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  • + EFI VUTEk Portfolio Reaches Greater Heights in Throughput, TCO and Versatility with New XT Super High Speed Hybrid Printer

    The new EFI™ VUTEk® XT hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll display graphics printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc...

    02 February 2021


    The new EFI™ VUTEk® XT hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll display graphics printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. brings world-class innovations – including the next generation of multi-pass pin-and-cure imaging, ink delivery and dot placement technologies – to signage and graphics providers looking to address higher-volume needs with a reliable, premium-quality print solution offering a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
     
    The highest throughput ever for a VUTEk hybrid printer
     
    Announced during EFI’s Engage global users conference and available mid-year, the new VUTEk XT model is the redesigned, next-generation successor to the EFI VUTEk HS series of hybrid high-volume printers and will deliver an unprecedented productivity boost, printing more than 375 boards per hour – nearly twice the throughput of the VUTEk HS125 F4 printer.

    “Print businesses need the next level of capability with a lower TCO, and EFI has focused our global R&D expertise to meeting those goals with this printer and a complete EFI technology offering that together make super high speed inkjet display graphics a profitable reality for customers,” said Ken Hanulec, vice president of worldwide corporate marketing, EFI. “The new VUTEk XT printer – with its outstanding quality, superior substrate capability, robust productivity and almost unheard-of ink yield – delivers greater versatility and value in the display graphics market.”
     
    Design innovation in hybrid pin-and-cure production
     
    The new VUTEk XT represents the next-generation hybrid architecture for EFI’s proven pin-and-cure technology, which sets UV ink using LED lamps for sharp definition and accurate placement, followed by a full UV cure at high production speeds.
     
    The printer includes a new media transport that eliminates the need for material edge guides, ensuring highly accurate registration and smooth transport of even thick boards. The printer’s new vacuum belt and vacuum table ably handle a wide range of materials. As a result, printing even difficult types of materials can be easy and accurate, reducing waste and improving overall throughput.
     
    The VUTEk XT also features superior front-to-back registration, within 1 mm, and produces boards in up to three printing lanes that can be the same or different files.
     
    CP5G – the best technology in ink delivery
     
    Another advantage, the XT model’s unique CP5G ink system, delivers complete ink circulation, superior dot placement, 5-picoliter drops and grayscale imaging – a robust combination of features that provides fine text imaging and near-lithographic quality without expanding beyond four-colour CMYK ink sets. CP5G also expands users’ capabilities further in media compatibility, providing improved adhesion to a broader range of substrates.
     
    In addition to the VUTEk XT setting a new image quality standard with its 4-colour grayscale printing, thanks to CP5G, the printer also gives customers the significant economic advantage of a 30-50% ink yield increase compared to other display graphics inkjet printers.
     
    Customers can choose from a number of automation options to configure the printer to their exact needs. This includes the ability to feed one or two large rolls of media, as well as three-quarter in and out and full pallet-to-pallet automation options. All options minimise the need for operator intervention and speed work through the printer.
     
    The EFI VUTEk XT is part of a new super high speed class of printers from EFI designed to drive the analog-to-digital transformation of display graphics into newer, even higher volumes. The super high speed portfolio also includes EFI’s successful VUTEk h5 hybrid UV LED printer with three-quarter automation and a new single-pass for display graphics UV LED printer that leverages EFI’s industry leading, award-winning Nozomi direct-to-board corrugated printing technology.
     
    More than a print device offering
     
    EFI addresses the growing market need for high-volume digital production with outstanding image quality, transport optimisation, and software performance on its super high speed display graphics solutions. In addition, EFI’s highly talented Professional Services team stands ready to assist customers with installation and training, along with additional offerings including development of new applications and business opportunities.
     
    EFI also leads the way with its integrated solutions platform to meet ever-changing market needs. That is where the company’s technology shines – from Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs), to the industry’s leading MIS/ERP workflow and web-to-print/eCommerce software offerings, EFI’s complete portfolio helps customers grow profitably, attract and retain new business, and provide a better, safer working environment for employees. The outstanding, versatile production and colour management capabilities of Fiery DFEs used to drive EFI super high speed printers optimise performance and colour management. And, new EFI IQ™ cloud solutions, including EFI Go for remote printing support, provide customers with stronger production management, data reporting and more.
     
    For more information on EFI’s portfolio of innovative solutions for display graphics production, visit www.efi.com





  • + Suppliers Urged to Act Quickly for PacPrint Funding

    Visual Connections is urging any company considering exhibiting at the PacPrint expo later this year to act immediately ..

    02 February 2021


    Visual Connections is urging any company considering exhibiting at the PacPrint expo later this year to act immediately to apply for funding which could cover 50% of participation costs up to the value of $250,000.

    The supplier association, which co-hosts and organises PacPrint and other industry expos and events, has been successful in having the industry’s leading trade show listed as eligible for Federal Government grants but, with the funding pool limited, CEO Peter Harper warns it’s ‘first in, best dressed’.

    “Visual Connections has been working with the Exhibitions & Events Association of Australia and other event industry associations to ensure PacPrint exhibitors can apply for a share of the $50 million assistance package announced by the Federal Government late last year,” Harper said this morning.

    “We are delighted that we have achieved eligibility, with PacPrint included on the recently-released list of approved events, however the funding is available only through application by participating exhibitors…and with a cap on the total grants available, organisations will have to move quickly to claim a share.”

    To qualify, organisations must have reserved their space and completed a booking form for the show, which will run from 28 September to 1 October at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. There is a minimum spend of $20,000, however successful exhibitors will be able to claim up to 50% of virtually all their participation costs, from stand design and build, to transport, signage, sponsorship, marketing, flights and accommodation, and more, up to a maximum of $250,000.

