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  • + Wagner Prestige Labels ramps up capacity with Durst

    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has solved waste and digital capacity issu..

    31 March 2020


    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has solved waste and digital capacity issues for family business Wagner Prestige Labels with the installation of a Tau 330 RSC E inkjet label production press.

    Wagner’s choice of Durst’s RSC technology was driven by speed, quality and environmental considerations. “We decided to ramp up digital color capacity to the highest we could, and the Durst Tau 330 RSC E came up trumps,” said John Galea, Managing Director of Wagner Prestige Labels, of Wetherill Park, Sydney, Australia. “In only six months it has really proved itself, to the point that digital is now between 30 and 35% of our business. The quality of the labels is right up there with flexo and letterpress.

    “Another important benefit is that waste is greatly reduced, with the threaded meterage on the Durst Tau 330 RSC E even being able to be drawn back and printed. Waste is a big issue for label printers, especially with multiple versions, so anything we can do to reduce it is good for the environment.”

    The Durst Tau 330 RSC E is the beating heart of Wagner Prestige Labels’ one-stop solutions business, which has diversified into new areas and is also part of the JV Group that brings together label, printing and embroidery companies to provide customers with a complete promotional service. Web inspection devices and processes including flexo, letterpress, screen, thermal paper, hot and cold foiling, die-cutting, laminating and, elsewhere within JV Group, dye-sublimation and embroidery for textiles plus general commercial printing.

    “We do everything in-house, and, if a customer wants a fully-embellished label with embossing, foiling, spot varnishing, fancy die-cutting, we have the equipment to do it,” said Mr. Galea. “You have to keep up with changes – change enables growth and diversity, but you also have to make sure the right job goes on the right machine. Before the investment in Durst’s RSC technology we were falling short on digital capacity. Our customers – trade, print brokers and end-user – are tending to order shorter runs, more frequently, so we carefully researched all the available options. The Durst has proved to be the ideal choice.”

    Helmuth Munter, Durst’s Segment Manager, Labels and Package Printing, said: “The Durst Tau 330 RSC E was originally launched to bring affordable digital production to increasing numbers of small converters and sets the base for the future of industrial digital inkjet printing in the label industry. In line with our ‘We Keep You Printing’ strategy, it’s also proving to be a real attractive prospect for forward-thinking companies like Wagner Prestige Labels that need variable, versatile, adjustable and configurable digital printing systems to expand their business reach while enjoying other benefits such as waste reduction and a significant jump in production capacity.”





  • + EXPANSION OF AOTY

    An exceptionally-high calibre of candidates combined with the desire to recognise the broadening shape of the New Zealan..

    31 March 2020


    An exceptionally-high calibre of candidates combined with the desire to recognise the broadening shape of the New Zealand print industry, has resulted in PrintNZ naming an unprecedented Top 12 Apprentices of the Year finalists for 2020.

    Expanded from a traditional Top 10, this year’s Top 12 (in alphabetical order) entails:

    • Parth Bhatt of McHargs, Christchurch (Binding and Finishing)
    • Thomas Bloxham of Southern Colour Print, Dunedin (Binding and Finishing)
    • Aleshia Edens of James Print, Greymouth (Digital Printing)
    • Vanessa Hooton of Tainui Press, Matamata (Digital Printing)
    • Ryan Scott-Fellows of Hally Labels, Christchurch (Reelfed Printing)
    • Emma Maxwell of EIL, Christchurch (Screen Printing)
    • David O’Brien of Sign Network, Christchurch (Signmaking)
    • Nurudin Pelenda of Ovato, Auckland (Sheetfed Printing)
    • Bonny Seymour of the Gisborne Herald, Gisborne (Reelfed Printing)
    • Matthew Stockford of Gravure Packaging, Wellington (Reelfed Printing)
    • Koshy Thomas of Oji Fibre Solutions Paper Bag Auckland (Reelfed Printing)
    • Kadin Woods of Mirage Visual, Palmerston North (Signmaking)
    • PrintNZ general manager Ruth Cobb laments that given this year marked both the debut of signmakers/specialty graphics and the difficulty judges had narrowing down the quality candidates, they could not be given due peer recognition at the traditional Graduation Ceremonies.




    “Even prior to the Prime Minister’s Level 1 COVID-19 announcement on March 14, PrintNZ had taken the decision, with much regret, that we would cancel the upcoming ceremonies,” says Ms Cobb.

    “For the safety of our industry and communities, we needed to show leadership and make that decision – and, subsequently, that call has of course been validated by the rapid escalation to Level 4.

    “However, an unavoidable and unfortunate consequence is we haven’t been able to announce the Top 12 in deserved fashion in front of their families, friends and colleagues.

    “We very much want to ensure the Top 12 receive the full prestige that their dedicated and outstanding efforts warrant. Their Competenz training advisors and employers/managers alike have praised them in the highest terms, and we encourage the industry and our media stakeholders to afford due recognition to these very worthy finalists.”

    At the forefront of developments

    Expanding on this year’s decision to encompass signmakers/speciality graphics in the Top 12, Ms Cobb says PrintNZ strives to provide leadership as appropriate and keep at the forefront of evolutions within the sector.

    “There are many overlapping areas within sign and print – in many cases the work is produced on the same machinery, with printers making signs and signmakers doing printing.

    “As our industry continues to evolve, so too should our celebrations of people and products and so we are thrilled this year for the first time to have two signmaking graduates included in our Top 12.”

    In similar vein, Ms Cobb says given the Top 5 Apprentices of the Year will likely miss out on the exhilaration of appearing on stage at the Pride In Print Awards Evening, given its postponement, her team has a new initiative in mind to bring extra focus on those finalists.

    “Watch this space!”

