Fiery, LLC and Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), a Nano Dimension division, announced a technology partnership to develop innovative print system solutions for the industrial inkjet market. The compa...
December 05 2023
Fiery, LLC and Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), a Nano Dimension division, announced a technology partnership to develop innovative print system solutions for the industrial inkjet market. The companies will leverage their industry-leading expertise in digital front ends (DFEs) and printhead drive electronics, software, and ink delivery systems to enhance inkjet press performance, improve print quality, and automate workflows. In addition, GIS will now offer Fiery Impress™, the turnkey DFE for industrial inkjet presses, to its customers.
The integrated solution will combine Fiery Impress and GIS printhead drive electronics supported by the GIS Atlas® software platform to provide press manufacturers and inkjet integrators with a hassle-free, ready-to-go solution that includes colour and workflow software, hardware, and robust support. The Fiery DFE's scalability, when combined with the robust GIS electronics and core software, offers unique opportunities that can be tailored to meet any press requirement.
With a turnkey solution, press manufacturers have access to market-leading technology, including superior colour management, automation, and integrated workflow tools. This enables rapid inkjet product development and provides print system builders with added value and a faster return on investment. In addition, print providers benefit from innovative inkjet systems with precise colour control and efficient and easily customisable workflows that improve quality and drive profitability.
“By joining forces with GIS, we want to make inkjet printing more profitable for customers across a broader range of applications and accelerate overall inkjet adoption,” said Toby Weiss, CEO, Fiery. “The combination of Fiery Impress and GIS technology provides printers with a complete workflow solution to efficiently produce more jobs using inkjet presses. Leveraging prepress, colour management, job management, VDP, MIS integration, and cloud analytics, printers can reduce manual touches, improve productivity, and grow their inkjet operations.”
“Collaboration is key within the inkjet industry,” said Steve Williamson, GM, GIS. “We are delighted to join forces with Fiery and be able to offer a combined inkjet development technology platform to reduce time to market for print system builders and OEMs.”
Both companies are exhibiting at the Industrial Print Integration (IPI) Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. Attendees can learn more about the partnership at the Fiery booth #C2 or the GIS booth #B16.
For more information about Fiery Driven™ printing using the world’s leading DFE solutions for digital colour production, visit www.fiery.com.
French software developer Caldera has announced the release of the latest version of CalderaRIP, its award-winning RIP program for large-format digital printing & cutting. Starting...
November 28 2023
French software developer Caldera has announced the release of the latest version of CalderaRIP, its award-winning RIP program for large-format digital printing & cutting. Starting October 2023, users will be able to upgrade their RIP to Version 17 in order to experience the full range of new features and improvements. Highlights of this new Version include the official support of macOS Sonoma, the integration of Adobe PDF Print Engine 6.2, more than 30 new drivers, and an extended range of new features to facilitate colour management, printing and cutting tasks.
According to Arnaud Fabre, Head of Product at Caldera, “CalderaRIP remains at the forefront of PDF performance with the integration of the latest version of Adobe PDF Print Engine. This integration not only ensures compatibility with Adobe Creative Suite’s evolution, but also guarantees precise rendering for all PDF files. As always, our users can rely on Caldera’s stability and high performance to deliver perfect results, streamline their processes and meet the challenges of a rapidly changing industry.”
Colour is paramount in digital printing, and Version 17 brings an array of powerful colour management features to help users deliver the best possible results. With this new version, users can share their spot colour libraries, a highly requested feature that significantly expedites the setup of new workstations. Within EasyMedia, Caldera’s colour management module, users gain the ability to select the formula for measuring colour distances, ensuring the utmost accuracy for a wide range of substrates. Moreover, they can enable the Auto- Smoothing option, effectively improving linearization curves and eliminating color management inaccuracies. In addition, Caldera continues to provide official access to spot colour libraries, including Pantone, RAL and HKS, simplifying the process of achieving precise brand colours. With Version 17, all users can enjoy the latest additions of PANTONE Solid Coated V5 and Solid Uncoated V5 for an even more comprehensive colour palette.
In Version 17, CalderaCare subscribers are in for a treat with an exclusive range of new features. Users with a CalderaCare subscription will now be granted one InkPerformer license for one printer, a resourceful solution that can reduce ink consumption by up to 35%, thereby significantly cutting down production costs and improving margins.
Furthermore, Caldera introduces its own REST API, enabling seamless integration of CalderaRIP with third-party applications such as webshops or ERP software. The REST API paves the way for more efficient job submission and improved job cost-tracking. In addition, the bicubic resampling feature has been incorporated in CalderaRIP, allowing operators to rescale images without pixelation issues, resulting in sharper and more detailed output. The SmartImport & PrintProof features also remain exclusive to CalderaCare subscribers— and with Version 17, users can leverage the ‘repeat_y’ metadata within SmartImport to set the desired number of vertical pattern repetitions, opening the door for automated wallpaper production.
