FESPA is compiling a rich programme of content for its third European Digital Textile conference, taking place on Day 2 of FESPA Digital 2011 (25th May 2011), at Messe Hamburg.
Confirmed speakers so far include: industry authority Dr John Provost, consultant and technical editor of Digital Textile magazine; InfoTrends Director, Tim Greene; Dr Mike Fralix, President and CEO, TC²; Professor Qinguo Fan, University of Massachusetts; Andy Hancock, Technical Director at Mexar; Jos Notermans,Business Unit Manager for Stork; and Paolo Milini,Sales Manager at MS
Moderated by John Scrimshaw of Digital Textile magazine, the speakers will address a range of highly relevant topics, reflecting the diversity of the digital textile sector. Sessions will cover areas such as ink technology, process integration, developments in ink chemistry, requirements for transition to a digital supply chain, customisation and sustainability.
Experts will look at market size and future scope, mapping the future direction of the digital textile market in the next few years, with estimates of global market size and full discussion of the key technology drivers for the various segments of the digital textile industry.
Delegates can also expect invaluable first-hand insights from retail and fashion brand owners procuring digitally printed textiles, and from print service providers who are succeeding with digital textile as part of their service offering.
FESPA Managing Director, Events, Frazer Chesterman comments: “Digital textile is one of the most promising, diverse and fast-growing offshoots of the digital wide format industry. Soft signage applications are booming in response to buyer demands for lighter weight signage offering greater flexibility and durability with reduced transportation costs, and suppliers throughout the industry are rising to the opportunity with new hardware, inks, substrates and display systems. In the apparel and home décor arenas, new generation inkjet heads promising cost-effective industrial scale productivity may hold the potential to shake up even mainstream textile printing, in the way that digital production has revolutionized the sign and graphics sector since 2005, and more recently garment and soft signage.”
He continues: “The FESPA Digital Textile Conference has established itself since 2008 as a valued source of international expert opinion and guidance for print service providers who have already embraced textile applications, or those who are looking to do so as part of a diversification strategy. With the support of our conference sponsor JTeck, this year’s speaker programme once again promises to offer vital insights to help printers pursue this path in evolving their businesses for the future.”
Fujifilm today announces that visitors to its stand at FESPA Digital 2011 (Hall 4, Stand B10), will learn how the latest range of products on show will help them increase profit. The stand is dominated by a number of new and enhanced products making use of the latest Fujifilm technology to provide better productivity and enhanced quality.
The impressive line-up of devices, which are all fuelled by Fujifilm's award-winning Uvijet inks, together with the company's comprehensive and versatile euromedia range and class-leading Pro-File colour control system, demonstrate its commitment to providing world class inkjet systems, and make the stand one not to be missed.
The Inca Onset series of flat-bed printers has been a key development for wide format printing in recent years, changing the face of the industry. At FESPA, visitors will be able to see Onset printing in both manual and automatic modes, demonstrating flexibility when it comes to producing high quality, cost effective, images for the graphic display segment.
Alongside Onset, a new member of Fujifilm's highly successful Uvistar super-wide format roll-to-roll family will be on show. The new addition is intended to provide even better quality images than before, at high speed. The improvements in material handling, including rigid media, make it particularly suited to producing print for display POP applications without any loss in production. This new hybrid technology, together with the vibrancy of Fujifilm Uvijet QK inks, provides printers with a winning combination.
Acuity Advance HS
Fujifilm will also be showcasing its latest Uvijet ink formulation in combination with the Acuity Advance HS platform. Developed to deliver even higher levels of flexibility and adhesion for both the graphics and industrial markets, whilst maintaining the colour vibrancy that is only available from this printer series, this latest package is one not to miss.
In order for visitors to fully understand how different media can work on various surfaces, a 'test-drive' wall of Fujifilm's euromedia brand, which provides a dedicated offering for wide format printing, will feature samples of indoor and outdoor surfaces commonly used for posters and signage, including brick, plaster, plastic, glass and even a car door. Visitors will be able to apply the various media to see first-hand the results that can be achieved with the hundreds of products within the range.
