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  • + Inkcups Introduces Vivid White

    Inkcups has announced the release of the brightest white ink available on the UV inkjet market: Vivid White. The ne..

    11 August 2020


    Inkcups has announced the release of the brightest white ink available on the UV inkjet market: Vivid White.

    The newest addition to Inkcups’ highly regarded S1 UV Ink Series, Vivid White reproduces the brightest whites available in the industry. Based on decades of experience and after thorough and rigorous testing, Inkcups created a formula for the ideal ink that can print a vivid white on dark substrates. Vivid White can also act as an opaque white background for multi-coloured graphics to enhance the colours of artwork and make them appear more vibrant. This benefit ensures color matching is consistent across all products – the more opaque white will allow the true colours to show on dark substrates.

    Like all S1 UV Ink series colours, Vivid White has exceptional adhesion capabilities and meets the same rigorous adhesion and compliance standards as others in the product range. One exceptional attribute is that Vivid White is a pour-over for printers using the company’s S1 ink, which eliminates the need for customers to flush their machines when switching to this white ink. It can also be used in other printers where improved white opacity is needed.

    Vivid White is ideally suited for a variety of substrates including stainless steel, coated metals, plastic and more. It can also print on a wide selection of flat and cylindrical objects. Applications include drinkware, injection moulded housings, promotional items, electronics and more.

    “For high-quality graphics, a bright white makes all the difference. We have been working for a few years to find the ideal pigment combination to provide the brilliant white opacity in combination with easy jettability. Our new Vivid White really makes a visible difference and after extensive testing we believe it is the brightest white in the market,” said Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups.

    The ink is fully compatible with the wide range of Inkcups digital printers.

    Vivid White digital ink is engineered and manufactured in the U.S. and available for order now.

    www.inkcups.com





  • + Kernow Launches new FloorShark Dry Toner

    UK manufacturer Kernow Coatings has launched the first floor graphic material which has been tested and certified for dr..

    11 August 2020


    UK manufacturer Kernow Coatings has launched the first floor graphic material which has been tested and certified for dry toner.

    Designed with applications such as social distancing graphics in mind, the new dry toner range is made from Kernow’s textured ultra-tough Sharkskin material and has a R10 Anti Slip Rating.  The product has been designed for quick and easy print jobs on laser printers and is simple to apply and remove.

    Bosy Colak, Sales and Marketing Director, commented “Due to the popularity of KernowJet FloorSharK for latex and solvent printing, we’ve now introduced FloorSharK for Dry Toner, which brings with it all of the benefits of the original FloorSharK product.  This unique floor graphic solution is perfect for indoor environments including retail outlets and supermarkets, airports and travels hubs and event and conference centres.  It’s made of ultra-tough polyester, is scratch and water resistant, and resilient to pallet trucks and heeled shoes.

    Unlike many products on the market, FloorSharK has been rigorously tested and certified for slip resistance and to fire rating BFL-s1, making it a superior product when it comes to safety. 

    We’re delighted to have this product readily available along with samples for customers to try”.

    For more information get in touch with Kernow through www.kernowcoatings.com





  • + HP PageWide Presses Hit 500B Page Milestone

    HP Inc. announced today its inkjet production printing solution, PageWide Web Press, has reached a milestone of 500 bill..

    11 August 2020


     HP Inc. announced today its inkjet production printing solution, PageWide Web Press, has reached a milestone of 500 billion printed pages, as the print platform continues to expand its page capacity driven by global HP print service providers (PSPs).

    “PSPs operating HP PageWide Web Presses are finding new success and opportunities for more sophisticated and profitable digital print applications, as well as transferring more pages from offset to digital inkjet technology,” said Carles Farre, vice president and general manager, HP PageWide Press. “They have more than doubled the number of pages they print on HP PageWide Presses since drupa 2016 for a growth rate that is nearly twice that of the market. More than half of these customers have printed over 1 billion pages on their devices.”

    HP PageWide Web Press is an inkjet leader, reaching a share of more than 30% of the 8.8 billion page capacity added in high-volume color inkjet page capacity in the first quarter of 2020.1

    Growing volume in pages

    PSPs are using PageWide Web Press technology to enable high-volume digital inkjet printing of commercial, publishing, transaction and direct mail applications, as momentum continues worldwide. Notable growth success stories include:

    Hatteras Printing Inc. based in Michigan, US, is growing volume with its investment in the HP PageWide Web Press T240 HD, delivering high volume and high quality, from lightweight substrates up to cardstocks. “Versatility capabilities of our equipment has been a big part of our growth,” said John Orlando, vice president of sales & marketing, Hatteras Printing Inc. Hatteras produces, mail and electronically delivers unique printed and digital products for the financial, healthcare, marketing and public sectors.

    GGP Media GmbH, based in Germany, has installed a second HP PageWide Web Press T490 HD. The German company is part of Bertelsmann Printing Group, the leading print service provider in Europe. Annually, GGP produces more than 250 million print products, including bestseller novels, comics and fashion magazines.

    “Not only do we benefit from the new press, but our customers do too. Smaller run sizes can be optimized with the printing technology and we are more flexible and able to significantly reduce time-to-market,” said Christof Ludwig, managing director of GGP Media GmbH. The press was added to deliver on steadily growing demand for digitally printed products alongside decreasing sizes of print runs, as well as to supply backlisted titles. The new press includes HP A55 Thermal Inkjet printhead technology, delivering crisp text quality at 305 meters per minute (1000 feet per minute).

    ProCo, of the UK, installed its first HP PageWide Web Press T240HD a year ago to provide high volume and high-quality direct mail as its scales production. “As a business, we're all about doing new things for customers. Simply by opening up the power of personalization, with the flexibility and the quality of HP color, we’re able to offer a scale of options for our customers that was not possible to deliver prior. As a result, we’re adding massive value to their business, which is just as critical for us,” said Jon Bailey, CEO ProCo. “Now, you no longer have to choose between volume and quality, and you definitely don’t have to choose between what's possible and what's not possible.”

