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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. 

    Sue Threlfo said, “The pandemic afforded me the time to evaluate and dream about what the next stage of my life would look like. With PacPrint now going ahead in June, after being postponed due to COVID-19, it seemed a fortuitous time for me to retire following the opportunity to experience one last show. 

    “I will always be grateful for the opportunities I have had throughout my career and amazed by the positivity and passion of the people that have helped shaped that. There is so much resilience in this industry in the face of great change and I’m proud to have been a part of it. 

    “One of the biggest and most remarkable journeys I was privy to was the evolution from analogue to digital. This has come ahead in leaps and bounds since it was first implemented, as the technology and benefits it had to offer in terms of business diversification and meeting customers’ expectations grew. Today, the biggest and smallest print operators in Australia have significant digital footprints. 

    “Working with the team at Konica Minolta and, in particular, with David Proctor, David Cooke, and most recently Yohei Konaka, has been invaluable and helped me deliver great results for the company while supporting the customers we care so much about.” 

    Along with her work in Australia, Sue has worked in other regions including Singapore and New York, which has given her a unique perspective on the market. 

    Sue Threlfo said, “I’ve been extremely fortunate to make many connections, and indeed friends, around the world and I look forward to staying in touch with so many of them as I move to the next phase of my life.” 

    She has also been a keen role model and advocate for women in print. 

    Sue Threlfo said, “As a woman in the industry, I have enjoyed the camaraderie and the impact you can have as a woman. Many years ago, I would be one of a handful of women at trade shows and industry events. I’m pleased that has shifted and I hope that I’ve shown other women that an exciting and successful career in print is possible.”


    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.”


    Sue’s role is pivotal for Konica Minolta. Her replacement will be announced in the coming weeks. 





  • swissQprint presents a new total solution for UV flatbed printing on glass, comprising the glass option and an adhesion-optimised ink set.

    Individually printed glass elements are all the rage in interior design: for kitchen splashbacks, shower and room partitions, glass doors, lift cabin panelling, wall art, etc. For those already providing such services – and others with plans to do so – swissQprint has put together an interesting package: a mechanical solution for an efficient, clean process, supplemented by an ink set for optimum adhesion.

    Glass option for an efficient and clean process
    A pivoting alignment edge with five stepless adjustable horizontal stops ensures precise positioning of glass panels on the print bed. The latter is covered by special protective paper that is air-permeable. So the vacuum holds down the media but the paper retains ink printed in the bleed margin. The print bed stays clean, and with the roll to roll option the operator advances the paper at the touch of a button. This means short set-up times between jobs.

    Inks that adhere without primer
    The ink set optimised for glass printing includes process and light colours, as well as white and effect varnish. A bonding agent is unnecessary, which eliminates one process step. The varnish is used for finishing, for example to produce partial frosted glass or gloss effects.

    With the new solution, both newcomers and existing swissQprint users can pick up on the trend and specialise in direct printing on glass. The glass option and inks are retrofittable to swissQprint LED printers. Thus, swissQprint once again delivers on its promise to continue offering users new perspectives. Without major new investment.

    Further information: T +41 71 727 05 05 office@swissqprint.com www.swissqprint.com





  • + Currie Group is the first accredited EFI Fiery for Display Graphics Premier Partner in Australia & New Zealand.

    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

    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

    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:

    E: info@curriegroup.com.au
    W: www.curriegroup.com.au










  • + Epson debuts new production-class SureColor T-Series wide-format dual-roll technical printer at Sydney Build 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 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. 

    SureColor T5460M


    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.


    Ted will be responsible for formulating, facilitating, and communicating the strategic initiatives for Konica Minolta Australia with organisations looking for complete business transformation across people, process, and technology. Ted will also help drive that for customers from both a digital transformation (DX) and customer experience (CX) perspective. 

    Ted was previously president of IT Weapons, the national IT services division of Konica Minolta Canada. Ted was the founder of IT Weapons, which was acquired by Konica Minolta in 2015. It has been delivering IT services, hybrid cloud solutions, information security, connectivity, infrastructure management, and technical support to customers in Canada for more than 22 years. 

    Yohei Konaka, managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta Australia is firmly set on growing its IT and services capabilities. This is both in acknowledgement of the rapid DX acceleration brought on by the operating environment of the past two years and the recognition that this will be the growth area of the future. This means now is the time to appoint a chief strategy officer to lead this evolution of the business. Ted has a wealth of knowledge and capability in driving this type of change in Konica Minolta, and in IT services more broadly, making him an invaluable addition to the team.” 

