22 Feb 2019

Bluejet chooses Inca Onset S20 wide format printer

Bluejet Onset

Bluejet Print, based in Gdansk, recently became the first Polish printer to install an Inca Onset S20 wide format flatbed UV device in December 2010, with production started early January. This installation enables the digital print service provider to jump to the top of the list of key wide format print providers in Poland, with four times the capacity they had before and the ability to offer digital print that will match in quality with both screen and offset printing.

Having seen rapid growth since starting the family business eight years ago, Piotr Kaczorowski, executive chairman, explains how the company came to place an order for the Onset device: "POS is a fast growing market in Poland, and we wanted to invest in a device that will allow us to provide high quality print at a competitive price and turnaround time. Our previous hybrid printer just couldn't keep up with the work anymore and we wanted something that would allow us much greater capacity."

Piotr and his team spent a great deal of time investigating suitable devices on the market, which included visiting Fujifilm's Broadstairs facility to carry out tests on the Onset S20.

"We thoroughly evaluated device throughput, quality, costs and track record of every printer we tested, and in doing so the Onset S20 won hands-down," continues Piotr. "That, together with the comprehensive service contract they offered, clinched the deal with Fujifilm."

Before the Onset S20 was installed in December 2010, Bluejet relocated to new premises in order to house the flatbed device - another step by the owners to prove their ambition to grow the business and take it to the next level.

The Onset S20, a UV curing inkjet flatbed printer, is the most recent high performance addition to the Onset family which has changed the face of the wide format industry. Developed to meet the demands of customers for rigid print between 1500 to 4000m2 per day onto substrates of 3.14m x 1.6m and up to 50mm thick, the six-colour device has enabled UV digital flatbed to become an economical method of producing high-impact visual images, and produces far more print than any other digital flatbed printer currently available. The Onset S20 has an ever growing customer base, using the device for its superb quality, flexibility and finish.

It uses Fujifilm's own Uvijet inks to produce prints to match the sheet fed offset colour standard ISO 12647-2, enabling the production of consistent results, regardless of the print process used. In addition, the Onset S20, in combination with Uvijet inks, also features gloss level control to produce finishes from matt, through satin to high gloss depending on application, bringing massive versatility in the range of products that can be printed, e.g. display POP, exhibition graphics, backlit/frontlit displays and outdoor signage printing.

"We are extremely excited about the new possibilities we can offer to both new and existing customers," concludes Piotr. "The Onset S20 allows us to compete with other key wide format print providers on the market, which isn't something we could do until now. Fujifilm has already proved a very reliable business partner and we look forward to building this relationship with them in the years to come."

Bluetree Design & Print invests in UV-curable HP Scitex FB7500 printer

Hp Scitex Fb7500

The question of how to take the benefit from the speed of screen printing with the convenience and versatility of digital production was answered for Rotherham-based display specialist Bluetree Design & Print when it invested in a UV-curable HP Scitex FB7500 Printer.

Already well-versed in inkjet technology, the addition of this highly productive industrial flat-bed solution now means that the company can produce all run lengths effortlessly at speeds of up to 500m/hr. Additionally, Bluetree is benefiting from the ability to include versioning and variable data into its applications so that customised jobs from short runs up to volumes of several thousand can be output from a single data file.

A former screen printing specialist, Bluetree evolved from producing very high-quality four-colour work to wide format digital in order to cater for shorter runs and greater versatility. The company's initial investment in inkjet technology was the result of an investment plan started in 2004. Since then, it has grown steadily and now incorporates UV-curable printing onto both rigid and flexible materials.

In order to continue this development, the company recognised that further investment into wide format technology was essential to increase its capacity, improve output quality and gain higher throughput speeds regardless of run length. Bluetree moved the majority of its digital production to a new site, continuing its screen printing work at its existing Rotherham base and these original premises now also house its HP Scitex FB7500.

In 2007, with at least 30 percent of its production being output digitally, Bluetree again assessed its future and acknowledged that further expansion of its digital printing capability was essential.

