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  • SureLab D1060 offers fast, high-quality photo printing with flexible production and a reduced total cost of ownership

    As demand for small-format photos continues to grow, businesses are looking for a cost-effective way to deliver quality prints quickly and cost effectively. To meet that need, Epson has launched the SureLab® D1060. This new DryLab printer has been built to address a range of customers from wedding and event photography, to retail in-store ad-hoc printing, to back-office print houses.
     
    It offers a more compact footprint with reduced noise, lower heat output, as well as a range of new features to suit retail and in-house photo production. It also has a faster print speed and a super-fast one-off print mode for event applications.
     
    A new ink system is combined with more flexible networking and an extended print life for those involved with on-demand and back-office print production. Complementing all of this is a new duplex unit that enables automatic double-sided borderless printing for photobook and photo merchandise production. 1



    “High-quality, small-format photo printing is more popular than ever. Whether you have a high-end digital camera or the latest smartphone with megapixel imaging capability, there is nothing visceral quite like a tangible printed photo of a treasured moment. People want to put photos in their family albums, on the desk and up on the wall. Moments in time are fleeting and special. There is nothing like having a memento there in front of you as a reminder of what’s truly important,” said Gordon Kerr, Business Marketing Manager, Large Format, Epson Australia, “Epson has always produced great photo printers. The SureLab D1060 is a leap forward in terms of flexibility, productivity and durability. Never before has it been easier or more cost-effective to produce quality photo prints.”
     
    The new SureLab D1060 delivers print speeds of up to 460 6”x4” photos per hour.1 It is up to 10 percent faster than the previous generation, and the new 15 second one-off print mode is set to be a boon for photo studios and event work.2
     
    Leveraging an enhanced 6-channel MicroPiezo® printhead and vivid UltraChrome® D6r-S dye-based ink technology, the printer can accurately reproduce subtle tones in portrait photos with smooth transitions and crisp, sharp details. When coupled with compatible Epson genuine photo media, prints are water, smudge and fade resistant.3  



    For improved productivity, the SureLab D1060 features a high-capacity ink system that uses 250ml bags that are cost-effective to purchase, compact to store, and crushable for reduced waste.
     
    For single-sided printing, the machine uses large 65m roll-based media that is available in widths from 3.5”-210mm (A4) in a range of media weights and finishes.
     
    The optional duplex tray uses double-sided sheet media, that is available in sizes from A5, up to 210x210mm. Operation is made simple and flexible care of an integrated control panel and bundled Epson OrderController Lite software.4 Flexible USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi interfacing makes connectivity easier while the reduced footprint and heat output makes the machine perfect for kiosk-based operations.5
     
    One of the key design features of the SL-D1060 is its reduced Total Cost of Ownership. Not only has it been designed to offer worry-free operation with minimum maintenance, but it features double the print life of its predecessor.1 It comes with a comprehensive ‘heads-and-all’ on-site warranty that can be extended with CoverPlus for up to five years.
     
    In Australia the printer will be offered in two configurations: base unit only, or base unit plus duplex. The duplex unit will also be available as an option for those who wish to purchase it later.
     
    Additional features include:
     

    • New Ink System – UltraChrome D6r-S ink in high-capacity 250ml packs deliver better prints with finer gradation and a wider colour gamut, while reducing cost and waste.
    • Flexible Operation – Integrated output tray and waste bin. Integrated LCD panel for direct control, as well as an upgraded driver for desktop management (Windows & Mac OS compatible).  Supports Epson’s new Cloud Solution PORT service for remote monitoring and analysis. This allows access from a web-based interface in the office, from home, and from a mobile device when on the move.
    • Reduced Cost – Supplied complete with an ink set, sample media and a copy of Order Controller Lite. Features a 400,000 print life and backed with a comprehensive on-site warranty, with a CoverPlus solution for coverage up to 5 years.
    • Flexible Integration – Reduced 80W power consumption, and only 1.2W when in sleep. Connect easily to printer over Wi-Fi®, Ethernet or USB using redesigned printer driver for Windows® and Mac®
    • Small Footprint – Compact Simplex size (466 x 374 x 340cm), Duplex size (466 x 438 x 423cm), with a reduced heat output to suit desktop and kiosk operation.
    • Versatile Output – Designed to use Epson media that is available in a wide range of roll and single/double-sided sheet configurations, with gloss or luster finishes. Supports production of prints with a border and borderless. Panoramic prints can be produced up to 1000mm long on single-sided roll media. 5
    • Built for Reliable Operation – Requires minimum maintenance and features new ink-less nozzle detection and alignment technology. 
     
    Pricing and Availability
    The SureLab D1060 is expected to be available from November 2021 in Australia. A base printer with 5 year CoverPlus is expected to cost $6,995 (RRP ex GST), while the version with the duplex unit is expected to cost $7,995 (RRP ex GST). The duplex unit will also be available separately for $995 ex GST.  
     
    1 When compared to the Epson SureLab D860
    2 Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Customers are recommended to view the relevant Epson product page for latest details. Total throughput time for any print depends on various factors including workstation configuration, file size, print resolution, ink coverage and networking. Actual print speeds will vary.
    3 Epson does not provide any guarantee or warranty on print durability
    4 This printer ships with the ‘Lite’ version of Order Controller. The full version can be ordered separately at additional expense.
    5 This printer is designed for use with nominated Epson genuine ink and media consumables only.  Use of alternatives is likely to result in print quality and reliability issues that invalidate warranty and CoverPlus.





  • LIA NSW held their AGM and are pleased to announce the standing committee.
     
    The president Angus Scott thanked the members, Industry and the committee for their continued support. It was noted that even in such challenging times several successful networking, plant visits and graduate of the year nomination processes were possible and well received.
     
    The committee are committed to delivering more quality events in the year ahead.  
     
    Office Holders:

    Angus Scott – President




    Peter Munro -  Vice President




    Mike Williams – Secretary / Treasurer
     




    Committee members:

    Warwick Roden




    Grant Churchill




    Ray Berwick




    Mitch Mulligan







  • Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the addition of the new GR2-640 and GR2-540 64” and 54” vinyl cutters to its CAMM-1 series.

