Matan Digital Printers will launch its newest super-wide hybrid UV printer, the Barak 8QW, at SGIA 2013. This newest member of the Barak family features white ink printing alongside Matan’s patented 8-colour PDS technology and boasts a unique collection of value-added features and options to support customers in increasing productivity, minimising waste, reducing labour and ensuring unrivalled ease of use.
“We are excited to introduce the Barak 8QW to the market,” says Hanan Yosefi, Matan’s CEO. “This new product raises printing versatility and quality to a new level. It enables owners to add all lucrative White printing applications to the services they offer."
A unique collection of value added optional features turn the Barak 8QW into an all-in-one end-to-end printing and finishing device. Options include:
Inline Finishing system – this best selling add-on enables printing, trimming and sheeting in a single workflow.
Other innovations include an innovative Vacuum Table that allows printing on flexible sheets; newly developed print modes provide new standards of HD print quality; Value-Pro analytics software enables owners to increase savings on media, ink & manpower.
Matan will co-exhibit with Digitech Company on Booth #1222 at SGIA. Two Barak 8QW printers will be displayed - the 3m and 5m wide models.
Landa has announced some major developments to its Landa S10FC and S10C Nanographic Printing™ Presses which enhance print quality and upgrade the press design. Landa says that the new changes firmly place Nanographic Printing presses as a production-oriented digital printing solution for mainstream applications.
Landa's founder, chairman and CEO Benny Landa says, “We have been working closely with our customers to ensure that our Nanographic Printing presses will provide the performance, print quality and feature set for high-speed production. In addition, the new Landa Operator Cockpit will set a new standard for operating any production press, whether digital or offset.”
Detailed research and close customer collaboration have led to a new concept in press operability and the addition of several important features. The Landa Operator Cockpit, an integrated production management center located at the delivery end of the press, enables operators to monitor and control the press while effortlessly glancing at the delivery area. Operator-centric with an advanced ergonomic design, the Landa Operator Cockpit surrounds the operator with touch-screen press controls, job management tools, video feeds from all key press functions, production-related vital signs and a lighted inspection table. In addition, a personal area enables operators to store and display personal items.
New ink ejectors improve print quality and increase press productivity. With a resolution of 1200 dpi, they boast higher print quality levels that match offset resolution and gray levels. In addition, the new ink ejector architecture significantly improves the reliability of the ink ejection and enables redundancy in case of nozzle failure.
Additional developments and features include:
Advanced paper handling system: An automatic paper handling system supports both paper and plastic substrates. Reducing many of the labor-intensive tasks related to paper setup, it also accelerates the changeover to new substrates and maximizes uptime. Continuous paper feeding and delivery capabilities let converters and printers operate without stopping to replace the paper pile. An auxiliary delivery tray will enable operators to automatically collect proofs without interrupting the normal production process.
Optional inline coating unit: An optional conventional inline coating unit will efficiently enhance Nanography-printed products with both flood and selective coating. The coating unit will support flexo rollers and plates as well as a variety of UV and aqueous coatings.
Landa plans to start shipping beta units of the Landa S10FC Nanographic Printing™ Press for folding carton applications at Q4/2014. Shipments of the Landa S10C Nanographic Printing™ Press for commercial and publishing printing will follow shortly thereafter.
Benny Landa concludes, “We have made substantial improvements that will accelerate the transformation of digital printing into a mainstream technology.”
Houston, Texas-based visual communications and graphics manufacturer Foxmark Corporation has installed its third EFI VUTEk superwide format printer - a 3.2-metre VUTEk GS3250 Pro UV flatbed/roll printer installed with a new EFI Fiery proServer.
Almost immediately after completing the installation in mid July, the company hit the ground running for the printer's very first job: a 50x200-foot sign from the Houston Rockets to welcome the basketball team's newly signed superstar center, Dwight Howard.
"There is a lot of excitement about this signing in Houston and the installation is in a highly visible space along Interstate 59, so we were glad when we learned about the job," said Foxmark's president and founder, Richard Fox. "We knew we wanted the added capacity and speed we could get with the 3.2-metre, UV VUTEk printer, and installation went smoothly enough that we could meet a tight production deadline."
