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drupa Post-Show Report: Around the Messe in 50 Tweets

By Patrick Henry
Published: June 8, 2012

This time, instead of a long-form review of product announcements at drupa 2012, we thought we’d try reporting the highlights in a format that many of us are getting accustomed to: Tweetable bursts of 140 characters or less. Advantage: in a collection of Tweets, we can give you more product references than we could in a standard article of the same length. Disadvantage: a 140-character Tweet can be harder to compose than a regular blurb of a comparable number of full words. Lesson learned: in microblogging, less definitely can be more in terms of editorial sweat equity.

Each of the following 50 Tweets contains a shortened link to detailed information from its respective vendor. Reminder: products mentioned are not necessarily available for purchase—some were show demos, others remain in development or in beta testing. And now, let the Tweeting begin:

manroland web’s Autoprint: "the press operator becomes the process supervisor if something goes wrong" (bit.ly/JuiXA1)

manroland web’s Autoprint: “in auto job change mode, the press starts itself” (bit.ly/LIMjyM)

Benny Landa says Nanographic Printing technology will have “lowest cost per page in the digital printing industry” (bit.ly/MYicF7)

Unique containers for Landa Nanographic NanoInk are collapsible—and recyclable (bit.ly/L3bwFa)

Ménage à quatre as Heidelberg, Komori, manroland sheetfed co-develop Landa Nanography as their digital platforms? (bit.ly/LfPyLp)

manroland sheetfed says its hybrid offset-UV inkjet presses will work with printheads from “any” manufacturer (bit.ly/JNoQyu)

manroland sheetfed’s VLF ROLAND XXL now perfects: 64 pages in one pass at 10,000 sph (bit.ly/JVA3Gx)

Heidelberg migrates high-end Speedmaster XL features to tried-and-true SM press platform, creating new SX series (bit.ly/LGtRDy)

Heidelberg claims 90% less waste, 50% shorter makereadies, 50% higher output with Anicolor Speedmaster XL 75 (bit.ly/JQEBQm)

The new star of Heidelberg’s “Peak Performance Class” is the 18,000-sph, 29.53" x 41.73” Speedmaster XL 106 (bit.ly/LGvOjm)

You can buy “CO2-neutral” Heidelberg presses that come from the factory with complete carbon offsetting (bit.ly/KsENb0)

Heidelberg’s Prinect Performance Benchmarking offers cloud-based productivity comparisons for Speedmaster owners (bit.ly/JNuzEp)

At drupa, Ricoh launched an in-depth report on the ways technology will change organizations between now and 2020. (bit.ly/sNTDI8)

Ricoh demonstrated “clickable paper,” enabling smartphones to access online content linked to any printed medium (bit.ly/K7kjDR)

drupa saw the launch of Ricoh’s first published book, “Precision Marketing: Maximizing Revenue Through Relevance” (bit.ly/LGOqzI)

Ricoh and 3D printer manufacturer Objet explored the potential of 3D printing in Ricoh’s Innovation Zone (bit.ly/Nj6L8I)

166-ppm “turbo mode,” a 36" sheet, and other new enhancements for Kodak's NEXPRESS at drupa (bit.ly/JACSCe)

Kodak's new Sonora XP Process Free Plate goes straight to press after thermal imaging (bit.ly/LUC6il)

Kodak’s Intelligent Prepress Manager 2.0 monitors up to five plate lines from laptops, smartphones, mobile devices (bit.ly/Jb3P0o)

Konica Minolta demo’d the KM1, a B2-format, 3,300 sph production inkjet printer being co-developed with Komori (bit.ly/Jm5PvQ)

Konica Minolta previewed the bizhub PRESS C1100, a digital color press capable of 100 A4 pages per minute (bit.ly/Ls39TF)

New for Presstek’s 75DI press: auto convertible perfecting; inline UV curing and coating; inkjet personalization (bit.ly/KbgMAO)

Presstek says its Virtuoso Print Quality System for the 75DI puts “15 years of a pressman’s experience in a box” (bit.ly/LiIa1P)

New InfoTrends study compares Presstek’s 75DI press with digital platforms and conventional offset (bit.ly/JC49UG)

KBA calls its Rapida 145 VLF “the fastest sheetfed offset press on the market, with the shortest makeready times” (bit.ly/JC6rTY)

