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  • + Xeikon to launch digital corrugated

    Xeikon is launching into the corrugated printing market with Idera, a new fully integrated digital solutions platform fo..

    15 June 2020


    Xeikon is launching into the corrugated printing market with Idera, a new fully integrated digital solutions platform for corrugated packaging converters.

    The new platform is a post-print, single-pass printing press, using certified food-safe water-based inks on coated and uncoated corrugated sheets, up to 1.6 m wide x 2.8 m long at up to 150 linear m/min. The inks are manufactured by Xeikon itself.

    It has been designed as a solution for a corrugated box market with decreasing lot sizes, shorter lead times, and ever-increasing demand for high-quality packaging.

    Xeikon says Idera will deliver higher print quality than flexography and enable printing of both short and long runs with all the benefits of a digital print-on-demand solution, including reduced waste. Idera also has the ability to customise and version.

    From September onwards, the Idera solution will be available at the Global Innovation Center in Lier, Belgium for customer evaluation and testing.

    “It is no secret that we are seeing rapid changes in the behavioural patterns of consumers, brands and retailers,” Sebastien Stabel, market segment manager for Carton Packaging at Xeikon, said.

    “The exponential growth of e-commerce and the increasing pressure on sustainability are underlying forces that drive creative innovation in the digitisation of packaging to higher levels of productivity. Ever rising consumer expectations for instant, unique and entertaining products continue to set the bar higher within the supply chain for decreased lead times and even faster delivery,” Stabel said.

    Xeikon enters a market that has EFI with its Nozomi and HP with its Pagewide leading a field that will also soon include other industry heavyweights such as Screen, Domino, and others. However, Xeikon is owned by Flint, which is the world's biggest supplier to the flexo industry, giving it unrivalled entry to the market. Xeikon also already develops and supplies flexo platemaking equipment.

    Xeikon points to the McKinsey report from a year ago, No ordinary disruption – winning with new models in packaging 2030, which warns, “This is the time for companies in the packaging industry to buckle up and get ready. They have less than two years to prepare”. With that in mind, companies need to change their focus with an intuition reset and review their business models and markets.

    Xeikon believes that migrating from corrugated post-print to digital corrugated printing is the optimal way for forward-thinking businesses to set themselves up for future success.

    It says its Idera solution “provides the winning combination of a best-in-class, single-pass digital press for the corrugated sector, food-safety patented ink technology, and an open architecture system for third-party integration.”

    To develop Idera, Xeikon relied on its long established in-house digital expertise, and on the experience and manufacturing footprint of its parent company, Flint Group. As the number one supplier of inks for corrugated packaging, Flint has a deep understanding of the corrugated market.

    Stabel said, “We are working closely with Flint Group, our partners, and most importantly our customers, to customise the software, hardware and ink sets and address more closely the needs of the corrugated market. At the same time, we add our digital expertise to what is already a solid base product.”

    Lode Deprez, VP Digital Inks & Imaging Technology said, “In our R&D Competence Center for digital inks, our engineers develop, formulate and produce our own high-performing, food-safe, water-based inks. This includes our new and patented technology used for pigment dispersion that guarantees the best performance and a cost-efficient solution.”

    Filip Weymans, Xeikon vice president of marketing, said, “With more than 30 years of innovation and experience in digital printing, we are still leading the way. Xeikon is recognised as an advisor in many key markets, such as graphic arts and labels, and now in the corrugated market. Xeikon is a technology-agnostic advisor in the digital transformation that print manufacturing processes are undergoing. We are excited to be bringing Xeikon and Flint Group knowledge and expertise to the corrugated market with Idera and our broad range of consulting and advisory services.”





  • + Bobst launches new machines for packaging

    Bobst unveils a new range of machines and solutions revolved around its vision for the packaging industry. At the heart ..

    15 June 2020


    Bobst unveils a new range of machines and solutions revolved around its vision for the packaging industry. At the heart of this vision is BOBST Connect, an open architecture cloud-based platform delivering solutions for pre-press, production, process optimisation, maintenance and market access. It ensures an efficient dataflow between digital and physical worlds. It will orchestrate the entire production process from the client’s PDF to the finished product.

    “The digitalisation of printing processes is the most visible element of progress in the packaging industry,” commented Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO Bobst Group. “The coming years will likely see a major acceleration of digital printing and converting. While the solutions are becoming available, the biggest challenge for printers and converters is not the individual printing machines, but rather the entire workflow, encompassing converting.”

    The reveal included the very latest generation of laminators, flexo presses, die-cutters, folder-gluers and other innovations, reflecting the company’s drive to transform the industry.

    The newly announced equipment included:

    For the folding carton industry





    • MASTERCUT 106 PER
    MASTERCUT 106 has always been the most highly automated and ergonomic die-cutter on the market. With the latest generation of the machine, the levels of automation and productivity have gone up a level.
    • TooLink Connected Tooling for die-cutters
    Meanwhile, BOBST announced a new digital recipe management tool for die-cutters. In combination with automated functions, it can save up to 15 minutes per job changeover and simplifies the interaction between converters and die-makers.
    • New ACCUCHECK
    The new ACCUCHECK is the most advanced inline quality control system.
    • MASTERSTAR
    The new MASTERSTAR sheet-to-sheet laminator simply has no equivalent in the market. Highly configurable design and unique options enable a custom-made configuration.

    For the flexible packaging industry





    • MASTER CI
    The new MASTER CI flexo press impresses with the most innovative technologies in CI flexo printing. The combination of exclusive smart technologies, including smartGPS GEN II, and advanced automation, makes all press operations easy and fast, optimising usability and maximising press uptime.

    Productivity is exceptional; up to 7,000 jobs per year or 22 million stand-up pouches in 24 hours with one operator, helped by the smartDROID robotic system that does the entire press setup without human intervention.

    It features the Job Recipe Management (JRM) System for a digitalised production workflow from file to finished product with creation of a digital twin of the produced reels. The level of automation and connectivity enables dramatic reductions in waste and makes the output 100% consistent in colour and quality.

