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  • + Alfex Laser Open House is an opportunity for everyone interested in laser cutting, laser marking and laser engraving to receive a personalised laser demonstration by our laser experts.

    LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE NEW EPILOG FUSION PRO & KERN LASERCELL You will have a chance to tour our Brisbane ..

    12 November 2019


    LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE NEW EPILOG FUSION PRO & KERN LASERCELL
     
    You will have a chance to tour our Brisbane facility, view demonstrations and network with industry-leading companies and like-minded professionals.
     
    Meet our Alfex Laser sales & support staff and peek inside one of our Service Vans to see how well stocked and organized they are with repair parts needed to service your machines.

    Our Open House is the best opportunity for you to test your application with our world-leading lasers and discuss ways to increase your productivity with our experienced Application Engineers.

    📅Thursday 21 November 2019
    🕐 By Appointment
    📍Alfex Laser Brisbane
    13/49 Bellwood Street, Darra, QLD
     
    Queensland Alfex Laser sales & support staff will be on-site and available to answer all your laser cutting and laser engraving questions.
     
    If you'd like to check the application for a particular material, bring a sample along and we'll be happy to run it through.

    Alfex CNC Australia is celebrating over 40 years in business and Our Open House is the best opportunity for you to network with other manufacturers and to discuss ways to increase your productivity with our experienced Application Engineers.
     
    If you plan to attend – and you should – please be sure to register:
     
    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/alfex-laser-open-house-2019-brisbane-tickets-60506237786






  • + Konica Minolta Australia announces AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses

    Konica Minolta Australia has announced the release of the AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses, whi..

    12 November 2019


    Konica Minolta Australia has announced the release of the AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses, which will be available locally early next year. The presses offer higher total productivity and efficiency that will really change the game for commercial printers. 

    The 140 ppm AccurioPress C14000, along with the 120 ppm AccurioPress C12000, were designed from the ground up to be digital print factories. These presses really demonstrate Konica Minolta’s mission to support the transformation of its clients, with a number of advanced automation features and accessories that will help printers expand and streamline their operations to deliver increased, high-quality output with less waste. 

    The AccurioPress C14000 series offers the new TU-510 versatile trimmer unit for advanced operational efficiency. The TU-510 is a truly unique inline, four-edge trimmer and creaser that allows full bleed finishing support for banners, booklets, direct mail and a dedicated business card cutting option. In addition, the AccurioPress C14000 series is equipped with the Intelligent Quality Optimiser (IQ-501) as standard, which can also improve labour efficiency by as much as 30 per cent. 

    Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “The new AccurioPress C14000 series will be a game-changer for the industry. With the TU-510 inline trimmer unit and advanced automation features designed to maximise efficiency these presses will provide significant value to those in high-volume printing environments where deadlines are tight, quality is key and efficiencies must be gained. We are really looking forward seeing these new presses arrive in Australia early next year.” 

    Mark Brown, national product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said “The AccurioPress C14000 series is ideal for helping Australian printers attract and retain new customers, providing exceptional quality output at high speeds. This will let printers be more productive and turn high-quality jobs around faster, delivering an outstanding customer experience.” 

    Opportunities for business expansion 

    The unique features of the AccurioPress C14000 series make them ideal for customers looking to increase productivity through efficiencies and speed to grow their business. With resolution equivalent to 3600 x 2400 dpi and enhanced media capability up to 450 gsm, they offer breathtaking speeds with outstanding image quality and unparalleled media flexibility. 

    New duplex banner printing up to 900 millimetres and simplex banner length capability of 1300 millimetres combined with envelope and embossed media capability gives customers the opportunity to offer new types of work, such as four-panel gatefold brochures and book covers for finishing offline. To further improve efficiency and output, envelope printing can be accomplished using the standard fuser. Finally, new technology used in the print engine dramatically improves image quality on textured paper stocks. 
      
    Operational efficiency 

    Paired with Konica Minolta’s enhanced IQ-501, the new presses automatically and continuously measure and manage colour to ensure the first print in a run matches the last. Two-dimensional registration correction has also been improved through the higher output resolution. The automatic media detection sensor comes standard on these models, detecting the stock and assigning the appropriate tray, eliminating time consuming paper settings and operator error, reducing waste and increasing productivity. 

    The LS-507 large stacker supports higher speed, permits banner bypass and offers operators the advantage of offloading while the machine is still running, another new benefit added to Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress expanded line. 

    Convenient colour management and job management utilities are available with the Konica Minolta’s proprietary controller. A customisable operation screen makes the products extremely easy to operate. Other third-party controller options include the latest Fiery and Creo models. 

    Stability, high durability and reduced downtime improve total cost of ownership 
    Konica Minolta’s IQ-501 enhanced auto inspection options offer expanded inspection performance, verifying print quality and now detecting streaks and spots as well as blemishes. The high-quality prints mean maximum stability even during long-run jobs, while better registration and quality increases total usable print volume. The new presses offer a highly reliable duty cycle of 2.5 million, up from 1.8 million with the AccurioPress C6100, with double the toner capacity of earlier models. 

    The new AccurioPress C14000 and C12000 will be available in Australia in March 2020.





  • + Ricky Launches Two New Products

    Backlit textile Artist Mambo Direct-Tex and Blackout textile be.tex Directo FR are now available from Ricky. Backli..

    12 November 2019


    Backlit textile Artist Mambo Direct-Tex and Blackout textile be.tex Directo FR are now available from Ricky.

    Backlit textile Artist Mambo Direct-Tex is a printable textile is ideal for backlit LED flat frames and trade show display systems with exceptional dye sub transference. 
    The textile is suitable for UV and dye sub printing.

    Blackout textile be.tex Directo FR is a printable textile is ideal for banners, display frame systems, roll-up display systems, backdrops and curtains. As its name states, be.tex Directo FR is fire retardant and can be printed on both sides. The new textile is suitable for UV, Latex and dye sub printers.

