Software Media & Inks



  • + Mitsubishi HiTec Paper launches new metalized inkjet paper

    With the launch of the new jetscript Metal VPG 1018, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has unveiled a metallic silver gloss inkjet ..

    15 July 2019


    With the launch of the new jetscript Metal VPG 1018, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has unveiled a metallic silver gloss inkjet paper, developed for water-based inkjet printing. It is particularly suitable for self-adhesive label applications, as well.

    According to Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, the results on the metallic glossy inkjet labels were only previously possible using a metallic film. Jetscript Metal VPG 1018 is a pure fiber-based paper product with a metallic mirror finish and a transparent, microporous inkjet coating for excellent printing performance.

    The main features are:
    - 110 gsm
    - metallic-silver mirror finish
    - high print density
    - fast drying
    - suitable for water-based inkjet printing (dye and pigment inks)
    - compatible with latex inks
    - optimum performance in the self-adhesive production process (handling, labelling, matrix removal)

    This makes jetscript Metal VPG 1018 suitable to produce eye-catching labels in the cosmetics, beverage or food industry, as well as personalised wrapping paper, high-quality advertising panels and displays.





  • + Scodix Studio W2P launched to drive workflow automation, productivity and efficiency for the most prolific W2P companies

    Scodix, the world’s leading provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announc..

    15 July 2019


    Scodix, the world’s leading provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announces the launch of Scodix Studio W2P solutions, unlocking new profitable digital enhancement applications for web-to-print businesses and further value-added, customised products for consumers.

    The new Scodix Studio W2P solutions integrate seamlessly into all major existing web-to-print workflows, making digital enhancement automatic for even the most demanding web-to-print jobs. With the substantial value increases made possible by digitally enhancing products, the new software unlocks significant new avenues for profit for web-to-print businesses operating in both the B2B and B2C sectors. 

    Enhancement design files are sent to Scodix Studio W2P which automatically processes the data and directs it to a Scodix Ultra press. By off-loading and automating file pre-processing, the software service boosts the utilization and productivity of Scodix Ultra Digital Enhancement Presses and the entire workflow. With the advanced Scodix Studio W2P solutions, MIS integration is also enabled to strengthen the automation process, further saving time, reducing human intervention and increasing efficiency.

    Implemented at over 20 customer sites across North America and Europe, Scodix Studio W2P solutions are already proven to be robust, trusted and valued solutions – even in the most demanding peak seasons. Early users report invaluable business differentiation following easy application of the software.

    For complex jobs Scodix Studio W2P enables a market-leading array of nine premium, attention-grabbing print enhancements to be included. Applications include Scodix Foil™, Scodix Sense™, Scodix Glitter™, Scodix VDE™, Scodix Braille™, Scodix Crystals™, Scodix Cast&Cure™, Scodix Metallic and Scodix Spot™, high-quality UV coating and glitter. In addition, the software offers a host of features ideal for web-to-print businesses.

    Scodix CEO Adina Shorr concludes, “We see web-to-print as a key market for Scodix. The Association for Print Technologies predicts a compound annual growth rate in the sector of 5.7 percent until 2023, so there’s clear opportunity for our customers to leverage. Scodix digital enhancement provides a perfect solution for differentiating businesses from the competition and keeping customers returning for products that truly change the business. The new Scodix Studio W2P provides the perfect tool for fully automated workflow for this space.”





  • + Onyx Graphics Announces Global Launch of ONYX 19

    Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced global availability of ONYX 19, the newest version release of the company’s industr..

    10 July 2019


    Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced global availability of ONYX 19, the newest version release of the company’s industry-leading wide-format RIP and print workflow software. Introducing the Spark Engine and DeviceLink+, ONYX 19 brings new cutting-edge technologies so print service providers can go bigger, bolder and beyond the limitations of wide-format print for all print applications including soft signage and textile. The Spark Engine is a new performance platform bringing RIP speed increases up to 400 percent and printer performance increases up to 200 percent. DeviceLink+ is an all-new system of easy-to-use colour management controls to achieve consistent color across an entire site without the need to read in new swatches or use a colour measurement device.

    “We’re amazed at the response ONYX 19 received at our FESPA announcement last month,” said Bryan Manwaring, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “Customers are already seeing the Spark Engine at work through increased production capacity, while DeviceLink+ is creating new possibilities to achieve outstanding colour output that can all be automated at the click of a button.”

    ONYX 19 software also introduces new Step and Repeat functionality for a 600 percent performance increase; new dot pattern technology for the smoothest output on all wide-format print applications including soft signage and textile; adds nest trim box features for weeding and finishing print and cut jobs; and is the first and only solution to provide the ability to build iccMAX v5 profiles. Coupled with the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) 5.1, ONYX 19 is a winning combination for any print application. 

