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  • + NUtec’s UV curable ink range grows with latest Quartz Q50-RTR2 addition

    Digital ink manufacturer, NUtec reports a growing UV curable ink portfolio with the addition of its latest Quartz Q50-RT..

    02 March 2021


    Digital ink manufacturer, NUtec reports a growing UV curable ink portfolio with the addition of its latest Quartz Q50-RTR2 offering.

    The Quartz Q50-RTR2 is a low odour, roll-to-roll ink developed for curing with conventional mercury vapour and LED UV lamps. The formulation is suitable for a high-speed printing environment and features a high-density colour gamut for bright, vivid images.

    This latest offering from NUtec Digital Ink is designed for compatibility across a broad range of print head types from Fujifilm® Dimatix®, Konica Minolta®, Xaar®, ToshibaTec®, Ricoh® and Seiko® and is packaged in convenient 5 litre bottles.

    The Quartz Q50-RTR2 is a cost-effective, roll-to-roll UV-curable ink designed for a large number of self-adhesive and flexible media applications.

    “As with all our UV-curable inks, the Quartz Q50-RTR2 is NVC-free and complies to the latest regulatory standards while offering a cost-effective solution for customers looking for a roll-to-roll ink for their high-speed UV printers,” says Neil Green, Sales and Marketing Director, NUtec Digital Ink.

    Provided the inks are used in regular applications using suitable substrates, the printed images will last up to 2 years. Like all NUtec products, the Quartz Q50-RTR2 ink is backed by NUtec Digital's Ink Delivery System (IDS) Warranty.






  • + News from US: Xeikon Adds Two New Entry-Level Presses

    Xeikon announces the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 Xeikon Ameri..

    02 March 2021


    Xeikon announces the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50

    Xeikon America, Inc. today announced the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50. Building on its sixth generation platform and based on CHEETAH 2.0 technology with new generation interfaces and cloud connection, these new presses are designed to offer maximum overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 fit perfectly into the Xeikon portfolio between the Xeikon 3030 REX and Xeikon 3050 REX entry-level presses and the higher-end Xeikon CX300 and Xeikon CX500. Xeikon has designed and developed the two new presses to suit any label printer operating on ‘middle capacity’, that is: 20,000-40,000 m2 or 30,000-55,000 MSI in all end-use segments. The press excels particularly in the pharmaceutical, food, and wine & spirit label sectors. The new machines are available for online demonstrations from Xeikon’s Global Innovation Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, and commercially available worldwide in the first quarter of this year.

    “Part of the Xeikon strategy going forward is to make sure every label printer and converter has the maximum choice to purchase a Xeikon press that can help them drive business growth,” said Filip Weymans, Vice President, Marketing at Xeikon. “A successful and cost-effective investment in a digital production solution works best when it is based on expected, realistic print volumes. Xeikon’s CHEETAH 2.0 series offers competitive running costs, and printers have the opportunity to successfully expand the capabilities of their press (by upgrading either in speed or width, or both). The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are appropriate choices for printers and converters looking at digital for the first time with future plans to expand and grow their operation – also for online label printers who are seeing their business explode.”

    Both the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are ‘middle capacity’ presses that can be upgraded on site: 

    For higher speeds, both the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 can be upgraded from 20mpm (65ft/min) to 30mpm (98ft/min) with the Xeikon CX300 or Xeikon CX500. For greater width, the Xeikon CX30 (330mm or 13”) can be upgraded to the Xeikon CX50 (520mm or 20.47”) or the Xeikon CX500 

    CHEETAH 2.0 technology is based on Xeikon’s scalable press architecture that includes five print stations and a full rotary process with a variable repeat length. Each station utilises Xeikon’s dry toner process and a variety of print widths up to 512mm (20.3”) using an LED imaging head operating at 1200x3600 dpi and delivering offset/gravure image quality. The two new presses use Xeikon’s QB dry toner based on CHEETAH 2.0 technology, which excels in the digital print landscape by offering superior colour consistency across the web and ensuring the highest volume of output with reduced waste. The toner is available in CMYK, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, extra Magenta (gamut extension colours), Super Black, plus technical colours such as One-pass opaque white, UV and reflective clear as well as colours produced at the customer’s request. The QB toner achieves top quality results on a broad range of standard flexo substrates. The pigments used in the QB toner are of the highest grade and FDA-certified as food safe, and also offer the highest levels of ‘light fastness’ in the market. The labels shine not only after printing but for long afterwards.

