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  • + Mitsubishi HiTec Paper launches new metalized inkjet paper

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

    15 July 2019


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

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

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

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





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

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

    15 July 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

    15 July 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

    15 July 2019


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

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

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

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

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





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

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

    15 July 2019


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

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

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

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



       

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

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

    The XPERTJET SERIES:

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

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

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

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

    www.mutoh-au.com    






  • + Epson Introduces SureColor T5470M in US

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

    10 July 2019


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

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

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

    More about the SureColor T5470M

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

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


    www.epson.com





  • + Onyx Graphics Announces Global Launch of ONYX 19

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

    10 July 2019


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

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

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

    Highlights of ONYX 19 include:


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

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

    www.onyxgfx.com





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

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

    10 July 2019


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

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





  • + Spicers set to Close the Loop at PrintEx19

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

    10 July 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

    10 July 2019


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

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

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

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

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





  • + HP Expands Digital Textile Printing for Signage and Décor with New Super Wide Stitch S1000

    HP has introduced HP Stitch S1000, a super wide dye sub production printer designed for high productivity and simplified..

    02 July 2019


    HP has introduced HP Stitch S1000, a super wide dye sub production printer designed for high productivity and simplified operation, unleashing new production possibilities for interior décor and soft signage.

    The HP Stitch S1000 is a 3.2 metre (126-inch) dye sub printer that brings a new level of innovation to high production companies to meet deadlines more easily by enabling fast speeds, high uptime, and unattended shifts. Fully automatic maintenance ensures optimal image quality without user intervention, while saving time with easy
    media loading and unloading by a single operator.

    The new HP Stitch portfolio, including the 1.62 m (64 inch) HP Stitch S300 and S500 printers, removes complexity from dye sub printing.

    “HP’s expansion into the textiles industry solidifies our commitment to making digital printing accessible to all. The new super wide HP Stitch S1000 removes major complexities from dye sub printing, with industry leading technology and high-quality prints at unrivalled speed,” says Jeremy Brew, Large Format Application Specialist at HP. “The S1000 truly unlocks the power of colour for production environments through smart technology.”

    HP thermal inkjet for dye sublimation ink

    The HP Stich portfolio introduces dye sublimation ink into HP’s Thermal Inkjet printing technology to meet rising demand for polyester-based textiles for sportswear, fast fashion, home décor and soft signage. HP Stitch S1000 is ideal for medium and large print service providers to boost production of textile applications in the soft signage market, including backlits, frontlits, and interior décor such as curtains, upholstery, and sofas.

    The HP Stitch S1000 for high-volume production offers:

    - High-productivity: Meet short deadlines and seasonal peaks of production with high productivity modes, reaching a maximum production speed up to 220 m2/h and backlit speed up to 130sqm/h.

    - Image quality: Sharp prints even on high density jobs printing direct to fabric using HP Drop&Dry print zone Dryer. Reliable image quality thanks to the Smart Nozzle Compensation System. The optical media advance sensor, the OMAS Plus, controls media advance, for both transfer paper and fabric materials, even when printing at highest speeds.

    - Superior quality printing: HP Stitch provides 1200 native dpi in thermal inkjet printheads resulting in high quality prints, including deep blacks and vivid colours.

    - High capacity: High unattended printing capability with 10 litre-capacity supplies and up to 300 kg rolls.

    - Colour consistency: Distribute jobs across fleets with best-in-class colour consistency from printer to printer thanks to HP Smart Colour tools.

    - Maximise uptime with the first user replaceable print heads and HP Smart Services.

    Pricing and availability.
    The HP Stitch S Print Series Portfolio will be available in the second half of 2019.





  • + VASTEX EXPANDS V-1000 ECONOMY PRESS LINE TO 8 STATIONS, 8 COLOURS

    Vastex expanded its V-1000 economy line of manual, commercial-grade screen printing presses with a new eight-station, ei..

    02 July 2019


    Vastex expanded its V-1000 economy line of manual, commercial-grade screen printing presses with a new eight-station, eight-colour V-1000-88 model, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    "The new V-1000-88 is the only eight-colour manual screen printing press in its class, and costs hundreds less than competitive eight-colour presses while offering greater rigidity and a three-year warranty," he says.

    The rear-clamp press features rubber-coated steel pallets and a unique floating head design that allows all-heads-down printing.  With six-way head leveling and tool-free micro registration, it is said to deliver precise multi-colour registration previously limited to machines of significantly higher cost.

