Wide Format Digital Print

  • HP is delighted to announce the launch of The Print Hub, an interactive platform specifically developed to support HP Latex users and help them get the best out of their printers.

    The Print Hub offers personalised content covering all topics related to HP Latex, allowing users to explore a wide range of exclusive and specialist information dedicated to the HP Latex range of print technology.

    Customers – both existing and potential – can explore insightful and informative content such as webinars, videos and expertly written articles, as well as access in-depth technical information about HP Latex printers and the applications they can be used for.

    Visitors will enjoy a personalised experience when browsing content on The Print Hub based on their navigation history and asset clicks. The ‘Recommended for You’ feature suggests content that may be of interest to each individual visitor, while the ‘Continue Watching’ option allows users to pick up from their last visit.

    Another stand-out feature on the interactive platform is the ‘Printer Selection Tool’, whereby users can select certain criteria to help them identify the most suitable printer for their business and proposed applications.

    In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to sign up for live broadcasting experiences of certain events that are happening – such as the upcoming FESPA Global Print Expo in Berlin – allowing those who cannot attend in person to access key information from the comfort of their office.

    “From its beginnings, when it was branded ‘Possibility City’ and used as a means to replace physical shows during the pandemic, the interactive site showed great promise. The HP Large Format team soon realised that the platform was fast becoming an essential – and 24/7 accessible – resource for customers wanting to research and explore content and learn about HP’s offerings in the Latex technology space,” says Isabella Jelinek, Large Format Marketing Manager UK&I at HP.

    “Subsequently, we optimised and improved the platform’s functionality. We added more content to offer customers a rich, personalised experience, curated with exactly what they want to read, see and do – all in one place – and The Print Hub was born.”

    To access The Print Hub and start or resume your HP Latex journey, please click here

  • Kornit Digital Ltd. (“Kornit”), a worldwide market leader in sustainable, on-demand digital fashionx and textile production, introduced its distinctive Kornit Atlas MAX Poly system – an industry-first direct-to-garment (DTG) solution delivering superior-quality digital decoration for vibrant, colourful design on polyester and poly-blended apparel.

    Kornit’s Atlas MAX Poly capitalises on the demand for fashionable, unique sportswear and apparel. As the industry emerges from a post-pandemic environment in which athletic and leisurewear became mainstream, there is increasing demand for apparel combining polyester and poly-blends with vivid designs across a range of colours. Atlas MAX Poly can transform the multi-billion-dollar professional and recreational sports apparel and teamwear markets, limited today by limitations in mass customisation of polyester.

    “Kornit Atlas MAX Poly is a game-changer,” said Omer Kulka, Chief Marketing Officer at Kornit Digital. “As fashion and sports apparel merge, there’s new opportunity for innovative fashion on polyester, currently the fastest-growing textile vertical. For the first time, recreational sportswear, promotional, and sports brands can embrace vibrant and colourful design with Kornit’s proven MAX technology – setting superior quality standards for on-demand production previously not possible.”

    Unveiled during Kornit Fashion Week Tel Aviv 2022, Atlas MAX Poly incorporates Kornit’s field-proven MAX technology for high-quality premium decoration, process automation, and smart autonomous quality control. With Kornit’s XDi decorative applications, Atlas MAX Poly enables endless designs and creativity on polyester, and empowers new styles for multiple effects and unlimited combinations such as emulating threadless embroidery, high-density vinyl, screen transfer emulations, and 3D effects.

    The solution is compatible with mesh and plain fabrics, including brushed polyester, while maintaining durability and breathability. It brings the highest throughput for on-demand polyester decoration, reducing total cost of ownership to drive profitability. Customers gain competitive advantage via Pantone colour-matching and a wide colour gamut including neon colours for bright and vibrant impressions, using single-step mechanisms minimising production footprints while maximising versatility.

    Beyond superior quality, graphics, colour, and application variety, Kornit Atlas MAX Poly offers efficient, reliable, profitable end-to-end polyester production via:

    • Kornit’s ActiveLoad automated garment-loading and pallet adjustment for repeatable, high-quality output with minimal errors reducing time and waste, eliminating operator ramp-up and boosting throughput up to 20%.
    • Seamless integration with KornitX Global Fulfillment Network, enabling a pixel-to-parcel-to-doorstep experience. This unleashes untapped demand for polyester short-run production, personalisation, and disruptive direct-to-fan and direct-to-recreational business models.
    • Integration with KornitX& #8217;s workflow ecosystem and Kornit Konnect dashboard, optimising process visibility and control, adding data-driven insights for production floor efficiencies.

    Kornit Atlas MAX Poly is successfully deployed across four global beta customer sites with expected availability in 2Q22. Click here to view Kornit MAX technology in action. 

  • Mutoh Industries announced the launch of their new 54”/1,371mm wide water-based inkjet printer, “XpertJet 1341WR Pro” from the MUTOH XpertJet series which delivers excellent print quality and high productivity. In a compact body with a space-saving design that’s easy to handle, equipped with MUTOH’s latest unique technologies, the XpertJet 1341WR Pro is designed for high image quality and user convenience.

    Dye-sublimation transfer ink to be paired with is MUTOH original "DH 21" ink, which provides superior media transfer and achieves high-density colours with less ink consumption. The fast ink drying enables printings on thinner/lighter transfer papers, and excellent jetting performance and colour stability provide high-quality output.

