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  • + Easy Cut Studio now works with Mutoh Kona, Gerber FasTrack and Liyu TC-A series cutters.

    The most popular sign-making and cutting plotter software program for Windows and Mac. Now drivers for over 500 plotter ..

    24 July 2019


    The most popular sign-making and cutting plotter software program for Windows and Mac. Now drivers for over 500 plotter models.

    New York and BeiJing, China, Today, EasyCut Studio, a leading developer of vinyl cutter software programs, today announced the launch of its new edition of Easy Cut Studio. To be specific, it is Easy Cut Studio 4.1.0.7 which now supports ability to design in vector and cut the design with a Mutoh Kona, Mutoh SC, Gerber FasTrack, or Liyu SC-A vinyl cutter. Exclusive Print and Cut Technology allows you to print designs to a colour printer and then cut them out with your Mutoh cutter.

    Easy Cut Studio is one of the most popular and widely trusted vinyl cutting applications for Mac and Windows. support for all the latest as well as legacy cutting plotters. The software packed with a large selection of tools and features for designing and laying out all types of signs, decals, lettering, posters, and graphic artwork to be cut out using a vinyl plotter. You can also open bitmap graphics or scan logos and convert them into cuttable vector graphics. With countless features and advanced cutting settings, Easy Cut Studio will make your sign design and cutting tasks a pleasure while increasing quality and productivity!

    Since it has been a while since Easy Cut Studio 4.1.0.7 was released, an update was pending. According to the engineers working on the product, the update took a while since they wanted to deliver the best-possible results. The team claims that over 200 different cutting plotters were tested. The team even visited a number of cutting plotter manufacturers and talked to different engineers to understand their pain points. All of this helped the developers come up with a one-stop vinyl cutting software with exceptional results and increase your productivity.
     
    Easy Cut Studio v4.1.07 includes the following new features and bug fixes:

    What new in version 4.1.07:
    1. Added support for Liyu SC-A, TC-A, TC-AA and HC-AF Series; 
    2. Added support for Mutoh Kona and Mutoh SC series cutters; 
    3. Added support for Gerber FasTrack cutting plotter;
    4. New Mutoh Kona plotter driver including support for Mutoh 4 point cropmarks for Print and Cut jobs;
    5. Added cut selection only and mirror options for Rabbit cutter;
    6. Fixed a problem with cutting with Silhouette CAMEO 3;
    7. Fixed a problem with editing nodes after cutting the design;
    8. Other stability improvements and small bugs fixed.

    To learn more about Easy Cut Studio 4.1.0.7, please visit https://www.easycutstudio.com/ 

    Pricing and availability: 

    Easy Cut Studio version 4.1.0.7 comes with Lifetime License at a starting price of $59.95 USD. This software is available for both Windows and macOS platforms. You can get a free trial of Easy Cut Studio from the official website. Since Easy Cut Studio offers a free lifetime upgrade on its products, the existing users of Easy Cut Studio 4.xxx can upgrade to version 4.1.0.7 easily.






  • + AVERY DENNISON ANNOUNCES A ONCE IN A LIFETIME BATHURST 1000 RACE EXPERIENCE WITH RED BULL HOLDEN RACING TEAM

    Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions today announced an exciting competition in partnership with Red Bull Holden Racing Team..

    23 July 2019


    Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions today announced an exciting competition in partnership with Red Bull Holden Racing Team in Australia and New Zealand for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in October. The competition is now open and closes on 31 August 2019.

    To enter, participants should simply purchase $500 including GST worth of Avery Dennison graphics or window film material at any authorised distributor in Australia or New Zealand throughout July and August 2019. To enter complete the online entry form available on the Avery Dennison website and upload their proof of purchase for a chance to win.

    The ultimate prize is an exclusive four-day experience to Bathurst for four people. The winner and their three friends will enjoy unparalleled race views trackside from the Red Bull Holden Racing Team corporate suite on Saturday and Sunday, and get up-close with drivers in the Pit lane. They will also arrive and depart in style with return airfares and transfers, indulge in country-style accommodation, $500 spending money (for the winner), and will each bring home a Red Bull Holden Racing Team merchandise pack and autographed memorabilia. This unique all-expense paid experience is valued at over $18,500.

    “Avery Dennison is excited to launch our first-ever Bathurst 1000 Experience to reward customers for their support,” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “In celebration of our nine-year long-term partnership with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, we are creating opportunities to bring together our loyal customers to enjoy this exhilarating experience with one of the most successful Australian sporting organisations in the past decade.”

    “As a team that’s constantly trying to innovate and push the boundaries of what we do in motorsport, we can always be confident that Avery Dennison will go above and beyond in delivering what we need,” said Mark Dutton, Team Manager of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team. “The Bathurst 1000 is one of Australia’s most famous sporting events and this is an awesome opportunity to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the team thanks to our friends at Avery Dennison.”

    The Red Bull Holden Racing Team ZB Commodores are wrapped using Avery Dennison MPI 1105 Easy Apply RSTM which features outstanding conformability and easily slides and positions into place for faster installation. The printed film is laminated with Avery Dennison DOL 6460, which is the perfect partner for the MPI 1105 Easy Apply RSTM. The DOL 6460 has been developed specifically for extended durability even on challenging surfaces such as vehicle hoods and rooftops. It provides improved scratch and abrasion resistance over traditional PVC laminates.

    Full details of this competition and winner’s prize are available at https://graphicsap.averydennison.com/en/home/contact/bathurst-1000-competition.html





  • + SAi announces major enhancements to EnRoute subscription offering

    SAi, the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, has a..

    23 July 2019


    SAi, the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, has announced a significant upgrade to its flagship EnRoute CAD/CAM software. EnRoute 6.1 meets the various needs and budgets of users across multiple industries and is accessible to existing subscribers of EnRoute software.

    EnRoute 6.1 includes half a dozen new efficiency-enhancing tools to boost CNC routing capabilities for CNC woodworking, signmaking and millworking companies, as well as nested-based manufacturing users. These new features span improved previewing options, comprehensive job statistics and greater cutting control.