Samin Sarkar, General Manager at Caldera, says “Caldera continues to push the boundaries of digital printing technology, and this latest Version shows our commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction. With its array of new features and enhanced performance, users can expect improved efficiency, precision, and creative possibilities.”
KODAK Wide-Format Media introduces KODAK Premium Textured Display Film, an opaque banner material that prints sharp graphics on both sides for twice the impact. Highly scratch...
November 28 2023
KODAK Wide-Format Media introduces KODAK Premium Textured Display Film, an opaque banner material that prints sharp graphics on both sides for twice the impact. Highly scratch- and water-resistant, this durable film is a PVC/PET hybrid material, making it a high-performance yet cost-effective solution for indoor and outdoor use, including trade show and event exhibits, banner stands, and point-of-purchase displays. The double-sided base material is stable, resists curl, and stays flat when unrolled.
“What truly sets this material apart from the traditional banner material is its soft, textured, velvet-like finish on both sides,” says Tony Sary, Sr. Director of Product Development for KODAK Wide-Format Media. “Also, there is no need for lamination; just print, trim, and ship.”
KODAK Premium Textured Display Film is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, resin, and UV-curable printers.
Three New Mesmerising Colours for Supreme Wrapping Film™ in Australia and New Zealand Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions introduced its 2023 Celestial Satins colour collection today, feat...
October 24 2023
Three New Mesmerising Colours for Supreme Wrapping Film™ in Australia and New Zealand
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions introduced its 2023 Celestial Satins colour collection today, featuring three exciting new colour additions to the company’s Supreme Wrapping Film™ ColorFlow™ series, to the Australian and New Zealand market.
The three new colours, Satin Solar Dawn, Satin Moonstone and Satin Frozen Ocean, reveal a celestial light effect in these satin-finished films as a beautiful shifting spectrum of fluid colour. These iridescent shades transform a vehicle into a work of art as light moves around its contours with a mesmerising effect.
“The Celestial Satin range is an exceptional addition to our Supreme Wrapping Film colour change portfolio,” said Chris Sherry, Product Manager of Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Australia and New Zealand. “These new captivating ColorFlow films are poised to inspire wrap designers to craft impactful visual effects that leave a lasting impression.”
The Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio, renowned in the wrap installation community for its premium vehicle wraps, offers excellent conformability, durability, and performance. It has the innovative Easy Apply™ RS technology, which allows for rapid installation and easy repositioning, elimination of wrinkles or bubbles for a smooth finish, and damage-free wrap removal.
The three new Supreme Wrapping Film ColorFlow Celestial Satin colours are available for purchase via all Avery Dennison authorised distributors in Australia and New Zealand.
Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced that the TR2 Orange and Green inks used in the TrueVIS VG3/VG2/VF2 wide-f...
October 17 2023
Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced that the TR2 Orange and Green inks used in the TrueVIS VG3/VG2/VF2 wide-format eco-solvent printer models are now compliant with the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty program. This is in addition to the previously announced CMYKLcLmLk.
The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty provides full, non-prorated protection for the intended life of each graphic, including fading, cracking, peeling and other aspects of graphic performance. The weathering technology and rigorous testing of ink and printer combinations that 3M stands behind with this warranty assures customers that the quality of their images will be maintained for the life of the graphic.
TR2 inks in CMYKLcLmLk were previously compliant with the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty Program, and now the Orange and Green inks are certified under the same program. Tony Miller, President of Roland DG’s Global Sales and Marketing Division said, “The combination of the TrueVIS series, which delivers rich printing expression with the power to excite hearts and minds, and 3M's highly durable graphic media and laminating films, enables the production of high-quality sign graphics that offer a long-term warranty with greater peace of mind than ever before. I believe that the TrueVIS series will help take our customers’ business success to the next level.”
To learn more about the Roland DG TrueVIS brand, please visit https://www.rolanddg.com.au/products/printers/truevis-brand-family
Fiery, LLC, the largest independent provider of digital front ends (DFEs), today announced the latest rele...
October 10 2023
Fiery, LLC, the largest independent provider of digital front ends (DFEs), today announced the latest release of the award-winning Digital Factory RIP software, making it easier than ever to create personalized, customized, and other specialty production products with perfect color accuracy through custom print modes and color profiles. Driving virtually all direct to film (DTF), direct to garment (DTG), sublimation, UV, toner transfer, and wide format print and cut devices, Digital Factory v11.1 features a more intuitive user interface, redesigned layouts, enhanced workflow automation, and true shape nesting. The new capabilities streamline print operations, save hours in production time, and increase profitability by reducing costly material waste.
“Customers expect quality, accuracy, and speed when it comes to direct to film and specialty print applications, and no other software RIP combines color accuracy with device support like Digital Factory,” said John Henze, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Fiery. “Collaborating with our extensive customer base, we developed a next-generation interface with the user in mind. With this latest update to Digital Factory, businesses of all sizes canquickly find the right tools and dial in the perfect settings to achieve efficient, high-volume production with the highest possible quality.”