    New capabilities for HP PageWide web presses

    To drive additional page growth through an expanded application range, HP PageWide announced earlier this year its next-generation HP PageWide Web Press T250 HD with HP Brilliant Ink. The press is capable of printing on a wider range of coated and uncoated offset papers for high-volume commercial applications.

    In addition, HP is now announcing a new partnership with Solimar Systems for high-volume document management. The Solimar Chemistry™ Platform, including ReadyPDF® Prepress Server™, Rubika® and SOLitrack™, supports job onboarding, enhancement, and management and delivery of both print and digital communications, including multi-channel document delivery.

    “Through this valuable collaboration, HP customers can now benefit from Solimar’s long-standing technical expertise and market-leading workflow systems,” said Farre. “By integrating Solimar’s solutions, PSPs can fully optimize their workflows, maximize production efficiency and fully utilize the high productivity of their HP technology, ultimately enabling them to be more profitable.”

    With presses from 20 inches to 42 inches and a range of production solutions, HP PageWide production inkjet web presses allow PSPs to meet customer needs for high-quality, high-volume printing, as well as reinventing supply chains to help eliminate distribution and inventory costs. Print-to-Order capability for publishing ensures books, magazines and journals are available and printed with the environment in mind.

    In direct mail and commercial print, HP customers benefit from advanced automation and variable data tools to deliver creative campaigns that are targeted, relevant and boost ROI, which is becoming even more important as marketing budgets shrink and paper and postage costs rise.

    HP Site Flow automates jobs and maximizes efficiency, as well as both Designer and Composer software solutions to give customers the power to create variable data pieces. These pre-press tools allow customers to change text, images, QR codes, versions and finely tune messages to customers.

    To discover how HP PageWide Web Press reinvents inkjet production printing, please visit www.hp.com/go/pagewidewebpress.





  • + New EFI Engage Conference in 2021 to Deliver World-Class Print and Packaging Education Program

    Building on the continuing success of its recent webinar and online training series for print and packaging professional..

    11 August 2020


    Building on the continuing success of its recent webinar and online training series for print and packaging professionals, Electronics For Imaging, Inc. will offer an expansive, new EFI™ Engage Conference online next January that gives customers tangible, actionable insights on how they can increase efficiency, improve performance, and capture new market opportunities. Sessions will cover a broad range of technologies, offering world-class instruction on EFI Productivity Suite MIS/ERP, EFI Fiery® digital front end and EFI Display Graphics and Corrugated inkjet printing solutions. In addition to continuing EFI’s strong tradition of in-depth print training, the new virtual conference will also provide the company’s most intensive packaging training yet, with in-depth instruction on integrated workflow automation for corrugated and flexible packaging, labels and folding cartons.
     
    The event will leverage the strong content offering EFI has excelled at providing in the 20+ year history of its Connect conference. Attendees will be afforded all the same access to executives, networking opportunities, in-depth best practices and training sessions. Small and interactive sessions will be available for demonstrations of the latest and greatest software. EFI is also going to make the sessions more approachable and valuable by offering sessions in multiple languages for its customers around the globe.
     
    “EFI puts an extraordinary amount of time and energy into offering one of the world’s best print and packaging education programs for our annual Connect users conference. Given the uncertainly involved with safely executing in-person events and the careful planning it takes to assemble top-tier content for customers, having a virtual conference in 2021 is the best option to deliver the valuable information that has become the hallmark of the Connect experience,” said Ken Hanulec, vice president, Worldwide Corporate Marketing, EFI. 
     
    “Engage will be an online offering unlike any other that EFI has presented, delivering the type of in-depth detail that makes Connect a successful event,” Hanulec added. “While we look forward to returning to Las Vegas for Connect 2022, next January’s event will deliver valuable information our customers can use to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing market.”
     
    Beginning on January 25, 2021, the event will be held on six days over the course of two weeks. Compared with Connect event, Engage will feature shorter individual sessions – spread out over a longer number of days and with consideration of customers in varying time zones. Sessions will be timed to minimise the disruption to customers’ work schedules.
     
    In the sessions, participants will gain clear, detailed information on choosing the right technologies to navigate an uncharted market and maintain business continuity. It is part of a commitment to help customers future-proof their print and packaging operations by implementing efficient, effective workflows and production strategies that can create stronger businesses, even in uncertain times. 
     
    Classroom-style educational tracks will highlight the latest advancements and newest features in integrated print and packaging workflows. Attendees can learn from their peers as well as through virtual think tanks and roundtable discussions.
     
    Attendees will be able to gather the precise, market- or application-specific details they need for their business success through Engage’s virtual labs, one-on-one meetings with EFI executives and through voice of the customer sessions. Engage will also feature annual user group meetings for EFI Pace™, Monarch and Radius® MIS/ERP software users. Plus, the new and expansive packaging offering at EFI Engage will highlight the accelerated changes and improvements coming to market with EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite and Packaging Suite end-to-end workflows.
     
    More details about the EFI Engage Conference will be available at www.efi.com in September. The next EFI Connect Conference is scheduled for January 18-21, 2022, at Wynn Las Vegas.





  • + Trotec Open House events

    Laser demonstrations and customer training Trotec's Open House events are relevant for everyone interested in laser..

    11 August 2020


    Laser demonstrations and customer training

    Trotec's Open House events are relevant for everyone interested in laser marking, cutting and engraving. Not only do you have the opportunity to view the hundreds of samples for inspiration, you will also receive a personalised laser demonstration performed by our laser experts. These demonstrations are tailored to your needs whether they be acrylic processing, wood engraving or metal marking (or any of the endless applications that can be performed with a Trotec laser). 

    Come and meet the friendly Trotec team including John, Jade, Greg and Andy.

    Sydney Open House event:
    Date: Thursday 13th August
    Time: All day - by appointment
    Location: Trotec Sydney - 23B Rodeo Road Gregory Hills NSW 2557
    Demonstration machines: Speedy, SP, SpeedMarker and Rayjet series.

    Newcastle Open House event:
    Date: Tuesday 18th August
    Time: By appointment
    Location: Trotec Newcastle - 4/12 Channel Road Mayfield West NSW 2304
    Demonstration machines: Speedy and Rayjet series.

