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  • + Durst has announced the official start of beta testing of its new Tau RSCi label press at label converter LabelPrint OÜ

    Durst has announced the official start of beta testing of its new Tau RSCi label press at label converter LabelPrint O&U..

    20 July 2020


    Durst has announced the official start of beta testing of its new Tau RSCi label press at label converter LabelPrint OÜ.

    The new single-pass UV inkjet label press, which was announced at Labelexpo Brussels last year, was installed at its headquarters in Tallinn, Estonia, in July 2020.

    LabelPrint OÜ became a Durst Tau 330 customer already 5 years ago. Since then, they actively developed digital print services to its client base and a trustful relation has been built between Durst and LabelPrint OÜ during the past years. Therefore it was a logical step that Durst approached LabelPrint OÜ as the first-choice beta test candidate. After initial trials in late 2019, Sten Sarap, owner of LabelPrint OÜ, committed to be the beta test site for the new and revolutionary RSCi press. This was postponed for three months due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

    The new Tau RSCi features print widths of 330, 420 or 508mm (13, 16.5 or 20 ins) and a higher printing speed of up to 100 linear m/min. New features for the RSC portfolio include a high opacity white print mode for an increased screen-like opacity and a high speed white mode that allows high speed printing at 80 lin. m/min of all colours, including white.

    "This new press will mainly be used to transfer longer run flexo jobs onto a digital platform," said Mr. Sarap. "It is too early to make big statements. However, we are very confident that this new press with its revolutionary print quality and high printing speed will help us to reduce production cost and improve lead times. And thanks to its amazing print quality it will help to innovate our business and make us more competitive."

    He added: "As a company that provides high quality sticker and print labels, the new Tau RSCi label press will be crucial in our mission to offer the shortest possible deadlines and competitive prices to meet customers' individual requirements and needs."

    LabelPrint OÜs customer base includes beverage manufacturers, chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as sectors. Formed almost 20 years ago, the company also has a sales office and warehouse at Tartu in the south of Estonia.

    Helmuth Munter, Durst's Segment Manager, Labels and Flexible Packaging, said: "We're delighted to announce LabelPrint OÜ as the beta test site and wish them ongoing success. Labels continues to be a significant growth business for Durst, not least because increasing numbers of converters are recognising the benefits of transferring more volume from flexo to our digital platform. The introduction of the Tau RSCi has generated a large amount of interest in the marketplace since it was launched in September."





  • + New Laser Materials From Trotec

    Trotec consumables range has just expanded to include TroGlass XT and PETG. TroGlass XT is the product that model m..

    20 July 2020


    Trotec consumables range has just expanded to include TroGlass XT and PETG.

    TroGlass XT is the product that model makers, designers, and signage and display manufacturers have been waiting for. This extruded acrylic glass is available in 6 colours and produces an excellent result when laser cut. 

    PETG is a clear 0.25mm sheet which is UV stable and tear resistant. This material is suitable for very fine laser cutting and in demand for PPE face shields as well as a stencil material. 

    For more information email sales@troteclaser.com.au





  • + Kwik Kopy recognised at 2020 National Print Awards

    Kwik Kopy has been recognised at the 37th National Print Awards for the third year running. The National Print Awa..

    20 July 2020


    Kwik Kopy has been recognised at the 37th National Print Awards for the third year running. 

    The National Print Awards showcase the very best print businesses in the country and are judged by a panel of leading international experts in the industry. 

    Kwik Kopy Circular Quay in Sydney won a Bronze award in the Printer of the Year – Large Format category for their work on Chi-X 3D model decals and Kwik Kopy Norwood in Adelaide was a finalist in the Self-Promotion category for their work on the Kwik Kopy ‘Win a Trip’ competition.

    The news follows both franchises picking up several awards at the state-based 2020 Printing Industry Creativity Awards. Kwik Kopy Circular Quay received a Gold and Silver award in the Printer of the Year - Large Format category and a Silver award in the Booklets/Catalogues/Magazines category. Kwik Kopy Norwood received a Gold award in the Self-Promotion category, a Silver award in the Booklets/Catalogues/Magazines category and a Bronze award in the 123 Print! category. Kwik Kopy Geebung in Brisbane also picked up two Bronze awards in the Branding & Identity and Multi Piece Promotions and Campaigns categories. 

    Commenting on the award win, Nick Tuit, Owner at Kwik Kopy Circular Quay said, “Being recognised for this award is a testament to the fantastic work of our team. Their dedication, creativity and innovation are the keys to our success.”

    Commenting on being a finalist in the awards, Owners at Kwik Kopy Norwood, Phil Smith and Shane Skinner, said, “It is terrific to be recognised within the national print industry. Kwik Kopy Norwood has been operating now for over 27 years; awards like this are directly a result of our experienced and dedicated team and also the fantastic relationships that we build with our customers that drive us to achieve excellence.”

    www.kwikkopy.com.au 





  • + drupa starts in 2021 with shortened runtime: April 20-28

    drupa, the world's leading trade fair for printing technologies, has decided to reduce the duration of the trade fair fr..

    17 July 2020


    drupa, the world's leading trade fair for printing technologies, has decided to reduce the duration of the trade fair from eleven to nine days for 2021. By doing so, it is responding to the wishes of the partner association VDMA (Printing and Paper Technology Trade Association) and many exhibitors to make the trade fair presentation more efficient and to concentrate the volume of visitors in a targeted manner. This is also in reaction to any continuing travel activities and restrictions.

    "Since we are currently assuming that fewer visitors from overseas will be able to travel to drupa 2021, we consider a reduction from eleven to nine days to be sensible in order to direct visitor flows more efficiently. At the same time, the duration of nine days ensures that running machines can still be shown, which is a unique selling point of drupa," explains drupa President Claus Bolza-Schünemann.

