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  • + FESPA World Wrap Masters Europe 2019

    Watch all the highlights of the World Wrap Masters Europe 2019 that featured 3 competitive rounds including a creative r..

    23 May 2019


    Watch all the highlights of the World Wrap Masters Europe 2019 that featured 3 competitive rounds including a creative round and a training workshop on positioning the material with non-stress application techniques.

    Click on the images below to watch the highlights. 

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  • + Canon / Océ FESPA 2019

    Couldn't make it to FESPA? Don't worry, here are some highlights from the Canon / Océ stand. Click on th..

    23 May 2019


    Couldn't make it to FESPA? Don't worry, here are some highlights from the Canon / Océ stand. 


    Click on the image below to watch more. 








  • + New Roland TrueVIS VG2 Leads the Print and Cut Field with EDP Award

    Roland DG is delighted to announce that the new TrueVIS VG2 series eco-solvent printer cutter has won 'Best Print & ..

    23 May 2019


    Roland DG is delighted to announce that the new TrueVIS VG2 series eco-solvent printer cutter has won 'Best Print & Cut Solution' in the prestigious EDP (European Digital Press Association) Awards. The TrueVIS VG2 was launched in March this year and drew large crowds on the Roland DG booth (Hall A5 Booth H10) at FESPA 2019 in Munich, Germany.

    The winners of the EDP Awards are decided by an independent panel of judges from Europe's 21 leading trade publications, who evaluate the most exciting technical launches from the past twelve months based on their 'achievement, quality and cost efficiency'. When judging the Roland TrueVIS VG2, the panel said, 'Roland DG has not adhered to existing concepts, but has redefined product development'. The judges were particularly impressed by the system's breadth of colour gamut, optimised colour accuracy and colour reproduction capability, plus a host of technological advancements to deliver high-precision print and cut performance. 

    Building on Roland DG's 35 years of manufacturing expertise, 16 generations of print and cut innovation and feedback from thousands of experienced users across the world, the TrueVIS VG2 wide format inkjet printer cutter has been engineered to meet, then exceed, the quality and production needs of today's most demanding print professionals. 

    First, answering the need for faster turnaround times, the VG2’s stunning quality prints are ready to laminate and then immediately finish in just six hours* for true same day installation. Setting the new standard in head-turning print quality, the TrueVIS VG2 offers new Orange ink that expands the colour gamut even further, delivers incredibly realistic colour reproduction and enables accurate matching of corporate brand colours. The new TrueVIS TR2 ink offers optimised colour reproduction and greater realism to printed images, plus outstanding performance in terms of stretch, adhesion, rub resistance and outdoor durability.

    The VG2 solution is also certified by some of the industry’s leading media suppliers: VG2 with TR2 ink is certified for long-lasting results under the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. Plus, VG2 with TR2 ink is certified by the Avery Dennison™ ICS™ Performance Guarantee. TR2 ink is also certified GREENGUARD Gold for low chemical emissions and is safe for indoor graphic applications.

    In addition, the VG2 is powered by feature-packed VersaWorks 6 RIP software that delivers an optimised workflow for efficient production. VersaWorks 6 fully supports PDF 2.0 and enables complex files to be processed directly in the RIP. 





    All this, plus more than 40 intelligent and intuitive enhancements over the previous award-winning generation and unwavering reliability, backed by Roland DG's industry-renowned service and support. "We're absolutely thrilled to have won the EDP Award for ‘Best Print & Cut Solution’ with the new TrueVIS VG2," comments Gillian Montanaro, Head of Marketing Roland DG EMEA. "When we launched the VG2 just a few months ago we were ready to show the industry something special, a solution that could genuinely change print professionals' working lives in terms of colour quality, turnaround speeds, reliability, longevity of their output and much more. The EDP Awards are widely regarded as the most prestigious awards for the digital print business in Europe so the title of 'Best Print & Cut Solution' absolutely reflects how incredible this machine is."

    Despite only launching in March this year, the TrueVIS VG2’s outstanding performance has already gained global industry recognition, having also been awarded the 2019 ISA Sign Expo® Innovation Award in the “Printer” category.

    For further information on the award-winning TrueVIS VG2 series printer cutters, visit: www.rolanddg.com.au/vg2





  • + Unveiled: Karibu, the swissQprint Roll to Roll Printer

    swissQprint launched Karibu, the company's first roll to roll printer, at Fespa 2019. This sturdy Swiss product features..

    22 May 2019


    swissQprint launched Karibu, the company's first roll to roll printer, at Fespa 2019. This sturdy Swiss product features a compelling concept and will be available from September 2019.

    Karibu, the first swissQprint roll to roll printer, made its public debut at Fespa 2019. This is a UV inkjet printer with a maximum print width of 3.4 metres. As the Swiss manufacturer hinted in advance, Karibu incorporates ingenious features aimed at high efficiency and reliability as well as huge versatility.

    Easy roll handling - The swissQprint stand at Fespa had live demonstrations of how easy and fast it is to change rolls with Karibu. Thanks to the cassette system, rolls are loaded and ready to print within minutes.

    On-the-spot inspection of backlits - Karibu features a Light Box right next to the printing area, for immediate and continuous quality control of backlit prints. As a result, neither much material nor time has been lost should optimisations prove necessary. That having been said, what visitors to Fespa saw was impeccable backlit printing in typical swissQprint quality.

    Ingenious mesh printing - Karibu has a Mesh Kit integrated with the print bed. This makes clean and simple work of processing permeable substrates, as well as full bleed printing. There is neither additional set-up work beforehand nor cleaning afterwards. A mouse click by the operator sends the Karibu print beam – which is movable in the X direction – from its standard position to the mesh position. Printing can then start immediately.

