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  • Due to high demand, a third round of Roland Academy Online training dates has been added for 2022, commencing May 17. Get in quick to secure your place! 

    We have also developed a new course for users of the VersaSTUDIO BN-20 and BN-20A, Session 6 – Getting Started with your BN-20/20A. The session covers printer set up right through to calibration, ink configuration, maintenance and how to best use the printer/s with different types of applications. 

    Upcoming Session Details 

    Tickets are still available to purchase online for the following sessions: 

    Session 1 – Basics 
    Date: Tuesday, May 17 
    Time: 10:00am AEDT 
    Duration: 120 mins 
    Price: $49 inc GST 

    Session 2 – Advanced Features: Cutting 
    Date: Tuesday, May 24 
    Time: 10:00am AEST 
    Duration: 120 mins 
    Price: $49 inc GST 

    Session 3 – Advanced Features: Understanding Colour 
    Date: Tuesday, May 31 
    Time: 10:00am AEST 
    Duration: 90 mins 
    Price: $39 inc GST 

    Session 4 – Advanced Features: Understanding Profiles 
    Date: Tuesday, June 7 
    Time: 10:00am AEST 
    Duration: 60 mins 
    Price: $29 inc GST 

    Session 5 – UV Features and Functions 
    Date: Tuesday, June 14 
    Time: 10:00am AEST 
    Duration: 120 mins 
    Price: $49 inc GST 

    New! Session 6 - Getting Started with your BN-20/20A 
    Date: Tuesday, June 21 
    Time: 10:00am AEST 
    Duration: 120 mins 
    Price: $49 inc GST

    Recent Feedback from Attendees 

    Delivered online by expert Roland DG trainers in a small group setting, the 1 to 2-hour sessions continue to receive great feedback from attendees. 

    Corinna McNally from Trophy Mart said the "trainer was very clear and organised. Presentation and instructions were very easy to follow. Will definitely recommend and even do these again as refreshers", while Larna Sparrow from Little Sparrow Designs commented "I learnt more about my machine and its settings in VersaWorks in 15 minutes than I have learnt in the 2 weeks that I have had it." 

    Book Your Place Today! 

    Places are strictly limited to 8 people per class so get in quick to secure your spot and avoid disappointment. 

    For further information, including course detail, dates and booking links, click the link below, or contact Roland DG on 02 9975 0000.

    BOOK NOW.





  • The most intelligent laser engraver just got smarter with Trotec’s new Vision Design &  Position vision positioning camera. The new 12 megapixel patent-pending lid camera further speeds workflow by delivering a live image of the work area to the operating PC in real time.

    A full colour and detailed image of the laser bed and workpiece is displayed within Trotec’s proprietary Ruby® software, allowing the laser operator to position the artwork file exactly where they’d like it to be cut or engraved, and to see a visual representation of how it will look before the job is started. This new feature eliminates the need for manual positioning of the laser pointer and saving graphic position data to the software, making laser job setup faster and easier than ever.

    Virtual graphic design and job positioning in Ruby

    The cleverly integrated camera on the lid of the laser delivers a live image of the work area to the Ruby laser software in a matter of seconds. It does not matter whether the lid of the laser is closed or open. The graphic is then placed on the workpiece in Ruby at the same scale. In this way, text can be set, a graphic can be designed or an existing job can be aligned directly on the workpiece, e.g. on a gift item or a cell phone, live in Ruby.

    This patent-pending feature helps the laser user ensure that the job to be processed is where you want it to be the first time, even if it is a 3D object. There is no longer any need for time-consuming measuring of workpieces , residual materials and objects.

    Increase productivity. Save costs

    The user no longer has to switch between laser engraver and software or take the cumbersome route via graphics software with printer driver. The job to be executed can be changed directly on the live image in Ruby.

    troteclaser.com





  • Taking a Significant Step in its Digital Printing Business with Special Focus on Growth in the Packaging Market


    The Agfa-Gevaert Group announced today that it will acquire Inca Digital Printers, subject to meeting and obtaining customary conditions and approvals. The acquisition strengthens Agfa’s position in high speed digital printing and brings an additional focus on packaging printing markets.

    “The Inca acquisition is a major step in Agfa’s transformation. Digital printing is a profitable growth engine for the Group with a tremendous potential that will be further accelerated by the addition of Inca,” said Pascal Juéry, President and CEO of the Agfa-Gevaert Group.

    Inca Digital Printers is a Cambridge UK based leading developer and manufacturer of advanced high speed printing and production technologies for sign and display applications as well as for the rapidly growing digital printing market for packaging. Inca is an ideal partner for Agfa, bringing a complementary portfolio of printing solutions of the highest standard and a strong technological platform to launch robust single pass printing presses for the packaging market.

    The acquisition encompasses the portfolio of existing high speed multi pass printers, including a strong service organisation; a newly designed line of single pass printers for several packaging applications as well as a joint development of a customised in-line Print Engine in collaboration with leading corrugator manufacturer BHS Corrugated.

    Stephen Tunnicliffe-Wilson, CEO/CTO of Inca Digital Printers Ltd.: “The acquisition by Agfa allows us to combine our technological knowhow and will enable us to become a leading digital packaging press manufacturer worldwide. Our new parent has shown long term commitment to the digital printing market and we are extremely proud and look forward to becoming part of the Agfa family.”

