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EFI adds new version Enterprise Model in latest DSF release

EFI has unveiled the latest version of its Digital Storefront web-to-print software, which includes a new Enterprise Model to enable printers to better support clients such as franchise owners.

The Enterprise Model allows printers to subdivide a client’s single Digital Storefront licence into different interfaces to serve multiple franchises or subsidiaries within the client’s organisation.

Other new features in version 8 of EFI’s web-to-print software include a marketplace where printers

Soyang Europe launches its first rigid substrate, other products

Soyang Europe has announced two new wide-format substrates, including its first rigid board as well as a latex, solvent and UV printable magnetic wallcovering system.

The company, which recently launched its own range of textiles for wide- and grand-format printing, will launch rigid print and design board Sealwise and printable magnetic wallcovering So-Netic soon.

Sealwise is manufactured in Germany from 100% recyclable uPVC. It is available in 2,440x1,220mm and 3,050x1,500mm sheet sizes

Canon announces the new Océ ColorWave digital printers

Canon has launched two new high-performance wide-format printers recently.

The two new devices, the Océ ColorWave 500 and the Océ ColorWave 700, offer instant-dry and water-resistant prints on roll-based media. They will be available in both printer-only and multi-function versions.

Canon is pitching the ColorWave 500 at companies producing computer-aided design (CAD); architecture, engineering and construction (AEC); and geographical information system (GIS) applications. The system comes

HP unveils High Definition Nozzle Architecture for Inkjet Web Presses

HP has announced new High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) technology for its Inkjet Web Presses.

The HDNA printhead doubles the native print resolution of current HP inkjet printheads to 1,200dpi, delivered by 2,400 nozzles per inch, up from the 1200 nozzles per inch on HP’s current technology.

HP said the new heads would increase speeds in Performance Mode up to 244m/min or up to 122m/min in the new Quality Mode, with a native resolution of 1,200dpi.

It also claimed that the new

Nilpeter to showcase UV-Flexo at Gulf Print

Nilpeter Middle East plans to talk about latest UV-Flexo presses FB-3 and FA4* at their Gulf Print & Pack stall. Nilpeter ME is the supplier of equipment and solutions to the global label and flexible. 

Talking about the products, Shyam Babu, director of Nilepeter ME, said, “During the event we planned to enlighten the FB-3 and FA4* UV flexo presses from Nilpeter. The FB-3 offers the highest level of servo automation in its class. It has a dual-axis servo transport system to deliver high

Ibis unveils ‘stretched’ Smart-binder X

Ibis Integrated Bindery Systems has launched a “stretched” version of its Smart-binder in-line digital saddle stitcher designed for high-speed production of low pagination A5 booklets and for tabloid-sized products.

Whereas previous Smart-binders were capable of 2up A5 landscape production, they were limited to 1up A5 portrait, which created a bottleneck when trying to run in-line with modern high-speed digital presses.

Ibis has increased the maximum spine length with the SB-X from 320mm to

Agfa expands wide-format range with OEM cutting table

Agfa Graphics has launched its first wide-format cutting table, the Acorta, following an OEM deal with Italian manufacturer Elitron.

    The Acorta adds finishing to Agfa’s existing wide-format product range of Anapurna and Jeti printers, Asanti workflow suite and A-Sign flexible media for solvent and UV-cured inks.

   Dominiek Arnout, vice-president of Agfa Graphics’ Inkjet business, said: “We are developing an all-integrated approach in which our customers can add an extra in-house

Riso releases new two-colour Digital Duplicating System

Riso has released the company’s latest advance in digital duplicating – the ME9450 Digital Duplicator. This newest model is a fully automatic cut-sheet digital duplicator, producing two-colour documents in a single pass at speeds up to 150 pages per minute. This, said Riso, makes it ideal for high-volume one-colour and two-colour printing.

The ME9450 features advanced workflow capabilities to reduce prepress and make-ready times by up to 50% over many traditional two-colour processes

Major revamp undertaken for Kodak’s global operations

Kodak chief Jeff Clarke is implementing a new business structure. Kodak currently has two overarching business units: Digital Printing and Enterprise headed by Doug Edwards; and Entertainment and Commercial Films, lead by Brad Kruchten.

Clarke’s new structure, which is effective from the new year, replaces these units with five “market-focused” divisions.  The new divisions are: Print Systems (incorporating litho plates and platesetters, electrophotographic digital printing, OEM toner and

Lexmark aggresively looking to seize the Middle East potentials

Lexmark Middle East and Africa, highlighted the need for Middle Eastern organizations to optimize the potential in the vast amount of unstructured information that exists in the form of paper at a press release in Dubai.

Talking about the release Mathias Militzer, general manager said, “the importance of Managed Print Services (MPS) an offering that continues to evolve in the marketplace and Lexmark remains a leader at the forefront of this change. For many years our approach has been ‘Print

Masar to invest in high speed inkjet web press from Kodak

Kodak has reached an agreement in principle to install the Prosper 6000C press at Dubai Media Inc (DMI) premises, the first such installation in Europe, Africa and Middle East region. 

