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Danish converting equipment manufacturer Grafisk Maskinfabrik has launched LR250, an entry-level label inspection rewind..
06 April 2021
Danish converting equipment manufacturer Grafisk Maskinfabrik has launched LR250, an entry-level label inspection rewinder, featuring a built-in missing label detection system.
The new label inspection rewinder offers a built-in sensor for missing label detection. For more demanding applications, such as pharmaceutical labels, the LR250 can be configured with a video camera for 100 percent advanced print inspection and verification.
‘The LR250 is a versatile machine with some innovative built-in features that will ensure all your rolls are delivered in top condition with all labels present and correct,’ said Uffe Nielsen, CEO of Grafisk Maskinfabrik. ‘We have developed the rewinder with different inspection options, so there is a version that suits every budget without compromising on quality.’
The LR250 can process label rolls up to 250 mm (9.8in) wide at a production speed of 200 m/min (656 ft/min). It comes with a two-way rewinding capability, integrated web guide, and a label counter as standard. The adjustable splice table features pneumatic splice clamps and can be fitted with a splice detector.
The missing label feature stops the machine upon detection, calculates the error position, and reverses the web until it is aligned with the splice table. Once the missing label has been replaced, the web is re-checked, and the rewinder completes the job at full speed.
The option to integrate a video camera upgrades the machine's capabilities to include a full print quality inspection. GM has partnered with BST-Eltromat and Nikka Research to offer 100 percent quality inspection for printed labels. The camera will be connected to an external system, which checks the print for faults and verifies it against the master PDF file.
The LR250 has further been developed with tension separation for working with thin, sensitive materials and PET liners. Thanks to the centrally placed nip roller, the web can be unwound with one tension and rewound with a different tension to avoid stretching the material. A capacitive sensor for clear-on-clear labels can further extend the range of materials that can be processed.
There is space for a full UV inkjet printer for coding and marking for customers requiring variable data. GM partnered with Domino, Markem-Imaje, and Rea Jet, but other manufacturers' systems can also be fitted on demand.
‘As fault-free label production has become the norm, our customers want machines that enable them to deliver perfect rolls of labels to their customers, every time,’ added Nielsen. ‘This little label inspection rewinder is the perfect solution for that, but don’t let the size fool you. We have built the LR250 with so many clever options that it can grow with our customers’ business and tackle a wide range of label requirements.’
The cloud-based XCS Pro 2.0 delivers every advantage of quality colour control – predictability, repeatability and..
06 April 2021
The cloud-based XCS Pro 2.0 delivers every advantage of quality colour control – predictability, repeatability and profitability, the company says.
Xeikon has announced the launch of its brand new XCS Pro 2.0, a fully automated suite of colour management tools. The cloud-based XCS Pro 2.0 delivers every advantage of quality colour control – predictability, repeatability and profitability, the company says.
The current high levels of e-commerce continue to drive the need for colour consistency across the whole print process for brand owners and retailers. The new colour package includes training courses plus ongoing consultancy and is offered as a "pay as you go" subscription model, making it simple and easy to adopt and utilise.
The new XCS Pro 2.0 is available immediately for demonstration.
“Historically colour management software has needed an expert to deliver results,” says Bruce Dransfield, Xeikon’s color management expert. “And this takes time. Xeikon has developed its XCS Pro 2.0 as a ‘no waste,’ ‘no expert’ fully automated colour system. Xeikon now has the first digital dry toner, web press solution which embraces self-fixing colour control, quality control and ICC profiling plus Pantone/brand colour generation to meet all industry standards. Xeikon has built its new colour management system’s architecture to enable it to remotely analyse, target and fix any colour problem in minutes. Xeikon’s cloud-based analytical tools can diagnose any color issue, and the issue is remedied with no delays, adding to significant time savings in production.”
Xeikon wants to instil a lean approach to colour management and make it practical for all their customers and users, which offers a host of advantages:
Spandex Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the promotion of Ben McCauley to Managing Director, Asia Pacific. Ben h..
06 April 2021
Spandex Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the promotion of Ben McCauley to Managing Director, Asia Pacific.
Ben has been with Spandex since 2016, most recently as our Sales Director. Ben and the local management team have successfully navigated through COVID-times, one of the most challenging times in business history. Under Ben's continued guidance, Spandex Asia Pacific is well-positioned to expand and move forward, with thanks also going out to all of our employees' effort, time and devotion.
Spandex has confidence in Ben and the rest of the Spandex Asia Pacific team, and we will continue to push our business above and beyond where we've taken it over the past four years.
Esko, a global developer of integrated software and hardware solutions for the packaging and label sectors, has confirme..
06 April 2021
Esko, a global developer of integrated software and hardware solutions for the packaging and label sectors, has confirmed the successful closing of the sale of its Kongsberg digital finishing business to OpenGate Capital on April 1st 2021.
OpenGate Capital is a private equity firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with a European office in Paris and investments on five continents. The new business, Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems, now employs ~400 former Esko employees operating from the business’ original research and development facility in Kongsberg, Norway, the production facility in Brno, Czech Republic, a new headquarters in Gent, Belgium as well as other global locations.
