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  • + Save Big with Roland DG EOFY Specials and Pay Nothing for 3 Months

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

    01 June 2020


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced huge savings with their new EOFY specials. Additionally, customers who finance equipment over $10,000 inc. GST with Roland Rental can pay nothing for 3 months**.

    Roland DG’s new EOFY specials* offer some incredible deals on TrueVIS VG2 Series printer cutters and the VersaSTUDIO BT-12 Direct-to-Garment printer. Combined with the instant asset write off up to $150K^, there has never been a better time to invest in new Roland DG equipment. 

    The VersaSTUDIO BT-12 Direct-to-Garment printer EOFY package includes the HB-12 heater/finishing unit and 1 set of ink for a saving of almost $2,000. For minimal investment, the BT-12 can help those looking to start up or expand a profitable personalisation business. In just minutes, you can print full colour photos and graphics directly on to cotton fabrics with little to no experience required. 

    With prints that can be finished in as little as 6 hours, the next generation TrueVIS VG2 Series is designed to meet the production needs of today’s most demanding print professionals. From now until June 30, customers can save up to almost $4,000 on the TrueVIS VG2-640 and VG2-540. 

    Customers will need to get in quick as these EOFY special offers end on June 30. For more information, including terms and conditions, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/promo or contact Roland DG on 1800 500 119. 

    *Valid until 30/06/2020, or while stocks last. Prices shown are excluding GST. Ink, delivery & installation not included in price unless otherwise noted.

    **Offer valid for transactions settled between 29/05/20 -30/06/20 and is subject to lender/credit approval. Financial statements required for deferred payment options. Finance available for both Rental and Chattel Mortgage and consist of three monthly repayments at $nil followed by either 33, 45 or 57 monthly repayments. Offer is NOT valid for transactions $10,000 inc. GST or under. Chattel mortgage and Rental options available. Fees apply.





  • + Epson leads The Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade show with cutting edge technology

    The Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade show will be open 24 hours a day from 31 May until 30 September 20..

    01 June 2020


    The Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade show will be open 24 hours a day from 31 May until 30 September 2020 and will feature Epson setting the benchmark for printing by introducing some amazing new products.


    Whether visitors to the show are starting out, wanting to expand their product offering or simply upgrading, Epson has taken this unique opportunity to allow attendees to view their very latest range of solutions for signage, dye sublimation, direct-to-garment and technical printers. Epson’s team have also created truly informative product videos to take viewers up close and personal with their products’ key features and benefits.
     
    In addition the first 200 registrations to the Epson site will receive a free gift and the first 20 registrations that attend an actual demo of the product will receive a $200 Epson Shop Online voucher.



    SureColor S60660L


    The Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade show sees Epson’s amazing SureColor S60660L producing durable high-impact images quickly, easily and at reduced cost. The SureColor S60660L is compatible with a wide range of media from vinyl and film to canvas and paper. It suits applications including outdoor signs and banners, screens and shades, vehicle wraps and decals, wall and floor finishes, canvas pull ups and point of sale material. With the addition of a third party cutter it can even be used for label production.



    SureColor F3060


    Alongside the S60660L is the SureColor F3060 which produces high-quality customised garments and merchandise quickly, easily, and very cost effectively. Designed for medium to high volume production, the SureColor F3060 combines superior speed with extended durability and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) making it ideal for producing t-shirts, polo-shirts, bags, caps and more.
     
    Epson’s SureColor F9460H is the perfect example of how to produce durable high-impact fabrics quickly, easily and at a reduced cost. The SureColor F9460H is a high performance Dye Sublimation printer that combines high-speed operation with outstanding image quality and easy maintenance. It suits a wide range of applications including custom fabric, clothing and signage production.
     
    Next to the F9460H are the SureColor 560/561 which, in Epson’s view, make merchandise magic. These printers brings Dye Sublimation to the desktop in a compact package that is affordable, easy to use and cost effective to run. Their flexible design suits in-house production of a wide range of goods including customised shirts, mugs, photo merchandise, soft and hard signage.
     
    Last but by no means least will be the SureColor T5460M, not just a printer but a complete large format imaging system for under $8,500 with comprehensive 5 year on-site service included. The SureColor T5460M offers the ultimate solution for business, government and education. It combines a fast print mechanism with a high resolution scanner to facilitate full colour document reproduction. The SureColor T5460M has been specifically designed for producing plans, sales documents and posters. It features a very low running cost and outputs durable prints that are resistant to damage through abrasion and moisture exposure.
     
    In addition to being able to view all of these products Epson will also be running and offering a number of “Show Specials” which will be of great value to all and definitely worth keeping an eye out for.


    To attend the FREE Epson virtual stand please click here





  • + New Iggesund thick paperboard for packaging certified for HP Indigo digital commercial presses

    A new thick paperboard from Iggesund Paperboard has been certified for HP Indigo for printing high-value applications on..

    01 June 2020


    A new thick paperboard from Iggesund Paperboard has been certified for HP Indigo for printing high-value applications on commercial digital presses.

    The 18 pt (457 microns ) Invercote Creato 380 g/m2 is double coated on both sides, offering identical print surfaces on both sides, making it especially suitable for premium packaging applications The paperboard was tested and certified for the HP Indigo 10000 series and HP Indigo 7000 series presses.

    “When developing this product’s grammage and thickness, our development team wanted to ensure we meet not only the demanding requirements of conventional printing methods, but also the needs of digital printers who are looking for the thickest possible substrate that today’s digital presses can handle. This grammage is especially interesting to the US market where 18 pt is an attractive thickness for a lot of applications”, says Petra Kreij, Product Manager for Invercote at Iggesund Paperboard.

