Queensland based print company, CPX Printing and Logistics, have recently installed a Canon VarioPrint iX3200. They are impressed by the uptime and productivity and are confident i...
December 05 2023
Queensland based print company, CPX Printing and Logistics, have recently installed a Canon VarioPrint iX3200. They are impressed by the uptime and productivity and are confident it will help them extend their services to the Australian publishing industry.
James Bennett, Director at CPX said of their initial impressions, “it’s absolutely amazing technology. We now have 97% uptime with the Canon iX3200. To keep up with it, we’re pulling jobs from other offset press and toner machines and running them on the iX3200. If you spoke to my staff, they would say to you that the device is amazing.
Finding the perfect printing technology for CPX was not a decision taken lightly. “I visited over 12 sites across the world, looking for CPX’s sheet fed solution’’, said James and ultimately, the print quality, productivity and flexibility of the Canon varioPRINT iX3200 meant it was the obvious choice.
Now implemented in their Kelvin Grove print production and warehousing facilities, the team at CPX have found the adoption of Canon technology incredibly easy. “It was seamless, we were shocked at how fast we could adopt the technology. We have been working in the digital production environment for a very long time and we have a strong understanding of digital files. So, when you give us a product that works, it’s very simple.”
Brisbane based, CPX Printing and Logistics, are a privately owned business that have an extensive range of production services including on demand solutions, reducing customer held stock levels and associated long term inventory costs. CPX ship goods from the on demand production centre and their warehouse Australia wide – every day. As one of the biggest offset and digital printers in Queensland, the Canon iX3200 is the perfect tool to execute CPX’s plans to expand their reach even further.
Determined to increase their already significant share of the market, CPX are actively chasing the Australian publishing market. Their extensive array of print and binding options are perfect for POD, short and medium book runs and the warehouse and distribution centre constitute a complete solution for production, storage and distribution.
“We had a previous generation competitor inkjet before, but with the iX we have added a reliable engine that produces top quality, ideal for publishing work. We intend to aggressively attack the market and provide innovative solutions”, said James. “We have invested into the right machinery and we have developed systems that make it easy to work with us.”
Many print companies worldwide are now producing bookwork for publishing companies on the Canon varioPRINT iX-series. However, CPX are currently one of the only few Australian businesses that possess the Canon varioPRINT iX3200 technology along with in-house finishing equipment and the unique capabilities for flexible run lengths for publishing production.
The Canon varioPRINT iX-series revolutionises the commercial printing business experience. It combines stunning image quality and a wide media range with the high productivity and attractive cost efficiency of inkjet. So commercial printers can say “yes” to virtually any job, based on the agreed turnaround time and price, then print it for more profit and more business.
Of the varioPRINT iX-series, Craig Nethercott, Managing Director of Canon Production Printing Oceania said, “the appeal of inkjet is its excellent productivity in the face of ever tighter deadlines and higher volumes of short-run jobs needing quick changeovers. With the Canon varioPRINT iX-series, there’s no longer a need to compromise between quality and media range, or between productivity and cost efficiency. We have been very impressed in how quickly the team at CPX have embraced the new capabilities the iX3200 has delivered to their business and look forward to continuing to support them in their quest to change the publishing landscape here in Australia.
Muller Martini, a pioneer in print finishing solutions, is proud to unveil the Antaro perfect binder, available in two versions. This groundbreaking new binder platform redefines e...
October 31 2023
Muller Martini, a pioneer in print finishing solutions, is proud to unveil the Antaro perfect binder, available in two versions. This groundbreaking new binder platform redefines efficiency and versatility within a smaller footprint.
A Perfect Binder for Every NeedMuller Martini's Antaro binder is designed to meet the evolving demands of the print industry for both on-demand and conventional, offset applications:
· Antaro Digital: For digital finishing applications, the Antaro Digital stands in a class of its own, producing print-on-demand books at an unparalleled rate of up to 2,000 cycles per hour – an industry-leading achievement, while requiring minimal staffing.
· Antaro: For offset print applications, the Antaro delivers at an impressive rate of up to 4,000 cycles per hour. Its robust performance makes it the perfect choice for short-run offset production in small spaces.
Unparalleled Flexibility and Investment Protection
The Antaro platform brings flexibility and investment protection to the forefront. Its modular, expandable design caters to both digital nearline/inline production and conventional production environments:
· Antaro Digital: This version takes single book production to a new level, offering automation with manual feed or inline connection to the SigmaLine Compact digital book production system. With six clamps, it achieves an impressive output of 2,000 books per hour. Plus, its compact design delivers the same output with fewer than half the operators required by current single-book production solutions.
