• + Focus Label and TS Converting to launch hybrid press

    Focus Label Machinery has announced a cooperation with TS Converting Equipment, manufacturer of the Elite Cameron range,..

    21 January 2020

    Focus Label Machinery has announced a cooperation with TS Converting Equipment, manufacturer of the Elite Cameron range, to develop a hybrid coating and printing press.

    The new unit, which is due to launch in the spring this year will have options to apply release coatings, hot melt coat, print, laminate, die cut, slit and rewind materials in one pass.

    ‘We have known Focus for many years and are excited to be developing the new press together,’ said Tim Self, director of TS Converting. ‘The new machine has huge potential in the self-adhesive laminate, tape and label industries.’

    David Lee of Focus Label Machinery, added: ‘Our partnership brings together years of design expertise in different industries and the development will open some exciting new avenues for our printing technology.’

    The new machine is said to be designed as a modular press with the ability to print on both sides of the web in one pass using UV Flexo or digital inks. Further details regarding the new machine are expected to be released in spring this year when both companies will proceed with the testing phase.

  • + Xaar launches fluid evaluation service

    Xaar has launched a five-step service for the evaluation of fluids for use in new product development and advanced manuf..

    14 January 2020

    Xaar has launched a five-step service for the evaluation of fluids for use in new product development and advanced manufacturing applications.

    The service aims to help companies establish the suitability of inkjet technology and fluids in new applications without incurring large upfront costs. To support the new service, Xaar has invested in a dedicated laboratory. This is equipped with a number of custom test rigs for sample production and fluid testing, such as a Notion Systems n.jet 3D printer. 

    Each new project starts with the initial fluid evaluation where guidance is provided on issues such as ink development and material compatibility as well as options for complex rheology testing and fluid physicals measurement. Stage two covers jetting optimisation encompassing printhead waveform configuration, alongside application and fluid optimisation. Stage three involves actual sample production utilising one of the custom test rigs. Once samples have been produced, the process moves on to upscaling the development application, focusing on the provision of the relevant Xaar inkjet system. The fifth and final then completes each project through providing continued support and delivering application improvements, testing and advice.

    The five-step service is currently enabling companies to evaluate the jetting of fluids with high viscosities. Most inkjet printheads are capable of jetting materials with viscosities with a range of 10-25 mPa.s (10-25 cP). Now, thanks to improvements in Xaar’s TF technology, fluids that have significantly higher viscosities can be successfully jetted through its printheads.

    Mike Seal, Xaar business development manager, advanced manufacturing and 3D printheads, commented, ‘Inkjet technology is now highly relevant across a multitude of new product development applications, and we wanted to enable companies to be able to review the suitability of inkjet printing in their product development programmes without the need for significant capital investment or upfront costs.’

    Mr Seal continued, ‘Providing access to our inkjet development expertise through our five-step service helps clients get to market quicker by reducing their own development timelines and costs. From 3D printing through to functional fluid applications such as optics and flat panel displays, the possibilities and applications for inkjet printing are extremely diverse, and our dedicated team and five-step service is here to support throughout each development project.’

  • + An Asian first as Fujifilm Acuity B1 installed at 11FTC in the Philippines

    Investment comes following Onset X1 and Acuity EY installations as the company's partnership with Fujifilm goes from str..

    19 November 2019

    Investment comes following Onset X1 and Acuity EY installations as the company's partnership with Fujifilm goes from strength to strength

    Fujifilm today announces that it has installed the first Acuity B1 in Asia at leading Filipino retail marketing solutions company, 11FTC. The investment signals 11FTC's intention to diversify its product offering into high-quality, short-run packaging.

    Founded in 1996 and based in Quezon City, 11FTC employs 265 staff and offers a fully integrated retail marketing solutions service to its clients, who include major retailers and global FMCG brands. Its product offering involves the production and installation of a variety of high quality sign and display and other print products. 

    11FTC is always on the lookout for the latest technology to help it meet changing customer demands. Renowned for its innovation and the speed with which it can turnaround high quality wide format work, the company saw in the Acuity B1 the opportunity to add production capacity to its factory and diversify its product offering into quality, short-run packaging. 

    John Mandarang, CEO at 11FTC, explains: "Fujifilm invited us to visit their showroom in Bangkok and it was there that we first saw the Acuity B1 in action. We've had a very successful working relationship with Fujifilm for several years now - operating an Onset X1 to produce high-quality large format display materials, and an Acuity EY flatbed with Uvijet KV inks for the production of vacuum formed products. We're always looking to grow as a company and broaden our offering, and in the Acuity B1 we believe we've found a machine with the necessary quality and versatility to help us to break into short run quality packaging - particularly for localised, targeted promotions.

    "Our customers demand high quality at a competitive price and often at very short notice. They also trust us to advise them on innovative ways to maximise shopper engagement. Fujifilm has proven to be a consistently reliable partner since the installation of our Onset X1 and Acuity EY in 2015. We've learnt that we can depend on both the technology and the support that Fujifilm provides, to provide an excellent level of service and an extremely high level of quality to our customers. This first-hand experience was a major factor in our decision to invest in the Acuity B1.

    "We're delighted to be in partnership with a company as reputable and forward thinking as 11FTC," says Fujifilm's Andrew McDuffie. "As they continue to grow and drive their business forward, we look forward to working with them to provide the technological and advisory support they need to continue to meet their future business goals."

  • + Konica Minolta Australia announces AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses

    Konica Minolta Australia has announced the release of the AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses, whi..

    12 November 2019

    Konica Minolta Australia has announced the release of the AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses, which will be available locally early next year. The presses offer higher total productivity and efficiency that will really change the game for commercial printers. 

    The 140 ppm AccurioPress C14000, along with the 120 ppm AccurioPress C12000, were designed from the ground up to be digital print factories. These presses really demonstrate Konica Minolta’s mission to support the transformation of its clients, with a number of advanced automation features and accessories that will help printers expand and streamline their operations to deliver increased, high-quality output with less waste. 

