21 Aug 2019

New Kongsberg i-XE10 Automated digital finishing solution

Kongsberg I Xe10

EskoArtwork announces the introduction of the Kongsberg i-XE10 Automated, a complete solution in the market able to fully automate the entire finishing process.

Equipped with a newly designed stacker and sheet feeding system, the Kongsberg i-XE10 Automated has been specifically designed to meet the growing demand for finishing small-format, short-run digital printed materials.

With the new automation features of the Kongsberg i-XE10, digital printing companies can bring production in-house, which reduces costs and dramatically improves turnaround times. The redesigned sheet feeder system automatically loads and places the printed materials on the table. The automated stacker enables non-stop sorting and stacking of the finished parts. The system also automatically removes waste. As a result, the machine can run unattended, which saves significant man hours.

“In line with the philosophy of Kongsberg equipment, this new Kongsberg i-XE10 Automated is a true production machine – it’s based on our proven and robust Kongsberg technology, so users can trust that it will keep going and won’t let them down," says Einar Ek, CAM Business Development Manager at EskoArtwork. "The new and unique automation enables 24/7 operation of the finishing stage and keep the whole process in-house. Not having to outsource any of the production process reduces a print house’s operating costs, reduce throughput time and increases the number of jobs it takes on – which ultimately increases profitability.”

 

Exploiting new markets with creative finishing options

Print houses can attract new business by using the Kongsberg i-XE10 Automated finishing solution to offer a range of creative finishing options. The solution can work alongside any small-format to medium-size digital press and is ideally suited to finish just about everything that can be printed on light or flexible materials: shaped business cards, creasing and cutting brochures with a special cut-outs, folders, small signs and displays, creative invitations and even digitally printed sheet labels that require kiss and through cutting operations.

“We’ve seen an increase in the use of creative applications printed on digital presses, and Web2Print customized product offerings are also on the rise. Typical production runs for such items range from one hundred to several thousand or even more, depending on the application," explains Ek. "And with minimal operator intervention required for the Kongsberg i-XE10 Automated, these can now be handled more efficiently. With the Kongsberg i-XE10 there are few limits to the type of items that can be produced, offering our customers a significant competitive edge.”

 

Software and tooling to drive versatility and productivity

The Kongsberg i-XE10 Automated integrates seamlessly with EskoArtwork software for optimized file flow and creative design. PDF file preflighting and last minute corrections, nesting and structural designs all can be provided through EskoArtwork’s portfolio of dedicated software and workflow tools. The Kongsberg i-XE10 comes with the i-Cut® vision system that ensures automated and perfect registration between the print and cut.

The solution is complemented by an extensive tooling system that features a variety of tool stations suitable for a wide range of materials –including paper, thin plastic, carton, vinyl and polycarbonate– and provides quick throughput and superb accuracy. Assisted by a rack-and-pinion X/Y drive with precise motion control, an innovative, fast servo system and the comprehensive tool set, the Kongsberg i-XE10 combines high production speed and precision with easy operation. It can handle a maximum sheet size of 900 mm x 1200 mm at a maximum speed of 80 m/min.

The Kongsberg i-XE10 Automated will be on show and available for sale at Ipex 2010, which is held at the Birmingham NEC, 18-25 May 2010.

Inca Digital capability for critical cosmetic and fashion display applications

Inca Onset S20

Inca Digital demonstrates an enhancement to the high-performance, wide-format Inca Onset S20 UV inkjet flatbed printer at IPEX on the Fujifiilm stand (9-CD360). Inca will unveil an expanded gamut capability using Uvijet Ultratone ink to increase quality perception. This, coupled with Inca's use of 28 picolitre drop print heads, produces smooth colour transitions reducing the graininess of light colours and producing smooth skin tones. This capability is critical for closely-viewed point of sale advertising, particularly for high value cosmetic and fashion products.