DMI, the largest media group in the Middle East, plans to use the Prosper  for its ‘smart printing services initiative’ in the UAE, which will see the introduction
of reader-customized newspapers and other advanced printing services.

Faisal Bin Haider, executive director of printing and distribution sector

Screen has announced enhanced version of its inkjet web press

Eight years after Screen its first high-speed web-fed inkjet press, the Kyoto-based company announced the next generation of inkjet printing with the launch of the Truepress Jet520HD.

The new Truepress Jet520HD is 520mm wide, and can achieve its highest quality output at 50 m/min with a resolution of 1200x1200dpi while the fastest speed is 120 m/min at a resolution of 600x600dpi.  While the initial machines will be launched as four-colour units, the Truepress Jet520HD has a modular structure

Gallus claims quality, cost USPs with new digital label line

Gallus has described its new Digital Converting System for label production as having “game changing” capabilities compared with rival inkjet label presses.

The DCS 340 hybrid conventional/inkjet press was shown running live for the first time at the Gallus Innovation Days customer event at its Swiss HQ this week. The event was set to be attended by more than 600 customers from around the world.

It marries technology from Gallus, Fujifilm and Gallus owner Heidelberg and has involved a rapid

Fujifilm announces commercial availability of its F1600 printer

Fujifilm  announced the commercial launch of the Vybrant F1600 following its preview at FESPA Digital earlier this year. The Vybrant F1600 is a new 1.6m roll-to-roll large format printer targeted at the sign industry, featuring Fujifilm’s patented FUZE hybrid UV Ink technology. The Vybrant F1600 is a four colour machine with a productivity of up to 18 m2/hour, suitable for printing vinyl or any other flexible material to create indoor or outdoor applications where durability and fast

Xeikon launches a high speed digital label press, ‘Cheetah’

Xeikon has launched a new high-speed digital label press, the Xeikon Cheetah, which is over 56% faster than its current equivalent, the Xeikon 3300.

The Xeikon Cheetah, which will be commercially available in 2015, has a maximum web speed of 30m/min (depending on media thickness) at 1,200pi, giving it a maximum printed output of 594sqm/hr.

Patrick Van Baelen, vice-president of worldwide marketing at Xeikon, said that the “increase in speed represents a huge leap forward in digital press

Domino launches inkjet printer for beverage and dairy industry

Domino has launched a new continuous ink jet (CIJ) printer – the A520i which it claims can withstand the harsh production environment of the beverage and dairy sectors whilst delivering ‘flexible, consistent and quality coding at high output speeds’.

The A520i is the first CIJ printer to incorporate the plenum airflow cooling system, which ensures the printer stays cool whatever the production environment. Each printer comes ‘wrapped’ in an IP55 marine grade robust stainless steel cabinet

Altech hosts training sessions for Intec machines in UAE

Distributor of popular brands like Sharp, Intec, Muratec, and Brother, the Altech Group of companies, Altech International FZE  had organized a training sessions for the Intec digital machines like CS4000, CS5000 among others.

Explaining the Intec digital machines using Fiery XF, Philip Johny, general manager of Altech International  said, “This Fiery allows us to create innumerable profiles which allows us to deploy them in accordance to the user prerequisite. Also, this machine highly

MTEX Solutions launches 3 textile printing products globally

MTEX Digital Textile Solutions announced the global launch of its new digital textile products including a range of pre- and post- fabric treatment machines that will enable the user to print onto textiles in whatever market they choose, be it signage, interiors or fashion.
Eloi Ferreira, CEO of MTEX said: “With MTEX’s new coating and washer dryer machines, customers can now invest in a complete direct-to-textile digital printing solution, with preparation, print, fixation and drying in one

HP has launched ‘page-wide’ technology to rival Memjet

HP has announced a page-wide inkjet technology for wide-format printing, which challenges the Memjet-based machines from Canon, RTI and Xerox.
The first products to be based on the new printhead modules will be aimed at the reprographics market, currently dominated by Canon and Xerox, and will be launched in the second half of 2015.
“HP’s intent is to disrupt the reprographics market, which is currently mainly using LED technology with a little bit of Memjet,” said HP Graphic Solutions Business

Fespa debut for entry-level Gandy range UV inkjet printers

Gandy Digital has launched its new Sl8te Hybrid and True Flatbed UV inkjet printers at Fespa Digital.
The Canadian manufacturer is promising a “low cost and low risk” route for firms making the move into direct-to-board printing, at a more affordable price point than with its existing high-end range.
A 2.2m-wide Sl8te Hybrid model is being demonstrated on the Gandy booth. It is available in four widths: 1.6m, 2.2m, 2.6m and 3.2m and can operate in flatbed or roll-to-roll mode. Pricing starts at

