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Konica Minolta Australia has announced the retirement of Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, after 33 years in the printing industry, effective at the conclusion of this year’s PacPrint.The industry veteran, who has attended a record five drupas, has had an amazing career in the printing industry, spending the last five years with Konica Minolta leading the production and industrial print team through one of the most challenging periods in the industry. Despite this, the industry is seeing great signs of recovery with demand in label, light packaging, and wide format.
David Procter, chief operating officer, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Sue has without doubt made a massive impact at Konica Minolta and more broadly in the industry. As a woman in leadership, I have no doubt she has contributed to equalising the gender bias and she should be proud of this achievement. We are grateful for her contribution and wish her all the best for the future.”
Currie Group has been recently accredited as the first EFI Fiery® for Display Graphics Premier Partner in the re...
May 31 2022
Currie Group has been recently accredited as the first EFI Fiery® for Display Graphics Premier Partner in the region. Further strengthening the partnership between EFI and Currie Group, this program ultimately benefits the wide format customer base by way of additional support and expertise.
As a Fiery for Display Graphics Premier Partner, Currie Group are now listed on EFI’s website so customers can easily locate us. Just select our region to see us there. As part of the program, Currie Group were required to complete sales and technical training for the entire line-up of Fiery display graphics products.
The portfolio has grown beyond the EFI Fiery XF and Fiery proServer itself. There is a complete suite of software solutions that will make customers more efficient, including Fiery JobFlowTM for prepress automation, Fiery Prep-ItTM for true shape nesting, and Fiery IQTM for display graphics that will help you better manage your fleet, even across multiple locations, by providing real-time operational data via the cloud.
Chris Schowalter, Global Sales Director - Fiery for Display Graphics said, “We are very proud to have Currie Group joining the Premier Partner program. They quickly met all our criteria achieving the highest-level accreditation for Fiery Display Graphics Products. They are a trusted partner and doing a great job supporting all our customers in the region. Now our partnership is even stronger, and we can together keep our customers happy and loyal.”
Paul Whitehead, Currie Group Business Unit Manager – Sign & Display said, “Currie Group is committed to becoming the leading supplier in both the Australian & New Zealand Sign & Display markets. EFI hardware was only the first step, and now we are excited to add the Fiery for Display Graphics software to our portfolio.
Becoming an accredited Fiery Display Graphics Premier Partner ensures we can support both our EFI customers to a greater level, whilst also providing a full suite of workflow support to customers that utilise printers from other manufacturers.”
Various components of the Fiery for Display Graphics software suite:
Fiery XF 7
Fiery XF7 is the easiest way to achieve superior colour results, gain maximum productivity and profit from business insights with EFI Fiery Command WorkStation digital print job management. It is a workflow solution that caters to different job types and makes it easy to automate repeat jobs and repetitive tasks.
Fiery Prep-It is a print-for-cut preparation software. It’s an easy-to-use solution for the preparation, layout and automated production of print-for-cut jobs – which is likely most of the jobs our customers are producing! It can save them hours of prepress time and dramatically decrease media usage with efficient true shape nesting, as you can see from the graphic below.
Alternative means of true shape nesting either involve longer preparation times or excessive use of media or both, when compared to Fiery Prep-It.
Fiery JobFlow automates job preparation steps in prepress workflows to produce ready-to-print files. This easy-to-use print workflow automation software increases productivity and reduces costs. With its easy-to- build workflows, users can use it for automated image enhancement and automation, file submission and archiving, integration with other workflows for intelligent job routing and much more. The JobFlow mantra is “Don’t touch what you can automate.”
EFI IQ for Display Graphics
EFI IQ, a cloud-based application, provides the data analytics that help owners and managers make smart decisions. It can provide answers to questions such as:
How well is my shop running today?
How much ink did we consume in the last quarter?
Is there a disruption in my shop I need to know about?
How well are my printers being utilised?
By gaining real time access to the answers to these questions and more, owners and managers can quickly adapt to get things back on track, whether it needs additional operator training, better inventory management, scaling up production capacity, or any other action to ensure a smooth and profitable operation.
Contact Currie Group for more information:
Epson will be debuting their new production-class, SureColor T7760D dual-roll technical printer for the first time, alongside their latest large-format and document printers, on stand G3...
May 31 2022
Epson will be debuting their new production-class, SureColor T7760D dual-roll technical printer for the first time, alongside their latest large-format and document printers, on stand G34 at Sydney Build 2022 - Australia's leading construction, architecture and infrastructure expo.
