Wide Format Digital Print



  • + Screen is Going to Launch New Truepress Jet520HD+

    Screen Europe has announced its new Truepress Jet520HD+(plus) press will make its debut this coming February. To be laun..

    16 January 2019


    Screen Europe has announced its new Truepress Jet520HD+(plus) press will make its debut this coming February. To be launched at HID under the theme ‘Digital Everywhere!’ Screen’s exhibit will reflect the major international impact of digital printing and the company’s ability to lead change.

    The Truepress Jet520HD+ press comes with new features including an integrated Screen ‘NIR’ Dryer. This system will be a core focus of Screen’s exhibition (hall 2), along with the Truepress Jet520NX, at HID 2019 in Lucerne, Switzerland, from February 25-28th. The company will also outline its relationship with Solimar Systems and exhibit its range of digital printing solutions, including its pioneering SC inks and workflow technology.

    The Screen NIR Dryer technology features newly enhanced drying functions, improving drying performance for both lightweight coated stocks and heavier weight, coated offset stocks. The results are an expanded range of applications for print service providers and even higher productivity for difficult-to-dry substrates with increased print speeds on offset coated stocks.

    The Screen Truepress Jet520HD+ system is a high-definition inkjet web press with a true print resolution of 1,200 dpi and precise droplet size control at up to 150 metres per minute. The Truepress Jet520HD+ achieves the colour, texture, detail and solid ink areas expected for high-end publication and commercial work. With exclusive access to Screen SC inks, Truepress Jet520HD+ users can maximise the exceptional quality available with the press on a wide range of paper stocks including standard offset coated stocks, without the need for pre-treatment.

    Visitors to HID2019 can also discover the next generation Truepress Jet520NX, developed from Screen’s more than 10 years of experience in inkjet printing. The system supports not only transactional printing, but also direct mail, transpromo, and book printing, which allows customers to extend their markets. In addition to the standard printheads, the Truepress Jet520NX can be fitted with an extra ‘fifth colour’ printhead enabling the use of Screen’s unique UV invisible ink, developed as an anti-counterfeiting measure, as well as other special inks. The press delivers superb quality, market-leading uptime and a maximum speed of up to 150 meters per minute.

    Bui Burke, Senior Vice President of Sales at Screen Europe, says, “HID is always a highlight in Screen’s calendar, so we’re delighted the Truepress Jet520HD+ and NIR Dryer will debut at the event. Once again, Screen digital technology is at the forefront of innovation, resulting in market-leading speed, productivity and uptime.”





  • + swissQprint has a new roll to roll printer 'Karibu' coming

    swissQprint has new roll to roll printer 'Karibu' coming Come May 2019, swissQprint will be presenting a dedicated ..

    15 January 2019


    swissQprint has new roll to roll printer 'Karibu' coming

    Come May 2019, swissQprint will be presenting a dedicated roll to roll printer at Fespa in Munich. This promises to be an interesting addition to the high-end flatbed printers for which the Swiss manufacturer is already known.

    "Another major milestone is on the horizon," says Reto Eicher, CEO of swissQprint, the developer and producer of large-format printers. swissQprint will present a dedicated roll to roll printer with unique features at Fespa 2019. "Our aim with this printer is to meet current trends and give users an efficient working tool," says Eicher.

    Technical specifications for the new product will be announced when swissQprint unveils it at Fespa in May 2019. What is certain for now is that the UV roll to roll printer will bear the distinctive name "Karibu" and complement the existing swissQprint flatbed range. It will thus be in a position to round out the machinery pool at print service providers who strive for the optimum in order fulfilment.

    swissQprint has been synonymous with high-quality flatbed printing for over eleven years. The market appreciates these Swiss products for their precision, reliability and durability, and also for the variety of applications they can handle. So, expect an impeccable pedigree for Karibu as well.





  • + Azon Matrix R Industrial Platform Now with Ricoh Gen5 Print Heads for More Productivity

    Azon Matrix R Industrial Platform Now with Ricoh Gen5 Print Heads for More Productivity Azonprinter, a worldwide ma..

    15 January 2019


    Azon Matrix R Industrial Platform Now with Ricoh Gen5 Print Heads for More Productivity

    Azonprinter, a worldwide manufacturer of digital inkjet solutions takes a new direction with its Azon Matrix industrial solutions and welcomes new addition, Azon Matrix R platform based on Ricoh Gen5 print heads.

    Azon Matrix R industrial series offers flat-bad UV-LED inkjet printing solutions with optional bed sizes of 800 mm x 1600 mm / 1600 mm x 2500/3200 mm. Azon Matrix R platform will be able to print on to substrates up to 25cm in height and is capable of handling heavy materials up to 100 kg for indoor, outdoor and industrial applications. Azon Matrix R series extends productivity and creativity by printing directly onto any type of material such as ABS, polycarbonate, TPU, PVC, wood, stone, glass, canvas, ceramic, aluminium and additionally covering ADA and Braille 3D printing and print on cylindrical objects. The latest version of the print head comes with 4 channels and 4 colours due to its 4-row construction choice with 1200 nozzles per colour and full greyscale which enables printing speeds up to 25,8 sqm/hr. Designed for 100 billion actuations per nozzle, the Gen5 is designed to last.

    Along with new Gen5 print heads, full-featured Azon RIP software and flex, Phthalate free ink with EN 71-3 certificate ensures quality print and safe use on various applications coming from children furniture and toy industry and in overall the lowest running ink cost per 1sqm. The versatility of white ink as a base for high-density CMYK layer delivers unusual and creative textures on all materials. Azon Matrix R series supports sign makers, printing houses, commercial customers, gift stores, photographers and enters new business areas with a diversified approach for future market demands in home décor, interior design, graphics industry and in overall to all industrial applications.





  • + Mutoh announces ValueJet 1627MH

    Mutoh announces ValueJet 1627MH Mutoh Europe announces availability of a new member in its popular ValueJet wide fo..

    07 December 2018


    Mutoh announces ValueJet 1627MH

    Mutoh Europe announces availability of a new member in its popular ValueJet wide format digital printer family, the VJ-1627MH. The ValueJet 1627MH is a 64” (1625 mm) wide hybrid printer featuring a hot air knife media drying system and unique resin-based inks enabling direct printing on both rigid and roll substrates.

    Prints are dry when they come off the printer. The ValueJet 1627MH incorporates a high end piezo drop-on-demand print head capable of producing print resolutions up to 720 x 1440 dpi, making it suited for top quality output for short viewing distances.

    The ValueJet 1627MH comes with a brand new CMYK + White resin-based ink set called MP-31. All inks come in 500 ml packs. MP stands for “Multi-Purpose”, which refers to the unique capabilities of the inks and their extreme versatility. The inks allow direct printing on white, transparent and coloured rigid substrates, including foam board, cardboard, alu panel; even on acrylic sheets as well as rigid sheets for thermo forming (PVC, PS, PP, APET, PLA). Printing on white, coloured and transparent roll substrates is also possible, including heat sensitive media, shrink film, recyclable non PVC media, etc… Mutoh’s MP-31 series inks have a UV durability up to 2 years outdoors without lamination.

    The MP-31 inks are also extremely stretchable & shrinkable, making them equally suited for high stretch applications such as car wrapping as well as thermo/vacuum forming and shrink applications.

