Production: Graph EXPO Integrates Print, Online, and Mobile Technology
Posted: 10/4/2012  |  By: Mark Vruno
What: Graph Expo 2012: Print Integrated!
When: Oct. 7-10
Where: Chicago


Newspaper printers and publishers can see, touch, and explore the equipment, products, and services important to them at Graph Expo this month:

• Hybrid production
• Digital presses (hardware & software)
• Offset presses
• CtP and associated plate bending/punching
• Production workflow
• UV and heatset technology
• Postpress and mailroom equipment
• Consumables
• Integration with Web-based approaches
• Creative direct-mail programs
• Digital asset management and cost-effective workflow solutions
• Cost reduction (savings on paper, postage, and print)
• Customized and personalized content and messages to increase response rates

The press/finishing area and the prepress/ design/software area will have all the latest prepress systems and workflow management tools needed to grow your business. Publishers are encouraged to embrace technology and discover which products and services demonstrated across the expansive show floor will best benefit their business. Attendees also can gain new knowledge and expertise from the Graph Expo seminar series, which includes a selection of seminars specifically for newspaper printers and publishers.

News Print Pavilion
News Print, the newspaper pavilion, again features 9,000 square feet of manufacturers and suppliers specifically for newspapers. One exhibitor is PuzzleFlow (Booth #2167), whose representatives are prepared to discuss the many ways to streamline processes, reduce consumption, eliminate errors, and improve quality, including time- and money-saving integrated ad pre-processing. Advanced ink optimization can not only reduce daily costs but also improve quality and open the door for additional sales revenue. Now is the time to jump in or upgrade older non-PDF ink optimization systems.

Newspaper of the future
A free, hour-long panel Oct. 8, “2020: The Future Role of Newspapers,” features panelists Rodd Winscott, president of Chicago-based Newsweb Corp., and Rick Surkamer, principal at Surkamer Advisors. Newsweb this fall will become the first U.S. newspaper printer to regularly produce newspapers on a digital press (the TKS JetStream). Surkamer, the former president of Sun-Times Media and a newspaper industry veteran, highlights the steps newspapers must take to transform their operations from an integrated business to a local digital media house. Also, Marco Boer, vice president at consultancy IT Strategies, will discuss the future of print production and other industry trends.

Goss at Graph Expo
At Graph Expo 2012, Goss Intl. is recharging its drupa theme in highlighting its innovative approach to commercial, newspaper, and packaging printing. Reiterating an invitation to “See Things Differently,” Goss is emphasizing how this corporate philosophy provides new solutions for greater productivity and opportunity across all three print sectors.

Endorsing the company’s technology and support resources, North American printers have given Goss a 100 percent market position for new commercial web presses in the region over the two years since Graph Expo 2010, the manufacturer reports.

“This testifies to our ability to innovate and support the right products for commercial demands in this market, and we feel proud to be presenting new solutions once again in Chicago,” said Graham Trevett, Goss vice president of sales. “Large and small printers in North America have responded to the ongoing commitment of Goss to the web-offset industry and opted for Goss across a growing array of specialized applications. These include anything from hybrid configurations utilizing digital heads for direct mail production, to flexible packaging printing, as well as more conventional commercial and publication printing. Whether for replacing older, less-efficient technology or entering entirely new markets, Goss web solutions have fit the bill.”

Recent Goss commercial web success in the Americas includes installations of gapless technology Sunday presses as well as M-600 and M-500 presses, all incorporating the latest features aimed at facilitating short runs and low waste. Among these are the first Sunday presses with DigiRail digital inking as well as the wider Sunday 3000 press (up to 75 inches).

Reflecting the wide portfolio of web-offset systems and complementary technologies, the Goss booth at Graph Expo also presents unique options for newspaper and packaging printing, print finishing, and aftermarket support. In addition, the exhibit reflects the expanded range of Ferag, Akiyama, Purlux, and Yawa products and various converting equipment from Goss parent company Shanghai Electric companies.

Recent North American orders for Goss finishing systems, including Magnapak and Pacesetter lines, underline that big leaps in productivity and efficiency are possible with new technology. Equipped for address-specific selective inserting and inkjet personalization, the latest installations have been driven by business opportunities available through improving net productivity, efficiency, and targeting of copies.

The Goss Lifetime Support team present parts, service, and enhancement programs designed to extend the competitive life span of press and finishing systems. Projects such as a unique newspaper press reconfiguration at Newsday in New York (see E&P September 2012), a major multipress controls upgrade at Star Malaysia, and creative commercial web enhancements across the Americas, are highlighted at the show to illustrate fast-ROI opportunities available and the advantages of choosing a supplier with substantial resources, expertise, and project management capabilities.

