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  • + Epson Give Sneak Peak at Latest Tech at Productivity and Efficiency Showcase

    There’s no company in the print and signage industry that has such a diverse portfolio of market leading products,..

    24 February 2020


    There’s no company in the print and signage industry that has such a diverse portfolio of market leading products, as Epson. 





    From print solutions for wide format graphics, textiles and fashion, home and office print technology, labels and packaging, monochrome printing and image projection technology, Epson has developed market leaders in each category. Which is why events such as the ‘Productivity and Efficiency Showcase’ are well worth attending, especially for industry professionals looking to the future. 


    For those working with textiles, Epson displayed several machines including the newly released Epson SureColor F3060. The printer features dual printhead technology and a bulk ink system, providing low ink cost and minimised waste compared to cartridge systems. At the showcase, the Epson team noted that the F3060 is designed to provide low total cost of ownership, as well as reliability for exceptional performance and savings in high-production print shop environments.





    The new printer can produce a full-sized shirt in about a minute, allowing for hundreds of shirts per day, and is being pitched at mid-to-large size garment printers looking for a high-production and cost-effective solution. It can print in full colour plus white on cotton, linen, rayon, and a variety of other fabric types, using a new dual 2.6-inch PrecisionCore printhead for one-pass printing at production speeds, and can house 1.5 litres per colour and three litres of white ink for less frequent filling, lower operating costs, and less waste. 


    The Showcase also highlighted the capabilities of the SureColor F9460H, the company’s fourth generation dye-sub system that combines a fast and reliable roll-to-roll production engine with a reduced running cost and fluorescent ink capability. The SC-F9460H combines Epson Precision Dot Technology, with advanced media management and UltraChrome DS HDk ink to enable outstanding image quality at high speed. 





    For wide-format specialists, Epson was showing the SureColor S80660L high-quality signage production system. The printer is designed to produce durable images with maximum impact and format flexibility, quickly, easily, and at minimum cost. It suits operation with a medium to high production volume and a structured workflow. Printed work dries quickly for same-day job turnaround, while the high capacity media and ink supply systems enable efficient roll-to-roll production with remote status monitoring and reporting.





    Epson also leads the way with its desktop label printers, and making its debut was the ColorWorks C6010/ C6510 4’ and 8” commercial desktop label printers. The unit on displayed had only just arrived in the country. These systems have been designed for short-run print jobs and provide excellent usability for a range of applications. They are perfect for businesses that require speed, quality and reliability. The CW-C6010 can support media widths of 25.4mm to 112 mm and the CW-C6510 from 25.4mm to 215.9mm. They can print anything from tiny labels for eyedropper bottles, to large durable labels suitable for chemical drums. This media flexibility and on-demand digital four colour print (even with small label sizes) will make life easier for time-sensitive businesses with many SKUs to manage.








    Other label printers on display included the ColorWorks C3500 and the ColorWorks C7500 that is aimed at customers who want durable prints and who primarily want to print onto matte media, the C7500 is the ultimate in short-run colour label printing. Manufacturers can now reliably and cost-effectively meet their in-house labelling needs with outstanding speed and quality. 
     




    There was plenty more to see from Epson, this includes their amazing projectors that deliver video quality that do (excuse the pun) have to be seen, to be believed. 

    There’s more to come from Epson. With Visual Impact Gold Coast coming up, the company has plenty to show and offer industry professionals looking for a competitive edge. 






  • + Amari Visual Solution To Celebrate First Birthday

    Amari Visual Solution is planning to hold celebrations around the country to mark their first birthday. Held on th..

    23 February 2020


    Amari Visual Solution is planning to hold celebrations around the country to mark their first birthday. 

    Held on the first week of March, the Amari team will be holding a BBQ lunch for their customers between 10am to 2pm, at their four different locations. 

    South Australia - Tuesday 3rd March
    Queensland - Tuesday 3rd March
    Victoria - Wednesday 4th March
    New South Wales - Friday 6th March

    Whilst you are there you can also take a tour of their facilities, chat with staff and maybe pick up a special offer or prizes. 

    For more information, you can visit www.amarivisual.com.au/News





  • + Avery Dennison Introduces Graphic Solutions For Interior Designs

    Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions today launched its new Interior Design Collection to empower individuals and businesses..

    18 February 2020


    Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions today launched its new Interior Design Collection to empower individuals and businesses to create inspiration walls and enrich living spaces with beautiful works of art quickly, easily and without messy paint or primer.
     
    The new MPI® 8000 Wall series from the Avery Dennison® Interior  Design Collection enhances the existing MPI 2600 series wall film portfolio and printable textile film. The MPI 8826 which offers a textile finish and the MPI 8520 which offers a wallpaper finish are well-suited for printed wall graphics for retail decoration and branding, hospitality and commercial interiors, exhibitions and retail promotions and other interior decoration applications.

