Wide Format Digital Print



  • + swissQprint Highlights Neon in UV Printing

    Following its recent launch of neon inks for UV printing, swissQprint now highlights the scope that these fluorescent co..

    27 July 2021


    Following its recent launch of neon inks for UV printing, swissQprint now highlights the scope that these fluorescent colours open up. With just two inks, four striking colour variants are possible – Yellow, Pink, Green and Orange.

    Following its recent launch of neon inks for UV printing, swissQprint now highlights the scope that these fluorescent colours open up. With just two inks, four striking colour variants are possible – Yellow, Pink, Green and Orange – as well as countless applications.

    Neon inks for UV printing are the latest craze in the swissQprint ink portfolio. The colours available: Neon Pink and Neon Yellow. They glow in daylight and are fluorescent in black light. And yet more colour variants are possible in the mix: Neon Green and Neon Orange. No matter what the message is, people are bound to notice it.

    Theme worlds with a difference

    swissQprint describes the application areas as follows: "Neon is ideal for event, exhibition, art and theme worlds, and it's the key to truly dazzling promotions." The range of potential indoor applications includes posters, ceiling hangers and POS displays, information and guidance systems, trade fair and event concepts including wristbands, safety notices or campaign signage, and more besides.

    Can be retrofitted
    Neon inks are available for all swissQprint flatbed and roll to roll printer models with UV-LED curing. They can be retrofitted at any time, especially as swissQprint systems have nine freely configurable colour channels. Advice and sales via the worldwide network of swissQprint dealers.





  • + Roland DG Australia Announces New Roland DG Connect App

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today launched Roland DG Conn..

    27 July 2021


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today launched Roland DG Connect, an app that allows users to gain a detailed understanding of their overall print operations and access essential data for keeping their devices running at their optimum performance. Free to new and existing Roland DG owners, the new app is currently available for use with all TrueVIS™ series printers and printer cutters.

    Roland DG Connect provides instant access to key performance data, and allows the user to monitor device activity and increase print production efficiency. The app features an easy-to-understand colour-coded dashboard that provides an instant view of statistics like ink usage per cartridge, while also showing a printing volume timeline for periods of up to 30 days. Additionally, it displays crucial information for optimising the health of your printer, such as print head manual cleaning frequency, wiper life status, and levels of liquid waste – data that helps keep your printer running in top condition, minimising downtime and maintenance. In addition, Roland DG Connect provides instant alerts that help you avoid any costly productivity issues, as well as notifications that let you know when firmware updates are needed or if inks are in need of replenishment. Colour-coded views make it simple to monitor ink consumption per cartridge, so you can effectively plan your ink usage and budget. 

    Users will also appreciate the helpful reporting and accessibility information the Roland DG Connect App offers. A built-in Job Log lets you review up to 30 days of print production on one or more connected devices, while an Error Log delivers machine alerts, including instant notifications on "feed motor errors" or "print finish activity." 

    Other Roland DG Connect features include easy access to product documentation, user guides, and support materials for Roland DG printers, plus a function that allows users to instantly view their device warranties and expiration dates for added peace of mind. 

    "At Roland DG Australia, we want to ensure that our customers not only have the highest quality printers available for their specific needs, but also cutting-edge tools that maximise performance and extend the life of their machines," said Greg Stone, Product and Marketing Manager at Roland DG Australia. "The new Roland DG Connect App allows Roland DG end users to monitor their printers in real time, keep them operating at the highest level, and take their production with them wherever they go." 

    Greg also points out that the Roland DG Connect App is dynamic and will grow more robust over time. "We will be enhancing the app continuously, incorporating additional features and functionality that will make life increasingly easier for users," he added. 

    TrueVIS owners can get started with Roland DG Connect by first registering online at the Roland DG Connect page, and then downloading the app, at the following link: https://www.rolanddg.com.au/products/software/roland-dg-connect-app





  • + Roland DG Launches New CAMM-1 GR2 Series Vinyl Cutters to Expand Your Business

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

    20 July 2021


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the addition of the new GR2-640 and GR2-540 64” and 54” vinyl cutters to its CAMM-1 series.

    The CAMM-1 series is capable of cutting almost any shape quickly and cleanly from a broad range of sheet and film materials that range from thin automotive window films and heat-transfer sheets to thick reflective sheets and sandblast masks. Applications include signs, automotive window film, vehicle wraps, sports apparel and more. According to Kevin Shigenoya, Vice President, Digital Printing Business Division, “Our vinyl cutters are often used in combination with our large format inkjet printers for printing and then cutting colourful graphics into unique shapes for stickers, labels and various store decorations and, more recently, for making social distancing signs to assist with preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

    The newly announced GR2-640 and GR2-540 are an ideal balance between affordable pricing and superior cutting performance, and are designed to integrate seamlessly with large format inkjet printers. With a maximum cutting speed of 1,530 mm/s, a maximum downforce of 600 gf and smooth media feeding, the GR2 Series achieves the precision cutting quality and high-volume productivity required by professional users.

    One of the key features of the GR2 Series, according to Shigenoya, is that the cutters pair smoothly with Roland DG’s large format inkjet printers and use the same VersaWorks 6 RIP software for seamless Print-then-Cut production. Contour lines can be added and crop marks generated automatically to imported printing data in VersaWorks 6, to ensure the outlines of graphics are cut accurately, eliminating the need for users to switch back to Adobe® Illustrator®, CorelDRAW® or other graphics software to complete production. The GR2 Series features a multi-crop mark function for more accurate contour cutting of large print and cut jobs after lamination. It also includes the Roland DG AAS II plug-in software for pairing with other large format inkjet printers.

    Shigenoya said, The GR2 Series combines quality and accuracy making it possible to produce unique and attractive applications efficiently and cost effectively.”

    “There is fierce competition among sign making shops,” he added. “Roland DG is committed to contributing to the development of digital solutions and services aimed at helping our customers explore the bounds of their creativity.”

    To find out more about the GR2 Series, click here.





  • + Epson announces first in new series of PrecisionCore printheads

    Epson is expanding its range of PrecisionCore printheads to meet the accelerated shift towards digital printing in the c..

    13 July 2021


    Epson is expanding its range of PrecisionCore printheads to meet the accelerated shift towards digital printing in the commercial and industrial sectors.

    The D3000-A1R is the first in Epson’s new range of printheads that support ink circulation at nozzle level, which increases reliability by reducing nozzle cleaning and capping requirements.

    The printhead can be used either in single colour 1200dpi mode or with two colours at 600-dpi resolution. This combined with high-frequency driving technology enables the D3000-A1R to deliver outstanding image quality and high print speeds comparable to those of existing analogue printers.

    With a 67mm print swathe, the DC300-A1R is easily scalable for wide, high-quality applications such as flexible packaging, labels and décor. Its robust, industrial design means it can be safely handled without causing damage to the printhead nozzles.

    The demand for digital printing with water-based ink has risen in recent years due to a growing requirement to mitigate the environmental impact of printing. The D3000-A1R is well-placed to offer a competitive edge to equipment manufacturers who are keen to address environmental and sustainability concerns.

