Benny Landa (born 2 June 1946) is an Israeli entrepreneur and inventor. He founded Indigo Digital Press in 1977 and The Landa Group in 2003. In the print production industry, Landa has been called the "father of commercial digital printing."[1][2]

Benny Landa
Benny Landa headshot.jpg
Founder of Landa Corp., Ltd.
Born (1946-06-02) 2 June 1946 (age 76)
Poland
NationalityCanadian/Israeli
OccupationChairman & CEO, Landa Corporation Ltd.

BiographyEdit

Ben Zion (Benny) Landa was born in Poland. When he was two years old, his family emigrated from Europe to Edmonton, Alberta. While in Canada, Landa’s father devised a new camera using bicycle parts and pulleys that captured images directly onto photographic paper, avoiding the need for film.[3]

Landa studied physics and engineering at the Technion in Israel and psychology and literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He later graduated from the London Film School.

Business careerEdit

In 1969, Landa began his professional career at CAPS, a micrographics research company. He helped develop a new micrographic product that earned the company a major contract with Rolls-Royce Aero Engine Division and led to Landa’s appointment as head of Research and Development.

In 1971, Benny Landa and a colleague co-founded Imtec, an international micrographics company. Landa invented the company’s core imaging technology. While researching liquid toners, he developed a method of high-speed image development which used charged pigmented particles in a liquid carrier.

Landa immigrated to Israel in 1974. Applying the filmless imaging concept developed by his father, Landa founded Indigo Digital Printing in 1977. In 1993 at IPEX, he introduced the E-Print 1000, a digital color printing press. Bypassing the printing plate setup process, the new process eliminated numerous costly and time-consuming steps associated with offset printing. It enabled printing from a computer file directly onto paper and launched short-run, on-demand, and variable data printing into the marketplace. The Indigo digital press uses an electric charge to apply small color particles (in liquid form known as ElectroInk), thereby creating a thin, smooth, plastic layer on the substrate. By the 1990s, Indigo presses had become a significant alternative to traditional offset presses.

In 2002, Landa sold Indigo Digital Printing to Hewlett-Packard for US$830 million.[4] Following the selling of Indigo, Landa established The Landa Group for nanotechnology research. Working with nanoparticles, Landa and his team sought to capture environmental heat from the surrounding air and convert it into electricity. Landa’s research group observed that many materials exhibit unusual properties at the nano-level. They used that discovery to experiment with pigment colorants for print production.

 
Benny Landa presenting the Model S7, the first inkjet-to-belt digital press from Landa Corporation, at Drupa 2012

Landa created Landa Digital Printing to further commercialize the nanotechnology solution for printing. The group developed a printing ink using the nanopigments, which they named Landa NanoInk, along with a digital printing process which they marketed under the name Nanography. Like all inkjet printers, the arrangement entails using inkjet heads that sequentially eject the inks. Landa uses one full-width bar-shaped head per process colour. These units eject the ink droplets onto an intermediate belt, which in turn deposits the resulting image onto paper.[5]

Landa introduced its line of inkjet-to-belt printing presses at Drupa[6][7][8] in 2012. The printers can print B1 (41 in. / 1,050 mm) format media on a variety of substrates, including untreated paper, films, or plastic. The process colours are fixed to either the ISO-standard four CMYK process colours, or the machine can be ordered with 7 (CMYK-OBG with optional white) print heads. Specialty colours (such as metallic, fluorescent, or custom pigments) are not offered.

The Landa inkjet printheads eject their ink droplets from a height of 1 to 2 millimetres above the intermediate belt. [9] The inks are intermixed as part of the inkjetting-to-belt process. The ink is dried onto the belt prior to the belt being compressed onto the paper by rollers.

Landa's technology is intended for production of short-to-medium run lengths (up to 5000 prints), either on cut sheets or roll-fed paper. The fastest model, the twin-engined, roll-fed W10P, has a high-speed mode which can produce 200 square metres of double-sided imaging per minute (i.e. 400 square metres of imaged surface area per minute). This machine's regular printing speed brings improved colour saturation but with the drawback of the printing speed being halved. The Landa W10P weighs 35 tonnes and occupies a footprint of 20 metres by 10 metres.[10]

The long-term reliability and cost-effectiveness of the process (including the typical inkjet concerns of printing-head longevity and nozzle clogging), as well as the long-term environmental impact (including the polymer-based ink as well as the nanotoxicological concerns engendered as a direct result of the extremely small physical sizes of the particles themselves during manufacture, use, and disposal), are still to be determined.

PhilanthropyEdit

In 2002, Landa and his wife Patsy established the Landa Fund for Equal Opportunity Through Education which has donated more than $50 million in university scholarships. The Landa Fund also supports non-profit organizations in the fields of education and promoting tolerance and understanding between Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens.

Honorary doctorate degreesEdit

Board membershipsEdit

  • Chairman & CEO, Landa Corporation Ltd.
  • Chairman & CEO, Landa Labs (2012) Ltd.
  • Chairman, HumanEyes Technologies Ltd.
  • Director, Mirage Innovations Ltd.
  • Board of Governors, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Board of Governors, Tel Aviv University
  • Board of Governors, Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Awards and recognitionEdit

In 2014, Landa was named by international accounting firm Ernst & Young as “Israel Entrepreneur of the Year.” [11]

In April 2015, Printing Industries of New England (PINE) presented Landa with its PINE Industry Influencer Award.[12]

Other affiliationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Prophet of print: Benny Landa hopes to strike nano-gold
  2. ^ Benny Landa's invisible ink. YNet
  3. ^ "Meet the Benny Landa You Never Knew". Graphic Arts Magazine.
  4. ^ "HP Acquires Indigo". American Printer. Archived from the original on 2013-12-11.
  5. ^ "The Basics of Nanotechnology".
  6. ^ "Shhh. The Sex is Back in Print".
  7. ^ "Benny and the Ink Jets". My Print Resource.
  8. ^ "In Search of Benny the Prophet of Rehovot". Print 21. Archived from the original on 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  9. ^ The Nanographic Printing Process, Landa Corporation white paper
  10. ^ "Landa W10P Specifications".
  11. ^ Benny Landa named Israeli entrepreneur of the year Archived June 26, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Landa to Receive Industry Influencer Award from PINE at Awards Gala
  13. ^ "Indigo Founder Benny Landa Awarded Edwin H. Land Medal".
  14. ^ "Indigo pioneer wins Reed Technology medal".