    “Today’s launch of new products in the Avery Dennison Interior Design Collection broadens our range of offerings to designers and building owners for high quality printed solutions,” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “Made for even the most challenging indoor applications where there are hard-to-stick walls and walls with different surfaces, installation of these films is quick, easy and clean yet adheres well. The MPI 8000 Wall Film series will make transforming any indoor space easy and more visually rewarding than ever before.”

    Available through all authorised Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions distributors throughout Australia and New Zealand, the new MPI 8000 Wall series films can be applied without the need for primer, and excellent opacity ensures that the underlying wall is completely concealed.





  • + Announcing New TR2 Ink Conversion for Roland VG and SG Owners

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

    18 February 2020


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced plans for the discontinuation of TR ink for TrueVIS VG and SG Series large format inkjet printers by February 2021* due to its replacement by new and improved TR2 ink. 

    Roland DG encourages VG and SG owners to switch to new TR2 inks, that offer increased performance and cost savings.**

    The ink conversion process must be performed together with firmware and RIP software upgrades that will enable a host of advantages and new features for VG and SG Series owners: 

    • New TR2 inks perform better in scratch resistance, alcohol resistance, and washability over TR inks.
    • The new "True Rich Colour" preset maximises the capabilities of the VG and SG series with new TR2 ink to produce stunning graphics.
    • The VG Series with TR2 ink is certified for long-lasting results by the 3MTM MCSTM Warranty, providing shop owners and their clients with assurance of the quality and reliability of their graphics.
    • The VG and SG Series with new TR2 ink is also certified by the Avery Dennison ICS Performance Guarantee.
    • **Ink consumption is greatly reduced due to an automated maintenance sequence.
    • VG and SG Series owners obtain a host of new features to improve Print & Cut accuracy and usability, including crop mark options for more stable cutting performance when cutting laminated printed materials, and a PerfCut mode for printing, cutting and die cutting in one seamless operation.
    • The Roland DG Mobile Panel 2 lets you perform control panel functions, including test printing and cleaning from your smartphone or tablet using a Bluetooth connection.
    • The VG and SG Series support the latest TU-4 take-up unit (sold separately), enabling various media to be taken up with increased accuracy and stability.

    In the unlikely event of a blocked nozzle, the "Nozzle Mask Function" lets users specify which section of the printhead to use, allowing production to continue with minimum impact. 

    VG and SG Series owners can switch ink and upgrade their devices by downloading the specified firmware and the latest version of VersaWorks 6 software RIP. For more information or to download the firmware and software, go to: www.rolanddg.com.au/trinkconversion. 





  • + Seeking Sign Writer - Full Time Position in Tasmania

    Escape the city for relaxed country lifestyle with no traffic jams, great schools and reasonably priced housing. To..

    18 February 2020


    Escape the city for relaxed country lifestyle with no traffic jams, great schools and reasonably priced housing.

    Todd Rogers Signs in Burnie Tasmania is currently seeking a full time sign writer.

    The company is looking for an experienced sign writer with experience in all aspects of signage.
     
    The successful applicant must have a current drivers licence, have good attention to detail and be able to work in a team environment.
     
    Applications can be emailed to admin@toddrogerssigns.com.au or you can call 0400 334 333 for more information.





  • + Exciting Plans for Hexis Open House

    It’s been an exciting couple of years for Hexis Australia, and now the company is set to celebrate its growth and ..

    18 February 2020


    It’s been an exciting couple of years for Hexis Australia, and now the company is set to celebrate its growth and expansion, and the visit of its international CEO, with its first-ever Open House event later this month at its Queensland headquarters in Yatala.

    The facility, which comprising a direct subsidiary warehouse and distribution centre, was opened just two years ago and, since then, the company has achieved strong brand recognition in the digital print and vinyl supplies markets in Australia.

    A growing sales force with broad industry knowledge has allowed the company to establish strong relationships with print and sign service providers, providing a comprehensive suite of product solutions and advice.

    “Hexis has a consultative mission statement,” says Ian Parsonson, Managing Director of Hexis Australia. “Our objective is to listen first, and then discuss the projects at hand before advising on product options, whether that be sign vinyls and wrapping films, other digital print media, protective laminates or textile films. It’s all driven by our customer’s requirements.”

    This month, with CEO Clement Mateu visiting from the company’s international headquarters in Frontingnan, France, Parsonson says it’s the ideal time to throw open the doors and invite the industry’s decision-makers to see the very latest options first-hand.

    “Last year, Hexis celebrated 30 years in the industry and Clement is keen to celebrate that milestone here, and to meet with our Australian partners and discuss local industry trends,” he says. 