    Ted Garner said, “From an early age, the customer-first approach was instilled in me and I have carried this throughout my career. An important part of my role will be to help take Konica Minolta Australia into the future through the development of its business strategy that is also aligned with the company’s vision and culture. This includes looking at partnerships with vendors from a local and global perspective as well as resellers, dealers, and potential distributors for alignment. I look forward to inspiring and motivating the team to advance from a sales organisation to a true technology service provider. I also look forward to cultivating an environment that continues to foster innovation, cybersafety, and of course growth.”

    About Konica Minolta Australia     
     

    Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education, and manufacturing.     

    Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.      

    Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as data capture; business process automation; content management; business security; artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.     

    Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders, and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through diversity and inclusion, ethical supply chain, and climate change action strategies. Konica Minolta Australia recently released its first Reconciliation Action Plan to demonstrate its public commitment to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all other people in the community to help improve life outcomes and opportunities and to create a better future for society at large.     

    For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home 





  • + Mimaki to Bring Innovations & Proven Solutions to PacPrint

    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.





  • Electronics For Imaging, Inc., today announced the availability of its EFI IQ suite of cloud and mobile applications with supported EFI VUTEk, Wide Format, and Nozomi inkjet printers. With this advanced cloud service, EFI printer users can monitor production and printer utilisation, including exact device-level consumable tracking data, to reduce downtime, reduce costs and maximise the value of their EFI printer investments. New EFI wide- and superwide-format UV LED printers will include a one-year subscription to EFI IQ. EFI inkjet printer users can also purchase IQ subscriptions for other supported printers.

    The newly available cloud service for superwide-format production is making its debut at the May 31-June 03 FESPA Global Print Expo in Berlin.

    User-friendly with better business intelligence

    According to an early user of the cloud service’s new inkjet offering – Dave Brewer, chief technology officer of Foothill Ranch, California-based Image Options – “EFI IQ is a user-friendly tool that gives me better business intelligence to make better decisions.”

    By monitoring their printer fleets in real time, EFI IQ users can reduce consumable spend, save on labor costs, improve margins, and more.

    “Print business leaders often want and benefit from having more-complete knowledge of their plant operations,” said John Henze, vice president of sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “With EFI IQ, they can have their finger on the pulse of the business. This advanced cloud offering gives print business leaders a detailed, accurate understanding of production operations, which is key to knowing how a company can best meet its customers’ needs at any given point in time.”

    Prepare for productivity with powerful cloud tools

    The decision to adopt EFI IQ comes down to several key questions owners and managers should ask themselves about business performance, including:

    Can you accurately measure ink usage? Ink is one of the most expensive consumables and knowing exactly how much ink is consumed in a given time period, on specific media types and on individual jobs, can help you plan and price jobs more effectively.

    Is your team able to get real-time production blocking alerts? Production downtime can quickly accumulate if an operator is away working on another task when a stoppage happens on a printer. With IQ, users can set alerts customised to notify individuals who need to be informed of production blocking events. IQ also provides a detailed report on usage, uptime, downtime, etc., delivering verified information managers can use to improve overall productivity.

    Are you able to compare performance metrics between printers and shifts? Many production managers don’t have access to the level of data that allows them to make these comparisons. Or, they have to constantly ask operators and other sources for details to find indicators for possible improvements. With EFI IQ, this information is at managers’ fingertips; they can compare performance in real time or customize reports that enable streamlined analysis of historical performance and trends.

    Are you able to check production status from anywhere, at any time? Accessing information when away from the production floor often involves contacting a manager or operator who then must stop what he or she is doing to report back. With EFI Go, a remote management intelligence application in the EFI IQ suite, users can check overall production performance, jobs in progress, and many other indicators from any mobile device.

    The IQ suite is the only management solution to have a direct connection to EFI printer data, and it gives business leaders powerful tools to handle their day-to-day production and administrative challenges. Plus, the suite’s EFI Go component helps to ensure that managers receive urgent updates wherever they are. At early user site Studio DAR in Bielsko-Bia?a, Poland, notifications from the mobile application allow managers and operators to keep the company’s EFI Pro 32r+ roll-to-roll printer running as much as possible.