    The five-leg frame with interconnecting service pan provides greater structural integrity and tip resistance than four-leg designs, permitting the addition of pallets and accessories too large or heavy for other presses in this price range, according to Mr. Vasilantone.

    Because the design is modular, the frame can be ordered with any number of print heads and pallet arms, allowing smaller shops to minimise initial cost, and add stations and colours when needs increase. 

    "The V-1000-88 is the first press of its kind for shops on a budget to reduce up-front investment without the risk of out-growing the equipment when high capacity, production flexibility or special effects are required," explains Mr. Vasilantone.

    A fully expanded Model V-1000-88 press with eight stations and eight heads can be set up to boost output on a single job, or to print multiple jobs simultaneously.  It accepts over 50 Vastex pallets including oversized pallets to 50 x 60 cm for over-sized prints, and heavyweight vacuum pallets for transfers, signage and flat stock.

    Strength of the frame and print heads enables the press to support screens up to 60 x 80 cm as well as the company's clamp-on DiGiT™ Athletic Numbering System that uses two screens with five numbers each for one-colour numbers, or four screens for two-colour numbers.

    The company also manufacture high-capacity, V-2000HD industrial-grade presses, V-100 entry level presses, infrared conveyor dryers for both DTG printing and screen printing,  flash cure units, exposing units, screen drying cabinets, washout booths and complete equipment packages.

    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1-610-625-2702, www.vastex.com





  • + HP Indigo digital print now certified for compostable packaging

    Ahead of the next Dscoop Edge conference where PSPs, partners and brands converge, HP has announced HP Indigo digital pr..

    02 July 2019


    Ahead of the next Dscoop Edge conference where PSPs, partners and brands converge, HP has announced HP Indigo digital printing inks are now certified for compostability in home and industrial. This is the latest in sustainability achievements allowing converters and brands to print smaller quantities, while helping to reduce inventory waste and improve their overall environmental impact.

    TUV Austria awarded the “OK Compost Home” and “OK Compost Industrial” marks to HP, verifying HP Indigo ElectroInks can be used as printing inks1 for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation in accordance with leading standards, such as EU regulation EN 13432. 

    According to Grandview Market research, the “green packaging” market is poised to reach $237.8 billion by 2024, registering 5.7% CAGR during the forecast period.

    “Demand for sustainable packaging solutions is driving converters to digital printing, allowing converters and brands to help significantly lower the environmental impact of printing,” said Alon Bar-Shany, General Manager, HP Indigo. “HP Indigo printing eliminates the need for plates or cylinders and offers the freedom to print smaller quantities, while helping reduce waste during production and unused inventory.”

    At Dscoop Edge in PortAventura, Spain, June 19-21 and at Labelexpo in Brussels, Belgium, Sept. 24-27, HP Indigo will present its portfolio of sustainable packaging solutions, certifications and samples. 

    HP Indigo supports packaging printing with its portfolio of presses including the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, HP Indigo 8000 and HP Indigo 6900 for flexible packaging. In addition to TUV certification, HP’s growing set of sustainability achievements includes:
    . HP Indigo joined CEFLEX (Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging), as the first digital press provider for the flexible packaging market. CEFLEX is a European consortium of companies collaborating to advance the performance of flexible packaging in a circular economy, throughout the entire value chain. 

    . Deinking tests conducted by Cadel Deinking of Spain verified that HP Indigo digitally printed flexible packaging, including coating, can be fully de-inked. The results on a range of substrates open new ways for brands and service providers to work towards higher sustainability, where de-inking is an essential stage in the recycling process.

    . HP-certified Michelman primers for flexible packaging recently passed extensive testing for ecotoxicity, heavy metals and fluorine content and conforms to leading industry standards including EN 13432 (2000) and ASTM D6400 (2012) for use in compostable packaging.

    Packaging customers around the world are moving to HP Indigo digital printing to drive new sustainable packaging businesses:

    ePac Flexible Packaging, an all-digital provider with locations across the US, is producing hi-barrier recyclable Polyethylene (PE) pouches on its HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press with solventless lamination. "ePac is also engaged in the testing of compostable films, and we expect to soon go to market with this as an added option," says Jack Knott, ePac CEO.

    ePac is expanding to Europe, scheduled to open its first site in the UK later this year. “Europe can benefit from higher sustainability, using digital printing for on-demand production of its volume of SKUs and using recyclable film in a more eco-friendly process compared with conventional printing,” said Johnny Hobeika, Managing Director of ePac Holdings Europe.

