Fujifilm is exhibiting its latest line-up of inkjet printing systems and media on stand G10 at Sign & Digital UK 2010 from 13th - 15th April 2010, Birmingham, UK. The recently-launched latest model in the Acuity series of UV flatbed printers will feature on the stand, alongside the euromedia range of products for inkjet roll-to-roll devices.
Showing for the first time in Europe, the Acuity Advance HS is the latest addition to the Acuity series and meets demands for a cost effective, high quality printer with even greater productivity than before. Near-photographic quality images can be achieved at typical production speeds of 40m2/hr, with a new 'express' mode of 65m2/hr for images viewed from greater distances. As with the other models in the series, the printer's ability to print edge-to-edge saves time and labour in finishing, and end-use application possibilities are extended with a white ink option. In addition, a roll media unit can be added to print to a broad range of flexible materials.
Fujifilm has specifically designed the Sign & Digital UK stand to allow both printers and finishers to get hands-on with products in the euromedia range. The euromedia brand includes a wide array of consumables, finishing tools and presentation systems for roll-to-roll printing, with an extensive media range for water-based, solvent-based and laminating applications.
David Burton, European euromedia sales director at Fujifilm, says: "We are excited about our wide-format line-up for visitors to this year's Sign & Digital UK. By combining the first European showing of the Acuity Advance HS and our euromedia range, smaller printers right through to high-end, high productivity print service providers will find solutions for both roll-to-roll and rigid material decoration on our stand."
Graphic Printing Technologies Ltd (GPT) will once again be a major presence at Sign and Digital UK. This year it is exhibiting in its own right on stand B10, and will be presenting the latest range of machines from Mimaki as well as software products from Shiraz and Onyx. Further products will be on the stand and these will be announced nearer the show.
Stuart Cole, Managing Director of GPT, comments, “This is our second year of trading and our second Sign and Digital UK. We still believe this is the best way to meet signmakers from across the country and allow them to see all the new developments that have been made over the previous year. Once again, we invite all visitors to come to our stand to see and discuss the very latest in printers, cutters, finishing equipment and software. We know that signmakers will find the best printing solution for their needs on our stand.”
Highlights on the GPT stand include:
The brand new Mimaki UJF-3042 versatile compact (A3) UV cure printer, which offers exceptionally good value for money. Its cost-effective features include very low energy consumption through the implementation of LED UV curing as well as its ability to print to a vast range of uncoated substrates. It is ideal for badges, cards, packaging, labels, stickers and display products, as well as personalised items. With a 50mm (2”) print depth the potential is massive.
The rest of the Mimaki range, including the UJV 160 roll-to-roll and flat sheet UV-curable printer with the CF1218 flatbed cutter, will also be on show. Take time to see the JV33 in action, as well as at CG160FX II cutter and the CJV30 160 combination printer and cutter solution. Other new Mimaki products will be on the stand subject to confirmation.
Also brand new to the show will be the new Shiraz v6.7 and Signature 7.1 products. Representation from the Shiraz developers themselves will be on the stand to demo the product and answer questions. More information will be available nearer the time.
Further new products will be on the stand and more information will be available from GPT nearer to the show.
The first two Go Wide events, held on the 2nd and 4th of February in Glasgow and Leeds respectively, have been deemed a big success with orders placed for a wide variety of large format printers including orders for the new HP Latex Printer L25500.
More Go Wide dates are soon to be announced following the success of the first two events. Printers and representatives from all major large format print and imaging suppliers were in attendance including Epson, HP, Metamark, Seiko and Shiraz.
Darren Walker, MD of DCP Systems comments, “The downturn of last year seems at last to be in abayance and our attendees here seem positive about the future. We’ve talked to all our customers about their plans for the future. Most have cut their cloth already and are now experiencing an upturn in business. They are also now much more aware of the true cost of running old printers that just aren’t energy efficient or require extraction etc… with the launch of the HP L25500 designjet printer and the Seiko mild solvent printer, extraction is a thing of the past but the speed and quality is also far superior than their predecessors. We can now also offer 0% finance on all our HP printers and offers like this that is exactly what the print industry needs to get back on its feet.”
Roland Launches Revolutionary 64” VersaCAMM VS-640 – One Big Printer/Cutter. One Small Price. Three Great Configurations.
