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  • + CANON PRODUCTION PRINTING AUSTRALIA SIGN PARTNER, STARLEATON, TO RESELL COLORADO SERIES

    Canon Production Printing Australia has signed a partnership agreement with Starleaton to resell the award-winning Color..

    12 March 2021


    Canon Production Printing Australia has signed a partnership agreement with Starleaton to resell the award-winning Colorado roll-to-roll printer series across Australia.

    The agreement is set to be mutually beneficial for the iconic brands who have both assumed the position of “complete solution provider” across the sign and display market. The powerhouses vow that the arrangement will also benefit Australian printers who are evolving their wide-format application sets, thanks to the Colorado’s application versatility and premium technology.

    The new reseller agreement is set to grow the indirect B2B channel for Canon Production Printing Australia, as well as support diversification into adjacent markets which require complementary technology. For Starleaton, the agreement is set to expand latitude within the sign and display market, with the award-winning Colorado roll-to-roll printer.

    Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, says, “With the Colorado successfully established within the global and Australian markets as a high volume, superior quality system that is technology rich enough to print a diverse range of applications, we are now looking to extend our reach into markets and printers that we currently do not service.”





    “With Starleaton, we’ve found a partner who both understands the benefits of technology such as UVGel and FLXfinish in application versatility, and can support our growth aspirations to extend our reach within the Australian commercial print market.

    ”We’re very passionate about bringing the best products to the Oceania printing industry and recognise that by opening up the indirect channel, we provide more printers the opportunity to experience the unique benefits of the Colorado family” he says.

    The Eaton family-owned company, Starleaton, recognise the strategic move as an opportunity to further expand their footprint in the commercial printing market.

    “Our relationship with Canon Production Printing Australia is an exciting new venture for both companies particularly as we aim to ensure the Australian print industry have the solutions that they require to thrive in today’s dynamic environment,” Ben Eaton, CEO, Starleaton, says.
    “We’ve seen rapid growth of the Colorado in the past 18 months globally, with productivity levels soaring and metres printed well above that of competitive machines. We’re confident that the Colorado will be the perfect match for our client base.

    “The new offering will benefit customers wishing to take the next step into higher performance, quality, and production savings. It complements our existing wide format printer range, extending to every budget and performance requirement.

    “To ensure market success, we have 12 face-to-face account managers with significant media experience, whom are able to assist print service providers in adapting new market technology that can support their growth and evolution. Plus, our experience with Onyx, Fiery and X-rite will create media profiles to match the Colorado to achieve the best possible result.

    “Additionally, our already-seamless national service coverage will be bolstered by ProCare, the after-sales service for the Colorado roll-to-roll printer series. This means that print service providers will be able to benefit from increased productivity and minimal downtime” he says.
    With well over 1,000 installations worldwide, Canon’s Colorado roll-to-roll printer series has been recognised by customers across the globe as the best solution for a large variety of wide-format applications.






  • + Esko launches new Cloud Freedom whitepaper outlining benefits of packaging industry transitioning to the cloud

    Esko, the global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the label, packaging and wide format print ..

    12 March 2021


    Esko, the global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the label, packaging and wide format print industries, has launched a new whitepaper – Cloud Freedom – delivering operational efficiency, data security and flexibility for print and packaging suppliers. This latest tool follows the successful launch of the company's Digital Maturity Model program in 2020 designed to help management teams meet the growing need to strategically address business digitisation, automation and connection.

    Launching the whitepaper, Jan De Roeck, Marketing Director Industry Relations & Strategy at Esko, explained that across the print and packaging industries, organisations are managing an ever-growing list of competing demands on their operations. “Whether related to cost, efficiency, quality, flexibility or consistency, the challenges faced by today’s prepress and print converters are significant. When these are combined with a lack of available skilled labor and decreasing run lengths, the need for management teams to boost the digitisation, automation and connectivity of their business becomes clear.

    “Not only does the cloud address these demands, but it also delivers new freedoms to businesses, both in terms of their operations and processes and also in eradicating IT challenges that might stifle their passion for prepress.”

    Jan explained that recent disruptions have underlined the fact that utilising cloud-based technology is not merely a future aspiration for businesses, but an urgent requirement to drive operational agility and resilience. “While the opportunities to drive efficiency, deliver at scale and differentiate have moved businesses across the industry to embrace digitisation, the adoption of cloud-based solutions has been an ongoing theme for some time,” he said. “Now more than ever, we need to use the cloud as a catalyst to help businesses become more resilient and customer focused, as well as enable them to differentiate, build and protect.”

    Cloud-based software delivers new freedom for businesses. With information no longer stored in one single location that can be susceptible to loss or corruption, it is accessible by all, regardless of location and ideal for single site operations now utilising employee homeworking or for multi-site organisations. Freedom of data access also brings new flexibility, freeing up people to collaborate and speed up established processes. Removing the need for physical hard drives and on-site servers lowers operational and IT management costs, while cloud technology also offers scalable infrastructure and improved platform availability, ensuring optimal software performance for users.

    “The benefits of cloud computing to the packaging industry are endless,” said Jan. “Today is about further helping our customers on their digital transformation journey, enabling them to improve IT management and boost operational flexibility and efficiency. But tomorrow is about data analytics – uncovering insights about their business that enables them to become rapid innovators and truly differentiated to drive business performance.”

    Jan De Roeck concluded: “At Esko, we often talk about automation creating islands of success in a sea of waste, if not addressed on an organisation-wide basis. For multi-site packaging suppliers, this is exactly the risk. Moving to cloud-based software and data management to support the digital transformation process overcomes this challenge and is the key to securing competitive advantage in what is today a highly competitive evolving market.”

    To download your free copy of the Esko whitepaper, Cloud Freedom - delivering operational efficiency, data security and flexibility for print and packaging suppliers, please visit www.esko.com/en/lp/cloud-freedom/cloud-freedom






  • + High Level Screen Printing Equipment heading to Australia in 2021

    Anatol and Leapfrog Machinery are working together to bring Aussie printers some of the world’s most sophisticated..

    09 March 2021


    Anatol and Leapfrog Machinery are working together to bring Aussie printers some of the world’s most sophisticated range of screen printing machinery including the only all-electric automatic printing press. 
     
    Known throughout Australia as the place to go for Screenprinting, Leapfrog Machinery is proud to welcome the Anatol range of products into their offering.
     
    Anatol strives to provide quality equipment to screen print faster, more consistently and more efficiently.
     
    Mr. Debney from Leapfrog Machinery explains: “With leading product innovations like the all-electric Volt, to technological advancements to help us provide excellent after sales customer support, the relationship between Leapfrog and Anatol will benefit Australian Screen Printers with better equipment coming into Australia, backed by a reputable, trusted local Australian Business.”
     
