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  • + 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.





  • + Canon announces upgrades to LabelStream 4000

    Canon has launched significant upgrades and optional configurations to its digital label press, the LabelStream 4000 ser..

    18 May 2020


    Canon has launched significant upgrades and optional configurations to its digital label press, the LabelStream 4000 series. Addressing the needs of label converters, new improvements include an optional orange colour channel, a screen-like high-opacity white ink, and enhanced usability for greater production efficiencies.


    With the LabelStream’s expanded colour capability, users can add optional orange and white ink channels. Match a wider range of brand colours and achieve highest white opacity without compromising on quality or reliability. 


    The new white ink channel achieves up to 80 percent opacity at 36 m/min in a single pass. Users can eliminate lengthy set-up times and expensive screens, as well as increase cost efficiencies. With additional opacities of more than 70 percent at 50 m/min and more than 65 percent at 75 m/min, a wide range of performance levels are available.


    Using Xaar 2001 printhead technology, which offers high pigment load, and increased ink laydown capability, the LabelStream inks attain a colour gamut of 96 percent with the spot-colour swatch book at a Delta E 2000 value of less than two. 


    LabelStream 4000 Core unit is the first step into the world of high performance, UV inkjet printing. Built on a cost-efficient, yet powerful base unit, users have the option to expand the press set-up to meet their needs. 


    With its UV inkjet technology and a robust web transport system, the press offers print speeds of up to 75m/min and two print width set-ups of 330mm or 410mm, resulting in an industry-leading output speed of 1,845 sqm/hr, providing quicker turnaround times. Users can also complement digital production printer with UV flexo units for spot colours, varnishing and coating.


    For more complex applications, the LabelStream 4000 hybrid configuration offers a custom mix of UV flexo, embellishment and finishing units, turning it into a fully integrated, single-pass label conversion line. This mix of conventional and digital technologies enables a complete inline production of high-quality self-adhesive labels.


    The LabelStream provides faster syncing between flexo and digital print units, so users can benefit from reduced operator intervention, increased uptime and high-quality output. The seamless interplay of the two technologies, driven by LabelStream’s central control panel, allows for easy recalling of job settings and automated job set-up. The central control panel enables job changes to take effect on-the-fly without halting the press to adjust digital and analogue elements.


    Canon’s service proposition has grown and evolved, with more than 1,600 high-volume inkjet presses and 8,500 UV-based large format printing systems worldwide, enabling LabelStream customers to benefit from proven, diversified and tailored service models.


    With the LabelStream 4000, users can reduce operator intervention, increase uptime and produce high quality output, all with one device with minimal set-up time, the flexibility to mass customise contents and artwork, and the quicker time to market.





  • + Esko & GIS announce collaboration to create the broadest ecosystem for packaging digital print

    Esko, a global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the packaging and label markets, has announce..

    12 May 2020


    Esko, a global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the packaging and label markets, has announced a new collaboration with Global Inkjet Systems (‘GIS’) to combine its workflow and brand colour management expertise with the inkjet expertise of GIS.

    Esko has extensive experience in digital print development having supplied a digital front end (DFE) turnkey solution, including brand colour management and RIPing, for more than ten years to several leading press manufacturers. GIS is a market leader in the supply of data path electronics, ink delivery systems and print control software, alongside capability in scanning and direct to shape inkjet print systems.

    By combining the DFE and workflow automation expertise of Esko with the inkjet electronics and Atlas® software capabilities of GIS, the two companies can together offer a complete solution from print job creation to the optimisation of print quality through precise printhead control.

    Chuck Ravetto, VP/GM Suppliers Business of Esko, comments: “We know that digital press manufacturers are seeking to reduce development times of their presses. By using this integrated solution resulting from our partnership with GIS, they will get innovations to market faster. At the same time, packaging converters investing in digital press capacity will benefit by having more standardised and robust on press solutions for workflow, colour management and device compensation.”

    Ravetto continues: “Whether for short run label production, fast turnaround of promotional packaging work or efficiently handling a spike in demand, meeting the delivery deadline as expected by the print buyer is of paramount importance to business success. The combined capabilities of Esko and GIS create a level of integration that extends beyond the digital press and reduces complexity for everyone involved, driving efficiency and productivity when its needed most.”

