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  • The new Ball & Dogget catalogue is the perfect tool to assist you when navigating through their comprehensive range of products. The catalogue covers products from:

    • Sign, Display & Digital
    • Labels & Packaging
    • Offset & Digital Papers
    • Print & Packaging Consumables.

    Whatever the print technology you use, B&D have the right product to ensure you get the best from your printing equipment.

    To secure your copy, please enter your details via the link below and they will hand deliver it you.



    Ball & Doggett launches their new Product Catalogue 2022 - 2024.



  • Starting from June 15, 2022, users will be able to update their RIP to access a range of new features designed to increase performance, output quality, and productivity.

    French software creator Caldera has announced the release of the latest update of its award-winning RIP program, CalderaRIP Version 15.1. Starting from June 15, 2022, users will be able to update their RIP to access a range of new features designed to increase performance, output quality, and productivity.

    Highlights of this new update include an improved nesting algorithm, CalderaJobs’ compatibility with Windows, and four exclusive features for CalderaCare subscribers. In addition, this update supports the cutters of French manufacturer VERSO, and more than 42 new Print & Cut drivers have been added to the V15.1 ISO.

    Along with Version 15.1, the company is also releasing version 1.14 of CalderaDock, the toolbox to manage the license and installation of all Caldera solutions. With this new version, users can login to their WorkSpace account directly from CalderaDock to access their information. Production administrators will also appreciate the increased flexibility, security, and control during the installation process.

    According to Arnaud Fabre, Head of Product at Caldera, “Giving our customers the tools to optimize their production costs and grow their printshop remains one of our top priorities.”

    The new features and improvements included in Version 15.1 contribute to making it the most comprehensive, flexible, and powerful RIP solution on the market. CalderaJobs has been improved, making it the perfect tool for print operators whose role is to send ripped jobs to the printers, and for production managers who need to balance the workload or check the connectivity and statuses of the fleet. Users can drive and manage their fleet of printers from any of their workstations, including those running on Windows devices. For more flexibility, they can filter their RIP stations to focus on a subpart of the fleet. The nesting algorithm in Compose and Nest-O-Matik modules has also been improved to help operators reduce media waste.

    Along with these enhancements to the RIP software, Version 15.1 comes with new exclusive features for CalderaCare subscribers, including the possibility to submit multi-page PDF files with different cut contours directly to CalderaRIP. Reducing the number of files to handle guarantees a more efficient workflow, with valuable time-savings and fewer manual errors. To speed up textile printing operations, the new "Use Printer S&R” option makes the ripping process faster when producing repeated patterns.

    CalderaCare subscribers also benefit from two additional features to streamline their cutting operations. With Image Step&Repeat in VisualCut, CalderaRIP groups the shapes by images and builds optimized rows to streamline the cutting head path— which increases cutting speed and accuracy. In addition, both VisualCut & GrandCut come with a new option to streamline two-steps workflow such as sublimation and lamination requiring rolling and unrolling. In just one click, users can rotate jobs by 180° to save time and have their jobs ready for cutting right after printing, without additional manipulation.

    Sébastien Hanssens, VP Marketing & Operations says, “Version 15.1 continues our 30-year long tradition of putting our customer’s needs at the heart of our innovations. Each new update aims to push their business forward and help them face the new challenges of the digital printing industry.”





  • Epson Australia will exhibit at PacPrint 22 with not only its biggest product offering ever, but also having cemented its position of Number 1* in terms of market share for Large Format’ and Direct to Shape printers across Australia and New Zealand for the last two years (2020-2021). Epson’s Number 1 position in these market areas is based on data from research specialists, IDC.

     

    Taking with them the philosophies of “Be limitless” and “Expand your business possibilities” Epson is exhibiting a veritable armada of printing solutions, with many of the products that helped Epson achieve their Number 1 status also on their stand at PacPrint 2022.
     
    In the Fabric area Epson will feature their large 76” SureColor F10060 aimed at soft signage and just-in-time manufacturing. The SC-F10060 achieves an outstanding gamut using just four inks. It combines advanced Epson Precision Dot Technology with UltraChrome DS HDk ink to achieve high image quality with intense and accurate colour. Alongside the SureColor F10060 will be the SureColor F6360 - 44” which suits a wide range of production applications including customised garments and fabrics, hard and soft signage, décor and merchandise.

     
    Then there’s the Epson SureColor F9460H - 64” which represents the fourth generation of Epson’s proven 64” platform and combines Epson Precision Dot Technology, with advanced media management and UltraChrome DS HDk ink to enable outstanding image quality at high speed. 
     
    Finally in fabric will be the Epson SureColor F3000 – DTG which has scaled up to suit to needs of high-volume producers. The SC-F3000 combines advanced Epson UltraChrome® DG ink with Epson’s latest PrecisionCore™ head technology and an upgraded print engine. Staggered 2.6" print heads enable high-speed, single-pass, five-colour production.  
     
    The next area on the stand is Signage where you will see Epson’s latest solvent models as well as their new resin range featuring the SureColor R5000L, which offers a low running cost and accurate and repeatable colour on a platform that enables rapid job turnaround.



    You will also see the Epson SureColor V7000 - UV Flatbed. The SureColor V7000 is designed to produce durable images on a wide range of substrates, with superior colour and print quality. The SC-V7000 combines Epson precision imaging and print head technology with new UltraChrome UV ink. The printer supports flexible production with four separate print zones and support for media up to 80mm thick. This is a printer designed to provide durable and worry-free operation backed by a comprehensive service program that can be extended up to five years.
     
    Also on display in signage will be the Epson SureColor S80660L - 64” CISS which is designed to produce durable images with maximum impact and format flexibility, quickly, easily and at minimum cost. Prints dry quickly to enable ad-hoc, same-day job turnaround, while the high-capacity media and ink supply systems enable efficient roll-to-roll production with remote status monitoring and reporting. 

     
    Then there’s the Epson SureColor S60660L - 64” CISS which also features Epson's latest PrecisionCore print head and UltraChrome Eco-Solvent ink technology. It produces images that are brighter and glossier than competitors with an outstanding colour gamut.

     
    Epson is known as a leader in the commercial and professional photo printing space with models such as the SureColor P9560. That said, Epson are also a major player in small format photo printing and on the stand they will display in both key areas. This includes the new SureLab D1060 dry-film minilab which is designed for low-medium volume production. It can be operated as a standalone machine or in multiples for heightened production. It incorporates a high precision Epson Micro Piezo™ Thin Film Print™ (TFP) head that enables accurate and consistent output in resolutions up to 1440 x 720 dpi. Staying true to the SureLab series, the D1060 is compact, lightweight, and requires minimal operational space.

