Wide Format Digital Print



  • + swissQprint Karibu: Certified Energy Efficiency

    Following in the footprints of the swissQprint Nyala flatbed printer, the new Karibu roll to roll printer is the latest ..

    17 September 2019


    Following in the footprints of the swissQprint Nyala flatbed printer, the new Karibu roll to roll printer is the latest model to undergo tests as specified by the ISO 20690 standard. The result once again: outstanding energy efficiency.

    Confirmation comes from experts at Fogra: the new Karibu roll to roll printer from swissQprint is highly energy efficient. When they tested it as specified by the ISO 20690:2018 standard, Karibu scored even higher than the Nyala flatbed printer. swissQprint had this model put through its paces last year, when it was also given the rating "outstanding energy efficiency". 

    The ISO 20690 standard specifies methods for determining the energy consumption of digital printers and thus allows comparison of their operating costs and ecological footprints.

    Standardised measurement
    In order to model realistic system usage, the standardised measurement includes four different printer statuses. To ensure that results are consistent, the experts used three different printing modes several times with a standardised print file. For example, Karibu in its most productive "speed" printing mode applies 71 square metres to the substrate per kilowatt hour.





  • + Roland DG Announces Free Upgrade for TrueVIS VG-640/540 Users

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

    17 September 2019


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters worldwide, announced today that owners of its TrueVIS VG-640/540 printer cutters can now upgrade their devices for free to the award-winning performance of the recently launched VG2-640/540 with new TrueVIS TR2 ink.

    “As a pioneer of UV print and cut, Roland DG has played an integral role in introducing and advancing this important technology, enabling users to take their design and print production capabilities to the highest possible levels,” said Roland DGA, Roland DG’s US-based sales and marketing subsidiary, President Andrew Oransky. “We’re thrilled that the SGIA judging panel saw fit to give our UV printer cutters and inks the recognition they deserve.”


    Ryo Baba, TrueVIS VG2 Project Manager for the Roland DG Digital Printing Business Division said, “As a major benefit to our existing VG-640/540 customers, we are offering a free upgrade program. Thanks to the newly developed TR2 ink*, that boasts a wide colour gamut, and a new “True Rich Colour” preset that maximises the potential of the VG-640/540 and the new ink capabilities, the upgraded VG-640/540 can now produce stunning graphics that excite both heart and mind.”

    Baba said the upgraded VG series with TR2 ink will help take the customer’s business to the next level. The VG series with TR2 ink is certified for long-lasting results by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, providing clients with assurance of the quality and reliability of their graphics. The VG with new TR2 ink is also certified by the Avery Dennison ICS Performance Guarantee, that provides protection for up to 4 years for outdoor durability and up to 7 years for indoor durability. Avery has set the recommended outgassing time at just six hours, dramatically reducing the print and laminate timeframe.

    With the free upgrade, VG owners obtain a host of new features to improve print & cut accuracy and usability. Crop mark options are added for cutting laminated printed materials to increase cutting stability. A newly added PerfCut mode lets you print, cut and die-cut in one seamless operation. In addition to the conventional Print & Cut function, the Cut & Print function allows you to cut first and then print later. This helps to reduce edge curls when dealing with thin media, such as heat transfer films for apparel decoration.

    VG-640/540 users can enjoy the free upgrade of their devices by downloading the specified firmware and the latest version of VersaWorks 6 software RIP. To learn more, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/vgupgrade





  • + Xeikon enhances inkjet capabilities

    Xeikon has developed a new option for printers looking to enhance and increase their range of inkjet-printed labels, com..

    03 September 2019


    Xeikon has developed a new option for printers looking to enhance and increase their range of inkjet-printed labels, combining its X-800 workflow and PantherCure UV inks to create a tactile layer.

    This is responsible for a so-called ‘haptic effect’ in print, noted Xeikon, with printers able to create labels with enhanced tactility, textures and a luxury feel utilising the new option. The beer, beverage, food, and health and beauty markets are identified as viable targets for such labels.

    No modifications are required to the pre-press file.

    Jeroen Van Bauwel, director of product management at Xeikon, explained, ‘The technology generating the tactile and textured layer is embedded in the Panther’s X-800 workflow. It is the brand owners and designers who define the structure, shape and form of the design. When the file is received, the workflow automatically recognises the elements of the design and generates the information required to drive the printhead – that’s what creates the haptic effect in print on the end product.’

    In order to further optimise the workflow of its Panther technology, Xeikon has developed automated optimisation of the white ink layer, embedded in the X-800 workflow. When producing labels on clear facestocks, an opaque white is required to make the design standout. A result can be varying ink layer thicknesses across the web. An uneven thickness of the ink layer will generate a telescoping effect on the printed rolls. In the past, press operators have overcome this by printing smaller rolls, resulting in more frequent roll changes and extra waste in material and time, noted Xeikon. One option to overcome this has been to spend extra time in pre-press to reduce the amount of white required.

    This time-consuming pre-press work can now be handled in a fully automated way by the X-800 digital front-end without intervention at any stage in the production process. The X-800 automatically reduces the white layer. The extent of reduction will depend on the colours that come on top of it.

    Van Bauwel concluded, ‘Xeikon continues to work towards excellence to enhance every facet of its portfolio. We continue to look for opportunities to make savings on costs and time. By improving each small step of the process, we can make a big difference to the overall production process and reduce manufacturing costs.  Achieving haptic effects in print through the unique capabilities of our X-800 workflow and ink optimisation not only boosts and increases the range of possible applications but allows printers to streamline their operations.’





  • + Achieve up to 50% corrugated finishing productivity boost with new Esko Dual Heavy Duty Unit and CorruSpeed tool

    The latest Kongsberg digital cutting and creasing innovation from Esko, a global provider of integrated hardware and sof..

    15 August 2019


    The latest Kongsberg digital cutting and creasing innovation from Esko, a global provider of integrated hardware and software solutions for the packaging, label and wide format sectors, makes it possible for corrugated converters to cut, crease and perforate jobs without the need to change tools, boosting finishing productivity by up to 50%.





    Kongsberg Dual-HDU-1The newly launched Dual Heavy Duty Unit means operators no longer need to manually intervene in tool changes on Kongsberg digital cutting tables for those jobs that require creasing, cutting and perforation. The machine will automatically switch and use the right tool throughout the job, significantly ramping-up production efficiency.

    Thanks to the uniquely engineered design of a Kongsberg table, it is possible to exercise an unrivalled 50kg of downforce on corrugated materials from single to triple wall, without compromising speed or quality. The Dual Heavy Duty Unit delivers better crease quality, even on materials with a high recycled material content. When combined with the Esko CorruSpeed Tool, converters can cut and perforate corrugated substrates with die-cut like quality at full machine speeds of up to 100m/min, offering the ultimate short run digital cutting solution for corrugated applications.

    The CorruSpeed Tool is designed specifically for high-speed digital finishing of corrugated board and is unique in that it uses a static knife in combination with a patented knife foot design to simulate the effects of ejection rubbers in conventional die tooling. The unique design results in cleaner, more accurate cuts, without burrs. It produces a crisp edge finish even at the highest speeds,  smoothly cutting a wide Kongsberg Dual-HDU-2variety of corrugated board types up to 7mm double wall BC flutes.