    Established in 1983, Leapfrog Machinery is known to supply screen printing equipment based on customers’ needs. After identifying the gap in the Automatic screen printing market in Australia, Leapfrog Machinery have worked to secure the Australian distributorship of Anatol. This distributorship covers all screen printing equipment including both Automatic and Manual Screen Printing Press, LED UV Exposure Units, Electric and Gas Dryers along with Small Format Presses.
     
    The strength for innovation shown by Anatol can be seen throughout the product range. With a wide range of equipment configurations to suit individual business needs, Australian Screen printers can be assured that they will receive customised solutions enabling them to take their business to the next level of productivity and profitability.
     
    Leapfrog Machinery is experienced at importing and servicing screen printing machinery throughout Australia and look forward to a long and healthy relationship with Anatol.
     
    Leapfrog Machinery are the exclusive distributors for Anatol Australia wide.
     
    For information contact Leapfrog Machinery (0)2 9482 4999 www.leapfrogmachinery.com.au





  • + Three New Additions to the swissQprint Portfolio

    These three new developments will be launched via web streaming on 24 March 2021 at swissQprint's factory in Switzerland..

    09 March 2021


    These three new developments will be launched via web streaming on 24 March 2021 at swissQprint's factory in Switzerland, with an initial event followed by two repeats.

    swissQprint is presenting three new innovations: first, the speed model of the Karibu UV roll to roll printer. Second, the option for automatic double-sided printing with Karibu. And third, neon inks for UV printing – an absolute world first.

    These three new developments will be launched via web streaming on 24 March 2021 at swissQprint's factory in Switzerland, with an initial event followed by two repeats. For details and registration, visit www.swissqprint.com/en/launch. From the launch date onwards, visitors are welcome to discover these new innovations around the clock on the company's website, www.swissqprint.com. swissQprint will also be exhibiting at the virtual.drupa from 20 to 23 April 2021, when these new developments will be showcased.

    www.swissqprint.com/en/launch 





  • + News from US: Xeikon SX20000 Digital Color Press

    Xeikon America, Inc. today expanded its graphic arts and commercial product portfolio with the launch of the Xeikon SX20..

    09 March 2021


    Xeikon America, Inc. today expanded its graphic arts and commercial product portfolio with the launch of the Xeikon SX20000 digital colour press. This is the second duplex press to come to market based on Xeikon’s SIRIUS dry toner technology, and it presents an excellent value proposition for printers looking for a cost-effective machine that will give them superior image quality, perfect registration front-to-back and exceptional colour quality control. With a high level of application flexibility, this versatile press will suit print providers working in the production of high-quality books and direct mail, PoS materials, security print and general commercial print applications. The Xeikon SX20000 is available for physical and online demonstrations at Xeikon’s Global Innovation Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, and is globally commercially available now.

    “In today’s printing world, we all know it’s about delivering value which encompasses quality, performance, sustainability and competitive pricing,” said Dimitri Van Gaever, Xeikon Market Segment Director. “With the launch of the Xeikon SX20000, Xeikon is offering printers in the graphic arts and commercial print markets a press with unequalled capabilities at an attractive investment level. The Xeikon SX20000 has all the innovations of its flagship predecessor, the Xeikon SX30000, which makes it a consistent, reliable all-around performer, able to run at a printing width of 20 inches (508mm) on a broad range of substrates at 1200x3600dpi at speeds of 66 feet per minute (20m/min) or 1700 B2 sheets per hour. This single pass, duplex press is geared towards printers looking to streamline and optimise the production of high value, premium quality print with high coverage content on high quality papers. On top of that, the Xeikon SX20000 offers scalability with upgrades available in both speed and colour stations. With this new press, we are bringing to market a full rotary machine based on SIRIUS dry toner technology driven by Xeikon’s powerful X-800 workflow for full automation.”

    Xeikon envisions two big markets for digital with this new addition: book printing and direct mail

    Xeikon has noted the significant resurgence in printed book production in the last couple of years. Book sales have risen sharply due to easy availability through online channels and renewed interest in high quality books. The rise in demand is stimulating book publishers and printers to look at their business strategies, and many are now choosing quality over speed. With Xeikon’s SX20000 digital colour press, designers and printers have no limitations. Rotary printing makes it simple with perfect registration and imposition on much longer substrates, so no repeat size, fixed sheet format or frame length. This becomes a significant advantage in the finishing department. On this single pass duplex press, there are no coverage limitations, no special inks – just load the substrate reel onto the Xeikon and off it goes – no fine tuning, no magic, just a quality result!

    Xeikon’s strategy is to offer the Xeikon SX20000 as a highly versatile and flexible print production platform, perfect for specialised jobs such as quality targeted direct mail. Many direct mail companies are using high quality papers for a limited audience as well as the 5th station on the press for brand colours. To develop SIRIUS dry toner technology, Xeikon built on the four major areas of toner development, imaging technology, fusing technology and media conditioning, and every key component impacts on the overall quality result. A ground-breaking and innovative platform, SIRIUS delivers the widest application and substrate range combined with lower running costs and a compelling overall total cost of ownership (TCO) and overall OEE.

    “We believe the launch of the Xeikon SX20000 comes at the right moment in time,” added Van Gaever. “Printers looking for a roll-fed machine with maximum efficiencies, a powerful workflow for full colour control and automated imposition plus all the processes necessary to compete, need look no further. Many printers working in the graphic arts and commercial print markets are aware that they need to streamline their operation, reduce their total cost of operation (TCO), increase productivity and uptime and also review their equipment. Printers looking for new revenue streams and considering a broader range of applications may be restricted because of printing equipment limitations. Our single pass duplex press is unique, designed to maximise and deliver a market leading performance and unequalled sustainability. The Xeikon SX20000 has everything and more to guarantee business growth and become the cornerstone of any print business.”


    For more information about Xeikon, visit www.xeikon.com 





  • + Summa Tray One

    Summa nv, a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-end cutting solutions, is proud to introduce the Tray One Sheet Fe..

    09 March 2021


    Summa nv, a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-end cutting solutions, is proud to introduce the Tray One Sheet Feeder, specifically developed for the desktop models of its new S One roll cutter Series. Tray one not only benefits large volume industries but focuses equally on small volume businesses such as copy shops and retailers. Tray One represents the ideal sheet/label cutting solution specifically engaging in optimal ease-of-use in the cutting workflow.

    Automating the cutting workflow as much as possible can make a real impact on many business’ productivity, efficiency and ultimately on the company’s bottom line. The more advanced the automation, the fewer redundancies, waste of time and material. Summa is, therefore, constantly on the search to optimise automation into its entire cutting equipment gamut.

    The new Tray One Sheet Feeder is yet another step in Summa’s pursuit to enhance automation, facilitate media handling and save the S One roll cutter operator a lot of time.