· Antaro: When combined with a gatherer and equipped with 12 clamps, the Antaro shines in offset runs, delivering an output of 4,000 cycles per hour.
Efficiency through Automation
Both Antaro models feature a continuously running swing clamp system, ensuring the smooth horizontal transport of book blocks through the machine. The Antaro Digital's unique clamp design enables the continuous production of brochures with varying block thicknesses of up to 20 mm, all at the highest performance level. These thickness variations are changed automatically, ensuring an unsurpassed productivity rate of up to 2,000 copies per hour for digitally printed products.
Exceptional Quality Guaranteed
The Antaro is equipped with two spine preparation stations, guaranteeing the highest quality book binding. The system utilizes EVA and PUR adhesives, backed by a glue monitoring system in the PUR nozzle for precise glue application. Replacing the gluing units is straightforward, enhancing maintenance efficiency.
The Antaro Digital features a newly designed drum coverfeeder coupled with a cover buffer wheel for reliable separation of covers and uninterrupted production through continuous feeding. Its barcode reader ensures a exact 100% match between book blocks and covers. The system's buffer wheel creates sufficient distance for barcode reading, enabling automatic responses in case of mismatches without interrupting the binding process. Together with the standard cover reject feature positioned in front of the scoring device, this system achieves a new level of productivity through waste reduction.
The Antaro platform flawlessly combines trusted technology from Muller Martini with innovative features. It accommodates all conventional types of book blocks, including signature stacks, pre-glued or thread-sewn book blocks, as well as single-sheet stacks. Even without an inline connection, manual feeding is ergonomic and efficient. The platform surpasses other systems available today with its exceptional end-product delivery capabilities, spanning softcover brochures, hardcover book blocks, flex brochures, glued book blocks, and layflat brochures. Set to redefine the print finishing landscape, it offers unmatched efficiency, quality, and adaptability.
Accelerates Digital Transformation for Print Service Providers Seeking New Ways to Engage CustomersRICOH Pro Z75 Digital Press offers businesses a clear path from...
October 24 2023
Accelerates Digital Transformation for Print Service Providers Seeking New Ways to Engage Customers
RICOH Pro Z75 Digital Press offers businesses a clear path from offset to digital with global availability after driving efficiency, adding production flexibility, and expanding application opportunities for beta customer.
Ricoh announced the global debut of the RICOH Pro Z75 Digital Press, the first B2 perfecting (auto-duplexing) sheetfed inkjet platform using aqueous ink, accelerating the shift from offset to digital with higher print quality, faster turnaround times and fewer demands on staff following successful in-market testing. The press will be officially available for public orders in North America as of November 15, 2023, with orders for immediate placement expected based on strong interest across international markets.
In June 2022, Heeter Printing – a Pittsburgh area full-service secure marketing provider for highly demanding industries like insurance, retail, and gaming – teamed up with Ricoh to serve as the official beta site for the iF DESIGN AWARD winning B2 sheetfed inkjet press platform.
“There’s a significant gap in the industry today when it comes to the size of jobs that are most efficient to run on offset, continuous feed inkjet and cutsheet digital production platforms,” said Kirk Schlecker, President, Heeter Printing. “The RICOH Pro Z75 is like a multitool for our operation. It gives us flexibility in how we produce customer jobs by bridging that gap, with the productivity to take on work from our traditional 40” offset, inkjet web and cutsheet toner devices. It combines the image quality, efficiency, print size, substrate flexibility and economics that allow us to say ‘yes’ to more jobs, and ultimately deliver a better customer experience for our clients. With the support Ricoh provides and their commitment to stand behind their products, the RICOH Pro Z75 makes a compelling case for any print service provider looking to achieve what they once could have only imagined.”
The RICOH Pro Z75 delivers the advantages of a sheetfed platform with the low running costs and high productivity of inkjet. It offers print speeds of up to 4,500 sheets per hour (SPH) in straight printing or 2,250 SPH in duplex / perfecting printing. Stainless steel piezo print heads bring 1,200 dpi native resolution at all speeds with 4 Colour (CMYK) pigment-based inks, while the proprietary drying system greatly reduces cockling and waviness ensuring high-quality results ready for immediate finishing. The RICOH Pro Z75 also expands substrate flexibility, handling uncoated, inkjet treated and offset coated media up to 400 gsm (24pt) with a max sheet size of 23 x 29-inches.
