• + Intec Launches an Ultra-Fast Kiss Cutter to Fully Automate Label Production

    Known for its innovative auto feed cutting solutions, Intec Printing Solutions Limited, releases an ultra-fast label cut..

    18 May 2020

    Known for its innovative auto feed cutting solutions, Intec Printing Solutions Limited, releases an ultra-fast label cutter for busy print departments. 

    The new ColorCut LC600 ‘on demand’ digital sheet label cutter is designed to provide automatic sheet label cutting for digital print production users. With NO die’s or setup costs users can cut any shape label, in an instant, making this ideal solution for the label and packaging market sectors.

    Targeted at busy print departments, seeking complete unattended cutting production, the LC600 combines reliable label sheet feeding with an instant job retrieval system - this ensures effortless, yet precise, kiss cut labels at lightning-fast speeds.

    Offering an unparalleled production capability to cut a mixed batch of label jobs, the LC600 can load a sheet of labels and read a QR code to instantly recognise the associated cut file, on every sheet, on the fly. The feeder/stacker can take up to 250 sheets of a varied stack of jobs and cut one after the other, in a seamless and uninterrupted flow and with SmartMark registration, the cutter ensures superb accuracy, every time.

    The LC600 is powered by Intec’s renowned ColorCut Pro software that integrates with Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW with plug in support. When users create their job, ColorCut Pro applies an auto assigned (editable) QR code to each of the designs and saves the cutting file to the ColorCut Pro Job Library which is automatically retrieved when cutting. 

    The digital cutting head can apply up to 750g of pressure and cut at up to 960mm per second enabling users to produce either one or indeed hundreds of sheets and thousands of labels. And with its 'Dual Grip' feed system, holds the media during cutting on BOTH sides of the cutting head, enabling it to cut closer to the media edges than most other types of cutter.

    Designed with space saving in mind the LC600 sports a retractable media catch tray that slides away when not in use, ensuring that it can easily be accommodated in any print shop.

    Mark Baker-Homes, director of product development states, “Intec has developed this really exciting product at a time when label suppliers need to offer an incredibly quick turnaround to companies requiring much needed health and safety labelling”.

    Product video of machine in operation 

  • + Canon announces upgrades to LabelStream 4000

    Canon has launched significant upgrades and optional configurations to its digital label press, the LabelStream 4000 ser..

    18 May 2020

    Canon has launched significant upgrades and optional configurations to its digital label press, the LabelStream 4000 series. Addressing the needs of label converters, new improvements include an optional orange colour channel, a screen-like high-opacity white ink, and enhanced usability for greater production efficiencies.

    With the LabelStream’s expanded colour capability, users can add optional orange and white ink channels. Match a wider range of brand colours and achieve highest white opacity without compromising on quality or reliability. 

    The new white ink channel achieves up to 80 percent opacity at 36 m/min in a single pass. Users can eliminate lengthy set-up times and expensive screens, as well as increase cost efficiencies. With additional opacities of more than 70 percent at 50 m/min and more than 65 percent at 75 m/min, a wide range of performance levels are available.

    Using Xaar 2001 printhead technology, which offers high pigment load, and increased ink laydown capability, the LabelStream inks attain a colour gamut of 96 percent with the spot-colour swatch book at a Delta E 2000 value of less than two. 

    LabelStream 4000 Core unit is the first step into the world of high performance, UV inkjet printing. Built on a cost-efficient, yet powerful base unit, users have the option to expand the press set-up to meet their needs. 

    With its UV inkjet technology and a robust web transport system, the press offers print speeds of up to 75m/min and two print width set-ups of 330mm or 410mm, resulting in an industry-leading output speed of 1,845 sqm/hr, providing quicker turnaround times. Users can also complement digital production printer with UV flexo units for spot colours, varnishing and coating.

    For more complex applications, the LabelStream 4000 hybrid configuration offers a custom mix of UV flexo, embellishment and finishing units, turning it into a fully integrated, single-pass label conversion line. This mix of conventional and digital technologies enables a complete inline production of high-quality self-adhesive labels.

    The LabelStream provides faster syncing between flexo and digital print units, so users can benefit from reduced operator intervention, increased uptime and high-quality output. The seamless interplay of the two technologies, driven by LabelStream’s central control panel, allows for easy recalling of job settings and automated job set-up. The central control panel enables job changes to take effect on-the-fly without halting the press to adjust digital and analogue elements.

    Canon’s service proposition has grown and evolved, with more than 1,600 high-volume inkjet presses and 8,500 UV-based large format printing systems worldwide, enabling LabelStream customers to benefit from proven, diversified and tailored service models.

    With the LabelStream 4000, users can reduce operator intervention, increase uptime and produce high quality output, all with one device with minimal set-up time, the flexibility to mass customise contents and artwork, and the quicker time to market.

  • + Mark Andy Adds New Converting Features to Digital Pro Product Line

    Mark Andy has released a suite of new features on its digital press line, Digital Pro. The production digital machine la..

    12 May 2020

    Mark Andy has released a suite of new features on its digital press line, Digital Pro. The production digital machine launched in August 2019 with Digital Pro 1, a roll to roll solution and Digital Pro 3, an inline digital hybrid press with a single flexo station and die cutting. This product line was built to tackle short run work, and is now capable of additional converting functionalities, reinforcing the OEM’s commitment to profitable digital printing.

    First to market was a second optional print station, available before the print engine on both Digital Pro 3 and Digital Pro 1 models. Chandler Davis, Market Manager- Digital, Mark Andy explains “Digital Pro’s base hybrid configuration supports over 80% of prime label applications. However, the ability to reverse print or lay flexo inks and coatings prior to digital opens up a lot of opportunity. This especially rings true when you look at the added opacity on clear and metallised films, or jobs that may use multiple spot colours in a single run.” The print station adds 30 inches of machine footprint and uses UV LED curing technology. A private label ink, performance certified by Mark Andy and powered by Siegwerk, ProWhite, is available through Mark Andy Print Products for order.

    Alongside the print station, three unique conveyor packages were released to Digital Pro customers and are backwards compatible with over 140 Digital One machines in operation globally. The conveyors perform basic to advanced roll-to-sheet applications, which Mark Andy reports a surge in demand for from end users. Operators can cut 2-14”sheets, convey into an output receptacle or shingling table, and batch sheets into set quantities.

    Label manufacturers also now have the option to outfit a bypass module to their Digital Pro 3. With this feature, printers can web the press to bypass the digital engine and use the machine as a standalone finishing machine in addition to a digital label press. The bypass boosts press speeds by 35% to 110 fpm (33.5 mpm) and reduces cost of operation and consumable wear when the digital module is not printing.