    • NOVA D 800 LAMINATOR

    The new multi-technology NOVA D 800 LAMINATOR offers best-in-class technical and process performance with all run lengths, types of substrates, adhesives and web combinations.

    • MASTER M6 equipped with IoD/DigiColor

    The MASTER M6 inline flexo press has been delivering exceptional flexibility to produce high quality short-to-mid-size runs of labels and packaging production.

    For all industries

    • oneECG

    oneECG is BOBST’s Extended Color Gamut technology deployed across analogue and digital printing for label, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated board. ECG refers to a set of inks – typically 6 or 7 – to achieve a colour gamut larger than the traditional CMYK, ensuring colour repeatability irrespective of the operator’s skill.

    • Digital Inspection Table

    The new large format version of the Digital Inspection Table (DIT) is a novel technology designed to drive productivity and virtually remove print production errors. It incorporates digital projection for the proofing of printed sheets and die-cut blanks, whilst providing real-time visual representations to match product with digital proofs.


     





  • + Koenig & Bauer to unveil drupa launches live

    Everyday from from 16 to 25 June, Koenig & Bauer will provide sneak previews of drupa 2021 with an open live stream ..

    15 June 2020


    Everyday from from 16 to 25 June, Koenig & Bauer will provide sneak previews of drupa 2021 with an open live stream provided on website.

    Koenig & Bauer will be organising a virtual trade show to launch new products and innovations. The online event will coincide with original drupa 2020 dates, from 16-25 June 2020.

    Expect to see World-exclusive launches as well as seeing complete packaging workflow or commercial applications. The weekday streaming from the live area of Koenig & Bauer’s website will cover its diverse portfolio ranging from banknotes, via board, film, metal and glass packaging through to coding, advertising and publication printing.

    Programme Lineup

    Koenig & Bauer LIVE opens with a sneak preview of its planned participation at drupa 2021. Senior executives will be providing updates on progress and developments.

    A highlight is the market launch of the new VariJET 106 and next generation of Rapida 106. The new B1 6,000sph VariJET 106 is a product from he Koenig and Bauer Durst joint venture company. The VariJET 106 integrates inkjet technology into the platform of the high-performance Rapida 106 offset sheetfed press.

    The other presentations will cover areas such as Digital and Webfed insights (corrugated and digital printing, flexo printing), Sheetfed Digital services and commercial / packaging production applications. Marking and coding, metal decorating, glass and hollow container printing and banknote solutions will be included under “Special Solutions”.

    Registrations for the event are possible via koenig-bauer.com/live.

    Each session lasts 20 minutes. The English sessions will start at 4.00 pm or 10.00 pm, in Singapore time.





  • + HP Indigo GM Alon Bar-Shany to Depart Digital Press Manufacturer After 25-Year Run

    Alon was responsible for the worldwide HP Indigo business, including its labels, flexible packaging, folding carton and ..

    15 June 2020


    Alon was responsible for the worldwide HP Indigo business, including its labels, flexible packaging, folding carton and commercial portfolio. He had been with HP for 25 years and has led the company’s Indigo division since 2004. 

    Haim Levit has been appointed as HP Indigo general manager effective immediately. Levit brings more than 25 years of print experience to the role, most recently leading worldwide go-to-market for HP’s industrial graphics organisation. 

    ‘We are grateful to Alon for all he has done to make Indigo the market leader in digital printing and we will benefit from his many contributions to our business for years to come,’ HP said in a statement.

    In Levit’s more than 25 years with HP Indigo, he has performed a wide spectrum of leadership roles ranging from global procurement management, NA supplies business management and NA business director, vice president and general manager for HP's Americas Indigo and PageWide Web Press, before assuming his current role leading WW GTM for the Graphics Industrial organisation. Levitt is married with three children. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, and will relocate to Israel over the summer. 

    Visual Impact Magazine wishes Alon all the best in his future endeavours. 





  • + NUtec Digital Ink offers online technical & sales training and virtual support

    Leading digital ink manufacturer, NUtec Digital Ink recently announced that the company will be offering enhanced virtua..

    15 June 2020


    Leading digital ink manufacturer, NUtec Digital Ink recently announced that the company will be offering enhanced virtual training and online support services, in order to stay connected with its many global customers and distributors. 

    With the world currently in various stages of lockdown, businesses are having to change the way they operate in order to survive. Many are investing in video conferencing and remote working facilities in order to remain connected to their customers and to offer work-from-home options for their employees. 

    After a decade of welcoming global visitors to its production and laboratory sites in Cape Town, South Africa, NUtec Digital ink now invites its customers to participate in its virtual tours and dynamic, online training and support programs.

    Utilising Microsoft Teams, Zoom and similar chat-based collaboration tools, NUtec offers remote product sales training as well as technical support services for printer conversions, maintenance procedures and troubleshooting.

    “NUtec Digital Ink invites our customers to enjoy virtual tours from the comfort of their work desk or home office as we walk them through our manufacturing plants, laboratories and R&D print rooms, highlighting the quality control procedures at each point,” said NUtec sales & marketing director, Neil Green. “Demonstrations and various forms of ‘show and tell’ including interesting media and applications can now be shared with NUtec's many distributors, allowing the company to stay connected to and in communication with its many customers around the world. Our product and technical specialists are available to answer all your questions so contact NUtec now to participate and stay informed.”

    NUtec Digital Ink reports that they plan to further develop their online collaboration initiatives even after all lockdowns have been reversed globally, as the company and its customers experience the many benefits.





  • + Epson launches unique, new, high quality photography desktop printers

    Epson has launched a real breakthrough in professional printing technology with the introduction of the A3+ SureColor&re..

    08 June 2020


    Epson has launched a real breakthrough in professional printing technology with the introduction of the A3+ SureColor® P706 and A2+ SureColor P906 desktop photo printers. Replacing the award-winning SureColor P600 and SureColor P800, these new printers draw from over 20 years of experience to incorporate the same large format printing technology used by the world’s leading photographers into a sleek, compact design, allowing for the creation of exhibition quality prints from the convenience of the desktop.
     
