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  • + Durst Group to present optimised end-to-end solutions at FESPA

    Durst Group, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, will present a wide range of end-to-end solutions for digital printing applications at FESPA 2021 in Amsterdam...

    September 28 2021

    Durst Group, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, will present a wide range of end-to-end solutions for digital printing applications at FESPA 2021 in Amsterdam, October 12-15, under its slogan "From Pixel to Output".

    "After such a long time, we are pleased to present our solutions to an international audience and to communicate the benefits of our 'From Pixel to Output' approach to the large format printing market" says Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of Durst Group.

    In recent years, Durst Group has built its own ecosystem, ranging from large-format printers with software and hardware to e-commerce portals and finishing modules, offering customers end-to-end solutions including training, support and maintenance.

    "Our modular software suite helps our customers to optimize their processes and ultimately increase their competitiveness," adds Christoph Gamper. "The market is responding very positively to this approach, which is also reflected in the installation numbers in the large format segment."

    P5 - PRODUCTION EXCELLENCE

    With the P5 - PRODUCTION EXCELLENCE, Durst Group already launched a solid technology platform in 2018 that scores with its outstanding versatility and efficiency. In the meantime, more than 100 systems of the P5 350 series alone have been installed worldwide in a wide variety of application areas. P5 350 is a hybrid solution for both roll-to-roll and flatbed printing and covers a substrate width of 3.5 meters.

    In addition, the Durst Automat feeder and stacker system can be used to equip the entire P5 product line – which includes the P5 210/HS, P5 350/HS and P5 250 WT - for full- or three-quarter automated production. Durst Automat achieves high productivity in the automated production cycle and supports the hybrid features of the P5 series with the ability to quickly change materials between roll- and flatbed printing.

    The operator is actively supported in the operation by various features. Access to two rolls via the Multi-roll option makes material changes much easier in practice. In addition, the Dualroll option allows printing on two rolls with a maximum width of 1.6 meters. Moreover, when processing rigid materials, up to six boards can be printed in parallel. Light barriers at the in-feed and out-feed as well as an all-round protection system ensure the necessary production safety for personnel and machine. The high-speed version P5 350 HS with a maximum printing speed of 700 m2/h, which is more than double compared to the standard model, in combination with Durst Automat and the corrugated option, is the ideal solution for entry-level digital corrugated printing for the packaging and display sector.

    Paradigm shift in the soft signage market

    The soft signage market has been recording constant growth rates for years, and in all aspects. With the introduction of the innovative P5 TEX iSUB, the Durst Group is once again setting the technology standard. At its heart is an integrated inline fixation system for direct printing on polyester fabrics, which enables a single-stage printing process and leads to greater efficiency and a significant increase in productivity. With the P5 TEX iSUB, transfer papers can also be printed and further processed. The combination of both printing methods in one system ensures flexibility in production.

    The P5 Sublifix sublimation ink delivers vibrant colours, sharp images even on difficult media such as blackback or backlit for light boxes or flags. In addition to the CMYK inks, light versions of cyan, magenta and black are available to expand the color gamut. Another interesting feature of the Durst P5 TEX iSUB is the integrated finishing unit, which can be used to directly sew and stitch media. Both the P5 350/HS and the P5 TEX iSUB will be unveiled to the broad public for the first time at FESPA 2021 in Amsterdam.

    Vanguard joins the Durst family

    In 2020, Durst added to its portfolio by acquiring a majority stake in Vanguard Digital Printing Systems. FESPA 2021 marks the first joint appearance of the two companies. The new VR6D flatbed printer will make its debut in Amsterdam and covers the mid-range performance spectrum. It features an attractive price/performance ratio and can be configured for different applications thanks to its modular design. Vanguard's solutions are meeting with a high level of acceptance among customers, particularly in North America.

    "We are pleased to also be able to demonstrate the potential of the solutions to European visitors at FESPA and are convinced that Vanguard will successfully establish itself in the European market," emphasises Christoph Gamper.





  • + Esko adds to flexo plate making family with new CDI Crystal 4260 XPS, PlateHandler and PlateFeeder-S

    Esko has launched its latest plate making solution, the CDI Crystal 4260 XPS, delivering more automation, enhanced quality, increased simplicity and improved reliability to the plate room.

    September 28 2021

    Esko has launched its latest plate making solution, the CDI Crystal 4260 XPS, delivering more automation, enhanced quality, increased simplicity and improved reliability to the plate room.

    The CDI Crystal 4260 XPS can be operated with just one hour of training, with single touch operation using an intuitive screen interface and enables unattended operation. The award-winning Esko XPS Crystal technology optimally combines UV main and back exposure, using LEDs that always emit consistent UV light as opposed to traditional exposure frames, which use lightbulbs with fluctuating output.

    “Today’s prepress departments face a number of challenges that make the desire to offer the combination of quality, speed and competitive pricing a key driver of investment and organisational decisions,” said Pascal Thomas, Director of Flexo Business at Esko. “The impact of Covid-19 has only compounded the demands on the packaging prepress and printing sector – be that increasing production complexity, shorter run lengths or a need for fast turnaround to meet their brand customers’ need for speed to market.

    “Maintaining prepress quality and efficiency in the face of such complexity is challenging, when also needing to manage product and service quality and minimise costs to remain competitive. The answer lies in digitising, automating and connecting the prepress and plate making process to drive down costs, increase quality and speed, and eliminate waste and errors in resources, time and materials. To that end, we are introducing the newest member of the Esko CDI family, the CDI Crystal 4260 XPS.”

    The combination of the CDI Crystal flexo imager with the XPS Crystal exposing unit offers a perfect, consolidated flexo plate making workflow with the highest return on investment. “Redefined from scratch, the integration and automation of the digital imaging and LED UV exposure processes improves consistency and overall ease of use for prepress operators,” said Pascal. “This solution not only frees up valuable time but also reduces maintenance and the footprint of the flexo equipment, keeping costs to a minimum.”

    The CDI Crystal 4260 XPS excels in efficiency, reducing manual steps by 50% and reducing errors by 50% to create less plate waste, alongside reducing operator time by as much as 73%.

    Further driving productivity in the plate room, Esko introduced the PlateHandler, a robotic device connecting the CDI Crystal imager with the XPS Crystal exposure unit. “A prepress operator is usually required to manage multiple devices to produce a plate, which demands considerable time and attention to what is going on, and often incurs a risk of error,” explained Pascal. “Integrating the Esko PlateHandler into the system reduces the number of operator touchpoints, freeing up to 50% of their time and enabling them to attend other more value-adding tasks such as quality control, plate storage and plate mounting,” he said.

    “Similarly, the new Esko PlateFeeder-S has been designed to solve a number of common issues. For example, it enables distortion-free transportation of plates, avoiding damage when they are transferred manually from storage to the CDI,” said Pascal. “The table can also be tilted to pass through doors and docked onto the CDI to ensure perfect plate positioning and digital connection to the CDI Crystal. Its cover sheet can also be removed to provide free access from all sides without static charge input.”

    Integrating the PlateFeeder-S into the setup also prevents idling between plates due to the operator attending to other tasks, boosting productivity further by enabling an additional plate to be positioned for automated transportation into the CDI Crystal immediately when available. “The operator only needs to attend the machine once within each imaging cycle, to load a new plate and unload the exposed plate from the XPS Crystal,” said Pascal.

    “What’s more, manual positioning is prone to errors and can be time intensive. But with the PlateFeeder-S, once docked, it becomes visible on the CDI touchscreen and integrates into the automated workflow enabling the operator to position a new plate at any time during the 15-minute imaging process,” he said. “Built-in sensors also secure accurate plate loading via the PlateHandler, avoiding plate waste and further errors. The PlateFeeder-S eliminates 100% of the plate loading idle time on the CDI Crystal XPS resulting in uninterrupted plate making, reducing system idling by up to 40% and delivering a 40% reduction in human touch points.

    “With a CDI Crystal 4260 XPS with PlateHandler and PlateFeeder-S working continuously with optimum throughput and minimum operator attention, there is complete platemaking automation. The overall impact can be an increase in plate making productivity of up to 15%.”

    For more on these and all the latest Esko innovations, visit www.esko.com





  • + From the US: New FUJIFILM Digital UV Inkjet Label Press LP350 as technical preview at Label Congress 2021

    The LP350, planned for release in early 2022, is designed to meet the growing demand within the prime label market for short-runs, high quality and variable content. FUJIFILM North America announc...