Mattias Byström, President of Pantone, Esko and X-Rite, said, “This sale enables both Esko and Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems to develop their own strategic directions. Under the leadership of Stuart Fox, we’re sure Kongsberg Precision Cutting has exciting times ahead. We wish the team the very best for the future.”
For more information about Esko, please visit www.esko.com
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions today marks the launch of the newly upgraded Supreme Wrapping Film with twelve new col..
30 March 2021
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions today marks the launch of the newly upgraded Supreme Wrapping Film with twelve new colours in its Rugged Range and Sleek Satin collections.
The company’s premium range of vehicle wraps, Supreme Wrapping Film, has undergone significant development to its formulation and construction. After rigorous testing and evaluation for the Australian and New Zealand environmental conditions, Avery Dennison is announcing its enhanced performance with greater environmental resistance and enhanced durability. The warranty on gloss, satin and extreme textures films are increased by up to 300 per cent to reflect their durability.
To mark the upgrade, Avery Dennison has launched the Rugged Range and Sleek Satin collections featuring 12 on-trend colour options for vehicle owners to customise their car according to their personal preferences or styles.
The Rugged Range comprises four unique films that will give a distinctive tough textured finish to vehicles without the permanent application. The new colours are Rugged Bedrock Grey, Rugged Combat Green, Rugged Marsh Green and Rugged Onyx Black.
The Sleek Satin collection comprises eight new additions to the company’s already extensive range of satin finishes, six of which are matched to popular matte versions. The matches are Satin Charcoal Metallic, Satin Gunmetal Metallic, Satin Blue Metallic, Satin Dark Grey, Satin Anthracite Metallic, and Satin Olive Green. Two completely new additions are Satin White Snow Pearlescent and Satin Dark Grey Metallic.
“Today’s announcement of product enhancements and new collections speaks of our strength as a materials science company,” said Chris Sherry, Senior Product Manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “Our team is constantly pushing the frontiers of technology to set the industry’s highest standards for performance, durability and style options. We are confident of our supercharged durability and are excited to extend the warranty for selected Supreme Wrapping Film finishes.”
Durst Group, manufacturer of future-oriented digital printing and production technologies, is restructuring its successf..
30 March 2021
Durst Group, manufacturer of future-oriented digital printing and production technologies, is restructuring its successful Label & Flexible Packaging segment. The current Segment Manager Helmuth Munter will retire at the end of 2021 after more than 40 years with the company. He will be succeeded in the role of Global Sales Manager Label & Flexible Packaging by Thomas Macina. The native of South Tyrol comes from HP Indigo, where he was most recently Labels Business Manager EMEA in Barcelona.
Thomas Macina’s career spanned more than 15 years at HP and he is considered a proven expert in digital printing technology. He has been in his introductory phase at the Durst Group since February and will assume his role for the EMEA region in April. This will be followed in June by responsibility for global sales of Label & Flexible Packaging products.
Until his retirement, Helmuth Munter will continue to be involved in the transition and provide advice and support to the new management team, which also includes Martin Leitner as Product Manager. Over the past ten years, the Label & Flexible Packaging segment has developed into an important business unit of the Durst Group and, with the Tau RSC printing systems, has made a significant contribution to the digital transformation in the industry. Tau single-pass printing systems now have a market share of around 40% of the UV inkjet market segment, with an installation base of more than 250 printing presses worldwide.
“We made good use of the situation in the COVID pandemic and arranged the succession for Helmuth Munter, who has been responsible for the success story in the label segment,” says Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “All of us at the Durst Group would like to thank Helmuth for his great dedication, excellent performance, and loyalty. What could be better than retiring at the zenith of one’s career? We wish Helmuth all the best in this new phase of his life.”
“At the same time, I would like to warmly welcome Thomas Macina to the Durst family,” adds Christoph Gamper. “We are delighted to have gained a real market expert for the company, and someone who also has his roots in South Tyrol. The current pandemic situation has also been favourable to us as it has given us sufficient time to ensure an smooth transition. I am convinced that Thomas will continue to drive the Tau success story together with the entire label team.”
Esko has unveiled a major new release of its market-leading Automation Engine workflow solution, packed with new capabil..
30 March 2021
Esko has unveiled a major new release of its market-leading Automation Engine workflow solution, packed with new capabilities and for the first time available as a Software-as-a-Service (‘SaaS’).
“Designed and built by packaging experts, for packaging experts, Automation Engine has established itself over many years as the benchmark for optimised prepress workflow automation,” said Jan De Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Strategy and Industry Relations. “This latest release represents a major step forward for Automation Engine. It introduces a cloud-based deployment option and an intuitive new web-based user experience that ensures even the most casual user will be able to initiate, communicate and work across teams effectively.
“This new Automation Engine will make prepress automation more accessible and easier to use for both long-time customers and for companies that are just starting out on their automation journey,” said Jan. “Users can access their personalised, secure, workspace at any time, from anywhere, in the new My WorkSpace application. For customers looking for even more flexibility, we are proud to introduce our new cloud-based offering, which takes the prepress experience to a new level in terms of quality, productivity and connectivity.
