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PUR…What is it and why should I care?

PUR…What Is It and Why Should I Care?

PUR StrengthSuperior binding strength and lay-flat documents

Polyurethane Reactive, commonly referred to as PUR, is a polyurethane-based adhesive that is attracting popular attention due to superior binding strength, flexibility and eco-friendly nature.

Growing Demand

There is a growing demand for digital color book binding, with much of the imaging being done on high gloss paper stock. Conventional EVA hot-melt glue has difficulty creating a strong bind on coated stocks and generaly has poor lay-flat qualities. However, PUR hot-melt glue can provide superior bind strength and lay-flat of offset and digitally-imaged sheets printed on a wide range of coated stocks.

PUR bound books also outperform their EVA counterparts in their ability to maintain integrity of the bind under extreme temperatures, from – 4° to 248° F for PUR versus 32° to 140° F for EVA. What does all this mean? For example, an EVA-bound snowmobile user manual might become brittle in winter, while pages might fall out of a car manual that’s been baking in a glovebox during the heat of summer.

Superior Binding Strength

PUR also provides superior binding strength versus EVA adhesives, and has page-pull and page flex ratings that can be 40 to 60% higher. Uncured PUR is thermoplastic in nature; it reacts with the moisture in the air and within the paper stock to create a strong cross-linking bind that is resistive to re-melting. PUR is applied in a much thinner layer, so usage per book is less than EVA. The thin application and flexible nature of cured PUR enables books to open more easily to the gutter and lay flatter, preventing the book or pages from turning or closing prematurely. PUR is less affected by the wide variety of inks, varnishes, oils and solvents that can migrate into the glue line and cause EVA adhesives to fail. Additionally, PUR will create a superior bind on certain substrates such as coated stocks, photographic papers, recycled stocks, crossgrained stocks, acetates, and digitally imaged stocks. Although most PUR adhesives are very versatile, it is always best to discuss your applications and binding system with your adhesive supplier to insure that you are using the right adhesive for the best results.

Environmentally Friendly

PUR scores points in terms of environmental friendliness too. PUR-bound books are fully recyclable, whereas EVA glue must be separated from the paper. Energy conservation is another plus, since PUR is applied at 248° F whereas many EVA hot-melts are applied at higher temperatures. If there is a drawback to PUR versus EVA, it is that the books generally require a longer cure time prior to three-knife trimming or\handling of the books for operations such as casing-in and packaging. EVA sets-up very quickly, so books can be trimmed and shipped almost immediately after binding. Many of today’s PUR products will set sufficiently for trimming in a matter of minutes, but full cure time will vary widely depending upon a number of factors such as: binding substrates, book thickness, available moisture in the air and paper stock, as well as the specific adhesive being used. However if you are looking for a stronger, more flexible bind on a wide range of substrates, PUR just might be the answer.

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Why visit CET Color at SGIA 2017?

Why visit CET Color at SGIA 2017?

The time is fast approaching for the 2017 SGIA Expo! We invite you to come out and join CET Color as they demonstrate their award winning UV printers, the K2 and Q5 Series, along with the all new ‘Andes Cutter’. We will be located at the Booth 119 and, along with our product representatives and technicians, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and see our products in action.

This year’s event will be held in New Orleans, LA at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, playing host to hundreds of exhibitors who will be demonstrating all of their latest technology and work. With more than 40 classes and educational opportunities there won’t be a moment where you aren’t able to gain an in-depth understanding of the industry and how best to continue to grow your business.  In addition there will be several competitions which will award the industries highest honors: the SGIA Golden Image Awards for printers, the Tom Frecska Student Award for students and the Product of the Year Award for supplier.

There is still time to register, so join with us and your colleagues to experience the best products and work in the industry. For a free registration, please click here!


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MBM & Lytrod Launch New Solution

Intellicut from Lytrod & MBM

MBM & Lytrod Launch New Solution

MBM & Lytrod at PRINT 17

MBM and Lytrod will launch a ground breaking Aerocut and Intellicut Solution on September 1, 2017. The new Intellicut Software from Lytrod offers Aerocut end users a consolidated and comprehensive document design and Aerocut device management workflow. See the Press Release attached here for more details.

MBM and Lytrod will be at PRINT 17, visit our booths for a demonstration of the new solution, MBM booth 2644 & Lytrod Software booth 126. For those who don’t make it to PRINT 17, Lytrod Software will be reaching out to MBM Aerocut Dealers to schedule a webinar and to demonstrate the latest in digital finishing automation.


