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It’s with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of industry legend and signage expert, Paul Jordan. ..
31 December 2020
It’s with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of industry legend and signage expert, Paul Jordan.
Paul was known throughout the signage industry as a truly gifted gilder, award winning sign maker, owner of Jordan Signs and, as a true gentlemen.
Son of industry legend John Jordan, Paul continued in his father’s footsteps, happily and graciously teaching anyone willing to learn the exquisite art of gilding and more.
Paul was always present at Letterhead meets and trade shows in Australia and New Zealand, where he willing passed on his knowledge and gladly promoted the industry to the next generation.
Paul’s funeral was held at Southside Church, Miranda, NSW.
We at Visual Impact Magazine extend our condolences to Paul’s wife Jayne and his family.
Paul’s wife, Jayne, has asked that no flowers or tributes be sent. Rather that a donation be made to either the Cancer Council, https://www.cancer.org.au/get-involved/donate-to-cancer-council, or the Asbestos Disease Research Institute (ADRI). https://adri.org.au/support-us/.
Mark Andy has launched Evolution Series E3, the second iteration of its Evolution Series flexo press, which initially de..
15 December 2020
Mark Andy has launched Evolution Series E3, the second iteration of its Evolution Series flexo press, which initially debuted at Labelexpo Europe in 2019. The newest press has been developed to fill a gap in the market for a servo powered machine that prioritises ease of use and reduces operating costs.
The original Evolution Series flagship press is being rebranded to Evolution Series E5. This machine provides converters a scalable production technology designed to provide adaptability to future business growth needs. In its first year, 46 Evolution Series presses have been installed worldwide.
The new Evolution Series E3 is available in 13 and 17in (330 and 430mm) web widths with production speeds up to 500 ft/min (150 m/min). Evolution Series E5 maintains its technical specifications and is available in 13 and 17in (330 and 430mm) web widths with production speeds up to 750 ft/min (230 m/min).
According to the company, even with the Evolution Series E5, there was still a market for a more accessible full-servo flexo press for converters focused on producing quality labels affordably.
‘When we came to market with Evolution Series, now known as Evolution Series E5, we intended to provide converters a more attainable solution built on Performance Series technology they could grow with, configure what they need now, knowing they could evolve in the future. And we did just that,’ said Tom Schlembauer, chief business officer for flexo at Mark Andy. ‘But after listening to our customers, we realised there was an opportunity to offer a machine that focuses primarily on getting back to the basics, but with modern technology and affordability. So, we built a solution that allows converters to be competitive exclusively in the prime label market and that solution is Evolution Series E3.’
With the launch of Evolution Series E3, Mark Andy is also introducing Mark Andy ProUV, which will come standard on all E3 presses. Powered by Phidastien’s UV curing technology, it enables high-quality, reliable results. It is a fully integrated curing system, with power and air located on-press and within a single cabinet to help converters maintain a smaller pressroom footprint.
Evolution Series E3 and E5 join Mark Andy’s flexographic portfolio offerings, including the Performance Series P7 and P9. Both Evolution Series machines are available for immediate order.
The Energy Efficiency Council, in partnership with CitySwitch, has undertaken ground-breaking research detailing how off..
15 December 2020
The Energy Efficiency Council, in partnership with CitySwitch, has undertaken ground-breaking research detailing how office-based businesses can significantly reduce their energy costs and environmental impacts, often by making simple choices such as which type of technology and equipment to use.
Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: a briefing for office-based businesses is underpinned by new research about where these businesses should and can focus efforts to reduce energy consumption and operational expenditure.
This ground-breaking research – the first of its kind in Australia – identified energy and cost-saving opportunities for office-based businesses and particularly office tenancies, a sector that often gets less attention in the movement towards more sustainable buildings.
While servers and printers make up a substantial proportion of office tenants’ energy consumption, these pieces of equipment are not covered under the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program or Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). This means that office-based businesses may be wasting energy while operating this type of equipment as they are unaware that some equipment options are much less efficient than others. For example, some inkjet printers use up to 90% less energy and power than comparable laser printers.
Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg said, “Printers and copiers account for the largest power draw of any single device after computers and servers. If a business is looking to reduce its operational expenditure and improve its environmental footprint, then investing in inkjet printers, particularly when they use 90% less electricity than laser printers, makes a lot of sense on every level.”
The research finds much room for improvement, with lighting still making up the greatest proportion of energy use within office tenancies, but only 60 per cent of the surveyed tenancies having undertaken a LED upgrade, making it a significant opportunity to reduce electricity bills.
Similarly, while other substantial energy-using equipment – like air-conditioning and computers – are covered under the E3 and MEPS programs, many offices would benefit from undertaking targeted equipment procurement programs that preference six-star plus purchases or leases.
“IT equipment accounts for almost half the energy consumption in an office tenancy, yet printers and servers don’t have energy performance labelling, making it much harder for consumers to make the energy efficient choice at time of purchase,” said Luke Menzel, Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Efficiency Council.
Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: a briefing for office-based businesses will be launched online today at 11am with leading Australian businesses highlighting how they’ve adopted smart energy management to reduce costs and improve environmental performance.
Canon Production Printing Australia have today announced ProCare, a groundbreaking new after-sales service for their Col..
15 December 2020
Canon Production Printing Australia have today announced ProCare, a groundbreaking new after-sales service for their Colorado roll-to-roll wide format printer series.
From 1st January 2021, thanks to the new service program, ProCare, Colorado1640 and 1650 owners will be able to benefit from maximised uptime through access to spare parts, preventive maintenance and remote software application support for increased productivity and minimal downtime.
ProCare’s premium counterpart, ProCare+, provides additional support options including premium rapid onsite response, and print head replacement and maintenance.
Colorado series printers are designed for optimal productivity with minimal operator intervention and manual maintenance. ProCare and ProCare+ have been designed to extend this philosophy in an effort to give customers the added confidence they need to deliver quality, tight turnaround times, business growth and increased profits.
ProCare and ProCare+ are both available for three, four or five years, with the option to extend support after the initial contract has ended.
Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania comments, “With Colorado ProCare, customers know they have a technology they can rely on and a solutions partner who will always be at their side to help them deliver.
“We know from our customers, that Colorado is much more than a production device; it’s a solution for bringing artwork to life, meeting the tightest deadlines and fulfilling even the most critical application requirements. Print service providers rely on it on a daily basis and its performance is vital for their business, whether they have one or multiple machines.
“The benefits of UVgel technology give the best possible balance of productivity, uptime and quality while reducing Total Cost of Ownership.”
HP Australia and Currie Group have today announced that leading trade printer, CMYKhub, is the first customer to install..
15 December 2020
HP Australia and Currie Group have today announced that leading trade printer, CMYKhub, is the first customer to install the HP Indigo 100K Digital Press in the Asia Pacific region. The installation continues CMYKhub’s longstanding partnership with HP and Currie Group and cements HP Indigo at the forefront of print innovation in the region.
“The HP Indigo 100K is our most productive digital B2 solution yet. It was engineered with offset users in mind, with striking print quality that matches offset look-and-feel while offering significantly higher productivity with up to 6000 sheets per hour. At HP, we’re incredibly proud to see the first HP Indigo 100K in Asia Pacific installed here in Australia at CMYKhub. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the team at CMYKhub, and through our partner Currie Group, in supporting their business growth”, said Craig Walmsley, Country Manager HP Personalisation & Industrial Business South Pacific.
For CMYKhub, the installation of the HP Indigo 100K is a significant milestone in their business restructure aimed at bringing their business closer to their customers and production of high value applications. The new digital press will also help deliver orders faster to customer and open new profit-making opportunities for business.
“At CMYKhub, we value our strong relationship with HP and Currie Group. Starting when Bernie Robinson from Currie Group first suggested this machine through to the installation, it’s been a quick and smooth transition for our team. The HP Indigo 100K was a no-brainer for us because of the increased productivity and superior quality, and we’re excited to share more details about the HP Indigo 100K with our resellers and customers in the near future,” said Dayne Nankervis, chief operating officer at CMYKhub.
“The strength in the relationship and leadership in technology has delivered a strong and sustainable business model, and we look forward to seeing this next phase for CMYKhub with the 100K at the forefront,” said Bernie Robinson, Managing Director at Currie Group.
“Since we first saw the 100K in development, we were genuinely very impressed with the advances HP Indigo had made in automation and productivity, and how this would translate into real benefits. We are excited that CMYKhub will be enabling the 100K to deliver these benefits to their business and their customers,” added Phillip Rennell, Sales and Marketing Director at Currie Group.
Designed to rewrite the rules of profitability
The first HP Indigo Series 5 Digital Press from the HP Personalisation and Industrialisation Business, the HP Indigo 100K is designed for offset players to transition more work to digital and boost sustainability with on-demand printing. The commercial sheetfed press can do nonstop printing of tens of thousands of B2 duplex sheets every day.
Designed to fit into the circular economy, the HP Indigo 100K Digital Press delivers low environmental impact printing with maximum productivity, and offers advanced paper handling and offset-like gripper-to-gripper design for precision registration, as well as unique HP Indigo digital advantages, including colour automation, calibration, fast switchover between jobs and media and five-input source feeder.
Delivering up to 6000 sheets per hour, the HP Indigo 100K four-colour digital press boosts margins on short-run digital production and introduces new calculations that confirm a lower total cost of ownership.
The new digital press from HP also uses HP Indigo ElectroInks that bring the widest on-press colour gamut, giving CMYKhub the opportunity to meet exacting customer requirements and achieve profitable growth.
Made for the sustainable way you work
Through workflow solutions like HP PrintOS, a print production operating system with web and mobile apps, CMYKhub will also be able to easily manage customers’ jobs from submission to shipment while simplifying and automating production.
As part of the HP Indigo ecosystem, CMYKhub will also be able to increase productivity and streamline production flow with finishing partners’ solutions to produce high-value applications such as personalised marketing collateral, photobooks, and sophisticated direct mail.
With their new HP digital press, CMYKhub can solve customers’ needs with the industry’s widest range of certified media compatibility, delivering new opportunities to print on dark, transparent and recycled paper, as well as other environmentally accredited substrates, synthetics and paperboard.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers and 3D printing solutions, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.
Esko has unveiled a host of new and award-winning innovations for its integrated Esko Software 20.1 platform, developed ..
15 December 2020
Esko has unveiled a host of new and award-winning innovations for its integrated Esko Software 20.1 platform, developed to deliver even more functionality as well as outstanding value to packaging, label and wide format customers.
“As a technology company, we are relentlessly developing solutions to serve our markets and customers better,” said Jan de Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Industry Relations & Strategy. “We build long-term relationships with our customers and strive to ensure our solutions remain relevant and innovative, enabling anyone using them in the packaging value chain to benefit from operational efficiency improvements.”
Updates and new features in Esko Software 20.1 include:
WebCenter 20.0 – the latest feature-packed version of the web-based packaging management solution, now incorporates an improved user experience and WebCenter Tasks Plugin. Digital transformation can only be successful if the solution is fully adapted to the user’s requirements, and with the addition of a social-media style dashboard and new connectors for Adobe Creative Suite applications, WebCenter does just that.
ArtiosCAD 20.0.1 – the leading packaging structural design tool simplifies designing of multi-part and multi-material packages using Resizable Canvas Design templates.
ArtPro+ 20.1 Plate Cut – a new automated feature that finds the optimal individual cutting path for each separation, reducing preparation time for flexo plate mounting by up to 30 minutes.
ArtPro+ 20.1 Trapping – a new, InterTech Award-winning aesthetic trapping algorithm which closes mis-register gaps and accommodates individual exceptions, making trapping jobs up to 70 per cent faster.
Print Control Wizard for Corrugated – a version of the award-winning software specifically designed for the corrugated market, delivering quicker plate production, improved graphic performance and reduced costs.
AVT AutoSet – an integration between Esko Automation Engine and AVT’s press inspection system, reducing setup time of the inspection system to almost zero.
