08 Aug 2020

EFI Wins Three European Digital Press Association Awards

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Prestigious Industry Awards Given to EFI’s Wide Format Printing, Industrial Inkjet and RIP Solutions for Innovation and New Technologies

EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that it has won three European Digital Press (EDP) Association Awards for 2010; “Best Wide Format Printer up to 3.5 Meters” for the VUTEk® GS3200, “Best Industrial (Specialty) Printing Solution” for the Jetrion® 4830, and “Best RIP Solution for Wide Format” for Fiery® XF. This intensive evaluation is performed by a committee of independent consultants, editors, engineers and other related professionals, and is based on innovation and the value of the new technologies these products bring to the European market. This includes improving speed, quality, usability and functionality, or reducing environmental impact as well as cost to the user.

“Dedication to our customer’s success is our main priority. EFI has now won seven EDP awards since 2007, which is a testament to both our focus on innovation and continued commitment to our partners,” said EFI CEO, Guy Gecht. “EFI invests heavily in research and development and regularly seeks feedback from our users so that we can offer the products and solutions that will drive their businesses. We are extremely proud of this recognition from the European Digital Press Association; it is great motivation to continue to be leaders in digital printing innovation.”

EFI’s VUTEk GS3200 – “Best Wide Format Printer up to 3.5 Meters of the Year 2010”

The VUTEk GS3200 has earned this award for “being a new generation 3.2m UV-curable flat-bed and roll-fed printer with a maximum output resolution of 1,000dpi and the ability to produce 12 picoliter droplets in all colors including white and continuous board printing capabilities,” as referenced in the EDP report. The combination of superior photorealistic quality and high production speeds without compromises allows business to increase revenues by expanding into new, higher-margin applications.

EFI’s Jetrion 4830 – “Best Industrial (Specialty) Printing Solution of the Year 2010”

“Designed for the label market,” reads the EDP report, “its UV-curable inks provide excellent durability; its re-registration facility enables four-color double-sided jobs to be output accurately and it has the ability to be used on pre-printed and pre-die cut rolls.” The Jetrion 4830 prints 8.3-inches (21 cm) wide, enabling two-up four-inch labels. With its high speed print mode of greater than 120 feet per minute (36.6 meters per minute), the Jetrion 4830 is capable of more than doubling the throughput of the market-leading Jetrion 4000.

EFI’s Fiery XF 4.1 – “Best RIP Solution for Wide Format of the Year 2010”

The easy-to-use Fiery XF RIP has been given the award for “supporting contour cutting machines with drivers for 1,200 cutting and routing tables from 70 different manufacturers and for having an identical interface on both Windows and Macintosh platforms,” per EDP. Its automated workflow maximizes investment by reducing lengthy production times and producing accurate, vibrant colors.

The above winning products as well as other EFI solutions will be on display in EFI’s booth (#2420) at the ISA International Sign Expo, April 8-10, 2010 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

For more information about EFI solutions, visit http://www.efi.com/

Mutoh introduces the SPECTROVUE VM-10

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Mutoh America, wide format printer manufacturer, streamlines the entire color management workflow with its new SPECTROVUE VM-10, a miniature integrated spectrophotometer that connects to the print head of the new ValueJet 1608HS Hybrid Printer to help automate the process of colour calibration.

The Mutoh SPECTROVUE VM-10 is a compact spectrophotometer developed for on-printer color calibration. The patent-pending design incorporates Mutoh's own DP1 spectral imaging chip, a high-resolution "digital prism" that converts visible light to a digital spectrum. The SPECTROVUE reports both spectral and colorimetric values for any one of 18 pre-programmed standard illuminants or any standard daylight illuminant. It helps to ensure greater productivity by automating the tedious task of printing and measuring colour targets.

"The SPECTROVUE VM-10 enhances productivity, reduces time and wasted media, and encourages better in-shop colour management practices providing our end-users superior and reliable colour reproduction," said Brian Phipps, Mutoh's Director of Sales.

Combined with compatible RIP software, regular use of the SPECTROVUE VM-10 helps to ensure optimum colour reproduction and reproducibility; it enhances image quality by utilising the full colour gamut of the printer; and, achieves a higher level of colour consistency for multi-run print jobs and jobs printed on different substrates. Calibration quick colour checks can be performed with minimal impact on production schedules. And, with the SPECTROVUE, colour patch layouts are optimized to fit the full width of the media, minimising waste and improving overall productivity.

