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  • + Fujifilm launch advanced automation options for Onset X HS

    The ultimate range in flatbed production printing is now even faster, with the introduction of robotics technology for t..

    11 May 2021


    The ultimate range in flatbed production printing is now even faster, with the introduction of robotics technology for the automatic loading and unloading of media.

    Following the success of Fujifilm and Inca Digital’s Onset X HS range, the ultra-high productivity large format series now comes with automated technology to assist with long run production. It also slashes job changeover times and reduces the need for manual intervention between runs.

    Utilising Dual Flex and High Five robotics, the range includes a semi-automatic (manual load and automatic take-off) configuration and a fully automatic loading, take-off and stacking system, designed specifically to handle flexible and difficult materials, such as unconditioned corrugated board.

    “The new automation options available with the Onset X HS range are the result of close collaboration with our current Onset X customers,” says Matt Brooks, Head of Products & Solutions at Inca Digital “Longer run, full automation is becoming more and more common, and with the introduction of highly sophisticated robotic arms from ABB and Inca’s uniquely designed sheet pick-up technology, our Onset X customers can now produce extremely high volume, high quality print work in even less time. The ultra-high productivity and rapid job changeovers optimise production levels like never before.”

    There are four automation options for the Onset X HS range – the 3/4 semi-automatic system, a fully automatic material loading system, a fully automatic handling system for unconditioned corrugated board, and a fully automatic handling system with integrated flexible loading.

    The 3/4 automation system allows for single sheet, multiple sheets or double-sided print in registration. The operator loads sheets onto a preload table and the system takes over the rest, stacking it on a pallet for simple removal of the printed media. What’s more, the system allows the operator immediate, direct access to the bed and registration points for quick switch between manual and semi-automatic work.

    The fully automatic material loading system is designed to handle conditioned and dimensionally stable sheets. It works in conjunction with the 3/4 handling unit to provide full automation, handling multiple sheets with highly accurate registration. The loader can be moved away from the machine to allow access to the print bed.

    The corrugated board solution incorporates a fully automatic handling system, specially designed to handle difficult materials like unconditioned corrugated board. Vacuum-to-vacuum transfer ensures precision handling, from the robotic arm pickup to placement on the print bed and stacking of the printed board.

    Dual Flex – this unique fully automatic solution with integrated flexible loading enables printers to transition seamlessly between lay table loading and dual robot automation. This solution provides full capability to load and unload flexible, semi-rigid and rigid sheets with a seamless switch from one operation to the other. In full automation mode, the dual robots also offer an optional “flip to print” mode – High 5 – for front to back, double sided print requirements without manual intervention.

    “A fast and powerful handling system is vital for the Onset X to perform to its full capacity, helping to maximise job turnaround speeds and job changeovers for longer runs,” continues Brooks “We’re delighted to be launching these advanced automation solutions to the market, helping our customers to achieve optimum productivity and print quality, and we have already seen a great deal of interest in these new types of automation solutions”.

    “Fujifilm has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Inca Digital since the two companies together pioneered the world’s first wide format UV inkjet printers in 1999,” says Kevin Jenner, European Marketing Manager, Fujifilm Wide Format Inkjet Systems. “The Onset X range has been setting the standard for quality and productivity in the sector for some years now and we’re delighted to be able to offer our customers yet another step up in speed and efficiency.”





  • + Esko and Asahi unveil breakthrough automated flexo platemaking solution at drupa

    Esko and Asahi Photoproducts have showcased their fully automated flexo platemaking line CrystalCleanConnect at this yea..

    27 April 2021


    Esko and Asahi Photoproducts have showcased their fully automated flexo platemaking line CrystalCleanConnect at this year’s virtual.drupa event.

    “With CrystalCleanConnect we have brought together key hardware and software technologies from both organizations to deliver a number of breakthrough advantages from design to print,” said Pascal Thomas, Director of Flexo Business with Esko. “CrystalCleanConnect delivers a cleaner, more environmentally balanced operation that simplifies the flexo platemaking process, improves safety and boosts print quality consistency.”

    Esko, the global developer of integrated software and hardware solutions for the packaging and labels markets, has collaborated with Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, on the innovative flexo platemaking solution. CrystalCleanConnect fully automates the entire platemaking process, from imaging and exposure through to plate production, reducing the number of steps in the flexo platemaking process from 12 to just one. This equates to a reduction from 36 minutes in platemaking and plate cutting to just 2.5 minutes of operator time to complete all processing steps.