    Another unique appealing feature of Mutoh’s Multi-Purpose MP-31 inks is that they will preserve the natural texture and look of substrates including for example matte or glossy look.

    The new Mutoh ValueJet 1627MH is equally suited for sign & display print shops for the production of both indoor and long term outdoor prints, as well as for graphics companies looking for a digital solution for proofing or short run production of packaging prototypes or customised labels, even for industrial printers specialised in thermo forming.

    For rigid printing, the printer can be equipped with foldable rigid print tables. It handles rigid substrates with a thickness of maximum 16 mm and a weight of maximum 15 kg. An optional media alignment system can be mounted to easily align rigid media at the front side, which allows perfect double sided printing. The 1627MH can also be used with customised jigs for printing on all kinds of pre-cut blanks. For roll prints, the five colour 1627MH can be equipped with a 30 kg automated take-up system to roll up finished prints. Switching between rigid and roll setup is fast.

    Compared to its predecessor, the ValueJet 1617H, the new VJ-1627MH delivers a performance increase of up to 20 %. In CMYK setup, print speeds up to 12 m² per hour at 720 x 720 dpi are possible. Mutoh also optimised user convenience by improving the user interface, by implementing semi-automated cleaning cycles as well as automated media height measurement, ensuring perfect output thanks to an identical gap between the print head and the substrate, regardless of the substrate thickness. Regular maintenance features have also been improved. The machine is equipped with left and right maintenance covers. The operator can moreover also replace the print head cleaning wiper by himself.

    The new ValueJet 1627MH printer is available immediately. The product will be marketed by Mutoh throughout the EMEA territory via Mutoh Authorised Resellers.





  • + Summa launches 3.2 m flatbeds for the textile market

    Summa launches 3.2 m flatbeds for the textile market Summa, a leading manufacturer of high-end cutting plotters, pr..

    07 December 2018


    Summa launches 3.2 m flatbeds for the textile market

    Summa, a leading manufacturer of high-end cutting plotters, proudly presents two new sizes of their finishing flatbed systems. The F3232 and F3220 are based on the proven technology of the Summa F Series.

    Through the expansion of the flatbed series, Summa strives to improve the synergy with the large format digital printer market and to meet the needs of their customers. The new flatbeds are expected to be ready for shipment in February / April 2019.

    Fully equipped for the textile market

    Within the world of large format digital printing, most common sizes of textile printers are equipped with a working width of 3.2 m to be able to print large rolls of textiles. Both new Summa flatbed cutters, the F3232 and F3220, also cover a working width of 3.2 m, making them the ideal companion to process common, popular print sizes with utmost ease and accuracy.

    The matching working area sizes of the textile printer and Summa’s new finishing cutter sizes will lead to a print and cut workflow, fitting seamlessly into each other and offering endless solutions to the flourishing textile market.

    Geert Pierloot, Summa’s Product Marketing Manager, points out: “The new sizes of flatbed systems enrich Summa's platform with advanced finishing solutions, especially within the textile industry. Together with the recent launch of a more powerful High Torque Rotary Module (HT RM), both the F3232 and F3220 are the ideal workhorses to serve the textile market in the processing of all sorts of mesh fabrics, flags, and banners."

    Processing large board material in a flash

    However, not only the textile market will benefit from Summa's two new sizes of flatbed finishing systems. Then both flatbed sizes are also perfectly suited to cut the increasingly popular board sizes of 3 m x 2 m.

    Additionally, the F3232 with its working area of 3.2 m x 3.2 m, has the inclusive feature: Summa’s Tandem Mode. This feature will increase productivity of the customer’s workflow by using the front zones and rear zones alternately. The Tandem Mode will be most beneficial when processing board sizes of 1.5 m x 3 m.

    All existing tools and models within the F Series gamut are designed to fit each size of the flatbed range, the F3232 and F3220 sizes inclusive. This ensures the highest versatility to process all kinds of material and offer numerous high-end solutions to the sign making, textile, and digital print industries.





  • + Mutoh announces ValueJet 1627MH

    Mutoh announces ValueJet 1627MH Mutoh Europe announces availability of a new member in its popular ValueJet wide fo..

    23 November 2018


    Mutoh announces ValueJet 1627MH

    Mutoh Europe announces availability of a new member in its popular ValueJet wide format digital printer family, the VJ-1627MH. The ValueJet 1627MH is a 64” (1625 mm) wide hybrid printer featuring a hot air knife media drying system and unique resin-based inks enabling direct printing on both rigid and roll substrates.

    Prints are dry when they come off the printer. The ValueJet 1627MH incorporates a high end piezo drop-on-demand print head capable of producing print resolutions up to 720 x 1440 dpi, making it suited for top quality output for short viewing distances.

    The ValueJet 1627MH comes with a brand new CMYK + White resin-based ink set called MP-31. All inks come in 500 ml packs. MP stands for “Multi-Purpose”, which refers to the unique capabilities of the inks and their extreme versatility. The inks allow direct printing on white, transparent and coloured rigid substrates, including foam board, cardboard, alu panel; even on acrylic sheets as well as rigid sheets for thermo forming (PVC, PS, PP, APET, PLA). Printing on white, coloured and transparent roll substrates is also possible, including heat sensitive media, shrink film, recyclable non PVC media, etc… Mutoh’s MP-31 series inks have a UV durability up to 2 years outdoors without lamination.

    The MP-31 inks are also extremely stretchable & shrinkable, making them equally suited for high stretch applications such as car wrapping as well as thermo/vacuum forming and shrink applications.

    Another unique appealing feature of Mutoh’s Multi-Purpose MP-31 inks is that they will preserve the natural texture and look of substrates including for example matte or glossy look.

    The new Mutoh ValueJet 1627MH is equally suited for sign & display print shops for the production of both indoor and long term outdoor prints, as well as for graphics companies looking for a digital solution for proofing or short run production of packaging prototypes or customised labels, even for industrial printers specialised in thermo forming.

    For rigid printing, the printer can be equipped with foldable rigid print tables. It handles rigid substrates with a thickness of maximum 16 mm and a weight of maximum 15 kg. An optional media alignment system can be mounted to easily align rigid media at the front side, which allows perfect double sided printing. The 1627MH can also be used with customised jigs for printing on all kinds of pre-cut blanks. For roll prints, the five colour 1627MH can be equipped with a 30 kg automated take-up system to roll up finished prints. Switching between rigid and roll setup is fast.

    Compared to its predecessor, the ValueJet 1617H, the new VJ-1627MH delivers a performance increase of up to 20 %. In CMYK setup, print speeds up to 12 m² per hour at 720 x 720 dpi are possible. Mutoh also optimised user convenience by improving the user interface, by implementing semi-automated cleaning cycles as well as automated media height measurement, ensuring perfect output thanks to an identical gap between the print head and the substrate, regardless of the substrate thickness. Regular maintenance features have also been improved. The machine is equipped with left and right maintenance covers. The operator can moreover also replace the print head cleaning wiper by himself.

    The new ValueJet 1627MH printer is available immediately. The product will be marketed by Mutoh throughout the EMEA territory via Mutoh Authorised Resellers.