“Digital Factory v11 was already a favorite, but with the launch of v11.1, it has taken a giant leap forward,” said Tony Lee, Sales Director, All American Print Supply Co. “There’s simply no match out there for its excellence. The improvements are astounding – it’s now even better, cleaner, more intuitive, and easier to use than ever before. Digital Factory v11.1 sets a new standard for digital solutions, and it’s a joy to see how it continues to evolve and exceed expectations.”
Digital Factory offers powerful production management tools and color profiles to achieve stunning color reproduction and accuracy on the widest variety of substrates. New capabilities in Digital Factory v11.1 include:
Improved Usability, Organization & Layout. A new interface offers clear navigation and user-friendly controls, reducing the learning curve, streamlining job setup, and increasing productivity while minimizing production errors. For example, Queue Groups can now be created with a single icon click with drag and drop features, allowing both Queues or Group tabs to be quickly reordered for improved organization and layout.
Reduced Material Use: Digital Factory now provides true shape nesting, allowing more efficient use of spaces or gaps when nesting print and cut designs. This reduces material usage and supports sustainability efforts.
Quickly Identify Job Lists: New icons, settings menu, and image scaling make it easier for operators to quickly see production feedback and what has been processed.
“This new release takes the powerful tools and features customers love and makes it easier than ever to operate. Designers and printers have the power to create at their fingertips and produce vibrant DTF or DTG prints that set them apart from the competition,” continued Henze.
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, the fully loaded professional design toolkit for delivering vector illustration, layout, photo editing, typography, and real-time collaboration, introduce...
September 26 2023
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, the fully loaded professional design toolkit for delivering vector illustration, layout, photo editing, typography, and real-time collaboration, introduces updates today that empower designers to achieve amazing results quickly and more efficiently. Available with a subscription, the newest productivity-powered features and enhancements boost creativity and simplify the graphic design workflow.
“Thanks to the latest updates, designers can enjoy creating more in less time,” said Klaus Vossen, Senior Product Manager for CorelDRAW. “We want to accelerate designers’ success by enabling them to unleash their creative potential and bring their artistic visions to life, whether they’re at the office, home, or on the go.”
Here’s what’s new for CorelDRAW Graphics Suite subscribers and maintenance customers:
In addition to the popular budget-friendly subscription, designers have the opportunity to purchase a perpetual version of the software, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2023. This one-time purchase option includes several updates that were previously released for subscription customers since CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021, plus some all-new features and refinements introduced in March 2023 and September 2023. Many of the new features and enhancements, apps, and workflows are available exclusively to subscribers and maintenance customers and are not available in the one-time purchase version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2023.
Due to the popularity of HP Recycled Removable Adhesive Fabric for aqueous printers, HP now introduces HP Recycled Removable Adhesive Fabric, 3-in Core (Latex/solvent), made with r...
September 26 2023
Due to the popularity of HP Recycled Removable Adhesive Fabric for aqueous printers, HP now introduces HP Recycled Removable Adhesive Fabric, 3-in Core (Latex/solvent), made with recycled water bottles* and coating materials for Original HP Latex, solvent, low-solvent, and UV-curable inks.
HP Recycled Removable Adhesive Fabric, 3-in Core (Latex/solvent) has the same remarkable water-based, repositionable adhesive that doesn’t harden over time and can be mounted on indoor and outdoor surfaces without leaving a residue.
“HP Recycled Removable Adhesive Fabric, 3-in Core (Latex/solvent) is the ideal solution for a variety of applications and is offered at a comparable price to traditional non-post-consumer recycled products,” says Michelle Oczkowski, BMG Product Manager for HP Large Format Media.
This non-PVC product meets environmental and safety standards, can help to reduce the environmental impact of printing and is certified slip-resistant for floor graphics. It can be contour cut and applied without stretching.
HP Recycled* Removable Adhesive Fabric, 3-in Core (Latex/solvent):
New toners with up to 60% recycled materials will be introduced at Labelexpo EuropeLier, Belgium – Xeikon will present the third generation of its market-leading CHEETAH pri...
August 15 2023
New toners with up to 60% recycled materials will be introduced at Labelexpo Europe
Lier, Belgium – Xeikon will present the third generation of its market-leading CHEETAH printing technology (CHEETAH 3.0) at Labelexpo Europe this coming September. While Xeikon dry toner technology is already the most food-safe solution on the market, new legislation and brand owner expectations are further advancing demands for more sustainable solutions. In response, Xeikon has developed revolutionary new toners without abandoning the strong values of its existing technology, introducing a higher level of sustainability as a direct response to what is undoubtedly the biggest concern for brand owners and end consumers in today’s market. The development of new ECO toners is also a key component of Xeikon’s sustainability goals, which aim to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by 40% in the coming years.
