Roland DGA Corporation, a provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, introduced the new Texart RT-640M – an intelligent multi-function dye-sublimation printer that gives users the freedom to print directly onto coated polyester fabrics, or to sublimation transfer paper, using the same specially-formulated Texart SBL3 sublimation inks.
The printer simplifies dye-sublimation production for soft-signage with direct-to-textile print option, while maintaining the versatility of
Fujifilm along with its strategic partner Inca Digital, introduced an addition to the OnsetX UV flatbed series – the OnsetX HS (High Speed) range.
Featuring two new machines, the Onset X2 HS and the Onset X3 HS, the new range offers a “dramatic increase in speed and productivity – now printing up to 15,597sqft/hr, utilizing a new single cycle mode”.
The new range is compatible with Inca’s range of application specific robotic handling systems and incorporates ‘30 second’ job set up and ‘single
Konica Minolta has launched the third generation of its AccurioLabel line of digital toner presses to bring high-end productivity to entry-level markets.
Available as of the start of June with a list price circa £160,000, the AccurioLabel 230 (AL230) will replace the AL190. With Konica Minolta taking orders now, the new machine will make its show debut at Labelexpo in Belgium on 24-27 September.
The most significant upgrade to its predecessor is its speed of 23.4m/min. The AL230 can print at
Avery Dennison has unveiled a new vehicle wrap with “elongation properties which would set new standards for premium overlaminates”. “The new DOL 1400 Z Series can elongate up to 220% ensuring good installation performance and visually arresting printed designs,” say the makers.
“Gloss DOL 1460Z, Matt DOL 1480Z and new Lustre DOL 1470Z PVC film bring not only new levels of conformability and clarity to highly demanding graphics applications but also give a long durability to the printed graphics
Mimaki USA, a global industry leader of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, announces a strategic partnership with Gravograph, part of the Gravotech Group, a worldwide leader of innovative engraving, cutting and marking solutions for CNC rotary milling/engraving machines and Galvo and gantry laser systems. The partnership allows Mimaki USA to distribute Gravotech’s products, including mechanical and laser engravers as well as engraving materials, throughout the U.S.
Improvements to the LED Beacon provide peace-of-mind when inspecting formation activity and analyzing machine vibration on paper machines.
Unilux, one of the leading designer and manufacturer of inspection strobes, announces that the LED Beacon is now IP65-rated (water and pulp-resistant).
The strobe is used to ‘freeze’ motion up to 15 feet (4.6 meters) away, allowing mill personnel to evaluate critical processes at full production speed.
“The LED Beacon was the first LED strobe powerful enough to
Trotec unveiled the most recent addition to its Speedy laser series at the ISA show in Las Vegas.
The laser manufacturer showcased the new Speedy 400 at the ISA show in booth #3853, demonstrated how the new model produces high-quality results even at its maximum engraving speed of 170 inches per second – which is 30 inches per second faster than the previous model. The new model also features a revolutionary new motion planning system called OptiMotion, which calculates the cutting speed and
Printing equipment manufacturer Heidelberg and curing specialist IST Metz are intensifying their relationship to include UV LED retrofitting on sheet-fed offset presses.
Heidelberg and IST Metz have been working together successfully in the UV printing sector for more than 20 years. Now, UV unit manufacturer IST Metz will cover the LED retrofit business for various Heidelberg Speedmaster series presses and manage the handling and installation of the systems directly. IST Metz will also supply
Summa nv, one of the leading company of high-end cutting plotters and finishing systems, has developed a new in-house software platform to support its product range: GoSuite. The first software module within this GoSuite platform is called GoProduce. The software is bound to facilitate the operator’s work on the F Series flatbed and secure optimum rentability at the customer, partner, and installer production sites. The GoProduce software is ready for immediate release and implementation
Xaar has canned its final dividend and posted a near-£15m loss after an annus horribilis for the business, with CEO Doug Edwards looking ahead to better times and aiming to sign up a strategic investor for its thin film printhead this year.