    To assist with the process, Visual Connections has also briefed a specialist company, Export Solutions, to assist exhibitors. With more than 20 years’ experience accessing such grants, the company has an experienced team with members all across Australia and work on a ‘fee for success’ basis.

    “Export Solutions can help with strategic advice to maximise the grant and your prospects of approval, prepare and lodge the applications and identify key documents required for that process, and liaise with the assessors, drawing on their experience to help answer any questions or requests that may arise during the assessment,” Harper explains.

    “Visual Connections has negotiated a flat fee for all PacPrint exhibitors, of 6% plus GST of the actual grant approved, with 50% payable on approval and signing of the grant agreement, and the balance on receipt of the funding. This percentage will be reduced on any amount received over $40,000.”





  • + Roland Academy Online Training 2021 Bookings Now Available!

    Following on from the success of Roland Academy Online Training launched in 2020, Roland DG are once again running the c..

    02 February 2021


    Following on from the success of Roland Academy Online Training launched in 2020, Roland DG are once again running the courses in 2021. 

    Increase Your Efficiency and Productivity Online 

    With face-to-face training remaining on hold for now, Roland DG will once again run online training courses so you can increase your efficiency and productivity, no matter where you are located. The courses are delivered online by expert Roland DG trainers to a small group, to encourage participation and interaction with attendees. 

    Course Detail 

    Explore VersaWorks Basics, how to improve your Cutting workflow, or increase your understanding of Colour and Profiles in these short 1-to-2-hour sessions. For customers running a Roland DG UV printer, check out our UV Features and Functions course.  

    Sessions are as follows:
    Session 1 – Basics
    Session 2 – Advanced Features: Cutting
    Session 3 – Advanced Features: Understanding Colour
    Session 4 – Advanced Features: Understanding Profiles
    Session 5 – UV Features and Functions

    Feedback from 2020’s Courses

    After attending one of the courses, Arn Betteridge from Signature Clothing discovered printer settings that result in "both time saving and better organisation of my workflow." Barbie Freeman from Ratbag Industries thought that the trainer showed "professionalism and great knowledge" and Ken Douglas from Perth Stitchings said: "I find these sessions really relevant and I would definitely like them to continue". 

    Book Your Place Today! 

    Initial dates have been locked in for 2021, and tickets are now available to purchase online. With only 8 spots per course and a starting price of just $29 inc GST, you will need to get in quick to secure your place. Click here to book. 





  • + EFI Engage Worldwide Conference Features Breakthrough Product Launches and Exceptional Educational Opportunities to Help Customers Create Success in 2021

    The first-ever worldwide virtual users’ conference for Electronics For Imaging, Inc. customers, EFI™ Engage,..

    26 January 2021


    The first-ever worldwide virtual users’ conference for Electronics For Imaging, Inc. customers, EFI™ Engage, features groundbreaking new innovations that accelerate customers’ ability to profitably and efficiently transition from analog to digital printing. The Jan. 25-Feb. 5 event features a virtual exhibition hall, along with demos and presentations on advanced Productivity Suite MIS/ERP, inkjet printing, and Fiery® digital front end (DFE) solutions. Advanced superwide-format inkjet technologies at Engage include a new, higher-throughput VUTEk® XT hybrid device – one of multiple superwide-format display graphics production solutions launching at the event.
     
    In addition to workshops, presentations, seminars and discussions on commercial printing, packaging and inkjet display graphics applications, EFI Engage will be the first global EFI users conference to feature a full training track on industrial textile printing, with training and demos on the full portfolio of EFI Reggiani digital production solutions for apparel and textile manufacturing.
     
    The event features comprehensive training for corrugated and other package converting applications, as well as introductory sessions detailing important opportunities in the building materials market, including EFI Cretaprint® tile decoration solutions along with high-quality industrial digital production applications using EFI Cubik single-pass printers for digital wood staining and decoration.
     
    “EFI Engage features a wealth of content and information to help customers learn about important new opportunities, as well as gain actionable ideas that can propel them into a more efficient and profitable ‘next normal’ phase of business,” said EFI Chairman and CEO Jeff Jacobson. “Attendees will learn about the strengths they can create in the future with leading-edge workflow innovation, along with the important expansion in print’s analog-to-digital evolution that comes with our newest, most-advanced inkjet solutions.”
     
    Superior digital print across markets with EFI’s leading portfolio
     
    New solutions premiering during Engage include:
     
    The new version 9 releases in EFI’s Productivity Suite offerings, which provide comprehensive, validated, end-to-end business and production management workflows for commercial print, mailing, display graphics, publication and packaging operations – based on EFI’s industry-leading MIS/ERP platforms, including Monarch, Pace™, Radius®, CTI and Technique software.
     
    EFI’s new super-high-speed VUTEk XT hybrid printer – a breakthrough solution designed to drive a significant reduction in total cost of ownership with superior throughput exceeding 375 boards per hour, innovative ink delivery, and the power of EFI’s integrated workflow. New CP5G ink delivery technology on the printer delivers complete ink circulation, superior dot placement, 5-picoliter drops and greyscale imaging – a robust feature set provides fine text imaging and near-lithographic imaging with a four-colour CMYK ink sets.
     
    A second super-high-speed product, a Single-Pass for Display Graphics printer optimised for high-volume production on signage media at speeds up to 1,000 sheets per hour.
     
    EFI’s fastest roll-to-roll superwide-format printers – new 138- and 198-inch wide EFI VUTEk Q3r and Q5r UV LED printers that deliver expanded capabilities for a wide range of challenging, high-volume applications, with premium features such as multi-layer white and high-value in-line finishing, collection and auto backlit and blockout options that help users achieve a remarkably low total cost of operation.
     
