Volume 2 No. 3 – SuperCorr 2004 Revolution/Innovation/Market Creation

By David Callif, President of BCM INKS

SuperCorr will be here before we know it.  There will be over 250 exhibitors.  Many will present ideas/products that are revolutionary, innovative, and creative.  In today’s competitive environment, we need companies that will create markets, not just expand them.

Some ideas/products I recommend you look for during your 11/8 – 11/12 SuperCorr visit are High Definition Color (HDC), Lava Plate Dry processing system, XM screening, JDF systems, everything digital, and anything RFID related.

BCM INKS will have a booth – #2105.  In our opinion, it’s important to share our knowledge about the ideas/products that will move your business ahead.  We have made a major commitment to do this.  Stop by, say hello, receive a creative gift (hint: eliminates the need to carry any trade show information/samples over your shoulder or in your hand), and learn about “What’s Revolutionary.”

Several new ideas/products you’ll see at the BCM booth are as follows:

  1. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) – We’ll have two sessions each day which will educate you about RFID and possible low cost print alternatives to RFID labels.  The session times will be 11:00am and 3:00pm Monday – Thursday.
  2. High Definition Color (HDC) – We’ll have examples along with Color Associates and Mark Trece of a new color and screen process.  It combines the use of clean inks with XM screening.
  3.   Metallic fX – We’ll have examples along with Eckart of how metallic inks can be printed in combination with other colors to produce unique appearances.  Color specialists are predicting that the future will see strong chromatic colors mixed with a metallic hue.
  4. Digital -We’ll discuss how BCM can now supply you with most of your digital ink needs from waterbased to UV inks.  You’ll also see an example of a print job printed using Matthews’ new digital plate technology.
  5. Scented – Our patented microencapsulated process can transform an ordinary display/package into a unique aromatic piece.  Smell science is “in” as evidenced by this year’s Nobel Prize for physiology.

BCM’s Technical Sales Specialists will be available at our booth throughout the show.  If you plan to stop by our booth, email me at dave@bcminks.com.  We’ll be there to greet and educate.  I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta. 

Regards,

David Callif


My DRUPA 2004 Journal

By Christian Heusch of ARCH, Inc.

chris@ARCHlogic.com

I spent a full week with a group of seven visiting and reflecting the 2004 print and paper trade fair.  All seemed to agree that there was disappointingly little new technology to be seen.  Improvements were either lateral or incremental.  My overview and analysis of the equipment shown at DRUPA are as follows:

1.    Sheetfed Lithographic Offset – Both Koening & Bauer AG and MAN Roland have increased format sizes of their large litho presses; KBA offering the Rapida in up to 205 cm and Roland’s 900 being available in up to 1800 mm.  This may have some impact on the corrugated industry with regard to large label availability and single face lamination applications.  MAN Roland also continues to pursue corrugated direct print; experimental runs of B-flute (!) were promising.  Heidelberg showed a 40″ press dedicated to printing of carton stock along with a modernization platen die cutter and Jagenberg Diana specialty gluers.  Since Diana gluers and cutters are available in larger formats (up to 160 cm?) than printing presses, I anticipate some move to a larger format carton press.

2.    Label and Singleface Lamination -Lamina and Stock had good showings of their sheet-to-sheet laminators.  However, Stock made it very clear that they will not pursue a fully automated single face laminator in the near future.  Lunex GmbH does pursue automatic SFL machines and will offer formats up to 80″.  Bobst did not show actual Asitrade equipment but presented literature and product run off that machine. 

3.    Automatic Platen Die Cutting; Specialty Gluing – The clear winner in this field was Bobst, who demonstrated their new SP 145 PER Sprintera, a 9000/hr. platen press with fast tool changes and power register control.  Lunex caught my attention with their multi-piece display gluing, semi-automatic machine’s interesting for specialties. 

4.    Large Format Digital Print – The shake out in digital printing technology has happened.  There is digital offset (Indigo) for web and small format flexible substrate and there is ink jet for larger format applications; the number of suppliers for both has mushroomed.  With that, price pressures sets in and I’m convinced numerous of machinery companies seen here will not be around for DRUPA 2008.  The quality differences between the large format ink jet machines were miniscule.  Vutek, Inca, Scitex Vision, and Leggett & Platt had strong showings.  There are still minor tiling problems and reverses still show jagged edges.  The UV cured process does seem to have an advantage as it can apply ink to a wider variety of substrates.  Leggett & Platt might win the “bang for the buck” category right now (that was this week but who knows next week). 

5.    Flexo Printing – TRESU showed their new chamber doctor blade system.  Also, water-washable, fast exposure, sheet photopolymer printing plates are getting closer to offering sufficient relief for our corrugated applications.

6.    Pre-Press – Agfa made a big splash with their new combination screen, Sublima.  However, I’m still a little skeptical.  I also saw several new color profile test strips printed underneath the usual GATF strip.  Apparently people are now using table spectrophotometers on press for profiling the color gamut. 

7.    RFID – While radio frequency identification was a big topic here, the mass confusion as to what type of RFID (intelligent/re-programmable or read-only) and where to be applied seems to continue.