14 Nov 2019

Neolt launches AsterJet at Viscom Milan

Neolt launch Asterjet 1650 at Viscom Milan

High quality, low prices and short delivery times: the new roll-to-roll printer with Xaar printheads and INX Digital UV curable inks meets the needs of small and medium-sized digital print centres.

With the launch at Viscom Italy (Milan, Fieramilano, Hall 3, booth K11 - November 5-7) of the new large-format inkjet platform AsterJet 1650, Italy-based manufacturer Neolt delivers a powerful statement of its commitment to providing a wide range of inkjet printing and print finishing solutions for visual communication and industrial applications. AsterJet 1650 unites in one single product the conceptual, manufacturing and logistical strengths of the company from Bergamo.

With its 165cm printing width, the AsterJet 1650 is targeted at the great number of small and medium-sized printing houses that do not want to invest in solvent technology, but still need to broaden their business with printing on media for indoor and outdoor applications such as banner, adhesive vinyl, blueback paper, backlit films and polyester fabrics. Neolt manages to overcome this challenge creating a simple but incredibly robust and productive printer which is modular, cost-effective and easy to use. This result has also been made possible through partnerships with Xaar for the printheads and INX Digital for dedicated UV-curable inks. A photographic print quality and a productivity of up to 50 m2/h are guaranteed by the innovative binary Xaar Proton 360x1440 dpi heads driving a 4-color (CMYK) print engine which is optionally upgradeable to 6 colours, adding Light Cyan and Light Magenta.

The connection with Onyx software solutions adds important value to the machine, optimising the printer's performance and offering a winning combination based upon ease-of-use, brilliant print quality, workflow efficiency and minimizing waste, ink consumption and production costs.

"Digital printers are facing competition in a market which demands high quality, low prices, short delivery times and a serious commitment regarding the environment. A tough challenge, which leaves no room for wrong investments and which has already caused the decline of solvent printing. - says Neolt's Managing Director Sergio Ferrari - This is why we designed AsterJet, a product which is the synthesis of all of Neolt's strengths in designing, developing and manufacturing inkjet printers for graphic applications and specialty printing. Thanks to a sharp analysis of the requirements of the market and thanks to our technological partners we have been able to realize a printer which meets the productivity needs and the investment capacities of small and medium-sized digital printers, without compromising on quality and productivity".

Oce Arizona 350 XT and 350 GT Printers Win Product of the Year Awards

Oce Arizona 350XT

The Océ Arizona Series of UV flatbed printers have added two more awards to its list of distinguished honors. The Océ Arizona 350 XT and Océ Arizona 350 GT printers were both awarded the Product of the Year Award in their respective categories. The Océ Arizona 350 XT printer received the award for the Rigid Substrate UV >$200K MSRP category, and the Océ Arizona 350 GT printer was honored in the Rigid Substrate UV <$200K MSRP category. The awards were presented at the Specialty Graphic & Imaging Association's (SGIA) annual convention and exposition held October 7-9, 2009 in New Orleans, LA.

The Product of the Year Awards compare output from competing devices using a common test file designed by the association. The prints are reviewed by a panel of judges, each with a background and expertise in digital printing and imaging. The judges look for color appeal, detail and tonality, and the output is also judged on how closely it matches the test print.

The images for both entries were processed using ONYX ProductionHouse V7.3.2 Océ Edition RIP software. ONYX Graphics software utilizes ONYX color science and a proprietary color engine designed to specifically address color and profiling issues unique to large format inkjet printing. The results are better neutral, saturated and dark colors; and consistent color fidelity.

The Océ Arizona Series UV flatbed printers have been consistently honored by the SGIA organization. In 2006, the year of the original Océ Arizona 250 GT printer's introduction, it won the Vision Award, which is given to an exhibiting manufacturer whose new product has the best chance of positively impacting the digital imaging industry. The decision was based on the product's relevance to the market, potential industry influence and prospective value to the product's end users. The award was presented in September 2006.

