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  • + Bobst enters hybrid fray

    Bobst has formally entered the hybrid printing market with the launch of Master DM5, a platform combining its flexo expe..

    15 October 2019


    Bobst has formally entered the hybrid printing market with the launch of Master DM5, a platform combining its flexo expertise with Mouvent UV inkjet printing technology.

    Announced earlier this year, the digital capability of Master DM5 is built on the Mouvent Cluster, a compact printhead design with all-in-one fully integrated inking, conditioning and electronic circuits. Bobst’s DigiFlexo technology has automated key parts of flexo in an effort to ‘digitise’ the process.  The new Ink-on-Demand (IoD) system is available as an optional extra for DigiFlexo print units, which replaces conventional inking reservoirs with a single rubber pipe that dispenses 30g of ink to the print unit. The system eliminates ink trays and chambered doctor blades and performs fully automated washing of the print unit in less than one minute.

    Bobst CEO Jean-Pascal Bobst confirmed, ‘Master DM5 is our first ever fully digitally integrated hybrid press and represents a new era in the production of self-adhesive labels with totally new standards of productivity and profitability.’

    Moreover, by combining Mouvent’s inkjet technology with Bobst’s DigiFlexo analogue process, Master DM5 is said to combine the best of both worlds.

    Federico D’Annunzio, hybrid printing programme manager at Bobst, said, ‘Two of the greatest benefits of the Master DM5 are productivity and reliability. It represents a total flexo-digital-converting integration, with non-stop productivity, and the highest press uptime in the industry. It prints at speeds of up to 100m/min at the highest quality, 1200 x 1200dpi. Full digital automation means that only one press operator is needed to print high added value label jobs, in short and medium runs. Job changes on-the-fly, without stopping the press, are possible for flexo, digital, die-cutting and stripping processes. All analogue tools (print cylinders, flexible dies) are changed automatically. Waste stripping is also fully automated. Eliminating traditional analogue bottlenecks, the Master DM5 is the very first digitised ‘non-stop’ label press.’





  • + Agfa's Jeti Mira LED Inkjet Engine Wins 2019 SGIA Product of the Year Award

    Agfa announced that its Jeti Mira 2732 HS LM LED printing system has been named as the winner of the 2019 Product of the..

    15 October 2019


    Agfa announced that its Jeti Mira 2732 HS LM LED printing system has been named as the winner of the 2019 Product of the Year by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) in the UV/Latex Flatbed ($200,000 - $500,000) category.

    The Jeti Mira features a moving-gantry flatbed specifically designed to offer optimal flexibility. The Jeti Mira is 8.82 feet wide (2.69 meters wide), features print and prepare functionality, a dockable roll-to-roll option, two table versions, and prints at speeds up to 2,669 ft²/h (248 m²/hr).

    The Jeti Mira is a six colour (white colour standard) system with highly-pigmented UV inks and two rows of fast-firing Ricoh inkjet printheads. The system’s UV LED curing technology offers minimal heat output.

    “Our specially-formulated UV LED inks are ideal for heat-sensitive substrates while at the same time reducing energy consumption, increasing productivity and ultimately yielding a higher ROI in the long run. Agfa-made UV inks also boast a wide colour gamut and high col-or vibrancy in both indoor and outdoor applications, while our Asanti colour management optimisation ensures low ink consumption,” said Deborah Hutcheson, Agfa, director of marketing.





  • + Mactac launches oil-tolerant labelstocks

    Mactac has introduced three new oil-tolerant labelstocks that are marketed for a wide range of product labelling applica..

    15 October 2019


    Mactac has introduced three new oil-tolerant labelstocks that are marketed for a wide range of product labelling applications: LTC0T8060 white matte polypropylene film, LTC0T5040 white gloss polyester film and LTCOT5050 clear polyester film.

    Mactac has introduced three new oil-tolerant labelstocks that are ideal for a wide range of product labelling applications: LTC0T8060 white matte polypropylene film, LTC0T5040 white gloss polyester film and LTCOT5050 clear polyester film.

    The new labelstocks feature an oil-absorbing adhesive that allows them to be applied to oily surfaces that would typically need to be cleaned before application—reducing production time and material costs.

    'The new oil-tolerant labelstock offerings are a testament to Mactac’s focus on innovation and ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of businesses across industries,' said Kim Hensley, senior marketing manager, Mactac Performance Adhesives. 'Historically, it has been a challenge for brands to keep labels in place on oily products. By developing our new oil-absorbing labelstocks, we can offer brands a simple, yet effective labelling solution for even the greasiest surfaces.'

    Mactac’s oil-absorbing labelstocks include:

     - LTCOT5040, a 2-mil top-coated white gloss polyester film coated on one side with an oil-tolerant acrylic adhesive and protected by a 45# blue glassine liner.

