19 Sep 2019

Vista System’s unique wayfinding signage was recently installed at My Baby Centre, the biggest toy shop in Israel


Vista Wayfinding

Vista System International, a world leader in Modular Curved Frame Technology (MCFT), recently supplied a unique, custom made wayfinding solution to “Studio Keren”, for installation at “My Baby” centre, the biggest toys & baby products shop in Israel, located in Yirca in the northern Galilee.

The Client needed a unique signage solution for one of the project's challenges: 6 pylons, to fit perfectly around existing concrete columns. The solution had to be elegant and stylish.

The Client chose Vista System for its flexibility, stylish design and competitive price. Ten Vista Light profiles were combined to create a wrap-a-round for each column. The solution was creative, precise and a perfect match for the client’s requirements.

The project was completed swiftly to the full satisfactory of the client and at a very low price compared to traditional custom made signs.

Modular Curved Frame Technology (MCFT) is a new concept for the sign industry designed to fill the gap between modular and custom made signs.  MCFT offers the best of both worlds by offering the advantages of a modern modular system with the ability to provide a highly customisable solution that meets the unique requirements for each project.


Banner boosts chances of finding baby’s bone marrow match



Hampshire Flag Company has played a key role in encouraging people in the Portsmouth area to join the bone marrow register in a bid to find a match for a four-month old who desperately needs a transplant.

The leading flag manufacturer produced the 12ft x 3ft banner for free in just one day following a request from The News in Portsmouth after it launched the campaign to find a bone marrow match for Jasmine Andrew who was born with a rare and potentially life-threatening immune system deficiency which means she is constantly vulnerable to infections and viruses.

Emmanuel Andrew, Jasmine’s father said, “We really appreciate the support of the Hampshire Flag Company. The banner is eye-catching and has really helped to rally support and to encourage potential donor volunteers.”

The Hampshire Flag banner which was manufactured from PVC, printed on a DuPont Chromaprint 22UV and finished on a Miller Weldmaster, was hung from the Civic Offices in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square for the sign-up session which was supported by the Anthony Nolan Charity.

Graham Wilkinson, Hampshire Flag Company’s Managing Director said, “It was a ‘yes’ from the moment we were approached to produce the banner. Encouraging people to come forward is so important and we hope that the campaign finds a match for baby Jasmine.”

Hundreds of people turned out to sign up to the bone marrow donor database including Linvoy Primus, former Portsmouth Football Club player.

Hampshire Flag also offers a bespoke flag design service, PVC banners, marine flags, bunting, table flags, exhibition graphics and event systems in addition to the supply and installation an extensive range of flagpoles.

Its prestigious portfolio of clients includes Selfridges, the BBC, Channel 4, Portsmouth Football Club, IBM and British Airways. The multi-award winning firm provides on-going support for various charities and expeditions including Action for Kids, Samaritans and for swimmer and environmentalist Lewis Pugh’s on-going feats.


Red Devils freefall onto flag for bereaved military families


Red Devils

Children and families who have suffered the loss of a serving loved one were treated to a once in a lifetime experience when the Red Devils Parachute Regiment Freefall Team jumped and landed on a bespoke flag produced by one of the country’s leading flag firms.

Hampshire Flag Company donated the 3x3m digitally dye printed flag to FAB, a Ministry of Defence charitable initiative which supports bereaved military families by providing activity holidays.

The Red Devils accurately landed on the flag, which was printed with the FAB logo, when they jumped into Whitby Abbey during FAB’s final activity break of 2010. The team then culminated the event by playing football with the bereaved children who were on the break.

Captain Karen Tait, the Media Officer and volunteer for FAB said, “FAB is all about encouraging confidence, friendships and peer support, and having the Red Devils jump for the children and play football with them was an incredible adventure.

“The landing flag printed with the FAB logo not only had a real visual impact but also helped the children to feel part of the project. Hampshire Flag’s generosity and support has been invaluable and we are very grateful for their donation,” added Karen.

Hampshire Flag’s team of 21 produces hand-sewn national and international flags and digitally printed banners.

Managing Director of the Waterlooville firm, Graham Wilkinson, said, “FAB offers bereaved families and children fantastic opportunities to have a break and to try something new.

