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  • + Announcing the worldwide introduction of two “100 series” models Expert printing made easy.

    Mimaki announces the release of two models of roll-to-roll inkjet printer "100 series" for sign graphics application, "J..

    18 November 2020


    Mimaki announces the release of two models of roll-to-roll inkjet printer "100 series" for sign graphics application, "JV100-160" compatible with solvent ink and "UJV100-160" compatible with UV ink, to be available worldwide starting December 1, 2020. Mimaki Australia will be holding good stock levels of these new models in April 2021.

    The "100 series" provides customers with new "high operability" based on the "high image quality" and "reliability" technologies that Mimaki Engineering, which has been leading the sign graphics market, has accumulated over many years. It is a product that can be used easily even by those who are unfamiliar with the printer operation.

    It should be noted that the printer is equipped with a DAS (Dot Adjustment System) function as standard, which automatically adjusts the dot position correction and media feed amount, which were conventionally performed manually when changing the media to be printed. This feature provides for high operability and significantly reduces workload, while consistently delivering high quality printing by eliminating variance in adjustment among operators.

    In addition, the products are equipped with a variety of Mimaki's functions for sign graphics, including NCU (Nozzle Check Unit)*1, NRS (Nozzle Recovery System)*2 and MAPS4 (Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4)*3 to ensure the realisation of the high level of print quality required in the market. The solvent ink compatible model "JV100-160" is compatible with Mimaki's new generation ink, which has excellent drying properties.

    The newly developed inks evaporate quickly to minimise bleeding, even on images requiring large amounts of ink to print, producing beautiful, detailed expressions. This allows indoor and outdoor signs to print directly on common PVC media. This can realise sharp and eye-catching signage prints for applications such as indoor advertisements and outdoor signs that require high weather resistance to support strongly your business.

    The UJV100-160, first introduced to emerging markets in March 2020, “UJV100-160” has been received favourably by customers, and sales is now to be expanded worldwide. UV-cured ink used by the model contribute to a significant reduction in production turnaround time due to their quick-drying properties upon output.
    In addition to PVC and tarpaulin, which are common in outdoor signage, it can be printed on various media such as fabric (dedicated for sign graphics use), paper without an ink receiving layer, and PET film, so it is a product that can be used by a wide range of customers in the sign graphics market.

    Furthermore, the both models are equipped with "RasterLink7" as the standard accessory, which is newly developed as a RIP (Raster Image Processor) * 4 that controls printing.

    The software was developed by incorporating the Harlequin RIP® from Global Graphics, one of the world's leading digital printing platforms, into the RIP engine that performs the RIP process. This resulted in improving the reproducibility of the special effect (transparency effect) of PDF files and increasing the RIP processing speed by 25% on average compared to "RasterLink6 Plus". One of features of "RasterLink6 Plus", the favourite settings has been taken over, which has been further improved.

    With as our new catch phrase, "Expert printing made easy.", we will develop global marketing promotion for our appeal about the "100 Series" that can deliver high quality and reliable printing with superior operability and the "RasterLink7" of fine usability by means of further high performance and upgraded processing speed.
     
    Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. upholds the management vision of “novelty and difference” and will continue to strive to be an innovator company that provides added value to its customers.

    *1 NCU: A function that automatically detects the status of nozzles using the sensor, and performs auto cleaning when a missing nozzle is found
    *2 NRS: A function that automatically replaces defective nozzles with other nozzles if there is a problem left unsolved by the nozzle cleaning, and ensures uninterrupted printing with stable image quality
    *3 MAPS4: A function that prints pass boundaries fading in gradation to reduce banding (horizontal stripes), uneven colour, and glossy streak
    *4 RIP: Process of converting text, images and other data created on computers into printable format.

    Overview
    1. Worldwide release of two models utilising different inks, “JV100-160” and “UJV100-160”
    for the sign graphics.
    2. Well-balanced entry-level models with excellent operational performance, image quality, speed and cost
    3. Equipped with DAS for high operability and stable, high-quality printing
    4. Incorporates features including NCU, NRS and MAPS4
    5. Standard accessory "RasterLink7" with improved PDF file reproducibility and processing 
    speed increased by 25% on average compared to the conventional mode

    Features
    1. Latest features that achieve Mimaki quality
    Dot position / Feed auto correction function “DAS”
    Automated visual drawing adjustment (dot position correction and feeding correction) manually implemented in previous models. By saving operators time and effort needed for such adjustment, variation in adjustment is prevented.

    Mimaki technology enabling stable high-quality printing
    MAPS4
    Since pass boundaries generally become straight, slight misalignment results in banding or uneven color. The “MAPS4 (Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4)” functionality provides gradation to printed pass boundaries and reduces banding and uneven color, achieving a beautiful printing result.

    NCU & NRS automatically detects missing nozzles and performs recovery
    NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) automatically detects nozzle condition. When the NCU detects a missing nozzle, it automatically performs cleaning. In case problem is not solved by cleaning, NRS (Nozzle Recovery System) automatically replaces defective nozzles with alternate nozzles, enabling users to resume operation without waiting for repairing. 

    2. High productivity
    High-speed printing at a maximum of 27.4m2/h
    4-Colour print on glossy PVC surface: 6 pass 20.0m2/h
    4-Colour print on tarpaulin: 4 pass 27.4m2/h

    180% faster than JV150 *5
    High productivity supported by extensive features.
    Allows for more order processing of short-duration work. 
    *5 Comparison at 6 pass 4-Color printing at the similar resolution rage as JV150

    3. Newly developed genuine RIP engine, “RasterLink7”.
    RIP core modified to enable high-speed PDF processing, improving processing speed by 25% on average. Increases productivity.


    Improves reproducibility of special effects (transparency effect) of PDF data 
    Improves reproducibility of PDF data containing special effects. There is no need to worry about losing time from data creation to output delivery.

    Swift RIP processing of PDF data for increased productivity
    RIP core incorporates Harlequin RIP® engine developed by Global Graphics, UK. Improves processing speed by approximately 25% on average and increases productivity.

    New feature -- Variable printing function
    Easier variable and inset printing of images and text. Offering high value-added printing for each individual, including personalized printed materials.

    Enhanced UI usability
    Simpler, easily understandable UI design for enhanced usability. Frequently used settings can be added to your favorites list for easy access through favorite icons.





  • + Unparalleled creative freedom for display and POS manufacturers as new Esko VariAngle delivers cuts at any angle from 0o to 60o

    Esko, the global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the packaging and wide format sectors, has t..

    18 November 2020


    Esko, the global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the packaging and wide format sectors, has today, November 17, 2020, announced the release of its innovative VariAngle tool for the Kongsberg C and XP range of digital finishing tables. VariAngle enables cutting at any angle from 0o and 60o at high speeds, delivering total freedom in the design of 3D creative displays while also resulting in faster setup times and an uplift in cutting speed.