     - LTCOT5050, a 2-mil top-coated clear polyester film coated on one side with an oil-tolerant acrylic adhesive and protected by a 60# blue glassine liner. • LTCOT8060, a 3.1-mil top coated white matte polypropylene film coated on one side with an oil tolerant acrylic adhesive and protected by a 45# blue glassine liner.

     - Mactac’s oil-tolerant labelstocks can be applied to smooth or textured surfaces.

    They can be applied in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. The labelstocks can be printed with conventional ink or thermal transfer ribbon and will remain legible and firmly affixed under all conditions.





  • + Roland DG announces new IU-1000F UV-LED flatbed printer

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announ..

    15 October 2019


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced the expansion of its already extensive UV-LED print portfolio with a new large-format UV-LED flatbed printer, the IU-1000F. Capable of printing on an impressively wide range of substrates and objects at up to 116 sqm per hour, the IU-1000F is designed to meet the diverse needs of busy print service providers and commercial printers, with unsurpassed performance.

    As life cycles and requirements for communication tools such as outdoor and indoor advertising, event decoration, and store displays become shorter and more diverse, the sign and display industry is increasingly becoming one-stop shops offering quick response. Under such challenging circumstances, high performance large-format UV flatbed printers that enable a more efficient production process and that are capable of printing on various materials for a wide range of applications are attracting greater attention than ever before.

    According to Kohei Tanabe, the President of the DP Business Division, the IU-1000F boasts breakthrough speed and quality while also eliminating the need for mounting and drying processes. “It is a powerful solution for the sign and display or print production business that seeks more efficient and faster-turnaround production capability. By offering increased productivity, material compatibility, image quality, ease of use, and all the other aspects of this product, I am confident that the IU-1000F will achieve increased profitability for printing businesses," he said.

    In addition to high-adhesion, high-density CMYK UV inks, this highly versatile large format device supports White, Gloss and Primer inks to create a wide variety of stunning applications, from impressive and highly-profitable signs, displays, backlits and exhibition graphics to custom-designed interior décor applications such as canvas wall panels and furniture.

    Equipped with 12 high-performance printheads in a staggered 3-row arrangement, the IU-1000F can print up to 635 x 1800 dpi with variable droplet technology which can simultaneously fire 3 sizes of droplets at high speed. Printing time for a typical 1220 x 2440mm rigid board averages about 15 boards per hour (48.5 sqm/hr) in the everyday “Standard” print mode for typical point of purchase display applications. About 10 sheets can be printed even in the “Quality” print mode (32 sqm/hr).

    The IU-1000F employs UV-LED flatbed printing technology to print directly on a huge variety of materials and objects, including rigid boards up to 2510mm x 1310mm, 110mm in height and 45 kg/sqm in weight. The exclusively-developed, high-performance UV inks cure immediately, enabling the IU-1000F to print on substrates such as acrylic, PETG, PVC board, foam board, PC, wood, corrugated polypropylene board, aluminum composite plate, and even on metal and glass that are generally difficult to adhere to by using the Primer ink.

    The IU-1000F features a number of new functions to optimise efficient performance, including an ionizer that removes static electricity, a versatile print bed that can handle materials of various sizes, from one large board to multiple small panels, and media alignment pins for easily aligning materials to be printed.

    The IU-1000F will be unveiled at major exhibitions of large format printing solutions such as Viscom, Italy (October 10th to 12th) and Printing United in North America (October 23rd to 25th). Sales will start in Europe, North America and Japan from the first quarter of 2020 with other regions to follow shortly after.





  • + Memjet Announces DuraLink XL Enhancements

    Memjet adds a longer-life printhead, enhanced printhead durability, and expanded colour gamut to its second-generation, ..

    07 October 2019


    Memjet adds a longer-life printhead, enhanced printhead durability, and expanded colour gamut to its second-generation, modular print technology.

    Memjet today announces new enhancements to its second-generation printing technology called DuraLink. Based on feedback from current and future OEM partners, DuraLink XL enhancements include a more robust printhead, four times the printhead life and an expanded colour gamut. These features augment DuraLink’s value as a vital printing technology that enables the rapid, cost-effective development of next-generation solutions in commercial, packaging and industrial printing markets.

    “Since its introduction, dozens of OEMs from a variety of print markets have engaged with DuraLink technology,” said Eric Owen, general manager at Memjet. “As these partners enter into the lengthy development process, they provide valuable insight on how DuraLink meets their needs, and, more importantly, how we can make the technology even better. These enhancements reflect how Memjet works collaboratively with our OEM partners to ensure our printing technology — and the solutions created with it — has the features, functionality and growth potential to meet the demands of print markets today and well into the future.”