    “With CrystalCleanConnect, the operational benefits to businesses are as pronounced as the environmental benefits,” said Pascal. “With the removal of so many process steps, there’s an immediate 90% reduction in required operator time, which not only eliminates the potential for human error but also delivers immediate efficiency gains. Quality is assured through Asahi and Esko technologies working in complete harmony, and the combination of improved efficiency and quality delivers an average increase of 25% in press OEE.”

    A holistic approach to connecting technologies

    Dieter Niederstadt, Technical Marketing Manager for Asahi Photoproducts said: “Flexo needs to simplify processes while improving quality, consistency and profitability. In doing so, flexo can create new business opportunities and positively transform into a printing technology in balance with the environment.

    Esko_Asahi_CCC_Logo“This breakthrough innovation is different in many ways to other solutions on the market,” Dieter said. “It is not just an assembly of available plate making processes delivered inline, but rather a holistic approach to connecting technologies, up and downstream of the prepress value chain, using an intelligent automation hub as the backbone and heart of the solution. CCC is truly pushing boundaries to the current scope of plate automation delivering a mount-ready plate as well as being the first automated production solution without the need for VOC-based washout solvents in in the platemaking process.”

    Pascal Thomas added: “At Esko, we have long been dedicated to improving the platemaking experience, in terms of quality, productivity and connectivity. Together with Asahi Photoproducts, we are taking the flexo platemaking process to a brand-new level, enabling our customers to be even more competitive while also ensuring they can meet today’s demands for flexible and sustainable supply.

    “With CrystalCleanConnect, our ultimate objective is to improve our customers’ overall business performance and profitability,” said Pascal.

    For more information, visit www.asahi-photoproducts.com/en/CCC





  • + Komori launches 40" Sheetfed Nanographic Printing® System Impremia NS40 sales

    A new B1-size digital press to pioneer new business fields Komori has launched the 40" Sheetfed Nanographic Printin..

    27 April 2021


    A new B1-size digital press to pioneer new business fields

    Komori has launched the 40" Sheetfed Nanographic Printing® System Impremia NS40 sales. The machine configurations are available in two models: 4-colour + coater and 7-colour + coater.

    Komori presented this model at the Komori Web Session* at virtual.drupa, 

    Introducing a new digital press, with the impressive productivity and profitability needed to expand customers' businesses by meeting growing demand for short and medium runs including variable printing and versioning for immediate turnaround on jobs such as packages, displays and point of purchase. Supported by Komori's previously amassed technologies, and with unique designs such as use of image transfer blankets, the press achieves B1 print speeds of 6,500 sph. As a "digital offset" press, the NS40 is the peak of digital presses and is made possible only by Komori.

    ■Features

    B1 printing speeds of 6,500 sph

    With standard aqueous inkjet printers, the ink is ejected directly onto the substrate, allowing moisture from the ink to soak into the substrate. This, in turn, requires a large amount of energy to dry the printed sheets, and prevents high-speed printing.

    With the Impremia NS40, however, printheads instead eject aqueous Nanoink® onto an image transferring blanket, which forms a thin layer. The ink then dries on the blanket and is transferred after the inner moisture has dissipated, preventing moisture from penetrating into the substrate as deeply and allowing for high-speed drying. This unique innovation is what allows for top-class printing speeds of 6,500 revolutions.

    Helps achieve impressive productivity and profitability for small to medium runs


    Able to print at speeds of 6,500 revolutions with no need to change plates or ink, the Impremia NS40 is perfect not only for short packaging but also for jobs demanding short turnarounds, and heavy use of special colours, such as point of purchase. In terms of both productivity and profitability, the NS40 greatly excels at jobs such as short and medium runs where standard offset presses fall short.

    Reduces time spent for corrections and on-site confirmations

    The Impremia NS40 can produce acceptable sheets from the first sheet, with no need to change plates or ink. Compared to offset presses, this can greatly reduce the time spent, from corrections to final printing and on-site confirmations, even for short to medium runs of many different printed items.

    Excellent post-press compatibility

    Allows for the same post-press processing as with offset presses, such as offline aqueous press coating, PP lamination, board lamination, punching and folding.