Press Release: MBM & Lytrod Software Deliver New Solution to Help Businesses Automate Digital Finishing

MBM Corporation and Lytrod Software are excited to announce a new solution to optimize the MBM Aerocut workflow. Lytrod Intellicut software is the premier slitter/cutter/creaser document design and device management tool, with total support for Aerocut print file creation of both standard and custom template types. Utilizing the Intellicut proprietary Smart Layout Assistant™ technology, custom templates are guaranteed to automatically meet the MBM Aerocut Velocity and Prime layout guidelines and users can send automatically calculated template settings directly to the Aerocut through a network connection.

Beginning September 1st, MBM Aerocut Velocity and Prime Digital Finishing Systems will ship with Lytrod Intellicut software. Intellicut software is designed for non-technical staff with an intuitive user interface that requires little training. To get a fast start, Lytrod will provide end users a one-on-one live webinar tutorial of how Intellicut will work specifically for their business needs.

Intellicut looks to make an immediate impact on a business’s bottom-line, increasing document staging efficiency and eliminating risk of costly errors. With Intellicut, users can impose, design, address, and barcode print files in the most optimal way specifically for the Aerocut while having the software assist with machine template programming. The new solution will automate digital finishing workflows to help businesses increase capacity, reduce waste and errors, and offer a centralized production process for the print shop.


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Baumfolder at PRINT 2017

Baumfolder at PRINT 2017

Baumfolder Show PictureCome visit Baumfolder at Print 2017 booth #1568. Baumfolder’s booth will provide a customer meeting place to speak with equipment specialist, to help answer any questions you may have.

Get all the information and help needed to select the best Baumfolder Solution for your application. While you are at the show be sure to check out Baum’s folding, feeding and stacking equipment:

  • Baum 714XLT Table Top Paper Folder
  • Baum 20 Floor Model Paper Folder
  • Baum 20 IPF Independent Deep Pile Feeder
  • Baum 20 RCS Receding Delivery Stacker

Baumfolder continues to provide the best post press equipment in the world. Baumfolder will also be providing information on their latest solutions in the order fulfillment and E-commerce industry.

About Baumfolder

Baumfolder Corporation is a leading producer of equipment for post-press bindery, finishing equipment, mailing equipment products and contract assembly. Almost a century of experience keeps us at the forefront of our industry. Our many years in business and having shipped over 100,000 systems give Baumfolder unprecedented insight into achieving customer satisfaction.

Product portfolio includes tabletop folders, floor model folders, perf/score/slitting equipment, deliveries/stackers/transports, independent feeders, loaders, stitchers, presses, cutters, and drills. Click here for additional finishing solutions from Baumfolder >>>


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Andes Flatbed Cutter Auto-Load System

Andes Flatbed Cutter Auto-Load System

CET Color’s NEW 5′ x 10′ Andes flatbed cutter features a multi-functional head for quick tool changing. Available functions include oscillating, creasing, cutting, drawing, kiss cutting, routing, V-cutting, rotary cutting for fabric, and foam oscillating. The machine is compatible with materials such as Dibond, and more.

The Andes flatbed cutter also features an automated conveyor system that places sheets in position from the NEW Auto-Loader. Check out the video above or see additional Andes flatbed cutter features/options below:

  • New auto-load system now available
  • Six vacuum zones
  • LCD touchscreen
  • Maximum speed of 47″ per minute
  • Multi-functional head
  • Cutting thickness up to 2.36″
  • Conveyor system for ease of material removal and increased productivity
  • Custom configuration options are available
  • Vision registration and camera included
  • and much more!

Produce high quality results consistently and efficiently with the NEW Andes flatbed cutter. Custom configurations are available, ask your account executive for additional information or visit us online. Download your copy of the Andes brochure right here >>>


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Get spot color matching right with Navigator Northstar

navigator-northstar-bannerGet spot color matching right with Navigator Northstar


Navigator Northstar is a Harlequin RIP and workflow package designed to “bolt on” to color printers lacking workflow tools and robust color correction capabilities. An alternative to print drivers or down-market RIPs, Navigator Northstar brings the professional level of color adjustment and control necessary to use these printers in a production environment where the final product (printed material) is sold.

What is Navigator Northstar?

Navigator Northstar combines a Navigator RIP, a two-client/one RIP workflow license, and a plug-in that will drive many Memjet-based printers, or the OKI 931/941 models.

The Navigator RIP communicates with the output device through a network connection, which means the printer can be physically located anywhere it’s convenient to the user. Since the workflow client software is compatible Mac or PC, the printer can be controlled from anywhere on the network.

Jobs are submitted to the RIP through the workflow’s drag-and-drop interface where the operator has an opportunity to select standard printing options such as rotation, copy count, halftone screening, and calibration.