  • + EFI Introduces Next-generation Single-pass Reggiani BOLT Textile Digital Printer

    EFI Introduces Next-generation Single-pass Reggiani BOLT Textile Digital Printer The brand-new, next-generation, si..

    16 November 2018


    EFI Introduces Next-generation Single-pass Reggiani BOLT Textile Digital Printer

    The brand-new, next-generation, single-pass EFI™ Reggiani BOLT textile digital printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) made its debut this week during an open house event at the EFI Reggiani facility in Bergamo, Italy. The advanced, ultra-high-speed digital single-pass printer has the potential to revolutionise the textile printing market, providing users with high uptime and reliability, outstanding performance, superior printing uniformity and accuracy, long printhead life and minimal maintenance needs. The EFI Reggiani open house has created huge interest in global textile market opportunities, with nearly 300 customers and journalists attending to see the new BOLT in action.
     
    “The innovative development of our new single-pass printer comes from Reggiani’s speed of innovation in digital textile printing, its 70 years of history, and our proprietary knowledge of high-volume analog rotary printing,” said EFI Reggiani Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “Our EFI colleagues’ proven, worldwide expertise in single-pass technology and, most importantly, EFI Reggiani’s serious commitment to listening to and addressing our textile customers’ needs, have allowed us to achieve incredible results with our newest print technology. The EFI Reggiani BOLT re-writes the rules of digital textile single-pass printing, delivering superior throughput and quality with a highly competitive return on investment for customers. We are excited to bring this technology to our customers and see their businesses succeed and grow.”
     
    Cutting-edge printhead technology and high-performance ink delivery
     
    The BOLT offers an innovative, low-maintenance, fast-startup recirculation printhead that delivers better, more-uniform printing with superior uptime. Thanks to its cutting-edge printhead concept and high-performance ink delivery system, the BOLT has throughput speeds of up to 295 feet per minute (more than 86,100 square feet per hour) at a 600 x 600 dots per inch (dpi) resolution. It features high-end grayscale imaging in drop sizes from 5 to 30 picolitres, and also provides premium-quality 600 x 4,800 maximum-dpi resolution printing, allowing customers to address the full range of design needs. The printhead has been developed in partnership with a leading printhead manufacturer, and will be available exclusively for EFI Reggiani.
     
    High-end capabilities, with reduced downtime
     
    The EFI Reggiani BOLT meets growing requirements for high-quality, ecologically sustainable digital textile imaging in apparel, décor and other markets. Paired with an EFI Fiery® digital front end (DFE) print server offering unique, high-speed processing capabilities on demand, the BOLT printer is a robust, industrial platform designed for 24/7 operation and continuous productivity that drives high-volume throughput while reducing the cost per meter. Additional new features and enhancements on the printer include:
     
    Enhanced maintenance features – The printer’s contactless wiping system prolongs printhead life and quality. Plus, the printer comes with an assisted alignment system for its test calibration scan unit, and features extractable printing beams for easier maintenance.
     
    Extended colour gamut and superior image quality – Thanks to EFI expertise in colour management and flexible colour configurations, customers can easily reproduce a wider variety of work, including designs featuring plain colours, geometric patterns, fine lines, deep blacks and smooth gradients.
     
    Proprietary IP combining digital and rotary technologies – One or more analog printing stations, which may be easily connected as an optional feature, can be integrated into the digital printer for special effects.
     
    Efficient, high-powered EFI Fiery technology
     
    The Reggiani BOLT is a Fiery Driven™ printer, featuring an EFI Fiery DFE with RIP and colour management technologies running on Fiery XB bladed hardware for maximum performance. Fiery technologies for the printer give textile printing businesses the ability to successfully produce highly challenging jobs with the finest detail, demanding colours, smooth gradients and more. EFI colour scientists developed special algorithms and custom screening for this Fiery system to deliver vivid print results, including high saturation without losing detail, and superior colour even when using the fastest print mode.
     
    Fiery technologies for the new Reggiani BOLT printer also will include a 1-year subscription to EFI Fiery DesignPro, a powerful textile and fashion design suite that runs inside designers’ Adobe® Creative Cloud® applications. Fiery DesignPro reduces the time needed to create colour books, repeats, colourways and prepare files for production to minutes instead of hours. Together, the new Reggiani BOLT single-pass printer and Fiery technologies address key market trends as customers face pressure for faster time-to-market, quick fashion cycles, shorter print runs and more customisation.
     
    EFI Reggiani high-speed innovation in digital printing for textiles
     
    The BOLT printer is the newest in an important series of EFI Reggiani innovations. In the last 15 months, the team has developed a totally renewed range of digital scanning printers with cutting-edge technologies, launching a new model every quarter to offer customers solutions to whatever their requirements may be for easily scalable textile printing. The list of EFI Reggiani advancements includes two recent launches – the COLOURS digital printer, which provides unparalleled performance with up to 12-colour printing, and the TERRA pigment ink with binder solution featuring in-line polymerisation, a process that speeds up customers’ printing with one of the industry’s greenest production technologies.
     
    For more information about EFI Reggiani products for the textile market, visit www.efi.com





  • + HP debuts Design to Print portfolio at Autodesk University

    HP debuts Design to Print portfolio at Autodesk University HP Inc. announced new hardware and solutions to help cha..

    16 November 2018


    HP debuts Design to Print portfolio at Autodesk University

    HP Inc. announced new hardware and solutions to help change the way architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries design and print. Autodesk users will now experience faster HP PageWide XL printers1, breakthrough simplicity with HP Solutions for Large Format printers, new Z by HP portfolio enhancements, and advances in VR.

    The new technology makes its debut in the HP showcase (#A451) of new printing hardware and solutions designed to be intuitive and efficient for Autodesk users. Experience the new HP Solutions for Large Format Printing, HP PageWide XL printing technology, the latest HP DesignJet Z9+ PostScript Printer Series printing Z by HP posters, the HP DesignJet T830 24-in Multifunction Printer, HP new powerful HP ZBook mobiles, and VR “snacking” tool.

    Reinvents technical print production with faster entry-level PageWide XL solutions 
    Now 25 percent faster at the same price1, the upgraded HP PageWide XL 4000 series is the most cost-effective solution in the PageWide XL portfolio for enterprise, public sector users, including architects and engineers, to achieve fast, and easy printing with a consolidated printing workflow.

    The HP PageWide XL 4600 Printer and MFP and HP PageWide XL 4100 Printer and MFP join the fastest printer portfolio in the market2 offering speeds up to 15D/A1-size or 10D/A1-size prints per minute, for technical work teams of architects and engineers and copy shops to deliver technical documents with quick turnaround and low operating costs.3

    With more than 7,000 units shipped and 5 billion ft² (500 million m2) printed since the HP PageWide XL printer launch in 2015, more customers are discovering the value the market-leading4 HP PageWide XL printers bring to businesses worldwide. HP PageWide XL printers do the job of two printers in a single device, providing both monochrome and color prints at breakthrough speeds: the Power of One.

    Frictionless large format printing experience
    Eight-five percent of design creators need help when printing in large format5. HP is focused on delivering seamless print experiences with new solutions to enable creativity, productivity, and smarter ways to bridge the physical print with the digital world. Designed to simplify how AEC businesses print, users have access to one click solutions and can virtually print anytime and anywhere from all devices.

