drupa Day 1: From Landa to HP
We did learn that the paper handling of the S10 (S for Sheet) press designed for folding carton production, was engineered by Komori, a company who knows about sheetfed carton presses. The S10 is looking at Beta launch in 2013, and we can tell by the print samples (which they display on the wall for all to see) that there is still some work to be done from an image streaking perspective. The image intensity and density of color seems to be very good but they freely admit there is still work to be done and will hold off pushing it into the market until these issues have been addressed. We will spend more time in the Landa booth over the next four days and continue to report what we see. We have yet to report on the Flexible Packaging press, so stay tuned!
From the Landa Booth we headed to the HP Press Conference. We felt a little bad for HP – particularly the Indigo division – as they have some HUGE news of their own which has been a bit overshadowed by the Landa announcements. We had the privilege to attend their Pre-Drupa event in March to get a sneak peak of the new press line (read about it here). We have dubbed the 0000 (or ought 4) the 10000 (no comas) a 20 by 30 inch sheet fed press, the 20000 off the same engine which is a web press for the Flexible Packaging market and the 30000 for the Folding Carton market. We will be spending time in their booth the next day or two, and we will report on the latest news in detail. Don’t worry, we won’t forget to review the label press innovations based on their current engine – that should peak your interest enough to tune in tomorrow!