“We are delighted to support this worthwhile cause by donating the landing flag and it is great to think that is has been used for such a spectacular event and has raised the project’s profile,” said Graham.

Hampshire Flag also offers a bespoke flag design service, PVC banners, marine flags, bunting, table flags, exhibition graphics and event systems in addition to the supply and installation an extensive range of flagpoles.

Its prestigious portfolio of clients includes Selfridges, the BBC, Channel 4, Portsmouth Football Club, IBM and British Airways. The multi-award winning firm provides on-going support for various charities and expeditions including Action for Kids, Samaritans and for swimmer and environmentalist Lewis Pugh’s on-going feats.


63,000 signs for 147 stores: all in a month's work for Gardners and HP

Hp Scitex Fb7500


  • Produce 750 different signs for 147 stores (total 63,000 signs).
  • Ensure signs are delivered to the right stores, packed in order according to store aisles.
  • 24/7 productivity to handle huge capacity without impacting other customers.


  • HP SmartStream Designer solution for variable data printing (VDP).
  • 2 x HP Scitex FB7500 Printers, working around the clock for one month to print total of 12,600 sheets.
  • Also: HP Scitex LX800 Printer, HP Scitex XP2300 Printers, HP Scitex TJ8600 Printer, HP Scitex TJ8350 Printers, HP Scitex XP5100 Printers, HP Scitex FB6100 Printer, HP Designjet L25500 Printer, HP Designjet 9000s Printer, HP Designjet Z6100 Printer.


  • Massive job completed in record time due to VDP powered logistical capabilities, high print quality, colour matching.
  • Reduced studio time by 70 percent, simplified finishing and packing.
  • Established successful new production model and replicated it for other customers.

Producing highly complex signage jobs depends on more than just advanced printing hardware. As complexity rises, so too does the importance of advanced software.

Richard Gardner, Chairman of Gardners, one of the world's largest digital printing companies, knows this better than most and he has spent years working with leading technology companies to build the best hardware and software platform for his growing business.

Founded in 1976 primarily as a screen printer, Gardners is now a totally digital operation serving many different industries and applications. A significant part of Gardners' work is printed on HP large format digital printers - an impressive lineup that now numbers 24 HP printers based on HP Latex Inks and UV-curable, aqueous, and lowsolvent/ solvent inks.

VDP that does more than variable printing

As a printing innovator, Gardners recognised that variable data printing (VDP), which has been widely used in small-format printing for some years, could also bring value to wide-format printing. The company initially developed its own VDP software for a few specific printers. Then, Gardners adopted the HP SmartStream Designer solution for VDP, enabling it to expand its VDP capabilities.

"The proposition is to use VDP not just on jobs that have changing images, but also on other things that might be only internal, says Gardner. "For instance, we use it to print files in collated order for easy packing for different branches, which is essentially 'print to pack'.

Variably printed signage arrives in perfect order

Recently, Gardners was asked by De Wild, a Dutch printing company, to produce a full set of store signage for Gamma, a major DIY franchise chain in the Netherlands. De Wild provides Gamma with complete in-store signage, including textile and other banners, point of sale displays, and more. Given the requirement to produce 750 different versions for 147 store locations - a huge job totaling approximately 63,000 different signs - Richard Gardner knew that the logistical challenges would have to be solved by software. The obvious solution: HP SmartStream Designer.

Gardners set up the job as 63,000 individual panels so that each panel was printed with a tiny code indicating exactly to which region, which store and which aisle each sign would go. Going beyond "print to pack", it was a perfect example of "print to pack to place".

"It was exceptionally complicated because we had to prepare an enormous amount of information to go into huge spreadsheets," recalls Gardner. "But, once it got to HP SmartStream Designer, it became relatively straightforward."

De Wild sales accountant Marianne Harmsen, who worked closely with Gardners to be sure everything went perfectly for De Wild's customer, says: "It sure made our life easier. At first we were a bit concerned about getting every sign in the right order in the right boxes. Then Gardners told us about the HP system and it became clear that they could put it in the right order, so there was no worry for us anymore. In the end, it was all printed in a few weeks, and there were no issues. It went very well."

