20 Sep 2019

Canon imagePROGRAF Large Format Printers Capture 3 BERTL Best Awards

 

Canon Bertl Best

Canon, a leader in digital imaging, has announced the achievement of three "BEST" distinctions for the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8300, iPF6350 and iPF6300 large format printers from BERTL, Inc. as part of the industry analyst firm's 15th Annual Awards. Based upon their extraordinary image quality, enhanced image processing capability and advanced printing technologies including the new LUCIA EX pigment ink set, the BERTL "BEST" recognition builds upon the recent Five-Star "Exceptional" ratings earned by the new models as the imagePROGRAF line continues to establish its position as leading solution for end-users serving the most demanding customers.

"Canon U.S.A. is proud to receive the BERTL BEST award for providing large format solutions that meet the color quality, precision and workflow needs of graphic arts and photography professionals, " said Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manger, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. "Since its launch, the imagePROGRAF line has established itself as the preferred choice for professionals seeking a highly-versatile, easy-to-navigate solution capable of delivering extraordinary color-intensive output."

To deliver extraordinary image quality across an expanded range of media types, the new imagePROGRAF models feature a Media Configuration Tool that enhances the precision and quality of output achieved with third-party and genuine Canon-branded applications. Additional print options and improved photographic output capabilities are delivered through bundled print plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop® and Canon's Digital Photo Professional that support Adobe's Color Management Module. These functions enable features such as Black Point Compensation, which affects the way Photoshop displays and works with colors to improve color conversions that are critical for reproduction in the graphic arts. Each new model allows 16-bit RGB images, edited in Photoshop, to be sent directly to the imagePROGRAF printers – preserving smooth and high gradation.

The imagePROGRAF iPF6350 and iPF6300 printers are compliant with U.S. ENERGY STAR energy-saving standards and RoHS compliance standards. To learn more about Canon's full line of ENERGY STAR qualified and certified products and other environmental initiatives, please visit www.usa.canon.com.

BERTL, Inc. is an independent analyst firm and testing lab that reviews current product lines and new product introductions bestowing performance-based ratings to devices based on 11 testing criteria: Build Quality, Network Administration, Security, Workflow, Finish, Ease of Use, Media Handling, Printing, Image Quality, Features, and Price.

 

HP’s Designjet L25500 Printer Helps MTex Win New Customers

Lamborghini L25500

Night-time image of a Lamborghini printed by MTex using the HP Designjet L25500 Printer

 

Challenge

  • Grow business and expand customer offerings
  • Increase media selection and find a printer that can print on a wide range of substrates
  • Find a large format printer that covers a wide range of applications

Solution

 

  • HP Designjet L25500 Printer with HP Latex Inks
  • Photographic reproduction on many substrates
  • Wide choice of HP large format printing materials

 

Results

 

  • Significantly broadened product portfolio and media types for new applications
  • Shorter turnaround, faster response time and instantly dry prints for post-processing
  • Higher image quality and deeper, darker black tones
  • Reduced environmental impact

 

 

Increased customer base and acquisition of new print jobs

First impressions are important and Heiko Goetz, owner of MTex Goetz + Goetz knows how to create a good one. Customers entering his print shop are greeted by a large showroom where a gallery of impressive prints and applications are on display. Originally founded as a print shop for textiles, apparels and "just a few" large format prints, over the last nine years MTex has evolved into a well respected print shop in the Hamburg region, with a reputation for high-quality large format prints and innovative applications.

The company's growth and market reach was further boosted when MTex invested in the new HP Designjet L25500 Printer. "When we heard about the new HP Latex technology and specifically the HP Designjet L25500 Printer, we had to try it for ourselves. We wanted a replacement for our solvent printer that offered the same or even better quality for photographic printing, yet without the environmental issues," explains Heiko Goetz, owner, MTex. "As the machine requires no special ventilation and the inks contain no HAPs it has created a much healthier working environment for my employees, who immediately commented on the improvement in their working conditions."

