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  • + Primera Introduces LX2000 Colour Label Printer

    Primera Technology, Inc., a global manufacturer of specialty printers, has announced its new LX2000 colour label printer..

    20 March 2019


    Primera Technology, Inc., a global manufacturer of specialty printers, has announced its new LX2000 colour label printer. LX2000 is Primera’s fastest-ever desktop colour printer, producing labels at speeds of up to 6” per second – about 25% faster than Primera’s best-selling LX900 colour label printer (for comparable print quality).

    Large, separate ink cartridges for cyan, magenta, yellow and black keep the cost per label low. Other features include pigment-based ink for stronger resistance to UV light, chemicals and water, built in “pizza-wheel” cutter, viewing window to see label stock levels and wired Ethernet or USB 2.0 and wireless connection options.

    “LX2000 represents an entirely new product class in desktop label printing,” says Mark Strobel, Primera’s VP of sales and marketing. “With large ink tanks, we can offer an extremely competitive cost per label. Our print speeds rival printers that cost up to three times more. We have pigment ink that has far more resistance to water, chemicals and UV light. Print quality is superb. Add to that our wired Ethernet or USB 2.0 or wireless connection options, along with 8” print width and you’ve got everything most companies would ever need. With LX2000, there are only benefits and no compromises.”

    Typical applications include product labels for coffee, wine, water, bakery, confectionary, meat, cheese and hundreds of other specialty and gourmet foods. LX2000 is also ideal for private labelling, test marketing, pre-press proofing and retail labelling.

    With its pigment ink and Primera’s Tuffcoat Extreme PolyJet material, LX2000 has already passed Section 3, BS5609 testing. The testing included removal of print by adhesive tape, abrasion resistance and permanence of print evaluations under extreme conditions, including exposure to UV light and repeated salt spray and immersion. The material and printed images from LX2000 passed in all three categories.

    Printer drivers are included for Windows Vista/7/8, along with Bartender Ultralite Software (for Windows) to format label designs, add bar codes, QR codes, etc. Most other popular graphic design programs for Windows can be used to design and print labels. A Mac driver is currently under development.

    Qualified substrates include many different inkjet label materials, including Primera’s exclusive Tuffcoat Extreme white and clear polyester and white BOPP, as well as the new Tuffcoat Extreme PolyJet. Paper labels are also available in high-gloss, semi-gloss and matte finishes.





  • + Hans-Gronhi introduces updated LC330RE Roll-to-Roll Laser Die Cutter

    The updated Hans-Gronhi LC330RE Roll to Roll Laser Die Cutter from Hans-Shinohara Canada saves time and money while allo..

    19 March 2019


    The updated Hans-Gronhi LC330RE Roll to Roll Laser Die Cutter from Hans-Shinohara Canada saves time and money while allowing users to offer exciting new short-run printing and finishing products to their clients faster and more cost-efficiently. Its popular 13″ width can accommodate most narrow-web flexo printers, as well as the HP Indigo 6900 and 8000 digital presses. The fully automated, computer driven, roll-to-roll laser cutter/engraver is also ideal printers who want to improve cutting precision compared to traditional mechanical die cutting.

    Its Optical Laser Tracking Systems ensures precise positioning while its Automatic Tension Control improves stability. Adjustable laser-powered cutting speeds can be used for different jobs and with different materials. Additional laser heads can be added as needed. Built-in technology also includes laminating, slitting and waste discharge capabilities, as well as a manual feeder for special materials.

    The LC330RE can also laser-engrave quickly and accurately on a wide variety of traditional and difficult substrates with ease. This opens up exciting new product and revenue opportunities for printers. Common applications include multi-shaped digital labels and security printing (can generate barcodes, numbering, etc.). Cutting speed is from 1 foot up to 196 feet per minute (depending on the specific application). Maximum roll diameter is 19.7” with sheet widths from 2” to 12.9” and a maximum scan capability of 12.59.” The LC330RE includes a colour code sensor and auto deviation correction technology for consistent and accurate positioning. 





  • + CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has dramatically expanded its product line with a powerful new version for Windows and an all-n..

    19 March 2019


    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has dramatically expanded its product line with a powerful new version for Windows and an all-new, graphic design software suite built specifically for macOS. Designed from the ground up to make the most of each unique platform, both packages also include the new CorelDRAW.app™ for easy, on-the-go graphics creation. Finally, users have a true professional design contender available on their platform of choice, empowering the creation of bold, attention-grabbing graphics with pixel-perfect precision.

    Graphics professionals – and those aspiring to be – now have access to world-class vector graphics software, professional photo editing, unsurpassed output capabilities, and AI-powered drawing tools. With CorelDRAW.app, designers can also show off and annotate their work on the go or quickly create new projects from virtually anywhere. Whether they have a passion for pixels, an obsession with output, or a love of layout, users can take control of their individual creative journey and dare to design differently.

    “CorelDRAW has built its reputation as a leading graphics suite that’s focused on professional results, output, and ease of use,” said John Falsetto, Senior Director of Products, CorelDRAW and Productivity. “When it comes to delivering outstanding projects every time, designers deserve real choice. With 2019, we’re bringing the power of CorelDRAW in a truly native experience to the Mac, delivering the high-end tools professionals need.”

    “Celebrating 30 years of graphics excellence, our CorelDRAW team continues to innovate with new products that promise to dramatically change the design software landscape,” said Gérard Métrailler, Executive Vice-President of Global Products at Corel. “With our recent Parallels acquisition and now the all-new CorelDRAW Graphics Suite for Mac, we’ve solidified Corel’s position as a provider of exceptional software that meets the needs of modern knowledge workers across specialties, skill levels, and platforms.”

    Experience the all-new CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Mac.

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 delivers the heart and soul of CorelDRAW in a new experience built specifically for Mac.

    1. Complete, Professional Design Toolkit: Explore an expansive toolbox of versatile, intuitive, and integrated applications to express your unique style and impress your audience. Take advantage of CorelDRAW for vector graphic design, illustration, and page layout, Corel PHOTO-PAINT® for photo editing, Corel® Font Manager™ to index and organise font libraries, AfterShot™ 3 HDR for RAW processing, the new CorelDRAW.app to access graphics tools virtually anywhere, and much more.