    They include:

    - The newly introduced Backplot tool which simultaneously generates four preview angles and contains detailed cut statistics. It now also incorporates colour code for the text in the file, making it easier to identify what is included on the output file.

    - The Group Order function, which allows subscribers to not only select the order in which they want the objects to be cut but saves this to a group which can be copied. This allows users to dramatically reduce their design time and maximise throughput.

    - Job Statistics, which deliver improved information of cutting time. By providing realistic production times and job estimates, users can optimise throughput.

    - The Order by Line option. By drawing a simple line on screen, users can quickly select the order of the parts to be cut, providing them with superior cutting control.

    In addition, EnRoute 6.1 subscriptions include new and useful time-saving features*. Among these are a new Hot Folder option which ensures that once a part is outputted from EnRoute 6.1, it is automatically saved in a predefined (hot) folder created by the user, ready to be cut. This reduces the time required to save each part and decreases the risk of manual errors.

    Also, introduced to create toolpaths for cutting complex geometries, is the new Drag Knife tool which uses a motion-controlled knife that dictates the direction of the blade. This provides new and advanced functionalities to users of entry-level CNC machines without the large capital investment of a premium cutter.

    SAi’s many different options enable users to access the exact productivity and design tools required for their needs. For those seeking a comprehensive design-to-output workflow, EnRoute Complete comprises the full spectrum of tools. EnRoute Fabrication offers a haul of tools tailored to users operating plasma, waterjet and laser CNC machines within the metal fabrication industry, while EnRoute Designer provides users with access to standard production tools at an entry-level price.

    For further information, please visit: www.ThinkSAi.com or contact:





  • + Electronics For Imaging Announces Completion of Acquisition by an Affiliate of Siris Capital Group, LLC

    EFI today announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition by an affiliate of Siris for approximately $1..

    23 July 2019


    EFI today announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition by an affiliate of Siris for approximately $1.7 billion.
     
    In connection with the closing of the transaction, the Company, which will continue to operate as Electronics For Imaging (EFI), will be wholly owned by an affiliate of Siris, and EFI’s common shares will be delisted from the NASDAQ exchange.
     
    “This acquisition marks a new, exciting path forward in EFI’s 30-year history as a digital imaging technology leader,” said EFI CEO, Bill Muir. “With Siris’ partnership, we will look to create new opportunities for our customers, partners, and EFI employees worldwide. We are looking forward to working with Siris to write the next chapter of innovation across our growing portfolio of solutions.”
     
    Jeff Jacobson, Siris Executive Partner and EFI Executive Chairman, added, “EFI’s portfolio of best-in-class solutions presents an exciting opportunity to drive further growth in high-quality inkjet and integrated, digital workflows. I look forward to working closely with management and know Siris is committed to providing the guidance and support needed to help EFI continue accelerating the transformation of industries where colourful images matter.”
     
    The transaction, which was initially announced on April 15, 2019, was approved in a shareholder vote on July 15, 2019 in which 72.2% of EFI’s outstanding shares and 99.7% of voted shares were voted in favour of the transaction.

    www.efi.com





  • + Drytac announces global availability of Polar Chrome

    Drytac has announced the global availability of Polar Chrome, an innovative reflective film perfect for the creation of ..

    23 July 2019


    Drytac has announced the global availability of Polar Chrome, an innovative reflective film perfect for the creation of eye-catching graphics in a range of environments.

    Drytac - a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets - has added Polar Chrome to its popular Polar range to give even more options to print professionals, advertising bureau and retailers who want to make an impact with their displays.

    Polar Chrome is a 75 micron (3 mil) reflective satin silver PET film that catches the light for a stunning finish. Thanks to its compatibility with eco-solvent, solvent, latex and UV printing technology and availability in rolls up to 60" wide, it is ideal for a wide variety of applications such as billboards, exhibition graphics, POS displays and public transport advertisements.

    Its three-year indoor and two-year outdoor durability makes it perfect for interior signage and high-impact outdoor signs, with a two-year warranty providing extra reassurance. Furthermore, Polar Chrome is a great choice for the production of ultra-reflective labels.

    New Polar Chrome features Drytac's advanced clear permanent acrylic adhesive which makes the installation and repositioning of graphics easy, while removal is quick and clean with no sticky residue.

    Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments: "We're delighted to launch Polar Chrome, a new product perfect for truly engaging displays and signage. This bold reflective film has already been used to create incredible effects by our network of trusted distribution partners, especially when teamed with clear UV ink to create textures with depth and special effect finishes. We're looking forward to seeing our customers' incredible designs using Polar Chrome."

    Drytac's popular Polar range also includes Polar Burst, a satin reflective PVC film perfect for window graphics and Polar Grip vinyl, designed for rough surfaces and permanent printed signs even in extreme weather conditions.

    For more information on Drytac's other products and services please visit www.drytac.com





  • + MELBOURNE BOTANIC GARDENS INSPIRED PROMINENT PAPER SCULPTOR RAY BESSERDIN’S ‘PAPER LANDSCAPES’

    The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and Cranbourne inspired a series of astounding three-dimensional sculptured paper..

    22 July 2019


    The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and Cranbourne inspired a series of astounding three-dimensional sculptured paper artworks, ‘Paper Landscapes’, by internationally-acclaimed paper sculptor, Ray Besserdin. So impressive are the works that one – The Path to Gondwana – was awarded the Gold Medal for Creativity in late 2018 by the 40 very tough judges from the Mondial Art Academia in France.

    Ray’s ‘Paper Landscapes’ will be exhibited at the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, from July 20 to August 4. The works are Ray’s impression of wandering through each of the gardens, enjoying the flora and fauna of their unique landscaped areas.

    For over 30 years, Ray has been sculpting works using papers made from cotton, hemp, mulberry fibres – and more. Some paper is thick. Others are delicate. And some are almost as fine as gossamer. Every one has unique properties that turn Rays’ dreams into inspired works that leave you wondering how paper could possibly be the only medium he has used.