    Online Laser Demonstrations:
    Can't make it into the showroom? That's no problem as we are also able to offer you an online laser demonstration - an experience you should not miss if you are wanting to invest in laser technology.

    Book your place here. 





  • + Roland DG Assists Customers with New Social Distancing Signage Solutions

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today launched a new sol..

    11 August 2020


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today launched a new solution on the Company’s website designed to assist customers with creating COVID-19 related signage.

    With COVID-19 defining much of 2020, social distancing signage can be found everywhere. From retailers, corporate office spaces, restaurants and schools, signage such as decals, posters, and window and floor graphics, are becoming increasingly important to convey the COVID-19 safety, health and hygiene message. 

    A new section of the Roland DG Australia website, "Social Distancing Signage Solutions", includes detail on various signage solutions for social distancing, and the Roland DG equipment that can create them. Additionally, a range of free social distancing templates are available for customers to download and use to create their signs. 

    "During a time when industries and businesses around the world are suffering, many sign and print companies have found new revenue streams by offering social distancing signage to their customers," said Greg Stone, Product and Marketing Manager at Roland DG Australia. "For those in the print and sign industry who aren’t yet offering this service, or who currently outsource," continues Greg, "there has never been a better opportunity to expand their offering. By providing the tools to create social distancing signage on our website, we hope we can help companies to build their business in both the short and long term." 

    To find out more about social distancing sign making solutions, and download the free templates, go to the website.





  • + Intec releases trio of new flatbed cutters

    Intec Printing Solutions has introduced three new flatbed models into its digital flatbed cutter range for mid-volume pr..

    03 August 2020


    Intec Printing Solutions has introduced three new flatbed models into its digital flatbed cutter range for mid-volume producers. The trio of machines are aimed at customers wanting to handle a more diverse range of media for varied applications.

    The three new flatbed models, the FB550, FB750 and FB1150, have been designed to cater to a variety of stocks and sizes ranging from 350 x 520mm up to 740 x 1040mm and can handle paper, boards, synthetic materials, vinyls and kiss cut applications. They cut at speeds up to 600mm per second with an SRA3 taking between 30 – 45 seconds per sheet, depending on job complexity.

    The new machines offer ‘a much improved user experience’ via new touch screen controls and the flagship model, the FB1150, comes with an upgraded registration system to include seventh generation ARMS sensing, for faster job retrieval and 300% faster job registration.

    All three new models make use of either a CCD video camera or optical sensor and can cut mixed sheets, placed together on the cutting table, in a ‘seamless and uninterrupted flow.’ Both creasing and cutting capabilities are generated via a multi-tool holder with interchangeable tools, that can apply up to 1kg of pressure, supporting the immediate finishing of packaging, POS, prototypes and kiss-cut labels.

    Cut jobs are instantly recognised with ColorCut Pro, Intec’s job retrieval software. ColorCut Pro integrates with Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW so users have a smooth transition to creating the necessary cut files. When users create their job, ColorCut Pro applies an editable barcode or 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 launch of the new flatbed range of cutters represents an exciting new phase, in terms of the development of our cutters with a significantly improved user experience through the more responsive and immersive touch panel screens,’ said Mark Baker-Homes, director of product development. ‘Additionally the seventh generation Vision3 ARMS sensor provides almost instant job recognition and lightning fast registration and alignment, enabling any user to cut jobs, which places the Intec cutters at the top of their class. We are ensuring users faster set up and production times providing the ability to deliver a more on-demand environment for the promotional and packaging market.’





  • + SAKATA INX Develops Environmentally Friendly UV Inkjet Ink for Corrugated Packaging

    SAKATA INX Corp. has introduced BSR-Bio, a new environmentally friendly UV inkjet ink for corrugated packaging applicati..

    03 August 2020


    SAKATA INX Corp. has introduced BSR-Bio, a new environmentally friendly UV inkjet ink for corrugated packaging applications. The new sustainable ink option is formulated with 20-30% plant-derived materials, allowing brand owners and printers to benefit from reduced regulatory risk and measurable, reportable CO2 savings.

    BSR-Bio is an advancement of the original BSR formulation that has enjoyed much success in North America on Barberán Jetmaster digital printers. The Jetmaster manufactured by Barberán S.A. was developed to bring inkjet advantages to the market for not only corrugated boxes, but point-of-purchase display as well. It is available together with SAKATA INX BSR and BSR-Bio digital ink solutions globally.

    SAKATA’s proprietary advanced technology for Nano-pigment dispersion enables their inkjet inks to have high performance jetting properties at very fast print speed, with high reliability for inkjet print heads. BSR-Bio consists of standard CMYK colours with Orange + Green or Orange + Violet as an option when wider colour gamut is required. It is extremely low odour and has high durability and good flexibility to reduce cracking problems.

    Barberán S.A. has manufactured numerous types of inkjet printers in the market to bring valuable solutions for short-run, on-demand printing. Now they are expanding its digital printing possibility with the BSR-Bio UV ink, which is intended for environmental sustainability.

    Eladio Lerga, who is responsible for the Jetmaster, commented, “We have been a good partner with SAKATA INX for years and have made successful projects together. Corrugated packaging is one of the most suitable applications for the circular economy concept, and I am excited about the environmental impact BSR-Bio brings to the market.”

    Yoshiaki Ueno, Director – CTO, SAKATA INX, said, “BSR-Bio is a marketable product formulated based on SAKATA INX core technologies and long-term experience with a wide variety of materials. The market needs for sustainable product solutions will continue to grow based on societal needs to protect the planet and develop a circular economy. BSR-Bio is a strategic product for a circular economy as is part of our Botanical ink® product line. It meets many environmental requirements including waste and greenhouse gas reductions.

    www.inxinternational.com





  • + Visionary Digital Partner with Graphic Art Supplies in South Australia

    Ian Cleary, National Sales Manager for Visionary Digital, is proud to announce our partnership with Graphic Art Supplies..

    30 July 2020


    Ian Cleary, National Sales Manager for Visionary Digital, is proud to announce our partnership with Graphic Art Supplies in Adelaide effective immediately as distribution  partner for all Visionary Digital and Continental Grafix products for South Australia.
     