    Highlights of ONYX 19 include:


    - Advanced compression algorithms in the Spark Engine increase RIP speeds up to 400 percent
    - New threading pipeline in the Spark Engine improves printer performance up to 200 percent
    - New rendering technology in the Spark Engine increases Step and Repeat performance up to 600 percent
    - Colour management automation controls using DeviceLink+
    - Consistent colour across devices using DeviceLink+
    - iccMAX v5 profiling for next-generation colour output accuracy
    - New Dot Pattern Technology for the smoothest output on all wide-format print applications
    - Automation for Step and Repeat jobs for seamless workflows
    - Print Isolation Technology to ensure print production continues in the event of printer failure
    - Nest trim box to save time weeding and finishing jobs   
     
    Availability

    ONYX 19 software – covering the entire product portfolio of ONYX solutions including ONYX Thrive print workflow, and ONYX RIP products including ONYX PosterShop, and ONYX RIPCenter – is now available to all ONYX Advantage customers by requesting a key update and to all other customers through a license purchase.

    www.onyxgfx.com





  • + AVERY DENNISON STRENGTHENS NEW ZEALAND DISTRIBUTION NETWORK FOR ARCHITECTURE AND AUTOMOTIVE SOLAR AND SAFETY WINDOW FILMS

    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has strengthened its New Zealand distribution network with the appointment of Decrastr..

    02 July 2019


    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has strengthened its New Zealand distribution network with the appointment of Decrastrip as a new distributor for its premium range of architecture and automotive solar and safety window films. Decrastrip joins Glasslines as distributors of Avery Dennison’s comprehensive range of high performance, durable window films that enhance comfort, add safety and security and deliver real energy savings.

    Decrastrip is a leading supplier to the New Zealand Sign and Graphics industry focused on providing outstanding solutions, service and support. The addition of the solar and safety
    window films for architecture and automotive applications is the perfect addition to their existing products to offer a broader range of solutions to customers throughout New Zealand.

    Solar control films applied to windows, doors and skylights can filter up to 85 percent of solar radiation passing through the glass and reduce energy consumption from HVAC systems by up to 20 per cent without compromising on natural light transmission. Safety window films give security on glass doors or windows to hold shattered glass in place, thereby reducing the threat of injury and design films help architects and designers transform interior spaces.

    “Well-being, security, energy saving, sun control and privacy are important considerations for building and vehicle owners in New Zealand,” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “Avery Dennison is responding to our customers’ needs for innovative solutions that allow sign and print companies to expand their services to existing customers.”

    Decrastrip has been distributing Avery Dennison and Mactac films to the graphics and printing industry in New Zealand for over 20 years. Customers can enquire on the phone at 0800 828 9391, via email at info@decrastrip.co.nz or visit their website www.decrastrip.co.nz. Decrastrip has developed a deep understanding of their customers’ businesses and value adding, which has led to strong relationships with their customers and an enviable reputation for service and support.

    Avery Dennison window films are also available from Glasslines NZ Ltd. Based in the Waikato, Glasslines has been providing a diverse range of glass and window film solutions to the market for over 30 years. Customers can enquire on the phone at 0800 115587 or their website www.glasslines.co.nz





  • + X-Rite Announces i1Pro 3 Plus Color Profiling Device for Imaging, Print and Textiles

    X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, announce the new i1Pro 3 Plus, a sp..

    25 June 2019


    X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, announce the new i1Pro 3 Plus, a spectral colour measurement solution specifically designed for imaging, print, and textile professionals who need advanced calibration and color profiling capabilities to support today’s wide-format and industrial printing applications. The i1Pro 3 Plus has been optimised for digital printing on a range of materials and surfaces, including ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, wood, vinyl, plastics, thin films, cardboard, paper, and more. Commercial, wide-format, grand-format, packaging, and industrial printers can now create ICC profiles for almost any substrate and calibrate print production devices for the highest level of colour accuracy.  

    As more industries turn to digital printing, customers are putting greater emphasis on achieving accurate and repeatable colour. To do this, production print equipment needs to be linearized and profiled for each substrate in order to monitor colour output. Current profiling solutions are limited in their ability to measure textured, rough, or uneven surfaces and cannot accommodate various material thicknesses. Many devices do not have the resolution required to ensure the highest colour quality when printing detailed patterns, metallic effects, or photography images. This leads to costly colour errors and rework which impacts a printer’s bottom line.  

    “The i1Pro 3 Plus builds on the success of the i1 Family and removes the variability to create accurate ICC profiles on the widest range of materials,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “Wide- and grand-format users and industrial material printers will see immediate value by incorporating the affordable i1Pro 3 Plus into their prepress and production workflows, resulting in more accurate and repeatable color, a reduction of waste, and an increased return on investment.”

    A long-term X-Rite partner, EFI (Electronics For Imaging), also sees the great potential of this latest i1 Family member. “We are delighted to support X-Rite’s newly announced i1Pro 3 Plus measurement device within our latest Fiery technologies at ITMA 2019. Due to the nature of digital textile production, this large-aperture device is an excellent fit with our latest single pass EFI BOLT high-speed textile printer. For both colour management and quality control, this device will allow our customers to produce accurate colour much more easily,” said John Henze, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, EFI Fiery.

    New in the i1Pro 3 Plus:

    - Larger aperture of 8mm to support new materials and substrates used in digital printing applications.

    - New polarisation (measurement condition M3) filter that reduces specular highlights and shadows on fabrics and ceramics. It provides “better blacks” and richer colours on rough surfaces and glossy medias, like canvas prints and fine art photo papers.

    - Simultaneously measure M0, M1 and M2 in a single pass to account for optical brighteners so prepress and print operators can quickly predict how colours printed on optically brightened substrates will look under different lighting conditions. 

