 meters per hour, it is definitely good for medium-sized runs, and can be an option to replace flexo machines.”
Omet highlighted its Varyflex V2 and Xflex X6 systems. “The X6 can do multiple processes inline, including flexo, inkjet, screen and cold foil, and is the only solution for marrying 4-color process screen and inkjet,” said Marco Calcagni, sales and marketing director.
– Dave Savastano, Editor, Ink World
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