    “We’ll be launching a brand new product at the Open House, running live production demos showing how HEX’Perience decoration can help build profitable new revenue streams and showcasing Flex Customise for textile demos, and much more,” he says, adding that Hexis Australia’s team of trainers and product experts will be on hand to discuss all the options with visitors.

    “We’ll also be putting on plenty plenty of food and drinks, including our own Hexis Energy Drink,” he adds.

    Parsonson says all are welcome to the event, which promises to be a relaxed afternoon to catch up with the Hexis team, discuss business requirements, have a tour of the Hexis Australia facilities and, of course, meet Mateu. 

    The Hexis Australia Open House will be held from 1pm – 5pm on Tuesday 25 February at the company’s offices at 2/25 Aliciajay Circult, Yatala, Queensland. The company will also be exhibiting at Visual Impact at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre from 30 April – 2 May.





  • + Intec Printing Solutions UK appoints G2PSD as Authorised Distributor for their range of digital printers, foilers and cutters.

    G2PSD has recently been appointed the authorised distributor for the range of Intec digital printers, foiling and cuttin..

    18 February 2020


    G2PSD has recently been appointed the authorised distributor for the range of Intec digital printers, foiling and cutting equipment produced by the UK manufacturer. 

    Just back from an intensive week long training and product familiarisation course in the UK G2PSD director Bernie Hockings was impressed by the new products being released by the UK manufacturer. 

    The flagship product moving forward is sure to be the version 2 FB8000 Pro which is an automated digital cutting system, that fulfils the needs of higher volume production users where unattended operation is the key. The complete production run of the version 1 machines has sold out and the new version 2 model is shipping now, its upgraded features include an intuitive LCD operator control panel and improved heavy sheet handling on the auto-feeder.

    The ability to cut, perforate, score in one unit with suction auto-feeder and camera controlled high-speed operation means this unit is extremely versatile.
    https://intecprinters.com/products/digital-cutting-devices-for-print-work/automated-flatbed-cutters/

    Intec also offers a range of manual feed cutter models that range in size to suit all users. 
    The other standout product is the Colorflare CF1200 semi-automatic foiler and laminator which offers that extra specialty finishing for the digital markets. It features greater pneumatic pressure than many other machines and a specially developed foiling roller to ensure that the foil is dead flat when applied to the media. 

    https://intecprinters.com/products/foiling-lamination-holographics/professional-model/

    Kerry Button (Sales Director) for Intec Printing Solutions UK had this to say about the new appointment.

    "We are delighted to have G2 on board as our authorised dealer for Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea." 

    "With their local knowledge and experience we are very excited about the opportunity that lies ahead and have no doubt that both parties will enjoy a great deal of success. 

    Our new products are creating a lot of interest in the market and by working closely with Bernie and his team we expect to see substantial growth in the Australasian market."


    About Intec
    Intec Printing Solutions is a UK based company that develops unique and innovative printing and finishing solutions for the printing industry. This includes digital printers, foiling and lamination machines as well as automatic and manual cutting solutions in sizes to suit all businesses. visit us at https://intecprinters.com/






  • + Trotec Introduce U Series

    Designed for entry level laser marking tasks, the U-series feature maintenance free fiber lasers and are the perfect com..

    18 February 2020


    Designed for entry level laser marking tasks, the U-series feature maintenance free fiber lasers and are the perfect companion for marking components and products without the need for additional sprays or pastes.

    From data matrix codes to serial numbers and fine fonts, the U series is the ideal companion for your business, capable of marking even the hard to reach areas of components. This is possible thanks to the simple and intuitive U-mark software.

    The U300 - Class 2 features a marking area of up to 190 x 190mm and is developed to produce small markings on plastics and metals in the quickest time.

    Product highlights:
    - Process dynamic data quickly
    - Save time with border marking
    - Suitable for a range of plastics and metals
    - Marking of dynamic content
    - Compatible with Windows PCs
    - Laser safety class 2

    U50 - Class 4 laser marking

    Product highlights:
    Alongside the same great benefits as the U300, the U50 offers:
    - Workspace of either 120 x 120mm or 190 x 190mm
    - Easily mark large or bulky components
    - Capable of marking same applications as the U300

    Contact Trotec to find out more and to book your demonstration. U300 product demonstrations are available in our Sydney and Brisbane showrooms.






  • + Registration is Now open for Recognition WA 2020

    Recognition WA Expo 2020 Recognition Expo WA returns to the Cannington Showgrounds in Perth on the 25th and 26th of..

    11 February 2020


    Recognition WA Expo 2020

    Recognition Expo WA returns to the Cannington Showgrounds in Perth on the 25th and 26th of February for companies in the awards, signs, engraving, digital graphics and apparel decoration markets. 

