Wide Format Digital Print

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

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

    April 02 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March 26 2024

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

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

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

    A leading-edge portfolio of innovation that expands opportunities

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

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

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

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

    Capabilities that will drive new revenue streams

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

    Technology with a powerful sustainability message

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

  • + Agfa launches next-gen Hybrid Anapurna H3200 inkjet printer

    Agfa, a leading provider of inkjet printing solutions, introduces the next generation of its Anapurna H3200 wide-format hybrid printer, representing a significant leap forward in s...

    January 30 2024

    Agfa, a leading provider of inkjet printing solutions, introduces the next generation of its Anapurna H3200 wide-format hybrid printer, representing a significant leap forward in speed and print quality.

    Boasting an almost 70% increase in printing speed compared to its predecessor (in Production Mode), the newest version of the 3.2 m Anapurna H3200 emerges as a serious step-up for sign shops and digital printers, empowering them to swiftly tackle a wide range of print jobs.

    “We are excited to unveil the next generation of the Anapurna H3200”, says Philip Van der Auwera, Product Manager Sign & Display at Agfa. “Since the debut of the first Anapurna over two decades ago, the printer family has undergone multiple enhancements and expansions. Renowned for its exceptional versatility and unwavering reliability, the new version of the Anapurna H3200 now combines these attributes with a boost in productivity and improved quality. This step underscores Agfa’s commitment to innovation and delivering top-notch solutions that align with the evolving needs of our customers.”

    Like its predecessor, the Anapurna H3200 features a six-color plus white ink set and UV LED curing. However, both the print shuttle and print engine itself have been redesigned to achieve a significant productivity increase. The fast-firing print heads ensure rapid throughput – up to 66 m²/hour in production mode – and superior print quality on flexible and rigid materials alike. Additionally, the printer’s newly implemented continuous board feeding capacity enables efficient printing on rigid materials, with the capability to print up to four boards printed simultaneously.

    The enhanced print shuttle also contributes to improved image quality, particularly noticeably in darker solid tones. The Anapurna excels in delivering high-quality prints across a spectrum of applications, from uncoated rigid media like corrugated boards and plastics to roll media such as film, vinyl, banners, canvas, and coated textiles. Its GREENGUARD Gold-certified inks deliver high color vibrancy and a broad color gamut, while Agfa’s patented Thin Ink Layer technology ensures minimal ink consumption.

    The new Anapurna H3200 is equipped with a protective closure. This redesign not only gives the printer a fresh look but also contributes to a safer working environment.

    The new Anapurna H3200 will debut at the C!Print exhibition in Lyon, France (February 6-8). It will be featured alongside Agfa’s high-end Tauro H3300, HS, which boasts a varnish printing option for enhancing prints, and will be equipped with the award-winning Flex roll-to-roll system, a compact module that boosts printer uptime by enabling seamless transitioning from rolls to boards or sheets without the need for undocking.

    Additionally, Agfa will showcase the advanced capabilities of the new Anapurna hybrid printer at FESPA in Amsterdam (The Netherlands, 19-22 March).


  • + Canon launches new imagePROGRAF GP and imagePROGRAF PRO Series

    Canon has launched a new series of 7-colour imagePROGRAF GP large format printers for both commercial and in-house print service providers.Designed predominantly for high-en...

    January 30 2024

    Canon has launched a new series of 7-colour imagePROGRAF GP large format printers for both commercial and in-house print service providers.

    Designed predominantly for high-end posters but also suitable for other graphic arts applications such as printing photographs, the new series comprises three models: the 60”/1524mm imagePROGRAF GP-6600S and the 44”/1118mm GP-4600S – replacing the imagePROGRAF PRO-6100S and PRO-4100S – and the 24”/610mm GP-2600S. Combined with a new pigment ink set, LUCIA PRO II, the new series delivers A0 size posters on uncoated paper within 48 seconds and provides an expanded gamut of vibrant and accurately reproduced colours, together with greater image durability. The imagePROGRAF GP series will be showcased live at drupa 2024 on the Canon stand in Hall 8A, B41-1 – B41-8.

    Exceptional PANTONE coverage

    The new 7-colour LUCIA PRO II ink set used with the new imagePROGRAF GP series includes orange, which reproduces more vivid, eye-catching colours, and grey, which smoothly reproduces skin tones, for example. As a result, the colour gamut reproducible by the new imagePROGRAF GP series accurately hits 96% of the PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE Solid Coated’ sample book, making the series ideal for printing corporate colours.

    Significantly increased durability

    The LUCIA PRO II ink set also allows users to produce far more robust output as the new inks provide substantially improved abrasion resistance on photo papers, so that posters and other printed output are less likely to be scratched when handled, transported and mounted in place. In addition, a very light-resistant pigment in the ink set dramatically increases colour fastness, so that artwork can be potentially preserved for up to 200 years.

    Productivity boost

    Regardless of the skill or experience of the user, the new imagePROGRAF GP series is easy to use and offers increased productivity, thanks to its ink ejection status monitoring system, simplified settings and easier media handling. Its dual roll capability allows a second roll of a different media type and size to be loaded at the same time so that that the user can automatically switch from printing on matte to gloss paper without interrupting the workflow. By accelerating the automatic media feeding process, the media loading time has also been reduced by approximately 40%.

    Environmental considerations

    In line with Canon’s goal of reducing the environmental footprint of its products and operations by using resources responsibly, minimising waste, increasing efficiency and supporting innovation, it has reduced the amount of expanded polystyrene packaging material used for the new imagePROGRAF GP series – for example, 89.5% less polystyrene foam is used for the GP-4600S than for its predecessor. In addition, its reduced power consumption – using 94W or less during operation and 2.2W or less during standby – as well as other satisfied criteria, has helped the series achieve a ‘Gold’ product rating under the U.S. EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) Registry, the highest level of registration in the field of imaging equipment products.