    “Fitting the new VariAngle tool makes existing Kongsberg C and XP tables completely self-sufficient and capable of delivering most any creative design,” said Digital Finishing Product Manager, Knut Johansen. “Unlike with other brands of finishing table, using VariAngle removes the need to stop production when changing tools, drastically reducing setup time and increasing cutting speed.

    “Other finishing tables cut with a fixed angle blade, which means it’s necessary to change tools to cut at different angles,” explained Knut. “For some designs, three or even four different cutting tools can be required in the production process. But with VariAngle, Esko has developed a single tool which cuts straight lines at any angle selection in half-degree increments between 0o and 60o and at up to 100m/min; a breakthrough innovation for the industry.

    “In conjunction with the new 3D design features of Esko structural packaging design software ArtiosCAD, the intelligent, automatic VariAngle tool delivers a new level of creativity,” he said.

    “Importantly, as well as delivering excellent cut quality at the highest possible speeds, the tool behavior is defined from within the Esko ArtiosCAD structural design software, therefore no operator input is required at the cutting table itself so productivity is boosted by a further 25 per cent.

    “The unique combination of the new tool and the supporting functionality in ArtiosCAD delivers true design freedom. For the first time ever, converters can make 60 degree V-notch cuts enabling the making of triangular pillars, something which has been impossible until now as no machine on the market can cut at an angle greater than 45 degrees. It can also cut angled curves, dependent on radius size,” added Knut.

    “The obvious efficiency gains, when coupled with the huge level of creative freedom afforded to designers and the fact that it can be retro-fitted to existing Kongsberg C and XP machines, mean that VariAngle has the capacity to provide the cutting edge for sign and POS converters in an increasingly competitive sector.”

    Anyone wishing to learn more about VariAngle can do so by visiting the new Esko Innovation Hub (https://innovation.esko.com/en) which has been designed to provide users with a unique insight to the Esko portfolio of innovations in a virtual environment. Users can navigate around the latest integrated hardware and software solutions from Esko, in their own time, accessing insights and technical information, as well as learn new ways to boost business productivity, efficiency and profitability.

    For more on new VariAngle from Esko, visit innovation.esko.com





  • + Computaleta Expand in Auckland

    Auckland: New Zealand Sign and Graphics distributor, Computaleta, have purchased a brand new high spec industrial build..

    10 November 2020


    Auckland:  New Zealand Sign and Graphics distributor, Computaleta, have purchased a brand new high spec industrial building in Onehunga, Auckland, that will more than double their warehousing capacity in the city.
     
    The company currently has two branches in Auckland, with their main warehouse in Albany and a small service hub in Newton, in the CBD.  It is this Newton branch that will relocate to the larger premises in January 2021.
     
    The move to Onehunga, 15 minutes to the South, is part of a longer-term plan to better support their customers across the upper North Island. 



    Director, Arlette Farland (pictured) says the new purchase executes their growth strategy for a region that is also set to grow.

    “Of the $129 billion flagged for infrastructure in the next ten years, $100 billion is earmarked for the Golden Triangle, that is the Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga regions.”

    She says this area, along with Northland, is going to represent almost 50% of the New Zealand economy by 2025. 

    “Because Auckland city is divided by the harbour bridge, it has been our strategy since 2003 to have a location on both sides.  This move more than doubles our space, and it positions us better to service South, East and West Auckland and support the Waikato and Tauranga regions.”
     
    Over the last two years, Arlette says they have outgrown their North Shore location, and their city branch was equally too small.  
     
    “The new warehouse is strategically positioned close to SH1 and SH20 and we will be able to stock every product in our portfolio south of the bridge.”

    She says this will also relieve the pressure on their Albany branch to better service their important customers on the North Shore and into Northland.

    “We always invest in our country, our company and our people.  What it comes down to is that our customers expect Amazon-like service, and with this new facility, we aim to give it to them,” Arlette says.
     
    The new building is in the new Woollen Mills commercial development, 273 Neilson Street, Onehunga. Computaleta’s City branch in Newton will be relocate in mid-December.  It will be fully operational from January 11, and customers are welcome to visit the new facility then.

    “We are a planning an open day and launch party in early 2021, and we’d love all our customers in Auckland to join us,” Arlette says.

    The company’s key Albany Branch north of the city will remain in place.



    About Computaleta:  We are the distributor to the sign and graphics industry and have been doing so for almost four decades. We introduced computer-cut technology to New Zealand in 1981, hence our name, Computa Leta. Today we are still innovating and are the only New Zealand owned distributor with a national reach. Through our five branches nationwide we support all regions around the country with a local presence / www.clgroup.co.nz





  • + Get Hold of the Latest Roland DG Equipment and Pay Nothing Until 2021

    A Christmas Gift From Roland DG After a challenging 2020, we have a great offer, just in time for Christmas, to ..

    10 November 2020


    A Christmas Gift From Roland DG


    After a challenging 2020, we have a great offer, just in time for Christmas, to help your business move forward into the new year. 


    The First Month is On Us


    For a limited time, Roland Rental will pay the first month of any rental contract, for Roland DG equipment purchased between 1 November and 18 December 2020*. This offer is also extended to our Roland Rental Plus and Roland Rental Platinum offerings. This means that you can get hold of the latest Roland DG equipment and don’t pay anything until 2021. 


    Find Out More


    To find out more, including full terms and conditions, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/promo/rental-xmas-20.


    To contact our Sales Team directly, or to take advantage of this limited offer, email sales@rolanddg.com or call 1800 500 119.





  • + Next generation Esko WebCenter 20.0 delivers new speed and efficiency gains to entire packaging value chain

    All stakeholders in the packaging value chain can enjoy an enhanced user experience, with even greater speed and efficie..

    10 November 2020


    All stakeholders in the packaging value chain can enjoy an enhanced user experience, with even greater speed and efficiency, now Esko has unveiled its WebCenter 20.0. The latest feature-packed version of the company’s powerful and secure web-based packaging management and collaboration platform manages all aspects of packaging and label production for brands and their print suppliers.

    “With WebCenter 20.0, we set out with a goal of making prepress processes considerably faster while delivering a 25 per cent increase in performance,” said Roman Stepchuck, Product Manager. “I’m delighted to say we have succeeded.”

    WebCenter cemented its reputation as the go-to solution in the industry through its ability to streamline approval and project lifecycles, removing bottlenecks that are most commonly associated with the packaging development process.

    WebCenter 20.0 includes new and additional support for end-to-end colour workflow for brands and their suppliers – Color Trace. Brand owners can create colour specifications directly in WebCenter and communicate them to their printers, who use ColorCert software from X-Rite to report a scorecard of the final production.