    Despite some corona-related cancellations, the current booking status remains at a high level with over 1,500 exhibitors and a net hall space of more than 140,000 sqm. This once again underlines the industry's confidence in the international appeal of the event and the need for face-to-face meetings, acquisition of new customers or live presentation of running machines still exists. "Many of our customers also see it as their own responsibility to strengthen the industry and provide important impulses personally on site," says drupa Director Sabine Geldermann.

    In order to guarantee a professional and safe trade fair as usual, drupa not only adapted the general conditions but also relies on a hygiene and infection protection concept that is continuously adapted to the latest corona protection regulations and official requirements. Sabine Geldermann points out: "The character of drupa in 2021, due to the pandemic and hygiene regulations, will certainly be different from what we are used to, but it will continue to make a very important contribution to the economic recovery.”
    Additional information on Messe Düsseldorf's hygiene and infection protection concept can be found at www.drupa.com.





  • + Epson takes Premium Partner Program to new levels with significant business creation opportunities and rewards for all members

    Under new MD Craig Heckenberg’s stewardship during these recent challenging times, Epson has made serious moves to..

    14 July 2020


    Under new MD Craig Heckenberg’s stewardship during these recent challenging times, Epson has made serious moves to strengthen and expand its business in Australia. The latest of these is the launch of Epson Australia’s new Premium Partner Program, designed specifically to offer significant benefits to current partners, attract new partners and critically, to create business and growth opportunities for all members.

    He added, “Our new Premium Partner Program is something we see that will be at the core of our business moving forward. The principles that underpin the program are simple – we are building serious, long-term relationships with all of our partners. As a result, each partner will achieve a status tier within the program and the appropriate rewards that come with that status. At the end of the day our Premium Partner Program creates opportunities for Epson and our partners to mutually grow our businesses.”
     
    As a business-building exercise, special attention has been given to the structure and rewards that come with being a part of the new Premium Partner Program.
     
    Most notably are the sales, marketing and financial benefits which include marketing support that is commensurate with their status tier and invitations to Epson events both locally and overseas.




     
    Heckenberg continued, “At Epson we believe in nurturing our key partnerships with the ethos being, if our partners’ businesses grow, we grow with them. That’s the true essence of a partnership and indeed of our partner program. The benefit of the new Premium Partner Program is that the opportunity to join and be part of it is now open to all partners and potential partners across all areas of our business, including in our ultra-growth area of B2B enterprise solutions.”
     
    As a member of Epson’s new Premium Partner Program the tangible benefits are many and varied.
     
    There are financial incentives including special project support that enable partners to win more business.
     
    The further sales benefits include access to dedicated Epson sales and pre-sales support, access to exclusive promotions, access to and generous discounts on demonstration equipment and premium sales lead referrals.
     
    Marketing benefits include shared marketing funds, access to in-depth product and sales training material, complimentary Epson merchandise, access to the comprehensive Channel Epson website, being highlighted on the where-to-buy listing on Epson’s main website and eligibility to participate in key Epson events.
     
    Then there’s service and support. As a member of the new Premium Partner Program companies have direct access to a dedicated technical support team with bespoke service and support training programs, service manuals, spare parts and service tools.
     
    The Premium Partner Program is an initiative that Craig Heckenberg is not only proud of but one he truly believes will work to significantly grow Epson Australia’s business and the businesses of its valued partners.
     
    He concluded, “We now have a Premium Partner Program that truly has something to offer to all of our partners. Epson is expanding. Our product portfolio is growing. We now have more products and more solutions in more market areas and segments than ever before. The Premium Partner Program is our way of sharing the investment we make in our business every day with our partners so they can grow their business with us in the very best way possible – as a partnership.”
     
    Epson’s new Premium Partner Program has three status tiers, Epson Premium Partner, Premium Partner Program Gold and Premium Partner Program Platinum.
     
    To sign up for or get more information on Epson Australia’s new Premium Partner Program go to: https://www.epson.com.au/partner-program/





  • + Print on a Larger Range of Sizes and Shapes with the New VersaUV LEF2-300D

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced a new ..

    14 July 2020


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced a new addition to its popular VersaUV LEF2 series benchtop UV flatbed printers. The LEF2-300D features an expanded workspace that supports a height of up to 200 mm, 100mm more than the standard model*.

    The LEF2 series employs UV-LED lamps to instantly cure ink, and is capable of printing directly onto plastics, leather, wood, fabrics and numerous other materials, allowing users to add ultra-realistic graphics and simulated embossing to a broad range of items like smartphone cases, awards, souvenirs, giftware, leather goods, electronic devices and much more. With the added height, the LEF2-300D’s workspace is effectively doubled, which expands the potential of printing onto not only thicker materials, but also a wider variety of shapes by accommodating diverse sizes and types of jigs.

    According to Hisashi Bito, President of Roland DG's Digital Printing Business Division, the LEF2-300D was developed in response to customer feedback. “The LEF2 series meets the growing demand for personalised, one-of-a-kind items and high-mix, small-lot runs. With its larger print space, the LEF2-300D further boosts customer creativity, and expands the scope of profitable business opportunities.”

    The VersaUV LEF2-300D joins the extremely popular LEF2-200, LEF2-300 and LEF-12i models, further expanding options for customers to ensure they can choose the right printer to suit their needs. Click here to find out more.





  • + Epson helps raise the bar and the entries at The Pano Awards 2020

    The Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the craft and art of panoramic photography and is the world’s ..

    13 July 2020


    The Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the craft and art of panoramic photography and is the world’s largest competition devoted to the genre. It’s also a competition that with Epson’s help has grown larger every year and the 2020 awards are no exception.





    Curator David Evans explained, “This year’s number of entries, compared to last year, in the first few weeks alone have risen by over 50% and we're so thrilled that the photographic community is getting behind the awards to this degree. I have to say that a major reason for this success is Epson’s continued support and the amazing prizes they supply for the winners.”
     
