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The team at Kissel + Wolf are thrilled to announce a major development in the printing and packaging industry, as industry veteran Bruce Caldwell has officially joined Kissel + Wol...
December 05 2023
The team at Kissel + Wolf are thrilled to announce a major development in the printing and packaging industry, as industry veteran Bruce Caldwell has officially joined Kissel + Wolf Australia as the new Sales Manager ANZ for corrugated packaging – sign and display. This strategic appointment comes as part of our ongoing commitment to innovation and growth in the dynamic world of Print & Packaging.
Bruce brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new Kissel + Wolf Australia role. With an illustrious career spanning over 20 years, Bruce has established himself as a visionary leader in the industry. He is known for his strategic insights and unparalleled dedication to helping customers in their digital transformation.
In his new capacity, Bruce will spearhead the development of our cutting-edge digital inkjet solutions, with a primary focus on the Corrugated Packaging and the Sign and Display market across Australia and New Zealand. His profound understanding of market trends, coupled with his ability to forge strong relationships, positions Kissel + Wolf Australia to reach new heights in the industrial printing landscape.
Bruce's appointment is starting on 1. January 2024, and we welcome you to connect with him to explore and discuss the exciting possibilities that lie ahead. He can be reached at 0402 121 043 or email@example.com
"Bruce and I have worked together in the past and we have known each other for years. I am thrilled to welcome Bruce to the Kissel + Wolf family. Together, we will drive change in the corrugated packaging segment with innovative digital solutions." – Jamie Weller, Managing Director, Kissel + Wolf Australia.
Jon Field, Executive Director of Sales & Service – Digital, Kissel + Wolf Australia said, "There is no substitute for experience, knowledge and a strong customer focus. Bruce has these attributes in spades. I am personally delighted to welcome Bruce to the sales team, and I look forward to working closely with him to offer our customers a strategic competitive advantage in the sustainable, short-run, corrugated packaging market".
Fiery, LLC and Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), a Nano Dimension division, announced a technology partnership to develop innovative print system solutions for the industrial inkjet market. The compa...
December 05 2023
Fiery, LLC and Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), a Nano Dimension division, announced a technology partnership to develop innovative print system solutions for the industrial inkjet market. The companies will leverage their industry-leading expertise in digital front ends (DFEs) and printhead drive electronics, software, and ink delivery systems to enhance inkjet press performance, improve print quality, and automate workflows. In addition, GIS will now offer Fiery Impress™, the turnkey DFE for industrial inkjet presses, to its customers.
The integrated solution will combine Fiery Impress and GIS printhead drive electronics supported by the GIS Atlas® software platform to provide press manufacturers and inkjet integrators with a hassle-free, ready-to-go solution that includes colour and workflow software, hardware, and robust support. The Fiery DFE's scalability, when combined with the robust GIS electronics and core software, offers unique opportunities that can be tailored to meet any press requirement.
With a turnkey solution, press manufacturers have access to market-leading technology, including superior colour management, automation, and integrated workflow tools. This enables rapid inkjet product development and provides print system builders with added value and a faster return on investment. In addition, print providers benefit from innovative inkjet systems with precise colour control and efficient and easily customisable workflows that improve quality and drive profitability.
“By joining forces with GIS, we want to make inkjet printing more profitable for customers across a broader range of applications and accelerate overall inkjet adoption,” said Toby Weiss, CEO, Fiery. “The combination of Fiery Impress and GIS technology provides printers with a complete workflow solution to efficiently produce more jobs using inkjet presses. Leveraging prepress, colour management, job management, VDP, MIS integration, and cloud analytics, printers can reduce manual touches, improve productivity, and grow their inkjet operations.”
“Collaboration is key within the inkjet industry,” said Steve Williamson, GM, GIS. “We are delighted to join forces with Fiery and be able to offer a combined inkjet development technology platform to reduce time to market for print system builders and OEMs.”
Both companies are exhibiting at the Industrial Print Integration (IPI) Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. Attendees can learn more about the partnership at the Fiery booth #C2 or the GIS booth #B16.
For more information about Fiery Driven™ printing using the world’s leading DFE solutions for digital colour production, visit www.fiery.com.
Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) has today (30 November) unveiled its game-changing new digital cutting platform, the Kongsberg Ultimate. Poised to transform the...
December 05 2023
Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) has today (30 November) unveiled its game-changing new digital cutting platform, the Kongsberg Ultimate. Poised to transform the corrugated production industry, the groundbreaking platform delivers unprecedented levels of productivity, precision and safety.
With its new, innovative drive technology, an impressive acceleration rate of up to 2.74G and a remarkable cutting speed of 168 meters per minute, the Kongsberg Ultimate is a testament to Kongsberg PCS's commitment to developing the latest technology.
“Engineered with our deep understanding of corrugated and display converters’ needs for precision, the Kongsberg Ultimate promises to redefine standards and usher in a new era of productivity and innovation, delivering a fast return on investment for convertors of corrugated board,” said Kongsberg PCS President and CEO, Stuart Fox. “Enhancing operations and providing a significant competitive advantage, the platform sets a new industry benchmark and is set to drive the future of corrugated production for years to come.”
Incorporating six core values in the design, the Kongsberg Ultimate represents a quantum leap forward in technology, directly addressing the unique challenges faced by corrugated converters involved in continuous high volume multi-batch production.
“With corrugated converters around the world under increasing pressure to produce better, faster, safer and more efficiently to meet the demands of the global market, we have underlined our commitment to deliver a solution that has been engineered for precision and built for productivity,” added Stuart.
“Businesses seeking to elevate their operations need look no further than the Kongsberg Ultimate.”
