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  • + Memjet technology drives new COASO label press

    Memjet, a developer of inkjet printing technology, and COASO Incorporated have announced that COASO has used Memjet&rsqu..

    03 December 2019


    Memjet, a developer of inkjet printing technology, and COASO Incorporated have announced that COASO has used Memjet’s DuraFlex technology to develop a new label press called the iCueLabel Press. 

    Released in September, DuraFlex is a modular single-pass print solution that combines Memjet’s signature features of speed, simplicity and affordability with new attributes that include enhanced durability, A4- and A3-plus widths in a four-colour printhead, a high-speed data path and modules that control all printhead functions. Together, these features give OEMs like COASO the resources to create affordable presses with quality and speed previously not available in these types of solutions.

    “Our iCueLabel press is an example of what an OEM can accomplish with DuraFlex technology,” says Frank Xu, general manager of COASO. “In less than three months, we were able to develop a new breed of label press that is a viable performance alternative to more expensive toner or other inkjet-powered printers. Converters can use the iCueLabel Press to produce high-quality labels the market demands — including food-safe and high-security labels — in a fast, affordable way.”

    The iCueLabel 420 will create a new market for itself due to its 1600 dpi print quality and competitive pricing. Print speeds are as fast as 46 m/m in production mode and 27 m/m in high-quality mode.

    “Our goal with designing DuraFlex was to create a simple yet robust technology that could give OEM partners the resources to create printing solutions that are powerful but also affordable,” says Bent Serritslev, Senior Vice President, business development, APAC at Memjet. “It is gratifying to see how COASO has used DuraFlex’s compact, modular design, category-leading speed, and 1600-dpi quality to develop this new label printer. We look forward to seeing the success of this partnership at SWOP and in months ahead.”





  • + Esko brings innovation and added value to customers with the release of Software Platform 18.1 update

    Esko continues to bring innovations to market while delivering outstanding value to its customers, unveiling a host of n..

    03 December 2019


    Esko continues to bring innovations to market while delivering outstanding value to its customers, unveiling a host of new updates for its integrated software platform which will bring operational efficiency improvements to the packaging value chain.

    From 25 November, significant new functionality has become available to customers with the release of an 18.1 update of the Esko Software Platform, the suite of software solutions from Esko, the global supplier to the label, packaging and wide format sectors. These include:

    • ArtPro+ – updated with a patented new trapping concept, expanded support for Action Lists and brand new Dynamic Marks

    • ArtiosCAD 18.1 – enhanced canvas layout, manufacturing tools, latest DWG and Spatial libraries, and new functionality in the innovative ArtiosCAD Preflight module now including automatic fixing 

    • Automation Engine – new ‘Optimise File’ task to simplify user experience, new tasks exploiting the processing steps in native PDF

    • Device Manager in Automation Engine – new optimised merging algorithm to reduce flexo platemaking waste

    • Cape Pack – new online Truck Analysis giving greater functionality and savings potential

    • Share & Approve – new customised emails, forward approval function and reporting on approval KPIs


    Jan de Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Industry Relations & Strategy, said that the updates would drive increased efficiency by enhancing and improving the user experience and offering a greater range of functions for customers.


    “We are delighted to be making these updates available all at once, underlining our commitment to a fully integrated ecosystem of solutions and a commitment to our users, ensuring they enjoy continued support, benefits and updates when using Esko software,” said Jan. “For example, our next generation native PDF editor for packaging prepress, ArtPro+, now incorporates an innovative, object-based trapping feature which addresses one of the most time-consuming elements of packaging and label prepress work. This patent-pending concept pushes the ‘right first time’ ratio to 70% and enables individual changes and enhancements to be made in a sustainable way.”

    The latest software updates all lead to greater accuracy, efficiency and consistency across a design and print workflow. “Once you’re on board with an Esko workflow, you will enjoy continued support along the ride, each update bringing significant benefits,” said Jan, “and those using several tools in an integrated workflow should expect to be stunned by the massive combined improvements to their workflow.”

    The new Esko software updates include:

    Object-based trapping ArtPro+The new ArtPro+ update, which is undoubtedly a game-changer, as Jan explains: “So far in packaging there has not been a single solution that can automate and accurately trap a packaging or label job due to the requirements of different printing processes, substrates and the use of spot inks and embellishments. But this new patented concept as part of ArtPro+ now tags upfront how a file should be trapped, making this a real breakthrough in artwork and design.”

    The new automated trapping concept is far from the only new feature being added to Esko ArtPro+ though. “The update also features a series of new Action Lists helping to apply house standards before the file is even opened,” said Jan. “It also supercharges brand new Dynamic Marks, reducing the time operators need to create or amend print sheet layouts, helping ArtPro+ stand out from other packages.”

