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  • + eurolaser gives its stamp of approval to laser cutting Brett Martin’s plastics

    eurolaser, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of laser cutting machines, has successfully tested a range of ..

    15 September 2020


    eurolaser, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of laser cutting machines, has successfully tested a range of Brett Martin’s semi-finished plastics on its M-800 laser cutting machine. eurolaser tested Brett Martin’s products at its German test facility and issued certificates for Marcryl FS, Marlon FS, Marpet-a FS and Marpet-g FS, stating that the products were excellent and suitable for laser cutting. The company also successfully routered Brett Martin’s Foamalux on their systems. All eurolaser machines have multiple cutting capabilities due to various tools, such as knife-cutters or routers in parallel with the laser.

    The companies’ collaboration is part of Brett Martin’s Approved Partner Programme. The Northern Ireland based plastics manufacturer works closely with a number of credible printing and cutting machine manufacturers to test and showcase the printing and routering capabilities of its semi-finished product portfolio.  

    Alexander Wente, eurolaser Product Manager, is happy to award the certificate: "The materials Marcryl FS, Marlon FS, Marpet-a FS and Marpet-g FS are ideally suited for processing with eurolaser cutting systems. Due to the contact-free processing the cut edges are of very good quality and no residues are left behind. Furthermore, mechanical clamping or fixing of the materials is not necessary. This allows a very efficient production process. "

    Simona Firth, semi-finished Product Manager added, “It is important for us to work alongside companies such as eurolaser. We need to ensure that our products can be successfully processed on the equipment which our customers use. By collaborating with the world's top manufacturers of wide format and flatbed printers we can ensure that our products are continuously evolving and performing to the highest standards and kept up to date with the latest technology advances.”

    The test were carried out on eurolaser’s M-800 laser cutter but the products can be successfully cut on all of eurolaser’s equipment, each of which hold settings for the Brett Martin products in their software.

    Visit www.eurolaser.tv/application/2026V1783P.mp4 to view the cutting test. 


    For more information about Brett Martin’s products visit www.brettmartin.com. For more information about eurolaser’s machinery visit www.eurolaser.com.





  • + Direct Color Systems Releases the UV-84DTS

    Direct Color systems have introduced the new UV-84DTS. The UV-84DTS is the largest UV printer from DCS. With the U..

    15 September 2020


    Direct Color systems have introduced the new UV-84DTS.

    The UV-84DTS is the largest UV printer from DCS. With the UV-84DTS, the large-format printer market now has the ideal option for doing more. It’s simple really, you can develop more applications, produce more products, and generate more profits with this 4’ x 8’ (120cm x 243cm) UV LED printer. The new unit will be on full display in five (5) sessions during next week's UV PRINTOVATION Virtual Expo - www.directcolorsystems.com/printers/direct-to-substrate-inkjet-printers/uv-84dts-wide-format





  • + News from OS:Fujifilm’s Jet Press Obtains Anti-Microbial and Antiviral Coating Option after Successful Trials

    Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400, developed by Epple Druckfarben AG in Germany, was tested on a wide range of Jet Press pr..

    08 September 2020


    Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400, developed by Epple Druckfarben AG in Germany, was tested on a wide range of Jet Press printed products at Fujifilm’s Advanced Print Technology Centre in Brussels.

    Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400, developed by Epple Druckfarben AG in Germany, was tested on a wide range of Jet Press printed products at Fujifilm’s Advanced Print Technology Centre in Brussels.

    Inks and coatings developer Epple Druckfarben AG has produced a coating to dramatically reduce the chances of bacteria or viruses being passed from person to person via printed media. Now commercially available, the new water-based varnish, Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400, has undergone a rigorous testing process, including tests on Jet Press printed products at Fujifilm’s Advanced Print Technology Centre in Brussels. The coating has been proven to be effective in killing up to 99.9% of bacteria. This makes it ideal for use on everyday printed products that are handled by multiple people, such as playing cards, magazines, food menus and packaging of all kinds – including pharmaceutical-based packaging and selected plastic films.

    Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400 contains elementary silver-nanoparticles (Ag0) firmly anchored in the varnish film. When activated by moisture – such as when they are touched – the silver-nanoparticles release positively charged silver ions (Ag+), which significantly reduce the number of bacteria and viruses on the surface of the varnish. The effect is constant and long-lasting because the silver-nanoparticles themselves are not released and can’t be rubbed off from the dried varnish, and because the coating is water-based, it is also very environmentally friendly.

    “Epple is well known for its innovations in the field of ink systems, and Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400 is another unique addition to our product portfolio,” says Helmut Fröhlich, Product Line Manager at Epple. “This coating is suitable for a range of substrates, and we are continuously testing it with other ink types and printing processes.”

    Fröhlich was clear on their decision to approach Fujifilm for the initial testing of the coating: “Being one of the leading companies in inkjet printing, Fujifilm was the logical choice for testing Finishfit Microbe Protect 2400. They suggested the testing should be undertaken on the Jet Press and it quickly became clear as to why.

    “Unlike some other digital printing processes, the Vividia inks used by the Jet Press produce a smooth, neutral surface that is ideal for both aqueous and UV based coatings. We were impressed to see that the high quality print work produced by the Jet Press is further enhanced by the crucial, invisible protection that Finishfit provides.”

    At Fujifilm’s APTC, numerous tests were carried out – both on freshly printed samples, and with prints that were several days old. It proved equally effective on both. Taro Aoki, Head of Digital Solutions, Fujifilm Graphic Systems EMEA says: “The Jet Press has always been about maximising flexibility and adaptability for its users. Over the years we’ve continually pushed the boundaries, offering an expanded colour gamut, food safe inks and the ability to print to a huge range of standard offset stocks. So it’s fitting that Jet Press printed products were the first to be tested with this ground-breaking new coating that offers print businesses enormous reassurance as we all continue to manage the risk of living with Covid-19 in society.”

    The end result of 18 months of development, and the first product in a planned Microbe Protect 2400 series, Finishfit was created in conjunction with the renowned nanoscale research company RAS AG, Regensburg as well as with state funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs. When they began work a year-and-a-half ago, none of its creators could have known just how much the perceived importance of the product would grow. “During the development phase, the acute significance of the product in the degree of urgency could not be foreseen,” says Stefan Schülling, Member of the Epple Executive Board responsible for Sales and Finance. “Now we are extremely pleased at the timely offering – further evidence of our innovative leadership.”

    “Every sector must throw its full innovative power behind curbing the present and future pandemics”, adds Helmut Fröhlich. “Finishfit Microbe Protect represents an important first step.”