    “We’ve also introduced an ‘Ad Hoc Approver’ function,” said Roman. “When users want to send a file for approval, but the recipient is not a user of WebCenter, that no longer matters. In WebCenter 20.0, files can be sent directly to an external email address – they can even be forwarded on to other parties for approval, depending on permissions – saving countless valuable lost hours in the approval process.”

    A crucial focal point for WebCenter product development is the overall user experience, including the ease of use for non-expert users. “We wanted to make the user experience even more intuitive and personalised,” said Paul Land, Product Manager. “We’ve essentially designed the latest version of WebCenter to make your workflow more intuitive than ever before.

    “With WebCenter 20.0, we have introduced a new dashboard where users can create a personalised view of their activities,” added Paul. “We’re making the complex simple! Having introduced a huge amount of functionality over the years, we’re now enabling users to switch on and off individual features. This will simplify and tailor the experience, ensuring they have easy access and navigation to all the information relevant to them in one place.”

    Avatars, similar to those used on social media platforms, have also been included making the experience even more personal. For the first time, users can access and edit all their files from the new single dashboard page. The new Task Assignment function gives users an overview of how busy colleagues are when allocating tasks, helping improve efficiency and manage workload of employees.

    “From a user experience perspective, integration with the interactive tools packaging professionals use on a daily basis is also important,” said Paul. “That’s why we have also introduced an impressive extra optional module, the new ‘WebCenter Tasks Plugin’.

    “WebCenter was already compatible with Adobe Illustrator,” he explained, “but with the new ‘WebCenter Tasks Plugin’, WebCenter 20.0 is also compatible with InDesign and Photoshop too. In just a few clicks, users can open, edit and upload changes, significantly streamlining the entire process.”

    Other additional new modules include ‘Cloud Archiving’, providing almost limitless storage and freeing up valuable space for businesses, and ‘Interactive Text Compare’, a new software tool which checks copy against core data ensuring no issues arise when copying files across.

    Available now, WebCenter 20.0 is free to Esko Software Care Plan customers. Anyone wishing to learn more about WebCenter 20.0 can do so by visiting the new Esko Innovation Hub (www.innovation.esko.com) which has been designed to provide users with a unique insight to the Esko Software 20 portfolio of innovations in a virtual environment. Users can navigate around the latest integrated hardware and software solutions from Esko, in their own time, accessing insights and technical information, as well as learn new ways to boost business productivity, efficiency and profitability.

    For more on new WebCenter 20.0 from Esko, visit https://innovation.esko.com/en/labels-flexibles/webcenter





  • + Meet the imagePRESS C10010VP series – setting new standards in digital cut-sheet colour production

    Canon Australia today introduces the imagePRESS C10010VP series, comprising two new digital colour press printer models ..

    04 November 2020


    Canon Australia today introduces the imagePRESS C10010VP series, comprising two new digital colour press printer models – imagePRESS C10010VP and imagePRESS C9010VP – designed to drive versatility, high-quality imaging, and productivity for high-volume print environments that strive to achieve more. Built on Canon’s proven and reliable imagePRESS technology platform and featuring enhanced automation and extensive media handling capabilities, the imagePRESS C10010VP sets new standards in workflow efficiencies and application diversity.
     
    Experience a new standard of productivity
    Commercial print businesses and in-house print rooms looking to boost productivity while delivering a diverse mix of high-quality printed output can now count on the flagship imagePRESS C10010VP toner-based colour digital press to get the job done.
     
    The imagePRESS C10010VP delivers reliable high-performance, deadline-driven printing via consistent high-speeds and high-quality outputs that provide brilliant outcomes with minimal effort. The imagePRESS C9010VP digital press is capable of high productivity print speeds of up to 92ppm, while the imagePRESS C10010VP is capable of 102ppm on A4 sized sheets.
     
    This high-performance cut-sheet digital print solution offers automated printing on-demand at a new level, resulting in far less manual intervention and far greater production efficiency. Advanced features include Ultrasonic Multi-Sheet Feed Detection, active front-to-back registration and Inline Spectrometric Sensor (ILS) for simple colour pre-adjustment on every page.
     
    Canon’s Dual Fixing Unit maintains productivity even when different media of mixed weights and textures are used for the same job. Taking it one step further, the optional High Capacity Stacker can be unloaded and loaded during print runs for continuous operation.
     
    By adding the optional long-sheet paper input module, high volume print users can now introduce auto-duplex printing on media up to 762mm, feeding 1,000 sheets through Canon POD Deck XL.
     
    Turn customer challenges into profitable opportunities
    Thanks to synthetic media support, users can expand their offering to cater for their customers that require more durable and water-resistant applications. Users can print on long-sheet media up to 1300mm for a wider range of marketing collateral, in addition to offering different media weights, between 60 and 400gsm, and supporting embossed paper. The Consistently Vivid (CV) Toner paired with more media versatility and finishing options produces highly creative applications that add value to the end users. With higher value leading to higher margins, the imagePRESS C10010VP series is an ideal tool for commercial print businesses or in-house print functions looking to boost profits.
     
    The imagePRESS C10010VP and imagePRESS C9010VP achieve the same high-image quality customers expect from the heritage Canon imagePRESS series. Thanks to its innovative R-VCSEL technology, Multi-D.A.T. colour adjustment and versatile screen patterns for ultimate image quality, users will have the confidence to deliver a diverse range of high-quality applications, from menus to mailers and from books to long-sheet banners. The unique structure of CV Toner offers superior durability and higher transfer performance, so users can benefit from even higher precision for text and images on every page of every run.
     
    For maximum flexibility business users can create their own configuration that suits the needs of their business and customers. Choose from a wide range of Canon and third party finishing solutions with Document Feeding Device (DFD) Bridge connectivity to create a product ready for immediate delivery.
     
    Ted Matsumoto, General Manager – B2B Product Marketing, Canon Australia says, “The imagePRESS C10010VP series is a new milestone in the evolution of the digital colour production press, setting new standards in productivity, application diversity and quality. With over 300 installed imagePRESS devices in Australia in the last five years[i], we’re building on a proven and reliable technology platform, with enhanced automation capabilities to help businesses achieve their future business ambitions. In times of business uncertainty, Canon is proud to give customers confidence that they can reliably deliver high-volume, high-quality print time and time again to maximise uptime. In helping our customers achieve more volume, more applications, more quality and more profit; we’re pleased that businesses can help their clients and end-customers turn their challenges into profitable opportunities.”
     
    For more information on the Canon imagePRESS C10010VP, please visit: https://www.canon.com.au/products/production-printers/cut-sheet-printers/imagepress-c10010vp
    For more information on the Canon imagePRESS C9010VP, please visit: https://www.canon.com.au/products/production-printers/cut-sheet-printers/imagepress-c9010vp
    Pricing for the imagePRESS C10010VP / C9010VP will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from November.  Product demonstrations will be available on request from late November via Canon Australia.