The breakthrough advancements achieved with the introduction of new Xeikon ECO toners align themselves along two main axes: sustainability and food safety.
Sustainability – with up to 60% sustainable components chemically derived from high-grade transparent recycled PET bottles and other reclaimed carbon materials, converters will see a number of immediate benefits from transitioning to ECO toners:
The carbon footprint of Xeikon print technology is reduced by more than 10% which also contributes to converters’ own sustainability goals.
Encourages the use of recycled materials by avoiding (higher) taxation on packaging made from oil-based virgin plastic.
ECO toners, like other Xeikon toners, are produced using 100% green electricity, minimising CO2 emissions.
ECO toners are de-inkable from both paper (Ingede reference) and foil (CADEL reference).
No volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted into the environment during the production of toner nor during the actual printing process.
Food safety – by carefully selecting the raw materials and re-engineering the chemical content, ECO toners are completely free from fluorine (both inorganic and PFAS) and 100% vegan, in addition to the established advantages of the previous generation of toners, which are free from BPA, mineral oil, and photo initiators. This means that ECO toners are suitable for application with indirect food contact with only a paper barrier, and for FDA direct food contact with dry food. Additionally, ECO toners comply with the European Toy Safety Directive, the Nestlé Guidance Note on Packaging Inks, and the Swiss and German Printing Ink Ordinances.
All these characteristics are crucial for complying with existing and future regulations and for protecting the environment. Furthermore, they address consumers’ growing concerns about well-being, health, and animal welfare, making them a futureproof solution for today’s investment in environmentally conscious packaging production.
“Xeikon toners, which already enable exceptional print quality and high reliability, have now been extended with a broader food-safety application range. With their eco-friendly composition, ECO toners make a meaningful contribution to Xeikon’s unwavering commitment to deliver relevant solutions to the label market addressing today’s and tomorrow’s challenges,” comments Filip Weymans, Xeikon Vice President of Marketing. “When making an investment in printing equipment converters seek assurance that their investment
is not only suited to their current needs but also fit to address upcoming demands; an aspect that Xeikon will further enable by also making ECO toner available for existing customers operating Xeikon CX300 and CX500 presses in the coming year.”
He further remarks, “We are also proud to say that Xeikon ECO toners will not compel converters to increase their prices, unlike comparable sustainable solutions. In fact, converters will have the opportunity to upgrade their production to a much higher level of sustainability without increasing their TCOP (total cost of print). This effectively translates to a cost reduction in real terms and supports them in facing the current severe price pressures.”
To provide further evidence of its green credentials, Xeikon has also launched a Sustainability Scorecard for every digital press in the portfolio. The new scorecard provides a fact-based tool for printers to demonstrate the direct environmental impact of their Xeikon machine, expressed as grams of CO2 per square meter, rated in three categories (energy, waste, and ink/toner mass) on a scale from A to G. It goes into a high level of detail to also include substance indicators, legislative compliance, and all outputs for a full sustainability review. The scorecard is not designed uniquely for Xeikon equipment but can be used by other vendors as well. More info on the Sustainability Scorecard can be found at https://xeikon.com/en/lps/sustainability-scorecard.
CHEETAH 3.0: more than just a toner
While ECO toner is the cornerstone of CHEETAH 3.0, a range of next-generation innovations continue the momentum of Xeikon’s CHEETAH series digital presses to mark another significant step towards fully sustainable production of labels and packaging. In addition to new ECO toners and the sustainability scorecard, they include:
metallic toners enabling and supporting creativity for label converters and designers to tap into higher valued applications such as wine & spirits, cosmetics, or gourmet food,
a digital frontend with a more intuitive user interface making it easier for operators to run the press, freeing up time for other tasks,
an optional Quality Monitoring Module (QMM) that reduces waste related to press performance monitoring and correction significantly (this is achieved with an advanced automatic registration system and a new inline spectrometer that monitor and adjust (a) density, (b) tone curve, and (c) creating, monitoring and adjusting the color profile when used in combination with Xeikon color services, making performance more reliable and resulting in a reduced TCOP, and allowing the use of lower grade substrates which before could have led to inconsistent performance caused by incorrect data capturing), and
cloud-connected, advanced machine-machine interface and man-machine interface allowing for the highest level of automation when requested by the converter.
CHEETAH 3.0 will increase OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) in all three key aspects: availability, performance, and quality.
Xeikon CHEETAH 3.0 will be launched at Labelexpo Europe 2023, where visitors will be able to see the new ECO toners in action printing live. Full commercial availability is scheduled for early 2024, when current Xeikon CX300 and Xeikon CX500 users will be able to upgrade their presses.
