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  • + Dinosaurs Take Over London for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    JCDecaux UK built an eclectic range of campaign material to lock into key audiences' imagination. A life-sized T-Rex flo..

    10 December 2019


    JCDecaux UK built an eclectic range of campaign material to lock into key audiences' imagination. A life-sized T-Rex floated along the Thames and sat outside London City Hall ahead of a full cast press release.

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  • + GJI Group acquires leading Australian signage brand Signpac

    The GJI group continues its investment into the digital, marketing, signage and media landscape with the successful acqu..

    10 December 2019


    The GJI group continues its investment into the digital, marketing, signage and media landscape with the successful acquisition of Signpac.

    GJI Group’s CEO, Mark James recently announced that the group were actively searching for brands to acquire which complement the group’s collective skill set and capabilities to help their clients find, keep and grow their customers.

    Signpac will be joining existing GJI Group brands Customology, Colorcorp and Conversify.

    Signpac has been developing, designing and installing signage for over 20 years. Their specialisation in digital media signage has seen them grow and lead the market in the education sector. “The Signpac technology and innovation allows our clients to leverage the best from static and variable display benefits.” Larry Wainstien, Signpac founder and GM said.

    “The Signpac acquisition is strategically important to the GJI Group. Our existing clients are now able to benefit from Singpacs leading edge digital display technology.” Marcus Emery, Group GM says.

    Signpac will continue its day-to-day operations from their Sydney office. Larry Wainstein will continue to lead the team. “We are very excited about joining the GJI Group. It gives our product and services a very bright and scalable future plus great career opportunities for our team.” Wainstien added.

    The GJI group is a group of companies in the marketing services space that enable Brands to Find, Keep and Grow customers.





  • + HINE LABELS MAKES NEW STRIDES IN PACKAGING USING SCREEN TECHNOLOGY

    Screen today announces that leading UK label print provider, Hine Labels, is expanding its application offering by manuf..

    10 December 2019


    Screen today announces that leading UK label print provider, Hine Labels, is expanding its application offering by manufacturing flexible printed pouches with its UV inkjet label press under the brand name of houp.com.


    According to Bill Hine MD of Hine Labels, it was a logical decision to apply its existing Truepress Jet L350UV+LM to digitally print pouches. Hine explains: ‘With its low migration inks, the press is perfect to produce premium pouches that are compliant with the strict food safety standards. This allows houp.com to differentiate its offering and enjoy a new and exciting revenue stream.”


    “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.”


    Hine Labels purchased the L350UV+LM last year due to its low migration inks, which are compliant with the strict safety standards of food packaging. With the uptime, reliability and quality experienced when using the press, in combination with the industry leading productivity of up to 60 metres per minute, cited as reasons for the original investment.


    Hine continues, “We are all aware of the environmental concerns with regards to plastic packaging and the counterbalance of the need for a circular plastic economy. Our approach has been to look at the amount of plastics used in short-run pouches and by handling the web in a different way, surface printing using inks that do not require laminating. We’ve managed to reduce the amount of manufacturing waste significantly (30% or more). Our solution offers a very attractive option when compared to other digital solutions.”


    Bui Burke, Screen Europe Senior Vice President Sales, concludes: “We are delighted that Hine labels is exercising our market-leading solution in new and interesting ways. This is a testament to our technology which continues to allow companies to expand their businesses profitably.”





  • + Epson and Elephantech Forge Capital and Business Ties

    Elephantech is a startup that manufactures and sells flexible printed circuits (FPC) manufactured using inkjet printing ..

    10 December 2019


    Elephantech is a startup that manufactures and sells flexible printed circuits (FPC) manufactured using inkjet printing and electroless copper plating. The company uses a proprietary manufacturing method in which metal materials are printed only on the required areas of a board surface and then grown using plating technology. This method, which is shorter than a conventional lithographic FPC production process, offers benefits in the form of lower environmental impacts, lower manufacturing costs, and shorter lead-times.
     
    One of Epson's strategies under its Epson 25 Corporate Vision is to accelerate growth by taking maximum advantage of its existing assets and by engaging in collaboration and open innovation. In inkjet, Epson is seeking more open innovation opportunities and is expanding external sales of printheads based on its PrecisionCore technology.
     
    The partnership with Elephantech, which has a large potential customer base, is a specific example of this. Epson expects the collaborative partnership with Elephantech to accelerate the use of inkjet printheads in industrial applications such as printed electronics, a priority area for Epson. Moving forward, Epson will create new markets by aggressively pursuing opportunities to provide inkjet printheads and related information for a wider range of printing applications.
    Elephantech, with funding from Epson, is on a mission to make the world sustainable with new manufacturing technologies.
     
    Toward this end, it is expanding its inkjet-printed FPC manufacturing operations and creating markets by developing a broader range of applications for its technology, such as technology for forming wiring patterns on 3D plastic objects and the printing of biomaterials.
     
