Wide Format Digital Print

  • + News from USA: Mutoh Launches New Dye-Sublimation Printer

    Mutoh America Inc. a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, today announces the launch of its new 64 inch ..

    29 September 2020

    Mutoh America Inc. a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, today announces the launch of its new 64 inch dye sublimation printer, XpertJet 1682WR. The latest additions to MUTOH’s award-winning line of wide format printers, paired with MUTOH’s new DH21 Dye Sublimation ink provides improved usability and reduces operational workload which will ensure high-quality prints, high production output, and user-friendly operation.

    Standard staggered dual head design, provides great quality and print speeds. Available in both 4 colour (CMYK) and 7 colour (CMYK, Lc,Lm,Lk,) ink configurations for DH21.

    The XpertJet platform has all new features specifically designed to enhance the user’s experience, work flow and output quality. Features have been added to improve transport and printing of thinner papers. The XpertJet will be a favourite among users looking to output various types of dye sublimation including textile, hard surfaces, personalisation products, signage and more.

    * New Cover Design – sleek black modern design with easy maintenance access.
    * New Automatic Bi-Directional alignment with built in sensor – save time by automatically calibrating printer alignments, increasing ease of use.
    * New Touch Panel – user friendly touch panel which only displays keys necessary for desired functions.
    * New Internal LED lighting – illuminates work area to easily monitor print status.
    * New LED warning indicators – for each ink cartridge slot, showing remaining ink levels.
    * MUTOH Status Monitor (MSM) – check’s the printer’s operation status in real time. MSM mobile provides monitoring with a smartphone or tablet.
    * New Media Feed Flange Design – allows operators to easily and quickly load media and exchange multiple rolls when the flanges have been mounted in advance.
    * New Hi-Torque Media Flange option – for thin and lightweight papers
    * New Pressure Roller System- allows operators to manually select and engage individual pressure rollers to minimise cockling

    “We are happy to announce and introduce our latest evolution of dye sublimation printers, the XPJ-1682WR produced by MUTOH in Japan – says Randy Anderson, Product Manager for MUTOH, America “We’ve kept the core components that makes MUTOH dye sub printers strong and reliable while adding new technologies that make the printer easier to use.

    The XpertJet 1682WR is available now for pre-order through an authorised MUTOH reseller and will start shipping September 2020.

  • + Direct Color Systems Releases the UV-84DTS

    Direct Color systems have introduced the new UV-84DTS. The UV-84DTS is the largest UV printer from DCS. With the U..

    15 September 2020

    Direct Color systems have introduced the new UV-84DTS.

    The UV-84DTS is the largest UV printer from DCS. With the UV-84DTS, the large-format printer market now has the ideal option for doing more. It’s simple really, you can develop more applications, produce more products, and generate more profits with this 4’ x 8’ (120cm x 243cm) UV LED printer. The new unit will be on full display in five (5) sessions during next week's UV PRINTOVATION Virtual Expo - www.directcolorsystems.com/printers/direct-to-substrate-inkjet-printers/uv-84dts-wide-format

  • + Xaar 2002 printhead delivers exceptional print performance

    Xaar, the leading inkjet printing technology company, has launched a highly advanced, simple to install printhead, follo..

    08 September 2020

    Xaar, the leading inkjet printing technology company, has launched a highly advanced, simple to install printhead, following close collaboration with its global OEMs.

    Designed to deliver exceptional 720 dpi print resolution quality and performance across a range of applications including ceramics, glass, packaging and label applications, the new Xaar 2002 has been developed specifically to provide fast and easy integration and is ready to use straight out of the box.

    Using drop in printhead alignment, mechanical tolerance improvements allow the printheads to be dropped into the printbar easier, making set-up times faster, and machine builds quicker.

    Developed following OEM and customer feedback, the ‘plug and print’ capability significantly reduces set-up times and helps save time and money.

    In addition, thanks to its new advanced Tuned Actuator Manufacturing - TAM2 - and Xaar AcuChp Technology, the Xaar 2002 also delivers visibly improved colour uniformity across the width of the printhead, further reducing printhead installation and set-up times, therefore maximising uptime.

    Print speed is greatly enhanced with the Xaar 2002, enabling lines to be run faster. By using the full capability of the printhead, much higher firing frequencies of up to 36 kHz are now possible, delivering significantly increased printing speeds of up to 75 metres per minute at 720dpi.

    Graham Tweedale, General Manager of Xaar’s printhead business unit said; “After extensive collaboration with our global OEMs we worked hard to ensure the Xaar 2002 delivers the operational improvements they have asked for.

    “With its simple installation and significantly reduced set-up times, we believe the Xaar 2002 printhead offers the speed and performance our customers now demand for the print applications they provide.”

    Each Xaar 2002 printhead can be customised by OEMs, ensuring visibility of their brand on the print engine. Furthermore, the Xaar 2002 is serviceable, lowering the total cost of ownership and providing an excellent return on investment.

    Designed for use across a variety of applications and ink types the Xaar 2002 is available in three printhead variants – the Xaar 2002 Plus, Xaar 2002 Premium and Xaar 2002 Advanced, providing customer choice and flexibility for a range of print applications.

    The Xaar 2002 printhead also incorporates Xaar’s industry leading TF Technology, High Laydown and Ultra High Viscosity printing capabilities. These provide users with significant performance improvements when compared to other printhead designs. Xaar’s unique TF Technology allows a broader range of ink or other fluids to flow directly past the back of the nozzle at very high flow rates. This prevents the nozzle from drying out, increasing the printhead’s nozzle open time, thereby ensuring the printhead is continuously primed for trouble free start-up, even after periods of non-use.

    Incorporating many of the performance features requested by customers, the Xaar 2002 is the first printhead to launch under Xaar’s new leadership team and demonstrates the focus on its new strategy.