“As we continue to navigate the fallout from the global pandemic, the ability to digitise, automate and connect will be crucial to businesses,” said Jan. “The latest software updates not only deliver greater accuracy, efficiency and consistency across a design and print workflow, but are integral tools for converters taking the next steps along their own digital transformation journey.”
For more information about Esko software solutions, please visit the Esko Innovation Hub at innovation.esko.com
Konica Minolta has announced that it has been named a worldwide leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transform..
07 December 2020
Konica Minolta has announced that it has been named a worldwide leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment for print transformation in recognition of its strong portfolio that will support customers in growing their digital maturity.
The report states: “While Konica Minolta is typically perceived as an MFP/printer vendor, the company has made considerable progress in repositioning itself as a managed services company that delivers workplace solutions. Thus, Konica Minolta's product evolution involves a continuum of products and services including hardware, managed services, and business process automation integrated into an Intelligent Connected Workplace.”
Yohei Konaka, chairman and managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “COVID-19 and the events that have occurred throughout 2020 have accelerated digital requirements and opportunities for customers as the world stumbled through the biggest work-from-home experiment ever seen, with a focus on business continuity and resilience. The distributed workforce is here to stay, and a more connected and digital workforce will be required into the future. Konica Minolta has a role to play in helping customers realise an Intelligent Connected Workplace to better serve their own employees so they in-turn can serve their customers.”
The report also states that Konica Minolta: “…considers not only technology trends but also a broader view of both generational workforce and overarching sociological shifts. The company believes that technology needs to be human centered, so understanding the motivations, wants, and needs of the worker is essential. The company will focus on the ‘why’ when implementing new technology and not just the ‘how’. As part of this strategy, Konica Minolta is pursuing a host of nonprint-related offerings, some of which are based on partner-delivered solutions and others that are based on homegrown technologies.”
These solutions enable the Intelligent Connected Workplace of Konica Minolta’s customers, and include robotics, cloud and mobility.
A B Graphic International (ABG) has reached an impressive milestone in the global supply of their market leading finishi..
07 December 2020
A B Graphic International (ABG) has reached an impressive milestone in the global supply of their market leading finishing solutions, by recently installing their 2000th Vectra turret rewinder. The machine, a Vectra ECTR, was purchased by Cleveland, Ohio-based OMNI Systems, the largest, privately owned label converter in the US.
Having begun manufacturing turret rewinders in 1995, the entry level ECTR 4 in 330mm, 430mm or 530mm web widths, has become the rewinder of choice for many self-adhesive label manufacturers.
Perfect for increasing production speed and workflow efficiencies, the ECTR is also fully upgradable with a wide range of options, including automatic core loading, finished roll closure with print and apply label application, and ABG’s own fleyeVision 100% camera inspection system. Able to work in-line, or off-line as a stand-alone solution with a separate unwind module, Vectra turret rewinders offer shorter lead times, reduce inventory and cut waste.
As a long standing customer of ABG, OMNI was initially looking for a turret rewinder that had the capability of running wound-in rolls along with eliminating tail tie gluing. They had seen the quality of the finished rolls from ABG’s rewinder equipment and have not looked back since. The company made their first order in March 2013 and currently own 16 Vectra ECTR rewinders, 2 that were ordered in July 2019, but only installed recently due to COVID-19.
Dave Lawson, director of ABG’s Middleton-on-the-Wolds turret rewinder production site, said: “Reaching 2,000 Vectra orders is a significant achievement in 25 years. The landmark reflects our global reach and the excellent professional relationships we have developed with key customers, and without our loyal and dedicated team at ABG we would not be celebrating this milestone.
“We now look forward to innovating and updating the designs so we can provide our customers with increased efficiencies for the future. We are particular proud that OMNI was our 2000th order, which was especially fitting given our long association.”
About A B Graphic
Established in 1954, ABG is a market leader in digital finishing equipment. The company has nearly 400 employees worldwide, with more than 200 employed in the UK. During the course of their 66 years of business, ABG has installed over 11,000 machines worldwide for 2,500 customers.
With each site being a centre for excellence for a specific range of products, ABG has manufacturing facilities in the UK, Germany and Spain. Sales and service offices are located in the UK, Germany, USA, France, Holland and Spain, and with a worldwide network of distribution partners, ABG is well placed to provide comprehensive support to businesses globally.
Constantly innovating and seeking opportunities to improve efficiencies and workflow for their customers, ABG’s recent acquisition of Girona-based Enprom Solutions, has added a wide range of flexible packaging products to their expanding portfolio.
For further information about Vectra technology, contact Currie Group www.curriegroup.com.au
Scodix has announced the release of PolySense™ 550, a new polymer for digital enhancement developed for the food p..
07 December 2020
Scodix has announced the release of PolySense™ 550, a new polymer for digital enhancement developed for the food packaging industry. Compatible with the entire Scodix Ultra portfolio, the polymer is already being used by Italian Folding Carton producer, Packly, to great effect.
Guy Alon, VP of R&D at Scodix, states, “Scodix enhancements create great visual impact for the brands who use them, and food packaging is no exception. The new Scodix PolySense 550 polymer broadens the Scodix portfolio while presenting customers with the ability to further differentiate themselves from the competition – which is crucial on the packed supermarket shelves. The value of adding digital enhancements to food packaging with the assurance that the printing procedure is safe for consumers according to food packaging standards is a big step forward for Scodix Ultra users.”
Scodix PolySense 550 food packaging compliance refers to indirect contact for low migration. Scodix capitalised on its four years’ experience in manufacturing low migration Scodix PolySense™ for the Scodix E106 press – which works daily in the packaging industry. This development was validated by the world renowned SQTS Labs in Zurich Switzerland and was tested and approved according to Swiss Ordinance.
Giuseppe Prioriello, CEO and founder of Packly, states, “Scodix PolySense 550 augments existing Scodix applications with the ability to apply it to food-grade packaging. It is a Packly company priority to guarantee 100 percent safe packaging in the food sector, as well as the other sectors we operate in. We strongly believe that producers must be ahead of the game and provide safe packaging for short runs without waiting for the customer to request the service. This is the reason why we are using this food compliant polymer.”