    Meeting the Growing Packaging Opportunity

    “Nearly 60 percent of DuraLink’s OEM engagements are focused on packaging,” said Owen. “To meet the needs of this large customer base, Memjet integrated new colour and durability features into DuraLink technology.”

    Memjet has added orange, green and violet to DuraLink, creating a seven-colour option for OEM partners who need it. This expanded colour gamut means OEMs can create solutions that enable end users to accurately hit brand colours and produce more realistic images — capabilities that are critical in the growing food, fashion and packaged goods markets.

    Further DuraLink enhancements improve print production in the corrugated market. When printing on corrugated, it is often difficult to position the media consistently under the printhead. This creates an irregular surface that tends to move during the printing process. While the media is being transported, it can often hit and damage the printhead.

    To reduce the possibility of contact between the printhead and the substrate, DuraLink can now be positioned up to three-millimeters above the board. If there is contact, the nozzle plate of DuraLink’s proprietary hardened silicon surface is strike and damage resistant. This makes it difficult to damage to the nozzle plate and, due to the unique design, unlikely that the substrate will ever reach the printhead.

    Robust Printhead Life

    OEMs across all markets will benefit from the longer life of DuraLink printheads. Previously, the DuraLink printhead had a 50-litre head life. The enhanced DuraLink XL printhead is now four times that number, lasting for an average of 200 litres.

    This longer printhead life provides lengthier uptime and improves efficiency for end-users. Unplanned downtime is virtually eliminated as end users can plan for printhead replacements to happen during normal maintenance or paper-roll changes.

    These features are available to all DuraLink customers, regardless of where the customer is in the development process.

    “Memjet is an innovator, continually striving to make our products better. We also ensure that all customers have access to this innovation,” said Owen. “So whether a customer has already built their system, or has a system in development, they can still incorporate and leverage the new features of DuraLink.”






  • + Durst announces new label workflow and prepress software

    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has announced major expansions with its le..

    07 October 2019


    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has announced major expansions with its leading-edge RSC platform of UV inkjet label presses.

    New dedicated label workflow and prepress software together with an advanced modular Tau RSCi UV inkjet digital label press and low-migration inks were shown for the first time on its stand C50 in Hall 9 at Labelexpo.

    Under an official slogan of “We Keep You Printing”, Durst announced a raft of groundbreaking innovations and world firsts as it continues to accelerate its presence in digital label inkjet printing, an industry it first established a presence only a decade ago.

    Dedicated workflow software for Web2Production and Durst’s own prepress software “Workflow Label” offered by Durst Professional Services to customise MIS integration software packages were being showcased. New features of the Durst Workflow Label combined with the adapted Durst Smart Shop and integration packages help to fulfil Industry 4.0 standards and drive forward the expanded Tau RSC portfolio.

    The new Tau RSCi - on show together with current Tau 330 RSC and RSC-E presses - has print widths of 330, 420 or 508mm (13, 16.5 or 20 ins) and a higher printing speed of up to 100 linear m/min. New features for the RSC portfolio include a high opacity White Print Mode for an increased screen-like opacity and a High Speed White mode that allows high speed printing at 80 lin. m/min of all colours, including white. Another spotlight at Labelexpo was the new low-migration UV ink developed for the RSC platform, which is compliant with EUPIA and Swiss Ordinance regulations for food and pharmaceutical packaging.

    Visitors to the Durst stand will have the chance to have a close look at the software and printing technology and how it is used by customers who benefit from an automated production unit. The offering is completed by consulting, training and integration provided through Durst Professional Services.

    Helmuth Munter, Durst’s Segment Manager, Labels and Package Printing, said: “Labelexpo marks 10 years of Durst in the label industry with a raft of new innovations: first with 7 colours, first with chill roller, first with low-migration ink and first with an inert curing system. Introduced two years ago, the Tau 330 RSC and Tau 330 RSC E set a new benchmark in label printing and we now have more than 50 installations around the world. We are confident that our updated Tau RSC platform will once again set the base for the future of industrial digital inkjet printing in the label industry.”





  • + Konica Minolta announces partnership with Markforged to equip Australia with next-generation tools to manufacture the factories of the future.

    With an already impressive range of 3D Systems’ printers in its portfolio Konica Minolta Australia, a leading supp..

    07 October 2019


    With an already impressive range of 3D Systems’ printers in its portfolio Konica Minolta Australia, a leading supplier of 3D printing equipment and services in Australia, has announced a partnership with Markforged, a leading provider of atomic diffusion metal printers and composite carbon fibre 3D printers. This rounds out an impressive portfolio that lets Konica Minolta address any industry application requirements and budget.   

    Markforged offers an end-to-end 3D printing system with a wide range of manufacturing-ready materials. The Markforged solutions rival traditional manufacturing processes in speed, quality, and cost, and expand the applications for additive manufacturing with purpose-built industrial technologies. 

