19 Aug 2019

SEAL 62 Base wins Wide-Format Imaging's readers' choice Top Products award

Seal 62 Base

The SEAL 62 Base has won 'Wide-Format Imaging' magazine's Readers’ Choice Top Products Award for Laminating Equipment in the US.

Wide-Format Imaging's poll focused on its readership of corporate and senior level management professionals directly involved in wide- and grand-format imaging who were asked to rate the best products in 27 categories.

Ideal for mounting and laminating pressure-sensitive graphics up to 61ins wide, the SEAL 62 Base laminator supports the rapidly growing digital display market. This machine represents a flexible package at an affordable price without compromising functionality. The top roller’s heat-assist feature ensures superb results with a wide range of materials.  Whatever the experience level of the operator, the SEAL 62 Base is easy-to-use and delivers genuine flexibility with high performance for the small to medium sized user.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the SEAL 62 Base,” said Frank Seemann, head of marketing and communications. “SEAL is no stranger to the Wide-Format Imaging Reader’s Choice Awards, but it is especially rewarding to see one of our newer machines winning this year.  The 62 Base is a real work-horse and has been designed to provide years of trouble-free use.”

 

Barbieri electronic launches the 3rd generation of Spectro LFP

 

Barbieri Spectro Lfp Rt

The Spectro LFP RT, leading spectrophotometer for color measurements in digital large format, flatbed and industrial printing again got several improvements and is now available as Series 3 edition.

Accurate measurements of transparent and reflective media, thick and heavy media, big measuring aperture and fully automatic measurements: these are the special characteristics which until now kept the Spectro LFP unique worldwide. All these features also the Series 3 device does combine.

Versatility, user friendliness and new application fields where the keywords for implementing the improvements of the Spectro LFP Series 3. The main improvements are:

 

  • Switchable measuring aperture of 8, 6 and 2mm
  • Polarisation filter for 8, 6 and 2mm aperture
  • Electrostatic sample holder

 

Especially for new application fields such as digital textile printing the larger aperture of 8mm is fundamental to gain the maximum measuring accuracy. Combined with the special measuring geometry and the fully automatic measurements it is the ideal device for this application. For high resolution prints the smaller apertures are preferred.

The polarisation filter allows measuring also the most crucial and exotic materials with shining surfaces or inks.

For easy mounting of most different thin, reflective media (including textiles and fabrics) a special electrostatic sample holder is available. Thanks to this the charts can be placed and fixed easily and quick.

Thanks to its special features the Spectro LFP became market leader in digital large format, flatbed and industrial printing and the Series 3 device again confirms and strengthens this position. It allows measuring every kind of media, will it be transparent or reflective, thin or thick gaining always the maximum accuracy.

Same as the Spectro LFP Series 2 also the Series 3 devices are driven by most important Rip software.

The Spectro LFP Series 3 will be available as from May 1, 2010.

For an International list of official Barbieri distributors click here. Barbieri devices are distributed in the UK by IGS UK Ltd, www.igsuk.net

 

 

New Xerox Wide Format device offers high-speed precision printing

Xerox 6622

When printing engineering and architectural renderings or schematics, accurate printing can't come at the cost of extra time. Enter Xerox Corporation's new Xerox Wide Format 6622  Solution that delivers sharp, precise detail printing at high speeds.

The wide format black-and-white digital printer, copier and scanner is ideal for reprographic departments within engineering, construction and architecture firms where technical drawings need to be easily accessible and replicated quickly. For example, government offices can use the 6622 Solution to print surveying documents and construction plans, giving home owners and contractors fast access to essential information.

The Xerox Wide Format 6622 Solution prints 22 D/A1 (24" x 36") prints-per-minute and offers crisp 600 x 1800 dpi printing and 600 x 600 dpi scanning options. An on-board color scanner can improve copies of worn originals – automatic background suppression makes smudges and creases less noticeable and tattered documents easier to read. Scans can be viewed on the color touch screen user interface before being printed, helping to verify quality, avoid mistakes and reduce wasted prints.

The 6622 device is driven by Xerox's FreeFlow Accxes Print Server and can easily be incorporated into existing workflows. FreeFlow Accxes offers color calibration with other network printers, enhanced management of the print queues to easily replicate previous jobs and the capability to seamlessly scan documents to a mailbox on the print server, network FTP location or remote network printer.

The FreeFlow Accxes Print Server unifies the print server software across the entire Xerox wide format monochrome portfolio, allowing customers to have a seamless workflow.

The Xerox Wide Format 6622 Solution adds to the company's robust line of wide format printers designed for technical printing, which includes the Xerox Wide Format 6604/6605 Solution and the Xerox 6279 Wide Format device.

Availability and pricing

The Xerox Wide Format 6622 Solution will be available in May with a U.S. list price starting less than $62,000. Availability may vary by geography; contact a Xerox sales representative or authorized Xerox dealer for more information.

Look Print turns entire suburb into outdoor art gallery using HP Designjet L65500 Printer

Look Print

Challenge

  • Create superb-quality life-size portraits with reduced environmental impact of printing for outdoor exhibition.
  • Increase print quality, capabilities and speed while advancing environmental initiatives.
  • Improve printing work environment.
  • Grow business by offering more versatile printing capabilities.

