By Gerry Mulvaney, European Sales Manager, Landa Digital Printing
Standing astride a Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press when it is printing is an exhilarating experience. The stream feeder is thundering at one end. At the other end, where I was positioned between the inline coater and the dryer unit, full sized B1 (41 in.) prints were stacking onto the delivery pile, each one full of vibrant colour and each one different from its predecessor in a way that only digital printing can deliver.
Gerry standing astride a Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press
between the inline coater and the dryer unit
I was in the main factory of Landa Digital Printing in Rehovot in late November, and seeing with my own eyes the work of the R & D teams in getting the Landa S10 ready for commercialisation. The press I was watching print is the first one of the Landa S10 units to be commissioned. There are two more under construction in the production area, but the first one is sitting in the main R & D testing area.
While the main interest of visitors is the sheets coming off the press onto the delivery pile, there are a lot of other areas receiving attention by the team responsible for the development of the Landa S10 press. Komori engineers are in evidence ensuring that the material transport system that they have provided is working to specification. The collection of feeders, cylinders, coater and dryer is a standard mechanical train found on a Komori press. Marrying it to the Landa Nanographic Printing® system requires highly skilled press engineers.
Seeing (Stunning B1 Print Quality) is Believing!
The covers of course are off as the press is in a testing phase, so the opportunity to see the whole operation is too good to miss. The main Landa blanket is in view passing under each ink ejectors in turn receiving the relevant colour separation. The composite image is built up layer upon layer on the blanket and as the heated blanket passes along to the impression cylinder, the NanoInk® layer is dried to prepare it for transfer. Coming into contact with the paper on the impression cylinder the whole image is transferred in front of your eyes leaving a clean blanket ready to pass under the ink ejectors again.
Our two regional sales experts proudly displaying Landa’s latest print quality achievements
(L to R: Gerry Mulvaney, Europe; B1/41 in. sample; Kristof Dekeukelaere, North America)
It is difficult to describe the excitement that even this cynical old salesman experienced, when you see the full sized printed B1 (41 in.) sheet emerge onto the delivery stack. The image quality is stunning, the detail precise and the colours so vibrant they leap out at you. Of course for the team of engineers working on the press it’s something they are seeing now on a daily basis but even they can share some of the excitement as Benny Landa’s vision takes shape in front of their eyes.
In 2015 that excitement is going to be shared with customers who are going to be the first beta test sites in Israel, Germany, the UK and the USA as they come to see the press printing their own work and media. There’s always been something about a press hall that I have loved and the Landa S10 is going to add to that passion in future.