    Reduces costs, environmentally friendly

    -Productivity

    Costs remain unchanged even when producing only the necessary amount, eliminating the need for inventory, for more effective use of space.

    -Costs

    Efficient paper use, even for package and display printing.

    -Environment

    Conforms to strict European and American foodgrade safety standards such as for Nestle and the FDA.

    For more information, please visit www.komori.com





  • + Fujifilm announces new Jet Press 750S High Speed Model

    FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) today announces the Jet Press 750S High Speed Model, featuring the indust..

    27 April 2021


    FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) today announces the Jet Press 750S High Speed Model, featuring the industry’s fastest* output speeds of 5,400 B2 sheets per hour for a sheet-fed digital inkjet press.

    This new model retains all the features of the current Jet Press 750S for commercial and folding carton package printing applications:

    (1) High image quality outperforming that of offset printing

    Utilising advanced ultra-high-density and high-precision “SAMBA” printheads and aqueous pigment “VIVIDIA” ink, the Jet Press 750S High Speed Model is able to produce ultra-high quality print equal to or even better than offset.

    (2) High-speed output of 5,400 sheets per hour

    The Jet Press 750S High Speed Model has the highest productivity available* for a sheet-fed inkjet press, 1.5x faster than that of the current Jet Press 750S.

    (3) Flexible

    According to the type of job being run, high quality mode (3,600sph) and high performance mode (5,400sph) can be switched for maximum flexibility.

    (4) Improved total cost of ownership

    The High Speed Model makes it possible to transfer a wider range of offset jobs to digital to reduce the total cost of ownership.

    (5) Upgradeable

    On site upgrade is available for new and current Jet Press 750S owners.

    The Jet Press 750S High Speed Model is being showcased at virtual.drupa (April 20th to 23rd) via a concept video, and is also being featured on Fujifilm’s new website, https://believinginprint.fujifilm.com

    The Jet Press 750S High Speed Model is scheduled to be available in Autumn 2021.

    Fujifilm will continue to contribute to the development of the world’s printing industry by developing and providing innovative products for the digital printing market, the popularity of which is ever increasing.


    *As of April 2021, in B2 inkjet digital machines.






  • + Xeikon adds new CX50 press to its wall decoration suite

    Xeikon announces an eco-friendly, cost-effective digital answer to today’s wallpaper production challenges. As a k..

    20 April 2021


    Xeikon announces an eco-friendly, cost-effective digital answer to today’s wallpaper production challenges. As a key part of Xeikon’s Wall Deco Suite and with Xeikon’s bespoke and environmentally friendly dry toner technology with extended colour gamut, the new Xeikon CX50 is introduced.

    The Xeikon Wall Deco Suite is an all-in-one streamlined solution including inline finishing – all developed to cost effectively produce creative wall decorations including custom illustrations and photomurals in short runs. Meeting today’s consumer demand for individualised home interiors, the Xeikon CX50 digital press offers unlimited creative freedom across a wide range of substrates where every printed product can be unique.

    Dimitri Van Gaever, Market Segment Director for Graphic Arts, states, “Xeikon has once again led the way in bringing to market a complete end-to-end solution for wall decoration production. What we have put together is a complete automated Wall Deco factory coming together to produce a quality finished coreless roll. The Xeikon CX50 digital press fits perfectly into our portfolio for wallcovering applications, midway between the Xeikon 3050 REX entry level option and our high-end Xeikon CX500 digital press. For higher speeds the Xeikon CX50 can be upgraded from 20mpm (65ft/min) to 30mpm (98ft/min). With Xeikon’s dry toner technology and advanced colour management capability with new generation interfaces and cloud connection, the Xeikon CX50 simplex digital press is designed to offer maximum OEE and TCO.”

    The wall decoration business has huge potential, however online ordering, stricter environmental controls and consumer demand for unique products is presenting a number of challenges for conventional wallpaper companies. Xeikon is dedicated to helping its customers improve business profitability and drive growth through our creative solutions. Xeikon has designed and developed its Wall Deco Suite to give businesses an all-in-one cost-effective solution which can give them every advantage in the marketplace.