    “The Xaar 2002 range offers all round ease of set up and use, while delivering the exceptional print quality, unsurpassed reliability and unique technologies Xaar is renowned for,” concluded Graham. “Saving time and maximising print results for our customers, whatever their application.”

    The Xaar 2002 is fully backwards compatible with printers already using the Xaar 2001+

  • + Epson expands into high volume dye-sublimation

    Epson has announced their first-ever 76-inch large-format printer. The SureColor F10060 is a sophisticated, dye-sublimat..

    01 September 2020

    Epson has announced their first-ever 76-inch large-format printer. The SureColor F10060 is a sophisticated, dye-sublimation machine for textile production. It is aimed at high volume producers where speed, reliability, and efficiency are central to success. Some of the numerous applications the SC-F10060 has been designed for include soft signage, fashion, sportswear, home furnishings and décor.
    A close up of a printer

    Epson SureColor F10060
    In the dye-sublimation sector, customers demand fast turnaround times and cost-effective production. They also expect reliable operation with consistent high-quality output. With these requirements in mind, Epson has developed an industrial level dye-sublimation printer that, the company believes, sets new standards.
    The SC-F10060 offers the highest throughput of any Epson LFP released to date. It features four of Epson’s very latest 4.7” PrecisionCore™ Micro TFP printheads that each incorporate four print elements. Active nozzle status monitoring and advanced self-cleaning ensure consistent high quality output at up to 255m2/hr.

    Epson 4.7” PrecisionCore™ ꙡTFP print head
    High speed output is matched with efficient operation. The printer supports media rolls up to 76” wide and 60kg in weight. It features an 80L bulk ink system, an extra-large 155GB buffer memory, high-speed networking and on-board Step & Repeat. Precision feed management and a compact double-sided dryer enables fast roll-to-roll production with consistent tension and parallelism for quality sublimation.
    The SC-F10060 is designed for easy operation. It features a large 9” colour touch panel display and a transparent platen window with integrated lighting. Downloadable EMX profiles facilitate rapid set-up with common media types. An integrated RGB camera enables easy profile adjustment and fast configuration with new medias.

    Integrated RGB camera
    When developing the SC-F10060 Epson carefully considered workflow. The printer can be loaded by single operator, care of an integrated media lifter and dual front and rear feed controls. It also features an industrial style signal lamp and an ink system with automatic hot swap. The SC-F10060 ships complete with Epson Edge Print and Edge Dashboard software and also supports a new service called Epson Cloud Solution PORT (ECSP) that enables detailed production monitoring and advanced status analysis.

    Epson Cloud Solution PORT
    As with all Epson Large Format Printers, the SC-F10060 is backed with a comprehensive service package that offers cover up to five years.  The new ECSP system enables Epson to offer remote support and accelerated repair; problems can be directly analysed and service agents dispatched complete with appropriate parts.
    To ensure maximum up-time, the optional User Self Replacement of print heads have been enabled, clearly demonstrating Epson has raised the benchmark for production equipment.

    Key features and benefits of the of the SC-F10060 include:
    • 4 x 4.7” PrecisionCore™ ꙡTFP print heads enable production at up to 255 m2/hr
    • Support for media rolls up to 60kg with easy loading and assisted configuration
    • Epson UltraChrome® DS ink and Epson Precision Dot Technology for consistent and accurate output with an exceptional gamut using a standard CYMK ink set
    • Dual ink supply system with automatic hot-swap that operates with a choice of 3L or 10L boxed based ink for a total capacity of up to 80L
    • Advanced new platen design and intelligent media management enable support for the widest range of media (including ultra-thin stocks) with rapid assisted set-up
    • Integrated double sided drying system and high-precision auto take-up enables efficient roll-to-roll production in a surprising compact 76” form factor
    • Oeko-Tex™ certification ensures fabric produced on the printer is safe for adults, children and infants 
    • Supplied with Epson Edge Print, Edge Dashboard and Accounting software
    • Designed for durable and reliable operation with Linear Motion Guide carriage movement, heavy duty DC motors and auto head cleaning
    • Comprehensive and flexible support up to 5 years complete with Epson Cloud Solution PORT and optional User Self Replacement of print heads.

    The SureColor F10060 is available for ordering now from authorised Epson Large Format fabric printing solutions resellers.
    To find out more, visit www.epson.com.au

  • + Canon Launch Groundbreaking New Arizona 2300 Series

    Building on its rich heritage in flatbed printing, Canon Production Printing Australia has launched the new Arizona 2300..

    01 September 2020

    Building on its rich heritage in flatbed printing, Canon Production Printing Australia has launched the new Arizona 2300 series. The latest addition in the series of award winning flatbed printers will allow customers to speed up production, improve operational efficiencies and fuel growth opportunities through new applications. The Arizona 2300 series will generally be available in Australia, in 2021. Until then, customers are invited to see the Arizona 2380 XTF with Roll Media Option via online and live demos from Canon’s Customer Experience Centres in the Netherlands (Venlo). The new series has varying ink channel options available (40, 60 and 80) to support a diverse range of applications, which includes three compact GTF models (Arizona 2340 GTF, 2360 GTF, 2380 GTF) with a flatbed area of 1.25m x 2.5m and three large XTF models (Arizona 2340 XTF, 2360 XTF, 2380 XTF) with a flatbed area of 2.5m x 3.08m.

    Smart productivity 

    Revolutionising flatbed table architecture, the new printer series is built around Arizona FLOW technology, an airflow suction technique that combines a zoneless, multi-origin table layout with easy-to-use pneumatic registration pins to better secure the substrate in place on the table. The result? Productivity up by more than 20% compared with previous generations of Arizona printers, as no operator time is required for masking the table or taping the media down, enabling faster changeover between jobs, shorter set-up times and hassle-free job switching. The FLOW technology makes printing on unusual and more challenging media, such as cardboard, wood and glass, or even printing large images tiled over multiple large boards, easier than ever before. Print from edge to edge on the substrate to benefit from less or no waste, more output and even more possibilities.  

