12 Jul 2020

Image2Output teams with Roland DG for integrated colour managed print-and-cut proofing

Roland Versauv Lec 540 Printer

An important new partnership has been formed between Roland DG (UK) and specialist partner to the graphic arts industry, Image2Output. With a comprehensive background in digital imaging, the Hatfield based company has added to its portfolio the Roland VersaUV LEC UV-curable and the VersaCAMM VS series of wide-format integrated print-and-cut solutions.

Image2Output was founded seven years ago by Mike Warnes, formerly of MCImaging, and Mark Middlebrook. The duo used their considerable experience to develop the company specifically to distribute and maintain a strong catalogue of digital imaging, CGI and 3D products. Since its inception it has rapidly built up a strong customer base of users within the printing and proofing sectors.

Wanting to extend its services further into the digitally generated and colour managed proofing and prototyping areas, Image2Output plans to grow its position in the packaging sector. It is set to achieve this with the addition of the two families of integrated print-and-cut solutions which enable the fast production of accurate output onto a broad range of materials.

Image2Output sees the Roland VersaUV LEC-330 and LEC-540 as invaluable options for proofing and packaging mock-ups, with inline cutting and creasing and the ability to output onto virtually all materials saving time and money, as well as removing chemicals from the pre-press area. These integrated solutions feature flexible UV-curable ink with a high opacity white and clear varnish that can be used for matte and gloss textures and finishes. LED curing means that even the most sensitive and delicate materials can be printed, making it suitable for proofing onto the final media and accommodating packaging substrates up to 1mm thick.

The VersaCAMM VS series is well suited to all applications ranging from posters and displays down to intricate labels and decals. The range is represented by four integrated print-and-cut machines in a choice of widths, and with three ink configurations of dual CMYK, CMYKLcLM and six colours plus metallic and white. These compact systems start with the VS-300 at 762mm wide, followed by the VS-420 at 1.07m and the 1.37m VS-540, complemented by the VS-640's 1.62m, and all benefit from Roland's long lasting, durable Eco-Sol Max inks.

Both the VersaUV LEC and the VersaCAMM VS series can be integrated with industry standard colour management solutions for accurate proofing and packaging mock-ups. Their integrated contour cutting simplifies workflow, with exacting tolerances also making the machines suitable for short run labelling applications. Both machines include Roland's VersaWorks dedicated production software and RIP, with libraries of special textures and finishes, plus spot colour emulation.

"We were impressed by the build quality and versatility of the Roland printers and feel there is huge potential for them in both new and emerging market applications," comments Lance Britnell, Director at Image2Output and Head of the Inkjet Programme. "This, in addition to our long experience in end-to-end colour management across various print media, makes the Roland range of printers a very exciting addition to our carefully selected product portfolio and one we are really looking forward to making the most of."

"The growing demand for foolproof, user friendly solutions for proofing and prototyping is accommodated by our latest wide-format print-and-cut solutions. Thus, the appointment of Image2Output as a partner comes at exactly the right time as more and more companies are wanting to move across to colour managed digital systems," states Steve Chappell, UK Business Development Manager at Roland DG (UK). "Because we can offer high quality, low-cost alternatives to the pre-press sector, we're witnessing a significant shift to chemistry-free proofing which brings environmental benefits as well as convenience to the commercial print arena."

Roland DG will be demonstrating their products and services on Stand B10 in Hall A3 at FESPA Digital


Durst launches a new industrial standard inkjet with fine art printing quality


Durst has announced the new Omega 1 entry level UV inkjet printer .  The Omega 1 defines a new quality standard for sign makers, graphic display companies, screen printers, photolabs and studios. It provides fine art printing quality at an industrial production level, all from an entry level machine.

Designed with the typical high precision of Durst and manufactured with the most modern production technology in the heart of Europe, the Omega 1 is fully in keeping with the Rho tradition. However, its production level and price are designed to meet the needs of the entry level customer.

The fine art printing quality of the Omega 1 is achieved by a resolution of up to 1728 dpi, greyscale printing technology and a large colour gamut, thanks to the optional process colour additions of orange and violet, grey, light magenta and light cyan. The precision transport of the printheads is by advanced magnetic linear drive, further ensuring consistently accurate printing.

The Omega 1 draws on Durst’s 10 years’ experience of both roll to roll and flatbed machines and will print onto the widest range of both rigid and flexible material without compromise to either. The machine will print onto Kappa®, Forex®, Acrylic, Dibond®, and wood up to a thickness of 5cm, as well as onto self adhesive foils, papers, PVC vinyls, PE foils or textiles.

The high quality universal UV Omega 1 inks also provide perfect adhesion on hard, non-absorbent surfaces as well as flexible materials. Their excellent adhesion on such media as metals, polycarbonates and acrylics, is of particular importance to sign makers. In addition, the inks are supplied in 1litre cubitainers to ensure that the ink retains its optimal performance and adhesion even at low production levels.