  • + Xaar 2002 printhead delivers exceptional print performance

    Xaar, the leading inkjet printing technology company, has launched a highly advanced, simple to install printhead, follo..

    08 September 2020


    Xaar, the leading inkjet printing technology company, has launched a highly advanced, simple to install printhead, following close collaboration with its global OEMs.

    Designed to deliver exceptional 720 dpi print resolution quality and performance across a range of applications including ceramics, glass, packaging and label applications, the new Xaar 2002 has been developed specifically to provide fast and easy integration and is ready to use straight out of the box.

    Using drop in printhead alignment, mechanical tolerance improvements allow the printheads to be dropped into the printbar easier, making set-up times faster, and machine builds quicker.

    Developed following OEM and customer feedback, the ‘plug and print’ capability significantly reduces set-up times and helps save time and money.

    In addition, thanks to its new advanced Tuned Actuator Manufacturing - TAM2 - and Xaar AcuChp Technology, the Xaar 2002 also delivers visibly improved colour uniformity across the width of the printhead, further reducing printhead installation and set-up times, therefore maximising uptime.

    Print speed is greatly enhanced with the Xaar 2002, enabling lines to be run faster. By using the full capability of the printhead, much higher firing frequencies of up to 36 kHz are now possible, delivering significantly increased printing speeds of up to 75 metres per minute at 720dpi.

    Graham Tweedale, General Manager of Xaar’s printhead business unit said; “After extensive collaboration with our global OEMs we worked hard to ensure the Xaar 2002 delivers the operational improvements they have asked for.

    “With its simple installation and significantly reduced set-up times, we believe the Xaar 2002 printhead offers the speed and performance our customers now demand for the print applications they provide.”

    Each Xaar 2002 printhead can be customised by OEMs, ensuring visibility of their brand on the print engine. Furthermore, the Xaar 2002 is serviceable, lowering the total cost of ownership and providing an excellent return on investment.

    Designed for use across a variety of applications and ink types the Xaar 2002 is available in three printhead variants – the Xaar 2002 Plus, Xaar 2002 Premium and Xaar 2002 Advanced, providing customer choice and flexibility for a range of print applications.

    The Xaar 2002 printhead also incorporates Xaar’s industry leading TF Technology, High Laydown and Ultra High Viscosity printing capabilities. These provide users with significant performance improvements when compared to other printhead designs. Xaar’s unique TF Technology allows a broader range of ink or other fluids to flow directly past the back of the nozzle at very high flow rates. This prevents the nozzle from drying out, increasing the printhead’s nozzle open time, thereby ensuring the printhead is continuously primed for trouble free start-up, even after periods of non-use.

    Incorporating many of the performance features requested by customers, the Xaar 2002 is the first printhead to launch under Xaar’s new leadership team and demonstrates the focus on its new strategy.

    “The Xaar 2002 range offers all round ease of set up and use, while delivering the exceptional print quality, unsurpassed reliability and unique technologies Xaar is renowned for,” concluded Graham. “Saving time and maximising print results for our customers, whatever their application.”

    The Xaar 2002 is fully backwards compatible with printers already using the Xaar 2001+





  • + Roland DG Launches New Roland Academy Online Training Courses

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

    08 September 2020


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the launch of new Roland Academy Online Training courses designed to support customers in lieu of face-to-face training.

    With Roland DG’s full day VersaWorks: Beyond the Basics courses currently postponed, the company has adapted the content for the course into smaller sessions that will be delivered online by expert Roland DG trainers. The new Roland Academy Online courses will explore some of the advanced features and functions of VersaWorks in a small group setting to encourage interaction with attendees. 

    “During a time where it is difficult for companies to hold face-to-face training and events, online training is becoming increasingly valuable to customers,” said Greg Stone, Product and Marketing Manager at Roland DG Australia. “By tailoring our course content to be delivered online, our customers can continue to learn, and get the most out of their Roland DG devices, from the comfort of their home or office.”  

    Due to popular demand, a new online course targeted to UV printers, specifically the VersaUV LEF models, has also been added. The course guides users through a number of topics specific to UV printing including using specialist inks such as white and gloss, creating textures and effects, and printing using templates and jigs. 

    Tickets for the following initial sessions are now available to purchase online: 

    Session 1 – Basics  

    Date: Thursday, 24 September
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
    Format: Live Demonstration and Presentation  
    Price: $49 inc GST  

    Session 2 – Advanced Features: Cutting  

    Date: Monday, 28 September
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
    Format: Live Demonstration and Presentation  
    Price: $49 inc GST  

    Session 3 – Advanced Features: Understanding Colour  

    Date: Tuesday, 6 October 
    Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
    Format: Live Demonstration and Presentation  
    Price: $39 inc GST  

    Session 4 – Advanced Features: Understanding Profiles  

    Date: Tuesday, 13 October 
    Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
    Format: Live Demonstration and Presentation  
    Price: $29 inc GST  

    Session 5 – UV Features and Functions  

    Date: Tuesday, 20 October
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
    Format: Live Demonstration and Presentation  
    Price: $49 inc GST  

    Further course dates may be added, based on demand. Details, including course content and booking information, is available on the Roland DG Australia website.  





  • + drupa Preview: New Digital Platform for knowledge transfer, networking and presentation

    drupa extends its digital offering: starting in October the online platform drupa preview will offer exhibitors and visi..

    08 September 2020


    drupa extends its digital offering: starting in October the online platform drupa preview will offer exhibitors and visitors an additional channel for touching base with the sector, discussing trending themes and presenting product portfolios. The portal will consist of the content formats “Conference”, “Exhibition” as well as “Networking” and will bring the community together. The drupa preview thus enables continuous exchange of information until the hybrid trade fair in April 2021, which will combine the on-site event with additional digital content.

    In the “Conference Area” users will find lectures, videos and interviews – providing a preview of drupa 2021. It will reflect the agenda in terms of content and the knowledge transfer that drupa stands for. On fixed days and times interested parties can take part in the web sessions free of charge and chat with the speakers. Afterwards the videos will be available on demand. The “Exhibition Space” brings together what visitors can expect to normally see in the exhibition areas – exciting products, innovative companies and expert input. This means visits to the live event can already be planned at this early stage. In addition, even meetings can already be set up: at the “Networking Plaza”. The networking options allow companies and interested parties to establish live online contact in advance and intensify this contact at the event in April 2021.

    Thanks to the new digital offering, drupa provides the sector with continuous exchange and knowledge transfer and meaningfully bridges the remaining time until drupa for both visitors and exhibitors.