    Simple and easy print solutions include: 
    • HP Click: This one-click desktop printing software gives customers the confidence to print right the first time. HP Click now enhances the users batch printing experience with just one click by optimizing media usage and costs while achieving error free printing.

    • HP Smart App: A mobile app designed to print, scan, and share content now enables users to print content from the cloud from virtually anywhere with transparency and control.

    • HP Poster App: An easy online design tool to create and print professional looking posters with the largest collection of free and premium content. Now users have access with direct and easy printing with HP Click.

    "In a world with a 100 percent digital construction vision, paper is still the most common tool used in the field. Small businesses in the AEC industry require the right tools to bridge physical prints with dynamic digital solutions, like CAD software,” said Guayente Sanmartín, General Manager and Global Head, HP Large Format Design Printing. “HP’s vision is to merge the best of the physical and digital worlds to have everybody on the same page.”

    HP is collaborating with customers around the world on delivering a pilot program focused on using augmented reality technologies to help reduce errors caused by outdated plans.

    “The HP Augmented Print solution has enormous potential. It bridges the gap between digital and paper.
    We are excited to work with HP to improve our customers’ construction projects,” said Roberto Molinos,
    CEO and founder, Modelical.

    At Autodesk University, HP will also showcase powerful HP ZBook mobiles and a VR “snacking” tool.

    Changing the Way, the World Designs
    The new Z by HP portfolio including HP ZBook mobile workstations, HP Z desktops like the mighty HP Z2 Mini or the powerful HP Z8, and the award-winning HP DreamColor displays, deliver the powerful productivity, versatility and security today’s power users need to do their best work.

    The HP ZBook Studio, HP ZBook Studio x360, HP ZBook 15 and HP ZBook 17 have been enhanced with greater processing power, innovative security features and bright displays. The performance increase, with six-core Intel Core i9 processors, will enable users to tackle heavier workloads, such as video editing and 3D rendering. The expanded memory option up to 32 GB of memory (expandable up to 128 GB depending on model) allows users to work faster with large amounts of data. New security feature RAID 1 gives users mirrored SSD storage, providing peace of mind by always providing back up for valuable data.

    Tackling VR in New Ways
    For architects, product designers, developers and educators, HP revealed its Opera Glass proof of concept for “VR snacking.” The HP Labs innovation enables “VR snacking” users to quickly and easily switching between primary display and VR headset while seated or standing at a desk. With HP’s innovative concept, users can quickly enter and exit their VR environment, seamlessly integrate with a traditional workflow and quickly share a VR experience with a group.

    Furthering its commitment to delivering a comprehensive VR solution, HP is working with Theia Interactive, a trusted developer that creates world-class VR visualizations for architecture, manufacturing and beyond. Theia has extensive experience creating architectural walkthroughs, interior design configurators, XR product demonstrations, virtual reality training simulators and marketing experiences for brands.






  • + Ricoh Debuts Flatbed, Latex Printers

    Ricoh Debuts Flatbed, Latex Printers RICOH USA is debuting both a pair of roll-to-roll latex printers and a wide..

    21 October 2018


    Ricoh Debuts Flatbed, Latex Printers


    RICOH USA is debuting both a pair of roll-to-roll latex printers and a wide-format flatbed printer targeted at the sign, graphics and décor markets.

    The two latex printers — the RICOH Pro L5130 and L5160 — will print up to 473.6 sqft/hr in outdoor standard mode and 270 sqft/hr in indoor standard mode, using curing technology that leaves output ready for finishing as soon as it comes off the printer. Boasting automated maintenance features and a durable design, the printers leverage Ricoh’s GREENGUARD-certified latex inks and industry-leading printheads.

    The RICOH Pro TF6250 flatbed printer can print on substrates up to 4.3 inches thick at up to 1,391 sqft/hr. It has true flatbed architecture, with a moving carriage and gantry over a 98.8-by-51.5-inch bed.

    “In wide-format, the difference between an application that stands out and one that does not often comes down to the inks that deliver the highest quality with adherence to a wide variety of substrates,” said John Fulena, VP Commercial & Industrial Printing Business Group, Ricoh USA, Inc. “With the RICOH Pro TF6250, we developed a technology platform that can handle the wide range of applications our customers’ customers are seeking.”

    The TF6250 uses ink sets available specifically for improved high adhesion to difficult and uncoated media. LED technology keeps power consumption down and cures at lower temperatures, allowing for use of thinner substrates without the risk of melting or warping them. Additional ink sets, including one focused on high colour gamuts for sign and graphic applications, are also available.

    Meanwhile, the RICOH Pro L5130 and L5160 latex printers can support 2- and 3-inch roll cores up to 122 lbs. and media up to 64 inches wide. High ink opacity and adhesion enable the production of crisp, clear prints for a variety of applications on substrates that range from wall coverings to window graphics to backlit day/night signage.





  • + EFI to Premiere the new Pro 32r Wide Format Printer

    EFI to Premiere the new Pro 32r Wide Format Printer Electronics For Imaging, Inc. and Nazdar SourceOne are pleased ..

    21 October 2018


    EFI to Premiere the new Pro 32r Wide Format Printer

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. and Nazdar SourceOne are pleased to jointly announce the worldwide premiere of the EFI™ Pro 32r, an entry-level, 126-inch (3.2-meter) wide roll-to-roll LED printer. 


    Entry-level roll-to-roll with EFI’s proven LED and UltraDrop Technology 


    The new EFI Pro 32r is an economical, production-level roll-to-roll printer that can make users more competitive and profitable. Designed for high-quality print with mid-level production, the Pro 32r prints up to 2,227 square feet (207 square meters) per hour, and features a built-in EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE) with FAST RIP acceleration technology. 


    The printer, which is available from EFI and Nazdar, uses four colours plus optional white ink and 7-picoliter EFI UltraDrop™ Technology for high-end imaging. Its proven, “cool cure” LED imaging technology drives down operating costs with less energy use and waste while delivering superior results on an extended range of supported substrates. A host of value-added options are available as well, including slitters, automatic blockout printing, manual backlit printing, an iPhone® printer management application and a software productivity pack featuring enhanced tools to reduce media waste. 






  • + Canon announces new imagePROGRAF-TM series of large-format inkjet printers for the low-mid CAD and poster printing market.

    Canon announces new imagePROGRAF-TM series of large-format inkjet printers for the low-mid CAD and poster printing marke..

    21 October 2018


    Canon announces new imagePROGRAF-TM series of large-format inkjet printers for the low-mid CAD and poster printing market.

    Canon Australia announced today the launch in Australia of 4 models and 4 MFP solutions in the new imagePROGRAF series of large-format inkjet printers. Designed for the CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and poster printing markets, we have lavished many of the same features introduced in high-end TX printers for the TM series--new core technologies, fully pigment 5-color LUCIA TD ink, a print head with six integrated 1.07-inch wide tips, and the L-COA PRO image processor.

    The TM series takes the acclaimed Canon print-quality and speed into a mid-market offering. Sharp line drawings and vibrant posters are possible even on economical uncoated paper or inkjet plain paper. To expand the potential huge midrange/entry-level user base, the printers are also designed with specifications and performance that encourage deployment by smaller offices and companies.

