29 Jan 2020

EskoArtwork showcases its range of integrated pre-production and finishing solutions for digital print at digi:media

Esko Artwork

EskoArtwork will present its latest pre-production and digital finishing solutions at digi:media. Visitors to the EskoArtwork stand will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto, the company’s fully automated, die-less digital finishing solution which has been designed as the perfect finishing complement to any digital print operation. Also demonstrated is EskoArtwork's i-cut Suite - its integrated software solution including workflow automation and editing tools, specifically oriented to die-less digital finishing. digi:media takes place for the first time in Düsseldorf from 7 to 9 April 2011. EskoArtwork will exhibit in Hall 6, stand C21.

“We’re really excited to present our integrated solutions at this show,” says Jef Stoffels, Director of Corporate Marketing at EskoArtwork. “Digital print professionals can see for themselves how the Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto complements their current digital print offering. By keeping finishing in-house, print service providers are today reducing operating costs, improving turnaround times, and creating a competitive edge by offering a full range of creative finishing options to their clients. With the i-XE10 Auto they can offer both print-on-demand and finishing-on-demand.”


Specifically designed for the growing demand for finishing small-format, short-run digital printed material, the Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto can work alongside any small-format or medium-sized digital press. The table comes with a range of expandable tooling options including a pressure controlled, high-precision kiss-cutting knife tool, reciprocating knife tool for corrugated and foam board, static knife tool for solid materials and a crease tool for packaging materials. The i-XE10 Auto is capable of finishing almost any digitally printed product including shaped business cards, creasing and cutting brochures with special cut-outs, folders, small signs and displays, greeting cards, creative invitations and even digitally printed sheet labels that require kiss and through cutting.

Streamlining the entire workflow from design-to-print-to- cut

Visitors will also see how the Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto integrates seamlessly with EskoArtwork’s i-cut Suite – a family of software tools developed to streamline the entire workflow from design-to-print-to-cut.

“i-cut Suite is one of the first prepress solutions specifically dedicated to digital finishing” continues Stoffels. “Print houses often receive files which contain errors or have vital information missing for efficient digital finishing. Without the proper workflow tools in place, such deficiencies lead to loss of time and materials. i-cut Suite provides the essential tools to catch and resolve these issues at the beginning of the workflow, saving valuable time and reducing waste. The software includes modules for file preflighting, efficient nesting and automatic print recognition.”

Optimising workflows: raising efficiencies inside the prepress department

EskoArtwork will also demonstrate some of its high-end solutions for publishers, showing its workflow automation and editing tools that have been designed specifically for today’s demanding prepress environments.

These will include FastImpose and Automation Engine, the perfect tools for high-volume-page environments, which are helping publishers around the globe to organise, automate and secure their workflows. Visitors can also learn more about Odystar, an integrated solution for PDF creation and production. Odystar offers a complete range of prepress tools from preflight, certification and automated document correction to advanced trapping, imposition, proofing and printing. And they can discover how easy it is to use Neo, EskoArtwork’s highly productive PDF editing tool, to make those last minute changes to multipage PDF files in commercial printing environments.

Mutoh America to include three year warranty on Kona Cutters

Mutoh Kona

Mutoh America Inc. announces the new three year warranty on its Kona Cutters. The new warranty will go into effect immediately.
The three year, return to depot, limited warranty will cover parts and service.
Durable and designed to last, the Kona Cutters offer the finest cutting quality with excellent tracking. The Kona line is perfect for the home, office and professional user with cutting capabilities for signs, lettering, decals, stickers and contour cutting. Kona cutters are available in a 30, 55 and 65 inch size.
“We believe in our products and their durability,” shares Gary Rudnick, Director of Sales for Mutoh America. “Product quality and reliability is an important part of a company’s success. We hope to show the confidence we have in our products by offering this new three year Kona Cutter warranty to our customers.” 
Kona integrates a laser-based optical sensor for automatic job recognition and alignment of contour and cut through data. Each Kona features a newly designed reliable automatic sheet-off mechanism incorporating a rotatable long-life blade with 4 cutting sides.
Print and cut at the same time with Mutoh’s Kona Cutter and ValueJet lines. They give you the ability to work at the same time, so one operation does not stop the other.

Cannell Graphics puts growth plans into action with EskoArtwork

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Specialist exhibition stand designer Cannell Graphics plans to significantly increase its market share following the installation of a Kongsberg i-XL44 table from new EskoArtwork reseller City and West End Solutions (CWES). The first EskoArtwork order taken by City and West End Solutions will help the Essex operation produce a wider range of bespoke designs to help its customers stand out.

Managing director Kevin Cannell explains: “In a very competitive market it is important to offer something extra. A lot of our work is bespoke and with this investment we can be more innovate with the solutions we offer and have a wider choice in our portfolio.”

Kongsberg made the cut

After a careful review of the market Mr Cannell chose the table on the feedback he received from existing users and the advice offered by CWES. “We have been working with CWES for the past 15 years. They know our business inside out and we trust them to recommend solutions that will best address our needs," he says. “Coincidently we had been looking for a new cutting table for a while and the Kongsberg from EskoArtwork was very highly recommended. When CWES became a reseller and also suggested the table would be the perfect choice we were sold." “We did speak to other users as well and visited FESPA to see what other manufacturers had to offer. We looked closely at a number of options from other manufacturers but we kept coming back to the Kongsberg,” he continues.

