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  • + Registrations Open for ‘Most Important PacPrint Ever’

    Registrations have opened online for PacPrint 2021, with organisers saying the event could well be the ‘most impor..

    09 March 2021


    Registrations have opened online for PacPrint 2021, with organisers saying the event could well be the ‘most important PacPrint ever held’, as the first industry expo – perhaps anywhere in the world – for almost two years.

    PacPrint, together with its co-located shows, the Visual Impact sign, display and wide-format show, and the self-explanatory Label & Packaging Expo, typically attracts more than 8,000 visitors from Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding region and, with Australia in an enviable position globally in relation to the pandemic, this year’s event is expected to be more strongly subscribed than ever.

    Peter Harper, CEO of Visual Connections, which organises the event and also co-hosts it with the Print & Visual Communications Association (PVCA) says indications from fellow event organisers and the Exhibitions & Events Association of Australia are that not only are markets ready to return to ‘in-person’ events, but are keener than ever.

    “For example, we heard this week from colleagues in Queensland that the events they have held late last year and in early 2021 have not only exceeded expectations but, in some instances, have broken attendance records for the shows in question,” he reports. “Not only that, but record business has been transacted at many of these shows, reinforcing the value of the physical B2B environment of an industry expo.”

    Visual Connections’ own research backs the contention that the market is ready to gather at trade shows, with some 70% of respondents to a recent survey indicating that they would ‘definitely’ attend the Melbourne show. Another 18% said they were considering it, with only 12% saying they had no plans to attend at present.

    “We are in a great position in Australia to plan for a return to exhibitions and events,” Harper points out. “With seven months still to run until doors open at the MCEC, we are extremely confident that PacPrint will not only proceed, but potentially be one of the biggest and most important shows we’ve ever held.

    “Now, with plans progressing well for the show, it’s time for business owners and key decision makers to clear their diaries, start to make plans, and of course register to attend the show.”

    PacPrint 2021 will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 28 September to 1 October, 2021. Click here to register or find out more at www.pacprint.com.au. To join more than 50 companies already exhibiting at the show, contact the events team on +61 2 9868 1577 or exhibitons@visualconnections.org.au





  • + Caldera Announces Drivers for New HP Latex 700 and 800

    French print software developer Caldera has added drivers for the new HP Latex 700 and 800 printers to its award-winning..

    09 March 2021


    French print software developer Caldera has added drivers for the new HP Latex 700 and 800 printers to its award-winning RIP program. CalderaRIP Version 14 can now be used to operate all four of the new HP Latex models, enabling HP users to get the most out of the new technology with drivers they already know and trust. The certification of the new drivers will ensure that Caldera continues to offer continuity and serve customers’ needs in the fast-moving digital print market. Furthermore, as the only RIP solution designed specifically for macOS, it’s ideal for the creative and design communities.

    By giving users complete control over the production process from design to finishing, CalderaRIP offers a fully scalable solution that can encompass all the demands of high-volume digital printing environments via one fully-integrated RIP program. The software’s unique client-server architecture allows the distribution of computational power over several workstations with just one software license. As well as driving multiple printers, the RIP can be used to operate numerous Print & Cut peripherals at the same time, optimising productivity across customers’ entire print operation. Reduced media wastage, outstanding colour management, repetition and nesting programs and efficient ink usage are just some of the advanced features that have made CalderaRIP a market leader – and one of the few RIP solutions recommended and certified for use with HP printers.

    The new additions to the HP Latex range offer a combination of consistent, high-quality printing on a wide range of substrates with fast turnaround times. With speeds of up to 334 square feet per hour for the Latex 700 and up to 388 square feet per hour for the Latex 800, these printers are also extraordinarily versatile – applications include textile, banners, signage, vehicle wraps, home décor, packaging, transparent vinyl, window and backlit printing. The Latex 700W and 800W have additionally been optimised for white ink, expanding the range of these printers even further. Used in combination with CalderaRIP Version 14 they deliver excellent productivity gains, and promise a fast return on investment.

    According to Samin Sarkar, General Manager, Caldera, ‘Once again, Caldera has proved itself a market leader by placing the needs of our customers at the centre of our activities. Our continuing partnership with HP enables us to outpace expectations by extending our offering in line with the latest market developments, delivering consistently high-quality results.’

    www.caldera.com





  • + News from OS: Agfa introduces fastest Jeti Tauro inkjet printer to date

    The Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED is Agfa’s new flagship, targeted to the high end of the sign & display market. ..

    09 March 2021


    The Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED is Agfa’s new flagship, targeted to the high end of the sign & display market.

    This UV LED inkjet engine prints media up to 3.3 m wide in four or six colours at a speed up to 600 m²/h. Like its siblings, it combines industry-leading print quality with all-round versatility, extreme productivity and cutting-edge automation, yet it is even sturdier and up to 30% faster. And just like the other members of the award-winning Jeti Tauro H3300 family, it is a true hybrid that can handle boards and sheets as well as flexible materials – in different configurations.

    Built for 24/7 performance

    Every component of the new Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED (UHS for ‘ultra-high speed’) is geared towards sustaining highly productive, reliable print operations with low maintenance requirements and high uptime. Examples include the high-speed autoloader for fast media processing and the large ink tanks for greater autonomy.

    Thanks to the extended vacuum zones and media guides, it is also well-suited for corrugated cardboard packaging printing, thus enabling sign & display printers to expand their offering and cover all deliverables for their customers’ marketing campaigns.

    The master roll-to-roll configuration can handle both single- and dual-roll printing, and features an optional camera for accurate double-sided printing of block-out media.

    Sustainable inks with the lowest consumption


    The Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED uses Agfa’s GREENGUARD Gold certified Anuvia UV LED inks, characterised by a wide colour gamut and high colour vibrancy. Ink consumption is the lowest on the market thanks to Agfa’s patented ‘Thin Ink Layer’ technology – which relies on the exceptional colour strength of the pigments in Agfa’s inks, the smart algorithms in the Asanti software, and perfectly matched printer components. White ink and primer are optional.

    Powered by Asanti workflow software


    The Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED is powered by Agfa’s Asanti workflow software, which controls and automates the entire printing process from prepress to finishing, while guaranteeing colour consistency and optimising ink consumption. The smart Asanti Production Dashboard displays ink and media consumption and printing time for each job and printer. Calibrated Print Modes (CPMs) are personalised production templates that control all parameters for a particular substrate and enable automatic job creation.