“CHEETAH 3.0 addresses every detail of the Xeikon digital toner presses, from performance, availability, and quality to sustainability and reliability, so we can offer maximum value to our customers and help them protect their investment,” comments Frank Jacobs, Market Intel & Senior Product Manager. “These new developments have been made with a clear focus on the needs of Xeikon users who are active in labels and packaging, which are incredibly demanding markets with a multitude of factors affecting profitability.”
In addition to the presentations on booth C29 in Hall 5, Xeikon can also be found at the Automation Arena in Hall 11 and as part of the new Sustainability Trail and the Flex Pack Trail, further highlighting the multitude of benefits delivered by the company’s new innovations.
Expand color gamut and improved color saturation for vivid color developmentMUTOH INDUSTRIES LTD., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, af...
August 08 2023
Expand color gamut and improved color saturation for vivid color development
MUTOH INDUSTRIES LTD., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, affiliated with MUTOH HOLDINGS CO., LTD. today announces that it has added spot colours; orange, blue and green inks to its proprietary MP31 ink lineup for the VJ-628MP and VJ-1628MH printers.
The “MP” in MUTOH MP31 ink stands for Multi-Purpose, and MP 31 ink can print directly on a wide variety of materials, including acrylic, PET, metal and synthetic leather, as well as paper. Compared to UV ink, it is less uneven and smoother, and produces a natural finish that brings out the texture of the material.
The use of spot colour-inks; orange, blue and green added to the basic CMYK inks expands the colour gamut and broadens the range of colour expression. These inks produce more vibrant and beautiful colour expression including vivid orange and green, and deep blue.
Compared to the colour gamut of CMYK inks alone, the colour reproduction area using spot-colour inks have been extended and the saturation has been increased.
Features of MP31 ink
- Weather resistance*, abrasion resistance, and colour development equivalent to eco-solvent ink
- High-opacity white ink brings out the original brightness of color inks regardless of the underlying
- Natural finish with no unevenness and smoothness compared to UV curable inks, making the most of
the original texture of the material.
- Resistant to heat, stretching and bending, and the printing surface does not crack easily when bent.
Printing and processing on polycarbonate and shrink film used for vacuum forming are possible.
- Selectable from 4, 5, 7 or 8-colour ink configurations depending on application
*Except for orange ink
The VJ-628MP and VJ-1628MH provide highly accurate inkjet colour proofing using the original printing paper. The ability to check the design and colour proof on the same sheet of paper provides a consistent image of the finished product, prevents reversals due to image inconsistencies, and can also be used for colour proofing with high reproducibility.
In addition, effective use of original paper also eliminates the need for dedicated inkjet paper and reduces running costs.
MUTOH makes continuous efforts to provide new products to the market to meet the diverse needs of our customers.
SISER RANGE OF HEAT TRANSFER VINYLS & EQUIPMENT NOW AVAILABLE AT GRAPHIC ART MART Graphic Art Mart, the leading national supplier of sign, digital, and display solution...
August 08 2023
SISER RANGE OF HEAT TRANSFER VINYLS & EQUIPMENT NOW AVAILABLE AT GRAPHIC ART MART
Graphic Art Mart, the leading national supplier of sign, digital, and display solutions, is excited to announce its new partnership with Siser, one of the most respected names in the global heat transfer materials industry. As of August 7th 2023, Graphic Art Mart will officially become the master trade distributor of Siser products in Australia, further enhancing its commitment to delivering exceptional brands to the industry.
The collaboration with Siser marks another exciting milestone for Graphic Art Mart who are celebrating their 50th year of business. Siser is internationally recognised for its innovation and superior heat transfer materials, catering to various creative industries, including textiles, fashion, promotional items, and more. This partnership will enable Graphic Art Mart to expand its portfolio and provide customers with an even broader selection of cutting-edge materials.
FUJIFILM Business Innovation Asia Pacific announces the launch of new Fiery® print servers and workflow software for Revoria PressTM EC1100, Revoria PressTM SC180 / SC17...
July 28 2023
FUJIFILM Business Innovation Asia Pacific announces the launch of new Fiery® print servers and workflow software for Revoria PressTM EC1100, Revoria PressTM SC180 / SC170 and the ApeosProTM C Series. Sales of the new Fiery print servers for these printer models—Fiery EC11 / EC12, Fiery SC11 / SC12C and Fiery VC11 / VC12C—has begun in the Asia-Pacific*1 region.
Fiery EC11 and EC12 drive high productivity with professional quality prints with the Revoria PressTM EC1100, a production colour printer for the high-end professional printing market of both commercial printing and quick printing.
Fiery SC11 and SC12C create high resolution quality prints in various document types with the Revoria PressTM SC180 / SC170: production printers for quick printing and in-house printing with office functions.
Fiery VC11 and VC12C improve usability and enable seamless integration across Windows and macOS business environments with the ApeosProTM C810 / C750 / C650: production printers for on-demand printing both for professional and office use.
