19 Jan 2021

EskoArtwork Kongsberg XP completed with Automation


Eg Kongsberg Xp A 35

EskoArtwork announces the Kongsberg XP Auto, an extended new version of the XP cutting table. This incorporates automatic loading and unloading to give the highest digital converting capacity available on the market. It is the perfect complement to a wide format digital printer, enabling a full digital production workflow for POP displays and short-run packaging work.

The XP Auto is the successor to the DCM 24 (Digital Converting Machine), which established EskoArtwork and its Kongsberg operation as a leader in fully automatic board handling for digital cutters. The new model is based on the Kongsberg XP, the company’s highest capacity cutting table, designed for high productivity up to 24/7 continuous operation. The configuration can handle a wide range of materials from high-density, rigid sheets requiring a milling tool to flexible materials that can be processed by knife cutting tools. The maximum sheet size for the large format XP44 Auto model is 2310 x 3600 mm.

Full automatic finishing solution

"With the introduction of faster large format digital printers, there is a strong demand for a higher capacity automatic finishing solution for printed packaging and display materials," says Tom Erik Naess, CAM Product Manager at EskoArtwork. "The XP Auto helps to turn short-run packaging and POP work into profitable and value added jobs. Users can now offer their customers on-demand production with just-in time-delivery."

The addition of automatic media handling transforms the XP into a fully automatic finishing system that can run unattended for long periods. Unattended operations are aided by the XP’s automatic tool calibration and a camera system for accurate print-to-cut registration. Exclusive for the XP Auto is the ability to register sheets with the print side facing down, most useful for processing corrugated board. This is achieved by means of a camera, located below the table top level and driven by a separate servo axis, that registers the marks as the board is moved from the in-stack to the cutting area.

"The Kongsberg XP Auto is optimized for packaging and display manufacturers that want to run production series up to about 1000 sheets or stacks of material up to one meter high," explains Naess. "It can run without the continuous supervision of an operator, thus saving considerable costs. Operators can also leave the machine working unattended overnight as a remote alert system automatically sends a message to the operator if operation has stopped."

The system is particularly valuable for producing POP display work and short-run customized packaging, with short turnaround times. Compared with conventional cutting and creasing systems for packaging, this also avoids the lead times and high cost of making cutting dies. A milling capability is optional for materials such as MDF, Forex, Dibond and acrylic panels.

Positive customer feedback

The new Kongsberg XP Auto, including a large format XP44 model, is already operating at SCA Packaging Norway in Sarpsborg, a plant that is part of the Europe-wide packaging production specialist SCA Group. SCA Packaging Norway specializes in short run, on-demand corrugated boxes and in-store POP display boxes for the Norwegian and Swedish markets. In addition to the new XP Auto configuration in operation since April 2010, the company works with two Kongsberg DCM24 cutters for automatic packaging finishing, one Kongsberg CM1320 sample table and a Göpfert Boxmaker.

"We are very pleased with the Kongsberg XP44 Auto,” says Atle Andreassen, Managing Director at SCA Packaging Norway. “The big working area compared to the DCM machines is a big advantage for us. We can produce larger boxes than before. Multiple part jobs, often needed for in-store displays, can now fit into a single sheet which saves time and costs both at the printing and cutting stage. The XP Auto can also cut the protective foam for the inside of the boxes, which we have not been able to do before. Also the increased speed of the XP Auto is a benefit when cutting multiple parts from a sheet."

With a small staff of 13 people, the ability to run unattended is very valuable. "We can leave the XP Auto unattended at night and by raising our stack of material to 100cm, we can produce till 06.00 in the morning instead of 02.00. We even already suggested EskoArtwork to further expand the automatic loading and unloading capability," adds Andreassen. "With the Kongsberg XP Auto, we can make samples for a customer while they wait and deliver the order in two or three days."

The EskoArtwork XP Auto is available to order. First deliveries are scheduled for Q4 2010. Existing XP installations can be upgraded on-site to the new XP Auto configuration.



