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  • + Roland DG Assists Customers Affected by Mice Plague

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced a plan to ass..

    25 May 2021


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced a plan to assist QLD and NSW customers whose business has been affected by the current mice plague. 

    Roland DG would like to extend its best wishes to those who have been affected by the mouse plague that is ravaging regional parts of NSW and QLD. There have been a number of instances reported of mice chewing on electrical cables and customers wishing to have their Roland DG equipment checked by a technician to ensure it is ok and safe to use.

    Damage to Roland DG equipment by mice and other rodents, can occur when they hide in areas that contain electrical wiring. Mice have an instinct to chew anything to keep their teeth from growing and can end up chewing on a range of materials, including cabling/wire, glass, plastic, rubber, wood, aluminium, rock and even cement. 

    If you do have issues with rodents in and around your workplace, ensure that you visually check your cabling prior to turning your Roland DG machine on. If you suspect that a rodent has entered your machinery or caused damage to the wiring, please contact the Support Team prior to operating your equipment.

    Roland DG would like to help affected customers to get their businesses back up and running. As such, the Roland DG Care team will schedule service runs in the affected regions and will not charge call-out fees to review and inspect any Roland DG equipment that has been damaged as a direct result of the plague. The technicians can provide condition reports for any insurance claim requirements and for equipment requiring repair service work.
    If you have any questions, require further detail, or wish to register for these service runs, please phone Roland DG on 1800 500 119, fill in a website booking form or email service@rolanddg.com and one of our staff will assist you. 





  • + Gallus unveils Labelfire Diamond Core Series

    In order to meet constantly changing customer demands, Gallus is launching the "Diamond Core Series" to enhance its Labe..

    20 May 2021


    In order to meet constantly changing customer demands, Gallus is launching the "Diamond Core Series" to enhance its Labelfire product offering. From now on, four models of the Gallus Labelfire will be available – concisely and clearly defined – and tailored to the different market requirements. Digital white with high opacity is optionally available for all models.

    The heart of each Gallus Labelfire is the digital print unit, the so-called “diamond core," the company states. This Digital Print Unit (DPU) enables high-quality 1200 x 1200 dpi UV inkjet printing with Samba printheads by Fujifilm. Excellent printing results are produced with pinning modules specially adapted for the inks and printheads, as well as the enhanced simulation of the Pantone Plus colour scale. In addition, all models of the Labelfire Diamond Core series convince with their high production speed with up to 70 m/m and the ability to print a variety of substrates.

    "With the Gallus Labelfire Diamond Core Series, we offer a suitable range for all types of printers, regardless of their level of experience and scope of requirements," explains Thomas Schweizer, head of business management at Gallus. "In addition, we offer a fully comprehensive service. With buying this machine, all maintenance work is included in the price for the first year of operation and thereafter our customers can choose from three service basic packages with the option of flexible expansion, from the low-cost basic rate to the all-round carefree package."

    In four different machine configurations, the Labelfire Diamond Core models are divided up from D1 to D4 in order to acknowledge the market demands.

    The models D1 und D2 are the "working horses” of this series. They print on an industrial scale, stable, reliably and quick, direct from roll to roll. Clearly defined, with or without digital white, they are suitable for all printing companies, which have no need for inline finishing. The Labelfire D1 is the 4-colour entry level machine system into the 1200 dpi digital printing and suited for commodity labels with changing small run lengths.

    The Labelfire D2 is the alternative with seven colours: CMYK plus gamut extension green, orange and violet for challenging designs like cosmetic and body care products. With the seven colours, the D2 enables up to 94% of the simulated Pantone Plus colour scale.

    Whether 4-colour or 7-colour, with or without digital white, Gallus' hybrid technology offers expanded flexibility due to integrated inline finishing and embellishing modules. The Labelfire D3, the UV inkjet press with four colours, (CMYK) and the Labelfire D4 with 7 colours (CMYK GOV) are always equipped with a flexo and a diecutting unit for easy single-pass printing – from file to finished diecut label in one printing pass. In addition, as required, with either a laminating/varnishing module or a cold foil unit, a cost-effective production of finished labels is thus guaranteed even for very small print runs.






  • + HP Indigo Digital Printing Accelerates with New Wave of Innovation Across Portfolio

    At Dscoop Edge Fusion 2021, HP Inc. today announced a new wave of innovations for HP Indigo digital printing, supporting..

    20 May 2021


    At Dscoop Edge Fusion 2021, HP Inc. today announced a new wave of innovations for HP Indigo digital printing, supporting momentum, growth and digital transformation.

    Print service providers (PSPs) worldwide continue to adopt HP Indigo digital printing, with more than 125 HP Indigo presses already installed to date from the new technology portfolio announced in March 2020.

    “Despite the challenges of the past year, Indigo customers have continued to lead the transformation of the graphic arts industry. Our R&D labs continue to deliver on our promise, releasing new capabilities, products and solutions to support the growth of our customers,” said Haim Levit, HP Indigo vice president and general manager, in a keynote address to Dscoop Fusion, a global gathering of HP Graphic Arts print service providers and solution partners with over 8000 members.

    Transformation in commercial printing 
    Since its introduction last year, HP Indigo’s new commercial portfolio gained significant momentum worldwide, including long-term investments in new fleets by Cimpress and Shutterfly. The portfolio empowers commercial printers to continue expanding the digital transformation in the market. The HP Indigo 100K Digital Press – the most productive digital B2 press in the market3 – is leading this trend with more than 30 units already installed, enabling commercial printers to shift greater volumes from offset to digital.

    To drive digital expansion in commercial print even further, today HP Indigo announced a new set of features, expanding the capabilities of its drupa portfolio:

    • The new Automatic Alert Agent 2.0 for HP Indigo Series 4 presses (HP Indigo 12000 and 15K). This inline inspection system scans every printed sheet and compares it to its digital reference, automatically identifying print defects. AAA 2.0 now automatically diverts defective sheets to scrap and reprints them, all in real time with no human intervention, and no interruption to production. The system leverages advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms, increasing accuracy and speed, to provide productivity and profitability for PSPs.
    • Expansion of HD printing capabilities, with the new Fine Line RIP. This new RIP and press computing infrastructure deliver superior capabilities for small solid text and fine lines, producing the sharpest Kanji fonts and complex security patterns.
    • New capabilities on the HP Indigo 100K, including Automatic Pallet Replacement (APR), enabling continuous print with non-stop stacking, allowing PSPs to achieve even higher productivity levels for this platform.
    • Introduction of the new HP Indigo 6P Digital Press, a narrow-web press dedicated for photo and publishing applications. This press expands the capabilities of the Indigo 6800p with a series of innovations for productivity and versatility, including a larger, 320x980mm image area and faster RIP.
    • HP Indigo Certified Pre-Owned Digital Presses, offering a new opportunity to acquire HP Indigo presses, including B2 format presses, at significant capital expenditure (capex) savings.
    • Value packs and options available for HP Indigo commercial customers, including the HP Indigo 15K value pack for the HP Indigo 12000 press, expanding high-value application capabilities. In addition, options to extend the capabilities of commercial Series 3 presses, including the availability of a 5th colour station for the HP Indigo 7eco Digital Press Hypergrowth in HP Indigo labels and packaging 
    • Label and packaging converters operating HP Indigo digital presses are continuing to outgrow the market, driven by trends such as SKU proliferation, and the ability to optimise supply chains with on-demand printing and fast turnaround. In flexible packaging, in particular, worldwide HP Indigo production has experienced hypergrowth in the past year of more than 50%4, with folding cartons and labels customers also enjoying strong double-digit growth.