    Nick Geddes, Managing Director of GIS, added: “Combining the packaging management, prepress automation and DFE expertise of Esko with the industrial inkjet capabilities of GIS creates a unique ecosystem for packaging and label digital printing, not seen elsewhere. Our high speed single pass inkjet systems, offering very fast screening technologies and closed loop image quality control for missing nozzle compensation and printhead density correction, fit seamlessly into the Esko workflow creating a powerful advantage for the digital print sector.”

    To find out more, please visit www.esko.com





  • + Ricoh Empowers Digital Workplaces With Always Current Technology

    Ricoh, a leading provider of smart workplace technology, has launched the availability of its Always Current Technology ..

    12 May 2020


    Ricoh, a leading provider of smart workplace technology, has launched the availability of its Always Current Technology v1.1 platform in Australia enabling organisations to extend the capabilities of their Ricoh devices in line with their own business growth and add new feature capabilities to keep up with changing productivity demands. 
     
    Ricoh customers can activate new desired features, through automatic remote firmware updates, and download applications available on demand as well as feature upgrades directly to their device as they become available, giving users greater flexibility and allowing them to work with more agility.
     
    At the same time, digital workplaces can scale their capabilities based on evolving needs, while also keeping security features and software up to date while future proofing their MFD investment.
     
    Key features include:
     

    • Functionality that increases over time.  Ricoh device capabilities can change as your business conditions vary. If users need access to the latest functions for their devices, they can simply activate desired features, download applications and upgrades as they are required.  New capabilities can be easily and seamlessly added to keep up with changing productivity demands.
     
    • Scalable Intelligence.  Device capabilities can grow in line with business requirements. The platform allows users to install the latest features and interface enhancements as they become available.  For example, future Always Current Technology premium upgrades will include tools to enhance accessibility and streamline ease-of-use.
     
    Enhancements released with Ricoh’s Always Current Technology v1.1 include a new user interface menu, new features added to smart copy function and new features added to fax settings. Additionally, users can future-proof their investment by applying updates easily, with minimal downtime and disruption empowering employees to work faster, smarter and more securely.
     
    Peter Georghiou, Senior Product Manager, Ricoh Australia, said, “Ricoh Always Current Technology enables organisations to reap the benefits of using a platform that allows users to install the latest features and enhancements, while helping keep their device capabilities current and ready to meet changing business needs.  Decision makers can invest with confidence in Ricoh technology, knowing that its functionality and value will grow over time.  At the same time, we look forward to working with Australian businesses to help keep their device capabilities current and ready to meet their evolving digital workplace innovation requirements.”
     
    For further information, please visit: https://www.ricoh.com.au/solution/dynamic-workplace-intelligence/ricoh-always-current-technology





  • + Introducing HP Removable Adhesive Fabric

    HP introduces the NEW HP Removable Adhesive Fabric—a remarkable material that can be mounted to indoor or outdoor ..

    12 May 2020


    HP introduces the NEW HP Removable Adhesive Fabric—a remarkable material that can be mounted to indoor or outdoor surfaces without leaving a residue, and can be repositioned again and again without losing its adhesive qualities.

    It can be used on multiple non-porous, smooth and slightly textured surfaces such as walls, elevators, counter tops, and more. The applications for this adhesive-back fabric are truly endless including custom wall murals; wall cut-outs; indoor and short-term outdoor signage; trade show graphics; decals; decor event and campaign graphics; and the list goes on.

    “This is truly one media that can be used for just about any project,” says Kara Work, Product Manager for HP Large Format Media. “HP Removable Adhesive Fabric is a non-PVC product that meets strict environmental and safety standards and is certified flame-resistant and REACH compliant. It can be contour cut and applied without stretching”

    www.hplfmedia.com





  • + Onyx Graphics, Inc. Announces Launch of ONYX TruFit software

    Onyx Graphics, Inc., has announced global availability of ONYX TruFit, the company’s new shape-based nesting softw..

    12 May 2020


    Onyx Graphics, Inc., has announced global availability of ONYX TruFit, the company’s new shape-based nesting software. Using artificial intelligence to search millions of combinations for the most precise nests and media utilisation, ONYX TruFit saves valuable print production time and reduces media usage up to 50%. Designed to work seamlessly across both Windows and Mac OS platforms and with any RIP solution on the market, ONYX TruFit brings speed and simplicity to even the most complex nested layouts.


