12 Jul 2020

Sepiax Ink Technology moves to new headquarters.

New Sepiax Hq

Sepiax Ink Technology, a member of the Gernot Langes-Swarovski Group and maker of the world's first digital print-on-anything water based, resin, inks, is moving its HQ to new premises in Austria.

To cope with increased demand for visits from dealers, equipment manufacturers and industrial clients, Sepiax has moved to new premises in Klagenfurt, Austria. This not only gives a larger premises for customer visits, but also moves Sepiax in amongst the hi-tech environment of the Lakeside Science & Technology Park in the campus of Klagenfurt University.

This science park is home to many "green" companies, with a focus on ecologically-sound, sustainable, products, designed to show a respect for our global environment. This location is perfectly in tune with the Sepiax business ethic.

Franz Aigner, managing director, says "We are excited by this move, it really takes us into a new and exciting location, with an academic history, and alongside fellow companies using high technology to benefit the environment. This, in conjunction with it being a beautiful place to work, with a view of Lake Wörthersee, and being close to Klagenfurt Airport, makes it a great place for our partners to visit."

InkTec Europe launches brand new website with iPOD competition

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Leading ink manufacturer InkTec Europe has launched a brand new website to provide information on InkTec’s range of large format consumable products. The site, www.inktec-europe.com is customer-focused and designed to give the consumer all the product and technical information they may need, as well as the chance to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and products from InkTec.

Marketing Manager Tristan Park says, “The website is designed to be a one-stop shop for current and potential InkTec consumers to quickly find out any relevant product information they require. InkTec ink users will soon also be able to download free ICC colour profiles from the database that we are currently building.”

The site is now live and to celebrate the launch, InkTec Europe is giving away one IPOD TOUCH and three IPOD NANO’S to the winning names which are drawn from their free-to-enter competition on December 3rd.

To enter the competition, simply visit the site: www.inktec-europe.com and follow the instructions. But be quick as the competition closes on December 3rd.

FLEXcon produces custom label media for Roland


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Roland DGA Corp., and FLEXcon have teamed up to bring users of Roland's VersaUV LEC series of UV-LED wide-format inkjet printer/cutters a specialised pressure-sensitive polypropylene media for labeling applications.

"VersaUV is ideal for short-run label production and now FLEXcon has tailored its popular FLEXmark polypropylene label media for the VersaUV's unique dimensions and contour cutting capabilities," said Andrew Oransky, director of product management for Roland DGA Corp.  "Roland inkjet printer/cutters print and contour cut designs all on one device, allowing professionals to create labels in any shape through one seamless workflow."

Winner of prestigious DPI and EDP awards and, most recently, the 2010 Label Industry Global Award for New Innovation, the Roland VersaUV inkjet printer/cutter goes beyond CMYK and White inks to offer Clear Coat which can be layered into unique textures and patterns for embossing and varnishing effects.  VersaUV makes it affordable for printing professionals to produce custom short-run labels as well as unique packaging prototypes on a vast array of substrates that simulate the final product with unrivalled accuracy.

"We have taken high quality, pressure-sensitive polypropylene face media and married it to a customised, stay flat release liner that allows users to die cut and perforate label designs right on the VersaUV without additional finishing equipment," said Rick Harris, product manager of the Product Branding Business Team for FLEXcon. "FLEXmark polypropylene media (PP20CPLEC (2.0 mil clear); PP23WPLEC (2.3 mil white); and MPP20SPLEC (2.0 mil metalised silver) is available in 30" wide rolls to fit all three VersaUV models.  FLEXmark polypropylene images well in a variety of print modes to create labels with beautiful effects such as embossing and printing with white inks."

Roland's VersaUV LEC Series inkjet printer in combination with FLEXcon's FLEXmark polypropylene will produce durable, high image quality labels for product identification and product promotion applications. Sample rolls are available from FLEXcon to qualify these materials for your application.

To see the full range of FLEXcon's polypropylene films for label applications, visit FLEXcon's website, www.FLEXcon.com.

Roland inkjet printers and printer/cutters come with VersaWorks RIP software including media profiles and advanced features that ensure superior image quality, minimise maintenance and costs, and provide out-of-the-box success for businesses.  In addition to labels and packaging prototypes, VersaUV can be used to produce press proofs and is supported by leading commercial colour management and proofing solutions from CGS, EFI and GMG.  VersaUV is Energy Star certified.


Gerber introduces 3M laminating adhesive 467MP and 468MP

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Gerber Scientific Products has introduced 3M Laminating Adhesive 467MP, available in two thicknesses, 2.3 mils thick (467MP) and 5.2 mils thick (468MP). Gerber is offering these laminating adhesives in response to customer feedback and requests from its Roadshow program. Both products are available in 12-inch widths, suited for application to EDGE produced decals and graphics.