  • + Introducing the Sonic 4K and Sonic Mini 4K by Phrozen

    Comprising the new Sonic 4K and Sonic Mini 4K, Phrozen’s latest resin 3D printers offer excellent value and yield ..

    03 November 2020


    Comprising the new Sonic 4K and Sonic Mini 4K, Phrozen’s latest resin 3D printers offer excellent value and yield fast, professional-grade results. The affordable Sonic Mini 4K version will perfectly suit makers and tech enthusiasts, while the Sonic 4K’s high resolution and speed are a match for dental applications.

    Both models use LCD masking, a resin 3D printing technology also known as MSLA (Masked Stereolithography), or simply LCD 3D printing, with a proprietary UV ParaLED system that ensures optimal light intensity and distribution.

    Phrozen offers a three-month warranty on the LCD screen and states that the printer can work for over 2,000 hours of 3D printing. The two printers each feature a touchscreen interface– of 2.8 inches or 5 inches depending on the chosen model– that’s available in English (more languages coming soon).

    Resolution at its finest
    As indicated in the series’ name, the Sonic 4K and Sonic Mini 4K benefit from an ultra-high resolution LCD masking screen for extremely precise and detailed prints.
    They also offer a very high point density of 722 PPI; the highest mono-LCD 3D printer PPI ever.

    Phrozen prints faster than ever
    Whereas most budget resin 3D printers require at least 5 seconds of exposure time per layer, the Phrozen Sonic Mini 4K only takes 2 seconds per layer.
    The Phrozen Sonic 4K, which is mainly targeted at professional users in the dental industry, goes even faster at 1 second per layer.

    Of course, print speed varies according to the type of resin being used, but Phrozen has significantly improved theirs compared to past and present models.

    Sonic 4K vs Sonic Mini 4K: technical specifications
    The Sonic 4K does offer a taller build volume (+70mm), but the difference between both versions is not just a matter of size.
    Phrozen added a dual rail system to the Sonic 4K version, versus a single rail system on the Sonic Mini 4K, providing long-term print stability and zero wobbling.

    The Sonic 4K also benefits from higher light intensity and a 50% faster print speed of 1 second per layer, where the mini model prints at a speed of 2 seconds per layer. In addition, the Sonic 4K is entirely made of steel and is quieter during operation.

    Furthermore, the Sonic 4K is equipped with advanced built-in slicing software that helps designers process more complex 3D files, and it is compatible with a larger variety of materials, namely professional dental resins.

    These upgrades are necessary for professional applications (dentistry, jewellery, …), but hobbyists on a budget will be more than satisfied with the affordable Sonic Mini 4K’s performance.

    Other differences include Ethernet connectivity and a larger touchscreen on the Sonic 4K, for a more intuitive experience, easy access to print settings, and the possibility to control the printer remotely.

    Check out the machine in action at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr831v7gBv8&feature=emb_title





  • + Massivit 3D and Biesse Group Sign Milestone Technology Partnership as Part of Italian Foreign Minister’s Visit to Israel

    Agreement facilitates new, advanced hybrid manufacturing technologies for the automotive, marine, composite materials, f..

    03 November 2020


    Agreement facilitates new, advanced hybrid manufacturing technologies for the automotive, marine, composite materials, furniture, construction and aerospace arenas

    Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the leading provider of large-volume 3D printing solutions, today signed a technological and commercial partnership with multinational manufacturer, Biesse Group, as part of a visit to Israel by Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio.

    Biesse Group ‒ lead by CEO, Roberto Selci, is a global manufacturer of technology for wood, glass, stone, plastic and metal processing ‒ sought a new technology partner to diversify its manufacturing solutions. The two companies aim to co-develop a new product line of hybrid manufacturing technologies that leverage Massivit 3D’s advanced, large-volume additive manufacturing technologies and Biesse’s broadly adopted subtractive manufacturing technologies.

    By leveraging Biesse Group’s established commercial networks across multiple verticals, this mega distribution deal will enable Massivit 3D to markedly expand its market reach. Biesse Group operates through 39 branches with a thriving customer installed base in 120 countries. It is publicly listed on the Italian Stock Exchange with a turnover of €706 million in 2019.

    The collaboration will also empower Biesse Group to partake in the 3D printing revolution that is escalating across a range of manufacturing industries.

    The agreement between Biesse Group and Massivit 3D emerged as part of Biesse Group's Open-I project – a dynamic Innovation Lab established to cultivate connections with other companies, universities, research centers, accelerators, and venture capital firms in order to leverage digital transformation and Industry 4.0 advancements.

    The partnership was initiated by AdlerInlight’s CEO, Roberta Anati, who identified technological and commercial synergies between the two leading technology providers. Biesse Group and Massivit 3D have a combined IP portfolio of 257 registered patents.

    Massivit 3D’s CEO, Erez Zimerman, commented about the partnership, “Massivit 3D collaborates with leading Italy-based vendors. Biesse Group has a strong foothold in Massivit 3D’s existing markets, serving some of the most prestigious Italian and international brands. This partnership will enable us to deepen our penetration into new strategic markets owing to Biesse’s strong position in these arenas. It heralds in a new era for manufacturing by combining the best of additive and subtractive technologies to provide cost-effective, high-speed solutions for large-volume production.”

    Roberto Selci, CEO of Biesse Group, stated: “Today is the first step towards a new, profitable path towards innovation. Fundamentally, we aim to broaden our company’s boundaries and also our mental horizons. This opportunity has been brought to fruition by our internal expertise but also by our ability to look outwards and enable opportunities and solutions to flow freely via a two-way principle which forms the foundation of our Group Innovation Lab, Open-I.”

    Roberta Anati, CEO of AdlerInlight, stated “This agreement, between two key players in the manufacturing arena, marks another milestone for AdlerInlight in fostering valuable cross-continental partnerships towards technological innovation and commercial growth. At the core of our projects is our vision to bridge between existing industry demand and new innovations. We identified a crucial market gap here and are delighted to have sparked fresh global economic opportunities.”





  • + RICOH Delivers ‘Productivity Powerhouse Experience’ with Launch of IM C8000 A3 Colour Multifunction Printer

    RICOH, a leading provider of workplace technology, has launched the high-end IM C8000 A3 colour multifunction printer (M..

    03 November 2020


    RICOH, a leading provider of workplace technology, has launched the high-end IM C8000 A3 colour multifunction printer (MFP) featuring a range of smart applications, enhancements and software which enable businesses to deliver a great customer experience while achieving workplace efficiency.
     
    The RICOH IM C8000 MFP offers impressive speeds of up to 80 ppm (pages per minute) in colour or black and white, resulting in high quality colour prints and performance, helping users to increase productivity and efficiency.  Colour functionality can be made more impactful by being able to produce clear text and brilliant colour images of up to 2,400 x 4,800dpi resolution. 

