23 Jun 2021

SEAL Graphics to announce new UV-curable liquid laminator


SEAL Graphics, a world leader in image and print finishing solutions, will announce a second new UV-curable liquid laminator at this year’s Fespa digital exhibition. 

As the ‘smaller brother’ to the AS60UV Pro, the AquaSEAL 24UV has been developed especially for professional photographic studios and other small format users handling images up to 60.9 cms (24ins). 

The AS 24UV is a fully automated liquid coating machine designed to deliver superb high speed protective coatings for inkjet, photographic, electrostatic and digital press original images as well as colour copies.  Dependent upon the application, the coating thickness can be varied between 7 and 16 microns at speeds of up to 7.62 metres per minute (25ft/min). 

Being exceedingly user-friendly, the company claims no special operator skills are required.  Simply insert the image to produce output that is evenly protected with a scratch-resistant, water-resistant and image enhancing coating within seconds. The machine uses an innovative UV dryer with high speed curing which results in an instant, unblemished final product in a choice of gloss, lustre or matte finishes. 

The AS24UV has two tanks to accommodate coating liquids and one for the cleaning solution. It automatically cycles and filters the coating liquid at precisely the required volume and, because it is UV cured, there is no need to clean down at the end of each job/day.

Epson Stylus Pro 11880 proves a great starting point for Vivid Display

Epson Stylus Pro 11880 Vivid Display 

Barnsley display printing company Vivid Display opened its doors for business in February this year and is already anticipating doubling the size of the operation within the next 12 months. Its Epson Stylus Pro 11880 is currently kept busy producing high quality graphics for a niche clientele of shopping centres.

"Business has been brisk from the very beginning," says managing director Peter Wyatt, who has a long and solid background in design and print, especially large format graphics. "Having worked extensively in this sector, I could see that there was a ready made market with ready made customers."

When it came to the question of equipment Peter did thorough research, asking a wide range of sales people and material suppliers and they all recommended Epson. "The Stylus Pro 11880 gives us the best quality at the level we wanted to go in at," says Peter. "Design agencies have very high standards and we wanted to be absolutely certain we could deliver the highest levels of quality and colour along with a fast and reliable service."

A feature of the SP11880 that in particular impresses Vivid is the ability to produce reliable and vibrant colour. "The colours are very vibrant, which is very important," says Peter. "Reds, oranges, greens - they all come out brilliantly."

The company deals with about 16 shopping centres across the UK, producing point of sale material, promo advertising both internally and externally, window vinyls and floor vinyls. "Everything that we throw at it, it handles with no problems," says Peter.

Vivid bought the Stylus Pro 11880 from Fastek Graphic Services in Leeds. Barry Singleton, sales and marketing manager of Fastek, says: "When Vivid set us the task of identifying a software and printer combination package to best suit its needs, we suggested the Epson Stylus Pro 11880 and the ErgoSoft Poster Print Rip. The 64-inch size made sense for the larger format graphics and as the majority of its work is indoor graphics, it is a perfect fit. Vivid is a pretty forward thinking company and I expect they will be looking to grow and have the ability to provide outdoor graphics."

Peter agrees with this. "We plan to double the size of the business in the next year. We have already exceeded our expectations for this year and could expand now, but we want to wait until we have completed one whole financial year."  The expansion plans include another Stylus Pro 11880 and another printer for the outdoor market, which is still in the decision process.

This success is largely put down to Vivid's own quality standards. It constantly checks the print quality for colour and consistency and prints on "the best substrates using the best inks, which are both Epson". Each customer gives feedback on every job, grading the quality of print and service and Vivid monitors all of this information to keep ahead of the game.

Its website is unusual and eye-catching but this is not a case of style over substance. Ordering online is quick and easy, with the process being pared down to the essential information only. "The quicker, easier and more enjoyable we can make it for the customer, the better - for us and them," says Peter.

HP to present new product at Viscom Dusseldorf

HP Latex Printer

HP today announced that it will be launching an addition to its range of large format printers on its stand, 8a G20 at viscom düsseldorf, 1 - 3 October, Exhibition Centre Düsseldorf. At the show HP will be launching its latest large format printer, which will drive change in the industry and allow PSPs to differentiate themselves.

Other stand highlights include the HP Scitex XP2750 Printer, a 3.2m wide-format UV ink printer with an integrated flatbed module that delivers high-quality output up to 635 x 800dpi (1270 x 1600dpi apparent) on both flexible and rigid media. With a maximum speed of 110m²/hr, the printer is ideal for high-volume environments looking for flexibility of output.

Also present will be the HP Scitex FB950 Printer - 2.5m hybrid UV printer providing consistent high-quality POP/POS, trade show and event signage on a wide range of rigid or flexible media at high speeds of up to 80m2/hr in billboard mode.

