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  • + Epson introduces new 64-inch P-Series printer offering high-quality, wide colour gamut and high productivity

    Designed for high-quality poster, graphic, signage, and fine art printing Epson is set to release its most advanced 64-inch ...

    April 16 2024

    Designed for high-quality poster, graphic, signage, and fine art printing


    Epson is set to release its most advanced 64-inch SureColor P-Series large format printer to date, the P20560. This new model succeeds the top selling SureColor P20070 and will be showcased for the first time in Australia on the Epson stand during Visual Impact Brisbane from the 17th to the 19th of July 2024.

    New SureColor P20560 64-inch large format printer

    The SureColor P20560 comes with significant upgrades compared to the current model, offering faster processing speeds and an expanded 12-colour ink set that is shared with the SureColor P7560 and P9560, providing a wider colour gamut and up to 99% Pantone coverage*. The SC-P20560 is fed by a newly designed bulk ink system and ships with 12 cost-effective 1.6L ink packs designed for high-volume print jobs. A new 4.3-inch optical touch colour LCD, optional 1Tb SSD and Adobe PostScript 3 improve workflow and efficiency with the SC-P20560. Epson Edge Print PRO RIP software is also bundled with the machine, making it a comprehensive solution for professional printing workflows.

    New SureColor P20560 bulk ink system


    The SC-P20560 shares the same 2.64-inch PrecisionCore™ printhead as the current model, which has become known for outstanding image quality, but the printhead adds two additional lines to support the 12-colour ink set. Usability improvements that streamline workflows and media handling include the availability of Epson Media Installer, Epson Print Layout and Epson Print Automate, as well as a spindle less roll adaptor, optional take-up reel for roll-to-roll printing, front operation, and easy media roll loading.


    New SureColor P20560 in production environment


    More about the new SureColor P20560

    The new 64-inch machine delivers a range of features designed to enhance business productivity, including:


    • Advanced performance – Delivers crisp, detailed, colourful prints using a reliable 2.64-inch PrecisionCore Micro TFP printhead, producing remarkable prints at high-speeds.
    • Superior image quality with all-new UltraChrome PRO12 – A 12-colour ink set including three levels of black and a violet ink to produce an astounding colour gamut with up to 99% Pantone coverage*.
    • Bulk ink solution – Cost-effective 1.6L ink packs for high-production print volumes and fewer ink replacements.
    • Optional Adobe Postscript – High-speed processing and accurate printing of transparent layers.
    • Epson Cloud Solution PORT – Remotely monitor your production on laptops and smart devices complete with production status and utilisation rates, print costs and output volumes. Manage a single printer or an entire fleet in the palm of your hand while gaining access to enhanced service and support.
    • Versatile media handling – Print on a wide range of media, including glossy, bond, matte and specialty medias, and rigid posterboard up to 1.5 mm thick.
    • Versatile connectivity – High-speed USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet options to fit virtually any production workflow.


    The SureColor P20560 64-inch will be available in Australia from July 2024 and in New Zealand shortly after that. RRPs will be announced closer to the time of release.


  • + Esko and GlobalVision launch new integration, bringing next-gen proofreading and inspection capabilities to WebCenter

    Unified and user-friendly workflow streamlines quality inspection and ensures 100% accuracy, compliance, and print readiness 

    April 16 2024

    Unified and user-friendly workflow streamlines quality inspection and ensures 100% accuracy, compliance, and print readiness 

    The leader in document quality control software for regulated industries, GlobalVision, is proud to announce an advanced integration with longtime technology partner Esko, with their flagship product WebCenter, further enhancing the efficiency and accuracy of the packaging artwork and content management process. 

    The integration brings together Esko WebCenter - a web-based platform specifically tailored for CPG and pharmaceutical teams to manage all aspects of the packaging management workflow from creation to approval and distribution - with GlobalVision's industry-leading automated proofreading platform, Verify. The result is a unified and user-friendly workflow that streamlines quality inspections and ensures 100% accuracy, compliance, and print readiness. 

    Key Features of the Integration include: 

    Single-Click File Inspection Tools for Compliance - Built-in automated text compare, spell check, graphics, barcode and braille inspections ensure that files are compliant with global regulatory requirements by checking files as they move through the WebCenter workflow. 

    Security & Data Protection - The closed-loop integration ensures that files leaving WebCenter are securely transferred to Verify, prioritizing data security and protecting sensitive information. 

    Seamless Artwork Management Workflow - Reduce the number of revisions needed, improve productivity, and create more synergy in the artwork management workflow by connecting Verify to WebCenter, allowing for single click file transfers between the two. 

    The Verify integration in WebCenter brings together speed, precision, and security in one cohesive solution to address the unique challenges faced by artwork, labeling and quality control teams and empowers them to save time and maintain compliance by automating proofreading throughout the artwork management process. 

    Michael Malz, Chief Product Officer at GlobalVision says: “Esko and GlobalVision teams have been hard at work for many months to bring this new integration to life. Accessing GlobalVision tools from within the WebCenter workflow has been a key function our shared customers have been requesting, as it brings quality inspections right where users need them.” 

    Jan De Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Industry Relations & Strategy added: “We are dedicated to developing solutions that accelerate the go-to-market of packaged goods. We are always keen to ensure our customers are making the very most of their Esko software and we are delighted to have worked with GlobalVision on this integration.” 

    To learn more about GlobalVision’s official release of the Esko WebCenter/Verify integration, visit

  • + SEI Laser Converting chooses Vetaphone for surface treatment

    SEI Laser Converting is based in Buja in the northeast corner of Italy.  The company is part of the international SEI Group that has installed more than 7,000 machines in 53 c...

    April 16 2024

    SEI Laser Converting is based in Buja in the northeast corner of Italy.  The company is part of the international SEI Group that has installed more than 7,000 machines in 53 countries around the world since it was established in 1982.  Engaged in a variety of markets from automotive to packaging, the Group prides itself on its ability to offer innovative solutions that help its customers to attract new business.


    Its involvement with manufacturing technology for the label and flexible packaging sectors brought SEI Laser Converting into contact with Vetaphone back in 2010 when it developed its narrow web laser die cutting capability into a fully modular converting line known as the Labelmaster for roll to roll and roll to sheet applications.


    The Labelmaster series, which is available in 350mm and 600mm web widths, is a high-performance system for the self-adhesive label converters involved in production for the food and beverage, wine, beauty, healthcare, textile, and industrial sectors.  In addition, flexible packaging, anti-counterfeiting, and promotional work are growing areas of importance, with the Labelmaster machines’ ability to work with substrates from paper and carton to plastic films and foils.


    According to Raffaella Copetti, Purchasing Manager at the Buja site: “It was our entry into the film and foil area that first alerted us to the need for surface treatment, and after extensive market research, we identified Vetaphone as our preferred supplier.”  Renowned as the inventors of what is known globally as corona treatment, Vetaphone has a unique knowledge bank relating to all types of polymer-based materials and invests heavily in R&D to ensure that its technology keeps pace with the rapidly changing demands of today’s packaging market.


    In fact, it was Vetaphone’s attention to detail on each customer job that appealed to SEI, whose business philosophy is closely aligned.  The modular concept of the Labelmaster makes it highly adaptable to individual customer requirements with the benefit that it can be reconfigured after installation to cope with changes in market demand.  According to Giuseppe Rossi, Vetaphone’s Sales Manager for Italy: “This sits well with our technology, because Vetaphone corona systems can be finely tuned to meet the specific demands of different substrates and they are also upgradeable as the need arises.”


    In today’s competitive packaging market, the Labelmaster’s QR/Barcode reader allows job changes on the fly for maximum productivity.  With laser die cutting now a well-proven industrial process, SEI Laser Converting offers the most efficient digital business model with web to label, web to sticker, and web to flexible packaging.  In this fast-turnaround environment it is essential to have accurate control of all elements and guaranteed reliability.  “We have nothing but praise for the way in which Vetaphone works with us on all of our projects, and only positive feedback from our customers on the reliable performance of their corona systems,” concluded Raffaella Copetti.


    Kwik Kopy, a leading franchise business in the design, print, and signage industry, proudly announces the commencement of their Mega-Conference, titled "World of Possibilities: Emp...

    April 16 2024

    Kwik Kopy, a leading franchise business in the design, print, and signage industry, proudly announces the commencement of their Mega-Conference, titled "World of Possibilities: Empowering US to Make Possible!" The event, scheduled from April 20th to 23rd, promises to be a transformative experience for Kwik Kopy and its franchisees.


    The 2024 Conference signifies a remarkable milestone for Kwik Kopy, showcasing the exceptional progress achieved under the visionary leadership of Sonia Shwabsky. With a strategic focus on leadership, brand consistency, industry recognition, wide format expertise, peer learning, post-COVID resurgence, community collaboration, superlative service, and community strength, Kwik Kopy emerges as a trailblazer in the dynamic design, print, and signage segment.