     
    Epson has launched a huge range of models in the Technical & Poster segment over the last two years you will see a number of these at PacPrint along with the SureColor T7760D. This newly redesigned model combines high-speed production with flexible media handling in an extremely compact footprint and a clever new six-colour ink set.


    Epson will also have the SureColor T5460M - 36” MFP on display. The SC-T5460M features Epson's latest PrecisionCore™ print head and aqueous UltraChrome® XD2 pigment ink. It will print an A1 image in as little as 22 seconds with output that dries almost instantly to be water and rub resistant. The SC-T5460M is Epson’s first wide format printer to include an integrated scanner. Developed for engineers and architects, it also provides the perfect solution for corporate, government, retail and education users.
     
    If it’s colour and proofing you’re after then Epson’s unique SD-10 Spectrophotometer will also be demonstrated. The SD-10 is an ultra-compact high-precision spectrophotometer. Small in size but big in features, it is designed to be your constant print companion. It lets you determine the exact colour of a test item and compare it with another or with a known standard such as Pantone®. Most importantly the readings you take are accurate and consistent.



    The industrial and commercial labels is where you will see Epson’s latest SurePress AQ ink industrial label press, the L-4733AW, as well as the ColorWorks CW-C4010, both on display for the first time in Australia.
     
    The SurePress L-4733AW digital label press incorporates Epson’s acclaimed MicroPiezo® inkjet printhead and uses industrial grade Epson SurePress AQ ink. It is designed for converters who wish to produce general purpose and specialised labels in short and ultra-short print runs on mainly paper based stocks. It produces output on coated and uncoated substrates with a high colour gamut, high colour accuracy and outstanding print resolution and precision. Jobs are quick to set up and easy to complete with the absolute minimum in consumption, wastage and labour.  
     
    Bringing comprehensive connectivity and dynamic image quality together in a compact design, the ColorWorks C4010 label printer enables your business to harness the power of communication through colour. This versatile label printer features high-performance PrecisionCore® technology and is engineered for reliability. It delivers crisp, photo-quality colour labels on demand at up to 1200 dpi resolution.


    Alongside is the Epson ColorWorks C6510A, the highly dependable 8” commercial inkjet label printer covering the full spectrum of label sizes for enhanced productivity and versatility.
     
    The final area in this formidable library of printing offerings comes in the form of Epson’s Document Solutions and 
    Business Printers that are designed to increase efficiencies and productivity while helping SMBs and SMEs to lower their impact on the environment. This important area will feature and demonstrate Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-C579R network MFPWF-C879RTC workgroup printer and the Epson WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20600.






  • Earlier this year INX International Ink Co. expanded its information outreach to customers by introducing the Printer Space blog, which covers a wide range of printing-related topics. Taking another step to provide beneficial information, the INX Troubleshooting Guide App was recently updated with more solutions to common problems.

    New information for users of water-based Flexo inks makes it the tenth guide to be available where customers can quickly find answers when they encounter printing issues. The library already consists of separate guides for Sheetfed, Web Offset/Heatset, EB Litho, UV Flexo, UV Litho, UV Hybrid, UV Metal Decorating, and both 2-piece and 3-piece metal decorating.

    The app identifies problems and symptoms, provides recommended solutions, and now offers nine different languages for the three metal decorating guides with the addition of Czech. Besides English, it is also available in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish and two Spanish versions – Latin America (Español) and Castilian.

    “This latest update with the Troubleshooting Guide App is indicative of our commitment to help improve the flow of information to our customers,” said Renee Schouten, INX’s Vice President of Marketing. She pointed out that when it was first introduced in 2014, one of the main goals of the app was to limit the amount of downtime for printers.

    “Our ink experts continue to keep the dialogue fresh because change is constant in our industry. There is great value in knowing about new products and capabilities, the most recent regulatory changes, and best practices and techniques to keep you at the forefront of print and package innovation. And like our free online INX University courses, we’ve added another language to this app.”

    Learn more about the Troubleshooting Guide app by clicking here.





  • Konica Minolta Australia has announced the launch of the new SD-435/450 inline booklet makers with Plockmatic Group, extending the companies’ partnership and bringing a cost-effective solution for heavy production finishing to commercial print environments. 

    The inline versions of the SD-435/450 will be exclusively sold by Konica Minolta throughout 2022. Plockmatic Group’s inline platform introduces architecture that delivers new features for the first time in the low- to mid-sized volume market segments, across Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress colour production machines. 

    The new system architecture will let customers produce high-quality booklets from A6 to A4 landscape. It has all the key processes needed to produce corner and edge staple, folding, spine forming, and full bleed trimming, combined in one, easy-to-use system.   

    Johan Mikaelsson, VP business unit inline & group technical support, Plockmatic Group, said, “Plockmatic Group is delighted to extend our successful partnership with Konica Minolta with an exclusive agreement that benefits the customers of both companies. Customers recognise that the finishing of any document has never been more important. The SD-435/450 series uses the latest patented Plockmatic technologies to deliver top-quality output in a wide range of print applications. These can be customised for document finishers and will help them grow business in their territories.” 

    Tatjana Ferguson, product marketing manager, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “The SD-435/450 series is powerful and versatile to meet the changing demands of customers in the commercial print sector, delivering true value. Key features such as long sheet capability, corner and edge stapling, square folding, and bleed trim functionality. And, the ability to produce A4 landscape booklets is becoming increasingly important for customers.” 

    Other key features include:

    • RCT 3.0 Rotate Crease Trimmer for professional-looking, full bleed trimmed and creased booklets on sheets up to 620mm long, which can also be fitted with active anti-static bars. Konica Minolta’s TU-510 innovative four-edge trimmer and creaser can also be used as an alternative to the RCT module.
    • A finishing module FM-400 that includes a new design, face trimmer, and square folding mechanism in a single unit, based on the successful trimmer and book fold modules from SD-500/350.
    • High-capacity BST4000 book stacker for more production-oriented sites for long, unattended runs, which can be configured straight after the SD-435/450 or at a 90-degree angle.
    Since 2016, when the partnership between Konica Minolta and Plockmatic Group was established, Konica Minolta has successfully launched the Plockmatic SD-500, Plockmatic PowerSquare™ 160, and PowerSquare™ 224 booklet makers. Now, with the Plockmatic SD-435/450 series, most profitable finishing needs of commercial printers can be met. 

