20 Apr 2021

Neschen Introduces New Pure Colour Apollo Flag

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Neschen has added Neschen Apollo Flag to the Pure Colour Media Family. The new flag media is engineered to be sturdy and lightweight, allowing for the creation of dramatic messaging. It features a specialty coating that delivers photo realistic imaging with a wide colour gamut, fast dry time, and excellent scratch resistance.

This 100 percent transparent polyester textile is sturdy with paper backing and is lightweight (3.2 oz/sqyd). The satin finish provides a unique look that is ideal for flag creation, window draperies, wall hangings, indoor and outdoor banner display, retail signage, and POP display- anywhere eye-catching visuals are required. The Apollo Flag is the product of choice for bright color printing with great bleed through.

The Apollo Flag is designed for use with most solvent, eco solvent, and uv printers in the market. The paper backing features allows it to be printed without the use of a mesh printing kit. Available sizes include 42 inches by 100 feet, 54 inches by 100 feet, and 64 inches by 100 feet.

Neschen Launches New Digital Media Solutions

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Neschen has launched several products in its Digital Print Media line—New SolvoPrint Gotham PVC Blockout, SolvoPrint Daytona PVC Banner, SolvoPrint Easy Panel 220, Printex Easy Banner Light, and Printex Easy Banner Heavy.

New SolvoPrint Easy Panel 220 (8.66 mil) joins the existing Easy Panel 310 (12 mil) & Easy Panel 430 (17 mil) product range for use with solvent, eco-solvent and UV inks. These rigid PVC products employ a special inkjet coating to produce excellent print quality and strong color vibrancy when used with solvent, eco-solvent and UV inks. They are nearly opaque, as well as scratch and water resistant—ideal for printing trade show graphics for use with the Expolinc Roll-up Classic, Roll-up Professional and Pop-up display systems. Neschen recommends over-laminating these products for added durability and protection.

SolvoPrint Daytona PVC Banner is a 13-ounce PVC product perfect for cost-effective messaging. Ideal for frontlit banners and displays, it can be used both indoors and outdoors for up to one year.

SolvoPrint Gotham PVC Blockout is a 13-ounce PVC that is 100 percent opaque and provides total protection from light washout. Its blockout properties also allow it to be double-side printed. Its smooth surface, bright white point and no edge curl enhance your messaging. PVC Gotham is also durable outdoors for up to 18 months.

Printex Easy Banner Light, a 7.5 mil polyester fabric, and Printex Easy Banner Heavy, an 11.2 mil polyester fabric, are both base coated with an inkjet surface coating that supports aqueous dye and pigment based inks. They offer excellent color reproduction and performance in hanging banner and roll up banner stands. Easy Banner Light (5 ounce) works best for light to medium duty, as well as in backlit applications. Easy Banner Heavy is a sturdy 7.1 ounce media that offers both opacity and durability. Finishing is a snap with both products, as they can be cut without fraying or edge curl.

New Aqueous Ink for Roland Inkjet Printers

Roland DG FPG2 Aqueous Inks

Roland DG Corporation have announced new FPG2 aqueous inks available in four colours (CMYK) for its VersaArt RS series of 64” and 54” inkjet printers and VersaCAMM VP-i series of 54” and 30” inkjet printer/cutters. Users of these products can select from new FPG2 aqueous inks or award-winning ECO-SOL MAX eco-solvent inks to suit their business demands.

