04 Apr 2020

Ingenieurgruppe Flösser GmbH Relies on HP Line Accuracy to Ensure the Structural Safety of its Customers' Architectural Designs

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HP today announced that Ingenieurgruppe Flösser GmbH is using its HP Designjet 4520 HD-MFP to deliver highly accurate printouts of architectural plans, to visualise and analyse its customers' architectural designs.

Based in Bad Säckingen, Germany, architectural engineering specialist, Ingenieurgruppe Flösser GmbH, is employed to assist customers with structural calculations during a building's design process, to ensure that they withstand the stresses of their intended use. The HP Designjet 4520 HD-MFP was integrated into the company's workflow in August 2009, to print the detailed architectural plans that incorporate these design changes, crucial to the safety and stability of the structure.

The first stage in the process is for Ingenieurgruppe Flösser to analyse the supplied architectural plans, and establish the thickness required for the walls and ceilings of the proposed structure. The company then prints the amended plans and returns them to the client.  Following client approvals, the plans are then sent back to Ingenieurgruppe Flösser and the company distributes them to the people involved in the project.

Günter Schmidt, CAD designer engineer, Ingenieurgruppe Flösser GmbH, says, "Within each plan printed, there is a scale of lines varying in thickness, indicating what is being represented in the plans, e.g. a certain section of the building or different view. The thinnest lines in the plan show dimensions such as distance and length of structural elements. It is, therefore, critical that the plans are printed accurately, so as to clearly communicate changes to the structure's design. The implications of inaccurate prints could be catastrophic to the structural safety of the building being designed, but we are confident that we can rely upon the exceptional line accuracy achievable with the HP Designjet 4520."

With HP inks and printheads, the HP Designjet 4520 MFP can achieve 0.1 percent(1)  line accuracy and high-quality colour reproduction for detailed images. The HP Designjet 4520 MFP also features high print speeds and a high print capacity for maximum productivity. At Ingenieurgruppe Flösser, this capability enables them to cope with the demands of a busy practice, requiring the production of more than 70 plans a day.

"The HP Designjet 4520 is very reliable and we have also been very impressed with its low ink and energy consumption, which makes it a more cost-effective solution than our previous printing system.

"Prior to installing the HP Designjet 4520, we compared HP to its competitors and their products, and, in addition to the superior efficiency and quality of the printer itself, HP also led the way when it came to customer service. During the extensive six-month test period and since then, HP and reseller, Obergfell, have provided superb technical support, delivering the information and help we needed quickly, and understanding our company's specific needs. This seems to be unique to HP and was certainly one of the deciding factors when choosing to install HP products within our business," says Günter Schmidt.

(1) +/-0.1% of the specified vector length or +/-0.1 mm (whichever greater) at 73° F (23° C), 50-60% relative humidity, on E/A0 printing material in Best or Normal mode with HP Matte Film.

FESPA Wrap Stars to Take Home Fantastic Prize Haul


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The winners of the live FESPA Wrap Cup vehicle wrapping competition at FESPA 2010 (Messe Munich, 22-26 June 2010) will be showered with some fantastic prizes, courtesy of the Platinum event sponsor Avery Dennison, gold sponsor and print provider Mutoh, and other sponsors Digital Designware, Geiger Cars, Mimaki, Rob Ivers, Royal Sovereign, Ude, Cadlink, Eurosystems and DPS.

The top prize will be a Mutoh Rockhopper 3 Extreme wide format printing system offered by the Belgian wide format printer manufacturer, with a value of nearly €18000.  Second prize will be a Royal Sovereign laminator RSC-1400H, including auto feeder and rewinder with a value of approximately € 5500.  The third prize winner will take home a Mimaki vinyl cutter worth € 3500, while the fourth prize supplied by Avery Dennison is an Apple iPad worth Euros 800.

All the vehicle prints used by the contestants during the different contest rounds will be produced on a Mutoh Blizzard series Eco printer.  The printer incorporates Mutoh’s award-winning Intelligent Interweaving technology and is ideally suited for the production of vehicle wrap prints.

Entries are now open at www.fespa-wrap-cup.com for vehicle wrappers wanting to test their skills in competition.  Registration costs Euros 200.00, but all participants will take home a prize package worth at least Euros 2000.