According to Trevett, Graph Expo is unparalleled in North America in providing a platform where all constituents of the Goss business are represented, for the benefit of customers. “At Graph Expo we have specialists from every function of the business in attendance,” he said, “so it presents a valuable opportunity to discuss with customers every aspect of their production. It is a genuinely unique occasion for collaborating, discussing challenges, and seeing things differently. We look forward to meeting with existing and potential customers from all key areas of activity at our booth #845.”

The manroland Web Systems booth
The theme “Strengthen Your Core” is central to the discussions manroland Web Systems is leading at Graph Expo 2012. Core technologies in web printing, including record-breaking speed, unparalleled automation and efficiency, provide the ultimate in future proofed flexibility. Along with the core enhancements featured by manroland web systems’ digital press and postpress solutions, and the core competence of its services, consumables, and controls, manroland Web Systems has one of the most comprehensive and innovative product portfolios in print.

“This has been an amazing year so far for manroland Web Systems,” said Roland Ortbach, CEO of manroland Web Systems in the U.S. and Canada. “We have reestablished our presence and our relationships with our customers in North America and around the world, and we have so many innovations to exhibit. At Graph Expo 2012, we are introducing some of the most cutting-edge technology ever seen in print to North America, while continuing to make sure our Core Values — our dedication to the needs and success of our customers — shine through.”

The Rotoman DirectDrive is manroland’s answer to the 16-page market, with its ability to perform numerous print jobs in a DirectDrive: Each printing couple is equipped with two motors and can move and adjust the cylinders to ensure that the web passes through untouched. This makes bypassed printing units and the use of blind plates a thing of the past, resulting in shorter makeready times and less waste. Graph Expo attendees can learn more at booth #2210.

For companies looking for additional flexibility in their product portfolios, the 32-page Lithoman offers the same advanced automation and closed-loop tools as the Rotoman DirectDrive 16-page, with additional production flexibility. Without sacrificing quality or increasing waste — even on extremely short runs — the Lithoman 32 is an ideal solution for traditional 16-page printers, or double-web publications printers, to reduce costs and increase throughput while shortening makeready and print times, without sacrificing finishing options.

The latest member of manroland’s newspaper press line, the COLORMAN e:line, is a featured product at the show. Virtually every system on the press is customizable to current needs and offers options for gradual modular upgrades and retrofits over time. The Colorman e:line is the first newspaper press that truly grows with the printing needs of the pressroom. With its unbeatable print quality, flexibility, and possible automation features, it sets new landmarks, according to the manufacturer. The design is nominated for the Industry Price 2012 and has incorporated a lot of advanced functional elements as well as ergonomic innovations.

For customers looking to lower production costs and maintenance expenses, and increase productivity through the use of quality consumables and process optimization, manroland continues to lead the way with its portfolio of solutions: printservices, printcom and printnetwork. There’s also pressupdate, the solution to keep presses running state-of-the-art through refurbishment, retrofitting, reconfiguration, or upgrades. The pressupdate program assesses the needs of individual pressrooms to increase efficiency, boost production, and respond to changing market conditions without the investment in additional capital equipment.

The new Operating Concept solidifies the company’s dedication to evolving press operations, workflow and the maintenance experience for users. manroland developed its controls with a possible One Touch Operation solution. No longer utilizing a series of buttons on the console, the new Concept works with a ControlPad, which includes an overview of all press functions through intuitive multitouch operations. A wireless notepad, called the MobilPad, containing all process control and workflow information, can be used at any area around the press. The new Operation Concept including the Control Center, the ControlPad, MobilPad, and printnetwork software solutions are on display and ready for demonstration at booth #2210.

Created as a solution for Océ digital roll fed presses, manroland is introducing its digital postpress technology to the North American market at Graph Expo 2012. The variable cut-off VPF and VFF folders and VBC collators were developed for the digital market and are available inline on Océ digital roll fed presses and offline on a roll-to-roll platform to the market at large.

Also at Graph Expo 2012, manroland showcases press products from Tensor Intl. With the launch of the new partnership between Tensor and manroland in North America, Tensor is represented by manroland Web Systems at booth #2210 to discuss single-width web offset printing solutions.


Print Rises Higher in the Far East
With four times more people than the U.S., it’s no wonder print is booming in China

With some 1.34 billion people, China’s population surpasses the United States (nearly 313 million) by more than four to one. From a literacy and business perspective, the printing industry in China is growing at a higher rate than more mature economies such as North America, Japan, or Western Europe, according to InfoTrends. Though growth estimates vary, reliable figures show that China averaged a 19 percent increase in printing revenue each year between 1999 and 2004.

According to other industry sources, the number of newspapers in mainland China has increased from only 42 — virtually all are government owned — in 1968, to 382 in 1980, to more than 2,200 today. In 2006, China was the largest market for newspapers, with 96.6 million copies sold daily, compared to 2006 figures for India (78.7 million), Japan (69.7 million), the U.S. (53.3 million), and Germany (21.5 million). China newspaper advertisement revenues increased 128 percent between 2001 and 2006.