    Sonia Shwabsky, CEO of Kwik Kopy Australia, expressed her pride in the company's achievements, stating, "Our dedication to continuous growth and innovation has propelled us forward amidst challenges and opportunities. This year's Conference underscores our commitment to our core values and purpose."


    The conference agenda is replete with sessions on leadership, customer understanding, e-commerce integration, sustainability, website transformation, and investment in growth. Through engaging presentations, insightful discussions, and interactive sessions, attendees will gain valuable insights into Kwik Kopy's pivotal role in shaping the future of the industry.


    "We are entering a world of possibilities, where innovation and collaboration drive growth," Sonia added. "At Kwik Kopy, we empower our franchisees to seize opportunities and turn possibilities into reality. Together, we will continue to evolve and thrive."


    With over 200 attendees, including franchisees, suppliers, industry experts, and special guests, the conference promises to be a gathering of minds committed to excellence and growth. Noteworthy highlights include presentations from the CEO, Marketing, and Operations teams, keynote addresses by industry leaders, workshops on sales, cyber-security, e-commerce, and the launch of Kwik Kopy's new Leadership Cadetship and Scholarship program.


    The conference culminates in a spectacular Awards night, hosted under the stars for the first time, celebrating excellence and innovation within the Kwik Kopy community. Attendees will witness the unveiling of Kwik Kopy's new website and e-commerce platform, marking a significant step towards becoming the leading franchise in the Marketing Communications space.


    With a mission to empower franchisees, drive growth, foster innovation, and prioritize community, Kwik Kopy is poised to lead the design, print, and signage industry into a future brimming with possibilities.

  • + Avery Dennison Announces the Wrap Like Royalty 2024 Competition Launch

    Avery Dennison, a global leader in adhesive technologies and display graphics, is proud to announce the launch of the Wrap Like Royalty 2024 Competition. Building on the success of...

    April 02 2024

    Avery Dennison, a global leader in adhesive technologies and display graphics, is proud to announce the launch of the Wrap Like Royalty 2024 Competition. Building on the success of the

    well-known Wrap Like a King challenge, the competition returns with an expanded format, with more categories, vehicle types, and grander prizes.

    Catering to the creativity and talent within the vehicle wrapping community, Wrap Like Royalty offers three exciting new application classes for participants, in the place of the previous one

    all-encompassing class. Giving expanded opportunities for more wrap queens and kings to win and be recognised:

    ● Color Change Class

    ● Print Design Class

    ● Fantasy Class

    Wrap Like Royalty 2024 also expands to four vehicle categories, up from the previous one:

    1. cars and caravans,

    2. boats and jet skis

    3. trucks and trailers

    4. Commercial Vehicles - vans, buses, and trucks.

    Prizes and Recognition

    To elevate the stakes, Wrap Like Royalty 2024 boasts combined prize packages worth over $30,000. The most coveted reward awaits the three Global Winners who will enjoy a glamorous

    four-night hotel stay in Las Vegas during the exclusive SEMA Show 2024, among other prizes.

    Could it be you who wraps their way to Vegas fame?

    Entering the Competition

    Participants are encouraged to stretch their imagination and skill across various categories. For full terms and conditions, and to enter, visit Wrap Like Royalty. Should you wish to know more about the competition or require assistance, reach out to your Avery Dennison representative.

    Join us as we cheer for the artisans of the wrap world and eagerly anticipate the stunning

    artistry they will bring to Wrap Like Royalty 2024 (

  • + Fujifilm to launch its hybrid Automation system at drupa 2024

    Fujifilm will preview at drupa 2024 its Automation system to give its customers the option to upgrade their high end Acuity Hybrid wide format machines with a full solution....

    April 02 2024

    Fujifilm will preview at drupa 2024 its Automation system to give its customers the option to upgrade their high end Acuity Hybrid wide format machines with a full solution.

    The robotics unit allows a single operator to run the machine and facilitates a pallet-to-pallet process for rigid substrates.

    The robust system, which was designed to support and speed up production lines, comprises a loading option to feed rigid substrates onto the printer and an unloading system to unload material from printer to pallet. It can be set to deliver full or half automation.

    The system has four lanes and allows four rows of material to be printed simultaneously. Each lane has two suction arms to pick up materials and a vacuum that can be adjusted to carry a variety of substrates and surfaces with different weights. There is also an optional ionization unit which removes unwanted static from substrates that are typically challenging to print on.

    The automation system’s user-friendly GUI seamlessly communicates with the printer while allowing the operator to continuously monitor the materials being handled. The automation unit includes a specially designed latching system, patented by Fujifilm, which enables it to be quickly connected to the printer.

    In addition, for use with a hybrid printer such as the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED, it has a feature on each side of the doors allowing easy access to the roll system. This feature facilitates an efficient changeover when using a hybrid printer – from roll-fed to flatbed, for example – maximising its functionality and versatility.

    Fujifilm strives to ensure the longevity of its partnerships. The automation system was therefore designed to support the growth of its customers’ printing businesses and is compatible with current and upcoming technologies in the Acuity Ultra Hybrid range.

    At drupa 2024 (stand A02, hall 8B), Fujifilm Group will showcase this exceptional technology, demonstrating the unloader function on a brand new machine. Customers will be able to see the system in action while Fujifilm highlights to the market how adding this technology to daily production lines can increase uptime, streamline processes and generate more business.

  • + Introducing the Primera AP380 Label Applicator

    Label Power has been crafting top-tier labels for more than 15 years. Therefore, we are always thrilled whenever an exceptional product emerges, improving our process even further....

    April 02 2024

    Label Power has been crafting top-tier labels for more than 15 years. Therefore, we are always thrilled whenever an exceptional product emerges, improving our process even further. The AP380 is the latest product from Primera, featuring intuitive controls and an incredibly easy set-up, it allows for quick adjustments and seamless integration into existing production lines. Operators can save up to nine settings for optimal label spacing, streamlining the labelling process, and enhancing consistency. With a built-in rewinder, LED counter and five roller locations, it comes with all the bells and whistles that place it firmly ahead of the competition.

    The AP380 is built to be able to handle a wide array of cylindrical containers of all shapes and sizes, including bottles, jars, cans, and tubes. It can accommodate containers with widths from 25mm to 239mm and diameters from 15mm to 170mm, providing unparalleled versatility. Even for those containers with slight irregularities or tapering, the AP380 ensures seamless label application. 

    With a labelling capacity of up to 1500 containers per hour, you can achieve a 30% increase in production speed compared to previous models. Moreover, you can apply labels to both the front AND back of the container at the same time. But you won’t be trading accuracy for speed, the AP380 uses precision sensor technology that automatically adjusts based on a labels thickness and the built-in spring-loaded pressure arm applies labels firmly and without wrinkles, ensuring consistent and beautiful results every time. 

    The AP380 is on display at both our Brisbane and Melbourne showrooms. Bring in your jars and bottles and we’ll show you exactly what this machine can do. If you’re based in Sydney, our consultant can bring the AP380 to you for a demo on-site. Online demonstrations are also available by appointment. You can see more about the AP380 on our site here or [CP1] you can contact us today on 1300 727 202 or at

  • + Kongsberg PCS to Debut Advanced New Robotics and Next Generation Digital Cutting Technology at drupa

    Visitors to drupa 2024 will discover the future of automation and the latest advances in digital cutting technology, when Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) debuts...

    April 02 2024

    Visitors to drupa 2024 will discover the future of automation and the latest advances in digital cutting technology, when Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) debuts its latest innovations developed to unleash businesses’ potential and maximise productivity, creativity and sustainability.

    The game-changing new Kongsberg Ultimate will be making its eagerly-anticipated public debut at the global exhibition, and the company has now revealed it will also give a sneak preview of the new addition to its automation line – a new seven-axis robot cell that allows customers to increase throughput utilising multiple pallets and multiple cutting systems, a further step towards ‘lights-out’ automation.

    “This is our first drupa as a standalone business,” said David Preskett, Kongsberg PCS Vice President of EMEA and APAC. “We are incredibly proud of the significant advances we have made recently, and we are excited to showcase our very latest innovations. As well as having a first opportunity to see our new Kongsberg Ultimate that is transforming corrugated production, drupa visitors will also be the first to learn about our incredible new seven-axis, rail-mounted Robotic Material Handler (RMH) system. Seven axes provide significantly greater reach and flexibility, increasing the freedom to design the layout of a production cell to match customer needs. Multiple loading and unloading points can be located with greater flexibility within the cell and nested close to the cutting systems, and as the system is also modular it can grow to meet the evolving needs of a business.