Kongsberg Ultimate Core Values:
Unlocking the Kongsberg Ultimate's performance capabilities
Productivity: With its new drive and beam design, the Kongsberg Ultimate defines the next generation of design and performance. This leads to significant productivity gains and return on investment for users.
Precision: With its meticulously designed custom carbon fiber beam, the Kongsberg Ultimate ensures unparalleled stiffness and consistently applies a 50kg downforce. The tool head camera further elevates its precision, making every cut align perfectly with the highest industry standards.
Safety: The Kongsberg SmartzoneTM safety solution is an innovative proximity-driven dual-zone system crafted to blend safety and efficiency seamlessly. Furthermore, the intuitive LED lighting ensures machine status is crystal clear, ensuring a safe and productive environment.
Uptime: With new self-diagnostics and remote operator alerts, combined with the application of proven robust technologies from other high-demand industrial fields, the Kongsberg Ultimate is designed to deliver the highest uptime to maximize utilization.
User Experience: Operators are at the heart of every production. Keeping this in mind, the Kongsberg Ultimate boasts the intuitive IPC 3.0 interface with touchscreen to enhance the operator experience, with easily accessible buttons on the machine making every task seamless and user-centric.
Sustainability: The Kongsberg Ultimate incorporates greater use of recycled, readily recycled and other materials with less environmental impact, demonstrating that Kongsberg PCS takes its commitment to a greener future seriously.
Unveiling the innovative new table at the company’s headquarters in Gent, Belgium, Stuart Fox said: “We have worked creatively to ensure that our future is built upon manufacturing equipment that our customers and team can be proud of. The Kongsberg Ultimate is not just an evolution but a leap forward in corrugated production technology and a commitment to the corrugated industry for the future.
“This remarkable achievement reaffirms Kongsberg PCS's position as an industry leader and underlines our dedication to delivering innovations that empower businesses to thrive in an ever-evolving marketplace.”
For more on the Kongsberg Ultimate, visit www.kongsbergsystems.com/en/cutting-systems/tables/ultimate/overview
Mark Andy, the world’s leading manufacturer of narrow- and mid-web printing and finishing equipment with a specialty in the narrow web label industry, today announced Duane Pekar a...
December 05 2023
Mark Andy, the world’s leading manufacturer of narrow- and mid-web printing and finishing equipment with a specialty in the narrow web label industry, today announced Duane Pekar as the company's new Chief Executive Officer.
Pekar brings more than two decades of C-suite leadership experience and success across various industries, facilitating companies' growth and evolution by architecting innovative strategic plans and leadership initiatives driving bottom-line impact.
Pekar's latest role was as President and CEO of Trajus Building Products, where he steered the parent company – and its three subsidiaries, including multi-family interiors leader Republic Elite – through significant operational enhancements, resulting in a doubling of Trajus’ revenue. He held additional key leadership roles at Midstate Berkshire, FRAM Group, Honeywell, Carrier, and General Motors.
Jason Desai, the outgoing CEO of Mark Andy, expressed his gratitude for serving as CEO with an exceptional team and building relationships with valued customers. “The Board has laid out a leadership succession plan that best serves Mark Andy and our customers’ interests now and into the future. We are fully confident that Duane brings the vision and decades of experience needed to propel our company forward.” Desai will continue his involvement in Mark Andy as a member of the Board of Directors.
"Mark Andy is a true graphic and printing pioneer, and I’m thrilled to help steer this organization into the future,” says Pekar. “With its legacy in the flexographic and digital printing industry and a reputation for strong technical knowledge and customer-centric service, Mark Andy plays a leadership role in the converting industry, and I am eager to build on this legacy, spearheading innovations that will catalyze growth for our customers and business partners."
Desai adds that bringing Pekar on board signifies Mark Andy's pledge to pioneer innovation while fostering customer success. “Under Duane’s expert leadership, our company is poised to enter a new chapter of growth.”
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.
French software developer Caldera has announced the release of the latest version of CalderaRIP, its award-winning RIP program for large-format digital printing & cutting. Starting...
November 28 2023
French software developer Caldera has announced the release of the latest version of CalderaRIP, its award-winning RIP program for large-format digital printing & cutting. Starting October 2023, users will be able to upgrade their RIP to Version 17 in order to experience the full range of new features and improvements. Highlights of this new Version include the official support of macOS Sonoma, the integration of Adobe PDF Print Engine 6.2, more than 30 new drivers, and an extended range of new features to facilitate colour management, printing and cutting tasks.
According to Arnaud Fabre, Head of Product at Caldera, “CalderaRIP remains at the forefront of PDF performance with the integration of the latest version of Adobe PDF Print Engine. This integration not only ensures compatibility with Adobe Creative Suite’s evolution, but also guarantees precise rendering for all PDF files. As always, our users can rely on Caldera’s stability and high performance to deliver perfect results, streamline their processes and meet the challenges of a rapidly changing industry.”
Colour is paramount in digital printing, and Version 17 brings an array of powerful colour management features to help users deliver the best possible results. With this new version, users can share their spot colour libraries, a highly requested feature that significantly expedites the setup of new workstations. Within EasyMedia, Caldera’s colour management module, users gain the ability to select the formula for measuring colour distances, ensuring the utmost accuracy for a wide range of substrates. Moreover, they can enable the Auto- Smoothing option, effectively improving linearization curves and eliminating color management inaccuracies. In addition, Caldera continues to provide official access to spot colour libraries, including Pantone, RAL and HKS, simplifying the process of achieving precise brand colours. With Version 17, all users can enjoy the latest additions of PANTONE Solid Coated V5 and Solid Uncoated V5 for an even more comprehensive colour palette.