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + AstroNova introduces TrojanLabel T5

    AstroNova, Inc. has announced the global launch of the TrojanLabel T5, a larger version of the company’s TrojanLab..

    06 November 2019


    AstroNova, Inc. has announced the global launch of the TrojanLabel T5, a larger version of the company’s TrojanLabel T4 label press and finishing system with the addition of UV flexo varnish capabilities.

    The T5 all-in-one digital print and finish in-line labelling solution was demonstrated for the first time in September at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The T5 is already up and running at customer sites in Europe and the United States.

    The TrojanLabel T5 is built on AstroNova’s industry-leading TrojanLabel T3 Digital Inkjet Label Press platform integrated with a smart, compact converter unit featuring UV flexo varnish, lamination, rotary die-cutting, slitting, and waste removal. Following the introduction of the T4 two years ago, the T5 is the Company’s latest high-production label printing and converting solution for the professional printing market. The T5 adds several additional enhancements such as spot and SUPERgloss varnish, lamination, slit & rewind, and cold foil application for silver, gold, and metallic decorative accents, all in a single compact platform.

    “The T5 is a great step up in our offerings, providing professional printers and large brand owners with a high-performance system that delivers great results from start to finish,” said AstroNova President and CEO Greg Woods. “We are excited about the addition of this unique, versatile solution to our TrojanLabel family of professional digital colour label presses and specialty printers.”

    With the addition of the T5 to its ever-expanding product line-up, AstroNova continues to offer a broad range of products to suit a variety of labelling and production needs. From QuickLabel tabletop, on-demand printers to TrojanLabel full-print finishing systems, and a wide range of complementary solutions including software, label materials, accessories, and global technical support, AstroNova provides total peace of mind to customers and channel partners alike.






  • + HEXIS ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH RACING OPTICS TO PROVIDE HIGH PERFORMANCE MULTILAYER PROTECTIVE FILMS

    The HEXIS Group, one of the world leaders in the automotive protection market, announces a strategic collaboration with ..

    06 November 2019


    The HEXIS Group, one of the world leaders in the automotive protection market, announces a strategic collaboration with Racing Optics, Inc, at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV., to be held November 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place.

    RACING OPTICS TECHNOLOGY

    Born from a racing heritage, Racing Optics was founded 20 years ago by the WILSON brothers, who created detachable multi-layer films to improve the visibility and safety of race car and motorcycle drivers. Since then Racing Optics has become the recognized leader in multi-layer optical film in many fields, including medical, military and industrial, and holds more than 35 patents to its credit. Racing Optics objective has always been to improve safety, visibility and efficiency, through its multi-layer film, which enables perfect visibility, when visibility is critical.





    INITIAL PRODUCTS TO BE LAUNCHED

    The 3333SHIELD, specially designed for windshields of passenger vehicles, is a high-end solution combining protection and optical comfort and clarity. This film is composed of three removable optically clear layers of film, each measuring three Mils in thickness. It provides enhanced protection against damage from UV rays, scratches and cracks. In racing applications, the 3333SHIELD safeguards windshields that are exposed to projectiles, scratches, mud marks, etc.
    The 4444RACING is an extreme protection solution, consisting of four optically clear, removable layers, with a thickness of four Mils each. Each layer of protections can be easily removed in seconds, leaving a new clean surface. A clear choice for racers!

    A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

    HEXIS will use Racing Optics multi-layer protective films for luxury, sports and racing cars. This partnership complements the development of BODYFENCE protection products, which protects car bodies against external damage and dirt from sticking to the paint.

    Clément MATEU, HEXIS CEO, commented: “We are delighted to be working with a family-owned American company known world-wide, for the quality of its multi-layered protective films. This partnership allows us, to offer a complete range of automotive protection for a wide range of automotive markets, including consumer, luxury, commercial and racing."

    "A strategic relationship with HEXIS is a major step in the expansion of Racing Optics products in France and in other countries around the world. The professionalism of HEXIS, their commitment to racing and a cherished and privileged relationship with their distribution network, were all essential elements that helped Racing Optics conclude that this would be a an exciting, prosperous, and long-lasting relationship", said Bart WILSON, President of Racing Optics.

    www. hexis-graphics .com





  • + EFI adds new W2P capability to MarketDirect

    EFI has released PackCentral, a new addition to its MarketDirect platform designed to allow packaging professionals to t..

    05 November 2019


    EFI has released PackCentral, a new addition to its MarketDirect platform designed to allow packaging professionals to target profitable growth through new revenue streams and reduced sales costs by utilising enhanced web-to-pack (W2P) capability.

    MarketDirect PackCentral allows packaging and corrugated service providers to increase value for the brands they serve by streamlining end-to-end workflows, according to EFI, while also providing future-ready features like SmartBox Designer, a new tool to simplify and visualise online 3D designs.

    The updated EFI MarketDirect options for packaging design and project re-ordering are intended to help converters quickly adapt to global trends toward just-in-time, customised inventory, and multi SKU/versioned packaging supply chains, which in-turn provide new revenue stream opportunities and growth capabilities, noted EFI. The software also simplifies and automates key operations to help packaging printers and converters maintain and grow profits, stated the supplier. This includes:

    - Intuitive and flexible tools, which enable customers, procurement agents and buyers to quickly search, select and order products 24/7 from a customised online portal;
    - Producers and manufacturers being able to more efficiently create and publish a library of products to online catalogues, eliminating errors and reducing transactional costs by moving more procurement online. Users can automatically create sales orders and view available inventory saving precious time for customers and CSRs alike; and
    - SmartBox Designer, which allows the creation, customisation and visualisation of folding carton and corrugated box designs entirely online. Brands and designers can bring their designs to life in real time before placing orders, ensuring brand integrity while speeding time to market.