    Tray One is compatible and retrofittable with S1D60, S1D75 models from the Summa S One Series.

    Christof Van Driessche, Chief Commercial Officer, Summa explains: “Evolving with industry trends and developing our machines tailored to customer needs are two key Summa drivers. The demand for an efficient sheet and label processing add-on for our desktop roll cutters was quickly picked up and led to the development of this ultra easy-to-use Tray One Sheet Feeder – tailored perfectly to the desktop S One roll cutters. We are convinced Tray One will uplevel many business’ workflow in the digital press, retail, copier and screen printing industries.”

    Advantages of the Tray One sheet feeder are multifold, ranging from the possibility to process a wider range of material types, straightforward workflow built-up via plug-ins, easy cutting of vectorial PDF files, compatibility with different print technologies, support of common copier sizes, and so on. By using Tray One, workflows will be facilitated considerably, from copy to cut.

    Furthermore, perfectly integrated in-house Summa GoSign software – available on all Summa roll cutters, S One included - ensures automatic contour cutting of printed sheets thanks to advanced OPOS registration. The many intelligent features of the GoSign software guarantee the cutting workflow to be managed flawlessly and with great flexibility. Tray One combined with the reliable Summa desktop vinyl cutters controlled by the GoSign software is the perfect match to obtain accurate, easy-to-use label and sheet cutting solutions for many years to come.

    Side note: SummaCut D60 models in the field can also be retrofitted with the sheet feeder, Tray SummaCut.





  • + Registrations Open for ‘Most Important PacPrint Ever’

    Registrations have opened online for PacPrint 2021, with organisers saying the event could well be the ‘most impor..

    09 March 2021


    Registrations have opened online for PacPrint 2021, with organisers saying the event could well be the ‘most important PacPrint ever held’, as the first industry expo – perhaps anywhere in the world – for almost two years.

    PacPrint, together with its co-located shows, the Visual Impact sign, display and wide-format show, and the self-explanatory Label & Packaging Expo, typically attracts more than 8,000 visitors from Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding region and, with Australia in an enviable position globally in relation to the pandemic, this year’s event is expected to be more strongly subscribed than ever.

    Peter Harper, CEO of Visual Connections, which organises the event and also co-hosts it with the Print & Visual Communications Association (PVCA) says indications from fellow event organisers and the Exhibitions & Events Association of Australia are that not only are markets ready to return to ‘in-person’ events, but are keener than ever.

    “For example, we heard this week from colleagues in Queensland that the events they have held late last year and in early 2021 have not only exceeded expectations but, in some instances, have broken attendance records for the shows in question,” he reports. “Not only that, but record business has been transacted at many of these shows, reinforcing the value of the physical B2B environment of an industry expo.”

    Visual Connections’ own research backs the contention that the market is ready to gather at trade shows, with some 70% of respondents to a recent survey indicating that they would ‘definitely’ attend the Melbourne show. Another 18% said they were considering it, with only 12% saying they had no plans to attend at present.

    “We are in a great position in Australia to plan for a return to exhibitions and events,” Harper points out. “With seven months still to run until doors open at the MCEC, we are extremely confident that PacPrint will not only proceed, but potentially be one of the biggest and most important shows we’ve ever held.

    “Now, with plans progressing well for the show, it’s time for business owners and key decision makers to clear their diaries, start to make plans, and of course register to attend the show.”

    PacPrint 2021 will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 28 September to 1 October, 2021. Click here to register or find out more at www.pacprint.com.au. To join more than 50 companies already exhibiting at the show, contact the events team on +61 2 9868 1577 or exhibitons@visualconnections.org.au





  • + Caldera Announces Drivers for New HP Latex 700 and 800

    French print software developer Caldera has added drivers for the new HP Latex 700 and 800 printers to its award-winning..

    09 March 2021


    French print software developer Caldera has added drivers for the new HP Latex 700 and 800 printers to its award-winning RIP program. CalderaRIP Version 14 can now be used to operate all four of the new HP Latex models, enabling HP users to get the most out of the new technology with drivers they already know and trust. The certification of the new drivers will ensure that Caldera continues to offer continuity and serve customers’ needs in the fast-moving digital print market. Furthermore, as the only RIP solution designed specifically for macOS, it’s ideal for the creative and design communities.

    By giving users complete control over the production process from design to finishing, CalderaRIP offers a fully scalable solution that can encompass all the demands of high-volume digital printing environments via one fully-integrated RIP program. The software’s unique client-server architecture allows the distribution of computational power over several workstations with just one software license. As well as driving multiple printers, the RIP can be used to operate numerous Print & Cut peripherals at the same time, optimising productivity across customers’ entire print operation. Reduced media wastage, outstanding colour management, repetition and nesting programs and efficient ink usage are just some of the advanced features that have made CalderaRIP a market leader – and one of the few RIP solutions recommended and certified for use with HP printers.

    The new additions to the HP Latex range offer a combination of consistent, high-quality printing on a wide range of substrates with fast turnaround times. With speeds of up to 334 square feet per hour for the Latex 700 and up to 388 square feet per hour for the Latex 800, these printers are also extraordinarily versatile – applications include textile, banners, signage, vehicle wraps, home décor, packaging, transparent vinyl, window and backlit printing. The Latex 700W and 800W have additionally been optimised for white ink, expanding the range of these printers even further. Used in combination with CalderaRIP Version 14 they deliver excellent productivity gains, and promise a fast return on investment.

    According to Samin Sarkar, General Manager, Caldera, ‘Once again, Caldera has proved itself a market leader by placing the needs of our customers at the centre of our activities. Our continuing partnership with HP enables us to outpace expectations by extending our offering in line with the latest market developments, delivering consistently high-quality results.’

    www.caldera.com





  • + News from OS: Agfa introduces fastest Jeti Tauro inkjet printer to date

    The Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED is Agfa’s new flagship, targeted to the high end of the sign & display market. ..

    09 March 2021


    The Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED is Agfa’s new flagship, targeted to the high end of the sign & display market.

    This UV LED inkjet engine prints media up to 3.3 m wide in four or six colours at a speed up to 600 m²/h. Like its siblings, it combines industry-leading print quality with all-round versatility, extreme productivity and cutting-edge automation, yet it is even sturdier and up to 30% faster. And just like the other members of the award-winning Jeti Tauro H3300 family, it is a true hybrid that can handle boards and sheets as well as flexible materials – in different configurations.

    Built for 24/7 performance

    Every component of the new Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED (UHS for ‘ultra-high speed’) is geared towards sustaining highly productive, reliable print operations with low maintenance requirements and high uptime. Examples include the high-speed autoloader for fast media processing and the large ink tanks for greater autonomy.

