Epson qualifies Herma materials for production

Epson has qualified Herma self-adhesive materials for production of economic short runs of colour labels printed digitally using its water-based inkjet equipment.
Epson has performed extensive tests with its ColorWorks C7500 and C7500G water-based inkjet colour label printers. Results from these tests showed standard self-adhesive materials from Herma achieved ‘very good’ print results with ‘outstanding efficiency’ on these industrial colour label printing systems.
“Our product HERMAwhite (grade

Agfa Graphics releases InkTune and PressTune software

Agfa Graphics announces the release of InkTune and PressTune software to reduce the production costs. These tools are part of Agfa Graphics’ ECO³ offering and give print houses complete control over all printing elements, from ink use to compliance with ISO, G7 and client-specific standards, while reducing production costs. Real-time data insights into print quality drive these capabilities, independent of printing technology and press manufacturer.
According to the company spokesperson

Esko and Asahi partner to streamline flexo platemaking

Esko and Asahi are partnering to improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) in flexo platemaking through the combination of their respective technologies.
Stephan Doppelhammer, business development manager at Asahi Photoproducts Europe, explained: “In our fast-paced and rapidly evolving industry, efficiency, waste reduction and speed to market are critical. By partnering with Esko, we bring together solutions from two world-class companies to create a faster, more efficient and more

200th Anniversary for Sun Chemical in 2018

Throughout the remainder of 2018, Sun Chemical plans to celebrate its 200th anniversary.
“Beginning with the inspiring legacy of Lorilleux and Samuel Morris in the early 1800’s, Sun Chemical has delivered 200 years of colour expertise, innovative technology and an ongoing commitment to quality and service for our customers,” said Rudi Lenz, president and CEO, Sun Chemical. “Having held close to 10,000 worldwide trademarks and over 3,000 granted patents in various global jurisdictions in its

EFI DFE for Ricoh Digital presses

Electronics For Imaging, Inc., has announced a new EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE) designed to drive the new RICOH Pro C9200/C9210 Graphic Arts Edition series of high end digital colour production presses. Based on the latest Fiery FS300 Pro software, the Fiery Colour Controller E-85 ensures unparalleled productivity, exceptional colour and seamless workflow integration.
“Our customers have come to depend on the exceptional performance delivered by the combination of our award-winning presses

PitStop 2018 launched with advanced features for everyone

PitStop Pro 2018, which is available as an Adobe Acrobat plugin gets more new features. The latest version is all about making life easier, saving time and providing additional advanced editing functionality for images, graphics, text and even shadings. From gaining detailed production insight through the new dashboard feature, to simplifying Action List creation and editing, PitStop 2018 users will have the most advanced PDF preflight and editing tool on the market.
“These are major releases

Enfocus releases Switch 2018 with added new features

Enfocus, an Esko company, announced the release of Switch 2018, the latest version of its automation solution for the professional print market.
After looking into the market requirement, Switch 2018 was modified. With the new release the limitations within a workflow are now a thing of the past and diversification is key to the survival of print service providers.
“When automation is driving your business, it is essential that you have a solution that provides full control and transparency of

MagnaColours launches new glow-in-the-dark ink for market

Water-based textile inks supplier MagnaColours has bolstered its range of special effects products for the screen printing industry with the launch of a new glow-in-the-dark phosphorescent ink.
MagnaPrint Glow FX is a ready-to-use printing paste created by MagnaColours for intense, glow-in-the-dark print effects. The product builds on the firm’s existing Glow ink, which will also remain available for those that wish to continue using it.
The product, which is commercially available with immediate

Kodak renews certification

Kodak’s  quality management system to ISO 9001:2015 was introduced at their plate manufacturing facility in Osterode (Germany) back in 1995; it was followed in 2001 by an environmental management system to ISO 14001:2015 and in 2005 by an occupational health and safety management system to BS OHSAS 18001. ISO 50001, the energy management standard, has been implemented since 2013.
The official certification of the 9001, 14001 and 18001 management systems was renewed in March 2018 to take account

Flint and X-Rite form global partnership

Flint Group’s Paper & Board business has entered into a partnership with X-Rite that leverages its eXact and NetProfiler technologies to meet the colour management needs of each stakeholder in the package print value and supply chain.
Ray Cheydleur, printing and imaging product portfolio manager at X-Rite, added: “This partnership will benefit Flint Group’s customer base of printers around the world. Utilizing X-Rite’s NetProfiler software for verifying device performance, along with the

