Part of Xaar’s ImagineX platform, Ultra High Viscosity technology ensures Xaar’s printheads deliver high imp..
14 September 2021
Part of Xaar’s ImagineX platform, Ultra High Viscosity technology ensures Xaar’s printheads deliver high impact, productive and efficient results for volume digital label and packaging printing applications.
Xaar, the leading inkjet printing technology group, says the advanced capabilities of its Ultra High Viscosity technology demonstrates the significant difference that inkjet printing can make to labels and packaging.
Part of Xaar’s ImagineX platform, Ultra High Viscosity technology ensures Xaar’s printheads deliver high impact, productive and efficient results for volume digital label and packaging printing applications.
By enabling an extended high colour gamut and fluids with larger particles and more pigment, colours are more vibrant and whites and blacks stronger – this unbeatable capability to print high opacity, especially whites, in a single pass is extremely useful for delivering impact on many labels and direct-to-shape packaging printing applications.
In addition, fluids, and inks with viscosities of up to 100 centipoises (cP) can be jetted in a single pass, further opening up opportunities for label and packaging printers to deliver new and exciting finishes for clients across a wider variety of packaging materials, with a high degree of efficiency and productivity.
Energy is also saved because UV fluids, which previously required heating to 45 degrees C before jetting, can now be laid down at room temperature. Overall, less fluid is required as well, making the process even more sustainable.
Further, high-build varnish embellishments can be achieved more easily, to add texture, visual impact, and functionality (such as ink that resists cracking on flexible surfaces) to labels and packaging. From braille and tactile warning triangles on labels, to the latest haptic effects for a high-end look and real shelf presence for rigid and flexible packaging, with Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity technology results can be achieved that have traditionally only been possible by using screen printing.
Graham Tweedale, General Manager of Xaar’s printhead business unit, said; “We are already seeing how Ultra High Viscosity technology is opening up new possibilities for Xaar in a number of applications, particularly label and packaging.
“Whereas previously inkjet printheads have typically been only able to jet fluids of around 8 to 12 cP, our technologies enable printers to jet much higher viscosities, achieving a wider colour gamut and unparalleled opacity, and can be used to print an extensive range of special effects.
“In addition, after many years of requests from clients to be able to print higher molecular weight photopolymers to increase resistance and flexibility for printed materials, our Ultra High Viscosity technology has realised this capability, truly unleashing the power of inkjet.”
Ultra High Viscosity technology is available across many of Xaar’s printheads including the Xaar Nitrox, the 50x series, and Xaar 2002.
Mutoh Japan unveiled the XPJ-1642WR water based CMYK 64” (162 cm) digital inkjet printer. Manufactured and en..
07 September 2021
Mutoh Japan unveiled the XPJ-1642WR water based CMYK 64” (162 cm) digital inkjet printer.
Manufactured and engineered in Japan and based on Mutoh’s new XpertJet printer platform, the XpertJet 1642WR incorporates two new generation extra wide 1600 nozzle AccuFine print heads, installed in a staggered setup. The new heads will offer best-in-class drop placement accuracy. Combined with Mutoh’s new proprietary i-screen weaving technology – Mutoh’s fourth generation weaving algorithms - the new print heads will deliver exceptional print quality at high production speeds. The XpertJet 1642WR will deliver sellable high quality production speeds up to 61 m²/h. Top engine speed of the machine is 98 m²/h.
Targeted at the sublimation transfer market, the XpertJet 1642WR dye sublimation printer will deliver high quality graphics for transfer onto all possible flexible and rigid polyester materials: in-store textile décor graphics and displays, soft signage and graphics for events and trade shows, home decoration, flags and pennants, sports goods (snowboards, helmets), gadgets (mugs, umbrellas, mouse mats) and apparel (fast fashion, blouses, sportswear, outdoor jackets, T-shirts). The printer will also print directly onto closed coated polyester fabrics or mixed fibres.
To accommodate the widest range of dye sublimation papers, the printer has pressure rollers with adaptable pressure which can also be individually disabled. Four different head heights can be used, from 1.5 mm to 4 mm.
To facilitate uninterrupted volume production, the new 1642WR integrates an automatic nozzle check unit which will automatically detect missing nozzles and clean them. The machine can also be equipped with three different motorised take up systems of 30 kg, 40 kg and 100 kg. There is a front media drying unit and replaceable mist collection filters.
The new XpertJet 1642WR comes with Mutoh’s new generation DS3-series HC dye sublimation ink. HC stands for ‘Increased Colourant’ which means reduced ink consumption, faster drying and compatibility with lightweight papers.
The new inks come in degassed 1 kg pouches for reliable jetting, excellent image definition and sharpness.
The XPJ-1642WR integrates all known Mutoh XpertJet features, i.e. illuminated print platform, re-usable ink cases as well as an enhanced roll off system with new media feed flanges.
The new 1642WR combines existing and brand new Mutoh core technologies :
Following the lead of their international counterparts, Canon Production Printing Australia today announces the launch o..
31 August 2021
Following the lead of their international counterparts, Canon Production Printing Australia today announces the launch of the new Arizona 135 GT flatbed printer to the Australian market.
The Arizona 135 GT provides an investment solution to assist lower volume print service providers to fulfil new business opportunities whilst accessing the proven benefits of the award-winning Arizona series.
Designed for outstanding productivity and application versatility, the easy-to-use Arizona 135 GT produces exceptional image quality. This is thanks to The Arizona VariaDot greyscale printing technology, which uses advanced drop size selection techniques to deliver photo-realistic images. With the ability to handle substrates of up to 125 x 250 cm in size and up to 50.8 mm thick and to print at speeds of up to 34.2 m2/hour, the Arizona 135 GT is a smart investment for new opportunities or as the second printer.
Craig Nethercott , Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Australia, comments, “The Arizona flatbed family has become renowned for its image quality, productivity, reliability and application versatility, winning multiple awards and resulting in over 7,500 installations worldwide. In bringing the Arizona 135 GT to market, we’re looking to make the ideal flatbed platform for printing multiple applications on both rigid and flexible media available the Display Graphics & Signage market. As the latest member of the fifth generation of Arizona printers, the Arizona 135 GT offers users the same core technology and benefits of its mid-volume siblings at an attractive investment level and we’re confident that it will again prove to be as popular as its predecessors.”