    “The EFI Go application,” said Studio DAR Owner Bartosz Przybyla, “displays important warnings, monitors material quantity, or lack thereof, and informs us when the material on a roll is about to run out, which is very useful with long webs.”

    With the data insights and notifications EFI Go and the entire EFI IQ suite provide, “print business owners gain the Industry 4.0 advantage they need for more streamlined, efficient and profitable print business management,” said Todd Zimmerman, vice president and general manager of Display Graphics, EFI Inkjet. “The integrations we developed between EFI IQ and our VUTEk and Wide Format inkjet printers elevate what our customers can achieve in operational efficiency and business strategy.”



    With EFI IQ’s Insight component, display graphics businesses can easily review and analyze historical trends on their EFI superwide-format printers to improve future performance.



    Electronics For Imaging, Inc., today announced the availability of its EFI IQ suite of cloud and mobile applications with supported EFI VUTEk, Wide Format, and Nozomi inkjet printers. With this advanced cloud service, EFI printer users can monitor production and printer utilization, including exact device-level consumable tracking data, to reduce downtime, reduce costs and maximize the value of their EFI printer investments. New EFI wide- and superwide-format UV LED printers will include a one-year subscription to EFI IQ. EFI inkjet printer users can also purchase IQ subscriptions for other supported printers.

    The newly available cloud service for superwide-format production is making its debut at the May 31-June 03 FESPA Global Print Expo in Berlin.

    User-friendly with better business intelligence

    According to an early user of the cloud service’s new inkjet offering – Dave Brewer, chief technology officer of Foothill Ranch, California-based Image Options – “EFI IQ is a user-friendly tool that gives me better business intelligence to make better decisions.”

    By monitoring their printer fleets in real time, EFI IQ users can reduce consumable spend, save on labor costs, improve margins, and more.

    “Print business leaders often want and benefit from having more-complete knowledge of their plant operations,” said John Henze, vice president of sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “With EFI IQ, they can have their finger on the pulse of the business. This advanced cloud offering gives print business leaders a detailed, accurate understanding of production operations, which is key to knowing how a company can best meet its customers’ needs at any given point in time.”

    Prepare for productivity with powerful cloud tools

    The decision to adopt EFI IQ comes down to several key questions owners and managers should ask themselves about business performance, including:

    Can you accurately measure ink usage? Ink is one of the most expensive consumables and knowing exactly how much ink is consumed in a given time period, on specific media types and on individual jobs, can help you plan and price jobs more effectively.

    Is your team able to get real-time production blocking alerts? Production downtime can quickly accumulate if an operator is away working on another task when a stoppage happens on a printer. With IQ, users can set alerts customized to notify individuals who need to be informed of production blocking events. IQ also provides a detailed report on usage, uptime, downtime, etc., delivering verified information managers can use to improve overall productivity.

    Are you able to compare performance metrics between printers and shifts? Many production managers don’t have access to the level of data that allows them to make these comparisons. Or, they have to constantly ask operators and other sources for details to find indicators for possible improvements. With EFI IQ, this information is at managers’ fingertips; they can compare performance in real time or customize reports that enable streamlined analysis of historical performance and trends.

    Are you able to check production status from anywhere, at any time? Accessing information when away from the production floor often involves contacting a manager or operator who then must stop what he or she is doing to report back. With EFI Go, a remote management intelligence application in the EFI IQ suite, users can check overall production performance, jobs in progress, and many other indicators from any mobile device.

    The IQ suite is the only management solution to have a direct connection to EFI printer data, and it gives business leaders powerful tools to handle their day-to-day production and administrative challenges. Plus, the suite’s EFI Go component helps to ensure that managers receive urgent updates wherever they are. At early user site Studio DAR in Bielsko-Bia?a, Poland, notifications from the mobile application allow managers and operators to keep the company’s EFI Pro 32r+ roll-to-roll printer running as much as possible.

    “The EFI Go application,” said Studio DAR Owner Bartosz Przybyla, “displays important warnings, monitors material quantity, or lack thereof, and informs us when the material on a roll is about to run out, which is very useful with long webs.”

    With the data insights and notifications EFI Go and the entire EFI IQ suite provide, “print business owners gain the Industry 4.0 advantage they need for more streamlined, efficient and profitable print business management,” said Todd Zimmerman, vice president and general manager of Display Graphics, EFI Inkjet. “The integrations we developed between EFI IQ and our VUTEk and Wide Format inkjet printers elevate what our customers can achieve in operational efficiency and business strategy.”





