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  • + Currie Group Announces Organisational Re-structure as Phillip Rennell Leaves

    Newly appointed Currie Group CEO, Rob Mesaros announces a development in the company’s business model and through ..

    19 February 2021


    Newly appointed Currie Group CEO, Rob Mesaros announces a development in the company’s business model and through a new organisational plan, a milestone decision for the company has been reached.

    After playing a key role in many landmark moments across twenty years of dedicated service, Sales and Marketing Director, Phillip Rennell and Currie Group, have agreed the time is right to part ways.  

    “Changes big and small continuously happen around us – in society, personally and in business. It is an important part of evolution”, Rob Mesaros says. “However, in today’s always on and connected world, the velocity and impact is more pronounced than ever. Changing industry dynamics requires ongoing change necessary for the success and benefit of our customers,” Rob says.  

    With its unparalleled service coverage, cutting-edge technology and strong partnerships, Currie Group is poised to thrive well into the future. 

    Effective immediately, Phillip’s role as Sales and Marketing Director will no longer carry forward.  Consequently, sales and customer management of the commercial segment will fold into the broader responsibility of Bernie Robinson, in his capacity as Managing Director of the Commercial Division.

    Phillip Rennell says, “I’ve had an incredible journey for the last 20 plus years. I have shared many great memories with customers and suppliers alike. I could not have imagined the strong relationships forged along the way and take many of them with me on the next phase of my career.”

    Currie Group would like to thank Phillip for his immeasurable contribution and service and wish him the very best for the future.







  • + Super High Speed Single-Pass: EFI’s Fastest-Ever Inkjet Solution for Display Graphics is a Breakthrough Productivity Solution

    High-volume sign and graphics businesses can achieve a new, higher level of productivity with the first single-pass inkj..

    17 February 2021


    High-volume sign and graphics businesses can achieve a new, higher level of productivity with the first single-pass inkjet printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. dedicated to display graphics. The new EFI™ single-pass for display graphics UV LED inkjet printer, part of EFI’s super-high-speed series of devices, leverages the proven capabilities of the market leading EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus printer for direct-to-board corrugated packaging production. With this new 63-inch wide single-pass solution, users can reach truly breakthrough speeds, running through skids of synthetic media and paper-based materials at speeds up to 1,000 sheets or boards per hour. A future upgrade for the printer will also allow for conversion to roll-to-roll production.
     
    “When EFI announced EFI Nozomi single-pass technology at drupa 2016, the company was surprised at the level of interest expressed in this printer by display graphics customers, and we have been able to respond to demand with the most productive solution dedicated to that market,” said Ken Hanulec, vice president of worldwide corporate marketing, EFI. “Single-pass technology, done right, has the potential to change every print vertical it touches and give our customers unprecedented new opportunities. As the leader in advanced UV LED digital production solutions, we are excited to bring the very important efficiencies and throughput advantages of EFI’s proven single-pass technology to the display graphics market.”
     
    Operating at speeds that are up to three to four times faster than the most productive shuttle-based/multi-pass printers, the EFI single-pass for display graphics printer delivers high-end output on a wide range of media in quantities other digital solutions cannot match, giving customers a lower total cost of ownership, and higher profit potential, for high-volume demand.

    Driving the analog to digital transformation
     
    This breakthrough printer can give users the lowest cost per square foot in the market, while also giving them the greatest application range and extreme efficiency. Users can handle even challenging burst capacity demands with the printer’s remarkable throughput. Plus, the 7-colour printer delivers a wide colour gamut with six colours: CMYK with optional orange and violet inks, plus white.
     
    The printer’s on-board quality inspection system checks for colour uniformity, as well as for nozzle out and other defects to further ensure optimum print quality.
     
    All of these factors make EFI’s single-pass for display graphics printer the digital competitor on a cost basis to many analog print applications. Display graphics producers can bring digital print’s versatility advantages, such as seamless versioning and design change capabilities, to long-run work.
     
    As a very high volume digital printer, this new single-pass solution delivers the benefits of digital to new quantity levels that some print providers traditionally approached with analog methods. Users can eliminate the significant waste associated with analog screens and production make-readies, bringing a significant environmental advantage to digital display graphics printing.
     
    Efficiency and uptime with EFI Fiery server and Professional Services
     
    The EFI Fiery® digital front end (DFE) used to drive the printer provides outstanding print and colour quality, with a scalable blade-server architecture with HyperRIP performance, Adobe PDF Print Engine, and variable data support. The DFE also features Smart Ink Estimator – an advanced solution that accurately analyses image data for more-precise estimates of ink costs. Fiery Edge™, EFI’s next-generation profiling technology, is included as well, delivering even better out-of-the-box colour and quality enhancements.
     
    Scheduled to be available later this year, the printer is designed for robust productivity and high uptime, thanks to its proven, award-winning single-pass platform and an enhanced program of professional services from EFI. The professional services program also provides extensive remote support to deliver faster, effective service. New remote solutions include innovative data and intelligence offerings centred around EFI IQ™ cloud platform applications that help users glean greater management insights about their production operations to further improve productivity, efficiency and profitability.
     
    The new single-pass printer is one of three solutions – including the VUTEk® h5 UV LED hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printer with three-quarter automation and the new EFI VUTEk XT hybrid – that comprise EFI’s super-high-speed portfolio of advanced, high-volume display graphics products designed to drive the analog-to-digital transformation in printing. For more information on EFI’s portfolio of solutions for display graphics production, visit www.efi.com.





  • + Epson wins multiple BLI Winter 2021 Awards from Keypoint Intelligence

    Epson has won four BLI Winter 2021 Awards from Keypoint Intelligence including an A3 Outstanding Achievement in Innovati..

    16 February 2021


    Epson has won four BLI Winter 2021 Awards from Keypoint Intelligence including an A3 Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award for Departmental Finishing Capabilities for their Epson WorkForce Enterprise Series, along with two A4 Pick Awards for Outstanding Colour Inkjet All-in-One for Home Offices for their Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4800 Series and Outstanding Tabloid Colour Inkjet All-in-One for their WorkForce Pro WF-7800 Series as well as an Scanner Pick Award for Outstanding A3 Scanner for their Epson WorkForce DS-32000.
     