    The pneumatic registration pins allow you to align media to either the left or the right edge of the table – or even to both – and you can print 2-up, 4-up and 6-up. Turning the substrate over from front to back and from left to right on the flatbed enables perfect registration when printing double-sided, regardless of whether the substrate has dimensional imperfections. Confidently print on unusual, heavy, smooth or pre-cut media.

    Keep productivity at an all-time high by printing up to 95m2/hr while maintaining print quality. The automated maintenance system offers hands-free printhead maintenance and reduces downtime by restoring nozzle functionality in seconds – including for white ink, which is usually difficult to maintain. You no longer have to wait for your printer to warm up – the new Arizona 2300 series offers an instant-on capability through its LED-UV curing system, enabling quicker turnaround for last minute jobs. Plus, its high-resolution camera alignment system enables easy, quick and precise printhead alignment and flatbed table mapping. 

    With Arizona Xpert, the Arizona 2300 series has a self-learning capability so you can design – and then repeat – complex, multi-layered projects. The printer remembers the ‘recipe’ for the next time you want to print similar applications, saving you set-up time and automating the production process.

    In addition to the Arizona 2300 series, Canon is also introducing Arizona Xpert version 2.1. With new features and ‘recipes’ to further enhance productivity, the software application is able to print intelligent outlines of the media onto the flatbed table for perfect positioning without taping or masking. Arizona Xpert 2.1 supports ‘recipes’ for print and cut workflows via integration with Canon’s ProCut software. Double-sided and multi-panel printing is now easier than ever thanks to maximum automation. No mistakes and, consequently, reduced waste. The software application also enables easy ‘recipe’ exchange between print supplier and designer, so they can see the end product with a 3D view in Adobe Creative Suite®, reducing the chance of design flaws to the bare minimum.

    Sustainable by design

    The Arizona 2300 series offers LED-UV curing for 40% less energy consumption compared with other flatbed printers thanks to its instant-on operation (as no warm-up period is needed), the longevity of the lamp life and its connectivity to a regular power network. It also offers low ink consumption, using less than 8ml/m² of ink on average, including maintenance.

    Manufactured in Germany, the Arizona 2300 series has passed both the German TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverein) and DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung) assurance tests, which confirm that the product range is in line with health and safety regulations for minimising environmental impact and guaranteeing a safer working environment. Its UV inks are UL GREENGUARD Gold certified, so prints are suitable for use in schools, hotels and hospitals.

    To ensure your print room is meeting the specified requirements for air ventilation, an air filtration system is optional to help maintain a healthy working environment for you and your employees. 

    A new dimension of possibilities

    Achieve superior print quality, print after print, across a broad media range at the fastest production speeds, thanks to the high-key print mode, pixel placement compensation, enhanced screening and the award-winning, third-generation VariaDot printhead technology. If you’re looking for optimum configuration for high-value, high-margin applications, you can add extra ink channels (from four to six and up to eight channels) – including the brightest white ink set and crystal clear glossy varnish. 

    Meet any customer demand for printing on hard plastic materials such as acrylic, polycarbonate and styrene. The Roll Media Option allows you to explore a vast range of roll media, including thin, heat-sensitive media up to 220cm. This allows you to easily switch between rigid and flexible media jobs with no machine preparation. 24/7 production becomes a reality for safe, unattended overnight printing with the option of a fully robotised workflow with automated loading and unloading of boards. 

    Looking to add a new dimension to your work? The Arizona 2300 series can be equipped with Canon’s textured printing software, Touchstone, enabling applications, such as interior décor products including wallpaper and furniture panels, and functional applications such as braille, to be printed with elevated texture effects. 
    Dirk Brouns, Vice President, Large Format Graphics said that, “The large format graphics market is driven by innovation and we are fully committed to the R&D programme of our Arizona flatbed solutions. With the Arizona 2300 series, we are introducing new revolutionary flatbed technology: a unique airflow system that simplifies customer workflows and speeds up production processes. We’re excited to bring this product to the market to help our customers fuel new growth opportunities.”

    Andrew Cocker, Senior Sales Manager, Large Format Graphics at Canon Production Printing Australia state, “We’re confident that the Arizona 2300 series will enable our customers to boost profits, expand their application possibilities and open up new market opportunities, while achieving operational excellence. With the addition of this new flatbed printer series to our portfolio and alongside our Colorado UVgel roll-to-roll printers, we have a range of large format solutions to suit any and every customer’s needs.” 

    Further information about Canon Europe is available at: anz.cpp.canon 

  • + HVG shares seven PRO tips to help you get the most out of your floor graphics!

    As businesses and public spaces continue to slowly open their doors to the public, temporary floor graphics have been us..

    25 August 2020

    As businesses and public spaces continue to slowly open their doors to the public, temporary floor graphics have been used to meet regional requirements, and deliver healthcare best practice, helping to minimise the spread of COVID-19.     
    The reason for the rapid adoption of floor graphics as the go-to solution in the marketplace for temporary, reliable, and effective visual communication lies in the fact that if can be applied quickly and easily, in a wide range of environments. 

    However, as in all such rapid uptakes of graphics solutions, there are lessons that have been learned which will help you ensure you floor graphics always make a good impression, regardless of how harsh the environment or how much footfall they endure. 

    We have consulted with our product experts to provide you with some tips that will see you putting your best foot forward.
    Top 7 tips for floor graphics application: 

    Tip #1 Before quoting, know the floor surface and type (smooth, textured, carpet) as well as the environment (indoor or outdoor). Making the right product choice ensures the decals do the job they are meant to.

    Tip #2 Use the correct non-slip product. Installations require a minimum slip rating for the decal surface to meet floor safety standards. This requisite applies to all public areas and is referenced as P (pendulum) and or R (ramp) slip resistance rating. Products being used should have the minimum required slip rating, tested to Australian Standards AS 4586:2013. These testing certifications for relevant products will be available from your trusted supplier. 

