27 Feb 2020

Heidelberg USA to distribute EFI VUTEk printers

Vutek Gs5000r

EFI and Heidelberg USA, Inc. today announced a new agreement under which Heidelberg will distribute the VUTEk GS series of superwide format digital printers to the commercial print market across the U.S.
 
Under the agreement, Heidelberg USA will distribute EFI’s VUTEk GS2000, GS3200, and GS5000r as well as the inks, parts, consumables, accessories and upgrades related to these printers. Heidelberg will also provide customer and technical support for the VUTEk GS series of printers including installation and training.
 
EFI is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial, packaging, in-plant and specialty printers worldwide. Heidelberg is the world's leading solutions provider for the print media industry. The company manufactures sheetfed press systems as well as prepress and postpress components, software and consumables for all printing applications.
 
"We're excited to enter into this distribution agreement with Heidelberg USA. It allows us to bring Heidelberg customers our award-winning superwide format digital printers," said Frank Mallozzi, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. "Commercial printers are looking for ways to distinguish themselves and offer their clients more diversified products and services. Now we can reach those companies through a broader network."
 
Heidelberg USA will have a GS3200 in its North American Print & Packaging Technology Center (NAPPTC) for demonstrations. The machine will be integrated into a complete Prinect workflow and will be colour managed by Heidelberg’s Prinect Color Toolbox which has recently been awarded the IDEAlliance G7 System Certification. Customers will benefit from a single workflow that drives a digital device and an offset press with the result being a colour matched output from both.
 
“Wide and superwide format printing are high-growth opportunities and Heidelberg has the right workflow, colour management, service and Saphira consumables expertise needed to integrate these technologies into a print production environment,” said James Martin, senior vice president, marketing, Heidelberg USA. “EFI is a leader in the superwide space and together with Heidelberg we can bring a best-in-class portfolio to our customers.”

Meyers adds new 98" Durst 8-colour UV digital printer

Durst Rho 900

Minneapolis based Meyers, a leading producer of innovative retail marketing solutions, has purchased a new Durst Rho 900 High Speed Automated Printing System. Installation is scheduled for March.

"As part of our $10 million dollar investment in technology, which also includes a new KBA, 81" litho press scheduled for early Spring of 2011, the new 8-colour Super-Large Digital Printer is designed and engineered specifically for the in-store signage and display segments of retail marketing," says Fred Silloway, president of Meyers Retail Marketing Solutions Group. "This investment closely aligns the needs of our customers with our growing core competencies and demonstrates a clear path to market leadership."

The new printer produces extra-large format, high-quality products in a highly cost efficient manner. With its 8-colour UV printing capability, the new printing system will accurately reproduce corporate colours and skin tones. Setting it apart from previous generations of Super Large Format printers is its high speed and exceptional ability to reproduce very small text and fine lines. It will print sheets of almost any substrate up to 98" wide and up to 2" thick. The new printer is significant because its high degree of automation brings massive efficiencies to the production of printed sheets, and with its UV drying capabilities, it will print on any substrate. The new printer will be supported by a new digital die-cutter/router, as well. Perfect for any work requiring digital printing, the new 8-colour Super-Large Digital Printer is especially effective for prototype work, store sets, variable imaging, market specific graphics or any kind of short run, quick-response work.

A number of important factors were considered before selecting the new 8-colour Super-Large Digital Printer. A key requirement was that any new technology must support the Meyers' Lean/ Quick Response system, and by reducing cycle time and thus delivering promotional signage and display solutions to the market even faster.

"Our high level of success is due to our innovation and to the partnerships that we forge with our Fortune 500 Retail and Brand Marketer customers," says Silloway. "We're very responsive to their needs; it's been said that we continually generate long term value by creating highly effective solutions in a fast, low cost, easy fashion. Our new 8-colour Printing System will enhance these qualities and strengthen our commitment to our customers."

 

Inca Digital enables Euro PLV to recapture the short run market

Inca Onset S20

Euro PLV is a Limousin-based full-service POS design and production specialist with sales outlets all over France. Its new Onset S20 printer from Inca Digital arrived a few months ago and is already bringing the anticipated results. Sold by Fujifilm France, installation of the printer and on-site training were handled by the Inca Digital team from the UK.

