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  • + FUJIFILM Dimatix launches new Samba Cartridge

    FUJIFILM Dimatix(R) Inc., the world’s leading provider of inkjet printheads for commercial and industrial printing..

    13 April 2021


    FUJIFILM Dimatix(R) Inc., the world’s leading provider of inkjet printheads for commercial and industrial printing, is pleased to announce the release of the Samba cartridge for use with the Dimatix Materials Printer (DMP).

    Based on state-of-the-art silicon micro-electro-mechanical systems (Si-MEMS) design and manufacturing of the Samba G3L printhead, the Samba cartridge is the most advanced technology in inkjet printing, now available for use with all DMP-2800 model printers.

    The new Samba cartridge brings the most modern features, capabilities and function to an already popular and versatile printer. It provides a native drop volume of 2.4 pL which has the potential to create ultra-fine line widths from a single dot size of 30 μm. Accounting for smaller scale applications, the Samba cartridge offers use of a small capacity 1.5 mL cartridge, which requires considerably less fluid when screening fluid formulations for jettability and cured ink properties.

    To enable a full-service solution from R&D applications to commercial production, the Samba cartridge offers the same internal jet design, jetting characteristics, and native drop volume as the Samba G3L printhead, which allows an easy transition from R&D applications to commercial production with the Samba G3L printhead.

    The success of the DMP has been in expediting the fabrication of prototypes for a wide variety of inkjet applications including flexible electronic circuits, RFID antennas, 3D printed materials, and DNA arrays. The addition of the Samba cartridge for the DMP will enable developers to utilise this versatile printer for a smooth transition from small-scale feasibility design and testing stages, to industrial scale manufacturing for commercialisation.

    “Today, we launch an innovative product that puts the large-scale Samba G3L printhead jet design into a small cartridge form factor. In unifying the jet design of the DMP Samba cartridge with that of the high-performance and scalable Samba G3L printhead, FUJIFILM Dimatix provides a path from R&D to full-scale production manufacturing, which will be invaluable to the growth of functional printing,” said Martin Schoeppler, President and CEO, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc. “We believe that the ability to analyse in-flight drop formation and jetting characteristics, joined with direct development on an industrial inkjet printhead jet design at a small scale, will facilitate R&D to transition to a production environment, and FUJIFILM Dimatix will help customers achieve this by starting with the Samba family of products.”

    The Samba cartridge is available to order now.

    For more information please visit http://dimatix-5352080.hs-sites.com/samba-how-to





  • + Xeikon debuts fully automated suite of colour management tools

    The cloud-based XCS Pro 2.0 delivers every advantage of quality colour control – predictability, repeatability and..

    06 April 2021


    The cloud-based XCS Pro 2.0 delivers every advantage of quality colour control – predictability, repeatability and profitability, the company says.

    Xeikon has announced the launch of its brand new XCS Pro 2.0, a fully automated suite of colour management tools. The cloud-based XCS Pro 2.0 delivers every advantage of quality colour control – predictability, repeatability and profitability, the company says.

    The current high levels of e-commerce continue to drive the need for colour consistency across the whole print process for brand owners and retailers. The new colour package includes training courses plus ongoing consultancy and is offered as a "pay as you go" subscription model, making it simple and easy to adopt and utilise.

    The new XCS Pro 2.0 is available immediately for demonstration.

    “Historically colour management software has needed an expert to deliver results,” says Bruce Dransfield, Xeikon’s color management expert. “And this takes time. Xeikon has developed its XCS Pro 2.0 as a ‘no waste,’ ‘no expert’ fully automated colour system. Xeikon now has the first digital dry toner, web press solution which embraces self-fixing colour control, quality control and ICC profiling plus Pantone/brand colour generation to meet all industry standards. Xeikon has built its new colour management system’s architecture to enable it to remotely analyse, target and fix any colour problem in minutes. Xeikon’s cloud-based analytical tools can diagnose any color issue, and the issue is remedied with no delays, adding to significant time savings in production.”

    Xeikon wants to instil a lean approach to colour management and make it practical for all their customers and users, which offers a host of advantages:

    • The quality control tools can be set to industry standards – either theoretical, process corrected or house standards, and results are measured and traced using the new analytics in Xeikon’s cloud-based system.
    • It is also possible for the operator to fix and re-verify the colour quality of the print on the fly.
    • Xeikon’s dry toner engines are all fitted with inline spectrophotometers to automatically make this possible during production, saving on waste and rejected jobs.
    • For packaging and label printers, accurate brand colours are vitally important.
    • Xeikon’s new suite of colour management software contains tools that can copy and paste from a pre-printed sample to optimise the brand colour for the selected substrate.
    • Xeikon uses .CxF (colour exchange format) in order to communicate with tools found in the analog world such as Flint Group’s VIVO or Pantone LIVE as well as proofing systems.





  • + AVERY DENNISON ANNOUNCES NEW TECHNOLOGY AND ADVANCED PERFORMANCE FOR SUPREME WRAPPING FILM

    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions today marks the launch of the newly upgraded Supreme Wrapping Film with twelve new col..

    30 March 2021


    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions today marks the launch of the newly upgraded Supreme Wrapping Film with twelve new colours in its Rugged Range and Sleek Satin collections.

    The company’s premium range of vehicle wraps, Supreme Wrapping Film, has undergone significant development to its formulation and construction. After rigorous testing and evaluation for the Australian and New Zealand environmental conditions, Avery Dennison is announcing its enhanced performance with greater environmental resistance and enhanced durability. The warranty on gloss, satin and extreme textures films are increased by up to 300 per cent to reflect their durability.

    To mark the upgrade, Avery Dennison has launched the Rugged Range and Sleek Satin collections featuring 12 on-trend colour options for vehicle owners to customise their car according to their personal preferences or styles.

    The Rugged Range comprises four unique films that will give a distinctive tough textured finish to vehicles without the permanent application. The new colours are Rugged Bedrock Grey, Rugged Combat Green, Rugged Marsh Green and Rugged Onyx Black.

    The Sleek Satin collection comprises eight new additions to the company’s already extensive range of satin finishes, six of which are matched to popular matte versions. The matches are Satin Charcoal Metallic, Satin Gunmetal Metallic, Satin Blue Metallic, Satin Dark Grey, Satin Anthracite Metallic, and Satin Olive Green. Two completely new additions are Satin White Snow Pearlescent and Satin Dark Grey Metallic.

    “Today’s announcement of product enhancements and new collections speaks of our strength as a materials science company,” said Chris Sherry, Senior Product Manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “Our team is constantly pushing the frontiers of technology to set the industry’s highest standards for performance, durability and style options. We are confident of our supercharged durability and are excited to extend the warranty for selected Supreme Wrapping Film finishes.”






  • + Esko unveils new release of its Automation Engine workflow

    Esko has unveiled a major new release of its market-leading Automation Engine workflow solution, packed with new capabil..

    30 March 2021


    Esko has unveiled a major new release of its market-leading Automation Engine workflow solution, packed with new capabilities and for the first time available as a Software-as-a-Service (‘SaaS’).

