Dig­i­tal print nish­ing takes cen­ter stage at Hunkeler event

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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

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