Time savings across the board

Virtually every department of Gardners benefitted from using HP's VDP solution for this massive job - as did the end customer. Studio time was reduced by an estimated 70 percent; the finishing department gained by having all pieces automatically produced in the right order; the packing department saved time and complication because all pieces were numbered in sequence, eliminating the need to search for panels or boxes.

Ultimately, the end customer gained by reducing the time need to fit out an entire store with the new signage by an estimated 75 percent compared with previous store refits.

The Gamma signage project has brought benefits to Gardners far beyond the single huge order, as Gardners will be able to apply the same business and production model to other customers.

HP printer vital to business win

For the actual production, Gardners depended on its two HP Scitex FB7500 Printers. The two digital flatbed printers ran around the clock for approximately a month producing the approximately 1,32 x 0,55 m (4.32 x 1.8 ft) panels on 2mm (0.08 in) Foamex.

"I believe that without these two semi-automatic machines, we would not have been able to do the job," says Gardner. "We provided samples and our print quality was accepted above everybody else's."

Making digital printing a one-time sell Gardner is certain that the combination of VDP with high-productivity digital printing is only going to become more important. "We are competing with screen, offset, and other analogue processes. So if we can say to a customer: 'You can personalise every banner or every outdoor graphic or every point of sale.' That's a huge sell against analogue. And we've found that whenever a customer has come from analogue to digital, they never go back. It's a one-time sell; they get used to the production and to the variable data possibilities, and they enjoy it."

Durst, a leading manufacturer of digital inkjet printers, demonstrates a new way of decorating glass at Glasstec 2010

Durst Rho 700

Durst demonstrates its digital decoration system at Glasstec 2010 in Düsseldorf. Using its Rho 700 flatbed printer and its innovative Sol-Gel ink, Durst will be continuously digitally printing on glass and offering samples for visitors to take away. Durst has over 75 years’ experience of imaging technology and was one of the first companies to perfect large-format digital inkjet printing.

Durst has created an innovative and cost effective solution for digital glass decoration and one that provides flexibility, and the ability to print unique patterns or copy natural patterns such as wood and stone, for example. It also provides the ability to offer exceptionally fast turn round for customers.

The Sol-Gel UV ink supplied by Durst is organically pigmented and offers high ecological standards. Sol-Gel ink actually forms a chemical bond with the glass after heating to 200˚C to provide unique resistance characteristics. Many tests on Durst’s Sol-Gel ink have been conducted and have proven its excellent adhesion, durability and chemical resistance. These tests include the following stability properties:

Water resistance
After immersion in water at room temperature for 72 hours
Result: no loss in adhesion (Cross Hatch Test EN ISO 2409), no softening of the ink film, no blistering, embrittlement or colour change.

Hot water resistance (in style of ASTM D870-02)
After immersion in water at 65˚C (149˚F) for 30 minutes
Result: no loss in adhesion (Cross Hatch Test EN ISO 2409), no softening of the ink film, no blistering, embrittlement or colour change.

Humidity resistance (according to EN ISO 6270)
Samples exposed at 40˚C to 100% r.H. for 100 hours
Result: no delamination or blistering.

Chemical resistance
Tested with alcohols, glass cleaning agents, commercial bath and shower cleaners, acids (hydrochloric 10%, acetic 5%) and caustic soda (2.3%)
Result: no ink removal.

Weathering resistance (according to EN ISO 11507 and 11341)
Samples exposed to QUVA Light Source, Xenon Light Source (similar to sunlight) and evaluated against colour change and blistering  
Result: inks are suitable for long term indoor applications (˃ 10 years) from a colour fading point of view.

Suitability for Insulation Glass (according to EN 1279 Norm)
Result: all criteria met including fogging test for 16 weeks

As a result of the resistance characteristics of the Sol-Gel inks and digital inkjet technology, the Durst glass decoration system offers new business opportunities for interior design applications. It is capable of full scale production runs of interior fittings for large retail chains or glass furniture, for example, and is also able to produce one-offs and prototypes, such as boutique interiors or temporary outdoor signs. The Sol-Gel ink is available in CMYK with options of White and Satinato, for imitation of satin glass.