“As shorter runs and increasing demand for data-driven communications push print service providers to adapt their production strategies, we are helping them leverage the latest hardware, software and data to become indispensable to their end customers with the RICOH Pro Z75 as a powerful example of that commitment in action," said Gavin Jordan-Smith, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Head of Global Sales Strategy Division & RICOH Graphic Communications North America Sales, RICOH Graphic Communications. “The result is a new level of performance that enables easier, faster and more profitable production of applications like direct mail, postcards, marketing materials and other commercial print work.”
Beyond the high print speeds and automatic duplexing capabilities, the press incorporates significant automation solutions and an intuitive control panel to reduce the need for operator intervention and improve shift efficiency. A heavy-duty, offset-like build quality and advanced, durable printheads are designed to maximize press uptime and availability. Attention to detail from the air-assisted sheet feeding that minimises feed and paper transport issues, to a configurable high-capacity stacker that delivers accurate, flush paper stacking, streamlines the entire job process.
Designed for print businesses managing high volumes of jobs that require reliable uptime and significant throughput capacity, the new production inkjet platform is backed by Ricoh’s global organisation that is committed to customer success. Customers will have access to Ricoh’s best-in-class proprietary workflow automation solutions, such as RICOH TotalFlow™ Producer, RICOH TotalFlow BatchBuilder™ and RICOH Supervisor™, plus consulting services and full-service marketing solutions such as MarcomCentral®, to maximise return-on-investment and business value.
For more information about the RICOH Pro Z75 or to get in touch with a Ricoh sales representative visit https://takealookatricohproduction.com/production-inkjet/sheet-fed-inkjet/ricoh-pro-z75/.
Digital printing remains a lucrative growth market in the printing industry worldwide. It now accounts for some 20 percent of the global print production volume (P...
October 10 2023
Digital printing remains a lucrative growth market in the printing industry worldwide. It now accounts for some 20 percent of the global print production volume (PPV) and is growing at an annual rate of around 3 percent.
The latest Versafire generation from Heidelberg offers systematically enhanced digital presses for the commercial sector. The company is thus taking the integration of offset and digital printing to the next level and further strengthening its market position in the digital segment.
“Our integrated solutions are a must for anyone who is looking to combine offset and digital printing and use them efficiently in tandem. That’s because Heidelberg has comprehensive process and application knowledge relating to both these printing methods, which makes us unique in the industry,” said Heidelberg CEO Dr. Ludwin Monz.
Virtually all offset print shops focusing on the commercial sector are already using a digital press. Heidelberg has therefore equipped the new Versafire LV and Versafire LP digital printing systems with an enhanced Prinect Digital Frontend (DFE). In conjunction with a new user interface, this software ensures a flexible, standardized, highly productive, and intuitive combination of offset and digital printing technology.
The new generation incorporates integration know-how and experience based on the installation of several thousand Versafire digital printing systems for customers located worldwide.
“With the latest Versafire generation, customers are investing in a further improved over-all performance and enhanced competitiveness,” says Frank Schaum, head of the print solutions segment at Heidelberg.
Here is a brief summary of further benefits of the digital printing solutions from Heidelberg:
• Versafire LP: This is the ideal solution for the cost-effective production of larger volumes and/or lots of short runs. With up to a million clicks each month, it is one of the market’s most productive toner-based digital presses in the A3 format and gives digital print pro-duction a far more industrial thrust.
• Versafire LV: The possibility of a fifth inking unit and thus a choice of seven spot colors makes this the flexible solution for wide-ranging applications in short-run printing. Thanks to its impressive level of automation and upgrade options, the Versafire LV offers excellent flexibility and investment security.
• Prinect Digital Frontend: This software solution was developed in-house by Heidelberg. The second generation that has now been unveiled is the centerpiece of the new Versafire systems and supports the standardization of print shop production.
• Ecosystem: Heidelberg digital printing customers have access to an extensive ecosys-tem that includes consumables, digital services, software, cloud-based solutions, training, consulting, inventory management, and logistics and thus benefit from significant added value with just a single contact partner.
• Expansion of digital printing portfolio: In recent years, Heidelberg has established it-self on the market as a high-performance supplier of digital printing solutions by steadily expanding its digital printing portfolio with the Versafire systems for the commercial sec-tor and the Labelfire and Gallus One digital inkjet systems from the company’s Swiss sub-sidiary Gallus for the labels market.
SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. announces its cooperation with KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. in the development of the Truepress JET S320, an A3...