    The AccurioPress C14000 series offers the new TU-510 versatile trimmer unit for advanced operational efficiency. The TU-510 is a truly unique inline, four-edge trimmer and creaser that allows full bleed finishing support for banners, booklets, direct mail and a dedicated business card cutting option. In addition, the AccurioPress C14000 series is equipped with the Intelligent Quality Optimiser (IQ-501) as standard, which can also improve labour efficiency by as much as 30 per cent. 

    Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “The new AccurioPress C14000 series will be a game-changer for the industry. With the TU-510 inline trimmer unit and advanced automation features designed to maximise efficiency these presses will provide significant value to those in high-volume printing environments where deadlines are tight, quality is key and efficiencies must be gained. We are really looking forward seeing these new presses arrive in Australia early next year.” 

    Mark Brown, national product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said “The AccurioPress C14000 series is ideal for helping Australian printers attract and retain new customers, providing exceptional quality output at high speeds. This will let printers be more productive and turn high-quality jobs around faster, delivering an outstanding customer experience.” 

    Opportunities for business expansion 

    The unique features of the AccurioPress C14000 series make them ideal for customers looking to increase productivity through efficiencies and speed to grow their business. With resolution equivalent to 3600 x 2400 dpi and enhanced media capability up to 450 gsm, they offer breathtaking speeds with outstanding image quality and unparalleled media flexibility. 

    New duplex banner printing up to 900 millimetres and simplex banner length capability of 1300 millimetres combined with envelope and embossed media capability gives customers the opportunity to offer new types of work, such as four-panel gatefold brochures and book covers for finishing offline. To further improve efficiency and output, envelope printing can be accomplished using the standard fuser. Finally, new technology used in the print engine dramatically improves image quality on textured paper stocks. 
    Operational efficiency 

    Paired with Konica Minolta’s enhanced IQ-501, the new presses automatically and continuously measure and manage colour to ensure the first print in a run matches the last. Two-dimensional registration correction has also been improved through the higher output resolution. The automatic media detection sensor comes standard on these models, detecting the stock and assigning the appropriate tray, eliminating time consuming paper settings and operator error, reducing waste and increasing productivity. 

    The LS-507 large stacker supports higher speed, permits banner bypass and offers operators the advantage of offloading while the machine is still running, another new benefit added to Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress expanded line. 

    Convenient colour management and job management utilities are available with the Konica Minolta’s proprietary controller. A customisable operation screen makes the products extremely easy to operate. Other third-party controller options include the latest Fiery and Creo models. 

    Stability, high durability and reduced downtime improve total cost of ownership 
    Konica Minolta’s IQ-501 enhanced auto inspection options offer expanded inspection performance, verifying print quality and now detecting streaks and spots as well as blemishes. The high-quality prints mean maximum stability even during long-run jobs, while better registration and quality increases total usable print volume. The new presses offer a highly reliable duty cycle of 2.5 million, up from 1.8 million with the AccurioPress C6100, with double the toner capacity of earlier models. 

    The new AccurioPress C14000 and C12000 will be available in Australia in March 2020.

  • + Konica Minolta reinvents print technology with new IoT-enabled bizhub® i-Series

    Next-generation bizhub i-Series seamlessly connects the dynamic office Konica Minolta Australia, a leader in deliv..

    29 October 2019

    Next-generation bizhub i-Series seamlessly connects the dynamic office 

    Konica Minolta Australia, a leader in delivering world-class business transformation solutions and technologies, has unveiled the new bizhub i-Series, the next generation multifunction device product line from the award-winning bizhub legacy portfolio. Born from the company’s continuing ambition to create value for customers and driven by the desire to rethink the way multifunctional devices work for them, the i-Series is a smart technology hub that fully embraces the way businesses are evolving and sharpens their competitive edge. 

    The smart device technology augments office connectivity, optimising the way the office works while preparing it to be future-ready from operational improvements to digital transformation. Powering new opportunities for productivity and innovation, the i-Series provides the necessary tools for an effective communications network. It simplifies complexities to improve productivity and streamline business processes, for better decision-making and, ultimately, enable smarter business. Breaking through traditional office limitations, it helps navigate quickly to demands and changing conditions. 

    Shane Blandford, director of marketing and innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “As office documents become more digitised and data volumes increase, document management and access assume more importance than ever. Remote access and cloud integration also heighten the need for security. 

    “Multifunctional devices and printers are now expected to connect people, places and devices simply and safely and create a new way of working. Konica Minolta wanted to provide a new-value office tool that could be used intuitively by digital natives. That intent gave rise to the second generation bizhub, the bizhub i-Series. The consistent and simplified usability of the new i-Series range, along with class-leading performance and connectivity enhancements make these our most productive multifunction devices.” 

    Simple design and usability 

    The stylish, contemporary design boasts an intuitive smartphone style user interface with a tiltable, floating 10” touchscreen panel, rounded edges, and LED status indicators. The interactive user experience provides ease-of-use through reduced wait times, vibration feedback, and customisation. Conveniently, both the A3 and A4 multifunction models function in precisely the same way so users can be productive, regardless of the specific device. 

    High-quality performance, enhanced efficiency and seamless connectivity 

    The i-Series multifunction models house a powerful engine, a quad-core Central Processing Unit with up to 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD, for quick-response, high-performance operations. And, the additional combination of full-speed media printing range, high-speed one pass double feed, digital skew correction, and large capability trays for the A3 models, expertly blends reliable functionality with versatile serviceability. Further extending the capabilities of the i-Series and adding flexibility, Konica Minolta MarketPlace gives the freedom to personalise the user interface and provides direct access to apps that boost business productivity. Efficiently integrating work processes and connections, it caters to all types of changing needs and fully accommodates evolving workstyles. 