Fujifilm has unveiled its Acuity F at Fespa

Fujifilm is targeting volume sign and display printers with the launch of the high-volume flatbed UV Acuity F wide-format printer series, its OEM version of Canon’s latest Océ Arizona.
Other than using Fujifilm’s Uvijet inks, the product is available in the same specifications as the Fespa-launched Arizona 6100 series, coming in two versions: the six-colour F66 (CMYK+LC+LM) and the seven-colour F67, which adds a white channel.
The Acuity F sits above Fujifilm’s Acuity Advance and Acuity LED

HP announces Latex 300 series and Designjet product launches

HP has announced the launch of its third generation of latex printers, the Latex 300 series, alongside two new additions to its Designjet Z-series portfolio.
The Latex 300 series comprises three new printers, the 1.4m Latex 310 and the 1.6m Latex 330 and Latex 360, that will target low-volume users with an average monthly print volume of 500sqm in a bid to convert more of the eco-solvent market to latex.
They join the top-of-the-range 3.2m Latex 3000, the mid-volume 3.2m Latex 820 and Latex 850

Xerox retires DocuColor range with launch of Versant 2100 Press

Xerox has announced the launch of a new mid-range production printer, the Versant 2100 Press, which will sit between the entry-level J75 and the Color 800/1000 and iGen presses at the other end of the scale.  The Versant 2100 replaces the last DocuColor press still in new production, the DocuColor 8080, which will now be discontinued, thereby retiring the highly successful DocuColor platform.

Xerox Graphic Communications Business Group worldwide product marketing manager for High Entry

Heidelberg takes the wraps off their inkjet plans

A hybrid label press will be the first fruit of Heidelberg’s partnership with Fujifilm, and more inkjet products are on the way including “industrialised” sheetfed presses that appear likely to take on Benny Landa’s Nanography head-on. And in a move into a completely new area for Heidelberg, a “4D” system for printing onto three-dimensional objects will be delivered to key customer Flyeralarm in Germany later this year.

The manufacturer provided what it described as a “sneak peek” into its

Mimaki to showcase its direct sublimation printer at Fespa ‘14

The Tx500-1800DS direct sublimation printer for the textile and soft signage industries will be one of two key devices showcased by Mimaki at Fespa Digital 2014, from 20-23 May at Munich Messe.

The Tx500-1800DS direct sublimation printer offers 1,200dpi resolution and speeds up to 150m2/h on pre-treated polyester fabrics with six on-demand piezo printheads (three staggered) and, according to Mimaki, achieves 150% faster print speed than its conventional models. The device can be specified with

Lumejet to unveil LumeBar single pass printer at InPrint 2014

Lumejet will showcase a high-speed single pass version of its photonic printing technology as a tech demo at next month’s InPrint 2014 show in Hannover, Germany.

Dr Trevor Elworthy, a former Kodak research scientist  devised a way to ‘print’ a 4 micron dot onto light sensitive media. The media is silver halide-based and unlike any other print technology it creates an RGB image (from red, green and blue dyes embedded in the paper) which has a much wider gamut than CMYK.

The result is

Pitney Bowes develops parcel sortation offering

Pitney Bowes has entered into an OEM partnership with a third party to develop bespoke parcel sortation lines for courier firms and postal operators.

The agreement, which is already delivering to clients in the US, involves third party-developed hardware badged as Pitney Bowes who will provide software implementation and sales services for the products.

“We will supply the complete operating system that will drive the sortation lines as well as data capture services so we can provide our

EFI and Konica Minolta launch two DFEs

EFI and Konica Minolta have announced the availability of two new digital front ends (DFEs) - the EFI Fiery IC-308 and IC-415 - designed to drive the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1060, C1070 and C1070P family of digital presses.

“The new additions to the Fiery line-up for the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS family deliver almost 2.5 times performance improvement over their predecessors,” said John Henze, vice president, Fiery marketing, EFI. “This means that print service providers can increase

Montex to launch KBA-built die-cutter later this year

KBA has secured a partnership with German die-cutting kit specialist Montex-Print Ost to develop a dedicated B1 rotary die-cutter based on KBA’s flagship Rapida 105.
The DC-R105 will be available as a single or double unit die-cutting machine that incorporates Montex’s established magnetic cylinder and toolless die technology.
Both options will have a maximum mechanical speed of 14,000sph and maximum production speed of 12,000sph and be capable of handling substrates from 0.03-0.7mm. The machines

Canon expands wide-format range with entry-level

By Darryl Danielli
Canon has expanded its imagePrograf family of large-format printers with two new stripped-down models targeted at inplant and entry-level commercial and franchise print poster applications.
The six-colour machines, the 609.6mm (20in) wide imagePrograf iPF6400SE and the 1,117mm (44in) wide imagePrograf iPF8400SE, are primarily targeted at the corporate, retail and hospitality inplant markets, but according to Canon they would also be suited to commercial and high-street printers