  • 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.”





  • The event highlights the power of digital production to transform an industry transitioning from the challenges of waste and overproduction to sustainable, efficient production.

    • Explores Fundamental Shift in How FashionX Is Created and Consumed as Physical and Virtual Worlds Merge, with Manish Arora Virtual Reality Experience Illuminating the Complete Journey from Creative Inspiration to Finished Apparel
    • Welcoming Major Brands and Retailers, Event Pushes Limits of Creativity, Featuring 12 Spectacular Designer Collections Created in Days Using Kornit’s On-Demand Technology
    • Exclusive Keynote Sessions Present Answers to Industry’s Critical Supply Chain, Inventory Management, Consumer Engagement, and Other Challenges – Include: Former PVH Executive Bill McRaith, ASOS Commercial ESG & Sustainability Director Simon Platts, Designer/Social Entrepreneur Patrick Grant of “The Great British Sewing Bee,” and Media/Technology Entrepreneur Bobby Simms
    • Per McKinsey, Producers Look to Nearshoring as Answer to Supply Chain and Logistics Challenges – Tours at Kornit/Fashion-Enter Fashtech Innovation Center to Demonstrate Profitable, Agile, On-Demand Nearshore Production
    • Exclusive Press Event at Freemasons’ Hall, Monday, May 16 at 1pm UK. Digital Press Kit Available Here and Follow Kornit on Social Media: #KornitFashionWeek

    Kornit Digital (“Kornit”), a worldwide market leader in sustainable, on-demand digital fashionx and textile production, is today disrupting the fashion status quo during Kornit Fashion Week London, May 15-17 at the historic Freemasons’ Hall. The event highlights the power of digital production to transform an industry transitioning from the challenges of waste and overproduction to sustainable, efficient production.

    Kornit Fashion Week London kicked off on Sunday, May 15 at 8pm UK with a stunning opening gala featuring designs by world renowned Manish Arora – produced on demand and sustainably with Kornit technology, supplemented by a virtual reality presentation that illuminates his creative process for attendees before connecting it to the physical realisation of those inspirations. The following days offer spectacular runway shows combined with keynote and panel sessions by high-profile fashion industry experts addressing critical industry topics. The Kornit press event will take place on Monday, May 16 at 1pm UK at the Freemasons’ Hall.

    “Attendees who experience Manish Arora’s virtual reality presentation drawing a direct route from his imagination to runway collection at our opening night gala will understand how we’re transforming what fashionX can and will be,” said Ronen Samuel, Chief Executive Officer at Kornit Digital. “Kornit is enabling the connection between the virtual world and brilliant, finished apparel, unleashing creativity in new and fascinating ways. This program offers a glimpse into a completely new experience, from the moment of inspiration to the moment a cherished garment arrives, satisfying and invigorating every creator, brand, producer, and consumer throughout the fashion value chain.”

    Samuel continued, “According to a new report by McKinsey & Co., the new face of this industry is digital and on-demand – with investments in technology expected to double by 2030. Kornit embraces this potential with our leadership – from inspiration to the consumer’s door, powered by technology. We’re excited to explore these trends at Kornit Fashion Week, demonstrating the brilliance, diversity, and values of visionaries leading this transformation.”

    The runway program by seasoned producer Motty Reif incorporates 12 outstanding designer collections created in days using Kornit’s on-demand production – each challenging the limits of creativity, color, and imagination. Attendees will explore the new ways Kornit is driving sustainability and efficiency in a fashionX industry eager to overcome challenges of overproduction (30 percent) and water waste (95 percent).

    The collections at Kornit Fashion Week London could not be created without Kornit’s digital production technology – accelerating creativity and unleashing the potential for unprecedented design freedom. In addition to the numerous fashion collections on display, another renowned designer, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, will debut their “Breakfast in Bed” collection of home décor applications, also created using Kornit on-demand capabilities. To see the amazing list of designers and their fashion statements, please follow #KornitFashionWeek on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, and Kornit’s press kit with full designer bios.

