14 Nov 2019

Industrial Inkjet Ltd Website now available in Russian

Industrial Inkjet Ltd

Industrial Inkjet Ltd. continues development of its web-site www.industrialij.com with the release of a Russian language copy of the site.

The Industrial Inkjet web site provides technical information on Konica Minolta inkjet printheads and other products. It also covers IIJ's range of inkjet peripherals components and its range of ColourPrint and MonoPrint complete inkjet print engines.

The web site is aimed at development partners and OEM customers.

The new Russian language pages can be accessed using the Russian flag symbol on the home page.

All information on the site, including technical information, product news and customer news , has been translated and will be kept upto date.

In the near future IIJ will also release a Spanish-language site for partners in Spain and Latin America. IIJ employees will be glad to answer your enquiries, not only in English but also in Russian and Spanish languages.

Other web site upgrades planned include a new "Application" section. This will include descriptions of use of the ColourPrint and MonoPrint engines in various markets.

Océ Arizona 350 XT Printer produces print for Birds-of-a-Feather fundraiser.

Oce Arizona 350 XT printer

Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery solutions, was recently called upon to help create a stunning tablescape to support the DIFFA Chicago Chapter’s Dining by Design 2009 event held in the Chicago Merchandise Mart, November 5-7, 2009.

DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), through fundraising events and grants, supports HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S. Founded in 1984, DIFFA has granted more than $38 million to hundreds of community-based organizations. The DIFFA Chicago chapter recently held its 8th annual Dining by Design event that showcases individuals in the Chicago design community and pairs them with generous table sponsors to create three-dimensional dining suites that are works of art.

NELSON, an international design and consulting firm based in Chicago, contacted the Océ Wide Format Printing Systems office to inquire about helping create an elemental piece for the tablescape. Jim Pelletier, Senior Project Designer at NELSON, had previously worked on the design and build-out of the new Océ Solution Studio in New York City. Seeing the capabilities of the Océ Arizona® 350 XT printer during that project, Jim thought it would be a good fit to create a one-of-a-kind tablecloth for the event. Jim and his team worked with Jeffrey Brito, Manager of the Display Graphics Knowledge Center at the Océ location in Itasca, IL, to print a full-size, round tablecloth with a birdseed image keeping with the “Birds of a Feather” theme of the dining suite. Because of the oversized table on the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer, the tablecloth could be produced in one piece, without seams.

Jeff and his team went to work on the project when they received a tightly-folded, white cotton tablecloth, which had been purchased at a local linens store. It was professionally cleaned and pressed, and the cleaner rolled it onto a large core for transport. The Océ Arizona 350 XT printer was prepared by placing self-adhesive vinyl (SAV), sticky-side up, on the vacuum table. The tablecloth was carefully placed on the SAV and a manual roller was used to smooth it out. The birdseed image was then printed directly onto the tablecloth.

“Océ’s effort, time and the Océ Arizona printer were a tremendous help with our design,” said James Pelletier. “It was a huge success, and our entry stood out among the others. A number of guests asked about the tablecloth and where we got it. When we explained that it was printed on an Océ Arizona printer, they were amazed and very impressed.”

The “Birds of a Feather” table was a collaboration between NELSON and Coalesse®, Inc. (Chicago), a supplier of lifestyle furniture for home and office. Three DIFFA events were held over three days: the first event, “Cocktails by Design” attracted more than 700 visitors. The second event was a private affair attended by 200 people. The third evening was the “Dining by Design” gala event where dinner was served to approximately 450 people in each sponsor’s dining suite. A total of more than 1,350 design professionals attended one or more of these events.

Beyond display graphics applications
The Océ Arizona 350 XT printer is ideal for producing a wide variety of display graphics such as event graphics, point-of-purchase displays, limited-term signage, banners, backlit and reflective rigid displays, transit advertising, and directional signage. But because of its ability to print on a range of materials not predetermined simply by “square, flat and thin” and its support of white ink, the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer can produce applications beyond the norm including custom furniture, glasswork, tablecloths, fixture enhancement, fine art, or nearly anything that the imagination can conceive.

About the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer

The Océ Arizona 350 XT printer offers versatility to produce nearly any display graphics application. It can print onto a range of rigid and roll-based media and is ideal for producing a wide variety of display graphics such as event and exhibit graphics, point-of-purchase displays, limited-term signage, banners, posters, transit advertising, and directional signage. The Océ Arizona 350 XT printer uses UV curable inks and Océ VariaDot™ imaging technology to deliver near-photographic image quality for nearly any application.