The productivity of the Arizona 135 GT is enhanced by its easy-to-use functionality, including nesting, batching of complex jobs, step and repeat, mirroring and re-assignment of print modes. Accurate print registration avoids errors and the ability to make last-minute adjustments at the printer saves valuable time. With uptime being crucial to any print operation, the Arizona 135 GT incorporates a number of service features to maximise availability: Automated Maintenance System provides hands-free printhead maintenance and selectively restores nozzle function in seconds, while On Remote Service allows the user to authorise remote assistance by experienced service technicians, ensuring the highest possible uptime.
Access high-margin applications on huge media range
Thanks to Arizona flatbed technology and its UV-LED curing, a vast range of durable applications are achievable on rigid or flexible media with standard or porous surfaces, including glass, aluminium and other metals, canvas, wood, MDF, cardstock, ceramic tiles and plastics. The Arizona Static Suppression Kit also enables the Arizona 135 GT to print on hard plastic materials, such as acrylic, polycarbonate and styrene, while the Arizona Classic high-pressure vacuum system provides extremely reliable media hold- down during printing, even for warped rigid media. More opportunities are accessible with the flatbed printer’s field-upgradeable Roll Media Option. This allows users to produce flexible media applications up to 2.2m wide, including thin and heat-sensitive media, and to run roll-to-roll jobs unattended overnight.
Access new levels of creativity with Arizona Xpert prepress software
The Arizona 135 GT supports the Arizona Xpert prepress software, enabling the design and production of high-value applications with ease. Including ready-made recipes for easy-to-create applications, the software allows users to exchange recipes directly with customers, so that designers can preview the end product with a 3D view in the Arizona Xpert Extensions, minimising design errors. The Arizona approach to first-time-right printing leads to less waste and fewer costly mistakes which, in turn, leads to better overall margins and faster turnaround times. Arizona Xpert also offers further high-margin opportunities for textured surface prints – the ability to print applications with multiple ink layers.
Access a sustainable flatbed printing solution
The Arizona 135 GT’s VariaDot technology uses variable drop sizes from 6 to 30 picolitres. Not only does this produce pin-sharp images but it also means that the Arizona printing process consumes as much as 50% less ink than regular flatbed printers, making the Arizona 135 GT environmentally and economically attractive. The device’s environmental credentials also include the use of UL GREENGUARD Gold certified inks for any indoor applications, such as in schools, hospitals and retail stores – and the low emissions make for a healthier printing environment too. Additionally, the Arizona 135 GT features low-energy consumption as a result of its Instant-On functionality and minimal warm-up time thanks to its LED lamps. Other energy saving features include its standard voltage power supply, energy-efficient curing process and power-efficient vacuum pumps.
MUTOH has released the next generation of UV-LED printers, the hybrid VJ-1638UH Mark II and the roll-to-roll VJ-1638UR M..
24 August 2021
MUTOH has released the next generation of UV-LED printers, the hybrid VJ-1638UH Mark II and the roll-to-roll VJ-1638UR Mark II.
MUTOH’s new VerteLith RIP comes as standard with the Mark II series to create dynamic output, producing the best-possible gradients, skin tones and vivid colours. Featuring i-WeaveUVEX 2 Intelligent Interweave Print Technology, MUTOH Clear Tone half tone technology, MUTOH CMYK wide colour gamut ICC profile and auto-generation of Pantone© coated/uncoated spot colours. Smart MUTOH technologies streamline workflow, increase productivity, and deliver high-quality output at faster production speeds
The VJ-1638UH/VJ-1638UR Mark II printers include:
- Staggered dual print heads with UV-LED lamps on both sides.
- MUTOH UV-LED inks, which allow printing on transparent/coloured media with a 6-colour CMYK+White+Varnish configuration or 2 x CMYK for faster output.
- Multi-layer printing capability
The VJ-1638UH Mark II is a hybrid printer with the capability to print on rigid substrates (up to 15mm thick) as well as roll media, while the VJ-1638UR Mark II prints on roll media only. A 30kg take-up system is standard on the VJ-1638UR Mark II. A 40kg take-up system is optional, as is a heavy-duty 100kg take-up. An optional 30kg take-up is available for the VJ-1638UH Mark II which can handle rigid media up to 15kg.
VerteLith includes several useful workflow tools which enhance the use of the Mark II series UV-LED printers. Features include auto-layout and print multi-page PDF functions at the click of a button and supports auto-generation of white and varnish inks to create rich, textured prints without complicated steps. Additionally, auto-generation of Pantone© coated/uncoated spot colours is a standard feature of VerteLith.
Following its recent launch of neon inks for UV printing, swissQprint now highlights the scope that these fluorescent co..
27 July 2021
Following its recent launch of neon inks for UV printing, swissQprint now highlights the scope that these fluorescent colours open up. With just two inks, four striking colour variants are possible – Yellow, Pink, Green and Orange.
Following its recent launch of neon inks for UV printing, swissQprint now highlights the scope that these fluorescent colours open up. With just two inks, four striking colour variants are possible – Yellow, Pink, Green and Orange – as well as countless applications.
Neon inks for UV printing are the latest craze in the swissQprint ink portfolio. The colours available: Neon Pink and Neon Yellow. They glow in daylight and are fluorescent in black light. And yet more colour variants are possible in the mix: Neon Green and Neon Orange. No matter what the message is, people are bound to notice it.
Theme worlds with a difference
swissQprint describes the application areas as follows: "Neon is ideal for event, exhibition, art and theme worlds, and it's the key to truly dazzling promotions." The range of potential indoor applications includes posters, ceiling hangers and POS displays, information and guidance systems, trade fair and event concepts including wristbands, safety notices or campaign signage, and more besides.
Can be retrofitted
Neon inks are available for all swissQprint flatbed and roll to roll printer models with UV-LED curing. They can be retrofitted at any time, especially as swissQprint systems have nine freely configurable colour channels. Advice and sales via the worldwide network of swissQprint dealers.
Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today launched Roland DG Conn..