In Version 17, CalderaCare subscribers are in for a treat with an exclusive range of new features. Users with a CalderaCare subscription will now be granted one InkPerformer license for one printer, a resourceful solution that can reduce ink consumption by up to 35%, thereby significantly cutting down production costs and improving margins.
Furthermore, Caldera introduces its own REST API, enabling seamless integration of CalderaRIP with third-party applications such as webshops or ERP software. The REST API paves the way for more efficient job submission and improved job cost-tracking. In addition, the bicubic resampling feature has been incorporated in CalderaRIP, allowing operators to rescale images without pixelation issues, resulting in sharper and more detailed output. The SmartImport & PrintProof features also remain exclusive to CalderaCare subscribers— and with Version 17, users can leverage the ‘repeat_y’ metadata within SmartImport to set the desired number of vertical pattern repetitions, opening the door for automated wallpaper production.
Samin Sarkar, General Manager at Caldera, says “Caldera continues to push the boundaries of digital printing technology, and this latest Version shows our commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction. With its array of new features and enhanced performance, users can expect improved efficiency, precision, and creative possibilities.”
D3, a subsidiary of the Durst Group, unveiled its Micro-Particle Jetting printing technology at Formnext 2023, demonstrating advancements in high-performance ceramics manufacturing...
November 28 2023
D3, a subsidiary of the Durst Group, unveiled its Micro-Particle Jetting printing technology at Formnext 2023, demonstrating advancements in high-performance ceramics manufacturing. D3's LABII printing system allows direct printing of water-based, highly concentrated suspensions with almost any particle size and distribution. Post-sintering, complex and dense components are formed that are not currently producible using any existing method.
Stefan Waldner, Chief Product Officer of D3-AM GmbH: "Material Jetting, from a theoretical standpoint, represents the most promising technology in additive manufacturing as it enables the construction of objects drop by drop, voxel by voxel. By overcoming material compatibility restrictions, our MPJ-technology paves the way for the production of previously deemed impossible components."
Formnext witnessed substantial interest and engagement at D3's booth, leading to dynamic discussions and the initiation of multiple projects for e.g. the development of new materials, exploration of applications, sample creation, component inquiries, and specific machine inquiries. Thick-walled components and those made out of Sintered Silicon Carbide (SSiC) attracted significant attention, with experts praising D3‘s showcased gyroid structure as the "best component ever printed out of SSiC".
The success at Formnext 2023 underscores D3's commitment to advancing ceramics manufacturing, leveraging the Durst Group's expertise in digital printing and production technologies.
Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of Durst Group: "With our presence at Formnext with the D3 LABII system, we are starting a new chapter at Durst: Material Jetting. The trade show has clearly shown that we are onwards in the premier class of materials - ceramics - and we look forward to scaling the printing systems, processes, and materials to open up a world of possibilities."
KODAK Wide-Format Media introduces KODAK Premium Textured Display Film, an opaque banner material that prints sharp graphics on both sides for twice the impact. Highly scratch...
November 28 2023
KODAK Wide-Format Media introduces KODAK Premium Textured Display Film, an opaque banner material that prints sharp graphics on both sides for twice the impact. Highly scratch- and water-resistant, this durable film is a PVC/PET hybrid material, making it a high-performance yet cost-effective solution for indoor and outdoor use, including trade show and event exhibits, banner stands, and point-of-purchase displays. The double-sided base material is stable, resists curl, and stays flat when unrolled.
“What truly sets this material apart from the traditional banner material is its soft, textured, velvet-like finish on both sides,” says Tony Sary, Sr. Director of Product Development for KODAK Wide-Format Media. “Also, there is no need for lamination; just print, trim, and ship.”
KODAK Premium Textured Display Film is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, resin, and UV-curable printers.
Vibrant, exciting, and a comprehensive look at what the modern sign shop can deliver with the right technology. That’s the best way to describe Currie Group’s exciting Sydney demon...
November 22 2023
Vibrant, exciting, and a comprehensive look at what the modern sign shop can deliver with the right technology. That’s the best way to describe Currie Group’s exciting Sydney demonstration centre, and the Sign & Display by Appointment event held to mark its opening.
Over several days, business owners were invited to see the latest in wide-format print technology and applications courtesy of the EFI, Canon, and HP print solutions, with live demonstrations taking place. Visitors could discuss their needs and see the solutions that Currie Group deliver to the sign & display markets, as well as commercial print, labels, and packaging.
The demonstration centre, located in Macquarie Park, is decked out in vibrant graphics – all printed on Orafol adhesive media - plays host to a huge array of sprinted samples than span almost all the print industry. There’s almost nothing that can’t be produced by the three machines on display. All the graphics used to decorate the demonstration centre where actually printed using the EFI Pro 30h hybrid LED and the Canon Colorado M Series, using matte and gloss graphics which the M Series can print in the same run.
Paul Whitehead, Business Unit manager – Sign & Display, Currie Group, told guests that, “Currie Group is excited to bring these printers here to our Sydney demonstration centre, with many clients booking to see the technology on display, including the new Canon Colorado M-Series which is making its debut in NSW.”
In recent times, Currie Group has made a significant investment if the wide-format sector by partnering with market leader EFI, then following that up with the recent announcement of the partnership with Canon Production Printing Australia.
Ashley Playford-Browne, Currie Group Business Development Manager – Sign & Display, was also available to show guests through the centre.
“We are proud to be able to bring the latest print technology to sign and display specialists in the Sydney market, and from across NSW,” said Ashley. “Each customer has different needs, and we look to address those needs with a range of tailored options.”