    The new Dual Heavy Duty Unit is a unique step forward for the Kongsberg range. It combines, for the first time, two independent wheels in one heavy duty unit. Unlike other solutions, operators maintain all the advantages of superior downforce and speed with the advantages of additional flexibility and higher throughput.

    Russell Weller, Esko Product Manager, commented: “The new Dual Heavy Duty Unit is perfect for corrugated point of sale and packaging jobs, allowing our customers to run without changing tools, delivering productivity boosts of up to 50%.”

    “It enables faster machine setup and higher quality digital cutting and creasing of corrugated board - targeted at sample making and short run production of corrugated containers, displays and signage – so most importantly speed and quality does not suffer,” he said. “Both positions still pack a 50kg downforce and run through material at full machine speeds. When converters add the CorruSpeed tool into the mix, corrugated board can be cut at 100m/min with die-cut like quality that is not achievable anywhere else.”

    The Dual Heavy Duty Unit and Corruspeed tool retrofit on all existing Kongsberg C, Kongsberg C Edge and Kongsberg XP tables running iPC. To find out more about how the new Dual Heavy Duty Unit and CorruSpeed tool can benefit your business, please visit www.esko.com.





  • + PrintEx 2019 sees world-first showing of Epson’s new SureColor® F560 24” dye-sublimation printer

    PrintEx 2019 will see Epson Australia launch and have on display the SureColor F560, a new world-first, single-vendor, 2..

    13 August 2019


    PrintEx 2019 will see Epson Australia launch and have on display the SureColor F560, a new world-first, single-vendor, 24-inch dye-sublimation printer with integrated bulk ink system designed for small business and fine art production that combines compact size with high format flexibility in a cost-effective package.





    SureColor F560
     
    The SureColor F560 has been designed to replace small-format screen printing. When used in conjunction with a small-format heat press it provides an ultra-low-cost solution for custom and short-run imaging on a wide range of materials.
     
    The new printer produces images that are bright and colourful in super-high 2400x1200 dpi maximum resolution and when images are sublimated, the resulting products have high durability and are Oeko-Tex certified for the safe use by all age groups.
     
    The dye sublimation process suits materials that have moderate heat-resistance and will accept a polyester coating including ceramic, glass, metal, wood, certain plastics, fibreglass and polycarbonates. It can also be used for fabric that contains 50% or more artificial content including Polyester, Lycra and Neoprene.
     
    The SC-F560 is designed to use Epson UltraChrome DS ink that is applied with the latest PrecisionCore printhead and Precision Dot processing technology to achieve the best possible image quality. When combined with the sublimation process, despite using only 4 inks, it enables a colour gamut that rivals traditional print processes that require 6 or 8 inks.
     
    It has multiple features that have specifically been designed with ultra-flexible production and a very efficient workflow in mind. It will produce a sellable A1 fabric print in just over a minute and a high resolution hard surface A4 print in under a minute.
     
    Accepting roll-based media in widths from 210 mm to 610 mm, the SC-F560 has an integrated auto-cutter, will sit on a desktop and has a convenient ‘hold’ on exit so prints don’t drop to the floor.
     
    The SC-F560 also incorporates a pop-up multi-page cut sheet tray that will accept A4 and A3 stock and will auto-switch between the roll and sheet format. For customers that have higher production requirements there is an optional stand that incorporates a media bin.
     
    Cleverly and efficiently, ink is held in a convenient tank system that is refilled using cost-effective 140 ml bottles and refilling can even be undertaken while printing is underway.



    F560 Ink Set

    Concurrent with the release of the SC-F560 printer Epson has also announced a range of transfer media that has been custom designed to enable optimum results with UltraChrome DS ink and support a range of fabric and hard surface applications. The new media will be available at the time of printer launch in both roll and sheet format.
     
    The SureColor F560 is expected to be commence shipping in November 2019 with pricing to be announced in September.
     





  • + Epson announces two new SureColor Signage printers at PrintEx 2019

    At PrintEx 2019 on stand C18, Epson Australia will demonstrate two new signage printers, the SC-S60660L and the SC-S8066..

    12 August 2019


    At PrintEx 2019 on stand C18, Epson Australia will demonstrate two new signage printers, the SC-S60660L and the SC-S80660L. These 64” printers extend the award-winning SureColor S-Series into the high productivity market segment with integrated bulk ink systems for improved workflow, reduced running costs, and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).




     
    The new models use the same advanced Epson MicroPiezo Print Heads and UltraChrome GS3 ink as the rest of the SureColor S-Series range. They provide the same outstanding operational reliability with truly comprehensive service cover that is extendable up to five years and  the same, highly-acclaimed exceptional print quality with colour gamut, image brightness and gloss levels. They also incorporate new integrated bulk ink systems for continuous ink supply which use large 1.5L bags for extended unattended production with a lower running cost.





    Designed to address the needs of the ever increasingly competitive signage industry, these new SureColor S-Series models combine superior print quality with a superior print cost. For manufacturers involved in high volume production they offer the potential for a significant reduction in TCO.
     
    As with all models in the S-Series, and unlike many of the competitors, the new SureColor S60660L and S80660L are designed to run off a standard power supply, consume a lot less power and require very little maintenance. The print heads are self-cleaning while the capping station is easy to access for occasional wiping. The ink lines are self-mixing to ensure consistent colour and there is an air filtration system to reduce the potential for print contamination and wastage.
     
    Both of the new models ship complete with blower driers to enable high speed roll-to-roll production. They feature a high-precision Auto-Take-Up for maximum parallelism and an advanced media management system that ensures prints have consistent and accurate sizing. Output will satisfy the most demanding requirements and suit the most exacting tiling applications.
     
    The SureColor S60660L and S80660L ship complete with an extensive suite of software that has been designed to make production simple and efficient. Epson Edge Print provides all the tools required to produce high-quality output via an interface that is easy to learn, powerful to use, and has advanced visualisation so what you see on-screen is what you get in print. Epson Edge Dashboard facilitates remote management while also providing access to downloadable profiles for a wide range of media types. The Epson Accounting tool tracks consumption costs for business analysis and easier job costing. 

    As you would expect from Epson, the new SureColor S-Series models support a wide range of media, from clear film and photographic paper to wallpaper, canvas and vinyl. They suit outdoor signage and banner production, point of purchase displays and pull ups, back/front-lit signage and vehicle wrapping.

    The new SureColor S-Series range is ideal for print service providers and sign makers. The SC-60660L offers maximum speed and efficiency with a dual 4-colour ink set that produces a colour gamut that is equal or high than competitors with 7 or more while the SC-80660L offers even greater colour with Pantone certification for accuracy and user selectable and interchangeable white and metal ink for maximum production flexibility and presentation value.
     
    The SureColor S60660L and the SureColor S80660L are expected to ship later this year with prices starting from $31,995 RRP (ex tax).





  • + PrintEx sees Epson launch SureColor F6360 44” dye-sublimation printer

    At PrintEx 2019 Epson Australia will launch the new SureColor F6360, 44-inch dye-sublimation printer created for soft si..