October 10 2023
SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. announces its cooperation with KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. in the development of the Truepress JET S320, an A3 sheetfed digital inkjet printer. The Truepress JET S320 prototype will make its debut at PRINTING United Expo October 18–20, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia.
In recent years, especially in the commercial printing and publishing markets, there has been a shift toward businesses utilising digital printing technology. This change is driven by a broader societal shift toward businesses that leverage digital data. In contrast to the traditional production of broadcast-style advertisements and prediction-based mass production, there is now a demand for data-driven targeting and personalized advertising materials. This shift has resulted in a move toward production that involves printing only the necessary quantity at the required time, often with targeted messaging.
SCREEN GA has provided a line of high-speed, continuous-feed inkjet digital presses, the Truepress JET 520 series, in response to these needs. These digital inkjet presses have been widely embraced for various printing applications such as transactions, direct mail, catalogs, brochures, publications, and more. Now a global leader in this market, SCREEN GA has been commercialising an A3 sheetfed inkjet digital printing machine by leveraging the technical expertise in A3 production printers held by KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc., along with SCREEN GA’s Truepress ink SC/SC+ technology for ink compatibility with standard coated papers. This proprietary ink prints on commercially available coated papers without the requirement of coating or priming.
With the introduction of this product, SCREEN GA is expanding various solutions, including the enhancement of workflow solutions integrated with our EQUIOS workflow system, hybrid printing in conjunction with CTP and offset printing, and increased productivity through the combined use of the Truepress JET 520 series.
Konica Minolta Australia has announced the introduction of the AccurioShine 3600, its newest inkjet spot UV coater that incorporates innovative varnish technology by MGI, to the Au...
August 15 2023
Konica Minolta Australia has announced the introduction of the AccurioShine 3600, its newest inkjet spot UV coater that incorporates innovative varnish technology by MGI, to the Australian market.
The AccurioShine 3600 enables digital spot UV varnishing and digital hot foiling in a compact solution that forgoes the need for screens, plates, or dyes. The fully digital solution features industry-leading artificial intelligence (AI) registration technology and an eco-friendly LED curing system.
Andrew Cocker, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “The AccurioShine 3600 is a testament towards Konica Minolta’s 2023 commitment for enhancing the local production print and industrial print industries. As digital printing becomes more prominent in the industry, more emphasis is being placed on digitalising pre-press and post-press processes, as well as on-demand, short-run printing. The AccurioShine 3600 fulfils this need and is the ideal, cost-effective solution for printers to provide impactful, premium, short-run embellishments on day-to-day print jobs, adding value for their customers while differentiating themselves in the market.”
With its ground-breaking technology and compact size, the new AccurioShine 3600 solution lets printers provide 2D and 3D gloss and digital hot foiling effects at a reasonable cost and without the complicated steps of conventional systems. It can be used from the prototyping stage to full production printing.
The AccurioShine 3600 supports a large range of media sheet sizes up to a maximum of 750mm and is equipped to enhance printouts such as name cards, greeting cards, photobook covers, and packaging on demand. It also supports Variable Data Printing (VDP) to add more impact to tickets, personalised packages and labels, invitations, and one-to-one marketing collateral, among other high visual print products. The barcode scanner on the AccurioShine 3600 can read barcodes from a pre-printed sheet and instantly select the corresponding TIFF file already stored on the workstation. Used in combination with the VDP barcode scanner with automatic PDF file converter, the workflow is fast-tracked by transforming files from PDF to the output tray in minutes.
Andrew Cocker said, “The value the AccurioShine 3600 provides Australian printers with a range of high impact finishing effects to offer customers while delivering high-quality outputs. Printers can use this new solution to enhance their business competitiveness and meet the needs and demands of today’s printing environment.”
For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home
April 25 2023
Graham & Brown has invested in more “absolute game-changing” Alpha Wallpaper Edition technology from Durst in what has become the central pillar in the international wallpaper brand’s drive to total carbon neutral production.
“The potential is enormous,” said Sam Dobson, Operations Director for Graham & Brown, of Blackburn, Lancashire, UK. “Digital is an extremely important technology for the wallpaper industry. It’s really about print-on-demand, reducing print run-lengths and giving a more bespoke offering to customers. At the moment, this industrial-scale digital production has filled the gap between high run lengths of conventional printing and the low volumes on our previous digital machines.
“We see the Durst as a complementary technology that has many environmental and other benefits. As one example, the main resource we need to power the machine is electricity, and all of that is renewable. For the last year all of our digital production – representing 35% of the Graham & Brown brand offer – has been carbon zero.”