    Mathew Faulkner, EMEA Director, Marketing and Innovation, Wide Format Printing Group, Canon Europe, comments: “With the launch of the new imagePROGRAF GP series, we’re addressing the needs of the high-end, premium poster market. The GP series retains the superb imagePROGRAF print quality, while the configuration of the new LUCIA PRO II inks offers a much wider colour gamut and delivers outstanding Pantone coverage for more accurate corporate colour reproducibility. With image durability also very important for the high-end poster market, any output printed on the new imagePROGRAF GP devices will be both very scratch- and light-resistant, helping to preserve its longevity and value. And with the improved media handling and increased automation of the series, we’ve also made it more productive and easier to use.”The new imagePROGRAF GP series is available from March 2024 across EMEA either directly from Canon or through one of its accredited resellers.

  • + Epson announces SureColor V1060 - first UV desktop printer

    Epson has announced the SureColor V1060, their first ever A4 UV desktop printer. This new printer is ideal for customising merchandise and promotional items on demand and transform...

    January 30 2024

    Epson has announced the SureColor V1060, their first ever A4 UV desktop printer. This new printer is ideal for customising merchandise and promotional items on demand and transforming them into unique products, making them an excellent solution for retail and event environments.



    By launching the SureColor V1060 Epson opens up a world of possibilities for businesses to explore diverse offerings to their customers from promotional items and personalised gifts to industrial prototypes with all the benefits of Epson’s cost-effective, consistent high-quality imaging, and innovative compact design.

     The SC-V1060 enables direct printing onto a vast array of materials, including acrylic, metals, wood, canvas and more with superior image quality, colour accuracy and finely detailed text.

    In terms of media handling the SC-V1060 supports substrates up to 297mm x 210mm (A4), and up to 70mm in thickness allowing you to print on thicker materials.


    UV curable UltraChrome UV ink with CMYK+White+Varnish provide a stunning output on both rigid and flexible materials with Epson Precision Dot and Variable Sized Dot Technology (VSDT), additional White ink and Varnish can be applied as a layer or spot colour for enhanced image expression and finish quality.


    Compact (W699 x D699 x H426mm) and innovative design enables the new printer to fit neatly into retail environments where space is always limited and the printer needs to run clean, cool and safely. Additional space savings with built-in air filtration system and as no space is required at the rear of the printer means it can be easily situated against a wall.

     "The SureColor V1060 is an innovative printer and a game-changer in the world of UV printing. We are excited to see this affordable solution opening up new creative horizons for retailers, designers and small businesses.” said Shuhei Sato product manager of Professional Print Solutions Division at Epson Australia.


    Designed with the user in mind, the SC-V1060 features an intuitive 4.3” touchscreen, user-friendly interface and fully automated cleaning system. The use of 140ml replaceable ink pack system simplifies operation while enhancing productivity, reducing waste and mess. Thus, from setup to execution, the operator can navigate seamlessly, streamlining the printing process for maximum efficiency.


    SureColor V1060 key features:

    • Compact and innovative design – The unit is designed to fit most retail environments • Complete front operation - Provides the flexibility for any workflow in limited space.

    • Built-in air filtration system – No additional space and cost required.

    • Precise line and text quality – Superior image quality with incredible detail for small application.

    • Low maintenance – Fully automated cleaning system with fabric head wiper and no waste ink tank.

    • Easy Operation - Intuitive touchscreen with animated instructions and 140ml replaceable ink-pack system.• Epson Edge Print Pro software – Epson genuine RIP which provides a powerful set of image editing tools via an interface that is easy to use.• Epson Cloud Solution PORT– Provides live production monitoring, reporting and job cost accounting (requires Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection)• Reliable and Durable Design – Supplied with a comprehensive on-site 1-year warranty, optional comprehensive CoverPlus extension up to 5 years subject to PORT activation


    Availability and price

    The SureColor V1060 UV desktop printer is expected to ship in Australia and New Zealand in the second half of 2024. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.


    An A3 version of the UV desktop printer is planned to launch in late 2024.

  • + Epson CoverPlus extended protection program offers industry first seven years

    Epson CoverPlus, the extended protection program already well known for offering users industry-leading comprehensive cover, has created an industry first by offering&nbs...

    January 23 2024

    Epson CoverPlus, the extended protection program already well known for offering users industry-leading comprehensive cover, has created an industry first by offering SureColor S-Series signage printer owners an option where they can now be paired with premium service and support CoverPlus packages for up to seven years.


    No other manufacturer in Australia is offering this level of protection for signage printers.

    Epson SureColor S80660L 64” signage and décor printer


    The new CoverPlus year six and year seven now provide a way to extend the length of protection beyond the limited warranty for up to seven years of continuous coverage whilst still enjoying all the benefits of Epson's premium level service and support.


    The enhanced durability of Epson signage printers enables machines to be operated for longer than has been traditionally possible. The new extended CoverPlus with its additional two years – making seven years in total – ensures owners can continue to operate their equipment with comprehensive cover for reduced risk and greater control over operational costs.


    Epson has a range of purchase timing options for the new CoverPlus year six and seven, and the new program applies to the full S-Series range – the SureColor S40600, S60600, S80600, S60660L and S80660L.


    To qualify for the new 7-year CoverPlus package the printer must be registered to a valid Epson Cloud Solution PORT account. The year six and seven on-site Epson CoverPlus protection is then available subject to approval by Epson.


    If Epson is unable to repair a product during the sixth or seventh CoverPlus year, the customer will be entitled to full refund of the purchase price of the applicable year(s) of CoverPlus.

    Some of the many applications of the Epson SureColor S-Series


    Epson's S-Series signage and décor printers have been designed to produce superior output with faster, more efficient and cost-effective operation. They are compatible with an enhanced range of media including a full range of paper, canvas, film and vinyl substrates.


    S-Series signage and décor printers produce images that are brighter and more durable, have a higher gloss level and gamut range than many other printers.