    To support this growth momentum, HP Indigo today announced commercial availability of additional products and capabilities in its 2020 portfolio for labels and packaging production. Value packs and options are also available for HP Indigo 20000, 30000 and 6000 series users, allowing them to protect their investments and enjoy new capabilities on their presses.

    Commercial availability of the HP Indigo 35K for folding cartons
    The HP Indigo 35K Digital Press, the new flagship press for high-value folding carton production built on the market-proven HP Indigo 30000, is now commercially available. The new press provides premium colour and print quality now with 40% overall higher productivity5 thanks to faster job changeover, colour accuracy with Spot Master, and a more robust paper path from the feeder to the coater. Additional features include:

    • Printing on thinner substrates from 150 microns to capture applications such as rigid boxes.
    • New HD printing with 1600 dpi for enhanced print quality.
    • New HP Indigo ElectroInk Premium White for higher opacity.
    • New ElectroInk Invisible Yellow, track-and-trace solutions and security elements for multi-layered brand protection applications on one press, in one pass.
    • A new Tresu iCoat coater integrated for inline production on the HP Indigo 35K

    Great Little Box Company of Canada has installed the first unit of the commercially released HP Indigo 35K Digital Press at its site near Vancouver. “We are continually investing in the latest technologies to bring the latest and greatest to our customers. The Indigo solution will deliver production flexibility with offset matching quality – plus the bonus of digitally printing proofs to confirm print quality with customers,” said Brad Tindall, president, GLBC.

    Spot Master released for HP Indigo 25K and HP Indigo 35K
    In addition, to support productivity in digitally printed packaging, HP announced the release of HP Indigo’s breakthrough Spot Master colour automation technology, the industry’s fastest time to colour.

    Spot Master uses a new patented algorithm for fast and accurate colour matching, enabling converters to reach brand colours within 5 minutes, with an accuracy of less than 2 delta E, and less than 3 meters of waste. As a result, Spot Master delivers consistent, uniform colour across the entire print frame and each label or package looks the same no matter when or where it is printed.

    Spot Master is now available on both the HP Indigo 25K and 35K, and will be available for the HP Indigo 6K later this year.

    Creating the Digital Label Factory of the Future

    Throughout the past year, label customers have been increasingly printing longer runs and multi-SKU label and shrink sleeves jobs on their Indigo presses, with Indigo 8000 print volume growing by over 30%. To support the transformation of label converters from an “analog first” mindset – with the burden of slow delivery, high labor costs, higher waste, tooling, ink mixing and more – to a digital “Indigo first” mindset, HP Indigo continues to ramp up the development of the upcoming HP Indigo V12 Digital Press. The HP Indigo V12 Digital Press, a narrow-web label press, is the first HP Indigo press built on next-generation HP Indigo LEPX architecture. It provides Indigo’s renowned quality and versatility at significantly higher speeds, supporting the needs for faster delivery, growing SKUs per job, waste, and labor reduction.

    HP Indigo Secure opens new opportunities for digital security printing 

    HP today also announced HP Indigo Secure, a new suite of never-before-seen security and brand protection solutions, to help security printers and print service providers protect their customers from counterfeiters and other product threats. HP Indigo Secure is a set of solutions including hardware, software, media, and inks for security printing and brand protection, based on proprietary HP Indigo LEP technology and industry-leading partner solutions.

    HP Indigo 6K Secure Press is HP Indigo’s first secure digital press designed especially for the security printing market. The press is a one-pass, end-to-end security printing solution featuring multiple security layers in collaboration with Jura JSP. The press is available for certified security printers.

    New HP PrintOS applications boost production efficiency 

    HP PrintOS helps customers to get the most out of their presses, simplify and automate production, and innovate and grow. More than 4500 users use the cloud-based PrintOS applications daily to address every aspect of their production, anywhere and anytime. The usage of PrintOS was significantly increased during 2020, with 25% increase in production monitoring, 32% growth in cloud-created VDP and 230% growth in orders managed by PrintOS Site Flow.

    • Today HP announced several new solutions that further improve production efficiency:
    • PrintOS Learn, a hybrid learning experience combining on-demand and live virtual courses, face-to-face training, and best in class technology with interactive training modules. PrintOS Learn offers a personalized and continuous learning experience, based on Indigo equipment and user profiles.
    • PrintOS Supplies Inventory enables customers to maintain optimal levels of HP supplies. Based on historical usage levels, timely alerts are sent to customers when supplies are sensed to be running low. Customers can order and track supplies just-in-time thus avoiding press downtime due to missing supplies or oversupply that requires storage.
    • An improved integration between PrintOS Production Pro DFE for Commercial Print and Heidelberg Prinect automates the production and avoids human errors. This integration is another example of how customers leverage PrintOS openness to implement Industry 4.0 principles and improve efficiency, reduce cost, and increase quality.
    • A new powerful platform of PrintOS Production Pro DFE for L&P is now available for the HP Indigo 6000 Series, 6K, 8000 and 8K. The new IN170 platform rips complex VDP jobs twice as fast compared with the standard DFE, significantly shorting production time.
    • Following the success of PrintOS Color Beat with HP Indigo 12000, 15K and 100K digital presses, the application is now available also for HP Indigo 25K, enabling customers to automatically validate that the press meets the highest colour standards, and also supports automated certification of Idealliance G7 standard.
    • HP SmartStream Designer for Adobe CC2021 is released. Among the new features is HP Frames, which transforms video frames into VDP images. In addition, new enhancements for HP Mosaic and HP Collage, and an integrated Barcode Studio editor.





  • + Canon Production Printing announce Colorado 1630

    Canon Production Printing Australia have today announced the Colorado 1630, a new modular addition to their portfolio of..

    20 May 2021


    Canon Production Printing Australia have today announced the Colorado 1630, a new modular addition to their portfolio of 64” UVgel roll-to-roll printers.

    The industrial grade printer is said to be a smart investment choice for large format graphic providers such as sign makers, PSPs and in-house printers producing smaller volumes by giving them access to all the proven advantages of UVgel technology, at a lower investment level.

    The Colorado 1630 delivers superior print quality of 1,800 dpi and highly durable, odourless and instantly dry prints on a wide range of media. In its fastest print mode, for applications such as outdoor banners and billboards, the Colorado 1630 can attain a maximum print speed of 111 m²/hour.

    The modular architecture of the Colorado 1630 allows customers to start with the base model, and depending on business needs, choose from a range of additional modules such as FLXfinish, easy-double sided printing or a second media roll. For example, if the printer is installed with one media roll but run lengths are increasing, a second media roll option can be easily added.
    Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, says, “Enabling our customers and partners to expand their application possibilities and grow their business is essential for us.