“With Automation Engine SaaS, we are giving customers the opportunity to enjoy the operational benefits of standardised automated workflows while embracing the freedom of cloud-based computing,” he said. “Not only does Automation Engine SaaS reduce IT infrastructure overheads and headaches – such as flexible up-and-downscaling of server capacity, security, backup, guaranteed uptime and availability - but it also helps to boost operational productivity and cross-site working.”
Esko Automation Engine is the automated workflow solution that automates prepress tasks and integrates with business systems, which speeds up the process, and more importantly reduces the error rate and need for operator intervention. “Flexible to fit with individual business needs, scalable and customised to optimise individual workflows, Automation Engine has become the beating heart of the prepress process,” said Esko Product Manager Paul Land. “With this new release, the heart of the prepress is beating stronger than ever.”
On top of the My WorkSpace application and next generation user experience, the newest release of Automation Engine includes a new ‘drop zone’ feature, which makes launching workflows quicker and easier by enabling users to search and select workflows, drag and drop files to it, edit parameters and initiate - all from one location.
“Quick and easy viewing of files for detailed quality checks is now made easy with a browser-based viewing tool,” added Paul, “while new Jobs and Products views grant users the ability to efficiently search jobs and assets, access files, view their status and launch workflows from one workspace.
“With Automation Engine SaaS, we enable easy access and fast deployment, reducing the need for IT support or additional operational costs,” said Paul. “SaaS users simply access the software online using the new subscription-based model, which enables businesses to significantly reduce IT maintenance overheads. Utilising common software across locations is made easy and the SaaS model means there’s no longer any need to download and manually install the latest software versions onto individual computers whenever a new update or release is issued.”
Being a subscription service, a simple, flexible and transparent tier-based pricing model offers a predictable cost to help with IT budgeting and management. “With the price including a storage allowance and no bandwidth charges, the SaaS model guarantees a low step-in price and faster ROI for customers,” said Paul. “With IT and licensing costs now reduced through automation and outsourcing, this delivers a flexible pricing model that scales with the needs, size and growth of a business.”
Esko developed Automation Engine SaaS in response to the ongoing challenges faced by its customers, and feedback from early adopters has been very positive.
"With Automation Engine SaaS we can centralise resources in terms of expertise, software and hardware, delivering cost and time savings and reducing operational risks,” said Mark King, Technical Manager – Division, Essentra Packaging. “Therefore, this is great timing and exactly in line with Essentra’s strategy for 2021 and beyond.”
Meanwhile, Marybeth Foss, Senior Enterprise Prepress Architect, Fortis Solutions Group, praised the SaaS solution’s reduced IT requirements. “The biggest benefit for us has been the hands-off IT deployment and maintenance,” said Marybeth. “The simplicity of the cloud-based offer means that we have the ability to build and grow, but without the traditional infrastructure considerations and challenges. It keeps us operationally agile and ideally prepared for the future.”
swissQprint is launching Karibu S – the speed version of its Karibu UV roll to roll printer. S stands for speed &n..
25 March 2021
swissQprint is launching Karibu S – the speed version of its Karibu UV roll to roll printer. S stands for speed – and that means increased productivity combined with astonishingly good print quality. Another plus: both Karibu and Karibu S are capable of automatic double-sided printing.
Karibu, the UV roll to roll printer from swissQprint, now has a powerful big brother: the new speed model. Created for print service providers who run multiple shifts to produce large volumes of items such as banners, non-durable poster prints and XL billboards. Karibu S combines an output of up to 330 square metres per hour with impressively sharp images and edges.
Special print head configuration
Karibu S features a defined print head configuration: four print heads are in operation for each process colour – and that explains the high throughput rate. What is more, all swissQprint large format printers have nine dual-configurable colour channels, so one channel is left free. Typically, this channel is configured with white to print items such as transparent films.
Universal and highly flexible ink
swissQprint's portfolio includes an optimised ink for its dedicated roll to roll printers. It features a broad adhesion profile and is very flexible. This means that print service providers can use almost every conceivable type of roll media. And the ink can stand up to everything that the material has to take: cutting, folding, stretching, and so on.
Automatic double-sided printing
As a new feature, both Karibu and Karibu S can handle automatic double-sided printing. Thanks to a camera system and QR codes, the process takes place automatically – with high efficiency and reliability. Supported by the Lory output software – developed in-house by swissQprint. Managing print jobs is made very simple thanks to intuitive graphic user guidance.
A profitable investment
Both Karibu models feature the same robust design as all swissQprint products – ensuring lifespans well above the average. With their low operating costs, the versatile UV roll to roll printers offer the promise of high added value throughout their long lifetimes. And the high standard of quality that is typical of swissQprint.
More information: www.swissqprint.com
Roland DG would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the significant rain even..
24 March 2021
Roland DG would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the significant rain event currently inundating large parts of the East Coast of Australia. With so many people affected, we hope for the safety and well-being of all involved.
Roland DG’s existing Disaster Support Program is designed to assist customers affected by extreme events such as this. One way we can assist is to provide, at no cost, call-out fees and labour to review and inspect Roland DG equipment damaged as a direct result of the floods, or the resulting power outages. The Roland DG Care team can provide condition reports for any insurance claim requirements and for equipment requiring repair service work. Spare parts will be supplied under special rates (please contact Roland DG directly for more detail).