The FESPA Wrap Cup is part of the FESPA Innovate! Programme.  For more information about the show, and the full programme of satellite events, visit www.fespa2010.com


The winners of the Sign & Digital UK 2010 visitor competition are…

Signuk Winners

At this year’s Sign & Digital UK, in conjunction with the competition sponsor; Hybrid Services Ltd, the visitor prize of two VIP tickets to Old Trafford to watch a top flight game was won by two visitors who were drawn at random from those that registered online and attended the show.

The Sign & Digital UK team felt that following the interest shown in the 2009 visitor competition, where the winners won VIP tickets to the British Grand Prix, it was important to do something of high value for the 2010 show – the prizes provided by Hybrid were just the ticket.

Each winner has won two tickets to see a football game at Old Trafford during the 2010/2011 season, including all the added extras of VIP hospitality, food & drink, parking and over night accommodation. So congratulations go to the two winners; David Austin from Hobs Reprographics, London and Justin Tidmarsh from Fast Signs, Coventry.

David Austin said “The show was really good this year with lots on offer. I came this year specifically to look at new kit with the intent on making a purchasing decision. This objective has been met and I will certainly be returning next year. On top of that to win two tickets to Old Trafford to see a top flight game on the back of the show is just fantastic.”

Justin comments “I found the Sign and Digital UK show to be really useful this year where my questions regarding my ink supply were answered. On top of that when doing a general tour of the show I found some new product lines that were really interesting and that we will certainly be looking to actively market. Of course winning tickets for Old Trafford has just rounded it all off.”

Alan Caddick, marketing manager for Sign & Digital UK adds, “The show is a massive opportunity and there are many reasons as to why visitors should make the trip. A visitor incentive like this just gives one more reason for people to attend and support their industry event.”

For information about the success of the 2010 show and further information about Sign & Digital UK 2011 please visit the website, www.signanddigitaluk.com or email the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates for your diary: Sign & Digital UK, 12-14 April 2011, halls 17-18, NEC, Birmingham

Xaar delivers guidance and guides at FESPA 2010

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Whether you are new to inkjet or highly experienced Xaar guides you through the jargon, technology and potential of inkjet in a series of educational initiatives

As Global Technology Partner of the event, Xaar teams up with FESPA Munich to spread the word about the power of innovation and potential of inkjet for print businesses today.

In two sessions in the Digital Innovation Theatre, Xaar's Director of Marketing Mark Alexander will look closely at how Xaar's leading edge technology is enabling companies to become more flexible and adapt quickly to new markets.

The sessions include:

  • Inkjet for Innovation (2-3pm on 22nd & 24th June): from bleeding edge to cutting edge, how inkjet innovation is transforming the industry
  • Inkjet for Business (11-12pm on 23rd June): Xaar joins with some of its Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partners, including large format specialists MTL and Neolt, to look at how companies have applied flexible Xaar inkjet technology to meet specific market needs.

For those who are new to inkjet and who may still be totally confused, Xaar is publishing the world's first 'Industrial Inkjet for Dummies' guide.  Whether you are an OEM who is interested in exploring inkjet technology, or you need to improve the flexibility of an existing printing process by going digital, or you are simply curious about how it works, this guide will be of interest to you. Available shortly, visitors to Fespa Munich can reserve their copy by visiting the Xaar booth (Hall B2 Stand 475) or registering online at www.xaar.com/dummies.aspx

GMG to present solutions for large-format printing at FESPA 2010

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GMG, developer and supplier of high-end color management and proofing solutions, will be presenting software solutions for large-format printing at the exhibition booths of its technology partners HP (Hall B2, 120), Mimaki (Hall B2, 270) and Roland (Hall B2, 340) during FESPA 2010.

The latest software solutions from GMG enable businesses involved in large-format printing to simply and efficiently meet the growing quality demands of their customers. GMG will present the extensive functions of the new GMG SmartProfiler software application, which printers can use to create their own color profiles and printer calibrations for large-format printing systems. This significantly improves not only a company's production reliability and productivity, but also the color quality of the products.

GMG SmartProfiler is an additional option for GMG ColorServer, the central color management solution. Thanks to perfect execution of all necessary color conversions, GMG ColorServer ensures maximum color accuracy, repeatability, and consistent color results on any printing system. The result is colors that match those of print media produced by conventional methods, such as offset printing, as well as an identical color impression on multiple large-format printers of the same or a similar type.