    The XpertJet 1341WR Pro is an ideal printer for trade show graphics, flags, banners, custom interior design, apparel, custom merchandise and more.

    The XpertJet Pro series achieves both high image quality and high productivity by combining the newly developed "AccuFine" print head and the new print effect "i-screen".

    The “AccuFine” extra wide and high-density piezo print head delivers the best-in-class ink drop placement accuracy and achieves both high-speed printing and high image quality. The “AccuFine” can produce high-quality solid printing with less banding, even at high speed.

    The new print effect “i-screen”, created from MUTOH’s "Intelligent Interweave" printing technology, optimises the new print head "AccuFine", reducing banding for smoother print images.

    Other key features of the XpertJet 1341WR Pro are as follows:

    Bi-Directional adjustment “DropMaster2”, a built-in sensor on the carriage which automatically calibrates bi-directional alignments, saving time and reduces validation in adjustment among different operators.

    The Media feed adjustment “FEED MASTER”, which automatically performs paper feed correction by printing a pattern that is read with a sensor.

    Nozzle selection function “Nozzle Area Select”, which temporarily prints using selected areas of active nozzles when clogged nozzles fail to recover.

    Media roll balance management “Media tracker”, that manages the remaining media by printing barcodes before removing roll in use. It will read the barcode when reloading that roll and streamlines management of remaining capacity for multiple media.

    Three head height settings, allowing the optimal print head height to be selected from 3 stages depending on the media being used. This reduces the risk of contact, and also provides stable print quality.

    Partial pressure cancel mechanism, In order to prevent cockling, the pressure rollers can be individually cancelled to finely adjust the pressure applied to the media. A wide range of media types can be fed under optimal conditions.

    MUTOH Status Monitor (MSM) enables checking the printer’s operation status in real time.

    Paired with MUTOH original dye-sublimation ink “DH21” : Ink cartridges of 220ml and ink bags of 1,000ml are available for each colour of CMYK. Selection can be made according to the application and business situation.

  • Xante is pleased to announce the latest addition to its UV flatbed printer lineup, the Xante X-98. The X-98 takes Xante’s proven UV print technology to the next level with a larger bed size (55″ x 98″), doubling the size of their other flatbed UV products. Utilizing up to four Epson i3200 four-channel printheads, the CMYKW X-98 prints in bold, vibrant color on virtually any rigid media including wood, glass, stone, metal, acrylic, coroplast, and more. This new offering is powered by the award winning iQueue Adobe PostScript/PDF workflow software.

    The X-98 UV flatbed printer will quickly produce full-color 4’x 8′ signage, decorative items, personalized awards, or unique promotional items in minutes. With a bed size of 55″ x 98″, customers will be able to simultaneously print up to 12 18″x24″ signs, dramatically increasing speed and efficiency of production. With Xante’s iQueue Adobe PostScript/PDF workflow, customers can now achieve magnificent multi-panel wall art, accurately manage spot colors, control print quality, create multi-up imposed layouts, and much more.

    With adjustable print head height up to three inches, and resolutions up to 2880 DPI, the X-98 will allow for printing on a wide array of media with amazing speed and image quality. Printing on dark substrates, or clear material, is also simple using the white option controls embedded within iQueue Workflow. Users have the option where, when, and how white ink is applied. The standard X-98 configuration will contain two Epson i3200 printheads at an economical price of $74,995 and a four-printhead configuration is $79,995 for environments where high speed and production are critical.

    “The Xante X-98 demonstrates our commitment to the continued expansion of our outstanding flatbed UV printer lineup. The world of print has changed and Xante is investing in the new reality of print.” stated Robert Ross, CEO and President at Xante. Xante UV High-Density inks for the X-98, and for all Xante UV printers, are sold in economical half-liter bottles. These inks provide incredible outdoor durability and amazing color quality.

    The Xante X-98 is currently in full production and ready to ship.


  • + Mimaki Launches New JV330-130/160 and CJV330-130/160 Eco-Solvent Printers

    Mimaki announced the simultaneous worldwide release of large format inkjet printers, 

    March 01 2022

    Mimaki announced the simultaneous worldwide release of large format inkjet printers, "330 Series".

    Since the world's first eco-solvent inkjet printer, "JV3-130S/160" was introduced to the market in 2002, we have been leading the industry by introducing printers with new values, always focusing on "something New, something Different" to meet customers' needs for high image quality and quick delivery.

    With the catch copy, "Give your creativity a Glow up", in pursuit of new value, we designed and developed the casing of these products from the ground up, with bringing together the technological expertise we have accumulated over the past 20 years for the newly announcing " JV330-130/160" and "CJV330-130/160" of large format inkjet printer. And the "330 Series" will make an appearance in the market as new models bearing the "3", which has been really loved from the customers engaged in sign graphic industry.

    JV330-130/-160 and CJV330-130/-160 are added to the line-up of the entry model "100 Series" and the standard model "300 Series" as middle and high-end models to meet the needs of customers. In addition to its impressive image quality and high productivity, the high value-added functions are mounted to assist customers in saving work and labor.

    The 330 Series have newly the "Mimaki Weaving Dot Technology (MWDT)", a printing technology that changes the order of ink droplet placement depending on the printing conditions. It suppresses unexpected occurrence of streaks or unevenness of printing caused by slight individual differences in the print head or subtle deviations in adjustment.