“We have had a lot of customers come through the centre, and have many appointments made for the following weeks. There’s been an interesting mix of new and existing clients. Many have our HP Indigo presses, but there are also many new customers looking to branch out and expand what they can deliver. Which is why the print solutions that the EFI Pro 30h hybrid and Canon Colorado M series are of real interest. They are exceptional technology and extremely versatile. You only need look around the demonstration centre to see what the printers are capable of.”
The capabilities of the machines were certainly enough for Melbourne-based Fleetmark who have been the first company to purchase a Canon Colorado M series from Currie Group.
“Fleetmark has purchased the first Canon Colorado M5W under the Currie Group banner to complement their truck curtain business in Melbourne,” said Paul. “They also use two EFI machines, so with this investment in the Colorado, it brings everything under one roof from the perspective of service and support.”
“Fleetmark has an exceptional reputation in vehicle graphics, specifically for their truck curtains and vehicle graphics. Currie Group have done a lot of work with Fleetmark with their existing EFI portfolio. They have seen the Colorado technology and realise the benefits the print system can deliver to complement the work they are doing and to address their increased workload.”
Another purchase that was announced during the event was the sale of a Canon Arizona 135GT UV curable flatbed and roll-to-roll inkjet printer to Tango Visuals based in Victoria.
“Print and sign specialists are looking to diversify,” said Ashley. “Businesses that specialise in installation, or exhibitions and displays, are looking to bring the new technology in-house to expand the services they can offer. At our new demonstration centre, we can show business owners the benefits this technology can deliver.”
And those benefits, and much more, can be seen at the new Currie Group Sydney demonstration centre. To visit the centre and see the latest print technology, just give the Currie Group Sydney offices a call on t: 02 9889 0104 or visit the website at www.curriegroup.com.au
Esko ArtiosCAD, Automation Engine and Share & Approve power new HIPE web-to-pack solution
November 22 2023
Esko ArtiosCAD, Automation Engine and Share & Approve power new HIPE web-to-pack solution
Esko has announced a technology partnership with French startup Packitoo, with its market leading software ArtiosCAD, Automation Engine and Share & Approve integrated into the Packitoo HIPE web-to-pack solution.
The move sees Esko’s world-favourite structural design software, workflow automation and approval viewer powering the workflows for users of the HIPE digital sales tool.
“HIPE is a sales tool specifically dedicated to folding carton and corrugated packaging, delivering a tailor-made digital sales process to businesses,” said Thomas Othax, CEO of Packitoo. “Our goal is to digitise the packaging industry, from lead generation to production, so integrating Esko’s structural design and approval software was a real must for us.”
Packitoo HIPE is an omni channel solution that centralises all leads and projects – capturing online requests as well as internal sales activity. “Today, HIPE is a complete software suite to efficiently manage the everyday sales process of a carton converter,” said Thomas. “On top of managing the process, some modules even automate part of it. Through the configurator connected to ArtiosCAD, part of the structural design science can be automated, guiding the sales reps and even the clients, to configure custom packaging the right way. Through the pricing module, you can automate and accelerate the cost estimation process, ensuring human experts can focus on strategic and high added value business opportunities.
“By reducing time to market, minimising human errors, enabling customisation and delivering instant dialling up or down to meet small and medium orders, HIPE helps boost revenues and optimise profitability,” he added. “It saves time throughout the chain, from the sales reps and estimation all the way to the structural design and prepress teams. With HIPE managing vital knowledge and company know-how, it provides an easy-to-use and efficient tool to collaborators.”
The partnership sees Esko ArtiosCAD structural engineering software, the latest generation Automation Engine prepress workflow automation and its Share & Approve approval management technology provide the power at the heart of HIPE. The combined technologies deliver not just the most comprehensive packaging configurator tool, but also a complete CRM, project and task management all the way up to approval - and even automated pricing.
“We are proud to partner with a young company like Packitoo on such an innovative and exciting project,” said Eddy Fadel, Vice President and General Manager of Esko’s packaging suppliers business unit. “We are dedicated to developing solutions that accelerate the go-to-market of packaged goods, and our ethos aligns perfectly with that of Packitoo.
“Our technical team has enjoyed working with Thomas and everyone at Packitoo to ensure HIPE delivers on the promise of saving time and maximising turnover,” added Eddy. “We look forward to continuing this partnership and are already looking to the next step on this journey.”
For more on Packitoo HIPE, visit hipe.packitoo.com
For further information about the entire range of Esko solutions, please visit www.esko.com
Frame Today was founded by Michael and Lucy Tarrant in 2005 with a vision to help its customers capture the important moments in their lives. Since then, the company has helped thousands of peop...
November 22 2023
Frame Today was founded by Michael and Lucy Tarrant in 2005 with a vision to help its customers capture the important moments in their lives. Since then, the company has helped thousands of people produce stunning wall decor through inspirational picture framing design and quality workmanship. After a comprehensive evaluation process, they decided their main photo printer of choice would be the Epson SureColor P5070.
Epson SureColor P5070 photo printer in use at Frame Today
Lucy Tarrant explained, “We have fourteen stores across NSW and QLD, each with qualified picture framing consultants and each with an Epson SureColor P5070 photo printer. All work is done in-store with staff providing the expertise to guide your framing choice that enhances your valued photo, artwork, or object. Our framers undertake our framing training program and are also members of the Picture Framers Association. Thus, with these standards the photo printer we use is absolutely critical to our success and levels of service and quality.”
Epson SureColor P5070 photo printer in use at Frame Today
With one of the largest ranges of picture frame finishes, colours and timber materials to choose from, Frame Today’s professional picture framers are trained to help customers select the best framing option to suit their work and hanging location.