    Foxpak of Ireland has reinvented its business around sustainability, recently opening a new manufacturing plant in Collon, Ireland, using the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press and HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press, to produce digitally printed compostable and recyclable packaging.

    Tuboplast Hispania  of Spain (a division of CTL-TH Packaging), well known in Europe for its high-end tube packaging, has won the prestigious ETMA Award in 2019 for its sustainable approach for producing 100% IML Polypropylene (PP) tubes, allowing for 100% recyclability. Using their HP Indigo digital press, Tuboplast can develop innovative tube packaging solutions with the highest standards of quality and sustainability. 

    Ultimate Digital, operating two HP Indigo 20000 Digital Presses in the UK, has partnered with Kids Ink to promote a more sustainable solution for school lunch bags. Children across the country can design and print their personalised lunch bags via a web-to-print platform. The recyclable bags are printed by Ultimate and lined with antimicrobial protection for reuse.





  • + Xerox Unveils Entry-Level Cut-Sheet Inkjet Press

    Xerox has unveiled a new entry-level cut-sheet production inkjet by press that it says will leapfrog the competition..

    02 July 2019


    Xerox has unveiled a new entry-level cut-sheet production inkjet by press that it says will leapfrog the competition with new advantages of value, volume, and velocity — a combination that could help to open up inkjet to more in-plants.

    Xerox announced the launch of its Baltoro HF Inkjet Press on June 26 in Rochester, N.Y., noting that it will succeed the Brenva as the company’s cut-sheet production inkjet platform. Baltoro will print on a range of uncoated plain, inkjet treated, and coated paper without priming or pretreating, increasing its productivity.

    The press will print at speeds up to 18,000 images per hour. It boasts a 13.76x20.25˝ maximum image area and true 1,200x1,200-dpi resolution. Among its features for high productivity and quality are Xerox Automated Intelligence and Advanced Image Controls (AI) and inline spectrophotometry by X-Rite. It also is available with a dynamic perforator from Tecnau plus other inline finishing options.

    Xerox says that Baltoro enables clients to print high-volume, transactional work and high-quality direct mail and catalogs on a single press with superior image quality and productivity. The Baltoro HF is Xerox’s first product built on this platform.

    “We engineered the Baltoro HF by leveraging the best of our iGen and High Fusion inkjet technologies,” said Tracey Koziol, senior VP of Global Offerings at Xerox. “The result is a breakthrough platform that expands into the commercial print environment and supports high-quality production with economics similar to offset printing.”

    “Designing and manufacturing the Baltoro HF from the frame to the engine gives us a greater ability to continuously advance the platform at a faster clip,” Kozol continued.

    The Baltoro HF Inkjet press is the first Xerox press to use this type of technology. Xerox claims the Baltoro HF is the only press in the entry-level class to use automated intelligence to optimize and maintain color and image quality as well as self-correct in real time.

    The automated intelligence of the press, together with its High Fusion ink and Xerox High Fusion W-Series Inkjet Heads, reportedly delivers true, high-definition 1,200x1,200-dpi image quality without the need to condition media with priming solutions or precoats. Xerox notes that eliminating the priming solution reduces press size, power consumption and total cost of ownership while increasing productivity.

    The Baltoro HF also offers additional time-saving advantages. Its speed, paired with having the widest print area in its class, enables the press to increase client productivity by more than 115%. On the front end,Xerox FreeFlow Core automates the time-consuming prepress work, while Xerox FreeFlow Print Server allows clients to add new jobs while the press is running.





  • + EFI and Memjet Establish Partnership for Fast, High-Quality Digital Production

    EFI and Memjet® have established a new partnership, bringing ultra-fast, high-quality EFI™ Fiery® digital ..

    02 July 2019


    EFI and Memjet® have established a new partnership, bringing ultra-fast, high-quality EFI™ Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs) to the growing portfolio of Memjet DuraLink™ digital inkjet production solutions. EFI’s development of Fiery DFE solutions for printers featuring DuraLink technology means Memjet OEM customers will have access to one of the world’s most successful and reliable print servers for production-class digital colour printing.
     
