Digital Solutions Products

Samplemaking Table Line Is Expanded
Barco Graphics Inc.
, Vandalia, OH; 937/454-1721;
The Kongsberg XL Series of samplemaking tables has been expanded. Designed for the folding carton community, Model XL20 is the smallest in the XL family, featuring a work area of 66 × 50 in. (1,680 × 1,270 mm). According to mfr., XL20 can utilize entire range of tools, options, and features from the XL repertoire. Examples of applications include carton/corrugated crossover, plastic materials, varnish blankets, and more. Includes recently introduced FlexiHead-M toolhead, which enables milling of crease matrices for folding carton samplemaking.

Laser Coder Tunes to Tough Applications
Domino Amjet Inc.
, Gurnee, IL; 847/244-2501
DDC 3 digital laser coder is now available in enhanced resolution version. Coder is said to feature near-graphics-quality coding and application-specific laser tubes tuned to the particular substrate's spectral response. According to mfr., coder's inherent ability to adjust power levels digitally enables laser coding of even thin-wall materials, such as PET, without danger of burnthrough or compromising packaging integrity. Coupled with DDC 3's dual laser head capability, these features reportedly enable simultaneous, high quality coding of the same or radically different substrates.

Digital Workflow Upgrades Increase Productivity
ScenicSoft Inc.
, Lynnwood, WA; 425/249-5328;
Color Central 3.7 increases digital workflow productivity by automatically reducing image file sizes for fast handling during production, reports co. Server-based software then restores full image data for final output and automates printing activity by sending files to queues. Software provides security and auditing features for optimal control of the user's environment, reports mfr. Macintosh version contains upgrades that give it OPI and print management capabilities level with those currently available in Windows.

Substrates Are Suited for Digital Printing
, New Berlin, WI; 800/448-3572
Dura-Go digital film line is engineered for Indigo digital press platforms and is available in polyester, PC, label stocks, and other substrates. DuraKote is engineered for toner-based systems such as Xeikon and is available in polyester and label stocks. According to co., ideal applications for lines include nameplates, product ID, membrane switch layovers, backlit menus, durable printed labels, automotive graphics, promotional and POP graphics, safety and warning labels, and telecommunications applications.

Web-Based Software Added to Package
Honeywell Industrial Control
, Phoenix, AZ; 800/288-7491
Data Warehouse Express and Web Order Status web-based software are additions to co.'s OptiVISION Order Fulfillment and Production Management System. New applications reportedly will improve production management and customer service for manufacturers in the pulp and paper and flat sheet industries. Data Warehouse Express also can work with production-tracking systems from other suppliers.

Platesetters Enhance Flexo Printing
CreoScitex UK
, Watford, U.K.; +44 (0)1923 470 500;
ThermoFlex 2630 is said to enhance quality of flexo printing by eliminating the film contact during platemaking. Features the same 830nm laser thermal imaging and external drum technology as mfr.'s previous platesetters for the offset market. Described as an affordable and highly efficient narrow web CTP solution, ThermoFlex 2630 is available as a stand-alone device open to any existing workflow. ThermoFlex 5280, a dedicated digital prepress solution for flexo label printers, has an imaging head with an exposure speed said to be 3× faster than its predecessor. Co. says imaging head achieves quality imaging on both thermal film and flexographic media.

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