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  • + Digital Growing Pains – Labels, Packaging & Beyond

    Click on this link below, for a good article from Label & Narrow Web about using digital print technology to diversify into non-label markets.

    December 12 2017

    Click on this link below, for a good article from Label & Narrow Web about using digital print technology to diversify into non-label markets.



  • + Jet Launching Specialty films

    Jet Technologies (Jet) is launching a new range of speciality films, Soft Touch, which are available in black, gold, and white from early next year.

    December 12 2017

    Jet Technologies (Jet) is launching a new range of speciality films, Soft Touch, which are available in black, gold, and white from early next year.

    Damon Norton, Sales Manager Films at Jet says, “For a long time we have been offering a high-quality anti-scuff matte film, Durophan Plus. It has been very well received.

    “Alongside that in our specialty line up is Soft Touch, which has been around for a while. We have now partnered with Derprosa, the coating technology patent holder in Europe. With Derprosa we have the right products, with the right supply lines. 

    “Knowing that we are working with the inventors of soft touch gives us a lot of pride in offering these films.

    “It is a wonderful standalone in clear, and now we have added black, gold, silver and white. So for us it is about value-add. We want our clients to recover as much as they can when laminating.

    “On the Soft Touch films, embellishing can be achieved via spot UV, hot foil stamping and embossing.

    “We want our clients to offer a point of difference to creatives and brand managers. Once they get a sense of what is possible with these products, we feel strongly that they will create new levels of emotional response to their print work. Through Jet the general trade will have a supply line that they can work with alongside creatives to make the most of the tactile and visual possibilities that our films offer.

    “It is all about options and being able to offer our expertise to clients so they can lift their return on finishing processes.”

    They will be formally released early next year, with the company noting limited amounts will be available prior to that.

    Norton says, “I believe we have the product right, and the supply lines right. It is about making sure people know about it.

    “Keep a look out for digital versions of the Durophan Plus and Soft Touch films. It is something we are working on.”





  • + New Epson SureColor F9360

    Epson have brought their new printer to Australia. The SC-F9360 combines the latest Epson Precision Dot Technology, with advanced media management, and UltraChrome DS HDk ink, to enable except...

    December 12 2017

    Epson have brought their new printer to Australia. The SC-F9360 combines the latest Epson Precision Dot Technology, with advanced media management, and UltraChrome DS HDk ink, to enable exceptionally high speed production with outstanding print quality. It achieves an exceptional gamut using just 4 colours and will print at speeds up to 109m2/hr. The 64″ wide print engine is supported by a large Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS) and a high precision Auto Take-Up. It is simple to operate, ships complete with software, and its self-cleaning system ensures reliable operation with minimal maintenance. The printer is designed for soft signage and fabric production and can also be used for hard surface work. Click here for more information.





  • + SAi Announces Worldwide Agreement with Graphtec to Include Flexi-based Software on Company’s Full Range of Vinyl Cutters

    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA – SA International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the professional signmaking, wide-format digital printing and...

    December 12 2017

    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA – SA International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the professional signmaking, wide-format digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries, has announced a worldwide agreement with cutting technology giant, Graphtec, to supply three newly-created cutting software packages with the company’s entire range of large format vinyl cutters.

    Driven by SAi’s market-leading Flexi software, the feature-rich cutting solutions – Cutting Master 4, Graphtec Pro Studio and Graphtec Pro Studio Plus – have been designed to meet the varied requirements of print service providers and sign & display companies.

    The new three-tier offering replaces Graphtec’s previous software solution, also named Graphtec Pro Studio, and provides users with access to the specific design and cutting tools to suit their respective needs.

    Commenting on the agreement Hiroyuki Takahata, Senior Managing Director at Graphtec, said: “Our goal is to provide our customers with full access to a complete workflow to ensure that they can maximum the potential of our cutters. With the enhanced design and editing functions, the new SAi software solutions work in conjunction with our cutters to deliver greater productivity and incredible output. This partnership brings with it fantastic opportunities to expand application offerings and improve business operations for users.”

    As a world leader in cutting technology, Graphtec’s portfolio includes flatbed, roll- and sheet-fed cutters, which deliver cutting widths of up to 162 cm / 64 in. The new software packages comprise:

    Graphtec Pro Studio Plus

    Driven by FlexiSIGN, Graphtec Pro Studio Plus offers users the most comprehensive offering with a haul of new tools including smart nesting for designs that are larger than the substrate. Graphtec Pro Studio Plus will automatically nest the sections of the design that exceed the material into available vacant space. This ability to maximise material usage ensures that print service providers and sign & display companies can enjoy greater capital saving. The Animated Cut Viewer tool allows users to view and analyse the cutting order and amend this ahead of the cutting process for optimum productivity. This solution is available as a payable upgrade from Graphtec.

