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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, 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’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.
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.
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/
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
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
Now this would be a very cool way to walk in to work every morning. A great use of technology.
November 01 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-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 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:
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.
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/
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.
Digital embellishment capabilities can open the door to printed electronics and custom content. Most importantly, it can help create differentiation....
October 22 2017
Digital embellishment capabilities can open the door to printed electronics and custom content. Most importantly, it can help create differentiation.
With the help of digital embellishments, print is “poised for a comeback as an engine of growth,” contends Jack Noonan, marketing coordinator for MGI USA. Although digital embellishments are still a relatively new area of growth for commercial printers, there is a definite potential for new job and profit expansion.
One of the key trends in digital embellishments is the increase in research and development dedicated to printed electronics.
The most common forms of printed electronics are Remote Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC) tags, which are commonly used in smart packaging. Noonan explains that they work as antennae for transactional encounters, data transfers or as the informational link between a printed piece and digital communications. An advantage of this technology is that it can be used on a variety of substrates, including paper, synthetics and plastics.
Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) is another form of printed electronics that, as Noonan describes, uses “organic materials that are deposited as micro or Nano particles used in a custom-designed way to light up flexible display substrates.” The technology can be used in applications to create a source of light or provide internet connectivity. For example, OLED can be used to create illuminated flexible displays or interactive labels and packaging.
Another printed electronic solution, Quantum Direct Development (QDOT), has “subatomic energy properties” making it similar to an OLED application, according to Noonan. The technology utilizes the chemical properties of intelligent ink to generate energy that is converted into light or heat.
A more advanced printed electronics application, Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) technology is ideal for the production of solar cells using printable energy circuits.
Looking at the future of the printing industry, Noonan believes that this aspect of digital embellishments will be the future of print, from a business standpoint. The technology offers new job volumes and profit opportunities.
“The application base will be growing exponentially every year that goes by because we’re heading into the Internet of Things and integrated digital connectivity,” he says. “Not only are computers, satellites and cellphones connected but, in fact, everyday objects and engineered manufactured materials can be connected. It’s going to be a very dynamic and vibrant world of three dimensionality in terms of information and communication.”
Digital embellishments play a key role in the evolving omnichannel world of print and digital communications. However, it’s crucial to utilize customer data to reap the full benefits of digital finishing technology. Noonan explains that embellishments — such as 3D digital textures, 2D spot UV and variable embossed foil — can be used to personalize direct mail, which helps to build customer relationships. For example, he says if a printer were to analyze customer data and find that a consumer prefers a specific type of product, that product could be added to a piece of direct mail and embossed to emphasize the personalization.
Noonan points specifically to variable data hologram technology as a solution for unique versioning and security measures with personalized images and text. He explains that by using MGI Meteor Unlimited Colors Press Series technology, for example, printers can create customizable holograms more cost-effectively than by traditional methods. According to Noonan, the technology is highly complementary to digital enhancement applications, and can serve as a way for commercial printers to secure more business with added value capabilities.
“The future of print is a blend of traditional ink and paper with digital connectivity because we now live in an electronic world of information,” he says.
The portfolio of materials is designed to reduce packaging falsification and tampering in the pharmaceutical sector. The ne...
October 19 2017
The portfolio of materials is designed to reduce packaging falsification and tampering in the pharmaceutical sector.
The need to protect the safety of pharmaceutical products has risen in recent years, and Avery Dennison has developed a portfolio of materials designed to reduce packaging falsification and tampering in the pharmaceutical sector.
“Drug counterfeiting is a major global problem. Patient safety is compromised by product manipulation and substitution, and manufacturers can experience damage to their brand image, sales and revenue,” explains Gabriela Gregor, Avery Dennison’s project manager for pharmaceutical labeling. “Our products can change the game in protecting patient safety and safeguarding manufacturer reputation.”
One key product range in the portfolio is the Tamper-evident Seal Range, which, when combined with newly formulated adhesive S799P, makes tampering with cartons more difficult, and eases compliance with the EU Medicine Directive 2011/62/EU, which is designed to prevent “falsified medicines” from entering the legal prescription supply chain, and also applies to some over-the-counter products.