    Tests were conducted at HP Indigo testing center in Singapore in multi-shot mode on an HP Indigo 7600 press and an HP Indigo 10000 press. At Iggesund, the certification process has been coordinated by Wout van Hoof, Senior Technical Manager with a special responsibility for digital printing processes.

    “We are very pleased that Iggesund has certified this new thick substrate. It is one of the thickest products that has been certified for our HP Indigo presses, opening new high-value packaging opportunities for HP Indigo commercial press owners,” said Heidemarie Hinger, HP Indigo Commercial Media Manager.

    Invercote Creato 380 g/m2 joins the other grammages within the portfolio of which all the lower grammages already have HP certification. All certified products and grammages are available in the HP MediaLocator, and through regular Iggesund distribution.

    The Invercote Creato product family, is designed to offer equal printing properties on both sides, with an exceptionally smooth surface that is tailored to faithfully reproduce the most sophisticated printed images. This surface, combined with Invercote Creato's excellent structural, design and embossing characteristics, make it ideal for demanding graphical applications. The whiteness level is tailored to ensure the best print contrast and colour reproduction properties required for high-end print productions.






  • + Fastest single head flexo plate imager from Esko brings even more productivity to corrugated converters

    Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the print and packaging sectors, has unveiled ..

    01 June 2020


    Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the print and packaging sectors, has unveiled its fastest single head imager, the new Optics 100v2, delivering a 25% increase in productivity for corrugated plate imagers. The speed and quality option is the latest addition to the Esko CDI range featuring unique and patented ‘single head’ split laser technology.

    Exclusive to the CDI Crystal and CDI Spark platforms, the innovative Optics 100v2 features a new imaging setup that enables plate makers to obtain one 5080 (50in x 80in, or 127cm x 203cm) full sheet more per hour from their CDI and achieve a remarkable 100% increase in productivity on partial plates.

    “We have developed Optics 100v2 to address the major pain points faced by the industry,” said Pascal Thomas, Director of Flexo Business at Esko. “Cost pressure is increasing across the board and a lot of skilled labor and expertise is involved in flexo plate making for corrugated print production. 

    “This latest innovation means that prepress operators can now work faster, producing one more plate per hour, and importantly improve the efficiency of operation by 20 per cent,” explained Pascal. “Not only that, but we all know that since plate materials can be very expensive, it is necessary to use as much of the offcut material as possible to minimise waste.

    “Traditionally it has taken 15 or more minutes to image a partial plate to avoid machine imbalance, but now with Optics 100v2 it is significantly faster at less than seven minutes for a 1m2 offcut. Plate makers can reduce waste, use less energy and minimise operator input to lower costs and boost operational efficiency.”

    The overall increase in productivity leads to a 20% improvement in operating efficiency, while the ability to obtain a full 5080 sheet more per hour means an additional eight 5080 sheets per typical shift.

    “This is by far the fastest single head optics system on the market today,” said Pascal. “The single head system removes the problem of gluing or linking two heads together in the middle of an image, and additionally the new imaging setup enables the use of full speed on partial plates regardless of the thickness, unlike when using multiple heads. The design also reduces vibration and optimises thick plate imaging, which are the typical for the corrugated industry.

    “This enables significantly faster imaging on thick partial plates and creates freedom for operators to prepare the next plate while waiting, increasing productivity and efficiency further still,” said Pascal.

    Optics 100v2 is just one of a host of new innovative features and updates Esko has unveiled as part of its integrated software portfolio, Esko Software 20. The significant new developments bring even more innovation and functionality to the Esko suite of best-selling software solutions as part of its continuing drive to deliver operational efficiency improvements to the packaging value chain in tandem with outstanding value to customers. Available from 15 June 2020 onwards – and free to Esko Software Care Plan customers - the latest software release incorporates solutions such as ArtiosCAD 20, Automation Engine 20, Studio 20 and efficiency-driving updates to Share & Approve and the award-winning Print Control Wizard.





  • + SCREEN in major move further into digital Packaging Print

    Screen GP Australia has announced the global parent company’s plans to target the package printing field as a stra..

    01 June 2020


    Screen GP Australia has announced the global parent company’s plans to target the package printing field as a strategic business area and progressively strengthen its product line-up and solution development for this market.

    Screen GP Australia Managing Director Peter Scott says: “Screen has several exciting new products coming into our portfolio of packaging print, which already includes the highly successful Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press series, with over 170 units shipped; the recently announced L350SAI higher productivity seven-colour label presses and the newly improved ‘N’ series of the PlateRite FX Flexographic digital platemakers.”

    He continues: “In identifying packaging print as a major growth area of the graphic arts, Screen has conducted extensive R&D to bring sustainable, digital, variable and versatile on-demand production targeting folding cartons, corrugated and flexible packaging in addition to labels. The first new product announced is a new high-speed, water-based inkjet system specifically designed for the flexible packaging market. The PacJet FL830 is currently scheduled for release around Autumn 2021, just in time for drupa.”

    Announcing the PacJet FL830
    While certain flexible packaging products can be produced on the 350mm web Screen L350UV digital presses, conventional flexible packaging production lines require wider-width roll materials.

    Scott says: “This is not an intermediate step-up; it is a whole new approach to flexible packaging based, not only on short-run dynamics but also addressing real FMCG market demands of rapid time-to-market with high quality vibrant packaging, clean, sustainable production by-passing the platemaking stage and the ability to vary the printed content to suit variations in the product packaging such as flavours, versions and marketing needs.”