    1. Leading-Edge Technology: Discover a revolutionary new vector drawing experience that replicates the feel of pen and paper with LiveSketch™ – the industry’s first vector graphic design tool powered by a neural network. Watch as hand-drawn strokes are intelligently interpreted, adjusted, and combined with existing vector curves, making it simple to sketch and draw complex vector shapes on any pen-enabled device.

    1. Unique Experience for macOS: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Mac offers native Mac applications that reflect elements users love most about their favorite platform, including menus, windows and views, fields and labels, and buttons. Support for macOS Mojave Dark Mode and Touch Bar on MacBook Pro add to the suite’s unique look and feel.

    1. Easy to Learn & Use: Don’t fear the blank canvas – jump in and start creating! This powerful collection of applications is loaded with intuitive tools, learning materials, and sample projects to get started easily and create great designs sooner.
    Learn what’s new in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Windows.

    The latest CorelDRAW Graphics Suite offers an exciting collection of new features to create jaw-dropping designs with more precision and creative freedom than ever. Highlights include:

    1. NEW! Objects Docker: Completely redesigned, the new Objects Docker offers direct control over the structure of a document and quick access to its components to speed up any project.

    1. NEW! Non-Destructive Effects: Apply, modify, and experiment with effects on both vectors and bitmaps, all without altering the source object or image in CorelDRAW.

    1. NEW! Pixel Perfect Workflow: Ensure web graphics are crisp every time. Align the pixel grid to the edge of the page so exported graphics have clean borders, and use the new Align to Pixel Grid button to easily correct shapes.

    1. NEW! Modern Templates: Deliver professional results with a wide range of new, professionally designed templates presented in the enhanced ‘New from template’ dialog. Customize templates with ease to produce unique designs.

    1. ENHANCED! Look, Feel & Performance: Take advantage of interface improvements for easier navigation, greater consistency, and increased productivity. Enjoy performance boosts that improve text handling, startup time, document load times, graphics rendering, and more.
    Work anywhere with the all-new, web-based CorelDRAW.app.

    Included with the Windows and Mac suites, CorelDRAW.app enables you to be more productive and creative on the go. Rounding out the graphic design workflow, use the new web app to access CorelDRAW files stored in the cloud, add annotations and design elements, or start a new project from any device, thanks to innovative tools that empower creativity and deliver incredible results. Enhance your CorelDRAW.app web experience with a subscription to even more professional design options.

    When purchasing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Windows or Mac, choice is paramount.

    1. Perpetual license: One-time payment for a permanent license with no extra monthly or annual cost.

    1. Subscription license: Pay a low annual fee with the flexibility to cancel if your software needs change. Get access to the latest version as long as your subscription is active.





  • + Ricoh Introduces New Ricoh Pro VC20000

    Ricoh introduced the new Ricoh Pro VC20000 color continuous feed inkjet press. The compact, versatile system is no..

    19 March 2019


    Ricoh introduced the new Ricoh Pro VC20000 color continuous feed inkjet press. 

    The compact, versatile system is now available across EMEA. It brings competitive color production to existing users of continuous feed printers, as well as sheetfed users who are looking to consolidate the output of multiple devices to a single machine. With a footprint of just 4.3 square meters, it can fit into almost any production environment.

    The Pro VC20000 inkjet printer is compatible with a wide variety of papers. 

    The Pro VC20000 joins the mono 75 meters per minute, 600 x 600 dpi Ricoh Pro V20000 and the mono 150mpm, 600 x 600 dpi Ricoh Pro V20100.

    “The Pro VC20000 further enhances our fast-growing portfolio of colour continuous feed inkjet printers that includes the Ricoh Pro VC60000, and of course, the groundbreaking Ricoh Pro VC70000," said Eef de Ridder, VP, commercial and industrial printing group. "As the system is so easy to run clients can quickly enjoy improved operational efficiency, increased running speeds and significantly lower running costs enabling them to competitively elevate their service delivery and explore new markets.”

    The Ricoh Pro VC20000 is supported by Ricoh’s fast-growing software portfolio. It includes the new cloud-based Ricoh Supervisor, a remotely accessible Internet of Things solution that supports informed decision making by collecting, securely storing and analysing operational data; and Ricoh Communications Manager that delivers and deploys Customer Communications Management services with end to end visibility from source system to the final delivery for both print and digital communications.

    There is also the newly updated Ricoh ProcessDirector that controls and manages print production processes, TotalFlow BatchBuilder for intelligent and optimised production processes and FusionPro for the design and production of personalised communications.






  • + Summa introduces L1810 laser cutting system for the technical textile markets

    Summa nv, a leading supplier of high-end cutting plotters and finishing systems, introduces the L1810 laser cutter, brin..

    19 March 2019


    Summa nv, a leading supplier of high-end cutting plotters and finishing systems, introduces the L1810 laser cutter, bringing advanced laser cutting technology to benefit the sportswear, apparel, swimwear, dye sublimation garments and technical textile markets.

    The new L1810, with its 1.8 m wide flatbed, is the first laser cutter introduced by Summa since the acquisition of CadCam Technology (CCT). This machine is part of the Summa L Series and equipped with proven laser technology, yet with enhanced features.

    Wim Maes, Executive Director at Summa explains: “With our eyes focused on the textile market, this launch is an important step for Summa. A number of reasons convinced us that laser cutting is the best way to cut sportswear & apparel and we are ready to show the advantages, such as increased productivity, ease of use, cut accuracy and automated features, to the market. The development of this first Summa branded L1810 laser cutter is a powerful product to start with.”

    The L1810 laser system is built to seamlessly meet the requirements for cutting textiles for sportswear.

     - Processing sportswear involves sensitive and easily distorted textiles, the laser system uses contactless cutting, enabling users to process materials with       high precision.

     - Cutting quality that exceeds your expectations, thanks to the perfectly sealed edges.

     - Enhanced productivity with the 1.8 m conveyor system for continuous production of roll materials.