Konica Minolta has enhanced its new Industrial Printing product portfolio with the launch of the MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution.
October 19 2017
Konica Minolta has enhanced its new Industrial Printing product portfolio with the launch of the MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution.
The JETvarnish 3D Evolution, developed and manufactured by Konica Minolta’s strategic partner MGI, is available in three sizes from B2 to B1. It delivers high volume productivity with up to 4,065 B2 size sheets per hour, offers remarkable registration and the ability to create brilliant and highly profitable 2D and 3D effects with up to 200 micron in a single pass.
It applies spot UV coating as a top layer to make prints more vivid, tactile and exclusive. The varnish adds a creative touch to a wide range of applications, including luxury packaging, book covers, business cards or greeting cards, brochures, flyers, posters, magazines, photo books, and many more. This makes the JV3D Evolution an interesting add-on product for more or less any print provider operating toner, offset or inkjet print systems.
With the JETvarnish 3D Evolution it is easy to spot coat digital and offset prints, highlight defined areas, or add tactile 3D effects – all of which create attractive print products that are more vivid and tactile. When combined with inline hot foiling module additional glamorous effects are possible.
Charles Lissenburg, General Manager of Konica Minolta Europe’s Professional Printing Division, said: “The JV3D Evolution is used to add value to existing print jobs and make them more spectacular. The device is the ideal digital solution for digital and offset print providers, turns printed jobs into remarkable and appealing print products that will immediately catch the attention of the end customer and provides an added value to the print product.”
German print provider druckpartner Druck- und Medienhaus GmbH is the first operation to invest in the high-end B1 spot UV varnishing and foiling device. It was founded in 1975 as a book and offset printer. Over the years, the award-winning company developed itself to a full-service provider with 120 employees, serving well-known customers from industry and advertising.
From the outset, its formula for success has been to think one step ahead and to offer outstanding services. As a result, druckpartner focuses on innovative technology and extraordinary ideas. It chose Konica Minolta’s JV3D Evolution to add value to existing print jobs and differentiate its services. And just six months after its installation at the druckpartner premises, the long-time Konica Minolta customer was able to seize new business opportunities and increase its services and offerings. Customers are particularly happy to be provided with truly new printing and embellishment options. In addition to UV-spot-varnishing, for example, druckpartner can now offer hot-film treatment – without the need to involve a third-party service provider. Such an embellishment was previously not on offer as the handling cost would have been too high.
By simplifying the production process, introducing the new JV3D Evolution has also led to significantly faster production speeds. Being able to produce in-house is particularly time saving, as intermediate logistics with external printers become unnecessary. The same goes for technical coordination with another supplier: Projects can be managed and handled on site, written briefings or even print dummies for third parties become obsolete. The accounting department is benefiting as well, as it is relieved of having to negotiate the necessary supplier contracts or manage invoices.
“We were able to secure several projects particularly thanks to the embellishment options we are now able to offer. This really set us apart from our competitors – in a situation where otherwise the deal would have gone to the cheapest competitor. The JV3D is really helping us create a USP, broaden our offer base and create products that really trigger customers’ emotions. This decreases price sensitivity by creating additional value,” Klaus Schotte, registered manager at druckpartner, explained.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recently released Taxation Ruling 2017/D6, setting out the ATO’s updated guidelines regarding when an employee can clai...
October 18 2017
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recently released Taxation Ruling 2017/D6, setting out the ATO’s updated guidelines regarding when an employee can claim a tax deduction for their travel expenses and the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) implications of these expenses.
According to the ruling, an employee can claim a tax deduction for travel expenses incurred in earning their salary or wage, or if the expense is work-related. However, what exactly constitutes an expense “incurred in earning income”, and what is considered “work-related”?
Normally, the factors looked at when determining if a travel expense is tax deductible include:
Travel expenses that are typically tax deductible include transport, accommodation, meals and incidentals paid for by the employee during a work-related trip. Travel costs where the employee is travelling to a site or alternative workplace are also included.
Travel expenses that are typically not tax deductible include;
These principles hold true in the ATO’s current draft ruling. The draft ruling does not provide new ground for tax deductions, but rather provides better and clearer guidance in the context of the modern workplace environment.
