05 Dec 2019

New Delhi printer installs Matan BARAK 3 UV Hybrid

Matan BARAK 3 UV Hybrid

SS Digital Point, of New Delhi, India, have announced the installation of Matan's BARAK 3 UV Hybrid (Roll-to-Roll with Back to Back and Flatbed options).

Sanjay Kushwaha of SS Digital Point talks positively of the newly installed printer "It's 30 picolitre drop size heads gives ultimate sharpness in text with perfect colour gamut. We are achieving excellent production speeds for billboards, and the quality of its backlit/translite compares favourably with Ecosolvent inkjets.

The UV inks are environmentally friendly whilst allowing us provide 3 year outdoor and 10 years indoor life warranty against fading."

Barak’s all-in-one solution, driven by the Caldera RIP, claims to deliver a new level of price performance and operational flexibility, and allows you to experience benefits including a claimed 150 square metre an hour production speed, true 600dpi resolution and the ability to simulataneously print up to 3 rolls of media.

The Barak 3 also features rapid changeover for printing of rigid media up to 25mm thickness and roll-to-roll substrates such as flexface banners, mesh, blue-back or backlit paper, self-adhesive vinyl, flags and many more coated and uncoated materials.

Inca Spyder Investment Leads Digital Expansion for Kremer

Inca Spyder V

It is a brave move to create a new business focus during a global economic crisis - especially when your target audience is bearing the brunt of the downturn.

For Kremer Signs, a leading supplier of signage to the property market, the decision to add a digital arm to its service has been so successful that a second eight-colour Inca Spyder has just joined an 18-month-old printer/machine at the Newbury firm. Together the digital capability of both printers is expected to help boost the company's £4m turnover by 12 per cent this year alone.

Steve Gosney, managing director, explained: "We had been looking to add digital production capacity for a long time but were never quite happy with the colour result until we saw the Inca Spyder. It gave us the colour range and finish we needed. There were other systems that were cheaper but nothing could match the quality we were looking for. The calibre of the finish was paramount and the Inca gives us that which is why, when we needed another system, Inca was our first choice."

Based on the design of the popular and highly successful Inca Spyder series of flatbed inkjet printers Kremer Sign's Spyder V supplied by Fujifilm Sericol is the newest and fastest edition. It is capable of up to 93 sqm/hr in production mode with a maximum speed of 130 sqm/hr thanks to a unique Inca designed printhead array. It has a print area of 3.2 x 1.6m capable of coping with substrates as thick as 30mm.

The Inca Spyder V's 25 picolitre drop size, combined with Inca's own print module technology, delivers precise ink drop placement and produces the excellent print quality they require. Its colour management flexibility and easy file set-up with the RIP, plus exceptional white ink opacity make it a highly adaptable system that Mr Gosney says has been fundamental to their success.

The decision has also clearly been a hit with customers as now the two presses produce almost half of 50,000 signs printed every month. Mr Gosney expands: "Our market share has increased on the back of the Spyders because people are realising that the quality is phenomenal.  We are mainly printing on Correx fluted plastic and the Spyder is ideal for that medium.

"Estate agents use much more colour and imagery now to get their boards noticed and build brand awareness," explains Mr Kremer, managing director. "Consistency is vital to that. Our customers tend to place orders months apart but they need their boards to look the same no matter when they were printed. With the Spyder we know we can deliver that and do it more affordably."

As for taking the plunge at an economically unpredictable time Mr Gosney says: "We bought the first system at the beginning of the credit crunch and the second, it seems, was bought in the middle. The investment in these was not small but we were looking at the long-term rather than the short-term. At the same time our customers are now wanting to place smaller orders and this helps us to achieve that more competitively."

Kremer Signs manufactures and installs a broad range of quality signage for all aspects of the residential and commercial property market place including For Sale, To Let and Commercial boards.