    Graphic Arts Supplies is a locally owned and operated business in South Australia that partners with industry leading suppliers to provide customers the best products and solutions available in the market. The business was reborn 3 years ago after the original owners retired, and their focus since then has been on strengthening and growing the business by specialising and having local in-house experts to assist and support customers.

    Michael Clarke and Steve Murphy, directors of Graphic Art Supplies comments “After researching the local market, we continued to notice demand for specialty and high quality offerings across the flooring and wall space but there was limited choice available. We found Visionary Digital have been a market leader for a number of years and ticked the boxes when it comes to their range of specialty and high quality products and through partnering we aim to develop a better market presence for their products in South Australia.”

    Graphic Art Supplies will be building on existing client relationships to showcase these specialty and high quality products which strengthen their range of wide format media currently available.

    Ian Cleary of Visionary Digital says “Customer satisfaction is a major focus. With increasingly short lead times and requirement for technical support Visionary Digital want to be able to deliver the best service coupled with our market leading products – this means we need the best people to partner with to make this happen. Steve and Michael of Graphic Art Supplies share our passion for customer service – this makes them the perfect partner in South Australia”
     
    The priority is to keep stock in Graphic Art Supplies Adelaide warehouse for quick dispatch to better serve the local market as well as give customers the chance to see the products on display in their showroom
     
    www.graphicarts.com.au - 08 8363 4466
    www.visionarydigital.com.au – 1300 518 050





  • + LET YOUR PERFORMANCE MATCH YOUR PASSION FOR PRINT WITH THE NEW CANON PROSTREAM 1800

    Canon Production Printing Australia has announced the launch of the new ProStream 1800 continuous feed inkjet printer, t..

    29 July 2020


    Canon Production Printing Australia has announced the launch of the new ProStream 1800 continuous feed inkjet printer, the newest model in its ProStream 1000 series. With increased speeds of up to 133m/min, the new printer boasts the highest resolution and print quality of any digital printing press at that speed, making it the ideal solution for commercial printers who want to achieve ultimate performance. 

    Supporting customers’ passion for print, the new ProStream 1800 has been designed to push the boundaries of commercial print to meet changing customer demands. Combining new inkjet innovations with proven offset printing techniques, the press strikes a unique balance between high productivity, superior print quality, flexibility and media versatility. Commercial printers can now expand their offering by migrating higher volume jobs from offset to digital inkjet. Boost production levels, slash turnaround times and increase profit margins across a wide range of applications, including premium and high volume direct mail, books, catalogues and magazines.

    With the higher web speed of 133m/min (66% faster than the ProStream 1000), the ProStream 1800 produces up to 107,500 A4 images or 11,300 B2 sheets 4/4 per hour while maintaining superior print quality, and increased speeds equate to higher throughput, have the confidence to handle higher volumes of work for jobs today or in the future.

    The ProStream 1800 can achieve a very high level of print quality across a huge range of media, including standard offset coated, uncoated and inkjet optimised papers from 40gsm to 300gsm. Print calendars, posters and point of sale applications with the ability to print up to 556mm wide and 1,524mm long. Eliminate the need to stop production to switch between different format lengths to ensure a seamless changeover – providing additional flexibility and ease-of-use for operators.

    The press’s air floatation drying system dries all jobs evenly, so you can effectively print on a wide range of paper without compromising the high standards of the finished output. By not coming into contact with the paper, the system protects the print image to ensure an optimal result and to preserve the gloss and paper surface. Artificial intelligence linked to a sensor continuously makes adjustments to the drying system during the print run to ensure the best quality. Whether you’re printing a fashion look book or a high value mailer, you can be sure that it will impress. The added bonus? It also maintains the optimal web temperature, reducing energy consumption. 

    The ProStream 1800 uses native 1,200dpi piezo drop-on-demand print heads and proprietary polymer pigment inks with Canon ColorGrip to ensure colour consistency. Canon’s Inline Quality Control, a high-performance camera system, also provides automatic print quality assurance, so operators can spend less time on quality control. 

    The successful ProStream 1000 remains available and existing customers can easily upgrade to the ProStream 1800 if more volume is required, allowing them to easily adapt to changing market dynamics while maintaining high quality, speed and supporting a variety of media.

    Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, comments: “At Canon, we share our customers’ passion for print and understand that, as their businesses are having to adapt to changing market requirements, our technology needs to evolve too. With the launch of the new ProStream 1800, we can support customers who are looking to grow their production volumes without compromising quality or speed. The new press marks an extension of the successful ProStream technology that was launched in 2017. Building on our strong installed base, we are excited to be offering a new proposition for customers that want ultimate performance.”

    The new ProStream can be seen at the European Customer Experience Centre via virtual demo. 

    For more information on the ProStream 1800 and to request a virtual demo, please visit:  https://anz.cpp.canon/products/prostream1000





  • + Media One Launches 6 Anti-Microbial Fabrics

    Media One is leading the industry by launching a line of antimicrobial fabrics, for dye-sublimation transfer, direct dye..

    27 July 2020


    Media One is leading the industry by launching a line of antimicrobial fabrics, for dye-sublimation transfer, direct dye sub, UV & latex printing. The initial materials with the integrated antimicrobial coatings will be a polyester soft flag material and have been independently lab tested to kill over 98% of bacteria within 24-hours with these coatings, and only adds ¢5/sqft to the cost.

    Our “Imperial” flag is a double-sided viewing flag (TXFM-AM). “Manhattan,” a triple-white product that is a woven suede fabric for dye sub transfer a backlit/display or hanging signage (TX3W-AM). “Doheny” is a 2-way stretch fabric which is ideal for SEG signage (TXSD-AM). “Malibu” is an airtight and watertight product ideal for tents and backlit display for UV/Latex or dye sub (TXIlluminate-AM). “Moonlight,” our most popular backlit/ frontlit product for direct dye sub or transfer (iTex-AM). “Sunset” which is a black-backed block out fabric for SEG (TXJBB-AM).

    “As things begin to open back up for our customers they are looking for solutions to meet the new safety standards, and keep their customers safe in light of these unprecedented times,” said Craig Furst, CEO of AAA Flag & Banner, “I believe the demand for solutions like these will be sustained over
    the next several years.”