    Presenting the latest equipment, consumables, solutions and conversations, this industry event will provide great opportunities to connect with a range of complimentary key suppliers, networking, and a range of educational seminars in a professional, friendly and relaxed environment.  

    Recognition WA provides great training opportunities for both you and your staff to brush up on your CorelDraw knowledge. Seminars are being presented by Cory Bourne, CEO of Rowmark  Australia and Jordan Buhagiar the LaserCoach from Alfex laser, with all sessions allowing for Q&A. 

    Find out about “Oki white toner Transfer” with Colin Johnson from Magic Touch,  and “Enhancing you sublimation skills” with William Nasato from Nova Sublimation. Chat to Tom Johns from Rowmark Australia for details on the changes to the Australian Building code, now known as NCC-2019 and the ramifications for signmakers.

    Registrations are now open, to see further details on seminars and to register for Recognition WA 2020 Expo follow the link






  • + New Mimaki Tx300P-1800 MkII textile printer

    Tx300P-1800 from Mimaki splendidly reproduces rich colour gradation and delicate sophisticated lines in textile printing..

    11 February 2020


    Tx300P-1800 from Mimaki splendidly reproduces rich colour gradation and delicate sophisticated lines in textile printing. In Tx300P-1800 MkII, these capabilities have been taken to a new level, and long-awaited print on paper is now available with the "hybrid ink capability" which is another unique feature of this series. 

    As Dye sublimation ink (transfer) for printing on transfer paper has been added, you can now select from 3 types of ink sets; "Dye sublimation ink (transfer) + Textile pigment ink", "Direct sublimation ink + Textile pigment ink", "Dye sublimation ink (transfer) + Direct sublimation ink".*1,*2
    Enabling print on paper will expand the possibilities of new materials and applications drastically.

    • Switchable conveyance units supporting both paper and textile
    Service engineers are no longer needed! You can easily replace platens manually.

    • A variety of ink types capable of responding to print materials and hybrid ink supply system
    One way and Hybrid are available.

    • Ultimate design for usability ensuring high-quality production
    New printhead, Reliable textile feeding mechanism

    • Mimaki’s print technologies for achieving beautiful printing
    - Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4 (MAPS4) reduces banding.
    - Superior inkjet technology

    • Uninterrupted printing solutions
    - Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) automatically detects and cleans clogged nozzles.
    - Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) uses only good nozzles as substitutes, when the clogged nozzles are not recovered after cleaning.
    - Mimaki Bulk Ink System 3 (MBIS3) for long-time continuous printing.

    • High-performance RIP software TxLink4 Lite*
    The TxLink4 Lite offers simple RGB and CMYK colour replacement on raster and vector data, as well as the ability to produce different colour patterns. Moreover, various colour replacement functions can represent desired colours.
    * TxLink4 Lite or RasterLink6Plus is bundled according to a user' s choice.

    The feature of digital textile printing

    Substantial time savings and production time reduction from design to market enables fast response to clients orders.
    No restriction in numbers of colours, smooth gradations and high quality printing.
    Ecologically viable printing as only the required ink quantity is used for production. No excess water usage.





  • + Fisher Textiles Now Offers No-Bleed Black Liner Fabrics

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, now offers several black liner fabrics with no-bl..

    11 February 2020


    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, now offers several black liner fabrics with no-bleed yarns that are 100% colorfast and do not bleed or fade when washed.

    GF1707 Soft Knit Black is 100% Polyester, stocked 126 inches wide, weighs 5.1 oz/yd2 and is flame retardant. It has a tight structure and high opacity with excellent durability. Recommended for double sided banner liner or exhibit graphics, the no-bleed yarns used to manufacture this fabric ensure that it can be washed without fading or bleeding.

    GF4608 Power Stretch Black is 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex, stocked 126 inches wide, weighs 7.3 oz/yd2 and is flame retardant. It has 20% stretch in the width, 40% in the length making it a great liner for geometric/stretch or tension displays. It is a matte, colorfast fabric made with no-bleed yarns and has no crocking.

    www.fishertextiles.com





  • + Epson Announces New President and Change of Representative Director

    Epson has announced that, as of 1 April 2020, current president Minoru Usui will move into the role of chairman and dire..

    11 February 2020


    Epson has announced that, as of 1 April 2020, current president Minoru Usui will move into the role of chairman and director and Yasunori Ogawa will take over the role of president and representative director. Mr Ogawa is currently a director and managing executive officer at Epson.
     
    In March 2019, Epson established its Phase 2 Mid-Range Business Plan aimed at achieving its Epson 25 Corporate Vision. By focusing on priority areas, the company aims to respond to changes in the business environment and societal needs, and transition to a business capable of generating high profits.