Tone Digital Adds Capacity with New HP Printing Solutions

HP Scitex XP5300

Company targets international sports events for business growth

Tone Digital (Pty) Ltd, of Edenvale, South Africa, has installed the country’s first HP Scitex XP5300 Printer. The printer is enabling Tone Digital to meet new demands for large format graphics and capture business from upcoming international sports events including the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Established in 2000, Tone Digital is a leading sign and display print service provider (PSP) specialising in a wide range of indoor and outdoor branding solutions from billboards and building wraps to expos and event branding.

With the five metre (16.6ft) HP Scitex XP5300 Printer, Tone Digital has increased its capacity and turnover thanks to high volume production that enables better production planning. The company can now provide a turnkey service and support demanding requests from public services as well as event companies working on the upcoming World Cup.

Gary Catterick, CEO for Tone Digital, commented, “After thorough research, we felt that HP understood our requirements for quality, productivity and versatility and we decided that the HP Scitex XP5300 Printer was the most suitable five meter solution for us. Capable of producing high quality digital prints up to 300m2/hr (3200ft2) on a wide range of substrates for various applications, the HP Scitex XP5300 will help us to support major upcoming projects.”

The World Cup represents a unique opportunity for Tone Digital to leverage its work at an international level - seen by millions of football fans throughout the world. With its new HP Scitex XP5300 and HP Designjet L65500, in addition to its HP Scitex TJ8300 and the HP Designjet 9000 Printers, the company will produce a major part of the event’s signage in conjunction with the support provided by HP South Africa.

“Sporting events can be very demanding projects and usually call for thorough planning and attention to detail. We are confident that we will achieve major successes in conjunction with HP and produce durable, high quality billboards and signage whilst ensuring a high level of productivity,” Gary concluded.

Tone Digital recently produced a campaign for an American rock group’s South African tour, printed on PVC and vinyl with HP Specialty Billboard Scitex Ink at 180m2/hr (1940ft2). With the HP Scitex XP5300, the company managed to produce the job in 24 hours, half the normal turnaround time, exceeding their client’s expectations.

Apart from the HP Scitex XP5300, Tone Digital has a new HP Designjet L65500, which utilises Latex Ink Technology and promises an environmentally responsible solution with broad industry applications. With its wide range of HP printers, the company is now able to extend its client base within the media industries.

Tone Digital has become a market leader in the local digital printing industry and produces a complete range of branding solutions in-house. Its know-how and market knowledge enables the company to work with well-known media and advertising agencies to bring their campaigns to life.

Epson sees encouraging growth in large format printer market share

Epson LFP Technology

Having made surpisingly little impact in the professional wide format 'print for pay' market under their own brand (systems such as Mimaki, Mutoh and Roland do however rely heavily on Epson printhead and controller technology), Epson can still boast some very impressive figures in terms of their market share in those sectors that sit just outside of what the typical LFR reader might deem to be 'our market'.

Where Epson do excel is in fine art and photographic reproduction, where their printers are very much accepted as the benchmark that competing printers are measured against.

Their dominance in those particular sectors has no doubt played a central role in their continued growth during 2009.

Epson has increased its UK market share in the large format inkjet printing (LFP) market by 7.5% in Q3 2009 resulting in a 71.5% total market share of all A2-A0+  printers sold in the UK in the last quarter.

The Epson Stylus Pro range features models ranging from the 17-inch Stylus Pro 3880 up to the 64-inch Stylus Pro 11880. They all combine the latest hardware innovations and industry-leading ink technology to produce high quality and value for money for photography, fine art, proofing and POS printing applications.

Following the launch of the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 in September this year, Epson’s share of the A2+ market grew by almost 3% in Q3 to 93%.  Its A1+ market share also grew 3% to 58%, the highest level since 2004. The biggest growth area for Epson was in the 44-inch A0+ printer sector, where its market share leapt by 18% on the previous quarter. The reason for growth in both these sectors is because of the introduction of Epson’s latest professional printers, the Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900, which incorporate the new UltraChrome HDR inkset. Finally, market share in the 64-inch sector, a relatively new area for Epson with the Stylus Pro 11880, more than doubled to just over 26%.

Martin Johns, Senior Product Manager, Epson UK, says: “By continual innovation, a focus on quality, and competitive pricing, Epson is the inkjet print technology of choice for many professional graphics users. Companies have the confidence that when they invest in an Epson printer, they can offer their customers added value and service for a relatively modest investment.”

Konica Minolta starting mass production of the KM1024 series printheads

Konica Minolta KM1024 Printhead

Konica Minolta Inkjet Technologies , Tokyo today announced production ramp-up of their KM1024 series printheads. The first introduction of the printhead was in DRUPA-2008.

