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Trelleborg Vulcan Aqueous blanket

What does it do?

The Vulcan Aqueous blanket is a metal-backed printing blanket for use on web presses involved in newspaper production, and is designed to reduce the low-quality ink transfer and poor registration of colours often associated with coldset printing, and to improve the press's efficiency. It is suitable for use with all conventional inks.

How does it work?

The new blanket features a unique chemical compound on the top layer, which manufacturer Trelleborg Printing Blankets says is more hydrophilic than typical rubber compounds. This chemical compound ensures that the blanket stays cleaner than conventional blankets, Trelleborg claims, because more ink and dust-repelling water stays on its surface. The company says that this means

MGi Meteor DP8700 XL

What is it?

The Meteor DP8700 XL is the latest member of the Meteor toner-based family of four-colour multi-substrate digital presses. The manufacturer says it has proved popular with customers worldwide including commercial printers, plastic card manufacturers, book printers and photo production facilities.

When was it launched?

MGi launched the Meteor DP8700 XL in June this year and debuted the machine at that month's Grafitec show in Paris. Since then, the French manufacturer has showcased the

EFI Fiery System 10

When was it launched?

EFI's Fiery System 10 was launched in August this year with the company calling it the "fastest, most robust" ever. The latest iteration has since been exhibited at shows such as Graph Expo in the US, integrated into EFI's product portfolio and recognised with several industry awards.

Who is the system targeted at?

The newest version of the Fiery digital front-end, which the company claims offers more accurate and consistent colour and improved variable data capabilities, is

Kodak Prinergy Connect & Insite PrePress (virtual version)

What does the software do?

The Insite Prepress Portal streamlines job submission, job-status tracking, online collaboration, and remote proofing and approval, automatically notifying both client and printer when a proof has been passed, for example. This information is then sent automatically to the Prinergy system which manages and drives both litho and digital devices cutting out production steps.

What is the 'virtual' edition?

Kodak has teamed up with virtualisation specialist VMware to