    The newest release of EFI’s Fiery Command WorkStation® management interface, version 6.6, which delivers the company’s most-robust search interface capabilities and powers faster curve and spot-colour editing capabilities, along with access to a host of additional features, such as the EFI IQ™ suite of cloud-based applications to help printing businesses extract value from data to minimise bottlenecks, optimise equipment utilisation and achieve higher print quality.
     
    The latest version of Fiery JobFlow™, a prepress production automation solution that now gives users the power to significantly upscale images with excellent output quality, reorganise PDF pages to make long jobs more manageable, and collect jobs based on time to ensure meeting production deadlines.
     
    Through more than 200 online conference sessions, EFI Engage highlights the expanded possibilities print and packaging businesses can achieve with leaner, faster, more-efficient and more integrated print production. The new EFI Fiery Command WorkStation offering – the free, market-leading, central interface used to direct hundreds of thousands of Fiery Driven™ digital print devices around the world – helps users manage their digital print operations better, even across multiple printers and locations, and produce higher quality print with fewer mistakes.
     
    Industry-leading digital print capabilities to drive opportunity
     
    One early Fiery Command WorkStation 6.6 user, Tom Griffiths, CEO of Slough, England-based design and print agency Page Visions, drives more efficient work when creating and managing jobs – especially through the ability to create and save very specific searches.
     
    “The latest features delivered in Fiery Command WorkStation make it more than just a pre-press and press operators’ tool,” said Griffiths. “The new Advanced Search with version 6.6 means we are able to get very granular with our job filtering and combine parameters to create production efficiencies. Plus, the fact that Fiery Command WorkStation’s stability is rock solid is also massive for us.”
     
    Another key innovation launching during Engage, the newest version of EFI Fiery JobFlow software, breaks down the barriers to print automation. With the software, users can efficiently scale images for wide and super-wide format applications. A pages module in the software enables operators to easily manage long jobs by splitting up a PDF using a set number of pages, PDF bookmarks, or page ranges. Users can also define job route behaviour in using JobFlow to get jobs printed as fast as possible when a Fiery server is unavailable.
     
    An important production innovation launching during Engage for cut-sheet digital printing – the integration between EFI Fiery Impose software and Duplo DC-618 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser devices – automates job preparation and finisher setup for higher-value custom jobs. The integration cuts the initial setup time of the workflow in half and saves users up to 70% in setup time preparing printing jobs with seamless, automated, two-way communication.
     
    In addition to the latest EFI workflow, Fiery DFE and inkjet display graphics offerings featured in EFI Engage’s exhibit area, this year’s conference also features advanced solutions from participating partners, including 3M™ Commercial Solutions; Aberdeen Fabrics; Duplo®; ISCorp™; Lubrizol®, Progress® Software Corp.; Ricoh®; and Thomson Reuters®.
     





  • + Roland DG Expands UV Portfolio With New VersaUV LEC2-640 & LEC2-330 Printer Cutters

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the la..

    26 January 2021


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the launch of the new VersaUV 64-inch LEC2-640 and 30-inch LEC2-330 wide format UV printer cutters.


    According to Kevin Shigenoya, Vice President, Digital Printing Business Division, the LEC2 series printer cutters offer unmatched production capabilities, including the ability to create unique special 3D effects using UV ink and contour cutting of printed images on demand. "We believe that the LEC2-640 and LEC2-330, with their superior versatility, is a powerful solution to support our customers in the immediate realisation of their creative ideas. With their value-added printing and cutting, incredibly diverse range of media support, and ease of use for even first-time users, the LEC2 series is ideal for a broad range of printing businesses for countless applications, including adhesive decals, labels and stickers, signs, POP, backlit panels, packaging prototypes and interior decor." 


    The LEC2-640 and LEC2-330 models announced today are the latest in a series expanding the UV product line and providing significant improvements in printing expression and functionality. Newly developed EUV5 ink supports CMYK, Clear, White and Primer options, expanding the colour gamut to produce vivid full-colour prints with special effects like simulated embossing and gloss or matte finishes. A True Rich Color print setting is designed to maximise the imaging capabilities of the LEC2-640 and LEC2-330 with the new inks for vibrant colour graphics with neutral grays, smooth gradations and natural skin tones. The new White ink, which is often used as a base coat when printing on transparent film or dark paper, achieves high opacity while the Primer ink makes it possible to print on media that was previously difficult or impossible to print on. 


    The latest print head and LED lamps enable an even higher level of print quality and high colour saturation. The print head has been optimised for precision ink firing and control, while the LED lamps are more powerful, to make curing the ink even faster. This combination delivers stunning images down to the finest details, from small text to elaborately textured patterns and gradations. 


    Two Models to Meet a Range of Application Needs 


    The new 64-inch model LEC2-640 adds support for large signage, displays and interior decor while new media feed options for the 30-inch LEC2-330 expand its capabilities for use in the fast-growing packaging industry. The optional TB-30 is capable of feeding film as thin as 30 microns for flexible packaging, and the ET-30 can handle a wide variety of paper stocks and aluminium metallised papers for folding carton packaging, including design comps, prototyping, and colour proofing for food, beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and more. 


    "In order for customers in the printing business to remain competitive," Shigenoya said, "it is critical to be flexible and to continue developing new business by adapting new applications in response to market trends and client needs. Roland DG will continue to provide new value to our customers' businesses and contribute to the development of the digital printing industry through unique, creative products and solutions." 


    For more information visit www.rolanddg.com.au/products/printers/versauv-lec2-330-640-uv-printer-cutters





  • + First Idealliance G7® Colour courses start online in February

    Idealliance, the global standards developer and certifying body for ISO and G7 colour specification, has named David Cro..

    26 January 2021


    Idealliance, the global standards developer and certifying body for ISO and G7 colour specification, has named David Crowther of Sydney’s Colour Graphic Services as one of 25 global certified G7 colour expert instructors to lead new training sessions on G7 based print and packaging applications.


