Heidelberg Assistant celebrates first anniversary with over 700 users One year from its launch, the Heidelberg Assi..
15 January 2019
Heidelberg Assistant celebrates first anniversary with over 700 users
One year from its launch, the Heidelberg Assistant customer portal is now in operation at over 400 print shops with over 700 users – and has just won the 2019 Digital Edge 50 Award in the United States. The platform is currently being rolled out in Japan, Poland and Austria. The OEM’s new digital customer communication platform was launched as a pilot in Canada, the United States, Germany and Switzerland in January of 2018.
The Heidelberg Assistant digitisation solution paves the way for creating and ensuring the smooth operation of a company’s new digital business models. Customers benefit from a transparent process workflow together with smart and efficient print-shop operation. Each user has personal access to the customer portal and obtains an overview of his or her print shop’s service and maintenance status – including helpful data-driven ‘failure predictions.’ Users also benefit from “access to the sector’s largest knowledge database.” In addition, they can access big-data performance analyses that can also boosting productivity. Heidelberg is currently using the technology for further market scaling of its existing big-data applications, such as Predictive Monitoring and Performance Consulting.
“Digitisation is becoming increasingly important at a great many print shops, and our customers appreciate the digital service portfolio we offer them 24/7 with Heidelberg Assistant,” said Professor Ulrich Hermann, Member of the Management Board and Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberg. “Designed as an open digital platform, it’s used by customers of all sizes and from all segments with their own personal Heidelberg ID.” User feedback is equally positive. Jeff Taylor, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing at Hemlock Printers in Vancouver added: “This is exactly the data and information we need to manage production efficiently.”
To coincide with the first anniversary of its market launch, Heidelberg Assistant has won a 2019 Digital Edge 50 Award from the U.S.-based International Data Group (IDG), a world-leading supplier of technology media and data/marketing services. The award is a sought-after accolade that goes to 50 organisations each year for digital innovations that improve business success, modernise operations and enhance the customer experience. “Winning a 2019 Digital Edge 50 Award underlines that we have our finger on the pulse with the Heidelberg Assistant, and have assumed a leading industry role in digitising customer communications,” Hermann added.
CHROMALUXE EXTERIOR NOW AVAILABLE FROM GJS GJS today announced the availability of new, high-definition ChromaLuxe ..
15 January 2019
CHROMALUXE EXTERIOR NOW AVAILABLE FROM GJS
GJS today announced the availability of new, high-definition ChromaLuxe aluminium dye sublimation products that are suitable for exterior use. These new products give digital decorators and creators the ability to produce dye sublimation designs and products that can be used outdoors and in direct sunlight for the first time.
The new UV-resistant gloss finish provides the same dynamic image quality as traditional ChromaLuxe panels, is equally easy to clean and resistant to graffiti, scratches and chemicals.
“A previous limitation of dye sublimation was the inability to create and use designs outside and especially in direct sunlight,” said Greg Stone, Managing Director, GJS. “These new panels and products from ChromaLuxe solve this problem and have the potential to open up entire new markets for the dye sublimation market.
While photo reproduction is a favourite application, ChromaLuxe exterior products can also be used for branded logo work, directional and informational signage, wayfinding signs, menu boards, cabinetry, wall coverings and many more applications including:
Printers can now create vibrant wall décor for hotels that is multi-functional, serving as an outdoor option or indoors into direct sunlight. Perfect for open lobbies and entryways, or outdoor restaurants and gathering spaces.
ChromaLuxe exterior is perfect for corporate branding, works of art or inspiring photography inside and outside the office setting. Completely customisable, add logos to vibrant imagery or simply display high-quality wall décor anywhere in the office.
With a sleek and modern look, create stunning branded environments that can be displayed either outdoors or directly in windows and that match a brand’s luxury and exclusivity.
Thanks to its extreme durability, ChromaLuxe exterior products can be used for directional signage that will hold up to wind, weather and other elements. Thoroughly tested for fade, abrasion and impact resistance, the print surface stands up to the most exacting environmental conditions.
In addition to exceptional image quality, ChromaLuxe exterior is also a perfect fit for point-of-purchase and display messaging including outdoor restaurants, cafes and other businesses.
“We’ve already seen some incredible examples of the versatility of this product around the globe, so we’re excited to see what our customers will create with it,” Greg added.
ChromaLuxe exterior products are available now from GJS in a variety of sizes to serve the signage, display and outdoor photography markets.
INX International Ink Co. has developed a solution for brand owners and food packaging providers looking for safe and su..
07 January 2019
INX International Ink Co. has developed a solution for brand owners and food packaging providers looking for safe and sustainable alternatives with natural-based inks. INXhrc offers a number of advantages that reduce regulatory risk for brand owners and printers and improves production efficiencies for printers and converters.
INXhrc natural-based water, solvent and conventional offset inks have had a far-reaching impact on the food packaging marketplace since they use fewer chemicals compared to traditional inks. INXhrc contains no allergens, nanomaterials, flurochemicals, fanal pigments, heavy metals, latex or PTFE. By utilising clean, bio-renewable and sustainable ingredients, they have reduced CO2 emissions and annually replaced over two million pounds of petro-chemically derived resins, waxes and additives.
“INX International’s commitment to providing safe and sustainable product solutions can help printers and brand owners achieve sustainability goals, and consumers feel confident in their product choices,” says John Hrdlick, president of INX International. “We are keenly aware of the impact we can have on consumer safety, brand marketability and the environment throughout a product’s lifecycle. Our INXhrc inks provide a path to measurable, reportable CO2 savings and ultimately help brands tell a richer sustainability story.”