    Elephantech CEO Shinya Shimizu said, "The environmental impact of global manufacturing continues to grow and is set to exceed the level that the earth can absorb, making it harder and harder to claim sustainability. I believe that additive, inkjet-based manufacturing processes in which material is printed only where it is needed will become the global standard in manufacturing, replacing existing subtractive processes in which material that is not needed is removed and disposed of. We have and will continue to lead a technology revolution toward low-waste manufacturing processes."
     
    Epson President Minoru Usui said, "We at Epson are committed to playing a central role as an indispensable company in making the world a better place, and toward that end, we are creating new value that can help solve societal challenges and achieve sustainability. Innovations in manufacturing processes using Epson's inkjet printheads, which have competitive edge in terms of printing performance, environmental performance, and ink compatibility, are a core part of our strategy. The collaboration with Elephantech in printed electronics is an extremely important first step toward reaching our goal of driving innovation in global manufacturing by creating new, more compact, inkjet-based production processes that have a lower environmental impact."
     
    The investment of capital in Elephantech will have a negligible effect on Epson's financial results.





  • + Kodak and Uteco Sell First Ever Ultrastream Powered Flexible Packaging Press

    Kodak is introducing its superior ULTRASTREAM technology in the NEW UTECO Sapphire EVO W, the first flexible packaging p..

    10 December 2019


    Kodak is introducing its superior ULTRASTREAM technology in the NEW UTECO Sapphire EVO W, the first flexible packaging press to enter the market using Kodak’s latest continuous inkjet technology. The first ULTRASTREAM system with a print width of 1.25 meters has been sold into the market in advance of its expected debut at drupa 2020 in Dusseldorf, Germany with a healthy pipeline of active prospects. The wide format of the new Sapphire EVO W allows brands to leverage digital printing in their traditional flexographic print formats.


    As packaging converters and brands look for more cost-effective solutions for shorter production runs, Kodak and Uteco have created an industry-changing press. Enabled by water-based inks and production speeds equivalent to analogue presses, the Sapphire EVO W can print short- to medium-run length jobs, achieving price points favorable to flexography. Sapphire digital solutions execute variable data campaigns and reduce waste and excess inventory delivering increased sales at lower costs. Included in the delivery of the Sapphire EVO W is Kodak’s environmentally friendly and industry compliant inks and fluids which open the door for applications in food, beverage, and personal care.


    “ULTRASTREAM is revolutionizing flexible packaging for brands,” said Randy Vandagriff, President, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “Uteco’s application of our technology in their new press is a game changer and a great example of how Kodak is helping printers to lower their costs and drive efficiency. We are proud to be delivering on the promise we made in February to have units in the market by the second half of 2020.”


    “As the world leader in the production of printing and converting machines for flexible packaging applications, we recognize the need for digital solutions in our customers’ operations,” said Aldo Peretti, President and CEO of the Uteco Group. “Converters and brands expect quality solutions that are sustainable and uphold brand integrity. We are proud to work with Kodak to deliver new technologies that meet such demands and enable growth.”





  • + Cactus Imaging installs Australias 1st Fujifilm Acuity Ultra 5044

    Cactus Imaging, the printing division of outdoor giant oOh!Media, has installed Australia’s first Fujifilm Acuity ..

    10 December 2019


    Cactus Imaging, the printing division of outdoor giant oOh!Media, has installed Australia’s first Fujifilm Acuity Ultra 5044, one of the first five of its generation in the world, which boosts the platform’s print speed from 236sqm/h to a blistering 400sqm/h.


    It is the second time in a row Cactus will be one of the platform’s earliest adopters, having installed its predecessor in November 2018, also as an Australian first. The previous model at Cactus Imaging is having its software updated to the newest platform as part of the installation.


    The latest 5m workhorse from Fujifilm combines its predecessor’s 3 picolitre droplet size, with an improved ability to print multi-roll, with three 300m rolls able to be set up to run independently on the 5044.


    Cactus has seen incredible growth in recent years, and has installed a series of printers to keep up and meet demand, while innovating and pushing for capabilities that its competitors do not have.


    The Ultra was selected for its ability to help the company diversify, adding flexible capacity across indoor and outdoor applications: fabric, POS, billboards, interior décor, segments which Cactus says it has grown since the installation of its first Acuity Ultra in late 2018. Selecting two CMYK heads for its newly installed Ultra, Cactus has prioritised speed to meet demand.


    With a three picolitre ink size, the CMYK heads of the new generation of machines achieve a print quality and gamut that belies the lack of extra colours.


    Cactus Imaging is no stranger to early adoption, having been founded 25 years ago with a philosophy to push the boundaries. Since then, the company has picked up multiple pieces of kit from different manufacturers as an early-adopter.


    Its founder, Keith Ferrel, is known in printing circles internationally for their approach, was inducted into the Fespa Hall of Fame in 2012, and often gives print presentations to international audiences.


    As Ferrel explains, “We have been early adopters of technology for the past 25 years. We started this company on a world-first electrostatic printer. We do not like to follow, we like to lead.