The L25500 is capable of printing a wide range of applications - from indoor point-of-purchase displays, exhibition graphics and interior décor like wall murals and fabrics to outdoor banners, bus shelters and vehicle wraps. In addition, the optimised media selection offers 19 substrates, including seven recyclable substrates and several PVC-free alternatives. HP even offers a free, convenient programme for recycling Original HP ink cartridges and printheads and prints produced on HP recyclable media.

"The printer's high speed and the ability to print on various media including photo paper, canvas, films and textiles were a decisive factor in our decision. We have been looking for a large format printer that can do anything and everything that is required by our customers," said Goetz. "We no longer have speed or quality issues and our customers are more than delighted when they receive their jobs."

The outstanding image quality of up to 1200 dpi and wide colour gamut helps to create eye-catching graphics with rich hues and vibrant tones. The prints also have a durability and display-permanence of up to three years outdoors without lamination comparable with eco-solvent inks. Printing with odourless water-based HP Latex inks can be applied to indoor and outdoor applications. Latex inks are environmentally friendly and reduce or eliminate many of the health and safety issues of conventional solvent and eco-solvent printers. Integrated heating and drying units help ensure that prints are instantly dry and can be processed instantly thus shortening turnaround times.

These attributes helped MTex secure jobs, which it could not previously have won. The company recently won the job of printing a series of in-store graphics for Porsche. "Several print service providers were asked to print a night-time image of a Lamborghini racing through an Italian town, showing the reflection of a Madonna on its bonnet," explained Goetz. "We printed the tests using our L25500 on several different substrates. The customer was speechless on seeing the depth of the black, the vivid colours and consistent, high-quality print across all of the substrates. It won us the prestigious job hands-down."

Speeds of up to 22.8sqm/h and a maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi as well as HP's Double Swath technology result in elimination of swath-to-swath banding and accurate and vivid images, with a fast turnaround time. In addition, the machine maximises uptime by offering user-replaceable printheads.

On one occasion Goetz recalls that a group of photographers were looking for a new print service provider that could offer fast turnarounds whilst maintaining an extremely high, photographic quality output. MTex's new L25500 printer exceeded expectations, and now the company prints exclusively for this group of photographers. Recently MTex won the account to print for Photohaus, an art gallery, gaining the artists trust enough to allow them to print and distribute orders direct to their customers.

The L25500 has revolutionised MTex's business, allowing it to break into new markets by being able to offer innovative applications and high-quality prints with environmental credentials.

"We have been printing everything and anything on the L25500 including textiles, films, backlit and cast vinyl and all the results have been stunning - be it car wraps, motorbike helmet prints, backlit and other applications. We have not found anything that it can't print with stunning results," continues Goetz. "I predict that anyone who runs more than a pure copy shop will love this machine. The ease of use, high-quality and environmental friendliness, as well as longer lasting printheads, are just some of the benefits that have resulted in a constantly growing customer base at our company."

 

 

Leading Greek signage company invests in Grapo Technologies wide format UV flatbed printer

Grapo Manta

Grapo Technologies, a manufacturer of wide format printers based in the Czech Republic, is proud to announce that Georgiadis Colorsign, a leading Greek signage company, last week installed the Manta, the company’s large format UV flatbed printer. With the ability to print on almost any type of material, the Manta paves the way for a whole new range of innovative signage and advertising in the Greek market.

Established in 1992, Georgiadis Colorsign has been delivering customised signage solutions to the Greek advertising market for more than 18 years. With innovation as a cornerstone of its success, the company has earned a reputation for delivering visual impact by combining the latest technology with creative thinking. The addition of the Grapo Manta to its existing fleet of printing machines reinforces this successful strategy, opening up a whole new range of creative design opportunities for both the company and its clients.

“With the Manta, there are virtually no limits,” says Nikos Georgiadis, Managing Director of Georgiadis Colorsign. “We can now offer our clients a new level of innovation and create real visual impact by printing on all kinds of materials and formats. Point-of-Sale advertising will be just one of many applications where we can put this technology to work, “adds Georgiadis. “Checkouts are often the only place where cigarette brands, for example, can reach their target audience. The Manta’s ability to create unusual eye-catching signage is just made for this task.”