    September 28 2021

    The LP350, planned for release in early 2022, is designed to meet the growing demand within the prime label market for short-runs, high quality and variable content. FUJIFILM North America announced its plan to showcase and preview the new FUJIFILM Digital UV Inkjet Label Press LP350 (hereafter LP350) at the Label Congress 2021 event being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, on September 29th and 30th. The LP350, planned for release in early 2022, is designed to meet the growing demand within the prime label market for short-runs, high quality and variable content. By combining newly introduced UV inks with a powerful inkjet print engine, this new press offers the optimum combination of productivity and quality available on the market for a digital label press. With the North American label market experiencing unprecedented digital growth, the LP350 is positioned to help enterprising converters take advantage of these market opportunities. By using CMYK as well as orange and violet inks, the LP350 is capable of hitting 94% of the Pantone colour gamut, necessary for the prime label printing market. In addition, double white inkjet channels enable high levels of opacity for a wide variety of label applications. With the ability to print at a resolution of 600 x 600 dots per inch (dpi) with a 4-level grayscale and interstation UV pinning, the LP350 boasts exceptional print quality. The LP350 also offers excellent productivity, with the capability to print at 164 feet per minute, regardless of the number of colours or media types required for the print job. The press will be available in both 13” and 9” widths to adapt to customer needs. Additionally, the set up time and process for changing media types is simple, quick, and happens in minutes, further maximising user efficiency. Showcasing its versatility, the LP350 features newly introduced UV inks that have various resistant properties including surface durability, light fastness, and water and chemical resistance specific for label applications. The inks also offer excellent print reproducibility, density, and vibrancy, and can be used with a variety of commonly used label substrates, such as clear supported and unsupported films, foils, metalised materials, and coated/uncoated papers. Other key features include corona media treatment, built-in static elimination equipment, media cleaning, full variable print ability, chill roller for shrink applications, and end-of-press UV curing system. The LP350 also implements FUJIFILM ColorPathTM Sync, a suite of state-of-the-art cloud-based colour management tools which align output devices to designated colour targets. ColorPath Sync incorporates optimised colour correction and a simple, step-by-step interface to achieve industry-leading results in creating and maintaining colour output device alignments. From a digital front end perspective, Fujifilm has collaborated with a premier digital front end and software leader in order to provide a comprehensive, and efficient production solution in order to meet the high market demands of the label market. Today, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, supplies the printing industry with analog product solutions such as narrow web Fujifilm Uvijet inks, Flenex flexo plates and Illumina® LED curing systems to label converters. With the introduction of this new digital press, FUJIFILM Graphic Systems Division is able to offer the widest range of portfolio solutions, from analog to digital. Matt Bennett, global vice president business strategy for packaging at FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, adds, “The addition of this new digital label press to our digital packaging press portfolio marks an exciting step forward for Fujifilm, demonstrating Fujifilm’s commitment to ‘Never Stop Believing in Print’. The LP350, along with the recently announced J Press FP790 for flexible packaging, underlines Fujifilm’s wealth of inkjet expertise combined with years of experience in providing high quality inks and plates for the flexographic market.” For more information about FUJIFILM North America Corporation’s Graphic Systems Division, please visit https://www.fujifilm.com/us/en/about/region/affiliates/graphic-systems.





  • Electronics For Imaging, Inc., launched the latest update to EFI™ Fiery® Command WorkStation®, version 6.7, which helps Fiery customers improve automation and job management to better handle growing numbers of short-run print jobs. Fiery Command WorkStation enables a unified Fiery Driven™ print room, allowing users to control all Fiery servers, either local or remote, thereby gaining operational efficiencies and increasing productivity.
     
    A long-time user of EFI™ Fiery® digital front end solutions, sedruck KG in Leipzig, Germany found that the new features in the latest EFI Fiery Command WorkStation — available as a free upgrade — helped the company better manage print jobs and improve their turnaround times on a growing volume of short-run, quick-turn print jobs.
     
    ‘Getting us back into full production faster’
     
    The fact that we can now search for jobs across all of our 10 Fiery digital front ends is amazing, it saves us up to 80% on time and energy per search to find what we are looking for. Having two methods to pinpoint a job or jobs is also extremely valuable, plus, the interface has been kept super-simple,” said Manfred Gebauer, head of Purchasing & Technology Process Management at sedruck KG. “This new function also provides supervisors insights into a job’s journey. Multiple hits across queues and servers can indicate production challenges that are difficult to identify in other ways, allowing us to investigate and fix issues more readily, getting us back in to full production faster. Thank you, Fiery Team.” 
     
    Many print businesses face the same kind of production pressures. According to data from industry research company Keypoint Intelligence, nearly a third of European print service providers and 55% of North American print service providers reported that dealing with a high number of small jobs is a primary challenge for their current workflow. As the number of orders increase, print service providers in many parts of the world are also facing labor shortages, a factor that makes automation more necessary than ever.
     
    Find it, prepare it and print it better with version 6.7

    The new version 6.7 of Fiery Command WorkStation – the management software that comes with all Fiery digital front ends (DFEs) for cut-sheet and wide- to superwide- format printers – addresses the most pressing job volume and labor needs of print service providers by speeding up the administration and production of print jobs with several new enhancements. Automated job tagging using print presets now helps customers classify, find, and manage jobs faster. And, a new search tool gives users the power to search for jobs across all their connected Fiery DFE servers. Both features save valuable time when managing a large volume of jobs in fast-moving print shops.
     
    Command WorkStation – working in tandem with connected Fiery Workflow Suite software – also makes other important print job preparation tasks simpler and faster for print service providers. In the new release, for example, the Workflow Suite’s Fiery ImageViewer solution has new controls for reordering, duplicating, or deleting pages, eliminating the need to step out of the tool for simple page-level edits.
     
    Print businesses can save even more timing by using Fiery Hot Folders with Command WorkStation 6.7 to automate server presets, imposition templates and more. And, for variable-data jobs, users also have the ability to significantly streamline job submission tasks using another integrated solution, Fiery FreeForm™ Create – a free, award-winning product for designers and Command WorkStation users.
     
    Getting many short-run, high-quality jobs done as fast as possible is in the Fiery DNA, and we have always been focused on the challenges of high-volume, short-run work,” said John Henze, vice president of sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “Our customers choose Fiery because it excels in this area, and this newest Command WorkStation release gives customers even more of what they want.”
     
    For more information about EFI Fiery Command WorkStation and other advanced print solutions from EFI, visit www.efi.com.





  • Sun Chemical has launched its Streamline TVL 2 ink series to support the sign, display and graphics market for use with Roland’s SG2 and VG2 range of eco-solvent inkjet printers.

    The Streamline TVL 2 ink series is a fully color-matched CMYK, Lc, Lm and Lk ink series supplied in 500ml pouches which are fully mixable with Roland TR2 ink series, enabling a simple and fast transition to Streamline TVL 2 inks.

    Formulated with Sun Chemical’s low odor chemistry, the Streamline TVL 2 ink series is Greenguard Gold certified for low indoor emissions. In addition, Streamline TVL 2 inks are GBL free, ensuring full regulatory compliance for sales in all regions across the world.

    The Streamline TVL 2 ink series provides added value for both print shops and customers by enabling same-day print and print finishing. The Streamline TVL 2 ink series allows print shops to print and laminate jobs within six hours, thus enabling customer express order requests.

    Streamline TVL 2 also improves print-shop productivity, simplifying the production workflow by eliminating the need to store interim prints before they are ready for finishing.

    “After thorough trials with customers across Europe and the United States, covering a wide range of substrate (media), we are excited to launch the Streamline TVL 2 ink series, which has been met with universally positive feedback for its print performance and quality,” said James Gould, Product Manager of Streamline Inks, Sun Chemical.

    sunchemical.com





  • + Bianca Willson Named LIA Graduate of the Year for South Australia

    Bianca Willson from Multi-Color Corporation in Adelaide has been named South Australia’s LIA Heidelberg Australia Graduate of the Year at a presentation held at Fujifilm Business Innovation l...

    September 21 2021

    Bianca Willson from Multi-Color Corporation in Adelaide has been named South Australia’s LIA Heidelberg Australia Graduate of the Year at a presentation held at Fujifilm Business Innovation last Friday 17 September. 

    The prestigious biennial award is made by the Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) and is supported by Heidelberg Australia and Visual Connections. Nominations are received from employers for apprentices training for a wide variety of industry careers.

    Bianca, who was judged the winner after an extensive interview and evaluation process conducted by a panel of industry experts, recently completed her print apprenticeship.

    The other finalists for South Australia were Adam Brown from VisualCom, Nick Birbas from Multi-Color Corporation, and Fletcher Masters from Hanson Print & Design.