    For further information please E-mail PrintNZ general manager Ruth Cobb at ruth.cobb@printnz.co.nz or phone 027 248 9404.





  • + Prytec Solutions Bring Out The Big Gun at Open House

    Prytec opened their doors to the public for the first ever viewing of the amazing 1kw PLS-F1515 Fibre Laser, and their c..

    31 March 2020


    Prytec opened their doors to the public for the first ever viewing of the amazing 1kw PLS-F1515 Fibre Laser, and their comprehensive range of cutting, engraving and milling solutions. 

    The star of the show was easily the PLS-F1515 Fiber laser. A fully enclosed device, this industrial laser is a metal specialist designed for high speed, precision cutting of mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium and brass and copper. It can be customised to a client’s needs, which includes the option of going for a larger 2kw power source or a bigger bed size for increased capacity and production. 





    The team from Prytec was on hand to answer questions and run demonstrations on the machine. 

    Raymond Mikhail, Managing Director, Prytec Solutions, said the new laser system had already done very well, with two larger 1.5 and 2kw models sold and running in Victoria. 

    “We are really pleased with the interest that has been shown in the new range of industrial lasers from Prytec,” said Raymond. “We have models to suit clients that are moving into industrial scale work, right through to those already involved in industrial scale work and looking to expand or upgrade their existing laser systems.”

    “Given the capability, price and options for this laser system, we see it being the perfect choice for busy sign companies and businesses who are looking for more efficient, accurate methods to cut materials or want to retain more work in-house,” said Emanuel Baldacchino, National Sales Manager, Prytec Solutions. “We also believe this laser range will be very attractive to schools, TAFEs and Universities that have a strong Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focus. And of course, engineering, manufacturing and fabricating businesses will also benefit from the capabilities the PLS-F1515 and larger variants possess.”

    Attendees to the open house got to see the 1kw PLS-F1515 Fibre Laser put through its paces cutting intricate patterns through steel sheets in what can only be described as a blistering pace. The cutting capability is excellent. No rough edges remain even after even the most detailed of patterns has been cut. This is thanks to the system’s exacting beam placement operated by a high precision, state of the art rack & pinion drive technology and gearbox, direct laser control with PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) and operating system that is very user friendly. 

    The open house was also a chance to look at the range of additional milling, cutting and engraving systems that Prytec Solutions supply. This included the 60-watt PLS-7050 laser designed to cut and etch all sorts of materials including acrylics, leaving a beautiful polished finished edge, it will also etch text and graphics in high detail. Prytec also featured the PLS-4030 Advanced Laser System that is designed for businesses in need of a laser with a small footprint. Using a 30W Metal CO2 Laser source, the PLS-4030 is compact but still packs a punch. Prytec also supplies a number of the Roland DG systems including the SRM20 desktop milling machine and Metaza MPX-95 photo impact printer and the VersaUV LEF-2series- UV printer. 





    For more information about the technologies, materials and business solutions that Prytec Solutions deliver, you can visit www.prytec.com.au






  • + swissQprint Greentech

    Customer benefit and environmental compatibility are equally high priorities in developing the large format printers, a ..

    31 March 2020


    Customer benefit and environmental compatibility are equally high priorities in developing the large format printers, a principle that takes its firm place in the Swiss company's mission statement.

    swissQprint large format printers, like the country they hail from, are noted for high tech. "swissQprint Greentech" summarises the Swiss manufacturer's strategic harnessing of technologies and processes in the cause of environmental protection.

    Customer benefit and environmental compatibility are equally high priorities in developing the large format printers, a principle that takes its firm place in the Swiss company's mission statement. "swissQprint Greentech" shows how this works in practice. The result is that swissQprint users attain high added value with the lowest possible environmental impact.

    Small ecological footprint
    Four main factors contribute to swissQprint large format printers leaving a small ecological footprint: short shipping distances, outstanding durability, low maintenance requirements and UV LED printing technology.

    The printers are developed and manufactured from start to finish at the headquarters in Switzerland, with the involvement of mostly local suppliers. The machines' outstanding durability saves on resources – some of these printers are still operating after twelve years. Their reliability minimises service calls and consumable parts that need replacing, hence CO2 emissions and costs as well. UV LED technology requires neither heating for drying processes nor ventilation for extracting volatile pollutants (VOC). Furthermore, the LED UV lamps that cure the ink are economical on electricity. This minimises the system's overall energy requirement.

    Maximum energy efficiency

    A fully equipped swissQprint large format printer with a 2×3.2 metre flatbed draws the same amount of electricity as two ordinary electric kettles – just 3 kWh. The printer makes extraordinarily efficient use of this electricity, as evidenced by measurements and ISO 20690 certification.

    The Tesla comparison
    swissQprint draws an interesting comparison: Nyala, the largest and highest-performing model in the swissQprint range, prints an area about the same size as a tennis court within one hour when running at top speed. It consumes 3 kWh of electricity to cover this surface of around 200 square metres. A Tesla, the prime example of "green mobility", can only travel about 16 km with the same amount of energy.

    Pollutant-free
    The current UV standard inks from swissQprint are Greenguard Gold certified. This means that printed products can be brought confidently into critical places like hospitals and schools as the inks comply with strict upper limits for chemical emissions. Furthermore, UV printing does not emit ozone. And with LED systems having replaced the mercury vapour lamps used in the past, toxic waste has been eliminated.





  • + HP expands Latex R Printer possibilities

    HP Inc. today announced an updated portfolio of HP Latex R Series printers with new features and solutions to make it ea..

    31 March 2020


    HP Inc. today announced an updated portfolio of HP Latex R Series printers with new features and solutions to make it easier for print service providers (PSPs) to benefit from HP Latex printing on a hybrid printing platform, including achieving high image quality on a range of rigid and flexible materials using HP’s water-based Latex Inks.