    Graphtec Pro Studio

    Graphtec Pro Studio offers a vast catalogue of options when creating original designs. It includes enhanced functions such as auto-shapes. This enables faster and easier output of sign and display applications and crucially, reduces the time-consuming barriers of designing from scratch. Using the new Advanced Registration Mark Sensing System (ARMS), users can easily achieve highly accurate results. Graphtec Pro Studio is included with all Graphtec cutters.

    Cutting Master 4

    Designed as a Graphtec plug-in software for Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, Cutting Master 4 enables users to drive the cutter with minimum input. New capabilities enable simple creation of registration marks to locate the design, which improves accuracy and allows users to enjoy greater production efficiency. This tool is included with all Graphtec cutters.

    Mark Blundell, CEO at SAi concludes, “We are proud to join forces with Graphtec and add it to a roster of leading strategic partnerships. With almost 70 years’ experience, Graphtec has built a reputation as the number one for pioneering cutters which is complemented by our industry-acclaimed Flexi-driven bundles. This collaboration provides Graphtec customers the opportunity to enhance their business performance by increasing throughput and achieving premium quality applications.”

    Available now, Graphtec Pro Studio and Graphtec Pro Studio Plus are compatible with Windows, and Cutting Master 4 is accessible on both Windows and Mac platforms.

    Mark Blundell, CEO of SAi (left) and Hiroyuki Takahata, Senior Managing Director at Graphtec (right)




  • + Tackling The Invoice Time Drain

    Invoicing is a critical activity for all businesses but it can be a frustrating drain on time and resources. Many businesses still create and issue invoices by hand; even when they’re sent by...

    December 12 2017

    Invoicing is a critical activity for all businesses but it can be a frustrating drain on time and resources. Many businesses still create and issue invoices by hand; even when they’re sent by email, a number of time-consuming manual processes are involved. If time spent on the invoicing function can be slashed, small businesses will instead be able to devote it to revenue generating activities. That said, NEOPOST have released a fantastic eBook that will help you and your business improve your invoicing options. Click here for the eBook.





  • + Sun Chemical Launches new UV/EB inks for Food Packaging

    Sun Chemical has launched two new UV/EB inks for primary and secondary food packaging that are compliant with the strictest global standards i...

    November 20 2017

    Sun Chemical has launched two new UV/EB inks for primary and secondary food packaging that are compliant with the strictest global standards in the marketplace, including Nestlé food packaging requirements and Swiss Ordinance chemical composition requirements.

    The two new inks—SunBeam Advance EB offset inks and SunCure Advance UV inks—meet the latest photoinitiator-safe packaging guidelines and are made with no BPA-based chemical to meet the most stringent global standards. They provide low odor, as well as very low residual extractables characteristics while maintaining the highest standards of pressroom performance at the highest press speeds. 

    Specifically formulated to help increase productivity by significantly reducing the number of blanket washes, these ink systems work on a variety of substrates and specifically address concerns that brand owners face due to strict labeling laws like California’s Proposition 65.

    Designed for high-speed web folding carton and flexible packaging applications, SunBeam Advance electron beam (EB) curable offset inks offer high transfer and excellent lithographic water window properties, adhesion and abrasion resistance, outstanding cure response, excellent color recovery after a stop, and hold density well to help improve overall quality. SunBeam Advance inks are considered high strength to help improve mileage and can also reduce startup and running waste.

    SunCure Advance UV inks are designed for food packaging applications and offer excellent runnability on both super high speed sheetfed and web presses. In addition to extremely high transfer properties and very good lithographic water window, these inks hold density well and provide very good UV cure response under either inter-station curing or delivery positioned lamp conditions. SunCure Advance inks also offer adhesion to some non-porous type stocks. This ink system can be used for the most sensitive packaging applications where low odour and extractables are essential.





  • + Sun Chemicals Launches Brighter Ideas for Labels Guide

    Sun Chemicals has released a guide called ‘Brighter Ideas for Labels’.

    November 20 2017

    Sun Chemicals has released a guide called ‘Brighter Ideas for Labels’.

