Wokingham-based CMYUK Digital has been appointed as a key UK reseller for the Seiko I Infotech ColorPainter H-Series of mild solvent production printers from Colourgen. This appointment extends the close working relationship between the two companies, which has been in place for more than 15 years.
Jeff Biggs, Managing Director of Colourgen, comments, “The Seiko H-Series has established itself as the printer of choice for companies requiring high quality solvent printing at very fast speeds. It is ideal for major production projects, such as floor graphics, where quality is important and getting the work finished on time more so.”
Jon Price of CMYUK Digital, says, “We are finding that companies with hybrid UV-curable machines are looking to off-load some of the roll-fed work they are getting onto solvent machines, but this needs to be done at a production speed that makes it worth their while. The Seiko H-Series delivers this speed in spades, together with phenomenally good print quality. At CMYUK Digital we always ask the customer what they want to do before offering them a solution and if we don’t have the right products, we don’t try and shoehorn something in for the sake of a sale. By adding the Seiko to our portfolio, we are extending the range of printing solutions we can offer and increasing our overall capabilities for our customers and their business.”
He continues, “Colourgen has always been one of our main suppliers and we have always had very good service and support from them. We will be able to take customers and prospects to Colourgen’s demo facilities to show what the Seiko can do. We can also take advantage of their technical expertise, support capabilities and the extensive product testing they provide on all their printing systems.”
Biggs concludes, “CMYUK’s reputation is second to none and we are delighted to welcome their experience and expertise to help bring the Seiko to market.. CMYUK Digital and Colourgen are also major suppliers for the EFI range of RIPs, which work very well with the Seiko and together, we can offer a complete and hugely productive solution for a range of retail and business applications.”
The ColorPainter H-74-S and H-104s are the fastest printers in their class, with printing speeds of up to 50 smph in 8 colour mode and 100 smph in 4 colour mode. They achieve this while maintaining high image quality and colour density, meeting the requirements for professional quality outdoor graphics and high volume users.
As the final count-down starts for FESPA 2010, IGS UK has announced its new Internet presence at www.elementsps.net which covers the entire Elements range of green printers and complementary inks, materials and software. The immense levels of interest generated since the initial announcement of this truly versatile and environmental production solution has also resulted in demand from partners and regional distributors across Europe and the rest of the world.
The Elements family of wide-format printers is the first to incorporate a totally green ink formulation which has the durable properties of solvent-based chemistries without any of the hazards or odours. Supplied as complete turnkey system, including H2O inks, a comprehensive and growing selection of matched Krypton Eco-Media plus the specially configured Chromium RIP, full information on all the individual products can now be found on-line.
Visitors to the Elements stand at FESPA (Hall 3 Stand 490) can see regular daily demonstrations of the Elements Atom 24 (610 mm) and Atom 44 (1118 mm) outputting to a variety of materials, including a 1.5 mm rigid board which is FSC certified, plus eco-aware canvases, photo-based media, wallpapers and clear films. Although specifically designed for output onto green products, normal sign-making vinyls can also be used, enhancing the overall versatility of the printers and inks.
Because of the fast-growing interest in the Elements solution across Europe and beyond, IGS UK has already attracted a large number of potential distributors and partners to its stand at FESPA. Nick Wintle, managing director of the company, states: “We’re not surprised at the huge amount of response we’ve already received for this new environmental printing system which appeals to office users as well as to the display sector.
“As a result, we are eager to discuss the Elements range with partners and distributors who are visiting FESPA in the search for new and innovative technologies,” Wintle continues. “For this new family of products it’s essential that our channel can hold stocks and provide support as well as promoting our printing system. This is an unusual opportunity for distributors to be in at the start of a new generation of green digital production.”
Find out more by visiting www.elementsps.net and see the printers launched at FESPA on Stand 490 in Hall 3.
Based on industry-proven Epson Stylus Pro printers, the Elements Atom range is then modified to facilitate the use of Elements H2Os' unique and outdoor durable hot-cured water-based resin inks.
