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  • + Mimaki announce the release of “JFX600-2513” and “JFX550-2513” LED-UV flatbed printers

    Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd. (Headquartered in Nagano Prefecture, Tomi City; President / Kazuaki IKEDA), manufacturer of ..

    20 April 2021


    Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd. (Headquartered in Nagano Prefecture, Tomi City; President / Kazuaki IKEDA), manufacturer of industrial inkjet printers, cutting plotters and 3D printers, announced the release of “JFX600-2513” and “JFX550-2513”, large flatbed UV inkjet printers.

    The JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 are successor models of JFX500-2131, a large flatbed UV inkjet printer on sale from 2012.
    Equipped with drastically increased number of print heads, the JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 enable highly efficient printing and can improve productivity by approximately 300% for the JFX600-2513 and 150% for the JFX550-2513 compared to the JFX500-2131. In addition, the number of colours that can be installed has been increased from 4 colours in the previous JFX500-2131 to 6 colours, and a wide variety of ink sets can be selected to lead printing with vivid colours and higher expressive power. It really creates to print more eye-catchy signage graphics at higher speeds than ever before.

    The maximum printable size is 2,500 mm x 1,300 mm, with a thickness of up to 60 mm. It supports 4'×8’ boards (1,220 mm x 2,440 mm), which are often used for signboard production. Since direct printing on media is possible, they can print on a variety of media such as resin, glass, and metal, not to mention large sign boards, which makes them perfect printers for a wide range of applications such as large decorations, sign displays, and interior materials. Enable of direct printing on media up to 60mm thick, the printers are capable of 2.5D printing (Emboss print), which creates an uneven surface by printing with multiple layers of UV ink, offering high value-added printing applications.

    Mimaki in-house developed UV inks used in JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 are environmentally harmonised product with extremely low VOC content that are friendly to humans and the environment. They have been certified as “GREENGUARD Gold” because they meet the world's most stringent standards for volatile organic compound (VOC) emission measurement tests specified by UL, a U.S. third-party safety science organisation, which guarantees their safety to the environment.

    Mimaki Engineering is developing “Connected Digital Printing,” a system that connects inkjet printers to peripheral devices such as robots, conveyor belts, inspection equipment, various sensors, and pre- and post- processing systems through intercommunication to enable integration into production lines, unattended on-demand production, and mass customisation.

    The new models JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 support our original “MDL command” that allows users to control the printers from their production system or peripheral devices. By utilising MDL commands, it is possible to acquire information such as the amount of ink remaining in the printer and error information, as well as possible to control the table position and height where the print media is set, and printer operations such as the start of printing to deliver the unmanned, labor-saving, and automated printing of workpiece transfer. It contributes to the realisation of digital transformation (DX) including pre and post processes of print and provides digital on-demand printing solutions for a new added value. 

    The JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 are scheduled to start sales in the summer of 2021 and will be targeted at sign graphics applications including large indoor and outdoor signs and advertisements.

    "Mimaki Australia is really excited to launch these 2 NEW LED UV Flatbed printers by July this year," says Btad Creighton, National Marketing Manager, Mimaki Australia. "The JFX550 and JFX600 performs a significant increase in productivity which is up 300% (JFX600 model) compared to our previous JFX500 production model. These 2 NEW models are perfect for 8x4 boards (1,220 mm x 2,440 mm) with a thickness of up to 60mm. With features including 2.5D printing (Emboss Print), Greenguard Gold certified inks and “MDL command” that allows users to control the printers from their production system or peripheral devices. The JFX500 and JFX600 is a must view for Australian sign and print producers looking for their next investment."

    Overview
    1. Up to 300% faster print speed than JFX500 for improved productivity
    2. The UV inks for the both models are certified as GREENGUARD Gold due to their environmental friendliness.
    3. High value-added printing available, such as 2.5D print by UV printing
    4. “MDL command” for printer control to support automation of workpiece transfer

    *Specifications, designs, dimensions, and other information described in this document are subject to change without notice due to technical improvement etc.





  • + NUtec Digital Ink Adds Fluorescent Options

    Digital ink manufacturer, NUtec reports an expanding water-based dye sublimation ink range with the latest addition of f..

    20 April 2021


    Digital ink manufacturer, NUtec reports an expanding water-based dye sublimation ink range with the latest addition of fluorescent options. Customers can now experience a wider, brighter colour palette in the company’s Aquamarine water-based offering with the addition of both fluorescent yellow and fluorescent pink.

    The Aquamarine AQ10-DST-HC ink is a dye sublimation range developed for use on Epson DX4, DX5, DX6, DX7, 5113, PrecisionCore TFP, XP600 & EPS3200 printheads, and is optimised for transfer printing on coated and uncoated transfer paper.

    High density colour leads to reduced ink consumption with faster print speeds for increased productivity and vibrant images, keeping costs down and output up. Recommended applications include activewear, interior décor textiles, graphic arts and soft signage using substrates with a minimum 60% polyester content.

    NUtec sales and marketing director, Neil Green notes: “We are seeing an exponential increase in demand for digital textile printing as companies look for more sustainable and waste-reducing ways to do business into the future. The shift from traditional to digital printing in the textile industry allows for rapid small sample testing, short runs with quick turnaround times and less stock-piling at warehouses. This is preferred in the fashion and interior décor industries as it will result in general waste reduction, while time to market is improved. This trend is encouraging for NUtec as we choose to invest in new products and innovations for this sector, the latest being our fluorescent specialty inks offering.”

    nutecdigital.com





  • + Xeikon adds new CX50 press to its wall decoration suite

    Xeikon announces an eco-friendly, cost-effective digital answer to today’s wallpaper production challenges. As a k..

    20 April 2021


    Xeikon announces an eco-friendly, cost-effective digital answer to today’s wallpaper production challenges. As a key part of Xeikon’s Wall Deco Suite and with Xeikon’s bespoke and environmentally friendly dry toner technology with extended colour gamut, the new Xeikon CX50 is introduced.