    We have also released a new input profile "Deep Colour Natural", a standard format for colour management. It makes full use of the wide colour gamut of the market-proven "SS21", our eco-solvent ink and reproduces fully vivid solid colour*1 expression, natural gray tone, and natural skin tone, which were difficult to coexist in the past.

    Printing speed is 21.0m2/h in standard mode with 4 colour (C, M, Y, K), and 13.2m2/h with 8 colours (C, M, Y, K, Lc, Lm, Lk, Or), of high productivity. As befits our flagship model, it promotes work efficiency with high image quality and high productivity.

    The "XY slitter" and the "Media changer" are two high value-added functions that assist in your saving work and labor. The XY slitter has an in-line function that cuts all sides of the media after printing, enabling automatic slit processing without the need of taking-out media. This will significantly shorten the post-process work and reduce the space required for the cutting work that used to be done manually.

    And the Media Changer accommodates up to three rolls of media to be able to change by simply turning the handle with light force. The Media changer reduces the time and effort required to change media, contributing to a more efficient work environment.

    In addition, these new models are compatible with "Mimaki Remote Access (MRA)", which allows you to remotely operate the machine and check its operation status from your smart phone*2 or PC, if inside a LAN environment of the same segment. Operation of the printer without worry even from a remote location provides you with a desirable work environment.

    As the other new mechanism, there are an ink supply unit that enables agitation of large-capacity 2L ink packs without removing them from the unit, and the drive motor, which was conventionally mounted on only one side, is now mounted on both the left and right sides of the media winder for more stable winding. These new designs ensure uninterrupted long-hour operation.

    Furthermore, Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4 (MAPS4)*3, Nozzle Check Unit (NCU)*4, Nozzle Recovery System (NRS)*5, and Dot Adjustment System (DAS)*6 have inherited our printing functions for supporting a stable operation. Focusing large indoor and outdoor signage and graphic market, the new models are equipped with "JV330 Series" only for printing function and "CJV330 Series" having print & cut functions each with the lineup of -130 (maximum media width of 1,361 mm) and -160 (maximum media width of 1,610 mm) to be released in April 2022.

    With "something New, something Different" as our management vision, Mimaki Engineering will continue to pursue new technological innovations constantly and to realise the "beauty and speed" that our customers demand.

  • + Mimaki Launches TS330-1600 Sublimation Inkjet Printer

    Mimaki announced the release of large format inkjet printers 

    March 01 2022

    Mimaki announced the release of large format inkjet printers TS330-1600 sublimation transfer inkjet printer

    We have been leading the industry by introducing printers with new values, always focusing on "something New, something Different" to meet customers' needs for high image quality and quick delivery.

    With the catch copy, "Give your creativity a Glow up", "TS330-1600" is our newly releasing large format inkjet printer of which casing was designed and developed from the ground up, by bringing together the technological expertise of Mimaki’s accumulation over the past 20 years.

    TS330-1600 is a sublimation transfer inkjet printer that enables high production with high image quality suitable for a flagship model and is equipped with new functions to improve stable operation and pursues work and labor saving for customers.

    The "Mimaki Weaving Dot Technology (MWDT)" a printing technology is newly installed, and it changes the order of ink droplet placement depending on printing conditions. This new technology suppresses unexpected occurrence of streaks or unevenness of printing caused by slight individual differences in the print head or subtle deviations in adjustment to produce both the best solid print*1 quality in our company's history and the beautiful printing quality.

    Printing speed of 69m2/h in Draft mode (600x600 dpi, 2Pass) with 4-colour ink set (Bl,M,Y,K) is achieved,

    which is increased to about 138% of speed compared to our conventional model*2. In addition, MAPS4 (Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4) *3 reduces banding (horizontal stripes) during low passes.

    Two optional units of the "10 kg ink tank unit" and the "Mini jumbo roll unit" that have been popular with our other models*4 are customised to be able to attach to TS330-1600.

    The 10kg ink tank*5 of large capacity type can be installed to the "10kg ink tank supply unit"*6 to be able to significantly reduce running costs compared to the standard 2L ink pack apply. The "Mini jumbo roll unit "*6 is a feeding option that can be equipped with Mimaki VisionTM Jet-X Mini-162, our genuine transfer paper of approximately 2,500m length roll that have achieved low running costs.

    With the lower running costs, these two optional units contribute to reducing downtime of ink and media replacement, as well as reduced workload for customers.

    TS330-1600 adopts a new function to prevent conveyance misalignment in long length media winding. The drive motor for winding, which used to be mounted only on one side, is now mounted on both the left and right sides to distribute the load and strengthen the winding force. The "V-shape cut function" cuts the media into a V-shape, allowing the tape to be fixed at a single point straight against the paper core is added. Moreover the "Media edge guide" for assisting in media winding is downsized to make it easier for customers to attach and remove it by themselves.
    Those new additional three functions and item can reduce human error and prevent media feeding misalignment.

    Mimaki’s printing functions such as, NCU (Nozzle Check Unit)*7 , NRS (Nozzle Recovery System) *8, DAS (Dot Adjustment System)*9 are taken over to ensure stable operation for long-time printing.