    With the introduction of the SureColor P706 and SureColor P906, a new generation of photographers will experience a real breakthrough in printing technology which truly redefines not only the photographic print but also the printing workflow.

    The new SureColor P706 and SureColor P906 are the smallest professional A3+ and A2+ printers in their class, with a 30 percent size reduction from Epson’s previous generation printers and are designed for use in photography, graphic design, fine art, and illustration businesses.

    The printers tout a new 10-channel MicroPiezo®- printhead to increase productivity, with dedicated channels for both Photo and Matte Black ink types and with no ink switching necessary. Featuring new UltraChrome® PRO10 pigment ink* with Violet, the SureColor P706 and SureColor P906 deliver an extremely wide colour gamut and support Advanced Black and White Mode to create unparalleled, professional black and white photographs.

    Epson’s new printers and inks are undergoing comprehensive ten-factor testing at the Wilhelm Imaging Research, the world’s leading independent print permanence testing laboratory, with a range of papers and canvas and with both colour and B&W prints made using Epson’s Advanced Black and White Mode. The results for the Epson 10-color UltraChrome PRO10 pigment inks in the new SureColor P706 and SureColor P906 are stunning museum quality prints with very impressive WIR Display Permanence ratings.

    For the first time, users can easily print directly from iOS® devices2 to the SureColor P706 and SureColor P906 in a colour managed workflow. Using an updated mobile version of Epson Print Layout software, full support and colour management tools are provided for iPhone and iPad printing. These printers also feature a new print driver mode – Carbon Black – which dramatically increases Dmax by up to 5 percent, for best-in-class black density and reduced bronzing and gloss differential on glossy papers.

    The SureColor P706 can accommodate both roll and cut sheet media, and the SureColor P906 accommodates cut sheet media and an optional fully enclosed roll media adapter supports both 2-inch and 3-inch rolls and roll printing up to -18m long. Additional features include a 4.3-inch customisable touchscreen, upgraded wireless connectivity including 5GHz and an interior LED light to watch the progress of a print. 




     
    More about the SureColor P706 and SureColor P906 desktop photo printers

    Designed to help photographers reproduce every detail of their creative vision, the new SureColor P706 and SureColor P906 incorporate a range of features to produce exhibition quality prints from the convenience of a desktop:
     
    • Outstanding image quality and colour — All-new UltraChrome PRO10 Ink with Violet produces a wide colour gamut for vibrant and rich colours
    • No Photo and Matte Black ink switching — Dedicated channels for both black ink types with no switching needed
    • New 10-channel MicroPiezo printhead — Consistently delivers prints with outstanding speed, consistency and accuracy; supports variable size droplet technology as small as 1.5-picoliters for remarkable output quality
    • Easy printing from smart devices — Print colour-managed files directly from an iOS device2 with an easy-to-use interface
    • New Carbon Black Driver technology — All-new Carbon Black Driver mode dramatically increases Dmax for best-in-class black density on glossy papers
    • Professional media handling — Accommodates rolls3 and sheet media up to 1.5 mm thick of Epson Professional and Signature Worthy® as well as third-party media
    • Easy to use — Features 4.3-inch customisable touchscreen, wireless connectivity and interior LED light
    • Compact design — 30 percent smaller than the previous generation
    • Industry-leading print permanence — UltraChrome PRO10 ink is expected to create prints that last up to 200 years for colour and 400 years for black-and-white1 
     
    Pricing and availability


    The SureColor P706 (RRP $1,295 including GST) and SureColor P906 (RRP $1,995 including GST)) will be available from July onwards on www.epson.com.au and through Epson Authorised Resellers across Australia.
     
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    Epson’s new A3+ SureColor® P706 and A2+ SureColor P906 desktop photo printers
     
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  • + Landa Digital Printing Appoints Arik Gordon as CEO

    Landa Digital Printing, today announced the appointment of Arik Gordon as Chief Executive Officer. Landa Digital P..

    08 June 2020


    Landa Digital Printing, today announced the appointment of Arik Gordon as Chief Executive Officer. 

    Landa Digital Printing (LDP), which was spun out of Landa Labs a decade ago, currently employs approximately 550 people, and has begun to penetrate the market with its innovative, game-changing Nanographic Printing presses around the globe.

    Arik Gordon joins LDP after a successful and significant 18 years at Orbotech. In the past two years, he served as Executive VP of Strategy and Growth at Orbotech, and was responsible for defining and leading the company's future technological growth strategy and its expansion into new markets. He held several executive management positions in the Company’s operations in Asia Pacific, and upon returning to Israel in 2013, was appointed President of Orbotech's PCB (Printed Circuit Board) division. Prior to joining Orbotech, Gordon worked for Scitex Europe for four years.

    "During his years at Orbotech, I had the privilege of working closely with Arik. I value him as a leader with a broad technological background, who has demonstrated deep business understanding and strategic thinking in every position he has held. Arik has the professional and interpersonal capabilities needed to lead our highly skilled and dedicated team, as we realize our unique and significant business opportunities, and establish Landa Digital Printing as a leader in the world printing market", said Asher Levy, Active Chairman of Landa Digital Printing.

    "In 2019, Landa Digital Printing installed its first Nanographic Printing presses at customer sites around the world and received very positive reinforcement that our products are about to change the printing industry. In 2020, despite the global coronavirus pandemic, we expect to see additional installations worldwide, as demand for our products continues to be robust. We firmly believe that Arik is the right person to lead the company to global success," added Asher Levy.

    Upon his appointment as CEO of LDP, Arik Gordon said: "I am delighted and excited to join Landa Digital Printing. Landa has a special and rare combination of groundbreaking technology, revolutionary products, first-rate professionals, and, not least, the potential to lead the trillion-dollar printing industry. As CEO, I accept the mission of leading Landa's talented team in Israel and worldwide to realize the significant opportunity ahead of us."

    www.landanano.com 





  • + Sun Chemical acquires digital inks business from Sensient

    Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC Corporation, have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the sh..

    08 June 2020


    Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC Corporation, have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Sensient Imaging Technologies and certain other assets related to the production of inks. The transaction is expected to be finalised in the second quarter of 2020.