    “G7 is the leading colour initiative in print consistency and near neutral appearance, and the G7 methodology specifies how to align any 4-colour CMYK print output to align all print technologies, regardless of where or how a product is printed,” says Idealliance.


    The interactive online training takes place over five consecutive days in February 2021. Training consists of a variety of components, including shared slides, video, whiteboard illustrations of critical concepts, press runs and print calibration simulations, and hands-on analysis.


    G7 Expert Trainer David Crowther - named last year as head of Idealliance Australasia - will lead the training open to those based in Australia and New Zealand. It will focus on G7 based print and packaging applications, and G7 integration, maintenance, and process control across all print and proofing applications through cutting edge, online learning. 


    Crowther, of Colour Graphic Services, has qualifications that include:
    G7 Expert trainer, BrandQ Manager certified, G7 Process Control Expert certified, Colour Management Professional Master certified, G7 Expert certified, Member – (EX-004) Australian ISO Technical Committee for Graphic Technology TC 130, Mellow Colour Certified Partner, Techkon Certified Service Partner, Colour and Print Consultant


    A library of print resources
    “G7® Expert Certification LIVE Online training is a new design to accommodate an online environment,” says Idealliance. “When you sign up, you will receive a library of print resources so you can participate during the instructor-led hands-on activities. Downloadable production resource materials such as G7 test forms help you learn how to implement G7 in your facility to obtain G7 Master qualification. Save time & money with G7 training that comes to you. Learn more and engage more with instructors and peers where you’re comfortable and can avoid distractions from the comfort of your home, office, or printing facility.


    “Participants will also receive access to the extensive online training library including on-demand training recordings to view to support your continued growth as a G7® Expert. Participants are strongly encouraged to participate in hands-on activities utilizing their colour management tools & solutions."


    Registration includes Colour Management Professional Fundamentals online training, provided in advance of the live training, to support leaders in colour management in their journey to become G7 Experts.


    Seats are limited to ensure direct support by Idealliance’s certified G7® Expert trainer & technical staff. Register now to reserve your seat. 


    The schedule is as follows:


    Monday February 22, 2021: 9:00am – 1:00pm AEST
    Tuesday February 23, 2021: 9:00am – 1:00pm AEST
    Wednesday February 24, 2021: 9:00am – 1:00pm AEST
    Thursday February 25, 2021: 9:00am – 1:00pm AEST
    Friday February 26, 2021: 9:00am – 1:00pm AEST 


    Pricing (in US dollars) for the 5-day course is:
    G7® Expert - Idealliance Members USD$2,149.00 / Non-members USD$2,619.00
    G7® Professional - Idealliance Members USD$1,799.00 / Non-members USD$2,009.00


    Bookings and further information can be obtained by emailing:
    David Crowther E: david@idealliance.org.au






  • + Jet Technologies & Screen invest in Australian demo centre for high productivity L350UV SAI S

    Jet Technologies is set to welcome the newest model of the highly successful L350UV family to its Australian demo centre..

    26 January 2021


    Jet Technologies is set to welcome the newest model of the highly successful L350UV family to its Australian demo centre later this year. 

    The latest model, known as the L350UV SAI S, brings a new level of productivity to the market, in terms of both full colour as well as high-opacity white print. Productivity has jumped by 20% in colour printing from the past model (regardless of number of colours, repeat or otherwise) and a whopping 67% with their highest opacity white going from 30m/min to 50m/min in all instances. 

    David Reece, Sales Director of Jet Technologies says, “We already have clients printing 20,000 lineal metre runs and with the substantial improvements in productivity experienced with the L350UV SAI S, there is no reason why they cannot aim for even larger print runs that have until recently been the domain of flexo”.  

    The addition of orange and blue to the current configuration, along with CGS colour matching using CxF data, enables printers to achieve an extremely wide range of the colour gamut, with extremely high levels of repeatability. The extra colours also provide a noticeable ink saving. 

    The L350UV SAI S is able to print on an extremely wide range of local and imported materials. The current installations in Australia and New Zealand report uptime in the range of 92-97%, including the oldest installations that are approaching 5 years. Peter Scott, Managing Director of Screen GP says, “Perhaps this is the aspect that we are most proud of. Any press will be reliable when it is new, but to maintain this high level of performance after many years is what Screen is renowned for”. 

    The demo centre will be at Jet Technologies’ headquarters in Sydney, and operational from January 2021.  

    Click here for more information.






  • + Lemorau launches MEBR+ Evolution

    Portuguese converting equipment manufacturer Lemorau has launched its latest MEBR+ Evolution, a printing and finishing m..

    26 January 2021


    Portuguese converting equipment manufacturer Lemorau has launched its latest MEBR+ Evolution, a printing and finishing machine developed to produce premium labels with a flexible, modular configuration.


    The Evolution features Lemorau’s latest and most advanced technologies combined with state-of-the-art components. It includes an unwinder equipped with a nip in servo, web guide, and splice table with space to include web cleaner and corona treatment, a flexo module in registration, as well as a flat screen-printing module that produces a glossy or matte UV varnish, glitter, rough and metallic effects. 


    The MEBR+ Evolution also includes hot foil stamping for adding metallic effects and a finishing module with a semi-rotary/rotary die-cutting unit equipped with an anvil roll with adjustable gap and an easy strip G2 waste rewinder, air trim removal followed by the slitting and double rewinding.


    The machine is fully flexible and enables converters to add and change its modules to respond to the demand. The long list of optional equipment includes a rotary die station, anti-static bar, booklet label module, digital printing module water-based CMYK, UV inkjet option between four and six colours, just to list a few.