    Printing two rolls at once - For users who regularly print in parallel, swissQprint offers a dual roll option capable of handling two rolls each up to 1.6 metres wide. This doubles Karibu's productivity. The roll holders are split into two sections with each half of the shaft driven individually, thus ensuring optimum web tension and perfect results on both rolls.

    Tip Switch vacuum - Karibu has 136 keys ranged across the print bed width, rather like a piano. Each one opens or closes a vacuum channel, thus eliminating air leakage even in the gap between dual rolls. A light tap on the switches using a fingertip is all the user action required to open or close the entire vacuum area width within four seconds. This is called Tip Switch vacuum, a technical solution for which swissQprint has filed a patent application.

    Status monitoring - Karibu has four beacon-like status indicators affixed to the print beam. They are observable at a distance and inform the operator about machine status and printing progress. So it is always possible to keep an eye on Karibu, even while the operator is elsewhere in the print room taking care of other equipment or tasks.

    Specially developed ink set - swissQprint has developed an ink set specifically for the new Karibu roll to roll printer. The cured ink layer is flexible to ensure suitability for all imaginable roll media. The inks themselves are NVC-free and Greenguard Gold certified. Printed products are thus safe to use in critical places such as hospitals and schools, potentially broadening a print provider's range of services.

    Available from September 2019 - The international swissQprint distributor network is now accepting orders for delivery starting in September 2019. Since Karibu clearly bears the hallmarks of its Swiss manufacturer, customers can look forward to the usual swissQprint quality, functionality, energy efficiency and durability. This in turn underlines the machine's combination of innovative solutions with 20 years of development experience in UV inkjet printing.





  • + Gandy Digital Has Released a New Flatbed Printer

    Gandy Digital innovates the next generation flatbed printers using “NanoDot” Technology. A whole new concept..

    22 May 2019


    Gandy Digital innovates the next generation flatbed printers using “NanoDot” Technology. A whole new concept of digital printing that has come of age to extra wide large format printing in Gandy Digital’s Gladi8tor True Flatbed printer.

    Gandy Digital innovates the next generation flatbed printers using “NanoDot” Technology. A whole new concept of digital printing that has come of age to extra wide large format printing in Gandy Digital’s Gladi8tor True Flatbed printer. The Gladi8tor comes in two sizes, Gladi8tor “2” has a 4ft X 8ft (1.22m X 2.44m) print size or Gladi8tor “3” with a 6.5ft X 10ft (2m X 3.05m) print size both on a vacuum table. Both models can have a Roll to Roll attachment either 8ft (2.44m) Wide or 10ft (3.05m) Wide. 

    Gandy has been offering innovative printers for over 35 years known for their reliability and strong support. The Domin8tor and Pred8tor were the latest state of the art flatbed printers with vacuum table and special features that became the standard in the industry. 

    Gandy Digital has taken the best of both worlds by combining the reliable Domin8tor and Pred8tor and upgraded them with the latest “NanoDot” Technology, introducing the next generation, Gladi8tor true flatbed printer. The Gladi8tor with “NanoDot” Technology, 3 picoliter grayscale print heads gives both smooth Colour and high speed. Gandy also supplies a custom made RIP to maximise the “NanoDot” capabilities. Sharp images just got sharper, with 3 point text really readable. Incredible precision at true 1200 dpi on a Superwide format printer. 

    Gandy has taken this precision to a new level by creating unmatched smoothness in skin tones and even more impressive is the smooth colours on lighter shaded solid colours. This can only be achieved before with offset printing or photography. Finally a match to the quality of offset printing and photography. Everybody talks about it, Gandy has achieved it. 

    The Gladi8tor uses the Blade Technology, a key feature innovated by Gandy. This allows for precise prints without the need for time consuming alignment as the heads are pre-aligned by laser precision. 

    The best news is with all this quality, the speed has dramatically increased. 

    The Gladi8tor’s biggest advantage is the ability to print up to 120 (4ft X 8ft) boards an hour 3800sqft/hr (350sqm/hr). The “NanoDot” Technology coupled with our inline blade technology gives excellent sharp quality and super fast speeds. Unbelievable speed and quality that you will only believe if you witness with your own eyes. 

    Gandy has always kept existing customers interest and investment in mind when introducing new printers. The “NanoDot” new technology can also be upgraded on all Gandy Pred8tor and Domin8tor models. 

    The Gladi8tor will come with an option to take one row of print heads at half the speed or two rows at full speed. You can start with one row of print heads and upgrade to two rows and achieve full speed at a later date. The Gladi8tor will come ready for easy field upgrade. 

    Gandy will also offer an upgrade path to its existing Pred8tor and Domin8tor customers to start with one row of print heads and later upgrade to two rows and achieve full speed. 

    The Gladi8tor will have all the features from the Pred8tor and Domin8tor. Here are some of the popular features: 


    - Crash Sensors that stop for even small objects and save print heads from damage. 

    - Static Bars that really work in dry climates while keeping prints sharp. 

    - Automatic head cleaning and wiping station. 

    - Graphical User Interface simple touch and drag (GUI). 

    - Powerful vacuum table holds uneven materials flat. 

    - Automatic head height adjustment. 

    - Camera built in to assist remote service. Nice idea to avoid expensive visits but getting the job done. 


    The Gladi8tor has very powerful long lasting LED lamps that cure to perfection even at the fastest speeds and yet keeps its cool. 

    Gandy introduced the first “multi layer” capability many years ago. The Gladi8tor will have the same feature allowing colour, white, and colour for backlit images, and unlimited multi layer variations with as many colours as you wish. 

    The Gladi8tor will have the option to get double white blades to print heavier layer of white faster especially effective on darker substrates. Instead of double white you can get single white and varnish. Gandy’s varnish can also act as a very effective primer, giving a dual purpose capability. 

