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  • + HEAD ABOVE WATER 24HR SWIMATHON RETURNS IN MARCH 2021 - SUPPORTED BY KONICA MINOLTA

    Building Mentally Fit Communities and Saving Lives In March, the Head Above Water 24 Hour Swimathon returns to Coll..

    16 February 2021


    Building Mentally Fit Communities and Saving Lives

    In March, the Head Above Water 24 Hour Swimathon returns to Collaroy Rockpool for the third year, after raising over $160,000 for mental fitness programs in 2019 and 2020.This year, barring any unforeseen lockdowns, the swimmer participation and fundraising total promises to be even bigger.

    The 2021 swim begins at 8am on Saturday, March 20th and will finish at 8am on Sunday, March 21st. There are four lanes to cater for all levels of swimming ability and people can choose to swim as many, or as few laps as they like. Every swimmer has the opportunity to raise money via their own sponsorship page or can form a team to raise even more money.

    Over the last two years, Head Above Water has partnered with Gotcha4Life (founded by TV and Radio personality, Gus Worland), to help fund mental fitness workshops including Tomorrow Man, Tomorrow Woman and Man Anchor, for Northern Beaches schools, sports clubs, businesses and community groups. To date, more than 6,000 people have participated in workshops, creating a real positive impact on the peninsula.

    The success of Head Above Water is best summed up by Gus himself, who says, “The Head Above Water swim is one of the best 24 hours our community can experience. With so much money and awareness raised, it’s an amazing day and it’s just the start of a beautiful partnership between Head Above Water and Gotcha4Life.”

    Head Above Water is an activity-based fundraising group on a mission to create mentally fit communities. Founded in response to the high rate of suicide on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and the mental health challenges faced by many in the community, Head Above Water believe that harnessing the power of a positive, supportive network is the most effective way we can make a difference.

    Konica Minolta is again supporting the Head Above Water 24 hour Swimathon and will have a number of swimmers in this event. 

    If you would like more information about this topic, please call Head Above Water Founder and Gotcha4Life Ambassador, Andrew Ward on 0420 741 167 or email him at admin@headabovewater.com.au





  • + Fisher Textiles Adds GF5019AM Symmetry Plus

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added GF5019AM Symmetry Plus, an enhanced IFR..

    09 February 2021


    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added GF5019AM Symmetry Plus, an enhanced IFR and antimicrobial treated version of the popular Symmetry stretch fabric to its Grand Format lineup for dye sublimation printing.

    GF5019AM Symmetry Plus is made with inherently flame retardant yarns, meets NFPA 701 and is excellent for indoor signage and tension fabric display applications. It also makes a great PPE gaiter fabric because of its soft hand, stretch and antimicrobial properties, providing the ultimate comfort and freshness to wearers.

    GF5019AM Symmetry Plus is 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex, weighs 5.0 oz/yd2 (17.5 oz/lyd) and is stocked in 126-inch-wide rolls.

    fishertextiles.com





  • + Summa releases new roll cutter product line S One

    In the sign & digital industry and beyond Summa is known to be one of the forerunners when it comes to roll cutting ..

    09 February 2021


    In the sign & digital industry and beyond Summa is known to be one of the forerunners when it comes to roll cutting technology.

    To date, the company has provided many sign-making companies infinite and reliable cutting solutions with its roll cutter series. But standing still is not an option and product development and innovation are highly regarded purposes for Summa.

    Therefore, Summa is proud to announce a brand new roll cutter product line which is called S One. The S One Series is the next step in Summa’s mid-level roll cutting machines and replaces the former SummaCut roll cutter Series. To optimise quality, ergonomics as well as efficiency, the S One Series is built completely from the base, using the experience and knowhow acquired over years of developing roll cutters. The name S One refers to the core idea behind its development:

    The One to change the game

    Increased productivity, quality and capabilities
    The S One Series not only showcases a new, sleeker and more modern look. It also embodies add-ons and enhanced features for better quality, improved ergonomics and higher productivity. The improvements and additions include:

    • User-friendly GoSign software to manage cutting workflows with great flexibility
    • Efficient drag cutting head, allowing up to 600 grams of cutting force
    • Ergonomic touchscreen, allowing for effortless navigation
    • Robust OPOS Sensor, increasing the speed at which registration marks are read
    • Improved internal intelligence, minimising human errors and operator intervention
    • Excellent tracking performance for ultimate accuracy
    • OPOS Xtra functionality for flawless processing of very small sticker jobs
    • Smart FlexCut feature, enabling to perforate material to remove the design out of its carrier easily

    Future-proof cutting solution
    The products developed by Summa stand out for their reliability, longevity and versatility. Faithful to this tradition and conviction, also the new S One product line is built according to strict requirements, specific to Summa products. The S One Series is, therefore, designed with premium up-to-date components for long durability. Moreover, its combination of innovative features makes the S One roll cutter a flexible and future-proof unit, able to grow along with the customer’s business aspirations and goals.

    Christof Van Driessche, Chief Commercial Officer, Summa adds: “With the experience and dedication on board, Summa continues to show true leadership as a supplier of high-end cutting solutions. The introduction of the S One roll cutter series is yet another milestone in Summa’s large history of legendary performance. The S One Series will unquestionably bring added value and innovation to many sign makers’ cutting workflows.”





  • + LED EXPOSING UNITS VACUUM IN 4 TO 6 SECONDS

    E-2000 Series LED exposing units from Vastex now feature a more powerful vacuum pump that provides tight screen-to-film ..

    09 February 2021


    E-2000 Series LED exposing units from Vastex now feature a more powerful vacuum pump that provides tight screen-to-film contact in as little as four seconds, producing high resolution half-tones and crisp detail on the most intricate graphics, announced Mark Vasilantone, president.

    Model E2-2536, which can expose screens up to 63 x 91 cm, achieves tight screen-to-film contact in 4 seconds.

    Model E2-5236, which accommodates one screen up to 132 x 91 cm or two screens with outside dimensions up to 63 x 91 cm, achieves tight screen-to-film contact in 6 seconds.  

    “Ultra-fast vacuum times, together with rapid LED exposure times, allow screen printers to achieve superior reproduction quality in less time than ever before possible,” says Vasilantone.

    Both models come standard with LCD touch screen controls that provide accurate, user-friendly settings and up to 10 presets.  

    They are available self-standing, or in tabletop configurations that can be mounted on matching Dri-Vault™ screen drying cabinets, also from the company.

    Vastex manufacture three lines of manual screen printing presses for starting shops to high-volume commercial printers, infrared conveyor dryers, flash cure units, washout booths and complete screen printing shop systems.

    For information contact www.vastex.com 





  • + Epson Establishes Open Innovation Centre Research Laboratory

    Epson has established its new Open Innovation Centre research laboratory at its AiCT ICT offices in which the company wi..

