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  • + Epson launches RapidReceipt RR-600W for small and home offices

    To help ease the burden on small businesses, gig workers and consumers, Epson has launched the new RapidReceipt® RR-..

    03 August 2021


    To help ease the burden on small businesses, gig workers and consumers, Epson has launched the new RapidReceipt® RR-600W fast, easy and smart receipt and document scanning solution.



    There is no denying how organising and managing financial information can be overwhelming, especially with the sheer amount of receipts, invoices, expenses, and critical paperwork that most small and home offices accumulate. It is very easy for documents to pile up, and the arduous task of manually processing each one can be time-consuming and cumbersome. The result is often data-entry errors and the risk of lost data, ultimately costing businesses valuable time and money.

    RapidReceipt is the only solution in the market specifically designed for organising and managing receipts and invoices. Perfect for small business owners, office managers, road warriors, field-based workers, consultants and gig economy workers who often wear multiple hats and are short on time and resources. RapidReceipt with receipt and invoice management software is a simple, cost-effective and time-saving financial management solution.
     
    With Epson's leading technology and success in the scanning market, the company focused its expertise on delivering a unique scanning solution to help alleviate their common pain points. Developed with very small and nimble businesses in mind, RapidReceipt is the ultimate organised digital filing cabinet that enables easy financial document management of all types of information with incredible efficiency.
     
    The RapidReceipt scanner includes Epson ScanSmart® Accounting Edition software, which converts stacks of unorganised receipts and invoices into actionable digital data. Small business owners and consumers can finally say goodbye to manually entering data because RapidReceipt software accurately extracts and organises data from receipts and invoices, and seamlessly integrates into Excel® spreadsheets or third-party applications such as MYOB®, XERO®, and more. Users can also scan directly to cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive™ and OneDrive.1
     
    A well-planned organising system can make financial management much easier, so Epson engineered RapidReceipt scanners with speed, image quality, efficiency, and low cost in mind. The RapidReceipt RR-600W wireless, desktop scanner is built for productivity, capturing both sides of a document in one pass with blazing speeds as fast as 35 ppm/70 ipm.2 
     
    It features a robust 100-page Auto Document Feeder accommodating stacks of paper of varying sizes and includes an intuitive 4.3" touchscreen and convenient USB port so users can scan directly to a USB memory drive without a computer.
     
    The RR-600W also includes a TWAIN driver for easy integration to most document management software and includes Kofax® Power PDF® for Windows® and PDF Converter for Mac® to allow users to simply create searchable and editable PDFs, at no extra cost.
     
    With  NewSoft® Presto! BizCard® software included with the RapidReceipt RR-600W, users can easily scan business cards and manage contact information.
     
    Epson scanners deliver amazing image quality and intelligent image adjustments with automatic cropping, blank page deletion, background removal, dirt detection, paper skew correction, and staple protection capabilities so users can scan worry-free.
     
    Availability
    The Epson RapidReceipt RR-600W desktop scanner is available now for an RRP of AUD$699 from Epson Australia by going to:  https://www.epson.com.au/rapidreceipt/ and from all authorised Epson resellers.
     
    1. Internet connection required for some applications.
    2. Based on letter-sized scans at 300 dpi in Black-and-White, Grayscale or Colour Mode, using the USB interface.





  • + Epson launches new Minilab for photographers, photo print providers and photo merchandise manufacturers

    SureLab D1060 offers fast, high-quality photo printing with flexible production and a reduced total cost of ownership ..

    20 July 2021


    SureLab D1060 offers fast, high-quality photo printing with flexible production and a reduced total cost of ownership

    As demand for small-format photos continues to grow, businesses are looking for a cost-effective way to deliver quality prints quickly and cost effectively. To meet that need, Epson has launched the SureLab® D1060. This new DryLab printer has been built to address a range of customers from wedding and event photography, to retail in-store ad-hoc printing, to back-office print houses.
     
    It offers a more compact footprint with reduced noise, lower heat output, as well as a range of new features to suit retail and in-house photo production. It also has a faster print speed and a super-fast one-off print mode for event applications.
     
    A new ink system is combined with more flexible networking and an extended print life for those involved with on-demand and back-office print production. Complementing all of this is a new duplex unit that enables automatic double-sided borderless printing for photobook and photo merchandise production. 1



    “High-quality, small-format photo printing is more popular than ever. Whether you have a high-end digital camera or the latest smartphone with megapixel imaging capability, there is nothing visceral quite like a tangible printed photo of a treasured moment. People want to put photos in their family albums, on the desk and up on the wall. Moments in time are fleeting and special. There is nothing like having a memento there in front of you as a reminder of what’s truly important,” said Gordon Kerr, Business Marketing Manager, Large Format, Epson Australia, “Epson has always produced great photo printers. The SureLab D1060 is a leap forward in terms of flexibility, productivity and durability. Never before has it been easier or more cost-effective to produce quality photo prints.”
     
    The new SureLab D1060 delivers print speeds of up to 460 6”x4” photos per hour.1 It is up to 10 percent faster than the previous generation, and the new 15 second one-off print mode is set to be a boon for photo studios and event work.2
     
    Leveraging an enhanced 6-channel MicroPiezo® printhead and vivid UltraChrome® D6r-S dye-based ink technology, the printer can accurately reproduce subtle tones in portrait photos with smooth transitions and crisp, sharp details. When coupled with compatible Epson genuine photo media, prints are water, smudge and fade resistant.3  



    For improved productivity, the SureLab D1060 features a high-capacity ink system that uses 250ml bags that are cost-effective to purchase, compact to store, and crushable for reduced waste.
     
    For single-sided printing, the machine uses large 65m roll-based media that is available in widths from 3.5”-210mm (A4) in a range of media weights and finishes.
     