    “We are excited to demonstrate at drupa how both our market-leading Kongsberg cutting tables and MultiCam CNC solutions boost throughput, streamline production through automation and deliver optimum results - and all while maximising sustainable production, user experience and safety,” he said. “An array of innovative designs and samples made from a variety of materials will highlight the creative freedom that packaging and sign and display manufacturers enjoy with Kongsberg PCS machines, while our latest technological advances in automation underline how we are committed to tackling the major pain point faced by businesses today - maximizing throughput without compromising quality or creativity.”

    New Kongsberg Ultimate: customer-centric innovationDavid said it was this customer-centric approach that made the launch of the new Kongsberg Ultimate such a game changer for the corrugated production industry, adding it was exciting to have a large platform like drupa to demonstrate how this next generation Kongsberg technology redefines expectations.

    “Through our customer centric research, exclusive preview events and feedback sessions during development, testing and beyond, we work closely with our customers and partners to ensure they benefit from maximum return on their investment in Kongsberg PCS technology,” said David. “It is important to us that we develop solutions that not only give our customers the creative freedom they need to achieve their specific goals, but that also deliver the very best user experience while ensuring maximum operator safety. Likewise, using recycled materials in the manufacturing and assembly process, and incorporating materials that have less impact on the environment also demonstrates our focus on a sustainable, efficient, and forward-thinking approach to production. The Kongsberg Ultimate achieves all this, setting an incredible new benchmark in productivity and innovation.”

    Automating the future with new technologySpeaking about the latest developments in automation on show at drupa 2024, David said: “We are looking forward to demonstrating how we are harnessing the latest technology to enable businesses to unlock their potential, supercharge productivity and to maximise their return on investment. We will be giving a first look at our new generation seven-axis robot cell, with its innovative rail mounting and improved interfacing that delivers complete unattended production for a fully automated process, further maximizing efficiency.”

    Setting the standard in CNC routing“Our commitment to quality, productivity and efficiency is reinforced with the power and capabilities of our impressive MultiCam Apex3R CNC router, which sets the standard in routing with its perfect balance between performance and precision,” said David. “Already massively popular in the USA, drupa visitors will have the opportunity to see the impressive CNC router in action as we now increase its distribution across EMEA and APAC.”

    The flagship in the MultiCam range of advanced routing and CNC cutting systems, the Apex3R is one of the most versatile CNC routers on the market. Its combination of power, flexibility and an extensive selection of innovative tools make handling materials such as metals, rubber, foam and textiles simple.

    Summarising the company’s plans for drupa 2024, David concluded: “We are more driven than ever to provide the innovative solutions that packaging, sign and display manufacturers need to meet today’s ever-changing demands, and those of tomorrow. With our new technology and a commitment to addressing customer pain points, we cannot wait to show our innovations at drupa.”

    To discover the latest innovations from Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems at drupa, visit stand B43 in Hall 8A of the Messe Düsseldorf from May 28. For more on the entire range of digital finishing solutions and tools from Kongsberg PCS, visit For more on the complete range of CNC routing and tools from MultiCam, visit 

  • + Landa launches new press models – S11 and S11P

    Landa Digital Printing announces that it is launching the next generation of its market leading B1 digital print technology, the Landa S11 and S11P Nanographic Printing Presses.

    April 02 2024

    Landa Digital Printing announces that it is launching the next generation of its market leading B1 digital print technology, the Landa S11 and S11P Nanographic Printing Presses.

    The new Landa models offer extreme production versatility while reaching 11,200 SPH print speed. The increased speed drives superior economics for customers looking to increase productivity while reducing job turnaround times. 

    Commercially available at Drupa 2024 and utilising artificial intelligence technology, the new Landa presses will also offer a new PrintAI module which enhances print quality even further. It ensures a perfect fit for even the most demanding folding cartons and commercial print applications requiring micro text and other brand protection features. PrintAI opens the door to additional profit generating opportunities for many businesses.

    Gil Oron, CEO, Landa Digital Printing comments, “We’re delighted to announce the launch of the Landa S11 and S11P. Following the success of our customers with current Landa S10 and S10P models and based on deep understanding of the industry’s future needs, we are taking Nanography to its next level. The new Landa models enable printers and packaging converters to not only increase print quality, but also elevate productivity and profitability while further reducing job turnaround times.

    “As a mature and proven technology platform, we’re proud that over 50 Landa presses are now at the heart of many businesses in 14 countries around the world - with more than 20% of our customers having placed a repeat order for a second or third press. Considered a critical growth engine for folding carton converters, commercial printers, and point of purchase specialists, we’ve entered a new era of print production with Nanography. A time when previous technology limitations have been removed, and print buyers can finally have what they want, when they want it – beautiful print, with unlimited design potential produced economically, at market leading turnaround times, and with the environment always in mind.”

    New 11K Module

    The new Landa S11 and S11P models include a new ink drying system that enables transfer of dry ink from the blanket to the media, at the higher speed of 11,200 SPH. Unlocking additional productivity and improving economic benefits, the new high-speed capability is key for printers and converters looking to produce more jobs, with shorter deadlines.

    Press Customisation

    The new Landa S11 and S11P can be customised to the exact requirements of every customer. This means that each new press comes with a choice of four or seven colors, a continuous printing capability, an optional in-line coating unit, and the opportunity to purchase the 11K Module elevating productivity to 11,200 SPH and/or the PrintAI module.

    Gil Oron, concludes: “The new Landa modules provide a significant premium to customers. While much of the new S11 series is based on the same robust and proven S10 platform, with the additional capabilities launched today, customers can expand their service offering or break into profitable new markets. More widely, there’s no question that the B1 digital print revolution is underway, with Landa presses helping many print houses and converters to meet some of the industry’s biggest challenges - and take advantage of some of its biggest opportunities.”

  • + Agfa presents expanded and rebranded inkjet printer portfolio

    Agfa, a global leader in imaging and printing solutions, today unveiled its enhanced and rebranded inkjet printer portfolio. Under the baseline ‘Powerful by Nature’, the printers h...

    March 26 2024

    Agfa, a global leader in imaging and printing solutions, today unveiled its enhanced and rebranded inkjet printer portfolio. Under the baseline ‘Powerful by Nature’, the printers have been imbued with a fresh identity, now sporting names of formidable animals that reflect their unique strengths. No fewer than three new inkjet printers are making their global debut at the FESPA Global Print Expo in Amsterdam this week (March 19-22).

    A Beast for Every Need

    “We are thrilled to unveil our transformed and enhanced inkjet printer portfolio, where proven wide-format inkjet technology meets the power of three brand-new beasts,” says Arnaud Calleja, Vice-President Digital Printing Solutions at Agfa. “Our overarching ‘Powerful by Nature’ portfolio theme emphasizes that the performance of our printers stems from the way they have been designed. Whatever environment a printing company operates in, whatever its markets or applications, whether seeking high productivity, quality or versatility, there’s an Agfa printer that will deliver impressive results and give their business a boost.”

    The following new inkjet printers will be showcased at the FESPA Global Sign Expo in Amsterdam:

    Jeti Condor RTR5200 HS – Global debut

    The Jeti Condor RTR5200 is the latest addition to Agfa’s inkjet printer lineup. This roll-to-roll inkjet printer with an impressive 5.2-meter wingspan sets the standard for both speed (up to 672 m²/h) and image quality in the roll-to-roll printer market.

    The Condor handles a wide variety of flexible substrates at up to three rolls simultaneously. It is field-upgradable with light colors and features white and varnish for increased design and application options. The printer also soars high above its competitors thanks to its multiple media handling solutions for large and heavy rolls, and its extensive range of money-, labor- and floor-saving options that automate the complete printing and finishing process on the fly.

    Jeti Bronco H3300 S – Global debut

    With the hybrid Jeti Bronco H3300, Agfa adds another power horse to its assortment. Building on the proven reliability of the Tauro hard- and software, this swift 3.3 m high-end UV LED inkjet printer prints a variety of sign & display jobs in six colors plus white, with optional primer. Continuous board feeding enhances productivity efficiency even more, whereas independent dual-roll printing allows for the simultaneous printing of differently sized rolls or diverse media.

    In the first stage, the Bronco will be available with two rows of print heads. However, its horsepower is field-upgradable to a four-row version, making it an investment that will boost printing companies’ productivity and ROI and let them saddle up for future success.

    Anapurna Ciervo H3200 – Global debut

    Since the introduction of the first Anapurna over 20 years ago, the family has kept evolving. The new 3.2 hybrid Ciervo approaches any printing job with great agility, ready for whatever crosses its path, and thus proves a perfect fit for printing companies that are looking for a versatile printer to tackle a wide range of print jobs.