    More about the Jeti Tauro H3300 range

    Agfa introduced the first Jeti Tauro H3300 in the spring of 2018. These high-end hybrid large-format inkjet engines have since helped print service providers around the world to make their business more efficient and to acquire new business. The Jeti Tauro H3300 range now includes:

    • the original Jeti Tauro H3300 LED model, which is available in a 4- and 6-colour version, with the previous dedicated to speed and the latter to top-quality.
    • the ‘entry-model’ Jeti Tauro H3300 S, which was introduced in the Fall of 2020 and provides an attractive growth path for print service providers. It enables them to expand their possibilities as it can be upgraded to the speed of the original model.
    • the new Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED top-model.
    All Jeti Tauro H3300 LED printers can be used in different configurations for boards, sheet and roll-to-roll printing.





  • + Jet Technologies Digital Hosting Innovations Session

    Jet Technologies is delighted to host a Digital Innovations session at our Sydney demonstration centre on the 19th of Ma..

    02 March 2021


    Jet Technologies is delighted to host a Digital Innovations session at our Sydney demonstration centre on the 19th of March.

    The event will run between 11:30am and 2:30pm, with lunch & refreshments in the usual Jet style.

    This marks the first possible chance to host the event since our worlds were turned upside down by COVID19.

    At the centre of the event will be the brand-new L350UV SAI.



    With productivity improvements of between 20-67% on the previous model, the SAI will absolutely chew through the most complex print jobs.

    Additional colours ensure the highest colour gamut is achieved and a major software redesign makes this a dream for operators to run. 

    Numbers are strictly limited, reserve your place today!






  • + Epson supports 360° Photo Awards International Photography Competition

    Epson Australia is supporting the inaugural 360° Photo Awards, an exciting new photography competition organised by ..

    02 March 2021


    Epson Australia is supporting the inaugural 360° Photo Awards, an exciting new photography competition organised by international multi award-winning photographer and AIPP Master of Photography Ignacio Palacios, by supplying an A2+ SureColor P906 desktop photo printer as one of the headline prizes. The 360° Photo Awards is aimed to attract amateur and professional photographers alike, in Australia and internationally.

    Epson launched a real breakthrough in professional printing technology with the introduction of the A2+ SureColor P906 desktop photo printer which draws 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.

    The new SureColor P906 is the smallest professional A2+ printer in its 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.
     
    UltraChrome® PRO10 pigment ink, combined with Epson's innovative MicroPiezo® print head, enables the SureColor P906 to produce gallery-quality black & white output, plus improved vivid colour prints with breathtaking blues and violets thanks to the new Violet ink that is now on board.
     
    The SureColor P906 is one of  three major prizes that will be featured in the competition for the overall winning entries submitted. The nine individual category winners will share in the remaining prize pool, with the top 3 place-getters also receiving certificates.
     
    The 360° Photo Awards competition will launch on 1 March 2021 offering early bird pricing with an entry of US$12 for both single and portfolio entries. Entries will close on 31 October and the winners will be announced in December. Every entrant will receive a downloadable eBook “How to Win Photography Competitions” by Ignacio Palacios.
     
    Images submitted for the awards will be judged by some of the most recognised Australian and international photographers including Ken Duncan, Marsel Van Oosten, Hans Strand, Richard I’Anson, Mieke Boynton, Adam Williams, Ricardo da Cunha, Douwe Dijkstra, Luke Austin and Ignacio Palacios.
     
    For more on the 360° Photo Awards go to: www.360photoawards.com





  • + Fastest ever imagePROGRAF printer boosts large format print in the production CAD market

    Canon Australia unleashes eight new large format print models with the introduction of the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Ser..

    02 March 2021


    Canon Australia unleashes eight new large format print models with the introduction of the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series, and a refreshed imagePROGRAF TX Series.

    Canon Australia today unveils a fresh line-up of 5-Colour Multifunction (MFP) and Single-function (SFP) large format printers, complete with a diverse range of solutions and newly-developed scanner accessories to meet the needs of high-production to entry-level businesses in the CAD and GIS markets[1].

    Sitting at the helm of Canon’s MFP line-up is the new 36-inch model imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series – a new category of production printer for Canon, comprising new technologies for high productivity, high-image quality prints, paired with the fastest print speeds of any imagePROGRAF to date. Optimised to be the ideal choice for customers in architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing, as well as professional print service providers and copy shops; the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series can be further enhanced with the optional addition of the newly developed Global Scanning Z36 scanner. Compared to its predecessors[2], the 36-inch wide Z36 scanner is reduced in size and weight for a more integrated feel and enhanced operability for end users.

    Taking CAD, GIS and poster printing to a new level of productivity, Canon Australia today also updates its successful imagePROGRAF TX Series of large format printers with six new models: the 24-inch imagePROGRAF TX-2100, 36-inch imagePROGRAF TX-3100 and 44-inch imagePROGRAF TX-4100, plus the multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-2100 MFP Z24, imagePROGRAF TX-3100 MFP Z36 and imagePROGRAF TX-4100 MFP Z36 – which are complete with the integration of the Global Scanning Z24 and Z36 scanners respectively. These new high-speed, high-capacity, multipurpose devices deliver unrivalled print quality, enhanced media handling and advanced security while maintaining a familiar ‘Canon workflow’ – ideal for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) businesses, retail stores and in-house print departments.



    Introducing a new category of speed, productivity and image quality: Canon imagePROGRAF TZ Series

    For fast-paced businesses working to tight deadlines, the new Canon imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series combines high speed output with a stack of features to support continuous productivity and efficiency. With excellent media handling and the scope to produce high-quality applications including CAD/GIS drawings, renderings, maps and posters, this robust printer is the ideal choice for customers in architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing, as well as professional print service providers and copy shops. For an even more efficient workflow, the multifunctional imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 integrates the printer with a precision scanner in one device.  

    Printing at speeds of up to four A1 CAD pages per minute[3], the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 is the fastest in the imagePROGRAF Series. With 700ml high-capacity ink tanks and dual roll feeding, the printer maximises output and minimises downtime, comfortably handling production volumes between 300 and 500 square metres a month, supported by Direct Print Plus workflow management software and a high-capacity stacker holding up to 100 A0 sheets.  

    Designed for maximum productivity, the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 comes with ‘hot swap’ media rolls and inks, making it the first Canon imagePROGRAF printer to enable users to replenish media and ink on the fly during printing. The smart roll set takes the guesswork out of media loading: the user simply places the roll into the feeder and the printer does the rest. From the moment the print button is clicked, the first A1 CAD print can be in the user’s hands within up to 19 seconds[4].

    The CPP printer driver and CPP Publisher Select job submission tools help to achieve efficient printing with reduced misprints by monitoring the media width and the remaining amount of media before printing.