The HP Designjet Z6100 Printer series - aqueous printers with an embedded spectrophotometer available in 42" and 60" models delivering vivid, high-impact prints at high print speeds. The series is ideal for indoor and short-term outdoor banners and large format applications such as posters, photos and fine art prints, drawings, maps and renders.

"HP's latest graphic solutions will allow our customers to continue to differentiate their businesses," said Santi Morera, vice president and general manager, Large Format Printing Business, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. "PSPs now have the widest ever portfolio of HP printers to choose from, allowing them to enter new market segments with confidence," said Morera.

Sign and display print service providers will also be able to visit the stands of HP's distributors; Kisters and Sihl, to see demonstrations of the HP Designjet L65500. The printer offers environmentally responsible, cost-effective production possibilities using the latest innovative ink technology for printing with the environment in mind and presents an alternative to solvent and even UV when printing indoor and outdoor signage.

Mimaki develop innovative new UV flatbed printer with launch of JFX-1631

mimaki jfx-1631 

With a product portfolio already boasting an extraordinary range of printing technologies, Mimaki has announced the addition of their latest range topper in the UV curing field. Benefiting from pioneering technology that features in the award winning and much heralded hybrid LED UV curing UJV-160 model, the new Mimaki JFX-1631 is a quite stunning grand format offering, marking the company out as real innovators in the print technology arena.

Featuring a low power consumption, long lasting and low heat emitting LED UV curing system, the JFX ticks all the right environmental boxes from the off. Saving some two-thirds the energy of alternative machines, the LED technology has many other advantages – not least of which is the massive reduction in running costs. Drawing so much less power is an obvious saving, but with the lifetime of the LED being around 5 times longer than regular metal halide bulbs, it's a big saving in consumable items too. With typically reduced ink usage compared to solvent machines, Mimaki's UV offerings run at lower costs - and for jobs that need lamination, total turnaround time is a fraction of that needed for solvent prints, as no gassing off is required.

One inherent feature of the LED technology is that it requires no 'warm up' time, so relatively instant printing can be achieved - switching on and off as required. Whilst this further reduces the energy consumption of the printer, it also extends the life of the LEDs even further - to somewhere in the region of 5,000 hours.

Creatively, the JFX leads the way as well - benefiting from the LED UV curing system drastically reducing the amount of generated heat, which allows the machine to print to a broader range of heat-sensitive media; such as foam boards, PVC and styrene panels that would typically be prone to bowing under heat.

The JFX-1631 incorporates eight new print heads to achieve a print speed twice that of previous models, and whilst very quick, Mimaki's new head positioning system uses high resolution linear motors for ultra-fine step accuracy and dot placement. The use of this technology results in further enhanced printing of solid colours and even allows output of legible, 3 point text.

Mimaki offer two types of UV ink for the machine - either the proven flexible ink set; created in conjunction with 3M, that features on the UJV-160, or a hard set that also features a white for printing to clear or coloured substrates. The flexible inkset stretches up to 200% (dependent upon media) and can be cut through, creased and scored after printing - meaning printed packaging substrate can be produced, or full bleed display graphics that could challenge alternative UV technologies on other machines.

With a bed size of 1.6m x 3.1m, the JFX-1631 falls firmly into the high end, grand format category of machines, and with its ability to print to substrates up to 50mm thick, offers a vast array of creative possibilities. Mimaki has a primer to improve ink keying to certain materials - expanding the capabilities of the JFX beyond the basics of display graphics output, towards glass, metals and other more demanding substrates.

Available through Mimaki's exclusive UK & Ireland distributors, Hybrid Services Ltd, their National Sales Manager, John de la Roche said; "Mimaki extend their heritage in the performance UV market with the launch of the JFX, and the features that we've added to this machine are immense. It simply confirms our commitment to innovation, and meets the needs of our customers both environmentally and when it comes to sheer out-and-out performance and print quality."

Epson offers enhanced value for its Stylus Pro 11880 and GS6000 large format printers

Epson GS6000

Imaging company Epson is offering even greater value to its large format printer customers with new recommended retail prices (RRP). The new RRP for the Stylus Pro 11880 and Stylus Pro GS6000 printers is £8,995 and £18,995 respectively, effective as of 1 August, 2009.

Martin Johns, Senior Product Manager, Epson UK, commented: "Epson is renowned for its knowledge and expertise in producing innovative imaging products. With attractive new prices for our 64" LFP range, graphic arts professionals are being offered the impressive quality, flexibility, speed and reliability of Epson, at an extremely attractive price."