    The strategic investment in Sensient Imaging Technologies, a supplier of digital inks, will allow Sun Chemical and DIC to expand its inkjet ink capabilities and expertise using complementary technologies that will further strengthen the highest standards of services and solutions to its customers and distributor partners, the company says. Inkjet is a strategic segment for Sun Chemical and DIC, and the investment in Sensient Imaging Technologies will demonstrate Sun Chemical and DIC’s commitment in the digital segment.

    “We’re excited for the opportunities this acquisition presents not only for Sun Chemical but the future of digital inks,” says Mehran Yazdani, president of Sun Chemical Advanced Materials. “Sensient Imaging Technologies’ portfolio and expertise in the industry, combined with our extensive background in industrial inkjet ink solutions, will enhance our combined customer support. Our customers rely on digital print’s agile supply chain and production flexibility, so they will value this acquisition because it will drive future innovation and expansion.”

    Sun Chemical says it is dedicated to reinforcing Sensient Imaging Technologies’ reputation within the digital space and is committed to a customer-focused transition.





  • + Esko & AVT integrate their businesses to extend packaging value chain connectivity

    Esko, a global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the print, packaging and label industries, an..

    08 June 2020


    Esko, a global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the print, packaging and label industries, and AVT Inspection Systems Inc. (‘AVT’), global provider of print inspection, process control and quality assurance solutions, are pleased to announce the integration of their businesses. 

    Effective immediately, the integration is designed to deliver simplicity and extended connectivity for both Esko and AVT customers by incorporating automated quality inspection into the connected packaging and labelling value chains. 

    Esko + AVT Sharing many of the same customers around the world, the combined business will see expansion of its sales and technical service teams with enhanced local representation, ensuring customers and OEM partners receive the same level of customer service and technical excellence they have come to expect from both companies.

    Mattias Byström, President, Packaging & Colour Businesses at Danaher (Pantone, Esko & X-Rite), commented, “We are on a mission to build trust in packaging for the long term. This means we are focused on continuously improving the specification, measurement and communication between parties across the global packaging value chain. By removing the organisational barriers between AVT and Esko, we are expediting this vision.”

    The aim of the new organisation is for customers to communicate and measure print quality and colour, from end to end on a global basis, delivering easier, faster, and more accurate right first time production to boost operational performance and ultimately customer satisfaction.

    Roy Porat, President of AVT, added: “Above all, this integration will absolutely deliver simplicity. It will be easier for printers to measure print quality and colour, easier for operators to hit quality and colour targets, easier for teams to track and share quality and colour data, and easier for business leaders to buy and implement these solutions. Bringing our combined strengths together to deliver a complete solution is an exciting opportunity for our customers and our business.”

    Esko and AVT have already released AutoSet, a digital link between Automation Engine, the Esko packaging prepress workflow server, and the AVT 100% print inspection solutions. Enabling Automation Engine to setup AVT inspection systems on conventional and digital presses, as well as on rewinders in an automated way, the development forged the path for the two businesses to work more closely together.

    AVT was acquired by Danaher, the Esko parent company, in 2017 to support its vision of digitising the packaging value chain. Mattias Byström expanded his leadership role from Esko President to include oversight of AVT in August 2019. This latest strategic move is the formalisation of the strategy to create a combined position to better serve brands and their print and packaging supply chain partners with comprehensive hardware and software solutions.

    To find out more, please visit www.esko.com





  • + Save Big with Roland DG EOFY Specials and Pay Nothing for 3 Months

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced huge savings ..

    01 June 2020


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced huge savings with their new EOFY specials. Additionally, customers who finance equipment over $10,000 inc. GST with Roland Rental can pay nothing for 3 months**.

    Roland DG’s new EOFY specials* offer some incredible deals on TrueVIS VG2 Series printer cutters and the VersaSTUDIO BT-12 Direct-to-Garment printer. Combined with the instant asset write off up to $150K^, there has never been a better time to invest in new Roland DG equipment. 

    The VersaSTUDIO BT-12 Direct-to-Garment printer EOFY package includes the HB-12 heater/finishing unit and 1 set of ink for a saving of almost $2,000. For minimal investment, the BT-12 can help those looking to start up or expand a profitable personalisation business. In just minutes, you can print full colour photos and graphics directly on to cotton fabrics with little to no experience required. 

    With prints that can be finished in as little as 6 hours, the next generation TrueVIS VG2 Series is designed to meet the production needs of today’s most demanding print professionals. From now until June 30, customers can save up to almost $4,000 on the TrueVIS VG2-640 and VG2-540. 

    Customers will need to get in quick as these EOFY special offers end on June 30. For more information, including terms and conditions, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/promo or contact Roland DG on 1800 500 119. 

    *Valid until 30/06/2020, or while stocks last. Prices shown are excluding GST. Ink, delivery & installation not included in price unless otherwise noted.

    **Offer valid for transactions settled between 29/05/20 -30/06/20 and is subject to lender/credit approval. Financial statements required for deferred payment options. Finance available for both Rental and Chattel Mortgage and consist of three monthly repayments at $nil followed by either 33, 45 or 57 monthly repayments. Offer is NOT valid for transactions $10,000 inc. GST or under. Chattel mortgage and Rental options available. Fees apply.





  • + Epson leads The Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade show with cutting edge technology

    The Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade show will be open 24 hours a day from 31 May until 30 September 20..

    01 June 2020


    The Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade show will be open 24 hours a day from 31 May until 30 September 2020 and will feature Epson setting the benchmark for printing by introducing some amazing new products.


    Whether visitors to the show are starting out, wanting to expand their product offering or simply upgrading, Epson has taken this unique opportunity to allow attendees to view their very latest range of solutions for signage, dye sublimation, direct-to-garment and technical printers. Epson’s team have also created truly informative product videos to take viewers up close and personal with their products’ key features and benefits.
     
    In addition the first 200 registrations to the Epson site will receive a free gift and the first 20 registrations that attend an actual demo of the product will receive a $200 Epson Shop Online voucher.



