Drupa, the leading international trade fair for print and cross-media solutions, from 31 May at Düsseldorf, presents this year several new features like deployment on 11 days, a new 3-year periodicity and especially a new strategic focus.
With the motto of “touch the future” Drupa arises as a stage for the printing industry innovation and as a platform for future technologies.
The main themes are focused on next generation technologies that will cover printing, packaging production, multichannel, 3D printing, functional printing and “green printing”.
As Werner M. Dornscheidt, President & CEO at Messe Düsseldorf GmbH explains:
With this strategic reorientation and its focus on future and highlight themes we are obviously on the right track. Because the response of international upstream suppliers to the industry has been very good – which was not a given in view of the difficult market environment.
With 19 exhibition halls of Messe Düsseldorf in full force, about 1650 exposers from more than 50 countries will give testimony of their versatility and innovative power of their sectors. The fair will be able to present a 360° panorama of the printing industry, cross-media and the issues most widely discussed, a view that probably only Drupa can provide.
One of the dominant trends at Drupa 2016 will certainly what has been called “Print 4.0 ″. As explained by Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Chairman of the drupa Committee and Chairman of the Board at Koenig & Bauer AG:
Print 4.0 enables individualisation and personalisation in digital printing. In the face of high-quality packaging and the rapidly diversifying range of solutions in industrial and functional printing this digital networking of machines and systems offers the solution and guarantee for efficiency and competitiveness. Print 4.0 is the mega trend at drupa 2016. This is very clear even at this early stage.
The functional Printing
As it has been mentioned by multiple sources, functional printing will certainly be a special observed at Drupa, but what is the functional printing?
According to Shu Chang, Distinguished Professor in the School of Media Sciences, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology :
Functional printing can be three-dimensional or two-dimensional, its goal is to bring a functionality to what you produce. That’s why printed electronics and RFID are applications of functional printing. [Functional printing] is an umbrella term. In a way, 3D printing is functional printing, but not all 3D printing is functional. Functional printing can be used to produce lenticular lenses, sensors or solar cells, as well as QR codes and bar codes.
Technical Side Events
The programme of accompanying technical events – including the drupa innovation park, drupa cube, the brands PEPSO (Printed Electronics Products and Solutions), 3D fab + print and “touchpoint packaging” – is a substantial enhancement offering target visitor groups real added benefit.
Couldn’t certainly miss packaging: According to current forecasts, the packaging market will grow to US $ 985 billion by 2018. The special event “touchpoint packaging”, with 20 participating exhibitors, will give a demonstration of the importance of this market. To meet the different interests, the event will be divided into 4 “workshops of the future”: the food and beverage, non-food, pharma and cosmetics.
Equally popular is the event dedicated to 3D printing. In the words of the Director of Drupa, Sabine Geldermann:
The potential of these additive manufacturing technologies for any vertical markets should not be underestimated. The spare parts business in mechanical engineering or packaging design offer particularly great opportunities for machine producers, users but also print service providers.
The touchpoint “3D fab+print” featured in Hall 7A reflects this spectrum.
Another major future theme at drupa 2016 is functional printing. Across the globe there are many application examples for printed electronics. Touch sensors on furniture surfaces, Bluetooth loudspeakers from paper or conductive inks are no longer science fiction thanks to innovative printing technology.
Drupa 2016 picks up on this highlight theme not at one but several points, from PEPSO to OE-A (Organic Electronics Association) and ESMA (the European for Screenprinting, Digitial and Flexoprinting Technologies) programmes.
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Two Italian protagonist at Drupa 2016
F Service Automation
Phoenix, the fast gluing plotter
F Service since 1979 designs and manufactures machinery for the paper and printing industries in which the company specializes also in terms of after sales service.
F Service machinery are built to be reliable and durable, goals achieved through a meticulous attention to quality and the constant interaction with customers: these are the secrets that have led the company to reach the highest standards.
The flagship product at Drupa 2016 will be Phoenix, a glueing plotter specifically designed for companies who make exhibitors, window signs, totems, pall box, boxes, packaging and many other applications.
This is the fastest glueing plotter on the market: gluing plotter speed is not only a useful feature, but an important performance index as the glue must be filed as soon as possible. In fact, the speed in the deposit allows you to take full advantage of the “open time” of Hot-Melt glue, reducing waste and allowing the glue to work at best.
Many features address this machine as a top-seller: a gluing speed of 2 m/s, 3 brushless motors, easily programmable, Wi-Fi enabled and a hot melt glue system complete with gear pump.
This excellence is complemented by the use of the best glue plants in the market, so as to ensure a perfect bonding from the first to the last piece.
Exhibits: Hall 06, Stand A07
New RE products for Drupa 2016
Re Spa, in Booth A34 and Hall 12, will present all improvements studied on its range of products, the latest Smartmotion web guiding system and a new web viewing system for the real time inspection of printing.
Moreover, Drupa will be the opportunity to show an important undisclosed technology: a new revolutionary way to control and calibrate firm’s equipment that visitors will discover only during the show.
At Drupa, visitors will also have the chance to test and know Re systems for the web tension control as pneumatic and electromagnetic brakes, load cells for a precise reading of the tension and a wide range of tension controllers, including the new T-two digital controller which guarantees compactness, reliability and easy management and calibration.
Attendees are going to discover the SmartMotion web guiding systems for a perfect control of the web alignment during unwinding, rewinding or processing stations. Response time of 1mS and actuating speed of up to 75 mm/s ensure reliability, extremely quick correction and movement fluidity in every working conditions also with very high speed. The control logic is also integrated in the actuating stepper motor in order to guarantee compactness and savings in terms of costs and cabling time. Control of the actuator stroke is assured without using mechanical or electronic devices. The system is provided with WLigo controller for an easy calibration and management of all parameters.
The new web viewing system Webscanner is made up of a camera equipped with two optics to guarantee a very high image quality and a faithful reproduction of colors without any distortion of the image. Zoom 10x, field of view of 200×150 mm and the possibility to update the software remotely, make the Webscanner easy to use and suitable to control every kind of printing.
The disclosure of a new innovative technology has been announced by the company who anticipated this note:
Our main aim is always study and produce equipment extremely easy to install and manage in every working conditions. For this reason during Drupa, we will present an important new that will change your way to control and calibrate our equipment. We are always looking for solutions that guarantees the best result with the least effort for the customer. That is why we invite you to discover our new solution at Drupa.
Exhibits: Hall 12, Stand A34