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  • + Epson Develops System for Simultaneously Managing Multiple Robots

    System increases efficiency of factory administration and robot maintenance Epson has developed an Epson Robot Mana..

    21 January 2020

    System increases efficiency of factory administration and robot maintenance

    Epson has developed an Epson Robot Management System to simultaneously manage multiple Epson robots on a manufacturing line using networked PCs and tablets. This system enables manufacturers that use Epson robots to increase the efficiency of factory administration and robot maintenance.

    The Epson Robot Management System uses PCs and tablets connected to an intranet network to centrally monitor a factory's industrial robots, acquire robot status backups, update firmware, and simultaneously update operating programs.
    In the past, Epson industrial robot users had to monitor robots individually and separately enter program settings and so forth for each. Taking regular backups and performing maintenance in factories with multiple robots could be complicated and time-consuming, and it took time and trouble to restore operations when issues occurred. The Epson Robot Management System increases the efficiency of factory operations by solving these issues.
    Until now, Epson was largely focused on helping to create an environment that enables customers to more easily realise complex applications, such as by helping to increase the efficiency of equipment design using simulator functions and by reducing equipment setup times with Epson robot integrated force sensors and image processing sensors. Going forward, Epson will develop and provide solutions that enable smarter manufacturing and support factory administration. In addition to the Epson Robot Management System, these solutions will include systems that are compliant with the OPC-UA (an industry standard communication protocol for IoT) and that leverage AI to increase the efficiency of robot operations and predict failures.
    Epson recently exhibited at the International Robot Exhibition where among the reference exhibits on the Epson booth were ones that demonstrated:
    ·         Use of a robot monitoring system to display the status of robots operating in the booth
    ·         Increasing efficiency with AI-based machine learning of applications that use force sensors
    ·         Concept for OPC-UA protocol support

  • + All Dye-Sub Ink Now Transferrable to Cotton

    Graphics One is announcing the release of its GO Fuze Dye-Sub to Cotton liquid solution for use with virtually all brand..

    21 January 2020

    Graphics One is announcing the release of its GO Fuze Dye-Sub to Cotton liquid solution for use with virtually all brands of dye-sub inks. This extraordinary new capability uses new patent-pending polymer chemistry, which allows standard dye-sub ink to fuze to cotton fabric. Any dye-sub printer will be capable of imaging transfers for use with both polyester and cotton using the GO Fuze liquid.

    GO Fuze liquid works through an easy pre-treat process using either a hand spray method or GO Fuze PreTreater machine. Once the garment or fabric is sprayed and dried, dye-sub inks can then be transferred in a normal dye-sub workflow utilising standard dye-sub paper with a heat press. In addition to transfers, users can also print directly to the fabric. Of course, the ink must be cured by heat for the fabric to be usable.

    Dan Barefoot, Vice President of Graphics One indicated, “Our GO Fuze solution was developed in conjunction with our FabriMate dye-sub-to-cotton solution. Our R&D Team discovered that the GO Fuze liquid would work with virtually any dye-sub ink brands, including both our GO SubliMate and GO FabriMate ink families.”

    Barefoot further stated, “We feel having the ability to use any dye-sub ink transfers with both cotton and polyester presents tremendous new opportunities for the dye-sub market. The process is simple and fits into a standard workflow. We believe every dye-sub provider will want to incorporate this innovative new technology into their product offering.”

    GO Fuze liquid will be available in the Spring of 2020 through the extensive Graphics One distribution network. 

  • + Focus Label and TS Converting to launch hybrid press

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

    21 January 2020

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

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

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

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

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

  • + Durst restructures textile printing segment

    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has restructured its segment for industria..

    21 January 2020

    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has restructured its segment for industrial textile printing.

    The new segment manager, Dr. Stefan Kappaun, has responsibility for the strategic direction in home textiles, clothing and accessories. Dr. Kappaun also will be the connecting link to the Large Format Segment, which takes over soft signage and fabrics in the portfolio.

    Dr. Kappaun is a member of Durst Group’s executive team and heads the ink business for all segments as Executive Vice President Inks & Fluids. A technical chemist with a focus on polymer science and a trained business economist, he is an expert in materials science and the development and marketing of ink systems for digital inkjet printing.

