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Highcon premieres three new machines ahead of Drupa launch

Highcon has unveiled three new machines it will launch at Drupa that it said will open up digital cutting and creasing to new markets. Ranging from entry-level to “top-of-the-line” highly specced production capability, the Israel-headquartered manufacturer said the new products will benefit a range of print businesses.

All three machines are based on Highcon’s core cutting and creasing technology. The $1.5m Highcon Beam enables digital cutting and creasing for mainstream production and has a

Esko has announced upgrades to software

Announcing upgrades to its software, Esko has relaunched them under the umbrella brand name “Esko Software Platform”.

   Enhanced features include more software modules made available as Software as a Service (SaaS) and subscriptions; improved 3D support, especially when viewing objects in WebCenter and on mobile devices; A new Content Management module for WebCenter; ArtPro+, a totally new platform-independent native PDF prepress editor; new tools and libraries for multi-part POP design in

PACKZ users to get software

GMG has announced that it is well on its way toward offering OpenColor colour separation technology within Hybrid Software’s PACKZ label and packaging editor and workflow. Visi-tors to drupa will be able       to see how the multichan-nel profiling software fits  within PACKZ.

Packaging is noted for print projects that include a large number of process and spot colours. 

The integration with GMG OpenColor will allow PACKZ to use accurate colour profiles available, allowing PACKZ to use the

HP builds Oneflow technology into ambitious new PrintOS

HP has set itself a bold goal of “reinventing print production” with PrintOS, a new cloud-based production environment that will be part of its Drupa showcase.

Simon Lewis, business director HP’s graphics solutions business, described PrintOS as “a print production operating system for print service providers” (PSPs) involving a suite of tools and a set of apps.

It runs apps developed by HP and by third parties, and can also run applications developed by customers. Lewis said that in mixed

Avery launches new digital wall film with 3 different textures

Avery Dennison Graphics  announced the launch of a new digital wall film portfolio, including three new textured permanent wall vinyls: Canvas, Stone and Stucco.  

The non-textured MPI 8000 Wall Film series are digitally printable with solvent, eco/mild solvent, latex and UV curable inks. Unprinted, the textured and non textured wall graphics films are durable up to four years said the manufacturers.

“The new Avery Dennison Digital Wall Films portfolio allows customers to create dynamic

SPGPrints unveils new sublimation inks

SPGPrints has launched its new range of Nebula sublimation inks at FESPA Digital 2016, held between 8th-11th March, in Amsterdam.

The new SPGPrints Nebula Sublimation ink set combines bright, sparkling colours with the deep black available in the market. The new sublimation inks add to the Nebula range that includes Nebula Direct Disperse inks (launched at FESPA Digital, Munich), and Nebula Reactive HD inks, (launched at FESPA, Cologne).

SPGPrints develops and manufactures its own inks at

Kiian reveals dye-sub inks

Kiian Digital displayed its entire range of 81 dye-sublimation colours at Fespa Digital.  From its range of specially-designed 12 inks, Kiian said printers can create the most comprehensive gamut of high-quality colours available for sublimation printers, for use across textile and rigid substrates alike.

The K-One ink for the Kyocera inkjet printhead, aims at high quality and productivity for industrial production while the Digistar AIR ink formulation is compatible with Ricoh piezo-electric

Luminescence reformulates its affected thermochromic inks

Security inks manufacturer Luminescence has reformulated some of its thermochromic (heat-reactive) inks to comply with new regulations that came into effect recently.

A new classification for formaldehyde (CAS 50-00-0) introduced on 1st January has made any ink mixture that contains levels of 0.1% or more of formaldehyde subject to the EuPIA (European Printing Ink Association) Exclusion List.

These guidelines ensure that inks are both safe to use, by printers and end users, and safe to

Mimaki includes light black to its portfolio

Manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial markets, Mimaki has announced that light black ink will be added to the range of spot colours, offered by its SB410 sublimation ink products. The light black ink will be available from February 2016.

“These new inks, developed by Mimaki’s reliable technologies, add value to finished products,” states Mike Horsten, general manager marketing EMEA. “The light black ink prevents

Heidelberg fires up its digital product line rebrand

Heidelberg has restructured its digital printing portfolio with a digital product line rebrand.  The manufacturer, which will be presenting the industry’s digitised future under the motto “Simply Smart” at Drupa, has standardised its entire digital printing portfolio with the ‘Fire’ product branding.

The Primefire 106 B1 industrial inkjet press is the first new product to adopt the name and a number of existing products have been renamed.

The company’s Linoprint CP and CV digital printers

Flint Group announces the launch of its ‘lightweight’ rotec sleeve

Flint Group has launched rotec, a lightweight sleeve for conventional plate mounting with adhesive tapes that it said boasts weight savings of 40% compared with standard sleeves.