    About Konica Minolta Australia    
    Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education, and manufacturing.    
       
    Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.     
       
    Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as data capture; business process automation; content management; business security; artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.    
       
    Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders, and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through diversity and inclusion, ethical supply chain, and climate change action strategies. Konica Minolta Australia recently released its first Reconciliation Action Plan to demonstrate its public commitment to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all other people in the community to help improve life outcomes and opportunities and to create a better future for society at large.    
       
    For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home 





  • + Solimar Unveils Rubika 4.4 with Enhanced User Interface for Easier Onboarding and Increased Workflow Efficiencies

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    June 28 2022

    Solimar Systems, Inc., provider of leading workflow software solutions for print production and digital communications, has unveiled the latest version of its award-winning Rubika® document re-engineering solution. Rubika 4.4 introduces an enhanced user experience and more workflow efficiencies at its core, enabling customers to streamline implementations and achieve significant savings within their businesses.

    Rubika is renowned for adding value to existing documents with a modular suite of post-composition document re-engineering capabilities that maximize postal discounts, add barcodes for insertion control, modify finishing, automate device load balancing, and enable white paper workflows. Rubika is part of Solimar’s Chemistry™ platform, integrated with other workflow and data optimizing, document enhancing and job tracking solutions.

    Among the many benefits of Rubika 4.4 is an enhanced graphical user interface (GUI) to boost the ease of commonly used tasks with fewer clicks, while hiding more advanced options until needed. These updates increase user productivity, reduce training times, and improve overall customer satisfaction.

    "Rubika's popularity is largely driven by the substantial revenue opportunities and operational cost savings it enables. Our client testimonials speak to the value of its capabilities. The features in version 4.4 demonstrate our commitment to expanding the ways that Rubika underpins the successes of our clients." states Mary Ann Rowan, Chief Experience Officer.

    Some of the new Rubika features include:

    • Scale and Shift Module – New features in the module enable users that require different sizes for media, and defined printable area, the ability to leverage cropping while scaling or repositioning content.
    • Enhanced QR Code Error Correction Level – This new feature sets the redundancy level for a QR code to allow the barcode to be partially damaged without loss of data.
    • Enhanced Security with PDF Encryption Step – Rubika now supports 256-bit encryption when setting the User Password Encryption Level for added security.

    Rowan concludes, “Solimar Systems strives to solve difficult problems for our customers by delivering powerful, economical, and configurable off-the-shelf software. We are very proud that Rubika has transformed the way that highly variable and personalized communications are produced. We encourage Rubika users to take advantage of the many benefits of version 4.4.”

    Quickly learn about these advancements in Rubika 4.4 by watching our on-demand new release video





  • + ASGA Encourages take-up of NSW TAFE Trade Pathways Program

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    June 21 2022

    Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) is encouraging all business owners and staff based in NSW that have been working in the sign industry for at least two years but are not yet formally qualified, to consider a fee free Certificate III qualification under TAFE NSW’s Trade Pathways Program.

    This training is subsidized by the NSW Government. The enrolment window has recently been pushed back to 31 August and the completion date for the course to 30 June 2023. As there are no guarantees that the program will be available after this time, the ASGA is urging those considering the opportunity to act now.


    “We know a lot of the workforce in signage around Australia may not have technical qualifications. What the ASGA is working towards across Australia is to work with the training organisations to have RPL for registered Certificate III courses. TAFE NSW’s Trade Pathways Program is a start and we are hopeful of a positive take-up of this initiative as it will guide us for what we can do for the rest of the nation,” said Damian Nielsen, ASGA Education Sub-Committee Chair.


    “If you have been in the industry for a period of time and you have the skills, you can then be assessed on those, and at the end of the day you are going to walk out with a Cert III. What does that mean for you? If you own a business, you can employ other apprentices. If you work in the industry, you’ll have a qualification which goes on your resume which makes you more employable. 


    “What an increase in Cert III qualified workers means for the sign industry as a whole is a lift in standards of work practice, a higher number of qualified workers and greater recognition of signage as a skilled trade, all of which are of benefit to all that operate within the industry.”

    For more information and eligibility criteria, visit https://www.tafensw.edu.au/trade-pathways .





  • On stand G20, the SurePress L-4733AW will demonstrate how it delivers improved automation functionality

     

    Epson Australia is continuing its legacy of providing world-class white ink prime label printing with the introduction of the SurePress® L-4733AW water-based resin ink digital label press, delivering improved automation. This new addition to the SurePress line offers higher levels of print quality, consistency, flexibility and value for label converters, specialty printers and vertical manufacturers.

    SurePress L-4733AW

     

    The SurePress L-4733AW builds on the success of its predecessor, the L-4533AW, one of the leading selling digital inkjet label presses on the market today, to offer advanced automation and unattended printing features, higher productivity with improved print speed on film and support for printing on a wider range of substrates. Additionally, an optional inline spectrometer is available.

    SurePress L-4733AW


    Label converters and specialty printers are looking for solutions that are simple and cost-effective to operate and maintain, and can deliver on stable, predictable production. Epson enhanced its industrial SurePress line-up by adding new capabilities to the L-4733AW which can help businesses save on upfront costs and maintenance. These advancements come without the compromise of simple operation and maintenance, production or print quality.

    The SurePress L-4733AW delivers on automation and ease of use. Virtually automatic, requiring no manual cleaning of the printhead surface, the L-4733AW is primed for unattended printing. With the optional SureSpectro AS-4000 inline spectrometer for real-time automated measurements to speed profiling and ensure consistent output for multi-plant networks, the L-4733AW delivers accurate spot colours and gradients required for brand-quality colour prime labels and packaging.

     

    The L-4733AW supports a range of substrates, including off-the-shelf flexo materials, without the need to surface prime. Its inks meet the latest safety standards and regulations, such as REACH, and deliver high-quality images, making it a versatile press ideal for converters focusing on food and beverage and health and beauty labels.

     

    Epson’s SurePress digital label press systems are engineered with Epson components including ink, printheads, LED pinning and curing and use an Epson Industrial Robotic Controller to manage the press rather than a PC, further enhancing reliability and stability.


    The SurePress L-4733AW is available for purchase via authorised Epson resellers in Australia and New Zealand now.