The KM1024 series heads have been very well accepted in the wide-format and single-pass inkjet market places over the last year. Sales volumes have increased markedly and Konica Minolta has now moved the product line into full mass production.

The printheads are available in 3 drop sizes, 6pl, 14pl and 42pl. All models can be used in binary or greyscale mode (3 bit). Versions are available with built-in electrical heater for use with UV inks, or without heater  for Oil and Solvent ink.

The KM1024 series heads pack a large number of nozzles into a very small space. They have excellent drop-placement accuracy and drop velocity consistency making them ideal for high-quality single-pass applications.

The KM1024 requires only a very simple and elegant  ink supply system. It is also suitable for use with white ink.  The .KM1024 is easy to use and gives very high reliability and so is ideal for industrial inkjet applications.
The KM1024 series heads have a new low-capacitance architecture which reduces power consumption by upto 50% compared to the KM512 series heads, making them the "environmentally friendly" choice.

A full set of peripheral components is available from Industrial Inkjet Ltd. Industrial inkjet can also supply complete single-pass inkjet print engines,  using the KM1024 heads, to OEM partners.

New models of the KM1024 series head are becoming available soon – contact Industrial Inkjet Ltd for details.

ap denmark’s New HP Produced Acoustic Graphics Resonate Well With European Market

Acoustic Graphics from ap denmark

HP today announced that the European large format graphic consumables supplier, ap denmark, is enjoying tremendous success with its new acoustic graphic application.

Benefiting many businesses looking to reduce the affects of noise created in indoor public spaces, the new solution developed by ap denmark, is produced by European Print Service Provider (PSP), Sumopix, using HP Designjet printers and media.

Due to the current worldwide trend in minimalist interior décor and the eradication of soft furnishings, noise levels within many Scandinavian businesses and public places have become a new and expanding health and workplace issue. As such, the new ap denmark acoustic graphic application is being widely adopted by schools, businesses, architecture firms and managers of other public buildings.

Ib Norholm, ap denmark CEO said: “Market interest in this new application is huge, as it’s a great way to solve the problem of sound reduction, while also enabling the production of bespoke graphics and images or branded decoration. The new solution includes HP canvas stretched on wooden frames, HP inks and the images printed on the HP Designjet Z6100 – this complete HP workflow ensures colour and print quality assurance.”

The HP Designjet Z6100 Printer series is available in 42” and 60” models with an embedded spectrophotometer, used to deliver vivid, high-impact prints quickly. The series is ideal for indoor and short-term outdoor banners and large format applications such as posters, photos and fine art prints, drawings, maps and renders.

Used in combination with HP Professional Matte Canvas White, HP Vivera pigment inks provide customers of the new acoustic graphics, with durable prints and long lasting colour.

“The graphics’ acoustic capabilities are provided by a unique foam filling that is inserted into the cavity at the back of the canvas frame. The HP inks are perfect for this product, as they penetrate the microscopic canvas fibres, without blocking the sound from moving through the canvas holes to the noise cushioning behind,” said Norholm.

In addition, a bespoke software system developed by ap denmark enables PSPs like Sumopix and other European print businesses to tile images used for acoustic graphics. At the touch of a button, the system automatically calculates the necessary changes to make to the stretcher bar to ensure no image distortion. Without this software, mounting an image to multiple tiled frames would take between two and four hours to calculate - but with the ap demark solution, this can be completed within minutes.

ap denmark was established in 2008, and has developed a strong customer base of EMEA digital printers. Given the immediacy of digital print, ap denmark places particular emphasis on its speed of delivery – offering a two day service to any country within Scandinavia and two to four days via courier to other worldwide locations. For the acoustic graphic applications, Norholm claims that the Dutch market has been the fastest adopter of the solution, with the rest of mainland Europe now growing rapidly.

Norholm said: “We partner with HP almost exclusively. Maximising the strength of HP products used together, our relationship with HP enables us to attend and participate at their events and trade exhibitions, and communicate the benefits and potential business opportunities of acoustic solutions.

“In Europe today, Sumopix is currently the only producer of this service, and has recently developed a stock image library to enable customers to choose from over five million images. This service has significantly streamlined the process of image selection and location, while also providing access to a huge database of stunning new images, and combined text and image opportunities.”

Together, the combination of HP technology and the expertise of ap denmark and Sumopix is enabling all parties to enjoy a significant and expanding revenue stream for a market that is welcoming the application’s benefits with open arms.