    - Longer ruler for measuring the wider charts used in grand-format printing. The ruler includes an ISO-compliant white backer and removable magnetic strips on the top and sides for holding samples in place while measuring.  

    - New LED illuminant that improves device reliability. The i1Pr o3 Plus allows for four measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0; M1: D50; M2: UV Excluded, M3 Polarised). 

    - Now supports transmission scanning for backlit film and materials used in signage.

    - Measures high brightness, up to 5K NITs for ultra-bright displays. 

    “We are used to seeing bumpy shadow measurements from unpolarised devices on glossy textured medias like canvas. With the new polarisation feature in the i1Pro 3 Plus, our M3 measurements are dramatically smoother in the shadows - perfect in fact,” commented Scott Martin, Founder, Onsight, a leading workflow consultant for print, prepress, design and photography.  

    New X-Rite iO Table

    In addition, X-Rite announces a new i1iO Automated Scanning Table that supports the i1Pro 3 Plus. This hands-free test chart reader offers automated color profiling on a variety of substrates with reduced risk of colour measurement errors. It is ideal for photographers, designers, and printers who want to speed up and automate the measurement process and eliminate manual strip reading. 

    The new i1iO table can be used with a variety of industrial materials including textiles, ceramics, corrugated, etc. and supports materials up to 33mm thick, with the optional z-axis spacer. It also supports transparencies and backlit materials.





  • + Kornit Digital Launches Kornit Konnect

    Kornit Digital, a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced Kornit Konnect, its new clou..

    25 June 2019


    Kornit Digital, a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced Kornit Konnect, its new cloud-based, mobile workflow software platform that enables businesses to maximise productivity of their digital printing solutions. This is the first phase in Kornit’s implementation of its industry vision of textile design, decoration and production being fuelled by data-driven insights and performance metrics.

    In its first phase, the Kornit Konnect enables businesses to monitor production, analyse insights and manage their fleet, in order to eliminate blind spots.  It includes a fleet management dashboard, data driven benchmarks, actual production costs, and cost structures per job, making it easy for businesses to learn more, react faster and perform better.

    Future phases and releases of the Kornit Konnect will enable deeper insights and actions as it comes to optimising production management and enabling a seamless software workflow environment for businesses of all sizes.

    “While businesses need to deliver high-quality faster than ever to maintain customer loyalty, they are also challenged to maximise their efficiency and productivity,” said Omer Kulka, VP Marketing at Kornit Digital. “Konnect empowers these businesses to make better-informed production decisions and act on them, with greater visibility and control over their operations. We have a revolutionary vision for this cloud-based platform and have plans to frequently add new modules and features that customers can leverage for long-term business success.

    www.kornit.com





  • + Caldera Showcases New Technologies at ITMA

    French RIP software specialist Caldera has announced a range of new technologies and product updates to be showcased at ..

    25 June 2019


    French RIP software specialist Caldera has announced a range of new technologies and product updates to be showcased at this year’s ITMA. The company will be exhibiting a new version of TextilePro, its production suite for textile printing, along with developments in the SportsFactory E2E web-to-workflow solution and Kit Builder custom clothing designer software, and will be demonstrating automation via Nexio. ITMA will take place in Barcelona, between 20 and 26 June, and Caldera will be in booth H3-B105.

    With the release of Version 12.1, TextilePro now features a range of new additions that focus on improving processing speeds and providing a more intuitive user experience.New textile enhancements includes RotationBoost, which saves time on the rotation of huge raster files, making the Caldera rotation algorithm 30% faster than its competitors and Caldera Snapshots, for backing up the installation folder and restoring previously saved backups.

    Exclusively for CalderaCare users, CalderaJobs can ensure exact color reproduction of old jobs by archiving and re-importing jobs, CxF/4 spot color libraries import allows to reproduce D65/10 degrees spot colors, and the latest version also incorporates InkPerformer V3, which can lead to ink savings of up to 30%. 

    Caldera SportsFactory is a comprehensive solution which offers bespoke workflow building to enable users to create their ideal E2E digital workflow. After debuting at FESPA in 2018, the suite delivers capability in project assessment and scoping, inventory of deliverables, planning and budgeting. By working together with strategic partners, Caldera has implemented standardized digital printing set-ups tailored to provide color management, workflow and bi-directional business data between brands and in-house or external print contractors. This results in a comprehensive solution, from the E-commerce storefront to the print file creation and transfer, and color management functions. 

    Kit Builder is a new fully-customizable clothing designer software that allows customers to design garments with a range of options specified by the provider – including colors, logos, text and embellishments. The result is faster design times, increased sales and fewer production mistakes.

    Also on show at Caldera’s ITMA stand will be Nexio – a program that connects the Caldera RIP with third party programs to increase the number automated sequences in the workflow. Production times are reduced, along with errors and costs, while JDF job reports allow for production performance analysis which can fuel operational development and enhance profitability. 

    According to Sébastien Hanssens, VP Marketing, Operations and IT, “Caldera already has an important number of key customers who specialize in textile printing, and the number continues to grow. We work with producers of sportswear, team uniforms, fashion and home décor, and we will continue to develop products and projects for this important sector of the market.” 