    ArtiosCAD 18.1, the world’s most popular structural design software for folding cartons, corrugated boxes and displays, benefits from enhancements to the manufacturing tools which allow designers to optimize the nested layout for digital production or for die cut tooling production as part of this update. “The latest DWG and Spatial library for integration with Solidworks is also available and ensures Esko ArtiosCAD maintains its number one position as the professional’s choice for structural packaging design and manufacturing,” said Jan. “ArtiosCAD can also now automatically fix common anomalies identified in Esko ArtiosCAD Preflight. This will invariably save structural designers several minutes on each design by totally eliminating the need to manually search for design flaws and make corrections, in turn boosting productivity.”

    Automation-EngineAutomation Engine also enjoys a substantial update. “Whenever we are developing software solutions, we work to ensure they are easy to use while bringing added value to our customers,” said Jan. “Esko Automation Engine is also upgraded to support all the new trapping modifications and Dynamic Marks, enjoying full compatibility with the host of new features.”

    As Automation Engine now connects to the Esko Cloud with the Automation Engine Cloud Connector, it has just become significantly easier for customers to deploy expert skills even if they are residing at a remote facility, or to easily move jobs to another site in an effort to balance workload.

    A new ‘Optimise File’ task has been introduced, which consolidates three existing tasks into one thereby simplifying the user experience, while the new update also now enables Esko Automation Engine users to work with native PDF files, including the use of processing steps in PDF.

    “The update supports Esko ArtPro+ templates for web and sheet layout creation, so a fully native PDF workflow can be set up. This eliminates the need for any file conversion and related complexity of file processing and therefore simplifies the workflow setup and maintenance,” said Jan. “It also extends the graphic capabilities of classic workflows with new PDF action lists and powerful Dynamic Marks, enabling all users to automate repetitive prepress tasks without the need for scripting or programming skills.”

    The updated Device Manager in Esko Automation Engine comes with a new optimised merging algorithm and will help ensure less waste of expensive flexo plate material.

    The addition of the online Truck Analysis feature brings added functionality to Cape Pack, the Esko palletisation software that optimises product and case sizes for shipping. “This newest update includes a brand new, simple to use online Truck Loading creator and interactive 3D viewer,” said Jan. “Users can complete their pallet load formatting and then fill a virtual truck to identify and analyse different logistical solutions.

    “Users of Share & Approve, our cloud-native approval tool which enables users to upload, review and annotate packaging and label jobs in 2D and hyper-Esko update - Approval KPIs ShareApproverealistic 3D, will also benefit from additional functions as part of this update,” added Jan. “Customised emails, reporting on approval KPIs and a new Forward Approval function will all be included in the base version from November onwards. With this new Forward Approval feature, a user can invite another person to approve files instead of, or in addition to, themselves.

    “Our research and development teams work tirelessly to ensure a regular heartbeat of updates for our solutions,” commented Jan. “We value the dialogue we have with our customers in advisory boards and inner circle meetings because only with an intimate understanding our customer’s needs will we develop software that answers even the most challenging demands.”

    “We are continually responding to industry requirements and develop innovative solutions that deliver value to our customers,” he said. “The extensive list of new features in the November update of the Esko Software Suite 18.1, available for global release from November 25th onwards, is the evidence of this.”

    For more information about Esko software solutions, please visit www.esko.com





  • + Genr8 Printing Expands into New Revenue Streams with a Roland VersaUV LEF-300

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has released a new instalment..

    03 December 2019


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has released a new instalment in its Roland User video series. The latest video features digital print service provider Genr8 Printing and their experience with the VersaUV LEF-300 benchtop UV printer.

    Established in 2008 as Genr8 Entertainment, owner, Yianni Moratidis, started Genr8 Printing when he saw an opportunity to offer print solutions to his existing customer base. Yianni recently decided to further expand the company’s product range, purchasing a Roland VersaUV LEF-300. Already specialising in the development of a wide range of premium print products for local businesses in the Greater Hunter region of NSW, Yianni was keen to give customers “a little bit of something extra” for its growing customer base. 

    The variety of custom applications that the company can now produce with the LEF-300, including printing to substrates such as glass, acrylic, leather and tiles, has impressed Yianni and his team. As Yianni puts it, “you name it, we can print on it.” A recent example of this included printing directly from the LEF-300 onto tiles to create a unique custom look for his client’s bar area. With a printer that he has found easy-to-use with a quick turnaround on jobs, Yianni has found that his customers can “get what they want, when they want.” 

    Yianni’s experience with Roland DG has been a positive one. Since installing the LEF-300, Yianni has noticed an “added revenue stream” and has noted: “Investing in a Roland product is investing in a great partnership. From the initial purchase, to the installation, to the service… has been second-to-none. I have no hesitation recommending Roland or the VersaUV LEF-300.”