    Specifically, new PackCentral W2P options are designed to enhance the functionality MarketDirect offers beyond its core customer communication and marketing campaign management capabilities, adding easy-to-use procurement, order management, and customer collaboration tools designed specifically for packaging converters and brands.

    Early reviewers such as US-based custom corrugated packaging manufacturer Abbott-Action in Attleboro, Massachusetts have been able to see how company’s can improve their total offering to brands using such tools.

    Abbott-Action expects MarketDirect PackCentral to provide the business with an intuitive online design, ordering and management process that will help make it the preferred or sole converting partner for an even greater segment of its client base.

    Abbott-Action CEO J. Samuel Abbott commented, ‘We’re excited about the potential with SmartBox Designer to support our key brand agents in specifying content online. Our valued customers are always looking for flexible tools to better manage their artwork and assets through production.

    ‘SmartBox Designer will enable us to push our small box order specification to an online platform, enabling our customers to process orders on a digital platform removes internal administrative tasks and greatly improves our speed to market.’





  • + DGSHAPE Announces Launch of Next Generation Laser Decorator

    DGSHAPE Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roland DG Corporation and a leading provider of digital fabrication to..

    05 November 2019


    DGSHAPE Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roland DG Corporation and a leading provider of digital fabrication tools, including 3D milling machines, 3D printers, and engraving machines, today announced the release of the LD-300 Laser Decorator.

    According to Hiroshi Oe, Global Product Manager for 3D Products at DGSHAPE, "The LD-300 is the next generation of DGSHAPE’s laser decorator technology. It is larger and more robust than the recently released LD-80 laser decorator, increasing the capability of foil decoration onto larger items."

    The LD-300 Laser Decorator goes beyond foil decoration on soft plastics to include larger three-dimensional items and direct imprinting on natural leather. The unique design of the LD-300 allows unique personalisation of small or large objects without sacrificing quality. The working area of the LD-300 is approximately 305mm x 230mm and can accommodate objects up to 50mm thick. The bed can be removed to accommodate even larger items up to 200mm thick, such as handbags and product packaging. The LD-300 can produce stunning graphics and crisp text using the bundled METAZAStudio software.

    Hiroshi Oe continues, "The LD-300 is a Class 1 laser product. The shielded front cover and completely enclosed frame are perfect for retail environments where safety is a primary concern. Unlike laser engraving technologies that tend to burn the surface of leather during processing, the LD-300 requires no ventilation and leaves no debris during the decorating process. Set up is simple and intuitive, with easy-to-use software for complete control of the decoration workflow." 

    The LD-300 Laser Decorator gives customers the opportunity to transform ordinary items into extraordinary personalised products with ease. The LD-300 is now available in Australia. To find out more, click here.





  • + Over 1000 global customer installs of the UVgel Colorado

    Canon has completed more than 1000 global customer installations of its Colorado roll-to-roll wide format printer series..

    05 November 2019


    Canon has completed more than 1000 global customer installations of its Colorado roll-to-roll wide format printer series, powered by UVgel technology.

    Since September 2019 the installed base of the Colorado 1640 and 1650 printers achieved combined monthly print volumes of over one million square metres. Placements of the Colorado printers are growing rapidly and each installation is producing higher volumes than initially forecast, with 16% of customers printing more than 25,000 square metres per year on each Colorado device.

    Feedback from Colorado 1640 users underlines the printer‘s extreme productivity and suitability for applications where robust short-term graphics are needed without lamination. Commenting on the throughput of the Colorado 1640, Bartosz Swiderski, owner at graphic art production studio Studio Bell (Poland), says: “The Colorado 1640 is a very efficient machine — the approximate speed of 40 m²/hour is more than four times higher than we have been able to offer our customers before. This means that instead of printing one wall covering project for an office customer within four days, I can print it now within one day.”

    Earlier this year at FESPA 2019, Canon introduced the Colorado 1650 as the second member of the Colorado family, with a new flexible ink for customers producing applications that need to be folded, wrapped or bent such as framed canvasses, soft signage, front- and back-lit graphics, surface décor applications such as flexible wall coverings, and outdoor applications including vehicle graphics. The newer model also features unique FLX finish technology. This enables customers to choose between gloss or matte effects without the need to change ink or media, offering an even wider range of applications.

    One of these is print service provider De Resolutie in The Netherlands. Jeffrey Vermaat, co-owner at De Resolutie, explains: “We look for printers that allow us to combine different materials so we can develop new products and concepts - that's our strength. We can print a gloss effect on matte papers, in colour, and a matte effect on glossy media. These applications bring many new business opportunities for us in interior design.”

    Constantin Serban, Director of Graphics Technologies at The Freeman Company (US) has recently expanded his Colorado fleet and now has 10 Colorado 1640 devices and 10 Colorado 1650s. During the PRINTING United 2019 exhibition, The Freeman Company was named the Leading Customer 2019 by Canon, having the most Colorado printers installed worldwide.

    Dirk Brouns, Vice President Large Format Graphics, Océ Technologies, a Canon Company comments on the market interest for both models: “We‘re working in a dynamic market with constantly evolving application requirements. Our R&D philosophy is to listen and work closely with our customers and partners to focus our innovation on actual customer demand. After the initial success of the Colorado 1640, we identified further growth opportunities for customers who can benefit from a matte finish and a more flexible ink. With both the 1640 and the 1650 solutions in the Colorado family, we can now meet any roll-to-roll print need.”

    He continues, “Our customers are reaping the rewards of our strategic innovation programme, in which we have focused on developing our own large format print engine, our own unique UVgel ink and our own print heads. As one of the few digital printer manufacturers capable of doing this, we’ve created an optimised production technology that perfectly meets the needs of the market.”





  • + New flagship cutting plotter introduced by Graphtec GB

    Replacing the existing flagship FC8600 series of cutting plotters, the latest FC9000 series is now available from Grapht..