    New features to improve usability

    As a new cleaning mechanism, a "cloth wiper" has been adopted to increase the removal rate of unwanted ink droplets adhering to the nozzle surface.
    Compared to conventional "rubber wipers", the new wiper reduces ink splattering on the head station and improves maintainability and cleanliness. The maintenance space has been expanded, and LED lighting has been installed inside the main unit as standard, making it even easier to view and use.

    "Mimaki Remote Access (MRA)", which allows you to operate the machine panel and confirm the operating status like error-check from a smartphone*10 or PC within the same segment LAN environment is applied to the new model. The operability of printer from a remote location without worry provides the work environment that customers require.

    "Sb411" and "Sb410"*11 inks proven in the market are applied to TS330-1600
    All colours of these environmentally friendly inks have acquired "ECO PASSPORT"
    *12, as an international certification of safety and security against chemical substances for dyes, pigments, auxiliaries, and finishing agents, that are used in the production of textile products.

    Ink sets are available in 4, 6, 7, and 8 colours. Besides the basic colour of blue, magenta, yellow, and black for 4 colour ink set, there are light blue, light magenta, light black, fluorescent pink, and fluorescent yellow that are selectable among 6/7/8 colour ink sets to suit your work.

    The print width corresponds to 1,600mm, which is frequently used in textile and apparel applications. TS330-1600 is compatible with two types of RIP software for printing,"RasterLink7", which is both easy to use and highly functional and,"TxLink4 Lite", which is suitable for textile printing, and either can be selected at the time of purchase.

    With "something New, something Different" as our management vision, Mimaki Engineering will continue to strive as an innovator company to provide products that are close to our customers.

  • + Mimaki Release CG-AR Series Cutting Plotters

    Mimaki announced the release of new cutting plotters in three sizes with different cuttable areas: "CG-60AR (cut...

    March 01 2022

    Mimaki announced the release of new cutting plotters in three sizes with different cuttable areas: "CG-60AR (cuttable area: 606 mm width)", "CG-100AR (cuttable area: 1,070 mm width)", and "CG-130AR (cuttable area: 1,370 mm width)".

    For more than 30 years since 1988 of the release of the CG Series of high-accuracy cutting plotters for the signage industry we have been highly evaluated by customers around the world. As more jobs require shorter delivery times, we have received various requests such as speedy and accurate cutting of more diversified materials and beginner-friendly operability.

    The "CG-AR series" to be released this time are the reasonably-priced latest cutting plotters of entry-model with improved usability, combining more advanced cutting performance and the ability to handle a wide range of cutting materials.

    The highest cutting pressure in its class of 550g and a cutting speed 105% compared with our conventional product*1 have been achieved as the basic performance. By the increasing of 50 g of cutting pressure allowing the cutting of a wider range of materials, including PVC, fluorescent and reflective sheets, and rubber sheets. Also, CG-AR series are now capable of full cutting of cardboard. Using the dedicated optional products*2, they can produce high-quality cutouts from plain paper to cardboard, and an additional line-marking gauge enables a fold line making. These features help to create paper crafts and packages that could not be produced with the conventional models and expand not only the range of processable materials but also the range of applications.

    We have also added a function that focuses on "usability" so that a variety of customers can use these products. Now that they support Windows plotter drivers, it will be easy to output data to the cutting plotter. You can send data directly from Microsoft Word, for example, without using design software such as Adobe Illustrator*3, to perform cutting. This allows you to cut and plot text and graphics easily, just like outputting them with a general office printer.*4

    Moreover, support for "Mimaki Remote Access (MRA)" allows the operator to remotely use the machine and check its operation status. It would be possible through smartphone*5 or PC in the same segment network environment to operate the machine's panel, check errors, and operational status of cutting progress etc. By running a cutting plotter from a distance without worry, the customer is provided with their desired working environment.

    Also, a feature "ID Cut function" newly applied in the entry-level model further improves usability. *6 This function is used to perform Print & Cut efficiently by cooperation with Mimaki printers. By reading the printed register mark with ID, the data contained in the ID is automatically cut. Data transmission from the PC is completed with one-time operation, and once you set the printed sheet on the cutting plotter, cutting is completed automatically. Though being an entry-level model, it has achieved a cost performance that even enables unattended operation.

    This selectable "usability" not available in the previous series allows a wide range of customers to build an efficient output system.

    This "CG-AR series" cutting plotter delivers overwhelming cost performance to further support your business as an entry-level model that is easy to use by both existing and new users of cutting plotters and goes beyond the normal functional limits. The product suitable for a wide range of applications such as car wrapping, wall decoration, paper crafting, and packaging, in addition to signage applications such as stickers, labels, POP, and signs will be released worldwide in April 2022.

    With "Newness & Difference" as our management vision, Mimaki Engineering will continue to push forward as an innovative company creating new value for our customers.

  • Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, announced today the launch of its third generation of TrueVIS wide format inkjet printer cutters, including the professional flagship VG3-640 and VG3-540 models with up to eight ink colours and the value-packed SG3-540 and SG3-300 with four ink colours. 

    "Since its launch in 2016, we have focused on building upon our award-winning TrueVIS brand, to produce durable graphics with the extraordinary power to excite hearts and minds," said Tony Miller, President of Roland DG’s Global Sales and Marketing Division. "The combination of unparalleled colour, durability and ease of use has appealed to large numbers of digital print business owners, resulting in sales of more than 23,000 units."