    “We have already been working long and hard on enhancing our digital offering. The pandemic has faced us with new challenges and has ultimately been a catalyst for digitization,” says Sabine Geldermann, Director drupa and Print Technologies, and adds: “With the hybrid drupa we also give those visitors who are unable to travel the possibility to take part in the industry get-together. At the same time, we meet exhibitors’ needs to reach the international community personally. Via the portal the drupa platform therefore unites the global print community in a targeted manner.”

    The content of drupa preview is free of charge for visitors. After registration content and videos can be accessed at any time. For web sessions, live lectures and Matchmaking there will be a separate (free) registration for a specific day and time. The agenda of live sessions will follow soon.





  • + SCREEN WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN DRUPA 2021

    SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd., the parent of Screen GA (Australia), has announced that it will not to take part in ..

    08 September 2020


    SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd., the parent of Screen GA (Australia), has announced that it will not to take part in the drupa 2021 international printing/media trade show. The decision has been made based on sensible precautions after considering the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing opportunities for virtual experiences provided by new communications technologies.

    With both market and social conditions undergoing such drastic changes, SCREEN GA believes it is essential to accelerate timely communication with our customers and partners. We are continuously creating both virtual and physical communication opportunities designed to ensure the best possible experience.

    Screen GA Australia Managing Director Peter Scott says: “It must have been a hard decision to arrive at but I believe it is the right decision in view of the safety of customers and staff.  Screen has always been a strong supporter of drupa and we have always enjoyed a high number of visitors from Australia and New Zealand. However, the road forward for a safe, pandemic-free Europe is by no means clear and in some areas, a second wave is apparent. Trade shows and especially drupa are all about meeting, networking and socialising and I can’t see this working as early as April 2021, even if planes are flying and borders are quarantine-free.”

    Scott continues: “Personally, I have great fondness for drupa and the way Düsseldorf becomes ‘drupa city’ and welcomes the print and communications world, I will miss it but I fear it will be at least another year before the health and safety situation can be deemed normal. Planning for participating in events such as drupa takes months or years, so the decision had to be made well in advance. Not to have done so would have been an unacceptable gamble. Personal safety comes first and foremost.”

    “I look forward to more certain times and the return of the drupa we know and love!” 





  • + Kodak, Uteco unveil digital flexible packaging press

    The Sapphire EVO W is the first flexible packaging press to enter the market using Kodak’s latest continuous inkje..

    01 September 2020


    The Sapphire EVO W is the first flexible packaging press to enter the market using Kodak’s latest continuous inkjet technology.

    Kodak, in  partnership with Uteco, has announced the launch of a digital flexible packaging press. The announcement was scheduled to come during drupa 2020.

    The Sapphire EVO W is the first flexible packaging press to enter the market using Kodak’s latest continuous inkjet technology. The Uteco Sapphire EVO W press is the second product developed by the Uteco Group in partnership with Kodak for digital flexible packaging production.

    The water-based Kodak Prosper Press QD Packaging Inks have been certified for indirect food contact.

    Kodak first introduced the new Uteco Sapphire EVO W late last year and intended to officially launch it at drupa. According to the company, the Sapphire EVO W Press is now available globally, and the first installation will occur later this year at a customer in the US.

    "The Sapphire EVO W is the first digital packaging press to match the productivity of flexo and the quality of gravure," says Randy Vandagriff, senior vice president, digital print, Eastman Kodak Company. "It uses our high-resolution Ultrastream inkjet technology and QD Packaging Inks to bring the endless opportunities of digital printing into mainstream production of flexible packaging."

    The Sapphire EVO can print flexible packaging applications on plastic films and paper. The press prints CMYK inkjet at 600 x 1800 dpi across 49.2" print width at speeds of up to 500 fpm.The press is available with inline priming, flexo-white and post coating and a hot air/IR drying system.





  • + Queensland Libraries Get Storybook Makeover from icatchers and Drytac

    Exhibition display specialist icatchers has added fun and colour to children's libraries in and around Brisbane using Dr..

    01 September 2020


    Exhibition display specialist icatchers has added fun and colour to children's libraries in and around Brisbane using Drytac ViziPrint and ReTac self-adhesive media, supplied by Shann.

    The children's sections of two libraries in Queensland, Australia have received bright, bold makeovers from icatchers, using Drytac media products.

    A specialist in signage and fit-outs for exhibitions and trade shows, showrooms and offices, shops and events, icatchers has been servicing customers from its Brisbane head office and production facility and Melbourne sales office for 16 years. It counts the governments of Queensland and Victoria, Queensland University of Technology, Aldi, Boeing, LG, BP, Xbox and Nintendo among its well-known clients.

    Its customer base also includes Brisbane City Council's libraries department, for whom icatchers updates children's library areas every five years. The project comprises everything from design to manufacture to installation, including furniture, power and lighting, interactive games and computers, play equipment, flooring, wall graphics and signage.

    "Usually these projects involve a six- to eight-week turnaround from concept to completion," explains Kyle Lewis, Visual Communications Manager at icatchers. "There are strict health and safety guidelines as the spaces are used by children. We also have to use products that meet specific requirements to minimise damage and that can be replaced easily if damaged - it's amazing how much damage these little humans make!"

    Its most recent project at Holland Park Library involved wall graphics, which presented icatchers with additional challenges.

    Kyle explains: "For the wall graphics we needed something that would be easy to use as we needed to wrap around columns and window openings, and found Drytac ReTac 150 Smooth was perfect. It's a quality product with great printing results."

    Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 polymeric PVC film is a 6 mil (150μ) printable self-adhesive vinyl designed for wall graphics applications. Installation on a range of surfaces is easy, thanks to Drytac's ReTac ultra-removable adhesive technology which maintains strength over the duration of the project but ensures the film can be removed cleanly at the end of its life.

    This year icatchers completed a similar project at Beenleigh Library, 40km outside Brisbane, which included window graphics installed on the outside of curved glass. They were printed on an HP Latex 360.

    "We used Drytac ViziPrint Impress Clear for the windows, mainly for its optically clear benefits as we needed something that would let a lot of light through," says Kyle. "It was also used for its ease of installation and removal when required. The graphics floated on beautifully and the library was pleased with the vibrancy of the colours."

    Developed for glass and other smooth, flat surfaces, Drytac ViziPrint Impress Clear is durable and water-resistant for stunning window graphics and other decorative applications. This 5 mil (125μ) clear PET film is PVC-free and 100 per cent recyclable.

    The Drytac products were supplied by Shann DPM, appointed as the exclusive Australian distributor for Drytac's extensive range of wide format print media, mounting and protective films earlier this year. Shann DPM is a division of the Shann Group, an established Australian company with over 60 years' experience and a team of over 30 experienced sales representatives on the road.