    06 August 2019


    At PrintEx 2019 Epson Australia will launch the new SureColor F6360, 44-inch dye-sublimation printer created for soft signage, merchandise, custom décor and clothing manufacturers. The new printer combines enhanced production flexibility with an improved total cost of ownership (TCO).

    The new SC-F6360 is designed to replace small format screen printing, with a flexible low-cost solution that enables repeatable high-quality output production with minimal equipment, materials and mess. It produces images that are not only bright and colourful, but also extremely durable. It can be used for imaging onto fabric with 50% or more artificial content such as Polyester, Lycra and Neoprene. It can also be used on PVC, poly film, and materials which will accept a polyester spray and resist damage through short-term exposure to heat and pressure such as ceramic, glass, metal, coated plywood, certain plastics, fibreglass and polycarbonates.
     
    The SC-F6360 is designed for easy, flexible, and dependable operation. Jobs can be turned around quickly and efficiently. The printer employs a digital process that enables image creation, editing and customisation, with significantly less equipment, materials, and skill than traditional methods. The process is compatible with text, line art and photographic images and is particularly cost-effective with small to medium production runs. The new model is designed for user-self set-up and can be purchased as a base unit with an integrated auto-cutter for sheet based transfer using a flat heat press or efficient high-speed roll-to-roll production with an optional Auto-Take-Up and calendar style heat press.
     
    What differentiates the SC-F6360 is its cost effective operation and superior output quality. Images are processed using Precision Dot Technology and printed using the included Epson Edge Print software. When combined with the advanced Epson ink, MicroPiezo Print Head, and Dye Sublimation process, it enables the printer to achieve output that traditional equipment with 6 or 8 colours would be grateful for, using just 4 inks. The ink ships in inexpensive 1.1L bags and each print consumes very little ink. The printer consumes minimal power and can be operated in a ventilated office environment. Replacing the F6200, the new model supports user self-set-up and a high degree of user self-maintenance complete with self-help videos activated by a QR-Code. 

    Whether you’re producing banners, back-lit fabric signs, sportswear, custom cabinetry, furniture coverings, or fashion items, the SC-F6360 has been designed to play a crucial part in the seamless delivery of a total, end-to-end colour printing solution.
     
    Key features of the SureColor F6360:
    Flexible operation
    - Uses roll media from 10 to 44” wide, up to 150mm in diameter
    - Easy top loading with improved spindle-less mounting
    - Integrated Auto Cutter for simple sheet based output
    - Optional Auto Take Up for roll-to-roll production
    - Print modes for fabric and hard surface imaging
     
    Simpler and easier to operate
    - Supplied with Epson Edge Print and Accounting software
    - Easy Media Set-up with downloadable profiles
    - Colour LCD control panel & on-line help
     
    Superior and more consistent print quality
    - High quality Epson Ink with a choice of Bk or HDk configuration
    - Advanced PrecisionCore™ MicroPiezo printhead
    - Epson Precision Dot Image Processing
     
    Low Acquisition and Running Cost
    - 6L Continuous Ink Supply System with cost-effective 1.1L ink refills
    - User self-set-up & enhanced user self-maintenance
    - Ultra-low 65W power consumption
    - Bulk waste system
     
    The SureColor F6360 commences shipping in mid-August with an RRP of $11,695 (ex tax) complete with an on-site warranty and 5 years comprehensive cover (including print heads).

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  • + Epson Announces High Volume Monna Lisa Evo Tre 64 for Euro Market

    Epson unveiled its new Monna Lisa Evo Tre range and new Genesta pigment inks at the recent ITMA 2019, demonstrating the ..

    16 July 2019


    Epson unveiled its new Monna Lisa Evo Tre range and new Genesta pigment inks at the recent ITMA 2019, demonstrating the latest Epson innovations for an evolving digital textile market.

    The new Monna Lisa Evo Tre range features Epson PrecisionCore Technology to offer a complete solution for all textile market needs, from large scale, high speed production to small run, on demand sample printing. At ITMA 2019, Epson showed its new Monna Lisa Evo Tre 64 and Monna Lisa Evo Tre 8, as well as its Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32 (displayed in the 16 channel configuration) and Monna Lisa Evo Tre 16.

    Genesta PG-Revo are breakthrough pigment inks which provide the textile market with high rub fastness and high print quality. This assures eco-friendly performances because the fabric does not need any postprint treatment.

    Epson Europe DTF EMEAR and Americas Sales & Marketing Director Paolo Crespi said, “Epson keeps on renewing and extending the Monna Lisa Evo Tre range. We presented two new Monna Lisa Evo Tre giving our customers the opportunity to meet the needs of an ever demanding textile market. The textile market is increasingly competitive and the exclusive high quality, productivity and colour fastness features offered by Epson is a way to stand out.”

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 64

    The new flagship Monna Lisa Evo Tre scanning printer with 64 PrecisionCore printheads is built for high productivity (maximum printing speed of 779 sqm/h) without compromising the printing quality. Monna Lisa Evo Tre 64’s PrecisionCore technology combines quality, accuracy and speed which provides the maximum level of flexibility and reliability so that it is the right solution for a dynamic and diversified textile market.

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 64 - Key Points:

    - Printheads: 64 Epson PrecisionCore Printheads, that combine quality, accuracy and speed.
    - Productivity: up to 779 m2/h (600x600 dpi; 2 passes) with PrecisionCore MicroTFP printheads.
    - Resolution: up to 1200 dpi.
    - Ink types: Genesta Acid, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment.
    - Monna Lisa Evo Tre 8

    With 8 PrecisionCore printheads, the Monna Lisa Evo Tre 8 is the new entry level model in the Monna Lisa Evo Tre scanning printer range. With a maximum printing speed of 265 sqm/h, Monna Lisa Evo Tre 8 is suitable for printing samples by delivering high quality for an affordable price. This new Monna Lisa Evo Tre series model can be upgraded (at the factory) to 16 printheads, while maintaining the high versatility available in all Epson industrial textile solution machines.

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 8 - Key Points:

    - Printheads: 8 Epson PrecisionCore Printheads, that combine quality, accuracy and speed.
    - Productivity: up to 265 sqm/h (300x600dpi; 1 pass) with PrecisionCore MicroTFP printheads.
    - Resolution: up to 1200 dpi.
    - Ink types: Genesta Acid, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment.

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32

    With its 32 PrecisionCore printheads, Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32 is available in standard 8 colours or 16 channel configuration (two types 8+8 or 16 channels). The 16 channel Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32 is the first digital textile printer to handle up to 16 different colours. The model includes an external rack capable of housing up to 16 different Genesta Acid ink packs, which is positioned wherever is most convenient. This allows the printer to use a wide range of colours, including special colours or custom treatments.

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32 - Key Points:

    - Printheads: 32 Epson PrecisionCore Printheads, that combine quality, accuracy and speed.
    - Productivity: standard 8 colour configuration up to 692 sqm/h (300x600dpi, 1 pass); 16 channel configuration up to 440 sqm/h (300x600 dpi).
    - Resolution: up to 1200dpi.
    - Ink types: Genesta Acid, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment.

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 16

    With its 16 PrecisionCore printheads, Monna Lisa Evo Tre 16 offers high quality and productivity for the high-quality textile market. The flexibility is assured thanks to Acid, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment inks that are available in 3 or 10 litres capacities.