    “Designed and built by packaging experts, for packaging experts, Automation Engine has established itself over many years as the benchmark for optimised prepress workflow automation,” said Jan De Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Strategy and Industry Relations. “This latest release represents a major step forward for Automation Engine. It introduces a cloud-based deployment option and an intuitive new web-based user experience that ensures even the most casual user will be able to initiate, communicate and work across teams effectively.

    “This new Automation Engine will make prepress automation more accessible and easier to use for both long-time customers and for companies that are just starting out on their automation journey,” said Jan. “Users can access their personalised, secure, workspace at any time, from anywhere, in the new My WorkSpace application. For customers looking for even more flexibility, we are proud to introduce our new cloud-based offering, which takes the prepress experience to a new level in terms of quality, productivity and connectivity.

    “With Automation Engine SaaS, we are giving customers the opportunity to enjoy the operational benefits of standardised automated workflows while embracing the freedom of cloud-based computing,” he said. “Not only does Automation Engine SaaS reduce IT infrastructure overheads and headaches – such as flexible up-and-downscaling of server capacity, security, backup, guaranteed uptime and availability - but it also helps to boost operational productivity and cross-site working.”

    Esko Automation Engine is the automated workflow solution that automates prepress tasks and integrates with business systems, which speeds up the process, and more importantly reduces the error rate and need for operator intervention. “Flexible to fit with individual business needs, scalable and customised to optimise individual workflows, Automation Engine has become the beating heart of the prepress process,” said Esko Product Manager Paul Land. “With this new release, the heart of the prepress is beating stronger than ever.”

    On top of the My WorkSpace application and next generation user experience, the newest release of Automation Engine includes a new ‘drop zone’ feature, which makes launching workflows quicker and easier by enabling users to search and select workflows, drag and drop files to it, edit parameters and initiate - all from one location.

    “Quick and easy viewing of files for detailed quality checks is now made easy with a browser-based viewing tool,” added Paul, “while new Jobs and Products views grant users the ability to efficiently search jobs and assets, access files, view their status and launch workflows from one workspace.

    “With Automation Engine SaaS, we enable easy access and fast deployment, reducing the need for IT support or additional operational costs,” said Paul. “SaaS users simply access the software online using the new subscription-based model, which enables businesses to significantly reduce IT maintenance overheads. Utilising common software across locations is made easy and the SaaS model means there’s no longer any need to download and manually install the latest software versions onto individual computers whenever a new update or release is issued.”

    Being a subscription service, a simple, flexible and transparent tier-based pricing model offers a predictable cost to help with IT budgeting and management. “With the price including a storage allowance and no bandwidth charges, the SaaS model guarantees a low step-in price and faster ROI for customers,” said Paul. “With IT and licensing costs now reduced through automation and outsourcing, this delivers a flexible pricing model that scales with the needs, size and growth of a business.”

    Esko developed Automation Engine SaaS in response to the ongoing challenges faced by its customers, and feedback from early adopters has been very positive.

    "With Automation Engine SaaS we can centralise resources in terms of expertise, software and hardware, delivering cost and time savings and reducing operational risks,” said Mark King, Technical Manager – Division, Essentra Packaging. “Therefore, this is great timing and exactly in line with Essentra’s strategy for 2021 and beyond.”

    Meanwhile, Marybeth Foss, Senior Enterprise Prepress Architect, Fortis Solutions Group, praised the SaaS solution’s reduced IT requirements. “The biggest benefit for us has been the hands-off IT deployment and maintenance,” said Marybeth. “The simplicity of the cloud-based offer means that we have the ability to build and grow, but without the traditional infrastructure considerations and challenges. It keeps us operationally agile and ideally prepared for the future.”





  • + CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021 Powers Collaboration and Productivity in Graphic Design

    Introducing the new CorelDRAW 2021 product lineup featuring professional graphic design software, CorelDRAW Graphics Sui..

    16 March 2021


    Introducing the new CorelDRAW 2021 product lineup featuring professional graphic design software, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021. Available for Windows and Mac, the new suite doubles down on collaboration with access to next-generation tools that streamline the design and review process. Boost productivity with a flexible design space that empowers users to take control of projects and assets. Advanced illustration and photo editing capabilities make it faster than ever for designers to achieve their unique creative vision. And as our definition of workplaces is continuously redefined, CorelDRAW.app is now touch-optimised and available as an all-new iPad app, giving graphics pros new options to be creative anywhere, from virtually any device.

    “The way we work has changed faster than anyone could imagine, and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021 is meeting this need head on. At a time when it’s never been more challenging and important to stay connected, our collaboration tools enable teams to share inspiration and feedback in real time, whether they’re across town or across the globe,” said John Falsetto, Senior Director of Products, Graphics and Productivity. “By re-examining users’ workflows and making extensive enhancements across the suite, we’re helping designers take their projects from ideation to final output, faster.”

    Offering vector illustration, layout and typography, photo editing and more, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021 simplifies complex workflows and gives designers total control over how they create their best work – on Windows, Mac, web and mobile. Focusing on collaboration, productivity, and flawless results, new highlights include:

    Time saving, next-generation collaboration makes it possible to connect, keep projects on track, and work together from anywhere – in real time.

    • NEW! Dashboard: The dashboard in both CorelDRAW 2021 and CorelDRAW.app acts as a collaboration hub containing all design files in the cloud, and in a click, displays a preview, the number of comments and team members, and project status. Share designs directly from CorelDRAW 2021 without having to open each file.
    • NEW! Live Comments: Reviewers and approvers can now comment on and annotate a document in CorelDRAW.app, with instant feedback appearing in the designer’s working file in the CorelDRAW 2021 application on their Windows or Mac system. Sharing notes and comments in real time eliminates slowdowns and accelerates approvals.
    • NEW! Microsoft Teams Integration: Enterprise customers can view and edit design files using CorelDRAW.app for Teams. Sign in with a Microsoft 365 corporate user account to create new designs, and collaboratively review designs with team members right inside Teams channels.

    All-new, flexible design space allows users to work more efficiently and with greater control over their projects and assets.

    • NEW! Multipage View: View, manage, and edit all of your project’s digital assets in one view. Move and copy objects across pages, compare designs side-by-side, and freely move pages around to arrange them as you wish.
    • NEW! Pages docker/inspector: The Pages docker/inspector lists all pages in a design with a new thumbnail grid view, making it easier to manage and sort your pages. Navigate your projects, add, delete, and rename pages, and with a click, switch display modes to either focus on a single page or use the new Multipage View.
    • NEW! Multi-asset Export: Save time with a flexible range of options for outputting pages and objects, plus create a customised list of assets to export with one click. Simultaneously export the same design element at different sizes, resolutions, and file formats – ideal for web and mobile app design tasks – or easily export several items using identical settings. Send pages or objects to multiple industry-standard formats, including PDF.

    Advanced illustration features deliver stunning results in record time with precise layout capabilities and innovative tools that simplify complicated workflows.

