19 Aug 2019

Image Digital Printing utilizing Agfa's :Jeti Printing Systems

Jeti 3150 Uv

Image Digital Printing (IDP), a large-format printer in Toronto, Ontario is reaping success with their :Jeti inkjet solutions.

Launched in 2003, IDP produces everything from small decals to billboards. Over the years, managing partner Rob Tenwesteneind said, IDP has invested in four Jeti inkjet systems. The company opted for the :Jeti 3150 and :Jeti 3300 solvent inkjet systems for projects such as vehicle wrapping and the :Jeti 1224 UV inkjet system for POP and other on-demand projects for its customers, which range from trade show display companies to large franchises.

"The Jeti systems are built strong, like tanks," Tenwesteneind said. "They have worked really well for us. We produce outdoor signage on a material called Crezon. With the :Jeti 3150 we can print directly onto this substrate. The vacuum on the table is strong and saves us lots of time and labor since we don't have to print on vinyl and then mount it to the wood."

Agfa announced the acquisition of Gandi Innovations in November 2009.  The acquisition enabled Agfa Graphics to significantly increase its presence in large format inkjet printing, as the Gandi Innovations portfolio of mid-range large format printers is completely complementary to Agfa Graphics' inkjet business. The deal closed in January 2010.

According to Tenwesteneind, "The transition between Gandi Innovations and Agfa has been seamless and it has not affected our daily operations.  We are considering further expansion and a new :Jeti system may help us do just that."

"The :Jeti line of printing systems fits nicely into Agfa's portfolio. Companies like Image Digital Printing have been loyal :Jeti users and are happy that they are being backed by an organization that is committed to helping grow the product line," said Deborah Hutcheson, Director of Marketing, Agfa Graphics.

Truepress Jet1600UV-F for high-quality sign/display printing

Screen Truepress Jet 1600

The Truepress Jet1600UV-F is a high-quality flatbed printing system developed for the sign and display business. Screen (USA) introduced the wide-format device at Print '09 to give printing companies significant advantages in the production of backlit graphics, wide-format posters, point-of-purchase displays, commercial furniture and construction signage.

Built around the latest technology for inkjet printing and UV-LED curing, the Truepress Jet1600UV-F enables vivid, full-color printing of projects as wide as 63 inches and as long as 122 inches. It is capable of printing 140 square feet per hour on substrates up to 1.96 inches thick.

Inks are hard-dried using ultraviolet rays produced by dedicated light emitting diodes (LEDs). The UV-LED light source generates low heat, increasing the range of media that it can handle efficiently. As a result, the Truepress Jet1600UV-F accommodates such heat-sensitive materials as foam and channel boards, PVC, acrylic and styrene panels without warping or distortions. The UV-LED light source also lasts longer and draws less electricity than conventional UV lamps so its impact on the environment is minimized.

A newly created imaging system featuring eight individual printing heads allows a rapid succession of fast-turnaround jobs. The head positioning system incorporates a high-resolution linear scale. The extremely precise dot placement translates into legible type on large-size prints, even when outputting sizes down to 3-point text. Thanks to the maximum resolution of 1,200 dpi x 1,200 dpi, coupled with the piezo variable-drop printhead that emits up to seven dot sizes, the reproduction is exceptionally sharp and the tints and gradations exceedingly smooth.

Two types of UV ink, one for flexible media and the other for rigid media, afford a great deal of choice in printing applications. Available in four process colors, the flexible UV ink can be stretched by up to 200 percent, as well as cast or bent. It exhibits excellent performance on white media, including substrates employed for packaging, POP displays and life-size panels.

The rigid ink resists friction and exposure to chemicals. It is particularly well suited to printing on aluminum composite panels and decorative illuminated film. It is offered with cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white inks. The addition of white ink ensures high-quality color output on transparent, metallic and colored media.

Inks are hard-dried using ultraviolet rays produced by dedicated light emitting diodes (LEDs). The UV-LED light source generates low heat, increasing the range of media that it can handle efficiently. As a result, the Truepress Jet1600UV-F accommodates such heat-sensitive materials as foam and channel boards, PVC, acrylic and styrene panels without warping or distortions. The UV-LED light source also lasts longer and draws less electricity than conventional UV lamps so its impact on the environment is minimised.