    Tip #3 Graphic design and profiling cutting - avoid sharp corners and angles which can cause lifting. Circular decals are ideal, however adding radius corners to rectangular or square shapes will also limit corners peeling up. 

    Tip #4 Before application, ensure the floor surface is clean and dry. For outside surfaces especially, brush-off with a broom to remove any dust or dirt. Cleaning may involve the use of a mild detergent mixed with water and ideally, a final wipe off with a cloth and iso-propyl alcohol (IPA). Avoid applying pavement graphics when the surface is wet or damp. Plan your application at least 72 hours or longer since the last rain fall in the area. Moisture and rising damp through porous outdoor surfaces like pavers and tiles will reduce adhesion and may result in the decal failure.

    Tip #5 During application, avoid grout lines, expansion joins and any uneven surfaces wherever possible to prevent graphics lifting or peeling up. 

    Tip #6 When applying floor decals onto sealed or varnished surfaces, conduct a spot test by applying the selected product to a small, discreet section of floor, then removing before undertaking the project. This ensures the correct sealant or varnish was used and removal will not result in any damage.     

    Tip #7 Current social distancing campaigns may require longer life-cycles for floor graphics, compared to the traditional shorter-term advertising campaigns for which they have been typically employed. However, it is important to remember that these graphics must still be replaced in a timely manner to negate signs of wear and tear, and damage that may result in safety risks and trip-hazards. Not only will a regular refresh of graphics ensure safety remains a key priority, but it also allows you to refresh and update messaging for maximum utility. 


    A new LittleRed X1D Dryer designed to cure DTG-printed and/or screen-printed garments is equipped with a 137 cm wide con..

    27 July 2020

    A new LittleRed X1D Dryer designed to cure DTG-printed and/or screen-printed garments is equipped with a 137 cm wide conveyor belt, offering greater capacity and flexibility for smaller shops, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    Equipped with a 122 cm wide heater, the new dryer can cure up to 46 garments per hour DTG-printed with digital white ink at 3 minutes dwell time, 162 garments per hour screen-printed with water-based ink or discharge, and 324 garments per hour screen-printed with plastisol inks.  

    The LittleRed X1D conveyor dryer is also suitable for curing of DTG pretreatment, and offers greater production capacity with less operator attention while eliminating the flattened, ironed-on appearance of heat pressed images.

    It is equipped as standard with features found on the company's larger DTG-capable dryers including: belt-to-heater clearance to accommodate bulky items; a 168 cm long X-Series conveyor belt roller tracking system with Teflon-coated fibreglass belt; and dual digital controls—the first to rapidly attain optimum curing temperature, and the second to safely maintain the ink and garment at that temperature to finalise the curing process. 

    This model also has a newly redesigned air mapping system that pulls fumes and moisture away from the immediate environment while providing air flow to cool the skin of the heating chamber for operator safety.

    The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry an industry-leading 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.

    Fully expandable, the X1D-54 can accommodate additional heating chambers and belt extensions, allowing capacity/belt speed to be doubled or tripled as needs grow. 
    The company also offer DTG-capable conveyor dryers in widths up to 198 cm with capacities of up to 231 DTG-printed garments per hour, up to 555 per hour screen-printed with water-based ink and discharge, and up to 1080 per hour screen-printed with plastisol ink.

    Vastex also manufacture heavy-, medium- and light-duty presses, athletic numbering systems, flash cure units, screen coaters, screen exposing units, screen drying cabinets, pin registration systems, washout booths and complete equipment packages for entry-level to large commercial shops. 

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

  • + Vivad to commence manufacturing Reusable Masks

    In response to the Victorian governments mandate that everyone is to wear masks outside the home, Vivad have partnered w..

    23 July 2020

    In response to the Victorian governments mandate that everyone is to wear masks outside the home, Vivad have partnered with printer manufacturer Durst, to start manufacturing printed reusable "Community-Masks".
    The "Community-Masks" have a certified filter membrane (type N95) with hydrophobic properties and microporous structure. Despite the high filtration efficiency of up to 95%, they are particularly breathable and suitable for long wearing. The masks are not sold as medical grade.

    Customers will be able to apply their own branding, or choose an existing design. The masks will be available for purchase through Vivad’s web-to-print portal at www.vivad.com.au in the coming days, but stocks will be limited until production can be increased to meet the demand. 

  • + Print on a Larger Range of Sizes and Shapes with the New VersaUV LEF2-300D

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

    14 July 2020

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced a new addition to its popular VersaUV LEF2 series benchtop UV flatbed printers. The LEF2-300D features an expanded workspace that supports a height of up to 200 mm, 100mm more than the standard model*.

    The LEF2 series employs UV-LED lamps to instantly cure ink, and is capable of printing directly onto plastics, leather, wood, fabrics and numerous other materials, allowing users to add ultra-realistic graphics and simulated embossing to a broad range of items like smartphone cases, awards, souvenirs, giftware, leather goods, electronic devices and much more. With the added height, the LEF2-300D’s workspace is effectively doubled, which expands the potential of printing onto not only thicker materials, but also a wider variety of shapes by accommodating diverse sizes and types of jigs.

    According to Hisashi Bito, President of Roland DG's Digital Printing Business Division, the LEF2-300D was developed in response to customer feedback. “The LEF2 series meets the growing demand for personalised, one-of-a-kind items and high-mix, small-lot runs. With its larger print space, the LEF2-300D further boosts customer creativity, and expands the scope of profitable business opportunities.”

    The VersaUV LEF2-300D joins the extremely popular LEF2-200, LEF2-300 and LEF-12i models, further expanding options for customers to ensure they can choose the right printer to suit their needs. Click here to find out more.

  • + Epson Launches Power-efficient 32-bit Microcontroller with an Arm®Cortex®-M0+ Processor

    Epson will add a new microcontroller unit (MCU) to the company's S1C31W series of MCUs. The S1C31W73 has an Arm®Cort..