Prioriello adds, “We are already experiencing an increase in business as brands are personalising their packaging while taking advantage of the shorter runs and faster lead times. With no set-up, no waste and the fast time-to-market, food packaging digital enhancement has just broadened the possibilities for the industry dramatically.”
Phillip Rennell, Sales and Marketing Director at Currie Group said, “Scodix is continuing to innovate to deliver new applications and drive into new markets, which works really well in Australia and New Zealand where our customers are looking for a larger variety of applications in a smaller market place”
Scodix applications that can use Scodix PolySense™ 550 include Scodix Sense™, Scodix Foil™, Scodix VDE™, Scodix Cast&Cure™ and Scodix Glitter™. Types of substrates applicable include offset, HP Indigo ElectroInk and Lamination.
Packly is a complete packaging solution for both businesses and graphic designers. Anyone can create and download dielines instantly, view a 3D box in real-time and print high-quality personalized packages in 48 hours. Upload the artwork based on the Packly template to visualize a 3D mock-up in real-time including with embellishment effects. Share the digital proof as an interactive 3D through a simple link to show anyone your artwork on every mobile device. Packly is a fully dynamic web application for packaging. It uses proprietary algorithms which allow generating over 500 billion size combinations. At Packly there is no minimum order: start today with just one box and boost your sales. Read further the Packly blog on enhancement: https://blog.pack.ly/en/gold-or-silver-foil-embellishment-and-spot-varnish-the-new-products/
For further details, contact the Australian & New Zealand supplier, Currie Group www.curriegroup.com.au
Maddie stayed at Ronald McDonald House for almost 200 nights after being involved in a car accident. Sadly, Maddie..
03 December 2020
Maddie stayed at Ronald McDonald House for almost 200 nights after being involved in a car accident.
Sadly, Maddie passed away last October. Maddie is the daughter of Aaron McDonald from McDonald Signs in Young who Visual Connections ran an industry support program for.
Join us to give sick and injured kids the best gift of all this Christmas – their families.
Donate now to Be a Santa for Sick Kids: https://www.santaforsickkids.com.au/igadonges
Alternatively, drop any toys or items from the wish list to the Visual Connections office for delivery to Ronald McDonald House and spread some joy this Christmas.
Following close consultation with exhibitors and partners, the 2021 edition of drupa, the world’s leading trade fa..
03 December 2020
Following close consultation with exhibitors and partners, the 2021 edition of drupa, the world’s leading trade fair for Printing Technologies, will be cancelled due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The next event will take place as scheduled from 28 May to 7 June 2024. To maintain the momentum until then, the organisers will be holding a four-day digital event titled ‘virtual.drupa’, to take place from 20 to 23 April 2021 during the time frame drupa was originally scheduled for.
“The pandemic has caused a great deal of uncertainty among exhibitors and visitors in terms of their attendance at drupa 2021. Travel restrictions and budget constraints have further exacerbated the situation in the printing industry”, explains Erhard Wienkamp, COO at Messe Düsseldorf. “We have taken this decision in consultation with our partners, who are entirely supportive of it. It was preceded by a detailed process of considering the current conditions and the needs of the industry.”
Sabine Geldermann, Project Director Print Technologies, adds: “Our primary goal remains to support the industry in any way we can to keep in contact at a national and international level, further develop their network and generate leads. To this end, we will be holding an interim event from 20 to 23 April, providing our exhibitors and visitors with an additional sales channel and allowing them to make reliable plans.”
Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Chairman at König und Bauer and president of drupa, welcomes this approach: “A virtual event is exactly the right format in the current time”, he says. “Attending drupa under the usual parameters was just too great a risk for many exhibitors, given declining export and turnover figures, as well as significant travel restrictions, which would also affect visitors. The new digital forum is a virtual platform, providing a reliable pillar and an opportunity to maintain valuable communications within the industry until 2024.”
Launched in October, the drupa preview platform already offers an impression of what ‘virtual.drupa’ will look like. It will give companies the opportunity to showcase themselves and their innovations virtually, as well as maintain existing contacts and establish new ones via the matchmaking feature. In addition, the conference schedule of the five drupa hot spots will provide key incentives and set the agenda for an online transfer of knowledge. For instance, international speakers from vertical markets will present success stories of Future Technologies in the Cube, outlining the future of our industry.
“Our members are telling us, that trade fairs to drive their business forward are still in great demand. The value and appeal of drupa remain intact. The decision to suspend it in 2021 is entirely down to the pandemic”, stresses Dr Markus Heering, Managing Director of the VDMA Printing and Paper Technology Association. “In the long run, it is important for all of us to maintain drupa as an international platform in Europe, as it displays the diversity of our industry. 200 years of expertise are rooted in Europe and must continue. However, we welcome the introduction of the new digital platform as an interim solution until 2024.”
The printing industry continues to fully back its leading global trade fair, whose international reach remains unbroken. As a platform demanding open and competitive market comparison, it is a driving force for innovation, benefiting exhibitors and visitors in equal measure. Through direct contact, people can experience and compare technology trends and innovations and discover new synergies. Replicating its impetus, selling power and unique atmosphere, as well as the ability to exchange ideas with like-minded industry colleagues and nurture relationships, has certain limits when conducted in an online format. The organisers are aiming to satisfy this demand with ‘virtual.drupa’ as well as the annual ‘Print & Digital Convention’ in Düsseldorf, which was developed in cooperation with the Fachverband Medienproduktion e.V. (fmp), until drupa returns as a live event in 2024 with new, valuable parameters and hybrid propositions.
“Today's decision to cancel drupa 2021 and present it in a different format has been an event- and industry-specific one”, Wienkamp concludes. “Messe Düsseldorf remains in close contact with the authorities and its partners of all other events, and we will evaluate the circumstances in a timely manner to take the responsible decision.”
A drupa Q&A is available at www.drupa.com
Summa is proud to announce a range of improvements on its renowned F Series flatbed cutters. The flatbed cutters ha..