Tarrant continued, “At Frame Today we have strived to be the number one choice for custom framing. As a customer forward business we are always looking for ways to innovate and be a complete solution for our customers. We were on the lookout for a printer than can deliver the quality and output of the best large format printers but be compact enough that we could have them in every store. Ease of use was a must as we wanted all our staff for be able to use the printers without any issues. After considering all available options, our choice had to be the Epson SureColor P5070 photo printer.”
Epson SureColor P5070 photo printer in use at Frame Today
Frame Today are so confident in their quality of service, materials and craftsmanship that they provide every customer with a lifetime guarantee.
Tarrant continued, “The Epson SureColor P5070 photo printer has fulfilled all our requirements allowing us to print on various media, fine art and photo paper so we can offer our customers a range of options. We’re able to print up to a decent size and due to the performance of the Epson, we can offer this service to our customers with a very quick turnaround.”
According to Tarrant, Frame Today’s staff and customers are often giving them positive feedback about the results achieved with the Epson printers.
She added, “Ease of use and the high quality of prints have been the most reported feedback, even during the rollout phase. Our staff picked up the operation very quickly as you don’t need to be tech savvy to operate these printers and we still get the amazing quality output you would want from a large format high performance printer.”
Epson SureColor P5070 photo printer
Frame Today use their Epson SureColor P5070 photo printers daily in all of their stores. As a further development, with the launch of their own Print Studio brand they also successfully created a one stop shop for printing and framing in house.
Tarrant said, “We offer high quality photo and fine art printing paper finishes ensuring only the best quality prints for our customers. This way there is no need to go anywhere else as, with Print Studio and Frame Today, you can have it all, print and frame all under one roof with exceptional results guaranteed.”Customers can come in person or email a copy of their images with the size requirements to their chosen Frame Today store. A staff member sets the images up and makes them print ready, then the Epson SureColor P5070 photo printer and paper are checked, and the image is then sent to print. If the image is bring framed it will undergo an additional curing process and then it will be custom framed.
Lucy Tarrant concluded, “We are still relatively new to the printing game, but so far, we have been very impressed with the ease of use of and quality of output from the Epson SureColor P5070 photo printers and these clever printers now allow us to set the standard for the print and frame industry. We aspired to the be industry leaders and having professional high-quality printing in every store has given us a competitive edge. When you enter any of our stores you know that the person serving you is the same person trained in printing your photo or artwork and the one custom framing it. We deliver on every expectation because your cherished memories are not changing through multiple hands. We take our jobs very seriously and the Epson SureColor P5070 photo printers are a critical part of our service and success.”
Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters launched a nation-wide promotion offering significant discounts on TrueVIS UV print and cut devices to...
November 22 2023
Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters launched a nation-wide promotion offering significant discounts on TrueVIS UV print and cut devices today.
Through the promotion Roland DG customers can save over $3,500 on the professional TrueVIS MG-640 UV printer cutter, and over $5,000 on the high-performance TrueVIS LG-640 UV printer cutter. This limited time offer includes a set of ink, and take-up unit.
The compact and affordable MG-640 features an optional extension table for semi-rigid card, while the LG-640 offers high-speed printing, touch screen control and simple media calibration. Both printers come with 8-colour ink support, and a 3-Year Heads N’ All Warranty. For further detail on the outstanding colour accuracy, print speed and versatility, characteristic to each model, visit https://www.rolanddg.com.au/products/printers/truevis-lg-mg-series-uv-printer-cutter
Customers are advised to take advantage of these savings without delay as the promotion ends on December 22, 2023 or while stocks last.
For more information on the Roland DG UV Print and Cut promotion, including terms and conditions, visit https://www.rolanddg.com.au/promo/lgmgpromo
To understand the fantastic business opportunities digital UV printing offers, customers can download the FREE UV Print and Cut Guide at https://www.rolanddg.com.au/sites/uv-print-and-cut-guide-sign
To maximise their savings, customers can leverage this UV Print & Cut promotion in conjunction with the Roland Rental Christmas promotion launched on November 2, and not pay a cent until 2024*. Details on the Roland Rental Christmas Promotion, including *terms and conditions are available at https://www.rolanddg.com.au/promo/rentalxmas23
A Paint Jam Christmas party will be held in December for those who still practice traditional signwriting in any capacity.There will be easels / space to work at, with paint an...
November 22 2023
A Paint Jam Christmas party will be held in December for those who still practice traditional signwriting in any capacity.
There will be easels / space to work at, with paint and substrates supplied. Just bring your brushes / signkit and drinks ... and we will try to handle the rest.
Sydney Paint Jam/Xmas Party.
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December. 10am-6pm both days.
Free to attend.
Held at Studio Mielo
Unit 4, 2c Gladstone St, Enmore 2042
Hosted by Ryan Donnelly
0431 410 355
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Melbourne’s Tiger Corp needed to improve competitiveness and production – particularly for Braille and wayfinding signage – they turned to Total Image Supplies who had previously i...
November 22 2023
Melbourne’s Tiger Corp needed to improve competitiveness and production – particularly for Braille and wayfinding signage – they turned to Total Image Supplies who had previously installed there smaller Mutoh XpertJet 661UF UV-LED Flatbed device. Upon the release of Mutoh’s new XpertJet 1462UF UV-LED Flatbed Printer, the company could see it would be perfect for its growth plans, and ordered it immediately, becoming Australia’s first user of the technology.
Located in the tiger territory of Richmond, Tiger Corp is a provider of a broad array of retail, business, building, construction & architectural signage solutions. With over 130-year history in Melbourne, Australia Tiger Corp have always been ahead of the curve and innovation by investing in the latest and best technology available.