Foxmark started printing panels for the sign in Fast-4™ production mode on a Monday evening. The following morning, an installation crew began installing the panels using two 120-foot boom lifts. Foxmark continued printing while the installers worked.
The sign, which features an image of Howard and teammate James Harden, took approximately three days to print and install. It was completed just weeks after Howard signed with the team, and local basketball fans could not help but take notice. One basketball blogger joked that, "You'll find [the sign] adorning the side of Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center, but it also might be visible from anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere if you look in the right direction."
In addition to being an official graphics provider for the Rockets, Foxmark produces out-of-home, point-of-purchase, in-store retail, architectural and fleet vehicle graphics for national consumer brands, as well as for leading firms in the oil and gas industry. The new VUTEk GS3250 Pro helps Foxmark meet growing demand from these clients for fast-turnaround, high-quality, UV curable inkjet graphics.
Foxmark has had an all-VUTEk production operation for nine years: In addition to the new printer, the company also operates a 2-metre EFI VUTEk QS2000 printer and an EFI VUTEk 3360 printer. The company used its VUTEk printers to complete several additional highly visible, tight-deadline installations featuring Dwight Howard this summer, including new graphics installations adorning the Rockets' home arena, Toyota Center.
Fox said he uses EFI VUTEk printers because of their proven reliability. Plus, he added, "EFI stays ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and support."
Foxmark has also used 3M products exclusively since it was founded 18 years ago and is one of 23 authorised 3M Scotchprint® graphics manufacturers in the country. The company completed 3M™ MCS™ Warranty certification and prints all of its graphics using 3M media and co-branded EFI VUTEk 3M ink, ensuring that its output is eligible for warranty coverage.
The 3.2-metre EFI VUTEk GS3250 Pro UV printer, which prints in eight colours, plus white ink, extends users' capabilities by providing exceptional image quality in resolutions up to 1,000 dots per inch. The printer also offers a broad colour gamut and fast production speeds up to 2,400 ft2/hour. With the new printer, Foxmark is more competitive on a wider range of premium jobs, including exhibition graphics, banners, posters, fine art and point-of-purchase work.
A variable-drop greyscale feature on the printer helps extend users' reach into more lucrative, higher-volume jobs at a lower total cost of ownership. And, EFI's unique, three-layer white capabilities on the VUTEk GS3250 Pro offer the added benefit of superior imaging on high-impact, backlit displays.
Foxmark's new Fiery proServer includes a parallel-processing production RIP and comprehensive colour management tools, as well as default media profiles, pre-installed presets and other features that make it easy to create automated workflows. As a result of the Fiery proServer installation, "Our RIP speeds have increased dramatically," said Fox.
The proServer's seamless JDF integration with Foxmark's VUTEk printers also gives the company the power to accurately manage important printer and media-related settings like printing mode, carriage speed, curing and shutter modes while providing real-time printer status, job status and consumable usage updates.
"Richard Fox and his team will stop at nothing to deliver the very best to their customers, so it means a lot to us that Foxmark relies on EFI to produce high-quality, quick-turnaround work," said Scott Schinlever, senior vice president and general manager of EFI's Inkjet Solutions. "The first job Foxmark created with its new VUTEk printer is a highly visible, buzz-worthy ad that exemplifies how printing companies use our technology to enhance and promote their clients' brands."
Fujifilm will showcase its new Graphium digital UV inkjet press - developed and manufactured by FFEI Ltd - on its stand at Label Expo. The event is scheduled to take place in Brussels, Belgium, between 24th and 27th September 2013.
Graphium has been developed for converters and printers producing labels, packaging and speciality print who want to increase margins and revenue streams on their short to medium print runs. It is a modular digital UV inkjet press that puts choice, flexibility and productivity into the hands of printers and converters, enabling them to embrace complex projects requiring a wide gamut of colours on most commonly used substrates.
“It is becoming increasingly important for converters and printers to look at digital inkjet technologies for the production of labels, packaging and speciality print,” comments Jon Harper-Smith, marketing manager industrial and packaging, Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems. “There are growing opportunities for printers to differentiate and expand their product offerings through the use of these new technologies. Graphium, in particular, represents a new calibre of inkjet press designed for the narrow web market and, when combined with the new Fujifilm Uvijet Graphium ink developed specifically for label and packaging applications, breaks new ground in terms of the performance that can be achieved from a digital label press.”