    This know-how is particularly important within industrial textile printing, because, in contrast to other industries, different materials, pre- and post-treatments as well as large-scale process influences, represent a daily challenge in digital textile production. At the same time, digital textile printing is one of the largest growth markets for inkjet technologies. It is a sector being targeted by advertising media and large format providers in addition to traditional textile producers. All have different textile experiences, but are always looking for new applications and business opportunities.

    With the Alpha Series, Durst offers industrial printing systems with water-based reactive, pigment and disperse inks as well as with the pixel-to-output strategy end-to-end software solutions for efficient and cost-transparent digital textile printing.

    "The digital textile printing market is fragmented in itself and we see different speeds and developments worldwide," says Dr. Kappaun. "While new, non-industry service providers often already have digital know-how but less textile experience, the traditional manufacturers are masters of textile finishing, but not all analog processing steps can be transferred directly to digital textile printing. Durst has a comprehensive ecosystem to serve the different requirements and to support customers in the digital transformation. Our printing systems are designed for industrial productivity, but also offer profitability from the very first meter. The prerequisite for this is mastery of the pre-treatment and post-treatment steps as well as the digital workflow, in which Durst focuses on the consulting and training services in the new Customer Experience Centre at the Durst headquarters in Brixen.”

    Dr. Stefan Kappaun succeeds Martin Winkler in his expanded role as Segment Manager Textile Printing, who will take on the role of Global Sales Manager Textile Printing in the future. The Textile Printing Team will also be supplemented by the experienced service technician Martin Oberparleitner, as the new Junior Product Manager Textile Printing. New sales and service structures are also being implemented in the core markets.

  • + EFI launch new VUTEk D5R and D3R mid-volume UV LED printers

    Electronics For Imaging Inc. is launching a new mid-range roll-to-roll printer line that helps sign and display graphics..

    21 January 2020

    Electronics For Imaging Inc. is launching a new mid-range roll-to-roll printer line that helps sign and display graphics customers drive more volume with high-end digital print for endless applications and designs.

    The new EFI VUTEk D3r and D5r LED inkjet printers leverage many of the advanced capabilities from EFI’s highly successful VUTEk 3r+ and 5r+ printers, offering a mid-range solution for an even wider variety of high value applications thanks to its combination of white and clear inks, as well as its Museum print mode. The new printer line also supports the unique collection of options for VUTEk roll-to-roll LED printers, providing a full system for higher efficiency and a lower total cost of ownership.

    The VUTEk D3r, which prints up to 2,196 square feet per hour, is making its worldwide debut at the EFI Connect users’ conference, Jan. 21-24 in Las Vegas, and making its European debut at the EFI EMEA Ignite event on Jan. 29 in Brussels, Belgium.

    The second printer in the new mid-range line, the VUTEk D5r, prints up to 2,626 square feet per hour. Early D5r users such as Thomas Printworks in the United States and Allgraf in Italy have purchased the new printer line for its performance capabilities to meet growing demand for high-end signage, décor, outdoor graphics and other applications.

    “We were looking to upgrade our 5-meter printing capabilities, and when we found the EFI VUTEk D5r, it checked all the boxes related to speed, quality, cost of operation, and efficiency,” said Bryan Thomas, president at Thomas Printworks. “The quality of the machine was so impressive that it gave us the added benefit of also replacing a 3-meter printer within our fleet.”

    “Our choice to buy the EFI VUTEk D5r was a winning decision,” said Agostino Allegris, CEO and president at Allgraf. “The printing resolution, the possibilities of white printing and the inline clear ink are unique features and they give us a competitive edge. Now, we have the ability to print a full flood or selective clear ink in glossy or matte. We are excited of the possibilities of printing a whole series of innovative applications and materials.”

    High-end UltraDrop Technology and high efficiency

    The D3r and D5r printers, at 3.5- and 5.2-meters wide respectively, deliver outstanding smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions with UltraDrop Technology, precise and sharp 3-point size text, and a true resolution of up to 1,200 dots per inch. An ultra-high-definition print mode offers near-photographic quality. The printers’ LED curing ensures not only cost savings but also a more environmentally sound printing solution, consuming less energy and enabling the use of thinner, heat-sensitive substrates.

    The VUTEk D line is equipped with additional printheads and offers both white and jettable clear ink for matte and glossy effects, covering a wider amount of unique applications such as wall decorations and murals, window graphics, flooring, high-value prints with selective gloss effects, fleet graphics, truck-side curtains and more.

    The printers are easily customisable to the purchaser’s needs and strategies, with optional features including:

    • White and clear ink;
    • Inline x-cutters and y-slitters;
    • Automatic backlit and block-out printing;
    • Media spreaders and motorised winders; and more.