    01 June 2020

    Epson will add a new microcontroller unit (MCU) to the company's S1C31W series of MCUs. The S1C31W73 has an Arm®Cortex®-M0+ processor and on-chip Flash memory. Epson plans to produce 200,000 units per month when volume production begins in July 2020.

    The number of functions provided in electronic equipment has been growing in recent years, and program sizes are increasing, as the amount of information is displayed. Meanwhile, equipment manufacturers need either maintain or further shrink the size of their products, making it essential to reduce the number of parts and save board space.

    To solve these problems, Epson developed the S1C31W73, a single-chip microcontroller that has 384 kB of built-in Flash memory and a liquid crystal driver that can directly drive a display of up to 2,560 dots.
    By combining Epson's strong microcontroller display driver technology with the proven Arm®Cortex®-M0+ processor, Epson will help customers to increase the functionality and performance of their products while also reducing their development burden.

    The S1C31W73 offer a wide range of built-in peripherals, including a USB 2.0 full-speed device controller, real-time clock (RTC), various timers, an A/D converter, and a temperature sensor. The low current consumption of this MCU-1.2 µA in RTC mode and a driving current of 150 µA/MHz-makes it ideal for extending the battery life of wearable products and for office equipment that can communicate with PCs over USB. The S1C31W73 can also be used in industrial equipment and measuring instruments because it operates at temperatures up to 105℃ (the highest operating temperature yet for an Epson MCU) and at voltages between 1.8 V and 5.5 V.

    Epson is committed helping its customers to improve the performance of their products with solutions that leverage Epson's efficient, compact, and precision technologies.
    For a PDF attachment detailing the specifications of the new MCU click here

  • + Canon adds the powerful and affordable imagePROGRAF TA Series to its large-format printer line-up

    Canon Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the new imagePROGRAF TA-Series. Designed to ex..

    01 June 2020

    Canon Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the new imagePROGRAF TA-Series. Designed to expand printing opportunities and business growth for the entry-level, low-volume customer, the imagePROGRAF TA-20, 24-inch and imagePROGRAF TA-30, 36-inch is ideal for small businesses, schools, architects, engineers, as well as consulting firms. The imagePROGRAF TA-20 and imagePROGRAF TA-30 comes standard with a 24 month warranty to further support these markets.

    As poster printing is becoming more common, Canon has implemented two key features, LUCIA TD Pigment Ink and PosterArtist Lite, as standard into this printer to provide customers with the opportunity to produce and design high-quality images, posters and office documents. PosterArtist Lite allows customers to easily design and print posters, while LUCIA TD Pigment Ink can bring these designs to life through its ability to print on a wide variety of media including water-resistant media for short-term outdoor signage.
    Additionally, the imagePROGRAF TA-Series helps to streamline efficiency. Built with productivity in mind, key features include its ability to print an A1 poster in as fast as 27 seconds on plain paper using Fast (Q5) mode*, and coupled with Canon’s market leading air-feeding system, which helps the paper to remain stationary by  vacuuming it flat to the platen  giving cleaner and crisper prints as it keeps the distance between the print head and media constant. Designed with a small footprint and quiet print modes, this solution serves as a great device that can help meet the needs of small businesses.
    “We are seeing the need for more advanced solutions in the entry-level, large-format inkjet market, and, in response to meet customer need, Canon is proud to deliver the imagePROGRAF TA Series for entry-level professionals,” said Takeshi Matsumoto, General Manager - Product & Planning, Canon Australia. “Small businesses require solutions that can promote productivity and expand their business growth, and this printer can help them do that and more.”

    The imagePROGRAF TA-Series is now available through Canon authorised resellers, and ships standard with a total of 330 ml ink (CMYK and 2x MBk).
    For more information about this product or images, please visit www.canon.com.au/business

  • + GMG announces GMG ColorCard

    They say ‘the future is digital’. And GMG Color, agree. Instead of traditional ink drawdowns, digitally-prod..

    25 May 2020

    They say ‘the future is digital’. And GMG Color, agree. Instead of traditional ink drawdowns, digitally-produced colour cards will soon be the proofs of choice for the approval process of packaging projects. Only with physical colour cards can all stakeholders visualise with certainty what the final printed result will look like. GMG Color, the industry leaders in the development of colour management solutions, have developed a new ColorCard tool for producing ink drawdowns. The new solution offers numerous advantages, above all: it’s digital.

    An ink drawdown is traditionally a test print made with the final ink mix that gives a client an idea of the colour. Once the ink has been mixed, it’s printed out, usually on a small flatbed printer, or even just rolled onto the production paper with a small hand-roller so that it can be measured and validated. From here it would then have to be printed on a production press, and a square patch would then be cut out and stuck to a chart so that everyone involved could see exactly the colour that was going to be used. It’s fairly common to take multiple versions so that a client can judge how using different ink densities affect the colour. It’s also necessary to create copies for each person, including the client and the press operators, and might have to be repeated for different substrates. As a manual process, this equates to the high cost for the production of these colour cards.   

    The idea behind the ColorCard is to take out a lot of the manual repetition. It’s still necessary to mix the ink and to roll it out onto the production paper but at this point it’s measured with a spectrophotometer and the spectral data fed into the ColorCard software. From here it can then be printed out on an inkjet proofer with the appropriate proofing media and profiles to create a digitally printed ink reference that can be customised with density tolerances, customer logos and so on.
    It uses standard CxF data and different proofing media can be used to simulate the effects on different substrates, including corrugated and folding cartons. It’s a simple matter to print as many copies as needed and the files can be sent electronically and printed through a remote proofing set up if necessary. And of course, the files can also be saved in the cloud for future reference.

    It should be possible to produce a ColorCard in under three minutes, and GMG claims that this can save up to 90 percent of the time needed to manually produce an ink drawdown. It should allow printers to produce their own colour cards rather than paying an ink manufacturer to do it.