    “In Australia we have seen some of the highest utilisation rates and volumes per machine on a global scale, however, increasingly we’ve seen the demand for a 1.6 m UVgel printer that can serve customers with lower volume requirements.

    “We hope that with the introduction of the Colorado 1630, more print service providers can benefit from a highly automated, robust and stable printer with a modular architecture that offers remarkable flexibility at an attractive investment level”, he says.





    Further enhancing its efficiency, the precise media handling of the Colorado 1630 ensures near perfect registration for double-sided printing. A ‘print side in’ option also allows customers to print on both the inside and outside of the roll for maximum media versatility. All options can be enabled remotely, without the need for a service visit.

    Adding flexibility for a matte or gloss finish to each print, the optional FLXfinish module uses a unique LED curing technique designed to add visual impact to applications such as banners, wall coverings and point of sale materials without the need to change the inks or media. This technology also supports printing on porous substrates, such as uncoated papers and soft signage materials, further expanding new market opportunities.

    The new versatile printer offers the same high productivity features, output quality and media versatility as the Colorado 1650. Using the same unique Canon UVgel 460 inks used by the Colorado 1650, the Colorado 1630 produces razor-sharp prints with a wide colour gamut.

    Extremely reliable and easy-to-use, this robust workhorse is built for maximum uptime and quick turnarounds. Operating costs are also minimised thanks to the efficiency of the printer, combined with reduced waste consumption.

    Users can benefit from uninterrupted production with on-the-fly ink replenishment which, combined with unprecedented automation for features such as nozzle monitoring, printhead maintenance and media feed winding, allows users to avoid unnecessary downtime.

    In addition, Canon’s Remote Control app is now available to monitor all Colorado printers. This will allow users to check the printer status remotely, enabling 24/7 unattended printing. The Remote Control app sends alerts to the users’ mobile devices with printer status updates, warnings and errors, offering the reassurance that the printer is running smoothly to meet deadlines.

    anz.cpp.canon





  • + EFI Roll-to-Roll Printers Receive Type II Certification

    Digital inkjet roll-to-roll UV LED printers from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. continue to deliver innovations for super..

    18 May 2021


    Digital inkjet roll-to-roll UV LED printers from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. continue to deliver innovations for superwide-format graphics production printing, and they have now achieved an important certification for the quality and durability of prints used for décor applications. EFI roll-to-roll UV LED printers have earned a Type II certification for wallcoverings based on The Wallcovering Association W-101 and ASTM F793 standards.

    Wallcoverings submitted to gain the certification were printed and tested on the 20 oz. DreamScape line of wallcovering base material from Rockaway, N.J-based Roysons. The Type II certification is an indicator for quality, safety and durability of wallcoverings and, unlike other Type II certifications for digital inkjet printers, EFI’s new certification covers wallcoverings produced without lamination or coating.

    “These certifications should assure print service providers that the product they can produce meets all of the critical regulatory aspects of a true commercial wallcovering,” said Roy Ritchie, Jr., president of DreamScape. “In addition, EFI customers who print on DreamScape base wallcoverings can enjoy increased efficiency and productivity, since they do not require the additional step of coating or lamination to reach this level of durability. DreamScape has worked closely with EFI for several years and it is easy to recommend their advanced and versatile roll-to-roll machines.”

    EFI’s new Type II certification applies to EFI’s extensive portfolio of UV LED roll-to-roll printers – including the EFI Pro 32r+, and VUTEk 3r+/5r+, D3r/D5r, and new Q3r/Q5r printers. The wallcoverings were tested for durability and tear resistance; scrubbability and washability; colour fastness; Class A fire retardancy and safety; and more.

    Along with the Type II certification, EFI roll-to-roll digital UV LED printers also received the Class A fire rating according to The Wallcovering Association’s evaluation and ASTM E84.

    “There has been a rise in popularity for wallcoverings and interior décor applications these last years, which for us is an exciting trend as we offer a wide range of products for that growing market with our roll-to-roll UV LED printers,” said Hanan Yosefi, vice president, EFI Inkjet Israel. “This certification proves once again EFI’s approach to delivering the best to the market – giving its customers the ability to produce a wide range of challenging applications with the highest print quality at the lowest cost of production.”

    The Type II designation and existing UL GREENGUARD Gold certifications for select inks make EFI roll-to-roll solutions ideal for wallcoverings, décor and other indoor applications. These certifications complement each other and provide a complete picture of certification covering the performance, safety and durability of indoor applications.

    EFI offers a wide range of roll-to-roll printers, available for customers at the lower-, mid- and higher-volume end of the signage and display graphics market. EFI roll-to-roll printers can deliver up to nine colors, feature a true resolution of up to 1,200 dots per inch and EFI UltraDrop™ Technology with native 7-picoliter printheads with multi-drop addressability for high-definition image quality with outstanding smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions, as well as precise and sharp size text. The line-up of EFI roll-to-roll printers covers a broad range of production needs, with the most productive solution in the portfolio, the EFI VUTEk Q5r, capable of printing up to 7,233 square feet (672 square meters) per hour.

    The roll-to-roll printers’ UV LED curing ensures not only cost savings, but also a more environmentally friendly printing solution, consuming less energy and enabling the use of thinner, lower cost substrates. The printers also feature EFI’s “Power Tool” options for advanced productivity and capabilities, including in-line quality inspection, in-line slitting and cutting, roll and tape collection, auto-calibration, automated backlit printing, automated blockout printing and much more.

    efi.com





  • + Mutoh Australia appoints Perth based Tek Cad

    Mutoh Australia is pleased to announce they have appointed Perth based Tek Cad and Cam Systems to sell and support Mutoh..

    18 May 2021


    Mutoh Australia is pleased to announce they have appointed Perth based Tek Cad and Cam Systems to sell and support Mutoh printers across Western Australia. 

    Mutoh Australia managing director Russell Cavenagh comments. “We are delighted to have partnered with an organisation like Tek Cad. We have been looking for the right partner to service our growing WA customer base and TekCad provides that unique blend of a strong customer focus, technical background and market knowledge that made them an ideal fit with our own key business goals and philosophies”.

    Tek Cad partner Tim Loader commented, “Mutoh manufactures a broad range of award-winning printers that are an ideal fit for our business and client base. We have long been impressed with the quality and reliability of their Japanese manufacturing and we were particularly impressed with their new XpertJet range so we’re very happy to have forged this partnership”.

    Tek Cad and Cam Systems location at 2 Commerce St, Malaga, Perth.
    Mutoh Australia www.mutoh-au.com 02-9437 1366
    Tek Cad and Cam Systems www.tekcad.com.au 08-9248 1322

    To learn more about all of Mutoh’s award winners and other products visits www.mutoh-au.com 






  • + Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C14000 wins BLI 2021 PRO Award from Keypoint Intelligence

    Konica Minolta is proud to announce it has received a Buyers Lab (BLI) 2021 PRO Award from Keypoint Intelligence, the wo..

    18 May 2021


    Konica Minolta is proud to announce it has received a Buyers Lab (BLI) 2021 PRO Award from Keypoint Intelligence, the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging hardware, software, and services. 