    Whether you are producing indoor POS or outdoor signage, back-lit displays or window decorations, banners or vehicle decals, wallpapers or floor finishes, posters or labels the S-Series offers a range of models to suit different production volumes and output requirements, all with easy loading, simple operation and reduced running costs.


    For more on the Epson S-Series and the new 7-year CoverPlus extended protection packages go to: https://www.epson.com.au/large-format-printers/products/signage_Decor/?groupid=87&grouptypeid=18

  • + Roland DG Launches PrintAutoMate to Expedite Production for Personalisation Businesses

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, announced a new cloud-based software, PrintAutoMate, that standardises output operatio...

    January 23 2024

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, announced a new cloud-based software, PrintAutoMate, that standardises output operations and enables a highly efficient and error-free print workflow. 

    “PrintAutoMate is of great benefit to customers whose businesses handle a wide variety of data, media, and products, and require continuous output in large batches. It’s especially great for customers in e-commerce who offer personalisation services for several different repeated items,” said Tony Miller, President of Roland DG’s Global Sales and Marketing Division. 

    The printing operations of such businesses have to perform complicated manual tasks, such as laying out multiple sets of print data with design software, organising items to be printed into predefined fixtures, deciding the order and timing of printing, and monitoring procedures and progress to ensure accurate and efficient output.  

    “With PrintAutoMate, printing data can be automatically converted into pre-registered fixture layout data, print jobs can be assigned to several operators and printing data sent to VersaWorks 6 RIP software with one click, which dramatically improves work efficiency compared to the production process using design software. This service prevents printing omissions and other errors while contributing greatly to efficient business operations,” Miller said. 

    The service is available by subscribing to the Premium Plan of Roland DG Connect*¹, a cloud-based connected service designed to increase efficient performance and business growth. 

    A 90-day free trial is currently being offered for the Premium Plan. Roland DG inkjet users are invited to take advantage of this special opportunity to experience Roland DG Connect and its new features.


  • + Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems sets new standard in corrugated production with launch of new Kongsberg Ultimate

    Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) has today (30 November) unveiled its game-changing new digital cutting platform, the Kongsberg Ultimate. Poised to transform the...

    December 05 2023

    Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) has today (30 November) unveiled its game-changing new digital cutting platform, the Kongsberg Ultimate. Poised to transform the corrugated production industry, the groundbreaking platform delivers unprecedented levels of productivity, precision and safety. 

    With its new, innovative drive technology, an impressive acceleration rate of up to 2.74G and a remarkable cutting speed of 168 meters per minute, the Kongsberg Ultimate is a testament to Kongsberg PCS's commitment to developing the latest technology. 

    “Engineered with our deep understanding of corrugated and display converters’ needs for precision, the Kongsberg Ultimate promises to redefine standards and usher in a new era of productivity and innovation, delivering a fast return on investment for convertors of corrugated board,” said Kongsberg PCS President and CEO, Stuart Fox. “Enhancing operations and providing a significant competitive advantage, the platform sets a new industry benchmark and is set to drive the future of corrugated production for years to come.” 

    Incorporating six core values in the design, the Kongsberg Ultimate represents a quantum leap forward in technology, directly addressing the unique challenges faced by corrugated converters involved in continuous high volume multi-batch production. 

    “With corrugated converters around the world under increasing pressure to produce better, faster, safer and more efficiently to meet the demands of the global market, we have underlined our commitment to deliver a solution that has been engineered for precision and built for productivity,” added Stuart. 

    “Businesses seeking to elevate their operations need look no further than the Kongsberg Ultimate.” 

    Kongsberg Ultimate Core Values:

    Unlocking the Kongsberg Ultimate's performance capabilities

    Productivity: With its new drive and beam design, the Kongsberg Ultimate defines the next generation of design and performance. This leads to significant productivity gains and return on investment for users. 

    Precision: With its meticulously designed custom carbon fiber beam, the Kongsberg Ultimate ensures unparalleled stiffness and consistently applies a 50kg downforce. The tool head camera further elevates its precision, making every cut align perfectly with the highest industry standards. 

    Safety: The Kongsberg SmartzoneTM safety solution is an innovative proximity-driven dual-zone system crafted to blend safety and efficiency seamlessly. Furthermore, the intuitive LED lighting ensures machine status is crystal clear, ensuring a safe and productive environment. 

    Uptime: With new self-diagnostics and remote operator alerts, combined with the application of proven robust technologies from other high-demand industrial fields, the Kongsberg Ultimate is designed to deliver the highest uptime to maximize utilization. 

    User Experience: Operators are at the heart of every production. Keeping this in mind, the Kongsberg Ultimate boasts the intuitive IPC 3.0 interface with touchscreen to enhance the operator experience, with easily accessible buttons on the machine making every task seamless and user-centric. 

    Sustainability: The Kongsberg Ultimate incorporates greater use of recycled, readily recycled and other materials with less environmental impact, demonstrating that Kongsberg PCS takes its commitment to a greener future seriously. 

    Unveiling the innovative new table at the company’s headquarters in Gent, Belgium, Stuart Fox said: “We have worked creatively to ensure that our future is built upon manufacturing equipment that our customers and team can be proud of. The Kongsberg Ultimate is not just an evolution but a leap forward in corrugated production technology and a commitment to the corrugated industry for the future. 

    “This remarkable achievement reaffirms Kongsberg PCS's position as an industry leader and underlines our dedication to delivering innovations that empower businesses to thrive in an ever-evolving marketplace.” 

    For more on the Kongsberg Ultimate, visit www.kongsbergsystems.com/en/cutting-systems/tables/ultimate/overview

  • + Xante Sets Price and Ship Date for Its New Direct-to-Film Printer

    The Xante F-24 direct-to-film printer will begin shipping in January 2024 at an MSRP ...

    November 14 2023

    The Xante F-24 direct-to-film printer will begin shipping in January 2024 at an MSRP of $26,995 for the complete system. The F-24 DTF debuted at Printing United in October with a lot of excitement and interest from show attendees. This latest launch accentuates Xante’s continued commitment to deliver ever-adapting solutions for the modern business landscape.

