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  • New automation features and functionality announced as part of latest Esko release

    Flexo plate producers can now save time, simplify operations and benefit from greater productivity following the launch of Flexo Engine, the latest innovation from Esko.

    As part of the recently released Esko Software 21.11, the latest version of market-leading Automation Engine features the innovative new Flexo Engine, with automated merging and a host of new tools developed to increase plate room productivity.

    “Whether at a trade shop or in-house, customers are facing increasing demands on the production of flexo plates,” said Robert Bruce, Flexo Software Product Manager with Esko. “The need to deliver high quality plates in the fastest time possible can be a major headache. That’s why we’ve developed Flexo Engine, the next generation tool to help plate producers increase their efficiency, productivity and performance.

    “Automated merging eliminates the need to use many different tools, while further automation saves time and improves traceability in the flexo platemaking process,” he said. “For example, an intuitive dashboard helps to simplify operations, while connectivity with third party equipment ensures a completely connected workflow.”

    Flexo Engine also features the innovative new feature Plate ID, the automated solution to the challenge of accurately and permanently marking plates.

    “Today’s flexographic plates are marked with a variety of information needed for the print process including everything from job ID, color references, whether surface or reverse print is required, sleeve size and date of manufacture. Until now, this important information has typically either been included on a label, etched onto the plate either with a pen plotter, or even handwritten.

    “Plate uses the CDI Crystal XPS plate imaging and exposing technology to image all of this vital information on the flexo plate below the printing surface,” said Robert. “This makes the marks perfectly readable, but avoids the problem of wiping away the traditional pen markings under the influence of inks, solvents and other chemicals used in the printing process. This is the solution flexo platemakers have been calling for.”

    With PlateID, plate producers enjoy benefits such as: 

    • Clear, permanent marking, removing the risk of losing marks during cleaning or printing
    • Removal of human error in the marking process, when information is first being added
    • Waste minimization, as plate identification can be added inside the design area or a gap in a step and repeat 
    • Minimized time taken searching for correct plates, delivering operator efficiency gains
    • Improved plate storage and handling logistics

    The benefits of PlateID are available to anyone using the Esko Crystal XPS exposure system. In addition, users of Flexo Engine will also benefit from another new added feature, Auto Plate Cut, which delivers even more time savings and further reduces waste.

    “Staggered cut plates for flexible packaging and label printing is a standard process that helps to eliminate press bounce and increase print production speeds,” said Robert. “The manual process of setting up a staggered cut job can involve a number of different tools and take an operator anywhere between five and twenty minutes, per plate. But with Auto Plate Cut, the process is automated to take any stepped PDF file.

    “Based on 1,000 jobs per year, automating this task can save around 250 hours each year,” said Robert. “The elimination of errors caused by plate bounce allows the printer to print faster with less barring and also helps to reduce plate waste.”

    Flexo Engine is part of the latest version of Automation Engine, released as part of the Esko Software platform in November 2021.

    “Esko remains committed to accelerating the go-to-market process of packaged goods and boosting plate productivity with new Flexo Engine is a further step towards digitizing, automating and connecting the process, which is crucial to businesses,” added Robert. “Flexo Engine delivers greater efficiency and productivity across the flexo plate workflow and is an integral tool for businesses taking the next steps along their own digital transformation journey.”

    For more information about Flexo Engine and the full range of Esko software solutions, please visit the Esko Innovation Hub at

  • Xaar’s printheads have again been selected by industrial 3D printing manufacturer dp polar GmbH to power the latest addition to their range, the AMpolar i1, which is to be unveiled at this year’s Formnext Show in Frankfurt, on 16-19th November.

    The new compact AMpolar i1 will be on display in Hall 12.1, stand E39 and visitors will be able to see how dp polar’s patented Additive Mass Manufacturing process uses Xaar 1003 printheads to jet parts at volume and deliver 3D printing on a truly industrial scale.

    dp polar designs, develops and delivers industrial 3D printing systems and solutions for the automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, and consumer industries, and has worked with Xaar in the use of its printheads over a number of years.

    The AMpolar i1 harnesses dp polar’s patented, highly productive single- pass printing process, enabling build volumes of up to 240 litres across its innovative continuously rotating print platform, with a build area of just under one square meter (10.3ft2). Layers of between 4-25µm can be put down, achieving resolutions of up to 720 x 720 x 5.000dpi.

    This combination of scalability, productivity and agility achieves an output that traditionally would have required multiple conventional 3D machines, and significantly more capital investment.

    The AMpolar i1 utilises the Xaar 1003, part of Xaar’s extensive printhead portfolio, which is proving invaluable in the industrialisation of 3D printing. The combination of speed, reliability, and capacity to jet a variety of fluids at increasingly high viscosities, enables jetting of fluids up to 100 centipoises (cP) in a single pass. Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology is key to realising this capability, opening access to an exciting range of new applications.

    Florian Loebermann, dp polar’s Managing Director said; “The AMpolar i1 delivers all the production benefits of the AMpolar i2, but at a scale and in a format that facilitates businesses in their early stages of exploring what is possible in mass production 3D printing.

    “Xaar’s printheads have proved invaluable in unlocking the full potential of our systems, and the openness of the Xaar team to support our innovations is helping to establish 3D printing and Additive Mass Manufacturing as a practical reality in the volume production of parts for many industries.”

    Gareth Neal, Xaar’s Customer Applications Manager, Advanced Applications, Technologies & Fluids added; “The innovative and agile AMpolar i1, firmly establishes the use of resin jetting as a truly practical and commercially viable manufacturing process.

    “With Xaar’s range of printheads including our unique Ultra High Viscosity Technology providing the speed, flexibility and reliability demanded, functional inkjet applications have never been more accessible, affordable or productive.”

  • Earlier this month Epson become the first1 company in the Japanese manufacturing industry to convert to 100% renewable electricity for all its domestic sites2, amounting to a total of 530 GWh annually. As a result, Epson will reduce its annual carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 250,000 tonnes.

    With high global interest in societal issues, especially those involving the environment and energy, Epson established and is pursuing a new long-term environmental management policy called Environmental Vision 2050. To achieve the decarbonisation goal set forth in the Paris Agreement, Epson has positioned renewable electricity use as a priority action in its 2025 Science Based Targets achievement scenario.3


    In March 2021, intending to fulfill its responsibility to society, Epson announced that all global Epson Group sites2 would meet their entire energy needs with 100% renewable electricity by 2023. This will enable the Epson Group to eliminate the approximately 350,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide arising from its electricity production globally every year.


    Epson had planned to convert to renewable electricity at all its domestic sites by the end of the 2021 fiscal year (ending March 2022) but will achieve this ahead of schedule, meeting a milestone on the path to transitioning to 100% renewable electricity for the entire Group’s power needs. As a result, Epson forecasts that it can meet approximately 40% of the Group’s total annual electricity needs with renewable electricity in the 2021 fiscal year.