    Thanks to the extended vacuum zones and media guides, it is also well-suited for corrugated cardboard packaging printing, thus enabling sign & display printers to expand their offering and cover all deliverables for their customers’ marketing campaigns.

    The master roll-to-roll configuration can handle both single- and dual-roll printing, and features an optional camera for accurate double-sided printing of block-out media.

    Sustainable inks with the lowest consumption


    The Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED uses Agfa’s GREENGUARD Gold certified Anuvia UV LED inks, characterised by a wide colour gamut and high colour vibrancy. Ink consumption is the lowest on the market thanks to Agfa’s patented ‘Thin Ink Layer’ technology – which relies on the exceptional colour strength of the pigments in Agfa’s inks, the smart algorithms in the Asanti software, and perfectly matched printer components. White ink and primer are optional.

    Powered by Asanti workflow software


    The Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED is powered by Agfa’s Asanti workflow software, which controls and automates the entire printing process from prepress to finishing, while guaranteeing colour consistency and optimising ink consumption. The smart Asanti Production Dashboard displays ink and media consumption and printing time for each job and printer. Calibrated Print Modes (CPMs) are personalised production templates that control all parameters for a particular substrate and enable automatic job creation.

    More about the Jeti Tauro H3300 range

    Agfa introduced the first Jeti Tauro H3300 in the spring of 2018. These high-end hybrid large-format inkjet engines have since helped print service providers around the world to make their business more efficient and to acquire new business. The Jeti Tauro H3300 range now includes:

    • the original Jeti Tauro H3300 LED model, which is available in a 4- and 6-colour version, with the previous dedicated to speed and the latter to top-quality.
    • the ‘entry-model’ Jeti Tauro H3300 S, which was introduced in the Fall of 2020 and provides an attractive growth path for print service providers. It enables them to expand their possibilities as it can be upgraded to the speed of the original model.
    • the new Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED top-model.
    All Jeti Tauro H3300 LED printers can be used in different configurations for boards, sheet and roll-to-roll printing.





  • + Jet Technologies Digital Hosting Innovations Session

    Jet Technologies is delighted to host a Digital Innovations session at our Sydney demonstration centre on the 19th of Ma..

    02 March 2021


    Jet Technologies is delighted to host a Digital Innovations session at our Sydney demonstration centre on the 19th of March.

    The event will run between 11:30am and 2:30pm, with lunch & refreshments in the usual Jet style.

    This marks the first possible chance to host the event since our worlds were turned upside down by COVID19.

    At the centre of the event will be the brand-new L350UV SAI.



    With productivity improvements of between 20-67% on the previous model, the SAI will absolutely chew through the most complex print jobs.

    Additional colours ensure the highest colour gamut is achieved and a major software redesign makes this a dream for operators to run. 

    Numbers are strictly limited, reserve your place today!






  • + Epson supports 360° Photo Awards International Photography Competition

    Epson Australia is supporting the inaugural 360° Photo Awards, an exciting new photography competition organised by ..

    02 March 2021


    Epson Australia is supporting the inaugural 360° Photo Awards, an exciting new photography competition organised by international multi award-winning photographer and AIPP Master of Photography Ignacio Palacios, by supplying an A2+ SureColor P906 desktop photo printer as one of the headline prizes. The 360° Photo Awards is aimed to attract amateur and professional photographers alike, in Australia and internationally.

    Epson launched a real breakthrough in professional printing technology with the introduction of the A2+ SureColor P906 desktop photo printer which draws from over 20 years of experience to incorporate the same large format printing technology used by the world’s leading photographers into a sleek, compact design, allowing for the creation of exhibition quality prints from the convenience of the desktop.

    The new SureColor P906 is the smallest professional A2+ printer in its class, with a 30 percent size reduction from Epson’s previous generation printers and are designed for use in photography, graphic design, fine art, and illustration businesses.
     
    UltraChrome® PRO10 pigment ink, combined with Epson's innovative MicroPiezo® print head, enables the SureColor P906 to produce gallery-quality black & white output, plus improved vivid colour prints with breathtaking blues and violets thanks to the new Violet ink that is now on board.
     
    The SureColor P906 is one of  three major prizes that will be featured in the competition for the overall winning entries submitted. The nine individual category winners will share in the remaining prize pool, with the top 3 place-getters also receiving certificates.
     
    The 360° Photo Awards competition will launch on 1 March 2021 offering early bird pricing with an entry of US$12 for both single and portfolio entries. Entries will close on 31 October and the winners will be announced in December. Every entrant will receive a downloadable eBook “How to Win Photography Competitions” by Ignacio Palacios.
     
    Images submitted for the awards will be judged by some of the most recognised Australian and international photographers including Ken Duncan, Marsel Van Oosten, Hans Strand, Richard I’Anson, Mieke Boynton, Adam Williams, Ricardo da Cunha, Douwe Dijkstra, Luke Austin and Ignacio Palacios.
     
    For more on the 360° Photo Awards go to: www.360photoawards.com





  • + Fastest ever imagePROGRAF printer boosts large format print in the production CAD market

    Canon Australia unleashes eight new large format print models with the introduction of the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Ser..

    02 March 2021


    Canon Australia unleashes eight new large format print models with the introduction of the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series, and a refreshed imagePROGRAF TX Series.

    Canon Australia today unveils a fresh line-up of 5-Colour Multifunction (MFP) and Single-function (SFP) large format printers, complete with a diverse range of solutions and newly-developed scanner accessories to meet the needs of high-production to entry-level businesses in the CAD and GIS markets[1].

    Sitting at the helm of Canon’s MFP line-up is the new 36-inch model imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series – a new category of production printer for Canon, comprising new technologies for high productivity, high-image quality prints, paired with the fastest print speeds of any imagePROGRAF to date. Optimised to be the ideal choice for customers in architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing, as well as professional print service providers and copy shops; the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series can be further enhanced with the optional addition of the newly developed Global Scanning Z36 scanner. Compared to its predecessors[2], the 36-inch wide Z36 scanner is reduced in size and weight for a more integrated feel and enhanced operability for end users.

    Taking CAD, GIS and poster printing to a new level of productivity, Canon Australia today also updates its successful imagePROGRAF TX Series of large format printers with six new models: the 24-inch imagePROGRAF TX-2100, 36-inch imagePROGRAF TX-3100 and 44-inch imagePROGRAF TX-4100, plus the multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-2100 MFP Z24, imagePROGRAF TX-3100 MFP Z36 and imagePROGRAF TX-4100 MFP Z36 – which are complete with the integration of the Global Scanning Z24 and Z36 scanners respectively. These new high-speed, high-capacity, multipurpose devices deliver unrivalled print quality, enhanced media handling and advanced security while maintaining a familiar ‘Canon workflow’ – ideal for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) businesses, retail stores and in-house print departments.