    Vincent Wille, President of Agfa’s Digital Print & Chemicals division, comments: “The combination of Inca Digital’s manufacturing knowhow and Agfa’s technical expertise, worldwide presence and excellent service networks will allow us to bring unparalleled printing solutions to our customers and to adapt seamlessly to their needs in this rapidly evolving space. This investment leverages and strengthens our position in the high-end and high speed wide format market as a whole and specifically in the promising packaging segment.”






  • + Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) scheduled free webinar on training and education on May 12

    Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) has scheduled a free webinar on training and education on May 12, 2.00pm AEST. The webinar will be run as a panel discussion and Q&A ...

    April 26 2022

    Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) has scheduled a free webinar on training and education on May 12, 2.00pm AEST.

    The webinar will be run as a panel discussion and Q&A and moderated by Vernon Kingman of Kingman Strategies. 

    The panel will consist of a team of dedicated industry professionals that are currently working towards achieving outcomes in this space: Damian Nielsen, ASGA Education Committee Chair; Ben Eaton, Visual Connections Education Committee Chair, and John Watters, AusSIP (ASGA Industry Education Liaison Managers). 

    “Industry feedback clearly highlights the need for more training options and a means of addressing staff shortages. Together with input from the Visual Connections Education Sub-Committee and AusSIP, the ASGA are implementing and continually investigating initiatives to address these issues,” said ASGA Education Chair, Damian Nielsen.

    “This webinar is aimed at communicating to industry what the current training options and future opportunities are and what work is currently being done to attract the next generation of sign industry professionals. We’re also interested in input from industry, so we welcome feedback from attendees during the webinar or any time after.”

    Registration is available online at: https://signs.org.au/Events-and-News/Current-Events .





  • This milestone highlights Durst Group's transformation from a press manufacturer to a solutions provider (“Pixel to Output”) in the digital printing industry.

    Durst Group, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, announces the 500th customer installation of Durst Workflow Software. This milestone highlights Durst Group's transformation from a press manufacturer to a solutions provider (“Pixel to Output”) in the digital printing industry. Founded in 2019, the Durst Software & Solutions Division now has more than 60 employees and has developed Durst Workflow, the most comprehensive software solution in the market that is also open to third-party providers, and successfully integrated it into its customers' production.

    Michael Deflorian, Business Unit Manager, Durst Software & Solutions, explains: “We are proud that more than 500 customers from different sectors rely on our workflow solution. With the help of their feedback, we try to improve our products every day to offer the best software ecosystem for the digital printing industry."

    Durst Workflow is the high-end solution for fully automated management of prepress and production tasks. Originally developed to provide the highest print quality for Durst printing systems, it is now also available for third-party printing systems. The complete browser-based solution has a user-friendly interface that allows the entire PDF workflow to be fully automated. Durst Workflow integrates seamlessly with the customer's existing software environment, enabling a higher level of automation than comparable stand-alone products. Thanks to preconfigured corrections, data preparation is faster and more efficient, and the integrated, powerful color engine guarantees exact color accuracy right from the start. With Durst Workflow, it is possible to print more while using less ink, thanks to predefined color saving profiles that can be applied with just one click.

    Serge Clauss, Product Manager, Durst Software & Solutions, explains: "We develop software solutions that help our customers make their prepress and production processes more predictable and productive. Reaching 500 users with our Durst Workflow solution is a clear statement that we are meeting our customers' expectations."






  • + Epson announces The Pano Awards 2022 Call for Entries

    The Epson International Pano Awards are back and bigger than ever in their thirteenth year. Epson Australia has helped continue to grow these awards into the world’s largest competition...

    April 26 2022

    The Epson International Pano Awards are back and bigger than ever in their thirteenth year. Epson Australia has helped continue to grow these awards into the world’s largest competition devoted to the craft and art of panoramic photography and now, Epson and The Pano Awards have launched this year’s call for entries.

    The Pano Awards’ Curator, David Evans, explained, “It’s always a very exciting time when we call for entries to win a US$40,000 prize pool that includes $14,000 in cash and an array of prizes including an Epson SureColor P7070 printer, an Epson SureColor P5070 printer and an Epson EB-1795F ultra-slim projector as you can feel the creative ripples go through the industry. With that said, I’m delighted to officially announce that professional and amateur photographers around the world are now invited to enter the 13th Epson International Pano Awards and that early-bird entries are open until Monday 27 June 2022.”


    The 2021 Pano Awards surpassed expectations in light of the many challenges the world faced, seeing 5,378 images submitted from 1,245 photographers in 97 countries and these numbers are expected to be exceeded again this year.


    Epson GM marketing Bruce Bealby said, “The Pano Awards truly stand alone in terms of their reach and support within the industry. This is the thirteenth year Epson has been proud to support these amazing awards and the wonderfully talented photographers who embrace them. It’s no secret that Epson has a long, rich and successful history in the photographic industry with photographers of all levels. As a company images and imagery are at our heart and we are very committed to the photographic industry. As always, we are very much looking forward to seeing the entries and how they come to life, seen as the artist intended, when printed out on Epson’s dedicated photo printers.”


    Epson SureColor P7070


    The Epson SureColor-P7070 is a 24" (610mm) large format printer and the SureColor P5070 is a 17" (432mm) large format printer both of which are designed for premium photo, fine art, proofing and packaging design. They support a wide range of standard and specialist media in roll and sheet formats and feature a PrecisionCore® Thin Film (TFP) head with Variable Sized Droplet Technology™ that enables the output of images in high resolution with superior fidelity and tonal gradation. 