    The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are both driven by Xeikon’s powerful and intelligent X-800 digital front end for ultimate efficiency and full automation. Xeikon’s Digital Front End (DFE) workflow is a true differentiator and enabler and can be integrated with common ERP and MIS systems. Accuracy of colour reproduction over time and between presses is guaranteed by an integrated on-press inline spectrometer. Xeikon’s X-800 workflow holds variable data capabilities unseen in the current market, allowing the label printer and converter to explore a variety of high value applications with a basic press investment.

    “With Xeikon’s long standing expertise, we have developed the deeper understanding that can help label printers and converters with all aspects of running a successful digital business, from choice of equipment (10 label presses) and choice of technology (Dry toner and UV inkjet) to workflow integration and expert colour management services,” said Weymans. “We are recognized as a go-to trusted advisor and solutions provider. Xeikon wants to help label printers and converters transform their label manufacturing into digital label manufacturing – not just digitising the printing aspect but also the other aspects of the manufacturing processes inspired by digital printing. With the introduction of the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50, we continue to build and structure our comprehensive portfolio so that our customers can find everything they need with Xeikon.”

    For advice, please go to our online service (https://transform.xeikon.com/). For more information on the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 and to book a demonstration, please contact info.americas@xeikon.com. For other products and solutions from Xeikon, visit www.xeikon.com





  • + Kwik Kopy Shellharbour Opens

    Born and bred local, Suzan Lindsey, has opened a new Kwik Kopy franchise at Shellharbour. The centre will provide design..

    02 March 2021


    Born and bred local, Suzan Lindsey, has opened a new Kwik Kopy franchise at Shellharbour. The centre will provide design and printing services for local businesses including graphic design, branding, stationery, poster printing, signage and large format printing, and catalogue printing. 

    Between them, Suzan and her husband Paul have been in the printing industry for 40 years. They own award-winning franchise Kwik Kopy Five Dock in Sydney which was awarded Franchise of the Year in 2019 and also co-own Kwik Kopy Coburg in Melbourne.

    While Paul commutes to Sydney every day to run Kwik Kopy Five Dock, Suzan saw an opportunity to open a Kwik Kopy centre close to home. When she saw that the Shellharbour territory was available she jumped at the chance to grab it. Suzan will run Kwik Kopy Shellharbour with her son Daymein working with her on the production side. 

    One thing that sets Kwik Kopy Shellharbour apart is the centre’s sophisticated digital printing press, the only one of its kind in the Illawarra. The press is unique as it can print metallic and fluro colours, creating a vibrancy that’s unrivalled. Another thing that makes the centre unique is it’s proven track record in customer service. 

    “Our job is to make life really easy for our customers. That means fast turnaround times on print jobs and quotes, as well as guidance along the way on how to prepare artwork and how to get the best results. Our goal is to ensure our customers always have a great experience with us,” said Suzan. 



    According to Suzan, her choice to open a Kwik Kopy centre in her hometown is a testament to the strength of the Kwik Kopy franchise network. 

    “Kwik Kopy’s support is next level. It’s really like a family because they look after you. I know we are in great hands. Combine that with Kwik Kopy’s fantastic brand and I couldn’t find a reason not to do it!”

    Kwik Kopy Shellharbour is located at: 

    Kwik Kopy Shellharbour
    Unit 1, 21 Durgadin Drive
    Albion Park Rail , NSW 2527
    Phone: (02) 4221 9630
    Email: print@shellharbour.kwikkopy.com.au
    Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday





  • + Canon supports the accelerating demands of hybrid working with the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series

    Canon Australia today announces the latest addition to its best-selling imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX portfolio, the C5800 Seri..

    23 February 2021


    Canon Australia today announces the latest addition to its best-selling imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX portfolio, the C5800 Series - a true hub for digital transformation in effortlessly bridging physical and digital workflows to empower hybrid workforces. Comprising four models capable of producing high yield colour printing at various print speeds – including hero model, imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5870i at 70 pages per minute (PPM); imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5860i at 60 PPM; imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5850i at 50 PPM; and, imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5840i at 40 PPM[1] – Canon’s new C5800 Series is designed to boost the productivity, serviceability and security of medium to large-sized enterprises.

    With accelerating societal changes and the emergence of remote and decentralised working, this fundamental shift in behaviour has impacted the role of the office and ultimately what is needed from office technology. To support business continuity, drive digital transformation and facilitate unrivalled user experience between the office and remote working locations – thanks to the seamless integration of uniFLOW Online – the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series has been developed to support businesses thrive in today’s hybrid working reality.