"The company was in a strong position as a leading supplier of high-quality point-of-sale, signs and general displays but we realised that we'd reached the point where we needed to evolve in order to continue on our growth path," said Bryan Shirley, director, Bluetree Design & Print. "This evolution meant that we needed to invest in greater wide format inkjet capacity."

During Bluetree's next investment phase in 2009, thorough investigations were made into the faster, more productive, versatile wide format machines coming to market and this coincided with the introduction of the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer. Shirley and his team visited a beta site to see the system in operation as well as viewing demonstrations at its launch at FESPA Digital 2009, and decided this solution was best suited to the company's demanding requirements.

"We looked at the options available which were designed for fast throughput that could match the high-quality of our screen printing, but one of the deciding factors that contributed to our decision to choose the HP Scitex FB7500 was the quality of finish," explained Shirley. "In particular, we preferred the UV-curable ink on this machine and its appearance across a range of different materials."

The automation incorporated into the printer was another important aspect for Bluetree, as the loading and stacking elements are included in this machine. Designed for heavy-duty production cycles and fast change-over, the company's FB7500 often runs 24 hours a day, with minimal supervision, providing consistent high quality across a range of different jobs.

One of the disadvantages of screen printing is that, as an analogue process, it isn't possible to output customised jobs where variable elements need to be incorporated as part of the overall print. Using HP's SmartStream Designer plug-in with Adobe CS5 InDesign gives Bluetree the versatility it needs to merge personalised data as part of an overall graphic application.

A typical example was the production of more than 5,300 self-adhesive signs, each of which contained individual information yet was output as a single application on the HP Scitex FB7500. The job, produced for a leading regional public transport company, enables bus passengers to text a unique code to a central number. This notifies the drivers that there are people waiting to be collected at the stop, identified numerically in the text message.

The high performance HP Scitex FB7500 was developed to promote the transition from analogue to digital production in a three-quarters automatic solution which accommodates material loading and unloading. With output speeds of up to 500m/hr this six-colour wide format printer benefits from HP's proprietary X2 MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) printhead technology and specially developed UVcurable inks.

With an optimum native resolution of 500dpi, the FB7500's drop-on-demand piezoelectric inkjet technology ensures consistent, high-quality results across a broad range of rigid and flexible sheets up to a maximum sheet size of 1.65 x 3.2m and thicknesses of 25mm. Typical materials include card stocks, corrugated and fluted boards, polystyrene, self-adhesive vinyls, coated and uncoated papers and PVCs.

"The addition of the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer has enabled us to move our original screen printing and wide format digital business into a new dimension where we can increase versatility and output opportunities across all run lengths," concluded Shirley. "This investment has lived up to its promise, giving us speed and quality in a robust, dependable printer. We've been so impressed with its performance, we're considering purchasing a second machine."

Challenge

  • Add versatility to existing screen printing and digital capabilities
  • Increase throughput with faster job change-over
  • Incorporate variable data and customisation
  • Maintain colour fidelity and accuracy

Solution

  • HP Scitex FB7500 Printer with UVcurable inks

Results

  • Greater flexibility on all run lengths
  • Fast personalisation with HP SmartStream Designer
  • Production speeds of up to 500m/hr
  • Maintain 24/7 operation
     

Heidelberg USA to distribute EFI VUTEk printers

Vutek Gs5000r

EFI and Heidelberg USA, Inc. today announced a new agreement under which Heidelberg will distribute the VUTEk GS series of superwide format digital printers to the commercial print market across the U.S.
 
Under the agreement, Heidelberg USA will distribute EFI’s VUTEk GS2000, GS3200, and GS5000r as well as the inks, parts, consumables, accessories and upgrades related to these printers. Heidelberg will also provide customer and technical support for the VUTEk GS series of printers including installation and training.
 
EFI is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial, packaging, in-plant and specialty printers worldwide. Heidelberg is the world's leading solutions provider for the print media industry. The company manufactures sheetfed press systems as well as prepress and postpress components, software and consumables for all printing applications.
 
"We're excited to enter into this distribution agreement with Heidelberg USA. It allows us to bring Heidelberg customers our award-winning superwide format digital printers," said Frank Mallozzi, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. "Commercial printers are looking for ways to distinguish themselves and offer their clients more diversified products and services. Now we can reach those companies through a broader network."
 