In particular, the ruling deals with fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers, as well as addressing the more transient nature of modern workplaces, such as where an employee is required to work in two different locations (i.e. two days a week in one location and the rest of the week in a second location).
For FIFO workers, the draft ruling states that in certain circumstances fly-in and fly-out travel may be deductible, and therefore is not subject to FBT if the employee is being paid for that travel time and is under the employer’s direction and control whilst travelling. However, if the employee is not paid for that travel time, and is not subject to the employer’s direction whilst travelling, these expenses will not be tax deductible and if paid by the employer, may be subject to Fringe Benefits Tax. The ruling provides a number of examples that can assist in determining any associated travel expenses of the employee and therefore whether the trip itself would be FBT exempt for the employer.
In certain circumstances employees who are required to work in two different locations (called “co-existing work locations” in the draft ruling), may claim their travel expenses between these locations (including accommodation, meals and incidentals) as tax deductible. Consideration must still of course be given to whether there is a private and therefore non-deductible portion to these travel expenses.
The ruling introduces a term “special needs travel,” which supports the potential for travel expenses to be deductible. These workers are generally FIFO workers, but this term could also extend to others were the demands under their employment include; a requirement for them to work remotely, travel is part of their employment activity, to continuously change work locations or to work away from home.
The draft ruling provides eighteen examples of various travel expenses and working arrangements, the tax deductibility available on those expense and the associated FBT impact. Not all scenarios will be covered by these examples, however when read in context, can provide guidance for assessing one’s unique circumstances.
Importantly, the ruling is still only a draft, but we expect that many of the concepts and examples to remain in the final ruling.
For more information about this draft ruling, or to get advice around Fringe Benefits Tax or travel expenses, contact your financial adviser.
This article was written by Courtney Van Zyl (Manager Tax Advisory) & David Hall (Associate Partner Tax Advisory).
Epson today announced Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging software, hardware, and serv...
October 18 2017
Epson today announced Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging software, hardware, and services, has recognized Epson’s innovation and remarkable color accuracy for its Epson SureColor S-Series roll-to-roll solvent printers.
All three solvent models – the SC-S40600, SC-S60600 and SC-S80600 – were honored with BLI Pick Awards at SGIA:
Epson SureColor S40600 – Outstanding Entry Level CMYK 54″/64″ Eco-solvent/Latex Device
Epson SureColor S60600 – Outstanding High Production CMYK 54″/64″ Eco-solvent/Latex Device
Epson SureColor S80600 – Outstanding Gamut Expansion 54″/64″ Eco-solvent/Latex Device
“Keypoint Intelligence worked very closely with Epson during the testing process, and all three Epson SureColor S-Series solvent printers delivered the lowest Delta E measurements of all the devices tested,” said David Sweetnam, director of research and lab services, EMEA/Asia, Keypoint Intelligence. “These awards give special recognition to manufacturers and products that perform above their peers in our exhaustive lab tests, and all three S-Series models did extremely well in our tests – providing accuracy that any color-critical print shop would appreciate.”
Since launching its eco-solvent/latex test program in 2016, BLI has tested a host of devices in Europe and the US, and these are the inaugural Pick awards for the best performing products in these categories. The BLI “Pick” awards occur twice a year, in Summer and Winter, giving special recognition to the hardware and software products that are reviewed by BLI’s team of expert technicians and analysts at the BLI laboratory. All laboratory test data is then compiled to select the top products that have been evaluated within the past six months. The products and solutions that stand out from the competition, providing the most outstanding performance with the highest evaluation scores, are then awarded a Pick award within their respective industry category.
“Epson professional imaging solutions are designed with advanced precision performance technology and our SureColor S-Series printers are an ideal example of that,” said Matt McCausland, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “With a precision media feeding system and same-day lamination, Epson’s SureColor S-Series solvent printers are among the fastest in their price class, and offer high quality and value for our customers. We are honored to be recognized by BLI with these esteemed awards.”
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Graphic Art Mart is delighted to announce the extension of Aslan’s broad portfolio of metal effect films. To complement the MetalEffect ASLAN CA 23 series, cons...
