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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 isn't labelling and Fespa. It's easy to be confused if you take a blinkered view of the market when considering this narrow-format machine.

Just as much as Fespa is about wide-format it is also, given its roots in screen printing, about decoration and

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

Heidelberg Eurobind Pro

With the Eurobind Pro, Heidelberg has entered into a new arena where it will find itself facing off against some unfamiliar foes. The 6,000 cycles per hour (cph) Eurobind fits into a niche that has historically been dominated by the likes of Muller Martini and Kolbus. From the outside, it would seem like a brave departure but it's one that the manufacturer is confident will pay off.

The Eurobind Pro model is the follow up to the 600, but it is around 50% faster than its predecessor thanks to its

Xerox Colour 550/560

If you took boxing as your guide, you would class Xerox's latest digital printer, the 550/560, as a featherweight or bantamweight as it sits below standard 'lightweight' production models.

Digital printers are defined by average monthly print volume (AMPV), the sweet spot for the number of A4 pages per month that the machine is built to produce during its life. Vendors will tweak the up-front price, the click charge and any servicing costs to reflect this figure. Give a lightweight machine