    Steps toward meeting the Epson Group’s total electricity needs with 100% renewable electricity:

    April 1, 2021 - All sites in Nagano Prefecture, where many Epson sites are located

    November 1, 2021 - All sites in Japan (originally planned for March 2022)

    2023 (plan) - All Epson sites globally


    As stated in Epson’s Environmental Vision 2050, Epson seeks to become carbon negative and underground resource4 free. Accordingly, the company will invest approximately 100 billion yen on decarbonisation, closing the resource loop, and environmental technology development over the next 10 years out to 2030. Epson will concentrate most of its management resources on the development of products and services that help to reduce environmental impacts and that also contribute to reducing the environmental impacts of its customers.


    By converting to renewable electricity earlier than scheduled, Epson will not only achieve its own environmental targets but will also help to encourage the spread of renewable electricity in society as a whole.


    For more on Sustainability at Epson go to:

  • Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced the appointment of Troy Ryan to the position of Service Manager, leading the Service and Support Team.

    As a Senior Operations Leader, Troy comes into the role with over 20 years of operational and strategic management experience in dynamic, highly competitive multi-national companies. He brings many years of experience in the print services industry, with several years working as Field Operations Manager for Ricoh Australia and 7 years working as Business Operations Manager for Fuji-Xerox Australia, managing 50+ personnel across the regions. Most recently, Troy consulted on a National Managed Print Solutions Tender program.

    As a Senior Operations Leader, Troy comes into the role with over 20 years of operational and strategic management experience in dynamic, highly competitive multi-national companies. He brings many years of experience in the print services industry, with several years working as Field Operations Manager for Ricoh Australia and 7 years working as Business Operations Manager for Fuji-Xerox Australia, managing 50+ personnel across the regions. Most recently, Troy consulted on a National Managed Print Solutions Tender program.

    “Troy is a hands on manager who has a proven history of leading and supporting teams, and understanding the work they need to undertake to fulfil their roles,” said Managing Director at Roland DG Australia, John Wall. “We are excited to have Troy join the Roland DG family, and share his many years of knowledge and industry experience with the Service and Support team.”

    Based in Sydney, Troy commenced his role with Roland DG on Monday 8th November. His focus will be on assisting the delivery of the Roland DG Care program, and its range of premium services including: Fixed Price Scheduled Servicing, industry-leading warranties, and Roland DG Engage installation and training solutions.

    For more information on Roland DG Care and to contact the Service and Support Team, visit 

  • Xeikon America today announced VariOne, a new variable data generation tool for Xeikon’s X-800 digital front-end. This integrated software innovation can immediately generate and print unique creative designs, based on an image or on vector graphics, in endless complex patterns. Xeikon’s VariOne is a true differentiator and has been developed and designed to add value and benefit brand owners, designers, illustrators, printers, converters and consumers. VariOne can achieve the highest levels of variable imagery possible today. Demonstrations can be run by appointment and the new VariOne will be commercially available as an option for systems running X-800 version 7.00 or higher.

    “Print is becoming more customised and valuable,” said Xeikon Director Product Management Jeroen Van Bauwel. “With VariOne, Xeikon is taking a significant leap forward in its research and development and now offers completely new horizons for differentiation. With VariOne it is possible to create thousands of unique and individual clips from a base design. With our new integrated variable data solution built into Xeikon’s digital front-end, the possibilities for producing unique images are limitless on both our dry toner and inkjet presses. The Xeikon strategy is to extend the capabilities of its X-800 workflow even further and expand the range of possible applications.”

    Differentiating products to meet consumer demand is a continuous challenge for brand owners. Consumers are willing to pay a premium for personalised goods, and they are on the lookout for products that uniquely express their personality and that can be shared on social media such as Instagram and Pinterest. In the fight against counterfeiting, which can impact consumer safety, brand owners are looking for new software technology solutions with extra image and text capabilities, and with hidden techniques to track and trace items such as unique patterns and images, hidden codes and guilloches. VariOne can be used as a tool to add an extra layer of security.

    With Xeikon’s VariOne, personalised image creation can be fully automated within the printing process. The software functionality achieves random selections from zero to millions. This variable data application offers endless uses and endless variations. What sets this innovation apart is the immediacy of the process. VariOne can immediately process, format and print unique creative designs featuring variable patterns with random elements and the widest gamut of colour combinations. Unique designs can be created on the fly and in minutes in a variety of unique patterns. This new innovation is a breakthrough and a complete game changer.

    The advantage of VariOne lies in the complete uniqueness of each design, which can be driven by the database or randomly created from bitmap or vector-based images, creating new and unusual designs in millions of shapes, styles and surreal effects. Brand owners will be able to utilise this opportunity in a variety of sectors with different applications for fashion magazines, retail catalogs, tourism marketing, promotional materials for football competitions or film festivals, as well as high-end label and packaging applications.

    For decades, cost has been the differentiator in our industries, but with the ever-rising costs of consumables and labor, it has now become virtually impossible to be successfully competitive based on that variable only. The focus has shifted to efficiency gained through automation. The new functionality of VariOne is the next step in efficient and sustainable variable data production, and VariOne also enables big savings in time and cost, both in prepress and in the pressroom. Van Bauwel said, “Xeikon is taking mass customisation to new levels with an explosion of creativity which will add value for everyone in the supply chain. Xeikon’s VariOne has taken a complicated prepress process and made it immediately fast and flexible.”

  • It’s no coincidence that the explosion of people working from home, Epson becoming officially the number 1 ink tank printer vendor worldwide¹ having now sold over 60 million EcoTank units globally* and the launch of Epson’s new EcoTank printers for the Home Office are all being announced together. Critically, none of the new Home Office models use any ink cartridges at all, replacement ink bottles that provide thousands more printed pages start at just $14.99 and all models come with the new, intuitive and clever Epson Smart Panel™ app.

    EcoTank ET-2811 using the Smart Panel app


    With two of the most challenging and unique years the world has ever witnessed and experienced, the home has become even more important for living and now working more than ever.


    To help people in their new work from home environments, Epson has released four new models in its EcoTank printer range, designed for the Home Office – the ET-2811, ET-3800, ET-4800 and ET-4850.


    EcoTank ET-3800


    As the way we work and live continues to evolve, people are seeking more advanced, but still easy-to-use, solutions that can keep up with the new demands of their homes which are now also their workspaces and home offices.


    To that end, Epson has launched a new generation of their best-selling, award-winning and most popular EcoTank printers designed for Home Office use to continue meeting the day-to-day printing needs of working professionals whilst still reducing the ongoing worry of running out of ink and the high cost of replacement ink.


    These efficient new printers for the Home Office are all high-yield, multi-function models, positioned at an attractive mid-level price point with additional productivity features that include a high-resolution flatbed scanner for crisp and professional scans, a colour display for easy navigation and wireless connectivity so users can easily print from smart devices with the intuitive Epson Smart Panel® App.



    The Smart Panel app makes working and printing from home so much easier and more efficient as it transforms most mobile devices into intuitive control centres for select Epson printers and scanners.


    To view the Epson Smart Panel app in action click here or go to:


    Working from home can be hard but Smart Panel makes it incredibly easy to set up, monitor, print, scan and more using your Epson device from the palm of your hand. It enjoys a simple wireless setup, innovative action icons, a customisable interface and indeed everything you need to manage and use your printer in one convenient app. As it’s fully compatible with Android® and iOS® devices, all you have to do is download the app from the respective app stores and you’re ready to go.