     
















  • + FUJIFILM Business Innovation and EFI Launch New Fiery Print Servers for the Revoria Press Series

    New Fiery print servers boost graphic communications to new heights with familiar and unified ...

    June 21 2022

    New Fiery print servers boost graphic communications to new heights with familiar and unified user-interface for users of Revoria Press PC1120 and the Revoria Press E1.

    FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp. and Electronics For Imaging (EFI) announce the launch of new EFITM Fiery® print servers and workflow software for FUJIFILM Business Innovation’s two Revoria production printer models, the Revoria Press PC1120 and the Revoria Press E1 series. Sales of the new Fiery print servers for these printer models, EFI Fiery PC11 and EFI Fiery E11 respectively, will begin from June in the Asia-Pacific regionNote 1 and selected countries in the European region.

    FUJIFILM Business Innovation is a leader in world-class graphic communications, providing cutting- edge technologies to innovative print providers with its Revoria Press series. EFI, as the worldwide leader in digital color print server and print workflow technology, is uniquely positioned to deliver best-in-class technology to meet today’s challenges of shorter runs, faster turnaround time, increased security standards, and the need to streamline workflow for efficient operation to reduce cost. Together, the two companies will meet the diverse challenges of today’s print professionals.

    Catering to the various needs for high-speed, superior quality printing with ease of use, the new Fiery print servers bring innovation to an extensive line-up of Revoria Press series for use in office, commercial, in-plant and package printing environments.

    • EFI Fiery PC11 drives the Revoria Press PC1120, a production color printer for the high-end professional printing market, by providing greater advantages and enhancements to create professional quality prints.

    • EFI Fiery E11 powers the Revoria Press E1 Series, a monochrome production printer for on- demand printing both for professional and office use, with improved usability and seamless integration across Windows and macOS business environments.

      Both Fiery print servers are equipped with Fiery Command WorkStation® to bring a familiar and easy- to-use unified interface to customers.

      Customers rely on market-leading Fiery technology to deliver exceptional quality digital prints while increasing their production efficiency and profits,” said Toby Weiss, Chief Operating Officer, Fiery Business at EFI. “EFI is excited to partner with FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corporation and broaden the reach of Fiery technology and solutions.”

      "We are incredibly excited about the new business partnership with EFI which ensures FUJIFILM Business Innovation continues to evolve within an ever-changing print industry, keeping us at the forefront of technology," said Hiro Kida, Corporate Vice President and Executive General Manager, Graphic Communication Business Group at FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp. "The collaboration with EFI, and the combination of our Revoria Presses with Fiery technology, are a digital enabler for many customers with whom a Fiery workflow will accelerate their growth. We also see this as an exciting opportunity that will enable us to deliver our technology to several new markets outside of Asia-Pacific as well.”






  • Konica Minolta Australia has appointed Andrew Cocker to the role of general manager, production and industrial print, effective July 1, 2022. 

    Andrew will be responsible for continuing to drive the production and industrial print business in Australia, helping customers in print, label, and packaging to evolve and thrive in a recovering market. He will continue to focus on accelerating high-growth in these areas of print, driven by the growing demand for short-run and increased onshore manufacturing. 

    Andrew has more than 24 years of experience in the digital document and workflow industry, supplying hardware, software, and service enterprise solutions. He was previously sales manager – production and industrial print at Konica Minolta Australia. Prior to this, he has held management and leadership roles in operations and production sales within the industry. 

    Yohei Konaka, managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Andrew brings extensive industry experience along with an innovative, creative, and organised operational style with strong leadership skills. Konica Minolta is renowned for its outstanding service and support and Andrew’s skillset ensures that this will continue well into the future. We congratulate him on this new role and have no doubt he will be successful in leading the team.” 

    Andrew Cocker said, “I look forward working with the team, sharing my experiences in commercial print rooms and high-volume production environments to help our customers diversify, save time, and reduce costs to empower the growth of their business. Konica Minolta has a diverse product offering, unique market approach, and a great culture, which is what attracted me to the business in the first place. We offer many complementary industrial and production solutions that are relevant across a broad range of industries including government, education, corporate, franchises, and commercial print operations. After spending a year getting to know the team and the customers, I feel ready to lead them into the next phase of the production and industrial print era.” 

    About Konica Minolta Australia    
    Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education, and manufacturing.    
       
    Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.     






  • Kodak has unveiled the revolutionary KODAK PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press at its inkjet facility in Dayton, Ohio. Kodak's new inkjet web press uses KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology offering printing speeds of up to 410 mpm (1,345 fpm) or up to 5,523 A4/letter ppm, which is almost 35% faster than its nearest competitor. It enables commercial, publishing and newspaper printers to compete more effectively with offset and to shift more long run jobs from conventional printing processes to inkjet. Kodak is setting unprecedented standards in speed and productivity with its new full colour perfecting inkjet press.

    Turbo productivity in a variety of applications
    PROSPER 7000 Turbo not only impresses with its incredible printing speed, but also with its vast application and substrate versatility. It supports a maximum web width of 648 mm (25.5 inches) with a variable cutoff length up to 1,372 mm (54 in.) while printing on a wide range of coated and uncoated stocks, newsprint, specialty papers as well as recycled papers.

    Offering three optimised print modes, the PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press meets the specific requirements of different applications. This allows printers to optimise their production process to always print at the best combination of speed and resolution. The Quality mode, which is roughly comparable to offset printing using a 200 lpi (80 L/cm) screen, is best for direct mailings, catalogs and magazines. The Performance mode (offset equivalent 133 lpi / 52 L/cm) is ideal for textbooks, fiction books and other medium ink coverage applications, and the Turbo mode (85-100 lpi / <40 L/cm) is ideal for newspaper printing with low ink coverage.

    The PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press uses eco-friendly, water-based KODAK nanoparticulate pigment CMYK inks. The inks offer a wide colour gamut and, due to their proprietary ink formulations, support efficient drying even at peak press speeds. PROSPER 7000 Turbo features interstation drying using near infrared (NIR) technology. This drying solution enables the press to keep up with any of the print modes to ensure the highest quality output at the given speed.

    To safeguard consistently high quality, even with the longest print runs, the new press features the KODAK Intelligent Print System. This patented solution automatically takes care of monitoring and optimisation of stitching, colour-to-colour and front-to-back registration.