    The 2020 competition is open to all professional and amateur photographers and aside from a $10,000 cash prize, Epson have also provided prizes that include an Epson SureColor P7070 printer, an Epson SureColor P5070 printer and an Epson EB-1781W ultra-slim projector.
     
    Epson GM marketing Bruce Bealby said, “Epson is delighted that we are able to support this creative and meaningful outlet that so many wonderful photographers are embracing in these challenging times. Epson has a long, rich and successful history in the photographic industry. We also enjoy close relationships with photographers of all levels from aspiring to amateur to professional, many of whom choose to print and project their images on Epson products. Hence the prizes we are offering The Pano Awards this year.”





    The Epson SureColor-P7070 is a 24" (610mm) large format printer and the SureColor P5070 is a 17" (432mm) large format printer both of which are designed for premium photo, fine art, proofing and packaging design. They support a wide range of standard and specialist media in roll and sheet formats and feature a PrecisionCore® Thin Film (TFP) head with Variable Sized Droplet Technology™ that enables the output of images in high resolution with superior fidelity and tonal gradation.
     
    Both printers use Epson’s latest UltraChrome® HDX all-pigment aqueous ink for accurate colour with an enhanced gamut, Dmax and image durability. The printers also use a 10 colour ink configuration with two levels of black, a choice of a third black or alternative Violet ink for outstanding colour and black and white prints with up to 99% PANTONE® coverage.





    Its ultra-slim design, radiant widescreen performance and easy wireless connectivity make the Epson EB-1781W the ultimate choice in portable projectors. It delivers value, convenience and performance and easily delivers brilliant content from any widescreen notebook with native WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. Couple that with 3200 lumens colour and white light output and the results are truly amazing.

    David Evans concluded, “Epson's photo and fine art printers have long set the standard for colour and black and white image reproduction. Whether you are producing commercial photo prints, wedding albums, school photos or gallery-ready artwork, Epson has an excellent printing solution for you. The printers and projector that Epson are giving our winners as prizes this year are perfectly suited to printing panoramic photographs and as everyone knows, a fantastic panoramic photograph can only be truly appreciated if it is printed on a high quality printer or projected on a high quality projector.”
     
    Early bird entries for The Pano awards are open now. To enter go to: https://thepanoawards.com/enter-2020-awards/





  • + Alfex Laser Offers Exclusive Offers on Engraving Materials Upon Launch of Online Store

    Now you can order engraving materials on the go – click and collect or deliver to you Australia-wide. After o..

    06 July 2020


    Now you can order engraving materials on the go – click and collect or deliver to you Australia-wide.

    After offering a large variety of engraving materials to existing laser customers, Alfex Laser has opened its engraving materials shop to all of Australia.

    Alfex Laser, a division of Alfex CNC Australia, announces today the launch of Alfex Laser Engraving Materials. Alfex Laser has Australia’s largest range of laser systems for cutting, marking and engraving.

    Their wide range of laser engraving materials, once only available exclusively to Alfex Laser customers, will now be available Australia-wide through the easy to use online store. In addition to acrylics, engineered plastics, bamboo and hardwood, Alfex Laser has extended their range to include laserable plywoods – an increasingly popular material for laser users.

    Alfex Laser’s range of quality acrylics suitable for laser cutting and laser engraving includes highly pigmented pastels, acrylic mirror and acrylic glitters. Acrylic is available in a 3mm thickness, suitable for most retail use such as signage, cake toppers, gifts, toys and more.

    Gemini Duets engineered engraving plastics are well known for their high-quality substrates, are now available at competitive prices exclusively through Alfex Laser. The highly sought after Red on White Laser XT is the only red engraving substrate that doesn’t run onto the white bottom layer, leaving a clean definition between the colours.

    The Duets product range includes Duets Contours, Duets Rotary, Duets Laser Indoor, Duets Laser XT, Duets Tactiles and Duets XT Reverse. These high quality engraving substrates are key materials for the signage, trophy and awards industry.

    New to the online store is a growing range of high-grade laserable plywood. Currently available in 3mm and 2.5mm thickness, the laserable plywood range is the ideal material for cake toppers, key tags, invitations, jewellery, plaques, signage and much more. 

    Alfex Laser provides a custom service to tailor the sheet size for the bed size of your laser cutting machine. Purchase full sheets or quarter sheets and have them cut in advance, reducing wastage and offcuts.

    For those new to laser cutting, Alfex Laser is offering new Laser Starter Pack. Packs include the most popular laser engraving and laser cutting products, acrylics, engraving plastics, hardwoods, plywoods and accessories ideal for those wanting to try a variety of products without purchasing large sheets or quantities.

    To celebrate the launch, Alfex Laser is offering 10% off all first orders placed online. Use code online10 in the checkout. Code expires 11:59pm, Friday July 10th 2020.

    Shop now by visiting www.shop.alfexlaser.com.au

    “It is with great excitement that we announce the official launch of Alfex Laser Engraving Materials,” said Jordan Buhagiar, Laser Division Manager. “Customers have been testing the store behind the scenes over the last few months with great feedback. Taking our engraving materials business online has allowed us to expediate the fulfilment process and reduce overheads - the savings of which we have passed onto our customers with lower prices and flat rate shipping.” 





  • + NEW MARKETS AND NEW PROFIT STREAMS MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE COLORSTREAM

    With over 1,400 installations worldwide in high volume environments such as data centres, print service providers and sp..

    06 July 2020


    With over 1,400 installations worldwide in high volume environments such as data centres, print service providers and specialised commercial printers, Canon’s ColorStream series has been recognised by customers across the globe as a productive and reliable solution for printing large volumes of a diverse range of mail, publishing and commercial applications.

    A key consideration for many commercial printers when looking to invest in digital inkjet technology is the level of quality that a digital print solution can offer compared with existing devices.
    Richard Vaughan, General Manager of Perth Based business services provider, Zipform Digital, highlighted why quality was a deciding factor when the company invested in the ColorStream.