    To increase deployment in smaller offices and open-plan studios, the printers are designed to be more convenient in these environments. TM printers are quieter by up to 60% in comparison to the imagePROGRAF iPF series and compact, with fully front-accessible operations and flush wall installation, making them easier to set up where space is limited. Now that offices are not as noisy, demand for less distracting office equipment is driving a trend towards quieter MFPs, printers, projectors, air conditioners and other equipment. In response to this change in office environments, we have made the TM series quieter and eliminated distracting noises. By maintain a peaceful, comfortable working environment, the printers have a direct impact on work, which is a highly-valued feature of the TM series.

    Each of the imagePROGRAF TM models employ newly-developed LUCIA TD 5-colour pigment ink capable of reproducing fine lines and clear text required for printing CAD drawings, even when using plain paper that lacks ink-absorbing layers. For poster print jobs, these models achieve high colouring on plain inkjet paper, enabling the output of vivid, low-cost posters on plain paper, contributing to economical and efficient in-house printing. 

    For continuous printing of drawings on A1 landscape plain paper in the fastest mode, the imagePROGRAF TM-300/305 can produce 144 prints per hour, which represents an increase in speed of up to 23% compared to its predecessor, the imagePROGRAF iPF series, thanks to improved print head scanning and reduced time between processing each print.

    There is also the option to add one of Global Scanning’s fast, high quality scanners, including the T36/T25 scanner with a user-friendly touchscreen display, to the imagePROGRAF TM series creating the perfect multifunctional office companion.

    Alongside these models, Canon will release 4 types of waterproof poster media with adhesive backing that achieves excellent weather resistance, enabling users to create outdoor signage suitable for a variety of scenarios.

    The imagePROGRAF TM range consists of the following models:

    • Standard 24” and 36” models 
    • imagePROGRAF TM-200
    • imagePROGRAF TM-205 (includes HDD)
    • imagePROGRAF TM-300
    • imagePROGRAF TM-305 (includes HDD)
    • 24” and 36” MFP Solutions 
    • imagePROGRAF TM-200 MFP L24ei
    • imagePROGRAF TM-205 MFP T25(with touch-screen scanner)
    • imagePROGRAF TM-300 MFP L36ei
    • imagePROGRAF TM-305 MFP T36(with touch-screen scanner)

    *All scanners are manufactured by Global Scanning (UK)





  • + METEOR INKJET FIRST TO OFFER ELECTRONICS & SOFTWARE TO DRIVE NEW SG600 PRINTHEADS FROM FUJIFILM DIMATIX

    METEOR INKJET FIRST TO OFFER ELECTRONICS & SOFTWARE TO DRIVE NEW SG600 PRINTHEADS FROM FUJIFILM DIMATIX Meteor ..

    02 October 2018


    METEOR INKJET FIRST TO OFFER ELECTRONICS & SOFTWARE TO DRIVE NEW SG600 PRINTHEADS FROM FUJIFILM DIMATIX

    Meteor Inkjet, the leading independent supplier of electronics and software to drive industrial inkjet printheads, further expands its product portfolio with the addition of the HDC-SG600 Head Driver Card, Printhead Evaluation Kit and Waveform Development Kit for FUJIFILM Dimatix SG600 printheads.
     
    Formally launched today by FUJIFILM Dimatix, the SG600 recirculating printhead is suitable for textiles, corrugated packaging, ceramics, and many other industrial print applications. The SG600 is in the same printhead family as the highly successful SG1024 but takes the native resolution up to 600dpi. This allows printer OEMs to offer much higher ink deposition or finer detailed imaging at desired print speeds. 
     
    Each Meteor HDC-SG600 Head Driver Card (HDC) drives one SG600 printhead supported through a Meteor PCC-E GbitE Print Controller Card (PCC) which can accommodate up to eight HDCs.  Multiple PCCs can be linked seamlessly to drive up to 2024 printheads.  Used in conjunction with the electronics, Meteor’s powerful software supports a wide range of applications and allows print system builders the flexibility to design as much or as little of the Digital Front End as they choose.
     
    In addition to electronics and software for the SG600, Meteor also offers a Printhead Evaluation Kit and a Waveform Development Kit to ease print system design and significantly speed time to market.  Multi-head, multi-ink configurations can be evaluated and integrated using electronics and software that can then be transferred straight to manufacturing.
     
    Clive Ayling, Meteor’s Managing Director comments, “We have a long history of collaboration with FUJIFILM Dimatix, having launched our first Meteor-branded drive electronics for Dimatix printheads in 2006.  We are proud to be the first supplier to offer production-ready electronics, software and evaluation equipment for the new SG600 printhead and we look forward to providing customers an easy to integrate, scalable solution with the assurance of long-term, reliable supply for both development and production requirements.”
     





  • + Konica Minolta Launches AccurioWide 160 and 200 Hybrid UV LED Wide Format Printers

    Konica Minolta Launches AccurioWide 160 and 200 Hybrid UV LED Wide Format Printers First-Ever Konica Minolta-Brande..

    14 September 2018


    Konica Minolta Launches AccurioWide 160 and 200 Hybrid UV LED Wide Format Printers

    First-Ever Konica Minolta-Branded Wide Format Products

    Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) announced the commercial launch of the AccurioWide 160 and AccurioWide 200 wide format printers, both of which employ a hybrid technology platform that can print on most types of roll-to-roll, flexible roll and rigid media. The AccurioWide printers are positioned for commercial printers, franchise printers and sign shops that want to take their wide format production to the next level for efficiency and cost savings.

    Powered by Konica Minolta KM1024i print head technology, both printers use UV ink technology that incorporates more color pigment per droplet, reducing ink consumption compared to other printers on the market.  Outstanding print quality, with a large color gamut and outstanding color vibrancy, is achieved by printing up to 1440 x 720 dpi print resolutions. For print production savings, a combination of air-cooled ultraviolet light (UV) and LED curing lamps speed up ink drying times and, in most cases, the LEDs will last the life of the printer.

    The AccurioWide 160 operates in various print speed modes, from draft to high quality, printing with four colors with white inks or six color inks only. The AccurioWide 200 has a larger print width, faster print speeds than the 160, and prints in six colors with white inks. Capable of printing to a wide range of media and substrates, the AccurioWide printers will allow for traditional sign and display applications like point of purchase banners, as well as niche applications including printing directly to aluminum di-bond metal or wood for specialty products.

    In addition, the AccurioPro WideDirector, a complete and robust software workflow that drives AccurioWide printers, can handle the most difficult and complex print jobs. The all-in-one software has the capability of managing colors and pre-flight tools by automatically analyzing an incoming digital print job, making suggestions to improve image quality as needed.  The software offers automated job layout with step & repeat, image nesting with printing to multiple printers and compatibility with print finishers. The AccurioPro WideDirector also features compatibility with Konica Minolta FD-9 scanning spectrophotometer and other third-party devices for color profiling and color management. In the near future, AccurioPro WideDirector will also provide support for the Konica Minolta FD-5 and FD-7 hand held spectrophotometers.

    “The introduction of the AccurioWide 160 and 200 printers represents the first-ever Konica Minolta-branded wide format products released. They represent our continued achievements and expertise with Konica Minolta print head imaging technology and our color management tools to create incredible print value for our customers,” said Dino Pagliarello, vice president, Product Management & Planning at Konica Minolta. “For our North America launch, we are currently taking U.S. product orders for both printers, with launches in Canada and Mexico anticipated in the months ahead,” Pagliarello added.