    The Ciervo brings enhanced print quality and a much higher productivity than its predecessor – boasting an almost 70% increase in printing speed in Production Mode. The continuous board feeding capacity enables efficient printing on rigid materials, at up to four boards simultaneously.

    Beside these three new additions to its inkjet printer family, Agfa will also showcase two of its other beasts at FESPA:

    Onset Grizzly X3 HS

    The imposing Onset Grizzly X3 HS is an extremely high-speed flatbed inkjet press that combines heavy-duty operations with outstanding print quality. With a speed of up to 1450 m²/h, fast set-up and multiple automation options – including loading/unloading robots – it lets printing companies roar through workloads in a cost-efficient way and get their claws into high-volume graphics and packaging jobs.

    The Grizzly runs on Agfa’s GREENGUARD Gold-certified inks, characterized by their excellent print quality, wide color gamut and low print consumption thanks to Agfa’s patented Thin Ink Layer technology. With the newly developed white print mode, the Onset applies white ink 40% faster compared to using non-Agfa ink.

    Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS

    Agfa brings its fastest hybrid wide-format inkjet printer to FESPA. Its rugged reliability enables 24/7 print production of superior quality at up to 3.3 m wide and 905 m²/h, while its multiple automation options boost production efficiency even more.

    Capable of printing corrugated cardboard in one pass, as well as applying varnish, the Tauro H3300 is ideal for both packaging and display needs. With its versatile configurations, this sturdy beast unleashes fierce performance, allowing printing companies to charge ahead with primal force.

    Additional Workflow Power

    All printers are seamlessly driven by Agfa’s Asanti workflow software, a unique all-in-one print production hub that automates the entire print production process, saving time and money. The browser-based Production Dashboard offers insights into production time, ink and media usage, and interfaces seamlessly with MIS/ERP systems for optimized quotes and post-calculations. Asanti carries the G7 System Certification from Idealliance, confirming the ability to ensure uniform color reproduction across varied printing processes and substrates.

    In addition to Asanti, complementary tools like StoreFront (web-to-print) and PrintTune (print standardization and monitoring) are being demonstrated at FESPA.

    Beastly Prints

    A broad array of inkjet print samples are being showcased for visitors to discover and draw inspiration from. Notable highlights include eye-popping displays printed with varnish, wallpapers, self-adhesive PVC-free media, colorful door and clothes hangers, a 100-meter roll of Agfa’s Synaps synthetic paper, and diverse world maps.

    Industrial Inkjet Expertise

    Agfa’s industrial inkjet experts are also available at the booth to discuss special UV- and water-based inks for dedicated industrial applications, as well as its comprehensive industrial printing solutions using water-based inks: the InterioJet (laminate décor paper printing), the Alussa (leather decoration), and the high-speed SpeedSet Orca 1060 for the packaging market, which was officially introduced to the market late last year.

  • + Brother Enters Wide Format Latex Segment with Latest Launch

    Brother International Corporation announced it will enter the signage market in the industrial garment printing industry with the new WF1-L640 64-inch latex wide-format printer. Th...

    March 26 2024

    Brother International Corporation announced it will enter the signage market in the industrial garment printing industry with the new WF1-L640 64-inch latex wide-format printer. The platform is designed with a wide range of business applications in mind including banners, window-wall-floor graphics, outdoor & display signage, trade show graphics, vehicle wraps, advertising and interior decoration.

    This new latex wide-format printer takes on a new business area for Brother utilizing the company’s ink and printhead technology cultivated through the development of garment printers. The latex ink developed for the WF1-L640 achieves a wide array of colors and rich expressiveness, and in addition to having high weather resistance for outdoor advertisements, is water-based, making it environmentally friendly and safe to use such as in restaurants, educational institutions, and medical institutions.

    Brother’s latex ink formula offers a wider color gamut with CMYK over the industry standard. The WF1 printer has an integrated curing system for the ink with no additional wait time needed for outgassing as with other chemistries.

    “Brother’s industrial printing division continues to grow and innovate when it comes to services and solutions” commented Lawrence Davenport, Vice President of Brother’s Industrial Products Division.

    The printer’s industrial piezo print heads allow variable drop sizes starting at 5 pico liters. Controls are easily accessed via a 7-inch touch screen and professional production RIP software.

  • + Canon Boosts Productivity and Ease of Use of Arizona 2300 Series of Flatbed Printers with Addition of FLXflow Technology

    FLXflow options include new ‘Float’ function, which makes it easier for operators to handle heavy substrates, and ‘Instant Switch’ function to transition quickly between ‘Hold’ and ‘Float’ for e...

    March 26 2024

    FLXflow options include new ‘Float’ function, which makes it easier for operators to handle heavy substrates, and ‘Instant Switch’ function to transition quickly between ‘Hold’ and ‘Float’ for even easier media handling. 

    Canon today announces the Arizona 2300 series with FLXflow technology, which brings new productivity features to the flatbed printer series. Previously known as FLOW technology, the new FLXflow offers not only the original ‘Hold’ functionality, which helps to hold media down on the flatbed table, but also the new optional ‘Float’ and ‘Instant Switch’ functionalities to improve media handling. Further features, such as additional quality modes, image layout controls and improved workflow integration, together with an interface that connects automation systems for continuous loading and unloading media, deliver increased workflow efficiency and productivity. 

    Optimised usability

    Catering to the mid-to-high volume market for large format graphics, the Arizona 2300 FLXflow supports a wide variety of substrates and applications. This enables customers, both in-house or commercial print service providers (PSPs), to continuously adapt to evolving consumer trends, such as the growing demand for personalised and made-to-order applications, while ensuring that customisation remains economically viable, even for samples and one-off orders.

    Offering a unique, patented way not only to hold but also to float the media, FLXflow comes with three functionalities – Hold, Float and Instant Switch – allowing users to move heavier and irregular-sized media faster and more easily around the table. The Hold functionality, a feature of the original FLOW technology, works by keeping the media in place with a patented airflow technique. Using automatic measurement and adjustment of airflow levels to firmly and accurately hold various types of media in place, the functionality results in flexible positioning with far less masking. 


    The new Float functionality is an optional feature that pushes air from the table upwards to create a cushion, enabling the easy positioning of heavy or challenging substrates and reducing the risk of media damage or waste. It also results in the smoother registration of all types of media, with a ‘floating without drifting’ functionality enabling several pieces of media to be precisely positioned at the same time. The Instant Switch feature allows the operator to easily change from Hold to Float by using the foot pedals for simple operability of the printer, making it easy to remove media from the table. 


    Elevated and textured printing for endless creativity

    The latest release 2.1 of PRISMAelevate XL doubles the printing height to 4 mm (0.157”) to help customers create stand-out, tactile artwork for elevated print applications that enhance and expand their product offering. It enables customers to explore new applications, such as high-value, textured, permanent signage, product decoration, awards, décor materials and package prototyping, as well as applications for the visually impaired. PRISMAelevate XL software makes prints durable without the need for additional finishing steps, such as lamination, coating or spray varnishing, and results in less waste and higher production efficiency.


    Maximise Uptime

    Arizona 2300 FLXflow customers can also take advantage of the new Advanced Image Layout Controls, which allow last-minute adjustments at the printer, giving additional flexibility when positioning substrates on the table and reducing waste of expensive materials. Productivity is further enhanced by service support tools such as PRISMAservice, which provides predictive maintenance and facilitates authorised remote assistance by qualified service technicians to maximise uptime.


    In-field upgradability

    Customers of the current Arizona 2300 with FLOW technology can upgrade their printer to the latest version with FLXflow functionalities, including the optional Float and Instant Switch features. Upgrades also include new features like the Advanced Image Layout Controls. Or they can add PRISMA XL Suite workflow software to provide a preview function, which allows users to see what the final product will look like before it’s printed, while allowing them to make any necessary adjustments. Saving time, this makes it possible to preview complex, multi-layered, textured jobs and also to provide cost estimates before printing. 


    Peter Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Canon Production Printing says: “At Canon we’re focused on the continuous development of our flatbed technology by working closely with the market and our customers to evolve our products, from our printer ranges to the software that supports them. With that in mind, we’ve designed our Arizona 2300 FLXflow to be versatile and deliver high-quality, applications with even greater workflow efficiency and productivity, while our service support tools such as PRISMAservice, help to maintain the highest uptime for our customers for maximum productivity. And with the new functionalities of our FLXflow technology, with its added ‘Float’ capability, it’s making life much easier for operators to handle irregular or heavy substrates, opening up opportunities to produce an even wider range of applications. 

    “Combined with our latest release of PRISMAelevate XL, capable of delivering prints at 4 mm (0.157”) elevation, the possibilities have been opened up even further. Customers continuously surprise us with the creative applications they produce, and we can’t wait to see what they create with these new functionalities.”