Roland DGA wins label industry global award for new innovation

Roland Versauv Lec 540 Printer

Roland DGA Corp. has earned the 2010 Label Industry Global Award for New Innovation.  The award was given this week at Label Expo Americas in Chicago and reflects the innovative technology behind Roland's VersaUV wide-format UV-LED inkjet printer/cutter line.  The recognition builds on a growing list of accolades for VersaUV, including past DPI and EDP awards.

"We are honoured by this recognition and proud to provide label and packaging professionals with the most innovative inkjet printer in the industry," said Rick Scrimger, vice president/general manager for Roland DGA Corp.  "VersaUV's ability to print on virtually any substrate, including clear media using White ink, simulate spot varnish, embossing and other textured effects, as well as cut complex shapes without setting up a die, makes it the ideal printer for short-run labels and packaging prototypes."

Offered in 54" and 30" models, VersaUV transforms the production process for labeling and packaging businesses, going beyond traditional CMYK and White inks to produce layers of Clear Coat as well for striking textures and effects.  Low-heat LED lamps are compatible with substrates ranging from synthetic paper, polyester film and paper to vinyl, banner media, PET, leather, plastic, polycarbonates and paper boards.  The LEC is designed for ease of use and efficiency, is Energy Star certified and features an advanced ink circulation system to minimise time and costs.  In addition to contour cutting, VersaUV perforates and creases graphics for a complete production solution all in one device.  VersaWorks RIP software is included and features the Roland Texture Library with more than 70 textures that can be applied easily to graphics.


Inca Digital Boosts Onset S20 Production Speed to Reach 310 sqm/hr


Inca Onset S20

Inca Digital has increased the output of its wide format Inca Onset S20 flatbed printer to 310 sqm/hr. The Onset S20 has undergone two speed upgrades since its launch last year to give an overall 24 per cent performance boost: new automation introduced in June gave the first improvement, while the new print mode announced today adds a further 15 percent.

While this new faster print mode may not be suitable for the most demanding images, tests have shown that it will be suitable for a variety of everyday files. The printer’s new high-speed mode enables users to print high-volume graphics at 310 sqm/hr, equivalent to 62 full beds per hour. This mode has been introduced in response to users’ requirements for even higher levels of ultra-fast display graphics production.

The high-volume Onset S20, sold exclusively by Fujifilm, prints a variety of finishes on a wide range of materials up to 3.14m x 1.6m and 50mm thick. The Onset S20 has been designed to provide the highest level of flexibility and can be operated in a variety of quality and productivity modes from 600-1000dpi and from 150–310 sqm/hr. The faster print mode will be issued to all existing Onset S20 customers as a free upgrade and is included as standard in all new Onset S20 printers.

“Versatility is embedded deep into the Onset S20’s DNA and its design allows us to react quickly to market needs and enhance some features,” explains Dr Linda Bell, CEO, Inca Digital. “This printer delivers exceptional results at speed in its standard production modes, but not all jobs require these levels of quality. Our customers are handling a lot of poster type work that the Onset S20 can now produce, still at good levels of quality, but at even higher speed levels. Our customers are eager to exploit all the capabilities of the Onset S20. They have asked us for this new mode and the design of the printer allows us to quickly respond to them”.

The Inca Onset S20, also available with automation, prints with the six-colour (CMYKLcLm) Fujifilm Uvijet Enhance ink set producing quality and variable finish effects (matt, satin, high gloss) for a range of applications including display POS, exhibition graphics, backlit/frontlit displays and outdoor signage.


New Epson printer achieves 98% PANTONE coverage


Epson Tfp Technology

New printer features advanced Epson Advanced-TFP technology

Epson launches the Stylus Pro 4900 – a 17-inch production printer setting new standards in colour precision for the proofing market. Delivering the best print quality for pre-press, packaging and design, the printer boasts outstanding colour consistency and accurate colour matching, and can reproduce 98 percent of all PANTONE®1 colours. Its high level of automation and robust mechanism make the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 a highly productive workhorse for any proofing environment.

Creating consistent, accurate proofs is easy with the Epson Stylus Pro 4900, thanks to one of the widest colour gamuts on the market. Epson’s 11-colour UltraChrome HDR inks and Advanced-TFP print head give a professional finish every time, and are identical to the inks and technologies used in Epson’s larger format production printers up to 44 inches.