    Keypoint Intelligence is the world’s leading independent providers of testing services and analytical information to the document imaging industry. Awarded twice annually for office equipment, their Picks acknowledge the products that gave the best performances in their Keypoint Intelligence lab testing in the previous six months.
     
    Commenting on Epson’s BLI Winter 2021 A4 Pick Awards the judges said, “Epson continues to churn out top-notch inkjets for SOHO settings in both letter-size and wider formats. All the winning devices offer strong value propositions, robust feature sets, and impressive user-friendliness, thanks to easy-to-use touchscreens and simple maintenance. Flexible mobile support, including standard NFC, makes it easy for users to stay productive anytime, anywhere. In addition, the models all produced vibrant colour output that can help marketing materials pop.”

    Epson WorkForce DS-32000 also stood out with the judges commenting, ““The Epson WorkForce DS-32000 leverages a compact, unique design to provide customers with automated high-volume scanning. It can accommodate virtually any type of office document and supports horizontal scanning, which provides flatbed-like scanning without having to dedicate additional desk space.”
     
    Epson’s final award, the A3 Outstanding Achievement in Innovation for Departmental Finishing Capabilities for their Epson WorkForce Series had the judges remarking, “The Epson WorkForce Enterprise series is a ground-breaking development in the inkjet space. For the first time, business users are able to switch from toner-based technology for departmental office printing to inkjet without having to sacrifice some of the finishing capabilities they’re used to having available to them. Plus, Keypoint Intelligence’s extensive testing all but assures top-notch reliability and minimal impact on productivity when utilising the finisher.”
     
    www.epson.com.au





  • + ASGA & FESPA HP 2020 Awards For Excellence Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of the ASGA & FESPA HP 2020 Awards For Excellence. Winning Entries - Alber..

    16 February 2021


    Congratulations to the winners of the ASGA & FESPA HP 2020 Awards For Excellence.
     
    Winning Entries

    - Albert Smith Signs - Angel Signs - Atomic Signs - Blackdog Ink

    - Brisbane Signs & Engraving - Cactus Imaging - Cunneen Signs - CV Media & Signage                       

    - Danthonia Designs - Ecept - Forte Signs (Australia) - Graphic Effects

    - Image Box - Insigns - Kingman Visual - Kustom Design Studio NZ

    - Liberty Signs - Momo Visual - Neon Signs Australia - Next Printing

    - Rhino Signmakers - Sign Here Signs - Signco Manufacturing - Signs & Lines

    - Signs By Knight - SS Signs - Status Signs - T-1 Print

    - Thomas Creative - Vicon Transfers - Visual Advertising Solutions - Visual Exposure
     

    Young Star Awards

    Alex Christofidelis - Brisbane Signs & Engraving
    Jake Lambourne - SS Signs
    Dylan Norris - Liberty Signs
    Adam Watts - CV Media & Signage
    Doreen Shirky - Impression Markings
    Dylan Noble - Macarthur Signs
       
    The full details of the winning entries per category and the winners of the Highly Commended Awards winners will be announced at the HP Awards For Excellence dinner on 28 September 2021 in Melbourne. All of the entries and their associated categories can be found under the news section of the www.signs.org.au and www.fespaaustralia.org.au websites.
     
    “With COVID forcing the rescheduling of the Awards dinner for the third time, we decided the time for announcing the winners was now,” said ASGA President Julie Rochester.
     
    “The Awards is about highlighting and promoting excellence in the industry and we didn’t want to wait any longer. The winners have been provided with digital badges to promote the fact that they are 2020 Awards’ winners, but they won’t know how many awards they have won or whether they have won any of the Highly Commended Awards until the full details are announced at the prestigious Awards dinner in September. We are looking forward to the industry getting together to celebrate. Whether you are a winner or not, attending the dinner will be a great networking opportunity and an opportunity to reflect on the creativity, innovation and determination behind the final products.”
     
    FESPA Australia President, Nigel Davies added, “one of the many highlights of the awards is the People’s Choice Award which we will launch in August. The way this Award works is all of the entries get listed on a dedicated ASGA/FESPA Awards Facebook page and everyone gets to vote for their favourite entry. The People’s Choice Award is a great way to raise your profile to customer and suppliers and to get work associates, friends and family involved, cheering and “liking” your project on and showing their support on the page.”
     
    ASGA & FESPA HP 2020 Awards For Excellence would not be possible without the support of its sponsors – diamond: HP; gold: 3M, Amari Visual Solutions, Avery Dennison, Epson, Euro Poles, Graphic Art Mart, Visual Connections and silver: Ball & Doggett, Orafol, SMIB and Trotec.






  • + Inkcups Expands Helix Product Line with New Machine

    Global printing industry leader Inkcups announces the release of the newest addition to the Helix line of products: the ..

    16 February 2021


    Global printing industry leader Inkcups announces the release of the newest addition to the Helix line of products: the Double Helix.

    The Double Helix features two side-by-side print stations that are able to simultaneously print the same artwork on two of the same vessels. These print stations have the ability to print superior quality, full-colour (CMYKWW+V) images on straight-walled and tapered cylinders. With this high-speed printing system, customers can focus and target medium to higher-volume print runs.

    Fast and flexible just like the flagship Helix, the Double Helix can print full-colour seamless graphics at around 6 to 8 parts per minute depending on artwork size. This new machine is ideal for use with drinkware, barware, spirits, craft beer, candle holders, and many other industrial cylinder printing applications. In these fields, typical end products include high quality graphics on stainless steel tumblers, pint glasses, beer cans, wine and spirit bottles, sports bottles and much more.

    “We are really excited to launch the Double Helix to the drinkware and industrial markets, and expect that it will be a major success. Our Helix printer is an amazing product for digitally printing with full colour images but it’s speed does not satisfy all the needs in the market. The Double Helix will help our customers generate more revenue by getting increasing throughput and opening up new profit opportunities for higher volume printing,” said Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups.

    The Double Helix is compatible with Inkcups’ full line-up of UV digital ink. With a printable area of 8.6 inches, this machine can print on items up to 12 inches in length with a diameter of 2-5 inches using design techniques such as spot varnish, tip-to-tip printing, mirror print, contour print and more. Other highlights of this machine include the ability to add the new and patented Transparent Pin Curing (TPC) system for transparent drinkware items as well as integrating pre-treatment processes.