Screen (USA) representatives will be on hand with print samples and detailed information about the Truepress Jet1600UV-F in booth #1776 at International Sign Expo 2010 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

HP Expands Large Format Portfolio for Signage Market

 

L65500 510

New 104-inch Dual Roll Kit extends printing capabilities

HP today announced its suite of solutions for the signage market - currently on display at the International Sign Association (ISA) International Sign Expo 2010 - to help print service providers (PSPs) increase productivity and capture new growth opportunities.

 

Highlights include:

 

  • The new HP 2.6 m (104-inch) Dual Roll Kit for HP Latex printers, which allows printers to increase productivity by turning around single jobs faster or printing two jobs at the same time

 

"HP is committed to providing our customers with technologies and solutions that help them increase application offerings and operational efficiencies," said Yariv Avisar, vice president and general manager, Scitex Large format Solutions, HP. "With the addition of the Dual Roll Kit and strong customer momentum across the portfolio, it is clear that HP is delivering solutions that demonstrate our understanding of the market and ability to meet customer needs."

 

HP increases productivity and application capabilities for HP Latex customers

The HP 2.6 m (104-inch) Dual Roll Kit for the HP Designjet L65500 Printer allows customers to significantly increase productivity with the ability to produce single jobs faster with two side-by-side rolls or two different jobs at the same time. Beta customers have reported that they can reach the same level of productivity with two 1.2 m (48-inch) prints with the Dual Roll Kit as with one 2.6 m (104-inch) print. This accessory accommodates rolls of varying widths and lengths. Its stable, reliable design equalizes tension, enabling unattended operation similar to single-roll printing.

"Our productivity has improved with the HP Dual Roll Kit as most of our jobs use banner media narrower than 1.2 m, so we can print on two rolls simultaneously," said Margarita Campos, operations manager at Look Print, a digital large format print shop based in Sydney, Australia, and Dual Roll Kit beta customer.

Since its launch in May 2008, the HP Latex portfolio has seen strong market acceptance with worldwide customer installations, plus more than 50 vendors and 300 media solutions tested and profiled through the HP Latex Solutions Media Programme. Orders for the HP Designjet L25500 Printer have already exceeded expectations by 45 percent, and HP Designjet L65500 printers have produced more than 3 million m2 (32 million ft2) with pages growing at 52 percent quarter over quarter.

Demonstrating the strength of HP Latex Inks for vehicle graphics, HP is the official printer of the American Wrap Star 2010 contest during ISA, producing all of the vehicle wraps, banners and signage for the event. The HP Designjet L65500 Printer will be used to produce more than 1,000 m2 (11,000 ft2) of wrap material for the contest, which includes four rounds of vehicle graphic installation competitions to determine who can wrap a car with the fewest errors in the least amount of time.

More information on the HP large format portfolio is available at www.hp.com/go/GSB and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts

 

EFI Wins Three European Digital Press Association Awards

Efi Vutek Gs3200

Prestigious Industry Awards Given to EFI’s Wide Format Printing, Industrial Inkjet and RIP Solutions for Innovation and New Technologies

EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that it has won three European Digital Press (EDP) Association Awards for 2010; “Best Wide Format Printer up to 3.5 Meters” for the VUTEk® GS3200, “Best Industrial (Specialty) Printing Solution” for the Jetrion® 4830, and “Best RIP Solution for Wide Format” for Fiery® XF. This intensive evaluation is performed by a committee of independent consultants, editors, engineers and other related professionals, and is based on innovation and the value of the new technologies these products bring to the European market. This includes improving speed, quality, usability and functionality, or reducing environmental impact as well as cost to the user.

“Dedication to our customer’s success is our main priority. EFI has now won seven EDP awards since 2007, which is a testament to both our focus on innovation and continued commitment to our partners,” said EFI CEO, Guy Gecht. “EFI invests heavily in research and development and regularly seeks feedback from our users so that we can offer the products and solutions that will drive their businesses. We are extremely proud of this recognition from the European Digital Press Association; it is great motivation to continue to be leaders in digital printing innovation.”

EFI’s VUTEk GS3200 – “Best Wide Format Printer up to 3.5 Meters of the Year 2010”

The VUTEk GS3200 has earned this award for “being a new generation 3.2m UV-curable flat-bed and roll-fed printer with a maximum output resolution of 1,000dpi and the ability to produce 12 picoliter droplets in all colors including white and continuous board printing capabilities,” as referenced in the EDP report. The combination of superior photorealistic quality and high production speeds without compromises allows business to increase revenues by expanding into new, higher-margin applications.