Such growth in the Chinese market is presenting significant opportunities for suppliers such as ECRM Imaging Systems, Goss Intl., manroland Web Systems, and their marketing partners in Asia. For example, Beijing Daily is installing a new heatset web press to support a plan to expand beyond its current newspaper production capabilities and seize new commercial printing opportunities.

The four-unit Goss M-800 press, featuring a four-pages-around by four-pages- across (4x4) cylinder configuration, will go into production later this fall at a facility in Beijing, where more than 300 employees print more than 2 million newspapers daily.

“We now print coldset newspapers only at our facility, but demand for commercial products and heatset retail inserts is increasing in our region,” said Jia Fudong, vice director for the Beijing Daily printing operation. He projects that commercial print volume will continue to increase over the next five years and said the new press, the first M-800 model to be installed in China, will be called on to produce a wide range of products and formats. Print-quality expectations for those products are increasing along with page counts in the Beijing area, while run lengths are stable, Jia said.

A PCC-2 pinless folder will allow the new press to produce heatset products at up to 80,000 copies per hour in straight production or 40,000 copies per hour in collect mode. Goss is helping to equip the new system with its Contiweb FD paster, Ecocool dryer, and Omnicon press control and digital workflow technology.

Tim Mercy, Goss vice president of sales, said the ability to print magazine, tabloid, and other formats in straight or collect mode makes the M-800 model a good fit for the varied requirements of Beijing Daily. “This is also an excellent option for commercial printers looking to diversify with a four-around press that complements existing two-around presses such as Goss M-600 and M-500 models,” he said.

Beijing Daily is part of the Beijing Daily Group, a media company that manages nine newspapers and three magazines as well as websites, a publishing house and a television broadcasting station. The group publishes the leading circulation newspapers in the area, including Beijing Daily, Beijing Evening News, Beijing Morning Post, and Beijing Suburbs Daily.

More capacity from manroland
Also in Beijing, the Jiefangjun Bao Printing Factory signed a contract for a Uniset extension with manroland web systems and manroland Greater China. Following a Geoman contract for Brilliant Star Printing Services Ltd., this marks the second Chinese order for a web-offset press shortly after the drupa printing trade fair and the third contract in Greater China this year. (manroland Web Systems GmbH generated orders worth more than $89 million USD during drupa this past May.) J

iefangjun Bao Printing Factory has been a manroland customer for 26 years. Today, it works with a number of presses including a Polyman, several Unisets, a Cromoman, and a Roland 700 sheetfed press. With the new contract, Jiefangjun Bao Printing Factory adds one printing tower to an existing Uniset to meet the increased requirements for business development. The production capacity of the higher speed press is to be increased by at least 30 percent. Output and printing parameters of the press will improve significantly as well.

“This is number eight cooperation with manroland,” said Li Kang, director of Jiefangjun Bao Printing Factory. “Outstanding printing quality, high level of automation, and flexibility of the manroland printing presses let us benefit tremendously. These are the reasons why we choose manroland again.”

Founded in 1956, Jiefangjun Bao Printing Factory today is one of the largest printing companies in China. Besides its own newspapers, including Jiefangjun Bao, Zhongguo Guofangbao, Zhongguo Minbing, and Military Correspondent, the printing plant also prints CCTV Paper, The Mirror, People’s Armed Police Report, Beijing Youth Daily, and hundreds of other newspapers for ministries, army, and local editions.

Automating prepress
This spring, ECRM Imaging Systems installed two fully automated NEWSmax CtP platesetters at the production facility of PLA Daily, the People’s Liberation Army flagship military newspaper. Marketing partner Lucky Huaguang Graphics provided the violet CtP plates used with the new production configuration. The ECRM NEWSmax platesetter is reported to be the newspaper industry’s fastest production platesetter.

The PLA Daily offers 16 versions in 15 languages including Chinese (simplified and traditional), Mongolian, Tibetan, Uyghur, Kazakhstan, China’s ethnic Korean language, Yi, Zhuang, English, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic. With this premedia announcement, implementation discussions are expected to accelerate in other Chinese newspaper markets.

“From the viewpoint of production, we were drawn to several prominent characteristics,” Wang Sen, assistant director of the PLA Daily printing plant, said of the ECRM solutions. “First, good stability and fast production speed. Second, the quality of printed material is substantially increased, and wide-angle control and color reproduction are significantly improved. Third, costs are reduced and efficiency is raised.”

The fully automated NEWSmax CtP family provides new levels of simplicity, versatility, and economy with high-speed performance for newspaper customers, according to ECRM. Available at production speeds from 100 up to 400 plates per hour, the NEWSmax is the newspaper industry’s fastest production platesetter. Engineered for high-volume plate production, NEWSmax is an ideal solution for either semi- or fully automated CtP production.


Upcoming Trade show:
WAN-IFRA Expo 2012
Oct. 29-31
Frankfurt, Germany