    This new high-speed, water-based inkjet printing system is specially designed for flexible packaging and can handle media up to 830mm wide at speeds of up to 75 meters per minute. It is also capable of printing at a resolution of 1,200 dpi using CMYK and White water-based inks that conform to relevant food safety regulations. These features allow it to deliver both the excellent safety and rich colour expression that is essential for the food products industry.





    Thanks to its outstanding quality and productivity, the PacJet FL830 is able to meet a wide variety of print needs, ranging from promotional to production applications. It also demonstrates exceptional responsiveness for small lot jobs of less than 4,000 linear meters, an area that can be problematic for conventional production. At present, the system handles both PET and OPP media, with Screen working to further expand compatibility based on industry requirements.

    Corrugated and Folding Cartons using high-speed inkjet

    As announced at drupa 2016, Screen has been working with German company BHS Corrugated since 2016 to develop a water-based inkjet printing solution capable of delivering high-speed throughput of 300 meters per minute at widths of up to 2.8 meters. The partners are creating the system in response to growing demand in the shelf-ready packaging and full colour corrugated board markets. The speed of 300 metres per minute is common in high-volume corrugated production and converting, so the addition of variable water-based inkjet in full colour, will open up new markets that currently depend on pre-printed liner and lamination onto corrugated.

    In the folding carton segment, Screen is currently cooperating with Cambridge, UK company Inca Digital Printers - a member of its own corporate group - on the development of a single pass, water-based inkjet press. This system is being specially designed to support the transition to digital printing currently occurring in folding cartons. With Inca Digital’s existing ability to print digitally, at high speeds on large cartonboard sheets used in POS and Signage applications, this move into folding cartons is both a logical and eminently achievable advancement.

    As Peter Scott says: “Since its founding, Screen has consistently worked to develop proprietary products that combine its core image processing technologies with the latest technologies. During this time, it has maintained a focus on building systems that offer superior stability and reliability, which is so necessary in production facilities for professional applications. We are taking a long-term view, in particular where environmental aspects are considered, which is why the new systems use mostly water-based inks and produce low-waste.

    “There will be further announcements over the comping months – it’s an exciting time to be involved with Screen!”








  • + Epson Launches Power-efficient 32-bit Microcontroller with an Arm®Cortex®-M0+ Processor

    Epson will add a new microcontroller unit (MCU) to the company's S1C31W series of MCUs. The S1C31W73 has an Arm®Cort..

    01 June 2020


    Epson will add a new microcontroller unit (MCU) to the company's S1C31W series of MCUs. The S1C31W73 has an Arm®Cortex®-M0+ processor and on-chip Flash memory. Epson plans to produce 200,000 units per month when volume production begins in July 2020.

    The number of functions provided in electronic equipment has been growing in recent years, and program sizes are increasing, as the amount of information is displayed. Meanwhile, equipment manufacturers need either maintain or further shrink the size of their products, making it essential to reduce the number of parts and save board space.

    To solve these problems, Epson developed the S1C31W73, a single-chip microcontroller that has 384 kB of built-in Flash memory and a liquid crystal driver that can directly drive a display of up to 2,560 dots.
     
    By combining Epson's strong microcontroller display driver technology with the proven Arm®Cortex®-M0+ processor, Epson will help customers to increase the functionality and performance of their products while also reducing their development burden.

    The S1C31W73 offer a wide range of built-in peripherals, including a USB 2.0 full-speed device controller, real-time clock (RTC), various timers, an A/D converter, and a temperature sensor. The low current consumption of this MCU-1.2 µA in RTC mode and a driving current of 150 µA/MHz-makes it ideal for extending the battery life of wearable products and for office equipment that can communicate with PCs over USB. The S1C31W73 can also be used in industrial equipment and measuring instruments because it operates at temperatures up to 105℃ (the highest operating temperature yet for an Epson MCU) and at voltages between 1.8 V and 5.5 V.

    Epson is committed helping its customers to improve the performance of their products with solutions that leverage Epson's efficient, compact, and precision technologies.
     
    For a PDF attachment detailing the specifications of the new MCU click here





  • + Canon adds the powerful and affordable imagePROGRAF TA Series to its large-format printer line-up

    Canon Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the new imagePROGRAF TA-Series. Designed to ex..

    01 June 2020


    Canon Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the new imagePROGRAF TA-Series. Designed to expand printing opportunities and business growth for the entry-level, low-volume customer, the imagePROGRAF TA-20, 24-inch and imagePROGRAF TA-30, 36-inch is ideal for small businesses, schools, architects, engineers, as well as consulting firms. The imagePROGRAF TA-20 and imagePROGRAF TA-30 comes standard with a 24 month warranty to further support these markets.

    As poster printing is becoming more common, Canon has implemented two key features, LUCIA TD Pigment Ink and PosterArtist Lite, as standard into this printer to provide customers with the opportunity to produce and design high-quality images, posters and office documents. PosterArtist Lite allows customers to easily design and print posters, while LUCIA TD Pigment Ink can bring these designs to life through its ability to print on a wide variety of media including water-resistant media for short-term outdoor signage.
     
    Additionally, the imagePROGRAF TA-Series helps to streamline efficiency. Built with productivity in mind, key features include its ability to print an A1 poster in as fast as 27 seconds on plain paper using Fast (Q5) mode*, and coupled with Canon’s market leading air-feeding system, which helps the paper to remain stationary by  vacuuming it flat to the platen  giving cleaner and crisper prints as it keeps the distance between the print head and media constant. Designed with a small footprint and quiet print modes, this solution serves as a great device that can help meet the needs of small businesses.
     