    Introducing a new category of speed, productivity and image quality: Canon imagePROGRAF TZ Series

    For fast-paced businesses working to tight deadlines, the new Canon imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series combines high speed output with a stack of features to support continuous productivity and efficiency. With excellent media handling and the scope to produce high-quality applications including CAD/GIS drawings, renderings, maps and posters, this robust printer is the ideal choice for customers in architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing, as well as professional print service providers and copy shops. For an even more efficient workflow, the multifunctional imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 integrates the printer with a precision scanner in one device.  

    Printing at speeds of up to four A1 CAD pages per minute[3], the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 is the fastest in the imagePROGRAF Series. With 700ml high-capacity ink tanks and dual roll feeding, the printer maximises output and minimises downtime, comfortably handling production volumes between 300 and 500 square metres a month, supported by Direct Print Plus workflow management software and a high-capacity stacker holding up to 100 A0 sheets.  

    Designed for maximum productivity, the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 comes with ‘hot swap’ media rolls and inks, making it the first Canon imagePROGRAF printer to enable users to replenish media and ink on the fly during printing. The smart roll set takes the guesswork out of media loading: the user simply places the roll into the feeder and the printer does the rest. From the moment the print button is clicked, the first A1 CAD print can be in the user’s hands within up to 19 seconds[4].

    The CPP printer driver and CPP Publisher Select job submission tools help to achieve efficient printing with reduced misprints by monitoring the media width and the remaining amount of media before printing.

    The imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 uses Canon’s superior LUCIA TD ink technology, enabling high-quality output from CAD drawings to maps and posters, on a wide range of coated and uncoated media. Fine black lines and text can be reproduced clearly and with minimal feathering, even on uncoated media. Furthermore, due to the weather resistance of the inks, vivid colours are prevented from fading, even when using plain inkjet paper.

    Space-saving, ergonomic console design means that operations such as ink tank and media roll changes happen at the front of imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series models, while completed prints are removed from the top of the device.

    The MFP Z36 model packs even greater functionality into a smaller footprint, thanks to the integration of a high-quality multi-function scanner with dual LED light source system. This MFP model is easy to install and particularly suited to smaller office spaces. It comes with a large free-position touchscreen with easy-to-use preview functions and rich image editing capability. 

    For optimum security, all file data can be erased from the hard disk once each print job is completed, and optional PIN code and interface security can be used to prevent unauthorised access. 

    Pricing for the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 and imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from June 2021.  Product demonstrations will be available on request from June via Canon Australia. For more information, please click through to the product pages for the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 and imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36. 



    A new level of productivity, precision print, and vibrant colour: Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series

    Whether printing vibrant, high-quality posters or multiple copies of high-definition CAD drawings, the new imagePROGRAF TX Series delivers borderless prints at the push of a button, either from a PC or direct from a USB stick. Quick start-up time and rapid processing eliminates delays, and with continuous high-speed printing at up to 3.2 pages per minute and no trimming required, productivity is assured. 

    Designed for absolute ease of use, when the roll of media is placed in the imagePROGRAF TX Series feeder, the printer automatically detects the media type and width, while the intuitive control panel with its 4.3-inch touchscreen gives accurate media information at a glance.

    For high-volume jobs, a dual roll option supported by ‘hot swap’, high-capacity ink tanks enable up to 350 metres of uninterrupted printing from two rolls of the same media, or if needed, will switch between two rolls of different media types. The optional high-capacity, front-located stacker can hold up to 100 A0 prints and can be easily folded away when not in use to save space.

    Maintaining its reputation for unrivalled print quality, the new imagePROGRAF TX Series combines Canon print heads and five-colour, full pigment LUCIA TD inks to deliver fine lines, pin-point text and vibrant colours even on plain paper – ideal for high-precision CAD drawings and posters. For prints that will be used outside, the inks offer excellent weather resistance and can be used with Canon’s water-resistant media.

    For fast, efficient scanning and printing, the multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-3100 MFP Z36, and imagePROGRAF TX-4100 MFP Z36 models incorporate a newly developed, lightweight Z36 scanner that uses SingleSensor™ technology. This innovation saves time and performs an accurate, even scan across the full width, without the need for stitching or calibration.

    According to Ted Matsumoto, General Manager – B2B Product Marketing, Canon Australia: “In developing our newest range of large format printers, we set out to address a number of industry needs, from users of low-end LED plotters to low-yield, high-quality production businesses. With the introduction of the imagePROGRAF TZ Series, we’ve brought forth a robust production solution that balances productivity and efficiency while significantly reducing large format print and finishing times to help customers deliver on the tightest deadlines. I’m certain that this latest addition to the imagePROGRAF family raises the bar for customers and will match the growing demands of any business needing streamlined and hassle-free large format print production.

    “Furthermore, the initial imagePROGRAF TX Series released in 2018 has proved to be hugely popular with customers to date. Now, with growing demand for fast and flexible delivery of prints on demand, this newly improved line-up is optimised to customers’ changing needs, with outstanding productivity features that enable faster and more efficient printing of posters and CAD/GIS drawings. From the imagePROGRAF TZ Series to the imagePROGRAF TX Series, I’m confident that our new large format printer line-up offers a model to meet the everyday large format print needs of any business.”

    Pricing for the new imagePROGRAF TX Series models will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from February 2021. Product demonstrations will be available on request from February via Canon Australia. For more information, please click through to the product pages for the:
    ·       24-inch imagePROGRAF TX-2100
    ·       36-inch imagePROGRAF TX-3100
    ·       44-inch imagePROGRAF TX-4100
    ·       Multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-2100 MFP Z24
    ·       Multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-3100 MFP Z36
    ·       Multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-4100 MFP Z36





  • + Meteor adds support for Epson I3200 PrecisionCore printheads

    Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of electronics, software, tools and services for industrial inkjet, further expands ..

    02 March 2021


    Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of electronics, software, tools and services for industrial inkjet, further expands its product portfolio with the introduction of a set of products for Epson’s I3200 range of PrecisionCore printheads.  These products join Meteor’s previously launched solutions for Epson S3200, S1600 and S800 printheads. 

    Epson PrecisionCore printheads embody technology that enables outstanding image quality, productivity, durability and printhead scalability.  With a compact form factor accommodating four separate colours at 600dpi, the I3200 is easy to carriage-mount, making it ideal for low-cost, multi-pass printers such as those used in direct-to-garment textile printing.  The head is also attractive in single-pass applications requiring ultra-low cost without sacrificing print resolution, including on-demand, colour book printing and direct-to-shape product personalisation.  Compatible with water-based, UV or eco-solvent inks, the heads can also be used in any number of functional inkjet applications.