    Designed with circularity in mind

    Offering reduced waste and lower energy consumption than its predecessors, the Arizona 2300 FLXflow has been designed with the circular economy in mind. FLXflow technology requires less masking and underlays to hold media in place, resulting in less waste. As LED-UV printers, the series also consumes at least 15% less energy compared with its UV-halide predecessors, and offers power-saving features such as first-time-right printing and instant-on functionality. Its inks are UL GREENGUARD Gold certified, which ensures prints are safe for use in sensitive environments such as hospitals, schools and other public places.


    Customers can also take advantage of Canon’s remanufacturing programme, where they can trade in their well-loved, well-used Arizona printers when purchasing a replacement. These older systems are inspected, serviced and prepared for sale as refurbished printers, further extending the lifespan of the Arizona.

    The Arizona 2300 FLXflow will be available from June 2024, and it will have its live debut at ISA, Orlando (FL), USA from April 10-12th, 2024. PRISMAelevate XL 2.1 is available from April 10th via accredited partners as well as Canon’s direct sales organizations. 


  • + Canon Demonstrates its Commitment to Become a Major Player in Digitally Printed Labels and Packaging

    Canon will demonstrate its commitment to become a significant, trusted partner to the label and packaging markets, and show a new digital press and concepts that confirm its clear ...

    March 26 2024

    Canon will demonstrate its commitment to become a significant, trusted partner to the label and packaging markets, and show a new digital press and concepts that confirm its clear progress towards that goal. Indicating the importance of labels and packaging as strategic areas for growth, a dedicated zone on the Canon stand will feature live production of multiple label, corrugated and folding carton applications.



    Canon will show the new LabelStream 2000 digital label press at drupa, the first time it has appeared outside Japan. Based on innovative Canon technologies and designed for industrial-scale label printing, the LabelStream LS2000 is Canon’s first water-based inkjet label press. Announced in October 2023, the device prints CMYK plus white on self-adhesive substrates, with a new ink set designed to comply with food safety standards. Visitors to Canon at drupa will be able to see live label production on paper and film media, printing the labels on the LabelStream LS2000, which are then ready for varnishing, die-cutting and slitting on a nearline converting device, the Grafisk Maskinfabrik DC330Mini. Print samples from the Canon group company Edale FL3 flexographic label press will also be available.



    As evidence of its commitment to expand into the corrugated printing market, Canon will also introduce its concept for a single-pass, industrial-scale digital corrugated printing system, targeting corrugated packaging converters and designed to combine offset-like print quality at a 1.7 m print width, productivity of up to 8,000 sqm/hr and new levels of cost-efficiency. A 3D model, print samples and technology animations of the system, which is already in development, will be shown on the stand.

    Visitors interested in digital printing on corrugated can see live production of packaging prototypes and short-run promotional packaging on large ‘format Arizona and Colorado printers. For packaging producers and print service providers, these solutions enable personalised, short-run, on-demand packaging production. The new Arizona 2380XTF FLXflow technology flatbed printer (See separate press release dated 25.03.24 for details of this product) will print a variety of display and packaging applications on a wide range of media, including corrugated. White, varnish and the opportunity to print elevation up to 4mm with PRISMAelevate XL give full design freedom for high-quality packaging and packaging that can be "read" by the visually impaired.


    A UVgel Print Factory, comprising a Colorado M-series roll-to-roll printer and a Fotoba Jumbo Roll JRL 170 feeder and JRR 170 Rewinder, will be shown printing on a liner material for later lamination to a corrugated base to create a high-quality printed package, as a digital alternative to conventional litho lamination. Replicating the litho lamination process with digitally printed liner material offers short-run, high-quality packaging that can be personalized or versioned, while the durability of UVgel prints means that additional top coat lamination is not always necessary. With FLXfinish+, customers can achieve a premium look and feel without any extra cost to the print service provider. 


    Folding Carton

    Thanks to its 2022 acquisition of Edale, Canon has started to establish a presence in the folding carton market. At drupa, an inline folding carton production process will be shown, taking preprinted reels which then will be embellished live on the Edale FL5-Single-Pass Carton Production Line, adding either cold foil, cast & cure or varnish. The carton will move inline to the Edale FDC600 flatbed die cutter for cutting, creasing, braille/embossing, and waste stripping, ultimately delivering finished carton samples in a single pass.

    Folding carton print samples digitally printed on other Canon presses, such as the toner-based imagePRESS V1350 and the sheetfed inkjet varioPRINT iX3200, will also be available on the stand.


    Further demonstrating its intention to become a key supplier to the packaging market, Canon will also provide its outlook on industrial-scale, digital sheetfed, folding carton production printing, targeting converters who are interested in exploring the benefits of digital print.


    Peter Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Canon Production Printing, comments: “While flexo and offset printing processes are suited to the mass production of high-volume jobs, converters are now struggling to maximize plant productivity in the face of more frequent reprints, short runs and versioning, as brand owners create ever increasing numbers of SKUs - all in the context of significantly reduced turnaround times. 


    “As the global leader in high-volume production inkjet, our digital presses already operate side-by-side with analogue equipment in complex, high-volume, industrial environments across a variety of commercial print segments, giving us a good understanding of converters’ requirements. Our market-leading inkjet expertise, experience with challenging substrates, and extensive track record of building high-performance production lines, together with the additional insight gained from our acquisition of Edale, mean Canon is ideally placed to help label, corrugated and folding carton converters to gain competitive advantage by increasing operational effectiveness and differentiating their offering.


    “Working with a diverse range of technology partners, we are highly proficient in devising complete end-to-end solutions, hybrid workflows and smart automation. Our systems, together with Canon’s ongoing expert technical and business development support, have enabled hundreds of businesses worldwide to unlock additional productive capacity and tap into profitable new revenue streams and business models. We’re committed to extending those same advantages to label and packaging converters.”


  • + Canon Expands ColorStream 8000 Series of High-Speed Web-Fed Inkjet Presses with ColorStream 8110 and New Flagship ColorStream 8200

    The new ColorStream 8200 and 8110 models extend the production speeds of the ColorStream 8000 series to meet additional customer needs while delivering proven print quality, reliability and appl...

    March 26 2024

    The new ColorStream 8200 and 8110 models extend the production speeds of the ColorStream 8000 series to meet additional customer needs while delivering proven print quality, reliability and application flexibility.

    Following the success to date of its ColorStream 8000 series of high-speed, web-fed inkjet presses, Canon today expands the series with two new models, the ColorStream 8200 and 8110. The ColorStream 8200 is now the most productive model in the series, with a maximum speed of up to 200 meters per minute (656 feet per minute). At 110 meters per minute (361 feet per minute), the ColorStream 8110 is ideal for print service providers (PSPs) wanting to invest in a new ColorStream press while maintaining existing finishing equipment.


    Since its launch in 2011, the ColorStream range has proved to be an attractive investment for high-volume print production environments, with more than 1800 towers having been installed worldwide. Building on that customer demand, the new Canon ColorStream 8200 is the most productive and automated ColorStream press to date, minimizing the need for manual intervention and offering excellent uptime and efficiency. Operating at maximum speed, the ColorStream 8200 delivers 2,692 A4 pages per minute (2,860 Letter pages per minute). That level of productivity makes it perfect for business communication, transactional and book printers and PSPs needing to handle production peaks with ease while producing a mix of output, including transactional statements, publications, books, direct mail and product inserts.


    Offering a print quality equal to the existing ColorStream 8000 models, the new ColorStream 8200 and 8110 models feature native 1200 dpi printheads and highly pigmented water-based polymer inks, for a wide color gamut on uncoated, recycled, inkjet-coated and inkjet-treated paper without pre-treatment. The use of durable, long-life components in the ColorStream 8200 and 8110, together with automation features, such as auto splice handling and tight communication with inline finishing devices, reflects Canon’s focus on supporting customers to achieve peak productivity, while at the same time reducing the environmental impact of its products and operations.


    To maximize the efficiency of the ColorStream 8000 series, customers can combine it with PRISMAproduction, an integrated and scalable, high-performance workflow and production management platform that automates and integrates data input and conversion, prepress and print output. Enhancing files for high-performance production printing, PRISMAproduction enables AFP and PDF pre-flighting and make-ready, data enrichment and page composition in one flexible print workflow via a single platform. The batching functionality in PRISMAproduction also allows customers to optimize their order processing and production sequence in line with the ongoing trend in the reduction of run lengths, resulting in efficient output handling on the ColorStream 8000 series.