As a result of the flooding, deliveries to a number of areas along the East Coast may be delayed. We are working with our freight carriers to provide delivery updates where possible, but if you are expecting a delivery, please contact the Roland DG team to find out specifics.
Roland DG endeavours to help find additional ways to assist customers directly affected so please contact the team for more details on how we can help get your business back up and running.
The Roland DG Care team will schedule service runs in the affected regions once they can access these areas, and once it is safe to do so. Should you have any questions, or to register for the special service runs, please do not hesitate to contact Roland DG directly for assistance on 1 800 500 119, through our website booking form, or via email at email@example.com and one of our team members will assist you.
Epson has taken delivery of and installed Australia’s first high productivity SurePress® L-6534VW industrial U..
24 March 2021
Epson has taken delivery of and installed Australia’s first high productivity SurePress® L-6534VW industrial UV digital label press at their new Experience Centre in Yennora, Sydney.
The new SurePress L-6534VW prints at speeds of up to 50 meters per minute for higher productivity with improved reliability and usability.
It also uses wide gamut CMYK inks with a high opacity white as standard and includes an innovative in-line digital varnish which delivers smooth gloss, matte and spot finishes.
The L-6534VW label press combines Epson PrecisionCore® printheads around a central impression drum in conjunction with a narrow platen gap, delivering precise droplet placement without web meandering or skewing. Its LED pining system also helps deliver finer tonal gradation and sharp images.
Epson’s proprietary Nozzle Verification Technology (NVT) and automatic head maintenance efficiently help the L-6534VW label press print through each shift without operator intervention.
As the L-6534VW label press supports a wide range of label applications including food and beverage, the labels it produces are also weather resistant.
Standard features for the L-6534VW include corona treater, web cleaner, ioniser and additional UV curing kit for increased ink adhesion on difficult substrates, all of which combine to help the press provide the highest level of versatility in print production.
More detail on key features of the L-6534VW
The PrecisionCore linehead is the key behind the high performance and reliability of the SurePress L-6534VW. Each of the six lineheads are comprised of PrecisionCore print chip modules (printheads), delivering precise quality with accuracy and high resolution. Smooth and natural gradation and colour tone,
from highlight to shadow, can be reproduced with 600 x 1200 dpi resolution using a minimum droplet of 3 picolitres and Variable Sized Droplet Technology.
Epson's PrecisionCore linehead, highly accurate web feeding technology and Epson-developed UV ink enable high-speed printing up to 50 m/min with high reliability and reduced down time. The L-6534VW saves you time on every job with its many automated and efficient productivity features.
All LED UV Colour Pinning Control
Epson’s own LED UV pinning system semi-cures and stabilises, controlling ink spread for finer tonal gradation, sharp images and vivid colour. UV light is applied immediately after each colour is printed. This allows perfectly round drops to be placed in their correct positions.
Centre Drum Web Handling
The Drum Platen is a highly accurate web feeding technology which prevents
meandering and skewing of the web. The gap between the printhead and substrate is kept to a minimum, which enables accurate ink placement, for crisp text and fine lines.
Meandering and skewing of the web does not occur, because the substrate is held tightly around the drum. In comparison, the camber type platen of other presses requires manual adjustments when the substrate is changed, in cases such as Y-direction skew adjustment and colour adjustment (substantial waste of substrate). The SurePress registration adjustment is electronic.
The substrate is “fixed” to the drum, as it passes all printhead colours, hence it provides excellent colour-to-colour registration.
Nozzle Verification Technology and Auto Head Maintenance Function
Nozzle verification technology is an automatic nozzle check system with advanced ink droplet detection technology. A drive signal is sent to the piezo actuator. The same piezo element is used as a sensor to measure the pattern of the residual vibration. The residual vibration is analysed in milliseconds, reporting the nozzle status. All nozzles are checked after cleaning and before printing. A manually printed nozzle check pattern is not required to check if a nozzle is firing.
Auto head maintenance cleans the nozzles automatically to eliminate manual cleaning during each shift. It is fully automatic with no operator intervention required. Wash fluid is sprayed on the head surface and then the head is cleaned
automatically with the cleaning wiper. The auto self-head maintenance function cleans heads periodically to avoid nozzle clogging based on print duty cycle and results of the nozzle verification test. After maintenance, the press returns to printing again with no operator interaction or interruption in job sequence.
SurePress Customer Support Service by Remote Monitoring System
The operational status of the SurePress is monitored using a remote monitoring server. The L-6534VW has an extensive network of sensors which feed into a diagnostic system. This allows, at any time, a quick response and predictive
analysis, all done in advance of a repair visit.
Inline Digital Varnish
The L-6534 has the Epson innovative digital varnish ink. A gloss or matte finish can be printed selectively as a varnish. High value and very appealing accents can be added to lift the visual appearance of specific areas. The different finishes are achieved by changing the way the digital varnish is jetted from the printhead. Brand owners now have digital flexibility with spot varnishes. Digital varnish delivers smooth and even gloss, matte and spot finishes. The auto gloss varnish control function enables the appropriate amount of digital varnish to be applied to select areas according to the amount of WCMYK ink. This achieves a smooth, even and glossy finish.