    • NEW! Perspective Drawing: Draw objects or illustrated scenes in perspective, faster and easier than ever. Choose from 1, 2, or 3- point perspective, draw or add an existing group of objects on a shared perspective plane, and move and edit objects freely without losing perspective.
    • ENHANCED! Guidelines & NEW Snap to Self: Manage custom guidelines and switch views from world scale to page dimensions with one click. Plus, with Snap to Self, quickly and precisely move and transform design elements with the new ability to turn snapping behaviours on and off.

    With progressive photo editing, Corel PHOTO-PAINT 2021 delivers a faster, easier route to flawless images that exceed client expectations.

    • NEW! Adjustments docker/inspector: Get instant access to the most critical and frequently used filters to work non-destructively, in real time, and in context. Quickly isolate objects and areas within your images using the new Local Adjustments Mode. Plus, save settings for reuse and customise favourite filters to get started right away.
    • NEW! Replace Colors: Available in the new Adjustments docker/inspector, Replace Colors allows you to make targeted and polished edits to an image’s hue, saturation, and lightness. With this improved colour workflow, designers can achieve more natural photo editing results, dramatically faster than before.
    • NEW! HEIF support: Take advantage of photos captured on iPhones with High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) support, now in both Corel PHOTO-PAINT and CorelDRAW 2021.

    CorelDRAW is everywhere! Say hello to a true cross-platform experience on Windows, Mac, web, iPad, and other mobile devices.

    • NEW! Native support for Apple silicon: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021 for Mac is built to take advantage of the exceptional power and performance of the Apple M1 chip. Plus, enjoy menus, windows and views, fields and labels, buttons, and other UI elements that reflect the latest in macOS Big Sur.
    • ENHANCED! Touch-optimised CorelDRAW.app: With a new touch-optimised user experience, the CorelDRAW.app web application expands what’s possible on mobile and tablets.
    • NEW! CorelDRAW.app for iPad: A new iPad app makes it even easier to design on the go while also letting you review and annotate shared design files from anywhere.
    • ENHANCED! Display performance on Windows 10: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021 is optimised to fully leverage your Windows system’s GPU to deliver up to 14.6 times smoother panning and 4.4 times smoother zooming.

    The CorelDRAW 2021 product lineup offers graphics solutions to meet a full range of creative needs. Corel also introduces the new CorelDRAW Essentials 2021 and CorelDRAW Standard 2021, offering creative consumers and home businesses powerful, cost-effective solutions tailored specifically to their needs.

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021 Availability and Pricing

    Available for Windows and Mac, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021 extends its language support with a new Swedish version, in addition to suites available in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, and Japanese. Subscription is $249 USD / €349 / £299 per year. Perpetual licenses are available at the suggested retail price of $499 USD / €719 / £599. EUR and GBP prices include VAT.

    CorelDRAW.app collaboration features are available exclusively with a CorelDRAW Graphics Suite subscription, licensing with maintenance, or an additional CorelDRAW.app Pro subscription for perpetual license customers. CorelDRAW.app for Microsoft Teams is available exclusively with CorelDRAW.app Enterprise, part of the CorelDRAW Business & Enterprise offering and requires a Microsoft 365 account.

    coreldraw.com





  • + ONYX Software Certified for the HP Latex 700 and 800 Printer Series

    Onyx Graphics, Inc., a leading software solutions provider for the digital inkjet wide-format print industry, announced ..

    16 March 2021


    Onyx Graphics, Inc., a leading software solutions provider for the digital inkjet wide-format print industry, announced today that ONYX software is certified for the new HP Latex 700 and 800 Printer Series. This certification applies to all ONYX RIP and Print Workflow solutions, including ONYX Thrive, ONYX PosterShop, and the newly released ONYX Go subscription, all on the company’s latest version release, ONYX 21.

    The HP certification program differentiates software vendors through a comprehensive set of integration, compatibility, and performance standards testing against HP printing technologies. For this latest certification, Onyx Graphics designed the driver to support the vivid color and newly added white-ink capabilities of the HP Latex Printer Series, including sandwich mode printing for under-flood, over-flood, and spot. In addition, the ONYX driver allows for ONYX Quick Set options to automate print production, taking advantage of the speed and agility offered in this new printer series. Combined with ONYX Color and iccMAX v5. profiling, users of the HP Latex 700 and 800 Printer Series can expect superior and consistent color across their entire print production environment. 

    “This latest certification achieved by Onyx Graphics showcases their commitment to providing outstanding support for HP printing technologies.” Said Guyente Sanmartin, General Manager, Large Format Business, HP. “HP Latex 700 and 800 Printer Series users who choose ONYX software can feel confident in delivering outstanding quality prints to their customers.”

    About the HP Latex 700 and 800 Printer Series

    According to HP, the HP Latex Series introduces a range of Latex Large Format print solutions to help Print Service Providers diversity their offerings. The HP Latex 700 and 800 series brings a suite of features that enable PSPs to be more agile, tackle ambitious projects, and take on the highest value work. The new portfolio also delivers fast workflows that help businesses hit deadlines while sharpening their sustainability edge.

    onyxgfx.com





  • + New Cloud-Based Service from Heidelberg Significantly Boosts Machine Availability

    The new Maintenance Manager by Heidelberg almost completely digitises the maintenance process, reducing stoppages and si..

    16 March 2021


    The new Maintenance Manager by Heidelberg almost completely digitises the maintenance process, reducing stoppages and significantly boosting machine uptime.

    • Maintenance Manager supports fully automatic planning, creation, and management of maintenance orders based on machine data
    • Seamless and readily accessible documentation of maintenance history
    • Cloud application forms part of Heidelberg contract model
    • Developed in collaboration with DOCUFY GmbH

    The rapid progress of digitisation is transforming the print media industry. Print shops are facing the challenge of dealing with all kinds of different jobs ever faster and, above all, more flexibly, while still producing top-quality results. Machine stoppages and/or damage due to inadequate maintenance or the absence of a maintenance strategy can quickly jeopardise the competitiveness of print shops. For a number of years now, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has therefore been digitising service operations by equipping machine systems with ever smarter preventive functions such as eCall and Predictive Monitoring. The aim in all cases is to maximise machine uptime.

    Maintenance Manager for fully automatic planning, creation, and management of maintenance orders

    The company is now taking the next step in digitising its service portfolio and transferring smart, preventive maintenance to the cloud with the new Maintenance Manager. Most machine maintenance has to date been based on hard copies of lists and a maintenance schedule specified by Heidelberg that customers adhere to with varying degrees of precision.

    In the new web application, maintenance operations that are due can be planned and managed using machine data in an automated process, in line with maintenance intervals and machine usage. Heidelberg service engineers receive orders via an app on their mobile devices and deal with these on customer premises. The app helps by providing detailed descriptions of specific steps in the form of texts, graphics, and videos. The customer’s maintenance staff also have access to the Maintenance Manager app, which enables customers themselves to handle maintenance tasks for which they are responsible. Prioritisation based on urgency is combined in an intelligent way with the time required and the IoT data generated by the press to show staff exactly what needs to be done when.