    The optional duplex tray uses double-sided sheet media, that is available in sizes from A5, up to 210x210mm. Operation is made simple and flexible care of an integrated control panel and bundled Epson OrderController Lite software.4 Flexible USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi interfacing makes connectivity easier while the reduced footprint and heat output makes the machine perfect for kiosk-based operations.5
     
    One of the key design features of the SL-D1060 is its reduced Total Cost of Ownership. Not only has it been designed to offer worry-free operation with minimum maintenance, but it features double the print life of its predecessor.1 It comes with a comprehensive ‘heads-and-all’ on-site warranty that can be extended with CoverPlus for up to five years.
     
    In Australia the printer will be offered in two configurations: base unit only, or base unit plus duplex. The duplex unit will also be available as an option for those who wish to purchase it later.
     
    Additional features include:
     

    • New Ink System – UltraChrome D6r-S ink in high-capacity 250ml packs deliver better prints with finer gradation and a wider colour gamut, while reducing cost and waste.
    • Flexible Operation – Integrated output tray and waste bin. Integrated LCD panel for direct control, as well as an upgraded driver for desktop management (Windows & Mac OS compatible).  Supports Epson’s new Cloud Solution PORT service for remote monitoring and analysis. This allows access from a web-based interface in the office, from home, and from a mobile device when on the move.
    • Reduced Cost – Supplied complete with an ink set, sample media and a copy of Order Controller Lite. Features a 400,000 print life and backed with a comprehensive on-site warranty, with a CoverPlus solution for coverage up to 5 years.
    • Flexible Integration – Reduced 80W power consumption, and only 1.2W when in sleep. Connect easily to printer over Wi-Fi®, Ethernet or USB using redesigned printer driver for Windows® and Mac®
    • Small Footprint – Compact Simplex size (466 x 374 x 340cm), Duplex size (466 x 438 x 423cm), with a reduced heat output to suit desktop and kiosk operation.
    • Versatile Output – Designed to use Epson media that is available in a wide range of roll and single/double-sided sheet configurations, with gloss or luster finishes. Supports production of prints with a border and borderless. Panoramic prints can be produced up to 1000mm long on single-sided roll media. 5
    • Built for Reliable Operation – Requires minimum maintenance and features new ink-less nozzle detection and alignment technology. 
     
    Pricing and Availability
    The SureLab D1060 is expected to be available from November 2021 in Australia. A base printer with 5 year CoverPlus is expected to cost $6,995 (RRP ex GST), while the version with the duplex unit is expected to cost $7,995 (RRP ex GST). The duplex unit will also be available separately for $995 ex GST.  
     
    1 When compared to the Epson SureLab D860
    2 Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Customers are recommended to view the relevant Epson product page for latest details. Total throughput time for any print depends on various factors including workstation configuration, file size, print resolution, ink coverage and networking. Actual print speeds will vary.
    3 Epson does not provide any guarantee or warranty on print durability
    4 This printer ships with the ‘Lite’ version of Order Controller. The full version can be ordered separately at additional expense.
    5 This printer is designed for use with nominated Epson genuine ink and media consumables only.  Use of alternatives is likely to result in print quality and reliability issues that invalidate warranty and CoverPlus.





  • + LIA NSW pleased to announce the standing committee.

    LIA NSW held their AGM and are pleased to announce the standing committee. The president Angus Scott thanked the m..

    20 July 2021


    LIA NSW held their AGM and are pleased to announce the standing committee.
     
    The president Angus Scott thanked the members, Industry and the committee for their continued support. It was noted that even in such challenging times several successful networking, plant visits and graduate of the year nomination processes were possible and well received.
     
    The committee are committed to delivering more quality events in the year ahead.  
     
    Office Holders:

    Angus Scott – President




    Peter Munro -  Vice President




    Mike Williams – Secretary / Treasurer
     




    Committee members:

    Warwick Roden




    Grant Churchill




    Ray Berwick




    Mitch Mulligan







  • + Researchers develop polymer film made from 100% natural ingredients

    Researchers from the University of Cambridge have created a polymer film made from 100% plant protein that requires no c..

    13 July 2021


    Researchers from the University of Cambridge have created a polymer film made from 100% plant protein that requires no chemical additives – and they claim it has comparable functionality to conventional plastics.

    Made entirely from plant protein which can be sourced as a by-product of the agriculture industry, the company that is set to commercialise the solution, Xampla, says that the resulting material can be disposed of in nature after use like any natural waste, leaving no pollutants behind. 

    Importantly, the company also claims that the material’s functionality is consistent with conventional plastic, but it requires no chemical cross-linking used in many bio-polymers to give them the strength and flexibility of plastic. 

    Research, which has been published in the Nature Communications scientific journal, reportedly shows how scientists were able to naturally assemble plant proteins so that the final structure was very similar to spider silk. The researchers say that this “breakthrough” is the first time these structures have been seen in a material that derives from plant protein. 

    Xampla hopes that the technology, which utilises a process involving acetic acid, water, ultrasonication, and heat, can replace single-use plastics including flexible packaging films, sachets, microcapsules found in home and personal care products, and carrier bags. 

    The scientists behind this innovation were inspired by spiders’ silk, which is weight-for-weight stronger than steel but has weak molecular bonds, meaning it can break down easily.  They sought to understand the building blocks of this natural phenomenon, with the aim of creating a material with the same molecular properties.

    Professor Tuomas Knowles, who led the research, said: “One of the key breakthroughs is that we can supply this product on a large scale, and it can replace plastic in very specific applications. We have proved it’s possible to solve the single-use plastics problem.”