New SureColor T7760D dual-roll printer
The SureColor T7760D combines an extremely compact footprint with flexible media handling and a high print speed. It is designed for companies who want to produce large-format colour drawings and posters in moderate to high volume. The SureColor T7760D is particularly suited to construction, retail and print-4-pay applications. It uses 6 inks that come in large cost-effective cartridges with an additional red to enhance the colour gamut. Integrated high-speed hardware-based Postscript® enables fast and accurate image reproduction via drag-n-drop from the desktop or direct from a USB device. The SureColor T7760D features dual-roll support with the second roll also able to be used as an auto take up. There is also an integrated pull-out media bin and an optional flat sheet stacker.
The T7760D is targeted to be released in Australia in July, so visitors to Sydney Build will be the first to see this new generation production-class SureColor T-Series printer in the flesh.
Also on display will be the SureColor T5460M and the T3160M. Developed from the ground up, the SureColor T-Series models include Epson’s latest PrecisionCore printhead which provides outstanding image quality while enabling higher-speed performance than previous generation models. The SureColor T3160M compact industrial design provides a small footprint for space-constrained production environments.
Attendees to the Epson stand at Sydney Build will also be able to see the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C879R workgroup printer in action on the stand. The WF-C879R enables offices to benefit from increased productivity of a local distributed fleet that required minimal intervention, while providing predictable print costs.
WorkForce Pro WF-C879R
The WF-C879R uses up to 94 percent1 less power than comparable colour laser printers thanks to Epson’s Heat-Free Technology. It not only lowers electricity costs but also requires fewer supplies to reduce the environmental impact.The simple printing process and high page yield ink reduces downtime, making businesses more efficient and productive.
1Epson saves up to 94% energy used while printing comparing the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C878RTC model with 64 competitive laser devices in the Australian 21 to 44ppm A3 colour MFD segment as at 1 July 2021.
Konica Minolta Australia has appointed Ted Garner to the role of chief strategy officer to help drive the business into the future.
At PacPrint2022, Mimaki will be showcasing its latest innovations alongside their tried and proven print technologies, debuting the JV330 Series and a range of new technologies to improv...
May 31 2022
At PacPrint2022, Mimaki will be showcasing its latest innovations alongside their tried and proven print technologies, debuting the JV330 Series and a range of new technologies to improve businesses’ print experience, as well as its well-known UCJV300 LED Print & Cut series.
“The JV330 Series features the new Mimaki Weaving Dot Technology (MWDT), which changes the order of ink droplet placement depending on the printing conditions,” says Brad Creighton, National Marketing Manager, explaining that this helps suppress unexpected occurrences of streaks or unevenness of printing caused by slight individual differences in the print head or subtle deviations in adjustment.
“The XY slitter and the Media Changer are two other, high-value functions that assist in saving work and labour. The XY slitter has an in-line function that cuts all sides of the media after printing, enabling automatic slit processing without the need of taking-out media. This will significantly shorten the post-process work and reduce the space required for the cutting work that used to be done manually.
“The Media Changer accommodates up to three rolls of media to be able to change by simply turning the handle with light force – this greatly reduces the time and effort required to change media, contributing to a more efficient work environment,” Creighton says. “The result is higher precision and consistency, with less manual interference required.”
In addition, Mimaki will be premiering new large and small format flatbed printers on the show floor. These new models pursue greater speed without sacrificing stability and accuracy, and use UV inks certified as GREENGUARD Gold due to their environmental friendliness.
“The new JFX600-2513 is the successor model to the JFX500-2131, Mimaki’s large format flatbed LED UV printer,” Creighton explains. “It’s a large-format flatbed LED UV inkjet printer with up to 330% faster print speed than JFX500, and is exceptionally versatile, with six colours available including light colours, a large table size and a vacuum table that supports media as thick as 60mm.”
The machine has also been designed with usability in mind, with support for MDL commands which make it easy for operators to achieve automation and labour savings on processes like work piece transfer, during printing.
Another showpiece sure to create interest is the new UJF-6042 MkII e, the successor to the smaller-format flatbed UJF-6042MkII printer.
“The new model has further improved image quality and machine stability, while maintaining the operability that was highly acclaimed in the current model,” Creighton explains.
“With a larger print size of 610mm x 420mm, this new model supports A2 size and 153mm height. In addition, the new printers provide improved usability to the operator by adding visual guidance on the 3.45inch full colour display.
“All UJF-MkII e Series printers feature new MFD2 processing for exceptional image quality as well as an improved, laser gap check sensor, which detects media placement to prevent printheads from making contact with the material during printing,” he adds. “It can even detect transparent materials for superior accuracy and highly controlled media detection.”