    To learn more, Kayell Australia in collaboration with GMG Color, Hybrid Software, and ColourHead are hosting a FREE online web series, with one of their sessions covering this new technology, GMG ColorCard.

    Visit ‘kayellaustralia.com.au/events' to register now. 

    Web:  https://gmgcolor.com/products/colorcard/

  • + Meteor builds upon Epson success with support for two new PrecisionCore printheads

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

    18 May 2020

    Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of electronics, software, tools and services for industrial inkjet, further expands its product portfolio by offering solutions for Epson’s new S1600 and S800 PrecisionCore printheads.  These heads join the previously launched S3200, first offered to industrial inkjet print system builders in 2019.

    Epson PrecisionCore printheads embody technology that enables outstanding image quality, productivity, durability and printhead scalability.  The S1600 and S800 are built with the same thin film piezo building blocks as the S3200 and have been developed in response to customer requests for smaller printheads.  With its compact form factor, the S1600 is ideally suited for carriage mounting in scanning applications, while the fine nozzle pitch and small surface area of the S800 is perfect in direct-to-shape applications.  Coupled with Meteor’s unique capability to combine printhead types from the same or different printhead families, OEMs can reduce the time and risk associated with the design and delivery of complex industrial inkjet systems.

    Available immediately, Meteor’s complete package of solutions for Epson PrecisionCore printheads includes scalable electronics and comprehensive software.  Moreover, Meteor’s DropWatcher is an essential tool to accelerate time to market for new inkjet applications.

    Jonathan Wilson, Meteor’s sales director, comments, “We’re keen to join Epson in helping as many customers as possible convert from analogue to digital printing.  Meteor’s electronics and software provide the fastest and easiest way to unlock the potential of these new printheads.” 

    Duncan Ferguson, vice president, Epson Europe adds, “Epson and Meteor are collaborating closely to ensure Epson’s unique PrecisionCore printhead technology can be integrated easily into industrial printing engines for multiple applications.  The role of Meteor in providing high quality, reliable electronics to drive Epson’s industrial inkjet printheads is paramount to this effort, and we welcome this broadening of the available drivers from Meteor.”


    Vastex International has introduced a new Face Mask Pallet with a Quick-Stretch design for rapid screen printing on a wi..

    18 May 2020

    Vastex International has introduced a new Face Mask Pallet with a Quick-Stretch design for rapid screen printing on a wide variety of face mask types and styles, announced Mark Vasilantone, president.

    The pallet can be secured with two lock knobs to any Vastex press, or other presses having compatible rotor arms.

    “The need and use of face masks is universal and, in many cases mandatory, enabling screen printers to replace or exceed imprinted garment jobs lost due to lock-downs on concerts, sports, schools and other group events,” says Mr. Vasilantone, adding, “Since they are disposable and purchased daily in the millions, masks hold enormous volume potential for printers, not only as custom jobs but as highly creative stock designs that can be sold online for political, athletic, comical or other applications.”

    Rubber strips of the Quick-Stretch frame stretch single- or multi-layer mask material over the diamond shaped, rubber covered pallets, flattening pleats and contours in the imprint area with no shifting or need for pallet adhesive.

    The never-warp pallet is constructed of high-strength steel and includes a convenient holder for the template frame during re-loading of masks.
    A list of sources for face mask blanks is included as standard.

    The company also offers shirt pallets in numerous stock and custom sizes, and over 50 specialised pallets for screen printing on long sleeves, pockets, legs, zippered garments, umbrellas, hats, koozies and other textiles and hard goods. Square and trapezoidal pallets in a range of sizes allow printing on infant wear to XXL garments, as well as all-over printing.

    Vastex equipment for industrial to entry-level applications includes screen printing presses, athletic numbering attachments, infrared conveyor dryers for screen printing and DTG applications, flash cure units, screen exposing units, screen drying cabinets, washout booths and complete screen printing shop systems.  

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

  • + Arrow Systems launches Arrowjet Aqua 330r printer

    Arrow Systems has launched ArrowJet Aqua 330R, a high-speed, aqueous pigment roll-to-roll press built with new ChromaPle..

    18 May 2020

    Arrow Systems has launched ArrowJet Aqua 330R, a high-speed, aqueous pigment roll-to-roll press built with new ChromaPlex LT inkjet print engine by Colordyne for enhanced print quality and greater production flexibility.

    The new press is powered by Memjet’s DuraFlex printhead technology, providing the benefits of digital printing as well as enhanced durability and fast speeds by using aqueous pigment inkjet technology. The digital workflow adds the flexibility to change designs on the fly, print on demand, implement variable data and make colour alterations without changing inks, plates, or tooling. Plus, using an aqueous pigment-based inkjet ink provides greater substrate compatibility than previous aqueous inkjet technologies.

    ‘The ArrowJet Aqua 330R is the first USA manufactured roll-to-roll press with an integrated ChromaPlex LT inkjet print engine from Colordyne,’ said Shaan Patel, business development manager of Arrow Systems. ‘The impressive speeds and capabilities of the system offer several benefits including improving production efficiency, reducing running costs and providing exceptional resolution. Designed with the end-user in mind, the modularity of the ArrowJet Aqua 330R gives customers the flexibility to tailor the press to their specific market and application needs.’

    The new press offers up to 1600 x 1600 dpi resolution and print speeds up to 150 feet (50 meters) per minute. It can be configured for either off-line operation, or paired with various in-line finishing options, including laser die-cutting and traditional analog finishing.

    ‘We are excited to work with Arrow Systems, as a strategic integration partner of our ChromaPlex LT print engine,’ said Taylor Buckthorpe, director of sales at Colordyne. ‘With the integration of our aqueous pigment inkjet engine, the ArrowJet Aqua 330R is compatible with a wide range of applications to add greater value to customers’ businesses.’