Epson is also offering a half price warranty on the Stylus Pro GS6000 for a limited period (1st August - 31st December 2009). The offer extends the standard one year warranty to three years for £3,600, half the normal retail price of the package. As well as receiving a set of print heads per year, the end user will benefit from an annual health check, where an engineer will visit the site to check over the machine and make any relevant adjustments and perform any necessary maintenance.

The first 64" large format printer from Epson, the Stylus Pro 11880 includes the latest Thin Film Piezo (TFP) printhead for superior print performance and is optimised for pigment ink technology. The formulation of UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta further strengthens Epson's award-winning UltraChrome K3 ink as the choice of professionals, and is available in 700ml high capacity, individual ink cartridges for increased productivity.

The Stylus Pro GS6000 is designed for both indoor and outdoor applications. Using Epson's UltraChrome GS ink in extremely efficient 950 ml cartridges it allows production of high-impact, high-quality and durable prints. This high quality ink set includes Orange and Green inks, which significantly increases the range of colours that can be achieved, especially bright green to yellow, and yellow to red. Furthermore, the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 enables operators to switch easily between a range of different coated and non-coated substrates such as vinyl, making it an ideal, flexible production solution for multiple commercial applications. Epson UltraChrome GS ink doesn't spread harmful VOCs (volatile organic compound) and is the first major eco-solvent type ink set to be launched without the need for a hazard symbol. This makes the Stylus Pro GS6000 both environmentally- and user-friendly. As additional ventilation isn't required, it can be situated in the most convenient location for the business.

EFI to show VUTEk GS3200 super-wide printer with integrated workflow

efi vutek gs3200 

EFI today announced that demonstrations of the revolutionary 3.2-meter hybrid VUTEk GS3200 superwide printer will be given at the company’s 10th annual Connect users’ conference from August 2 to 5 at the Wynn Las Vegas. This year, EFI is demonstrating the new VUTEk GS3200 superwide format UV printer along with integrated workflow solutions from EFI, and inviting customers to join presentations given by product experts that will focus on the technology of VUTEk printers and the exciting economics of how these superwide format printers are driving record profitability for EFI’s customers.

“EFI Connect attracts existing customers and potential buyers from around the globe and this exclusive EFI summer event is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the newly introduced VUTEK GS3200,” said Chuck Dourlet, vice president of marketing, EFI VUTEk. “This is an incredible, uncompromising product that has speeds up to 2400 square feet per hour, resolution up to true 1000 dpi and the versatility to address just about any wide-format application you can dream of. The GS series printers have been received with incredible enthusiasm from the industry, and our prospective buyers have been clamoring to see one in action. We’re really looking forward to showing off the GS3200 alongside of EFI’s industry leading print management and workflow solutions in Las Vegas.”

“High performance equipment and solid processes… both are essential to grow and sustain profitability. EFI’s VUTEk superwide and Rastek wide format color imaging equipment, driven by EFI’s Fiery XF software for advanced color management, can provide our customers a strong competitive edge,” said Frank Mallozzi. “Additionally, tying in EFI’s Digital StoreFront provides our customers an Internet-based virtual front door for their business, giving them extra ways to acquire more customers and provide superior customer service to their clients. And, when integrated with EFI’s Advanced Professional Print Software, their business has the foundation it needs to optimize the VUTEk & Rastek printers and maximize the profit potential of virtually every job.”

The VUTEk GS3200’s versatility expands the reach of superwide printing into new industries and applications with breakthrough speed and incredible quality in the same printer. VUTEk’s Dual-Resolution Capability enables true 600 dpi and true 1000 dpi output with selectable 24pl or 12pl drop sizes, and produces eye-catching, photorealistic graphics in 8-color (plus white) mode at speeds up to 1200 feet per hour and in its Fast-5™ mode with speeds up to 2400 square feet per hour.

The GS3200 easily competes with high-volume commercial production printers and is the perfect replacement for a wide range of wide-format and superwide printers in one shop, as it exemplifies flexible, versatile production with its ability to transition from rigid to roll-to-roll in less than one minute, and its capacity to print on a broad range of substrates. It delivers unique, in-line, three-layer white-printing capability, allowing access to a whole new range of creative, high-value applications and is perfect for long runs or short runs in high quality and at high speeds, offering the highest return on investment (ROI) in the industry.

In addition to live, hands-on product demonstrations, EFI’s VUTEk product experts will also be conducting a special track for prospective buyers. These presentations will address the ROI and economics of superwide printing, profit opportunities in traditional and new superwide format applications, market conditions and outlook for superwide format printing, as well as a technology deep-dive with the VUTEk product managers. These presentations will complement the live product demonstrations, and will be of great value to EFI customers and prospective buyers who want to learn more about the advantages of VUTEk printers and superwide printing.