The impact of the serious decline in its legacy business for the ceramics market was writ large across the results for 2018, with group sales down 37% at £63.5m. The company posted a bottom line loss of £14.9m compared to the prior year’s pre-tax profit of
EUKALIN will present several new hotmelt pressure sensitive adhesives at the GPP 2019 at the Printech Middle East stand no. 2F10. One of the highlights will be UV-curable PSA-hotmelts based on acrylic polymers.
EUKALIN is launching EUKALIN UV 2213, a newly developed UV-curable acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive for industrial tapes with outstanding high tack and peel values.
Furthermore EUKALIN UV 1230, a fully transparent adhesive for the production of No-Label- Look labels with excellent
Asahi Photoproducts has launched the AFP-BFTH plate in the first half of 2019, an out-of-the-box built-in flat top plate in the market that features premium clean transfer technology, which is designed to facilitate kiss touch printing pressure. This new plate, available in hard, fits seamlessly into any workflow and requires no special equipment.
"The AFP-BFTH plate is the first plate with clean transfer technology to boost solid ink homogeneity in printing," says Dieter Niederstadt
Canon has launched its new family of Océ Arizona 1300 flatbed printers to the sign and display market, looking to offer a more diverse range of applications.
A mid-range group of machines, the newest additions to Canon’s Arizona portfolio are aimed at customers who are ready to upgrade from their first flatbed or hybrid system to something that reaches mid-market requirements with higher productivity and print quality.
Boasting increased versatility across a range of media, such as canvas
Fujifilm will introduce LED curing technology to its Acuity range of flatbed printers with the upcoming release of the new Acuity LED 40.
Set for release in the first quarter of 2019, the new machine will be available at the same mid-market price point as its counterparts in the Acuity 20 and Acuity 30 series.
Running with a new LED inkset, Uvijet KL, the LED 40 is available in four-, six- or eight-colour channel configuration, there are options for users to add light inks and varnishes, as
Intec has begun shipping two new additions to its ColorFlare family of lamination and foiling hybrid machines – the CF350 and CF750.
Joining a portfolio spearheaded by the CF1200 full-sized production unit, which was launched in July last year, the two new devices enter the market at lower price points to attract smaller businesses to the possibilities of the ColorFlare technology’s decorative effects.
Both machines are dual laminator and foil flaring systems designed for commercial print
Danish press manufacturer Nilpeter will celebrate its 100th anniversary on May 1, 2019.
Founded in 1919 by Christian Nielsen and Axel Petersen, Nilpeter started out servicing newspaper printing machines in central Copenhagen. It introduced its first semi-rotary printing press, The Simplex, in 1924, which in various versions remained part of the company’s product range until the 1970s.
With the introduction of self-adhesive substrates, Nilpeter proceeded to target its business towards the
Smurfit Kappa, leader in Bag-in-Box packaging solutions, has launched a new high speed, triple head, automatic filling machine.
The new machine is capable of filling up to 45 3L Bag-in-Box containers per minute on its three state-of-the-art filling valves.
Designed for industrial plants, and optimised for efficiency and speed, the machine is the latest innovation in the industry-leading BIB 700 range and has an easy-to-use touch screen and ergonomic design.
Rigorous testing revealed the best
MGI Digital Technology has launched the new B1 version of its AlphaJet industrial print system and it has already won an award for innovation.
The machine, described as a 'print factory', was unveiled at the Paris All4Pack expo last month in a configuration comprising six combined B1 inkjet and embellishment functions: white UV pigment ink, 2D/3D UV clear varnish ink, aqueous CMYK printing ink, inline substrate sheet priming, LED, IR and UV curing, and variable foil embossing.
The new system
Manroland Goss Web Systems (MGWS) has acquired Dutch used web offset equipment specialist GWS Printing Systems and service specialist Dovak Industrial Services.
MGWS said the deal, which was completed on 20 December, is “the next important step in the development of its strategy to be the most advanced solution provider to the web offset printing industry”.
MGWS and GWS have already closely cooperated in the field of used equipment, heatset press service and on the former’s existing Market-X
Heidelberg is set to enter the new year with growth on the agenda as it pushes for an expansion in the proportion of sales brought in by its consumables eShop portal.
