10 Apr 2020

Virtu RR50 is the pick of the superwide bunch in EDP Awards


The Virtu RR50 from WP Digital, distributed in the UK by Digital Print Innovations (DPI), has been recognised as best in its class by the European Digital Press Association Awards’ 2010 edition. Winning in the ‘superwide-format printer larger than three metres’ category, the five-metre UV-curable machine was given the nod for its combination of speed and quality, although the judges also cited its abundance of versatile production options and practical user features.

“The award is given, among other reasons, for the [RR50’s] white ink option, options of 36 or 48 print-heads, multi-roll print capability, maximum resolution of 1,200dpi, [and] front and rear loading options,” the judges concluded. They also noted its maximum speed of 320sq m/hour, as well as heavy-weight reel handling, longitudinal and cross-cutting facilities and its functionality with mesh.

The Virtu RR50 is the biggest brother of the WP Digital (formerly Spühl) range of UV-curable devices, for which DPI provides a complete service channel in the UK and Ireland. Available in configurations which can include six colours (CMYK, Lc and Lm) and white, it delivers addressable 1200dpi resolution on a wide range of materials, including banner, PE and – surprisingly – flag. DPI also explains that the bulk system for its highly durable VOC-free inks, which allows six litres per colour to be stored, is among the productivity-orientated benefits of the engine.

“There are technology advances within the RR50 which set it apart from everything else on the market, such as the linear motor system which eliminates vibration problems and improves dot placement,” comments Stewart Bell, managing director of DPI, “but it’s also a practical machine for display and industrial applications alike. A single operator can, for example, load extra rolls using a remote control device. This kind of productivity and versatility in the same machine is the innovation that the superwide market has been waiting for.”

These benefits come as a result of its heritage in precision Swiss engineering, Bell continues. “We’re delighted to see the RR50 from WP Digital getting the recognition it deserves, and grateful to the panel for electing it. The truth is that the Virtu range of printers are powerhouses for display production onto almost any flexible material, and have a well-earned reputation for being both reliable and versatile,” he emphasises.

The EDP Awards are nominated by a panel of five judges from the European trade press which focuses on the innovation that the machine presents to the market. They include Sophie Matthews-Paul, wide-format digital printing technology consultant and technology editor of Image Reports; Martin Spaar, editor of Swiss publishing trade magazine Publisher; Chris Cooke, publishing director of Image Reports; Herman Hartman, respected industry journalist and consultant, currently editor of SignPro Benelux; and Italian Adobe-certified instructor and expert Luca Chiavegato.

DPI is a display solutions provider formed to bring a fresh approach to the market. With combined technical experience of 65 years within the printing industry, DPI is the exclusive distributor for WP Digital and Meital UV-curing machines in the UK and Ireland. The company also supplies a range of selected display equipment, including Seiko II print technology and Esko Artwork’s Kongsberg cutting solutions, to provide start-to-finish graphics production solutions. Its comprehensive technical support is fully UK-based for both hardware and software.

HP Expands Designjet Portfolio to Include First HP 3D Printer Series

Hp Designjet Color 3d Printer

Whilst this printer is neither large format, nor indeed even a printer in the traditional sense, the technology is nonetheless interesting, and on that basis newsworthy.

HP today announced its entrance into the 3D printing market, with the launch of its first HP Designjet 3D printing solution aimed at the mechanical computer aided design (MCAD) and educational markets.

The new HP Designjet 3D printing solution enables design professionals to achieve faster time-to-market and cost-savings during product development. It also sets a new standard for automated 3D printing, office integration and reliability.

The HP Designjet 3D printer series enable users to easily produce robust plastic 3D models in their office, while also saving money with one of the lowest total cost of ownership in its class(1). Available in two models and starting below €13,000, the HP Designjet 3D printer creates highly accurate models in ivory coloured HP Designjet 3D ABS Material, while the HP Designjet Color 3D printer can produce single-colour parts using eight different colours, ideal for designers and educational professionals who need to differentiate individual areas of assembled models.

"The HP Designjet 3D printing solution offers the ideal combination of affordability, model quality and usability," says Santiago Morera, large format printing business vice president and GM, HP. "The affordability of the HP Designjet 3D printers means that businesses that choose these products are likely to see a return on investment very quickly. If they are outsourcing just five to ten models per month, the printer can pay for itself in one year and if only one error is detected before tooling it can potentially save them thousands(2)."

Featuring the new HP Designjet 3D Removal System - an innovation in automated removal of excess model material within a normal office environment - this new product introduction from HP will provide manufacturers, product designers, engineers, and educators with affordable, high-quality 3D printing, supported by HP's renowned expertise in reliable, office-ready technology.