In 2007, the Océ Arizona 250 GT printer was awarded the Product of the Year Award in the Output Device Rigid Substrate UV category. In 2008, the Océ Arizona 350 GT printer was given the Product of the Year Award Honorable Mention in the UV Cured Rigid category.

In all, Océ Arizona Series UV flatbed printers have accumulated 15 industry awards to date from organizations throughout the world. These awards validate the quality and innovation built into every Océ Arizona Series printer, now the most popular printer in its class.

Gerber Solara ionZ Impresses at 3 Trade Shows

Gerber Solara ionZ

Gerber Scientific Products unveiled its latest Solara ion flatbed UV printer, the new Solara ionZ at three recent trade shows.

The Solara ionZ's eight print head, 14 picoliter drop size print engine produced jobs that excited crowds at PRINT 09 in Chicago, Viscom Düsseldorf Germany 2009, and the 2009 SGIA Expo in New Orleans.

"The Solara ionZ is a powerful new edition to the popular line of Gerber UV flatbed printers. Capitalising on proven UV print technology and the universal flatbed platform of the Solara ion, the Solara ionZ produces output with simply outstanding print quality, unmatched ink adhesion and impressive colour representation accuracy," said Curt Brey, executive director of digital solutions, Gerber.

The Solara ionZ utilizes the innovative print technology found in the Gerber Solara ion family of printers. GerberCAT cationic UV inks offer the highest degree of UV ink performance because of their unique chemical bonding process. Gerber's Cold Fire Cure low energy cure technology operates at nearly room temperature, allowing the user to print on heat-sensitive materials such as paper-based products, thin styrene and corrugated plastic.

While several pre-release units have already been installed worldwide, production shipments will begin in early December 2009.

Andesign ups speed and quality with investment in EFI-VUTEk’s NEW GS3200

EFI-VUTEk GS3200

One of the first EFI-VUTEk GS3200 wide-format UV-curable ink-jet printers has now been installed in the UK with Sutton Coldfield based Andesign opting to purchase this versatile flat-bed and roll-fed machine. After making its debut at FESPA Digital in Amsterdam earlier this year, the GS product line enhances the speed and quality already developed in the enormously successful QS series and brings faster, high standards of output to the market.

The choice of manufacturer was never in question, states Andesign’s managing director, Andy Williams. His company previously invested in a six-colour EFI-VUTEk PressVu 200-600 in 2004 and never had cause to question its quality or reliability. However, the demand for higher speeds at finer resolutions led him to upgrade his printer to a newer model and the eight-colour plus white GS3200 suits his purposes perfectly. Supplied and installed by specialist distributor, CMYUK Digital, the installation took place in mid-October 2009 and was up and running immediately.

This investment is playing a key role in the expansion plans for Andesign, and Williams comments: “We’ve worked with Robin East of CMYUK Digital before and, because we have a strong relationship with the company, I was happy to buy the EFI-VUTEk GS3200 on the strength of the quality of the samples I was shown. We didn’t even view the machine before coming to a decision and nor did we feel the need to look at competitive alternatives.”
Situated in the heart of the Midlands, Andesign designs and produces a wide range of displays ranging from retail and point-of-sale, portable solutions and exhibition graphics, interior and exterior applications including multi-sheet posters, floor graphics and banners, plus vehicle liveries and wraps. Such has been the success of the business that the need for a faster and more versatile wide-format printer became an essential addition to the company’s armoury of equipment.

In addition to working with standard sign-making display materials, either in sheet form or off the roll, Andesign has also experimented with more unusual substrates to determine their suitability for digital printing and, currently, incorporates products such as leatherette into specialist applications. This type of media is proving to be ideal for printing using UV-curable ink and is well matched to the versatility of the EFI-VUTEk GS3200.

Because of the company’s skills with cardboard engineering, intricate and complex point-of-sale and display products have become one of Andesign’s specialities. The company works with prototypes of original concepts and designs which are then die-cut and produced in longer run lengths using offset-litho. However, the speed and quality of the new ink-jet printer means that, for some shorter runs, clients are opting to have the entire job output digitally and this is particularly beneficial when variations in graphics and text are required between print batches.

