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Asociación Técnica de Diarios Latinoamericanos
Boletín Semanal Noviembre 11, 2018

Agfa Lanza Avatar V ZH que es la primera plancha Violeta sin precalentamiento y libre de químicos

Eleven years after the worldwide launch of the first chem-free violet newspaper CtP plate, Agfa Graphics launches Avatar V-ZH, which does not require pre-heating. The plate marks the next milestone in terms of economic and ecological platemaking.

Based on its customers’ successful experience with its violet chem-free printing plates Agfa developed a new plate technology that meets the demand of newspaper printers to streamline production processes further and to reduce machine maintenance.

The Avatar V-ZH plate requires no pre-heating unit, which reduces printers’ capex and energy consumption, while gaining them floor space. In addition, the decrease of start-up time and waste during make-ready, as well as stability and linearity throughout the entire print run, empower the daily production.

Avatar V-ZH has a very high image contrast after clean-out, allowing a visual image inspection to avoid mix-ups on press. Other features that make the plate a great fit for newspaper printers are its daylight compatibility, high scratch resistance, and outstanding robustness on press (run length, dot gain, press start-up). The plate is flexible, as it can be used with either conventional or UV inks for semi-commercial or special applications.

Avatar Z-VH is suited for high-quality Arkitex Sublima screening. Using it with Arkitex OptiInk software will result in a more economical use of ink, higher color fidelity, and improved make-ready time with less paper waste.

Rainer Kirschke, Market Manager Newspapers Agfa Graphics: “Violet-laser technology makes up the majority of the newspaper market. We have a worldwide base of customers who have been using our violet chem-free plates for more than a decade. During the development of Avatar V-ZH we carefully listened to their remarks, and we made every effort to bring maximum economic and ecological benefits to their production.”

Avatar V-ZH works with all violet CtP units currently in use at newspaper print sites across the world. During exposure, the violet-laser diode triggers the polymerization of the image area. Subsequently, the plate is gummed in the clean-out unit with a dedicated gum, which removes the soft, unexposed non-image areas in an easy and clean way. A LED bar close to the drying section takes care of the final curing of the plate.

Attiro ZH – state-of-the-art plate clean-out unit
Avatar V-ZH chemistry-free printing plates form a very attractive solution combined with the world’s fastest CtP imaging unit Advantage N and the new high-speed clean-out unit Attiro ZH. The latter features groundbreaking cascade technology, which brings an unrivalled wealth of productivity and sustainability.

The Attiro ZH is characterized by minimal gum consumption for maximal clean-out effect. Its extensive bath life results in lower maintenance, while cleaning is easy and fast. A completely flat plate transport means no buckling of plates between rollers.

Existing Agfa clean-out units can easily be upgraded to the preheat-free version.

Rainer Kirschke concludes: “Agfa is strongly investing in new products for the newspaper market, because we believe in the future of printed news. Newspapers face a very difficult decade where every kind of cost saving and process streamlining is crucial. Our ECO³ portfolio combines software, hardware and support that cover every part of a newspaper’s production, from image tuning up to the press run. Like that, newspapers can speed up and streamline their operations and achieve a ‘just-in-time’ workflow.”

Over the last months, Avatar V-ZH proved its stability and robustness as it was put through its paces under a range of challenging printing conditions in real newspaper production environments. These first users reported up to 60% energy saving compared to processors and COUs running with preheat. The plate will make its global debut at the IFRA World Publishing Expo 2018 in October and will be worldwide available early Q4 2018.

El Grupo Nación selecciona al Grupo tecnológico escandinavo Roxen Internet Software

Una de las compañías de medios de comunicación más importantes de América Latina, Grupo Nación de Costa Rica, implementó el sistema novedoso ARC, del Washington Post. Grupo Nación ha seleccionado a Roxen para complementar el proceso de producción impresa de sus publicaciones.

Grupo Nación, publica en línea La Nación, El Financiero y La Teja utilizando el ultramoderno sistema ARC. Dado que el medio impreso sigue siendo de gran importancia para Grupo Nación, existía la necesidad de tener una funcionalidad integrada adicional para la impresión de estas publicaciones.