    Both printers use Epson’s latest UltraChrome® HDX all-pigment aqueous ink for accurate colour with an enhanced gamut, Dmax and image durability. The printers also use a 10 colour ink configuration with two levels of black, a choice of a third black or alternative Violet ink for outstanding colour and black and white prints with up to 99% PANTONE® coverage. 

    Its ultra-slim design, radiant widescreen performance and easy wireless connectivity make the Epson EB-1795F the ultimate choice in portable projectors. It delivers value, convenience and performance and easily delivers brilliant content from any widescreen notebook with native 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution. Couple that with 3200 lumens colour and white light output and the results are truly amazing.


    David Evans concluded, “At The Pano Awards we have much to be grateful for. Firstly, the incredible photographers and their rare talent that make the awards such a success. Then Epson, their continued support and their amazing photo and fine art printers which set the standard for image reproduction across the spectrum. We thank our amazing photographic community for getting behind the awards and equally thank Epson for being such an amazing sponsor with their wonderful support.”


    The judging panel for The 2022 Pano Awards includes some of the world's top photographers and industry professionals – Erin Babnik, Dudley Edmondson, Adam Williams, Isabella Tabacchi, Bill Bailey, Chris Collacott, Aaron Spence, Justin Majeczky, Andreas Paehge, Jason Denning, Thomas Erh, Tim Shields and Juan Pablo de Miguel.


    Early bird entries for The Pano awards are open now. To enter go to: https://thepanoawards.com/enter-2022-awards/  










  • General Formulations, a leading manufacturer of Pressure Sensitive Films, announced today the launch of GF 765 Rainbow Holographic Film. GF 765 adds a whole new dimension of colour to graphics. It is 6-mil thick, for easy handling, and the permanent adhesive makes it great for decals, retail displays, packaging, or whatever you can dream up! It is compatible with solvent, latex, and UV curable inks.

    “We are extremely excited about the launch of GF 765 Rainbow Holographic Film,” states Matt Edwards, Digital Print Media Product Manager, General Formulations. “GF 765 is a fantastic product for our visual market. We can’t wait to see how it is creatively used in different applications and graphics.”

    generalformulations.com





  • Many leading print businesses are making it a top priority to diversify their large-format print offering as customers increasingly demand unique ideas, eco-friendly output, more creative solutions and new content.

    One recent study from Report Linker said the value of the global wide-format print market will rise to $4.0bn by 2027. The only way to take advantage of this and secure new business is to innovate and pivot your offerings to meet demand, while also delivering reliable and efficient services.

    In a new, free-to-download article, HP analyses how print businesses can grow and evolve with large-format print. By offering more competitive services that will shape the future and better serve existing customers, they can transform their operations enabling them to enter new markets, develop new solutions, find fresh revenue opportunities, and scale up their print offerings into the future.

    Whether this is by adapting to meet rising demand in the interior décor market, or capitalising on the growth in the printed packaging and labels sector, there are plenty of opportunities for expansion.

    Additionally, the sharp rise in web-based content has led more customers online and this shift towards ecommerce could also open up multiple opportunities for print service providers.

    Whatever industry transformation means to you, now is the time to explore your options.

    To learn more, please click here






  • Richard Roth has been appointed to the role of General Manager EMEA for Esko, the global developer of integrated software and hardware solutions that digitize, automate and connect the go-to-market process of consumer goods. 


    The move follows Eddy Fadel taking the position of Global Commercial General Manager - where he will oversee global sales, services, marketing and product management - after three successful years serving as EMEA General Manager. 


    “I am very happy to welcome Richard to the Esko family,” said Eddy Fadel. “We will certainly benefit from his broad experience in Danaher’s Product Identification Division. His experience at X-Rite Pantone leading innovation in color management and his commercial leadership in Videojet’s packaging and print business will be a great asset, both for Esko and for our customers. 


    “Since our integration of AVT inspection systems and our strengthened connections to X-Rite’s R&D and commercial teams, the Esko portfolio has extended beyond prepress and is rapidly becoming the packaging backbone for our customers,” he said. “With his breadth and depth in both packaging technology and business, I am convinced Richard is the right leader to help our commercial team in EMEA support our customers in their digital transformations.” 


    Richard has worked in the Danaher Product Identification platform for almost a decade, most recently leading X-Rite’s R&D and Product Management having joined as Vice President in 2017. In his new role, Richard will be responsible for the management of the commercial, support and financial performance of the Esko business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, operating from the company’s offices in Gent, Belgium. 


    “This is a hugely exciting time for the business,” said Richard. “I am delighted to now take on the role of General Manager, building on Eddy’s work in successfully bringing teams closer together to better serve our customers. Following the market uncertainty and volatility that we have all experienced, our business has a clear focus on delivering innovations that support our customers along their digital transformation journey. 


    “I am proud to now be leading the team and look forward to working with them to achieve our common goal of helping our customers around the world overcome the many challenges they face today, and will face tomorrow,” he said.


    For further information, please visit www.esko.com





  • + Computaleta Win HP Digital Manufacturing Partner of the Year Award

    Exceptional service, high quality work and a willingness to collaborate are the common themes which underpin the success of the winner of the Digital Manufacturing category in the 2021 H...