    The HP Latex R Series brings vibrant colors into the rigid printing world along with HP’s innovative White Latex Ink, a glossy, high-quality “true white” that doesn’t yellow over time like traditional UV-based white ink.

    The new portfolio introduces the new entry-level HP Latex R1000 model, offered at an attractive entry price point.

    Additionally, HP is introducing improvements across the portfolio. The new R Series printers now enable customers to benefit from higher productivity and efficiency.

    Software productivity advancements include expanded queue management capability and automated updates. More efficient multi-sheet media loading and handling will help significantly boost output. These upgrades will be available to existing R Series printer customers.

    The new R series will also boost the capability of PSPs to grow applications such as custom short-run packaging, POP corrugated displays, and printed thermoforming, benefitting from fine details and saturated color image quality on cardboard stock and amazing HP Latex ink elongation capabilities when producing thermoformed printer parts.

    “With the new HP Latex R Printer series 2020 edition, large format print service providers will benefit from new levels of performance. They will also be able to expand to fast-growing applications, such as short-run special packaging and printed thermoforming for which HP Latex inks technology delivers top-quality performance,” said Guayente Sanmartin, general manager, HP Large Format Graphics Business, HP Inc.

    The new portfolio of R Series Printers
    HP Latex R Printers powers PSPs with ultimate versatility for one technology to achieve the same look across rigid and flexible campaigns. A single ink set delivers vibrant HP Latex colour gamut along with the industry’s glossiest white. HP’s White Latex Ink set an industry first by developing an innovative system that recirculates the white ink to avoid settling. The R Series printer portfolio includes:

    • HP Latex R2000 Plus Printer for highest capacity and productivity, feeding materials in roll-fed or sheet-fed configuration up to 98-inches wide (2.5 meters), printing with high-capacity 5 litre-cartridges and white ink printing capability.

    • HP Latex R1000 Plus Printer handling media up to 64 inches wide (1.64 m), roll-fed or sheet-fed configuration with 3 litre-cartridges and white ink printing capability.

    • HP Latex R1000 Printer entry-level solution at an attractive price, handling media up to 64 inches wide (1.64 m) with 3 litre-cartridges. Provided in sheet-fed configuration with white ink printing capability, with roll-fed available as an accessory.

    The R Series rigid substrate capabilities include paper and plastic foamboard, PVC foam, corrugated board, acrylic, polycarbonate, compressed cardboard, honeycomb board, alluminum composite panel, and wood. Roll substrates include PVC banner, self-adhesive vinyl, coated paper, polypropylene, polystyrene, polycarbonate, polyester, textiles, and canvas.

    Learn more about HP Latex at hp.com/go/LatexRseries.





  • + Mimaki expands portfolio with new large-scale 3D and roll-to-roll UJV100-160 inkjet printers

    Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D facilitates large-scale production up to three times faster than with c..

    31 March 2020


    Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D

    The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D facilitates large-scale production up to three times faster than with conventional Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) type 3D printers and connects the company’s 2D printing expertise and 3D technology innovations.

    Capable of producing objects up to 1.8 metres tall in just seven hours – with its assembly-based design allowing for the creation of even larger designs – the innovative 3D printing system boasts a number of clever time- and cost- saving features, including dual-head configuration to enable the simultaneous output of two structures.

    The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 also facilitates the production of support-free hollowed structures, further streamlining production whilst allowing for increased portability and the possible addition of interior illuminations. The technology will open up a diverse range of potential applications, from signage, events and creative art through to interior design. Customers can utilise Mimaki’s extensive portfolio of 2D print solutions to cost-effectively decorate these applications, opening doors to a range of new products that combine creativity and innovation with Mimaki’s tried and tested vibrant, high-quality results.

    The new Mimaki 3DGD-1800 is set to revolutionise the way in which large-sized objects are created, enabling a switch from costly and time-consuming conventional handcrafting methods which require significant expertise, to effortless, high-speed production utilising 3D data.

    Whereas large objects have traditionally been produced by manually sculpting foam materials, Mimaki’s new 3D printing system transforms this process right through from concept to manufacture – meaning that designs can be visualised as a finished product just based on the 3D data, and then produced in various sizes from a single data set. Contrary to other 3D printing methods involving hot-melt lamination, the 3DGD-1800 employs Gel Dispensing Printing technology, extruding gel-type UV curable resin lineally and utilising LED UV light to instantly cure the resin, enabling lamination speeds of up to 350mm in height per hour.





  • + Rapha Gets on the Fast Track with EFI Optitex 3D

    Electronics For Imaging’s (EFI) global provider of integrated end-to-end 2D and 3D CAD/CAM software solutions for ..

    31 March 2020


    Electronics For Imaging’s (EFI) global provider of integrated end-to-end 2D and 3D CAD/CAM software solutions for the fashion and apparel industry, today announced its agreement with Rapha® Racing Ltd., one of the world’s top cycling clothing manufacturers. Through the agreement, Rapha purchased EFI Optitex 3D solutions to enhance its design and production workflow.
     
    Founded in 2004, London-based Rapha’s cycling clothing collections are globally recognised for redefining comfort, performance, and style for cyclists from beginners to WorldTour professionals. Rapha’s mission is to make cycling the most popular sport in the world. The company organises and sponsors rides and events both within its global 15,000-strong members base known as the Rapha Cycling Club, and for the general public. Rapha has been working with the world’s best athletes for many years and currently partners with the women’s UCI WorldTour team, CANYON//SRAM and the men’s WorldTour team EF Education First® Pro Cycling.
     