    The device also supports jobs being completed on time and within budget with a range of optional multiple finisher options with near production like finishing for folding, stapling, punching and sorting.  As well as meeting everyday imaging needs, the IM C8000 can produce high quality customer-facing collateral, such as brochures and mailing pieces.  Smaller sized documents can also be scanned easily with the new small sized paper scan units.

    The intuitive, new generation, user-friendly 10.1-inch Smart Operation Panel allows users to navigate with simple touch and swipe gestures similar to a smartphone.  The device can also easily scan documents directly to email and folders to reduce paper consumption at a speed of 240ipm (images per minute) through the single pass document feeder (SPDF). Users can improve fast scanning accuracy by simply adding an extra double feed detection unit.

    A variety of mobile connectivity options, including the RICOH Smart Device Connector App enables remote printing as well as scanning to the office network or cloud from any smart device with built-in support for NFC, Apple AirPrint or Mopria. All this is underpinned by a unique suite of support apps from RICOH Smart Integration.
     
    In addition, users no longer need to purchase new equipment to meet changing document needs as their business grows. RICOH Always Current Technology allows new features to be installed on the existing RICOH IM C8000 on demand.  Users simply select from a range of smart applications, enhancements and software to manage document needs as they change.
     
    Mobile workers can interact seamlessly with the intelligent technology. To make their lives easier, the IM C8000 wakes up on approach utilising its built-in motion sensor, and to save time, double sided originals are scanned in a single pass and can be uploaded directly to a variety of cloud-based services, including Dropbox, Google Drive and Office 365.

    Security is also enhanced with an optional card reader which can be installed giving users the ability to restrict access to certain features, such as set print quotas.  Locked Print functionality keeps unattended documents from being left in output trays

    Energy efficiency is also highly regarded with the IM C8000 featuring a Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) value that is three time less than that of its predecessor model (MP C8003SP).

    Peter Georghiou, Senior Product Marketing Manager of RICOH Australia, said, “We are excited to bring the IM C8000 to market here in Australia.  Customers will benefit from a winning combination of being able to produce high quality brochures and mailing pieces in-house while having the opportunity to digitise and upload critical direct to the cloud.  
     
    “At the same time, the rich feature functionality in speed, simplicity, flexibility, scalability will help our customers deliver a great customer experience in the post-pandemic period by embracing the latest digital technology while supporting their own focus on business operation productivity.”





  • + Rojo Pacific to join the Spicers Group

    From David Martin, CEO, Spicers Limited We’re all excited to announce that Rojo Pacific Pty Ltd, will be join..

    03 November 2020


    From David Martin, CEO, Spicers Limited

    We’re all excited to announce that Rojo Pacific Pty Ltd, will be joining Spicers’ Australian operations, with completion occurring on October 30th, 2020. We welcome John Wright, owner, and his team to Spicers’ Sign & Display business and we all look forward to delivering even greater value to our collective customers.

    Rojo Pacific operates as a supplier of large format materials and textile products, from their site in Melbourne. The amalgamation of our two companies will provide opportunities for growth, and we are excited about our prospects as a combined Spicers and Rojo Pacific business. For Rojo, this is a great opportunity to expand the reach for their products and for Spicers, John and his team will add technical knowledge and strength to our portfolio.

    From 2nd November, both the Spicers and Rojo Pacific businesses will operate individually, with minimal change and impact for our customers. Our drive is to deliver only a positive experience as we build our collective offering and bring our complete portfolio together, now as the industry’s most diverse range.
    “We’ve been holding discussions with John for some time now, as we respect his approach to the market, along with his product and supply knowledge. We’re very pleased he has agreed to become a key member of our diverse and talented team”, said David Martin.
    “There are tremendous synergies between us so the decision to join our forces made perfect sense. Our joining allows the business to take the next steps much more effectively and for me to focus more on what I enjoy most being product development and on our customer needs”, said John Wright, owner of Rojo Pacific.

    “I am truly excited to work alongside John and his Rojo Team in supporting his strong and growing business. This along with our already solid Spicers Sign and Display Business allows for continued success for our Suppliers, Staff and Customers alike.”, said David Rowland, GM Sign & Display.

    Our business continues to evolve, with the talented people in our business keeping us on track with our plans. We’ll continue to work hard for our customers and find new ways to add value and innovative ways for them to grow their business.






  • + Successful launch of drupa preview will reinforce the digital network

    The digital platform drupa preview was opened on 27 October. Over 1.900 interested visitors took part in panel discussio..

    03 November 2020


    The digital platform drupa preview was opened on 27 October. Over 1.900 interested visitors took part in panel discussions and live web sessions as spectators, received valuable input on current issues via video keynote speeches and virtually connected with exhibitors and industry players. The three areas ‘Exhibition Space’, ‘Conference Area’ and ‘Networking Plaza’ reflect drupa’s cornerstones digitally, bridging communication needs between now and the next live event.
     
    The global pandemic has been a major challenge for the printing industry for months. This makes drupa preview a key tool, offering a platform in these difficult times for companies to showcase their innovative products and reach their target audiences. For exhibitors and visitors alike, this clearly marks a new beginning.
    “The drupa preview also has a special significance for Messe Düsseldorf: it shows that even in times of crisis we can offer solutions to keep the industries interacting and networking. We are working intensively on strengthening global communication not only through our local events, but also by expanding new, virtual formats”, explains Erhard Wienkamp, COO Messe Düsseldorf.

    “The response from exhibitors and visitors following the first preview was very positive”, says Sabine Geldermann, Project Director Print Technologies. “drupa preview offers a valuable basis for regular customer contacts, enabling ongoing interaction within our community during this pandemic. Its digital format helps enhance our customer communications, focusing on the industry’s future topics. From now on, it is our goal to create a hybrid concept, perfectly combining the best of both worlds in order to ensure the April event can take place under optimal conditions.”

    Around 1.900 experts took advantage of drupa preview. The proportion of international visitors was at 70% (Top 5 countries: Japan, India, UK, the Netherlands and Germany). More than 14.000 pageviews also highlight the print community’s high level of interest in the content on offer. Around 1.400 exhibitors from 50 countries presented their products, solutions and applications within the Exhibition Space.

    All speeches and videos will shortly be available on demand at preview.drupa.com, providing an opportunity for everyone to benefit from the content presented, even after preview day. The next drupa preview day with further live web sessions will take place on 17 November.





  • + Esko brings innovation and added value to customers with Software 20.1 update and hardware releases

    Esko has today (29 October) unveiled a host of new and award-winning innovations for its integrated Esko Software 20.1 p..

    03 November 2020


    Esko has today (29 October) unveiled a host of new and award-winning innovations for its integrated Esko Software 20.1 platform, together with new hardware solutions, developed to deliver even more functionality as well as outstanding value to packaging, label and wide format customers.