    Smart service and next-level security 

    Minimising downtime and ensuring uninterrupted use, the i-Series intelligently collects data for self-diagnosis and for optimum replacement time predictions of parts and consumables. The exceptional service comes with an outfitted layer of top-grade security, which gives businesses one less thing to worry about. With bizhub SECURE services (optional) and self-encrypting SSD, the i-Series fosters a secure work ecosystem where data is protected and reliably accessible. Additionally, the optional BitDefender anti-virus extension automatically scans all transmitted and received data in real time, so data remains protected from external threats. All i-Series models are compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and ISO 15408 certified HCD-PP, so data privacy standards and security requirements are met in order to stay productive. 

    Commitment to sustainability 

    Konica Minolta is committed not only to innovation but to environmental sustainability. The fruition of the new i-Series reflects upon this strong commitment. As part of the top energy-saving bizhub product line, each model conforms to globally recognised standards from such organisations as EPEAT and Blue Angel. The new fusing unit and low-temperature fixing toner help achieve lower energy consumption in operating and sleep modes. Environmental impact is reduced further through the new packaging design, as traditional cushioning material has been replaced with lighter air cushions, still ensuring safety during transport. Best of all, operating sounds are quieter due to improvements made to the cooling fan and the document feeder mechanism resulting in fewer distractions for a better-focused work environment. 

    Shane Blandford said, “Konica Minolta recognises the i-Series as the next step; the innovative technology that lets businesses perform at their best and achieve high-quality work, all while providing the peace of mind for them to focus on more important matters. And, as businesses continue to evolve, the bizhub i-Series will grow with them.” 

    The new i-Series models available now are the bizhub C250i, C300i, C360i, (A3 colour MFPs), C3350i, and C4050i (A4 colour MFPs), C4000i and C3300i (A4 colour printers) and the C3320i (A4 colour MFP). Additional models to the i-Series product lineup will be released in the coming months. 

    iSeries will be on display at Stand E38 at CEBIT at the International Convention Centre Sydney from October 29-31.

  • + Agfa Introduces Eclipse, the Most Convenient Process-Free Printing Plate

    Eclipse is a process-free printing plate for sheet-fed commercial printers that combines all the benefits of process-fre..

    29 October 2019

    Eclipse is a process-free printing plate for sheet-fed commercial printers that combines all the benefits of process-free technology with effortless printing.

    Eclipse is a process-free printing plate for sheet-fed commercial printers that combines all the benefits of process-free technology with effortless printing.

    Inherent to the nature of a process-free plate, Eclipse eliminates the need for a processor using chemicals. It thus reduces printers’ capex and prepress costs. Agfa’s latest innovation, however, distinguishes itself from other process-free plates as this drop-in is just as easy to use as a conventional plate:

    First of all, the plate keeps the press as clean as can be. Patented process-free technology supports the transfer of the plate coating to the first few printed sheets, instead of to the press as is the case with other process-free plates.

    In addition, Eclipse is the only process-free plate to provide excellent and stable image contrast, enabling quick visual image inspection as well as recognition by a punch & bending system. That way – even after a week of storage – there will be no mix-ups on press or costly plate remakes. Eclipse keeps its great contrast even after 24 hours in office light, which makes an enormous difference compared to the two hours of other process-free plates. During this period, print quality will be fully preserved in terms of dot gain, toning, start-up time…

    Another reason that makes Eclipse an outstanding choice for those desiring to go process-free, is its high scratch resistance. When loading, storing, transporting or mounting this robust plate, printers need not worry about damaging it. The new plate is flexible too, as it can be used with either conventional or H-UV/LED-UV inks.

    A balanced proposition

    Eclipse complements Agfa’s offset printing plate portfolio, which meets printers’ needs in different ways. “We are continually looking for ways to stay ahead of the curve and to provide the highest added value to our customers,” said Guy Desmet, Head of Marketing Offset Solutions. “There is no ‘one-size fits all’ when it comes to printing plates. Our portfolio consists of conventional, low-chem, chem-free, and process-free plates. We will always discuss the ideal solution with printing companies, based on their needs and preferences.”

    Eclipse is part of Agfa’s ECO³ approach of sustainable innovation, which encompasses hardware, software and consumables that make prepress and printing operations cleaner (ECOlogy), more cost-effective (ECOnomy) and easier to operate and maintain (Extra Convenience). ECO³ extends from the prepress environment into the press room with unparalleled ink saving and press standardization software packages that reduce make-ready time and paper waste.

  • + SCREEN Launches High-speed Digital Press with Enhanced Drying Performance

    SCREEN Graphic Solutions (SCREEN GA) has added the Truepress Jet520HD AD to its Truepress Jet520HD series of roll-fed hi..

    22 October 2019

    SCREEN Graphic Solutions (SCREEN GA) has added the Truepress Jet520HD AD to its Truepress Jet520HD series of roll-fed high-speed full colour inkjet presses. The new system features an Advanced Dryer unit that further enhances drying performance and will be released worldwide in late October.

    The introduction of the Internet has triggered rapid diversification in the information media field. Likewise in the printing industry, the active use of digital printing technologies has led to an increasing need to create new added value for printed materials via approaches including mixed, small lot and personalized production.

    In recent years, progress in inkjet technologies has enabled related systems to achieve both the quality to rival offset printing and outstanding throughput. SCREEN has been a leader in this new technology segment, launching its Truepress Jet520HD in 2015 and Truepress Jet520HD+ in 2018, and has made a major contribution to the development of new business models for the printing market.

    The Truepress Jet520HD series offers high-precision printing at resolutions of up to 1200 dpi and the ability to output directly onto offset coated papers using SCREEN’s independently developed Truepress SC Ink. However, there are remaining challenges and demands from users who require both even greater productivity and further improvements in the volume achievable for images in printed materials.

    The Truepress Jet520HD AD, featuring an Advanced Dryer unit that delivers enhanced drying performance, is specifically designed for users who require improved density and performance when printing on coated papers. The new addition to the Truepress Jet520HD series lineup is expected to further expand the business areas supported by inkjet presses.

    SCREEN has an impressive track record of creating inkjet technologies that provide outstanding speed and quality as well as advanced production line automation and other solutions designed to solve customer needs. The company intends to use these and future developments to pioneer new markets and contribute to the continuing expansion of the printing industry.