    The last option in this wave of updates is a crush knife assembly for slitting. Crush knives are ideal for many applications and the primary benefit is faster set-up time and cleaner edge slitting The system supports up to 8 knives in the cartridge and achieves a minimum lane size of ½ inch. (12.7 mm).

    All features are available on future press builds, and can be added to existing machines in the field. Davis closes with "When we said this platform was future proof, we meant it. Our team is constantly listening, learning, and pushing the limits of what Digital Pro can tackle. We've done a lot in the last 8 months of product commercialisation and have much more on our road map into the future."

    For more information, visit 

  • + Tecnau Launches the StreamFolder 5152

    The new book signature solution for high speed digital presses Tecnau announces general availability of the StreamF..

    04 May 2020

    The new book signature solution for high speed digital presses

    Tecnau announces general availability of the StreamFolder 5152 cut and stack line for high-speed web fed color inkjet finishing. The system efficiently produces short-run digital book printing jobs of varying run lengths including ‘books of one.’ Available with a tack-gluing option, the StreamFolder 5152 operates, in-line or near-line, at speeds up to 750 fpm / 230 mpm to take full advantage of the emerging generation of high-speed inkjet presses.

    StreamFolder 5152 plow-folds the web once or twice along the travel direction, enabling efficient use of a web-fed press at its maximum print width. This folded web is very strong as the paper is up to three times thicker for system reliability (especially for lighter weight papers) feeding through the cutter and stacker. In addition, all modules operate in taut web to generate the exceptionally smooth paper ?ow required for high-speed operations. Curl is canceled out as the web is folded back onto itself, for reliably flat books. The StreamFolder 5152 also features “north/south job offsetting”, offsetting sets/book-blocks back & forth in the direction of travel to maintain full speed even for multiple consecutive small sets.

    The system includes Tecnau’s StreamFolder f50 plow-fold module, Cutter c51 single-cutting cutter, and shingling Stacker s52. StreamFolder f50 is based on Tecnau’s popular and proven StreamFolder f20 product, with a next-generation controls package enabling Internet of Things connectivity, offering features such as remote monitoring and diagnostics and automatic software updates. Stacker s52 offers a tack-gluing option to keep loose sheets or signatures together for automated conveying to an inline perfect binder or other finisher, or to maintain book block integrity and registration during manual handling. An optional signature jogger also may be added for excellent signature registration.

    The StreamFolder 5152 is a member of Tecnau’s Revolution 50 series, a family of products featuring top speeds, Internet-of-Things (IoT) compatibility, and media ?exibility as required in today’s most demanding digital print environments. The complete Revolution 50 series is designed for reliable, continuous non-stop production and lower maintenance costs.

  • + Ricoh Unveils Ricoh Pro C5300 Sheetfed Colour Press in Europe and US

    Building on the success of its predecessor, the Ricoh Pro C5200, the Pro C5300 is ideal for small to medium size PSPs, p..

    14 April 2020

    Building on the success of its predecessor, the Ricoh Pro C5200, the Pro C5300 is ideal for small to medium size PSPs, print on demand environments, Corporate Reprographics Departments (CRDs) and print shops.
    Key benefits of the enhanced system include:

    • High image quality with Ricoh 2400 x 4800dpi VCSEL technology and new gloss control to address different image output demands;
    • Greater productivity with a speed of up to 80ppm and an increased monthly duty cycle of 450,000;
    • Vacuum feed Large Capacity Tray supporting a wide range of substrates;
    • Improved front to back registration due to a new paper pass control system;
    • Broad media handling of substrates up to 360gsm, non-carbon paper, textured media and envelopes;
    • A wider variety of post-press capabilities enabling responsive service delivery supported by peripherals, including an enhanced booklet finisher capable of 30-sheet booklet production at 80gsm. Versatile end to end production is further aided by its high capacity stacker and efficient fore-edge trimmer.
    • The Pro C5300 incorporates a 10-inch touch screen colour panel for fast and easy set-up and uptime is maximised with simple to change operator replaceable units (ORUs).
    “The Pro C5300 colour sheetfed press is an evolution of Ricoh’s tried and tested technology and has been developed to support responsive print production for small to medium volume demands,” said Eef de Ridder, VP Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe. “Encompassing all the successful operational elements of its predecessor while adding new capabilities has resulted in a system that offers great usability, flexibility, and productivity.”


    Leading supplier Canon Production Printing Australia announces the new varioPRINT iX-series, an advanced sheetfed inkjet..

    07 April 2020

    Leading supplier Canon Production Printing Australia announces the new varioPRINT iX-series, an advanced sheetfed inkjet press featuring iQuariusiX technology. Built for those with production volumes of 1-to-10 million A4 images per month, this revolutionary new full spectrum press combines the image quality and media range of offset or liquid toner systems, with the productivity and cost efficiency of inkjet.

    This latest addition to the Canon Production Printing Australia portfolio promises over 9,000 SRA3 images per hour, or 320 A4 images per minute, on a wide range of media including offset coated paper from 90 to 350gsm. This significant advancement to the sheetfed world enables high-volume and full spectrum production of commercial print applications, from marketing collateral and premium direct mail to catalogues, magazines and books. 

    With more than 90% average uptime and no need for daily calibration and maintenance, the varioPRINT iX-series enables substantial productivity gains and measurable improvements in overall running costs, compared with other cutsheet production print technologies.

    The company has drawn upon the significant expertise within its ranks to create a result that, according to Managing Director, Craig Nethercott, will provide significant advantages for commercial printers interested in improving profits across Australia and New Zealand.
    “The appeal of inkjet is its excellent productivity in the face of ever tighter deadlines and higher volumes of short-run jobs needing quick changeovers. With the varioPRINT iX-series, there’s no longer a need to compromise between quality and media range, or between productivity and cost efficiency,” said Mr Nethercott.

    “Commercial printers can now say “yes” to virtually any order, with confidence that print quality is flawless, media options are vast, and quick turnarounds are no problem. Customers wanting to offer the broadest portfolio of high-quality applications now have a sheetfed inkjet press that helps them to grow their volumes, as well as manage smaller, more diverse jobs flexibly and profitably.” 

    The revolutionary new press builds on the success of the varioPRINT i-series platform introduced in 2015. With over 250 installations to date worldwide, the varioPRINT i-series has established Canon Production Printing as a leader in sheetfed inkjet production printing for transactional applications, books and high-quality direct mail. 