In addition, all Fiery print servers are equipped with Fiery Command WorkStation® allowing a central control to all Fiery print servers, thus gaining operational efficiencies to increase work productivity. Its familiar and easy-to-use unified interface provides clear process visibility to customers regardless of print requirements.
Fiery servers are now available for all Fujifilm-brand toner-based production printers including Fiery PC11 for Revoria PressTM PC 1120 and Fiery E11 for Revoria PressTM E1 series. Therefore, users can choose between FUJIFILM Business Innovation proprietary print server technology – the Revoria FlowTM for Revoria PressTM or GP Controller for ApeosProTM – and the Fiery print servers, allowing more options to meet their various application and workflow needs.
April 25 2023
The 42-year-old Australian software house has made its name delivering print ERP solutions for print service providers in Australia and across the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, installing more than 1000+ printers in 12 countries.
Managing Director Shanti Kumar says the company will take the opportunity provided by the industry’s leading regional show to showcase this new offering, as well as modules for a range of sectors, including a totally new Label & Carton Packaging Print ERP module.
“Our robust software solutions have been designed specifically to meet the needs of print service providers, large and small, covering all aspects of the global print and packaging industry,” Kumar says, “and we’ll be showcasing a full range at Visual Impact, Sydney with a special focus on new releases.”
Over the past five years, Kumar says the company has invested considerable resources to develop its Cloud Print ERP solution which uses the latest Microsoft technology and data hosted at the Microsoft Data Centre in Sydney. The solution, based on Sofware as a Service (SaaS) or ‘cloud’ model, includes mobile applications for IOS and Android and is integrated to MYOB, Xero and a number of web-2-print solutions and is available on a subscription service based on the modules included and number of users.
“This allows users to benefit from a turnkey solution for a fixed rental price, with everything included – software, any modifications required, and support from one of our senior print consultants,” Kumar says.
“The benefits of using a cloud-based solution are many – chief among them is the ability to access information anytime, anywhere, plus it also saves about 30% in infrastructure costs, because users do not have to invest in maintaining an expensive Local and Wide Area Network.”
The software has a number of core functions designed to streamline processes. These include estimating; creation of job bags, invoices, purchase orders, packing labels and shipping documents; capture of employee time including actual cost versus estimated; exporting of reports to Excel and debtor and creditor management. Management can define who has access to each level of the system.
Specific modules which will be featured at the show including the Wide-Format Quoting Module and the new Label & Carton Packaging Module, which will be demonstrated for the first time at Visual Impact.
“The Label Module features a knife register, which allows knives to be listed by size, type, colour and codes, automatic selection of the optimally-sized cylinder for each job, automatic repeat length calculation, and quantity-based press selection,” Kumar says. “For cartons, the features are similar, with input for interlocking designs and a stock grain direction selection.”
The Wide-Format Quoting Module supports both roll-fed and flat-bed devices and has a range of handy functions which will be of particular interest to the many visitors from the sign, display and large-format industries attending the Visual Impact Expo.
“Operators can define the area to be used – whether that’s image area, full stock width or full machine bed width – when calculating for speed, and also specify multiple print modes, each with their own individual speeds and make-ready set,” Kumar explains.
“Multiple products can be included in the one quote, then converted into individual jobs linked by a common reference code, making production and total job tracking easy,” he adds.
Importantly, all Quote & Print’s solutions are designed on a modular basis, so companies can purchase the complete package, or just the modules that suit their business and budgets.
“For new users and those migrating from a legacy system, this might be the majority of modules,” Kumar explains. “A smaller print business may budget to buy and implement one or two modules each year. Whatever their requirements, this modular strategy means we can provide the right functionality and ROI for each business…and then work with them to tailor the system as their needs grow and change.”
Canon Australia today announces the launch of PosterArtist v1.1, a new version of its web-based design software for the creation of posters, banners and signage - enabling two-sided and variable printing, as well as offering new templates to support the creation of a wide array of applications. PosterArtist v1.1 allows users to easily create professional-level designs to print on selected Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX, imageRUNNER, and imagePRESS Series of multifunction printers for office use. The software is also compatible with selected imageCLASS laser printers for small business use, imagePROGRAF large-format printers and PIXMA home printers.
Create diverse designs with two-sided and variable printing
PosterArtist version 1.1 allows users to create flyers for retail stores, menus for restaurants and many other applications. By using the variable printing function, users can efficiently print applications, such as certificates, by importing text data from an Excel file and adding it to the design. Combining two-sided printing and variable printing, users can design and print two-sided applications, while including personalised details such as the name of a customer and their appointment time.
Yoshinori Moritaki, General Manager Product Marketing at Canon Australia comments, “The visual appeal and tactile nature of a printed application has the power to cut through digital noise and help brands stand out in an age of screen fatigue. With an array of new templates and an easy-to-use interface, the new version 1.1 of PosterArtist will help our customers to create exciting double-sided, variable designs for both business and personal use.”