    Gandy has many years of supplying a UV ink that gives excellent adhesion to many plastics including acrylic. The Gladi8tor will continue to get the same ink formulation for its LED Lamps. 

    Gandy Digital’s Gladi8tor is the most advanced and groundbreaking Superwide Digital printer in the industry today. 





  • + Heidelberg launches 'Label Experts' knowledge resource

    Labels give products their unique identity and influence the impulse to buy at the point of sale. Accounting for around ..

    22 May 2019


    Labels give products their unique identity and influence the impulse to buy at the point of sale. Accounting for around 5% of the global print volume of approximately EUR 400 billion, today the label market has the greatest growth potential in the printing industry, and has evolved from a niche segment to a sizable industry over the last few decades. The associated knowledge base has also greatly increased hand in hand with this evolution, and today is differentiated on the basis of a remarkable variety of different printing technologies, applications, substrates and further consumables.

    In the digital age it was just a matter of time before the stakeholders in this industry, in other words users, manufacturers, associations and market research institutes, bundled this knowledge and made it available on a digital platform. With immediate effect, the new knowledge portal in English for all things label printing can be found at https://label-experts.com. This expert forum was started as a joint project between Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and its subsidiary Gallus.

    “Heidelberg’s strength lies in its knowledge of its customers and their issues,” explains Professor Ulrich Hermann, Member of the Management Board responsible for Lifecycle Solutions and Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberg. “This is where our future customer communication begins, not just with the product. Our customers in the label printing industry will be able to access exclusive expert knowledge with this platform presence. Only if we are able to prove to our customers that we understand the label printing industry, will our customers continue to place their trust in us for their most important investment decisions.”

    According to Heidelberg: "In a highly dynamic environment, the requirements for label solutions are changing faster and faster nowadays. Following the trend of customisation, the market is increasingly demanding shorter runs as well as versioned and localised labels. Distinguishing features are becoming more and more important, thus the demand for just-in-time deliveries and labels with unusual embellishments is growing. For the latter, more and more creative formats are being found: labels as on-pack promotion deliver advertising messages in the smallest of spaces and can be broadened from a leaflet to a mini brochure. Special effects are produced using inks that light up in the dark or heat-sensitive inks that are visible within a limited temperature range. The wealth of variants is almost infinite. The variety of the applications is matched only by the multi-faceted nature of the content on https://label-experts.com. Awaiting users of this platform are newsletters, technical articles, the latest market research results, white papers, tips for their next investment, and much more."

    You can register here: https://label-experts.com.





  • + Durst FESPA 2019 Review

    Couldn't make FESPA? Check out the awesome new Durst P5 printing systems, modular software solutions and services for la..

    22 May 2019


    Couldn't make FESPA? Check out the awesome new Durst P5 printing systems, modular software solutions and services for large format specialists under the motto "Pixel to Output". For more information, visit www.durst-group.com.

    Click on the video below to see more. 





  • + Epson announces two top-of-the-range, high productivity signage printers at FESPA 2019

    New SureColor SC-S signage printers, alongside a range of innovative applications, were all on show at the Epson FESPA s..

    21 May 2019


    New SureColor SC-S signage printers, alongside a range of innovative applications, were all on show at the Epson FESPA stand 

    Epson announced the launch of two new SureColor SC-S signage printers, the SC-S60600L and the SC-S80600L. These 64-inch printers are an extension of the award-winning SureColor SC-S Series printer range that offer high productivity customers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The SC-S Series printers continue to offer customers diverse applications with access to the Epson Edge Dashboard with over 250 EMX profile downloads for a wide range of media manufacturers and media types.

    “At the heart of these new industrial printers is the introduction of high capacity 1.5 litre ink pouches,” says Chris Davies, product manager – production LFP. “This means a longer running period, resulting in less user intervention and reduced downtime. The pouches are complemented by Epson’s established UltraChrome G3 eco-solvent inks which have key environmental certifications, including GreenGuard Gold and AgBB.  As with all signage printers in the SureColor SC-S range, they are low maintenance, highly reliable and easy to set up.”

    The SC-S60600L and SC-S80600L feature Epson PrecisionCore TFP printheads and will be supplied with Epson Edge RIP software and the LFP Accounting Tool (which will provide accurate job costing data).

    Epson Edge Print software is powerful and feature-rich, easy-to-use and provides a simplified print-ready solution to get businesses up and running quickly. In addition, Epson is continuing to expand the range of available EMX files to optimise print quality on the most common, and speciality, media.

    Both SureColor SC-S L version models can print on a wide range of media, from clear film and photographic paper to wallpaper, canvas and vinyl, so are suited to large scale signage and displays, point of purchase applications and billboards, back/front-lit signage and car wrapping.

    “We envisage a strong take up from print service providers and sign makers who cover a wide range of business sectors and applications, providing customers with signage, point of sale, textiles, interior design and fine art products,” says Chris Davies.

    “Users will be impressed by the print speeds, precision and performance of these new models and the compelling business case for adding this technology to their current portfolios. Their customers are going to be impressed by the quality and speed of turnaround.”

    Other printers on the stand include the SureColor SC-S60600, SureColor SC-P20000, SureColor SC-F9300, SureColor SC-F6200 and SureColor SC-F2100. 






  • + Pozitive Invites You To PFD Annual Conference

    You're invited to the annual PFD Annual Conference. Held at the Gold Coast from the 5th - 7th of June 2019, the PFD Conf..

    21 May 2019


    You're invited to the annual PFD Annual Conference. Held at the Gold Coast from the 5th - 7th of June 2019, the PFD Conference will be showing a range of new products for the window film, signage and graphics industry. 






  • + BLOCKCHAIN AND THE FUTURE OF FOOD AND DRINK PACKAGING

    New collaboration with Avery Dennison and The Future Laboratory explores the implications of today’s trends on the..

