Zyan Digital, of Aljacer, Murcia, has used its new HP Scitex TJ8350 Printer to extend its capabilities and develop personalised wide format printing. Demonstrating the versatility and speed of the HP Scitex TJ8350 Printer, Zyan printed180 180 x 300cm posters on vinyl, personalising each with the name of a car repair shop. The printer's productivity meant that Zyan could print the two-sheet job in only twenty hours. Substrate versatility is another feature that Zyan makes use of. Sixty percent of its jobs are printed on paper, with the balance printed on vinyl and canvas in equal proportions.
Established in 1989 as a photographic laboratory, Zyan entered the wide format printing market through photographic applications. Zyan Digital now has ten wide format printers, 26 employees working in three shifts and has an annual turnover of €3.2 million.
Epson announces a simple and cost-effective buy back scheme which is an easy way for business customers to refresh and update old equipment, no matter what brand or model they are currently using.
The scheme provides a complete service, from de-installation of out-dated technology to the installation of new Epson models. The service offers an environmentally friendly option for removal of old equipment, with Epson taking responsibility for recycling in accordance with WEEE regulations.
Customers taking advantage of the buy back scheme will find it competitively priced, so whether they want to replace their printer fleet or upgrade to the latest in projection technology, the fully integrated solution ensures minimum effort for maximum return.
This offer applies to all Epson equipment, from laser printers to scanners to dot matrix printers. The buy back price is based on the condition, age and model of the product. For more information contact your Epson reseller.
Belgium based Daelprinting expanded its service offering in December 2009 with the installation of an Inca Onset S20 with added Ultratone colour option. The large format print service provider can now offer its customers shorter turnaround times with higher quality print while simultaneously making it an environmentally friendly option.
The company, situated halfway between Amsterdam and Paris in the historic town of Ypres, delivers a wide variety of wide format materials including POS materials, wide format banners and industrial solutions to customers throughout Northern France and the Benelux region.
Arjan D’haene, commercial director at Daelprinting, said: “Up to now, our business has comprised 50% screenprinting and 50% digital services. But, as most of our customers require materials to be printed in two, three or sometimes four different languages with print runs never exceeding 500 sheets, we were keen to invest in a high performance digital printer to offer them a better service with shorter turnaround times and high quality print.
“We wanted to make an investment through a company with a proven, trusted, track and service record and FUJIFILM Sericol ticked all the boxes. We’ve used its UV curable inks for a few years and have been impressed with their fantastic durability. So, when we decided the Inca Onset S20 was the right product for us, we knew FUJIFILM Sericol could deliver to our standards.”
The Inca Onset S20, a UV curing inkjet flatbed printer, is the latest high performance addition to the Onset family which has already represented a major change in business dynamics for the industry. It prints edge to edge onto substrates of 3.14m x 1.6m and up to 50mm thick, at speeds of up to 250m2/hr. The vacuum table with accurate pin positioning allows users to print single and double-sided on a variety of media sizes.
“With the S20, we are now able to turn a job around in three to four days, shortening our lead times by 75%,” says Arjan D’haene. “Not only that, but the print quality is much better than we’ve produced before and it has resolved a problem with banding we’ve had with all of our previous digital machines.
“We are delighted that we can now offer our customers an improved service and wider selection of materials, while lowering our print cost per square metre. Digital printing used to be a high price solution for us, but with the S20 we can offer a competitive price up to 500m2. This is beneficial both to us and our customers, as they can now get so much more out of their marketing budgets.”
As the Onset prints on a wide variety of substrates, Dael’s environmentally conscious customers now have more options to choose from. Arjan D’haene continues: “More and more of our customers want environmentally friendly print, and the combination of FUJIFILM Sericol’s UV curable inks with the S20’s ability to print on paper, cardboard and Re-board allow us to offer them a number of ‘green’ options to choose from.”
The 6-colour Onset S20, combined with FUJIFILM Sericol’s award winning Uvijet Ultratone inks, allows printers to widen the printable gamut of colours to 85% of the PANTONE® colour spectrum. It also features a gloss level control to produce finishes from matt, through satin to high gloss depending on application, bringing massive versatility in the range of products that can be printed, e.g. display POS, exhibition graphics, backlit/frontlit displays and outdoor signage printing.
Stefan Sagmeister Turns to HP Graphic Arts Technology to Create the Revolutionary - and Evolutionary - Darwin Chair
World-renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister needed to find a high-quality, durable printing solution that would allow him to realise his vision for the Darwin Chair.
The HP Designjet L65500 Printer, HP Latex Ink and HP DuPont™ Tyvek® Banner enabled Sagmeister to create 230 high-quality prints for his design.
The innovative Darwin Chair is an example of Sagmeister's groundbreaking work and redefines what is possible in the world of furniture design.
The work: album covers, posters, books. The clients: Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith. The reputation: maverick, icon, rock star. The name: Stefan Sagmeister. After more than 30 years in the graphic design industry, Sagmeister has made headlines for numerous reasons, but it all boils down to one thing: groundbreaking graphic design.
With a knack for transforming stale thinking, Austrian-born Sagmeister often pulls inspiration from the ordinary. Take the recent renovation of his studio in New York City. Unable to find furniture he liked and unwilling to settle, Sagmeister decided to design the pieces himself.
"I knew that I needed a few different pieces, including a couple of lounge chairs," Sagmeister says. "I also knew that coming from graphic design, I didn't want to design purely form-based chairs. I wanted to make them quite graphic."
Sagmeister's solution? A chair that can change with you. "The idea developed of designing a chair that has hundreds of sheets of paper as a cushion. Just rip off a sheet of paper, and you have a chair with a new colour, pattern and texture," Sagmeister says.