Finally, following the successful launch last year of its Pro-File system to standardise colour on screen and inkjet production to ISO12647-2, Fujifilm will also be demonstrating further improvements and enhancements to the system that have been developed in the last 12 months. Pro-File combines three best-in-class components - Fujifilm Sericol screen inks, Fujifilm digital printers, and colour experience and knowledge.
"FESPA Digital is set to be a very exciting show for us," comments Keith Harley, head of marketing, wide format, FUJIFILM Europe. "We have a number of new products on our stand that we will launch at the show, all backed up by the most recent developments in our Uvijet inks." He continues, "We are challenging printers to come and see our offering and will demonstrate how they can increase profit by taking advantage of the very latest opportunities available to them in large format equipment."
Durst has taken the opportunity to show a brand new machine at Sign & Digital UK as well as its award winning Rho 320R roll to roll printer. The new machine is an exciting development for Durst and the exhibition will be the first time it is seen in the UK.
Durst Rho 320R
The Rho 320R UV inkjet has established a new quality standard for industrial roll to roll printing. It enables economic printing of offset quality particularly for large format applications. Demanding and profitable applications such as lightbox displays, illuminated posters, window graphics, POP displays and advertising textiles can be achieved at a previously unattainable quality. Productivity is maximised by the ability to print two rolls side by side up to a width of 160cm each and a further option for perfectly registered doubled sided printing.
Rho Roll inks used in the Rho 320R are environmentally friendly with no VOCs and were the first to be awarded Nordic Swan Environmental Accreditation. Furthermore, the machine offers very economical production with low ink consumption thanks to high pigmented inks. It also allows for unattended overnight printing of big rolls, enabling economical printing of low cost print jobs.
Built to the same exacting standards as all Durst printers, both models on show demonstrate productivity combined with quality and reliability.
HP today announced that it will be presenting its digital printing portfolio for innovative digital marketing solutions at the first annual digi:media trade fair, Hall 06, Stand D34, 7 – 9 April 2011, at the Messe, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Digital technologies enable the creation of high-value printed products on-demand, in short runs and personalised from promotional items, transpromotional documents, photobooks and books to posters, fine art, wallpaper and vehicle and building wraps. Working with its partners, HP offers an expanding range of advanced workflows and web-to-print solutions to produce these new, enhanced printed products.
“Digital technology is about bringing things together,” said François Martin, worldwide Graphic Solutions Business marketing director, HP. “Applications and sectors that were once divided by their technologies are now converging through digital data handling and output solutions. At digi:media, HP and its partners are demonstrating a range of applications and output devices to show print service providers and their customers the business-building opportunities that are open to them.”
Don’t compromise – optimise!
Solutions from HP and its partners at digi:media underline the commitment to develop digital technologies that deliver cost-effective, high-quality print without compromising customer content or business values.
The HP SmartStream server and workflow portfolio offers flexibility for creating customisable, scalable solutions that address key market segments to achieve a streamlined, high-powered workflow from job creation to fulfilment. Using the powerful HP SmartStream Director server, HP partner RedTie (which will be present at a partner kiosk on the HP stand) offers a complete e-business solution that delivers variable data files to HP Indigo presses for a complete web-to-print workflow.
For commercial printing and publishing applications and photo-specialty products, the flagship HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press will be printing a range of jobs demonstrating its capabilities. Commercial print, specialised promotional items and folding cartons utilising various substrates are among the items that will be printed on the stand. Use will be made of HP Indigo White Ink, an essential colour for converters, and one that expands the possibilities for creative promotions.
Products will be finished on the innovative and highly versatile KAMA ProCut 53, a flatbed automatic die cutter for paper, card and plastic in A3 formats. This machine cuts, creases, perforates and kiss-cuts and is suitable for finishing with cold embossing, braille, hot foil stamping, combined hot foil stamping and embossing and hologram stamping.