Supporting up to five digital modules, and six flexo stations, Graphium offers the unique capability of being able to integrate optional flexo and finishing stations in-line for conversion in a single pass. This capability can significantly reduce production time and cost in comparison to traditional offline finishing.
Graphium utilises state of the art print heads combined with Fujifilm Uvijet ink to deliver unrivalled reliability for single-pass printing. This enables the production of a range of drop sizes from six to forty two picolitres, providing eight grey levels that allow fine details, smooth tones and readable text to be reproduced reliably and consistently.
The Uvijet Graphium UV curing inks developed by Fujifilm combine the functional performance, colour gamut and adhesion properties needed for label printing with reliable jetting performance required for consistent printing. The press supports cyan, magenta, yellow, black and high opacity white ink channels and, together with a low ‘cost-in-use’, represents the most productive, high opacity digital white press on the market.
Graphium combines a range of leading technologies, including innovative workflow, pre-press and colour management software, as well as inkjet head calibration technology, to ensure consistent quality and repeatable production. For printers, that means consistent proof-to-press match and alignment to colour standards; yielding high-quality, vibrant printing and excellent adhesion, light fastness, and durability.
“We are on a mission to transform the digital labels, packaging, and speciality print market, and Graphium represents a major step towards achieving this goal,” comments Andy Cook, FFEI managing director. “Graphium represents a new generation of digital inkjet press aimed at the narrow web market that is able to achieve high quality print at unparalleled productivity levels for the most versatile range of applications, all achievable at a low level of capital investment.”
Fujifilm will be distributing the Graphium digital press in selected territories in Europe. Further information relating to the distribution and commercial availability will be available at the show.
Reading, Berkshire-based Glendining Signs Ltd has installed a third HP Scitex FB500 Industrial Printer to 'meet customer demand and leverage the advantage of direct-to-substrate digital printing'.
The company, which began selling safety services and equipment in 1979, has evolved into a full-service digital sign company offering flexible and rigid signs for a broad range of customers.
“We had several goals when we were looking for a new printer: print quality, production throughput and versatility,” said Chris Lake, operations director, Glendining Signs Ltd. “A key factor in choosing the HP Scitex FB500 was the continuous substrate feed using a moving belt rather than a fixed bed. This production method fits in with our fast-paced requirements perfectly.”
The HP Scitex FB500 Industrial Printer uses piezoelectric printheads to print up to six colours (one of which can be an optional white). The variable drop size gives excellent print quality sharp lines, text and smooth tones. The press has the ability to print at speeds up to 29.6m2/hr (398ft2/hr) for outdoor signage, and up to 16.4m2/hr (177ft2/hr) for indoor applications, delivering high productivity and throughput.
“We purchased our first FB500 press from Paperlinx (then Robert Horne) at the beginning of 2012 for printing health and safety signs,” explained Lake. “We were so pleased with the speed, quality and versatility of the machine that we went back to Paperlinx and bought a second HP Scitex FB500 Industrial Printer just three months later.”
Being able to print direct to substrate meant that sticking vinyl onto rigid substrates was no longer necessary which increased productivity while reducing production and factory space costs. About 80 per cent of the company’s production is on rigid substrates, so the savings had a significant impact on the business.
The most common rigid substrates used by Glendining Signs include 4 and 10mm Correx, foam board and Di-bond. Common flexible substrates printed include various types of vinyl, PVC banner and mesh banner materials.
To illustrate the benefits digital production, Lake explains how a customer request for acrylic door numbers opened a new market for digitally printed signs using the HP Scitex FB500 Industrial Printer.
“The sample provided was clear acrylic, backed with frosted vinyl and on the other side was a black cut-out vinyl letter,” Lake said. “For us to produce the sign in the same way as the sample would have been very time-consuming and costly due to the amount of labour involved. Using one of our HP Scitex FB500 printers we were able to simulate the frosted effect by printing a light grey translucent background and at the same time, print the door number direct to the acrylic.”
The customer approved the sample and told Glendining Signs that it was better than the original. The company was able to fulfil the order at a competitive price and achieve a fast turnaround.
“Since then, we have had repeat business from this customer for more acrylic signs and we are now marketing these signs to others,” said Lake.