EFI’s Jetrion 4830 – “Best Industrial (Specialty) Printing Solution of the Year 2010”

“Designed for the label market,” reads the EDP report, “its UV-curable inks provide excellent durability; its re-registration facility enables four-color double-sided jobs to be output accurately and it has the ability to be used on pre-printed and pre-die cut rolls.” The Jetrion 4830 prints 8.3-inches (21 cm) wide, enabling two-up four-inch labels. With its high speed print mode of greater than 120 feet per minute (36.6 meters per minute), the Jetrion 4830 is capable of more than doubling the throughput of the market-leading Jetrion 4000.

EFI’s Fiery XF 4.1 – “Best RIP Solution for Wide Format of the Year 2010”

The easy-to-use Fiery XF RIP has been given the award for “supporting contour cutting machines with drivers for 1,200 cutting and routing tables from 70 different manufacturers and for having an identical interface on both Windows and Macintosh platforms,” per EDP. Its automated workflow maximizes investment by reducing lengthy production times and producing accurate, vibrant colors.

The above winning products as well as other EFI solutions will be on display in EFI’s booth (#2420) at the ISA International Sign Expo, April 8-10, 2010 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

For more information about EFI solutions, visit http://www.efi.com/

OEDIM Breaks into New Markets with an HP Scitex XP5300 Printer

 

Hp Scitex Xp5300

HP today announced that since the installation of its new HP Scitex XP5300 Printer OEDIM, of Jaen, has reduced turnaround times on jobs and lowered production costs.

OEDIM, was established in 1995 and now has more than 40 employees. Its primary focus is as a provider of out-sourced print for print service providers (PSPs), advertising and marketing agencies and sign makers, using materials such as canvas, vinyl and textiles.

OEDIM's primary market is Spain, but with its ability to offer web-to-print functionality, additional capacity and capability to respond instantly to customer demands, in addition to a responsive distribution network, the company plans to expand to other countries, with a view of serving the rest of Europe in the near future and sees the HP Scitex XP5300 Printer as pivotal in that aim.

The XP5300 is a productive solution that combines the performance of traditional super-wide format printers with the speed, quality, and media versatility of today's UV ink printers. Ideal for high quality outdoor signage, POS/POP materials and displays, the XP5300 is designed for high-speed, robust production environments.

"Thanks to the XP5300 we have won work which we would previously not even have been able to pitch for," noted Javier del Pino, co-founder, OEDIM. "We can now produce long-run jobs, such as banners, on flexible materials that previously would have been screen-printed."

The dual-mode UV XP5300 images indoor and outdoor signage on roll-fed media up to five metres wide at industry-leading speeds of up to 300m²/hour. With its fast throughput a variety of inexpensive print media and unprecedented ink coverage, the HP Scitex XP5300 Printer minimises printing costs.

"With such high output speeds we can better meet market demands," said Miguel Angel Gomez co-founder, OEDIM. "Customers always want their work for yesterday. This machine easily doubles the production rate of any of the other printers we have, so we can fulfil orders for longer runs with the high print quality and efficiency to which our clients are accustomed".

Features such as a Hot folder, multi-roll printing and an On-core Collector help lower the cost of ownership by saving floor space, and increasing productivity by printing more per shift.

For OEDIM it was essential that productivity be increased; with the installation of the new printer it has found that the On-core Collector Kit allows it to roll printed output directly onto a standard cardboard core of the same width, which has helped it to move printed output to the finishing process quickly and efficiently. The XP5300's Hot Folder also allows OEDIM to save time and simplify its workflow by automatically loading RIPped files to the job queue.

"Some customers, which used to order long runs have reduced them by up to 90 per cent", concludes Gomez. "This has meant that we've had to increase the number of customers as well as orders. Our reputation, HP printers and great service support from HP is allowing us to rise to this challenge."

 

Project Ink adds versatility and attracts business with the new HP Designjet L25500 Printer

Hp L25500 Project Ink

Challenge

  • Project Ink wanted to add a water-based Latex ink printing solution to meet the growing demand for odourless and recyclable large format prints.

Solution

  • The new HP Designjet L25500 Printer with HP Latex Inks gave Project Ink more in-house printing capabilities.
  • Project Ink used recyclable HP large format printing materials,1 including HP HDPE Reinforced Banner, HP DuPont™ Tyvek® Banner, HP Wrinkle-free Flag with Liner, and HP White Satin Poster Paper.