    “Zipform invested in full colour inkjet technology way back in 2005 with Kodak. In 2012 we tested the market with all the inkjet web providers and selected the Colorstream technology. Our decision was based on a number of factors but the most contributing influence in our decision was trust, and we felt that Canon Production Printing could deliver on what they promised” said Mr Vaughan. “Over 7 years later I can confirm it was the right decision. Implementation was high risk as it was rip out and replace. The Canon Production Printing team was professional and experienced in this, it was a smooth transition with no interruption to our critical essential mail services.

    “The Print Engines have been bullet proof over these years and in particular the print head technology has proven to be highly available, stable and consistent. The print quality was ahead of its game in 2012 and today still provides us the quality that our customers expect in 2020.”

    Canon Production Printing Australia boasts that with the ColorStream 6000, customers can be assured of 94% uptime. Operators no longer have to intervene during production, so staff have additional time to focus on exploring new market opportunities and growing the business.

    Richard Vaughan goes on to comment “We have been able to migrate 100% of our essential mail production to the Colorstream, reducing the requirement for toner based print engines. Due to its considerable ability to print large volume work, we have been successful in migrating very high volume jobs that were previously a mix of commercial print and variable overprint, particularly for government work. We also gang up small volume work to run after each other, it truly is a very flexible technology.”

    Customers have also commented on the ease-of-use of the printer, reducing manual intervention and increasing production efficiencies. This was a key reason for investing in the ColorStream for Melbourne based printer, ABCorp. Troy Croft, Plant Manager, ABCorp, explains, “The ease of use and high uptime availability of the Colorstream 3900 units ensure consistently high productivity levels. The units are extremely reliable and have very little day to day maintenance requirements ensuring production time is maximised and operator input limited.”

    Since its introduction in 2011, Canon Production Printing have built on a decade of experience with the highly productive series, comprising the ColorStream 3000, 3000Z and 6000 series. Canon Production Printing estimate printing volumes of over 300 billion A4 pages across the globe, producing a mix of printed output such as bank statements, direct mailings, pharmaceutical leaflets and books.
    The system has proved to be particularly popular in countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Australia and the USA, and over 40% of customers have installed more than one device, with one German customer having 18 towers across three production sites.

    Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, comments, “Since launching the ColorStream series, we’ve listened closely to the feedback of our customers and have continuously evolved the product series based on their needs. We are therefore encouraged to see that market demand for the ColorSteam series, now in its third generation, continues to be extremely positive.
    “When we introduced the first printer in the range, it revolutionised digital inkjet technology and we’re proud to have remained the global market leader. By maintaining a close dialogue with our customers, we are able to ensure that we are meeting their requirements, with the highest reliability, productivity and quality.

    “Each ColorStream can be tailored to a buyer’s needs – from speed and colour to custom inks and tailored inline finishing integration. There are so many optional upgrades to customise the ColorStream to specific customer requirements. We guarantee every buyer gets the right solution suited for their business needs to help them achieve growth.”





  • + Barrier-coated paperboard – the alternative to plastic for smart packaging

    Proven existing packaging solutions can reduce environmental impact by up to 80% compared with traditional all-plastic p..

    06 July 2020


    Proven existing packaging solutions can reduce environmental impact by up to 80% compared with traditional all-plastic packaging. Composites such as Inverform, by Iggesund Paperboard combine the required strength, stiffness, and renewability qualities of paperboard with a thin plastic layer to satisfy hygiene requirements.

    The hunt for materials that can replace plastic is intense. Innovation work is being done on a global scale to find renewable alternatives to plastic so that humanity can reduce the huge impact on the environment from our use of plastic. Many solutions are being tried but we still have no material with all of plastic’s great advantages without its devastating disadvantages. Instead of waiting for that magic material, which may never come, packaging buyers concerned about the climate should consider the existing alternatives and move to composite materials. 
     
    Proven packaging solutions already exist that combine a renewable material such as paperboard with a small amount of plastic, reducing their climate impact by over 80 per cent compared with traditional all-plastic packaging.

    One very common type of food packaging is the plastic tray, which is then sealed for its onward journey to the consumer. Instead of making the entire tray of plastic, an easy alternative is to replace the plastic with a composite material consisting of renewable paperboard with a thin plastic layer that supplies the barrier properties needed to protect against moisture, grease and aromas. The stiffness and strength required for the construction comes from the paperboard’s wood fibres, and the plastic’s barrier properties provide the functional finishing touch. This relatively easy change of materials reduces the packaging’s climate impact by over 80 per cent.

    “Plastic is an excellent material for packaging. It is very formable and provides the seal we need in food packaging with high hygiene requirements,” explains Stefan Söderberg, Sales Manager New Products at Iggesund Paperboard. He is leading the market launch of Inverform, a composite material from Iggesund that can replace all-plastic trays and greatly reduce the trays’ climate impact.

    Various types of packaging made of plastic-coated paperboard have existed for decades. But thanks to the latest advances in paperboard manufacture, they have gained better functionality and reduced their climate impact. The debate over fossil versus renewable materials and their respective climate impacts has further placed the combination of plastic and paperboard in an increasingly positive light.

    “The disadvantages of plastic packagings is that they are normally totally fossil based and are also not very easy to recycle,” comments Johan Granås, Sustainability Director at Iggesund Paperboard. “In comparison, our paperboard’s climate impact is about 90 per cent less than that of plastic. By combining paperboard with a thin plastic barrier, a packaging’s total climate impact can be radically reduced compared with that of plastic packaging.”

    At least three serious problems are linked to humanity’s extensive use of plastic materials:

    • The large climate impact due to the fossil raw material
    • The lack of biodegradability, which leads e.g. to plastic collecting in the oceans
    • The low level of recycling – less than 40 per cent.
    • Today bioplastics are possible alternatives in some cases. These do have a better origin than traditional plastic materials but their climate impact is still only marginally lower than that of the traditional plastics and they are often extremely hard to recycle. Bioplastics can also be difficult to handle in packaging manufacturers’ production processes, often resulting in worse productivity.

