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It's a "dry" heat in Las Vegas
The news at PMA 08 regarding retail lab equipment was definitely the trend toward nonsilver-halide retail printing technologies. Thermal and inkjet were the leading entries in the category.
Noritsu America Corp. , Buena Park, Calif., debuted the new D701, a retail inkjet photo printer, offering a wide variety of print sizes. In addition to standard 4-by-6-inch prints, the D701 can produce new photo revenue opportunities through items such as calendars, photo cards, locker prints, and posters up to 10-by-36 inches. The D701 utilizes a new inkjet technology to improve the dye-ink process to provide sharp detail and brilliant colors, while producing long-lasting prints. The D701 takes up only 4.6 square feet of space, and two D701 printers can be stacked together. Other features include an order sorter, organizing print orders for improved productivity, and the ability to switch between sheet and roll-fed paper, enabling the printer to handle a variety of print jobs for greater revenue opportunities. The D701 works well as the printing element of a complete photo solution, providing retailers with an easy-to-deploy in-store print solution that has connectivity to third-party kiosks from companies such as Lucidiom, Whitech, and LifePics, the company claims.
HP Co. , San Diego, Calif., has two entries in the "dry lab" market. The company says the ML1000 Minilab printer is its most advanced dry inkjet retail photo printing system. Optimized for speed, photo quality and high volume, the ML1000 Minilab retail photo printing solution delivers lab-quality 4-by-6 inch photos at a rate of 1,500 prints per hour and offers 15 different print sizes in finishes of gloss and matte up to 12-by-18 inches. The ML1000 performance on other prints sizes features a fast 750 prints per hour for 5-by-7-inch prints. The lab includes a 16-bin order management system; an additional enlargement output bin; and backprinting, enabling maximum operator productivity. Twelve redundant high-capacity ink supplies for it six-color inkjet printing system, with automatic switch-over, maximizes utilization and minimizes replenishment cycles.
HP also introduced HP Photosmart PM2000e printing system, an inkjet-based printing system designed with printheads that span the width of the paper. In other words, the photo media moves, not the printhead. The result is more accurate ink-drop placement and breathtaking print speeds for amazing photos -- fast, the company says. The order management system is capable of holding up to 18 orders (80 prints per bin) without needing operator intervention, and offers a new backprinting capability for optimal retailer productivity. The PM2000e performance is capable of producing sustained fast 5 second 4-by-6-inch prints and 12 second 5-by-7-inch photos.
Fujifilm U.S.A. Inc. , Valhalla, N.Y., announced the Fujifilm Frontier Dry Minilab 400 for dry photo lab operations. Featuring an inkjet print engine from Epson, the Frontier Dry Minilab 400 incorporates the new Fujifilm Frontier Workflow Management Software "MS," featuring its Image Intelligence.
According to Fujifilm, the Frontier Dry Minilab 400 can be customized with accessories, such as a print sorter to separate customer orders. The Frontier Dry Minilab 400 sorter option automatically stacks customer orders and holds up to eight orders of 5-by-7-inch prints. Enlargements are put into a separate output tray. Plus, the backprinter identifies customer order numbers and includes print correction values that allow for customized printing on the back of photos. In addition to handling retail customers' digital image orders for prints, the Frontier Dry Minilab 400 is fully integrated with a high-speed film scanning solution, the Frontier SP500 Scanner, as an option.
As an added benefit to retailers, the Frontier Dry Minilab 400 can integrate into a photofinisher's existing Frontier system, the company says. With this announcement, Fujifilm reaffirms its commitment to the photofinishing market by providing software that is efficient and produces high-quality Fujifilm prints. The new Frontier Workflow Management Software "MS" supports all Frontier printers, including the new Frontier Dry Minilab 400, and incorporates Frontier Manager functionality and features. With this software, the Frontier operator is able to scan film while the system processes digital orders from multiple sources. The print queue continues accepting orders from the scanner, Frontier PIC, and GetPix Kiosks utilizing the new GetPix Kiosk Software "TS" release, and the Fujifilm Get the Picture Online Service. The software then analyzes the orders, assigns priorities based on customer requirements, stores orders in a print queue, and schedules printing to meet individual order deadlines.
The Rochester, N.Y.-based Eastman Kodak Co. entry in the "dry lab" category is the Kodak Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX) system, which is a thermal dye-sublimation system. The company claims the APEX system can be connected to as many as 13 Kodak order stations, as well as other output devices. Kodak claims the printer has simplified user interface, which reduces staff training, plus has a modular design to allow for expansion.
The APEX system also allows for the connection to wide-format inkjet and color laser printers from non-Kodak manufacturers, to expand services.
Kodak has also changed the thermal media itself. Prints can be made with two finishes -- glossy or satin -- from the same media SKU. The retailer can also configure the printer to print metadata -- such as a date stamp or order number -- inconspicuously on the front of the print.
Look to all the PMA 08 product news and trends at the PMA 08 Daily Newsline.
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