Developed by Mutoh's Phoenix-based Advanced Engineering Group, the SPECTROVUE VM-10 works well on both rigid and flexible materials, and glossy and matte surfaces. Supported by Onyx Graphics' ProductionHouse and RIPCenter, Mutoh Edition software, for the Mutoh VJ-1608HS Hybrid Printer. Fast, accurate, repeatable, reliable and automatic. Save time, save media, save money with Mutoh's SPECTROVUE VM-10 on-printer spectrophotometer. Available mid June, 2010.

Project Ink adds versatility and attracts business with the new HP Designjet L25500 Printer

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  • Project Ink wanted to add a water-based Latex ink printing solution to meet the growing demand for odourless and recyclable large format prints.


  • The new HP Designjet L25500 Printer with HP Latex Inks gave Project Ink more in-house printing capabilities.
  • Project Ink used recyclable HP large format printing materials,1 including HP HDPE Reinforced Banner, HP DuPont™ Tyvek® Banner, HP Wrinkle-free Flag with Liner, and HP White Satin Poster Paper.


  • The HP Designjet L25500 Printer appeals to environmentally conscious customers by delivering odourless prints2 on recyclable HP printing materials that can be recycled through the HP Large format Media take-back program.1
  • Project Ink can now print a broad range of applications in-house such as posters, wallpaper and high-end point-of-purchase displays without making any adjustments to the printer.
  • With high-quality indoor and outdoor signage, Project Ink can also meet the needs of high-end clients who demand durable prints that have a reduced environmental impact.

Signs of the times

California-based Project Ink is a growing large format printing and graphics agency and one of the first companies in the United States to put the new HP Designjet L25500 Printer-and its ability to reduce the environmental impact of printing-to work for its clients.

"Our major focus is on printing with the environment in mind, keeping quality high while keeping waste and costs low," explains owner Kyle Morrison. After more than 15 years in the industry, Morrison was surprised by large format print providers' lack of focus on clients' environmental needs. In 2005, he launched Project Ink to fill that void, and in 2009, he chose the HP Designjet L25500 to add more environmentally conscious printing capabilities in-house.

Morrison's move toward reducing printing waste and using recyclable printing materials matches a growing interest among his clients, including Jade Aveda Salon Spas and Volcom, a maker of clothing for skate, surf and snow enthusiasts. According to Morrison, the printer's broad media versatility and water-based HP Latex Inks have already enabled him to increase business, produce more of his work in-house and improve his work environment.

Versatility enables new business opportunities

Until recently, Project Ink relied on a non-HP solventbased printer for some jobs and outsourced others to a print service provider operating an HP Designjet L65500 Printer with HP Latex Inks. When Morrison learned about water-based HP Latex Inks and recyclable HP media options,1 he knew he had to have an HP Designjet L25500 in his shop.

"Since then, I haven't turned on my non-HP printer once," Morrison says. "The media versatility alone allows us to print more in-house. I can go from poster paper to traditional and recyclable banners to fabric without having to make any adjustments." Morrison has already used many of the HP printing materials designed together with HP Latex Inks and the HP Designjet L25500, including HP PVC-free Wall Paper, HP White Satin Poster Paper, and HP DuPont™ Tyvek® Banner.

"For the Jade Aveda Salons, we used HP Wrinklefree Flag with Liner to complete a job we would normally outsource," Morrison says. "Flags are really popular in California, and with the HP Designjet L25500, we can do custom prints directly on them."

Project Ink also produced posters and wallpaper for the salon. "The salon is a high-fashion atmosphere, so the feel of the fabric and the smell-or lack of smell-is important," says Morrison. Unlike most printers that use solvent inks, the HP Designjet L25500 with HP Latex Inks produces odourless prints.2

Sarah Weeks, owner of Jade Aveda Salon Spas, explains, "The Latex printing by HP is extremely beneficial in that it's aroma-free, environmentally friendly and looks beautiful."

According to Volcom, producing odourless prints2 with HP Latex Inks is important to their brand and their health. Leonard Fiedorowicz, sales marketing director, says, "We've received banners [printed with solvent inks] before that look great, but smell up our whole shop. We want to use all Latex inks so we're printing as sustainably as we can."

Reduced waste and cost equals added value

In addition to reducing the environmental impact of printing a wide variety of applications, the HP Designjet L25500 enables Project Ink to reduce the waste associated with traditional large format printing. A free and convenient HP program for recycling Original HP ink cartridges and printheads3 is available. "With the new HP printer," Morrison says, "I can recycle the cartridges for free, saving a trip to the landfill and the associated costs."

Another benefit that Morrison and his clients are enthusiastic about is the recyclable HP media1 and HP Large format Media take-back programme.1 "Volcom was really excited to hear that we could print banners and signage directly on HP Tyvek® because it's recyclable. In fact, Volcom has begun to work with Project Ink more because we offer recyclable media." Fiedorowicz agrees: "Being able to take banners and prints and recycle them-that's closing the loop. It's really important and exciting to us."