October 18 2017
Graphic Art Mart is delighted to announce the extension of Aslan’s broad portfolio of metal effect films. To complement the MetalEffect ASLAN CA 23 series, consisting of a variety of polished and brushed metal effect films, the metallic colour rose gold is now also available.
Rose gold is an extremely popular shade at the moment across a number of different industries, including décor, jewellery, electronics, fashion and interior design. With the self-adhesive polyester film, this trendy colour can now easily be integrated in shop window designs, visual merchandising and shop fitting. The highly glossy film has been designed for the creation of plotted lettering, logos and designs on smooth surfaces as well as full-surface designs.
Thanks to the identical effect on both sides, the film is particularly suited for glass applications. Applying a plotted design inversely on the inner side of the glass also protects it from deliberate damage and other external factors. The rose gold film has a minimum outdoor durability of two years and is suitable for interior as well as exterior applications.
For more information, visit http://www.gamart.com.au/AslanMetalisedPolyesters.aspx
HP Inc. announced a new range of durable textiles certified for HP Latex printers to produce soft signage and décor applications, combining durability and outs...
October 18 2017
HP Inc. announced a new range of durable textiles certified for HP Latex printers to produce soft signage and décor applications, combining durability and outstanding print quality with the benefits of water-based HP Latex technology.
The new textiles from selected media vendors1 expand possibilities for durable HP Latex printing for soft signage applications, including backlit and front-lit banners, block-outs, backdrops, and Point of Purchase displays, with higher durability. These textiles also enable new home décor applications, such as curtains and blinds, cushions, lampshades, and bags, on materials made from 100% cotton, cotton linen or polyester. Some of the new textiles can also achieve washability with a heating process after printing.
“We continue to expand on HP’s promise to deliver new possibilities for HP Latex printers. New durable textiles for soft signage and décor open new growth opportunities with HP Latex water-based technology,” said Joan Pérez Pericot, General Manager, HP Large Format Graphics Business, HP Inc. “Unlike solvent-based printers, HP Latex technology can print on traditional signage substrates such as banners and vinyls, in addition to textiles, including uncoated substrates.”
New textile applications for HP Latex
At SGIA in booths 1029 and 1045, HP is presenting a textile showcase and printing on HP Latex printers, including the HP Latex 3600 Printer, winner of the 2017 SGIA Product of the Year Award in the Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (over 80 inch) category. The HP Latex 3600 delivers high-volume printing and high monthly duty cycles, designed for PSPs needing long-run, uninterrupted printing.
Textile printing is also supported on the HP Latex 1500 Printer, a robust, affordable printing solution, delivering fast turnarounds, HP Latex 560 and 570 Printers, designed for medium-to-large PSPs with increasing print volumes, and for smaller volumes, on the HP Latex 365 Printer.
The new HP Latex 300 Print and Cut Solution, launched earlier this year, is also in its first SGIA demonstration after release earlier this year at ISA. The entry-level HP Latex 115 Printer and HP Latex 115 Print and Cut Solution, announced September 25, are now starting market release.
The dual-device HP Latex Print and Cut Solution allows printing and cutting simultaneously, delivering production time savings up to 50% versus solvent-based print and cut solutions.2
HP PrintOS for sign and display production
HP PrintOS is expanding for sign and display. PrintOS enables print shops to simplify and automate production of, signage and decoration applications.
The powerful apps running on the PrintOS platform bring cloud advantages, with low start-up costs, easy setup, and unlimited capacity. HP PrintOS apps available for sign and display printing include:
• Applications Center, offering easy access to HP Signage Suite for easy web-based design and ordering jobs for signage and décor, and HP WallArt Suite for decorative applications. HP WallArt Suite is updated to include cushions as a new application, in addition to wallcoverings, canvas, decoration, posters, and cushions.
• HP Media Solutions Locator, a fast and assured way to find certified media availability by region.
• HP Print Beat, providing visibility into press/printer performance for continuous improvement of print production operations
• HP Latex Mobile App, enabling unattended printing by getting printer alerts when you are not in front of the printer or even when you are out of the shop.
• HP PrintOS Box, a file exchange which simplifies print file receipt, content validation and routing to production.