    Granted annually, these awards acknowledge the products that gave the best performances in production field testing over the previous year. Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C14000 took top honours in the Outstanding High-Volume CMYK Production Device High-Volume Category and was identified as a trailblazer in the digital production marketplace. 

    David Sweetnam, director of EMEA/Asia Research & Lab Services, Keypoint Intelligence, said, “Konica Minolta’s innovative IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimiser has impressed us since its launch, allowing for quick, best practice colour setup and media-registration profiling, with inline checking and adjustment tolerances controllable by the operator. This technology helped the device deliver an outstanding performance over our production-length tests where, over 67,000 clicks, the device never drifted above DeltaE00 3.4, nor did it exhibit an image-registration shift of more than 0.3 mm.” 

    Another key technology innovation noted by Keypoint Intelligence that separates the Konica Minolta AccurioPress C14000 from its peers is the new TU-510 Versatile Trimmer Unit. This inline, four-edge trimmer and creaser allows full-bleed finishing support for banners, booklets, direct mail, and a dedicated business card cutting option. 

    Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta is pleased have made such a successful entry into the high-volume toner printing segment with the C14000 Series, which has now been affirmed by this honour from Keypoint Intelligence. The IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimiser option is a key differentiator in the market and helps our customers take colour consistency and registration accuracy to the next level.”   

    The C14000 Series has won multiple awards since its launch in late 2019, including the “Good Design Award 2020” from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, the “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021”, and most recently, the iF DESIGN AWARD 2021 from the Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, the world’s oldest independent design forum. In addition, earlier this year, both the AccurioPress C14000 and C12000 achieved two Idealliance® certifications: the Digital Electrophotographic Press Certification; and ISO/PAS 15339 System Certification. 





  • + HP Introduces Hybrid Work Print Solutions with HP Wolf Security

    HP Inc. announced enhanced print services and solutions with HP Wolf Security that allow IT departments to help boost wo..

    18 May 2021


    HP Inc. announced enhanced print services and solutions with HP Wolf Security that allow IT departments to help boost workforce productivity while also helping to protect corporate networks and data1. As part of these enhancements, HP introduced a new Flexworker offering, Internet Printing through HP Advance2 and HP Secure Print3 compatibility for Universal Print from Microsoft.

    “The existing business transformation trends around cloud, as-a-service, and security have seen significant acceleration over the past year,” said George Brasher, General Manager and Global Head, Print Services and Solutions, HP Inc. “In this hybrid world, where workers are distributed and the risk of cyberattacks has skyrocketed, we see businesses needing scalable and flexible printing solutions that are both secure and manageable.”

    New Flexworker Offering; Part of HP Wolf Enterprise Security Services

    HP’s new Flexworker offering, which is part of HP Wolf Enterprise Security Services, is a scalable cloud-based print service for hybrid workforces. This new extended Managed Print Service (MPS) allows IT departments to arm hybrid workers with secure, company-approved printers to enhance productivity at home. By leveraging the HP Instant Ink and MPS ecosystems, HP is delivering a fully automated enterprise managed print experience that includes financing, technical support, reporting, centralised billing and device security features and monitoring.

    According to HP Wolf Security Blurred Lines & Blindspots report 4, 45% of IT decision makers say they have seen evidence in their company of compromised printers being used as an attack point in the past year. The same report contains data from KuppingerCole, showing 86% of industry executives said their customers had concerns around the security of their home printers.

    Flexworker gives enterprises visibility of up to 15 essential security settings5 on devices and leverages Security Manager to continuously monitor and automatically remediate if a device falls out of compliance with corporate policies.

    As companies extend corporate offices into the home environment, HP is also expanding Flexworker to include select LaserJet Enterprise 400 series models – the HP LaserJet Managed MFP E42540f and HP LaserJet Managed E40040dn. The LaserJet Enterprise 400 is HP’s smallest enterprise-class printer series providing seamless remote management and the world’s most secure6 printing experience. The LaserJet Enterprise 400 series offers HP Wolf Security, which includes HP Trusted Platform module, HP Sure Start, Run-time intrusion detection7, HP Connection Inspector, and easy, policy-based fleet deployment with HP Security Manager.

    Secure Printing at Home or In the Office

    HP is introducing secure Internet Printing through HP Advance, an integrated platform for capture, print and output management. Internet Printing will enable organisations to offer employees the ability to seamlessly and securely print from either the office or at home. HP’s new Internet Printing offering features the latest encryption and authentication technologies, including OAuth 2.0 with OpenID connect for Azure AD. The solution also provides job accounting, ensuring companies can track activity both inside and outside the organisation.

    HP also announced HP Secure Print compatibility with Universal Print from Microsoft, which adds a layer of security by requiring authentication before the document is printed. It will also provide analytics about all print activity.

    Availability

    HP Advance Internet Printing is expected to be available in June 2021.

    The HP LaserJet Managed MFP E42540f and HP LaserJet Managed E40040dn are expected to be available as part of Flexworker by July 2021.

    HP Secure Print compatibility with Universal Print is expected to be available in July 2021.

    The visibility into up to 15 security settings are expected to be available as part of Flexworker by August 2021.

    More information about HP Inc. is available at www.hp.com. 





  • + Arlon Introduces 3 New Virtual Application Demos featuring FLITE Technology Products

    Global manufacturing leader of graphic films Arlon Graphics has announced 3 new virtual application demos launching May ..

    11 May 2021


    Global manufacturing leader of graphic films Arlon Graphics has announced 3 new virtual application demos launching May 18 running through July 29, 2021. These demo events allow vehicle wrap installers to get hands-on with Arlon’s FLITE Technology films and interface with our Technical Experts conveniently and safely. The 3 demo topics are:

    • Wrapping with cast films featuring SLX+ and SLX Cast Wrap
    • Installing reflective films with ease featuring IllumiNITE Wrap
    • How to wrap a vehicle with calendered film featuring Fusion Wrap

    In December of 2020, Arlon launched its first virtual demo, and it was extremely well received prompting the company to expand its schedule and topics. Each demo is 30 – 40 minutes and includes a product introduction, a technical application tip, and ends with a live Q&A session for participants to interact directly with one of Arlon’s Technical Solutions Experts, Ritchie Daize, Louie Calma, or Matt Braswell. Each registrant receives a complimentary demo kit prior to the event which contains Arlon branded wrap tools and printed samples for each participant to follow along with.

    “Our goal is to continue to bring forward educational events to connect our brand with sign shops and installers alike,” says Nicole Witt, Director of Marketing, The Americas. “Our FLITE Technology vehicle wrap products are in the hands of so many installers now that we want each and every attendee to feel confident in their first application using our products,” says Ritchie Daize, Sr. Technical Solutions Manager for Arlon Graphics.

    arlon.com





  • + Fujifilm launch advanced automation options for Onset X HS

    The ultimate range in flatbed production printing is now even faster, with the introduction of robotics technology for t..

    11 May 2021


    The ultimate range in flatbed production printing is now even faster, with the introduction of robotics technology for the automatic loading and unloading of media.

    Following the success of Fujifilm and Inca Digital’s Onset X HS range, the ultra-high productivity large format series now comes with automated technology to assist with long run production. It also slashes job changeover times and reduces the need for manual intervention between runs.