    In today’s global market, Australian manufacturers and designers are rapidly becoming leaders with the next generation of additive technologies. They’re bringing composite and metal materials to market that are easy to implement and operate and are backed up by uncompromising service and support. 

    Eric Holtsmark, general manager – strategy, transformation and technology, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “There is now a real shift in the industry from prototyping to end-use applications. With Markforged 3D printers the ability to produce affordable, strong parts in a range of exciting new materials will accelerate manufacturers speed-to-market in way never seen before, giving them a massive competitive advantage.” 

    Adding Markforged to Konica Minolta’s 3D line-up extends its industry-leading capability in delivering high-performance, advanced 3D printing solutions to Australian innovators in many industries including: manufacturing, aerospace, engineering, automotive, medical, and universities. These industries will have unprecedented access to both groundbreaking technology and essential fundamental infrastructure. 

    Ved Narayan, Vice President, APAC, Markforged, said, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Konica Minolta to provide Australian manufacturers with the essential tools to unlock their manufacturing potential and to help build the factory of the future. Konica Minolta has the experience and skills to help Markforged provide unprecedented levels of access and support to the world’s leading manufacturing providers.” 





  • + FIVE CONTINENT WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN AVERY DENNISON “WRAP LIKE A KING™” 2019 CHALLENGE

    Melanie Fergin is the first woman to be crowned Continental Winner for Australia and New Zealand Avery Dennison..

    07 October 2019


    Melanie Fergin is the first woman to be crowned Continental Winner for Australia and New Zealand

    Avery Dennison has named five continental winning vehicle graphics installers in the “Wrap Like A King” 2019 Challenge. These winners, who showed their prowess with a variety of Avery Dennison® films including Supreme Wrapping™ Film, the Conform Chrome™ Series and MPI 1105™ Supercast Digital film, come from Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, North America, Europe and North Asia.

    - Australia and New Zealand - 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S TECHART GT street R by Winguard Paint Protection Specialists
    - South Africa - Eric The Viking – Sharpline drift car wrap by Sharpline Signs and Graphics
    - North America - Creature from the Wrap Lagoon by MetroWrapz
    - Europe - BMW M135i / / / Artist by WrapStyle s.r.o.
    - North Asia - Wrap Like A King 2019 – SLS AMG by Shanghai DC Town Auto Service Co., Ltd.

    “Congratulations to Melanie Fergin and her team at Winguard Paint Protect Specialists for taking home the Continental crown for Australia and New Zealand!” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Australia & New Zealand. “It is an outstanding entry and we wish Melanie the very best as she heads to Las Vegas for the finals of “Wrap Like A King” Challenge!”

    Since the Challenge opened on 3 June 2019, wrap installers from 55 countries across the globe had submitted their wrap projects to be judged by a panel of judges from around the world including Justin Pate, co-owner of The Wrap Institute and Peter Wright, technical marketing manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Australia & New Zealand.

    The judges evaluated the submissions based on the following criteria: visual transformation based on the difference between the before and after pictures submitted (35%), quality and skill level of installation (30%), overall public look and appeal (25%), and uniqueness of the
    design (10%). “I’m honoured to be recognised as the Continental Winner for Australia and New Zealand,” said Melanie Fergin, Winguard Paint Protection Specialists based in Adelaide. “This wrap installation for the Porsche GT Street R is one of the most complex yet rewarding wraps I’ve ever done. A big thank you to the incredible effort and dedication of the Winguard team who made this car look so good and achieve a paint-like finish! I also want to thank the car’s
    owner, Scott Bormann, for his vision and trust in our team, and massive thanks to Avery Dennison for organising this global challenge, giving us vehicle wrappers something extra to work towards!”

    Melanie’s prize consists of return airfares to Las Vegas, a four-night stay in Las Vegas during SEMA between November 4 and 8, 2019 as well as a large banner stand display, continental winner’s trophy, exposure on Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions’ Facebook, USD$500 gift vouchers and SEMA passes.

    At the 2019 SEMA Show, the overall winner will be chosen by the judges as the best in show and crowned the “King of the Wrap World”. The winner’s grand prize package is worth almost USD$5,000, with additional gift vouchers and exposure via the Avery Dennison website, social media and web advertisements.

    Wishing Melanie Good Luck at the grand final in Las Vegas in November!





  • + Neopost changes name to Quadient

    Neopost, a global supplier of digital, mailing, graphics and shipping solutions and an Australian distributor of HP and ..

    01 October 2019


    Neopost, a global supplier of digital, mailing, graphics and shipping solutions and an Australian distributor of HP and Epson wide format presses, has changed its corporate name to Quadient.

    The new branding strategy is designed to integrate the organisation with an aligned corporate brand platform so clients can better leverage the full range of solutions on offer and simplify and solidify customer interactions, a company statement about the name change says.

