Ward/Kraft, Ft. Scott, Kan., has expanded its barcode and variable data printing capabilities with wear-resistant UV varnish and laminate coating options. The company’s new online imaging equipment enables variable data such as barcodes and data based text to be laminated or UV varnished without degradation of variable data readability. After rigorous testing, Ward/Kraft successfully brought the new production equipment online, bringing benefits to distributors including the ability to offer variable data printing on a much wider range of documents, such as outdoor and industrial applications. The new UV varnish and laminate coatings can be applied to variable data printed in black, red and
Bindery - Finishing
Though several of the press conferences and “big news” at Drupa, held May 2-June 11 in Düsseldorf, Germany, centered around digital printing, innovations in bindery and finishing were no less prevalent. In fact, many of them sprang from the very digital printing trends that overshadowed them. As digital printing speeds have increased, bindery equipment has also gotten faster, with vastly improved automation and simplified touchscreen controls to make them even easier to set up. JDF compatibility is becoming more common in bindery equipment, allowing devices to be preset using production data. Demands for higher-quality printed products have led bindery vendors to improve their paper-handling
One product that seems to get short shrift in book and booklet articles is the manifold book, and Print Professional felt it would be remiss if the noble, traditional mainstay was not given some attention in this look at bound products. It may even be a bit surprising to learn manifold books are still in such demand, yet they comprise a good-sized chunk of Dillon, South Carolina-based Herald Multiforms’ annual sales. “With all the technology available today, some people are surprised to learn how much we sell,” acknowledged Sharon Cieluch, sales manager. “Receipt books are our specialty, and they do keep us busy.” The
True story: Even in this day and age, people still enjoy going to the library. Why? They love books. With the ubiquitous Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores, it could be the strong coffee and sugary treats or perhaps the off chance of meeting Ms. or Mr. Right drawing the crowds. But at libraries, it’s purely book lure. Better yet, check out the way yard sale and flea market browsers immerse themselves in orphaned tomes stacked on tables or packed in boxes. They’ll caress leather bindings, gently turn yellowing pages and almost always leave with a dusty volume or two. That’s why bound publications
Boston-based Arthur Blank & Co. added two new KURZ MWS-750 collator machines to its inventory of card manufacturing equipment. The high-speed web collators provide additional capacity, improved quality and heightened accuracy, and are an integral part of the company’s continued lead time reduction program. The KURZ MWS-750 collators operate at 1,200 sheets per hour, supporting the company’s existing 1.5 billion card capacity. The machines are designed for quick changeover, and can collate thin material and antenna inlays. For more information, call (617) 325-9600.
With North American headquarters in Melbourne, Fla., MGI Digital Graphic Technology has launched several innovative new products for digital and offset applications targeted toward commercial printers, plastic/card printers and photo finishing. Among the new equipment is a high-speed, four-color digital press for paper and plastic substrates, a spot UV coater using inkjet technology and an all-in-one printing, laminating, creasing and cutting unit for photofinishing applications. The Meteor DP60 Pro multi-substrate digital press is the flagship model in the DP60 series. Designed for high-volume printing, it has the capability to produce up to 3,900 letter sheets, 1,600 13x19" sheets and up to 32,000 ISO
Headquartered in Carol Stream, Ill., Team Concept Printing & Thermography announced an HP Indigo 5500 digital press has been added to its fleet of production equipment. The universal production device combines the look and feel of traditional offset with genuine photo quality. Special features, such as a wide color gamut, with up to seven-color printing, ensure high-quality professional offset output. In addition, the press offers unique spot color capabilities, including new photo inks—light cyan and light magenta, digital matte and brand colors. Automatic color-to-color adjustment is a key feature ensuring color-to-color registration. The HP Indigo’s new light photo colors allow for smoother skin tones,
Headquartered in Plainfield, Ill., USAdocufinish’s new apparel division is offering state-of-the-art decorating services to the trade. The new division was established to meet high industry demand for top-quality screen printed and embroidered apparel. The recent investment of a new, fully automatic screen press and an embroidery machine allows USAdocufinish to produce exceptionally high-quality products for a great price. For more information, visit www.usadocufinish.com.
Carol Stream, Illinois-based Team Concept Printing & Thermograph announced the addition of a Canon PROGRAF iPF8000S to its line up of production equipment. The iPF8000S features eight LUCIA ink colors: cyan, photo cyan, magenta, photo magenta, yellow, black, matte black and gray. The reformulated monochrome inks reduce graininess, resist scratches and minimize bronzing that can occur from digital printing. The machine has a fully integrated system that is engineered to produce high-value, large-format printing applications with maximum efficiency. For more information and quote requests, call (630) 653-8326 or visit www.teamconceptprinting.com.
Headquartered in Plainfield, Ill., USADocufinish has been adding value to forms for more than 20 years with its EZ Release cards, piggyback labels and integrated products capabilities. Now, the new USADocufinish Apparel Division will be offering state-of-the-art decorating services to the trade. Said Regional Sales Manager Jason Lambert, “The decision to launch USADocufinish’s Apparel Division was an easy one. [The company] has always made sure to have [its] finger on the pulse of the industry. We always work diligently to understand our industry’s needs and adapt to them quickly. With more and more of the industry’s distributors adding printed apparel to their line of