    Seamless and readily accessible documentation of maintenance history

    On completion of the work, all the relevant information is saved in the Maintenance Manager. This ensures access to the complete maintenance history and seamless documentation – in the case of audits, for example, and as proof for particularly exacting customers from the packaging or pharmaceuticals industry. The digital maintenance process makes planning service operations and machine downtimes far easier. It also significantly improves machine availability. On a Speedmaster XL 106, for instance, unscheduled downtimes can be reduced by up to 20 percent.

    Customers can obtain Maintenance Manager as part of a volume/usage-based Print Site Contract.

    The Maintenance Manager was developed in collaboration with the Heidelberg-owned software company DOCUFY, whose contribution focused primarily on its technical documentation expertise.

    “The new Maintenance Manager was developed in close cooperation with customers’ users and now enables fully digital maintenance management,” says Klaus Kohl, Head of Product Management Service, Parts & Consulting at Heidelberg. “With this digitisation drive, our customers are benefiting from far higher machine availability, reduced downtimes, and seamless documentation.”





  • + Esko launches new Cloud Freedom whitepaper outlining benefits of packaging industry transitioning to the cloud

    Esko, the global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the label, packaging and wide format print ..

    12 March 2021


    Esko, the global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the label, packaging and wide format print industries, has launched a new whitepaper – Cloud Freedom – delivering operational efficiency, data security and flexibility for print and packaging suppliers. This latest tool follows the successful launch of the company's Digital Maturity Model program in 2020 designed to help management teams meet the growing need to strategically address business digitisation, automation and connection.

    Launching the whitepaper, Jan De Roeck, Marketing Director Industry Relations & Strategy at Esko, explained that across the print and packaging industries, organisations are managing an ever-growing list of competing demands on their operations. “Whether related to cost, efficiency, quality, flexibility or consistency, the challenges faced by today’s prepress and print converters are significant. When these are combined with a lack of available skilled labor and decreasing run lengths, the need for management teams to boost the digitisation, automation and connectivity of their business becomes clear.

    “Not only does the cloud address these demands, but it also delivers new freedoms to businesses, both in terms of their operations and processes and also in eradicating IT challenges that might stifle their passion for prepress.”

    Jan explained that recent disruptions have underlined the fact that utilising cloud-based technology is not merely a future aspiration for businesses, but an urgent requirement to drive operational agility and resilience. “While the opportunities to drive efficiency, deliver at scale and differentiate have moved businesses across the industry to embrace digitisation, the adoption of cloud-based solutions has been an ongoing theme for some time,” he said. “Now more than ever, we need to use the cloud as a catalyst to help businesses become more resilient and customer focused, as well as enable them to differentiate, build and protect.”

    Cloud-based software delivers new freedom for businesses. With information no longer stored in one single location that can be susceptible to loss or corruption, it is accessible by all, regardless of location and ideal for single site operations now utilising employee homeworking or for multi-site organisations. Freedom of data access also brings new flexibility, freeing up people to collaborate and speed up established processes. Removing the need for physical hard drives and on-site servers lowers operational and IT management costs, while cloud technology also offers scalable infrastructure and improved platform availability, ensuring optimal software performance for users.

    “The benefits of cloud computing to the packaging industry are endless,” said Jan. “Today is about further helping our customers on their digital transformation journey, enabling them to improve IT management and boost operational flexibility and efficiency. But tomorrow is about data analytics – uncovering insights about their business that enables them to become rapid innovators and truly differentiated to drive business performance.”

    Jan De Roeck concluded: “At Esko, we often talk about automation creating islands of success in a sea of waste, if not addressed on an organisation-wide basis. For multi-site packaging suppliers, this is exactly the risk. Moving to cloud-based software and data management to support the digital transformation process overcomes this challenge and is the key to securing competitive advantage in what is today a highly competitive evolving market.”

    To download your free copy of the Esko whitepaper, Cloud Freedom - delivering operational efficiency, data security and flexibility for print and packaging suppliers, please visit www.esko.com/en/lp/cloud-freedom/cloud-freedom






  • + Caldera Announces Drivers for New HP Latex 700 and 800

    French print software developer Caldera has added drivers for the new HP Latex 700 and 800 printers to its award-winning..

    09 March 2021


    French print software developer Caldera has added drivers for the new HP Latex 700 and 800 printers to its award-winning RIP program. CalderaRIP Version 14 can now be used to operate all four of the new HP Latex models, enabling HP users to get the most out of the new technology with drivers they already know and trust. The certification of the new drivers will ensure that Caldera continues to offer continuity and serve customers’ needs in the fast-moving digital print market. Furthermore, as the only RIP solution designed specifically for macOS, it’s ideal for the creative and design communities.

    By giving users complete control over the production process from design to finishing, CalderaRIP offers a fully scalable solution that can encompass all the demands of high-volume digital printing environments via one fully-integrated RIP program. The software’s unique client-server architecture allows the distribution of computational power over several workstations with just one software license. As well as driving multiple printers, the RIP can be used to operate numerous Print & Cut peripherals at the same time, optimising productivity across customers’ entire print operation. Reduced media wastage, outstanding colour management, repetition and nesting programs and efficient ink usage are just some of the advanced features that have made CalderaRIP a market leader – and one of the few RIP solutions recommended and certified for use with HP printers.

    The new additions to the HP Latex range offer a combination of consistent, high-quality printing on a wide range of substrates with fast turnaround times. With speeds of up to 334 square feet per hour for the Latex 700 and up to 388 square feet per hour for the Latex 800, these printers are also extraordinarily versatile – applications include textile, banners, signage, vehicle wraps, home décor, packaging, transparent vinyl, window and backlit printing. The Latex 700W and 800W have additionally been optimised for white ink, expanding the range of these printers even further. Used in combination with CalderaRIP Version 14 they deliver excellent productivity gains, and promise a fast return on investment.

    According to Samin Sarkar, General Manager, Caldera, ‘Once again, Caldera has proved itself a market leader by placing the needs of our customers at the centre of our activities. Our continuing partnership with HP enables us to outpace expectations by extending our offering in line with the latest market developments, delivering consistently high-quality results.’

    www.caldera.com





  • + NUtec’s UV curable ink range grows with latest Quartz Q50-RTR2 addition

    Digital ink manufacturer, NUtec reports a growing UV curable ink portfolio with the addition of its latest Quartz Q50-RT..

    02 March 2021


    Digital ink manufacturer, NUtec reports a growing UV curable ink portfolio with the addition of its latest Quartz Q50-RTR2 offering.

    The Quartz Q50-RTR2 is a low odour, roll-to-roll ink developed for curing with conventional mercury vapour and LED UV lamps. The formulation is suitable for a high-speed printing environment and features a high-density colour gamut for bright, vivid images.

    This latest offering from NUtec Digital Ink is designed for compatibility across a broad range of print head types from Fujifilm® Dimatix®, Konica Minolta®, Xaar®, ToshibaTec®, Ricoh® and Seiko® and is packaged in convenient 5 litre bottles.

    The Quartz Q50-RTR2 is a cost-effective, roll-to-roll UV-curable ink designed for a large number of self-adhesive and flexible media applications.