    Paddy O’Hara, Business Development Manager at Epson Europe, says: “Our new series of water-based ink, nozzle level recirculation printheads demonstrates our commitment to developing technology that contributes to low environmental impact digital printing and the acceleration of inkjet innovation.

    The D3000-A1R builds on the quality and reliability of our industry-leading PrecisionCore technology, adding ultimate flexibility for a wide variety of industrial printing applications. The width and design of the printhead is unique within the industry, allowing for highly scalable configurations in multi-head arrays.”

    Key Features of the D3000-A1R include:

    • 1200-dpi resolution and high-frequency driving

    • Nozzle level recirculation inkjet printheads at 1200 nozzles per inch. Printheads do not require regular ink ejection and head cleaning

    • The printhead can be used either in single colour 1200npi mode or with 2 colours at 600npi per colour

    • 67mm print swathe and robust modular design allows print chips to be easily arrayed in both moving serial printhead and fixed line head configurations

    • Reduced environmental impact

    The D3000-A1R will be available later this year.





  • + Roland DG Introduces First-in-Class Orange and Red UV Inks for LEC2 Series Printer Cutters

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

    06 July 2021


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide- format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the addition of EUV5 Orange and Red UV-curable inks for use in the VersaUV LEC2 series of UV-LED printer cutters. 

    With integrated printing and cutting, diverse media support and ease of use, the LEC2 series UV printer cutters are ideal for the quick turnaround of numerous applications, including adhesive decals, labels and stickers, signs, POP, backlit panels, interior décor and packaging prototypes. In addition to CMYK, Clear, White and Primer, EUV5 UV ink now supports new Orange and Red inks as process colours. CMYK + Orange + Red expands the colour gamut by approximately 20%, thereby increasing the number of Pantone colours reproduced by approximately 200 colours*² compared to four-colour CMYK. Combined with Roland DG’s True Rich Color print settings that maximise the potential of hardware and inks to produce stunningly vibrant graphics with neutral greys, smooth gradations and natural skin tones, it is now possible to more accurately reproduce brand colours that were previously difficult, if not impossible.

    Tony Miller, Division President of Global Sales & Marketing Division, said, "The LEC2 series is characterised by its versatility, quick turnaround, and unique special printing capabilities for high value-added expression on a wide range of compatible media. We are confident that the addition of Orange and Red UV inks will bring even more value and competitiveness to our customers' businesses. Roland DG will continue to contribute to the development of the printing and manufacturing industry by providing products and services that expand the creative possibilities of our customers."

    To find out more, go to: www.rolanddg.com.au






  • + The EFI Reggiani BOLT delivers even higher image quality

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has enhanced the world’s fastest digital textile printer, the EFI Reggiani BOLT. ..

    28 June 2021


    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has enhanced the world’s fastest digital textile printer, the EFI Reggiani BOLT.

    The upgrade is a combination of hardware and software enhancements that will minimise artefacts, compensating for missing nozzles that may occur over time and enhancing uniformity to deliver smoother solid colours. The upgrade also delivers improved quality and smoother gradients, plus it enables faster printhead replacement and drastically increases file processing speed by up to 200% for large, complex files.

    Dedicated colour profile creation on the newest-version EFI Fiery BT-1000 digital front end driving the printer delivers better, more-intense tones and improves capabilities for matching existing colour profiles commonly used in digital textile printing.

    The enhancements are an important step in further enhancing digital printing’s presence in the industry, bringing greener, more-sustainable inkjet technologies to the fore as a replacement for analogue dyeing procedures that make textile manufacturing the world’s second-largest polluting industry.

    “With the industry’s top speed and now the delivery of even higher print quality, the EFI Reggiani BOLT can help spur a revolution in textile printing, migrating more production to digital technology, ensuring the fastest return on investment on high-volume work thanks to superior throughput and unmatched reliability and uptime,” said EFI Reggiani Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “With the BOLT’s new enhancements – and its ability to print extremely high quality on a variety of designs and fabric types at record-breaking speeds up to 90 metres per minute – the economic cross-over point between analogue and digital printing of fabrics is lower than ever before. The time for single-pass technology is now with this best-in-class, sustainable, high-quality and high-throughput digital textile print solution.”

    This 1.8-metre-wide single-pass printer – the first digital textile printer to receive the Printing United Alliance InterTech Award for advanced print technology innovations – is well-positioned to have a major transformational impact on the industry. With its current installed base, the EFI Reggiani BOLT is already responsible for printing more than 50 million linear metres of fabric worldwide.

    Faster processing and higher-quality print
    Now available globally, the EFI Reggiani BOLT upgrade features hardware and software enhancements for improved overall performance, printing quality, uniformity, and increased user friendliness including:

    •  Nozzle out and uniformity compensation features that improve solid colour appearance and enhance overall printing quality
    •  Increased performance and improved processing speed for large, complex files
    •  Integration of a new digital camera that both provides for precise and consistent print results and shortens the time for print head replacement and alignment
    •  An enhanced user interface – based on EFI Fiery Command WorkStation 6.0 – that is easier to use
    •  Fiery Smart Ink Estimator, a key tool to help determine job profitability based on accurate calculation of ink costs prior to printing





  • + Epson launches production-class line of SureColor® T-Series wide-format printers for CAD and graphics applications

    Epson today introduced a new generation of production-class, SureColor T-Series wide-format printing solutions with an i..

    22 June 2021


    Epson today introduced a new generation of production-class, SureColor T-Series wide-format printing solutions with an innovative, compact design. Five new SureColor T-Series 24-, 36- and 44-inch dual roll models are slated to launch later this year. The SureColor T7760D 44-inch dual-roll printer will be available first.

    Developed from the ground up, the all new SureColor T-Series models include Epson’s latest 2.64-inch PrecisionCore print head which provides outstanding image quality while enabling higher-speed performance than previous generation models. The new, compact industrial design provides a small footprint for space-constrained production environments. The latest models also incorporate a number of new features that improve usability and streamline workflow and media handling, including Adobe Embedded Print Engine standard on most models, dual rolls, built-in take-up reel for roll-to-roll printing, complete front operation, easy automatic roll loading and optional, foldable production stackers.
     
    “Not only do these new T-Series printers deliver significant speed and functionality enhancements over the previous generation and compared to competitor models, a tremendous amount of development work has gone into making them as compact as possible. They sport a truly innovative design that fits into any shop or office space, even when space is limited,” said Epson GM marketing Bruce Bealby. “The T-Series line of printers is a focus for Epson with nine models in the family already. Built on decades of imaging expertise, these new additions deliver production-class performance in a compact form factor and come with powerful software to help modern businesses improve workflows and streamline project delivery.”
     
    The first available SureColor T7760D delivers posters and POP displays at speeds over 28 m2/h and CAD and technical drawings at production-class speeds over 130 m2/h, making it the fastest in its class1.