    The imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 uses Canon’s superior LUCIA TD ink technology, enabling high-quality output from CAD drawings to maps and posters, on a wide range of coated and uncoated media. Fine black lines and text can be reproduced clearly and with minimal feathering, even on uncoated media. Furthermore, due to the weather resistance of the inks, vivid colours are prevented from fading, even when using plain inkjet paper.

    Space-saving, ergonomic console design means that operations such as ink tank and media roll changes happen at the front of imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series models, while completed prints are removed from the top of the device.

    The MFP Z36 model packs even greater functionality into a smaller footprint, thanks to the integration of a high-quality multi-function scanner with dual LED light source system. This MFP model is easy to install and particularly suited to smaller office spaces. It comes with a large free-position touchscreen with easy-to-use preview functions and rich image editing capability. 

    For optimum security, all file data can be erased from the hard disk once each print job is completed, and optional PIN code and interface security can be used to prevent unauthorised access. 

    Pricing for the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 and imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from June 2021.  Product demonstrations will be available on request from June via Canon Australia. For more information, please click through to the product pages for the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 and imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36. 



    A new level of productivity, precision print, and vibrant colour: Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series

    Whether printing vibrant, high-quality posters or multiple copies of high-definition CAD drawings, the new imagePROGRAF TX Series delivers borderless prints at the push of a button, either from a PC or direct from a USB stick. Quick start-up time and rapid processing eliminates delays, and with continuous high-speed printing at up to 3.2 pages per minute and no trimming required, productivity is assured. 

    Designed for absolute ease of use, when the roll of media is placed in the imagePROGRAF TX Series feeder, the printer automatically detects the media type and width, while the intuitive control panel with its 4.3-inch touchscreen gives accurate media information at a glance.

    For high-volume jobs, a dual roll option supported by ‘hot swap’, high-capacity ink tanks enable up to 350 metres of uninterrupted printing from two rolls of the same media, or if needed, will switch between two rolls of different media types. The optional high-capacity, front-located stacker can hold up to 100 A0 prints and can be easily folded away when not in use to save space.

    Maintaining its reputation for unrivalled print quality, the new imagePROGRAF TX Series combines Canon print heads and five-colour, full pigment LUCIA TD inks to deliver fine lines, pin-point text and vibrant colours even on plain paper – ideal for high-precision CAD drawings and posters. For prints that will be used outside, the inks offer excellent weather resistance and can be used with Canon’s water-resistant media.

    For fast, efficient scanning and printing, the multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-3100 MFP Z36, and imagePROGRAF TX-4100 MFP Z36 models incorporate a newly developed, lightweight Z36 scanner that uses SingleSensor™ technology. This innovation saves time and performs an accurate, even scan across the full width, without the need for stitching or calibration.

    According to Ted Matsumoto, General Manager – B2B Product Marketing, Canon Australia: “In developing our newest range of large format printers, we set out to address a number of industry needs, from users of low-end LED plotters to low-yield, high-quality production businesses. With the introduction of the imagePROGRAF TZ Series, we’ve brought forth a robust production solution that balances productivity and efficiency while significantly reducing large format print and finishing times to help customers deliver on the tightest deadlines. I’m certain that this latest addition to the imagePROGRAF family raises the bar for customers and will match the growing demands of any business needing streamlined and hassle-free large format print production.

    “Furthermore, the initial imagePROGRAF TX Series released in 2018 has proved to be hugely popular with customers to date. Now, with growing demand for fast and flexible delivery of prints on demand, this newly improved line-up is optimised to customers’ changing needs, with outstanding productivity features that enable faster and more efficient printing of posters and CAD/GIS drawings. From the imagePROGRAF TZ Series to the imagePROGRAF TX Series, I’m confident that our new large format printer line-up offers a model to meet the everyday large format print needs of any business.”

    Pricing for the new imagePROGRAF TX Series models will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from February 2021. Product demonstrations will be available on request from February via Canon Australia. For more information, please click through to the product pages for the:
    ·       24-inch imagePROGRAF TX-2100
    ·       36-inch imagePROGRAF TX-3100
    ·       44-inch imagePROGRAF TX-4100
    ·       Multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-2100 MFP Z24
    ·       Multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-3100 MFP Z36
    ·       Multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-4100 MFP Z36





  • + Meteor adds support for Epson I3200 PrecisionCore printheads

    Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of electronics, software, tools and services for industrial inkjet, further expands ..

    02 March 2021


    Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of electronics, software, tools and services for industrial inkjet, further expands its product portfolio with the introduction of a set of products for Epson’s I3200 range of PrecisionCore printheads.  These products join Meteor’s previously launched solutions for Epson S3200, S1600 and S800 printheads. 

    Epson PrecisionCore printheads embody technology that enables outstanding image quality, productivity, durability and printhead scalability.  With a compact form factor accommodating four separate colours at 600dpi, the I3200 is easy to carriage-mount, making it ideal for low-cost, multi-pass printers such as those used in direct-to-garment textile printing.  The head is also attractive in single-pass applications requiring ultra-low cost without sacrificing print resolution, including on-demand, colour book printing and direct-to-shape product personalisation.  Compatible with water-based, UV or eco-solvent inks, the heads can also be used in any number of functional inkjet applications.

    Meteor’s new PDS-3EI3200Z Print Driver Stack (PDS) for the I3200 is designed with space and cost efficiency at its heart.  Supporting three printheads per PDS, the electronics are easily scalable to systems of any size and, coupled with Meteor’s comprehensive software, OEMs can significantly reduce the effort and risk associated with the design and delivery of superior industrial inkjet printers.  Moreover, Meteor’s DropWatching Systems and printhead waveform development services are essential tools to accelerate time to market for new inkjet applications.

    Jonathan Wilson, Meteor’s sales director, comments, “Through successful cooperation with Epson, Meteor is proud to present a solution which allows our mutual customers to take advantage of all the I3200 has to offer.  Meteor’s electronics and software provide the fastest and easiest way for OEMs to unlock the potential of these printheads.”

    Paddy O’Hara, business development manager, Epson Europe adds, “At Epson we work with market leading partners to provide the printhead driver solutions that our OEM customers demand. With the introduction of Meteor’s system for driving the I3200 series of printheads, our customers will have access to extremely versatile hardware and software, allowing them to develop printers for a wide range of applications.”





  • + Clem Johnson Awarded FESPA Australia highest honour

    The FESPA Australia board announces today that past-president Clem Johnson has been awarded the Associations highest hon..

    02 March 2021


    The FESPA Australia board announces today that past-president Clem Johnson has been awarded the Associations highest honour; the Association's life membership.
     
    Clem's involvement with FESPA Australia began in 1998 as Treasurer of the Queensland branch of SGIAA (now FESPA Australia). In 2005 he was elected Federal President of SGIAA, which he served in for 11 years.
     