    “We are seeing the need for more advanced solutions in the entry-level, large-format inkjet market, and, in response to meet customer need, Canon is proud to deliver the imagePROGRAF TA Series for entry-level professionals,” said Takeshi Matsumoto, General Manager - Product & Planning, Canon Australia. “Small businesses require solutions that can promote productivity and expand their business growth, and this printer can help them do that and more.”
     
    Availability

    The imagePROGRAF TA-Series is now available through Canon authorised resellers, and ships standard with a total of 330 ml ink (CMYK and 2x MBk).
     
    For more information about this product or images, please visit www.canon.com.au/business





  • + DRYERS FOR DTG AND SCREEN PRINTING NOW WITH HIGH-VOLUME EXHAUST

    All LittleRed X-Series conveyor dryers and DTG-capable XD-Series conveyor dryers now feature an upgraded exhaust system ..

    01 June 2020


    All LittleRed X-Series conveyor dryers and DTG-capable XD-Series conveyor dryers now feature an upgraded exhaust system that increases drying efficiency, reduces noise levels and improves operator safety, it was announced by Vastex president Mark Vasilantone.

    “The new air mapping system is more powerful, removing fumes and moisture through an enlarged stack, preventing contamination of the shop environment,” explains Mr. Vasilantone. “The air flow also cools the skin of the heating chamber and control panel, improving operator safety and comfort.” 

    The upgrade is standard on LittleRed-X1, -X2 and -X3 models for curing of screen-printed plastisols, water-based inks and discharge, and on LittleRed-X1D, -X2D and -X3D models additionally capable of curing DTG-printed digital white ink.
    Increasing the powered exhaust diameter by 5 cm for each model improves drying capacity by approximately 10 percent in high-moisture applications like water-based inks and DTG printing, according to Mr. Vasilantone.  

    Exhaust ducting now exits the dryers vertically from the top of the chamber instead of from the side, eliminating the additional width and 90-degree elbow previously required, while reducing noise significantly. 

    All LittleRed dryers are offered in multiple belt widths, as narrow as 46 cm for the narrowest LittleRed-X1D model, and up to 198 cm for the widest LittleRed-X3D model.

    Capacities range from 90 to 1080 plastisol-printed garments/h, 45 to 555 water-based or discharge-printed garments/h, and 34 to 155 DTG garments/h printed with digital white ink or pretreated for DTG printing.

    Modular heating chambers can be added and conveyor belts lengthened to double or triple conveyor belt speeds and drying capacities as needs grow.  

    The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry an industry-leading 15-year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils to provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units.





  • + Domino to launch next generation of thermal inkjet printers this spring

    Domino Printing Sciences is gearing up for the spring launch of the Gx-Series, a new range of thermal inkjet (TIJ) print..

    25 May 2020


    Domino Printing Sciences is gearing up for the spring launch of the Gx-Series, a new range of thermal inkjet (TIJ) printers optimised for fast, efficient, and accurate coding, on product labels, flexible films, and cartons.

    The Gx-Series is optimised for smart factory applications, providing manufacturers with a future-proof solution for evolving production processes. The printers are easy to use and to integrate into existing manufacturing procedures, with enhanced connectivity, a simple user interface and a smaller overall footprint. The domino Cloud capability provides remote monitoring, while options for EtherCAT and PLC communications allow for fast data transfer and synchronisation.

    ‘The Gx-Series utilises industry standards, which allows for integration into existing automation systems to provide an industry 4.0 ready coding and marking solution,’ said Alexandros Mountis, TIJ product manager at Domino. ‘The option of the EtherCAT communication allows our TIJ printers to communicate directly with programmable logic controllers to provide greater control of manufacturing processes, translating into increased productivity, and reduced coding errors.

    ‘In a modern marketplace, consumers, retailers, and governments are demanding more information from manufacturers. We have developed the Gx-Series in response to these changes, to give our customers greater control over their product labelling, with the ability to produce high-quality, machine-readable codes for marketing information, traceability data, and serialisation.’

    Domino’s Gx-Series printers are able to print high-density machine-readable codes, including Data Matrix codes, providing opportunities for enhanced product labelling and late stage customisation within manufacturing operations. Advanced track and trace and item-level serialisation are available via Dynamark protocol, with coding in compliance with pharmaceutical regulations, including EU FMD and US DQSA, according to GS1 standards.

    Gx-Series are controlled by an intuitive user interface and touch screen or remotely via web browser. Customers can select from one to four print heads, which can be stitched together to allow for print heights of up to 50.8mm (2in), or used separately to print on multiple lines at speeds of up to 300m/min (984ft/m). The maintenance-free print heads are equipped with LED status signals to show which cartridges need changing, while Domino AutoSwap enables cartridges to be changed while printing, without interrupting production.

    The print heads are available with a range of advanced coloured inks suitable for use on both porous and non-porous substrates with rapid dry times and good. For food and beverage applications, EuPia and Swiss List compliant ink options are available for coding on direct contact food packaging. This includes flexible films, porous shelf-ready packaging, and shipping boxes.

    The next-generation printers are compatible with all languages, and suitable for use across industries including pharmaceuticals, electronics, and food and beverage, with customisable options available to suit individual production needs.





  • + Epson manufactures face masks for use and donation using its patented Dry Fibre paper recycling technology

    Epson has announced that it will apply and use its patented Dry Fibre technology, the same technology it uses within its..

    25 May 2020


    Epson has announced that it will apply and use its patented Dry Fibre technology, the same technology it uses within its unique PaperLab A-8000 system, to now start producing face masks for its employees.