    Brighter Ideas For Labels




  • + Epson and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport celebrate third consecutive World Championship together as partners

    The 2017 F1 US Grand Prix saw Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport secure their 75th victory and, as a result, seal their fourth consecutive FIA Formula One™&n...

    November 14 2017

    The 2017 F1 US Grand Prix saw Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport secure their 75th victory and, as a result, seal their fourth consecutive FIA Formula One™ World Constructors’ Championship. Completed in remarkable style with three races to go in the 2017 Championship, this marked their third championship title in partnership with Epson.

    One week later in Mexico, Lewis Hamilton was able to hold off the competition and secure his fourth world title, his third with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team.

    The challenge of the 2017 season was magnified by the FIA rule changes coming into the new season. They had the objective of speeding up the cars but also of shaking up the competitive order. The win of this fourth World Championship is testament to the team’s hard work and dedication to repeatedly deliver top-class performance. During the season, this unrivalled performance on track has seen Lewis Hamilton take the record for the most number of pole positions, beating Michael Schumacher’s previous record of 68.

    This constant pursuit for the highest level of performance represents a shared value with Epson, which is committed to creating value that exceeds its customers’ expectations through continual innovation.

    Since the partnership began in 2015, over 130 Epson products have been integrated into team operations at the HQ in Brackley, United Kingdom, and at the 20 Formula OneTM tracks worldwide, showcasing Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsports’ belief in Epson products to deliver when speed and reliability are crucial.

    Epson’s extensive range of products enables it to equip Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport with products specific to their requirements. For example, its SureColor T-Series printers allow high-precision CAD drawings at Brackley, whereas its WorkForce Pro printers allow high-speed and reliable printing in potentially challenging conditions trackside.

    The 2017 season has also seen the team reach new boundaries off-track with the Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+ Power Unit achieving a conversion efficiency of more than 50% during dyno testing in Brixworth. This milestone again reflects the shared vision of these two world-renowned brands to develop a more sustainable society. Trackside, Epson support the team with multiple WorkForce Pro RIPS printers which are 95% more energy efficient than laser printers* and free up valuable power for other vital equipment from a sometimes limited power supply.

    Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport said: “I am so proud of what has been achieved: winning across a rule change, something has never been done before in the sport, and doing it because every team member has dug deeper to find performance, been even more diligent on reliability and this has come together in the most special way. ”

    Ian Cameron, General Manager of Brand and Communications at Epson said: ‘We are delighted to be celebrating our third consecutive World Championship with the team. It’s testimony to both Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport’s and Epson’s constant desire to continually achieve ground-breaking innovation and performance on and off the track.’

    Full details of the Epson and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team can be found on the image below.





  • + Fuji Xerox launches Iridesse

    Fuji Xerox is launching a new toner-based digital press, the six-colour Iridesse Production Press (Iridesse), offering speeds of 120ppm with substrates up to 400gsm, ...

    November 14 2017

    Fuji Xerox is launching a new toner-based digital press, the six-colour Iridesse Production Press (Iridesse), offering speeds of 120ppm with substrates up to 400gsm, with print resolution of 2,400dpi.

    The company says the new high speed Iridesse offers printers new levels of flexibility and versatility, and will enable them to increase their product range to the market.

    Iridesse is able to print specialty colours including metallic with a single pass, by housing up to two additional specialty dry inks of gold, silver, clear and white.

    Quentin Sandery, national manager, Production Solutions Business Group, Fuji Xerox Australia, says, “It is about personalisation for end users. Businesses should be able to align their collateral in accordance with their brand. With the Iridesse Production Press, collateral colours can be matched to brands or personalised, with colours patterned, mixed, enhanced to provide more than printed communications. It all ties into the notion of creating that bespoke feeling amongst end users.

    “To the commercial printer who wants to focus on producing jobs more efficiently and effectively, this is the ultimate press to do it.

    “Production teams can now get colours that would previously take hours to achieve and they do not need to worry about finishes or sheet sizes. This machine will do it all. It has the potential to change the core of the print provider’s operations and how they look at their business. 

    “With current market pressures to be in a constant state of innovation, we have released a solution that will ensure print providers are able to either accelerate their operations or advance their service offering.”

    The newly launched print engine enables CMYK dry ink layers to be processed on top of the special dry ink layer. An overlay of another specialty dry ink can be processed on top of CMYK dry ink layers, a feature made available with another Fuji Xerox digital printer, the Color 1000i Press.