    05 November 2019


    Replacing the existing flagship FC8600 series of cutting plotters, the latest FC9000 series is now available from Graphtec GB. It is said to provide one of the highest performance capabilities currently available for this class of cutting plotter.

    The FC9000 is available in a choice of four different sizes (the 160, 140, 100 and 75 models) that will respectively accommodate material widths of 1,626, 1,372, 1,067 and 762mm. With an increased maximum cutting speed of 1,485mm/sec and a cutting force of 600gf (5.88N), the FC9000 is considered to have set a fresh benchmark for high-end cutting involving a much wider range of sign and graphics and digital printing media in varying thicknesses.

    A key attribute of the FC9000 is the optional media take-up spool that will increase the efficiency of roll-to-roll work undertaken by digital print specialists. For example, using the integrated barcode function, it is possible to print up to 50 metres of material overnight and then cut the following morning, thereby creating a seamless workflow capability. A further attribute is the new auto panelling function which prevents skewing of longer lengths of material to be cut by automatically splitting the job into smaller sections for guaranteed precise sequential cutting.

    The FC9000 also incorporates the latest Version 8 of Graphtec’s proprietary ARMS (Advanced Registration Mark Sensing) system for radically enhanced media tracking and cutting accuracy. It is also supplied as standard with the latest Graphtec Pro Studio or optional Pro Studio Plus and Cutting Master 4 design and production software, with the latter available as a plug-in option for integration with other popular software programs such as Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. The FC9000 also meets all relevant CE safety standards and comes with a three-year performance warranty.





  • + Epson Australia raises the bar in productivity and efficiency

    Across its entire range of products Epson Australia held a unique launch event today to highlight the work the comp..

    31 October 2019


    Across its entire range of products

    Epson Australia held a unique launch event today to highlight the work the company has done in raising the productivity and efficiency of all the products it now manufactures and produces.

    Epson MD Craig Heckenberg said, “The common themes for today’s event are a significant increase in productivity and efficiency in all Epson products across the board. It’s fair to say our products are better than they have ever been on many levels, including being kinder to the environment. You can now print faster, onto more substances and use less ink than ever before. You can also project brighter and bigger for longer at a lower cost and with less effort. In other words you can increase your productivity levels and be more efficient by simply using Epson’s next generation of products.”

    Highlights from the event included the new SureColor P9560, Epson’s first-ever 12 colour large-format printer offering the widest ever colour gamut with 99% Pantone coverage*. The SC-P9560 is ideal for artists and photographers, as it offers reliable reproduction for professional proofing and rapid throughput for high-volume production.





    SureColor P9560

    In the dye-sublimation printing space Epson showcased two new printers. The first was the 64-inch SureColor F9460H, Epson’s first genuine fluorescent ink, dye-sublimation, textile printing solution, which builds on the success of the current F-Series and offers customers greater print flexibility. Alongside the SC-F9460H was the new SureColor F560, a world-first, single-vendor, 24-inch dye-sublimation printer with integrated bulk ink system designed for small business and fine art production that combines compact size with high format flexibility in a cost-effective package.





    SureColor F9460H

    There were also clever new ColorWorks C6010 and C6510 label printers unveiled. These on-demand label printers extend Epson’s existing range to meet the needs of small to medium batch customers across many sectors including food, chemical, beverage, horticulture and logistics.





    ColorWorks C6500

    Illuminating proceedings were two new projectors from Epson. The first is Epson’s brightest 3LCD projector to date, the 30,000 lumens EB-L30000UNL, which boasts a maintenance-free laser light source that provides 20,000 hours of operation. 

    The EB-L30000UNL supports screen sizes of up to 1,000 inches with a WUXGA resolution and 4K enhancement technology, as well as a 2,500,000:1 contrast. It is a body-only system that provides a choice of 4K optional lenses designed for a variety of applications. Its compact design and 360° installation potential simplifies installation to suit the needs of different environments.





    EB-L30000UNL

    Epson’s new versatile installation laser projector, the compact 7,000 lumens 
    EB-L1070UNL, was also on display at the event. As with the EB-L30000UNL, it features 4K enhancement technology and interchangeable lenses.

    Seen for the first timed in Australia at its Productivity and Efficiency launch event and ahead of its official launch in 2020, Epson Australia also previewed its EH-LS500 ultra-short-throw laser projector – the unique big-screen TV alternative.

    The EH-LS500 projector adds the ability to watch 4K content and a new stylish design to its portfolio of ultra-short-throw laser projectors





    EH-LS500 projector

    Finally and to coincide with the incredible milestone of selling over 40 million EcoTank printers globally, Epson Australia has expanded this amazingly popular range with six new EcoTank models consisting of five new EcoTank single and multi-function mono models (ET-M1170, ET-M1180, ET-M2170, ET-M3170 and ET-M3180) and the ET-1110 single function colour model – all of which are cheaper to run and are better for the environment than equivalent laser printers.

    All current and new EcoTank printers have:

    - Very low cost per page – from less than half a cent per printed page
    - Very low total cost of ownership
    - Replacement ink bottles that start at just $14.99 for 1,000s of additional pages
    - Up to 2 years of ink included – based upon printing 200 pages per month
    - Less down time due to less moving parts with no drum to replace
    - Fast first page – from as low as six seconds, ideal for one page documents
    - Low energy consumption as it’s inkjet not laser technology
    - No throwaway ink or laser toner cartridges 




    Expression ET-1110

    For more details on all of the products listed above go to www.epson.com.au 






  • + Konica Minolta reinvents print technology with new IoT-enabled bizhub® i-Series

    Next-generation bizhub i-Series seamlessly connects the dynamic office Konica Minolta Australia, a leader in deliv..