    “As a technology company, we are relentlessly developing solutions to serve our markets and customers better,” said Jan de Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Industry Relations & Strategy. “We build long-term relationships with our customers and strive to ensure our solutions remain relevant and innovative, enabling anyone using them in the packaging value chain to benefit from operational efficiency improvements.”

    Speaking at a launch event streamed live from the Esko Innovation Hub – the always-on virtual environment that gives users the opportunity to explore the portfolio of latest Esko innovations – Jan navigated to innovation hotspots where he detailed the newest functions and features in the Esko Software 20.1 release, as well as the latest hardware developments from the company.

    Updates and new features in Esko Software 20.1 include: 

    • WebCenter 20.0 – the latest feature-packed version of the web-based packaging management solution, now incorporates an improved user experience and WebCenter Tasks Plugin. Digital transformation can only be successful if the solution is fully adapted to the user’s requirements, and with the addition of a social-media style dashboard and new connectors for Adobe Creative Suite applications, WebCenter does just that.

    • ArtiosCAD 20.0.1 – the leading packaging structural design tool simplifies designing of multi-part and multi-material packages using Resizable Canvas Design templates

    • ArtPro+ 20.1 Plate Cut – a new automated feature that finds the optimal individual cutting path for each separation, reducing preparation time for flexo plate mounting by up to 30 minutes

    • ArtPro+ 20.1 Trapping – a new, InterTech Award-winning aesthetic trapping algorithm which closes misregister gaps and accommodates individual exceptions, making trapping jobs up to 70 per cent faster

    • Print Control Wizard for Corrugated – a version of the award-winning software specifically designed for the corrugated market, delivering quicker plate production, improved graphic performance and reduced costs

    • AVT AutoSet – an integration between Esko Automation Engine and AVT’s press inspection system, reducing setup time of the inspection system to almost zero

    Alongside updating Esko Software 20, Esko revealed hardware innovations including:


    • Kongsberg VariAngle tool - an innovative new tool for the Kongsberg range of digital finishing equipment that enables cutting at any angle from 0o and 60o at high speed, delivering total freedom in the design of 3D creative displays

    • Crystal XPS 4260 – the newest member of the family of Crystal UV LED exposure units for digital flexo plate making, available for the first time in this plate size


    “Digitizing the process by which packaging is made is already key to delivering long-term business success,” said Jan. “But as we now move into whatever ‘new normal’ emerges from the global coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the importance of improving operational processes, lowering costs and delivering client loyalty are more vital than ever.


    “In the wake of the pandemic, we wanted to double down on enabling businesses to continue their journey of digital transformation to meet head-on the challenges we face today. With the November release, we are delivering a greater range of functions that streamline processes and improve productivity for customers.”


    “Our innovations serve to illustrate our commitment to customers, ensuring they enjoy a greater user experience and improved efficiency,” said Jan. “For example, ArtPro+ 20.1 now features the innovative Esko trapper, which recently received the InterTechTM Award for Innovation. It ensures prepress operators achieve a consistent, aesthetic trapping result with the correct distance, direction or color. Similarly, with the latest version of our packaging management solution, WebCenter 20.0, we are making prepress processes considerably faster while delivering a 25 per cent increase in performance.


    “As we continue to navigate the fallout from the global pandemic, the ability to digitize, automate and connect will be crucial to businesses,” said Jan. “The latest software updates not only deliver greater accuracy, efficiency and consistency across a design and print workflow, but are integral tools for converters taking the next steps along their own digital transformation journey.”


    For more information about Esko software solutions, please visit the Esko Innovation Hub at innovation.esko.com.





  • + Canon and Ilford produce worlds longest digitally printed photo

    Ilford sets a world record - in adverse weather conditions with rain, snow and temperatures around 0 degrees Celsius (32..

    27 October 2020


    Ilford sets a world record - in adverse weather conditions with rain, snow and temperatures around 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit).

    "The longest digitally printed photograph was produced on September 26th 2020 by Canon, Oberstdorf Tourism, Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel and Ilford in Oberstdorf, Germany," says Tom Albrecht of Guinness World Records.

    Jochen Kohl of K2 and responsible for the technical implementation of the world record: "To defy this weather, the choice of paper played a decisive role. Ilford had already made the right choice of material in advance: "ILFOJET Synthetic Paper". This paper is characterised by a low paper thickness, an important factor in making the way from the roll to the Canon Pro-6100 over a length of almost 110 meters. Its special coating, in combination with the Canon inks, resisted the adverse weather and difficult printing conditions. It is also extremely robust, so that it could be easily bent and pulled. Many viewers of the live stream were amazed at how durable the photorealistic material is. Rain showers and gusts of wind at the top of the ski jump put the material under extreme conditions".

    Uwe Janke, Sales Manager Germany at Ilford: “During this world record, the team around Jochen Kohl reached their physical limits in almost 18 hours of continuous work in rain and snow. In the last third it was actively supported by the house technicians of the Oberstdorf House. Countless stairs had to be run up and down. Jochen Kohl used all his strength to pull the print sticking to the ski jump table due to the rain down the 110 meters".

    Background Information: Perfect Teamwork between Canon, Fotogipfel Oberstdorf, K2-Studio and Ilford

    After calculating the maximum roll length of the Canon "imagePROGRAF PRO-6100" several rolls of "ILFOJET Synthetic Paper" were produced with a special length. Two test runs were carried out by Jochen Kohl from K2-Studio in advance at Ilford. Then it was off to the ski jump in Oberstdorf, with a stopover at Thomas Weissmann from Holz-Weissmann, a specialist in the construction of freight and sea crates. In just a few hours, he built a solid wooden crate for helicopter transport, which was the only way to transport the printer up the ski jump. Once at the top, the box was opened, the printer was filled with ink, the special roll was inserted and the printer was protected from rain and snow with a protective cover. Due to the protection, the printer was not visible during the 16 hours in which it continuously printed the 109.04 meter long synthetic paper from Ilford.





  • + From the US: Gerber redefines mass production with revolutionary cutter

    Gerber Technology is revolutionising the flexible materials processing industry with the launch of their end-to-end solu..

    27 October 2020


    Gerber Technology is revolutionising the flexible materials processing industry with the launch of their end-to-end solution for mass production, which will be unveiled at their annual technology conference, ideation, on November 4-6.

    The connected platform features the new Atria digital cutting solution and the October 2020 release of AccuMark 2D and 3D, AccuNest and AccuPlan. With decades of industry experience, a rich history of innovation and feedback from its global customer base, Gerber developed a next-generation, digital mass production solution that will offer the best throughput, quality and price per piece in the market.

    The Atria digital cutting room leverages Industry 4.0 and IoT to seamlessly integrate with Gerber’s pattern design, cut planning and nesting solutions, which connects the entire mass production process from CAD to the cut room. Gerber’s latest product releases deliver what manufacturers need to succeed in the post-COVID world by integrating data management, improving efficiencies, reducing material waste, optimising nesting and cutting production costs.