For signage and graphics, wide format printers using UV-curable ink (HP Scitex FB500 Printer) and HP Latex Inks (HP Scitex LX800 Printer, HP Designjet L25500 Printer) will be demonstrated. HP Latex Inks enable odourless(1) graphics to be printed for outdoor and indoor applications, even in enclosed areas. Graphics printed with fast-drying latex inks may be finished or installed immediately, delivering both environmental and competitive advantages.
The large format HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer is the fastest heavy-duty photo printer(2), offering quality, speed and control for print service providers producing mainly indoor applications. Web-enabled multifunction photo printers for professional photographers and consumers will be featured (HP Photosmart e-Station, HP Photosmart Premium e-All-in-one)(3). These affordable desktop printers have the enhanced capabilities to upload images to the cloud for sharing on websites or downloading by friends or customers.
Information on HP’s high-volume publishing solutions, the HP Indigo W7200 Digital Press and HP Inkjet Web Presses, from HP IHPS, will also be available on the stand.
Also on the stand will be a range of print service providers (PSPs) who are established HP customers. They will be available to tell how they have used their presses and printers to grow their businesses and meet the rapidly changes demands of modern marketers and print buyers.
Further information on HP presses and printers on show at digi:media:
HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press – a robust 7-colour sheet-fed press built for 24/7 use, capable of printing on a wide variety of substrates at speeds up to 120 A4 full-colour pages per minute on substrates from 70 – 400 microns (460 microns with thick substrate option)
HP Scitex FB500 Printer – this versatile 6-colour flatbed printer uses UV-curable inks to produce high quality graphics on rigid media up to 64mm thick and optionally on flexible media
HP Scitex LX800 Printer – a 3.2m, 6-colour printer using HP Latex Inks for the production of indoor and outdoor graphics
HP Designjet L25500 – available in 1067mm and 1524mm widths, this 6-colour printer offers a powerful entry-level device utilising HP Latex Inks technology
HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer – with speeds up to 140m2/hr, this is the fastest heavy-duty photo printer(2) using 8 HP Vivera Photo Inks to produce outstanding photo applications. Available in two widths: 1067mm and 1524mm
HP Photosmart e-Station – using an mobile HP TouchSmart screen, this printer combines internet connectivity with high quality desktop printing enabling users to browse(3), print and share a range of creative photo applications. Compatible with HP ePrint(6), this unit enables users to print from anywhere by sending documents to the printer’s unique email address
HP Photosmart Premium e-All-in-one – for printing web favourites, documents, lab-quality photos and creative projects without a PC via customisable apps(4) and a large HP TouchSmart screen. Connect via wireless(5) network, or print remotely –– with HP ePrint(6)
(1) Printers using HP Latex Inks use internal heaters to dry and cure the latex polymer film. Some substrates may have inherent odour. (2) Compared to large-format inkjet printers under $25,000 for graphic applications. Based on the fastest rated colour speeds as published by manufacturers as of January 2010. Test methods vary. (3) Internet connection required. (4) Requires a wireless access point and an Internet connection to the printer. Services may require registration. Apps availability varies by country and language. For details, www.hp.com/uk/ePrintCenter (5) Wireless performance is dependent upon physical environment and distance from access point. (6) Requires an Internet connection to the printer. Feature works with any Internet- and e-mail-capable device. Print times may vary. For a list of supported documents and image types, see www.hp.com/uk/ePrintCenter Some HP LaserJet products will require a firmware upgrade.
EskoArtwork is to demonstrate how its digital finishing solutions maximise press productivity and increase return on investment at Sign and Digital UK 2011. Next to the Kongsberg i-XP24 digital finishing table, EskoArtwork will show its extensive range of integrated software solutions for the sign and display market. The event is being staged at the Birmingham NEC between April 12 –14. EskoArtwork can be found at stand F20.