    To read the full user story and view the video, go to our website.





  • + TAFE NSW has become the first and only training provider in NSW to offer Adobe certification for students and businesses.

    TAFE NSW has become the first and only training provider in NSW to offer Adobe certification for students and businesses..

    03 December 2019


    TAFE NSW has become the first and only training provider in NSW to offer Adobe certification for students and businesses.

    Students, job seekers and those already working in the digital communications industry will be able to become an Adobe Certified Associate, which is an industry-recognised credential that demonstrates proficiency in Adobe digital skills.

    TAFE NSW Nepean provides flexible training courses for Adobe Creative Cloud software including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Animate or Dreamweaver. Students can then sit the Adobe Certified Associate exam through TAFE NSW.

    TAFE NSW is currently the only training provider in the Vocational Education Sector to provide design students with free Adobe licensing to access Adobe software at home or onsite, saving students hundreds of dollars a year.

    Adobe Education Leader and TAFE NSW Photography and Screen Media Head Teacher, Craig Daalmeijer-Power, said Adobe certification will give students and job seekers a valuable competitive edge in the advertising and marketing industry, which is expected to see 53,000 new job openings over the next five years.[1]

    “Whether you're just starting out in your career, looking to switch jobs or interested in preparing students for success in the job market, the Adobe Certified Associate program offered at TAFE NSW is for you,’ Mr Daalmeijer- Power said.

    “Becoming an Adobe Certified Associate is a valuable pre requisite qualification that will provide hands on skills for students and job seekers to succeed in the high demand areas of digital communication and media.”

    Mr Daalmeijer - Power said the ‘certified’ badge is becoming increasingly attractive to clients in the industry.

    “Particularly for freelancers who work in the advertising, design or communications area, Adobe certification is one way to stand out to potential clients and prove that you are keeping up with the latest technology and tools in the industry.”

    More than 80 per cent of advertising will be automated using tools such as Adobe by 2020.[2] Suzanne Steele, Managing Director of Adobe Australia and New Zealand said, “As the advertising and creative industries continue to evolve at a rapid pace, it is essential we focus on teaching digital literacy skills and empowering Australians to succeed in this modern economy.”

    “We’re proud to partner with TAFE NSW who is delivering the Adobe Certified Associate program to give students an edge when joining or returning to the workforce.”

    The TAFE NSW course gives students flexibility to study whenever they want in a blended learning environment where students can access parts of the course online.

    To enrol in the Adobe Associate Certification exam or preparation training programs, visit the TAFE NSW website or call 131 601.





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  • + Polaroid Large Format Printers and Ink Now Available in the U.S. Market

    Polaroid today announced its large format printers and ink, previously available in Latin America and the EU, are now av..

    26 November 2019


    Polaroid today announced its large format printers and ink, previously available in Latin America and the EU, are now available for commercial customers in the United States. Polaroid large format printers feature today’s leading technology and offer the speed, quality and profitability businesses are looking for from their printing solutions.

    Four different printer lines — solvent, mild-solvent, dye sublimation and UV— are currently available to satisfy a wide a range of uses including signage, POP displays, buses, billboards, tradeshow displays and more. Also available is a collection of specialty ink, created specifically for each printer line. Polaroid large format printers currently available in the U.S. market include:

    Polaroid Nova UV LED 3.20 Printer
    • Ricoh G5 PL HEAD
    • Head quantity: From 4 up to 9 print heads
    • Printer speed: Production Mode: 95 sqm/H 1060 SQF/H; High Quality: 55 sqm/H 570 SQF/H
    • Print technology: Piezoelectric ink jet
    • Printing mode: Unidirectional / Bi-directional
    • Media: Supports flexible media up to 320cm
    • Resolution: 720×1200 DPI
    • File format: EPS, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, Postscript
    • Power supply: AC 220v 5500 w
    • Operation conditions: Temperature 20°C – 28°C; relative humidity 40% to 60%
    • Printer dimensions: 6450x1240x1600mm


    Polaroid Second 1.80 Printer
    • Epson DX5 HEAD
    • Head quantity: 2 print heads
    • Printer speed: Production Mode: 25 sqm/H 250 SQF/H; High Quality: 14 sqm/H 150 SQF/H
    • Print technology: Piezoelectric ink jet
    • Printing mode: Unidirectional / Bi-directional
    • Media: Supports flexible media up to 180cm
    • Resolution: 1400 DPI
    • File format: EPS, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, Postscript
    • Power supply: AC 220v
    • Operation conditions: Temperature 20°C – 28°C; relative humidity 40% to 60%
    • Printer dimensions: 2715x650x1246