    Note: Truepress and Truepress SC Ink are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd. in Japan and/or certain other countries.

  • + Mark Andy launches Evolution Series

    Mark Andy is highlighting four product releases at Labelexpo Europe, including a new flexo press. Mark Andy has introduc..

    30 September 2019

    Mark Andy is highlighting four product releases at Labelexpo Europe, including a new flexo press. Mark Andy has introduced the Evolution Series to its suite of flexographic offerings.

    A simple-to-operate platform powered by proven Mark Andy engineering and technology, the Evolution Series provides converters a scalable production solution designed to serve their business needs today while providing adaptability to the needs driving future business growth.

    The Evolution Series, demonstrating live at the show, is available in 13” and 17” (330 and 460 mm) web widths with production speeds up to 750 fpm (230 m/m) and is available for immediate order.

    Tom Schelmbauer, chief business officer, Mark Andy Flexo, says the Evolution Series is a strategic addition to the company’s flexo solutions by providing full servo technology previously unattainable to this wide of a range of the market. “Full servo flexographic printing is now within reach for all converters,” explains Schelmbauer. "This technology, with the highest possible quality and engineering, has been a longstanding – and noticeably absent – request in the industry. Building on the success of our existing technology, we’re able to bring the Evolution Series to market as a solution for converters that need a label or film press with the capability to grow as their business grows. “

    In addition, Mark Andy’s Digital Pro line is making its European debut. This modular entry- to mid-market digital system is running live at the stand– specifically the Digital Pro 3, the advanced inline converting model fitted with semi-rotary diecutting.

    The roll-to-roll configuration, Digital Pro 1, is also on display on stand 8A60, extending Mark Andy’s presence to the “Digital Hall” for the first time. Printing at 77 fpm (23.4 m/m), the new product line provides production-level speed for all applications in addition to a low cost to print, giving companies priced out of production systems the opportunity to benefit from digital.

    Digital Series HD, a 7-colour UV inkjet press with QCDC-SR, Live VDP and StitchAI, is making its first appearance in Brussels since launching in spring of 2018. Mark Andy’s full-production true hybrid digital inkjet system is now available in 17” (430 mm) web-width, and is being demonstrated four times daily, with special demonstrations highlighting its high-speed shrink sleeve capabilities. 

    Representatives from Mark Andy Print Products Europe are on-stand during the show, as well. Mark Andy Print Products, now supporting European converters and customers, offers all essential flexo pressroom consumables, including, plate mounting tape, doctor blades, anilox rolls, splicing tape, pressroom chemistry, and more.

  • + Fujifilm Unveils Five New Products at Labelexpo Europe 2019

    At Labelexpo Europe 2019 (stand 9A34, Brussels Expo, 24 - 27 September), Fujifilm is showcasing a range of new products ..

    30 September 2019

    At Labelexpo Europe 2019 (stand 9A34, Brussels Expo, 24 - 27 September), Fujifilm is showcasing a range of new products designed to help label converters optimise their existing flexo presses, under the slogan "Protect the planet and your profits". Consisting of enhancements to the company's water-washable flexo plate and processing systems, together with new LED UV curing and imprinting solutions, Fujifilm will be highlighting just how efficient and eco-friendly the production of high quality labels can be.

    On show for the first time will be Flenex FW-FP, Fujifilm's new water-washable plate for flexible packaging, joined by the upgraded SB-938 FLW water-washable plate processor and the brand new Aquarius Water Treatment System. New Sericol JJ LED UV flexo ink and JF indirect food packaging compliant UV cured inks are also being displayed alongside Fujifilm's established Illumina cold cure LED UV system and additional new ACTIV LED UV system, while a new industrial imprinting system will also be showcased at the exhibition.

    Nills Gottfried, Segment Product Marketing Manager at Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe says: "This year's Labelexpo promises to be an exciting one for Fujifilm. We're delighted to be presenting a range of new products for the labelling market, alongside established products many visitors may still wish to learn more about. All are designed to ensure the highest quality label production achieved in the most efficient, profitable and eco-friendly way possible.

    Water-wash plate and plate processing equipment Fujifilm's new Flenex FW-FP plate features all the quality benefits of the established FW-L2 plate as well as added solvent resistance, reduced curling effect and a thicker polyester base of 188µm.

    SB-938 FLW is Fujifilm's easy access, all-in-one, semi-automatic water-washable plate processor designed to provide efficient plate handling. In combination with Fujifilm's Flenex FW plates, the SB-938 FLW processor offers the fastest platemaking times in the industry - under 40 minutes. This is 3 times faster than leading solvent systems and 1.5 times faster than current thermal and water technologies. Says Gottfried: "Our upgraded SB-938, with its best-in-class waste water capabilities, is a prime example of Fujifilm's desire to manufacture products that support the ever evolving environmental requirements demanded by the industry. It has an array of new features, including a washing section which minimises water use during rinsing, a liftable brush frame providing easier access for cleaning and a unique remote diagnostic service, to name a few."

    Rounding off Fujifilm's new flexographic equipment is the new Aquarius Water Treatment System. Used in combination with either the C-Touch or SB-938 water-wash flexo plate processors, Aquarius reduces water usage, prolongs the bath life and reduces waste water and processor cleaning times.

    In combination, Fujifilm's newest Flenex plate, processor and water treatment system can help label converters reduce water use while also ensuring that their equipment functions effectively for as long as possible.

    LED UV systems and inks

    Fujifilm is also launching a new LED UV retrofit curing system called ACTIV, which allows any traditional UV flexo press to be converted to LED UV curing, bringing major improvements to label production. "ACTIV takes advantage of the very latest LED UV curing technologies, along with Fujifilm's ink expertise, to deliver an industrial, reliable curing system with none of the disadvantages of higher power and higher temperature conventional UV lamps," says Gottfried. "ACTIV accelerates productivity, as well as offering quality improvements, greater application versatility, cost and material savings, and reduced environmental impact."