    The new F-24 prints 24″ wide film to allow a varitey of detailed designs to be ganged up for maximum effiency and cost per print.

    Some specs of the F-24 include:

    1. Space-Saving Design: The F-24 is specially engineered to fit through a standard-sized door, offering unrivaled convenience in terms of installation and location. This compact design ensures that businesses can seamlessly integrate the F-24 into their existing workspaces without the need for extensive renovations,
    2. Cost-Effective: DTF printing reduces the need for expensive screens or plates, significantly lowering setup costs. With film, powder, and ink it costs you pennies for a standard 13″x18″ T-shirt logo. A perfect choice for both established businesses and startups looking to print on fabric.
    1. Quick Turnaround: The Xante F-24 offers rapid printing capabilities, enabling businesses to meet tight deadlines and customer demands efficiently. This product also allows you to print full sheets of designs to then cut and apply on demand. 
    2. Versatile and Vibrant: DTF printing is vibrant, does not crack, and washer/dryer durable making it ideal for creating eye-catching promotional materials, customized apparel, and more. The F-24 comes with two Epson i3200 printheads CMYK+WWWW.

  • + LogoJET Leaps into Large Format with the Unveiling of Strata Series

    LogoJET, a global leader in direct-to-substrate printers for specialty items, is excited to announce the launch of its game-changing Strata Series at Print United 2023 in Atlanta, ...

    October 24 2023

    LogoJET, a global leader in direct-to-substrate printers for specialty items, is excited to announce the launch of its game-changing Strata Series at Print United 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia, taking place from October 18-20th. With 18-years of delivering top-of-the-line small format printers, LogoJET expands its product offering into the large format flatbed sector to meet its customers’ growing needs and reinforces its commitment to profitable, scalable solutions.

    Breaking New Ground with the Strata Series

    The Strata Series features two groundbreaking flatbed printers: Luna, with a print area of 3.2 feet by 5.9 feet, and Terra, boasting a generous print area of 4.9 feet by 8.2 feet. These additions represent industrial engineering excellence, built to provide consistent, high-quality prints across a diverse range of substrates.

    The move into large format printing isn’t just an expansion—it’s a revolution that aligns perfectly with LogoJET’s mission to empower their customers with profitable solutions that scale, and backed with LogoJET’s 3-Year Warranty and 5-Star Support.

    Susan Cox, CEO of LogoJET, shared her enthusiasm: “As we mark our 18th year in the business, LogoJET is thrilled to unveil the Strata Series, a transformative line of medium and large format flatbed printers designed to elevate what is possible in signage and specialty printing. Expanding into large format has been a pivotal decision that aligns with our mission to provide our customers with scalable, profitable solutions. The Luna and Terra represent the future of LogoJET—innovative, customer-focused, and limitless. We can’t wait to introduce them at Print United 2023.”


  • + Vanguard unveils the VK3220T-HS UV-LED flatbed

    Vanguard Digital Printing Systems, a Durst Group Company, introduces the Vanguard VK3220T-HS ultra-high production UV-LED flatbed.This printer offers a larger bed...

    October 24 2023

    Vanguard Digital Printing Systems, a Durst Group Company, introduces the Vanguard VK3220T-HS ultra-high production UV-LED flatbed.

    This printer offers a larger bed size, up to three rows of industrial printheads for maximum productivity, an electromagnetic carriage drive system as well as field-upgradeability. It offers up to 1800 dpi print resolution and speeds up to 3,875 sf/h.

    The VK3220T-HS redefines the meaning of productivity on a 3.2 x 2 meter (126” x 80”) UV-LED flatbed. With up to three Rows of printheads, print speeds can reach over 3,800 square feet per hour.

    Utilising 4 picoliter drop size Kyocera printheads and a high-speed magnetic drive, there’s no compromise on speed to achieve remarkable quality. With the ability to add channels for additional speed or application potential after installation, the VK3220T-HS can grow alongside business possibilities.

    Jim Peterson, COO and founding partner, Vanguard Digital North America, said, “The VK3220T-HS is the culmination of years of technological advancements and our response to the demands of the market. We are dedicated to delivering the best printers available, and through our innovation and commitment to our customers, we have created the new benchmark for speed and quality, with a focus on productivity and efficiency. The VK3220T-HS symbolises the start of a new chapter for Vanguard Digital, and we are so proud to share it with the North American market.”

    The VK3220T-HS can print on nearly any substrate up to 4 inches thick and is driven by an electromagnetic drive. Other features include auto height detection, one-touch pin registration, front-to-back and back-to-front printing, water-cooled LED curing technology, and ionization bars.

  • + HP Inc has announced a new 36-inch DesignJet portfolio

    HP Inc has announced a new 36-inch DesignJet portfolio that simplifies the printing needs of AEC (architec...

    October 10 2023

    HP Inc has announced a new 36-inch DesignJet portfolio that simplifies the printing needs of AEC (architecture, engineering & construction) professionals who increasingly work in a hybrid environment - needing a high-quality printing experience, whenever and wherever they are. The devices will also enable copy shops to better meet the requirements of AEC customers.

    With 54% of AEC firms deploying a hybrid work policy, flexible working models are here to stay. This new approach has changed workflows, requiring aspects of the job, including large format printing, to be enabled in a hybrid environment. Because of this, users need intuitive print technology that meets their technical needs, whether that is printing A3-A1 CAD drawings or architectural boards, all without compromising on security.

    “More than ever, AEC pros, or the copy shops that serve them, need easy-to-use tools that help them be more productive and deliver high-quality work - whether they are in the office, at home or somewhere remote,” said Daniel Martinez, General Manager, Large Format Business, HP. “With our new HP DesignJet lineup - alongside software such as HP Click and the HP app - users can print, monitor jobs and check device status from virtually anywhere, as well as collaborate on documents with colleagues.”