    The latest iQuariusiX technology at the heart of the new iX-series combines three key innovations: 

    A breakthrough drying system combines air and heat with humidification to protect the paper. This ensures robust prints on a wide media range, perfectly flat and ready for immediate finishing.
    New proprietary polymer pigment water-based inks and ColorGrip for outstanding, vibrant and robust colour on a variety of media, including coated stock up to 350gsm. 
    iQuarius quality control technologies for high-end image quality, thanks to true 1200 dpi image processing and 1200 dpi co-developed Kyocera print heads for printing razor-sharp text and line details, smooth gradients and perfect skin tones. Advanced nozzle uniformity control technology uses an inline scanner to automatically check and align single nozzles during the production run to eliminate streakiness. Nozzle activity control offers the capability of detection and auto-compensation of the nozzles during the job and thus reduces downtime and waste, and ensures high image quality. 

    Media handling is improved with auto-detection, discard of flawed sheets before printing and precision paper transport further optimising quality and productivity. Together, these innovations deliver a balance of excellent image quality, media and application versatility, reliable productivity and cost efficiency - all in a single inkjet press. Handle short runs profitably, switch jobs quickly, and confidently produce finished documents with mixed media, while meeting demanding customer deadlines with ease.

    Powered by a high-performance, media-driven workflow, the PRISMAsync print server optimises productivity by automatically setting the appropriate printing parameters for the media selected as well as enables advance scheduling of up to eight hours of production. Combined with PRISMA software, a completely automated and highly intuitive solution can be integrated into any existing workflow, covering every stage of production, from creation and print management through to finishing and delivery tracking. 

    Christian Unterberger, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President from Canon Production Printing adds “The introduction of the varioPRINT iX-series is a significant enhancement of our product portfolio for the graphic arts market. With the varioPRINT iX-series sitting alongside Canon’s Colorado UVgel technology and ProStream continuous feed printer, commercial printers now have a broader range of Canon solutions to choose from to meet their specific business needs.” 

  • + HP: New commercial line-up includes 6000sph B2

    HP is launching a B2 6000sph duplex press that pumps out up to a million sheets a month, as it identifies two key market..

    17 March 2020

    HP is launching a B2 6000sph duplex press that pumps out up to a million sheets a month, as it identifies two key markets for B2 printing – premium quality, and high volume, and releases two presses for those two markets.

    The new 6000sph HP Indigo 100K is designed for non-stop printing, while the HP Indigo 15K is aimed at the premium printing market. HP Indigo currently dominates the B2 digital market, its own estimates claim it has 95 per cent share, with in excess of 1000 in the market.

    Alon Bar-Shany, general manager at HP Indigo said, “Our analysis of the B2 market revealed two winning strategies: premium printing, and high-volume printing from the likes of the online ganging printers. The new HP Indigo B2 digital press solutions will enable printers in both these markets to optimise their businesses and take them to new levels of productivity.”

    Phillip Rennell, sales and marketing director, Currie Group said, “With this news, HP Indigo has continued to innovate and increased the ability to meet changing customer demands for our Australian and New Zealand customers.”

    Bar-Shany said the new presses were not intended to replace offset printing, saying they would complement it, although offset to digital transfer is one of the key strategies with most commercial B2 in the 5000 sheets or less bracket. He did describe the HP Indigo 100K as a "digital offset press" saying printers "will recognise the sound it makes from feed and delivery".

    The HP Indigo 100K Digital Press offers uninterrupted duplex digital printing, enabling printers to deliver more than one million B2 duplex sheets per month. Printing at 6000 sheets per hour, the new four-colour HP Indigo 100K press delivers significantly higher productivity compared with the HP Indigo 10000 series, along with the look and feel of offset. It has the capacity to print on different substrates non-stop.

    HP says the high performance is enabled by advanced paper handling and offset-like gripper-to-gripper design for precision registration, as well as Indigo digital advantages, including colour automation, calibration, fast switchover between jobs and media, and five-input source feeder.

    Aimed at the premium print market the new B2 HP Indigo 15K Digital Press brings new quality with high-definition printing and FM screens, and versatility enabled by a wider range of substrates, now offering additional options with up to 600 microns (24 pt.). New inks include ElectroInks Premium White and Invisible Yellow. New high definition FM stochastic screens support increased sharpness for halftone text.

    Existing HP Indigo 12000 presses are upgradeable to new features of the HP Indigo 15K through a new Value Pack that is available now.

    In the SRA3 market the new HP Indigo 7K supersedes the 7000 series, it is a 19-inch (SRA3+) digital press that offers a broader range of high-value digital applications with a media gamut up to 550 microns, with special inks such as HP Indigo ElectroInk Silver, high opacity Premium White, Invisible Yellow for security or other applications and ElectroInk Easy Release ink for scratch-off applications. New features will be upgrade options to the HP Indigo 7000 series, again through the Value Pack.

    The new HP Indigo 7eco is an entry-level press with Indigo quality and productivity offering what HP says is an economical and sustainable choice to sprint into digital printing. Bar-SHany said, “This is an aggressively priced HP Indigo for those looking for lower cost entry into Indigop printing. It has the same platform as the 7K, but not all the bells and whistles, it prints in five colours, and doesn't print on plastics for instance, but it keeps the Indigo quality and capabilities.”

    HP is also launching the HP Indigo 90K web-fed press, which supports single sided applications including banners, oversized B1 posters and wallpaper, incorporating new and patented algorithms for continuous print.

  • + HP: Entire Indigo Range Revamped

    HP has announced a raft of new print solutions with eight new presses that include a 6000sph B2 press, an entry level SR..

    17 March 2020

    HP has announced a raft of new print solutions with eight new presses that include a 6000sph B2 press, an entry level SRA3, and software for its new range of label and packaging presses that will enable them to hit any spot colour within three minutes.

    Phillip Rennell, sales and marketing director at ANZ distributor Currie Group said, “HP Indigo has really shown their leadership in the graphic arts market, producing an enhanced portfolio for our customers, continuing to deliver digital print solutions for today and showing how they are creating the future. Again.”

    Alon Bar-Shany, general manager at HP Indigo said the new press line-up was designed to work in what he called 'the new normal' of the online world where same day delivery, no minimum orders, evidential sustainability and consumers willing to pay premium prices for outstanding experiences were facts of life. He said the current coronavirus crisis was an opportunity to look at things in new ways.

    The commercial presses are now Series 5, the SRA3 line-up will now include three systems: the enhanced top-of-the-range HP Indigo 7K, a new entry level HP Indigo 7eco and the remanufactured HP Indigo 7r. The B2 line up is now in two versions: the HP Indigo 15K for premium market, and the new 6000sph HP Indigo 100K for high-volume work.