    Ray refers to his work as “Impressionistic Sculptured Paper” because it captures emotive responses. “I want my work to speak to the viewers’ hearts”, Ray says.

    His work has earned him a slew of awards. In addition to his Mondial Academia Gold Medal, he’s been recognised in Australia and internationally, with 24 awards to date. These include a gold in New York for a Macquarie Bank corporate commission and a first in the Nature Category 3D of the LightSpaceTime Gallery in Florida. In Australia he won the People’s Choice Award, National Works On Paper 2018 at the MPRG in Victoria.

    Ray’s corporate clients include Macquarie Bank Australia, Amcor Australia, Ford Motor Company and the Northern Territory Government Australia. Privately-owned works hang in London, Munich, Manhattan, New Zealand and widely throughout Australia.

    The exhibition is presented by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Ray Besserdin.

    Exhibition Details

    Location: Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne VIC 3977 Dates: Saturday July 20 to Sunday August 4, 2019

    Times: 10am to 4pm On Tuesday 23 July at 11 am, Ray will give a talk. Don’t miss your chance to meet this acclaimed artist and find out the methods he uses to create his astounding works.

    Admission: FREE.





  • + SYDNEY KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER / BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

    Company: Selbys Location: Sydney Energising brands + events If you have the desire to succeed and advanc..

    17 July 2019




    Company: Selbys 
    Location: Sydney
    Energising brands + events

    If you have the desire to succeed and advance your own career then this is the opportunity you have been looking for. 

    We are currently seeking an experienced Key Account Manager / Business Development Manager to grow and manage our Sydney Portfolio. Maintain and build relationships across a range of Industry’s and generate New Business.     
    You will be given the opportunity to use your creative and project management skills to establish and grow the business. Working in conjunction and Reporting directly to the National Sales Manager you will be supported by a highly respected and knowledgeable in-house design and production team. 

    This role will suit a highly motivated individual that is self-driven. You will be able to communicate on many levels ranging from Corporate Marketing Departments and Agencies to Production Departments.      

    THE ROLE       

    Come from an Key Account Management / Business Development Role in a related Industry, Events, Displays, POS, Print, Signage, Large Format, Advertising, Digital and Exhibition Displays.

    Proven ability in managing major blue-chip accounts.

    High levels of energy and enthusiasm.

    A strategic mindset with a passion for proactively delivering unique marketing ideas and solutions.

    Experience managing large projects with multiple stakeholders particularly with an agency environment.

    Outstanding customer relationships and management skills, excellent verbal and communication skills.

    Send your CV ASAP as I will be screening applicants from the moment this ad goes live. If, however you want to know more about this unique opportunity, you can call me for a confidential chat on 0466 032 663.    

    Email adrian@selbys.net 
              








  • + MPS introduces EFS and EFA flexo press lines

    MPS has released its next-generation flexo press technologies: the EFS and EFA, replacing the former EF series. &ls..

    17 July 2019


     MPS has released its next-generation flexo press technologies: the EFS and EFA, replacing the former EF series.

    ‘With a beautiful design, new colours and even more operator-friendly innovations, the EFS and EFA flexo presses are the next level that this market demands,’ said Atze Bosma, CEO of MPS Systems.
     
    The EFS and EFA are both multi-substrate presses designed for printing labels and flexible packaging on any material, varying from thin unsupported films, self-adhesive labels, shrink sleeves and cartonboard up to 450μm.

    The highly automated EFS enables operators to maximise press performance with ease of operation, high productivity and reliability. The automation on the EFS includes the automatic loading of job settings using job memory, AutoTeach for quick and automated register settings, and iStop for job changes with minimum waste. 

    The EFS is designed with high-quality print sleeves and many MPS innovations as standard, such as iControl, Crisp.Dot, Quick Change Die station. EFS is suitable for the ‘Talk to me’ connectivity platform for data exchange, performance monitoring, pre-loading of job settings and remote support.

    The EFA press provides servo-controlled pressure settings for the print sleeves and aniloxes at each print station.
          
    ‘Our EFA is the best option for any printer looking to achieve maximum performance capability from their press,’ said Bosma. ‘With full automation of all print pressure settings and the ergonomic slide-out ink drawer as a standard feature, this press is the ultimate in operator-friendliness. With all options for connectivity, it is the most future-proof solution for a printer’s business.’

    With the introduction of the EFS and EFA press lines, the existing press colour scheme is also adjusted. The main part of the of the presses will come a darker anthracite for a high-quality look and feel. The new colour design featured in the EFS and EFA presses will be reflected in production builds of the hybrid EF Symjet, EXL-Packaging and EXL-Offset presses as well.

    The hybrid EF Symjet press, with the name unchanged, is now available with the EFS and EFA platforms.





  • + AstroNova launches new tabletop digital 
colour label printer

    AstroNova has launched the new QuickLabel QL-120X, what the company says is the first tabletop digital colour label prin..

    17 July 2019


    AstroNova has launched the new QuickLabel QL-120X, what the company says is the first tabletop digital colour label printer with a two-year warranty.

    Built on AstroNova’s Kiaro! platform, the QL-120X is a flexible, high-quality, efficient solution for on-demand digital colour label printing. The product features economical, high-capacity ink cartridges and efficient, dye-based inks.

    “The QL-120X combines vibrant colour quality and exceptional resolution producing sharp, crisp, clear images and fast print speeds to deliver what we expect will be the best customer experience on the market,” says AstroNova president and CEO Greg Woods. “This next-generation printer is designed to operate for extended periods in rigorous production environments, making it the perfect colour label printing solution for an array of industries such as food and beverage, biomedical products, nutraceuticals, hardware, and cosmetics.”   

    Equipped with next-generation printhead technology, the QL-120X prints three times more labels (over the life of the printheads) than the original QL-120. Four individual, snap-in, colour printheads allow for rapid on-site changeover, eliminating replacement downtime or costly printer refurbishment. The printer and printhead technology are covered under the two-year standard warranty. With these improvements, the total cost of ownership is reduced by up to 35% compared with competitive pigment-based labelling technologies, resulting in significant savings over the lifetime of the printer, AstroNova says.

