11 Jul 2020

Roland announces 64-inch VersaUV hybrid roll-to-roll and flatbed UV-LED inkjet printer


Roland DGA Corp. today introduced the 64-inch VersaUV LEJ-640 UV-LED wide-format hybrid inkjet printer. Based on award-winning VersaUV technology, the LEJ-640 prints CMYK, white and clear on virtually any substrate from roll media to half-inch thick board stocks for premium custom graphics with unique special effects and finishes. 

"As our newest addition to the VersaUV line, the LEJ-640 takes package prototyping and specialty printing to the next level with support for thick media, including corrugated cardboard, foam board  and other rigid substrates," said Hiroshi Ono, group product manager for Roland DGA Corp. "The LEJ-640 also prints and simulates embossing on virtually any flexible packaging media, as well as on a wide variety of materials used for press proofs, membrane panels, wide-format signage, POP, window displays and interior décor items."

For optimum versatility, the LEJ-640 accommodates both roll-fed and flat media substrates and comes equipped with a built-in sensor that ensures proper print head positioning. These advanced media handling systems enable flawless results on papers, films, vinyl, PET, leathers, plastics, polycarbonates and a wide range of board stocks.  Safe-to-use UV-LED lamps are energy efficient and require no warm up time. The LEJ-640 features a high-quality, artistic print mode (1440 x 1440 dpi) for images that rival offset and flexographic print quality.

The LEJ-640 is offered in three ink configurations: the standard CMYK + White + Clear configuration, CMYK + White + White for high-opacity white printing on transparent films, and CMYK + Clear + Clear for thick dimensional effects such as embossing. Clear ink can be layered to produce both gloss and matte finishes, including 72 ready-to-apply patterns from the Roland Texture Library that is part of  Roland's VersaWorks RIP software.

To ensure the ultimate in reliability, the LEJ-640 is backed by the Roland OnSupport system, which allows remote monitoring of production activities.  When a job is completed or ink runs low, an email notification is sent to any designated smart phone or computer.  Unattended operation and easy maintenance are further supported by an Automated Ink Circulation System that prevents pigments in the white ink from settling, thereby minimising waste and ensuring continuous uninterrupted printing. A built-in take-up system is also included, supporting media rolls up to 88 pounds. 

The VersaUV series also includes the 54-inch LEC-540 and 30-inch LEC-330 UV-LED inkjet printer/cutters. VersaUV technology was introduced in 2008 and has since been recognised with prestigious DPI, EDP and Label Industry Global awards for outstanding innovation.


:Jeti 3020 Titan flatbed from Agfa Graphics now offered with "FTR" flat-to-roll option

Jeti 3020 Titan

Agfa Graphics has announced another significant enhancement to its broad portfolio of UV-curable inkjet solutions with the launch of the "FTR" or flat-to-roll option for their landmark grand-format :Jeti 3020 Titan flatbed at the International Sign Expo Show (ISA) in Las Vegas, Nevada from 28 to 30, April 2011. The field-upgradeable option allows users to upgrade their printer and adds the ability to print on a wide range of uncoated and coated roll media to print banners and larger images up to 30 meters (100 ft) or even longer. The FTR option supports industry standard 126” (3.2m) wide media and can handle rolls up to 750 lbs (340 kg).

The FTR option is field-upgradeable and allows :Jeti 3020 Titan users to address new applications at any time. With the option installed, printing happens with the same high quality and resolution as on rigid materials, without losing speed. As the FTR option supports rolls up to 750 lbs (340 kg), print service providers can buy media more economically and compete in more markets. :Jeti 3020 Titan uses UV-curable inks allowing to print on a wide range of uncoated and coated roll media types like banner media, vinyl, polyester, canvas, paper, self-adhesive PVC, PVC/PA-transparent media etc.