    Utilising Dual Flex and High Five robotics, the range includes a semi-automatic (manual load and automatic take-off) configuration and a fully automatic loading, take-off and stacking system, designed specifically to handle flexible and difficult materials, such as unconditioned corrugated board.

    “The new automation options available with the Onset X HS range are the result of close collaboration with our current Onset X customers,” says Matt Brooks, Head of Products & Solutions at Inca Digital “Longer run, full automation is becoming more and more common, and with the introduction of highly sophisticated robotic arms from ABB and Inca’s uniquely designed sheet pick-up technology, our Onset X customers can now produce extremely high volume, high quality print work in even less time. The ultra-high productivity and rapid job changeovers optimise production levels like never before.”

    There are four automation options for the Onset X HS range – the 3/4 semi-automatic system, a fully automatic material loading system, a fully automatic handling system for unconditioned corrugated board, and a fully automatic handling system with integrated flexible loading.

    The 3/4 automation system allows for single sheet, multiple sheets or double-sided print in registration. The operator loads sheets onto a preload table and the system takes over the rest, stacking it on a pallet for simple removal of the printed media. What’s more, the system allows the operator immediate, direct access to the bed and registration points for quick switch between manual and semi-automatic work.

    The fully automatic material loading system is designed to handle conditioned and dimensionally stable sheets. It works in conjunction with the 3/4 handling unit to provide full automation, handling multiple sheets with highly accurate registration. The loader can be moved away from the machine to allow access to the print bed.

    The corrugated board solution incorporates a fully automatic handling system, specially designed to handle difficult materials like unconditioned corrugated board. Vacuum-to-vacuum transfer ensures precision handling, from the robotic arm pickup to placement on the print bed and stacking of the printed board.

    Dual Flex – this unique fully automatic solution with integrated flexible loading enables printers to transition seamlessly between lay table loading and dual robot automation. This solution provides full capability to load and unload flexible, semi-rigid and rigid sheets with a seamless switch from one operation to the other. In full automation mode, the dual robots also offer an optional “flip to print” mode – High 5 – for front to back, double sided print requirements without manual intervention.

    “A fast and powerful handling system is vital for the Onset X to perform to its full capacity, helping to maximise job turnaround speeds and job changeovers for longer runs,” continues Brooks “We’re delighted to be launching these advanced automation solutions to the market, helping our customers to achieve optimum productivity and print quality, and we have already seen a great deal of interest in these new types of automation solutions”.

    “Fujifilm has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Inca Digital since the two companies together pioneered the world’s first wide format UV inkjet printers in 1999,” says Kevin Jenner, European Marketing Manager, Fujifilm Wide Format Inkjet Systems. “The Onset X range has been setting the standard for quality and productivity in the sector for some years now and we’re delighted to be able to offer our customers yet another step up in speed and efficiency.”





  • + HP updates Stitch S1000 soft signage and interior décor printer

    HP Inc. announced the latest addition to its HP Stitch portfolio to help print service providers (PSPs) diversify their ..

    11 May 2021


    HP Inc. announced the latest addition to its HP Stitch portfolio to help print service providers (PSPs) diversify their soft signage and interior décor offerings, as well as meet more challenging customer needs. The updated 126-inch HP Stitch S1000 is designed to offer high quality with greater versatility and smooth operation.

    "The new HP Stitch S1000 will allow PSPs to expand their dye-sub production versatility even further and say yes to ambitious projects, as well as demanding and innovative applications,” said Oscar Vidal, Large Format Global Business Strategy Director, HP. "With the large format industry set for a progressive year, HP’s latest Stitch device ensures soft signage and interior decoration professionals are able to handle a diverse range of customer needs, safe in the knowledge they have the technology to deliver.”

    Take on more
    The highly versatile new HP Stitch S1000 gives users the option to print directly to fabric or onto transfer paper, simplifying workflows without compromising on results - while 1200 native dpi printheads and HP’s Drop & Dry system ensure deep blacks, vivid colours and extreme resolution to deliver work of the highest-quality.

    A newly incorporated contact heater offers enhanced backlit saturation performance on direct-to-fabric jobs, meaning colours appear brighter and more vivid than ever before.

    Work faster

    HP Stitch S1000 is designed to provide rapid turnaround production start-up times and speeds of up to 2370 ft²/hr (220 m²/hr). Additionally, it also offers the possibility to double the through put on substrates of up to 63 inches (1.6m) with dual roll accessory.

    The Smart Nozzle Compensation system and Optical Media Advance Sensor Plus work together to ensure reliable image quality while operating at pace. With an additional integrated aerosol and vapour extraction system, meeting tight deadlines has never been easier.

    User-replaceable printheads and HP preventative maintenance support helps increase uptime, while spreader rollers, 10-litre ink supplies and rolls up to 600lb (300kg) allow print professionals to confidently leave the device to print unattended.

    Take control
    Combined with the HP PrintOS app, print operations are easily controlled anywhere, anytime – while also allowing PSPs to make data-driven decisions . If working with a fleet, the HP Configuration Center ensures jobs are distributed efficiently for maximum productivity, with a built-in spectrophotometer providing colour consistency across fleet.

    Tests show that in 40% less time, a single operator can easily load both transfer and textile rolls - enabled by features including automatic media tension adjustment, simple media path, automatic and optimised printhead cleaning, and a device warm-up process that occurs in parallel with loading.

    Gain a sustainability edge
    The updated HP Stitch S1000 uses ECO PASSPORT certified dye sublimation inks, a standard that verifies the safety of chemical products used in the textile and leather industry. The device also benefits from HP’s free and convenient printhead recycling scheme, via the HP Planet Partners initiative. Meanwhile, the outer carton of a S1000 ink cartridge is made from cardboard and can be recycled locally - part of HP’s goal of creating a more circular, low-carbon economy.

    Pricing and Availability
    Information on country availability, pricing, and retail destinations for the HP Stitch S Printers Series Portfolio vary region by region.

    A first-look at the product can be found via this video





  • + Introducing New HP Durable Foldable Document Material

    HP introduces HP Durable Foldable Document Material, 3-in Core — a uniquely strong, yet flexible material that has..

    04 May 2021


    HP introduces HP Durable Foldable Document Material, 3-in Core — a uniquely strong, yet flexible material that has amazing holding power. Once folded, documents lay flat and stay tightly folded with little expansion.

    HP Durable Foldable Document Material, 3-in Core (DFDM) can be easily transported due to its thin, lightweight construction. This remarkably tough printing substrate was designed and tested to resist jamming in commercial folding machines. Engineered with DuPont Tyvek material, it produces tear- and water-resistant, lay-flat, foldable maps, banners, and posters that can be grommeted and stitched.

    Compatible with HP PageWide XL and HP DesignJet printers, it is perfect for applications where durability and tear resistance are required. And this trouble-free material has the unique “Fold n’ Hold“ properties. 

    hplfmedia.com





  • + Go beyond with the new Xaar Nitrox printhead

    Xaar, has launched its latest printhead – the Xaar Nitrox – that provides users with greater print speeds an..