    Monna Lisa Evo Tre 16 - Key Points:

    - Printheads: 16 Epson PrecisionCore Printheads, that combine quality, accuracy and speed.
    - Productivity: up to 404 sqm/h (300x600 dpi; 1 pass) with its PrecisionCore MicroTFP printheads.
    - Resolution: up to 1200 dpi.
    - Ink types: Genesta Acid, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment.

    Genesta PG-Revo Pigment Inks

    New breakthrough Genesta PG-Revo pigment ink provides industry-standard dry and wet rub fastness in deep shades (same results as traditional printing according to ISO 105 X12) without post-treatment of fabric by faster chemical and physical bonding characteristics and allows for high-quality printing on a wide range of fabric types and applications including fast growing on-demand fashion and home textile markets. PG-Revo ink does not consume water in the post printing process, which makes it very environmentally friendly. PG-Revo inks can be also applied on fabrics without pre-treatment, further boosting their eco-friendly performances.

    The all-inclusive textile digital printing system features state-of-the art textile printing technology, Epson PrecisionCore printheads and Genesta inks, which offer maximum results based upon Epson technology and fabric treatment expertise. This system finds its highest expression in Monna Lisa Evo Tre series – the successful range of industrial printers and a reference for the high-quality textile printing sector.





  • + MUTOH introduces two new high-quality and high-resolution Eco-Solvent Printers “XpertJet 1682SR/1641SR” Newly designed platform ensures easy maintenance & usability

    MUTOH announced the launch of the new high-quality and high productivity eco-solvent printers “XpertJet 1682SR/164..

    15 July 2019


    MUTOH announced the launch of the new high-quality and high productivity eco-solvent printers “XpertJet 1682SR/1641SR”.

    New platform of "XpertJet" series provides improved usability and reduces operational workload. XpertJet 1682SR/1641SR is a new series of MUTOH large-format inkjet printers with a new eco-solvent ink and ensures high quality, high productivity and user-friendly operation.

    The "XpertJet 1682SR" is a high-speed eco-solvent printer equipped with a staggered dual print head and capable to express smooth gradation with 7-colour ink set. "XpertJet 1641SR" with 4-colour ink set is a single head model that offers excellent balance of performance, image quality and affordable price range. 

    The "XpertJet" series has been renewed to the stylish appearance with stealth colour. 



       

    MUTOH’s unique multi-stage pressurising mechanism enhances media feed stability for various media by selecting the mode such as high for slippery media, default (middle) for standard PVC sheets and synthetic papers, and “low” for thin and soft media.  

    Furthermore, media cockling can be minimised by canceling multiple pressure rollers individually. 

    The XPERTJET SERIES:

    - High Precision Aluminum Rail Mechanism for high quality and stable printing
    - New design allows high usability for front access to ink cartridge holders, LAN cable and power cables 
    - The built-in colour sensor achieves “Automatic Bi-Directional adjustment”. It saves operational workload for the calibration, and reduces variation caused from individual operators. 
    - Internal LED lighting helps operator for ease of operating and print status monitoring
    - LED warning indicators for each cartridge slot show ink remaining amount status.
    - Operation panel which will only display keys necessary for desired function.
    - MUTOH Status Monitor allows you to check the printer operation status with a smartphone or tablet even from a distance.
    - Operators loading work efficiency is improved by setting the newly developed media flange from both sides. When the flanges have been mounted in advance, it becomes easy and quick to exchange multiple rolls.

    The new eco solvent ink MS41 has high colour development and ease of maintenance. In addition to KCMY 4 colours, light colour ink Lk, Lc and Lm are available with 1L bag.  “XpertJet 1682SR” delivers high-quality printing even with reduced resolution thanks to the 7-colour configuration.

    Following the launch in Japan, “XpertJet 1682SR” and” XpertJet 1641SR” will be released sequentially in the US, EMEA and Asia.

    MUTOH delivers the new large-format inkjet printers "XpertJet" series to the market and will continue its efforts to provide "user-friendly operation" to customers.  

    www.mutoh-au.com    






  • + Epson Introduces SureColor T5470M in US

    Epson announced the SureColor T5470M – a new 36-inch printer and integrated scanner offering a fast multifunction ..

    10 July 2019


    Epson announced the SureColor T5470M – a new 36-inch printer and integrated scanner offering a fast multifunction solution for printing, sharing and saving technical documents. The new model joins the Epson SureColor T-Series line of wide-format printers, and the sleek print/copy/scan combo produces accurate A1/D-size prints in as fast as 22 seconds, making it an ideal choice for managing blueprints, charts, posters, and more.

    “Epson is committed to listening to customer feedback and incorporating suggestions into future products to continue developing powerful and easy-to-use solutions,” said Matt Kochanowski, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “With an integrated scanner, the SureColor T5470M is designed to maximise collaboration and productivity and streamline workflow for innovative industry segments – engineering, designing, architecture, construction jobs sites, and more – all in a small, space-saving design.”

    Leveraging Epson’s PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead technology with Precision Droplet Control for crystal-clear images, precise lines and crisp text, the SureColor T5470M produces outstanding image quality with industry-leading reliability. The integrated scanner supports multi-page scanning and scan to USB drive functions. Next-generation UltraChrome XD2 archival pigment ink delivers vibrant, durable prints. The SureColor T5470M offers a sleek, space-saving design that comes equipped with a variety of usability features, including an intuitive 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen and high-capacity replacement ink cartridges. In addition, the SureColor T5470M offers versatile print options, such as easy printing from tablets and smartphones,2 for enhanced flexibility and productivity.

    More about the SureColor T5470M

    The Epson SureColor T5470M delivers a range of usability features designed to streamline workflow, including:

    - Ultra-fast print speeds – A1/D-size prints in as fast as 22 seconds
    - Fast, easy navigation – Includes a built-in 4.3-inch LCD screen with touch panel
    - Optimised workflow – Integrated 36-inch scanner offers easy collaboration and document sharing
    - Powerful features, small footprint – Delivers 36-inch MFP solution in a space-saving design
    - Replace ink less often – Uses high-capacity cartridges up to 350 ml
    - Integrated security – Helps protect information with advanced network security and encryption
    - Versatile printing options – Easily prints direct from USB thumb drives, tablets, smartphones and more with integrated wireless plus router-free Wi-Fi Direct printing
    - Outstanding image quality – PrecisionCoreMicroTFP printhead with Precision Droplet Control for crystal-clear images, precise lines and crisp text
    - Vibrant, durable prints – Next-generation UltraChromeXD2 archival pigment ink for high-quality printing
    - Industry-leading reliability – Permanent printhead with advanced Nozzle Verification Technology, plus world-class service and support, including a one-year limited warranty


    www.epson.com





  • + HP Expands Digital Textile Printing for Signage and Décor with New Super Wide Stitch S1000

    HP has introduced HP Stitch S1000, a super wide dye sub production printer designed for high productivity and simplified..

    02 July 2019


    HP has introduced HP Stitch S1000, a super wide dye sub production printer designed for high productivity and simplified operation, unleashing new production possibilities for interior décor and soft signage.