    The graduates, their colleagues and families, enjoyed drinks and canapés at the the event, which was attended by about 30 guests – comparatively low for such events due to COVID gathering restrictions, but nevertheless a welcome opportunity to celebrate excellence, reported Gordon Wilson from the LIA SA committee.



    Fletcher Masters, Nick Birbas, Adam Brown, Bianca Willson with 2019 biennial winner & LIA committee member, Jono Pitt.

    “It was very pleasing to be able to recognise the achievements of these great young people, who will doubtless become some of the industry’s next generation of leaders,” Wilson said. “We sincerely congratulate Bianca on the win, and commend her fellow finalists, too, on their outstanding performance.

    “The LIA has a long history of supporting education and training across our sector, and we are delighted to see the continuing high standard of graduates and, with the help of our sponsors Heidelberg Australia and Visual Connections, to be able to provide a tangible reward for their efforts as they seek to further their education and industry experience.”

    To find out more about the LIA and the Graduate Awards, go to www.lia.com.au 






  • + Print with Confidence With The New Xaar Irix Printhead

    Kornit’s first-ever impact report codifies brand vision of transforming the fashion industry with uncompromising eco-friendly production on demand: “These KPIs reflect Kornit’s co...

    September 21 2021

    Kornit’s first-ever impact report codifies brand vision of transforming the fashion industry with uncompromising eco-friendly production on demand: “These KPIs reflect Kornit’s core values, embedded into every aspect of our business,” says CEO Ronen Samuel.

    Kornit Digital Ltd., a worldwide market leader in digital textile production technologies, today released its 2020 Impact and Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) Report. This inaugural report affirms Kornit’s commitment to achieving specific ESG goals. This includes the way Kornit conducts business, creates meaningful impact in local communities, and achieves environmental sustainability, in addition to how Kornit will continue to build a diverse and inclusive company culture, foster employee growth and development, and empower fair and safe labor practices globally.

    “Our vision is to boldly transform the world of fashion and textiles for a better, more sustainable planet,” said Ronen Samuel, Kornit Digital’s Chief Executive Officer. “This report serves as our roadmap to achieving this vision.”

    Mr. Samuel continued, “The fashion industry is unfortunately responsible for severe ecological damage, producing nearly 20% of global wastewater each year and over-producing an average of 30% as an integral part of its ‘normal’ course of doing business. We are laser-focused on changing that trajectory. Sustainability is top of mind at Kornit, in our spirit and in practice, every single day.”

    In addition to enabling eco-friendly production processes with technology and consumables that use less water, reduce waste, and minimize the carbon footprint, Kornit technology solutions enable sustainable production on demand, which eliminates overproduction of apparel and other textile goods. A 2021 Life Cycle Assessment conducted on two flagship products, the Kornit Atlas MAX and Kornit Presto S, demonstrated that relative to traditional analog processes, Kornit’s digital production systems used up to 95% less water and 94% less energy, and produced up to 83% less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the Presto S system and up to 93% less water and 66% less energy, and produced up to 82% less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the Atlas MAX system.

    Based on this study, in addition to past sustainability performance results and strategic projections for business growth and market expansion, by 2026 Kornit Digital’s sustainable on-demand solutions are expected to enable the production of approximately 2.5 billion apparel items in a responsible manner to deliver:

    • Zero overproduction: By moving the industry to on-demand manufacturing, Kornit will help eliminate the estimated 1.1 billion apparel items overproduced using traditional production methods, based on an industry average of 30% overproduction. This is about 1 apparel item for each and every person living in Europe and North America – saved.

    • Zero water waste: In addition to eliminating overstocks, Kornit-enabled production on demand will support saving an estimated 4.3 trillion litres (1.1 trillion gallons) of water. This is the estimated amount of drinking water needed for the entire U.S. population for 11 years.

    • Reduced CO2 emissions: By enabling sustainable on-demand production, consuming less energy, and generating less waste, Kornit will prevent an estimated 17.2 billion kilograms (37.9 billion pounds) of greenhouse gas emissions, compared to traditional manufacturing methods. This is equivalent to the estimated amount of carbon dioxide emitted from circumnavigating the entire planet with a car nearly 2,400 times.
    Furthermore, the report outlines Kornit’s commitment to achieving KPIs that address waste, chemicals, GHG emissions, energy, product development, employee training, diversity and inclusion, and the company’s supply chain.



    “While we are proud of our progress towards achieving the goal of being a technology leader for environmental, social, and responsible corporate citizenship, and empowering the global fashion industry to elevate its creative possibilities while shrinking its ecological footprint, we know there is more work to be done. This report holds us accountable to our vision of providing the efficient, conscientious, uncompromising on-demand capabilities our stakeholders, employees, customers, and the global marketplace demand. These KPIs reflect Kornit's core values, embedded into every aspect of our business," Mr. Samuel concluded.

    The report generally follows Global Reporting Initiative Standards core reporting framework option and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board reporting standards for the Professional and Commercial Services sector.





  • + Developments in the US: Beaver Paper Launches Revolutionary New Fabric Line that Goes Beyond Recyclable

    Beaver Paper Group, a leading manufacturer of sublimation media, is proving their commitment to producing sustainable products with the launch of their new TexStyles NatureSeries family of graphic ...

    September 21 2021

    Beaver Paper Group, a leading manufacturer of sublimation media, is proving their commitment to producing sustainable products with the launch of their new TexStyles NatureSeries family of graphic fabrics. NatureSeries is a revolutionary line of sublimation fabric made with cutting-edge sustainable CiCLO technology. In ideal conditions, fabrics made with CiClO will biodegrade at the end of their lifecycle within three to five years as opposed to 60 years for traditional synthetics in the same conditions, including recyclables.

    Currently, over 44 million pounds of synthetic textiles end up in U. S. landfills each day! Since synthetic textiles are extremely popular, Beaver Paper’s fabric manager, Jeff Mills, spent almost two years researching and developing the NatureSeries Soft Knit fabric to help mitigate the negative effects of synthetic textiles and raise the bar on sustainability within the industry. Beaver Paper’s new Soft Knit with CiClO will help reduce textile accumula­tion in landfills.

    Since it is the most widely used fabric for exhibits and retail signage, Mr. Mills focused on creating a truly sustainable soft knit fabric including attention to the products end-of-lifecycle.  The new NatureSeries Soft Knit fabric will be a major rival to the many soft knit recyclable fabrics currently on the market.

    “My goals in creating NatureSeries Soft Knit were to take the most popular fabric used in the industry and make it truly sustainable, and to challenge the industry to think about sustainable standards for end-of-life products that end up in our landfills,” said Jeff Mills, TexStyles Product Manager.

    NatureSeries vs. Recyclable Fabric

    Recycled fabric, while a step in the right direction, still ends up in a landfill at the end of its lifecycle and can remain there, in ideal conditions, for up to 60 years. On the other hand, as NatureSeries graphic fabrics hit the landfills, its CiCLO® additive technology goes to work, in ideal conditions, breaking down the fabric so that it is close to 95% degraded within 3-5 years.

    “It’s exciting to be launching our NatureSeries line  that highlights our commitment to producing high-level sustainable products,” said Tobias Sternbeck, CEO of Beaver Paper. “I believe our new NatureSeries fabric goes beyond anything in the industry today, in reducing synthetic textile pollution.”

    How It Works
    CiCLO is a sustainable textiles ingredient in the form of an additive that is combined with polyester during melt extrusion at the beginning of the fibre making process. CiCLO additive creates millions of biodegradable spots in the matrix of the plastic where microbes that naturally exist in certain environments, such as landfills, can break down synthetic materials like they do with natural fibres. Third party lab studies, using recognised ASTM Test Methods, show greatly accelerated rates of biodegradation compared to traditional synthetics in landfills, sea water, and wastewater plants.

    NatureSeries Soft Knit, made with CiCLO fibres, looks and feels like traditional synthetics with the same high performance and durable characteristics but behaves more like natural fibres if they end up in the environment. The new Soft Knit fabric has been tested to ensure traits such as tenacity, pilling resistance and printability are unchanged. It is also proven to be safe for use in sustainable textile applications by a third-party OEKO-TEX ECO PASSPORT certification and meets industry requirements for safety and health.

    NatureSeries graphic fabric is durable and produces the most vivid colour reproductions. NatureSeries possesses all the characteristics of high-quality polyester graphic fabrics with one exception, when it is discarded, it will not stay piled in the world’s landfills for up to 60 years.

    beaverpaper.com





  • + Kornit Digital commits to huge environmental savings by 2026

    Kornit’s first-ever impact report codifies brand vision of transforming the fashion industry with uncompromising eco-friendly production on demand: “These KPIs reflect Kornit’s co...