    More about the new SureColor T-Series
    The new line delivers a range of features designed to revolutionise business productivity, including:
     

    • Advanced performance – Delivers crisp, detailed, colourful prints using a reliable 2.64-inch PrecisionCore Micro TFP printhead, producing remarkable prints at speeds over 130 m2/h
    • Superior image quality with UltraChrome XD3 6-colour inks - including a new red ink. Produces durable prints with crisp lines and vibrant colours for graphics, signage, blueprints, documents, and more.
    • Compact design for small spaces – 22% smaller than the previous generation with a sleek design that simplifies workflow and features a usable flattop design, complete front operation, and small footprint for space constrained environments.
    • Seamless, dual-roll productivity – Included in five new models to accommodate two media types or sizes, or so the second roll can be used as a take-up reel for roll-to-roll production
    • Easy to use and maintain – Configurable 4.3-inch touch screen control panel for simple operation, automated routine maintenance and convenient user self-service for long-term operation
    • Adobe Embedded Print Engine – High-speed processing and PDF printing convenience powered by a powerful Adobe Embedded Print Engine with four on-board Intel Atom CPUs. Provides up to 3x faster2 processing of complicated data and accurate printing of transparent layers than previous generations, with PDF RIP resolution up to 1200 dpi
    • Epson Cloud Solution PORT – Remotely manage and monitor entire printer fleets cost effectively with a convenient dashboard on laptops or smart devices, including production rates, page and square meter counters, printer status, and equipment utilisation
    • Versatile media handling – Print on a wide range of media, including glossy, bond, matte and specialty medias, and rigid posterboard up to 1.5 mm thick
    • Versatile connectivity – High-speed USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet or Wi-Fi® connectivity (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) options to fit virtually any production workflow
    • Enhanced security features and IT tools – 28 IT security features to assist with data production, communication security, and access control, including IC card option for user control and tracking, SSD encryption and IEEE 802.1x
    • Expandable options – Optional adjustable production stacker available in 24-, 36- and 44-inch versions; optional 960 GB solid state drive to save jobs directly on printer, freeing up bandwidth for repeat jobs
     
    The SureColor T7760D 44-inch dual-roll model will be the first available in Q4 2021, pricing to be announced closer to launch. The forthcoming 44-inch wide 1.6L ink pack version, 36-inch wide, and 24-inch wide versions will also be available in late Q4 2021. Optional production stackers will be available in Q4 2021 in 24-, 36- and 44-inch versions.





  • + Epson launches all-new line of production-class SureColor® P-Series wide-format photo printers

    Focused on the current market needs of production-class print providers, Epson today introduced a new line of SureColor ..

    22 June 2021


    Focused on the current market needs of production-class print providers, Epson today introduced a new line of SureColor P-Series photographic and graphic art wide-format printers. The new SureColor P-Series models are designed specifically for high-volume photo fulfilment, retail photo labs, poster and graphic art production. The new production-class SureColor P-Series 24- and 44-inch models are slated to launch this year, with the initial SureColor P8560D 44-inch dual roll printer available first.

    Leveraging Epson’s latest 2.64-inch PrecisionCore printhead and six-colour UltraChrome PRO6 pigment inks, Epson’s new photographic printer line enables higher-speed performance than previous generation models while providing outstanding image quality. The innovative, space-saving design provides a small footprint for space-constrained production environments. In addition, the latest models include several new features that improve workflow and media handling, including Adobe Embedded Print Engine as standard, dual roll, built-in take-up reel for roll-to-roll printing, complete front operation, easy automatic roll loading, and optional, adjustable production stackers.
     


    “As the demand for more personalised photo products, decor and graphic art continues to rise, print service providers are demanding higher quality and higher productivity at lower costs,” said Epson GM marketing Bruce Bealby. “These new P-Series production-class printers deliver on all those fronts. The first available model in this new line, the SureColor P8560D is engineered to achieve high speed with innovative media handling, all with the high quality and reliability synonymous with Epson.”

    More about the new SureColor P-Series
    The new line contains a range of features designed to meet the needs of demanding print service providers, including:
     

    • Advanced performance – Using the fast and reliable 2.64-inch PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead, the new SureColor P-Series line is up to 2.3 times faster than the SureColor P8070
    • Innovative design fits any workflow – Robust, functional flattop design with complete front operation; small footprint with compact design fits into small spaces and can be pushed against a wall or used in an island configuration
    • Seamless, dual roll productivity – Simple, automatic roll loading; automatically switches between two media types or sizes, or second roll can be used as a take-up reel for roll-to-roll production
    • Wide range of media for various photo applications – Print on a wide range of media, including photo, fine art, canvas, and rigid posterboard up to 1.5 mm thick
    • Easy to use and maintain – Configurable 4.3-inch touch-screen control panel for simple operation, automated routine maintenance and convenient self-service for long-term operation
    • Outstanding image quality with six colours – UltraChrome PRO6 pigment ink with Gray produces vibrant, rich colourful prints with smooth gradations and neutral black-and-white images that rival comparable eight-colour printers
    • Adobe® Embedded Print Engine – High-speed processing and PDF printing convenience powered by a powerful Adobe Embedded Print Engine with four on-board Intel Atom CPUs; provides up to 3x faster1 processing of complicated data and accurate printing of transparent layers, with PDF RIP resolution up to 1200 dpi; engine ensures live transparency blending and smoother shades with graphics containing levels of gradients, as well as integrated ICC-based colour management
    • Epson Cloud Solution PORT – Remotely manage and monitor entire printer fleets cost-effectively with a convenient dashboard on laptops or smart devices, including production rates, page and square meter counters, printer status, and equipment utilisation
    • Versatile connectivity – High-speed USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet or Wi-Fi® connectivity (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) options to fit virtually any production workflow
    • Enhanced security features and IT tools – 28 IT security features to assist with data production, communication security, and access control, including IC card option for user control and tracking, SSD Encryption, and IEEE 802.1x
    • Expandable options – Optional adjustable production stacker available in 24- and 44-inch versions; optional 960 GB solid state drive to save jobs directly on printer, freeing up bandwidth for repeat job.

    The Epson SureColor P8560D 44-inch dual roll model will be the first in the line to ship later this year followed by the 24-inch wide version and 44-inch 1.6L ink pack version in late Q4 2021.





  • + Fujifilm announces new Acuity Ultra R2 superwide format printer

    Following several years of successful Acuity Ultra installations since its launch in 2018, and as part of Fujifilm&rsquo..

    22 June 2021


    Following several years of successful Acuity Ultra installations since its launch in 2018, and as part of Fujifilm’s strategy to create the new blueprint for wide format, Fujifilm today announces the launch of the Acuity Ultra R2.


    Available in 5m or 3.2m versions, the new machine features the same high levels of quality and reliability as its predecessor, but offers a huge number of design improvements to benefit both ease-of-use and overall productivity.


    The new, stylish enclosed design eliminates stray UV light, removing the need for a light curtain, while from a functional point of view the machine is designed with both maintenance and ink supply on the same side, giving operators easier access and more room in which to work when performing routine tasks. An external visual light also quickly alerts operators to low ink levels without the need to look inside the machine.


