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Canon DreamLabo 5000

When was the machine launched and what market is aimed at?

Canon's DreamLabo 5000 was premiered at a glitzy event in Germany earlier this month, but it won't be commercially available in Europe until early 2012. It's aimed at what Canon describes as "wholesale photo finishers" looking to switch from silver halide technology to digital, but the company is keen to highlight its commercial applications. "There's no doubt that if you have a digital press and you're looking to bolster that with premium quality, then the DreamLabo is totally appropriate," says Chris Gould, director of production photo printing at Canon Europe.

How does it work?

The DreamLabo uses Canon's thermal Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) technology

Autobond Mini 36 TPM SUV

When was the machine launched?

The Autobond Mini 36 TPM SUV laminator and spot UV varnisher was announced at Ipex 2010. Unfortunately, the machine wasn't quite ready, so joint managing director John Gilmore decided not to take it to the show. "I've seen plenty of machines at shows that haven't been fully tested, and I didn't want to make the same mistake," he says. "Spot UV varnishing is a new technology for us, so we wanted to get it right." However, Gilmore says news of the machine caused such

Atlantic Zeiser Gamma 70 2011-07-01 889

Fespa exhibitions are normally thought of as being exclusively wide-format events, and even the most Lilliputian printer wouldn't describe something with a maximum print width of 70.5mm as wide-format. So you might question the wisdom of Atlantic Zeiser taking the wraps off its latest machine, the Gamma 70, at Fespa Digital, and again showing it at Fespa Munich in June.

However, that misses the point about the Gamma 70 which the firm also showed at LabelExpo, even though its primary market

X-Rite PrintCheck

Colour standards, in particular ISO 12647-2, are increasingly important as the print supply chain seeks to improve consistency and take costs out of the production process. As a result, a number of tools have sprung up to support the standard in recent years.

The first packages were developed in the UK by small, innovative colour specialists, such as Bodoni Systems and Mellow Colour. When X-Rite, the biggest colour specialist firm in the business, announced at Ipex that it was launching