By eliminating the need for special disposal methods, the unique HP Designjet Removal System makes the HP Designjet 3D printer solution truly office-ready. Designed with the office environment in mind, the printers produce models that are ready-to-handle without gloves, and the printing and post-processing of the models is automatic, with no manual finishing necessary.

Hp 3d Models

Wrench model and HP logo model produced on the HP Designjet Color 3D Printer


Produced using recyclable ABS plastic, the models created on the HP Designjet 3D Printer Series are highly durable, functional and precise, therefore users can count on printed output that's always true to the original design. Models can be usable and pre-assembled with moving parts, providing prototypes ideal for fit, form and functional testing.

"We found that fit and form testing is a critical part of the design process, and the HP Designjet 3D printing solution allows us to do this affordably, easily and comfortably in our office," said Josep Congost, design manager of Roca, world leader in bathroom spaces and experts in cutting-edge design. "3D printing allows us to speed up our design processes and drive more product launches per year. We can make crucial decisions and detect unforeseen design, fit and function issues very early in the design process. Also, Roca is a very environmentally-concerned company and the fact that the models are produced using recyclable ABS plastic made the decision to go with HP even easier."

The new HP Designjet 3D Removal System that accompanies the printers, ensures waste products from the printing process require no treatment before being disposed of into the office drainage system(4), thus avoiding unplanned incremental investments. In addition, the ABS plastic can be recycled as part of the HP Planet Partners Program(3). All this makes the HP 3D printing solution ideal for companies looking to minimise their impact on the environment.

Developed to HP specifications and quality standards to ensure the best possible customer experience, the HP Designjet 3D Printers are easy to install, use and service and offer consistent, repeatable quality, print to print, printer to printer.

The HP Designjet 3D Printer will start being commercialized during May 2010 in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. Availability in other countries will be announced at a later date.


HP Designjet T1200 HD-MFP Expands Large Format Printing Portfolio


P Designjet T1200 Hd Mfp

HP today announced new HP Designjet multifunction printer (MFP) and scanning solutions to help office users, IT managers and technical design professionals easily shift from a cumbersome, hard copy based project workflow to a more efficient, integrated digital workflow solution that boosts productivity and reduces costs.

"Enterprises and small and mid-sized businesses are facing extreme pressure to develop a leaner, more efficient infrastructure, while still providing high-quality results," said Santiago Morera, vice president and general manager, Designjet Printing Solutions, HP. "HP is committed to providing solutions that allow our customers to collaborate, innovate and achieve success while simplifying the way they manage their printing environment."

Optimise imaging and printing infrastructure with new large-format solutions

The new HP Designjet T1200 HD-MFP extends HP's leadership in the large-format MFP market, offering customers an integrated scanning, copying and printing experience for a variety of documents, including drawings, maps, renders and photo-realistic images. Ideal for reproduction houses, copy shops and planning departments, the HP Designjet T1200 HD-MFP features a four-camera charge-coupled device (CCD) scanner with 600 dpi technology and embedded PostScript capabilities for optimal results.

Customers also can streamline workflow and increase efficiency by bringing large format colour scanning in-house with the new HP Designjet Scanner. A resolution of 600 dpi optical from four CCD cameras creates high-quality images with realistic colours and precise lines even when using poor-quality originals. The HP Designjet Scanner complements existing large format printing capabilities to build a powerful, easy-to-use, in-house scan-copy-print system. It integrates easily with numerous industry-leading third-party scan applications - enabling excellent copy quality and performance.

These solutions help customers drive new business opportunities by delivering higher productivity and print quality, fast print speeds and a powerful in-printer processing architecture that allows workgroups to easily meet deadlines, even during printing peaks.

Software solutions allow customers to capture new business

HP also offers a suite of software solutions for the HP Designjet portfolio that increase productivity, reduce costs and deliver high-quality results. The solutions include Serif Poster Designer Pro for HP, HP Instant Printing, SCP Reprocontrol for HP and HP Designjet Excel Accounting Report.

More information is available at www.hp.com/go/graphicarts, as well as through the HP Graphic Arts Twitter feed.


Action Screen invests in the future with Fujifilm Acuity Advance X2


Action Acuity X2

Action Screen, based in Corby, Northants, recently became the second company in the UK to place an order for the Acuity Advance X2, Fujifilm’s wide-format UV device with a print area of 2.5 x 3.05m. The investment will allow Action Screen to broaden its service offering while continuing to provide its customers with high quality products in shorter turnaround times.

Vince Meeks, technical sales director at Action Screen, says: “For us, investing in the Acuity Advance X2 means investing in the future of wide-format print. When researching all the different technologies available on the market today, we realised that it was possible to offer our customers a digital option without having to compromise on quality and resolution.”