    The Xeikon Wall Deco Suite is an all-in-one streamlined solution including inline finishing – all developed to cost effectively produce creative wall decorations including custom illustrations and photomurals in short runs. Meeting today’s consumer demand for individualised home interiors, the Xeikon CX50 digital press offers unlimited creative freedom across a wide range of substrates where every printed product can be unique.

    Dimitri Van Gaever, Market Segment Director for Graphic Arts, states, “Xeikon has once again led the way in bringing to market a complete end-to-end solution for wall decoration production. What we have put together is a complete automated Wall Deco factory coming together to produce a quality finished coreless roll. The Xeikon CX50 digital press fits perfectly into our portfolio for wallcovering applications, midway between the Xeikon 3050 REX entry level option and our high-end Xeikon CX500 digital press. For higher speeds the Xeikon CX50 can be upgraded from 20mpm (65ft/min) to 30mpm (98ft/min). With Xeikon’s dry toner technology and advanced colour management capability with new generation interfaces and cloud connection, the Xeikon CX50 simplex digital press is designed to offer maximum OEE and TCO.”

    The wall decoration business has huge potential, however online ordering, stricter environmental controls and consumer demand for unique products is presenting a number of challenges for conventional wallpaper companies. Xeikon is dedicated to helping its customers improve business profitability and drive growth through our creative solutions. Xeikon has designed and developed its Wall Deco Suite to give businesses an all-in-one cost-effective solution which can give them every advantage in the marketplace.

    Like all of its presses, the Xeikon CX50 is driven by Xeikon’s powerful and intelligent X-800 digital front end for full automation and integration. Xeikon’s Digital Front End (DFE) workflow is a true differentiator and enabler and can be integrated with common ERP and MIS systems. The X-800 workflow, which is the same across all Xeikon dry toner solutions, features a ‘poster layout’ function for murals and wallcoverings to ensure spot-on registration for seamless installation. Accuracy of colour reproduction is guaranteed by an integrated on-press inline spectrometer and an optional registration camera. The Xeikon CX50 press provides superior colour consistency and an extended colour gamut. Xeikon’s developed dry toner is available in CMYK, Red, Blue, Green, Orange and Magenta, plus additional colours such as one-pass opaque white and colours produced on customer request. Inline finishing equipment has been specifically designed to work within Xeikon’s Wall Deco Production Suite and includes inline water-based varnishing, slitting, waste removal and coreless rewinding, providing a fully finished wallpaper roll, ready-to ship, in one operation.

    Van Gaever concludes, “Part of Xeikon’s ongoing value proposition is to offer the market choices to help customers drive business growth. We believe a successful and cost-effective investment in a digital production solution works best when it is based on expected and realistic print volumes. The Xeikon CX50 press is ideal for those working in wall decoration production with flexible orders and shorter runs. With its capability to upgrade to higher speeds, an investment in this press ensures and secures future business growth. With Xeikon’s long standing expertise, we can help our customers make relevant and appropriate choices. We are recognised as a ‘go to’ trusted advisor and solutions provider. With the introduction of our Xeikon CX50 digital press for Wall Decoration, we strengthen our comprehensive portfolio so that our customers can find everything they need from Xeikon.”





  • + Mark Andy launches monochrome digital print bar

    Mark Andy, Inc. has launched Digital Plus Variable (DPV), an inkjet module designed to simply and cost-effectively adds ..

    20 April 2021


    Mark Andy, Inc. has launched Digital Plus Variable (DPV), an inkjet module designed to simply and cost-effectively adds single-colour variable data to any new or existing digital, flexo, or finishing machine without compromising speed.

    With advanced printhead technology and a robust design, Mark Andy says DPV is the ideal variable data solution for a broad range of industrial and commercial printing applications, such as labels, forms, direct mail, tickets, gaming, promotions, tags, and pharmaceutical packaging.

    “Digital Plus Variable is flexible, durable, and operator-friendly. The system utilises the latest 30 & 40 kHz print module for high-speed data transfer and high-quality inkjet printheads that deliver 600 dpi cross-web print resolution and 300 to 600 dpi in process direction, with speeds up to 500 fpm,” says Scott Warhover, VP engineering, Mark Andy.

    The monochrome digital print bar offers adjustable drop size and shaving to ensure premier barcode readability, while internal heaters minimise the impact of external temperature changes to guarantee superior printing. An integrated head cap and automated service mode reduce printhead maintenance, increasing pressroom efficiency.

    “The DPV is a straightforward press upgrade that is a benefit to any pressroom because it is an inexpensive low-risk solution with high return. Total cost of production is nearly 90% less than the standard cartridge-based offerings in the market, and the system is also highly dependable, allowing converters to integrate fast variable data to their production for a fraction of the cost,” concludes Warhover.

    Available for immediate order, DPV joins Mark Andy’s digital portfolio, including the new Digital Series iQ, Digital Pro and Digital Series HD.





  • + Konica Minolta Australia launches AccurioPress C4080 Series

    Konica Minolta Australia has launched a new line of versatile colour digital production presses. The AccurioPress C4080 ..

    20 April 2021


    Konica Minolta Australia has launched a new line of versatile colour digital production presses. The AccurioPress C4080 Series high-speed digital press offers robust and user-friendly production. It’s the perfect fit for businesses looking to expand their production capabilities with advanced automation and ease of use for various applications. The AccurioPress C4080 Series will help power business growth through intelligent automation, outstanding image quality, and print application diversity. It supersedes the C3080 Series and also includes the AccurioPress C4070 and AccurioPrint C4065, lighter versions of the C4080 that can bridge the gap between an office and production printer with the same image quality at a more affordable price point.   

    The AccurioPress C4080 Series is built on the same engine as the AccurioPress C14000 Series launched last year. It is highly versatile, delivers outstanding quality and performance, and is packed with an array of advanced automation features to boost productivity and expand capability. 