    The ArrowJet Aqua 330R features a large unwind and rewind with capacity up to standard 20in rolls, an in-line edge guide, in-line IR curing, and an integrated RIP software for precise colour matching and variable data printing. The modularity of the print engine technology offers the ability to stitch multiple printheads together for wider print widths. Arrow Systems is currently working on a 17in model for the flexible packaging market and other custom widths for customers in various industries.

  • + BOBST Launches the NOVA SX 550 LAMINATOR

    The NOVA SX 550 LAMINATOR is a plug and play machine designed to deliver cost-effective performance for all production l..

    04 May 2020

    The NOVA SX 550 LAMINATOR is a plug and play machine designed to deliver cost-effective performance for all production lengths on a wide range of substrates and thickness.

    Brand owners and converters are facing two main challenges – sustainability and agility. We have set out to shape the future of the packaging world by actively driving industry transformation with the digitalisation, connectivity and automation of equipment and services for sustainable production.

    The new NOVA SX 550 LAMINATOR takes solventless lamination to the next level. It features a highly modular design which can be configured with either transfer rollers or sleeves or monolithic/integral rollers. It accepts the majority of existing roller types enabling converters to use their existing stock of transfer rollers.

    NOVA SX 550 LAMINATOR handles a wide range of substrates and thicknesses, including thin alufoil, metallised film and stretchable substrates, from short run upwards.

    From a productivity standpoint, the numbers speak for themselves; easy and quick set-up of job parameters within 1 minute; 15 minutes for a complete job changeover; 90 seconds for a transfer roller change; and 5 minutes to complete a fully automatic washing cycle.

    In addition, NOVA SX 550 LAMINATOR does not require foundations. It is a plug & play installation that can be completed in just one week.

    Job changes are fast and do not require the use of tools, while reel centring is automatic with a linear encoder. An exclusive three-column machine layout enables full accessibility to the laminating nip for quality and process inspection without stopping the machine. NOVA SX 550 LAMINATOR standard web widths range from 1000 to 1500 mm - others are available on request – and speed is up to 450 m/min. It can handle reels up to 1.5 tons.

    Featuring a highly efficient fume exhaust with double fan, a glass closure of the coating unit and an enclosed washing system, NOVA SX 550 LAMINATOR??????? is equipped with the latest operator protection devices to enhance health and safety during use.

    “The machine is industry 4.0-ready for post processing data,” said Nanni Bertorelli, Product Manager, Coating and Laminating Product Lines, Bobst Italia. “There are four NOVA SX 550 machines already sold in Italy, the Middle East, Asia and in the US. This tells us that we’ve hit the mark with a solventless machine that is a good market fit irrespective of local market specificities. We are confident that our innovations will make an impact.”

  • + swissQprint Greentech

    Customer benefit and environmental compatibility are equally high priorities in developing the large format printers, a ..

    31 March 2020

    Customer benefit and environmental compatibility are equally high priorities in developing the large format printers, a principle that takes its firm place in the Swiss company's mission statement.

    swissQprint large format printers, like the country they hail from, are noted for high tech. "swissQprint Greentech" summarises the Swiss manufacturer's strategic harnessing of technologies and processes in the cause of environmental protection.

    Customer benefit and environmental compatibility are equally high priorities in developing the large format printers, a principle that takes its firm place in the Swiss company's mission statement. "swissQprint Greentech" shows how this works in practice. The result is that swissQprint users attain high added value with the lowest possible environmental impact.

    Small ecological footprint
    Four main factors contribute to swissQprint large format printers leaving a small ecological footprint: short shipping distances, outstanding durability, low maintenance requirements and UV LED printing technology.

    The printers are developed and manufactured from start to finish at the headquarters in Switzerland, with the involvement of mostly local suppliers. The machines' outstanding durability saves on resources – some of these printers are still operating after twelve years. Their reliability minimises service calls and consumable parts that need replacing, hence CO2 emissions and costs as well. UV LED technology requires neither heating for drying processes nor ventilation for extracting volatile pollutants (VOC). Furthermore, the LED UV lamps that cure the ink are economical on electricity. This minimises the system's overall energy requirement.

    Maximum energy efficiency

    A fully equipped swissQprint large format printer with a 2×3.2 metre flatbed draws the same amount of electricity as two ordinary electric kettles – just 3 kWh. The printer makes extraordinarily efficient use of this electricity, as evidenced by measurements and ISO 20690 certification.

    The Tesla comparison
    swissQprint draws an interesting comparison: Nyala, the largest and highest-performing model in the swissQprint range, prints an area about the same size as a tennis court within one hour when running at top speed. It consumes 3 kWh of electricity to cover this surface of around 200 square metres. A Tesla, the prime example of "green mobility", can only travel about 16 km with the same amount of energy.

    The current UV standard inks from swissQprint are Greenguard Gold certified. This means that printed products can be brought confidently into critical places like hospitals and schools as the inks comply with strict upper limits for chemical emissions. Furthermore, UV printing does not emit ozone. And with LED systems having replaced the mercury vapour lamps used in the past, toxic waste has been eliminated.

  • + HP expands Latex R Printer possibilities

    HP Inc. today announced an updated portfolio of HP Latex R Series printers with new features and solutions to make it ea..

    31 March 2020

    HP Inc. today announced an updated portfolio of HP Latex R Series printers with new features and solutions to make it easier for print service providers (PSPs) to benefit from HP Latex printing on a hybrid printing platform, including achieving high image quality on a range of rigid and flexible materials using HP’s water-based Latex Inks.

    The HP Latex R Series brings vibrant colors into the rigid printing world along with HP’s innovative White Latex Ink, a glossy, high-quality “true white” that doesn’t yellow over time like traditional UV-based white ink.

    The new portfolio introduces the new entry-level HP Latex R1000 model, offered at an attractive entry price point.

    Additionally, HP is introducing improvements across the portfolio. The new R Series printers now enable customers to benefit from higher productivity and efficiency.