    “As with all our UV-curable inks, the Quartz Q50-RTR2 is NVC-free and complies to the latest regulatory standards while offering a cost-effective solution for customers looking for a roll-to-roll ink for their high-speed UV printers,” says Neil Green, Sales and Marketing Director, NUtec Digital Ink.

    Provided the inks are used in regular applications using suitable substrates, the printed images will last up to 2 years. Like all NUtec products, the Quartz Q50-RTR2 ink is backed by NUtec Digital's Ink Delivery System (IDS) Warranty.






  • + Onyx Graphics Launches ONYX Go Subscriptions

    Onyx Graphics, Inc., today announced the introduction of ONYX Go, a new subscription RIP solution that adds to the expan..

    16 February 2021


    Onyx Graphics, Inc., today announced the introduction of ONYX Go, a new subscription RIP solution that adds to the expansive ONYX portfolio of wide-format digital inkjet software solutions. ONYX Go launches on the heels of ONYX 21, the company’s new version release, and is designed for Print Service Providers who require the latest technology to meet customer needs. ONYX Go is immediately available and offered in two product tiers, ONYX Go Lite and ONYX Go Plus. ONYX Go Plus includes enhanced color management and production tools including ICC Profiling to fine-tune profile output accuracy; Swatch Books 2.0 for color matching; finishing tools such as Bleed and Grommets to save valuable production time; Media Manager and more to help meet the daily challenges faced by today’s print shops.

    “ONYX Go brings another product option to our worldwide customer base to help them meet the evolving needs of the wide-format graphics market,” said Kevin Murphy, President and CEO of Onyx Graphics. “It incorporates the features and functionality ONYX users have come to expect for outstanding output quality, neatly packaged in a worry-free, affordable monthly subscription.”

    Available with soft-key activation providing near-instant access, ONYX Go is a month-to-month, no-contract, full-featured ONYX RIP solution with up to four Adobe PDF Print Engines (APPE); Job Editor to edit files before printing, unlimited roll-to-roll cutter support for complete Print-and-Cut workflows, and supports up to two printers.

    ONYX Go is available now as a monthly subscription through Authorized ONYX Resellers and the new ONYX Web Store. ONYX Go is open to existing ONYX users and other customers through a license subscription.

    onyxgfx.com





  • + Hexis announce PURE ZONE® technology combats coronaviruses* including SARS-CoV-2*

    The HEXIS Group, French manufacturer of adhesives, announce that their PURE ZONE® technology is active in combating ..

    05 February 2021


    The HEXIS Group, French manufacturer of adhesives, announce that their PURE ZONE® technology is active in combating the viral load of coronaviruses* including SARS-CoV-2*.

    Tests initiated with the French laboratory UB’L3 have revealed the manifest action against the viral loads of the strain responsible for COVID-19*.

    As of the date of the UB’L3 laboratory report, i.e. 29 January, 2021, all productions and batch numbers of the product PURE ZONE® 060 B/M will comply with the certification, making it possible to effectively fight against viral loads from SARS-CoV-2* and will be covered by the results of the UB’L3 laboratory report.

    PURE ZONE® ANTI-MICROBIAL FILMS PROTECT 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK

    A pioneer in the development of anti-microbial films, the films produced by the HEXIS R&D laboratory provide 24-hour continuous preventive protection against bacteria and coronaviruses*.

    Intended for the protection of surfaces in direct contact with humans, PURE ZONE® antimicrobial films are the perfect answer to protect sensitive places requiring a high degree of hygiene: medical environment, public transport, school, extracurricular and college environment, coffee bar/hotel/restaurant, stores, establishments open to the public, etc.

    THE ANTI-MICROBIAL EFFICIENCY OF SILVER IONS

    PURE ZONE® films contain silver ions encapsulated in a glass matrix and distributed evenly throughout the film.

    In contact with humidity, these reactive silver ions are activated from the surface layer and will quickly block and inhibit microbes, thus limiting their proliferation between two cleaning and disinfection protocols.

    * HCoV-229E, SARS-CoV-2 Colcov (according to ISO 21702)

    Further details on https://www.hexis-graphics.com/en/purezone/





  • + EFI Fiery Command WorkStation Upgrade Continues to Offer Users Increasingly Higher Levels of Productivity

    The new version 6.6 of EFI™ Fiery® Command WorkStation® – the print job management interface used ac..

    02 February 2021


    The new version 6.6 of EFI™ Fiery® Command WorkStation® – the print job management interface used across all EFI Fiery platforms connected to digital print devices – delivers a host of productivity and quality enhancements. With its ongoing development of Fiery Command WorkStation, Electronics For Imaging, Inc., is dedicated to continuous improvement, helping users do work faster and manage their digital print operations better across multiple printers and locations. The new Command WorkStation version, to be demonstrated at EFI Engage global online users event, gives customers the power to produce higher quality print with fewer mistakes, while ensuring that their EFI Fiery investments continue to deliver exceptional value.
     
    “Since the early 1990s, and across millions of installations, EFI Fiery solutions have improved digital print production through both increased productivity and exceptional colour quality,” said John Henze, vice president, sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “With this EFI Fiery Command WorkStation release, we continue to deliver on that promise in a big way, from job creation through finishing.”
     
    A key enhancement to Fiery Command WorkStation in this release is easy access to EFI IQ™, a suite of standard and optional cloud applications that connect people, processes, and print devices to enable better, data-driven decisions for print businesses. Creating an EFI IQ account is now faster and easier and can be done directly from Fiery Command WorkStation for instant access to production analytics, notification features and more.
     
    Operational consistency across multiple devices
     
    Early adopters, including the U.K.-based design and print agency Page Visions, are benefitting from the latest releases and ongoing advancements that Fiery Command WorkStation brings to businesses.
     
    “The latest features delivered in Fiery Command WorkStation make it more than just a pre-press and press operators’ tool,” said Tom Griffiths, Page Visions’ CEO. “Features such as Auto Reconnect, and the ability to manage our Fiery XF servers too means all Fiery Driven™ printers in the business are always available and can be viewed by all production staff.
     
    “The new Advanced Search with version 6.6 means we are able to get very granular with our job filtering and combine parameters such as stock to be used, product type, scheduled start time, customer, and more, creating production efficiencies. The ability to save these searches means operators share the same filters which delivers operational consistency. Plus, the fact that Fiery Command WorkStation’s stability is rock solid is also massive for us.”
     
    More productive, centralised job management
     
    As the print job management interface for Fiery digital front ends (DFEs), the new Command WorkStation version 6.6 makes printing more productive and powerful. In addition to its new cloud capabilities with EFI IQ for data analysis and metrics, key enhancements in this latest release include:
     
    More advanced job search capabilities for finding jobs based on multiple search criteria
     
    A new tool – Raster Curve Editor – that enables operators to perform late-stage colour edits to jobs directly from the job properties screen
     
    Easier editing of spot colours in Fiery Spot Pro while working within other Fiery Command WorkStation applications
     
    Support for the EFI ES-3000 colour measurement Instrument, supporting single-scan measurements in M1 and M2 modes with faster and more accurate readings.
     