Euro PLV has just celebrated its 20th anniversary, which was marked by the investment in the Inca wide format digital printer. On his decision to invest in an Inca Onset S20, Christian Dijoux, CEO of Euro PLV, says: “I’ve been monitoring digital developments for some time, because digital is synonymous with the future of printing. For many years, I felt that there was not sufficient progress to invest in the field. Now, however, some high-speed printers have appeared on the market and I felt that it was time to invest, particularly at a critical moment when few companies were in a financial position to do so due to the economic crisis.”

Consequently, as well as bringing significant technical benefits the investment in the Inca Onset S20 printer has given Euro PLV a competitive advantage in the market. The latest innovations incorporated into the innovative wide-format UV inkjet flatbed solution expand printing flexibility and increase quality perception through the use of Uvijet Ultratone ink combined with printheads delivering a 28 picolitre drop size. As a result, the Onset S20 can produce smooth colour transitions, reducing the graininess of light colours and producing even skin tones. This capability is critical for point of sale advertising and to meet Euro PLV’s strict quality requirements.

The Inca Onset S20 prints on a wide variety of materials efficiently and very cost-effectively. With the capability to print edge to edge on substrates of 3.14 m x 1.6 m and 50 mm thick, at production speeds of up to 310 sq m/hr (62 beds/hr), it also features a selectable gloss control to produce finishes from matt, through satin to high gloss, depending on the application. This brings massive versatility in the printing of POS material for customers with screen printing backgrounds such as Euro PLV. By adding the Inca Onset S20 to its screen printing equipment, in particular its 2- and 5-colour Thieme presses, Euro PLV is now able to handle the cost-effective short-run production of a multitude of POS displays including totems, stands, cutouts, arches and shop windows displays.

“This is an interesting departure for the company, enabling us to produce new products and handle a wider variety of POS orders,” says Christian Dijoux. “Our screen presses don’t perform well on short and medium runs and previously we were forced to decline such jobs due to high production overheads. Now we can work with more materials and produce a wider range of products, and a wide range of volumes all cost-effectively and quickly. This all brings additional turnover to the company.”

“We had two options: either move towards the retail market, where the quest for ever bigger orders leads to a constant race to maintain or increase turnover, or move towards digital – as we have done – which enables us to bring in a slightly higher margin than on the retail market,” Christian Dijoux points out.

Euro PLV has been able maximise the benefits of their investment in the Inca Onset S20 very quickly and shortly after installation, the printer was already operating two, eight-hour shifts. The user-friendliness of the machine has contributed significantly to this very rapid commissioning, and Euro PLV is now seeking greater independence with maintenance training. Ultimately, Christian Dijoux says, “The Inca Onset S20 is exactly what we were looking for.”

Josero offers superwide printers

Josero

Josero is now sourcing used superwide machines from all over Europe. These machines are either next to new, or refurbished to a very high standard.  They include printers from Nur, Vutek, Durst and HP. All the printers are in superb condition and many have been used for only a short period of time. The machines are competitively priced and Josero offers installation, training and warranty packages with these printers.

Exposize to Install The Netherlands' First HP Scitex LX800 Printer

Hp Scitex Lx800

HP today announced that Exposize has purchased The Netherlands' first HP Scitex LX800 Printer with the aim of driving business growth via its high application and multi-substrate capability.

Serving customers mainly from the retail industry Exposize has become a one-stop-shop, for all types of printing projects and offers users a range of services including creative design, in-house finishing, assembly and installation. The company's  development is built around Exposize's strategy of providing diverse services and investing in adaptable equipment to accommodate its customers' ever-increasing requirement for flexible, high-quality digital print.

In order to enable its customers to choose from a wide range of applications and to select the best solution for their needs, Exposize currently prints on an extensive variety of over 60 substrates. The company will transfer orders for indoor signage to production on the 1200dpi, 3.2m wide LX800 printer, once it has been installed.

"Maintaining versatility is key to the way our company operates so it was vital that any new equipment that we invested in was able to uphold this objective," said Eric Verkerk, director, Exposize. "One of the biggest attractions of the LX800 is its high flexibility, which will enable us to produce the quality our customers want on a large variety of substrates including banners, self-adhesive materials, polyester fabrics, paper and specialty media."