    Both printers include EFI’s industry-leading Fiery proServer SE digital front end, allowing increased productivity as well as accurate color matching every time.

    For added productivity, users can choose to add a software productivity pack and are able to remotely connect with the printers using a mobile application. EFI VUTEk SuperFlex 3M inks are also available for manufacturing of popular and profitable vehicle wraps and fleet graphics.

    “The ‘D’ in the name for these new printers is for ‘Design,’ and they are absolutely designed to offer the right mix of features, productivity and cost to create new opportunities for signage and graphics professionals,” said Ken Hanulec, EFI’s vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We listened very closely to our customers for feedback to create a mid-volume solution that will be the technology of choice for print providers seeking to profitably grow their businesses with high-end applications.”

    For more information on EFI’s portfolio of solutions for the display graphics industry, visit

  • + Roland DG Bushfire Disaster Support Program

    Roland DG would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the fires that are curren..

    14 January 2020

    Roland DG would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the fires that are currently ravaging large parts of Australia. With so many friends and colleagues affected we hope for the wellbeing of all involved.

    As part of Roland DG’s existing Disaster Support Program for those affected by this terrible tragedy, Roland DG is keen to assist where we can. One such way is to provide, at no cost, call-out fees and labour to review and inspect Roland equipment damaged as a direct result of the fires, or the resulting power outages. The Roland DG Care team can provide condition reports for any insurance claim requirements and for equipment requiring repair service work, spare parts will be supplied under special rates (please contact Roland DG directly for more detail).

    Roland DG endeavours to help find additional ways to assist customers directly affected so please contact the team for more details on how we can help get your business back up and running.

    The Roland DG Care team will be scheduling service runs in the affected regions once it is safe to do so. Should you have any questions, or to register for the special service runs please do not hesitate to contact Roland DG directly for assistance on 1-800-500-119, through our website booking form at, or via e-mail at and one of our staff will be more than willing to assist.

  • + Neolite is now the exclusive stocking distributor of AgiLight® products in Australia

    GENLED AgiLight® is proud to announce that Neolite is now the exclusive stocking distributor of AgiLight® produc..

    14 January 2020

    GENLED AgiLight® is proud to announce that Neolite is now the exclusive stocking distributor of AgiLight® products in Australia. 

    Neolite, which started in the signage industry in Sydney in 1948, is the leading supplier of illumination and creative signage solutions in Australia, servicing clients across the commercial, architectural, electrical, signage and artistic industries. With its origins in traditional neon, Neolite boasts more than 60 years of experience in illuminated signage. Neolite also has a 15-year history in premium LED products, completing projects all over Australia. Based in Silverwater, a commercial hub central to servicing greater Sydney and Australia, the Neolite team is a trusted signage supplier that has helped transform important Australian sites and buildings into iconic landmarks, including ANZ Stadium, Virgin, Hard Rock Café, The Oaks, The Epping Club, CSR and the Park Royal Hotel, and helped bring to life some amazing art pieces for renowned artists, displayed everywhere from residential and corporate sites to some of Australia’s biggest and best art galleries. 

    While continuing to embrace new technologies and adding premium products to its distribution portfolio, Neolite remains true to its heritage as its Master Light Benders still offer workshops for artists, industry and corporate groups that teach and retrain the art of traditional neon bending at its Sydney studio. 

    “Having stocked GENLED AgiLight® products for many years, we are very excited to now be representing the full range of AgiLight’s products throughout Australia -- servicing the commercial, architectural, electrical, project management, signage and artistic industries. At Neolite, we are dedicated to maintaining our premium product offering within Australia, serviced through our extensive and fast distribution network, which makes this partnership with GENLED AgiLight® a perfect strategic fit,” said Adrian Lauff, general manager of Neolite. 

    “Neolite’s strong reputation and dedication to quality will be a tremendous asset to GENLED AgiLight® in the Australian lighting market,” said Scott Vontobel, director of global sales for GENLED Brands™. “Partnering with Neolite will help us provide stellar customer service Down Under as we continue our global expansion.” 

    GENLED AgiLight® is a premium LED signage lighting company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, a division of GENLED Brands™, which operates in 66 countries over six continents.

  • + Xaar launches fluid evaluation service

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

    14 January 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • + Sato launches smart mini label printer

    Sato has revealed the CT4-LX smart mini label printer equipped with a colour touch panel LCD for intuitive operation, sp..