    Sustainable and Secure

    With the new 36-inch DesignJet portfolio, HP helps customers to go beyond and run their businesses while achieving their sustainability goals. Thanks to HP’s Forest First initiative, with every page a user prints with the HP DesignJet T850/T950, Smart Tank T858/T908 MFP or XL 3800, HP collaborates with non-profit organizations , to ensure forests are restored.

    The HP DesignJet T850/T950 are both made from at least from 35% recycled plastic, use carboard-based cartridges, and, along with the DesignJet Smart Tank T858/T908 MFP, can be scheduled to power on and off automatically to preserve energy consumption. Meanwhile, the T858/T908 MFP and the HP DesignJet XL 3800 are comprised of at least 33% recycled content.HP has also prioritized cyber-security, with HP Wolf Security protection built into the HP DesignJet T850/T950 and XL 3800. HP Wolf Security provides comprehensive endpoint protection and resiliency that starts at the hardware level and extends across cloud-based software and services – safeguarding an organization’s PCs, printers and people from cyber predators.

    With additional Enterprise-level Wolf security features, the HP DesignJet XL 3800 is also the world’s most secure large format printer, based on third-party analysis of security features available on the market.

    Solutions for all AEC Requirements

    The new HP DesignJet lineup – consisting of three product families - provides several options and features to cater for all AEC user needs, including:

    HP DesignJet T850/T950:

    • Save time by moving effortlessly from A3 to A1 prints, with the A3-to-Large Format integrated device
    • High-quality CAD and renders on any size and application
    • Simplify remote collaboration with one-click scan and copy workflows from the front panel

    HP DesignJet Smart Tank T858/T908 MFP

    • Accelerate turnarounds with speeds of up to:
    • 90 A1 pages/hour for the T858
    • 120 A1 pages/hour for the T908 MFP
    • Confidently refill ink—even while printing—with spill-free bottle system
    • Maximize efficiency - with reduced energy consumption, spill-free refills, and 85% less ink used for routine cleaning
    • Available in certain Asia markets only (see end of the press release for more details)
    • Suitable for copy shops

     HP DesignJet XL 3800

    • Keep projects moving with the fastest color printer in its class at 6 A1/D color pages/min, and first page out in 20 seconds
    • Excellent CAD lines and graphics applications in mono and color
    • Optimize space with 20% more compactness
    • Perfect for copy shops and enterprises

    • Vibrant colours – more achievable than ever with the power of white ink
    • Go beyond – with environmental certifications and carton-based cardboard cartridges
    • Grow online – HP PrintOS Design & eCommerce unveiled to help PSPs grasp online opportunities  

    HP Australia launched the new HP Latex 630 printer series, completing HP’s Latex range and making white ink technology available to Print Service Providers (PSPs) of all sizes. White ink allows users to produce a more impactful range of signage and décor jobs with stunning image quality and colors that jump off the page, creating attention grabbing campaigns for end-customers.

    The HP Latex 630-series, as with the rest of HP’s Latex portfolio, allows firms to offer more sustainable printing services: with water-based latex inks that give off negligible chemicals or odors; UL ECOLOGO® and EPEAT® environmental certifications;[[iii]] and carton-based cartridges that reduce plastic by using 100% recycled and recyclable cardboard containers, as well as recycled plastics from HP’s closed-loop process - including post-consumer beverage bottles.[iv]

    “The new HP Latex 630-series packs our leading latex features, such as white ink, into a more compact and affordable form factor - allowing even the smallest of print businesses to effortlessly deliver high impact signage and décor applications, boosting margins,” Craig Hardman, ANZ Large Format Country Manager. “Beyond the hardware, we have continued to innovate when it comes to services and solutions, with new cloud-based HP Print OS functionalities giving time-pressed users the ability to process and monitor jobs from virtually anywhere.”


    The HP Latex 630 family provides a number of options and features, including:

    • A choice of four SKUs
      • The HP Latex 630 and HP Latex 630 W – the latter with white ink functionality
      • HP Latex 630 and 630 W Print & Cut – giving customers the option of upgrading to a dual-device solution, with print and cut functionality
    • Save time – with automated front-loading system and simple, fast load/unload workflows
    • Easy re-prints – with in-printer storage of up to 10GB
    • Stunning image quality – with HP Pixel Control Technology and new printhead architecture for sharper small text, all at standard speeds of 14m2 (150ft2) an hour[v]
    • Software as standard – SAi RIP solution offered out of the box


    Win business online and simplify operations

    As part of a continued focus on helping PSPs improve productivity and grow their business, HP has also announced HP PrintOS Design & eCommerce – an intuitive web-to-print solution that saves valuable time with simplified print application design capabilities, efficient production paths, and step-by-step guidance on how PSPs can integrate it with an existing e-commerce store.

    "We spend a lot of time listening to print providers about what they need to grow, and one key area was evolving their e-commerce capabilities and better connecting the front and back-ends of their business," added Craig Hardman. “HP Print OS Design & eCommerce is our response, giving PSPs a quick and easy way to enhance their online shop, as well as new ways to process orders and automate jobs.”

    The Design & eCommerce solution will be made available in select countries within HP’s PrintOS suite to subscribers of the HP Professional Print Service Plan (PPSP) ‘Plus’ tier, making the PPSP offering more appealing to small and medium sized PSPs. HP’s Professional Print Service Plans are designed to enable business agility, maximize uptime, and to provide learning opportunities and support.

    For further information about HP Print OS Design & eCommerce and HP Professional Print Service Plans, please visit the website here. 


    The HP Latex 630, HP Latex 630 W, HP Latex 630 Print & Cut Plus, and HP Latex 630 W Print & Cut Plus are expected to be available from September 19th, 2023, in major markets globally.

    The HP Print OS Design & eCommerce solution is expected to be available from November in the UK, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. For further information, please contact a local sales representative.

    For further information about HP Print OS Design & eCommerce and HP Professional Print Service Plans, please visit the website here.