    Empowering productivity

    The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series excels in streamlining document workflows by combining super-fast colour print speeds, ranging from 40 PPM up to 70 PPM, and enhanced connectivity with the latest scan technology, making it ideal for medium to large enterprises that require high volume, productive output. Designed to enable consistently secure, productive and effective working as part of technology ecosystem that is location-agnostic, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series truly empowers productivity.

    Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series combines the reliability and durability of its predecessors[2] in one flagship model – imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5870i – through offering enhanced serviceability with long life parts and easier replacement capabilities. For maximum uptime and drive efficiency, each model in the C5800 Series features quick sleep recovery, powering on in just six seconds and quick starting in four. Anti-streak, multi-feed detection and blank page removal, further reduces processing time and improves the scan performance. To save valuable time getting documents ready for use, the series delivers a broad range of embedded finishing options.

    Supporting digital transformation

    Digitisation is crucial to making sure teams can connect and collaborate, especially in today’s hybrid working reality. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series is the latest in Canon’s portfolio which is pivotal to customers embarking on their digital transformation journey. As a hub where print transforms into digital, Canon’s C5800 Series allows businesses to connect employees with workplace apps and plug documents straight into their workflows through one single platform.

    With in-built connectivity – integrating with cloud-storage destinations like Dropbox and OneDrive[3] - documents can be accessed, edited and shared by colleagues working anywhere. uniFLOW Online, Canon’s cloud-based software[4] provides a single platform to connect all working locations, through which companies can centrally manage their fleet, no matter where devices are located. It offers simple cost tracking, secure scanning, and robust device security. Users with the uniFLOW Online upgrade have advanced functionalities such as Filing Assist[5], allowing information to be extracted from paper documents and inputted directly and accurately into workflow software.  

    “The last 12 months has seen immense shifts in working patterns, as well as business and technology requirements,” says Ted Matsumoto, General Manager - B2B Product Marketing, Canon Australia. “Hybrid ways of working have developed and accelerated during this time and Canon is proud to have continued evolving our technology and broadening our portfolio to support our customer’s document workflow requirements wherever they work from. From connecting distributed workforces and enabling digital transformation with the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 series, to offering flexible and highly connected multifunction laser and inkjet solutions for individuals and SMBs operating at home or remotely; Canon is confident that we’re helping our customers maintain business continuity and adapt to the demands of today’s hybrid working.”

    Key Features - imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series
    ·         Print speeds from 40 PPM up to 70 PPM A4 (single sided) depending on the model in the range
    ·         Scan up to 270 ipm A4 (300 dpi duplex)
    ·         uniFLOW Online Express as standard
    ·         10.1-inch fully digital colour touch panel
    ·         Improved media handling supports smaller paper type formats, including A5
    ·         Scan, search and store with OneDrive, SharePoint, Concur, and Dropbox
    ·         360° security with McAfee Embedded Control software
    ·         TPM 2.0 providing stronger encryption technology
    ·         Quiet ADF operation
    ·         Consumes 15% less energy than predecessor imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5700 Series[6]
    ·         Staple-free (Eco) stapling up to 10 sheets[7]

    For more information on the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series, please visit: https://www.canon.com.au/multifunction-devices/imagerunner-advance-dx-c5800i-series  
     
    Pricing for the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from late February. Product demonstrations will be available on request from late February via Canon Australia.






  • + Coca-Cola announces European trial for paper bottle prototype

    Coca-Cola is set to launch a European trial for its recently announced first-ever paper bottle prototype. The solut..

    23 February 2021


    Coca-Cola is set to launch a European trial for its recently announced first-ever paper bottle prototype.

    The solution has been developed through a partnership between scientists at the Coca-Cola Research and Development Laboratories in Brussels and The Paper Bottle Company (Paboco).

    The technology developed by Paboco is designed to create recyclable bottles made of sustainably-sourced wood that are capable of resisting liquids, CO2, and oxygen, and are suitable for liquid goods such as carbonated and still drinks, beauty products, and more. 

    The current prototype consists of a paper shell with a recyclable plastic lining and cap made from 100% recycled PET. However, the company’s ultimate goal is to produce a bottle that can be recycled as paper.