     - Any deformations are automatically recognised by the intelligent camera system and immediately compensated in the cutting vector.

    - Ease of use & Automation thanks to the advanced optional Vision system, which quickly scans the material and automatically creates vectors for cutting, without the need of a cutting file.

    - Material optimisation reduces waste with the Vision technology because the laser system does not need markers, the cutting designs can be placed much closer to each other, ensuring maximum use of the material.

    - Environment & Safety is a priority. Fumes are removed by the internal extraction system and cutting by laser produces no dust fibres ensuring a clean work environment. The L1810 cutting area is enclosed to meet the Class 1 standard, ensuring the laser cutting source is covered during operation and machine pauses if the cover is open.

    The L1810 laser cutter is especially suitable to cut textiles, such as sportswear, dye sublimation garments but also all sorts of raw materials used in the composite industry. All of these substrates are part of the wide variety of materials, which can be cut on Summa’s advanced L1810 laser cutting system.

    Moreover, by using the optional Vision system, the L1810 Vision is utmost suitable to be used in high-production environments, demanding fast processing of printed textiles in order to achieve more throughput in less time. Always with the same high-end finishing quality, Summa stands for.

    Wim Maes points out, “With the dedication and expertise on board, Summa continues to excel as a supplier of high-performance cutting and finishing solutions, broadening its portfolio in a growing number of markets. The introduction of the L1810 laser cutter is an ideal stepping stone to also build a reputation of a trusted partner in the textile industry. The broad spectrum of Summa’s cutting solutions, offering exceptional cut quality, versatility and productivity will perfectly serve the textile industry, similar as it has been serving the sign & digital market to date.”





  • + 3M Competition Winners Take Delivery of New V8 Mustang

    There was no hiding the smiles when Nicole and Carey Burt of Zoom Signs went to collect their brand new V8 Race Red 2018..

    19 March 2019


    There was no hiding the smiles when Nicole and Carey Burt of Zoom Signs went to collect their brand new V8 Race Red 2018 Ford Mustang. The husband and wife team were the very happy winners of the 3M ‘Win a Ford Mustang’ promotion. 

    The competition was open to anyone who purchased a 3M product from any Australian retailer or regular wholesaler/distributor. Having purchased a number of 3M products from Amari Visual Solutions, Nicole was encouraged by Carey to enter. 





    “We changed over to 3M products after we were having problems with consistency and reliability of other branded products,’ said Nicole. “We are a small business but we are a busy workshop and don't have time to be repeating jobs when inferior products fail. So, we switched to AVS about a year ago and haven’t looked back. We use the best products first time round, our customers appreciate the quality of our work and we are confident in sending 3M products out.” 

    Nicole entered a total of four times, but like most competitions gave it little thought after that. That was until she got an email in December last year saying that she was one of the prize winners.  

    “We thought we had won tickets to the V8 supercar which there were 20 passes given as runners up prizes. We were very excited about that and were busy planning which race we would go to. We honestly didn't even give the major prize a second thought.” 

    That would all change with a phone call. 

    “We received a phone call about a month ago telling me that we had actually won the Mustang. I was in total disbelief and thought it was a cruel trick! Apparently all the blood rushed from my face and I just kept saying thanks you! After the call we all danced around the office yelling and cheering. Needless to say not much work happened for the rest of the day.”


    (Chris Murphy Warwick Automotive, Carey and Nicole Burt Zooms Signs, Mitch Coleman Amari Visual Solutions, Debbie Amiradaki 3M Corporate Marketing, Mark Langdale 3M Automotive)


    Debbie Amiradaki, 3M Marketing Manager for Australia and New Zealand said, “We are very happy for Nicole and Carey of Zoom Signs. The ‘Win a Mustang Competition’ was a way for 3M “to mark our association with Supercars and to celebrate the 2019 launch of Mustangs into the sport.”

    “It’s always fun to run promotions such as this and great to see positive engagement with our customers. We would like to congratulate all the winners and thank them for their continued support”.

    “We are so grateful to 3M for the win,” said Nicole. “We are just a normal hard working family that didn't ever expect to be driving a car like this.” 

    For more information about 3M graphics and signage products, please visit www.3m.com.au/3M/en_AU/graphics-signage-au/

    For more information about Amari Visual Solutions, please visit www.amarivisual.com.au





  • + Impact CNC appoint Bi-Wize Signage Supplies as Victorian Dealer

    Sign Essentials Pty Ltd, Australian distributor of Impact CNC Routers and Lasers, is pleased to announce that they have ..

    14 March 2019


    Sign Essentials Pty Ltd, Australian distributor of Impact CNC Routers and Lasers, is pleased to announce that they have appointed Bi-Wize Signage Supplies, based in Thomastown VIC, as their Victorian dealer.

    Impact CNC was launched in Australia in mid-2011 and has quickly established an enviable reputation - offering an excellent mix of quality and affordability. Sign Essentials has placed multiple installations in the sign, aluminium fabrication, wood-working and educational sectors.  There are now well over 150 Impact CNC machines around Australia.  “Our clients love the fact that they can purchase a fully-featured router or laser at a great price with expert training, service and support” said Sean Strange, General Manager of Sign Essentials.  “We felt the next step was to partner with an established company in Victoria to help grow Impact CNC in that market.  When an opportunity came up with Bi-Wize it quickly became apparent that they were a great fit for our brand. They have 50 years’ experience in the sign and print industries and more than 20 years equipment experience. We know they will provide the experience and expertise purchasers will require.”

    “Bi-Wize is pleased to be appointed as the Victorian dealer for Impact CNC Routers and Lasers and greatly appreciates the opportunity to work in partnership with such a well known, experienced and respected brand” said Steven Pollock, Managing Director of Bi-Wize.  “Machinery is now a vital component of the signage industry and through our partnership with Impact CNC we hope to extend our product range and services to continue serving the current and future needs of our customers. We are proud to be associated with a company that not only provides excellent quality and affordability in their products but who is remarkably professional and supportive.”