    The masks that Epson will now manufacture respond to growing demand for face masks for protection against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
     
    Epson’s PaperLab A-8000 in-office dry paper making system, is a dry-process* technology that enables the processing and creation of paper on-site, in the amount you need and when you need it. In the case of the new masks, they will be made not from used paper but from functional fibres and will be manufactured at two of Epson’s production plants. This in turn will eliminate the need for Epson to outsource purchasing masks for its employees.





    As well as manufacturing the masks in-house for its employees, Epson will also donate 100,000 masks to local authorities and medical institutions where needs for personal protective equipment (PPE) have been expanding. The company will also donate 5,600 face shields to the same organisations.
     
    Epson does not plan to sell the masks it manufactures commercially.
     
    Epson often makes significant and regular contributions to realising a sustainable society and has made a commitment to ongoing efforts that realise the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
     
    For more information on PaperLab and Dry Fibre technology go to:
    https://global.epson.com/innovation/paperlab/





  • + 22 LASER BUSINESS IDEAS FROM ALFEX CNC

    DIVERSIFY YOUR LASER BUSINESS WE HAVE 22+ PROJECT IDEAS TO INSPIRE YOU DURING COVID-19 (INCLUDING TUTORIALS & A..

    25 May 2020


    DIVERSIFY YOUR LASER BUSINESS

    WE HAVE 22+ PROJECT IDEAS TO INSPIRE YOU DURING COVID-19 (INCLUDING TUTORIALS & ARTWORK FILES)

    The last couple of months have been uncertain times, to say the least — priorities are shifting daily as a global health emergency is being dealt with on a global scale. Businesses big and small have been forced to act fast in response: to help others suffering through the crisis while attempting to stay on solid ground financially.
    Whilst it seems that as country we have now flattened the curve – we should expect that the economic consequences will last a bit longer… business will not return to what it was for some time. The great thing about laser cutters and laser engravers is their versatility. 

    If you own a laser machine,  the applications are endless. If you can think of it and design it, you can make it with a laser system.

    We’ve put together a list of application ideas that can be made using a laser system that are in demand as the world lives in and recovers from COVID-19.

    FOR ALL LINKS, PLEASE CLICK HERE

    PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

    • PPE is in high demand all over the world. Whilst there is medical-grade PPE that requires TGA approval, non-medical grade PPE is also in high demand.
    • Fabric face masks Make your own following this tutorial or this one
    • Protective face shields We’ve found some great tutorials and design files here and here and here
    • Face mask adjusters Healthcare providers are asking for face mask adjusters because the straps of their face masks have been rubbing against the backs of their ears. Tutorial & artwork available here.
    • Isolation gowns There are many types, here is a free pattern you can use
    • Acrylic sneeze guards 6 ideas here
    • PPE signs To remind and enforce use of PPE
    • More information on PPE regulations can  be found on the Australian Government website here and here.

    SIGNAGE

    • Signage is more important than ever to keep the public safe. Existing businesses will benefit from communicating COVID-19 safety measures to both staff and customers.
    • “Wait Here” signage at the front door
    • Social distancing marking for register queues
    • Outdoor A-Frame signage for restaurants and cafes “Yes we are open for takeaway!”
    • Only X customers in the store at one time
    • Contactless payments only please
    • Wash / sanitise your hands
    • Learn how to make signage with your laser machine by following this tutorial.





    PERSONALISED GIFTS

    Many people are celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, baby arrivals, anniversaries and more in isolation at home. Family and friends who cannot visit their loved ones are looking for thoughtful gifts that can be delivered directly to the receiver.  Some personalised gifts ideas that can be sold online:
     
    • Bookmarks – from paper or wood
    • Baby notices – check out our customer CMC Gold’s creative range for inspiration
    • Cutting boards – can be personalised with family recipes
    • Jewellery – tutorial here and more creative examples here
    • Photo engraving – learn how to prepare photos for engraving
    • Laser cut artwork – check our customer United Make‘s incredible designs for inspiration here

    GAMES & TOYS

    • Indoor Activities are on the rise as families stay home and seek something to do.
    • Model making – fantastic template library here
    • Puzzles – get inspired by our tutorial here and these children puzzles
    • Learn from home products including these early education puzzles
    • STEM Education project ideas – such as this gear assembly project
    • Our laser systems are extremely versatile, allowing you to laser cut, laser mark or laser engrave a wide range of materials. Whilst many of these ideas are general, success comes from zoning into a specific niche.




    We hope you’re inspired by these ideas and allow your creativity to flow and your business succeed even during these strange times.





  • + Expand your Large Format Horizon with HP Latex

    (https://hp.zoom.us/webinar/register/2315898900512/WN_MJ_mhyYFSpan9NOXb9GXKA%20)..

    25 May 2020






  • + GMG announces GMG ColorCard

    They say ‘the future is digital’. And GMG Color, agree. Instead of traditional ink drawdowns, digitally-prod..

    25 May 2020


    They say ‘the future is digital’. And GMG Color, agree. Instead of traditional ink drawdowns, digitally-produced colour cards will soon be the proofs of choice for the approval process of packaging projects. Only with physical colour cards can all stakeholders visualise with certainty what the final printed result will look like. GMG Color, the industry leaders in the development of colour management solutions, have developed a new ColorCard tool for producing ink drawdowns. The new solution offers numerous advantages, above all: it’s digital.

    An ink drawdown is traditionally a test print made with the final ink mix that gives a client an idea of the colour. Once the ink has been mixed, it’s printed out, usually on a small flatbed printer, or even just rolled onto the production paper with a small hand-roller so that it can be measured and validated. From here it would then have to be printed on a production press, and a square patch would then be cut out and stuck to a chart so that everyone involved could see exactly the colour that was going to be used. It’s fairly common to take multiple versions so that a client can judge how using different ink densities affect the colour. It’s also necessary to create copies for each person, including the client and the press operators, and might have to be repeated for different substrates. As a manual process, this equates to the high cost for the production of these colour cards.   