    The QL-120X enables customers to:



    Built on AstroNova’s Kiaro! platform, the QL-120X is a flexible, high-quality, efficient solution for on-demand digital colour label printing. The product features economical, high-capacity ink cartridges and efficient, dye-based inks.

    “The QL-120X combines vibrant colour quality and exceptional resolution producing sharp, crisp, clear images and fast print speeds to deliver what we expect will be the best customer experience on the market,” says AstroNova president and CEO Greg Woods. “This next-generation printer is designed to operate for extended periods in rigorous production environments, making it the perfect colour label printing solution for an array of industries such as food and beverage, biomedical products, nutraceuticals, hardware, and cosmetics.”   

    Equipped with next-generation printhead technology, the QL-120X prints three times more labels (over the life of the printheads) than the original QL-120. Four individual, snap-in, colour printheads allow for rapid on-site changeover, eliminating replacement downtime or costly printer refurbishment. The printer and printhead technology are covered under the two-year standard warranty. With these improvements, the total cost of ownership is reduced by up to 35% compared with competitive pigment-based labelling technologies, resulting in significant savings over the lifetime of the printer, AstroNova says.

    The QL-120X enables customers to:
     

    Save money on inks and other media:  The QL-120X delivers enhanced 1200 dpi print quality, delivering printed labels at a savings of up to 35% over competing pigment ink-based technologies.

    Ready for enterprise networks: The QL-120X features a native printer driver and utility for Windows, allowing the printer to be seamlessly deployed in a wide variety of business operating environments with its built-in network functionality.

    “The design and benefits of the QL-120X reflect our philosophy of being a strategic partner to our customers by providing not merely a printer but a complete colour labelling solution,” Woods says. “In terms of quality, speed, and cost efficiency, the QL-120X raises the bar and sets a new standard for on-demand digital colour label printing.”  





  • + Epson Announces High Volume Monna Lisa Evo Tre 64 for Euro Market

    Epson unveiled its new Monna Lisa Evo Tre range and new Genesta pigment inks at the recent ITMA 2019, demonstrating the ..

    16 July 2019


    Epson unveiled its new Monna Lisa Evo Tre range and new Genesta pigment inks at the recent ITMA 2019, demonstrating the latest Epson innovations for an evolving digital textile market.

    The new Monna Lisa Evo Tre range features Epson PrecisionCore Technology to offer a complete solution for all textile market needs, from large scale, high speed production to small run, on demand sample printing. At ITMA 2019, Epson showed its new Monna Lisa Evo Tre 64 and Monna Lisa Evo Tre 8, as well as its Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32 (displayed in the 16 channel configuration) and Monna Lisa Evo Tre 16.

    Genesta PG-Revo are breakthrough pigment inks which provide the textile market with high rub fastness and high print quality. This assures eco-friendly performances because the fabric does not need any postprint treatment.

    Epson Europe DTF EMEAR and Americas Sales & Marketing Director Paolo Crespi said, “Epson keeps on renewing and extending the Monna Lisa Evo Tre range. We presented two new Monna Lisa Evo Tre giving our customers the opportunity to meet the needs of an ever demanding textile market. The textile market is increasingly competitive and the exclusive high quality, productivity and colour fastness features offered by Epson is a way to stand out.”

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 64

    The new flagship Monna Lisa Evo Tre scanning printer with 64 PrecisionCore printheads is built for high productivity (maximum printing speed of 779 sqm/h) without compromising the printing quality. Monna Lisa Evo Tre 64’s PrecisionCore technology combines quality, accuracy and speed which provides the maximum level of flexibility and reliability so that it is the right solution for a dynamic and diversified textile market.

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 64 - Key Points:

    - Printheads: 64 Epson PrecisionCore Printheads, that combine quality, accuracy and speed.
    - Productivity: up to 779 m2/h (600x600 dpi; 2 passes) with PrecisionCore MicroTFP printheads.
    - Resolution: up to 1200 dpi.
    - Ink types: Genesta Acid, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment.
    - Monna Lisa Evo Tre 8

    With 8 PrecisionCore printheads, the Monna Lisa Evo Tre 8 is the new entry level model in the Monna Lisa Evo Tre scanning printer range. With a maximum printing speed of 265 sqm/h, Monna Lisa Evo Tre 8 is suitable for printing samples by delivering high quality for an affordable price. This new Monna Lisa Evo Tre series model can be upgraded (at the factory) to 16 printheads, while maintaining the high versatility available in all Epson industrial textile solution machines.

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 8 - Key Points:

    - Printheads: 8 Epson PrecisionCore Printheads, that combine quality, accuracy and speed.
    - Productivity: up to 265 sqm/h (300x600dpi; 1 pass) with PrecisionCore MicroTFP printheads.
    - Resolution: up to 1200 dpi.
    - Ink types: Genesta Acid, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment.

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32

    With its 32 PrecisionCore printheads, Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32 is available in standard 8 colours or 16 channel configuration (two types 8+8 or 16 channels). The 16 channel Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32 is the first digital textile printer to handle up to 16 different colours. The model includes an external rack capable of housing up to 16 different Genesta Acid ink packs, which is positioned wherever is most convenient. This allows the printer to use a wide range of colours, including special colours or custom treatments.

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32 - Key Points:

    - Printheads: 32 Epson PrecisionCore Printheads, that combine quality, accuracy and speed.
    - Productivity: standard 8 colour configuration up to 692 sqm/h (300x600dpi, 1 pass); 16 channel configuration up to 440 sqm/h (300x600 dpi).
    - Resolution: up to 1200dpi.
    - Ink types: Genesta Acid, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment.

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 16

    With its 16 PrecisionCore printheads, Monna Lisa Evo Tre 16 offers high quality and productivity for the high-quality textile market. The flexibility is assured thanks to Acid, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment inks that are available in 3 or 10 litres capacities.

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 16 - Key Points:

    - Printheads: 16 Epson PrecisionCore Printheads, that combine quality, accuracy and speed.
    - Productivity: up to 404 sqm/h (300x600 dpi; 1 pass) with its PrecisionCore MicroTFP printheads.
    - Resolution: up to 1200 dpi.
    - Ink types: Genesta Acid, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment.