High-Opacity White Ink
The single-pass high-opacity white ink provides high-density performance equivalent to screen printing and the ideal base layer for printing vivid colour on clear or metalised substrates. The bright white ink also gives the ability to print opaque, fine text and lines, even when printing clear labels for clear packaging. It offers the flexibility to print white on top of colours.
Clear film can be printed with colour ink first, followed by white ink using a printing method that allows you to view the results from the back of the film (reverse printing).
L-6534VW has a function to rewind the substrate. To print white over colour (reverse print) on clear film, you can rewind and print without replacing (returning rewind to unwind manually) the roll. Waste of substrate is reduced by resuming printing after proofing by simply rewinding and resuming printing.
Epson SurePress Inks: Food Contact Materials (FCM) Compliance
Epson label inks reach major milestones in Food Contact Materials compliance. Epson inks used in SurePress inkjet label presses are compliant with EU Regulation framework (FCM EC No. 1935/2004), Good Manufacturing Practices Regulation (GMP EC No. 2023/2006), Plastics Implementation Measure Regulation (PIM EU 10/2011) and included in Swiss Ordinance (SR 817.023.21) on Food Contact Materials for food packaging printing inks.
A high concentration of pigment particles and UV pinning, which prevents ink drops from spreading or deforming, enables wide gamut and vivid colours. Wide gamut enables the reproduction of a wide range of desired colours that brand owners require. The gamut volume of L6534VW is larger than printing standards of offset coated paper like FOGRA, GRACoL and Japancolor.
You can get a demonstration of the new SurePress L-6534VW industrial UV digital label press at Epson’s Experience Centre in Yennora by contacting Epson Australia here.
EFI and Currie Group are hosting an open house week, from 12th April to 16th April, showcasing the latest EFI product of..
23 March 2021
EFI and Currie Group are hosting an open house week, from 12th April to 16th April, showcasing the latest EFI product offerings to customers.
The session will cover a live demonstration on its latest EFI Pro 32r+ as well as introducing the range of EFI wide-format products such as the Pro 30f flatbed printer and the VUTEk 32h and Pro 16h hybrid printers.
The event will be at Currie Group’s Melbourne Demonstration Centre, at 2-4 Guest Street, Hawthorn.
The open house event is open to everyone in the industry, but bookings are essential and can be made by registering via: www.events.curriegroup.com.au
“We’re very excited to introduce new customers to Currie Group and those that are already part of our family to the EFI wide format portfolio," says Paul Whitehead, Business Unit Manager - Wide Format, Currie Group. "The EFI Pro 32r+ is a game changer. This new addition to the Australian and New Zealand wide format market, combines EFI’s state of the art leading technology with Currie Group’s premium service and support. I invite you to visit us at our open house where you will experience this firsthand and find out more about our market introductory offers."
Introducing the new CorelDRAW 2021 product lineup featuring professional graphic design software, CorelDRAW Graphics Sui..
16 March 2021
Introducing the new CorelDRAW 2021 product lineup featuring professional graphic design software, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021. Available for Windows and Mac, the new suite doubles down on collaboration with access to next-generation tools that streamline the design and review process. Boost productivity with a flexible design space that empowers users to take control of projects and assets. Advanced illustration and photo editing capabilities make it faster than ever for designers to achieve their unique creative vision. And as our definition of workplaces is continuously redefined, CorelDRAW.app is now touch-optimised and available as an all-new iPad app, giving graphics pros new options to be creative anywhere, from virtually any device.
“The way we work has changed faster than anyone could imagine, and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021 is meeting this need head on. At a time when it’s never been more challenging and important to stay connected, our collaboration tools enable teams to share inspiration and feedback in real time, whether they’re across town or across the globe,” said John Falsetto, Senior Director of Products, Graphics and Productivity. “By re-examining users’ workflows and making extensive enhancements across the suite, we’re helping designers take their projects from ideation to final output, faster.”
Offering vector illustration, layout and typography, photo editing and more, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021 simplifies complex workflows and gives designers total control over how they create their best work – on Windows, Mac, web and mobile. Focusing on collaboration, productivity, and flawless results, new highlights include:
Time saving, next-generation collaboration makes it possible to connect, keep projects on track, and work together from anywhere – in real time.
Onyx Graphics, Inc., a leading software solutions provider for the digital inkjet wide-format print industry, announced ..
16 March 2021
Onyx Graphics, Inc., a leading software solutions provider for the digital inkjet wide-format print industry, announced today that ONYX software is certified for the new HP Latex 700 and 800 Printer Series. This certification applies to all ONYX RIP and Print Workflow solutions, including ONYX Thrive, ONYX PosterShop, and the newly released ONYX Go subscription, all on the company’s latest version release, ONYX 21.