"The FTR option has been a highly successful addition to our :Jeti 1224 HDC (high definition colour) true flatbed. We developed the same functionality for our :Jeti 3020 Titan in response to demand expressed by print service providers who wanted extra flexibility from their equipment," states Richard Barham, Vice President for Inkjet Systems at Agfa Graphics. "With the pace of technology, our customers need to know that their investment will be protected. With the scalability of the :Jeti 3020 Titan and now the field upgradeable flat-to-roll option, our customers will maintain a competitive edge with an option that will provide maximum flexibility."

The Agfa Graphics :Jeti 3020 Titan true flatbed features a maximum print area of 126" x 79" (3.2 x 2 m) and Ricoh Gen 4 greyscale print heads resulting in fast, high quality CMYK output with the ability to deliver 1200 dpi for photorealistic image quality.  For upgradeability, users can start with a base configuration of 16 heads and upgrade all the way to 48 heads at any time to achieve productivity up to 2,432 sq feet per hour. Head configuration choices include a doubling of the CMYK set for higher throughput, white and varnish for artistic effects and even higher quality with light cyan & light magenta. To extend colour gamut, orange and green can be added.

The :Jeti 3020 Titan with FTR option will be shown for the first time at the International Sign Expo Show (ISA) in Las Vegas, Nevada from 28 to 30, April 2011.

Autobond celebrates best ever week with orders from eight countries

Autobond Laminator

UK laminating machine manufacturer Autobond celebrated earlier this month its most successful week since the company was formed in 1978, after winning orders from eight different countries over a seven day period. These include the first of the recently redesigned B1 landscape Mini laminators, a Mini 105 TPH, which has been purchased by a UK printer in Bristol, plus the first sale via the Heidelberg distributor in Italy, Macchingraf, for a Mini 105 THS FL. This laminator is destined for a printer in the Naples area.

The second Autobond purchase in more than 20 years by a company in Indonesia has come from a finishing house in Jakarta, for a Mini 105 TPHS, while orders have also arrived from new customers in Denmark, Wales, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and South Africa.

“Some sales take a long time to come to fruition,” says Autobond managing director John Gilmore. “As a young salesman in 1978 I demonstrated a hand-fed, hand-sheeted water-based Autobond laminator to Gareth Jones, the managing director of magazine printer Stephens & George in Methyr Tydfil, South Wales. His son Andrew, group managing director, has just placed the company’s first order with us, for a Mini 76 THS.”

The Mini 76 THS destined for Stephens & George is a single-sided thermal laminator equipped with a rising pile, back separation Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 feed head and stacker pile delivery. Production speeds can be up to 60 metres per minute. The Mini 76 THS can handle print from SRA4 up to B1 and from 90 gsm to 650 gsm in weight. In 2010 Autobond launched a redesigned range of Mini laminators that incorporate the feeder, laminator and sheeter within one side plate, which has reduced the footprint even further. The Mini 76 THS has a footprint of only 2.5m x 1.5m.

“We were spending around £100,000 annually on trade laminating but because of the volatility of the UK finishing sector we decided to install our own laminator,” says Andrew Jones. “There is no doubt in my mind that Autobond’s sheet-fed laminators provide the best value for money in the industry, with a longevity that is unrivalled.”

EskoArtwork highlights its packaging design lifecycle management solutions at Interpack 2011

Esk Packaging Lifecycle Management  Solutions

EskoArtwork will present its portfolio of integrated packaging design, pre-production, collaboration and workflow automation solutions at Interpack 2011, which takes place at the Messe Dusseldorf, Germany from 12 to 18 May, 2011.

Packaging professionals and brand owners visiting the show will get the opportunity to understand why EskoArtwork has become the worldwide market leader in packaging design lifecycle management solutions. Faster time-to-market, increased shelf impact, reduced costs and streamlined communication between all players in the packaging supply chain are just some of the competitive advantages. EskoArtwork will exhibit in Hall 7a / B28, just in front of the Innovation Parc Packaging stand.