However, Northstar deviates from the standard printer driver control by incorporating a professional color management tool which allows the operator to visually match spot colors on each individual job and adjust the color based on a series of printable swatches. The adjustments can be added to a library and used later (should the job repeat), or even on new jobs containing that particular color. Color accuracy can be achieved through built-in paper profiles, custom color profiles generated by the user, a global color change tool, or through a unique spot color matching routine that allows the user to visually adjust color accuracy on a job-by-job basis.

Integration:

Navigator Northstar supports a number of printers that incorporate Memjet’s Northstar print head. A separate plug-in will also support the OKI 931/941 series of toner-based printers.

Printers who have already purchased an OKI 931/941 can add Navigator Northstar to instantly improve color accuracy and fidelity.


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CET Color Announces New Roll-to-Roll Printer

CET Color Announces New Roll-to-Roll Printer

CET Color Roll-to-Roll Wide Format PrinterAtlanta, Georgia, USA; May 2017 – CET Color – a manufacturer of wide-format UV flatbed and hybrid printers, announces the latest in their line of equipment. The 3200UVRTR printer is a 126″ roll-to-roll UV printer which has 2 Kyocera print heads and can boast up to 4. The unit has the capability of C, Y, M, K, Lc, Lm and WW; this unit supports Onyx or Caldera RIP software.

This 3200UVRTR is able to print on various substrates including backlits, banners, mesh, vinyl and etc. This unit also features a built in light source so you can back light your material before it goes to the take up reel, making this unit leading edge technology for the UV market.

Javier Mahmoud, CET Color Vice President of Sales and Marketing, says, “the market demand feedback from our dealers has been very strong on a roll-to-roll UV solution. We are very proud to announce this 126″ roll-to-roll UV that has the capability of printing dual rolls of media at the same time.”

CET Color offers a complete line of wide format UV printers, as well as recently introduced flatbed cutter, for use on a broad range of substrates. Their 80,000 square-foot facility, located in Atlanta, GA, includes an extensive warehouse and printer assembly hall, in addition to a large demonstration center.

CET Color
4450 Commerce Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30336


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Save Ink, Save Paper…Save Trees with KeySetter

Xitron KeySetter

Save Ink, Save Paper…Save Trees with KeySetter

In many printing companies, the digital workflow stops with plate imaging and in most shops, there is still a gap between the prepress workflow and the controls in the pressroom. Unfortunately, this means that the valuable capability to leverage prepress output data in order
to preset ink keys on-press remains unused. Existing proprietary connections often come with high investment costs so there is little incentive for many small to mid-sized companies to invest in the opportunity to achieve significant savings, better efficiency and greater quality. And because it minimizes waste… it saves trees!

The objective of the ink presetting system is to achieve uniform target density across the print as quickly as possible after startup. Xitron offers 3 different options, independent of the press manufacturer, for your customer:

  • CIP3 is a great addition to any prepress environment. CIP3 saves time and money by presetting the ink keys on press. Save labor, ink and paper all through one software solution. CIP3 saves wasted time by analyzing the same data used for printing plates and then shares that information with the press control system. (Requires a Xitron RIP or Workflow)
  • Automate ink key settings. Xitron’s KeySetter line has two product versions that are both designed to provide improvements to the pressroom’s efficiency by communicating ink coverage data directly to the press, reducing make-ready time and materials waste. Less time is spent getting up to color, which means more time printing. Available as a direct connection to the press, a console-compatible data file or a printed graphic chart, KeySetter can reduce your make-ready an average of 20-50% which increases your operating profit.
  • Xitron’s Ryobi Ink Saver package is designed to replace Ryobi’s Ink Volume Setter software, which reached end-of-life status several years ago. A low cost replacement for IVS users, Xitron’s Ryobi Ink Saver (RIS) creates ink key data in the format required by Ryobi presses. Similar in functionality to the industry standard CIP 3 PPF (print production file) format, RIS creates .DEM files that the Ryobi console understands and uses to preset ink keys prior to a press run. RIS is based on the Keysetter Pro platform and supports output to supported presses through a network connection or floppy disk exchange. Along with the .DEM files, a job thumbnail (preview) is also created and supplied to the press.

Click here to learn more about Xitron’s workflow and RIP solutions >>>


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Xitron Celebrates 40th Year

Xitron Celebrates 40th AnniversaryXitron Celebrates 40th Year as Provider of Prepress Independence

RIP, workflow, and interface developer reflects on history while charting future contributions to printing industry

Xitron, the leading independent developer of RIP and workflow products for commercial, digital, and high-speed inkjet printing has passed a milestone, now celebrating 40 years as a provider of prepress hardware and software to the printing industry. Xitron’s first products were “blue box” interfaces between newspaper editorial systems and high-speed laser imagesetters, first brought to market in 1977.