» Mientras buscamos en el mercado un módulo de impresión que coincida con las capacidades de nuestro nuevo sistema ARC, encontramos a Roxen, un desarrollador de software sueco de tecnología de medios innovadores, que ofrecía una combinación perfecta tanto en términos de funcionalidad del producto como de integración eficiente con soluciones de otros proveedores», dice Pedro Abreu, Director Ejecutivo de Grupo Nación.

» La solución Roxen para salas de redacción ofrece un conjunto de productos para producción y publicación en línea, desde la herramienta de reportero móvil Roxen Roamer hasta el sistema editorial Roxen Editorial Portal y canales de salida digital como el sitio web Roxen News y la aplicación móvil Roxen Reader. Para organizaciones de medios pequeñas y medianas somos una tienda integral para soluciones editoriales. La mayoría de nuestros productos también se pueden utilizar como módulos interoperables en soluciones que emplean varios proveedores, lo que permite a los clientes crear sus propias soluciones personalizadas y de primer nivel. El Roxen Editorial Portal se usa hoy en día como un módulo de impresión integrado en varios sistemas más grandes, que ahora incluye ARC»,dice Per Östlund, presidente y CEO de Roxen.

Grupo Nación también estará automatizando el proceso de imágenes con ColorFactory de la empresa noruega Fotoware. Para utilizar la nueva tecnología y aumentar aún más la productividad, Grupo Nación también ha empleado a los especialistas en flujo de trabajo de Noruega, y a los socios de Roxen, TikkTakk, para diseñar un nuevo y eficiente proceso de editorial.

»Al incorporar ahora una solución de impresión y un manejo de imagen mejorado en nuestra solución ARC, lograremos el entorno de producción más eficiente posible para nuestros periodistas y editores: un desarrollo continuo muy necesario para mantenernos a la vanguardia en el entorno de medios en rápida evolución y para garantizar que estemos en una buena posición para continuar sirviendo a nuestros clientes con contenido de calidad mientras hacemos crecer nuestro negocio de forma rentable »,concluye Pedro Abreu.

» Estamos inmensamente orgullosos de apoyar al Grupo Nación en la implementación de una solución editorial moderna y completa para sus salas de redacción y comunidades editoriales. Estamos igualmente orgullosos de ser parte de un esfuerzo de colaboración basado en la capacidad de innovación y la destreza técnica desarrollada en nuestro competitivo mercado nacional escandinavo para permitir un precursor en América Latina», concluye Per Östlund.

Grupo Nación es la casa editorial líder en Costa Rica enfocada en la producción de información en diferentes medios impresos, internet y radio. Grupo Nación se encuentra en proceso de diversificación y expansión regional. Es una corporación financieramente sólida, siempre a la vanguardia de la tecnología, y con un equipo humano comprometido con el éxito de la empresa, un compromiso que se demuestra tanto por su calidad profesional como por la experiencia de los valores organizacionales.

Kodak estuvo presente en el Seminario de la ATDL realizado en Bogotá

Kodak participó de la Reunión y Seminario de la Asociación Técnica de Diarios Latinoamericanos (ATDL 2018), llevada a cabo en Bogotá, Colombia del 31 de agosto al 2 de septiembre.

En esta oportunidad, la compañía puso el foco en la inversión realizada para desarrollar nuevas ventajas competitivas para el segmento y destacó la innovación en las planchas libres de procesamientos.

Las planchas Kodak Sonora están diseñadas para adaptarse perfectamente a las necesidades de los periódicos. En la actualidad, hay más periódicos que ya están cambiando a planchas libres de procesamientos debido a las ventajas medioambientales, el ahorro de costes, la optimización en la producción de planchas, la eliminación de los equipos de procesado y la supresión de los productos químicos.