    Delivered as a turnkey package with Inkcups world-class InkcupCare warranty and service coverage, the Double Helix is engineered and manufactured in the U.S. and available for order now.

    inkcups.com





  • + Onyx Graphics Launches ONYX Go Subscriptions

    Onyx Graphics, Inc., today announced the introduction of ONYX Go, a new subscription RIP solution that adds to the expan..

    16 February 2021


    Onyx Graphics, Inc., today announced the introduction of ONYX Go, a new subscription RIP solution that adds to the expansive ONYX portfolio of wide-format digital inkjet software solutions. ONYX Go launches on the heels of ONYX 21, the company’s new version release, and is designed for Print Service Providers who require the latest technology to meet customer needs. ONYX Go is immediately available and offered in two product tiers, ONYX Go Lite and ONYX Go Plus. ONYX Go Plus includes enhanced color management and production tools including ICC Profiling to fine-tune profile output accuracy; Swatch Books 2.0 for color matching; finishing tools such as Bleed and Grommets to save valuable production time; Media Manager and more to help meet the daily challenges faced by today’s print shops.

    “ONYX Go brings another product option to our worldwide customer base to help them meet the evolving needs of the wide-format graphics market,” said Kevin Murphy, President and CEO of Onyx Graphics. “It incorporates the features and functionality ONYX users have come to expect for outstanding output quality, neatly packaged in a worry-free, affordable monthly subscription.”

    Available with soft-key activation providing near-instant access, ONYX Go is a month-to-month, no-contract, full-featured ONYX RIP solution with up to four Adobe PDF Print Engines (APPE); Job Editor to edit files before printing, unlimited roll-to-roll cutter support for complete Print-and-Cut workflows, and supports up to two printers.

    ONYX Go is available now as a monthly subscription through Authorized ONYX Resellers and the new ONYX Web Store. ONYX Go is open to existing ONYX users and other customers through a license subscription.

    onyxgfx.com





  • + HEAD ABOVE WATER 24HR SWIMATHON RETURNS IN MARCH 2021 - SUPPORTED BY KONICA MINOLTA

    Building Mentally Fit Communities and Saving Lives In March, the Head Above Water 24 Hour Swimathon returns to Coll..

    16 February 2021


    Building Mentally Fit Communities and Saving Lives

    In March, the Head Above Water 24 Hour Swimathon returns to Collaroy Rockpool for the third year, after raising over $160,000 for mental fitness programs in 2019 and 2020.This year, barring any unforeseen lockdowns, the swimmer participation and fundraising total promises to be even bigger.

    The 2021 swim begins at 8am on Saturday, March 20th and will finish at 8am on Sunday, March 21st. There are four lanes to cater for all levels of swimming ability and people can choose to swim as many, or as few laps as they like. Every swimmer has the opportunity to raise money via their own sponsorship page or can form a team to raise even more money.

    Over the last two years, Head Above Water has partnered with Gotcha4Life (founded by TV and Radio personality, Gus Worland), to help fund mental fitness workshops including Tomorrow Man, Tomorrow Woman and Man Anchor, for Northern Beaches schools, sports clubs, businesses and community groups. To date, more than 6,000 people have participated in workshops, creating a real positive impact on the peninsula.

    The success of Head Above Water is best summed up by Gus himself, who says, “The Head Above Water swim is one of the best 24 hours our community can experience. With so much money and awareness raised, it’s an amazing day and it’s just the start of a beautiful partnership between Head Above Water and Gotcha4Life.”

    Head Above Water is an activity-based fundraising group on a mission to create mentally fit communities. Founded in response to the high rate of suicide on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and the mental health challenges faced by many in the community, Head Above Water believe that harnessing the power of a positive, supportive network is the most effective way we can make a difference.

    Konica Minolta is again supporting the Head Above Water 24 hour Swimathon and will have a number of swimmers in this event. 

    If you would like more information about this topic, please call Head Above Water Founder and Gotcha4Life Ambassador, Andrew Ward on 0420 741 167 or email him at admin@headabovewater.com.au





  • + Fisher Textiles Adds GF5019AM Symmetry Plus

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added GF5019AM Symmetry Plus, an enhanced IFR..

    09 February 2021


    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added GF5019AM Symmetry Plus, an enhanced IFR and antimicrobial treated version of the popular Symmetry stretch fabric to its Grand Format lineup for dye sublimation printing.

    GF5019AM Symmetry Plus is made with inherently flame retardant yarns, meets NFPA 701 and is excellent for indoor signage and tension fabric display applications. It also makes a great PPE gaiter fabric because of its soft hand, stretch and antimicrobial properties, providing the ultimate comfort and freshness to wearers.

    GF5019AM Symmetry Plus is 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex, weighs 5.0 oz/yd2 (17.5 oz/lyd) and is stocked in 126-inch-wide rolls.

    fishertextiles.com





  • + Summa releases new roll cutter product line S One

    In the sign & digital industry and beyond Summa is known to be one of the forerunners when it comes to roll cutting ..

    09 February 2021


    In the sign & digital industry and beyond Summa is known to be one of the forerunners when it comes to roll cutting technology.

    To date, the company has provided many sign-making companies infinite and reliable cutting solutions with its roll cutter series. But standing still is not an option and product development and innovation are highly regarded purposes for Summa.

    Therefore, Summa is proud to announce a brand new roll cutter product line which is called S One. The S One Series is the next step in Summa’s mid-level roll cutting machines and replaces the former SummaCut roll cutter Series. To optimise quality, ergonomics as well as efficiency, the S One Series is built completely from the base, using the experience and knowhow acquired over years of developing roll cutters. The name S One refers to the core idea behind its development:

    The One to change the game

    Increased productivity, quality and capabilities
    The S One Series not only showcases a new, sleeker and more modern look. It also embodies add-ons and enhanced features for better quality, improved ergonomics and higher productivity. The improvements and additions include:

    • User-friendly GoSign software to manage cutting workflows with great flexibility
    • Efficient drag cutting head, allowing up to 600 grams of cutting force
    • Ergonomic touchscreen, allowing for effortless navigation
    • Robust OPOS Sensor, increasing the speed at which registration marks are read
    • Improved internal intelligence, minimising human errors and operator intervention
    • Excellent tracking performance for ultimate accuracy
    • OPOS Xtra functionality for flawless processing of very small sticker jobs
    • Smart FlexCut feature, enabling to perforate material to remove the design out of its carrier easily

    Future-proof cutting solution
    The products developed by Summa stand out for their reliability, longevity and versatility. Faithful to this tradition and conviction, also the new S One product line is built according to strict requirements, specific to Summa products. The S One Series is, therefore, designed with premium up-to-date components for long durability. Moreover, its combination of innovative features makes the S One roll cutter a flexible and future-proof unit, able to grow along with the customer’s business aspirations and goals.