    “We have installed a Fiery DFE to drive a 7-colour digital press in Memjet’s headquarters demo centre, and both our team and our partners are impressed with the way the Fiery DFE enables superior colour and image control. It also offers customers advanced job management and the ability to produce versioned and variable print runs at engine-rated speed,” said Eric Owen, General Manager of Commercial Press for Memjet. “Fiery technology, combined with DuraLink’s speed, image quality and reliability, bring tremendous added value to Memjet’s DuraLink partners.”
     
    Top-of-the-line, integrated DFE technologies for digital print production
     
    EFI is offering Fiery DFEs for digital printing presses that incorporate DuraLink printheads. The new solution being developed for DuraLink devices captures the advantages of EFI’s most advanced digital production software platform, Fiery FS350 Pro, to deliver the best capabilities in areas print customers care about most: colour and imaging, productivity, management tools and connectivity.
     
    Users will be able to meet demanding customer requirements for brand colours and extended-gamut applications featuring extended ink sets. Plus, the Fiery DFEs for Memjet DuraLink presses will give users the power to make on-the-fly corrections and late-stage colour edits at the DFE for uninterrupted production.
     
    The DFEs will also include EFI Fiery Colour Profiler Suite software, which provides some of the most advanced colour management tools available for profile creation, inspection, editing and colour quality assurance. Fiery Colour Profiler Suite also features G7® System Certification for fast, accurate re-calibration, correct tonality and grey balance, and higher saturated colours.
     
    The Fiery XB hardware configuration for the new DFEs is a scalable architecture that keeps engines running at rated speeds to meet demanding production requirements. Fiery XB consumes all variable-data formats and languages, including PDF and PDF/VT and, for high-volume transactional print applications, it complies with native intelligent printer data stream (IPDS) workflows and is certified IS/3 compliant.
     
    Users will also have the advantage of using the proven, leading EFI Fiery Command WorkStation® interface – print management software that provides continuity across all Fiery Driven™ digital equipment, including cut-sheet and continuous-feed devices and wide- and superwide-format display graphics printers. The new Fiery DFEs will also give DuraLink device users expanded workflow management efficiencies through automated, bi-directional communication and integration with EFI’s market-leading MIS/ERP and web-to-print products.
     
    Fiery technology: more growth opportunities for Memjet customers
     
    “We are pleased to be working with Memjet to give its DuraLink OEM partners a new competitive advantage with the Fiery DFEs’ proven strengths in driving high-value personalisation, boosting productivity and providing superior colour quality,” said John Henze, vice president, sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “This partnership will bring our most-advanced technologies to an even broader base of print service providers, packaging companies and industrial manufacturers that see the tremendous opportunity for growth in high-end digital colour print.”
     
    For more information about Memjet and its DuraLink modular digital inkjet systems, visit www.memjet.com. For more information about digital production printing using EFI Fiery DFEs, visit www.efi.com.





  • + AVERY DENNISON STRENGTHENS NEW ZEALAND DISTRIBUTION NETWORK FOR ARCHITECTURE AND AUTOMOTIVE SOLAR AND SAFETY WINDOW FILMS

    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has strengthened its New Zealand distribution network with the appointment of Decrastr..

    02 July 2019


    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has strengthened its New Zealand distribution network with the appointment of Decrastrip as a new distributor for its premium range of architecture and automotive solar and safety window films. Decrastrip joins Glasslines as distributors of Avery Dennison’s comprehensive range of high performance, durable window films that enhance comfort, add safety and security and deliver real energy savings.

    Decrastrip is a leading supplier to the New Zealand Sign and Graphics industry focused on providing outstanding solutions, service and support. The addition of the solar and safety
    window films for architecture and automotive applications is the perfect addition to their existing products to offer a broader range of solutions to customers throughout New Zealand.

    Solar control films applied to windows, doors and skylights can filter up to 85 percent of solar radiation passing through the glass and reduce energy consumption from HVAC systems by up to 20 per cent without compromising on natural light transmission. Safety window films give security on glass doors or windows to hold shattered glass in place, thereby reducing the threat of injury and design films help architects and designers transform interior spaces.

    “Well-being, security, energy saving, sun control and privacy are important considerations for building and vehicle owners in New Zealand,” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “Avery Dennison is responding to our customers’ needs for innovative solutions that allow sign and print companies to expand their services to existing customers.”