    The AccurioPress C4080 runs at 81 ppm (A4) colour while the AccurioPress C4070 runs at 71 ppm (A4) colour, and the AccurioPrint C4065 runs at 66 ppm (A4) colour. 

    Tatjana Ferguson, product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said, “The C4080 Series is another important step in enhancing Konica Minolta’s line of colour production printers, providing an easy transition into digital printing with inline finishing options allowing prints to be boxed and shipped right off the press. The advanced automation, high quality and productivity, and a myriad of finishing options provide endless opportunities for printers to expand into new markets and develop new revenue streams.” 

    Outstanding media versatility for ready-made print products means the C4080 Series can print on thin to thick stocks (62 to 360 gsm), banner stocks up to 1300mm (simplex) and up to 900mm (duplex) at full rated speed. The AccurioPress C4080 expands application possibilities and offers envelope printing without the need for an additional fuser. It also offers an array of versatile inline finishing options for unmatched productivity. 

    One of these options is the unique, TU-510 Inline Trimmer Unit, which can trim, crease, and perforate inline. With this Inline trimmer Unit, it is now possible to produce fully finished output inline with additional options for inline creasing, business cards (up to 130 business cards per minute), postcard cutting and perforation (vertical and horizontal). 

    Other inline finishing options enable booklet making, perfect binding, punching, stapling, inline trimming, and stacking to meet customers’ needs and tap into new revenue streams. 

    The AccurioPress C4080 Series can be equipped with Konica Minolta’s IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimiser option. This is a fully automated, closed-loop quality management tool that performs automatic density correction and front-to-back registration prior to printing. 

    New to the AccurioPress C4080 Series is the external media detection sensor, an optional sensor for measuring and identifying media, ensuring the correct media settings are selected. Together, the Inline Trimmer Unit, external media detection sensor, and Intelligent Quality Optimiser make it possible to produce fully finished, high-quality, ready-to-be-boxed output quickly and easily without the need for skilled operators. For customers, this means increased uptime, productivity, quality, and ultimately profit. 

    The AccurioPress C4080 provides outstanding image quality with 3600 (equivalent) x 2400 dpi resolution. The Line Stacker option supports long sheet bypass and offers operators the advantage of offloading while the machine is still running. 





  • + BOBST Enhances Design of Mouvent LB701-UV Digital Label Press for Optimum User Experience

    BOBST has updated the design of its digital label press to improve convenience and usability, helping to make this highl..

    20 April 2021


    BOBST has updated the design of its digital label press to improve convenience and usability, helping to make this highly productive machine even more efficient.

    Design updates include a more ergonomic and easier-to-access ink cabinet, the possibility to fit rolls up to 600mm for ultimate substrate versatility and a flexible / movable screen for an even more convenient management and control of the machine from every angle.

    “One of the hallmarks of BOBST is we never sit still, we are always thinking of ways we can improve the customer experience,” said Erik van Sloten, Head of Sales, Labels. “And the way we do that is by first and foremost listening to our customers. The changes we have made to the Mouvent LB701-UV have come from speaking to printers and converters, understanding their needs, and acting on them.”

    The Mouvent LB701-UV enables digital label production for ultra-short and medium run label jobs, with no trade-offs. It is associated with very high productivity, with a speed of up to 70m/min, exceptional print quality (1,200 x 1,200 dpi), and the widest color gamut in its category – printing with up to 6 colors plus optional white with 70% opacity, at 45m/min.

    The machine already had a compact and ergonomic design, but this has been enhanced further ensuring one operator only is able to run the press.

    “It’s by watching that you design optimal efficiency,” explained van Sloten. “By making the design as user-friendly as possible, we provide the operator the means to complete the tasks at hand.”

    The machine provides the best TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) in its category. Elements contributing to its excellent TCO include low initial investment, ongoing operational costs, quick set-up time and high productivity, allowing for higher profitability.





  • + Trotec Laser Launches TroGlitter Chunky Glitter Acrylic

    Trotec Laser Pty Ltd has recently expanded its very popular range of TroGlass laserable acrylics to include TroGlitter C..

    20 April 2021


    Trotec Laser Pty Ltd has recently expanded its very popular range of TroGlass laserable acrylics to include TroGlitter Chunky Glitter acrylic.
     
    Available in 14 different colours and at 3mm and 4mm, this Chunky Glitter cast acrylic provides exciting opportunities for creative minds and designers to explore many different and interesting new visual effects and can be used for a variety of applications including jewellery, signage, decorative items and point-of-purchase displays, to name a few.
     
    Like all TroGlass products, TroGlitter Chunky Glitter acrylic comes standard with a plastic laserable mask. This feature protects the acrylic from scratching, which reduces scrap and rework, and improves processing results. These products require little or no post-processing and depending on the laser settings, laser engraving the material surface can result in a prominent or subtle engraved image.
     
    Reece Moore, managing director of Trotec Laser Pty Ltd, says that the new products were added to the product portfolio with the company's driving mission in mind: To make customers more profitable.
    "Our growing range of laser and rotary materials allows us to provide our customers with new opportunities to broaden product offerings, meet a wider range of application needs, and get the most out of a laser investment," Moore says. "When we can empower our customers to grow business and increase profits, everyone wins."
     
    Find more information on our materials product line on our website at: www.engraving-supplies.com.au.





  • + virtual.drupa: Exciting Product Innovations in Exhibition Space

    The Exhibition Space will reflect the diverse technologies and applications along the entire value chain of the printing..

    13 April 2021


    The Exhibition Space will reflect the diverse technologies and applications along the entire value chain of the printing and packaging industry and will give visitors a comprehensive overview.

    From April 20 – 23, 2021, the global printing and packaging sector will meet at virtual.drupa https://virtual.drupa.com featuring the three segments “Conference Area”, “Networking Plaza” and “Exhibition Space” to promote knowledge transfer and networking and to activate business. The Exhibition Space will reflect the diverse technologies and applications along the entire value chain of the printing and packaging industry and will give visitors a comprehensive overview of the product portfolios and innovations of the exhibiting companies. In addition, explanatory videos and live web sessions will provide additional details about the exhibited products and services.