At the HP booth, visitors to the exhibition will be able to see the GMG ColorServer/SmartProfiler color management solutions in action for creating profiles and calibrating HP Scitex large-format printers, for example.

At the Mimaki booth, GMG will be showing how color-accurate packaging proofs and packaging mockups can be produced in top quality. The combination of GMG ColorServer/GMG SmartProfiler color management software and the UJF-706 UV inkjet printers from Mimaki permits digital proofing on original substrates, as well as the production of absolutely color-accurate packaging mockups. White and varnish are supported in this context. The GMG/Mimaki solution is suitable for virtually any substrate.

The GMG solution for the UJF-3042 A3 flatbed printer from Mimaki with UV-curing inks will also be on display for the first time.

GMG ColorServer and SmartProfiler are likewise available for all large-format printers from Roland. In particular, the joint solution in conjunction with the Roland VersaUV LEC-330 printer will be presented at the Roland exhibition booth during this year's FESPA. Users can expect maximum color accuracy, reproducibility, and color consistency in such special packaging applications as the production of color-accurate mock-ups from original substrates, as well as proofing applications for the packaging market. Among other things, the output material can be printed with spot varnishing and white ink, as well as cut and scored.

"Following our resoundingly successful presentation at IPEX, we will now also be demonstrating at FESPA that the wide range of GMG solutions can readily be integrated in numerous applications," says Paul Willems, Managing Director of GMG GmbH & Co. KG. "Particularly in large-format printing, color management with GMG ColorServer and SmartProfiler is a highly convincing solution, thanks to its versatility, flexibility and, on the bottom line, outstanding quality."


Océ hails Ipex a great success story

Arizona 550 Gt

Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, has hailed Ipex a resounding success with numerous new deals signed on the stand and more interest from customers and prospects than in the last two years.

As well as gathering to witness Océ’s technology in action in Hall 12 of the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, United Kingdom, between May 18 - 25, crowds were entertained by a series ‘industry affairs’ discussions on Océ TV, hosted by broadcaster Katy Haswell. Interviews were held with key stakeholders ranging from industry leaders, customers, journalists and analysts, as well as experts from Océ. These can be viewed on http://global.oce.com/events/ipex/youtube-player.aspx

Other successes for Océ included winning a European Digital Press Award (best production cut-sheet monochrome printer) for the Oce VarioPrint 6320 Ultra and launching on its stand a Managers’ Toolkit 40-page book for the British Print Industries Federation. Océ also announced that it is looking to extend its unique offering to the market where customers enjoy benefits from the printing world’s first Carbon Positive Plus+ initiative. Making a positive step beyond carbon neutrality, through strategic partner Shining Earth, Océ offsets 200% of the operational CO2 for its flagship product, the Océ VarioPrint 6250.

The printing systems running on Océ’s stand throughout the show were

  • Canon imagePRESS C7000VP
  • Océ Arizona® 550 GT
  • Océ ColorStream® 10000 Flex
  • Océ ColorWave® 600
  • Océ JetStream® 1000
  • Océ VarioPrint® 6320 Ultra

Orders signed on the stand included The Woods Group (Océ VarioStream 7650), MPG Books group (two Océ VarioPrint 6320s), Business Continuity (two Océ ColorStream 10000 Flex) The Open University (Océ VarioPrint 6000), Mask Documents (Océ VarioPrint 6000), OTM (Océ ColorStream 10000 Flex) and TJ International (Automatic Book Factory – software solution). Tony Chard, Managing Director of UK-based MPG Books, said: “The reason we chose Océ is because it is the clear market leader, has the highest quality and most productive systems for digital book printing, as well as the best total cost of ownership. Added to that, we will have up to a 40% reduction in our total electricity costs due to the environmental benefits that include substantially lower temperature levels for the systems.”

Bron Curley, Océ UK Managing Director, said: “Ipex was a great success story for Océ. There has been more interest from customers and prospective customers than in the last two years. And significant new deals were actually signed at the show. The integration with Canon, which will create the strongest player in the industry, is also opening new doors to sales opportunities as we have very complementary products and technologies.”