    The CAMM-1 series is capable of cutting almost any shape quickly and cleanly from a broad range of sheet and film materials that range from thin automotive window films and heat-transfer sheets to thick reflective sheets and sandblast masks. Applications include signs, automotive window film, vehicle wraps, sports apparel and more. According to Kevin Shigenoya, Vice President, Digital Printing Business Division, “Our vinyl cutters are often used in combination with our large format inkjet printers for printing and then cutting colourful graphics into unique shapes for stickers, labels and various store decorations and, more recently, for making social distancing signs to assist with preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

    The newly announced GR2-640 and GR2-540 are an ideal balance between affordable pricing and superior cutting performance, and are designed to integrate seamlessly with large format inkjet printers. With a maximum cutting speed of 1,530 mm/s, a maximum downforce of 600 gf and smooth media feeding, the GR2 Series achieves the precision cutting quality and high-volume productivity required by professional users.

    One of the key features of the GR2 Series, according to Shigenoya, is that the cutters pair smoothly with Roland DG’s large format inkjet printers and use the same VersaWorks 6 RIP software for seamless Print-then-Cut production. Contour lines can be added and crop marks generated automatically to imported printing data in VersaWorks 6, to ensure the outlines of graphics are cut accurately, eliminating the need for users to switch back to Adobe® Illustrator®, CorelDRAW® or other graphics software to complete production. The GR2 Series features a multi-crop mark function for more accurate contour cutting of large print and cut jobs after lamination. It also includes the Roland DG AAS II plug-in software for pairing with other large format inkjet printers.

    Shigenoya said, The GR2 Series combines quality and accuracy making it possible to produce unique and attractive applications efficiently and cost effectively.”

    “There is fierce competition among sign making shops,” he added. “Roland DG is committed to contributing to the development of digital solutions and services aimed at helping our customers explore the bounds of their creativity.”

    To find out more about the GR2 Series, click here.





  • Trotec Laser has announced the official launch of its Ruby laser software and the new Speedy 400 Run on Ruby — combining the most intelligent laser software on the market with the industry’s fastest laser machine, and making the work of every laser user faster and easier than ever.

    Laser software redefined
    Ruby software – whether it’s used with the new Speedy 400 Run on Ruby or a different Speedy laser — includes all the graphics tools that laser users need. You can create graphic, photo and text elements and make adjustments quickly with the integrated workflow. It also allows the direct import of files such as pdf, svg, png, ai, and more. The complicated process of printing out the laser job from the graphics program is no longer necessary.

    Ruby connects all laser machines in one network, locally or remotely. In this way, jobs can be distributed from multiple PCs or Macs to multiple machines. Thanks to the innovative workflow, jobs can be prepared by one user and produced by another, anytime and anywhere, whether in the office, at home or in the workshop.

    Ruby and Speedy 400 become one
    Ruby – the most intelligent laser software and Speedy 400 – the industry’s fastest laser engraver – have become one. The Speedy 400 Run on Ruby includes a touch panel on the machine that makes it possible to operate the laser in the network via Ethernet or WiFi without an additional PC.

    Warren Knipple, President of Trotec Laser, Inc., says that Ruby laser software will offer unprecedented added value for engravers, print shops, manufacturers and schools.

    “The Ruby software is revolutionary because it offers a complete and easy-to-use integrated workflow that accompanies the user from idea to the finished product,” Knipple says. “Ruby offers connected working, direct imports, and eliminates the need to purchase additional design software – which are options that have been in demand for a while. These functionalities can cut time from idea to finished product in half.”

    troteclaser.com





  • Epson is expanding its range of PrecisionCore printheads to meet the accelerated shift towards digital printing in the commercial and industrial sectors.

    The D3000-A1R is the first in Epson’s new range of printheads that support ink circulation at nozzle level, which increases reliability by reducing nozzle cleaning and capping requirements.

    The printhead can be used either in single colour 1200dpi mode or with two colours at 600-dpi resolution. This combined with high-frequency driving technology enables the D3000-A1R to deliver outstanding image quality and high print speeds comparable to those of existing analogue printers.

    With a 67mm print swathe, the DC300-A1R is easily scalable for wide, high-quality applications such as flexible packaging, labels and décor. Its robust, industrial design means it can be safely handled without causing damage to the printhead nozzles.

    The demand for digital printing with water-based ink has risen in recent years due to a growing requirement to mitigate the environmental impact of printing. The D3000-A1R is well-placed to offer a competitive edge to equipment manufacturers who are keen to address environmental and sustainability concerns.

    Paddy O’Hara, Business Development Manager at Epson Europe, says: “Our new series of water-based ink, nozzle level recirculation printheads demonstrates our commitment to developing technology that contributes to low environmental impact digital printing and the acceleration of inkjet innovation.

    The D3000-A1R builds on the quality and reliability of our industry-leading PrecisionCore technology, adding ultimate flexibility for a wide variety of industrial printing applications. The width and design of the printhead is unique within the industry, allowing for highly scalable configurations in multi-head arrays.”

    Key Features of the D3000-A1R include:

    • 1200-dpi resolution and high-frequency driving

    • Nozzle level recirculation inkjet printheads at 1200 nozzles per inch. Printheads do not require regular ink ejection and head cleaning

    • The printhead can be used either in single colour 1200npi mode or with 2 colours at 600npi per colour

    • 67mm print swathe and robust modular design allows print chips to be easily arrayed in both moving serial printhead and fixed line head configurations

    • Reduced environmental impact

    The D3000-A1R will be available later this year.





  • + PICA Celebrations Rescheduled

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    Printing Industry Creativity Awards around the country will all go ahead over the next few weeks – but a number of dates have had to be changed to cater for changing travel and gathering restrictions.

    Recent flare ups of COVID across the country have led to the postponement of three of the five State events, with presentations in Sydney the latest to be rescheduled. 