With its 3x2m flatbed design and the ability to handle media thicknesses up to 60mm, the Manta can print directly on rigid, heavy and odd-shaped materials including those with structural surfaces such as wood, metal, plexiglass, glass, ceramic and carpet.

Right price, good quality, fast response

The close partnership between Georgiadis Colorsign and Grapo Technologies has been formed over a number of years. “To be successful today, a company needs three things,” says Georgiadis. “The right price (not too cheap, not too expensive), good quality and responsiveness. Grapo has all three.”

During the run up to the Olympics there was increased demand for high quality printing in Greece. Today, with the economic downturn, the same demand for quality remains, but the focus is also on price. “With its 720dpi print resolution, the Manta delivers almost photographic quality with natural skin tones and sharp vibrant colours,” comments Georgiadis. “Its quality is on par with the big-name brands in the industry, but it comes at an affordable price.”

After sales support

Georgiadis also points out that Grapo Technologies is not a product company: “Grapo seems to understand that they are not in the business of just delivering products,” says Georgiadis. “They’re in the service business, and this is particularly important to companies in our line of business,” adds Georgiadis. “If we need more ink, we need to get a price today. If we have a technical problem, we need engineers down here to fix it straight away. Providing this after sales support is where Garpo stands apart from the rest of the pack.”

Enhanced productivity

While quality and the ability to create unique, eye-catching signage are key elements, overall production throughput is critical in running a successful printing operation. The Manta has been specifically designed to keep preparation time to a minimum – ensuring optimum production efficiency. With no minimum print area, smaller items can be placed on the working desk without having to cover up the empty area – as with other flatbed printers on the market today. Use of Grapo Svang inks also ensures strong adhesion to printing media eliminating the need for any pre-coating.

The Manta also features a unique twin-mode function, which enables operators to print on one half of the working desk, while preparing the next job on the other – further enhancing productivity. Its vacuum system holds material firmly in place for perfect registration, even with multiple and bidirectional printing.

Featuring a printing speed of up to 110 square meters per hour, the Manta is the fastest printer in its class. Use of UV-curable inks produces instant-dry prints ready to cut and apply.

Spandex Promotion Invites Printers to Trade-up to Epson GS6000

Epson Gs6000 Productshot Spandex

With printers constantly seeking increased competitiveness in an economy yet to enjoy full recovery, Spandex is currently running a promotion which enables large format/sign businesses to receive up to £4,000 (€5,000) for their old printer, when trading-up to the new Epson GS6000 Pro.

Thanks to a new 8-colour ink set, the Epson GS6000 offers the widest colour gamut to date, enabling print businesses to produce photo-realistic colours at 1440x1440 dpi and with a 3.7 pl droplet size for fine art/indoor applications. The Epson GS6000 also offers outstanding outdoor durability and includes a performance guarantee of up to five-years on fleet graphics.

“Quite simply, the Epson GS6000 is the game-changer that allows printers to meet the needs of brand owners and marketers who are always looking to maximise the wow factor of their printed campaigns with stunning off-the-wall applications”, says Leon Watson, Director of Sales & Marketing – Hardware at Spandex. “These superior performance and quality attributes, coupled with such a great cashback incentive, mean that our customers benefit from a win-win opportunity.”

Spandex invites customers to call 0800 77 26 33 or visit www.spandex.com to find out how much their old printer is worth and take advantage of this special promotion, which will run until 31st August 2010.

 

SDC Reprographics expands customer offering with integrated digital solution from Fujifilm