The HP certification program differentiates software vendors through a comprehensive set of integration, compatibility, and performance standards testing against HP printing technologies. For this latest certification, Onyx Graphics designed the driver to support the vivid color and newly added white-ink capabilities of the HP Latex Printer Series, including sandwich mode printing for under-flood, over-flood, and spot. In addition, the ONYX driver allows for ONYX Quick Set options to automate print production, taking advantage of the speed and agility offered in this new printer series. Combined with ONYX Color and iccMAX v5. profiling, users of the HP Latex 700 and 800 Printer Series can expect superior and consistent color across their entire print production environment.
“This latest certification achieved by Onyx Graphics showcases their commitment to providing outstanding support for HP printing technologies.” Said Guyente Sanmartin, General Manager, Large Format Business, HP. “HP Latex 700 and 800 Printer Series users who choose ONYX software can feel confident in delivering outstanding quality prints to their customers.”
About the HP Latex 700 and 800 Printer Series
According to HP, the HP Latex Series introduces a range of Latex Large Format print solutions to help Print Service Providers diversity their offerings. 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.
The new Maintenance Manager by Heidelberg almost completely digitises the maintenance process, reducing stoppages and si..
16 March 2021
The new Maintenance Manager by Heidelberg almost completely digitises the maintenance process, reducing stoppages and significantly boosting machine uptime.
Canon Production Printing Australia has signed a partnership agreement with Starleaton to resell the award-winning Color..
12 March 2021
Canon Production Printing Australia has signed a partnership agreement with Starleaton to resell the award-winning Colorado roll-to-roll printer series across Australia.
The agreement is set to be mutually beneficial for the iconic brands who have both assumed the position of “complete solution provider” across the sign and display market. The powerhouses vow that the arrangement will also benefit Australian printers who are evolving their wide-format application sets, thanks to the Colorado’s application versatility and premium technology.
The new reseller agreement is set to grow the indirect B2B channel for Canon Production Printing Australia, as well as support diversification into adjacent markets which require complementary technology. For Starleaton, the agreement is set to expand latitude within the sign and display market, with the award-winning Colorado roll-to-roll printer.
Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, says, “With the Colorado successfully established within the global and Australian markets as a high volume, superior quality system that is technology rich enough to print a diverse range of applications, we are now looking to extend our reach into markets and printers that we currently do not service.”
“With Starleaton, we’ve found a partner who both understands the benefits of technology such as UVGel and FLXfinish in application versatility, and can support our growth aspirations to extend our reach within the Australian commercial print market.
”We’re very passionate about bringing the best products to the Oceania printing industry and recognise that by opening up the indirect channel, we provide more printers the opportunity to experience the unique benefits of the Colorado family” he says.
The Eaton family-owned company, Starleaton, recognise the strategic move as an opportunity to further expand their footprint in the commercial printing market.
“Our relationship with Canon Production Printing Australia is an exciting new venture for both companies particularly as we aim to ensure the Australian print industry have the solutions that they require to thrive in today’s dynamic environment,” Ben Eaton, CEO, Starleaton, says.
“We’ve seen rapid growth of the Colorado in the past 18 months globally, with productivity levels soaring and metres printed well above that of competitive machines. We’re confident that the Colorado will be the perfect match for our client base.
“The new offering will benefit customers wishing to take the next step into higher performance, quality, and production savings. It complements our existing wide format printer range, extending to every budget and performance requirement.
“To ensure market success, we have 12 face-to-face account managers with significant media experience, whom are able to assist print service providers in adapting new market technology that can support their growth and evolution. Plus, our experience with Onyx, Fiery and X-rite will create media profiles to match the Colorado to achieve the best possible result.
“Additionally, our already-seamless national service coverage will be bolstered by ProCare, the after-sales service for the Colorado roll-to-roll printer series. This means that print service providers will be able to benefit from increased productivity and minimal downtime” he says.
With well over 1,000 installations worldwide, Canon’s Colorado roll-to-roll printer series has been recognised by customers across the globe as the best solution for a large variety of wide-format applications.
Esko, the global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the label, packaging and wide format print ..
12 March 2021
Esko, the global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the label, packaging and wide format print industries, has launched a new whitepaper – Cloud Freedom – delivering operational efficiency, data security and flexibility for print and packaging suppliers. This latest tool follows the successful launch of the company's Digital Maturity Model program in 2020 designed to help management teams meet the growing need to strategically address business digitisation, automation and connection.
Launching the whitepaper, Jan De Roeck, Marketing Director Industry Relations & Strategy at Esko, explained that across the print and packaging industries, organisations are managing an ever-growing list of competing demands on their operations. “Whether related to cost, efficiency, quality, flexibility or consistency, the challenges faced by today’s prepress and print converters are significant. When these are combined with a lack of available skilled labor and decreasing run lengths, the need for management teams to boost the digitisation, automation and connectivity of their business becomes clear.
“Not only does the cloud address these demands, but it also delivers new freedoms to businesses, both in terms of their operations and processes and also in eradicating IT challenges that might stifle their passion for prepress.”
Jan explained that recent disruptions have underlined the fact that utilising cloud-based technology is not merely a future aspiration for businesses, but an urgent requirement to drive operational agility and resilience. “While the opportunities to drive efficiency, deliver at scale and differentiate have moved businesses across the industry to embrace digitisation, the adoption of cloud-based solutions has been an ongoing theme for some time,” he said. “Now more than ever, we need to use the cloud as a catalyst to help businesses become more resilient and customer focused, as well as enable them to differentiate, build and protect.”
