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Mimaki inks receive Eco Passport certification for sustainablity

Mimaki announced that its Sb54/310/410 and Sb320/420 sublimation inks have achieved the Eco Pass-port certification from OEKO-TEX.  
Eco Passport is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in sustainable textile production. It authenticates the safety of chemicals used during the production of textile dyes, pigments and finishing agents. The Eco Passport mechanism was established in 1992 by the OEKO-TEX international association headquartered

Flint launches its next-gen UV low migration inks

Flint Group announced thelaunch its new generation of sheetfed UV low migration inks; UltraCURA Sens, UltraCURA Sens Plas and UltraCURA Sens Bases. Created out of a new resin technology system, these inks are the first in a series of advanced energy curing products from Flint Group to be launched in 2017.
Trevor Amps, global product management director for energy curing inks explains the significance of the launch: “We decided to use specifically selected resin principles for all our energy

Sun Chemical develops digital coatings for HP

Sun Chemical is working with digital press manufacturer HP Indigo to produce a range of coatings to speed up the adoption of digital printing in the packaging industry. A new range of coatings including overprint varnishes and adhesives specially formulated for use in digital devices is set to be launched soon.
Marcos Valdezate, Sun Chemical’s BDM for coatings for digital applications, said: “We recognise that some transformation of the packaging industry as we know it today in terms of

Esko awarded with two EDP

Esko’s ArtiosCAD and Esko Automated Quality Assurance were awarded among 31 winners chosen from more than 150 entries.
The EDP Association aims to better assist the technology-appliers to find the right solution for their applications. As explains Klaus-Peter Nicolay, EDP President: “The awards honour the best developments in print production tools, software developments, substrates, inks, materials and finishing systems.”
EDP Awards 2017Esko’s ArtiosCAD Display Store is a comprehensive online

Asahi launches new website

Asahi Photoproducts announced the launch of a brand-new website design structured to make it easier for customers and other interested parties to quickly and easily find all the information they are seeking. The website is available in eight languages.
“In this website redesign process, we spent a great deal of time talking to customers about their requirements,” said Dr. Dieter Niederstadt, Technical marketing manager for Asahi Photoproducts Europe. “The resulting site opens an information

Corel launches upgraded graphics suite

Graphics software developer Corel has launched its CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2017. The new suite was launched on 11th April and is available for purchase or upgrade from the previous suite, CorelDraw X8, with shipping beginning on 18 April. CorelDraw has around 15 million users worldwide.
Corel vice-president of products Gerard Metrailler said from now on the suites will be released as upgrades annually instead of biennially.
The new suite costs $744 for the full version and $372 for existing

Roland and Custom Gateway partner for personalisation

Roland DG has launched a partnership with software developer Custom Gateway to integrate hardware and software in order to deliver customised products on-demand.
The first wave of development will incorporate the VersaUV LEF series with Custom Gateway’s cloud-based software, followed by the VersaStudio desktop inkjet printer and cutter and the Metaza metal printer, with the first integrated systems due for installation in summer 2017. Roland released its latest customisation printer, the

Sakurai launches new screen printer

Manufacturers of cylinder screen printing machines, Sakurai will host the official European launch of their revolutionary MS110-DDS production unit at Fespa 2017.  
The new system introduces Sakurai’s technology offering improved sheet edge accuracy with an optional CCD Camera Sheet Alignment System.
The system allows for large sheet printing with a maximum sheet size 1140mm x 788mm, and to supplement flexibility and printability on thin material and scratch resistance has been enhanced up to a

Zünd releases Version 3

Version 3 of Zünd Design Center ZDC, Zünd’s plug-in for Adobe Illustrator, is now available for download.
Zünd Design Center is an easy-to-use Adobe Illustrator plug-in that lets the user create packaging and displays with a few clicks. The centerpiece of ZDC is an extensive library of parametric designs for folding carton, corrugated cardboard, sandwich material, PVC and PP. To scale or change any of the designs provided, the user has to enter a few basic measurements, and the program

Enfocus to release PitStop 2017 with unique functions

Calling it the most powerful and technically advanced PDF preflight, editing and correction solution available on the market today (and to celebrate the 20th anniversary since its first release), Enfocus has announced the next major release of PitStop.
PitStop 2017 introduces new technology extending the possibilities of preflight and correction by allowing unique new ways for objects to be selected or ignored. An example would be configuring preflight checks to check only the objects needed to