    “We designed the Atria to be the most intelligent, integrated, and high-performance cutter the mass production market has ever seen,” said Lenny Marano, Chief Commercial Officer at Gerber Technology. “The new normal COVID era is a challenge for many manufacturers and requires them to be agile and innovative. The Atria is backed by Gerber’s end-to-end solution that will allow companies to easily adapt and respond to consumer demands and market challenges.”

    The Atria digital cutting room builds on the innovative spirit of Joseph Gerber, the company’s founder and the pioneer behind the first automated cutting solution. As the industry’s smartest machine to date, the Atria promises to transform mass production by improving overall throughput by 50%, reducing consumable usage by over 30% and improving material yield by 5% with zero buffer cutting in many applications at full speed. The intuitive solution will be a game changer for the workwear, denim, furniture, transportation and personal protective equipment (PPE) markets as it utilises powerful algorithms to eliminate errors, reduces costs and ensure data integrity at every point in the process.

    The Atria has already received high praise from early adopters who have been testing and leveraging the advanced cutting room solutions for several months. GDI Grupo Diamante Internacional, manufacturer of professional uniforms, emphasised the Atria’s ability to cut even the toughest materials. The company has been able to cut 30% more material since implementing the Atria into their workflow . Apparel manufacturer, Lesato, has also seen a major improvement in cut quality. The Atria has allowed them to significantly increase their ply height while cutting faster and with absolute precision..

    “Fashion and transportation industries were two of the industry segments most impacted by COVID-19, which meant manufacturers in these industries had to quickly adapt their processes, accelerate eCommerce and look for new ways to connect with customers and maintain a competitive edge,” said Ron Ellis, Director of Hardware Product Management at Gerber Technology. “The Atria’s state-of-the-art control technology and intelligent sensors enable versatility and make it the perfect solution for a variety of markets including apparel, transportation and furniture.”





  • + SCREEN PRINTING PREPRESS SYSTEM

    Vastex has introduced a prepress system for screen printing shops comprised of performance-matched components that signi..

    27 October 2020


    Vastex has introduced a prepress system for screen printing shops comprised of performance-matched components that significantly reduce prepress time and increase registration accuracy.

    The package includes a Washout Booth to clean, inspect and develop screens; a Semi-Automatic Screen Coater to precisely apply emulsion; a Drying Cabinet to cure the emulsion; an LED exposing unit to expose the emulsion; and a Pin Registration System to preregister screens as well as accurately register screens onto the press.

    The stainless steel Washout Booth, model VWB-3627, comes with a frosted acrylic back panel and backlight to aid in visual inspection of the screen and frame during cleaning, inspection and final development.  

    Foot-pedal operation of the wall-mounted C-1000 Semi-Automatic Screen Coater lowers the screen at a constant rate, allowing application of the emulsion with greater uniformity than possible using manual methods.

    Variable heat and filtered airflow of the Dri-Vault Model VDC-253610 Screen Drying Cabinet cure coated screens in as little as 20 minutes.

    The E2-5236 LED Exposing Unit, with 0.37 kW vacuum generator, exposes one 130 x 90 cm screen or two 60 x 90 cm screens in as little as 20 seconds, and achieves tight screen-to-glass contact in as little as 6 seconds for sharp reproduction of fine detail.

    The VRS Pin Registration System allows an operator to align film positives on all screens in register prior to exposing them, and to clamp each screen to the press in register in approximately three minutes per screen, greatly increasing press time, output and profit.

    Prepress package components are also offered separately by the company, along with other screen printing and DTG printing equipment including Infrared Conveyor Dryers, manual and automatic Screen Printing Presses, Flash Cure Units and complete Screen Printing Shop Packages geared for beginners up to high-volume commercial printers.

    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1 610 625 2702, www.vastex.com





  • + Print Sales Training – FESPA Online Event

    With so much having changed in the marketplace, it is probably time to rethink every element of how the printing industr..

    27 October 2020


    With so much having changed in the marketplace, it is probably time to rethink every element of how the printing industry approaches sales. What will it take to be successful, now and in the future?

    FESPA has partnered with Dave Fellman to produce an industry-specific 3-part online sales training event. Dave will present Part one of The Art of Printing Sales on Monday 9 November, with Part two and three following on the 16 and 30th November.

    “All companies can benefit from better sales performance, and we are delighted that Dave will be delivering this much-needed webinar series for FESPA Australia. Whether sales is your full-time job or just one of many hats you wear as an owner or manager, it is easy to get side-tracked and lose focus. Every sale counts and I believe attending these webinars will learn how to approach printing sales systematically and make the most from every opportunity that comes your way” Nigel Davies, President FESPA Australia says.

    The first event explores prospecting strategy and technique, along with strategies to avoid price objections or to deal with them more effectively if you must. Fellman will describe a modern approach to prospecting, integrating email, voice mail, social media, and virtual meeting technology to create a dialogue that is necessary for a successful sales relationship. He will also explain how to avoid some all-too-common mistakes salespeople make, which make price objections more likely, and the three key elements of successful negotiation, should those objections still arise.

    “This year has been challenging for our industry and our industry association. The transition to virtual association events has been difficult but necessary, and I thank the Sprinter team for helping FESPA Australia to deliver this event. Virtual events may lack the atmosphere of a live event, but they are more convenient and accessible. Dave Fellman is a polished and entertaining presenter, and I believe that attendees will enjoy the course and take away valuable tools to use in their businesses.”

    The cost per session is $85.00 for members and $130.00 for non-members. You can view details on course content and register at the Eventbrite page.

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-art-of-printing-sales-part-1-tickets-125404003751





  • + HEXIS launch THE200EVO premium printable polymeric PVC film with TAKE HEAT EASY® technology

    TAKE HEAT EASY® (THE) TECHNOLOGY, DESIGNED TO MAKE INSTALLATION EASIER AND FASTER The TAKE HEAT EASY® techn..

    27 October 2020


    TAKE HEAT EASY® (THE) TECHNOLOGY, DESIGNED TO MAKE INSTALLATION EASIER AND FASTER

    The TAKE HEAT EASY® technology is the result of a combination of a solvent based adhesive and a micro-structured liner developed by our R&D team. This innovation has been specially designed to reduce the initial tack and immediate adhesion, thus making the installation of the vinyl more convenient with an optimal adhesive bonding process.
    In 2018 we combined this technology for the first time with a THE190EVO cast PVC film, and, in view of its success, it made sense to now use it on a high-end polymeric PVC film.

    THE200EVO, IDEAL FOR LARGE-FORMAT SURFACES

    Ease of repositioning, print quality and optimal durability are all assets that will allow our customers to express their creativity with unlimited possibilities and installers to use it conveniently on flat or slightly curved surfaces, for 2D wrapping projects (buses, lorries, fleet vehicles etc.) and large-format signage.

