07 Jul 2020

Neschen receives Fogra certificate for digital print medium

Neschen Logo

That Neschen's solvoprint nolite 175 CA digital print medium delivers offset quality for the LFP sector has been officially endorsed by test certificate FograCert Validation Print Creation, which states: "CA materials produced by Neschen provide results, under controlled printing conditions, that are comparable to offset prints produced according to the Fogra 39 process standard." 

The consistent uniformity of the material means that standardised production can be achieved together with certifiable print quality which, for large format digital printers, means comprehensive process reliability. 

With the CA (Colour Alliance) inkjet coating, solvoprint nolite 175 CA is an exemplary representative of all CA media in the Neschen product range and provides proof that the company's CA print media, together with the ICC profiles it has produced in-house, can meet the highest requirements.  Dependent on the print and ink systems in use, the products can therefore exactly reproduce the print conditions for commercial offset printing. 

"Thanks to Fogra, we now have it set out in black and white: With this CA quality, we have for the first time achieved a Validation Print Standard in Large Format Printing", said Sarah Janes, md of Neschen UK.  "The uniform CA coating of our digital print media therefore provides the basis for a large step forward towards standardisation in the LFP sector." 

Solvoprint nolite 175 CA is a PET composite film, approximately 175 microns thick, which is ideal for use in Roll-Up display systems.  It has been specially developed for eco-solvent and solvent inks, but can also be printed with latex and UV-curable inks. 

The film has good scratch resistance, shows excellent light-blocking characteristics, has a high level of dimensional stability and delivers impressive vibrant colours and high brilliance.  Due to the high water resistance, solvoprint nolite 175 CA is perfectly suited for both interior and exterior applications. 

PrintFactory is HP-certified for wide format printing with JDF exchange


Four Pees, exclusive world-wide distributor of the PrintFactory software suite for banner, sign and super wide format printing is certified partner of HP, who has just been selected to chair the Wide Format Workgroup of The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress Organization (CIP4). The goal is to define open JDF standards for wide-format printing workflows.

The initiative is designed to resolve interoperability shortfalls between web-to-print tools, production devices, raster image processors and digital front ends so that they work together to streamline wide-format printing workflows for increased productivity.

In conjunction with the creation of JDF features and specifications for wide-format applications, HP is rolling out a new certification program that allows partner workflow solutions to be “HP Certified for Wide Format Printing JDF Exchange.” HP certification assures that workflow solutions exchanging JDF will interoperate properly with each other, allowing PSPs to easily build an e-storefront to market their services, take advantage of production automation tools to reduce costs and differentiate their service offerings through automated customer relationship management tools. PrintFactory is one of the first solutions to achieve HP certification under this new program.

“Heightened economic pressure and shortened job preparation requirements continue to increase the need for automation in wide-format printing workflows,” comments David van Driessche, Chief Technology Officer with Four Pees. “The focus with PrintFactory has always been to increase efficiency while preparing, producing and finishing wide-format jobs; supporting JDF in all stages of the workflow is a natural move for Four Pees. As proven by the HP certification we just received automation is not something we simply talk about; it’s there and PrintFactory users can start to take advantage of it today.” 

Advanced automation and integration through JDF

With Four Pees as alliance partner of HP in the creation of JDF features and specifications for wide-format applications, PrintFactory 4 is one of the first software suites to extensively support JDF for standards-based integrated production automation. It produces and consumes JDF on different levels.

  • The PrintFactory Editor prepares a job for production: tiles, grommets, tunnels, true shape nesting, color edits, shape edits, etc. It produces JDF instructions directly to the PrintFactory RIP or to the next workflow component (e.g. 3rd party RIP).
  • The PrintFactory RIP consumes JDF and processes a job according to the embedded specifications, including standardized/normalized printing.
  • PrintFactory offers different possibilities to fully automate most tasks and integrate with Web-to-print and MIS/ERP systems. This is done through JDF-based logging of each of the processes so that jobs can be tracked throughout the flow.
  • JDF-based variable data template files, populated with the actual variable data in the RIP, can be used by PrintFactory.

EFI Rastek wins Angel Award

Rastek T1000

In the recently announced Angel Awards, once again EFI has been represented, this time with an accolade for its Rastek T1000 true flat-bed wide-format printer. With its established range of VUTEk products now used universally by display producers and sign-makers worldwide, the company’s entry-level and mid-range Rastek machines bring to the market a reliable family of platforms suitable for photographic quality display and highly accurate industrial applications. Each year the Angel Awards recognise the top ten of the most innovative introductions made in the wide-format arena. In 2009 EFI’s VUTEK GS5000r and PrintSmith Sign were victorious, and on this occasion it was Rastek’s turn to take the honours for EFI.