    EcoTank ET-4800


    Smart Panel is the perfect complement to EcoTank Home Office printer, a range designed with productivity, efficiency and ease of use in mind.


    So why should you buy an EcoTank Home Office printer rather than a standard EcoTank Home printer?


    Good question and one that really comes down to what you’re going to use it for. 


    EcoTank Home printers are ideal for just that, home printing use. A great daily drive that also satisfies school and particularly home school requirements.


    EcoTank ET-4850


    The new EcoTank Home Office printers are different, more advanced, has more features, prints more and does a lot more of the things you would associate with a printer found in a typical office, but at a far lower cost per page.


    Some things are the same across the EcoTank range such as the fact that they are powered by Heat-Free PrecisionCore® Technology which offers revolutionary cartridge-free printing with easy-to-fill, super-sized ink tanks.


    The EcoTank Home Office models also include thousands of pages worth of ink straight out of the box² — enough to print up to 14,000² black and white pages with some models (see below) and equivalent to hundreds of individual cartridges².


    Plus, the Home Office models use Epson’s “clean and easy” EcoFit® auto-stop ink bottles with each colour uniquely keyed for easy filling of each tank, higher capacity paper trays, fax (yes, lots of people still use fax!), bigger colour touchscreens, auto document feeder (ADF), fast auto 2-sided printing and convenient wired and wireless networking.

    In other words you can do more, using the ultimate wireless and networking technology and be powered by the latest Heat-Free PrecisionCore Printing Technology which delivers laser-quality black text using less power and fewer consumables so it’s far kinder to the environment.

    For a Home Office printer that you don’t have to (or want to) worry about, the new Epson EcoTank for the Home Office range ticks a lot of boxes.


    Okay, let’s have a look at some of those boxes that they tick …


    EcoTank ET-2811

    Main functions - Print, Copy and Scan

    Connectivity - Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct

    Print speed – 10 pages per minute black and white, 5 pages in colour

    Number of printed pages out of the box – 8,100² Black / 6,500² Colour

    RRP $399


    EcoTank ET-3800

    Main functions - Duplex Print, Copy, Scan and Ethernet

    Connectivity - Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Apple AirPrint

    Print speed – 15.5 pages per minute black and white, 8.5 pages in colour

    Display screen – 2.4" Colour LCD

    Number of printed pages out of the box – 14,000² Black / 5,200² Colour

    RRP $549


    EcoTank ET-4800

    Main functions - Print, Copy, Scan, Fax, ADF and Ethernet

    Connectivity - Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Apple AirPrint

    Print speed – 10 pages per minute black and white, 5 pages in colour

    Display screen – 1.44" Colour LCD

    Number of printed pages out of the box – 3,600² Black / 6,500² Colour

    RRP $499


    EcoTank ET-4850

    Main functions – Duplex Print, Copy, Scan, Fax, ADF and Ethernet

    Connectivity - Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Apple AirPrint

    Print speed – 15.5 pages per minute black and white, 8.5 pages in colour

    Display screen – 2.4" Colour LCD

    Number of printed pages out of the box – 14,000² Black / 5,200² Colour

    RRP $649


    All four new models come with Epson’s world-class one-year warranty with a free bonus second year upon registration.


    Epson’s new Smart Panel app is compatible with a wide range of Epson printers and scanners and to view the full list, go to


    The four new EcoTank Home Office printers are available now at and from all authorised Epson resellers and retailers.


    For more on Epson’s new EcoTank Home Office printers go to:


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    Epson’s new ET-2811, ET-3800, ET-4800 and ET-4850. EcoTank for the Home Office printers

  • FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia launches two new production printer models under its new Revoria brand: Revoria PressTM PC1120, a production colour printer for the high-end professional printing market, and Revoria PressTM E1 Series, a monochrome production printer for on-demand printing both for professional and office use. Both presses have been designed with our customers in mind and boast a raft of new features which are perfect for Australian businesses requiring greater flexibility, productivity, quality and are looking to expand into new markets. These models are now available for sale in AustraliaNote 1.

    Under the new Revoria brand, FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia are providing customers with a new suite of production printing solutions that encompasses production printers, associated print servers, and print workflow software.

    “We are delighted to present the Revoria PressTM PC1120 and the Revoria PressTM E1 to the Australian market - our first cut-sheet digital print engines to be developed under the Fujifilm brand. The Revoria PressTM Series is a testament to our promise of continuing to provide our customers with new and innovative products, enabling them to extend their capabilities and expand into new markets with higher value print.” Chris Lynch, General Manager, Graphic Communication Services at FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia.

    Introducing the Revoria PressTM PC1120 

    The perfect platform for print businesses looking to expand into new markets with new applications, increased productivity, AI and automation technology. 

    Key features and benefits:

    • The Air Suction FeederNote 2 and Static Removal DeviceNote 2 provide highly stable paper feeding for a wide variety of media such as paper containing concentrated amounts of paper dust, cohesive coated paper, and film. 
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) enables automatic image corrections for photo images. Each photo image will be automatically enhanced based on its existing lacklustre condition such as the image being too dark/too bright, backlight exposure, correction of skin tones, and bringing out the hues in blue skies. 
    • Prints at a high speed of 120 pages per minute (A4 horizontal) while achieving high definition, high resolution prints of 2,400 dpi with its Super EA-EcoNote 3 toner, which boasts the smallest toner particle size in the industry. 
    • Equipped with a one-pass, six-colour print engine, up to two special toners such as Gold, Silver, Clear, White and Pink can be used in addition to the basic CMYK toners. These toners enable high-value, high-quality printing allowing you to achieve a wide range of metallic colours, natural skin textures and more. 
    • The image data is automatically divided into five colours of cyan, magenta, yellow, black (CMYK) and pink. The fluorescent nature of the pink toner expands the colour gamut significantly resulting in vivid colours and smoother skin tones.  
    • The feeder can handle paper of different thicknesses ranging from thin paper at 52 g/m2 to thick paper at 400 g/m2, and the paper trays are compatible with various paper sizes for printing, from small sized paper of 98 x 148 mm to long paper of 330 x 1,200 mmNote 4 in simplex mode and up to 330 x 729 mm for duplex printing. 
    • A versatile in-line post-processing lineup that can be used for paper folding, saddle stitching, three-way trimming, and saddle stitching with square back finishing.
    • The high-performance print server—the Revoria Flow PC11—performs RIP processing at 1200 × 1200 dpi and 10 bits per colour (1024 gradations), generating high-quality image data.

    Introducing the Revoria PressTM E1 Series 

    Bringing monochrome printing to the next level with excellent image quality enabling a wider range of applications.  