    “We’re responding to the COVID-19 crisis in a way to help our customers with solutions for retail, POP, medical, and event graphics to help prevent the spread of any microbial agents, per our independent lab testing. And while this has not been tested specifically with COVID-19, this coating is anti-bacterial & anti-microbial to 98% effectiveness,” said Jason Bartusick, CEO & Head of Product Development at Media One. “Working with our suppliers, we’ve identified key products that address numerous applications, and our customers have expressed widespread interest in them.”

    These fabrics are available in 126” width, ordered by the yard, & cut to specific lengths for your project. They are also available for same-day shipment for orders received before 2pm Pacific time.

    “We are definitely seeing customers looking for solutions to combat this pandemic, but also its raised awareness of all kinds of antimicrobial applications,” said Scott Powers, Vice President of Sales at D’Andrea Visual Communications, “As more of these solutions become available, we’ll be putting them in front of our customers to help them in this brave new world.”

    More details about each fabric:
    100% Polyester Double-sided Soft Flag – TXFM-AM “Imperial”
    Weight:115g/sqm 3.24oz/sqyd Width: 61” – 126”
    Application: Flags, Light weight banners
    Features: 100% Polyester, Warp Knitted Fabric, 3 Bar Weave Latex, Dye Sub Transfer and Direct, UV, Latex

    Triple White Woven Suede – TX3W-AM – “Manhattan”
    Weight: 250g/sqm 7.5oz/sq.yd. Width: 63” – 126”
    Application: Display System, Soft Signage, Backlit, Backdrop
    Features: 100% Polyester Woven, Matte Finish suitable with Latex, Dye Sub Direct and Transfer printing processes.

    2-Way Stretch Display – TXSD-AM – “Doheney”
    Weight: 240g/sqm 7oz/sqyd Width: 63” – 126”
    Application: Geometric, Popup, SEG, Tradeshow
    Features: 85% Polyester, Warp Knitted Fabric, Good Opacity Latex, Dye Sub Transfer and Direct

    100% polyester watertight/airtight display – TXIlluminate-AM – “Malibu”
    Weight: 180g/sqm 5.2oz/sqyd Width: 102” – 126”
    Application: LED light boxes, SEG, pop ups, Awnings & Tents
    Features: 100% polyester bath-coated and one-side coated with resin Dye Sub Transfer and Dye Sub Direct, UV, Solvent

    100% Knitted Matte Polyester Frontlit/Backlit – iTEX-AM – “Moonlight iTEX
    Weight: 260g/sqm 7.6oz/sqyd Width: 63” – 126”
    Application: Backlit/SEG Backlit
    Features: 100% polyester knitting fabric, matte surface, Good Opacity Dye Sub Transfer and Dye Sub Direct, UV

    100% Knitted Polyester Warp Black-Backed Blockout – TXJBB-AM – “Sunset”
    Weight: 320g/sqm 9.37oz/sqyd -Width: 63” – 126”
    Application: Indoor displays, booth systems, interior decoration
    Features: Black Back warp Knitted, white surface, resin backed coating Dye Sub Transfer and Dye Sub Direct, UV, Latex

    www.mediaoneusa.com





  • + Fisher Textiles Introduces Disenfectex Printable Fabrics Treated with HeiQ V-block

    Fisher Textiles announces the launch of DisenfectexTM printable fabric enhanced by HeiQ V-block in collaboration wi..

    27 July 2020


    Fisher Textiles announces the launch of DisenfectexTM printable

    fabric enhanced by HeiQ V-block in collaboration with HeiQ. Marketed as HeiQ Viroblock in other countries, HeiQ V-block is an antiviral textile technology for industrial use, specially engineered to work against enveloped viruses, such as influenza viruses and human coronaviruses. Treated fabrics submitted by HeiQ have been tested by the Doherty Institute in Australia to be effective against 99.99% of SARS-CoV-2.

    DisenfectexTM fabrics treated with HeiQ V-block are resistant to microbes and HeiQ V-block inhibits the growth of bacteria on the fabric. The line consists of a face mask fabric, soft knit fabric, sheer fabric and suede fabric available in roll widths 57 inches to 125 inches wide for transfer and direct dye sublimation printing. 

    DisenfectexTM fabrics have many uses for personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks and gaiters, sanitation stations, counter-top barriers, desk dividers, table and booth dividers, table throws, room dividers and pop-up screens for retail stores, pharmacies, restaurants, hotels, banks, museums, casinos, professional services, business offices and healthcare facilities. When used in SEG systems as protective barriers, DisenfectexTM fabrics aid in social distancing requirements and act as an acoustic insulator to absorb sound and background noise. All DisenfectexTM fabrics are reusable and washable up to 30 gentle washes.





  • + HP PageWide C500 Digital Corrugated Press Customers Receive New Ink-Saving Printheads

    The printheads are now being installed as an upgrade for all HP C500 digital corrugated customers worldwide. HP is ..

    27 July 2020


    The printheads are now being installed as an upgrade for all HP C500 digital corrugated customers worldwide.

    HP is rolling out a new printhead design for HP PageWide C500 Press customers, extending performance with ink savings per board to deliver improved economics as well as enhanced print quality. The printheads are now being installed as an upgrade for all HP C500 digital corrugated customers worldwide.

    The new colour printheads enable higher performance thanks to an improved nozzle architecture delivering image quality for HP PageWide C500 converters. In addition, the new design delivers ink savings and extends the lifespan of consumables.

    LIC Packaging of Italy, building a high-volume digital business with the HP PageWide C500, is operating the press with the new printheads.

    “Thanks to the HP PageWide C500 technology, we can convert offset jobs while maintaining high quality, equivalent to what our customers are used to receive from our litho-lamination process. We can consistently keep required brand colours, printing direct to board,” said Piero Bertoldo, Director at LIC Packaging.

    “The C500 print quality is always one of our differentiators from our competition. With the new print heads, print is noticeably sharper, and colours are even more vibrant,” said Richard Brown, president The BoxMaker. “Our digital corrugated business based on the C500 is growing in volume with the ability to cost-effectively deliver a large number of jobs daily to our customers.”