Cloud-based software delivers new freedom for businesses. With information no longer stored in one single location that can be susceptible to loss or corruption, it is accessible by all, regardless of location and ideal for single site operations now utilising employee homeworking or for multi-site organisations. Freedom of data access also brings new flexibility, freeing up people to collaborate and speed up established processes. Removing the need for physical hard drives and on-site servers lowers operational and IT management costs, while cloud technology also offers scalable infrastructure and improved platform availability, ensuring optimal software performance for users.
“The benefits of cloud computing to the packaging industry are endless,” said Jan. “Today is about further helping our customers on their digital transformation journey, enabling them to improve IT management and boost operational flexibility and efficiency. But tomorrow is about data analytics – uncovering insights about their business that enables them to become rapid innovators and truly differentiated to drive business performance.”
Jan De Roeck concluded: “At Esko, we often talk about automation creating islands of success in a sea of waste, if not addressed on an organisation-wide basis. For multi-site packaging suppliers, this is exactly the risk. Moving to cloud-based software and data management to support the digital transformation process overcomes this challenge and is the key to securing competitive advantage in what is today a highly competitive evolving market.”
To download your free copy of the Esko whitepaper, Cloud Freedom - delivering operational efficiency, data security and flexibility for print and packaging suppliers, please visit www.esko.com/en/lp/cloud-freedom/cloud-freedom
Anatol and Leapfrog Machinery are working together to bring Aussie printers some of the world’s most sophisticated..
09 March 2021
Anatol and Leapfrog Machinery are working together to bring Aussie printers some of the world’s most sophisticated range of screen printing machinery including the only all-electric automatic printing press.
Known throughout Australia as the place to go for Screenprinting, Leapfrog Machinery is proud to welcome the Anatol range of products into their offering.
Anatol strives to provide quality equipment to screen print faster, more consistently and more efficiently.
Mr. Debney from Leapfrog Machinery explains: “With leading product innovations like the all-electric Volt, to technological advancements to help us provide excellent after sales customer support, the relationship between Leapfrog and Anatol will benefit Australian Screen Printers with better equipment coming into Australia, backed by a reputable, trusted local Australian Business.”
Established in 1983, Leapfrog Machinery is known to supply screen printing equipment based on customers’ needs. After identifying the gap in the Automatic screen printing market in Australia, Leapfrog Machinery have worked to secure the Australian distributorship of Anatol. This distributorship covers all screen printing equipment including both Automatic and Manual Screen Printing Press, LED UV Exposure Units, Electric and Gas Dryers along with Small Format Presses.
The strength for innovation shown by Anatol can be seen throughout the product range. With a wide range of equipment configurations to suit individual business needs, Australian Screen printers can be assured that they will receive customised solutions enabling them to take their business to the next level of productivity and profitability.
Leapfrog Machinery is experienced at importing and servicing screen printing machinery throughout Australia and look forward to a long and healthy relationship with Anatol.
Leapfrog Machinery are the exclusive distributors for Anatol Australia wide.
For information contact Leapfrog Machinery (0)2 9482 4999 www.leapfrogmachinery.com.au
These three new developments will be launched via web streaming on 24 March 2021 at swissQprint's factory in Switzerland..
09 March 2021
These three new developments will be launched via web streaming on 24 March 2021 at swissQprint's factory in Switzerland, with an initial event followed by two repeats.
swissQprint is presenting three new innovations: first, the speed model of the Karibu UV roll to roll printer. Second, the option for automatic double-sided printing with Karibu. And third, neon inks for UV printing – an absolute world first.
These three new developments will be launched via web streaming on 24 March 2021 at swissQprint's factory in Switzerland, with an initial event followed by two repeats. For details and registration, visit www.swissqprint.com/en/launch. From the launch date onwards, visitors are welcome to discover these new innovations around the clock on the company's website, www.swissqprint.com. swissQprint will also be exhibiting at the virtual.drupa from 20 to 23 April 2021, when these new developments will be showcased.
Xeikon America, Inc. today expanded its graphic arts and commercial product portfolio with the launch of the Xeikon SX20..
09 March 2021
Xeikon America, Inc. today expanded its graphic arts and commercial product portfolio with the launch of the Xeikon SX20000 digital colour press. This is the second duplex press to come to market based on Xeikon’s SIRIUS dry toner technology, and it presents an excellent value proposition for printers looking for a cost-effective machine that will give them superior image quality, perfect registration front-to-back and exceptional colour quality control. With a high level of application flexibility, this versatile press will suit print providers working in the production of high-quality books and direct mail, PoS materials, security print and general commercial print applications. The Xeikon SX20000 is available for physical and online demonstrations at Xeikon’s Global Innovation Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, and is globally commercially available now.