    “Clem took on his presidency during a challenging time for the Association,” says Nigel Davies, President FESPA Australia. “Digital technologies were changing our traditional membership profile, and Clem championed our drive to join the global community to capitalise on opportunities this trend would bring. His efforts lead to SGIAA being granted FESPA Associate Membership and ultimately Full Membership of the FESPA federation. Clem was passionate about training and served tirelessly on initiatives such as the Future Print Pilot Project, steering committees on apprenticeship training and the Glen Crerar Training Trust.”
     
    Clem's professional career started with C&S Designs in Brisbane in the late '70s, where he gained a Cert 3 in Printing & Graphic Arts. In 1989, he established his own business, Reid Print Technologies, to design, develop, and manufacture a range of innovative functional printed products for industrial and commercial applications. Today, Reid Print Technologies is a leading manufacturer in this highly specialised field.
     
    "I have been fortunate through my time with FESPA Australia to meet many wonderful industry people, both locally and overseas.", says Clem. "Hearing their stories, sharing in their passion for the industry and simply catching up is priceless".
     
    Nigel Davies says “it is a privilege to have worked with Clem during his time as President, and FESPA Australia is stronger today for the foundations that he and his board put in place. I have the highest regard for Clem personally and professionally, and I am honoured that we can celebrate his contribution in this manner.”

    SGIAA & industry involvement
    ● 1998-2002 SGIAA Treasurer (QLD)
    ● 2002-2004 SGIAA President (QLD)
    ● 2003 Member of the Qld Graphics Communications Training Board
    ● 2003-2008 Member of the Queensland PICA Awards Judging Panel
    ● 2004-2005 Member of the Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts (QSPGA) Advisory Board
    ● 2005-2016 SGIAA Federal President
    ● 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013 – Organiser of SGIAA Screen & Digital Awards & Gala Event
    ● Trustee of the Glen Crerar Training Trust
    ● 2005-2015 Represented SGIAA at FESPA General Assemblies
    ● 2006 Convened the first Australian ASGA Meeting during Coolum Conference
    ● 2006 Hyatt Coolum Conference
    ● 2008 Member of the Creative Skills Council – Printing Industry Sub Committee
    ● 2008 Researched and published the Souvenir 50th Anniversary of SGIAA Booklet. The booklet has been lodged with the Australian National Library & The State Library of NSW.
    ● 2014-2015 Represented SGIAA to develop the Future Print Pilot Project, a National project investigating and implementing innovative ways of enhancing the competency-based training system. Working closely with the Future Print Advisors in identifying a stream of training options to better meet the needs of SGIAA members and the wider print communities.






  • + NUtec’s UV curable ink range grows with latest Quartz Q50-RTR2 addition

    Digital ink manufacturer, NUtec reports a growing UV curable ink portfolio with the addition of its latest Quartz Q50-RT..

    02 March 2021


    Digital ink manufacturer, NUtec reports a growing UV curable ink portfolio with the addition of its latest Quartz Q50-RTR2 offering.

    The Quartz Q50-RTR2 is a low odour, roll-to-roll ink developed for curing with conventional mercury vapour and LED UV lamps. The formulation is suitable for a high-speed printing environment and features a high-density colour gamut for bright, vivid images.

    This latest offering from NUtec Digital Ink is designed for compatibility across a broad range of print head types from Fujifilm® Dimatix®, Konica Minolta®, Xaar®, ToshibaTec®, Ricoh® and Seiko® and is packaged in convenient 5 litre bottles.

    The Quartz Q50-RTR2 is a cost-effective, roll-to-roll UV-curable ink designed for a large number of self-adhesive and flexible media applications.

    “As with all our UV-curable inks, the Quartz Q50-RTR2 is NVC-free and complies to the latest regulatory standards while offering a cost-effective solution for customers looking for a roll-to-roll ink for their high-speed UV printers,” says Neil Green, Sales and Marketing Director, NUtec Digital Ink.

    Provided the inks are used in regular applications using suitable substrates, the printed images will last up to 2 years. Like all NUtec products, the Quartz Q50-RTR2 ink is backed by NUtec Digital's Ink Delivery System (IDS) Warranty.






  • + News from US: Xeikon Adds Two New Entry-Level Presses

    Xeikon announces the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 Xeikon Ameri..

    02 March 2021


    Xeikon announces the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50

    Xeikon America, Inc. today announced the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50. Building on its sixth generation platform and based on CHEETAH 2.0 technology with new generation interfaces and cloud connection, these new presses are designed to offer maximum overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 fit perfectly into the Xeikon portfolio between the Xeikon 3030 REX and Xeikon 3050 REX entry-level presses and the higher-end Xeikon CX300 and Xeikon CX500. Xeikon has designed and developed the two new presses to suit any label printer operating on ‘middle capacity’, that is: 20,000-40,000 m2 or 30,000-55,000 MSI in all end-use segments. The press excels particularly in the pharmaceutical, food, and wine & spirit label sectors. The new machines are available for online demonstrations from Xeikon’s Global Innovation Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, and commercially available worldwide in the first quarter of this year.

    “Part of the Xeikon strategy going forward is to make sure every label printer and converter has the maximum choice to purchase a Xeikon press that can help them drive business growth,” said Filip Weymans, Vice President, Marketing at Xeikon. “A successful and cost-effective investment in a digital production solution works best when it is based on expected, realistic print volumes. Xeikon’s CHEETAH 2.0 series offers competitive running costs, and printers have the opportunity to successfully expand the capabilities of their press (by upgrading either in speed or width, or both). The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are appropriate choices for printers and converters looking at digital for the first time with future plans to expand and grow their operation – also for online label printers who are seeing their business explode.”

    Both the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are ‘middle capacity’ presses that can be upgraded on site: 

    For higher speeds, both the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 can be upgraded from 20mpm (65ft/min) to 30mpm (98ft/min) with the Xeikon CX300 or Xeikon CX500. For greater width, the Xeikon CX30 (330mm or 13”) can be upgraded to the Xeikon CX50 (520mm or 20.47”) or the Xeikon CX500 

    CHEETAH 2.0 technology is based on Xeikon’s scalable press architecture that includes five print stations and a full rotary process with a variable repeat length. Each station utilises Xeikon’s dry toner process and a variety of print widths up to 512mm (20.3”) using an LED imaging head operating at 1200x3600 dpi and delivering offset/gravure image quality. The two new presses use Xeikon’s QB dry toner based on CHEETAH 2.0 technology, which excels in the digital print landscape by offering superior colour consistency across the web and ensuring the highest volume of output with reduced waste. The toner is available in CMYK, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, extra Magenta (gamut extension colours), Super Black, plus technical colours such as One-pass opaque white, UV and reflective clear as well as colours produced at the customer’s request. The QB toner achieves top quality results on a broad range of standard flexo substrates. The pigments used in the QB toner are of the highest grade and FDA-certified as food safe, and also offer the highest levels of ‘light fastness’ in the market. The labels shine not only after printing but for long afterwards.