    “The game-changing speed of the PROSPER 7000 Turbo will help commercial, publishing and newspaper printers increase efficiency by shifting more long-run jobs from conventional printing processes to inkjet,” said Jim Continenza, Kodak’s Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe digital technology will grow in importance as a complement to offset as ongoing supply chain issues continue to increase the cost of prepress. This new press reflects our continued commitment to investing in innovation that helps our customers succeed as the industry evolves.”





  • ASLAN, developer and manufacturer of self-adhesive films, is expanding its portfolio of digital printing media with another specialty film: MonsterTack ASLAN DFP 05 is a white, glossy self-adhesive film that sticks securely even to the most difficult surfaces and under the toughest conditions.

    Difficult substrates

    The core element of MonsterTack ASLAN DFP 05 is the solvent gas and lubricating oil resistant adhesive formula. It is this that makes the film adhere to surfaces which would usually be so problematic. Examples of this are applications on plywood panels of box trailers, often equipped with a dirt-repellent surface, construction, agricultural and industrial machines subject to extreme dirt and mechanical stress, petrol pumps, powder-coated surfaces and low-energy substrates, ABS plastics, Moto-Cross vehicles and caravans/campers.

    The characteristic

    MonsterTack ASLAN DFP 05 perfectly supplements the UltraTack films DFP 06, 07 and 08, which are already established on the market. It is also suitable for bonding on rough surfaces inside and outside. Special benefits of note: It can be attached to flat or slightly curved surfaces from temperatures as low as -10° C – and it lasts up to 7 years outdoors. The polymer film can be printed with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV curable inks, as well as screen printing inks. Despite its extremely strong permanent adhesive, it can be removed from low-energy substrates and steel without leaving any residue. Additionally, the self-adhesive film is classified to salt spray test ISO 9227:2017.

    Establishment in the market

    Anja Falkenberg, marketing and sales director at ASLAN, is confident that the new digital printing film will quickly establish itself in the market: “We at ASLAN have been able to prove, time and again in the past, that we are able to meet, understand and solve the challenges in sign making and digital printing. We are proud that the MonsterTack ASLAN DFP 05 fills a gap in the world of self-adhesive films. This requires know-how and a lot of development work and it is what ASLAN has stood for more than 70 years. The result is a film that is extremely easy to process despite the high demands.”

    aslanvinyls.com





  • + Colour Graphic Services introduces ORIS X-Gamut at PacPrint

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    June 14 2022

    PacPrint, running from 28th June to 1st July at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, will see an important new release from Colour Graphic Services, David Crowther’s specialist colour quality certification, training and technology supply company.

    With the increasing demand for extended gamut colour reproduction across all disciplines – offset, digital, flexo, gravure and photography – the need for precise control of seven and eight colour ink sets becomes paramount. This is particularly true for labels and packaging, where colours such as orange, green and violet are added to the standard CMYK process colour combination. This is commonly referred to as ‘CMYK+X, or ‘extended gamut print.’

    As a result, Colour Graphic Services announces that it is now a local Australia-New Zealand dealer for CGS-ORIS.Established in 1985, CGS-ORIS (also known as CGS Publishing Technologies), is a global leader in colour management and was instrumental in enabling the change from expensive analogue-chemical proofing to low-cost digital using Epson wide format printers, which Crowther was also involved with in the early 2000s.

    X GAMUT is a fully automated colour management software for extended gamut colour printing on digital and conventional presses. Spot and special colours can be accurately reproduced by using a standard fixed 7 or 8 colour ink set (CMYK+X). Often, orange, green, and violet are added to CMYK but other, such as Screen’s vibrant blue for its label presses, are possible.

    One big advantage of CMYK+X one-pass printing is that there is no need for special colour ink mixes. This streamlines the production process considerably, since no press wash-up, changeover times or off-press mixing is necessary. This reduces ink inventory and waste from seldom-used tins of specially mixed inks. The nett result is that X Gamut helps to reduce costs for printers and clients alike – with clients able to claim greater environmental credentials and accurate, consistent special colours.

    David Crowther comments: “At PacPrint and after, we will be focusing on Oris X Gamut, which brings numerous benefits to commercial, packaging and labels printers. With Oris X Gamut, spot/special colours can be accurately reproduced by using a standard colour ink set (CMYK+X), in seven or eight channels. The results are spectacular and we will be demonstrating this on our PacPrint stand F44 and welcome both digital and conventional printers to see and try for themselves.”

    Why X Gamut?

    Special colours are especially eye-catching and differentiate consumer appeal from plainer colours. However, until now, working with them requires effort and expense because of extra inventory, higher prices, frequent colour changes and subsequent wash-up and press downtime. 

    Oris X Gamut is not only ideally suited to reproduce spot and brand colours precisely, but also presents a perfect match of software features and intelligent workflow tools, enabling printers to leverage the full gamut of the press and ink set, so that images are printed brilliantly in all detail – without the need for special inks. This has also made X Gamut an important tool in the photographic/art printing industry where wide format printers always have extra colours to manage and workflows tend to be RGB.

    Oris X Gamut’s key benefits are:

    • Accurate spot colour reproduction with an extended standard ink set (CMYK+X)
    • Photo printing with vivid, highly saturated colours
    • Separation of PDF files & RGB data with special colours into multi-channel data
    • Generation of multi-channel profiles and custom test charts
    • Interface to standard spot colour libraries (e.g. Pantone)
    • Create and edit custom colour libraries
    • Fast & easy creation, processing and exchange of CxF or spectral measurement data
    • Simple handling and perfect results thanks to wizard-based user interface
    • Fully automated processes thanks to intelligent workflow tools
    • Immediate process and quality control with Certified Intelligent automation

    “We welcome all visitors to our small but powerful stand F44 at PacPrint,” says Crowther, “where we will also be showing colour measurement instruments from Techkon, Myiro and X-Rite, viewing booths from Just Normlicht, calibratable monitors from Eizo and demonstrating how Printflow CIP3 closed-loop colour and G7 & Mellow Colour ISO certification can ensure the right colours, first and every time.”

    www.colourgraphicservices.com





  • EFI announced that it has acquired Inèdit Software S.L., a developer of raster image processors (RIPs) and related software for digital industrial textile printing. The acquisition extends EFI’s strategy to accelerate digital transformation in industrial print through investments that advance the company’s presence and capabilities in Packaging & Corrugated, Display Graphics, Textile, and Building Materials/Décor applications. Inèdit will be integrated into the Reggiani textile business.
     
    Digital represents the biggest transformational opportunity we have ever seen in industrial printing,” said EFI CEO and Executive Chairman Jeff Jacobson. “We are committed to driving innovation and expanding our offerings through all economic cycles as we address our customers’ critical need to digitise and automate their workflows.”
     