    "Shann gave us a detailed and informative overview of the Drytac products, providing quick and precise answers to any questions we had," comments Kyle Lewis. "The Drytac products fulfilled all our requirements for both jobs, with outstanding printing and installation results. We'll definitely be using these products in the future."

    For further information on Drytac's products and services, please visit www.drytac.com. 





  • + Epson expands into high volume dye-sublimation

    Epson has announced their first-ever 76-inch large-format printer. The SureColor F10060 is a sophisticated, dye-sublimat..

    01 September 2020


    Epson has announced their first-ever 76-inch large-format printer. The SureColor F10060 is a sophisticated, dye-sublimation machine for textile production. It is aimed at high volume producers where speed, reliability, and efficiency are central to success. Some of the numerous applications the SC-F10060 has been designed for include soft signage, fashion, sportswear, home furnishings and décor.
    A close up of a printer



    Epson SureColor F10060
     
    In the dye-sublimation sector, customers demand fast turnaround times and cost-effective production. They also expect reliable operation with consistent high-quality output. With these requirements in mind, Epson has developed an industrial level dye-sublimation printer that, the company believes, sets new standards.
     
    The SC-F10060 offers the highest throughput of any Epson LFP released to date. It features four of Epson’s very latest 4.7” PrecisionCore™ Micro TFP printheads that each incorporate four print elements. Active nozzle status monitoring and advanced self-cleaning ensure consistent high quality output at up to 255m2/hr.



    Epson 4.7” PrecisionCore™ ꙡTFP print head
     
    High speed output is matched with efficient operation. The printer supports media rolls up to 76” wide and 60kg in weight. It features an 80L bulk ink system, an extra-large 155GB buffer memory, high-speed networking and on-board Step & Repeat. Precision feed management and a compact double-sided dryer enables fast roll-to-roll production with consistent tension and parallelism for quality sublimation.
     
    The SC-F10060 is designed for easy operation. It features a large 9” colour touch panel display and a transparent platen window with integrated lighting. Downloadable EMX profiles facilitate rapid set-up with common media types. An integrated RGB camera enables easy profile adjustment and fast configuration with new medias.
     


    Integrated RGB camera
     
    When developing the SC-F10060 Epson carefully considered workflow. The printer can be loaded by single operator, care of an integrated media lifter and dual front and rear feed controls. It also features an industrial style signal lamp and an ink system with automatic hot swap. The SC-F10060 ships complete with Epson Edge Print and Edge Dashboard software and also supports a new service called Epson Cloud Solution PORT (ECSP) that enables detailed production monitoring and advanced status analysis.



    Epson Cloud Solution PORT
     
    As with all Epson Large Format Printers, the SC-F10060 is backed with a comprehensive service package that offers cover up to five years.  The new ECSP system enables Epson to offer remote support and accelerated repair; problems can be directly analysed and service agents dispatched complete with appropriate parts.
     
    To ensure maximum up-time, the optional User Self Replacement of print heads have been enabled, clearly demonstrating Epson has raised the benchmark for production equipment.

    Key features and benefits of the of the SC-F10060 include:
    • 4 x 4.7” PrecisionCore™ ꙡTFP print heads enable production at up to 255 m2/hr
    • Support for media rolls up to 60kg with easy loading and assisted configuration
    • Epson UltraChrome® DS ink and Epson Precision Dot Technology for consistent and accurate output with an exceptional gamut using a standard CYMK ink set
    • Dual ink supply system with automatic hot-swap that operates with a choice of 3L or 10L boxed based ink for a total capacity of up to 80L
    • Advanced new platen design and intelligent media management enable support for the widest range of media (including ultra-thin stocks) with rapid assisted set-up
    • Integrated double sided drying system and high-precision auto take-up enables efficient roll-to-roll production in a surprising compact 76” form factor
    • Oeko-Tex™ certification ensures fabric produced on the printer is safe for adults, children and infants 
    • Supplied with Epson Edge Print, Edge Dashboard and Accounting software
    • Designed for durable and reliable operation with Linear Motion Guide carriage movement, heavy duty DC motors and auto head cleaning
    • Comprehensive and flexible support up to 5 years complete with Epson Cloud Solution PORT and optional User Self Replacement of print heads.

    The SureColor F10060 is available for ordering now from authorised Epson Large Format fabric printing solutions resellers.
     
    To find out more, visit www.epson.com.au





  • + Student’s powerful road safety campaign targeting young drivers goes live in Sydney

    A powerful new road safety campaign by a talented University of Technology Sydney student has gone live across oOh!media..

    01 September 2020


    A powerful new road safety campaign by a talented University of Technology Sydney student has gone live across oOh!media billboards and digital signage in Sydney.

    The campaign is the result of behaviour change program Re:act, which challenges university students to come up with ideas to raise road safety awareness among adults aged 18 to 25 – a demographic almost twice as likely to be killed in a traffic accident than their parents, according to new data from Australian Roads.

    Re:act has partnered with oOh!media to run campaigns across three cities on oOh!’s roadside digital billboards, with Sydney now going live after a recent Brisbane launch, and Melbourne to follow at a later date.

    The creative will also appear on digital displays in retail, higher education and social venues. Provided at no cost, the total media value for all three campaigns is over $850,000, marking a significant contribution to spreading the safety messaging to the wider public.

    The Re:act program is an initiative of creative behaviour change agency Hard Edge. In 2020 it ran at University of Technology Sydney, Swinburne University in Melbourne and, for the first time, Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. It also expanded internationally to the University of the Arts London.

    UTS student Ella Mander-Jones was chosen for her campaign drawing the young audience in before delivering a strong and clear message focused on music as a distraction on our roads: ‘Make your playlist killer. Not a killer on our roads’.

    “I wanted to create something different that was on trend for a young target audience,” she said.

    “People around my age are very much into their playlists. ‘Killer’ has a negative connotation but can also be awesome, like a ‘killer’ playlist, so I linked the two to draw people in without them knowing off the mark that you’re talking about road safety.”

    In addition to supporting the campaign through media space, oOh!media also played a pivotal role in the students’ design process, deploying personnel to work with the students as they came up with their ideas, helping shape them for maximum creativity in the Out of Home format while also providing technical support.

    Noel Cook, oOh!media’s Chief Commercial & Operations Officer, said that the company was proud to support Re:act for the second year running.

    “Young drivers have a higher risk of getting into accidents, which is important to be aware of at a time when ongoing COVID-19 issues are forcing more people to drive instead of taking public transport,” he said.

    “This year’s theme is ‘distraction’, and it’s been a revelation to see how these gifted students have translated their objective of keeping drivers focused on the road into creative designs that will strike a chord with their age group.”