    September 21 2021

    Kornit’s first-ever impact report codifies brand vision of transforming the fashion industry with uncompromising eco-friendly production on demand: “These KPIs reflect Kornit’s core values, embedded into every aspect of our business,” says CEO Ronen Samuel.

    Kornit Digital Ltd., a worldwide market leader in digital textile production technologies, today released its 2020 Impact and Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) Report. This inaugural report affirms Kornit’s commitment to achieving specific ESG goals. This includes the way Kornit conducts business, creates meaningful impact in local communities, and achieves environmental sustainability, in addition to how Kornit will continue to build a diverse and inclusive company culture, foster employee growth and development, and empower fair and safe labor practices globally.

    “Our vision is to boldly transform the world of fashion and textiles for a better, more sustainable planet,” said Ronen Samuel, Kornit Digital’s Chief Executive Officer. “This report serves as our roadmap to achieving this vision.”

    Mr. Samuel continued, “The fashion industry is unfortunately responsible for severe ecological damage, producing nearly 20% of global wastewater each year and over-producing an average of 30% as an integral part of its ‘normal’ course of doing business. We are laser-focused on changing that trajectory. Sustainability is top of mind at Kornit, in our spirit and in practice, every single day.”

    In addition to enabling eco-friendly production processes with technology and consumables that use less water, reduce waste, and minimize the carbon footprint, Kornit technology solutions enable sustainable production on demand, which eliminates overproduction of apparel and other textile goods. A 2021 Life Cycle Assessment conducted on two flagship products, the Kornit Atlas MAX and Kornit Presto S, demonstrated that relative to traditional analog processes, Kornit’s digital production systems used up to 95% less water and 94% less energy, and produced up to 83% less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the Presto S system and up to 93% less water and 66% less energy, and produced up to 82% less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the Atlas MAX system.

    Based on this study, in addition to past sustainability performance results and strategic projections for business growth and market expansion, by 2026 Kornit Digital’s sustainable on-demand solutions are expected to enable the production of approximately 2.5 billion apparel items in a responsible manner to deliver:

    • Zero overproduction: By moving the industry to on-demand manufacturing, Kornit will help eliminate the estimated 1.1 billion apparel items overproduced using traditional production methods, based on an industry average of 30% overproduction. This is about 1 apparel item for each and every person living in Europe and North America – saved.

    • Zero water waste: In addition to eliminating overstocks, Kornit-enabled production on demand will support saving an estimated 4.3 trillion litres (1.1 trillion gallons) of water. This is the estimated amount of drinking water needed for the entire U.S. population for 11 years.

    • Reduced CO2 emissions: By enabling sustainable on-demand production, consuming less energy, and generating less waste, Kornit will prevent an estimated 17.2 billion kilograms (37.9 billion pounds) of greenhouse gas emissions, compared to traditional manufacturing methods. This is equivalent to the estimated amount of carbon dioxide emitted from circumnavigating the entire planet with a car nearly 2,400 times.
    Furthermore, the report outlines Kornit’s commitment to achieving KPIs that address waste, chemicals, GHG emissions, energy, product development, employee training, diversity and inclusion, and the company’s supply chain.



    “While we are proud of our progress towards achieving the goal of being a technology leader for environmental, social, and responsible corporate citizenship, and empowering the global fashion industry to elevate its creative possibilities while shrinking its ecological footprint, we know there is more work to be done. This report holds us accountable to our vision of providing the efficient, conscientious, uncompromising on-demand capabilities our stakeholders, employees, customers, and the global marketplace demand. These KPIs reflect Kornit's core values, embedded into every aspect of our business," Mr. Samuel concluded.

    The report generally follows Global Reporting Initiative Standards core reporting framework option and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board reporting standards for the Professional and Commercial Services sector.





  • + New HP DesignJet Z Pro boasts 26% increase in colour gamut

    HP Inc. has introduced a range of DesignJet and PageWide XL Pro devices to equip large format print users with the technology to navigate and thrive in the new normal. The portfolios a...

    September 21 2021

    HP Inc. has introduced a range of DesignJet and PageWide XL Pro devices to equip large format print users with the technology to navigate and thrive in the new normal.

    The portfolios also deliver advanced photo and colour quality, enhanced precision, and new graphics application potential - all while driving improvements in sustainability.

    With the two new HP DesignJet Z Pro devices, HP is offering print service providers (PSPs) and Geographic Information System (GIS) analysts the latest solutions to produce professional photo-quality prints and high precision colourful GIS-generated maps. Meanwhile, the three new HP PageWide XL Pro printers equip PSPs and reprohouses with the ability to respond faster to customer demands and diversify their existing capabilities.

    “As our customers continue to grapple with uncertain business conditions following a uniquely challenging past couple of years, we know that expanding their print application reach, an ability to move fast, and outstanding colour and graphics performance define their large format printing needs”, said Daniel Martinez, General Manager, Large Format Business, HP. “This is why we’re introducing the new HP DesignJet Z Pro and HP PageWide XL Pro series. Both portfolios are designed to help users navigate uncertain demand, respond to tighter deadlines and unlock untapped potential in their own offerings.”

    Highest colour quality with HP DesignJet
    Marking the 30-year anniversary of the very first DesignJet product, the new HP DesignJet Z6 Pro and Z9+ Pro offer PSPs and GIS analysts respectively the highest professional photo quality and precision, along with leading security features.

    Thanks to the chromatic RGB HP Vivid Photo Inks, HP DesignJet Z Pro users can now achieve 93% pantone coverage – 26% more gamut compared to the previous generation – and produce prints with the image quality of a 12-ink printer with just nine inks. Additional features such as the High-Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) printheads and dual drop technology, which reduces visible grain and eliminates the need for light coloured inks, promise prints with clear details and dazzling-contrasts.

    The HP DesignJet Z9+ Pro, which offers the widest colour gamut in its category, is the perfect choice for PSPs looking for a professional photo quality printer. Users can customise ICC profiles for their print jobs and achieve desired colour accuracy and consistency. PSPs also have the option to include the HP Gloss Enhancer Upgrade Kit to produce superior gloss uniformity.

    Additionally, the HP PrintOS mobile app lets PSPs take more control of their print operations – from monitoring performance and reacting to issues, to sharing media pre-sets remotely. For the first time, the new HP DesignJet Z Pro printer series also incorporates the HP PrintOS Service Center application. This smart cloud-based solution enables users to gain a single, real-time view of all ongoing service cases, with updates that are accessible anytime, anywhere.

    For GIS analysts looking to produce very precise maps, print sharp contour lines and text with close attention to keeping data secure, the new HP DesignJet Z6 Pro is the ideal printer. The Adobe PDF Print Engine enables excellent transparencies and layer reproductions - while HP’s HDNA printheads and HP Pixel Control deliver the highest precision, as well as smooth gradients and distinct shades of colour that are particularly needed for printing complex maps.

    HP DesignJet Z6 Pro is the world's most secure large-format printer, promising the best data protection through encrypted communications and Access Control List. Features such as HP Connection Inspector, HP Secure Boot, and Whitelisting ensure the best network protection, putting all worries about data security to rest.

    Both the HP DesignJet Z6 Pro and Z9+ Pro also enhance efficiency with the fastest media handling, spindle-less and automatic roll feed. The HP DesignJet Z6 Pro prints twice as fast on plain paper at the same quality while the HP DesignJet Z9+ Pro allows users to print up to 18% faster, with better quality, on satin photo media - and 46% faster on canvas.

    Maximise productivity with HP PageWide XL Pro
    HP has also announced three new HP PageWide XL Pro printers that enable retail PSPs and reprohouses to respond faster to customer demands, meeting tighter deadlines. Additionally, users will also be able to leverage new short-term applications including the potential to print on boards, cardstock, and paper from A2 to B1, and thickness up to 10mm.

    The new HP PageWide XL Pro 5200 and HP PageWide XL Pro 8200 offer print speeds up to 20 D/A1 pages/min, and 4300 ft2/hr (400 m2/hr) and 30 D/A1 pages/min, and 5300 ft2/hr (500 m2/hr) respectively, enabling users to meet short turnaround time. With the PageWide XL Pro 8200 able to print mixed outputs of both CAD drawings and presentation boards, both printers are also capable of delivering full projects two to three times faster than before. With the new HP PageWide XL Pro 5200 and HP PageWide XL Pro 8200, users can also expand their print applications into two-sided, short-term retail posters, which can be easily managed with HP SmartStream.