    Fuji Xerox says, “While conventional offset printing requires mixing silver ink to make metallic ink, this new product allows for simultaneous printing of several metallic colours during a single printing process.”

    The standard colour library contains Pantone+Metallic and Pantone+Premium Metallic, which are swatches of metallic colours commonly used in the printing industry. With these colour swatches, the operator can reproduce colours similar to Pantone metallic colours on printing materials by designating the colour codes.

    Fuji Xerox says, “Going forward, white dry ink will also be added to the specialty dry ink lineup to accommodate printing on dark coloured or other specialty papers. Compared to printers using only conventional CMYK dry inks, adopting special dry inks expands the range of expression, which adds value for effective marketing activities.”

    Finishing options include Fuji Xerox’s Finisher D6 with Booklet Maker, Crease/Two-sided Trimmer D2, and SquareFold Trimmer D1, which can be connected to the Iridesse press, allowing for automatic production of professional booklets and folded leaflets.

    The company says the finishing options expand the possible printing applications by enabling to produce complex folded leaflets including accordion-fold and gatefold.

    “CMYK dry inks are made of High Definition EA Dry Ink (HD EA Dry Ink)—one of the world’s smallest particle size toners. The HD EA Dry Ink fuses quickly at low temperature and is evenly fused onto the paper by through our marking technology that achieves even transferring of six layer of dry inks.

    “Against the backdrop of rapidly diversifying consumers’ needs, the printing industry is adjusting its use of printing techniques. Instead of just relying on conventional offset printing, which performs well for high-volume jobs, more businesses are choosing on-demand printing, which is shorter in turnaround time and prints the necessary number of copies for catalogs, manuals, and advertising materials.

    “While offset printing involves significant time and cost for making plates, adjusting colours and proofreading, digital printing can process jobs with less time and cost and add value to printed materials. Enhancing the value of print products with the use of their capital equipment, such as digital printers, is critical for printing companies to grow their businesses.”





  • + Roland DG Australia Strengthens Sales Team and Dealer Channel Support

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has today announced the appointment of Andrew Poperechny to the role of Southern Region Account Manager...

    November 08 2017

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has today announced the appointment of Andrew Poperechny to the role of Southern Region Account Manager.

    Based in Melbourne, Andrew’s role will focus on delivering sales growth for Roland DG in the region. In Andrew’s most recent roles as a Key Account Manager, Graphics (Victoria and Tasmania) at Fujifilm and as Business Development Manager at Point Trading Group, he grew sales channels and exceeded budgeted sales targets in both roles whilst managing and growing relationships with suppliers, customers and the industries as a whole.

    “The addition of Andrew to the sales team strengthens Roland DG’s sales efforts and dealer channel support,” said John Wall, President and Director at Roland DG Australia. “As we head in to 2018, he will become integral to supporting the company’s existing dealer and customer base, while helping us move toward new market segments.”

    This addition is possible as Roland DG undertakes efforts to provide even greater support to our customers with the restructure of Darren Sunderland from his Account Manager role in Melbourne, into a technical support role. This local support role, with Darren’s extensive experience with software and production workflows, will be of great benefit to our customer base as part of the industry leading Roland DG Care offerings.



  • + Epson PaperLab wins Gold as Epson Printers Named Among the Good Design Best 100

    Epson’s WorkForce ET-4750 inkjet printer and PaperLab A-8000 dry-process*1 office papermaking system have been selected to join the list of the Good D...

    November 02 2017

    Epson’s WorkForce ET-4750 inkjet printer and PaperLab A-8000 dry-process*1 office papermaking system have been selected to join the list of the Good Design Best 100 with PaperLab also taking out the Good Design Gold Award (METI Minister Award).

    The Gold award is presented to the design judged by the Good Design Award Judging Committee to be particularly outstanding among the Good Design Best 100, which are selected from all 2017 Good Design Award recipients (4,495 entries). The winner is selected based on a comprehensive evaluation of criteria including the design’s potential as a solution for social issues, future applicability, and level of completion.

    Kazuhirosearch & Development Division, involved in the development of the PaperLab A-8000 says, “It i 2 office papermaking system that enables the processing and creation of paper locally, in the amount you need and when you need it. Epson is committed to promoting a zero-waste society.”

    Good Design Awards celebrate designs that benefit and enrich our lives and society. In 2017 Epson won Good Design Awards for a total of seven products, including two projectors, four printers, and the office papermaking system, but only the most notable or significant designs make it to the Best 100 list.