Rotec is billed as a new generation of hard-coated sleeves that will meet a range of customers’ requirements in the mid-to-wide-web and pre-print sectors.

The technology enables users to achieve shorter and easier press set-ups, manage missing adapter configurations and handle maximum weight limits for components

Epson to expand its SureColor SC-P series with faster addition

Epson has unveiled the latest addition to its SureColor SC-P series, the 1.62m-wide (64in) SC-P20000. The machine, which prints at speeds of up to 17.5sqm/hr, is designed for commercial printers, copy shops, photo labs and high street photo outlets. It can be used to produce high-quality large-format POS, short-term outdoor and interior signage, exhibition and display graphics, promotional graphics and photographs. The device will be shown at Fespa Digital in Amsterdam from 8th to 11th March

Ricoh will launch eco-friendly AR latex inks

Ricoh is launching its own aqueous resin (AR) latex ink for the Ricoh Pro L4100 series of large format printers at FESPA Digital, Amsterdam, 8 to 11 March, to address the demands of its fast-growing sign and display graphics customer base. 

“We’ll demonstrate how the new eco-friendly, durable, latex ink enhance productivity and image quality,” says Jacques van Wyk, COO of Ricoh SA. “The aqueous resin ink delivers sharper and richer colour on a wider range of substrates. It dries faster and

ASLAN unveils new film

ASLAN, expands its portfolio of digital printing films: The WindowClear ASLAN DFP 18 has been developed for the design of glass surfaces, particularly when a high transparency is desired. Due to the material’s characteristics, the application of the flexible, polymeric PVC-film is especially easy and forgiving – even on curved surfaces. 

As an added bonus, working with the transparent film saves a significant amount of time, since images do not have to be cropped, plotted and weeded. After

European launch for Komori’s ‘litho quality’ sheetfed inkjet Impremia IS29

Komori’s B2 sheetfed inkjet press the Impremia IS29 was launched in Europe recently.

The LED-UV based digital press runs at a speed of 3,000sph simplex and 1,500sph duplex and prints at a resolution of 1,200x1, 200dpi on a maximum sheet size of 585x750mm, the company said. The maximum printing area is 575x735mm single-sided and 575x730mm when perfecting.

Komori said the press produces litho quality print and differs from rival sheetfed inkjet digital offerings because it can handle any type

Fespa Digital casts net outside print for Printeriors showcase

Fespa is aiming to attract 1,000 non-Fespa regulars to Printeriors 2016 with an “application-focused” showcase aimed at interior designers and buyers as well as wide-format printers.

The wide-format trade show is hoping people who would not normally attend will be encouraged to visit its next offering, part of Fespa Digital 2016, in Amsterdam, from 8th to 11th March.

Sessions range from design for the workplace and vinyl applications for interiors to printed furniture.

Fespa divisional

Xaar will launch new printheads for OEM’s

Inkjet technology manufacturer, Xaar has announced a new family of piezoelectric printheads for printer manufacturers (OEMs) developing machines for coding and marking applications.  

The new family of printheads, the first of which is to be available in late 2016, will all have a 17mm print swathe; suitable for high-resolution coding and marking applications such as printing barcodes, best before dates and other product identification codes onto a range of packaging.

Richard Barham, chief

Roland DG introduces its new inkjet printer, Texart XT-640

Roland DG has launched a new inkjet printer for the textile printing industry, the Texart XT-640.

The 1.6m-wide machine has a list price of £18,999 and is available with immediate effect. It is the second in the manufacturer’s series of Texart dye-sublimation transfer printers following the RT-640.

The machine has been designed especially for the production of fashion, sports clothing, interior design and soft signage after the company spotted a demand for higher volume runs of ‘fast

Avery Dennison launches film for indoor, outdoor and graphics

Avery Dennison has announced the launch of the  new Supreme Wrapping Film Diamond line. Shine and glimmer have been incorporated into 5 new  metallic car wrap colours that include Diamond Blue, Diamond Red, Diamond Amber, Diamond White and a Diamond Purple limited edition.

“The Supreme Wrapping Film Diamond line sparkle and capture attention in any light, indoors or out, for all types of graphics applications,” said Eric Ide, global segment director wrapping films, Avery Dennison. “In an

Kiian Digital to launch new industrial ink

Kiian Digital will launch a new industrial ink series designed for Panasonic printheads.

Digistar Sublisonic is a dye-sublimation transfer ink portfolio, compatible with Panasonic printheads. The new range has bright colours, which enable a wide colour gamut, and dry quickly, optimising production time, the company said.