    In labels and packaging HP Indigo is launching a new spot colour matching system SpotMaster across the range, which it says will enable any spot colour to be reproduced accurately within three minutes. Label presses will include the HP Indigo 6K with inline varnishing, the HP Indigo 8K which is the duo version. There is a new flexibles press, the HP Indigo 25K which supersedes the 20000.

    The new folding carton press is the HP Indigo 35K which supersedes the 30000, and, says Indigo general manager Alon Bar-Shany, has 'hundreds of improvements under the hood'. For larger cartonboard printing the company is launching the HP Indigo 90K for B1 plus sized sheets.

    HP also previewed a new narrow web label press the Series 6 V12, which will print at 120 metres a minute in 12 colours at 1600dpi, and is based on a new LEPX technology. It is due for release in two years' time.

    Global head of Graphic Solutions Business Santi Morera said the new print systems would offer 'high growth opportunities to printers' and said the launch was 'unprecedented'.

    Beyond the presses HP is developing its PrintOSX cloud-platform applications with an AI-driven service and support infrastructure to enable printers to get the most out of their press investment.

    Based on PrintOSX advanced technology, tools and know-how, HP says printers can start building the “print factory of the future” and reach operational excellence, automate production, and innovate with high-value applications.

    Launched at drupa 2016, some 12,000 HP customers are now connected on HP PrintOS, using a range of applications that leverage big data on the cloud in real time for all types of production challenges.

  • + Konica Minolta AccurioLabel Series hits 500th milestone in total shipments

    Konica Minolta is pleased to announce that the AccurioLabel series marked another important milestone: the 500th unit sh..

    10 March 2020

    Konica Minolta is pleased to announce that the AccurioLabel series marked another important milestone: the 500th unit shipped since launched in 2016. 

    The Konica Minolta AccurioLabel series was designed for small to mid-size label converters by offering affordable entry to high-quality digital printing. It was developed to manage and deliver an increasing number of small to medium print jobs in ever-shorter processing times. Contrary to traditional conventional flexo and offset printing, the highly flexible digital presses can process jobs that require variable data printing, numbering or barcode printing easily and efficiently. 

    Toshitaka Uemura, general manager, industrial print business unit, Professional Print Business Headquarters, Konica Minolta, Inc. said, “Konica Minolta entered the digital label press market in 2016 and has quickly hit the milestone of 500 units sold. We drove the growth of the overall digital label press market by creating a new market of the mid-range digital label press. Last year, we had one of the largest shares of the global market. 

    “This has been achieved by widespread support from customers for the AccurioLabel series as a solution to various issues faced by the label printing industry, including the growing demand for small to medium print jobs with fast delivery. 

    “Many label converters, which used analogue printing alone, have entered digital printing for the first time using AccurioLabel. We will continue to help customers expand their businesses as their partner in the industrial printing business.” 

    Locally, the Australian label market offers huge potential with a number of key players now considering digital. Since launching its first label press to the Australian market at PacPrint in 2016, Konica Minolta has had great success and is looking to build on this with the AccurioLabel 230. 

    Tatjana Ferguson, product marketing manager, industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “As a company, we are always looking at options that can add further value for our clients includingin the label market. We know that label converters are looking for shorter runs and shorter turnaround times and with the AccurioLabel 230 jobs that were difficult to produce efficiently on analogue presses can now be produced quickly and easily.   

    “The AccurioLabel series is also designed to deliver stable printing quality. It is clearly hitting the mark with label converters who want to be able to deliver high quality and consistent results, repeatedly.” 

    Features of the AccurioLabel 230 

    The latest model of AccurioLabel series, AccurioLabel 230 is a highly flexible system for on-demand job needs and runs most tack papers and films at speeds of up to 23.4 mpm. The output is high quality and high precision, with the printing resolution of 1,200x1,200 dpi and 256 gradations. The touch panel monitor enables intuitive operation and is easy to use for operators, eliminating the need for extensive user training. Tasks that were time-consuming on analogue machines can be performed quickly and accurately.

  • + HP to Launch New PageWide T250 HD Inkjet Web Press at drupa 2020

    This week in San Diego, HP previewed the PageWide Web Press T250 HD, which will launch officially at drupa in Düsse..

    07 March 2020

    This week in San Diego, HP previewed the PageWide Web Press T250 HD, which will launch officially at drupa in Düsseldorf, Germany, this June. An upgrade to its popular T240 press, the new version is aimed squarely at capturing more of the commercial print work traditionally run on offset litho presses.

    First, what hasn’t changed: it still runs at 500 colour fpm, and can handle up to 62 million letter-size pages per month. It still has a 22˝ web, and still offers three modes — Performance, Quality, and Performance HDK, which blends the two. It is completely upgradeable from any of the T200 series PageWide presses, and will continue to be supported and upgraded as future innovations are released.

    What has changed — and it’s a big one — is the inks.

    Launching alongside the T250 are the new HP Brilliant inks. The new formulation is specifically designed for commercial markets, with the ability to print directly to both coated and uncoated media without needing an extra step. HP has replaced the primer station that was needed to run multiple stocks on the T240 with a new HP Optimiser that runs in-line with the rest of the printheads.

    The Optimiser is automated, and lays down the exact amount of coating needed, exactly where it is needed on a page to ensure ink adhesion every time, no matter what the surface of the paper actually looks like. HP bills it as a universal laydown to build the perfect surface for the inks every time, virtually eliminating the need to have specially treated papers, or limited options.

    The inks also boast upgraded colour, with 30-50% higher gamut than most industry standards, as well as offering a glossier look and feel, especially when printed on a glossy stock. According to HP, the HP Brilliant inks produce “deep reds and dazzling blues,” and are “designed to meet or exceed the sheet gloss of the paper."

    The press uses the latest HDNA thermal inkjet printhead, also launching at drupa, which is more finely tuned than previous iterations, promising smoother colour transitions, with good shadows and highlights. The press will come with the Colour Vision system as well, which has been upgraded to include colour cameras and a new lighting system, so “what you see is what you get,” allowing operators to see in real time what the press is doing at full speed, and manage any faults or errors on-the-fly, without needing to stop the press.

    Kris Albee, global marketing manager, noted that HP designed the T250 to simplify the process, providing one ink across coated, uncoated, quality, and production on a single press, in-line. “This is one press that does it all,” she said.

    A New Era in Coating

    Launching alongside the HP PageWide Web Press T250 HD is the ExcelCoat ZRW Web Coater from partner Harris & Bruno. This is said to be where the T250 goes from a great production inkjet device to a full-scale commercial printing powerhouse.