    21 May 2019


    New collaboration with Avery Dennison and The Future Laboratory explores the implications of today’s trends on the future of label and packaging design

    Oegstgeest, Netherlands -- May 8, 2019 — Avery Dennison announces a new original content series , authored by future forecasters, The Future Laboratory. The monthly online column, based on proprietary research, provides insights on global drivers, macro and micro trends and their impact on consumers, brands, and the label and packaging industry.

    In the first release, available today, the renowned forecaster considers blockchain as a way to make labelling data more robust, information transparency more accessible, and ultimately empower consumers about their purchasing decisions.

    “Product labels have many functions – to be eye-catching and attract attention on the shelf is one, but perhaps the most important function is to inform consumers. And yet in recent years, the data on labels has left many wanting. Almost half (48%) of consumers feel that they do not know enough about a product despite reading the label (source: Label Insight) ,” said researchers at The Future Laboratory.

    In the new release , The Future Laboratory shows how blockchain, as a distributed digital ledger, can offer transparency beyond the label. “...Unlike any other digital database, a blockchain entry cannot be changed once it is logged, giving it a high-trust value,” they said. Blockchain-enabled products offer designers a chance to create engaging, immersive packaging that encourages customers to delve beyond the label and into a brand new world of transparency.

    “When combined with emerging technologies, a product’s labelling can empower consumers about their purchase decisions, offering new levels of transparency,” said Amy White, vice president, communications and brand, Avery Dennison. “As material science and technology pioneers being up to date on these insights is essential .”

    “As futurenauts, forecasters, and analysts of tomorrow, we seek out those places, portals, people, and processes that allow us a glimpse at what could be when designers, scientists, packing creatives, and material specialists mix and merge talent with insight, the obvious, with the counterintuitive. The team behind M_use, one of those platforms that we visit regularly, and Avery Dennison, sit within this category and culture,” said Martin Raymond and Christopher Sanderson, co-founders, The Future Laboratory.





  • + Neopost Special Offer

    Neopost has some very special offers to help you take advantage of the instant asset write off between now and June 30. ..

    21 May 2019


    Neopost has some very special offers to help you take advantage of the instant asset write off between now and June 30. 






  • + SCREEN DEVELOPS BLUE INK FOR TRUEPRESS JET L350UV+

    SCREEN Graphic Solutions has finalised development of a new blue ink intended for use in its high-end Truepress Jet L350..

    21 May 2019


    SCREEN Graphic Solutions has finalised development of a new blue ink intended for use in its high-end Truepress Jet L350UV+ digital label printing system. The ink will be released worldwide in June.

    In recent years, the growing awareness of corporate and product brand image has led to a continuous increase in demand for higher quality product labelling and packaging. At the same time, there has been a growing need for the ability to use the blue colours often required for corporate designs and product packaging with digital label presses to provide greater flexibility and impact.

    In response to these trends, SCREEN GA has developed ‘Truepress ink for L350UV Blue’. This new blue ink is designed for use with the company’s Truepress Jet L350UV+ system, a high-end UV inkjet label printing model that also offers features including industry-leading print speeds of up to 60 metres per minute, wide media compatibility and outstanding operability. SCREEN GA’s exclusive expertise has enabled it to successfully extend the blue colour gamut to its maximum potential.

    The system’s ability to handle blue ink in addition to conventional CMYK and white inks allows it to faithfully reproduce blue colours in corporate designs that were previously difficult using process colours alone. It is also able to precisely output a wide range of blue tones frequently used on the packaging of items such as cosmetics, toiletries and body care products. These expressive capabilities help to improve brand image and create products that truly stand out from competitor items in the marketplace.

    Screen Europe will be showing the Truepress Jet L350UV+ with the new blue ink at the inaugural LabelFest Open House event at its Amstelveen showroom in the Netherlands on 15th & 16th May 2019. Partners joining Screen at the event include CERM, Hybrid Software, Avery Dennison, Rotocon Europe, SEI Laser, CGS and Kurz. Carlo Sammarco, Screen Sales Director Packaging Solutions EMEA, said; “Visitors to LabelFest will be able to see a fully integrated digital label production system in operation and will have the opportunity to discuss their requirements with members of the Screen team and with our partner vendors.”

    SCREEN GA intends to continue its efforts to provide solutions to the diverse market needs connected to label printing. It will also continue to promote the creation of new applications and business models as it works to support the expansion of the label and packaging industry.





  • + HAAS DEMO DAY DRAW GIVEAWAY MAY 29 & 30

    Machine tool builder Haas Automation will host an open house at HFO Australia’s Brisbane facility. Scheduled f..

    21 May 2019


    Machine tool builder Haas Automation will host an open house at HFO Australia’s Brisbane facility. Scheduled for May 29 and May 30, Haas Annual Demo Day will include machine demonstrations, factory tours and more.
     
    Visitors will have the opportunity to see the company’s latest technology up close and in great detail. Live cutting demonstrations will be featured on a variety of machines. Meet Haas Service Support staff and inspect the Brisbane facility. Finally, it wouldn't be Demo Day without a Free Lunch... Register today by clicking the link below now! 
     
    Attendees will enter to win the Haas Motorsports Race Weekend Draw Giveaway! The winner will receive tickets for 2 people to any Haas Motorsports race in 2020. Prize package includes 2 grandstand tickets, airfare, lodging and ground transportation to and from the race.
     
    Wednesday 29 May 10am to 7pm
    Thursday 30th May 9:30am to 5pm
     
    Alfex CNC Australia 
    13/49 Bellwood Street
    Darra, QLD 4076

    Free registration is available here





  • + VASTEX LAUNCH 2M WIDE DRYER FOR DTG AND SCREEN PRINTING

    A new LittleRed X3D-78 infrared conveyor dryer from Vastex comes with a two-metre-wide conveyor belt and can cure 18..