    09 February 2021


    Epson has established its new Open Innovation Centre research laboratory at its AiCT ICT offices in which the company will work with partners to help find solutions to societal issues. Epson has also started participating in the Aizu Open Innovation (AOI) meeting through which it has begun collaborating with the University of Aizu.

    Using the internet, cloud and other digital networks, Epson aims to seamlessly integrate products such as printers, scanners, and projectors together with services to offer solutions that help solve issues faced by society. Against a background of changing societal requirements due to the pandemic, the company is in particular looking to create new value in more enriched experiences in lifestyles, learning, working and the home.
     
    Against this background, the city of Aizuwakamatsu has launched its Smart City Aizuwakamatsu program at which it aims to harness ICT to foster the growth of a sustainable and revitalised city that supports fulfilled and comfortable lifestyles.
     
    Epson established its new research laboratory after noticing significant synergies with the city’s efforts to forge a partnership among the municipality, residents and university to promote a digital transformation. Going forward, the company will proactively participate in initiatives such as Smart City Aizuwakamatsu and the AOI meeting as it seeks to generate new value for society.
     
    The pursuit of open innovation is an important aspect of the company’s Epson 25 business plan. Epson’s efforts to boost collaborations with partners aimed at finding solutions to societal issues began in May 2020 at WeWork Shibuya Scramble Square in Shibuya, Tokyo, a site at which many startups and other businesses have operations. Going forward, the company aims to further strengthen an environment in which it can combine the technology, ideas and expertise generated from a diverse range of markets and corporate cultures to solve issues in society.





  • + Rob Mesaros Commences as Chief Executive Officer, Currie Group

    Currie Group starts 2021 with a strategic leadership transition; David Currie - Executive Chairman will be stepping down..

    05 February 2021


    Currie Group starts 2021 with a strategic leadership transition; David Currie - Executive Chairman will be stepping down from his Executive role within the business after 51 exceptional years and will remain as Chairman of the Group.

    Currie said, “The company is well positioned with new partnerships and fresh talent coming on board and new products from existing suppliers. I look forward to remaining as active Chairman, whilst also spending more time concentrating on family commitments and other interests. 

    On reflection and after 51 years in the industry, having seen enormous changes in technology and people, there is still confidence that there is a great future. I am proud that my son Will represents part of my legacy as the 3rd generation in the business which was started by my father in 1949.”

    Effective 1st February, 2021, Rob Mesaros commences as Chief Executive Officer, for the continued strength in leadership and transformation of Currie Group, whilst being supported by the existing team of senior executives and directors.  

    Starting with Currie Group in August 2020 as a Strategic Executive Advisor, Mesaros has been exposed to all facets of the business and connected with partners and customers alike. Mesaros will be responsible for leading the end-to-end business operation, with a focus on business strategy and growth. 

    Mesaros comments, “It has been a pleasure getting to know all our key stakeholders and their teams over the past six months. Currie Group has a proud and successful history and strong cornerstone strengths. 

    We have an enviable portfolio of class leading products and solutions, a deep and broad A/NZ service capability, unrivalled coverage, and a rich pedigree of talented industry experts for our customers to lean on. We will continue to look for ways to improve and grow for the benefit of the industry and our customers, and I’m personally very optimistic about the future as we evolve and modernise. These are exciting times!”






  • + Hexis announce PURE ZONE® technology combats coronaviruses* including SARS-CoV-2*

    The HEXIS Group, French manufacturer of adhesives, announce that their PURE ZONE® technology is active in combating ..

    05 February 2021


    The HEXIS Group, French manufacturer of adhesives, announce that their PURE ZONE® technology is active in combating the viral load of coronaviruses* including SARS-CoV-2*.

    Tests initiated with the French laboratory UB’L3 have revealed the manifest action against the viral loads of the strain responsible for COVID-19*.

    As of the date of the UB’L3 laboratory report, i.e. 29 January, 2021, all productions and batch numbers of the product PURE ZONE® 060 B/M will comply with the certification, making it possible to effectively fight against viral loads from SARS-CoV-2* and will be covered by the results of the UB’L3 laboratory report.

    PURE ZONE® ANTI-MICROBIAL FILMS PROTECT 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK

    A pioneer in the development of anti-microbial films, the films produced by the HEXIS R&D laboratory provide 24-hour continuous preventive protection against bacteria and coronaviruses*.

    Intended for the protection of surfaces in direct contact with humans, PURE ZONE® antimicrobial films are the perfect answer to protect sensitive places requiring a high degree of hygiene: medical environment, public transport, school, extracurricular and college environment, coffee bar/hotel/restaurant, stores, establishments open to the public, etc.

    THE ANTI-MICROBIAL EFFICIENCY OF SILVER IONS

    PURE ZONE® films contain silver ions encapsulated in a glass matrix and distributed evenly throughout the film.

    In contact with humidity, these reactive silver ions are activated from the surface layer and will quickly block and inhibit microbes, thus limiting their proliferation between two cleaning and disinfection protocols.

    * HCoV-229E, SARS-CoV-2 Colcov (according to ISO 21702)

    Further details on https://www.hexis-graphics.com/en/purezone/





  • + HP announces new Latex 700 and 800 printers with white ink

    HP Inc. has introduced a range of new Latex large format print solutions to help print service providers diversify their..

    03 February 2021


    HP Inc. has introduced a range of new Latex large format print solutions to help print service providers diversify their offerings and meet more challenging customer needs.

    After a year of business disruption across the large format industry, the HP Latex 700 and 800 series brings a suite of features that enable PSPs to be more agile, tackle ambitious projects and take on the highest value work. The new portfolio also delivers fast workflows that help businesses hit deadlines, while sharpening their sustainability edge.

    “When you think about HP Latex, imagine the unique ability to say yes to every customer request, regardless of fast-changing schedule or application demands. Help meet deadlines with indisputable operator and environmental safety, as, with HP Latex, every signage & decor decision becomes a sustainable one,” said Guayente Sanmartin, General Manager, Large Format Business, HP. “The new Latex 700 and 800 portfolio will allow PSPs to win big by navigating customer challenges in the next normal and embracing more ambitious projects - safe in the knowledge their work will deliver.”

    The new HP Latex range consists of four devices – the HP Latex 700 and 800, and the HP Latex 700W and 800W which offer white ink capability for the first time in this category. It is the whitest white ink available on the market that does not yellow over time , enabling print businesses to produce neater outlines and add more contrast to darker supports.

    Meanwhile, updated printheads possessing more nozzles and producing speeds of up to 36 m2/hr (388 ft2/hr) allow the HP Latex 800 and 800W to offer 50% higher productivity levels compared to previous HP models. Print jobs executed on the new 700/800 Series will deliver with vivid colours and finer image and text details, even at faster print speeds. Operationally, HP PrintOS also enables PSPs to monitor and control their print fleet using a cloud-based interface they can use virtually anywhere, anytime.