Roland DG, the leading manufacturer and supplier to the sign and allied industries of inkjet printing, cutting systems and related consumables today announced the launch of the new, 64” VersaCAMM VS-640. Available in three configurations, this next-generation printer/cutter continues the record of innovation established by Roland’s VersaCAMM line, and delivers entirely new application potential with genuine metallic ink and the advanced ink handling technology required to print it. The printer is also available configured to print dual CMYK for top quality output at high production speeds, and as a Hi-Fi colour printer with light cyan and light magenta, plus white ink.
Positioned squarely at professional graphics producers such as sign and display manufacturers, the VersaCAMM VS-640 has the potential to redefine what a wide format inkjet printer can do for graphics producers and what wide format digital inkjet print can do for their customers.
Configured to print Roland’s award-winning new Eco-Sol Max metallic ink, the printer produces a dazzling range of pure metallic and pearlescent colours. The user can freely combine silver, process colour and white to effortlessly create a range of specialist effects yet to be imagined. Equipped with a VS-640 configured for metallic ink, the user can produce effects that were once the exclusive province of costly offset or screen processes. Now they’re possible without costly origination or specialised media for use anywhere conventional durable inkjet output can be used - and in thousands of places it never has been.
The VS-640 also features a new print head which enables a greater range of variable dots to be printed. When configured with light cyan, light magenta and white ink, the result is immediately apparent in the printer’s output. Images rich in colour and density now display even smoother gradations, and solid colours are faithfully rendered free of artefacts. Roland’s Intelligent Pass Control further contributes to productivity and quality, elevating the VS-640’s Hi-Fi output into a class of its own beyond four-colour.
For users looking for outright productivity, the VS-640 is available configured with a dual CMYK ink setup. In this configuration, the printer is able to cruise at high production speeds while maintaining quality standards normally associated with unidirectional print. Free from chromatic artefacts, the output stands close comparison with output from printers produced at much slower speeds and gives users of the VS-640 a distinct and measurable commercial edge when addressing the volume markets for print.
Whatever configuration is chosen, the VersaCAMM VS-640 provides a robust 64” print&cut platform in one manageable footprint. Easy to work with, maintenance is largely automatic and requires little in the way of operator intervention. The VS-640 boasts the same ink recirculation system as that introduced on the SolJet Pro III XC-540MT, which prevents the pigment in metallic and white ink from settling, and thus reduces ink wastage and running costs. Also, thanks to a heavy-duty take-up unit, unattended print&cut operation is possible and accuracy is maintained over the longest production runs.
Metallic ink and other configurations ask a lot of the RIP used to drive the printer. Roland VersaWorks 4.0 colour management RIP software is supplied with the VersaCAMM VS-640. VersaWorks supports the Roland Color System, which accurately reproduces spot colours from colour charts and swatches. The Roland Metallic Color library in VersaWorks features metallic colours that print using CMYK+MT in a single pass. This palette features over five hundred colours, including gold, silver, bronze and other metallics, so that users can simply choose a colour from the list in VersaWorks to apply to their graphics. VersaWorks’ other talents also include estimating ink usage and other productivity enhancing features which work with the VS-640 to make it a production orientated partnership.
The VersaCAMM VS-640 also features the all-new Roland OnSupport, a diagnostic support package that assists the user in informing them of tasks such as print finish, low ink or emergency stop via email alerts. A perfect tool for people who cannot afford to be with the printer 24/7 Roland OnSupport is the start of complete control for print producers everywhere.
Despite its innovation-led features and the entirely new possibilities they introduce, the Roland VersaCAMM VS-640 is priced to appeal to print producers of more or less any size at £17,999, including the take-up unit. The first opportunity to see this innovative new machine will be at this year’s Sign and Digital UK, 13-15 of April, where it will be making its European debut.