    21 May 2019


    A new LittleRed X3D-78 infrared conveyor dryer from Vastex comes with a two-metre-wide conveyor belt and can cure 185 garments/h DTG printed with digital white ink, 1080/h screen printed with plastisol ink, and 555/h screen printed with water-based ink or discharge.
     
    “The LittleRed XD series of tunnel dryers are unique to the Australian market; offering a dryer specifically engineered to cure DTG printed digital white ink, alongside all types of screen printed inks at good turnover rates. This multi-purpose machine means that you only need one dryer to do everything.” explains Howard Debney, owner of Leapfrog Machinery, Distributor for Vastex in Australia.
     
    The DTG-specific feature of this dryer is a high-powered pre-heating zone that boosts ink temperatures past 150°C within the first few centimeters of conveyor travel. This increases the dwell time that ink is exposed to optimum curing temperatures, allowing speed of the conveyor belt and machine output to be increased.
     
    Previously available in a 76 cm wide model for a single row of garments and a 137 cm wide model for two rows, the new two-metre-wide X3D-78 can accommodate three rows of normal sized garments or two rows of oversized garments, yielding higher capacity than any conventional dryer in the equivalent amount of floor space, according to Vastex.
     
    "This super-wide machine is ideal for high-production shops that need to handle the maximum output of automatic presses and/or direct-to-garment printers including shops running high capacity Kornit® DTG machines” says Mark Vasilantone, president of Vastex, adding, "No other dryer of equivalent size or cost can match its performance."
     
    The dryer’s three 30.5 x 183 cm wide heaters output a combined 26,700 watts @240V, and are digitally-controlled and height-adjustable to maximise curing efficiency for bulky or over-sized garments. The X3D-78 also offers precision-thermal-profiling (PTP) to match curing conditions to the drying characteristics of each ink type, particularly difficult-to-cure inkjet-printed white ink.
     
    The new dryer is 260 cm long, 226 cm wide and 137 cm high, and features a 31.2 CMM targeted exhaust system as standard to rapidly remove moisture and air contaminates from the heating chamber, while keeping exterior surfaces and controls cool.
     
    The output of all Vastex floor-standing conveyor dryers can be increased by an order of magnitude as needs grow by adding heating chambers and lengthening the conveyor belt, with one or two additional heating chambers, allowing doubling or tripling of conveyor belt speed and drying capacity.
     
    The conveyor belt is continuously centered by a roller belt tracking system patented by the company, and driven at precisely controlled speeds to vary dwell time.
     
    The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry an industry-leading 15-year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units.
     
    Leapfrog Machinery distributes and supports the full range of Vastex Screen Printing Equipment throughout Australia including their Industry Leading Screen Presses, Flash Cure Units, Screen Exposing Units, Screen Drying Cabinets, Washout Booths along with complete equipment packages for entry-level to large commercial shops.
     
    For information contact Leapfrog Machinery (0)2 9482 4999 www.leapfrogmachinery.com.au





  • + HP Leads Digital Manufacturing Forward

    HP has unveiled a series of innovations and partnerships helping its customers accelerate their digital manufacturing jo..

    14 May 2019


    HP has unveiled a series of innovations and partnerships helping its customers accelerate their digital manufacturing journey.  HP is expanding its industry-leading 3D printing portfolio with the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution, an industrial 3D printing system bringing new levels of manufacturing predictability, efficiency, repeatability, and quality to customers scaling to full production.  To further enable customers digitally transforming their manufacturing, HP is also expanding its strategic alliances with industrial leaders BASF, Materialise, and Siemens, and launching the HP Digital Manufacturing Network, a new global community of proven, large-scale 3D printed parts providers.

    “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is one of the most transformative forces in our lifetime. New technology innovations will be required, new partnership models will emerge, and new modes of doing business will unfold,” said Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc.  “HP is committed to helping customers with diverse manufacturing needs turn change into opportunity by delivering the most innovative solutions portfolio and comprehensive ecosystem of industry-leading partners.  The broadening of our portfolio with the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing system, coupled with expanded industrial alliances and our new Digital Manufacturing network, are important accelerators of our digital manufacturing journey.”

    HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D Printing Solution: Breakthrough Economics, Productivity, and Applications

    The new HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution brings together new systems, data intelligence, software, services, and materials innovations enabling customers to scale their 3D production and target business growth. Leveraging these innovations, the new solution expands manufacturing predictability with high-quality and optimal-yield of parts at industrial levels of efficiency, accuracy, and repeatability; delivers best-in-class economics and productivity for production environments; and provides the increased flexibility, improved uptime, streamlined workflows, and simplified fleet management required for factory production settings.  New data intelligence, software, and services capabilities, including the HP 3D Process Control and HP 3D Centre software offerings and the HP 3D Parts Assessment service, enable customers to achieve new heights of operational efficiency and repeatability, and identify and optimise production of new 3D applications.

    HP also introduced a new certified thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), ULTRASINT developed by BASF, to expand the breadth of final-parts applications for customers on the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series systems. The new TPU is ideal for flexible and elastic parts and complements HP High Reusability[i] PA-12, PA-12 Glass Beads, and PA-11 materials, with more coming in the future.

    Numerous companies across the automotive, industrial, consumer goods, and manufacturing sectors are exploring new applications for the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution, including Avid Product Development, BASF, Jaguar Land Rover, Kupol, Materialise, Sculpteo, Prodartis, and Vestas.