    “We work closely with manufacturers all around the world with what they have got coming up in the future. We are constantly looking for innovation, new inks, substrates, printers, or equipment that may give us an advantage.


    “There’s no doubt that this strategy has worked for us.”


    Of course, with all new pieces of kit come the inevitable teething issues as they are fine-tuned following installation.


    For Ferrel, the minor hiccups are well worth the results.


    “My way of thinking is: If you become an early adopter of technology, and work closely with the manufacturer you can make it work for their benefit, and our benefit.


    “We recognise there are teething problems as early adopters, but if you wait five years for it to be tweaked and proven, then you get no advantage.”


    The Ultra is in the final stages of its installation currently, and expected to be up and running completely early next week.






  • + Memjet technology drives new COASO label press

    Memjet, a developer of inkjet printing technology, and COASO Incorporated have announced that COASO has used Memjet&rsqu..

    03 December 2019


    Memjet, a developer of inkjet printing technology, and COASO Incorporated have announced that COASO has used Memjet’s DuraFlex technology to develop a new label press called the iCueLabel Press. 

    Released in September, DuraFlex is a modular single-pass print solution that combines Memjet’s signature features of speed, simplicity and affordability with new attributes that include enhanced durability, A4- and A3-plus widths in a four-colour printhead, a high-speed data path and modules that control all printhead functions. Together, these features give OEMs like COASO the resources to create affordable presses with quality and speed previously not available in these types of solutions.

    “Our iCueLabel press is an example of what an OEM can accomplish with DuraFlex technology,” says Frank Xu, general manager of COASO. “In less than three months, we were able to develop a new breed of label press that is a viable performance alternative to more expensive toner or other inkjet-powered printers. Converters can use the iCueLabel Press to produce high-quality labels the market demands — including food-safe and high-security labels — in a fast, affordable way.”

    The iCueLabel 420 will create a new market for itself due to its 1600 dpi print quality and competitive pricing. Print speeds are as fast as 46 m/m in production mode and 27 m/m in high-quality mode.

    “Our goal with designing DuraFlex was to create a simple yet robust technology that could give OEM partners the resources to create printing solutions that are powerful but also affordable,” says Bent Serritslev, Senior Vice President, business development, APAC at Memjet. “It is gratifying to see how COASO has used DuraFlex’s compact, modular design, category-leading speed, and 1600-dpi quality to develop this new label printer. We look forward to seeing the success of this partnership at SWOP and in months ahead.”





  • + Esko brings innovation and added value to customers with the release of Software Platform 18.1 update

    Esko continues to bring innovations to market while delivering outstanding value to its customers, unveiling a host of n..

    03 December 2019


    Esko continues to bring innovations to market while delivering outstanding value to its customers, unveiling a host of new updates for its integrated software platform which will bring operational efficiency improvements to the packaging value chain.

    From 25 November, significant new functionality has become available to customers with the release of an 18.1 update of the Esko Software Platform, the suite of software solutions from Esko, the global supplier to the label, packaging and wide format sectors. These include:

    • ArtPro+ – updated with a patented new trapping concept, expanded support for Action Lists and brand new Dynamic Marks

    • ArtiosCAD 18.1 – enhanced canvas layout, manufacturing tools, latest DWG and Spatial libraries, and new functionality in the innovative ArtiosCAD Preflight module now including automatic fixing 

    • Automation Engine – new ‘Optimise File’ task to simplify user experience, new tasks exploiting the processing steps in native PDF

    • Device Manager in Automation Engine – new optimised merging algorithm to reduce flexo platemaking waste

    • Cape Pack – new online Truck Analysis giving greater functionality and savings potential

    • Share & Approve – new customised emails, forward approval function and reporting on approval KPIs


    Jan de Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Industry Relations & Strategy, said that the updates would drive increased efficiency by enhancing and improving the user experience and offering a greater range of functions for customers.


    “We are delighted to be making these updates available all at once, underlining our commitment to a fully integrated ecosystem of solutions and a commitment to our users, ensuring they enjoy continued support, benefits and updates when using Esko software,” said Jan. “For example, our next generation native PDF editor for packaging prepress, ArtPro+, now incorporates an innovative, object-based trapping feature which addresses one of the most time-consuming elements of packaging and label prepress work. This patent-pending concept pushes the ‘right first time’ ratio to 70% and enables individual changes and enhancements to be made in a sustainable way.”

    The latest software updates all lead to greater accuracy, efficiency and consistency across a design and print workflow. “Once you’re on board with an Esko workflow, you will enjoy continued support along the ride, each update bringing significant benefits,” said Jan, “and those using several tools in an integrated workflow should expect to be stunned by the massive combined improvements to their workflow.”

    The new Esko software updates include:

    Object-based trapping ArtPro+The new ArtPro+ update, which is undoubtedly a game-changer, as Jan explains: “So far in packaging there has not been a single solution that can automate and accurately trap a packaging or label job due to the requirements of different printing processes, substrates and the use of spot inks and embellishments. But this new patented concept as part of ArtPro+ now tags upfront how a file should be trapped, making this a real breakthrough in artwork and design.”