    Caldera will also be highlighting the recently-launched CalderaCare at ITMA. This is a new customer service agreement that gives clients access to routine maintenance and technical support, along with software updates and enhancements. The scheme offers one, two or three-year contracts and is open to all users of Caldera RIP products. The aim of the subscription is to give users the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have someone to turn to when software issues arise. Commenting on its launch, Sébastien Hanssens said, “CalderaCare is one of our most important initiatives. Providing the best possible support to our users shows our commitment to the customer experience.”





  • + Avery Dennison introduces new Avery Dennison MPI 3300 Easy Apply™ Series

    Avery Dennison today introduced the new Avery Dennison MPI 3300 Easy Apply™ Series for a variety of short-term ind..

    18 June 2019


    Avery Dennison today introduced the new Avery Dennison MPI 3300 Easy Apply™ Series for a variety of short-term indoor and outdoor applications that require fast and consistent application of the graphic to the substrate.

    A premium grade monomeric calendered film with clear permanent and grey (opaque) removable adhesives, the MPI 3300 Easy Apply™ Series is a line extension to the company’s popular MPI 3300 StaFlat™ Series of promotional films. With this new introduction, the widened MPI 3300 portfolio is best suited for promotional and point-of-sale advertising, short-term signage, exhibition graphics as well as real estate signage.

    “What makes this series stand out is the significant increase in productivity during the installation of graphics provided by Avery Dennison’s Easy Apply™ technology,” said Jordan Leach, senior business manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “Busy graphics professionals will welcome its excellent installation performance.”

    The film has a durability of up to three years and the combined MPI 3300 portfolio is available in clear and opaque grey, permanent and removable adhesives in roll sizes of 1.37m x 50m and 1.52m x 50m. Available in gloss white MPI 3300 Permanent Easy Apply™ and MPI 3302 Grey Removable Easy Apply™, wrap installers can expect the same high quality print performance with extra application versatility.

    As with all Avery Dennison graphic films, the MPI 3300 Series has undergone extensive and comprehensive testing and is backed by the company’s long-established Integrated Component System (ICS) Warranty Program.

    For more information on the MPI 3300 Easy Apply™ Series, please click here.






  • + GBC Launches the Revolutionary Foton TM 30 Laminator: Where Time-Saving Efficiency Meets High Tech

    GBC will launch the groundbreaking Foton 30, the first affordable, fully automated laminator that is redefining limits i..

    07 May 2019


    GBC will launch the groundbreaking Foton 30, the first affordable, fully automated laminator that is redefining limits in the lamination category.   The Foton 30, which was in development for over four years, is both time-efficient and cost-effective, resulting in a superior quality output for a fraction of the cost of an industrial machine. Easy. Fully automated. Pouch-free. The Foton 30 is proven to free up 98 percent of your time spent laminating compared to manual pouch loading and feeding.

    With the Foton, there is no warm up and the fully automated system will do all the feeding, laminating and trimming for standard size papers.  Drop up to 30 documents in the tray, press run and save over 30 minutes of highly valued user time previously spent loading, feeding or repositioning.  This easy-to-use laminator provides benefits like automated deskew, which gives perfect positioning and borders every time. Foton 30’s internal sensors auto-detects film thickness and provides perfect cuts with no waste or manual trimming. Even cartridge loading is as easy as simply dropping the cartridge into the machine. No film threading required.

    GBC knows, whether you’re a mailroom manager, teacher, facilities manager or franchise printer, your equipment needs to work fast, the first time and every time, and each Foton 30 comes with a risk-free 60-day trial and a two-year or 5,000-cycle warranty.

    “GBC’s number one goal is to be the most reliable, efficient brand in the classroom, office, production room or other place of business, and we know our Foton 30 will be that machine,” shares Daniel Charwath, Product Marketing Manager at GBC.  “The Foton 30 is set to disrupt the lamination industry and will be life-changing for anyone that laminates with pouches regularly.”

    Product Details:

    ·       No pouch

    ·       Auto-feeds up to 30 letter sheets at a time

    ·       Auto-detects film thickness

    ·       Drop documents in tray, press run, and walk away

    ·       Three modes of operation to allow for any paper thickness or shape

    ·       Deskew system for perfect positioning and borders

    ·       Sensor provides a perfect cut every time

    ·       Simple and foolproof cartridge loading with auto-threading

    ·       Safety auto shutoff


    For more information: www.gbc.com/Foton





  • + NUtec Digital Ink releases latest GBL-free offering

    World class manufacturer, NUtec Digital Ink is further expanding its GBL-free ink range with the announcement of the rel..

    30 April 2019


    World class manufacturer, NUtec Digital Ink is further expanding its GBL-free ink range with the announcement of the release of its newest eco-solvent product, known as the Diamond D20-GF ink.

    The Diamond D20-GF is a premium eco-solvent ink designed for use on Spectra Starfire print heads such as those found in Gongzheng wide format printers. The D20-GF ink offers excellent outdoor durability and, when used in regular applications using suitable substrates, will deliver printed images that last for up to two years.





    The Diamond D20-GF formulation is low smell, GBL-free and offers superior abrasion and chemical resistance, while providing excellent media compatibility across a broad range of self-adhesive and flexible substrates.