In addition to the sustainability advantages, the performance improvements of INXhrc has encouraged the adoption of this new technology in numerous pressrooms globally. When combined with high strength colour concentrates, INXhrc provides strong finished inks with excellent resolubility and transfer properties. Printers are seeing increased ink mileage and better production efficiency, leading to reduced resource consumption and waste generation.
HAVI presented an opportunity to align on the mutual recognition of the many benefits that could be derived from natural-based inks. Working together with INX, the company developed the right formula for the market with more sustainable packaging. Acknowledging a 25-to-30% lower CO2 footprint than conventional inks and reduced regulatory risk for brand owners and printers, the global, privately-owned company’s endorsement with INXhrc represents another aspect of the clean food movement and the principle of simplifying materials and chemistries for safer, more environmentally-friendly packaging.
“As a pioneer of clean packaging, HAVI is committed to not only improving the sustainability of food service packaging, but helping food service providers anticipate and stay ahead of consumer concerns about health and safety,” says Shane Bertsch, HAVI’s vice president, innovation. “Working with INX to bring natural-based inks to market has been a meaningful and insightful collaboration. Their expertise in ink formulation and printing have been critical to bringing this new product range to market. We look forward to further driving market innovation through our continued partnership.”
Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced the global availability of ONYX 18.5 software, the latest version release of the company&..
07 January 2019
Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced the global availability of ONYX 18.5 software, the latest version release of the company’s wide- and grand-format RIP software.
ONYX 18.5 software builds upon the award-winning ONYX 18 version, taking print production to the next level with the distinction of being the first wide-format RIP solution with Adobe PDF Print Engine 5.1 (APPE 5.1). With APPE 5.1, users benefit from the latest technological advancements for complete design-to-print workflows including high impact colour rendering, smoother edges for graphics, enhanced Unicode support; plus support for PDF 2.0 features such as black-point compensation, half-tone origin, special data for spot colours, and page-level output intent.
“ONYX 18.5 continues to lead the wide-format print industry with technological advancements that future-proof print service providers needing to differentiate themselves from their competition,” said Bryan Manwaring, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics.
“Helping our customers stay ahead of the curve as well as enabling them to take advantage of unrivalled RIP and production speeds are achievements that can greatly benefit their operations for years to come.”
ONYX 18.5 also introduces new Quick Set application library management for improved automation, enhanced iccMAX compatibility with support for third-party files and new spot colour tools for greater colour accuracy and vibrancy. Coupled with new ColorCheck reports,
ONYX 18.5 delivers industry-leading output that can literally be validated to print buyers.
Highlights of ONYX 18.5 include:
• APPE 5.1, the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine
• PDF 2.0 features including black-point compensation
• Unrivalled performance gains with 2X faster RIP speeds and 5X faster production speeds
• Added spot colour vibrancy with Relative Gamut Mapping chroma preservation
• QuickSet application library management to manage multiple QuickSets at the click of a button for securing data and getting to sellable prints faster
ONYX 18.5 software – covering the entire product portfolio of ONYX solutions including ONYX Thrive print workflow; and ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop, and ONYX RIPCentre RIP software – is now available to all ONYX Advantage customers by requesting a key update and to all other customers through a license purchase.
The ONYX Advantage subscription program gives ONYX software users a quick and easy way to keep their software current and secure their investment. Customers that are not ONYX Advantage subscribers should contact their local Authorised ONYX Reseller or visit onyxgfx.com for more information.
Classic metal effect films by ASLAN ASLAN, the German developer and manufacturer, renowned as a specialist in self-..
07 December 2018
Classic metal effect films by ASLAN
ASLAN, the German developer and manufacturer, renowned as a specialist in self-adhesive films, expands its portfolio of special effect films with the introduction of the MetalLux ASLAN SE 50 in Champagne and Platinum. These classic shades impress by their elegant appearance, are both trendy and timeless at the same time.
When applied to a smooth, compatible surface the silky matt shades come into full effect. While Champagne creates a warm ambience, Platinum brings a touch of cool elegance to every single interior space. These self-adhesive films can be used to cover complete surfaces or plotter cut to produce spectacular highlights to any graphic design or logo.
Due to their 50 μm thickness, both Champagne and Platinum are particularly easy to handle and to apply. ASLAN recommends a dry application but wet application is possible as well – as this reduces static charges and makes repositioning even easier. It is important to press the water out completely and carefully with the use of a squeegee. Any slight visible marks that may appear while using a squeegee, are easily removed with a microfiber cloth.
Both Champagne and Platinum are perfectly suited for shop fitting, exhibition stand design, visual merchandising and interior design. These self-adhesive metal effect films are specifically designed for the decoration of smooth surfaces. This makes them ideal for application to flat areas on furniture, ceilings and walls – whether applied to large areas for a complete surface design, or as an individually set highlight. Surfaces should always be cleaned thoroughly, to achieve that trendy and yet timeless classic effect.
MetalLux ASLAN SE 50 Champagne and Platinum have an outdoor durability of 2 years and are available in the dimensions 25 m x 1.25 m.
FASTSIGNS® of Maple Shade relies on SAi Flexi for flexibility and smooth production integration In more than 30..
16 November 2018
FASTSIGNS® of Maple Shade relies on SAi Flexi for flexibility and smooth production integration
In more than 30 years as a signmaker, Jeffrey Chudoff, owner of FASTSIGNS® of Maple Shade, New Jersey, has witnessed the transformation of vehicle graphics printing. Indeed, he has been one of those who helped drive the evolution, and SAi Flexi was one of the enablers.