Solutions

  • Using the HP Designjet L65500 Printer with HP Latex Inks, Look Print produced 100 unique outdoor prints for the Glebe 150 Locals photography exhibition.

Results

  • Vibrant, high-quality exhibit prints that met the artists' exacting quality demands, without reprints.
  • Improved printing environment, due to water-based HP Latex inks, which need no hazard labels, require no special ventilation¹ and are non-flammable and non-combustible.
  • Business growth driven by ability to offer new applications such as soft signage² and fine art printing.

 

Unique outdoor exhibition calls for unique printing solution

Transforming an entire neighborhood into an outdoor art gallery is no small feat. But for Look Print, one of Australia's highest capacity large-format digital printing companies, no job is too big, too small or too challenging. A perfect case in point is a unique exhibition, titled "150 Locals", which spanned the entire suburb of Glebe, Sydney. The exhibition showcased 150 life-size photographic portraits of Glebe's vibrant community members in various locations, including outdoor public spaces, cafes and retail outlets.

Finding the ideal combination of print service provider (PSP) and printing solution was imperative to the exhibition's success. With HP as the production sponsor and printer of the indoor prints, and Look Print as the print service provider (PSP) for all outdoor prints, well-known Australian photographers North Sullivan and Tom Psomotragos could achieve the print quality they needed to express Glebe's cultural diversity in their portraits.

L65500 510

High-quality signage printed with the environment in mind

To meet the high expectations for the 150 Locals exhibition, Look Print used its HP Designjet L65500 Printer to create the 1,6 x 1 m (63 x 39.4 in) and 1 x 1 m (39.4 x 39.4 in) outdoor prints on PVC banner. All indoor portraits were produced by HP in Melbourne on Hahnemühle FineArt Canvas, with the same dimensions as the outdoor prints, using the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer.

According to Margarita Campos, Operations Manager at Look Print, the HP Designjet L65500 Printer was chosen for this challenging job on account of its "superior brightness, durability, quality, and environmental profile". Indeed, achieving the desired quality was relatively straightforward. "We created machine proofs of a number of the photos and the photographers did spot checks. Only a few adjustments were needed at this stage. The artists loved the intensity of the color prints and the black and white prints came out crisp and neutral."

The entire run of 100 outdoor prints was produced without a single reprint. "We needed to do a few replacement prints after installation due to graffiti and vandalism," recalls Campos. "We found the colour consistency of the HP Designjet L65500 Printer from week to week to be excellent. All of this made our job much easier."

Latex printer reduces costs, enables improved environmental printing performance

Look Print has been serving some of Australia's most successful companies for more than 14 years. Its ongoing commitment to the community and environmental sustainability prompted it to purchase the HP Designjet L65500 Printer in 2009. "The HP Designjet L65500 Printer has lower energy consumption compared to the other printing systems we use, which require a special ventilation system and external dryer," explains Campos. "We also wanted to move away from solvent inks because of the fumes they create and the difficult disposal of left-over ink."

Installing the HP Designjet L65500 Printer has also enabled a better working environment for Look Print's employees. "Using water-based HP Latex Inks, which require no hazard labels and are non-flammable and non-combustible, makes handling far easier for our operators. The inks also don't need any additional special ventilation¹, which has the side-benefit of contributing to the power savings. Our operators also like the ease of use: with the high printing quality and reliability of the printer, they can load up multiple jobs and walk away."

According to Campos, the environmental benefits of its new printer do not come at the expense of quality or productivity. "We achieve excellent colour gamut and the colour consistency with solid colours is amazing. Our productivity has also improved as most of our jobs use banner media narrower than 1,2 m (4 ft) so we can print on two rolls simultaneously."

A real business-builder

The HP Designjet L65500 Printer has opened up new business areas for Look Print. In addition to using the new printer for its traditional outdoor banners, high-quality point of sale displays and poster work, Look Print also now offers soft signage printing.²

"With this new line of business, we can create a new competitive edge and offer our customers a fresh and innovative way to market their products," says Campos. "Markets such as fine art printing and soft signage printing are additional business opportunities facilitated by the HP Designjet L65500 Printer."

 

Roland DG presents new inkJet technologies and apps at IPEX 2010

Roland Versacamm Vs 640

Visitors to IPEX 2010 hoping to gain an insight into the full commercial and technical potential of inventively applied inkjet printing technology could satisfy the entire objective just by visiting the Roland DG stand. Roland will be exhibiting a range of its latest printing hardware developments and showcasing applications that have compelling commercial and creative possibilities for companies producing anything from statutory labelling to building-wrapping large format graphics; packaging samples to membrane switches; four-colour and way beyond.