    14 January 2020

    Sato has revealed the CT4-LX smart mini label printer equipped with a colour touch panel LCD for intuitive operation, space-saving and suitability across many sectors and geographic regions.

    ‘I am excited to unveil this irresistible smart mini, which is a totally new category for barcode label printers,’ said Hayato Shindo, president of Sato International. President Hayato Shindo. ‘The great potential of the CT4-LX is its value-added features that users in different sectors can pick and choose from to optimise their on-site operations. Together with our customers and partners, we want to turn ideas into reality.’

    According to the company, the new printer can enhance business by supporting existing applications and operations as it allows users to print labels without a PC by connecting to peripherals. 

    The CT4-LX is equipped with a large 4.3in colour TFT LCD touch panel for a user-friendly interface, has a small footprint and supports menu display in 31 languages and printing in 47 languages. 

  • + Liquid Lens announces range of domed label production solutions

    UK manufacturer Liquid Lens, has announced the availability of a broad range of end-to-end domed label production soluti..

    14 January 2020

    UK manufacturer Liquid Lens, has announced the availability of a broad range of end-to-end domed label production solutions.

    The solutions include complete full colour label production systems for either indoor or outdoor use with integrated cutting capabilities or separate cutter and the Liquid Lens Label System best suited to the required volumes.

    Liquid Lens Managing Director, Steve Hastie, comments, “The key to our production systems is the sheer quality of the mercury free resin we use for the domed labels. It is far superior to any other resin in the market and this means our customers are demanding more and more labels. We produce hundreds of thousands of labels each week from our own production centre and this continues to be a major part of our business. However, increasingly we are finding more and more customers are identifying the financial and operational benefits of taking their domed label production in-house and we are delighted to provide them a fantastic solution that is optimised to their specific requirements.”

    The Liquid Lens Label Systems range from an entry level solution designed for the daily production of 1 to 500 labels, through to the Label System 750 capable of producing many thousands of outdoor durable domed labels every day. Each solution includes a digital inkjet printer, a cutter (or integrated print and cut machine), from premium manufacturers such as Canon, Graphtec, Mimaki or Roland, together with a specialist doming machine. Liquid lens will work with customers to determine the correct configuration to suit each company’s current and future requirements.

    Resin Quality
    Liquid Lens is the only global supplier of its automotive production grade polyurethane resin in easy to use cartridge format. This resin is demonstrably superior to other products in the market. Hastie explains, “Our resin is very easy to use and apply, cures quickly and provides a consistent and reliable finish. Our resin always delivers a smooth, resilient surface, compared to many other resins, which are often rough or sticky to touch. This is because our resin, which always fully closes, comes from one of the world’s largest and best manufacturers of polyurethane resin.”

    He concludes, “Don’t take our word for it! We invite anyone to compare the quality of our resin in a huge range of applications, including domed labels, number plate gel characters and advertising, digital mosaics and more. Ours is the only cartridge resin with a 12-month shelf-life guarantee, which makes us the industry’s largest supplier of cartridge resin and the best source for reliable, high-quality doming resin.”

  • + Cutting Plotter CE7000 series is Now Launched

    A new series of cutting plotters has been announced by Graphtec. Called the CE7000, it replaces the CE6000 series and pr..

    14 January 2020

    A new series of cutting plotters has been announced by Graphtec. Called the CE7000, it replaces the CE6000 series and provides radically enhanced performance capabilities but at a competitive price point and with new and larger size options.

    With a cutting performance that equates to the flagship Graphtec FC8600 series of machines, the CE7000 is available in a choice of four sizes (40, 60,130 replacing the CE6000-120 and the new and largest160cm models). These provide respective media cutting widths of 484, 712, 1,372 and 1,626mm, with a maximum cutting speed of up to 1,000mm/sec on the 130 and 160 machine options and a maximum cutting force of 450g.

    The CE7000 series also feature the latest Version 8 of Graphtec’s proprietary ARMS (Advanced Registration Mark Sensing) system for reliable long-length (up to five metres) tracking and optimum cutting accuracy. Key design features include a digital servo drive system and graphic backlit LCD control panel, together with a range of standard and optional accessories (including super-steel 0.9mm cutting blades and fibre-tip pens) and a choice of machine operating modes to accommodate different types and thicknesses of material.