    Dr. Marc Rodriguez Garcia, Xampla’s head of research, added: “It’s amazing to realise that a discovery you make in a lab can have a big impact on solving a global problem. That’s essentially why we are doing this – we really love the science, but we also wanted to do something meaningful about solving the overwhelming problem of plastic waste.”





  • + FREE BEVERAGE TRENDS PACKAGING E-BOOK LAUNCHED BY ESKO

    Esko has announced the launch of a free downloadable e-book, ‘Trends in the Beverage Packaging Industry: Ingredien..

    06 July 2021


    Esko has announced the launch of a free downloadable e-book, ‘Trends in the Beverage Packaging Industry: Ingredients for Success’, which outlines key industry trends and the tools brands can adopt to capitalize on them for commercial success.

    The global market for alcoholic beverages amounted to over 1.49 trillion US dollars in 2020 and is expected to grow to 2.2 trillion USD by 2025, according to Statista. Changing consumer habits during the pandemic have led to a plethora of new behavioral trends, which equates to a host of opportunities for brands hoping to capture new market share in the sector.

    “Almost a third of consumers would like to continue working from home and coupled this, over half of consumers are actively looking for tips on personal health and wellbeing. In catering to this, brands can expand into whole new categories. For example, alcoholic flavoured water known as Hard Seltzer,” says, Matthew Haws vice president global marketing at Esko Brand Solutions.

    “When creating whole new product lines with multiple SKUs, smart brands are using digital tools to help streamline the journey and make the transition from ideation to new product launch pain-free. With digital asset management (DAM) tools like MediaBeacon, external assets can be approved and made available to marketing teams to ensure promotion is extremely agile.

    The latest free resource from the Esko team covers market trends and offers deeper insight into categories such as spirits and cocktails. Packaging trends are also on the agenda with a look at digital tools for success.

    As brands and retailers strive to keep ahead of the competition, technologies such as MediaBeacon and web-based collaborative workflow management system, WebCenter, help them to cut to the chase quicker by streamlining packaging design projects and taking away common stumbling blocks that slow the process down.

    “The beverage industry is extremely competitive in terms of packaging design. Speed to market with new and different designs is paramount to influencing the purchasing decision ahead of rival brands. Teams that have control of their assets through digitalization are much more likely to turn concepts into actual product ranges quickly – and more cost-effectively.”

    Download the Esko Trends in the Beverage Packaging Industry: Ingredients for Success e-book no





  • + GJS SECURES FIRST SALE OF NEW BROTHER GTXPRO BULK DTG PRINTER

    GJS today announced it has secured the first Australia sale of the new Brother GTXpro Bulk garment printer with Sydney-b..

    06 July 2021


    GJS today announced it has secured the first Australia sale of the new Brother GTXpro Bulk garment printer with Sydney-based printing business T-Shirt Magic. It will use the printer to increase production volume while simultaneously increasing its eco-friendliness thanks to the capabilities of the printer.

    Andrew Sprason and Lily Yang, the husband-and-wife owners of T-Shirt Magic took ownership of their first Brother garment printer back in 2011, and since then they have moved through all subsequent Brother DTG models including the GT-3 series, and the GTX, having multiple units of each.

    T-Shirt Magic is one of Australia’s premier DTG printers. Founded in 1998, T-Shirt Magic designs, prints, and supplies garments to clubs, businesses, corporations, and charities.

    The investment in the new Brother GTXpro Bulk will allow T-Shirt Magic to scale its production capabilities as the business continues to grow, while also allowing faster production. The GTXpro Bulk will also increase cost efficiency for the business, thanks to the new bulk ink delivery system.

    “The Brother GTXpro Bulk will allow us to offer even better quality and faster turnarounds, and at a lower cost for bulk printing,” said Sprason.

    The purchase and install of the Brother GTXpro Bulk will also allow for improved production reliability.

    “With our other Brother GTX printers, the addition of the Bulk means that we will always be able to fulfil customer orders. If for some reason one of the GTX’s is unavailable or requires maintenance or servicing, we will still have two others as redundancy,” Sprason added.

    Continuing Brother's legacy of creating industrial-grade garment printers, the GTXpro Bulk features a proprietary bulk-feed system for its specially formulated inks. Meticulous attention to every detail means that every component is up to the rigours and demands of high-production garment decoration.

    The bolder, brighter Innobella Textile Inks are water-based pigment inks and are ECO PASSPORT by OKEO-TEX certified and CPSIA compliant. The bulk packaging uses less plastic thanks to the new reusable tanks so there is less waste and less impact on the environment.

    GJS





  • + Epson launches two new Heat-Free premium EcoTank Photo Multi-Function printers

    Epson has launched two new heat-free, cartridge-free premium EcoTank Photo models for creative enthusiasts. Perfect for ..

    31 May 2021


    Epson has launched two new heat-free, cartridge-free premium EcoTank Photo models for creative enthusiasts. Perfect for keen amateur photographers, the wireless, multi-function EcoTank Photo ET-8500 and ET-8550 use 6 colour Epson Claria ET Premium inks, can print up to 2,300 high-quality photos or 6,700 pages in black and white or 6,200 pages in colour with one set of ink bottles1 at incredibly low running costs.
     
    As these printers feature Epson’s patented Micro Piezo Heat-Free Technology, you can now enjoy consistent high-speed photo printing, with greatly reduced energy consumption and less need for replacement parts, helping to save time, money and the planet too.

    Both new printers come with the new 6 colour Epson Claria ET Premium ink set to produce high-quality, long-lasting, borderless photos of up to A4 size with the ET-8500 and to A3+ with the ET-8550. The photo black and new photo grey ink makes it easy to achieve detailed, high-contrast black and white photos with beautiful toning, while the pigment black ink ensures sharp text when printing double-sided documents on plain paper. This makes these printers a fantastic choice for every task in your home.