27 July 2021
Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today launched Roland DG Connect, an app that allows users to gain a detailed understanding of their overall print operations and access essential data for keeping their devices running at their optimum performance. Free to new and existing Roland DG owners, the new app is currently available for use with all TrueVIS™ series printers and printer cutters.
Roland DG Connect provides instant access to key performance data, and allows the user to monitor device activity and increase print production efficiency. The app features an easy-to-understand colour-coded dashboard that provides an instant view of statistics like ink usage per cartridge, while also showing a printing volume timeline for periods of up to 30 days. Additionally, it displays crucial information for optimising the health of your printer, such as print head manual cleaning frequency, wiper life status, and levels of liquid waste – data that helps keep your printer running in top condition, minimising downtime and maintenance. In addition, Roland DG Connect provides instant alerts that help you avoid any costly productivity issues, as well as notifications that let you know when firmware updates are needed or if inks are in need of replenishment. Colour-coded views make it simple to monitor ink consumption per cartridge, so you can effectively plan your ink usage and budget.
Users will also appreciate the helpful reporting and accessibility information the Roland DG Connect App offers. A built-in Job Log lets you review up to 30 days of print production on one or more connected devices, while an Error Log delivers machine alerts, including instant notifications on "feed motor errors" or "print finish activity."
Other Roland DG Connect features include easy access to product documentation, user guides, and support materials for Roland DG printers, plus a function that allows users to instantly view their device warranties and expiration dates for added peace of mind.
"At Roland DG Australia, we want to ensure that our customers not only have the highest quality printers available for their specific needs, but also cutting-edge tools that maximise performance and extend the life of their machines," said Greg Stone, Product and Marketing Manager at Roland DG Australia. "The new Roland DG Connect App allows Roland DG end users to monitor their printers in real time, keep them operating at the highest level, and take their production with them wherever they go."
Greg also points out that the Roland DG Connect App is dynamic and will grow more robust over time. "We will be enhancing the app continuously, incorporating additional features and functionality that will make life increasingly easier for users," he added.
TrueVIS owners can get started with Roland DG Connect by first registering online at the Roland DG Connect page, and then downloading the app, at the following link: https://www.rolanddg.com.au/products/software/roland-dg-connect-app
Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the ad..
20 July 2021
Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the addition of the new GR2-640 and GR2-540 64” and 54” vinyl cutters to its CAMM-1 series.
The CAMM-1 series is capable of cutting almost any shape quickly and cleanly from a broad range of sheet and film materials that range from thin automotive window films and heat-transfer sheets to thick reflective sheets and sandblast masks. Applications include signs, automotive window film, vehicle wraps, sports apparel and more. According to Kevin Shigenoya, Vice President, Digital Printing Business Division, “Our vinyl cutters are often used in combination with our large format inkjet printers for printing and then cutting colourful graphics into unique shapes for stickers, labels and various store decorations and, more recently, for making social distancing signs to assist with preventing the spread of COVID-19.”
The newly announced GR2-640 and GR2-540 are an ideal balance between affordable pricing and superior cutting performance, and are designed to integrate seamlessly with large format inkjet printers. With a maximum cutting speed of 1,530 mm/s, a maximum downforce of 600 gf and smooth media feeding, the GR2 Series achieves the precision cutting quality and high-volume productivity required by professional users.
One of the key features of the GR2 Series, according to Shigenoya, is that the cutters pair smoothly with Roland DG’s large format inkjet printers and use the same VersaWorks 6 RIP software for seamless Print-then-Cut production. Contour lines can be added and crop marks generated automatically to imported printing data in VersaWorks 6, to ensure the outlines of graphics are cut accurately, eliminating the need for users to switch back to Adobe® Illustrator®, CorelDRAW® or other graphics software to complete production. The GR2 Series features a multi-crop mark function for more accurate contour cutting of large print and cut jobs after lamination. It also includes the Roland DG AAS II plug-in software for pairing with other large format inkjet printers.
Shigenoya said, The GR2 Series combines quality and accuracy making it possible to produce unique and attractive applications efficiently and cost effectively.”
“There is fierce competition among sign making shops,” he added. “Roland DG is committed to contributing to the development of digital solutions and services aimed at helping our customers explore the bounds of their creativity.”
To find out more about the GR2 Series, click here.
Epson is expanding its range of PrecisionCore printheads to meet the accelerated shift towards digital printing in the c..
13 July 2021
Epson is expanding its range of PrecisionCore printheads to meet the accelerated shift towards digital printing in the commercial and industrial sectors.
The D3000-A1R is the first in Epson’s new range of printheads that support ink circulation at nozzle level, which increases reliability by reducing nozzle cleaning and capping requirements.
The printhead can be used either in single colour 1200dpi mode or with two colours at 600-dpi resolution. This combined with high-frequency driving technology enables the D3000-A1R to deliver outstanding image quality and high print speeds comparable to those of existing analogue printers.
With a 67mm print swathe, the DC300-A1R is easily scalable for wide, high-quality applications such as flexible packaging, labels and décor. Its robust, industrial design means it can be safely handled without causing damage to the printhead nozzles.
The demand for digital printing with water-based ink has risen in recent years due to a growing requirement to mitigate the environmental impact of printing. The D3000-A1R is well-placed to offer a competitive edge to equipment manufacturers who are keen to address environmental and sustainability concerns.
Paddy O’Hara, Business Development Manager at Epson Europe, says: “Our new series of water-based ink, nozzle level recirculation printheads demonstrates our commitment to developing technology that contributes to low environmental impact digital printing and the acceleration of inkjet innovation.
The D3000-A1R builds on the quality and reliability of our industry-leading PrecisionCore technology, adding ultimate flexibility for a wide variety of industrial printing applications. The width and design of the printhead is unique within the industry, allowing for highly scalable configurations in multi-head arrays.”
Key Features of the D3000-A1R include:
• 1200-dpi resolution and high-frequency driving
• Nozzle level recirculation inkjet printheads at 1200 nozzles per inch. Printheads do not require regular ink ejection and head cleaning
• The printhead can be used either in single colour 1200npi mode or with 2 colours at 600npi per colour
• 67mm print swathe and robust modular design allows print chips to be easily arrayed in both moving serial printhead and fixed line head configurations
• Reduced environmental impact
The D3000-A1R will be available later this year.
Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide- format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the a..
06 July 2021
Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide- format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the addition of EUV5 Orange and Red UV-curable inks for use in the VersaUV LEC2 series of UV-LED printer cutters.
With integrated printing and cutting, diverse media support and ease of use, the LEC2 series UV printer cutters are ideal for the quick turnaround of numerous applications, including adhesive decals, labels and stickers, signs, POP, backlit panels, interior décor and packaging prototypes. In addition to CMYK, Clear, White and Primer, EUV5 UV ink now supports new Orange and Red inks as process colours. CMYK + Orange + Red expands the colour gamut by approximately 20%, thereby increasing the number of Pantone colours reproduced by approximately 200 colours*² compared to four-colour CMYK. Combined with Roland DG’s True Rich Color print settings that maximise the potential of hardware and inks to produce stunningly vibrant graphics with neutral greys, smooth gradations and natural skin tones, it is now possible to more accurately reproduce brand colours that were previously difficult, if not impossible.
Tony Miller, Division President of Global Sales & Marketing Division, said, "The LEC2 series is characterised by its versatility, quick turnaround, and unique special printing capabilities for high value-added expression on a wide range of compatible media. We are confident that the addition of Orange and Red UV inks will bring even more value and competitiveness to our customers' businesses. Roland DG will continue to contribute to the development of the printing and manufacturing industry by providing products and services that expand the creative possibilities of our customers."
To find out more, go to: www.rolanddg.com.au
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has enhanced the world’s fastest digital textile printer, the EFI Reggiani BOLT. ..
28 June 2021
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has enhanced the world’s fastest digital textile printer, the EFI Reggiani BOLT.
The upgrade is a combination of hardware and software enhancements that will minimise artefacts, compensating for missing nozzles that may occur over time and enhancing uniformity to deliver smoother solid colours. The upgrade also delivers improved quality and smoother gradients, plus it enables faster printhead replacement and drastically increases file processing speed by up to 200% for large, complex files.
Dedicated colour profile creation on the newest-version EFI Fiery BT-1000 digital front end driving the printer delivers better, more-intense tones and improves capabilities for matching existing colour profiles commonly used in digital textile printing.
The enhancements are an important step in further enhancing digital printing’s presence in the industry, bringing greener, more-sustainable inkjet technologies to the fore as a replacement for analogue dyeing procedures that make textile manufacturing the world’s second-largest polluting industry.
“With the industry’s top speed and now the delivery of even higher print quality, the EFI Reggiani BOLT can help spur a revolution in textile printing, migrating more production to digital technology, ensuring the fastest return on investment on high-volume work thanks to superior throughput and unmatched reliability and uptime,” said EFI Reggiani Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “With the BOLT’s new enhancements – and its ability to print extremely high quality on a variety of designs and fabric types at record-breaking speeds up to 90 metres per minute – the economic cross-over point between analogue and digital printing of fabrics is lower than ever before. The time for single-pass technology is now with this best-in-class, sustainable, high-quality and high-throughput digital textile print solution.”
This 1.8-metre-wide single-pass printer – the first digital textile printer to receive the Printing United Alliance InterTech Award for advanced print technology innovations – is well-positioned to have a major transformational impact on the industry. With its current installed base, the EFI Reggiani BOLT is already responsible for printing more than 50 million linear metres of fabric worldwide.
Faster processing and higher-quality print
Now available globally, the EFI Reggiani BOLT upgrade features hardware and software enhancements for improved overall performance, printing quality, uniformity, and increased user friendliness including:
Epson today introduced a new generation of production-class, SureColor T-Series wide-format printing solutions with an i..
22 June 2021
Epson today introduced a new generation of production-class, SureColor T-Series wide-format printing solutions with an innovative, compact design. Five new SureColor T-Series 24-, 36- and 44-inch dual roll models are slated to launch later this year. The SureColor T7760D 44-inch dual-roll printer will be available first.
Developed from the ground up, the all new SureColor T-Series models include Epson’s latest 2.64-inch PrecisionCore print head which provides outstanding image quality while enabling higher-speed performance than previous generation models. The new, compact industrial design provides a small footprint for space-constrained production environments. The latest models also incorporate a number of new features that improve usability and streamline workflow and media handling, including Adobe Embedded Print Engine standard on most models, dual rolls, built-in take-up reel for roll-to-roll printing, complete front operation, easy automatic roll loading and optional, foldable production stackers.
“Not only do these new T-Series printers deliver significant speed and functionality enhancements over the previous generation and compared to competitor models, a tremendous amount of development work has gone into making them as compact as possible. They sport a truly innovative design that fits into any shop or office space, even when space is limited,” said Epson GM marketing Bruce Bealby. “The T-Series line of printers is a focus for Epson with nine models in the family already. Built on decades of imaging expertise, these new additions deliver production-class performance in a compact form factor and come with powerful software to help modern businesses improve workflows and streamline project delivery.”
The first available SureColor T7760D delivers posters and POP displays at speeds over 28 m2/h and CAD and technical drawings at production-class speeds over 130 m2/h, making it the fastest in its class1.
More about the new SureColor T-Series
The new line delivers a range of features designed to revolutionise business productivity, including:
Focused on the current market needs of production-class print providers, Epson today introduced a new line of SureColor ..
22 June 2021
Focused on the current market needs of production-class print providers, Epson today introduced a new line of SureColor P-Series photographic and graphic art wide-format printers. The new SureColor P-Series models are designed specifically for high-volume photo fulfilment, retail photo labs, poster and graphic art production. The new production-class SureColor P-Series 24- and 44-inch models are slated to launch this year, with the initial SureColor P8560D 44-inch dual roll printer available first.
Leveraging Epson’s latest 2.64-inch PrecisionCore printhead and six-colour UltraChrome PRO6 pigment inks, Epson’s new photographic printer line enables higher-speed performance than previous generation models while providing outstanding image quality. The innovative, space-saving design provides a small footprint for space-constrained production environments. In addition, the latest models include several new features that improve workflow and media handling, including Adobe Embedded Print Engine as standard, dual roll, built-in take-up reel for roll-to-roll printing, complete front operation, easy automatic roll loading, and optional, adjustable production stackers.