    “Innovation and advanced technology are at the core of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to deliver outstanding customer experiences.  The transition to an autonomous, connected electric and shared future and the journey to Industry 4.0 are central to our future strategy,” said Ben Wilson, Additive Manufacturing Manager, Jaguar Land Rover. “Our work with HP to advance our knowledge and in-house capability in 3D printing has been an important step towards production of quality parts to support current and aftermarket customers. The continuation of this collaboration through the early use of the new HP Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing platform will help us to better understand opportunities to unlock new application areas whilst supporting investigations to advance the productivity, efficiency and reliability of the technology.”

    “As the largest provider of wind turbines in the world, Vestas is looking to innovators like HP to help us speed new product development for a more sustainable future,” said Jeremy D. Haight, Senior Principal Engineer of Emerging Technologies, Vestas VBIC.  “The combination of new 3D printing materials and technology breakthroughs is a significant step toward unlocking new design possibilities, streamlining our manufacturing, and improving environmental sustainability.”

    The new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution is available today.  Full solution information can be found at www.hp.com/go/3DPrinter5200.

    HP Deepens Industrial Alliances to Drive the Future of Digital Manufacturing 

    Today HP also unveiled expanded alliances with a number of industrial leaders to help customers on their journey to digital manufacturing.

    Siemens, an innovation leader in automation and digitalisation, and HP are expanding their alliance to deliver an end-to-end additive manufacturing solution integrating HP’s 3D printing and data intelligence platform, including the new HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D solution, with Siemens’ Digital Enterprise software portfolio.  HP and Siemens are bringing together the power of both companies to expand the market and help customers create unique product designs, bring high-quality 3D parts to market faster, and set up digital factory environments that unleash the full potential of additive manufacturing.

    “We are excited to expand our collaboration with HP. Innovative partnerships and cutting-edge technologies such as additive manufacturing are essential for the digital transformation of companies across industries. Siemens and HP are thinking ahead to the future and are bringing together the best from both companies in a complete, industry-specific solution that will accelerate the adoption of industrial additive manufacturing and help our customers to increase flexibility, efficiency, and speed of digital manufacturing,” said Klaus Helmrich, CEO of Siemens Digital Industries and member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG.

    BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, and HP are expanding their alliance to deliver innovative BASF materials certified for HP’s new 3D printing solutions.  The two companies will also partner to grow the market and help customers design and develop new applications with this unique combination of materials science and 3D printing capabilities. Already, BASF and HP are already working with Vestas, the world’s largest provider of wind turbines, and Sculpteo, a provider of 3D design and production services, on new applications produced with BASF’s ULTRASINT™ TPU on HP Jet Fusion 3D printing systems.

    “Collaborative innovation among key players in the industry will help customers unlock the full potential of 3D printing,” said Dr. Markus Kamieth, Member of the Board of Executive Directors at BASF. “The introduction of the new TPU is a significant milestone in the cooperation between BASF and HP, aligned with our common objective to accelerate the industrialisation of additive manufacturing.“

    Materialise, a 3D printing services and software leader, and HP are extending their partnership to integrate the new HP Jet Fusion 5200 and HP Jet Fusion 500/300 3D printing solutions with Materialise’s Build Processor and Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite. As an early customer of the new Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing solution, Materialise is also identifying and developing new innovative applications for customers using the new BASF TPU and other available HP 3D printing materials.  Materialise is also an initial partner of the new HP Digital Manufacturing Network, leveraging HP 3D printing technologies to deliver parts at scale for the European market.

    “The market is clearly embracing 3D printing for production and, as a long-standing HP partner, we are proud to expand our collaboration to new areas,” said Fried Vancraen, Founder and CEO of Materialise.   “Our customers are excited by our tighter integration with HP, our joint work on new applications and materials, and our commitment to scale high-quality part production.  Together we are helping our customers win in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”

    HP Launches Digital Manufacturing Network: Proven Part Production at Scale

    Many companies look to digital manufacturing service providers to help speed development of new products, shorten time to market, create leaner supply chains, and reduce their carbon footprint.  To meet those needs, today HP introduced the new HP Digital Manufacturing Network, a global community of HP production partners to help design, produce, and deliver both plastic and metal parts at scale leveraging HP 3D printing solutions.  Members of the HP Digital Manufacturing Network possess high levels of advanced additive manufacturing expertise, robust quality management and end-to-end manufacturing processes, and a proven capability for volume job production.

    The HP Digital Manufacturing Network initially includes partners in the United States, Asia, and Europe.  Digital Manufacturing Network production partners who have met HP’s stringent program qualifications include Forecast 3D, GKN Powder Metallurgy, GoProto, Jabil, Materialise, Parmatech, and ZiggZagg NV.  HP will further expand the network into other target markets with additional qualified partners in the coming months.





  • + HP expands textile printing with new Super Wide Stitch S1000

    HP is set to introduce the new HP Stitch S1000, a super wide dye sub production printer designed for high productivity a..

    14 May 2019


    HP is set to introduce the new HP Stitch S1000, a super wide dye sub production printer designed for high productivity and simplified operation, unleashing new production possibilities for interior décor and soft signage.

    The HP Stitch S1000 is a 3.2 meter (126-inch) dye sub printer that brings a new level of innovation to high production companies to meet deadlines more easily by enabling fast speeds, high uptime, and unattended shifts. Fully automatic maintenance ensures optimal image quality without user intervention, while saving time with easy media loading and unloading by a single operator.

    The printer is making its worldwide debut the HP Stand (F30 in Hall A5) at FESPA 2019 in Munich, Germany, May 14-17. The new HP Stitch portfolio, including the 1.62 m (64 inch) HP Stitch S300 and S500 printers, removes complexity from dye sub printing.

