17 Jul 2019

Agfa's High Speed Digital Press, the :Dotrix Modular, to Run Live at Print '09

Agfa Dotrix

Attendees at Print can see the most productive digital press and its newest enhancements that are revolutionising the packaging industry.

Agfa Graphics today announced plans to demonstrate the :Dotrix Modular high speed digital press at Print '09, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, September 11th -16th 2009 (booth #2600). Attendees will see live demonstrations of a variety of packaging and specialty printing applications including folding cartons, flexible packaging, labels, POP and more.

Since its introduction to the marketplace, Agfa has continually invested and enhanced the :Dotrix Modular to meet the expanding needs of the packaging industry and specialty printing markets. According to Sheila Nysko, Business Development Manager, Agfa Graphics, "The time is now. Today, more than ever, customers are driving the demand for innovation and digital printing. They are being forced to cut costs, better manage their supply chain, reduce waste and increase speed to market all while maintaining or increasing quality. Only Agfa's :Dotrix Modular has responded to this need."
The base of the :Dotrix Modular is an industrial flexo press from Edale, a UK-based manufacturer of narrow web printing and converting presses. This guarantees the system's highly accurate and stable web transport. :Dotrix Modular can produce output on a wide variety of substrates including paper, multi-wall, biodegradable plastics, PE, PP, BOPP, PET heat and pressure sensitive materials, and more. Its high speed, unique width of 25.6 inches and extremely high quality bring on-demand printing to a whole new level. It can print on a wide range of thicknesses ranging from 25 to 600 micron (1-24), plus it offers users many additional benefits. The :Dotrix is fully modular and can be configured roll-to-roll or roll-to-sheet, and there's absolutely no limitation to graphic or job length. Customization and versioning are also available to support the growing need for target marketing and regionalization within the industry.

According to Carol Constantino, President of Noteworthy, Amsterdam, NY, "We bought Agfa's :Dotrix Modular so that we could provide our clients with even higher levels of quality and service. It's a phenomenal inkjet machine that allows us to provide low minimum orders and faster turnarounds while providing a print quality that is unparalleled. Every plastic bag we print for our clients can be framed as a work of art."

Print '09 attendees, the media and industry experts will have the opportunity to learn about the newest enhancements to the :Dotrix Modular as well as Agfa's entire line of industry leading inkjet and prepress solutions at the Agfa Graphics News Conference on September 11, 2009 at 10:30am in McCormick Place, booth #2600, South Hall.

Colourgen announces £1,500 trade-up offer for Seiko II ColorPainter V-64S

Seiko II Colorpainter V-64S

Colourgen is launching a trade-up promotion for the Seiko II ColorPainter V-64S eco-solvent printer. Anybody with a 42”+ solvent printer or any 42”+ printer from Epson, Encad or Kodak can trade-up to the new ColorPainter V-64S and claim a  £1,500 discount on their new printer if they buy before 30th September 2009.

Melanie Enser, Marketing Manager at Colourgen, comments, “We hope that this offer will give those that want to purchase, the opportunity to enjoy a significant trade-up discount on their existing printer. The Seiko II ColorPainter V-64S is the perfect all-rounder for indoor and outdoor durable output. It delivers stunning graphics quality using low odour inks making it ideal for interior décor, canvases and back-lit applications as well as vehicle graphics and outdoor signage.”

The Seiko II ColorPainter V-64s produces 720 x 720 dpi printing resolution with CMYK and LcLm colours. The newly developed print head allows the printer to achieve print speeds of 16sqm/h in quality mode, the fastest speed in its class. The new EX mild solvent ink set has very low-odour, which offers a better working and display environment while providing extensive media versatility, exceptional colour, dry times, glossiness and overall outdoor lightfastness.

This offer is available only through authorised Colourgen resellers. The Seiko ColorPainter V-64S has an RRP of £22,950 (ex VAT).

HP to present new product at Viscom Dusseldorf

HP Latex Printer

HP today announced that it will be launching an addition to its range of large format printers on its stand, 8a G20 at viscom düsseldorf, 1 - 3 October, Exhibition Centre Düsseldorf. At the show HP will be launching its latest large format printer, which will drive change in the industry and allow PSPs to differentiate themselves.

Other stand highlights include the HP Scitex XP2750 Printer, a 3.2m wide-format UV ink printer with an integrated flatbed module that delivers high-quality output up to 635 x 800dpi (1270 x 1600dpi apparent) on both flexible and rigid media. With a maximum speed of 110m²/hr, the printer is ideal for high-volume environments looking for flexibility of output.

