Product of the Month

KBA Rapida 75E

KBA hopes to make more headway in the hotly contested B2 market with the latest version of its Rapida range, the Rapida 75E.

Originally launched at Drupa 2008 in a relatively basic configuration, and with a top speed of 15,000sph, KBA chose the next big international exhibition to take the wraps off the revamped version. At Ipex it showed the 75E under a banner that proclaimed it to be 'the energy-saving champion' and to provide 'the best value in its class'.

KBA says the 'E' stands for both economy and ecology. The Ipex machine was fitted with a special display that showed how much electricity was being used during demonstrations, evidence of how keen KBA is to highlight the amount of power required by the machine; the company claims this

Pantone Capsure

Printers have had digital tools to control colour for more than a decade now, with spectrophotometers or on-console scanning systems essential in colour managed workflows.

Designers and print buyers, on the other hand, while they may use some tools for calibrating monitors and possibly proofers, have had less in the way of digital aids in their part of the workflow - selecting and specifying colour. With the rise of cross-media campaigns, they need to match colour on screen, in print and often

HP Scitex LX800

HP set the cat among the pigeons when it launched its latex technology two years ago with claims that it offered a 'win-win-win-win' with good environmental credentials, high image quality, productivity and wide substrate and application flexibility. The LX800, a 3.2m-wide, roll-to-roll machine, is the third generation to use latex, pushing it up further into the industrial space and challenging solvent and UV-cured machines. The first latex machine, the Designjet LS65500, a 2.6m-wide

Agfa Jeti Aquajet 3324

Fabric printing is an area at the top of the list of interest in the wide-format world. According to Fespa's latest state-of-the-industry World Wide Survey, published this summer, 42% of respondents were considering investing in a machine capable of printing onto fabric, and fabrics also topped their list of substrates of interest. The statistics were also backed up anecdotally by the printers trawling the aisles of Fespa Munich back in June, with most quizzed saying fabrics and fabric printers