German printer buys first Heidelberg workflow

After debuting, the Prinect Production Manager at drupa last year, Heidelberg sold its first workflow to commercial printer Petermann GZW in Bad Nauheim, Germany.
The Prinect Production Manager is a new use concept in the form of a rental model within the Prinect business intelligence platform. It enables print shops of all sizes to use every integration function of the Prinect production workflow precisely in line with their requirements, without having to make compromises in terms of the scope

Agfa releases Asanti 3.0 software

Agfa Graphics announced the launch of its new Asanti 3.0 workflow software. The new version is said to offer wide-format printers new functionalities, more integration possibilities and added automation.
New functions are combined with Agfa’s signature colour management platform, automatic pre-flighting and a new graphic user interface for tiling huge jobs. Version 3.0 also allows for integration with third-party print equipment, MIS platforms, and in-house software including PrintSphere and

Ghent conducts a survey

The Ghent Workgroup needs your knowledge and expertise on PDF workflow to participate in a survey. Following up a similar survey conducted in 2008, it aims to find out what has changed since and gain insight on today’s PDF use.
The survey aims to make the participants and the Ghent Workgroup aware of the state of PDF in document production, and current issues the creators and service providers are facing. David Zwang, GWG chairman, comments: “The more information we gather, the better equipped

Kornit refreshes Avalanche range with recirculating ink

Digital textile specialist Kornit Digital has upgraded its flagship Avalanche direct-to-garment printer range by adding a recirculating ink system.
The new R-Series models of the Avalanche Hexa and the Avalanche 1000 use the same recirculating ink technology that is used in the manufacturer’s Storm series as well as its Allegro and Vulcan printers.
This technology is said to optimise print quality and ink efficiency, enabling faster system availability after the start-up process.
“The Avalanche

Komori, Screen have developed integrated workflow solution

Komori Corporation and Screen Graphic and Precision  (Screen GP) have developed a new integrated workflow solution that enhances automation in all processes from prepress to printing and through to postpress.
As printing companies are required to work at a very shorter deadlines, it will require for more efficient work processes that incorporate both offset and digital systems, making it possible to achieve optimal results for a variety of different needs.
Sensing this, Komori and Screen GP have

SwissQprint enhances software features

A new software feature has been added by swissQprint to help customers to avoid rejects and rework.
After a crash, the output software resumes operations at the exact same point on the printing pass and without leaving any tell-tale traces, swissQprint announced in a statement.
The moving print head carriage of a swissQprint UV printer will immediately halts should it come into contact with a person or object. The system also stops  if there is a danger of the print head grazing the substrate

Canon launches new media

Canon has announced that the new Deep Matte single-sided media is now available for the DreamLabo 5000 inkjet production photo printer, offering customers an additional option for their  photo output.
Canon’s Deep Matte single-sided media features a smooth and glossless texture for vivid shades, contrasting colours and high-quality image of the Dreamlabo 5000 printer’s  output. Deep Matte media can be suitable for a variety of applications, including single prints, and with its creasing ability

Agfa launches 3.2m, 6 colour RTR 3200 LED printer, Jeti Ceres

Agfa Graphics has launched a new roll-to-roll printer with UV LED curing aimed at mid- to high-end applications.
The 3.2m-wide Jeti Ceres RTR 3200 LED is commercially available with immediate effect. The six-colour plus white and primer machine prints high quality on single- and dual-roll media at speeds of up to 186sqm/hr in express mode or 94sqm/hr in production mode.
The UV LED curing lamps are said to save costs, increase eco-friendliness, broaden the printable media range and eliminate

Komori launches new one-pass double-sided press

Komori has expanded its Lithrone product portfolio with the launch of a larger format one-pass double-sided offset press.
The Lithrone GX44RP, which is commercially available with immediate effect, uses the same technology as the manufacturer’s existing B1 GX840RP press but has a maximum sheet size of 840x1,150mm.
The 15,000sph machine, which can be equipped with either an H-UV or UV drying system, is said to deliver high quality, short turnarounds, high speed, stability and reduced waste in

Xaar inks partnership with Xerox

Xaar has signed a new partnership agreement with Xerox for the development of bulk piezo inkjet printheads.
Xaar chief executive Doug Edwards told PrintWeek that the partnership was similar to the co-operation over thin film technology with Ricoh, which the Cambridge-headquartered manufacturer announced at Drupa.
“It mirrors what we’ve done with Ricoh, but in bulk piezo, where our platform is getting on for 10 years old,” Edwards explained. “We’re at a point where we’re going to have to invest