    Polaroid HS-2 5113 Sublimation Printer
    • Ricoh G5 de 7pl. Head
    • Head quantity: 4-9 printer heads
    • Printer speed: Production Mode: 95 sqm/H; High Quality: 55 sqm/H; Ultra Quality: 25 sqm/H
    • Print technology: Piezoelectric ink jet
    • Printing mode: Unidirectional / Bi-directional
    • Media: glass, acrylic, wood, PVC, metal panels, ceramic tiles, KT board WPC, MDF, ceiling film, vinyl, advertising banner, PET, wallpaper and more
    • Resolution: Up to 720 X 1200 dpi
    • File format: EPS, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, Postscript
    • Power supply: AC 220 V,5500 W
    • Operation conditions: Temperature 22°C a 28°C; relative humidity 80%
    • Printer dimensions: 6450x1240x1600mm


    Polaroid T-Rex UV LED 4FTx8FT Printer
    • Ricoh G5 PL HEAD / Kyocera
    • Head quantity: From 2 up to 9 print heads (Ricoh G5). From 2 up to 8 print heads (Kyocera)
    • Printer speed: Production Mode: 75 sqm/H 807 SQF/H; High Quality: 40 sqm/H 430 SQF/H
    • Print technology: Piezoelectric ink jet
    • Printing mode: Unidirectional / Bi-directional
    • Media: Glass, acrylic, wood, PVC, metal panels, ceramic tiles, KT board WPC, MDF, ceiling film, vinyl, advertising banner, PET, wallpaper and more
    • Resolution: 300 – 1200 DPI
    • File format: EPS, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, Postscript
    • Power supply: AC 220v 5500 w
    • Operation conditions: Temperature 20°C – 28°C; relative humidity 40% to 60%
    • Printer dimensions: 6200x2300x900mm


    Additionally, a new demo space has opened in Ontario, CA where Polaroid large format printers will be on display and support will be provided to business-to-business and commercial customers.


    www.polaroid.com


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  • + Epson Wins Ten 2019 Good Design Awards

    Epson has won a 2019 Good Design Award for a total of ten products, including five printers, four projectors, and one wa..

    26 November 2019


    Epson has won a 2019 Good Design Award for a total of ten products, including five printers, four projectors, and one watch. Good Design Awards are presented annually for designs that benefit and enrich people's lives and society.





    One of the winning products is the recently-launched EF-100W (white) and EF-100B (black) projector. This small laser home projector can be easily positioned in any room in your home. An all-in-one package with built-in speakers and streaming terminal, this product makes it easy to create a dramatic video experience. The round shape, with a leather-like texture and metal rings, will fit naturally within the interior design of your home.
     
    The judges commented that, “The projector makes streaming a compelling visual experience, providing an all-in-one package that allows users to experience this increasingly popular form of communication more freely in many different locales. The designers reportedly focused their energies on making a projector to which users can easily relate.

    The projector's external design harmonises with the user's environment and includes elements that encourage active portability. We were very impressed with the features that help ensure the best experiences from the product, such as guidance about how to get more out of the product, a quick manual, opening guide, and an intuitive remote control.”
     
    Another winning product was the SureColor F560. A world-first, this compact 24-inch dye-sublimation printer ships as a package complete with ink, media, and software. Designed for small business and fine art applications it combines compact size with high format flexibility, and a low cost of ownership.

    The SureColor SC-F560 joins Epson’s extensive and successful F series range. Designed to replace screen printing, these simple, efficient, and easy to use machines work in conjunction with a heat press to enable production of a wide range of durable items from metal signage and photo prints to soft signage, custom cabinetry, clothing, décor, and merchandise.
     
    The SC-F560 is aimed at promotion and fine art applications. Designed for low volume and ad-hoc work, it features flexible media handling and a tank ink system and produces images that are bright and colourful, in super-high 2400x1200 dpi max resolution. It uses extremely cost-effective ink and will ship as a complete package for quality production with minimum fuss.
     
    All of the EcoTank mono models that won include the following key features:
     
    •  Integrated high capacity ink tank system
    • 2 years of ink so you can print up to 5,000 pages in black and white included
    • Extremely low cost per page of less than a half a cent per page
    • Low-cost replacement ink bottle from $24.99
    • Easily refillable ink tank
    • Fast first page out time of only 6 seconds
    • Fast print speeds of 20 ISO ppm
    • Auto 2-sided printing
    • 250 sheet paper tray
    • Compact size
    • Easy wireless printing from iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ tablets and smartphones® including Wi-Fi Direct®
     




    The ET-M3170 multi-function and ET-M3180 multi-function models take things up a notch and offer auto 2-sided print, copy, scan and fax functions, Wi-Fi Direct®, Ethernet and Fax (ET-M3170) and Wi-Fi Direct® , Ethernet, Fax and PCL (ET-M3180). Both the ET-M3170 and ET-M3180 have a 35 sheet automatic document feeder included.
     