Since its launch last year, the Inca Onset S20 has redefined the digital large format market by enabling companies to offer print volumes on a wide variety of materials with shorter turnaround times at highly competitive prices. Today Inca Onset S20s are in operation around Europe and are now starting to ship more widely, with buoyant sales continuing as companies invest to enhance their production capabilities. With the capability to print edge to edge onto substrates of 3.14m x 1.6m and 50mm thick, at speeds of up to 250 sq m/hr, it also features a gloss level control to produce finishes from matt, through satin to high gloss, depending on application. This brings massive versatility in the range of products that can be printed, e.g. display POS, exhibition graphics, backlit/frontlit displays and outdoor signage for customers with both screen printing and commercial printing backgrounds.

Flexibility is a key feature of the Inca Onset S20 and the ability for printers to choose a colour configuration to suit their business is an important factor in its success. The introduction of light cyan and light magenta expands its capabilities and opens up lucrative new sectors for printers.

At Ipex, Inca will also demonstrate the benefits of efficient production using its new Print Run Controller (PRC) software module. PRC assists in the production of an individual order incorporating different elements whether they are images, text variations or languages. It is also applicable when a large number of images need to be output in varying quantities with variable elements to a large number of recipients.

PRC's ability to streamline the overall production process allows digital output on medium - longer run lengths to compete where even screen and litho are unable to provide cost effective solutions. With high speed printing rates making digital production more versatile and profitable, PRC allows users to schedule the print order and produce print jobs quickly and simply to prevent RIP and workflow bottle-necks, streamline production, thereby reducing both operator error and post-print collation requirements.

"These latest developments show how Inca continues to break new ground in large format digital printing functionality and out perform traditional technologies," says Linda Bell, CEO, Inca Digital. "Ipex is an excellent opportunity to showcase the power of the Inca Onset S20 and demonstrate why it has become a market leader in such a short time."

Inca offers a range of UV inkjet flatbed printers in a choice of formats, speeds and colours. Go to www.incadigital.com to see full details.

 

Color Graphics Takes Delivery of Rho 500R Grand-Format Printer

Durst Rho 500r

Color Graphics Inc., a full-service professional imaging business located in Salt Lake City, UT, has recently installed the five-meter Durst Rho 500R superwide roll-to-roll UV inkjet printer. Color Graphics was one of the first in the US and first west of the Mississippi River to add the Rho 500R to its shop floor.

Color Graphics also has installed a Durst Rho 800 large-format UV inkjet printer in order to transition the bulk of its large-format fulfillment to quality Durst Rho output, and also to position the company for growth, said Guy Timothy, president Color Graphics. "The idea is to upgrade our technology and our capacity. But we also wanted to partner with a company that would work with us to help us grow our business."

Color Graphics is employing its new Rho 500R primarily for higher-end retail and POP applications. Timothy said its ability to print three different images on three separate media rolls simultaneously across its five-meter width "was huge for us," and that the 500R delivers "the best print quality available."

A major factor is the cost of operation of the 500R. "We anticipate a 3.5 percent cost savings over our current printers—even with the capital expense factored in," Timothy said. "That's significant. The change we're making to Durst has brought our ink costs alone down about 50 percent."

Timothy said the Rho 500R "adds to our ability to handle an entire campaign for a client. It adds important capabilities to our range of service because of its versatility and capacity, and because it prints five meters wide, along with the ability to print white in line with process colors. It runs continuously with minimal maintenance. And the people at Durst have been taking good care of us every step of the way."

"This is the equipment that will take our business to the next level, help us satisfy more client requests and position us for growth," he said.

"We appreciate the confidence Color Graphics has shown in Durst, and we're very pleased to have the company as a valued client," said Christopher Howard, senior vice president of sales & marketing, for Durst US. "Color Graphics is the kind of company we like to do business with—creative, forward thinking, anticipating client needs, always looking to improve their offerings and their performance. We're delighted to be playing an important role in their success and we look forward to a bright future together."

Océ gets full marks for prime-time television magic

 

Oce Colorwave Gadget Show

Océ magic hit prime-time television on Channel Five’s Gadget Show in the UK last night (1 March 2010) with the help of its pioneering Océ CrystalPoint™ technology. A stunt, which was filmed in London’s Covent Garden, showed how a card randomly chosen mysteriously turned up giant-sized and with the person’s name on it less than a minute later… being pulled along the road by a cyclist!