    With Rapha’s commitment to excellence, accelerating design processes and implementing advanced digital solutions, adding EFI Optitex 3D was the next logical step in ensuring the delivery of high-quality products, on time and on budget.
     
    EFI Optitex partnered with Rapha to boost the clothing manufacturer’s overall efficiency, enabling Rapha to gain a real competitive edge in the industry. The company first implemented EFI Optitex 2D solutions, and more recently augmented the software with EFI Optitex 3D solutions to integrate 3D digital design and prototyping into Rapha’s workflows. Rapha is currently participating in training and on-boarding to implement EFI Optitex 3D Pattern Design Software (PDS) with photorealistic renderings and the 3D Design Illustrator (3DDI) plugin.
     
    Today, Rapha is primed and ready to grow and embrace the power of an integrated 2D-3D workflow. With EFI Optitex 3D, Rapha will benefit from significant savings in sample production time and make quick adoption decisions. The company will be able to showcase true-to-life virtual samples within hours and work with a single digital asset, eliminating manual steps in the design-development process.
     
    “We chose Optitex 2D as our pattern cutting solution because of its intuitive, easy-to-use tools and functionalities, and its insight into implementing EFI Optitex 3D down the road, to serve as a single solution in helping us to reduce samples through fit assessment early in the process,” said Rapha Head of Atelier Claudine Rousseau. “What’s more, investing in 3DDI will greatly help our graphics team to visualise graphic applications, and facilitate a more experimental approach. It will also minimise errors in communication with our vendors, saving time and costs.”
     
    Rousseau added, “We are keen to work with EFI Optitex as a long-term partner to take innovative digital solutions forward, as we strive to maintain our reputation as a leading cyclewear brand.”
     
    EFI Optitex General Manager Amir Lehr commented, “As an amateur cyclist and an avid customer of Rapha, I’ve learned to appreciate the functional fit, care for details and meticulous design Rapha provides. We share the objective of accelerating concept-to-delivery and customisation while maintaining strict quality control enabled by digitising the workflow, today, and well into the future.”





  • + Epson printers and robots win Best of Best and Product Design 2020 Awards

    Epson’s large-format printers and an industrial robot have won the Red Dot Award in the Product Design category (R..

    31 March 2020


    Epson’s large-format printers and an industrial robot have won the Red Dot Award in the Product Design category (Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020), marking the fourth successive year that Epson products have been recognised in this award. The company’s printers have also been recognised for their second successive Red Dot: Best of Best Award.





    Created in 1955 the Red Dot Design Award is recognised around the world as one of the most prestigious awards in the design field. A jury of experts evaluates products announced during the past two years and selects the best designs based on nine criteria, including degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, ecological compatibility, and durability. This year's winners were selected from entries from around the world.




    Epson SureColor SC-P9560 printer

    Details of the award winning Epson products:
    SureColor SC-P7500 and SureColor SC-P9500 (SureColor SC-P7560 and SureColor SC-P9560 in Australia and New Zealand) 


    Alongside the SureColor SC-P9050V and SC-P9050G (SureColor P7070 and P9070 in Australia and New Zealand), these printers were regarded highly as the industry standard for reproducing high-quality images in fine art, proofing, and photo laboratories. These products provide the functional operability of high-quality professional tools, such as internal lighting to immediately check printed material and a neutral colour that does not interfere when making colour adjustments.
     
    VT6L six-axis robot

    This is a smooth and beautifully designed entry level 6-axis robot with curved surfaces that make it easy to install. Designed to automate simple transfer operations previously undertaken by humans, the main unit and the controller are integrated to enable space-saving and easy, and ease of use.





    Epson products and services vary by region. You can refer to local Epson sales company for details of products and services available in your region by going to:
    www.epson.com.au
    www.epson.co.nz





  • + Kornit Digital Introduces NeoPigment Robusto Softener Solution for Fashion on Demand

    Kornit Digital, a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced the release of its new NeoPi..

    24 March 2020


    Kornit Digital, a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced the release of its new NeoPigment Robusto Softener solution for Presto, the company’s system for digital, pigment-based direct-to-fabric decoration. Reflecting Kornit’s commitment to expanding sustainable, on-demand (i.e. waste-free) decoration capabilities to all corners of the textile industry, this solution eliminates a key barrier between digital, pigment-based impressions and the fashion industry—namely, a softer hand feel.

    The new Softener solution is a product of the brand’s continuous innovation strategy, making Kornit technology the fashion world’s solution for on-demand proximity production. By streamlining the end-to-end process, these systems eliminate the need to predict demand and manage inventory, while supporting global sustainability imperatives. Offering vibrant colours, intricate design capabilities, and a fabric touch that is second to none, Kornit’s pigment-based digital print solutions require minimal space and labor relative to competitive offerings.

    “The new Softener addresses the final sticking point we’ve encountered for high fashion and other markets considering a move to digital printing—and that’s the touch, the physical feel of the finished piece,” says Ronen Samuel, Kornit CEO. “Being able to produce precisely and only what is sold, and doing so in a manner that reflects the premium modern consumers place on community and social responsibility, is the key to stability and growth in these uncertain times.”

    Kornit digital textile print systems are GOTS and ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX certified.

    www.kornit.com





  • + Sitma Machinery Loses Founder Aris Ballestrazzi to Coronavirus

    From the team at Sitma ... On the 19th of March in Italy, we celebrate Father’s Day in honor of St. Joseph, t..

    24 March 2020


    From the team at Sitma ...

    On the 19th of March in Italy, we celebrate Father’s Day in honor of St. Joseph, the symbol of dedication and humility.

    Yesterday was the 19th of March 2020, and by some tragic coincidence, we lost our ‘father and founder’ Aris Ballestrazzi.