    Key features and benefits: 

    • The Air Suction FeederNote 3 enables high-speed, stable continuous output for a wide variety of media types such as paper containing concentrated amounts of paper dust, preprint paper that uses powder, and cohesive coated paper. 
    • Prints at a high speed of 136 pages per minuteNote 4, while achieving high definition, high resolution prints of 2400 dpi output resolution with its EA-EcoNote 3 LGKNote 5 toner with extremely small toner particle size. 
    • The feeder can handle paper of different thicknesses ranging from thin paper at 52 g/m2 to thick paper at 350 g/m2, and the paper tray is compatible with various paper sizes for printing, from small sized paper of 100 x 148 mm to long paper Note 2 of 330.2 x 660.4 mm. 
    • A versatile in-line post-processing lineup that can be used for paper folding, saddle stitching, three-way trimming, and saddle stitching with square back finishing. 
    • Simple Image Quality Adjustment (SIQA) automatically corrects image quality by scanning a calibration chart, which improves the efficiency of image quality correctionsNote 6
    • The printers are equipped with copy and scan functions for
      office worksNote 6.

    To learn more about the Revoria PressTM Series, visit

    • Note 1: Please check with your local FUJIFILM Business Innovation office on the availability of the models
    • Note 2: Optional 
    • Note 3: Emulsion Aggregation (EA) 
    • Note 4: Revoria Press E1136/E1136 P, A4 horizontal 
    • Note 5: Low Gloss Kuro (LGK) 
    • Note 6: Excluding printer models for mission-critical data printing (Revoria Press E1136P/E1125P/E1110P)
    About FUJIFILM Business Innovation
    FUJIFILM Business Innovation is committed to continue offering innovations to businesses globally to help maximize their organizational strengths. We have pioneered numerous technologies and accumulated expertise since our establishment as Fuji Xerox in Tokyo in 1962, to build an environment that encourages the use of one’s creativity by effectively adopting information and knowledge. Our portfolio includes conducting R&D, manufacturing and sales of world-class multifunction printers, production printers and IT solutions, as well as business process outsourcing services.
    On April 1, 2021, FUJIFILM Business Innovation changed its name from Fuji Xerox to a name that embodies its commitment to continue as a company that always pursues business innovation. FUJIFILM Business Innovation Asia Pacific is the regional headquarters of the global company, FUJIFILM Business Innovation overseeing sales operations in the Asia Pacific region.

  • LexJet, a division of S-One Holdings Corporation, introduces three new canvas collections in the Elements Portfolio.

    “We believe Elements will provide LexJet customers with additional options for high-end products. We continue to explore new opportunities to help our clients meet their needs, keep their costs low, and increase profitability,” says Kara Work, S-One Holdings Product Manager. “The first products we are introducing from the Elements brand are high-end canvas collections that include options for photographers, high-volume reproductions, and canvas made from recycled water bottles.”

    The inaugural collections are:

    The Gemstone Collection – Brilliant Quality

    The most luxurious jewelers in the world select only the brightest and most brilliant gemstones to craft masterpieces for their clients. As a jeweler desires the perfect gem, artists also want a high-quality canvas for their works of art. The Gemstone Collection is an exquisite collection of canvas materials tailor-made for artists and photographers to showcase their masterpieces. The quality of the canvas enhances the beauty of art.

    The Quarry Collection – Rock Solid Performance

    The purpose of a quarry is to bring the strength of the earth to the surface. Like versatile granite harvested from the planet’s depths, the Quarry Collection brings the strength of the canvas to the versatile world of high-volume production of art.

    The Boundless Collection – Art without Limits

    Boundless means “without limits.” The sun, the sky, and the oceans all have an endless quality, but they must be protected, or their beauty will end. The Boundless Collection includes canvas materials made from recycled water bottles, proving that art has no limits.

  • New features and functionality support business transformation and growth


    Packaging businesses can today benefit from more speed, efficiency, sustainability and quality across workflows, as Esko releases its newest innovations.


    True to its aim of continuous improvement through innovation, the global developer of leading integrated software and hardware solutions for packaging and labels customers has unveiled Esko Release 21.11. The update delivers a host of new features, functions and updates that further digitise, automate and connect processes to accelerate the go-to-market process of packaged goods. It also expands upon significant advances in software development and delivery to enable customers to achieve previously unattainable levels of connectivity, usability, and integration across workflows.


    “As a long-term partner to our customers, we are committed to innovating to ensure our solutions remain up to date and relevant, empowering and enabling anyone using them in the packaging value chain to benefit from operational efficiency, quality and sustainability improvements,” said Jan De Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Industry Relations and Strategy.


    “Many of the updates are focused on enabling customers to leverage the benefits of cloud technology,” said Jan, “which will boost connectivity, deliver further operational efficiencies and drive productivity across their entire workflow. Whilst further enhancements point to improved usability and the introduction of more automation and advanced reporting tools. These additions will further accelerate the business benefits Esko solutions have been delivering to users worldwide.”


    The new Esko Release 21.11 will be launched at a live Esko Innovation Summit, held in the UK, on November 18. Highlights include:


    Automation Engine - SaaS users can reduce data storage costs significantly with a new cloud storage facility, while enhanced integration and new performance tools help optimise workflow processes for users and ensure a completely connected workflow with more MIS partners.


    Flexo Engine – Included as part of Automation Engine, this new solution merges functionality, automation and a host of features developed to increase flexo plate room productivity. A new intuitive dashboard also helps to simplify operations. Auto Plate Cut further drives efficiency by automating the set-up of staggered cut plates – saving operators around 15 minutes per job. 


    PlateID – Part of Flexo Engine, this feature eliminates the need for handwritten labels and etching by automating the plate marking process, accurately imaging vital information with no additional hardware or steps to the workflow. PlateID ensures clear, permanent marking and removes the risk of ink loss in addition to the risk of manual error during marking. Operators can spend less time looking for the correct plates, leading to efficiency gains, and waste is minimised as the software calculates and identifies the ideal position for marks, to optimise plate utilisation. 


    ArtPro+ – The new Layout Edition of ArtPro+ includes basic step and repeat functionality as well as CAD-based sheet layout for improved speed. It features crucial prepress functionality to validate received artwork, such as Preflight, Inspectors and QA viewing, plus tools to create barcodes, new reporting and VDP templates, and dynamic marks. 


    WebCenter – As with Automation Engine, the latest WebCenter release features new simplified dashboard views. New usability enhancements and feature walk-throughs also make managing tasks and workflows easier than ever, and simplified deployment means users can now benefit from simpler and easier upgrades to newer WebCenter versions across sites.


    AVT SpectraLab XF – This new spectral measurement tool delivers inline absolute colour measurement at high press speeds. It measures L*a*b*, density and dot gain on flexible packaging and folding carton applications, comparable with offline devices, but all at point of print for maximum efficiency. With standard design and easy correlation to offline handheld instruments through a special calibration process, it is as simple to use as it is accurate.


    “The pandemic has accelerated existing packaging megatrends and added a fresh impetus for innovation,” said Jan. “This latest release underlines our commitment to working with customers to develop solutions they need to meet the challenges faced today while anticipating future needs.”


    The highlighted features represent just a sample of the latest innovations release. For more information about these features and the full range of Esko software solutions, visit the Esko Innovation Hub at

  • Rayjet Laser, a division of Trotec Laser, is pleased to announce the addition of the R400 laser cutting and engraving machine to its R Series product line. Now also available for online purchase, the R400 features an ergonomic working area, sophisticated and intuitive workflow software, and the industry’s highest safety standards – providing the industry with a reliable, user-friendly, cost-effective, and locally supported solution for cutting and engraving a broad range of materials.