    Like all of its presses, the Xeikon CX50 is driven by Xeikon’s powerful and intelligent X-800 digital front end for full automation and integration. Xeikon’s Digital Front End (DFE) workflow is a true differentiator and enabler and can be integrated with common ERP and MIS systems. The X-800 workflow, which is the same across all Xeikon dry toner solutions, features a ‘poster layout’ function for murals and wallcoverings to ensure spot-on registration for seamless installation. Accuracy of colour reproduction is guaranteed by an integrated on-press inline spectrometer and an optional registration camera. The Xeikon CX50 press provides superior colour consistency and an extended colour gamut. Xeikon’s developed dry toner is available in CMYK, Red, Blue, Green, Orange and Magenta, plus additional colours such as one-pass opaque white and colours produced on customer request. Inline finishing equipment has been specifically designed to work within Xeikon’s Wall Deco Production Suite and includes inline water-based varnishing, slitting, waste removal and coreless rewinding, providing a fully finished wallpaper roll, ready-to ship, in one operation.

    Van Gaever concludes, “Part of Xeikon’s ongoing value proposition is to offer the market choices to help customers drive business growth. We believe a successful and cost-effective investment in a digital production solution works best when it is based on expected and realistic print volumes. The Xeikon CX50 press is ideal for those working in wall decoration production with flexible orders and shorter runs. With its capability to upgrade to higher speeds, an investment in this press ensures and secures future business growth. With Xeikon’s long standing expertise, we can help our customers make relevant and appropriate choices. We are recognised as a ‘go to’ trusted advisor and solutions provider. With the introduction of our Xeikon CX50 digital press for Wall Decoration, we strengthen our comprehensive portfolio so that our customers can find everything they need from Xeikon.”





  • + Mark Andy launches monochrome digital print bar

    Mark Andy, Inc. has launched Digital Plus Variable (DPV), an inkjet module designed to simply and cost-effectively adds ..

    20 April 2021


    Mark Andy, Inc. has launched Digital Plus Variable (DPV), an inkjet module designed to simply and cost-effectively adds single-colour variable data to any new or existing digital, flexo, or finishing machine without compromising speed.

    With advanced printhead technology and a robust design, Mark Andy says DPV is the ideal variable data solution for a broad range of industrial and commercial printing applications, such as labels, forms, direct mail, tickets, gaming, promotions, tags, and pharmaceutical packaging.

    “Digital Plus Variable is flexible, durable, and operator-friendly. The system utilises the latest 30 & 40 kHz print module for high-speed data transfer and high-quality inkjet printheads that deliver 600 dpi cross-web print resolution and 300 to 600 dpi in process direction, with speeds up to 500 fpm,” says Scott Warhover, VP engineering, Mark Andy.

    The monochrome digital print bar offers adjustable drop size and shaving to ensure premier barcode readability, while internal heaters minimise the impact of external temperature changes to guarantee superior printing. An integrated head cap and automated service mode reduce printhead maintenance, increasing pressroom efficiency.

    “The DPV is a straightforward press upgrade that is a benefit to any pressroom because it is an inexpensive low-risk solution with high return. Total cost of production is nearly 90% less than the standard cartridge-based offerings in the market, and the system is also highly dependable, allowing converters to integrate fast variable data to their production for a fraction of the cost,” concludes Warhover.

    Available for immediate order, DPV joins Mark Andy’s digital portfolio, including the new Digital Series iQ, Digital Pro and Digital Series HD.





  • + Konica Minolta Australia launches AccurioPress C4080 Series

    Konica Minolta Australia has launched a new line of versatile colour digital production presses. The AccurioPress C4080 ..

    20 April 2021


    Konica Minolta Australia has launched a new line of versatile colour digital production presses. The AccurioPress C4080 Series high-speed digital press offers robust and user-friendly production. It’s the perfect fit for businesses looking to expand their production capabilities with advanced automation and ease of use for various applications. The AccurioPress C4080 Series will help power business growth through intelligent automation, outstanding image quality, and print application diversity. It supersedes the C3080 Series and also includes the AccurioPress C4070 and AccurioPrint C4065, lighter versions of the C4080 that can bridge the gap between an office and production printer with the same image quality at a more affordable price point.   

    The AccurioPress C4080 Series is built on the same engine as the AccurioPress C14000 Series launched last year. It is highly versatile, delivers outstanding quality and performance, and is packed with an array of advanced automation features to boost productivity and expand capability. 