    Recent HP research reveals that 85% of PSP customers now demand sustainable products and practices. To meet this requirement, the new Latex products continue to build on HP’s long-lasting commitment to sustainable printing. All four devices in the HP Latex 700 and 800 series use the HP Eco Carton – a cartridge made with cardboard material, reducing the amount of plastic used by 80%. HP’s water-based inks are also kinder to the environment.

    Improved HP Latex Print and Cut Plus
    In related news, HP has also introduced an updated Latex Print and Cut portfolio that is fully compatible with the Latex 700 and 800 Series. Equipped with the latest Raster Image Processor (RIP) software and completely new contour cutters, the devices allow for improved usability - making jobs easier and more intuitive than ever for signage and decorative printed applications.

    The HP Latex Print and Cut Plus Portfolio includes the following products:
    • HP Latex 335 Print and Cut Plus Solution
    • HP Latex 315 Print and Cut Plus Solution
    • HP Latex 115 Print and Cut Plus Solution
    • HP Latex 64 Plus Cutting Solution
    • HP Latex 54 Plus Cutting Solution
    • HP Latex 54 Basic Plus Cutting Solution

    Updated features include optimised cutting accuracy through the enhanced Optical Position System (OPOS) configurations. As part of this improvement, the HP cutter reads the black inner lines along the job and carries out additional measurements, further aided by new HP barcodes located on the printed sheets to identify jobs. Cutting on the new Latex 64 and 54 Plus Cutting Solutions is enhanced by a higher cutter downforce of up to 600gr. This provides the necessary pressure to deliver accurate cutting performance even on thicker media.

    The user experience on the coloured touch screen interface is highly responsive and includes an improved menu, making the entire solution simple to work with. The media basket also features a refined design and now has a smaller footprint when folded, enabling businesses to make better use of space.

    Revamped HP PageWide XL
    Completing the announcements from HP are the new additions to the HP PageWide XL suite of large format print solutions. Aimed at enterprise and mid-market companies, as well as printers serving the architecture, engineering and construction industries, the new HP PageWide XL devices provide fast, simple, and secure solutions.

    The new range includes the following printers:
    • PageWide XL 3920 MFP
    • PageWide XL 4200 Printer and MFP
    • PageWide XL 4700 Printer and MFP
    • PageWide XL 5200 Printer and MFP
    • PageWide XL 8200 Printer

    The new HP PageWide XL printers deliver on the productivity needs of users while offering an improved experience. With the 4200, 4700 and 5200 models boasting a larger front panel - increased to 15.6 inches (from 8 inches) - it is easier for users to preview real-time scans and undertake more complex printing tasks. Additionally, for the first time, users can carry out post-editing tasks, including crop, contrast, brightness, and rotation directly from the panel. 

    For IT managers and CAD designers at enterprise and mid-market businesses, security is a major priority. The new PageWide XL solutions respond to this with new features to protect businesses in an increasingly connected world; including HP SecureBoot, Whitelisting and HP Connection Inspector - making the new PageWide XL range the world’s most secure large format printers.

    Availability
    The HP Latex 700 and 800 Series, the updated HP Latex Cut and Print Plus Solution, as well as the new additions to the PageWide XL portfolio, are expected to be available from all major markets starting February 2, 2021.





  • + News from US: Mimaki releases new sublimation & industrial printers: the TS100-1600 and Tiger 1800B MkIII

    Mimaki has released the new TS100-1600 sublimation transfer inkjet printer for textile and apparel applications, as well..

    02 February 2021


    Mimaki has released the new TS100-1600 sublimation transfer inkjet printer for textile and apparel applications, as well the upgrade of its Tiger-1800B textile inkjet printer, all scheduled for availability from February 2021.

    The TS100-1600 is the latest addition and entry-level model to the Mimaki 100 Series and offers an excellent balance of operation performance, image quality, speed, and cost.

    The 1.600 mm printer achieves high productivity with a print speed of 70-sqm per hour and uses Mimaki’s SB610 ink, available in one-litre bottles which is said to reduce running costs (compared to the standard 440 cc cartridges) and enables stable, long-term operation due to the reduced frequency of ink replacement.

    The printer is also equipped with a variety of features, including the Nozzle Check Unit (NCU), Nozzle Recovery System (NRS), and Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS4) to ensure stable, high-quality prints. Its new Dot Adjustment System (DAS) function is useful for automated dot position correction and media feeding, which drastically reduces the workload of the operator.

    The TS100-1600 is compatible with Mimaki’s original RIP software – the TxLink4 Lite and the RasterLink7.

    As well as the new TS100-1600, Mimaki has also upgraded its Tiger 1800B industrial textile printer and belt conveying system. The new MkIII is available in two models, one for printing direct to textile (with 16 printheads) and the other for printing to sublimation transfer papers (with 8 printheads).

    The ‘Mimaki printer controller’ touchscreen is a new feature, designed to enhance the stability and accuracy of the printer.

    The Tiger-1800B MkIII achieves a maximum print speed of 385 sqm/h, includes a 10kg ink tank for low running costs, and is compatible with Mimaki’s TXLink4 RIP software. Upgraded from 8-bit to 16-bit rendering for smoother gradations, the printer also includes a 10GB Ethernet controller for faster data transfers.

    The Mimaki TS100-1600 and Tiger-1800B MkIII printers will be available worldwide from February 2021.

    www.mimaki.com





  • + New EFI VUTEk Q3r and Q5r Roll-to-Roll Printers Help Customers Achieve Superior Print Quality with Higher Productivity and Efficiency

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is setting new levels of production and efficiency for customers at the higher-volume end ..

    02 February 2021


    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is setting new levels of production and efficiency for customers at the higher-volume end of the superwide-format signage and display graphics market. The new EFI™ VUTEk® Q series product line delivers superior quality and a complete system solution with advanced roll-to-roll LED technology. The new EFI VUTEk Q3r and Q5r UV LED printers produce a wide range of challenging applications, like the most demanding premium POP with multi-layer white and cosmetics displays that demand the highest print quality to the highest volume campaigns that requires the lowest cost of production. The fastest, most productive roll-to-roll display graphics printers in their class, the 198-inch wide VUTEk Q5r printer runs at speeds up to 7,233 square feet (672 square meters) per hour, and the 138-inch wide VUTEk Q3r model prints up to 6,006 square feet (558 square meters) per hour.

    The VUTEk Q3r and Q5r printers, launched this week during EFI’s Engage virtual users event, take users beyond in many aspects including productivity and application reach and more so in its full system solution from file submission to finished print which is already cut to size and rolled and marked for the designated display location. Users benefit from throughput that can be up to a few times faster than existing models in the market.
     
    The world’s first VUTEk Q5r installation site, Yahav Digital Print, is a large wide-format print production company currently with four EFI roll-to-roll printers and many more throughout its history. Zevik Nur, CEO of Yahav Digital Print, found the new capabilities of the Q5r go above and beyond just faster print to also deliver a complete full system solution from file submission to finishing.
     