    Epson designs recognised with 2019 Good Design Awards, and products using the award-winning designs include:
     
    ·         EcoTank Mono printers: ET-M1170, ET-M1180, ET-M2170, ET-M3170 and ET-M3180
    ·         Large-format printer: SC-T5460M
    ·         Large-format printer: SC-F560
    ·         Large-format printer: SC-P7560 and SC-P9560
    ·         Projector: EF-100W, EF-100B, EF-100WATV and EF-100BATV
    ·         Projector: EH-LS500W and EH-LS500B
    ·         Projector: EB-L1070U and EB-L1075U
     
    Good Design Award  
    The Good Design Award was established in 1957 as the Good Design Selection System (or G Mark System). Today, it is a leading design evaluation and commendation system and has become world renowned, attracting a large number of entries from companies and groups around the world. Awards are presented annually as a way to promote quality of life and the use of design in solving social issues. The symbol of the award, the G Mark, is widely recognised as a symbol of excellence in design.
    https://www.g-mark.org/





  • + Two new printable textiles are now available from Ricky!

    be.tex Flash Light FR is a fine knitted textile with a special light diffusion coating for light boxes and a colour boos..

    26 November 2019


    be.tex Flash Light FR is a fine knitted textile with a special light diffusion coating for light boxes and a colour boost coating specifically developed for dye sub printing. You can achieve very deep blacks and sharp prints with be.tex Flash Light FR and it is ideal for light boxes and displays.

    e.tex Latfinity FR is a woven polyester backlit textile designed for latex printing. It is 100% recyclable and delivers a perfect black colour without shine through. 

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + NEW BIGRED™ 4D-54 DRYER CURES ALL INKS AT ULTRA-HIGH RATES

    A new BigRed™ 4D-54 conveyor dryer from Vastex features a pre-heating zone and high-efficiency air flow mapping, a..

    26 November 2019


    A new BigRed™ 4D-54 conveyor dryer from Vastex features a pre-heating zone and high-efficiency air flow mapping, achieving ultra-high rates and side-to-side curing uniformity, while cooling the chamber skin, reducing noise and preventing dust contamination, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    Narrower than its predecessor by nearly 18 cm, the compact dryer is equipped with a 137 cm-wide conveyor belt, dual heating zones and four infrared heaters capable of curing up to 950 plastisol printed garments/h, 432 water-based or discharge-printed garments/h, and 144 garments/h printed with digital white ink.

    A high-powered pre-heating zone surges ink temperatures past 150°C within the first several centimetres of conveyor travel, maximising dwell time at optimum curing temperatures and, in turn, conveyor belt speeds and dryer output.

    Air intake fans located below the roof of the enclosure quietly draw ‘make-up’ air into the chamber’s double-walled shell through filtered inlets along opposite exterior sides at rates up to 15.6 m3/min, serving to cool the outer shell for safety while preheating the incoming air. 

    An exhaust fan located below the centre of the conveyor belt draws the preheated air downward at rates up to 24 m3/min, over the garment and through the belt, removing heat, moisture and contaminants from the chamber.

    To accommodate each shop’s layout, the 15 cm diameter exhaust fan outlet rotates 360 degrees for connection to ductwork, and the control box can be located on the right (standard) or left side of the chamber.

    Exhaust filters located on both sides of the conveyor prevent garment lint from entering the blower or exhaust stack. Cleaning all filters before or after each shift can be accomplished in one minute according to the company, safeguarding printed images, the equipment and the shop environment.

    Exhaust flow sensors with warning lights alert operators to a clogged exhaust line, clogged filter or blower failure. Other safety features include a light tower to monitor dryer status, and a ‘cool down mode’ for powering down.

    Dual digital PID temperature controls maintain accuracy to +/-0.5°C.

    The heaters of the new dryer carry a 15-year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units.

    The dryer’s capacity can be doubled, tripled or quadrupled when needs increase by adding one, two or three additional heating chambers and extending the conveyor belt.
    Mr. Vasilantone says a BigRed™ 4D-30 version with 76 cm-wide conveyor belt will soon follow.

    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1 610 625 2702, www.vastex.com 





  • + It’s a wrap for Ball & Doggett and Irwin Racing

    Ball & Doggett announced their partnership with Team 18, entering into a deal to supply Avery Dennison Digital Cast ..