    The new automated trapping concept is far from the only new feature being added to Esko ArtPro+ though. “The update also features a series of new Action Lists helping to apply house standards before the file is even opened,” said Jan. “It also supercharges brand new Dynamic Marks, reducing the time operators need to create or amend print sheet layouts, helping ArtPro+ stand out from other packages.”

    ArtiosCAD 18.1, the world’s most popular structural design software for folding cartons, corrugated boxes and displays, benefits from enhancements to the manufacturing tools which allow designers to optimize the nested layout for digital production or for die cut tooling production as part of this update. “The latest DWG and Spatial library for integration with Solidworks is also available and ensures Esko ArtiosCAD maintains its number one position as the professional’s choice for structural packaging design and manufacturing,” said Jan. “ArtiosCAD can also now automatically fix common anomalies identified in Esko ArtiosCAD Preflight. This will invariably save structural designers several minutes on each design by totally eliminating the need to manually search for design flaws and make corrections, in turn boosting productivity.”

    Automation-EngineAutomation Engine also enjoys a substantial update. “Whenever we are developing software solutions, we work to ensure they are easy to use while bringing added value to our customers,” said Jan. “Esko Automation Engine is also upgraded to support all the new trapping modifications and Dynamic Marks, enjoying full compatibility with the host of new features.”

    As Automation Engine now connects to the Esko Cloud with the Automation Engine Cloud Connector, it has just become significantly easier for customers to deploy expert skills even if they are residing at a remote facility, or to easily move jobs to another site in an effort to balance workload.

    A new ‘Optimise File’ task has been introduced, which consolidates three existing tasks into one thereby simplifying the user experience, while the new update also now enables Esko Automation Engine users to work with native PDF files, including the use of processing steps in PDF.

    “The update supports Esko ArtPro+ templates for web and sheet layout creation, so a fully native PDF workflow can be set up. This eliminates the need for any file conversion and related complexity of file processing and therefore simplifies the workflow setup and maintenance,” said Jan. “It also extends the graphic capabilities of classic workflows with new PDF action lists and powerful Dynamic Marks, enabling all users to automate repetitive prepress tasks without the need for scripting or programming skills.”

    The updated Device Manager in Esko Automation Engine comes with a new optimised merging algorithm and will help ensure less waste of expensive flexo plate material.

    The addition of the online Truck Analysis feature brings added functionality to Cape Pack, the Esko palletisation software that optimises product and case sizes for shipping. “This newest update includes a brand new, simple to use online Truck Loading creator and interactive 3D viewer,” said Jan. “Users can complete their pallet load formatting and then fill a virtual truck to identify and analyse different logistical solutions.

    “Users of Share & Approve, our cloud-native approval tool which enables users to upload, review and annotate packaging and label jobs in 2D and hyper-Esko update - Approval KPIs ShareApproverealistic 3D, will also benefit from additional functions as part of this update,” added Jan. “Customised emails, reporting on approval KPIs and a new Forward Approval function will all be included in the base version from November onwards. With this new Forward Approval feature, a user can invite another person to approve files instead of, or in addition to, themselves.

    “Our research and development teams work tirelessly to ensure a regular heartbeat of updates for our solutions,” commented Jan. “We value the dialogue we have with our customers in advisory boards and inner circle meetings because only with an intimate understanding our customer’s needs will we develop software that answers even the most challenging demands.”

    “We are continually responding to industry requirements and develop innovative solutions that deliver value to our customers,” he said. “The extensive list of new features in the November update of the Esko Software Suite 18.1, available for global release from November 25th onwards, is the evidence of this.”

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





  • + Genr8 Printing Expands into New Revenue Streams with a Roland VersaUV LEF-300

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has released a new instalment..

    03 December 2019


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has released a new instalment in its Roland User video series. The latest video features digital print service provider Genr8 Printing and their experience with the VersaUV LEF-300 benchtop UV printer.

    Established in 2008 as Genr8 Entertainment, owner, Yianni Moratidis, started Genr8 Printing when he saw an opportunity to offer print solutions to his existing customer base. Yianni recently decided to further expand the company’s product range, purchasing a Roland VersaUV LEF-300. Already specialising in the development of a wide range of premium print products for local businesses in the Greater Hunter region of NSW, Yianni was keen to give customers “a little bit of something extra” for its growing customer base. 

    The variety of custom applications that the company can now produce with the LEF-300, including printing to substrates such as glass, acrylic, leather and tiles, has impressed Yianni and his team. As Yianni puts it, “you name it, we can print on it.” A recent example of this included printing directly from the LEF-300 onto tiles to create a unique custom look for his client’s bar area. With a printer that he has found easy-to-use with a quick turnaround on jobs, Yianni has found that his customers can “get what they want, when they want.” 