    “Print Service Providers are under increasing pressure to produce more with less, and media usage carries a major cost with every print job,” said Matt Crawford, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “This simple-to-use tool optimises media utilisation up to 50%, saving money on every job while improving output capacity in just seconds.”


    ONYX TruFit introduces new intuitive tools to save time, improve existing workflow efficiencies, and maximise media utilisation. Automatic cut-path and tool type recognition creates a seamless workflow from design file to print file; single-click image tracing and double-sided printing drastically reduce file preparation time before submitting jobs to the RIP-Queue, and ONYX hot folders provide fully automated print-and-cut workflows. Coupled with keeping original file properties unchanged for named colours, transparencies and colour management, ONYX TruFit is built for any wide-format print environment.


    Highlights of ONYX TruFit include:
    • Artificial intelligence engine for optimal shape-based nests, reducing media waste up to 50%
    • Real-time media savings data during nest creation
    • Single-click image tracing to reduce file preparation time
    • Double-sided printing generated instantly for decals, stickers and other print applications
    • Automatic cut-path and tool type recognition to work seamlessly from design file to print file
    • Multi-page PDF edit capabilities to eliminate excess white space
    • Automated workflows using ONYX hot folders
    • Unchanged original file properties to maintain consistency between applications
    • Output PDFs for any RIP solution available today saving costly software changes
    • Open architecture to work cross-platform on Windows or Mac OS Onyx Graphics, Inc. announces global launch of ONYX TruFit software page 2


    Free educational webinars In consideration of recent news surrounding international trade shows being postponed, Onyx Graphics is offering free educational webinars to see ONYX TruFit in action. In addition, 30-day trial licenses are being offered free.


    www.onyxgfx.com





  • + Mark Andy Adds New Converting Features to Digital Pro Product Line

    Mark Andy has released a suite of new features on its digital press line, Digital Pro. The production digital machine la..

    12 May 2020


    Mark Andy has released a suite of new features on its digital press line, Digital Pro. The production digital machine launched in August 2019 with Digital Pro 1, a roll to roll solution and Digital Pro 3, an inline digital hybrid press with a single flexo station and die cutting. This product line was built to tackle short run work, and is now capable of additional converting functionalities, reinforcing the OEM’s commitment to profitable digital printing.

    First to market was a second optional print station, available before the print engine on both Digital Pro 3 and Digital Pro 1 models. Chandler Davis, Market Manager- Digital, Mark Andy explains “Digital Pro’s base hybrid configuration supports over 80% of prime label applications. However, the ability to reverse print or lay flexo inks and coatings prior to digital opens up a lot of opportunity. This especially rings true when you look at the added opacity on clear and metallised films, or jobs that may use multiple spot colours in a single run.” The print station adds 30 inches of machine footprint and uses UV LED curing technology. A private label ink, performance certified by Mark Andy and powered by Siegwerk, ProWhite, is available through Mark Andy Print Products for order.

    Alongside the print station, three unique conveyor packages were released to Digital Pro customers and are backwards compatible with over 140 Digital One machines in operation globally. The conveyors perform basic to advanced roll-to-sheet applications, which Mark Andy reports a surge in demand for from end users. Operators can cut 2-14”sheets, convey into an output receptacle or shingling table, and batch sheets into set quantities.

    Label manufacturers also now have the option to outfit a bypass module to their Digital Pro 3. With this feature, printers can web the press to bypass the digital engine and use the machine as a standalone finishing machine in addition to a digital label press. The bypass boosts press speeds by 35% to 110 fpm (33.5 mpm) and reduces cost of operation and consumable wear when the digital module is not printing.

    The last option in this wave of updates is a crush knife assembly for slitting. Crush knives are ideal for many applications and the primary benefit is faster set-up time and cleaner edge slitting The system supports up to 8 knives in the cartridge and achieves a minimum lane size of ½ inch. (12.7 mm).

    All features are available on future press builds, and can be added to existing machines in the field. Davis closes with "When we said this platform was future proof, we meant it. Our team is constantly listening, learning, and pushing the limits of what Digital Pro can tackle. We've done a lot in the last 8 months of product commercialisation and have much more on our road map into the future."

    For more information, visit www.markandy.com. 





  • + New Trotec Software Generation Beta Program Test Sign-up

    Trotec Laser is excited to announce that we will be setting new standards with our new Software Generation. The Be..

    04 May 2020


    Trotec Laser is excited to announce that we will be setting new standards with our new Software Generation. 