01 December 2020
Summa is proud to announce a range of improvements on its renowned F Series flatbed cutters.
The flatbed cutters have been one of the most versatile products in Summa's range for many years. By improving the range, Summa brings its standard to the next level when it comes to quality, reliability and productivity. Summa is excited to present a new size of flatbed cutter, an enhanced safety system and its GoProduce software. These updates will contribute to an even better alignment of the F Series to realise present and future customer projects.
Meet the F1432: New size, new opportunities
The new F1432 flatbed cutter, available in December, accommodates users in the sense that it opens the possibility to process popular 137 cm/54" roll widths more efficiently. Moreover, the increased working length gives a sufficient margin to easily cut 3m/10ft jobs. For many businesses, this size represents the ideal interim solution between the F1612 and F1832 size.
Elice van Es, Summa’s Marketing and Communication Manager explains: “We are seeing a great fit in the market for our new F1432 flatbed cutter. The F Series flatbed cutters are appreciated for their versatility and performance and this new size underlines our philosophy. Thanks to the great number of applications that can be cut, we are convinced this flatbed cutter will benefit many customers’ businesses.”
Integrated Safety System for a safe and accessible work environment
Another major update on the F Series is the integration of a Safety System on all F Series models. The new system complies to worldwide health and safety requirements and thus represents Summa’s new standard in making the F Series operator’s work environment safer than ever. It features multiple sensors that can quickly detect human movement close to the machine. With the system’s convenient location on the top beam, the flatbed can now be accessed easily and safely. This in contrast to the former safety poles that are no longer needed.
Automatic Depth Control on the left side
The ADC feature on the F Series automatically sets the knife depth and the orientation of the knife/tool. The tip of the knife/tool is measured accurately and the down position of the tool is set to the flatbed’s level, guaranteeing a flawless cut at all times. This feature was already included for the right slots of the flatbed’s cutting head and proved its practicality. Now, Summa also makes ADC left standard available for all F Series models, which is the next step in efficiency enhancement of the Summa F Series.
GoProduce 2.0 software to perfectly match the F Series hardware
Along with the F Series enhancements related to hardware, it is the software that enables the operator to make good use of the machine’s functionalities. Therefore, Summa continues to develop its GoProduce software and now presents GoProduce 2.0. It is standard delivered with each new F Series and offers various new functionalities. While the standard integrated software includes many functionalities already, new is the availability of a Pro Pack. This Pro Pack is a one-time purchase and offers even more functionality to the F Series operator who wants to maximise his cutting workflow possibilities.
Elice van Es concludes: “Constantly listening to the market and analysing the needs of our customers is an important basis for us in the development of new products. We also believe that hardware and software should always be in harmony enabling us to offer users a complete solution and deliver true ease of use. Ready to create innovative and striking applications and tap into new markets. This is exactly what makes the Summa F Series so unique. The Series grows at the customer’s pace and needs alongside with evolutions in the industry.”
24-inch SureColor T3160M and 36-inch SureColor T5160M delivering high-speed technical and graphics printing, scanning an..
01 December 2020
24-inch SureColor T3160M and 36-inch SureColor T5160M delivering high-speed technical and graphics printing, scanning and copying technical solutions and seamless collaboration from home or the office.
Epson has launched two new SureColor
T-Series wireless multi-function printers with integrated scanners – the 24-inch SureColor T3160M and the 36-inch SureColor T5160M. Based on current successful models, the SureColor T3160M and SureColor T5160M are new, multi-function printers that include an integrated scanner for accurately scanning blueprints and drawings, making large copies and sharing high-quality technical documents.
Featuring a sleek design and compact footprint,1 the SureColor T3160M is up to 29 percent smaller and the SureColor T5160M is up to 15 percent smaller than competitor MFP models2 and conveniently fit into modern work from home and small office environments allowing for seamless team collaboration across CAD, architecture, engineering and corporate graphics workflows.
The 24-inch SureColor T3160M and the 36-inch SureColor T5160M also support copy enlargements and reductions, as well as enhanced tracing and offer highlight detection for scanning annotated blueprints.
With integrated wireless and Wi-Fi Direct®connectivity3, professionals can easily print from virtually anywhere in the home or office with a smart device4 or from a USB thumb drive and with their enterprise security features and protocol support, users can also print and scan directly to e-mail, network folder or USB drive. This makes for easy document sharing with team members, including remote and on-site departments, vendors and clients.
Featuring an industrial-grade Epson PrecisionCore® MicroTFP® printhead for ultra-fast print speeds, the SureColor T3160M and SureColor T5160M produce accurate A1 prints in as fast as 34 seconds and 31 seconds5, respectively.
The multifunction printers leverage UltraChrome® XD2 pigment ink technology for brilliant colour, crisp lines and smudge and water-resistant prints. Supporting a variety of media – including rolls and sheets – these multifunction printers deliver detailed output on a wide range of media types.
The new SureColor T3160M and SureColor T5160M deliver a range of multifunction features designed to help industry professionals create stunning CAD, GIS, architectural, or engineering technical drawings, including:
• Ultra-fast Print Speeds – Producing A1 prints in as fast as 34 seconds and 31 seconds,5 respectively
• High-Detail Integrated Scanner – So you can easily scan and share documents up to 600 dpi
• Compact, Clean Design – For sleek, compact design1 enhances workspaces
• Durable, Instant-Dry Prints – As archival-quality, all-pigment-based UltraChrome XD2 inks deliver brilliant colour, crisp lines, and smudge and water-resistant prints
• Versatile Print Media Handling – Accommodating rolls and cut sheets up to 24" and 36" wide, respectively; the auto-sheet feeder accommodates sheets up to A3/11" x 17"
• Easy to Operate with Robust Standalone Copy Features – A large, intuitive 4.3-inch LCD screen simplifies operation and includes the ability to make copies of large drawings or blueprints directly from the control panel without the need of a computer
• Print and Scan from Virtually Anywhere in Your Home or Office – So you can easily print from or scan to USB thumb drives,4 as well as print from tablets, smartphones,3 and more with integrated wireless plus router-free Wi-Fi Direct printing4
• Extreme Print Quality and Precision – Using a PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead with Precision Droplet Control for outstanding clarity; up to 2400 dpi printing resolution captures annotations, lines, and image detail with incredible accuracy
• Outstanding Productivity – Means you change cartridges less often with high-capacity ink cartridges up to 50 ml (colour) and 80 ml (Black)
• Enterprise Security Features and Protocol Support – Support secure PDF printing from PCs and scanning of secure PDFs to USB thumb drives and shared folders, no computer needed
Support and Availability
The Epson SureColor T3160M (RRP $2,749) will be available from December 2020 and the SureColor T5160M will be available from March 2021 (pricing to be confirmed) through Epson Authorised Professional Imaging Resellers.