Automating the production of remote proofs doesn’t mean a compromise in quality with the Epson Stylus Pro 4900’s automatic colour certification and calibration. The optional in-line SpectroProofer ensures consistent, repeatable colour accuracy when using different media, rapidly measuring  control strips and colour charts when creating ICC profiles and print verification results.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 represents a big boost in productivity, with a production speed of 46m2/hour and minimal maintenance requirements. Its high capacity front-loading cassette makes inserting paper easy, and automated paper changing means no time is wasted switching between cut sheet and roll paper. The printer also switches automatically between photo and matte black inks, with both installed to avoid stopping the print run. All inks come in high capacity cartridges for less frequent changes and better value.

Martin Johns, market development manager for large format printers at Epson UK , says: “Offering outstanding flexibility to the proofing industry, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 is compatible with a wide range of roll and cut sheet media up to 1.5mm thick, including a wide range of proofing media, presentation matte board, 330gsm Traditional Photo media, canvas and fine art paper. Users can select a paper path that best fits their needs from a choice of cassette, top and front manual board feed or roll.”

Qualified by ENERGY STAR, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900’s energy efficiency enables proofers to save money, be more environmentally considerate and keep power consumption down.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 is priced at £2295 and will be available from November 2010.

Key Features Summary


  • 11-colour UltraChrome HDR ink set
  • 98% PANTONE coverage
  • Reliable Advanced-TFP print head
  • Print speed of 46m² per hour
  • High capacity front-loading cassette
  • 200ml high capacity cartridges
  • Optional inline SpectroProofer
  • Automatic switching between cut sheet and roll paper
  • Automatic switching between photo and matte black inks, which are pre-installed
  • ENERGY STAR qualified
  • Choice of paper paths - cassette, top and front manual board feed or roll
  • Print on media up to 1.5mm thick




HP Introduces Industry's Fastest Production Photo Printer at Photokina 2010

Hp Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer
Today at Photokina 2010, HP announced the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer series with HP Vivid Photo Inks, delivering high-quality output and the highest speeds of large-format printers in its price class.(1)
Designed for photo labs, digital print shops, advertising agencies, design firms and commercial printers, the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer series delivers photo-quality prints with a resolution of 2,400 dots per image (dpi) and versatility for indoor applications from line drawings to photographic output to signage. It is also 50 percent faster than its predecessor with speeds up to 140m2/hr (1,500 ft2/hr).
The new HP Vivid Photo Inks offer improved scratch resistance, gloss levels and gloss uniformity and a wider colour gamut with deeper blacks than previous HP inks. The printer's 8-ink printing system also features HP Chromatic Red ink, which enables up to 88 percent PANTONE® coverage,(2) and greater ink efficiency with the ability to print the same output using up to 44 percent less ink than preceding HP technologies.
"HP's next-generation printing technology allows our customers to quickly evolve their businesses with new product and service offerings that scale alongside their clients' changing needs," said Santiago Morera, vice president and general manager, Designjet Large-format Printing Solutions, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. "To meet those needs, the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer is a true workhorse, delivering high speed and productivity on every application, including those that demand the best quality."
Imagic uses HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer for high-quality Earhart exhibit
Imagic, a beta customer for the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer, is a leader in the design, production and installation of fleet and transit graphics with headquarters in Burbank, Calif. Using the new device, Imagic recently produced a high-visibility exhibition of 65 unpublished photographs of aviator Amelia Earhart. The photos, which were recently discovered by an archivist at Matson Navigation Co., were taken of Earhart during a two-week vacation to Hawaii in 1934, after which she became the first person to fly solo back to California, and during her last trip to Hawaii in March 1937.
"The HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer was the perfect choice for the production of the Amelia Earhart exhibit because it allowed us to produce high-quality, neutral black-and-white and sepia prints with an exceptional greyscale and high speeds," said Paul Elmi, owner, Imagic. "We were pleased with the noticeable increase in productivity provided by the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer as well as the increased control over ink limiting and saturation, which is extremely useful when producing backlit displays or prints with skin tones and shadows, like the Earhart project."
The black-and-white and sepia-toned exhibition of prints up to 60 x 80 inches is currently on display at the historic Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. In addition to the large-format canvas prints, Imagic also produced eight 30 x 40-inch boards on photo gloss paper to create a timeline of Earhart's accomplishments.
HP Designjet at Photokina 2010
HP will showcase the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer series at Photokina 2010, in Cologne, Germany, Sept. 21 - 26 in the HP stand in Hall 4.1. HP will also demonstrate the new Large Format Photo Negative application produced on the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer and tagged with ARTtrust. The Large Format Photo Negative media profile is now available for download to the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer here.
The HP stand will feature the HP Designjet Z5200 PostScript® Printer, a simple, affordable device for copy shops, quick-printing firms and other small commercial print businesses interested in entering the large-format market. Also on display will be the HP Designjet L25500 Printer, featuring HP Latex Printing Technologies and delivering unrivalled versatility(3) for a variety of outdoor and indoor large-format applications.
The HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer series is expected to be available worldwide on Nov. 1. The price for the 1.067m (42-inch) model is €11,000 and for the 1.524 (60-inch) model is €18,900.(4)
More information on the new HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer series and HP activities at Photokina 2010 is available at www.hp.com/go/designjet, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HPdesigners.
(1) Based on published manufacturer specifications as of June 2010.
(2) Eighty-eight percent coverage of PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® and PANTONE GOE® systems, based on HP internal testing (PANTONE® certification of HP results pending).
(3) The HP Designjet L25500 Printer produces an extremely broad range of both outdoor and indoor applications from a single device, which surpasses the number of different applications that traditional eco-solvent printers or water-based printers can produce.
(4) Estimated EMEA list prices. Actual prices may vary.