    Yianni’s experience with Roland DG has been a positive one. Since installing the LEF-300, Yianni has noticed an “added revenue stream” and has noted: “Investing in a Roland product is investing in a great partnership. From the initial purchase, to the installation, to the service… has been second-to-none. I have no hesitation recommending Roland or the VersaUV LEF-300.”

    To read the full user story and view the video, go to our website.





  • + TAFE NSW has become the first and only training provider in NSW to offer Adobe certification for students and businesses.

    TAFE NSW has become the first and only training provider in NSW to offer Adobe certification for students and businesses..

    03 December 2019


    TAFE NSW has become the first and only training provider in NSW to offer Adobe certification for students and businesses.

    Students, job seekers and those already working in the digital communications industry will be able to become an Adobe Certified Associate, which is an industry-recognised credential that demonstrates proficiency in Adobe digital skills.

    TAFE NSW Nepean provides flexible training courses for Adobe Creative Cloud software including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Animate or Dreamweaver. Students can then sit the Adobe Certified Associate exam through TAFE NSW.

    TAFE NSW is currently the only training provider in the Vocational Education Sector to provide design students with free Adobe licensing to access Adobe software at home or onsite, saving students hundreds of dollars a year.

    Adobe Education Leader and TAFE NSW Photography and Screen Media Head Teacher, Craig Daalmeijer-Power, said Adobe certification will give students and job seekers a valuable competitive edge in the advertising and marketing industry, which is expected to see 53,000 new job openings over the next five years.[1]

    “Whether you're just starting out in your career, looking to switch jobs or interested in preparing students for success in the job market, the Adobe Certified Associate program offered at TAFE NSW is for you,’ Mr Daalmeijer- Power said.

    “Becoming an Adobe Certified Associate is a valuable pre requisite qualification that will provide hands on skills for students and job seekers to succeed in the high demand areas of digital communication and media.”

    Mr Daalmeijer - Power said the ‘certified’ badge is becoming increasingly attractive to clients in the industry.

    “Particularly for freelancers who work in the advertising, design or communications area, Adobe certification is one way to stand out to potential clients and prove that you are keeping up with the latest technology and tools in the industry.”

    More than 80 per cent of advertising will be automated using tools such as Adobe by 2020.[2] Suzanne Steele, Managing Director of Adobe Australia and New Zealand said, “As the advertising and creative industries continue to evolve at a rapid pace, it is essential we focus on teaching digital literacy skills and empowering Australians to succeed in this modern economy.”

    “We’re proud to partner with TAFE NSW who is delivering the Adobe Certified Associate program to give students an edge when joining or returning to the workforce.”

    The TAFE NSW course gives students flexibility to study whenever they want in a blended learning environment where students can access parts of the course online.

    To enrol in the Adobe Associate Certification exam or preparation training programs, visit the TAFE NSW website or call 131 601.





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  • + Polaroid Large Format Printers and Ink Now Available in the U.S. Market

    Polaroid today announced its large format printers and ink, previously available in Latin America and the EU, are now av..

    26 November 2019


    Polaroid today announced its large format printers and ink, previously available in Latin America and the EU, are now available for commercial customers in the United States. Polaroid large format printers feature today’s leading technology and offer the speed, quality and profitability businesses are looking for from their printing solutions.

    Four different printer lines — solvent, mild-solvent, dye sublimation and UV— are currently available to satisfy a wide a range of uses including signage, POP displays, buses, billboards, tradeshow displays and more. Also available is a collection of specialty ink, created specifically for each printer line. Polaroid large format printers currently available in the U.S. market include:

    Polaroid Nova UV LED 3.20 Printer
    • Ricoh G5 PL HEAD
    • Head quantity: From 4 up to 9 print heads
    • Printer speed: Production Mode: 95 sqm/H 1060 SQF/H; High Quality: 55 sqm/H 570 SQF/H
    • Print technology: Piezoelectric ink jet
    • Printing mode: Unidirectional / Bi-directional
    • Media: Supports flexible media up to 320cm
    • Resolution: 720×1200 DPI
    • File format: EPS, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, Postscript
    • Power supply: AC 220v 5500 w
    • Operation conditions: Temperature 20°C – 28°C; relative humidity 40% to 60%
    • Printer dimensions: 6450x1240x1600mm


    Polaroid Second 1.80 Printer
    • Epson DX5 HEAD
    • Head quantity: 2 print heads
    • Printer speed: Production Mode: 25 sqm/H 250 SQF/H; High Quality: 14 sqm/H 150 SQF/H
    • Print technology: Piezoelectric ink jet
    • Printing mode: Unidirectional / Bi-directional
    • Media: Supports flexible media up to 180cm
    • Resolution: 1400 DPI
    • File format: EPS, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, Postscript
    • Power supply: AC 220v
    • Operation conditions: Temperature 20°C – 28°C; relative humidity 40% to 60%
    • Printer dimensions: 2715x650x1246