Elements printers feature the Epson MicroPiezoTFP Print Head - quite possibly the most advanced ink jet print head technology ever developed, offering extreme print performance and dot placement accuracy.
Certified Solution for Digital Production of Traffic Signs
Wide format inkjet printer manufacturer Mutoh Belgium nv introduces a new compact 65” (1651 mm) wide roll-to-roll digital UV inkjet printer for high quality production of road traffic signs, safety and information signs, called Zephyr TS. Based on Mutoh’s Zephyr UV platform, the new Zephyr TS will print directly onto retroreflective sheeting, using specially formulated UV inks. The combination of printer, UV inks, retroreflective sheeting and UV protection overlay film fulfills the European standard for fixed vertical road traffic signs (EN 12899-1:2007).
Delivered as a total solution (including workstation and RIP software), Mutoh’s Zephyr TS will create traffic signs with brilliant colours, meeting the colour box and retroreflectivity requirements for road traffic signage. The printer delivers typical high quality production speeds up to 28 m²/h, using specially developed high gloss print modes, a feature not available on competitive UV traffic sign printers.
Strategic Partnership with Nippon Carbide Industries Co., Inc., Japan (NCI)
“Our new Zephyr TS UV printer will bring new capabilities to analog traffic sign manufacturers, providing them a dedicated solution for the digital production of traffic signs, safety and information signs. The solution will enable traffic sign producers to complement their existing production equipment and will offer them faster turnaround, more flexibility with regards to production planning and last but not least will enable them to reduce their environmental footprint”, comments Arthur Vanhoutte, President of Mutoh’s European operations.
“To develop this solution, we have entered into a strategic partnership in 2007 with the retroreflective business unit of the company Nippon Carbide Industries , having extensive application and R&D know how regarding the production of traffic signs and manufacturing of retroreflective sheeting”, Vanhoutte continues.
“A key development goal has been to have the Zephyr TS printing solution pass conformity testing in accordance with the European standard for road traffic signs. The development cooperation Mutoh – NCI resulted in adapting our Zephyr UV platform for printing directly onto NCI’s Nikkalite® range of retroreflective sheeting materials, using specially formulated and dedicated inks suited for traffic sign production (Red, Blue, Yellow and Black). The icing on the cake is that today, Mutoh and NCI are able to market a fully certified digital printing solution with warranties up to 10 years, offering peace of mind to traffic sign manufacturers” concludes Arthur Vanhoutte.
Production of road traffic signs is a very specific application for which critical and specific regulations need to be met with regards to colours, retroreflectivity and UV fading.
The manufacturing of fixed vertical road traffic signs is specified in the European standard
EN 12899-1:2007. To comply with this standard, extensive tests by an official lab are required with regards to retroreflectivity and colours, as well as weathering tests on printed data.
Test results for the Zephyr TS solution confirm full conformity with the European standard. Warranties of 7 and 10 years can be given, depending on the type of Nikkalite® retroreflective sheeting which is used.
The warranties are stipulated in a declaration of conformity issued by Nippon Carbide Carbide Industries in accordance with EN 12899-1:2007, for the combination Mutoh Zephyr TS printer, Zephyr TS UV inks, Nikkalite® retroreflecive sheeting and the recommended Nikkalite® overlay film.
Available immediately, the new Zephyr TS printer solution will be co-marketed by Mutoh and NCI all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The printer and the inks will be available through a dedicated network of Mutoh Authorised resellers. The retroreflective sheeting materials will be available through Nippon Carbide Industries.
The new Zephyr TS printer will be displayed at the oncoming Fespa 2010 show, in Münich, Germany.
With several awards for enterprise and innovation, Stylo’s creative professionals are continually searching for new and dynamic solutions to everyday sign and display needs. Stylo was founded by existing MD Simon Olley over 20 years ago and from humble beginnings, has now grown into one of the biggest large format print service providers in the UK. Already the proud owners of a Zünd XL flatbed cutter for well over seven years, when the new G3 cutter/router was launched they knew they had to have one.