New templates for business and individuals
Canon has added new templates for applications such as flyers, menus, calendars, and photo collages, in addition to a variety of existing poster designs. The new templates feature complete front-and-back design options, making it easy to create a unified two-sided design. In addition, Canon is adding clip art, including stamps like "Big Sale" and "Limited Time Offer" and illustrations in a handwritten style.
Version 1.1 also supports "Auto Photo Fix" which streamlines the design process further, allowing for text and images to be changed, whilst photo colour tone and brightness can be adjusted to help create high quality and original designs.
Version 1.1 of PosterArtist is available now at https://www.canon.com.au/apps/posterartist .
With 34 years of experti...
March 21 2023
With 34 years of expertise and a reputation recognised in France and internationally, HEXIS SAS, manufacturer and distributor of adhesive films for visual communication, whose head office is located in the south of France, continues its external growth strategy and announces the acquisition of the historic Australian distributor Stickittome.
Stickittome, based in Melbourne (Victoria, Australia), was created in 2001 by Scott NIVEN. Specialising in the supply of vinyl films for printing and cutting, it also offers a wide range of accessories dedicated to the application of adhesive films.
The creation of the HEXIS Australia subsidiary (Brisbane, Queensland) in 2018 consolidated the partnership with STICKITTOME. By establishing a common distribution policy, the HEXIS brand image and the global offer have been greatly developed in recent years:
“We are extremely happy to be able to take this step in strengthening our Team and the HEXIS brand here in Australia. We will look to focus on our customer relationships and site visits to work closely with clients on projects and their daily needs. Keeping on the Stickittome staff and adding more experience to our sales force will add to our overall Hex’pertise and we look forward to new conversations in the near future”, said Ian PARSONSON, MD of HEXIS Australia.
The HEXIS company philosophy is based on similar values to those of the co-founder of Stickittome: “it is a family-run business built from the ground up, with owners and partners who have a passion for the industry. Moreover they strive to remain as close as possible to the end-users and their needs enabling them to provide them with the best solutions and products.”
Clément MATEU, CEO of HEXIS SAS, emphasises the importance of this new operation: "HEXIS has experienced continuous growth for several years on the Australian continent thanks to the involvement and market knowledge of our teams as well as our distributor Stickittome. The decision to invest locally a few years ago proved to be wise and has led us today, thanks to a particularly dynamic sign industry in Australia, to opt for this takeover operation.”
HEXIS’S EXPERTISE AND KNOW-HOW ACCLAIMED BY IMAGING PROFESSIONALS
Who better than HEXIS to train you to install self-adhesive films? The increasing technical nature of HEXIS self-adhesive films is coupled with the requirement of providing technical assistance to the users of its products.
In order to train the elite of media applicators, HEXIS has two training centres in Australia, the first one in Brisbane, the other one in Melbourne.
John PAPADOUPOLOS (Blurred Sign. Co), Clayton WITNEY (Gold Coast Wraps) and Ben SCHLIEBS (Graphic Applications) are the 3 HEXIS mediapplicators who work everyday to highlight the quality of HEXIS products through their achievements.
Latest feature-packed Kongsberg iPC streamlines and simplifies production to bring designs to life
Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) has unveiled its new software, specifically developed to make it even easier for users to harness the power and precision of its digital cutting solutions and get the most out of their investment.
The new iPC (i-cut Production Console) version 2.6 is packed with a host of new features and upgrades, making the integrated software solution that comes as standard with Kongsberg cutting tables the only production software that users need.
“The iPC’s intuitive user interface was designed to enable straightforward and efficient operation for all users,” said Koen Van Reybroeck, Kongsberg PCS product manager. “It enables users to import and automatically set-up files, customize production runs, calibrate tools and save settings,” he said. “With iPC you can set up standard production workflows, create simple designs and layouts, and run production manually or fully automated.
“With this new version, we have introduced a raft of additional new features and functionalities that help streamline the entire production process, making it faster and easier to achieve optimum cutting results and bring designs to life,” said Koen.
The new Kongsberg iPC 2.6 boasts a whole host of new features, including:
• New iPC Prep Station - a standalone, offline preparation tool that can be used for file and job preparation prior to production, without interrupting the production station or production time estimation
• Updated iPC job list – now split into active jobs/jobs still to go into production; additional job history viewing and exporting options; new reports for order or finishing department. Produced jobs history can also now be exported as a .CSV file
• Improved batch production - use ordered copies on job in batch production, a new way to produce different and mostly unprinted jobs in sequence without user intervention
• On the fly estimation of open jobs - estimation now updated as soon as a modification is done in Layer or Production tabs, or to job geometry. Updated estimate displayed in open job and jobs list, showing modifications’ impact on production time before producing the job
• Print preview for JDF files - jobs using JDF files that contain print preview images are now displayed when hovering over cut preview image
• Windows 11 support - updated documentation and support connectivity for Windows 11; supported operating systems are now Windows 11, Windows 10, and Windows 7
• Kongsberg Connect HUB V1.0 – iPC’s new internal data management system improves connectivity with third party software providers, functioning as a central working interface to and from iPC
Work quicker, without interruption
“With iPC 2.6. we are introducing the new launch iPC Prep Station,” said Koen. “An offline preparation tool for the production table, iPC Prep Station is a standalone version of iPC that is not connected to a Kongsberg cutting table. This means users operators can undertake time-saving and crucial file and job preparation prior to the production process, without causing any delay or interruption to either the production station or production time estimation,” he said.