    In the fiscal year ending March 2019, Epson implemented reforms aimed at strengthening their business structure. In a tough business situation, Epson has promoted collaboration with partners and open innovation, and developed and launched original products and services aimed at ensuring future growth.

    Going forward Epson expects significant and ongoing changes to their business environment. Under the leadership and new perspective of Mr. Ogawa the company will respond flexibly and rapidly to changes as they seek to improve their corporate value over the medium- and long terms.

    Details of change
    Name:                          Minoru Usui
    New position:                Director, Chairman
    Previous position:          President and Representative Director

    Name:                          Yasunori Ogawa
    New Position:                President and Representative Director   
    Previous position:          Director, Managing Executive Officer
    Brief career history of new president
    Name:                          Yasunori Ogawa
    Date of birth:                 April 11, 1962
    Place of birth:                Aichi Prefecture, Japan
    Education:                    Master's Degree from the School of Engineering, Tohoku

    University Graduate School
    Brief career history:       April 1988 - Joined Seiko Epson Corporation
    April 2017- Appointed Chief Operating Officer, Visual Products Operations Division
    June 2017- Appointed Executive Officer
    June 2018- Appointed Director, Executive Officer
    October 2018 - Appointed General Administrative Manager, Technology Development Division (current position)
    June 2019 - Appointed Director, Managing Executive Officer (current position)
    Appointed Chief Operating Officer, Wearable Products & Industrial Solutions Operations Segment (current position)





  • + High Production, Space Efficient Adelco Printing Presses now in Australia!

    Leapfrog Machinery is excited to announce that it is the exclusive Australian Distributor for the Adelco Automatic Scree..

    11 February 2020


    Leapfrog Machinery is excited to announce that it is the exclusive Australian Distributor for the Adelco Automatic Screen Printing Presses!
     
    Director of Leapfrog Machinery, Howard Debney is excited by the news, saying “The high quality Adelco Automatic Textile Presses are ideal for Aussie Screenprinters. Their advanced features, the ability to expand and grow with the business along with digital capability fulfils a need within the screen printing market”
     
    Adelco have long been synonymous with world class manufacturing, durable, high quality, automatic screen printing presses.  Their focus on Research & Design alongside the latest manufacturing techniques, enables Adelco to produce screen printing equipment “Designed to Survive” 
     
    Two of the key Automatic Textile Printing Presses Leapfrog Machinery will bring into Australia are the Adelco Cyclone and Matrix:
     
    The Adelco Cyclone Carousel runs at pin point accuracy at extreme speeds. Designed for the most challenging screen & digital printing, the Cyclone achieves a pin-point registrations of <+-0.02mm.  With an advanced touchscreen control system, tool free quick release pallets and a variety of setups: from 6 Colour, 8 Stations to 14 Colour, 16 Stations; the Adelco Cyclone brings a powerful tool to your screen printing business.
     
    The Adelco Matrix offers an efficient use of space while fulfilling high production requirements, with rates in excess of 900 prints per hour. The Matrix offers a printing press that is both Modular & Expandable; enabling it to grow with your business. With a strong stable structure, smooth quiet operation and chainless pallet indexing system, the Adelco Matrix is perfect for the printer looking for speed, precision and versatility.
     
    While excited at the prospect of selling the Automatic Textile Preses, Mr Debney is jubilant at Leapfrog’s ability to offer a complete solution for screen printers. Mr Debney says “The Adelco range of Gas & Electric Dryers along with their Manual and Automatic Flash Cure machines paired with the Vastex Screen Printing Machinery Leapfrog currently sells; enables us to confidently advise, source and supply our customers with the Right Machinery for their individual needs.”
     
    The Adelco Machinery is now available in Australia.
     
    For information contact Leapfrog Machinery (0)2 9482 4999 www.leapfrogmachinery.com.au





  • + Agfa Introduces Oberon RTR3300

    Agfa announced a new addition to its large-format inkjet printer assortment. The Oberon RTR3300 is a dedicated 3.3 m hig..

    11 February 2020


    Agfa announced a new addition to its large-format inkjet printer assortment. The Oberon RTR3300 is a dedicated 3.3 m high-end roll-to-roll machine that combines extreme productivity and quality with an extensive media scope and a unique ease of use.


    The new Oberon RTR3300 comes in a four colour plus white, and a six colour version, depending on user needs and preferences. In ‘express mode’, the Oberon RTR3300 hits an impressive 150 m²/h, while still delivering Agfa’s well-known exceptional image quality. In ‘production mode’, the Oberon reaches a consistent 85 m² per hour. The dual-roll option is capable of handling two rolls each up to 1.6 meters wide, doubling the total output.


    The UV LED inks on the Oberon RTR3300 were optimised for flexible media and excel in the smooth printing of solid colours. They obtained the highest category of Greenguard Gold certification, which means they meet some of the world’s most rigorous chemical emissions standards and can be used in sensitive indoor environments like schools or healthcare facilities.