Very compact in size, the new machine is designed to use the minimum floor space yet it will print large images up to 160cm wide by any length, which is only limited by the media length, and is capable of a print speed of up to 35m² per hour.

EFI springs a textile surprise on Sign & Digital UK

Vutek Tx3250r

EFI is bringing to this year's Sign & Digital UK the fruits of its experience across all wide-format inkjet technologies and RIP and production solutions. To add to its leading UV-curable solutions for display producers and sign-makers, the company is demonstrating for the first time its trend-setting EFI VUTEk TX3250r 3.2 m dye sublimation fabric printer, which is a result of the growing demand from users wanting the ability to print onto greener textile materials.

Thanks to dye sublimation technology, the TX3250r dyes fibre directly so the textile retains the original look and feel that users prefer. It offers brighter colours than other textile printing methods and is completely odourless. Selected printed textiles can be folded without leaving folding marks.

EFI's new fast drying ink enables the TX3250r to print at speeds up to 100 sq.m. direct to textile and transfer paper (for dying polyester-coated rigid or flexible substrates). Flags can be printed at this high speed in high definition and with excellent colour saturation on both sides.

"We are very excited to be adding the TX3250r to our leading portfolio of superwide format products," said EFI VUTEk's general manager Scott Schinlever. "It is an outstanding example of EFI bringing innovation to the market. The TX3250r offers unrivalled print quality and saturated colours for wide-format textile at production speeds, so our customers can tap into high-growth applications."

The new printer's industrial design makes it suitable for 24/7 operations. It evolved from EFI's original VUTEk® FabriVu printer concept, which was introduced in 2002 as the first industrial inkjet textile printing solution. Designed to print direct-to-textile or indirect via a transfer process, and incorporating sublimation dyes from Hilord that produce rich, durable colours on all polyester-based materials, the new EFI VUTEk TX3250r is easy to use as the key element of an integrated production system.

Used in conjunction with the Klieverik calender, the resulting output can be used for a broad selection of end applications, including soft signs, banners, point-of-sale and flags. In addition, the new solution from EFI also accommodates the growing popularity for home and commercial décor, including wall coverings and furnishings.

Running continuous demonstrations in a production environment at Sign & Digital UK, EFI's complete fabric solution includes finishing on a Solent industrial sewing machine and is complemented by a range of textiles from leading supplier Georg + Otto Friedrich, many of which are recyclable. These are produced specifically for wide-format digital production, offering a soft hand, durability, colourful finishes, and the extra benefits of light weight and ease of installation in a variety of end applications.

Sign & Digital UK will also see EFI's latest software options for sign-makers and display producers, designed to enhance accurate, colour-managed workflow. These include the latest version of the Fiery XF RIP, as well as management solutions such as PrintSmith Sign, which are designed to help businesses run more efficiently. The company will also feature full details of its families of UV-curable printers and complementary products.

Roland DG reports no disruption at its Japanese manufacturing facility


Roland Dg Headquarters Hamamatsu Japan

Following the unprecedented events in Japan which started last Friday, 11 March, Roland DG (UK) is confirming that its facilities in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, are unaffected by the effects of the earthquake and tsunami which have hit the north-east of the country. Production, design and administrative offices at the company’s international head-quarters are all working as normal, and no disruption is anticipated to manufacturing or delivery schedules.

With its roots in Japan, and continuing strong associations with the country on a day-to-day basis, Roland DG (UK) offers its sincere condolences to all those individuals and businesses affected adversely as a result of the disaster. The core development and manufacturing of all Roland equipment is based in Hamamatsu, a city located in the east and famous for its industrial connections to the musical instrument and motorcycle sectors as well to display and sign-making technologies.

“Everyone involved with Roland in the UK has been devastated by the tragic events that have unfolded in Japan, and we are all hoping for the nation’s swift recovery,” states Jerry Davies, Managing Director of Roland DG (UK). “We are able to confirm that the Hamamatsu factory and offices have not been disrupted and that production and deliveries are continuing.

“The welfare of our employees is of paramount importance wherever they are in the world, and it is Roland’s philosophy to ensure that safety comes first in our manufacturing facilities,” Davies continues. “Roland DG’s new international head-quarters and production plant were opened in 2006 and reflect this strict policy. The facility has been designed and built to comply with the most stringent seismic regulations to ensure optimum protection should an earthquake occur in the Hamamatsu region.”

Almost all of Roland DG’s sign-making, display production, engraving and rapid prototyping products are developed and manufactured in its Hamamatsu facility. From this Japanese base, which adheres to the highest quality control standards, the company’s equipment is distributed around the world.