    This new LED UV curing system will be demonstrated alongside the established Illumina LED UV curing system, presented at Labelexpo in 2017.

    Launched in tandem with ACTIV is Fujifilm's new high performance, Sericol JJ LED UV flexo ink and Sericol JF indirect food packaging compliant UV cured ink. Both are designed for use with the Illumina and ACTIV LED UV curing systems, as well as most other LED UV curing systems. The Sericol JF flexo UV ink is formulated to comply with Swiss Ordinance SR 817.023.21 and Nestle Guidance Note on Packaging Inks 02-2014 and EC Regulation on GMP 2003/2006, making it suitable for indirect food packaging, in accordance with EuPIA guidelines.

    Finally, as a technical preview, Fujifilm's new Industrial Imprinting System offers variable data printing at industrial production speeds. In an era of mass customisation, imprinting provides a great opportunity to add value and help to increase the range of solutions companies can offer. Fujifilm's new imprinting solution is highly productive and can be fully integrated easily into existing packing or filling line equipment. Using Fujifilm's inkjet technology, the imprinting system can print images or information as text, logos, QR or barcodes, or any other customised data.

    Gottfried concludes: "If label converters want to find out more about how they can optimise their existing flexo presses with the latest innovative solutions, we recommend they visit the Fujifilm stand at Labelexpo. With new products across the stand, Fujifilm will be demonstrating how label production can be made more flexible, efficient, profitable and ultimately more eco-friendly."

  • + RISO Unveils Cut-Sheet Production Inkjet Printer

    RISO Kagaku Corp. has launched a new brand of high-speed production inkjet printers. The brand’s first product, th..

    27 August 2019

    RISO Kagaku Corp. has launched a new brand of high-speed production inkjet printers. The brand’s first product, the VALEZUS T2100, is a high-speed, 320-ppm full-color cut-sheet printer.

    One of RISO’s commanding strengths is the development of inks optimized for high-speed paper feeding and high-speed printing. This expertise enables RISO to deliver unique printing solutions serving the demand for high-volume printing.

    By connecting printer engines to print the front and back sides respectively, the VALEZUS T2100 achieves a fast double-sided printing speed of 320 ppm. The VALEZUS T2100 offers a compact footprint for a production printer as well as superior ease of use and maintenance.

    With these features, the VALEZUS T2100 increases productivity and dramatically improves work efficiency in high-volume printing. In high-volume printing applications, such as transactional printing at print service providers, in-house printing at financial institutions, insurance companies and government offices, the VALEZUS T2100 opens a world of new possibilities in cut-sheet printing.

    The VALEZUS T2100 will be available in the fall, and RISO Inc. will show the inkjet printer at PRINTING United, October 23 - 25 in Dallas.
    Main features of the VALEZUS T2100:

    The VALEZUS T2100 can print 320 ppm (continuous printing of A4-sized paper with long-edge feed on standard settings) or 19,200 pages per hour (not including cleaning time), based on full-color, double-sided printing of A4-sized paper. Because the VALEZUS T2100 is a cut sheet printer, it can easily handle short-run jobs as well, enabling speedy processing of a diverse range of jobs.

    The VALEZUS T2100 is equipped with two high-capacity feeder/stacker units, each capable of feeding and stacking up to 4,000 sheets (total of 8,000 sheets). The two units can be switched while the printer is active, allowing users to load/unload paper without stopping the job. Also, the stacker unit is equipped with a jogger mechanism and dedicated cart, enabling smooth transition to post-processing after printing. The feeder/stacker units are scheduled to be available in the spring of 2020.

    The VALEZUS T2100 can fit in existing workflow of customers. It supports PDF and Postscript, generally used in an open system environment as well as AFP/IPDS, which is used as an industry standard for mission-critical production print applications.

    The VALEZUS T2100 incorporates an inkjet system that adopts oil-based inks ensuring energy-saving operation. Oil-based inks contribute to energy-saving because there is no need for ink-drying heaters required for water-based inks, and unlike toner-based technologies, there is no heat-fixing process required.

  • + Mark Andy introduces new Digital Pro product line

    Mark Andy has announced the launch of Digital Pro, the latest development to its digital product offerings. The new prod..

    12 August 2019

    Mark Andy has announced the launch of Digital Pro, the latest development to its digital product offerings. The new product line comes to market with 77 fpm (23.4 m/m) production speed for all applications and low cost to print, allowing businesses priced out of production systems the opportunity to benefit from digital.

    Available for immediate order, the CMYK dry toner Digital Pro line includes a roll-to-roll press, Digital Pro 1, and a configurable inline hybrid model, Digital Pro 3. The systems are priced starting at $199,000 USD and $295,000 USD, respectively, and will be initially showcased at regional events throughout North America starting August 2019.

    The product will make its European debut at Labelexpo Europe this September in Brussels.

    Digital Pro 1 is a roll-to-roll machine, fitted with an unwind, state of the art print engine and rewind, providing 12.5" digital print width. The introductory Digital Pro system is important for plants with established converting and finishing workflows, simplifying digital print for operators to a click of the button. As business and workflows evolve, the modular nature of Digital Pro 1 provides an upgrade path with scalable inline printing and converting options.

    Digital Pro 1 is joined by the advanced inline hybrid model: Digital Pro 3. This system includes a multi-purpose flexo station for inline embellishment and is fueled by a robust DFE that supports variable data printing and versioning needed in the short- and micro-run market segment.

    Digital Pro 3 can be configured with a single slot die station or with a semi rotary die module to finish labels inline. The semi-rotary system reduces die inventory and comes with a standard 19" magnetic cylinder to accommodate most repeats without tool changeover.

    Digital Pro system is fueled by a high-yield toner and supports a wide range of substrates and applications with no priming or coating required. Additional media capabilities supported by the product line include vinyl, PVC, foil.