    Here in Italy, as throughout the rest of the globe, we are fighting this silent and deadly virus – COVID-19 – and it has brought yet another painful loss.

    There are no words to describe the anguish and pain for such a heavy loss; no hugs for the family, and no hand shaking between friends and colleagues.

    During this Corona virus period, there are emotions and words, running fast among the digital channels that allow us to stay in touch and close, despite being distant.

    Aris founded Sitma in 1965 and has never left its side. He guided it to such an illustrious notoriety, held her hand in moments of crisis, with the determination and awareness that sets him apart as a father.

    We should remember Aris for his immense strength and his profound integrity, after all, his word was his honour, and these are the values that distinguish Sitma. Aris was an honest man. Aris was a good man.

    Yesterday, on the 19th of March 2020, we said goodbye to Aris Ballestrazzi. An illuminated entrepreneur and a symbol of humility, who dedicated his life to his great family, Sitma.

    Aris taught every single one of us something, and the only way we can all thank and honour such an extraordinary person is by committing ourselves even more to the family he created at Sitma, helping it shine and prosper in the years to come, all whilst following in the giant footsteps he created over the last 55 years.

    Sitma





  • + Caldera Introduces Version 13.1

    French printing software company Caldera has announced the release of the latest edition of its market-leading RIP softw..

    24 March 2020


    French printing software company Caldera has announced the release of the latest edition of its market-leading RIP software, Version 13.1. This version brings a range of new innovative features, including new OS support, several new drivers, along with extra features which are exclusive to CalderaCare customers. Caldera Version 13.1 was unveiled at C!Print/Lyon on 5th February 2020, and is now being rolled out to customers and the company’s distributors around the world.

    With a pre-stated aim of automating double-sided printing production and boosting content tracking, the new version continues to expand the award-winning software’s ability to further enhance the user experience. According to Sébastien Hanssens, VP Marketing & Operations, “Caldera is constantly looking to add innovations and features for our customers that will add value to their business, as well as improve the ease-of-use of the software.”

    All Caldera RIP users will benefit from the introduction of new OS support, which now includes Mac OS Catalina and Linux OS Debian 10. Additionally, new cutter and spectrophotometer drivers have been added. In addition to an impressive list of existing devices, users can now use V13.1 to drive Graphtec FC 9000 and Graphtec CE 7000 cutters and X-Rite i1Pro3 spectrophotometers.

    For CalderaCare subscribers, there is the introduction of a new dedicated portal, the HelpDesk, designed as an easier and faster way to fix user issues and get answers to questions. This new feature will enhance the Caldera experience by providing a new portal via which users will be able to exchange information and submit requests. Help requests will be easier to track using personal accounts from within the Caldera HelpDesk portal.

    Another new feature that’s exclusive to CalderaCare is Nesting Content View. User feedback had identified a need for a way of distinguishing printed and non-printed jobs. Now, with a newly updated version of CalderaJobs, users can easily identify all the Autonest files, search for jobs included inside Autonest files and archive, reprint or delete nested jobs. This will not only make organisation of jobs easier, but also save time and cost in day-to-day operations.

    Caldera has developed automated double-side printing for this latest version. The new feature for CalderaCare subscribers allows jobs to be sent to both roll-to-roll and flatbed printers in an optimized way, allowing users to manage their print module more effectively. Side B is automatically generated based on the Side A design and shape. It also allows for images to be rotated, mirrored and aligned as required. The new double-side print capability is compatible with a wide range of other advanced Caldera modules, resulting in higher productivity and a more flexible workflow.

    Additional information is available on the company's website at www.caldera.com. 





  • + Epson IC with Voice and Audio Play Function Supports 12 Languages

    Epson has launched a PC tool for creating high-quality voice data in an expanded range of languages for an Epson audio p..

    24 March 2020


    Epson has launched a PC tool for creating high-quality voice data in an expanded range of languages for an Epson audio playback microcontroller and IC. The new tool is compatible with Epson's S1C31D50 (a 32-bit microcontroller with dedicated sound hardware) and the S1V3G340 audio playback IC. 

    The microcontroller and IC support four languages (American English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean), but the new tool provides support for an additional eight languages (American Spanish, British English, Canadian French, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish). 
     
    The use of voice guidance has become increasingly common in items ranging from remote-controlled tankless water heaters, home electronics, and health and fitness equipment to alarms in office buildings, shopping complexes, and factories.
     
    Epson's existing sound playback microcontroller and IC have been optimized for these applications and have been well-received by customers. By providing the new tool, Epson enables developers of items such as household equipment, home electronics, health and fitness equipment, and industrial equipment to easily make their products multilingual by embedding an IC.

    Epson bundles the tool with evaluation boards and provides it for free to customers of the S1C31D50 microcontroller and S1V3G340 IC.

    Epson is committed to helping its customers improve the performance of their products with solutions that leverage Epson's efficient, compact, and precision technologies.

    • Click here for an attachment on the specifications
    • For more information about the S1C31D50 32-bit microcontroller with dedicated sound hardware go to: global.epson.com/products_and_drivers/semicon/products/micro_controller/armcore/
    • For more information about the S1V3G340 audio playback IC go to:
    global.epson.com/products_and_drivers/semicon/products/speech/voice_guidance_index.html





  • + Home CorelDRAW 2020 Unveils its Fastest, Smartest, and Most Collaborative Graphics Suite

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020 enables graphics professionals and teams to break down creative barriers with cutting-edge..

    17 March 2020


    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020 enables graphics professionals and teams to break down creative barriers with cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI), impressive performance enhancements, and access to cloud-based collaboration to speed up the creative workflow. Offering native suites for macOS and Windows, plus CorelDRAW.app for the web, the CorelDRAW 2020 graphics software lineup delivers the power designers need to get from original concept to flawless output in record time.