    The CE7000 is suitable for handling of most types of flexible and semi-rigid materials, including self-adhesive vinyl, heat transfer, paper and card formats. The machine can be used for a wide range of print and cut applications, including those in the signage and graphics, digital printing and finishing, labels and labelling, vehicle marking and decals, labels and labelling, packaging and print wear and promotional products sectors.

    The CE7000 is supplied as standard with Graphtec’s own-brand design and production software. This comprises Graphtec Pro Studio for Windows and Graphtec Studio for MAC applications, together with the optional Cutting Master 4 program that enables integration with other popular software suites such as Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. 

  • + Epson Develops Compact, Lightweight Spectroscopic Camera to Automate Colour Inspections

    Epson has developed a compact, lightweight spectroscopic camera that can be integrated in manufacturing lines. Epson wil..

    07 January 2020

    Epson has developed a compact, lightweight spectroscopic camera that can be integrated in manufacturing lines. Epson will launch its first spectroscopic camera, one that captures light across the visible spectrum, in the 2020 fiscal year ending March 2021.

    Differences in colour can occur between products in different production lots in ordinary manufacturing processes. A spectroscopic camera can be used by manufacturers to perform the following inspections to control these differences to a certain extent and ensure product quality:
    ·         Colour variation inspections
    ·         Surface coating inspections
    The RGB cameras currently used in these inspections are unable to capture detailed colour information and are not always able to distinguish between subtle differences in colour. Consequently, most visual inspections relied on human colour perception. However, colour perception varies among individuals, and human error puts manufacturers at risk of shipping defective goods. Time and cost constraints make colour management an issue in many industries. Spectroscopic cameras have traditionally been large and expensive, and those equipped with line sensors may have to composite images after scanning, adding to the time and expense.
    Epson has developed an optimal solution for colour management processes with a compact, lightweight spectroscopic camera that can be integrated into manufacturing lines, that can automate and quantify inspections, and output images without the time and trouble of compositing. This spectroscopic camera will enable manufacturers to manage colour in their manufacturing processes more easily than ever before.

    1.     About the same compactness and weight as an RGB camera. Can be installed in manufacturing lines.
    2.     Integral field spectroscopy. Can focus on an area, measure the colours, and distinguish colours of a target object within the visible light range.
    3.     Image processing functions needed on manufacturing lines can be used along with spectral imaging functions.

    Epson will be demonstrating the spectroscopic camera on the Epson booth S1-02 at International Robot Exhibition 2019, to be held at the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Centre) from 18-21 December 2019.
    For more information about the exhibition and the demos that will be on the Epson booth go to:

  • + be tex. Green Samba FR is now available from Ricky.

    Consisting of yarn obtained from recycled plastic bottles, this printable textile leads the way when it comes to sustain..

    07 January 2020

    Consisting of yarn obtained from recycled plastic bottles, this printable textile leads the way when it comes to sustainability in the printable textiles industry. be.tex® Green Samba FR has all the same features and delivers the same high-end quality print as world leading backlit textile, Samba, but the fact it uses recycled materials makes a positive alternative for the more environmentally conscious. 

    Ideal for light boxes, inflatables, display frame systems, banners, stand construction, bean bags and tablecloths.

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or

  • + Digital Flexible Pouch production now available on Screen Label presses

    Screen has extended its reach into flexible pouch production with its Truepress Jet L350UV+LM (low-migration ink) used f..

    07 January 2020

    Screen has extended its reach into flexible pouch production with its Truepress Jet L350UV+LM (low-migration ink) used for food safe short-run stand-up pouches. The first installation is to a UK label printer, Hine Labels, who was already using the Screen press for labels. The move into pouches, under a new division named, will expand its application offering into a fast growing market where standable pouches and sachets are being printed and filled with a wide variety of foods, liquids and FMCG products.

    Hine Labels purchased the Screen L350UV+LM in 2018 due to its low migration inks, which are compliant with the strict safety standards of food labeling and packaging. Hine then found the press’s high uptime, reliability and quality in combination with the industry leading productivity of up to 60 metres per minute, made it a good investment, which is now set to return even higher dividends.

    Bill Hine, The Managing Director of Hine Labels says: “It was a logical decision to apply our existing Truepress Jet L350UV+LM to digitally print pouches. With its low migration inks, the press is perfect to produce premium pouches that are compliant with the strict food safety standards. This allows to differentiate its offering and enjoy a new and exciting revenue stream.”