    Designs that made it into the Best 100 will be displayed at Good Design Exhibition 2017 (“G Exhibition”), held from 1-5 November at various sites in Tokyo. The Best 100 are also eligible for the Good Design Grand Award, Good Design Gold Award, and Good Design Special Awards. Winners of these awards were announced on 1 November 2017.

    Manabu Kawahara, general manager for design in Epson’s Printing Solutions Operations Division, says, “Our customers have praised our high-capacity ink tank printers because they can print as much as they need to without worrying about the cost. We paid meticulous attention to the appearance and usability of the WorkForce ET-4750 inkjet printer. As the next generation of ink tank printer, this printer offers more than just great value. It is compact, stylish, easy to use, and greatly reduces the frustration people feel when they run out of ink. We will continue to use printing to improve the quality of people’s life and work, and will develop printer designs for products that exceed customer expectations.”

    This A4 inkjet multifunction printer features large ink tanks, and boasts high productivity and cost efficiency. The ink tanks and ink bottles are designed to make refills clean and quick, and the printer is intuitive and easy to navigate. The tank is in the front, which improves accessibility and makes it easier for you to check the ink level. Simply insert the ink bottle, and the mechanism automatically refills the tank to its full capacity. The tank juts out from the printer, showing its impressive capacity, and the simple, round shape of the casing expresses a robust durability that fits perfectly into any living space.

     

    Judges’ comments

    Multifunction A4 inkjet printers with high-capacity ink tanks sharply dispelled users’ dissatisfaction with ink. Epson adopted high-capacity ink tank designs to address the routine out-of-ink issue and the issue of expensive ink cartridges. The ink tanks are positioned in the front of the printers. The shape and colour of the ink tank unit are unobtrusive, and the unit blends well with the rest of the printer. The tanks are easy to fill, and you can tell at a glance how much ink remains. The design is both beautiful and functional. In addition, the design of the ink bottle spout and ink tank inlet are unique for each colour to prevent misfilling. No compromises were made with the design of the ink bottles. An auto-stop mechanism prevents ink from leaking when a bottle is removed from the tank, even when the nozzle is pointing downward, so there are no spills. We also appreciated the exquisitely designed adjustable control panel, the printer’s soft curves, and the smooth, clean appearance.

     

    The PaperLab A-8000 is the first*2 office papermaking system to employ a dry process to securely destroy used documents and produce new sheets of paper. Epson’s dry fibre technology enables paper to be produced without the huge volumes of water that ordinary papermaking requires. Since no plumbing is needed, the PaperLab can be installed in a back office or anywhere else with available space to upcycle used paper. The PaperLab is changing office operations by increasing information security, producing paper of various weights and sizes, and reducing users’ environmental impacts.

     

    Judges’ comments

    There is a lot of discussion about the use of paperless processes. The PaperLab is a truly outstanding solution as one answer to the question about future paper use. The fact that you can recycle used paper right in the office and thus increase information security is particularly praiseworthy.

     Other Epson products recognised with 2017 Good Design Awards

    • EB-1795F projector

    • EB-L1000 projector series

    • Workforce WF-3720/4720/4740 business inkjet printers

    • WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20590/C17590 A3 colour multifunction inkjet printers

     Good Design Awards

    The Good Design Award is a comprehensive design-promotion system that picks good design out of a variety of unfolding phenomena. It is hosted by the Japan Institute for Design Promotion, a public interest incorporated foundation. It’s precursor, the Good Design Selection System (or G Mark System), was founded in 1957 by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (the current Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), and has been engaged in this work for about 60 years.

    For more information on PaperLab A-8000 go to: http://global.epson.com/innovation/paperlab/





  • + EXOTIC GRAPHIX WINS REGIONAL AVERY DENNISON® “WRAP LIKE A KING” CHALLENGE 2017

    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced that Lei’d Low by Exotic Graphix is named the Australia and New Zealand Regional Wrap King in the “Wrap Like a...

    November 02 2017

    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced that Lei’d Low by Exotic Graphix is named the Australia and New Zealand Regional Wrap King in the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge featuring Avery Dennison® Supreme Wrapping™ Films, Conform Chrome and digital Supercast vinyl wrap films.

    “Congratulations to Nick and his team for this win,” said Jordan Leach, business manager, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Australia & New Zealand. “Their planning, creativity and installation techniques are testament of the dedication to their craft, impressing the panel of international judges.”