    Wide media scope


    The Oberon RTR3300 covers significant media diversity and a wide range of applications, enabling print service providers to execute all their customers’ creative wishes, while also inspiring them to explore new directions.


    In addition to its air-cooled LED curing lamps, the Oberon RTR3300 features a unique water-cooled table that keeps the printing zone at room temperature. Therefore, print service providers can smoothly process any kind of heat-sensitive roll material, including lower cost media.


    The dedicated mesh printing functionality makes printing on mesh (with or without liner) more convenient than ever.


    User-friendly, efficient and reliable


    The Oberon RTR3300 was designed with a view to offering convenience, lean operations and peace of mind. Thanks to a unique media loading setup, a single operator can quickly load the media. The smart multi-queue functionality guarantees effortless job planning in view of the available materials. The free fall option, which may be used to print on demand, reduces media waste. A light box next to the printing area allows for on-the-spot quality inspection of backlit prints, while a double light curtain ensures that jobs don’t get interrupted and media wasted, even when an operator accidentally moves into the safety zone.


    Taking printing to the Extreme


    “When developing the Oberon, we once again focused on merging extreme productivity with extreme quality, in addition to delivering the lowest ink consumption levels and reduced overall operational costs. It is a position to give print service providers a competitive edge,” said Tom Vermeulen, Head of Sign & Display, Agfa. “This new engine builds on decades of experience in developing and manufacturing versatile large-format printing solutions. Our unique systems approach integrates and optimizes engine, ink, media, workflow and color management to ensure the highest quality, consistency and reliability.”


    The Oberon RTR3300 will make its debut at the C!Print show (Lyon, France, 4-6 February 2020) and at FESPA (Madrid, Spain, 24-27 March 2020).





  • + Roland DG VersaWorks Training Dates Announced for 202

    VersaWorks: Beyond the Basics has been developed to improve users’ knowledge of VersaWorks, increasing the efficie..

    11 February 2020


    VersaWorks: Beyond the Basics has been developed to improve users’ knowledge of VersaWorks, increasing the efficiency and productivity of their output. After accrediting over 70 students in 9 sessions across the country last year, the course will be held nationally once again in 2020. 

    Proven Success 

    Since its inception in 2009, Roland DG’s VersaWorks training courses have been responsible for accrediting over 700 students. Over 95% of those surveyed have said that they would recommend the course to others and many more have given positive feedback on how relevant, informative and easy-to-understand the course is: 

    Shannon at IG Design Group said: "This is one of the better seminars I've participated in. I have a keen interest in the subject so I got a lot out of [the trainer’s] distinct knowledge and experience in the program and the usability of the printer". 

    Steve Wallis from Industrial Labelling Solution agreed that the course was very beneficial: "Very informative session. Well run, great detail. Certainly covered a lot of elements I had never looked at… awesome job." 

    Course Detail 

    Run by our expert Roland trainers, students will learn on Roland-supplied laptops in classes of 8 or less, with the trainer working closely with students to develop their skills and knowledge of the programs. The main areas covered in VersaWorks: Beyond the Basics are: 

    • Colour management
    • Printer calibration, set up and maintenance
    • Settings and features including variable data, custom cut, step and repeat, and special colour plate generation
    • Advanced production techniques and tips
    • Workflow automation

    Dates and Locations 

    Sydney, NSW 
    Wed 18th March 
    Thurs 16th July 

    Melbourne, VIC 
    Tues 7th April 
    Wed 5th August 

    Brisbane, QLD 
    Wed 13th May 
    Wed 23rd September 

    Adelaide, SA 
    Wed 24th June 

    Perth, WA 
    Thurs 28th May 

    Book Your Place Today! 

    With only 8 students per full day class, you will need to get in quick to secure your place. Go to www.rolanddg.com.au/academy to book online, or for more information, email training@rolanddg.com.au or call 1800 500 119.





  • + Epson Products Win iF Design Award 2020

    Epson’s SureColor SC-P7500 and SureColor SC-P9500 series (SC-P7560 and SC-P9560 in Australia and New Zealand) larg..

    11 February 2020


    Epson’s SureColor SC-P7500 and SureColor SC-P9500 series (SC-P7560 and SC-P9560 in Australia and New Zealand) large-format printers have been named iF Design Award 2020 winners by iF International Forum Design.

    Created in 1953, the iF Design Award is recognised around the world as one of the most prestigious awards for innovative industrial product design excellence.
     
    Products are evaluated based on a wide range of criteria, including practicability, workmanship, consideration of environmental standards, degree of elaboration and innovation, functionality, usability, safety, aesthetics, and universal design.
     