    ‘For the last few months, we have been working very hard to develop this new project not only to complete our machine portfolio but also to open new market segments with the two new options of flat screen printing and hot stamping,’ said Pedro Teixeira, CEO of Lemorau. ‘This project was totally focused on label producers that aim to manufacture high-quality labels with embellishment effects from rolls provided from offset or digital presses. I think it is an ideal machine for label producers focusing on premium labels market segments such as wine, cosmetics, and spirits.’





  • + ISA Sign Expo 2021 – Now Virtual

    The Board of Directors for the International Sign Association have released the following statement: The ISA Boa..

    26 January 2021


    The Board of Directors for the International Sign Association have released the following statement:


    The ISA Board of Directors meets periodically to discuss and receive updates from ISA Staff on key programs and services. Yesterday we met to receive an update on ISA International Sign Expo 2021.


    We continue to closely monitor the ongoing developments with the coronavirus and the related effects of it. While the opening of the event is not for a few months, we must make decisions now about whether ISA can host an in-person event.


    Given the current state of the pandemic, we believe that the only solution will be for ISA Sign Expo 2021 to become a fully virtual event taking place over the same dates, April 7-9, 2021.


    Over the last year, ISA has developed a number of extremely well-received virtual experiences, including The Wrap Experience, The Link…Install and The Link…Soft Signage. Using the expertise, information and feedback from those events, we believe that we can deliver an outstanding experience, complete with the ability to explore new products, learn from experts and connect with peers.


    We realize that this will be disappointing for those who look forward to traveling to Las Vegas, meeting with 20,000+ sign, graphics and visual communications professionals and exploring 600+ exhibitors. Given the pandemic, it will be impossible to host the Expo in an in-person environment.


    ISA Sign Expo 2021 – Virtual will allow for a broader segment of our industry to fully participate in our show, including more international colleagues, those who normally do not travel for their companies and a wider scope of exhibitors. The virtual event will be FREE for all attendees and provide access to the latest products, ideas and connections to help you grow your business.


    Registration for ISA International Sign Expo 2021 – VIRTUAL is open, register today at www.SignExpo.org/Virtual2021.


    Rest assured that ISA will continue to deliver the strong programs to help you grow. We look forward to the day when we can meet again in-person. Until then, thank you for your understanding, and for trusting us to make the decisions we believe to be best for our industry, our members and our association as a whole.


    signexpo.org





  • + Virtual.drupa 2021 Online Exhibitor Registration Open

    Exhibitors can now register (https://virtual.drupa.com/en/Become_exhibitor/Online_application) for virtual.drupa 2021. ..

    18 January 2021


    Exhibitors can now register for virtual.drupa 2021.

    virtual.drupa will take place April 20-23, 2021.

    Originally planned as a live event from April 20-28, 2021 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany, the world’s No. 1 trade fair for printing technologies had to be changed into a virtual format due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The basic package includes a presence in the Exhibition Space, with the company profile, service and product offerings displayed in the online showroom.

    Keywords, product categories and video presentations guide visitors to the various company profiles, which remain accessible for information and interaction after virtual.drupa. 

    With the help of the matchmaking tool, exhibitors can also interact personally with existing and new customers in the Networking Plaza and arrange meetings (after registration). 

    This allows targeted networking before the start of the virtual event.

    The basic package can be expanded with additional individualised marketing tools such as company logos, additional product categories or prominent placements of advertising banners that lead visitors to the online showroom. Live web sessions for direct interaction and exchange with relevant target groups are also offered. These services will be available at the end of January.

    In addition to the Exhibition Space and the Networking Plaza, virtual.drupa will feature the Conference Area with topics from the drupa hot spots. Internationally renowned speakers will address global trends such as the circular economy, sustainability and connected consumers.

    Free online visitor registration for virtual.drupa will start in March 2021.

    The drupa preview events in the last couple of months already gave an example of the three pillars of virtual.drupa. The drupa preview pillars will be expanded into virtual.drupa and bring the worldwide community together with its comprehensive range of offers. The last drupa preview conference program will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.





  • + NUtec Launches Ruby UV-Curable Ink Range

    Leading manufacturer, NUtec Digital Ink recently launched their latest UV-curable ink range named Ruby and which is opti..

    18 January 2021


    Leading manufacturer, NUtec Digital Ink recently launched their latest UV-curable ink range named Ruby and which is optimised for LED UV lamp curing.

    The new Ruby range launches with premium quality, fast curing roll-to-roll UV inks designed for a wide range of flexible applications including self-adhesive media.  The inks perform well in a demanding, high speed printing environment with enhanced scuff and chemical resistance.

    Ruby’s superior colour gamut delivers bright, vivid images with good gloss levels. The UV-curable inks are free from N-vinyl caprolactam (NVC), feature improved stretchability, produce low odour, and comply to the latest regulatory standards.

    NUtec Technical & Operations Director, Paul Geldenhuys states: “There are many advantages to choosing UV LED over conventional curing which include, among others, wider substrate choices as UV LED offers a cooler cure, lower energy consumption and reduced heat output. In addition, the LED lamps are maintenance free and feature a long service life.”

    Geldenhuys adds: “As this technology evolves and matures, ink manufacturers Like NUtec will continue to adapt to meet new demands and to support more applications utilizing UV LED systems and ink.”

    nutecdigital.com





  • + Fisher Textiles introduces new home furnishing fabric media

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, introduces a new printable fabric line for Home F..

    18 January 2021


    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, introduces a new printable fabric line for Home Furnishing applications that are ideal for interior and exterior home décor.

    These durable fabrics are long lasting and suitable for soft textile applications including throw pillows, window treatments, table linens, upholstery, bedding linens, shower curtains and bath towels; wall art including canvas gallery wraps and wallpaper; and floor décor including rugs and mats.  All are either 100% Polyester or Poly blends, stocked in a variety of textures and weights.