Contex launches wide format scanning solution for EDM/ECM market


Contex, the world's leading developer of large format scanning and imaging solutions, announces a new wide format scanning solution for the EDM/ECM market that features EMC Captiva ISIS drivers. With this industry-standard interface, users eliminate workflow processing bottlenecks in scanning large format drawings, charts, maps, or other over-sized documents directly into EDM or ECM systems such as Documentum, LaserFiche, and PaperVision. Contex's EDM/ECM large format scanning solutions include the XD and SD series, which scan up to 24- and 44-inches, respectively. These series of scanners directly interface with electronic capture software such as QuickScan Pro and Kodak Capture Pro for managing large format documents within the same workflow process as letter- or legal-size documents, while achieving high-quality scans with document-specific presets.
EMC Captiva ISIS (Image and Scanner Interface Specification) is the industry standard enterprise-level interface that unites hardware scanners with software applications. ISIS is a modular and extensible interface for the acquisition, viewing, data format conversion, printing and storage of document files and images. Document capture and imaging vendors can leverage this industry standard to bring more competitive applications and products quickly to market.
"To stay competitive, organisations must be able to capture content from hard copy documents with speed, accuracy, and flexibility. The powerful Contex scanners coupled with EMC Captiva ISIS drivers are making this all possible," as stated by Daren Gardner, Director, Product Management at EMC Corporation. "ISIS allows developers to operate scanners at their rated speeds or higher and is the only imaging solution that allows developers to take full advantage of the power inherent in Contex scanners. The ISIS interface is key to transforming large drawings and oversize documents into application-ready information for use in business systems. EMC is pleased to partner with Contex and provide certification for this ISIS driver."
"As public and private industry sectors require digitisation of records -- for disaster prevention, green practices, and storage expense reduction -- it is important to maintain a consistent workflow process regardless of the document size. Contex's EDM/ECM solutions make this possible by eliminating the challenges of processing documents larger than A3 or B-size in a business process workflow," comments Brian Honeycutt, Product Manager of Contex A/S. "By bringing a large format scanning solution in-house, users can continue to use the familiar interface when scanning large formats -- thus keeping the workflow process consistent -- while delivering the right quality the first time."
"A turnkey indexing product is critical to our business. When it comes to scanning large documents, we have always counted on Contex scanners," states Paul M. Neal, Chief Stewardship Officer of Unity ECM, a provider of content management solutions for municipal governments, federal agencies and fortune 500 companies. "When testing our Contex SD4490 with Laserfiche ScanConnect software, we found that the solution made processing large format documents in our workflow an easy and seamless process, which can save time and money for us and our customers."
Using a large format scanning solution helps companies realise an impressive return on investment typically within a year of deployment. For example, a document manager who outsources 10 large format documents a week at $10 each per week, and 1 hour of labor at $40, equates to $140 per week. For an ongoing project that might continue for 52 weeks would result in $7280 per year. The investment in a Contex EDM/ECM solution with an XD scanner retails for less than $5000, which immediately translates to savings for the company.
Contex is hosting a webinar titled "Document Management for Large Format" that will educate participants about how to incorporate large format and odd-size documents into an EDM/ECM workflow. The webinar will be held Tuesday, April 5, 2011, from 11-11:30 a.m. EST. To register, visit www.contex.com/english/webinars. Join us to learn more.

Damage Report for Canon following Major Earthquake in Japan

Canon Logo

In response to the damage sustained by the Canon Group due to the major earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, Canon Inc. has established an Earthquake Disaster Recovery Task Force (Task Force Chief: Chairman & CEO Fujio Mitarai; Task Force Assistant Chief: President & COO Tsuneji Uchida; Executive Director: Executive Vice President and CFO Toshizo Tanaka) and begun taking related measures.

The Task Force today issued the following instructions toward the promotion of swift response measures.

1. The prompt review and drafting of comprehensive recovery plans, spanning development, production and sales operations, for relevant operating sites, primarily by persons in charge of each business (chief executives/group executives). The Company's headquarter divisions will provide full support for this effort.

2. With regard to Canon Inc. operation sites and Canon Group companies for which production operations may be suspended for one month or more, the Company will also consider making use of alternate sites that were not damaged by the earthquake as a means of continuing production.

Below is an overview of the latest impact of the earthquake on Canon operations in Japan as of 15:00 JST on Monday, March 14, 2011.

While the level of damage differs at each Canon Inc. operation site and Canon Group company located in northern Honshu (the area hardest hit by the earthquake), beginning today, the Company is earnestly taking action to realise the earliest possible start of operations. At this time, however, concrete schedules for when production may resume have yet to be determined.

As for Canon plants and Group companies in the western half of Honshu, while operations resumed as usual today (Monday, March 14), the Company is now working to ascertain whether or not there will be any impact on production at each location.

With regard to the Japanese government's requests for cooperation in conserving electricity, in addition to the energy-saving measures Canon promotes as a matter of course, the Company has also called on its employees to make every effort to conserve electricity in their homes.

To aid in the relief efforts for the earthquake victims, the Canon Group is making a donation of 300 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society and other humanitarian aid organizations, and will provide supplies as needed.