The Zünd G3 was installed in Dec 2009 alongside the existing XL model. Operations Director Simon Wheeler explained the thought process behind choosing the Zünd G3, “We looked at other cutting beds but decided our experience with the XL had been good and whilst there were other cutting beds in the market, the package offered by Zünd UK included not only the cutter, but levels of service both in terms of sales and future maintenance that were very good and this helped make our decision very easy in the end.”
Hailed as a “new generation of cutters”, the Zünd G3 automates all cutting and trimming functions – manual cutting is reduced to an absolute minimum which removes the potential for mistakes, improves efficiency and reduces waste and cost. It comes with an optimized workflow and will cut materials up to 50mm thick. Designed by award winning industrial designer Richar Amiel, the Zünd G3 is a heavy-duty machine built for a 24/7 workload whilst maintaining accuracy and exceptional quality.
“In developing G3, our primary focus was productivity”, explains Maurus Zeller, Zünd Product Manager. “Productivity means more than just machine speed. This is truly the most multifunctional system on the market. Equally well suited for cutting, creasing, scoring or routing simple shapes or complex contours, the new G3 is perfect for almost any job, consistently delivering maximum quality and throughput.”
And true to form, Stylo use their Zünd G3 to cut and route everything you can imagine; from paper posters to 19mm foam PVC. One of their most recent projects involved cutting a 15mm Digital ply with an image on to be used as a hoarding.
Simon continues; “The router Is a serious part of the cutter and enables us to produce cut outs to shape from 12mm Perspex and the quality is so good, there is no need to do anything further with the edge by way of finishing as it’s already finished!”
Stylo specialises in offering a complete service from design through to production and installation of large format graphics. Whilst they offer design and print services to many companies and markets including creative agencies, exhibition builders, office fit outs & corporate launches, it is the retail sector that they champion themselves – excelling in producing static, three dimensional and even animated displays to companies such as TK Maxx, Vodafone, Austin Reed and Muji amongst many others.
The Zünd G3 finishes a number of products including direct to media print, traditional mount and seal products as well as dye-sublimation prints.
Simon concludes; “We are very optimistic about the next 12 months and certainly we have retained a good level of work in the previous twelve months and don’t see this changing in the near future. We are mindful that influences outside our control could make the next twelve months even more challenging, and we are always looking at ways to improve our production and make ourselves as efficient as possible, hence investing now in the right equipment to be able to take us through this next stage. The dynamism and enthusiasm for breaking moulds and pushing boundaries at Stylo is instilled right through the company in every department and is actively encouraged – we like to think that some of this rubs off on our clients so they keep coming back for even more!
About the Zund G3:
The new G3 is freely accessible from all sides.
The workstation provides secure storage for modules or tools that are not in use.
A new V-Cut tool can be used to cut rigid materials up 16 mm (5/8 in.) thick at various angles from 0° to 45°. This makes it possible to create 3-dimensional displays from materials such as Kapa, Egafix, and similar dense sandwich board or honeycomb materials.
A high-resolution ICC camera attaches to the tool carriage and can be freely combined with any and all tools and modules. This option is indispensible for applications that require efficiently and accurately matching cut to print.
Zünd’s high quality standards for G3 are also reflected in the unprecedented 2-year warranty that comes with the base G3 machine, something no other manufacturer to date is willing to offer.
G3 is fully compatible with many widely available CAD and packaging programs.
About Zünd UK:
The Zünd name is synonymous with the words quality, performance and reliability.
Established in 1993, Zünd UK has rapidly become one of the industry leaders in the supply and service of precision cutting systems. Industries such as Graphics, Sign & Display, Galleries, Textile, Aviation, Motorsport, Membrane Switch, Packaging, Retail, Interior Design, Outdoor advertising etc…have all benefited from the introduction of our systems.
Situated to the North of London and close to the M1 / M25 motorway network is Zünd UK's sales and service centre offering a full pre- and after sales service. Zünd UK as a company is renowned for its’ excellent customer service and superior engineering skills. Their headquarters have fully equipped demonstration facilities with all the latest products and accessories from the Zünd portfolio.