    The Acuity Ultra R2 also features larger ink tanks. This simple change ensures that all the ink from a standard can is used when refilling, eliminating the clutter and mess of opened, half-used ink cans that are often a feature of print workplaces. The ink tanks have also been designed for easy access for refills.


    Maintenance-free ink pumps have also been integrated into the new machines to increase up-time, and a unique new print viewing window allows the operator to check on the progress of a job without leaving the workstation. The workstation itself has also been redesigned, now featuring desktop space, a handy drawer for tools or personal items, integrated lighting, and a larger monitor for ease-of-use and better display of print jobs.


    Another significant design benefit is that the separate chiller unit that accompanied the original Acuity Ultra has now been fully integrated into the design of the new machine. This frees up considerable workspace and reduces clutter.


    The Acuity Ultra R2 also features a crash detector with increased sensitivity and dual way activation, helping to identify and address potential problems early. Furthermore, it also features a new low scratch surface platen and new automated meniscus control, offering even greater precision and consistency in ink droplet placement.


    Like the original Acuity Ultra, the R2 is available in various colour configurations up to eight channels, but recognising the fact that modern print businesses are all unique – with often very different needs and priorities – the Acuity Ultra R2 is available with conventional UV curing as standard, or with an LED UV curing system for six colour and white configurations. This gives customers the option to choose either the ultra-high productivity of conventional UV, or the comparatively lower operating costs and lower energy use of LED. Both the 5m and 3.2m versions of the machine also feature an improved roller design to prevent media wrinkles.


    Kevin Rhodes, Marketing Manager, Fujifilm WFIJ says: “The original Acuity Ultra set a new standard for combined quality, performance and price when it was launched in 2018. Three years later, the Acuity Ultra R2 is taking that up another level as part of our brand new Acuity range and our ‘new blueprint’ for wide format.”





  • + Fujifilm announces new Acuity Prime flatbed printer

    Fujifilm’s stylishly designed new Acuity Prime flatbed prints at exceptionally high quality to a range of rigid an..

    22 June 2021


    Fujifilm’s stylishly designed new Acuity Prime flatbed prints at exceptionally high quality to a range of rigid and flexible media.

    Optimising price/performance was at the heart of the design of the Acuity Prime. For example, it features a high quality LED curing system which is air-cooled, meaning there is no requirement for an expensive water-cooling system. And the Prime is so power efficient that it only requires a single-phase 25-amp supply, helping to keep running costs to a minimum.

    A new ink system – Uvijet HM – has been formulated to provide excellent adhesion to a broad range of substrates while also producing a wide colour gamut. The new ink range is optimised to produce high quality, vibrant images day in day out.

    A new jetting primer meanwhile, improves adhesion still further for particularly challenging substrates. This removes the need for offline pre-treatment of substrates before printing, saving time and money. The machine also features a printable area of 2.54m x 1.27m and can accommodate media up to a thickness of 51mm.

    Available in CMYK formats with white, with additional clear and jetting primer, the Acuity Prime with Uvijet HM offers the ultimate versatility and value by providing the flexibility for print businesses to customise it to their own needs.

    Careful consideration has also been given to operational ease-of-use. Multiple practical benefits for both operators and service engineers have been built into the design, making the day-to-day operation of the printer as straightforward as possible.

    One such feature is the media loading pins, which can be operated with the touch of a button, allowing for pinpoint media placement precision and exceptionally accurate print registration from job-to-job.

    The five-part media zone system, based on common media sizes, vastly reduces the amount of masking required. This means job set-up times can be sped up considerably.

    The machine’s splash-free ink pouch system is designed for easy pouch changeover and incorporates an LED light system to quickly and effectively alert the operator to low ink levels.

    Alongside all the new technical features, the Prime also includes practical benefits, such as an integrated shelf for operator tools, which allows them to be kept close to hand but safely away from moving parts of the machine. There is also a handy cabinet built into the space underneath the front of the machine for convenient storage of PPE, personal items or first aid kits, helping to keep the area around the machine clear.

    The software and user interface have also been carefully considered with the software completely redesigned to give all the tools required in the most straightforward way possible.

    Anda Baboi, Marketing Manager, Fujifilm WFIJ says: “The Acuity Prime represents both a ‘next step’ and a new start for Fujifilm. It’s built on our knowledge and expertise, but at the same time it’s something fundamentally new – the new blueprint for wide format. The thing that really sets it apart from anything we have brought to market before is the extent of the creative freedom we have had over every aspect of its design and development. Having this level of control has given us the opportunity to address a huge number of practical and technical issues, ensuring that the end product offers unbeatable standards of performance; exceptional value, versatility and ease-of-use, and the best ROI available on the market.”





  • + New Agfa Avinci CX3200 supports expansion into soft signage

    The new Avinci CX3200 is a dye-sublimation roll-to-roll printer that can print either directly to textile or on transfer..

    22 June 2021


    The new Avinci CX3200 is a dye-sublimation roll-to-roll printer that can print either directly to textile or on transfer paper. It delivers high productivity and a consistently vibrant print quality on a wide range of polyester-based fabrics.

    The Avinci CX3200 engine enables sign printing companies to create textile prints of up to 3.2 m wide at a production speed of up to 270 m²/h. The engine uses eco-friendly, odourless water-based dye sublimation inks to print either directly to fabric or to transfer paper.

    Being able to print directly to fabric is easy and ideally suited for fast handling of soft signage applications such as banner displays, wall graphics and point-of-sales or trade show displays, as well as for special applications requiring print-through, such as flags. Transfer paper, in turn, allows for super sharp prints, eliminates any set-off, and limits media waste to a minimum. In addition, it extends the application scope to sportswear and fashion garments, as well as home décor prints on non-coated polyester fabrics.

    The Avinci CX3200 guarantees a wide and vibrant colour gamut, outstanding tonal rendering and fine detail reproduction. The dedicated dye-sub inks stand out through their flexibility, and outdoor resistance. They deliver a stable jetting performance and the same first-rate quality batch after batch. An offline calendering unit effectively fixes the colours after printing.

    Philip Van der Auwera, Wide-Format Marketing Manager at Agfa, states: “The market demand for soft signage keeps growing, as it is lightweight, resistant to wrinkles and folding, and easy to transport and reuse. The Avinci CX3200 will meet the needs of existing textile printing companies, as well as enable sign & display printers to diverge into textile printing and bring in new business. We designed it to be fit for high productivity and maximum uptime. It is extremely robust and reliable, as well as easy to operate.”

    Reliability and convenience guarantee high productivity
    The new Avinci CX3200 is a solidly built, reliable engine that can handle any job from a single print to sizeable runs in a 24/7 setup. It is equipped with Kyocera water-based print heads that will cover the printer’s entire life cycle. The strong pre-heater limits drying time and reduces set-off, while the vacuum make sure that thin transfer papers are kept perfectly wrinkle-free.

    Changeover between jobs is fast and easy. Loading a new roll can be done in less than seven minutes by a single operator, thanks to the automatic media transport with pinch rollers.