Digital Printing Technologies Enable Serigrafia Pioner to Offer New Flexible and Rigid Products and Services


Hp Scitex Fb7500

Like the best dynamic businesses, Serigrafia Pioner, of Leganés, (near Madrid), Spain, keeps a close eye on both changes in the market and developments in technology.

Established in 1965 as a traditional screen printer producing indoor and outdoor signage and graphics, Serigrafia Pioner has been steadily increasing its digital printing capabilities across its product range.

Three years ago, the company installed an HP Designjet 9000s Printer for the production of backlit displays for its customers, including international brands.

"The printer produces top quality results," said Javier Clemente, general manager, Serigrafia Pioner. "As the result of our experience with that machine, we looked at other areas where we could add digital production."

Since then, Serigrafia Pioner has installed HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, and more recently the HP Scitex TJ8600 Printer and HP Scitex XP5100 Printer.

The FB7500 is designed for printing rigid and flexible sheets and uses UV-curable inks. With print speeds up to 500m2 per hour, the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer delivers the highest productivity of any digital flatbed printer in its price class.(1) HP Scitex X2 piezoelectric printheads maximise uptime and can be easily replaced and calibrated by the operator.

"We had looked at a number flatbed printers," Clemente explained. "What we really liked with the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer was the quality/price ratio. After working with the machine for nine months now, we are really quite pleased with it. For certain types of work, conventional screen printing cannot compete with digital.

"There are other benefits, too: the new printer has enabled us to carry out projects we could not do before. Our screen machines are 1.80 x 1.20m, and the FB7500 can print up to 3.2 x 1.65m," Clemente continued. "We save on costs because we don't have to prepare screens and make the stencil films for each colour, or mix the inks - screen printing doesn't use the PANTONE® Colour system, so you have to mix colours yourself - it all takes time. Our single FB7500 does in one hour what used to take several hours and four screen machines."

Growth opportunities

Serigrafia Pioner's digital capability has enabled the company to develop its services and take on work that was previously not profitable.

"With a digital capability for both rigid and flexible substrate work, we can now take on jobs in areas where we weren't competitive before, but really, nobody else was either, because the technology wasn't available," Clemente said. "This benefitted the customers because it used to be common for the designers to think up jobs that couldn't be printed with screen. With digital printers, we can do them, and at a reasonable cost to the customer. The artwork arrives on a CD or is sent over the internet and we can start printing in five minutes."

One of Serigrafia Pioner's main customers is El Arbol, a supermarket with more than 420 stores in Spain. The shops comprise between 600 and 1400m2 and the company recently changed its image branding and asked Serigrafia Pioner to print the graphics and signage.

"The image change applied to everything, including the signs inside, the signs outside, vinyl images on the display windows and the signs in every section: deli, fish, wine, meats, and so on," Clemente explained. "There's also a backdrop that we made of Forex and Dibond, which is like aluminium.

"All the formats are very different from each other, but with the FB7500, we enter the format we want, print the image, take it to the shop and stick it to the wall with silicone," Clemente said. "It's a very, very easy task for the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, and I have to say that to do this conventionally would have been absolutely impossible in terms of time and costs. We are fortunate enough to be getting exclusive monthly campaigns for single-post canvas billboards. I think that the FB7500 printer is the best machine in its sector."

Continuing investment

Serigrafia Pioner continued to invest in digital technology, acquiring an HP Scitex TJ8600 Printer in April:

"It's the first HP Scitex TJ series UV printer to be installed in Iberia and is very impressive, it can handle paper, vinyl and canvas," said Clemente.

Most recently, Serigrafia Pioner invested in an HP Scitex XP5100 Printer, a 5m (16.4ft), 8-colour printer.

"I have an old 5m solvent ink machine that prints between 40 - 50m2 per hour, but our new HP Scitex XP5100 Printer prints 100 - 120m2 per hour," Clemente continued. "What you need today is speed. Until recently, we all went home at 6pm, but now we're open 24 hours, including Saturdays and Sundays.

"The workflow is constant: you get a job at 4pm for 10am the following day. So what do digital printers give me?" Clemente concluded, "I'd say they give me the speed that I need, and the speed that the market and my customers need."

(1) Based on published manufacturer specifications as of July 2008.