“As the demand for more personalised photo products, decor and graphic art continues to rise, print service providers are demanding higher quality and higher productivity at lower costs,” said Epson GM marketing Bruce Bealby. “These new P-Series production-class printers deliver on all those fronts. The first available model in this new line, the SureColor P8560D is engineered to achieve high speed with innovative media handling, all with the high quality and reliability synonymous with Epson.”
More about the new SureColor P-Series
The new line contains a range of features designed to meet the needs of demanding print service providers, including:
Following several years of successful Acuity Ultra installations since its launch in 2018, and as part of Fujifilm&rsquo..
22 June 2021
Following several years of successful Acuity Ultra installations since its launch in 2018, and as part of Fujifilm’s strategy to create the new blueprint for wide format, Fujifilm today announces the launch of the Acuity Ultra R2.
Available in 5m or 3.2m versions, the new machine features the same high levels of quality and reliability as its predecessor, but offers a huge number of design improvements to benefit both ease-of-use and overall productivity.
The new, stylish enclosed design eliminates stray UV light, removing the need for a light curtain, while from a functional point of view the machine is designed with both maintenance and ink supply on the same side, giving operators easier access and more room in which to work when performing routine tasks. An external visual light also quickly alerts operators to low ink levels without the need to look inside the machine.
The Acuity Ultra R2 also features larger ink tanks. This simple change ensures that all the ink from a standard can is used when refilling, eliminating the clutter and mess of opened, half-used ink cans that are often a feature of print workplaces. The ink tanks have also been designed for easy access for refills.
Maintenance-free ink pumps have also been integrated into the new machines to increase up-time, and a unique new print viewing window allows the operator to check on the progress of a job without leaving the workstation. The workstation itself has also been redesigned, now featuring desktop space, a handy drawer for tools or personal items, integrated lighting, and a larger monitor for ease-of-use and better display of print jobs.
Another significant design benefit is that the separate chiller unit that accompanied the original Acuity Ultra has now been fully integrated into the design of the new machine. This frees up considerable workspace and reduces clutter.
The Acuity Ultra R2 also features a crash detector with increased sensitivity and dual way activation, helping to identify and address potential problems early. Furthermore, it also features a new low scratch surface platen and new automated meniscus control, offering even greater precision and consistency in ink droplet placement.
Like the original Acuity Ultra, the R2 is available in various colour configurations up to eight channels, but recognising the fact that modern print businesses are all unique – with often very different needs and priorities – the Acuity Ultra R2 is available with conventional UV curing as standard, or with an LED UV curing system for six colour and white configurations. This gives customers the option to choose either the ultra-high productivity of conventional UV, or the comparatively lower operating costs and lower energy use of LED. Both the 5m and 3.2m versions of the machine also feature an improved roller design to prevent media wrinkles.
Kevin Rhodes, Marketing Manager, Fujifilm WFIJ says: “The original Acuity Ultra set a new standard for combined quality, performance and price when it was launched in 2018. Three years later, the Acuity Ultra R2 is taking that up another level as part of our brand new Acuity range and our ‘new blueprint’ for wide format.”
Fujifilm’s stylishly designed new Acuity Prime flatbed prints at exceptionally high quality to a range of rigid an..
22 June 2021
Fujifilm’s stylishly designed new Acuity Prime flatbed prints at exceptionally high quality to a range of rigid and flexible media.
Optimising price/performance was at the heart of the design of the Acuity Prime. For example, it features a high quality LED curing system which is air-cooled, meaning there is no requirement for an expensive water-cooling system. And the Prime is so power efficient that it only requires a single-phase 25-amp supply, helping to keep running costs to a minimum.
A new ink system – Uvijet HM – has been formulated to provide excellent adhesion to a broad range of substrates while also producing a wide colour gamut. The new ink range is optimised to produce high quality, vibrant images day in day out.
A new jetting primer meanwhile, improves adhesion still further for particularly challenging substrates. This removes the need for offline pre-treatment of substrates before printing, saving time and money. The machine also features a printable area of 2.54m x 1.27m and can accommodate media up to a thickness of 51mm.
Available in CMYK formats with white, with additional clear and jetting primer, the Acuity Prime with Uvijet HM offers the ultimate versatility and value by providing the flexibility for print businesses to customise it to their own needs.
Careful consideration has also been given to operational ease-of-use. Multiple practical benefits for both operators and service engineers have been built into the design, making the day-to-day operation of the printer as straightforward as possible.
One such feature is the media loading pins, which can be operated with the touch of a button, allowing for pinpoint media placement precision and exceptionally accurate print registration from job-to-job.
The five-part media zone system, based on common media sizes, vastly reduces the amount of masking required. This means job set-up times can be sped up considerably.
The machine’s splash-free ink pouch system is designed for easy pouch changeover and incorporates an LED light system to quickly and effectively alert the operator to low ink levels.
Alongside all the new technical features, the Prime also includes practical benefits, such as an integrated shelf for operator tools, which allows them to be kept close to hand but safely away from moving parts of the machine. There is also a handy cabinet built into the space underneath the front of the machine for convenient storage of PPE, personal items or first aid kits, helping to keep the area around the machine clear.
The software and user interface have also been carefully considered with the software completely redesigned to give all the tools required in the most straightforward way possible.
Anda Baboi, Marketing Manager, Fujifilm WFIJ says: “The Acuity Prime represents both a ‘next step’ and a new start for Fujifilm. It’s built on our knowledge and expertise, but at the same time it’s something fundamentally new – the new blueprint for wide format. The thing that really sets it apart from anything we have brought to market before is the extent of the creative freedom we have had over every aspect of its design and development. Having this level of control has given us the opportunity to address a huge number of practical and technical issues, ensuring that the end product offers unbeatable standards of performance; exceptional value, versatility and ease-of-use, and the best ROI available on the market.”
The new Avinci CX3200 is a dye-sublimation roll-to-roll printer that can print either directly to textile or on transfer..
22 June 2021
The new Avinci CX3200 is a dye-sublimation roll-to-roll printer that can print either directly to textile or on transfer paper. It delivers high productivity and a consistently vibrant print quality on a wide range of polyester-based fabrics.
