24 Jan 2021

EskoArtwork solutions and EskoMan come to the technology rescue at Labelexpo 2010!

Esko Artwork Logo

EskoArtwork, a global supplier and integrator of innovative solutions for packaging and labels, with the help of ‘EskoMan', will demonstrate at Labelexpo Americas 2010, booth 5202, a number of technology ‘heroes’ — solutions that support Labelexpo’s theme of technology to the rescue for tag and label printers. Comprehensive, hands-on demonstrations will provide visitors extensive information to help them create and produce tags and labels more efficiently. In doing so, EskoArtwork brings its customers to new levels of industrialisation and standardisation to improve quality and consistency, and remove cost and time out of the design to print process.

“EskoArtwork has come to the call of many label printers who have needed help with their workflows and flexo plate production. No matter if you produce labels digitally, in offset, flexo, gravure or screen print, EskoArtwork solutions can help optimize costs, streamline workflows and improve quality and consistency,” remarks Mark Quinlan, President, EskoArtwork North America. “Our EskoMan character at Labelexpo reinforces that we master label and tag pre-production: from design to prepress and workflow automation, proofing, color, the printed and finished job, and beyond.”

EskoArtwork will be exhibiting Suite 10, a major release of its software solutions for packaging prepress, 3D structural design and quality assurance, collaboration and automation, and color management. Visitors can follow demonstrations of the new Automation Engine 10 and new version 10 releases of all editor applications: ArtPro 10, PackEdge 10, DeskPack 10, ArtiosCAD 10 and Studio 10. The workstation software is more integrated than ever, with Automation Engine 10, adding capabilities to the automation of repetitive tasks, and taking more human interaction out of the prepress production process. This avoids mistakes and saves considerable time and money.

Featured is Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves, the perfect software solution for resolving the distortion of shrink sleeves, automating the design and prepress process in Adobe® Illustrator®. Its unique 3D approach tackles round and irregular shapes, and even multi-packs. Pre-distortion tools compensate for the complex combination of horizontal and vertical distortions that come with irregular shapes. Users can preview artwork on the screen as it is shrunk on packaging and share the result with their clients. They can make design corrections much faster, save time and material, and avoid rejects.

The second highlight on the EskoArtwork booth is its range of Digital Flexo solutions, comprised of its world leading range of Cyrel Digital Imagers for flexo plate making (CDIs) and related integrated software products. EskoArtwork’s groundbreaking HD Flexo technology uses high screen rulings and advanced screening to produce plates that print near-offset quality. At Labelexpo, the new version of HD Flexo will be presented. HD Flexo 2.0 delivers exceptional printing throughout the entire tonal range — dazzling highlights with gradients down to zero, stable midtones, and higher ink density solids. On display will be a CDI Spark 4835, imaging digital flexo plates up to 48” x 35”, which is perfect for small and medium volume label flexo plate makers and converters.

The company’s Kongsberg product line of CAM products for labels and packaging will also be represented with the automated Kongsberg i-XE10, a versatile and productive digital finishing system, perfect for all kinds of labels. Equipped with a newly designed stacker and sheet feeding system, the Kongsberg i-XE10 Automated finishes small-format, short-run digital printed materials, accepting sheets as large as 35.4" x 47.2". The redesigned sheet feeder system automatically loads and places the printed materials on the table. The automated stacker delivers non-stop sorting and stacking of the finished parts. The system also automatically removes waste. As a result, the machine can run unattended, saving significant man-hours.

EskoArtwork unleashes the power of information

During Labelexpo, Mark Samworth of EskoArtwork will be participating in two sessions discussing color topics of particular interest to label printers. One, ‘Color management - changing the way the industry evaluates color’ will explain how the EskoArtwork Color Engine ties into the G7 process, matching color to the preferred reproduction, and discussing hue, lightness and chromo. The other, ‘Extended gamut printing - it's not just CMYK any more’ will explain how to target a CMYK color standard, establishing plate curves and optimized solid color targets for added colors. Those interested in brand colors can learn about building an accurate spot color conversion library and assuring reproduction accuracy.