With a background in business, brand management and marketing, Chudoff began tinting glass for a range of vehicles from muscle cars to pick-up trucks. Responding to requests for names on windshields, in 1985 he began supplying and installing cut vinyl lettering. Initially this was out-sourced, but in 1986 he bought his first tangential cutter to bring the process – and control – in house.
“That was the beginning of it all,” Chudoff says. “As large format printing for vehicle wraps developed in the early 1990s, I’d put designs on CDs and mail them to Kansas for printing electrostatically. The breakthrough came in 1995 when I bought my first Roland large format inkjet printer at the USSC show.”
Adding the large format printer enabled Chudoff to cut production times, increase margins and accelerate the development of his business. He outgrew the 400 sq. ft. garage where he had been operating and moved to his current 3,200 sq. ft. location – which also has the benefit of being on a highway with 350,000 vehicles passing weekly. The company currently has two Roland printers, an XR-640 and an RF-640.
“While the quality of our work was always high, the software tools for design and workflow could be tricky to use and not especially suitable for vehicle wraps and graphics,” he explains. “We began using SAi Flexi in about 2000, and the tools it has for handling different file formats, colour matching and efficient management of jobs is great.”
FASTSIGNS® of Maple Shade has two subscriptions for Flexi software. “We can afford two because of the price difference for the options. We use one just for designs while the full version is connected to the printers,” he says, adding, “And they’re both always up to date.”
The right tools for the job
“Flexi has lots of clever features. For example, if you are processing a large number of similar pieces, there are short-cut keys that mean you don’t have to go through drop-down menu options again and again,” he says. “Incorporating photographs and artwork from different sources is easy and ensures that we get what we design. I like to say that Flexi plays well in the graphics playground!”
Chudoff also likes the way Flexi’s clean-up tool can be used to separate a logo from a background to prepare graphics suitable for vehicle wraps. “Sometimes people don’t have logo files,” he explains. “We have to scan a letterhead and work from that. The clean-up tool simplifies the process and means that we can get a result that the customer loves.”
Additionally, he uses Flexi to produce other signage and photographic wall murals with logos and special effects incorporated. This enables him to exercise creativity, recognise opportunities, and find the best way to produce what the customer wants.
Chudoff is not wedded to any particular process. He will use the techniques necessary to realise the concept, and his numerous awards from industry magazines attest to his success. At one time he discovered that automatic photo-processing kiosks, like those found in shopping centres, were capable of printing business cards. He was able to use artwork being prepared for a vehicle wrap to print them, giving his customers a more complete and consistent branding package.
For the record – the importance of vinyl
Cut vinyl still accounts for about 40 percent of Chudoff’s jobs. As in many states, New Jersey requires owner information on commercial vehicles and many customers are small one-man operations that don’t want or need a wrap, so the cut vinyl solution is enough.
The state requires the owner’s name and the name of the municipality where his principal place of business is located, and this must be in letters not less than three inches high. Other customers, explains Chudoff, see vehicle wraps as an important tool for their marketing and brand identity.
On this subject, Chudoff is passionate about the role of the signmaker. “Vehicle wraps have a particular job to do,” he says. “Viewers have about six seconds to take in the information on a moving car or truck. That information should help the process of remembering them. That can be a logo, a graphic, a photograph, or a typeface. The right combination of a photograph with words can mean that it’s 87 percent more likely to be remembered.”
According to Chudoff, setting out these elements and achieving the right colour is facilitated by Flexi and makes achieving the desired effect much easier. “It takes people who know about vehicles to do this properly,” he says. “Following corporate guidelines written by people without the right understanding of vehicles and their variations can result in key elements being placed in difficult-to-read positions and failing to communicate the message.”
Chudoff also believes that the right vehicle wrap shop can give advice on the best approach, too. For example, in some circumstances, a partial wrap might be just as effective as a full one and save the customer money. As a result, he might then be prepared to buy some other signage.
Building family relationships
Chudoff operated as an independent sign shop until 2016 when he became part of the FASTSIGNS® family (#2115). “I was amazed at the difference it has made,” he says. “We receive calls and opportunities that we’d never had before. People like the consistency of the experience and if they have had good results from one FASTSIGNS® shop, they will recommend the brand to colleagues and friends elsewhere.”
Chudoff also believes that the industry has come a long way in the last 30 years. In his eyes, colour quality and durability, print speeds, substrates, photographic reproduction, and of course, software and workflow development, have contributed to what is a whole new market segment.
Despite the developments, he also thinks that the industry needs to keep up the levels of training to ensure that younger people learn the techniques of creating quality wraps and installing them properly. “There is now a sophistication in this market that didn’t exist when I began, and it requires a much more professional approach – and it is important to keep the bar high,” he explains.
Having the right tools is part of that picture. “Flexi is a versatile software that can integrate input and output software and devices in a way that is intuitive and meets the needs of busy sign shops,” Chudoff concludes. “That’s one of the reasons I really like it: you can tell that Flexi wasn’t designed by boffins in a lab but by people who are signmakers and who fully understand how we work and what we need.”
Roland DG Announces New VersaWorks 6 RIP Software for Enhanced Efficiency and Performance Roland DG Corporation, a ..
21 October 2018
Roland DG Announces New VersaWorks 6 RIP Software for Enhanced Efficiency and Performance
Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices worldwide, today announced the release of VersaWorks 6 RIP and print management software for inkjet printers and printer cutters.
VersaWorks includes a broad range of functions to streamline the entire printing process by generating high-quality print data that optimises the features of the printer, ink and media being used. “Our new VersaWorks 6 comes with an extensive range of features that makes the printing process more accurate and reliable for users, while also building upon the superb core functionality and ease of use of the previous popular VersaWorks software,” explains Yohei Shinomura, manager of Digital Printing Product Management.