    Delivering powerful digital print workflows for textile
     
    Based in Barcelona, Inèdit will help build on the market leadership of the EFI Reggiani portfolio of digital inkjet printing products for the industrial textile space. 
     
    We are enthusiastic about the expanded business opportunities this acquisition creates by reinforcing EFI Reggiani’s strategic role as a trusted advisor for our customers,” said EFI Reggiani Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “Inèdit’s products and its world-class professional services organisation open the door to creating more-complete digital printing workflows that leverage best-in-class digital technologies. Our customers can continue to win new opportunities and grow by establishing higher-volume, higher-quality digital production services in ways that reduce the textile industry’s high carbon footprint.
     
    Inèdit’s extensive market coverage will be a key point of emphasis to fully leverage the strategic synergies arising from the combination of the EFI Reggiani and Inèdit businesses,” Genoni continued. “It is an acquisition that significantly strengthens our presence in key textile markets.” 
     
    Similar to EFI’s Fiery® digital front end and RIP technologies for the digital commercial and industrial printing markets, Inèdit’s neoStampa product is a worldwide leader and recognised benchmark solution for RIPs in digital textile printing. The Inèdit product portfolio features proven, highly advanced workflow solutions for textile profiling, calibration, design integration and much more. Inèdit’s RIP technology is employed across the worldwide textile industry and is a leading RIP used to drive EFI Reggiani digital printers and other digital industrial textile printer brands. As part of EFI Reggiani, Inèdit will continue to support products for a broad range of digital printers. 
     
    Becoming part of the EFI Reggiani business empowers us to develop and deliver an even greater level of end-to-end textile integrated workflow solutions and Industry 4.0-driven automation enhancements that will further drive customers’ productivity, printing performance, profitability and sustainability in textile printing,” said Jose Antonio Caballero, Co-founder and Sales Manager of Inèdit. “Our team is excited to join a company that is a leading innovator in digital textile printing.”
     
    Inèdit’s employees are joining EFI Reggiani but will continue to work from their current offices. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
     
    For more information about EFI’s advanced portfolio of innovative digital printing solutions, visit www.efi.com.






  • + Epson Australia announces its new Monna Lisa ML-8000 direct-to-fabric textile printer at PacPrint 2022

    On stand G20, Epson will present applications printed on the ML-8000, the new standard in textile image qualityFor the first time in Australia at PacPrint 2022 on stand ...

    June 14 2022

    On stand G20, Epson will present applications printed on the ML-8000, the new standard in textile image quality

    For the first time in Australia at PacPrint 2022 on stand G20, Epson Australia will present applications and samples on its new Monna Lisa ML-8000 direct-to-fabric textile printer - the new standard in textile image quality.

     


    Monna Lisa ML-8000 textile printer

    The ML-8000 is the new entry model in the Monna Lisa series with eight of the latest PrecisionCore printheads. The ML-8000 packs the power and performance of the latest world-class Epson inkjet printing and manufacturing technologies into a single package.

    The Monna Lisa series combines performance and usability to meet the needs of the digital textile market for flexibility and sustainability. With its eight PrecisionCore printheads, the ML-8000 reaches typical print speed of 155 square metres per hour (600x600 dpi – 2 pass*1).


     

    Monna Lisa ML-8000 textile printer


    The ML-8000 is a next-generation digital textile printer with high print quality,
    productivity, stable operation with minimal downtime, and allows easy operation for an affordable price, making it the ideal printer for companies looking to move into local, onshore digital printing and production.

    Digital printing has become increasingly popular with fashion and textile designers as they strive meet the increased demands for short runs and fast fashion while under pressure from public criticism to ease environmental burdens. The ability to deliver digital designs for digital print on demand enables businesses to offer their customers a faster turnaround without having to rely on mass shipments of stock crossing continents, much of which result in higher waste streams due to analogue printing. 

    The Monna Lisa ML-8000 is symbolic of the all-round quality of Epson’s digital print technology, blended with the uncompromising standards of fashion inspired by Epson’s print partner Robustelli and its rich history of textile design and manufacturing in Italy’s Como province.

    The ML-8000’s superior image quality is enabled by Epson’s high quality printheads. Epson’s exclusive Microweave and lookup table (LUT) technologies reduce banding and graininess and advanced new Multi-Layer Halftone Technology (MLHT), which randomises the halftone dot pattern on each layer, reduces image degradation caused by dot misalignment. Dynamic Alignment Stabiliser (DAS) technology also ensures stable print quality by controlling waveforms on each printhead chip for higher dot placement accuracy and more uniform dot density on each pass. 

    The ML-8000 also features symmetrical colour alignment for consistent colour overlap order during bidirectional low pass printing, and Accurate Belt Position Control (ABPC) technology automatically detects the belt feeding distance to ensure highly precise fabric feeding. The result is optimal quality and speed, with superb reproduction of colour gradations, fine details and complex geometric patterns.

    Stable operation with unprecedented usability is realised with the advanced cleaning mechanisms and automated adjustment functions. A fluff blower system removes fluff from the fabric surface before it enters the printing area and an ink mist extraction system helps prevent ink mist from adhering to the nozzle surface.

    Nozzle verification technology (NVT) detects missing dots that indicate nozzle clogging and adjusts ink delivery to maintain image quality and reduce printing errors. An easy-to-replace fabric wiper roll continuously wipes the printhead nozzles clean automatically, reducing daily manual maintenance work. High accuracy of printhead alignment technology allows the user to replace the head quickly.

    Thanks to an automatic calibration function by an RGB camera, operators can carry out printhead replacement including adjustments in as little as 30 minutes.

    Epson’s Remote Monitoring System (24/7 monitoring) enables a quick response to potential problems, reducing downtime and service calls.

    Ease of use is enhanced by a 9-inch LCD touch panel that displays current printer status, operating instructions, and regular maintenance procedures, and by hot-swappable, dual 10-litre or 3-litre high-capacity ink cartridges that allow uninterrupted production.

    Epson GENESTA inks are available in Acid, Reactive, Disperse, and Pigment formulations in a degassed vacuum-pack. They are ECO PASSPORT certified to meet globally recognised standards for environmentally friendly textile printing. In addition, the Acid ink is bluesign® approved and the Reactive and Pigment inks are GOTS approved by ECOCERT.