    Peter Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Canon Production Printing, comments: 

    “Customers of the ColorStream 8000 series have been delighted with the robust build and print quality of these presses, praising their level of automation, exceptional uptime and consequential OEE performance. With the introduction of the new flagship ColorStream 8200, we’re now helping to boost  their productivity even further without compromising reliability or quality. And as business communication printers and publishers are keen to produce books on more easily recycled, uncoated papers, we’re confident they will find the new ColorStream particularly appealing.”


    The new ColorStream 8200 will have its global debut on the Canon stand in Hall 8a at drupa 2024, as a part of an inline, on-demand book production solution. With integrated inline Hunkeler finishing equipment, the press will produce book blocks with auto splice handling, changing formats, variable page counts and variable book spine lengths for any run length at the maximum printing speed of 200 meters per minute (656 feet per minute), delivering outstanding productivity, efficiency and quality in both print and finishing.



    For more information about the ColorStream 8000 series, go to

  • + Canon Launches ProStream 2000 series of High-speed, Web-Fed Inkjet Printers for the Commercial Print and Business Communications Markets, and Announces flagship ProStream 3160

    New ProStream 2000 series offers customers both high-quality coated and uncoated media applications at an appealing cost/performance ratio, while ProStream 3160 delivers 160m/min p...

    March 26 2024

    New ProStream 2000 series offers customers both high-quality coated and uncoated media applications at an appealing cost/performance ratio, while ProStream 3160 delivers 160m/min productivity, making it the ideal solution for commercial printers wanting the ultimate in performance.

    Also announced today is the new ProStream 3160, the 160m/min flagship model of the ProStream 3000 series. A new polymer pigment ink set, also included with the ProStream 2000 series, ensures high, consistent offset print quality at rated speed, while extending the media grammage/speed range. Both the ProStream 2000 series and the ProStream 3160 enable ultra-fast production, allowing print businesses to move even higher volumes of work from offset and legacy technologies.

    Printing at up to 133m/min on standard offset coated, uncoated and inkjet optimized media from 28gsm up to 150gsm, the ProStream 2000 series offers a better cost/performance ratio and is 20% shorter than the ProStream 3000. It also consumes 10% less energy[1] than the ProStream 1800. The new series is the ideal inkjet investment choice for general and specialised commercial print service providers, who are predominantly producing high-quality applications on lower weight media or on a wide range of media types and weights and want to migrate high-volume work from offset to digital. Papers up to 300 gsm are supported at reduced speed. The ProStream 2000 series will, however, equally appeal to book printers, who principally produce applications on uncoated media but are looking to diversify into coated media, as well as to business communications companies that want to expand beyond traditional print jobs, such as reports, invoices and statements, to premium direct mail, brochures and newsletters through a cost-efficient and flexible means of production.

    The new series comprises two models – the 80m/262ft per minute ProStream 2080 and the 133m/436ft per minute ProStream 2133 – and can print duplex up to 1,790 four-colour A4 impressions per minute or 11,300 B2 sheets per hour, equating to 62 million US letter/58 million A4 impressions per month, on web widths up to 558mm.


    Optimal print and application quality at all speeds is delivered with native 1200 dpi piezo drop-on-demand print heads and Canon Smart ColorGrip paper conditioning solution, together with the new polymer pigment ink set for extended color gamut (brighter reds and darker blacks), superior abrasion resistance and gloss varnish applications. Canon’s Inline Quality Control, a high-performance camera system, which checks print quality and automatically makes changes on the fly, also helps to assure consistent quality from the first page to the last. In addition, the ProStream 2000 series incorporates systems that ensure a stable, continuous ink supply, when printing higher ink coverage at high speed, for a constant, uniform print quality. That output quality has also been independently validated by the Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies to the highest ‘A’ standard of its FOGRA51 certification.


    Demonstrating Canon’s focus on reducing the environmental footprint of its products and operations, the ProStream 2000 series requires a 29% lower power supply and produces 36% lower exhaust volumes and heat emissions than its predecessor ProStream 1000 series while retaining the same speed/grammage range. As with the ProStream 3000, the system is also highly automated – including automatic splice handling – for minimal waste and ease of use, while the power supply of the 2000 series have also been relocated to improve accessibility for ease and speed of servicing.


    Peter Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Canon Production Printing, comments, “Canon is constantly looking to deliver new technologies that offer our customers maximum value in terms of a return on their investment, and enable them to adapt and succeed in changing market conditions. In the case of ProStream, the advances we’ve introduced in recent years have given print businesses exceptional quality, productivity and cost efficiency for high volumes of on-demand applications on multiple media types and weights. And with the introduction of the 160-metres-per-minute ProStream 3160, we’re improving the breakeven point further to offer customers even greater cost efficiency.


    “We understand that one size doesn’t fit all and, with the launch of the new ProStream 2000 series, we now have a seamless portfolio of inkjet production presses, both sheet- and web-fed, that can meet the individual needs, in terms of applications and volumes, of every general commercial and online printer, book producer, photo product specialist and business communication printer. With its smaller footprint, the ProStream 2000 series offers an economical cost/performance ratio for applications printed on lighter papers, whether coated or uncoated, and makes the benefits of ProStream accessible to a wider commercial print audience. Similarly, the ProStream 2000 series is a viable proposition for business communication companies looking for a flexible solution that will enable them to diversify into more premium products printed on coated stocks or bring in-house such products that they previously had to outsource. ”


    The ProStream 2000 series will make its global debut at drupa (28th May – 7th June 2024), Düsseldorf, Germany), where it will be exhibited in a live production workflow with a broad range of print applications.


    Both the new ProStream 2000 series and the ProStream 3160 are immediately available directly from Canon.


    To find out more about the Canon ProStream 2000 series, go to


    To find out more about the Canon ProStream 3160, go to: 

    [1] Energy consumption test made using UPM FinesseMatt 115gsm paper for a print job with an average ink coverage for the graphic arts-market.

  • + Durst Group expands P5 portfolio with P5 350 HS PACK

    Durst Group, the leading manufacturer of digital printing and production technologies, is offering the P5 350 HS PACK, a highly automated solution for digital corrugated and displa...

    March 26 2024

    Durst Group, the leading manufacturer of digital printing and production technologies, is offering the P5 350 HS PACK, a highly automated solution for digital corrugated and display printing.

    With the P5 PACK series, the Durst Group is launching a printing solution that is specially tailored to the production of corrugated displays and packaging. The P5 350 HS PACK combines the well-known versatility of a P5 hybrid printing system with the ability to print on a wide range of materials used in the POP/POS and retail markets. Durst has once again set a benchmark in terms of quality and efficiency. "The modular design of the P5 technology platform enables us to develop new products for a wide range of applications. We identify market requirements and incorporate them into our development process," emphasizes Andrea Riccardi, Head of Product Management, Graphics at Durst. "The P5 350 HS PACK is another result of our customer-oriented approach and expands our P5 portfolio."

    Maximum efficiency thanks to automated corrugated option

    The P5 PACK series is equipped with all the functions that enable efficient print production of corrugated boards. An innovative material guide and pressure rollers system aim to ease production. Automated corrugated edge holders avoid collisions between the print heads and the substrates. The width and height are set automatically by simply selecting the media channel in the software, which significantly reduces set-up time.

    In addition, a powerful vacuum system increases the suction power on the print belt by up to 40% compared to the conventional systems. This means that even heavy and warped corrugated boards can be flattened and printed cleanly.

    The P5 PACK series includes the sensor-controlled Multitrack 6 function. Managed by 6 independent printing queues, this enables up to 6 corrugated boards to be printed in parallel by manual feeding.

    Automation of production processes

    Starting with software for the print file creation, up to the finishing process, the automation of the production processes plays a major role.To maximize production potential of the printing system, the P5 Pack series, as all P5 printing systems, can be equipped with the proprietary Durst Workflow Rip/Color Management and Analytics software.

    In this context, the P5 350 HS PACK can be combined with the Durst Automat MT. With this new solution for the automatic feeding and stacking of boards, up to 4 lanes can be processed in parallel. The multi-lane operation of the Automat MT works together with the Multitrack 6 function of the P5 350 HS PACK. Finely tuned movements of the suction elements in combination with a reinforced blow and brush bar result in clean and fast media separation, even with difficult synthetic boards and thin substrates.

    Continuous and stable production is ensured by pneumatically controlled flaps that prevent the materials from slipping during the loading and unloading process.

    The entire printing process is continuously monitored by surveillance cameras.

    The feed and delivery tables have also been further developed to ensure smooth transportation of the boards. "With the Automat MT, we can map different levels of automation, ranging from 3/4 to full automation. This allows us to raise our customers' productivity to a new level," assures Christian Harder, Vice President Sales at Durst Group.