    The HP Stitch S1000 is a 3.2 metre (126-inch) dye sub printer that brings a new level of innovation to high production companies to meet deadlines more easily by enabling fast speeds, high uptime, and unattended shifts. Fully automatic maintenance ensures optimal image quality without user intervention, while saving time with easy
    media loading and unloading by a single operator.

    The new HP Stitch portfolio, including the 1.62 m (64 inch) HP Stitch S300 and S500 printers, removes complexity from dye sub printing.

    “HP’s expansion into the textiles industry solidifies our commitment to making digital printing accessible to all. The new super wide HP Stitch S1000 removes major complexities from dye sub printing, with industry leading technology and high-quality prints at unrivalled speed,” says Jeremy Brew, Large Format Application Specialist at HP. “The S1000 truly unlocks the power of colour for production environments through smart technology.”

    HP thermal inkjet for dye sublimation ink

    The HP Stich portfolio introduces dye sublimation ink into HP’s Thermal Inkjet printing technology to meet rising demand for polyester-based textiles for sportswear, fast fashion, home décor and soft signage. HP Stitch S1000 is ideal for medium and large print service providers to boost production of textile applications in the soft signage market, including backlits, frontlits, and interior décor such as curtains, upholstery, and sofas.

    The HP Stitch S1000 for high-volume production offers:

    - High-productivity: Meet short deadlines and seasonal peaks of production with high productivity modes, reaching a maximum production speed up to 220 m2/h and backlit speed up to 130sqm/h.

    - Image quality: Sharp prints even on high density jobs printing direct to fabric using HP Drop&Dry print zone Dryer. Reliable image quality thanks to the Smart Nozzle Compensation System. The optical media advance sensor, the OMAS Plus, controls media advance, for both transfer paper and fabric materials, even when printing at highest speeds.

    - Superior quality printing: HP Stitch provides 1200 native dpi in thermal inkjet printheads resulting in high quality prints, including deep blacks and vivid colours.

    - High capacity: High unattended printing capability with 10 litre-capacity supplies and up to 300 kg rolls.

    - Colour consistency: Distribute jobs across fleets with best-in-class colour consistency from printer to printer thanks to HP Smart Colour tools.

    - Maximise uptime with the first user replaceable print heads and HP Smart Services.

    Pricing and availability.
    The HP Stitch S Print Series Portfolio will be available in the second half of 2019.





  • + Océ Australia Announces New Arizona 1300 Series at Opening of New Customer Experience Centre

    At the opening of Océ Australia’s high-tech Customer Experience Centre, Océ took the opportunity to ..

    04 June 2019


    At the opening of Océ Australia’s high-tech Customer Experience Centre, Océ took the opportunity to formally introduce the new Océ Arizona 1300 series flatbed UV printer to a gathering of Océ customers and industry professionals.

    The new addition to the award-winning Océ Arizona range was one of the highlights at FESPA earlier this month, and guests at the new Centre’s launch found it equally impressive.

    The latest in the popular and proven Arizona range, the 1300 series is designed for the high-productivity mid-volume wide-format and digital print markets. It delivers innovations in print speed, ease of use and curing technology which Product Manager Garry Muratore says will allow print service providers to do more, do it smarter…and do it now.

    “The Océ Arizona 1300 series is a great choice for print service providers in the sign and display graphics industry who want to really lift productivity, versatility and quality,” Muratore said today.

    “Today’s print buyer is not only discerning in terms of quality, but also creative, driving a new wave of innovative print products on an almost limitless range of media and substrates. This is where the Arizona 1300 series delivers in spades.”

    This affordable machine features productive print modes which can easily expand capacity and throughput for small to mid-range businesses who currently need more speed and quality than their lower-end or older printers can deliver, or who are looking to expand their product range and increase output.





    “The new Océ Arizona 1300 series answers the two biggest challenges faced by print service providers today – the need to boost productivity, and the need to diversify their application portfolio to take advantage of new business opportunities,” Muratore explains.

    According to Muratore, operators will immediately notice the difference on both scores, with outstanding speed and ‘mind-blowing’ application latitude.

    “The Océ Arizona 1300 stands out in its market segment as an easy-to-use, mid-range workhorse which not only delivers exceptional productivity, consistent prints and reliable performance, but uncompromised quality,” he says, adding that the range appeals particularly to print service providers interested in high-end applications like photography or fine art reproductions.

    “Optional light magenta, light cyan, varnish and Océ’s brightest white ink ever, plus enhanced screening come standard and, because all our new LED inks are Greenguard Gold certified, the prints can be used anywhere, even in schools and hospitals,” Muratore says.

    Like other Arizona models, the 1300 series also supports Océ Touchstone, so printers can easily create textured prints, both transparent and opaque, which Muratore says will ‘delight’ customers. “And, all these options – additional ink channels, roll media option and static suppression upgrade kit that makes for static and trouble-free printing on hard plastic materials like acrylic, polycarbonate and styrene – can be retrofitted, helping future-proof your business,” he adds.

    Versatility is also a key, with the Arizona 1300 range easily able to produce flawless imaging to a wide range of media including odd shaped, heavy, smooth or pre-cut media, and even unusual substrates like canvas, glass or wood – a must for print service providers who want to build their business by expanding their product offering to create valuable new revenue streams.

    This is married with a range of other innovative features, including an intuitive user interface which makes short work of designing even the most complex, multi-layered projects and allows operators to easily make last-minute adjustments at the printer, such as nesting, batching of complex jobs, step and repeat, mirroring and re-assignment of print modes.

    Integrated Océ Arizona Xpert self-learning technology enhances this ease of use, enabling the machine to learn from what its operators do and then remember the ‘recipe’ to produce consistent, flawless results, time and time again.

    “And, importantly, this range is fast,” Muratore adds. “All Arizona 1300 models deliver sharp, high-key prints at speeds of up to 53m2/hour. And productivity is boosted even further by innovations like Océ’s ‘instant-on’ capability, a new LED curing system which requires no warm up so the printer is always ready when you are.”

    Rounding out the package is reliable performance, backed by the Océ Automated Maintenance System which allows hands-free printhead maintenance to restore nozzle function in seconds, and support from both Océ remote service and Océ Australia’s extensive national service and support team.

    Australian businesses can choose from three GT models (Océ Arizona 1340 GT, 1360 GT, 1380 GT) with a flatbed print area of 1.25m x 2.5m, or three larger 2.5m x 3.08m XT models (Océ Arizona 1340 XT, 1360 XT, 1380 XT).

    Customers invited to the opening of the CEC in Melbourne were first to see the new series in action, with an Arizona 1380GT installed at the Centre, but the range is already taking off with Muratore saying Océ expects to place several units in the field in coming months.

    www.oce.com.au 





  • + Renault F1 Team Chooses TrueVIS VG2

    When you're one of the best car racing teams in the world, you need the very best graphics. That's why Renault F1® T..

    04 June 2019


    When you're one of the best car racing teams in the world, you need the very best graphics. That's why Renault F1® Team has chosen Roland DG’s new TrueVIS VG2, the second-generation eco-solvent print and cut device, to produce its race-leading Grand Prix prints.