    Available in either 1L, 2L or 5L bottles with an 18 month shelf life,  the D20-GF eco-solvent ink supports NUtec’s new product strategy which includes the development of more environmentally and operator- friendly digital ink alternatives for its customers worldwide. The company’s ink products are supported by NUtec Digital’s Ink Delivery System Warranty.

    NUtec Sales and Marketing Director, Neil Green notes, “While we are continually developing newer ink technologies such as our water-based and UV-curable digital inks, it is our eco-solvent chemistry that remains the first choice for our  customers in the traditional outdoor signage arena. The Diamond D20-GF ink is our latest eco-solvent offering in the GBL-free range and already has our customers thrilled with its performance.“

    www.nutecdigital.com





  • + MUTOH achieves UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification for US11 ink

    MUTOH, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, announced that their original LED-UV ink or UL’s US1..

    25 April 2019


    MUTOH, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, announced that their original LED-UV ink or UL’s US11 ink is now the UL GREENGUARD Gold certified. 

    UL’s GREENGUARD Certification Program is a widely used standard for design professionals, consumers and others to find low emitting interior products that promote better indoor air quality. Products that achieve GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold Certification have demonstrated low chemical emissions during normal use. Some products, such as printing inks, are used in a wide variety of applications.

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

    To learn more about the GREENGUARD Certification, go to https://services.ul.com/service/greenguard-certification/  

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

    About MUTOH’s original LED-UV ink; US 11 ink  

    The MUTOH US11 ink has been specifically developed for MUTOH’s specialty/industrial UV printers. The US11 ink is capable of printing on a wide range of materials and is designed to bend and stretch with the materials after cured. The ink enables beautiful and versatile layer printing with CMYK + white and varnish colours. Available in cartridges & bulk ink bags, the MUTOH's LED-UV ink features high-productivity, ultra-sharp and high quality outputs.  

    Area of Application – printer compatibility


    MUTOH US11 ink is applicable to the following ValueJet UV inkjet printers.
    - VJ-1638UH
    - VJ-1638UR 
    - VJ-626UF
    - VJ-426UF






  • + EFI announces new Fiery DFE for new RICOH IM Series MFPs

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc., has announced the launch of the EFI Fiery Colour Controller E-25C, a new digital front en..

    23 April 2019


    Electronics For Imaging, Inc., has announced the launch of the EFI Fiery Colour Controller E-25C, a new digital front end (DFE) that drives many of the next generation of Ricoh’s family of colour multi-function printers (MFPs), the RICOH IM Series.

    “Our new intelligent Colour MFPs, the IM Series, are affordable, versatile and highly productive systems that have been designed to help seamlessly support the colour intensive workflow requirements for busy office workgroups and enterprise environments,” said Steven Burger, Head of Engineering and Vice President, Portfolio Management, Ricoh USA, Inc.. “The Colour Controller E-25C provides our customers with the power to quickly and efficiently produce high-quality colour documents & prints with accurate and consistent colour.

    Key benefits of the new digital front end include:

    1.  Increased productivity: print large or complex PowerPoint and PDF files accurately and quickly, as well as high volumes of small jobs from many users simultaneously, allowing workers to get their materials printed faster to work more efficiently.
    2. Accurate, consistent colour: print logo and corporate colours correctly, adjust or correct colour, edit or enhance images on-the-fly, and ensure consistent, highest quality output over time.
    3. Easily prepare booklets: Fiery VUE, the free “visual print driver,” enables easy merging of multiple documents together, as well as seeing a 3D preview of exactly how a booklet will print.
    4. Centralised printer management: with Fiery Navigator, customers can easily manage their fleet of printers over multiple sites
    5. Advanced workflow options: Optional Fiery software such as Fiery Impose, Fiery Compose, Fiery Color Profiler Suite, and the Fiery Productivity Package provide advanced make-ready, colour management, and automation capabilities, including integration with EFI MIS/ERP workflow solutions.
    Adding the DFE to a RICOH IM Series device helps customers reduce their overall costs by printing more high-quality materials in-house.

    “The new Fiery DFE for the RICOH IM series devices sets a new quality and productivity standard for workgroup printing,” said John Henze, vice president of Fiery sales and marketing, EFI. “Customers get the best of both worlds: standard MFP functionality combined with the higher productivity and colour accuracy that helps them be more productive and reduce print outsourcing.”

    The new Fiery DFE is available from Ricoh and authorised Ricoh Family Group dealer partners.





  • + Hume candidate first to use recyclable & biodegradable election signage

    Independent candidate for Hume, Huw Kingston, believes politicians should put their money where their mouths are. And to..

    23 April 2019


    Independent candidate for Hume, Huw Kingston, believes politicians should put their money where their mouths are. And to show he, for one, is serious about the environment he is doing away with the usual plastic advertising signs and using recyclable waterproof cardboard instead.

    ‘I tracked down this board made in Sweden, called Oppboga,’ Mr Kingston said. The waterproof outdoor board is named after the Swedish town where it is manufactured. It is made from paper and a biodegradable waterproofing agent. Mr Kingston has spent two decades campaigning against single-use plastics and his conscience would not allow him to put his face up on a plastic board.