    “The trial we are announcing today is a milestone for us in our quest to develop a paper bottle”, said Daniela Zahariea, director of technical supply chain and innovation for Coca-Cola Europe.

    “People expect Coca-Cola to develop and bring to market new, innovative and sustainable types of packaging. That’s why we are partnering with experts like Paboco, experimenting openly and conducting this first in-market trial. It’s part of delivering on our World Without Waste commitments.”

    The trial is scheduled to take place in the second quarter of this year and will involve the company’s plant-based AdeZ drink being offered to 2,000 consumers in Hungary, through a partnership with Kifli.hu - one of Hungary’s fastest growing online grocery retailers.

    Stijn Franssen, R&D packaging innovation manager, adds: “This trial will provide us with invaluable insight and feedback. We will get to see how the paper bottle prototype performs as packaging and what consumers think and feel about it. 

    “This is an exciting step forward for us, as it means we’re out of the lab and into the real world. So for the first time, consumers will actually be drinking one of our products from a potentially new type of paper packaging.”

    This move marks a further step in fulfilling The Coca-Cola Company’s global vision of achieving a “World Without Waste”, in which the company has pledged to ensure all of its packaging is collected, recycled, or re-used by 2030.





  • + A winning routing/cutting combination from AAG

    The AXYZ Infinite has been described by AAG as the most versatile and configurable routing/cutting solution currently av..

    23 February 2021


    The AXYZ Infinite has been described by AAG as the most versatile and configurable routing/cutting solution currently available. Key design features include the now familiar solid steel frame construction to withstand the most vigorous machine operation likely to be encountered and an aluminium t-slot vacuum material hold-down bed. These have been supplemented with a new carriage design that enables easier access for routine maintenance and servicing and the installation of machine upgrades, an ultra-efficient dust extraction unit for enhanced machine performance and a new misting system for more efficient machine cooling and lubrication during the routing/cutting process.

    Infinite can be configured with a choice of single, dual or triple routing/cutting heads to accommodate different applications. It is available in a choice of models and incorporates an expandable processing bed area of up to 3,251mm in width by an impressive 15.24m in length to accommodate any material processing requirement.

    The recently launched smaller-format AXYZ Innovator provides many of the attributes of much larger machines in its class and is ideal for installation in workshops where available space might be at a premium. It incorporates the same robust solid steel construction as Infinite and is available in two standard sizes (1.2 x 1.2m and 1.5 x 2.4m), with a gantry clearance of 152mm. Innovator features, as standard, the latest AXYZ rack and pinion drive system with integrated servomotors and A2MC machine control system for faster and smoother machine operation. Significantly, for the first time on any small-format machine, Innovator has an optional three-station ATC (Automatic Tool Change) system to allow continuous processing of material requiring different tools without operator intervention. The ATC system also incorporates a protective cover to prevent the ingress of dust, dirt and other environmental pollutants.

    Other optional machine enhancements include the latest AVS (AXYZ Vision System) for optimum routing/cutting accuracy and special cooling/lubricating and dust collection systems for improved machine performance and reliability.

    Belying its small format, Innovator will process virtually any material normally suited to much larger and more expensive machines.






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

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

    19 February 2021


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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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

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

    17 February 2021


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

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





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

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

    16 February 2021


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

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





  • + ASGA & FESPA HP 2020 Awards For Excellence Winners

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

    16 February 2021


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Young Star Awards

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






  • + Inkcups Expands Helix Product Line with New Machine

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

    16 February 2021


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

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

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

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

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

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

    inkcups.com





  • + Onyx Graphics Launches ONYX Go Subscriptions

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

    16 February 2021


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

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

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

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

    onyxgfx.com





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

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

    16 February 2021


    Building Mentally Fit Communities and Saving Lives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





  • + Fisher Textiles Adds GF5019AM Symmetry Plus

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

    09 February 2021


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

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

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

    fishertextiles.com





  • + Summa releases new roll cutter product line S One

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

    09 February 2021


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

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

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

    The One to change the game

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

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

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

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





  • + LED EXPOSING UNITS VACUUM IN 4 TO 6 SECONDS

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

    09 February 2021


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For information contact www.vastex.com 





  • + Epson Establishes Open Innovation Centre Research Laboratory

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

    09 February 2021


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

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





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

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

    05 February 2021


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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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

    05 February 2021


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

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

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

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

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

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

    THE ANTI-MICROBIAL EFFICIENCY OF SILVER IONS

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

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

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

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





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

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

    03 February 2021


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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