LightBrigade, the emerging new full-service print, graphics, exhibitions and communications group, has bought a new high performance :Anapurna M2050 printer from Agfa to service its growing wide-format display business. LightBrigade chose the :Anapurna M2050 UV curable inkjet system not only for its extremely high quality print, but because it offers a flexible white ink facility for use on rigid and non-rigid materials. The :Anapurna will run alongside LightBrigade's family of litho / offset presses and finishing equipment at its new Surrey HQ.
"This is a very exciting time for LightBrigade as our wide-format display, exhibitions and conferences business is really taking off. We have refurbished our new premises and now need the capability to deliver work of considerable scale and quality and we are being asked to print on increasingly varied materials. Agfa gives us that flexibility," said LightBrigade Managing Director, Andrew Edwards.
“We are delighted to be working with the directors of the new LightBrigade with its wide-format display and exhibition services. We are particularly pleased that, like many other litho printers around the country looking to broaden their offerings to customers, they have chosen Agfa to provide the base for their new wide-format inkjet business,” commented Steve Collins, Agfa Graphics UK.
The latest addition to Agfa Graphics' successful :Anapurna family of wide-format UV-curable ink-jet printers is a dedicated flatbed engine, designed to accommodate the growing market needs for printing on rigid substrates. The :Anapurna M2540 FB is a new time-saving machine featuring a revolutionary quick-change vacuum bed technology, six colours (CMYKLcLm) and white ink. It is priced to attract entry-level purchasers as well as established users switching to the latest UV technology.
With a maximum print speed of 45 m2/hour, the :Anapurna M2540 FB can print sizes up to 2.54 x 1.54m, with substrates up to 4.5cm in thickness and 80kg in weight. The machine's eleven retractable register pins simplify quick and accurate positioning, particularly when working on double-sided jobs.
Such is the versatility of Agfa Graphics' :Anapurna M2540 FB that it has been designed to accommodate small as well as large applications. This addresses the growing demand for niche output, such as the production of promotional goods and gifts, coasters and DVDs. The excellent adhesion of the UV-curable ink and its fast and efficient curing means that glass, ceramics and wood can also be printed, making it suitable for architectural and interior décor as well as exterior signs, displays and publicity.
"When we designed and engineered the :Anapurna M2540 FB, we made sure that it features everything a user needs when working with rigid substrates," states Willy Van Dromme, Director of Marketing Wide Format at Agfa Graphics. "The result is a dedicated flatbed printer with a competitive entry level price point, making it the ideal machine for companies who want to print all sizes of applications up to a maximum of 2.54m in width, with a fast return on their investment. With the same low ink consumption of 8.1 ml/m2 as the :Anapurna M2050, it delivers class leading low ink costs per m2".
Thanks to the robust engineering, the :Anapurna M2540 FB simplifies working with rigid substrates that must remain completely stable during the production process yet also allow for fast change-over. The powerful vacuum bed incorporates two zones each containing four switchable compartments, complemented by a reverse airflow function for swift removal of finished prints and moving of heavy substrates.
The printer's industrial build also features ioniser elements to prevent the build-up of electrostatic charge on the media which can affect droplet control and subsequent precision ink lay-down. And to protect the print-heads from hitting the media, shuttle safety sensors are positioned on both sides of the print carriage, thus eliminating unwanted strikes. "We've paid very close attention to details such as the versatile vacuum bed, register pins, and the ability to load and off-load jobs quickly and easily," Van Dromme continues. "As well as being able to produce high quality output on all rigid substrates, we know that time savings are a vital element to all print businesses, and the new :Anapurna M2540 FB addresses these workflow and production elements for greater overall efficiency."
Agfa Graphics' new production printer will appeal not only to display producers and sign-makers but also to other market sectors driven by the need for high quality, durable full-colour output using UV-curable ink technology. It is as suitable for packaging prototypes, promotional goods' manufacturers as it is for industrial specialists who need fast throughput and the ability to work with a vast range of rigid substrates.
The :Anapurna M2540 FB flatbed solution completes the :Anapurna family of cost-effective UV-curable wide-format printers. Agfa Graphics also offers its comprehensive :Jeti range of machines and the high-end :M-Press Tiger and :M-Press Leopard inkjet presses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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