    Finding relevant exhibitors and products
    Visitors can use the navigation in the Exhibition Space to quickly find the exhibitors they are interested in. In addition to direct entry of the company name, the search can be filtered by product category or country to obtain a relevant selection of exhibitors.

    The individual exhibitor profile provides information on the company, contact persons, products, services, innovations and presentation formats. At this point, direct contact can be made with the exhibitor via a digital business card or via matchmaking.

    Insights and interaction in Live Web Sessions

    Exhibitors have the opportunity to interact with the community in live web sessions and present their content to a broad audience. Visitors can get an up-to-date overview of the various presentations in the event database, where they can filter by event time slots or topics. Exciting content can be expected, such as the potential of digital printing applications and automated workflows, innovations in flexo and inkjet printing as well as sustainable packaging solutions. The virtual.drupa event partners will also make major contributions to this: Leonhard Kurz, DuPont de Nemours, efi, Kodak, Komori, BlueCrest, CloudLab, Fujifilm, Hybrid Software, Koenig & Bauer, Mimaki, OQChemicals and Xeikon. All live web sessions will also be available later on demand in a video library to make the content accessible to visitors who cannot attend live due to time differences.

    Exhibitors provide outlooks on industry-relevant topics
    Visitors already have the opportunity now to take a look at the current exhibitor profiles and orient themselves for virtual.drupa. Together, the companies represent the diversity of the industry in their online showrooms and web sessions.

    “DuPont will present the latest innovations for the Cyrel® Solutions flexographic systems and Artistri® Digital Inks for textile and industrial applications, in the online showroom and during interactive live web sessions,” reported Sam Ponzo, Vice President, Industrial Solutions at DuPont de Nemours.

    “Fujifilm will present new innovative products in both conventional and digital processes,” said Hiroaki Shimosaka, General Manager Graphic Systems Business Div. at Fujifilm Corporation. “In addition, with our innovative products we demonstrate our commitment to the graphic arts industry and prove that we are a long-standing partner for our global customers.”

    Filip Weymans, Vice President Marketing at Xeikon, stated: “We will be demonstrating mainly applications that involve digital print manufacturing – not just solutions for digital printing but solutions that fit in a manufacturing process and can be connected in a lot of other steps in a manufacturing process. That is how you achieve flexibility. That is how you address the questions and challenges that lie ahead of you and your business.”

    Participants will get a continuous overview of the development of the exhibitors and their presentation programs. The event currently has 185 exhibitors from 30 countries and 13 virtual.drupa event partners in the Platinum, Gold and Silver categories. For all other virtual.drupa offers, free registration is required at https://virtual.drupa.com/en/Registration 

    For further information on visiting or exhibiting at virtual.drupa, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America; Telephone: (312) 781-5180; E-mail: info@mdna.com; Visit https://virtual.drupa.com and www.mdna.com. 





  • + NGV extends hours for final days of Triennial as more than 490,000 visitors flock to the exhibition

    This exhibition is a must see for all professionals working in the digital print, sign and display industry. The N..

    13 April 2021


    This exhibition is a must see for all professionals working in the digital print, sign and display industry. 

    The National Gallery of Victoria will extend opening hours for the final days of the blockbuster NGV Triennial exhibition which closes on Sunday 18 April.
     
    NGV Triennial has already welcomed more than 490,000 visitors since opening on 19 December 2020, and due to popular demand, the exhibition will be open from 9.00 am – 9.00 pm on Friday 16 April, and from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April.
     
    Visitors to the Gallery can enjoy a live DJ set by Melbourne-based DJ Nam from The Operatives on Friday 16 April at the Triennial Stage in the NGV Garden. Dining experiences on offer throughout the final days of Triennial include the Forecourt café, Gallery Kitchen, Tearooms, Garden Restaurant and NGV Garden which will host a Yering Station Wine Bar with a food menu designed to pair with the Yering Station wines.


    NGV Triennial encompasses works of contemporary art, design and architecture by more than 100 artists and designers from over 30 countries and explores some of the most globally relevant and pressing issues of our time, including isolation, representation and speculation on the future. 


    Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV said ‘We have been delighted to welcome so many visitors back to the gallery since opening NGV Triennial last December. It has been inspiring to see so many of our valued community members enjoy this free and expansive exhibition, and one of our most ambitious presentations to date. We’re delighted to be able to offer our audiences extended hours for the last weekend of the exhibition.’


    Offering a visually arresting and thought-provoking view of the world at this unique moment, NGV Triennial highlights include:  A multifaceted work by renowned French artist JR, which brings global attention to the ecological decline of the Darling River. Further highlights include a larger-than-life mirror-polished sculpture of Venus, Roman goddess of love, by American artist Jeff Koons and an entire floor dedicated to works concerning light and illumination presented in dialogue with the NGV’s historical collection.
     
    Exploring the themes of daylight, candlelight and moonlight inspired by and within the context of the NGV’s seventeenth and eighteenth century Flemish, Dutch and British collections, interior designer Faye Toogood has curated several gallery spaces creating a considered salon-style interior featuring newly commissioned furniture, lighting, scenography, sculpture and large-scale tapestries. Architect and designer Patricia Urquiola presents her first major installation in Australia titled Recycled woollen island 2020, which features upcycled textile furnishings hand crafted in India in the form of humorous super-sized socks, enabling visitors to pause and reflect on the NGV’s Great Hall ceiling. 
     
    Further highlights include a monumental video work by Refik Anadol spanning 10 metres high and wide, which uses artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and quantum computing to visualise our digitised memories of nature; and a comprehensive display of works 15 large-scale single sheet bark paintings and nine larrakitj (hollow poles) by Yolngu woman Dhambit Mununggurr, and a collaboration between Kengo Kuma, one of the most respected figures in Japanese architecture, and Melbourne artist Geoffrey Nees who have created an architectural pavilion that acts as a sensorial walkway through which to approach and contemplate a newly acquired painting by South Korean artist Lee Ufan. 
     