    ‘The Oppbogas will last as long as the Federal election campaign, then they can go straight into the recycling bin.’





    Every election hundreds of thousands of plastic ‘corflutes’ go up in suburbs, towns and along country roads throughout the nation. The product manager for Starleaton, who import the Oppboga boards in Australia, John Buitenkamp, said he had tried to interest the major political parties in the product but so far none had taken it up. The boards are more expensive than the plastic corflute equivalents. The material is used extensively for signage in the UK and has been available in Australia for two years.

    Mr Kingston has ordered over 400 of the boards and hopes his example will be followed by other aspiring MPs in elections to come. He is campaigning on the slogan ‘There’s a climate for change’ and this is one change he would like to see, regardless of who wins the election. Additionally the Huw4Hume campaign team wear organic, sweatshop free T shirts and the vast majority of printing is done on FSC certified recycled paper.

    ‘People now take environmental concerns very seriously, and so should our politicians,’ said Mr Kingston, who is running against the incumbent Liberal, Angus Taylor.





  • + METEOR INKJET LAUNCHES REVOLUTIONARY SOFTWARE FOR SINGLE-PASS PRINTERS

    Meteor Inkjet, the leading independent supplier of electronics and software to drive industrial inkjet printheads launch..

    09 April 2019


    Meteor Inkjet, the leading independent supplier of electronics and software to drive industrial inkjet printheads launches MetCal, software that dramatically improves the print quality of single-pass systems.
     
    Further enhancing Meteor’s software portfolio, MetCal solves some of the biggest challenges faced by single-pass inkjet, particularly across the web.  MetCal runs Meteor’s innovative new nozzle-out compensation technology and automates the usage of PrintFlat™, a ground-breaking tool that creates a unique calibration screen for each individual printer and works together with an embedded version of ScreenPro™ to remove repeatable artefacts due to variations in performance within a printhead and in the stitch area between printheads.
     
    Clive Ayling, Meteor’s Managing Director comments, “MetCal addresses long-standing industry issues associated with single-pass printing such as single pixel streaks caused by clogged or failed nozzles, banding due to printhead stitching issues, and streaking or mottling on various substrate types.  Customers can now benefit from straightforward printer calibration and dramatic print quality improvement, all integrated into a neat Meteor package.” 
     
    MetCal is available now for any system using Meteor electronics.





  • + Xanté Releases New iQueue 13 Workflow Software

    Xanté today marked a milestone accomplishment for the company with the announcement of a major release of iQueue,..

    08 April 2019


    Xanté today marked a milestone accomplishment for the company with the announcement of a major release of iQueue, its flagship Adobe PostScript PDF workflow software. “Today iQueue 13 opens an entirely new aspect of the commercial printing industry for us and for our customers. Complete preparation and printing of mail jobs is now more powerful, simpler, and much more economical than ever before,” said Robert Ross, president and CEO of Xanté. “iQueue 13 has made mail prep just as easy as we've made envelope printing.”

    With Xanté's iQueue 13 workflow software, commercial print providers may now import their client's mailing list, scrub, sort, and update it for change-of-address within seconds. The addresses process quickly through iQueue's powerful cloud servers containing the USPS CASS and NCOALink databases. Additionally, the iQueue software will generate and print the USPS Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMb) on every piece for maximum discounts and assurance of accurate delivery. All required USPS documentation for the mailing is instantly created and filled in with the mail preparer's information and pertinent data about the mailing. The preparer may submit the documentation electronically to the USPS data processing network directly from a link within iQueue.

    Easy Importing, Placement and Printing of Variable Data with iQueue 13

    After processing the list through the USPS network for address and change-of-address accuracy, the commercial print provider can easily incorporate the list into an existing job through iQueue's Variable Data engine and printing begins almost instantly. The new version includes a selection for CASS-certified variable data and automatically formats an address block, including the IMb barcode, that meets USPS standards. Placement of the variable data on the piece is merely a “drag and drop” operation within iQueue. The iQueue-powered Xanté digital press prints the entire list in the required order (or reverse order) for accurate sorting into trays or sacks depending on the job. A convenient separator page can mark the divisions between each tray or sack. New enhancements to the processing of variable data enable the digital press to produce prints even faster than earlier versions of the workflow software.

    Simple One-Click Checking and Correcting Addresses with iQueue 13


    iQueue13, Xante'After scrubbing the list, iQueue 13 allows the mail preparer to review and correct any addresses that were either partially or completely incorrect. A convenient link to Google search is embedded in the same window with the returned address results. Once corrected, one click is all that's needed to resubmit the list again for reprocessing. If any addresses are still found lacking in some detail, iQueue 13 allows the mail preparer to decide whether to print them for manual handling and posting or to simply exclude them from the mailing entirely. In either case, a complete list of all addresses, accepted as well as erroneous ones, may be exported for the list owner.

    Available at No Cost for First 12 Months of Use

    Use of the mail preparation features of iQueue 13 will be available to Xanté customers free of charge for a full 12 months from date of first use. The subscription will include unlimited use. “We have now made our 12,000 iQueue users fully functional direct mail providers,” Ross remarked. “Our development team has succeeded in producing a top tier solution that makes preparing direct mail simpler and faster than ever for them. We've also made it incredibly affordable for any print provider who already processes bulk mail or wants to begin offering this service to their customers."