    Blankets-On-Demand, a subcategory of this fabric line, includes fully finished plush flannel and polar fleece blankets available in three sizes for sublimation printing. The finishing is a self-edge folded/bordered edge with a twin needle coverseam. Finished sizes are 30” x 40”, 50” x 60”, and 60” x 80”. These soft and cozy blankets are perfect for personalized throw blankets, baby milestone blankets, and promotional blankets. Blankets-On-Demand are sold by the case and are also available in unfinished roll good form ranging from 61-inches to 63-inches-wide.





  • + Tecnau announce new digital print finishing possibilities

    Tecnau is pleased to announce the launch of Tecnau Germany starting January 1st, 2021. Together with its well-estab..

    18 January 2021


    Tecnau is pleased to announce the launch of Tecnau Germany starting January 1st, 2021.

    Together with its well-established distributors, BÖWE Systec and G. Holzer, “Tecnau Deutschland” provides a new array of digital print finishing possibilities to the market. Stephan Klier, who joined Tecnau at the beginning of the year, has been appointed as Managing Director of Tecnau Germany.

    “Over the last 5 years we experienced continuous steady growth in the market, both in the traditional transactional segment, as well as in commercial print and publishing”, stated Stefano De Marco, Managing Director at Tecnau. “We strongly believe in the potential that digital print can provide, and with a localised team of experts in digital finishing we aim to provide a stronger, closer and faster support to assist our customers from both a sales and service perspective”.

    Tecnau is ready to provide dedicated and tailor-made finishing solutions for the highly demanding, widespread, and diversified German market. The Tecnau portfolio ranges from the cost-effective and space efficient B2+ sheetfed cut and stack finishing solution, Stack 1212, to fully automated and integrated book-on-demand systems, with a special mention of the recently introduced Revolution 50 series of cut & stack solutions for reliable, continuous non-stop production as required in today’s most demanding digital print environments.

    “With a deep focus on customers’ needs and a close cooperation with our partners, we want to ensure a strong presence in the market to support every digital print application. Through a coordinated use of our joint expertise – on site, in engineering or after sales – we will provide valuable input and generate real added value for partners and customers,” concluded Stephan Klier.

    Tecnau is a leading provider of pre- and post-finishing solutions for high performance digital printing systems with production sites in Italy, Sweden, and USA.





  • + Industry Mourns the Passing of Paul Jordan

    It’s with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of industry legend and signage expert, Paul Jordan. ..

    31 December 2020


    It’s with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of industry legend and signage expert, Paul Jordan.

    Paul was known throughout the signage industry as a truly gifted gilder, award winning sign maker, owner of Jordan Signs and, as a true gentlemen. 

    Son of industry legend John Jordan, Paul continued in his father’s footsteps, happily and graciously teaching anyone willing to learn the exquisite art of gilding and more.

    Paul was always present at Letterhead meets and trade shows in Australia and New Zealand, where he willing passed on his knowledge and gladly promoted the industry to the next generation.

    Paul’s funeral was held at Southside Church, Miranda, NSW.
     
    We at Visual Impact Magazine extend our condolences to Paul’s wife Jayne and his family. 

    Paul’s wife, Jayne, has asked that no flowers or tributes be sent. Rather that a donation be made to either the Cancer Council, https://www.cancer.org.au/get-involved/donate-to-cancer-council, or the Asbestos Disease Research Institute (ADRI). https://adri.org.au/support-us/.





  • + Mark Andy launches Evolution Series E3

    Mark Andy has launched Evolution Series E3, the second iteration of its Evolution Series flexo press, which initially de..

    15 December 2020


    Mark Andy has launched Evolution Series E3, the second iteration of its Evolution Series flexo press, which initially debuted at Labelexpo Europe in 2019. The newest press has been developed to fill a gap in the market for a servo powered machine that prioritises ease of use and reduces operating costs.

    The original Evolution Series flagship press is being rebranded to Evolution Series E5. This machine provides converters a scalable production technology designed to provide adaptability to future business growth needs. In its first year, 46 Evolution Series presses have been installed worldwide. 

    The new Evolution Series E3 is available in 13 and 17in (330 and 430mm) web widths with production speeds up to 500 ft/min (150 m/min). Evolution Series E5 maintains its technical specifications and is available in 13 and 17in (330 and 430mm) web widths with production speeds up to 750 ft/min (230 m/min).

    According to the company, even with the Evolution Series E5, there was still a market for a more accessible full-servo flexo press for converters focused on producing quality labels affordably.

    ‘When we came to market with Evolution Series, now known as Evolution Series E5, we intended to provide converters a more attainable solution built on Performance Series technology they could grow with, configure what they need now, knowing they could evolve in the future. And we did just that,’ said Tom Schlembauer, chief business officer for flexo at Mark Andy. ‘But after listening to our customers, we realised there was an opportunity to offer a machine that focuses primarily on getting back to the basics, but with modern technology and affordability. So, we built a solution that allows converters to be competitive exclusively in the prime label market and that solution is Evolution Series E3.’

    With the launch of Evolution Series E3, Mark Andy is also introducing Mark Andy ProUV, which will come standard on all E3 presses. Powered by Phidastien’s UV curing technology, it enables high-quality, reliable results. It is a fully integrated curing system, with power and air located on-press and within a single cabinet to help converters maintain a smaller pressroom footprint.

    Evolution Series E3 and E5 join Mark Andy’s flexographic portfolio offerings, including the Performance Series P7 and P9. Both Evolution Series machines are available for immediate order.





  • + New energy efficiency report reveals how to significantly reduce energy costs and environmental impacts

    The Energy Efficiency Council, in partnership with CitySwitch, has undertaken ground-breaking research detailing how off..