    The AccurioPress C4080 runs at 81 ppm (A4) colour while the AccurioPress C4070 runs at 71 ppm (A4) colour, and the AccurioPrint C4065 runs at 66 ppm (A4) colour. 

    Tatjana Ferguson, product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said, “The C4080 Series is another important step in enhancing Konica Minolta’s line of colour production printers, providing an easy transition into digital printing with inline finishing options allowing prints to be boxed and shipped right off the press. The advanced automation, high quality and productivity, and a myriad of finishing options provide endless opportunities for printers to expand into new markets and develop new revenue streams.” 

    Outstanding media versatility for ready-made print products means the C4080 Series can print on thin to thick stocks (62 to 360 gsm), banner stocks up to 1300mm (simplex) and up to 900mm (duplex) at full rated speed. The AccurioPress C4080 expands application possibilities and offers envelope printing without the need for an additional fuser. It also offers an array of versatile inline finishing options for unmatched productivity. 

    One of these options is the unique, TU-510 Inline Trimmer Unit, which can trim, crease, and perforate inline. With this Inline trimmer Unit, it is now possible to produce fully finished output inline with additional options for inline creasing, business cards (up to 130 business cards per minute), postcard cutting and perforation (vertical and horizontal). 

    Other inline finishing options enable booklet making, perfect binding, punching, stapling, inline trimming, and stacking to meet customers’ needs and tap into new revenue streams. 

    The AccurioPress C4080 Series can be equipped with Konica Minolta’s IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimiser option. This is a fully automated, closed-loop quality management tool that performs automatic density correction and front-to-back registration prior to printing. 

    New to the AccurioPress C4080 Series is the external media detection sensor, an optional sensor for measuring and identifying media, ensuring the correct media settings are selected. Together, the Inline Trimmer Unit, external media detection sensor, and Intelligent Quality Optimiser make it possible to produce fully finished, high-quality, ready-to-be-boxed output quickly and easily without the need for skilled operators. For customers, this means increased uptime, productivity, quality, and ultimately profit. 

    The AccurioPress C4080 provides outstanding image quality with 3600 (equivalent) x 2400 dpi resolution. The Line Stacker option supports long sheet bypass and offers operators the advantage of offloading while the machine is still running. 





  • + High Level Screen Printing Equipment heading to Australia in 2021

    Anatol and Leapfrog Machinery are working together to bring Aussie printers some of the world’s most sophisticated..

    09 March 2021


    Anatol and Leapfrog Machinery are working together to bring Aussie printers some of the world’s most sophisticated range of screen printing machinery including the only all-electric automatic printing press. 
     
    Known throughout Australia as the place to go for Screenprinting, Leapfrog Machinery is proud to welcome the Anatol range of products into their offering.
     
    Anatol strives to provide quality equipment to screen print faster, more consistently and more efficiently.
     
    Mr. Debney from Leapfrog Machinery explains: “With leading product innovations like the all-electric Volt, to technological advancements to help us provide excellent after sales customer support, the relationship between Leapfrog and Anatol will benefit Australian Screen Printers with better equipment coming into Australia, backed by a reputable, trusted local Australian Business.”
     
    Established in 1983, Leapfrog Machinery is known to supply screen printing equipment based on customers’ needs. After identifying the gap in the Automatic screen printing market in Australia, Leapfrog Machinery have worked to secure the Australian distributorship of Anatol. This distributorship covers all screen printing equipment including both Automatic and Manual Screen Printing Press, LED UV Exposure Units, Electric and Gas Dryers along with Small Format Presses.
     
    The strength for innovation shown by Anatol can be seen throughout the product range. With a wide range of equipment configurations to suit individual business needs, Australian Screen printers can be assured that they will receive customised solutions enabling them to take their business to the next level of productivity and profitability.
     
    Leapfrog Machinery is experienced at importing and servicing screen printing machinery throughout Australia and look forward to a long and healthy relationship with Anatol.
     
    Leapfrog Machinery are the exclusive distributors for Anatol Australia wide.
     
    For information contact Leapfrog Machinery (0)2 9482 4999 www.leapfrogmachinery.com.au





  • + News from US: Xeikon SX20000 Digital Color Press

    Xeikon America, Inc. today expanded its graphic arts and commercial product portfolio with the launch of the Xeikon SX20..