Kodak upswing forward with process free plate technology

Kodak’s process free plate technology takes another leap forward with the introduction of the Kodak SONORA X Process Free Plate. SONORA X builds on all the advantages of Kodak’s process free technology, while adding significant technology advances that remove the barriers to process free that previously existed for printers that have demanding performance requirements.
 Kodak estimates that up to 80% of the offset print market will now be able to go process free, including large commercial

GIS releases new kit for Fujifilm Dimatix Samba GMA printheads

Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) has launched a new GIS Head Management Board (HMB-FD-GMA) to support the Fujifilm Dimatix Samba GMA printhead product line. The company said, an HMB-FD-GMA can drive up to four Fujifilm Dimatix Samba GMA printheads in either the 33 or longer 99 variants. The HMB-FD-GMA is based on GIS’s Ethernet platform. It integrates datapath buffering, printhead management and fire waveform generation and enables the full binary and greyscale capabilities of the Samba GMA

UPM Raflatac launches Premium Gloss UVI

UPM Raflatac’s recently launched Premium Gloss UVI product is now one of the highest quality premium-gloss paper labelstock for UV ink-jet printing on the market. For this innovative product development, UPM Raflatac collaborated with a number of industry-leading printing press manufacturers to ensure it would achieve excellent print quality on their machines, including Mark Andy.
“UPM Raflatac’s new Premium Gloss UVI has incredible print definition and fine details using our UV ink-jet Digital

ASLAN unveils new products

ASLAN, Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, introduces several new self-adhesive solutions for special applications at this year’s FESPA in Berlin. From 15 to 18 May 2018, the German manufacturer puts the spotlight on expansions of its digital printing and glass decoration portfolio as well as on two new special laminates.
Showcased for the first time at FESPA will be a glass decoration film ‘EtchedBoard Dyrapply ASLAN EBL 300’. ASLAN extends both the UltraTack digital printing series and the range of

Epson appoints Forefront Technologies as its new partner

Epson Middle East will expand the reach of their document imaging solutions in the region with a strategic partnership with UAE based Forefront Technologies.
According to Jason Whiley, director of Sales, Epson Middle East, “We focus on delivering cutting-edge business solutions that change the way people work. Our imaging solutions enable companies to securely capture, share and edit their documents, saving time and avoiding errors. We also have specialized scanners for retailers

EFI Optitex unveils 3D Design Illustrator for garments

EFI Optitex has declared the launch of the Optitex 3D Design Illustrator, a plug-in tool allowing designers the freedom to validate and customize 3D garments in Adobe Illustrator.
The company claims that through working in the native design environment on a PC or a Mac, designers can visualize 3D garments, with accurate proportion and scaling, and customize the garment’s fabric, texture, print patterns and graphic placement without waiting for a printed sample.
The plug-in works by importing 2D

Konica Minolta to partner with CBK Soft

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East has signed a channel partnership agreement with CBK Soft, a subsidiary of leading information management solution provider InfoFort.
Kazuo Kobayashi, managing director, Konica Minolta, said: “With digital transformation changing every aspect of today’s business, our customers are keen to embrace new integrated workflow technologies that will support the bi - directional development between paper and digital.”
Abed Shaheen, CEO, InfoFort, said

Flint launches new UV LED ink

Flint Group has launched EkoCure XS, a UV LED ink series  designed for the demands of shrink sleeve applications. “We knew from interviews with clients specialized in the short run shrink sleeve market, that they want a UV dual-curable ink with better adhesion and increased curing speed to boost productivity and reduce yield losses” said Kelly Kolliopoulos, global marketing director for Flint Group Narrow Web.  
She concludes, “EkoCure XS combines the latest ink chemistry including novel binders

Agfa Graphics unveils Fortuna 11 software

Agfa Graphics has released Fortuna 11, the latest update of its design and assembly software for high-security printing. Agfa Graphics said that this version focuses on better user-friendliness, productivity and creative freedom. “It’s the first step towards a completely revised user experience,” reveals Andy Grant, Global Head of Software at Agfa Graphics.
Fortuna 11 takes a modular approach to high-security design and printing. They can rely on a potent graphical base editor that reconciles

Flint Group launches ‘lighter’ rotec ULW Bridge in the market

Flint Group has  launched a new polyurethane adapter - rotec ULW Bridge that is ‘65% lighter in weight compared to similar products in the market’. 
With increasing demand in the printing industry for equipment that enables more frequent and faster job changes on press, Flint Group introduced this new adapter, which it says has been validated in applications on plate-mounting equipment and on presses running up to 450 m/min for the last 1-2 years. 
Ralf Venema, Flint Group general manager