    April 12 2022

    Exceptional service, high quality work and a willingness to collaborate are the common themes which underpin the success of the winner of the Digital Manufacturing category in the 2021 HP New Zealand Partner Awards, just announced, which has been awarded to Sign and Graphics Distributor, Computaleta.

    “The outstanding service from this family-owned business made it an obvious choice for the award,” says Mike Jamieson, HP New Zealand Enterprise Sales Director. “Computaleta just go that extra mile for its customers and for us. Their willingness to work together in a collaborative and transparent way means they are a highly engaged partner that delivers a lot of value.”

    Computaleta has only been an HP partner for 18 months but in that short time has made a huge impact. Its 40-year history in the New Zealand print and signage market and their high-quality relationships sees Computaleta bring a lot to the table.

    “What’s great about the Computaleta team is they are willing to listen and try new things and that has been hugely successful for them and us in the past year. They always have the stock and supplies on hand that are needed by their customers and they seek advice and offer us solutions which means we can collectively deliver the best outcomes for our customers.”

    “Computaleta collaborate with HP to ensure outstanding service and supply every time, they are problem solvers and lateral thinkers, and we love the way they help us tell our story.”

    Computaleta is also committed to the environment and sustainability which is also important to HP’s business.

    “They are very advanced and engaged in this space.HP is incredibly proud to work with the team at Computaleta and we are delighted to see them win this inaugural award,” Mike says.

    Arlette Farland, Director at Computaleta, is honoured to win this award and believes it solidifies her company as a serious contender in the hardware space.



    “I am exceptionally proud of our team for winning the HP Digital Manufacturing Partner of the Year Award.  It is our 40th year in business, so to continue to go from strength to strength after all this time, makes me feel very secure in our future success, too.

    "Thank you to the HP Team, who give us outstanding support, and of course, our own hardware team led by Aaron Kemp,  this really belongs to them.Their dedication to our success is inspiring. 

    "Most importantly, thank you to our customers across New Zealand who have put their faith in us, we will continue to deliver for you now and into the future." 






  • + Canon Group Bolsters Label & Packaging Growth Strategy With Acquisition of Edale

    Canon Production Printing and Canon Inc. today announce the acquisition of UK-based packag...

    April 11 2022

    Canon Production Printing and Canon Inc. today announce the acquisition of UK-based packaging converting equipment manufacturer Edale, with the aim of strengthening Canon’s label and packaging business, and creating opportunities for future developments.


    Through this acquisition, Canon is intensifying its long-term strategy to provide turn-key solutions for the label and packaging sectors. The move will enable Canon Production Printing to further develop its LabelStream 4000 product line, as well as provide expertise and technology for future products.


    Based in Hampshire, UK, Edale engineers and manufactures world-class printing and converting solutions for the label and packaging industry, including digital and hybrid presses, carton and label production lines, flatbed die-cutters, and finishing and converting equipment. The company has a long history in the flexo label industry and a strong reputation for its web transport and converting solutions for digital label production.  


    Mick Asada, CEO, Canon Production Printing comments: “Edale has been a supplier of the web transport, conventional printing and embellishment modules for our LabelStream 4000 series since 2018. Through this close collaboration we have a very high regard for the Edale team’s capabilities and specialist expertise in printing and converting for the label and packaging industry. We’re excited by the enormous potential that will come from far closer co-operation, and confident that this will help to realise Canon’s ambition to become a major force for digital innovation in the packaging arena.” 


    Edale Owner and Chairman Grahame Barker comments: “We’ve experienced a period of exciting growth, and I believe that the support of a strong global player is vital to enable us to continue that trajectory in the future, so I’m delighted that Canon will be that partner for the next stage of Edale’s development. We’re confident that the combined force of Edale and Canon will deliver tangible advantages for both companies’ customers.”


    Edale, continuing to trade under the Edale brand, will remain an independently managed company, pursuing its established strategy to provide printing and finishing solutions, focused on the label, folding carton and flexible packaging segments. Grahame Barker will retire and the business will be led by the existing Edale management team under Managing Director James Boughton, reporting into Canon Production Printing through Walter Vogelsberger, VP, Digital Packaging Printing.





  • Epson has won multiple Red Dot Awards in the product design category at the internationally acclaimed Red Dot Awards for the sixth consecutive year.


    Epson’s Red Dot Award winners include the SD-10, a highly accurate, compact, and affordable spectrophotometer equipped with a MEMS Fabry-Perot tuneable filter developed by Epson.

     

    The SD-10 can be used to measure colour and perform colour matching, a conventionally time-consuming process. It can be used stand-alone or with a smart device for added functionality. Pocket-sized and portable, it allows you to measure colour anytime, anywhere.


    The SD-10, highly accurate, compact, and affordable spectrophotometer

     

    Another Epson Red Dot Award winner was the SureLab D1000 series (sold as the SL-D1060 in Australia and New Zealand) commercial photo printer.

     

    These printers are loaded with features to suit the needs of professional photographers and photo printing service providers. The compact size takes up minimal counter space and suits installation in cabinets and on shelving.

     

    SureLab D1060 commercial photo printer

     

    With flexible media handling and an optional duplex feeder, users can produce a wide range of photo prints and photo merchandise including photo books. Durability has been significantly increased over its predecessor for enhanced ROI while ink packs have replaced traditional cartridges for superior productivity with less waste.

     

    For more information go to the Red Dot Awards official website: https://www.red-dot.org/





  • Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) is today (6 April) celebrating the first anniversary of becoming a standalone company – and what a successful year it has been.