During the digital printing masterclasses, Kevin Peters, Application Sales Manager, EskoArtwork, will discuss digital printing prepress systems and strategies as they relate to color management, supply chain integration and workflow, and digital proofing.

In the Feature Area technology workshop, EskoArtwork will participate in the day of the life of a label converter. Different label jobs will be printed on variety of digital and flexo presses. The aim is to show attendees how to set up and run each narrow-web label press to optimize label print performance and quality; to demonstrate to them how to assess new product and market opportunities, and to compare print quality and performance across different print processes.

EskoArtwork teams up with other technology heroes

EskoArtwork understands that successful integration with other industry suppliers allows its customers access to complete solutions. EskoArtwork solutions are nearly omnipresent in digital printing for packaging and labels with an increasing number of digital press manufacturers operating with EskoArtwork workflow, RIP and color management software as an integrated Digital Front End. EskoArtwork will be demonstrating cooperative efforts with more than a dozen partners. Reflecting the technology trends in the industry, the focus of many of the partnerships will be on digital printing. Partners at Labelexpo include (in alphabetical order):

Agfa (5403): Labels printed on Agfa Ghandi digital inkjet printers can be digitally cut on an EskoArtwork Kongsberg finishing table.

Anderson & Vreeland (929), teaming up with EskoArtwork, has a long history of innovation and support for the flexographic industry. Its flexo plate and processing solutions work along with EskoArtwork’s CDI flexo plate imagers.

Codimag (3429), the French press manufacturer, will demonstrate the benefits of JDF integration for tag and label converters, with CERM’s MIS solution and EskoArtwork’s label and tag manufacturing workflow.

Domino Amjet (6523) partners with EskoArtwork and its workflow solutions for the N600 reel-to-reel piezo inkjet label press.

DuPont (5403): DuPont is a long-standing EskoArtwork plate and plate-processing partner, since the introduction of the first CDI system in 2000. EskoArtwork digital flexo solutions will be presented together with DuPont Cyrel plates and processors.

Durst (5901) has added an EskoArtwork front end feeding its Tau 150 label press, with integrated RIP, color management and editing modules.

Epson (6551) digital presses along with EskoArtwork software solutions allow printers to offer fast turnaround times and shorter print runs, with versioning and customization. EskoArtwork FlexProof 10 supports the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 printer (with capabilities to print white), while the Epson SurePress L-4033A can be sold with an EskoArtwork digital front end.

HP Indigo (3223) and EskoArtwork have a strong, successful strategic partnering and pioneering relationship in digital print for labels and packaging. HP will be demonstrating HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging solutions powered by EskoArtwork. The design, prepress and workflow software is embedded in the front end of the HP Indigo WS4500 and WS6000 industrial presses. EskoArtwork will be demonstrating the digital print workflow it has developed with HP. This includes a seamless connection between MIS and web-to-print systems to Esko Automation Engine and the EskoArtwork Digital Front End solution, which ultimately drives HP Indigo presses.

J&V Imaging (5523) is a successful representative and integrator of EskoArtwork Digital Flexo — CDI platesetters along with supporting software solutions.

Pitman (5403): All EskoArtwork solutions are available from long-time distribution partner Pitman.

Stork Prints America, Inc. (529). Stork Prints digital presses use an EskoArtwork DFE for prepress workflow and color management.

Tailored Solutions (6017), Label Traxx, the print business management software for narrow web label printers and converters, can be linked with EskoArtwork Automation Engine and an HP Indigo press. Orders entered by users via are automatically transmitted directly to Automation Engine, where they are formatted for the particular HP Indigo production press.

Xeikon (6135) will be demonstrating EskoArtwork MIS and prepress workflow integration with its family of digital label presses. This will include CERM MIS feeding into EskoArtwork Automation Engine 10 for an automated, end-to-end solution for labels.

“By extending our partnerships throughout the entire label and tag supply chain, we strive to offer our customers integrated solutions that allow them to increase productivity, efficiency, quality and - ultimately -profitability," concludes Quinlan. "Labelexpo will demonstrate our ability to team up on many advanced solutions with a diverse range of industry partners."

 

 

 

 

Jet Print Storbilderat Purchases HP Scitex XP5100 At FESPA

 

Jet Print Storbilderat

HP today announced that Jet Print Storbilderat, of Uddevalla, Sweden, signed a deal at FESPA to purchase the HP Scitex XP5100 Printer.