    SureColor S60660L


    The Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade show sees Epson’s amazing SureColor S60660L producing durable high-impact images quickly, easily and at reduced cost. The SureColor S60660L is compatible with a wide range of media from vinyl and film to canvas and paper. It suits applications including outdoor signs and banners, screens and shades, vehicle wraps and decals, wall and floor finishes, canvas pull ups and point of sale material. With the addition of a third party cutter it can even be used for label production.



    SureColor F3060


    Alongside the S60660L is the SureColor F3060 which produces high-quality customised garments and merchandise quickly, easily, and very cost effectively. Designed for medium to high volume production, the SureColor F3060 combines superior speed with extended durability and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) making it ideal for producing t-shirts, polo-shirts, bags, caps and more.
     
    Epson’s SureColor F9460H is the perfect example of how to produce durable high-impact fabrics quickly, easily and at a reduced cost. The SureColor F9460H is a high performance Dye Sublimation printer that combines high-speed operation with outstanding image quality and easy maintenance. It suits a wide range of applications including custom fabric, clothing and signage production.
     
    Next to the F9460H are the SureColor 560/561 which, in Epson’s view, make merchandise magic. These printers brings Dye Sublimation to the desktop in a compact package that is affordable, easy to use and cost effective to run. Their flexible design suits in-house production of a wide range of goods including customised shirts, mugs, photo merchandise, soft and hard signage.
     
    Last but by no means least will be the SureColor T5460M, not just a printer but a complete large format imaging system for under $8,500 with comprehensive 5 year on-site service included. The SureColor T5460M offers the ultimate solution for business, government and education. It combines a fast print mechanism with a high resolution scanner to facilitate full colour document reproduction. The SureColor T5460M has been specifically designed for producing plans, sales documents and posters. It features a very low running cost and outputs durable prints that are resistant to damage through abrasion and moisture exposure.
     
    In addition to being able to view all of these products Epson will also be running and offering a number of “Show Specials” which will be of great value to all and definitely worth keeping an eye out for.


    To attend the FREE Epson virtual stand please click here





  • + New Iggesund thick paperboard for packaging certified for HP Indigo digital commercial presses

    A new thick paperboard from Iggesund Paperboard has been certified for HP Indigo for printing high-value applications on..

    01 June 2020


    A new thick paperboard from Iggesund Paperboard has been certified for HP Indigo for printing high-value applications on commercial digital presses.

    The 18 pt (457 microns ) Invercote Creato 380 g/m2 is double coated on both sides, offering identical print surfaces on both sides, making it especially suitable for premium packaging applications The paperboard was tested and certified for the HP Indigo 10000 series and HP Indigo 7000 series presses.

    “When developing this product’s grammage and thickness, our development team wanted to ensure we meet not only the demanding requirements of conventional printing methods, but also the needs of digital printers who are looking for the thickest possible substrate that today’s digital presses can handle. This grammage is especially interesting to the US market where 18 pt is an attractive thickness for a lot of applications”, says Petra Kreij, Product Manager for Invercote at Iggesund Paperboard.

    Tests were conducted at HP Indigo testing center in Singapore in multi-shot mode on an HP Indigo 7600 press and an HP Indigo 10000 press. At Iggesund, the certification process has been coordinated by Wout van Hoof, Senior Technical Manager with a special responsibility for digital printing processes.

    “We are very pleased that Iggesund has certified this new thick substrate. It is one of the thickest products that has been certified for our HP Indigo presses, opening new high-value packaging opportunities for HP Indigo commercial press owners,” said Heidemarie Hinger, HP Indigo Commercial Media Manager.

    Invercote Creato 380 g/m2 joins the other grammages within the portfolio of which all the lower grammages already have HP certification. All certified products and grammages are available in the HP MediaLocator, and through regular Iggesund distribution.

    The Invercote Creato product family, is designed to offer equal printing properties on both sides, with an exceptionally smooth surface that is tailored to faithfully reproduce the most sophisticated printed images. This surface, combined with Invercote Creato's excellent structural, design and embossing characteristics, make it ideal for demanding graphical applications. The whiteness level is tailored to ensure the best print contrast and colour reproduction properties required for high-end print productions.






  • + Fastest single head flexo plate imager from Esko brings even more productivity to corrugated converters

    Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the print and packaging sectors, has unveiled ..

    01 June 2020


    Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the print and packaging sectors, has unveiled its fastest single head imager, the new Optics 100v2, delivering a 25% increase in productivity for corrugated plate imagers. The speed and quality option is the latest addition to the Esko CDI range featuring unique and patented ‘single head’ split laser technology.

    Exclusive to the CDI Crystal and CDI Spark platforms, the innovative Optics 100v2 features a new imaging setup that enables plate makers to obtain one 5080 (50in x 80in, or 127cm x 203cm) full sheet more per hour from their CDI and achieve a remarkable 100% increase in productivity on partial plates.

    “We have developed Optics 100v2 to address the major pain points faced by the industry,” said Pascal Thomas, Director of Flexo Business at Esko. “Cost pressure is increasing across the board and a lot of skilled labor and expertise is involved in flexo plate making for corrugated print production. 

    “This latest innovation means that prepress operators can now work faster, producing one more plate per hour, and importantly improve the efficiency of operation by 20 per cent,” explained Pascal. “Not only that, but we all know that since plate materials can be very expensive, it is necessary to use as much of the offcut material as possible to minimise waste.

    “Traditionally it has taken 15 or more minutes to image a partial plate to avoid machine imbalance, but now with Optics 100v2 it is significantly faster at less than seven minutes for a 1m2 offcut. Plate makers can reduce waste, use less energy and minimise operator input to lower costs and boost operational efficiency.”

    The overall increase in productivity leads to a 20% improvement in operating efficiency, while the ability to obtain a full 5080 sheet more per hour means an additional eight 5080 sheets per typical shift.