    Christof Van Driessche, Chief Commercial Officer, Summa adds: “With the experience and dedication on board, Summa continues to show true leadership as a supplier of high-end cutting solutions. The introduction of the S One roll cutter series is yet another milestone in Summa’s large history of legendary performance. The S One Series will unquestionably bring added value and innovation to many sign makers’ cutting workflows.”





  • + LED EXPOSING UNITS VACUUM IN 4 TO 6 SECONDS

    E-2000 Series LED exposing units from Vastex now feature a more powerful vacuum pump that provides tight screen-to-film ..

    09 February 2021


    E-2000 Series LED exposing units from Vastex now feature a more powerful vacuum pump that provides tight screen-to-film contact in as little as four seconds, producing high resolution half-tones and crisp detail on the most intricate graphics, announced Mark Vasilantone, president.

    Model E2-2536, which can expose screens up to 63 x 91 cm, achieves tight screen-to-film contact in 4 seconds.

    Model E2-5236, which accommodates one screen up to 132 x 91 cm or two screens with outside dimensions up to 63 x 91 cm, achieves tight screen-to-film contact in 6 seconds.  

    “Ultra-fast vacuum times, together with rapid LED exposure times, allow screen printers to achieve superior reproduction quality in less time than ever before possible,” says Vasilantone.

    Both models come standard with LCD touch screen controls that provide accurate, user-friendly settings and up to 10 presets.  

    They are available self-standing, or in tabletop configurations that can be mounted on matching Dri-Vault™ screen drying cabinets, also from the company.

    Vastex manufacture three lines of manual screen printing presses for starting shops to high-volume commercial printers, infrared conveyor dryers, flash cure units, washout booths and complete screen printing shop systems.

    For information contact www.vastex.com 





  • + Epson Establishes Open Innovation Centre Research Laboratory

    Epson has established its new Open Innovation Centre research laboratory at its AiCT ICT offices in which the company wi..

    09 February 2021


    Epson has established its new Open Innovation Centre research laboratory at its AiCT ICT offices in which the company will work with partners to help find solutions to societal issues. Epson has also started participating in the Aizu Open Innovation (AOI) meeting through which it has begun collaborating with the University of Aizu.

    Using the internet, cloud and other digital networks, Epson aims to seamlessly integrate products such as printers, scanners, and projectors together with services to offer solutions that help solve issues faced by society. Against a background of changing societal requirements due to the pandemic, the company is in particular looking to create new value in more enriched experiences in lifestyles, learning, working and the home.
     
    Against this background, the city of Aizuwakamatsu has launched its Smart City Aizuwakamatsu program at which it aims to harness ICT to foster the growth of a sustainable and revitalised city that supports fulfilled and comfortable lifestyles.
     
    Epson established its new research laboratory after noticing significant synergies with the city’s efforts to forge a partnership among the municipality, residents and university to promote a digital transformation. Going forward, the company will proactively participate in initiatives such as Smart City Aizuwakamatsu and the AOI meeting as it seeks to generate new value for society.
     
    The pursuit of open innovation is an important aspect of the company’s Epson 25 business plan. Epson’s efforts to boost collaborations with partners aimed at finding solutions to societal issues began in May 2020 at WeWork Shibuya Scramble Square in Shibuya, Tokyo, a site at which many startups and other businesses have operations. Going forward, the company aims to further strengthen an environment in which it can combine the technology, ideas and expertise generated from a diverse range of markets and corporate cultures to solve issues in society.





  • + Rob Mesaros Commences as Chief Executive Officer, Currie Group

    Currie Group starts 2021 with a strategic leadership transition; David Currie - Executive Chairman will be stepping down..

    05 February 2021


    Currie Group starts 2021 with a strategic leadership transition; David Currie - Executive Chairman will be stepping down from his Executive role within the business after 51 exceptional years and will remain as Chairman of the Group.

    Currie said, “The company is well positioned with new partnerships and fresh talent coming on board and new products from existing suppliers. I look forward to remaining as active Chairman, whilst also spending more time concentrating on family commitments and other interests. 

    On reflection and after 51 years in the industry, having seen enormous changes in technology and people, there is still confidence that there is a great future. I am proud that my son Will represents part of my legacy as the 3rd generation in the business which was started by my father in 1949.”

    Effective 1st February, 2021, Rob Mesaros commences as Chief Executive Officer, for the continued strength in leadership and transformation of Currie Group, whilst being supported by the existing team of senior executives and directors.  

    Starting with Currie Group in August 2020 as a Strategic Executive Advisor, Mesaros has been exposed to all facets of the business and connected with partners and customers alike. Mesaros will be responsible for leading the end-to-end business operation, with a focus on business strategy and growth. 

    Mesaros comments, “It has been a pleasure getting to know all our key stakeholders and their teams over the past six months. Currie Group has a proud and successful history and strong cornerstone strengths. 

    We have an enviable portfolio of class leading products and solutions, a deep and broad A/NZ service capability, unrivalled coverage, and a rich pedigree of talented industry experts for our customers to lean on. We will continue to look for ways to improve and grow for the benefit of the industry and our customers, and I’m personally very optimistic about the future as we evolve and modernise. These are exciting times!”






  • + Hexis announce PURE ZONE® technology combats coronaviruses* including SARS-CoV-2*

    The HEXIS Group, French manufacturer of adhesives, announce that their PURE ZONE® technology is active in combating ..

