18 Oct 2018

ArtSystems hosts applications days for HP Scitex FB500 and LX600

Hp Scitex Fb500

Resellers find early success with dedicated support from Artsystems

ArtSystems has successfully completed its first round of open days in July and August for HP resellers using the new demonstration units of the HP Scitex FB500 and HP Scitex LX600.

"Though both of these units were launched at IPEX 2010 in May potential users want to have a more focussed event where they can spend time both with the printers and their chosen HP reseller, these events have provided just that" says Steve Hawker MD, ArtSystems

With early adopters for the HP Scitex FB500 like Discount Displays, the format is proving popular with both users and resellers. A further series of applications days are now planned for 21st, 22nd and 23rd of September.

Hawker added "We will continue our investment in the HP channel with a further expansion of our HP Scitex demonstration fleet in the near future that will build on the success of the events to date, the FB500  is new to the market and the events in September will be the first chance for many users to see the unit in action."

Staudigl-Druck GmbH & Co. KG expands its product portfolio with two HP Scitex TJ8350 Printers

Hp Scitex Tj8350 Staudigl

HP today announced that Staudigl-Druck GmbH & Co. KG , of Schwabia, Germany, has purchased an HP Scitex TJ8350 Printer.

This recent purchase joins the company's existing Scitex TJ series printer and several HP Designjets. Staudigl hopes that the machine will enable it to consolidate its position as a leading supplier of high quality posters.

"We have found that the demand for personalised campaigns is growing exponentially in the poster market. Ever more medium-sized firms are discovering the poster as an effective advertising medium, as digital printing allows shorter and more flexible production runs which can be versioned and placed in targeted locations", said Hans Schneider, Division Head (DataPrint Services) at Staudigl-Druck GmbH & Co. K.G.

GigantPrint gets royal approval for signage printed on HP Scitex printers


Hp Scitex Lx800 Gigaprint



  • Produce varied street signage in different formats and media for Swedish royal wedding celebrations, while complying with stringent requirements for:
    - High image quality and colour matching.
    - Production process, inks, and polyester-based media that reduce the impact of printing on the environment.
  • Meet increasing customer demand to reduce the impact of printing on the environment.
  • Expand production capacity to support growth plans.




  • HP Scitex LX800 Printer (1)
  • HP Scitex LX600 Printer (1)
  • 2 x HP Scitex XP5100 Printers
  • HP Scitex FB6700 Printer
  • HP Scitex TJ8350 Printer





  • Won prestigious contract to produce signage for city of Stockholm's royal wedding celebrations.
  • 20-30 percent sales growth due to ability to produce near photographic quality on polyester, canvas, and other media.
  • 24-hour productivity supports high-volume projects, ongoing growth.



HP Scitex prints form backdrop for wedding Celebrations

The total 3200 m² (10,800 ft²) of signage, from small portraits up to a massive 5 x 7 m (16.4 x 23 ft) banner, were all digitally printed on HP Scitex wide-format printers by GigantPrint, one of Sweden's leading suppliers of customised printing. With such a high-profile print project, GigantPrint knew there was no room for error. The signage not only had to have perfect, high image quality, with flawless finishing and framing, it also had to comply with stringent environmental requirements specified by the bridal couple.

As a producer of approximately 1 million m² (10.8 million ft²) of print output every year, GigantPrint already had an excellent solution for printing the wide variety of signage required - a varied range of HP Scitex wide-format digital printers offering a choice of HP Latex Ink and UV-curable and aqueous ink printing. But, when First Sight, the event marketing company hired to produce key parts of the public celebrations, offered GigantPrint the chance to become an official print supplier to the royal wedding, GigantPrint decided to expand its capabilities.


HP Latex Ink printers deliver on every important Point

"Many of our customers want environmentally responsible printing; it's becoming more and more common in Sweden, so all of our purchases nowadays are green machines," says Torbjörn Gunnarson, Project Manager, GigantPrint. "But the main reason we took our first HP Latex Ink machine, the HP Scitex LX600 Printer, was for the quality and the productivity and because we can run so many different materials on it."

"We do a lot of polymers and polyesters, which work really well on the HP Latex Ink machines, and we wanted to move up to a bigger width. With this wedding coming up and because they had environmental concerns, we decided to improve our productivity and add the wider HP Scitex LX800 Printer."