    Quadient Australia managing director Stuart Macdonald released the statement to local customers in Australia, advising that an account manager will “be in touch soon” regarding the name change.

    “As customer expectations continue to evolve to meet and match their always-on existence, building a strong connection with customers requires a focus beyond physical channels. The connected customer expects immediacy and simplicity. They want experiences that are personalised, readily-available, consistent, meaningful, convenient, and secure — regardless of the channel,” the statement from Macdonald said.

    “Over the past 18 months, we have worked to unite our industry leading solutions – Quadient Customer Experience Management, Neopost Mail-Related Solutions, Business Process Automation, Parcel Locker Solutions and Graphics Solutions – under a unified brand. We are focused on delivering solutions that create relevant and personalised interactions. On Monday, September 23, 2019, we announced our new brand to the market.

    “Your account manager will be in contact with you soon regarding this exciting change and to answer any questions you may have. ”

    Quadient CEO Geoffrey Godot said the change represents the realisation of the new organisation announced in January 2019.

    “In January 2019, we unveiled our new strategy aimed at growing our company and moving away from being a holding company to a focused, integrated organisation,” Godet said in a statement.

    “It was critical to align our corporate brand platform with this new strategy, using a purpose-driven brand to help businesses leverage our entire portfolio of solutions to simplify and solidify interactions with their customers. This change comes at a defining moment in our company’s history and is instrumental in unifying our global organisation around a common aspirational brand.”





  • + Océ Australia announces corporate name change to Canon Production Printing Australia

    Together with Canon Inc., Océ has announced that it is changing the trading name of its Océ businesses glo..

    01 October 2019


    Together with Canon Inc., Océ has announced that it is changing the trading name of its Océ businesses globally to Canon Production Printing, effective January 1, 2020.

    From next year, Océ – the production printing operation of the well-regarded Canon Group – will also integrate its products under the Canon brand name. For both organisations, the change creates brand unity across all areas of our printing business. By combining Océ’s legacy of excellence in unique printing technologies for over 140 years, with the power of the innovative Canon brand, it establishes a clear end-to-end, go-to-market approach.

    Océ and Canon will continue servicing their respective ends of the printing market, and the transition ensures a congruous, ‘end-to-end’ capability across the companies’ entire print portfolio. This enables both brands to continue servicing a broad range of clients’ evolving needs, with industry-leading printing hardware and software that is customised for a range of industries.

    Leading the companies in the region are Dave Yoshida, Managing Director of Canon Oceania and Craig Nethercott, Managing Director of Océ Oceania (soon to be Canon Production Printing Australia).

    Commenting on the name change, Craig Nethercott shares: “Océ Australia has always been a proud part of the Canon family, so it’s great to see that the Océ brand has been brought in line with the global Canon Group. This is testament to our demonstrated success in the production printing space in a dynamic environment.

    Nethercott acknowledges that the change may surprise some here in Australia, as it comes after a 22-month period of strong focus and the creation of a unique market approach, under the Océ Australia brand. Over this time, Océ has established a strong consultative relationship with its customers across Australia and New Zealand, based around accessibility, understanding and meeting each business’ unique requirements with effective technologies. In light of this, he emphasises that the change is in name only.

    “Apart from the name change, it’s really business as usual. We’ve built a solid workforce, culture and operations, so none of this changes. The continuing development of the innovative technologies Océ is renowned for, coupled with the strength and market leadership of the Canon brand, puts us in an even stronger position to deliver some of the best customer solutions on the market,” confirms Nethercott.

    Commenting on the collaboration with Océ, Dave Yoshida shares: “This advancement signals a strong message globally about Canon’s long-term commitment to the production printing market. Our customers have always been at the heart of everything we do, so we welcome the opportunity to work closely with Craig and his teams to deliver impactful solutions that accelerate the growth of our customers and Canon in the region.”





  • + 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.






  • + Konica Minolta achieves milestone

    Konica Minolta has announced the 450th global installation of its AccurioLabel presses at Labelexpo Europe. Providi..

    30 September 2019


    Konica Minolta has announced the 450th global installation of its AccurioLabel presses at Labelexpo Europe.

    Providing excellent local service and support, along with delivery of parts and consumables, Konica Minolta’s digital toner-based technology has reached another label printing milestone after beginning successful trials less than four years ago. 

    The 450th installation milestone has been marked by live demonstrations of the AccurioLabel 230, the newest model in the toner label press family from Konica Minolta, which is a central feature on its stand.. Important enhancements include a 73% speed increase, improved productivity, an option for overprinting, no warm-up required between jobs, less waste and more accurate print registration.

    Konica Minolta is showing one of its AccurioLabel 230s with a flexo station for printing white inline for the first time, as well. Offered by Grafisk Maskinfabrik (GM), its development and manufacturing partner in Europe, this option will be available in the near future. Existing users can also have their systems retrofitted to enable inline white printing.