VersaWorks 6 provides 64-bit native support to maximise performance from the latest 64-bit operating systems and to improve the processing capability of complicated data including complex vectors and multiple layers with ease and precision. It also provides support for processing PDF files natively to render transparencies, drop shadows and other special effects the way they are intended to look in the design, eliminating the hassle of reworking data.
Shinomura said the user interface has been redesigned consistent with the latest design trends for a high level of visibility, with more intuitive visual icons to enhance usability. An easy-to-use colour matching function ensures consistent colour between multiple printers of the same model, providing accurate colour control when using more than one printer for volume production or jobs involving large, combined graphics. Users now have up to five separate queues with unlimited saved settings available for each queue to suit specific customer requirements and media, as well as to immediately reload past job settings for recurring jobs.
VersaWorks 6 will be bundled with the following Roland DG inkjet printer and printer cutter models beginning in November 2018 and is also available immediately on the website below as a free upgrade for users with the following models.
Eco-Solvent Printers and Printer Cutters
UV Printers and Printer Cutters
Dye Sublimation Printer
* Please note: Those using ErgoSoft Roland Edition are excluded from the upgrade.
Mactac Develops PUREapply Adhesive Mactac Performance Adhesives Group has announced the launch of PUREapply, a pres..
05 October 2018
Mactac Develops PUREapply Adhesive
Mactac Performance Adhesives Group has announced the launch of PUREapply, a pressure sensitive adhesive designed to deliver a combination of high initial adhesion with clean initial removability.
Ideal for semi-rigid or rigid container substrates like high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene and glass, it forms a strong bond when applied, yet at the same time, provides clean removability.
“PUREapply was designed to help customers cleanly and easily remove labels that may have been misapplied initially to quickly replace old labels with new labels,” says Kim Hensley, marketing manager, Mactac Performance Adhesives. “It is uniquely formulated to provide extended open time for clean removal, allowing the product container to be re-labeled while continuing to offer excellent tack for long-lasting shelf appeal.”
PUREapply performs well on low-surface energy substrates and is suitable for cold, damp labeling applications. It can be used across a broad range of applications, including beverage, cosmetics, toiletries, household goods and food packaging labeling.
Excellent Initial Removability
Xeikon announces newest X-800 DFE Xeikon has announced the newest version of its X-800 digital front-end (DFE). It ..
05 October 2018
Xeikon announces newest X-800 DFE
Xeikon has announced the newest version of its X-800 digital front-end (DFE). It is designed to deliver maximum automation to enable the most powerful workflow on the market.
The X-800 6.0 combines consistent print with enhanced productivity to enable digital printers to process their print jobs, no matter how complex, in the fastest, most flexible and secure way. It is upgradable to all press-models from the Panther UV inkjet presses – the PX3000 and PX2000 to the Xeikon 3000 series to the Cheetah series for labels and the Xeikon 8000 and 9000 series for the graphic arts markets.
The product enables print service providers to reduce job preparation time, automate converting and serve new businesses that can only be enabled through digital print, such as variable data.
“We are constantly innovating our press portfolio and, as a result our, software solutions that support them, so our customers can maximize their production possibilities,” comments Filip Weymans, vice president of marketing at Xeikon. “The Xeikon X-800 6.0 DFE builds on our highly successful and established dedicated Xeikon press software platform that works with open standards and delivers scalable functionality.”
Weymans continues, “It will allow all our customers to add value no matter their specialty area. From label and packaging converters to operations with high-volume data throughput requirements, the latest version will help them streamline their workflow, reduce job preparation time for even the most complex work and become more responsive and efficient.
“Our X-800 DFE is designed from a digital printing perspective to outperform any other DFE in the market when it comes to the level of automation possible. X-800 6.0 strongly focuses on enhancing operational capabilities, one of which is automated impositioning," Weymans explains. “Streamlining this process can easily help operations save hundreds of prepress and job preparation hours per year. This alone delivers a clear and measurable value.”
To demonstrate the possible business gains for individual operations Xeikon has launched a new initiative called “Workflow Challenge”. Customers can request an online review by simply mailing email@example.com comparing the X-800 6.0 to other workflows.
Adds Weymans, “Simply seeing the impact a software solution has on other similar operations does not always make it easy to understand how it will help your business’s performance. With our Workflow Challenge, a much more direct comparison can be made helping define specific goals that will achieve tangible results. We will highlight how job automation reduces job preparation, enables variable data management and supports web to print with laser diecutting.”
INX International launches new inks From a new electron beam low migration ink solution and a preview of the NW340 ..
02 October 2018
INX International launches new inks
From a new electron beam low migration ink solution and a preview of the NW340 UV digital label printer, to an overflow of various tag and label ink and coating solutions, eco-friendly INXhrc inks, and a small batch ink dispenser that ideally suits the tag and label market, the INX booth has plenty of options for consideration.
“The Labelexpo crowd is always looking for a product with that something extra so they can separate themselves from the competition. I think it best describes the products we are exhibiting this year,” says Jim Lambert, INX International’s vice president of digital sales – Ink and Hardware. “We have an ink solution for nearly every occasion and Prodigy EBGA, the new low migration ink we are introducing, was just named SGIA’s 2018 Product of the Year for its category. I’m also excited about previewing the NW340 printer at our hometown show.”
The single-pass NW340 printer is a UV digital label press that gives label converters, packaging, in-house and commercial printers the opportunity to seamlessly transition to digital inkjet technology. The complete solution includes high quality inks and expandable modules to help printers meet the increasing demand for high quality, short-run digital printing.
The NW340 represents third generation label technology that Lambert says is an important and natural progression.