    Also coming at the end of February is a new feature in EFI Fiery Impose software – a higher-level integration for the Duplo D-618 automatic finishing device, allowing operators to easily set up a custom imposition layout including cut, crease and perforation marks.
     
    EFI’s continued investment in Fiery Command WorkStation contributes significantly to the Fiery DFE’s status as the de facto standard for digital print production. This new offering continues EFI’s legacy of improvement and advancement for increased customer capabilities, with greater usability and productivity, faster Fiery installations across the network and increased efficiency for customers worldwide.
     
    For more information about the EFI Fiery Command WorkStation and other Fiery solutions and services for better, more-efficient, high-quality digital printing, visit www.efi.com or contact your local EFI representative.





  • + NUtec Launches Ruby UV-Curable Ink Range

    Leading manufacturer, NUtec Digital Ink recently launched their latest UV-curable ink range named Ruby and which is opti..

    18 January 2021


    Leading manufacturer, NUtec Digital Ink recently launched their latest UV-curable ink range named Ruby and which is optimised for LED UV lamp curing.

    The new Ruby range launches with premium quality, fast curing roll-to-roll UV inks designed for a wide range of flexible applications including self-adhesive media.  The inks perform well in a demanding, high speed printing environment with enhanced scuff and chemical resistance.

    Ruby’s superior colour gamut delivers bright, vivid images with good gloss levels. The UV-curable inks are free from N-vinyl caprolactam (NVC), feature improved stretchability, produce low odour, and comply to the latest regulatory standards.

    NUtec Technical & Operations Director, Paul Geldenhuys states: “There are many advantages to choosing UV LED over conventional curing which include, among others, wider substrate choices as UV LED offers a cooler cure, lower energy consumption and reduced heat output. In addition, the LED lamps are maintenance free and feature a long service life.”

    Geldenhuys adds: “As this technology evolves and matures, ink manufacturers Like NUtec will continue to adapt to meet new demands and to support more applications utilizing UV LED systems and ink.”

    nutecdigital.com





  • + Esko brings innovation and added value to customers with Software 20.1 update

    Esko has unveiled a host of new and award-winning innovations for its integrated Esko Software 20.1 platform, developed ..

    15 December 2020


    Esko has unveiled a host of new and award-winning innovations for its integrated Esko Software 20.1 platform, developed to deliver even more functionality as well as outstanding value to packaging, label and wide format customers.

    “As a technology company, we are relentlessly developing solutions to serve our markets and customers better,” said Jan de Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Industry Relations & Strategy. “We build long-term relationships with our customers and strive to ensure our solutions remain relevant and innovative, enabling anyone using them in the packaging value chain to benefit from operational efficiency improvements.”

    Updates and new features in Esko Software 20.1 include: 

    WebCenter 20.0 – the latest feature-packed version of the web-based packaging management solution, now incorporates an improved user experience and WebCenter Tasks Plugin. Digital transformation can only be successful if the solution is fully adapted to the user’s requirements, and with the addition of a social-media style dashboard and new connectors for Adobe Creative Suite applications, WebCenter does just that.

    ArtiosCAD 20.0.1 – the leading packaging structural design tool simplifies designing of multi-part and multi-material packages using Resizable Canvas Design templates.

    ArtPro+ 20.1 Plate Cut – a new automated feature that finds the optimal individual cutting path for each separation, reducing preparation time for flexo plate mounting by up to 30 minutes.

    ArtPro+ 20.1 Trapping – a new, InterTech Award-winning aesthetic trapping algorithm which closes mis-register gaps and accommodates individual exceptions, making trapping jobs up to 70 per cent faster.

    Print Control Wizard for Corrugated – a version of the award-winning software specifically designed for the corrugated market, delivering quicker plate production, improved graphic performance and reduced costs.

    AVT AutoSet – an integration between Esko Automation Engine and AVT’s press inspection system, reducing setup time of the inspection system to almost zero.

    “As we continue to navigate the fallout from the global pandemic, the ability to digitise, automate and connect will be crucial to businesses,” said Jan. “The latest software updates not only deliver greater accuracy, efficiency and consistency across a design and print workflow, but are integral tools for converters taking the next steps along their own digital transformation journey.”

    For more information about Esko software solutions, please visit the Esko Innovation Hub at innovation.esko.com





  • + SCREEN and CGS ORIS unveil new technology that boosts work efficiency: New CxF Spot ColourMatching Solution

    Screen, manufacturer of the Truepress Jet series of digital presses, and colour experts CGS Oris, have developed a new t..

    01 December 2020


    Screen, manufacturer of the Truepress Jet series of digital presses, and colour experts CGS Oris, have developed a new technology that will save time, lead to better quality printing, and meet the growing need for independent colour management solutions.

    The new CxF3 (Colour Exchange Format) spot colour-matching solution - available for the CGS Oris CxF Toolbox - is a response to market demands for software that can guarantee colour consistency and enhance efficiencies for new and existing customers. 

    Spot colour printing is recognised as one of the best methods to capture and transmit all of the detail in colours. Unlike conventional ICC profiles, CxF data includes the spectral information of the spot colour, including halftones and transmittance. This allows for more accurate colour calculations and an optimal basis for the precise reproduction of a colour at any time.

    However, generating CxF data can be a lengthy process, as it requires charts to be printed and measured for all printing conditions as well as target values to be set. Printing methods have expanded with the uptake of digital printers and hybrid solutions. This has led to a need for independent colour management solutions that can guarantee consistent colour reproduction – even when switching from a conventional printing press to a digital output. 

    Screen Australia Managing Director Peter Scott says: “Screen and CGS Oris have co-operated for a while on various aspects of colour management. This new CxF spot colour initiative is a great boost for the label and packaging industry in particular, as spot colours are often a contentious issue between brand owners and print service providers. Mixing and applying special colours is time-consuming and expensive, now 100% accurate spot colours can be generated for our L350UV SAI label and packaging presses, quickly, easily and without high-level colour management knowledge.”

    Perfect colours, easily achieved

    To meet these market demands, Screen and Germany-based CGS-Oris, developed a technology that predicts halftones from limited colorimetric data by using a proprietary algorithm. This automatically generates complete CxF data, saving significant amounts of time. This has made it easier for new users to adopt CxF, as well as improving efficiencies for existing users. 

    More companies can now benefit from CxF’s many advantages. These include a more holistic representation of a colour, the best fundamentals for reproducing colours on different printing presses, and flexible and independent colour management, regardless of the operator’s skills.The new technology is available from Screen for the CGS Oris CxF Toolbox - the software solution used to capture, store and edit CxF data, in a fast, reliable and safe way. 

    The set-up is simple, with the user needing only to present output colour charts under certain printing conditions and put the colour measurement data into the CxF Toolbox. Once the set-up is ready, the system is able to automatically generate CxF data of particular spot colours or entire libraries, without requiring any colour expertise. The generated CxF data can easily be embedded in PDF files to be used for a pre-press process.