    Polaroid HS-2 5113 Sublimation Printer
    • Ricoh G5 de 7pl. Head
    • Head quantity: 4-9 printer heads
    • Printer speed: Production Mode: 95 sqm/H; High Quality: 55 sqm/H; Ultra Quality: 25 sqm/H
    • Print technology: Piezoelectric ink jet
    • Printing mode: Unidirectional / Bi-directional
    • Media: glass, acrylic, wood, PVC, metal panels, ceramic tiles, KT board WPC, MDF, ceiling film, vinyl, advertising banner, PET, wallpaper and more
    • Resolution: Up to 720 X 1200 dpi
    • File format: EPS, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, Postscript
    • Power supply: AC 220 V,5500 W
    • Operation conditions: Temperature 22°C a 28°C; relative humidity 80%
    • Printer dimensions: 6450x1240x1600mm


    Polaroid T-Rex UV LED 4FTx8FT Printer
    • Ricoh G5 PL HEAD / Kyocera
    • Head quantity: From 2 up to 9 print heads (Ricoh G5). From 2 up to 8 print heads (Kyocera)
    • Printer speed: Production Mode: 75 sqm/H 807 SQF/H; High Quality: 40 sqm/H 430 SQF/H
    • Print technology: Piezoelectric ink jet
    • Printing mode: Unidirectional / Bi-directional
    • Media: Glass, acrylic, wood, PVC, metal panels, ceramic tiles, KT board WPC, MDF, ceiling film, vinyl, advertising banner, PET, wallpaper and more
    • Resolution: 300 – 1200 DPI
    • File format: EPS, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, Postscript
    • Power supply: AC 220v 5500 w
    • Operation conditions: Temperature 20°C – 28°C; relative humidity 40% to 60%
    • Printer dimensions: 6200x2300x900mm


    Additionally, a new demo space has opened in Ontario, CA where Polaroid large format printers will be on display and support will be provided to business-to-business and commercial customers.


    www.polaroid.com


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  • + Epson Wins Ten 2019 Good Design Awards

    Epson has won a 2019 Good Design Award for a total of ten products, including five printers, four projectors, and one wa..

    26 November 2019


    Epson has won a 2019 Good Design Award for a total of ten products, including five printers, four projectors, and one watch. Good Design Awards are presented annually for designs that benefit and enrich people's lives and society.





    One of the winning products is the recently-launched EF-100W (white) and EF-100B (black) projector. This small laser home projector can be easily positioned in any room in your home. An all-in-one package with built-in speakers and streaming terminal, this product makes it easy to create a dramatic video experience. The round shape, with a leather-like texture and metal rings, will fit naturally within the interior design of your home.
     
    The judges commented that, “The projector makes streaming a compelling visual experience, providing an all-in-one package that allows users to experience this increasingly popular form of communication more freely in many different locales. The designers reportedly focused their energies on making a projector to which users can easily relate.

    The projector's external design harmonises with the user's environment and includes elements that encourage active portability. We were very impressed with the features that help ensure the best experiences from the product, such as guidance about how to get more out of the product, a quick manual, opening guide, and an intuitive remote control.”
     
    Another winning product was the SureColor F560. A world-first, this compact 24-inch dye-sublimation printer ships as a package complete with ink, media, and software. Designed for small business and fine art applications it combines compact size with high format flexibility, and a low cost of ownership.

    The SureColor SC-F560 joins Epson’s extensive and successful F series range. Designed to replace screen printing, these simple, efficient, and easy to use machines work in conjunction with a heat press to enable production of a wide range of durable items from metal signage and photo prints to soft signage, custom cabinetry, clothing, décor, and merchandise.
     
    The SC-F560 is aimed at promotion and fine art applications. Designed for low volume and ad-hoc work, it features flexible media handling and a tank ink system and produces images that are bright and colourful, in super-high 2400x1200 dpi max resolution. It uses extremely cost-effective ink and will ship as a complete package for quality production with minimum fuss.
     
    All of the EcoTank mono models that won include the following key features:
     
    •  Integrated high capacity ink tank system
    • 2 years of ink so you can print up to 5,000 pages in black and white included
    • Extremely low cost per page of less than a half a cent per page
    • Low-cost replacement ink bottle from $24.99
    • Easily refillable ink tank
    • Fast first page out time of only 6 seconds
    • Fast print speeds of 20 ISO ppm
    • Auto 2-sided printing
    • 250 sheet paper tray
    • Compact size
    • Easy wireless printing from iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ tablets and smartphones® including Wi-Fi Direct®
     




    The ET-M3170 multi-function and ET-M3180 multi-function models take things up a notch and offer auto 2-sided print, copy, scan and fax functions, Wi-Fi Direct®, Ethernet and Fax (ET-M3170) and Wi-Fi Direct® , Ethernet, Fax and PCL (ET-M3180). Both the ET-M3170 and ET-M3180 have a 35 sheet automatic document feeder included.
     