Durst Rho 1000 wins prestigious Angel Award 2009 in the UK

Durst Win 2009 Angel Award

The Angel Awards are published annually by Image Reports Magazine. They are the top ten products launched throughout the year which the editor and her team consider:

“The most innovative and likely to make an impact in the wide format sector.”

The Rho 1000 was launched at FESPA Digital as the flagship product in the Rho range of large format UV inkjet printers. It is a continuous UV flatbed printer that is capable of being integrated into existing manufacturing processes. It boasts a maximum output of up to 600 boards per hour (125 x 80 cm / 4 x 2.6ft.), without interruption, around the clock, whilst ensuring optimum quality.

The exceptional productivity and output quality are achieved by the further development of Durst’s own Quadro Array printhead technology, together with its highly efficient workflow configuration, which can integrate into existing manufacturing processes (screen and offset printing).

In addition to continuous board printing, the Rho 1000 will print on sheets, heavy boards and roll media up to 250cm wide and 40mm thick, and can be loaded and unloaded using screen printing methods and systems. There are a range of ink options, as with all Durst inkjets, including the addition of light colours (light magenta and light cyan), spot colours, white and selective varnish. 

For more information on the Durst Rho range of UV inkjets, visit www.durst-online.co.uk

Case Study: HP Designjet L25500 Latex Printer

HP Designjet L25500 latex printer

Challenges:

  • Grow printing business by offering new products and applications while continuing to supply the robust output demanded for its core business applications
  • Eliminate outsourcing to save 2-3,000 Euro/month and increase profit margins by 50 percent
  • Offer printed output with lower environmental impact in "sensitive" environments


Solutions:

  • HP Designjet L25500 Printer using HP Latex Inks and HP Embedded Spectrophotometer with Advanced Close Loop Colour Calibration


Results:

  • Versatility from single printing solution to successfully compete for higher image quality business to grow revenue streams while still serving established customer demands
  • Profit margins on outsourced printing increased by 50 percent by bringing printing in-house
  • Increased customer satisfaction, faster turnaround and higher quality signage
  • Sell HP Latex printed output for "sensitive" environment applications such as health service sector, restaurants, fresh food stores or kids' toy shops


The year 2009 marked twenty years of business for tot.rètol, a sign printing shop based in Igualada, outside Barcelona in Spain. Joan Torrents, general manager and owner, has successfully exploited his business experience and know-how as a printing professional to steer tot. rètol through the economic downturn that came with the credit crisis, perhaps the most challenging period since tot.rètol started business in 1989. tot.rètol use "hard" solvent printing technology, a term commonly used among printing business professionals to distinguish it from eco-solvent printing technology. They print on PVC, banner and transparent vinyl for tradeshows banners, point of sale displays and outdoor store signs.

Eliminating outsourcing to double profit margins

Joan Torrents describes the business scenario that drove them to explore alternative printing technology to solvent-ink printing. "tot.rètol until recently was a solvent-only technology sign making business. Our solvent printers were adequate for our standard signage orders but customer orders sometimes include a portion of prints demanding higher quality. To ensure a single supplier solution and achieve greater customer loyalty we satisfied all their needs by outsourcing what we couldn't print on solvent. The problem is our profit margins were halved when we outsourced. The second problem is that reduced profit margins meant we could not compete for jobs that demanded only, or principally, high image quality. Also, turnaround times can double with outsourcing, excluding tot.rètol from competing for business with tight deadlines," states Torrents, concluding, "The economic crisis meant print volumes from core solvent-ink applications were down 40 percent. The HP Designjet L25500 Printer has allowed us to expand our applications and products and still serve our core business for robust, durable output. We are seeing our printing volumes grow strongly and we believe we can still do much more."