    Asanti warrants colour consistency and low ink consumption
    The Avinci CX3200 is driven by Agfa’s intuitive Asanti workflow software, which streamlines all preparation, production and finishing steps of the printing process. Its smart algorithms guarantee high print quality and colour consistency, as well as low ink consumption.

    In addition, Asanti features a number of options that facilitate soft signage production, such as the automated positioning of cutting marks and grommets, and the easy design of canvas extensions for the creation of flag pole pockets. It also lets printers nest and tile artwork to optimise media use.

    With Asanti StoreFront, Agfa’s web-to-print software solution, soft signage printing companies can automatically manage incoming web orders or set up online stores.





  • + Epson launches new high-volume high-colour dye-sublimation printer

    SureColor F10060H combines efficient high-speed production with outstanding image quality Epson has announced a new..

    31 May 2021


    SureColor F10060H combines efficient high-speed production with outstanding image quality

    Epson has announced a new 76-inch high speed dye sublimation printer with support for media up to 76” wide – the SureColor F10060H. This new model features a total of six ink lines including the traditional CYMK along with two more that can be configured for either Light Cyan (Lc) and Light Magenta (Lm) or Fluorescent Pink (Fp) and Fluorescent Yellow(Fy).

    The CYMKLcLm configuration is aimed at customers who seek to produce premium quality output with maximum image quality. It enables more precise and accurate colour with fine gradation and reduced grain. It is particularly suited to output that include images of people, product and locations and environment. Skin colours are outstanding, equipment is vibrant and beaches, trees and skies look rich and captivating.
     
    The FpFy configuration is aimed at customers producing sportswear, work and emergency clothing, merchandise and soft signage which require a fluorescent component.

    Images produced with fluorescent ink are bright and intense with high reflectivity. While traditional dye sub printers only apply fluorescent inks as a spot colour, the SC-F10060H can also apply them as a continuous tone mixed with other colours to provide a full rainbow of brilliance.
     
    The new printer features a total of six next generation PrecisionCore printheads, each with 3200 nozzles. The heads support Variable Sized Dot Technology (VSDT) and feature active inkless nozzle status monitoring. To ensure maximum image quality with minimum wastage the printer undertakes auto nozzle replacement and incorporates advanced self-cleaning.

    The new printer supports production speeds up to 245m2/hr on rolls up to 1950mm (76”) wide and 60kg in weight. To ensure cost-effective operation it supports ultra-thin media, incorporates a high-precision auto-take-up and features a bulk ink system that holds up to 120L with dual storage and auto hot-swap.
     
    Like its 4-colour siblings, the SureColor F10060H is a sophisticated, dye-sublimation machine for textile production aimed at high volume producers. It combines speed, efficiency and production-cost minimisation with the ability to produce superior output quality .
     
    In the dye-sublimation sector, customers demand fast turnaround and reliable operation. They also expect consistent and accurate output. With these requirements in mind, Epson has developed a machine that sets new standards in terms of standards in quality, reliability and durability.



    The SC-F10060H 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.
     
    When developing the original 4-colour SC-F10060 and now the new 6-colour SC-F10060H, 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-F10060H 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.



    As with all Epson Large Format Printers, the SC-F10060H 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 printheads have been enabled, clearly demonstrating Epson has raised the benchmark for production equipment.



    The SureColor F10060H is available for ordering now from authorised Epson Large Format fabric printing solutions resellers.
     
    To find out more go to: https://www.epson.com.au/Prographics/products/Fabric_Merchandise/?groupid=88&grouptypeid=19





  • + Canon Production Printing announce Colorado 1630

    Canon Production Printing Australia have today announced the Colorado 1630, a new modular addition to their portfolio of..

    20 May 2021


    Canon Production Printing Australia have today announced the Colorado 1630, a new modular addition to their portfolio of 64” UVgel roll-to-roll printers.

    The industrial grade printer is said to be a smart investment choice for large format graphic providers such as sign makers, PSPs and in-house printers producing smaller volumes by giving them access to all the proven advantages of UVgel technology, at a lower investment level.

    The Colorado 1630 delivers superior print quality of 1,800 dpi and highly durable, odourless and instantly dry prints on a wide range of media. In its fastest print mode, for applications such as outdoor banners and billboards, the Colorado 1630 can attain a maximum print speed of 111 m²/hour.

    The modular architecture of the Colorado 1630 allows customers to start with the base model, and depending on business needs, choose from a range of additional modules such as FLXfinish, easy-double sided printing or a second media roll. For example, if the printer is installed with one media roll but run lengths are increasing, a second media roll option can be easily added.
    Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, says, “Enabling our customers and partners to expand their application possibilities and grow their business is essential for us.

    “In Australia we have seen some of the highest utilisation rates and volumes per machine on a global scale, however, increasingly we’ve seen the demand for a 1.6 m UVgel printer that can serve customers with lower volume requirements.

    “We hope that with the introduction of the Colorado 1630, more print service providers can benefit from a highly automated, robust and stable printer with a modular architecture that offers remarkable flexibility at an attractive investment level”, he says.





    Further enhancing its efficiency, the precise media handling of the Colorado 1630 ensures near perfect registration for double-sided printing. A ‘print side in’ option also allows customers to print on both the inside and outside of the roll for maximum media versatility. All options can be enabled remotely, without the need for a service visit.

    Adding flexibility for a matte or gloss finish to each print, the optional FLXfinish module uses a unique LED curing technique designed to add visual impact to applications such as banners, wall coverings and point of sale materials without the need to change the inks or media. This technology also supports printing on porous substrates, such as uncoated papers and soft signage materials, further expanding new market opportunities.

    The new versatile printer offers the same high productivity features, output quality and media versatility as the Colorado 1650. Using the same unique Canon UVgel 460 inks used by the Colorado 1650, the Colorado 1630 produces razor-sharp prints with a wide colour gamut.

    Extremely reliable and easy-to-use, this robust workhorse is built for maximum uptime and quick turnarounds. Operating costs are also minimised thanks to the efficiency of the printer, combined with reduced waste consumption.

    Users can benefit from uninterrupted production with on-the-fly ink replenishment which, combined with unprecedented automation for features such as nozzle monitoring, printhead maintenance and media feed winding, allows users to avoid unnecessary downtime.

    In addition, Canon’s Remote Control app is now available to monitor all Colorado printers. This will allow users to check the printer status remotely, enabling 24/7 unattended printing. The Remote Control app sends alerts to the users’ mobile devices with printer status updates, warnings and errors, offering the reassurance that the printer is running smoothly to meet deadlines.

    anz.cpp.canon





  • + HP updates Stitch S1000 soft signage and interior décor printer

    HP Inc. announced the latest addition to its HP Stitch portfolio to help print service providers (PSPs) diversify their ..

    11 May 2021


    HP Inc. announced the latest addition to its HP Stitch portfolio to help print service providers (PSPs) diversify their soft signage and interior décor offerings, as well as meet more challenging customer needs. The updated 126-inch HP Stitch S1000 is designed to offer high quality with greater versatility and smooth operation.