Heidelberg USA will have a GS3200 in its North American Print & Packaging Technology Center (NAPPTC) for demonstrations. The machine will be integrated into a complete Prinect workflow and will be colour managed by Heidelberg’s Prinect Color Toolbox which has recently been awarded the IDEAlliance G7 System Certification. Customers will benefit from a single workflow that drives a digital device and an offset press with the result being a colour matched output from both.
 
“Wide and superwide format printing are high-growth opportunities and Heidelberg has the right workflow, colour management, service and Saphira consumables expertise needed to integrate these technologies into a print production environment,” said James Martin, senior vice president, marketing, Heidelberg USA. “EFI is a leader in the superwide space and together with Heidelberg we can bring a best-in-class portfolio to our customers.”

Joseph Merritt & Company selects HP Scitex LX800 to meet FDA and EU regulation requirements

Hp Scitex Lx800

Federal regulations recently set forth by the FDA and European Union (EU) have limited or completely banned the types of material that can be exposed in certain applications. Such materials currently found in most plastics used in the printing industry are Phthalates and heavy metals including but not limited to lead, cadmium, and arsenic. To meet this new requirement, the Joseph Merritt & Company and the team at Merritt Graphics placed the revolutionary latex-ink printer from HP, the HP Scitex LX800, into service at its Hartford facility on Monday, December 13, 2010. For its clients, Merritt can now eliminate the trade-offs between solvent and water-based inks providing high quality printing from banners and vehicle wraps to billboards using HP Latex inks. One client in particular required Merritt to produce thousands of completely hazard-free banners to be distributed worldwide. The HP Latex ink print process meets this need and eliminates solvent emissions or VOC emissions. The HP Scitex LX800 Printer addresses the demands for a clean print process.

"In recent years, our efforts were spent working with our suppliers to develop 'banner material' that met the criteria set by the FDA and EU. This year [our client] has put a limitation on the types of inks used for the printed product," stated Ed Perry, president & CEO of Joseph Merritt. "Although, a UV-cured process may be considered safe, it just wasn't enough. HP had the solution with the latex printer."

With the ability to print up to 1200 DPI, all clients can enjoy a variety of custom applications such as high quality printing for wall coverings, Point-of-Purchase (POP) posters, Soft Signage like flags and fabric banners, Outdoor and Event graphics, Vehicle Wraps, and light boxes.

As companies across the country start to recover from a turbulent economy, many printing businesses have not been so lucky. "Diversification. That is the key to be successful and ultimately stay in business," said Perry. "There are many firms in our industry that focus on one style of printing or industry, be it offset, small-format, large-format, or blueprinting, for example." Perry explained that when he bought Joseph Merritt in the late 80s he vowed to diversify what was exclusively a blueprinting company serving the Architects, Engineers, and Contractors in the Hartford area since 1908. "We'd be out of business today, if we still only did blueprinting. Instead we made a conscious decision to become a digital print, marketing/creative services, and imaging firm offering a variety of high quality solutions." With the addition of the HP Scitex LX800 Printer, that circle is quickly becoming full and this eight-location Northeast firm continues to amaze clients across the nation.

 

Vertis Communications adds state-of-the-art digital equipment

Hp Scitex Fb7500

Vertis Communications, a results-driven marketing communications company that delivers inventive advertising, direct marketing and interactive solutions to prominent brands across North America, today announced the addition of three large format digital printing systems in its Irvine, Calif., integrated media solutions facility: two HP Scitex printers and an MGE digital finishing system.

Already an industry leader in helping clients leverage large format promotional marketing-such as POP / POS displays, in-store signage, fleet graphics and out-of-home-the installation of the HP Scitex printers and MGE finishing equipment advances Vertis' suite of end-to-end capabilities. The technology will increase print quality and format options, streamline production time, and reduce waste.

"Our clients turn to Vertis for the development of exciting and engaging large format communication programs that raise consumer awareness of products and services, or draw attention to promotional offers," said Michael Kucharski, senior vice president and general manager of integrated media solutions for Vertis Communications. "The addition of the HP equipment allows Vertis to quickly turn around the highest quality large format campaigns, including those requiring a wide range of output materials or significant volume and customisation. The result is an unprecedented ability to deliver the creative and high-impact campaigns demanded by our customers."