    With a complete collection of professional applications for vector illustration, layout and typography, photo editing, and more, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020 makes its debut with extensive updates to accelerate the creation of complex projects and graphics. Use CorelDRAW.app to work with design files virtually anywhere and, for the first time, subscribers can take advantage of the app’s new collaboration features to simplify the entire review and approval process.

    “Our flagship CorelDRAW release introduces state-of-the-art tech to enhance your entire design experience. With CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020, teams and clients can now access a centralized collaboration hub to get everyone on the same page in real time; while designers can discover the power of machine learning to create striking results, faster than ever. Make no mistake — this isn’t AI for AI’s sake. We’ve leveraged artificial intelligence across the suite to make the biggest impact on your professional graphics workflow,” said John Falsetto, Senior Director of Products, CorelDRAW and Productivity.

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020 offers new capabilities to produce visually stunning designs and high-quality assets, every time. Highlights include:

    AI-powered tools that expand design capabilities and accelerate workflows
    GPU-optimized artificial intelligence makes an impressive and time-saving impact across the design process. This deep AI technology integration enables users to deliver exceptional results, when nothing short of perfection will do.

    NEW! Image upsampling and artefact removal: Enlarge images with AI-based upsampling options that create high quality results with clean edges, sharpness, and fine details. Get more out of lossy JPEG images with machine learning techniques that remove JPEG compression artifacts and recover color details, eliminating the need for time-consuming manual editing.

    REDESIGNED! PowerTRACE™: Experience our best bitmap-to-vector trace results to date thanks to CorelDRAW’s new AI-assisted image-optimization technology that improves the quality of a bitmap as it’s being traced.

    NEW! Art Style effects: When working in CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT™, choose from a range of eye-catching AI presets inspired by the techniques of different artists and genres to produce a stylized version of an image or object.

    ENHANCED! Masks in Corel PHOTO-PAINT™: Quickly and accurately select an image with the new Smart Selection Mask that intelligently expands the selection by finding edges. The Mask Transform tool now enables transformations to be applied to pixels within a mask.

    Seamless collaboration to speed and simplify the review process

    Boost productivity by taking advantage of an all-new collaboration workflow in CorelDRAW.app, available exclusively with a CorelDRAW Graphics Suite subscription, licensing with maintenance, or an additional CorelDRAW.app Pro subscription for perpetual license customers.

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  • + Two new products now available from Ricky!!!

    Mercury This 100% PET satin film is ideal for hanging displays, retractable banner systems and posters. Available i..

    17 March 2020


    Mercury

    This 100% PET satin film is ideal for hanging displays, retractable banner systems and posters. Available in both 91.4cm and 127cm widths, Mercury is suitable for eco solvent, UV and latex printers.

    PP Display Film

    This quick drying synthetic film is ideal for posters and banner systems. Available in both 91.4cm and 127cm widths, PP Display Film is suitable for eco solvent and UV printers.

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + HP: New commercial line-up includes 6000sph B2

    HP is launching a B2 6000sph duplex press that pumps out up to a million sheets a month, as it identifies two key market..

    17 March 2020


    HP is launching a B2 6000sph duplex press that pumps out up to a million sheets a month, as it identifies two key markets for B2 printing – premium quality, and high volume, and releases two presses for those two markets.

    The new 6000sph HP Indigo 100K is designed for non-stop printing, while the HP Indigo 15K is aimed at the premium printing market. HP Indigo currently dominates the B2 digital market, its own estimates claim it has 95 per cent share, with in excess of 1000 in the market.

    Alon Bar-Shany, general manager at HP Indigo said, “Our analysis of the B2 market revealed two winning strategies: premium printing, and high-volume printing from the likes of the online ganging printers. The new HP Indigo B2 digital press solutions will enable printers in both these markets to optimise their businesses and take them to new levels of productivity.”

    Phillip Rennell, sales and marketing director, Currie Group said, “With this news, HP Indigo has continued to innovate and increased the ability to meet changing customer demands for our Australian and New Zealand customers.”

    Bar-Shany said the new presses were not intended to replace offset printing, saying they would complement it, although offset to digital transfer is one of the key strategies with most commercial B2 in the 5000 sheets or less bracket. He did describe the HP Indigo 100K as a "digital offset press" saying printers "will recognise the sound it makes from feed and delivery".

    The HP Indigo 100K Digital Press offers uninterrupted duplex digital printing, enabling printers to deliver more than one million B2 duplex sheets per month. Printing at 6000 sheets per hour, the new four-colour HP Indigo 100K press delivers significantly higher productivity compared with the HP Indigo 10000 series, along with the look and feel of offset. It has the capacity to print on different substrates non-stop.

    HP says the high performance is enabled by advanced paper handling and offset-like gripper-to-gripper design for precision registration, as well as Indigo digital advantages, including colour automation, calibration, fast switchover between jobs and media, and five-input source feeder.

    Aimed at the premium print market the new B2 HP Indigo 15K Digital Press brings new quality with high-definition printing and FM screens, and versatility enabled by a wider range of substrates, now offering additional options with up to 600 microns (24 pt.). New inks include ElectroInks Premium White and Invisible Yellow. New high definition FM stochastic screens support increased sharpness for halftone text.

    Existing HP Indigo 12000 presses are upgradeable to new features of the HP Indigo 15K through a new Value Pack that is available now.

    In the SRA3 market the new HP Indigo 7K supersedes the 7000 series, it is a 19-inch (SRA3+) digital press that offers a broader range of high-value digital applications with a media gamut up to 550 microns, with special inks such as HP Indigo ElectroInk Silver, high opacity Premium White, Invisible Yellow for security or other applications and ElectroInk Easy Release ink for scratch-off applications. New features will be upgrade options to the HP Indigo 7000 series, again through the Value Pack.