    Genesta PG-Revo Pigment Inks

    New breakthrough Genesta PG-Revo pigment ink provides industry-standard dry and wet rub fastness in deep shades (same results as traditional printing according to ISO 105 X12) without post-treatment of fabric by faster chemical and physical bonding characteristics and allows for high-quality printing on a wide range of fabric types and applications including fast growing on-demand fashion and home textile markets. PG-Revo ink does not consume water in the post printing process, which makes it very environmentally friendly. PG-Revo inks can be also applied on fabrics without pre-treatment, further boosting their eco-friendly performances.

    The all-inclusive textile digital printing system features state-of-the art textile printing technology, Epson PrecisionCore printheads and Genesta inks, which offer maximum results based upon Epson technology and fabric treatment expertise. This system finds its highest expression in Monna Lisa Evo Tre series – the successful range of industrial printers and a reference for the high-quality textile printing sector.





  • + Mitsubishi HiTec Paper launches new metalized inkjet paper

    With the launch of the new jetscript Metal VPG 1018, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has unveiled a metallic silver gloss inkjet ..

    15 July 2019


    With the launch of the new jetscript Metal VPG 1018, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has unveiled a metallic silver gloss inkjet paper, developed for water-based inkjet printing. It is particularly suitable for self-adhesive label applications, as well.

    According to Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, the results on the metallic glossy inkjet labels were only previously possible using a metallic film. Jetscript Metal VPG 1018 is a pure fiber-based paper product with a metallic mirror finish and a transparent, microporous inkjet coating for excellent printing performance.

    The main features are:
    - 110 gsm
    - metallic-silver mirror finish
    - high print density
    - fast drying
    - suitable for water-based inkjet printing (dye and pigment inks)
    - compatible with latex inks
    - optimum performance in the self-adhesive production process (handling, labelling, matrix removal)

    This makes jetscript Metal VPG 1018 suitable to produce eye-catching labels in the cosmetics, beverage or food industry, as well as personalised wrapping paper, high-quality advertising panels and displays.





  • + Large Format Printer Market worth $11.4 billion by 2025

    The report "Large Format Printer Market by Offering (Printers, RIP software, Services), Printing Technology (Inkjet, Las..

    15 July 2019


    The report "Large Format Printer Market by Offering (Printers, RIP software, Services), Printing Technology (Inkjet, Laser), Ink Type (Aqueous, Solvent, UV Cured, Latex, Dye Sublimation), Print Width, Application, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2025", was worth USD 8.7 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 11.4 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 4% from 2019 to 2025.

    The growing demand for large format printers for home furnishing & decor and vehicle wrap applications, the increasing demand for large format printing from the in-plant market, and the availability of large format printers in different prices and varieties are creating huge growth opportunities for the players in the large format printer market. The growth of the large format printer market can also be attributed to the increasing demand for large format printing in the textile, advertising, and packaging industries; rising adoption of UV-curable inks in outdoor advertising, CAD, and technical printing applications; and growing importance of digital document production in commercial printing applications.

    Market for large format printer hardware expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period

    Large format printers are computer-controlled printing devices that support print roll width ranging from 18 inch to 100 inch. Printers that support print roll width of over 100 inch are considered as super-wide or grand format printers. Large format printers are used for various applications, including printing banners, posters, trade show graphics, wallpaper, vehicle image wraps, architectural drawings, construction plans, and backdrops for theatrical and media sets. Manufacturers such as Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Canon, provide a variety of large format printers, such as large format printers-color (used in color printing applications that do not strictly require a high print quality), large format printers-black & white (used for black and white printing requirements), and large format printers-graphics (used for indoor and outdoor display graphic applications, such as advertising, banners and posters, billboards, and wall frontage displays, on various paper and plastic materials).

    Ink-based (inkjet) printing technology expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period

    One of the major reasons for the higher market for inkjet printers is the increasing use of inkjet large format printers for technical and CAD printing. Traditionally, the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry preferred laser printers as these printers used lesser colours and ensured higher printing speed than inkjet printers. However, with time, inkjet printer manufacturers have started providing faster inkjet printers with reduced running costs for large format printing, which has led to the widespread adoption of inkjet printers in this industry.

    The market for solvent ink-based large format printers accounted for the largest share in 2018

    Solvent ink is comparatively cheaper than UV-curable and water-based inks; this ink enable printing on various surfaces, including corrugated boards, paper, flexible packaging materials, metal foils, and plastic materials. This ink is flexible, waterproof, durable, and therefore, does not require special over-coatings. It contains pigments rather than dyes, unlike aqueous ink, which contains water. Solvent ink is suitable for applications such as vehicle graphics, banners, and billboards. Solvent ink-based printers are economical compared with aqueous ink-based and UV-cured ink-based printers. These printers enable printing on flexible, vinyl substrates and are largely used in vehicle graphics, banners, and billboards applications.

    Market for the large format printers with a print width ranging from 24” to 36” is expected to hold the largest share during the forecast period

    These printers are mostly used in custom-apparel and CAD applications. Printers with a print width ranging from 24” to 36” can print pages in quick succession compared with other printers and are good for low-volume environments. These printers have technological features, including inbuilt RAM & storage and web connectivity, along with Wi-Fi certification. Top tier manufacturers such as HP, Roland, Epson, and Canon produce and provides a significant number these printers in the market.

    The market for signage applications expected to hold a major share of the large format printer market in 2019

    Wide varieties and different uses of indoor and outdoor signage, such as warning signs on highways and roads, large corporate emblems, promotional signage, and window displays, contribute to the growth of the large format printer market for signage applications. Signage prints are carried out using wide format printers; the demand for signage applications is expected to grow during the forecast period, thereby driving the demand for large format printers.

    The report profiles key players including Hewlett-Packard (HP) (US), Canon (Japan), Epson (Japan), Mimaki Engineering (Japan), Roland (US), Ricoh (Japan), Durst Phototechnik (Italy), Xerox (US), and Konica Minolta (Japan).