    "The new HP Stitch S1000 will allow PSPs to expand their dye-sub production versatility even further and say yes to ambitious projects, as well as demanding and innovative applications,” said Oscar Vidal, Large Format Global Business Strategy Director, HP. "With the large format industry set for a progressive year, HP’s latest Stitch device ensures soft signage and interior decoration professionals are able to handle a diverse range of customer needs, safe in the knowledge they have the technology to deliver.”

    Take on more
    The highly versatile new HP Stitch S1000 gives users the option to print directly to fabric or onto transfer paper, simplifying workflows without compromising on results - while 1200 native dpi printheads and HP’s Drop & Dry system ensure deep blacks, vivid colours and extreme resolution to deliver work of the highest-quality.

    A newly incorporated contact heater offers enhanced backlit saturation performance on direct-to-fabric jobs, meaning colours appear brighter and more vivid than ever before.

    Work faster

    HP Stitch S1000 is designed to provide rapid turnaround production start-up times and speeds of up to 2370 ft²/hr (220 m²/hr). Additionally, it also offers the possibility to double the through put on substrates of up to 63 inches (1.6m) with dual roll accessory.

    The Smart Nozzle Compensation system and Optical Media Advance Sensor Plus work together to ensure reliable image quality while operating at pace. With an additional integrated aerosol and vapour extraction system, meeting tight deadlines has never been easier.

    User-replaceable printheads and HP preventative maintenance support helps increase uptime, while spreader rollers, 10-litre ink supplies and rolls up to 600lb (300kg) allow print professionals to confidently leave the device to print unattended.

    Take control
    Combined with the HP PrintOS app, print operations are easily controlled anywhere, anytime – while also allowing PSPs to make data-driven decisions . If working with a fleet, the HP Configuration Center ensures jobs are distributed efficiently for maximum productivity, with a built-in spectrophotometer providing colour consistency across fleet.

    Tests show that in 40% less time, a single operator can easily load both transfer and textile rolls - enabled by features including automatic media tension adjustment, simple media path, automatic and optimised printhead cleaning, and a device warm-up process that occurs in parallel with loading.

    Gain a sustainability edge
    The updated HP Stitch S1000 uses ECO PASSPORT certified dye sublimation inks, a standard that verifies the safety of chemical products used in the textile and leather industry. The device also benefits from HP’s free and convenient printhead recycling scheme, via the HP Planet Partners initiative. Meanwhile, the outer carton of a S1000 ink cartridge is made from cardboard and can be recycled locally - part of HP’s goal of creating a more circular, low-carbon economy.

    Pricing and Availability
    Information on country availability, pricing, and retail destinations for the HP Stitch S Printers Series Portfolio vary region by region.

    A first-look at the product can be found via this video





  • + Go beyond with the new Xaar Nitrox printhead

    Xaar, has launched its latest printhead – the Xaar Nitrox – that provides users with greater print speeds an..

    04 May 2021


    Xaar, has launched its latest printhead – the Xaar Nitrox – that provides users with greater print speeds and uniformity to deliver unparalleled performance across a wide variety of print applications.

    The new Xaar Nitrox is the next printhead to come from ImagineX which sets the roadmap for Xaar’s bulk inkjet innovations and printhead developments.

    Speed is integral to the Xaar Nitrox, with firing frequencies of up to 48kHz enabling print at up to 100 metres per minute. Set-up time and installation are also fast, with drop in printhead alignment and Xaar’s AcuChp Technology allowing for a more automated process that is quick, easy, and reliable.

    With its ‘plug and print’ capability, printer uptime is maximised, and superb print uniformity also delivered. Xaar’s TF Technology recirculation minimises any temperature changes within the printhead, virtually eliminating print density variations and controlling viscosity to provide consistent printing across the swathe throughout each job.

    Maintaining a constant flow of fluids directly past the back of the printhead nozzles enables instant priming of the Xaar Nitrox and avoids the need for costly and wasteful purging before printing can start. The very high flow rate also prevents sedimentation and nozzle blockages, particularly in heavily pigmented inks, radically improving reliability in even the harshest printing environment.

    The Xaar Nitrox supports the widest range of applications and handles the broadest range of fluids. Its open printhead architecture and TF Technology facilitate printing in multiple orientations. Consequently, the Xaar Nitrox prints extremely reliably, whether in vertical or horizontal mode, or even when being positioned by a robotic arm with accelerating and decelerating speeds.

    High Laydown Technology delivers very high volumes of ink in a single pass and combined with Xaar’s TF Technology allows fluids with higher particle loading and sizes, even those with viscosities of up to 100 centipoise, to be used. This enables the Xaar Nitrox to print an increased colour gamut and special effects for applications in the ceramic, glass and packaging sectors as well as jetting higher molecular weight materials for Advanced Manufacturing and 3D printing.

    Backwards compatible with the Xaar 1003, the three variants of the Xaar Nitrox – Core, Pro and Elite – provide customer choice and flexibility for a range of print needs.

    The Nitrox Core is designed for applications using oil-based inks, such as in ceramic tile decoration, while the Nitrox Pro can handle more demanding fluids including soluble salts and frit used for printing glass. The Nitrox Elite delivers printing at up to 48kHz and its exceptional drop placement and accuracy make it perfect for functional fluids and 3D applications, alongside more traditional display graphics and label printing solutions.

    Graham Tweedale, General Manager of Xaar’s printhead business unit said: “We are delighted to be launching the next printhead from our ImagineX platform.

    “Whether using the latest highly viscous fluids for 3D printing or High Laydown for packaging and labels, the speed, performance and productivity of the Xaar Nitrox means you can use it to print right the first time and every time.”






  • + Colour Graphics Services appointed MYIRO Colour Measurement dealer

    Colour Graphic Services, the Australian colour management, ISO and G7 specialist, is pleased to announce its appointment..

    04 May 2021


    Colour Graphic Services, the Australian colour management, ISO and G7 specialist, is pleased to announce its appointment as dealer for the Myiro-1 and Myiro-9 spectrophotometers in Australia and New Zealand. Myiro, a Konica Minolta – owned company, has taken the colour world by storm in the USA and Europe where it has attracted accolades from the most qualified colour experts

    “The two Myiro colour measurement devices fit perfectly into Colour Graphic Services’ range of prepress colour measurement instruments and ICC profiling tools,” says Managing Director David Crowther, adding “In fact, Techkon was so impressed, it is reselling Myiro in the USA – filling the gap of a low investment ICC profiler with high accuracy, and a fast chart-reading version for rapid profiling.”

    The Myiro-1 is the perfect hand-held spectrophotometer for any 3rd party supported software such as Mellow Colour PrintSpec, EFI, ORIS ColorTuner, Agfa, ColorGate, Creo, ErgoSoft, Color Logic, with many others being added to this list. It relays measured patches, strips or charts (using the measuring guide), wirelessly, avoiding cables and USB cables. In a single pass scan of a Fogra strip, for example, it sends M0, M1 and M2 in one action. List price is AUD$2,245 + gst. An optional set of colour management, profiling, QC and monitor calibration tools, MyiroTools, is available at AUD$950 + gst.