    05 February 2021


    The HEXIS Group, French manufacturer of adhesives, announce that their PURE ZONE® technology is active in combating the viral load of coronaviruses* including SARS-CoV-2*.

    Tests initiated with the French laboratory UB’L3 have revealed the manifest action against the viral loads of the strain responsible for COVID-19*.

    As of the date of the UB’L3 laboratory report, i.e. 29 January, 2021, all productions and batch numbers of the product PURE ZONE® 060 B/M will comply with the certification, making it possible to effectively fight against viral loads from SARS-CoV-2* and will be covered by the results of the UB’L3 laboratory report.

    PURE ZONE® ANTI-MICROBIAL FILMS PROTECT 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK

    A pioneer in the development of anti-microbial films, the films produced by the HEXIS R&D laboratory provide 24-hour continuous preventive protection against bacteria and coronaviruses*.

    Intended for the protection of surfaces in direct contact with humans, PURE ZONE® antimicrobial films are the perfect answer to protect sensitive places requiring a high degree of hygiene: medical environment, public transport, school, extracurricular and college environment, coffee bar/hotel/restaurant, stores, establishments open to the public, etc.

    THE ANTI-MICROBIAL EFFICIENCY OF SILVER IONS

    PURE ZONE® films contain silver ions encapsulated in a glass matrix and distributed evenly throughout the film.

    In contact with humidity, these reactive silver ions are activated from the surface layer and will quickly block and inhibit microbes, thus limiting their proliferation between two cleaning and disinfection protocols.

    * HCoV-229E, SARS-CoV-2 Colcov (according to ISO 21702)

    Further details on https://www.hexis-graphics.com/en/purezone/





  • + HP announces new Latex 700 and 800 printers with white ink

    HP Inc. has introduced a range of new Latex large format print solutions to help print service providers diversify their..

    03 February 2021


    HP Inc. has introduced a range of new Latex large format print solutions to help print service providers diversify their offerings and meet more challenging customer needs.

    After a year of business disruption across the large format industry, the HP Latex 700 and 800 series brings a suite of features that enable PSPs to be more agile, tackle ambitious projects and take on the highest value work. The new portfolio also delivers fast workflows that help businesses hit deadlines, while sharpening their sustainability edge.

    “When you think about HP Latex, imagine the unique ability to say yes to every customer request, regardless of fast-changing schedule or application demands. Help meet deadlines with indisputable operator and environmental safety, as, with HP Latex, every signage & decor decision becomes a sustainable one,” said Guayente Sanmartin, General Manager, Large Format Business, HP. “The new Latex 700 and 800 portfolio will allow PSPs to win big by navigating customer challenges in the next normal and embracing more ambitious projects - safe in the knowledge their work will deliver.”

    The new HP Latex range consists of four devices – the HP Latex 700 and 800, and the HP Latex 700W and 800W which offer white ink capability for the first time in this category. It is the whitest white ink available on the market that does not yellow over time , enabling print businesses to produce neater outlines and add more contrast to darker supports.

    Meanwhile, updated printheads possessing more nozzles and producing speeds of up to 36 m2/hr (388 ft2/hr) allow the HP Latex 800 and 800W to offer 50% higher productivity levels compared to previous HP models. Print jobs executed on the new 700/800 Series will deliver with vivid colours and finer image and text details, even at faster print speeds. Operationally, HP PrintOS also enables PSPs to monitor and control their print fleet using a cloud-based interface they can use virtually anywhere, anytime.

    Recent HP research reveals that 85% of PSP customers now demand sustainable products and practices. To meet this requirement, the new Latex products continue to build on HP’s long-lasting commitment to sustainable printing. All four devices in the HP Latex 700 and 800 series use the HP Eco Carton – a cartridge made with cardboard material, reducing the amount of plastic used by 80%. HP’s water-based inks are also kinder to the environment.

    Improved HP Latex Print and Cut Plus
    In related news, HP has also introduced an updated Latex Print and Cut portfolio that is fully compatible with the Latex 700 and 800 Series. Equipped with the latest Raster Image Processor (RIP) software and completely new contour cutters, the devices allow for improved usability - making jobs easier and more intuitive than ever for signage and decorative printed applications.

    The HP Latex Print and Cut Plus Portfolio includes the following products:
    • HP Latex 335 Print and Cut Plus Solution
    • HP Latex 315 Print and Cut Plus Solution
    • HP Latex 115 Print and Cut Plus Solution
    • HP Latex 64 Plus Cutting Solution
    • HP Latex 54 Plus Cutting Solution
    • HP Latex 54 Basic Plus Cutting Solution

    Updated features include optimised cutting accuracy through the enhanced Optical Position System (OPOS) configurations. As part of this improvement, the HP cutter reads the black inner lines along the job and carries out additional measurements, further aided by new HP barcodes located on the printed sheets to identify jobs. Cutting on the new Latex 64 and 54 Plus Cutting Solutions is enhanced by a higher cutter downforce of up to 600gr. This provides the necessary pressure to deliver accurate cutting performance even on thicker media.

    The user experience on the coloured touch screen interface is highly responsive and includes an improved menu, making the entire solution simple to work with. The media basket also features a refined design and now has a smaller footprint when folded, enabling businesses to make better use of space.

    Revamped HP PageWide XL
    Completing the announcements from HP are the new additions to the HP PageWide XL suite of large format print solutions. Aimed at enterprise and mid-market companies, as well as printers serving the architecture, engineering and construction industries, the new HP PageWide XL devices provide fast, simple, and secure solutions.

    The new range includes the following printers:
    • PageWide XL 3920 MFP
    • PageWide XL 4200 Printer and MFP
    • PageWide XL 4700 Printer and MFP
    • PageWide XL 5200 Printer and MFP
    • PageWide XL 8200 Printer

    The new HP PageWide XL printers deliver on the productivity needs of users while offering an improved experience. With the 4200, 4700 and 5200 models boasting a larger front panel - increased to 15.6 inches (from 8 inches) - it is easier for users to preview real-time scans and undertake more complex printing tasks. Additionally, for the first time, users can carry out post-editing tasks, including crop, contrast, brightness, and rotation directly from the panel. 