    “We have achieved an incredible amount in this first 12 months,” said Stuart Fox, President of Kongsberg PCS. “Despite facing the same obvious challenges and market volatility that has affected every business, we have enjoyed an amazing and incredibly rewarding first year as a standalone business. We delivered outstanding results and released innovative new products, we have changed our go-to-market models and strengthened our customer service and satisfaction offering, and we have made strategic acquisitions to support our strategic growth,” he said.

    In May last year, just weeks after the sale of Kongsberg to private equity firm OpenGate Capital was announced, Kongsberg PCS launched the smallest high-speed production table on the market, the Kongsberg C20. The latest addition to its Kongsberg C Series of digital finishing tables packs all the professional features of the market-leading range – renowned for being the most productive cutting tables available - into a compact size of just 1.6m x 1.4m.

    “While the C20 is the smallest in the Kongsberg C Series range, it retains all the same professional features and specifications as its bigger counterparts,” said Stuart. “The high cost of owning or renting space is a serious problem for many in the sign and display market, but by introducing the Kongsberg C20, we made it so there is no longer any need for businesses to compromise on production and quality due to a lack of available space,” he said.

    In August, Kongsberg PCS announced the acquisition of MultiCam, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer and distributor of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) cutting machines and digital finishing processes. The acquisition of MultiCam, which included its operations in the U.S. and sales offices in Canada and Germany, expanded Kongsberg PCS’ market reach and customer base across North America and Europe, creating the world’s first diversified provider of digital finishing and CNC cutting machines.

    “From a customer perspective, we now have a very broad range of products – we have an offering for any application our customers might need,” said Stuart. “We now have much more powerful routers within our portfolio, so we have a solution for those customers that are working with more heavy-duty materials or indeed high volumes of sign and display materials. We also have access to more industrial and fabrication markets around the world, with customers that are using lasers, plasma, water-jet cutters, routers and in a whole variety of and industries in which Kongsberg just did not operate before.”

    Similarly, the company entered into a number of new distribution deals ensuring its digital finishing solutions and service technology were more widely available, while partnerships with distribution companies have ensured more Kongsberg PCS tables are installed in demo centers around the globe.

    “One of our key objectives is to make sure our customers can bring their designs to life, which is why we continue to develop robust, reliable precision cutting technologies,” said Stuart. “We have a strong new product roadmap for the coming year, which will see us developing exciting innovations in cutting tables, machines, tooling and automation.

    “We have also made significant changes in terms of customer service and satisfaction in our first year, with plans to achieve best-in-class status in the future,” said Stuart. “We know that great service gives a great customer experience, and this year we have a real focus on customer service and training. We want our customers to enjoy the experience of owning a Kongsberg or MultiCam machine. We absolutely want our deployment and service to be the best, and we will put every effort into ensuring we achieve that.”

    Stuart said this attention to customers and the impact it has had on the first year of the business was only possible because of the commitment of everyone involved. “The success of our business and satisfaction of our customers only comes from having this great team behind us,” he said. “None of this is possible without the service technicians, the R&D engineers, marketing, service teams, back office, everyone here,” he said.

    “We’ve shown in the last 12 months that we have a fantastic team and that there isn’t anything we’re not capable of achieving together,” he said. “Following an amazing first year, with more innovations in the pipeline and our commitment to our customers, we’re looking forward to very exciting times ahead.”






  • Kornit Digital Ltd. (“Kornit”), a worldwide market leader in sustainable, on-demand digital fashionx and textile production, introduced its distinctive Kornit Atlas MAX Poly system – an industry-first direct-to-garment (DTG) solution delivering superior-quality digital decoration for vibrant, colourful design on polyester and poly-blended apparel.

    Kornit’s Atlas MAX Poly capitalises on the demand for fashionable, unique sportswear and apparel. As the industry emerges from a post-pandemic environment in which athletic and leisurewear became mainstream, there is increasing demand for apparel combining polyester and poly-blends with vivid designs across a range of colours. Atlas MAX Poly can transform the multi-billion-dollar professional and recreational sports apparel and teamwear markets, limited today by limitations in mass customisation of polyester.

    “Kornit Atlas MAX Poly is a game-changer,” said Omer Kulka, Chief Marketing Officer at Kornit Digital. “As fashion and sports apparel merge, there’s new opportunity for innovative fashion on polyester, currently the fastest-growing textile vertical. For the first time, recreational sportswear, promotional, and sports brands can embrace vibrant and colourful design with Kornit’s proven MAX technology – setting superior quality standards for on-demand production previously not possible.”

    Unveiled during Kornit Fashion Week Tel Aviv 2022, Atlas MAX Poly incorporates Kornit’s field-proven MAX technology for high-quality premium decoration, process automation, and smart autonomous quality control. With Kornit’s XDi decorative applications, Atlas MAX Poly enables endless designs and creativity on polyester, and empowers new styles for multiple effects and unlimited combinations such as emulating threadless embroidery, high-density vinyl, screen transfer emulations, and 3D effects.

    The solution is compatible with mesh and plain fabrics, including brushed polyester, while maintaining durability and breathability. It brings the highest throughput for on-demand polyester decoration, reducing total cost of ownership to drive profitability. Customers gain competitive advantage via Pantone colour-matching and a wide colour gamut including neon colours for bright and vibrant impressions, using single-step mechanisms minimising production footprints while maximising versatility.