    The idea behind the ColorCard is to take out a lot of the manual repetition. It’s still necessary to mix the ink and to roll it out onto the production paper but at this point it’s measured with a spectrophotometer and the spectral data fed into the ColorCard software. From here it can then be printed out on an inkjet proofer with the appropriate proofing media and profiles to create a digitally printed ink reference that can be customised with density tolerances, customer logos and so on.
    It uses standard CxF data and different proofing media can be used to simulate the effects on different substrates, including corrugated and folding cartons. It’s a simple matter to print as many copies as needed and the files can be sent electronically and printed through a remote proofing set up if necessary. And of course, the files can also be saved in the cloud for future reference.

    It should be possible to produce a ColorCard in under three minutes, and GMG claims that this can save up to 90 percent of the time needed to manually produce an ink drawdown. It should allow printers to produce their own colour cards rather than paying an ink manufacturer to do it.

    To learn more, Kayell Australia in collaboration with GMG Color, Hybrid Software, and ColourHead are hosting a FREE online web series, with one of their sessions covering this new technology, GMG ColorCard.

    Visit ‘kayellaustralia.com.au/events' to register now. 

    Web:  https://gmgcolor.com/products/colorcard/





  • + Up and coming Australian signage company OMG! acquires 40-year-old manufacturing company Adherettes

    Whilst other businesses are experiencing severe downturns and staff layoffs due to the devastating impact of COVID-19, O..

    25 May 2020


    Whilst other businesses are experiencing severe downturns and staff layoffs due to the devastating impact of COVID-19, OMG!, an Australian signage-and-everything-related company, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Port Melbourne sign company, Adherettes.


    Established in 2013 by entrepreneur and CEO Joey Bacic, OMG! started as a builder of premium facade signage in Australia, drawing an already impressive list of clients including Lend Lease, Scentre Group/Westfield, Accor Hotels, Dior and Cartier. 


    “Specialising in the execution of branded environments, national rollouts, architectural wayfinding, environmental and digital installations, OMG! knows how to turn computer renders into an experiential reality for our clients,” says Mr Bacic.


    “I’ve long respected and admired the enormous breadth of expertise Adherettes accumulated over the past 40 years and I look forward to integrating their skillsets into OMG! This acquisition refines even further what we do best, allowing us to further extend our premium offering to the out-of-home advertising and public art arenas.” 


    The unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 has been a disruptive game changer for most industries, especially out of home, but Mr Bacic believes being able to leverage Adherettes’ outstanding detailed drawing and engineering capabilities, their R&D and high-quality reputation, will create new job opportunities across the country. 


    “We are fortunate to be one of the few industries permitted to keep working in the COVID-19 environment, and OMG! is determined to play our part in ensuring the construction sector continues to thrive,” says Mr Bacic.


    “Through our staff and network of suppliers, hundreds of families are on this journey with us and are keen to keep things moving. We expect to keep employing people to fulfil our growing work demands locally and internationally.” 


    This latest deal is just the start of OMG!’s ambitions, with big plans for the company over the next year seeing OMG! expand into Singapore and along the San Andreas fault line (i.e. San Francisco down to California).  


    “We have the grit and determination to outwork anyone, as demonstrated by the fact that the majority of our business has been won by tender, or come through word of mouth and referral,” continued Mr Bacic. “I am exceptionally proud of the partnerships our team has been able to secure and look forward to contributing to our clients’ ongoing success.”





  • + Huge success for Virtual EskoWorld event

    The first Virtual EskoWorld has been a huge success, with more than 3,500 delegates from across the print and packaging ..

    18 May 2020


    The first Virtual EskoWorld has been a huge success, with more than 3,500 delegates from across the print and packaging industry and all around the world taking part in a program of webinars and discussion sessions held by the global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions.

    EW Logo 2020For the two weeks from 27 April, Esko delivered its annual premier technology focused EskoWorld event through a total of 20 dedicated online sessions for brands and their packaging supply chain partners. Either through attending ‘live’ or downloading sessions, delegates discovered the latest innovations in packaging and label artwork management, prepress workflow automation and digitisation. Brand owners were able to network at live drop-in sessions throughout half-day online conferences, where they heard stories from brands who use Esko products in addition to training and product insights from the Esko team.

    “This is the first time we have taken EskoWorld online and we are absolutely thrilled with the results,” said Melissa Plemen, Esko Sr. Director of Inside Sales and Marketing. “Across the ten days, we delivered a version of the same content we had planned for our eagerly anticipated live event, with experts hosting a range of exciting educational workshops and interactive learning opportunities.”

    The annual EskoWorld event, originally scheduled for last month in Dallas, Texas, was one of the many industry expos cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “As the industry navigates this difficult time, we wanted to give as many of our valued partners and customers as possible the opportunity to benefit from the huge program of activity we had prepared,” said Melissa. “Taking this year’s EskoWorld online was a logical solution, particularly with our current focus on digital transformation and the recent launch of our Digital Maturity Model for Packaging Suppliers, ensuring users experienced how the entire Esko technology ecosystem operates, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of how to benefit from digitisation.”

    The virtual event was free to attend and offered insights into the latest best practice techniques, as well as exploring the future of packaging production workflow. A total of 3,581 delegates attended dedicated sessions ‘live’, with topics ranging from colour management, crystal screening for flexible packaging and the latest innovations in trapping, through to the latest in structural design tools, optimising corrugated production and emulation proofing for digital presses.