    Designed to help boost profits and cut costs, both the HP PageWide XL Pro 5200 and the HP PageWide XL Pro 8200 enable users to save up to 50% preparation and finishing costs. Using up to three-litre Original HP Eco-Carton ink cartridges, both printers ensure low running costs for CAD drawings and posters. Features such as the versatile stacker, inline folders and auto switch free up operation time, giving reprohouses the power to say yes to more print jobs.

    The compact HP PageWide XL Pro 10000 boosts productivity with fast printing speeds of up to 700 m2 (7500 ft2) or 1,000 B1 posters per hour, and can print on different sizes materials, including paper and boards to cardstock and cutsheets. It also provides PSPs with the capability to deliver quick results with instant-dry prints on compatible substrates. With HP PrintOS, PSPs can easily control the operations of their fleet anywhere, anytime – while also enjoying simplified maintenance and fast start-up. The HP PageWide XL Pro 10000 also features the first HP large-format auto sheet feeder and versatile stacker, providing seamless end-to-end cut-sheet workflow.

    HP – a partner in sustainability
    The new HP DesignJet portfolio and HP PageWide XL Pro 10000 printer are all rated as ENERGY STAR 3.0 compliant and EPEAT registered, meaning they use less energy and are certified as environmentally preferred products.

    The new HP DesignJet Z Pro printers are made of 30% recycled plastic, using over eight 16.9-oz (0.5-L) bottles worth of ocean-bound plastic, and are fully compatible with large format FSC-certified papers, a range of recyclable HP media and free, convenient take-back program for certain HP media.



    Both new portfolios are fully compatible with HP Eco Carton Cartridges, achieving up to 80% reduction in plastic. The outer carton of Eco-Carton cartridges can be disposed of through local cardboard recycling
    Inks for the HP PageWide XL Pro 10000 printer are UL ECOLOGO Certified and verified for Nordic Swan Ecolabel printing companies.
    HP PageWide XL and DesignJet prints are recyclable, returnable, or non-hazardous and safe for disposal.

    The new HP PageWide XL Pro series is expected to be available in all major markets starting September 15th, and the new HP DesignJet Z6 Pro and Z9+ Pro on October 1st, 2021. Pricing information available locally.





  • + EFI Reggiani Launches the Fastest High-Quality Scanning Digital Textile Printer in the Market

    New HYPER model produces extraordinary printing quality at unparalleled speed, approaching single-pass throughput. Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is launching its third new digital text...

    September 14 2021

    New HYPER model produces extraordinary printing quality at unparalleled speed, approaching single-pass throughput.

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is launching its third new digital textile printer of 2021, delivering the world’s highest real production throughput for a scanning digital textile printer. The EFI™ Reggiani HYPER is a scanning printer available in 1.8-metre, 2.4-metre or 3.4-metre widths. With an up to eight-colour configuration, the EFI Reggiani HYPER prints at up to 13 linear metres per minute in two-pass production mode, making it the fastest textile scanning printer on the market. The new printer is suitable for high-quality production on knitted or woven fabrics and is designed with smart technology that enables it to be integrated into Industry 4.0 projects.

    EFI is promoting the new EFI Reggiani HYPER printer in an exhibit at the 8-11 September TME Exhibition Textile Machinery Fair, at the Istanbul Expo Center, in hall 1, stand D7.

    “Our track record of accelerated innovation continues, as we make good on our promises to deliver a third new textile printer this year,” said EFI Reggiani Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “And, with the new HYPER model, our R&D team has outdone itself, bringing even more innovation to digital textile printing despite the constraints of the pandemic. We have learned from our customers how productivity and sustainability are key drivers to support their business through the digital transformation.”

    The new EFI Reggiani HYPER targets the industrial high-speed segment of the multi-pass textile printing sector. Not only is it the fastest multi-pass printer that EFI Reggiani has ever developed, but the fastest of its kind in the market, offering extraordinary printing quality with unmatched productivity.

    The HYPER’s superfast carriage with 72 printheads can print two passes with production quality at speeds up to 13 metres per minute for a 1.5-metre-wide roll, or up to 10 metres per minute for a 3-metre-wide roll. On a 3.4-metre Reggiani HYPER printer, users can print a pair of 1.5-metre-wide rolls in parallel, delivering a total throughput of up to 20 metres per minute, which is comparable to some single-pass printers currently in the market.

    The printer is powered by EFI Reggiani genuine inks, with high-quality formulas developed to ensure the best performance in terms of runnability and longer printhead life while producing astonishing colour depth and brightness, as well as excellent fastness properties.

    Unique printhead design for advanced productivity

    “We are especially excited about filling out our portfolio with a very dependable, very fast printer that delivers greater throughput than other scanning printers,” said Genoni. “Thanks to a unique design for its 72 printheads – which recirculates ink up to the heads’ nozzle plate – and the legacy EFI Reggiani continuous ink recirculation system, HYPER is also a champion for uptime and reliability, maximising printer availability for production with excellent printing results.

    “With HYPER, textile producers will benefit from a truly remarkable production solution that builds on EFI Reggiani’s many years of experience and innovation in textile printing.”

    The EFI Reggiani HYPER printer features:

    72 recirculating print heads with 600-dots per inch (dpi) native resolution and full variable drop size;

    Recirculation up to the nozzle plate and an innovative printhead maintenance system featuring contactless wiping to help ensure that printheads are ready to print;

    Enhanced, proprietary auto-calibrating continuous ink recirculation system to reduce maintenance at start up and during production;

    A double bridge that provides maximum stability and accuracy, while ensuring easy carriage access for smooth maintenance on all the printheads;

    A wide range of printing modes, including EFI Reggiani’s legacy high uniformity printing modes, to ensure outstanding quality and extreme design versatility. Users gain much more capability and versatility, eliminating the limits faced with printing solid colours, geometric patterns, fine lines, deep blacks, smooth gradients and more, while satisfying their need for speed;

    EFI Reggiani proprietary electronics and software with real-time image processing and no image pre-calculation time prior to printing. This enables production of design changes on the fly with a complete WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) experience to maximise throughput and productivity;

    A precision Kevlar® conveyor belt with an embedded magnetic device for adhesive application, along with EFI Reggiani’s original longitudinal belt movement control to ensure optimal and accurate belt movement, even when running at high speed;

    Longitudinal belt movement control for extreme belt precision during high-speed printing;

    Several fabric feed and take-up options, including an oscillating brace for folding, a small roll winder up to 400 mm, or a big roll winder up to 1,600 mm;

    An industrial dryer with symmetrical ventilation and high-efficiency exhaust capacity powered by gas, electricity, oil or steam;

    The new printer is commercially available worldwide as of this month.

    For more information about EFI Reggiani and other products and solutions from EFI, visit www.efi.com. 





  • + Environmentally friendly print emerging as key industry trend

    More environmentally friendly printing is fast emerging as a key industry trend for the 2020s. With the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issuing a ‘Red Alert&...

    September 14 2021

    More environmentally friendly printing is fast emerging as a key industry trend for the 2020s.

    With the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issuing a ‘Red Alert’ for climate change on 9 August, brand owners and consumers are increasingly searching out and choosing solutions that minimise carbon emissions and waste.

    This is examined in detail in the new Smithers report – The Future of Green Printing to 2026 – published today. It is a trend that will increasingly reward print service providers, inks and consumables suppliers and OEMs, that invest in more sustainable solutions over the next five years, and beyond.

    This will evolve into specific opportunities at each stage of the print value chain. Among the highlight topics Smithers’ expert research identifies are:

    • Cutting wastage in make-ready and set-up will favour wider use of digital (inkjet and electrophotography) print systems. A forecast reduction in the average run length for many print jobs will magnify this impact
    • The rapid adoption of bio-based solvent and water-based inks, with the current generation of vegetable oil inks already promising over 50% recycled content, and reduced emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
    • Increased sales of sustainable substrates, including recycled fibre and virgin paper grades accredited to sustainably forestry schemes. For PSPs there is an onus to limit use of virgin materials, and print on recycled paper grades when a premium surface is not necessary
    • A consistent trend in packaging is to substitute away from existing plastic packaging to fibre-based alternatives. Printers can capitalise on this trend by retooling their print lines to support these less uniform substrate
    • There is interest in developing new fibre sources for printing papers, such as bamboo or agricultural by products; as well as a limited impact from wider use of recycled plastic and biopolymer substrates in some packaging applications
    • Investment in print processes that minimises secondary raw material use, such as reduced water consumption for wash off
    • Greater support for technology platforms that enable the collection and reuse of print materials, both in industrial closed loop and consumer recycling streams.