    The AccurioWide 160 printer will be on display and demonstrated at the industry trade show, Print 18, McCormick Place South, Chicago, September 30 – October 2, at booth #1611; and at the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo, Las Vegas Convention Center, at booth #3769. The AccurioWide 200 will also be on display for the first time and demonstrated at the SGIA Expo.





  • + Canon launches OcĂ© ColorWave 3000 wide format series

    Canon launches Océ ColorWave 3000 wide format series Canon has launched the new Océ ColorWave 3000 se..

    06 September 2018


    Canon launches Océ ColorWave 3000 wide format series

    Canon has launched the new Océ ColorWave 3000 series of large format printers for customers specialising in CAD, GIS and short-term graphic arts applications.

    The new systems address the printing requirements in the architectural, engineering, construction and manufacturing (AEC&M) sectors, as well as corporate environments. With the Océ ColorWave 3000 series, customers have the flexibility to easily print an even wider range of applications from black and white technical documents, drawings and maps, to full colour indoor and short-term outdoor graphics such as posters and roll-up banners.

    The new Océ ColorWave 3000 series comprises two different models: the Océ ColorWave 3500 and the Océ ColorWave 3700, both meeting the needs of businesses operating at mid-volumes, and both saving businesses time, resulting in a faster return on investment.

    Consistent colour quality
    The new printers incorporate the 10-year proven Océ CrystalPoint technology that combines the best of toner and inkjet in Océ TonerPearls, which are melted into a toner gel that crystallises onto the media. Since the introduction of the Océ CrystalPoint technology in 2008, Canon has installed more than 10,000 engines worldwide, based on this technology. Océ CrystalPoint grants customers the option to work with lower cost media without compromising on quality. Prints made with the Océ CrystalPoint technology are instantly dry, enabling handling, stacking and folding to take place immediately.

    The use of Océ TonerPearls ensures strong adhesion and scratch-resistance, as well as offers sharp lines with minimal feathering for high quality documents and graphics. Océ TonerPearls prints are also waterproof, enabling businesses to produce applications for short-term outdoor use.

    The Océ ColorWave 3000 series also features Océ PAINT (Piezo Acoustic Integrated Nozzle Technology) that helps to overcome nozzle failure on the fly for predictable and consistent print quality, reducing daily maintenance time. 

    Print-to-finish 
    The Océ ColorWave 3500 has a media capacity of up to four rolls and customers can automatically switch between media for faster production. The Océ ColorWave 3700 has a media capacity of up to six rolls, handling up to 1200 m, and can print up to 368m² posters per day in fast mode.

    The Océ ColorWave 3000 series features the Océ ClearConnect software suite, helping businesses to manage complex print jobs and offer a more flexible and intuitive interface when submitting print files to the printer.

    To avoid misprints and delays, Océ Publisher Select enables customers to automatically preview print jobs. To support this, Océ Print Assistant automatically suggests the right print mode for the job, detecting media requirements, so that the printer switches to the most appropriate media roll without the need for manual intervention.

    The Océ Folder Express 3011, Océ Folder Professional 6011/6013 and Océ Stacker Select provides a compact print-to-finish solution, offering an automated folding and stacking capability for working environments in which fast production is required.

    Suitable for space-constrained office environments, the Océ ColorWave 3000 series with Folder Express 3011 has a footprint of 25% less than its predecessors, the Océ ColorWave 500 and ColorWave 700, with their respective folding capabilities. 

    Beyond technical applications
    The Océ ColorWave 3000 series is easy to use and enables customers to offer new services and applications beyond black and white technical drawings, attracting greater volumes and higher quality work.

    The Océ ColorWave 3700 supports close to 40 different media types and media up to 800 μm. With Océ MediaSense technology, the print gap between the media and the print head is automatically adjusted to the optimum distance, allowing businesses to print on an even wider range of media, including uncoated paper.

    The new Océ ColorWave 3000 series will be shipped from Q3 2018.
    Dominic Fahy, Head of AEC&M, Industrial & Production Solutions, Canon UK comments: “Whether customers are wanting to continue to print CAD documents or looking to expand their applications capability by producing short-term graphic arts applications, the Océ ColorWave 3000 series gives them the opportunity to print both. From taking an innovative vision, turning it into a blueprint, then bringing it to life through coloured visuals, customers can use the Océ ColorWave 3000 for consistent high quality prints, time after time, print after print.”





  • + Touchstone Elevates Arizona Print to a New Level

    Adding a new dimension to your offering is always a great way to build business and increase profitability, and that&rsq..

    04 September 2018


    Adding a new dimension to your offering is always a great way to build business and increase profitability, and that’s exactly what Océ Australia has introduced this week, both literally and figuratively, with the launch of its new Touchstone® elevated printing technology for Océ Arizona® Series of large -format UV flatbed printers – and visitors to Visual Impact this month will be able to ‘see , touch and feel’ exactly what that will mean for their business.

    Garry Muratore, Product Manager – Graphic Arts for Océ Australia, says the new workflow software has the potential to help businesses broaden their offering and build their business by creating new high-value, high-margin products using what Océ terms ‘2.5D’ print.

    “We’re all aware of the advantages of normal, 2D print and it’s been interesting to see the buzz around 3D in recent years, although the ability of print service providers to integrate those technologies profitably into their business has given it limited relevance for our industry,” Muratore reflects.

    “With Océ Touchstone, Arizona printers can take advantage of dimensional print in the form of commercially viable and profitable ‘2.5D’ applications, creating layered, textured prints that command significantly higher margins, without the need to invest in any additional hardware.”

    Citing recent research, Muratore says print buyers expect to pay a premium for tactile prints, creating genuine opportunities to add value and improve margins for print service providers who can find a cost-effective and efficient way deliver.

    “In any business, profitability is the key to success. Improving efficiency and reducing costs can help, but the real key is leveraging new technologies to establish a genuine competitive advantage,” Muratore says. “Touchstone provides the solution with a suite of new productivity tools that make it
    easy to achieve high quality, repeatable results with an exciting sensory dimension.”

    “Touchstone uses extensions to the Adobe toolset to allow designers to build dimensional features into print jobs at the design stage,” Muratore explains. “The design tools are free to use, but production does require Océ’s patented ALPS technology, which sits within the Onyx Thrive/ Océ
    Arizona ecosystem, speciality Océ IJC257 inks and, of course, an Océ Arizona printer.”

    In fact, the system offers two categories of dimensional print. Alto offering provides opaque elevation plus colour in depths of up to 1mm, while Brila offers a lower profile up to 0.5mm, with colour and varnish, opening the door to applications like metallic effects, achieved by printing on reflective media like foil.

    Océ’s ALPS technology also ensures every pixel of the final ‘top layer’ – or image layer – is printed at the optimum height, exactly as if it were a 2D job, achieving outstanding quality with no softening of the image in valley.



    The results are certainly impressive, with the quality, versatility and tactile appeal of Touchstone prints making it easy to appreciate how it could enhance a range of applications from wallpapers and interior products, short-run or personalised marketing, limited edition packaging, POP and signage, prototypes and moulds, and more.