  • + Scodix Studio W2P launched to drive workflow automation, productivity and efficiency for the most prolific W2P companies

    Scodix, the world’s leading provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announc..

    15 July 2019


    Scodix, the world’s leading provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announces the launch of Scodix Studio W2P solutions, unlocking new profitable digital enhancement applications for web-to-print businesses and further value-added, customised products for consumers.

    The new Scodix Studio W2P solutions integrate seamlessly into all major existing web-to-print workflows, making digital enhancement automatic for even the most demanding web-to-print jobs. With the substantial value increases made possible by digitally enhancing products, the new software unlocks significant new avenues for profit for web-to-print businesses operating in both the B2B and B2C sectors. 

    Enhancement design files are sent to Scodix Studio W2P which automatically processes the data and directs it to a Scodix Ultra press. By off-loading and automating file pre-processing, the software service boosts the utilization and productivity of Scodix Ultra Digital Enhancement Presses and the entire workflow. With the advanced Scodix Studio W2P solutions, MIS integration is also enabled to strengthen the automation process, further saving time, reducing human intervention and increasing efficiency.

    Implemented at over 20 customer sites across North America and Europe, Scodix Studio W2P solutions are already proven to be robust, trusted and valued solutions – even in the most demanding peak seasons. Early users report invaluable business differentiation following easy application of the software.

    For complex jobs Scodix Studio W2P enables a market-leading array of nine premium, attention-grabbing print enhancements to be included. Applications include Scodix Foil™, Scodix Sense™, Scodix Glitter™, Scodix VDE™, Scodix Braille™, Scodix Crystals™, Scodix Cast&Cure™, Scodix Metallic and Scodix Spot™, high-quality UV coating and glitter. In addition, the software offers a host of features ideal for web-to-print businesses.

    Scodix CEO Adina Shorr concludes, “We see web-to-print as a key market for Scodix. The Association for Print Technologies predicts a compound annual growth rate in the sector of 5.7 percent until 2023, so there’s clear opportunity for our customers to leverage. Scodix digital enhancement provides a perfect solution for differentiating businesses from the competition and keeping customers returning for products that truly change the business. The new Scodix Studio W2P provides the perfect tool for fully automated workflow for this space.”





  • + Xante' Announces EnVite: New Digital Press For Stationery Printing

    Xante' today announced the EnVite Multi-Media Digital Press, its newest innovative digital press designed for the demand..

    15 July 2019


    Xante' today announced the EnVite Multi-Media Digital Press, its newest innovative digital press designed for the demanding stationery and specialty printing markets. Stationery stores serve customers who have very high standards and so does Xante', said Robert Ross, President and CEO. The EnVite delivers extremely high-quality, fast and fully automated prints on specialty media and does so at a very affordable price.”

    The EnVite produces stunning 4800 dpi colour quality on an extensive range of media types and sizes. Well-suited to fast production of invitations, envelopes, stationery, business cards and greeting cards, EnVite boasts speeds of up to 3,500 full-colour, fully-addressed A7-size envelopes per hour and media sizes from 3.5x3.5 up to 13x49. The digital press includes the Enterprise SP, a radical new design high-speed feed system that fits comfortably in the limited floor space of stationery stores. With the EnVite, stationery stores will be able to print on a wide range of media including vellum, linen, sueded, pearlised, and foil-lined envelopes. EnVite print markets include small poster printing, menus, postcards and so much more.

    Powered by Xante's iQueue workflow software, the EnVite provides stationery stores with rich personalisation and customisation tools to satisfy any requirement.

    We designed a product that greatly expands the capability of the typical stationery shop, said Mark Priede, Xante's Vice-President of Global Sales and Marketing. The extensive variable data printing tools included at no extra charge in iQueue make each print job unique and personalized. Customers can bring their own designs or use any of iQueue's more that 1,000 free design templates and specialty fonts. EnVite and our iQueue workflow software make outstanding personalised print jobs incredibly easy.”

    The Xante' EnVite Multi-Media Digital Press is available immediately direct from Xante' or its reseller partners around the globe.





  • + MUTOH introduces two new high-quality and high-resolution Eco-Solvent Printers “XpertJet 1682SR/1641SR” Newly designed platform ensures easy maintenance & usability

    MUTOH announced the launch of the new high-quality and high productivity eco-solvent printers “XpertJet 1682SR/164..

    15 July 2019


    MUTOH announced the launch of the new high-quality and high productivity eco-solvent printers “XpertJet 1682SR/1641SR”.

    New platform of "XpertJet" series provides improved usability and reduces operational workload. XpertJet 1682SR/1641SR is a new series of MUTOH large-format inkjet printers with a new eco-solvent ink and ensures high quality, high productivity and user-friendly operation.

    The "XpertJet 1682SR" is a high-speed eco-solvent printer equipped with a staggered dual print head and capable to express smooth gradation with 7-colour ink set. "XpertJet 1641SR" with 4-colour ink set is a single head model that offers excellent balance of performance, image quality and affordable price range. 

    The "XpertJet" series has been renewed to the stylish appearance with stealth colour. 



       

    MUTOH’s unique multi-stage pressurising mechanism enhances media feed stability for various media by selecting the mode such as high for slippery media, default (middle) for standard PVC sheets and synthetic papers, and “low” for thin and soft media.  

    Furthermore, media cockling can be minimised by canceling multiple pressure rollers individually. 

    The XPERTJET SERIES:

    - High Precision Aluminum Rail Mechanism for high quality and stable printing
    - New design allows high usability for front access to ink cartridge holders, LAN cable and power cables 
    - The built-in colour sensor achieves “Automatic Bi-Directional adjustment”. It saves operational workload for the calibration, and reduces variation caused from individual operators. 
    - Internal LED lighting helps operator for ease of operating and print status monitoring
    - LED warning indicators for each cartridge slot show ink remaining amount status.
    - Operation panel which will only display keys necessary for desired function.
    - MUTOH Status Monitor allows you to check the printer operation status with a smartphone or tablet even from a distance.
    - Operators loading work efficiency is improved by setting the newly developed media flange from both sides. When the flanges have been mounted in advance, it becomes easy and quick to exchange multiple rolls.