    Keynote Sessions
    According to McKinsey, three-quarters of fashion companies surveyed see shipping disruptions as the greatest threat to flexibility and speed. Seventy-one per cent say they are looking to increase nearshoring by 2025 — bringing manufacturing sites closer to their consumer market — and 24 per cent are planning to reshore manufacturing to the same country of operation as the brand. The rich keynote and panel discussions explore exactly these critical industry issues such as the shift towards nearshore production, developing responsive, conscientious operations balancing responsibility and profitability, and achieving agility to meet changing customer demands. The robust lineup of keynote speaker sessions include:

    Ex-Chief Supply Chain Officer at PVH, Bill McRaith, “Are You and Your Partners Agile and Ready to Meet Changing Consumer Demands in a Sustainable Way?” This keynote analyses evolving challenges of supply chain economics, managing inventory, curbing overproduction, and the value of bringing production back home.
    Commercial ESG & Sustainability Director at ASOS, Simon Platts, “The True Cost of Traditional Fashion Practice – and Our Alternative.” This session analyses the true cost of traditional fashion practices and explores the demand-and-supply production models that can rapidly respond to consumer needs while boosting speed-to-market and reducing risk.

    Designer and Social Entrepreneur, Patrick Grant, “Are You Comfortable in Your Clothes?” In this session, Patrick will share his views on how the industry got to where it is today – and where it needs to go in the future.

    Media and Technology Entrepreneur, Bobby Simms, “The Business of Fashion in the Era of Web3.” This session focuses on how NFTs, the Metaverse, and Crypto are changing the fabric of fashion.

    “In the fashion world, success demands a great deal of agility – developing a global production structure and manufacturing footprint that strikes the right balance between cost and an ability to respond quickly to ever-changing consumer demands is critical,” said Bill McRaith, Ex-Chief Supply Chain Officer at PVH, a company with an acclaimed house of brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. “Many of the rules that made the fashion industry successful over the last 30 years just don’t apply anymore. Companies must take a fresh look at their internal processes, value chains, inventory models, and the appropriate balance between producing product offshore and onshore. We’ll learn how to thrive during this transformation at Kornit Fashion Week London.”

    “Kornit is flipping the script to supply by demand rather than produce for inventory,” concludes Samuel. “We are confident that fashion will change forever with a digital-first mindset, liberating brands and fashion producers from the waste quagmire, clearing a path to generations of boundless self-expression, unlimited creativity, and sustainable consumption. Those joining us in London will see and understand that complete new creation journey, fully realised by Kornit and our partners in fashion and tech innovation.”

    VIP attendees are also invited to demo tours at the Kornit/Fashion-Enter Fashtech Innovation Center to observe the digital, sustainable, on-demand production experience – from inception to delivery of a finished garment, in real time. During these sessions, participants will join live demos of digital production of designs in action – acting as a catalyst for nearshore production and bringing fashion and textile manufacturing back to the UK.

    To learn more about how Kornit Digital is boldly transforming the world of fashion and textiles, visit www.kornit.com






  • 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:

    • Ability to import 3D meshes and geometry
    • Easy geometry manipulation (move, rotate and scale)
    • A 3D viewport for build area visualisation
    • Slicing at up to 1200 dots per inch (dpi)
    • Production of monochrome images for machine input
    “Additive manufacturing machines that require jetting print heads are becoming increasingly popular. Through software, our goal is to empower machine builders and improve their success rate, while reducing their time to market,” said Harshil Goel, CEO, Dyndrite Corporation. “Our mission is to provide tools that create new tools. Meteoryte powered by Dyndrite is a perfect example of a tool that helps downstream customers with an accelerated path to success.”

    Clive Ayling, Meteor’s managing director, comments, “Developing and implementing an industrial inkjet system can be challenging, and new 3D applications and companies are emerging all the time.  Meteor’s scalable datapath solutions for all major printheads, coupled with Meteoryte, will allow our OEM customers to harness the power of inkjet for 3D and additive manufacturing applications by significantly reducing development cost, time and risk.”





  • SA International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing, textile and CNC machining industries, has announced the launch of Flexi 22, a fully-updated and more powerful version of its highly-successful industry-acclaimed signmaking software. The new solution, the only all-in-one design, print and cut software for sign and print providers, is engineered to further increase productivity and workflow efficiencies for users and will be demonstrated live for the first time at FESPA Global Print Expo (Berlin, Germany, May 31st – June 3rd).