    “We have introduced Impact CNC products to many different businesses over the last 8 years” tells John Williams, CNC Specialist from Sign Essentials. “They are producing some amazing work and cutting a huge range of materials.  We have proven Impact CNC offers the right mix of features, quality and price.  We look forward to working with Bi-Wize and their customers in Victoria.”


    All industries will surely be impressed by the feature-packed Tornado model which Bi-Wize selected as their demo machine. It has just been installed in Melbourne and customers are invited to book a personal demonstration of the Impact CNC router today.


    Alternatively check out the range of machines at www.impactcnc.com.au


    Bi-Wize Signage Supplies can be contacted on 03 9465 1233 or by email at sales@bi-wize.com


    Impact CNC enquiries in other states can contact Sign Essentials on 07 3865 2294 or by email at sales@impactcnc.com.au






  • + For Another Year Kwik Kopy Is Appointed Official Print Partner for AACTA awards

    Kwik Kopy was recently chosen as the official print partner for The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AA..

    13 March 2019


    Kwik Kopy was recently chosen as the official print partner for The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards in recognition and celebration of Australia’s highest achievements in film and television. This amazing work highlights how Garry Folcarelli of Kwik Kopy Alexandria produced print material that represented the prestige of the awards. 

    Objectives:

    One of most important requirements was to provide a wide range of quality printing materials that could be given out at lead-up events such as the AACTA Industry Luncheon as well as the AACTA Awards ceremony and official after party. Printed collateral included:

    • - Invitations
    • - Posters
    • - Event programs
    • - Year in review booklets
    • - Winners’ cards
    • - Sealed envelopes
    • - Social media cards





    Strategy and Execution:

    The first step Kwik Kopy took was to meet with AACTA and get a clear understanding of their business, needs and expectations. Folcarelli recommended using print stock that suited the glamour of the event that also reflected the bright camera stage lights of the event.  


    Solutions:

    The sheer number of people handling the materials, coupled with lighting and cameras flashes meant it was crucial to get the right paper stock and finish right. Kwik Kopy took the following approach: 

    • - Use coated stock for the covers of the Judge’s Handbook and uncoated stock for the inside pages. This gave the right look and professional, high-quality feel for the occasion.
    • - For the winner’s cards a matt finish was used to stop reflect the lights using gloss celloglaze finishes would mean far too much reflection. 
    • - Kwik Kopy Alexandria chose special inks like a gold metallic finish and silver metallic toner. The gold metallic finish helped makes the logo and lettering ‘pop’ on print pieces such as the invitations and programs.
    • - For the winner’s card Kwik Kopy created a folded die-cut outer piece. The cut-outs allowed AACTA to insert the winner’s details and seal the card. This meant AACTA could maintain complete secrecy and suspense until the winner announcements on the night! 





    Results:

    AFI | AACTA Partnerships Manager, Chloe Krushka says that customer service is key when finding a reliable print partner. That’s exactly what they found in Kwik Kopy.

    “A quick turnaround and flexibility to work with changes is very important to us. This includes working together to create and follow timelines that work for both parties as well as advice on what materials will work best for the job in question. We have greatly enjoyed working with Kwik Kopy. Garry has been fantastic. He has been very responsive and helpful when it has come to our printing needs.”





  • + Label Image chooses Durst Tau 330 E inkjet press to drive growth

    Label Image has invested in a Durst Tau 330 E UV inkjet press to support its ongoing commitment to operational growth an..

    13 March 2019


    Label Image has invested in a Durst Tau 330 E UV inkjet press to support its ongoing commitment to operational growth and high quality customer service. Formed in 1986, the Australian company was acquired by Nick and Emma Godwin in 2015. Since then they have made a number of improvements and investments focused on driving growth and maintaining a high level of service and support for their expanding customer base.



    Today, Label Image is recognised for its innovative sales team, e-commerce shop front and digital printing systems. It challenges the market with new ideas and solutions developed from its understanding of customer needs. It executes environmentally astute print-on-demand solutions that reduce inventory and deliver shorter turnaround times.

    The latest in digital inkjet technology was chosen to complement Label Image’s conventional label printing systems. Explains Nick: "We first assessed the basics of adaptability, reliability, quality and the opportunities offered to enhance their client offerings. The Durst Tau 330 E ticked all those boxes and more. Its productivity, print quality and colour consistency were stand out capabilities.

    “During the extensive decision-making process the growth potential for Label Image was crucial. We considered the option of additional services and offerings but also wanted a return on investment (ROI) model that made sense and allowed us to scale up to meet future demand. We also recognised that having a lower capital cost press doesn’t always equate to a lower total cost of print.”

    Emma continues: “The Durst Tau is remarkable at reducing media waste. We can print a press proof and rewind the media to the next label start point and immediately begin printing with no waste. This means the first label is a billable label, reducing waste and costs, something I have not seen on any other press to date. Nor have I seen this level of image quality on any other inkjet press.”

    ROI was not the only consideration when investing in the Durst Tau 330 E. Important, too, was the broad range of media it could handle without the mess, cost or sourcing of primers or post coatings on materials. They range from direct thermal, cosmetic, food and beverage to industrial. In fact, it covers most commercial labels. Other convincers were the stunning white ink opacity achieved in the single pass print process reducing production time and operator flexibility. 

    Label Image’s single-pass direct printing Durst Tau 330 E has no blankets or transfer components that could compromise printed colour or densities. It is coupled with the Durst Workflow Label system including variable data printing, to deliver a consultative and creative approach. It has enabled Label Image to keep in-house fast turnaround and difficult jobs such as short and mid-sized run lengths, customised and personalised labels, multi SKUs, promotional and pilot applications.

    It also includes back up and support from Durst and its Australian partner Photo Electronics Services (PES). Nick concludes: “Our experience with Durst and PES has been excellent both from a pre and post installation perspective. The installation was completed within a week and operators trained immediately after allowing us to transition into production sooner than expected.”

    Helmuth Munter, Segment Manager, Durst Label & Packaging Printing, said: “It is great to see another company such as Label Image adopting our ‘Configure Your Digital Future’ approach by partnering with us to support their business growth aspirations and investigate new markets. We are delighted to be able to support their ambitious goals and help them expand their business reach.”