“At Interpack 2011, we look forward to greet our global corporate customers specialized in packaging that also exhibit on the show. Besides that, we especially want to welcome the many brand owners who will be attending the show, " says Dieter Janout, Vice President Global Business Group of EskoArtwork. "Successful brand owners realize that real competitive advantages can be achieved by integrating their own product lifecycle systems with their success-critical packaging design processes. Live demonstrations of EskoArtwork’s unique packaging lifecycle management solutions will clearly illustrate why 9 out of 10 major brands have put their trust in EskoArtwork solutions.”

New ways to increase innovation, quality and speed to market

Brand owners recognize that innovation, quality and time-to-market are key success factors in achieving market leadership in the consumer market. After visiting the EskoArtwork stand they will have a much better understanding of how EskoArtwork’s integrated portfolio of packaging design and pre-production tools can help them on all three fronts. Visitors can also see firsthand how packaging design has gone 3D.

Full integration between a brand owner’s product lifecycle management system and packaging supply chain processes is what sets EskoArtwork’s solutions apart. This integration enables standardization and streamlines the entire end-to-end process – simplifying file transfers, approval processes and ensuring quality is maintained every step of the way.

Design and collaboration goes 3D

At the beginning of the process, EskoArtwork’s design tools enable packaging designers to work in a 3D environment. Creative packaging ideas are shared with clients early in the process using 3D collaboration tools. These allow them to gain feedback quickly and effectively. And because of the close integration of structural and graphic design, changes at any point in the design process can be viewed on the final structure in complete 3D. Virtual mock-ups are communicated the same way saving both time and the costs of expensive physical prototypes. All these features help to get to the right design quality faster. They reduce the development time and cost for the brand owner drastically.

Quality control: an intrinsic part of the process

A reduction of lead times for new product development means little time for additional control, double-checking and rework. EskoArtwork’s solutions make quality control an intrinsic part of the process. Workflows are streamlined and many rudimentary processes automated, reducing the risk of errors and costly rework. A consistent level of quality is delivered in the shortest amount of time enabling new products to be taken to market faster with a higher, more consistent level of quality – crucial in maintaining brand equity.

Get hands on with EskoArtwork’s solutions

A full range of EskoArtwork’s solutions will be demonstrated during Interpack. These will include tools for structural design, graphic design, virtual prototyping, real prototyping and online collaboration. The highlights of the show will be:

  • WebCenter: a 24/7 global communication, secure internet-based view and approval service that allows information to be stored centrally and shared globally.
  • Dynamic Content for Adobe® Illustrator®: links an Adobe® Illustrator® CS text object directly to a source created by the information owner and separates it from the design.
  • Studio: a plug-in for Adobe® Illustrator® that brings interactive 3D packaging design to life.
  • Studio Visualizer that creates realistic digital mock-ups including print effects such as embossing, hotfoil, metalized inks and different substrates.

Participate at the Live Packaging Development Survey !

Visitors are invited to participate in EskoArtwork’s innovative interactive survey on packaging development. Since years EskoArtwork keeps track of unique market data on packaging design, prepress and pre-production, and holds its development plans against the light of the detected trends in that area. When participating to this survey, visitors may expect interactive feedback and will be able to acquire valuable insights in the way other packaging professionals manage their proper packaging supply chain.


Mutoh announces new ValueJet models

Mutoh Valuejet1324

Mutoh announces the release of its newest additions to the ValueJet line-up, the ValueJet 1324-54" and ValueJet 1624-64" inkjet printers. 
The new ValueJets offer exciting innovative technology with upgraded features. The printers will replace the previous ValueJet 1304-54" and ValueJet 1614-64" models.
New ValueJet 1324-54" printer features include:

  • New print head
  • Improved print speeds (prints up to 300 sqft/h)
  • Added service door for easy maintenance accessibility
  • Equipped with automatic sheet off function
  • Mutoh's Spectrovue-VM10, colour measurement tool, can be equipped at user's option

New ValueJet 1624-64" printer features include:

  • New print head
  • Improved print speeds (prints up to 313 sqft/h)
  • Moveable ink cartridge holder that accommodates both 220ml and 440ml cartridges
  • Equipped with automatic sheet off function
  • Mutoh's Spectrovue-VM10, colour measurement tool, can be equipped at user's option