    “We’ve used bioplastics for about a decade in our manufacture of plastic-coated paperboard,” Stefan Söderberg says. “In production terms they’re generally acknowledged to be hard to handle, they have more limited applications than traditional plastics, and they’re also more expensive. Advances in bioplastics are constantly being made, because many companies are looking for a fossil-free bioplastic with properties that allow it to function smoothly in production – both for us as a material manufacturer and for those who manufacture the final packaging.”
     
    But the plastic issue doesn’t end there. Last year, Iggesund Paperboard surveyed non-food retail packaging and found many examples of plastic usage where the plastic lacked any real function. These included plastic packagings for lightbulbs, headphones and textiles, all of which had great potential to reduce their climate impact.

    “Many packagings contain plastic that could easily be replaced by less climate-damaging material,” Johan Granås adds. “We’ve found examples of packaging whose climate impact has been reduced by 99 per cent by replacing the material. It’s sensible to start there – to invest in the easy climate gains and wait for the innovation process to find solutions to the more difficult packaging challenges.”

    While waiting for the materials manufacturers to find new, fossil-free barriers, the market is demanding packaging made of paperboard coated with either traditional plastic or bioplastic.

    “Replacing the plastic and minimising the climate impact is something that all major brand owners have written into their environmental guidelines, and their numbers are growing every month,” Johan Granås concludes.





  • + New From Hexis

    PURE ZONE® PROTECTION FILMS ARE ACTIVE AND FIGHT CORONAVIRUSES HEXIS Group announce that their patented PURE Z..

    06 July 2020


    PURE ZONE® PROTECTION FILMS ARE ACTIVE AND FIGHT CORONAVIRUSES 

    HEXIS Group announce that their patented PURE ZONE® technology, developed and marketed since 2013, is active in combating the viral load of coronaviruses. The characteristics of PURE ZONE® antimicrobial protective films reduce coronavirus viraemia by 95% after a contact of 15 minutes, and nearly 99.9% after a contact of one hour (compared to an untreated membrane).

    PURE ZONE® PROTECTS 24/7 

    HEXIS antimicrobial PURE ZONE® films provide 24-hour preventive protection against bacteria and coronaviruses. Powerful and safe, if in contact with the skin. "Reactive silver ions, contained in PURE ZONE® films, will quickly inhibit bacteria and coronaviruses, preventing their spread between two disinfection protocols," says Christophe BAUDRION Director of the HEXIS R&D laboratory department. 

    AESTHETIC PROTECTION EVERYWHERE - EVERY MOMENT 

    HEXIS PURE ZONE® antimicrobial products have recently passed a certification that proves their efficiency against coronaviruses. "This additional benefit will not lead to a price increase. It's a question of ethics, it reinforces our long-standing commitment towards our customers related to this product range," says Christophe INIGO, Deputy Sales Director. 

    Our customers apply our PURE ZONE films® since many years on daily-life contact surfaces. "Daily or casual uses are protected. From door handles to digicodes, not forgetting the touch screens of a large fast food chain, or reception desk of your favorite Sushi Shop, from the hospital recovery room to theme parks, the applications opportunities of our PURE ZONE® protection films are endless" reminds Sébastien MACHU, HEXIS France Sales Director.

    "And why not combine the useful with fun!" stresses Marine GUELAIA, HEXIS Decoration Manager. Transparent films from the PURE ZONE® range come in matte, glossy, with a textured wooden or leather effect or even non-adhesive. Indeed, our PRZ150 (for medical sector-only) and PURE COVER products are non-adhesive.

    Caroline MATEU, Chairman of the Board of Directors, reaffirms the commitments of HEXIS Group: "Improving the well-being and health of each of our employees, through our CSR policy, is a fundamental value for HEXIS. We are concerned by the international health crisis, in our families, in our workshops, in our customers premises. Therefore, manufacturing products that make everyone feel better on a daily basis is a recognition for all our teams. 


    www.hexishealth.com





  • + Apogee v12 Workflow Software from Agfa Delivers Increased Automation and Smooth Customer Interaction

    The release of Apogee v12 marks another step in the automation of print production. The latest version of Agfa’s p..

    30 June 2020


    The release of Apogee v12 marks another step in the automation of print production. The latest version of Agfa’s print production hub introduces new impositioning and approval functionalities, and adds a brand new browser-based GUI for sales reps to control over print production.

    Solid and efficient workflow software, adapted to changing market requirements, is a high-value asset for printers. New functionalities in Agfa’s Apogee v12 workflow solution deliver additional cost and time savings through increased automation, flexibility and quality. Additionally, enhanced customer interaction options in the software will help retain existing print buyers or attract new business.

    Apogee Impose

    The way pages are imposed impacts production cost significantly. However, print shops’ knowledge of imposition is slowly but surely declining. That is why Apogee continues to focus on automated solutions, taking into account printers’ equipment as well as the expected end products. The new Cut ‘n Assemble function is an example of this: Multiple fold sheets can now be placed on one press sheet and finished simultaneously. This leads to higher efficiency in the finishing department and less paper waste.

    Web printers will also welcome the benefits of new automation features such as partial web placement or combining page adjustments like bottling, scaling and offsets.

    Other improvements in impositioning, ensuring higher efficiency and print quality, are customised and automated imposition reports, the easy reuse of complex impositions, bottling support and paper stretch compensation.

    Apogee WebApproval

    The online Apogee WebApproval portal that lets print buyers upload files and approve pages, now includes a multi-tenant solution for print buyers. As printers get acquired by others or close their press operations, it can be essential to keep their valuable company name and brand identity alive. Using the multi-tenant print buyer solution, a printing company can create several different branded setups, each for a specific set of print buyers. This dedicated user experience delivers higher customer satisfaction and retention.