  • + Ricoh launches Ri 1000 Direct to Garment printer

    Ricoh has launched the Ri 1000 Direct to Garment (DTG) printer providing imaginative print providers with a fast and fle..

    12 March 2019


    Ricoh has launched the Ri 1000 Direct to Garment (DTG) printer providing imaginative print providers with a fast and flexible production solution that delivers exceptional image quality.

    Appearing at FESPA, Munich, May 14 to 17, in response to the growing demand for easy to use, efficient and affordable garment decoration solutions, the Ri 1000 supports the adoption of value added services in new markets. It joins the Ri 100 and Ri 6000 in Ricoh’s rapidly expanding DTG portfolio of solutions.

    Faster than the Ri 3000 it replaces, the Ri 1000 delivers greater print quality with enhanced resolution of 1200 dpi x 1200 dpi and supports CMYK plus white ink to ensure dazzling results on fabric of any colour.

    The Ri 1000’s application flexibility is supported by a new pre-treatment liquid suitable for 100% light polyester and polycotton blends. This opens up greater opportunities for garments and textile products in a number of sectors including sports.

    Quick operation and production versatility are made easy with the ability to smoothly switch between multiple styles of platens up to 406.4 mm x 508 mm. The Ri 1000’s magnetic mechanism enables the platens to easily snap on and off without the need for additional tools. This flexibility supports continuous production and a wide range of print capabilities from children's sizes to super wide designs.

    “The Ri 1000’s comprehensive functionality, production flexibility and versatility make it the ideal option for personalised garment printing and print on demand services,” says Graham Kennedy, Head of Commercial Ink Jet Business, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe. “It delivers the perfect combination of smart technology, fast print speeds and high output quality to enable creative print providers to capture genuine business growth opportunities. Its four Ricoh print heads, robust product design, advanced features such as temperature and humidity sensors, and precise ink supply monitoring assure consistently reliable high quality results.”

    Minimal maintenance with customisable cleaning options maximises production uptime. For those maintenance tasks that aren’t automated, the device’s 7-inch touchscreen display provides smart alerts notifying operators when to perform manual maintenance tasks.






  • + Ricky secures Principal Partnership of Melanoma March

    It is no secret that Ricky is a proud supporter of Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA). For three years Ricky has sponsor..

    12 March 2019


    It is no secret that Ricky is a proud supporter of Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA). For three years Ricky has sponsored a research fellow at the institute by donating a percentage of sales from the purchase of our extensive range of shade fabrics. This year, Ricky has decided to not only sponsor a research fellow, but to also become principal partner for the MIA’s biggest fund-raising initiative, Melanoma March. This includes Jay’s Longest Melanoma March, which sees Jay, a melanoma survivor, walking from Adelaide to Sydney via Melbourne over the course of 50 days.

    Melanoma March is now in its eighth year. At each location around Australia, the Melanoma March events bring together the whole ‘melanoma community’. Not only is it to raise awareness and funds for melanoma research, it’s an opportunity to inspire others and remember loved ones.

    Ricky Head of Marketing, Greg McKinley, wanted to extend the support Ricky offered to MIA. “When we learned that there was an opportunity to further support MIA & their biggest fundraising initiative, we were obviously very interested.” 

    Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians (15–39 year olds) and kills more young Australians (20-39 year olds) than any other type of cancer.
    Last year over 7,000 people from every state and territory in Australia supported their local Melanoma March events and we invite you to join us in 2019.
    Check out all the details and register at: https://melanomamarch.org.au/ 

    To find out more about Jay’s Longest Melanoma March go to: https://tourdecure.com.au/events/jays-longest-melanoma-march-2019/
    Ricky and MIA are taking the steps together to end melanoma. Jump on board and join us.





  • + VIVID SYDNEY TO LAUNCH 2019 PROGRAM

    Vivid Sydney returns to transform the Harbour City into a colourful creative canvas for 23 nights from Friday 24 May to ..

    12 March 2019


    Vivid Sydney returns to transform the Harbour City into a colourful creative canvas for 23 nights from Friday 24 May to Sunday 15 June.
     
    Celebrating its 11th anniversary in 2019,  Australia’s most loved and awarded festival brings together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to share their creativity with visitors and residents alike.
     
    The official Vivid Sydney 2019 program will be announced on Tuesday 19 March.
     
    We’ll be sure to update you as the program unfolds so stay tuned.
     
    For further information please contact:
     
    Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners
    nathan@themintpartners.com.au

    For more information you can visit vividsydney.com





  • + Epson to host "Concepts in Colour" Melbourne Product Expo

    As one of the world's leading performance imaging companies, Epson continues to set the benchmark for print quality. ..

    12 March 2019


    As one of the world's leading performance imaging companies, Epson continues to set the benchmark for print quality.

    Take this unique opportunity to get hands on with the Epson range of solutions for photo, fine art, signage, dye sub, direct-to-garment and technical printing.

    At Concepts in Colour, you will learn about:
    • Understanding colour basics
    • Spot/named colour replacements
    • Colour books within RIPS
    • How to use specialty colours in inkjet print workflow

    The venue is: Manningham Hotel, Bulleen, Melbourne, from the 19th to 21st March, 2019

    You can drop in anytime, or set a time with your Epson dealer.
    RSVP: zlowe@epson.com.au



    Oh, and for one very lucky visitor, there is a special door prize of a market leading Epson Projector. 





  • + New VersaUV LEF2-200 Features Exceptional Print Capabilities and Ease of Us

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

    12 March 2019


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters worldwide, today announced the launch of the VersaUV LEF2-200 20" benchtop UV flatbed printer.

    The LEF series includes the popular desktop and benchtop versions of Roland DG’s UV flatbed inkjet printers. The latest model LEF2-200 inherits the series’ renowned ability to print amazing graphics and lifelike textures, including premium finishes such as simulated embossing, onto a vast array of materials up to 100 mm (3.94 in.) thick. New functions make the LEF2-200 even easier and more efficient to use.