    The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are both driven by Xeikon’s powerful and intelligent X-800 digital front end for ultimate efficiency and full automation. Xeikon’s Digital Front End (DFE) workflow is a true differentiator and enabler and can be integrated with common ERP and MIS systems. Accuracy of colour reproduction over time and between presses is guaranteed by an integrated on-press inline spectrometer. Xeikon’s X-800 workflow holds variable data capabilities unseen in the current market, allowing the label printer and converter to explore a variety of high value applications with a basic press investment.

    “With Xeikon’s long standing expertise, we have developed the deeper understanding that can help label printers and converters with all aspects of running a successful digital business, from choice of equipment (10 label presses) and choice of technology (Dry toner and UV inkjet) to workflow integration and expert colour management services,” said Weymans. “We are recognized as a go-to trusted advisor and solutions provider. Xeikon wants to help label printers and converters transform their label manufacturing into digital label manufacturing – not just digitising the printing aspect but also the other aspects of the manufacturing processes inspired by digital printing. With the introduction of the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50, we continue to build and structure our comprehensive portfolio so that our customers can find everything they need with Xeikon.”

    For advice, please go to our online service (https://transform.xeikon.com/). For more information on the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 and to book a demonstration, please contact info.americas@xeikon.com. For other products and solutions from Xeikon, visit www.xeikon.com





  • + Kwik Kopy Shellharbour Opens

    Born and bred local, Suzan Lindsey, has opened a new Kwik Kopy franchise at Shellharbour. The centre will provide design..

    02 March 2021


    Born and bred local, Suzan Lindsey, has opened a new Kwik Kopy franchise at Shellharbour. The centre will provide design and printing services for local businesses including graphic design, branding, stationery, poster printing, signage and large format printing, and catalogue printing. 

    Between them, Suzan and her husband Paul have been in the printing industry for 40 years. They own award-winning franchise Kwik Kopy Five Dock in Sydney which was awarded Franchise of the Year in 2019 and also co-own Kwik Kopy Coburg in Melbourne.

    While Paul commutes to Sydney every day to run Kwik Kopy Five Dock, Suzan saw an opportunity to open a Kwik Kopy centre close to home. When she saw that the Shellharbour territory was available she jumped at the chance to grab it. Suzan will run Kwik Kopy Shellharbour with her son Daymein working with her on the production side. 

    One thing that sets Kwik Kopy Shellharbour apart is the centre’s sophisticated digital printing press, the only one of its kind in the Illawarra. The press is unique as it can print metallic and fluro colours, creating a vibrancy that’s unrivalled. Another thing that makes the centre unique is it’s proven track record in customer service. 

    “Our job is to make life really easy for our customers. That means fast turnaround times on print jobs and quotes, as well as guidance along the way on how to prepare artwork and how to get the best results. Our goal is to ensure our customers always have a great experience with us,” said Suzan. 



    According to Suzan, her choice to open a Kwik Kopy centre in her hometown is a testament to the strength of the Kwik Kopy franchise network. 

    “Kwik Kopy’s support is next level. It’s really like a family because they look after you. I know we are in great hands. Combine that with Kwik Kopy’s fantastic brand and I couldn’t find a reason not to do it!”

    Kwik Kopy Shellharbour is located at: 

    Kwik Kopy Shellharbour
    Unit 1, 21 Durgadin Drive
    Albion Park Rail , NSW 2527
    Phone: (02) 4221 9630
    Email: print@shellharbour.kwikkopy.com.au
    Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday





  • + Canon supports the accelerating demands of hybrid working with the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series

    Canon Australia today announces the latest addition to its best-selling imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX portfolio, the C5800 Seri..

    23 February 2021


    Canon Australia today announces the latest addition to its best-selling imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX portfolio, the C5800 Series - a true hub for digital transformation in effortlessly bridging physical and digital workflows to empower hybrid workforces. Comprising four models capable of producing high yield colour printing at various print speeds – including hero model, imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5870i at 70 pages per minute (PPM); imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5860i at 60 PPM; imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5850i at 50 PPM; and, imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5840i at 40 PPM[1] – Canon’s new C5800 Series is designed to boost the productivity, serviceability and security of medium to large-sized enterprises.

    With accelerating societal changes and the emergence of remote and decentralised working, this fundamental shift in behaviour has impacted the role of the office and ultimately what is needed from office technology. To support business continuity, drive digital transformation and facilitate unrivalled user experience between the office and remote working locations – thanks to the seamless integration of uniFLOW Online – the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series has been developed to support businesses thrive in today’s hybrid working reality.

    Empowering productivity

    The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series excels in streamlining document workflows by combining super-fast colour print speeds, ranging from 40 PPM up to 70 PPM, and enhanced connectivity with the latest scan technology, making it ideal for medium to large enterprises that require high volume, productive output. Designed to enable consistently secure, productive and effective working as part of technology ecosystem that is location-agnostic, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series truly empowers productivity.

    Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series combines the reliability and durability of its predecessors[2] in one flagship model – imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5870i – through offering enhanced serviceability with long life parts and easier replacement capabilities. For maximum uptime and drive efficiency, each model in the C5800 Series features quick sleep recovery, powering on in just six seconds and quick starting in four. Anti-streak, multi-feed detection and blank page removal, further reduces processing time and improves the scan performance. To save valuable time getting documents ready for use, the series delivers a broad range of embedded finishing options.

    Supporting digital transformation

    Digitisation is crucial to making sure teams can connect and collaborate, especially in today’s hybrid working reality. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series is the latest in Canon’s portfolio which is pivotal to customers embarking on their digital transformation journey. As a hub where print transforms into digital, Canon’s C5800 Series allows businesses to connect employees with workplace apps and plug documents straight into their workflows through one single platform.

    With in-built connectivity – integrating with cloud-storage destinations like Dropbox and OneDrive[3] - documents can be accessed, edited and shared by colleagues working anywhere. uniFLOW Online, Canon’s cloud-based software[4] provides a single platform to connect all working locations, through which companies can centrally manage their fleet, no matter where devices are located. It offers simple cost tracking, secure scanning, and robust device security. Users with the uniFLOW Online upgrade have advanced functionalities such as Filing Assist[5], allowing information to be extracted from paper documents and inputted directly and accurately into workflow software.  