    The PICA presentations will now be celebrated as follows:

    • Queensland – Friday 23 July, Tattersalls Club, Brisbane 
    • Western Australia - Saturday 31 July, Crown, Perth.
    • Victoria – Friday 6 August, The Sheraton, Melbourne 
    • South Australia – Thursday 26 August, National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide
    • New South Wales – Friday 17 September, Ovolo, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

    “The PICA presentations, like so many things, have been impacted by travel, border and gathering restrictions and, while we realise it’s frustrating to have arrangements changed, it’s all part of the flexible approach we need to take to ensure events are both safe and successful,” says Walter Kuhn, President of the Print & Visual Communications Association, which hosts the Awards.

    “We are grateful for the persistence and agility of our events team in rescheduling in such a dynamic environment, and for the patience and understanding of the many people who had already reserved their place for the original dates.

    “We’ll continue to monitor the situation across the country closely, but we hope no further changes will be necessary.

    “These will be a wonderful opportunity to unite the industry over food, drinks, entertainment and the celebration of print perfection,” Kuhn adds. “I would warmly encourage anyone who has not yet booked to do so now – all the latest details and booking links are at the website.”

    Go to www.trybooking.com/eventlist/pica for all the latest information and to book for each of the State PICA celebrations. Tickets are $120/head with a special PVCA member rate of $100, accessible with the code published on the booking form.





  • Researchers from the University of Cambridge have created a polymer film made from 100% plant protein that requires no chemical additives – and they claim it has comparable functionality to conventional plastics.

    Made entirely from plant protein which can be sourced as a by-product of the agriculture industry, the company that is set to commercialise the solution, Xampla, says that the resulting material can be disposed of in nature after use like any natural waste, leaving no pollutants behind. 

    Importantly, the company also claims that the material’s functionality is consistent with conventional plastic, but it requires no chemical cross-linking used in many bio-polymers to give them the strength and flexibility of plastic. 

    Research, which has been published in the Nature Communications scientific journal, reportedly shows how scientists were able to naturally assemble plant proteins so that the final structure was very similar to spider silk. The researchers say that this “breakthrough” is the first time these structures have been seen in a material that derives from plant protein. 

    Xampla hopes that the technology, which utilises a process involving acetic acid, water, ultrasonication, and heat, can replace single-use plastics including flexible packaging films, sachets, microcapsules found in home and personal care products, and carrier bags. 

    The scientists behind this innovation were inspired by spiders’ silk, which is weight-for-weight stronger than steel but has weak molecular bonds, meaning it can break down easily.  They sought to understand the building blocks of this natural phenomenon, with the aim of creating a material with the same molecular properties.

    Professor Tuomas Knowles, who led the research, said: “One of the key breakthroughs is that we can supply this product on a large scale, and it can replace plastic in very specific applications. We have proved it’s possible to solve the single-use plastics problem.”

    Dr. Marc Rodriguez Garcia, Xampla’s head of research, added: “It’s amazing to realise that a discovery you make in a lab can have a big impact on solving a global problem. That’s essentially why we are doing this – we really love the science, but we also wanted to do something meaningful about solving the overwhelming problem of plastic waste.”





  • This new film from STEK is designed to resist chips, scratches, and virtually all other forms of road damage, making it the ultimate choice for windshield protection! The proprietary design features highly elastic TPU layers, allowing DYNOflex to absorb and disperse even the most substantial shocks.

    Thanks to its hydrophobic property, DYNOflex also offers excellent weatherproofing, effectively preventing damage caused by harsh climates. The versatile windshield film is easily applied on curved surfaces and requires no heat guns or shrinkage when used. Once installed, it offers continuous protection that eliminates the need for glass replacement, ADAS sensor recalibration, and other costly repair procedures.

    Visit here for more information





  • Alfex Laser will run live demonstrations of a number of its industry leading laser systems for cutting, marking and engraving at PacPrint 2021, providing a variety of solutions for signage and display, branding, name plating, graphics, tracking & traceability applications and business. 

    Today, the company confirmed its largest display to date will include the KERN LaserCELL and EcoFlex systems, EPILOG Fusion PRO and Fusion EDGE series, Lotus High Speed Laser Marking Systems, BOFA Filtered Extraction Systems and Vision Engraving & Routing Systems’ 1642R CNC engraver/router.

    The Alfex stand is sure to be a drawcard for visitors to the PacPrint and Visual Impact expos, with many business owners now recognising the value and versatility of adding an Alfex Laser solution to improve production efficiencies and expand their capabilities and in turn increase profitability.

    “By integrating a laser into your workflow, you can offer products from dimensional letters, to image cut outs, engraved ADA, point-of-purchase displays, 3D models and more, using a wide range of materials ranging from acrylic and plastics, to wood and even metal,” Christian Buhagiar, Business Development Manager, explains. 
    Leading the PacPrint showcase will be two new models of the EPILOG Fusion Pro series – the Fusion Pro 24 and 36 – which expands the choice of work area sizes in this high-performance range to four, ranging from 610 x 610mm up to 1219 x 914mm.

    “The Fusion Pro Series from EPILOG Laser has unquestionably paved the way for the future of the laser engraving and cutting industry, with never-before-seen technologies including live camera positioning right on your computer screen and the fastest engraving speeds on the market today just to name a few.” Christian says, “so businesses can easily create or re-create custom artwork for their clients.”

    “The EPILOG Software Suite makes for fast, easy set-up and allows operators to provide unique names for each job process if they wish, while the EPILOG’s IRISTM camera positioning system saves production and design set-up time and ensures precision results every time, by providing the operator with a ‘live feed' of the artwork position from inside the system,” he says.

    Also featured will be the new Fusion EDGE 12, 24 & 36 laser systems also featuring live IRIS™ camera positioning technology and 5G acceleration. The addition of these new models further expands the company’s portfolio to include mid-range options ranging in size from 610 x 305mm up to 914 x 610mm. 



    “The feature-packed EDGE series is fast and easy to set up using programs like Illustrator, CorelDRAW and AutoCAD,” Christian explains. “It also features IRIS™ CAMERA POSITIONING Technology, plus a 7” touch-screen display panel, SAFEGUARD™ protection package upgrade and job trace functionality to improve workflow and production times.”