    The coater simultaneously runs both aqueous and UV coatings, with changeout between the two done is as little as 10 minutes. It has also been simplified and automated, making it easy for a single operator to handle the entire operation from white paper to coated stock. The gloss level can be adjusted to capture the exact look that the piece requires, from a soft touch to a high gloss, and it is robust enough to withstand the abuses of the traditional mail stream, reportedly making it perfect for capturing direct mail operations.

    Everything from the cylinders to the dryers are modular, making it very easy and quick to change out, without needing tools or equipment. It can also feed directly into existing finishing lines, with the combination of press and coater playing well with all of the major finishing equipment, including winders, cutters, creasers, and more.

    For commercial printers looking to expand into new growth areas without sacrificing applications such as direct mail or transactional jobs, this is a pretty compelling piece of equipment. It solves many of the challenges of earlier inkjet options, while still providing all of the benefits of a fully digital product.

    All in all, this is an exciting step forward for high-speed production inkjet for the commercial space. The press will get its first beta installations in July after drupa wraps, with orders anticipated worldwide.

  • + Konica Minolta reveals the MGI JetVarnish 3D One digital print embellishment press

    Konica Minolta Australia has announced it will release the MGI JV 3D One press, an entry-level MGI UV Varnish solution, ..

    03 March 2020

    Konica Minolta Australia has announced it will release the MGI JV 3D One press, an entry-level MGI UV Varnish solution, in April this year. The new press offers commercial printers an accessible and affordable option for 2D and 3D varnish effects that will add more value to what printers can offer their customers. 

    The MGI JV 3D One digital embellishment press was first introduced to the market at PRINTING United in October, 2019. The new press is a part of MGI’s JETVarnish range available from Konica Minolta and was designed to be complimentary with its AccurioPress and AccurioPrint digital print systems or as a standalone embellishment system. 

    The MGI JV 3D One press can be used for a variety of applications, including packaging, books, magazines, business cards, menus, photobooks and greeting cards. It is simple to use, compact, and has a smaller operational footprint than previous MGI models. It is highly efficient and can process up to 3500 A4 sheets per hour on a range of sheet sizes up to of 364 x 750mm. 

    Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “The MGI JV 3D One will give all commercial printers access to an embellishment press regardless of their size, offering them a way to differentiate themselves and stand out from competitors. Rather than outsourcing embellishment printing, commercial printers can leverage the MGI JV 3DOne to do embellishment in-house. Digital embellishment offers printers the opportunity to add value to the printed page and subsequently achieve margins. 

    The MGI JV 3DOne press features include: 
    •        digital print embellishment with UV coating and embossing 
    •        spot varnish editor for job modification 
    •        varying varnish thickness, between 21 and 116 micron in one pass 
    •        AIS SmartScanner registration technology which will minimise crop marks, waste and set-up time 
    •        a job cost calculator with job management tool 
    •        both 2D and 3D tactile effects.   

    Sue Threlfo said, “Konica Minolta and MGI work very closely to meet the needs of customers with the right solutions and products for the right applications. For Konica Minolta, service and support are paramount, so customers can rest assured their presses will be reliable and, when maintenance is required, they’ll be up and running again with minimal disruption.” 

    The MGI JV 3DOne digital press is expected to be released in April, 2020.

  • + Contiweb Launches New Fluid Applicator to Advance Digital Print Quality

    Contiweb, a specialist in state-of-the-art technologies for printing, advanced drying and web-handling, announces today ..

    26 February 2020

    Contiweb, a specialist in state-of-the-art technologies for printing, advanced drying and web-handling, announces today the launch of its Digital Fluid Applicator (DFA), a standalone remoistening applicator for digital web presses, developed to significantly improve the quality of digitally printed products.

    Based on the popular Contiweb Fluid Applicator for heatset web offset applications, the DFA is an innovative and user-friendly system, which uses tap water and a surfactant to intelligently and very precisely remoisten the paper on digital web presses. Silicone can also be added as an option, decidedly advantageous if inline finishing is being employed.

    “Common quality issues such as loss of signature flatness, growth of cut books, curling and broken folds are overcome with our new DFA system. Furthermore, damage on the printed surface due to friction from inline finishing modules can be overcome by the integrated siliconizer,” explains Rutger Jansen, CEO at Contiweb, adding: “There may be a perception in the market that digital inkjet printing does not require remoistening, however the process generates high temperatures during drying, resulting in significant loss of moisture and diminished quality of the printed matter, a difficulty we’ve been determined to resolve.”

    The Contiweb DFA mixes tap water and a surfactant within the system, which is then continuously circulated, rather than using specially treated deionized water. The amount of remoistening can be adjusted quickly to suit requirements, and due to a sophisticated control system, are steadfastly consistent. The system ensures constant coverage, even with changing press speeds, and can be set differently for each side of the paper if desired. Settings can also be saved, slashing set-up times for repeat jobs.

    “The Contiweb team has developed a Plug and Play system that is compatible with digital web presses from all well-known manufacturers. Using economical, easy-to-access tap water, with high performance pure silicone, the Contiweb DFA will provide a step-change in the quality of digitally printed products. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the results for our customers,” concludes Jansen.

  • + Epson launches new, ultra-efficient, heat-free A3 multi-function printers

    Epson has further reinforced its commitment to sustainable business solutions with the launch of 7 new WorkForce devices..

    26 February 2020

    Epson has further reinforced its commitment to sustainable business solutions with the launch of 7 new WorkForce devices, all powered by its innovative, ultra-efficient PrecisionCore heat-free print technology.

    WorkForce Pro WF-C878R

    The new range starts with the compact WorkForce Pro WF-878R desktop printer, ideal as either the main print device for smaller businesses or as a workgroup device for larger business and culminates with the WorkForce Enterprise
    WF-C21000, an ultra-fast 100 ppm device designed to easily handle large print volumes and tight deadlines.

    WorkForce Pro WF-C879RTC

    Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg said, “Business inkjet is expected to account for over 40% of developed business print solutions within the next five years[1]. As a result Epson has taken steps to now to help the market with its requirements in this area, placing particular emphasis on heat-free and energy efficient solutions. These new products perfectly position us and our channel partners for future growth as they provide a sustainable, economical print solutions for organisations that are becoming increasingly aware of their carbon footprint, while at the same time seeking ways to reduce operating expenses.”