    “Our new VUTEk Q5r was installed in October of 2020, and we have been running it in full production ever since,” Nur said. “It has exceeded all our expectations in terms of reliability, production speeds, print quality, ink consumption, media utilisation and ease of use. We can shift a lot of jobs to the new Q5r, and our customers are highly satisfied with our ability to shorten lead time and produce even higher quality prints at faster speeds.”
     
    Premium quality with UltraDrop Technology and LED imaging
     
    The new printers feature up to nine ink colours (standard CMYK and optional lc, lm, lk, white and clear coat), enabling exact customisation of each printer to users’ needs and strategies. They also boast EFI UltraDrop™ Technology, featuring native 7-picoliter printheads with multi-drop addressability for high-definition image quality. Users gain outstanding smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions, as well as precise and sharp 3-point size text with a true resolution of up to 1,200 dots per inch. Their UV LED curing ensures not only cost savings but also a more environmentally friendly printing solution, consuming less energy and enabling the use of thinner, heat-sensitive substrates.
     
    The printers also feature EFI’s “Power Tool” options for advanced productivity and capabilities, including in-line quality inspection, in-line slitting and cutting, roll and tape collection, auto-calibration, automated backlit printing, automated blockout printing and much more.
     
    David Aloni, CEO of Xtreme dpi, sees significant advantages in the printers’ efficiency and high-speed operation. “As part of our due diligence in selecting a new roll-to-roll printer, we ran the EFI VUTEk Q5r through its paces, including full production,” said Aloni. “It is the fastest printer in its class, achieving a record production speed. We have found its print quality to be second to none, even for the most challenging files and media types. It certainly surpass our production requirements in a high-quality, fast and consistent way.”
     
    New cloud connectivity, robust Fiery RIP and colour capabilities
     
    Newly designed mobile operator touch screen stations for the VUTEk Q3r and Q5r printers offer operators maximum convenience. The touch screen stations also direct users to new EFI IQ™ optional cloud-based applications for easy monitoring and analysis of production activity, resulting in actionable data that can help operations be even more efficient and profitable.
     
    Both printers include EFI’s industry-leading Fiery proServer Premium digital front end (DFE) with Fiery FAST RIP for accelerated file processing, maximising the printer investment by eliminating idle printer time. The printers’ Fiery DFE systems also include robust options such as Fiery Spot Color, Fiery Color Profiler Suite and Fiery Color Verifier for the ultimate in easy-to-use, proof-grade color management.
     
    “We designed the EFI VUTEk Q3r and VUTEk Q5r to go beyond printing to provide a complete print to finished graphic workflow – from RIP to finished product – on the same platform,” said Ken Hanulec, vice president, Worldwide Marketing, EFI. “This new printer series is one big competitive edge for our customers, bringing unprecedented speed to our portfolio and a host of valuable features and options that take profitable roll-to-roll print production to a new, higher level.”





  • + Canon wins a full sweep of BLI Awards in 2021

    Canon has taken home two top honours at the Buyers Lab (BLI) 2021 Pick and Outstanding Achievement Awards in the Documen..

    02 February 2021


    Canon has taken home two top honours at the Buyers Lab (BLI) 2021 Pick and Outstanding Achievement Awards in the Document Imaging Software category from Keypoint Intelligenceii. Therefore has been awarded 2021 Outstanding Information Governance Solution for the third consecutive year, while uniFLOW Online has been awarded 2021 Outstanding Cloud Output Management Solution.

    Keypoint Intelligence is the world’s leading authority on document imaging devices and software solutions, with its BLI Software Pick Awards recognised as the best performing solutions currently available in the market. To achieve these top accolades, Therefore and uniFLOW Online underwent rigorous testing and were evaluated based on key attributes such as features, usability, and value.

    In achieving 2021 Outstanding Information Governance Solution, Keypoint Intelligence said of Therefore: “Canon Therefore is a highly customisable information management platform that delivers a powerful business process automation engine, complete and document management features, and much more. But it’s the solution’s strong security and information governance—including e-signature support, tight version control, audit trails detailing who accessed and/or made changes to documents, and automated data retention (and destruction) policies—that helped it earn its third straight Pick Award for Outstanding Information Governance Solution.”

    In achieving 2021 Outstanding Cloud Output Management Solution, Keypoint Intelligence said of uniFLOW Online: “Canon uniFLOW Online has solidified its position as the leading cloud output management platform, delivering more features—including secure printing, cost tracking, mobile printing, and scan workflows—and better usability than Keypoint Intelligence has seen in most leading online print management packages. The latest version offers Microsoft Universal Print integration and improved scan workflow, security, device and print management, and mobile capabilities.”
    Canon Australia’s Ted Matsumoto, General Manager of B2B Product Marketing said Canon’s Australian business was honoured to be recognised for its ongoing dedication to document imaging software innovation.

    “BLI Awards from Keypoint Intelligence are one of the most respected and prestigious accolades in our industry and we’re thrilled to be recognised. To take home top honours for our Governance Solution three years in a row is a great achievement for our business as it not only acknowledges the quality of Canon’s technology, but the commitment of our team to provide the best information management solutions for our customers. In a year where agility and flexibility were paramount to businesses, our solutions were able to keep information accessible, secure and efficient, making life that little bit easier for Australians when they needed it most.”

    Since 2013, Canon has achieved 17 BLI Pick Awards for its Software/ Solution innovations and 1 Line of the Year Award) spanning categories including: Scan Capture and Processing; Cloud Output-Management; SMB Information Management and Workflow; and, Enterprise Output and Scan Management.

    For more information on Therefore, visit Canon.





  • + Currie Group Becoming Distribution Partner for EFI Display Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand

    Following continued expansion in its customer base for display graphics digital inkjet technologies in Australia and New..

    02 February 2021


    Following continued expansion in its customer base for display graphics digital inkjet technologies in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has established a new distribution partnership for the two countries with Currie Group, the largest, independent, privately owned supplier to the printing industry in ANZ.
     
    EFI is currently working closely with Currie Group on sales activities planning, with go-to-market commencing in early 2021. Through the partnership, Currie Group will sell the broad portfolio of EFI™ Wide-Format UV LED printers. 
     
    Rodd Harrison, VP of Sales, Asia-Pacific for EFI said, “This new partnership will allow EFI to reach even more customers as we expand our growth. EFI is very committed to the market in Australia and New Zealand. The synergies to be created with Currie Group’s infrastructure and our leading portfolio are significant as a means to help customers thrive with digital wide-format printing.” 
     
    The new partnership comes amid a burgeoning expansion in wide-format print among EFI customers: Despite the pandemic, the company recorded nearly 20 new printer installations in ANZ over the course of the year.

    Currie Group, which has offices and staff in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, delivers technical service and support of the highest possible standard, while also distributing a range of quality equipment and consumables. Founded in 1949, the company has a long tradition in technical training and development and offers the latest best of breed technology available from leading prepress, print and finishing equipment manufacturers to provide a fully integrated print solution.
     