    ML-8000 Key Features:
    - Printheads: eight Epson PrecisionCore printheads. The latest generation MicroTFP print chip combines quality, accuracy and speed.

    - Productivity: typical print speed of 155 m2/hr (600x600 dpi – 2 pass*1)
    - Maximum print speed: up to 250 m2/hr (300x600 dpi; 1 pass*2)
    - Resolution: up to 1200 dpi.
    - Width: 180 cm
    - Ink colours: eight
    - Ink types: Genesta Acid, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment. Genesta water-based inks allow precision and colour fastness in fabric prints. Genesta inks obtain the highest quality on any fabric type.
    - Ink capacity: three or ten litres.


    About F.lli Robustelli and For.Tex
    The Monna Lisa project is the result of partnership between F.lli Robustelli for product engineering, For.Tex for inks development and Epson for Epson print technology.

    Founded in Villa Guardia (Como, Italy) in the 1950s, F.lli Robustelli is a company100% owned by Epson Italia. They engineered the first digital textile printing machine on Epson print technology.

    Established in Fino Mornasco, (Como, Italy), For.Tex is a company 100% owned by Epson Italia. For.Tex was chosen to develop the inks for Monna Lisa project and Genesta ink.





  • Summa and Valiani, join forces through a merger of their businesses. Summa acquires Valiani to strengthen its position as the leading manufacturer in print finishing equipment. The merged business will continue as before and will complement each other to offer customers an even broader range of cutting solutions.

    Valiani, with its headquarters in Certaldo, Florence, Italy, is a developer and manufacturer of small to medium sized, highly reliable flatbed cutters with a worldwide distribution network. Moreover, Valiani has an extensive history in the picture framing industry and is a pioneer in converting this market to digital solutions: designing and cutting matboard and offering passepartout tools for bevel cuts. Their innovative approach has ensured the company to grow into other markets as well. The recent Omnia auto feed die cutting machine is a unique automated solution for the corrugated and folding carton market, whereas the brand new Integra offers an appealing finishing product for the Sign & Display market.

    Nico Valiani, CEO and son of Franco, founder of the company, is enthusiastic: “In the recent years we have renewed our complete portfolio with a wider range of solutions. Now, this is starting to pay off with a significant growth. However, I know there is still a lot more potential. Therefore, my family and I are convinced that being part of the Summa group will accelerate our growth and give our customers much more possibilities. We are staying true to our values, being customer focused and offering high-quality solutions”. To put the money where the mouth is, the Valiani family is reinvesting in the Summa Group.

    “Since the negotiations started, my appreciation for the Valiani company and its products has grown more and more”, said Geert Pierloot, Managing Director at Summa. “The organization with Lean manufacturing production lines in the Certaldo, ISO certified, plant is a true example for the industry. I look forward to working together with Nico and his team. In this merger, I see an absolute win-win as it combines the strengths of both companies. While we can help accelerating Valiani’s growth, our portfolio can be expanded with the solutions of Valiani and more markets can be served”.

    “Our product ranges are extremely complementary”, adds Christof Van Driessche, Chief Commercial officer at Summa. “Although the most popular and attractively priced Summa F1612 flatbed table has a small and unique footprint, there are still a lot of customers looking at smaller, more affordable but reliable solutions. Therefore, the merger is an exciting step and meets Summa’s ambition to increase its presence in other markets and strengthen our position into the packaging market”.

    Both companies will continue to operate under their current company names and with the actual management teams in place.





  • The innovative display graphics and industrial textile solutions from Electronics For Imaging, Inc., at the FESPA Global Print Expo deliver remarkable efficiency, quality and sustainability to help customers drive profits and win new business. The new EFI Reggiani ecoTERRA pigment solution making its debut there is an advanced integrated solution for streamlined, greener textile printing.

    “We are truly thrilled to provide our FESPA visitors a preview of an innovative pigment printing solution that delivers authentic textile printing results while cutting water and energy consumption,” said EFI Reggiani Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “This is another confirmation of our commitment to green innovation. The EFI Reggiani ecoTERRA solution contributes to making the textile industry more sustainable, reducing the environmental footprint to deliver an eco-friendlier direct-to-fabric printing experience.”

    A new level of sustainable direct-to-fabric printing

    The EFI Reggiani ecoTERRA is an all-in-one solution for water-based pigment printing that requires no ancillary equipment for pre- and post-treatment. Its patent-pending technology gives customers a distinct competitive advantage, dramatically cutting energy and water consumption in the overall process for a more sustainable direct-to-fabric printing experience.

    Users will benefit from ecoTERRA’s ability to deliver excellent wet and dry fastness, remarkable sharpness in detail and extraordinarily high durability while also yielding longer printhead life with reduced maintenance costs.

    The new ecoTERRA ink range features 7 colours – cyan, magenta, yellow, black, blue, red and green – for an expanded colour gamut. An enhanced polymerisation and finishing unit for the EFI Reggiani ecoTERRA also gives the fabric a softer hand feel, delivering performance that is in line with the most stringent textile industry requirements.

    Always committed to deliver to the market new cutting-edge technologies, EFI Reggiani has world-class products offering boosted uptime and reliability, high performance throughput, and remarkable printing uniformity and accuracy – all while helping customers increase the sustainability of their textile manufacturing activities.

    efi.com/reggiani





  • On stand G56, the SureColor V7000 will demonstrate how it combines superior image quality with enhanced production flexibility


    For sign makers looking to produce UV output, Epson Australia will display its first-ever flatbed printer, the SureColor V7000, at PacPrint 2022 on stand G56.

    SureColor V7000

     

    The SureColor V7000 builds on the success of Epson’s award-winning SureColor S-Series range of signage printers, delivering flexible production with truly outstanding image quality and a reduced running cost.

     

    Key features of the SC-V7000

    • Supports media up to 80 mm thick
    • 1.25 x 2.5 m bed with multi-zone vacuum
    • Integrated ioniser and media height sensor
    • 8c + White + Varnish UltraChrome UV ink set
    • Outstanding colour accuracy, gamut and gradation
    • Quality to suit the most demanding applications including fine art
    • Production up to 15 m2/hr with up to three ink layers in a single pass
    • On-site CoverPlus up to five years with periodic maintenance included
    • Ships with Epson Edge Print software and Epson Cloud Solution PORT service

     

    The SC-V7000 has been designed to meet the needs of today’s signage businesses with flexible high-quality production and a reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). It will print on a wide range of substrates including paper, film, CorefluteTM, vinyl, canvas, aluminium and acrylic. It produces image quality to suit the most exacting applications including signage, POS/POP, premium packaging, décor, custom cabinetry and even fine art. 