    15 December 2020


    The Energy Efficiency Council, in partnership with CitySwitch, has undertaken ground-breaking research detailing how office-based businesses can significantly reduce their energy costs and environmental impacts, often by making simple choices such as which type of technology and equipment to use.

    Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: a briefing for office-based businesses is underpinned by new research about where these businesses should and can focus efforts to reduce energy consumption and operational expenditure.
     
    This ground-breaking research – the first of its kind in Australia – identified energy and cost-saving opportunities for office-based businesses and particularly office tenancies, a sector that often gets less attention in the movement towards more sustainable buildings.

    While servers and printers make up a substantial proportion of office tenants’ energy consumption, these pieces of equipment are not covered under the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program or Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). This means that office-based businesses may be wasting energy while operating this type of equipment as they are unaware that some equipment options are much less efficient than others. For example, some inkjet printers use up to 90% less energy and power than comparable laser printers.


     
    Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg said, “Printers and copiers account for the largest power draw of any single device after computers and servers. If a business is looking to reduce its operational expenditure and improve its environmental footprint, then investing in inkjet printers, particularly when they use 90% less electricity than laser printers, makes a lot of sense on every level.”
     
    The research finds much room for improvement, with lighting still making up the greatest proportion of energy use within office tenancies, but only 60 per cent of the surveyed tenancies having undertaken a LED upgrade, making it a significant opportunity to reduce electricity bills.
     
    Similarly, while other substantial energy-using equipment – like air-conditioning and computers – are covered under the E3 and MEPS programs, many offices would benefit from undertaking targeted equipment procurement programs that preference six-star plus purchases or leases.
     
    “IT equipment accounts for almost half the energy consumption in an office tenancy, yet printers and servers don’t have energy performance labelling, making it much harder for  consumers to make the energy efficient choice at time of purchase,” said Luke Menzel, Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Efficiency Council.
     
    Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: a briefing for office-based businesses will be launched online today at 11am with leading Australian businesses highlighting how they’ve adopted smart energy management to reduce costs and improve environmental performance.





  • + CANON PRODUCTION PRINTING AUSTRALIA LAUNCH NEW SERVICE PROGRAM, PROCARE, FOR COLORADO ROLL-TO-ROLL PRINTERS

    Canon Production Printing Australia have today announced ProCare, a groundbreaking new after-sales service for their Col..

    15 December 2020


    Canon Production Printing Australia have today announced ProCare, a groundbreaking new after-sales service for their Colorado roll-to-roll wide format printer series.

    From 1st January 2021, thanks to the new service program, ProCare, Colorado1640 and 1650 owners will be able to benefit from maximised uptime through access to spare parts, preventive maintenance and remote software application support for increased productivity and minimal downtime.

    ProCare’s premium counterpart, ProCare+, provides additional support options including premium rapid onsite response, and print head replacement and maintenance.
    Colorado series printers are designed for optimal productivity with minimal operator intervention and manual maintenance. ProCare and ProCare+ have been designed to extend this philosophy in an effort to give customers the added confidence they need to deliver quality, tight turnaround times, business growth and increased profits.

    ProCare and ProCare+ are both available for three, four or five years, with the option to extend support after the initial contract has ended.

    Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania comments, “With Colorado ProCare, customers know they have a technology they can rely on and a solutions partner who will always be at their side to help them deliver.



    “We know from our customers, that Colorado is much more than a production device; it’s a solution for bringing artwork to life, meeting the tightest deadlines and fulfilling even the most critical application requirements. Print service providers rely on it on a daily basis and its performance is vital for their business, whether they have one or multiple machines.

    “The benefits of UVgel technology give the best possible balance of productivity, uptime and quality while reducing Total Cost of Ownership.”





  • + CMYKhub installed Asia Pacific’s first HP Indigo 100K Digital Press

    HP Australia and Currie Group have today announced that leading trade printer, CMYKhub, is the first customer to install..

    15 December 2020


    HP Australia and Currie Group have today announced that leading trade printer, CMYKhub, is the first customer to install the HP Indigo 100K Digital Press in the Asia Pacific region. The installation continues CMYKhub’s longstanding partnership with HP and Currie Group and cements HP Indigo at the forefront of print innovation in the region.
     
    “The HP Indigo 100K is our most productive digital B2 solution yet. It was engineered with offset users in mind, with striking print quality that matches offset look-and-feel while offering significantly higher productivity with up to 6000 sheets per hour. At HP, we’re incredibly proud to see the first HP Indigo 100K in Asia Pacific installed here in Australia at CMYKhub. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the team at CMYKhub, and through our partner Currie Group, in supporting their business growth”, said Craig Walmsley, Country Manager HP Personalisation & Industrial Business South Pacific.
     
    For CMYKhub, the installation of the HP Indigo 100K is a significant milestone in their business restructure aimed at bringing their business closer to their customers and production of high value applications. The new digital press will also help deliver orders faster to customer and open new profit-making opportunities for business.
     
    “At CMYKhub, we value our strong relationship with HP and Currie Group. Starting when Bernie Robinson from Currie Group first suggested this machine through to the installation, it’s been a quick and smooth transition for our team. The HP Indigo 100K was a no-brainer for us because of the increased productivity and superior quality, and we’re excited to share more details about the HP Indigo 100K with our resellers and customers in the near future,” said Dayne Nankervis, chief operating officer at CMYKhub.
     
    “The strength in the relationship and leadership in technology has delivered a strong and sustainable business model, and we look forward to seeing this next phase for CMYKhub with the 100K at the forefront,” said Bernie Robinson, Managing Director at Currie Group.
     
    “Since we first saw the 100K in development, we were genuinely very impressed with the advances HP Indigo had made in automation and productivity, and how this would translate into real benefits. We are excited that CMYKhub will be enabling the 100K to deliver these benefits to their business and their customers,” added Phillip Rennell, Sales and Marketing Director at Currie Group.
     