    Renault F1 Team has relied on Roland TrueVIS printer cutters for many years, using the reliable and high-quality systems at its Technical Centre in Enstone, Oxfordshire, to produce stickers for its racing cars, livery for its support vehicles, displays for its hospitality areas, and much more. Grand Prix events can attract worldwide audiences of more than 400 million viewers, and sponsorship is as competitive as the races themselves. High-end sponsors demand the highest precision in their brand colours and immediate replacement of any damaged advertising graphics; Renault F1 Team always travels with 30 identical versions of every sticker, totalling around 1,400 stickers for every race.





    The award-winning TrueVIS VG2 Series has over 40 incredible enhancements, allowing Renault F1 Team to push its boundaries for accuracy, reliability and turnaround speeds even further. Those who have seen the VG2 in action describe it as both ‘best printer/cutter’ and ‘best print device in the industry today’. Designed to meet and exceed the needs of today's most demanding print professionals, the Roland DG TrueVIS VG2 is already proving incredibly popular, and attracting widespread attention at trade shows around the world.





    Joe McNamara, Head of Paint and Graphics at Renault F1 Team, has praised the extended colour gamut, now with bold Orange for vibrant colours, natural skin tones and exceptional colour replication. "One of the first things we noticed was the improvement in the colour matching, because a lot of what we do covers an entire season," he comments. "It gives us a good opportunity to have a consistent colour." He adds: "It also comes with the new orange swatch which has about a hundred colours in there – yellows and oranges. It really makes our life easy when it comes to matching colours exactly for our corporate sponsors, and also for our own branding on cars, on garages, and on everything we take to races with us." 

    A video featuring Joe and his review of the new TrueVIS VG2 is available to watch at the link below. In the video, Joe notes that the new TR2 inks deliver brilliant bonding and stretching abilities for vehicle wrapping applications, and their fast-drying time allows his team to print, laminate and ship graphics to Renault F1 Team colleagues across the world on the same day. He adds that the VG2's perf-cut feature is making work "much easier" when producing multiples of the same sticker, while the new media clamp system is "a really clever piece of engineering".





    "What's really impressive about this machine is what it can do for the price it's pitched at," he says. "To have that colour gamut for that price point is really amazing. I just don't know how Roland does it."

    To learn more about Roland DG's award-winning TrueVIS VG2 series wide format printer cutters, visit: https://www.rolanddg.com.au/products/printers/truevis-vg2-series-printer-cutters 

    Find out more about Renault F1® Team at www.renaultsport.com.





  • + Unveiled: Karibu, the swissQprint Roll to Roll Printer

    swissQprint launched Karibu, the company's first roll to roll printer, at Fespa 2019. This sturdy Swiss product features..

    22 May 2019


    swissQprint launched Karibu, the company's first roll to roll printer, at Fespa 2019. This sturdy Swiss product features a compelling concept and will be available from September 2019.

    Karibu, the first swissQprint roll to roll printer, made its public debut at Fespa 2019. This is a UV inkjet printer with a maximum print width of 3.4 metres. As the Swiss manufacturer hinted in advance, Karibu incorporates ingenious features aimed at high efficiency and reliability as well as huge versatility.

    Easy roll handling - The swissQprint stand at Fespa had live demonstrations of how easy and fast it is to change rolls with Karibu. Thanks to the cassette system, rolls are loaded and ready to print within minutes.

    On-the-spot inspection of backlits - Karibu features a Light Box right next to the printing area, for immediate and continuous quality control of backlit prints. As a result, neither much material nor time has been lost should optimisations prove necessary. That having been said, what visitors to Fespa saw was impeccable backlit printing in typical swissQprint quality.

    Ingenious mesh printing - Karibu has a Mesh Kit integrated with the print bed. This makes clean and simple work of processing permeable substrates, as well as full bleed printing. There is neither additional set-up work beforehand nor cleaning afterwards. A mouse click by the operator sends the Karibu print beam – which is movable in the X direction – from its standard position to the mesh position. Printing can then start immediately.

    Printing two rolls at once - For users who regularly print in parallel, swissQprint offers a dual roll option capable of handling two rolls each up to 1.6 metres wide. This doubles Karibu's productivity. The roll holders are split into two sections with each half of the shaft driven individually, thus ensuring optimum web tension and perfect results on both rolls.

    Tip Switch vacuum - Karibu has 136 keys ranged across the print bed width, rather like a piano. Each one opens or closes a vacuum channel, thus eliminating air leakage even in the gap between dual rolls. A light tap on the switches using a fingertip is all the user action required to open or close the entire vacuum area width within four seconds. This is called Tip Switch vacuum, a technical solution for which swissQprint has filed a patent application.

    Status monitoring - Karibu has four beacon-like status indicators affixed to the print beam. They are observable at a distance and inform the operator about machine status and printing progress. So it is always possible to keep an eye on Karibu, even while the operator is elsewhere in the print room taking care of other equipment or tasks.

    Specially developed ink set - swissQprint has developed an ink set specifically for the new Karibu roll to roll printer. The cured ink layer is flexible to ensure suitability for all imaginable roll media. The inks themselves are NVC-free and Greenguard Gold certified. Printed products are thus safe to use in critical places such as hospitals and schools, potentially broadening a print provider's range of services.

    Available from September 2019 - The international swissQprint distributor network is now accepting orders for delivery starting in September 2019. Since Karibu clearly bears the hallmarks of its Swiss manufacturer, customers can look forward to the usual swissQprint quality, functionality, energy efficiency and durability. This in turn underlines the machine's combination of innovative solutions with 20 years of development experience in UV inkjet printing.





  • + Gandy Digital Has Released a New Flatbed Printer

    Gandy Digital innovates the next generation flatbed printers using “NanoDot” Technology. A whole new concept..

    22 May 2019


    Gandy Digital innovates the next generation flatbed printers using “NanoDot” Technology. A whole new concept of digital printing that has come of age to extra wide large format printing in Gandy Digital’s Gladi8tor True Flatbed printer.

    Gandy Digital innovates the next generation flatbed printers using “NanoDot” Technology. A whole new concept of digital printing that has come of age to extra wide large format printing in Gandy Digital’s Gladi8tor True Flatbed printer. The Gladi8tor comes in two sizes, Gladi8tor “2” has a 4ft X 8ft (1.22m X 2.44m) print size or Gladi8tor “3” with a 6.5ft X 10ft (2m X 3.05m) print size both on a vacuum table. Both models can have a Roll to Roll attachment either 8ft (2.44m) Wide or 10ft (3.05m) Wide. 

    Gandy has been offering innovative printers for over 35 years known for their reliability and strong support. The Domin8tor and Pred8tor were the latest state of the art flatbed printers with vacuum table and special features that became the standard in the industry. 

    Gandy Digital has taken the best of both worlds by combining the reliable Domin8tor and Pred8tor and upgraded them with the latest “NanoDot” Technology, introducing the next generation, Gladi8tor true flatbed printer. The Gladi8tor with “NanoDot” Technology, 3 picoliter grayscale print heads gives both smooth Colour and high speed. Gandy also supplies a custom made RIP to maximise the “NanoDot” capabilities. Sharp images just got sharper, with 3 point text really readable. Incredible precision at true 1200 dpi on a Superwide format printer. 