    Epson designs recognised with 2019 Good Design Awards, and products using the award-winning designs include:
     
    ·         EcoTank Mono printers: ET-M1170, ET-M1180, ET-M2170, ET-M3170 and ET-M3180
    ·         Large-format printer: SC-T5460M
    ·         Large-format printer: SC-F560
    ·         Large-format printer: SC-P7560 and SC-P9560
    ·         Projector: EF-100W, EF-100B, EF-100WATV and EF-100BATV
    ·         Projector: EH-LS500W and EH-LS500B
    ·         Projector: EB-L1070U and EB-L1075U
     
    Good Design Award  
    The Good Design Award was established in 1957 as the Good Design Selection System (or G Mark System). Today, it is a leading design evaluation and commendation system and has become world renowned, attracting a large number of entries from companies and groups around the world. Awards are presented annually as a way to promote quality of life and the use of design in solving social issues. The symbol of the award, the G Mark, is widely recognised as a symbol of excellence in design.
    https://www.g-mark.org/





  • + Two new printable textiles are now available from Ricky!

    be.tex Flash Light FR is a fine knitted textile with a special light diffusion coating for light boxes and a colour boos..

    26 November 2019


    be.tex Flash Light FR is a fine knitted textile with a special light diffusion coating for light boxes and a colour boost coating specifically developed for dye sub printing. You can achieve very deep blacks and sharp prints with be.tex Flash Light FR and it is ideal for light boxes and displays.

    e.tex Latfinity FR is a woven polyester backlit textile designed for latex printing. It is 100% recyclable and delivers a perfect black colour without shine through. 

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + NEW BIGREDâ„¢ 4D-54 DRYER CURES ALL INKS AT ULTRA-HIGH RATES

    A new BigRed™ 4D-54 conveyor dryer from Vastex features a pre-heating zone and high-efficiency air flow mapping, a..

    26 November 2019


    A new BigRed™ 4D-54 conveyor dryer from Vastex features a pre-heating zone and high-efficiency air flow mapping, achieving ultra-high rates and side-to-side curing uniformity, while cooling the chamber skin, reducing noise and preventing dust contamination, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    Narrower than its predecessor by nearly 18 cm, the compact dryer is equipped with a 137 cm-wide conveyor belt, dual heating zones and four infrared heaters capable of curing up to 950 plastisol printed garments/h, 432 water-based or discharge-printed garments/h, and 144 garments/h printed with digital white ink.

    A high-powered pre-heating zone surges ink temperatures past 150°C within the first several centimetres of conveyor travel, maximising dwell time at optimum curing temperatures and, in turn, conveyor belt speeds and dryer output.

    Air intake fans located below the roof of the enclosure quietly draw ‘make-up’ air into the chamber’s double-walled shell through filtered inlets along opposite exterior sides at rates up to 15.6 m3/min, serving to cool the outer shell for safety while preheating the incoming air. 

    An exhaust fan located below the centre of the conveyor belt draws the preheated air downward at rates up to 24 m3/min, over the garment and through the belt, removing heat, moisture and contaminants from the chamber.

    To accommodate each shop’s layout, the 15 cm diameter exhaust fan outlet rotates 360 degrees for connection to ductwork, and the control box can be located on the right (standard) or left side of the chamber.

    Exhaust filters located on both sides of the conveyor prevent garment lint from entering the blower or exhaust stack. Cleaning all filters before or after each shift can be accomplished in one minute according to the company, safeguarding printed images, the equipment and the shop environment.

    Exhaust flow sensors with warning lights alert operators to a clogged exhaust line, clogged filter or blower failure. Other safety features include a light tower to monitor dryer status, and a ‘cool down mode’ for powering down.

    Dual digital PID temperature controls maintain accuracy to +/-0.5°C.

    The heaters of the new dryer carry a 15-year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units.

    The dryer’s capacity can be doubled, tripled or quadrupled when needs increase by adding one, two or three additional heating chambers and extending the conveyor belt.
    Mr. Vasilantone says a BigRed™ 4D-30 version with 76 cm-wide conveyor belt will soon follow.

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





  • + It’s a wrap for Ball & Doggett and Irwin Racing

    Ball & Doggett announced their partnership with Team 18, entering into a deal to supply Avery Dennison Digital Cast ..

    26 November 2019


    Ball & Doggett announced their partnership with Team 18, entering into a deal to supply Avery Dennison Digital Cast Films for the team’s Supercars.
    Display & Visual is the fastest growing segment inside the Ball & Doggett portfolio, with a continuously expanding range of medias and substrates to offer.They are always looking for exciting opportunities to increase their visibility, so the sponsorship with Irwin Racing comes at an ideal time.

    “We are very proud to partner such an exciting team under the leadership of Charlie Schwerkolt and quality experienced drivers in Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards. Team 18 have recently announced the purchase of a second car for the 2020 season. This expansion will play a key part in them becoming a real challenger in the championship. This partnership provides us the opportunity to not only showcase the quality of our Avery Dennison films, but also gives our customers the chance to receive unique and exclusive experiences with Team 18. Being able to thank our customers for their loyalty is important, so this sponsorship has significant upside for us,” said Leigh Hooper, National Manager Display & Visual, Ball & Doggett.