    For those requiring a more industrial solution for heavy applications such as cutting acrylic and plastics up to 25mm thick, Alfex Laser will demonstrate the high-performance, US-designed and manufactured KERN EcoFlex laser system. Available in two sizes – 1270 x 1320mm and 2540 x 1320mm – and laser power options up to 250 watts, high-speed motors and KCAM Laser Software providing users with a competitive edge over other laser system options.

    “Alongside the EcoFlex, we’ll also be demonstrating the high-performance, flagship KERN LaserCELL laser cutting and engraving system, which answers the demand for systems that blend safety and performance, with the ability to cut 25mm acrylic with a flame polished edge as well as stainless steel, aluminium and most other metallics” Christian says. 

    “The LaserCELL can accommodate laser power options from 50W – 400W to cut both metal and non-metal materials in a completely enclosed, Class 1 Safety Enclosure which makes it ideal for high-traffic areas like factory floors and classrooms.” 

    Finally, Christian says the Vision 1624R CNC engraver/router will demonstrate how easy it is for businesses to offer customisation using milling, drilling, contouring, routing and more on materials from metal, to wood and sign foam.

    “The 1624R is a medium-format machine with a work area of 609 x 406 mm, and a maximum path height of 178 mm on the z axis, but it has huge potential to expand options and boost production time on everything from deep metal engravings, to routed wood signs, cut-out letters and 1.5 or 3D signs,” he says.
    “We’re excited to showcase and demonstrate Alfex Laser’s expansive product portfolio live on-stand at PacPrint in September and look forward to helping you and your business diversify and expand into the future.”

    PacPrint 2021 will co-locate with the Visual Impact Expo and the Label & Packaging Expo at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 28 September to 1 October this year. Click here to register for the show, or go to www.pacprint.com.au for more information. To find out more about the Alfex Laser range, go to www.alfexlaser.com.au 






  • Esko has announced the launch of a free downloadable e-book, ‘Trends in the Beverage Packaging Industry: Ingredients for Success’, which outlines key industry trends and the tools brands can adopt to capitalize on them for commercial success.

    The global market for alcoholic beverages amounted to over 1.49 trillion US dollars in 2020 and is expected to grow to 2.2 trillion USD by 2025, according to Statista. Changing consumer habits during the pandemic have led to a plethora of new behavioral trends, which equates to a host of opportunities for brands hoping to capture new market share in the sector.

    “Almost a third of consumers would like to continue working from home and coupled this, over half of consumers are actively looking for tips on personal health and wellbeing. In catering to this, brands can expand into whole new categories. For example, alcoholic flavoured water known as Hard Seltzer,” says, Matthew Haws vice president global marketing at Esko Brand Solutions.

    “When creating whole new product lines with multiple SKUs, smart brands are using digital tools to help streamline the journey and make the transition from ideation to new product launch pain-free. With digital asset management (DAM) tools like MediaBeacon, external assets can be approved and made available to marketing teams to ensure promotion is extremely agile.

    The latest free resource from the Esko team covers market trends and offers deeper insight into categories such as spirits and cocktails. Packaging trends are also on the agenda with a look at digital tools for success.

    As brands and retailers strive to keep ahead of the competition, technologies such as MediaBeacon and web-based collaborative workflow management system, WebCenter, help them to cut to the chase quicker by streamlining packaging design projects and taking away common stumbling blocks that slow the process down.

    “The beverage industry is extremely competitive in terms of packaging design. Speed to market with new and different designs is paramount to influencing the purchasing decision ahead of rival brands. Teams that have control of their assets through digitalization are much more likely to turn concepts into actual product ranges quickly – and more cost-effectively.”

    Download the Esko Trends in the Beverage Packaging Industry: Ingredients for Success e-book no





  • GJS today announced it has secured the first Australia sale of the new Brother GTXpro Bulk garment printer with Sydney-based printing business T-Shirt Magic. It will use the printer to increase production volume while simultaneously increasing its eco-friendliness thanks to the capabilities of the printer.

    Andrew Sprason and Lily Yang, the husband-and-wife owners of T-Shirt Magic took ownership of their first Brother garment printer back in 2011, and since then they have moved through all subsequent Brother DTG models including the GT-3 series, and the GTX, having multiple units of each.

    T-Shirt Magic is one of Australia’s premier DTG printers. Founded in 1998, T-Shirt Magic designs, prints, and supplies garments to clubs, businesses, corporations, and charities.

    The investment in the new Brother GTXpro Bulk will allow T-Shirt Magic to scale its production capabilities as the business continues to grow, while also allowing faster production. The GTXpro Bulk will also increase cost efficiency for the business, thanks to the new bulk ink delivery system.

    “The Brother GTXpro Bulk will allow us to offer even better quality and faster turnarounds, and at a lower cost for bulk printing,” said Sprason.

    The purchase and install of the Brother GTXpro Bulk will also allow for improved production reliability.

    “With our other Brother GTX printers, the addition of the Bulk means that we will always be able to fulfil customer orders. If for some reason one of the GTX’s is unavailable or requires maintenance or servicing, we will still have two others as redundancy,” Sprason added.

    Continuing Brother's legacy of creating industrial-grade garment printers, the GTXpro Bulk features a proprietary bulk-feed system for its specially formulated inks. Meticulous attention to every detail means that every component is up to the rigours and demands of high-production garment decoration.

    The bolder, brighter Innobella Textile Inks are water-based pigment inks and are ECO PASSPORT by OKEO-TEX certified and CPSIA compliant. The bulk packaging uses less plastic thanks to the new reusable tanks so there is less waste and less impact on the environment.

    GJS





  • Following the successful February online training course, Idealliance Australasia, the global standards developer and certifying body for ISO and G7 colour specification, will hold another G7 Expert 5-day course commencing on July 19th. David Crowther of Colour Graphic Services will once again conduct the course for four hours each day, Monday-Friday, 19th – 23rd July.

    G7 is Idealliance’s global industry-leading set of specifications for achieving visual similarity across all print processes currently being drafted into ISO 12647-2.  Crowther says: “G7 Certification is a valuable qualification fior anyone involved in graphic reproduction where colour is critical. It is the leading colour initiative in print consistency and near neutral appearance, and the G7 methodology specifies how to align any 4-colour CMYK print output to align all print technologies, regardless of where or how a product is printed. Lockdown time and home office isolation are ideal times to learn – and add the colour skills and certification that are increasingly recognised as essential by printers and brand managers.”