KBA muestra sus innovaciones en impresión comercial durante Chicago Print 18

  • Formerly known as KBA North America, new global brand re-launch unveiled at show
  • Innovations and information for the commercial market ranging from conventional to digital
  • Proudly receiving the prestigious 2018 Printing Industries of America InterTech Technology award for its unique Rapida LiveApp
  • Continuing tradition of cold beer and German brats at its comfortable booth

Against the traditional backdrop of Chicago’s towering skyscrapers and hotbed gathering for the printing industry, Koenig & Bauer (US) is pleased to be exhibiting again at PRINT 18, the elite trade show for the graphic arts industry. This year, however, will offer an even extra special experience with a number of new announcements, including its latest innovations for the commercial market, its newly branded re-launch, and its selection as a 2018 Printing Industries of America InterTech Technology award recipient. PRINT 18 will be held from September 30 to October 2, 2018 at McCormick Place South in Chicago. Koenig & Bauer (US) will be located at Booth 529.

“We look forward to greeting our existing customers and potential clients at our inviting and relaxing booth,” says Mark Hischar, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer (US). “There is a lot to learn and see about our unique and broad line of technology, no matter what part of the market you serve. Our leadership in the sheetfed offset commercial market will be on full display with technology for the highest productivity and print quality, the fastest makeready, and lightning fast press speeds at 20,000 sph. We’ve added many new executives to our team, including Rich Dreshfield, our new senior vice president of sheetfed sales, and Jürgen Gruber, who is overseeing sales of the RotaJET digital printing systems. We invite show-goers to meet with them and the rest of our knowledgeable team, discuss their current and future technology needs, and enjoy a cold beer and delicious German brat.”

One of the first distinctions that PRINT show-goers will notice this year is the firm’s new name. On the occasion of its 200th anniversary last year, the global press manufacturing leader company went back to its roots and returned to its founding name "Koenig & Bauer" as part of a global brand re-launch. In a continuation of this rebranding this year, PRINT attendees will now see signage for Koenig & Bauer (US) at its booth to be aligned with this new brand and to better reflect its international stature in the graphic arts industry.

With a strong renowned reputation as a leading print press provider, Koenig & Bauer (US) will be highlighting product offerings ranging from conventional to digital, new customer success stories, and important trends in the industry. The firm invites attendees to learn more about the popular RotaJET L-series high-volume inkjet web press that offers unique upgradeability with its modular design, a scalable high efficiency drying system, and produces the highest print quality. Another important component to the success of Koenig & Bauer customers is the firm’s renowned sheetfed Service Select program. Dedicated experts will also be on hand to discuss newspaper retrofits and upgrades.

On the opening day of the show, Koenig & Bauer (US) will be presented with the prestigious Printing Industries of America (PIA) 2018 InterTech Technology Award for its Rapida LiveApp before an audience of industry leaders. The Rapida LiveApp, the first of its kind in the industry, was one of twelve of the 29 entries to be chosen to receive an InterTech Technology Award. It was deemed by the judges as meeting the award criteria of being truly innovative and expected to have a major impact on the graphic communications industry. The InterTech Technology Award will be presented during the 2018 Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Reception & Ceremony, Sept. 30 at the J.W. Marriott in Chicago during Print 18.

Koenig and Bauer demuestra el costo eficiencia del LED UV en impreso 4 x 4 de de gran formato

  • High-speed 4-over-4 printing using both reel stocks and piles on a Rapida 145
  • World premiere: LED-UV in large-format perfecting
  • Autonomous printing: 13 jobs in barely 70 minutes
  • Live info on important production parameters and performance indicators

At the beginning of September, Koenig & Bauer placed large-format sheetfed offset in the spotlight again in Radebeul. The latest customer event left packaging printing to one side, however, and instead shifted the focus onto highly efficient commercial production, web-to-print and online applications. The press on show was an eight-colour Rapida 145 with perfecting unit for 4-over-4 production. The highlights of this press included LED-UV dryers to enable immediate further processing, as a world premiere in large-format perfecting, a large-format reel sheeter of the latest Quantum generation, the high production speed of 15,000 sheets/hour in perfecting mode, and the autonomous printing of multiple jobs and job sections with ErgoTronic AutoRun.

