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Konica Minolta Responds to Industry Trends with New Technology Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Booth 1801) held a press conference on Monday highlighting its technology advancements to respond to changes and trends within the graphics arts industry. Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services and Product Planning, introduced Gavin Jordan-Smith, Vice President, Solutions and Product Planning, Business Intelligence Services, who began the presentation with an overview of the changes that graphic arts industry participants are encountering. For example, he related how lead times and run lengths have shrunk, while the volume of jobs that shops push through on a daily basis has increased. “We have just begun to seize the opportunity in commercial and industrial print,” noted Jordan-Smith. The commercial print market in North America is only 7% digital, while industrial print and label is only 2.7% digital. “We are rapidly growing our lineup to address these opportunities,” he pointed out. That lineup includes the AccurioPRESS C2070P; AccurioJet KM-1; AccurioPRESS Konica Minolta VP Gavin Jordan- Smith highlights the company's new product lineup. 2060; and AccurioPRO Conductor. Premiering in the U.S. under Konica’s new line of production and industrial products, the toner-based, full-color digital AccurioPRESS C2070 prints on paper and envelopes, said Jordan-Smith. This is the next generation of the bizhub PRESS C1070 series in the Accurio line. The PRESS has already been certifi ed with Plockmatic fi nishing solutions, which are also compatible with the bizhub PRESS C1100 and 1250 series, ultimately streamlining workfl ow to expand print services. The AccurioJet KM-1, a B2 digital inkjet press, represents Konica Minolta’s fl agship entry into the high-quality, UV inkjet marketplace. It employs Konica Minolta’s inkjet head technology and ink design technology combined with the advanced image processing technology that Konica Minolta has developed. The product can print on sheets up to 23x29.5” in size, allowing effective impositions including 6-up imposition of letter size and book cover printing, and is also capable of duplex printing. Konica Minolta’s Customer Communications Management (CCM) Production Services Bus “describes a solution set that differentiates our strategic approach to the graphic communications marketplace,” said Jordan-Smith. It includes core workfl ow solutions that act as the transport layer for job metadata, digital assets, external information, cloud processing, and performance. Shark Finishing Machinery Shark Finishing Machinery (Booth 542) is setting new standards with some of the most innovative and reliable fi nishing equipment in the industry. What started as a simple drawing on a napkin has become a reality. At GRAPH EXPO, the company is showing: • The SB-420 perfect binder, which offers side glue and vacuum system • The SMC-12 digital creaser eliminating cracking of digitally printed stock • The SC-26 paper cutter with programming, side tables and light safety beams • The SCR-7 corner rounder equipped with a 7-knife carousel making blade changing a snap • The SBCC-24T automatic business card cutter with gutter cut and register mark reader, and • The SL-26 laminator, which offers hot and cold lamination. Shark will also introduce its new Soft Touch & Mirror fi nish UV Coater, the SUV-24 Plus. Like other Shark coaters, this machine also coats using traditional UV coating yet it will also coat giving a “soft touch” and “mirror fi nish.” Xerox Talks Capturing Customer Growth at GRAPH EXPO 16 California-based Dumont Printing had a challenge that most printers only dream about: demand. With revenues up 20% in the last two years, it turned to technology partner Xerox (Booth 1625). In June, Dumont added a Xerox iGen 5 Press to handle increased demand. Growth has come from both new and existing customers, and new offerings include promotional items, banners and signs, tradeshow displays, and cross media services using XMPie software. Xerox’s end-to-end production solutions give print service providers the framework needed to profi t, transform, and grow. At GRAPH EXPO 16, Xerox is helping customers discover new ways to capture growth opportunities in transactional marketing and personalized publishing with its latest print technologies, workfl ow solutions, and business development resources. “We’re fi nding growth in all areas of our business,” said Susan Moore, President and Owner, Dumont Printing, at an Executive Briefi ng on Monday. “The iGen 5 Press gives us more capacity and the fl exibility to accommodate growth.” The iGen 5’s optional fi fth color unit increases the ability to match a larger gamut of Pantone and spot colors without hindering productivity. On display in the Xerox booth are fi ve 2016 MUST SEE ’EMS award winners– the Brenva HD Production Inkjet Press, Direct to Object Inkjet Printer, FreeFlow Core 5.0, FreeFlow Digital Publisher, and XMPie’s Campaigns-on-Demand. “The road to transformation and growth in today’s competitive graphic communications market starts with the right technology and partner,” said Robert Stabler, Senior Vice President, Graphic Communications Business Group, Xerox. “The industry is changing, but it continues to afford great growth opportunities,” said Jeff Jacobson, President, Xerox Technology. “Xerox is changing, too. But our commitment to the industry—and to our customers—is constant.” Jeff Jacobson, President, Xerox Technology, speaks to Xerox's ongoing commitment to the graphics arts industry. Color Management: Another Gray Area Since the advent of digital printing, color management has been a perpetual gray area, but Monday’s Printerverse (Booth 701) panel discussion, hosted by Print Media Centr, “Cleansing Your Palette: The Fresh Taste of Color,” sought to address some of the lingering questions pertaining to color. Vendors are constantly adding new inks, new substrates, and new presses, so the need for color management has never been more acute, especially when it comes to matching color from one printing process to another. “The challenge is not technology,” said Mike LaCagnina, Senior Business and Program Manager, Xerox (Booth 1625). “It’s more about the workfl ow.” The inkjet printing revolution has led to a massive infl ux of new inks and substrates, which throw a monkey wrench into the traditional color management workfl ow, especially when it comes to printing on unusual materials such as metal and glass substrates. Here’s an example. At trade shows such as GRAPH EXPO, it’s not unusual for exhibitors to give away little tchotchkes like Press A Light fl ashlights. These tchotchkes usually have a company logo printed on them, and printing companies often generate a large number of these items for different companies simultaneously. “They’re printing all those different Pantone colors at the same time,” said Tim Stefl , Category Manager, HP (Booth 1825). “You don’t want to be taking colors on and off press.” So the conversation now centers around gamut expansion. Once upon a time, printers could open a can of a specifi c spot ink to match a given Pantone color, but now they have to get a press or printer’s inkset to match Pantone and brand colors. At the same time, new specialty colors, like various kinds of metallics, are hitting the market, which only adds to the color confusion. The answer still involves color profi ling. “Building color profi les doesn’t need to be scary,” said Jim Raffel, Color Management Professional and G7 expert. The G7 standard is a good way to ensuring that everyone in the workfl ow is on the same page. “G7 is a known target,” said Raffel. “It gets us to a known print condition.” At the end of the day, it comes down to educating the customer. “It’s about discipline; the day of ‘design it and wing it’ has to end,” said DJ Montalto, Production Printing Technical Analyst, Canon USA (Booth 1500). “They have to use prefl ight tools so they know what they’re sending.” “We have to train designers to use the color management tools in the Adobe Creative Suite,” said Raffel. “They’re not that complicated to use.” 62 | September 28, 2016 | GRAPH EXPO 16 Offi cial Show Daily | PrintingNews.com


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