The evolution of a chair
As his vision of what became known as the Darwin Chair took shape, Sagmeister began to focus on a new question-how to make it happen. "There was just a question of how to make the paper the star and have the structure underneath it recede as much as possible," he explains.
Sagmeister began by examining the structure that the paper cushion was attached to. "Initially, the base was made out of wood, but we changed it to stainless steel. This allowed it to become skinnier and free swinging, so it really became all about the paper."
And just what was it about the paper that deserved the spotlight? "Each of the 230 sheets is printed with a different design," Sagmeister says. The intricate patterns represent the creation of the universe and the creation of the world, from the beginning of plant, animal and human life all the way to the digital revolution.
"Because we wanted the design to have intricate patterns, we needed a high-quality printing technique that could depict very fine lines and many colours. We also wanted something that would reduce the environmental impact of printing. With those parameters, the HP Designjet L65500 Printer was chosen."
The design is in the details
To complete the production of the Darwin Chair, Sagmeister needed to select the paper that would make up the cushion-one of the largest elements of the piece. Having already found a way to offer hundreds of different styles in one piece of furniture, Sagmeister used his choice of paper to extend the life of the chair even further.
"The chair is a piece that will probably have a shelf life of 30, 40 or even 50 years, so we were very careful when we designed these sheets," he notes, acknowledging that the prints could even be given a second life by becoming framed pieces of art. To achieve this level of durability and versatility, Sagmeister decided to print on HP DuPont™ Tyvek® Banner.
Along with rethinking the way the prints could be used, Sagmeister rethought the way they were produced. He reduced the environmental impact of the Darwin Chair's prints by working with the HP Designjet L65500. "It used to be that if you used a printing technique that was more environmentally aware, you always lost something else, like print quality or durability. Now, you're able to have it all," he says.
With the creation of the Darwin Chair, Sagmeister went well beyond simply creating new furniture for his studio. His remix of the traditional chair redefines what is possible in the world of furniture design.
And it exemplifies the benefits that anyone can achieve when they push boundaries and rethink the ordinary. Just as Sagmeister was able to break design barriers, commercial printers can also break business barriers and capture new opportunities.
"A lot of things that I do, printers tell me are not possible at first. I like to constantly push the edge there," Sagmeister says. The Darwin Chair is a testament to Sagmeister's ability to rethink the ordinary and to the groundbreaking results.
Existing Epson Stylus Pro owners can enjoy discounts of up to £900 when purchasing selected models from the Stylus Pro range of large format inkjet printers. This offer has been extended until the end of March this year.
There are several models included in the discount and all satisfy the highest requirements of the proofing, photographic and fine art reproduction markets, with a wider colour gamut for vivid, long-lasting results at a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi. The printers can process a wide choice of media from fine art paper to adhesives.
The models are:
Stylus Pro 9900/S A B0/44” printer with 10-colour Ultrachrome HDR inkset and Micro Piezo TFP print head for ultra high speed. A discount of £900 is available.
Stylus Pro 9880 An A0+/44” printer with 8-colour Ultrachrome K3 inkset and Micro Piezo print head. A discount of £900 is available.
Stylus Pro 7900/S An A1+/24” printer with 10-colour Ultrachrome HDR inkset and Micro Piezo TFP print head for ultra high speed. A discount of £400 is available.
Stylus Pro 7880 An A1+/24” printer with 8-colour Ultrachrome K3 inkset and Micro Piezo print head. A discount of £400 is available.
For more details and to apply for your discount, please contact your Epson reseller or visit www.epson.co.uk/loyalty
Wide format printing solution delivers new levels of colour quality and durability to high-end signage market
Spandex has once again increased the revenue-making opportunities for its customers, having added the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 large format digital inkjet printer to its growing hardware portfolio. Thanks to a new 8-colour ink set, the GS6000 offers the widest colour gamut to date and enables print businesses to produce superb long-lasting durable prints and photo-realistic colours across an increased range of both indoor and outdoor graphic applications.
Superior quality and performance
Importantly, the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 delivers the quality and performance required to meet ever-increasing customer expectations. Users benefit from 160cm-width printing and up to 1440x1440 dpi resolution with the finest ink droplet size of 3.7 picolitres. At the same time, turnaround times are significantly reduced, thanks to print speeds up to 25.2m2/hr using Epson’s variable-sized ink droplet and MicroWeave half-toning technologies. These attributes combine to deliver fast-drying, scratch-resistant prints that are water and UV resistant for up to 1.5 years without lamination.
“With its ability to produce images that dry faster, look better and last longer, the Epson GS6000 sets new standards in wide format printing”, says Jim Rich, Director, Product Management at Spandex. “In what remains a difficult time for print business owners, the GS6000 allows our customers to increase their service capability and offer a greater means of reaping the rewards that come from undertaking high-end sign and graphics projects.”
Increased business opportunities
Using the new 8-colour UltraChrome™ GS ink set, which is available in efficient 950 ml cartridges, the GS6000 allows printers to extend their creativity and service offering with unrivalled colours into high-end applications including airport and exhibition graphics, signage, and photo or fine art reproduction. In addition, the ability to switch easily between a range of different substrates makes the GS6000 a versatile production solution for printing stunning, durable graphics in an array of commercial applications.
Environmentally- and user-friendly
The Epson GS6000 also offers increased environmental friendliness, via its eco-solvent UltraChrome™ GS ink. As these inks do not emit harmful VOCs, only light ventilation is required and the extra expense of installing additional air purification systems is avoided. As well as an improved working environment, operators also benefit from a large and easy-to-use LCD panel incorporating Epson’s renowned interface, ensuring minimal training time. Support for heavy rolls up to 30kg and an auto-take-up-reel enable versatile media management and standard Giga-Ethernet and USB2.0 allow high-speed connectivity.
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