    Designed to comply with stringent production standards and European manufacturing and design principles, the R400 joins the R500 as the only laser safety class 2 systems in their price range—meaning that R Series lasers meet U.S. manufacturing safety requirements for use in public spaces, and do not require operators to wear protective gear such as safety goggles. R Series lasers, which are also CE certified, include safety features such as a double interlock system and a safety kill-switch.

    The R400 system features an open, ergonomic design with a 40.5 x 24.8 inch bed size that fits most standard material sheet sizes, and up to 100 Watts DC of laser power, allowing you to easily and efficiently cut and engrave a wide range of materials such as plastics, paper, textiles, acrylics, wood and many more materials. The included Rayjet Manager workflow software provides easy, step-by-step instructions with logical and intuitive functions, allowing you to make a fast transition from job layout to final product.

    To accommodate the different needs and preferences of a diverse customer base, R Series lasers are now also available for online purchase though the company’s new Engraver’s Network website at:

    “With R Series lasers, you really get the best of both worlds,” says Warren Knipple, President at Trotec Laser. “They are simple to use, yet you can produce highly sophisticated and precise designs. They are cost-effective but still meet the most stringent standards for safety, design and manufacturing. And to make things even easier, you can choose to buy them online, or you can consult a local representative to assist you with your purchase,” Knipple says.

  • Epson has earned its second successive platinum rating for sustainability from EcoVadis. The platinum rating, which was established in 2020, indicates that Epson was ranked among the top 1% of companies in the industry. Epson had received a gold rating the previous three years.

    The platinum rating was awarded in recognition of Epson’s global sustainability initiatives. In the four themes assessed by EcoVadis, Epson received high scores for the environment, sustainable procurement, labour and human rights and ethics, putting it in the top 1% of companies in the industry.
    Epson Global President Yasunori Ogawa said, "We’ve put solving issues in society, and especially achieving sustainability, at the heart of Epson’s corporate vision and business strategy. It’s a tremendous honour to receive this Platinum rating for the second successive year. In addition to setting ambitious goals to achieve our Environmental Vision of becoming carbon negative and underground resource1 free by 2050, we are continuing to implement measures to ensure good governance and social responsibility across our supply chain, including acquiring RBA2 certification at some of our key manufacturing plants. Most of all, however, I believe this Platinum rating communicates that to our customers Epson is a company that can be trusted, is determined to achieve sustainability and will fulfill its responsibility as a good corporate citizen.”

    EcoVadis provides an independent, trusted, common platform for evaluating and rating more than 75,000 groups and companies in the world using sustainability assessment criteria that are based on the sustainability standards of thousands of external sources such as NGOs, labour unions, international organisations, local governments and auditing organisations.
    Fully focused on solving societal issues, Epson has identified four materialities including “achieving sustainability in a circular economy” and “advancing the frontiers of industry” and is committed to creating products and services that contribute to its goal of achieving sustainability and enriching communities. 


    The company is leveraging its efficient, compact and precision technologies to generate innovations in areas like inkjet printing that minimise environmental impacts and increase productivity. Epson is dedicated to solving societal issues and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
    Epson seeks to achieve social sustainability and publishes details about its environmental initiatives, the creation of social value, corporate governance, and other sustainability activities in its Integrated Report and Sustainability Report. Information is also posted on the Sustainability pages of the corporate website.

    For more on Sustainability at Epson go to:


  • Epson has won a 2021 Good Design Award for a total of eight products, five of which are sold in Australia and New Zealand. Good Design Awards are presented annually for designs that benefit and enrich our lives and society.

    The first winners are the SureColor T7760D and SureColor P8560D Large-Format Inkjet Printers. These 44-inch LFPs are for CAD, photo and POP applications. Epson kept their depth within 500mm, making these printers ideal for printing and processing even in limited spaces, such as in the back of small shops. The sides and back are flat so that the units can be installed flush against walls. Moreover, their perfectly flat top and height make them useful as a worktable. The design is the same as that used for office printers so that they fit into their surroundings.

    SureColor T7760D


    The judges said, “These large-format, 6-colour pigment ink inkjet printers support B0+ paper and have an exceptionally well-thought-out, polished design. Epson not only considered usability but also where and how they would be installed. The sides and top are flat, and most operations can be performed from the front. With all sides flat except the front, the printers can fit perfectly flush against the wall on three sides. This feature is apparent in the appearance of the products themselves. These printers can be placed back-to-back in the middle of a room to create an island that can be used as a worktable, thanks to the perfectly flat top. Some other interesting design ideas have also been implemented, such as an LED that is provided inside a black peephole in the center of the top so that you can see prints in progress.


    Next on the winners list was the SureLab D1060 Commercial Photo Printer. This minilab printer is loaded with features required by professional photofinishing services. The box shape enables multiple units to fit neatly on shop counters. With a new duplex feeder, users can now perform double-sided cut printing in addition to roll paper printing as on the SL-D1060’s predecessor. The use of ink packs increased the amount of available ink by 25%1 and reduced the amount of space needed to store used ink by about 55%.1

    SureLab D1060


    The judges commented, “The printer is designed such that limited space can be used efficiently. In the vertical direction, the operation panel is tilted back at an angle so that it can be operated even when objects are stacked on the unit. In the horizontal direction, meanwhile, all maintenance tasks can be performed from the front so that there is no need to access the sides. The use of high-capacity ink packs reduces both labour and waste. It is apparent that this product was designed based on careful research and analysis of the usage environment.


    SureColor R5000


    Further winners were the SureColor R5000 and SureColor R5000L Resin Ink Printers. These resin-ink printers are for wallpaper and large sign production. These are the first printers in Epson’s SureColor series to use resin ink, which is compatible with a wide variety of media. The high-capacity ink packs reduce maintenance time and, when empty, take up 90% less storage space than used cartridges2. A wide window and LED lighting allow users to quickly check prints, and a resin exterior is used for the parts operated by people for their safety.


    The Judges said, “This is a high-performance machine with a design that is well organised. The large viewing window, which is in the centre of the dark tone body and can be illuminated by a light inside the printer and the touch panel are inclined for both good visibility and operability. The quick-drying resin ink is water-based instead of organic solvent-based, and the high-capacity ink packs exhibit design excellence, offering high-level features, usability and environmental performance. With the ability to alternate between two packs of the same colour on the SC-R5000L, the ink packs can be hot swapped without interrupting printing. They also generate 50% less waste than cartridges.”



    Another winner was the EH-LS300B Home Theatre Projector. The EH-LS300B is a home projector equipped with an ultra-short throw lens. With a picture up to 120 inches, a Yamaha 2.1-channel speaker system that provides excellent sound quality and integrated video content features, you can easily enjoy an immersive viewing experience simply by setting up the projector next to a wall. Epson designed this projector for use in a living room. The use of fabric to fit the texture of an interior space hints at the level of detail paid to the design.