    Andrew Hardwick, Re:act founder and CEO, said Re:act’s vision is to give young people a voice in road safety.

    “Young people have an incredible contribution to make in reducing road trauma – statistics they are unfortunately overrepresented in,” he said. “It’s fantastic to see their work being shared in the public domain thanks to this partnership between oOh! and Re:act. This is such an amazing experience and opportunity for the students in their careers.”  

    oOh!’s support for Re:act is part of the company’s broader approach to road safety. In conjunction with the Outdoor Media Association (OMA), oOh! is committed to working closely with governments and authorities to invest in research and make roads safer.

    To find out more about the Re:act program, visit reactforchange.com





  • + Canon Launch Groundbreaking New Arizona 2300 Series

    Building on its rich heritage in flatbed printing, Canon Production Printing Australia has launched the new Arizona 2300..

    01 September 2020


    Building on its rich heritage in flatbed printing, Canon Production Printing Australia has launched the new Arizona 2300 series. The latest addition in the series of award winning flatbed printers will allow customers to speed up production, improve operational efficiencies and fuel growth opportunities through new applications. The Arizona 2300 series will generally be available in Australia, in 2021. Until then, customers are invited to see the Arizona 2380 XTF with Roll Media Option via online and live demos from Canon’s Customer Experience Centres in the Netherlands (Venlo). The new series has varying ink channel options available (40, 60 and 80) to support a diverse range of applications, which includes three compact GTF models (Arizona 2340 GTF, 2360 GTF, 2380 GTF) with a flatbed area of 1.25m x 2.5m and three large XTF models (Arizona 2340 XTF, 2360 XTF, 2380 XTF) with a flatbed area of 2.5m x 3.08m.

    Smart productivity 

    Revolutionising flatbed table architecture, the new printer series is built around Arizona FLOW technology, an airflow suction technique that combines a zoneless, multi-origin table layout with easy-to-use pneumatic registration pins to better secure the substrate in place on the table. The result? Productivity up by more than 20% compared with previous generations of Arizona printers, as no operator time is required for masking the table or taping the media down, enabling faster changeover between jobs, shorter set-up times and hassle-free job switching. The FLOW technology makes printing on unusual and more challenging media, such as cardboard, wood and glass, or even printing large images tiled over multiple large boards, easier than ever before. Print from edge to edge on the substrate to benefit from less or no waste, more output and even more possibilities.  

    The pneumatic registration pins allow you to align media to either the left or the right edge of the table – or even to both – and you can print 2-up, 4-up and 6-up. Turning the substrate over from front to back and from left to right on the flatbed enables perfect registration when printing double-sided, regardless of whether the substrate has dimensional imperfections. Confidently print on unusual, heavy, smooth or pre-cut media.

    Keep productivity at an all-time high by printing up to 95m2/hr while maintaining print quality. The automated maintenance system offers hands-free printhead maintenance and reduces downtime by restoring nozzle functionality in seconds – including for white ink, which is usually difficult to maintain. You no longer have to wait for your printer to warm up – the new Arizona 2300 series offers an instant-on capability through its LED-UV curing system, enabling quicker turnaround for last minute jobs. Plus, its high-resolution camera alignment system enables easy, quick and precise printhead alignment and flatbed table mapping. 

    With Arizona Xpert, the Arizona 2300 series has a self-learning capability so you can design – and then repeat – complex, multi-layered projects. The printer remembers the ‘recipe’ for the next time you want to print similar applications, saving you set-up time and automating the production process.

    In addition to the Arizona 2300 series, Canon is also introducing Arizona Xpert version 2.1. With new features and ‘recipes’ to further enhance productivity, the software application is able to print intelligent outlines of the media onto the flatbed table for perfect positioning without taping or masking. Arizona Xpert 2.1 supports ‘recipes’ for print and cut workflows via integration with Canon’s ProCut software. Double-sided and multi-panel printing is now easier than ever thanks to maximum automation. No mistakes and, consequently, reduced waste. The software application also enables easy ‘recipe’ exchange between print supplier and designer, so they can see the end product with a 3D view in Adobe Creative Suite®, reducing the chance of design flaws to the bare minimum.

    Sustainable by design

    The Arizona 2300 series offers LED-UV curing for 40% less energy consumption compared with other flatbed printers thanks to its instant-on operation (as no warm-up period is needed), the longevity of the lamp life and its connectivity to a regular power network. It also offers low ink consumption, using less than 8ml/m² of ink on average, including maintenance.

    Manufactured in Germany, the Arizona 2300 series has passed both the German TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverein) and DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung) assurance tests, which confirm that the product range is in line with health and safety regulations for minimising environmental impact and guaranteeing a safer working environment. Its UV inks are UL GREENGUARD Gold certified, so prints are suitable for use in schools, hotels and hospitals.

    To ensure your print room is meeting the specified requirements for air ventilation, an air filtration system is optional to help maintain a healthy working environment for you and your employees. 

    A new dimension of possibilities

    Achieve superior print quality, print after print, across a broad media range at the fastest production speeds, thanks to the high-key print mode, pixel placement compensation, enhanced screening and the award-winning, third-generation VariaDot printhead technology. If you’re looking for optimum configuration for high-value, high-margin applications, you can add extra ink channels (from four to six and up to eight channels) – including the brightest white ink set and crystal clear glossy varnish. 

    Meet any customer demand for printing on hard plastic materials such as acrylic, polycarbonate and styrene. The Roll Media Option allows you to explore a vast range of roll media, including thin, heat-sensitive media up to 220cm. This allows you to easily switch between rigid and flexible media jobs with no machine preparation. 24/7 production becomes a reality for safe, unattended overnight printing with the option of a fully robotised workflow with automated loading and unloading of boards. 

    Looking to add a new dimension to your work? The Arizona 2300 series can be equipped with Canon’s textured printing software, Touchstone, enabling applications, such as interior décor products including wallpaper and furniture panels, and functional applications such as braille, to be printed with elevated texture effects. 
     
    Dirk Brouns, Vice President, Large Format Graphics said that, “The large format graphics market is driven by innovation and we are fully committed to the R&D programme of our Arizona flatbed solutions. With the Arizona 2300 series, we are introducing new revolutionary flatbed technology: a unique airflow system that simplifies customer workflows and speeds up production processes. We’re excited to bring this product to the market to help our customers fuel new growth opportunities.”

    Andrew Cocker, Senior Sales Manager, Large Format Graphics at Canon Production Printing Australia state, “We’re confident that the Arizona 2300 series will enable our customers to boost profits, expand their application possibilities and open up new market opportunities, while achieving operational excellence. With the addition of this new flatbed printer series to our portfolio and alongside our Colorado UVgel roll-to-roll printers, we have a range of large format solutions to suit any and every customer’s needs.” 

