22 Sep 2020

Robert Horne introduces Rapid Applicator for flatbed printers

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Robert Horne, the materials expert, has launched the Rapid Applicator, a flatbed application machine that will revolutionise your business. It offers a better way to apply self-adhesive films and application tape to a number of different substrates.

The Rapid Applicator makes mounting flat sheets of material such as ACM, Foam PVC, Acrylic and Foam Board easy. The operation is simple and the results are outstanding - perfect for any sign maker or printer. Constructed from solid steel this machine is robust, offers superior speed and quality and can even laminate glass.

The process is simple. The chassis is a strong welded frame that functions in any work environment. The Rapid Applicator can be installed in any room, accessed by a normal sized door, by using its tilting transportation system. Designed by skilled sign makers and a team of experienced technical engineers, it is a unique machine. Its system has perfect synchronous moving masts, between which the roller sits. Unlike other machines the Rapid Applicator doesn’t need a connection between the masts, making it easy to place material over the coil. With the extendable arms you can easily expand the length of the table to suit larger sized media.

The Rapid Applicator is the ultimate easy to use, durable, cost effective machine, combining speed and quality for improved workflow efficiency.

EskoArtwork Finish Jobs with i-cut Suite and Kongsberg Tables at FESPA Mexico


EskoArtwork, Fespa global software and finishing partner, will demonstrate the complete i-cut Suite workflow along with Kongsberg i-XL 24 finishing tables with partners TSG (Tecnolog'a en Sistemas Gráficos) Stand E10 and Mexico SPI (Solucions Para Impresores) at the HP stand during FESPA Mexico, 18-20 August 2011?Centro Banamex, Mexico City. EskoArtwork will also explain 'How to improve your workflow and profit, and reduce your time-to-print' at the seminar theatre, Thursday July 18, 3-4pm.

FESPA Mexico is the leading and most focused exhibition for print professionals in Mexico and Central America to connect with the latest developments and innovations in signage, graphics, wide format digital printing, garment decoration and screen printing in a lively atmosphere.

Seminar theatre presentation: Software makes finishing equipment operate more effectively
Ernande Ramos and Eladio Veron, responsible for sales, marketing and support to sign & display companies in Latin America, will be featured at the seminar theatre, describing 'How to improve your workflow and profit, and reduce your time-to-print' at the seminar theatre, Thursday July 18, 3-4pm. They will explain how to increase productivity during the finishing process with an automated workflow solution. Many wide format companies are aware of the productivity that finishing tables offer, but do not know how they can considerably increase productivity by adding a workflow solution. Ramos will present the EskoArtwork i-cut Suite workflow process in theory, while Veron will demonstrate the software, showing how the software can help to increase productivity and profitability of the finishing process.

Support from Mexican reseller partners
TSG (Stand E10) and Mexico SPI (HP stand) will offer visitors a complete view of the EskoArtwork sign & display workflow.

Mexico SPI is a dedicated HP reseller, with experience selling EskoArtwork solutions that complement HP Scitex large format digital printers. EskoArtwork's partnership with the HP Graphics Solutions Business has been extended to the HP Scitex Large Format Division. In response to the fast growing need for dedicated prepress tools, EskoArtwork and HP Scitex agreed to co-market integrated workflow solutions specifically tailored for the sign and display market. These solutions include the complete EskoArtwork i-cut Suite, its collection of pre-production design-to-finish software to streamline the entire production workflow. On the HP stand, visitors can experience a live demonstration of the end-to-end workflow – from design to finishing – integrating the EskoArtwork software solutions with HP Scitex large format printers.

TSG, based in Mexico, has over 15 years of experience in graphic arts. TSG's product portfolio provides solutions for pre-digital press, offset, flexography, digital printing, superwide format digital printing, serving companies involved in offset printing, gravure, flexo and screen printing. Through its subsidiary TSG S.C. Services provides technical service and advice on pre-press systems, direct digital printing plate and workflow systems, and tools for color management and quality control. TSG has had years of experience selling and supporting EskoArtwork Kongsberg tables and software systems, and visitors can benefit from their expertise at their stand.

i-cut Suite: Streamlining the entire workflow, from design to print to cut
i-cut Suite was designed specifically for companies that drive narrow or large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems, and that require professional tools to streamline their workflows. It is the first workflow that offered wide format printing and digital finishing companies a complete, integrated solution. It is comprised of different modules, including i-cut Preflight for efficient PDF preflighting and editing, and i-cut Layout for interactive layout, tiling and nesting of graphics.

i-cut Suite software doesn't require users to return to a native application, working within a PDF file. Furthermore, it reduces errors by spotting them before RIPping, and it optimizes the layout, which ultimately reduces material costs and minimizes set-up time. Users with more specific requirements can easily also add supplementary modules: a structural design module to allow integration with all standard structural design programs; a graphics preparation module to create the cutting contour on both vector files and images; and a true shape nesting module offering a powerful, true shape nesting solution, particularly for irregular shapes.