Staking its claim to the digital production market, KBA debuts the RotaJet 76 color inkjet press (bit.ly/LK0gJC)

“Digital meets offset” in KBA’s Rapida 105, now available with QualiTronic MarkID inkjet printing unit (bit.ly/LK219r)

For flex packaging, KBA’s Varius 80 is a waterless, variable-format web offset press with keyless inking, UV drying (bit.ly/JwxoUn)

For printers with moderate volumes, Xerox introduces a second model of its CiPress waterless inkjet printing system (bit.ly/KCc9Tg)

Xerox says its “Freedom to Print” workflow can route jobs to all digital presses in the shop, regardless of make (bit.ly/McH1y8)

The newest member of the Xerox iGen family, the 3,000-sph, 2,400 x 2,400 dpi iGen 150, debuted at drupa 2012 (bit.ly/KOqVGS)

XMpie, part of Xerox, announces “Circle,” a cloud-based service for collaborating on multi-channel 1:1 campaigns (bit.ly/JCvExt)

During drupa, Consolidated Graphics bought no fewer than 10 HP Indigo 10000 B2-format digital presses (bit.ly/McSe1B)

HP boosts the speed of its Inkjet Web Presses to 800 fpm, adding new printheads and nanotechnology inks (bit.ly/Kccg7L)

Video from HP explains its new Print Module Solutions: devices integrating with offset for variable printing (bit.ly/N1OFKW)

Xeikon commits to EP as the preferred digital printing method with Trillium, its new high-viscosity liquid toner (bit.ly/LQcgIZ)

Cloud-based device profiling, lookup table generation, and color management: Xeikon calls it “Xeikon Color Control” (bit.ly/KxcHM3)

New Xeikon 3030Plus is billed as “an attractive entry-level investment into high-quality digital label printing” (bit.ly/JDT6KS)

ThermoFlexX CtP from Xeikon is said to offer resolutions up to 5,080 DPI for flexo and letterpress platemaking (bit.ly/LdGQhh)

New from Goss, targeting packaging: the gapless, variable-repeat Sunday Vpak 3000 and Sunday Vpak 500 presses (bit.ly/JRn9QD)

Goss calls its “white light” blanket sleeve “a secret weapon in web offset package printing” (bit.ly/N3rNKS)

Delphax says it has a “differentiating technology” for inkjet in the Delphax elan 500 near-B2 format press (prn.to/KQNLxD)

Ryobi and Miyakoshi announce joint development of a six-up, 29", 8,000-sph liquid toner press (bit.ly/JXokt4)

Canon/Océ “Project Velocity” LF printer said to be able to “print the height of the Eiffel Tower in 30 minutes” (bit.ly/IsDaWD)

drupa is show debut for Océ’s ColorWave 650, a b&w / color printer that uses “TonerPearls” for sharp, clean imaging (bit.ly/N49jtH)

Also new: Océ JetStream 4300, a 30" wide, 200 mpm color inkjet printer for books, periodicals, transaction documents (bit.ly/JiZaV7)

Komori demos two color inkjet presses: the Impremia IW20, a 20" web, and the Impremia IS29, a 29" sheetfed system (bit.ly/N4cnGh)

Hong Kong-based Jadason showed its QPress, a compact digital press, said to have been eight years in development (bit.ly/KRHRMA)

drupa saw the commercial launch of Screen’s Truepress JetSX, a B2 color inkjet press that can print 810 duplex sph (bit.ly/N4eD0f)

The most fascinating single thing we saw at drupa: “virtual embossed images” from Dr. Wirth’s “6t05” scanning system (bit.ly/NprW9i

Patrick Henry, Executive Editor for WhatTheyThink.com is also the director of Liberty or Death Communications, a consultancy specializing in research, education, promotional, and editorial support services for the printing and publishing industries.

Patrick Henry is available for speaking engagements and consulting projects. To get more information contact us here.

Please offer your feedback to Patrick. He can be reached at patrick.henry@whattheythink.com.

 

Discussion

By GREG SHAPIRO on Jun 08, 2012

I don't Twitter and didn't attend drupa, but loved the condensed, innovative format of this article!

 

By Noel Ward on Jun 08, 2012

While a making great summary of the show, 50 breathless, excited, self-serving Tweets are a fine way to show the uselessness of Twitter.

 

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