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Product of the Month

Canon imagePress C7010

Canon originally set out its Ipex agenda as being about applications and business development for customers, with Mark Lawn, Canon Europe professional print solutions marketing manager, stating prior to the show and shortly after the launch of its ImageRunner light production colour machines that: "We're not dominated by product launches, there's no need - we have a full portfolio. Customers are telling us that they need support and not endless product launches."

Come the show and Canon had a surprise: the imagePress 7010. It was a successor for the 7000, which had been launched to much fanfare as the firm's first production colour digital press four years previously at the last Ipex.

Lawn admits that the launch was "a bit of a sneaky

Kodak Prosper 5000XL

What at Drupa was the Stream Concept press, hidden behind a curtain and only visible to the privileged few, at Ipex was a reality that took centre stage on Kodak's stand - the Prosper 5000XL colour press.

At the heart of the Prosper is Kodak's Stream inkjet technology, in effect an evolution of the continuous inkjet that Kodak has been using for close to 40 years.

Kodak claims that continuous can fire droplets under higher pressure than drop-on-demand. This, it claims, prevents nozzle blockages

Oce ColorWave 600

It used to be easy if you wanted a workhorse roll-to-roll wide-format printer - you chose an eco/light/mid*-solvent machine (*pick preferred marketing term according to vendor) and off you went. But due to the increased environmental awareness - both in the print shop and in the shop, office or exhibition where the graphics are going to be used - and concern over how the graphics can be recycled after use, there has been a push for alternatives to solvent inkjet. The Oce ColorWave 600, along

Presstek 75DI

Since it was founded, Presstek's strategy has been built on making it easier to operate a printing press. Reduced run lengths and makeready times have driven the company's innovations and, as a result, Mark Sullivan, group product director for digital printing, says its products are akin to a "giant laser printer".

With its direct imaging (DI) technology, Presstek has been firmly in the B3 market for some time but, this year, the company has signalled its intention to take a step up. Its latest