The Digistar Hi-Pro range now includes blue and orange to increase the number of colours that can be reproduced. The new colours were originally launched at Fespa in

Epson launches wide-format printers, unveils violet colour

Epson has launched four new wide-format printers aimed at the professional photo, fine art and proofing markets.

The SureColor SC-P6000, SC-P7000, SC-P8000 and SC-P9000 inkjet printers are available in 61cm (24in) and 1.12m (44in) widths. The SC-P6000 and SC-P8000 are eight-colour machines, while the SC-P7000 and SC-P9000 are 10-colour.

Two of the printers can be supplied with a new violet colour the company said will allow printing of 99% of Pantone colours - the SC-P7000V and

Sistrade keep up with international ecommerce platforms of products

Sistrade to keep up with international ecommerce platforms of printed products enhanced their Web2print web based software.

Speaking about the Sistrade, Senior person from Sistrade, commented, “Sistrade Web2Print is 100% web based software, which allows all the printing industry maintain a facilitated contact with customers 24 hours a day! This software offers the customer “immediate order”. The customer can choose a product from a catalogue, project the product, select the specific

Goss’s new unwinder, rewinders released

Goss is introducing its Contiweb product line of range of six unwinder/splicers and rewinders developed specifically to address digital web printing requirements. 

Available immediately, both the unwinder and the rewinder series are designed to be entirely modular, providing customers with an easy path to full automation at either end of the press line.

Bert Schoonderbeek, managing director at Goss Contiweb says the development recognizes the growth and potential in digital web printing

EFI, X-Rite launch new Fiery compliant spectrophotometer

EFI has struck a deal with manufacturer X-Rite to integrate its scanning spectrophotometer with the EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite to provide “next-generation digital print colour measurement”.  The EFI ES-6000 colour chart reading spectrophotometer automates and streamlines the press profiling process in digital printing, driven by EFI Fiery software.

This means, the company said, “print professionals can quickly and easily update profiles and verify colour to ensure the best possible

Sun Chemical unveils Streamline ESL 2 eco-solvent inks

Ink manufacturer Sun Chemical has launched the Streamline ESL 2 range of eco-solvent inks for use with the Roland Pro 4 series of eco-solvent wide-format printers.

Now available, the range uses Sun Chemical’s HPQ low-odour eco-solvent chemistry platform, which has been formulated for printers working in confined environments and has been designed specifically for use as a direct alternative to Roland Eco Sol Max II inks.

The seven-colour ink series includes CMYK with a nickel-free yellow

Agfa Graphics to show chem free plates

Agfa Graphics has introduced the new N95-VCF chemistry-free violet plate at World Publishing Expo 2015 (October 5-7, Hamburg, Germany) and a clean out unit Attiro VHS.

According to Agfa, the N95-VCF supports much higher run lengths, up to 300,000 sheets, dependent on the press conditions. 

“Our chem-free technology offers our customers a stable and mature solution that has a proven record of satisfied users, said Emiel Sweevers, newspaper segment manager at Agfa Graphics. “Both the new

SAI launches Flexi 12 software for signmakers, wide format

SA International (SAI) has launched Flexi 12 RIP software, which it said offers new tools for signmakers and wide-format printers.

The design, RIP, vinyl cut and print-to-cut signmaking software, was launched on 29 July to coincide with the release of Microsoft Windows 10.

SAI said Flexi 12 offers customers the benefits of the latest operating system but that it is also fully compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 and 8. Three versions of Flexi 12 are available; SAI FlexiSign for vinyl

Flint Group launches new low migration ink for packaging

Swedish company The Flint Group has launched low-migration UV flexo inks for food labels and flexible packaging applications.

The Flexocure Ancora 50 expands the portfolio of dedicated inks to suit the growing market of short-run label and packaging applications from the consumables business. The company said the overall performance of the product will boost productivity for narrow- and mid-width web converters.

Flint Group narrow web global brand manager Niklas Olsson said: “The inks are

Onyx’s new software for ‘predictable print’

Onyx Graphics announced the launch of its new software, ONYX 12, the next generation of the company’s wide format workflow and RIP products.

According to Onyx the software has been specifically developed to make printing more predictable.

“With ONYX 12 software, the increase in RIP speed is incredible! We went from a file taking almost a minute to RIP to now only taking nine to 15 seconds,” said Corey Nicolaisen, Print Technology Support Specialist for West Canadian Digital Imaging.

“Print

New software for Challenger

AMS has released a new mailing application software for the Germany manufactured inserting machine,  Challenger. The application is now compatible with Windows 10 and is suitable for sending out masses of personalised mail. It works by storing variable data from barcodes and optical recognition marks printed on to envelopes, so that mail pieces match every time. 

According to AMS, it can also create an audit trail database, match against pre-existing databases, check for duplications while