    As Regional Winner for Australia and New Zealand, Exotic Graphix is automatically awarded as the Continent Wrap King, and will be judged alongside other continental winners for the ultimate “King of the Wrap World” title at the 2017 SEMA Show, October 31 – November 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    The 2017 Challenge judges include Justin Pate, co-owner of The Wrap Institute; Molly Waters, senior technical specialist, Avery Dennison; Myles Kovacs, co-founder of DUB Magazine; Peter Wright, technical marketing manager, Avery Dennison; Jun Kinoshita, sales manager, Avery Dennison; Stefan Ude, owner of Ude FolierungsKonzepte; Anders Prates, co-owner of WTP Dekor; and Jurriaan de Vries, technical services and support manager, Avery Dennison.

    The eight professional judges evaluated the 159 total submissions based on the following criteria: visual transformation (difference between the before and after pictures submitted), quality and skill level of installation, overall public look and appeal and uniqueness of the design.

    Prize pack for Continent Wrap King is valued close to US$3,200 and consists of a Continent Wrap King trophy, personalized Wrap Like A King swag, US$500 in gift vouchers, a 67” Race Ramp, a large banner stand display, passes to the SEMA show, and a variety of promotional and marketing tools for the winner’s wrap shop.

    Wrap installers can learn more about Supreme Wrapping Film, digital Supercast films, official rules, judges and prize information via www.wraplikeaking.com



  • + NICK CAMINITI CROWNED 2017 “KING OF THE WRAP WORLD” IN AVERY DENNISON® “WRAP LIKE A KING” CHALLENGE

    MELBOURNE, Australia, November 2, 2017 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today that Lei’d Low by Nick Caminiti, car wrap installer at Exotic Graphix from Australia, was n...

    November 02 2017

    MELBOURNE, Australia, November 2, 2017 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today that Lei’d Low by Nick Caminiti, car wrap installer at Exotic Graphix from Australia, was named the King of the Wrap World in the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge at the 2017 SEMA Show, Las Vegas, Nevada.

    “Winning a second Wrap Like a King title in a row is an incredible feeling, and we’re truly honoured to accept the title of King of the Wrap World from Avery Dennison,” said Caminiti. “We knew the field would be gunning for the Exotic Graphix team after our success last year, but we put in the work and came out on top against a really accomplished field.”

    Caminiti used Avery Dennison® Supreme Wrapping™ Film Diamond Silver and MPI 1105 with DOL 6460 overlaminate to complete his entry in the Challenge. Lei’d Low is a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle with a Hawaiian surf theme. It features three-dimensional, embossed wood effects created with vinyl film, as well as a fully templated vinyl wrap that replicates a 1960’s-inspired paint job. Other points of interest include a wrapped steering wheel, a holographic visor and custom offset wheels.

    A panel of international industry judges chose the King of the Wrap World, as well as Regional Wrap Kings and the first-ever Continent Wrap Kings from North America, Europe, North Asia and Australia and New Zealand. The 2017 Challenge judges include Justin Pate, Molly Waters, Myles Kovacs, Peter Wright, Jun Kinoshita, Stefan Ude, Anders Prates and Jurriaan de Vries.

    “All of the region and continent winning wraps in 2017 took extraordinary skill, so the ultimate king had to be decided by a very slim margin,” said Peter Wright, Wrap Like a King judge and technical marketing manager, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Australia/New Zealand. “The craftsmanship that we saw from the entirety of this year’s field was the most impressive yet, and our expectations will only continue to grow with the number of talented installers there are across the world.”

    The judges evaluated 159 total submissions from 19 countries around the world based on the criteria of visual transformation (difference between the before and after pictures submitted), quality and skill level of installation, overall public look and appeal and uniqueness of the design.

    Caminiti’s King of the Wrap World prize package includes a three-night stay in Las Vegas to attend the SEMA show, a 67” Race Ramp and Wrap Like a King swag. In addition, he will receive a US$1,000 cash prize, a King of the Wrap World trophy and almost US$1,000 worth of marketing support from Avery Dennison, including Facebook® ads, exposure on the Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions website and a print ad in a trade show publication.

    All of the 2017 Wrap Like a King entries can be found on www.wraplikeaking.com. Wrap installers can learn more about Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film™ or digital supercast films via graphicsap.averydennison.com. Wrap Like a King official rules, judges and prize information are also posted at www.wraplikeaking.com. Check out the video in our AMAZING PROJECTS section




    www.wraplikeaking.com/au


  • + Salesforce Building Lobby Video Wall

    Now this would be a very cool way to walk in to work every morning. A great use of technology.