“The new FPG2 aqueous inks print on a wider variety of media for brilliant colours and sharp crisp images,” said Yohei Shinomura, Roland DG colour product manager. “For short-term applications, users can print graphics on inexpensive paper media to lower their production costs. FPG2 aqueous inks are also ideal for environmentally-conscious users and indoor applications. For durable outdoor graphics, we recommend ECO-SOL MAX ink.”
New Roland FPG2 Aqueous Ink Features:

  • High-density pigment produces brilliant colours on a wide range of media
  • Wide color gamut, especially in red and green tones, for vivid colour reproduction
  • Ideal for short-term indoor applications
  • Lower production costs
  • Environmentally-friendly solution
  • ICC media profiles for 3rd party media available online at www.rolandg.com/download
  • FPG2 inks in 4 colors (CMYK) are available for the VersaArt RS-640/540 inkjet printers and VersaCAMM VP-540i/300i inkjet printer/cutters

Multimedia graphic solutions take centre stage

Eurostand Displays

Eurostand Display says it has opened a world of opportunity with its latest range of audio visual graphics systems.
The Essex-based trade-only supplier has just added an integral large screen option into its best-selling Centro modular display system range. Eurostand says the addition has generated a buzz of interest from customers keen to exploit the enormous opportunities that multimedia brings to a wide range of applications.
With its contemporary design and anodised aluminium construction, Eurostand says Centro was always designed to be elegant, durable and functional. The beauty of the system is that you only have to buy it once, says the firm's National Account Manager Sam Mooney.
Its scaleable and adaptable, with standardized fittings, so you can add to it at any time, or rearrange the elements to suit your need. And now with the large screen display as an integral option, the system has evolved with dynamic content and sound to bring a brand new dimension to any display application.
Whether you want a graceful showroom backdrop or a more refined presence at a trade show, Centro is one of the most professional solutions available  and, even better, it now incorporates audio as well as visual capabilities.
Gaining and holding peoples attention has always been the challenge facing designers of display systems. In terms of noticeability the Centro Theatre system cleverly marries high resolution moving images, interactivity and sound with graphics that surround and reinforce the screen and audio content. The three media working in tandem are an extremely powerful combination in any situation, says Mooney.
At a time when every penny of marketing budgets is having to work harder, the Centro Theatre Systems add a persuasive dimension to static displays that can only enhance the noticeablity and effectiveness of our customers campaigns.
The combination is entirely customisable to suit users' individual requirements and budgets, says Eurostand. Applications that particularly benefit from this combination of static and dynamic media include trade shows, seminars, point-of-sale and showrooms.
The screen and graphic elements can be used as a stand-alone presentation, or be seamlessly integrated into a full-size Centro exhibition stand. Eurostand says that screen sizes between 23 and 42 can be incorporated into the system cleanly, simply and easily.

Colorific blasts open ink options for owners of Mimaki JV3 printers

Colorific Pro-J3 alternative min and match ink for Mimaki JV3

Created for Colorific by one of the world’s biggest ink manufacturers, Pro-J3 ink is the latest ‘best in class’ ink to be added to the Colorific product range.

This new lower-cost ink formula for Mimaki JV3 series printers is available now from rapidly expanding European ink brand, Colorific. Their Pro-J3 inks form part of the supplier’s ‘mix and match’ Pro brand, which denotes absolute matching to the colour and performance standards of original OEM counterparts.

Colm Garvey, European Sales Director for Colorific distributor IGS is upbeat about the benefits “We firmly believe that this is the best alternative ink solution available to the Mimaki JV3 user, Pro-J3 is fully mix and match, to the extent that it can even be used alongside Mimaki original inks. Matched for colour and chemistry, it is fully compatible plug and play solution that requires no flushing or elaborate changeover, you simply plug it in and print”.

Key benefits include:

  • Absolute colour matching, for identical colour output using standard Mimaki profiles.
  • Mix and Match chemistry means that Pro-J3 ink can be used alongside Mimaki originals.
  • Plug and play adoption, simply plug the Pro-J3 cartridges as a replacement for Mimaki cartridges, and print.
  • Extensively field tested for performance and reliability.
  • Optional on-site Mimaki printer warranty provided in the UK by Tech8

All Pro-series inks are plug and play, giving users the option to run them alongside existing inks without the need to flush out the previous set. Current profiles and settings also require no modification, meaning that changeover can be effortless. Compatible with the Mimaki’s JV3 range, Pro-J3 inks are a blend of selected solvents and high-quality pigments, and claims to offer improved performance and reliability.