The online facility currently generates around 30% of total consumable orders and sales for Heidelberg and runs alongside a consignment stock system and traditional purchasing via representatives.
In a bid to increase the eShop’s share to around 50% by 2020, Heidelberg has started to push its online platform to new and potential
TLMI has launched a PET release liner recycling program in close conjunction with Lincoln, California-based Circular Polymers.
For the past year, TLMI has been working with Circular Polymers to qualify PET release liner from association members as a supply stream into Circular Polymers’ recycling process. A leader in using recycling technology to transform post-consumer discarded carpet into new polymer raw materials, Circular Polymers has approved PET release liner as a material that the
Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute will be partnering with Siegwerk over the next five years to develop the next generation of printing and ink technology through the newly commissioned, Siegwerk Inks and Coatings Laboratory.
The Siegwerk Inks and Coatings Laboratory will be part of the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics that will provide the faculty, staff and students access to ink technology and ink management processes. The lab will support building capabilities in
With its “Heidelberg goes digital” strategy, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is on the journey toward becoming a digital, agile company while also supporting its customers’ transition into the digital age through innovative software solutions and business models. Together with its subsidiary DOCUFY, Heidelberg is pursuing the further development of the COSIMA Component Content Management System and the TopicPilot mobile content delivery platform for the smart creation
While exceptional speed and acceleration is one way to increase digital finishing table productivity, perhaps the more impactful way is to reduce downtime due to manual feeding and stacking. It not only reduces idle time; wherever you have manual material handling, you also have damage and waste, and the level of rework can be high. Esko explained how it is at the forefront of digital finishing automation during SGIA Expo 2018.
Esko director of product development, Frank Adegeest, presented
Hybrid Software has released a variable data printing (VDP) option for its PACKZ PDF editor and Cloudflow workflow suite that it is targeting at the labels and packaging markets.
Commercially available with immediate effect for users of PACKZ 5.0 and higher, Hybrid said the VDP option leverages its native PDF technology and ‘live objects’ controls for adding customised content to a PDF file. The developer said its VDP tools eliminate the upfront template creation which slows down other VDP
RISO demonstrated its new T2 twin-engine cut sheet production inkjet platform at PRINT18. Engineered as a solution for the transactional, direct mail and the short run book publishing markets, the RISO T2 can produce up to 320 colour impressions per minute, meeting or exceeding the speeds of other colour cut-sheet inkjet devices and nearly all black and white toner-based cut-sheet production machines, according to the company. Its physical footprint is roughly nine times smaller than comparable
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is taking over the international MBO Group in a bid to further expand its offerings in the growing market of postpress operations for digitally printed products. The move will also see the company gain access to new customers in the pharmaceutical industry and add mailing system offerings to its offset portfolio.
This decision highlights the company’s strategic focus on consistently aligning its portfolio and new business model with the growth segments
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. (Konica Minolta) has announced the release of its new Extreme Digital Designer’s Guide, to be revealed at Konica Minolta Canada’s cocktail event during this month’s Print18 conference in Chicago, Illinois.
The Guide showcases a range of digital printing applications, including texturized foil and varnish printing, various paper stock and substrate printing applications, embossed labels and invitations, authenticated holographic digital printing
Canon has launched the new imagePROGRAF TM Series of large format inkjet printers for customers producing CAD, GIS and poster applications. The new printers address the needs of customers in the corporate, construction and engineering, retail, education and government sectors, enabling them to produce high quality drawings, maps and posters on demand, in-house.
The new printers are built on the proven technology of the large format imagePROGRAF TX Series, which has been very successful in the
Morgana Systems’ own-branded rotary die-cutter, the Morgana RDC, is now available to market to help digital printers diversify offerings.
Priced around £60,000, depending on configuration, the RDC has been introduced to Morgana’s portfolio to replace the Nagel DFC system the supplier had previously sold in the same market position.
Unveiled initially at the supplier’s Taking Print Further event in March, it was officially launched to market on 22 August as a complement to the Valiani range of