  • + NUtec Digital Ink’s water-based dye sublimation range grows

    NUtec Digital Ink recently added a new product to its dye sublimation portfolio in the form of the Aquamarine AQ20-DST-H..

    02 April 2019


    NUtec Digital Ink recently added a new product to its dye sublimation portfolio in the form of the Aquamarine AQ20-DST-HC water-based digital ink.

    The newly launched AQ20-DST-HC dye sublimation ink is designed for coated and uncoated transfer paper and offers excellent transfer density. It is fast drying, allowing high speed printing with lower ink consumption.

    The latest addition to the water-based Aquamarine range is optimised for the Kyocera KJ4B series of print heads used in printers such as the EFI Reggiani and the MS Lario JP4, among others. It was developed for dye sublimation transfer applications such as prints on textiles, soft signage, banners, flags, apparel, promotional products and other polyester-coated substrates for high quality indoor decoration. 

    Nutec Sales and Marketing Director, Neil Green notes, “The Aquamarine AQ20-DST-HC ink delivers a superior colour gamut and high chroma. Users can confidently look forward to improved productivity as a result of this ink’s excellent print reliability for digital textile printing.”

    “The AQ20-DST-HC ink’s performance is supported by NUtec Digital’s Ink Delivery System Warranty which gives customers peace of mind when opting for any of our OEM alternative inks, “ states Green.





    For further information visit www.nutecdigital.com 





  • + Mactac, Lintec consolidation expands durables portfolio

    Mactac, a supplier of pressure sensitive adhesives, and Lintec, a manufacturer of adhesive-related products and specialt..

    02 April 2019


    Mactac, a supplier of pressure sensitive adhesives, and Lintec, a manufacturer of adhesive-related products and specialty papers, recently completed a strategic consolidation, expanding and strengthening Mactac North America’s label business.

    With significant projected growth expected in 2019, Mactac is now offering customers a plethora of new, high-performance durable goods and industrial labelling solutions.

    “Mactac and Lintec began the consolidation process last July and it has been a great experience that has better positioned, strengthened and expanded Mactac North America’s label business,” says Kim Hensley, marketing manager, Mactac Performance Adhesives. “The leader of on-demand label solutions has joined the leader in high-end industrial solutions and as a result, our new Lintec product offerings are giving customers the ability to offer high-end solutions with more value for a competitive edge that is ‘clearly different’.”

    Mactac’s new, high-performance durable goods and industrial labelling products are designed for applications such as power tools, appliances, electronics, compliance labels, and warning and instructional labels, as well as identification of test tubes and promotional labelling. They include:

    - Security labelstocks for industrial and automotive tamper-evident solutions.

    - Industrial labelstocks for extreme chemical and abrasion resistance.

    - High adhesion labelstocks, such as those that deliver strong adhesion to oil contaminated surfaces.

    - Cryogenic labelstocks for label applications requiring temperatures as low as -320 degrees Fahrenheit (-196 degrees Celsius).

    - Labelstocks that resist blistering and delamination caused by outgasses emitted from plastics.

    - Overlaminate films that differentiate products with features like soft touch and hologram.





  • + International Coatings Introduces Cool White Screen Printing In

    International Coatings is proud to introduce its new Cool White 7022 screen printing ink. As part of our FlexCure produc..

    26 March 2019


    International Coatings is proud to introduce its new Cool White 7022 screen printing ink. As part of our FlexCure product group, Cool White 7022  offers a 'flexible' curing range, from a low 275°F to a standard 325°F. 

    With Cool White 7022, we've achieved our goal of developing a breakthrough versatile ink that offers superior performance on a wide variety of substrates - from cotton to 100% polyester and other synthetics. Cool White 7022 is a low-cure, low-bleed ink that is creamy, fast flashing and opaque. It prints equally well on automatic as well as manual presses, and the resulting prints are soft, supple and offer a natural drape. Cool White can be used on hard-to-print synthetic fabrics such as nylon bags, non-woven polypropylene, and polyester sheathing.

    Even when cured at low temperatures,Cool White 7022 prints are stretchy, don't crack or exude any oily residues, and maintain their durability through multiple washes. 

    Cool White 7022, with its 'flexible' curing range, is compatible with International Coatings' standard cure plastisol inks, including specialty and special effects inks. 

    Cool White 7022 is available through International Coatings' network of distributors.





  • + Condé Introduces Shrink Wrap Film Sleeves for Sublimation

    Condé Systems adds shrink wrap film sleeves to its DyeTrans® family of production accessories. Introduced to ..

    26 March 2019


    Condé Systems adds shrink wrap film sleeves to its DyeTrans® family of production accessories. Introduced to remedy the challenges of imaging uniquely shaped products, the 6.875″x9.8125″ sleeves give digital decorators the ability to sublimate an exciting variety of tapered drinkware and handleless wine tumblers using a convection oven.





    To use, simply insert a blank sublimatable product with attached transfer into a film sleeve, shrink the film sleeve with a heat gun to conform to the product’s shape, and then place it into a convection oven for that product’s appropriate temperature and time settings.