Prolonged field-testing of the series has revealed other advantages to the full solvent offering, including a claimed reduction in nozzle blockages and an extended life expectancy for the entire ink feed assembly. Users can also expect the benefits of enhanced scratch, abrasion and chemical resistance on their output. Partnering this confidence in the Pro-J3 and its other ranges, UK-based Colorific resellers are also able to offer competitive alternative on-site warranty coverage, provided by service provider Tech8, which aims to improve on currently-available OEM options.

“Before any of our inks are made available to the end-user a number of trials are performed across different machines, media and application types,” explains Colm Garvey “That’s why we are able to ensure full hardware and UV fade resistance warranties. This research and development process also means that we can pitch the optional Tech8 warranty to meet or even exceed OEM offerings in terms of speed of response and parts coverage – adding further essential value to both the reseller channel and the end-user"

The company, which also supplies an ecologically responsible Bio alternative for OEM inks, emphasises the clean jetting properties and lack of reprofiling when switching to Pro-J3. “We try to analyse the journey of the ink across every step, from production through to eventual application – so we know categorically that everything about the Pro-J3 ink, starting from installation and finishing up at outdoor durability, presents a cost-effective and easily implemented solution for users of the Mimaki JV3 series machines. The ability of our Pro-J3 ink to work alongside Mimaki originals means the conversion process is completely hassle-free, it really is a case of plugging in the Colorific cartridges and printing just as before.”

The Colorific ink range is sold in sixteen countries across four continents and is rapidly gaining a reputation for trouble-free reliability.

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Further information is also available at www.colorificink.eu

Further information on the optional Tech8 warranty is available at www.tech8.eu


The Digital Inkjet Ink Report

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Despite the economic downturn, digital technologies continue to enjoy growth as new applications emerge.

Even though the inkjet ink market is perhaps the fastest growing segment for ink manufacturers, the recession still had an impact on business.

“In terms of ink volume, EFI started falling off in the fourth quarter,” said Scott Schinlever, vice president/general manager of EFI’s ink business. “The key drivers for our customers are advertising and promotional printing, and those markets bottomed out in January. Since then, we are seeing a recovery in business, as many of our customers are printing more.”

Brad Kisner, president of INX Digital International Co., said that overall, business for INX Digital has been strong.

“We had a very good first quarter to begin 2009, and at the end of May, results for the second quarter looked promising,” Mr. Kisner said. “We are ahead of last year’s pace and have good reason to believe that we are on a marketshare run.”

“We have enjoyed excellent growth in our global markets,” said Phil McGugan, vice president, global sales and marketing for Nazdar. “For Nazdar, we continue to see excellent growth of UV digital inks and expansion in all our export markets.”

“Fujifilm Sericol continued to see sales growth in solvent and UV inkjet inks in the past year, although at a slower pace than the growth rates achieved in previous years,” said Pete Kenehan, director of Fujifilm Sericol’s Inkjet Systems Group (ISG). “While our priority is focused on the rapidly growing UV inkjet segment, our sales of solvent digital inks also recorded significant growth as many brands of solvent roll printers switched to our Color+ line of aftermarket inks.”

“SunJet, Sun Chemical’s inkjet inks business, fared well during the past year and continues to innovate and be the market leader in fluid deposition technology for the global inkjet market,” said Laurie Geldenhuys, business director and general manager, Sun Chemical. “The continued growth and success of SunJet has depended largely on the wide and super-wide formats in the past. However, over the past year, we have seen significant growth in new and emerging markets and have launched several new products to satisfy these needs. These include products for the narrow web label market, edible inks, photovoltaics, printed electronics, an increased product offering for coding and marking applications, and inks to meet the needs for new printhead technologies.”