We live in a digital world, custom signage with a quick turnaround a main growth area. Flatbed UV with high media printability is the best way to achieve this, printing objects, braille signage and more with inks that cure hard and are durable. Tiger Corp invested in Mutoh XpertJet 661UF A2 UV-LED Flatbed Printer from Total Image Supplies a few years ago to focus on small format Braille tactile signs. The experience with this device was only positive and demand for higher productivity meant either considering a second machine or looking for a larger format more versatile solution.
When Mutoh announced the XpertJet 1462UF at FESPA Global Print Expo, Munich in May 2023, it immediately caught Tiger Corp’s attention. Here was a unique UV-LED production printer based off already successful technology capable of printing at double the speed and up to 150mm in height on an extended print area of 1420mm x 700mm. Additionally, it featured white & varnish ink for printing specialty finishes and full blockout on coloured and clear media.
Larry Sbisa, Tiger Corp Director says: “As per the smaller Mutoh printer, we were attracted to the quality of its output but also the ease of operation. Also, the ability to print raised text was vital for our Braille Tactile sign production.”
When Total Image Supplies were able to deliver the new XpertJet 1462UF in September, Tiger Corp placed an order immediately and became the first such installation in Australia – and indeed the Southern hemisphere. “We had operated other machines for many years before discovering Mutoh and it has proven to be an excellent choice. We have found Total Image Supplies and Mutoh Australia excellent to deal with, both are very responsive and knowledgeable,” says Sbisa, adding: “We are gradually moving into other markets such as retail, medical etc. Without the new Mutoh 1462UF, we have been uncompetitive for quick-short-run retail signs and expect to be able to secure more work in that space now that it is up and running, producing beautiful work.
“Based on our experience to date, we would definitely recommend these Mutoh printers and the services we get from Total Image Supplies.”
Tyson Buechler, Director Total Image Supplies comments, the Mutoh 1462UF came to market at the perfect time with many existing clients needing faster production speeds, larger bed size, all with the same reliability and unique features the Mutoh 661UF offered.
With the 1462UF now featuring dual print heads, a larger bed, and the ability to print up to 150mm thickness in CMYK plus white & varnish. We have found the Mutoh 1462UF to be a hot-ticket item and very in-demand printer for various markets such as braille and tactile signage, bespoke & niche signage, promotional print, homeware & display.”
Buechler adds: “We have already seen further sales of the device and are very excited about bringing this unique award-winning printer to the wider Australian print markets.
About the award-winning Mutoh XpertJet 1462UF
Immediately after being released the Mutoh XpertJet 1462UF UV-LED Flatbed Printer won the USA Pinnacle Product award in the UV / Latex Flatbed (under USD$70K category).
Based on the extraordinary success of the smaller format XpertJet 461UF (A3+) and 661UF(A2+) printers, the new 1462UF is a B1++ printer with extra width to enable more ‘n-up’ printing of media and objects. It features:
The Mutoh XpertJet 1462UF UV-LED Flatbed Printer is available through Total Image Supplies.
November 14 2023
In the ever-evolving landscape of print and packaging, integration partnerships are key in driving efficiency and ensuring quality. With the recent launch of our Premium Integration Partnership program, we emphasize the importance of an integrated workflow when striving for productivity and processing more orders faster and better. We are delighted to award Esko, our long-lasting partner and industry-leader in prepress workflow software, the CERM Premium Integration Partner quality label.
Understanding the CERM Premium Integration Partnership
The CERM Premium Integration quality label represents the essence of an ideal partnership, and it challenges us to work in tandem with all our integration partners towards shared goals and top-level quality. Forging stronger ties with our industry counterparts.
Welcoming Esko as premium partner isn't just adding another name to a list, but rather a joint commitment to operational excellence with an industry reference for prepress workflow software.
Seamless Workflow: From Product Creation to Approval
The CERM-Esko integration automates the complete process from product creation in the CERM MIS Software to the approval of the soft proof by the print buyer. This collaboration aims at eliminating tedious and time-consuming manual interventions and paving the way for a more streamlined and efficient process.
One of the most significant advantages of automation, especially in a sector where precision is crucial, is the reduction of potential errors. No longer do companies have to grapple with human-induced inconsistencies. Moreover, by automating repetitive tasks, it allows prepress operators to channel their expertise where it matters most, ensuring a consistent approach in file management, naming, and storage.
A Partnership Defined by Quality
While each partner integration carries its unique essence and context, the CERM-Esko partnership was thoroughly analyzed in all its facets. We recognized the depth and quality of this automated workflow solution, and therefore we – quite logically - named Esko as our next Premium Integration Partner. It signifies that when two industry leaders collaborate, they produce results that are high in quality, reliable, and trustworthy.
With a shared vision and a commitment to excellence, both Esko and CERM are set to redefine integration standards, ensuring that the end-users get the best of both worlds. without declaring any undue advantage or bias within the industry. It's a mark of assurance, a quality promise, and commitment to drive our industry forward.
CERM has recently launched its Premium Integration Partnership program and we’re delighted to welcome Esko as our next Premium Integration Partner.
The CERM Premium Integration quality label represents what could be an ideal partnership and it challenges us to work towards a common goal with all our industry partners. With Esko, we add one of our Industry leaders in prepress workflow software to our Premium Integration Partnership program.
The CERM-Esko prepress integration is intended to automate the complete process from product creation in the CERM MIS Software to the approval of the soft proof by the print buyer.
Automating repetitive tasks saves time and reduces errors. It also allows your prepress operators to focus on added value operations – their real expertise – with operator independent consistency in file handling, naming and storage.
As each CERM partner integration has a context of its own, we have carefully reviewed the CERM-Esko partner integration in all its dimensions, and we recognize the depth and quality of this automated workflow solution. And therefore, awarding it the CERM quality label.
The CERM Premium Integration Partner label serves as a badge of assurance, signifying that both parties deliver high-quality results through a proven and trusted solution – naturally - without creating any unfair advantage or bias within the industry.