    For IT managers and CAD designers at enterprise and mid-market businesses, security is a major priority. The new PageWide XL solutions respond to this with new features to protect businesses in an increasingly connected world; including HP SecureBoot, Whitelisting and HP Connection Inspector - making the new PageWide XL range the world’s most secure large format printers.

    Availability
    The HP Latex 700 and 800 Series, the updated HP Latex Cut and Print Plus Solution, as well as the new additions to the PageWide XL portfolio, are expected to be available from all major markets starting February 2, 2021.





  • + News from US: Mimaki releases new sublimation & industrial printers: the TS100-1600 and Tiger 1800B MkIII

    Mimaki has released the new TS100-1600 sublimation transfer inkjet printer for textile and apparel applications, as well..

    02 February 2021


    Mimaki has released the new TS100-1600 sublimation transfer inkjet printer for textile and apparel applications, as well the upgrade of its Tiger-1800B textile inkjet printer, all scheduled for availability from February 2021.

    The TS100-1600 is the latest addition and entry-level model to the Mimaki 100 Series and offers an excellent balance of operation performance, image quality, speed, and cost.

    The 1.600 mm printer achieves high productivity with a print speed of 70-sqm per hour and uses Mimaki’s SB610 ink, available in one-litre bottles which is said to reduce running costs (compared to the standard 440 cc cartridges) and enables stable, long-term operation due to the reduced frequency of ink replacement.

    The printer is also equipped with a variety of features, including the Nozzle Check Unit (NCU), Nozzle Recovery System (NRS), and Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS4) to ensure stable, high-quality prints. Its new Dot Adjustment System (DAS) function is useful for automated dot position correction and media feeding, which drastically reduces the workload of the operator.

    The TS100-1600 is compatible with Mimaki’s original RIP software – the TxLink4 Lite and the RasterLink7.

    As well as the new TS100-1600, Mimaki has also upgraded its Tiger 1800B industrial textile printer and belt conveying system. The new MkIII is available in two models, one for printing direct to textile (with 16 printheads) and the other for printing to sublimation transfer papers (with 8 printheads).

    The ‘Mimaki printer controller’ touchscreen is a new feature, designed to enhance the stability and accuracy of the printer.

    The Tiger-1800B MkIII achieves a maximum print speed of 385 sqm/h, includes a 10kg ink tank for low running costs, and is compatible with Mimaki’s TXLink4 RIP software. Upgraded from 8-bit to 16-bit rendering for smoother gradations, the printer also includes a 10GB Ethernet controller for faster data transfers.

    The Mimaki TS100-1600 and Tiger-1800B MkIII printers will be available worldwide from February 2021.

    www.mimaki.com





  • + New EFI VUTEk Q3r and Q5r Roll-to-Roll Printers Help Customers Achieve Superior Print Quality with Higher Productivity and Efficiency

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is setting new levels of production and efficiency for customers at the higher-volume end ..

    02 February 2021


    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is setting new levels of production and efficiency for customers at the higher-volume end of the superwide-format signage and display graphics market. The new EFI™ VUTEk® Q series product line delivers superior quality and a complete system solution with advanced roll-to-roll LED technology. The new EFI VUTEk Q3r and Q5r UV LED printers produce a wide range of challenging applications, like the most demanding premium POP with multi-layer white and cosmetics displays that demand the highest print quality to the highest volume campaigns that requires the lowest cost of production. The fastest, most productive roll-to-roll display graphics printers in their class, the 198-inch wide VUTEk Q5r printer runs at speeds up to 7,233 square feet (672 square meters) per hour, and the 138-inch wide VUTEk Q3r model prints up to 6,006 square feet (558 square meters) per hour.

    The VUTEk Q3r and Q5r printers, launched this week during EFI’s Engage virtual users event, take users beyond in many aspects including productivity and application reach and more so in its full system solution from file submission to finished print which is already cut to size and rolled and marked for the designated display location. Users benefit from throughput that can be up to a few times faster than existing models in the market.
     
    The world’s first VUTEk Q5r installation site, Yahav Digital Print, is a large wide-format print production company currently with four EFI roll-to-roll printers and many more throughout its history. Zevik Nur, CEO of Yahav Digital Print, found the new capabilities of the Q5r go above and beyond just faster print to also deliver a complete full system solution from file submission to finishing.
     
    “Our new VUTEk Q5r was installed in October of 2020, and we have been running it in full production ever since,” Nur said. “It has exceeded all our expectations in terms of reliability, production speeds, print quality, ink consumption, media utilisation and ease of use. We can shift a lot of jobs to the new Q5r, and our customers are highly satisfied with our ability to shorten lead time and produce even higher quality prints at faster speeds.”
     
    Premium quality with UltraDrop Technology and LED imaging
     
    The new printers feature up to nine ink colours (standard CMYK and optional lc, lm, lk, white and clear coat), enabling exact customisation of each printer to users’ needs and strategies. They also boast EFI UltraDrop™ Technology, featuring native 7-picoliter printheads with multi-drop addressability for high-definition image quality. Users gain outstanding smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions, as well as precise and sharp 3-point size text with a true resolution of up to 1,200 dots per inch. Their UV LED curing ensures not only cost savings but also a more environmentally friendly printing solution, consuming less energy and enabling the use of thinner, heat-sensitive substrates.
     
    The printers also feature EFI’s “Power Tool” options for advanced productivity and capabilities, including in-line quality inspection, in-line slitting and cutting, roll and tape collection, auto-calibration, automated backlit printing, automated blockout printing and much more.
     
    David Aloni, CEO of Xtreme dpi, sees significant advantages in the printers’ efficiency and high-speed operation. “As part of our due diligence in selecting a new roll-to-roll printer, we ran the EFI VUTEk Q5r through its paces, including full production,” said Aloni. “It is the fastest printer in its class, achieving a record production speed. We have found its print quality to be second to none, even for the most challenging files and media types. It certainly surpass our production requirements in a high-quality, fast and consistent way.”
     
    New cloud connectivity, robust Fiery RIP and colour capabilities
     
    Newly designed mobile operator touch screen stations for the VUTEk Q3r and Q5r printers offer operators maximum convenience. The touch screen stations also direct users to new EFI IQ™ optional cloud-based applications for easy monitoring and analysis of production activity, resulting in actionable data that can help operations be even more efficient and profitable.
     