“Collins Ink had a good 2008 and it appears we will have a decent 2009,” said Lawrence Gamblin, president of Collins Ink. “While our sales are relatively flat on a year to year basis, I was recently told that ‘Flat is the new growth.’”

In an important move, Collins acquired the assets of Hexion Specialty Chemical’s UV inkjet business earlier this year.

“Hexion’s product portfolio fits perfectly with Collins,” Mr. Gamblin said. “Whereas Collins produces virtually all kinds of inkjet inks, including water-, solvent- and oil-based inks for thermal, piezo and continuous inkjet printers, Collins really had no presence in the fast growing UV inkjet ink market. Hexion’s wide range of inks would appear to complete Collins’ portfolio.”

Literally right across the street from HP’s Corvallis, OR headquarters, ImTech is an ink and systems specialist as well as one of HP’s licensed OEMs and ink manufacturers. The company specializes in inkjet engineering, and is growing rapidly, most recently ranked the 48th fastest growing privately held company in Oregon by the Portland Business Journal.

“The thermal inkjet market is certainly growing for us. One driver is the continued government regulatory pressure to control supply chain identity and the market’s move to shorter manufacturing runs with highly varied marking, which makes a great case for inkjet printing,” said Leston Faulds, ImTech’s director of sales and marketing. “We were able to grow by five people even in a declining market, and most recently, we added two longtime HP chemists who will help with our ink development.”

Stephanie Duvivier, marketing director for One Solution S.A., a Belgium-based inkjet ink and equipment manufacturer, noted that the company’s ink business grew significantly in 2008-2009, mainly in terms of new printing systems converted to One Solution UV-curable inks.

“We are supplying today more than 100 UV printers with our inks all over Europe,” Ms. Duvivier said. “In addition, we have recently finalized the development of a new wide format UV flatbed printer, the One Solution Vega, which we have presented for the first time in Fespa Digital 09.”

Economic Pressures And Digital Technologies

Financing new digital equipment has been one of the difficulties facing the inkjet market.

“Clearly the economic downturn has caused a fall-off in capital equipment sales,” Mr. McGugan said. “ However, we saw healthy growth in our market share of alternative/third party digital inks.”

“From October 2008 to March 2009, we have faced a significant reduction in ink consumption and machinery,” Ms. Duvivier said. “On the other hand, we have converted a large number of new printers looking for better pricing. It seems that since April 2009 the situation is getting better and our customers start to use their equipment at full capacity.”

“From a traditional market viewpoint, companies are always looking at new technologies to compete with other companies that already have digital capabilities and are pursuing opportunities for label and narrow web business,” Mr. Kisner said. “Although we are seeing new capabilities in the digital market, the emphasis appears to be on improving certain technologies or developing products that address the traditional market. Companies are looking to buy equipment and manufacturers that offer creative financing packages will benefit both parties. Needless to say, our financial incentives have been very well received.”

“The economic downturn has had a severe impact on the digital printing market and has resulted in a reduced level of activity in machine placements,” Mr. Geldenhuys reported. “Although the downturn has been more significant in the graphics market, the investment in new areas of application for inkjet continues, and SunJet has been very active in supporting and developing these opportunities.”

“After a strong start and significant growth in the first half of 2008, the global credit squeeze and the inability of some customers to secure financing reduced overall demand for new inkjet equipment in the second half of the year,” Mr. Kenehan noted. “However, despite the credit squeeze and market downturn, the market continues to shift from solvent to UV. This trend will continue as market demand increases for higher quality, higher productivity and more environmentally friendly ink solutions such as UV.

“Digital is also having a negative impact on screen printing due to the cost effectiveness of smaller press runs,” Mr. Kenehan added. “This trend fuels digital growth since jobs that were previously screen printed are now being digitally printed.”

“A lot of the negative impact has been around financing, but we have customers who are investing in the face of the downturn and consolidating,” Mr. Schinlever concluded. “Leading-edge technology tends to overcome economic downturns.”