    26 November 2019


    Ball & Doggett announced their partnership with Team 18, entering into a deal to supply Avery Dennison Digital Cast Films for the team’s Supercars.
    Display & Visual is the fastest growing segment inside the Ball & Doggett portfolio, with a continuously expanding range of medias and substrates to offer.They are always looking for exciting opportunities to increase their visibility, so the sponsorship with Irwin Racing comes at an ideal time.

    “We are very proud to partner such an exciting team under the leadership of Charlie Schwerkolt and quality experienced drivers in Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards. Team 18 have recently announced the purchase of a second car for the 2020 season. This expansion will play a key part in them becoming a real challenger in the championship. This partnership provides us the opportunity to not only showcase the quality of our Avery Dennison films, but also gives our customers the chance to receive unique and exclusive experiences with Team 18. Being able to thank our customers for their loyalty is important, so this sponsorship has significant upside for us,” said Leigh Hooper, National Manager Display & Visual, Ball & Doggett.

    For the remainder of 2019 and throughout 2020, Ball & Doggett has the opportunity to treat their customers to pit tours, grid walks, hot laps, one-on-ones with the drivers and application workshops held at the team’s headquarters in Melbourne. The company advises there will be special promotions run throughout next year which customers can partake in, giving them the chance to attend one of the specialised events.

    The Display & Visual division sells the standard wide format medias and substrates used for a wide array of applications such as point of sale, displays, general signage, floor graphics, fleet, windows and architectural. A key focus of the business is continuously adding new and interesting items to the range based on market requirements. Their latest additions include a range of fibre based solutions for indoor and outdoor advertising that meet a strong push for environmentally sustainable products.

    Ball & Doggett have key sales and wide format experts based nationally, as well as a dedicated hotline for customers. The 1300 713 567 number has been set up for customers to call when they need technical support, to check stock availability and to place orders among other things.

    Photos from a recent photoshoot and behind-the-scenes images from the Bathurst 1000 race can be found on the company’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.





  • + Xitron Distributor G2psd excited about future as Global Graphics acquires Xitron USA

    Xitron, the leading independent developer of Harlequin RIP® and workflow products for commercial, flexo, digital, an..

    19 November 2019


    Xitron, the leading independent developer of Harlequin RIP® and workflow products for commercial, flexo, digital, and high-speed inkjet printing has been acquired by Harlequin RIP manufacturer Global Graphics PLC from Vanguard Graphics International (VGI). A nearly 30-year Harlequin OEM, Xitron is one of Global Graphics’ longest standing partners.

    “Xitron is the lead player in prepress RIPs with some 35,000 Harlequin RIP-based installations around the world and an impressive network of dealers and distributors, said Gary Fry, CEO of Global Graphics. “This acquisition allows us to further develop our digital print strategy with a more complete offering for industrial inkjet, such as textiles and décor, and with a broader range of prepress components for digital applications.”

    Xitron’s Navigator RIP provides prepress independence by allowing users to connect with hundreds of different output devices manufactured by a “Who’s Who” list of suppliers such as Agfa, Fujifilm, Screen, Presstek, (MarkAndy), and Heidelberg. Since the company’s inception in 1977, it has been a mainstay in professional prepress production and was recently awarded a patent for their unique USB-SCSI interface.

    Their recent concentration in high-speed inkjet systems has fostered the release of the Navigator-based Digital Front End (DFE), which supports a wide variety of popular inkjet heads from Memjet, HP, Kyocera, XAAR, Konica-Minolta, Ricoh, Canon Finetech, and Fujifilm Dimatix, among others. The DFE supports drive electronics from Meteor Inkjet and Global Inkjet Systems, which are used in many of the most popular high-speed presses available from top tier suppliers in the market today.

    “Having developed prepress software solutions around the Harlequin RIP as an OEM partner, Xitron is looking forward to the collaboration and growth opportunities associated with this change,” said Karen Crews, president of Xitron. “As we continue to expand beyond our well-established presence in offset, flexography, screen printing, and high-speed inkjet, we’re excited to be a key part of Global Graphics’ strategic initiatives.”

    Stan Goldberg, CEO of Vanguard (which also owns Printware, LLC) said he believes the sale will benefit both companies. “As a long-time developer of the Harlequin RIP, Xitron’s prepress software products and markets align very well with Global Graphics’ strategic directions,” he said. “At the same time, Printware will have the additional financial resources necessary to take full advantage of inkjet market growth through product development or potential acquisition opportunities.”






  • + 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."





  • + Inkcups releases Revolution high-speed industrial digital cylinder printer

    Global OEM Inkcups (Danvers, MA) has released its new Revolution Digital Cylinder Printer. The new device is fully autom..