    Super-fast chart reading and ICC profiling

    The Myiro-9 is a lightning-fast auto chart reader that delivers data to the majority of 3rd party profiling software used in all print disciplines – 1,500 patches in just 4 minutes! Myiro-9 is the reference instrument used by major print machine manufacturers. Like the Myiro-1, it also includes M0, M1 and M2 data in a single scan. It handles virtually all known colour charts and control wedges and is never fooled by optical brighteners (OBAs) added to many substrates and papers. Myiro-9 can be adapted to a very wide range of substrates. With a list price of AUD$8,900 + gst, it is for the seriously busy print shop and can pay for itself in time saved over a short time where multiple and custom profiles are needed.

    Crowther says: “The Myiro spectrophotometers are total quality-manufactured in Japan, by the Sensing division of Konica Minolta and they measure colour as you see it. Accurate profiling has never been faster or easier, as shown in a video at: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTO0lhnYW3Y&t=131s  

    Dozens of colour professionals have remarked on how fast and accurate the Myiro-1 and 9 spectrophotometers are, such as:

    “The biggest surprise was the color rendering of the Myiro Profile compared to the market leader. The quality of the photo prints based on the Myiro Profile were simply much better in terms of vividness, contrast, everything.” – Stephan Steib, Photographer, USA

    “From day one after implementing our updated Myiro profiles we did see an image quality improvement. Since the implementation we have been printing more than ten-thousand jobs and we have not had one single complain regarding skin tones or other color conversion related issues. And as a prepress geek I can finally feel 100% proud about our streamlined and accurate color management.” - Magnus Sandström – Digital Workflow Manager, Taberg Media Group, Sweden

    “With the Myiro-1, the manufacturer has succeeded in creating a great measuring device with which everyday measuring tasks in the pre-press sector can be handled very well. The heart of the solution, the hardware, could completely convince us, especially the wireless connection, the workmanship, the ergonomics and the smooth and quick scan measurement.” – Ronny Willfahrt, PrintXmedia, Germany

    Myiro devices are available through Colour Graphic Services in Australia and New Zealand and will be part of its demonstrations at September’s PacPrint, Melbourne.

    www.colourgraphicservices.com
    www.myiro.com 






  • + Kornit MAX technology next gen fashion and apparel printing

    Kornit Digital, worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced today the release of its new M..

    27 April 2021


    Kornit Digital, worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced today the release of its new MAX technology, establishing a new standard for on-demand fashion and apparel production.

    One technology, highest quality, endless design possibilities – all waste-free

    MAX technology surpasses industry norms for retail quality on multiple fabric types and breaks new grounds of versatility with previously unattainable print applications, significantly expanding the reach of digital on-demand textile production into the centre of mainstream fashion and apparel.

    A key feature of Kornit’s MAX technology is XDi, which delivers revolutionary 3D capabilities for new, high-density graphic decoration that can simulate embroidery, vinyl, and heat transfer in a single, waste-free digital process. The new XDi, which is based on Kornit’s patents, allows fulfillers and brands to expand their offerings to include new-to-market, innovative decorations without the inefficiencies and cost of operating analog technologies.

    Introducing Kornit Atlas MAX and ActiveLoad Automation

    Kornit also debuted the ActiveLoad Automation technology, a new robotic system to significantly ease the burden of manual and labor-intensive media handling in the textile decoration industry. This increases total output per shift while ensuring minimal downtime and exceptional reliability. The new patent pending ActiveLoad Automation technology ensures continuous production and consistency, while decreasing human error and fatigue, regardless of employee experience and training, for ultimate results and best operational efficiency.

    The first product with MAX technology is now commercially available in the Kornit Atlas MAX, a carbon-neutral, industrial-scale DTG production system, providing unsurpassed retail quality, exceptional colour-matching capabilities, and a wide, vivid colour gamut, with exceptional durability. The Atlas MAX is delivered with the new XDi technology built in, for 3D printing capabilities. An upgrade to the Kornit Atlas systems will be available during the first quarter of 2022.

    “Kornit’s new MAX capabilities bring sustainable on-demand production to the mainstream. We plan to roll out the MAX technology to additional lucrative market segments such as team sports, athleisure, diverse categories of fashion, and home décor applications,” said Omer Kulka, Kornit Digital CMO. “Kornit innovation arrives at just the right moment to match supply to demand – demand that requires freedom of design for self-expression, quality, and sustainable practices; and supply that expands on-demand capabilities enabling the direct-to-consumer vision.”



    Delivering on the promise of digital production

    “There’s a growing realisation and acceptance that on-demand production is the answer to meet the demands of today’s consumer,” said Ronen Samuel, Kornit Digital CEO. “Kornit’s MAX technology defines the future of on-demand, sustainable textile production, and the future is here now. MAX offers a rare sustainable symbiosis, more creativity, less waste. I am excited to experience what’s possible once the collective brilliance of our industry begins to create digitally, without limits. A world of opportunity awaits us.”

    “Our customers have a strong, growing need for retail quality and additional applications, and we are confident the Kornit Atlas MAX will equip us to meet that demand,” added Scott Valancy, COO, Monster Digital, which beta-tested the new system.

    To learn more please join a special industry event hosted in partnership with FESPA on April 28-29, 2021. More details can be found on the Kornit website.





  • + Mimaki announce the release of “JFX600-2513” and “JFX550-2513” LED-UV flatbed printers

    Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd. (Headquartered in Nagano Prefecture, Tomi City; President / Kazuaki IKEDA), manufacturer of ..

    20 April 2021


    Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd. (Headquartered in Nagano Prefecture, Tomi City; President / Kazuaki IKEDA), manufacturer of industrial inkjet printers, cutting plotters and 3D printers, announced the release of “JFX600-2513” and “JFX550-2513”, large flatbed UV inkjet printers.

    The JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 are successor models of JFX500-2131, a large flatbed UV inkjet printer on sale from 2012.
    Equipped with drastically increased number of print heads, the JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 enable highly efficient printing and can improve productivity by approximately 300% for the JFX600-2513 and 150% for the JFX550-2513 compared to the JFX500-2131. In addition, the number of colours that can be installed has been increased from 4 colours in the previous JFX500-2131 to 6 colours, and a wide variety of ink sets can be selected to lead printing with vivid colours and higher expressive power. It really creates to print more eye-catchy signage graphics at higher speeds than ever before.

    The maximum printable size is 2,500 mm x 1,300 mm, with a thickness of up to 60 mm. It supports 4'×8’ boards (1,220 mm x 2,440 mm), which are often used for signboard production. Since direct printing on media is possible, they can print on a variety of media such as resin, glass, and metal, not to mention large sign boards, which makes them perfect printers for a wide range of applications such as large decorations, sign displays, and interior materials. Enable of direct printing on media up to 60mm thick, the printers are capable of 2.5D printing (Emboss print), which creates an uneven surface by printing with multiple layers of UV ink, offering high value-added printing applications.