    The July interactive online training, using Zoom, takes place over five consecutive days, but only 4 hours per day – so you still have time to attend to work, production and/or personal matters. Training consists of a variety of components, including shared slides, video, whiteboard illustrations of critical concepts, press runs and print calibration simulations, plus hands-on activities and analysis.

    A very experienced trainer, Crowther’s qualifications include:
    G7 Expert trainer, BrandQ Manager certified, G7 Process Control Expert certified, Colour Management Professional Master certified, G7 Expert certified, Member – (EX-004) Australian ISO Technical Committee for Graphic Technology TC 130, Mellow Colour Certified Partner, Techkon Certified Service Partner, Colour and Print Consultant

    Schedule, costs and resources
    Delegates on the course will receive a library of print resources, enabling participation in the instructor-led hands-on activities. Downloadable production resource materials such as G7 test forms help in learning how to implement G7 in workplace facilities, to obtain G7 Master qualification. 

    “Participants will also receive access to the extensive online training library including on-demand training recordings to view to support your continued growth as a G7 Expert. Participants are strongly encouraged to participate in hands-on activities utilizing their own colour management tools and solutions," says Crowther.



    Seats are kept to a low number to ensure direct support by Idealliance’s certified G7 Expert trainer & technical staff. Seats are currently still available.

    The July schedule is as follows:
    Monday July 19, 2021: 10:00am – 2:00pm AEST
    Tuesday July 20, 2021: 10:00am – 2:00pm AEST
    Wednesday July 21, 2021: 10:00am – 2:00pm AEST
    Thursday July 22, 2021: 10:00am – 2:00pm AEST
    Friday July 23, 2021: 10:00am – 2:00pm AEST

    Pricing (in US dollars) for the 5-day course is:
    G7 Expert - Idealliance Members USD$2,149.00 / Non-members USD$2,619.00
    G7 Professional - Idealliance Members USD$1,799.00 / Non-members USD$2,009.00

    Bookings and further information can be obtained by emailing:
    David Crowther on Email: david@idealliance.org.au






  • Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide- format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the addition of EUV5 Orange and Red UV-curable inks for use in the VersaUV LEC2 series of UV-LED printer cutters. 

    With integrated printing and cutting, diverse media support and ease of use, the LEC2 series UV printer cutters are ideal for the quick turnaround of numerous applications, including adhesive decals, labels and stickers, signs, POP, backlit panels, interior décor and packaging prototypes. In addition to CMYK, Clear, White and Primer, EUV5 UV ink now supports new Orange and Red inks as process colours. CMYK + Orange + Red expands the colour gamut by approximately 20%, thereby increasing the number of Pantone colours reproduced by approximately 200 colours*² compared to four-colour CMYK. Combined with Roland DG’s True Rich Color print settings that maximise the potential of hardware and inks to produce stunningly vibrant graphics with neutral greys, smooth gradations and natural skin tones, it is now possible to more accurately reproduce brand colours that were previously difficult, if not impossible.

    Tony Miller, Division President of Global Sales & Marketing Division, said, "The LEC2 series is characterised by its versatility, quick turnaround, and unique special printing capabilities for high value-added expression on a wide range of compatible media. We are confident that the addition of Orange and Red UV inks will bring even more value and competitiveness to our customers' businesses. Roland DG will continue to contribute to the development of the printing and manufacturing industry by providing products and services that expand the creative possibilities of our customers."

    To find out more, go to: www.rolanddg.com.au






  • Durst, manufacturer of innovative digital printing systems and software solutions, has presented in its online event, “All you need is RSC”, the extended Tau RSC printer portfolio in its new cross-platform design. New features for highly flexible, high-quality yet cost-effective digital label printing from short to long runs were introduced on the updated Tau 330 RSC and a Tau 510 RSCi with integrated flexo stations at the Durst Customer Experience Center in Brixen, Italy.
     
    The coronavirus pandemic has changed the needs of consumers worldwide and the demands on label production. On the one hand, label converters must be able to deliver long runs in the shortest possible time to keep the entire supply chain running. On the other, they must cope with many more short runs. In addition, an increasing number of brands and end customers are demanding environmentally friendly label production. As a result, label converters need tools and processes that allow them to quickly adapt to these changes. They need operator-friendly digital presses that produce reliably, fast and cost-effectively short to long runs and allow to minimise waste, ink and power consumption.
     
    To address these market demands Durst has updated its Tau RSC platform and further improved the successful Tau 330 RSC and Tau 330 RSC E presses for short and medium runs. Even various Tau RSCi solutions for hybrid printing and inline processing can be offered now, thanks to the expansion of the product range with various partners.
     
    As shown in the online presentation, the Durst Tau RSCi can be configured with optional flexo stations – before and/or after the digital print unit. Therefore, challenging materials can be used by adding a primer or combination printing between flexo and UV Inkjet. By printing white over with the post-press flexo station more applications can be added to the press. The user-friendly flexo stations fit to the available printing widths of 330, 420 or 510 mm of the Tau RSCi and are equipped with a slide in/out carriage to aid loading and unloading of the ink pan, pick-up and anilox roller. With the new flexo stations, Durst again unlocks potential new profitable business scenarios for its customers.
     
    A new Ink Save Mode allows Tau RSC platform users to reduce ink costs by an average of 12% on a CMYK press. This cost-effectiveness boost will enable more jobs to be shifted to digital production. The operator can choose if he wants to print either in best match mode or with the special save ink mode. Then, the Durst Workflow Label software utilises image analysis to analyse the print job and replaces the original colour combination with an alternative one, with the goal of less ink consumption and minimal visual change in the label appearance.
     