    Further information about Canon Europe is available at: anz.cpp.canon 





  • + Inkcups Introduces Transparent Pin Curing for Helix Printers

    Global printing industry leader Inkcups announces the release of a new feature for Helix® digital cylinder printers:..

    25 August 2020


    Global printing industry leader Inkcups announces the release of a new feature for Helix® digital cylinder printers: Transparent Pin Curing.

    Transparent Pin Curing (TPC) is a specialised system that enables UV inkjet printing on clear products such as plastic bottles, glassware, spirit bottles and wine bottles, without the need to add a UV-blocking agent into the vessel. Traditionally, UV inkjet printing on clear vessels requires a stuffing agent known as a “foxtail” to block the UV light from curing the ink and damaging the print heads. With this new patent-pending technology, containers remain uncontaminated and sterile on the inside and print head life is protected. As an added benefit, removal of this extra step thanks to the TPC system also streamlines the production process.

    “We have been developing and testing this new feature for some time and are excited to bring it to market. The revolutionary transparent pin curing system will simplify production, improve efficiency and is completely retrofittable to our fleet of Helix® digital cylinder printers. It makes a significant difference for transparent items,” said Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups.

    The proprietary TPC system is available as a field-upgradable retrofit for existing Helix® printers or on new Helix® machines. These include the Helix® Digital Cylinder Printer and Helix® Hi-Fi Photorealistic Rotary UV Printer, which was released in 2019. Recognised in the industry as very fast and reliable machines, they are ideal for use in print-on-demand, short and medium volume drinkware printing applications. Typical applications include full color imaging on glassware, stainless steel tumblers, plastic bottles and much more.

    The TPC system feature is engineered and manufactured in the U.S. and available for order now.


    www.inkcups.com





  • + GMG ColorProof GO

    Thanks to GMG ColorProof GO’s browser-based user interface, users can manage and run proof jobs from almost any de..

    25 August 2020


    Thanks to GMG ColorProof GO’s browser-based user interface, users can manage and run proof jobs from almost any device. The focus is set: With the new release, GMG appeals especially to professional users who are looking for maximum flexibility control and increased productivity. Multiple proof locations are a typical scenario, as well as mobile working and the trend towards working from home reinforce the relevance of GMG ColorProof GO.

    Besides the new flexibility, GMG ColorProof GO scores high with its intuitive user interface. To start a job, you simply drag and drop the file into the appropriate drop zone – that’s it. With GMG ColorProof GO, all connected proof systems are conveniently controlled and managed via a web browser. Even a device recalibration can be done remotely from any workstation or your smartphone. The mere possibility of being able to check the status of a proof job remotely is reassuring for users and provides process control.

    The flexibility of GMG ColorProof GO also makes sense in a company with only one location. Every workstation, whether Mac or PC, can now be used to run and manage proof jobs. No need for an operator to walk to the proofing room where traditionally the proof workstation and the proofer would be found. New users can be added to the GMG ColorProof GO network via email and their roles can be assigned individually. This type of flexibility saves a lot of time and increases productivity. GMG solutions are designed to cope in a busy production environment. If several users want to access the same proofing system simultaneously, GMG ColorProof GO will comfortably and reliably handle the workload.

    www.gmgcolor.com





  • + HVG shares seven PRO tips to help you get the most out of your floor graphics!

    As businesses and public spaces continue to slowly open their doors to the public, temporary floor graphics have been us..

    25 August 2020


    As businesses and public spaces continue to slowly open their doors to the public, temporary floor graphics have been used to meet regional requirements, and deliver healthcare best practice, helping to minimise the spread of COVID-19.     
                      
    The reason for the rapid adoption of floor graphics as the go-to solution in the marketplace for temporary, reliable, and effective visual communication lies in the fact that if can be applied quickly and easily, in a wide range of environments. 

    However, as in all such rapid uptakes of graphics solutions, there are lessons that have been learned which will help you ensure you floor graphics always make a good impression, regardless of how harsh the environment or how much footfall they endure. 

    We have consulted with our product experts to provide you with some tips that will see you putting your best foot forward.
    Top 7 tips for floor graphics application: 

    Tip #1 Before quoting, know the floor surface and type (smooth, textured, carpet) as well as the environment (indoor or outdoor). Making the right product choice ensures the decals do the job they are meant to.

    Tip #2 Use the correct non-slip product. Installations require a minimum slip rating for the decal surface to meet floor safety standards. This requisite applies to all public areas and is referenced as P (pendulum) and or R (ramp) slip resistance rating. Products being used should have the minimum required slip rating, tested to Australian Standards AS 4586:2013. These testing certifications for relevant products will be available from your trusted supplier. 

    Tip #3 Graphic design and profiling cutting - avoid sharp corners and angles which can cause lifting. Circular decals are ideal, however adding radius corners to rectangular or square shapes will also limit corners peeling up. 

    Tip #4 Before application, ensure the floor surface is clean and dry. For outside surfaces especially, brush-off with a broom to remove any dust or dirt. Cleaning may involve the use of a mild detergent mixed with water and ideally, a final wipe off with a cloth and iso-propyl alcohol (IPA). Avoid applying pavement graphics when the surface is wet or damp. Plan your application at least 72 hours or longer since the last rain fall in the area. Moisture and rising damp through porous outdoor surfaces like pavers and tiles will reduce adhesion and may result in the decal failure.

    Tip #5 During application, avoid grout lines, expansion joins and any uneven surfaces wherever possible to prevent graphics lifting or peeling up. 

    Tip #6 When applying floor decals onto sealed or varnished surfaces, conduct a spot test by applying the selected product to a small, discreet section of floor, then removing before undertaking the project. This ensures the correct sealant or varnish was used and removal will not result in any damage.     

    Tip #7 Current social distancing campaigns may require longer life-cycles for floor graphics, compared to the traditional shorter-term advertising campaigns for which they have been typically employed. However, it is important to remember that these graphics must still be replaced in a timely manner to negate signs of wear and tear, and damage that may result in safety risks and trip-hazards. Not only will a regular refresh of graphics ensure safety remains a key priority, but it also allows you to refresh and update messaging for maximum utility. 





  • + HP Inkspiration Awards 2021.

    The prestigious HP Digital Print Excellence Awards is back with a new name: HP Inkspiration Awards 2021. Now in its 14..

    20 August 2020


    The prestigious HP Digital Print Excellence Awards is back with a new name: HP Inkspiration Awards 2021.
    Now in its 14th year, this HP Graphics Solutions Business event puts the spotlight on outstanding digital print innovators across Asia Pacific and Japan.
     