    Simultaneously the desire to implement more planet-friendly working practices will support a reordering of print businesses:

    • The trend to reshoring production and printing improves supply chain security, and can also deliver saving on carbon emissions and wastage in transit
    • Larger organisations can switch to centralised printing models, with a single server assigning job requests most efficiently across its network of presses and end-users. This can also extend into the integration of web-to-print platforms for consumer sales.

    With 2021 set to be a pivotal year for the world’s efforts to contain climate change, these and other important timely trends for the industry are examined critically in – The Future of Green Printing to 2026. It profiles the evolution of circular economy principles, key legislative initiatives, the impact on analogue and digital print processes, and all major print product segments (Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Advertising, Catalogues, Commercial, Security applications, Transactional print, Printed décor and textiles, Packaging, and Labels).





  • + Mimaki Pushes Creative Boundaries in Industrial Printing with New High-Performance and High-Quality Direct-to-Object Inkjet Printers

    The company launches four new UJF Series printers designed for high-quality output and superior productivity Mimaki the leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting sys...

    September 14 2021

    The company launches four new UJF Series printers designed for high-quality output and superior productivity

    Mimaki the leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, is set to open the door to new high-value, high-quality industrial print applications with the launch of its latest product innovations. The company has today unveiled four new high-speed, high-quality direct-to-object UV LED inkjet printers – the 190% faster(1) UJF-7151plus II and the new UJF-MkII e Series, comprising three advanced, small format solutions.
     
    All four additions to the market leading Mimaki portfolio will be commercially available in December 2021 and take industrial print and marking to the next level. The printers feature an array of new capabilities designed to deliver significant quality and performance benefits, enabling users to explore new applications and increase productivity.
     
    “We are very excited about these new solutions that have been specifically developed to ensure our customers can increase their competitive edge and boost profitability,” says Brad Creighton, National Marketing Manager at Mimaki Australia. “By expanding and enhancing our UV LED product range at such a crucial time for the industry, we aim to provide industrial printers with the cutting-edge technology needed to grow their businesses. For printers currently operating in other markets, these new solutions represent an opportunity to break into this diverse and successful sector, utilising our most innovative UV printers yet and supported by the industry’s leading manufacturer.”
     
    UJF-7151plus II - Combining robust, high-speed production with outstanding image quality
     
    Designed for seamless and reliable high-speed production, the UJF-7151plus II is equipped with eight printheads, which enable dual four-colour (CMYK) ink configurations. This, in turn, allows faster print speeds of up to 190% compared to the previous UJF-7151plus model. The new system also breaks new creative boundaries with several features developed to enhance image quality, such as the MFD2 (half-toning) processing functionality to further control dot position. The result of this increased control is sharper edges and finer lines as well as fewer colour irregularities.
     
    The UJF-7151plus II’s six-colour configuration includes light cyan and light magenta to enable more accurate colour reproduction and it can achieve 1800dpi image resolution, providing superior definition for high-quality applications. In addition, the new printer’s innovative Colour Gloss functionality adds a glossy finish to hardened colour inks, enabling users to create new, distinguishing textures and details that ensure their products stand out from the crowd even without the use of clear varnish.
     
    Load capacity has also been increased to 30kg, making the printer capable of handling high quality print jigs and ideal for accurate printing of heavy media, such as wood, metal, and glass, in industrial print environments.
     
    UJF-MkII e Series – Three new small format printers that are big on quality
     
    The brand-new series of UJF-MkII e printers sees the introduction of the UJF-3042MkII e, the UJF-6042MkII e and the UJF-3042MkII Ex e to the already comprehensive Mimaki portfolio. The three new models offer cutting-edge image quality and stability for printing onto an extensive variety of soft and hard media, including leather, wood, acrylic, metal, and glass.
     
    The UJF-3042MkII e and UJF-3042MkII Ex e feature a print area of 300mm x 420mm, while the UJF-6042MkII e offers a larger print size of 610mm x 420mm. All UJF-MkII e Series printers feature new MFD2 processing for exceptional image quality as well as an improved gap check sensor. This laser sensor detects media placement to prevent printheads from making contact with the material during printing. It can even detect transparent materials for superior accuracy and highly controlled media detection. In addition, the new printers provide improved usability to the operator by adding visual guidance on the 3.45inch full colour display.
     


    Cutting-edge, performance enhancing features included in all four new UJF printers
     
    The new additions for the UJF printer series all feature MDL (Mimaki Device Language) commands support, which enables automated workpiece transfer. This capability allows users to control the new UJF printers from external production systems and peripheral devices. This enhanced automation not only increases user control and productivity but reduces manual operator intervention to increase efficiencies.

    The new models also incorporate RasterLink7 as standard RIP software, supporting one-product-at-a-time printing. With this latest software platform, numbering and variable data printing has never been easier, providing users with significant time and production efficiencies.
     
    All new UJF Series UV inks are GREENGUARD GOLD certified and the new range of printers incorporate the proprietary Mimaki Core Technologies, including NCU (Nozzle Check Unit)2, NRS (Nozzle Recovery System)3, and MAPS4 (Mimaki Advanced Pass System4)4 functions enabling stable output of high-quality prints.

    For more information about products and services from Mimaki, visit: Mimaki Australia





  • + Prati debuts online technical assistance platform

    Fastlane Support is an online tech support tool designed to streamline customer requests, resulting in less paperwork, fewer phone calls and better service. Prati has officially launch...

    September 14 2021

    Fastlane Support is an online tech support tool designed to streamline customer requests, resulting in less paperwork, fewer phone calls and better service.

    Prati has officially launched Fastlane Support, an online technical assistance platform designed to improve customer service. As a manufacturer of label converting solutions, Prati made it a priority to enhance its global reach, providing all customers with access to the quickest possible support.

    Fastlane Support is an online tech support tool designed to streamline requests for technical assistance. Customers will experience less paperwork, fewer phone calls, more speed, and greater satisfaction, the company says.

    "Accessible to all our customers 24/7, the online platform is personalised with a complete list of machines installed for each customer," the company states. "Secure access takes the customer to their own page with machine details and serial numbers. Once the machine is selected, a menu provides an exhaustive list of potential alarms, malfunctions or other issues. The customer chooses the most appropriate one and adds a more detailed description, attaches a photo or videoclip and clicks the send button. It’s as simple as that."

    Prati receives the request immediately and, without needing to call back to check basic details, its technical staff start to work on the solution. The customer can track the status online at any time, making it easier to foresee a schedule and envisage reaching a solution.

    "As soon as we receive your online request, we get in touch, treating your request according to your ticket registration on the Fastlane Support platform," adds Prati.

    There are multiple benefits to this platform. Customers have all their machines' details online in their own personal webpage, and there are just three steps to ask for support and no need of phone calls, written emails or messages. The online platform is open 24/7, regardless the time zone, and the the status report is online Customers will receive Fastlane treatment for each request, as this contributes to everyone’s efficiency.





  • + Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology ‘Frees Creativity’ for Label and Packaging Print

    Part of Xaar’s ImagineX platform, Ultra High Viscosity technology ensures Xaar’s printheads deliver high impact, productive and efficient results for volume digital label and packaging ...

    September 14 2021

    Part of Xaar’s ImagineX platform, Ultra High Viscosity technology ensures Xaar’s printheads deliver high impact, productive and efficient results for volume digital label and packaging printing applications.

    Xaar, the leading inkjet printing technology group, says the advanced capabilities of its Ultra High Viscosity technology demonstrates the significant difference that inkjet printing can make to labels and packaging.

    Part of Xaar’s ImagineX platform, Ultra High Viscosity technology ensures Xaar’s printheads deliver high impact, productive and efficient results for volume digital label and packaging printing applications.

    By enabling an extended high colour gamut and fluids with larger particles and more pigment, colours are more vibrant and whites and blacks stronger – this unbeatable capability to print high opacity, especially whites, in a single pass is extremely useful for delivering impact on many labels and direct-to-shape packaging printing applications.

    In addition, fluids, and inks with viscosities of up to 100 centipoises (cP) can be jetted in a single pass, further opening up opportunities for label and packaging printers to deliver new and exciting finishes for clients across a wider variety of packaging materials, with a high degree of efficiency and productivity.

    Energy is also saved because UV fluids, which previously required heating to 45 degrees C before jetting, can now be laid down at room temperature. Overall, less fluid is required as well, making the process even more sustainable.

