“Nano Bigger Than You Think” at Drupa 2012
Drupa 2012 has almost approached its final lap…It is time, to once again review this year’s biggest trade show that brought some inventive and ingenious printing technology from all around the world, onto one single platform.
Drupa 2012 was about everything, a man could dream about, with solutions and technologies becoming smaller, intelligent and much more powerful than ever before. These solutions covered areas ranging from automation to digital printing, from offset to post press printing and from multi-channel publishing to finishing. Thousands of designers exhibited their “right fit solution” for print business and millions flew from around the world to witness them.
This post brings you the real Show-Stoppers for Drupa 2012, which hijacked the show with their awe-inspiring technology and attracted huge number of crowds to their stands.
1. Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press
Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press was undoubtedly the most extraordinary display at Drupa and will be my first DRUPA show-stopper. Throughout Drupa, the Landa stand was the most popular and jam-packed, as thousands streamed to the booths to buy tickets for theatre presentation “Nano Bigger Than You Think”, streaming live on large screens.
The landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press uses ultra-sharp dots of extremely high uniformity and high gloss fidelity. This press gives you readily dried images without any need for post drying and choice for two-sided printing. With this technology, you can handle printed goods right off the press. The landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press comes with an oversize user interface Touch screen for stunning view and handling. It comes in B1format, which makes Landa S10 perfect for a range of general commercial applications such as brochures, booklets, greetings cards, catalogues and many others.
2. Timsons’ Inkjet book line
Second impressive display for Drupa 2012, was the live printing and automation of binding demonstration of a book within four minutes after starting the printing press. This was made possible by a T-Print using Kodak’s Stream heads, running inline into a Kolbus feeder and KM200 perfect binder. At Drupa, the press was shown live printing and binding at full speed, producing three different Royal format books with a differing number of 64pp sections. The inline Kolbus perfect binder was seen changing covers and automatically adjusting for book thickness on-the-fly.
3. EFI ‘s 2m Vutek QS2 Pro UV printer
Third on the ramp is none other than EFI’s 2m Vutek QS2 Pro UV printer with a brilliant image quality, speed and overall performance. The 2m-wide machine is capable of printing on substrates up to 508mm thick, and comes with six-colour plus white configuration. This printer is supplied with the company’s Fiery XF ProServer. The UV printer is a fantastic display, and is thought to contribute greatly to the printing industry’s conversion from analogue to digital production in future.
4. Canon’s Velocity Technology
Next on the line is the new Velocity Technology by Canon. This technology was seen blazing through large-format work such as maps and posters at a lightning-fast 500 A0 sheets per hour, before the audience’s eyes. The Velocity speed is achieved using Memjet’s printheads. The Velocity consists of an array of five Memjet heads to offer resolutions of 1,600×800 dpi by applying more than 3 billion drops of ink per second. The extreme speed of the Velocity will present not only an improved workflow for wide-format digital shops but also for offset printers, meeting their needs for short runs and variable data printing.
5. First Inkjet for Konica Minolta
The Konica Minolta’s first inkjet press was showcased at Drupa and is marked as my last show stopper. The Inkjet was an exciting highlight at the show for its ability to process formats up to size B2 that can print at speeds up to 3300 sheets per hour, with a resolution of 1200 by 1200 dpi. The company has developed the new press with commercial printers in mind that serve quick turnaround or variable data requirements. This technology development display at Drupa marked the entrance of Konica Minolta into the production inkjet market and also attracted crowds in huge numbers.
The Drupa Show offers a great podium for trade visitors to see and compare the products and services brought forward by International Technology Leaders. Drupa 2012 will indeed be remembered in the history as a landmark for some of the finest and most versatile print inventions to-date with great Stopping power!