Results

  • The HP Designjet L25500 Printer appeals to environmentally conscious customers by delivering odourless prints2 on recyclable HP printing materials that can be recycled through the HP Large format Media take-back program.1
  • Project Ink can now print a broad range of applications in-house such as posters, wallpaper and high-end point-of-purchase displays without making any adjustments to the printer.
  • With high-quality indoor and outdoor signage, Project Ink can also meet the needs of high-end clients who demand durable prints that have a reduced environmental impact.


Signs of the times

California-based Project Ink is a growing large format printing and graphics agency and one of the first companies in the United States to put the new HP Designjet L25500 Printer-and its ability to reduce the environmental impact of printing-to work for its clients.

"Our major focus is on printing with the environment in mind, keeping quality high while keeping waste and costs low," explains owner Kyle Morrison. After more than 15 years in the industry, Morrison was surprised by large format print providers' lack of focus on clients' environmental needs. In 2005, he launched Project Ink to fill that void, and in 2009, he chose the HP Designjet L25500 to add more environmentally conscious printing capabilities in-house.

Morrison's move toward reducing printing waste and using recyclable printing materials matches a growing interest among his clients, including Jade Aveda Salon Spas and Volcom, a maker of clothing for skate, surf and snow enthusiasts. According to Morrison, the printer's broad media versatility and water-based HP Latex Inks have already enabled him to increase business, produce more of his work in-house and improve his work environment.

Versatility enables new business opportunities

Until recently, Project Ink relied on a non-HP solventbased printer for some jobs and outsourced others to a print service provider operating an HP Designjet L65500 Printer with HP Latex Inks. When Morrison learned about water-based HP Latex Inks and recyclable HP media options,1 he knew he had to have an HP Designjet L25500 in his shop.

"Since then, I haven't turned on my non-HP printer once," Morrison says. "The media versatility alone allows us to print more in-house. I can go from poster paper to traditional and recyclable banners to fabric without having to make any adjustments." Morrison has already used many of the HP printing materials designed together with HP Latex Inks and the HP Designjet L25500, including HP PVC-free Wall Paper, HP White Satin Poster Paper, and HP DuPont™ Tyvek® Banner.

"For the Jade Aveda Salons, we used HP Wrinklefree Flag with Liner to complete a job we would normally outsource," Morrison says. "Flags are really popular in California, and with the HP Designjet L25500, we can do custom prints directly on them."

Project Ink also produced posters and wallpaper for the salon. "The salon is a high-fashion atmosphere, so the feel of the fabric and the smell-or lack of smell-is important," says Morrison. Unlike most printers that use solvent inks, the HP Designjet L25500 with HP Latex Inks produces odourless prints.2

Sarah Weeks, owner of Jade Aveda Salon Spas, explains, "The Latex printing by HP is extremely beneficial in that it's aroma-free, environmentally friendly and looks beautiful."

According to Volcom, producing odourless prints2 with HP Latex Inks is important to their brand and their health. Leonard Fiedorowicz, sales marketing director, says, "We've received banners [printed with solvent inks] before that look great, but smell up our whole shop. We want to use all Latex inks so we're printing as sustainably as we can."

Reduced waste and cost equals added value

In addition to reducing the environmental impact of printing a wide variety of applications, the HP Designjet L25500 enables Project Ink to reduce the waste associated with traditional large format printing. A free and convenient HP program for recycling Original HP ink cartridges and printheads3 is available. "With the new HP printer," Morrison says, "I can recycle the cartridges for free, saving a trip to the landfill and the associated costs."

Another benefit that Morrison and his clients are enthusiastic about is the recyclable HP media1 and HP Large format Media take-back programme.1 "Volcom was really excited to hear that we could print banners and signage directly on HP Tyvek® because it's recyclable. In fact, Volcom has begun to work with Project Ink more because we offer recyclable media." Fiedorowicz agrees: "Being able to take banners and prints and recycle them-that's closing the loop. It's really important and exciting to us."

The change has been a long time coming, according to Morrison. "Large format printing really missed the boat in terms of reducing waste. There are packaging solutions that include post-consumer or FSC-certified material, but signage has traditionally ended up in the landfill. HP enables us to offer a complete solution for our environmentally conscious clients. To me, the HP Designjet L25500 Printer with HP Latex Inks, recyclable HP media and the take back programme make HP second to none in this area."