    The judges commented, “Here is an example of a home projector that is both elegantly styled and has great functional performance. The form of the device is quite minimal. Its simplicity belies the fact that this is a great short-throw projector that works to deliver a great image, large and clear under normal lighting conditions. The surfaces and textures are beautifully crafted, and the overall affect is a good, well-designed home product. To deliver good performance, this device is still relatively large, and it will be interesting to see in the future how the footprint or volume can be reduced to improve the design further.”


    More on The Good Design Award

    The Good Design Award, which began in 1957 as the Good Design Selection System (or G Mark System), is a leading design evaluation and commendation system. It has become world renowned, attracting a large number of entries from companies and groups around the world. Awards are presented annually as a way to promote quality of life and the use of design in solving social issues. The symbol of the award, the G Mark, is widely recognised as a symbol of excellence in design.

    For more on the Good Design Award go to:

  • Essentra Packaging has become the first global packaging manufacturer to begin rolling out cloud deployment of the Esko Automation Engine workflow solution across its European prepress departments.

    Following a successful trial at its plant in Lublin, Poland, Essentra Packaging has now begun a program to integrate Automation Engine at many of its locations throughout Europe, taking advantage of the SaaS (Software as a Service) deployment to simplify IT infrastructure while enjoying the efficiency and productivity gains delivered through the automation and digitization of processes.

    “We had been looking to standardize our systems and processes in the prepress area for a long time,” said Mark King, Technical Manager (Packaging Division) with Essentra Packaging. “A SaaS deployment is essential for a business like ours because of the number of sites that we have in different locations, and the fact that each site can be using different systems. We wanted a complete solution that is scalable for our business, and Automation Engine SaaS ticks all the boxes for us.”

    The high-performance workflow automation solution from Esko, Automation Engine is flexible to adapt to changing business needs, scalable and customized to optimize individual prepress workflows. “It enables businesses like Essentra to automate, standardize and improve prepress workflow with accelerated benefits across their entire organization,” said Paul Land, Product Manager with Esko. “It automates prepress tasks and integrates with business systems, which speeds up the process, and significantly reduces the error rate and need for operator intervention.

    “With the next generation Automation Engine, we introduced a cloud-based deployment option,” he said. “Essentra Packaging had previously expressed a desire to move from an on-premise installation of Automation Engine to a SaaS solution that sits in a cloud-based environment, so they were invited to join our pre-release program.”

    Mark King explained that Essentra Packaging has achieved some of its growth through acquisition, with the result being different systems and software levels across the business. “Our Lublin facility was selected as the pilot site as it is a multi-product manufacturer, so in terms of development we could experience the new system across both cartons and labels. Following that successful first deployment, we now have a robust plan to roll out the system across the packaging division.

    “What Automation Engine SaaS enables us to do is standardize, to bring the sites into line and work to one standard process,” he said. “The workflows are stored centrally and can be accessed from all the sites within our group. This provides us with the flexibility to share knowledge and share artwork - all in a consistent format. By creating these specific workflows for specific jobs, our operators can consistently produce the same job, day in and day out, with the same outputs, even from operator to operator. That improves efficiency and ensures that every job meets all quality standards and is delivered on time.

    “For example, one of the things we've seen in terms of major time savings is when looking at imposing jobs,” said Mark. “When we're using a manual process, it can take anything up to 30 minutes, but with Automation Engine SaaS that is reduced to a matter of just two to three seconds.

    “Another benefit with the SaaS solution is that the software is continually updated, so we can adopt the new features more quickly,” he said. “This means that we have the agility and flexibility to adapt and change based on customer demand, with the automated workflows updated instantly based on the customer’s requirements.”

    To watch a short video in which the Essentra team discuss their experience with Automation Engine SaaS, visit:

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  • Xeikon has announced version 2.0 of its Panther UV inkjet technology with the launch of two new label presses: the Xeikon PX3300 and Xeikon PX2200.

    As the company’s wide portfolio evolves in line with advances in technology, the new presses, which are replacing the existing Xeikon PX3000 and Xeikon PX2000, feature advancement in 2 areas – applications and building blocks – to digitalize print manufacturing.

    Filip Weymans, Vice President Marketing, states, “We are defining a pathway to full digitization of print production and manufacturing. Responsiveness has become key for any business and can only be achieved effectively by digitalizing all print manufacturing processes, and not just printing. The foundation for a digitalized environment lies with collecting data in a digital manner. The data volume, captured in real time, creates the information that is required by label converters to make fact-based decisions. Another aspect is the interfacing connections in production between machines and operators, helping to transfer job information between the different production processes or drawing the attention of operators when it is really required. The cloud-connectivity, machine-machine and man-machine interfaces of our UV inkjet presses will enable label printers to take operational excellence to the highest levels. They offer great potential to maximise OEE, increase sustainability and make an operation robust for any future challenge.”

    The new Panther 2.0 series also offers new opportunities for label printers to expand their applications portfolio. Xeikon’s new robust substrate handles technology featuring a new splice table, web detection capability and cooled roller at the curing section. This makes it possible to print high-quality labels on a wider choice of substrates, including clear-on-clear facestock, which requires a high-quality opaque white to make the design stand out. Both presses can be configured with a fifth print station for white ink and can print on a wide range of self-adhesive media in addition to clear-on-clear, including coated paper, vinyl, PP, PE, PET, and metalized.

    The Xeikon PX2200 and PX3300 presses leverage the advantages of dedicated PantherCure UV inks, which meet the demands from brand owners for high-gloss, durable labels with high scuff resistance. The Panther DuraCureTM UV technology produces high-gloss effects and stands out across the widest colour gamut while delivering exceptional long-term durability for multiple applications such as industrial, chemical and household labels, as well as high-end labels for the premium beer, spirit, beverage and health & beauty market sectors.

    Driven by the powerful Xeikon X-800 digital front end (DFE), the new Panther UV inkjet presses offer superior and consistent print quality in combination with industry leading productivity. The cloud connectivity is achieved through the X-800, providing access to both machine data and job data, e.g. ink consumption, printing time etc. The latest generation of Xeikon’s X-800 enables unique applications on the Panther series, such as haptic printing. This tactile layer of white delivers the sought-after embellishing effect inline with full colour printing for designing labels with enhanced tactility and luxury feel. Also for variabilization, starting from black and white and going to colour numbering and to the most complex full colour variable data application through Xeikon’s new Vari-One option.

    With the addition of 2 new presses, the Panther 2.0 series now comprises of 7 different UV inkjet press. This includes the Xeikon PX30000, available with 6 (CMYKOV) or 8 (CMYKOV+WW) print stations. It will now be accompanied by the Xeikon PX2200, 220mm wide, available with 4 or 5 print stations, and the Xeikon PX3300, 330mm, available in 4 and 5 print stations or HC-high capacity. With high-performance levels and low-energy consumption, Xeikon’s Panther series of presses are now equipped with cloud connection and next-generation HMI. This helps operators monitor the workflow to maximize productivity by avoiding downtime and bottlenecks and make changes on the fly while maintaining full colour control. It gives label printers complete quality assurance on every job. Xeikon’s new interfaces also allow presses to communicate with other equipment such as Xeikon's finishing and embellishments units.