    Hine continues: “We have identified a gap in the market for digitally printed short-run pouches. Our clients are looking to achieve professional packaging without the commitment of ordering larger volumes, and they are looking for multiple applications from the same provider. The Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM allows us to move into various different markets in order to satisfy our customer-base and the ever-demanding needs of a competitive market.”

    Peter Scott, Screen GP Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, notes: “We have been working on pouching solutions for a while now and the level of interest is escalating. The key is combining the short-run benefit of digital printing with a converting line to laminate and make the pouches. These lines are readily available from manufacturers such as Karlville, Uflex and others. A variety of closures such as zip-locks, vent valves (for coffee) and spouts can be built in, when the pouches are ready for aseptic filling and sealing. The L350UV+LM is ideal for pouches because of the food-safe inks and ability to print a 700mm wide PET or other roll, already seamed on one side by folding it to 350mm and printing both sides.”

    Pouch packaging of food and drink was originally developed by the US military and NASA for servicemen and astronauts and is now finding wide consumer acceptance and shelf appeal as a way of packaging foodstuffs cleanly and securely. 

    Scott sees it as a powerful new direction for label producers, with the short-run benefit of digital bringing ‘big brand’ marketing to SME producers: “There is one case of a small manufacturer of 16 kinds of fragrant bath salts moving to digitally-printed pouches and selling them through Amazon online, with excellent sales worldwide. This is just one of the opportunities offered by Screen Truepress short-run pouch printing and converting – as well as labels of course!” 


    David Crowther, the Colour Doctor of Colour Graphic Services has recently returned from Perth with the news that leading..

    07 January 2020

    David Crowther, the Colour Doctor of Colour Graphic Services has recently returned from Perth with the news that leading WA printer Scott Print has achieved an Australian/NZ-industry first by attaining Mellow Colour Proficient Printer certified for ISO 12647-2:2013 (including ISO 12647-8:2012) for all of its colour production, offset and digital.

    “The original certification was one year ago,” says Crowther, “but of course, any standard is only as good as the upkeep of it via auditing and I am delighted to say that Scott Print has passed its second audit with flying colours, no pun intended! It is a significant achievement since both digital and offset/CtP output devices need to be maintained to ISO 12647 colour standard day-in, day-out. Not only this but Scott Print uses both digital liquid toner (HP Indigo) and dry toner (Xerox), and these lay down images in different ways. Add to that the CtP/Offset variance and controlling colour across eight devices is a challenge for the world’s best – and Scott Print certainly falls into this category.”

    Scott Print’s production comprises:
    1 x HP Indigo 5000 SRA3 digital colour press
    1 x Fuji Xerox Iridesse SRA3 digital colour press
    2 x Fuji Xerox Colour 1000i A3 digital printers
    1 x Komori HUV GL840 B1 offset press
    1 x Komori LS 629 B2+ offset press
    1 x Screen PlateRite 8900S CtP
    Prinergy workflow and 2 x seats of Mellow Colour PrintSpec
    Techkon SpectroDens Premium and SpectroPlate for measurement, Just Normlicht viewing

    This combination now delivers ISO 12647-2:2013 latest colour standard matched to all colour output, digital or offset.

    “I’d like to congratulate the colour management team headed by Doug Henderson, Adriano Piccaluga in Offset and Danilo Bernini in Digital, for their diligence and professionalism in learning and maintaining the ISO standard across all devices and, of course, the management of John and Tim Scott for their faith and perseverance in world-best practice of print colour management,” says Crowther. 

  • + New EconoRed II Dryer Cures Plastisol/Water-based Inks

    A new EconoRed™ II-30 high capacity dryer from Vastex cures up to 300 plastisol-printed garments/h, and 100 garmen..

    07 January 2020

    A new EconoRed™ II-30 high capacity dryer from Vastex cures up to 300 plastisol-printed garments/h, and 100 garments/h screen printed with water-based ink or discharge, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    The dryer is 20 percent quieter and 13 cm narrower than its EC II-30 predecessor owing to its top-mounted exhaust system, and allows positioning of the control box on the right (standard) or left side of the enclosure to suit shop layouts.

    It is equipped as standard with a 76 cm wide conveyor belt and two 61 cm wide, 3600 watt heaters (total 7,200 watts). Capacity can be doubled, tripled or quadrupled as needs grow by adding one, two or three additional heating chambers, extending the belt length and increasing the belt speed.

    The heaters feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under-curing, and come with a 15-year warranty.