“It seems like only yesterday when we previewed the NW140 printer at Labelexpo,” remarks Lambert about its 2010 pre-launch debut. “A few years later we followed with the NW210. Both of those printers offered resolutions of 360-by-360 dpi and produced labels at speeds up to 80 fpm. The main difference was the printing width of 140mm and later, 210mm.
“The NW340 is a whole different ballgame. We’ve elevated the resolution to 1200-by-600 or 1200-by-1200 dpi, improved the width range to 340mm, and have increased the speed up to 300 fpm to satisfy market demand. Printers want faster equipment and higher resolution so they can more favorably compete with offset presses. This machine does that and more.”
Prodigy EBGA is the new EB low migration solution from the popular line of industrial and packaging application inks. SGIA’s 2018 Product of the Year for Digital Inks - Industrial and Packaging -, the premium inkjet ink cures by electron beam using Uteco’s GAIA printer. It is the first inkjet machine offering electron beam technology, eliminating the need for photoinitiators, the company says.
EBGA inks provide strong adhesion to a range of traditional label material and film, with high chemical and scratch resistance. Available in CMYK, they can create custom spot color in addition to orange, green and violet.
A complete assortment of AquaTech water-based tag and label inks and coating solutions, including the new AquaTech ION-X series, are on display. Known for their strong performance and excellent print stability, these inks are formulated to provide premium strength for today’s higher line anilox rolls and excellent cure rates at high press speeds. Whether it is AquaTech or a solution for sheetfed or web offset, flexographic, UV hybrid, HUV and LED or electron beam printing, INX has those inks and coatings at Labelexpo Americas.
INXhrc water-based inks have replaced over two million pounds annually of petro-chemically derived resins, waxes and additives. The eco-friendly, fast drying ink offers clean, renewable and sustainable ingredients that are free of allergens, nanomaterials, flurochemicals, fanal pigments, heavy metals, latex and PTFE. When used in tandem with INXPlus dispersions, INXhrc provides for the strongest finished inks available with excellent resolubility and transfer properties and other benefits.
The HMJ-200 small batch ink dispenser offers many advantages, especially for the tag and label market. It provides a single point dispense into jugs with small openings, and a quick adjust scale base accommodates multiple dispense containers from jugs to pails. The HMJ-200 is also fast, dispensing four ingredients in a one-gallon jug in 90 seconds. Available for water-based or UV curable inks, the small footprint machine has an automated valve cleaning system.
Xitron introduces Navigator Flexo Suite Xitron, an independent developer of RIP and workflow products for commercia..
26 September 2018
Xitron introduces Navigator Flexo Suite
Xitron, an independent developer of RIP and workflow products for commercial, digital, flexo, and high-speed inkjet printing has introduced Navigator Flexo Suite at Labelexpo. Comprised of several productivity tools designed specifically for flexo imaging, the modular workflow is fully compatible with any flexo CTP engine that accepts one-bit TIFF files, such as Amsky, Cron, Xeikon, and others.
Conceptualized in meetings with several flexo CTP vendors at last year’s Labelexpo in Brussels, the package was developed, tested, and sent to beta accounts around the world in the span of nine months. “We had a very specific list of requirements with which to work,” said Karen Crews, president of Xitron. “Besides our meetings with Flexo CTP manufacturers, we also worked with distributors and dealers before building the product roadmap. This gave us a short list of ‘must-have’s’ in terms of functionality. All of our CTP partners wanted a competitive price point, productivity beyond existing systems on the market, and the option of high fidelity screening for applications that require it,” she continued.
Navigator Flexo Suite starts with the ubiquitous Navigator RIP platform, of which more than 35,000 have been sold in commercial, in-plant, digital, screen printing, inkjet, and flexo markets around the world. Notably, Navigator Flexo Suite makes its debut being PDF 2.0 compliant right out of the box, as Xitron began shipping Navigator 12 on September 24th.
It’s coupled with the Client-Server properties of the Navigator workflow, which gives all prepress operators and artists independent submission, modification, pixel-level preview, and throughput control of jobs from their own workstations. This allows them to work independently and without interruption from anywhere on the network. Finally, all the color separated job plates are collected by Navigator Plate Controller, which helps the operator assemble the final flexo plate for output with as little material waste as possible.
The optional high-fidelity screening engine gives users the ability to specify FM to AM crossover points between highlights/shadows and mid-tones while also letting them determine minimum dot size through nine levels of sustainable “smart dots.” Users are able to customize the screening based on platesetter exposure accuracy and the print results of each individual press. Those customized setups are retained as screening templates for repeated use.
“From day one, our goal was to develop a product that could hit the market at a price point under $15,000 to stay in line with the decreasing cost of flexo CTP engines,” said Crews. “It was an intense development and testing cycle, but we brought it to the finish line without compromising the original requirements list.”
From the end user’s perspective, one thing that rated high on the list was annual maintenance costs; something they see as out of control in software and not always accounted for when considering a purchase. “We addressed the maintenance issue head on,” said Crews. Annual support for Navigator Flexo Suite is an affordable $1,495 per year, and that includes minor upgrades.”
Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM) Inc. Introduces SWORDiJET 5.5 High Gloss Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM) Inc. announces the addit..
20 September 2018
Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM) Inc. Introduces SWORDiJET 5.5 High Gloss
Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM) Inc. announces the addition of the SWORDiJET 5.5 High Gloss to Mitsubishi Paper Mill’s (MPM) portfolio of high-speed production inkjet coated papers. “We are excited to bring to market one of the highest gloss levels available for high speed printing”, says Chris Hung, Vice President of Sales and Product Planning. “An 80% gloss level opens up a range of possibilities for Publishers”, he continues. Mitsubishi specifically engineered SWORD iJET 5.5 High Gloss to target the high-end Magazine, Catalog, Book and Scientific Journal market which are seeing growth from the benefits of personalized content and print on demand capabilities that are now possible with high speed production printing.