Key Opportunities For Growth

There are some excellent opportunities for growth.

“Inkjet continues to push into industrial markets,” Mr. Gamblin said. “There is an increasing number of printheads that developers can incorporate into their new printers. The interesting thing is that the market appears to be trying to develop workable business models. The balance between overall printer cost and consumable costs continues to be an ongoing issue that manufacturers have to deal with. There are opportunities for ink manufacturers, but the manufacturer needs to have realistic expectations on the profit margins on those inks.”

“Bridging the gap between traditional and digital printing will be important for several reasons,” Mr. Kisner noted. “Not only does it drive revenue even in tough economic times, but digital printing helps reduce costs and increase production. Also, I think it is clear that more people are taking a good look at the label market. No doubt about it, the label market can be very demanding in terms of both short and long run work, frequent changes and quick turnaround times. This type of production is perfect for digital technologies and the results usually produce immediate benefits.”

Mr. Schinlever noted that EFI is seeing significant gains due to new technologies at VUTEk, Jetrion and Rastek that EFI has introduced recently.

“Leading-edge technology tends to overcome economic downturns,” Mr. Schinlever said. “Having ISA and Fespa so close together was very fortunate timing for us. We could feel the energy in our booth.”

“VUTEk is allowing printers to make the transition to wide and superwide format printing, with the high quality and productivity ideal for the short and medium runs,” he added. “Rastek is a major player in the lower-end flatbed segment for signage and display and short run work as well as membrane switches. Meanwhile, Jetrion is in the label and packaging space, and Jetrion feels like what I felt when VUTEk was in 2001 at the beginning of adoption.”

“We believe in inkjet printing for industrial applications such as ceramic, wood or textile,” Ms. Duvivier said. “One Solution is working on few projects in R&D for these markets. The Vega itself was designed to cover some of these industrial applications.”

“Exhibitions like Drupa, ISA and Fespa 2009 sent a very clear message to the industry about the increased level of investment in inkjet technology for applications in trans promotional printing, labels and décor,” Mr. Geldenhuys said. “The adoption of inkjet as an alternative to traditional printing processes in these new emerging markets will be as much a function of the market evolution as it is of the development of the inkjet technology itself. Companies in Asia will continue to increase their activities in the development of equipment to meet an ever increasing demand in the region while at the same time expanding their reach on a global basis.”

“UV roll printers are beginning to replace older solvent roll machines and will be an area of growth particularly in billboard printing, building wraps and large POP graphic displays,” Mr. Kenehan said. “The advent of full bed print array is a breakthrough in wide format inkjet printing, and the industry is on the edge of breakthroughs in single pass inkjet printing which will accelerate the replacement of more analog printing. More industrial applications are opening up for UV inkjet printing due to image quality improvements and increased ink functionality. Only a few years ago, it wasn’t possible to inkjet print materials that require heat forming or multiple layer printing. Now we see applications such as optical media discs, instrument panels, and vehicle graphics being printed with UV inks.”

There are plenty of intriguing applications for inkjet printing. For example, Ms. Duvivier noted parquet printed with UV inkjet technology.

“Printing optical media discs using UV inkjet is one of the more unique applications recently introduced to the market,” Mr. Kenehan said. “We also see more fine art, museum pieces printed inkjet today, and printing of wallpaper and other home décor products such as six-panel doors, ceiling tiles and wood blinds.”

“It appears digital inkjet can be applied to almost anything,” Mr. Kisner said. “I recently read a story in a technical publication about printing inkjet on human tissue. It was a fascinating article that described how the tissue is grown to full size in Petri dishes and used as prosthetics for ears, noses and such. You might wonder why someone would want to do that but the same question was asked years ago when people started selling advertising on their shaved heads and other body parts.”

“We have UV inkjet inks that have the ability to vacuum form or heat bend on substrates such as acrylic,” Mr. McGugan noted.