    The new HP Indigo 7eco is an entry-level press with Indigo quality and productivity offering what HP says is an economical and sustainable choice to sprint into digital printing. Bar-SHany said, “This is an aggressively priced HP Indigo for those looking for lower cost entry into Indigop printing. It has the same platform as the 7K, but not all the bells and whistles, it prints in five colours, and doesn't print on plastics for instance, but it keeps the Indigo quality and capabilities.”

    HP is also launching the HP Indigo 90K web-fed press, which supports single sided applications including banners, oversized B1 posters and wallpaper, incorporating new and patented algorithms for continuous print.





  • + HP: Entire Indigo Range Revamped

    HP has announced a raft of new print solutions with eight new presses that include a 6000sph B2 press, an entry level SR..

    17 March 2020


    HP has announced a raft of new print solutions with eight new presses that include a 6000sph B2 press, an entry level SRA3, and software for its new range of label and packaging presses that will enable them to hit any spot colour within three minutes.

    Phillip Rennell, sales and marketing director at ANZ distributor Currie Group said, “HP Indigo has really shown their leadership in the graphic arts market, producing an enhanced portfolio for our customers, continuing to deliver digital print solutions for today and showing how they are creating the future. Again.”

    Alon Bar-Shany, general manager at HP Indigo said the new press line-up was designed to work in what he called 'the new normal' of the online world where same day delivery, no minimum orders, evidential sustainability and consumers willing to pay premium prices for outstanding experiences were facts of life. He said the current coronavirus crisis was an opportunity to look at things in new ways.

    The commercial presses are now Series 5, the SRA3 line-up will now include three systems: the enhanced top-of-the-range HP Indigo 7K, a new entry level HP Indigo 7eco and the remanufactured HP Indigo 7r. The B2 line up is now in two versions: the HP Indigo 15K for premium market, and the new 6000sph HP Indigo 100K for high-volume work.

    In labels and packaging HP Indigo is launching a new spot colour matching system SpotMaster across the range, which it says will enable any spot colour to be reproduced accurately within three minutes. Label presses will include the HP Indigo 6K with inline varnishing, the HP Indigo 8K which is the duo version. There is a new flexibles press, the HP Indigo 25K which supersedes the 20000.

    The new folding carton press is the HP Indigo 35K which supersedes the 30000, and, says Indigo general manager Alon Bar-Shany, has 'hundreds of improvements under the hood'. For larger cartonboard printing the company is launching the HP Indigo 90K for B1 plus sized sheets.

    HP also previewed a new narrow web label press the Series 6 V12, which will print at 120 metres a minute in 12 colours at 1600dpi, and is based on a new LEPX technology. It is due for release in two years' time.

    Global head of Graphic Solutions Business Santi Morera said the new print systems would offer 'high growth opportunities to printers' and said the launch was 'unprecedented'.

    Beyond the presses HP is developing its PrintOSX cloud-platform applications with an AI-driven service and support infrastructure to enable printers to get the most out of their press investment.

    Based on PrintOSX advanced technology, tools and know-how, HP says printers can start building the “print factory of the future” and reach operational excellence, automate production, and innovate with high-value applications.

    Launched at drupa 2016, some 12,000 HP customers are now connected on HP PrintOS, using a range of applications that leverage big data on the cloud in real time for all types of production challenges.





  • + HVG GRAPHICS MEDIA

    HVG Graphics Media are proud to introduce you to the updated imprint self-adhesive vinyl collection, designed to meet th..

    17 March 2020


    HVG Graphics Media are proud to introduce you to the updated imprint self-adhesive vinyl collection, designed to meet the needs of the Australian market - the range you’ve been waiting for. 

    The imprint collection is an economical offering and consists of digitally printable films and matching overlaminates which are a great choice for everyday applications such as short to medium term flat and gently curved signage, ultraclear window graphics, point of sale campaigns, perforated window advertising and more.
    With modern product benefits on selected products such as air flow liners for fast, bubble free application, stay –flat liners, block-out adhesives, high tack adhesives, widths up to 1550mm and gloss and matte finishes, imprint has the breadth of products you want.

    With the HVG Graphic Media’s team being renowned for their knowledge and experience in the wide format industry, they have taken time to re-define the imprint brand, revealing a dependable range of products positioned as the go-to choice for your day-to-day wide format printing needs. 





  • + EconoRed III Dryer Ups Capacity, Reduces Cost and Size

    An all-new EconoRed ER-III-30 high-capacity dryer from Vastex cures screen-printed plastisols, water-based inks and disc..

    17 March 2020


    An all-new EconoRed ER-III-30 high-capacity dryer from Vastex cures screen-printed plastisols, water-based inks and discharge at higher rates, in a smaller footprint, at lower cost and more quietly than the BigRed 3 model it replaces, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    With a 76 cm wide belt and three 61 cm wide, 3,600 watt heaters (total 10,800 watts) it can cure 475 garments/h printed with plastisol ink, or 150/h printed with water-based ink or discharge.

    An EconoRed III-30-2 version equipped with an additional heating chamber (total 21,600 watts), allows doubling of belt speed, curing up to 950 garments/h printed with plastisol ink, or 300/h printed with water-based ink or discharge.

    The heaters feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under-curing and come with a 15-year warranty.

    With the Vastex Infrared Focusing System, the heaters can be adjusted to any height 5 to 17 cm above the belt, allowing the operator to compensate for varying garment thicknesses.