    WorkForce Enterprise WF-C21000

    The WorkForce Pro WF-C878R, WF-C878RTC, WF-C879R and WF-C879RTC models deliver enviable price performance. Extraordinarily high ink yields delivering up to 86,000 pages in black and up to 50,000 pages in colour mean minimal staff disruptions to attend any of the devices and, combined with aggressive price points, present a very compelling lower cost of ownership proposition.

    WorkForce Enterprise WF-C21000 with finishing options
    Where time and deadlines are important or finishing options are required, the WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20600 (60 ppm), WF-C20750 (75 ppm) and WF-C21000 (100 ppm) models come into their own. Comprehensive finishing options that include offset finishing and stapling, booklet-making and automatic hole-punch complement a total print solution that supports any busy work environment.
    Where organisations are looking to reduce their carbon footprint, meet their corporate social responsibility objectives, or just play their part in reducing CO2 emissions, these new Epson devices are the ideal choice to help address all of these goals and more. 
    Epson PrecisionCore Heat-Free print technology uses no heat in the printing process and up to 87% less energy to print a page than a comparable laser-based device2. This energy saving translates into reduced CO2 emissions and directly reduces printer-related electricity costs.
    Availability and pricing
    The new range of Epson WorkForce Pro and Enterprise business print devices will be available to Australian customers from April 2020. Purchase prices start from $4,995 ex. GST. All models are available as part of managed print service plans and flexible finance arrangements through Epson Premium Partners nationally.
    For further information on Epson WorkForce Pro solutions go to:

  • + High Production, Space Efficient Adelco Printing Presses now in Australia!

    Leapfrog Machinery is excited to announce that it is the exclusive Australian Distributor for the Adelco Automatic Scree..

    11 February 2020

    Leapfrog Machinery is excited to announce that it is the exclusive Australian Distributor for the Adelco Automatic Screen Printing Presses!
    Director of Leapfrog Machinery, Howard Debney is excited by the news, saying “The high quality Adelco Automatic Textile Presses are ideal for Aussie Screenprinters. Their advanced features, the ability to expand and grow with the business along with digital capability fulfils a need within the screen printing market”
    Adelco have long been synonymous with world class manufacturing, durable, high quality, automatic screen printing presses.  Their focus on Research & Design alongside the latest manufacturing techniques, enables Adelco to produce screen printing equipment “Designed to Survive” 
    Two of the key Automatic Textile Printing Presses Leapfrog Machinery will bring into Australia are the Adelco Cyclone and Matrix:
    The Adelco Cyclone Carousel runs at pin point accuracy at extreme speeds. Designed for the most challenging screen & digital printing, the Cyclone achieves a pin-point registrations of <+-0.02mm.  With an advanced touchscreen control system, tool free quick release pallets and a variety of setups: from 6 Colour, 8 Stations to 14 Colour, 16 Stations; the Adelco Cyclone brings a powerful tool to your screen printing business.
    The Adelco Matrix offers an efficient use of space while fulfilling high production requirements, with rates in excess of 900 prints per hour. The Matrix offers a printing press that is both Modular & Expandable; enabling it to grow with your business. With a strong stable structure, smooth quiet operation and chainless pallet indexing system, the Adelco Matrix is perfect for the printer looking for speed, precision and versatility.
    While excited at the prospect of selling the Automatic Textile Preses, Mr Debney is jubilant at Leapfrog’s ability to offer a complete solution for screen printers. Mr Debney says “The Adelco range of Gas & Electric Dryers along with their Manual and Automatic Flash Cure machines paired with the Vastex Screen Printing Machinery Leapfrog currently sells; enables us to confidently advise, source and supply our customers with the Right Machinery for their individual needs.”
    The Adelco Machinery is now available in Australia.
    For information contact Leapfrog Machinery (0)2 9482 4999

  • + Focus Label and TS Converting to launch hybrid press

    Focus Label Machinery has announced a cooperation with TS Converting Equipment, manufacturer of the Elite Cameron range,..

    21 January 2020

    Focus Label Machinery has announced a cooperation with TS Converting Equipment, manufacturer of the Elite Cameron range, to develop a hybrid coating and printing press.

    The new unit, which is due to launch in the spring this year will have options to apply release coatings, hot melt coat, print, laminate, die cut, slit and rewind materials in one pass.

    ‘We have known Focus for many years and are excited to be developing the new press together,’ said Tim Self, director of TS Converting. ‘The new machine has huge potential in the self-adhesive laminate, tape and label industries.’

    David Lee of Focus Label Machinery, added: ‘Our partnership brings together years of design expertise in different industries and the development will open some exciting new avenues for our printing technology.’

    The new machine is said to be designed as a modular press with the ability to print on both sides of the web in one pass using UV Flexo or digital inks. Further details regarding the new machine are expected to be released in spring this year when both companies will proceed with the testing phase.

  • + Xaar launches fluid evaluation service

    Xaar has launched a five-step service for the evaluation of fluids for use in new product development and advanced manuf..

    14 January 2020

    Xaar has launched a five-step service for the evaluation of fluids for use in new product development and advanced manufacturing applications.

    The service aims to help companies establish the suitability of inkjet technology and fluids in new applications without incurring large upfront costs. To support the new service, Xaar has invested in a dedicated laboratory. This is equipped with a number of custom test rigs for sample production and fluid testing, such as a Notion Systems n.jet 3D printer. 

    Each new project starts with the initial fluid evaluation where guidance is provided on issues such as ink development and material compatibility as well as options for complex rheology testing and fluid physicals measurement. Stage two covers jetting optimisation encompassing printhead waveform configuration, alongside application and fluid optimisation. Stage three involves actual sample production utilising one of the custom test rigs. Once samples have been produced, the process moves on to upscaling the development application, focusing on the provision of the relevant Xaar inkjet system. The fifth and final then completes each project through providing continued support and delivering application improvements, testing and advice.

    The five-step service is currently enabling companies to evaluate the jetting of fluids with high viscosities. Most inkjet printheads are capable of jetting materials with viscosities with a range of 10-25 mPa.s (10-25 cP). Now, thanks to improvements in Xaar’s TF technology, fluids that have significantly higher viscosities can be successfully jetted through its printheads.

    Mike Seal, Xaar business development manager, advanced manufacturing and 3D printheads, commented, ‘Inkjet technology is now highly relevant across a multitude of new product development applications, and we wanted to enable companies to be able to review the suitability of inkjet printing in their product development programmes without the need for significant capital investment or upfront costs.’

    Mr Seal continued, ‘Providing access to our inkjet development expertise through our five-step service helps clients get to market quicker by reducing their own development timelines and costs. From 3D printing through to functional fluid applications such as optics and flat panel displays, the possibilities and applications for inkjet printing are extremely diverse, and our dedicated team and five-step service is here to support throughout each development project.’