    Other new functionalities aimed at a better print buyer relation in WebApproval include extended logging, which saves time and money by avoiding discussions or claims; the possibility to quickly compare different versions of files, highlighting version-specific elements; and improved support on handling remarks and errors, so that no files can get approved when they really shouldn’t.

    Supporting the Apogee Cloud: Apogee WebFlow

    To make the use of Apogee Cloud even easier, Agfa developed a new browser-based user interface called WebFlow, which gives customer service representatives (CSRs) control over print production. In the blink of an eye, they get a full overview of all jobs and their status, and will know whether all pages are available, or if some still need to be approved. They can create, pause or modify jobs, start hardcopy proofing, initiate plate making etc.

    Swedish printing group Taberg Media Group is an avid user of WebFlow:

    “In these corona times, we are very happy that Apogee enables us to work from home. Sales colleagues can send jobs to our workflows from their kitchen table. Ten minutes later, our CTP lines are outputting plates!”, says Magnus Sandström, Digital Workflow Manager at TMG.

    Customised automation or ATP

    As of the early days of Apogee, its user interface offered several ways to automate multiple aspects of production. Automatic job archival/deletion, page placement based on naming conventions, and file revision handling are but a few examples. In v12, automation gets lifted to the next level by the Automate Task Process (or ATP). Incoming files get analyzed on content and meta data, and the gathered information subsequently defines specific actions, e.g. file renaming, routing files to offset for high copy count work, routing to B&W digital print engines… The ATP rules are set by the user or administrator, using the Apogee user interface. This means printers don’t need a degree in IT to define company- or product-specific automation rules. In case they have programming skills, however, they can write their own scripts and have Apogee run it for extended automation.

    Cloud-based subscription

    The covid-19 crisis has made it clearer than ever that the established software buying model is a thing of the past. As a result, Agfa is evaluating its current subscription offering with the intention to design a fair model that varies according to the size of a print shop. As such, payments no longer depend on functionality, but on the amount of processed data, which can vary significantly between users as well as time frames (e.g. high season versus holidays).

    StoreFront 5.6

    In sync with Apogee v12, Agfa also releases an update of its web-to-print software StoreFront. Version 5.6 offers additional functionality for approvals. First, there is a new softproof sign-off option for customisable products and variable data printing, which is particularly useful to avoid discussions with print buyers. Secondly, the multi-step approval option enables the sequential approval of print files by multiple stakeholders, benefitting mainly heavy-duty users or users that need to build in e.g. legal checks. In addition, StoreFront 5.6 saves its users time thanks to the autofill option for customisable products.

    Version 12 of Apogee will be available as of October 2020.





  • + News from OS - GMG Offers Advanced Colour Solution for HP PageWide Corrugated Presses

    GMG, a provider of colour management solutions for packaging and industrial printing, announced it has signed an agreeme..

    30 June 2020


    GMG, a provider of colour management solutions for packaging and industrial printing, announced it has signed an agreement with HP to become an HP PageWide corrugated workflow partner. GMG’s holistic corrugated workflow solution for the HP One Package Suite will enable converters to make a smooth transition into digital printing.

    GMG color management software is used to help print providers do just that: offer a high degree of colour predictability, whether for print production of complex packaging, wide format jobs, or for colour proofing. GMG delivers solutions for the standardisation and simplification of colour management workflows to achieve consistent colours on all media and in any print process.

    “We are excited to collaborate with HP and offer GMG color management products to support the HP One Package Workflow Suite,” says Darrian Young, Global Partnership Manager. “We believe that we can help those who work with HP corrugated presses by providing a way to improve the colour accuracy for their customers.”

    “HP PageWide Corrugated Presses are known for their offset print quality, using true water-based inks. Both GMG and HP see a huge value of this alliance that will help PageWide customers getting even higher colour accuracy while maintaining consistency across devices, and complying with industry colour standards for demanding Brands,” said Ran Lev, workflow solutions manager, HP PageWide Industrial, HP Inc.

    For more information, please visit https://www8.hp.com/us/en/commercial-printers/pagewide-industrial/corrugated-presses.html, or www.gmgcolor.com





  • + Epson Selected as a Constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series for the 16th Consecutive Year

    Epson has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series for the 16th consecutive year. The FTSE4Good Index Series measures..

    30 June 2020


    Epson has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series for the 16th consecutive year. The FTSE4Good Index Series measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. The FTSE4Good indexes are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products.


    election for the FTSE4Good Index Series indicates that Epson has been independently appraised for its efforts towards the environment and in solving issues in society, and has been recognised as a sustainable company.
     
    FTSE4Good indexes can be used in four main ways:
     
    • Financial products - as tools in the creation of index-tracking investments, financial instruments or fund products focused on sustainable investment.
    • Research - to identify environmentally and socially sustainable companies.
    • Reference - as a transparent and evolving global ESG standard against which companies can assess their progress and achievement.
    • Benchmarking - as a benchmark index to track the performance of sustainable investment portfolios.
     
    Epson aims to create new value by looking hard at solutions to social issues, understanding the expectations of society, and then providing products and services that far exceed those expectations. The company is committed to the development of a sustainable society through the four areas of innovation identified through its Epson 25 Corporate Vision and considers any action designed to realise Epson's Management Philosophy to be a CSR activity.

    In addition to ensuring compliance, observing corporate ethics, and fulfilling their responsibilities at a level that exceeds what society requires, Epson will fully demonstrate their unique creativity in CSR by creating value through the products they develop and manufacture. In 2017, Epson developed a materiality matrix that identifies key CSR themes, such as environmental issues, respect for human rights, human resources development, and governance. Epson uses this matrix to guide and strengthen their CSR activities and to help make the world a better place.
     