    The Cloud does the work

    The CxF Toolbox is seamlessly connected to the CGS Oris Color Cloud, the cloud solution provided by CGS Oris to communicate all stored CxF data to the entire supply chain. It guarantees authorised users around the world access to complete and up-to-date colour data - at any time. Even large amounts of a brand’s CxF data can be organised and communicated with the CxF Toolbox and the Color Cloud, including brand owners with collections of more than 200 brands. 

    Additionally, the Color Cloud can be used with the entire CGS Oris Software Suite, like Press Matcher, X Gamutetc, and can be connected to other workflows, including Screen’s Equios, and DFEs that work with CxF data. Screen’s newly - developed UV inkjet printer for labels,Truepress Jet L350UV SAI, processes PDFs with embedded CxF data, and is able to separate them into up to six colours of CMYK + OB. In combination with CGS Oris’s multi-colour separation technology, Screen’s inkjet technology enables the accurate reproduction of spot colours, even without the use of special colour inks. 

    www.screenaust.com.au 





  • + Xaar recirculation technology delivers optimal performance

    The results of a series of lab experiments demonstrate why Xaar’s TF Technology ink recirculation, invented more t..

    24 November 2020


    The results of a series of lab experiments demonstrate why Xaar’s TF Technology ink recirculation, invented more than a decade ago, still sets the benchmark for industrial inkjet recirculation techniques today to deliver a wider window of operation for users.

    Presented in Xaar’s new white paper subtitled ‘What goes around, comes around’, the research compares Xaar’s TF Technology ink recirculation with alternative ink recirculation techniques used by most other printhead manufacturers.

    Whilst ink recirculation is now commonplace, the white paper clearly shows that all technologies are not equal. A printhead’s architecture determines how well ink recirculation is implemented and therefore influences the degree to which the method delivers benefits across today’s wide range of printing and jetting applications.

    TF Technology is a key building block in Xaar’s recently announced ImagineX bulk platform which will power the next 30 years of innovation in inkjet capabilities and printhead launches.

    Together with the unique Hybrid Side Shooter printhead architecture, Xaar’s TF Technology enables ink or other fluids to flow directly past the back of the nozzle during drop ejection at very high flow rates.

    This ensures the nozzles are continuously primed, keeping the printhead operational and the nozzles firing and – with the ink in constant motion – prevents sedimentation and nozzle blocking, particularly in heavily pigmented inks. Any air bubbles and unwanted particles in the ink are also carried away, improving reliability, even in the harshest industrial environment.

    With TF Technology, jetting is significantly more reliable compared to alternative ‘roof mode architecture’ design printheads whose convoluted ink flow paths means that recirculation is close to, but not at the back of the nozzle.

    “Xaar’s TF Technology ink recirculation completely revolutionised inkjet printing and has become an essential feature for a wide range of industrial inkjet applications,” said Angus Condie, Director of Technology at Xaar and one of the authors of the white paper.

    Launched by Xaar in 2007 with the introduction of the Xaar 1001 printhead XF Technology has since opened up exciting new applications such as glass printing with frit inks, high opacity white pigment ink printing for labels, and heavily loaded conductive inks for printed electronics - transforming the digital inkjet industry and becoming an industry requirement for effective and reliable inkjet printing.

    “Our research proves that ink recirculation solutions vary due to their architectural design, yielding vastly different results. Xaar’s TF Technology still greatly outperforms its rivals and continues to set the benchmark for ink recirculation today, delivering the widest window of operation within inkjet printing,” concluded Condie.

    The complete white paper can be downloaded from Xaar’s website.





  • + Esko launches award-winning Print Control Wizard 20.1 for astounding post print corrugated flexo print quality

    New software delivers triple benefits for corrugated converters Corrugated converters and their flexo plate supplie..

    24 November 2020


    New software delivers triple benefits for corrugated converters

    Corrugated converters and their flexo plate suppliers can now enjoy the triple benefits of quicker plate production, improved graphic performance and reduced costs as Esko releases the latest version of its award-winning Print Control Wizard software to extend the tool with screening optimised for the post print corrugated market.

    This new version of the software uses all critical print parameters and variables – imaging resolution, exposure settings, plate, substrate, anilox, press type and inks – to simplify the flexo platemaking process for post print corrugated packaging production. Print Control Wizard standardises the generation of microcells in the highlight areas of the plate.

    “Operators utilise an intuitive wizard-style user interface that unlocks powerful functionality to quickly and easily create premium flexo plates,” said Robert Bruce, RIP & Screening Product Manager with Esko. “The Corrugated Crystal Screens address the problems associated with recycled board liners, giving corrugated post print converters the opportunity to improve print quality or if print quality is not a goal, reduce ink costs. The screens can be imaged using our latest CDI Optics 100 technology, allowing plates to be made at 10m2 per/hr. Utilising the Crystal XPS brings a new level of plate quality and consistency for the corrugated market,” he said. “This is obviously a win for both trade shops and corrugated post print converters.”

    Esko, the global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the print and packaging sectors, developed Print Control Wizard in response to industry calls to simplify the implementation of screens and dot gain curves.

    “Our goal was to provide flexographic experts with the tools to standardise and simplify screen and curve creation, enabling them to achieve the best quality results without additional steps and checks being added to the process,” said Robert. “After Print Control Wizard was honoured with a number of top industry awards, we have been working tirelessly to develop the new enhancements, and we are delighted to now release this new version for the corrugated market as we continue supporting the work of print and packaging specialists across the industry.”

    Boosting customers’ print consistency and performance

    A beta testing partner of Esko, Contact Originators Group in Dukinfield, Manchester, UK, is renowned for its innovative approach to packaging origination, graphics management and flexographic plate production. Operating across the UK and Europe, the company was the first flexo platemaking company in the UK to have gained Esko HD Flexo accreditation in the corrugated industry.

    “Corrugated is a highly competitive and technically challenging print sector,” said Nick Mitchell, General Manager at Contact Originators. “With lower grammage and recycled materials coming onto the market today to drive down costs, we need to be constantly seeking new ways to boost our customers’ print consistency and performance.”

    “Our job is to ensure our customers’ presses run as smoothly as possible with maximum graphic impact,” said Nick. “This is where Print Control Wizard steps in.”

    Esko Print Control Wizard reduces press stops for plate cleaning and make ready times, boosting overall equipment efficiency. It also enables printers to move to fixed palette printing due to the consistency the software brings on platemaking.

    Les Jones, Print Innovation Manager at Contact Originators, added: “What we’ve seen with Print Control Wizard is that plates are now more consistent, and we can produce them more quickly, which is great for a busy prepress environment like ours. However, it’s the benefits to our printer customers - and their customers, the brands - that really makes the software stand out.”

    “We are seeing more colour density for less ink laydown on low grammage substrate, while printers are reporting they are achieving improved final print results in less time, with associated improvements in material and ink waste - a real bonus in today’s cost and sustainability focused industry.”

    “We estimate that Print Control Wizard is enabling our customers to save up to 20% on ink formulation too,” added Les. “Working in partnership with them, we are seeing more precision on each job enabling less rework or waste, and using Print Control Wizard they can print solids, tone and test work from a single plate. In real terms, this means they’re making savings on the number of plates used, as well as reducing set up times and ink consumption.”