    The intelligent software now also includes a new automatic maintenance feature to avoid downtime and reduce service costs. Automatic cleaning of the print heads is carried out contact-free by the integrated maintenance unit, which also prevents possible damage. The process is intelligently controlled and smoothly integrated into the ongoing print operation. With this new function, availability increases, an overall better and stable print quality is achieved due to the overall better printhead condition, and less ink is wasted because almost no more purging cycles are needed. Last, but not least, Durst equips every new Tau RSC / RSCi printer model with additional IT security hardware. The operator needs to actively turn a safety key to allow access from outside of the machine.
     
    These new developments are also available as a retrofit for existing Tau 330 RSC and RSC E customers, providing additional value to already-installed presses.
     
    Helmuth Munter, in his last official engagement as Durst Group Label & Flexible Packaging Segment Manager, said: “Today, we count over 250 Durst Tau installations, of which close to 130 are Tau RSC installations, with many clients owning multiple machines that print in an industrial environment 24/7 in 3 shifts per day. So, we can proudly say: We at Durst have advanced the digital transformation with our Tau single pass inkjet technology in the Label & Flexible Package Printing market. Single pass inkjet has evolved to a mainstream label printing technology, with a market share of 25% + globally.”
     
    Thomas Macina, Durst Group’s new Global Sales Manager for Labels & Flexible Packaging, added: “Many Durst customers have successfully walked this path with the Durst Label & Flexible Packaging team. Durst grew with them, and they grew with our solutions. Therefore, we will continue to have our eyes open and our ears very close to the market to be able to understand and support our customers future needs. Our product portfolio has all the key capabilities and is well positioned to cover the requirements of the different print runs. The RSC E and RSC for short and medium runs, and the RSCi for medium and long runs. All our customers can count on Durst’s innovation and the continuous development of RSC technology as a platform for continued successful growth in the label and packaging printing industry.”





  • Domino & Paragon Inks Join Forces and Create Fully Compliant Suite of UV Varnishes for Global Use
    Available for global use, these UV curable varnishes have been fully validated for compliance meeting multiple legislations.

    Domino Digital Printing Solutions, one of the most successful leading players in the digital printing industry, and global inks specialist, Paragon Inks, have developed a full suite of varnishes specifically for overprinting on Domino's UV95 and UV90 ink sets for use with their N-series digital inkjet label presses. Available for global use, these UV curable varnishes have been fully validated for compliance meeting multiple legislations.

    Julie Cross, Technical Director for Domino's Digital Printing Solutions division said, "After listening to the challenges faced by some of our customers, we wanted to help them by providing a varnish optimised for overprinting UV95 printed output. We therefore set about finding a solution, ultimately deciding to work in partnership with Paragon Inks. And after 18 months of great collaboration between the two teams, we have developed a range of varnishes fully validated for compliance, and suitable for global use."

    Varnishes are used on labels for three reasons: to provide enhanced protection from sunlight, wear or abrasion to extend the life of the labels; for aesthetic reasons to enhance label designs and colours, add value and increase shelf presence; and to enable labels to be overprinted with variable information later in the packaging production process.

    The first set of varnishes (matt and gloss including TTO over-printable), for use with Domino's UV95 food packaging compliant UV digital ink set, are optimised such that the output does not need to be corona treated before the varnish is applied. Not only does this reduce the complexity of the hybrid printing line, but in addition, it provides a solution for medias that are unable to be corona treated, such as some metallic foils. During testing, it was also identified that the gloss varnish can be used as a lamination adhesive enabling further simplification, as one varnish can be used for two applications.

    These varnishes have been formulated for many non-direct food packaging applications and, under the right conditions, are migration compliant. They are suitable for global use, being fully compliant with Nestlé, EuPIA, Swiss Ordinance Annex 10 and the North American TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act).

    To compliment these, there is a second suite of varnishes suitable for use with Domino's general purpose UV90 ink set.

    Amanda Jones, Business Development and Marketing Director at Paragon Inks, concludes, "At Paragon Inks, we are committed to continuous improvement and customer service. We recognised that label converters were experiencing challenges applying varnishes to digitally printed labels. This partnership with Domino highlights how we have worked together as a team to develop a mutually beneficial solution for both organisation's customers. We look forward to continuing to work with Domino in the future."

    For more information about Paragon Inks, visit: www.paragoninks.co.uk





  • Epson has appointed FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia (FUJIFILM BI) to sell and service their SurePress resin-based industrial label presses into the commercial print space, specifically targeting commercial printers. FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia are now the exclusive reseller partner of Epson SurePress resin products in Australia and given the company’s existing, longstanding, successful relationship with Epson in the wide format category, the new partnership is a natural fit with many benefits for the market.
     
    FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia General Manager, Graphic Communication Services, Chris Lynch, said “We are very excited to be able to offer our existing clients including commercial printers an opportunity to broaden their own market reach with the addition of these Epson SurePress devices. In particular, for those looking to diversify and extend upon their current print offer to their own customers. The label market provides a perfect opportunity for this as demand continues to grow year on year.”
     
    As Lynch mentioned, in their new role FUJIFILM BI will address the growing demands of commercial printing companies wanting to enter into the label market and the trend of commercial printing companies needing to expand their service offerings to their customers. Label production has proven to be recession proof during the COVID-19 pandemic and FUJIFILM BI, with its extensive sales and service team is well positioned to market and maintain SurePress to the commercial print market in Australia.



    Epson Australia Managing Director, Craig Heckenberg said, “Label production is currently one of the strongest printing businesses maintaining stable demand in Australia and worldwide. Commercial printers in Australia looking for diversification can address the label market far more efficiently with SurePress products and this means more local production, a faster response to the supply chain, variable data, customisation and versioning and better security. As a leader in digital printing solutions, FUJIFILM BI brings a unique perspective to the label market. They are also able to offer the extensive service and support coverage for Epson SurePress products that the market requires.”



    The Epson SurePress range has been designed for printers seeking to move into the digital age, either for the first time or as an expansion, with enhanced customer service, marketability and operational profit.
     
    SurePress devices combine digital image processing with the latest ink and drop-on-demand print technologies to facilitate flexible production with outstanding print quality. They produce labels with exceptional colour and resolution on a wide range of industry standard substrates, without the need for special coatings or pre-treatment.
     