    “The last 12 months has seen immense shifts in working patterns, as well as business and technology requirements,” says Ted Matsumoto, General Manager - B2B Product Marketing, Canon Australia. “Hybrid ways of working have developed and accelerated during this time and Canon is proud to have continued evolving our technology and broadening our portfolio to support our customer’s document workflow requirements wherever they work from. From connecting distributed workforces and enabling digital transformation with the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 series, to offering flexible and highly connected multifunction laser and inkjet solutions for individuals and SMBs operating at home or remotely; Canon is confident that we’re helping our customers maintain business continuity and adapt to the demands of today’s hybrid working.”

    Key Features - imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series
    ·         Print speeds from 40 PPM up to 70 PPM A4 (single sided) depending on the model in the range
    ·         Scan up to 270 ipm A4 (300 dpi duplex)
    ·         uniFLOW Online Express as standard
    ·         10.1-inch fully digital colour touch panel
    ·         Improved media handling supports smaller paper type formats, including A5
    ·         Scan, search and store with OneDrive, SharePoint, Concur, and Dropbox
    ·         360° security with McAfee Embedded Control software
    ·         TPM 2.0 providing stronger encryption technology
    ·         Quiet ADF operation
    ·         Consumes 15% less energy than predecessor imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5700 Series[6]
    ·         Staple-free (Eco) stapling up to 10 sheets[7]

    For more information on the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series, please visit: https://www.canon.com.au/multifunction-devices/imagerunner-advance-dx-c5800i-series  
     
    Pricing for the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from late February. Product demonstrations will be available on request from late February via Canon Australia.






  • + Coca-Cola announces European trial for paper bottle prototype

    Coca-Cola is set to launch a European trial for its recently announced first-ever paper bottle prototype. The solut..

    23 February 2021


    Coca-Cola is set to launch a European trial for its recently announced first-ever paper bottle prototype.

    The solution has been developed through a partnership between scientists at the Coca-Cola Research and Development Laboratories in Brussels and The Paper Bottle Company (Paboco).

    The technology developed by Paboco is designed to create recyclable bottles made of sustainably-sourced wood that are capable of resisting liquids, CO2, and oxygen, and are suitable for liquid goods such as carbonated and still drinks, beauty products, and more. 

    The current prototype consists of a paper shell with a recyclable plastic lining and cap made from 100% recycled PET. However, the company’s ultimate goal is to produce a bottle that can be recycled as paper.

    “The trial we are announcing today is a milestone for us in our quest to develop a paper bottle”, said Daniela Zahariea, director of technical supply chain and innovation for Coca-Cola Europe.

    “People expect Coca-Cola to develop and bring to market new, innovative and sustainable types of packaging. That’s why we are partnering with experts like Paboco, experimenting openly and conducting this first in-market trial. It’s part of delivering on our World Without Waste commitments.”

    The trial is scheduled to take place in the second quarter of this year and will involve the company’s plant-based AdeZ drink being offered to 2,000 consumers in Hungary, through a partnership with Kifli.hu - one of Hungary’s fastest growing online grocery retailers.

    Stijn Franssen, R&D packaging innovation manager, adds: “This trial will provide us with invaluable insight and feedback. We will get to see how the paper bottle prototype performs as packaging and what consumers think and feel about it. 

    “This is an exciting step forward for us, as it means we’re out of the lab and into the real world. So for the first time, consumers will actually be drinking one of our products from a potentially new type of paper packaging.”

    This move marks a further step in fulfilling The Coca-Cola Company’s global vision of achieving a “World Without Waste”, in which the company has pledged to ensure all of its packaging is collected, recycled, or re-used by 2030.





  • + A winning routing/cutting combination from AAG

    The AXYZ Infinite has been described by AAG as the most versatile and configurable routing/cutting solution currently av..

    23 February 2021


    The AXYZ Infinite has been described by AAG as the most versatile and configurable routing/cutting solution currently available. Key design features include the now familiar solid steel frame construction to withstand the most vigorous machine operation likely to be encountered and an aluminium t-slot vacuum material hold-down bed. These have been supplemented with a new carriage design that enables easier access for routine maintenance and servicing and the installation of machine upgrades, an ultra-efficient dust extraction unit for enhanced machine performance and a new misting system for more efficient machine cooling and lubrication during the routing/cutting process.

    Infinite can be configured with a choice of single, dual or triple routing/cutting heads to accommodate different applications. It is available in a choice of models and incorporates an expandable processing bed area of up to 3,251mm in width by an impressive 15.24m in length to accommodate any material processing requirement.

    The recently launched smaller-format AXYZ Innovator provides many of the attributes of much larger machines in its class and is ideal for installation in workshops where available space might be at a premium. It incorporates the same robust solid steel construction as Infinite and is available in two standard sizes (1.2 x 1.2m and 1.5 x 2.4m), with a gantry clearance of 152mm. Innovator features, as standard, the latest AXYZ rack and pinion drive system with integrated servomotors and A2MC machine control system for faster and smoother machine operation. Significantly, for the first time on any small-format machine, Innovator has an optional three-station ATC (Automatic Tool Change) system to allow continuous processing of material requiring different tools without operator intervention. The ATC system also incorporates a protective cover to prevent the ingress of dust, dirt and other environmental pollutants.

    Other optional machine enhancements include the latest AVS (AXYZ Vision System) for optimum routing/cutting accuracy and special cooling/lubricating and dust collection systems for improved machine performance and reliability.

    Belying its small format, Innovator will process virtually any material normally suited to much larger and more expensive machines.






  • + Currie Group Announces Organisational Re-structure as Phillip Rennell Leaves

    Newly appointed Currie Group CEO, Rob Mesaros announces a development in the company’s business model and through ..

    19 February 2021


    Newly appointed Currie Group CEO, Rob Mesaros announces a development in the company’s business model and through a new organisational plan, a milestone decision for the company has been reached.

    After playing a key role in many landmark moments across twenty years of dedicated service, Sales and Marketing Director, Phillip Rennell and Currie Group, have agreed the time is right to part ways.  

    “Changes big and small continuously happen around us – in society, personally and in business. It is an important part of evolution”, Rob Mesaros says. “However, in today’s always on and connected world, the velocity and impact is more pronounced than ever. Changing industry dynamics requires ongoing change necessary for the success and benefit of our customers,” Rob says.  

    With its unparalleled service coverage, cutting-edge technology and strong partnerships, Currie Group is poised to thrive well into the future. 

    Effective immediately, Phillip’s role as Sales and Marketing Director will no longer carry forward.  Consequently, sales and customer management of the commercial segment will fold into the broader responsibility of Bernie Robinson, in his capacity as Managing Director of the Commercial Division.