    Designed to rewrite the rules of profitability
     
    The first HP Indigo Series 5 Digital Press from the HP Personalisation and Industrialisation Business, the HP Indigo 100K is designed for offset players to transition more work to digital and boost sustainability with on-demand printing. The commercial sheetfed press can do nonstop printing of tens of thousands of B2 duplex sheets every day.
     
    Designed to fit into the circular economy, the HP Indigo 100K Digital Press delivers low environmental impact printing with maximum productivity, and offers advanced paper handling and offset-like gripper-to-gripper design for precision registration, as well as unique HP Indigo digital advantages, including colour automation, calibration, fast switchover between jobs and media and five-input source feeder.
     
    Delivering up to 6000 sheets per hour, the HP Indigo 100K four-colour digital press boosts margins on short-run digital production and introduces new calculations that confirm a lower total cost of ownership.
     
    The new digital press from HP also uses HP Indigo ElectroInks that bring the widest on-press colour gamut, giving CMYKhub the opportunity to meet exacting customer requirements and achieve profitable growth.
     
    Made for the sustainable way you work
     
    Through workflow solutions like HP PrintOS, a print production operating system with web and mobile apps, CMYKhub will also be able to easily manage customers’ jobs from submission to shipment while simplifying and automating production.
     
    As part of the HP Indigo ecosystem, CMYKhub will also be able to increase productivity and streamline production flow with finishing partners’ solutions to produce high-value applications such as personalised marketing collateral, photobooks, and sophisticated direct mail.
     
    With their new HP digital press, CMYKhub can solve customers’ needs with the industry’s widest range of certified media compatibility, delivering new opportunities to print on dark, transparent and recycled paper, as well as other environmentally accredited substrates, synthetics and paperboard.
     
    About HP
    HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers and 3D printing solutions, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.





  • + Esko brings innovation and added value to customers with Software 20.1 update

    Esko has unveiled a host of new and award-winning innovations for its integrated Esko Software 20.1 platform, developed ..

    15 December 2020


    Esko has unveiled a host of new and award-winning innovations for its integrated Esko Software 20.1 platform, developed to deliver even more functionality as well as outstanding value to packaging, label and wide format customers.

    “As a technology company, we are relentlessly developing solutions to serve our markets and customers better,” said Jan de Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Industry Relations & Strategy. “We build long-term relationships with our customers and strive to ensure our solutions remain relevant and innovative, enabling anyone using them in the packaging value chain to benefit from operational efficiency improvements.”

    Updates and new features in Esko Software 20.1 include: 

    WebCenter 20.0 – the latest feature-packed version of the web-based packaging management solution, now incorporates an improved user experience and WebCenter Tasks Plugin. Digital transformation can only be successful if the solution is fully adapted to the user’s requirements, and with the addition of a social-media style dashboard and new connectors for Adobe Creative Suite applications, WebCenter does just that.

    ArtiosCAD 20.0.1 – the leading packaging structural design tool simplifies designing of multi-part and multi-material packages using Resizable Canvas Design templates.

    ArtPro+ 20.1 Plate Cut – a new automated feature that finds the optimal individual cutting path for each separation, reducing preparation time for flexo plate mounting by up to 30 minutes.

    ArtPro+ 20.1 Trapping – a new, InterTech Award-winning aesthetic trapping algorithm which closes mis-register gaps and accommodates individual exceptions, making trapping jobs up to 70 per cent faster.

    Print Control Wizard for Corrugated – a version of the award-winning software specifically designed for the corrugated market, delivering quicker plate production, improved graphic performance and reduced costs.

    AVT AutoSet – an integration between Esko Automation Engine and AVT’s press inspection system, reducing setup time of the inspection system to almost zero.

    “As we continue to navigate the fallout from the global pandemic, the ability to digitise, automate and connect will be crucial to businesses,” said Jan. “The latest software updates not only deliver greater accuracy, efficiency and consistency across a design and print workflow, but are integral tools for converters taking the next steps along their own digital transformation journey.”

    For more information about Esko software solutions, please visit the Esko Innovation Hub at innovation.esko.com





  • + Konica Minolta named worldwide leader by IDC MarketScape for Print Transformation

    Konica Minolta has announced that it has been named a worldwide leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transform..

    07 December 2020


    Konica Minolta has announced that it has been named a worldwide leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment for print transformation in recognition of its strong portfolio that will support customers in growing their digital maturity. 

    The report states: “While Konica Minolta is typically perceived as an MFP/printer vendor, the company has made considerable progress in repositioning itself as a managed services company that delivers workplace solutions. Thus, Konica Minolta's product evolution involves a continuum of products and services including hardware, managed services, and business process automation integrated into an Intelligent Connected Workplace.” 

    Yohei Konaka, chairman and managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “COVID-19 and the events that have occurred throughout 2020 have accelerated digital requirements and opportunities for customers as the world stumbled through the biggest work-from-home experiment ever seen, with a focus on business continuity and resilience. The distributed workforce is here to stay, and a more connected and digital workforce will be required into the future. Konica Minolta has a role to play in helping customers realise an Intelligent Connected Workplace to better serve their own employees so they in-turn can serve their customers.” 

    The report also states that Konica Minolta: “…considers not only technology trends but also a broader view of both generational workforce and overarching sociological shifts. The company believes that technology needs to be human centered, so understanding the motivations, wants, and needs of the worker is essential. The company will focus on the ‘why’ when implementing new technology and not just the ‘how’. As part of this strategy, Konica Minolta is pursuing a host of nonprint-related offerings, some of which are based on partner-delivered solutions and others that are based on homegrown technologies.” 

    These solutions enable the Intelligent Connected Workplace of Konica Minolta’s customers, and include robotics, cloud and mobility.