    The SurePress machines are easy to operate, simple to install, and support a wide range of industry standard finishing equipment. They are particularly suited to short and ultra-short length jobs where they offer rapid and cost-effective turnaround. They deliver a precise, premium product with low running costs, minimum maintenance and low downtime.
     
    For more information on Epson’s SurePress range go to: www.epson.com.au/surepress





  • Böttcher Systems will show off its full range of solutions on its stand at PacPrint 2021, with a display it says will support all ‘four pillars’ of its business - carton packaging, printing with hybrid UV and Light Emitting Diode inks (HUV-LED), flexible packaging and commercial print. The result is a showcase which will be a real drawcard for visitors not only to PacPrint, but to the co-located Label & Packaging Expo.

    A focus of the show for Böttcher will be innovative solutions aimed at helping businesses reduce makeready times while also improving their sustainability record, says Managing Director, Mitch Mulligan. 



    “Böttcher’s ECS ‘Easy Cleaning System’, for instance, was designed with this in mind,” he says. “These easy-to-clean inking rollers incorporate special polymers and additives in the rubber to reduce the adhesion of the ink to the roller surface, effectively improving ink transfer whilst also enhancing the washability of the roller train.

    “This not only saves time, but means you can significantly reduce your wash consumption, typically by 30-50%. These ECS rollers are available for all drying technologies and in a range of durometers to accommodate printers’ and press manufacturers’ preferences.”

    As well as the special roller coverings, the ECS system now also includes washes with enhanced cleaning power, including the Mistral ECS which will be launched at PacPrint.

    “To make this product, we took our highest-quality conventional wash and made it even better,” Mulligan says. “New materials not only improve its ability to dissolve and remove ink from rollers and blankets, but increase the proportion of biological components in the wash, helping businesses reduce their environmental impact. 

    “With businesses in this region among the most eco-conscious in the world, we believe PacPrint is a fitting place to launch the best wash Böttcher has ever made!”

    Tailor-made solutions for flexographic and rotogravure printing will also feature on the company’s PacPrint stand, with the proven CAMBIUM sleeve for plate mounting among them.

    “Valued by independent printers and packaging groups for their geometric and mechanical stability and low weight, CAMBIUM sleeves are now available internationally through the Böttcher Group with our worldwide production and sales companies,” Mulligan advises.






  • Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has enhanced the world’s fastest digital textile printer, the EFI Reggiani BOLT.

    The upgrade is a combination of hardware and software enhancements that will minimise artefacts, compensating for missing nozzles that may occur over time and enhancing uniformity to deliver smoother solid colours. The upgrade also delivers improved quality and smoother gradients, plus it enables faster printhead replacement and drastically increases file processing speed by up to 200% for large, complex files.

    Dedicated colour profile creation on the newest-version EFI Fiery BT-1000 digital front end driving the printer delivers better, more-intense tones and improves capabilities for matching existing colour profiles commonly used in digital textile printing.

    The enhancements are an important step in further enhancing digital printing’s presence in the industry, bringing greener, more-sustainable inkjet technologies to the fore as a replacement for analogue dyeing procedures that make textile manufacturing the world’s second-largest polluting industry.

    “With the industry’s top speed and now the delivery of even higher print quality, the EFI Reggiani BOLT can help spur a revolution in textile printing, migrating more production to digital technology, ensuring the fastest return on investment on high-volume work thanks to superior throughput and unmatched reliability and uptime,” said EFI Reggiani Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “With the BOLT’s new enhancements – and its ability to print extremely high quality on a variety of designs and fabric types at record-breaking speeds up to 90 metres per minute – the economic cross-over point between analogue and digital printing of fabrics is lower than ever before. The time for single-pass technology is now with this best-in-class, sustainable, high-quality and high-throughput digital textile print solution.”

    This 1.8-metre-wide single-pass printer – the first digital textile printer to receive the Printing United Alliance InterTech Award for advanced print technology innovations – is well-positioned to have a major transformational impact on the industry. With its current installed base, the EFI Reggiani BOLT is already responsible for printing more than 50 million linear metres of fabric worldwide.

    Faster processing and higher-quality print
    Now available globally, the EFI Reggiani BOLT upgrade features hardware and software enhancements for improved overall performance, printing quality, uniformity, and increased user friendliness including:

    •  Nozzle out and uniformity compensation features that improve solid colour appearance and enhance overall printing quality
    •  Increased performance and improved processing speed for large, complex files
    •  Integration of a new digital camera that both provides for precise and consistent print results and shortens the time for print head replacement and alignment
    •  An enhanced user interface – based on EFI Fiery Command WorkStation 6.0 – that is easier to use
    •  Fiery Smart Ink Estimator, a key tool to help determine job profitability based on accurate calculation of ink costs prior to printing





  • Focused on the current market needs of production-class print providers, Epson today introduced a new line of SureColor P-Series photographic and graphic art wide-format printers. The new SureColor P-Series models are designed specifically for high-volume photo fulfilment, retail photo labs, poster and graphic art production. The new production-class SureColor P-Series 24- and 44-inch models are slated to launch this year, with the initial SureColor P8560D 44-inch dual roll printer available first.

    Leveraging Epson’s latest 2.64-inch PrecisionCore printhead and six-colour UltraChrome PRO6 pigment inks, Epson’s new photographic printer line enables higher-speed performance than previous generation models while providing outstanding image quality. The innovative, space-saving design provides a small footprint for space-constrained production environments. In addition, the latest models include several new features that improve workflow and media handling, including Adobe Embedded Print Engine as standard, dual roll, built-in take-up reel for roll-to-roll printing, complete front operation, easy automatic roll loading, and optional, adjustable production stackers.
     


    “As the demand for more personalised photo products, decor and graphic art continues to rise, print service providers are demanding higher quality and higher productivity at lower costs,” said Epson GM marketing Bruce Bealby. “These new P-Series production-class printers deliver on all those fronts. The first available model in this new line, the SureColor P8560D is engineered to achieve high speed with innovative media handling, all with the high quality and reliability synonymous with Epson.”