    Phillip Rennell says, “I’ve had an incredible journey for the last 20 plus years. I have shared many great memories with customers and suppliers alike. I could not have imagined the strong relationships forged along the way and take many of them with me on the next phase of my career.”

    Currie Group would like to thank Phillip for his immeasurable contribution and service and wish him the very best for the future.







  • + Super High Speed Single-Pass: EFI’s Fastest-Ever Inkjet Solution for Display Graphics is a Breakthrough Productivity Solution

    High-volume sign and graphics businesses can achieve a new, higher level of productivity with the first single-pass inkj..

    17 February 2021


    High-volume sign and graphics businesses can achieve a new, higher level of productivity with the first single-pass inkjet printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. dedicated to display graphics. The new EFI™ single-pass for display graphics UV LED inkjet printer, part of EFI’s super-high-speed series of devices, leverages the proven capabilities of the market leading EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus printer for direct-to-board corrugated packaging production. With this new 63-inch wide single-pass solution, users can reach truly breakthrough speeds, running through skids of synthetic media and paper-based materials at speeds up to 1,000 sheets or boards per hour. A future upgrade for the printer will also allow for conversion to roll-to-roll production.
     
    “When EFI announced EFI Nozomi single-pass technology at drupa 2016, the company was surprised at the level of interest expressed in this printer by display graphics customers, and we have been able to respond to demand with the most productive solution dedicated to that market,” said Ken Hanulec, vice president of worldwide corporate marketing, EFI. “Single-pass technology, done right, has the potential to change every print vertical it touches and give our customers unprecedented new opportunities. As the leader in advanced UV LED digital production solutions, we are excited to bring the very important efficiencies and throughput advantages of EFI’s proven single-pass technology to the display graphics market.”
     
    Operating at speeds that are up to three to four times faster than the most productive shuttle-based/multi-pass printers, the EFI single-pass for display graphics printer delivers high-end output on a wide range of media in quantities other digital solutions cannot match, giving customers a lower total cost of ownership, and higher profit potential, for high-volume demand.

    Driving the analog to digital transformation
     
    This breakthrough printer can give users the lowest cost per square foot in the market, while also giving them the greatest application range and extreme efficiency. Users can handle even challenging burst capacity demands with the printer’s remarkable throughput. Plus, the 7-colour printer delivers a wide colour gamut with six colours: CMYK with optional orange and violet inks, plus white.
     
    The printer’s on-board quality inspection system checks for colour uniformity, as well as for nozzle out and other defects to further ensure optimum print quality.
     
    All of these factors make EFI’s single-pass for display graphics printer the digital competitor on a cost basis to many analog print applications. Display graphics producers can bring digital print’s versatility advantages, such as seamless versioning and design change capabilities, to long-run work.
     
    As a very high volume digital printer, this new single-pass solution delivers the benefits of digital to new quantity levels that some print providers traditionally approached with analog methods. Users can eliminate the significant waste associated with analog screens and production make-readies, bringing a significant environmental advantage to digital display graphics printing.
     
    Efficiency and uptime with EFI Fiery server and Professional Services
     
    The EFI Fiery® digital front end (DFE) used to drive the printer provides outstanding print and colour quality, with a scalable blade-server architecture with HyperRIP performance, Adobe PDF Print Engine, and variable data support. The DFE also features Smart Ink Estimator – an advanced solution that accurately analyses image data for more-precise estimates of ink costs. Fiery Edge™, EFI’s next-generation profiling technology, is included as well, delivering even better out-of-the-box colour and quality enhancements.
     
    Scheduled to be available later this year, the printer is designed for robust productivity and high uptime, thanks to its proven, award-winning single-pass platform and an enhanced program of professional services from EFI. The professional services program also provides extensive remote support to deliver faster, effective service. New remote solutions include innovative data and intelligence offerings centred around EFI IQ™ cloud platform applications that help users glean greater management insights about their production operations to further improve productivity, efficiency and profitability.
     
    The new single-pass printer is one of three solutions – including the VUTEk® h5 UV LED hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printer with three-quarter automation and the new EFI VUTEk XT hybrid – that comprise EFI’s super-high-speed portfolio of advanced, high-volume display graphics products designed to drive the analog-to-digital transformation in printing. For more information on EFI’s portfolio of solutions for display graphics production, visit www.efi.com.





  • + Epson wins multiple BLI Winter 2021 Awards from Keypoint Intelligence

    Epson has won four BLI Winter 2021 Awards from Keypoint Intelligence including an A3 Outstanding Achievement in Innovati..

    16 February 2021


    Epson has won four BLI Winter 2021 Awards from Keypoint Intelligence including an A3 Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award for Departmental Finishing Capabilities for their Epson WorkForce Enterprise Series, along with two A4 Pick Awards for Outstanding Colour Inkjet All-in-One for Home Offices for their Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4800 Series and Outstanding Tabloid Colour Inkjet All-in-One for their WorkForce Pro WF-7800 Series as well as an Scanner Pick Award for Outstanding A3 Scanner for their Epson WorkForce DS-32000.
     
    Keypoint Intelligence is the world’s leading independent providers of testing services and analytical information to the document imaging industry. Awarded twice annually for office equipment, their Picks acknowledge the products that gave the best performances in their Keypoint Intelligence lab testing in the previous six months.
     
    Commenting on Epson’s BLI Winter 2021 A4 Pick Awards the judges said, “Epson continues to churn out top-notch inkjets for SOHO settings in both letter-size and wider formats. All the winning devices offer strong value propositions, robust feature sets, and impressive user-friendliness, thanks to easy-to-use touchscreens and simple maintenance. Flexible mobile support, including standard NFC, makes it easy for users to stay productive anytime, anywhere. In addition, the models all produced vibrant colour output that can help marketing materials pop.”

    Epson WorkForce DS-32000 also stood out with the judges commenting, ““The Epson WorkForce DS-32000 leverages a compact, unique design to provide customers with automated high-volume scanning. It can accommodate virtually any type of office document and supports horizontal scanning, which provides flatbed-like scanning without having to dedicate additional desk space.”
     
    Epson’s final award, the A3 Outstanding Achievement in Innovation for Departmental Finishing Capabilities for their Epson WorkForce Series had the judges remarking, “The Epson WorkForce Enterprise series is a ground-breaking development in the inkjet space. For the first time, business users are able to switch from toner-based technology for departmental office printing to inkjet without having to sacrifice some of the finishing capabilities they’re used to having available to them. Plus, Keypoint Intelligence’s extensive testing all but assures top-notch reliability and minimal impact on productivity when utilising the finisher.”
     
    www.epson.com.au





  • + ASGA & FESPA HP 2020 Awards For Excellence Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of the ASGA & FESPA HP 2020 Awards For Excellence. Winning Entries - Alber..