    This year's winners were selected from 7298 entries from 56 countries and regions by a 78-member jury comprised of experts from around the world.
     
    Details of the award winning Epson products:

    SureColor SC-P7500 and SureColor SC-P9500 Series 
    Adding to the SureColor SC-P9000 series, regarded highly as the industry standards 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.
     
    For more details on these products, please visit www.epson.com/au





  • + OKI and Mimaki Engineering Conclude Exclusive International Sales Agreement

    OKI and Mimaki Engineering Conclude Exclusive International Sales Agreement for OKI Data’s Wide Format Inkjet Prin..

    11 February 2020


    OKI and Mimaki Engineering Conclude Exclusive International Sales Agreement for OKI Data’s Wide Format Inkjet Printers. Information regarding the Australian Market.

    Under this agreement, from April 1, 2020, Mimaki Engineering will sell OKI Data’s wide format inkjet printers, ink and other supplies, and maintenance parts in overseas markets including Australia.

    The products covered by this international alliance include OKI Data’s two wide format inkjet printers capable of high-speed, high-density printing—the ColorPainter H3-104s and the ColorPainter M-64s—as well as ink and other supplies for these models and for other OKI Data’s wide format inkjet printers previously sold by OKI Data.
    Mimaki Australia will take the best efforts to minimise the impacts for all OKI Data wide format printer customers after April 1st, regarding the distribution network, customer support and consumable supplies.

    Relationship between current OKI Data’s wide format printer distribution network and Mimaki Australia is under constructions and will be finalised and announced by March 31st.

    Any inquiries of OKI Data wide format printer products, please contact OKI Data Australia before March 31st and Mimaki Australia after April 1st.

    OKI Data Australia
    Level 1, 67 Epping Road Macquarie Park  NSW  2113
    Ph (02) 8071 0000

    Mimaki Australia
    Unit 14, 38-46 South Street, Rydalmere NSW 2116
    Ph (02) 8036 4500






  • + Register Now for Visual Impact Gold Coast

    Registrations are now open for the industry’s leading sign, display, wide format print, engraving and textiles sho..

    04 February 2020


    Registrations are now open for the industry’s leading sign, display, wide format print, engraving and textiles show, Visual Impact Gold Coast 2020. The expo will be held at the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre, just a short stroll from popular Broadbeach, from 30 April until 2 May this year.

    Peter Harper, CEO of show organisers Visual Connections, says this Visual Impact is promising to be one of the most comprehensive to date, with a host of the industry’s leading names already confirmed. These include Platinum Sponsor, Roland DG, Gold Sponsors Europoles, HP, Hexis and Mimaki, along with Spicers, Epson, Multicam, Adzon, Wilenco, Trotec, Gravotec, Alfex, Mutoh, and Elizabeth Machines, among others.

    “Visual Impact will take up almost the entirety of Halls 2-4 at the Broadbeach centre, with a comprehensive display of the latest equipment, systems and solutions from leading industry suppliers,” Harper says. 

    “Already, we have a showcase covering everything from wide format print, to engraving and laser cutting, textile and DTG printing, display systems, substrates and consumables, neon and LED lighting technologies, and braille – with more exhibitors still to confirm.”

    The show will feature a dedicated Textile Production Workshop, putting a spotlight on this vital and growing sector of the market, and there will be a host of other opportunities for visitors to gain valuable information and insights to help build business success. 





    “With the inaugural ASGA and FESPA Australia 2020 HP National Sign & Display Conference running concurrently with the expo, and the associated 2020 HP Awards for Excellence on Friday 1 May, not to mention the show’s location at Broadbeach on the beautiful Gold Coast, there are plenty of reasons for business owners, sales, production and marketing specialists to attend,” he adds.

    Visual Impact Gold Coast will run from Thursday 30 April until Saturday 2 May. Doors open at 10am each day, with close times at 6pm on the Thursday and Friday, and 4pm on the final day.

    To register, go to the expo page on the Visual Impact website and click on the registration link. A floorplan showing exhibitors to date is already live, as are links to accommodation deals and public transport information. More visitor information, including a complete visitors’ guide and seminar program, will be coming soon. 






  • + REVAMPED WORLD WRAP MASTERS FEATURE TO RETURN TO FESPA GLOBAL PRINT EXPO 2020

    World Wrap Masters, FESPA’s popular vehicle wrapping competition, will return with reinvigorated displays and a ne..

    04 February 2020


    World Wrap Masters, FESPA’s popular vehicle wrapping competition, will return with reinvigorated displays and a new scoring system to FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, taking place from 24 – 27 March 2020 at IFEMA in Madrid. The competition will take place in Hall 2 for the full duration of the event, where visitors will see a host of talented wrappers showcasing their wrapping skills whilst competing for the title of World Wrap Master 2020 champion. 

