New Book Printing Products Unveiled at On Demand Conference
Nearly 25,000 publishers, printing industry professionals and others congregated at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center last week for the On Demand Conference & Exposition and AIIM International Exposition & Conference. The event featured product launches and announcements from a variety of companies, including those impacting the book publishing industry.
Among those of interest to book printing professionals:
Montreal-based Ultimate Technographics unveiled its new Impostrip Book Stacker 2.0 at the conference and garnered a Best of Show Award in the Workflow Solutions category. According to the company, the product won “for its unique concept of automating and optimizing the production of digital books, photo albums and photo printing.”
The Impostrip Book Stacker was designed to make parallel book blocks of varied lengths on a digital press to minimize cutting and folding, and optimize paper and impression time by putting the maximum number of blocks together without operator intervention. Key features of the product include: barcode output on each sheet and each stack to drive Duplo cutters for automatic cutting of the stacks; timed printing so jobs can accumulate for optimization and be printed when desired; and an automatically generated Banner Sheet that is inserted between stacks to identify each of them. A Banner Sheet can contain custom information, including barcodes, so each stack can be easily identified and tracked to ensure delivery to the appropriate customer.
Canon U.S.A. Inc.
Canon U.S.A. also was an award winner at On Demand, receiving the Best of Show Award in the Process Color Digital Printing Equipment category for its new imagePRESS C6000 digital press. The press, with a maximum print speed of 60 pages per minute, was created to make digital printing more accessible for small to mid-size print shops.
“We are proud to see the introduction of the imagePRESS C6000 already earning such prestigious industry recognition,” says Tod Pike, senior vice president, Imaging Systems Group, Canon USA. “The production printing space is a highly competitive field, but it’s enjoyable when your products hit a home run the first time at bat.”
The product enables users to fulfill a range of jobs, including saddle-stitched booklets, hard-copy reproductions, direct-mail pieces and marketing collateral. It features 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution and 256 levels of grayscale.
Océ’s VarioStream 8000 high-speed, continuous feed, monochrome and highlight color series made its U.S. debut at the On Demand conference and won a Best of Show Award in the Monochrome Digital Printing Equipment category. According to Océ, this new series won for its unmatched combination of print width, output versatility, controller power, upgradeability and the fastest “Twin-able” technology the company has ever offered.
“Océ has introduced a steady stream of continuous feed systems, including the Océ VarioStream 8000 and the Océ JetStream family, and this notable recognition validates our high standards and ability to deliver on our innovative vision in product design, performance and quality,” says Mal Baboyian, president, Océ North America, Production Printing Systems.
The Océ VarioStream 8000 series builds on the features of the Océ VarioStream 7000 family. It provides Océ CustomTone printing, Magnetic Ink Character Recognition output, and simplex, duplex and triplex technology in one package.