Up to three years Epson CoverPlus can be purchased for piece of mind that covers the printer and printhead in the unlikely event of any hardware failure.
Screen, manufacturer of the Truepress Jet series of digital presses, and colour experts CGS Oris, have developed a new t..
01 December 2020
Screen, manufacturer of the Truepress Jet series of digital presses, and colour experts CGS Oris, have developed a new technology that will save time, lead to better quality printing, and meet the growing need for independent colour management solutions.
The new CxF3 (Colour Exchange Format) spot colour-matching solution - available for the CGS Oris CxF Toolbox - is a response to market demands for software that can guarantee colour consistency and enhance efficiencies for new and existing customers.
Spot colour printing is recognised as one of the best methods to capture and transmit all of the detail in colours. Unlike conventional ICC profiles, CxF data includes the spectral information of the spot colour, including halftones and transmittance. This allows for more accurate colour calculations and an optimal basis for the precise reproduction of a colour at any time.
However, generating CxF data can be a lengthy process, as it requires charts to be printed and measured for all printing conditions as well as target values to be set. Printing methods have expanded with the uptake of digital printers and hybrid solutions. This has led to a need for independent colour management solutions that can guarantee consistent colour reproduction – even when switching from a conventional printing press to a digital output.
Screen Australia Managing Director Peter Scott says: “Screen and CGS Oris have co-operated for a while on various aspects of colour management. This new CxF spot colour initiative is a great boost for the label and packaging industry in particular, as spot colours are often a contentious issue between brand owners and print service providers. Mixing and applying special colours is time-consuming and expensive, now 100% accurate spot colours can be generated for our L350UV SAI label and packaging presses, quickly, easily and without high-level colour management knowledge.”
Perfect colours, easily achieved
To meet these market demands, Screen and Germany-based CGS-Oris, developed a technology that predicts halftones from limited colorimetric data by using a proprietary algorithm. This automatically generates complete CxF data, saving significant amounts of time. This has made it easier for new users to adopt CxF, as well as improving efficiencies for existing users.
More companies can now benefit from CxF’s many advantages. These include a more holistic representation of a colour, the best fundamentals for reproducing colours on different printing presses, and flexible and independent colour management, regardless of the operator’s skills.The new technology is available from Screen for the CGS Oris CxF Toolbox - the software solution used to capture, store and edit CxF data, in a fast, reliable and safe way.
The set-up is simple, with the user needing only to present output colour charts under certain printing conditions and put the colour measurement data into the CxF Toolbox. Once the set-up is ready, the system is able to automatically generate CxF data of particular spot colours or entire libraries, without requiring any colour expertise. The generated CxF data can easily be embedded in PDF files to be used for a pre-press process.
The Cloud does the work
The CxF Toolbox is seamlessly connected to the CGS Oris Color Cloud, the cloud solution provided by CGS Oris to communicate all stored CxF data to the entire supply chain. It guarantees authorised users around the world access to complete and up-to-date colour data - at any time. Even large amounts of a brand’s CxF data can be organised and communicated with the CxF Toolbox and the Color Cloud, including brand owners with collections of more than 200 brands.
Additionally, the Color Cloud can be used with the entire CGS Oris Software Suite, like Press Matcher, X Gamutetc, and can be connected to other workflows, including Screen’s Equios, and DFEs that work with CxF data. Screen’s newly - developed UV inkjet printer for labels,Truepress Jet L350UV SAI, processes PDFs with embedded CxF data, and is able to separate them into up to six colours of CMYK + OB. In combination with CGS Oris’s multi-colour separation technology, Screen’s inkjet technology enables the accurate reproduction of spot colours, even without the use of special colour inks.
Auckland: HP has signed a new channel partner agreement with stalwart Sign and Graphics distributor, Computaleta, to su..
30 November 2020
Auckland: HP has signed a new channel partner agreement with stalwart Sign and Graphics distributor, Computaleta, to supply HP wide-format hardware, ink and consumables to the New Zealand market.
Computaleta will stock ink and consumables specifically at their Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch branches from December, with hardware demonstration showrooms to be established at their new premises in Onehunga, and Christchurch, in early 2021.
With almost 40 years’ experience within the signage industry, Director at Computaleta, Arlette Farland (pictured with Wayne Shaw, Business Manager for HP Large Format Print), says that providing equipment hardware has been a desire for some time and she is delighted to be doing that with HP.
“I am always looking for new opportunities to expand our range, so the inclusion of this range of equipment really brings us full circle.
“Hardware has been the missing link in our portfolio since the mid-1990s and this closes that loop.”
Arlette says they will be gearing up to give HP the specialist attention it requires. This includes appointing two-three further staff to address aspects of this market and provide technical support in the near-term.
“We are looking forward to working with the HP team to offer HP Latex Equipment through our national network of distribution centres, and I know that our customers and the marketplace in general, will be pleased to see us do it.”
Kornit Digital announced the appointment of Guy Avidan as president of its newly formed business line focused on acceler..
24 November 2020
Kornit Digital announced the appointment of Guy Avidan as president of its newly formed business line focused on accelerating the digital transformation of the textile industry to on-demand sustainable production.
The company also announced the appointment of Alon Rozner as its next CFO, effective Dec. 1, 2020.