    New inks on board

    As part of the P5 PACK series, Durst is introducing a new ink set that is specially tailored to the requirements of display and packaging printing. The LUVERA LED ink is characterized by low odor and high abrasion resistance. With this new ink, Durst has succeeded in covering an even wider color gamut to give displays and packaging a high level of vibrancy. The LUVERA inks are also IKEA and IOT-Mat compliant.

    The LUVERA LED ink is the result of a holistic ink development program that Durst has undertaken in the last years, which will expand the Durst Ink portfolio during 2024 to cover a wide range of applications and market requirements. The new ink generation will take Durst's ink system to the next level.

    The availability of the P5 PACK series is planned for Q3 2024.

  • + EFI launch new VUTEk Q3h XP and EFI Pro 33r printers at FESPA

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is further advancing its customer-focused commitment to delivering innovation that creates more opportunities for sign and display graphics producers ...

    March 26 2024

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is further advancing its customer-focused commitment to delivering innovation that creates more opportunities for sign and display graphics producers to be more competitive and grow profitably with the introduction of the EFI VUTEk Q3h XP printer – a true high-speed hybrid flatbed/roll-fed LED printer, offering superior-quality imaging along with flexible and versatile production-level throughput – and the next generation 3.2-metre EFI Pro 33r roll-to-roll LED printer.

    In addition to the new printer introductions, EFI is showcasing its leading digital inkjet technologies for the sign and display, packaging, and textile markets at the 2024 FESPA Global Expo, 19-22 March, in Hall 1, Stand D70.

    “Our leading-edge technology at FESPA Global gives customers unmatched capabilities and opportunities to achieve profitable growth in digital inkjet production printing,” said EFI VP of Worldwide Marketing Ken Hanulec. “With a comprehensive portfolio of production printers with the most advanced technology and innovative inks and coatings for the sign and display. packaging, and textile markets, our exhibit in Amsterdam is an essential stop for growth- and profit-minded print providers.”

    A leading-edge portfolio of innovation that expands opportunities

    Visitors to EFI’s stand at the RAI Amsterdam Exhibition and Convention Centre will see a strong line-up of new and leading-edge printers along with workflow technologies that streamline job management and help boost efficiency.

    The new, 3.3-metre-wide VUTEk Q3h XP hybrid flatbed/roll-fed LED printer, making its worldwide debut, is designed to provide high-quality imaging and production-level printing for faster turnarounds. The printer is available with four (CMYK) or six (CMYK, lc, lk) colours and optional white and clear inks. Industrial built for multiple shift operation and 24/7 printing, the VUTEk Q3h XP printer produces up to 96 boards per hour (up to 905 square metres per hour), and features advanced board/sheet and roll-to-roll media handling and high-speed automation options, which are critical with today’s labour issues and cost-reduction initiatives.

    The new 3.2-metre EFI Pro 33r roll-to-roll LED printer is based on the highly successful Pro 32r+ platform, with notable enhancements to overall printer performance – up to a 35% speed increase in POP mode – and higher imaging quality, reliability and dot accuracy with the new 5 pL Ricoh Gen-6 printheads. Standard features that drive process efficiencies include an integrated mesh kit for printing on porous substrates, a wrinkle analyser to help avoid printhead strikes, built-in backlit proofing lights, and a built-in Fiery digital front end (DFE). Value-added options that add even more versatility and process efficiencies include white and clear (UltraClear Coat) inks, Y-slitters, automatic blockout and backlit printing, and more. With print speeds up to 260 square metres per hour, the Pro 33r platform is built to help customers be more competitive and profitable, win more jobs, confidently commit to larger capacity runs, and lower their operational costs.

    EFI is also exhibiting the 3.5-metre-wide EFI VUTEk Q3r roll-to-roll LED printer that provides a complete print-to-finished graphic workflow, from RIP to finished product. The fastest superwide-format roll-to-roll solution in its class, it prints at up to 558 square metres per hour. The printer, which can print both white and clear ink together, has a true output resolution of up to 1200 dpi. The clear ink, EFI’s UltraClear Coat, is a versatile spot or full clear coat ink that can be used for decorative, high-quality effects on prints or as a final coating to help protect graphics against abrasion, chemicals and fading. UltraClear Coat prints inline, simultaneously with the image – without slowing down production speeds in certain printer models – in gloss or matte finishes.Fiery DFEs (digital front ends) will be driving all the on-site printers in the stand, allowing attendees to experience the difference Fiery DFEs provide in improving efficiencies and ensuring vibrant colors across printing applications.

    Capabilities that will drive new revenue streams

    Visitors to EFI’s exhibit at FESPA Global can also learn how to expand into profitable new applications with the advanced capabilities of EFI’s full portfolio of digital inkjet printers. Samples produced on the EFI Nozomi 14000 SD single-pass inkjet printer for sign and display graphics, market-leading EFI Nozomi single-pass technology for corrugated packaging, and the EFI Reggiani ecoTERRA pigment solution – an all-in-one solution for water-based pigment printing that simplifies the entire textile printing process to one step – to name just a few, will be exhibited in the applications gallery and throughout EFI’s stand.

    Technology with a powerful sustainability message

    EFI also announced a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool, developed by the Clear Agency, for Nozomi digital print users, prospective customers, retailers and brands to calculate the environmental impact of their print jobs, and compare against the footprint of other printing technologies. Calculations through the LCA tool show that printing corrugated materials on an EFI Nozomi digital press reduces Global Warming Potential (GWP) by approximately 50% when compared to analogue printing technologies. This new tool adds to the sustainable reputation that Nozomi technology has built, already being the only single-pass inkjet offering that is certified for Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) recyclability and repulpability by the Western Michigan University Recycling, Paper, and Coating Pilot Plant. Nozomi printers also are recognized as energy efficient based on the ISO 20690 energy standard.

  • + HP Sets New Industry Standard in Digital Printing with Advanced Technology and Intelligent Automation

    HP has ushered in a new era for digital printing with the latest line-up of HP digital printing presses and intelligent solutions designed to address today’s production challenges ...

    March 26 2024

    HP has ushered in a new era for digital printing with the latest line-up of HP digital printing presses and intelligent solutions designed to address today’s production challenges in the commercial printing and labels and packaging industries. 

    Printing businesses face challenges such as inflation, labour shortages, material scarcity, and environmental concerns. To sustainably grow their business, offset players need to access new growth opportunities by embracing digital printing and an intelligent production floor. 


    "We're committed to unlocking profitable and sustainable growth for our customers," said Haim Levit, SVP and Division President of HP Industrial Print. " Our LEP, LEPx, and inkjet technologies have improved in terms of quality, versatility, productivity, sustainability, and economics and our commitment and significant investment into continuous innovation has enabled over 8,000 printers and converters to expand their businesses and grow sustainably. HP has been a digital transformation leader for more than 30 years, and our digital printing technology has established the gold standard in commercial print and labels and packaging production."


    Today’s printing businesses are navigating increasing production challenges. Supply chain disruption, energy supply concerns and worsening sector labour shortages reinforce the need for greater efficiency, speed, and reliability across the production floor. 


    The HP Indigo 120K Digital Press announced today sets a new standard for high-volume production and automation, while enabling printers to move jobs from analogue to digital more intuitively and economically to meet demanding customer needs. Optimising production floors by combining analogue and digital technologies, the HP Indigo 120K reduces human touchpoints and enables multi-press operation by a single operator. The new press delivers offset-matching image quality, flexible job routing between offset and digital, and an ECO mode option that reduces the press's carbon footprint by 11%, supporting sustainability goals. 


    Unlocking Profitable Growth 

    The next-generation of the bestselling B2 sheet-fed digital press, today’s launch of the HP Indigo 18K Digital Press takes versatility, efficiency, and user-friendliness to new heights. As the commercial printing sector tackles significant competitive transformation, the need for presses and solutions that help printers enrich their offering and sustainably grow their business is critical. 


    The new HP Indigo 18K Digital Press handles the widest range of print applications ever produced with a single B2 digital press, accommodating diverse substrates and job types seamlessly. Advanced AI features like auto recovery and proactive alerts enhance productivity and simplify the entire production process, achieving up to 80% press availability5 within a single shift. 


    Aligning with HP’s sustainability commitment, the Indigo 18K supports Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM), delivering 24% energy savings per sheet. 


    Innovating for Restricted Digital Security Printing 


    Today HP introduces the ground-breaking HP Indigo 7K Secure Digital Press, revolutionizing restricted digital security printing by executing security-focused print jobs in a single pass. Collaborating with Jura JSP, this cutting-edge sheet-fed press enables workflows tailor-made for security production lines, so customers can diversify their offerings, cater to a comprehensive range of security needs, and acquire new customers to grow their business. 