    David Currie, Executive Chairman for Currie Group said, “Currie Group continues to drive growth in our business and for our customers through digital transformation. Printing companies have many opportunities for growth with wide format, so we are excited to begin this new partnership to provide customers with EFI’s world-class, versatile UV LED solutions. The range of innovations available through EFI’s line-up of roll-to-roll, flatbed and hybrid printers opens up new, creative possibilities for our customers.”
     
    In anticipation of servicing the ANZ wide format market, Currie Group are thrilled to announce the appointment of Paul Whitehead as the wide format Business Unit Manager. Currie Group and EFI welcome Whitehead into this newly created role with the purpose of creating, managing and growing Currie Group and EFI’s presence in the wide format market. Both companies have confidence in Whitehead’s ability to create effective strategies and build strong relationships with new and existing customers.
     
    Whitehead has worked in the industry for the past 20 years, now returning home to Melbourne after most recently working abroad in Europe as an international marketing director within the wide-format sector.
     
    Whitehead commented, “To work for a highly respected Australian company, representing a market leading technology organisation that boasts an exciting product portfolio and equally impressive roadmap, is an amazing opportunity. I cannot wait to bring this strong combination to the Australian and New Zealand markets.”
     
    Currie Group welcomes all wide format enquiries via info@curriegroup.com.au. For more information about advanced EFI technologies for display graphics production, visit www.efi.com





  • + Epson launches EcoTank ad campaign with Jimeoin

    Epson has partnered with comedy legend Jimeoin, one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best-known and most wel..

    02 February 2021


    Epson has partnered with comedy legend Jimeoin, one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best-known and most well-loved entertainers, to launch a new nationwide advertising campaign for its EcoTank range of cartridge-free printers. The new campaign kicked off on Sunday, 24 January and incorporates multiple channels including free-to-air and catch-up television, radio, social media and in-store.
     
    As well as being a comedy staple in Australia and New Zealand for years, beloved for his thoroughly relatable and witty observations, Jimeoin is also a dedicated family man and knows all too well the frustration and expense of traditional cartridge printers. Epson EcoTank printers use easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks instead of cartridges that include enough ink in the box to print thousands of pages, which means less waste and fewer trips to the store. Jimeoin commented, “Cartridges do my head in. In the beginning you buy a cheap printer and then six months later the cartridges run out and they cost more than the printer. And you forget how to change the cartridges as they explained it six months ago, so it’s easier to buy a new printer than try to figure out how to change the cartridges.”



    By using big refillable ink tanks, EcoTank printers can save you thousands of dollars compared to cartridge-based printers. Not using cartridges also saves on plastic, which is the main component of ink cartridges and, because they use heat-free PrecisionCore™ print heads, EcoTank printers consume less energy too, especially compared to power-hungry laser printers. And when an EcoTank eventually does run out of ink, refill bottles start from as low as just $14.99 each for thousands more pages worth of ink and continued hassle-free printing.

    Jimeoin added, “It’s a great printer. It pretty much sells itself. I’m just getting in the way to be honest. But was glad of the gig!”



    Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg said, “There are few entertainers in Australia more recognisable and widely loved than Jimeoin and we are delighted to be partnering with him on this EcoTank campaign. Epson’s core mission is to exceed expectations by creating new value for our customers and providing solutions that help make life easier. EcoTank printers do all of that and more as they are a complete shift from what printing used to be. You can now print as much as you like without having to worry about cost or constantly buying ink cartridge refills. Jimeoin’s unique style will help spread the message that EcoTank is simply a better, more cost efficient, more enjoyable, more eco-friendly printing experience for all.”
     
    To learn more about EcoTank cartridge-free printers go to: www.epson.com.au/ecotank and www.epson.co.nz/ecotank





  • + EFI Fiery Command WorkStation Upgrade Continues to Offer Users Increasingly Higher Levels of Productivity

    The new version 6.6 of EFI™ Fiery® Command WorkStation® – the print job management interface used ac..

    02 February 2021


    The new version 6.6 of EFI™ Fiery® Command WorkStation® – the print job management interface used across all EFI Fiery platforms connected to digital print devices – delivers a host of productivity and quality enhancements. With its ongoing development of Fiery Command WorkStation, Electronics For Imaging, Inc., is dedicated to continuous improvement, helping users do work faster and manage their digital print operations better across multiple printers and locations. The new Command WorkStation version, to be demonstrated at EFI Engage global online users event, gives customers the power to produce higher quality print with fewer mistakes, while ensuring that their EFI Fiery investments continue to deliver exceptional value.
     
    “Since the early 1990s, and across millions of installations, EFI Fiery solutions have improved digital print production through both increased productivity and exceptional colour quality,” said John Henze, vice president, sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “With this EFI Fiery Command WorkStation release, we continue to deliver on that promise in a big way, from job creation through finishing.”
     
    A key enhancement to Fiery Command WorkStation in this release is easy access to EFI IQ™, a suite of standard and optional cloud applications that connect people, processes, and print devices to enable better, data-driven decisions for print businesses. Creating an EFI IQ account is now faster and easier and can be done directly from Fiery Command WorkStation for instant access to production analytics, notification features and more.
     
    Operational consistency across multiple devices
     
    Early adopters, including the U.K.-based design and print agency Page Visions, are benefitting from the latest releases and ongoing advancements that Fiery Command WorkStation brings to businesses.
     
    “The latest features delivered in Fiery Command WorkStation make it more than just a pre-press and press operators’ tool,” said Tom Griffiths, Page Visions’ CEO. “Features such as Auto Reconnect, and the ability to manage our Fiery XF servers too means all Fiery Driven™ printers in the business are always available and can be viewed by all production staff.
     
    “The new Advanced Search with version 6.6 means we are able to get very granular with our job filtering and combine parameters such as stock to be used, product type, scheduled start time, customer, and more, creating production efficiencies. The ability to save these searches means operators share the same filters which delivers operational consistency. Plus, the fact that Fiery Command WorkStation’s stability is rock solid is also massive for us.”
     
    More productive, centralised job management
     
    As the print job management interface for Fiery digital front ends (DFEs), the new Command WorkStation version 6.6 makes printing more productive and powerful. In addition to its new cloud capabilities with EFI IQ for data analysis and metrics, key enhancements in this latest release include:
     
    More advanced job search capabilities for finding jobs based on multiple search criteria
     
    A new tool – Raster Curve Editor – that enables operators to perform late-stage colour edits to jobs directly from the job properties screen
     
    Easier editing of spot colours in Fiery Spot Pro while working within other Fiery Command WorkStation applications
     
    Support for the EFI ES-3000 colour measurement Instrument, supporting single-scan measurements in M1 and M2 modes with faster and more accurate readings.
     