Dirk Winkler, head of printing process technology at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul, took general and current demands of the print market such as fast makeready, low waste, ultimate quality and high outputs as the starting point for his presentation of automation solutions and unique features of the Rapida sheetfed offset presses specifically for the commercial and online market. These included the DriveTronic dedicated drive components which actually make simultaneous processes possible and thus contribute significantly to makeready reductions. The same can be said of the CleanTronic washing systems for optimised, parallel washing processes matched to each individual application. Fast, high-performance inline measuring and control systems (QualiTronic), a broad spectrum of VariDry dryers and end-to-end digital workflows are further key factors for extraordinarily cost-effective print processes.

Benefits of LED-UV production

Alongside general plus points such as fast further processing, improved print quality on uncoated papers, the elimination of odours and heat input into the substrate, waste and energy savings compared to other drying processes, reduced powder and coating consumption and less need for cleaning of the post-press machines, the LED-UV process offers further benefits particularly for perfector presses, for example:

  • Higher production speed
  • Elimination of the intermediate dryer tower which is otherwise necessary ahead of the perfecting unit
  • No danger of ink drying on the impression cylinders
  • No need for special ink-repellent jackets on the impression cylinders after perfecting
  • Minimised makeready times for frequent format changes
  • Optimum inline quality control as the QualiTronic ColorControl cameras can be placed in the ideal positions to scan both sides of the sheet

The eight-colour Rapida 145 in Radebeul was fitted with two LED-UV dryers, one above the storage drum of the perfecting unit and one in the swan neck of the delivery. It was also configured with a DriveTronic feeder, the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, and simultaneous plate changing using DriveTronic SPC and Plate Ident. CleanTronic Synchro (including CleanTronic UV) provided for parallel and thus ultra-fast washing processes.

Visitors to the special event in front of the demonstration press. A sheet from each of the 13 jobs can be seen on the gallery.

Flying job changes in practice

The print demonstrations began with the production of content pages for a magazine on 80 g/m2 paper. This paper was supplied on a reel and cut into sheets at the full production speed of 15,000 sheets per hour on the reel sheeter. Subsequently, the audience was able to witness fast conversion of the feeder for production using sheets from a pile, in preparation for printing of the magazine cover on 150 g/m2 glossy paper.

The next jobs were three sections of a cookery book, for which the substrate was changed yet again to a 115 g/m2 matt paper. The job changes between the individual sections were realised fully automatically in an AutoRun process. As a result, only 1.5 minutes passed between the last good sheet of the old job and the first good sheet of the new job. These jobs were followed by another cover on 200 g/m2 glossy paper and two sections of a travel guide on 135 g/m2 glossy paper.

The presentation was rounded off with a series of five jobs typically handled by an online printer. The first three were corridor-free gang formes with flyers requiring run lengths of just 300 copies each. Again making use of the AutoRun function, production was here so fast that the helper on the press had his work cut out to remove the old plates from the plate changers and to insert the new ones in time for the next change. The jobs also switched back and forth between formes with high and low ink coverages, illustrating one of the particular strengths of an LED-UV process when printing gang formes. To conclude, two further gang formes with business and greeting cards were printed on 350 g/m2 board. For these jobs, the printer disengaged three inking units at the press of a button, enabling 4/1 production to proceed with any delay for roller washing and without the need to apply roller oil in the unused units.

Live view of job data

The print demonstrations were about more than just live print production on the Rapida 145, however. On external monitors, the visitors were able to follow how press data were gathered in the production planning system LogoTronic Professional and transferred to the management information system (MIS). The LogoTronic cockpit displayed all important production parameters, and it could be seen, for example, that the net production output was still 13,000 sheets/hour despite the many job changes. All makeready times were documented and the OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) was calculated and displayed. The Koenig & Bauer specialists explained the JDF/JMF workflow and use of the MIS Optimus Dash in daily commercial and online print production.

Further presentations were devoted to data-driven Connected Services, Visual PressSupport and use of the Rapida LiveApps for decentralised press operation, maintenance, inventory management and consumables tracking.

The conclusion reached at the event: Assuming a corresponding job pool, the Rapida 145 perfector is an ideal means of production for both long runs and jobs requiring only 250 sheets. The high production speed permits the efficient processing of long runs, while fast job changes with AutoRun enable extremely economical production when short runs are the order of the day.