    Free and exclusive to Melbourne, NGV Triennial 2020 is the second instalment of the NGV Triennial, which is held every three years.
     
    To book tickets for the final weeks of NGV Triennial, visit ngv.melbourne/triennial-2020





  • + New Dates Added for Popular Roland Academy Online Training

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

    13 April 2021


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced a second round of 2021 training dates for the company’s successful Roland Academy Online courses.

    Due to high demand and a number of sold-out sessions, a new round of Roland Academy Online dates has been added for May through to July. Delivered online by expert Roland DG trainers in a small group setting, the 1 to 2-hour sessions continue to receive great feedback from attendees. Last month, Phil Walding from Labelman Limited said that the UV session he attended “was an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of Roland UV printers... The course was well put together and excellently presented... I can't recommend highly enough.” Shawn Lynch from Print to a T commented that the training he received was “top notch” and a “great asset to a professional workflow.” 

    Tickets have been added for the following sessions, and are now available to purchase online: 

    Session 1 – Basics 
    Date: Tuesday, May 18 and Tuesday, June 29 
    Time: 10:00am AEDT 
    Duration: 120 mins 
    Price: $49 inc GST 

    Session 2 – Advanced Features: Cutting 
    Date: Tuesday, May 25 and Tuesday, July 6 
    Time: 10:00am AEDT 
    Duration: 120 mins 
    Price: $49 inc GST 

    Session 3 – Advanced Features: Understanding Colour 
    Date: Tuesday, June 1 and Tuesday, July 13 
    Time: 10:00am AEDT 
    Duration: 90 mins 
    Price: $39 inc GST 

    Session 4 – Advanced Features: Understanding Profiles 
    Date: Tuesday, June 8 and Tuesday, July 20 
    Time: 10:00am AEDT 
    Duration: 60 mins 
    Price: $29 inc GST 

    Session 5 – UV Features and Functions 
    Date: Tuesday, June 15 and Tuesday, July 27 
    Time: 10:00am AEDT 
    Duration: 120 mins 
    Price: $49 inc GST 

    Places are strictly limited to 8 people per class so get in quick to secure your spot. 

    For further information, and booking details, go to the website: https://www.rolanddg.com.au/support/roland-academy/courses/online-training





  • + Mutoh EMEA release XpertJet 1682WR dye sublimation printer

    Mutoh Europe nv, EMEA business unit of Mutoh Industries Co. Ltd., Japan, today announced release of a new 64” (162..

    13 April 2021


    Mutoh Europe nv, EMEA business unit of Mutoh Industries Co. Ltd., Japan, today announced release of a new 64” (162 cm) wide, high quality 8 channel piezo drop-on-demand roll fed dye sublimation inkjet printer, called XpertJet 1682WR.

    Engineered and designed in Japan, this new dye sub printer model is the successor to Mutoh’s award winning ValueJet 1638WX dye sub printer.

    The XpertJet 1682WR printer has been developed for high quality graphics for transfer onto all possible types of polyester coated or polyester based rigid substrates, gadgets and flexible materials. Applications encompass in-store textile displays, personalised interior décor, custom apparel, soft signage, sportswear, customised promotional products, giftware and more.

    Featuring a high level of print production efficiency, the XPJ-1682WR accommodates two gold plated piezo variable drop print heads producing stunning results in 4, 6, 7 or 8 colour ink setups. The piezo print heads are capable of firing drops from 2.8 picolitres up to 33.9 picolitres.

    Cleverly designed, the XpertJet 1682WR combines multiple product enhancements which will deliver optimum quality results and an excellent user experience. A newly developed multi-stage pressure roller system will enhance media feed stability for a wide range of sublimation papers. Rolls can be easily installed thanks to a new enhanced roll off system and newly developed media flanges. Continuous printing is made possible with the different motorised take-up systems, for rolls weights up to 30, 40 or 100 kg and roll diameters from 150 to 250 mm.

    The XPJ-1682WR printer also integrates Mutoh’s new “Media Tracker” technology. With this new feature, the user can print a barcode on the roll of media in use before it is removed from the printer. When reloading the same roll of media, the XPJ-1682WR will read the barcode and will automatically detect how much media is left on the roll.

    Available immediately, this dual head high quality dye sublimation printer will fit both startup and established businesses wanting to extend their product portfolio.

    The new XpertJet 1682WR model will be sold exclusively through Mutoh’s channel of certified & trained distributors throughout Europe, the Middle East & Africa.

    Mutoh XpertJet 1682WR – Highlights

    • Successor to Mutoh’s popular and award winning ValueJet 1638WX

    • Transfer sublimation printing up to 1625 mm (63.97”)

    • Two gold plated piezo drop on demand heads on board, drop sizes from 2.8 pl to 33.9 pl

    • Typical production speeds between 10 m²/h and 48 m²/h

    • Up to 8 colour setup

    • New multi-language & intuitive OLED operation panel

    • Easy access illuminated print platform

    • Enhanced media handling & transport

    • Ready for volume printing : 30, 40 or 100 kg motorized take up systems

    • “Media Tracker” feature to easily track remaining media left on a part-used roll

    • Environmentally friendly printing - high level of operator safety

    Mutoh Australia will have stock available in May. 





  • + Kongsberg Digital Finishing is now an independent business

    Kongsberg, one of the most trusted and established names in the digital finishing industry, enters a new era, transformi..

    13 April 2021


    Kongsberg, one of the most trusted and established names in the digital finishing industry, enters a new era, transforming into a standalone company, Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (‘Kongsberg PCS’). The transformation follows the acquisition of the business by OpenGate Capital.

    The transformation of Kongsberg PCS brings with it the opportunity to innovate and expand the business into new markets. This marks a new chapter for Kongsberg PCS, a brand with a rich heritage spanning more than half a century.