Mitsubishi partnered with HP to license SWORDiJET 5.5 High Gloss with the HP ColorPro technology. “We’re proud to have worked with one of the most successful and trusted OEM’s in the High Speed Print market. The stringent print, color excellence and performance standards developed by HP ensure successful implementation. Together, we’re delighted to offer a seamless solution for high quality, efficient output for Printers and Publishers” says Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM), Inc. CEO and President Hide Tsukada.
HP and Mitsubishi are committed to the value of print and Production Inkjet technology. HP’s press advancements and technical support program combined with Mitsubishi Paper Mills coating technology offer high value opportunities for Print Service Providers (PSP) to expand existing business or create new markets to serve. PSP’s will see immediate cost savings in efficiencies, Mitsubishi’s coating technology maximizes press performance with increased speeds, reduced ink loading and unprecedented dry times. Additionally, high volume accounts can benefit from cost advantages in direct container paper shipments.
SWORDiJET 5.5 High Gloss is available in 90 gsm/24lb basis weight, with heavier grades to follow including a 7 and 9pt to serve Direct Mail applications. In addition to the Mitsubishi SWORDiJET 5.5 High Gloss, SWORDiJET 4.3 Gloss and Matte and Premier IJ Book and Form have also been licensed with HP ColorPro technology and will be available through established distribution partners. These grades are all produced at Mitsubishi Paper Mill’s fully integrated Hachinhoe Paper Mill in Japan. For additional information, please visit www.mitsubishiimaging.com/production-inkjet.html
Antalis introduces MetaliK films for luxury detailing Antalis, the leading European distributor of paper, packaging..
06 September 2018
Antalis introduces MetaliK films for luxury detailing
Antalis, the leading European distributor of paper, packaging and visual communication solutions, has introduced large format inkjet metallic films to its portfolio to enable customers to combine print and cut applications for creative display.
The KernowJet MetaliK range delivers high quality metallic films for use within luxury retail settings, window displays and point of sale (POS), Christmas or seasonal campaigns and countless other applications. The films, which are available in gold, silver and rose gold finishes, provide an extremely smooth finish, giving any application a near-mirror effect.
The new offering includes KernowJet MetaliK Cut&Print; a removable metallic film ideal for double-sided displays. It is particularly suited for bright reflective lettering, logos and designs for shop windows and glass, as well as general retail settings, perfumeries, luxury boutiques and campaigns. The removable adhesive makes it specifically useful for evolving point of sale promotions. Along with being inkjet printable with Solvent, Latex and UV, the film can be easily plotted out for eye-catching lettering and decals. Kernow MetaliK Cut&Print is suitable for wet-application allowing easy application and is the same colour on both sides making it ideal for double sided window display.
Mike Collins, Product Manager for Visual Communications at Antalis UK, comments: "We are delighted to be offering a new extended offering of the brilliant KernowJet MetaliK portfolio here at Antalis. MetaliK is truly eye-catching, and the Cut&Print films in particular provide great options for many retailers and consumer-oriented companies who are looking for a smooth finish to their displays, with the luxury metallic effect providing stand-out visual aesthetics.”
Nazdar releases 184 Series solvent inkjet ink Nazdar Ink Technologies has announced the 184 Series, a newly develop..
06 September 2018
Nazdar releases 184 Series solvent inkjet ink
Nazdar Ink Technologies has announced the 184 Series, a newly developed digital imaging ink formulated specifically as a high-performance alternative for Mimaki JV150/300 and CJV150/300 digital printers using Mimaki BS4 ink.
Nazdar 184 Series users will benefit from low odour and enjoy the convenience of a range of packaging options, including 600ml bags and 2000ml bags compatible with MBIS.
"The new Nazdar 184 Series exhibits outstanding performance, with excellent outdoor resistance to colour fade and chemical attack caused by UV degradation or environmental pollution," said Stephen Woodall, Nazdar Ink Technologies' Global Segment Manager - Aqueous & Solvent Digital. "We've developed an ink with excellent performance and adhesion on flexible and pressure sensitive vinyl, banner material, blue back paper and backed mesh."
For more information and technical data, visit the 184 Series web page or email product questions to InkAnswers@nazdar.com
Epson Introduces Dye-Sublimation Solution Optimised for Rigid Photo Applications Epson today announced a new soluti..
29 August 2018
Epson Introduces Dye-Sublimation Solution Optimised for Rigid Photo Applications
Epson today announced a new solution designed for creating dye-sublimation photo panels and other rigid substrates. New Epson DS Transfer Photo Paper, a high-quality, lightweight dye-sublimation transfer paper, combined with Epson SureColor® F-Series dye-sublimation printers, inks and Wasatch RIP support, creates a complete solution designed to produce rigid photos with advanced print quality and vibrant images with minimal grain, consistency and reliability.
Universal Woods, the world’s leading manufacturer of hard surface products for sublimation, has been using the new Epson solution – DS Transfer Photo Paper with the Epson SureColor F6200 printer on its ChromaLuxe panels. “The new DS Transfer Photo Paper was manufactured with ChromaLuxe in mind, and it addresses some of our main concerns with sublimating – texture and lack of sublimation dye around the outer areas of the aluminum photo panel,” said Josh Bender, sublimation specialist, ChromaLuxe. “This complete Epson dye-sublimation solution achieved a WIR Display Permanence Rating of 65 years1, the highest we’ve seen to date with ChromaLuxe prints.”