New large format printers combine colour accuracy with high productivity

Epson Stylus Pro 9890

Epson today launches two large format printers which offer an ideal combination of accurate colour reproduction with unbeatable productivity. The 24-inch Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and the 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro 9890 have been designed to help the proofing and display graphics markets create accurate prints at high speed.

Using Epson ’s 8-colour UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta inkset in combination with the TFP print head for enhanced dot quality and crisp, clear images, means both printers produce top-quality results. They achieve one of the highest colour gamuts on the market with consistently smooth gradations, ideal for the perfect reproduction of challenging skin tones and detailed textures. Three densities of black, comprising a standard photo or matte black (selected automatically depending on the media) plus a light black and light light black, create a perfect tonal range.

This combination of black inks also means that prints are free from bronzing, with a uniform surface appearance without discernible difference between light and dark areas.  In addition metamerism is reduced, ensuring grey tones are consistent no matter what light source they are viewed under.

The optional in-line SpectroProofer ensures consistent, repeatable colour accuracy when using different media, rapidly measuring  control strips and colour charts when creating ICC profiles and print verification results.

Martin Johns, market development manager for large format printers at Epson UK , says: “Not only do the Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and Epson Stylus Pro 9890 offer first class colour reproduction but they also represent a big boost in productivity. They have a high production speed aided by Epson’s Automatic Droplet Detection System to identify blocked nozzles without intervention. Both devices carry photo and matte black inks simultaneously and the built-in rotary knife means prints are cut quickly and cleanly while the improved supply handling means paper rolls are changed effortlessly in seconds.

“These features offer significant benefits in terms of saved cost and time to our customers.”

The Epson Stylus Pro 7890 is priced at £2595 and the Epson Stylus Pro 9890 is priced at £5195.  Both models will be available to purchase from 1st January 2011 and are on display at Photokina in Cologne , Germany , from 21-26 September at Hall 2.2, Stand B13.

Key features summary:


  • Wide colour gamut for smooth gradations
  • 8-colour UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink set
  • Optional inline SpectroProofer for consistent, repeatable colour accuracy
  • TFP print head
  • Print speed of up to 40m² per hour
  • Automatic Ink Droplet Detection System instantly verifies and fixes blocked nozzles
  • Photo and matte black inks are carried simultaneously and switched automatically
  • Built-in rotary knife and improved supply handling
  • 2.5-inch colour LCD screen
  • Keep power consumption and energy bills down with ENERGY STAR qualified power efficiency