08 Apr 2020

Oce Arizona 360 GT UV flatbed printer to be installed at PIA headquarters

Oce Arizona 360

Oce will be placing an Arizona 360 GT UV flatbed printer at the Printing Industries of America headquarters in Pennsylvania, USA. The printer will be used for market education, member training and internal production.

"The convergence of markets and technologies due to digitalization in the graphics industry provides new spin-off opportunities for commercial printers," said Sal Sheikh, Vice President of Marketing for the Wide Format Printing Systems division of Oce North America. "The capabilities of flatbed-based UV printers enable commercial printers to capture new business and enter new markets - from traditional graphic applications to imaging on manufactured goods to packaging applications."

The Oce Arizona 360 GT model will be the first flatbed and first digital UV printer to be installed at Printing Industries headquarters. The facilities at Printing Industries headquarters include state-of-the-art prepress, workflow solutions, printing facilities, post press, testing laboratories, libraries, and classrooms that provide a world-class platform for innovative digital and offset research, while producing leading-edge publications and instruction.

"The addition of the Oce Arizona 360 GT printer complements what we're doing here with our offset and digital printing presses," said Dr. Mark Bohan, Vice President, Technology and Research for Printing Industries. "We want to show our members how wide format digital printing can fit in partnership with traditional printing presses. With the Oce Arizona 360 GT printer on-site, we have the capability to educate our members on what is possible, to open their eyes to new business opportunities."

In addition to demonstrating an array of applications to its members, the Oce Arizona 360 GT printer will be used for training members on wide format print production. It will also be used for internal production of banners and signs for the conferences and programs produced by Printing Industries. Further, the ONYX ProductionHouse software RIP that drives the printer will assist staff in educating members on wide format colour management techniques.

About the Oce Arizona 360 GT printer

Introduced in April 2011, the Oce Arizona 360 GT UV flatbed printer features enhancements over previous models that enable customers to increase productivity and application versatility and open doors to technical and industrial applications. The printer offers the standard table size of 49" by 98.4" and an Express Mode print speed of up to 377 square feet/hour, which is ideal for banner and outdoor work. A new High Definition print mode delivers fine feature reproduction including the ability to print text as small as two-point, enabling commercial printers to offer higher-margin technical and industrial applications such as printing on lenticular lenses and membrane panels.

The White Ink Option, which will be included on the model for Printing Industries, enables under-printing for non-white media or objects, over-printing for backlit applications on transparent media and/or printing white as a spot colour.

Oce Arizona Series printers are true flatbed systems, which open the door to producing specialised applications. A vacuum system holds rigid media stationary on the printer's flat table surface, ensuring perfect registration even on multiple imaging passes or double-sided printing applications. Users can produce edge-to-edge (full bleed) prints to save time and labour costs in finishing.

Unlike conventional rigid capable printers that use friction or belt feed systems, Oce Arizona Series printers can print on just about anything less than 2" thick. These systems can handle irregularly shaped or non-square items, heavy substrates and materials that have an uneven surface, such as wood. They are ideal for complex technical or industrial printing applications where accurate, repeatable print geometry is critical.

Leading USA graphics communications company buys 4th Durst Rho UV printer

Durst Rho 500r

One of the USA's leading, high-end commercial graphics communications companies, Sandy Alexander Inc., has bought another Durst RHO UV inkjet printer - the 5-metre-wide 500R for soft wide and superwide format printing applications. With the purchase of its 4th Durst UV Inkjet digital printer, Sandy Alexander continues to expand its presence in the US$10 billion Out-of-Home market.

Mike Graff, President and CEO of Sandy Alexander said, "Our explosive growth in the wide & grand format and the retail visual merchandising business has been due to our industry leading colour expertise. With the advanced colour management workflow available with our printers, we can provide the highest colour consistency and brand equity for our clients across a multitude of deliverables –from the smallest postcard to stadium wraps, all under one roof...and in today's marketplace, clients are demanding brand consistency on a global basis."

Graff also pointed out that the environmental credentials of the Durst printers make an excellent complement to Sandy Alexander's environmental leading position in the industry including a carbon neutral wide and superwide format facility and Sandy's powering of its operations with 100% wind energy.

In addition, Mike said, "With the most advanced colour management, most effective and economical large-format imagers ever developed, combined with our cutting edge environmental position, we have molded Sandy Alexander into the unquestioned leader in the Grand Format and Retail Visual Merchandising marketplace."

The RHO 500R prints six-colour, 600-dpi images on a wide variety of roll media at speeds up to 4,300 s.f/hr. It also is able to print three independent images from three separate job queues at the same time to achieve efficiency and handle a broader range of applications. The printer operates unattended, uses less ink than a comparable superwide platform, and minimises operational cost due to its high productivity, advanced workflow and remarkable versatility.