    19 November 2019


    Global OEM Inkcups (Danvers, MA) has released its new Revolution Digital Cylinder Printer. The new device is fully automatic and can print high-quality, full-colour graphics at about 600 parts per hour, depending on the type of part. It features automatic loading and unloading, integrated pre-treatment, and Helical printing technology that interlaces the inkjet drops in a helical pattern, thereby delivering superior-quality images “at twice the resolution and image quality compared to similar machines,” said Inkcups.

    Inkcups’ new Revolution Digital Cylinder Printer.
    Common applications include stadium cups, pint glasses, stainless steel and plastic tumblers, cosmetics jars, glass and plastic bottles, beer cans, oil filters and many, many more. The printer is fast enough to produce high volumes, flexible enough for quick changeovers, and can output long runs “at one-third the cost of comparable machines,” said the OEM. Its inline conveyor can be loaded manually, or automatically loaded using a robotic system.

    It prints 360-degree seamless graphics up to 1,200 dpi on a wide range of cylindrical objects and open-ended, tapered objects. It can print images up to 220 mm tall on a part length of 76 mm to 305 mm, with a diameter of 63.5 mm to 111 mm.





  • + Soma launches next generation Optima press

    Czech Republic based Soma has launched Optima, its new mid-web flexo press developed especially for short run jobs such ..

    18 November 2019


    Czech Republic based Soma has launched Optima, its new mid-web flexo press developed especially for short run jobs such as wrap around labels, shrink sleeves, sachets and various pouches. 

    Soma produces flexographic printing presses, slitter rewinders and laminators used K 2019 as the platform for the formal launch of the next-generation Optima press. Its first generation has earned a reputation as an easy to operate flexo press for short runs with many installations around the world. 
     
    The next-generation Optima is now available in a 41.3in width and 25.6in length and has been developed for short runs, handling up to 20 jobs a day. It focuses on features that offer easy and fast job changeovers, print consistency and reduction in operating costs.
     
    Additionally, Optima can now be installed with the Arun system for automatic job setting, a unique off-line solution that combines the advantages of a plate mounter with a fully automated device for plate topography and register measurement. The new Zero Meter waste set-up system helps with short runs.
     
    Soma also added new ink cartridge which enables spot colour printing and the operational cleanup as efficient as possible. It uses between one and five liters in the inking loop as well as short ink hoses to significantly reduce residual ink.
     
    The modular design lets printers build several combinations of face-to-face single shaftless, nonstop flying splice, or cantilevered flying splice winders.
     
    ‘Soma’s policy includes a permanent re-innovation process, which always starts from market needs– obviously derived from customer needs. The platform of the K exhibition allowed us to globally present what is our answer to customers’ daily challenges. And, I am personally very proud that many clients from all continents trust, appreciate and decide to implement our approach as the solution for their challenges,’ commented Pavla Kusa, commercial director at Soma. 





  • + Esko adds new Kongsberg X Edge to portfolio

    Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for leading display, signage and packaging custome..

    18 November 2019


    Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for leading display, signage and packaging customers, has extended its Kongsberg digital cutting table range with the Kongsberg X Edge - a completely new, fully upgradeable table design offering the perfect combination of productivity, flexibility and best in class reliability.

    Delivering speeds of 30m/min with acceleration of 0.3G and able to handle the full spectrum of display, signage and packaging materials - from kiss cutting vinyl to heavy duty milling and every job in between - the Kongsberg X Edge means no longer being forced to compromise and choose between speed, precision or production power.

    Russell Weller, Product Manager at Esko, said that as a further addition to the integrated ecosystem of award-winning Esko software and hardware solutions, the new Kongsberg X Edge brought the tried and trusted heritage of the Kongsberg range together with next generation upgradeability. “The Kongsberg X Edge has been specially designed to ensure there is no sacrifice in machine configuration, with all the options you would expect from the Kongsberg X Series available,” said Russell. “The difference is that as your company grows, the Kongsberg X Edge evolves with you. It can be easily upgraded in terms of both speed and acceleration to ensure it keeps up with your business demands.

    “The Kongsberg X Edge delivers this high production speed and outstanding cutting quality at a remarkable price. Moreover, the Kongsberg X Edge design avoids the impact of costly reinvestment when a business expands, not only delivering exceptional cutting quality but also unlocking future production flexibility and profitability.”

    Incredibly versatile, the Kongsberg X Edge is as suitable for short run production, sample making and other packaging-related jobs, as it is for signage and display production. “This new innovation has been developed to ensure great quality for any job or application,” added Russell. “The extra fast tool loading, auto recognition and calibration features are ideal for short run jobs, with the added flexibility of an optional conveyor system available to support automated board and roll feeding when required.”

    Delivering a variety of milling options to match throughput requirements, the Kongsberg X Edge also features perfect print-to-cut registration, even in cases of heavy distortion and jobs longer than the table.