    Epson Australia MD, Craig Heckenberg, said, “These printers are great news for photographers, creative enthusiasts and the environment. They are our first heat-free, multi-function, EcoTank Photo printers to feature 6 colour Claria ET Premium Ink for delivering high quality photos, arts and crafts on a wide range of media. The low running costs and flexible convenience of cartridge-free printing make it ideal for everyday document printing the whole family can enjoy. The fact that they are heat-free means they use far less power than laser printers and are far better for the planet as a result.”



    Amateur photographers and creative hobbyists will appreciate the highly flexible media handling capabilities of the two new printers. With five paper feeds there is no end to the creative projects these printers can deliver. Not only can you print directly onto suitable CDs and DVDs, you can also store photo size and A4 paper in the two front trays ensuring your printer is always loaded and ready to go. The rear tray allows you to print on media such as craft papers and card, even up to A3+ size with the ET-8550. Finally, the rear straight pass paper feed means you can print on cardstock and other speciality media up to 1.3 mm thick.

    These new premium EcoTank Photoprinters join Epson’s award-winning line up of cartridge-free refillable ink tank printers which this year saw global sales reach 50 million units. They deliver ultra-low cost per page thanks to the EcoTank's innovative cartridge-free filling system with easy-to-use, mess-free bottles.
     
    The ET-8500 and ET-8550 allow you to print thousands of high-quality photos and documents with one set of included ink bottles1 - equivalent to about 185 individual cartridges2 - and these prints can last up to 300 years when stored in an album³.




    The ET-8500 and ET-8550 also enable printing from SD cards and USB flash drives through the large 4.3” colour touchscreen. With full Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and Ethernet connectivity, integrating either of these printers with your existing home set-up is simple and straightforward.

    The EcoTank ET-8500 and ET-8550 are available immediately from www.epson.com.au with an RRP of $999.00 and $1149.00 respectively.
     
    For more on EcoTank printers go to: www.epson.com.au/v2/ecotank/
     
    For more on Epson’s Heat-Free Technology go to: www.epson.com.au/heat-free-technology/
     
    ET-8500 KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS 
    · Cartridge-Free Printing – print 1000’s of pages straight out of the box!1
    · Includes enough ink equivalent to approximately 185 individual cartridges2
    · Exclusive Auto-Stop Ink Bottles – uniquely keyed for easy filling of each colour
    · 6-Colour Claria Inks – for printing high-quality documents and photos up to A4
    · Versatile Paper Handling – dedicated photo and paper trays
    · Easy PC-Free Printing – with built-in USB and memory card slots5
    · Large, Easy-to-Read 4.3" Colour Touchscreen – simple setup and navigation
    · Complete Wireless Solution – easily print from iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ tablets and smartphones4; includes Wi-Fi Direct®6 and Ethernet
     
    ET-8550 KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS 
    · Cartridge-Free Printing – print 1000’s of pages straight out of the box!1
    · Includes enough ink equivalent to approximately 185 individual cartridges2
    · Exclusive Auto-Stop Ink Bottles – uniquely keyed for easy filling of each colour
    · 6-Colour Claria Inks – for printing high-quality documents and photos up to A3
    · Borderless printing – up to A3
    · Versatile Paper Handling – dedicated paper and photo trays
    · Easy PC-Free Printing – with built-in USB and memory card slots5
    · Large, Easy-to-Read 4.3" Colour touchscreen – simple setup and navigation
    · Complete Wireless Solution – easily print from iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ tablets and smartphones4; includes Wi-Fi Direct®6 and Ethernet





  • + Epson launches two new Heat-Free premium EcoTank Pro Multi-Function printers

    Epson is expanding its EcoTank® Pro line of cartridge-free printing solutions to include models designed for high-pr..

    25 May 2021


    Epson is expanding its EcoTank® Pro line of cartridge-free printing solutions to include models designed for high-productivity home offices. The EcoTank Pro ET-5150 and EcoTank Pro ET-5170 provide home offices and small businesses with a more affordable EcoTank Pro option for high-speed, high-volume cartridge-free printing. The ideal replacement for messy, expensive and heat-producing laser printers.





    KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS
    · Heat-Free Technology uses far less power than laser printers.
    · Cartridge Free Printing – Print 1000’s of pages straight out of the box1!
    · Extremely Low Cost Per Page – Less than two cents per page with replacement ink bottles2.  
    · Low-cost replacement ink bottles from $24.99 – and easily refillable ink tank with replacement ink bottle.
    · Fast First Page out Time - in only 7 seconds3.
    · Easy Wireless – easily print from iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ tablets and smartphones®4 includes Wi-Fi Direct®5.
    · Do More - 35-Sheet Auto Document Feeder (ADF); auto 2-sided print.
    · Easy Touch-and-Swipe Setup and Navigation — large 2.4" colour touchscreen.
    · Bonus One Year Warranty – upon registration within 12 months6.




    EcoTank Pro ET-5150
     
    The EcoTank Pro Series allows users to save up to 90 percent with low-cost replacement ink bottles vs. standard capacity black and XL capacity colour laser toner cartridges, equivalent to about 2 cents per colour ISO page versus 27 cents with standard-capacity colour laser toner cartridges. 





    EcoTank Pro ET-5150 ink tanks
     
    The EcoTank Pro ET-5150, powered by PrecisionCore Heat-Free Technology, offers revolutionary cartridge-free printing with easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks. It includes thousands of pages of ink in the box1. That’s an incredible amount of ink — enough to print up to 5,200 colour pages1. Plus, it features auto-stop ink bottles with each colour uniquely keyed for easy filling of each tank. The ET-5170 also offers a high-capacity 250-sheet paper tray, fax, 2.4" colour touchscreen, 35-sheet ADF, fast auto 2-sided printing, no warmup time, first page first printing and convenient wired and wireless networking.
     
    Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg said, “The way we live and work has truly changed, and not just in the short-term. As people adapt to this new reality, it's important to have technology tools that not only ease the transition, but enable productivity, efficiency and help generate revenue. EcoTank Pro printers ensure small office, home office and business professionals can take full advantage of the benefits cartridge-free printers provide. They are also much better for the environment than laser printers.”
     
    The new EcoTank Pro ET-5150 and EcoTank Pro ET-5170 augment the existing line of EcoTank Pro models, providing a compact, entry-level, affordable solution to users that require high-volume printing.
     
    Pricing, Availability and Support
    The EcoTank Pro ET-5150 (RRP $639.00) and EcoTank Pro ET-5170 (RRP$649.00) are now available now at www.epson.com.au and all good Epson retailers and resellers.





  • + Roland DG Assists Customers Affected by Mice Plague

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced a plan to ass..

    25 May 2021


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced a plan to assist QLD and NSW customers whose business has been affected by the current mice plague. 

    Roland DG would like to extend its best wishes to those who have been affected by the mouse plague that is ravaging regional parts of NSW and QLD. There have been a number of instances reported of mice chewing on electrical cables and customers wishing to have their Roland DG equipment checked by a technician to ensure it is ok and safe to use.

    Damage to Roland DG equipment by mice and other rodents, can occur when they hide in areas that contain electrical wiring. Mice have an instinct to chew anything to keep their teeth from growing and can end up chewing on a range of materials, including cabling/wire, glass, plastic, rubber, wood, aluminium, rock and even cement. 

    If you do have issues with rodents in and around your workplace, ensure that you visually check your cabling prior to turning your Roland DG machine on. If you suspect that a rodent has entered your machinery or caused damage to the wiring, please contact the Support Team prior to operating your equipment.

    Roland DG would like to help affected customers to get their businesses back up and running. As such, the Roland DG Care team will schedule service runs in the affected regions and will not charge call-out fees to review and inspect any Roland DG equipment that has been damaged as a direct result of the plague. The technicians can provide condition reports for any insurance claim requirements and for equipment requiring repair service work.
    If you have any questions, require further detail, or wish to register for these service runs, please phone Roland DG on 1800 500 119, fill in a website booking form or email service@rolanddg.com and one of our staff will assist you. 





  • + EFI Roll-to-Roll Printers Receive Type II Certification

    Digital inkjet roll-to-roll UV LED printers from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. continue to deliver innovations for super..

    18 May 2021


    Digital inkjet roll-to-roll UV LED printers from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. continue to deliver innovations for superwide-format graphics production printing, and they have now achieved an important certification for the quality and durability of prints used for décor applications. EFI roll-to-roll UV LED printers have earned a Type II certification for wallcoverings based on The Wallcovering Association W-101 and ASTM F793 standards.

    Wallcoverings submitted to gain the certification were printed and tested on the 20 oz. DreamScape line of wallcovering base material from Rockaway, N.J-based Roysons. The Type II certification is an indicator for quality, safety and durability of wallcoverings and, unlike other Type II certifications for digital inkjet printers, EFI’s new certification covers wallcoverings produced without lamination or coating.

    “These certifications should assure print service providers that the product they can produce meets all of the critical regulatory aspects of a true commercial wallcovering,” said Roy Ritchie, Jr., president of DreamScape. “In addition, EFI customers who print on DreamScape base wallcoverings can enjoy increased efficiency and productivity, since they do not require the additional step of coating or lamination to reach this level of durability. DreamScape has worked closely with EFI for several years and it is easy to recommend their advanced and versatile roll-to-roll machines.”

    EFI’s new Type II certification applies to EFI’s extensive portfolio of UV LED roll-to-roll printers – including the EFI Pro 32r+, and VUTEk 3r+/5r+, D3r/D5r, and new Q3r/Q5r printers. The wallcoverings were tested for durability and tear resistance; scrubbability and washability; colour fastness; Class A fire retardancy and safety; and more.

    Along with the Type II certification, EFI roll-to-roll digital UV LED printers also received the Class A fire rating according to The Wallcovering Association’s evaluation and ASTM E84.

    “There has been a rise in popularity for wallcoverings and interior décor applications these last years, which for us is an exciting trend as we offer a wide range of products for that growing market with our roll-to-roll UV LED printers,” said Hanan Yosefi, vice president, EFI Inkjet Israel. “This certification proves once again EFI’s approach to delivering the best to the market – giving its customers the ability to produce a wide range of challenging applications with the highest print quality at the lowest cost of production.”

    The Type II designation and existing UL GREENGUARD Gold certifications for select inks make EFI roll-to-roll solutions ideal for wallcoverings, décor and other indoor applications. These certifications complement each other and provide a complete picture of certification covering the performance, safety and durability of indoor applications.

    EFI offers a wide range of roll-to-roll printers, available for customers at the lower-, mid- and higher-volume end of the signage and display graphics market. EFI roll-to-roll printers can deliver up to nine colors, feature a true resolution of up to 1,200 dots per inch and EFI UltraDrop™ Technology with native 7-picoliter printheads with multi-drop addressability for high-definition image quality with outstanding smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions, as well as precise and sharp size text. The line-up of EFI roll-to-roll printers covers a broad range of production needs, with the most productive solution in the portfolio, the EFI VUTEk Q5r, capable of printing up to 7,233 square feet (672 square meters) per hour.