    Beyond superior quality, graphics, colour, and application variety, Kornit Atlas MAX Poly offers efficient, reliable, profitable end-to-end polyester production via:

    • Kornit’s ActiveLoad automated garment-loading and pallet adjustment for repeatable, high-quality output with minimal errors reducing time and waste, eliminating operator ramp-up and boosting throughput up to 20%.
    • Seamless integration with KornitX Global Fulfillment Network, enabling a pixel-to-parcel-to-doorstep experience. This unleashes untapped demand for polyester short-run production, personalisation, and disruptive direct-to-fan and direct-to-recreational business models.
    • Integration with KornitX& #8217;s workflow ecosystem and Kornit Konnect dashboard, optimising process visibility and control, adding data-driven insights for production floor efficiencies.

    Kornit Atlas MAX Poly is successfully deployed across four global beta customer sites with expected availability in 2Q22. Click here to view Kornit MAX technology in action. 





  • Mutoh Industries announced the launch of their new 54”/1,371mm wide water-based inkjet printer, “XpertJet 1341WR Pro” from the MUTOH XpertJet series which delivers excellent print quality and high productivity. In a compact body with a space-saving design that’s easy to handle, equipped with MUTOH’s latest unique technologies, the XpertJet 1341WR Pro is designed for high image quality and user convenience.

    Dye-sublimation transfer ink to be paired with is MUTOH original "DH 21" ink, which provides superior media transfer and achieves high-density colours with less ink consumption. The fast ink drying enables printings on thinner/lighter transfer papers, and excellent jetting performance and colour stability provide high-quality output.

    The XpertJet 1341WR Pro is an ideal printer for trade show graphics, flags, banners, custom interior design, apparel, custom merchandise and more.

    The XpertJet Pro series achieves both high image quality and high productivity by combining the newly developed "AccuFine" print head and the new print effect "i-screen".

    The “AccuFine” extra wide and high-density piezo print head delivers the best-in-class ink drop placement accuracy and achieves both high-speed printing and high image quality. The “AccuFine” can produce high-quality solid printing with less banding, even at high speed.

    The new print effect “i-screen”, created from MUTOH’s "Intelligent Interweave" printing technology, optimises the new print head "AccuFine", reducing banding for smoother print images.

    Other key features of the XpertJet 1341WR Pro are as follows:

    Bi-Directional adjustment “DropMaster2”, a built-in sensor on the carriage which automatically calibrates bi-directional alignments, saving time and reduces validation in adjustment among different operators.

    The Media feed adjustment “FEED MASTER”, which automatically performs paper feed correction by printing a pattern that is read with a sensor.

    Nozzle selection function “Nozzle Area Select”, which temporarily prints using selected areas of active nozzles when clogged nozzles fail to recover.

    Media roll balance management “Media tracker”, that manages the remaining media by printing barcodes before removing roll in use. It will read the barcode when reloading that roll and streamlines management of remaining capacity for multiple media.

    Three head height settings, allowing the optimal print head height to be selected from 3 stages depending on the media being used. This reduces the risk of contact, and also provides stable print quality.

    Partial pressure cancel mechanism, In order to prevent cockling, the pressure rollers can be individually cancelled to finely adjust the pressure applied to the media. A wide range of media types can be fed under optimal conditions.

    MUTOH Status Monitor (MSM) enables checking the printer’s operation status in real time.

    Paired with MUTOH original dye-sublimation ink “DH21” : Ink cartridges of 220ml and ink bags of 1,000ml are available for each colour of CMYK. Selection can be made according to the application and business situation.





  • + One Fujifilm at PacPrint

    FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia and FUJIFILM Australia will not only come together for PacPrint but have now combined their industry knowledge and technology to create what it ca...

    April 11 2022

    FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia and FUJIFILM Australia will not only come together for PacPrint but have now combined their industry knowledge and technology to create what it calls ‘the ultimate one-stop-shop’for the print industry – where everything’s covered, from commercial offset and print-on-demand to packaging and large format print.

    Innovation is not just a slogan at FUJIFILM, it’s a promise to the market of non-stop innovation that keeps businesses ahead in an ever-changing world with solutions focused on transforming day-to-day operations with fresh products, fresher ways of working, and unexpected ideas.

    In the spirit of delivering game-changing innovation, PacPrint will be no exception, and visitors should prepare to see the latest technology on stand – technology the company says has been developed with its customers in mind, to help them win new business, cut costs, expand into new markets, and generate bigger margins.

    “We are thrilled at the prospect of being able to connect with our customers and the industry again at a face-to-face tradeshow,” says Chris Lynch, General Manager of Graphic Communication Services at FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia. 

    “PacPrint provides the perfect platform for us to not only introduce ourselves as FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia but also showcase our innovative products, solutions, services, and our transformative thinking to help our customers meet new business challenges.

    “We are pleased PacPrint is back on the calendar. It’s a great event to showcase our new products and provides a great opportunity to catch up with our customers and partners and meet our future customers.”

    While the FUJIFILM Australia has always co-exhibited with its sister company, FUJIFILM Business Innovation, this PacPrint will be different says Tony van Broekhuizen, General Manager of Graphic Systems at FUJIFILM Australia. 

    “We are now more unified with one common goal, to support our customers. We can’t wait to get on the stand and show our customers what that means for them – more products and greater opportunities.”