The eight-colour EFI-VUTEk GS3200 has a maximum print width of 3.2 m on both flat sheets and rolls, with fast and easy change-over from one type of material to the other. Andesign opted for the additional white because of the extra versatility it would provide, and Williams is particularly impressed with the machine’s ability to print two boards or rolls side-by-side in the same job.

Williams is a firm believer in white ink because of the savings which can be made on jobs where it is more cost-effective to use coloured media. “Not being restricted to white material is a tremendous advantage,” he says. “The good opacity of the white on the GS3200 is enhanced by the way it can be incorporated into the work-flow, making it a simple addition to the existing colours and enabling greater creativity in designs and how they can be implemented in a digitally printed format.”

Andesign’s history is the stuff that dreams are made of, with Williams originally starting his business 14 years ago as a sign-maker in his parents’ garage. As demand for his computerised vinyl cutting talents grew, so he was able to expand by moving to larger premises and taking on additional staff. Being in the right place at the right time with a strong client list meant that, when wide-format digital colour output became available, Williams was able to adopt the technology as and when it came to market, gradually augmenting his facilities to accommodate additional machines. Today, Andesign occupies a series of units which enables the company to handle all types of work, including cardboard engineering, in-house.

“Growing our business in line with the technology which was available was a natural progression for us,” states Williams. “We are familiar with all the different ink-jet formulations and also have experience with thermal transfer. Handling colour accurately and knowing the best way to reproduce it onto a variety of different materials has evolved through many years of experience.”

As well as a full line-up of printing and vinyl cutting capabilities, Andesign also has comprehensive finishing equipment, including laminators and flat-bed cutting tables with “magic eye” registration for working to intricate shapes and contours with rigid and flexible materials. These facilities include a Zünd flat-bed table with iCut technology, essential when cutting, creasing and folding applications which need complex cardboard engineering. The ability of the EFI VUTEk GS3200 to print direct to card stocks, box boards, corrugateds and other packaging materials is as essential as working with more conventional sign and display substrates which include acrylics, aluminium composites, Foamex, Correx, plus flexible media such as vinyls, films and banners.

Williams’s overall knowledge of different ink technologies has given him broad and practical experience across wide-format digital printing machines ever since the first options came onto the market more than a decade ago. Having used early aqueous-based and thermal transfer machines, Andesign has benefited from solvent-based units as well as early UV-curable systems. As a result, the company is well positioned to know what it expects from its equipment and how to optimise output quality, colour accuracy and speed.

CMYUK Digital’s Robin East says: “Andesign is a classic example of a business which has worked steadily since its inception to develop a true understanding of how wide-format digital print can play a vital part in today’s market and its changing trends and technologies. The company has a total grasp on the need of the market; its constant drive to deliver superior quality will ensure it goes from strength to strength with this latest investment.”

Willams concludes: “We’re confident that this investment will pave the way to winning further lucrative national and local contracts and draw attention to us. We really do offer a difference and the EFI VUTEk GS3200 will allow us to focus on the requirements of large print projects as well as responding to the needs of clients with extreme deadlines without any negative impact on quality.”

 

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New Durst Rho 500R UV inkjet printer wins DPIA’s “Product of the Year”

New Durst Rho 500R DPIA POTY

New Durst Rho 500R UV inkjet printer wins DPIA’s “Product of the Year”

“The best grand-format roll imager”

For the second year running, a production roll to roll Durst Rho UV inkjet printer has received one of the most coveted awards that the imaging industry has to offer.  The Rho 500R superwide UV inkjet printer, which made its North American debut at last week’s SGIA trade show in New Orleans, was chosen as the Digital Printing & Imaging Association’s “Product of the Year” in the grand-format roll to roll UV inkjet printer category.

Last year the DPIA’s “Product of the Year” award was presented to Durst for its Rho 320R UV inkjet roll to roll printer during the SGIA trade show in Atlanta.  On both occasions Christopher Howard, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Durst U.S., was on hand to receive the awards during brief ceremonies at SGIA.