    The roll-to-roll printers’ UV LED curing ensures not only cost savings, but also a more environmentally friendly printing solution, consuming less energy and enabling the use of thinner, lower cost substrates. The printers also feature EFI’s “Power Tool” options for advanced productivity and capabilities, including in-line quality inspection, in-line slitting and cutting, roll and tape collection, auto-calibration, automated backlit printing, automated blockout printing and much more.

    efi.com





  • + Mutoh Australia appoints Perth based Tek Cad

    Mutoh Australia is pleased to announce they have appointed Perth based Tek Cad and Cam Systems to sell and support Mutoh..

    18 May 2021


    Mutoh Australia is pleased to announce they have appointed Perth based Tek Cad and Cam Systems to sell and support Mutoh printers across Western Australia. 

    Mutoh Australia managing director Russell Cavenagh comments. “We are delighted to have partnered with an organisation like Tek Cad. We have been looking for the right partner to service our growing WA customer base and TekCad provides that unique blend of a strong customer focus, technical background and market knowledge that made them an ideal fit with our own key business goals and philosophies”.

    Tek Cad partner Tim Loader commented, “Mutoh manufactures a broad range of award-winning printers that are an ideal fit for our business and client base. We have long been impressed with the quality and reliability of their Japanese manufacturing and we were particularly impressed with their new XpertJet range so we’re very happy to have forged this partnership”.

    Tek Cad and Cam Systems location at 2 Commerce St, Malaga, Perth.
    Mutoh Australia www.mutoh-au.com 02-9437 1366
    Tek Cad and Cam Systems www.tekcad.com.au 08-9248 1322

    To learn more about all of Mutoh’s award winners and other products visits www.mutoh-au.com 






  • + Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C14000 wins BLI 2021 PRO Award from Keypoint Intelligence

    Konica Minolta is proud to announce it has received a Buyers Lab (BLI) 2021 PRO Award from Keypoint Intelligence, the wo..

    18 May 2021


    Konica Minolta is proud to announce it has received a Buyers Lab (BLI) 2021 PRO Award from Keypoint Intelligence, the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging hardware, software, and services. 

    Granted annually, these awards acknowledge the products that gave the best performances in production field testing over the previous year. Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C14000 took top honours in the Outstanding High-Volume CMYK Production Device High-Volume Category and was identified as a trailblazer in the digital production marketplace. 

    David Sweetnam, director of EMEA/Asia Research & Lab Services, Keypoint Intelligence, said, “Konica Minolta’s innovative IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimiser has impressed us since its launch, allowing for quick, best practice colour setup and media-registration profiling, with inline checking and adjustment tolerances controllable by the operator. This technology helped the device deliver an outstanding performance over our production-length tests where, over 67,000 clicks, the device never drifted above DeltaE00 3.4, nor did it exhibit an image-registration shift of more than 0.3 mm.” 

    Another key technology innovation noted by Keypoint Intelligence that separates the Konica Minolta AccurioPress C14000 from its peers is the new TU-510 Versatile Trimmer Unit. This inline, four-edge trimmer and creaser allows full-bleed finishing support for banners, booklets, direct mail, and a dedicated business card cutting option. 

    Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta is pleased have made such a successful entry into the high-volume toner printing segment with the C14000 Series, which has now been affirmed by this honour from Keypoint Intelligence. The IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimiser option is a key differentiator in the market and helps our customers take colour consistency and registration accuracy to the next level.”   

    The C14000 Series has won multiple awards since its launch in late 2019, including the “Good Design Award 2020” from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, the “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021”, and most recently, the iF DESIGN AWARD 2021 from the Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, the world’s oldest independent design forum. In addition, earlier this year, both the AccurioPress C14000 and C12000 achieved two Idealliance® certifications: the Digital Electrophotographic Press Certification; and ISO/PAS 15339 System Certification. 





  • + Massivit 3D to Launch Industrial-Grade Massivit 5000

    Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, will unveil the industrial-grade Massivit 5000 at the AMUG 2021 Conference in Orlando..

    04 May 2021


    Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, will unveil the industrial-grade Massivit 5000 at the AMUG 2021 Conference in Orlando, FL (May 2nd-6th, 2021) as well as at two live Webinars showcasing the new capabilities, features, and applications. 

    The Massivit 5000 will enable manufacturers and service providers across a range of industries to expedite their lead times for manufacturing large parts, prototypes, and tooling by up to 30 times the production speed of existing technologies.

    To book a live demonstration of the Massivit 5000 at AMUG 2021 (2nd-6th May), please click here.

    Based on the company’s unique, patented Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP) technology – already adopted across 40 countries for fast, cost-effective production of large parts – the new Massivit 5000 introduces to the market new resolutions, materials, and automation capabilities that address industry 4.0 needs, enabling production of large-scale parts within hours instead of weeks. 

    A new printing material, DIMENGEL 110, now available with the Massivit 5000, facilitates high-definition printing and greater fidelity to CAD designs. Two new resolutions enable print optimization according to layer thickness and speed requirements. The Massivit 5000 offers a Dual Material System that allows operators to print simultaneously with a different material on each head. New software automation features also allow operators to improve workflow efficiencies and enable easy monitoring and operations.

    This latest addition to the Massivit 3D portfolio of large-scale 3D printers facilitates complex, large parts up to 145cm x 111cm x 180cm (57” x 44” x 70”) that instantly cure during the printing process, enabling ready-made parts straight off the printer without the need for post-processing and with almost no required support structures. 

    During two launch Webinars, attendees will experience a virtual, live tour of the Massivit 5000 and will see a broad range of applications available across the automotive, marine, rail, and scenic fabrication sectors.





  • + Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C14000 Series named Red Dot Award 2021 winner

    Konica Minolta has received a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021 for its flagship AccurioPress C14000 Series of producti..

    27 April 2021


    Konica Minolta has received a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021 for its flagship AccurioPress C14000 Series of production presses from a record number of entries. 