“Software is king,” states Paul Bates, EskoArtwork’s Regional Business Manager UK & Eire. “There’s no point investing in a highly productive digital press if you don’t have the right software in place to keep it running. Waiting for jobs to be set up eats into capacity, productivity and - in the end, profitability.”
Invest to save
At the show, EskoArtwork will reveal to visitors the potential savings that can be realised using i-cut Suite. This newly expanded collection of pre-production software is targeted at users of large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems. i-cut Suite is built on the company’s extensive experience with advanced pre-production and workflow solutions in packaging and commercial printing. Its different modules provide a rich toolkit to deliver sign and display products with optimal efficiency and productivity.
Smoother production is delivered by ArtiosCAD 7.6, the latest version of the world’s most popular structural design software for all corrugated, folding cartons and POP displays. It features extended connectivity to other applications and import file formats, new reference POP display standards, automatic registration between graphics and structure, and improved 3D rendering. A key benefit is its complete 3D integration, enabling quick prototyping of designs and presentations while eliminating communication errors and reducing design review cycles.
With Automation Engine 10 EskoArtwork will show how operations can improve automation of repetitive tasks and reduce human interaction in the prepress production process, avoiding unnecessary mistakes and saving considerable time and money. Meanwhile the integrated solution for PDF creation and production, Odystar, will demonstrate its range of prepress tools, from preflight, certification and automated document correction, through to advanced trapping, imposition, proofing, printing and screening to plate.
Fast, flexible and reliable digital finishing
The Kongsberg i-XP 24, the world’s fastest digital cutter, delivers speedy throughput and is designed to operate continuously in a 24/7 production environment. As the best-selling Kongsberg system among sign and display companies, it offers a comprehensive digital finishing solution for the widest range of materials, providing automation, high productivity and outstanding precision. It is the workhorse of the Kongsberg series and designed specifically for POP and in-store displays, as well as high-volume signage. The Kongsberg i-XP24 comes with the i-cut Vision Pro control system for accurate die-less cutting and perfect registration.
“Our digital finishing solutions are proving very popular, especially in the UK market,” adds Bates. “Companies are realising the huge potential simple software enhancements can make to their day-to-day operations. And adding value with products like i-cut Suite enables them to improve their service offering and strengthen relationships with clients.”
Antalis McNaughton is set to show visitors to its stand (C-24) at this year’s Sign and Digital show that the company offers more than just paper with a discovery theme aimed at showing sign makers and display printers a strong portfolio of innovative branded and own label products, each handpicked for their performance, printability and price.
As a major supplier to the sign and digital sector, the company’s Sign and Display division can trace its origins back to the sign and screen printing markets of the early 1970s, and this pedigree continues today with a portfolio of premier products from leading manufacturers such as 3A Composites; Kapa; Forex; Dibond; Foam-X; Mactac; Foamalite; Palram; Lucprint; Symbio; Taurus; Libra; Nimbus and Penstick to name a few.
Antalis McNaughton Sign and Display market manager Chris Green says: “The modern sign and display printer adds value to his customers through innovation. This can either be from the printed product itself such as through the use of specialist ink sets or creative production processes, or from the take up of innovative new substrates designed to enable his customer to differentiate their product offering in a crowded market.”
It is through its function as a knowledge broker to its customers that Antalis McNaughton’s Sign and Display division is able to source many new and exciting products and provide its customers with the best possible advice and information to help make their businesses even more successful.
“We have an abundance of talent within our team,” concludes Mr. Green. “Everybody is extremely knowledgeable and all share the common goal of ensuring that the customer is given the best possible advice and service. Whether you are looking for quality branded and own label graphic display products sourced from only the best European suppliers, or reliable environmental product solutions backed up by friendly and knowledgeable customer focussed sales personnel; our aim at Sign & Digital 2011 is to encourage sign, screen and display printers to discover a world of creativity and view Antalis McNaughton as a reliable alternative to their current supplier.”
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