The change has been a long time coming, according to Morrison. "Large format printing really missed the boat in terms of reducing waste. There are packaging solutions that include post-consumer or FSC-certified material, but signage has traditionally ended up in the landfill. HP enables us to offer a complete solution for our environmentally conscious clients. To me, the HP Designjet L25500 Printer with HP Latex Inks, recyclable HP media and the take back programme make HP second to none in this area."

KI&C Explores New Markets with HP Latex Inks and HP Designjet L65500 Printer

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KI&C GmbH, of Norderstedt, near Hamburg, has installed the first HP Designjet L65500 Printer in Germany and is using it to explore new markets as well as replacing solvent-based prints.

Though a very small company with only three employees, KI&C is an extremely productive one and has attracted leading companies as customers for its large and wide format printing, including ones in the United States. An HP customer from the time it was a software business, KI&C has evolved its strategy, products and markets from its first HP Designjet 650 Printer in 1999, and an HP Designjet 3500 Printer, to the installation of the HP Designjet L65500 Printer, using HP Latex Inks.

Agfa Graphics to launch new :Jeti 1224 UV HDC inkjet printer at ISA

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Agfa Graphics today announced the launch of the new :Jeti 1224 UV HDC inkjet printer, which will be demonstrated for the first time on the Agfa stand at ISA in Orlando, FL, 8-10 April 2010.  The :Jeti 1224 UV HDC is the first inkjet printer to be launched since Agfa acquired the :Jeti business and demonstrates the results of the combined Agfa and :Jeti research and development teams.

The :Jeti 1224 UV HDC (HDC = High Definition Color) inkjet printer features the widest color gamut and highest productivity in its class, demonstrating high definition, sharp fine text and photographic detail with bright intense colors.

Built on a solid steel platform, designed for 3 shift operations, the :Jeti 1224 UV HDC features a unique, linear motor driven vacuum bed for highly accurate dot placement in both flat bed mode or with the optional roll-to-roll (RTR) feature.The flatbed architecture can print on anything that is reasonably flat up to two inches thick and with its industrial grade construction can support media rolls up to 250 lbs.

The :Jeti 1224 UV HDC is the first :Jeti printer to use the Ricoh Gen 4 variable grayscale print head technology. Agfa has created advanced waveform designs and introduced the :Anuvia HD ink technology to drive the Ricoh heads up to 30 KHz in binary and 13KHz in grayscale. With 4 color and white as standard the :Jeti 1224 UV HDC delivers equivalent speeds in both binary and grayscale modes at resolutions up to 1200 dpi.

Throughput is rated at 1182 sq. ft/hr in express mode, 582 sq. ft/hr in production mode and 390 sq. ft/hr in high quality mode. With the :Anuvia HD ink delivering maximum pigment density for saturated colors, combined with drops as small as 8pl, the :Jeti 1224 UV HDC consumes less than 0.7ml of ink per sq. ft yielding over 1500 sq. ft per litre of ink.

"Agfa is always looking for new ways to speed up the printing process whilst increasing the quality and lowering costs of production. The new :Anuvia HD ink on the:Jeti 1224 UV HDC system provides a higher yield and wider color gamut to help our customers increase their profit margins, produce output with vibrant color, and provide the lowest ink consumption in its class," said Richard Barham, vice president of Inkjet, Agfa Graphics.

The :Jeti 1224 UV HDC is ideally suited for high resolution trade show graphics, POS (Point-of-Sale) displays, real estate signs, backlit signs, lenticular displays, high resolution banners, ceramic tiles, wood and many more flatbed applications.

First customer shipments will start on 1 June 2010.

SEAL Graphics offers even better value-for-money films

3d Pink Pop Up

As market leader in Pop-Up and Roll-Up display systems, SEAL Graphics guards its position jealously.  Which is why it constantly strives to offer better value-for-money and more technologically advanced products to ensure its continued success.

Two of the latest films to be launched are the company’s Base Stoplight 190 and Jet Guard Crystal Lite, both economical versions of the company’s best-sellers.  Although designed to be used in conjunction with each other as part of a complete display solution, they are both equally usable as stand-alone products.

The first is an ideal low cost solution for Pop-Up displays and other short term applications using heated roller laminators.  Like its more expensive stablemate Stoplight films it contains an essential light-blocking core.

The second is a lightweight but hard wearing overlaminate with a crystal textured finish, also for use with heated laminators.  It offers excellent scratch-resistant properties and is suitable for general lamination of photographic and inkjet media in short term applications.

More information on this and other products may be found on sealgraphics.com