    Launched in October 2019, the award-winning presses, which also include the AccurioPress C12000, are supporting Konica Minolta’s mission to help its customers transform. Konica Minolta is doing this by predicting potential trends and challenges and creating solutions that address these. 

    An international jury remarked on the outstanding design of the AccurioPress C14000 Series. The AccurioPress C14000 prints at 140 pages per minute (ppm) in A4 and is 40 per cent faster than any other toner-based machine from Konica Minolta. The AccurioPress C12000 provides the same high print quality and a similarly fast speed of 120 ppm. 

    The AccurioPress C14000 Series also 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. 

    Professor Dr Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, said, “Never before in the 60-year history of our design competition have so many companies and design studios faced the professional judgement of our international jury as this year. Products from 60 countries reached us, and their design quality and degree of innovation were evaluated in a process lasting several days. The fact that Konica Minolta claimed its place in a strong field speaks for the excellent quality of its products. The international jury only awards this sought-after seal of quality to products that feature an outstanding design.” 

    Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta, said, “The AccurioPress C14000 really is a game-changer for the industry. It provides value for commercial printers in high-volume environments where deadlines are tight, quality is key, and efficiencies are needed. Konica Minolta is proud to have received this global award, which recognises its commitment to setting new standards in product design, while incorporating automation technology that boosts quality, reliability, and productivity. We look forward to helping our Australian customers leverage the benefits afforded by the C14000.” 

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





  • + Kongsberg Digital Finishing is now an independent business

    Kongsberg, one of the most trusted and established names in the digital finishing industry, enters a new era, transformi..

    13 April 2021


    Kongsberg, one of the most trusted and established names in the digital finishing industry, enters a new era, transforming into a standalone company, Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (‘Kongsberg PCS’). The transformation follows the acquisition of the business by OpenGate Capital.

    The transformation of Kongsberg PCS brings with it the opportunity to innovate and expand the business into new markets. This marks a new chapter for Kongsberg PCS, a brand with a rich heritage spanning more than half a century.

    “This is truly an exciting day for everyone at the company,” said Stuart Fox, President of Kongsberg PCS. “Since 1965, the Kongsberg name has been synonymous with innovation. Our systems have led the industry in delivering precision, reliability and quality through seven decades. Following the acquisition by OpenGate Capital, we will now focus on our future, and the next generation innovation and growth.”

    Founded in Norway in 1965, Kongsberg was purchased by Esko (then Barco) in 1998. In December 2020, Esko agreed the sale of Kongsberg to private equity firm OpenGate Capital. The acquisition includes the original research and development facility in Kongsberg, Norway, and the production facility in Brno, Czech Republic.

    “This is an opportunity for the Kongsberg team to realize its ambitions, and to explore new markets,” added Fox. “We will be developing strategic initiatives to further innovate our digital finishing hardware and software solutions, as well as growing the Kongsberg brand beyond the packaging industry.

    “Whilst we are excited about the future, we are also committed to ensuring we honor our heritage. We have an incredible team of 400 people, many of whom have been a part of the Kongsberg family for more than 30 years,” said Fox. “The Kongsberg values that are important to our customers – the strength, the performance, the longevity of the machine – will endure.

    “Sales, service, consumables and spare parts will all continue as usual,” added Fox. “Customers will receive the same level of service during the transition and they can look forward to business as usual throughout 2021.

    “We will continue investing in our table technology, and in the coming months we will be showcasing the latest developments with our automation solutions,” said Fox.





  • + Ben McCauley Promoted to Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Spandex

    Spandex Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the promotion of Ben McCauley to Managing Director, Asia Pacific. Ben h..

    06 April 2021


    Spandex Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the promotion of Ben McCauley to Managing Director, Asia Pacific.

    Ben has been with Spandex since 2016, most recently as our Sales Director. Ben and the local management team have successfully navigated through COVID-times, one of the most challenging times in business history. Under Ben's continued guidance, Spandex Asia Pacific is well-positioned to expand and move forward, with thanks also going out to all of our employees' effort, time and devotion.

    Spandex has confidence in Ben and the rest of the Spandex Asia Pacific team, and we will continue to push our business above and beyond where we've taken it over the past four years.





  • + Esko Successfully Closes Sale of Kongsberg Business To OpenGate Capital

    Esko, a global developer of integrated software and hardware solutions for the packaging and label sectors, has confirme..

    06 April 2021


    Esko, a global developer of integrated software and hardware solutions for the packaging and label sectors, has confirmed the successful closing of the sale of its Kongsberg digital finishing business to OpenGate Capital on April 1st 2021.

    OpenGate Capital is a private equity firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with a European office in Paris and investments on five continents. The new business, Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems, now employs ~400 former Esko employees operating from the business’ original research and development facility in Kongsberg, Norway, the production facility in Brno, Czech Republic, a new headquarters in Gent, Belgium as well as other global locations.

    Mattias Byström, President of Pantone, Esko and X-Rite, said, “This sale enables both Esko and Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems to develop their own strategic directions. Under the leadership of Stuart Fox, we’re sure Kongsberg Precision Cutting has exciting times ahead. We wish the team the very best for the future.”

    For more information about Esko, please visit www.esko.com





  • + Durst Group Restructures Label & Flexible Packaging Segment

    Durst Group, manufacturer of future-oriented digital printing and production technologies, is restructuring its successf..

    30 March 2021


    Durst Group, manufacturer of future-oriented digital printing and production technologies, is restructuring its successful Label & Flexible Packaging segment. The current Segment Manager Helmuth Munter will retire at the end of 2021 after more than 40 years with the company. He will be succeeded in the role of Global Sales Manager Label & Flexible Packaging by Thomas Macina. The native of South Tyrol comes from HP Indigo, where he was most recently Labels Business Manager EMEA in Barcelona.