Launched in October 2010, the EFI Rastek T1000 provides users with high quality output options using CMYK + white, with its specially formulated inks designed to provide maximum adhesion on rigid and flexible materials. The machine can print direct to a broad range of substrates, including acrylics, aluminium composites, cards and corrugated, glass, wood and styrene as well as flexible materials such as paper, self-adhesive PVC and polyester based films.

This printer features a static, three-zoned vacuum table with a sturdy, moving gantry for ultimate stability across its 1.32 x 2.5 m bed. Able to handle materials up to 181.44 kg in weight, even difficult substrates can be held down consistently to avoid ink scuffing often found on irregular surfaces where there is insufficient vacuum power.

Ease of set up and high levels of accuracy and versatility were among the reasons the Rastek T1000 gained an Angel Award. In the highly competitive area for entry-level UV-curable flat-bed printers, this machine also scored for the strength of its zoned vacuum areas, making it simple to work with single and multiple smaller sheets efficiently. Its two shuttered mercury arc UV lamps feature variable power settings for efficient curing of all surfaces and materials.

“Having thoroughly inspected both the build quality and the high standards of output from the EFI Rastek T1000 when it was launched at FESPA Munich, I had no hesitation in recommending this sturdy yet modestly priced printer for an Angel Award,” comments Sophie Matthews-Paul, independent analyst and technology consultant at Image Reports. “It has enormous potential for display and industrial ink-jet production for businesses of all sizes who need the versatility offered by a UV-curable true flat-bed unit.”

The Rastek T1000 has a maximum throughput speed of 44.5 square m/hour, with a choice of print modes for optimum productivity. At 600 x 300 and 600 x 600 dpi, the machine uses four levels of greyscale whilst, at 1200 x 900 dpi, it operates in binary mode for most efficient and high quality reproduction. The incorporation of white ink means that jobs can be over-printed, under-printed or have spot colour applied without compromising the overall throughput speed.

Paul Cripps, managing director of EFI EMEA, states: “Winning the Angel Award this year is demonstrative of how the demand for high quality true flat-bed printers is now seeing the move from solvent-based platforms to UV-curable solutions becoming increasingly important for all businesses. This includes those with lower investment budgets or who want a supplementary machine for producing specialist applications.”

“The EFI Rastek T1000 combines tough build quality and reliability with high standards of production, and we are forecasting continued growth for this machine in both the display and industrial printing markets,” continues Cripps. “Our Rastek machines are the perfect complement to the EFI VUTEk range of wide-format solutions, sharing the power of our EFI Fiery XF multi-platform RIP and advanced ICC colour management and profiling for precise and accurate results.”


HP opens dedicated print demo centre at Moscow State University of Printing Arts

Hp Scitex Lx800

HP today announced the opening of a dedicated demonstration and training centre at Moscow State University of Printing Arts (MSUP), which will boast key digital printing equipment from the company's Graphic Solutions Business (GSB) portfolio.

The new demo centre was officially unveiled at an opening ceremony in association with both Laboratoria Reklamnuh Technologiy and Nissa, representing HP Scitex and HP Indigo equipment respectively, in Russia. Fully operational from today, in association with these local HP partners, the facility will provide invaluable educational tutorials and workshops for MSUP's students, as well as accommodate HP Open House events, customer demonstrations, and special seminars.

MSUP's students are typically training for careers in publishing houses, print shops, book-selling organisations and packaging and design. Numbering around 7000, these students will benefit from a broad line-up of HP's innovative GSB printing equipment. This includes the HP Indigo press 5500 offering high-quality, short-run, personalised printing; as well as the recently launched HP Scitex FB500 Printer, a versatile and robust UV flatbed solution which enables printing onto virtually any rigid or flexible media at up to1200 x 600dpi resolution.

Also part of the digital print arsenal is the 2.6m-wide HP Scitex LX600 Printer which can produce signs and graphics for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications. The LX600 also uses HP's water-based latex ink technology for an improved printing environment and odourless prints.(1) Finally, the recently introduced, at up to 140m2 per hour, HPZ6200 Designjet Photo Printer will complete the demo centre's impressive array of equipment.

