Landa Corporation has unveiled Nanography, a new digital printing category which employs water-based NanoInkTM to print on off-the-shelf coated/uncoated stocks and packaging films with game-changing performance and cost-per-page. The Landa Nanographic Printing process is a game-changing technology for mainstream commercial, packaging and publishing markets. At drupa 2012, the company will unveil its new line-up of Nanographic sheetfed and web presses.

Led by the father of digital commercial printing, Benny Landa, who started the digital printing revolution in 1993 with the launch of the iconic Indigo digital press, the company is now set to ignite the second digital revolution in print. Landa Nanographic Printing Presses offer the versatility of digital with the qualities and speed of offset printing — at unmatched cost-per-page.

Its good to be back, said Benny Landa, Chairman and CEO. The Landa Nanographic Printing process is the result of ten years of nanotechnology research. It is a true breakthrough that enables our presses to achieve amazing results.

Landa NanoInk

At the heart of the Nanographic Printing process is Landa NanoInk. Comprised of pigment particles only tens of nanometres in size (a human hair is about 100,000 nanometres wide), these nano-pigments are extremely powerful absorbers of light and enable unprecedented image qualities. Landa Nanographic Printing is characterised by ultra-sharp dots of extremely high uniformity, high gloss fidelity and the broadest CMYK colour gamut of any printing process.

Nanography – The Printing Process

The Landa Nanographic Printing process creates images of remarkable abrasion and scratch resistance.  Most notably, it can print on any off-the-shelf substrate, from coated and uncoated paper stocks to recycled carton; from newsprint to plastic packaging films — all without requiring any kind of pre-treatment or special coating — and no post-drying. Adding to this cost benefit is the fact that Nanographic images are only 500 nanometres thick — about half the thickness of offset images — enabling Landa NanoInkTMto produce the lowest cost-per-page digital images in the industry. All of this from a water-based, energy-efficient and eco-friendly process.

Landa Nanographic Printing Presses

Landa Nanographic Printing Presses employ ink ejectors to create the digital ink images which get applied to the printing stock in a process that can operate at extremely high speeds. Each Landa press, which has an exceptionally small footprint, even when compared to other digital presses, can print in up to eight colours and can operate at 600 dpi or 1200 dpi resolution.

Nanography is a truly ground-breaking development. Landa stated. At drupa, we will be unveiling a complete family of sheetfed and web presses. These include B3, B2 and B1 sheetfed perfecting presses which operate at up to 11,000 sheets per hour for commercial and packaging printing as well as web presses for publishing and flexible packaging that range in width from 52 cm to 104 cm and operate at up to 200 metres per minute. Such performance places Landa Nanographic Printing presses squarely in the heart of mainstream commercial printing. For the first time, commercial printers dont have to choose between the versatility and short-run economics of digital printing and the low cost-per-page and high productivity of offset printing. Now they can have both.

The Landa family of six Nanographic Printing presses will be of interest to commercial printers and packaging converters for applications that include general commercial printing, books, magazines, direct mail, labels, folding carton and flexible packaging for food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and more.