    Konica Minolta is also highlighting software enhancements using augmented reality (AR), as well as displays of embellishment and finishing workflow with MGI technology on the joint stand. A special focus is on the MGI JETVarnish 3D WEB Color+ embellishment for label and flexible packaging.

    Konica Minolta visitors have the chance to win personal fitness trackers by guessing how many meters will be printed on the two Konica Minolta AccurioLabel presses at Labelexpo over the four days of the show.

    Konica Minolta’s overall theme for Labelexpo Europe 2019 is “Around the world, around the clock.” This underlines how Konica Minolta AccurioLabel presses help print providers around the world to move their business forward.

    Edoardo Cotichini, team manager, Industrial Printing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, says, “Labelexpo is a perfect opportunity for us to involve customers in industry-first insights and synergies to inkjet printing and AR solutions, as well as demonstrating practical ways of growing business opportunities.

    “In a true collaborative approach as a relationship-oriented company, we actively source expertise from customers and partners for inkjet and toner-based printing solutions. This enables us to develop with our customers, using their inputs for future developments of our world-class technology, not just pushing out what we think is best for the markets. One example is how we work with IIJ (Industrial Inkjet Ltd), which has developed its print engine concept further to include a range of standard press-adaptors for common flexo label presses,” he adds.





  • + AstroNova introduces TrojanLabel T2-L

    AstroNova has launched the TrojanLabel T2-L, which, according to the company, is the world’s first narrow web digi..

    30 September 2019


    AstroNova has launched the TrojanLabel T2-L, which, according to the company, is the world’s first narrow web digital flexible packaging press. Customers will have the opportunity to see and test the new T2-L for the first time at Pack Expo Las Vegas and Labelexpo Europe 2019.

    Designed to accommodate both short-run and high-volume digital printing, the T2-L can provide flexible packaging products for brand owners, manufacturers, and commercial printers to efficiently scale and grow their businesses. Using Natura inks, which are formulated with nearly 70% water, the T2-L delivers excellent print quality onto flexible packaging using inks that are safe for food labels. The product is designed to create savings for customers over the lifetime of the printer.

    To support the growing digital print for packaging business, AstroNova has partnered with Sihl for digital print substrates. In addition to offering Sihl’s environmentally friendly ARTYSIO brand packaging product portfolio for the T2-L, AstroNova is partnering with Sihl to develop a range of new flexible packaging materials. Independent auditing firm Intersoh recently awarded the highest rating for recyclability to Sihl’s ARTYSIO materials, which include metalised ultra-high barrier and pure polypropylene versions.

    “Its high-quality, recyclable, flexible packaging materials make Sihl a perfect partner for AstroNova in providing a total solution that is environmentally friendly, food-friendly and sustainable,” says AstroNova president and CEO Greg Woods. “We are proud to partner with Sihl on this initiative, offering our customers what we believe will be the flexible packaging solution with the highest return on investment in the industry.”

    According to research firm Smithers Pira, total worldwide sales for flexible packaging are expected to grow to $269 billion in 2024 from $228 billion this year. “Our T2-L plays directly into strong secular trends driving the growth of the flexible packaging industry, including increased urbanisation, a greater consumer focus on sustainability and the growth of e-commerce,” Woods adds. “Our technology helps to create lightweight, durable packaging that reduces waste, lowers transportation costs, and is safer for the environment.”





  • + Roland DG Raises the Bar for Versatile, On Demand Output with New VersaUV LEC2-300 Printer Cutter

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

    30 September 2019


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the launch of the VersaUV LEC2-300 30" UV printer cutter.

    Kohei Tanabe, President of the Roland DG Digital Printing Business Division, states that the LEC series printers are capable of creating unique special effects using UV ink and contour cutting printed images on demand. "Since they were introduced in 2008," he said, "the LEC series has been used by a broad range of printing businesses for countless applications, including printing adhesive decals, labels and stickers, novelty merchandise, and design prototypes. The newly released LEC2-300 builds on the best features of the series, while making it both easy and economical to produce high-value added prints in quantities as few as one. As the newest model in the series, it also comes packed with features, including a newly developed print head and LED lamps, and a host of updated functions for an even higher level of print quality in a compact and stylish design." 

    The LEC2-300’s UV ink adheres to the surface of a diverse range of media, from adhesive sheets for stickers and labels to PET or PVC-based substrates, and even textiles, Japanese paper, canvas or tarpaulin, leather and more. In addition to CMYK ink, the LEC2-300 can be used with Clear and White ink configurations for exceptional, premium-value printing, including full-colour prints with matte or glossy finishes, simulated embossing and other custom-textured effects.