Acuity Advance Hd 2545
SDC Reprographics Ltd, a digital printing firm based in Sutton, Surrey, has invested in a Xerox DocuColor 7002 digital printer and Duplo Digital System 445 booklet maker, both from Fujifilm. This investment, the second with Fujifilm in the last 12 months (after the installation of a Fujifilm Acuity Advance HD2545 in January 2010), will allow SDC Print to offer its customers a larger variety of small format options, including A5, A4 and A3 booklets, leaflets and flyers, in shorter turnaround times.
“As a wholly digital production firm, we continually look at different opportunities to increase our presence and service offering in the market,” says Julie Carter, managing director at SDC Reprographics. “In January, we chose Fujifilm’s Acuity Advance wide-format device to replace our old printer, as it produces high quality print directly onto a large number of substrates, including banners and boards. The fantastic service and support we received led to us approaching Fujifilm again at Ipex 2010 when we were looking into small format digital and finishing devices.”
She continues: “At Ipex, we were able to look at all of the key players in the digital printing market. The DocuColor 7002, however, was unique in that it can duplex 300gsm card. This, together with its incomparable high quality print, will not only allow us to make massive savings on time, but also gives us the ability to offer our customers shorter turnaround times.
“During our discussions with Fujifilm, they listened carefully to what we wanted to achieve and suggested an offline finishing solution. The Duplo device slotted in nicely with the DocuColor 7002 and, as Fujifilm had already proved to be a reliable partner with our first investment, the decision to order from them again wasn’t a hard one to make.”
Docucolor7002
The DocuColor 7002 is an all-in-one digital colour press that can handle a wide range of stock, produce high-quality output and offer advanced, versatile finishing options. It has an output speed of up to 70ppm on all stock, with weights ranging between 60gsm-300gsm.
Duplo’s Digital System 445 is an economical booklet making device for digital colour print that cuts, creases and makes booklets in one pass. It has 15 different programmes that offer ‘load and go’ unattended operation, including side trimming, producing CD size booklets and square spine finishes.
“Fujifilm’s product offering is of a very high quality, and together with its standard of service, is proving to be a trusted partner for our digital printing needs,” says Julie. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Fujifilm in the future.”

Cuestión de Imagen installs HP Scitex FB6100 Printer

Cuestion De Imagen

HP today announced that Cuestión de imagen, based in Mérida, Spain, has installed an HP Scitex FB6100 Printer to encourage the expansion of its digital printing services across Spain.

Cuestión de imagen was established in Fuenlabrada, Madrid, in 1994, to service local customers from the architecture, interior design, marketing and advertising industries. As part of the company's plan to extend its services across Spain, it moved to new premises in 1997 and developed a policy of investing in technologies that create new business opportunities. After successfully producing general commercial print items, including digital photo prints and photo-specialty items, the company decided that it wanted to offer its customers an extended portfolio of products. The new applications the company can produce include indoor and outdoor signage; point-of-sale and point-of-purchase displays; billboards; building wraps and display graphics.

The HP Scitex FB6100 Printer is highly versatile. It can print directly onto almost any rigid media, or heavy specialty media, including; foam board, PVC, corrugated plastic, MDO, MDF, glass, wood and metal. Its ability to convert from a flatbed to a roll-to-roll machine enables Cuestión de imagen to print on flexible substrates such as vinyl, paper, mesh and banners. The simple changeover mechanism enables fast and easy switching between the rigid and roll-fed printing modes.

"When we decided to purchase a large format printer we conducted a comprehensive assessment of the different technologies on the market, to find one that inspired trust in not only the printer but also the company behind it," said Pedro Torres, creative manager, Cuestión de imagen. "After visiting HP's demo centre in Sant Cugat, we had every confidence that its after-sales care and support would meet our needs, so we opted for the HP Scitex FB6100 Printer. Our investigation showed that its combination of high-quality and adaptability - printing on an almost unlimited range of substrates - is focused to a versatile production environment such as ours and perfectly matched our needs. We believed that this printer would enable us to win new business and this has already proven to be the case. Now more than 80 percent of our production uses rigid substrates."

The FB6100 enables users switch between four- and eight- colour or six-colour plus white printing, for increased flexibility and cost-effectiveness, depending on the job that is being produced. Designed to maximise productivity, the FB6100 offers Cuestión de imagen fast print speeds of up to 100m2 per hour in four-colour, combined with multi-sheet printing for rigid media such as pre-cut boards with a 3.2x2m table. The printer eliminates drying time, using highly durable UV-curable inks. Printed output can be handled, stacked and finished instantly, for immediate delivery.

"Since installing our FB6100 we have experienced a significant productivity increase," said Torres. "We have worked hard to establish a reputation for finding innovative and creative solutions for our customer's requirements. Many of the jobs we are now asked to produce are urgent, short-run work and by using our new press, we can offer faster turnaround times and high quality. Our customers are delighted."