    The HP Inkspiration Awards 2021 will be recognising creative ways organisations have responded to this unprecedented time through digital printing. Two new categories will be introduced: Collateral supporting this unprecedented time (Commercial segment) and Specialty print supporting this unprecedented time (Labels segment).
     
    We invite you to wow our judges including representatives from global brands, graphic designers, packaging and media experts in terms of overall aesthetics, marketing impact, shelf appeal, design suitability, uniqueness, and media/substrate use, this is the perfect opportunity to showcase what you can do to a wider audience and receive the recognition you deserve.
     
    Currie Group encourages all their HP Indigo customers to enter.

    Submit your entries on or before 15th March, 2021.
     
    Entry form link: https://web.pmgasia.com/web/edm/DPAEDM2021/en/pdf/DPA%20Form%202021_EN%20FA3_Lo.pdf





  • + Kornit Digital Acquires Custom Gateway

    Kornit Digital, a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced today the acquisition of Cus..

    18 August 2020


    Kornit Digital, a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced today the acquisition of Custom Gateway, an innovative technology provider of cloud-based software workflow solutions for on-demand production business models.

    “I am very pleased to announce the acquisition of Custom Gateway as we augment our market-leading capabilities with their powerful software, which we’ve evaluated thoroughly, including via several strategic customers we share,” said Ronen Samuel, Kornit Digital CEO. “Brands, retailers, suppliers, and fulfillers of all sizes stand to grow considerably through digital transformation, and with Custom Gateway, Kornit will revolutionize on-demand digital textile production with a unique end-to-end solution, giving us a powerful competitive advantage in the market.”

    Custom Gateway’s robust and functionality-rich cloud platform is suitable for both B2B and B2C business models and handles all steps of efficient on-demand production. The platform enables content sourcing, creation, content management, and display at the front end. Orders created are captured by a robust order management system and are directed to the appropriate back-end production sites using sophisticated routing algorithms. Once orders proceed to the production floor, they are smartly routed and managed, to allow for efficient on-demand production on a mass scale. The entire process from order creation to shipment is enriched with integrations to existing IT environments, data-driven decisioning, and business intelligence analytics. By seamlessly connecting front end (online or other storefront) to the most suitable back end (on-demand production and logistics operation), the technology enables customers to realize the full efficiency, scalability, and profitability benefits of digitisation.

    Supplementing Kornit’s Konnect platform for visibility and control of print operations, Custom Gateway’s platform offers Kornit customers valuable business insights for agility in the face of market dynamics and disruption.

    Custom Gateway has over 300 active customers globally, including brand names such as the U.K.’s largest fashion retailer Next, as well as other leading sports, fashion, and content brands.

    “We’re excited about bringing these two creative cultures together and know from experience that Kornit and Custom Gateway are built upon a common vision,” said Andrew Talbot, Custom Gateway CEO. “Together, we will provide global brands and fulfillers optimal control of their business, ensuring swift, socially responsible fulfillment, and in a profitable model that produces and ships orders in real time, without excess inventory or labor.”

    “On-demand production is overtaking traditional retail models, and the producers who harness all available data will win the marketplace,” said Omer Kulka, Kornit Digital CMO. “We’re excited to welcome Custom Gateway to the Kornit family, a development that will ultimately give end consumers the products and experiences they expect.”

    www.kornit.com






  • + Dates announced for Dscoop Edge Fusion

    Dscoop Edge Fusion, a global conference for education, business growth, technical training, industry trends, and collabo..

    18 August 2020


    Dscoop Edge Fusion, a global conference for education, business growth, technical training, industry trends, and collaborative networking, has been scheduled for May 16-18, 2021. The largest community of HP Graphic Arts users in the world will come together – both online and in person

    The in-person event will take place in St. Louis, MO, USA.

    In March, Dscoop Edge Orlando 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19 and to protect the safety of attendees. The rescheduled event, Edge Fusion, will be a blend of in-person and online activities for a global “hybrid” experience. Keith Wilmot, Dscoop CEO, explains, "With the world still uncertain in many ways, we are preparing a valuable experience for a variety of scenarios.” 

    Whichever scenario attendees choose, Edge Fusion will deliver engaging, relevant, and forward-thinking content. The entire event experience – including education tracks, business growth, keynote speakers, networking activities, training workshops, and partner solutions sessions -- is designed for all Dscoop members, from The Americas (AMS), Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific/Japan (APJ) and will accommodate all time zones.

    If attendees choose a face-to-face experience (much like past Dscoop Edge events) in St. Louis at the America's Center convention center, there will be hotel accommodations at the Marriott St. Louis Grand hotel right across the street, and the Courtyard St. Louis Downtown hotel, just one block away. If attendees prefer to stay closer to home, can’t make those travel dates or travel is restricted, Edge Fusion will offer virtual and blended options using excellent new meeting technology, interactivity, live streaming, and recorded sessions. 

    In every scenario, Dscoop will take its lead from global health regulations to protect the safety of its community and adjust plans for Edge Fusion as necessary. 





    “We know there’s no experience like a face-to-face Dscoop Edge experience. There’s also no doubt about the value of on-demand education and the focused approach of virtual training, demos and workshops,” says Wilmot. “Edge Fusion won’t be an ‘either/or.’ It will be a ‘Yes, and.’ Expect an amazing experience for every role in your company, for printers and partners alike, regardless of how or where you decide to join us.” 

    Expanded event hours will accommodate different time zones, so attendees from the Americas, EMEA and APJ will be able to connect globally with their like-minded peers, partners, speakers and session presenters.

    “It has been an unprecedented time for our customers ... you have faced challenges, persevered, and in many cases, created incredible innovation and collaboration,” says Haim Levit, general manager for HP Indigo, as HP is a premier partner of Dscoop. “We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help Dscoop members regain business, create continuity and growth, and get the insights, training and awareness they need to move forward – no matter what the new normal brings.” 

    The safety of Dscoop’s members, partners, staff, and speakers continues to be a top priority. The organization will take its lead from global health regulations and will adapt and adjust plans for Edge Fusion as necessary. The schedule, activities and technology will work in concert, allowing Dscoop to shift quickly if needed.
     
    “The unique thing about being part of Dscoop is that I have never felt alone,” says Jay Dollries, owner, Innovative Labeling Solutions, and Dscoop’s Global Board chairman. “We've always been in this together, helping each other through the years however we can. I think we could all use a lot of ‘Edge,’ inspiratio and connection, to learn from each other and rise up together. I’m looking forward to that, in whatever form it takes.”