    09 March 2021


    Xeikon America, Inc. today expanded its graphic arts and commercial product portfolio with the launch of the Xeikon SX20000 digital colour press. This is the second duplex press to come to market based on Xeikon’s SIRIUS dry toner technology, and it presents an excellent value proposition for printers looking for a cost-effective machine that will give them superior image quality, perfect registration front-to-back and exceptional colour quality control. With a high level of application flexibility, this versatile press will suit print providers working in the production of high-quality books and direct mail, PoS materials, security print and general commercial print applications. The Xeikon SX20000 is available for physical and online demonstrations at Xeikon’s Global Innovation Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, and is globally commercially available now.

    “In today’s printing world, we all know it’s about delivering value which encompasses quality, performance, sustainability and competitive pricing,” said Dimitri Van Gaever, Xeikon Market Segment Director. “With the launch of the Xeikon SX20000, Xeikon is offering printers in the graphic arts and commercial print markets a press with unequalled capabilities at an attractive investment level. The Xeikon SX20000 has all the innovations of its flagship predecessor, the Xeikon SX30000, which makes it a consistent, reliable all-around performer, able to run at a printing width of 20 inches (508mm) on a broad range of substrates at 1200x3600dpi at speeds of 66 feet per minute (20m/min) or 1700 B2 sheets per hour. This single pass, duplex press is geared towards printers looking to streamline and optimise the production of high value, premium quality print with high coverage content on high quality papers. On top of that, the Xeikon SX20000 offers scalability with upgrades available in both speed and colour stations. With this new press, we are bringing to market a full rotary machine based on SIRIUS dry toner technology driven by Xeikon’s powerful X-800 workflow for full automation.”

    Xeikon envisions two big markets for digital with this new addition: book printing and direct mail

    Xeikon has noted the significant resurgence in printed book production in the last couple of years. Book sales have risen sharply due to easy availability through online channels and renewed interest in high quality books. The rise in demand is stimulating book publishers and printers to look at their business strategies, and many are now choosing quality over speed. With Xeikon’s SX20000 digital colour press, designers and printers have no limitations. Rotary printing makes it simple with perfect registration and imposition on much longer substrates, so no repeat size, fixed sheet format or frame length. This becomes a significant advantage in the finishing department. On this single pass duplex press, there are no coverage limitations, no special inks – just load the substrate reel onto the Xeikon and off it goes – no fine tuning, no magic, just a quality result!

    Xeikon’s strategy is to offer the Xeikon SX20000 as a highly versatile and flexible print production platform, perfect for specialised jobs such as quality targeted direct mail. Many direct mail companies are using high quality papers for a limited audience as well as the 5th station on the press for brand colours. To develop SIRIUS dry toner technology, Xeikon built on the four major areas of toner development, imaging technology, fusing technology and media conditioning, and every key component impacts on the overall quality result. A ground-breaking and innovative platform, SIRIUS delivers the widest application and substrate range combined with lower running costs and a compelling overall total cost of ownership (TCO) and overall OEE.

    “We believe the launch of the Xeikon SX20000 comes at the right moment in time,” added Van Gaever. “Printers looking for a roll-fed machine with maximum efficiencies, a powerful workflow for full colour control and automated imposition plus all the processes necessary to compete, need look no further. Many printers working in the graphic arts and commercial print markets are aware that they need to streamline their operation, reduce their total cost of operation (TCO), increase productivity and uptime and also review their equipment. Printers looking for new revenue streams and considering a broader range of applications may be restricted because of printing equipment limitations. Our single pass duplex press is unique, designed to maximise and deliver a market leading performance and unequalled sustainability. The Xeikon SX20000 has everything and more to guarantee business growth and become the cornerstone of any print business.”


    For more information about Xeikon, visit www.xeikon.com 





  • + Fastest ever imagePROGRAF printer boosts large format print in the production CAD market

    Canon Australia unleashes eight new large format print models with the introduction of the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Ser..

    02 March 2021


    Canon Australia unleashes eight new large format print models with the introduction of the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series, and a refreshed imagePROGRAF TX Series.

    Canon Australia today unveils a fresh line-up of 5-Colour Multifunction (MFP) and Single-function (SFP) large format printers, complete with a diverse range of solutions and newly-developed scanner accessories to meet the needs of high-production to entry-level businesses in the CAD and GIS markets[1].