Action Screen specialises in screen printing and large format digital imaging, with a client base that ranges from local businesses right through to national and blue chip companies. It currently has two roll-to-roll wide-format solvent digital printers, but realised the need to invest in a UV flatbed printer to stay competitive and up-to-date with the industry.

“We tested almost every wide-format UV flatbed printer on the market that met our requirements, but it quickly became apparent that the Acuity Advance X2 was by far the best choice for us. Its added white option means that we don’t have to compromise on our ability to print white, something which we’ve been able to do for a long time with screen printing.”

The Acuity Advance series of devices uses Fujifilm Uvijet inks, delivering ultimate flexibility, particularly when using Uvijet white, which allows users to print a very opaque white under, over or between layers as well as directly onto dark media.

Action Screen has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Fujifilm, which has supplied them with inks for years. Vince continues: “We wanted to make this investment in this new technology with a company that we trust. We have a strong affiliation with Fujifilm and have always been impressed with the level of service we’ve received so there was no question that Fujifilm was a trustworthy business partner with which to invest.”

The Acuity Advance X2 has the same modified print head array as the Acuity Advance and incorporates greyscale print head technology to produce near-photographic quality print - unrivalled in the market today. It prints at a speed of 22m2/hr in production mode and 15m2/hr in high quality mode with the additional white ink option complementing the CMYK colour set.


Mimaki bucks industry trend following Sign & Digital UK with significant show orders

Hybrid Signuk

April’s Sign & Digital UK show saw Mimaki’s exclusive distributor; Hybrid Services Ltd, enjoy great success – securing a significant number of sales during and immediately after the exhibition as their reseller network placed confirmed orders for sign & graphics, UV curing and soft signage products.

The exhibition hosted the UK launch of Mimaki’s Tx400-1800D production textile printer – a 1.8m wide, direct to textile machine, sporting latest generation print heads, and Mimaki’s bulk ink system that allows up to 8 litres of ink per colour. Very well received by customers looking for a solution to produce everything from soft signage and flags to dye sublimated sportswear and high fashion garments, the Tx400 also produced the majority of the graphics on Hybrid’s stand. “We took the opportunity to practice what we preach,” said Hybrid’s marketing manager, Duncan Jefferies. “The 3.6m x 1.5m side panels on our hospitality area were one piece of display polyester printed direct on the Mimaki and then put through a rotary calendar press. Our stand builders stretched it around the panel prior to construction and we were very pleased with the result.” Other graphics and hanging fabrics on the stand were also produced on the Mimaki; printed to semi sheer flag fabric taking advantage of the machine’s ability to print direct to such cloths and delivering the necessary show-through required for such applications.

Along with significant orders for core products in the Mimaki range – such as the CJV30 printer / cutters and JV33 wide format printers; the first showing at the exhibition of Mimaki’s desktop LED UV printer; the UJF-3042 generated an unprecedented level of interest. Often found with a crowd of interested people surrounding it, the A3 printer proved the star of the show for promotional products companies, manufacturing suppliers and signmakers keen to print to small rigid substrates. John de la Roche – Hybrid’s national sales manager reported a very satisfying amount of resulting business. “We’re in the fortunate position of having our April and May order books absolutely full. All our consignments of the UJF-3042 for this period have sold out, but we continue to receive orders from companies keen to invest early in this impressive new machine.”

“Our resellers had an excellent show, “ continued de la Roche, “and we’re working hard this week to fulfil the machine orders as quickly as we can. In a tough and very competitive economic climate, it’s enormously encouraging to witness the willingness of an educated and well informed market to invest in technology that they’re convinced will benefit their businesses. The number of visitors to the show who clearly came to purchase new equipment bears testament to both this, and the quality of Mimaki’s product range.”

SEAL 62 Base wins Wide-Format Imaging's readers' choice Top Products award

Seal 62 Base

The SEAL 62 Base has won 'Wide-Format Imaging' magazine's Readers’ Choice Top Products Award for Laminating Equipment in the US.

Wide-Format Imaging's poll focused on its readership of corporate and senior level management professionals directly involved in wide- and grand-format imaging who were asked to rate the best products in 27 categories.

Ideal for mounting and laminating pressure-sensitive graphics up to 61ins wide, the SEAL 62 Base laminator supports the rapidly growing digital display market. This machine represents a flexible package at an affordable price without compromising functionality. The top roller’s heat-assist feature ensures superb results with a wide range of materials.  Whatever the experience level of the operator, the SEAL 62 Base is easy-to-use and delivers genuine flexibility with high performance for the small to medium sized user.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the SEAL 62 Base,” said Frank Seemann, head of marketing and communications. “SEAL is no stranger to the Wide-Format Imaging Reader’s Choice Awards, but it is especially rewarding to see one of our newer machines winning this year.  The 62 Base is a real work-horse and has been designed to provide years of trouble-free use.”