    Gandy has taken this precision to a new level by creating unmatched smoothness in skin tones and even more impressive is the smooth colours on lighter shaded solid colours. This can only be achieved before with offset printing or photography. Finally a match to the quality of offset printing and photography. Everybody talks about it, Gandy has achieved it. 

    The Gladi8tor uses the Blade Technology, a key feature innovated by Gandy. This allows for precise prints without the need for time consuming alignment as the heads are pre-aligned by laser precision. 

    The best news is with all this quality, the speed has dramatically increased. 

    The Gladi8tor’s biggest advantage is the ability to print up to 120 (4ft X 8ft) boards an hour 3800sqft/hr (350sqm/hr). The “NanoDot” Technology coupled with our inline blade technology gives excellent sharp quality and super fast speeds. Unbelievable speed and quality that you will only believe if you witness with your own eyes. 

    Gandy has always kept existing customers interest and investment in mind when introducing new printers. The “NanoDot” new technology can also be upgraded on all Gandy Pred8tor and Domin8tor models. 

    The Gladi8tor will come with an option to take one row of print heads at half the speed or two rows at full speed. You can start with one row of print heads and upgrade to two rows and achieve full speed at a later date. The Gladi8tor will come ready for easy field upgrade. 

    Gandy will also offer an upgrade path to its existing Pred8tor and Domin8tor customers to start with one row of print heads and later upgrade to two rows and achieve full speed. 

    The Gladi8tor will have all the features from the Pred8tor and Domin8tor. Here are some of the popular features: 


    - Crash Sensors that stop for even small objects and save print heads from damage. 

    - Static Bars that really work in dry climates while keeping prints sharp. 

    - Automatic head cleaning and wiping station. 

    - Graphical User Interface simple touch and drag (GUI). 

    - Powerful vacuum table holds uneven materials flat. 

    - Automatic head height adjustment. 

    - Camera built in to assist remote service. Nice idea to avoid expensive visits but getting the job done. 


    The Gladi8tor has very powerful long lasting LED lamps that cure to perfection even at the fastest speeds and yet keeps its cool. 

    Gandy introduced the first “multi layer” capability many years ago. The Gladi8tor will have the same feature allowing colour, white, and colour for backlit images, and unlimited multi layer variations with as many colours as you wish. 

    The Gladi8tor will have the option to get double white blades to print heavier layer of white faster especially effective on darker substrates. Instead of double white you can get single white and varnish. Gandy’s varnish can also act as a very effective primer, giving a dual purpose capability. 

    Gandy has many years of supplying a UV ink that gives excellent adhesion to many plastics including acrylic. The Gladi8tor will continue to get the same ink formulation for its LED Lamps. 

    Gandy Digital’s Gladi8tor is the most advanced and groundbreaking Superwide Digital printer in the industry today. 





  • + Durst FESPA 2019 Review

    Couldn't make FESPA? Check out the awesome new Durst P5 printing systems, modular software solutions and services for la..

    22 May 2019


    Couldn't make FESPA? Check out the awesome new Durst P5 printing systems, modular software solutions and services for large format specialists under the motto "Pixel to Output". For more information, visit www.durst-group.com.

    Click on the video below to see more. 





  • + Epson announces two top-of-the-range, high productivity signage printers at FESPA 2019

    New SureColor SC-S signage printers, alongside a range of innovative applications, were all on show at the Epson FESPA s..

    21 May 2019


    New SureColor SC-S signage printers, alongside a range of innovative applications, were all on show at the Epson FESPA stand 

    Epson announced the launch of two new SureColor SC-S signage printers, the SC-S60600L and the SC-S80600L. These 64-inch printers are an extension of the award-winning SureColor SC-S Series printer range that offer high productivity customers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The SC-S Series printers continue to offer customers diverse applications with access to the Epson Edge Dashboard with over 250 EMX profile downloads for a wide range of media manufacturers and media types.

    “At the heart of these new industrial printers is the introduction of high capacity 1.5 litre ink pouches,” says Chris Davies, product manager – production LFP. “This means a longer running period, resulting in less user intervention and reduced downtime. The pouches are complemented by Epson’s established UltraChrome G3 eco-solvent inks which have key environmental certifications, including GreenGuard Gold and AgBB.  As with all signage printers in the SureColor SC-S range, they are low maintenance, highly reliable and easy to set up.”

    The SC-S60600L and SC-S80600L feature Epson PrecisionCore TFP printheads and will be supplied with Epson Edge RIP software and the LFP Accounting Tool (which will provide accurate job costing data).

    Epson Edge Print software is powerful and feature-rich, easy-to-use and provides a simplified print-ready solution to get businesses up and running quickly. In addition, Epson is continuing to expand the range of available EMX files to optimise print quality on the most common, and speciality, media.

    Both SureColor SC-S L version models can print on a wide range of media, from clear film and photographic paper to wallpaper, canvas and vinyl, so are suited to large scale signage and displays, point of purchase applications and billboards, back/front-lit signage and car wrapping.

    “We envisage a strong take up from print service providers and sign makers who cover a wide range of business sectors and applications, providing customers with signage, point of sale, textiles, interior design and fine art products,” says Chris Davies.

    “Users will be impressed by the print speeds, precision and performance of these new models and the compelling business case for adding this technology to their current portfolios. Their customers are going to be impressed by the quality and speed of turnaround.”

    Other printers on the stand include the SureColor SC-S60600, SureColor SC-P20000, SureColor SC-F9300, SureColor SC-F6200 and SureColor SC-F2100. 






  • + VASTEX LAUNCH 2M WIDE DRYER FOR DTG AND SCREEN PRINTING

    A new LittleRed X3D-78 infrared conveyor dryer from Vastex comes with a two-metre-wide conveyor belt and can cure 18..

    21 May 2019


    A new LittleRed X3D-78 infrared conveyor dryer from Vastex comes with a two-metre-wide conveyor belt and can cure 185 garments/h DTG printed with digital white ink, 1080/h screen printed with plastisol ink, and 555/h screen printed with water-based ink or discharge.
     
    “The LittleRed XD series of tunnel dryers are unique to the Australian market; offering a dryer specifically engineered to cure DTG printed digital white ink, alongside all types of screen printed inks at good turnover rates. This multi-purpose machine means that you only need one dryer to do everything.” explains Howard Debney, owner of Leapfrog Machinery, Distributor for Vastex in Australia.
     
    The DTG-specific feature of this dryer is a high-powered pre-heating zone that boosts ink temperatures past 150°C within the first few centimeters of conveyor travel. This increases the dwell time that ink is exposed to optimum curing temperatures, allowing speed of the conveyor belt and machine output to be increased.
     
    Previously available in a 76 cm wide model for a single row of garments and a 137 cm wide model for two rows, the new two-metre-wide X3D-78 can accommodate three rows of normal sized garments or two rows of oversized garments, yielding higher capacity than any conventional dryer in the equivalent amount of floor space, according to Vastex.
     
    "This super-wide machine is ideal for high-production shops that need to handle the maximum output of automatic presses and/or direct-to-garment printers including shops running high capacity Kornit® DTG machines” says Mark Vasilantone, president of Vastex, adding, "No other dryer of equivalent size or cost can match its performance."
     