    29 October 2019


    Next-generation bizhub i-Series seamlessly connects the dynamic office 

    Konica Minolta Australia, a leader in delivering world-class business transformation solutions and technologies, has unveiled the new bizhub i-Series, the next generation multifunction device product line from the award-winning bizhub legacy portfolio. Born from the company’s continuing ambition to create value for customers and driven by the desire to rethink the way multifunctional devices work for them, the i-Series is a smart technology hub that fully embraces the way businesses are evolving and sharpens their competitive edge. 

    The smart device technology augments office connectivity, optimising the way the office works while preparing it to be future-ready from operational improvements to digital transformation. Powering new opportunities for productivity and innovation, the i-Series provides the necessary tools for an effective communications network. It simplifies complexities to improve productivity and streamline business processes, for better decision-making and, ultimately, enable smarter business. Breaking through traditional office limitations, it helps navigate quickly to demands and changing conditions. 

    Shane Blandford, director of marketing and innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “As office documents become more digitised and data volumes increase, document management and access assume more importance than ever. Remote access and cloud integration also heighten the need for security. 

    “Multifunctional devices and printers are now expected to connect people, places and devices simply and safely and create a new way of working. Konica Minolta wanted to provide a new-value office tool that could be used intuitively by digital natives. That intent gave rise to the second generation bizhub, the bizhub i-Series. The consistent and simplified usability of the new i-Series range, along with class-leading performance and connectivity enhancements make these our most productive multifunction devices.” 

    Simple design and usability 

    The stylish, contemporary design boasts an intuitive smartphone style user interface with a tiltable, floating 10” touchscreen panel, rounded edges, and LED status indicators. The interactive user experience provides ease-of-use through reduced wait times, vibration feedback, and customisation. Conveniently, both the A3 and A4 multifunction models function in precisely the same way so users can be productive, regardless of the specific device. 

    High-quality performance, enhanced efficiency and seamless connectivity 

    The i-Series multifunction models house a powerful engine, a quad-core Central Processing Unit with up to 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD, for quick-response, high-performance operations. And, the additional combination of full-speed media printing range, high-speed one pass double feed, digital skew correction, and large capability trays for the A3 models, expertly blends reliable functionality with versatile serviceability. Further extending the capabilities of the i-Series and adding flexibility, Konica Minolta MarketPlace gives the freedom to personalise the user interface and provides direct access to apps that boost business productivity. Efficiently integrating work processes and connections, it caters to all types of changing needs and fully accommodates evolving workstyles. 

    Smart service and next-level security 

    Minimising downtime and ensuring uninterrupted use, the i-Series intelligently collects data for self-diagnosis and for optimum replacement time predictions of parts and consumables. The exceptional service comes with an outfitted layer of top-grade security, which gives businesses one less thing to worry about. With bizhub SECURE services (optional) and self-encrypting SSD, the i-Series fosters a secure work ecosystem where data is protected and reliably accessible. Additionally, the optional BitDefender anti-virus extension automatically scans all transmitted and received data in real time, so data remains protected from external threats. All i-Series models are compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and ISO 15408 certified HCD-PP, so data privacy standards and security requirements are met in order to stay productive. 

    Commitment to sustainability 

    Konica Minolta is committed not only to innovation but to environmental sustainability. The fruition of the new i-Series reflects upon this strong commitment. As part of the top energy-saving bizhub product line, each model conforms to globally recognised standards from such organisations as EPEAT and Blue Angel. The new fusing unit and low-temperature fixing toner help achieve lower energy consumption in operating and sleep modes. Environmental impact is reduced further through the new packaging design, as traditional cushioning material has been replaced with lighter air cushions, still ensuring safety during transport. Best of all, operating sounds are quieter due to improvements made to the cooling fan and the document feeder mechanism resulting in fewer distractions for a better-focused work environment. 

    Shane Blandford said, “Konica Minolta recognises the i-Series as the next step; the innovative technology that lets businesses perform at their best and achieve high-quality work, all while providing the peace of mind for them to focus on more important matters. And, as businesses continue to evolve, the bizhub i-Series will grow with them.” 

    The new i-Series models available now are the bizhub C250i, C300i, C360i, (A3 colour MFPs), C3350i, and C4050i (A4 colour MFPs), C4000i and C3300i (A4 colour printers) and the C3320i (A4 colour MFP). Additional models to the i-Series product lineup will be released in the coming months. 

    iSeries will be on display at Stand E38 at CEBIT at the International Convention Centre Sydney from October 29-31.





  • + Kernow Coatings adds new dry-erase lamination film

    KernowJet KlearWipe is a clear PVC-free lamination film that offers durability and scratch resistance. Kernow Coati..

    29 October 2019


    KernowJet KlearWipe is a clear PVC-free lamination film that offers durability and scratch resistance.

    Kernow Coatings has launched new dry-erase technology in the form of the company's KernowJet KlearWipe. KernowJet KlearWipe is a clear PVC-free lamination film for dry-erase applications.

    The product offers a thickness of 75µm, with a stiffness that makes it easier to apply. KlearWipe is durable and scratch resistant, as well, making it easy to handle and reassuring that it won't be damaged during lamination. KernowJet KlearWipe is highly transparent and comes with a special permanent adhesive to laminate over a plethora of prints, even UV-cured inks. It is available in widths up to 1,524mm.

    The film has been tested with a wide range of water-based, solvent and acetone-based markers, and the product has been shown to pass all the tests. According to Kernow, there is no pearling of the inks when writing, and its erasability leaves no ink residue even after a long delay. Permanent markers can be cleaned off with alcohol without damaging the film, too. Dry erase surfaces can start to look tatty once they have been scratched and the ink imbeds inside the scratch. Due to its scratch resistance, KernowJet KlearWipe is an ideal solution for long term dry-erase surfaces.

    This product is suitable for whiteboard and blackboard lamination for use in schools, offices, meeting rooms, convention centers. The material is compliant with the EN Standards: EN71-3 which is necessary for the safety of toys, and is therefore suitable for kids furniture, toys, child’s whiteboard, and more.