3M Laminating Adhesives 467MP and 468MP compliment Gerber's LexEDGE and Static Cling applications and provide the finish step in the production of decals using the Gerber EDGE FX because of their excellent performance characteristics:

  • Clarity—they are virtually free of the vapor inclusions commonly found in the adhesives produced by the traditional solvent coating technique.
  • Temperature performance.
  • Shear strength—minimises edge lifting and slippage of parts.
  • Resistance to harsh environments—they can withstand splashes of organic solvents, weak acids, bases, salt water, cleaning solutions, germicidals, disinfectants, oils and other substances.
  • They perform well after exposure to humidity and hot/cold cycles.
  • They provide initial repositionability when bonding to plastic parts (not metal), allowing slight corrections when initial alignment is incorrect.

Gerber Scientific Products is committed to expanding their product line with new options that are tested by the material qualification process and are part of Gerber's Matched Technology System so they function seamlessly with Gerber output devices.

Third generation mild solvent ink set from Mutoh

Wide format inkjet printer manufacturer Mutoh Belgium nv announces immediate availability of a new set of CMYK mild solvent inks, called MS Ultra, for its Blizzard, Spitfire 65/90 Extreme and Spitfire 100 Extreme printers.  This third generation Mutoh mild solvent ink will increase productivity through more efficient printing.
“Our new MS Ultra inks have been tuned specifically to our Spitfire Extreme and Blizzard printer families, offering the highest level of image quality and printer reliability”, comments Arthur Vanhoutte, President of Mutoh’s European Operations.
“They offer excellent stability and ensure uninterrupted printing for extended periods.  Compared to our existing Mild Solvent and Mild Solvent Plus inks, the new MS Ultra inks will provide printer users an even wider media compatibility and a higher performance in number of square metres printed per hour.  They also have a longer shelf life (18 months), require less maintenance - once a week - and last but not least, do not require daily printing, as typically is the case when using mild solvent inks.  The new inks are available for both new printers and for installed-base printer users”, Vanhoutte concludes.
The new MS Ultra cyclohexanone and NMP free inks are offered in safe and easy to use 440 ml ink cassettes and bulk ink bottles of 1 litre.  For typical sign images (720 x 720 dpi) with an ink coverage of 67 %, ink cost amounts to 0.92 €/m² .  The inks are suited for indoor and outdoor commercial print applications.  Outdoor UV durability is rated up to 3 years, without lamination. For heavy-duty applications involving mechanical stress, lamination is recommended.
Using a unique ink chemistry controlling the drop size on the media, the Mutoh MS Ultra ink offers a wide media compatibility across the broadest range of self adhesives as well as other flexible substrates.  MS Ultra will give photorealistic prints as the printed dots will have perfect dot quality, even at the highest carriage speeds.  The inks offer an excellent colour gamut and gloss preservation.  Typical high quality banding-free production speeds of up to 16.5 m²/h (Spitfire Extreme 65); 36 m²/h (Blizzard 65) and 42 m²/h (Spitfire 100 Extreme) can be obtained.
The new MS Ultra inks will be marketed all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa through Mutoh’s network of authorised resellers.
Mutoh’s Bulk Ink Refill System (BIS)
The MS Ultra 1 litre ink bottles can be used in combination with Mutoh’s bulk ink system (BIS).  Mutoh’s BIS system was developed for speed-intensive, volume oriented users requiring a high-volume ink delivery and refill system.  The bulk ink system offers unattended printing options along with minimum user intervention (easy to refill, even during printing).
Each bottle can provide 1.2 litres of ink to the bulk feed cassette before requiring a refill.  Each bulk feed cassette incorporates a floater level adjustment to accurately set the proper ink fluid pressure to the print head.
Mutoh’s ink refill system can be easily mounted on top of the printer.  No extra footprint is required.  As such, the system will save space and will not disturb the operator during the print jobs.
Mutoh’s i² Intelligent Interweaving (i²) Technology
Dedicated “print weaves” for the new MS Ultra inks have been integrated in the Spitfire and Blizzard printer firmware to deliver impeccable print results all the time.  Mutoh Intelligent Interweaving technology delivers a drastic reduction or even total elimination of horizontal banding, step mismatch banding and the visible effects of missing or misfiring nozzles.  The result is a consistent and predictable output quality.  Moreover, Mutoh’s award-winning and so far unrivalled i² print technology will avoid trial and error printing and therefore reduce media waste.

Gerber introduces new blue liner for 220 white and matte white premium film

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Gerber Scientific Products has introduced a new blue liner for its Gerber 220 White and Matte White Premium Film. This new blue liner provides better contrast, making weeding easier.

Gerber High Performance Series 220 is an EDGE READY cast material that is durable, dimensionally stable and available in 100 colours, including opaque gloss, matte, metallic and Clear Enamel Receptive, both in punched and unpunched formats. It is ideally suited for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications for vehicles, exterior and interior signage, window markings and display graphics. It can be used on flat surfaces with and without rivets or simple curved surfaces.

Gerber Scientific Products is committed to expanding their product line with new options that are tested by the material qualification process and are part of Gerber's Matched Technology System so they function seamlessly with Gerber output devices.