    Further, high-build varnish embellishments can be achieved more easily, to add texture, visual impact, and functionality (such as ink that resists cracking on flexible surfaces) to labels and packaging. From braille and tactile warning triangles on labels, to the latest haptic effects for a high-end look and real shelf presence for rigid and flexible packaging, with Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity technology results can be achieved that have traditionally only been possible by using screen printing.

    Graham Tweedale, General Manager of Xaar’s printhead business unit, said; “We are already seeing how Ultra High Viscosity technology is opening up new possibilities for Xaar in a number of applications, particularly label and packaging.

    “Whereas previously inkjet printheads have typically been only able to jet fluids of around 8 to 12 cP, our technologies enable printers to jet much higher viscosities, achieving a wider colour gamut and unparalleled opacity, and can be used to print an extensive range of special effects.

    “In addition, after many years of requests from clients to be able to print higher molecular weight photopolymers to increase resistance and flexibility for printed materials, our Ultra High Viscosity technology has realised this capability, truly unleashing the power of inkjet.”

    Ultra High Viscosity technology is available across many of Xaar’s printheads including the Xaar Nitrox, the 50x series, and Xaar 2002.





  • + ASLAN Introduces Three New Products

    ASLAN, the German specialist for self-adhesive films, keeps developing new solutions and introduces three new exciting products. MagicProtect Matt ASLAN SL 99 – it’s a lami...

    September 07 2021

    ASLAN, the German specialist for self-adhesive films, keeps developing new solutions and introduces three new exciting products.

    MagicProtect Matt ASLAN SL 99 – it’s a laminate with a magical, repellent effect against paint, varnishes and dirt. Made from a special top coated 80 μm PVC film, it was developed for smooth and rough surfaces. It comes with a matt, repellent coating that protects prints successfully against graffiti, dirt and other surface vandalism. The effect is the same like water on a lotus leaf – the paint is dripping off while spraying. Due to this effect, the sprayer cannot complete his work and very quickly loses interest in the “artwork”. Paint does not stick to the surface, vandalism is prevented. When laminated on smooth substrates, graffiti can be removed just like of other dirt and staining. When it comes to rough surfaces, the ASLAN MagicPro Cleaner will help to clean graffiti very easily. The film is available in 1.37 x 50m rolls. Once applied, it will last up to 3 years outdoors.

    Holographic ASLAN SE 72 is a silver self-adhesive film with a holographic effect. Based on a 50 μm polyester it shimmers in the colours of the rainbow. To make it unique: Not only does the film have the same effect on both sides, but it also has no repeat pattern, as holographic materials usually have. With its in-house developed solvent-free special adhesive the film offers an outdoor durability of up to 3 years outdoors. Holographic ASLAN SE 72 is printable with latex and UV-curing inks, is suitable for smooth and flat surfaces. It will be perfect for use in retail stores, shop windows, exhibitions as well as for visual merchandising. The film is available in 1.01 x 25 m rolls.

    WrapTheBase ASLAN DFP 48 is the last born in the already wide range of ASLAN floor graphics films. It is suitable for indoor smooth floors, is based on an 80 μm PVC film, and is not only easy to apply and reposition during application, but is also perfectly removable in one piece without leaving any residue. The films will get its perfect slip resistance in combination with FloorProtect ASLAN MP 326 (R9) or PremiumFloorProtect ASLAN MP 300 (R12). As a very special highlight, as you know it from several other ASLAN floor graphic solutions, the printed floor graphics film, when combined with ASLAN floor laminations, offers the Bfl-s1 EUROCLASS fire certification for floors. WrapTheBase ASLAN DFP 48 is available in 1.37 x 50m rolls.

    aslanvinyls.com





  • + Automatic Production Monitoring with Z√ºnd Connect

    Zünd Connect compiles production data from integrated Zünd cutting systems into meaningful key performance indicators, such as cutter capacity, availability, and overall equipment effecti...

    September 07 2021

    Zünd Connect compiles production data from integrated Zünd cutting systems into meaningful key performance indicators, such as cutter capacity, availability, and overall equipment effectiveness. Zünd Connect creates transparency and identifies areas in the digital cutting workflow with potential for optimisation.

    There are many ways to optimize digital cutting and ensure maximum productivity, which is the reason why Zünd now offers Zünd Connect, a monitoring tool that helps the user recognise this potential and increase productivity. Using Zünd Connect, the user can see at a glance when and, more importantly, why machine interruptions occur, how much time is spent in setup, and what the availability of each machine is.

    The most successful companies are the ones that produce the most saleable products per hour. High machine availability and productivity are essential for profitable cutting and finishing. As simple as this may sound, it is no small thing in the day-to-day production environment. Where do the relevant key performance indicators come from? Is data available that enables monitoring? And last but not least, how is the data compiled so that it can be interpreted accurately and reliably?

    This is where Zünd Connect comes in. The web-based monitoring tool gives the user access to cutter- performance data at a glance, any time of day. Reliable key performance indicators are available at all times to help users maximise productivity. The system records productivity levels over a freely definable period using Zünd Cut Center – ZCC (Version 3.4 or later) as data source. Data monitoring provides information users need in order to make informed decisions. This comprehensive overview of production data reveals connections that are often overlooked. Zünd Connect supplies valuable key performance indicators for assessing how efficiently cutting systems are working. To be able to improve cutter efficiency, potential areas of improvement must be uncovered and recognised. This potential lies primarily in the technology but also in the way it is being used. Zünd Connect consists of multiple dashboards with specific options for evaluating data:

    Overview–This dashboard provides past production data and indicates, for example, fluctuations in machine utilisation. The user can select various views and switch between indices for overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), availability, and capacity. In addition, a filter function can be used to compare performance across different shifts.

    Job list– This shows a list of processed jobs, what they entailed, the time it took to produce them, and the cutting distance traveled per job. Diagrams show the time spent by each individual material/substrate, processing method, tool, and module. In reference to materials, for example, bar graphs show the processing time for each material used during a specified time frame. Loss detection – This view visualises losses in terms of time. It shows, for example, when process interruptions tend to occur most often. Loss detection enables the user to evaluate factors such as the specific time frames, materials, or tools most likely to be associated with interruptions.

    Interruption statistics – This lists the reasons for such interruptions. The user can filter for time of day, material, method, tool, or module. The statistical representation shows the user how many hours the cutters were unable to produce during a specified period because of machine interruptions.

    Zünd Connect is available in a “Monitor” or an “Analyzer” version. As the name suggests, “Monitor” consists of a graphical display of overall equipment effectiveness and is available to all ZCC users for free. “Analyzer”, on the other hand, makes it possible to perform subsequent analysis and pinpoint productivity losses. “Analyzer” provides the necessary tools for the user to be able to evaluate the production process and recommend improvements.

    zund.com





  • + Avery Dennison "Wrap Like a King" Challenge is back for 2021

    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced the return of the Wrap Like A King Challenge. This year’s vehicle wrap competition will run from September 1st to October 31, 2021...

    September 07 2021

    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced the return of the Wrap Like A King Challenge.

    This year’s vehicle wrap competition will run from September 1st to October 31, 2021. A new special concept called ‘Local Edition’ has been launched for the first time, with awards for 12 Regional Wrap Kings and three Continent Wrap Kings.

    From September 1st wrap installers from over 40 countries are invited to submit their best full print or colour change vehicle wrapping projects.

    Li Wen, senior director and general manager Graphics EMENA, said “In 2019 over 150 installers entered the challenge. It’s great to be back. Wrap Like a King is a great opportunity for installers to showcase their best work. Their projects will be judged by a global jury for the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes, and be recognised by peers and customers”.

    The combined 2021 prize packages for Regional and Continental winners exceed $30,000. The three Continental winners will also be invited to each select a charity to receive a $1000 donation in the name of the winner.

    “Giving back to the community is important to Avery Dennison. We are thrilled to extend this to the communities of the three winners of the Wrap Like a King 2021 competition,” said Li Wen.

    Wrap Like a King Local Edition - applications and process
    • Applicators from 12 different geographic regions can participate: United States, Canada, Europe & Middle East and Northern Africa, and the APAC Region (Australia, New Zealand, China and South Africa).
    • All entries need to be submitted at wraplikeaking.com.
    • Any project can be entered which uses Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film, the Conform Chrome series, MPI 1105 Digital Wrapping Series or a combination of car wrap films.
    • Judges will select 12 Regional Wrap Kings - each winning nearly $2,000 worth of personalized marketing materials, Avery Dennison products and more.
    • Regional Wrap Kings will then go on to compete across three continents: Europe & MENA, North America and APAC (Australia, New Zealand, China and South Africa).
    • The three Continent Winners will be announced online on November 26, 2021, via the social media accounts linked to the participating Avery Dennison regions.