    Sitting at the helm of Canon’s MFP line-up is the new 36-inch model imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series – a new category of production printer for Canon, comprising new technologies for high productivity, high-image quality prints, paired with the fastest print speeds of any imagePROGRAF to date. Optimised to be the ideal choice for customers in architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing, as well as professional print service providers and copy shops; the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series can be further enhanced with the optional addition of the newly developed Global Scanning Z36 scanner. Compared to its predecessors[2], the 36-inch wide Z36 scanner is reduced in size and weight for a more integrated feel and enhanced operability for end users.

    Taking CAD, GIS and poster printing to a new level of productivity, Canon Australia today also updates its successful imagePROGRAF TX Series of large format printers with six new models: the 24-inch imagePROGRAF TX-2100, 36-inch imagePROGRAF TX-3100 and 44-inch imagePROGRAF TX-4100, plus the multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-2100 MFP Z24, imagePROGRAF TX-3100 MFP Z36 and imagePROGRAF TX-4100 MFP Z36 – which are complete with the integration of the Global Scanning Z24 and Z36 scanners respectively. These new high-speed, high-capacity, multipurpose devices deliver unrivalled print quality, enhanced media handling and advanced security while maintaining a familiar ‘Canon workflow’ – ideal for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) businesses, retail stores and in-house print departments.



    Introducing a new category of speed, productivity and image quality: Canon imagePROGRAF TZ Series

    For fast-paced businesses working to tight deadlines, the new Canon imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series combines high speed output with a stack of features to support continuous productivity and efficiency. With excellent media handling and the scope to produce high-quality applications including CAD/GIS drawings, renderings, maps and posters, this robust printer is the ideal choice for customers in architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing, as well as professional print service providers and copy shops. For an even more efficient workflow, the multifunctional imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 integrates the printer with a precision scanner in one device.  

    Printing at speeds of up to four A1 CAD pages per minute[3], the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 is the fastest in the imagePROGRAF Series. With 700ml high-capacity ink tanks and dual roll feeding, the printer maximises output and minimises downtime, comfortably handling production volumes between 300 and 500 square metres a month, supported by Direct Print Plus workflow management software and a high-capacity stacker holding up to 100 A0 sheets.  

    Designed for maximum productivity, the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 comes with ‘hot swap’ media rolls and inks, making it the first Canon imagePROGRAF printer to enable users to replenish media and ink on the fly during printing. The smart roll set takes the guesswork out of media loading: the user simply places the roll into the feeder and the printer does the rest. From the moment the print button is clicked, the first A1 CAD print can be in the user’s hands within up to 19 seconds[4].

    The CPP printer driver and CPP Publisher Select job submission tools help to achieve efficient printing with reduced misprints by monitoring the media width and the remaining amount of media before printing.

    The imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 uses Canon’s superior LUCIA TD ink technology, enabling high-quality output from CAD drawings to maps and posters, on a wide range of coated and uncoated media. Fine black lines and text can be reproduced clearly and with minimal feathering, even on uncoated media. Furthermore, due to the weather resistance of the inks, vivid colours are prevented from fading, even when using plain inkjet paper.

    Space-saving, ergonomic console design means that operations such as ink tank and media roll changes happen at the front of imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series models, while completed prints are removed from the top of the device.

    The MFP Z36 model packs even greater functionality into a smaller footprint, thanks to the integration of a high-quality multi-function scanner with dual LED light source system. This MFP model is easy to install and particularly suited to smaller office spaces. It comes with a large free-position touchscreen with easy-to-use preview functions and rich image editing capability. 

    For optimum security, all file data can be erased from the hard disk once each print job is completed, and optional PIN code and interface security can be used to prevent unauthorised access. 

    Pricing for the new imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 and imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from June 2021.  Product demonstrations will be available on request from June via Canon Australia. For more information, please click through to the product pages for the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 and imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36. 



    A new level of productivity, precision print, and vibrant colour: Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series

    Whether printing vibrant, high-quality posters or multiple copies of high-definition CAD drawings, the new imagePROGRAF TX Series delivers borderless prints at the push of a button, either from a PC or direct from a USB stick. Quick start-up time and rapid processing eliminates delays, and with continuous high-speed printing at up to 3.2 pages per minute and no trimming required, productivity is assured. 