  • + Hasler introduces the first 5-meter wide XY flatbed cutter

    Hasler Cutting Systems have launched a groundbreaking development for large format cutting operations, int...

    September 19 2023

    Hasler Cutting Systems have launched a groundbreaking development for large format cutting operations, introducing the world's first 5-meter wide digital flatbed XY cutter, equipped with the latest Optiscout software, delivering unparalleled quality, versatility, and affordability.

    Hasler's commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions with exceptional value has led to the creation of 15 different table configurations, including the remarkable 5-meter wide cutting table, setting a new industry standard. Unlike any other offering on the market, our product combines European craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology, and affordability, making it the perfect digital cutting solution for a wide range of industries.

    Key Highlights of the Hasler Digital Flatbed Cutters:

    Optiscout Software: The industry standard Optiscout software empowers users with advanced capabilities for precision cutting, ensuring optimal results for a diverse range of materials and applications.

    Competitive Pricing: Hasler's 5-meter wide cutting table and other flatbed XY digital cutters are available at the highest quality and lowest cost on the market.

    Experienced Team: Hasler's team of large format digital cutting table specialists boasts over 50 years of combined experience, ready to assist your company in optimizing production operations.

    Versatile Tool Options: Hasler tables offers a complete selection of tool options, from routing to knife cutting to crease and kiss-cut tools, ensuring a tailored solution for your specific cutting needs.

    Transparent Pricing: Hasler's upfront pricing and table configurator provide clear and straightforward price information, allowing you to make informed decisions without the need for negotiations.


    Choose from fifteen distinct configurations based on five standard cutting table widths, or personalize the length with table extensions. Add features like roll-off/sheet fed systems, full conveyors, and various tool heads and up to 5kW router and accessories to meet your unique cutting demands.

    Exceptional Warranty Package:

    Every Hasler table is backed by an industry-leading 2-year full warranty, giving our customers peace of mind and confidence in their investment. In addition to a 5-year limited warranty that includes remote technical support, and a 10% discount on consumables and labor costs.

    "Hasler is committed to pushing the boundaries of what's possible in large format cutting technology while maintaining affordability," said Melody Thompson, Sales & Marketing Manager for North America at Hasler Solutions USA. "The new 5-meter wide digital flatbed cutter with Optiscout software is perfectly paired to any 5-meter wide format printer on the market today, and represents the culmination of Hasler’s dedication to innovation and customer satisfaction. Hasler cutting tables are built for 24/7 production. Whether you are a small, medium, or large business, Hasler has the solution you need to enhance your cutting capabilities, increase productivity, and drive success."

  • + Roland DG launches new Desktop Printer/Cutters with VersaSTUDIO BN2 Series

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced the addition of the BN2-20 and BN2-20A desktop inkjet printer/cutters to ...

    September 11 2023

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced the addition of the BN2-20 and BN2-20A desktop inkjet printer/cutters to its VersaSTUDIO product lineup.

    "Since our founding in 1981, we have been providing digital solutions that enable anyone to easily do what could only be achieved previously by people with special skills and experience," said Tony Miller, President of Roland DG’s Global Sales and Marketing Division. "Today, our compact, easy-to-use, and affordable desktop products are marketed under the brand name VersaSTUDIO and include a broad range of popular desktop solutions, such as inkjet printers, cutters, engravers, metal printers, and foil transfer laser decorators." 

    The new BN2 series offers a choice of two powerful eco-solvent desktop devices that use the same high-definition print heads, eco-solvent inks, and cutting technology as our wide-format printers for outstanding print quality and precision contour cutting. In addition to their compact size, printing speed for the new BN2 series is approximately 4 times greater than previous models, allowing users to produce a wide variety of high-value-added items, from original T-shirts, posters, stickers and labels, to displays; quickly and easily from their workspace. 

    According to Miller, the BN2 series was designed to offer excellent usability, even for novices, who can begin producing professional print quality items straight from set-up. This simplicity extends from installation to usability through multi-colour LED lights which indicate printer status at a glance. 

    The included Utility software supports intuitive operation through easy-to-understand icons for quick access to menu items, while the functional bundled software can be used for everything from design creation to output. Also, the innovative Frontal Access Structure allows media setup and maintenance to be performed from the front of the printer for a more efficient use of space. 

    Incorporating the Roland DG Connect App, which virtually connects the BN2 series printer production and creative output, users get an in-depth view of their printer’s operating status to keep their device/s running at optimum print performance. 

    Customers can choose from two models, the CMYK plus White 5-colour BN2-20 and the CMYK 4-colour BN2-20A. Each model includes design and output software and comprehensive manufacturer’s warranties as standard, which present an attractive value proposition for first-time users. 

    "Since the first model was introduced, over 25,000 units of the BN Series have been sold worldwide, with broad applications including start-ups, shifting out-sourced production in-house, and educational settings" Miller said. "With further advances in productivity and usability, the BN2 series opens the door to greater creativity and business success for even more people. We will continue to expand our VersaSTUDIO series lineup to meet the creative needs of desktop professionals around the world." 

    Learn more about the new VersaSTUDIO BN2 Series desktop printer/cutters at www.rolanddg.com.au/products/printers/versastudio-bn2-series-printer-cutter.

  • + Summa release new state-of-the-art S Class 3 device

    The Summa S Class 3 is a state-of-the-art device designed for professional users who demand top performance in their cutting applications and want to explore new opportunities....

    September 11 2023

    The Summa S Class 3 is a state-of-the-art device designed for professional users who demand top performance in their cutting applications and want to explore new opportunities.

    At the heart of the S Class 3 is its unique True Tangential Cutting Technology, ensuring top-notch performance. The addition of the all-new OPOS Camera with onboard image processing provides ultra-fast mark recognition and processing, making print&cut workflows smoother and more efficient. The performance head is the most advanced in the vinyl cutter series and can now automatically switch between cutting and creasing, perfect for short-run packaging jobs, and setting a new standard in the industry.