iPC Prep Station uses the exact same tooling and mapping presets as the Kongsberg table in production, so job preparation can happen even faster - but crucially without a need to be around the cutting table in production.
New integration with software partners
“With this latest version, we also continue to improve integrations with partner software, delivering greater connectivity to iPC and the Kongsberg tables,” added Koen. “This improved connectivity means users can now also take full advantage of a production-focused workflow, with new software partner integrations focusing on automated file setup, QR code production and intelligent file intake.
“Importantly, this also means they can benefit from the comprehensive Kongsberg automation portfolio, from manual feeding and Multizone production through to roll feeders, sheet feeders and robotics,” he said.
“These new features serve to protect users’ investment, ensuring they enjoy full support for all future additional functionality - only developed in iPC – as well as benefitting from advanced Kongsberg tooling, such as Fast Tool Adaptor or Dual Heavy Duty Unit, and all future tools,” said Koen.
To learn more about the benefits of iPC 2.6 from Kongsberg PCS – including user tips and tricks - check out the latest webinar video at https://app.livestorm.co/kongsberg-pcs/discover-ipc
For the latest information on software partners and the latest integrations, just visit https://www.kongsbergsystems.com/en/about/software-partners
March 07 2023
March 07 2023
UK headquartered narrow web printing ink specialist Pulse Roll Label Products is helping printers beat rising energy bills with the launch of its new dual cure UV LED ink range, PureTone DC®.
The new high-performance ink from global supplier Pulse Roll Label Products can be cured with UV LED lamps, meaning the curing process uses just a fraction of the power of traditional UV lamps. Being fully Food Packaging Compliant, new PureTone DC is suitable for label converters supplying industry sectors that require compliance to food packaging regulations and guidelines, and the range also includes CMYK+OGV for extended colour gamut printing.
LED lamps used with PureTone DC not only deliver a more stable light ensuring consistency of curing and print, but they can also be switched on and off instantly – unlike traditional UV lights, which must be left running – and they also last many times longer.
Crucially, PureTone DC’s dual cure formulation means printers can use just one set of inks with both UV and LED curing presses, delivering further efficiency gains through avoiding unnecessary and costly inventory and ink management complexity, as well as being able to convert across press by press. The new ink also matches the impressive strength of others in the Pulse range, making it easy to compare and match colours as necessary.
Gary Seward, Managing Director of Pulse Roll Label Products, said: “LED curing is looking like the future of the industry – and PureTone DC puts Pulse Roll Label Products squarely at the forefront. Offering increased performance compared with other suppliers, and with a dual cure formulation, this new solution gives printers the versatility and freedom they need to switch to LED ink at their own convenience.
“At a time when our customers’ energy bills are soaring, solutions like PureTone DC that help cut costs with rapid, energy-efficient curing can make all the difference. As well as needing less energy to run, the UV LED lamps that cure this ink last many times longer than traditional UV equivalents, with output remaining consistent over the bulb’s lifespan. What’s more, disposal is also significantly less complex with UV LED bulbs,” he said.
“We’ve even seen improved cure and adhesion over the existing ranges during extensive beta testing, so this really is the next generation of PureTone ink,” added Gary. “The message is clear – UV LED technology like PureTone DC is better for your business, your staff, your customers and the planet.”
Unlike some LED inks, PureTone DC’s dual cure formulation means the initiators within the ink are activated when exposed to either traditional UV lamps or UV LED light. This feature is designed to help printers gradually phase out their existing mercury-based curing equipment without the need for expensive initial investments. As an LED curing ink, PureTone DC can also cure at lower temperatures, making it suitable for a wider range of substrates including heat-sensitive thin films.
With the United Nations (UN) having committed to phasing down mercury use in a wide range of products and processes due to the substance’s harmful environmental and health effects, the ease of disposal of UV LED lamps is also another benefit to printers.
“There are already significant restrictions in place on disposal of mercury and introducing it into the waste stream, and these regulations are only tightening,” said Gary. “With different rules and procedures across different countries around the world – particularly with regard to landfill – printing businesses are looking to transition away now, to get ahead of the changes on the horizon.
“The ongoing uncertainty over the future of mercury regulations in flexo printing, coupled with the enormous cost and energy benefits, means there’s never been a better time to make the change to UV LED ink,” he said.