    The dryer is over 20 percent quieter and 13 cm narrower than its predecessor owing to its top-mounted exhaust system, and allows positioning of the control box on the right (standard) or left side of the enclosure to suit shop layouts.

    The new exhaust system draws in filtered air that cools the outer skin of the dryer while a powerful 10.75 CMM exhaust system evacuates moisture and fumes from the heating chamber. The two-chamber model includes a 21.5 CMM system.

    As with all Vastex conveyor dryers, EconoRed dryers are supplied as standard with a digital PID temperature controller accurate to =/- 1°, allowing the operator to repeat or fine-tune drying results at any future time.

    Vasilantone says EconoRed III-54 models with 137 cm wide conveyor belts will soon follow.

    The company also produce specialised DTG-capable multi-function dryers with capacities from 110+ to 950+ pieces per hour per chamber, as well as industrial-grade and entry-level manual screen printing presses, flash cure units, screen exposing units, screen drying cabinets, washout booths and complete screen printing shop systems.
     
    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1 610 625 2702, sales@vastex.com, www.vastex.com






  • + drupa postponed to April 2021

    The drupa trade fair scheduled for 16-26 June 2020 will be postponed to 20-30 April 2021. In doing so, Messe Düssel..

    14 March 2020


    The drupa trade fair scheduled for 16-26 June 2020 will be postponed to 20-30 April 2021. In doing so, Messe Düsseldorf is following the recommendation of the crisis management team of the German Federal Government to take into account the principles of the Robert Koch Institute when assessing the risk of major events. Based on this recommendation and the recent significant increase in the number of people infected with the new corona virus (SARS-CoV-2), including in Europe, Messe Düsseldorf has reassessed the situation. In addition, there is the general ruling issued by the city of Düsseldorf on 11 March 2020, in which major events with more than 1,000 participants present at the same time are generally prohibited. 

    "The decision was taken in close consultation with our advisory boards and sponsoring associations," emphasises Werner M. Dornscheidt, Chairman of the Board of Management of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. It also reflects the wishes of individual industries: "As their partner, we are currently doing everything in our power to reduce the economic losses suffered by our exhibitors". 
    "The city of Düsseldorf is following the instructions of the state government. Our aim is to slow down the spread of the corona virus so that the health system can continue to function properly," emphasises Thomas Geisel, Lord Mayor of the state capital of Düsseldorf and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Düsseldorf trade fair company. 

    Delaying the spread of the virus as far as possible is also a declared goal according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). In order to fulfil Messe Düsseldorf's responsibility for risk prevention, the company primarily had to minimise the increased risk of infection at major events. Measures to reduce the risk of transmission at major events, which the Robert Koch Institute has clearly defined – such as ventilation of the venue appropriate to the risk of infection, the exclusion of persons from risk groups and the comprehensive installation of entrance screening, were practically impossible to implement. Also, comparable measures were and are unreasonable in view of the unforeseeable rapid development and the size of the various events with up to 60,000 participants. 

    drupa president Claus Bolza-Schünemann also agrees with this: "A postponement of drupa was unavoidable after the latest developments. The decision is therefore right and responsible. Many exhibitors start their logistical preparations middle of March – today's announcement of the postponement enables all those affected to react now, reschedule and prepare for the event date in April 2021. The excitement for 'embrace the future' remains undiminished – also in 2021". 

    In view of the increased risk entailed by a fair with significant international participation, the industry associations also welcome the announcement: "drupa is the most important meeting place for the international printing industry," says Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director of the Printing and Paper Technology Trade Association of the VDMA. "True to the motto 'embrace the future', it is characterised by personal, international contact and live product presentations. The risk of infection would simply be too high at present. We therefore support the decision to postpone the event and look forward to the date next year.” 

    The Düsseldorf hotel industry is also sending out an important signal through its umbrella organisation DEHOGA (Trade Association for the Hospitality Industry): "We appeal to our members and the entire industry to be flexible when it comes to rebooking by exhibitors and visitors. The Düsseldorf trade fairs such as drupa play an enormously important role for the city, the hotel industry and the catering trade. It would be counterproductive not to show goodwill in this situation,” as both DEHOGA-Representatives Giuseppe Saitta (Chairman Düsseldorf/District Group Rhein-Kreis Neuss) and Rolf D. Steinert (Düsseldorf/Rhein-Kreis Neuss Hotels and Tourism Group) emphasise.

    Werner M. Dornscheidt is pleased about the general consensus and encouragement in this special situation: "We would like to thank all partners for their excellent cooperation in making these difficult and time sensitive decisions. We are pleased that together dates were found so quickly in order to provide all those affected with reliability in planning.”





  • + Dscoop Edge Orlando Postponed

    Due to the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, the event will be rescheduled to a later date. Due to the latest informa..

    10 March 2020


    Due to the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, the event will be rescheduled to a later date.

    Due to the latest information about the coronavirus/COVID-19, and to proactively protect the well-being of its members, partners and employees, the Dscoop Global Board said it reached the decision to reschedule Edge Orlando 2020 to a later date, still to be determined.

    The Global Board is comprised of HP executives, Dscoop PSP members and Dscoop leadership.

    “Nothing is more important to us than the health of our Dscoop community, and this is not a decision Dscoop has taken lightly,” said Keith Wilmot, CEO of Dscoop. “Using guidance from official global health experts, Dscoop will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on rescheduled plans for the event.”

    “As a PSP and long-time Dscoop member, I look forward to this yearly gathering because the benefits to my team are huge in terms of industry knowledge, seeing the latest technology, and connecting with other PSPs to grow our business,” added Jay Dollries, Dscoop’s Global Board chairman and owner of Innovative Labeling Solutions. “The decision to reschedule wasn’t made lightly, and I am confident we will find a new date shortly and continue planning this extraordinary event.”