    Software productivity advancements include expanded queue management capability and automated updates. More efficient multi-sheet media loading and handling will help significantly boost output. These upgrades will be available to existing R Series printer customers.

    The new R series will also boost the capability of PSPs to grow applications such as custom short-run packaging, POP corrugated displays, and printed thermoforming, benefitting from fine details and saturated color image quality on cardboard stock and amazing HP Latex ink elongation capabilities when producing thermoformed printer parts.

    “With the new HP Latex R Printer series 2020 edition, large format print service providers will benefit from new levels of performance. They will also be able to expand to fast-growing applications, such as short-run special packaging and printed thermoforming for which HP Latex inks technology delivers top-quality performance,” said Guayente Sanmartin, general manager, HP Large Format Graphics Business, HP Inc.

    The new portfolio of R Series Printers
    HP Latex R Printers powers PSPs with ultimate versatility for one technology to achieve the same look across rigid and flexible campaigns. A single ink set delivers vibrant HP Latex colour gamut along with the industry’s glossiest white. HP’s White Latex Ink set an industry first by developing an innovative system that recirculates the white ink to avoid settling. The R Series printer portfolio includes:

    • HP Latex R2000 Plus Printer for highest capacity and productivity, feeding materials in roll-fed or sheet-fed configuration up to 98-inches wide (2.5 meters), printing with high-capacity 5 litre-cartridges and white ink printing capability.

    • HP Latex R1000 Plus Printer handling media up to 64 inches wide (1.64 m), roll-fed or sheet-fed configuration with 3 litre-cartridges and white ink printing capability.

    • HP Latex R1000 Printer entry-level solution at an attractive price, handling media up to 64 inches wide (1.64 m) with 3 litre-cartridges. Provided in sheet-fed configuration with white ink printing capability, with roll-fed available as an accessory.

    The R Series rigid substrate capabilities include paper and plastic foamboard, PVC foam, corrugated board, acrylic, polycarbonate, compressed cardboard, honeycomb board, alluminum composite panel, and wood. Roll substrates include PVC banner, self-adhesive vinyl, coated paper, polypropylene, polystyrene, polycarbonate, polyester, textiles, and canvas.

    Learn more about HP Latex at hp.com/go/LatexRseries.

  • + Mimaki expands portfolio with new large-scale 3D and roll-to-roll UJV100-160 inkjet printers

    Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D facilitates large-scale production up to three times faster than with c..

    31 March 2020

    Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D

    The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D facilitates large-scale production up to three times faster than with conventional Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) type 3D printers and connects the company’s 2D printing expertise and 3D technology innovations.

    Capable of producing objects up to 1.8 metres tall in just seven hours – with its assembly-based design allowing for the creation of even larger designs – the innovative 3D printing system boasts a number of clever time- and cost- saving features, including dual-head configuration to enable the simultaneous output of two structures.

    The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 also facilitates the production of support-free hollowed structures, further streamlining production whilst allowing for increased portability and the possible addition of interior illuminations. The technology will open up a diverse range of potential applications, from signage, events and creative art through to interior design. Customers can utilise Mimaki’s extensive portfolio of 2D print solutions to cost-effectively decorate these applications, opening doors to a range of new products that combine creativity and innovation with Mimaki’s tried and tested vibrant, high-quality results.

    The new Mimaki 3DGD-1800 is set to revolutionise the way in which large-sized objects are created, enabling a switch from costly and time-consuming conventional handcrafting methods which require significant expertise, to effortless, high-speed production utilising 3D data.

    Whereas large objects have traditionally been produced by manually sculpting foam materials, Mimaki’s new 3D printing system transforms this process right through from concept to manufacture – meaning that designs can be visualised as a finished product just based on the 3D data, and then produced in various sizes from a single data set. Contrary to other 3D printing methods involving hot-melt lamination, the 3DGD-1800 employs Gel Dispensing Printing technology, extruding gel-type UV curable resin lineally and utilising LED UV light to instantly cure the resin, enabling lamination speeds of up to 350mm in height per hour.

  • + EconoRed III Dryer Ups Capacity, Reduces Cost and Size

    An all-new EconoRed ER-III-30 high-capacity dryer from Vastex cures screen-printed plastisols, water-based inks and disc..

    17 March 2020

    An all-new EconoRed ER-III-30 high-capacity dryer from Vastex cures screen-printed plastisols, water-based inks and discharge at higher rates, in a smaller footprint, at lower cost and more quietly than the BigRed 3 model it replaces, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    With a 76 cm wide belt and three 61 cm wide, 3,600 watt heaters (total 10,800 watts) it can cure 475 garments/h printed with plastisol ink, or 150/h printed with water-based ink or discharge.

    An EconoRed III-30-2 version equipped with an additional heating chamber (total 21,600 watts), allows doubling of belt speed, curing up to 950 garments/h printed with plastisol ink, or 300/h printed with water-based ink or discharge.

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

    With the Vastex Infrared Focusing System, the heaters can be adjusted to any height 5 to 17 cm above the belt, allowing the operator to compensate for varying garment thicknesses.

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

    The new exhaust system draws in filtered air that cools the outer skin of the dryer while a powerful 10.75 CMM exhaust system evacuates moisture and fumes from the heating chamber. The two-chamber model includes a 21.5 CMM system.

    As with all Vastex conveyor dryers, EconoRed dryers are supplied as standard with a digital PID temperature controller accurate to =/- 1°, allowing the operator to repeat or fine-tune drying results at any future time.

    Vasilantone says EconoRed III-54 models with 137 cm wide conveyor belts will soon follow.

    The company also produce specialised DTG-capable multi-function dryers with capacities from 110+ to 950+ pieces per hour per chamber, as well as industrial-grade and entry-level manual screen printing presses, flash cure units, screen exposing units, screen drying cabinets, washout booths and complete screen printing shop systems.
    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1 610 625 2702, sales@vastex.com, www.vastex.com