First showing of HP Scitex LX850 Printer in Russia at Reklama

Hp Scitex Lx850

HP today announced the printers to be shown on the Laboratoria Reklamnuh Technologiy (LRT) stand (FE100) at Reklama, 27 - 30 September, 2011, at Expocentr' Krasnaya Presnya Fairgrounds, Moscow.

Exhibiting in conjunction with its partner, LRT, HP's products on show will demonstrate the application versatility and flexibility offered to wide format graphics print service providers for producing signage for the advertising industry. HP printers are designed to increase the revenue-enhancing opportunities for print businesses while offering end-users high print quality and fast-turnaround times across a wider spectrum of applications.

EFI Showcasing Integrated Product Portfolio at GRAPH EXPO, with Focus on Key Market Segments

Efi Vutek Gs2000

At GRAPH EXPO 2011 EFI's suite of offerings will be on display in booth 2000 (11-14 Sept, Chicago's McCormick Place) and in partner booths, including Canon U.S.A., Heidelberg, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Ricoh Americas Corporation, Xerox Corporation and others.

The newest versions of EFI products will be featured, including business process automation and Web-to-Print software; the next-generation Fiery® digital print platform; EFI mobile print products; an EFI VUTEk® superwide digital inkjet printer; an EFI Rastek™ UV wide format printer; and an EFI Jetrion® industrial inkjet printing system. As a first-time service, EFI will allow show attendees to print emails and documents for free from their smart phones to a Fiery-driven printer. (Visitors should go to booth 2000 for details.)

The Digital Workflow Experience will be a highlight of the EFI booth, featuring an integrated, automated workflow from submission to output. The demonstration follows a job from EFI Digital StoreFront® web-to-print, to both EFI Pace™ and EFI Monarch print MIS systems, and then to either a Fiery XF proServer production RIP for output on the VUTEk GS2000 printer, or to a Fiery System 10 server for output on a digital production printer.

"GRAPH EXPO is a great opportunity for print providers of all sizes and specialities to learn about the latest technology available to help them grow, diversify or streamline their operations," said Guy Gecht, EFI CEO. "In the continued uncertain economic climate, EFI remains focused on the areas of print where the opportunities for profitable growth are real and significant. We look forward to demonstrating first-hand how our innovative, integrated solutions can help customers become successful in these growth areas."

In its booth and partner booths, EFI will run more than 20 Fiery products, demonstrating once again that Fiery technology is the industry's most popular digital print workflow.

In the EFI booth, the company will highlight its diverse portfolio and strong integration between solutions by displaying its products around vertical markets that match customers' business needs, divided into six segments: On Demand, Commercial Printing, In-Plant/CRD, Publishing/Mailing, Packaging/Labelling and Mobile Computing. While many EFI products address customer requirements in multiple verticals, here's what visitors can expect to see in each area of the booth:

On Demand
For the first time at an industry event, GRAPH EXPO attendees will see the recently launched Fiery System 10 platform driving digital print production engines.

Also shown for the first time is a preview version of Fiery Dashboard, a cloud-based information collection and analysis tool that gives print production managers access to digital print engine data to help them make proactive business decisions. Information is gathered for all Fiery-driven engines, giving shops a view to compare engine use and overall productivity. Fiery Dashboard is accessed via a web browser, making it an information service accessible from anywhere at any time.

In this section, EFI will also demonstrate the popular EFI PrintSmith™ and EFI Pace MIS systems, and the latest version of EFI Digital StoreFront.

Commercial Printing
This area of the booth will be focused on job submission with EFI Digital StoreFront and on business process automation with EFI PrintSmith and EFI Monarch. Fiery System 10 is also here, which includes the newest version of the job management tool Fiery Command WorkStation®.

In-Plant/CRD
In this part of the booth, attendees will receive hands-on demos of EFI Digital StoreFront, EFI PrintSmith, EFI Pace, and the Fiery Central and MicroPress® production workflow tools.

Publishing/Mailing
Here visitors will see EFI Monarch, EFI Auto-Count® direct machine interface solution, EFI PrintFlow® scheduling, and the EFI PrintStream fulfilment module.

Packaging/Labeling
GRAPH EXPO attendees will learn about EFI packaging and labelling offerings, with an EFI Radius to Fiery XF to Jetrion 4830 workflow demo.

Mobile Computing
This area of the EFI booth will highlight EFI PrintMe®, a real-time cloud printing solution, including an Entrac MiniNet (from recently acquired Entrac Technologies), a self service and payment print terminal that offers PrintMe.

And more...
•    Visitors can see the powerful VUTEk GS2000 superwide format UV inkjet printer, part of the Digital Workflow Experience, and the Rastek H652 UV hybrid printer.
•    The latest version of Fiery Color Profiler Suite will be shown, with enhanced device link functionality including full support for the i1 automation table and new monitor profiling tools. It provides all of these features via a simple wizard workflow, so that any operator can make custom profiles successfully and achieve and maintain the best colour match.
•    EFI will demonstrate Fiery technology integrated to prepress workflow solutions such as Agfa Apogee and Kodak Prinergy.
•    Inkjet Printing Applications will also be on display, including Colorproof™ XF, EFI eXpress, and the unique Web Control Center. Epson and Caddon devices are in the booth too.