“Back then, our job was to provide technological independence to newspapers, allowing them to choose their editorial systems separately from their output systems,” said Karen Crews, President of Xitron. “As we mark our 40th year in the print industry, we continue to develop RIPs, workflow software, and hardware interfaces for commercial, newspaper, in-plant, flexo, screen printing, and high-speed digital output devices without binding our customers to any single vendor.”

Xitron’s business model has allowed them to place nearly 35,000 RIPs and over 20,000 CTP and imagesetter interfaces in printing companies on every continent. From Papua, New Guinea to Plainview, New York; Anchorage, Alaska to Cape Town, South Africa; Xitron continues to drive almost every output device used in print production today.

“This achievement really speaks to Xitron’s commitment of independence when it comes to a user’s prepress choices,” said Gary Fry, CEO of Global Graphics, authors of the Harlequin RIP. “Xitron has been a development partner since 1992, and, coincidentally, our anniversary with Xitron is a milestone in and of itself,” he continued. “We plan to honor our 25 year association with Xitron by presenting them with a special Silver Partner award at Print 2017 later this year.”

In advance of Print’s return to Chicago this September, several new products that build on Xitron’s commercial catalog are slated for release. Included in the line-up are Raster Blaster 4.0, which is an intelligent TIFF catcher for all supported CTP devices; B3, a new network-based interface that doesn’t require a computer platform; and a very economical USB/SCSI interface for legacy Fujifilm platesetters that (until now) could not be upgraded beyond Windows XP operating systems.

An upgrade to Xitron’s Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE)-based Sierra workflow is also planned, in cooperation with their Adobe development partner, FFEI, Ltd. “Xitron and FFEI have a relationship that began in 1999 with the Xenith workflow,” said Andy Cook, Managing Director of FFEI. “We’ve continued to work together through the introduction of Sierra using the Mercury RIP architecture introduced in APPE 3, with which Xitron has significantly impacted the high-end workflow market in the US.”

While continuing their successful approach of delivering alternative RIP and interface strategies to the commercial market, recent innovation in print technology has required Ms. Crews to keep one eye focused beyond traditional printing. This has fostered the development of color matching workflow software designed specifically for the needs of high-speed inkjet press manufacturers around the world.

“Staying relevant in a market whose technology moves as quickly as ours is not easy,” said Len Lauer, President and CEO of Xitron’s inkjet technology partner Memjet. “And yet, here they are, developing remarkable color RIP and workflow software for over half of Memjet’s OEMs. We’re looking forward to sustained expansion of this market with Xitron.”

“This is a very exciting time for Xitron and I have to thank our worldwide dealer organization and OEM customers for their contributions.” said Crews. “While being firmly entrenched in the traditional print landscape, we also have clear vision of the technological future of our products. Forty years of development have provided us with an excellent foundation to move forward with this industry.”

Driving CTP devices from Agfa, ECRM, Creo, Kodak, Presstek, Heidelberg, Fuji, and Screen, Xitron helps customers who want to maximize their investments by extending the life of their prepress systems. View Xitron products here!

Xitron Media Contact
Brett Farrah
xitron.com


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Pamarco launches new ‘Fidelity’ water rollers

Pamarco launches new ‘Fidelity’ water rollers

Written By Bill Ford

After a year in development, we have created a product that we believe will surpass everything else on the market. But rather than tell you ourselves, we decided to share some feedback that we got from a happy customer. Here’s what Jeff Satterfield, of Highland Computer Forms, has to say about his ‘Fidelity’ experience:

In Terms of the Hype

“I just want you to know that the Pamarco rollers that were sent to me for testing have lived up to everything you said they would do in regards to performance. Through the education classes that Carmon Madison presented to my staff, our roller performance improved with the old compound so much that when you said that we would see an even better performance from the new compound – well, to be totally honest, I thought it was just a sales pitch. Boy was I off base.”

In Terms of the Performance

“It was an immediate change in the ink train, we needed to reduce our water speed (as you said would happen) because the plates were getting way too much water. The water speed was reduced from plus 19 to plus 7. We also were able to reduce our ink speeds by 5 numbers as well. The ink transfer is super with these rollers, so much so that we run all of our heavy solids on this unit with little to no problems whatsoever.”

And an Added Benefit

“Now that we have had several months using the rollers, we have noticed some other benefits. Our chrome rollers and pan rollers are staying so much cleaner on this unit when compared to any other units on the press. We installed the test compound rollers on 8/21/16, and they are performing just as good today, 3/7/17, as they did on day one.”

In Summary

“They are amazing.”

Thanks to Jeff and his team at Highland Computer Forms for partnering with us and for really putting Fidelity through its paces. We are looking forward to many more happy customers as we roll Fidelity out.

Read more articles from Bill Ford here >>>


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