Exposize's six-colour HP Scitex LX800 Printer uses water-based HP Latex Inks that offer performance comparable to eco-solvent and low-solvent inks, but do not require special ventilation equipment and contain no Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) for odourless prints, ideal for producing applications where odour may be a concern.

"Retailers are increasingly looking for greener solutions for their printing requirements, with no drop in print-quality or increase in price," said Verkerk. "We decided to invest in an HP Scitex LX800 Printer after spotting a gap in our portfolio of production devices. We needed a printer that could attract customers who are environmentally conscious whilst maintaining the high-quality print needed for indoor applications or for items that would be viewed close up, at cost-effective prices. In our opinion, the LX800 fulfils all of these requirements and enables us to take the step towards offering our customers a service that helps reduce the impact on the environment."

In the near future, Exposize is planning to grow its business by offering its customers applications that are designed with the environment in mind, produced using recycled and recyclable PVC-free media printed on its HP Scitex LX800 Printer.

Exposize was formed in 2002 after two existing companies, Floor New Print and Vennep Prepart merged. The company currently employees 25 people across its two offices in Amsterdam and Eindhoven.

BD&H seeks new horizons with Screen Truepress Jet2500UV

Bdh Trupress

BD&H, Norwich, UK, has expanded its multi format print facility with the addition of a wide format Screen Truepress Jet2500UV printer.

True to its slogan 'The complete print and design service - under one roof' BD&H packs a huge amount of printing technology into its premises. It's a long established firm and provides a direct and trade service all over the country - and all with only 25 staff.

The secret of its success is the clever combination of print technologies linked with versatile working practices. Smart investment in the right machinery has allowed them to link both their litho and screen printing capabilities by being the first to install the revolutionary 5-colour KBA Genius 52 UV waterless press in the UK - litho printing onto vinyls, pvcs, polyprops etc up to 800mic. Large format products are printed using a powerful selection of digital UV, digital and screen printers.  With an on-site design studio and finishing facilities, BD&H truly offers a fast 360 degree service.  While many companies focus on a particular specialization, BD&H prefers to be as flexible as possible and this has proved to be a successful strategy.

The variety of materials the company can print on has opened up many commercial opportunities, explains director James Fox: "That's why we choose the Screen Truepress Jet 2500UV wide format printer. We needed a hybrid printer that could handle roll-fed and rigid substrates and deliver outstanding quality and this ticked all the boxes. Every piece of machinery we buy has to be as flexible as possible and this printer is ideal for many applications on a variety of substrates. Alongside our conventional plastic printing, with up to 2.5m print width by any length, we can digitally print in production mode up to fine art quality in CMYK plus white ink option onto virtually any substrate up to 40mm thick using outdoor durable UV inks to offer a genuinely flexible service."

The Truepress Jet2500UV is an extremely versatile large format UV inkjet printer with 5 and 7 layer printing and is able to produce outstanding grayscale quality work on a range of materials including the challenging corrugated cardboard and polypropylene for POP applications. It has the perfect balance of high quality and high productivity for the wide format market with near-photo quality printing and short turnaround times.  The ability to print multiple layers enables the production of sophisticated graphics such as images that can be viewed from both sides on transparent material.

"We are excited by the potential of the Truepress Jet2500UV," says James. "It offers us everything we need in one machine and prints everything we throw at it - roll to roll and flatbed and all at great quality. In addition to adding new levels of flexibility and quality, the printer has to be very reliable. Our customers are operating in time-sensitive environments and it's important we can meet strict deadlines. We often have to run 24 hours non-stop. Once we loaded up a roll on a Friday night and set it off and when we came in on Sunday morning it was printed perfectly."

Every machinery investment is undertaken with great care by James and his co-directors. "Each new piece of kit not only has to earn its place it has to drive the business forward," he explains. "Now we have the Truepress Jet we are expanding strongly into the specialist window graphics market and the accuracy allows us to produce two-way ContraVision graphics - not an easy thing to do."

The energy of the BD&H directors and staff has certainly been an important ingredient. They constantly review new products, materials and techniques to see how they will fit into the business. "We are careful about investment, but we have found that the secret to our success is to be as flexible as possible," says James. "If a customer wants a printed product - however challenging - we want to be in the position to say 'yes'."