    The contour cutting function has been further enhanced to cut out printed graphics to any shape with exceptional precision. The automated process eliminates the need for plate making and die punching for trimming adhesive decals, labels and stickers. A Perf-Cut function allows you to print out as many labels as required and then peel and apply as needed. Combined with the new Multiple Print function and a new precision media take-up system, high-volume lots can be printed efficiently without attended operation.

    The newly developed print head and LED lamps now deliver exceptionally rich and vibrant print quality. The new print head has been optimised for precise ink delivery and control, while the new LED lamps are more powerful to make curing the ink even faster. This combination delivers stunning print finishes down to the finest level, from small text to elaborately textured patterns and gradations. White ink density has increased by up to 40% compared to the previous model, to provide much higher opacity and coverage.

    "In so many industries, we are seeing the needs of consumers becoming more diverse and individualised," Kohei said. "The ability to create unique items with a superb sense of exclusivity at the right time is essential for customers involved in the printing business to keep ahead of the competition. We developed the LEC2-300 to provide our customers with the power to quickly produce creative designs in as many formats and methods as possible. With this new printer, we hope to contribute to further growth and development of the printing industry."






  • + Sabre Graphics choose multiple Epson SureColor high-quality signage printing solutions

    Sabre Graphics is a privately owned and operated Australian company, directed by Ryan Collins, that supplies and install..

    30 September 2019


    Sabre Graphics is a privately owned and operated Australian company, directed by Ryan Collins, that supplies and installs signage and graphics for marketing companies, architectural fit-outs, retailers, builders and many other types of event activations. Recently, after securing contracts with multiple, high-end, international retail brands, Sabre purchased two Epson SureColor S80600 high-quality signage printers.
     
    Sabre Graphics GM Peter Briard explained, “After Sabre secured the contracts the main requirement our new clients had was that their brands’ colour profiling and colour management on all printable roll-to-roll media was not to be compromised in any way. It had to be of the very highest quality. Thus, it became an easy choice for Sabre to purchase the Epson SC-S80600 printers as they were the best fit for our customers’ needs, offering a superior print and more consistent quality than competitive printers. They are also very easy to operate and maintain.”
     
    In the signage and printing world, cost efficiency and workflow reliability has never been more important as Briard added, “The SC-S80600 printers offered low ink costs, allowing us to provide competitive pricing to our clients. They also have special functions like remote status and error reports and attachments like auto take-up and drying units. These attachments were a mandatory purchase as they increase the machines run speeds, whilst still maintaining the superior print quality - saving everyone involved time and money.”



    Epson SureColor S80600 printers being used at Sabre Graphics


    The benefits of the SureColor S80600 printers’ unique additional features didn’t stop there for Sabre Graphics.
     
    Briard continued, “These additional features are a huge benefit to Sabre Graphics as they enable us to work remotely, whilst issuing reports advising the printers’ status. This, in turn, further enables us to print around the clock and guarantees our installers will receive the prints and install them on time for our clients’ launch dates.”
     




    The prints generated from Sabre’s new Epson SureColor S80600 printers provide indoor and outdoor graphics and signage for windows, awnings, the tops and sides of buildings, lightboxes and many other works in a variety of environments, such as commercial office and retail fit-outs.  

    The versatility and functionality of their new printers is not lost on Peter Briard as he concluded, “The SureColor S80600 printers ensure Sabre can provide our clients with a fast turnaround and the peace of mind that the print quality is superior to all others. This makes them easy for our installation team to work with. Sabre will continue to purchase Epson products and, in particular, the SureColor S80600, moving forward because these excellent printers are durable, efficient and easy to operate. Absolutely critical are the SureColor S80600’s low ink costs and the one-year warranty, with the option to extend to five years, which simply can’t be beaten.”

    www.epson.com.au





  • + 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."





  • + Mitsubishi HiTec Paper launches new metalized inkjet paper

    With the launch of the new jetscript Metal VPG 1018, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has unveiled a metallic silver gloss inkjet ..

    30 September 2019


    With the launch of the new jetscript Metal VPG 1018, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has unveiled a metallic silver gloss inkjet paper, developed for water-based inkjet printing. It is particularly suitable for self-adhesive label applications, as well.

    According to Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, the results on the metallic glossy inkjet labels were only previously possible using a metallic film. Jetscript Metal VPG 1018 is a pure fiber-based paper product with a metallic mirror finish and a transparent, microporous inkjet coating for excellent printing performance.

    The main features are:
    - 110 gsm
    - metallic-silver mirror finish
    - high print density
    - fast drying
    - suitable for water-based inkjet printing (dye and pigment inks)
    - compatible with latex inks
    - optimum performance in the self-adhesive production process (handling, labelling, matrix removal)

    This makes jetscript Metal VPG 1018 suitable to produce eye-catching labels in the cosmetics, beverage or food industry, as well as personalised wrapping paper, high-quality advertising panels and displays.