    See here for more information about Epson's CSR and SDGs: https://global.epson.com/SR/csr_initiative/ 
    See here for more information about FTSE Russell: https://www.ftserussell.com/
    See here for more information about the FTSE4Good Index Series: https://www.ftserussell.com/products/indices/FTSE4Good





  • + Exciting New Products from Roland DG

    Explore Uncharted Colours with the TrueVIS VF2-640 Printer (https://www.rolanddg.com.au/products/printers/truevis..

    30 June 2020




    Explore Uncharted Colours with the TrueVIS VF2-640 Printer 


    Roland DG is excited to announce the launch of the first print-only model in the TrueVIS Series, the TrueVIS VF2-640 Printer. The VF2-640 includes a host of functions from the award-winning TrueVIS VG2 Series printer cutters, delivering the highest print quality available for durable graphics. 

    The VF2-640 can produce colours that were previously unchartered with the addition of a new TR2 Green ink, that when combined with vibrant Orange ink, results in stunning printed graphics.





    TR2 Green Ink Adds Unprecedented Colours to VG2 Series Printer Cutters

    TR2 ink is now available in Green to further increase colour gamut for VG2 Series printer cutters as well as the new VF2-640 printer. To maximise the effect of the new inks, a new Multi-Process Color Function has been developed to enable using Orange and Green inks as process colours for richer visual expression. 

    Please Note: TR2-GR can only be configured on new VG2-540/640 units and cannot be added to existing installations.





  • + Roland DG Announces VersaWorks 6 RIP Software Update with New Features for Improved Efficiency

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced that i..

    30 June 2020


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced that it has released the latest version of its VersaWorks 6 RIP software for inkjet printers and initiated a free upgrade service for customers using compatible models.

    Included with Roland DG’s inkjet printers and printer cutters, VersaWorks 6 RIP & Print Management Software is designed to maximise the characteristics of printer, ink and media to enable high-quality printing and improved efficiency for print production. The latest version includes important new features, such as a “Job Assistant” function that allows customers to automatically add graphic contour cut lines in VersaWorks 6 without returning to the design software. The new “True Rich Color” print setting takes full advantage of the colour reproduction capabilities of both printer and ink to create stunning graphics with vibrant colour combined with neutral greys, smooth gradations, and natural skin tones. In addition, VersaWorks 6 is equipped with several new functions that improve the quality and efficiency of output operations, including compatibility with Barbieri's latest spectrophotometer tools for colour management. 

    Kevin Shigenoya, Vice President, Digital Printing Business Division, said, "By providing our users with the latest version of VersaWorks 6, we believe that we can strongly support our customers' printing businesses in terms of both quality and efficiency. In addition to the printer itself, we will support our customers' creativity by offering a total solution that includes software and application assistance." 

    The printer models compatible with the latest version of VersaWorks 6 are listed below: 

    Eco- Solvent Printers and Printer Cutters

    • BN-20
    • EJ-640
    • RF-640
    • SG2-640/540/300
    • SG-540/300
    • SP-540i/300i
    • VF2-640
    • VG2-640/540
    • VG-640/540
    • VS-640i/540i/300i
    • XR-640
    • XF-640

    UV Printers and Printer Cutters 
    • LEC2-300
    • LEC-540/330
    • LEF-12/12i
    • LEF-300/200/20
    • LEF2-300D/300/200
    • LEJ-640


    Dye Sublimation Printer 
    • RT-640*
    * ErgoSoft Roland DG Edition users are excluded from the upgrade.

    The latest VersaWorks update has been released with the new TrueVIS VF2-640 printer and recently-released TR2-GR ink.

    To find out more about VersaWorks 6 and download the latest version, go to our website.





  • + Esko adds color management, white ink optimization and Crystal Screens for Flexo functionality to award-winning Print Control Wizard

    Enhanced test charts, Crystal Screens for flexo, and white ink optimisation for flexible packaging are just some of the ..

    30 June 2020


    Enhanced test charts, Crystal Screens for flexo, and white ink optimisation for flexible packaging are just some of the innovative features included in the newest release of the multiple award-winning Print Control Wizard software from Esko.

    The global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the print and packaging sectors has unveiled its latest generation of the state-of-the-art software, Print Control Wizard 20.0.

    “Print Control Wizard was developed in response to industry calls to simplify the implementation of screens and dot gain curves, and we wanted to build on our immediate success with this new version,” said Robert Bruce, RIP & Screening Product Manager with Esko. “That’s why we’ve added integrated colour management tools and introduced a new implementation process. For example, while global standards call for three press trials to implement a flexo project, from optimisation with single screen testing, through characterisation with colour management and fingerprint for dot gain, Print Control Wizard 20.0 users can now go straight to fingerprinting. This offers a significant reduction in cost and therefore press time too.”

    Released this week, Print Control Wizard 20.0 boasts a raft of exciting new efficiency-driving features, including:

    • Improved test chart layout - the number of press trials required to create screens and curves to implement flexo projects has been reduced from two to one, bringing faster analysis of a new print condition and significant efficiency gains. The wizard now includes a 4-colour test chart and allows users to produce fingerprint charts, while a fast scan mode for minimum dot calibration reduces the time spent on each job.
    • Improvements to award-winning, wizard-style interface – the new Color Engine Pilot interface not only features a new screens and curves view but also enables users to access all Esko screening assets in one application.
    • Platemaking wizard – a central storage location for Esko CDI set up. This new tool uses built-in guides to help the user set up their CDI plate imager ensuring optimal performance in the quickest time.
    • Reporting – new fully-automated and customisable fingerprint reports are now available with just one touch of a button.
    • New Crystal screens for UV Flexo – using the same process-driven user interface for both flexible packaging and UV Flexo, this brand new module delivers simplified Print Control Wizard functionality and custom screens for UV Flexo, with support for both Pixel+ and non-Pixel+ CDIs.
    • White Ink optimization for flexible packaging - boosting performance of the most common (and most costly) ink used in flexible packaging. With Print Control Wizard 20.0, the opacity, mottle and weight of white ink is controlled and optimised automatically, improving print quality, enhancing image reproduction and reducing ink consumption costs.
    • Originally released only last year, Print Control Wizard was specifically designed to improve the flexo plate making process and flexographic print quality via Crystal Screens. It offers a simplified, standardized approach to take process parameters like ink, printing press, substrate and anilox into consideration for screen and curve creation, outputting a set of Crystal Screens and curves used for plate exposure on a CDI Crystal XPS, resulting in the most optimal flexo print quality.
    “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,” he said. “After Print Control Wizard was honoured with a number of top industry awards, we have been working tirelessly to develop these new enhancements. We are delighted to now release this new version as we continue supporting the work of print and packaging specialists across the sector.”