    “HP’s expansion into the textiles industry solidifies our commitment to making digital printing accessible to all. The new super wide HP Stitch S1000 removes major complexities from dye sub printing, with industry leading technology and high-quality prints at unrivalled speed,” says Santi Morera, Head of Graphics Solutions Business at HP. “The S1000 truly unlocks the power of colour for production environments through smart technology.”

    HP thermal inkjet for dye sublimation ink

    The HP Stich portfolio introduces dye sublimation ink into HP’s Thermal Inkjet printing technology to meet rising demand for polyester-based textiles for sportswear, fast fashion, home décor and soft signage. HP Stitch S1000 is ideal for medium and large print service providers to boost production of textile applications in the soft signage market, including backlits, frontlits, and interior décor such as curtains, upholstery, and sofas.

    The HP Stitch S1000 for high-volume production offers: 

    • High-productivity: Meet short deadlines and seasonal peaks of production with high productivity modes, reaching a maximum production speed up to 220 m2/h and backlit speed up to 130sqm/h.

    • Image quality: Sharp prints even on high density jobs printing direct to fabric using HP Drop&Dry print zone Dryer. Reliable image quality thanks to the Smart Nozzle Compensation System. The optical media advance sensor, the OMAS Plus, controls media advance, for both transfer paper and fabric materials, even when printing at highest speeds.

    • Superior quality printing: HP Stitch provides 1200 native dpi in thermal inkjet printheads resulting in high quality prints, including deep blacks and vivid colours.

    • High capacity: High unattended printing capability with 10 litre-capacity supplies and up to 300 kg rolls.

    • Colour consistency: Distribute jobs across fleets with best-in-class colour consistency from printer to printer thanks to HP Smart Colour tools

    • Maximise uptime with the first user replaceable print heads and HP Smart Services

    Pricing and Availability

    Information on country availability, pricing, and retail destinations for the HP Stitch S Printers Series Portfolio vary region by region.

    Click here to check out the HP Stitch S1000






  • + Inkcups introduces the Helix Hi-Fi rotary digital printer

    Global printing industry leader Inkcups announced the release of its newest product, the Helix Hi-Fi, a 7-colour rotary ..

    14 May 2019


    Global printing industry leader Inkcups announced the release of its newest product, the Helix Hi-Fi, a 7-colour rotary digital printer that delivers photorealistic skin-tone matching with the addition of three new colour pockets.

    The Helix Hi-Fi is an evolution of the Inkcups Helix, the industry’s best-selling printer in its class. In addition to Helix’s standard CMYKWV, the Helix Hi-Fi has three additional colours: light cyan, light magenta and light black. While the standard Helix already delivers the best image quality in the industry, the addition of the light colours brings output quality to a new level. The benefits are most dramatic in printing skin tones where true photorealistic images are generated with smoother shade transitions, less graininess, and higher-resolution edge effects.

    The Helix Hi-Fi’s unique skin-tone matching function is increasingly in demand for personalised printing, which often requires one-off production of facial images. Helix Hi-Fi can import a series of unique image files and produce high-resolution printed products of stunning quality. Typical applications include personalised images on glass candle holders, drinkware including stemless wine glasses, stainless steel tumblers, pint glasses and many more.

    Ideal for promotional and retail markets, the Helix Hi-Fi prints multi-colour graphics on straight-walled cylinders, tapers, and objects with limited wall curvatures. The system features a built-in programmable tilt to reduce change-over time and eliminate the need to optimise print recipes for each SKU change. The Helix Hi-Fi uses UV LED ink and prints 360 degrees with a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi. The machine’s printable area is 8.6 inches (218 mm); the system can print on items up to 12 inches (305 mm) in length with a diameter ranging from 2-5 inches (51-127 mm).

    The Helix Hi-Fi is delivered as a turnkey package that includes software to integrate with web-based production solutions, as well as Inkcups world-class InkcupCare warranty and service coverage. The company offers multiple pre-treatment options (including newly released MagiCoat), inks and other supplies, along with application testing and sample prints upon request. Metals, glass, plastics, and ceramics are all validated for image durability from handling and washing.

    “The Helix Hi-Fi is unmatched in price and performance,” said Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups. “The addition of these three inks is a game changer for customers looking to achieve high-quality personalised results. Inkcups has always had a strong business with promotional printing, and we are pleased to lead the industry in the personalisation category.”





  • + Intec Auto Sheet Feeding Flatbed Cutter to Be Unveiled at FESPA

    Intec Printing Solutions Limited, innovators in digital imaging and finishing, continues its expansion of unique solutio..

    14 May 2019


    Intec Printing Solutions Limited, innovators in digital imaging and finishing, continues its expansion of unique solutions by introducing the ColorCut FB8000PRO as part of the ColorCut range of digital cutting and creasing equipment.

    Higher volume automation for flatbed cutting and creasing - improves productivity The Intec ColorCut FB8000PRO is a modular system solution, comprising the FB8000 Flatbed Cutter and ASF8000 Auto Sheet Feeder. Both devices are feature-rich and offer huge production advantages.

    Whereas the FB8000 Flatbed Cutter can be purchased and used as a stand-alone device from the ASF8000 Auto Sheet Feeder – the two devices when used in unison, deliver an incredibly efficient, automated solution! Capable of cutting and creasing any shape on a typical SRA3 sheet in around 30 seconds, the dual tool head applies a class-leading 1Kg of pressure to achieve crisp cuts and deep creases on up to 600micron media.

    The operator can utilise ‘productivity mode’ when manually feeding sheets – this is where the sensor seeks and reads each sheet to cut multiple sheets at a time – finished sheets are automatically moved along the table and into the collection tray.

    When harnessing the productivity of the ASF8000 Auto Sheet Feeder, the operator can load the Feeder with media and leave the FB8000PRO to automatically feed, cut, crease and stack jobs - unattended. This not only offers faster production times, but it also frees-up the user to concentrate on other tasks.