    Step onto the FUJIFILM stand G14 at PacPrint, and you’ll be taken on an end-to-end interactive journey where you can test applications, see the company’s presses in action and talk to its team of print experts about how to add value for your customers. 

    “Expect to see the new Revoria PressTM PC1120 and Acuity Prime on stand, just to name a couple, with more innovative on-stand products, experiences, seminars and solutions to be revealed closer to the show,” says van Broekhuizen.

    “We are excited for the Revoria PressTM PC1120 to make its PacPrint debut, and to show the industry how the press’s six stations combine for striking digital colour combinations, as well as it’s transformational artificial intelligence (AI) driven prepress and image management capabilities, high speeds and simplified media handling courtesy of the Air Suction Feeder and Static Eliminator Device.

    “Visitors can also expect to be shown the wide range of application possibilities that will show you how this press can open the door to higher value markets such as luxury brand promotion and packaging.”

    Van Broekhuizen says the Acuity Prime is likely to be another hero on the stand that will garner a lot of interest. 

    “A true flatbed printer with outstanding image quality and excellent adhesion to a broad range of rigid and flexible media, materials, and objects, the Acuity Prime offers exceptional performance, value, versatility and ease-of-use,” he says. 

    “With the rise in demand for wide format applications over the last few years, we see the Acuity Prime as an ideal solution for print providers looking to expand their production and diversify their print capabilities in order to open up new revenue streams and attract new customers.”

    Both the Revoria PressTM PC1120 and Acuity Prime are available for sale through FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia and FUJIFILM Australia and the duo say that they are already welcoming enquiries about the company’s combined product portfolio – existing customers can contact their account manager, or click here to chat to the team ahead of the show, and learn more about the unified approach.

    PacPrint will co-locate with Visual Impact Melbourne and the Label & Packaging Expo from 28 June to 1 July at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Click here to register for the show, or go to www.pacprint.com.au for more information on the expo.





  • Onyx Graphics, Inc., today announced a new annual prepaid option for ONYX Go, the company’s subscription RIP software. In addition to the no-contract monthly subscription, these one-, three-, and five-year prepaid options are available exclusively through Authorized ONYX Resellers. ONYX Go prepaid is available for both ONYX Go Lite and ONYX Go Plus product tiers. 

    “Offering print shops prepaid options was an easy decision for us,” said Matt Crawford, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics, Inc. “This is especially true when a new printer is leased instead of purchased. By enabling our channel to provide one-, three-, and five-year subscription options, ONYX resellers can tailor a complete package to suit each user’s specific needs.”

    ONYX Go prepaid also includes the same no-cost software support and free product upgrades as featured in monthly subscriptions to ensure the same premium user experience. Support teams are located across North America, Europe, and Asia with dedicated call centers for expert product help. Users can also access on-demand video libraries, how-to-guides, white-papers, and product manuals from the company’s website.

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  • Sustainability Spotlight and Associations Pavilion set to educate and inspire 

    Visitors to FESPA Global Print 2022 (31 May – 3 June 2022, Messe Berlin, Germany) are set for an inspiration and education boost with the launch of two new content-led features: Sustainability Spotlight and the Associations Pavilion.

    Spotlight on Sustainability

    To enable speciality printers to make more sustainable and environmentally conscious choices for their business, FESPA will introduce its Sustainability Spotlight feature. Located in Hall 25 Stand C50, visitors can join presentations from several industry experts providing useful, informative and actionable advice around environmental best practice. Graphics producers and textile printers can also view a wide range of material samples on display and learn how to produce innovative but sustainable finished products that their customers will value. The headline sponsor for the feature is HP and the stand will be recyclable and reusable, made using products from Reboard Technology. 

    During the event, industry experts will be hosting a series of highly informative talks on subjects including: Sustainable materials to use for graphics and textile applications; How to reduce energy consumption; Carbon footprint facilities and benchmarking; How to make supply chains more transparent; and How print professionals can avoid greenwashing. 

    Commenting on the launch of FESPA’s new Sustainability Spotlight, Michael Ryan, Head of FESPA Global Print Expo comments: “Building a successful and profitable business is every entrepreneur’s number one goal, but the print community has an obligation to sustainability too, and this is becoming a priority for print buyers. Becoming sustainable means understanding the whole operation and the opportunities and risks that need to be addressed, now and in the future. Our goal with the launch of Sustainability Spotlight is to inform the print community of the different options open to them as they progress along the path towards sustainable operations. We want to show print businesses how to meet changing customer demands, increase productivity and profitability, while making meaningful improvements to their supply chain and efforts to decarbonise.”

    Celebrating talent – FESPA’s Associations Pavilion 

    This year’s event also sees the launch of the Associations Pavilion, celebrating the talent of FESPA’s international member community. The Pavilion gives members of FESPA’s worldwide network of Associations the opportunity to showcase their talent through samples of their screen- and digitally-printed work. Visitors to the South Entrance of the Messe Berlin are set to be inspired and learn how the diverse applications were printed and finished by members from 16 countries, including Japan, Thailand, Mexico and South Africa. 

    Printeriors immerses FESPA in nature

    Back by popular demand, Printeriors will return to Berlin to connect brand owners, designers and architects with PSPs and manufacturers as they explore the latest trends in décor and design. Also located in the Messe’s South Entrance, the showcase will bring illustrations to life across a range of textiles, wallcoverings, furnishings, flooring, fine art, lighting and accessories. 