Graham & Brown’s digital journey ran in parallel with its e-commerce proposition to create unique wallpaper, more flexibility and reduce its warehouse stock by becoming more of a print-on-demand brand to meet evolving customer demands. The installation of the first Durst Alpha Wallpaper Edition production printer in January 2022 was so successful that a second machine was installed a year later.
Martin Winkler, Durst Group wallpaper specialist and Business Development Manager, Textiles, said: "The move to digital production in the wallpaper industry is accelerating as buying habits change. We are proud to have partnered with Graham & Brown as it expands digital printing volumes to provide carbon neutral production, which only digital can deliver. The installation of a second Durst Alpha Wallpaper Edition is underpins our belief that wallpaper has since ceased to be just a ‘renovation object’ and has now become a lifestyle product with which customers express their individuality and create a feel-good atmosphere.”
Durst, manufacturer of digital printing and production technologies, has adapted its digital printing technology in the wallpaper printing to initiate a digital disruption. A shift from conventional printing presses to more sustainable production processes using less water and energy consumption, enabling smaller volumes to be produced inexpensively without warehousing costs is accelerating. Other important drivers are the use of new environmentally friendly materials that are odour-free and can be made from recycled raw substrates.
The Durst Alpha Wallpaper Edition is the most productive digital printing system on the market, with a production capacity of over 1,500 rolls per day or up to 1.2 million linear meters per year. In addition to productivity and outstanding color consistency across the entire print width or run length, total cost of owner (TCO) is also important for producers. This is where Durst has another advantage with its expertise in print quality and ink consumption. With Durst Alpha Pigment Inks, Durst also offers fully water-based inks in eight colors that enable “Healthy Sustained Wallpaper”, with a natural and high-quality look.
HUNKELER INNOVATIONDAYS, Switzerland, 27TH February 2023 – Canon today announces the launch of the ProStream 3000 series, the next generation of its high-speed, web-fed inkjet presses for commercial print. Built on the established ProStream technology platform, the new ProStream 3000 series delivers consistent offset print quality at industrial speed on a wider selection of substrates including heavyweight paper, enabling ultra-fast digital production of a broader range of commercial print jobs.
This extended media capability makes it even easier for print businesses – including general commercial and online printers, book producers and photo product specialists – to migrate high-volume, high-value work from offset. With ProStream, customers can now reap the full end-to-end productivity benefits of inkjet production across the majority of applications, from direct mail and books, to postcards, posters and calendars.
Available in two models – the 80m/262ft per minute ProStream 3080 and the 133m/436ft per minute ProStream 3133 – the new press produces ProStream’s renowned high print quality on web widths up to 558mm/22in and for page lengths up to 1524mm/60in. The new ProStream series can duplex print up to 1790 four-colour A4 impressions per minute or 11300 B2 sheets per hour, equating to 62 million US letter/58 million A4 impressions per month, on a wide range of substrates and weights, including standard offset coated, uncoated and inkjet-optimised papers up to 300gsm, without the need to slow down significantly for heavier media weights.
To deliver offset quality at the highest possible speed across a wider range of substrates, the ProStream 3000 series incorporates an enhanced drying system. This uses air floatation throughout the paper path – including the turning bar – to protect the surface quality of the printed output at all stages. The system’s asymmetric design dries all jobs evenly and in a controlled way without coming into contact with the paper, ensuring exceptional quality even on the most scratch-sensitive media.
Consistently high quality with accurate, vibrant colour is delivered by native 1200dpi piezo drop-on-demand print heads in combination with proven polymer pigment inks and Smart ColorGrip, a new version of Canon’s paper conditioning solution. With Smart ColorGrip, which is also now available as an option for the ProStream 1000 series, the amount of ColorGrip solution can be customised to specific areas of the page to adjust for heavy or light ink coverage, delivering optimal printed results. Canon’s Inline Quality Control, a high-performance camera system, also provides automatic print quality assurance, so operators can spend less time on quality control.
Thanks to the increased efficiency of both its drying system and cooling unit, the new ProStream’s energy consumption is lower than the 1000 series for most applications. The new press can be connected to less power supply, which makes the ProStream 3000 series a feasible choice for smaller print businesses via reduced electrical infrastructure. The drying and cooling units and the power supply have also been relocated in the new product’s architecture, improving accessibility for ease and speed of servicing.
Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Australia, comments, “At Canon, we share our customers’ passion for print and we’re driven to create technology solutions that accelerate their progress towards their business goals. Customers worldwide have already embraced ProStream’s exceptional productivity for everything from high-margin books to premium direct mailing jobs, while benefiting from minimal waste and very high uptime.“
“With the launch of the new ProStream 3000 series, we’re building on this success to power our customers faster and further, delivering the speed, efficiency and media versatility they need to energize their growth. The scope to print virtually any job at full ProStream speed means that customers can now confidently migrate even more offset work to digital on-demand, reducing turnaround, slashing makeready time and waste, making today’s shrinking run lengths more profitable and meeting brand owners’ demands for shorter time to market.”
The first ProStream 3000 will be installed in the Pixartprinting Group in Italy, joining the company’s existing line-up of three ProStream 1800 printers, which have served to bridge the ‘margin maximisation gap’ between the company’s existing offset and digital B2 toner technologies, without compromising quality. Chief Manufacturing Officer Alessio Piazzetta, remarks: “Our products are printed using only the most advanced machinery. Since the first installation in 2018, the ProStreams have allowed us to further optimise production by choosing the most cost-effective system based on the variables of the job in question. The main benefits have been higher productivity and efficiency, and the fact that the technology is so user friendly.”
Based on the significant commercial impact of the ProStream technology, Pixartprinting has chosen to boost its inkjet firepower further by investing in the next-generation press, aiming to fulfil the company’s OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) requirements and raise digital break-even points above those of offset for even more products and papers.
The ProStream 3000 series has its global debut at Hunkeler Innovationdays (27 February – 2nd March 2023, Lucerne, Switzerland), where it is being exhibited in live production workflows of a broad range of commercial print applications. The new press is available immediately, either directly from Canon or from its accredited channel partners, depending on the territory.
To find out more about the Canon ProStream 3000 series, visit https://www.canon-europe.com/business/products/production-printers/digital-presses/prostream-3000-series/?utm_content=pr&utm_medium=social
HUNKELER INNOVATIONDAYS, Switzerland, 27TH February 2023 – Since its launc...
February 28 2023
HUNKELER INNOVATIONDAYS, Switzerland, 27TH February 2023 – Since its launch in 2020, the Canon varioPRINT iX-series sheetfed inkjet press has proven its value as a high-quality, highly reliable production system for its users, with 275 global orders and installations and 30% of all varioPRINT iX users worldwide opting for a second press or more. In line with Canon’s focus on innovation through rigorous research and development, and in close collaboration with customers, Canon is launching a new release to the successful series, enabling the varioPRINT iX-series to deliver even higher performance in terms of image quality, efficiency and productivity.
The varioPRINT iX-series offers a high level of automation and multiple efficiency features that support PSPs in saving labor costs and reducing maintenance activity, resulting in an improved return on investment and cost efficiencies. Its innovative iQuariusIX ink and printing technology deliver high output quality, achieving a 91% reproduction of Pantone spot colors, which has been verified by certifications from Fogra and Idealliance.
varioPRINT iX users have also reaped the benefits of its media versatility. With more than 1,000 approved substrates, including standard offset coated, uncoated and creative media, varioPRINT iX-series customers have been printing a wide range of applications, ranging from brochures, premium direct mails and books, to flyers and calendars. With the fastest print speed in its class, unparalleled productivity and a proven uptime of over 90%, the top ten varioPRINT iX-series users are printing, on average, over six million images per month.
Richard Kampert, Managing Director at the Dutch commercial online printer, Kampert-Nauta comments, “Since we installed our first varioPRINT iX3200, we’ve been very impressed with the high print quality and productivity we’ve been able to achieve, especially when printing on thicker substrates for our greeting cards, for example. And as our online business generally requires quick turnarounds, the high uptime of the varioPRINT iX has also been an important benefit for us. We therefore increased the volume we were printing on the iX, generated from new business and moving small jobs from our offset presses. As a result, we needed to invest in a further device to fulfil the increasing demand and made the decision to install a second varioPRINT iX3200 on our premises in 2022. Looking to the future, we see inkjet as the technology that is going to best meet our needs —producing great quality on a wide range of stocks and being very reliable and cost-efficient, it really has everything a commercial printer requires”
Setting a new benchmark for quality, productivity and efficiency
Listening closely to customer requirements and with its focus on continuously pushing the boundaries, Canon is launching a new software release R4.3, which delivers an exceptional level of image quality, efficiency and productivity. It gives customers the ability to bring the advantages of short-run or personalized digital printing to even more applications, such as demanding premium direct mail and high-quality, image-rich books. This is achieved through a new, automatic image quality verification system, which scans every sheet to check the quality and dynamically makes system adjustments as needed.