The equipment advancements provide marketers added time to complete creative designs and plans by significantly shortening turnaround for large-scale projects. With enhanced production capacity, national brand marketers with large volume requirements can now economically shift to more regionalised or personalised marketing initiatives. The broader range of materials that can be printed on allows boundless creative options for clients' marketing messages.

The HP Scitex FB7500 Printer offers the benefits of digital printing in production environments, helping to reduce project turnaround time and deliver high quality output for large volumes of complex POP/POS applications on a wide variety of substrates. Reducing idle time between sheets by up to 75 percent, and requiring only one operator, the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer has the capacity to handle industrial-scale projects in a fraction of the time and with reduced costs.

The HP Scitex LX800 Printer sets a new image-quality standard for industrial large-format production. It is the largest, most productive HP Latex Ink device to date, allowing for direct printing on vinyl, wallpaper and polyester fabrics, including unlined flags. The HP Scitex LX800 Printer and HP Latex inks offer consistent image quality while delivering stellar performance in terms of productivity, size, durability and media choices. Supporting a broader range of applications than traditional printing technologies, this device provides more versatility and helps reduce the impact of printing on the environment.

The MGE i-XL Kongsberg digital finishing system for short-run production offers unmatched digital finishing performance, versatility and durability for the large format materials printed by the new HP Scitex printers. The all-in-one integrated cutting head allows for processing of sheets or boards up to 87" by 120" and features automatic surface mapping for improved quality and throughput, including cutting, routing and creasing for complex large format shapes.

As part of the Integrated Media Solutions division, Vertis' Irvine location offers a full service, state-of-the-art facility featuring comprehensive turnkey services including premedia and creative development, digital and large format printing, and project fulfillment and distribution. The facility specialises in POP/POS display graphics for the retail industry, including 3-dimensional structural graphics, roller shades, standees, banners, posters, pop-ups, signs and fleet graphics. The location is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, offering many eco-friendly alternatives, such as the new HP Scitex LX800 Printer.

Meyers adds new 98" Durst 8-colour UV digital printer

Durst Rho 900

Minneapolis based Meyers, a leading producer of innovative retail marketing solutions, has purchased a new Durst Rho 900 High Speed Automated Printing System. Installation is scheduled for March.

"As part of our $10 million dollar investment in technology, which also includes a new KBA, 81" litho press scheduled for early Spring of 2011, the new 8-colour Super-Large Digital Printer is designed and engineered specifically for the in-store signage and display segments of retail marketing," says Fred Silloway, president of Meyers Retail Marketing Solutions Group. "This investment closely aligns the needs of our customers with our growing core competencies and demonstrates a clear path to market leadership."

The new printer produces extra-large format, high-quality products in a highly cost efficient manner. With its 8-colour UV printing capability, the new printing system will accurately reproduce corporate colours and skin tones. Setting it apart from previous generations of Super Large Format printers is its high speed and exceptional ability to reproduce very small text and fine lines. It will print sheets of almost any substrate up to 98" wide and up to 2" thick. The new printer is significant because its high degree of automation brings massive efficiencies to the production of printed sheets, and with its UV drying capabilities, it will print on any substrate. The new printer will be supported by a new digital die-cutter/router, as well. Perfect for any work requiring digital printing, the new 8-colour Super-Large Digital Printer is especially effective for prototype work, store sets, variable imaging, market specific graphics or any kind of short run, quick-response work.

A number of important factors were considered before selecting the new 8-colour Super-Large Digital Printer. A key requirement was that any new technology must support the Meyers' Lean/ Quick Response system, and by reducing cycle time and thus delivering promotional signage and display solutions to the market even faster.

"Our high level of success is due to our innovation and to the partnerships that we forge with our Fortune 500 Retail and Brand Marketer customers," says Silloway. "We're very responsive to their needs; it's been said that we continually generate long term value by creating highly effective solutions in a fast, low cost, easy fashion. Our new 8-colour Printing System will enhance these qualities and strengthen our commitment to our customers."