Kemtek Imaging Systems held its Open House event from 9-10 February at its Johannesburg office. The event featured informative talks from a few of its principals, who touched on the benefits of digital printing, as well as a technology showcase of HP Indigo presses, the new DBM 600i bookletmaker and various product samples.
Rob Reid, Duplo regional sales manager, Middle East and Africa, introduced the new Duplo DBM 600i bookletmaker, which features a unique A4 landscape format. This fully automatic and intuitive system combines the robust lines of a large stitching system with exceptional intelligence and exclusive features such as A4 landscape format. The 600i Booklet System offers a unique combination between the high speed intelligent DSC-10/60i Collator Towers and the easy to use DBM-600 bookletmaker and Trimmer. The system requires minimum operator intervention and offers an optimised PC Controller, ensuring exceptionally high productivity.
Ran Landau, HP Indigo & IHPS regional business manager touched on ‘Creating a rainbow of possibilities with HP Indigo’, addressing the special capabilities of Indigo that can take printing to the next level, such as raised print and textured effects. Other capabilities include: using HP Indigo ElectroInk White on transparencies, dark and metallic substrates, which delivers high-impact applications such as white-on-black invitations, cards, photo albums, and more; and HP Indigo ElectroInk Fluorescent Pink, which offers premium pages and glow-in-the-dark effects for greeting cards, promotional collateral, fashion applications, specialty products, publishing opportunities and more. Landau also confirmed that HP will have the largest booth at drupa, and will occupy an entire hall at the event.
Jens Henrik Osmundsen, vice president, EMEA – APAC Highcon Systems, spoke about Digital Finishing for the 21st Century. He said that although digital printing is growing rapidly, one area that is still dominated by conventional print is finishing, which is ripe for transformation with digital. Shorter runs, Variable Data Printing and personalised packaging from a cutting perspective are just some of the advantages of digital. ‘Digital allows you to create a powerful impact on the shelf, to tailor products to local markets and opens up sophisticated designs,’ he said.
Stijn Simoens, Scodix VP EMEA, said that differentiation is key to succeeding and that Scodix addresses this by allowing printers to produce highly differentiated premium products, in-house, without sending work out for lamination, embossing, hot foil, or other embellishments. The new Scodix Foil can digitally produce professional results that match and transcend quality standards of either traditional hot foil or cold foil processes. It efficiently uses readily-available foils to produce a range of colours such as gold, silver, bronze and more, with no waste or mess.