Little did the ‘punters’ know that Océ’s ColorWave™ 600 super-fast wide format printing system, the first product based on Océ CrystalPoint technology launched globally in May 2008, had produced the card in just over 30 seconds in an Océ van parked nearby. The mobile billboard was then towed past the stunned-looking crowd.

A long-range lens and thermal imaging equipment was also used for the trick shown to millions of viewers on the Gadget Show produced by NorthOne TV. The card had been pulled from a pack, ‘warmed up’ and then identified through the lens and thermal imaging equipment positioned secretly in a nearby building. Presenter Jason Bradbury even fooled magician Paul Zenon, who was invited along to guess how it was achieved. Before the trick, he told Bradbury: “I’d like to think that I’ve seen it all magic-wise but you never know. If you think it will fool me, all well and good but it’s a tough challenge.”

Afterwards Zenon conceded: “I don’t know how you pulled it off – full marks to you for this one!”

The stunt was sheer magic. Bradbury, long-time presenter on the Gadget Show, told viewers: “The final piece of the magic jigsaw falling into place was the super-fast printer. The Océ ColorWave 600 uses resin balls rather than ink, converted into a gel which is then jetted and crystallised on to the paper.”

The full story, which shows the Océ ColorWave 600 in action as well as providing details of the machine’s pricing and footage of the Océ logo, can be viewed on the following link: http://fwd.five.tv/gadget-show/blog/episode-5-magic-challenge.

Océ’s ColorWave 600 produces an A0 full colour sheet (one-square metre) in 34 seconds. It prints on to a wide range of medias, ranging from uncoated and recycled papers all the way through to specialties like Tyvek for maximum durability with its water resistant CrystalPoint finish. The Océ CrystalPoint process converts solid Océ TonerPearls™ into a gel that is then jetted and crystallised on to surfaces. The technology is environmentally friendly with no emissions of ozone, odour or fine powder and does not use liquids or solvents.

Ian Guiver, Océ UK’s ColorWave 600 Product Specialist, said: “Despite the fact that we had to get up at 3.30am to do the filming on a bitterly cold morning in February, it was fantastic fun and gave Océ the chance to demonstrate its world-beating capabilities with a product that is quite literally taking the market by storm. Millions of viewers were shown how this amazing trick was done with the help of Océ.”

 

Inca Digital Regionalises European Technical Support Network

 

 

Inca Digital Logo

Growth in user base leads to further engineer appointments in France, Germany and UK to strengthen regional support

 

Inca Digital, one of the world's leading manufacturers of large format inkjet printing technology, announces that it is expanding its regional technical support network to enhance its service to Inca users throughout Europe.

In the first phase, several new engineers will be based in key locations in Germany, France and England, with more to be deployed over the next few months. They will work with Inca's European Customer Centre in the UK and provide first line technical assistance to support the growing installed base of Inca Onset, Turbo, and Spyder digital flatbed printers. This newly-strengthened team will be in regular contact with their local customers with the ability to provide quick-response on-site service and technical support, backed by Inca's application engineers and telephone response team.

"A high level of customer support is a key priority for Inca to ensure that every printer is operating efficiently," says Linda Bell, CEO, Inca Digital. "Every measure is taken to ensure that each Inca printer is reliable, from design to build and operation. Direct, manufacturer-level, support in key markets is important and these latest appointments represent a significant investment in our growing user base across Europe. Our aim is to continue to provide first class support to maximise customer productivity through minimising downtime."

Inca equipment comes with a comprehensive range of support contracts. For more information about Inca's customer support initiatives contact us on +44 (0)1223 577800 or visit www.incadigital.com

 

ISBA Germany installs Manta Printer from Grapo Technologies

Grapo Manta

Grapo Technologies, a manufacturer of UV large format roll-to-roll and flatbed UV printers based in the Czech Republic, today announced that ISBA and its parent company, German charity organization Lebenshilfe e.V., have acquired a Grapo Technologies Manta UV flatbed wide format printer to better meet emerging customer demands, especially with respect to tighter timeframes for delivery of printed display graphics. Lebenshilfe e.V. helps psychiatric patients to build confidence as they re-enter society. The system was sold and installed by Grapo Technologies’ distribution partner, Igepa Group GmbH & Co.