    Joe Calmese, chief business officer, Mark Andy Digital, says, “Printing digital at high speeds with inline converting is at the top of many converters' wishlists. Same with roll-to-roll devices. We’ve been listening. The end result is the Digital Pro line with configurable hybrid print systems that provide a powerful path to profitability, both now and in the future as we continue to push the envelope in digital innovation”

    Digital One press owners are eligible for a field upgrade of the new Digital Pro engine into their existing machine to optimize production and help increase margins with a substantially lower cost to print structure. The Digital Pro engine upgrade provides a 70% increase in speed and a 30% lower cost to print over the previous generation Digital One press. Current Digital One customers will continue to receive the high level of support and service they have come to expect from Mark Andy. 

  • + Led Back-Lighting Kit For Screen Washout Booths

    A new LED back-lighting kit from Vastex illuminates the translucent acrylic back panel of screen washout booths, improvi..

    30 July 2019

    A new LED back-lighting kit from Vastex illuminates the translucent acrylic back panel of screen washout booths, improving visual inspection of the screen surface being reclaimed.

    Offered in two sizes, in 120 or 240V, the kit is optional on new equipment and can be retrofit to all existing Vastex washout booths and certain other makes.  Both the light and switch are IP65-rated as being dust- and water-tight.

    Model VWB-LK2 measures 24 x 2 in. (610 x 51 mm) for booth chambers ≤4 ft (1219 mm) wide, while Model VWB-LK4, at 48 x 4 in. (1219 x 102 mm), is sized for chambers ≥4 ft (1219 mm) wide.

    The units attach to the washout booth upper frame with mounting brackets supplied.

    Vastex washout booths feature stainless steel construction, frosted acrylic back panels, squeegee shelves and a screen stand-off that holds screens in place during wash-down.  An optional vacuum tool removes excess water from screens for quick drying.

    The company also manufactures screen printing presses in one to 10 colours and one to 10 stations, athletic numbering accessories, flash cure units, infrared conveyor dryers, heat presses, screen exposing units, screen drying cabinets, screen registration systems and complete screen printing shop systems, and offers a comprehensive range of training classes for entry level, intermediate and advanced screen printers.

  • + MPS introduces EFS and EFA flexo press lines

    MPS has released its next-generation flexo press technologies: the EFS and EFA, replacing the former EF series. &ls..

    17 July 2019

     MPS has released its next-generation flexo press technologies: the EFS and EFA, replacing the former EF series.

    ‘With a beautiful design, new colours and even more operator-friendly innovations, the EFS and EFA flexo presses are the next level that this market demands,’ said Atze Bosma, CEO of MPS Systems.
    The EFS and EFA are both multi-substrate presses designed for printing labels and flexible packaging on any material, varying from thin unsupported films, self-adhesive labels, shrink sleeves and cartonboard up to 450μm.

    The highly automated EFS enables operators to maximise press performance with ease of operation, high productivity and reliability. The automation on the EFS includes the automatic loading of job settings using job memory, AutoTeach for quick and automated register settings, and iStop for job changes with minimum waste. 

    The EFS is designed with high-quality print sleeves and many MPS innovations as standard, such as iControl, Crisp.Dot, Quick Change Die station. EFS is suitable for the ‘Talk to me’ connectivity platform for data exchange, performance monitoring, pre-loading of job settings and remote support.

    The EFA press provides servo-controlled pressure settings for the print sleeves and aniloxes at each print station.
    ‘Our EFA is the best option for any printer looking to achieve maximum performance capability from their press,’ said Bosma. ‘With full automation of all print pressure settings and the ergonomic slide-out ink drawer as a standard feature, this press is the ultimate in operator-friendliness. With all options for connectivity, it is the most future-proof solution for a printer’s business.’

    With the introduction of the EFS and EFA press lines, the existing press colour scheme is also adjusted. The main part of the of the presses will come a darker anthracite for a high-quality look and feel. The new colour design featured in the EFS and EFA presses will be reflected in production builds of the hybrid EF Symjet, EXL-Packaging and EXL-Offset presses as well.

    The hybrid EF Symjet press, with the name unchanged, is now available with the EFS and EFA platforms.

  • + Xante' Announces EnVite: New Digital Press For Stationery Printing

    Xante' today announced the EnVite Multi-Media Digital Press, its newest innovative digital press designed for the demand..

    15 July 2019

    Xante' today announced the EnVite Multi-Media Digital Press, its newest innovative digital press designed for the demanding stationery and specialty printing markets. Stationery stores serve customers who have very high standards and so does Xante', said Robert Ross, President and CEO. The EnVite delivers extremely high-quality, fast and fully automated prints on specialty media and does so at a very affordable price.”

    The EnVite produces stunning 4800 dpi colour quality on an extensive range of media types and sizes. Well-suited to fast production of invitations, envelopes, stationery, business cards and greeting cards, EnVite boasts speeds of up to 3,500 full-colour, fully-addressed A7-size envelopes per hour and media sizes from 3.5x3.5 up to 13x49. The digital press includes the Enterprise SP, a radical new design high-speed feed system that fits comfortably in the limited floor space of stationery stores. With the EnVite, stationery stores will be able to print on a wide range of media including vellum, linen, sueded, pearlised, and foil-lined envelopes. EnVite print markets include small poster printing, menus, postcards and so much more.

    Powered by Xante's iQueue workflow software, the EnVite provides stationery stores with rich personalisation and customisation tools to satisfy any requirement.

    We designed a product that greatly expands the capability of the typical stationery shop, said Mark Priede, Xante's Vice-President of Global Sales and Marketing. The extensive variable data printing tools included at no extra charge in iQueue make each print job unique and personalized. Customers can bring their own designs or use any of iQueue's more that 1,000 free design templates and specialty fonts. EnVite and our iQueue workflow software make outstanding personalised print jobs incredibly easy.”

    The Xante' EnVite Multi-Media Digital Press is available immediately direct from Xante' or its reseller partners around the globe.

  • + Xerox Unveils Entry-Level Cut-Sheet Inkjet Press

    Xerox has unveiled a new entry-level cut-sheet production inkjet by press that it says will leapfrog the competition..