Kongsberg i-XL 24: Perfect for signs and displays
The Kongsberg i-XL 24, the workhorse of the product line and best-selling Kongsberg finishing system among sign and display companies, offers a comprehensive finishing solution for the widest range of materials, providing automation, high productivity and outstanding precision. The i-XL family, with a maximum material size of 87" x 120", can be delivered with an optional conveyor extension, along with the Auto-Feeder and scissor-lift system.

"EskoArtwork continues to extend the productivity of sign and display print providers, with both a complete, integrated workflow and extremely sophisticated digital finishing systems," comments Aleks Zlatic, Vice President Western & Latin America EskoArtwork. "There is much more to the production of signs than just printing. We are committed to 'shaping the future' of our customers' business and this industry. Sign and display shops need to focus on the structure - or shape - of a sign. They need machines to efficiently cut displays when they are printed. They also need a workflow that can combine graphics with the structure. During Fespa Mexico, with the help of TSG and Mexico SPI, we can demonstrate solutions that cannot be found elsewhere."

Sabur Ink Systems to distribute Klieverik calenders for textile printing

Klieverik Calender

Sabur Ink Systems is to distribute Klieverik heat presses in the UK.  

Klieverik has been active for over 40 years as a designer and manufacturer of innovative systems and stand-alone units that improve the efficiency of textile printing and finishing operations.  The company produces calender heat presses from widths of 1.8m up to 3.5m wide with various widths of drum diameter and even offers a “sport” system - ideal for pre-cut fabric - to ensure there is a press suitable for any sublimation producer.

Aaron Burton of Sabur Ink Systems, comments, “We have been looking for a reliable and competitively priced calender press solution for our customers for some time.  We believe we have now found the answer with Klieverik who offer an exceptionally reliable heat press at a price point attractive to customers.”

Vivid teams up with Anitech Australia to develop sales of laminating systems

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Vivid has announced a new collaborative effort with Anitech Australia which will see sales of the Vivid Easymount brand of wide format laminators enhanced in Australia and New Zealand.

With over 25 years experience in the industry, Vivid designs and manufactures cold and hot laminating systems for the sign, digital and graphic markets.  Already market leaders in Europe - with exports growing on a global basis - Vivid believes the relationship formed with Anitech will enhance and develop sales of the Easymount wide format laminators in the southern hemisphere, bringing benefits of high quality reliable systems at affordable prices.

Anitech, with its long history in the industry, will complement the skills and experience of Vivid and help build a long lasting relationship offering a first class and professional service to the end user as well as value-for-money solutions.


First UK installation of Miller Weldmaster Desktop T3 at Sunderland-based Where The Trade Buys

Miller Weldmaster T3

Sunderland-based company Where The Trade Buys is the first UK business to install Solent's T3 banner welder. 

Having viewed the solution at Sign & Digital 2011, Martyn Young of Where The Trade Buys was so impressed with the ease of use, speed and quality of the desktop T3 that he immediately placed his order and is now producing high quality banners faster and better than ever before.

Martyn Young comments, “We are rapidly expanding family business and whereas previously we had to sew our banners, the Miller Weldmaster T3 changes our whole production process with better quality, appearance and significantly more output per day.  We have reorganised our factory to maximise the potential of the T3 and it is already proving to be a winner.”

Ian Jenkins of Solent added, “We are delighted that the desktop T3 is such a popular choice with UK banner makers. It’s a super machine with great versatility and the same impressive quality as the larger versions in the Miller Weldmaster range.”

Vista Systems introduces double-sided flag sign for road-side applications

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Vista System International, a fast growing pioneer and world leader in Modular Curved Frame Technology (MCFT), introduces a new double sided flag sign for displaying information on road sides.

The new sign has an arrow shape design which offers increased visibility for passing traffic. The sign consists of three Vista Light extrusions, two aluminum end caps (top and bottom), two polycarbonate inserts used as background for the graphic inserts and two square supporting profiles for internal stabilisation. The sign is offered in a verity of sizes ranging up to 2.5m high and 1.2m wide.

MCFT (Modular Curved Frame Technology) is a new concept for the sign industry designed to fill the gap between modular and custom made signs.  MCFT offers the best of both worlds by offering the advantages of a modern modular system with the ability to provide a highly customizable solution that meets the unique requirements for each project.