  • + An Asian first as Fujifilm Acuity B1 installed at 11FTC in the Philippines

    Investment comes following Onset X1 and Acuity EY installations as the company's partnership with Fujifilm goes from str..

    19 November 2019

    Investment comes following Onset X1 and Acuity EY installations as the company's partnership with Fujifilm goes from strength to strength

    Fujifilm today announces that it has installed the first Acuity B1 in Asia at leading Filipino retail marketing solutions company, 11FTC. The investment signals 11FTC's intention to diversify its product offering into high-quality, short-run packaging.

    Founded in 1996 and based in Quezon City, 11FTC employs 265 staff and offers a fully integrated retail marketing solutions service to its clients, who include major retailers and global FMCG brands. Its product offering involves the production and installation of a variety of high quality sign and display and other print products. 

    11FTC is always on the lookout for the latest technology to help it meet changing customer demands. Renowned for its innovation and the speed with which it can turnaround high quality wide format work, the company saw in the Acuity B1 the opportunity to add production capacity to its factory and diversify its product offering into quality, short-run packaging. 

    John Mandarang, CEO at 11FTC, explains: "Fujifilm invited us to visit their showroom in Bangkok and it was there that we first saw the Acuity B1 in action. We've had a very successful working relationship with Fujifilm for several years now - operating an Onset X1 to produce high-quality large format display materials, and an Acuity EY flatbed with Uvijet KV inks for the production of vacuum formed products. We're always looking to grow as a company and broaden our offering, and in the Acuity B1 we believe we've found a machine with the necessary quality and versatility to help us to break into short run quality packaging - particularly for localised, targeted promotions.

    "Our customers demand high quality at a competitive price and often at very short notice. They also trust us to advise them on innovative ways to maximise shopper engagement. Fujifilm has proven to be a consistently reliable partner since the installation of our Onset X1 and Acuity EY in 2015. We've learnt that we can depend on both the technology and the support that Fujifilm provides, to provide an excellent level of service and an extremely high level of quality to our customers. This first-hand experience was a major factor in our decision to invest in the Acuity B1.

    "We're delighted to be in partnership with a company as reputable and forward thinking as 11FTC," says Fujifilm's Andrew McDuffie. "As they continue to grow and drive their business forward, we look forward to working with them to provide the technological and advisory support they need to continue to meet their future business goals."

  • + Konica Minolta Australia announces AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses

    Konica Minolta Australia has announced the release of the AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses, whi..

    12 November 2019

    Konica Minolta Australia has announced the release of the AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses, which will be available locally early next year. The presses offer higher total productivity and efficiency that will really change the game for commercial printers. 

    The 140 ppm AccurioPress C14000, along with the 120 ppm AccurioPress C12000, were designed from the ground up to be digital print factories. These presses really demonstrate Konica Minolta’s mission to support the transformation of its clients, with a number of advanced automation features and accessories that will help printers expand and streamline their operations to deliver increased, high-quality output with less waste. 

    The AccurioPress C14000 series offers the new TU-510 versatile trimmer unit for advanced operational efficiency. The TU-510 is a truly unique inline, four-edge trimmer and creaser that allows full bleed finishing support for banners, booklets, direct mail and a dedicated business card cutting option. In addition, the AccurioPress C14000 series is equipped with the Intelligent Quality Optimiser (IQ-501) as standard, which can also improve labour efficiency by as much as 30 per cent. 

    Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “The new AccurioPress C14000 series will be a game-changer for the industry. With the TU-510 inline trimmer unit and advanced automation features designed to maximise efficiency these presses will provide significant value to those in high-volume printing environments where deadlines are tight, quality is key and efficiencies must be gained. We are really looking forward seeing these new presses arrive in Australia early next year.” 

    Mark Brown, national product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said “The AccurioPress C14000 series is ideal for helping Australian printers attract and retain new customers, providing exceptional quality output at high speeds. This will let printers be more productive and turn high-quality jobs around faster, delivering an outstanding customer experience.” 

    Opportunities for business expansion 

    The unique features of the AccurioPress C14000 series make them ideal for customers looking to increase productivity through efficiencies and speed to grow their business. With resolution equivalent to 3600 x 2400 dpi and enhanced media capability up to 450 gsm, they offer breathtaking speeds with outstanding image quality and unparalleled media flexibility. 

    New duplex banner printing up to 900 millimetres and simplex banner length capability of 1300 millimetres combined with envelope and embossed media capability gives customers the opportunity to offer new types of work, such as four-panel gatefold brochures and book covers for finishing offline. To further improve efficiency and output, envelope printing can be accomplished using the standard fuser. Finally, new technology used in the print engine dramatically improves image quality on textured paper stocks. 
    Operational efficiency 

    Paired with Konica Minolta’s enhanced IQ-501, the new presses automatically and continuously measure and manage colour to ensure the first print in a run matches the last. Two-dimensional registration correction has also been improved through the higher output resolution. The automatic media detection sensor comes standard on these models, detecting the stock and assigning the appropriate tray, eliminating time consuming paper settings and operator error, reducing waste and increasing productivity. 

    The LS-507 large stacker supports higher speed, permits banner bypass and offers operators the advantage of offloading while the machine is still running, another new benefit added to Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress expanded line. 

    Convenient colour management and job management utilities are available with the Konica Minolta’s proprietary controller. A customisable operation screen makes the products extremely easy to operate. Other third-party controller options include the latest Fiery and Creo models. 

    Stability, high durability and reduced downtime improve total cost of ownership 
    Konica Minolta’s IQ-501 enhanced auto inspection options offer expanded inspection performance, verifying print quality and now detecting streaks and spots as well as blemishes. The high-quality prints mean maximum stability even during long-run jobs, while better registration and quality increases total usable print volume. The new presses offer a highly reliable duty cycle of 2.5 million, up from 1.8 million with the AccurioPress C6100, with double the toner capacity of earlier models. 

    The new AccurioPress C14000 and C12000 will be available in Australia in March 2020.

  • + Konica Minolta reinvents print technology with new IoT-enabled bizhub® i-Series

    Next-generation bizhub i-Series seamlessly connects the dynamic office Konica Minolta Australia, a leader in deliv..

    29 October 2019

    Next-generation bizhub i-Series seamlessly connects the dynamic office 

    Konica Minolta Australia, a leader in delivering world-class business transformation solutions and technologies, has unveiled the new bizhub i-Series, the next generation multifunction device product line from the award-winning bizhub legacy portfolio. Born from the company’s continuing ambition to create value for customers and driven by the desire to rethink the way multifunctional devices work for them, the i-Series is a smart technology hub that fully embraces the way businesses are evolving and sharpens their competitive edge. 