    04 May 2021


    Xaar, has launched its latest printhead – the Xaar Nitrox – that provides users with greater print speeds and uniformity to deliver unparalleled performance across a wide variety of print applications.

    The new Xaar Nitrox is the next printhead to come from ImagineX which sets the roadmap for Xaar’s bulk inkjet innovations and printhead developments.

    Speed is integral to the Xaar Nitrox, with firing frequencies of up to 48kHz enabling print at up to 100 metres per minute. Set-up time and installation are also fast, with drop in printhead alignment and Xaar’s AcuChp Technology allowing for a more automated process that is quick, easy, and reliable.

    With its ‘plug and print’ capability, printer uptime is maximised, and superb print uniformity also delivered. Xaar’s TF Technology recirculation minimises any temperature changes within the printhead, virtually eliminating print density variations and controlling viscosity to provide consistent printing across the swathe throughout each job.

    Maintaining a constant flow of fluids directly past the back of the printhead nozzles enables instant priming of the Xaar Nitrox and avoids the need for costly and wasteful purging before printing can start. The very high flow rate also prevents sedimentation and nozzle blockages, particularly in heavily pigmented inks, radically improving reliability in even the harshest printing environment.

    The Xaar Nitrox supports the widest range of applications and handles the broadest range of fluids. Its open printhead architecture and TF Technology facilitate printing in multiple orientations. Consequently, the Xaar Nitrox prints extremely reliably, whether in vertical or horizontal mode, or even when being positioned by a robotic arm with accelerating and decelerating speeds.

    High Laydown Technology delivers very high volumes of ink in a single pass and combined with Xaar’s TF Technology allows fluids with higher particle loading and sizes, even those with viscosities of up to 100 centipoise, to be used. This enables the Xaar Nitrox to print an increased colour gamut and special effects for applications in the ceramic, glass and packaging sectors as well as jetting higher molecular weight materials for Advanced Manufacturing and 3D printing.

    Backwards compatible with the Xaar 1003, the three variants of the Xaar Nitrox – Core, Pro and Elite – provide customer choice and flexibility for a range of print needs.

    The Nitrox Core is designed for applications using oil-based inks, such as in ceramic tile decoration, while the Nitrox Pro can handle more demanding fluids including soluble salts and frit used for printing glass. The Nitrox Elite delivers printing at up to 48kHz and its exceptional drop placement and accuracy make it perfect for functional fluids and 3D applications, alongside more traditional display graphics and label printing solutions.

    Graham Tweedale, General Manager of Xaar’s printhead business unit said: “We are delighted to be launching the next printhead from our ImagineX platform.

    “Whether using the latest highly viscous fluids for 3D printing or High Laydown for packaging and labels, the speed, performance and productivity of the Xaar Nitrox means you can use it to print right the first time and every time.”






  • + Durst P5 TEX iSUB - a milestone for sublimation printing

    Durst, manufacturer of innovative digital printing systems and software solutions, is setting a milestone in the field o..

    04 May 2021


    Durst, manufacturer of innovative digital printing systems and software solutions, is setting a milestone in the field of sublimation printing with the launch of the P5 TEX iSUB.

    The abbreviation iSUB stands for "inline sublimation." This eliminates individual work steps, resulting in a significant increase in quality and efficiency for the user.

    The soft signage market is experiencing enormous growth rates in all areas of application - from visual communication and decor to textile clothing. In the period from 2017 to 2023, the sales volume will increase by more than 60 percent, according to a forecast by Keypoint Intelligence. Converted to absolute figures, the market will grow globally from around $19.2 billion in 2019 to $31.4 billion (2023).

    A number of trends can be pinpointed for this continued growth, which clearly speak in favour of the soft signage market. These include environmental friendliness through the use of water-based, odourless inks. Other user benefits include cost efficiency in logistics and low ink consumption, as well as fast project implementation and a wide range of applications. "Durst has been active in the soft signage market since 2010, and we have been able to place over 250 systems from the Rhotex series on the market worldwide," emphasises Christian Harder, Vice President Sales, Durst Group AG.

    Integrated inline fixation
    In tune with these trends in the soft signage market, Durst has developed the P5 TEX iSUB, which is based on the successful P5 platform with a maximum print width of 3.3 meters. At the heart of the Durst P5 TEX iSUB is the integrated inline fusing for direct printing on polyester fabrics. The advantages of this one-step process are obvious, explains Andrea Riccardi, Head of Product Management, Durst Group AG: "No investment and no floor space is required for a calendar. The Durst P5 TEX iSUB is operated by only one operator, and the process acceleration also increases our customers' ability to deliver." Whereby the P5 TEX iSUB is not limited to direct printing, but transfer papers can also be printed and further processed in the usual way. It is precisely the combination of both processes in one system that gives users enormous flexibility.

    Innovation iSUB - contactless fixing technology
    The Sublifix dye sublimation ink developed by Durst delivers vivid colours, even on difficult media such as blackback or backlit for light boxes or flags. A unique feature of the P5 Text iSUB is its innovative contactless fusing. The iSUB contactless technology ensures excellent colour consistency as well as extreme sharpness of detail in images and text, also blurring or bleeding of colour is virtually eliminated.

    A wide range of applications can be implemented with the P5 TEX iSUB. One example is decorative fabrics with strong, brilliant colours and exact reproduction of details. Another are flags that show good print on both sides of the material even without external calendaring. Blackback applications as well as colourful light boxes round out the spectrum while retaining the soft-touch feel. In all these applications, the Durst RIP plays a central role, ensuring consistent colour across all media.

    The maximum print speed is 383 m2/hour when the 330 cm print format is fully utilised, inspiring the efficient implementation of all these application examples. Access to two rolls via the Multi-roll option makes changing materials much easier in practice. In addition, the dual-roll option allows two rolls with a width of 1.6 meters to be printed. Another outstanding feature of the Durst P5 TEX is the integrated finishing unit, which can be used to sew and stitch media.

    Test under practical conditions
    The Durst P5 TEX iSUB is currently undergoing field testing at the Italian ABS Group, which has a long-standing partnership with the Durst Group and has been working with a Rhotex 500 and Rhotex 325 for many years. In conjunction with the Durst P5 TEX iSUB, ABS Group benefits from the flexibility and significant process acceleration. "The Durst P5 TEX iSUB will also prove its reliability in 24/7 operation and deliver a significant increase in quality to our customers," said Andrea Riccardi. The ABS Group management also gives a very positive assessment of the Durst Analytics tool, the data from which is used to network the P5 TEX iSUB with the ERP software developed in-house and thus optimise production planning and individual processes.

    "The P5 TEX iSUB combines efficiency, quality and productivity at the highest level. At Durst, we are convinced that our solution will give a significant boost to the soft signage market," assures Christian Harder, Vice President Sales, Durst Group AG.





  • + Massivit 3D to Launch Industrial-Grade Massivit 5000

    Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, will unveil the industrial-grade Massivit 5000 at the AMUG 2021 Conference in Orlando..

    04 May 2021


    Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, will unveil the industrial-grade Massivit 5000 at the AMUG 2021 Conference in Orlando, FL (May 2nd-6th, 2021) as well as at two live Webinars showcasing the new capabilities, features, and applications. 