For more information on Zünd UK, call 01727 833003
For more information on Stylographics call 01923 800666
HP today announced that SCIA, of Argenteuil, France, has installed the new HP Scitex LX800 Printer to extend its application portfolio and provide environmentally conscious customers with graphics printed using HP Latex Technology.
SCIA provides a large and varied customer-base with interior and exterior graphics, including POS, pop-ups, banners and window coverings. The company installed the 3.2m (126in) HP Scitex LX800 Printer for its production and environmental benefits - both from a product and internal production perspective.
"We found that printers using solvent-based inks create an uncomfortable working environment," explained Laetitia Lelandais, partner, SCIA. "Rather than investing in extractor equipment, we decided to purchase the LX800, since not only do the HP Latex Inks it uses require no ventilation (1), but the ability to print odourless (2) large format applications opened an entire new range of business opportunities for SCIA."
The HP Scitex LX800 Printer uses water-based HP Latex Inks, producing prints that are odourless (2) and eco-friendly, as well as high quality. Capable of printing graphics up to 3.2m (126in) wide, the HP Scitex LX800 Printer also provides a versatile, large format solution with production speeds of up to 45m²/hr.
A business winner
Laetitia Lelandais explained, "The first project we completed on the LX800 was won as a direct result of our new, extended print capabilities. In addition, we find that being an environmentally conscious supplier is a pre-requisite in an increasing number of bid processes. Certainly this is true of one of our most long-standing customers, Agence Black [part of the Duffort Group]."
"We recently printed a 3.2 x 5.9m tarpaulin for a Land Rover and Volvo garage in Les Ulis, owned by the Duffort Group. The garage is in the process of being refurbished and, due to the extensive scaffolding at the front, many of its customers and potential customers have been assuming it is closed. The Duffort Group and Agence Black asked us to produce a large format tarpaulin graphic that would advertise the fact that the garage is open for business as usual. Utilising our new HP LX800 Printer, this job was easy to fulfil and the customer was extremely pleased with the result," continued Mrs Lelandais.
Tristan de Céleyran, Associate Director, Agence Black said in response to SCIA's recent HP investment, "SCIA's forward-looking entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to invest in equipment that helps them grow is what Agence Black needs in a supplier. I am confident that the HP Scitex LX800 will help them develop their service offering and evolve their business."
One of SCIA's main objectives for the future is to expand its interior decorating business and as the HP Scitex LX800 Printer enables it to print applications that are odourless (1) and safe to use indoors and in confined spaces, the company is now able to supply interior products on many substrates, like wallpaper, decorative canvasses, carpets and floorings.
SCIA is committed to investing in its environmental policies and is in the process of being certified a 'green print service provider', an independant environmental certification created in 1998 and delivered by Imprim'Vert.
Laetitia Lelandais concludes, "Before purchasing the HP Scitex LX800 Printer, our customer service was the only thing that distinguished us from the competition. Now, we are the print service provider that can meet short deadlines and provide high-quality, durable large format prints, that don't compromise our, or our customers', environmental objectives."
FUJIFILM Dimatix is using its dazzling new 72 square-meter booth at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre to exhibit the full line of Piezoelectric drop-on-demand (Piezo DOD) inkjet printheads from its four major printhead product lines, and as a gallery to display a wide array of commercial samples of the many materials FUJIFILM Dimatix printhead products help produce.
In addition, APPPEXPO 2010 serves to spotlight the FUJIFILM Dimatix DMP-3000 Materials Printer and the launch in Asia of the new D-Class printhead family - the latest additions to the company's materials deposition product family - and to showcase live demonstrations of the DMP-3000 producing printed electronics.
"China has proved a steadily growing market for FUJIFILM Dimatix since our Spectra Nova and Galaxy printheads were introduced here. Our growth here escalated with the introduction of our Skywalker printhead, and more recently has surged from design mandates for our new, high-performance Q-Class based Polaris 512-jet models," said Marc Torrey, Vice President, Marketing for FUJIFILM Dimatix.
