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Fastbind Casematic a46a

What does it do?
Fastbind’s Casematic a46a is the latest version of the Finnish finishing equipment manufacturer’s semi-automatic hardcover casemaking machine. It is designed to simplify the process of making hard covers over greyboard.

When was it launched and what market is it aimed at?
Launched last summer, the a46a got its first showing at last year’s Print Show, with the first orders about to be delivered.
“The main markets are reprographics departments and commercial printers but they go into a wide range of users from self publishers up to corporations,” says Lewis Price, managing director of UK agent Ashgate Automation. “The market is anyone who wants on demand book binding from one up to a couple of hundred copies.”

How does it

Konica Minolta GenARate

An AR creation tool that aims to facilitate the integration of print with other channels.

What does the system do?
GenARate is an augmented reality tool with two components: Studio for creating AR experiences/making a piece of print interactive and Publish to handle the integration of those experiences either within GenARate or an existing app.

When was it launched and what market is it aimed at?
The European launch was in October 2018 with the first local country launch in the UK following in

Inktec Jetrix LXi7

Inktec says customers are particularly taken with the varnish.

What does it do?
The Jetrix LXi7 is a large format flatbed printer, built by Korean ink manufacturer Inktec. It has a large bed of 2.5x3m, and will take substrates up to 100mm thick and up to 80kg/sqm. There’s also a smaller LXi6, announced at the same time. This has a bed of 2.5x1.28m, but is otherwise identical to the LXi7. There’s a roll-to-roll option available for both.
They are fitted with Konica Minolta’s latest 1024i

BigPrinter BigJet UV 2031i

A solidly built flatbed with attractive pricing from Russia.

What does the software do?
The BigJet is a wide-format flatbed printer, with a large 3.1x2.02m bed that takes substrates up to 105mm in height and 50kg in weight. The bed itself is divided into four vacuum zones. It’s been designed and built by a Russian company, BigPrinter, which started off as a reseller for well-known wide-format brands into the Russian market, before building its own range of CNC cutters followed by a range of