20 Sep 2019

Xaar demonstrates the excellence of its digital inkjet printheads for quality label printing at Labelexpo Asia

XAAR printhead

Xaar demonstrates the excellence of its digital inkjet printheads for quality label printing at Labelexpo Asia this week (1-4 December, Shanghai New Exhibition Center).

Beijing Du Gao Gu Tu Digital Technology Co Ltd, a leading supplier of label production technologies, is showing the new ARES210 label printer featuring 12 Xaar 1001 printheads producing high quality, variable labels in Hall E2/Stand H18.

Xaar, as the leader in digital inkjet technology, had a major impact at Labelexpo Europe 09 recently with ten OEMs demonstrating Xaar-enabled printers that clearly showed the reliability and flexibility of inkjet and its impact on the digital printing sector. These included Atlantic Zeiser, Delta Industrial Services, Durst, EFI, FFEI/Nilpeter and Stork.

Xaar-enabled digital label printers open up new possibilities for single-pass, full colour direct printing onto paper, film, metal and many other materials, producing photo-realistic print on labels, promotional items, ID cards and packaging. Some printers achieve close to 50m/minute, resulting in substantially improved return on investment for the label printer. The native print resolution is 360dpi, however, when using the greyscale capabilities of the 1001 printhead, an apparent resolution of over 1000dpi can be achieved.

The industrial strength Xaar 1001 variable drop (greyscale) printhead is the technology that makes these applications possible. It is revolutionary in its design and ensures high reliability and productivity through its XaarDOT™ (Xaar Drop Optimisation Technology) capability and its TF Technology™ (re-circulating ink system) design. XaarDOT™ gives users the ability to select drop size or resolution depending on the application, image quality and substrate.

“The growth of digital label printers is driven by the fact that 65 per cent of all four colour jobs produced today are less than 10,000 labels”, says Wang Wei, Managing Director, Xaar Asia Pacific. “Time to market is a critical factor for brand owners and digital production is a fast and flexible process. Digital labels are addressing an area of the market that is impossible to address through the conventional process and Xaar is quickly becoming the printhead of choice in the market.”

About Xaar
Xaar is the world’s leading independent supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, inks and peripheral equipment to commercial printing and industrial manufacturing markets. Xaar’s innovative technology offers OEM customers and licensees commercial advantage through product differentiation, productivity, and faster time-to-market.

Screen appoints Lundbergs Grafiska AB as a distributor of the Truepress Jet520 in Sweden

Screen Truepress Jet520

Screen is pleased to announce the appointment of Lundbergs Grafiska AB as a distributor to sell and support the Truepress Jet520 full colour digital inkjet printer for newspaper and magazine applications in Sweden. 

Lundbergs Grafiska is the premier supplier of new and used printing equipment to the graphic arts sector in Sweden and is well positioned to support the rapidly emerging on-demand newspaper market.

"Lundbergs Grafiska knows the Swedish newspaper and magazine market intimately," says Tim Taylor, Screen Marketing Manager. "As remote newspaper production on the day of publication becomes the focus for publishers across the world, the Truepress Jet520 is a perfect fit for Lundbergs Grafiska's customer base."

The Screen Truepress Jet520 features two print engines and produces complete newspapers with perfect colour and a quality level that is indistinguishable from litho printing. The system prints at 128m/min, the equivalent of 1,200 48-page tabloid newspapers an hour.  With newspapers now being added to direct mail, transactional printing, book production and general print on demand, Screen's Truepress Jet520 is one of the most flexible digital presses on the market.

"With Screen's Truepress Jet520 full colour printer in our portfolio we can offer high quality equipment together with our expertise in technical support," says Roland Eriksson, Sales Manager of Lundbergs Grafiska. "To be able to offer our clients the best on-demand solutions on the market puts us ahead of the game. We can also offer our clients the ability to access the full colour transactional printing and book-on-demand markets, in addition to newspaper digital printing".