Kodak is proud to announce Mercury Print Productions as its first customer for the KODAK PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press. Mercury, based in Rochester, NY, USA, has chosen the fastest inkj...
November 14 2023
Kodak is proud to announce Mercury Print Productions as its first customer for the KODAK PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press. Mercury, based in Rochester, NY, USA, has chosen the fastest inkjet web press currently available on the market to significantly expand its high-volume digital printing capacity.
Mercury has been a user of KODAK PROSPER Technology Solutions since 2011, printing up to 10 million pages per day. The renowned print service provider will use the new PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press for a wide range of print jobs, including educational, trade and children’s books, personalised direct mail, marketing collateral, transactional documents as well as short to medium-run packaging requiring variable print.
A future-proof investment for the benefit of Mercury’s customersCommenting on the company’s decision to add the PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press, John Place, CEO of Mercury Print Productions, explained: “Our primary goal with this investment is to enhance our production capabilities, improve efficiency, and offer our customers a broader range of printing options. We aim to provide faster turnaround times, greater substrate flexibility and capabilities, and consistent print quality across various substrates. We needed another press as we have experienced a significant increase in demand for digitally printed products as our customers continue to look for solutions that offer offset quality while allowing for the flexibility that inkjet provides. It enables our customers to order what they need, when they need it.”
“Our experience with Kodak's technology has been highly satisfactory. Kodak has a reputation for delivering reliable and innovative printing solutions, and we have a strong working relationship with their service & support teams,” said Christian Schamberger, President, explaining Mercury’s renewed decision in favor of Kodak. “The PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press stood out for its exceptional speed, high-resolution capabilities, and versatile substrate compatibility. It aligns perfectly with our commitment to providing our customers with the best possible print quality and options. What’s more, Kodak's commitment to continuous improvement and investment in inkjet technology aligns with our long-term growth strategy.”
Utilising KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology and KODAK EKTACOLOR Inks, the PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press takes high-speed inkjet printing to a whole new level. Designed for monthly print volumes of up to 239 million A4 pages, the press offers unmatched printing speeds of up to 410 mpm (1,345 fpm) and a throughput of up to 5,523 A4 or U.S. letter pages per minute. The PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press has three optimized print modes – Quality, Performance and Turbo – which allow easy adjustment of print speed and quality to the requirements of each job, always ensuring maximum production efficiency.
A major boost to Mercury’s inkjet firepowerWith its exceptional speed and productivity, the PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press will increase Mercury’s inkjet capacity by approximately 40-50%.
“We thank our long-standing customer Mercury Print Productions for their continued confidence in Kodak's technology and our commitment to innovation. With this latest investment, Mercury takes a major leap forward in digital capacity, production versatility and business opportunities,” said Jim Continenza, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kodak. “The PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press, with its unmatched speed and incredible application range, enables users in wide areas of the commercial and publishing printing markets to print a wide variety of jobs more productively and profitably than ever before.”
The Xante F-24 direct-to-film printer will begin shipping in January 2024 at an MSRP ...
November 14 2023
The Xante F-24 direct-to-film printer will begin shipping in January 2024 at an MSRP of $26,995 for the complete system. The F-24 DTF debuted at Printing United in October with a lot of excitement and interest from show attendees. This latest launch accentuates Xante’s continued commitment to deliver ever-adapting solutions for the modern business landscape.
The new F-24 prints 24″ wide film to allow a varitey of detailed designs to be ganged up for maximum effiency and cost per print.
Some specs of the F-24 include:
Webinar on 13.11.23 will outline features and functions to boost connectivity and reduce waste Esko has developed its latest software version specifically to improve th...
November 07 2023
Webinar on 13.11.23 will outline features and functions to boost connectivity and reduce waste
Esko has developed its latest software version specifically to improve the efficiency of packaging production while offering businesses even more opportunity to contribute towards a sustainable future.
Released today (31 October), the latest Esko software version 23.11 underlines the company’s commitment to developing products that help accelerate the go-to-market of perfectly packaged goods, empowering businesses to connect systems and workflows, automate processes, and accelerate innovation.
“We are dedicated to bringing to market innovative new ways for customers to unlock tangible value in their businesses, through improved ways of working, eradicating waste and optimising operational processes to overcome the challenges they face in today’s market,” said Jan De Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Industry Relations and Strategy.
“We look forward to presenting these newest features and showcasing the additional functionality of our software at a live webinar, where Esko product experts will demonstrate the advantages these latest developments deliver,” he said. “This is an opportunity to discover how Esko innovations are helping make the packaging design and development process more connected and seamless than ever.”
Esko will make software version 23.11 available for all customers from Tuesday, 31 October, with a live webinar planned for 13 November providing a detailed look at each of the new tools and additional functions. These include:
• Safe plate output in Automation Engine allowing for faster quality control, and new labels and warnings for classic workflow tasks
• Even stronger Automation Engine integration with Share & Approve, the cloud native service that enables users to seamlessly connect their prepress to customers and stakeholders from their artwork editor applications
• Greater efficiency with Cape Pack pallet optimization for folding cartons, and easy sharing with Share & Approve
• New tools in ArtiosCAD to automatically recognize copy-free areas of designs when folded in 3D, and predefined folders to promote consistency and reduce errors
• Further improvements to prepress task automation in ArtPro+, making processing faster, simpler and safer, plus additional new features such as including non-active fonts when recognising text
“The industry is having to fundamentally change how it operates in order to meet the dual demands of sustainability and digitalisation,” said Jan. “With this latest release, we are delivering on our promise of developing technology that enables customers to boost efficiency, reduce costs, minimize the risk of errors and improve their overall productivity, empowering them to overcome the challenges they face today, and preparing them for those they will face in the future.”