    Thomas Macina’s career spanned more than 15 years at HP and he is considered a proven expert in digital printing technology. He has been in his introductory phase at the Durst Group since February and will assume his role for the EMEA region in April. This will be followed in June by responsibility for global sales of Label & Flexible Packaging products.

    Until his retirement, Helmuth Munter will continue to be involved in the transition and provide advice and support to the new management team, which also includes Martin Leitner as Product Manager. Over the past ten years, the Label & Flexible Packaging segment has developed into an important business unit of the Durst Group and, with the Tau RSC printing systems, has made a significant contribution to the digital transformation in the industry. Tau single-pass printing systems now have a market share of around 40% of the UV inkjet market segment, with an installation base of more than 250 printing presses worldwide.

    “We made good use of the situation in the COVID pandemic and arranged the succession for Helmuth Munter, who has been responsible for the success story in the label segment,” says Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “All of us at the Durst Group would like to thank Helmuth for his great dedication, excellent performance, and loyalty. What could be better than retiring at the zenith of one’s career? We wish Helmuth all the best in this new phase of his life.”

    “At the same time, I would like to warmly welcome Thomas Macina to the Durst family,” adds Christoph Gamper. “We are delighted to have gained a real market expert for the company, and someone who also has his roots in South Tyrol. The current pandemic situation has also been favourable to us as it has given us sufficient time to ensure an smooth transition. I am convinced that Thomas will continue to drive the Tau success story together with the entire label team.”






  • + Roland DG Flood Disaster Support Program

    Roland DG would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the significant rain even..

    24 March 2021


    Roland DG would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the significant rain event currently inundating large parts of the East Coast of Australia. With so many people affected, we hope for the safety and well-being of all involved. 

    Roland DG’s existing Disaster Support Program is designed to assist customers affected by extreme events such as this. One way we can assist is to provide, at no cost, call-out fees and labour to review and inspect Roland DG equipment damaged as a direct result of the floods, or the resulting power outages. The Roland DG Care team can provide condition reports for any insurance claim requirements and for equipment requiring repair service work. Spare parts will be supplied under special rates (please contact Roland DG directly for more detail). 

    As a result of the flooding, deliveries to a number of areas along the East Coast may be delayed. We are working with our freight carriers to provide delivery updates where possible, but if you are expecting a delivery, please contact the Roland DG team to find out specifics. 

    Roland DG endeavours to help find additional ways to assist customers directly affected so please contact the team for more details on how we can help get your business back up and running. 

    The Roland DG Care team will schedule service runs in the affected regions once they can access these areas, and once it is safe to do so. Should you have any questions, or to register for the special service runs, please do not hesitate to contact Roland DG directly for assistance on 1 800 500 119, through our website booking form, or via email at service@rolanddg.com and one of our team members will assist you.





  • + CANON PRODUCTION PRINTING AUSTRALIA SIGN PARTNER, STARLEATON, TO RESELL COLORADO SERIES

    Canon Production Printing Australia has signed a partnership agreement with Starleaton to resell the award-winning Color..

    12 March 2021


    Canon Production Printing Australia has signed a partnership agreement with Starleaton to resell the award-winning Colorado roll-to-roll printer series across Australia.

    The agreement is set to be mutually beneficial for the iconic brands who have both assumed the position of “complete solution provider” across the sign and display market. The powerhouses vow that the arrangement will also benefit Australian printers who are evolving their wide-format application sets, thanks to the Colorado’s application versatility and premium technology.

    The new reseller agreement is set to grow the indirect B2B channel for Canon Production Printing Australia, as well as support diversification into adjacent markets which require complementary technology. For Starleaton, the agreement is set to expand latitude within the sign and display market, with the award-winning Colorado roll-to-roll printer.

    Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, says, “With the Colorado successfully established within the global and Australian markets as a high volume, superior quality system that is technology rich enough to print a diverse range of applications, we are now looking to extend our reach into markets and printers that we currently do not service.”





    “With Starleaton, we’ve found a partner who both understands the benefits of technology such as UVGel and FLXfinish in application versatility, and can support our growth aspirations to extend our reach within the Australian commercial print market.

    ”We’re very passionate about bringing the best products to the Oceania printing industry and recognise that by opening up the indirect channel, we provide more printers the opportunity to experience the unique benefits of the Colorado family” he says.

    The Eaton family-owned company, Starleaton, recognise the strategic move as an opportunity to further expand their footprint in the commercial printing market.

    “Our relationship with Canon Production Printing Australia is an exciting new venture for both companies particularly as we aim to ensure the Australian print industry have the solutions that they require to thrive in today’s dynamic environment,” Ben Eaton, CEO, Starleaton, says.
    “We’ve seen rapid growth of the Colorado in the past 18 months globally, with productivity levels soaring and metres printed well above that of competitive machines. We’re confident that the Colorado will be the perfect match for our client base.

    “The new offering will benefit customers wishing to take the next step into higher performance, quality, and production savings. It complements our existing wide format printer range, extending to every budget and performance requirement.

    “To ensure market success, we have 12 face-to-face account managers with significant media experience, whom are able to assist print service providers in adapting new market technology that can support their growth and evolution. Plus, our experience with Onyx, Fiery and X-rite will create media profiles to match the Colorado to achieve the best possible result.

    “Additionally, our already-seamless national service coverage will be bolstered by ProCare, the after-sales service for the Colorado roll-to-roll printer series. This means that print service providers will be able to benefit from increased productivity and minimal downtime” he says.
    With well over 1,000 installations worldwide, Canon’s Colorado roll-to-roll printer series has been recognised by customers across the globe as the best solution for a large variety of wide-format applications.