Same great ValueJet features:

  • Equipped with i²: Intelligent Interweave print technique virtually eliminating horizontal banding
  • Affordable prices
  • Eco-solvent Ink produces vivid prints with exceptional 3 year outdoor durability
  • Low maintenance
  • Easy to install and operate
  • Three heater design for fast drying
  • Two year on-site warranty

Mutoh will showcase the new ValueJet 1324-54" and ValueJet 1624-64" at the International Sign Expo (ISA) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The trade show will take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from April 28th-30th.

Kolorcraft installs world's first Inca Onset S40 printer

Kolorcraft Onset 2 Hr

UK POS specialist invests in latest wide-format digital inkjet technology to deliver high-speed, high-quality print with maximum efficiency and at minimum cost to competitive retail market

Leading UK point-of-sale specialist Kolorcraft is the first company in the world to invest in an Inca Onset S40 wide-format UV inkjet printer. Supplied by Inca's exclusive distributor Fujifilm, the Onset S40 was beta tested thoroughly by Kolorcraft prior to its global launch earlier this month.

The investment is part of Kolorcraft's aggressive strategy to grow the company by using the very latest technology to provide high quality, value-added, digital print very competitively. Based in Ossett, West Yorkshire, the company has a turnover of £25m with 250 staff working around the clock in its 180,000sq ft production and warehousing facilities. It provides complete design, print and fulfilment solutions to leading High Street and Out-of-Town retail clients.

"These are exciting times for us," says Phil Findley, managing director of Kolorcraft. "We have strengthened our management team and are investing in leading-edge technology to deliver top quality whilst shortening the route to market, so that we mirror our client's objectives and maximise their budgets. We exhaustively researched the market before we chose the Onset S40. Inca is a well-established manufacturer with a good reputation for delivering next-generation technology and Fujifilm provides excellent ink and sales support. This combination plus the quality, productivity and flexibility of the machine were all the key decision factors behind this investment. Not only has the Onset significantly increased our production capacity, but it has also has enabled us to offer competitive new products and compete in new sectors. Quite simply our strategy is to do to more of what we do well to grow the business."

Sited alongside Kolorcraft's existing KBA large format and Heidelberg B1 offset presses and its multi-colour screen printing lines, the new Onset S40 is operational 24 hours a day and has added considerable digital print capacity and versatility to the company. Part of the successful Onset series of high-quality, high-productivity printers, Kolorcraft's high-performance Onset S40 is an automated six-colour inkjet model capable of printing at 600 dpi and delivering 94 full bed sheets at (3.14 x 1.6m) per hour.

Martin Hampshaw, sales and marketing director at Kolorcraft, says: "The POS market is highly competitive and to be successful we have to work smarter, use the latest technology to improve quality, make efficiencies and reduce costs. The quality and speed of the Onset S40 is important. It fills the production gap between screen printing and large-format litho perfectly to allow us to handle any project quickly and efficiently. It reproduces brand and corporate colours accurately, as well as allowing us to print edge-to-edge and use a wide range of materials up to 40mm thick. Using variable data to deliver regionalised or store specific campaigns offers great benefits to our clients and reflects the ever-changing retail arena.

"The flexibility and the quality of the Onset S40 is already helping us deliver new products to our customers and enabled us to open up new markets. We recently produced large format fashion graphics for one client which featured 30 different image changes. Using conventional technology, this would have involved producing 120 large format plates and considerable make-ready times. The Onset S40's direct-to-print ability enabled us to bring forward the in-store date and deliver cost savings back to our client.

"The addition of the Onset S40 to the Onset family means that there is now a configuration available with an appropriate business model to suit any high volume, wide format printer." comments Keith Harley, head of marketing, wide format, FUJIFILM Europe. "Kolorcraft's use of the Onset S40 to produce new products for its customers and open up new markets is an excellent example of what can be achieved by choosing the best configuration to suit their needs."