HP Indigo installation provides initial spark

HP's new Moscow demo centre follows MSUP's earlier purchase of its first HP printer in 2007, when it installed an Indigo press as the basis of its digital printing laboratory. This was subsequently followed by a seven-colour HP Indigo press 5500.

The acquisition of HP Scitex printing equipment will broaden the syllabus for students. In addition to Indigo's high-speed VDP offering, this will look at the wealth of application possibilities achievable via the multi-substrate capabilities of both flatbed and roll-to-roll wide-format inkjet technologies. Indeed, in order to properly develop tailor-made tuition courses, MSUP lecturers visited HP Indigo in Israel and HP Scitex in Barcelona for operator training and to learn how to get the most out of the equipment.

As has traditionally been the case with MSUP's HP Indigo equipment, students will be expected to prepare laboratory assignments and coursework for trial printing on the new presses, in order to complete their courses.

"Digital technology has already bought many advantages to the university and our dedicated HP demo centre will most certainly deliver a new level of benefits to students and the wider Russian Graphics Arts market," said Professor Alexander Tsyganenko, rector, Moscow State University of Printing Arts. "The wide-range of HP digital printing devices we now operate will dramatically broaden the scope of our training programme and further students' increased appreciation of digital's immense attributes and the plethora of business opportunities these present.

MSUP's heritage goes back to 1930, with the creation of the Moscow Graphic Arts College. Several years later the college began to instruct the whole scope of graphic arts and publishing curricula and is today a recognised educational and scientific centre within Russia and neighbouring countries.

(1) Printers using HP Latex Inks use internal heaters to dry and cure the latex polymer film. Some substrates may have inherent odour.

Tech8 announces Christmas giveaway

Lfr Tech8

Tech8, the online support and on-site engineering service provider, has announced that it will be giving away iPod products with orders placed before 23rd December 2010.

When ordering spare parts totaling £150 and over, customers will receive a free 2Gb iPod Shuffle in a choice of colours.

To qualify for a free iPod Touch, customers need to order products from a list of selected items detailed on the Tech8 website.

The iPods will be delivered in January 2011.

For more information, and further terms and conditions, please visit www.tech8.eu


Tech8 helps Sign on Scotland to keep moving


Sign On Scotland

Sign on Scotland was established in June 2000 to provide fast, effective, specialist signage services to the commercial property sector.  The organisation manufactures and erects an extensive and diverse array of signage products for commercial agents, landlords, developers and estate managers throughout Scotland.

Sign on Scotland’s products include architectural signage, estate agency ‘for sale’ and ‘sold’ signs, banners, large advertising boards, internal marketing and property and estate management signs and windows graphics.

Being able to respond rapidly to its customers’ needs is a key factor in the success of Sign on Scotland’s business.  Sign on Scotland outputs all its printing requirements on one Mimaki JV3-160SP printer.  This printer needs to be up and running, with limited downtime for maintenance and repairs.

The Mimaki JV3-160SP solvent inkjet printer is low maintenance and can produce photo-quality 720dpi, three year durable outdoor prints.  It is 1.6m in width, can print to a wide range of media and reaches print speeds of up to 19sq metres per hour.

Kenny Noble, Director of Sign on Scotland, explains, “We had a slight issue with our Mimaki JV3 large format digital printer and needed to quickly purchase genuine, replacement Mimaki pumps.  I called one supplier who told me that these parts could only be sold as an ‘engineer fit’ and not simply sent out to me.  This would take too long and it was at this point that another printer engineer I knew recommended I got in contact with Tech8.”

Based in Maidenhead, Tech8 offers a support and onsite engineering service and enables quick and easy access to spares and accessories via telephone or its web-portal. The most commonly-used and required items are dispatched within 24 hours, with delivery available across the globe.

Kenny Noble adds, “I called Tech8 and spoke to one of the technicians.  They were exceptional both from a product knowledge point of view and in their ability to quickly despatch the replacement parts.  I had the parts I needed the very next day.  Tech8 has all the components required to keep a company in productivity when printers breakdown or require parts.”

Justin Atkinson, Technical Manager at Tech8 added, “Our aim is to be able to supply the right support to our customers at all times.  It was a simple request from Sign on Scotland, but speed of delivery was crucial.  We were able to get the pumps to Kenny for the following morning ensuring that his business experienced minimum downtime.”

For further information on Tech8 products and services you can visit their website at www.tech8.eu