    16 February 2021


    Congratulations to the winners of the ASGA & FESPA HP 2020 Awards For Excellence.
     
    Winning Entries

    - Albert Smith Signs - Angel Signs - Atomic Signs - Blackdog Ink

    - Brisbane Signs & Engraving - Cactus Imaging - Cunneen Signs - CV Media & Signage                       

    - Danthonia Designs - Ecept - Forte Signs (Australia) - Graphic Effects

    - Image Box - Insigns - Kingman Visual - Kustom Design Studio NZ

    - Liberty Signs - Momo Visual - Neon Signs Australia - Next Printing

    - Rhino Signmakers - Sign Here Signs - Signco Manufacturing - Signs & Lines

    - Signs By Knight - SS Signs - Status Signs - T-1 Print

    - Thomas Creative - Vicon Transfers - Visual Advertising Solutions - Visual Exposure
     

    Young Star Awards

    Alex Christofidelis - Brisbane Signs & Engraving
    Jake Lambourne - SS Signs
    Dylan Norris - Liberty Signs
    Adam Watts - CV Media & Signage
    Doreen Shirky - Impression Markings
    Dylan Noble - Macarthur Signs
       
    The full details of the winning entries per category and the winners of the Highly Commended Awards winners will be announced at the HP Awards For Excellence dinner on 28 September 2021 in Melbourne. All of the entries and their associated categories can be found under the news section of the www.signs.org.au and www.fespaaustralia.org.au websites.
     
    “With COVID forcing the rescheduling of the Awards dinner for the third time, we decided the time for announcing the winners was now,” said ASGA President Julie Rochester.
     
    “The Awards is about highlighting and promoting excellence in the industry and we didn’t want to wait any longer. The winners have been provided with digital badges to promote the fact that they are 2020 Awards’ winners, but they won’t know how many awards they have won or whether they have won any of the Highly Commended Awards until the full details are announced at the prestigious Awards dinner in September. We are looking forward to the industry getting together to celebrate. Whether you are a winner or not, attending the dinner will be a great networking opportunity and an opportunity to reflect on the creativity, innovation and determination behind the final products.”
     
    FESPA Australia President, Nigel Davies added, “one of the many highlights of the awards is the People’s Choice Award which we will launch in August. The way this Award works is all of the entries get listed on a dedicated ASGA/FESPA Awards Facebook page and everyone gets to vote for their favourite entry. The People’s Choice Award is a great way to raise your profile to customer and suppliers and to get work associates, friends and family involved, cheering and “liking” your project on and showing their support on the page.”
     
    ASGA & FESPA HP 2020 Awards For Excellence would not be possible without the support of its sponsors – diamond: HP; gold: 3M, Amari Visual Solutions, Avery Dennison, Epson, Euro Poles, Graphic Art Mart, Visual Connections and silver: Ball & Doggett, Orafol, SMIB and Trotec.






  • + Inkcups Expands Helix Product Line with New Machine

    Global printing industry leader Inkcups announces the release of the newest addition to the Helix line of products: the ..

    16 February 2021


    Global printing industry leader Inkcups announces the release of the newest addition to the Helix line of products: the Double Helix.

    The Double Helix features two side-by-side print stations that are able to simultaneously print the same artwork on two of the same vessels. These print stations have the ability to print superior quality, full-colour (CMYKWW+V) images on straight-walled and tapered cylinders. With this high-speed printing system, customers can focus and target medium to higher-volume print runs.

    Fast and flexible just like the flagship Helix, the Double Helix can print full-colour seamless graphics at around 6 to 8 parts per minute depending on artwork size. This new machine is ideal for use with drinkware, barware, spirits, craft beer, candle holders, and many other industrial cylinder printing applications. In these fields, typical end products include high quality graphics on stainless steel tumblers, pint glasses, beer cans, wine and spirit bottles, sports bottles and much more.

    “We are really excited to launch the Double Helix to the drinkware and industrial markets, and expect that it will be a major success. Our Helix printer is an amazing product for digitally printing with full colour images but it’s speed does not satisfy all the needs in the market. The Double Helix will help our customers generate more revenue by getting increasing throughput and opening up new profit opportunities for higher volume printing,” said Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups.

    The Double Helix is compatible with Inkcups’ full line-up of UV digital ink. With a printable area of 8.6 inches, this machine can print on items up to 12 inches in length with a diameter of 2-5 inches using design techniques such as spot varnish, tip-to-tip printing, mirror print, contour print and more. Other highlights of this machine include the ability to add the new and patented Transparent Pin Curing (TPC) system for transparent drinkware items as well as integrating pre-treatment processes.

    Delivered as a turnkey package with Inkcups world-class InkcupCare warranty and service coverage, the Double Helix is engineered and manufactured in the U.S. and available for order now.

    inkcups.com





  • + Onyx Graphics Launches ONYX Go Subscriptions

    Onyx Graphics, Inc., today announced the introduction of ONYX Go, a new subscription RIP solution that adds to the expan..

    16 February 2021


    Onyx Graphics, Inc., today announced the introduction of ONYX Go, a new subscription RIP solution that adds to the expansive ONYX portfolio of wide-format digital inkjet software solutions. ONYX Go launches on the heels of ONYX 21, the company’s new version release, and is designed for Print Service Providers who require the latest technology to meet customer needs. ONYX Go is immediately available and offered in two product tiers, ONYX Go Lite and ONYX Go Plus. ONYX Go Plus includes enhanced color management and production tools including ICC Profiling to fine-tune profile output accuracy; Swatch Books 2.0 for color matching; finishing tools such as Bleed and Grommets to save valuable production time; Media Manager and more to help meet the daily challenges faced by today’s print shops.

    “ONYX Go brings another product option to our worldwide customer base to help them meet the evolving needs of the wide-format graphics market,” said Kevin Murphy, President and CEO of Onyx Graphics. “It incorporates the features and functionality ONYX users have come to expect for outstanding output quality, neatly packaged in a worry-free, affordable monthly subscription.”

    Available with soft-key activation providing near-instant access, ONYX Go is a month-to-month, no-contract, full-featured ONYX RIP solution with up to four Adobe PDF Print Engines (APPE); Job Editor to edit files before printing, unlimited roll-to-roll cutter support for complete Print-and-Cut workflows, and supports up to two printers.

    ONYX Go is available now as a monthly subscription through Authorized ONYX Resellers and the new ONYX Web Store. ONYX Go is open to existing ONYX users and other customers through a license subscription.

    onyxgfx.com