    Since its launch in 2018, HP has developed the HP PageWide C500 press platform while supporting worldwide early customers launching digital production.

    “As we strive for our customers’ success at digital production, we are constantly working to implement improvements to boost press performance,” said Niv Ishay, worldwide marketing manager, HP PageWide Industrial Corrugated. “We launched the C500 as a solution to fit mainstream production. Now the rollout of the new printheads will help bring improved economics to digitally printed corrugated packaging.”

    Breakthrough water-based print technology

    The HP PageWide C500 employs thermal inkjet technology, designed for high print quality in demanding production environments, printing at 246 linear ft/min (75m/min) in 1200 npi resolution using one million nozzles. The C500’s unique Corrugated Grip technology delivers precise handling of industry- grade boards for smooth production, while Virtual Belt technology delivers accurate media motion.

    In addition, HP’s water-based inks are odourless and free of UV-reactive chemistries, enabling a wide range of packaging applications, including primary and secondary packaging for sensitive uses such as food and personal care while requiring no additional barriers. The inks can comply with even the most stringent global food safety regulations, including Nestlé guidance and Swiss Ordinance.





  • + Introducing the New RMGT 970

    1. Development background With the offset press market seeing rising global demand for presses offering greater pro..

    27 July 2020


    1. Development background

    With the offset press market seeing rising global demand for presses offering greater productivity and cost performance, there is a trend toward enhancing production capacity by enabling offset presses to handle a wide range of paper sizes. In preparation for drupa 2020, the world's largest printing equipment exhibition, RMGT − now in its 7th year − has been combining the two founding companies' strengths of "energy-saving designs that incorporate new ideas" with "high-precision manufacturing technology and highly durable construction for long-term use."

    The new RMGT 970 has many advanced features based on the 920/940 presses, known for their superior quality and productivity.

    The new 970 model incorporates the latest technologies in addition to many features found on the flagship RMGT 10 series.

    In the face of rising paper and printing supply costs, the RMGT 970 is perfectly positioned to meet the needs of the times by handling the most popular A1-plus paper sizes used around the world.

    2. Key features

    • Greater versatility
    With a maximum paper size of 650 x 965 mm, the RMGT 970 can handle the 640 x 900, 650 x 920, and 650 x 950 paper sizes popular in Europe and Australia; the 635 x 965 mm (25 x 38 inches) paper size popular in North America; and the 636 x 939 mm paper size popular in Japan and Korea. The maximum printing area of 640 x 930 mm (630 x 930 mm for perfecting) provides ample margin space for printing the color bar and PQS-D register adjustment marks. In addition to 8-up printing on A4-size sheets, the new 970 model can also handle a wide range of multi-up printing on non-standard sizes.

    • Exceptional cost performance increases profitability
    Compared to B1-size (40-inch) format presses, the 970 model has significantly lower plate costs and markedly lower power consumption. The compact space-saving design results in a more comfortable work environment and enables efficient utilization of valuable printshop space. (Plate costs are reduced about 20%, power consumption by about 34%, and installation space by about 30%.*)
    *Based on in-house research by RMGT

    • Instant-drying perfecting at up to 15,000 S.P.H.
    Equipped with a double, double- and single-diameter cylinder perfecting device, convertible perfectors enable perfecting at up to 15,000 S.P.H. for higher productivity. Plus, installing LED-UV curing units at the perfecting and delivery sections makes instant-drying perfecting possible, eliminating the need to wait before proceeding to post-press processes and satisfying the demand for shorter lead times.

    • A varied lineup with heavy stock capability
    The RMGT 970 model lineup includes straight printing presses and convertible perfectors ranging from 2 to 10 colors. Coating units can also be installed. Large-capacity feeder and delivery piles as well as the newly designed larger cylinder diameters enhance printing capability on heavy stock.

    • Smart Assist Printing increases press operating rates for continuous printing of short-run work
    With the newly developed Smart Assist Printing functions*, you just touch the operation panel and the whole printing process − from ink presets, blanket cleaning, and plate changing to test printing, register alignment, density adjustment, and production printing − is performed fully automatically. The result is a much higher press operating rate for continuous short-run printing requiring frequent job changeover.
    * Currently under development.

    • PQS-D (I+C+R) printing quality control system (option)
    A CCD camera installed on the press captures images of the printed sheets during printing for inline inspection of printing quality, eliminating the need to take out printed sheets for off-line checking. In addition to reducing paper waste and enhancing quality assurance, the PQS-D also facilitates automation of printing tasks.

    • Automatic plate changers equipped with a benderless plate clamp
    Three systems are available for automatic plate changing: the SPC semiautomatic plate changer (standard equipment), the FPC fully automatic plate changer (optional), and the Smart-FPC fully automatic simultaneous plate changer (optional). All three plate-changing systems feature a benderless plate clamp that eliminates the need to bend the plates.

    • User-friendly feeder and delivery section touchscreen panels
    Various feeder section operations, settings and checks can be performed via a touchscreen panel, including starting a print run, the counter settings, feeder air pre-setting (optional), and the timing checker. Delivery section settings such as adjustment of the back guide and side guide as well as adjustment of the delivery fun volume are also performed using a touchscreen panel, greatly simplifying delivery section tasks. Both operation panels are equipped with error description displays and other monitoring functions to assist the press operator.

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  • + Heidelberg sells Gallus for €120m

    Heidelberg has agreed to sell off label printing wing Gallus as part of its ongoing strategy to focus on its core sheetf..

    27 July 2020


    Heidelberg has agreed to sell off label printing wing Gallus as part of its ongoing strategy to focus on its core sheetfed business.

    The relationship between the two companies stretches back more than twenty years. Heidelberg acquired a 30% stake in Gallus in 1999, and took over full ownership of the Switzerland-headquartered label printing specialist six years ago.

    That deal resulted in Gallus owner Ferdinand Rüesch becoming Heidelberg’s largest single shareholder at the time, after he accepted Heidelberg shares for a large chunk of the business.

    Heidelberg’s share price was €2.57 then, but has since descended to an all-time-low and has been trading at less than €1 since the end of January, falling to €0.48 at one point.