“All of us at Durst are extremely pleased by the recognition that these honours convey,” Howard said.  “Durst’s tradition of excellence, in technology and in meeting the operational requirements of our customers, is clearly demonstrated by the fact that our products are judged to be world class year after year.  It’s very gratifying to see the industry taking notice, and we want to thank SGIA and all the imaging experts who took part in the evaluation.”

Based on a rigorous evaluation process of printer output overseen by a respected independent quality testing organisation, and judged on the SGIA show floor by a team of digital imaging experts commissioned by DPIA, the Rho 500R was judged best in the grand-format UV curable class against all of its major competitors.  Entrants were required to submit a test print produced on the nominated printer.  The image, designed by SGIA, was created specifically to challenge the capabilities of the output device, according to SGIA.

“The Product of the Year award winners highlight the best technologies, consumables and software from the digital imaging community,” said Jeff Burton, SGIA’s Digital Printing Analyst.
    
The Rho 500R offers an unrivalled combination of productivity and quality of print. This is made possible by the latest generation of Durst’s own Quadro® 30D Array printhead technology, which doubles the number of nozzles per colour to 2,048 – the highest in its class. It prints six colours at 600 dpi resolution on the widest variety of roll media at speeds up to 400m² without compromising quality. As well as printing display media such as vinyl banners and mesh for facade cladding up to a width of 5m, it will also print three 1.6m rolls together, for example, of textile for banners or self-adhesive polyester film for backlit application. The built-in sensors and the specially designed media transport system allow for problem-free unattended printing. Furthermore, the extremely low production costs and low ink consumption, thanks to its intelligent dither technology, make the Rho 500R one of the most economical printers ever.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association is the one organisation whose sole purpose is to provide graphic imaging professionals with the technical know-how, expert advice and knowledge they need to operate more profitable businesses.

AdvancedJet amongst 3 DPI Product of the Year Awards for Roland

Roland DG AdvancedJet wins DPI Product of the Year Award

At the recent SGIA Expo in New Orleans, Roland DG and its customers were recognised with several of the industry's most prestigious international awards. Roland earned three DPI Product of the Year Awards while Roland customers won two André Schellenberg awards. Roland SGIA award winners include:

2009 DPI Product of the Year Awards

  • AdvancedJET AJ-i grand-format inkjet printers – Output: Grand-Format Roll to Roll Solvent & Latex category
  • Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX Ink – Digital Ink category
  • VersaCAMM VP-i wide-format inkjet printer/cutters – Output: Poster Size category


2009 Andre Schellenberg Awards

  • Gina Alexander Handbags – Textile category: Other. These fabric handbags featured custom graphics produced on Roland Hi-FI Express FP-740 74" sublimation printers.
  • Luma Brite Mad Wrapper Lighted Vehicle Wrap – Unique Applications category: Digital Entry. Graphics for this illuminated vehicle wrap were produced on a Roland SOLJET PRO III XC-540 54" inkjet printer/cutter.


Entries for the DPI Product of the Year competition were judged on the Expo show floor by a team of digital imaging professionals. In the Output categories, entrants were required to submit a test print designed by SGIA intended to challenge the output device's capabilities. André Schellenberg Awards are widely recognized as the industry's most prominent forum for digital imagers to show off their best achievements for the year. Winners gain international acclaim and recognition for their dedication and talents.

Since 1999, Roland has won eight DPI Product of the Year awards and Roland customers have taken home 16 Andre Schellenbergs including two Best in Show awards.

"The quality of work this year was exceptional. Judges in virtually every category told me the entries were so good that choosing winners was a real challenge," said Johnny Shell, SGIA's vice president of technical services.

"These industry competitions recognise the best of what the digital imaging industry has to offer and we are very proud to receive so many honors this year," said Rick Scrimger, vice president and general manager for Roland DGA. "We congratulate our Andre Schellenberg winners whose imagination and creativity demonstrate the power of Roland technology when placed in the hands of world-class professionals."

To find out more about the award-winning Roland AdvancedJet printers, visit www.rolandpro.co.uk