    Once again, FESPA has collaborated with illustrator Jasper Goodall whose work is being curated and developed through design, manufacturing and onto finished products by FESPA Textile Ambassador Debbie McKeegan. 

    Highlighting the multiple opportunities for printers in the world of interior and exterior décor, visitors will be immersed in an interactive world of flora and freshness of the natural world as they move through a collection of seven themes: Tropical Verdure; Nature’s Canopy; Opulent Lux; Aqua Mist; Surface Micro; Organic Flora; and Cacti Geos.

    Get wrapped up in the action with the return of ‘Wrap Masters’

    The popular, high-octane World Wrap Masters is also back this year, in association with 3M as vinyl partner and HP as print partner. As in previous years, participants will be tasked with wrapping cars as well as surprise objects in a series of timed battles where they will then be judged by a panel of past Wrap Masters winners and experts.

    As many as 36 European wrappers will compete in the regional competition on the first two days of the competition. In the event’s biggest-ever final to date, 12 successful semi-finalists will then go head-to-head to compete for the title of Wrap Master 2022.

    Michael Ryan concludes: “With new content streams and enthusiastic participation from our partners and Association members, FESPA Global Print Expo 2022 will be a must-attend event for the print community. Print professionals stand to gain so much by investing in time away from their day-to-day operations to boost their knowledge, network with peers and be inspired by other people’s creativity. With brand-new content streams, visitors will leave FESPA brimming with innovative ideas, fresh insights and valuable contacts, primed to make positive changes and enhance their offering.”

    For more information on FESPA’s event features, visit https://www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com/why-visit/features

    To find out more about FESPA Global Print Expo 2022 and to register to attend, visit: https://www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com/. Visitors receive a €30 discount on the cost of their entry ticket by using code FESM213.






  • How has the global printing industry changed? What impact have the pandemic, supply and resource shortages and shifts in demand had on the industry? These and many more questions are illuminated by the 8th Global Trends Report. For this purpose, the world's leading trade fair for printing technologies is activating its renowned international drupa expert panel and at the same time inviting other interested print service providers and manufacturers along the entire value chain to participate in this worldwide industry panel. The results are expected to be published in autumn as the 8th edition of the drupa Global Trends Report.

    The survey is aimed specifically at executives and experts from print service providers and the machinery/supplier industry. Registration as a panelist is possible until 31 March via www.drupa.com/global_trend_report_22, the survey will take place in April. All participants will receive the full version of the drupa Global Trends Report as well as benefits in the run-up to and during drupa 2024.

    "In view of the continuous change and further developments in the print and packaging industry, current, representative market data and assessments of global industry participants are more relevant than ever," explains Sabine Geldermann, Director Print Technologies Messe Düsseldorf. "The drupa Global Trends Report is a valuable tool for highlighting market dynamics and the corresponding impact on investment plans and growth potential. With this in mind, we cordially invite manufacturers and print service providers to register in order to provide an overall picture of the industry."

    drupa has been surveying international print service providers and suppliers since 2013 in order to shed light on industry and global megatrends, market potential and innovations in all key areas of the print industry. Messe Düsseldorf has commissioned the independent market research companies Printfuture/UK and Wissler & Partner/Switzerland to conduct the trend surveys.

    For further information on the drupa Global Trends Report and previously published editions (Executive Summaries), please click here: www.drupa.com/en/Press/Global_Trends_Reports

    Click here to register for the drupa Expert Panel:

    www.drupa.com/global_trend_report_22





  • Epson and its subsidiary company Epson X Investment Corporation have, through their EP-GB Investment Limited Partnership, invested in robotic piece-picking solutions developer, RightHand Robotics.


    RightHand Robotics is a startup that combines its grasping knowhow with computer vision1 and machine learning to develop piece-picking solutions. The company was founded in 2015 by a DARPA Autonomous Robotics Manipulation (ARM) Program challenge-winning team from the Harvard Biorobotics Lab, the Yale GRAB Lab, and MIT.



    RightHand Robotics’ RightPick™ platform uses AI software equipped with advanced computer vision to recognise and reliably pick a wide range of products at a high rate with an intelligent gripper that combines suction and compliant fingers. The platform contributes to automated logistics operations in the warehouse supply chain process and meets the evolving needs of the fulfillment2 industry.

     

    Epson has efficient, compact, and precision technologies along with expertise in volume production at factories that assemble small, precision products. The company seeks to leverage these strengths to drive innovations in manufacturing by co-creating flexible, high-throughput production systems that reduce environmental impacts. By engaging in cooperation with RightHand Robotics, Epson will respond to the growing demand for automation in factories beset by labour shortages and will explore a range of applications to improve working environments.



    Going forward, Epson aspires to achieve a sustainable society by creating a variety of partnerships and synergies based on proprietary technologies, products, and services.

     

    1A field of research and technology in computer science that focuses on enabling computers to identify and understand objects and people from information such as images and videos. Computer vision, especially in combination with machine learning and AI, can enable computers and robots to replicate human abilities and automate tasks.

    2In businesses engaged in e-commerce and catalogue sales, for example, fulfilment refers to the entire process from the time an order is received until it is delivered to the customer. (Fulfilment may encompass everything from order management and the handling of inquiries to payment, inventory management, item picking, packing, and shipping, as well as after-sales support for returns and exchanges.)