    Meteor’s new PDS-3EI3200Z Print Driver Stack (PDS) for the I3200 is designed with space and cost efficiency at its heart.  Supporting three printheads per PDS, the electronics are easily scalable to systems of any size and, coupled with Meteor’s comprehensive software, OEMs can significantly reduce the effort and risk associated with the design and delivery of superior industrial inkjet printers.  Moreover, Meteor’s DropWatching Systems and printhead waveform development services are essential tools to accelerate time to market for new inkjet applications.

    Jonathan Wilson, Meteor’s sales director, comments, “Through successful cooperation with Epson, Meteor is proud to present a solution which allows our mutual customers to take advantage of all the I3200 has to offer.  Meteor’s electronics and software provide the fastest and easiest way for OEMs to unlock the potential of these printheads.”

    Paddy O’Hara, business development manager, Epson Europe adds, “At Epson we work with market leading partners to provide the printhead driver solutions that our OEM customers demand. With the introduction of Meteor’s system for driving the I3200 series of printheads, our customers will have access to extremely versatile hardware and software, allowing them to develop printers for a wide range of applications.”





  • + Clem Johnson Awarded FESPA Australia highest honour

    The FESPA Australia board announces today that past-president Clem Johnson has been awarded the Associations highest hon..

    02 March 2021


    The FESPA Australia board announces today that past-president Clem Johnson has been awarded the Associations highest honour; the Association's life membership.
     
    Clem's involvement with FESPA Australia began in 1998 as Treasurer of the Queensland branch of SGIAA (now FESPA Australia). In 2005 he was elected Federal President of SGIAA, which he served in for 11 years.
     
    “Clem took on his presidency during a challenging time for the Association,” says Nigel Davies, President FESPA Australia. “Digital technologies were changing our traditional membership profile, and Clem championed our drive to join the global community to capitalise on opportunities this trend would bring. His efforts lead to SGIAA being granted FESPA Associate Membership and ultimately Full Membership of the FESPA federation. Clem was passionate about training and served tirelessly on initiatives such as the Future Print Pilot Project, steering committees on apprenticeship training and the Glen Crerar Training Trust.”
     
    Clem's professional career started with C&S Designs in Brisbane in the late '70s, where he gained a Cert 3 in Printing & Graphic Arts. In 1989, he established his own business, Reid Print Technologies, to design, develop, and manufacture a range of innovative functional printed products for industrial and commercial applications. Today, Reid Print Technologies is a leading manufacturer in this highly specialised field.
     
    "I have been fortunate through my time with FESPA Australia to meet many wonderful industry people, both locally and overseas.", says Clem. "Hearing their stories, sharing in their passion for the industry and simply catching up is priceless".
     
    Nigel Davies says “it is a privilege to have worked with Clem during his time as President, and FESPA Australia is stronger today for the foundations that he and his board put in place. I have the highest regard for Clem personally and professionally, and I am honoured that we can celebrate his contribution in this manner.”

    SGIAA & industry involvement
    ● 1998-2002 SGIAA Treasurer (QLD)
    ● 2002-2004 SGIAA President (QLD)
    ● 2003 Member of the Qld Graphics Communications Training Board
    ● 2003-2008 Member of the Queensland PICA Awards Judging Panel
    ● 2004-2005 Member of the Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts (QSPGA) Advisory Board
    ● 2005-2016 SGIAA Federal President
    ● 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013 – Organiser of SGIAA Screen & Digital Awards & Gala Event
    ● Trustee of the Glen Crerar Training Trust
    ● 2005-2015 Represented SGIAA at FESPA General Assemblies
    ● 2006 Convened the first Australian ASGA Meeting during Coolum Conference
    ● 2006 Hyatt Coolum Conference
    ● 2008 Member of the Creative Skills Council – Printing Industry Sub Committee
    ● 2008 Researched and published the Souvenir 50th Anniversary of SGIAA Booklet. The booklet has been lodged with the Australian National Library & The State Library of NSW.
    ● 2014-2015 Represented SGIAA to develop the Future Print Pilot Project, a National project investigating and implementing innovative ways of enhancing the competency-based training system. Working closely with the Future Print Advisors in identifying a stream of training options to better meet the needs of SGIAA members and the wider print communities.






  • + NUtec’s UV curable ink range grows with latest Quartz Q50-RTR2 addition

    Digital ink manufacturer, NUtec reports a growing UV curable ink portfolio with the addition of its latest Quartz Q50-RT..

    02 March 2021


    Digital ink manufacturer, NUtec reports a growing UV curable ink portfolio with the addition of its latest Quartz Q50-RTR2 offering.

    The Quartz Q50-RTR2 is a low odour, roll-to-roll ink developed for curing with conventional mercury vapour and LED UV lamps. The formulation is suitable for a high-speed printing environment and features a high-density colour gamut for bright, vivid images.

    This latest offering from NUtec Digital Ink is designed for compatibility across a broad range of print head types from Fujifilm® Dimatix®, Konica Minolta®, Xaar®, ToshibaTec®, Ricoh® and Seiko® and is packaged in convenient 5 litre bottles.

    The Quartz Q50-RTR2 is a cost-effective, roll-to-roll UV-curable ink designed for a large number of self-adhesive and flexible media applications.

    “As with all our UV-curable inks, the Quartz Q50-RTR2 is NVC-free and complies to the latest regulatory standards while offering a cost-effective solution for customers looking for a roll-to-roll ink for their high-speed UV printers,” says Neil Green, Sales and Marketing Director, NUtec Digital Ink.

    Provided the inks are used in regular applications using suitable substrates, the printed images will last up to 2 years. Like all NUtec products, the Quartz Q50-RTR2 ink is backed by NUtec Digital's Ink Delivery System (IDS) Warranty.






  • + News from US: Xeikon Adds Two New Entry-Level Presses

    Xeikon announces the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 Xeikon Ameri..

    02 March 2021


    Xeikon announces the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50

    Xeikon America, Inc. today announced the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50. Building on its sixth generation platform and based on CHEETAH 2.0 technology with new generation interfaces and cloud connection, these new presses are designed to offer maximum overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 fit perfectly into the Xeikon portfolio between the Xeikon 3030 REX and Xeikon 3050 REX entry-level presses and the higher-end Xeikon CX300 and Xeikon CX500. Xeikon has designed and developed the two new presses to suit any label printer operating on ‘middle capacity’, that is: 20,000-40,000 m2 or 30,000-55,000 MSI in all end-use segments. The press excels particularly in the pharmaceutical, food, and wine & spirit label sectors. The new machines are available for online demonstrations from Xeikon’s Global Innovation Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, and commercially available worldwide in the first quarter of this year.