The Avinci CX3200 engine enables sign printing companies to create textile prints of up to 3.2 m wide at a production speed of up to 270 m²/h. The engine uses eco-friendly, odourless water-based dye sublimation inks to print either directly to fabric or to transfer paper.
Being able to print directly to fabric is easy and ideally suited for fast handling of soft signage applications such as banner displays, wall graphics and point-of-sales or trade show displays, as well as for special applications requiring print-through, such as flags. Transfer paper, in turn, allows for super sharp prints, eliminates any set-off, and limits media waste to a minimum. In addition, it extends the application scope to sportswear and fashion garments, as well as home décor prints on non-coated polyester fabrics.
The Avinci CX3200 guarantees a wide and vibrant colour gamut, outstanding tonal rendering and fine detail reproduction. The dedicated dye-sub inks stand out through their flexibility, and outdoor resistance. They deliver a stable jetting performance and the same first-rate quality batch after batch. An offline calendering unit effectively fixes the colours after printing.
Philip Van der Auwera, Wide-Format Marketing Manager at Agfa, states: “The market demand for soft signage keeps growing, as it is lightweight, resistant to wrinkles and folding, and easy to transport and reuse. The Avinci CX3200 will meet the needs of existing textile printing companies, as well as enable sign & display printers to diverge into textile printing and bring in new business. We designed it to be fit for high productivity and maximum uptime. It is extremely robust and reliable, as well as easy to operate.”
Reliability and convenience guarantee high productivity
The new Avinci CX3200 is a solidly built, reliable engine that can handle any job from a single print to sizeable runs in a 24/7 setup. It is equipped with Kyocera water-based print heads that will cover the printer’s entire life cycle. The strong pre-heater limits drying time and reduces set-off, while the vacuum make sure that thin transfer papers are kept perfectly wrinkle-free.
Changeover between jobs is fast and easy. Loading a new roll can be done in less than seven minutes by a single operator, thanks to the automatic media transport with pinch rollers.
Asanti warrants colour consistency and low ink consumption
The Avinci CX3200 is driven by Agfa’s intuitive Asanti workflow software, which streamlines all preparation, production and finishing steps of the printing process. Its smart algorithms guarantee high print quality and colour consistency, as well as low ink consumption.
In addition, Asanti features a number of options that facilitate soft signage production, such as the automated positioning of cutting marks and grommets, and the easy design of canvas extensions for the creation of flag pole pockets. It also lets printers nest and tile artwork to optimise media use.
With Asanti StoreFront, Agfa’s web-to-print software solution, soft signage printing companies can automatically manage incoming web orders or set up online stores.
SureColor F10060H combines efficient high-speed production with outstanding image quality Epson has announced a new..
31 May 2021
SureColor F10060H combines efficient high-speed production with outstanding image quality
Epson has announced a new 76-inch high speed dye sublimation printer with support for media up to 76” wide – the SureColor F10060H. This new model features a total of six ink lines including the traditional CYMK along with two more that can be configured for either Light Cyan (Lc) and Light Magenta (Lm) or Fluorescent Pink (Fp) and Fluorescent Yellow(Fy).
The CYMKLcLm configuration is aimed at customers who seek to produce premium quality output with maximum image quality. It enables more precise and accurate colour with fine gradation and reduced grain. It is particularly suited to output that include images of people, product and locations and environment. Skin colours are outstanding, equipment is vibrant and beaches, trees and skies look rich and captivating.
The FpFy configuration is aimed at customers producing sportswear, work and emergency clothing, merchandise and soft signage which require a fluorescent component.
Images produced with fluorescent ink are bright and intense with high reflectivity. While traditional dye sub printers only apply fluorescent inks as a spot colour, the SC-F10060H can also apply them as a continuous tone mixed with other colours to provide a full rainbow of brilliance.
The new printer features a total of six next generation PrecisionCore printheads, each with 3200 nozzles. The heads support Variable Sized Dot Technology (VSDT) and feature active inkless nozzle status monitoring. To ensure maximum image quality with minimum wastage the printer undertakes auto nozzle replacement and incorporates advanced self-cleaning.
The new printer supports production speeds up to 245m2/hr on rolls up to 1950mm (76”) wide and 60kg in weight. To ensure cost-effective operation it supports ultra-thin media, incorporates a high-precision auto-take-up and features a bulk ink system that holds up to 120L with dual storage and auto hot-swap.
Like its 4-colour siblings, the SureColor F10060H is a sophisticated, dye-sublimation machine for textile production aimed at high volume producers. It combines speed, efficiency and production-cost minimisation with the ability to produce superior output quality .
In the dye-sublimation sector, customers demand fast turnaround and reliable operation. They also expect consistent and accurate output. With these requirements in mind, Epson has developed a machine that sets new standards in terms of standards in quality, reliability and durability.
The SC-F10060H is designed for easy operation. It features a large 9” colour touch panel display and a transparent platen window with integrated lighting. Downloadable EMX profiles facilitate rapid set-up with common media types. An integrated RGB camera enables easy profile adjustment and fast configuration with new medias.
When developing the original 4-colour SC-F10060 and now the new 6-colour SC-F10060H, Epson carefully considered workflow. The printer can be loaded by single operator, care of an integrated media lifter and dual front and rear feed controls. It also features an industrial style signal lamp and an ink system with automatic hot swap. The SC-F10060H ships complete with Epson Edge Print and Edge Dashboard software and also supports a new service called Epson Cloud Solution PORT (ECSP) that enables detailed production monitoring and advanced status analysis.
As with all Epson Large Format Printers, the SC-F10060H is backed with a comprehensive service package that offers cover up to five years. The new ECSP system enables Epson to offer remote support and accelerated repair; problems can be directly analysed and service agents dispatched complete with appropriate parts.
To ensure maximum up-time, the optional User Self Replacement of printheads have been enabled, clearly demonstrating Epson has raised the benchmark for production equipment.
The SureColor F10060H is available for ordering now from authorised Epson Large Format fabric printing solutions resellers.
To find out more go to: https://www.epson.com.au/Prographics/products/Fabric_Merchandise/?groupid=88&grouptypeid=19
Canon Production Printing Australia have today announced the Colorado 1630, a new modular addition to their portfolio of..