    "As the printing industry embraces automation and digitalization, HP Indigo empowers customers with unprecedented levels of productivity, efficiency, versatility, quality, and cost-effectiveness," said Noam Zilbershtain, VP and GM, HP Indigo and Scitex. "Our portfolio defines the industry standard for automation and sustainability, reflecting HP's vision for the print production floor.” 

    “We’re also excited to announce that today HP will roll out general commercial availability of the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press, the fastest narrow web digital press on the market and first press to utilise new innovative LEPx technology7. Commercial availability comes after successful beta site installations including Brook + Whittle, a leader in sustainable packaging and digital printing in the US" continued Noam Zilbershtain, VP and GM, HP Indigo and Scitex. 


    Paving the Way for Success with Intelligent Factory Floors 


    HP is defining the industry approach to automation through AI and robotics, launching a comprehensive print production automation ecosystem. Based on internal studies, customers who leverage automated processes achieve 51% higher volume and 80% more jobs per press compared to less automated customers. These customers also grow at an average of 27% year-over-year which is higher than the industry average. HP's holistic approach combines effective presses with intelligent features from job submission to delivery. 


    Specific efficiency innovations include: 

    • PrintOS Production Beat Support for analogue printing and finishing equipment, to enable customers to monitor their entire production floor, not only HP presses, capturing data in real time from analogue equipment and digitalizing the entire production. 
    • HP Indigo PQ Maestro, offering an intelligent start-of-day wizard that optimizes press performance. 
    • Preflight, an AI-based decision-making tool that automatically predicts the suitability of the best-fit print mode by learning customers preferences. 
    • AAA 2.0 (Auto Alert Agent) advanced, a machine-learning algorithm that increases print productivity with zero human intervention. 


    “By using AAA 2.0 we experience a significant reduction in production time, saving 1 hour for every 80,000 impressions. This not only enhances our operational efficiency, but also drastically reduces customer complaints and returns by 5-7%” highlighted Andreas Organzidis Head of Colour Digital Printing, Elanders. 


    As the industry moves towards a more productive production floor, HP introduces Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) in collaboration with Movigo to automate media transfer, saving up to two hours per day, per press. 


    Developed in collaboration with printers and converters, today HP also announces the launch of the HP Sustainability Amplifier program enabling printers and converters to accelerate their sustainability agenda and offer more sustainable prints. The program, in collaboration with HP’s Sustainable Impact Strategy, aligns with HP's commitment to renewable energy and reducing CO2 emissions.


    Driving Continuous Innovation in Inkjet 


    An industry pioneer in inkjet technology for 40 years, HP PageWide Web Presses use HP’s proprietary thermal inkjet technology to deliver offset class quality and productivity with the benefits of digital printing. 


    “Since our first HP inkjet web press in 2009, HP customers9 have printed more than 1 trillion pages on PageWide. Along the way, we’ve invested in innovation to protect our customers' investments and help them grow sustainably. Today we're introducing the new HP PageWide Plus Package, to enhance productivity, automation, and economics," said Annette Friskopp, VP and GM, HP PageWide. 


    The enhancements to HP PageWide Plus Package unveiled today include the following: 

    • Performance Economy Color (EC) Mode: Delivering print quality customers require for faster turnaround with less colour ink and a 60% increase in productivity up to 800 fpm (244 mpm)10. 
    • General availability of Smart Workcell Controller: Offering significant advancements in intelligent automation and productivity improvements of up to a factor of 15x11. 
    • On Press Color Profiling: Automation transforms colour profiling into a less than 5 minutes job, a tenth of what it normally takes. 


    HP also announces two new additional capabilities expanding the versatility of the HP PageWide Advantage 2200 web inkjet press: 

    • Heavier Media Expansion: Enabling printers to use thicker substrates allowing them to capture more high value jobs up to 320 gsm/18pt13. 
    • Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) for Transactional Print Systems: Enabling printers to capture more speciality jobs and grow their business. 


    At drupa 2024 HP members of the global print community will be able to see first-hand eight automated production lines equipped with the latest innovation across HP Industrial, involving over 25 partner companies and incorporating more than 20 unique automation solutions. 

    For more information about HP at drupa 2024, please visit HP Industrial's Official social media hub via LinkedIn HP Digital Print and see HP innovation for yourself at drupa 2024 in Hall 17.

  • + Kammann expands printing ability with Xaar’s Nitrox printheads

    Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology is enabling Koenig & Bauer Kammann (Kammann) to drive its latest innovations by enhancing quality, speed, and sustainability for customers us...

    March 26 2024

    Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology is enabling Koenig & Bauer Kammann (Kammann) to drive its latest innovations by enhancing quality, speed, and sustainability for customers using its K15 and K20 decorative print machine families.

    Utilising the new high viscosity fluids developed by global ink manufacturer Marabu, Kammann’s machines allow both new and current customers to create personalised embossed effects on glass bottles, plastic and metal containers at a build height of up to 3mm. This latest development is entirely backwards compatible, enabling existing machines to jet at greater viscosity and carry a significantly increased pigment load, delivering more colour vibrancy and capturing fine details with up to 50 per cent less ink.

    Thanks to the unique architecture of Xaar’s Nitrox printheads and its Ultra High Viscosity & High Laydown Technologies, Marabu’s inks can be jetted at higher temperatures, improving the ease of application and speed of Kamman’s machines at jetting distances of up to 15mm. Colours no longer need pinning, delivering significant savings in the time required for printing, as well as reductions in energy and material use. Overall, by using these new inks from Marabu, the speed of production can be more than doubled, making inkjet print a greater reality for a wider variety of decorative applications.

    Kammann’s Managing Director, Matthias Graf expressed his delight at the new developments: "This collaboration is not just about advancing technology; it's about reshaping the future of digital printing. Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology and Nitrox printheads have enabled Marabu to develop inks that provide a real leap in innovation and sustainability, opening new possibilities for our decorative printing machines."

    “By combining our technical expertise with Xaar and Marabu we have together been able to deliver higher quality, speed and sustainability in decorative inkjet printing, to both new and existing Kammann customers.”

    Xaar’s Group R&D Director, Karl Forbes, also celebrated the results of the cross-party collaboration: “Our partnership with Kammann and Marabu is a testament to what can be achieved when industry leaders unite. This breakthrough in Marabu’s ink technology, facilitated by Xaar’s high viscosity innovation and Kammann’s machine expertise, is set to revolutionise the market by defining new standards for decorative digital inkjet printing.”

  • + New Flora X20 UV hybrid printer powered by Ricoh launches at FESPA

    Greater production flexibility and versatility for sign and display specialists is delivered by the new Flora X20 UV hybrid printer powered by Ricoh.The Flora X20 UV hybrid ...

    March 26 2024

    Greater production flexibility and versatility for sign and display specialists is delivered by the new Flora X20 UV hybrid printer powered by Ricoh.

    The Flora X20 UV hybrid printer powered by Ricoh will be shown in Europe for the first time at FESPA

    The first compact-footprinted hybrid printer co-developed with Flora, following last year’s partnership agreement, is being unveiled by Ricoh today, at FESPA Global Print Expo 2024, RAI Amsterdam.

    Incorporating Ricoh printhead technology, ColorGATE RIP software and ICC profiles, the Flora X20 UV can run rigid and flexible media up to two metres wide and 5.1cm thick on substrates ranging from PVC banners to vinyl and rigid boards. Support is provided by Ricoh’s professional EMEA sales and service network.

    Key features of the Ricoh hybrid proposition include:

    • The delivery of “day one” quality, year after year, with Ricoh MH5320 next generation variable dot inkjet printheads.
    • Ink flexibility with three ink configurations – CMYK, CMYKWW and CMYKWClear.
    • Smooth media handling with auto media detection that manages location and thickness.
    • Reduced maintenance and energy consumption enabled by the linear motor that supports high speed and smooth carriage motion.
    • Precision and automation with the Select Ricoh Hybrid Edition of ColorGATE Rip Server.
    • Previewing print quality with an LED lightbox system.
    • A dedicated ICC profile portal with Ricoh Colorbase.
    • Stabilised media feed with a pedal operated and adjustable vacuum.
    • Continued client support with Ricoh sales and service, logistics and finance.

    Angelo Mandelli, Senior Product & Business Development Manager, Large Format & Flatbed EMEA Product Marketing, Ricoh Graphic Communications Group, says: “The X20 UV has been developed in response to market demand from sign and display specialists who are increasingly looking for flexible and versatile solutions for indoor and outdoor applications. This Ricoh hybrid proposition, with a wealth of Ricoh developed features, supports that. As does our consultancy-based approach and expert service team. The X20 UV is the latest system to join our unique one stop offering that includes sheetfed, high speed inkjet, large format, textile, and software solutions. We look forward to further expanding our product portfolio with highly responsive and agile large format systems that respond to emerging demands in the graphics arts, interior décor, and industrial markets.”