High-speed printing of newspapers at full size, in full colour and at a quality level that is as good as the original litho version is a reality.  Screen's Truepress Jet520 has already begun printing five different newspaper titles every night in New York with more being added each month.

Trade up to a Canon iPF8100 for ink saving benefits

Canon imagePROGRAF 8100

RGBuk, the Wokingham based reseller has announced today the launch of a brand new trade-in programme to run until 23rd Dec 09.  The promotion offers customers the chance to upgrade to a new Canon 12 colour 44” Image PROGRAF iPF8100.  The printer is priced at £3495 for customers wishing to trade an existing HP, Epson or any other large format inkjet printer,  24” or bigger.

Wokingham based RGBuk, has launched a unique trade-in offer for customers interested in upgrading their existing large format printer to a cost effective Canon iPF8100.  The promotion provides customers with an excellent opportunity to upgrade an old printer for £500 off the price of the already heavily discounted Canon iPF8100.  The printer was promoted on Canon’s “Star Buy” scheme in October this year. The iPF8100 originally priced at £5495 including a stand, was discounted along with the iPF8000s to attract customers to move to the 44” printers.  The RGBuk trade-in offer allows customers an additional £2000 saving per printer.  The original price is expected to be re-instated once the ‘Star Buy’ promotions finishes this December.

Ben Randall, MD, RGBuk; said “The trade-in programme comes at a time when print costs have been higher in the past 6 months than ever before.  Epson has suffered with increased ink cost, as have HP subjected to the variable Euro exchange rate. So whilst in house printing is on the increase the cost of the average print job, has in many cases, also increased.  The Canon 12 colour print technology has an overall cost advantage compared to the competitors and has been independently proven by BLI to use 31% less ink than Epson.”

The RGBuk offer is expected to run until 23rd  December 09, or whilst stocks last.

Industrial Inkjet Ltd Website now available in Russian

Industrial Inkjet Ltd

Industrial Inkjet Ltd. continues development of its web-site www.industrialij.com with the release of a Russian language copy of the site.

The Industrial Inkjet web site provides technical information on Konica Minolta inkjet printheads and other products. It also covers IIJ's range of inkjet peripherals components and its range of ColourPrint and MonoPrint complete inkjet print engines.

The web site is aimed at development partners and OEM customers.

The new Russian language pages can be accessed using the Russian flag symbol on the home page.

All information on the site, including technical information, product news and customer news , has been translated and will be kept upto date.

In the near future IIJ will also release a Spanish-language site for partners in Spain and Latin America. IIJ employees will be glad to answer your enquiries, not only in English but also in Russian and Spanish languages.

Other web site upgrades planned include a new "Application" section. This will include descriptions of use of the ColourPrint and MonoPrint engines in various markets.

Epson sees encouraging growth in large format printer market share

Epson LFP Technology

Having made surpisingly little impact in the professional wide format 'print for pay' market under their own brand (systems such as Mimaki, Mutoh and Roland do however rely heavily on Epson printhead and controller technology), Epson can still boast some very impressive figures in terms of their market share in those sectors that sit just outside of what the typical LFR reader might deem to be 'our market'.

Where Epson do excel is in fine art and photographic reproduction, where their printers are very much accepted as the benchmark that competing printers are measured against.

Their dominance in those particular sectors has no doubt played a central role in their continued growth during 2009.

Epson has increased its UK market share in the large format inkjet printing (LFP) market by 7.5% in Q3 2009 resulting in a 71.5% total market share of all A2-A0+  printers sold in the UK in the last quarter.

The Epson Stylus Pro range features models ranging from the 17-inch Stylus Pro 3880 up to the 64-inch Stylus Pro 11880. They all combine the latest hardware innovations and industry-leading ink technology to produce high quality and value for money for photography, fine art, proofing and POS printing applications.