    Print Control Wizard 20.0 is just one of a host of new innovative features and updates Esko has unveiled as part of its integrated software portfolio, Esko Software 20. The significant new developments bring even more innovation and functionality to the Esko suite of best-selling software solutions as part of its continuing drive to deliver operational efficiency improvements to the packaging value chain in tandem with outstanding value to customers. Available from 22 June 2020 onwards – and free to Esko Software Care Plan customers – the latest software release incorporates solutions such as ArtiosCAD 20, Automation Engine 20, Studio 20 and efficiency-driving updates to Share & Approve.

    Anyone wishing to learn more about Print Control Wizard 20.0 can do so by visiting the new Esko Innovation Hub (www.innovation.esko.com) which has been 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.





  • + Caldera launch new EFI drivers for CalderaRIP Version 13.1

    French printing software company Caldera has announced the release of new EFI drivers for Version 13.1. These new driver..

    30 June 2020


    French printing software company Caldera has announced the release of new EFI drivers for Version 13.1. These new drivers expand their  software’s long list of supported peripherals, answer clients’ needs and further enhance their user experience.

    The new drivers for EFI Vutek 3r, 5r, D3r, D5r and Pro 32r families allow users to enable compression on large output files (for example, files larger than 25 metres).

    This feature helps reducing the amount of time necessary to transfer the files to the EFI controller. As a result, users owning EFI printers and CalderaRIP V13.1 can benefit from a better throughput, process more jobs and scale up their entire production.





  • + Fiber Galvo Laser Flash Sale: $12/day

    Alfex Laser’s EOFY flash sale. Get the Lotus Micro Meta for only $32,000 or $12/day. Extremely affordable it..

    23 June 2020


    Alfex Laser’s EOFY flash sale. Get the Lotus Micro Meta for only $32,000 or $12/day.
     
    Extremely affordable it allows you to start marking metal items and engineered plastics cost-effectively.
     
    Ideal for parts marking, promotional products, photo engraving and more.
     
    Built in the UK, virtually maintenance free and built to last.
     
    Click the link below for details and inclusions. Limited stock available, hurry - sale ends in 6 days!
     
    www.alfexlaser.com.au/lotus-laser-eofy-clearance-offer/





  • + GMG Releases GMG ColorServer 5.2

    The new version has GMG OpenColor on board for the first time and is optimised for different applications – notabl..

    22 June 2020


    The new version has GMG OpenColor on board for the first time and is optimised for different applications – notably: Multicolor

    GMG ColorServer is now addressing an even broader user base and, therefore relies on three solutions for different areas of the graphic arts industry: GMG ColorServer Conventional, GMG ColorServer Digital and GMG ColorServer Multicolor.

    “We basically work very closely with our clients,” says Peter Schoeffler, responsible Product Manager at GMG. “Customer feedback has shown that we can support users with different challenges much better with three tailor-made solutions. From now on, we are targeting the following market segments: conventional printing, digital printing with both CMYK and Multicolor presses, and we are addressing customers who print cross-process using spot colours – primarily from the packaging industry."

    All three solutions contain the award-winning profiling technology GMG OpenColor, which is both simple and intuitive to use – even more so with GMG SmartProfiler. Custom profiles are easily created to allow for unusual paper tones or adapting to printing processes such as flexo print. Another advantage is the central colour database. The information stored here is not only used for data preparation, it can also be called up by GMG ColorProof.

    GMG ColorServer delivers automation and consistent results for all three segments.

    GMG ColorServer Conventional primarily ensures the efficient handling of third-party data – both in commercial printing and in CMYK packaging printing. Different input data are converted to any desired industry standard using the superior MX technology via a hot folder. As an integrated technology, GMG OpenColor also enables conversion to accommodate paper types that are not covered by common industry- or individual house standards. The functionality of GMG InkOptimizer is also part of the solution – saving ink and stabilising the print process.

    GMG ColorServer Digital is specifically aimed at customers with digital four-colour presses. Large-format users and customers who work in the low-volume packaging sector, in commercial digital- or in personalised printing are addressed here. With the seamlessly integrated GMG SmartProfiler, digital printing machines can now be fingerprinted very easily. And thanks to the direct connection to GMG OpenColor, users benefit from the patented and award-winning profiling technology based on spectral measurement data.

    GMG ColorServer Multicolor primarily addresses users in the packaging industry. Digital printing is becoming increasingly important here. Instead of using spot colors, brand colors must now be displayed with a fixed ink set. "To achieve consistent results across all processes – digital and conventional – there is no way around GMG ColorServer Multicolor," explains Peter Schoeffler. “Jobs can now print on any press available, delivering welcome flexibility in the pressroom. And Multicolor creates opportunities: achieving increased vibrancy in images or accurately matching brand colors.” In addition to qualitative aspects, GMG also underlines the economic benefits of the new generation GMG ColorServer. GMG promises to contribute significantly to increase the capacity of digital printing presses with GMG ColorServer and to define the future of the entire industry with Multicolor.

    Further information on GMG ColorServer can be found at www.gmgcolor.com/products/colorserver