  • + be.tex® Green Valuetex FR is now available from Ricky.

    This brand-new display textile made of 100% recycled yarn, is fire resistant and sound absorbent. Consisting of yarn obt..

    29 October 2019


    This brand-new display textile made of 100% recycled yarn, is fire resistant and sound absorbent. Consisting of yarn obtained from plastic bottles, this printable textile leads the way when it comes to sustainability in the printable textiles industry.

    be.tex® Green Valuetex FR delivers the same end-quality print as the other Berger textiles, but the fact it uses recycled materials makes a positive alternative for the more environmentally conscious.

    Ideal for banners, display frame systems, pop up displays and tablecloths.

    Contact your Print Media expert today to find out more: sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + New Personalisation Course to Help You Diversify and Grow

    Have you considered adding a personalisation solution to your business? With a growing demand by shoppers for custom and..

    29 October 2019


    Have you considered adding a personalisation solution to your business? With a growing demand by shoppers for custom and quality items that reflect their personal interests and tastes, there is huge potential for print and graphics providers to incorporate instant personalisation into their business. 

    Our new Roland DG Academy course, Profit Through Personalisation, presents an overview of personalisation and different technologies that can be used to diversify your offering, increase customer loyalty and grow your profits.  

    Course Overview  

    Profit Through Personalisation is primarily hands-on, features demonstrations and practical group activities for each technology, and guides you through the creation of personalised samples using Roland DG equipment and materials. 

    The course covers the following main areas:  
    - Personalisation introduction and technology overview  
    - Benchtop UV printing   
    - Direct-to-Garment printing and Heat Transfer  
    - Dye sublimation  
    - Impact Printing and Marking 
    - Laser Foil Decoration 

    Profit Through Personalisation begins in Sydney on November 27, 2019, with further dates and locations to be announced in early 2020. 

    Special Introductory Price!  

    To celebrate the launch of the new course we are offering a special introductory price of just $90 (normal course fee $129 inc GST) for the first course in Sydney. The full day course fee includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, light refreshments as well as samples created during the session, and workflow guides for each of the technologies presented.   

    With only 12 places available, you will need to get in quick to secure your place. To book online, click the link below. To find out more, email training@rolanddg.com.au or call 1800 500 119.  





  • + Mutoh’s new ink achieves highest level of Greenguard Gold certification

    Mutoh Industries, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, is pleased to announce their new generation, MS..

    29 October 2019


    Mutoh Industries, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, is pleased to announce their new generation, MS41 EcoSolvent ink, has been certified for ‘Wallcovering’ - the highest-level category possible. Mutoh Australia General Manager, Russell Cavenagh commented: “Recently developed in conjunction with our new range of XpertJet printers, this latest Greenguard Gold certification further demonstrates Mutoh’s ongoing commitment to the environment and better workplaces”.

    UL’s GREENGUARD Certification Program is a widely used standard for design professionals, consumers and others to find low emitting interior products that promote better indoor air quality. Products that achieve GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold Certification have demonstrated low chemical emissions during normal use. 

    The GREENGUARD test method includes standardised room exposure models for both an office and classroom environment developed by the California Department of Public Health. The stringency of these models is directly related to the surface area of product that will be used in the room. For products that may be used in many applications, UL considers all potential applications and awards certification for the highest surface area loading for which the products meet the GREENGUARD and/or GREENGUARD Gold Certification criteria. 

    MUTOH continuously takes steps to ensure our company and our products are environmentally responsible. MUTOH has been committed to provide customers safe, environmentally- friendly and high-quality products by following industry standards in our product development process.

    About MUTOH’s original eco-solvent MS41 ink

    The MUTOH MS41 ink is their 4th generation of eco-solvent ink, which has featured a wide colour gamut that delivers vibrant, high density prints, with excellent dot gain.  It is capable of printing on a wide range of coated and uncoated substrates and suited for long term outdoor and indoor applications with excellent weather resistance, abrasion and chemical resistance. The outdoor durability without lamination is up to 3 years. The MS41 ink has less nozzle clogging due to high ink resolvability so that it provides easy maintenance.

    Area of Application – printer compatibility:
    - MUTOH MS41 ink is currently applicable to the MUTOH new eco-solvent printers; XpertJet 1682SR/1641SR. 
    - XpertJet 1682SR – 2 print heads / 7colours (CMYK+Lc, Lm, Lk) or 4 colours (CMYK) x2
    - XpertJet 1641SR – 1 print head / 4 colours (CMYK)
    - It will be applicable to their ValueJet eco-solvent printers soon.

    Mutoh Australia
    Phone: 02-9437 1366
    E-mail: sales@mutoh-au.com






  • + EFI Fiery FS400 Pro Advances State-of-the-Art Technology for Digital Print Servers

    EFI's new Fiery® digital front end (DFE) software platform, EFI™ Fiery FS400 Pro, gives a new level of innovat..

    29 October 2019


    EFI's new Fiery® digital front end (DFE) software platform, EFI™ Fiery FS400 Pro, gives a new level of innovation to the industry-leading DFE server platform. EFI Fiery FS400 Pro includes innovations that can provide unmatched colour superiority, increased productivity, and more automation customers need to respond to the demands of today’s production print environments.

    New technologies coming to market with the platform launch – including EFI’s most advanced tools yet for colour management and enhancement, spot-colour reproduction and variable-data print (VDP) management – elevate digital production, giving print service providers (PSPs) a new, higher level of integrated, advanced digital print workflow capabilities.
     
    EFI is working closely with its OEM partners to make EFI Fiery FS400 Pro available in conjunction with their upcoming new product launches. EFI Fiery FS400 Pro is available for both external and embedded Fiery servers. 
     
    “This is the biggest Fiery platform release of the past few years, one that can have a significant improvement for print providers looking to advance their businesses with higher quality, higher accuracy, and outstanding efficiency,” said John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing and sales, EFI. “Customers who adopt the Fiery FS400 Pro platform in their new digital press investments will quickly realise that it is more than capable of handling some of the most demanding production printing requirements.”
     