    Building on the success of SAi’s flagship Flexi package, Flexi 22 meets the exacting production needs of sign and display users by incorporating proven sign-specific design tools, RIP software and print-and-cut software for direct vinyl cutting.

    New and unique features

    Additionally, the latest version of Flexi has been engineered to provide improved connectivity for users through the SAi Connect dashboard, a feature unique to the new software. Via one central interface, this allows users to easily manage their software licenses or subscriptions, download new versions or updates, as well as monitor and review production data reports. SAi Connect also resides in the user’s toolbar, enabling instant accessibility without taking up valuable real estate in the screen workspace. 

    Flexi 22 also streamlines the production workflow and delivers greater efficiency benefits by allowing more job modifications to be applied directly within Flexi Production Manager, thereby eliminating the need to back-track or redo. This includes the ability to create contour lines or develop and store orders with the original job files and settings, making reprint orders faster, easier and more profitable. In addition, Flexi 22 offers the capability to add jobs to nested groups, without the need to first ‘un-nest’ other jobs. Users simply add the new job to the queue, then drag and drop to the nested group.

    Simplified design and production of DTF and DTG applications

    Users of the new Flexi 22 also benefit from the capability to leverage profitable new application opportunities more easily. For example, Flexi 22’s Direct-to-Film and Direct-to-Garment features simplify the design and production process to provide an easier path for those seeking to add tee shirt and other textile printing applications to their service offering.

    “Flexi 22 represents the most powerful version to date and comes fully loaded with specific productivity- and efficiency-enhancing tools that have been integrated following research into the additional tools needed by customers to address their precise needs,” explains Annette Plummer, VP Marketing, SAi.

    “Unlike some software options on the market that comprise only the RIP, SAi Flexi combines an easy-to-use design interface with a powerful RIP to give users a complete, seamless package,” she adds. “With Flexi 22, we are confident that our sign and display customers will find everything they are looking for from a signmaking software.”

    Available for purchase from June 22nd.

    thinksai.com





  • + ABG launches new Omega SRI3 - Available through Currie Group

    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





  • + Epson wins DataMaster Lab’s GREEN Award 2022 for its PrecisionCore inkjet printers and MFPs

    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. 


    www.epson.com.au 





  • HP is delighted to announce the launch of The Print Hub, an interactive platform specifically developed to support HP Latex users and help them get the best out of their printers.

    The Print Hub offers personalised content covering all topics related to HP Latex, allowing users to explore a wide range of exclusive and specialist information dedicated to the HP Latex range of print technology.

    Customers – both existing and potential – can explore insightful and informative content such as webinars, videos and expertly written articles, as well as access in-depth technical information about HP Latex printers and the applications they can be used for.

    Visitors will enjoy a personalised experience when browsing content on The Print Hub based on their navigation history and asset clicks. The ‘Recommended for You’ feature suggests content that may be of interest to each individual visitor, while the ‘Continue Watching’ option allows users to pick up from their last visit.

    Another stand-out feature on the interactive platform is the ‘Printer Selection Tool’, whereby users can select certain criteria to help them identify the most suitable printer for their business and proposed applications.

    In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to sign up for live broadcasting experiences of certain events that are happening – such as the upcoming FESPA Global Print Expo in Berlin – allowing those who cannot attend in person to access key information from the comfort of their office.

    “From its beginnings, when it was branded ‘Possibility City’ and used as a means to replace physical shows during the pandemic, the interactive site showed great promise. The HP Large Format team soon realised that the platform was fast becoming an essential – and 24/7 accessible – resource for customers wanting to research and explore content and learn about HP’s offerings in the Latex technology space,” says Isabella Jelinek, Large Format Marketing Manager UK&I at HP.

    “Subsequently, we optimised and improved the platform’s functionality. We added more content to offer customers a rich, personalised experience, curated with exactly what they want to read, see and do – all in one place – and The Print Hub was born.”

    To access The Print Hub and start or resume your HP Latex journey, please click here





  • 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.”


     www.nutecdigital.com





  • 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





  • Agfa has announced the release of SolidTune, a breakthrough prepress software solution for offset packaging printing that excels by reducing ink consumption and allowing faster turnaround time for greater production efficiency, improved image quality.

