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Top 10 New Launches – The Mega Roundup (Part 1)

Drupa may have been postponed to 2021, but some suppliers are still going ahead with launches that were slated for the original drupa 2020 period. Some of the following picks are already available in the market, and meant to use drupa 2020 as a first showcase platform.

These are our top picks of the most recent launches:

Heidelberg next generation Speedmaster

From April 2020, Heidelberg put the most intelligent and automated Speedmaster ever into series production. The completely redesigned Prinect Press Center generation with the new Speedmaster Operating System delivers Push to Stop functionality and connection to the Prinect Cloud to every Speedmaster.

Many new digital assistance systems, such as the Wash Assistant or Intellirun on the Wallscreen XL, turn the Prinect Press Center into a modern, attractive workstation, and allow the operator to continuously call on the machine’s performance potential. However, the hardware has evolved as well. In addition to the new and significantly larger 24-inch multi-touchscreen, the standard illuminant lighting to ISO 3664:2009 was converted to LED. Instead of time-consuming tube changes, as before, switching between standard illuminant D50 and D65 with and without UV is now done simply by pressing a button.

Canon Oce Colorado Wallpaper

The Canon UVgel Wallpaper Factory is an integration between the award-winning Colorado Printer Series and UVgel technology, and finishing partner Fotoba. Designed for outstanding throughput, high-quality, and efficiency, this solution is ideal for automated production of customized wallpapers.

The UVgel Wallpaper Factory is a fully modular workflow solution, which consists of a motorized Fotoba Jumbo Roll media loader (JRL) connected to the front of a Colorado series printer to help customers automatically cut flexible media into custom sizes and lengths. For an added convenience, with the embedded taping unit, print jobs can be as simple as "print, cut, rewind, and tape," allowing wallpaper rolls to be available for quick delivery. For regular print jobs, the two media drawers of the Colorado remain accessible.

The UVgel Wallpaper Factory will be available soon as a complete end-to-end solution for new customers and as an upgrade for existing Colorado roll-to-roll large format printers.

Koenig & Bauer VariJET 106

The new VariJET 106 is the first product to come out of joint venture Koenig & Bauer Durst. The digital printing press for folding carton production integrates inkjet technology into the platform of the high-performance Rapida 106 offset press.

VariJET 106 is a 41in sheet-fed system that combines digital inkjet with the benefits of offset printing and inline finishing, achieved by integrating inkjet technology into the platform of the high-performance Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 offset press. A modular platform, coating, cold foil transfer and analogue printing are examples of pre-inkjet processes that can specified, with coating, further printing and die-cutting after. The system was shown as a technology demonstration at drupa 2016 and was expected to launch at drupa 2020.

Konica Minolta Cypress AccurioPress C14000

With the AccurioPress C14000 series, Konica Minolta entered the high speed, high production, cut sheet toner print market. The AccurioPress C14000 series is Konica Minolta’s new flagship model and answer to the high production print segment. The new models are designed to distinguish themselves with unprecedented print quality, amazing media flexibility and integrating with high degree of automation.

The AccurioPress C14000 series prints at 140 pages per minute (ppm) in A4 and is 40% faster than the existing toner-based line up. It offers higher print volume and longer duty cycle, to reach the high production print segment needs. The AccurioPress C14000 was recently made available to the Asian region.

Xeikon CX300

The Xeikon CX300 is a 330mm label press that can offer production capacity of over 50,000 square meters per month in a single shift operation. The full-colour press is equipped with five print stations, including CMYK and single-pass opaque white but can also support colour gamut expansion, custom or security colours.

Based on Cheetah 2.0 technology, the Xeikon CX300 can easily operate in a three-shift operation and still deliver high value work. Strong, growing end-use markets such as food, pharmaceuticals and other markets using self-adhesive labels can be supported with the Xeikon CX300. Its dry toner technology surpasses any other digital printing technology with respect to food safety. The Cheetah toner also incorporates the recently announced QB toner technology, making it even more future-proofed against upcoming legislation and regulatory requirements.

(Read Part 2 of Top 10 New Launches – The Mega Roundup here)

First published in Issue 06/2020 of Print Innovation Asia.

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