    For the remainder of 2019 and throughout 2020, Ball & Doggett has the opportunity to treat their customers to pit tours, grid walks, hot laps, one-on-ones with the drivers and application workshops held at the team’s headquarters in Melbourne. The company advises there will be special promotions run throughout next year which customers can partake in, giving them the chance to attend one of the specialised events.

    The Display & Visual division sells the standard wide format medias and substrates used for a wide array of applications such as point of sale, displays, general signage, floor graphics, fleet, windows and architectural. A key focus of the business is continuously adding new and interesting items to the range based on market requirements. Their latest additions include a range of fibre based solutions for indoor and outdoor advertising that meet a strong push for environmentally sustainable products.

    Ball & Doggett have key sales and wide format experts based nationally, as well as a dedicated hotline for customers. The 1300 713 567 number has been set up for customers to call when they need technical support, to check stock availability and to place orders among other things.

    Photos from a recent photoshoot and behind-the-scenes images from the Bathurst 1000 race can be found on the company’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.





  • + Xitron Distributor G2psd excited about future as Global Graphics acquires Xitron USA

    Xitron, the leading independent developer of Harlequin RIP® and workflow products for commercial, flexo, digital, an..

    19 November 2019


    Xitron, the leading independent developer of Harlequin RIP® and workflow products for commercial, flexo, digital, and high-speed inkjet printing has been acquired by Harlequin RIP manufacturer Global Graphics PLC from Vanguard Graphics International (VGI). A nearly 30-year Harlequin OEM, Xitron is one of Global Graphics’ longest standing partners.

    “Xitron is the lead player in prepress RIPs with some 35,000 Harlequin RIP-based installations around the world and an impressive network of dealers and distributors, said Gary Fry, CEO of Global Graphics. “This acquisition allows us to further develop our digital print strategy with a more complete offering for industrial inkjet, such as textiles and décor, and with a broader range of prepress components for digital applications.”

    Xitron’s Navigator RIP provides prepress independence by allowing users to connect with hundreds of different output devices manufactured by a “Who’s Who” list of suppliers such as Agfa, Fujifilm, Screen, Presstek, (MarkAndy), and Heidelberg. Since the company’s inception in 1977, it has been a mainstay in professional prepress production and was recently awarded a patent for their unique USB-SCSI interface.

    Their recent concentration in high-speed inkjet systems has fostered the release of the Navigator-based Digital Front End (DFE), which supports a wide variety of popular inkjet heads from Memjet, HP, Kyocera, XAAR, Konica-Minolta, Ricoh, Canon Finetech, and Fujifilm Dimatix, among others. The DFE supports drive electronics from Meteor Inkjet and Global Inkjet Systems, which are used in many of the most popular high-speed presses available from top tier suppliers in the market today.

    “Having developed prepress software solutions around the Harlequin RIP as an OEM partner, Xitron is looking forward to the collaboration and growth opportunities associated with this change,” said Karen Crews, president of Xitron. “As we continue to expand beyond our well-established presence in offset, flexography, screen printing, and high-speed inkjet, we’re excited to be a key part of Global Graphics’ strategic initiatives.”

    Stan Goldberg, CEO of Vanguard (which also owns Printware, LLC) said he believes the sale will benefit both companies. “As a long-time developer of the Harlequin RIP, Xitron’s prepress software products and markets align very well with Global Graphics’ strategic directions,” he said. “At the same time, Printware will have the additional financial resources necessary to take full advantage of inkjet market growth through product development or potential acquisition opportunities.”






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

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

    19 November 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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





  • + Inkcups releases Revolution high-speed industrial digital cylinder printer

    Global OEM Inkcups (Danvers, MA) has released its new Revolution Digital Cylinder Printer. The new device is fully autom..

    19 November 2019


    Global OEM Inkcups (Danvers, MA) has released its new Revolution Digital Cylinder Printer. The new device is fully automatic and can print high-quality, full-colour graphics at about 600 parts per hour, depending on the type of part. It features automatic loading and unloading, integrated pre-treatment, and Helical printing technology that interlaces the inkjet drops in a helical pattern, thereby delivering superior-quality images “at twice the resolution and image quality compared to similar machines,” said Inkcups.

    Inkcups’ new Revolution Digital Cylinder Printer.
    Common applications include stadium cups, pint glasses, stainless steel and plastic tumblers, cosmetics jars, glass and plastic bottles, beer cans, oil filters and many, many more. The printer is fast enough to produce high volumes, flexible enough for quick changeovers, and can output long runs “at one-third the cost of comparable machines,” said the OEM. Its inline conveyor can be loaded manually, or automatically loaded using a robotic system.

    It prints 360-degree seamless graphics up to 1,200 dpi on a wide range of cylindrical objects and open-ended, tapered objects. It can print images up to 220 mm tall on a part length of 76 mm to 305 mm, with a diameter of 63.5 mm to 111 mm.