    The new eco solvent ink MS41 has high colour development and ease of maintenance. In addition to KCMY 4 colours, light colour ink Lk, Lc and Lm are available with 1L bag.  “XpertJet 1682SR” delivers high-quality printing even with reduced resolution thanks to the 7-colour configuration.

    Following the launch in Japan, “XpertJet 1682SR” and” XpertJet 1641SR” will be released sequentially in the US, EMEA and Asia.

    MUTOH delivers the new large-format inkjet printers "XpertJet" series to the market and will continue its efforts to provide "user-friendly operation" to customers.  

    www.mutoh-au.com    






  • + Epson Introduces SureColor T5470M in US

    Epson announced the SureColor T5470M – a new 36-inch printer and integrated scanner offering a fast multifunction ..

    10 July 2019


    Epson announced the SureColor T5470M – a new 36-inch printer and integrated scanner offering a fast multifunction solution for printing, sharing and saving technical documents. The new model joins the Epson SureColor T-Series line of wide-format printers, and the sleek print/copy/scan combo produces accurate A1/D-size prints in as fast as 22 seconds, making it an ideal choice for managing blueprints, charts, posters, and more.

    “Epson is committed to listening to customer feedback and incorporating suggestions into future products to continue developing powerful and easy-to-use solutions,” said Matt Kochanowski, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “With an integrated scanner, the SureColor T5470M is designed to maximise collaboration and productivity and streamline workflow for innovative industry segments – engineering, designing, architecture, construction jobs sites, and more – all in a small, space-saving design.”

    Leveraging Epson’s PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead technology with Precision Droplet Control for crystal-clear images, precise lines and crisp text, the SureColor T5470M produces outstanding image quality with industry-leading reliability. The integrated scanner supports multi-page scanning and scan to USB drive functions. Next-generation UltraChrome XD2 archival pigment ink delivers vibrant, durable prints. The SureColor T5470M offers a sleek, space-saving design that comes equipped with a variety of usability features, including an intuitive 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen and high-capacity replacement ink cartridges. In addition, the SureColor T5470M offers versatile print options, such as easy printing from tablets and smartphones,2 for enhanced flexibility and productivity.

    More about the SureColor T5470M

    The Epson SureColor T5470M delivers a range of usability features designed to streamline workflow, including:

    - Ultra-fast print speeds – A1/D-size prints in as fast as 22 seconds
    - Fast, easy navigation – Includes a built-in 4.3-inch LCD screen with touch panel
    - Optimised workflow – Integrated 36-inch scanner offers easy collaboration and document sharing
    - Powerful features, small footprint – Delivers 36-inch MFP solution in a space-saving design
    - Replace ink less often – Uses high-capacity cartridges up to 350 ml
    - Integrated security – Helps protect information with advanced network security and encryption
    - Versatile printing options – Easily prints direct from USB thumb drives, tablets, smartphones and more with integrated wireless plus router-free Wi-Fi Direct printing
    - Outstanding image quality – PrecisionCoreMicroTFP printhead with Precision Droplet Control for crystal-clear images, precise lines and crisp text
    - Vibrant, durable prints – Next-generation UltraChromeXD2 archival pigment ink for high-quality printing
    - Industry-leading reliability – Permanent printhead with advanced Nozzle Verification Technology, plus world-class service and support, including a one-year limited warranty


    www.epson.com





  • + Onyx Graphics Announces Global Launch of ONYX 19

    Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced global availability of ONYX 19, the newest version release of the company’s industr..

    10 July 2019


    Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced global availability of ONYX 19, the newest version release of the company’s industry-leading wide-format RIP and print workflow software. Introducing the Spark Engine and DeviceLink+, ONYX 19 brings new cutting-edge technologies so print service providers can go bigger, bolder and beyond the limitations of wide-format print for all print applications including soft signage and textile. The Spark Engine is a new performance platform bringing RIP speed increases up to 400 percent and printer performance increases up to 200 percent. DeviceLink+ is an all-new system of easy-to-use colour management controls to achieve consistent color across an entire site without the need to read in new swatches or use a colour measurement device.

    “We’re amazed at the response ONYX 19 received at our FESPA announcement last month,” said Bryan Manwaring, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “Customers are already seeing the Spark Engine at work through increased production capacity, while DeviceLink+ is creating new possibilities to achieve outstanding colour output that can all be automated at the click of a button.”

    ONYX 19 software also introduces new Step and Repeat functionality for a 600 percent performance increase; new dot pattern technology for the smoothest output on all wide-format print applications including soft signage and textile; adds nest trim box features for weeding and finishing print and cut jobs; and is the first and only solution to provide the ability to build iccMAX v5 profiles. Coupled with the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) 5.1, ONYX 19 is a winning combination for any print application. 

    Highlights of ONYX 19 include:


    - Advanced compression algorithms in the Spark Engine increase RIP speeds up to 400 percent
    - New threading pipeline in the Spark Engine improves printer performance up to 200 percent
    - New rendering technology in the Spark Engine increases Step and Repeat performance up to 600 percent
    - Colour management automation controls using DeviceLink+
    - Consistent colour across devices using DeviceLink+
    - iccMAX v5 profiling for next-generation colour output accuracy
    - New Dot Pattern Technology for the smoothest output on all wide-format print applications
    - Automation for Step and Repeat jobs for seamless workflows
    - Print Isolation Technology to ensure print production continues in the event of printer failure
    - Nest trim box to save time weeding and finishing jobs   
     
    Availability

    ONYX 19 software – covering the entire product portfolio of ONYX solutions including ONYX Thrive print workflow, and ONYX RIP products including ONYX PosterShop, and ONYX RIPCenter – is now available to all ONYX Advantage customers by requesting a key update and to all other customers through a license purchase.

    www.onyxgfx.com





  • + Resolution Imaging choose Epson SureColor high-quality signage printing

    In their words Resolution Imaging has been “home to digital with a difference” since 1996. The company offer..