    More about the new SureColor P-Series
    The new line contains a range of features designed to meet the needs of demanding print service providers, including:
     

    • Advanced performance – Using the fast and reliable 2.64-inch PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead, the new SureColor P-Series line is up to 2.3 times faster than the SureColor P8070
    • Innovative design fits any workflow – Robust, functional flattop design with complete front operation; small footprint with compact design fits into small spaces and can be pushed against a wall or used in an island configuration
    • Seamless, dual roll productivity – Simple, automatic roll loading; automatically switches between two media types or sizes, or second roll can be used as a take-up reel for roll-to-roll production
    • Wide range of media for various photo applications – Print on a wide range of media, including photo, fine art, canvas, and rigid posterboard up to 1.5 mm thick
    • Easy to use and maintain – Configurable 4.3-inch touch-screen control panel for simple operation, automated routine maintenance and convenient self-service for long-term operation
    • Outstanding image quality with six colours – UltraChrome PRO6 pigment ink with Gray produces vibrant, rich colourful prints with smooth gradations and neutral black-and-white images that rival comparable eight-colour printers
    • Adobe® Embedded Print Engine – High-speed processing and PDF printing convenience powered by a powerful Adobe Embedded Print Engine with four on-board Intel Atom CPUs; provides up to 3x faster1 processing of complicated data and accurate printing of transparent layers, with PDF RIP resolution up to 1200 dpi; engine ensures live transparency blending and smoother shades with graphics containing levels of gradients, as well as integrated ICC-based colour management
    • Epson Cloud Solution PORT – Remotely manage and monitor entire printer fleets cost-effectively with a convenient dashboard on laptops or smart devices, including production rates, page and square meter counters, printer status, and equipment utilisation
    • Versatile connectivity – High-speed USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet or Wi-Fi® connectivity (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) options to fit virtually any production workflow
    • Enhanced security features and IT tools – 28 IT security features to assist with data production, communication security, and access control, including IC card option for user control and tracking, SSD Encryption, and IEEE 802.1x
    • Expandable options – Optional adjustable production stacker available in 24- and 44-inch versions; optional 960 GB solid state drive to save jobs directly on printer, freeing up bandwidth for repeat job.

    The Epson SureColor P8560D 44-inch dual roll model will be the first in the line to ship later this year followed by the 24-inch wide version and 44-inch 1.6L ink pack version in late Q4 2021.





  • Epson today introduced a new generation of production-class, SureColor T-Series wide-format printing solutions with an innovative, compact design. Five new SureColor T-Series 24-, 36- and 44-inch dual roll models are slated to launch later this year. The SureColor T7760D 44-inch dual-roll printer will be available first.

    Developed from the ground up, the all new SureColor T-Series models include Epson’s latest 2.64-inch PrecisionCore print head which provides outstanding image quality while enabling higher-speed performance than previous generation models. The new, compact industrial design provides a small footprint for space-constrained production environments. The latest models also incorporate a number of new features that improve usability and streamline workflow and media handling, including Adobe Embedded Print Engine standard on most models, dual rolls, built-in take-up reel for roll-to-roll printing, complete front operation, easy automatic roll loading and optional, foldable production stackers.
     
    “Not only do these new T-Series printers deliver significant speed and functionality enhancements over the previous generation and compared to competitor models, a tremendous amount of development work has gone into making them as compact as possible. They sport a truly innovative design that fits into any shop or office space, even when space is limited,” said Epson GM marketing Bruce Bealby. “The T-Series line of printers is a focus for Epson with nine models in the family already. Built on decades of imaging expertise, these new additions deliver production-class performance in a compact form factor and come with powerful software to help modern businesses improve workflows and streamline project delivery.”
     
    The first available SureColor T7760D delivers posters and POP displays at speeds over 28 m2/h and CAD and technical drawings at production-class speeds over 130 m2/h, making it the fastest in its class1.



    More about the new SureColor T-Series
    The new line delivers a range of features designed to revolutionise business productivity, including:
     

    • Advanced performance – Delivers crisp, detailed, colourful prints using a reliable 2.64-inch PrecisionCore Micro TFP printhead, producing remarkable prints at speeds over 130 m2/h
    • Superior image quality with UltraChrome XD3 6-colour inks - including a new red ink. Produces durable prints with crisp lines and vibrant colours for graphics, signage, blueprints, documents, and more.
    • Compact design for small spaces – 22% smaller than the previous generation with a sleek design that simplifies workflow and features a usable flattop design, complete front operation, and small footprint for space constrained environments.
    • Seamless, dual-roll productivity – Included in five new models to accommodate two media types or sizes, or so the second roll can be used as a take-up reel for roll-to-roll production
    • Easy to use and maintain – Configurable 4.3-inch touch screen control panel for simple operation, automated routine maintenance and convenient user self-service for long-term operation
    • Adobe Embedded Print Engine – High-speed processing and PDF printing convenience powered by a powerful Adobe Embedded Print Engine with four on-board Intel Atom CPUs. Provides up to 3x faster2 processing of complicated data and accurate printing of transparent layers than previous generations, with PDF RIP resolution up to 1200 dpi
    • Epson Cloud Solution PORT – Remotely manage and monitor entire printer fleets cost effectively with a convenient dashboard on laptops or smart devices, including production rates, page and square meter counters, printer status, and equipment utilisation
    • Versatile media handling – Print on a wide range of media, including glossy, bond, matte and specialty medias, and rigid posterboard up to 1.5 mm thick
    • Versatile connectivity – High-speed USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet or Wi-Fi® connectivity (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) options to fit virtually any production workflow
    • Enhanced security features and IT tools – 28 IT security features to assist with data production, communication security, and access control, including IC card option for user control and tracking, SSD encryption and IEEE 802.1x
    • Expandable options – Optional adjustable production stacker available in 24-, 36- and 44-inch versions; optional 960 GB solid state drive to save jobs directly on printer, freeing up bandwidth for repeat jobs
     
    The SureColor T7760D 44-inch dual-roll model will be the first available in Q4 2021, pricing to be announced closer to launch. The forthcoming 44-inch wide 1.6L ink pack version, 36-inch wide, and 24-inch wide versions will also be available in late Q4 2021. Optional production stackers will be available in Q4 2021 in 24-, 36- and 44-inch versions.