    Decrastrip has been distributing Avery Dennison and Mactac films to the graphics and printing industry in New Zealand for over 20 years. Customers can enquire on the phone at 0800 828 9391, via email at info@decrastrip.co.nz or visit their website www.decrastrip.co.nz. Decrastrip has developed a deep understanding of their customers’ businesses and value adding, which has led to strong relationships with their customers and an enviable reputation for service and support.

    Avery Dennison window films are also available from Glasslines NZ Ltd. Based in the Waikato, Glasslines has been providing a diverse range of glass and window film solutions to the market for over 30 years. Customers can enquire on the phone at 0800 115587 or their website www.glasslines.co.nz





  • + LETTERHEADS 2019 NZ online registrations are open

    Once a year usually around November, signwriters from all over New Zealand are joined by Australians, and one or two Ame..

    25 June 2019


    Once a year usually around November, signwriters from all over New Zealand are joined by Australians, and one or two Americans and the odd European, to participate in the annual brushfest known as ‘Letterheads’.

    At these events artisans and craftspeople from the various disciplines of signmaking congregate to share their wealth of knowledge with anyone who is prepared to watch, listen, learn or experiment. It is in this way that an appreciation for the traditional craft of signmaking is passed on from the elder statesmen to the present practitioners to ensure that these arts and crafts are not lost to the digital age, and to this end all people with an artistic mind, an artistic hope or an artistic skill are welcome to register and attend.

    Letterheads this year sees another first – Our first time in Taupo located on the shore of the caldera of the now extinct Taupo Volcano, and arguably the adventure capital of North Island New Zealand, known for its trout fishing, hot springs, winter ski fields, geothermal valleys and the famous Huka Falls near the head of the mighty Waikato River.

    Our host, Bevan Weal, is a traditionally trained sign craftsman and well known in the Taupo district not only for his work but also his involvement with motocross and community involvement in general having even participated in a charity boxing match (which he won!)

    Bevan had hoped to be hosting us in his new premises but the delays in building consents and approvals mean that we’ll be meeting in his Ashwood Avenue premises and while Bevan’s workshop is quite large, he will only be accepting 70 registrations for this year’s event, wanting to concentrate on a quality experience for all participants.

    So if you are planning to attend please don’t leave it until the last minute as you’ll end up being disappointed.

    Register here. 





  • + X-Rite Announces i1Pro 3 Plus Color Profiling Device for Imaging, Print and Textiles

    X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, announce the new i1Pro 3 Plus, a sp..

    25 June 2019


    X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, announce the new i1Pro 3 Plus, a spectral colour measurement solution specifically designed for imaging, print, and textile professionals who need advanced calibration and color profiling capabilities to support today’s wide-format and industrial printing applications. The i1Pro 3 Plus has been optimised for digital printing on a range of materials and surfaces, including ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, wood, vinyl, plastics, thin films, cardboard, paper, and more. Commercial, wide-format, grand-format, packaging, and industrial printers can now create ICC profiles for almost any substrate and calibrate print production devices for the highest level of colour accuracy.  

    As more industries turn to digital printing, customers are putting greater emphasis on achieving accurate and repeatable colour. To do this, production print equipment needs to be linearized and profiled for each substrate in order to monitor colour output. Current profiling solutions are limited in their ability to measure textured, rough, or uneven surfaces and cannot accommodate various material thicknesses. Many devices do not have the resolution required to ensure the highest colour quality when printing detailed patterns, metallic effects, or photography images. This leads to costly colour errors and rework which impacts a printer’s bottom line.  

    “The i1Pro 3 Plus builds on the success of the i1 Family and removes the variability to create accurate ICC profiles on the widest range of materials,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “Wide- and grand-format users and industrial material printers will see immediate value by incorporating the affordable i1Pro 3 Plus into their prepress and production workflows, resulting in more accurate and repeatable color, a reduction of waste, and an increased return on investment.”

    A long-term X-Rite partner, EFI (Electronics For Imaging), also sees the great potential of this latest i1 Family member. “We are delighted to support X-Rite’s newly announced i1Pro 3 Plus measurement device within our latest Fiery technologies at ITMA 2019. Due to the nature of digital textile production, this large-aperture device is an excellent fit with our latest single pass EFI BOLT high-speed textile printer. For both colour management and quality control, this device will allow our customers to produce accurate colour much more easily,” said John Henze, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, EFI Fiery.

    New in the i1Pro 3 Plus:

    - Larger aperture of 8mm to support new materials and substrates used in digital printing applications.