Other performance advances include the automatic customer media validation process (MVP) for the easy set-up of new media with the support of a wizard, as well as improved detection of potential multi-sheet feeds in the paper input module (PIM), which diverts detected sheets to the sentry bin. No operator intervention is required and production continues uninterrupted.
The update also brings a host of workflow benefits with the Canon PRISMAsync controller such as SMB hot-folder support, subset support via JDF, media handling for two-sided media with different front/back treatment and improved encrypted disk support.
Peter Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Canon Production Printing, comments, “Due to its high quality and exceptional productivity, even on heavy media up to 350 gsm, the varioPRINT iX has proved to be a popular investment option within the commercial print market and feedback from customers has been extremely positive. As with all our technologies, we are continuously investing in research and development to ensure they are delivering to their maximum and supporting users with their changing needs, enabling them to future-proof their businesses. Both existing and new users will now benefit from the new benchmark we are setting in high-quality, efficient and productive print manufacturing with release R4.3.“
The software-driven release is retrofittable to all varioPRINT iX devices and will be rolled out to our customers starting in March 2023.
To find out more about the Canon varioPRINT iX-series, visit: https://cpp.canon/products/varioprint-ix-series/
Sonoco, a global leader in diversified packaging, developed a new chuck technology for winding and unwinding operations of paper and board manufacturers. The new technology offers significant runnability improvements for paper and board reels in the most demanding winding operations, especially in centre drum winders and special unwinding stands like sheeters as well as corrugators.
“To meet today’s challenges of paper and board manufacturers and to offer significant productivity improvements in a cost inflation environment, we developed a new generation of chucks exclusively with our partner,” said Markku Ronnila, Product Manager Paper Mill Cores in Europe. “Our new chuck technology is a step change in paper and board winding and eliminates typical problems such as vibration, torque transmission issues and chew-out. We called this innovative technology ViPer Chucks in reference to the improved VIbration PERformance.”
ViPer Chucks offer significant process improvements during winding runs, less vibration leading to reduced web-breaks or web-tension, overall faster winding speeds and reduced chew-out causing less abrasive dirt. Consequently, this avoids frequent chuck cleaning and saves employees’ working time. The chucks also provide better torque transmission for heavy reel weights. The result allows for higher productivity due to significantly reduced process interruptions coming along with an improvement on process safety. Existing chucks can be easily replaced in a plug-and-play solution.
November 01 2022
Pulse Roll Label Products (‘Pulse Roll Labels’), a leading supplier of UV flexo inks for the global label printing industry, has shared its insight to Fixed Anilox Printing – a game-changing technique to simplify and standardise UV flexo label printing.
Fixed Anilox Printing uses Pulse Roll Labels’ specially formulated PureToneÒ range of high strength single-pigment inks alongside a bespoke colour mixing database. The system enables printers to produce any imaginable spot colour all off one volume of anilox – meaning a fixed set can be installed and the rollers do not need changing between jobs.
Fixed Anilox Printing has already demonstrated its success in many leading label companies, helping them standardise, maximise capacity, and save time and considerable cost, while ensuring perfect printing with minimum effort.
Gary Seward, Managing Director of Pulse Roll Labels, comments: “Time and again we see our competitors’ inks requiring multiple aniloxes and many anilox changes to achieve consistent print performance because their inks are varying in strength. Changeovers are eating up capacity and cost unnecessarily.
“Simply put, with Fixed Anilox Printing, we’re removing variables from the print process so lines can run and run. One anilox, one set of inks, and a next generation mixing database ensure instant colour matching. With high speed make ready, up to a 30% reduction in ink consumption, increased uptime, and reduced overall capex in buying rollers, Fixed Anilox Printing changes the game.”
Most competitor inks are too weak and out of balance to use a low enough volume of anilox to produce all colours, but PureTone’s high strength bases, in combination with a fixed anilox, achieve right first-time printing with clean bright colours delivering a Delta E < 2 and higher print consistency, all as a result of the reduction in variables.
The higher strength composition means PureTone inks also require a lower coating weight. This supports lower migration, faster printing, less print imperfections, and reduces ink use by up to 30%, saving further cost. The range also offers increased flexibility to print half tones and full tones using one plate.
Gary Seward adds: “Fixed Anilox Printing takes the flexographic industry into the 22nd century. With a mixing database supplied by Pulse Roll Labels, our recommended anilox, and our PureTone ink range, this system offers label printers a level of control and simplicity never seen before in the printing world; standardising spot colour printing and removing manual selection from the anilox process so that you use the right solution every time.