    02 July 2019

    Xerox has unveiled a new entry-level cut-sheet production inkjet by press that it says will leapfrog the competition with new advantages of value, volume, and velocity — a combination that could help to open up inkjet to more in-plants.

    Xerox announced the launch of its Baltoro HF Inkjet Press on June 26 in Rochester, N.Y., noting that it will succeed the Brenva as the company’s cut-sheet production inkjet platform. Baltoro will print on a range of uncoated plain, inkjet treated, and coated paper without priming or pretreating, increasing its productivity.

    The press will print at speeds up to 18,000 images per hour. It boasts a 13.76x20.25˝ maximum image area and true 1,200x1,200-dpi resolution. Among its features for high productivity and quality are Xerox Automated Intelligence and Advanced Image Controls (AI) and inline spectrophotometry by X-Rite. It also is available with a dynamic perforator from Tecnau plus other inline finishing options.

    Xerox says that Baltoro enables clients to print high-volume, transactional work and high-quality direct mail and catalogs on a single press with superior image quality and productivity. The Baltoro HF is Xerox’s first product built on this platform.

    “We engineered the Baltoro HF by leveraging the best of our iGen and High Fusion inkjet technologies,” said Tracey Koziol, senior VP of Global Offerings at Xerox. “The result is a breakthrough platform that expands into the commercial print environment and supports high-quality production with economics similar to offset printing.”

    “Designing and manufacturing the Baltoro HF from the frame to the engine gives us a greater ability to continuously advance the platform at a faster clip,” Kozol continued.

    The Baltoro HF Inkjet press is the first Xerox press to use this type of technology. Xerox claims the Baltoro HF is the only press in the entry-level class to use automated intelligence to optimize and maintain color and image quality as well as self-correct in real time.

    The automated intelligence of the press, together with its High Fusion ink and Xerox High Fusion W-Series Inkjet Heads, reportedly delivers true, high-definition 1,200x1,200-dpi image quality without the need to condition media with priming solutions or precoats. Xerox notes that eliminating the priming solution reduces press size, power consumption and total cost of ownership while increasing productivity.

    The Baltoro HF also offers additional time-saving advantages. Its speed, paired with having the widest print area in its class, enables the press to increase client productivity by more than 115%. On the front end,Xerox FreeFlow Core automates the time-consuming prepress work, while Xerox FreeFlow Print Server allows clients to add new jobs while the press is running.

  • + Toray Graphics unveils new waterless offset plate

    Toray Graphics, a manufacturer of waterless offset plate technology based in the Czech Republic, has introduced a new wa..

    28 May 2019

    Toray Graphics, a manufacturer of waterless offset plate technology based in the Czech Republic, has introduced a new waterless offset printing plate, Imprima LJ.

    Toray described the new water-washable plate as having high quality and durability. Its printing resolution is up to 175 LPI.

    The thermal negative CTP printing plate uses a standard imaging wavelength of 830 nanometers. It is suitable for label production but can also be used for a wide range of other applications, including CD/DVDs, loyalty cards, metal decoration and for printing on non-absorbent substrates. 

    These plates are also suited to printers using UV curable inks as well as for sheet-fed and on web presses that require production quality such as density stability during the print run,’ said the company in a statement. ‘Its high resistance to chemicals and UV inks makes it an extremely durable plate. It also offers excellent screening at 1-99 percent with 36 micron FM or hybrid screening, and 2-98 percent with AM screening at 175 LPI.’

    Since it is a water-washable plate, it requires no chemicals in the developing process, and can be processed in most available waterless processors. It also does not require post-baking. This makes it easy to insert into any offset workflow and results in low-cost processing. 

    Other benefits of this new plate are said to include:

    - Stable dot reproduction
    - High ink coverage
    - Up to three hours daylight resistance under standard safe-light conditions
    - Long shelf life, suitable for archiving
    - Compatible with all waterless inks

    Following this launch, Toray said ‘in the near term’ it will introduce a new plate type for other printing segments: the Imprima WJ high resolution and high durability water-washable plate. 

  • + SCREEN releases advanced VLF 24 Page CtP Systems – Ultima 24000N series

    SCREEN GP Australia has announced availability of its PlateRite Ultima 24000N series of thermal plate recorders capable ..

    28 May 2019

    SCREEN GP Australia has announced availability of its PlateRite Ultima 24000N series of thermal plate recorders capable of up to 24 x A4 pages on a 1632mm x 1325mm plate. The series features the latest GLV (grating light valve) imaging heads and delivers high throughput of up to 35 full-sizeplates per hour (Z model), with an outstanding cost performance.

    “VLF, or very large format, CtP is experiencing an upswing in Australia and New Zealand as the demand for faster plate changes on both wide web and oversize sheetfed litho machines increases,” says local Managing Director Peter Scott. “Markets include publishing, packaging, POS and platemaking where several jobs are ganged up on one plate. We already have very strong interest in the new Ultima 2400N and expect installations to happen this year.”

    PlateRite Ultima 24000N series
    Several plate sizes are possible on the new Ultima 24000N series and Screen has optimized the plate sizes series to suit these presses. Two new versions offer significantly more compact footprints than the existing models with even greater productivity and cost performance.

    The PlateRite Ultima 24000N series incorporates the latest GLV imaging heads with an upgraded optical system. These heads support the output of Screen’s proprietary Spekta 2 hybrid screening, enabling richer, high-resolution results. The 24000N-Z model is equipped with a 1,024 channel head that boosts output up to 35 VLF plates per hour, or 45 plates per hour when making B1 1030mm x 800mm sized plates.

    The 512 channel 24000N-S model also improves throughput to 24 plates per hour, from the 22 plates offered by its predecessor. Both models are able to handle plates from 650 x 490 mm  up to 1,652 x 1,325 mm, comprehensively covering the sizes used by large-format presses. In addition, the new series can be used with Screen’s MA-L40000 multi-cassette autoloader, capable of automatically supplying up to 300 plates, to achieve extended continuous operation. Screen also plans to develop a new model of its Skid autoloader, which is able to deliver a larger number of uniformly sized plates.

