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AB Dick Recent Products, Packaged Solutions Puts Emphasis On A New Way

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CHICAGO, IL -- New products are always in abundance at industry events and the Print 01 show is no exception. Having released a number of new products which influence how printers perform in the prepress, press and post-press arenas, A.B.Dick Company (booth#3329) will present an interesting platform for the September 6-13 show at McCor- mick Place in Chicago. The message is about how these value-added elements are bundled to create an effective workflow solution that gives printers everything they need to succeed. The media is invited to attend the A.B.Dick press conference and learn about the company's direction and strategy. The 20-minute session is open to all credentialed media and is set for Saturday, Sept. 8 in Press Briefing Room N427A, starting at 3 p.m. Speakers will include A.B.Dick President & CEO Brian Longe, and Ken Newton, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Equipment. Three workflow and two technology demonstrations will focus on how A.B.Dick equip-ment helps printers do things in a new way. The spate of new equipment the company has introduced in the last 18 months formed the catalyst for the Print 01 presentation, with con-centration focused on high quality, fast turnaround and cost-effectiveness at greater levels. The workflow demonstrations will combine various equipment such as the A.B.Dick Colour digital press; the A.B.Dick QP25II and 9995A-ICS offset presses; the Digital PlateMaster 2340 with ScanMaster, and the Watkiss Vario Collating and Finishing System. Also featured are the new DPM2404, the Multi-Flo envelope feeder, the PowerPro 34 two-color press and the deSign U. system, a wide format, custom poster solution. "The integration of our new equipment, combined with its performance with customers in the marketplace, makes us excited. To say we are anxiously looking forward to the Print 01 show is indeed an understatement," said Ken Newton, who joined A.B.Dick in 1998. "The three workflow presentations people will see at the show reflect different scenarios and real situations. It also shows how our equipment interacts to make any small to mid-size print operation stronger and more effective to compete in today's business climate." The first 15-minute demonstration will highlight the company's digital workflow capabilities. Using the industry-leading DPM2340 and new DPM2508 direct-to-plate devices with the ScanMaster digital scanning solution, A.B.Dick technical service representative Tim Knight will produce 13" by 19" work by using 8 mil polyester plates to print four-color process on the 9995A-ICS two-color offset press. A.B.Dick has sold more than 2,000 DPM devices, led by the DPM2340. Installations of the new DPM2508 are now beginning. ScanMaster was developed to provide off-the-glass usage for direct-to-plate work, in turn generating smoother proofs and eliminating moiré issues on previously printed originals. The 9995A-ICS offset press with ink control system delivers consistent color quality. A digital compatible press, it features a semi-automatic plate changer and ink volume setter software package which reduces make-ready time by determining the beginning ink density quicker. With demonstrations scheduled back-to-back for each hour of the show, visitors will have plenty of opportunities to watch, learn and review. Stu Gallup, Director of Digital Systems Marketing and Product Planning, will discuss the advantages of the A.B.Dick Colour digital press in the second session. Now linked with ScanMaster, the entry-level, four-color A.B.Dick Colour press will be joined in the demonstration with a revamped Watkiss system 4 off-line document finishing system. The smart system features an automatic staple, fold and trim solution to make booklets from pre-collated or batched sets. The final presentation by product planning manager Dennis James will define A.B.Dick's true across-the-board capabilities. Prepress will focus on how the DPM2340, using ScanMaster, prepares a single color, hard copy original and creates four different 8 mil polyester plates in advance for mounting on the A.B.Dick QP25II offset press. Running on a common blanket, the press will complete the four-color process work by doing the final two over two application while using A.B.Dick consumables products. A.B.Dick is very pleased with response for the QP25II offset press. Previewed at the Gutenberg show last May, it features a patented Constant Contact Register System. This combines the distinct advantages of direct feed with an impressive tight register system, giving operators full control over image position. Developed for the short-run, fast turnaround multiple color market, it delivers high quality performance with four-color process, screens and halftones of images up to 12 1/2" by 17.3". Two new technology demonstrations will introduce booth visitors to the E-Ink and DI-Stat systems. E-Ink, used with the A.B.Dick QP25 offset press and the DPM2340, is the first ink system that allows an operator to manually set the ink keys accurately on a non-automated ink fountain. The system generates a printout identifying the proper ink key setting for each print job zone. The DI-Stat system works in tandem with the ScanMaster digital scanning solution and a new printer using thermal ribbon technology to produce low cost, one and two-color polyester plates from hard copy originals or from digital files. It replaces electrostatic platemakers for short-run work and eliminates problems associated with toner. The DPM2404 and Multi-Flo envelope feeder are new products making their debut at Print 01. The PowerPro 34 is a dynamic, two-color portrait press that caught the attention of Graph Expo visitors last year. It offers greater productivity and superior quality usually associated only with larger presses. The deSign U. system is a turnkey program that also debuted last year. A poster can be created without any previous design skills; a large selection of counter book templates and 25,000 clipart images are available to choose from.

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