    November 01 2017

    Now this would be a very cool way to walk in to work every morning. A great use of technology.





  • + GJS installs first Brother GTX garment printer with Das T-Shirt Automat in Melbourne

    GJS today announced it has completed the first Australian install of the new Brother GTX garment printer with custom t-shirt printing business Das T-Shirt Automat. The Victorian-base...

    October 25 2017

    GJS today announced it has completed the first Australian install of the new Brother GTX garment printer with custom t-shirt printing business Das T-Shirt Automat. The Victorian-based business has three stores located in Melbourne and will integrate the Brother GTX garment printer into its existing workflow to increase production.

    “Our philosophy has always been to deliver an exceptional-quality printed product, no matter if our customers are ordering a single shirt at one of our storefronts, or having 200 designs created,” said Ed Redman, co-founder, Das T-Shirt Automat. “By investing in the latest direct-to-garment technology, not only can we continue to deliver on this philosophy, but we can also speed up production and increase our output,” Ed added.
    The GTX features Brother’s next-generation printheads that deliver incredibly fast print speeds at a constant 1200×1200 dpi whilst maintaining one-pass printing for all print sizes and the new white ink circulation system and wet capping station both help to reduce both maintenance costs and time.
    Brother’s newly developed Innobella Textile Inks deliver a 30 percent wider colour gamut than the GTX’s predecessor, delivering stronger purples, blues and pinks and with the inclusion of 800mb of onboard memory that allows the operator to store up to 100 designs in the printer itself, the GTX can be operated without a PC or USB if needed.

    “We have never seen such interest and appetite for a new printer than what we have seen with the GTX,” said Greg Stone, managing director, GJS. “What this demonstrates is that the Australian market is at a level of education and maturity with direct-to-garment technology where it will continue to seek out and embrace newer technology, which at the end of the day is a win for end-users and consumers,” Greg added.

    Pricing and availability:
    The Brother GTX has an RRP of AUD$24,999 and is available at GJS via: gjs.co/gtx






  • + Primera introduces FX500e Foil Imprinting System

    Primera Technology, a manufacturer of specialty printers, has announced its new FX500e Foil Imprinting System. FX500e is Primera’s new and improved foil imprint...

    October 25 2017

    Primera Technology, a manufacturer of specialty printers, has announced its new FX500e Foil Imprinting System. FX500e is Primera’s new and improved foil imprinter, adding brilliant metallic highlights to pre-printed or blank labels.

    It’s a suitable accessory to Primera’s LX- and CX-Series color label printers and other laser- or inkjet-based label printers. As the imprinting process is digital, virtually any design elements can be added to the label including borders, fonts, graphics and backgrounds. Metallic foils enhance product labels because a message of luxury and elegance is conveyed that emphasizes the quality and value of each product.

    Metallic foils in gold, silver, blue and red are available, as well as various spot colors and clear foil. When printed onto pre-printed labels, clear foil not only adds a professional, glossy finish but also makes labels virtually waterproof and UV resistant, allowing longer exposure to natural and artificial light sources. Additionally, the clear film adds a high degree of resistance to chemicals, cleaning solutions and other harsh environmental factors.

    Fast print speeds and a low purchasing price allow users to quickly produce shiny labels on-demand in the amount that is actually needed, in a cost-efficient way. FX500e costs less than the foil imprinter it replaced, which was called FX400e. The MSRP of Primera’s FX500e is € 499 while the FX400e was priced at € 599.

    Additional features include:

    • 300m ribbon capacity
    • Easy media and ribbon loading with an improved guiding mechanism to secure the label path
    • Optimized printing results
    • Reduced printing noise
    • Easy and hassle-free maintenance

    The FX500e is easy to set up and operate. Printer drivers are included for Windows XP/7/10 along with BarTender Ultralite and NiceLabel Free 2017 Primera Edition Software (both for Windows), four color ribbon starter rolls and an external supply adapter for 25mm or 76mm (1″/3″) roll cores, holding larger input rolls of up to 216mm (8.5″) outer diameter.

    Primera Europe continues to offer 24 months warranty (the standard 12 months, plus an additional 12 months for free upon product registration on its website) for all European units.



  • + ARCHITECTURALLY DESIGNED DOOR COMES TO LIFE WITH HELP FROM MONARCH RENLITA

    Monarch Renlita was chosen to design and manufacture the final specifications for the grand entry to The District at Chatswood Interchange.  The door opens completely outward measuring 4m w...

