Digital print nishing takes center stage at Hunkeler event
For 11 years now, more than 4,000 global bindery professionals have made the annual February migration to Lucerne, Switzerland, near the Wikon headquarters of 93-year-old, family-owned print nishing rm the Hunkeler Group. (Standard Finishing Systems is Hunkeler’s marketing and distribution partner in North America.) is year, rm’s Innovationdays exposition featured some 70 suppliers, which exhibited and demonstrated their latest technologies — everything from software and work ows to inline, near-line and o -line nished books.
As more newspaper printers delve into commercial work, and vice versa, the four-day event highlighted some of the industry’s most advanced solutions for newspaper, commercial and book printing applications. For example, visitors to Kodak’s booth saw the Prosper Press Platform that has been used to print more than 30 billion pages around the world, according to the company. A full-color, 12-page show publication was pre-printed on the 5000XLi model in both tabloid and broadsheet format, then nished on site using Hunkeler’s new Advanced Newspaper Solution.
Prosper S-Series Imprinting Systems, which customers have used to add variable-data capability to their web-fed o set presses, also were featured. Increasingly, sheetfed commercial print customers are using these systems as well, Kodak reports. In addition, Kodak showed samples from its NexPress Digital Production Color Press, which o ers extensive creative possibilities with options to add coatings, special colors and even embossed e ects inline.
Keeping print cool
Cooling solutions for digital printers were featured at Innovationdays by technotrans and Merlin Technology. For the third time, the two rms had a joint stand at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility, with their main focus on cooling and air-humidifying systems that can increase economic e ciency and productivity in industrial digital printing applications. “In terms of our products, we complement one another, and we have the same goal,” explained Peter Böcker, head of sales for technotrans. “We need to provide printing companies with peripheral equipment that boosts their competitiveness.”
Among the highlights, technotrans demonstrated the new cooling solutions on a running Kodak digital printing press. e energy-e - cient omega.line cooling equipment is available for small- to large-format digital printing presses. In this context, technotrans bene ts from its long-standing experience in the printing industry, which the company transfers to digital printing.
“ e machines are becoming increasingly powerful and that is accompanied by an increasing demand for high printing quality,” Böcker said. “ is requires stable parameters. One of these parameters is the exact temperature. is is where we come into play with our highly precise cooling systems.”
In addition, technotrans o ers its own comprehensive service networks for project planning, installation and commissioning. is ensures the consistent, professional maintenance of the system, which in turn, guarantees