    - New polarisation (measurement condition M3) filter that reduces specular highlights and shadows on fabrics and ceramics. It provides “better blacks” and richer colours on rough surfaces and glossy medias, like canvas prints and fine art photo papers.

    - Simultaneously measure M0, M1 and M2 in a single pass to account for optical brighteners so prepress and print operators can quickly predict how colours printed on optically brightened substrates will look under different lighting conditions. 

    - Longer ruler for measuring the wider charts used in grand-format printing. The ruler includes an ISO-compliant white backer and removable magnetic strips on the top and sides for holding samples in place while measuring.  

    - New LED illuminant that improves device reliability. The i1Pr o3 Plus allows for four measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0; M1: D50; M2: UV Excluded, M3 Polarised). 

    - Now supports transmission scanning for backlit film and materials used in signage.

    - Measures high brightness, up to 5K NITs for ultra-bright displays. 

    “We are used to seeing bumpy shadow measurements from unpolarised devices on glossy textured medias like canvas. With the new polarisation feature in the i1Pro 3 Plus, our M3 measurements are dramatically smoother in the shadows - perfect in fact,” commented Scott Martin, Founder, Onsight, a leading workflow consultant for print, prepress, design and photography.  

    New X-Rite iO Table

    In addition, X-Rite announces a new i1iO Automated Scanning Table that supports the i1Pro 3 Plus. This hands-free test chart reader offers automated color profiling on a variety of substrates with reduced risk of colour measurement errors. It is ideal for photographers, designers, and printers who want to speed up and automate the measurement process and eliminate manual strip reading. 

    The new i1iO table can be used with a variety of industrial materials including textiles, ceramics, corrugated, etc. and supports materials up to 33mm thick, with the optional z-axis spacer. It also supports transparencies and backlit materials.





  • + SAi Increases Business Down Under with New Division in Australia

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

    25 June 2019


     SAi, the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, has announced that it has established a new business entity in Australia. SA International Pty Ltd, based in Sydney, New South Wales, will support the company’s growing network of resellers and customers across both Australia and New Zealand.

    Currently already supporting around 30 resellers that serve an increasing number of customers across Australasia, the facility will strengthen SAi’s ability to meet its expanding operations, while demonstrating its commitment to customers’ growth and success.
     
    The introduction of a local team will also further facilitate training opportunities with product specialists for both new and existing customers, as well as resellers, ensuring that Flexi and EnRoute users make the most of their software.
     
    “Australia is a growing market for our software solutions, particularly in the woodworking and kitchen cabinet segments,” explains Sarit Tichon, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, SAi. “Strategically, it makes sense for us to open a new business division here.”
     
    The resident Director of SA International Pty Ltd will be Gregory Will from Penguin Management, an Australian-based company which specializes in the management of local business operations for overseas companies.
     
    “I am delighted to be working with a company that provides its customers with such revolutionary solutions and expert advice,” comments Will. “I look forward to helping SAi establish its Australian division and anticipate a very exciting time ahead as SA International Pty Ltd goes from strength-to-strength.”
     
    SAi is headquartered in the United States and has other offices in Belgium, Brazil, China and Japan.





  • + Kornit Digital Launches Kornit Konnect

    Kornit Digital, a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced Kornit Konnect, its new clou..

    25 June 2019


    Kornit Digital, a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced Kornit Konnect, its new cloud-based, mobile workflow software platform that enables businesses to maximise productivity of their digital printing solutions. This is the first phase in Kornit’s implementation of its industry vision of textile design, decoration and production being fuelled by data-driven insights and performance metrics.

    In its first phase, the Kornit Konnect enables businesses to monitor production, analyse insights and manage their fleet, in order to eliminate blind spots.  It includes a fleet management dashboard, data driven benchmarks, actual production costs, and cost structures per job, making it easy for businesses to learn more, react faster and perform better.

    Future phases and releases of the Kornit Konnect will enable deeper insights and actions as it comes to optimising production management and enabling a seamless software workflow environment for businesses of all sizes.

    “While businesses need to deliver high-quality faster than ever to maintain customer loyalty, they are also challenged to maximise their efficiency and productivity,” said Omer Kulka, VP Marketing at Kornit Digital. “Konnect empowers these businesses to make better-informed production decisions and act on them, with greater visibility and control over their operations. We have a revolutionary vision for this cloud-based platform and have plans to frequently add new modules and features that customers can leverage for long-term business success.

    www.kornit.com