    Thibault Veuibllet, Business Development Manager Automotive, comments: “With its excellent sliding properties on the substrate, THE200EVO is an ideal solution, especially when an installer needs to quickly and accurately position two printed widths. It is amazingly easy to find the perfect alignment for a design.”

    V850B, A NEW POLYMERIC LAMINATE SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE200EVO

    Always at the forefront of innovation, HEXIS have developed and are now launching the V850B laminate with a thickness of 50 μm. “Combined with the printable THE200EVO film, our customers will be able to obtain and appreciate a particularly flexible complex”, confirms Ian Parsonson, Australia Managing Director.

    THE200EVO & V850B, A PRINTABLE COMPLEX MADE IN FRANCE

    Caroline MATEU, Chairman of the Board of Directors at HEXIS is proud to report: “Our research laboratory and our industrial team have combined their respective strengths and skills to complete the design and manufacturing process of these two new products in the most successful way.

    [...] In the year 2020, despite the current health issues, HEXIS continue their race for technological innovation with the launch of the new self-healing X technology for our vehicle body protection films (BODYFENCEX) and the antimicrobial PURE ZONE® technology for surface protection.”

    Further details are available at: https://www.hexis-graphics.com/au/the200evo/





  • + Rathenart Designs and Ricky RichardsBrighten up the Eye Clinic at Westmead Children's Hospital printing project

    Recently Michael Smith, Business Development Manager in the Ricky Richards Print Media division, was asked by his custom..

    20 October 2020


    Recently Michael Smith, Business Development Manager in the Ricky Richards Print Media division, was asked by his customer Rebecca to guide her in the right direction for a printable media to help create a room at the Westmead Children’s Hospital.

    Earlier this year Rebecca Brady from Rathenart Designs contacted Michael to discuss her latest project. The Eye Clinic within Westmead Children’s Hospital asked her to create art for their front counter area to help brighten up treatment rooms. She was looking for printable products that were safe to use in a hospital environment.

    As a mixed media artist Rebecca works with digital collages and mixed media to create beautiful designs that tell a story. Her artworks are a detailed and complex hub of fusing colour in multi layers. Rebecca’s love for patterns and design was inspired by her grandmother from an early age. “That has continued to light a fire in me” Says Rebecca.





    Using the Ricky Terralon Dreamscape Wallpaper that Michael suggested allowed her to create an underwater wonderland in the Eye Clinic for the children to get immersed into their own imaginary world. Knowing her designs were printed on the Terralon wallpaper, which is a sustainable, PVC free, breathable wallcovering made from 31% post-consumer recycled content, she felt she made the perfect choice. 

    Rebecca also designed the front counter in the clinic which she created as a fantasy scene with hidden animals and enchanting landscapes. Ricky Richards’ Grafityp GEFUV was used as the printable media for the counter.  GEFUV is a seamless soft white matte environment-friendly chlorine- and PVC free self-adhesive. With the support of Signwerx who did the printing and Mister Wallpaper who installed the media, Rebecca said her client was thrilled with the result.

    And so is Michael and the team at Ricky. “We love seeing what our printable media products are used for.” Says Michael “This is another wonderful project completed with our sustainable products.” 

    If you would like to know more about these products, please contact Michael Smith at Ricky on 029735 3333 or via email: michaels@rickyrichards.com.au 





  • + Mutoh scoops SIX best product awards at US Printing United Alliance

    Mutoh America, Inc. was recently honoured with six Printing United Alliance Product of the Year awards, making 2020 the ..

    20 October 2020


    Mutoh America, Inc. was recently honoured with six Printing United Alliance Product of the Year awards, making 2020 the ninth consecutive year of Mutoh winning one or more awards. Open to all PRINTING United Alliance supplier members, the Product of the Year competition evaluates products that are, or will be, available for sale in 2020. A highly qualified panel of judges from across the printing industry evaluated the annual contest’s 200+ entries in more than 85 categories spanning analog, digital, output and non-output technologies.

    A delighted Mutoh Australia managing director Russell Cavenagh comments. “Winning six of the key Sign and Display categories is very pleasing and proof of Mutoh’s dedication to colour and engineering excellence. Our new XpertJet range has been very well received and we are looking forward to the continued expansion of the range. Mutoh printers are still proudly designed and manufactured under XPJ 1641SRhighest precision conditions in Japan, with the company's roots going back to 1952.  It is this kind of dedication to engineering and colour intellectual property development that has delivered this record Printing United Awards haul.”

    The six 2020 output categories won by Mutoh are:

    •     XpertJet 1641SR 64in Eco-Solvent Printer – Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (under 80 in.)
    •     ValueJet 2638X 104 in Eco-Solvent Printer – Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (over 80 in.)
    •     XpertJet 661UF 23x19 UV/LED Flatbed Printer – Tabletop Flatbed (Industrial/Small Item Decoration)
    •     ValueJet 1638UR 64” Roll to Roll UV/LED Printer – Roll-to-Roll UV (under 80 in.)
    •     ValueJet 1638UH 64” Hybrid UV/LED Printer – UV/Latex Hybrid (under $100K*)
    •     XpertJet 1682WR 64” Dye-Sublimation Printer – Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Textile (under $50K*)
    [* US $]

    Output devices are judged based on reports generated by measuring colour charts and then comparing to industry XPJ 1682WRspecifications. “This is the only competition I know of that reports on the percentage of Adobe RGB a printer can hit,” says Ray Weiss, Director of Digital Print Programs, Printing United Alliance. “Some of the categories were decided by tenths of a point so fierce was the competition this year.”

    Cavenagh's counterpart across the Pacific, Brian Phipps, President and general manager of Mutoh America enthuses: “I couldn’t be prouder of our best-in-class printers that are still made in Japan. Mutoh continues to demonstrate its commitment to the highest quality standards in the industry.  Winning six more awards this year is just icing on the cake for us and our partners.”

    To learn more about all of Mutoh’s award winners and other products visit www.mutoh-au.com





  • + Horizon to Host Smart Factory 2020 Virtual Event - Register Now

    As a way to celebrate the grand opening event for the new Horizon Innovation Park, Horizon will hold a 6-day virtual eve..

    20 October 2020


    As a way to celebrate the grand opening event for the new Horizon Innovation Park, Horizon will hold a 6-day virtual event called “Horizon Smart Factory 2020 in HIP”.

    Running from October 28 - 30 and November 4 - 6, the event will see market leading manufacturers collaborate and demonstrate the latest in advanced end-to-end automated workflow systems using the entire floor as a working factory to show real Smart Factory concepts. The online demonstrations are scheduled every day during the event.

    Australian based supplier Currie Group encourages forward thinking industry professionals to register for the event to see the 'Smart Factory' in action.  
     
    To register for demonstrations simply click here.

    For further information about the exhibition, please click here.