“SunJet has developed T-Form thermoforming inks that can be deformed by 200-400 percent elongation without cracking. Applications are aimed at a number of markets that require thermoformable applications including point of sale signs and displays, various automotive applications, molded signs, shaped plastic items as well as safety helmets,” Ms. Geldenhuys said. “As a world leader in the development of UV curing inks, SunJet has continued to support the industry in the development of LED UV lamp technology. Under test conditions, line speeds in single pass applications have exceeded 100M or 300ft per minute. SunJet believes that the development of LED lamp technology is important because it reduces the complexity of integrating UV curing lamps and can reduce the health and safety concerns in some applications. Applications using LED curing technology in the areas of coding and marking, digital label production, wide format graphics as well as variable data printing on plastic cards is a real possibility with functional inks.

New Technologies

To meet the needs of the market, inkjet ink manufacturers are developing new products.

“Sun Chemical is an acknowledged world leader in electron beam (EB) curing technology with significant intellectual property for applications that are designed for use in conventional flexo type printing applications,” Ms. Geldenhuys said. “SunJet have adapted this technology for applications primarily in the food packaging area where low odor and low migration are key. Although challenging, this technology promises to radically change the food packaging market for inkjet applications.”

“The Triangle branded BIL acrylate-based UV curable inks offer extremely high pigment density and a wide color gamut,” Mr. Kisner said. “These inks are intended for jetting with high consistency on the HP/Nur XP3500 in billboard mode. Although it’s not new, we reintroduced our UV HeadCure printhead cleaning service. We are very proud of its success and it provides 100 percent recovery of print heads with obstructed nozzles and restricted flow. That’s important because it is a major advancement at a fraction of the cost for new printheads and works on virtually any printhead.”

“We are constantly working on improving our UV-curable inks to deliver the higher performances in terms of color, flexibility, adhesion... but also to match all environmental and sanitary requirements,” Ms. Duvivier said “Nevertheless, most of our R&D efforts have been placed in the development of new printing systems. Today we are releasing the first product, the ONE SOLUTION Vega UV flatbed. We will be releasing as well a new wide format roll-to-roll printer (3,3m width) in early Q4 2009. These printers are based on a revolutionary print engine, integrating the latest technology of PH, and a robust industrial mechanical structure. The machine delivers an extremely high level of quality and resolution at production speeds, not achieved up to now by any of the existing systems.”

“We continue to have nice, small success with LED curable inks, even as we see more people coming into the market,” Mr. Faulds said. “We are beginning to release some color inks into the LED market. Red is just about ready for general release, and blue is next. We are also releasing GradeStamp, a new ink that is targeted for the lumber industry, and PolyPrint, a very fast drying solvent ink for polyethylene and polyester labels and coated boxes. PolyPrint dries in less that five seconds without additional dryers, and prints excellent text and barcodes.”

Because of its capabilities in such a wide variety of inkjet printing segments, EFI is very well positioned to pool its resources on ink R&D. Most recently, the company has developed a leading-edge white ink

“We offer a very unique white capability, which we can put down as a pre-coat, post-coat or spot white,” Mr. Schinlever said. “It’s ideal for high-end POP, because when you use a white undercoat before process colors, it really makes the images stick out. For example, I recently saw a lipstick advertisement where the model’s lips really stood out. Using white as a diffusion gives stunning results as well. We’re also offering new ink systems that cut across all of our ink lines, with improved grey levels and greyscales.”

“We are developing new delivery system technologies that enable our customers to seamlessly convert their inkjet inks from the OEM inks to our alternative (third-party) inks,” Mr. McGugan said.

“High-speed inkjet printing in full bed print array requires sophisticated scanning technology and nozzle out mapping in order to produce consistent quality prints,” Mr. Kenehan said. “Printing at high speed also requires UV inks to cure faster.Another recent innovation is the ability to select a choice of finish from matte or satin to gloss. More flexible UV ink formulas also open up new opportunities to expand the range of substrates and applications for UV inkjet.”