    "The VersaUV LEF2-200 makes it very simple to print premium-quality photographs, graphics and text on almost anything," said Kohei Tanabe, President of Roland DG’s Digital Printing Business Division. ECO-UV ink cures instantly on the surface of the material, allowing you to print directly onto PVC and plastics, canvas, wood, leather, fabric, etc. In addition to full colour printing, you can produce premium gloss and matte finishes as well as simulated 3D embossing for amazingly lifelike textures with multiple layers of Clear ink. Capable of printing on corners and curves as well as soft materials such as leather and fabric, advanced Roland ECO-UV ink formulations are designed for both flexibility and beautiful imaging. 

    According to Tanabe, the new LEF2-200 incorporates a host of advanced functions to simplify high quality printing. A Start Timer Function completes the setup procedures of printhead cleaning and white ink circulation automatically by your designated start time. A positioning jig makes it easy to align items on the print table. The VersaUV LEF2-200 includes the latest VersaWorks 6 RIP software, featuring an intuitive interface for easy operation and job management. The LEF2-200 also adopts a new cleaning system to increase reliability. A Head Refresh Feature removes any ink remaining on the printheads and cleans the printhead surface to maintain the health of the printer. The airtight cover protects operators from UV light and prevents dust from settling onto the surface of materials while printing. 

    "With the LEF2-200, now anyone can print stunningly realistic and colourful images onto many different materials that you might not think possible," Tanabe said. "To be able to offer this print capability even to people who lack training, we focused on ease of operation and bullet-proof reliability so that everyone can enjoy printing graphics and textures with confidence. This LEF2-200 adds incredible value and opportunity for business growth."

    www.rolanddg.com





  • + Konica Minolta Showcases Label Printing, Variable Data and Integrated Software Systems

    A full house of industry professionals enjoyed an inside look at the advantages of digitally printed label technology an..

    12 March 2019


    A full house of industry professionals enjoyed an inside look at the advantages of digitally printed label technology and support systems from Konica Minolta for short to medium run jobs. 

    Held at the Printing Education Centre at Victoria’s Holmesglen Tafe, presenters from Konica Minolta, in conjunction with software and systems providers XMPie and PrintIQ, talked about the advantages of the AccurioLabel 190 label press, online ordering and data management systems and integrated production software. Guests also got a look at the iTech CENTRA HS finishing system. 



    A series of five speakers gave presentations in their area of speciality, taking guests on the journey from the moment an order is placed online, to the point at which the final product receives specialist finishing. 

    The first presenter was Enda Kavanaugh, Asia Pacific Sales Manager, XMPIE. Enda talked about the ability of variable data to increase the value of a label by enhancing the emotional connection to the final recipient. Campaigns such as personalised Vegemite and Nutella labels demonstrated the success by which variable data label printing can bolster the perceived value of the final product, something that customers will willingly pay for.  

    “Personalised packaging is worth 40 per cent more,” said Enda. “We’ve seen this happen with the Vegemite and Nutella campaigns. If a jar of Nutella is $6, I can add a personalised label to it and can sell it for $12. There is significant emotional content that can be created by the label if you make it available to the person.”

    Next to present was Adrian Fleming, Global Sales Director, PrintIQ. Adrian detailed the PrintIQ process showing which print device will give the best profit margin for a specific job (including all variables), and the benefits this delivers for estimation and quotes, as well as streamlining the whole production process.



    David Cascarino, National Manager Industrial Print, Konica Minolta, presented the benefits of the AccurioLabel 190 for short and medium run variable digital label printing. Released in 2016 at Konica Minolta has sold 300 units worldwide with 10 currently in operation in Australia.

    “The AccurioLabel 190 has certainly found a niche in the marketplace because of the wide range of applications and industries that it caters for,” said David. “We are talking about labels for the liquor and beverage industries, industrial products and medical labels because we have got FDA compliance.” 

    “The AccurioLabel 190 is 1200 x 1200dpi capable, meaning image quality is equal to our sheetfed presses. “The printer supports a 330mm web at a print rate of 18.8mpm, and due to the use of dry toner, no pre-coating is required giving it the ability to print on a wide range of stocks.”

    The Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 190 is indeed an impressive machine. The capabilities and growing demand for variable data printing is well documented, so too the growing trend of shorter and medium-run label production. With its advanced capabilities it is easy to see why the AccurioLabel 190 is in demand. 

    Following David was Joseph Brown, Sales Executive, QLM, who spoke to attendees about the iTech CENTRA HS label finishing system. The machine is a high-speed, roll-to-roll digital converting system that allows users to laminate, die cut, strip and slit custom labels in one production pass. Joseph detailed the advantages of the system and how, with minimal training, and operator could be very proficient with this easy to use technology. 



    Completing the event was Paul Ross, Program Manager at the Holmesglen Tafe print centre. Paul commended Konica Minolta for the company’s complete support of the centre, and the technology and training support they had provided. 

    Paul stated that the program was designed to cater for all aspects of the industry, not just digital print, and had seen an increase in the number of students currently enrolled. 

    “We’ve had an increase in the number of people wanting to do the course,” said Paul. “We currently have 17 people in one group, with 25 more waiting to do the second course starting in May. Students come here for four days each week, with one day a week being spent in work experience with companies looking for apprentices or an employee and that go on to full time employment," 

    There was certainly a lot to be learned from the presentations, and very interesting to see how the whole production process works seamlessly for greater efficiency, waste minimisation and profit maximisation. 

    For more information about the Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 190, please visit here.





  • + Canon’s International Achievers Visit Waratah Group

    Recently, the best and brightest from Canon Hong Kong toured the production facilities of one of Australia’s leadi..

    11 March 2019


    Recently, the best and brightest from Canon Hong Kong toured the production facilities of one of Australia’s leading print specialists, Waratah Group. 

    The aim of the tour was to show the team from Canon Hong Kong how the state-of-the-art 
    Océ VarioPrint i300 is being used by the Waratah Group to maximise production, harness the benefits of variable data and shift from offset print to the more efficient digital inkjet cut sheet process. 