Making new profits

Joan Torrents explains how the HP Designjet L25500 Printer allowed tot.rètol to successfully compete for new business. "We recently bid for a high image quality job that demanded 150m2 (492ft2) of in-store signage up to 2 x 4m (6.6 x 13.1ft) on vinyl. The viewing distance was short so our solvent printer was not an option due to the low image quality it offers and possible banding. It was an important opportunity as the job was for an advertising agency - an ideal customer in terms of return business. By using the HP Designjet L25500 Printer, as opposed to outsourcing, we were able to make an extremely competitive offer to acquire the new agency as a customer and still make a profit. Delivery time was halved from six days to three by printing in-house. Without in-house printing it is very unlikely that we could have beaten the competition to win the job. The customer was satisfied with our printing service and we have become their first choice supplier," Torrents states.

Versatility offers more sellable applications

Torrents believes printed output with a lower environmental impact will give them an extra competitive edge for certain applications. "Printed output using solvent inks may be perceived as unsuitable in certain types of activities, particularly those widely used by the public. The health service sector, restaurants, fresh food stores or kids' toy shops are a few examples where environmental health and safety are of paramount importance. Printed displays in these "sensitive" environments represent an ideal application for Latex output from the HP Designjet L25500."

HP Latex Printing Technology represents a no-compromise alternative over tot.rètol's solvent ink technology. "A regular client requested some attractive 60 x 60cm2 (23 x 23in2) coffee table tops for their outdoor terrace bar. Output needed to be tough and weather resistant. In the past we would have used our solvent printer and then laminated the output. We printed the job on white vinyl at a higher quality and more quickly on our new HP Latex printer and laminated output to avoid scratching," Torrents says delightedly.

Innovation without complication

As a new, unfamiliar technology to tot.rètol, any initial concerns they had about its implementation were soon dispelled. "Our operator has lots of experience with large format solvent and the HP Designjet L25500 Printer was extremely easy to manage in comparison. It was very, very easy to learn without any special training. Media loading is easy even on your own. It is very clean and maintenance is automated. The printer adopts convenient, user-replaceable cartridges instead of the bottles and tubes used for solvent. You have to be careful not to leave marks with solvent," Torrents says, adding, "The print speed is great and prints are dry when they come off the printer so you can finish and laminate immediately. Ink usage is more efficient than solvent - up to 30 percent less per square meter. To avoid clogging, solvent technology has bigger printheads and regular cleaning and purging is required. Solvent ink is not absorbed so well on certain types of media. We've noticed poor adhesion on Backlit media so ink can run and print results are less reliable," Torrents claims. The embedded spectrophotometer and advanced close loop colour calibration are highly appreciated. "You get reliable results on any media you need to use. Automatic colour calibration and creation of ICC profiles is easy," Torrents adds, concluding, "Although this technology was new to us, HP is a prestigious brand with reliable, quality products and HP has offered us a qualified and professional post sales service whenever we have needed it. That gives you peace of mind."

Minicom Digital Signage Unveils New Video Wall with up to nine displays in Ultra-HD

DS Vision Wall

Minicom Digital Signage, the leader in “last mile” player-to-screen connectivity platforms for the Digital Signage marketplace - unveils the DS Vision Wall - an innovative, Ultra High Definition (UHD) display wall solution for digital signage applications powered by YCD.

DS Vision Wall is specifically designed for the in-store market. With outstanding specs and dynamic control, venues can create a unique brand experience utilizing visual content, with flexibility and creativity.

Minicom DS Vision Wall can drive up to nine displays in their native HD resolution, in any shape and configuration. It comes with bezel compensation and will run with any vendor display. Furthermore, it supports most of the common multimedia file formats, resulting in major cost savings by avoiding expensive post production to adaptation of content to displays.

Minicom Digital Signage multiscreen Video Wall, integrates audio and video for unparalleled clarity and impact. The DS Vision Wall can support three, four, six, or nine digital signage screens of any size in any matrix, arranged in the configuration that best utilizes your space and content. Place one stunning image on a video wall and dramatically change the mood and atmosphere of the room, or use multiple targeted digital messaging images to inspire a call to action.

