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

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.

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

These are our top picks of the most recent launches:

Bobst Master CI

The new MASTER CI flexo press impresses with the most innovative technologies in CI flexo printing. The combination of exclusive smart technologies, including smartGPS GEN II, and advanced automation, makes all press operations easy and fast, optimizing usability and maximizing press uptime.

Productivity is exceptional; up to 7,000 jobs per year or 22 million stand-up pouches in 24 hours with one operator, helped by the smartDROID robotic system that does the entire press setup without human intervention. It features the Job Recipe Management (JRM) System for a digitalized production workflow from file to finished product with creation of a digital twin of the produced reels. The level of automation and connectivity enables dramatic reductions in waste and makes the output 100% consistent in colour and quality.

HP Indigo 100K

The HP Indigo 100K digital press, a new generation commercial printing solution, is purportedly the world’s most productive B2 sheetfed in the market. The first press in HP Indigo Series 5, the HP Indigo 100K is designed for offset players to adopt highly productive, on-demand digital printing.

The HP Indigo 100K Digital Press offers nonstop duplex digital printing, enabling PSPs to deliver more than one million B2 million duplex sheets per month. The digital press features advanced paper handling and offset-like gripper-to-gripper design for precision registration, as well as unique Indigo digital advantages, including colour automation, calibration, fast switchover between jobs and media and five-input source feeder.

Delivering 6000 sheets per hour, the HP Indigo 100K four-colour press boosts margins on short-run digital production and introduces new calculations that confirm a lower total cost of ownership.

Kornit Vulcan Plus

Kornit’s Vulcan Plus represents the highest-capacity direct-to-garment print system in the Kornit product portfolio, achieving approximately 50% higher throughput than Kornit Atlas. Leveraging on the predecessor Vulcan, which was named a 2017 SGIA Product of the Year, Kornit has considerably improved the stability and reliability of the platform. Vulcan Plus gives the customer improved uptime and utilization from his equipment, and thus lower overall cost of ownership.

Vulcan Plus is rated to print up to 235 impressions per hour, sized 13” by 13” on dark garments, with Kornit’s single-step process. Depending on the job types and working hours involved, this translates to anywhere from 550,000 to more than one million impressions annually. Vulcan Plus comes with advanced NeoPigment™ Eco-Rapid ink set for amazing print quality and handfeel, and is compatible with ColorGATE RIP software, which enables easy colour matching, Pantone libraries, effects like semi-transparency and black knockouts, and PDF workflows.

Komori Impremia NS40

The Impremia NS40, which was a technical exhibit at drupa 2016 and is slated for a sales launch at drupa 2020, is a 40-inch Sheetfed Nanographic Printing System that uses Nanography® technology licensed from Landa. The press was developed incorporating the know-how and technologies that Komori has cultivated through its offset printing business.

The press has a printing speed of 6,500 sheets per hour (sph), a true resolution of 1,200 dots per inch (dpi), can handle four to seven colours, with UV, LED or aqueous based in-line coating. The press can handle paper sizes up to 750 x 1050 mm, a sheet thickness of 0.06 mm to 0.8 mm, and can print on a wide range of offset paper without any special pre-processing.

Roland 900 Evolution

The Roland 900 Evolution is the newest version of the Roland 900 press, marking manroland’s re-emergence in the very large format platform category. Based on the Evolution platform, the machine will be available at a speed of 16,000 sheets an hour in very large-format sizes of Size V 1300mm and Size VI 1450mm formats. Precise specifications will be available on its official launch.

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

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