Also present will be the HP Scitex FB950 Printer - 2.5m hybrid UV printer providing consistent high-quality POP/POS, trade show and event signage on a wide range of rigid or flexible media at high speeds of up to 80m2/hr in billboard mode.

The HP Designjet Z6100 Printer series - aqueous printers with an embedded spectrophotometer available in 42" and 60" models delivering vivid, high-impact prints at high print speeds. 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.

"HP's latest graphic solutions will allow our customers to continue to differentiate their businesses," said Santi Morera, vice president and general manager, Large Format Printing Business, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. "PSPs now have the widest ever portfolio of HP printers to choose from, allowing them to enter new market segments with confidence," said Morera.

Sign and display print service providers will also be able to visit the stands of HP's distributors; Kisters and Sihl, to see demonstrations of the HP Designjet L65500. The printer offers environmentally responsible, cost-effective production possibilities using the latest innovative ink technology for printing with the environment in mind and presents an alternative to solvent and even UV when printing indoor and outdoor signage.

Epson offers enhanced value for its Stylus Pro 11880 and GS6000 large format printers

Epson GS6000

Imaging company Epson is offering even greater value to its large format printer customers with new recommended retail prices (RRP). The new RRP for the Stylus Pro 11880 and Stylus Pro GS6000 printers is £8,995 and £18,995 respectively, effective as of 1 August, 2009.

Martin Johns, Senior Product Manager, Epson UK, commented: "Epson is renowned for its knowledge and expertise in producing innovative imaging products. With attractive new prices for our 64" LFP range, graphic arts professionals are being offered the impressive quality, flexibility, speed and reliability of Epson, at an extremely attractive price."

Epson is also offering a half price warranty on the Stylus Pro GS6000 for a limited period (1st August - 31st December 2009). The offer extends the standard one year warranty to three years for £3,600, half the normal retail price of the package. As well as receiving a set of print heads per year, the end user will benefit from an annual health check, where an engineer will visit the site to check over the machine and make any relevant adjustments and perform any necessary maintenance.

The first 64" large format printer from Epson, the Stylus Pro 11880 includes the latest Thin Film Piezo (TFP) printhead for superior print performance and is optimised for pigment ink technology. The formulation of UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta further strengthens Epson's award-winning UltraChrome K3 ink as the choice of professionals, and is available in 700ml high capacity, individual ink cartridges for increased productivity.

The Stylus Pro GS6000 is designed for both indoor and outdoor applications. Using Epson's UltraChrome GS ink in extremely efficient 950 ml cartridges it allows production of high-impact, high-quality and durable prints. This high quality ink set includes Orange and Green inks, which significantly increases the range of colours that can be achieved, especially bright green to yellow, and yellow to red. Furthermore, the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 enables operators to switch easily between a range of different coated and non-coated substrates such as vinyl, making it an ideal, flexible production solution for multiple commercial applications. Epson UltraChrome GS ink doesn't spread harmful VOCs (volatile organic compound) and is the first major eco-solvent type ink set to be launched without the need for a hazard symbol. This makes the Stylus Pro GS6000 both environmentally- and user-friendly. As additional ventilation isn't required, it can be situated in the most convenient location for the business.

Epson Stylus Pro 11880 proves a great starting point for Vivid Display

Epson Stylus Pro 11880 Vivid Display 

Barnsley display printing company Vivid Display opened its doors for business in February this year and is already anticipating doubling the size of the operation within the next 12 months. Its Epson Stylus Pro 11880 is currently kept busy producing high quality graphics for a niche clientele of shopping centres.

"Business has been brisk from the very beginning," says managing director Peter Wyatt, who has a long and solid background in design and print, especially large format graphics. "Having worked extensively in this sector, I could see that there was a ready made market with ready made customers."

When it came to the question of equipment Peter did thorough research, asking a wide range of sales people and material suppliers and they all recommended Epson. "The Stylus Pro 11880 gives us the best quality at the level we wanted to go in at," says Peter. "Design agencies have very high standards and we wanted to be absolutely certain we could deliver the highest levels of quality and colour along with a fast and reliable service."

A feature of the SP11880 that in particular impresses Vivid is the ability to produce reliable and vibrant colour. "The colours are very vibrant, which is very important," says Peter. "Reds, oranges, greens - they all come out brilliantly."