The inflection point in the textile industry and the massive shift to e-commerce continues to accelerate the need to digitally transform the supply chain and adopt on-demand sustainable textile production.
The newly formed business line will focus on enabling brands, retailers, and marketplaces to realise the benefits of digitisation by connecting to the most suitable on-demand production and logistics operations while ensuring consistency, quality and brand integrity.
“Interest in adopting our cloud workflow platform and network for on-demand sustainable production is extremely strong. We believe there is a huge opportunity here for Kornit to build a significant incremental business and leverage the success of the Custom Gateway acquisition, which serves as the foundation for this strategic initiative,” said Ronen Samuel, Kornit Digital’s CEO. “I am confident that Guy will lead this strategic initiative to great success and would like to thank him for his contribution to Kornit’s success in his years of service as our CFO.”
“Kornit is on an amazing journey and I am honoured to have had the privilege of taking the company public as CFO and am now excited to take on this next opportunity to lead the continued execution of Kornit’s vision. This new business line will play an integral part in Kornit’s evolution as the leader in digital transformation of the textile industry,” Avidan said.
Rozner served as the CFO of Orbotech, a global supplier of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry.
“I am excited to join Kornit as it continues to transform the textile industry and scale profitably,” said Rozner. “Kornit is extremely well-positioned to capture the massive opportunity and I look forward to working with the team to achieve our goals and create value for all our stakeholders.”
The results of a series of lab experiments demonstrate why Xaar’s TF Technology ink recirculation, invented more t..
24 November 2020
The results of a series of lab experiments demonstrate why Xaar’s TF Technology ink recirculation, invented more than a decade ago, still sets the benchmark for industrial inkjet recirculation techniques today to deliver a wider window of operation for users.
Presented in Xaar’s new white paper subtitled ‘What goes around, comes around’, the research compares Xaar’s TF Technology ink recirculation with alternative ink recirculation techniques used by most other printhead manufacturers.
Whilst ink recirculation is now commonplace, the white paper clearly shows that all technologies are not equal. A printhead’s architecture determines how well ink recirculation is implemented and therefore influences the degree to which the method delivers benefits across today’s wide range of printing and jetting applications.
TF Technology is a key building block in Xaar’s recently announced ImagineX bulk platform which will power the next 30 years of innovation in inkjet capabilities and printhead launches.
Together with the unique Hybrid Side Shooter printhead architecture, Xaar’s TF Technology enables ink or other fluids to flow directly past the back of the nozzle during drop ejection at very high flow rates.
This ensures the nozzles are continuously primed, keeping the printhead operational and the nozzles firing and – with the ink in constant motion – prevents sedimentation and nozzle blocking, particularly in heavily pigmented inks. Any air bubbles and unwanted particles in the ink are also carried away, improving reliability, even in the harshest industrial environment.
With TF Technology, jetting is significantly more reliable compared to alternative ‘roof mode architecture’ design printheads whose convoluted ink flow paths means that recirculation is close to, but not at the back of the nozzle.
“Xaar’s TF Technology ink recirculation completely revolutionised inkjet printing and has become an essential feature for a wide range of industrial inkjet applications,” said Angus Condie, Director of Technology at Xaar and one of the authors of the white paper.
Launched by Xaar in 2007 with the introduction of the Xaar 1001 printhead XF Technology has since opened up exciting new applications such as glass printing with frit inks, high opacity white pigment ink printing for labels, and heavily loaded conductive inks for printed electronics - transforming the digital inkjet industry and becoming an industry requirement for effective and reliable inkjet printing.
“Our research proves that ink recirculation solutions vary due to their architectural design, yielding vastly different results. Xaar’s TF Technology still greatly outperforms its rivals and continues to set the benchmark for ink recirculation today, delivering the widest window of operation within inkjet printing,” concluded Condie.
The complete white paper can be downloaded from Xaar’s website.
The InterioJet 3300 is a multi-pass, water-based inkjet system for printing on decor paper used for interior decoration,..
24 November 2020
The InterioJet 3300 is a multi-pass, water-based inkjet system for printing on decor paper used for interior decoration, such as laminate floors and furniture. It boasts brilliant and consistent print quality and enables the creation of customised interior decorations, including brand logos, pictures or seasonal themes.
The InterioJet is built on the same inkjet printing platform as Agfa’s award-winning heavy-duty Jeti Tauro LED UV printing press for sign & display printing applications. It delivers the same printing reliability – now with print heads, inks and a drying system tuned to water-based pigment inks.
“The InterioJet 3300 will accelerate the transformation from analog (gravure) to digital printing in the laminated surface market,” states Tom Cloots, Director Industrial Inkjet for Agfa, Europe. “It is the ideal cost-efficient solution for medium and short production runs. Its limited start-up time and high flexibility will enable suppliers of laminated surfaces to gain new business by responding to evolving market demands, including printing on demand and just-in-time delivery. The system allows interior decoration designers to let their creativity run free and create customised designs for every order.”
The InterioJet can print on two rolls at a time – each with a width of up to 155 cm and a weight of up to 600 kg – at a speed of up to 340 m² per hour. It achieves a brilliant and consistent print quality throughout, as well as across print orders. It excels through its superior contrast, sharpness, and colour saturation, matching typical decorative industry colour profiles.
Incorporating Agfa’s signature ‘Thin Ink Layer’ technology, the InterioJet boasts a low ink consumption, reducing production cost and footprint. It can be combined effortlessly with various impregnation and lamination processes.
Process automation through Asanti
Like Agfa’s wide-format inkjet printers, the InterioJet is driven by Agfa’s Asanti workflow software, which adds to the system’s performance by controlling, simplifying and automating the entire printing process from prepress to finishing. Asanti’s comprehensive integration of file handling, colour management and preflighting guarantees smooth, error-free jobs.
For advanced workflow and color management integration to the creative and reproduction processes, as well as cross-colour management with the analog printing processes, Asanti handshakes with full compatibility to the latest AVA CAD CAM products.