    “This is truly an exciting day for everyone at the company,” said Stuart Fox, President of Kongsberg PCS. “Since 1965, the Kongsberg name has been synonymous with innovation. Our systems have led the industry in delivering precision, reliability and quality through seven decades. Following the acquisition by OpenGate Capital, we will now focus on our future, and the next generation innovation and growth.”

    Founded in Norway in 1965, Kongsberg was purchased by Esko (then Barco) in 1998. In December 2020, Esko agreed the sale of Kongsberg to private equity firm OpenGate Capital. The acquisition includes the original research and development facility in Kongsberg, Norway, and the production facility in Brno, Czech Republic.

    “This is an opportunity for the Kongsberg team to realize its ambitions, and to explore new markets,” added Fox. “We will be developing strategic initiatives to further innovate our digital finishing hardware and software solutions, as well as growing the Kongsberg brand beyond the packaging industry.

    “Whilst we are excited about the future, we are also committed to ensuring we honor our heritage. We have an incredible team of 400 people, many of whom have been a part of the Kongsberg family for more than 30 years,” said Fox. “The Kongsberg values that are important to our customers – the strength, the performance, the longevity of the machine – will endure.

    “Sales, service, consumables and spare parts will all continue as usual,” added Fox. “Customers will receive the same level of service during the transition and they can look forward to business as usual throughout 2021.

    “We will continue investing in our table technology, and in the coming months we will be showcasing the latest developments with our automation solutions,” said Fox.





  • + GM launches LR250 label inspection rewinder

    Danish converting equipment manufacturer Grafisk Maskinfabrik has launched LR250, an entry-level label inspection rewind..

    06 April 2021


    Danish converting equipment manufacturer Grafisk Maskinfabrik has launched LR250, an entry-level label inspection rewinder, featuring a built-in missing label detection system.

    The new label inspection rewinder offers a built-in sensor for missing label detection. For more demanding applications, such as pharmaceutical labels, the LR250 can be configured with a video camera for 100 percent advanced print inspection and verification. 

    ‘The LR250 is a versatile machine with some innovative built-in features that will ensure all your rolls are delivered in top condition with all labels present and correct,’ said Uffe Nielsen, CEO of Grafisk Maskinfabrik. ‘We have developed the rewinder with different inspection options, so there is a version that suits every budget without compromising on quality.’

    The LR250 can process label rolls up to 250 mm (9.8in) wide at a production speed of 200 m/min (656 ft/min). It comes with a two-way rewinding capability, integrated web guide, and a label counter as standard. The adjustable splice table features pneumatic splice clamps and can be fitted with a splice detector.

    The missing label feature stops the machine upon detection, calculates the error position, and reverses the web until it is aligned with the splice table. Once the missing label has been replaced, the web is re-checked, and the rewinder completes the job at full speed. 

    The option to integrate a video camera upgrades the machine's capabilities to include a full print quality inspection. GM has partnered with BST-Eltromat and Nikka Research to offer 100 percent quality inspection for printed labels. The camera will be connected to an external system, which checks the print for faults and verifies it against the master PDF file.    

    The LR250 has further been developed with tension separation for working with thin, sensitive materials and PET liners. Thanks to the centrally placed nip roller, the web can be unwound with one tension and rewound with a different tension to avoid stretching the material. A capacitive sensor for clear-on-clear labels can further extend the range of materials that can be processed. 

    There is space for a full UV inkjet printer for coding and marking for customers requiring variable data. GM partnered with Domino, Markem-Imaje, and Rea Jet, but other manufacturers' systems can also be fitted on demand. 

    ‘As fault-free label production has become the norm, our customers want machines that enable them to deliver perfect rolls of labels to their customers, every time,’ added Nielsen. ‘This little label inspection rewinder is the perfect solution for that, but don’t let the size fool you. We have built the LR250 with so many clever options that it can grow with our customers’ business and tackle a wide range of label requirements.’





  • + Xeikon debuts fully automated suite of colour management tools

    The cloud-based XCS Pro 2.0 delivers every advantage of quality colour control – predictability, repeatability and..

    06 April 2021


    The cloud-based XCS Pro 2.0 delivers every advantage of quality colour control – predictability, repeatability and profitability, the company says.

    Xeikon has announced the launch of its brand new XCS Pro 2.0, a fully automated suite of colour management tools. The cloud-based XCS Pro 2.0 delivers every advantage of quality colour control – predictability, repeatability and profitability, the company says.

    The current high levels of e-commerce continue to drive the need for colour consistency across the whole print process for brand owners and retailers. The new colour package includes training courses plus ongoing consultancy and is offered as a "pay as you go" subscription model, making it simple and easy to adopt and utilise.

    The new XCS Pro 2.0 is available immediately for demonstration.

    “Historically colour management software has needed an expert to deliver results,” says Bruce Dransfield, Xeikon’s color management expert. “And this takes time. Xeikon has developed its XCS Pro 2.0 as a ‘no waste,’ ‘no expert’ fully automated colour system. Xeikon now has the first digital dry toner, web press solution which embraces self-fixing colour control, quality control and ICC profiling plus Pantone/brand colour generation to meet all industry standards. Xeikon has built its new colour management system’s architecture to enable it to remotely analyse, target and fix any colour problem in minutes. Xeikon’s cloud-based analytical tools can diagnose any color issue, and the issue is remedied with no delays, adding to significant time savings in production.”

    Xeikon wants to instil a lean approach to colour management and make it practical for all their customers and users, which offers a host of advantages:

    • The quality control tools can be set to industry standards – either theoretical, process corrected or house standards, and results are measured and traced using the new analytics in Xeikon’s cloud-based system.
    • It is also possible for the operator to fix and re-verify the colour quality of the print on the fly.
    • Xeikon’s dry toner engines are all fitted with inline spectrophotometers to automatically make this possible during production, saving on waste and rejected jobs.
    • For packaging and label printers, accurate brand colours are vitally important.
    • Xeikon’s new suite of colour management software contains tools that can copy and paste from a pre-printed sample to optimise the brand colour for the selected substrate.
    • Xeikon uses .CxF (colour exchange format) in order to communicate with tools found in the analog world such as Flint Group’s VIVO or Pantone LIVE as well as proofing systems.