    “The Kongsberg X Edge is the perfect tool for cutting flexo plates and patches, operating in tandem, both physically and digitally, with existing imaging devices,” added Russell. “Easily fitting into a truly tailored workflow, it can also be equipped to produce dedicated shipping boxes for finished plates.”

    The engineering of the rack and pinion drive, the construction of the tabletop and the quality of the motors and traverse all combine to ensure that the table provides the greatest cutting accuracy and consistency.

    “Esko connects hardware and software to streamline your production from start to finish, from design to shipping,” said Russell. “Having secured a reputation for delivering speed, precision and production power through superior engineering and build quality, Esko now brings next generation innovation to its portfolio with the Kongsberg X Edge.”

    Kongsberg X Edge is now available to the global market.





  • + Alfex Laser Open House is an opportunity for everyone interested in laser cutting, laser marking and laser engraving to receive a personalised laser demonstration by our laser experts.

    LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE NEW EPILOG FUSION PRO & KERN LASERCELL You will have a chance to tour our Brisbane ..

    12 November 2019


    LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE NEW EPILOG FUSION PRO & KERN LASERCELL
     
    You will have a chance to tour our Brisbane facility, view demonstrations and network with industry-leading companies and like-minded professionals.
     
    Meet our Alfex Laser sales & support staff and peek inside one of our Service Vans to see how well stocked and organized they are with repair parts needed to service your machines.

    Our Open House is the best opportunity for you to test your application with our world-leading lasers and discuss ways to increase your productivity with our experienced Application Engineers.

    📅Thursday 21 November 2019
    🕐 By Appointment
    📍Alfex Laser Brisbane
    13/49 Bellwood Street, Darra, QLD
     
    Queensland Alfex Laser sales & support staff will be on-site and available to answer all your laser cutting and laser engraving questions.
     
    If you'd like to check the application for a particular material, bring a sample along and we'll be happy to run it through.

    Alfex CNC Australia is celebrating over 40 years in business and Our Open House is the best opportunity for you to network with other manufacturers and to discuss ways to increase your productivity with our experienced Application Engineers.
     
    If you plan to attend – and you should – please be sure to register:
     
    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/alfex-laser-open-house-2019-brisbane-tickets-60506237786






  • + 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.





  • + Ricky Launches Two New Products

    Backlit textile Artist Mambo Direct-Tex and Blackout textile be.tex Directo FR are now available from Ricky. Backli..

    12 November 2019


    Backlit textile Artist Mambo Direct-Tex and Blackout textile be.tex Directo FR are now available from Ricky.

    Backlit textile Artist Mambo Direct-Tex is a printable textile is ideal for backlit LED flat frames and trade show display systems with exceptional dye sub transference. 
    The textile is suitable for UV and dye sub printing.

    Blackout textile be.tex Directo FR is a printable textile is ideal for banners, display frame systems, roll-up display systems, backdrops and curtains. As its name states, be.tex Directo FR is fire retardant and can be printed on both sides. The new textile is suitable for UV, Latex and dye sub printers.

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + AstroNova introduces TrojanLabel T5

    AstroNova, Inc. has announced the global launch of the TrojanLabel T5, a larger version of the company’s TrojanLab..

    06 November 2019


    AstroNova, Inc. has announced the global launch of the TrojanLabel T5, a larger version of the company’s TrojanLabel T4 label press and finishing system with the addition of UV flexo varnish capabilities.

    The T5 all-in-one digital print and finish in-line labelling solution was demonstrated for the first time in September at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The T5 is already up and running at customer sites in Europe and the United States.

    The TrojanLabel T5 is built on AstroNova’s industry-leading TrojanLabel T3 Digital Inkjet Label Press platform integrated with a smart, compact converter unit featuring UV flexo varnish, lamination, rotary die-cutting, slitting, and waste removal. Following the introduction of the T4 two years ago, the T5 is the Company’s latest high-production label printing and converting solution for the professional printing market. The T5 adds several additional enhancements such as spot and SUPERgloss varnish, lamination, slit & rewind, and cold foil application for silver, gold, and metallic decorative accents, all in a single compact platform.

    “The T5 is a great step up in our offerings, providing professional printers and large brand owners with a high-performance system that delivers great results from start to finish,” said AstroNova President and CEO Greg Woods. “We are excited about the addition of this unique, versatile solution to our TrojanLabel family of professional digital colour label presses and specialty printers.”

    With the addition of the T5 to its ever-expanding product line-up, AstroNova continues to offer a broad range of products to suit a variety of labelling and production needs. From QuickLabel tabletop, on-demand printers to TrojanLabel full-print finishing systems, and a wide range of complementary solutions including software, label materials, accessories, and global technical support, AstroNova provides total peace of mind to customers and channel partners alike.