    "Our exciting new products were developed based on user feedback, with the goal of making the performance of the next instalment of the renowned TrueVIS brand even more intelligent and user-friendly than before," Miller said. "After thoroughly reviewing the previous hardware design, we developed a new platform from scratch. The rigidity of the body has been increased by four times, and the dot shape and position of the ink droplets can be controlled more accurately and consistently than ever before. Taking TrueVIS' best image quality to the next level has resulted in the next generation standard of excellence for Roland DG."

    The flagship VG3 Series adopts a new eight-colour ink set of CMYKLcLmOrGr for unequalled colour matching and visual expression with a wider colour gamut using special Orange and Green inks, and smoother colours with reduced graininess using Light Cyan and Light Magenta. The new True Rich Color 3 preset optimises the potential of both superior colour reproduction of the printer and the wide colour gamut of TR2 inks to achieve a unique combination of vividness and natural appearance in a single graphic.

    According to Miller, the new TrueVIS was also designed to offer excellent usability without relying on operator proficiency. The new TrueVIS features an easy-to-read colour LCD touch panel for quick and easy access to check settings, get a real-time view of ink levels and media, and perform device commands. Both VG3 and SG3 models include a new media setting support function that reduces media skew for easier and more accurate media loading. TrueVIS also supports automatic media gap and feed compensation for a more stable, unattended workflow. The newly developed centre and side pinch rollers further optimise the pressure to hold the media in place, resulting in improved print and cut quality.

    For increased productivity and profitability, TrueVIS inkjets are designed to work with Roland DG Connect, a cloud-based app that provides numerous helpful functions by connecting your devices and sharing information. For example, based on the shared product information, you can achieve faster, more proactive support, view the status of various functions and machine up-time, easily calculate profitability, and quickly download media output profiles. This helps customers to reduce downtime, improve work efficiency and realise more efficient business operations.

    "The world is changing dramatically," Miller added. "We live in an era where special experiences are required to excite people so print producers are challenged to work more efficiently and creatively than ever. The VG3 and SG3 Series has been developed to create exceptional value for the future of the printing business and provide the finest image quality to as many customers as possible. Through the new TrueVIS, we are passionate about working together with our customers to open up new possibilities in the printing business."

    To find out more about the VG3 Series, go to: https://www.rolanddg.com.au/products/printers/truevis-vg3-series-printer-cutter
    To find out more about the SG3 Series, go to: https://www.rolanddg.com.au/products/printers/truevis-sg3-series-printer-cutter

  • + Mutoh launches its new XpertJet 1341SR ‘Pro’ series printer

    MUTOH Australia h...

    February 15 2022

    MUTOH Australia has released the new XpertJet 1341SR ‘Pro’ series printer. Based on the former long running VJ-1324X model, the new XpertJet 1341SR ‘Pro’ series has significant speed increases (up to 200%) plus the integration of 3 new key Mutoh technologies to enhance quality and production.

    The new, larger ‘AccuFine’ print head, ‘i-screen’ and Mutoh’s new genuine rip software ‘VerteLith’ all combine to deliver high printing speeds, extremely accurate dot placement, smooth gradations, and an intuitive workflow via the simple to use, but powerful Mutoh VerteLith rip (which recently won the European Digital Press Association for workflow technology)

    The MUTOH XpertJet series, which delivers excellent print quality and high productivity, now has a 54”/1.3m wide eco-solvent printer model perfectly balancing cost and performance. In a compact body that’s easy to handle, equipped with MUTOH's latest unique technologies, the XpertJet 1341SR Pro is paired with MUTOH's new eco-solvent ink "VJ-MS31" that excels in colour reproduction, weather resistance, and ease of maintenance. The ink has been certified UL GREENGUARD Gold, making it environmentally and operator friendly.

    The XpertJet 1341SR Pro brings the best "Made in Japan Quality" to various markets such as banners, trade show graphics, indoor and outdoor signs, POP displays, vehicle wrap and more.

    Stock is available in Australia now. For more information, please contact Mutoh Australia sales@mutoh-au.com or 02-9437 1366. To learn more about all of Mutoh’s award-winning products visit www.mutoh-au.com

  • The new MUTOH ValueJet 1628MH hybrid printer combines upgraded features and new technologies designed to produce vibrant output with smoother gradations and a wide color gamut using MUTOH’s own VerteLith RIP software.

    The VJ-1628MH is the most versatile printer on the market and offers the flexibility of printing on roll or rigid media using MP31 multi-purpose inks in up to 8 colors, including CMYKx2 and CMYKWhWh. A new built-in circulation system for white and magenta inks provides improved color stability and consistency while a new custom roller selection function offers diverse media compatibility and the ability to set each pressure roller independently for various types of substrates.

    MUTOH’s new VerteLith RIP software is bundled with FlexiDESIGNER MUTOH Edition 21, a $2,199.00 value. VerteLith includes MUTOH Clear Tone and CMYK technologies, two preview functions and auto-generation of named Pantone spot colors. The VJ-1628MH outputs packaging prototypes, indoor/outdoor signage, banners, posters, and thermoforming prints easily and efficiently with high heat and stretch tolerance, and produces a smooth and natural finish, preserving the texture of the print substrates.