    More value in digital print with Fiery FS400 Pro
     
    New functionality for Fiery FS400 Pro falls in two categories: a series of innovations and a stronger Fiery foundation that will make it easier for users to get the most out of their investments.
     
    Fiery FS400 Pro introduces Fiery JobExpert, an in-RIP technology to dynamically analyse incoming PDF files and optimally process the job to achieve the best image and colour quality while reducing production time. JobExpert will help print service providers process more jobs per day with fewer errors and less waste with less experienced operators.
     
    Colour advancements include a completely new technology for colour profiling, Fiery Edge™, that improves out-of-the-box colour as well as gives users more control to produce the desired output. Users of Fiery embedded servers will benefit from processing jobs through the Adobe PDF Print Engine and more-convenient access to advanced colour and imaging features with the Fiery ColorRight Package.
     
    Fiery Impose software now tightly integrates with many more offline finishing equipment brands with slitter/cutter/creaser finishers, enabling all preparation steps in just one click. This time-saving prepress to finishing integration works with equipment from Ausjetech®, Graphic Whizard, Horizon, MBM®, Morgana®, Plockmatic® and Uchida® in addition to Duplo®.
     
    In terms of foundational enhancements, Fiery FS400 Pro features improved reliability with new system maintenance tools and intuitive recovery mechanisms to respond to high uptime requirements. Fiery Health Monitor aids users in keeping their DFE running in its most efficient condition at all times. The DFE also includes a Fiery deployable image for easy replication of the Fiery system image across a fleet of the same Fiery server model to speed up installation and ensure consistent operation.
     
    Other innovations include:
     
    - Support for Adobe’s latest PDF Print Engine (APPE 5.0) and PDF 2.0;
     
    - Fiery Spot Pro, a feature that offers brand colour-matching with higher precision from design to print;
     
    - Fiery FreeForm™ Plus, a new, proprietary variable data printing format that works in conjunction with the Fiery FreeForm Create free application for designers;
     
    - Security enhancements to stay up to date with evolving requirements and standards that meet specific customer environments;
     
    - Additional compatibility with third party cost accounting software.
     
    In conjunction with this release, there are also new features in the Fiery Command WorkStation® job management interface, including faster response with frequently used functions, and a Smart Search tool that helps users quickly find Fiery-related information and training.
     
    For more information about products and services from EFI, visit www.efi.com.





  • + Agfa Introduces Eclipse, the Most Convenient Process-Free Printing Plate

    Eclipse is a process-free printing plate for sheet-fed commercial printers that combines all the benefits of process-fre..

    29 October 2019


    Eclipse is a process-free printing plate for sheet-fed commercial printers that combines all the benefits of process-free technology with effortless printing.

    Eclipse is a process-free printing plate for sheet-fed commercial printers that combines all the benefits of process-free technology with effortless printing.

    Inherent to the nature of a process-free plate, Eclipse eliminates the need for a processor using chemicals. It thus reduces printers’ capex and prepress costs. Agfa’s latest innovation, however, distinguishes itself from other process-free plates as this drop-in is just as easy to use as a conventional plate:

    First of all, the plate keeps the press as clean as can be. Patented process-free technology supports the transfer of the plate coating to the first few printed sheets, instead of to the press as is the case with other process-free plates.

    In addition, Eclipse is the only process-free plate to provide excellent and stable image contrast, enabling quick visual image inspection as well as recognition by a punch & bending system. That way – even after a week of storage – there will be no mix-ups on press or costly plate remakes. Eclipse keeps its great contrast even after 24 hours in office light, which makes an enormous difference compared to the two hours of other process-free plates. During this period, print quality will be fully preserved in terms of dot gain, toning, start-up time…

    Another reason that makes Eclipse an outstanding choice for those desiring to go process-free, is its high scratch resistance. When loading, storing, transporting or mounting this robust plate, printers need not worry about damaging it. The new plate is flexible too, as it can be used with either conventional or H-UV/LED-UV inks.

    A balanced proposition

    Eclipse complements Agfa’s offset printing plate portfolio, which meets printers’ needs in different ways. “We are continually looking for ways to stay ahead of the curve and to provide the highest added value to our customers,” said Guy Desmet, Head of Marketing Offset Solutions. “There is no ‘one-size fits all’ when it comes to printing plates. Our portfolio consists of conventional, low-chem, chem-free, and process-free plates. We will always discuss the ideal solution with printing companies, based on their needs and preferences.”

    Eclipse is part of Agfa’s ECO³ approach of sustainable innovation, which encompasses hardware, software and consumables that make prepress and printing operations cleaner (ECOlogy), more cost-effective (ECOnomy) and easier to operate and maintain (Extra Convenience). ECO³ extends from the prepress environment into the press room with unparalleled ink saving and press standardization software packages that reduce make-ready time and paper waste.






  • + Océ Australia Rolls Out Colorado 1650

    Fresh from its successful introduction at PrintEx19 in August, the new Colorado 1650 roll-to-roll production printer is ..

    29 October 2019


    Fresh from its successful introduction at PrintEx19 in August, the new Colorado 1650 roll-to-roll production printer is about to start rolling out across the country, with new stock on the water and technical training underway to meet demand generated at the Sydney show.

    The Colorado 1650 – the second machine to use Océ’s patented UVgel technology – was released to the world at FESPA in June, and debuted in Australia at PrintEx19 in Sydney, where Océ Australia’s Product Manager for Graphic Arts, Garry Muratore, says it was a ‘show stopper’.

    “When the Colorado 1650 was launched at FESPA earlier this year, our intention was to introduce it to Australia as soon as practical. PrintEx gave us that opportunity,” Muratore explains.