    The deal to sell Gallus to Swiss-headquartered Benpac Holding was announced yesterday evening (22 July) after the close of trading.

    Benpac is a privately-owned group that has grown through a number of acquisitions. Last year it acquired Muller Martini’s manufacturing facility in Stans, Switzerland, where Benpac is headquartered. The group employs around 3,150 people and is “primarily active in the USA and Asia”.

    Former Heidelberg chief technology officer Stephan Plenz, who officially left the press manufacturer on 30 June, joined Benpac Holding’s board of directors on 1 July.

    Heidelberg is selling the Gallus business for €120m and expects to make a gain of “mid two-digit million-euro” on the deal, which should be finalised by the end of the year.

    One label industry expert commented: “It was a big shock for me, I always thought Gallus was one of the bright parts of Heidelberg. It really seems that they are focusing right down on core business, which is probably what they should be doing in tough times. It looks like a good price.”

    Heidelberg will continue to supply the digital printing unit and consumables for the Labelfire digital press.

    Chief executive Rainer Hundsdörfer said Heidelberg would still be active in label printing via its sheetfed offset offering.

    “We are selling our narrow-web rotary and rotary flexographic printing activities to focus more closely on innovative solutions for the entire printed sheet value chain. We will be retaining our in-house digital expertise and, by collaborating with Benpac on the Gallus Labelfire, we will also be making further progress with the digitization of conventional presses,” he stated.

    The deal incorporates related businesses across five sites, employing around 430 staff: Gallus Holding and Gallus Ferd. Rüesch in St Gallen Switzerland, and German operations Gallus Druckmaschinen in Langgöns, Heidelberg Web Carton Converting in Weiden in der Oberpfalz, and Menschick Trockensysteme in Renningen.

    The sale is subject to approval and the meeting of certain conditions.

    Heidelberg’s CERM narrow web MIS business is not part of the deal, but the disposal of Gallus has raised a question mark over its future within the group if Heidelberg continues to dispose of non-core businesses.

    Heidelberg said that Ferdinand Rüesch would remain with the Gallus business and was still the second biggest shareholder of Heidelberg (behind Masterwork Group) and a member of its supervisory board. “He is supporting this transaction,” a spokesman said.

    Heidelberg posted a huge net loss of €343m on sales down 5.7% at just under €2.35bn in the year to 31 March, and CFO Marcus Wassenberg said the deal would be “a big help” in improving the group’s financial position.

    “Our aim is to ensure the long-term financial stability of Heidelberg, and all the measures since our transformation started in March this year have been geared toward this objective,” he said.

    “Selling the Gallus Group is another key part of our realignment and follows on from the successes we have achieved so far during the transformation process. This further major boost to our liquidity and group equity will be a big help, especially during the coronavirus crisis.”

    Heidelberg held its AGM today. Shares rose by nearly 7% to €0.68 following the Gallus news.

    At the AGM, Hundsdörfer said: “We are pressing ahead with the realignment and making great strides: reducing net financial debt, strengthening equity, streamlining the organisation and focusing on profitable core activities.”





  • + COMPACT DTG-CAPABLE DRYER NOW IN 137 CM WIDTH

    A new LittleRed X1D Dryer designed to cure DTG-printed and/or screen-printed garments is equipped with a 137 cm wide con..

    27 July 2020


    A new LittleRed X1D Dryer designed to cure DTG-printed and/or screen-printed garments is equipped with a 137 cm wide conveyor belt, offering greater capacity and flexibility for smaller shops, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    Equipped with a 122 cm wide heater, the new dryer can cure up to 46 garments per hour DTG-printed with digital white ink at 3 minutes dwell time, 162 garments per hour screen-printed with water-based ink or discharge, and 324 garments per hour screen-printed with plastisol inks.  

    The LittleRed X1D conveyor dryer is also suitable for curing of DTG pretreatment, and offers greater production capacity with less operator attention while eliminating the flattened, ironed-on appearance of heat pressed images.

    It is equipped as standard with features found on the company's larger DTG-capable dryers including: belt-to-heater clearance to accommodate bulky items; a 168 cm long X-Series conveyor belt roller tracking system with Teflon-coated fibreglass belt; and dual digital controls—the first to rapidly attain optimum curing temperature, and the second to safely maintain the ink and garment at that temperature to finalise the curing process. 

    This model also has a newly redesigned air mapping system that pulls fumes and moisture away from the immediate environment while providing air flow to cool the skin of the heating chamber for operator safety.

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

    Fully expandable, the X1D-54 can accommodate additional heating chambers and belt extensions, allowing capacity/belt speed to be doubled or tripled as needs grow. 
    The company also offer DTG-capable conveyor dryers in widths up to 198 cm with capacities of up to 231 DTG-printed garments per hour, up to 555 per hour screen-printed with water-based ink and discharge, and up to 1080 per hour screen-printed with plastisol ink.

    Vastex also manufacture heavy-, medium- and light-duty presses, athletic numbering systems, flash cure units, screen coaters, screen exposing units, screen drying cabinets, pin registration systems, washout booths and complete equipment packages for entry-level to large commercial shops. 

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





  • + CANON PRODUCTION PRINTING AUSTRALIA SETS A NEW BENCHMARK IN BUSINESS SUPPORT

    Industry leading production print solution provider, Canon Production Printing Australia, has set a new benchmark in pri..

    23 July 2020


    Industry leading production print solution provider, Canon Production Printing Australia, has set a new benchmark in print industry support during the Coronavirus pandemic, with the introduction of an initiative designed to assist Australian printers adapting to new market trends by evolving their wide-format application set and productivity. 

    The campaign titled “Kick Start”, bundles up to $40,000.00 of additional software and upgrades including Touchstone, which enables graphic producers to easily create printed effects that mimic textured and raised surfaces and lettering, as well as a complimentary two-ink-channel upgrade to increase flexibility of colour gamut, quality, and open the doors to potential increased production speed, with the purchase of the award -winning Arizona flatbed printer. 

    With over 6,000 installations worldwide, Canon’s Arizona series has been recognised by customers across the globe as the best solution for a large variety of wide-format applications. 

    Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, says, “The Coronavirus pandemic has provided arguably the most challenging and demanding period that Australian business has faced within the last decade. As the forerunner in the print industry, it’s up to us to help it thrive.”

    “Kick Start is designed to help those looking to evolve their businesses by taking on a new and wider range of wide-format applications that suit the current demands of consumers and industry.

    “We’ve listened closely to the feedback of our customers and have carefully considered this option to assist the evolution and success of the print industry as a whole. We’re continually encouraged and inspired by the forward-thinking businesses of the industry, and together we must continue to work towards a prosperous and bright future. So, we’ve decided to put our money where our mouth is to make this happen, despite taking a cut to our own bottom line.” he says.





    In addition to the Kick Start initiative, the company have released a Flatbed Buyers Guide, to assist businesses already considering the addition of a Flatbed printer. The Flatbed Buyers Guide, the company says, helps makes sense of the myriad of complexities and considerations in selecting the appropriate Flatbed printing technology.

    For businesses after a roll-to-roll solution, Kick Start also features 16 litres of free ink, with the purchase of the Colorado, which boasts the ability to print matte or gloss via a single substrate and ground-breaking UVGel ink set. 






  • + Vivad to commence manufacturing Reusable Masks

    In response to the Victorian governments mandate that everyone is to wear masks outside the home, Vivad have partnered w..

    23 July 2020


    In response to the Victorian governments mandate that everyone is to wear masks outside the home, Vivad have partnered with printer manufacturer Durst, to start manufacturing printed reusable "Community-Masks".
     
    The "Community-Masks" have a certified filter membrane (type N95) with hydrophobic properties and microporous structure. Despite the high filtration efficiency of up to 95%, they are particularly breathable and suitable for long wearing. The masks are not sold as medical grade.

    Customers will be able to apply their own branding, or choose an existing design. The masks will be available for purchase through Vivad’s web-to-print portal at www.vivad.com.au in the coming days, but stocks will be limited until production can be increased to meet the demand. 





  • + SAKATA INX Group and Global Inkjet Systems to Collaborate on Inkjet Projects Worldwide

    SAKATA INX Group (SAKATA INX Corp., INX International Ink Co. and INX Digital EMEA) and Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) anno..

    20 July 2020


    SAKATA INX Group (SAKATA INX Corp., INX International Ink Co. and INX Digital EMEA) and Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) announced today their plans to collaborate on industrial inkjet projects worldwide.

    SAKATA INX and GIS will work together on specific projects, leveraging SAKATA INX’s ink expertise and access to large end users and major OEMs, and GIS’s expertise in providing complete workflow solutions for industrial inkjet applications.

    SAKATA INX and GIS believe that working closely together at the early stages of large strategic projects will be beneficial to the customer. Both companies have close links with printhead manufacturers, and printhead and ink selection are critical factors during the development phase – particularly for applications such as packaging, which have very demanding print requirements and regulatory conditions.

    Debbie Thorp, Business Development Director, GIS said, “At the start of any new project, we discuss whether a suitable ink has been identified for the application and substrate. It is often an afterthought and yet is so critical to the success of a project. So, when SAKATA INX approached GIS last year to discuss a more integrated collaboration on some key projects, we were happy to agree. Together, we can offer a powerful proposition to finding solutions to complex and demanding projects – helping companies transition from analog to digital printing.”

    Hiroshi Morita, Senior Executive Officer, General Manager, Digital & Specialty Products Div. SAKATA INX said, “SAKATA INX is uniquely positioned to assist its customers with the right digital inks, consultation and service for a wide variety of applications employing an even wider array of digital printers and substrates. We selected GIS as a key partner to provide complete workflow solutions for industrial digital printing. GIS and SAKATA INX see opportunities to collaborate in several sectors and engage on projects with potential customers.”





  • + Caldera Launches Caldera WebShop

    French RIP software specialist Caldera has announced the launch of Caldera WebShop. This is a new e-commerce offering th..

    20 July 2020


    French RIP software specialist Caldera has announced the launch of Caldera WebShop. This is a new e-commerce offering that will enable its customers to go digital by creating a bespoke storefront, which can be integrated into a streamlined web-to-print solution. WebShop has been created in response to a digital transformation trend that has been accelerated and intensified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Available now, the solution on offer is a low-cost bundled services product to enable digital printing, short runs and reshoring as businesses move to a new way of working.

    The driving force behind the WebShop initiative is to enable Caldera users to run their businesses with a reduced level of social interaction. Lockdown and social distancing has resulted in a surge in demand for online services, and being able to fulfil this demand will be critical for businesses to thrive, particularly for textile and direct-to-garment printers.

    According to Caldera’s VP Marketing, Operations and IT, Sébastien Hanssens, “Our intention is to help our customers with their digital transformation by enabling them to build effective storefronts for web-to-print operations. Our web-to-print services team will guide them through setting up the components they need, including storefronts, prepress, production and logistics.”

    The tangible benefit of Caldera WebShop is that it provides an e-commerce platform that has been specifically developed for wide-format printing businesses. It’s a comprehensive solution that allows users to build their storefront, take and fulfil orders and build their online business via one integrated package. “We felt it was important for printers to be able to deliver a user-friendly buyer experience,” says Hanssens. “The costly upfront processes of providing clear product information and dealing with pricing and quotes have been streamlined. WebShop makes it easy to respond to high volumes of smaller orders by automating the path between storefront and production.”

    The package includes a wide range of complementary features that allows users to shape their digital transformation in a way that suits their business. Key among these are the customisable online product catalogues, graphic templates and premium themes for personalised storefronts. Users can further tailor the WebShop to their needs by creating their own categories within the customer database management suite, as well as within the sales portal, from where orders, invoices and shipping are managed. WebShop comes with an advanced dashboard that allow the sales and production teams to track orders and jobs as they happen, as well as a range of reporting options which can include user-specified customer information.

    “Caldera has always put the user experience at the heart of new business developments,” explains Hanssens. “With this latest innovation, we’re now focusing on helping our customers prioritise the user experience of their own customers, as they respond to the demands that are emerging in the post-COVID business world. Caldera WebShop takes web-to-print functionality to a new level, in keeping with this changed way of working.”

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