    The VJ-1628MH is a direct replacement for the VJ-1627MH. Other model features include:

    • Blower heater – gently dries the entire printing surface. The temperature and air pressure of the heater can be set and changed.
    • Automatic media height adjustment mechanism – easily set media height to allow for printing directly on corrugated plastics, polystyrene, PVC, acrylic, polycarbonate, foam board, aluminum composite, banner material, vinyl and more.
    • Built-in head strike prevention sensor – protects the print head from collisions with the media.
    • Media retainer – provides proper positioning of media for output.
    • Take-up system – an optional 88lb unit is available.

  • The latest addition to Xante's UV flatbed printer lineup, the Xante X-55, takes Xante's proven UV print technology to the next level with a larger bed size (50x55”), and doubles the production speeds of its flatbed UV products. Based on up to four Epson i3200 four-channel printheads, the CMYKW X-55 prints in bold vibrant colour on virtually any rigid media including wood, glass, stone, metal, acrylic, coroplast and is powered by the award-winning iQueue Adobe Postscript/PDF workflow software.

    The X-55 UV flatbed printer will quickly produce full colour signage, decorative items, personalised awards, or unique promotional items in minutes. With a bed size of 55x50” customers will be able to print up to six 18x24” signs simultaneously, dramatically increasing speed and efficiency of production. With Xante’s iQueue Adobe PDF workflow customers can now achieve magnificent multi-panel wall art, accurately manage spot colours, control print quality, create multi-up imposed layouts and much more.

    With adjustable print head height up to 3” and resolutions up to 2,880 DPI, the X-55 will allow for printing on a wide array of media with amazing speed and image quality. Printing on dark substrates or clear material is also simple using the white option controls embedded within iQueue Workflow. Users have the option where, when and how white ink is applied. While the bed size and imaging area are large, the footprint is still compact with a footprint of only 7.5’x7.5’ allowing shops of almost any size to add X-55. The standard X-55 configuration will contain two Epson i3200 Printheads at a economical price of $59,995 and a four printhead configuration is $64,995 for environments where high speed and production are critical.

    “The Xante X-55 demonstrates our commitment to the continued expansion of our outstanding flatbed UV Printer lineup. The world of print is changing and Xante is investing in that future,” stated Robert Ross, CEO and president of Xante.

    Xante UV High Density inks for the X-55 and all of our UV printers are sold in economical 1/2 litre bottles. These inks provide outdoor durability and impressive colour quality. The Xante X-55 is currently in full production and customer installs begin in January 2022.

  • Kornit Digital Ltd., a worldwide market leader in sustainable, on-demand, digital textile production technologies, announced today the release of its Kornit Presto MAX system for sustainable on-demand production of apparel and other textile goods.

    The new system will make its live debut at Kornit Fashion Week Los Angeles + Industry 4.0 Event, which the company is hosting November 2-5 to showcase technology innovations, partnerships, and proven strategies driving the business case for sustainable, on-demand production of fashion and textile goods worldwide.

    “Presto MAX will change the textile industry forever, transforming digital into the catalyst for modernizing the business, breaking the barriers between imagination and physical applications, connecting consumers and fulfillers on a global scale, and truly capitalizing on digital’s promise for delivering both sustainability and profitability, free of waste,” said Ronen Samuel, Kornit Digital Chief Executive Officer. “Whether your business is finished goods or ready-to-use custom fabrics, growing your own brand or supplying the world’s retailers and entrepreneurs, this technology represents the cutting edge of on-demand, unconstrained textile production, in terms of both capability, accessibility, and sustainability. Kornit empowers producers to create more with less, shrink their carbon footprint, and deliver unlimited expression while creating new opportunities and growth.”

    Kornit launched its MAX technology in April, and is already field-proven via the Kornit Atlas MAX system, which is today supplying demanding global brands with the high retail quality and application variety needed to grow their product offerings and answer evolving consumers’ needs.

    Kornit Presto MAX reflects the company’s commitment to expanding groundbreaking capabilities to all segments of the marketplace, building upon its continuously improving portfolio of technologies to accelerate and empower the industry’s transformation into a more responsive and responsible model.

    Introducing never-before-seen capabilities to transform virtual concepts into brilliant custom fabrics for fashion, home décor, and other textile applications, Kornit Presto MAX is the first digital print system to offer white printing on colored fabrics, enhancing decoration capabilities for dark colored fabrics more broadly. It is the only single-step solution—and the most sustainable solution available—for direct-to-fabric printing, delivering the highest quality and softest feel with brilliant whites and brighter neon colors. The system is ready to incorporate future iterations and evolutions of XDi technology—3D decorative applications to produce threadless embroidery, high-density, vinyl, screen transfer, and other innovative effects.

    Kornit Presto MAX is compatible with natural fabrics, synthetics, and blends, and includes advanced algorithms for smart autonomous calibration, to deliver high-quality results with short cycle times and minimal manual interruptions or defects. The system was devised for compatibility with the KornitX global fulfillment ecosystem to enable anywhere, anytime production, supporting a true distributed production model that fulfills nearer the end consumer, eliminating time and logistical waste from the experience while empowering brands to ensure quality and consistency across all systems and production sites.

    Kornit Presto MAX provides the cornerstone of a smart, efficient, sustainable EcoFactory that empowers producers to cover and integrate more parts of the process, from design to finished product, to decrease their carbon footprint, use minimum manpower, and generate less waste. This means eliminating excessive time, labor, and shipping throughout the value chain, enabling proximity production to meet the accelerated demands of a web-driven global marketplace—revealing new sales channels and clever business models to grow the business long-term.