Matched water-based pigment inks
In accordance with Agfa’s matched components’ approach – which ensures the accurate alignment of printing systems, workflow software and inks – the company developed dedicated water-based pigment inks for the InterioJet. These eco-friendly inks are light- and waterfast and use specific pigments that deliver a high colour coverage. They have proved to be a perfect fit for standard lamination production processes. Thanks to the thin dried layer, they can be used to print great wood and natural stone designs (such as marble) without surface relief.
New software delivers triple benefits for corrugated converters Corrugated converters and their flexo plate supplie..
24 November 2020
New software delivers triple benefits for corrugated converters
Corrugated converters and their flexo plate suppliers can now enjoy the triple benefits of quicker plate production, improved graphic performance and reduced costs as Esko releases the latest version of its award-winning Print Control Wizard software to extend the tool with screening optimised for the post print corrugated market.
This new version of the software uses all critical print parameters and variables – imaging resolution, exposure settings, plate, substrate, anilox, press type and inks – to simplify the flexo platemaking process for post print corrugated packaging production. Print Control Wizard standardises the generation of microcells in the highlight areas of the plate.
“Operators utilise an intuitive wizard-style user interface that unlocks powerful functionality to quickly and easily create premium flexo plates,” said Robert Bruce, RIP & Screening Product Manager with Esko. “The Corrugated Crystal Screens address the problems associated with recycled board liners, giving corrugated post print converters the opportunity to improve print quality or if print quality is not a goal, reduce ink costs. The screens can be imaged using our latest CDI Optics 100 technology, allowing plates to be made at 10m2 per/hr. Utilising the Crystal XPS brings a new level of plate quality and consistency for the corrugated market,” he said. “This is obviously a win for both trade shops and corrugated post print converters.”
Esko, the global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the print and packaging sectors, developed Print Control Wizard in response to industry calls to simplify the implementation of screens and dot gain curves.
“Our goal was to provide flexographic experts with the tools to standardise and simplify screen and curve creation, enabling them to achieve the best quality results without additional steps and checks being added to the process,” said Robert. “After Print Control Wizard was honoured with a number of top industry awards, we have been working tirelessly to develop the new enhancements, and we are delighted to now release this new version for the corrugated market as we continue supporting the work of print and packaging specialists across the industry.”
Boosting customers’ print consistency and performance
A beta testing partner of Esko, Contact Originators Group in Dukinfield, Manchester, UK, is renowned for its innovative approach to packaging origination, graphics management and flexographic plate production. Operating across the UK and Europe, the company was the first flexo platemaking company in the UK to have gained Esko HD Flexo accreditation in the corrugated industry.
“Corrugated is a highly competitive and technically challenging print sector,” said Nick Mitchell, General Manager at Contact Originators. “With lower grammage and recycled materials coming onto the market today to drive down costs, we need to be constantly seeking new ways to boost our customers’ print consistency and performance.”
“Our job is to ensure our customers’ presses run as smoothly as possible with maximum graphic impact,” said Nick. “This is where Print Control Wizard steps in.”
Esko Print Control Wizard reduces press stops for plate cleaning and make ready times, boosting overall equipment efficiency. It also enables printers to move to fixed palette printing due to the consistency the software brings on platemaking.
Les Jones, Print Innovation Manager at Contact Originators, added: “What we’ve seen with Print Control Wizard is that plates are now more consistent, and we can produce them more quickly, which is great for a busy prepress environment like ours. However, it’s the benefits to our printer customers - and their customers, the brands - that really makes the software stand out.”
“We are seeing more colour density for less ink laydown on low grammage substrate, while printers are reporting they are achieving improved final print results in less time, with associated improvements in material and ink waste - a real bonus in today’s cost and sustainability focused industry.”
“We estimate that Print Control Wizard is enabling our customers to save up to 20% on ink formulation too,” added Les. “Working in partnership with them, we are seeing more precision on each job enabling less rework or waste, and using Print Control Wizard they can print solids, tone and test work from a single plate. In real terms, this means they’re making savings on the number of plates used, as well as reducing set up times and ink consumption.”
Originally released in 2019, Print Control Wizard has been honoured with a number of top industry awards, including the Label Industry Global Awards ‘Award for Innovation’, and Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) and European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) Technical Innovation awards.
Available from November 23rd 2020, anyone wishing to learn more about Print Control Wizard 20.1 for corrugated can do so by visiting the new Esko Innovation Hub (www.innovation.esko.com), designed to provide users with a unique insight to the Esko Software 20 portfolio of innovations in a virtual environment. Users can navigate around the latest integrated hardware and software solutions from Esko, in their own time, accessing insights and technical information, as well as learn new ways to boost business productivity, efficiency and profitability.
anytron (Bitek Technology) a South Korean equipment manufacturer has launched any-JET II, a digital press with in-line f..
18 November 2020
anytron (Bitek Technology) a South Korean equipment manufacturer has launched any-JET II, a digital press with in-line finishing options developed for the label and flexible packaging markets.
The new any-JET II, powered by Memjet inkjet printing technology, offers in-line finishing capabilities, 1600x1600 DPI resolution with lamination and custom label shapes and sizes with laser die-cutting. It supports variable printing and cutting speed between 3 and 18m/min (9.8 and 59 ft/min) depending on the label design.
This all-in-one machine also includes a wide range of functions such as over-laminating, laser die-cutting, matrix removal and slitting. It can be additionally utilized for flexible packaging printing and laser scribing for easy opening, microwave steam release feature pouches.
One of the new developments in any-Flow, an integrated workflow and RIP software allowing to control the printer and laser die-cutter with integrated user interface. It extracts cutting lines from printing design and automatically sends this information to the laser die-cutter. Furthermore, the embedded automatic job changeover function enables changing print job automatically by reading a QR code.
‘Anyone interested in making the shift to digital production will be interested in the any-JET II. Not only will it enhance the production capacity, but it will also expand the flexibility of applications,’ said Brian Kim, sales manager of anytron. The idea behind our in-line system is to cut the preparation time by up to 20 percent. This innovative technology eliminates waste and improves lead times, increases flexibility to support personalisation and highly variable applications with just-in-time delivery.’