    Also coming at the end of February is a new feature in EFI Fiery Impose software – a higher-level integration for the Duplo D-618 automatic finishing device, allowing operators to easily set up a custom imposition layout including cut, crease and perforation marks.
     
    EFI’s continued investment in Fiery Command WorkStation contributes significantly to the Fiery DFE’s status as the de facto standard for digital print production. This new offering continues EFI’s legacy of improvement and advancement for increased customer capabilities, with greater usability and productivity, faster Fiery installations across the network and increased efficiency for customers worldwide.
     
    For more information about the EFI Fiery Command WorkStation and other Fiery solutions and services for better, more-efficient, high-quality digital printing, visit www.efi.com or contact your local EFI representative.





  • + EFI VUTEk Portfolio Reaches Greater Heights in Throughput, TCO and Versatility with New XT Super High Speed Hybrid Printer

    The new EFI™ VUTEk® XT hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll display graphics printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc...

    02 February 2021


    The new EFI™ VUTEk® XT hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll display graphics printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. brings world-class innovations – including the next generation of multi-pass pin-and-cure imaging, ink delivery and dot placement technologies – to signage and graphics providers looking to address higher-volume needs with a reliable, premium-quality print solution offering a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
     
    The highest throughput ever for a VUTEk hybrid printer
     
    Announced during EFI’s Engage global users conference and available mid-year, the new VUTEk XT model is the redesigned, next-generation successor to the EFI VUTEk HS series of hybrid high-volume printers and will deliver an unprecedented productivity boost, printing more than 375 boards per hour – nearly twice the throughput of the VUTEk HS125 F4 printer.

    “Print businesses need the next level of capability with a lower TCO, and EFI has focused our global R&D expertise to meeting those goals with this printer and a complete EFI technology offering that together make super high speed inkjet display graphics a profitable reality for customers,” said Ken Hanulec, vice president of worldwide corporate marketing, EFI. “The new VUTEk XT printer – with its outstanding quality, superior substrate capability, robust productivity and almost unheard-of ink yield – delivers greater versatility and value in the display graphics market.”
     
    Design innovation in hybrid pin-and-cure production
     
    The new VUTEk XT represents the next-generation hybrid architecture for EFI’s proven pin-and-cure technology, which sets UV ink using LED lamps for sharp definition and accurate placement, followed by a full UV cure at high production speeds.
     
    The printer includes a new media transport that eliminates the need for material edge guides, ensuring highly accurate registration and smooth transport of even thick boards. The printer’s new vacuum belt and vacuum table ably handle a wide range of materials. As a result, printing even difficult types of materials can be easy and accurate, reducing waste and improving overall throughput.
     
    The VUTEk XT also features superior front-to-back registration, within 1 mm, and produces boards in up to three printing lanes that can be the same or different files.
     
    CP5G – the best technology in ink delivery
     
    Another advantage, the XT model’s unique CP5G ink system, delivers complete ink circulation, superior dot placement, 5-picoliter drops and grayscale imaging – a robust combination of features that provides fine text imaging and near-lithographic quality without expanding beyond four-colour CMYK ink sets. CP5G also expands users’ capabilities further in media compatibility, providing improved adhesion to a broader range of substrates.
     
    In addition to the VUTEk XT setting a new image quality standard with its 4-colour grayscale printing, thanks to CP5G, the printer also gives customers the significant economic advantage of a 30-50% ink yield increase compared to other display graphics inkjet printers.
     
    Customers can choose from a number of automation options to configure the printer to their exact needs. This includes the ability to feed one or two large rolls of media, as well as three-quarter in and out and full pallet-to-pallet automation options. All options minimise the need for operator intervention and speed work through the printer.
     
    The EFI VUTEk XT is part of a new super high speed class of printers from EFI designed to drive the analog-to-digital transformation of display graphics into newer, even higher volumes. The super high speed portfolio also includes EFI’s successful VUTEk h5 hybrid UV LED printer with three-quarter automation and a new single-pass for display graphics UV LED printer that leverages EFI’s industry leading, award-winning Nozomi direct-to-board corrugated printing technology.
     
    More than a print device offering
     
    EFI addresses the growing market need for high-volume digital production with outstanding image quality, transport optimisation, and software performance on its super high speed display graphics solutions. In addition, EFI’s highly talented Professional Services team stands ready to assist customers with installation and training, along with additional offerings including development of new applications and business opportunities.
     
    EFI also leads the way with its integrated solutions platform to meet ever-changing market needs. That is where the company’s technology shines – from Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs), to the industry’s leading MIS/ERP workflow and web-to-print/eCommerce software offerings, EFI’s complete portfolio helps customers grow profitably, attract and retain new business, and provide a better, safer working environment for employees. The outstanding, versatile production and colour management capabilities of Fiery DFEs used to drive EFI super high speed printers optimise performance and colour management. And, new EFI IQ™ cloud solutions, including EFI Go for remote printing support, provide customers with stronger production management, data reporting and more.
     
    For more information on EFI’s portfolio of innovative solutions for display graphics production, visit www.efi.com





  • + Suppliers Urged to Act Quickly for PacPrint Funding

    Visual Connections is urging any company considering exhibiting at the PacPrint expo later this year to act immediately ..

    02 February 2021


    Visual Connections is urging any company considering exhibiting at the PacPrint expo later this year to act immediately to apply for funding which could cover 50% of participation costs up to the value of $250,000.

    The supplier association, which co-hosts and organises PacPrint and other industry expos and events, has been successful in having the industry’s leading trade show listed as eligible for Federal Government grants but, with the funding pool limited, CEO Peter Harper warns it’s ‘first in, best dressed’.

    “Visual Connections has been working with the Exhibitions & Events Association of Australia and other event industry associations to ensure PacPrint exhibitors can apply for a share of the $50 million assistance package announced by the Federal Government late last year,” Harper said this morning.

    “We are delighted that we have achieved eligibility, with PacPrint included on the recently-released list of approved events, however the funding is available only through application by participating exhibitors…and with a cap on the total grants available, organisations will have to move quickly to claim a share.”

    To qualify, organisations must have reserved their space and completed a booking form for the show, which will run from 28 September to 1 October at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. There is a minimum spend of $20,000, however successful exhibitors will be able to claim up to 50% of virtually all their participation costs, from stand design and build, to transport, signage, sponsorship, marketing, flights and accommodation, and more, up to a maximum of $250,000.

    To assist with the process, Visual Connections has also briefed a specialist company, Export Solutions, to assist exhibitors. With more than 20 years’ experience accessing such grants, the company has an experienced team with members all across Australia and work on a ‘fee for success’ basis.

    “Export Solutions can help with strategic advice to maximise the grant and your prospects of approval, prepare and lodge the applications and identify key documents required for that process, and liaise with the assessors, drawing on their experience to help answer any questions or requests that may arise during the assessment,” Harper explains.