    “This is by far the fastest single head optics system on the market today,” said Pascal. “The single head system removes the problem of gluing or linking two heads together in the middle of an image, and additionally the new imaging setup enables the use of full speed on partial plates regardless of the thickness, unlike when using multiple heads. The design also reduces vibration and optimises thick plate imaging, which are the typical for the corrugated industry.

    “This enables significantly faster imaging on thick partial plates and creates freedom for operators to prepare the next plate while waiting, increasing productivity and efficiency further still,” said Pascal.

    Optics 100v2 is just one of a host of new innovative features and updates Esko has unveiled as part of its integrated software portfolio, Esko Software 20. The significant new developments bring even more innovation and functionality to the Esko suite of best-selling software solutions as part of its continuing drive to deliver operational efficiency improvements to the packaging value chain in tandem with outstanding value to customers. Available from 15 June 2020 onwards – and free to Esko Software Care Plan customers - the latest software release incorporates solutions such as ArtiosCAD 20, Automation Engine 20, Studio 20 and efficiency-driving updates to Share & Approve and the award-winning Print Control Wizard.





  • + SCREEN in major move further into digital Packaging Print

    Screen GP Australia has announced the global parent company’s plans to target the package printing field as a stra..

    01 June 2020


    Screen GP Australia has announced the global parent company’s plans to target the package printing field as a strategic business area and progressively strengthen its product line-up and solution development for this market.

    Screen GP Australia Managing Director Peter Scott says: “Screen has several exciting new products coming into our portfolio of packaging print, which already includes the highly successful Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press series, with over 170 units shipped; the recently announced L350SAI higher productivity seven-colour label presses and the newly improved ‘N’ series of the PlateRite FX Flexographic digital platemakers.”

    He continues: “In identifying packaging print as a major growth area of the graphic arts, Screen has conducted extensive R&D to bring sustainable, digital, variable and versatile on-demand production targeting folding cartons, corrugated and flexible packaging in addition to labels. The first new product announced is a new high-speed, water-based inkjet system specifically designed for the flexible packaging market. The PacJet FL830 is currently scheduled for release around Autumn 2021, just in time for drupa.”

    Announcing the PacJet FL830
    While certain flexible packaging products can be produced on the 350mm web Screen L350UV digital presses, conventional flexible packaging production lines require wider-width roll materials.

    Scott says: “This is not an intermediate step-up; it is a whole new approach to flexible packaging based, not only on short-run dynamics but also addressing real FMCG market demands of rapid time-to-market with high quality vibrant packaging, clean, sustainable production by-passing the platemaking stage and the ability to vary the printed content to suit variations in the product packaging such as flavours, versions and marketing needs.”

    This new high-speed, water-based inkjet printing system is specially designed for flexible packaging and can handle media up to 830mm wide at speeds of up to 75 meters per minute. It is also capable of printing at a resolution of 1,200 dpi using CMYK and White water-based inks that conform to relevant food safety regulations. These features allow it to deliver both the excellent safety and rich colour expression that is essential for the food products industry.





    Thanks to its outstanding quality and productivity, the PacJet FL830 is able to meet a wide variety of print needs, ranging from promotional to production applications. It also demonstrates exceptional responsiveness for small lot jobs of less than 4,000 linear meters, an area that can be problematic for conventional production. At present, the system handles both PET and OPP media, with Screen working to further expand compatibility based on industry requirements.

    Corrugated and Folding Cartons using high-speed inkjet

    As announced at drupa 2016, Screen has been working with German company BHS Corrugated since 2016 to develop a water-based inkjet printing solution capable of delivering high-speed throughput of 300 meters per minute at widths of up to 2.8 meters. The partners are creating the system in response to growing demand in the shelf-ready packaging and full colour corrugated board markets. The speed of 300 metres per minute is common in high-volume corrugated production and converting, so the addition of variable water-based inkjet in full colour, will open up new markets that currently depend on pre-printed liner and lamination onto corrugated.

    In the folding carton segment, Screen is currently cooperating with Cambridge, UK company Inca Digital Printers - a member of its own corporate group - on the development of a single pass, water-based inkjet press. This system is being specially designed to support the transition to digital printing currently occurring in folding cartons. With Inca Digital’s existing ability to print digitally, at high speeds on large cartonboard sheets used in POS and Signage applications, this move into folding cartons is both a logical and eminently achievable advancement.

    As Peter Scott says: “Since its founding, Screen has consistently worked to develop proprietary products that combine its core image processing technologies with the latest technologies. During this time, it has maintained a focus on building systems that offer superior stability and reliability, which is so necessary in production facilities for professional applications. We are taking a long-term view, in particular where environmental aspects are considered, which is why the new systems use mostly water-based inks and produce low-waste.

    “There will be further announcements over the comping months – it’s an exciting time to be involved with Screen!”








  • + Epson Launches Power-efficient 32-bit Microcontroller with an Arm®Cortex®-M0+ Processor

    Epson will add a new microcontroller unit (MCU) to the company's S1C31W series of MCUs. The S1C31W73 has an Arm®Cort..

    01 June 2020


    Epson will add a new microcontroller unit (MCU) to the company's S1C31W series of MCUs. The S1C31W73 has an Arm®Cortex®-M0+ processor and on-chip Flash memory. Epson plans to produce 200,000 units per month when volume production begins in July 2020.

    The number of functions provided in electronic equipment has been growing in recent years, and program sizes are increasing, as the amount of information is displayed. Meanwhile, equipment manufacturers need either maintain or further shrink the size of their products, making it essential to reduce the number of parts and save board space.

    To solve these problems, Epson developed the S1C31W73, a single-chip microcontroller that has 384 kB of built-in Flash memory and a liquid crystal driver that can directly drive a display of up to 2,560 dots.
     
    By combining Epson's strong microcontroller display driver technology with the proven Arm®Cortex®-M0+ processor, Epson will help customers to increase the functionality and performance of their products while also reducing their development burden.