Roland VersaCAMM VS-640 Features:
64” wide printer/cutter with the latest cutting-edge print-head technology for unmatched print quality and versatility. The new print head fires additional smaller and larger droplets than the previous model, totally seven different sizes for more precision printing with reliability. New variable droplet technology automatically optimizes the drop size, selecting the most suitable three droplet sizes from the seven available. The result is beautiful and smooth gradation for close viewing. Roland Intelligent Pass Control® also assures the highest productivity whilst maintaining smooth gradations and flawless solid colours
Compatible with a wide range of media including vinyl, banner, canvas, paper and transparent film
Maximum print speed of 23m²/hr
Available in three ink configurations: 8 colour CMYK + Metallic Silver + White for unique metallic applications to differentiate from others and the brightest white text, graphics and floods 6 colour CMYK+LcLm for beautiful and smooth gradation and a broad range of applications 4 colours dual CMYK for the most economical production
Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink 512 metallic colours available in the Roland Color System Library Combines with CMYK for a spectrum of new metallic hues including gold, bronzes and a wide range of pearlescent colours. Just select one of the 512 metallic colours available from the Roland Color System Library and add to your graphic design
Roland’s unique Advanced Ink Circulation System Prevents the pigment in metallic and white inks from settling and reduce running costs Requires no manual intervention
Roland’s integrated Print&Cut technology quickly and easily prints and digitally die cuts finished graphics on demand into virtually any shape
Take-up system (TUC-2) Rolls up Print&Cut graphics automatically for unattended production Handles media roll weights up to 30kg (66.1lbs)
VersaWorks® Professional Colour Management RIP Software included
With a product range as broad as any, the addition of further new machines to Mimaki’s range is an excellent reason to visit Sign & Digital UK at the NEC in April. Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services Ltd, will be hosting the launch of the new TX400-1800 direct to textile printer along with the show’s debut of the impressive desktop A3 LED UV direct to product printer – the Mimaki UJF-3042. Naturally, Hybrid will also be exhibiting Mimaki’s core sign and graphics printers like the wide format and baby grand JV33 and JV5, the JFX-1631 grand format LED UV cure printer and the Mimaki CJV30 combined printer / cutter machines – ensuring that visitors to their stand will be well served with solutions at every size, price and technology.
The launch of the TX400 is of special interest to print companies interested in providing volume, water based, direct to polyester or dye sublimated flags, point of sale and soft signage work. This printer continues Mimaki’s strong heritage in direct-to-textile printing, delivering impressive production speeds, vibrant colours, low print costs and exhibiting excellent environmental credentials.
The new A3 desktop printer uses Mimaki’s pioneering cold cure LED UV technology to print to small format products or substrate up to 50mm thick. Ideal for promotional products companies, manufacturing applications, small, high quality signage output or the badge and label market, its high resolution output, white ink and fast print speeds deliver a very quick branded product or finished sign.
National Sales Manager for Hybrid, John de la Roche invites existing and prospective customers alike to the show; “On the Hybrid stand you’ll find practically every printing technology that Mimaki produce in a snapshot of their stunning range of hardware. We’ll be delighted to welcome customers old and new, and provide an insight into how investment in a Mimaki can make such a difference to every printing or graphics company.”
Grow business by moving screen printing jobs to digital.
Seize market advantage with new signage production capabilities.
Offer customers more versatility in substrates.
HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, with HP Scitex FB221 Ink, for digital printing of 1-3000 prints on almost any substrate.
HP Scitex TJ8300 Printer for cost effective long run fleet graphics, banners.
2 x HP Scitex XL1500 Printers - 5m (16.4ft) for building wraps, over-sized banners; 3m (10ft) with HP Scitex DS upgrade fabric for banners, upholstery.
2 x HP Designjet Z6100 Printers for high-quality indoor signs, proofing other HP printer jobs.
Digital printer is winning business from screen printers and entering new markets, such as major sports event and venues, due to high speed, high-quality HP Scitex FB7500 Printer.
Flatbed printing volume rose by 30-40 percent in two months, with 120 percent increase expected.
Flatbed operator overtime costs are down by at least 20 percent.
Longer run capabilities have increased flatbed printing revenues, with 25-35 percent growth projected.
Gigantic Color has raised client satisfaction by enabling them to save costs through printing only what is needed, when it's needed.
Gigantic Color has entered new markets, e.g. digital wallpaper and canvas art prints, due to HP Scitex TJ8300 Printer.
