Innovation at IFRA World Publishing DCX Expo
News media specialists from all over the world gathered in Berlin Oct. 10-12 for the new dual IFRA World Publishing and DCX Digital Content Expo. The conference drew more than 5,000 global visitors and was anchored by 181 exhibitors. Next year the expo will take place from Oct. 9-11, again in Messe Berlin.
▶ At the expo, ABB demonstrated its modular press control and drives retrofit solutions for newspaper presses from all leading manufacturers. “These solutions give press owners the opportunity to replace the controls or drives on selected press units, thereby freeing up spare parts for the rest of the press and minimizing the cost of keeping the presses in reliable production,” said Stephen Kirk, head of marketing for ABB. ABB explained its spare part strategy, which allows it to guarantee the availability of spare parts for at least 10 years after installation.
IFRA Expo attendees also saw the first public showing of release 6 of the press management system MPS Production. This latest release sees the transfer of the entire system to the PostgreSQL database.
▶ Accraply unveiled its ultra high-speed labeler 5203UHS. The labeler allows for direct application of advertising notes to the printed web at an application rate of 80,000 pieces per hour. The system is supplied by fanfold cassette and with remote screen located at press control console. The labels can be applied to any page of the newspaper that is accessible. The applicator can be moved between locations with additional mounting kits.
▶ Arc Publishing is The Washington Post’s software-as-a-service business. Arc demonstrated its ARC Advantage CMS system, which was built for The Post. Arc recently signed a deal with tronc. The system provides an integrated suite of publishing tools which include video, mobile web and apps, syndication to distributed platforms, distributed platforms, automatic content testing, data mining and monetization.
Fujifilm announced three new products in its Superia range, designed for the newspaper printer. The Superia Newspaper Elara 5 Workflow is the newly launched version 5 of Fujifilm’s Elara Newspaper workflow solution. It also includes full 64-bit support and integrated ink-save, PDF-normalizing and RGB-PDF support. Superia Newspaper Luxel News VMAX Pallet Loader is outfitted with a new pallet loader option. Superia Newspaper automatic cleaning system (ACS) is an automatic plate processing cleaning unit which can be included with the HDX NewsSpeed processor.
▶ Krause-Biagosch demonstrated its CTP platesetter portfolio and highlighted two new systems. The BlueFin LowChem is designed for processing low chemistry photopolymer printing plates. The system is qualified for use in a high-volume newspaper production environment and capable of applications demanding high resolution and FM screening and can process up to 350 plates/hr. The “plate stream” is available in the Compact version with a loading bay and as a multiformat with two loading bays. According to Krause, it can be flexibly loaded with trolleys or pallets. In addition, a panoramic cassette is available, which also allows the automatic processing of single and panoramic plates in rapid exchange or “plate-streaming” in the Compact version. In the “plate stream” Compact, up to 3,030 and in the multiformat, up to 6,030 printing plates would be available for fully automatic production. The loading and operation should be possible from the right or left side.
Krause will offer upgrade kits for the plate loading from trolleys and pallets or the Clean Process Kit for BlueFin LowChem processors.
▶ Lineup Systems announced that Vocento, the largest publishing group (11 regional daily newspapers and weekly magazines) based in Madrid, Spain, selected the company to centralize its advertising sales technology on one platform. Lineup offers cloud-based systems.
▶ Muller Martini showcased a three-dimensional tour of one of the most modern and cutting-edge mailrooms in Europe with virtual reality glasses. “A best-practice example was used to give a VR demonstration of how more than one billion inserts a year can be processed efficiently,” said Volker Leonhardt, head of marketing and sales at Muller Martini Print Finishing Systems. Muller Martini also demonstrated its monitoring and tracking module Connex.Info 4.0 for the mailroom for the first time at the IFRA Expo. Advantages of the new Connex.Mailroom, which is replacing the previous Muller Martini MPC (Mailroom Production Control) system, were highlighted.
Nela introduced the Just-In-Time plate automation and plate logistics system. JIT allows for handling, organizing and sorting printing plates for large-volume newspaper printers. No manual plate handling is required with the JIT plate flow system. The fully automatic systems include handling, barcoding, quality check and plate elevator to preorganized plate stacking as well as sorted-according-to-print-jobs plate stations. Nela showcased a scalable sorting which can be adapted to individual plate volumes and size of print plates.
▶ Ppi Media introduced AdSelf, a new self-service portal for ads that has been developed using the latest technology and that will be used by the first customer in just a few months. AdSelf will initially be developed for publishers using SAP IS-M/AM as their commercial ad system and ppi Media’s ad production system AdMan; other systems can be connected if required. The browser-based solution is a comfortable way for end customers to design and place ads independently. The HTML5-based portal is suitable to be used on mobile devices, as well. Templates are easy to handle and the solution’s GUI design ensures that using the portal will be simple for end users. AdSelf can be used both by private customers and by professional users who carry out their customers’ orders via the portal. In another step, it will also be possible to place digital ads via AdSelf.
Procemex introduced and demonstrated its range of vision tools for print. The Procemex PrintPerfect range provides web inspection and monitoring plus print quality inspection and
process optimization solutions that cover all phases of production. “The camera system helps to identify the reasons behind problems and how to run with efficiency,” said Erik Ohls, vice president, business development for Procemex. “Our solutions focus on detecting and solving problems with web breaks, reel changes, mill spices, blanket wash sequences, folder jams, paper defects and print quality.”
▶ QIPC – EAE announced that Austria-based Mediaprint placed an order for 26 Desk 7s with integrated IDS-3D control.
QIPC demonstrated EAE’s Desk 7 with integrated controls for QIPC’s IDS-3D system.
▶ Schur Packaging Systems presented Returned Product System, developed for printing houses whose distribution is mainly handled through resellers. By using intelligent technology unsold copies, which are sent back from the reseller to the printing houses or distribution centers, can be reliably sorted and registered. In addition, Schur discussed highspeed palletizing solutions.
▶ Tolerans introduced Flowliner Quarterfold, an in-line lateral stitching solution that makes it possible to stitch printed quarter-folded products directly in the press, a technique called lateral stitching. The new compact stitcher makes it possible to stitch small-format products inside the press, using existing equipment and at full production speed.
Krause BlueFin LowChem processor
Fujifilm Superia Newspaper Luxel News VMAX Pallet Loader.
Ulrich Rickli, production manager, mailroom systems, Muller Martini.
PageSuite staff at Ifra Expo