    “Visual Connections has negotiated a flat fee for all PacPrint exhibitors, of 6% plus GST of the actual grant approved, with 50% payable on approval and signing of the grant agreement, and the balance on receipt of the funding. This percentage will be reduced on any amount received over $40,000.”





  • + Roland Academy Online Training 2021 Bookings Now Available!

    Following on from the success of Roland Academy Online Training launched in 2020, Roland DG are once again running the c..

    02 February 2021


    Following on from the success of Roland Academy Online Training launched in 2020, Roland DG are once again running the courses in 2021. 

    Increase Your Efficiency and Productivity Online 

    With face-to-face training remaining on hold for now, Roland DG will once again run online training courses so you can increase your efficiency and productivity, no matter where you are located. The courses are delivered online by expert Roland DG trainers to a small group, to encourage participation and interaction with attendees. 

    Course Detail 

    Explore VersaWorks Basics, how to improve your Cutting workflow, or increase your understanding of Colour and Profiles in these short 1-to-2-hour sessions. For customers running a Roland DG UV printer, check out our UV Features and Functions course.  

    Sessions are as follows:
    Session 1 – Basics
    Session 2 – Advanced Features: Cutting
    Session 3 – Advanced Features: Understanding Colour
    Session 4 – Advanced Features: Understanding Profiles
    Session 5 – UV Features and Functions

    Feedback from 2020’s Courses

    After attending one of the courses, Arn Betteridge from Signature Clothing discovered printer settings that result in "both time saving and better organisation of my workflow." Barbie Freeman from Ratbag Industries thought that the trainer showed "professionalism and great knowledge" and Ken Douglas from Perth Stitchings said: "I find these sessions really relevant and I would definitely like them to continue". 

    Book Your Place Today! 

    Initial dates have been locked in for 2021, and tickets are now available to purchase online. With only 8 spots per course and a starting price of just $29 inc GST, you will need to get in quick to secure your place. Click here to book. 





  • + EFI Engage Worldwide Conference Features Breakthrough Product Launches and Exceptional Educational Opportunities to Help Customers Create Success in 2021

    The first-ever worldwide virtual users’ conference for Electronics For Imaging, Inc. customers, EFI™ Engage,..

    26 January 2021


    The first-ever worldwide virtual users’ conference for Electronics For Imaging, Inc. customers, EFI™ Engage, features groundbreaking new innovations that accelerate customers’ ability to profitably and efficiently transition from analog to digital printing. The Jan. 25-Feb. 5 event features a virtual exhibition hall, along with demos and presentations on advanced Productivity Suite MIS/ERP, inkjet printing, and Fiery® digital front end (DFE) solutions. Advanced superwide-format inkjet technologies at Engage include a new, higher-throughput VUTEk® XT hybrid device – one of multiple superwide-format display graphics production solutions launching at the event.
     
    In addition to workshops, presentations, seminars and discussions on commercial printing, packaging and inkjet display graphics applications, EFI Engage will be the first global EFI users conference to feature a full training track on industrial textile printing, with training and demos on the full portfolio of EFI Reggiani digital production solutions for apparel and textile manufacturing.
     
    The event features comprehensive training for corrugated and other package converting applications, as well as introductory sessions detailing important opportunities in the building materials market, including EFI Cretaprint® tile decoration solutions along with high-quality industrial digital production applications using EFI Cubik single-pass printers for digital wood staining and decoration.
     
    “EFI Engage features a wealth of content and information to help customers learn about important new opportunities, as well as gain actionable ideas that can propel them into a more efficient and profitable ‘next normal’ phase of business,” said EFI Chairman and CEO Jeff Jacobson. “Attendees will learn about the strengths they can create in the future with leading-edge workflow innovation, along with the important expansion in print’s analog-to-digital evolution that comes with our newest, most-advanced inkjet solutions.”
     
    Superior digital print across markets with EFI’s leading portfolio
     
    New solutions premiering during Engage include:
     
    The new version 9 releases in EFI’s Productivity Suite offerings, which provide comprehensive, validated, end-to-end business and production management workflows for commercial print, mailing, display graphics, publication and packaging operations – based on EFI’s industry-leading MIS/ERP platforms, including Monarch, Pace™, Radius®, CTI and Technique software.
     
    EFI’s new super-high-speed VUTEk XT hybrid printer – a breakthrough solution designed to drive a significant reduction in total cost of ownership with superior throughput exceeding 375 boards per hour, innovative ink delivery, and the power of EFI’s integrated workflow. New CP5G ink delivery technology on the printer delivers complete ink circulation, superior dot placement, 5-picoliter drops and greyscale imaging – a robust feature set provides fine text imaging and near-lithographic imaging with a four-colour CMYK ink sets.
     
    A second super-high-speed product, a Single-Pass for Display Graphics printer optimised for high-volume production on signage media at speeds up to 1,000 sheets per hour.
     
    EFI’s fastest roll-to-roll superwide-format printers – new 138- and 198-inch wide EFI VUTEk Q3r and Q5r UV LED printers that deliver expanded capabilities for a wide range of challenging, high-volume applications, with premium features such as multi-layer white and high-value in-line finishing, collection and auto backlit and blockout options that help users achieve a remarkably low total cost of operation.
     
    The newest release of EFI’s Fiery Command WorkStation® management interface, version 6.6, which delivers the company’s most-robust search interface capabilities and powers faster curve and spot-colour editing capabilities, along with access to a host of additional features, such as the EFI IQ™ suite of cloud-based applications to help printing businesses extract value from data to minimise bottlenecks, optimise equipment utilisation and achieve higher print quality.
     
    The latest version of Fiery JobFlow™, a prepress production automation solution that now gives users the power to significantly upscale images with excellent output quality, reorganise PDF pages to make long jobs more manageable, and collect jobs based on time to ensure meeting production deadlines.
     
    Through more than 200 online conference sessions, EFI Engage highlights the expanded possibilities print and packaging businesses can achieve with leaner, faster, more-efficient and more integrated print production. The new EFI Fiery Command WorkStation offering – the free, market-leading, central interface used to direct hundreds of thousands of Fiery Driven™ digital print devices around the world – helps users manage their digital print operations better, even across multiple printers and locations, and produce higher quality print with fewer mistakes.
     
    Industry-leading digital print capabilities to drive opportunity
     
    One early Fiery Command WorkStation 6.6 user, Tom Griffiths, CEO of Slough, England-based design and print agency Page Visions, drives more efficient work when creating and managing jobs – especially through the ability to create and save very specific searches.
     
    “The latest features delivered in Fiery Command WorkStation make it more than just a pre-press and press operators’ tool,” said Griffiths. “The new Advanced Search with version 6.6 means we are able to get very granular with our job filtering and combine parameters to create production efficiencies. Plus, the fact that Fiery Command WorkStation’s stability is rock solid is also massive for us.”
     