    SolidTune has been developed with the specific challenges of packaging production in mind, building on the success of the crucial elements of InkTune and PressTune, which are part of the highly regarded Agfa ECO3 program for sustainable innovation. The new technique applies a unique algorithm to the solids and text, after screening prior plate imaging. This process reduces the amount of ink needed for printing by an average of 3%.

    SolidTune is available on license in Apogee and Amfortis prepress workflows and can be used with any screening technology, including Agfa SPIR@L.

    New technology innovation for packaging
    As the last stage of the rendering process, SolidTune applies a unique ink saving algorithm to the solid 1-bit pixels, before final output. Unlike other solutions, the software has been devised with unique edge protection, meaning the algorithm ensures the edges of the solids are preserved to keep the print clean and crisp. This helps to create a better printable 1-bit file for offset packaging printing, where spot colors are often printed as solids.

    “The packaging market is growing, and the opportunity is growing for converters, meaning they are constantly searching for new technologies that can help them deliver even better print quality with strong colours, but at cost-efficient levels,” says Andy Grant, Agfa’s Global Head of Software.

    “We are now ramping up our unique offering for the demanding packaging market by leveraging our deep expertise in offset printing to introduce innovative solutions, such as SolidTune, that will have a considerable impact on the bottom line for the converter and the long-term sustainability of the process.”

    SolidTune: less ink, faster production
    Delivering exceptional ink-saving benefits, this new approach naturally shortens the overall production times, as the thinner solid ink film enabled by SolidTune takes less time and energy to dry. And with faster drying, downstream processes such as finishing and die-cutting can take place sooner, allowing converters to respond to demands from brand owners for faster delivery and also to save on warehouse costs.

    Furthermore, the implementation of SolidTune into the workflow improves ink distribution and reduces problems with ink offsetting from one impression to the next. There will also be less force on the substrate from the ink system, which prevents plucking (or picking) of fibers from the top paper layer; a problem that is known to cause reduced image quality and potential rejection of jobs.

    “This clever tool, which is very user-friendly and simple to impose during the rendering process, provides quite significant improvements in print quality,” states Grant.

    SolidTune can be combined with any screening but works optimally in combination with SPIR@L – Agfa’s revolutionary patented screening technology which was extended from commercial into packaging printing in 2021 – to achieve even bigger ink savings.

    SolidTune & SPIR@L screening enlargement
    Grant concludes, “SolidTune is another innovation that Agfa added to its ECO³ program to maximise ink reduction and value whilst still delivering the highest quality possible and putting converters at the leading edge of innovation.”





  • Manufacturer of wide-format printers and cutting plotters, Mutoh has celebrated its 70th anniversary. Starting in 1952, Yoshiro Mutoh founded Mutoh Scale Engraving Research Center in Mishuku, Setagaya, a company that manufactured measuring equipment. Today, it is renowned for its high-quality 'Made in Japan' wide format printers and cutters.

    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."









  • The only all electric Automatic Screen-Printing Press in the world, made by Anatol, has arrived in Australia. Three excited customers are getting their Anatol Volt’s installed, undergoing training and watching their production rates skyrocket while their screen-printing processes become more efficient.

    With user-friendly operating software, the Volt can be operated by one printer, saving a salary or making your team more efficient as they perform other tasks. With the capacity to produce prints at rates of over 500 per hour, printers can take on bigger jobs without worry.

    The Volt enables printers to maximise the quality of prints, minimises operating costs and increases production outputs.

    Without the need for complicated pneumatic systems, the Volt offers years of reliable service with fewer maintenance requirements than traditional automatic screen-printing presses. With the lack of a compressor or pneumatics, the Volt provides printers with a quieter, more ergonomic working environment.

    Having used the Volt for a few months, Sam Austrin-Miner from Ministry of Shirts is “absolutely delighted” with the press. He says: “The Volt has changed our life. Previously an 8-colour simulated process job on a manual would take around one minute per shirt; now, we are doing it in four seconds! It has given us the ability to reduce the minimum quantities we require for certain jobs, making it better for our customers.”

    When asked what the key factor was in making their auto screen press decision, Sam advised: “Trusting the vendor supplying the equipment was the first priority, followed by the functionality of the machine and the price.”

    Howard Debney from Leapfrog Machinery, the Australian agent for Anatol, says, “It is fantastic to see the Volt in action and better still to see the positive impact it is having on our customers. We look forward to helping more screen printers throughout Australia automate their printing with this innovative, high quality and robust machinery.”