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Nanography® vs. Digital Printing

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | By Bob Boucher

You wouldn’t be faulted entirely for thinking of Nanography® as just another type of digital press technology. It might feel like a logical assumption as Nanography® is the brainchild of Benny Landa, a founding father of digital printing. And, yes, a Landa Nanographic Press is a digital print device, with all the key attributes and benefits that digital brings to the table.

The larger truth, however, is that Nanography® is no more similar to current digital press technology than today’s computers are to, say, the original IBM PC in the 1980s.

Manufacturers have worked hard since the 1990s to push digital press technology deeper into the realm of offset. To be sure, digital has made some impressive progress. Quality has improved. Workflow is more automated. User operation has gotten simpler. New applications have generated incremental business and profit.

And yet, despite its growth over the past two decades, digital printing today accounts for but two percent of total global page output.

Game-Changer for the Printing Industry

There occasionally comes a point in the evolution of technology when someone or some product forces a quantum leap forward. It’s that “next big thing”, a watershed moment when product evolution is actually a revolution. When a “breakthrough” is a valid, universally recognized game-changer. When the industry shakes with the realization that something important has occurred.

Think microchips. Think smartphones. Think Google Nexus® or iPad®.

With the advent of Nanography®, we’re witnessing the arrival of one of those epochal events. The Landa Nanographic Printing® Press is a digital production device that delivers more offset-equivalent technology than any other digital press. In fact, far more.

The specs speak for themselves:

  • Nanography® is the first digital print technology for commercial print, packaging, and publishing that supports B1 (41 in. /1050 mm) substrates. It thus offers high, offset-like productivity that comes with printing on B1 (41 in. /1050 mm) format media.
  • Nanography® delivers faster throughput than any other digital sheetfed press, 6,500 to 13,000 sheets per hour.
  • Unlike any other digital device, yet similar to offset production, a Landa Nanographic® press uses all off-the-shelf, coated or uncoated and specialty media – without pretreatment or priming.
  • Nanography® supports all finishing equipment used in offset workflows; no special post-production technology needed. All models in the Landa Nanographic® press family also feature inline coating, unlike other digital equipment.
  • Using Landa NanoInk® colorants, Nanography® produces dot sharpness, color uniformity, and coverage never before seen from a digital process.
  • Unlike digital presses, which require separate rooms and special environments on the shop floor, Landa Nanographic Printing® Presses operate side-by-side with offset equipment – and the same operator can operate both types of presses. In other words, the Landa Nanographic press is as simple to operate as an offset press – no special training is needed.


It’s not every day that we get to experience a shift of this magnitude in any industry. But it’s happening now. Nanography® is unfolding before our eyes – in our industry. It’s the real deal. You can’t miss it.


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