    Weymans concludes, “Xeikon’s UV inkjet presses can address any request from label converters. This can mean replacing an older UV flexo press to be more effective, being cost competitive within the high-end to medium-run label market, expanding the digital application space of existing liquid toner businesses, or providing entry-level investments that allow any printing company to embark into the digital label space. By being part of Xeikon’s broader label portfolio (press, consumables, workflow, converting, embellishing, services), converters can over time expand their investment in width and colour, or expand their workflow capabilities with ERP or MIS systems. With over 30 years of experience in digital innovation, Xeikon has a deeper understanding that enables them to offer not only the latest innovations and technologies but also a full suite of support services.”

  • The Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) appointed Dr. Ludwin Monz (58) as the new CEO to succeed Rainer Hundsdörfer (65). Ludwin Monz will take over from Rainer Hundsdörfer at the start of the new financial year on April 1, 2022.

    "The Supervisory Board of Heidelberg would like to thank Rainer Hundsdörfer for his extraordinary commitment as CEO of the company. He has succeeded in steering the Company successfully through the COVID-19 crisis, while at the same time setting the course for the Company's further strategic development and establishing new business such as e-mobility," said Dr. Martin Sonnenschein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

    For his part, Rainer Hundsdörfer acknowledges the trusting cooperation with the Supervisory Board as well as within the Company: "These have been very challenging years here at Heidelberg. We successfully defied the pandemic and strategically realigned Heidelberg through our successful transformation. I am proud to be part of the Heidelberg family. I wish my successor Ludwin Monz a good start to the new financial year and continued success."

    Dr. Ludwin Monz is Chairman of the Management Board of MDAX-listed Carl Zeiss Meditec AG until the end of December 31, 2021. "With the appointment of Ludwin Monz, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is gaining a suitable face to drive forward its strategic realignment," emphasizes Dr. Martin Sonnenschein. "He is a proven expert in high technology and innovation with capital market experience."

    Dr. Monz has been a member of the Management Board of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG since 2007 and has been Chairman of the Management Board since 2010. He was also appointed to the Group Management Board of Carl Zeiss AG with effect from January 1, 2014. After studying and obtaining a doctorate in physics at the University of Mainz, Dr. Monz went on to the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, USA, and the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung GSI, in Darmstadt, where he worked as a scientist. He is also an MBA graduate of Henley Management College in the UK. In 1994, he joined ZEISS as a scientist. Two years later, he became head of Geodetic Systems Development, then overall head of the business unit. In 2000, he then moved to the Medical Technology division of ZEISS.

    Looking ahead to his new role, Dr. Ludwin Monz comments: "For me, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is a flagship of German mechanical engineering. I see enormous potential for the future in the broad expertise of its employees, its widely branched global organization, and its long-established brand."

    In addition, it is planned to extend the Management Board contract with CFO Marcus A. Wassenberg until 2027 as scheduled. With this decision, Heidelberg is relying on continuity with regard to the financial stability achieved and the strategic realignment initiated by the successful transformation. "Under the direct leadership of Marcus A. Wassenberg, Heidelberg's transformation program has been successfully implemented. Measures introduced are showing measurable success. We look forward to a successful future together," said Dr. Martin Sonnenschein.

  • Angus Scott (LIA President) and Peter Munro (LIA) attended Imagination Graphics to award Matthew Zunic with his certificate of achievement for his nomination in the 2021 awards. 

    The Award - sponsored by Heidelberg, recognises dedication to excellence and a commitment to ongoing learning and development.

    Matthew was nominated by Terrey Nolan from TAFE, for his willingness to learn and his ability to achieve consistently high results. 

    Angus wanted to thank Heidelberg for their ongoing support and give thanks to Emmanuel Buhagiar, owner of Imagination Graphics, for supporting Matthew and hosting their visit, which included a tour of the facility.

    Pic: L to R, Angus Scott (LIA President) , Matthew Zunic, Peter Munro (LIA)

    Matthew Zunic, Emmanuel Buhagiar, Peter Munro 

  • NUtec Digital Ink is expanding its range of UV-curable inks optimised for LED lamp curing with the addition of the Ruby R20-HYB ink.


    The Ruby R20-HYB ink is a general purpose, fast curing, hybrid UV-curable ink designed for rigid or roll-to-roll applications and is optimised for LED curing.


    The R20-HYB formulation is designed for compatibility across a broad range of printer models using Ricoh® MH5420/5440 Gen 5; Ricoh® MH5220 Gen 5s and Kyocera® KJ4A printheads and performs well in a demanding, high speed printing environment.


    Featuring a superior colour gamut for brighter, more vivid images, the Ruby R20-HYB UV-curable ink is ideal for both indoor signage and outdoor advertising and is offered in 1L bottles in CMYK and light colours.


    This latest development in NUtec Digital Ink’s product offering fulfils an increasing demand for more environmentally-sensitive solutions, as LED lamp curing is considerably less energy-intensive with a smaller carbon footprint than traditional or conventional lamp curing.

  • With PreCut Center, Zünd has launched software that facilitates cut-file preparation for applications involving unprinted materials. With PreCut Center, fully nested cut files can be prepared in a few simple steps. The software significantly reduces the workload in file preparation, generates optimal material yield, and eliminates the potential for error.

    Zünd's new software solution creates a simple and highly efficient workflow for generating cut files for unprinted materials. PreCut Center simplifies file preparation and output and lets the user select a level of automation based on individual production requirements. All it takes is a few simple steps to create a fully nested file. Whether users prefer a manual or automated process, the software allows for selecting the workflow that makes the most sense for a given production scenario.

    After importing the desired shapes into Zünd PreCut Center - ZPC, the user assigns them to the corresponding recipes. Recipes are basically road maps for creating cut paths based on specific parameters. The recipes can be imported or created as needed by the user. The next step entails defining materials and material parameters. The shapes are subsequently nested on the unprinted material. This process results in optimal material yield with minimal waste and reduced production time. In addition, PreCut Center - ZPC also lets the user integrate selected metadata. Information printed with each job facilitates job tracking and, once the cutting is complete, enables quick and accurate attribution of cut parts to corresponding orders.

    PreCut Center is available in two versions, Basic and Pro. Users can select the version and associated features according to their needs. Zünd PreCut Centre's open architecture permits importing cut shapes and data from multiple sources. PreCut Center Pro provides fully automated nesting capabilities at the push of a button and lets users individually edit nested layouts and cut paths. In the last step, Zünd PreCut Center generates a cut file in .zcc format and makes it available for subsequent import into Zünd Cut Center - ZCC. An option also exists for outputting files in .dxf format.

  • French software creator Caldera has announced the release of the latest iteration of its award-winning RIP program, CalderaRIP Version 15, to coincide with the company’s 30th anniversary. On October 15, Caldera users will be able to upgrade their RIP for enhanced performance, increased flexibility and a clutch of new features which will further enable them to meet the challenges of the large-format digital printing industry.