    A “Vastex Infrared Focusing System” allows heater adjustment to any height from 5 to 18 cm above the belt, allowing the operator to compensate for garment thickness.
    To cool the outer cabinet while evacuating moisture and fumes, EconoRed II-30 single-chamber models are equipped with a 10 m3/min. exhaust system, while two-chamber models utilise a 21.5 m3/min. system.

    All models include a digital PID temperature controller accurate to +/- 1°C, allowing the operator to accurately repeat or fine-tune drying results, and a belt tracking system for increased belt life. 

    Mr. Vasilantone says an EconoRed™ ER-II-54 version with 137 cm wide conveyor belt will soon follow.

    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1 610 625 2702,,

  • + ColDesi, Inc. Announces New DTG G4 T-Shirt Printer

    “Cutting edge, NEW technology is what’s at the heart of the G4 Direct to Garment Printer from ColDesi.&rdquo..

    07 January 2020

    “Cutting edge, NEW technology is what’s at the heart of the G4 Direct to Garment Printer from ColDesi.” Commented Mark Stephenson, Director of Marketing.

    With more than 50 years of combined experience in digital printing, embroidery, and the bling industry, ColDesi is excited to announce the release of their new, innovative direct-to-garment printer.

    Designed for speed and functionality, the cutting-edge DTG G4 features a patented Vacuum Platen, custom designed Kodacolor inks and a new touch screen interface.

    New Product Highlights:

     Time saving vaccuum platen (no hooping required)
     Custom formulated inks with higher saturation & density
     Self-regulated maintence
     Onboard print queue for PC-free operation

    “The Vacuum Platen can easily save 15-20 seconds, or even more, of loading and unloading garments,” DTG Product Manager Jerid Hill said. “High productivity isn’t only about how fast the printer prints, it’s also material handling, the G4 Vacuum Platen absolutely increases productivity, even on printers with similar speeds.”

    ColDesi reports that the majority of the maintenance for the G4 is self-regulated. Hill noted that this give users more confidence that they will have perfect prints.

    The G4 uses custom inks, powered by Kodacolor from Kodak, that have been specifically formulated for direct to garment printing.

    “Since we couple the Kodacolor inks with our G4 printer, the increased densities of ink and higher saturation of colors allows the G4 to print faster and use less ink,” Hill said.

    The G4 also contains an onboard print queue, allowing users to save time during production.

    “I’m positive the G4 will not only be a great experience for the end user, but it has the potential to make non-believers of DTG our spokespeople,” Hill said.

  • + Keencut’s New Evolution3 Makes Accurate Cutting Easier Than Ever Before

    The new design combines the latest engineering developments with high production standards and guaranteed 0.2mm precisio..

    07 January 2020

    The new design combines the latest engineering developments with high production standards and guaranteed 0.2mm precision cutting accuracy. The simple, rapid and accurate alignment of materials increases productivity and saves money.

    Unique Lift-and-Hover (patent pending) technology enables single-handed, fast and accurate alignment of all media. A clutch device within the Lift-and-Hover system enables the clamping bar to be easily raised then lowered. The cutter bar suspends exactly parallel to the media surface over the whole length of the cut with zero sag, even on the longest size of cutter. The sightline strip shows precisely where the cut will be made, and the clamp can then be fully engaged. The mechanism ensures guaranteed high precision accuracy with every cut.

    The new QuikSwap tool heads designed for a specific purpose such as general cutting, creasing or fabric cutting. The tool heads can be attached and removed from the cutter in seconds, ensuring ease-of-use and improved productivity.

    There are three Evolution3 models: the SmartFold which can be stowed underneath the bench, the BenchTop which fixes to a work surface, and a portable FreeHand version. Available in cut sizes from 44” to 144” the Evolution3 is offered with a full 5-year guarantee.

  • + Easy Cut Studio Release Version 5 with More Cutter Support and 64-Bit Compatibility

    EasyCut has introduced Easy Cut Studio version 5, a compatibility update to the company’s sign-making solution wit..

    07 January 2020

    EasyCut has introduced Easy Cut Studio version 5, a compatibility update to the company’s sign-making solution with more enhanced functions, Support for more vinyl cutters, 64-bit compatibility and much more. Version 5 of Easy Cut Studio has been optimized to be fully compliant with Apple’s latest operating system – macOS 10.15 Catalina.