    To learn more about Kornit Presto MAX, please contact Kornit today or register for your front-row seat at Kornit Fashion Week Los Angeles + Industry 4.0 Event.

  • Efficient, high-quality, versatile digital inkjet solutions can be key to helping display graphics providers drive profitability and capture new growth opportunities. Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is working closely with those providers, presenting them innovative solutions that can drive their display graphics business forward faster in an economic recovery. This week, dozens of EFI™ customers, prospects and industry media and analysts are attending a series of EFI Ignition open house events that deliver a more-comprehensive view of growth opportunities display graphics providers can capture.
    The events – one-day invitation-only presentations and demonstrations at the EFI Global Inkjet Innovation Center in Londonderry, New Hampshire – highlight the ways print providers can take their businesses to new heights by leveraging leading-edge production solutions.
    The pandemic has understandably forced the cancellation or postponement of several large tradeshows that would have served as launch events for these products, but that does not diminish our customers’ need for continued advancement and innovation,” said Ken Hanulec, vice president of Worldwide Marketing, EFI. “Our conversations with customers at this week’s Ignition event will give a strong representation of the market opportunities display graphics businesses have for success in a recovering market using our leading portfolio of innovative solutions.”
    This week’s events highlight new product launches and a range of topic areas that address specific display graphics challenges and opportunities. New product launches and presentation topics include:


    • Growth opportunities in premium soft-signage applications with the launch of the new VUTEk® FabriVU® Plus series 70-, 133- and 205-inch dispersed dye-sublimation printers, including the 133-inch-wide VUTEk FabriVU® 340i+ model with in-line sublimation making its debut at the Ignition events. The FabriVU 340i+ model delivers upgraded performance thanks to eight high-performance printheads, and enhanced high-quality and backlit print modes, with the ability to print on transfer paper or direct to fabric using the same ink set. The FabriVU Plus series’ new CMYK x 2 configuration printhead array – along with new electronics, a new vacuum system, and a new heating element – deliver higher-quality 600 dpi graphics with better saturation and more density.
    • Achieving value with a wider range of possibilities with the newest EFI Wide Format hybrid printer, the 126-inch wide EFI Pro 30h LED flatbed/roll-fed system dual-roll capabilities in Continuous Board printing models to give commercial print shops, sign shops and in-plant print departments an efficient, highly versatile entry point into high-quality display graphics production.
    • An overview of digital print for packaging opportunities, with a presentation of market benchmark data from industry analyst Kevin Karstedt. EFI is also presenting highlights of the EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus printer – the world’s leading single-pass inkjet solution for corrugated – and an upcoming, premium-quality, shuttle-based UV LED printer, the EFI MCORR 1300, scheduled for release in 2022.
    • EFI’s expanding super high speed signage production solutions – the EFI VUTEk h5 hybrid roll/flatbed printer with ¾ automation along with the EFI VUTEk XT hybrid printer and single-pass Nozomi 18000+ LED printer for display graphics producers coming in 2022 – that deliver the automation, reliability and productivity needed to lower costs per square foot, at higher volumes, for an extended range of signage and display products.
    • High-volume, higher-value UV LED graphic production with the EFI VUTEk Q series – the fastest-ever VUTEk roll-to-roll production printers offering. Launched in 2021, the 138-inch-wide VUTEk Q3r and 208-inch-wide VUTEk Q5r printers offer expanded capabilities for a wide range of challenging, high-volume applications, with premium features such as multi-layer white and high-value in-line finishing, collection, and auto backlit and blockout options that help users achieve a remarkably low total cost of operation.
    • Emerging and high-growth industrial applications, with a presentation highlighting advanced inkjet printer, ink and coatings solutions that bring greater value, versatility, quality, and efficiency to markets, including for wood decoration and wood flooring production, luxury vinyl tile manufacturing, and more.
    • End-to-end workflows to drive profit. Ignite will highlight the unique advantages possible in display graphics production with comprehensive EFI Midmarket Print Suite MIS/ERP workflow solutions that handle web-to-print order entry, estimating and costing, accounting, production, fulfillment and more. This Ignition session also highlights the launch of new EFI Fiery® XF and Fiery proServer digital front-end solutions, offering significantly faster spot color processing and expanded print-and-cut support features.
    • Higher value in hybrid printing, leveraging the cost and productivity advantages of the 126-inch-wide EFI VUTEk h3 and h5 LED printers. Four-color is the new eight-color on these printers, thanks to an exceptionally wide color gamut that has successfully given users worldwide the power to drive faster throughput on premium work by moving away from eight-color process to a CMYK x 2 configuration with little to no loss in imaging quality.
    For more information about sign and display graphics printing and other advanced inkjet solutions from EFI, visit www.efi.com.

  • Direct To Film (DTF) printing has been around for longer than you might think, although it’s only very recently that it’s started to gather more traction and pique the interest of garment producers both in the UK & Ireland as well as further afield.

    For a long time, Direct To Garment (DTG) has been the ‘go to’ solution for those looking to print onto a wide variety of garment types and colours, but now there’s a viable alternative. Utilising white ink technology, without the need for pre-treatment, DTF offers users the capability to print onto almost any fabric type or colour with ease. Furthermore, the durable ink technology means that there’s no cracking, even on stretch materials, with high wash and rub resistance. All of that in an affordable package with ultra-low running costs.