    Another key innovation launching during Engage, the newest version of EFI Fiery JobFlow software, breaks down the barriers to print automation. With the software, users can efficiently scale images for wide and super-wide format applications. A pages module in the software enables operators to easily manage long jobs by splitting up a PDF using a set number of pages, PDF bookmarks, or page ranges. Users can also define job route behaviour in using JobFlow to get jobs printed as fast as possible when a Fiery server is unavailable.
     
    An important production innovation launching during Engage for cut-sheet digital printing – the integration between EFI Fiery Impose software and Duplo DC-618 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser devices – automates job preparation and finisher setup for higher-value custom jobs. The integration cuts the initial setup time of the workflow in half and saves users up to 70% in setup time preparing printing jobs with seamless, automated, two-way communication.
     
    In addition to the latest EFI workflow, Fiery DFE and inkjet display graphics offerings featured in EFI Engage’s exhibit area, this year’s conference also features advanced solutions from participating partners, including 3M™ Commercial Solutions; Aberdeen Fabrics; Duplo®; ISCorp™; Lubrizol®, Progress® Software Corp.; Ricoh®; and Thomson Reuters®.
     





  • + Roland DG Expands UV Portfolio With New VersaUV LEC2-640 & LEC2-330 Printer Cutters

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the la..

    26 January 2021


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the launch of the new VersaUV 64-inch LEC2-640 and 30-inch LEC2-330 wide format UV printer cutters.


    According to Kevin Shigenoya, Vice President, Digital Printing Business Division, the LEC2 series printer cutters offer unmatched production capabilities, including the ability to create unique special 3D effects using UV ink and contour cutting of printed images on demand. "We believe that the LEC2-640 and LEC2-330, with their superior versatility, is a powerful solution to support our customers in the immediate realisation of their creative ideas. With their value-added printing and cutting, incredibly diverse range of media support, and ease of use for even first-time users, the LEC2 series is ideal for a broad range of printing businesses for countless applications, including adhesive decals, labels and stickers, signs, POP, backlit panels, packaging prototypes and interior decor." 


    The LEC2-640 and LEC2-330 models announced today are the latest in a series expanding the UV product line and providing significant improvements in printing expression and functionality. Newly developed EUV5 ink supports CMYK, Clear, White and Primer options, expanding the colour gamut to produce vivid full-colour prints with special effects like simulated embossing and gloss or matte finishes. A True Rich Color print setting is designed to maximise the imaging capabilities of the LEC2-640 and LEC2-330 with the new inks for vibrant colour graphics with neutral grays, smooth gradations and natural skin tones. The new White ink, which is often used as a base coat when printing on transparent film or dark paper, achieves high opacity while the Primer ink makes it possible to print on media that was previously difficult or impossible to print on. 


    The latest print head and LED lamps enable an even higher level of print quality and high colour saturation. The print head has been optimised for precision ink firing and control, while the LED lamps are more powerful, to make curing the ink even faster. This combination delivers stunning images down to the finest details, from small text to elaborately textured patterns and gradations. 


    Two Models to Meet a Range of Application Needs 


    The new 64-inch model LEC2-640 adds support for large signage, displays and interior decor while new media feed options for the 30-inch LEC2-330 expand its capabilities for use in the fast-growing packaging industry. The optional TB-30 is capable of feeding film as thin as 30 microns for flexible packaging, and the ET-30 can handle a wide variety of paper stocks and aluminium metallised papers for folding carton packaging, including design comps, prototyping, and colour proofing for food, beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and more. 


    "In order for customers in the printing business to remain competitive," Shigenoya said, "it is critical to be flexible and to continue developing new business by adapting new applications in response to market trends and client needs. Roland DG will continue to provide new value to our customers' businesses and contribute to the development of the digital printing industry through unique, creative products and solutions." 


    For more information visit www.rolanddg.com.au/products/printers/versauv-lec2-330-640-uv-printer-cutters





  • + First Idealliance G7® Colour courses start online in February

    Idealliance, the global standards developer and certifying body for ISO and G7 colour specification, has named David Cro..

    26 January 2021


    Idealliance, the global standards developer and certifying body for ISO and G7 colour specification, has named David Crowther of Sydney’s Colour Graphic Services as one of 25 global certified G7 colour expert instructors to lead new training sessions on G7 based print and packaging applications.


    “G7 is the leading colour initiative in print consistency and near neutral appearance, and the G7 methodology specifies how to align any 4-colour CMYK print output to align all print technologies, regardless of where or how a product is printed,” says Idealliance.


    The interactive online training takes place over five consecutive days in February 2021. Training consists of a variety of components, including shared slides, video, whiteboard illustrations of critical concepts, press runs and print calibration simulations, and hands-on analysis.


    G7 Expert Trainer David Crowther - named last year as head of Idealliance Australasia - will lead the training open to those based in Australia and New Zealand. It will focus on G7 based print and packaging applications, and G7 integration, maintenance, and process control across all print and proofing applications through cutting edge, online learning. 


    Crowther, of Colour Graphic Services, has qualifications that include:
    G7 Expert trainer, BrandQ Manager certified, G7 Process Control Expert certified, Colour Management Professional Master certified, G7 Expert certified, Member – (EX-004) Australian ISO Technical Committee for Graphic Technology TC 130, Mellow Colour Certified Partner, Techkon Certified Service Partner, Colour and Print Consultant


    A library of print resources
    “G7® Expert Certification LIVE Online training is a new design to accommodate an online environment,” says Idealliance. “When you sign up, you will receive a library of print resources so you can participate during the instructor-led hands-on activities. Downloadable production resource materials such as G7 test forms help you learn how to implement G7 in your facility to obtain G7 Master qualification. Save time & money with G7 training that comes to you. Learn more and engage more with instructors and peers where you’re comfortable and can avoid distractions from the comfort of your home, office, or printing facility.


    “Participants will also receive access to the extensive online training library including on-demand training recordings to view to support your continued growth as a G7® Expert. Participants are strongly encouraged to participate in hands-on activities utilizing their colour management tools & solutions."


    Registration includes Colour Management Professional Fundamentals online training, provided in advance of the live training, to support leaders in colour management in their journey to become G7 Experts.


    Seats are limited to ensure direct support by Idealliance’s certified G7® Expert trainer & technical staff. Register now to reserve your seat. 


    The schedule is as follows:


    Monday February 22, 2021: 9:00am – 1:00pm AEST
    Tuesday February 23, 2021: 9:00am – 1:00pm AEST
    Wednesday February 24, 2021: 9:00am – 1:00pm AEST
    Thursday February 25, 2021: 9:00am – 1:00pm AEST
    Friday February 26, 2021: 9:00am – 1:00pm AEST 


    Pricing (in US dollars) for the 5-day course is:
    G7® Expert - Idealliance Members USD$2,149.00 / Non-members USD$2,619.00
    G7® Professional - Idealliance Members USD$1,799.00 / Non-members USD$2,009.00


    Bookings and further information can be obtained by emailing:
    David Crowther E: david@idealliance.org.au