20 May 2021
Canon Production Printing Australia have today announced the Colorado 1630, a new modular addition to their portfolio of 64” UVgel roll-to-roll printers.
The industrial grade printer is said to be a smart investment choice for large format graphic providers such as sign makers, PSPs and in-house printers producing smaller volumes by giving them access to all the proven advantages of UVgel technology, at a lower investment level.
The Colorado 1630 delivers superior print quality of 1,800 dpi and highly durable, odourless and instantly dry prints on a wide range of media. In its fastest print mode, for applications such as outdoor banners and billboards, the Colorado 1630 can attain a maximum print speed of 111 m²/hour.
The modular architecture of the Colorado 1630 allows customers to start with the base model, and depending on business needs, choose from a range of additional modules such as FLXfinish, easy-double sided printing or a second media roll. For example, if the printer is installed with one media roll but run lengths are increasing, a second media roll option can be easily added.
Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, says, “Enabling our customers and partners to expand their application possibilities and grow their business is essential for us.
“In Australia we have seen some of the highest utilisation rates and volumes per machine on a global scale, however, increasingly we’ve seen the demand for a 1.6 m UVgel printer that can serve customers with lower volume requirements.
“We hope that with the introduction of the Colorado 1630, more print service providers can benefit from a highly automated, robust and stable printer with a modular architecture that offers remarkable flexibility at an attractive investment level”, he says.
Further enhancing its efficiency, the precise media handling of the Colorado 1630 ensures near perfect registration for double-sided printing. A ‘print side in’ option also allows customers to print on both the inside and outside of the roll for maximum media versatility. All options can be enabled remotely, without the need for a service visit.
Adding flexibility for a matte or gloss finish to each print, the optional FLXfinish module uses a unique LED curing technique designed to add visual impact to applications such as banners, wall coverings and point of sale materials without the need to change the inks or media. This technology also supports printing on porous substrates, such as uncoated papers and soft signage materials, further expanding new market opportunities.
The new versatile printer offers the same high productivity features, output quality and media versatility as the Colorado 1650. Using the same unique Canon UVgel 460 inks used by the Colorado 1650, the Colorado 1630 produces razor-sharp prints with a wide colour gamut.
Extremely reliable and easy-to-use, this robust workhorse is built for maximum uptime and quick turnarounds. Operating costs are also minimised thanks to the efficiency of the printer, combined with reduced waste consumption.
Users can benefit from uninterrupted production with on-the-fly ink replenishment which, combined with unprecedented automation for features such as nozzle monitoring, printhead maintenance and media feed winding, allows users to avoid unnecessary downtime.
In addition, Canon’s Remote Control app is now available to monitor all Colorado printers. This will allow users to check the printer status remotely, enabling 24/7 unattended printing. The Remote Control app sends alerts to the users’ mobile devices with printer status updates, warnings and errors, offering the reassurance that the printer is running smoothly to meet deadlines.
HP Inc. announced the latest addition to its HP Stitch portfolio to help print service providers (PSPs) diversify their ..
11 May 2021
HP Inc. announced the latest addition to its HP Stitch portfolio to help print service providers (PSPs) diversify their soft signage and interior décor offerings, as well as meet more challenging customer needs. The updated 126-inch HP Stitch S1000 is designed to offer high quality with greater versatility and smooth operation.
"The new HP Stitch S1000 will allow PSPs to expand their dye-sub production versatility even further and say yes to ambitious projects, as well as demanding and innovative applications,” said Oscar Vidal, Large Format Global Business Strategy Director, HP. "With the large format industry set for a progressive year, HP’s latest Stitch device ensures soft signage and interior decoration professionals are able to handle a diverse range of customer needs, safe in the knowledge they have the technology to deliver.”
Take on more
The highly versatile new HP Stitch S1000 gives users the option to print directly to fabric or onto transfer paper, simplifying workflows without compromising on results - while 1200 native dpi printheads and HP’s Drop & Dry system ensure deep blacks, vivid colours and extreme resolution to deliver work of the highest-quality.
A newly incorporated contact heater offers enhanced backlit saturation performance on direct-to-fabric jobs, meaning colours appear brighter and more vivid than ever before.
HP Stitch S1000 is designed to provide rapid turnaround production start-up times and speeds of up to 2370 ft²/hr (220 m²/hr). Additionally, it also offers the possibility to double the through put on substrates of up to 63 inches (1.6m) with dual roll accessory.
The Smart Nozzle Compensation system and Optical Media Advance Sensor Plus work together to ensure reliable image quality while operating at pace. With an additional integrated aerosol and vapour extraction system, meeting tight deadlines has never been easier.
User-replaceable printheads and HP preventative maintenance support helps increase uptime, while spreader rollers, 10-litre ink supplies and rolls up to 600lb (300kg) allow print professionals to confidently leave the device to print unattended.
Combined with the HP PrintOS app, print operations are easily controlled anywhere, anytime – while also allowing PSPs to make data-driven decisions . If working with a fleet, the HP Configuration Center ensures jobs are distributed efficiently for maximum productivity, with a built-in spectrophotometer providing colour consistency across fleet.
Tests show that in 40% less time, a single operator can easily load both transfer and textile rolls - enabled by features including automatic media tension adjustment, simple media path, automatic and optimised printhead cleaning, and a device warm-up process that occurs in parallel with loading.
Gain a sustainability edge
The updated HP Stitch S1000 uses ECO PASSPORT certified dye sublimation inks, a standard that verifies the safety of chemical products used in the textile and leather industry. The device also benefits from HP’s free and convenient printhead recycling scheme, via the HP Planet Partners initiative. Meanwhile, the outer carton of a S1000 ink cartridge is made from cardboard and can be recycled locally - part of HP’s goal of creating a more circular, low-carbon economy.
Pricing and Availability
Information on country availability, pricing, and retail destinations for the HP Stitch S Printers Series Portfolio vary region by region.
A first-look at the product can be found via this video
Xaar, has launched its latest printhead – the Xaar Nitrox – that provides users with greater print speeds an..