Mimaki will be running live demonstrations at stand C08 at PacPrint, which will co-locate with the Visual Impact sign and display expo and the Label & Packaging Expo, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 28 June to 1 July this year. Go to www.pacprint.com.au for more information.
Epson, who is today celebrating its 80th year in business, has opened the new Epson Museum Suwa at its corporate Head Office in Suwa, Nagano, in Japan. The two-part museum, which consists of a renovated Monozukuri Museum and a new Memorial Hall, gives visitors a chance to learn about Epson’s history and products from the past. Memorial Hall is housed in what was the original administrative building, construction of which was completed in October 1945 and this recently renovated historic building is open to the public from today.
Epson Museum Suwa, Memorial Hall
Epson’s predecessor, Daiwa Kogyo, Ltd., was founded in May 1942. Over the ensuing eight decades, the company evolved while passing on its DNA as an innovator and manufacturer. Refining the micromachining and precision processing technologies Epson developed for watches and deploying them in other areas are what fueled the company’s growth.
Construction of the administrative office for Factory 1 of Daiwa Kogyo was completed in 1945 (the picture was taken in 1949)
The company have renovated the original administrative building from the founding era and reopened it as Memorial Hall to allow visitors to step back in time to experience the history and stories of products from a bygone era.
Exhibits in Memorial Hall cover the period to the 1970s, the time during which the building was actually used. From the technology and skills that go into mechanical watches, to the world’s first quartz watch, to the compact EP-101 digital printer from which the Epson brand name is derived, visitors will be given a retrospective look at the efficient, compact, and precision technologies that Epson has developed since its founding.
Visitors to Epson Museum Suwa can tour both the Monozukuri Museum and Memorial Hall.
Epson has also launched an 80th anniversary website to trace the company’s philosophy and history since its founding. To visit the website go to: https://80th.epson.com/en
Epson has ticked off eight decades by ceaselessly pursuing creativity and challenge. The company is committed to solving societal issues by working to achieve sustainability and enrich communities.
Koenig & Bauer Durst has used its latest SPC Open House to announce a new addition to its product portfolio with the unveiling of the Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Eco+ industrial production press for run lengths from one to millions of square metres. The entry-level, compact model will offer corrugated converters a new route into digital packaging or will enhance their current capabilities.
The Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Eco+ press, using water-based, food-safe, sustainable inks, will offer an impressive price performance ratio for converters with media sizes up to 1.3 metres by 2.8 metres. This new press will be fully upgradeable to the Delta SPC FlexLine Automatic press. Sales start now. Based on its established, market-proven Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic press, the new machine will be addressing converters with volumes of between 4 million and 8 million square metres a year. It also includes a compact drying system.
With more than 60 guests at the SPC Open House at the Durst Innovation Center East in Lienz, Austria, in May, Koenig & Bauer Durst also announced the introduction of Dynamic Nozzle Management (DNM). This tool will significantly reduce the printhead maintenance across its Delta SPC 130 product portfolio, which will be another boost for customers’ productivity.
DNM will become part of the standard package for the Delta SPC 130 portfolio, including the new Eco+ model, and will further reduce the maintenance cycles of the Koenig & Bauer Durst’s industry acclaimed, long-lasting printheads. The tool identifies nozzle clogging and can then be programmed to manage the level of ink being jetted from the head. It ensures that high-quality production is always maintained.
Matthias Krautgasser, Koenig & Bauer Durst’s Delta SPC 130 Product Manager, said: “We have already implemented our automated non-contact cleaning system – DNM will further increase uptime and productivity of our Delta SPC 130 product lineup. DNM is another tool in our parcel of advanced technologies which will give our customers even more confidence in these challenging times. The DNM will be fitted to all new products, including the Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Eco+ model that will be available from next year. It can also be upgraded to existing customer machines.
“Many of the corrugated converters we are in discussion with have run lengths of between 4-8 million sq/m per year, so the new Koenig & Bauer Durst Delta SPC 130 Eco+ will be perfect for them, with the capability to upgrade to the SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic press later.”
Robert Stabler, Managing Director, Koenig & Bauer Durst, said: “Raw material shortages, cost pressures and mitigation strategies continue to be high on the agenda for customers. Coupled with brand owners demanding that new production methods are reliable, compliant and cost effective, we are confident that our complete product portfolio, including the new Eco+ press from Koenig & Bauer Durst, will meet the rapidly changing requirements. It was clear from discussions at our SPC Open House that converters increasingly need to have the capabilities and competencies to mass customize without any compromise on quality, and all at an effective total cost of ownership, which we provide.”
Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of electronics, software, tools and services for industrial inkjet, together with Dyndrite, providers of the core accelerated computation engine used to create next-generation digital manufacturing hardware and software, expand their collaboration with the announcement of Meteoryte, a 3D software tool that simplifies the development and adoption of inkjet technology for additive manufacturing applications.
Industrial inkjet 3D system developers, particularly those just getting started, face hardware, software and materials challenges. In some cases, the software challenges can be resolved by adopting off-the-shelf, open-source tools, but when these tools lack sufficient features or can’t offer the required production-ready performance, Meteoryte presents an ideal solution. Built with the Dyndrite Application Developer Kit, Meteoryte offers additive manufacturing system builders a foundational set of tools for the initial stages of machine development. With an easy-to-use 3D geometry manipulation interface, Meteoryte features include:
Leading finishing equipment manufacturer, A B Graphic International (ABG), has launched the next evolution of its highly popular Omega SRI label finishing system. Delivering high perform...
May 17 2022
Leading finishing equipment manufacturer, A B Graphic International (ABG), has launched the next evolution of its highly popular Omega SRI label finishing system. Delivering high performance slitting, rewinding and inspection, the updated model offers a range of new and adjustable options to meet future requirements.
With a larger unwind diameter at 830mm, and increased nip roller wraparound, waste is reduced and tension control improved, preventing slippage and interweaving of the web and providing unparalleled versatility. The upgraded features, which include a lower splice table, allow operators greater flexibility and increased ergonomic comfort, thereby improving productivity and efficiency. A market leader in innovative print finishing, the SRI3 is also the only machine in its class that doesn't rely on a third party inspection system. Providing 100% print inspection with ABG’s fleyeVision camera system, everything works perfectly together with seamless integration.
Other enhancements include an arm that enables a right handed operator to easily cut the reel, and a tape holder, which is built-in as per ABG’s Digicon range. Manual slitting can now be upgraded to autoslit, which was not possible on the previous SRI, and the rewind module can be taken out and replaced with a turret at a later stage.
Designed with retrofitting possibilities in mind and a modular setup to make future updates simple, the SRI3 can be fully configured to meet individual needs.
“At ABG, we strive to deliver premium service and the best experiences for our customers across the globe,” said Ralf Wirtz managing director of ABG GMBH. “And with over 30 years experience manufacturing slitter rewinders, this commitment to excellence is at the core of our evolutionary approach to the SRI’s unique design.”
For more information about ABG contact Australian and New Zealand distributors Currie Group www.curriegroup.com.au or watch www.youtu.be/7HBVg7cSbQE
Award brings further affirmation of sustainability efforts Epson has won this year’s DataMaster Lab GREEN Award in recognition of the environmental benefits afforded b...
May 17 2022
Award brings further affirmation of sustainability efforts
Epson has won this year’s DataMaster Lab GREEN Award in recognition of the environmental benefits afforded by its Heat-free PrecisionCore inkjet printers and MFPs and the sustainability measures employed as part of their development, production and distribution. DataMaster is an independent laboratory, expert in professional document imaging solutions.
DataMaster acknowledges that one of the primary environmental impacts of printing is energy use and has recognised the reduction that can be achieved by Epson’s Heat-free PrecisionCore inkjets. When compared to laser printers, this averages up to 83% less power consumed, which across a fleet can amount to a very significant saving.
That said, this award is not just about electrical consumption. Edward Bilson, Technical Director of DataMaster Lab said, "We take into account accreditations for manufacturing facilities, levels of noxious emissions – and the nature and lifetime of a machine’s consumables. When you consider the carbon footprint of a consumable item’s manufacture, transportation, distribution and its final resting place in a landfill site, you realise that all consumables need to be designed with the environment in mind and have the longest lifetime possible. The winners of DataMaster Lab’s GREEN Award have the least impact on our precious environment."
Since 2018 Epson has invested considerably into the development of their PrecisionCore printhead, and last year the company committed to investing 100 billion Yen into further developing sustainable technologies, decarbonisation and resource recycling. They also committed to becoming underground resource free by 2050.
May 17 2022
Leading manufacturer, NUtec Digital Ink offers a unique proprietary bulk ink system engineered to ensure a continuous supply of ink to the Epson® DX4, DX5, DX6 and DX7 print heads used in wide-format digital inkjet presses.
NUbis is a bulk ink system from NUtec Digital Ink which enables more efficient printing with uninterrupted refilling, giving the functionality of a cartridge with the advantages of a bulk system. The system holds either 1000ml or 2000ml degassed pouches, which are easy to replace when empty, even during printing without disrupting the print session.