"Our new booth in Shanghai at APPPExpo 2010 reflects our growing presence in the Chinese inkjet printing market, and allows us to demonstrate that FUJIFILM Dimatix offers developers in China the most comprehensive range of printheads spanning the broadest spectrum of industrial applications of inkjet technology."
FUJIFILM Dimatix printhead products on display include:
The company's familiar Dimatix Spectra Nova, Galaxy, Skywalker and new Polaris Q-Class printheads used for wide-format printing, marking, coating and industrial decoration.
Other FUJIFILM Dimatix products being exhibited - many for the first time in Asia - are the:
Dimatix PerformaTM brand printheads for high-performance graphics printing applications, including the Q-Class based Sapphire and Emerald printheads with VersaDropTM grayscale operating modes;
Dimatix InspiraTM brand printheads for specialty printing applications; and the
Dimatix EnduraTM brand printhead products used for materials deposition.
The hallmark of all FUJIFILM Dimatix Piezo DOD printhead design is that every jet can operate concurrently and at a high throughput rate without trading off drop placement accuracy - thereby enabling precision jetting at full production speed.
In addition, the durable materials FUJIFILM Dimatix uses in their manufacture allow the company's patented printhead products to jet the broadest range of inks and other fluids at sustained high frequencies.
Novel Booth Decor
The FUJIFILM Dimatix booth will also showcase commercial samples printed by Dimatix' OEM customers from around the world - demonstrating how Dimatix Piezo DOD inkjet technology can be used for applications limited only by the imagination.
In all, nearly 25 different applications of inkjet technology will be on display.
For example, the FUJIFILM Dimatix booth lounge area features glass tabletops printed to look like wood and marble. Other items in the booth include fired ceramic tiles, glass panels, wood and 3-dimensional models all printed or decorated using Dimatix inkjet technology. To demonstrate textiles, the rug and conference room drapes will feature inkjet-printed designs, mannequins will be outfitted in inkjet-printed apparel, and attendees will see upholstered chairs with fabric printed using Dimatix inkjet technology.
Also on display will be the new FUJIFILM Dimatix DMP-3000 and DMP-2800 Materials Printers demonstrating prototyping of printed electronics. The new DMP-3000 is a non-contact, fluid deposition system capable of jetting a wide range of functional fluids using any of several Dimatix fluid deposition printheads interchangeably. Used for an expanding range of materials deposition applications and developments, the DMP-3000 has a printable area of 300 x 300 mm and maintains a positional accuracy and repeatability of ± 5 µm and ± 1 µm, respectively. More than 500 Dimatix Materials Printers have been installed worldwide.
FUJIFILM Dimatix is also unveiling its new D-Class D-128/1 DPN and D-128/10 DPN printheads for the DMP-3000. Based on Dimatix' proprietary Silicon MEMS (Si MEMS) technology, the new D-Class printheads have 128 individually addressable channels and are designed for non-contact printing of functional fluids for applications such as displays, electronics and biotechnology. The new D-Class printheads utilize driver per nozzle (DPN) capability to compensate for any channel-to-channel variability.
The 1-pL D-128/1 DPN can produce conductive lines and features that are virtually invisible, or allows biomaterials to be printed at twice the previously achievable density in a true production mode. The 10-pL D-128/10 DPN with its larger drop size is used for coarser feature generation. Both of the D-128 DPN printheads are designed to aid in the orderly progression from experimentation to scale up using the DMP-3000 printer.
Presence Throughout the Show
In addition to the products on display in the FUJIFILM Dimatix booth, many of the company's OEM developers will be exhibiting and demonstrating Dimatix inkjet printhead technology in more than 20 booths around the show floor.
"Owing to its superior speed, quality and versatility, our implementation of Piezo DOD inkjet technology is superbly positioned to dominate not only wide format print production and specialty printing, but also a broad spectrum of high-growth industrial applications such as product decoration and materials deposition," said Marc Torrey.
"We are seeing continued strong demand in China for our high-performance and high-throughput printhead products. We look forward to exhibiting at APPPEXPO 2010, and invite attendees to see our broad product range and diverse applications they address."
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