    October 24 2017

    Monarch Renlita was chosen to design and manufacture the final specifications for the grand entry to The District at Chatswood Interchange.  The door opens completely outward measuring 4m wide by 4.5m high.  The door is hydraulic powered and LED screen cladded.

    To allow for the weight of the door, the architects designed it with hydraulic cylinders underneath the door which would result in support for the door from below. However, as Monarch Renlita designed the final specification, we noticed that the hydraulic cylinders could be placed above which would keep them completely out of site while still providing support for the door.

    Seemingly floating above the entrance to The District, the door elegantly sits in its surrounding architecture, welcoming you into the designer food court. The door looks impressive and creates a surreal experience as you walk over the bridge and under the huge awning displaying brightly lit imagery from the LED screens.

    The Monarch Renlita door that was used for The District falls under our hydraulic door range. Our hydraulic doors introduce new options for greater weight and versatility in the folding door series.

    Hydraulic doors are suitable for many applications including: Shopping Centres, Bar Tops, Counter Tops, Shopfronts, Doorways, Sports Complexes, Arcades, Clubs, Gyms and Restaurants. They are a popular option as they can lift doors which would have otherwise been too heavy to lift manually.  This design allows for the door to be fully projected either inside or outside of a building giving more options in the use of space. Depending on the pivot point, hydraulic doors can also be used as an awning which helps open the façade and bring the outdoors indoors.

    As seen with the door designed by The District, an innovative cladding decision was made by the architects.  Monarch Renlita works closely with architects but also assists with the design of cladding and glazing. The hydraulic door frames produced by Monarch Renlita are designed with a powder coated or polyurethane paint finish, steel frames and sized according to door dimensions and structural loads.

    Monarch Renlita can execute a variety of other door designs. A full range of our capabilities is available on our website https://monarchrenlita.aragroup.com.au/





  • + Konica Minolta reveals efficient production digital colour models: the Accurio PRESS C6100/C6085 print systems

    With the launch of the Accurio Press C6100 series, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia introduces two new presses for the mid to high-volume production print ...

    October 24 2017

    With the launch of the Accurio Press C6100 series, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia introduces two new presses for the mid to high-volume production print market. These print systems have been developed to deliver reliable efficient operation, while producing consistent image and colour quality, which is demanded by print professionals.

    As a successor of the flagship bizhub PRESS C1100_C1085 series, the brand-new Accurio Press C6100 series combines the high-quality and performance of the previous models with additional capabilities, all designed to increase customer print and profitability.

    Intelligent Quality Optimiser (IQ-501)

    In addition to these two new models, Konica Minolta is introducing the new IQ-501, which embodies a fully-automated, closed-loop quality management system that results in superior colour consistency and accurate front-to-back registration. This new combination yields a comprehensive, automated process management system that delivers the precise colour and image quality print customers demand, yet with one-touch ease-of-use yields higher productivity and can assist in dramatically reducing set up time and labour costs.

    Expanded media and print capabilities

    The Accurio Press C6100 series delivers support on a large range of media types and weights, from 52 up to 400gsm at a maximum rated speed of 100ipm. In addition, envelope print functionality is now available with the advanced envelope fuser. Long sheet capability will be available in early 2018 enabling the printing of duplex long sheet up to 762mm and simplex up to 1200mm long, ideal for producing book covers and folded collateral, creating new opportunities professional print and graphic communications providers.  

    Both systems are available with a paper feed unit that includes the newly designed colour dual scanner which is capable of running at scan speeds of up to 240 ipm, and is equipped with a double-feed detection kit to avoid scanning two sheets at once, avoiding incomplete scanned document files.

    Grant Thomas, Product Marketing Manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia, said, “With the expansion of value-added features and high-level improvements, the new Accurio PRESS C6100 series is efficient and versatile, while providing high-quality print and reliability to surpass our customers’ expectations.

    “IQ-501 overcomes some of the biggest pain points in digital print production such as time-consuming front-to-back registration, extensive colour set-up and complex paper set-up operations with leading technologies that simplify the process.

    “The new series also delivers a top-class monthly duty cycle with high yield parts and consumables. Collectively, these innovations have been combined into Konica Minolta’s fastest and most efficient and automated colour press to date.”

    Don’t miss your opportunity to attend one of our Reveal Launch Sessions, over the coming weeks in one of our state branches.

    Click here for more information.