  • + Ben McCauley Promoted to Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Spandex

    Spandex Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the promotion of Ben McCauley to Managing Director, Asia Pacific. Ben h..

    06 April 2021


    Spandex Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the promotion of Ben McCauley to Managing Director, Asia Pacific.

    Ben has been with Spandex since 2016, most recently as our Sales Director. Ben and the local management team have successfully navigated through COVID-times, one of the most challenging times in business history. Under Ben's continued guidance, Spandex Asia Pacific is well-positioned to expand and move forward, with thanks also going out to all of our employees' effort, time and devotion.

    Spandex has confidence in Ben and the rest of the Spandex Asia Pacific team, and we will continue to push our business above and beyond where we've taken it over the past four years.





  • + Esko Successfully Closes Sale of Kongsberg Business To OpenGate Capital

    Esko, a global developer of integrated software and hardware solutions for the packaging and label sectors, has confirme..

    06 April 2021


    Esko, a global developer of integrated software and hardware solutions for the packaging and label sectors, has confirmed the successful closing of the sale of its Kongsberg digital finishing business to OpenGate Capital on April 1st 2021.

    OpenGate Capital is a private equity firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with a European office in Paris and investments on five continents. The new business, Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems, now employs ~400 former Esko employees operating from the business’ original research and development facility in Kongsberg, Norway, the production facility in Brno, Czech Republic, a new headquarters in Gent, Belgium as well as other global locations.

    Mattias Byström, President of Pantone, Esko and X-Rite, said, “This sale enables both Esko and Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems to develop their own strategic directions. Under the leadership of Stuart Fox, we’re sure Kongsberg Precision Cutting has exciting times ahead. We wish the team the very best for the future.”

    For more information about Esko, please visit www.esko.com





  • + AVERY DENNISON ANNOUNCES NEW TECHNOLOGY AND ADVANCED PERFORMANCE FOR SUPREME WRAPPING FILM

    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions today marks the launch of the newly upgraded Supreme Wrapping Film with twelve new col..

    30 March 2021


    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions today marks the launch of the newly upgraded Supreme Wrapping Film with twelve new colours in its Rugged Range and Sleek Satin collections.

    The company’s premium range of vehicle wraps, Supreme Wrapping Film, has undergone significant development to its formulation and construction. After rigorous testing and evaluation for the Australian and New Zealand environmental conditions, Avery Dennison is announcing its enhanced performance with greater environmental resistance and enhanced durability. The warranty on gloss, satin and extreme textures films are increased by up to 300 per cent to reflect their durability.

    To mark the upgrade, Avery Dennison has launched the Rugged Range and Sleek Satin collections featuring 12 on-trend colour options for vehicle owners to customise their car according to their personal preferences or styles.

    The Rugged Range comprises four unique films that will give a distinctive tough textured finish to vehicles without the permanent application. The new colours are Rugged Bedrock Grey, Rugged Combat Green, Rugged Marsh Green and Rugged Onyx Black.

    The Sleek Satin collection comprises eight new additions to the company’s already extensive range of satin finishes, six of which are matched to popular matte versions. The matches are Satin Charcoal Metallic, Satin Gunmetal Metallic, Satin Blue Metallic, Satin Dark Grey, Satin Anthracite Metallic, and Satin Olive Green. Two completely new additions are Satin White Snow Pearlescent and Satin Dark Grey Metallic.

    “Today’s announcement of product enhancements and new collections speaks of our strength as a materials science company,” said Chris Sherry, Senior Product Manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “Our team is constantly pushing the frontiers of technology to set the industry’s highest standards for performance, durability and style options. We are confident of our supercharged durability and are excited to extend the warranty for selected Supreme Wrapping Film finishes.”






  • + Durst Group Restructures Label & Flexible Packaging Segment

    Durst Group, manufacturer of future-oriented digital printing and production technologies, is restructuring its successf..

    30 March 2021


    Durst Group, manufacturer of future-oriented digital printing and production technologies, is restructuring its successful Label & Flexible Packaging segment. The current Segment Manager Helmuth Munter will retire at the end of 2021 after more than 40 years with the company. He will be succeeded in the role of Global Sales Manager Label & Flexible Packaging by Thomas Macina. The native of South Tyrol comes from HP Indigo, where he was most recently Labels Business Manager EMEA in Barcelona.

    Thomas Macina’s career spanned more than 15 years at HP and he is considered a proven expert in digital printing technology. He has been in his introductory phase at the Durst Group since February and will assume his role for the EMEA region in April. This will be followed in June by responsibility for global sales of Label & Flexible Packaging products.

    Until his retirement, Helmuth Munter will continue to be involved in the transition and provide advice and support to the new management team, which also includes Martin Leitner as Product Manager. Over the past ten years, the Label & Flexible Packaging segment has developed into an important business unit of the Durst Group and, with the Tau RSC printing systems, has made a significant contribution to the digital transformation in the industry. Tau single-pass printing systems now have a market share of around 40% of the UV inkjet market segment, with an installation base of more than 250 printing presses worldwide.

    “We made good use of the situation in the COVID pandemic and arranged the succession for Helmuth Munter, who has been responsible for the success story in the label segment,” says Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “All of us at the Durst Group would like to thank Helmuth for his great dedication, excellent performance, and loyalty. What could be better than retiring at the zenith of one’s career? We wish Helmuth all the best in this new phase of his life.”

    “At the same time, I would like to warmly welcome Thomas Macina to the Durst family,” adds Christoph Gamper. “We are delighted to have gained a real market expert for the company, and someone who also has his roots in South Tyrol. The current pandemic situation has also been favourable to us as it has given us sufficient time to ensure an smooth transition. I am convinced that Thomas will continue to drive the Tau success story together with the entire label team.”