    High-Precision & Unrivalled Performance

    The S Class 2, a proven performer, has been on the market for ten years. It is not only unmatched (still!) by its competition, it is also very much valued by its customers. "For the S Class 3, we kept the good and proven. And while they may look similar under the hood at first sight, a lot has been upgraded. The latest electronics made it possible to achieve faster responsiveness, better data processing, and more precise motor control, resulting in a smoother, faster, and more reliable result.", says Randi Kerkaert, product manager.

    Reliable & Versatile Cutting

    Nowadays, vinyl cutting is probably not the hottest topic in the Sign & Display industry. "The long lifetime of every Summa vinyl cutter allows sign shops to avoid the need for further investments in vinyl cutting equipment. On the other hand, having a premium cutting plotter available on the work floor remains essential and critical for many businesses", states Christof Van Driessche, CCO at Summa. "A reliable cutting plotter is much appreciated even in an industrial environment. With the introduction of the S Class 3, we aim to provide new opportunities for sign shops to expand their current vinyl cutting businesses and explore new territories, like cardboard cutting and creasing."

    The S Class 3 will be available in our partners' showrooms as of September 2023. Check out all the details of this amazing product, including the barcode workflow with enhanced roll-up system, its Performance Head and the all-new OPOS Camera.

  • + Mimaki Europe announces faster TxF300-75 direct-to-film printer

    Mimaki Europe has announced the development of a new direct-to-film (DTF) printer, the TxF300-75. The new system incorporates the stability and functionality of Mimaki’s first...

    August 29 2023

    Mimaki Europe has announced the development of a new direct-to-film (DTF) printer, the TxF300-75. The new system incorporates the stability and functionality of Mimaki’s first DTF printer, the TxF150-75, while delivering new levels of productivity with print speeds that are three times higher.

    Mimaki’s intention, when entering the DTF market earlier this year, was to offer customers a stable, efficient DTF platform that incorporates Mimaki’s renowned quality standards. In line with the original machine, the new TxF300-75 meets these objectives, whilst catering to a diverse set of printing demands, including larger companies requiring higher volumes of high-quality output.

    “We believe in giving customers choice and anticipating their needs, which is why we are expanding our DTF printer line-up hot on the heels of the inaugural system.” explains Arjen Evertse, General Sales Manager, Mimaki Europe. “The TxF300-75 has been designed to offer even greater productivity. The innovative 80cm width introduced with our first DTF printer remains a feature of this new system, enabling customers to print more efficiently.”

    The reliability of the Mimaki DTF printer series is achieved through the built-in ink circulation system that prevents white ink clogging, and a degassed ink pack, lowering the risk of poor ink jetting. The new printer also includes core Mimaki features, including NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System) for stable, uninterrupted print production. The DTF process also enables customers to print on a wider range of fabric such as cotton, mixed fabric, polyester, and dark coloured fabrics.

    In line with Mimaki’s sustainability goals, the TxF300-75 utilises Mimaki’s PHT50 pigment inks which are ECO-PASSPORT certified - validating their lower environmental impact and meeting the requirements for OEKO-TEX certification.

    Distributed in the UK and Ireland by Hybrid Services, the company’s sales director, Andrew Gregory, welcomes the addition to the line-up. “Since its launch, the TxF150-75 has been an overwhelming success, receiving a very positive response from the market. It’s exciting to be able to announce the higher production machine joining the range, and we look forward to seeing it later in the year.”

  • + Have You Had Your Annual Equipment Health Check?

    Operate to Your Optimum in 2024 with Currie Group A new year is always a great time to review your business plans, but no matter what time of year it is, having a comprehe...

    August 16 2023

    Operate to Your Optimum in 2024 with Currie Group

    A new year is always a great time to review your business plans, but no matter what time of year it is, having a comprehensive and effective preventative maintenance schedule for your mission-critical equipment is vital to ensure you are always operating to your optimum.

    With technology evolving rapidly, and diversification the key for today’s savvy print service provider, it’s perhaps no wonder that new investments are often the focus of forward planning. Looking after the systems and equipment you already have in your business, however, is equally – if not more – important to your productivity, efficiency and profitability.

    Marcus Robinson, Director – Operations for Currie Group, oversees what is arguably the most extensive service and technical support operation in the industry, looking after an extensive portfolio of products that cover almost every application from general commercial print, to labels and packaging, sign & display, print finishing, 3D printing and more.

    A veteran of the industry, he has seen firsthand just how important preventative maintenance can be in an industry where productivity means profitability.

    “We work in a very technologically advanced space, but no matter how clever or sophisticated your technology may be, if your mission-critical equipment grinds to a halt, your bottom line will quickly take a big hit,” he says. 

    It’s a situation the group’s experienced team of technicians see all too often – an SOS from a client in the middle of a vitally important print run, let down by technology at the critical moment. Often, Marcus says, it’s because the pressure of day-to-day operations has led to important preventative maintenance being overlooked. 

    “We all get busy, and when the jobs are queued up, shutting down a machine for maintenance is the last thing you want to do,” he acknowledges. “But taking a proactive, rather than reactive, approach can drastically reduce your risk of unplanned downtime and also significantly improve the performance of your equipment – which all leads to higher efficiency, better productivity and, ultimately, a more profitable operation.”

    A planned approach provides businesses with an all-important health check on each piece of kit to identify any current issues and flag potential problems before they arise. It then allows business owners to lock in a maintenance program that suits their particular workload and operational objectives.

    The first step, Marcus says, is to sit down with Currie Group to discuss your requirements.

    “Service agreements used to be a ‘one size fits all’ kind of thing, but today they are incredibly flexible to cater for all types of businesses, from those who operate 24/7 and put through millions of impressions a month, to those who run 9-5 weekdays at much lower volumes. It’s about working out the best plan for each individual situation.” 

    For many businesses, the solution will be the Currie Care Service Agreement – a plan which looks much like a traditional maintenance or service agreement, albeit one which is more tailored to individual business needs.