    Mimaki in-house developed UV inks used in JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 are environmentally harmonised product with extremely low VOC content that are friendly to humans and the environment. They have been certified as “GREENGUARD Gold” because they meet the world's most stringent standards for volatile organic compound (VOC) emission measurement tests specified by UL, a U.S. third-party safety science organisation, which guarantees their safety to the environment.

    Mimaki Engineering is developing “Connected Digital Printing,” a system that connects inkjet printers to peripheral devices such as robots, conveyor belts, inspection equipment, various sensors, and pre- and post- processing systems through intercommunication to enable integration into production lines, unattended on-demand production, and mass customisation.

    The new models JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 support our original “MDL command” that allows users to control the printers from their production system or peripheral devices. By utilising MDL commands, it is possible to acquire information such as the amount of ink remaining in the printer and error information, as well as possible to control the table position and height where the print media is set, and printer operations such as the start of printing to deliver the unmanned, labor-saving, and automated printing of workpiece transfer. It contributes to the realisation of digital transformation (DX) including pre and post processes of print and provides digital on-demand printing solutions for a new added value. 

    The JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 are scheduled to start sales in the summer of 2021 and will be targeted at sign graphics applications including large indoor and outdoor signs and advertisements.

    "Mimaki Australia is really excited to launch these 2 NEW LED UV Flatbed printers by July this year," says Btad Creighton, National Marketing Manager, Mimaki Australia. "The JFX550 and JFX600 performs a significant increase in productivity which is up 300% (JFX600 model) compared to our previous JFX500 production model. These 2 NEW models are perfect for 8x4 boards (1,220 mm x 2,440 mm) with a thickness of up to 60mm. With features including 2.5D printing (Emboss Print), Greenguard Gold certified inks and “MDL command” that allows users to control the printers from their production system or peripheral devices. The JFX500 and JFX600 is a must view for Australian sign and print producers looking for their next investment."

    Overview
    1. Up to 300% faster print speed than JFX500 for improved productivity
    2. The UV inks for the both models are certified as GREENGUARD Gold due to their environmental friendliness.
    3. High value-added printing available, such as 2.5D print by UV printing
    4. “MDL command” for printer control to support automation of workpiece transfer

    *Specifications, designs, dimensions, and other information described in this document are subject to change without notice due to technical improvement etc.





  • + Mutoh EMEA release XpertJet 1682WR dye sublimation printer

    Mutoh Europe nv, EMEA business unit of Mutoh Industries Co. Ltd., Japan, today announced release of a new 64” (162..

    13 April 2021


    Mutoh Europe nv, EMEA business unit of Mutoh Industries Co. Ltd., Japan, today announced release of a new 64” (162 cm) wide, high quality 8 channel piezo drop-on-demand roll fed dye sublimation inkjet printer, called XpertJet 1682WR.

    Engineered and designed in Japan, this new dye sub printer model is the successor to Mutoh’s award winning ValueJet 1638WX dye sub printer.

    The XpertJet 1682WR printer has been developed for high quality graphics for transfer onto all possible types of polyester coated or polyester based rigid substrates, gadgets and flexible materials. Applications encompass in-store textile displays, personalised interior décor, custom apparel, soft signage, sportswear, customised promotional products, giftware and more.

    Featuring a high level of print production efficiency, the XPJ-1682WR accommodates two gold plated piezo variable drop print heads producing stunning results in 4, 6, 7 or 8 colour ink setups. The piezo print heads are capable of firing drops from 2.8 picolitres up to 33.9 picolitres.

    Cleverly designed, the XpertJet 1682WR combines multiple product enhancements which will deliver optimum quality results and an excellent user experience. A newly developed multi-stage pressure roller system will enhance media feed stability for a wide range of sublimation papers. Rolls can be easily installed thanks to a new enhanced roll off system and newly developed media flanges. Continuous printing is made possible with the different motorised take-up systems, for rolls weights up to 30, 40 or 100 kg and roll diameters from 150 to 250 mm.

    The XPJ-1682WR printer also integrates Mutoh’s new “Media Tracker” technology. With this new feature, the user can print a barcode on the roll of media in use before it is removed from the printer. When reloading the same roll of media, the XPJ-1682WR will read the barcode and will automatically detect how much media is left on the roll.

    Available immediately, this dual head high quality dye sublimation printer will fit both startup and established businesses wanting to extend their product portfolio.

    The new XpertJet 1682WR model will be sold exclusively through Mutoh’s channel of certified & trained distributors throughout Europe, the Middle East & Africa.

    Mutoh XpertJet 1682WR – Highlights

    • Successor to Mutoh’s popular and award winning ValueJet 1638WX

    • Transfer sublimation printing up to 1625 mm (63.97”)

    • Two gold plated piezo drop on demand heads on board, drop sizes from 2.8 pl to 33.9 pl

    • Typical production speeds between 10 m²/h and 48 m²/h

    • Up to 8 colour setup

    • New multi-language & intuitive OLED operation panel

    • Easy access illuminated print platform

    • Enhanced media handling & transport

    • Ready for volume printing : 30, 40 or 100 kg motorized take up systems

    • “Media Tracker” feature to easily track remaining media left on a part-used roll

    • Environmentally friendly printing - high level of operator safety

    Mutoh Australia will have stock available in May. 





  • + swissQprint Launches Speed Version of the Karibu Roll to Roll Printer

    swissQprint is launching Karibu S – the speed version of its Karibu UV roll to roll printer. S stands for speed &n..

    25 March 2021


    swissQprint is launching Karibu S – the speed version of its Karibu UV roll to roll printer. S stands for speed – and that means increased productivity combined with astonishingly good print quality. Another plus: both Karibu and Karibu S are capable of automatic double-sided printing.

    Karibu, the UV roll to roll printer from swissQprint, now has a powerful big brother: the new speed model. Created for print service providers who run multiple shifts to produce large volumes of items such as banners, non-durable poster prints and XL billboards. Karibu S combines an output of up to 330 square metres per hour with impressively sharp images and edges.

    Special print head configuration

    Karibu S features a defined print head configuration: four print heads are in operation for each process colour – and that explains the high throughput rate. What is more, all swissQprint large format printers have nine dual-configurable colour channels, so one channel is left free. Typically, this channel is configured with white to print items such as transparent films.

    Universal and highly flexible ink

    swissQprint's portfolio includes an optimised ink for its dedicated roll to roll printers. It features a broad adhesion profile and is very flexible. This means that print service providers can use almost every conceivable type of roll media. And the ink can stand up to everything that the material has to take: cutting, folding, stretching, and so on.

    Automatic double-sided printing

    As a new feature, both Karibu and Karibu S can handle automatic double-sided printing. Thanks to a camera system and QR codes, the process takes place automatically – with high efficiency and reliability. Supported by the Lory output software – developed in-house by swissQprint. Managing print jobs is made very simple thanks to intuitive graphic user guidance.

    A profitable investment

    Both Karibu models feature the same robust design as all swissQprint products – ensuring lifespans well above the average. With their low operating costs, the versatile UV roll to roll printers offer the promise of high added value throughout their long lifetimes. And the high standard of quality that is typical of swissQprint.

    More information: www.swissqprint.com