    The Massivit 5000 will enable manufacturers and service providers across a range of industries to expedite their lead times for manufacturing large parts, prototypes, and tooling by up to 30 times the production speed of existing technologies.

    To book a live demonstration of the Massivit 5000 at AMUG 2021 (2nd-6th May), please click here.

    Based on the company’s unique, patented Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP) technology – already adopted across 40 countries for fast, cost-effective production of large parts – the new Massivit 5000 introduces to the market new resolutions, materials, and automation capabilities that address industry 4.0 needs, enabling production of large-scale parts within hours instead of weeks. 

    A new printing material, DIMENGEL 110, now available with the Massivit 5000, facilitates high-definition printing and greater fidelity to CAD designs. Two new resolutions enable print optimization according to layer thickness and speed requirements. The Massivit 5000 offers a Dual Material System that allows operators to print simultaneously with a different material on each head. New software automation features also allow operators to improve workflow efficiencies and enable easy monitoring and operations.

    This latest addition to the Massivit 3D portfolio of large-scale 3D printers facilitates complex, large parts up to 145cm x 111cm x 180cm (57” x 44” x 70”) that instantly cure during the printing process, enabling ready-made parts straight off the printer without the need for post-processing and with almost no required support structures. 

    During two launch Webinars, attendees will experience a virtual, live tour of the Massivit 5000 and will see a broad range of applications available across the automotive, marine, rail, and scenic fabrication sectors.





  • + Colour Graphics Services appointed MYIRO Colour Measurement dealer

    Colour Graphic Services, the Australian colour management, ISO and G7 specialist, is pleased to announce its appointment..

    04 May 2021


    Colour Graphic Services, the Australian colour management, ISO and G7 specialist, is pleased to announce its appointment as dealer for the Myiro-1 and Myiro-9 spectrophotometers in Australia and New Zealand. Myiro, a Konica Minolta – owned company, has taken the colour world by storm in the USA and Europe where it has attracted accolades from the most qualified colour experts

    “The two Myiro colour measurement devices fit perfectly into Colour Graphic Services’ range of prepress colour measurement instruments and ICC profiling tools,” says Managing Director David Crowther, adding “In fact, Techkon was so impressed, it is reselling Myiro in the USA – filling the gap of a low investment ICC profiler with high accuracy, and a fast chart-reading version for rapid profiling.”

    The Myiro-1 is the perfect hand-held spectrophotometer for any 3rd party supported software such as Mellow Colour PrintSpec, EFI, ORIS ColorTuner, Agfa, ColorGate, Creo, ErgoSoft, Color Logic, with many others being added to this list. It relays measured patches, strips or charts (using the measuring guide), wirelessly, avoiding cables and USB cables. In a single pass scan of a Fogra strip, for example, it sends M0, M1 and M2 in one action. List price is AUD$2,245 + gst. An optional set of colour management, profiling, QC and monitor calibration tools, MyiroTools, is available at AUD$950 + gst.

    Super-fast chart reading and ICC profiling

    The Myiro-9 is a lightning-fast auto chart reader that delivers data to the majority of 3rd party profiling software used in all print disciplines – 1,500 patches in just 4 minutes! Myiro-9 is the reference instrument used by major print machine manufacturers. Like the Myiro-1, it also includes M0, M1 and M2 data in a single scan. It handles virtually all known colour charts and control wedges and is never fooled by optical brighteners (OBAs) added to many substrates and papers. Myiro-9 can be adapted to a very wide range of substrates. With a list price of AUD$8,900 + gst, it is for the seriously busy print shop and can pay for itself in time saved over a short time where multiple and custom profiles are needed.

    Crowther says: “The Myiro spectrophotometers are total quality-manufactured in Japan, by the Sensing division of Konica Minolta and they measure colour as you see it. Accurate profiling has never been faster or easier, as shown in a video at: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTO0lhnYW3Y&t=131s  

    Dozens of colour professionals have remarked on how fast and accurate the Myiro-1 and 9 spectrophotometers are, such as:

    “The biggest surprise was the color rendering of the Myiro Profile compared to the market leader. The quality of the photo prints based on the Myiro Profile were simply much better in terms of vividness, contrast, everything.” – Stephan Steib, Photographer, USA

    “From day one after implementing our updated Myiro profiles we did see an image quality improvement. Since the implementation we have been printing more than ten-thousand jobs and we have not had one single complain regarding skin tones or other color conversion related issues. And as a prepress geek I can finally feel 100% proud about our streamlined and accurate color management.” - Magnus Sandström – Digital Workflow Manager, Taberg Media Group, Sweden

    “With the Myiro-1, the manufacturer has succeeded in creating a great measuring device with which everyday measuring tasks in the pre-press sector can be handled very well. The heart of the solution, the hardware, could completely convince us, especially the wireless connection, the workmanship, the ergonomics and the smooth and quick scan measurement.” – Ronny Willfahrt, PrintXmedia, Germany

    Myiro devices are available through Colour Graphic Services in Australia and New Zealand and will be part of its demonstrations at September’s PacPrint, Melbourne.

    www.colourgraphicservices.com
    www.myiro.com 






  • + FESPA Australia Annual Golf Tournament – proves to be a ‘hit’!

    A keen, lively, and enthusiastic group of members of Australia’s specialty printing industry attended the FESPA Au..

    28 April 2021


    A keen, lively, and enthusiastic group of members of Australia’s specialty printing industry attended the FESPA Australia Annual Golf Tournament on Friday 23 April 2021 at Sandhurst Golf Club, in Melbourne.

    Conducted in a fun and good-natured competitive spirit the players enjoyed a round of golf at one of Victoria’s key championship Golf Courses, they also had a chance to takeout prizes from a range of categories, including Overall Winner of the FESPA 2021 Tournament, Nearest To Pin, Longest Drive, and the coveted Hole-In-One with a cash prize of $20,000.

    “The FESPA Annual Golf Tournament is an enjoyable day out and offers a great way for members to develop relationships with clients and suppliers as well as spending time in a fun environment with industry colleagues,” said Nigel Davies, President of FESPA Australia.

    Sponsored by HVG Graphics, Ancyn Screen Printers, Imagebox, and SMIB, with key prizes supplied by Drummond Golf and Callaway, the Annual Golf Tournament offered all a chance to practice their swing, hit a few balls and catch up for a post-game lunch.

    “I thoroughly enjoyed the day, more so, when it was announced that our team were the overall winners! Bonus!”, said Ewen Donaldson, captain of the VIVAD team.

    The day concluded, as is the tradition, at the 19th hole!





  • + Esko and Asahi unveil breakthrough automated flexo platemaking solution at drupa

    Esko and Asahi Photoproducts have showcased their fully automated flexo platemaking line CrystalCleanConnect at this yea..

    27 April 2021


    Esko and Asahi Photoproducts have showcased their fully automated flexo platemaking line CrystalCleanConnect at this year’s virtual.drupa event.

