Landa Corporation has revealed the details of its Landa Nanographic Printing presses, aimed at mainstream commercial, packaging and publishing markets. With output speeds comparable to offset presses and employing NanoInk colorants that create unprecedented image qualities.
Landa Founder, chairman and CEO Benny Landa said: ‘Nanography is a new technology for applying ink to paper. In developing Landa Nanographic Printing we had to rethink and reinvent the printing press. The result is digital printing with remarkable performance – from a family of presses that share stunning ergonomic design, a small footprint and some of the most advanced user functionality available in the market.’
At drupa 2012, Landa is unveiling a family of six Nanographic Printing presses – three sheetfed and three web presses – that enable print providers to produce short-to-medium run lengths.
Each of the three sheetfed presses can print in up to eight colors and can use spot and specialty colors for a range of applications including general commercial printing, marketing collateral, medium-run books and manuals, direct mail and short-run folding cartons:
• The Landa S5 Nanographic Printing press is a B3 (20in) entry-level press which can print single-side at speeds of up to 11,000 SPH on any off-the-shelf media (60-350 gsm).
• The Landa S7 Nanographic Printing press is a B2 (29in) digital production press capable of single- or double-sided printing at speeds of up to 12,000 SPH on any off-the-shelf media (60-350 gsm).
• The Landa S10 Nanographic Printing press is claimed to be the market’s first B1 (41in) digital production press. It is able to print single-side or double-side at up to 13,000 SPH on any off-the-shelf stock (60-400 gsm). A straight printing (simplex) model for folding carton operates at up to 6,500 SPH on virgin and recycled carton board, metalized stock (200-1000 micron thickness) and plastic foils.
The three web presses can print in up to eight colors and are aimed at commercial printing, publishing, labels and flexible packaging:
• The Landa W5 Nanographic Printing press is a 560 mm (22in) web width press capable of single-sided printing at up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min) on plastic films and shrink sleeves (12 to 250 microns) and on label stocks, tube stocks, aluminum foil and paper (50 to 300 microns).
• The Landa W10 Nanographic Printing press is a 1,020 mm (40in) web width press, capable of single-sided printing at up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min) on film stock (12-250 microns) and on paper (50-300 microns). As Landa NanoInk will be FDA-compliant for food packaging, the W10 should be of interest to mainstream packaging converters.
• The Landa W50 Nanographic Printing press is a 560 mm (22in) web width press for high-volume digital production and is capable of double-sided printing at up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min) on any coated or uncoated paper (40-300 gsm). It is suited to publishing books, magazines, periodicals, annual reports, journals, directories, manuals, direct mail with personalization and versioning and more.
‘Landa Nanographic Printing presses are intended not to replace offset printing, but to complement it. For the foreseeable future, offset printing will continue to be the preferred method for producing run lengths of tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands,’ said Benny Landa. ‘But the market is demanding shorter and shorter run lengths – and that's where Nanography comes in – to enable print service providers to produce those short to medium run lengths economically – at offset speeds. That's what we mean when we say that Landa Nanographic Printing brings digital to the mainstream.’
Graphic user interface
The presses feature the Landa Touchscreen, an oversized user interface said to enable even an untrained operator to master the press quickly. Press controls appear both on the left and right sides of the screen to allow operation from either the feeder or delivery end of the press.
The right side of the display is dedicated to job management. Here, the operator can easily organize the optimum job sequences for maximum press utilization aided by one of the many built-in job management tools. The left side of the touchscreen is dedicated to press functions. Real time graphics show the status of all press functions and stream live video images of each of the key stations including sheet feeding, image transfer and sheet delivery. Every function, such as ink levels, paper supply and operational status, are clearly displayed.
Due to the high degree of automation on Landa Nanographic Printing presses, a single operator can manage two, three or even four presses at a time, says the company. When the operator leaves the press, the display switches to Vital Signs Mode, in which key indicators are presented in large fonts that can be easily read from 50 meters away. In addition, the entire user interface is duplicated on a portable touchscreen tablet that can be magnetically attached to the press at any convenient location.
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