     

    This robust and versatile printer incorporates eight Epson MicroPiezo printheads. Each head features 1,440 microfine nozzles with variable size dots as small as 4 pl. Working in conjunction with a new 10 colour Ultrachrome UV ink set, it will produce images with a very wide gamut and surprisingly fine gradation, sufficient to satisfy the most demanding customers. White and Varnish can even be applied as spot colours for enhanced detail and finish.

    SureColor V7000

     

    The SC-V7000 offers a 1.25 m x 2.5 m print area that supports media up to 80 mm thick and 50 kg/m2. It features a vacuum system with four independently adjustable zones for flexible operation. Integrated layout pins and a height sensor on the head carriage enable easy media setting while an ioniser ensures reliable and consistent output. The print heads are mounted in a staggered array that enables up to three layers to be applied in a single pass (White + Colour + Varnish) for fast and efficient production.

     

    Epson has ensured that the SureColor V7000 is cost-effective to install and efficient to run. It is supplied complete with Epson Edge Print RIP software and Flatbed Controller software. It can be managed from the desktop using Epson Edge Dashboard and supports Epson’s new Cloud Solution PORT service. Installation is included in the purchase price and it ships with on-site CoverPlus that can be extended out to five years. Unlike many printers of its type, Epson even includes periodic maintenance.[1]

     

    The SureColor V7000 is available for purchase via authorised Epson resellers in Australia and New Zealand now.





  • Fujifilm announces its entry into the high-end wide format hybrid market with the unveiling of the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED at FESPA 2022. The machine, which will be commercially available from the autumn, is making its first public appearance on the Fujifilm stand (C30, Hall 2.2) at FESPA 2022.

    Part of Fujifilm’s ‘Blueprint’ concept, the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED is a 3.3m high-end printer that offers superb, high quality printing to both rigid and flexible substrates. Printing at speeds of up to 218 m²/hr (RTR), and delivering a print resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi, the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED is unique in being able to combine ultra-high quality and a competitive return on investment, for both rigid and flexible applications, all in one platform.

    It is engineered with the operator in mind and designed with specialist inks to support the printing of exceptional near-photographic interior graphics and the high-speed printing of banners and PVC signage.

    Media handling and functionality

    Along with media loading and unloading tables, the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED also features a dimpled table surface to support all media types while allowing easy media positioning. A robust catch mechanism protects against accidental damage, and secure locking allows for media feed accuracy throughout every print run.

    The GUI features the same exceptional design features found on the Acuity Ultra R2 and includes additional functionality to handle rigid media production – up to six sheets simultaneously.

    An intelligent vacuum control system automatically turns on the correct vacuum zones needed for any print job based on the width of the media, and the vacuum motor power constantly adjusts to maintain optimal media hold down, regardless of media type and size, ensuring an accurate and high quality print finish.

    For maximum flexibility when printing roll-to-roll, a bespoke designed airshaft allows dual roll functionality, so two media rolls of different diameters (each up to 36cm) can run at the same time.

    Uvijet UH: a new LED UV inkjet ink from Fujifilm

    Fujifilm has created an entirely new ink range, Uvijet UH, especially for the new machine, with six colours (CMYK, Lm, Lc) available as standard and white ink also available as an optional extra. The new ink has both Greenguard Gold and AgBB certification.

    Uvijet UH has been carefully designed to adhere to a broad range of rigid and flexible substrates, while also matching the exceptionally high quality of the Uvijet GS and AU inks used in the Acuity Ultra R2. The machine and the ink have both been designed by Fujifilm and they work together to maximise quality while also minimising ink usage, helping to keep running costs down and boosting ROI.

    Kevin Jenner, European Marketing Manager, Fujifilm Wide format Inkjet Systems says: “Our ‘new blueprint for wide format’, announced last year is our answer to industry demand for greater flexibility, ease-of-use and better ROI. Our all-new Fujifilm Acuity range, built to that new blueprint concept, has been designed to offer exceptional performance and unbeatable value, and the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED is the latest evidence of Fujifilm’s commitment to the continued development of this range to meet changing market needs. Fujifilm has combined its expertise, built up over decades developing exceptional flatbed and roll-to-roll platforms, to design a new wide format hybrid platform that will set a new standard in price and performance and offer exceptional versatility and ROI.”





  • At Fespa 2022 in Berlin, swissQprint dropped a surprise by unveiling a completely new model: the Kudu high-end flatbed printer, featuring an impressive combination of high productivity and first-class output quality.
    Kudu high-end flatbed printer swissQprint

    In a totally unexpected move, swissQprint unveiled a new printer model at Fespa 2022 in Berlin: Kudu is a 3.2×2 metre high-end UV LED printer that complements the existing flatbed range – Nyala, Impala and Oryx. Like the 4th generation of this trio, which swissQprint launched only six months ago, Kudu operates at a redefined standard of quality. It is also highly productive and offers ten colour channels (nine on the other models).

    Top-rank output and quality
    At its maximum productivity of 300 square metres per hour, the UV printer delivers convincingly high output quality. Carmen Eicher, Chief of Sales and Marketing Officer at swissQprint, explains: “Kudu incorporates the latest print head technology, with an addressable resolution of up to 1350 dpi.”

    New mechanics and software
    The flatbed printer stands on a newly designed mechanical foundation and operates using the latest linear drives. “This ensures precise droplet placement at such high speeds”, adds Carmen Eicher. Kudu features the Tip Switch vacuum, like the other flatbed and roll to roll printers from swissQprint. In the case of Kudu, it is divided into 260 zones, which gives the operator very simple and selective control of the vacuum. And speaking of control: Lory, the output software developed in-house by swissQprint, is the Kudu operator’s cockpit. The graphical user interface with its virtual flatbed is designed for intuitive and safe operation.

    3.2 m roll to roll option and ten colour channels
    Kudu, like all swissQprint flatbed printers, is expandable with a roll to roll option. It is the first swissQprint model to feature ten colour channels, which further increases application diversity. Users configure the channels according to their needs, and may adapt the configuration at any time later. The newly developed universal ink (Greenguard Gold certified) is available in CMYK, light cyan, light magenta, light black, white, effect varnish and primer as well as the spot colours orange and neon yellow and pink – a swissQprint exclusive.