The HP Scitex XP5100 5m machine can print at speeds of up to150m2/hr, producing both prints for outdoor applications such as building wraps, and billboards, as well as high-quality indoor signage, including point-of-purchase displays. It supports substrates including polyethylene, paper, mesh, vinyl, textiles, and Tyvek.

Magnus Hansson, general director, Jet Print said: "Our customers are increasingly demanding super-wide, high-quality textile prints and front-lit applications. The XP5100 will ensure that we are able to exceed these expectations".

With its robust media loading and collecting features and a heavy-duty frame, this printer is designed for production environments like that of Jet Print, that operate 24/7.

 

Hp Scitex Xp5100

 

Innovative and Advanced Truepress Jet2500UV Headlines Screen Booth at SGIA Expo 2010

Screen Truepress Jet2500uv

For the fourth year in a row, Screen (USA) returns to SGIA Expo with the latest innovations for specialty imaging. The award-winning Truepress Jet2500UV will be the center of attention in the Screen booth at this year's SGIA show in Las Vegas, Nev. Live print demonstrations will showcase the vivid colors, exceptional image detail and sharp text that print service providers can offer their customers.

Designed as a true hybrid printing system, Screen's grand-format UV inkjet printer effortlessly handles both flexible, roll-based materials and flat, rigid substrates. The 98.4-inch-wide Truepress Jet2500UV produces near-photographic quality on paper, vinyl, film and other roll-fed media up to 164 feet long at a top production speed of 366 square feet per hour. It delivers equally superior results on rigid materials up to 51.1 inches long and 1.96 inches thick. Screen's original flexible UV-curable inks and variable-dot imaging technology and maximum resolution of 1,500 dpi ensure precise, smooth gradients and mid-tones and dense, uniform solids.

With industrial printing generating considerable attention at SGIA Expo 2010, Screen also will feature the Truepress Jet650UV flatbed UV inkjet printer. Screen developed the Truepress Jet650UV to bring outstanding quality and print-on-demand efficiency to graphic manufacturing applications. It allows designers to go far beyond the restrictions of traditional screen and pad printing for high-resolution production of dashboards and instrument clusters found in automobiles, motorcycles and other vehicles. Furthermore, the printing system fulfills the precision and visual confirmation requirements of membrane switches, labels and operation panels used in the manufacture of medical devices. At SGIA Expo 2010, Screen will provide printed samples, brochures and a video of the Truepress Jet650UV.

What: SGIA Expo 2010

When: October 13-15

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Screen (USA) Booth: #147

ArtSystems hosts applications days for HP Scitex FB500 and LX600

Hp Scitex Fb500

Resellers find early success with dedicated support from Artsystems

ArtSystems has successfully completed its first round of open days in July and August for HP resellers using the new demonstration units of the HP Scitex FB500 and HP Scitex LX600.

"Though both of these units were launched at IPEX 2010 in May potential users want to have a more focussed event where they can spend time both with the printers and their chosen HP reseller, these events have provided just that" says Steve Hawker MD, ArtSystems

With early adopters for the HP Scitex FB500 like Discount Displays, the format is proving popular with both users and resellers. A further series of applications days are now planned for 21st, 22nd and 23rd of September.

Hawker added "We will continue our investment in the HP channel with a further expansion of our HP Scitex demonstration fleet in the near future that will build on the success of the events to date, the FB500  is new to the market and the events in September will be the first chance for many users to see the unit in action."

Roland’s metallic ink ups the application ante

Roland Dg Metallic Eye

The introduction by Roland of its metallic ink into dedicated print-and-cut systems has been welcomed by companies wanting to extend their product offerings within the sign, display and specialist digital sectors. Both the original SolJet Pro III XC-540MT and the more recent VersaCAMM VS-640 have been designed and manufactured specifically to incorporate this important new addition, as well as white, making them integral and reliable elements within these wide-format systems.

Roland recognised that in order to remain competitive, its customers from all sectors needed to offer fresh and innovative ideas to their end users. The addition of wide-format print-and-cut solutions designed to handle metallic and white ink formulations has resulted in a new breed of applications which benefits from the broad palette of more than 500 vivid, glittering colours as well as a highly opaque white.