    On 24 and 25 March, up to 32 competitors will be competing in World Wrap Masters Europe, the last qualifying event in a series of competitions held across the world. Over the course of the two days, participants will be judged on their wrapping skills that will be put to the test during multiple timed sessions. The event will welcome experienced vehicle wrappers from countries across the globe, including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom.  

    On 26 and 27 March 2020, the winner of the European competition and three runners up will battle it out against the winners from previous World Wrap Masters contests that took place at FESPA Mexico 2019, FESPA Africa 2019, FESPA Eurasia 2019 and FESPA Brasil 2020, as well as competitions in Denmark, Finland, Russia and Japan. Competitors will be tasked with wrapping vehicles, as well as creative items that will be announced at the event to add an element of surprise. The World Wrap Masters Series Champion will be announced at 1pm on 27 March.

    Both the World Wrap Masters European and Series Final competitions will be judged by a panel of leading wrap industry experts including: Kiss Lajos, Head Judge and two-time World Wrap Masters Champion, from Fixfolia, Hungary; Rainer Lorz, aka ‘The Car Wrap Trainer’ from Germany and newly appointed European lead for The Wrap Institute; and local judge Carlos Ruiz from the Alta Wrapping Academy in Spain. On the final afternoon of the event the judges will host individual wrapping demonstrations, giving attendees an invaluable opportunity to learn first-hand from some of the best in the wrap business. Demonstrations will explore a variety of materials and techniques, aiming to educate and inspire the audience.

    Lajos comments: “Having competed in the World Wrap Masters competition myself, I know what it is like to be on the participants’ side and it is such a great opportunity for competitors to learn from each other and improve their abilities. The level of skill and dedication increases year on year, and I am looking forward to being a part of this exciting event again. To keep the competition new and fresh, we are introducing a new scoring system and exciting creative items that will push the contestants, their originality and their capabilities.”

    World Wrap Masters re-design
    FESPA have redesigned the World Wrap Masters feature with a new logo and design, which can be viewed at the official website: https://wrapmasters.fespa.com/. Working closely with Ben Allen, a contemporary artist focusing on graffiti and pop art prints, the new look was developed to reflect the lively vehicle wrapping community. Visitors to World Wrap Masters 2020 will be able to see live graffiti art demonstrations from Ben Allen on 24 – 26 March.

    Neil Felton, CEO, FESPA comments: “We are excited to be hosting once again the European qualifier and final of World Wrap Masters 2020, where there will be a lot of top talent on display. It is very important for us to keep the competition fresh and exciting each year, which is why we felt it was time for a reinvigorated look and feel that was more representative of the global wrapping community. World Wrap Masters will be one of the most energetic and eye-catching features at FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 this year and one that visitors definitely shouldn’t miss!” 

    Vehicle wrappers still have the opportunity to apply to compete in the World Wrap Masters Europe competition, although spaces are limited. For more information and entry details visit: https://wrapmasters.fespa.com/events/world-wrap-masters-europe-2020 

    For more information on the World Wrap Masters series, visit: https://wrapmasters.fespa.com/. 

    Visitors to the show can also see the latest vinyls, films and print and cut machinery at FESPA Global Print Expo 2020. To register your attendance to FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 visit www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com and use code FESM216 for free entry. An entry ticket will also gain you access to co-located shows European Sign Expo and Sportswear Pro.





  • + NEW TroLase Foil

    Our hugely popular TroLase engraving materials range has expanded to include TroLase Foil, a flexible, two-layer materia..

    04 February 2020


    Our hugely popular TroLase engraving materials range has expanded to include TroLase Foil, a flexible, two-layer material featuring a micro-surfaced coating on an acrylic core. It comes with an adhesive backing and is also UV stable.

    Available in a range of colours and finishes, TroLase Foil offers easy processing, minimal post-processing and is perfectly suited for indoor and outdoor labelling and signage applications.

    Processing TroLase Foil

    Thanks to its 0.2mm thickness, our new TroLase Foil range is incredibly versatile as it is ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications. TroLase Foil offers excellent and detailed laser cutting and engraving results, with even large-scale engravings producing less waves than usual. Metallic colours, in particular, produce exceptional results when processed with a fiber laser source. A solid black engraving result is achieved without damaging the material surface.

    Functional labels

    TroLase Foil is an ideal material for "kiss-cutting", a process where the material is cut with a lower power so that the adhesive backing layer is untouched during processing.

    This technique makes processing large quantities of labels effortless, as the finished label can be easily removed from the backing sheet.

    Wall decoration

    TroLase Foil can also be used to add a metallic or gloss finish to products and applications. The tutorial below shows you how to create a wall decoration using various Trotec laser engraving materials, including TroGlass, Solid Wood, TroLase Foil and signage mounting devices.