    “With CrystalCleanConnect we have brought together key hardware and software technologies from both organizations to deliver a number of breakthrough advantages from design to print,” said Pascal Thomas, Director of Flexo Business with Esko. “CrystalCleanConnect delivers a cleaner, more environmentally balanced operation that simplifies the flexo platemaking process, improves safety and boosts print quality consistency.”

    Esko, the global developer of integrated software and hardware solutions for the packaging and labels markets, has collaborated with Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, on the innovative flexo platemaking solution. CrystalCleanConnect fully automates the entire platemaking process, from imaging and exposure through to plate production, reducing the number of steps in the flexo platemaking process from 12 to just one. This equates to a reduction from 36 minutes in platemaking and plate cutting to just 2.5 minutes of operator time to complete all processing steps.

    “With CrystalCleanConnect, the operational benefits to businesses are as pronounced as the environmental benefits,” said Pascal. “With the removal of so many process steps, there’s an immediate 90% reduction in required operator time, which not only eliminates the potential for human error but also delivers immediate efficiency gains. Quality is assured through Asahi and Esko technologies working in complete harmony, and the combination of improved efficiency and quality delivers an average increase of 25% in press OEE.”

    A holistic approach to connecting technologies

    Dieter Niederstadt, Technical Marketing Manager for Asahi Photoproducts said: “Flexo needs to simplify processes while improving quality, consistency and profitability. In doing so, flexo can create new business opportunities and positively transform into a printing technology in balance with the environment.

    Esko_Asahi_CCC_Logo“This breakthrough innovation is different in many ways to other solutions on the market,” Dieter said. “It is not just an assembly of available plate making processes delivered inline, but rather a holistic approach to connecting technologies, up and downstream of the prepress value chain, using an intelligent automation hub as the backbone and heart of the solution. CCC is truly pushing boundaries to the current scope of plate automation delivering a mount-ready plate as well as being the first automated production solution without the need for VOC-based washout solvents in in the platemaking process.”

    Pascal Thomas added: “At Esko, we have long been dedicated to improving the platemaking experience, in terms of quality, productivity and connectivity. Together with Asahi Photoproducts, we are taking the flexo platemaking process to a brand-new level, enabling our customers to be even more competitive while also ensuring they can meet today’s demands for flexible and sustainable supply.

    “With CrystalCleanConnect, our ultimate objective is to improve our customers’ overall business performance and profitability,” said Pascal.

    For more information, visit www.asahi-photoproducts.com/en/CCC





  • + Komori launches 40" Sheetfed Nanographic Printing® System Impremia NS40 sales

    A new B1-size digital press to pioneer new business fields Komori has launched the 40" Sheetfed Nanographic Printin..

    27 April 2021


    A new B1-size digital press to pioneer new business fields

    Komori has launched the 40" Sheetfed Nanographic Printing® System Impremia NS40 sales. The machine configurations are available in two models: 4-colour + coater and 7-colour + coater.

    Komori presented this model at the Komori Web Session* at virtual.drupa, 

    Introducing a new digital press, with the impressive productivity and profitability needed to expand customers' businesses by meeting growing demand for short and medium runs including variable printing and versioning for immediate turnaround on jobs such as packages, displays and point of purchase. Supported by Komori's previously amassed technologies, and with unique designs such as use of image transfer blankets, the press achieves B1 print speeds of 6,500 sph. As a "digital offset" press, the NS40 is the peak of digital presses and is made possible only by Komori.

    ■Features

    B1 printing speeds of 6,500 sph

    With standard aqueous inkjet printers, the ink is ejected directly onto the substrate, allowing moisture from the ink to soak into the substrate. This, in turn, requires a large amount of energy to dry the printed sheets, and prevents high-speed printing.

    With the Impremia NS40, however, printheads instead eject aqueous Nanoink® onto an image transferring blanket, which forms a thin layer. The ink then dries on the blanket and is transferred after the inner moisture has dissipated, preventing moisture from penetrating into the substrate as deeply and allowing for high-speed drying. This unique innovation is what allows for top-class printing speeds of 6,500 revolutions.

    Helps achieve impressive productivity and profitability for small to medium runs


    Able to print at speeds of 6,500 revolutions with no need to change plates or ink, the Impremia NS40 is perfect not only for short packaging but also for jobs demanding short turnarounds, and heavy use of special colours, such as point of purchase. In terms of both productivity and profitability, the NS40 greatly excels at jobs such as short and medium runs where standard offset presses fall short.

    Reduces time spent for corrections and on-site confirmations

    The Impremia NS40 can produce acceptable sheets from the first sheet, with no need to change plates or ink. Compared to offset presses, this can greatly reduce the time spent, from corrections to final printing and on-site confirmations, even for short to medium runs of many different printed items.

    Excellent post-press compatibility

    Allows for the same post-press processing as with offset presses, such as offline aqueous press coating, PP lamination, board lamination, punching and folding.

    Reduces costs, environmentally friendly

    -Productivity

    Costs remain unchanged even when producing only the necessary amount, eliminating the need for inventory, for more effective use of space.

    -Costs

    Efficient paper use, even for package and display printing.

    -Environment

    Conforms to strict European and American foodgrade safety standards such as for Nestle and the FDA.

    For more information, please visit www.komori.com





  • + Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C14000 Series named Red Dot Award 2021 winner

    Konica Minolta has received a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021 for its flagship AccurioPress C14000 Series of producti..

    27 April 2021


    Konica Minolta has received a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021 for its flagship AccurioPress C14000 Series of production presses from a record number of entries. 

    Launched in October 2019, the award-winning presses, which also include the AccurioPress C12000, are supporting Konica Minolta’s mission to help its customers transform. Konica Minolta is doing this by predicting potential trends and challenges and creating solutions that address these. 

    An international jury remarked on the outstanding design of the AccurioPress C14000 Series. The AccurioPress C14000 prints at 140 pages per minute (ppm) in A4 and is 40 per cent faster than any other toner-based machine from Konica Minolta. The AccurioPress C12000 provides the same high print quality and a similarly fast speed of 120 ppm. 

    The AccurioPress C14000 Series also offers the new TU-510 versatile trimmer unit for advanced operational efficiency. The TU-510 is a truly unique inline, four-edge trimmer and creaser that allows full bleed finishing support for banners, booklets, direct mail, and a dedicated business card cutting option. In addition, the AccurioPress C14000 Series is equipped with the Intelligent Quality Optimiser (IQ-501) as standard, which can also improve labour efficiency by as much as 30 per cent. 

    Professor Dr Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, said, “Never before in the 60-year history of our design competition have so many companies and design studios faced the professional judgement of our international jury as this year. Products from 60 countries reached us, and their design quality and degree of innovation were evaluated in a process lasting several days. The fact that Konica Minolta claimed its place in a strong field speaks for the excellent quality of its products. The international jury only awards this sought-after seal of quality to products that feature an outstanding design.” 

    Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta, said, “The AccurioPress C14000 really is a game-changer for the industry. It provides value for commercial printers in high-volume environments where deadlines are tight, quality is key, and efficiencies are needed. Konica Minolta is proud to have received this global award, which recognises its commitment to setting new standards in product design, while incorporating automation technology that boosts quality, reliability, and productivity. We look forward to helping our Australian customers leverage the benefits afforded by the C14000.” 

    For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home