Kernow’s new KIP Range

Kernow Coating ltd has been producing synthetic media for the digital industry.  From large format Aqueous, Solvent, Latex, UV curable to Dry Toner and Design and repro media, used by printers for graphical, packaging, signage, advertising or technical-drawing applications.
Sales and marketing director, Bosy Colak, said, “It was a natural path for us to offer a product range for the KIP Colour print system. Our years of expertise in producing high quality dry toner and reprographics synthetic

Mimaki moves into industrial textile space with Tiger

Mimaki has moved into the industrial textile printing arena with the launch of its new Tiger-1800B printer. The direct-to-textile machine is the first Mimaki printer of this kind to be released, following the firm’s acquisition of Italian textile machine manufacturer La Meccanica in 2016.
The eight-colour device is commercially available with immediate effect and will be shown for the first time at a global exhibition at Heimtextil 2017, which will take place from 10 to 13 January in Frankfurt

Ricoh has launched neon yellow toner to meet customer demand

Ricoh has launched Neon Yellow toner that is retrofittable, which means existing     clients can expand the capabilities of the Ricoh Pro C7100X presses they operate today.
The Neon Yellow toner has been developed for the fifth colour station on the Ricoh Pro   C7100X series colour cut sheet digital production press. It will meet growing demand from the magazine, direct mail, retail and point of purchase markets for print that differentiates. It expands the colour gamut, enhances images and can

New colour libraries added to PantoneLive

X-Rite and its subsidiary Pantone announced the expansion of its PantoneLIVE with the addition of six new colour libraries for gravure printing. The company also released PantoneLIVE Visualizer, a new software tool for graphic designers, brands and print suppliers to better compare, evaluate and visualize colours across multiple substrates and printing technologies.
“PantoneLIVE was created to help share accurate and achievable colours across a package printing supply chain,” said Adrián

Dalim Software into partnership

Dalim Software and Silicon Publishing (SPI), announce a partnership that has brought Silicon Connector technology, known as the best way to connect InDesign to DAMs, to Dalim ES. Dalim ES is an integrated media production platform, offering a complete solution—including a comprehensive asset management system—for the management and production of many aspects of media services, regardless of final output. 
“SPI offers some powerful solutions that truly extend the use of Dalim ES, and ES

Flint launches LED inks for food packaging

Manufacturer Flint Group has launched a new range of EkoCure Ancora UV LED-curable low-migration inks for food packaging.
Having been in development for around a year, and having been beta-tested at companies in the US and Italy over the past three months, the inks were launched to the global market in  October.
Flint European marketing manager Niklas Olsson could not reveal their price but said that the inks had a “lower total applied cost” than similar inks on the market for LED. They are

Ricoh adds two booklet makers to its fininshing solutions

Ricoh has expanded its range of  finishing solutions with two  new booklet makers - Duplo DBM 350 and Duplo DBM 600.
The Duplo DBM 350 and DBM 600 are heavy-duty booklet makers. Both can be connected inline to Ricoh digital cut sheet devices: the Pro™ C9100, Pro™ C7100 and Pro™8200 series presses.
The DBM 600 also supports A4 landscape booklet production with the long sheet printing capability on the Ricoh Pro C9100 and Pro C7100 colour presses.
Benoit Chatelard, vice president, production

SAI Flexi’s certification for HP Latex 300 series

Software company SA International (SAI) has had its Flexi wide-format printing and signmaking software certified by HP for use with the latest additions to its Latex 300 Printer series.
   Both SAI Flexi and the various SAI FlexiPrint HP Latex editions are certified on all four new additions to the series, the HP Latex 315, 335, 365 and 375 models, which were launched in September. The software has also recently been certified for the printers in HP’s Latex 500 series portfolio.
    SAI said the

Kiian Digital show new inks

Kiian Digital showcased their new sublimation ink whic is been designed for direct and transfer printing intended for all Epson print heads at Fespa China. The range consists of 8 colours; 4 process, 2 light colours and 2 spot colours.
Alessandra Borghi, Kiian Digital sales director, commented: “The textile industry strives for a future without hazardous chemicals. We contribute to this challenge by designing inks with reduced hazardous chemical content which comply with global textile standards

J-Teck3 expands J-Cube PNF ink series

Italian digital ink manufacturer J-Teck3 has added four new colours to its J-Cube PNF series of inks. The new inks, comprising four high-density colours – cyan extra, magenta extra, yellow extra and black extra – are specifically engineered for Panasonic printheads and are said to offer high-quality coverage.
The fast-drying inks are tailored for uncoated and thin sublimation papers and are said to provide printers with high productivity while reducing production costs.
“We continue to listen