    The S1C31W73 offer a wide range of built-in peripherals, including a USB 2.0 full-speed device controller, real-time clock (RTC), various timers, an A/D converter, and a temperature sensor. The low current consumption of this MCU-1.2 µA in RTC mode and a driving current of 150 µA/MHz-makes it ideal for extending the battery life of wearable products and for office equipment that can communicate with PCs over USB. The S1C31W73 can also be used in industrial equipment and measuring instruments because it operates at temperatures up to 105℃ (the highest operating temperature yet for an Epson MCU) and at voltages between 1.8 V and 5.5 V.

    Epson is committed helping its customers to improve the performance of their products with solutions that leverage Epson's efficient, compact, and precision technologies.
     
    For a PDF attachment detailing the specifications of the new MCU click here





  • + Canon adds the powerful and affordable imagePROGRAF TA Series to its large-format printer line-up

    Canon Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the new imagePROGRAF TA-Series. Designed to ex..

    01 June 2020


    Canon Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the new imagePROGRAF TA-Series. Designed to expand printing opportunities and business growth for the entry-level, low-volume customer, the imagePROGRAF TA-20, 24-inch and imagePROGRAF TA-30, 36-inch is ideal for small businesses, schools, architects, engineers, as well as consulting firms. The imagePROGRAF TA-20 and imagePROGRAF TA-30 comes standard with a 24 month warranty to further support these markets.

    As poster printing is becoming more common, Canon has implemented two key features, LUCIA TD Pigment Ink and PosterArtist Lite, as standard into this printer to provide customers with the opportunity to produce and design high-quality images, posters and office documents. PosterArtist Lite allows customers to easily design and print posters, while LUCIA TD Pigment Ink can bring these designs to life through its ability to print on a wide variety of media including water-resistant media for short-term outdoor signage.
     
    Additionally, the imagePROGRAF TA-Series helps to streamline efficiency. Built with productivity in mind, key features include its ability to print an A1 poster in as fast as 27 seconds on plain paper using Fast (Q5) mode*, and coupled with Canon’s market leading air-feeding system, which helps the paper to remain stationary by  vacuuming it flat to the platen  giving cleaner and crisper prints as it keeps the distance between the print head and media constant. Designed with a small footprint and quiet print modes, this solution serves as a great device that can help meet the needs of small businesses.
     
    “We are seeing the need for more advanced solutions in the entry-level, large-format inkjet market, and, in response to meet customer need, Canon is proud to deliver the imagePROGRAF TA Series for entry-level professionals,” said Takeshi Matsumoto, General Manager - Product & Planning, Canon Australia. “Small businesses require solutions that can promote productivity and expand their business growth, and this printer can help them do that and more.”
     
    Availability

    The imagePROGRAF TA-Series is now available through Canon authorised resellers, and ships standard with a total of 330 ml ink (CMYK and 2x MBk).
     
    For more information about this product or images, please visit www.canon.com.au/business





  • + DRYERS FOR DTG AND SCREEN PRINTING NOW WITH HIGH-VOLUME EXHAUST

    All LittleRed X-Series conveyor dryers and DTG-capable XD-Series conveyor dryers now feature an upgraded exhaust system ..

    01 June 2020


    All LittleRed X-Series conveyor dryers and DTG-capable XD-Series conveyor dryers now feature an upgraded exhaust system that increases drying efficiency, reduces noise levels and improves operator safety, it was announced by Vastex president Mark Vasilantone.

    “The new air mapping system is more powerful, removing fumes and moisture through an enlarged stack, preventing contamination of the shop environment,” explains Mr. Vasilantone. “The air flow also cools the skin of the heating chamber and control panel, improving operator safety and comfort.” 

    The upgrade is standard on LittleRed-X1, -X2 and -X3 models for curing of screen-printed plastisols, water-based inks and discharge, and on LittleRed-X1D, -X2D and -X3D models additionally capable of curing DTG-printed digital white ink.
    Increasing the powered exhaust diameter by 5 cm for each model improves drying capacity by approximately 10 percent in high-moisture applications like water-based inks and DTG printing, according to Mr. Vasilantone.  

    Exhaust ducting now exits the dryers vertically from the top of the chamber instead of from the side, eliminating the additional width and 90-degree elbow previously required, while reducing noise significantly. 

    All LittleRed dryers are offered in multiple belt widths, as narrow as 46 cm for the narrowest LittleRed-X1D model, and up to 198 cm for the widest LittleRed-X3D model.

    Capacities range from 90 to 1080 plastisol-printed garments/h, 45 to 555 water-based or discharge-printed garments/h, and 34 to 155 DTG garments/h printed with digital white ink or pretreated for DTG printing.

    Modular heating chambers can be added and conveyor belts lengthened to double or triple conveyor belt speeds and drying capacities as needs grow.  

    The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry an industry-leading 15-year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils to provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units.





  • + Domino to launch next generation of thermal inkjet printers this spring

    Domino Printing Sciences is gearing up for the spring launch of the Gx-Series, a new range of thermal inkjet (TIJ) print..

    25 May 2020


    Domino Printing Sciences is gearing up for the spring launch of the Gx-Series, a new range of thermal inkjet (TIJ) printers optimised for fast, efficient, and accurate coding, on product labels, flexible films, and cartons.

    The Gx-Series is optimised for smart factory applications, providing manufacturers with a future-proof solution for evolving production processes. The printers are easy to use and to integrate into existing manufacturing procedures, with enhanced connectivity, a simple user interface and a smaller overall footprint. The domino Cloud capability provides remote monitoring, while options for EtherCAT and PLC communications allow for fast data transfer and synchronisation.

    ‘The Gx-Series utilises industry standards, which allows for integration into existing automation systems to provide an industry 4.0 ready coding and marking solution,’ said Alexandros Mountis, TIJ product manager at Domino. ‘The option of the EtherCAT communication allows our TIJ printers to communicate directly with programmable logic controllers to provide greater control of manufacturing processes, translating into increased productivity, and reduced coding errors.

    ‘In a modern marketplace, consumers, retailers, and governments are demanding more information from manufacturers. We have developed the Gx-Series in response to these changes, to give our customers greater control over their product labelling, with the ability to produce high-quality, machine-readable codes for marketing information, traceability data, and serialisation.’