The company deals with about 16 shopping centres across the UK, producing point of sale material, promo advertising both internally and externally, window vinyls and floor vinyls. "Everything that we throw at it, it handles with no problems," says Peter.

Vivid bought the Stylus Pro 11880 from Fastek Graphic Services in Leeds. Barry Singleton, sales and marketing manager of Fastek, says: "When Vivid set us the task of identifying a software and printer combination package to best suit its needs, we suggested the Epson Stylus Pro 11880 and the ErgoSoft Poster Print Rip. The 64-inch size made sense for the larger format graphics and as the majority of its work is indoor graphics, it is a perfect fit. Vivid is a pretty forward thinking company and I expect they will be looking to grow and have the ability to provide outdoor graphics."

Peter agrees with this. "We plan to double the size of the business in the next year. We have already exceeded our expectations for this year and could expand now, but we want to wait until we have completed one whole financial year."  The expansion plans include another Stylus Pro 11880 and another printer for the outdoor market, which is still in the decision process.

This success is largely put down to Vivid's own quality standards. It constantly checks the print quality for colour and consistency and prints on "the best substrates using the best inks, which are both Epson". Each customer gives feedback on every job, grading the quality of print and service and Vivid monitors all of this information to keep ahead of the game.

Its website is unusual and eye-catching but this is not a case of style over substance. Ordering online is quick and easy, with the process being pared down to the essential information only. "The quicker, easier and more enjoyable we can make it for the customer, the better - for us and them," says Peter.

Mimaki develop innovative new UV flatbed printer with launch of JFX-1631

mimaki jfx-1631 

With a product portfolio already boasting an extraordinary range of printing technologies, Mimaki has announced the addition of their latest range topper in the UV curing field. Benefiting from pioneering technology that features in the award winning and much heralded hybrid LED UV curing UJV-160 model, the new Mimaki JFX-1631 is a quite stunning grand format offering, marking the company out as real innovators in the print technology arena.

Featuring a low power consumption, long lasting and low heat emitting LED UV curing system, the JFX ticks all the right environmental boxes from the off. Saving some two-thirds the energy of alternative machines, the LED technology has many other advantages – not least of which is the massive reduction in running costs. Drawing so much less power is an obvious saving, but with the lifetime of the LED being around 5 times longer than regular metal halide bulbs, it's a big saving in consumable items too. With typically reduced ink usage compared to solvent machines, Mimaki's UV offerings run at lower costs - and for jobs that need lamination, total turnaround time is a fraction of that needed for solvent prints, as no gassing off is required.

One inherent feature of the LED technology is that it requires no 'warm up' time, so relatively instant printing can be achieved - switching on and off as required. Whilst this further reduces the energy consumption of the printer, it also extends the life of the LEDs even further - to somewhere in the region of 5,000 hours.

Creatively, the JFX leads the way as well - benefiting from the LED UV curing system drastically reducing the amount of generated heat, which allows the machine to print to a broader range of heat-sensitive media; such as foam boards, PVC and styrene panels that would typically be prone to bowing under heat.

The JFX-1631 incorporates eight new print heads to achieve a print speed twice that of previous models, and whilst very quick, Mimaki's new head positioning system uses high resolution linear motors for ultra-fine step accuracy and dot placement. The use of this technology results in further enhanced printing of solid colours and even allows output of legible, 3 point text.

Mimaki offer two types of UV ink for the machine - either the proven flexible ink set; created in conjunction with 3M, that features on the UJV-160, or a hard set that also features a white for printing to clear or coloured substrates. The flexible inkset stretches up to 200% (dependent upon media) and can be cut through, creased and scored after printing - meaning printed packaging substrate can be produced, or full bleed display graphics that could challenge alternative UV technologies on other machines.

With a bed size of 1.6m x 3.1m, the JFX-1631 falls firmly into the high end, grand format category of machines, and with its ability to print to substrates up to 50mm thick, offers a vast array of creative possibilities. Mimaki has a primer to improve ink keying to certain materials - expanding the capabilities of the JFX beyond the basics of display graphics output, towards glass, metals and other more demanding substrates.

Available through Mimaki's exclusive UK & Ireland distributors, Hybrid Services Ltd, their National Sales Manager, John de la Roche said; "Mimaki extend their heritage in the performance UV market with the launch of the JFX, and the features that we've added to this machine are immense. It simply confirms our commitment to innovation, and meets the needs of our customers both environmentally and when it comes to sheer out-and-out performance and print quality."