    Highlights of the new version include six new features that will be available to all Version 15 users, as well as additional special inclusions for CalderaCare subscribers. Additionally, OS Support has been expanded in readiness for the release of MacOS Monterey and more than 20 new Print & Cut drivers have been added to V15 ISO. Along with the new version of CalderaRIP, the company is releasing V1.12 of CalderaDock, the toolbox which allows users to manage the licenses and installation of all their Caldera solutions. It now comes with an improved interface for attaching and switching RIP licenses and the Sync&Deploy module to allow users to install their drivers and profiles remotely.

    According to Arnaud Fabre, Product Manager at Caldera, “For our 30th anniversary, we’ve demonstrated our commitment to leveraging our customers’ workflows by adding a range of new features to our RIP. I’m delighted to see that entering our fourth decade, we are still fueled by innovation, while our customers continue to benefit from our rock-solid foundation as we address new challenges together.”

    The new features included in Version 15 will contribute to making it one of the most versatile RIP packages on the market. A new White Under Marks feature has been created for improved cutting accuracy on non-white media such as dark, transparent or metallic substrates, while the new Wide Contour Offset greatly improves the accuracy of the cutting process on shrinking or distorting textile substrates. Users will be able to automate their trimming workflow using the ASP (Automatic Slicer Positioning) functionality of the Fotoba XLA 170. This feature is unique to CalderaRIP and saves on manual processes while delivering maximum cutting speed, flexibility and precision.

    Version 15 also includes a new Preview feature to help keep track of nested jobs in high-throughput production environments. It facilitates job inspection and verification, before and after printing, and can be used to easily identify jobs inside the nest and check marks to minimize errors and media waste. The existing TileOrder feature has been improved, and there’s a new update of the Pantone Fashion and Home Interior Spot Colors library.

    Along with these enhancements to the RIP software, Version 15 comes with new features for CalderaCare subscribers, including a PrintProof feature to set up an efficient customer verification workflow and avoid unwanted waste,  and a new date filter in CalderaJobs to help operators easily find any job they need to reprint or archive. SmartImport has also been improved in order to further automate job submission workflows.. All Version 15 users will further benefit from changes to CalderaDock – the new V1.12 embeds an improved interface, plus remote deployment using Sync&Deploy.

    Samin Sarkar, General Manager, says, “CalderaRIP Version 15 continues our long tradition of putting our customers’ needs at the heart of what we do. Each new iteration of the RIP is designed to drive their businesses forward by providing the most advanced comprehensive digital printing software available.”

  • The winners of the 2021 Epson International Pano awards have been announced and the overall winner of the 2021 Open Competition was Joshua Hermann from the USA with three entries, 'Eternal Triangle''Morning Burn' and 'Ancient Backwaters'.

    Explaining how his winning entries came to pass Hermann said, “It is an honour to have my images selected in the Open Category alongside so many wonderfully talented photographers. One of the great things about photography is its ability to inform. Growing up in south Louisiana and coming to know the swamp and marshlands from an early age, the unique beauty and interesting ecology of the area has stuck with me throughout my life. I hope to share the beauty of these places through my imagery, allow people to get a closer look into the uniqueness of these areas and ultimately to inform them of the importance of protecting these wetlands. When shooting Eternal Triangle, I observed a cypress tree generally has a wide flaring base. Due to its watery habitat, it develops this triangular base and root protrusions called cypress knees to help it stand in the soft, soggy bottom. As I paddled amongst the trees on this foggy morning the triangular trunks stood out in a symmetrical fashion. To me, it looked like enumerable triangles receding into the fog. I named this picture Eternal Triangle as an ode to one of my favourite jazz compositions by the great Sonny Stitt.”

    Describing Morning Burn Hermann said, “When conditions are right and cool moist air begins to warm over water in the swamp, mist begins to form over the water. If you are lucky enough for the mist to stick around when the sun breaks the horizon, a wonderful show takes place. There is a short window of time where the sun begins to set the mist ablaze with light. As I paddled, the scene constantly changed in front of me while the sun inched higher above the horizon. I stopped in front of this grove and setup my camera as the swamp put on a light show went on in front of me.”

    On Ancient Backwaters Hermann added, “Like trees in most of the US, many of the old growth cypress groves were felled during the logging era. Today there are a few places were these 1,000 plus year-old giants still stand. You will usually find these in pockets of backwater that were too hard for loggers to reach, or because the trees themselves were hollow and the trunks weren't the ideal shape for lumber. When I find these ancient monoliths in backwater ponds and sloughs, I am immediately transported to the swamp lands of ancient times.”


    The Epson International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography.


    This year the competition received 5,378 entries from 1,245 professional and amateur photographers in 97 countries - amazing stats for a competition held in the middle of a global pandemic - all of whom were competing for thousands of dollars cash and prizes with main sponsor Epson Australia alone providing prizes that included an Epson SureColor P7070 printer, an Epson SureColor P5070 printer and an Epson EB-1780W ultra-slim projector.

    The overall winner of the 2021 Amateur Competition was Daniel Trippolt from Austria with his Shining Night, Legendary Peaks and Shining Heart entries.

    Trippolt said, “I discovered my passion for photography when I was 12 years old when my father gave me my first camera. Every free second of my free time was used to take photos of everything and everyone. From animal photography to sports, architecture and portrait photography, I tried everything and found my greatest passion and hobby in landscape photography. Here I am very much into hyperreal landscape photography, which distinguishes me from most Austrian landscape photographers. Landscape photography has become a huge part of my life, even if I don't have as much time to invest as full-time landscape photographers. The Covid crisis in the last two years has limited my landscape photography hobby a lot, which is why I'm all the more happy about my success in this competition.”

    The Epson Digital Art Prize was won by Manuel Enrique González Carmona from Spain who said about his ‘Anatomy Lesson’ entry, “Minerals, water and water currents are the ingredients with which nature creates these ephemeral landscapes. With each rainy period the canvas is transformed. This canvas is actually a raft of toxic waste from a copper mine, located in the province of Huelva, Spain, which was captured by aerial shooting. These ephemeral formations will disappear with the next intense rains. I live only one hour away from this scenery, so I usually make a visit every week. There are always completely new structures and details that allow you to make countless abstractions and figurations. I often have the feeling that an abstract expressionist painter has created a large canvas and that I am capturing fragments of this work of art with my drone.”


    Competition Curator, David Evans said, “We thought 2020 was a challenging year but 2021 took things to a whole new level. That said, despite the pandemic and so many other challenges the entries this year were nothing short of amazing. We are, yet again, overwhelmed with the level of support from entrants and sponsors, especially Epson and we thank you all so very much and also congratulate all this year’s winners and entrants.”


    Craig Heckenberg, Managing Director, Epson Australia said, "Who would have thought the Pano Awards would again be so successful during such another challenging year. This commitment to excellence and continued success are two of the many reasons Epson has been a proud sponsor of the Pano Awards for the past 12 years we are delighted, but not surprised, at its continued popularity. The quality bar is raised every year and Epson is proud that our technology helps the photographers realise their passion and bring these amazing images to life. Epson congratulates all of the winners and entrants and as always, we stand amazed at their incredible passion and creativity.”


    The judging panel for The Epson International Pano awards includes some of the world's top panoramic photographers and industry professionals.


    To view all the winning and top image galleries go to:


    For enquiries and more information contact David Evans at