    Easy Cut Studio is designed and engineered to be the total solution for any sign-making business. It helps you make signs quickly and easily, even if you're not a professional designer. The software features advanced vector graphics editor, vectorization tool, and all special effects, along with full vinyl cutting and color printing features. Perfectly adapted for both Mac and Windows. it can be used in 8 different languages and together with over 600 different cutting plotters.

    “EasyCut is excited to add 64 bit support to Easy Cut Studio 5, With 64-bit support, The program can process significantly larger design files and even quicker than before. Both 32-bit and 64-bit worksheets are interchangeable for optimal compatibility, provided that the file can be processed in 32-bit.” said Eric Lee, EasyCut CEO. “ As the superstar product, it combines the advanced cutting technology and simplest UI design. We are always trying our best to making it better and better.”

    Easy Cut Studio Version 5 is the culmination of 2 years engineering work and carefully considered feedback from dozens of cutting plotter manufacturers and hundreds of customers worldwide. Easy Cut Studio 5 is the new version of the sign industry’s leading vinyl cutting software, It offers a variety of powerful tools and features to create from scratch, edit and enhance vector graphics. The upgrade of the vinyl cutting software for Mac and Windows features a 64-bit engine for speed improvements, larger projects and additional features listed below.

    Easy Cut Studio 5 includes the following new features and bug fixes:
    - Added support for GCC RXII, UKCutter SMURF, Cotek, FlyCut, Bridge, Bascocut,
    Vinyl Express GRC, ArtSign and EastSign cutters.
    - Fully compatible with the latest macOS 10.15 Catalina.
    - Completely rewritten for 64-bit, now runs natively as 64-bit on machines.
    - Added sensitivity option for USCutter TITAN3 ARMS.
    - Add TCP option to Janome cutter.
    - Export as PDF format.
    - More than one project can be opened at a time.
    - Custom guidelines.
    - Custom color for Cutting Mat.
    - Custom guidelines.

    - More functions added to Trace Image.
    - Other stability improvements and small bugs fixed.
    To learn more about Easy Cut Studio 5, please visit 

  • + First Landa S10 Press in Asia Pacific Demonstrating New Revolutionary Medium-Run Capability

    Landa announces that the Chinese packaging giant, Zhongrong Printing Group Co., Ltd. (ZRP), has completed the installati..

    07 January 2020

    Landa announces that the Chinese packaging giant, Zhongrong Printing Group Co., Ltd. (ZRP), has completed the installation and launched the first Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press in Asia Pacific. ZRP will use its Landa press to deliver faster, higher-quality digital color printing of short to medium-run packaging for its large and prominent customer base of Chinese FMCG businesses.

    Mr Huang, CEO, ZRP comments: “It fills us with pride to be the first Chinese company to install and operate a Landa S10 press, and to offer the benefits of this technology to our customers. With a strong focus on service innovation, we believe that cutting-edge technologies are key drivers for business growth and differentiation, and early signs suggest that the Landa press will give us that. Our customers now have the ability to order medium-run jobs for the first time, with incredible color vibrancy and all the logistical and environmental savings that ordering what you want, when you need it, delivers.

    “We already have a comprehensive offering digital print, offset, gravure, silkscreen and flexo printing processes, but the Landa S10 presents us with a brand-new production capability and customer service that truly complements our other printing formats. In China, colors used in packaging and product branding are very influential in the consumer buying decision. These colors can suggest anything from the nutritional value of the product to the product’s authenticity (not counterfeit). Because of this, we expect Nanography’s vibrant color palette to add significant value to customers, especially in a competitive retail environment,” Huang adds.

    The single-sided B1 (41 in. / 1,050 mm) format Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press enables just-in-time mainstream efficiency for the production of folding carton and POP/POS applications. With a higher throughput than any other digital sheetfed press in the industry, the Landa S10 prints 6,500 large format sheets per hour on off-the-shelf substrates in thickness from 2.4-32 pt. (60-800μm).

    Yishai Amir, Landa CEO comments: “We’ve spent the last six months putting all the necessary service and support functions in place to serve customers in China, which also includes the opening of a local Landa office. With that done, ZRP has been the perfect partner to launch Nanography in Asia Pacific. Being a packaging expert and one of the country’s ‘Top 100’ leading industry suppliers, the company not only understands the opportunities that the Landa S10 delivers, but they also know how to take Nanography to market and drive its rapid adoption. We look forward to supporting ZRP and other customers in this thriving region, in the near future.”