The first company to invest in the Roland VersaCAMM VS-640 was Reddhart Graphics, who signed the order immediately after this machine was launched in the spring. Purchased from Roland specialist reseller PrintMAX, this solution’s metallic option was instantly acknowledged as being vital to the Essex-based print service provider’s growth plans.

Reddhart Graphics supplies a broad range of print-related services, including offset litho, including a vast array of wide-format output ranging from point-of-sale materials, through displays and posters, to more unusual jobs such as guitar wraps. Managing Partner, Steve Hart, believes firmly that the compact and versatile print-and-cut VersaCAMM VS-640 was the right machine to drive his company forward into more innovative applications, with the addition of metallic and white inks adding to the high quality of its CMYKLcLm eco-solvent inks.

“The quality is pretty amazing,” explains Hart. “And it’s all the more so when you consider that it’s coming from a 1.6 m wide-format printer. Some of our clients are especially sensitive to colour accuracy but the VS-640 satisfies them. We produce posters and point-of-sale graphics for make-up brands where skin tones and colour have to be spot on.”

Unattended production has proved to be another bonus for Reddhart Graphics. The company can leave a job running with the knowledge that, when it is complete, Roland’s integrated OnSupport system will send out an e-mail notification to a remote computer or mobile phone. This feature also reports status updates, such as ink-low warnings, as Hart confirms. “This is a remarkable development in my opinion,” he says. “Overnight production is routine now; it really works wonders for us when we have delivery deadlines looming.”

Another enterprising business to have gained instant rewards from the addition of metallic and white ink is Leeds-based Awesome Merchandise. Formed five years ago in a student bedroom, this company concentrates on the creation and production of badges, stickers, promotional items and displays and has grown to become one of Europe’s largest producers of bespoke products.

Specialising in print runs from one-offs to hundreds of thousands, Awesome Merchandise uses a variety of creative techniques according to the type of job being produced. Whilst higher volumes are catered for using offset litho or screen-printing, the demand for smaller and personalised applications has driven the growing requirement for digital options. However, the installation of a Roland SolJet Pro III XC-540MT has also helped Awesome Merchandise by expanding the opportunities which can be turned into print.

“This new print-and-cut solution has helped us almost double our product range,” claims managing director, Luke Hodson. “Its versatility and quality means we have been able to add many new products to our catalogue, including wide-format posters and billboards, custom-cut stickers and garment transfers.”

Hodson opted for the 1.37 m Roland SolJet III XC-540MT not only for its metallic and white ink capabilities but, also, because it is an integrated print-and-cut machine. “This was our first wide-format purchase and, although there were cheaper options on the market, the Roland system was the only which really stood out,” he says. “This investment means that we can be ever more creative in our offerings to customers and, in the future, we plan to open up new revenue streams, including vehicle wraps and graphics as well as point-of-sale applications.”

Roland DG’s technical director, Brett Newman, emphasises: “The use of metallics is here to stay and, with Roland technology, users are assured of absolute compatibility between printer and special ink formulations. These print-and-cut solutions are engineered specifically to accommodate both metallic and white inks to ensure that absolute consistency and quality are assured from the very first print onwards.”

GigantPrint gets royal approval for signage printed on HP Scitex printers

 

Hp Scitex Lx800 Gigaprint

Challenge

 

  • Produce varied street signage in different formats and media for Swedish royal wedding celebrations, while complying with stringent requirements for:
    - High image quality and colour matching.
    - Production process, inks, and polyester-based media that reduce the impact of printing on the environment.
  • Meet increasing customer demand to reduce the impact of printing on the environment.
  • Expand production capacity to support growth plans.

 

Solutions

 

  • HP Scitex LX800 Printer (1)
  • HP Scitex LX600 Printer (1)
  • 2 x HP Scitex XP5100 Printers
  • HP Scitex FB6700 Printer
  • HP Scitex TJ8350 Printer

 

 

Results

 

  • Won prestigious contract to produce signage for city of Stockholm's royal wedding celebrations.
  • 20-30 percent sales growth due to ability to produce near photographic quality on polyester, canvas, and other media.
  • 24-hour productivity supports high-volume projects, ongoing growth.