    Domino’s Gx-Series printers are able to print high-density machine-readable codes, including Data Matrix codes, providing opportunities for enhanced product labelling and late stage customisation within manufacturing operations. Advanced track and trace and item-level serialisation are available via Dynamark protocol, with coding in compliance with pharmaceutical regulations, including EU FMD and US DQSA, according to GS1 standards.

    Gx-Series are controlled by an intuitive user interface and touch screen or remotely via web browser. Customers can select from one to four print heads, which can be stitched together to allow for print heights of up to 50.8mm (2in), or used separately to print on multiple lines at speeds of up to 300m/min (984ft/m). The maintenance-free print heads are equipped with LED status signals to show which cartridges need changing, while Domino AutoSwap enables cartridges to be changed while printing, without interrupting production.

    The print heads are available with a range of advanced coloured inks suitable for use on both porous and non-porous substrates with rapid dry times and good. For food and beverage applications, EuPia and Swiss List compliant ink options are available for coding on direct contact food packaging. This includes flexible films, porous shelf-ready packaging, and shipping boxes.

    The next-generation printers are compatible with all languages, and suitable for use across industries including pharmaceuticals, electronics, and food and beverage, with customisable options available to suit individual production needs.





  • + Epson manufactures face masks for use and donation using its patented Dry Fibre paper recycling technology

    Epson has announced that it will apply and use its patented Dry Fibre technology, the same technology it uses within its..

    25 May 2020


    Epson has announced that it will apply and use its patented Dry Fibre technology, the same technology it uses within its unique PaperLab A-8000 system, to now start producing face masks for its employees.

    The masks that Epson will now manufacture respond to growing demand for face masks for protection against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
     
    Epson’s PaperLab A-8000 in-office dry paper making system, is a dry-process* technology that enables the processing and creation of paper on-site, in the amount you need and when you need it. In the case of the new masks, they will be made not from used paper but from functional fibres and will be manufactured at two of Epson’s production plants. This in turn will eliminate the need for Epson to outsource purchasing masks for its employees.





    As well as manufacturing the masks in-house for its employees, Epson will also donate 100,000 masks to local authorities and medical institutions where needs for personal protective equipment (PPE) have been expanding. The company will also donate 5,600 face shields to the same organisations.
     
    Epson does not plan to sell the masks it manufactures commercially.
     
    Epson often makes significant and regular contributions to realising a sustainable society and has made a commitment to ongoing efforts that realise the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
     
    For more information on PaperLab and Dry Fibre technology go to:
    https://global.epson.com/innovation/paperlab/





  • + 22 LASER BUSINESS IDEAS FROM ALFEX CNC

    DIVERSIFY YOUR LASER BUSINESS WE HAVE 22+ PROJECT IDEAS TO INSPIRE YOU DURING COVID-19 (INCLUDING TUTORIALS & A..

    25 May 2020


    DIVERSIFY YOUR LASER BUSINESS

    WE HAVE 22+ PROJECT IDEAS TO INSPIRE YOU DURING COVID-19 (INCLUDING TUTORIALS & ARTWORK FILES)

    The last couple of months have been uncertain times, to say the least — priorities are shifting daily as a global health emergency is being dealt with on a global scale. Businesses big and small have been forced to act fast in response: to help others suffering through the crisis while attempting to stay on solid ground financially.
    Whilst it seems that as country we have now flattened the curve – we should expect that the economic consequences will last a bit longer… business will not return to what it was for some time. The great thing about laser cutters and laser engravers is their versatility. 

    If you own a laser machine,  the applications are endless. If you can think of it and design it, you can make it with a laser system.

    We’ve put together a list of application ideas that can be made using a laser system that are in demand as the world lives in and recovers from COVID-19.

    FOR ALL LINKS, PLEASE CLICK HERE

    PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

    • PPE is in high demand all over the world. Whilst there is medical-grade PPE that requires TGA approval, non-medical grade PPE is also in high demand.
    • Fabric face masks Make your own following this tutorial or this one
    • Protective face shields We’ve found some great tutorials and design files here and here and here
    • Face mask adjusters Healthcare providers are asking for face mask adjusters because the straps of their face masks have been rubbing against the backs of their ears. Tutorial & artwork available here.
    • Isolation gowns There are many types, here is a free pattern you can use
    • Acrylic sneeze guards 6 ideas here
    • PPE signs To remind and enforce use of PPE
    • More information on PPE regulations can  be found on the Australian Government website here and here.

    SIGNAGE

    • Signage is more important than ever to keep the public safe. Existing businesses will benefit from communicating COVID-19 safety measures to both staff and customers.
    • “Wait Here” signage at the front door
    • Social distancing marking for register queues
    • Outdoor A-Frame signage for restaurants and cafes “Yes we are open for takeaway!”
    • Only X customers in the store at one time
    • Contactless payments only please
    • Wash / sanitise your hands
    • Learn how to make signage with your laser machine by following this tutorial.





    PERSONALISED GIFTS

    Many people are celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, baby arrivals, anniversaries and more in isolation at home. Family and friends who cannot visit their loved ones are looking for thoughtful gifts that can be delivered directly to the receiver.  Some personalised gifts ideas that can be sold online:
     
    • Bookmarks – from paper or wood
    • Baby notices – check out our customer CMC Gold’s creative range for inspiration
    • Cutting boards – can be personalised with family recipes
    • Jewellery – tutorial here and more creative examples here
    • Photo engraving – learn how to prepare photos for engraving
    • Laser cut artwork – check our customer United Make‘s incredible designs for inspiration here

    GAMES & TOYS

    • Indoor Activities are on the rise as families stay home and seek something to do.
    • Model making – fantastic template library here
    • Puzzles – get inspired by our tutorial here and these children puzzles
    • Learn from home products including these early education puzzles
    • STEM Education project ideas – such as this gear assembly project
    • Our laser systems are extremely versatile, allowing you to laser cut, laser mark or laser engrave a wide range of materials. Whilst many of these ideas are general, success comes from zoning into a specific niche.




    We hope you’re inspired by these ideas and allow your creativity to flow and your business succeed even during these strange times.