    “We think Touchstone will appeal particularly PSPs with a creative and entrepreneurial mindset, who understand that creating a point of difference can really help them stay ahead of the game. And, of course, those who – and also those who service ‘bespoke’ markets where print is only one component
    of the finished item,” Muratore says.

    “Importantly, Touchstone makes it easy for printers to achieve these dimensional enhancements, with straightforward, intuitive operation, simplified ‘real-world’ design dimensions and a high level of automation. There are no complex iterations required in the design phase and, in terms of production,
    it’s pretty much ‘set and forget’.”

    Those keen to “feel the difference” will have the opportunity at Visual Impact, where Océ Australia will have an entire ‘Touchstone Wall’ on display on Stand D17. If you can’t be in Sydney, but still want a preview, you can contact your local Océ business development manager to book a demo – the company has even introduced trial licenses of up to 12 months for existing Arizona users who are keen to dip a proverbial toe in the dimensional print market.

    “Océ’s is committed to helping print businesses achieve success through new and profitable print technologies,” Muratore says, “and it’s fair to say that, with the introduction of Touchstone, printing has never felt so good.”

    For more information, just email support.au@oce.com





  • + Epson launches new T-Series large format wireless technical printers

    Epson launches new T-Series large format wireless technical printers SureColor T3160 and T5160 offer speed, precision ..

    29 August 2018


    Epson launches new T-Series large format wireless technical printers
    SureColor T3160 and T5160 offer speed, precision and reliability in ultra-sleek, compact design

    Epson Australia has launched two new high-speed, easy-to-use large-format printers – the 24-inch SureColor T3160 and the 36-inch SureColor T5160, available as desktop or floor-standing models. Marking Epson’s expansion of the T-Series product line to the low-to-mid-range CAD, AEC, GIS, POS poster and education markets, the wireless models feature a new clean and compact design coupled with the reliable printing performance inherent in Epson’s technical solutions.
     
    Whether printing blueprints, line drawings, signage, or classroom posters, the SureColor T3160 and SureColor T5160 will assist professionals across a wider range of segments including architecture, engineering, CAD, GIS, education, corporate, home and small office users. The unique auto-switching functionality enables the printers to swap between large format roll paper and A4/A3 size paper, without users having to touch the printer, ideal for small companies that have multi-purpose print requirements in a limited workspace.
     
    Epson Australia’s GM sales & marketing of their business division Craig Heckenberg said, “The SureColor T3160 and T5160 are designed specifically for the technical community including engineers, designers and architects who are looking for a fully functioned and compact printer that fits neatly in their office. These new printers also produce quality colour posters and displays, and they enable users to wirelessly produce accurate and vibrant prints from tablets and smartphones virtually anywhere.”



    SureColor T3160

    Leveraging Epson’s PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead technology and Nozzle Verification technology to automatically detect and adjust nozzle condition, the new printers offer fast print speeds producing accurate A1 prints in 31 seconds for the SC-T5160 and 34 seconds for the SC-T3160, with precise detail and commercial-grade reliability. Featuring integrated wireless and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity, users can seamlessly print from tablets and smartphones or use the new 4.3-inch colour LCD touchscreen with simple and intuitive menu control and navigation. Next-generation high-capacity UltraChrome XD2 pigment inks deliver durable archival prints with brilliant colour and crisp lines on many paper types.



    SureColor T5160

    The 24-inch SureColor T3160 and the 36-inch SureColor T5160 printers deliver a range of features designed to help industry professionals increase productivity, including:  

    • Fast print speeds – The SC-T3160 and SC-T5160 produce accurate A1 prints in 34 and 31 seconds, respectively.
    • Easy to operate – A large, intuitive 4.3-inch LCD colour touchscreen simplifies print tasks.
    • Compact, clean design – Ultra small footprint and sleek, minimal design enhances workspaces.
    • Replace ink less often – High-capacity cartridges, up to 50ml colour and 80ml black.
    • Print from virtually anywhere in the office – Integrated wireless and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity allow for easy printing from tablets, smartphones and more.
    • High-performance – PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead offers Precision Droplet Control for outstanding clarity, and commercial-grade reliability with Nozzle Verification Technology.
    • Durable, vibrant prints – Next-generation UltraChrome XD2 archival pigment ink technology produces brilliant colour, crisp lines and delivers prints that are water and scratch resistant.
    • Versatile media handling – Accommodates rolls up to 24 and 36 inches and up to 50 sheets of A4 and A3 paper through the auto sheet feeder with autoswitch, as well as cut-sheet papers up to A1 (24”) or A0 (36”).
    • Precise, sharp detail – Print blueprints, line drawings, posters, and more up to 2,400 dpi.
    • Easy set up – Get up and running out of the box in rapid time.
     
    Both printers come with a comprehensive 1 year on-site warranty and CoverPlus service packages are extendable up to 3 years.
     
    The SureColor T3160 and SureColor T5160 will be available in Australia from September 2018 with RRPs beginning at $1,495 including GST.
     
    For more information on the Epson SureColor T3160 and T5160 click here 





  • + Avery Dennison introduces accent film to add chrome touches to vehicles

    Avery Dennison introduces accent film to add chrome touches to vehicles Avery Dennison, the global materials scienc..

    07 August 2018


    Avery Dennison introduces accent film to add chrome touches to vehicles

    Avery Dennison, the global materials science and manufacturing company, today introduces a new accent film designed to add special effects and a sporty touch to vehicles.

    The Avery Dennison® Conform Chrome Series is a premium quality specialty film designed for use in vehicle and graphics markets where high end chrome accents are desired. The three striking colours of Violet, Rose Gold and Matte Silver will add special effects and a sporty touch to vehicles in Australia and New Zealand markets.
    “Car enthusiasts and vehicle owners who want to bring their designs to the next level with sharp, eye-popping chrome accents and details will appreciate our Conform Chrome Series,” said Jordan Leach, business manager, Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “The film has been carefully tested for outstanding durability and outdoor performance to satisfy car owners who are looking for a premium look combined with strong protection.”

    The Avery Dennison Conform Chrome Series is designed for application to solid surfaces like automobiles, buses, and trains and applied over existing graphic films such as the Avery Dennison® Supreme WrappingTM Film or the Avery Dennison® MPITM 1105 Wrapping Films to create a striking impact with its sharp, eye-popping accents and details.

    The Avery Dennison Conform Chrome Series film has the patented Avery Dennison® Easy Apply RS™ feature allows for faster positioning, bubble free application, and long-term removability after the intended period of use.


    For more details of the Avery Dennison® Conform Chrome Series, please visit graphicsap.averydennison.com.





  • + HP expands HP Latex R Printer Series portfolio

    HP expands HP Latex R Printer Series portfolio Today, HP Inc. expanded its hybrid HP Latex R Printer Series with th..

    10 July 2018


    HP expands HP Latex R Printer Series portfolio

    Today, HP Inc. expanded its hybrid HP Latex R Printer Series with the R1000 Printer for rigid and flexible printing.

    Designed for a variety of hybrid applications including signage and displays, the growing portfolio offers choice, value, and versatility while featuring innovative technologies including HP Latex Rigid Printing Technology and HP Latex White Ink.