    The dryer’s three 30.5 x 183 cm wide heaters output a combined 26,700 watts @240V, and are digitally-controlled and height-adjustable to maximise curing efficiency for bulky or over-sized garments. The X3D-78 also offers precision-thermal-profiling (PTP) to match curing conditions to the drying characteristics of each ink type, particularly difficult-to-cure inkjet-printed white ink.
     
    The new dryer is 260 cm long, 226 cm wide and 137 cm high, and features a 31.2 CMM targeted exhaust system as standard to rapidly remove moisture and air contaminates from the heating chamber, while keeping exterior surfaces and controls cool.
     
    The output of all Vastex floor-standing conveyor dryers can be increased by an order of magnitude as needs grow by adding heating chambers and lengthening the conveyor belt, with one or two additional heating chambers, allowing doubling or tripling of conveyor belt speed and drying capacity.
     
    The conveyor belt is continuously centered by a roller belt tracking system patented by the company, and driven at precisely controlled speeds to vary dwell time.
     
    The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry an industry-leading 15-year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units.
     
    Leapfrog Machinery distributes and supports the full range of Vastex Screen Printing Equipment throughout Australia including their Industry Leading Screen Presses, Flash Cure Units, Screen Exposing Units, Screen Drying Cabinets, Washout Booths along with complete equipment packages for entry-level to large commercial shops.
     
    For information contact Leapfrog Machinery (0)2 9482 4999 www.leapfrogmachinery.com.au





  • + HP expands textile printing with new Super Wide Stitch S1000

    HP is set to introduce the new HP Stitch S1000, a super wide dye sub production printer designed for high productivity a..

    14 May 2019


    HP is set to introduce the new HP Stitch S1000, a super wide dye sub production printer designed for high productivity and simplified operation, unleashing new production possibilities for interior décor and soft signage.

    The HP Stitch S1000 is a 3.2 meter (126-inch) dye sub printer that brings a new level of innovation to high production companies to meet deadlines more easily by enabling fast speeds, high uptime, and unattended shifts. Fully automatic maintenance ensures optimal image quality without user intervention, while saving time with easy media loading and unloading by a single operator.

    The printer is making its worldwide debut the HP Stand (F30 in Hall A5) at FESPA 2019 in Munich, Germany, May 14-17. The new HP Stitch portfolio, including the 1.62 m (64 inch) HP Stitch S300 and S500 printers, removes complexity from dye sub printing.

    “HP’s expansion into the textiles industry solidifies our commitment to making digital printing accessible to all. The new super wide HP Stitch S1000 removes major complexities from dye sub printing, with industry leading technology and high-quality prints at unrivalled speed,” says Santi Morera, Head of Graphics Solutions Business at HP. “The S1000 truly unlocks the power of colour for production environments through smart technology.”

    HP thermal inkjet for dye sublimation ink

    The HP Stich portfolio introduces dye sublimation ink into HP’s Thermal Inkjet printing technology to meet rising demand for polyester-based textiles for sportswear, fast fashion, home décor and soft signage. HP Stitch S1000 is ideal for medium and large print service providers to boost production of textile applications in the soft signage market, including backlits, frontlits, and interior décor such as curtains, upholstery, and sofas.

    The HP Stitch S1000 for high-volume production offers: 

    • High-productivity: Meet short deadlines and seasonal peaks of production with high productivity modes, reaching a maximum production speed up to 220 m2/h and backlit speed up to 130sqm/h.

    • Image quality: Sharp prints even on high density jobs printing direct to fabric using HP Drop&Dry print zone Dryer. Reliable image quality thanks to the Smart Nozzle Compensation System. The optical media advance sensor, the OMAS Plus, controls media advance, for both transfer paper and fabric materials, even when printing at highest speeds.

    • Superior quality printing: HP Stitch provides 1200 native dpi in thermal inkjet printheads resulting in high quality prints, including deep blacks and vivid colours.

    • High capacity: High unattended printing capability with 10 litre-capacity supplies and up to 300 kg rolls.

    • Colour consistency: Distribute jobs across fleets with best-in-class colour consistency from printer to printer thanks to HP Smart Colour tools

    • Maximise uptime with the first user replaceable print heads and HP Smart Services

    Pricing and Availability

    Information on country availability, pricing, and retail destinations for the HP Stitch S Printers Series Portfolio vary region by region.

    Click here to check out the HP Stitch S1000






  • + Intec Auto Sheet Feeding Flatbed Cutter to Be Unveiled at FESPA

    Intec Printing Solutions Limited, innovators in digital imaging and finishing, continues its expansion of unique solutio..

    14 May 2019


    Intec Printing Solutions Limited, innovators in digital imaging and finishing, continues its expansion of unique solutions by introducing the ColorCut FB8000PRO as part of the ColorCut range of digital cutting and creasing equipment.

    Higher volume automation for flatbed cutting and creasing - improves productivity The Intec ColorCut FB8000PRO is a modular system solution, comprising the FB8000 Flatbed Cutter and ASF8000 Auto Sheet Feeder. Both devices are feature-rich and offer huge production advantages.

    Whereas the FB8000 Flatbed Cutter can be purchased and used as a stand-alone device from the ASF8000 Auto Sheet Feeder – the two devices when used in unison, deliver an incredibly efficient, automated solution! Capable of cutting and creasing any shape on a typical SRA3 sheet in around 30 seconds, the dual tool head applies a class-leading 1Kg of pressure to achieve crisp cuts and deep creases on up to 600micron media.

    The operator can utilise ‘productivity mode’ when manually feeding sheets – this is where the sensor seeks and reads each sheet to cut multiple sheets at a time – finished sheets are automatically moved along the table and into the collection tray.

    When harnessing the productivity of the ASF8000 Auto Sheet Feeder, the operator can load the Feeder with media and leave the FB8000PRO to automatically feed, cut, crease and stack jobs - unattended. This not only offers faster production times, but it also frees-up the user to concentrate on other tasks.

    QR code creation and reading. The bespoke ColorCut Pro3 software has been remastered to enhance the devices digital functionality.

    Rebuilt from the ground up, ColorCut Pro3 will generate unique QR codes for placement onto vector artwork – which in turn, is read by the FB8000’s onboard video camera. This function enables instant cut file retrieval from the Job Library Server, enabling the operator to instantly view the job on screen and set the desired cutting features from the material database. This means that different aspects of the file can have different treatments applied to them and also predetermine the order they are worked on.

    Check mark reading. The new style circular check marks are also read by the software. The four corner marks ensure accuracy with the artwork/cut file and compensate for any sheet placement skew or print stretch. As a bonus, the video camera provides a live view to the operator’s workstation, which also helps provide a visual confirmation of the production status. High speed sheet feeding.The ASF8000 Auto Sheet Feeder is precision-engineered specifically to partner with the FB8000 Flatbed Cutter.

    It provides exceptional pneumatic efficiency and automation in material handling to deliver a solution which is perfectly synchronised with the FB8000 Flatbed Cutter.

    The ASF8000 feeder enables up to 2000 sheets, (25Kg) of SRA3 printed material to be loaded into the Feeder, or a stack height of up to 22.5cm. It then uses pneumatic vacuum pressure to pick up each sheet and advance it on to the FB8000's cutting belt.

    The FB8000PRO will be available to purchase, summer 2019.