    “The machine we had on stand was one of the first to be released outside of Europe, and those who took the opportunity to see it in action immediately appreciated its advantages. In fact, several business owners indicated to us that they came to the show specifically to see the 1650, keen to find out if the hype was justified – and they weren’t disappointed.”

    While it’s not the company’s practice to give out hard numbers on sales or leads, Muratore is happy to report that the machine generated significant interest at the show, with deals well into the double-digits expected to be contracted before Christmas, many more to follow in 2020, and installations set to commence from mid-October.

    “We’ve probably had as much interest in this machine as any we’ve ever released, so we’ve been working hard to ensure we have adequate stock and to ensure we are well prepared to support the new model,” he says.

    One printer. One set of inks. One roll of media. Two distinct finishes.

    So, why the excitement? Muratore says it’s largely due to two new advances which further enhance the applications versatility, productivity and profitability of Océ’s UVgel technology - a newly-formulated, more flexible UVgel 460 ink range, and Océ’s innovative FLXfinish technology.

    “Océ UVgel technology, as many will remember, centres around a gel-based ink that ‘pins’ instantly to media, and two-stage LED curing,” Muratore recaps. “First released in the Colorado 1640 in 2017, it offered- Print Service Providers the advantages of existing wide-format technologies like Latex and eco-solvent, without the ‘quality versus productivity’ compromises so often seen with these legacy technologies.

    “The Colorado 1650 takes this further, with a new, more ‘stretchable’ ink formulation which provides perfect image stability, even when folded, bent or wrapped, and the ingenious Océ FLXfinish technology which allows printers to choose between high gloss or deep matte finishes, without changing inks or media.”

    Add high speeds, to easily manage peak periods in the industrial print environment, reduced ink usage and premium print quality on even basic media, and high levels of automation which remove or minimise routine tasks like media loading and daily maintenance, and Muratore says the new printer is not only more versatile, but also demonstrably more profitable than its competitors.

    Installations to Commence from Mid-October

    With the first installations of the Colorado 1650 commencing this month, Océ Australia have been busy building on the already vast expertise and knowledge of its team, and its understanding of the local roll-to-roll market. This commenced with collaborative media and applications testing at a couple of launch customer sites – the Colorado 1650 has passed with ‘flying colours’, Muratore reports – and with extensive training of the Australian-based service, technical and sales support teams at our Customer Experience Centre in Melbourne.

    “In addition, we have installed one of the new machines in both our Melbourne and Sydney technical centres, to facilitate on-going customer support and application demonstrations across Australia.

    “Obviously technical support is crucial when rolling out a product of such importance, and we can now confidently say we are ready to go…and genuinely excited to see this revolutionary product start to roll out to the market this month,” Muratore says.






  • + HP Announces Bold Industry Commitment to Sustainable Ink Innovation with Water-based Print Solutions

    US$200 million innovation investment will power both digital and sustainable print transformation in corrugated packagin..

    29 October 2019


    US$200 million innovation investment will power both digital and sustainable print transformation in corrugated packaging and textiles.

    HP announced a significant investment in the next generation of water-based ink solutions, ahead of PRINTING United 2019. The company has committed US$200 million over five or more years to develop water-based ink technologies for printing digitally on corrugated packaging and textiles.
     
    The company’s commitment complements ongoing HP investments in other printing technologies and markets aimed at creating sustainable digital print solutions. Traditional textile coloration makes use of technologies that can be problematic from a water emissions perspective. World Resources Institute estimates that about 20% of industrial water pollution comes from garment manufacturing.[1]
     
    “Investing in water-based solutions that meet market needs and the increasing sustainability requirements of graphics customers is expected to propel business growth for HP,” says Santi Morera, general manager and global head of graphics solutions, HP Inc. “We will be dedicating resources toward continued innovation and industry disruption to accelerate safer, simpler and more sustainable water-based printing technologies that meet the quality, performance and economics needed by these markets.” 
     
    Future of the market
     
    HP’s true water-based inks for corrugated packaging have already shown leadership for sensitive applications such as food packaging. The company is committing resources to enable the next major generation of ink, printhead and press technology, with improved quality, performance and sustainability in our solutions out of a belief that water-based solutions are the long-term future of this market.
     
    While executing plans for transforming the textiles market, HP is mindful of the technology options from both the traditional analog and digital perspectives. As such, HP is collaborating with the textile industry in order to make the right choices for water-based digital platforms.
    This announcement builds on HP’s existing innovation in water-based ink technology, such as for the sign and display market. Water-based HP Latex Inks, for example, established a durable, versatile and safer alternative for existing inks used for signage and displays. Additional sustainability achievements across HP’s graphics business allow brands to reduce waste and minimise their environmental impact.

    “HP’s continuing investment in advancing water-based ink technology gives DS Smith confidence that we will meet the health and safety demands of our customers, along with our own high standards for the work environment of our employees,” said Ruediger Lindner, general manager, DS Smith.
     
    Robert Seay, general manager, Georgia-Pacific Hummingbird said, “Water-based inkjet inks are a technology differentiator in corrugated packaging, enabling us to confidently address a broader range of applications from food and beverage to personal care products.”
     
    HP believes that investing in water-based ink solutions for the corrugate and textile printing markets will have beneficial effects along the entire product lifecycle, for the people who operate our printing systems, for the end users of the printed product, and ultimately for the final reuse, recycling, or disposal of that product.





  • + GEF-UV PVC free ecological film is now available from Ricky.

    We often wonder what role we can play to keep our environment green. Let's all start by using Grafityp printable G..

    29 October 2019


    We often wonder what role we can play to keep our environment green. 

    Let's all start by using Grafityp printable GEF, the green PVC-free alternative. 

    Suitable for all indoor applications, this matte white self-adhesive film is environmentally friendly and has an outdoor durability of up to 5 years when used with matching non-PVC laminate.

    For more information, contact your Print Media experts on 9735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au