    Both printers include EFI’s industry-leading Fiery proServer Premium digital front end (DFE) with Fiery FAST RIP for accelerated file processing, maximising the printer investment by eliminating idle printer time. The printers’ Fiery DFE systems also include robust options such as Fiery Spot Color, Fiery Color Profiler Suite and Fiery Color Verifier for the ultimate in easy-to-use, proof-grade color management.
     
    “We designed the EFI VUTEk Q3r and VUTEk Q5r to go beyond printing to provide a complete print to finished graphic workflow – from RIP to finished product – on the same platform,” said Ken Hanulec, vice president, Worldwide Marketing, EFI. “This new printer series is one big competitive edge for our customers, bringing unprecedented speed to our portfolio and a host of valuable features and options that take profitable roll-to-roll print production to a new, higher level.”





  • + Canon wins a full sweep of BLI Awards in 2021

    Canon has taken home two top honours at the Buyers Lab (BLI) 2021 Pick and Outstanding Achievement Awards in the Documen..

    02 February 2021


    Canon has taken home two top honours at the Buyers Lab (BLI) 2021 Pick and Outstanding Achievement Awards in the Document Imaging Software category from Keypoint Intelligenceii. Therefore has been awarded 2021 Outstanding Information Governance Solution for the third consecutive year, while uniFLOW Online has been awarded 2021 Outstanding Cloud Output Management Solution.

    Keypoint Intelligence is the world’s leading authority on document imaging devices and software solutions, with its BLI Software Pick Awards recognised as the best performing solutions currently available in the market. To achieve these top accolades, Therefore and uniFLOW Online underwent rigorous testing and were evaluated based on key attributes such as features, usability, and value.

    In achieving 2021 Outstanding Information Governance Solution, Keypoint Intelligence said of Therefore: “Canon Therefore is a highly customisable information management platform that delivers a powerful business process automation engine, complete and document management features, and much more. But it’s the solution’s strong security and information governance—including e-signature support, tight version control, audit trails detailing who accessed and/or made changes to documents, and automated data retention (and destruction) policies—that helped it earn its third straight Pick Award for Outstanding Information Governance Solution.”

    In achieving 2021 Outstanding Cloud Output Management Solution, Keypoint Intelligence said of uniFLOW Online: “Canon uniFLOW Online has solidified its position as the leading cloud output management platform, delivering more features—including secure printing, cost tracking, mobile printing, and scan workflows—and better usability than Keypoint Intelligence has seen in most leading online print management packages. The latest version offers Microsoft Universal Print integration and improved scan workflow, security, device and print management, and mobile capabilities.”
    Canon Australia’s Ted Matsumoto, General Manager of B2B Product Marketing said Canon’s Australian business was honoured to be recognised for its ongoing dedication to document imaging software innovation.

    “BLI Awards from Keypoint Intelligence are one of the most respected and prestigious accolades in our industry and we’re thrilled to be recognised. To take home top honours for our Governance Solution three years in a row is a great achievement for our business as it not only acknowledges the quality of Canon’s technology, but the commitment of our team to provide the best information management solutions for our customers. In a year where agility and flexibility were paramount to businesses, our solutions were able to keep information accessible, secure and efficient, making life that little bit easier for Australians when they needed it most.”

    Since 2013, Canon has achieved 17 BLI Pick Awards for its Software/ Solution innovations and 1 Line of the Year Award) spanning categories including: Scan Capture and Processing; Cloud Output-Management; SMB Information Management and Workflow; and, Enterprise Output and Scan Management.

    For more information on Therefore, visit Canon.





  • + Currie Group Becoming Distribution Partner for EFI Display Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand

    Following continued expansion in its customer base for display graphics digital inkjet technologies in Australia and New..

    02 February 2021


    Following continued expansion in its customer base for display graphics digital inkjet technologies in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has established a new distribution partnership for the two countries with Currie Group, the largest, independent, privately owned supplier to the printing industry in ANZ.
     
    EFI is currently working closely with Currie Group on sales activities planning, with go-to-market commencing in early 2021. Through the partnership, Currie Group will sell the broad portfolio of EFI™ Wide-Format UV LED printers. 
     
    Rodd Harrison, VP of Sales, Asia-Pacific for EFI said, “This new partnership will allow EFI to reach even more customers as we expand our growth. EFI is very committed to the market in Australia and New Zealand. The synergies to be created with Currie Group’s infrastructure and our leading portfolio are significant as a means to help customers thrive with digital wide-format printing.” 
     
    The new partnership comes amid a burgeoning expansion in wide-format print among EFI customers: Despite the pandemic, the company recorded nearly 20 new printer installations in ANZ over the course of the year.

    Currie Group, which has offices and staff in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, delivers technical service and support of the highest possible standard, while also distributing a range of quality equipment and consumables. Founded in 1949, the company has a long tradition in technical training and development and offers the latest best of breed technology available from leading prepress, print and finishing equipment manufacturers to provide a fully integrated print solution.
     
    David Currie, Executive Chairman for Currie Group said, “Currie Group continues to drive growth in our business and for our customers through digital transformation. Printing companies have many opportunities for growth with wide format, so we are excited to begin this new partnership to provide customers with EFI’s world-class, versatile UV LED solutions. The range of innovations available through EFI’s line-up of roll-to-roll, flatbed and hybrid printers opens up new, creative possibilities for our customers.”
     
    In anticipation of servicing the ANZ wide format market, Currie Group are thrilled to announce the appointment of Paul Whitehead as the wide format Business Unit Manager. Currie Group and EFI welcome Whitehead into this newly created role with the purpose of creating, managing and growing Currie Group and EFI’s presence in the wide format market. Both companies have confidence in Whitehead’s ability to create effective strategies and build strong relationships with new and existing customers.
     
    Whitehead has worked in the industry for the past 20 years, now returning home to Melbourne after most recently working abroad in Europe as an international marketing director within the wide-format sector.
     
    Whitehead commented, “To work for a highly respected Australian company, representing a market leading technology organisation that boasts an exciting product portfolio and equally impressive roadmap, is an amazing opportunity. I cannot wait to bring this strong combination to the Australian and New Zealand markets.”
     