DS Vision® Wall can be used for video, advertising and audio purposes with additional customization tools including Flash animation overlays, RSS feeds, crawls, and so on. DS Vision Wall comes in three configurations ready to go (out-of-the-box), to support three, six, or nine screens of any size, allowing for easy deployment without the need for customisation.

Screens can be mounted in different ways – vertically, horizontally or side by side. DS Vision® Wall provides the freedom to design any matrix combination for maximum effect.

Pyramid Visuals expands its presence in POP with an Inca Spyder

Inca Spyder V

Surrey large format digital printer Pyramid Visuals has invested in an Inca Spyder V large format UV inkjet printer in order to keep ahead of its customers’ demands for increasingly fast turnarounds and expand its presence in the point of sale and point of purchase (POS/POP) market.

With speeds of up to 130sqm per hour and the ability to print directly on to any substrate, the company has seen substantial time and cost savings.

“Digital is definitely the way to go in the display market,” says production director Scott Meader. “Every machine we have is digital and the speed, quality, resolution and flexibility that the Inca Spyder V offers made it the ideal choice for the type of work we do.”

The Inca Spyder V, supplied by Fujifilm Sericol, has an innovative print head array which gives high quality at high speeds and offers greater throughput than ever before. With a print area of 3.2×1.6m and the ability to print onto substrates up to 30mm thick, the printer is ideal for the production of display graphics.

Pyramid Visuals was founded in 1993 as a sign and signwriting supplier and were very successful in that niche, producing a variety of work including cut vinyls and vehicle livery. Six years ago the company invested heavily in the digital arena and so, when it came to investing in the digital POP market,  the company had already acquired a good reputation in the banner sector, including building wraps, and had no doubt that concentrating on the flatbed market would provide better returns and expanding opportunities.

One of those markets is POS/POP, to which the Spyder V is ideally suited. “The client can come to us with a product,” says Meader. “The designer can put the dimensions into the CAD programme and a packaging solution is created, we then add the artwork, print it on the Spyder V and finish it on our Zund cutter. The client can have a full high-resolution mock up about two hours from receipt of the concept.”

When Meader was researching which machine to buy he visited demonstration suites with a pre-prepared test file. He had it run at the different speeds in the machines’ ranges and chose the resolution result he required. “I then got them to run it again and I timed how long it took,” he says. “If the machine didn’t reach the speed I needed, I discounted it and went on to the next. The Inca Spyder V produced the resolution I wanted at the speed I required.”

Pyramid is feeding its Spyder V with short run POS jobs. Operating two shifts a day, seven days a week, the machine is already running at capacity. “The beauty of digital is that although a run may be 150 sheets, those 150 don’t have to be the same design” says Meader. “For example, a free standing display unit may be intended for a product that is priced differently in London, Scotland, Newcastle and Ireland. The client can have the same design but can change the price and not incur extra set up costs. It means we can be really competitive in that market.”

Scott Meader Production Director Pyramid Visuals

Scott Meader, Production Director Pyramid Visuals

 

The Spyder V’s ability to print directly onto rigid substrates eliminates any time-consuming mounting. The large hoardings that property companies use to advertise their developments were previously produced on self-adhesive vinyl and mounted on to Foamex sheets. Printing directly on to the final substrate means Pyramid can produce a consignment of boards in a fraction of the time, decreasing those all-important turnarounds. When a builder opens a marketing suite, they will need a variety of banners, flags, building wraps and hoardings and Pyramid can produce them all under one roof.

As Pyramid beta-tested the machine for eight weeks, it came with the options of orange and white, which have proved invaluable. The orange brings out the brightness of the colours and increases the gamut. The white has been used for self-clings which are viewed from both sides.

“For some time now our bigger clients have been demanding more of a package rather than just ordering products,” says Meader. “We added high resolution HP9000 and HP5500 large format printers for both indoor and outdoor graphics to our roll-to-roll machines. Now we have the Spyder V as well, we can work with our clients and turn their ideas into reality.”