In addition, Image Wizards, the inventors of metal prints, has been using the new Epson transfer solution to create rigid photo prints. “The new Epson DS Transfer Photo Paper is the best dye-sublimation paper for rigid applications I have used,” said Roger K. Laudy, founder and president, Image Wizards. “In particular, the ink transfer onto metal prints on aluminum is amazing, with virtually no grain, as well as high ink transfer. This is easily the paper of choice for my customers.”
The new DS Transfer Photo Paper delivers excellent color gamut and black density, with reduced grain and mottling for smoother flesh tones and cleaner, lighter colors. In addition, it offers superb handling with almost no curl and warping under the heat of a flat press. The paper offers high ink transferability with slight transparency, which helps register the printed paper to the rigid substrate. Best used with the SureColor F6200, Wasatch SoftRIP version 7.6 offers full support for the DS Transfer Photo Paper for color management, print cost estimation and color profiles.
“This new paper is especially beneficial for the SureColor F6200 user who is producing high-quality photographic prints on ChromaLuxe plates,” said Tim Check, senior product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “There are a lot of multipurpose transfer paper solutions available; this is one of the first that is specifically designed for rigid photo print quality – reducing grain to provide a more dynamic range of color.”
Pricing and Availability
The new DS Transfer Photo Paper is available now through Epson authorized Professional Imaging Resellers in three roll sizes for the following MSRPs:
- 17” x 300’ – $65
- 24” x 300’ – $89
- 44” x 300’ – $165
For additional information, visit www.proimaging.epson.com
Hop Industries Releases Hop-Syn GO Synthetic Paper Exclusively for HP Indigo Digital Presses Hop Industries, manufa..
29 August 2018
Hop Industries Releases Hop-Syn GO Synthetic Paper Exclusively for HP Indigo Digital Presses
Hop Industries, manufacturer of the durable Hop-Syn synthetic paper today announces the immediate availability Hop-Syn GO, a new grade specifically designed for all models of the HP Indigo digital press. Environmentally-friendly and 100% recyclable, the Hop-Syn GO grade is a surface-treated, clay-coated, calendered polypropylene substrate. Its unique composition offers superb ink adhesion and high-quality graphic imaging unlike any other synthetic paper for the HP Indigo press.
Hop-Syn GO is 100% waterproof and is extremely scuff resistant, ideal for menus, identification cards, P-O-P signage, retail tags, and more. Competitively priced, Hop-Syn GO provides the durability, tear resistance, and weather resistant properties of polypropylene plastic with the print performance and efficiency of conventional paper.
“Our customers have been asking for a Hop-Syn grade made specifically for the HP Indigo press, and we delivered a substrate that outperforms all other synthetic papers in the market, both in quality output and price,” comments Jack Smith, Senior Vice President of Hop Industries. “Hop-Syn GO grade has been put through our rigorous R&D and field-tests. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. HP Indigo customers rave about the Hop-Syn GO’s high quality and boast about how easy it is to run.”
Hop-Syn GO synthetic paper produces vibrant imaging with 85-90% opacity. Its smooth matte finish is printable on both sides. Hop-Syn GO is UV resistant up to 3 months outdoors and can be scored and grommeted. Hop-Syn GO is available in stock sheet sizes including 12 x 18 in, 13 x 19 in, 20.5 x 29.5 in, and 55 in stock roll width.
Hop Industries stocks its full line of Hop-Syn synthetic paper in its NJ warehouse; all grades can be shipped within 24 hours. The company also offers In-house converting, slit rolls from 1-in up to 54-in, and custom sized sheets and quantities.
For questions or more information visit www.hopsyn.com
SAi Receives Software Certification for HP DesignJet Z6610 and DesignJet Z6810 Printers Salt Lake City, Utah, US..
29 August 2018
SAi Receives Software Certification for HP DesignJet Z6610 and DesignJet Z6810 Printers
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA – SA International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, today announces that its market-acclaimed SAi Flexi software solution is certified for use with both the HP DesignJet Z6610 and DesignJet Z6810 printers. The certification helps ensure print providers and sign & display companies to streamline their workflow, increase their throughput and guarantee premium quality output for their customers.
Applicable to FlexiPRINT, FlexiSIGN & PRINT, FlexiPRINT SE and HP FlexiPRINT edition v12, the certification officializes the software with HP’s stamp of approval and confirms that these Flexi solutions fully comply with its rigorous performance requirements for both DesignJet printers
For users, this provides the assurance that the software will seamlessly integrate with their HP DesignJet printer without disruption to their print line.
The certification also offers those users who require advanced production tools – such as nesting, tiling and color management options – access to a catalogue of efficiency-enhancing tools. These include the ability to minimize material waste and maximize profit margins using Flexi’s new contour cut true shaping nesting tool. Users can precisely match the job spot colors with ease using Flexi’s spot color swatch tools.
Commenting on the certification, Eyal Friedman, Vice President, Technical Services at SAi, says, “As this certification demonstrates, our software solutions continue to perform at the highest level to equip print providers and sign & display companies with a multitude of business-enhancing tools.”
Designed as the world’s first and only all-in-one design, print and cut software solution, Flexi provides users with a comprehensive design-to-output workflow under one roof. Users have the choice to either purchase the software outright or via SAi’s subscription model. Subscribers have the financial flexibility to add extra licenses during peak periods as well as enjoy instant access to the latest upgrades.
Lexmark Launches Enhanced Retail Print and Digital Signage Solution Lexmark, a global imaging solutions leader, tod..