    Brett Chalmers, COO, Waratah Group, met the delegation and talked about how the Océ VarioPrint i300 has greatly benefitted their business, why they invested in the technology, and the enormous workload the printer is able to handle. 

    “We invested in the Océ VarioPrint i300 because we wanted a cost-effective alternative to the offset processes we were using,” said Brett. “The Océ VarioPrint i300 eliminates the need for plates, set-up times, chemicals, storage, transport and many of the other costs usually associated with offset print. Over time though, we have found that its versatility and ability to harness variable data, has really changed how we operate. It saves us so much time and the print quality is exceptional. We operate the Océ VarioPrint i300 close to 24/7 and it never lets us down.”



    Waratah Group installed the Océ VarioPrint i300 in 2017. Though initially looking to replace their offset print technology for small and medium run jobs. The team at Waratah Group quickly realised there was far more to this printer. 

    The VarioPrint i300 is a sheet-fed production colour inkjet press, about twice as productive as similar class digital colour toner presses. It is suited for multiple print applications from variable mail printing through to high-quality commercial print applications like premium direct mail, glossy magazines and high end collaterals, including the availability of MICR inks for check printing. Among its most appealing features is its ability to print on common offset coated substrates; the range of qualified papers is expanding daily.



    As a production unit, it bridges the gap between the application flexibility and efficiency of toner-based sheet fed digital presses and the economy and productivity of web-fed inkjet systems, without compromising quality. It supports a large variety of paper sizes up to B3 format and uses the proven input and output technologies. This is combined with the innovative, highly efficient iQuarius Precision Sheet Control that uses vacuum suction to hold sheets flat on its seamless, stainless steel paper transport belt. For maximum performance, automated maintenance routines help reduce operator intervention; simultaneously helping maintain print quality, productivity, and uptime. The printer is engineered with "Sense and Support" Predictive Maintenance, delivering peace of mind by helping minimise unplanned service activities and optimising planned maintenance.



    Craig Nethercott, MD, Océ Australia who was present at the tour added, “The VarioPrint i300 is extremely economical and highly productive. It is perfectly placed for businesses producing between one and ten million impressions per month. Highly versatile, it can address direct mail, publishing and general commercial print applications, and its high levels of automation and broad range of inline finishing options, with minimal need for further handling, deliver significant productivity improvements. Waratah Group has shown how productive the VarioPrint i300 can be, becoming (by volume) one of the top five operators of this printer in the world. The quality and versatility of printed items we have seen here goes to show just how good VarioPrint i300 is.”

    Brett took the delegation on a tour of Waratah’s impressive industrial production facilities at their Port Melbourne location. They offer services and solutions for every area of print including offset and digital print, packaging, publishing, e-commerce, design and mailing services, as well as data management and logistical services. 

    The team from Canon were able to ask questions and discover how the Waratah Group were getting the best from the Océ VarioPrint i300 in the ever changing printing landscape. 



    Brett explained that the benefit of digital technology and variable data capability meant that they could offer new, personalised services to clients, something they were not able to do with previous offset technology. This ability has opened up new avenues, giving the company the opportunity to pitch new ideas to clients. He also provided examples of the superior print quality the VarioPrint i300 can deliver, handing out samples ranging from magazines, direct mail pieces, brochures and catalogues. 



    The delegation was really impressed by the size, efficiency and professionalism shown by Waratah Group, and how the Océ VarioPrint i300 was able to facilitate the company’s growth, professionalism and ability to provide their clients with their signature quality and service.



    “What sets us apart in the industry is the value proposition we offer to the market place,” said Brett. “We provide a fully integrated solution including all methods of print production including offset, digital, large format, small format, mailing, promotional item and 3pl, All these services are supported by the latest technologies available to our clients.”

    To find out more about the leading range of Océ print technology, you can visit www.oce.com.au or contact Alexandra Grant Alexandra.grant@oce.com

    To find out more about Waratah Group, please visit www.waratah-group.com.au





  • + How Cool is This - Griffiths Brothers Gin Label Tells You When It Is Cold Enough To Drink

    Royston Labels has created label packaging for Griffiths Brothers' Cold Distilled Gin, combining simple black line work ..

    05 March 2019


    Royston Labels has created label packaging for Griffiths Brothers' Cold Distilled Gin, combining simple black line work with evocative detailing and flashes of blue. This may sound fairly simple, but using thermochromic ink, the blue portion of the label will only appear when the Gin is considered cold enough to be enjoyed at its best. How cool!

    The Griffiths Brothers name is associated with premium gin that has been created using cold distillation to better capture the flavours of the botanicals, so in manufacturing the label for this special drink, the Royston team used a series of specialised techniques to ensure the highest quality finish.



    The label was printed on a clear material to ensure that it was sufficiently and that the large, bold design was clearly delineated. High definition raised print was applied to give a smooth textural quality to the text, and vibrant blue detailing was achieved with premium inks.

    For an innovative finishing touch, a heat-responsive section was added to the back. They manufactured this portion of the label using thermochromic ink, which turns blue when the gin is cold enough to drink. At warmer temperatures, the blue fades – indicating that it’s time for a trip back to the refrigerator.

    Though impressive, this gin label’s colour-changing capabilities might be dismissed by some as the printing equivalent of a parlour trick, if not for the fact that it serves to reinforce the key selling point of this premium gin. Unlike traditional distillers, Griffiths Brothers created this gin using cold distillation, the better to capture the flavours of the botanicals used in its making, and ultimately making for a cleaner, brighter taste.

    Designed by Milestone  and printed by Royston Labels,  the Griffiths Brothers Gin label is also an excellent example of digital inkjet printing. CMYK + White were printed on 50 micron Fasson Clear polypropylene (PP) film, with the white going down first to provide a neutral background for the vibrant blue and some of the leaf details. The vibrant Blue ink was then applied via flexo to the name of the gin and as an accent colour.





  • + New TrueVIS VG2 Series Printer Cutters Produce "Power to Excite"

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

    05 March 2019


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters worldwide, today announced the launch of its second generation TrueVIS VG2 Series 64" and 54" wide format eco-solvent inkjet printer cutters.