    The smart device technology augments office connectivity, optimising the way the office works while preparing it to be future-ready from operational improvements to digital transformation. Powering new opportunities for productivity and innovation, the i-Series provides the necessary tools for an effective communications network. It simplifies complexities to improve productivity and streamline business processes, for better decision-making and, ultimately, enable smarter business. Breaking through traditional office limitations, it helps navigate quickly to demands and changing conditions. 

    Shane Blandford, director of marketing and innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “As office documents become more digitised and data volumes increase, document management and access assume more importance than ever. Remote access and cloud integration also heighten the need for security. 

    “Multifunctional devices and printers are now expected to connect people, places and devices simply and safely and create a new way of working. Konica Minolta wanted to provide a new-value office tool that could be used intuitively by digital natives. That intent gave rise to the second generation bizhub, the bizhub i-Series. The consistent and simplified usability of the new i-Series range, along with class-leading performance and connectivity enhancements make these our most productive multifunction devices.” 

    Simple design and usability 

    The stylish, contemporary design boasts an intuitive smartphone style user interface with a tiltable, floating 10” touchscreen panel, rounded edges, and LED status indicators. The interactive user experience provides ease-of-use through reduced wait times, vibration feedback, and customisation. Conveniently, both the A3 and A4 multifunction models function in precisely the same way so users can be productive, regardless of the specific device. 

    High-quality performance, enhanced efficiency and seamless connectivity 

    The i-Series multifunction models house a powerful engine, a quad-core Central Processing Unit with up to 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD, for quick-response, high-performance operations. And, the additional combination of full-speed media printing range, high-speed one pass double feed, digital skew correction, and large capability trays for the A3 models, expertly blends reliable functionality with versatile serviceability. Further extending the capabilities of the i-Series and adding flexibility, Konica Minolta MarketPlace gives the freedom to personalise the user interface and provides direct access to apps that boost business productivity. Efficiently integrating work processes and connections, it caters to all types of changing needs and fully accommodates evolving workstyles. 

    Smart service and next-level security 

    Minimising downtime and ensuring uninterrupted use, the i-Series intelligently collects data for self-diagnosis and for optimum replacement time predictions of parts and consumables. The exceptional service comes with an outfitted layer of top-grade security, which gives businesses one less thing to worry about. With bizhub SECURE services (optional) and self-encrypting SSD, the i-Series fosters a secure work ecosystem where data is protected and reliably accessible. Additionally, the optional BitDefender anti-virus extension automatically scans all transmitted and received data in real time, so data remains protected from external threats. All i-Series models are compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and ISO 15408 certified HCD-PP, so data privacy standards and security requirements are met in order to stay productive. 

    Commitment to sustainability 

    Konica Minolta is committed not only to innovation but to environmental sustainability. The fruition of the new i-Series reflects upon this strong commitment. As part of the top energy-saving bizhub product line, each model conforms to globally recognised standards from such organisations as EPEAT and Blue Angel. The new fusing unit and low-temperature fixing toner help achieve lower energy consumption in operating and sleep modes. Environmental impact is reduced further through the new packaging design, as traditional cushioning material has been replaced with lighter air cushions, still ensuring safety during transport. Best of all, operating sounds are quieter due to improvements made to the cooling fan and the document feeder mechanism resulting in fewer distractions for a better-focused work environment. 

    Shane Blandford said, “Konica Minolta recognises the i-Series as the next step; the innovative technology that lets businesses perform at their best and achieve high-quality work, all while providing the peace of mind for them to focus on more important matters. And, as businesses continue to evolve, the bizhub i-Series will grow with them.” 

    The new i-Series models available now are the bizhub C250i, C300i, C360i, (A3 colour MFPs), C3350i, and C4050i (A4 colour MFPs), C4000i and C3300i (A4 colour printers) and the C3320i (A4 colour MFP). Additional models to the i-Series product lineup will be released in the coming months. 

    iSeries will be on display at Stand E38 at CEBIT at the International Convention Centre Sydney from October 29-31.

  • + Agfa Introduces Eclipse, the Most Convenient Process-Free Printing Plate

    Eclipse is a process-free printing plate for sheet-fed commercial printers that combines all the benefits of process-fre..

    29 October 2019

    Eclipse is a process-free printing plate for sheet-fed commercial printers that combines all the benefits of process-free technology with effortless printing.

    Eclipse is a process-free printing plate for sheet-fed commercial printers that combines all the benefits of process-free technology with effortless printing.

    Inherent to the nature of a process-free plate, Eclipse eliminates the need for a processor using chemicals. It thus reduces printers’ capex and prepress costs. Agfa’s latest innovation, however, distinguishes itself from other process-free plates as this drop-in is just as easy to use as a conventional plate:

    First of all, the plate keeps the press as clean as can be. Patented process-free technology supports the transfer of the plate coating to the first few printed sheets, instead of to the press as is the case with other process-free plates.

    In addition, Eclipse is the only process-free plate to provide excellent and stable image contrast, enabling quick visual image inspection as well as recognition by a punch & bending system. That way – even after a week of storage – there will be no mix-ups on press or costly plate remakes. Eclipse keeps its great contrast even after 24 hours in office light, which makes an enormous difference compared to the two hours of other process-free plates. During this period, print quality will be fully preserved in terms of dot gain, toning, start-up time…

    Another reason that makes Eclipse an outstanding choice for those desiring to go process-free, is its high scratch resistance. When loading, storing, transporting or mounting this robust plate, printers need not worry about damaging it. The new plate is flexible too, as it can be used with either conventional or H-UV/LED-UV inks.

    A balanced proposition

    Eclipse complements Agfa’s offset printing plate portfolio, which meets printers’ needs in different ways. “We are continually looking for ways to stay ahead of the curve and to provide the highest added value to our customers,” said Guy Desmet, Head of Marketing Offset Solutions. “There is no ‘one-size fits all’ when it comes to printing plates. Our portfolio consists of conventional, low-chem, chem-free, and process-free plates. We will always discuss the ideal solution with printing companies, based on their needs and preferences.”

    Eclipse is part of Agfa’s ECO³ approach of sustainable innovation, which encompasses hardware, software and consumables that make prepress and printing operations cleaner (ECOlogy), more cost-effective (ECOnomy) and easier to operate and maintain (Extra Convenience). ECO³ extends from the prepress environment into the press room with unparalleled ink saving and press standardization software packages that reduce make-ready time and paper waste.