Gigantic Color says "Yes we can!" to previously out-of-reach jobs
Large-format printing enterprise Gigantic Color has moved its business into a new league that fully lives up to its large-sized name, thanks to new flatbed digital printing capabilities from HP. As the first company in the world to install the revolutionary HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, Gigantic Color is proving every day that digital printing gives screen printing a run for its money. The result: dramatically larger orders are now coming Gigantic Color's way, raising the company's revenues and propelling it from a regionally focused shop onto the national stage.
Established in 1989 as a single-employee typography shop, Gigantic Color today has 65 employees in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX. It provides high-profile local, regional and national clients with the full range of large-format printing applications, including billboards, interior and exterior signage, and vehicle graphics. Over the years, the company has repeatedly turned to HP to gain new capabilities and expand capacity. Most recently, it was the first printing company in the world to install the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, a high-speed printer that tripled the firm's flatbed printing capacity almost overnight. It was Gigantic Color's biggest-ever printing equipment purchase - and their fastest.
No hesitation on 'must-have' printer
"We saw the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer at SGIA and we were immediately impressed with its speed, image quality, substrate versatility, and user-friendly loading and unloading," recalls Gigantic Color owner John Bowers, Sr. "We said to ourselves: 'if someone else in our market had this machine and we didn't, we wouldn't be able to compete."
After installing the new printer, Gigantic Color began seeing benefits almost immediately. General Manager Troy McGinnis says: "The printer, even though it was the first one, performed way beyond our expectations. The operators loved its very intuitive operation and easy maintenance. We were able to cross-train people from other presses in a matter of days, and within a week of running live jobs we did 80 hours of printing in 10."
"We've printed on everything from styrene, expanded PVC, Coroplast, and every type of paper you can imagine, all the way to corkboard, aluminum sheets, polycarbonate, and heavy Dibond. Nothing we've tried has stopped that printer." One of the reasons Gigantic Color has been able to enjoy such high media versatility is because of the quality of the HP Scitex FB221 Ink, which adheres well and maintains consistent quality on a wide range of substrates.
Clients happy to ditch analog
Many of the jobs that Gigantic Color is now taking - such as a 500-sheet job on Coroplast and an order for 100 boxed truck fleet graphics - would previously have gone to screen printers. "We're winning quotes averaging in the 750-1500 copy range when before, we would be lucky to touch jobs that were 200-250 copies," says Bowers. "We've had many tours of large clients coming in to see the printer in action. Once they see the quality and speed, they almost always immediately send in jobs."
For the high-quality end of the market, Gigantic Color generally runs its HP Scitex FB7500 Printer at about 60-70 beds per hour, which is approximately 279 m²/hr (3000ft²/hr). For real estate and political signage accounts, it prints at the top speed of 105 1,2 x 10,4m (4 x 8ft) sheets per hour. "This combination of speed and quality allows us to go after screen printing jobs," says McGinnis.
John Bowers adds: "Something that previously took four or five days is taking just one shift. We recently printed 750 4 x 8 ft boards of expanded PVC. That kind of job would have made us very nervous, but now we can do it virtuall y without thinking. Our biggest challenge now is how to get it all through finishing."
Digital serves up big savings for eatery chain
Digital printing with the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer is bringing super-sized benefits to both Gigantic Color and its customers. A recent promotional banner job for a national restaurant chain is an excellent example of the win-win proposition. The client needed 6000 double-sided full pocket banners, in six different versions, with text and a lot of saturated reds. The turnaround time was three weeks, but due to other orders, Gigantic Color could dedicate only around six printing hours a day to that job. Printing the 0,9 x 3m (3 x 10ft) banners on a special polycoated fabric, in two-up, 3-pass mode (49 1,2 x 10,4m/4 x 8ft sheets per hour), Gigantic Color was able to print 160 banners in three hours, and easily meet all its production deadlines.
"This customer usually does silk screen, but they still were very, very pleased with the quality and color," says Bowers. "They got the benefit of digital printing in that they'll be able to order future runs of the banner according to what they need, when they need it - without compromising on quality."
"We've experienced that with other customers who would normally have to keep $20,000 to $30,000 worth of banners in stock and ship them out as needed. We convinced them that they can save money by having us print just one or however many they need. They no longer need to hold that stock."
This can result in further savings - and environmental benefits - as inventories of printed signage can become outdated even before they are used. The flexibility to print as needed can help to cut waste and thereby to reduce costs.
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