“Importantly, we’re changing over customers in under a week. The days of spending months trialling are over! You don’t need to be a printing guru to put this in place. We know that Fixed Anilox Printing works and the system is simple to understand and easy to implement. We’re excited to share this system with the industry and can’t wait to see how we can drive efficiencies and cost savings for more label printers.”
For more information about Pulse Roll Labels and PureTone, please visit pulserl.com
October 04 2022
September 20 2022
Konica Minolta Australia has announced the launch of the new SD-435/450 inline booklet makers with Plockmatic Group, extending the companies’ partnership and bringing a cost-effective solution for heavy production finishing to commercial print environments.
The inline versions of the SD-435/450 will be exclusively sold by Konica Minolta throughout 2022. Plockmatic Group’s inline platform introduces architecture that delivers new features for the first time in the low- to mid-sized volume market segments, across Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress colour production machines.
The new system architecture will let customers produce high-quality booklets from A6 to A4 landscape. It has all the key processes needed to produce corner and edge staple, folding, spine forming, and full bleed trimming, combined in one, easy-to-use system.
Johan Mikaelsson, VP business unit inline & group technical support, Plockmatic Group, said, “Plockmatic Group is delighted to extend our successful partnership with Konica Minolta with an exclusive agreement that benefits the customers of both companies. Customers recognise that the finishing of any document has never been more important. The SD-435/450 series uses the latest patented Plockmatic technologies to deliver top-quality output in a wide range of print applications. These can be customised for document finishers and will help them grow business in their territories.”
Tatjana Ferguson, product marketing manager, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “The SD-435/450 series is powerful and versatile to meet the changing demands of customers in the commercial print sector, delivering true value. Key features such as long sheet capability, corner and edge stapling, square folding, and bleed trim functionality. And, the ability to produce A4 landscape booklets is becoming increasingly important for customers.”
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Koenig & Bauer Durst has used its latest SPC Open House to announce a new addition to its product portfolio with the unveiling of the Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Eco+ industrial production press for run lengths from one to millions of square metres. The entry-level, compact model will offer corrugated converters a new route into digital packaging or will enhance their current capabilities.
The Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Eco+ press, using water-based, food-safe, sustainable inks, will offer an impressive price performance ratio for converters with media sizes up to 1.3 metres by 2.8 metres. This new press will be fully upgradeable to the Delta SPC FlexLine Automatic press. Sales start now. Based on its established, market-proven Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic press, the new machine will be addressing converters with volumes of between 4 million and 8 million square metres a year. It also includes a compact drying system.
With more than 60 guests at the SPC Open House at the Durst Innovation Center East in Lienz, Austria, in May, Koenig & Bauer Durst also announced the introduction of Dynamic Nozzle Management (DNM). This tool will significantly reduce the printhead maintenance across its Delta SPC 130 product portfolio, which will be another boost for customers’ productivity.
DNM will become part of the standard package for the Delta SPC 130 portfolio, including the new Eco+ model, and will further reduce the maintenance cycles of the Koenig & Bauer Durst’s industry acclaimed, long-lasting printheads. The tool identifies nozzle clogging and can then be programmed to manage the level of ink being jetted from the head. It ensures that high-quality production is always maintained.
Matthias Krautgasser, Koenig & Bauer Durst’s Delta SPC 130 Product Manager, said: “We have already implemented our automated non-contact cleaning system – DNM will further increase uptime and productivity of our Delta SPC 130 product lineup. DNM is another tool in our parcel of advanced technologies which will give our customers even more confidence in these challenging times. The DNM will be fitted to all new products, including the Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Eco+ model that will be available from next year. It can also be upgraded to existing customer machines.
“Many of the corrugated converters we are in discussion with have run lengths of between 4-8 million sq/m per year, so the new Koenig & Bauer Durst Delta SPC 130 Eco+ will be perfect for them, with the capability to upgrade to the SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic press later.”
Robert Stabler, Managing Director, Koenig & Bauer Durst, said: “Raw material shortages, cost pressures and mitigation strategies continue to be high on the agenda for customers. Coupled with brand owners demanding that new production methods are reliable, compliant and cost effective, we are confident that our complete product portfolio, including the new Eco+ press from Koenig & Bauer Durst, will meet the rapidly changing requirements. It was clear from discussions at our SPC Open House that converters increasingly need to have the capabilities and competencies to mass customize without any compromise on quality, and all at an effective total cost of ownership, which we provide.”