    Kohei Tanabe, President, Digital Printing Business Division, stated that the company’s objective in creating the VG2 Series was to improve upon the already high standards set by the previous award-winning VG Series. "To create printer cutters that boast the highest output quality in Roland DG history, we did not stick to existing concepts, but redefined product development by focusing on dozens of little details. The result is that the new TrueVIS VG2 Series offers customers a true competitive advantage and the "power to excite."

    The TrueVIS VG2 Series adopts a new generation of eco-solvent TR2 ink. In addition to the previous seven colours of CMYKLcLmLk and White, new TR2 ink supports Orange ink to greatly expand colour gamut. "Orange ink effectively leads to richer colour expression which resonates in the mind," Tanabe said. A new Multiprocess Colour Function was developed to enable using Orange ink as a process colour. In order to take full advantage of the VG2’s superior colour reproduction capability and the wide colour gamut provided by TR2 ink, a True Rich Colour preset was also created. "Now for the first time," he added, "vibrant colour can be combined with neutral grays, smooth gradations and natural skin tones to create stunning graphics."

    The VG2 offers a host of technological advancements to improve both printing and cutting accuracy for reliable results during unattended operation. New middle pinch rollers raise automatically prior to starting the cutting process for unattended operation. New crop mark options for cutting laminated printed materials in combination with optimised pinch roller pressure provide more stable cutting performance. A new take-up unit supports two modes according to the type of media chosen, securing take-up stability for smooth post processes. 

    Tanabe said meticulous attention to details by Roland DG engineers resulted in increased performance and reliability for the VG2. Roland DG FlexFire printheads produce the precision ink firing that enables printing neutral grays, vivid colours, and smooth skin tones even at the highest speeds. TrueVIS VG2 and TR2 ink is certified for long-lasting results by the 3MTM MCSTM, providing assurance of the quality and reliability of their graphics. The VG2 with TR2 ink also supports Avery’s ICS performance guarantee and is certified GREENGUARD Gold for safe indoor graphic applications. Included VersaWorks 6 RIP software supports the latest Harlequin® RIP dual core engine with PDF 2.0 and native 64-bit processing plus new, easy-to-use capabilities that make it the most powerful RIP software ever.

    Tanabe noted that the previous VG Series won the 2019 Pick Awards for Colour and Productivity from Buyers Lab. "Roland DG is committed to providing products to help graphic providers and sign makers unleash their creative possibilities, transform their imagination into reality, and enjoy a sense of accomplishment when people react to their output graphics with ‘WOW!’" he said. 

    For more information, please visit here





  • + Xyrec Debuts New Robot to Automatically Print Graphics to Aircraft

    A new robotic system to make aircraft painting quicker, cheaper and more environmentally friendly has just made its debu..

    04 March 2019


    A new robotic system to make aircraft painting quicker, cheaper and more environmentally friendly has just made its debut at ZAL Innovation Days.

    Dutch robotics specialist Xyrec, which has developed the Automated Paint Robot (APR) in collaboration with Airbus and Southwest Research Institute, gave a live demonstration of the system that it says can reduce time in the paint shop from 16 days to 5 days.

    The APR is able to print any aircraft livery design on an aircraft fuselage by automatically orienting itself during the painting process. According to Xyrec, the end-to-end painting process can sand the fuselage, clean it after paint has been stripped, spray primer and clear coatings, dry clear coatings in a mere two hours (compared to the 14 hours it currently takes) and then direct print a new design. Xyrec says the cleaning process can also be used for cleaning of aircraft during A and B checks.



    Due to the APR’s ability to significantly reduce overall painting time, Xyrec says the robot can reduce labor costs by 80% while also saving up to 30% of paint, which provides environmental benefits. In addition, the company says the robot ensures higher predictability and paint quality.

    During the demonstration at ZAL Innovation Days, Xyrec showed off the APR’s newest feature, which uses inkjet technology for digital printing rather than paint. The technology was illustrated by printing a large digital image on an Airbus A320 fuselage. According to the company, the printer technology enables airlines to be more creative with livery designs because it allows intricate decoration of a full aircraft faster and more efficiently than via manual masking and spray guns.

    The APR began development three years ago and Xyrec says it will be available commercially in 2020, with a direct print feature coming in 2021.





  • + US Printer Offers Custom Printed Cookies

    There's always something new in the printing world. In the US, Overnight Prints introduced cookie printing. The online p..

    04 March 2019


    There's always something new in the printing world. In the US, Overnight Prints introduced cookie printing. The online print provider will be serving an assortment of ready-to-eat custom printed cookie products as part of its print marketing materials and services. Adding the baked treat to its menu provides a sweet edible option for gift giving, event catering, party favors and promotional giveaways just in time for Easter and Mother’s Day.

    “Custom printed cookies make any event even more meaningful and memorable, especially a once-in-a-lifetime occasion like a first birthday or 50th wedding anniversary,” said Janell Awong, brand manager, Overnight Prints. “What makes everyone’s favorite sweet treat even better is adding that personal touch like a unique photo or special message.”

    Home baked style cookies can be personalized with edible images, photos, logos and short messages in full color. Each gourmet vanilla-flavored sugar cookie is hand-decorated with royal icing. Cookies are individually wrapped and delivered fresh from the bakery in quantities of 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 96 or 120.

    Custom printed cookies are offered in 16 assorted shapes and sizes. Ranging from 3˝ to 8˝, circle and square shapes can be ordered in 3-inch, 3.5-inch, 4-inch and 8-inch sizes. Rectangle-shaped portrait cookies are available in 3-by-4, 3-by-5, 4-by-6, 5-by-7 and 8-by-10-inch sizes. Heart-shaped cookies come in either 3-inch, 3.5-inch or 4-inch sizes.

    The personalised pastries cater to food menus at personal and professional functions, such as family gatherings and celebrations, holiday parties and for corporate gifting. Cookie printing is also ideal for promotional events like conferences, meetings and trade shows, and as party favours at weddings, anniversaries, graduations, birthdays, baptisms and retirement parties, etc.

    www.overnightprints.com