The main tendencies in the past 2017 were development of ink jet technologies for industrial use and as a result interest for flexible digital solutions in postpress.
These tendencies are closely connected with the actual requests in the modern market: effective production on short runs, automatization, shortened time for readjustment, high quality of the end product.
Innovative business solutions for digital printing were in the center of attention. and some of them were presented by our partners at Hunkeler Innovation Days 2017 in Switzerland.
The Truepress Jet520HD high-definition inkjet web press delivers realistic images that expand the boundaries of inkjet printing. With its 1,200 dpi true resolution and precise droplet size control, the Truepress Jet520HD achieves the colours, textures, details and solid ink areas expected for high-end publication and commercial work.
The Truepress Jet520NX combines functionality and performance for this bold new era of printing now underway. The Truepress Jet520NX features a head-of-the-class five-inch printhead module that delivers unprecedented quality (up to 600 x 1200 dpi resolution) and a maximum speed of up to 150 meters per minute.
Universe Sewing Web-Fed, solution for digital book production when quality is a must. The sheet feeding speed reaches up to 500 A4 sheets/min. while the sewing speed up to 10.000 cycles/h (with signature feeder).
Inline enables multiple forms of finishing for hard or soft cover books, handling either sewn or perfect bound blocks.
HD-HD 143 was developed especially for digital manufactured printed products and is characterized by a new technology with dynamic adjustable axes and two separate cutting cells. With this method to produce, customers can manufacture their individual products one after the other, fully automated and without any changeovers. Digital KOLBUS Bookjet® production line is a solution for photo books production and books on demand: web folder WF 100, perfect binder KM 200, casemakers DA 260 and DA 270, casing-in machine EMP 513, and book production lines BF 513 и BF 530.
In 2017 our partners Screen, Meccanotecnica, Kolbus, MBO and the others carried out very important installations around the world. Print Group, the leading digital book printer in Poland, has installed a Screen Truepress Jet520HD high-speed roll-fed inkjet press with Screen’s new SC inks at its Booksfactory site in Szczecin. The addition will enhance turnaround times for full colour high-definition book printing, as well as allowing the business to take on larger volumes as customer demand grows. Print Group has long been committed to digital book production, and previously installed the first Screen Truepress Jet 520EX Mono in Europe for black and white production in 2013. Print Group is also the first company to invest in the 520HD with SC ink. Screen’s new versatile inkjet SC inks will enable Print Group to leverage the benefits of inkjet whilst continuing to use their existing standard uncoated papers. The innovative SC inks do not require any pre-treatment or post coating, enabling printing on coated papers as well. The inks are currently available only on the Truepress Jet520HD press.
SIKO Group has also implemented a number of important projects. In the digital segment it was a contract with NetPrint located in Moscow for a casemaker DA 270 with specification for photo books production. The new machine will be a good addition to the casemaker DA 260 that the company has been using since 2013.
The interest for traditional bookbinding still remains. Several installations in 2017 prove this fact:
*the book sewing machine asterEVO from Meccanotecnica at Ulyanovskiy Printing House, a subsidiary of the state joint-stock company “The First Exemplary Printing House;
*the book production line BF 530 & casemaker DA 270 from Kolbus at Tverskoy subsidiary of the publicly owned joint-stock company «Izdatelstvo «Vysshaya shkola»;
*for the beginning of 2018 the installation of a perfect binder KM 610.A with speed 8 000 cycles/hour from Kolbus is planned in the joint-stock company «Kostroma».
One more significant project was installation of the folding machine Herzog+Heymann KL 45 in «Palladio BNM» Obninsk.
Summarizing all our projects in 2017 and the situation in the market, the year has been really positive and successful for the industry generally and for our company. We are absolutely sure that 2018 will be no less remarkable. We will continue to strengthen our business in all directions. We will develop our relations with the existing partners and we are open to new cooperation.