Roland and its partners will be demonstrating, among others, the new VersaUV LEC-330 inkjet printer. "Printer" only hints at the LEC-330's full potential. Within its compact footprint, the LEC-330 also cuts, creases, produces matt and gloss spot varnishes and deposited, highly dimensional emboss effects, lens-doming and countless textures. Add to that 1440dpi print resolution, white inks and the ability to work with practically any coated or uncoated stock or substrate up to 1.3mm thick, and it's clear that the LEC-330 is a digital power-tool with far reaching potential for anyone with an appetite for print, or a need to sell it.

Integrating neatly within industry standard workflows, the LEC-330 gives its users the ability to intuitively turn the products of the most fertile imaginations into highly marketable output. LEC-330 output sells too. It can produce fully built packaging samples on virtually all stocks without rules, dies or any costly origination. If a powerful imagination is its input, sheer perfection is its output.

Also on show will be the brand new VersaCAMM VS-640 64" printer/cutter. The VS-640 can be chosen in any one of three configurations. One is designed to deliver the undiluted novelty and impact of Roland's silver ink, a second enables the production of hi-fi colour, and the third raises productivity to stellar levels by delivering uni-directional quality at bi-directional speeds.

At 64" wide, the VS-640 is certain to be a hit with anyone who comes to the show with ambitions to sign up for the perfect vehicle wrapper's printer. Refined print-cut makes the VS-640 an appealing choice to graphic producers and printers with an eye on capturing a share of the market for digital decals and signs.

The good news continues with Roland's introduction of metallic inks. Potential users can still make just as big an impact in print by signing up for wide format XC-540MT. Looking not unlike other printers in Roland's attractively designed portfolio, the XC-540MT's output looks anything but familiar. For the first time in a commercial inkjet printer, the XC-540MT makes it possible to print genuine silver ink and to mix that ink with a full gamut of density-swept colour too. The printer can deal with a huge range of self-adhesive and speciality media.

Whether providing a contrasting counterpoint or accent, or dominating with its dazzling brilliance, the output produced by the printer's metallic ink is arresting in its visual impact. The specular gamut of the ink runs from the subtle and reflective and into the pearlescent range allowing designers to explore new possibilities in print never possible with an inkjet printer before.

Output from the XC-540MT can be used anywhere outdoor-durable print is used and in thousands of places it never has been. With the benefit of post-print lamination, the output can grace even extreme venues such as commercial vehicles and exposed signing sites.

The XC-540MT can, in addition to its talents as a printer, accurately cut its output too. Coextensive cuts around output mean the system can produce stickers and decals with variable data content quickly and very economically. The print-cut capability represents a new development in materials handling and works unattended.

The XC-540MT takes large format inkjet output to entirely new application spaces and grows the market for high-impact short-run output. The unexplored space that metallic ink allows access to will be very lucrative when won. In all other respects, the XC-540MT still serves a need for a highly productive later format printer - it just happens to sweep aside creative limitations and rewards its users with something rare in print - genuinely new application possibilities.

Also commanding its share of the attention on the Roland stand will be the AdvancedJet AJ-740i grand format printer, which delivers maximum productivity and high-speed performance. Producing brilliant 6 colour CMYK+LcLm graphics on both coated and uncoated media, the AdvancedJet output reflects superior ink bonding and scratch and alcohol resistance required for outstanding outdoor durability.

Roland and its partners demonstrating popular software workflows look forward to welcoming visitors to the stand and to discussing the new technologies, materials and applications that place Roland DG on stand C140, Hall 12, among IPEX's must-see items on visitors' lists.

Easy spare parts ordering, from stock, with Tech8’s new on-line shopping facility

 

Tech8 Spares

Simplifying the ordering and fast delivery of wide-format printer spares and ancillary items which don’t require an engineer’s visit, Tech8 has announced an on-line purchasing facility so that user-replaceable parts can be sourced quickly and efficiently. This new resource follows the growing trend for secure web-based shopping and features a comprehensive catalogue of everyday and less common, yet essential, items.

Tech8’s clearly laid-out on-line store is simple to navigate, with a menu displaying the choice of products available. For additional ease of use when defining categories, a search engine is able to locate an item name or code, and all available items are attractively priced with most being available ex-stock.

Typical products include print-heads, manifolds and caps, pinch rollers, refillable ink cartridges, main boards and power units. Along with a comprehensive selection of wide-format ink-jet printer elements, the comprehensive catalogue also includes cleaning and maintenance items, wiper blades and cabling.

Unless they are generic, all of the spare parts specify relevant compatibility with their printer models to avoid a user purchasing the wrong element. Mos t commonly u sed items are dispatched within 24 hours and delivery is available throughout the UK, all of Europe and the rest of the world, with payment options being in sterling, Euros and US dollars.

“Now that wide-format printer users are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about their machines it makes sense to offer them a single source from which to buy most of their everyday spares,” comments Tom Plunkett, technical director of Tech8. “Additionally, these businesses can save time and money by using on-line shopping, with the additional knowledge that the items they are purchasing are of high quality, keenly priced and sourced from responsible manufacturers.”

Purchases are added to a shopping cart, and payment is via secure server which accepts PayPal and most major debit and credit cards. Tech8’s web area for spare parts and their ordering can be reached via its main site at www.tech8.eu which also outlines the comprehensive warranty options available from the company.