The new Esko Release 23.11 will be formally launched at a live webinar event on Thursday, 13 November. To register for the free event, just click here
For more information about the new features in Esko Release 23.11 and the full range of Esko software solutions, visit www.esko.com.
Empowering photographers to produce the finest exhibition quality prints, Epson today launched the new 17-inch SureColorP5360 professional printer designed to meet the demanding needs of pr...
November 07 2023
Empowering photographers to produce the finest exhibition quality prints, Epson today launched the new 17-inch SureColorP5360 professional printer designed to meet the demanding needs of professional and production photographic markets.
The new Epson 17-inch SureColor P5360 professional printer
Incorporating technological breakthroughs and enhanced reliability to produce prints as the artist intended, the new printer has an improved printhead, new ink set with an extended colour gamut in dark blue hues, plus an advanced print engine for productivity boasting a higher resolution of up to 5760 x 1440 dpi and including sheet and roll capability.
Boasting a refined design, the SureColor P5360 combines an improved advanced Micro Piezo printhead with Epson’s Variable Sized Droplet Technology (VSDT). This pairing ensures the consistent production of prints with smooth tonal transitions, allowing it to reproduce intricate details captured by today’s modern high-resolution cameras.
Featuring a new 10-colour UltraChrome PRO10 ink set in high-capacity 200 ml cartridges (costing just RRP AUD$169 and NZ$189 including tax), including Violet Ink, the printer delivers an extended range of blue hues. With dedicated channels for photo and matte black inks, there’s no ink switching, helping to save time and reduce ink waste.
The printer’s built-in Carbon Black Mode increases Dmax, allowing for rich blacks and exceptional contrast on glossy paper.
Offering flexibility and increased productivity, the printer includes a built-in roll feeder, auto cutter and a high-capacity cassette that accommodates up to 100 cut sheets ranging from 8" x 10" (203 x 254 mm) to A2+ (432 x 610 mm) sheets.
In addition, to further support today’s workflows that leverage both Epson and third-party media, the SureColor P5360 includes Epson Media Installer, a software application designed to help control parameters for successful printing with a variety of media, including thick fine art papers.
By listening to market needs and incorporating customer feedback, Epson has integrated the latest printhead and ink technologies that are optimised for photography into this new printer so professional photographers can maximise productivity, reliability and consistently produce the finest exhibition-quality prints.
Designed to meet demanding needs, the SureColor P5360 is an evolution to the hugely popular SureColor P5070, adding improved reliability, deeper black density and wider colour gamut in blue hues.
Additional SureColor P5360 features include:
• Intuitive operation – a new large 4.3-inch colour LCD touchscreen and interface allows for easy setup, control and maintenance
• Expanded connectivity – Ethernet, USB and now included, Wi-Fi connectivity
• Advanced software support for enhanced productivity – includes Epson Cloud Solution PORT1 for fleet management and Epson Print Layout software for simple print production
AvailabilityThe Epson SureColor P5360 is expected to start shipping in Australia in December 2023, with a price tag of $3,495.00 (including tax) in Australia and $3,895 (including tax) in New Zealand maintaining the same price point as its predecessor, the SureColor P5070.
Known for its innovative digital die-cutting solutions, Intec Printing Solutions Limited, releases the ColorCut FB1180-T Tangential Flatbed Cutter.ColorCut FB1180-T. Large f...
November 07 2023
Known for its innovative digital die-cutting solutions, Intec Printing Solutions Limited, releases the ColorCut FB1180-T Tangential Flatbed Cutter.
ColorCut FB1180-T. Large format digital flatbed cutter for prototype and light production work.
The FB1180-T offers 2 working modes; DIRECT – using Intec’s industry acclaimed ColorCut Pro software direct from a PC or HELD mode (standalone operation) where jobs can be stored internally on the cutter or from a USB stick, so anyone can cut sheets placed on the flatbed! Simply place the flatbed at any point of a production environment, click SCAN on the 7" touch screen and run!
All Intec cutters offer instant job processing when reading a QR code and page marks printed on a sheet. However, this is no longer necessary with a fantastic new feature now included on the FB1180-T; page edge detection. Page edge detection enables processing of printed jobs, from the rear of the sheet where there are no QR codes or page merks printed - producing accurate cutting and creasing every time.
Terri Winstanley, Intec marketing manager, “The FB1180-T is a very exciting leap forward for our digital cutter range. This model is the first of a series of cutters to offer a new 4 tool head that includes tangential tools, for deeper cutting and creasing of thicker substrates. It also hosts the new high-powered controller and expanded graphics interface that will be seen on all our digital die- cutters.”
Amazing performance, ease of operation, and an affordable price make the NEW FB1180-T the leader of the pack.
Introducing the new FB1180-T B1+ tangential digital die cutter. It is precise enough for kiss cut labels yet powerful enough for flutedboards, and a diverse range of media in-between!
Sporting a new 4 tool head, the digital flatbed cutter is perfect for on demand prototype pieces and light production runs, cutting and creasing up to 3mm thick media. The new quad tool head includes 2 passive contour/drag cut and crease tools PLUS 2 active tangential tools using a new deep cutting tangential blade and tangential crease wheel. The operator just needs to select the right tools for the job in hand.
Product video: https://youtu.be/QqqgmH9qucs?feature=shared
Link to brochure: https://intecprinters.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/FB1180-T-EN-LANDSCAPE-web.pdf
Website page: https://intecprinters.com/products/digital-cutting-devices-for-print-work/digital-flatbed-cutters/colorcut-fb1180t-b1-flatbed-cutter/