    10 July 2019


    In their words Resolution Imaging has been “home to digital with a difference” since 1996. The company offers enhanced utility and environmentally responsible retail display solutions and with decades of experience backing them up. Recently the company had a requirement for a high quality large format digital signage printing solution. After a comprehensive assessment process they chose the Epson SureColor S80600.
     
    Resolution Imaging director Darren Watkins explained, “We will bend over backwards to get the job done. Our team integrates extensive graphic arts experience, high adaptability and a genuine sense of fun. The new signage printer had to match all of those qualities and deliver more. So, after a successful trip to Tokyo Sign and having a good look at all of the Japanese solvent printers on their home turf, coming back and buying the Epson S80600 was an easy decision as it stood head and shoulders over the competition.”
     
    The SureColor Solvent 80600 is designed to and enables Resolution Imaging to produce durable high-quality signage quickly, easily and at minimum cost. It suits their variable workflow environment with low to medium production volumes. To add flexibility it can be used with a wide range of media including paper, canvas, film and vinyl.
     
    Resolution Imaging acquired the S80600 complete with software that ensures it can easily take care of their high-value high-impact applications including large format photo imaging, indoor POS and signage, back-lit displays, window decorations, wallpapers, surface finishes and décor.

    Watkins continued, “The Epson S80600 ticked all of the boxes, quality print with a wide colour gamut, an output speed that suited our needs and an ease of use that we still talk about every day.”
     
    The SC-S80600 also incorporates Epson's latest PrecisionCore printhead and UltraChrome Eco-Solvent ink technology. It produces prints that are brighter and glossier than ever before with a wider colour gamut.
     
    Watkins added, “I have to stress that the gamut in particular is a real plus with Pantone colours being reproduced with ease. Our S80600 is also coupled with an Onyx RIP to aid us in maintaining high standards of quality reproduction.”
     
    For Darren Watkins and the team at Resolution Imaging their new Epson SureColor S80600 has not only added value to the company but also efficiency as it produces quality product, using lower pass rates and less ink, with a simpler configuration, easier operation and faster job completion. Prints also dry more quickly to enable same-day job turnaround and the printer itself requires minimum maintenance.
     
    Watkins concluded, The majority of work going through the Epson 80600 is on self-adhesive vinyl and the fast drying inks have also proved invaluable when trying to meet the tight deadlines everyone in the industry faces on a daily basis. Put simply this is an excellent, high quality, high speed, highly efficient large format signage printer with no equal.”





  • + Spicers set to Close the Loop at PrintEx19

    The Spicers stand at PrintEx19 is set to be a smorgasbord of innovative and environmentally-conscious media solutions th..

    10 July 2019


    The Spicers stand at PrintEx19 is set to be a smorgasbord of innovative and environmentally-conscious media solutions that the company says will ‘close the loop’ by offering a single source of supply for products, expertise and sustainable solutions.

    Spicers has been a leading supplier to the industry for many years, with its range of media for commercial and digital print, label and packaging, sign and display, and architectural and window films. 

    “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to show PrintEx visitors just what a huge and diverse range of solutions we can provide,” says Wayne Hood, Sign & Display Portfolio Manager for Spicers.

    “While we can’t have everything on the stand – our product range is simply too large to do that – we will have a huge variety of products on show for a broad range of market segments, from POS and POP displays, to hardware, label and packaging solutions, on-trend options for commercial and digital print, and even architectural and window films.”

    PrintEx will also give visitors the opportunity to draw on the expertise and experience of Spicers’ team of industry specialists, who will be on hand to provide information and expert advice on everything from specific product characteristics and performance, to new innovations and industry trends.

    “One trend which is becoming more significant every day, of course, is towards materials which are demonstrably more environmentally friendly,” Hood notes. 
    “Spicers responded early to this imperative, gaining FSC® and PEFC™ certification and implementing a Sustainable Supply Chain Policy. We are also proud to offer a very wide choice of eco-friendly materials to ensure our customers can respond to market demand with sustainable and responsible choices.”

    Most importantly in today’s on-demand world, Spicers has an impressive track record for service, delivering across Australia from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, to Townsville, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.

    “Wherever our customers are, they know they can rely on Spicers as their local supplier, with stock on the floor and a reliable distribution network to get them what they need, when they need it,” Hood says.

    “With Spicers’ print, sign, display, packaging and label offerings, businesses really can close the loop with a single supply source that offers so much more than just a product.”
    Spicers will be on Stand K28 at PrintEx19, which is co-locating with Visual Impact and the Label & Packaging Expo at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, from 13-16 August. Registration is free of charge for industry professionals – to register, go to www.printex.net.au and follow the links.





  • + Roland DG Announces Roland DG Engage, A New Way to Connect With Customers

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

    10 July 2019


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced the launch of a new customer support offering, Roland DG Engage.

    A dedicated installation and training service for customers across Australia, Roland DG Engage delivers knowledge and expertise direct from the manufacturer through fully trained and certified Roland DG installation and software training specialists to enhance the customer experience from the day they receive their device, throughout its lifecycle.

    “More than just selling you a piece of equipment, Roland DG Engage connects customers directly with Roland DG, giving them the tools and skills to get the most out of their equipment” said Greg Stone, Product and Marketing Manager at Roland DG Australia. “Installation and training is nothing new, but what Roland DG Engage does is formalise these crucial elements through a dedicated team. This new offering assures customers of a certain level of experience and expertise, something Roland DG prides itself on through other successful industry programs such as Roland Academy and RolandClinic.”

    Engaging with this new service is easy! Customers looking to take advantage of Roland DG Engage can simply request it through their authorised Roland DG dealer, or directly with Roland DG Australia. Roland DG Engage personnel will project manage the complete installation and training, allowing the customer to focus on their business knowing they are in expert hands to maximise their Roland DG experience. 

    Find out more about this unique offering from Roland DG by visiting stand A28 at the upcoming Printex trade show in Sydney, August 13-16. Or go to the Roland DG Engage page on the website: www.rolanddg.com.au/engage.