    Currie Group welcomes all wide format enquiries via info@curriegroup.com.au. For more information about advanced EFI technologies for display graphics production, visit www.efi.com





  • + Epson launches EcoTank ad campaign with Jimeoin

    Epson has partnered with comedy legend Jimeoin, one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best-known and most wel..

    02 February 2021


    Epson has partnered with comedy legend Jimeoin, one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best-known and most well-loved entertainers, to launch a new nationwide advertising campaign for its EcoTank range of cartridge-free printers. The new campaign kicked off on Sunday, 24 January and incorporates multiple channels including free-to-air and catch-up television, radio, social media and in-store.
     
    As well as being a comedy staple in Australia and New Zealand for years, beloved for his thoroughly relatable and witty observations, Jimeoin is also a dedicated family man and knows all too well the frustration and expense of traditional cartridge printers. Epson EcoTank printers use easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks instead of cartridges that include enough ink in the box to print thousands of pages, which means less waste and fewer trips to the store. Jimeoin commented, “Cartridges do my head in. In the beginning you buy a cheap printer and then six months later the cartridges run out and they cost more than the printer. And you forget how to change the cartridges as they explained it six months ago, so it’s easier to buy a new printer than try to figure out how to change the cartridges.”



    By using big refillable ink tanks, EcoTank printers can save you thousands of dollars compared to cartridge-based printers. Not using cartridges also saves on plastic, which is the main component of ink cartridges and, because they use heat-free PrecisionCore™ print heads, EcoTank printers consume less energy too, especially compared to power-hungry laser printers. And when an EcoTank eventually does run out of ink, refill bottles start from as low as just $14.99 each for thousands more pages worth of ink and continued hassle-free printing.

    Jimeoin added, “It’s a great printer. It pretty much sells itself. I’m just getting in the way to be honest. But was glad of the gig!”



    Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg said, “There are few entertainers in Australia more recognisable and widely loved than Jimeoin and we are delighted to be partnering with him on this EcoTank campaign. Epson’s core mission is to exceed expectations by creating new value for our customers and providing solutions that help make life easier. EcoTank printers do all of that and more as they are a complete shift from what printing used to be. You can now print as much as you like without having to worry about cost or constantly buying ink cartridge refills. Jimeoin’s unique style will help spread the message that EcoTank is simply a better, more cost efficient, more enjoyable, more eco-friendly printing experience for all.”
     
    To learn more about EcoTank cartridge-free printers go to: www.epson.com.au/ecotank and www.epson.co.nz/ecotank





  • + EFI Fiery Command WorkStation Upgrade Continues to Offer Users Increasingly Higher Levels of Productivity

    The new version 6.6 of EFI™ Fiery® Command WorkStation® – the print job management interface used ac..

    02 February 2021


    The new version 6.6 of EFI™ Fiery® Command WorkStation® – the print job management interface used across all EFI Fiery platforms connected to digital print devices – delivers a host of productivity and quality enhancements. With its ongoing development of Fiery Command WorkStation, Electronics For Imaging, Inc., is dedicated to continuous improvement, helping users do work faster and manage their digital print operations better across multiple printers and locations. The new Command WorkStation version, to be demonstrated at EFI Engage global online users event, gives customers the power to produce higher quality print with fewer mistakes, while ensuring that their EFI Fiery investments continue to deliver exceptional value.
     
    “Since the early 1990s, and across millions of installations, EFI Fiery solutions have improved digital print production through both increased productivity and exceptional colour quality,” said John Henze, vice president, sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “With this EFI Fiery Command WorkStation release, we continue to deliver on that promise in a big way, from job creation through finishing.”
     
    A key enhancement to Fiery Command WorkStation in this release is easy access to EFI IQ™, a suite of standard and optional cloud applications that connect people, processes, and print devices to enable better, data-driven decisions for print businesses. Creating an EFI IQ account is now faster and easier and can be done directly from Fiery Command WorkStation for instant access to production analytics, notification features and more.
     
    Operational consistency across multiple devices
     
    Early adopters, including the U.K.-based design and print agency Page Visions, are benefitting from the latest releases and ongoing advancements that Fiery Command WorkStation brings to businesses.
     
    “The latest features delivered in Fiery Command WorkStation make it more than just a pre-press and press operators’ tool,” said Tom Griffiths, Page Visions’ CEO. “Features such as Auto Reconnect, and the ability to manage our Fiery XF servers too means all Fiery Driven™ printers in the business are always available and can be viewed by all production staff.
     
    “The new Advanced Search with version 6.6 means we are able to get very granular with our job filtering and combine parameters such as stock to be used, product type, scheduled start time, customer, and more, creating production efficiencies. The ability to save these searches means operators share the same filters which delivers operational consistency. Plus, the fact that Fiery Command WorkStation’s stability is rock solid is also massive for us.”
     
    More productive, centralised job management
     
    As the print job management interface for Fiery digital front ends (DFEs), the new Command WorkStation version 6.6 makes printing more productive and powerful. In addition to its new cloud capabilities with EFI IQ for data analysis and metrics, key enhancements in this latest release include:
     
    More advanced job search capabilities for finding jobs based on multiple search criteria
     
    A new tool – Raster Curve Editor – that enables operators to perform late-stage colour edits to jobs directly from the job properties screen
     
    Easier editing of spot colours in Fiery Spot Pro while working within other Fiery Command WorkStation applications
     
    Support for the EFI ES-3000 colour measurement Instrument, supporting single-scan measurements in M1 and M2 modes with faster and more accurate readings.
     
    Also coming at the end of February is a new feature in EFI Fiery Impose software – a higher-level integration for the Duplo D-618 automatic finishing device, allowing operators to easily set up a custom imposition layout including cut, crease and perforation marks.
     
    EFI’s continued investment in Fiery Command WorkStation contributes significantly to the Fiery DFE’s status as the de facto standard for digital print production. This new offering continues EFI’s legacy of improvement and advancement for increased customer capabilities, with greater usability and productivity, faster Fiery installations across the network and increased efficiency for customers worldwide.
     
    For more information about the EFI Fiery Command WorkStation and other Fiery solutions and services for better, more-efficient, high-quality digital printing, visit www.efi.com or contact your local EFI representative.