  • + DTM Print launches new foil imprinter

    DTM Print, an international OEM and solution provider for specialty printing systems, has added the new FX510e Foil Impr..

    30 September 2019


    DTM Print, an international OEM and solution provider for specialty printing systems, has added the new FX510e Foil Imprinter for finishing and highlighting product labels. With the FX510e, printers can add brilliant, shiny metallic or laminated highlights to blank or already pre-printed labels, whether they have been produced by inkjet, laser, offset or flexo printing.

    As the imprinting process is completely digital, virtually any design elements like borders, graphics, fonts and backgrounds can be printed. A fast and efficient, one-colour personalisation for POS or POI applications is possible, as well.

    The FX510e differs far more than in mere appearance from the previous model, the FX500e. Besides a new chassis, the printer contains an internal multifunctional roll holder, allowing the use of rolls with a core of up to 3”. An external passive label unwinder mounted on roller bearings is included as well. It supports label rolls with a maximum size of 4.5" (114 mm), a core of up to 3" (76 mm) and an outer diameter of up to 10" (254 mm).

    Metallic foils in gold, silver, blue and red are available for the FX510e, as well as various spot colours and clear foil. With the clear laminating foil partial glossy add-ons, comparable with a UV coating, can be applied to the product labels for logo design or graphical areas, for example.

    As a special highlight, DTM Print offers a new thermal transfer label substrate for the FX510e: DTM Poly Clear Gloss TT. This substrate enables the production of crystal-clear product labels with imprinted elements.The new foil imprinter is available in two versions. Next to the standard model, the FX510e, there is the FX510ec, featuring a built-on guillotine cutter, which allows horizontally cut die-cutting, reflective and continuous label stock. Fast print speeds and a low purchasing price  allow users to quickly and cost-efficiently produce labels on-demand in the amount that is actually needed.

    The FX510e is easy to set up and operate. Besides the passive label unwinder, the printer driver for Windows 7/10 is included along with the design software NiceLabel Free 2019 DTM Edition (for Windows) and four colour ribbon starter rolls (gold, silver, red and blue metallic).





  • + Kurz introduces DM-Jetliner digital foil unit

    Kurz is presenting a new stamping foil series for rotary label printing at this year's Labelexpo Europe. The company has..

    30 September 2019


    Kurz is presenting a new stamping foil series for rotary label printing at this year's Labelexpo Europe. The company has also been demonstrating the effective combination of digital web-fed printing and integrated metalisation.

    The KPW XU cold foil grade, a versatile go-to for narrow-web printing, has been displayed for the first time at Labelexpo. According to Kurz, this cold foil is ideally suited for overprinting and delivers optimal decoration results, both for large-area and fine designs.

    A further development is the availability of Lumafin, a semi-transparent stamping foil specifically for web-fed printing. It allows under-printed designs to shine through, covers them with a shimmering gloss, and creates an extraordinary depth effect. A variety of labels decorated with Lumafin and the combination of colour printing and Lumafin decoration are on display at Labelexpo.

    A focal point of the Kurz stand is digital finishing using the DM-Jetliner. There are live demonstrations of an HP Indigo 6900 digital printing machine with an integrated DM-Jetliner finishing module, which can be used to metalise web-fed labels and overprint them in a single pass at full printing speeds.

    Show visitors can observe the integration of the DM-Jetliner into the printing process and the creation of metallic colours, decorative, personalised elements and holographic effects.





  • + METEOR IS PLEASED TO WORK WITH EPSON ON ELECTRONICS AND SOFTWARE TO DRIVE NEW PRECISIONCORE PRINTHEADS

    Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of electronics, software tools and services for industrial inkjet, further expands i..

    30 September 2019


    Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of electronics, software tools and services for industrial inkjet, further expands its product portfolio with the launch of the HDC‑ES3200 driver card for Epson S3200 PrecisionCore printheads. 
     
    Announced by Epson in May at the FESPA Global Print Expo, PrecisionCore printheads embody differentiated technology that enables outstanding image quality, productivity, durability and printhead scalability.
     
    Duncan Ferguson, Epson Europe’s Vice President, Professional Printing & Robotics said, “Epson is keen to help as many customers as possible convert from analogue to digital printing.  We think the best way to ensure seamless adoption of our printheads is for our customers to engage with technically excellent companies that have significant experience in industrial inkjet.  Meteor’s long track record of offering robust, reliable printhead electronics and software gives me confidence that our customers will be in a safe pair of hands.”
     
    Clive Ayling, Meteor’s Managing Director comments, “Meteor has enjoyed an easy relationship with  Epson in our development of electronics and software to drive the S3200 printhead.  We’re excited about the potential this printhead offers and we look forward to further opportunities to work with Epson on printheads to come.”