    The Beta version of the software includes the chance to be one of the first people using the new software with its revolutionary workflow. The time taken between an idea becoming a finished product will be half of what it is currently. 

    Jobs can be prepared anytime from anywhere.  And last but not least: anybody can use the laser - you don't have to be an expert because of its intuitive workflow.

    You don't need to be a Trotec laser user to test our new software. Simply fill in the form and we will let you know if you have been chosen to test it. 

    Sign up here





  • + Global Graphics Unveils New Class of Software to Power the Next Generation of Digital Presses

    Global Graphics Software announces today a new class of print software for the next generation of faster, wider, high-re..

    04 May 2020


    Global Graphics Software announces today a new class of print software for the next generation of faster, wider, high-resolution digital presses.

    Direct is a new graphics pipeline that sends data directly to the printhead electronics instead of writing to disk, and so reduces image processing times significantly, handles large volumes of data with ease, and accelerates the time to print.

    “Direct is a new way of looking at things,” says Eric Worrall, Global Graphics Software’s VP of product management. “Rather than expecting print service providers and press manufacturers to make do with a workflow that may have driven a flexo or a litho press which is so often the case, Direct is created from the ground up specifically for the digital world and is compatible with any digital press. We started with the toughest requirements for data and image quality because once you’ve cracked that problem, you can scale back from there for less demanding environments with the appropriate choice of hardware.”

    Industry data rates are accelerating: press resolutions are moving from 600dpi to 1200dpi, a quadrupling of data; speeds are increasing to up to one thousand feet per minute/300 meters per minute; presses can be up to 13 feet /4 meters wide; and extended gamut inks use many more ink channels than previously with multi-level screening up to 7 drop sizes on inkjet presses.

    A Direct workflow protects the investment in a press made by the print service provider and the press manufacturer by building in the flexibility needed to future-proof print production at the outset. This means that the capability of a press is not limited as data rates increase and the press does need to be reengineered to meet future requirements, for instance transitioning from a static to a fully variable workflow.

    Fully integrated pipeline

    Direct integrates together several technologies from Global Graphics Software. Jobs entering the workflow are streamlined to optimise their processing through the RIP with innovative new software called Streamline Direct™. Files are RIPped by Harlequin Direct™, using the fastest RIP engine in the world, or screened by the award-winning ScreenPro Direct™ with PrintFlat™ to achieve the optimal quality at speed. Direct can be tightly integrated with printhead drive electronics and software from Global Graphics subsidiary Meteor Inkjet, or with other common drive electronics from other vendors.

    Global Graphics Software has developed solutions for some of the hardest engineering tasks in digital printing by partnering with its OEM customer base. Working through challenges set by some of the industry’s leading brands has led to the development of Direct.

    “When aiming for the highest possible image pipeline speed,” continues Worrall, “it’s important to be able to integrate with tight knowledge and access to each component, to squeeze out every bit of performance. You can only do that if you have control and access to all components. Global Graphics Software is uniquely placed in the market as we have access to every line of code for every component; we don’t need to request features and knowledge from any third-party suppliers.”

    Advantages for print service providers and press manufacturers

    Direct brings print service providers the benefits of increased processing speeds and enhanced image quality. Productivity is higher, even on complex jobs with large amounts of variable data, because the time to RIP and screen data is significantly reduced.

    Direct has been designed to be part of a fully automated print solution, supporting Industry 4.0 telematics and integration with PLCs and MIS systems, where feedback from the print line such as a quality inspection system, can help automatically correct for any issues as they occur.

    For press vendors Direct removes the software development effort from their in-house teams so that they can get their presses to market more quickly. Because Direct has been engineered to meet the demands of fully variable data from the outset, it gives manufacturers the option to use lower performance PC hardware for less demanding (static or mixed data) jobs. This is achieved by RIPping on the fly and streaming image data in memory directly to the printer electronics so there is no need to waste the time to RIP ahead to disk and no need for huge image stores holding vast amounts of data.

    Platform support

    Harlequin Direct and ScreenPro Direct are cross platform, supporting Windows and Linux and optimised for Intel i9, Xeon and AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. Both can be used with Meteor NozzleFix™ technology. Harlequin Direct and ScreenPro Direct can also be used with Meteor Mixed Mode to reduce the hardware costs for markets that mix static and variable data (Zoned Variable Data).

    www.globalgraphics.com