    “Print service providers are looking at new ways to increase production and expand applications by investing in innovative print technologies such as rigid and white ink to embrace all the possibilities of print,” said Joan Pérez Pericot, General Manager, HP Large Format Graphics Business, HP Inc. “The new introduction to our HP Latex R Printer Series delivers a versatile and innovative print solution for medium-sized businesses to unlock print opportunities and drive growth.” 

    The current portfolio includes the HP Latex R2000 Printer, designed for large-signage printer service providers (PSP) who require workflow efficiency and sustained production. With the debut of the HP Latex R1000 Printer, HP is adding depth to offer maximum value in one device. Designed for growing businesses with investment and space constraints, the versatile printer offers a single set of inks for a wide range of flexible and rigid media including applications for retail, outdoor signage, window graphics, events and exhibitions, and decorations.

    The new printer comes with three liter-ink cartridges, compared to the larger model with five liters, and is designed to accommodate materials up to 1.64 meters/64 inches wide and up to 5 cm/2-inches thick while the R2000 prints up to 2.5-meters/98-inches wide and up to 5-cm/2-inches thick.

    The HP Latest R1000 enables: 
    • High image quality and vibrant colors: HP Thermal Inkjet Printheads and redesigned HP Latex Inks achieve vibrant color gamut on rigid while preserving media gloss and feel with no smell1.

    • Printing in white without barriers: HP Latex White Ink delivers the glossiest white2 on transparent and colored media and achieves no waste between white print jobs. The removable HP Thermal Inkjet Printheads can be stored in an offline rotating chamber and automatic maintenance makes white like any other color, including automatic recirculation and nozzle checks.

    • Durability and versatility: HP Latex Overcoat3 adds durable and flexible water-based ink for high adhesion and scratch resistance while lower curing temperatures allow for wide media versatility.

    • Efficiency: Productive belt workflow enables customers to handle print peaks in-house and meet short deadlines with up to 57 sqm per hour (614 sqf per hour) with up to 60 kg/150lb rolls for flexible printing.

    • Smarter printing: Proactive and preventive services via HP Smart Services maximize uptime and helps avoid costly operating mistakes with automatic maintenance, smart vacuum, and assisted loading.





  • + ProCloud chooses Epson SureColor eco-solvent printer solution For vivid vehicle and building signage

    ProCloud chooses Epson SureColor eco-solvent printer solution For vivid vehicle and building signage Brisbane-ba..

    21 June 2018


    ProCloud chooses Epson SureColor eco-solvent printer solution For vivid vehicle and building signage


    Brisbane-based graphic design and web development studio, ProCloud, create and implement brand experiences. They are dedicated to establishing partnerships with their clients in order to create inspiring solutions to their needs. Recently ProCloud had a requirement for a large format printer that would produce vivid vehicle and building signage. For that they chose the Epson SureColor S80600.


    ProCloud MD Michael Jackson explained, “At ProCloud our talented creative team are able to design, produce and install our full range of products, making us a one-stop-shop. Regardless of whether you are an established business, a start-up, or an individual looking to make your mark, our team will collaborate with you to better understand your needs and goals. In order to do this we have to use the very best printing equipment. We had purchased another brand-new printer but it was not able to produce solid quality prints. After a lot of research we bought the Epson SC-S80600 as it was clearly the best in its class.”


    ProCloud’s SureColor S80600 is designed to produce high-value graphics with enhanced durability. It suits a variable workflow with low to medium production volumes. It can be used with a wide range of media including paper, canvas, film and vinyl and suits a wide range of high-value high-impact applications including large format photo imaging, indoor POS and signage, back-lit displays, window decorations, wallpapers, surface finishes & décor.


    The SC-S80600 incorporates Epson’s latest PrecisionCore printhead and UltraChrome Eco-Solvent ink technology. It produces durable prints that are bright and glossy with an unparalleled colour gamut. It is designed to produce premium quality output, using minimum ink, with simple operation, and fast job completion. Prints dry quickly and machines require minimum maintenance. The ink also has a low odour to enable operation in a wide range of commercial, business and office environments.


    Jackson continued, “We produce lots of vehicle signage and needed a printer that would give us truly vivid colours. When we completed our research it was clear that the SC-S80600’s vivid colour gamut was second to none.”


    As well as vehicle signage ProCloud also uses the SC-S80600 to produce a large amount of building signage.


    Michael Jackson concluded, “The SC-S80600 really gives ProCloud and our customers an edge as its vivid colour offerings, high speed and extremely solid prints ensure happy clients. For vehicle and building signage there is no better printer on the market today.”


    For more information on the SC-S80600 click here. 






  • + Epson launches N6 Compact 6-Axis Robot and Hollow Force Sensor

    Epson launches N6 Compact 6-Axis Robot and Hollow Force Sensor Epson has launched the new N6 compact 6-axis (..

    31 May 2018


    Epson launches N6 Compact 6-Axis Robot and Hollow Force Sensor


    Epson has launched the new N6 compact 
    6-axis (vertically articulated) industrial robot and the SH250LH, a new force sensor with a hollow design.


       


    Epson’s N series of compact 6-axis robots perform tasks in tight spaces more efficiently than other robots because of a uniquely engineered “folding” arm. The N6 has a longer arm (1,000 mm) and can handle higher payloads (6 kg) than Epson’s previously released N2. The N6 is ideal for loading/unloading small electronic products and automotive parts into/from test equipment. It is also perfect for shelving/unshelving medical products and much more. It has a smaller installation footprint than earlier 6-axis robots and can reach a wider range of places, from the top shelf to the bottom. These features increase productivity and the efficiency with which factory space is used.


    N6 Features 
    1. The unique arm structure and arm length give the N6 a small installation footprint while allowing it to reach high places.

    Taking advantage of the N series’ folding arm design and a long (1,000 mm) arm, the N6 can access locations that are higher than those that can be reached by the N2 and by Epson’s 900-mm class 6-axis robots (the C4L and C8L). Users can exploit these features by laying out factory shelves and equipment vertically instead of horizontally to enable the N6 to use previously wasted vertical space.

      
    Installation space (blue section) reduced by 75%


    Even with an arm length of 1,000 mm, the N6 can reach objects at the same height as the C8XL, Epson’s 1,400-mm class 6-axis robot. Moreover, because the N6 can be installed closer to shelves and equipment than a 1,400-mm arm, the installation space can be reduced*2 by about 75%. In addition to installing the N6 in narrow spaces and inside equipment where robots previously would not fit, users have the freedom to consider more compact factory layouts.


    2. Hollow arm provides storage space for cables and hoses
    A hollow arm design is employed to allow cables and hoses to be routed through the centre of the arm at joints #5 and #6. Routing the cables and hoses to the end-effector through the arm reduces the risk of damage and disconnections that could occur if the cables and hoses were to get caught or pinched when accessing narrow openings to shelves or equipment. The robot can also be set up more easily because you no longer have to take into account the amount of wrist rotation (the wrist is the moving part between joints #5 and #6) when routing cables and hoses.



    Conventional routing method





    Cables and hoses routed to the end-effector through the arm

    Like the arm, the optional new SH250LH force sensor also employs a hollow design, so cables and hoses can be neatly routed through the sensor as well as the arm.






    Image of the N6 and SH250LH


    For additional information about Epson robots go to: http://global.epson.com/innovation/core_technology/robotics.html