16 August 2018
Lexmark Launches Enhanced Retail Print and Digital Signage Solution
Lexmark, a global imaging solutions leader, today introduced a new version of Lexmark Print and Digital Signage, a unique and powerful solution that automates the store signage and labeling processes, allowing retailers to easily print and publish quality, on-demand signs, labels and tags, freeing store staff to interact with customers. The latest version features enhanced mobile capabilities that allow store associates to make signage without leaving the sales floor, so customers get the attention they need to make buying decisions.
"Generating engaging and accurate in-store signage is a challenge for retailers across the globe, as stores struggle with price changes, pricing integrity, template management and waste," said John Linton, director, Lexmark Retail Industry Solutions. "We developed the Lexmark Print and Digital Signage solution to automate the in-store signage process, helping retailers quickly and easily develop engaging, accurate and on-brand signage so store staff can be on the sales floor with customers."
The Lexmark Print and Digital Signage solution is a proven enterprise solution for printing and publishing shelf-edge signs, labels and tags used in retail stores. The Lexmark Publishing Platform, which evolved from AccessVia software, uses one system to print paper signs from laser printers in the store, produce volumes of press-ready output for high-speed printing at a central location, and print electronic shelf labels, allowing brand consistency across all signs and reducing IT costs.
Solution benefits include:
New EFI Fiery DFE for Konica Minolta AccurioPress 6136 Series Delivers Best-in-Class Quality, Productivity and Workflow ..
16 August 2018
New EFI Fiery DFE for Konica Minolta AccurioPress 6136 Series Delivers Best-in-Class Quality, Productivity and Workflow Integration
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII), and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. announced a new EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE) designed to drive the AccurioPress 6136 series of monochrome digital presses from Konica Minolta.
Running on the latest EFI Fiery FS300 Pro software platform, the new EFI Fiery MIC-4160 external DFE is the first Fiery server for black-and-white print engines to launch on the new NX One server platform with Fiery QuickTouch. The new DFE is almost 50% faster than previous generations and is compatible with the innovative new Konica Minolta IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer for automated density control and accurate front-to-back registration. The latest Fiery Command WorkStation used with the DFE delivers a true unified job management interface for all Fiery Driven printers including cut-sheet, wide-format, superwide-format and high-speed inkjet devices.
“In-plants and commercial printing businesses need greater efficiencies to streamline their monochrome high-volume production operations and this new EFI Fiery DFE helps users get the most from their advanced AccurioPress 6136 investment,” said Kevin Kern, senior vice president, business intelligence services and product planning, Konica Minolta. “The DFE’s features help make users monochrome digital print workflows just as advanced as those found in high-end digital color print production.”
Free Fiery DFE training from EFI, found at the Learning@EFI site, will give AccurioPress 6136 series customers information to ensure they can use all the Fiery product features to the fullest extent possible.
New, bi-directional communication provides synchronized, real-time paper catalog updates that can be entered from either the press or the Fiery Command WorkStation interface, bringing operational flexibility to users, along with new paper tray assignment tools. Plus, the DFE’s Fiery QuickTouch display provides easy, automated backup and restore features. Optional EFI Fiery JobMaster software available with the DFE simplifies the process for creating manuals and other long documents with visual tools for tab insertion, scanning, image editing and media assignment.
End-to-end integration for greater efficiency
The new Fiery DFE also integrates into existing print production workflows through JDF implementation, which seamlessly connects with automated estimating, scheduling, job ticketing, accounting and other processes managed by EFI's suite of industry-leading MIS and web-to-print products, including EFI PrintSmith, Premium Pace and Enterprise Pace bundles for Konica Minolta.
In addition to built-in, industry-standard and certified JDF connectivity, Fiery API enables print service providers to rapidly develop live, bidirectional integration with their internally developed software or web services for their unique workflow automation needs. Fiery API is a REST (Representational State Transfer) application programming interface, allowing easy development regardless of application or software platforms including web browser, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android.
“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Konica Minolta in bringing this outstanding DFE to the AccurioPress 6136 series of monochrome printers,” said John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing, EFI. “It not only gives users our latest production enhancements, it brings users all the efficiencies of our new NX One touchscreen display, giving users faster views of job status information and quick access to server management tools.”
The new Fiery DFEs run on Windows 10 and are available from Konica Minolta and authorised Konica Minolta resellers. For more information about EFI Fiery Driven products, visit www.efi.com
NUtec launches EFI GS & QS range of UV curable inks NUtec Digital Ink, a leading ink manufacturer producing wat..
07 August 2018
NUtec launches EFI GS & QS range of UV curable inks
NUtec Digital Ink, a leading ink manufacturer producing water-based, UV curable and solvent printing inks, recently announced its latest UV inks suitable for the EFI range of GS and QS printers.
NUtec’s Amethyst UV inks for EFI printers are available for roll to roll printers as the A50-RTR-EF or for hybrid printers as the A50-HYB-EF. Both ink versions offer superior colours, great reliability, excellent image quality and continued operating functionality.
The conversion from EFI original inks to one of the NUtec alternative inks is a smooth, hassle-free process due to NUtec’s specially designed bottle and adaptor. Developed in-house, the exclusive bottle design offers the unique ability to work across both 5 litre and 3 litre configurations for the GS and QS machines.
Neil Green, Sales and Marketing Director at NUtec notes, “EFI customers who have converted to our inks are particularly impressed with the colour and the physical properties of the inks especially as far as the adhesion and flexible attributes are concerned. These easy-to-install cost-effective UV inks, packaged exclusively for EFI printers, are fast gaining traction with satisfied customers around the world.”
NUtec’s alternative inks for the EFI GS and QS range of printers precede a comprehensive range of optimised UV inks soon to be launched by NUtec Digital Ink.