Replacing pouches can be done quickly and cleanly as the custom-designed needle connecter attaches easily to the nozzle of the pouch for a rapid, spill-free refilling process which reduces ink wastage. Empty pouches can be folded and disposed of in accordance with regional waste disposal measures, while the outer box is 100% recyclable.
“Installation of our NUbis bulk ink system is simplified with the supporting tools we provide including our Quick Install guide, detailed components list and step by step installation video available on our YouTube channel, “ says Darren Claassens, Head of Sales and Marketing at NUtec Digital Ink. “Additionally, our network of distributors and dealers are fully trained on the system and are able to assist with installation and technical support.”
Roland DG Corporation has launched the My TrueVIS campaign, a central webpage and social media campaign to share user testimonials about its TrueVIS large-format inkjet printers and printer cutters from around the world.
The TrueVIS series represents Roland DG's flagship models for producing sign and graphics with the extraordinary power to excite hearts and minds. The combination of unparalleled colour, durability and ease of use has appealed to large numbers of digital print business owners, with more than 24,000 units* shipped. On March 1st, the company launched its third generation of TrueVIS printer cutters, including the professional, high performance VG3-640 and 540 models and the value-packed SG3-540 and 300 models.
As part of the campaign, TrueVIS users everywhere are invited to enter the #MyTrueVIS competition by posting what they love about their TrueVIS with photos of their work and workplaces using the hashtag #MyTrueVIS. Australian users who mention Roland DG Australia (using the @ symbol) on Facebook and Instagram, will have the chance to win a full set of TR2 inks for their TrueVIS printer/printer cutter valued over $1500 inc GST**.
Tony Miller, President, Global Sales and Marketing Division, said, "We started this campaign to let people know about the benefits of TrueVIS, but it has revealed not only our customers’ thoughts about TrueVIS, but also many exciting success stories. For example, an American user sold her couch, put her TrueVIS printer in her living room and started a printing business. A British customer said that his sons will now be taking a bigger role due to TrueVIS furthering the growth of his business. A Brazilian woman said that TrueVIS has created new possibilities for her company and made her dreams come true.
“These are just a few of the stories we were impressed to hear from users working successfully in different environments in numerous countries. They remind us of the important role and responsibility that our products play in the personal lives of our users, not just in business,” Miller said.
“The purpose of our company is to provide more people with the joy of creation. These passionate and creative customers are a great source of pride for us and one of our most treasured strengths. They make us even more determined to continue to provide products and solutions that meet or exceed the expectations of our customers around the world,” Miller continued. "Through this campaign, we sincerely hope that more and more people will become aware of the value that TrueVIS offers and the stories of creativity, joy, and excitement that result from it."
Campaign page: www.rolanddg.com.au/products/printers/mytruevis
May 10 2022
In 1952 Mutoh initially produced measuring equipment such as disk-type slide rules for aerial navigation, callipers, and rotary protractors. Mutoh says these products reflected the technical capabilities required to engrave scales accurately and marked the beginning of the company’s spirit of supporting monozukuri (the act of making things).
In March 1952, MUTOH Memori Chokoku (MUTOH Scale Engraving) LTD was established. With this came new products like the drafter and pen plotter that printed product drawings. Over the years, Mutoh says it has continued to uphold the same spirit by supporting those in various aspects of monozukuri, especially when it comes to large-format printer products.
“Understanding the customer’s needs, providing security and trust, and the excitement of our future to reach new milestones and breakthroughs is our commitment to achieving our target of celebrating our 100th anniversary,” said Mutoh’s President Yasuhiko Isobe. “We are still in a difficult business environment due to the new coronavirus, soaring prices of materials due to the situation in Ukraine, difficulty in procurement, and turmoil in logistics, but all employees will continue to work to overcome these difficulties.”
With world headquarters in Japan, and its affiliates in the U.S., Europe, and Australia, Mutoh prides itself on being a source for wide and small-format printers and plotting cutters.
“Seventy years is quite a milestone for Mutoh,” says President of Mutoh America Brian Phipps. “It says a lot when a company can grow and adapt over the many decades and remain a leader in the markets they serve. I’m very proud to be part of this organisation and to celebrate this giant achievement with Mutoh."
Locally, Mutoh Australia Managing Director Russell Cavenagh says, "Monozukuri (the act of making things), and a commitment to quality are at the heart of Mutoh's design philosophy. Our customers benefit from this and I am proud to represent Mutoh in Australia and New Zealand."