04 May 2021
Xaar, has launched its latest printhead – the Xaar Nitrox – that provides users with greater print speeds and uniformity to deliver unparalleled performance across a wide variety of print applications.
The new Xaar Nitrox is the next printhead to come from ImagineX which sets the roadmap for Xaar’s bulk inkjet innovations and printhead developments.
Speed is integral to the Xaar Nitrox, with firing frequencies of up to 48kHz enabling print at up to 100 metres per minute. Set-up time and installation are also fast, with drop in printhead alignment and Xaar’s AcuChp Technology allowing for a more automated process that is quick, easy, and reliable.
With its ‘plug and print’ capability, printer uptime is maximised, and superb print uniformity also delivered. Xaar’s TF Technology recirculation minimises any temperature changes within the printhead, virtually eliminating print density variations and controlling viscosity to provide consistent printing across the swathe throughout each job.
Maintaining a constant flow of fluids directly past the back of the printhead nozzles enables instant priming of the Xaar Nitrox and avoids the need for costly and wasteful purging before printing can start. The very high flow rate also prevents sedimentation and nozzle blockages, particularly in heavily pigmented inks, radically improving reliability in even the harshest printing environment.
The Xaar Nitrox supports the widest range of applications and handles the broadest range of fluids. Its open printhead architecture and TF Technology facilitate printing in multiple orientations. Consequently, the Xaar Nitrox prints extremely reliably, whether in vertical or horizontal mode, or even when being positioned by a robotic arm with accelerating and decelerating speeds.
High Laydown Technology delivers very high volumes of ink in a single pass and combined with Xaar’s TF Technology allows fluids with higher particle loading and sizes, even those with viscosities of up to 100 centipoise, to be used. This enables the Xaar Nitrox to print an increased colour gamut and special effects for applications in the ceramic, glass and packaging sectors as well as jetting higher molecular weight materials for Advanced Manufacturing and 3D printing.
Backwards compatible with the Xaar 1003, the three variants of the Xaar Nitrox – Core, Pro and Elite – provide customer choice and flexibility for a range of print needs.
The Nitrox Core is designed for applications using oil-based inks, such as in ceramic tile decoration, while the Nitrox Pro can handle more demanding fluids including soluble salts and frit used for printing glass. The Nitrox Elite delivers printing at up to 48kHz and its exceptional drop placement and accuracy make it perfect for functional fluids and 3D applications, alongside more traditional display graphics and label printing solutions.
Graham Tweedale, General Manager of Xaar’s printhead business unit said: “We are delighted to be launching the next printhead from our ImagineX platform.
“Whether using the latest highly viscous fluids for 3D printing or High Laydown for packaging and labels, the speed, performance and productivity of the Xaar Nitrox means you can use it to print right the first time and every time.”
Colour Graphic Services, the Australian colour management, ISO and G7 specialist, is pleased to announce its appointment..
04 May 2021
Colour Graphic Services, the Australian colour management, ISO and G7 specialist, is pleased to announce its appointment as dealer for the Myiro-1 and Myiro-9 spectrophotometers in Australia and New Zealand. Myiro, a Konica Minolta – owned company, has taken the colour world by storm in the USA and Europe where it has attracted accolades from the most qualified colour experts
“The two Myiro colour measurement devices fit perfectly into Colour Graphic Services’ range of prepress colour measurement instruments and ICC profiling tools,” says Managing Director David Crowther, adding “In fact, Techkon was so impressed, it is reselling Myiro in the USA – filling the gap of a low investment ICC profiler with high accuracy, and a fast chart-reading version for rapid profiling.”
The Myiro-1 is the perfect hand-held spectrophotometer for any 3rd party supported software such as Mellow Colour PrintSpec, EFI, ORIS ColorTuner, Agfa, ColorGate, Creo, ErgoSoft, Color Logic, with many others being added to this list. It relays measured patches, strips or charts (using the measuring guide), wirelessly, avoiding cables and USB cables. In a single pass scan of a Fogra strip, for example, it sends M0, M1 and M2 in one action. List price is AUD$2,245 + gst. An optional set of colour management, profiling, QC and monitor calibration tools, MyiroTools, is available at AUD$950 + gst.
Super-fast chart reading and ICC profiling
The Myiro-9 is a lightning-fast auto chart reader that delivers data to the majority of 3rd party profiling software used in all print disciplines – 1,500 patches in just 4 minutes! Myiro-9 is the reference instrument used by major print machine manufacturers. Like the Myiro-1, it also includes M0, M1 and M2 data in a single scan. It handles virtually all known colour charts and control wedges and is never fooled by optical brighteners (OBAs) added to many substrates and papers. Myiro-9 can be adapted to a very wide range of substrates. With a list price of AUD$8,900 + gst, it is for the seriously busy print shop and can pay for itself in time saved over a short time where multiple and custom profiles are needed.
Crowther says: “The Myiro spectrophotometers are total quality-manufactured in Japan, by the Sensing division of Konica Minolta and they measure colour as you see it. Accurate profiling has never been faster or easier, as shown in a video at: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTO0lhnYW3Y&t=131s
Dozens of colour professionals have remarked on how fast and accurate the Myiro-1 and 9 spectrophotometers are, such as:
“The biggest surprise was the color rendering of the Myiro Profile compared to the market leader. The quality of the photo prints based on the Myiro Profile were simply much better in terms of vividness, contrast, everything.” – Stephan Steib, Photographer, USA
“From day one after implementing our updated Myiro profiles we did see an image quality improvement. Since the implementation we have been printing more than ten-thousand jobs and we have not had one single complain regarding skin tones or other color conversion related issues. And as a prepress geek I can finally feel 100% proud about our streamlined and accurate color management.” - Magnus Sandström – Digital Workflow Manager, Taberg Media Group, Sweden
“With the Myiro-1, the manufacturer has succeeded in creating a great measuring device with which everyday measuring tasks in the pre-press sector can be handled very well. The heart of the solution, the hardware, could completely convince us, especially the wireless connection, the workmanship, the ergonomics and the smooth and quick scan measurement.” – Ronny Willfahrt, PrintXmedia, Germany
Myiro devices are available through Colour Graphic Services in Australia and New Zealand and will be part of its demonstrations at September’s PacPrint, Melbourne.