    The whole system can be linked to TRUST Network Service, the company’s sophisticated online maintenance support service, helping to ensure trouble-free operation.

    Screen CtP thermal platesetters are available through plate suppliers such as Fujifilm, WRH Global/Xingraphics and, for flexographic CtP, Jet Technologies. The company will be at PrintEx 2019, Sydney August 13-16 on stand B08. 


    SCREEN Graphic Solutions has finalised development of a new blue ink intended for use in its high-end Truepress Jet L350..

    21 May 2019

    SCREEN Graphic Solutions has finalised development of a new blue ink intended for use in its high-end Truepress Jet L350UV+ digital label printing system. The ink will be released worldwide in June.

    In recent years, the growing awareness of corporate and product brand image has led to a continuous increase in demand for higher quality product labelling and packaging. At the same time, there has been a growing need for the ability to use the blue colours often required for corporate designs and product packaging with digital label presses to provide greater flexibility and impact.

    In response to these trends, SCREEN GA has developed ‘Truepress ink for L350UV Blue’. This new blue ink is designed for use with the company’s Truepress Jet L350UV+ system, a high-end UV inkjet label printing model that also offers features including industry-leading print speeds of up to 60 metres per minute, wide media compatibility and outstanding operability. SCREEN GA’s exclusive expertise has enabled it to successfully extend the blue colour gamut to its maximum potential.

    The system’s ability to handle blue ink in addition to conventional CMYK and white inks allows it to faithfully reproduce blue colours in corporate designs that were previously difficult using process colours alone. It is also able to precisely output a wide range of blue tones frequently used on the packaging of items such as cosmetics, toiletries and body care products. These expressive capabilities help to improve brand image and create products that truly stand out from competitor items in the marketplace.

    Screen Europe will be showing the Truepress Jet L350UV+ with the new blue ink at the inaugural LabelFest Open House event at its Amstelveen showroom in the Netherlands on 15th & 16th May 2019. Partners joining Screen at the event include CERM, Hybrid Software, Avery Dennison, Rotocon Europe, SEI Laser, CGS and Kurz. Carlo Sammarco, Screen Sales Director Packaging Solutions EMEA, said; “Visitors to LabelFest will be able to see a fully integrated digital label production system in operation and will have the opportunity to discuss their requirements with members of the Screen team and with our partner vendors.”

    SCREEN GA intends to continue its efforts to provide solutions to the diverse market needs connected to label printing. It will also continue to promote the creation of new applications and business models as it works to support the expansion of the label and packaging industry.

  • + Inkcups introduces the Helix Hi-Fi rotary digital printer

    Global printing industry leader Inkcups announced the release of its newest product, the Helix Hi-Fi, a 7-colour rotary ..

    14 May 2019

    Global printing industry leader Inkcups announced the release of its newest product, the Helix Hi-Fi, a 7-colour rotary digital printer that delivers photorealistic skin-tone matching with the addition of three new colour pockets.

    The Helix Hi-Fi is an evolution of the Inkcups Helix, the industry’s best-selling printer in its class. In addition to Helix’s standard CMYKWV, the Helix Hi-Fi has three additional colours: light cyan, light magenta and light black. While the standard Helix already delivers the best image quality in the industry, the addition of the light colours brings output quality to a new level. The benefits are most dramatic in printing skin tones where true photorealistic images are generated with smoother shade transitions, less graininess, and higher-resolution edge effects.

    The Helix Hi-Fi’s unique skin-tone matching function is increasingly in demand for personalised printing, which often requires one-off production of facial images. Helix Hi-Fi can import a series of unique image files and produce high-resolution printed products of stunning quality. Typical applications include personalised images on glass candle holders, drinkware including stemless wine glasses, stainless steel tumblers, pint glasses and many more.

    Ideal for promotional and retail markets, the Helix Hi-Fi prints multi-colour graphics on straight-walled cylinders, tapers, and objects with limited wall curvatures. The system features a built-in programmable tilt to reduce change-over time and eliminate the need to optimise print recipes for each SKU change. The Helix Hi-Fi uses UV LED ink and prints 360 degrees with a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi. The machine’s printable area is 8.6 inches (218 mm); the system can print on items up to 12 inches (305 mm) in length with a diameter ranging from 2-5 inches (51-127 mm).

    The Helix Hi-Fi is delivered as a turnkey package that includes software to integrate with web-based production solutions, as well as Inkcups world-class InkcupCare warranty and service coverage. The company offers multiple pre-treatment options (including newly released MagiCoat), inks and other supplies, along with application testing and sample prints upon request. Metals, glass, plastics, and ceramics are all validated for image durability from handling and washing.

    “The Helix Hi-Fi is unmatched in price and performance,” said Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups. “The addition of these three inks is a game changer for customers looking to achieve high-quality personalised results. Inkcups has always had a strong business with promotional printing, and we are pleased to lead the industry in the personalisation category.”

  • + Meteor Inkjet launches Waveform Development Services

    Meteor Inkjet, the leading independent supplier of electronics and software to drive industrial inkjet printheads, furth..

    02 April 2019

    Meteor Inkjet, the leading independent supplier of electronics and software to drive industrial inkjet printheads, further enhances its portfolio with the launch of a tiered collection of services for ink characterisation, print reliability analysis and printhead waveform development and optimisation.

    Customers can now choose from an extensive menu of waveform optimisation services which includes real-time evaluation of drops in flight; process mapping of drop volume and velocity response to drive voltage and frequency; visualisation and image capture of drop and ligament formation; analysis of a fluid’s rheology; determination of printhead open time and latency; assessment of jetting reliability, fluid build-up and misting; and print reliability testing using both standard images and customer-provided application-specific images.

    Matthew Pullen, Meteor’s product manager for DropWatching Systems comments, “Our new service offering fills a significant gap in the market. Ink manufacturers and print system developers can now access Meteor’s committed team of technical specialists to optimise fluid and printhead combinations for specific application requirements and progress ink formulation efforts in a time efficient way.”