21 Jun 2018

Roland TrueVIS SG printer/cutter series wins high-profile EDP Award

Roland EDP Award LFR

Roland DG is delighted to announce that the latest addition to its advanced and versatile TrueVIS printer/cutter range, the TrueVIS SG Series, has won ‘Best Print & Cut Solution’ at the prestigious EDP (European Digital Press) awards. The success of the SG-540 and SG-300 integrated print & cut devices follows that of the TrueVIS VG Series, which won in the same category in 2016.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, which took place at FESPA, Gillian Montanaro, Head of Marketing EMEA for Roland DG commented: ‘Roland DG is very proud to have won this award. It’s an exciting time for the industry with manufacturers striving to innovate and bring the very best solutions to market. This EDP recognition demonstrates that as a pioneer of digital wide format technology, Roland DG continues to lead the way with an unmatched product portfolio offering an award-winning combination of reliability, precision engineering, quality and return-on-investment.’

The EDP Association (European Digital Press Association) annually evaluates and celebrates the best new developments in print production, presenting awards to the very best solutions in the industry. The Technical Committee’s comments on the TrueVIS SG Series: ‘Based on the new print engine with FlexFire printheads it speeds up the production a lot compared to the older models in the market. These SG models are delivered as a good price and value combination.’

Gillian Montanaro explains: ‘The TrueVIS range takes integrated print & cut to the next level in terms of innovative features and performance-enhancing functions which deliver true benefits to the user in terms of efficiency, ease and stunning quality of output. The SG series delivers advanced TrueVIS technology at an unbeatable price and is the ideal versatile solution for print service providers who are starting out, or for those looking to boost their production capabilities.’

Photo shows Roland's Gillian Montanaro and EDP's Rudolf Messer.

Imagine! Express and CIDI find path to profitable growth in soft signage with EFI

EFI Reggiani PRO 340 LFR

EFI says it now offers one of the industry's most robust portfolios of digital textile production printers, and EFI signage customers, such as French digital printing specialist CIDI and U.S.-based Imagine! Express, are taking advantage of significant, profitable business opportunities.
 
EFI's portfolio of digital fabric printers includes the EFI™ VUTEk® FabriVU® series, a product line featured at the upcoming Fespa and PacPrint industry tradeshows that is designed to get customers into the soft signage business quickly with high image quality and true production-level throughput. EFI soft signage printers also include the EFI Reggiani ONE and PRO printer series for established soft signage producers looking to aggressively develop and drive more profitability with outstanding image quality and higher-volume capacity. All of these products leverage the industry leading expertise of EFI Reggiani - a market leader with 70 years of experience in textile printing - together with EFI's recognised expertise in workflow, colour management and business management solutions.
 
500% increase in capacity with "the best full solution"

Imagine! Express, a company that serves retail, museum, tradeshow and corporate décor customers, had been using a fleet of several older-model printers that were nearing end-of-life. The company chose to move from a primarily direct-to-fabric dispersion printing technology to transfer printing, acquiring 3.4-metre EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340 and EFI Reggiani PRO 340 printers. The two production devices are boosting the company's quality, while increasing capacity by 500%.
 
"As we looked to move down this new path, we targeted the transfer printing model that we believe gives you the sharpest, cleanest look with the greatest depth of colour," explained Mike Lecus, the company's president. "While our direct dispersion printer still had some life in it, we decided to replace it with the FabriVU 340 to put in place a more strategic workflow committed fully to transfer printing.
 
"By adding the EFI Reggiani PRO 340 as well, we are able to increase our capacity by 500% without the need for additional staff in the printing department," Lecus added. "Following our due diligence, we felt that EFI presented the best full solution for our business."
 
VUTEk FabriVU printers have proven to be especially successful in helping signage and display companies move into higher-value soft signage display work as they offer an unparalleled combination of productivity and quality. And, a new, 5.2-metre soft signage model, the EFI VUTEk 520 printer, has already seen a number of installations in Europe and North America among customers now offering larger displays, theatrical backdrops and other oversized graphics without having to seam together multiple panels.
 
CIDI: A positive revolution

CIDI, a textile soft signage specialist company based in suburban Paris, acquired a 3.4-metre EFI Reggiani PRO 340 printer last year to bolster its position in soft signage and open new opportunities for fabric-printed graphics.
 
"This printer has brought about a real positive revolution in our way of working thanks to its productivity, efficiency and the ease-of-use for our employees," said CIDI co-founder Henri Dias. "Our customers are in growing markets with good margins - especially the interior decoration market. The printer gives us tremendous flexibility to help them in terms of the range of textiles we can offer, and it allows us to provide levels of responsiveness and print quality that few can match today."
 
The industry's only end-to-end digital print workflow and printer offering

Complementing the VUTEk FabriVU and Reggiani ONE and PRO printers, EFI has the industry's only complete end-to-end workflow available for signage production, from advanced web-to-print design and eCommerce software that integrates with EFI Fiery® digital front ends offering industry-leading colour management and productivity tools, to a comprehensive and certified EFI Midmarket Print Suite with award-winning Pace™ MIS/ERP software at its core, for highly accurate scheduling, estimating, accounting and more in superwide-format graphics production.
 
"There are many advantages to soft signage," according to Marco Boer, vice president of digital print analyst company I.T. Strategies. "Not only does fabric signage provide a luxury look and feel, but there also are significant economic benefits to production, shipping and storage since they can be easily folded or rolled and typically weigh less than conventional vinyl. We see many opportunities in the sign and display graphics industry for increased adoption of textile printing technologies, which have advanced significantly in recent years."

[Image shows EFI Reggiani PRO 340]

New Product Guide launched by Pyramid

Pyramid Product Guide LFR

Pyramid Display Materials has launched a new fully-comprehensive 337 page product and pricing guide for the Sign & Display industry. It covers every sheet and roll product type used encompassing rigid and flexible sheet, digital roll, Avery and Mactac self-adhesives, through to Print Shop Essentials.

Containing over 500 application shots, 50 major industry leading brands and approaching 100 product ranges, Pyramid claim this product guide is the most comprehensive ever produced for the sign and display industry. The weighty volume also includes a guide to flatbed digital printing together with a unique pictorial application product selector. Each product in the guide is also represented by graphical icons defining recyclability, recommended print and fabrication processes together with application recommendations.

A virtual copy of the guide is available to view on-line or a printed copy can be ordered by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , via Pyramids web site or by contacting your local Pyramid sales office.

Avery highlights emerging opportunities with its latest Select Solutions catalogue

The latest edition of Avery Dennison’s Select Solutions catalogue reveals market trends as well as developments and solutions across many different market segments.

The latest edition of Avery Dennison’s Select Solutions catalogue reveals market trends as well as developments and solutions across many different market segments.

Smithers Pira highlights impact of changes in communication technology

Communication technology drives changes in the $16.3bn print equipment market, says Smithers Pira

The changes in communication technology, from mobile phones to social media developments, has had a fundamental impact on how people consumed Information and content from 2011 to 2016, according to Smithers Pira.

Food packaging to grow at faster rate, according to Smithers Pira

Following increasing pressure from brand owners and regulators, food-safe inks will grow at a fast rate in the coming years, according to Smithers Pira.

Food packaging will grow at a faster rate than the overall packaging market from 2016 to 2021, at 3.0% CAGR in real value and print area.

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