    “Part of the Xeikon strategy going forward is to make sure every label printer and converter has the maximum choice to purchase a Xeikon press that can help them drive business growth,” said Filip Weymans, Vice President, Marketing at Xeikon. “A successful and cost-effective investment in a digital production solution works best when it is based on expected, realistic print volumes. Xeikon’s CHEETAH 2.0 series offers competitive running costs, and printers have the opportunity to successfully expand the capabilities of their press (by upgrading either in speed or width, or both). The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are appropriate choices for printers and converters looking at digital for the first time with future plans to expand and grow their operation – also for online label printers who are seeing their business explode.”

    Both the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are ‘middle capacity’ presses that can be upgraded on site: 

    For higher speeds, both the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 can be upgraded from 20mpm (65ft/min) to 30mpm (98ft/min) with the Xeikon CX300 or Xeikon CX500. For greater width, the Xeikon CX30 (330mm or 13”) can be upgraded to the Xeikon CX50 (520mm or 20.47”) or the Xeikon CX500 

    CHEETAH 2.0 technology is based on Xeikon’s scalable press architecture that includes five print stations and a full rotary process with a variable repeat length. Each station utilises Xeikon’s dry toner process and a variety of print widths up to 512mm (20.3”) using an LED imaging head operating at 1200x3600 dpi and delivering offset/gravure image quality. The two new presses use Xeikon’s QB dry toner based on CHEETAH 2.0 technology, which excels in the digital print landscape by offering superior colour consistency across the web and ensuring the highest volume of output with reduced waste. The toner is available in CMYK, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, extra Magenta (gamut extension colours), Super Black, plus technical colours such as One-pass opaque white, UV and reflective clear as well as colours produced at the customer’s request. The QB toner achieves top quality results on a broad range of standard flexo substrates. The pigments used in the QB toner are of the highest grade and FDA-certified as food safe, and also offer the highest levels of ‘light fastness’ in the market. The labels shine not only after printing but for long afterwards.

    The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are both driven by Xeikon’s powerful and intelligent X-800 digital front end for ultimate efficiency and full automation. Xeikon’s Digital Front End (DFE) workflow is a true differentiator and enabler and can be integrated with common ERP and MIS systems. Accuracy of colour reproduction over time and between presses is guaranteed by an integrated on-press inline spectrometer. Xeikon’s X-800 workflow holds variable data capabilities unseen in the current market, allowing the label printer and converter to explore a variety of high value applications with a basic press investment.

    “With Xeikon’s long standing expertise, we have developed the deeper understanding that can help label printers and converters with all aspects of running a successful digital business, from choice of equipment (10 label presses) and choice of technology (Dry toner and UV inkjet) to workflow integration and expert colour management services,” said Weymans. “We are recognized as a go-to trusted advisor and solutions provider. Xeikon wants to help label printers and converters transform their label manufacturing into digital label manufacturing – not just digitising the printing aspect but also the other aspects of the manufacturing processes inspired by digital printing. With the introduction of the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50, we continue to build and structure our comprehensive portfolio so that our customers can find everything they need with Xeikon.”

    For advice, please go to our online service (https://transform.xeikon.com/). For more information on the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 and to book a demonstration, please contact info.americas@xeikon.com. For other products and solutions from Xeikon, visit www.xeikon.com





  • + Kwik Kopy Shellharbour Opens

    Born and bred local, Suzan Lindsey, has opened a new Kwik Kopy franchise at Shellharbour. The centre will provide design..

    02 March 2021


    Born and bred local, Suzan Lindsey, has opened a new Kwik Kopy franchise at Shellharbour. The centre will provide design and printing services for local businesses including graphic design, branding, stationery, poster printing, signage and large format printing, and catalogue printing. 

    Between them, Suzan and her husband Paul have been in the printing industry for 40 years. They own award-winning franchise Kwik Kopy Five Dock in Sydney which was awarded Franchise of the Year in 2019 and also co-own Kwik Kopy Coburg in Melbourne.

    While Paul commutes to Sydney every day to run Kwik Kopy Five Dock, Suzan saw an opportunity to open a Kwik Kopy centre close to home. When she saw that the Shellharbour territory was available she jumped at the chance to grab it. Suzan will run Kwik Kopy Shellharbour with her son Daymein working with her on the production side. 

    One thing that sets Kwik Kopy Shellharbour apart is the centre’s sophisticated digital printing press, the only one of its kind in the Illawarra. The press is unique as it can print metallic and fluro colours, creating a vibrancy that’s unrivalled. Another thing that makes the centre unique is it’s proven track record in customer service. 

    “Our job is to make life really easy for our customers. That means fast turnaround times on print jobs and quotes, as well as guidance along the way on how to prepare artwork and how to get the best results. Our goal is to ensure our customers always have a great experience with us,” said Suzan. 



    According to Suzan, her choice to open a Kwik Kopy centre in her hometown is a testament to the strength of the Kwik Kopy franchise network. 

    “Kwik Kopy’s support is next level. It’s really like a family because they look after you. I know we are in great hands. Combine that with Kwik Kopy’s fantastic brand and I couldn’t find a reason not to do it!”

    Kwik Kopy Shellharbour is located at: 

    Kwik Kopy Shellharbour
    Unit 1, 21 Durgadin Drive
    Albion Park Rail , NSW 2527
    Phone: (02) 4221 9630
    Email: print@shellharbour.kwikkopy.com.au
    Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday





  • + Canon supports the accelerating demands of hybrid working with the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series

    Canon Australia today announces the latest addition to its best-selling imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX portfolio, the C5800 Seri..

    23 February 2021


    Canon Australia today announces the latest addition to its best-selling imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX portfolio, the C5800 Series - a true hub for digital transformation in effortlessly bridging physical and digital workflows to empower hybrid workforces. Comprising four models capable of producing high yield colour printing at various print speeds – including hero model, imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5870i at 70 pages per minute (PPM); imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5860i at 60 PPM; imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5850i at 50 PPM; and, imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5840i at 40 PPM[1] – Canon’s new C5800 Series is designed to boost the productivity, serviceability and security of medium to large-sized enterprises.

    With accelerating societal changes and the emergence of remote and decentralised working, this fundamental shift in behaviour has impacted the role of the office and ultimately what is needed from office technology. To support business continuity, drive digital transformation and facilitate unrivalled user experience between the office and remote working locations – thanks to the seamless integration of uniFLOW Online – the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series has been developed to support businesses thrive in today’s hybrid working reality.

    Empowering productivity

    The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series excels in streamlining document workflows by combining super-fast colour print speeds, ranging from 40 PPM up to 70 PPM, and enhanced connectivity with the latest scan technology, making it ideal for medium to large enterprises that require high volume, productive output. Designed to enable consistently secure, productive and effective working as part of technology ecosystem that is location-agnostic, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series truly empowers productivity.

    Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series combines the reliability and durability of its predecessors[2] in one flagship model – imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5870i – through offering enhanced serviceability with long life parts and easier replacement capabilities. For maximum uptime and drive efficiency, each model in the C5800 Series features quick sleep recovery, powering on in just six seconds and quick starting in four. Anti-streak, multi-feed detection and blank page removal, further reduces processing time and improves the scan performance. To save valuable time getting documents ready for use, the series delivers a broad range of embedded finishing options.

    Supporting digital transformation

    Digitisation is crucial to making sure teams can connect and collaborate, especially in today’s hybrid working reality. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series is the latest in Canon’s portfolio which is pivotal to customers embarking on their digital transformation journey. As a hub where print transforms into digital, Canon’s C5800 Series allows businesses to connect employees with workplace apps and plug documents straight into their workflows through one single platform.

    With in-built connectivity – integrating with cloud-storage destinations like Dropbox and OneDrive[3] - documents can be accessed, edited and shared by colleagues working anywhere. uniFLOW Online, Canon’s cloud-based software[4] provides a single platform to connect all working locations, through which companies can centrally manage their fleet, no matter where devices are located. It offers simple cost tracking, secure scanning, and robust device security. Users with the uniFLOW Online upgrade have advanced functionalities such as Filing Assist[5], allowing information to be extracted from paper documents and inputted directly and accurately into workflow software.  

    “The last 12 months has seen immense shifts in working patterns, as well as business and technology requirements,” says Ted Matsumoto, General Manager - B2B Product Marketing, Canon Australia. “Hybrid ways of working have developed and accelerated during this time and Canon is proud to have continued evolving our technology and broadening our portfolio to support our customer’s document workflow requirements wherever they work from. From connecting distributed workforces and enabling digital transformation with the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 series, to offering flexible and highly connected multifunction laser and inkjet solutions for individuals and SMBs operating at home or remotely; Canon is confident that we’re helping our customers maintain business continuity and adapt to the demands of today’s hybrid working.”

    Key Features - imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series
    ·         Print speeds from 40 PPM up to 70 PPM A4 (single sided) depending on the model in the range
    ·         Scan up to 270 ipm A4 (300 dpi duplex)
    ·         uniFLOW Online Express as standard
    ·         10.1-inch fully digital colour touch panel
    ·         Improved media handling supports smaller paper type formats, including A5
    ·         Scan, search and store with OneDrive, SharePoint, Concur, and Dropbox
    ·         360° security with McAfee Embedded Control software
    ·         TPM 2.0 providing stronger encryption technology
    ·         Quiet ADF operation
    ·         Consumes 15% less energy than predecessor imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5700 Series[6]
    ·         Staple-free (Eco) stapling up to 10 sheets[7]

    For more information on the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series, please visit: https://www.canon.com.au/multifunction-devices/imagerunner-advance-dx-c5800i-series  
     
    Pricing for the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from late February. Product demonstrations will be available on request from late February via Canon Australia.






  • + Coca-Cola announces European trial for paper bottle prototype

    Coca-Cola is set to launch a European trial for its recently announced first-ever paper bottle prototype. The solut..

    23 February 2021


    Coca-Cola is set to launch a European trial for its recently announced first-ever paper bottle prototype.

    The solution has been developed through a partnership between scientists at the Coca-Cola Research and Development Laboratories in Brussels and The Paper Bottle Company (Paboco).

    The technology developed by Paboco is designed to create recyclable bottles made of sustainably-sourced wood that are capable of resisting liquids, CO2, and oxygen, and are suitable for liquid goods such as carbonated and still drinks, beauty products, and more. 

    The current prototype consists of a paper shell with a recyclable plastic lining and cap made from 100% recycled PET. However, the company’s ultimate goal is to produce a bottle that can be recycled as paper.

    “The trial we are announcing today is a milestone for us in our quest to develop a paper bottle”, said Daniela Zahariea, director of technical supply chain and innovation for Coca-Cola Europe.

    “People expect Coca-Cola to develop and bring to market new, innovative and sustainable types of packaging. That’s why we are partnering with experts like Paboco, experimenting openly and conducting this first in-market trial. It’s part of delivering on our World Without Waste commitments.”

    The trial is scheduled to take place in the second quarter of this year and will involve the company’s plant-based AdeZ drink being offered to 2,000 consumers in Hungary, through a partnership with Kifli.hu - one of Hungary’s fastest growing online grocery retailers.

    Stijn Franssen, R&D packaging innovation manager, adds: “This trial will provide us with invaluable insight and feedback. We will get to see how the paper bottle prototype performs as packaging and what consumers think and feel about it. 

    “This is an exciting step forward for us, as it means we’re out of the lab and into the real world. So for the first time, consumers will actually be drinking one of our products from a potentially new type of paper packaging.”

    This move marks a further step in fulfilling The Coca-Cola Company’s global vision of achieving a “World Without Waste”, in which the company has pledged to ensure all of its packaging is collected, recycled, or re-used by 2030.





  • + A winning routing/cutting combination from AAG

    The AXYZ Infinite has been described by AAG as the most versatile and configurable routing/cutting solution currently av..

    23 February 2021


    The AXYZ Infinite has been described by AAG as the most versatile and configurable routing/cutting solution currently available. Key design features include the now familiar solid steel frame construction to withstand the most vigorous machine operation likely to be encountered and an aluminium t-slot vacuum material hold-down bed. These have been supplemented with a new carriage design that enables easier access for routine maintenance and servicing and the installation of machine upgrades, an ultra-efficient dust extraction unit for enhanced machine performance and a new misting system for more efficient machine cooling and lubrication during the routing/cutting process.

    Infinite can be configured with a choice of single, dual or triple routing/cutting heads to accommodate different applications. It is available in a choice of models and incorporates an expandable processing bed area of up to 3,251mm in width by an impressive 15.24m in length to accommodate any material processing requirement.

    The recently launched smaller-format AXYZ Innovator provides many of the attributes of much larger machines in its class and is ideal for installation in workshops where available space might be at a premium. It incorporates the same robust solid steel construction as Infinite and is available in two standard sizes (1.2 x 1.2m and 1.5 x 2.4m), with a gantry clearance of 152mm. Innovator features, as standard, the latest AXYZ rack and pinion drive system with integrated servomotors and A2MC machine control system for faster and smoother machine operation. Significantly, for the first time on any small-format machine, Innovator has an optional three-station ATC (Automatic Tool Change) system to allow continuous processing of material requiring different tools without operator intervention. The ATC system also incorporates a protective cover to prevent the ingress of dust, dirt and other environmental pollutants.

    Other optional machine enhancements include the latest AVS (AXYZ Vision System) for optimum routing/cutting accuracy and special cooling/lubricating and dust collection systems for improved machine performance and reliability.

    Belying its small format, Innovator will process virtually any material normally suited to much larger and more expensive machines.