The decision to add the third HP Scitex FB500 Industrial Printer required a major change to accommodate the new printer, having squeezed the second printer into existing space. At the beginning of 2013, Glendining Signs decided to convert one of its warehouses into a new print room and move all three FB500 printers into it.
“With the third HP Scitex FB500 printer installed, we have increased our capacity again and are once more actively seeking new business,” said Lake. “Our future vision is to encourage the growth of the company at a steady controlled rate while maintaining the levels of service our customers are used to. We believe that the HP Scitex FB500 Industrial Printers are allowing us to do just that!”
Founded in 1996, Image Technique specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of signs. With 45 employees, this experienced supplier can support customers through the entire process from consultancy and drawing of signs to the delivery and mounting stage. Image Technique prides itself on having the capability to manufacture almost everything in-house; acrylic and aluminium sheets are cut, folded, welded, assembled and painted to be transformed into different forms of eye-catching and expertly crafted signs.
“Our objective is to generate iconic signs that improve the image of retailers from high street brands to nationwide superstores. Debenhams, B&Q, Halfords and Pets at Home are just some of the major companies we work for,” explains Des Kenehan, director at Image Technique. He continues: “We are one of the leading sign makers in the UK and we’ve been involved in the evolution of this sector over the years. Although sign making is still our core business, there’s an increasing demand for integration with graphics, window decoration, visuals and displays. As a consequence, being equipped with the necessary production tools to fulfil specific requirements is crucial if we are to remain competitive. Bringing print production in-house is a key element of this strategy.”
True to this ethos, two years ago Image Technique installed a Fujifilm Acuity Advance HS to manage all print related jobs in-house. Des talks us through this choice: “In the last few years we’ve realised that it’s more reliable and cost-effective to be in control of our own destiny and keep everything under our roof’. Taking charge of the print department has allowed us to guarantee perfect image quality and to ensure that delivery times always meet customers’ needs.”
The Acuity Advance HS was a significant addition to the Image Technique environment and has given them the opportunity to print directly onto rigid media with the added value of the white ink option. It soon became clear that the print side of the business wasbooming. Des explains: “The ROI with the Acuity Advance HS was almost instantaneous and demands for print jobs were constantly rising. We were facing many requests for roll-to-roll based volumes with quicker turnaround times, so it was essential to strengthen our print capabilities.”
Together with the other director, Gavin Smith, and the managing director, James Dawson, Des agreed to invest in a superwide format printer to fill the production gap. At the end of 2012 they were all in complete agreement to turn once more to Fujifilm, whose three metre version of the Uvistar Pro8 perfectly fit the company’s criteria.
“We were so pleased with the high quality we were achieving with the Acuity Advance HS that we didn’t want to lower expectations. For us, the Uvistar Pro8 was the ideal compromise between quality and productivity. The vivid colours and adhesion offered by Fujifilm’s inks, together with the perfect skin tone reproduction, are balanced with a significant throughput,”comments Des.
He is also keen to highlight additional benefits of Fujifilm‘s Uvistar Pro8: “This device can simultaneously handle two rolls of the same material which has significantly improved our efficiency. What’s more, we take advantage of the extensive range of euromedia substrates that Fujifilm offers. Vinyls, PVC and banners are just a few of the materials that the Uvistar Pro8 can print on.”
In terms of efficiency, he stresses: “A key point for us is the flexibility to allocate jobs to the Acuity Advance HS or the Uvistar Pro8, safe in the knowledge that we’re guaranteed consistent results. Fujifilm’s expertise in colour management and its technical knowledge has helped us to make the most of both the devices, calibrating them to achieve uniform quality.”
Des continues: “Uvistar Pro8 has dramatically improved our competitiveness as it has boosted our productivity and extended our range of services. We can now approach retail brands and provide them with a variety of creative and integrated projects including signs and indoor graphics, to name but two.”
A few months ago, Image Technique also embraced the digital signage market with the creation of a dedicated business unit called Vueinti. Des explains: “We believe in the integration of different methods to support brand owners in the growth and development of their corporate image. Sign making, wide format print and digital signage all go hand in hand to achieve this objective.” He concludes: “Thanks to our skills and technical knowledge, we’re able to make use of the most appropriate methods to provide clients with both print and digital tools to convey their marketing messages in the most effective way.”
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