"For the wedding project, it was very important to have the correct pattern and colours on different materials, and the HP Scitex LX800 Printer was perfect for the job," recalls Gunnarson.

"We made a lot of prints to show the customer and we won in particular because of the HP Scitex LX series printers. We could do nearly everything on it and we could hold the colour on all the materials, with very good results on the canvas and polyester, on everything from the smaller prints right up to the biggest ones. Being able to use different materials on the same printer was something that others didn't have."


Near-photographic prints

This advantage was key to First Sight deciding that GigantPrint was the right print service provider for the royal wedding. "GigantPrint proved their professionalism all the way through, and particularly with the material," recalls Brian Modin, Part-owner of First Sight.

"Products that are claimed to be 'environmentally friendly' tend to produce prints that lose quality. But, the prints that GigantPrint produced kept their high image quality. We have people that walk by and ask us: 'It looks like a huge photograph… How was it done? How can anyone print those big photos?'."


Broad HP Scitex printing capabilities bring in Business

GigantPrint uses the HP Scitex LX800 Printer mostly for polyester materials for indoor applications, as well as for its growing business of printing on vinyl for store windows. The flexibility to print with excellent quality on varied materials on one printer is enabling GigantPrint to grow its business, particularly in the retail, events and fairs segments. Gunnarson attributes four new large customers to GigantPrint's HP Latex printing capabilities and estimates that sales are up 20- 30 percent as a result.

The royal wedding project was too large for just one machine. So, along with its HP Latex Ink printers, GigantPrint also put its HP Scitex FB6700 Printer and its two HP Scitex XP5100 Printers to work on the wedding signage. This enabled it to produce the huge amount of signage on polyester, canvas, paper, and backlit film and gain excellent, consistent quality and colour across the entire project.

Beyond the large royal wedding, having an array of HP Scitex printers is an important strategic advantage for GigantPrint. "The HP Scitex XP5100 Printers and the HP Scitex LX800 and LX600 Printers make it easy for us to sell new products because the machines produce high quality, are efficient and very fast, and the HP Latex Ink printers help us answer growing environmental concerns," says Gunnarson.


(1) This printer can print on HP recyclable media. HP offers the HP Large-format Media take-back program in the U.S. and Europe, through which most HP recyclable signage media can be returned. Availability varies. Some recyclable papers can be recycled through commonly available recycling programmes. For details visit www.hp.com/recycle.


swissQprint Impala to appear Stateside at SGIA

Swissqprint Impala

Polytype America Corp. will introduce the New Impala UV flatbed printer manufactured by its Swiss partner, SwissQprint at the SGIA show in booth # 135. The Impala was introduced in Europe at the FESPA show last June and enjoyed a very enthusiastic reception while setting a new standard for price, performance and quality in a fully featured printer.

The Impala is the next generation printer from swissQprint and is based on its very successful Oryx UV flatbed printer. The new Impala while similar to the Oryx uses print heads that have twice the number of nozzles and as a result will run twice as fast in most cases. The Impala utilizes 14 picoliter ink drop print heads with up to 2048 jets per color that delivers great quality at high print speed. With its max speed of 1441 sqft/hr the Impala sets a new standard in its class for performance. Typical production printing at high print quality ranges from 387 to 720 sqft/hr at resolutions of 720x720 dpi and 720x360 dpi.

The Impala print head configuration is very flexible starting with a base configuration of four heads running CMYK ink up to 18 heads with two head per color running six color (CMYK, lc, lm), white ink, varnish and primer. This gives the user ultimate flexibility to start with an affordable basic machine and be able to upgrade the speed, color or specialty applications when they need it.

The Impala has the same size adjustable vacuum bed as the Oryx, 99x59 inches. It also uses the same table registration system and software that allows for easy registration of multiple up files and double sided printing. Due to the true flatbed design the printer will allow you to print full bleed images as well.

The Impala offers a full eight-foot-wide roll-to-roll option that doubles as an oversized board transport system. The Amber software has a print queue for unattended printing of roll goods. There is an encoder wheel that tracks the movement of the roll material and if necessary will micro-adjust the beam position assuring band free printing.

When printing oversized boards on the mesh transport the encoder wheel is engaged to provide accurate feedback to micro-adjust the position of the beam eliminating media step banding.