    Originally released in 2019, Print Control Wizard has been honoured with a number of top industry awards, including the Label Industry Global Awards ‘Award for Innovation’, and Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) and European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) Technical Innovation awards.

    Available from November 23rd 2020, anyone wishing to learn more about Print Control Wizard 20.1 for corrugated can do so by visiting the new Esko Innovation Hub (www.innovation.esko.com), designed to provide users with a unique insight to the Esko Software 20 portfolio of innovations in a virtual environment. Users can navigate around the latest integrated hardware and software solutions from Esko, in their own time, accessing insights and technical information, as well as learn new ways to boost business productivity, efficiency and profitability.





  • + Esko brings innovation and added value to customers with Software 20.1 update and hardware releases

    Esko has today (29 October) unveiled a host of new and award-winning innovations for its integrated Esko Software 20.1 p..

    03 November 2020


    Esko has today (29 October) unveiled a host of new and award-winning innovations for its integrated Esko Software 20.1 platform, together with new hardware solutions, developed to deliver even more functionality as well as outstanding value to packaging, label and wide format customers.

    “As a technology company, we are relentlessly developing solutions to serve our markets and customers better,” said Jan de Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Industry Relations & Strategy. “We build long-term relationships with our customers and strive to ensure our solutions remain relevant and innovative, enabling anyone using them in the packaging value chain to benefit from operational efficiency improvements.”

    Speaking at a launch event streamed live from the Esko Innovation Hub – the always-on virtual environment that gives users the opportunity to explore the portfolio of latest Esko innovations – Jan navigated to innovation hotspots where he detailed the newest functions and features in the Esko Software 20.1 release, as well as the latest hardware developments from the company.

    Updates and new features in Esko Software 20.1 include: 

    • WebCenter 20.0 – the latest feature-packed version of the web-based packaging management solution, now incorporates an improved user experience and WebCenter Tasks Plugin. Digital transformation can only be successful if the solution is fully adapted to the user’s requirements, and with the addition of a social-media style dashboard and new connectors for Adobe Creative Suite applications, WebCenter does just that.

    • ArtiosCAD 20.0.1 – the leading packaging structural design tool simplifies designing of multi-part and multi-material packages using Resizable Canvas Design templates

    • ArtPro+ 20.1 Plate Cut – a new automated feature that finds the optimal individual cutting path for each separation, reducing preparation time for flexo plate mounting by up to 30 minutes

    • ArtPro+ 20.1 Trapping – a new, InterTech Award-winning aesthetic trapping algorithm which closes misregister gaps and accommodates individual exceptions, making trapping jobs up to 70 per cent faster

    • Print Control Wizard for Corrugated – a version of the award-winning software specifically designed for the corrugated market, delivering quicker plate production, improved graphic performance and reduced costs

    • AVT AutoSet – an integration between Esko Automation Engine and AVT’s press inspection system, reducing setup time of the inspection system to almost zero

    Alongside updating Esko Software 20, Esko revealed hardware innovations including:


    • Kongsberg VariAngle tool - an innovative new tool for the Kongsberg range of digital finishing equipment that enables cutting at any angle from 0o and 60o at high speed, delivering total freedom in the design of 3D creative displays

    • Crystal XPS 4260 – the newest member of the family of Crystal UV LED exposure units for digital flexo plate making, available for the first time in this plate size


    “Digitizing the process by which packaging is made is already key to delivering long-term business success,” said Jan. “But as we now move into whatever ‘new normal’ emerges from the global coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the importance of improving operational processes, lowering costs and delivering client loyalty are more vital than ever.


    “In the wake of the pandemic, we wanted to double down on enabling businesses to continue their journey of digital transformation to meet head-on the challenges we face today. With the November release, we are delivering a greater range of functions that streamline processes and improve productivity for customers.”


    “Our innovations serve to illustrate our commitment to customers, ensuring they enjoy a greater user experience and improved efficiency,” said Jan. “For example, ArtPro+ 20.1 now features the innovative Esko trapper, which recently received the InterTechTM Award for Innovation. It ensures prepress operators achieve a consistent, aesthetic trapping result with the correct distance, direction or color. Similarly, with the latest version of our packaging management solution, WebCenter 20.0, we are making prepress processes considerably faster while delivering a 25 per cent increase in performance.


    “As we continue to navigate the fallout from the global pandemic, the ability to digitize, automate and connect will be crucial to businesses,” said Jan. “The latest software updates not only deliver greater accuracy, efficiency and consistency across a design and print workflow, but are integral tools for converters taking the next steps along their own digital transformation journey.”


    For more information about Esko software solutions, please visit the Esko Innovation Hub at innovation.esko.com.





  • + HEXIS launch THE200EVO premium printable polymeric PVC film with TAKE HEAT EASY® technology

    TAKE HEAT EASY® (THE) TECHNOLOGY, DESIGNED TO MAKE INSTALLATION EASIER AND FASTER The TAKE HEAT EASY® techn..

    27 October 2020


    TAKE HEAT EASY® (THE) TECHNOLOGY, DESIGNED TO MAKE INSTALLATION EASIER AND FASTER

    The TAKE HEAT EASY® technology is the result of a combination of a solvent based adhesive and a micro-structured liner developed by our R&D team. This innovation has been specially designed to reduce the initial tack and immediate adhesion, thus making the installation of the vinyl more convenient with an optimal adhesive bonding process.
    In 2018 we combined this technology for the first time with a THE190EVO cast PVC film, and, in view of its success, it made sense to now use it on a high-end polymeric PVC film.

    THE200EVO, IDEAL FOR LARGE-FORMAT SURFACES

    Ease of repositioning, print quality and optimal durability are all assets that will allow our customers to express their creativity with unlimited possibilities and installers to use it conveniently on flat or slightly curved surfaces, for 2D wrapping projects (buses, lorries, fleet vehicles etc.) and large-format signage.

    Thibault Veuibllet, Business Development Manager Automotive, comments: “With its excellent sliding properties on the substrate, THE200EVO is an ideal solution, especially when an installer needs to quickly and accurately position two printed widths. It is amazingly easy to find the perfect alignment for a design.”

    V850B, A NEW POLYMERIC LAMINATE SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE200EVO

    Always at the forefront of innovation, HEXIS have developed and are now launching the V850B laminate with a thickness of 50 μm. “Combined with the printable THE200EVO film, our customers will be able to obtain and appreciate a particularly flexible complex”, confirms Ian Parsonson, Australia Managing Director.

    THE200EVO & V850B, A PRINTABLE COMPLEX MADE IN FRANCE

    Caroline MATEU, Chairman of the Board of Directors at HEXIS is proud to report: “Our research laboratory and our industrial team have combined their respective strengths and skills to complete the design and manufacturing process of these two new products in the most successful way.

    [...] In the year 2020, despite the current health issues, HEXIS continue their race for technological innovation with the launch of the new self-healing X technology for our vehicle body protection films (BODYFENCEX) and the antimicrobial PURE ZONE® technology for surface protection.”

    Further details are available at: https://www.hexis-graphics.com/au/the200evo/