Dispatches from drupa – Day one

A little wind and sun welcomed visitors to Düsseldorf yesterday, a different story from the storms the previous night. The doors at drupa opened at 10 a.m. for regular visitors, but the press was in early, getting prepared and, for a few editors at G&K TechMedia, attending a press conference at breakfast.

Our editors attended press conferences for several relevant companies, including HP, KBA, Comexi and Xeikon, and visited booths of other exhibitors. If you aren’t yet following us on Twitter, you can do so now to get the most up to date information as it happens. 

We also stopped by the booths of JM Heaford, where we saw its latest innovation for drupa, the Automounter, which has a maximum sleeve width of 1,800 mm (71″) and a repeat range of 300 mm – 1400 mm (12″ – 55″). With automatic position of cameras and plate, and a positioning accuracy of 5 microns, according to the company, it promises rapid ROI and one button operation to position and mount each plate.

At the Flint Group and Thermoflexx booth, we saw the redesigned Thermoflexx 20 and Thermoflexx 30 digital flexo plate imagers, which include a choice of resolutions from 2,400 dpi to 5,080 dpi as well as the ability to change resolution on-the-fly to enable jobs with different resolutions to be produced on the same plate. Also on display was the Thermoflexx 80-D, the largest imager in the range and the dual-head version demonstrated a new pixel-stitching functionality that allows both lasers to be utilized to expose one job covering a complete plate.

HP announced its new HP Pagewide C500 Press, an industrial post-print corrugated solution for corrugated direct-to-board printing, and also announced the first beta customer of the HP Indigo 50000 Digital Press is Digital Lizard, which also invested $5.2 million in six HP Indigo 7900 Digital Presses.

KBA Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer said that the global printing industry is bigger than the global automotive industry. The company has plenty on display at drupa, including its KBA Flexotecnica Neo. The company also plans to takeover Spanish die-cutter manufacturer Iberica AG S.A. from the Cerutti Group in Italy.

Comexi had several presses on display, most notably its flexo F1 with integrated robot. The company offered a demonstration of the robot, which completed a changeover in less than seven minutes. It also displayed its R2, the gravure press aimed at the needs of the flexible packaging market, which the company said saves energy, reduces ink usage and also maintains its high quality with shorter changeovers and less maintenance.

At the Gama International booth, one of its newest innovations, the VIS G34, was on display, which is its solution for viscosity control of inks with measurement vibration technology for EB and UV inks. Other news from the company includes its newest subsidiary, Gama Americas, in Pennsylvania, USA, which the sales and marketing director Sante Conselvan said is part of the company’s plan to offer more localised service throughout the world.

One of the last stops of the day was at Grafikontrol, which had its TQC-360° platform on display. The newest part of the system, Procheck, was introduced and according to the Paolo De Grandis, the sales and marketing director, it links the location of defects in a roll, which can later be located and analysed to see if it must be removed, which he called “the missing link” in inspection systems.

Xeikon’s press conference was the last of the day, with the Trillium One on display, among others. For more information on that, read our pre-drupa event coverage. All in all, it was a successful day at drupa, and we look forward to providing you with new information on the show every day. Stay tuned!


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