 

 

HP Scitex prints form backdrop for wedding Celebrations

The total 3200 m² (10,800 ft²) of signage, from small portraits up to a massive 5 x 7 m (16.4 x 23 ft) banner, were all digitally printed on HP Scitex wide-format printers by GigantPrint, one of Sweden's leading suppliers of customised printing. With such a high-profile print project, GigantPrint knew there was no room for error. The signage not only had to have perfect, high image quality, with flawless finishing and framing, it also had to comply with stringent environmental requirements specified by the bridal couple.

As a producer of approximately 1 million m² (10.8 million ft²) of print output every year, GigantPrint already had an excellent solution for printing the wide variety of signage required - a varied range of HP Scitex wide-format digital printers offering a choice of HP Latex Ink and UV-curable and aqueous ink printing. But, when First Sight, the event marketing company hired to produce key parts of the public celebrations, offered GigantPrint the chance to become an official print supplier to the royal wedding, GigantPrint decided to expand its capabilities.

 

HP Latex Ink printers deliver on every important Point

"Many of our customers want environmentally responsible printing; it's becoming more and more common in Sweden, so all of our purchases nowadays are green machines," says Torbjörn Gunnarson, Project Manager, GigantPrint. "But the main reason we took our first HP Latex Ink machine, the HP Scitex LX600 Printer, was for the quality and the productivity and because we can run so many different materials on it."

"We do a lot of polymers and polyesters, which work really well on the HP Latex Ink machines, and we wanted to move up to a bigger width. With this wedding coming up and because they had environmental concerns, we decided to improve our productivity and add the wider HP Scitex LX800 Printer."

"For the wedding project, it was very important to have the correct pattern and colours on different materials, and the HP Scitex LX800 Printer was perfect for the job," recalls Gunnarson.

"We made a lot of prints to show the customer and we won in particular because of the HP Scitex LX series printers. We could do nearly everything on it and we could hold the colour on all the materials, with very good results on the canvas and polyester, on everything from the smaller prints right up to the biggest ones. Being able to use different materials on the same printer was something that others didn't have."

 

Near-photographic prints

This advantage was key to First Sight deciding that GigantPrint was the right print service provider for the royal wedding. "GigantPrint proved their professionalism all the way through, and particularly with the material," recalls Brian Modin, Part-owner of First Sight.

"Products that are claimed to be 'environmentally friendly' tend to produce prints that lose quality. But, the prints that GigantPrint produced kept their high image quality. We have people that walk by and ask us: 'It looks like a huge photograph… How was it done? How can anyone print those big photos?'."

 

Broad HP Scitex printing capabilities bring in Business

GigantPrint uses the HP Scitex LX800 Printer mostly for polyester materials for indoor applications, as well as for its growing business of printing on vinyl for store windows. The flexibility to print with excellent quality on varied materials on one printer is enabling GigantPrint to grow its business, particularly in the retail, events and fairs segments. Gunnarson attributes four new large customers to GigantPrint's HP Latex printing capabilities and estimates that sales are up 20- 30 percent as a result.

The royal wedding project was too large for just one machine. So, along with its HP Latex Ink printers, GigantPrint also put its HP Scitex FB6700 Printer and its two HP Scitex XP5100 Printers to work on the wedding signage. This enabled it to produce the huge amount of signage on polyester, canvas, paper, and backlit film and gain excellent, consistent quality and colour across the entire project.

Beyond the large royal wedding, having an array of HP Scitex printers is an important strategic advantage for GigantPrint. "The HP Scitex XP5100 Printers and the HP Scitex LX800 and LX600 Printers make it easy for us to sell new products because the machines produce high quality, are efficient and very fast, and the HP Latex Ink printers help us answer growing environmental concerns," says Gunnarson.

 

(1) This printer can print on HP recyclable media. HP offers the HP Large-format Media take-back program in the U.S. and Europe, through which most HP recyclable signage media can be returned. Availability varies. Some recyclable papers can be recycled through commonly available recycling programmes. For details visit www.hp.com/recycle.