    At R A Smart (CAD & Machinery) our reputation as suppliers of premium quality textile printing solutions is supported by our selection of industry leading equipment. We take our product selection very seriously and only partner with the best manufacturers that produce high-quality machines and our DTF solution is no different.

    Following extensive in-house testing we’ve partnered with a pioneering producer of the entire DTF package, with patented ink and application technology developed over the past 4 years. We’re excited to bring this revolutionary solution into the market as the exclusive distributor for the UK & Ireland. Our demo unit is fully up & running at our Cheshire based facility for customers to visit, produce samples and see this amazing technology firsthand.

  • Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the BN-20A, a new, lower-cost addition to its VersaSTUDIO series of desktop inkjet printer cutters.

    The VersaSTUDIO BN series is one of the most compact, easy-to-use, and affordable desktop inkjet printer cutters available for professional use. With over 18,000 units shipped since its launch in 2011, the BN-20 has proven popular among a wide range of users, from those starting a printing business to those producing and selling original goods from their home or stores. A combination of CMYK, metallic, and white inks, plus print and cut functions, enables the production of a wide variety of items, from custom T-shirts to A2-size posters and stickers.  
    The latest model of the BN series, the BN-20A was designed to be more affordable by offering only CMYK ink colours while maintaining the high performance and ease of use of a professional business printer. The ECO-SOL MAX 2 ink can print on a wide range of media, including not only poster paper but also thermal transfers, PVC sheets and PET films. A True Rich Color preset has received high praise from advertising and sign professionals for its ability to produce vivid and accurate graphic expression. The BN-20A also features a print and cut function that allows you to automatically contour cut any shape around printed graphics, photos or text for stickers, labels, and uniquely shaped POP displays. In addition, it comes standard with output software that even beginners can use intuitively to easily produce high-quality printing from design data such as illustrations and photos. Compact enough to be placed on a desk and designed with safety in mind, it can be used in a home, office or retail location with complete peace of mind. It operates on a standard household power supply, so no special electrical work is required. 
    Tony Miller, President, Global Sales and Marketing Division, said, "With the spread of digital technology, diversification of work styles, and the impact of COVID-19, there is a growing worldwide desire to start a business and work from home. At Roland DG, it is our mission to help people make the most of their individual skills and creativity.With its ability to easily create unique and attractive items, the BN-20A was designed to be the perfect business partner for people who enjoy designing, taking pictures, and making things. We will continue to expand our range of VersaSTUDIO desktop products to provide more people with the joy of creation.”

    To find out more, go to: https://www.rolanddg.com.au/products/printers/versastudio-bn-20-printer-cutter

  • swissQprint is launching a new series of models this October. The core of the new flatbed printers is cutting-edge print head technology along with advanced mechanical features that promise a quantum leap for users – especially when it comes to output quality.

    swissQprint large format printers are renowned for their top quality – in terms of design as well as printing results. The Swiss manufacturer has redefined its standards and is now launching its flatbed generation 4.

    Enhanced quality, increased productivity

    New print heads are the centrepiece of the new generation. Maximum resolution of 1350 dpi and ultra-high-precision droplet placement significantly boost the print quality of the Impala and Nyala models. Both printers also benefit from an impressive increase in output for certain production print modes. The Oryx model is almost 40 percent faster than its predecessor, making it a truly outstanding entry-level printer.

    Improved comfort and efficiency

    swissQprint has incorporated various mechanical improvements into generation 4, singling out the Tip Switch Vacuum (patent pending) as a highlight. The table is divided into as many as 256 segments that users can quickly and easily switch on or off at the touch of a finger. This eliminates tedious and time-consuming masking – also in the gap between boards and dual rolls. Because there is no air leakage, the vacuum develops its full force and reliably holds down hard-to-handle media.

    Modular configuration

    The new range offers a host of options for individual configuration. Users can have their printer assembled exactly in line with what they require today. If their needs or requirements change, they can add a diverse range of options to the printer at any time.

    The new flatbed generation from swissQprint is available for delivery via the company's worldwide distribution network as of now. Demonstrations can be arranged either face-to-face or via live streaming. swissQprint also offers a sampling service.

    Further information:

    swissQprint AG
    Schützenwiese 8
    CH-9451 Kriessern
    T +41 71 727 05 05
    F +41 71 727 05 06

  • Xante’ is pleased to announce the introduction of its new Heavy White UV Ink for its X series of UV printers.

    Current and future Xante’ X16/X33 users will be able to enjoy the new heavy pigment-loaded white ink for greater coverage, printing fewer layers and increasing production speed. For existing customers this change in white ink will be seamless and new customers will be able to take advantage of the increased production speeds.

    Mark R. Priede, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, stated "Our customers are demanding greater production and flexibility. We are continuing to design new functionality for our current customers; the Heavy White ink will allow the customer to have greater coverage in a single pass. This will make them more efficient and increase overall productivity. We are always working hard to provide this for our current and future customers."

    Xante’s Heavy White UV Ink is currently shipping and available. From a pricing standpoint, there will be no increase of price for this new ink technology. For more information on Xante’s Heavy White Ink or the X16/X33 please call 251-473-6502 or visit our website at www.xante.com

  • + Print with Confidence With The New Xaar Irix Printhead

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

    September 21 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    September 21 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    September 14 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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