Inca Digital boosts manufacturing to meet high demand for Inca Onset wide format printers

Inca Onset S20

Inca Digital has doubled its Onset manufacturing volume at its Cambridge facility in the UK to meet a considerable boost in demand for this powerful series of UV flatbed wide-format digital inkjet printers.This follows the successful launch of the original Inca Onset in 2007, the Onset S20 in 2008 and high interest in the Onset S40 launched earlier this year.

The rise in the number of companies needing to invest in high-performance equipment to meet increased demand from their customers has resulted in a high volume of orders for Onsets over the last year from across Europe and the Americas.  In addition, many companies are now investing in second and third machines, either adding multiple S20s or adding an S20 or S40 alongside an Inca Onset as they start to switch to total digital print production and away from screen and large-format litho printing.

“The Inca Onset Series with automation redefines wide-format performance levels, providing an ideal, fast production platform and ticking all the boxes for companies who need to produce short-run, variable and static display graphics on a wide range of materials very quickly and efficiently,” says Dr Linda Bell, CEO, Inca Digital. “The success of the Onset products worldwide over the past three years has raised the quality bar in digitally printed graphics and demonstrated the considerable market for fast turnaround, quality display graphics on a wide range of materials and at a competitive price.  We are actively recruiting to further increase staffing levels by 20 per cent across the board and have worked hard with our suppliers to add the capacity to respond to the higher demand.”

Inca Digital Onset S20
Fujifilm distributes Inca’s ultra-fast printers exclusively around the world and supplies the patented Uvijet inks that have been specifically formulated to maximise the benefits of Inca’s engineering expertise and deliver groundbreaking quality.  The flagship, super-high productivity Inca Onset prints at 750sqm/hr (8,073 sqft/hr), the Inca Onset S40 at up to 470 sqm/hr (5,059 sq ft/hr) and the Inca Onset S20 at 310 sqm/hr (3,340 sqft/hr).  With a choice of productivity, automation, ink colour options and controllable satin and gloss levels, 18 different Onset configurations are available. This enables companies to pick the right model, at the best price, performance and, therefore, return on investment (ROI) for their business and provide room for growth.

Go to www.incadigital.com to see full details. To take the Onset Challenge go to www.onsetchallenge.com

Astron Group continues to expand with addition of third HP Scitex TJ8350

Astron Group Hp Scitex Tj8350

HP today announced that Astron Group, of Prague, Czech Republic, has added its third HP Scitex TJ8350 Press to meet customer demand and to attract more international brand business.

Established as a prepress and data processing company in 1994, Astron Group has evolved to become one of the largest providers of large and wide format print in the region. Today, with more than 200 employees, and a turnover of €15 million the company, offers the production of digital, digital large format and conventional offset printing services for international corporations and agencies in Central and Eastern Europe.

Astron Group bought is first HP Scitex TJ8300 Press in 2007 and a year later added a second press. These presses, an HP Scitex XL1500 Printer and an HP Scitex XL1200 Printer, along with a growing number of UV curable and dye-based digital printers enabled Astron to become one of the largest producers of large format advertising in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Earlier this year in July, when Astron installed a third TJ press, a TJ8350, it also upgraded the other two presses to HP Scitex TJ8350 Press standards and became the only company in Europe to have three TJ8350 presses under one roof.

"Our decision to buy the third HP Scitex TJ press was based on our overall strategy of re-investing in technologies that have been successful for us, which the first two presses have been," said Tomas Novak, owner, Astron Group. "In addition to increasing our capacity, the additional press also gives us the level of back-up that is required by our agency customers and the national and international brands. Without the capabilities to assure the required short turnaround times, winning such orders is difficult, if not impossible."

Astron Group provides a complete service to its customers and has comprehensive automated finishing capabilities and also offers installation services for all its signage.

"As our relationships with customers grew, so did our offering," continued Novak. "In addition to our large format work, we also provide prepress data preparation, DTP, design and artwork preparation and even publishing, using our traditional offset press. This was an interesting development as we began with digital printing, but as we attracted customers, saw the opportunity to offer traditional offset printing as well."

The ability to use pigmented inks on the presses is another feature that makes them versatile and suited for use for international brand work. In addition to the big brands, customers and end-users include retail chains, telecommunications companies, insurance companies, banks and car importers - all of which have a requirement for consistent, high-quality print.

"The benefits of the HP Scitex TJ8350 Presses enable us to process more jobs during peak periods while during 'normal' periods we can shorten lead times, deliver to tight deadlines and meet our customers' quality expectations," concluded Marek Nemec, publishing and offset director.

For further information about the Astron Group, please visit www.astron.cz

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