    “This is where a business can sign up for Currie Care and know that their regular equipment health checks, preventative maintenance, parts and labour, and the training they need, are completely covered by their agreement,” Marcus explains.

    For others, a more nuanced approach is preferred. This usually starts with Currie Group experts conducting Health Checks across the company’s key equipment to establish a baseline and identify any areas which deviate from manufacturer’s standard. 

    A written technical report, detailing the identified issues and recommended preventative maintenance, provides a roadmap for devising a customised maintenance schedule planned around the company’s individual workload, shifts and priorities…and ensures nothing is missed.

    The resulting program typically covers a full year, and is delivered by Currie Group’s team of factory-trained technicians – many of whom have been with the company for years. They are regularly sent for the latest and most advanced training with Currie Group’s OEM partners to ensure they are right up to date with new platforms as well as existing technologies, and bring their knowledge and skills back to their colleagues via the company’s internal ‘train the trainer’ style program.

    Their expertise and experience are supported by the latest resources including advanced analytics, remote diagnostics delivered in partnership with Currie Group’s principals, and innovations like virtual reality glasses which allow real-time input from the equipment manufacturers during service and maintenance procedures. The team is also investigating innovative new technologies like AI-driven predictive modelling, which they expect to further enhance service programs in years to come.

    Maintaining this high level of service requires ongoing commitment and investment, Marcus explains, but it something Currie Group has always prioritised.

    “When you invest in new equipment, it’s important to know that investment is backed by the support you need to maximise its potential. Our ongoing commitment to service and support means our customers can have that confidence. In many cases, Currie Group technicians become trusted advisors, with relationships stretching back years. It’s a real partnership.

    “Now, we just want to make sure that every business takes advantage of the support available by putting in place the preventative measures they need to maximise their profitability in 2024 and beyond.”

  • + Canon Colorado M-series approved for 3M MCS warranty program

    Canon has announced that 3M has recognised the exceptional quality of the Colorado M-series and approved its UVgel 460 white ink as part of the 3M MCS Warranty program, following i...

    August 01 2023

    Canon has announced that 3M has recognised the exceptional quality of the Colorado M-series and approved its UVgel 460 white ink as part of the 3M MCS Warranty program, following its successful introduction earlier this year.

    The 3M MCS Warranty program provides assurance that applications printed on the Colorado M-series in combination with UVgel 460 inks and 3M’s approved media will achieve the highest quality standards. The applications it covers include vehicle graphics, signs and displays, floor graphics, as well as transparent film and multilayer applications, such as window graphics and many more.

    In combination with a variety of 3M media, the Colorado M-series and its UVgel 460 inks, including the new white ink, had to pass a series of rigorous tests carried out under 3M’s stringent assessment conditions to qualify for the approval. Recognised as a trusted industry standard and representing the most comprehensive, all-inclusive warranty for finished graphics, the 3M MCS Warranty provides non-prorated protection for the graphic’s intended lifespan, including protection against fading, cracking, peeling, blistering, discoloration and many other aspects of graphic performance. In doing so, the warranty gives both print service providers and their customers the confidence that their images will perform as expected for the intended lifetime of the printed graphic.

    The Canon Colorado M-series was launched earlier this year and is designed as a single, fully modular platform that can be configured to graphics providers’ needs and grow with their business, with easy in-field upgrades. The scalable series includes two base models (M3 and M5) that offer a choice of output speeds and the option to upgrade from one model to the other. Both printers can also be upgraded to include white ink (M3W and M5W).

    The Colorado series is Canon's most productive 64-inch printer family and uses the unique UVgel ink technology. It incorporates all the best aspects of alternative ink technologies, such as the colour gamut and light fastness of eco-solvent, the fit for indoor and outdoor use, due to there being no odour and quick drying time associated with latex and the productivity and low-temperature printing process of UV.

    The inclusion of the white UVgel ink for the 3M MCS Warranty program maximises the scope for customers to benefit from UVgel’s renowned performance advantages across a full spectrum of premium graphics, including window graphics, labels, interior décor and many multi-layer applications.

    UVgel inks produce odourless, ultra-robust output, fully certified for indoor use as well as being very durable for outdoor use. Customers benefit from zero VOC emissions, zero hazardous air pollutants and a low average ink usage of 5.9ml /m2. And with more than 3,000 UVgel engines installed worldwide, UVgel has already proven itself to be a sustainable, cost-efficient and highly productive alternative for latex and eco-solvent technology.

    Woonsik Shim, Vice President, Graphics and Personal Auto Business, 3M Commercial Branding and Transportation Division, says: “At 3M we take pride in the ability to provide graphics manufacturers the widest selection of premier printing solutions. Extending the warranty through our partnership with Canon and their growing UVgel portfolio reinforces our commitment to quality and to our customers' success, which in turn inspires confidence in the printed graphics.”

    Mathew Faulkner, EMEA Director, Marketing and Innovation, Wide Format Printing Group at Canon Europe, comments: “We’re committed to working with large format graphics producers to evolve their production and enable them to exploit new growth opportunities. With the new Colorado M-series, which has Canon’s UVgel technology at its core, we’re helping our customers to do just that by providing a fully modular printer platform capable of effortlessly handling high-value, white ink applications. Through collaborative efforts with key partners such as 3M and by acquiring the highly regarded 3M MCS Warranty for the M-series including white ink, we’re better equipped than ever to empower print service providers to meet the highest quality standards, achieve boundless creativity, improved efficiency and grow their profitability.”

    The Colorado 1630, Colorado 1650 and also the new Colorado M-series with the UVgel 460 ink set, which includes white ink, are now all approved for the 3M MCS Warranty program.

    Canon is seeing a rapid growth in the take-up of its Colorado platform and patented UVgel technology and, in 2020, invested in a new, state-of-the-art ink factory at its HQ in Venlo, Netherlands, which is now fully operational and increasing its production capacity continuously to keep up with demand.