UPM Raflatac unveils new industrial outdoor-resistant film

Self-adhesive label materials producer UPM Raflatac has launched a new outdoor-resistant film face material, thereby expanding its product offering for industrial chemical labelling. The new Synlite Xtra material is available to the European market.
According to the company, the material can be used for industrial chemical labelling applications that need greater resistance to challenging outdoor conditions.. The UV resistance offered by Synlite Xtra is based on a lightweight and

DALIM ES 5.5 in action with new features

DALIM SOFTWARE has announced the release of DALIM ES 5.5, loaded with many new features, a significant update to its major version launched last year.
DALIM ES (Enterprise Solution) is a media production platform for marketing partners and media services companies. Companies use it to store, manage, locate, and drive omnichannel projects, from print to Web to video. With DALIM ES 5.5,  all activities are coordinated from design to final print. It extends the productivity of digital asset

Kodak adds violet ink

Kodak has announced upgrades to the KODAK Proofing Software. New with the upgrade, KODAK Proofing Software allows to proof spot colors with accuracy with new support for violet ink proofers from the EPSON SC-P7000 and SC-P9000 family.
“KODAK Proofing Software is a dependable, easy-to-use solution for inkjet proofing”, said Allan Brown, vice president and general manager of Kodak’s Unified Workflow Solutions. “This offering reduces costs by eliminating extensive planning and allows for an

Riso launches ‘fastest ever’ digital duplicator

Riso has launched two new A3 digital duplicators, one of which it is referring to as the fastest of its kind.
The two-colour MF9350 and single-colour SF9390 are both set for commercial availability in early 2018, with pricing yet to be disclosed, and, at 190spm, Riso is referring to the SF9390 as the fastest duplicator ever, while the MF9350 runs two colour at 150spm.
Riso UK product manager Mike Murphy said the products follow on from the 2015 launch of the world’s first A2 digital duplicators

Closing the gap between digital, print with WoodWing’s Aurora

WoodWing Software has introduced the latest update to Enterprise – WoodWing’s multichannel publishing solution – that allows media companies and publishers to adopt a channel-neutral content creation workflow, resulting in more efficient publishing on all channels.
Due to the media industry shifting from producing newspapers and magazines to producing content pieces, workflows and processes have changed for media companies. The tools they use, therefore, have to evolve as content is mainly

SAi signs agreement with Graphtec

SA International (SAi) has announced a global agreement with technology giant, Graphtec, to supply three newly-created cutting software packages with the company’s entire range of large format vinyl cutters. Driven by SAi’s Flexi software’s cutting solutions – Cutting Master 4, Graphtec Pro Studio and Graphtec Pro Studio Plus – have been designed to meet the varied requirements of print service providers and sign & display companies.
Commenting on the agreement Hiroyuki Takahata, senior MD

X-Rite adds eXact SCTV

X-Rite Incorporated and its subsidiary Pantone have extended the eXact portfolio of handheld spectrophotometers to include a spot color tone value (SCTV) feature that supports the latest ISO 20654 standard.
The eXact SCTV configuration has been developed to allow commercial and package printers to verify tone value for spot colors that ‘correlate well’ with visual appearance. With this latest firmware update to the eXact family, X-Rite said printers will be able to more easily verify both spot

Konica Minolta launches updated pre-press software

Konica Minolta has launched its updated AccurioPro Flux pre-press workflow software with a new pre-flight engine.
Version 7.6 of the software, which was launched in its first iteration more than 15 years ago, but changed name last year to accommodate for the Accurio rebrand, features a new Flux Preflight Pro in-built pre-flighting engine incorporating more than 80 predefined profiles.
It became available for update or for configuration with new machines, with price dependent on the supplier. The

Sun Chemical making digital inroads with LabelExpo debuts

Sun Chemical has expanded its portfolio with new UV-LED flexo inks and digital coatings, which were both debuted at LabelExpo Europe.
The company showcased a variety of its inks, coatings and supplies at the show in Brussels. One of the headlining products was the SolarFlex LED flexo ink, intended for migration-compliant food packaging.
European sales and marketing director Jonathan Sexton said the inks, developed as a four-colour process set, would be available in full to customers in the next

Magna launches new UV reactive ink

Water-based ink manufacturer Magna Colours has launched its new MagnaPrint UV-reactive invisible ink range, kicking the range off with a dark blue.
After a development phase lasting around six months, the ink was launched for sampling and is soon to go on commercial sale, priced at £15/kg.
Helen Parry, who replaced Tom Abbey as Magna managing director, said the ink, intended for screen printers, was the only one of its kind to use water-based technology. The inks are designed to function either