    QR code creation and reading. The bespoke ColorCut Pro3 software has been remastered to enhance the devices digital functionality.

    Rebuilt from the ground up, ColorCut Pro3 will generate unique QR codes for placement onto vector artwork – which in turn, is read by the FB8000’s onboard video camera. This function enables instant cut file retrieval from the Job Library Server, enabling the operator to instantly view the job on screen and set the desired cutting features from the material database. This means that different aspects of the file can have different treatments applied to them and also predetermine the order they are worked on.

    Check mark reading. The new style circular check marks are also read by the software. The four corner marks ensure accuracy with the artwork/cut file and compensate for any sheet placement skew or print stretch. As a bonus, the video camera provides a live view to the operator’s workstation, which also helps provide a visual confirmation of the production status. High speed sheet feeding.The ASF8000 Auto Sheet Feeder is precision-engineered specifically to partner with the FB8000 Flatbed Cutter.

    It provides exceptional pneumatic efficiency and automation in material handling to deliver a solution which is perfectly synchronised with the FB8000 Flatbed Cutter.

    The ASF8000 feeder enables up to 2000 sheets, (25Kg) of SRA3 printed material to be loaded into the Feeder, or a stack height of up to 22.5cm. It then uses pneumatic vacuum pressure to pick up each sheet and advance it on to the FB8000's cutting belt.

    The FB8000PRO will be available to purchase, summer 2019. 





  • + Zortrax Launches M300 Dual Desktop Industrial 3D Printer

    Polish 3D printer manufacturer Zortrax is launching a new with a dual-extrusion system called the M300 Dual. This d..

    14 May 2019


    Polish 3D printer manufacturer Zortrax is launching a new with a dual-extrusion system called the M300 Dual.

    This desktop 3D printer has a 265 x 265 x 300 mm workspace and is aimed at “prosumers” who require a machine for industrial-grade applications. The “user-friendly” M300 Dual will be available to purchase in mid-2019 and will cost $4,490.

    The machine can print with two materials due to the dual-system built-in extruder, which offers a double hot-end and two separate nozzles.

    “The dual-extrusion system and large workspace allow industrial-standard detailed and complicated printing, while maintaining the characteristics of a desktop printer,” said Zortax CEO Rafał Tomasiak in a press release. “Our goal is to transfer the possibilities offered by an industrial printing to smaller, more user-friendly devices. The new M300 Dual is another step in this direction.”

    M300 Dual is a Desktop Solution for Specialists

    To print using two materials, the two nozzles extrude at alternate times to create the desired printed object and use a water-soluble support material. After printing is complete, the support can easily be rinsed off.





    Other features include keeping your prints in progress even when a power outage strikes thanks to a blackout response system. This is made possible by capacitors which are built into the printer and store enough energy to make sure the machine saves the stage of the process and starts up again when the power comes back on.

    Zortrax has worked on reducing the rate of print losses by improving material end/jam detection. If there are any errors, the user will be notified and printing will pause. The machine also includes a built-in camera to keep an eye on prints.

    “Moreover, the M300 Dual is compatible with the Apoller smoothing device. We have created a comprehensive system enabling users to work using Zortrax devices,” adds Tomasiak.

    Other features include WiFi connectivity, Ethernet, and a USB connection. It also boasts an “intuitive” colour LCD touchscreen and can install different build platforms such as glass and perforated materials. The printer also supports third-party filaments.

    To see the printer in action, please click here.





  • + Esko launches the new Motorized Roll Feeder for higher digital cutting accuracy of soft signage at FESPA 2019

    Esko, a global provider of integrated hardware and software solutions for digital print professionals, will showcase its..

    14 May 2019


    Esko, a global provider of integrated hardware and software solutions for digital print professionals, will showcase its latest innovations at FESPA 2019.  

    Recognising that sign and display producers today require more flexibility, efficiency and accuracy in operations, Esko will present two new hardware solutions: the new Motorised Roll Feeder for soft signage applications and the Kongsberg C Edge, the upgradable digital cutting table released earlier this year. The latest version of its integrated software range Esko Software Platform 18.1 will also be on show at booth A5-G10. 

    ESKO-FESPARussell Weller, Esko Product Manager, stated: “These latest launches at FESPA demonstrate our commitment to innovation in hardware and software, enabling our customers to unlock long term production flexibility and profitability.”

    The Motorised Roll Feeder is the only solution in the soft signage industry that delivers great cutting results on tensile materials from the very first cut through to the end of the roll. Eliminating inaccurate cuts on soft signage jobs due to wrinkles, stretch distortion or imperfectly rewound rolls, the new Motorised Roll Feeder incorporates an active material feed to avoid stretch by actively feeding the material to the Kongsberg C64 digital cutting table, rather than pulling it.

    ESKO-FESPA2The new upgradable Kongsberg C Edge delivers high speed production capability of up to 75m/min at an acceleration of 1G, designed to keep up with the demands of today’s wide format digital print market. The table is complemented with a range of customisable fittings, including a conveyor feed system, a new Fast Tool Adapter to reduce downtime and maximise performance, a heavy-duty unit for high quality corrugated crease lines, and the CorruSpeed tool, a non-oscillating device for high quality cutting even at high production speeds.

    Weller added: “At Esko, we believe in connecting from design to finish to boost our customers’ productivity and efficiency. At FESPA, we will demonstrate our latest hardware innovations backed by our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions including  ArtiosCAD 3D constructional design software, iCut Suite for sign print finishing and true shape nesting, Device Manager for job management optimization and Automation Engine, our prepress workflow automation software. Visitors to our FESPA booth will experience first hand how Esko is investing in innovation for their success.”

    To find out more and get on board with Esko innovation, visit stand A5-G10 or visit www.esko.com