One of the main benefits of the Kongsberg table is its ability to reduce raw materials used in the production process: “Because of its accuracy it cuts out a lot of waste. We also like the fact it could work with such a wide range of substrates from Dibond to Corrugated board.“ Equally important was the build quality and its operational capability, making it easy to get jobs on and off very fast adds Mr Cannell. “Because of our bespoke service we needed to be confident that every cut will be right and every job will meet the exacting requirements of our customers. With the Kongsberg we are,” he states.

The Kongsberg i-XL is equipped with V Groove tooling, meaning the table cuts and creases materials from both sides in perfect registration. Other benefits include automatic tool bar code identification, which speeds up tool insert changeovers and prevents user error. The job memory set-up saves significant time between jobs, while a tool head laser pointer and camera ensures fast and accurate registration.

Seamless software for higher productivity

EskoArtwork’s accompanying structural design software also played a vital role in the buying decision. Mr Cannell explains: “The fact the software seamlessly delivers the job to the table means we are not duplicating a process. Before we had to complete the design work on one package and then import it to another to put it on the table. This is a big benefit to us as it gives greater control and ensures we can work much faster."
“As both solutions are supplied by EskoArtwork, it means that the whole process is accurate and has integrity. We can be fully confident that the table will cut what we expect it to. The two work in tandem and that is fantastic,” concludes Mr Cannell.

Solent Sewing & Welding to attend Sign & Digital UK 2011

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The trend in the UK Sign and Banner making industry for 2011 is for printers to outsource less finishing and have all the benefits of increased profits and greater quality control by bringing their finishing in-house.

Solent Sewing & Welding's range of Miller Weldmaster and industrial sewing machines supplies a solution for sewing or welding 100% of the fabrics used in the sign and banner industry including digital textiles, mesh, PVC, PU, PE etc.

A family business, currently in its fourth generation and run by husband and wife duo Melanie and Ian Jenkins, Solent Sewing & Welding has been in the business of industrial sewing and fabric handling for nearly 50 years.

“Our Miller Weldmaster welding machines are the fastest on the market - precision heat sealing everything from tarpaulins, lorry curtains and the digital sign making market, all in the blink of an eye.  We have found that the wide and super-wide format sign making industry had a need for faster machinery and the Miller Weldmaster range offers the ideal solution.  We will be launching 2 new machines at Sign & Digital this year: the Miller Weldmaster 112 Extreme and Impulse Extreme with automatic folding device.  For producers of signs, banners and billboards we can supply the right machine to maximise productivity and enhance quality. From simple banner hemming through to a complete automatic custom system which will hem, eyelet, reinforce and cut banners and billboards,” comments Ian Jenkins.

He adds, “Being able to offer welding solutions for recyclable (PE) and traditionally non-weldables using heat activated tape is an example of how we are pushing forward into the future.  But above all, we set ourselves the target of providing the highest possible standards of customer service. Most of our customers have been with us for years and we have seen their businesses grow and prosper by helping all we can and going that extra mile.”

Especially for Sign & Digital UK 2011:

As one of the UK’s leading experts in sewing and welding solutions to the Sign & Banner finishing market, Solent Sewing and Welding is offering  for a limited time only, a FREE on-site, consultancy service in ‘How to maximise speed, profit and quality in finishing’ to the sign and banner market. In addition, before and during the show, the company will be taking orders for a special free sample finishing offer where sign and banner makers can send their samples for completion to their test specification after the show.


New Scotchcal overlaminate from 3M protects from acid dew and intense UV rays

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3M Commercial Graphics introduces Scotchcal Gloss Overlaminate 8528. This new overlaminate is specifically designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures, ultraviolet rays and acid dew common in Los Angeles and other west coast cities. In regions subject to intense heat, these conditions can lead to spotting and other discoloration in overlaminates.

"Our new overlaminate means longer-lasting graphics that stay vibrant, which helps make the most of our customers' investment and can set them apart from the competition," said Tim Boxeth, business manager for 3M Commercial Graphics. "The glossy finish gives that wet-paint look that customers are demanding."

Scotchcal overlaminate 8528 offers customers peace of mind with the industry's first published warranty for horizontal surfaces – two years for horizontal surfaces and up to seven years for vertical surfaces.


Atech launch new Bobis affordable flatbed multi-applicator/ laminator

Atech Bobis

Atech has launched a new Bobis affordable flatbed multi-applicator/ laminator. 

All signmaking and graphic display companies that work with self-adhesive vinyl will see huge benefits from using a Bobis Multi Applicator.  By using the Bobis Multi Applicator, you will apply a job in a third of the time it would normally take to do the same job manually.

The Bobis machine is a true workhorse and can be used for all types self-adhesive applications including banners, signs, glass manifestation application, colouring of large areas and application on all kinds of substrates up to six centimetres thick. The large flat bed provides an ergonomic work station that is easy on your knees and back – no more climbing and knee bending when applying to very large signs, thereby helping create a safer and healthier working environment for your creative team.