    “We were thrilled with the uptake from across the industry, with nearly 10,000 registrations across the sessions,” said Melissa. “As well as the thousands of delegates who took part in the sessions live, we have had thousands more downloading the replays around the globe,” said Melissa.

    “With EskoWorld being an interactive platform for users it was heartening to receive so many hundreds of questions throughout the interactive sessions, which our experts ensured they addressed, and the feedback from delegates has been incredibly positive.

    “We’re delighted our inaugural Virtual EskoWorld was so well received,” added Melissa. “We are looking forward to building on this success as we continue to work closely with our customers and guiding them on their own digital transformation journeys.”





  • + Meteor builds upon Epson success with support for two new PrecisionCore printheads

    Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of electronics, software, tools and services for industrial inkjet, further expands ..

    18 May 2020


    Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of electronics, software, tools and services for industrial inkjet, further expands its product portfolio by offering solutions for Epson’s new S1600 and S800 PrecisionCore printheads.  These heads join the previously launched S3200, first offered to industrial inkjet print system builders in 2019.

    Epson PrecisionCore printheads embody technology that enables outstanding image quality, productivity, durability and printhead scalability.  The S1600 and S800 are built with the same thin film piezo building blocks as the S3200 and have been developed in response to customer requests for smaller printheads.  With its compact form factor, the S1600 is ideally suited for carriage mounting in scanning applications, while the fine nozzle pitch and small surface area of the S800 is perfect in direct-to-shape applications.  Coupled with Meteor’s unique capability to combine printhead types from the same or different printhead families, OEMs can reduce the time and risk associated with the design and delivery of complex industrial inkjet systems.

    Available immediately, Meteor’s complete package of solutions for Epson PrecisionCore printheads includes scalable electronics and comprehensive software.  Moreover, Meteor’s DropWatcher is an essential tool to accelerate time to market for new inkjet applications.

    Jonathan Wilson, Meteor’s sales director, comments, “We’re keen to join Epson in helping as many customers as possible convert from analogue to digital printing.  Meteor’s electronics and software provide the fastest and easiest way to unlock the potential of these new printheads.” 

    Duncan Ferguson, vice president, Epson Europe adds, “Epson and Meteor are collaborating closely to ensure Epson’s unique PrecisionCore printhead technology can be integrated easily into industrial printing engines for multiple applications.  The role of Meteor in providing high quality, reliable electronics to drive Epson’s industrial inkjet printheads is paramount to this effort, and we welcome this broadening of the available drivers from Meteor.”





  • + Intec Launches an Ultra-Fast Kiss Cutter to Fully Automate Label Production

    Known for its innovative auto feed cutting solutions, Intec Printing Solutions Limited, releases an ultra-fast label cut..

    18 May 2020


    Known for its innovative auto feed cutting solutions, Intec Printing Solutions Limited, releases an ultra-fast label cutter for busy print departments. 


    The new ColorCut LC600 ‘on demand’ digital sheet label cutter is designed to provide automatic sheet label cutting for digital print production users. With NO die’s or setup costs users can cut any shape label, in an instant, making this ideal solution for the label and packaging market sectors.


    Targeted at busy print departments, seeking complete unattended cutting production, the LC600 combines reliable label sheet feeding with an instant job retrieval system - this ensures effortless, yet precise, kiss cut labels at lightning-fast speeds.


    Offering an unparalleled production capability to cut a mixed batch of label jobs, the LC600 can load a sheet of labels and read a QR code to instantly recognise the associated cut file, on every sheet, on the fly. The feeder/stacker can take up to 250 sheets of a varied stack of jobs and cut one after the other, in a seamless and uninterrupted flow and with SmartMark registration, the cutter ensures superb accuracy, every time.


    The LC600 is powered by Intec’s renowned ColorCut Pro software that integrates with Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW with plug in support. When users create their job, ColorCut Pro applies an auto assigned (editable) QR code to each of the designs and saves the cutting file to the ColorCut Pro Job Library which is automatically retrieved when cutting. 


    The digital cutting head can apply up to 750g of pressure and cut at up to 960mm per second enabling users to produce either one or indeed hundreds of sheets and thousands of labels. And with its 'Dual Grip' feed system, holds the media during cutting on BOTH sides of the cutting head, enabling it to cut closer to the media edges than most other types of cutter.


    Designed with space saving in mind the LC600 sports a retractable media catch tray that slides away when not in use, ensuring that it can easily be accommodated in any print shop.


    Mark Baker-Homes, director of product development states, “Intec has developed this really exciting product at a time when label suppliers need to offer an incredibly quick turnaround to companies requiring much needed health and safety labelling”.


    Product video of machine in operation https://youtu.be/I1ZsTp8szJI 





  • + DOUBLE FACE MASK PALLET

    Vastex International has introduced a new Face Mask Pallet with a Quick-Stretch design for rapid screen printing on a wi..

    18 May 2020


    Vastex International has introduced a new Face Mask Pallet with a Quick-Stretch design for rapid screen printing on a wide variety of face mask types and styles, announced Mark Vasilantone, president.

    The pallet can be secured with two lock knobs to any Vastex press, or other presses having compatible rotor arms.

    “The need and use of face masks is universal and, in many cases mandatory, enabling screen printers to replace or exceed imprinted garment jobs lost due to lock-downs on concerts, sports, schools and other group events,” says Mr. Vasilantone, adding, “Since they are disposable and purchased daily in the millions, masks hold enormous volume potential for printers, not only as custom jobs but as highly creative stock designs that can be sold online for political, athletic, comical or other applications.”