The New Impala UV flatbed will be in operation in the Polytype America Corp. booth # 135 at the SGIA show on October 13-15, 2010.

Roland VersaUV LEC-330 now supported by GMG colour management

Lec 330

GMG, a leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, and Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, have announced that the GMG printer driver for the UV-LED inkjet printer&cutter VersaUV LEC-330, which allows the fast creation of perfect mockups, is now available.

Working together, the Roland VersaUV LEC-330 and GMG color management offer players in the packaging and labeling market – including printers, design agencies, advertising agencies, repro houses, and brand owners – ground-breaking solutions for prototyping, mockup and small batch production of packaging and labeling.

The VersaUV LEC-330 supports a wide variety of substrates including paper, paper compounds, transparent films, aluminum foils, PE and PET foils, plastic, polycarbonate and other rigid substrates which are used for offset, flexography, roto-gravure and screen print production. High-opacity ECO-UV White ink is ideal for transparent media, allowing users to print brilliant colors on dark and transparent substrates. With the ECO-UV Clear ink, users can simulate gloss and matte finishes, embossed effects, and spot varnishing.

GMG color management, providing unrivaled quality and repeatability, enables the VersaUV LEC-330 to achieve a visual match, locally and at remote locations, with the main print processes such as flexography, offset and gravure printing – even for spot colors. It ensures the highest repeatability by calibrating target printers within tight tolerances. Furthermore, the simulation of cardboard, paper structure and register variations is supported to achieve color-accurate mockups with the VersaUV LEC-330.

Compared with traditional systems for mockup creation in the packaging and label market, the Roland/GMG solution produces highly color-accurate mockups at a fraction of current costs.

New Print Modes for SwissQprint Oryx UV Flatbed

Swissqprint Oryx Uv Flatbed

SwissQPrint has created several new print modes for its Oryx UV flatbed printers that increase the maximum print speed up to 77 square metres an hour (828 sqft/hr). This feature will be demonstrated at the SGIA show in Polytype booth #135.

The print modes offer additional production print speed choices of 25 and 38 sq.m/hr (269 and 408 sq ft/hr) with a usable draft mode of 77 sq.m/hr (828 sqft/hr) printing with all modes running 720x360 dpi resolution. The current production print modes of the Oryx are 12 and 18 sq.m/hr (129 and 193 sqft/hr) at 720x720 dpi resolution.

"The significance of these new print modes is an increase in production speed of at least 40 percent while maintaining the highest quality," said Bill Grambsch, sales manager, Polytype. "In addition the Amber print control software is able map out and compensate for any missing nozzles in the print head. This jet mapping feature is the key to getting consistent production speeds. If you buy a printer based on its single pass print mode, experience tells us that eventually one or more jets will clog over time and without the ability to map out the missing jets and compensate for them you will have to slow down your printing speed to get the same quality. With the Oryx you can count on high level production speeds for many years to come."

The Oryx printer uses 14 picoliter ink drop size print heads with up to 1024 jets per color and delivers great quality at high speed. With its maximum speed of 828 sqft/hr the Oryx is a great price/performance value. Typical production printing at high print quality ranges from 193 to 408 sqft/hr at resolutions of 720x720 and 720x360 dpi.

The Oryx print head configuration is very flexible starting with a base configuration of four heads running CMYK up to 16 heads with two heads per color running six colors (CMYKlclm), white ink, and varnish. This gives the user ultimate flexibility to start with an affordable base machine and be able to upgrade the speed, color or varnish for specialty applications when they need it.

The Oryx has an adjustable vacuum bed of 99x59 inches with a table registration system that allows for easy registration of multiple up printing and double sided printing as well as full bleed printing capability.

The Oryx offers a full eight-foot-wide roll-to-roll option that doubles as an oversized board transport system. The Amber software has a queue system for unattended printing of roll goods. There is an encoder wheel that tracks the movement of roll material and if necessary will micro-adjust the beam position assuring band free printing.

When printing oversized boards using the roll mesh to transport boards though the printer the encoder wheel is engaged to provide accurate feedback to manage micro-adjustments of the beam eliminating media step banding.

SwissQprint UV flatbed printers will be on display in the Polytype America Corp. booth #135 at the SGIA show October 13-15, 2010.