  • + Action Labels & Nameplates chooses Epson SurePress L-6034VW industrial UV label solution

    Started in 1945 Action Labels & Nameplates has been heralded for being inventive and forward thinking. 75 years late..

    18 August 2020


    Started in 1945 Action Labels & Nameplates has been heralded for being inventive and forward thinking. 75 years later Action Labels & Nameplates is undergoing a digital transformation under new ownership. New ownership means new equipment such as their recent purchase the highly effective Epson SurePress L-6034VW industrial UV label press.

    Action Labels CEO James Malone explained, “Action Labels have a good range of semi rotary and intermittent printing machinery that operate well, however the demand has been increasing for short runs of labels and multiple SKUs and conventional printing machinery is getting less competitive in today’s digital world. So we started looking for a solution and decided the Epson SurePress L-6034VW was ideal.”
     
    For Malone it was important to find a machine that not only could print on a wide range of substrates  with durable and lightfast inks but could also print on many different widths of stock from 80mm up to 340mm.
     
    He continued, “After looking at many UV inkjet presses in the marketplace is was soon apparent that there is a lot of similarity amongst the various models. With so many UV Inkjet presses already installed in Australia we needed to find a UV Inkjet press that would make us stand out from the competition. That UV press is the Epson SurePress L-6034VW.”
     
    Action Labels & Nameplates is a label convertor who currently uses a combination of roll to roll letterpress and roll to roll screen printing machinery.  Digital printing was done on smaller roll to roll inkjet and toner equipment. Malone has been watching UV inkjet develop in terms of quality and speed over the years and saw the opportunity where a UV LED inkjet solution would give Action Labels & Nameplates the advantage in the growing short-to-medium run durable label markets.
     
    Malone continued, “The SurePress L-6034VW certainly fulfils our requirements and those of the market. It can print on stock widths from 80mm to 340mm wide and the digital varnish station in the final station allows matt or gloss UV varnish effects to be created after CMYK or WCMYK printing. Epson are a multi-billion dollar turnover company so there is significant support and backing from them, they also designed and made the press from the ground up and make their own inks and printheads. These are all big advantages for us.”
     
    The Epson SurePress L-6034VW is a UV LED inkjet digital label press which delivers high quality, productivity and durable labels. The press uses Epson’s own PrecisionCore printheads and comes standard with wide gamut CMYK, high opacity white and digital varnish inks, led curing, corona treater, web cleaner, ioniser, eye mark sensor and an additional UV curing lamp. Everything that’s required for prime label production.
     
    When Malone purchased the SurePress he went on to experience Epson’s service team do an excellent job of having the press installed and operators trained to meet his first UV print deadline.
     
    He added, “The positive feedback of the high quality output due to the colour pinning control and centre drum web handling platen has been great. Also the innovative digital varnish ink printed in one pass gives our brand owners the flexibility of either matte and gloss using spot varnishes to add high value and very appealing accents that lift the visual appearance of specific areas. As a result we are using the SurePress L-6034VW for CMYK printing and durable labels for the lucrative cosmetics, beer and wine markets.”

    The Epson SurePress L-6034VW comes with an Adobe Illustrator plugin so it is almost as simple to print with as an office printer. A job is loaded into Adobe Illustrator then all pre-flight, imposition, VDP and colour management is handled by Epson’s Illustrator plug-in software and spot colours and media profiles are controlled by the easy to use touchscreen control panel on the press.

    This ease of use is not lost on Malone who commented, “We are very impressed by the high level of engineering that has gone into the L-6034VW. The press is solidly built and has a zero point reverse feature so very little stock is wasted. Adding to Action Labels & Nameplates large range of diecutting, hot foiling and screen printing machinery, the SurePress L-6034VW provides the perfect digital engine to allow us to serve a wide range of industries including superfast turnaround trade printing of labels and tags.”
     
    It’s clear James Malone is happy with his new purchase and equally with Epson’s service and support as he concluded, “The value of having one supplier design and manufacture all the key technologies of a digital label press cannot be underestimated. This, combined with Epson’s excellent local service and support makes this purchase a no-brainer.”
     
    Epson’s UV range of presses is expanding as the company furthers its commitment to providing a printer for all market sectors, needs and requirements. New in their UV range is the SurePress L-6534VW a press that uses Epson’s 600 x 1,200dpi PrecisionCore printheads and produces print speed modes of Production mode 50 m/min, Standard mode 30 m/min, and a 15 m/min High-density mode.
     
    For more on Action Labels & Nameplates solutions contact their general manager Steve Bonanno at sales@actionlabels.com.au and for more information on the Epson SurePress range, visit www.epson.com.au





  • + Rob Mesaros joins Currie Group

    We are excited to announce that Rob Mesaros has joined Currie Group in the newly created position of Strategic Executive..

    18 August 2020


    We are excited to announce that Rob Mesaros has joined Currie Group in the newly created position of Strategic Executive Advisor. Mesaros joins Currie Group after 15 years with HP, many of which were spent abroad, in various senior executive roles.   

    Mesaros says, “Personally, the time has come for my family to return home. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at HP, from meeting many wonderful people to experiencing diverse cultures and business environments. I want to thank all of the HP teams I have been a part of, and the many HP channel partners, for providing me with a platform to learn and grow.”

    Most recently Rob served as the Vice President & Head of 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing for Asia Pacific & Japan, and officially started his new role on the 3rd of August, based at Currie Group’s head office in Melbourne.

    Rob will be responsible for reviewing the end to end business operation, with a focus on business planning, and strategic improvement initiatives.  Additionally, Rob will work closely with our staff, key customers and partners to ensure we continue to gear ourselves up for future success. 

    “I am excited to be joining Currie Group in a senior advisory role at such an important time for the company and industries evolution.  I have always respected Currie Group’s vision, and most importantly their attention to driving the right customer centric transformation.  The digital transformation of industries is just heating up, and I’m confident that Currie Group coupled with their Vendors will continue to play an important role in driving that transformation.” 

    “During his 15-year tenure, Rob made very significant contributions to HP in a variety of roles across the region, including as Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand post HP separation in 2015 till May 2018. We thank Rob for his leadership over many years both here in Australia and abroad and we look forward to working closely together at Currie Group,” said Michael Boyle, Managing Director, HP Australia and New Zealand. 

    Currie Group’s Executive Chairman, David Currie welcomes Rob to the team saying, “Currie Group is a long-standing partner with HP and having Rob join the group in the capacity of Strategic Executive Advisor makes sense on many levels. Rob’s experience in running business operations in ANZ and across the region, as well as his deep technical knowledge of the print industry, is complementary to our business model and our future direction. We look forward to working with Rob and all our partners to chart the course for growth and future success.”