    “While most drinkware can be produced in a traditional mug press, tapered mug press, or an oven using a wrap, many of our new drinkware products should be decorated in a convection oven using a shrink wrap bag. This new way of imaging drinkware produces full, all-around images that will impress you and your customers!” says David Gross, President of Condé Systems.

    www.condetv.com





  • + CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has dramatically expanded its product line with a powerful new version for Windows and an all-n..

    19 March 2019


    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has dramatically expanded its product line with a powerful new version for Windows and an all-new, graphic design software suite built specifically for macOS. Designed from the ground up to make the most of each unique platform, both packages also include the new CorelDRAW.app™ for easy, on-the-go graphics creation. Finally, users have a true professional design contender available on their platform of choice, empowering the creation of bold, attention-grabbing graphics with pixel-perfect precision.

    Graphics professionals – and those aspiring to be – now have access to world-class vector graphics software, professional photo editing, unsurpassed output capabilities, and AI-powered drawing tools. With CorelDRAW.app, designers can also show off and annotate their work on the go or quickly create new projects from virtually anywhere. Whether they have a passion for pixels, an obsession with output, or a love of layout, users can take control of their individual creative journey and dare to design differently.

    “CorelDRAW has built its reputation as a leading graphics suite that’s focused on professional results, output, and ease of use,” said John Falsetto, Senior Director of Products, CorelDRAW and Productivity. “When it comes to delivering outstanding projects every time, designers deserve real choice. With 2019, we’re bringing the power of CorelDRAW in a truly native experience to the Mac, delivering the high-end tools professionals need.”

    “Celebrating 30 years of graphics excellence, our CorelDRAW team continues to innovate with new products that promise to dramatically change the design software landscape,” said Gérard Métrailler, Executive Vice-President of Global Products at Corel. “With our recent Parallels acquisition and now the all-new CorelDRAW Graphics Suite for Mac, we’ve solidified Corel’s position as a provider of exceptional software that meets the needs of modern knowledge workers across specialties, skill levels, and platforms.”

    Experience the all-new CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Mac.

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 delivers the heart and soul of CorelDRAW in a new experience built specifically for Mac.

    1. Complete, Professional Design Toolkit: Explore an expansive toolbox of versatile, intuitive, and integrated applications to express your unique style and impress your audience. Take advantage of CorelDRAW for vector graphic design, illustration, and page layout, Corel PHOTO-PAINT® for photo editing, Corel® Font Manager™ to index and organise font libraries, AfterShot™ 3 HDR for RAW processing, the new CorelDRAW.app to access graphics tools virtually anywhere, and much more.

    1. Leading-Edge Technology: Discover a revolutionary new vector drawing experience that replicates the feel of pen and paper with LiveSketch™ – the industry’s first vector graphic design tool powered by a neural network. Watch as hand-drawn strokes are intelligently interpreted, adjusted, and combined with existing vector curves, making it simple to sketch and draw complex vector shapes on any pen-enabled device.

    1. Unique Experience for macOS: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Mac offers native Mac applications that reflect elements users love most about their favorite platform, including menus, windows and views, fields and labels, and buttons. Support for macOS Mojave Dark Mode and Touch Bar on MacBook Pro add to the suite’s unique look and feel.

    1. Easy to Learn & Use: Don’t fear the blank canvas – jump in and start creating! This powerful collection of applications is loaded with intuitive tools, learning materials, and sample projects to get started easily and create great designs sooner.
    Learn what’s new in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Windows.

    The latest CorelDRAW Graphics Suite offers an exciting collection of new features to create jaw-dropping designs with more precision and creative freedom than ever. Highlights include:

    1. NEW! Objects Docker: Completely redesigned, the new Objects Docker offers direct control over the structure of a document and quick access to its components to speed up any project.

    1. NEW! Non-Destructive Effects: Apply, modify, and experiment with effects on both vectors and bitmaps, all without altering the source object or image in CorelDRAW.

    1. NEW! Pixel Perfect Workflow: Ensure web graphics are crisp every time. Align the pixel grid to the edge of the page so exported graphics have clean borders, and use the new Align to Pixel Grid button to easily correct shapes.

    1. NEW! Modern Templates: Deliver professional results with a wide range of new, professionally designed templates presented in the enhanced ‘New from template’ dialog. Customize templates with ease to produce unique designs.

    1. ENHANCED! Look, Feel & Performance: Take advantage of interface improvements for easier navigation, greater consistency, and increased productivity. Enjoy performance boosts that improve text handling, startup time, document load times, graphics rendering, and more.
    Work anywhere with the all-new, web-based CorelDRAW.app.

    Included with the Windows and Mac suites, CorelDRAW.app enables you to be more productive and creative on the go. Rounding out the graphic design workflow, use the new web app to access CorelDRAW files stored in the cloud, add annotations and design elements, or start a new project from any device, thanks to innovative tools that empower creativity and deliver incredible results. Enhance your CorelDRAW.app web experience with a subscription to even more professional design options.

    When purchasing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Windows or Mac, choice is paramount.

    1. Perpetual license: One-time payment for a permanent license with no extra monthly or annual cost.

    1. Subscription license: Pay a low annual fee with the flexibility to cancel if your software needs change. Get access to the latest version as long as your subscription is active.