“After careful consideration of a wide range of available UV printing solutions,” said Production Manager Ranier Laske of ISBA, “we found the Manta from Grapo Technologies to be the most viable option. We needed to produce graphics larger than A3, and we also wanted to be able to print on unique substrates and in unusual formats with the fastest turnaround time possible. Manta met all of those needs and more. The Manta offers us unlimited application possibilities for printing on rigid or flexible substrates.”

Laske also points out that the environmental considerations of UV printing were important in the decision process, adding, “With solvent inks, more than 95% is emitted into the air during the printing process.  This is not a healthy situation for our employees. With UV-curable inks there are no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted into the atmosphere. In addition to their environmental benefits, printing with UV-curable inks consumes less ink and offers significant advantages when printing on uncoated stocks.  We also love the ‘pause’ feature on the Manta, which allows us to stop printing if a problem is observed and restart at the same spot where the problem occurred. This saves us a significant amount of media, which can be quite expensive.”

ISBA’s Mission

Since 1993, ISBA has focused on creating a healthy working environment for psychiatric patients.  As a protected workspace, ISBA employs 140 people and offers them the opportunity, following their stay in the clinic, to enjoy  a positive work experience. A structured daily routine established in eight different work groups allows psychiatric patients to regain simple values they have lost during a critical phase in their lives and grow their self-esteem. Of the total work force, 20 are occupied with digital wide and small format printing.  ISBA draws its printing clients from a number of industries, including electricity suppliers, metal processing and the fashion industry.

Robustness and Flexibility Differentiate the Manta

ISBA opted for the four-color version of the Manta but has the opportunity to add white ink should they have an increased demand for this application. “In particular, we liked the robustness of the machine, its flexible application possibilities and its ease of use,” commented Laske. "Especially for the people we employ, it is of extreme importance that they can easily operate the Manta. After a very short training period, our people were able to operate the system.  Thanks to the robustness of the machine, we have very little downtime. Any small interruptions can be easily fixed by our team."

Creativity Without Limits

With its previous configuration, ISBA could only handle job orders in smaller formats, but the Manta has changed that. “With the Manta, the sky is virtually the limit in terms of formats and materials to print on,” says Laske. "That is important for us, since we have experienced growth in demand for large format applications." Typical jobs printed by ISBA on the Manta vary from exhibition stand layouts, to dividers, car wraps, sticker prints, floor prints, displays, textile printing and even printing on doors.  As a promotion for its cafeteria, ISBA developed personalized jute bags.  "We do a lot of personalized printing on demand,” concluded Laske. “Many companies are talking about personalization, but we have been doing it for years. The Manta adds more flexibility and capability to our personalization and other projects."

Manta Product Details

Grapo Technologies Svang inks ensure optimal adhesion to print media without the need for pre-coating.  The white ink option enables printing on dark backgrounds.  Maximum printing size is 2 x 3 meters at 720 dpi, with small, precise controlled drop sizes and precise dot placement, enabling excellent reproduction of skin tones or pastel-colored surfaces without color cuts or sharp transitions.

The Manta has a production speed of 110 square meters per hour and comes with many time- and cost-saving features.  For example, Grapo Technologies’ unique Twin Mode System, allows users to print on one half of the machine while preparing a second job on the other. This innovative feature stems directly from Grapo’s early years as a print shop, when it learned the importance of maximizing available space, reducing man hours and increasing operating efficiency.  The Twin Mode System uses two independent desk areas. While printing on one area, operators can place material for printing on the other side without disrupting the ongoing printing process. The ability to switch between print desks when using rigid materials ensures that jobs can flow with no interruption between them and with no valuable production time lost.

UV-curable inks also provide the option to pause printing in case of errors or other occurrences. Users can halt the printer midway through a job, and then restart exactly where they left off once the problem has been corrected, reducing the amount of media waste.