  • + Esko unveils new release of its Automation Engine workflow

    Esko has unveiled a major new release of its market-leading Automation Engine workflow solution, packed with new capabil..

    30 March 2021


    Esko has unveiled a major new release of its market-leading Automation Engine workflow solution, packed with new capabilities and for the first time available as a Software-as-a-Service (‘SaaS’).

    “Designed and built by packaging experts, for packaging experts, Automation Engine has established itself over many years as the benchmark for optimised prepress workflow automation,” said Jan De Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Strategy and Industry Relations. “This latest release represents a major step forward for Automation Engine. It introduces a cloud-based deployment option and an intuitive new web-based user experience that ensures even the most casual user will be able to initiate, communicate and work across teams effectively.

    “This new Automation Engine will make prepress automation more accessible and easier to use for both long-time customers and for companies that are just starting out on their automation journey,” said Jan. “Users can access their personalised, secure, workspace at any time, from anywhere, in the new My WorkSpace application. For customers looking for even more flexibility, we are proud to introduce our new cloud-based offering, which takes the prepress experience to a new level in terms of quality, productivity and connectivity.

    “With Automation Engine SaaS, we are giving customers the opportunity to enjoy the operational benefits of standardised automated workflows while embracing the freedom of cloud-based computing,” he said. “Not only does Automation Engine SaaS reduce IT infrastructure overheads and headaches – such as flexible up-and-downscaling of server capacity, security, backup, guaranteed uptime and availability - but it also helps to boost operational productivity and cross-site working.”

    Esko Automation Engine is the automated workflow solution that automates prepress tasks and integrates with business systems, which speeds up the process, and more importantly reduces the error rate and need for operator intervention. “Flexible to fit with individual business needs, scalable and customised to optimise individual workflows, Automation Engine has become the beating heart of the prepress process,” said Esko Product Manager Paul Land. “With this new release, the heart of the prepress is beating stronger than ever.”

    On top of the My WorkSpace application and next generation user experience, the newest release of Automation Engine includes a new ‘drop zone’ feature, which makes launching workflows quicker and easier by enabling users to search and select workflows, drag and drop files to it, edit parameters and initiate - all from one location.

    “Quick and easy viewing of files for detailed quality checks is now made easy with a browser-based viewing tool,” added Paul, “while new Jobs and Products views grant users the ability to efficiently search jobs and assets, access files, view their status and launch workflows from one workspace.

    “With Automation Engine SaaS, we enable easy access and fast deployment, reducing the need for IT support or additional operational costs,” said Paul. “SaaS users simply access the software online using the new subscription-based model, which enables businesses to significantly reduce IT maintenance overheads. Utilising common software across locations is made easy and the SaaS model means there’s no longer any need to download and manually install the latest software versions onto individual computers whenever a new update or release is issued.”

    Being a subscription service, a simple, flexible and transparent tier-based pricing model offers a predictable cost to help with IT budgeting and management. “With the price including a storage allowance and no bandwidth charges, the SaaS model guarantees a low step-in price and faster ROI for customers,” said Paul. “With IT and licensing costs now reduced through automation and outsourcing, this delivers a flexible pricing model that scales with the needs, size and growth of a business.”

    Esko developed Automation Engine SaaS in response to the ongoing challenges faced by its customers, and feedback from early adopters has been very positive.

    "With Automation Engine SaaS we can centralise resources in terms of expertise, software and hardware, delivering cost and time savings and reducing operational risks,” said Mark King, Technical Manager – Division, Essentra Packaging. “Therefore, this is great timing and exactly in line with Essentra’s strategy for 2021 and beyond.”

    Meanwhile, Marybeth Foss, Senior Enterprise Prepress Architect, Fortis Solutions Group, praised the SaaS solution’s reduced IT requirements. “The biggest benefit for us has been the hands-off IT deployment and maintenance,” said Marybeth. “The simplicity of the cloud-based offer means that we have the ability to build and grow, but without the traditional infrastructure considerations and challenges. It keeps us operationally agile and ideally prepared for the future.”





  • + swissQprint Launches Speed Version of the Karibu Roll to Roll Printer

    swissQprint is launching Karibu S – the speed version of its Karibu UV roll to roll printer. S stands for speed &n..

    25 March 2021


    swissQprint is launching Karibu S – the speed version of its Karibu UV roll to roll printer. S stands for speed – and that means increased productivity combined with astonishingly good print quality. Another plus: both Karibu and Karibu S are capable of automatic double-sided printing.

    Karibu, the UV roll to roll printer from swissQprint, now has a powerful big brother: the new speed model. Created for print service providers who run multiple shifts to produce large volumes of items such as banners, non-durable poster prints and XL billboards. Karibu S combines an output of up to 330 square metres per hour with impressively sharp images and edges.

    Special print head configuration

    Karibu S features a defined print head configuration: four print heads are in operation for each process colour – and that explains the high throughput rate. What is more, all swissQprint large format printers have nine dual-configurable colour channels, so one channel is left free. Typically, this channel is configured with white to print items such as transparent films.

    Universal and highly flexible ink

    swissQprint's portfolio includes an optimised ink for its dedicated roll to roll printers. It features a broad adhesion profile and is very flexible. This means that print service providers can use almost every conceivable type of roll media. And the ink can stand up to everything that the material has to take: cutting, folding, stretching, and so on.

    Automatic double-sided printing

    As a new feature, both Karibu and Karibu S can handle automatic double-sided printing. Thanks to a camera system and QR codes, the process takes place automatically – with high efficiency and reliability. Supported by the Lory output software – developed in-house by swissQprint. Managing print jobs is made very simple thanks to intuitive graphic user guidance.

    A profitable investment

    Both Karibu models feature the same robust design as all swissQprint products – ensuring lifespans well above the average. With their low operating costs, the versatile UV roll to roll printers offer the promise of high added value throughout their long lifetimes. And the high standard of quality that is typical of swissQprint.

    More information: www.swissqprint.com