    The 2021 Judges Panel:
    The industry experts on the panel bring a wealth of experience to select the most beautiful, technically challenging or otherwise most impressive wraps.

    • Justin Pate - Professional Installer/Instructor, Global - American based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    Pate is an Avery Dennison certified installer/instructor in the U.S. with over 25 years of experience working both in the U.S. and in Europe. Notably, Pate is the head trainer for the Avery Dennison North American hands-on car wrap workshop and certification program.

    • Penelope Garrido Milla - Co-owner of Alta Wrapping Academy

    Penelope is the first Spanish woman to gain the Avery Dennison certificates of “Specialist Installer” & “Specialist Trainer”. She is co-owner of Alta Wrapping Academy, which has trained more than 1200 applicators from all over Spain in the last five years. With more than 19 years of high-level experience in visual communication, Penelope specializes in commercial and passenger vehicle imagery. She has taken a personal approach, focusing on helping academy participants to reach their maximum potential. Penelope is on the board of directors of FESPA ESPAÑA ASOCIACIÓN and the Women of Wraps (WOW) club.

    • Qian Li - Hewlett Packard Application Development Manager, Spain

    Qian Li is the printing application development manager for Hewlett Packard, based in Barcelona, Spain. He has worked with industrial large format printing for around 15 years, gaining a great deal of experience around many different aspects of digital printing technology and its various applications. Automotive wrapping is a particular area of expertise, not only because it is one of the key application areas for HP Latex technology, but also because wraps represent one of the most exciting market areas, with enormous creative potential.

    • Dariusz Tondera - Avery Dennison Technical Sales Support, Eastern Europe and Russia

    Dariusz has been with Avery Dennison since 2012 and has been Technical Sales Support in Eastern Europe and Russia since 2016. For almost 10 years he travelled from the Oder to Vladivostok, supporting and training customers and applicators. Testing and understanding the products is very important for Dariusz, helping him to properly resolve questions and enquiries.

    • Molly Waters - Avery Dennison Senior Technical Specialist, USA

    Molly has been with Avery Dennison since 1997, when car wrapping was still in its infancy, and has since had the opportunity to see the evolution of digital and wrap film technology. She has over 24 years of experience in the professional automotive/wrap industry and has been around cars her entire life.

    • Peter Wright - Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Australia/New Zealand

    Peter is a technical marketing manager and works with the industry’s leading installers, teaching vehicle wrapping workshops and promoting the industry. With strong expertise in leading vehicle wrapping workshops, he has trained more than 2,000 people from Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN countries.

    • Sarel Krüger - Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, South Africa

    Sarel joined the Avery team in 2011 after working in the signage industry for nearly 10 years. His experience ranges from equipment and software through to the manufacture of signage and graphics, vehicle wrapping and, ultimately, supplying material.

    • Jun Kinoshita - Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Japan

    Jun Kinoshita is the sales manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Japan. Kinoshita joined the company in 2009, and he introduced the Certified Wrap Installers training program to Japan the same year.





  • + Boost Folding-Gluing Efficiency with the New SPEEDPACK Automatic Packer from BOBST

    Bringing new levels of automation and productivity to folding-gluing lines, BOBST has unveiled its latest breakthrough innovation for the packaging industry – the SPEEDPACK. The ...

    September 07 2021

    Bringing new levels of automation and productivity to folding-gluing lines, BOBST has unveiled its latest breakthrough innovation for the packaging industry – the SPEEDPACK.

    The automatic packer, suitable for the EXPERTFOLD 145/165, EXPERTFOLD 170-350 and MASTERFOLD 170-350, can handle all types of boxes, whether corrugated or litho-laminated, from straight-line, 4&6 corners, to crash-lock bottom.

    Folded and glued boxes are automatically counted, stacked and banded perfectly, delivered and ready for palletisation.

    Pierre Binggeli, Product Line Director Folder-gluers at BOBST said: “With SPEEDPACK, converters can realise the full potential of their BOBST folding-gluing lines in terms of both quality and productivity.

    “This novel innovation combines a range of BOBST patented features designed to take the strain out of the packing process and reduce waste, while at the same time optimising operational accuracy and efficiency. At BOBST, we believe automated technologies and processes are key to enabling progress and future-proofing the packaging industry; SPEEDPACK is representative of this vision.”

    SPEEDPACK brings a multitude of benefits to operators and enhances the return on investment for manufacturers and converters. Providing the highest possible number of batches per hour and with very short set-up times, it can increase folding-gluing line productivity by up to 25%, without compromising box quality.

    The automated process eliminates the need for machine operators to bundle batches together and carry heavy loads to offline bundle-strapping machines. Workload is reduced by up to 60% as the complete line can be managed by one operator and the risk of injury, including Repetitive Strain Injury, is removed. Highly ergonomic, SPEEDPACK is easy and safe to use on the production floor. Large clear safety doors provide complete access and visibility to the whole machine for setting and production. Meanwhile, the BOBST Human Machine Interface (HMI) integrated into SPEEDPACK allows settings to be fully automated, making handling of repeat orders simple and fast - job changeovers can take place within 10 minutes.

    M. Binggeli added: “SPEEDPACK is a versatile peripheral that provides converters and manufacturers with greater control across the workflow, helping them to become more flexible and agile – critical in today’s fast-paced industry.”





  • + Konica Minolta launches AccurioPress C7100 series

    Konica Minolta has introduced the AccurioPress C7100 series digital colour presses, which are packed with innovative technologies to create more profitable business opportunities. From intelligent ...

    September 07 2021

    Konica Minolta has introduced the AccurioPress C7100 series digital colour presses, which are packed with innovative technologies to create more profitable business opportunities. From intelligent automation and enhanced finishing to flawless quality, advanced capabilities, and exceptional durability, customers have the power to grow their businesses through a press that works smarter. 

    The AccurioPress C7100 is a new high speed print engine and follows on from the success of the AccurioPress C14000 Series and AccurioPress C4080 Series. It runs at 100 colour pages per minute (ppm) with the AccurioPress C7090 at 90ppm. With a focus on optimising performance, offering new and advanced print products, and growing the entire business, the AccurioPress C7100 series serves more customers and completes more jobs with innovative technologies that power success. 

    Helping customers expand and streamline businesses 

    Tatjana Ferguson, product marketing manager, Konica Minolta said, “The launch of the AccurioPress C7100 Series completes the full refresh of our production colour line up. The C7100 series builds on the success of its predecessor, the C6100, with feature enhancements for the agility and productivity demanded by professional printing. The new models will make a powerful impression in the market, helping customers expand what they can offer as well as helping them streamline their business and achieve greater productivity.” 

    Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta is constantly innovating to help customers rethink their agility. In a world where the only constant is change, Konica Minolta works collaboratively with customers to support their transformations, predict potential challenges and create solutions to provide assurance for them and the future of the industry.” 

    Flawless quality 

    Konica Minolta’s latest Simitri V toner is eco-friendly and formulated for performance. Fast melting, energy efficient, and low maintenance, it reproduces superb quality on a wider range of media up to 400 gsm. Combined with an output resolution of 3,600 dpi equivalent x 2,400 dpi, outstanding results are achieved from even the longest print runs. 

    Advanced capabilities 

    With auto-duplex banners up to 900mm and the flexibility to handle embossed and textured media, handling of the machines is so simple that the most complex projects can be run by a single operator. 

    Intelligent automation 

    By instantly detecting the precise stock being used, the optional Intelligent Media Sensor IM-101 significantly reduces production time. At the same time, the optional IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimiser ensures perfectly consistent colour quality and front-to-back registration on every print with real time quality and variable data print (VDP) inspection.   

    Enhanced finishing 

    As with the entire AccurioPress portfolio, a wide range of finishing and other functions are also offered in addition to booklet-making, stapling, perfect binding, and wire binding. Konica Minolta’s TU-510, the world’s first inline trimming unit, successfully introduced with the C14000 series, is available for the AccurioPress C7100 Series. The TU-510 is a four-edge trimming unit that can trim, crease, and perforate, allowing for full-bleed finishing support for long sheets, booklets, direct mail, and offers a dedicated business card option. 

    Exceptional durability 

    Reliability drives profitability. Among the new technologies built into the engine are a more durable lubricated drum, double corona wires with automatic cleaning, an optimised paper transport solution and a double swing registration system for improved paper compatibility and feeding accuracy. 

    The AccurioPress C7100 Series is designed to support highly responsive print environments. It offers a choice of controller options including a Konica Minolta controller and controllers from EFI and CREO. 

    For more information www.konicaminolta.com.au‚ÄØ