“In today’s printing world, we all know it’s about delivering value which encompasses quality, performance, sustainability and competitive pricing,” said Dimitri Van Gaever, Xeikon Market Segment Director. “With the launch of the Xeikon SX20000, Xeikon is offering printers in the graphic arts and commercial print markets a press with unequalled capabilities at an attractive investment level. The Xeikon SX20000 has all the innovations of its flagship predecessor, the Xeikon SX30000, which makes it a consistent, reliable all-around performer, able to run at a printing width of 20 inches (508mm) on a broad range of substrates at 1200x3600dpi at speeds of 66 feet per minute (20m/min) or 1700 B2 sheets per hour. This single pass, duplex press is geared towards printers looking to streamline and optimise the production of high value, premium quality print with high coverage content on high quality papers. On top of that, the Xeikon SX20000 offers scalability with upgrades available in both speed and colour stations. With this new press, we are bringing to market a full rotary machine based on SIRIUS dry toner technology driven by Xeikon’s powerful X-800 workflow for full automation.”
Xeikon envisions two big markets for digital with this new addition: book printing and direct mail
Xeikon has noted the significant resurgence in printed book production in the last couple of years. Book sales have risen sharply due to easy availability through online channels and renewed interest in high quality books. The rise in demand is stimulating book publishers and printers to look at their business strategies, and many are now choosing quality over speed. With Xeikon’s SX20000 digital colour press, designers and printers have no limitations. Rotary printing makes it simple with perfect registration and imposition on much longer substrates, so no repeat size, fixed sheet format or frame length. This becomes a significant advantage in the finishing department. On this single pass duplex press, there are no coverage limitations, no special inks – just load the substrate reel onto the Xeikon and off it goes – no fine tuning, no magic, just a quality result!
Xeikon’s strategy is to offer the Xeikon SX20000 as a highly versatile and flexible print production platform, perfect for specialised jobs such as quality targeted direct mail. Many direct mail companies are using high quality papers for a limited audience as well as the 5th station on the press for brand colours. To develop SIRIUS dry toner technology, Xeikon built on the four major areas of toner development, imaging technology, fusing technology and media conditioning, and every key component impacts on the overall quality result. A ground-breaking and innovative platform, SIRIUS delivers the widest application and substrate range combined with lower running costs and a compelling overall total cost of ownership (TCO) and overall OEE.
“We believe the launch of the Xeikon SX20000 comes at the right moment in time,” added Van Gaever. “Printers looking for a roll-fed machine with maximum efficiencies, a powerful workflow for full colour control and automated imposition plus all the processes necessary to compete, need look no further. Many printers working in the graphic arts and commercial print markets are aware that they need to streamline their operation, reduce their total cost of operation (TCO), increase productivity and uptime and also review their equipment. Printers looking for new revenue streams and considering a broader range of applications may be restricted because of printing equipment limitations. Our single pass duplex press is unique, designed to maximise and deliver a market leading performance and unequalled sustainability. The Xeikon SX20000 has everything and more to guarantee business growth and become the cornerstone of any print business.”
For more information about Xeikon, visit www.xeikon.com
Summa nv, a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-end cutting solutions, is proud to introduce the Tray One Sheet Fe..
09 March 2021
Summa nv, a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-end cutting solutions, is proud to introduce the Tray One Sheet Feeder, specifically developed for the desktop models of its new S One roll cutter Series. Tray one not only benefits large volume industries but focuses equally on small volume businesses such as copy shops and retailers. Tray One represents the ideal sheet/label cutting solution specifically engaging in optimal ease-of-use in the cutting workflow.
Automating the cutting workflow as much as possible can make a real impact on many business’ productivity, efficiency and ultimately on the company’s bottom line. The more advanced the automation, the fewer redundancies, waste of time and material. Summa is, therefore, constantly on the search to optimise automation into its entire cutting equipment gamut.
The new Tray One Sheet Feeder is yet another step in Summa’s pursuit to enhance automation, facilitate media handling and save the S One roll cutter operator a lot of time.
Tray One is compatible and retrofittable with S1D60, S1D75 models from the Summa S One Series.
Christof Van Driessche, Chief Commercial Officer, Summa explains: “Evolving with industry trends and developing our machines tailored to customer needs are two key Summa drivers. The demand for an efficient sheet and label processing add-on for our desktop roll cutters was quickly picked up and led to the development of this ultra easy-to-use Tray One Sheet Feeder – tailored perfectly to the desktop S One roll cutters. We are convinced Tray One will uplevel many business’ workflow in the digital press, retail, copier and screen printing industries.”
Advantages of the Tray One sheet feeder are multifold, ranging from the possibility to process a wider range of material types, straightforward workflow built-up via plug-ins, easy cutting of vectorial PDF files, compatibility with different print technologies, support of common copier sizes, and so on. By using Tray One, workflows will be facilitated considerably, from copy to cut.
Furthermore, perfectly integrated in-house Summa GoSign software – available on all Summa roll cutters, S One included - ensures automatic contour cutting of printed sheets thanks to advanced OPOS registration. The many intelligent features of the GoSign software guarantee the cutting workflow to be managed flawlessly and with great flexibility. Tray One combined with the reliable Summa desktop vinyl cutters controlled by the GoSign software is the perfect match to obtain accurate, easy-to-use label and sheet cutting solutions for many years to come.
Side note: SummaCut D60 models in the field can also be retrofitted with the sheet feeder, Tray SummaCut.