Following the launch of the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 in September this year, Epson’s share of the A2+ market grew by almost 3% in Q3 to 93%.  Its A1+ market share also grew 3% to 58%, the highest level since 2004. The biggest growth area for Epson was in the 44-inch A0+ printer sector, where its market share leapt by 18% on the previous quarter. The reason for growth in both these sectors is because of the introduction of Epson’s latest professional printers, the Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900, which incorporate the new UltraChrome HDR inkset. Finally, market share in the 64-inch sector, a relatively new area for Epson with the Stylus Pro 11880, more than doubled to just over 26%.

Martin Johns, Senior Product Manager, Epson UK, says: “By continual innovation, a focus on quality, and competitive pricing, Epson is the inkjet print technology of choice for many professional graphics users. Companies have the confidence that when they invest in an Epson printer, they can offer their customers added value and service for a relatively modest investment.”

ap denmark’s New HP Produced Acoustic Graphics Resonate Well With European Market

Acoustic Graphics from ap denmark

HP today announced that the European large format graphic consumables supplier, ap denmark, is enjoying tremendous success with its new acoustic graphic application.

Benefiting many businesses looking to reduce the affects of noise created in indoor public spaces, the new solution developed by ap denmark, is produced by European Print Service Provider (PSP), Sumopix, using HP Designjet printers and media.

Due to the current worldwide trend in minimalist interior décor and the eradication of soft furnishings, noise levels within many Scandinavian businesses and public places have become a new and expanding health and workplace issue. As such, the new ap denmark acoustic graphic application is being widely adopted by schools, businesses, architecture firms and managers of other public buildings.

Ib Norholm, ap denmark CEO said: “Market interest in this new application is huge, as it’s a great way to solve the problem of sound reduction, while also enabling the production of bespoke graphics and images or branded decoration. The new solution includes HP canvas stretched on wooden frames, HP inks and the images printed on the HP Designjet Z6100 – this complete HP workflow ensures colour and print quality assurance.”

The HP Designjet Z6100 Printer series is available in 42” and 60” models with an embedded spectrophotometer, used to deliver vivid, high-impact prints quickly. The series is ideal for indoor and short-term outdoor banners and large format applications such as posters, photos and fine art prints, drawings, maps and renders.

Used in combination with HP Professional Matte Canvas White, HP Vivera pigment inks provide customers of the new acoustic graphics, with durable prints and long lasting colour.

“The graphics’ acoustic capabilities are provided by a unique foam filling that is inserted into the cavity at the back of the canvas frame. The HP inks are perfect for this product, as they penetrate the microscopic canvas fibres, without blocking the sound from moving through the canvas holes to the noise cushioning behind,” said Norholm.

In addition, a bespoke software system developed by ap denmark enables PSPs like Sumopix and other European print businesses to tile images used for acoustic graphics. At the touch of a button, the system automatically calculates the necessary changes to make to the stretcher bar to ensure no image distortion. Without this software, mounting an image to multiple tiled frames would take between two and four hours to calculate - but with the ap demark solution, this can be completed within minutes.

ap denmark was established in 2008, and has developed a strong customer base of EMEA digital printers. Given the immediacy of digital print, ap denmark places particular emphasis on its speed of delivery – offering a two day service to any country within Scandinavia and two to four days via courier to other worldwide locations. For the acoustic graphic applications, Norholm claims that the Dutch market has been the fastest adopter of the solution, with the rest of mainland Europe now growing rapidly.

Norholm said: “We partner with HP almost exclusively. Maximising the strength of HP products used together, our relationship with HP enables us to attend and participate at their events and trade exhibitions, and communicate the benefits and potential business opportunities of acoustic solutions.

“In Europe today, Sumopix is currently the only producer of this service, and has recently developed a stock image library to enable customers to choose from over five million images. This service has significantly streamlined the process of image selection and location, while also providing access to a huge database of stunning new images, and combined text and image opportunities.”

Together, the combination of HP technology and the expertise of ap denmark and Sumopix is enabling all parties to enjoy a significant and expanding revenue stream for a market that is welcoming the application’s benefits with open arms.