    Rubber strips of the Quick-Stretch frame stretch single- or multi-layer mask material over the diamond shaped, rubber covered pallets, flattening pleats and contours in the imprint area with no shifting or need for pallet adhesive.

    The never-warp pallet is constructed of high-strength steel and includes a convenient holder for the template frame during re-loading of masks.
    A list of sources for face mask blanks is included as standard.

    The company also offers shirt pallets in numerous stock and custom sizes, and over 50 specialised pallets for screen printing on long sleeves, pockets, legs, zippered garments, umbrellas, hats, koozies and other textiles and hard goods. Square and trapezoidal pallets in a range of sizes allow printing on infant wear to XXL garments, as well as all-over printing.

    Vastex equipment for industrial to entry-level applications includes screen printing presses, athletic numbering attachments, infrared conveyor dryers for screen printing and DTG applications, flash cure units, screen exposing units, screen drying cabinets, washout booths and complete screen printing shop systems.  

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





  • + Arrow Systems launches Arrowjet Aqua 330r printer

    Arrow Systems has launched ArrowJet Aqua 330R, a high-speed, aqueous pigment roll-to-roll press built with new ChromaPle..

    18 May 2020


    Arrow Systems has launched ArrowJet Aqua 330R, a high-speed, aqueous pigment roll-to-roll press built with new ChromaPlex LT inkjet print engine by Colordyne for enhanced print quality and greater production flexibility.


    The new press is powered by Memjet’s DuraFlex printhead technology, providing the benefits of digital printing as well as enhanced durability and fast speeds by using aqueous pigment inkjet technology. The digital workflow adds the flexibility to change designs on the fly, print on demand, implement variable data and make colour alterations without changing inks, plates, or tooling. Plus, using an aqueous pigment-based inkjet ink provides greater substrate compatibility than previous aqueous inkjet technologies.


    ‘The ArrowJet Aqua 330R is the first USA manufactured roll-to-roll press with an integrated ChromaPlex LT inkjet print engine from Colordyne,’ said Shaan Patel, business development manager of Arrow Systems. ‘The impressive speeds and capabilities of the system offer several benefits including improving production efficiency, reducing running costs and providing exceptional resolution. Designed with the end-user in mind, the modularity of the ArrowJet Aqua 330R gives customers the flexibility to tailor the press to their specific market and application needs.’


    The new press offers up to 1600 x 1600 dpi resolution and print speeds up to 150 feet (50 meters) per minute. It can be configured for either off-line operation, or paired with various in-line finishing options, including laser die-cutting and traditional analog finishing.


    ‘We are excited to work with Arrow Systems, as a strategic integration partner of our ChromaPlex LT print engine,’ said Taylor Buckthorpe, director of sales at Colordyne. ‘With the integration of our aqueous pigment inkjet engine, the ArrowJet Aqua 330R is compatible with a wide range of applications to add greater value to customers’ businesses.’


    The ArrowJet Aqua 330R features a large unwind and rewind with capacity up to standard 20in rolls, an in-line edge guide, in-line IR curing, and an integrated RIP software for precise colour matching and variable data printing. The modularity of the print engine technology offers the ability to stitch multiple printheads together for wider print widths. Arrow Systems is currently working on a 17in model for the flexible packaging market and other custom widths for customers in various industries.





  • + INX International introduces Genesis GS

    INX International Ink, with Sakata INX, have released Genesis GS washable label inks. In March, the ink was recognised b..

    18 May 2020


    INX International Ink, with Sakata INX, have released Genesis GS washable label inks. In March, the ink was recognised by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for meeting or exceeding the group’s strict testing protocol for washable and recyclable PET shrink sleeve applications.


    Genesis GS meets the PET-CG-02 Critical Guidance Protocol established by APR. It maintains properties in accordance with APR guidelines required for shrink sleeve applications and exhibits bleed resistance in caustic bath solutions. Since the ink is separated from the substrate and removed from the label material during the bath, a complete recyclable package is a viable option.


    Genesis GS can also be used for floatable roll-fed OPP labels so a customer can print multiple label types with one ink system. Floatable applications require the ink to remain on the substrate after exposure to the caustic bath solution. The ink is capable of printing at high press speeds, displays fast drying capabilities at low temperatures and adheres well to several grades of flexible films.


    ‘We are very pleased with the development of Genesis GS and making it a must-have solution for label providers,’ said Mark Hill, senior vice president R&D for INX. ‘The environmental benefits are superb. With the ink cleanly removed from the PET label or floatable with OPP labels, it allows clear bottles to be made through the circular reuse of recovered materials.’


    Hill said that INX’s R&D staff was able to troubleshoot a PET concern that arose during the testing process.


    ‘Most shrink sleeve bottles are made of PETG resin, which has a lower melting point than PET bottle flake,’ he explained. ‘Given that, the film can turn into what is essentially a glue, clumping the PET bottle flakes and making the PET harder to utilise. Additionally, inks from PETG shrink sleeves can discolour the clear bottle flakes. Our new innovations address that issue.’


    APR on March 19 informed INX that all colours with and without white backing, and with inside overprint varnish on Bonpet BR1 crystalisable film, met or exceeded APR’s PET-CG-02 Critical Guidance Protocol for Clear PET Articles with Labels and Closures. The recognition was based on the technical recyclability of the decorated label innovation with PET bottles and applies only to the decorated sleeve labels.


    The critical guidance protocol is a multi-industry consensus of key issues related to the recycling of post-consumer PET bottles. It directs innovators to conduct specific testing per established procedures, and the recognition is based on the innovation either meeting or exceeding the most challenging and strictest guidance criteria.