    Designed for absolute ease of use, when the roll of media is placed in the imagePROGRAF TX Series feeder, the printer automatically detects the media type and width, while the intuitive control panel with its 4.3-inch touchscreen gives accurate media information at a glance.

    For high-volume jobs, a dual roll option supported by ‘hot swap’, high-capacity ink tanks enable up to 350 metres of uninterrupted printing from two rolls of the same media, or if needed, will switch between two rolls of different media types. The optional high-capacity, front-located stacker can hold up to 100 A0 prints and can be easily folded away when not in use to save space.

    Maintaining its reputation for unrivalled print quality, the new imagePROGRAF TX Series combines Canon print heads and five-colour, full pigment LUCIA TD inks to deliver fine lines, pin-point text and vibrant colours even on plain paper – ideal for high-precision CAD drawings and posters. For prints that will be used outside, the inks offer excellent weather resistance and can be used with Canon’s water-resistant media.

    For fast, efficient scanning and printing, the multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-3100 MFP Z36, and imagePROGRAF TX-4100 MFP Z36 models incorporate a newly developed, lightweight Z36 scanner that uses SingleSensor™ technology. This innovation saves time and performs an accurate, even scan across the full width, without the need for stitching or calibration.

    According to Ted Matsumoto, General Manager – B2B Product Marketing, Canon Australia: “In developing our newest range of large format printers, we set out to address a number of industry needs, from users of low-end LED plotters to low-yield, high-quality production businesses. With the introduction of the imagePROGRAF TZ Series, we’ve brought forth a robust production solution that balances productivity and efficiency while significantly reducing large format print and finishing times to help customers deliver on the tightest deadlines. I’m certain that this latest addition to the imagePROGRAF family raises the bar for customers and will match the growing demands of any business needing streamlined and hassle-free large format print production.

    “Furthermore, the initial imagePROGRAF TX Series released in 2018 has proved to be hugely popular with customers to date. Now, with growing demand for fast and flexible delivery of prints on demand, this newly improved line-up is optimised to customers’ changing needs, with outstanding productivity features that enable faster and more efficient printing of posters and CAD/GIS drawings. From the imagePROGRAF TZ Series to the imagePROGRAF TX Series, I’m confident that our new large format printer line-up offers a model to meet the everyday large format print needs of any business.”

    Pricing for the new imagePROGRAF TX Series models will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from February 2021. Product demonstrations will be available on request from February via Canon Australia. For more information, please click through to the product pages for the:
    ·       24-inch imagePROGRAF TX-2100
    ·       36-inch imagePROGRAF TX-3100
    ·       44-inch imagePROGRAF TX-4100
    ·       Multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-2100 MFP Z24
    ·       Multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-3100 MFP Z36
    ·       Multifunctional imagePROGRAF TX-4100 MFP Z36





  • + News from US: Xeikon Adds Two New Entry-Level Presses

    Xeikon announces the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 Xeikon Ameri..

    02 March 2021


    Xeikon announces the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50

    Xeikon America, Inc. today announced the addition of two new digital label presses – the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50. Building on its sixth generation platform and based on CHEETAH 2.0 technology with new generation interfaces and cloud connection, these new presses are designed to offer maximum overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 fit perfectly into the Xeikon portfolio between the Xeikon 3030 REX and Xeikon 3050 REX entry-level presses and the higher-end Xeikon CX300 and Xeikon CX500. Xeikon has designed and developed the two new presses to suit any label printer operating on ‘middle capacity’, that is: 20,000-40,000 m2 or 30,000-55,000 MSI in all end-use segments. The press excels particularly in the pharmaceutical, food, and wine & spirit label sectors. The new machines are available for online demonstrations from Xeikon’s Global Innovation Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, and commercially available worldwide in the first quarter of this year.

    “Part of the Xeikon strategy going forward is to make sure every label printer and converter has the maximum choice to purchase a Xeikon press that can help them drive business growth,” said Filip Weymans, Vice President, Marketing at Xeikon. “A successful and cost-effective investment in a digital production solution works best when it is based on expected, realistic print volumes. Xeikon’s CHEETAH 2.0 series offers competitive running costs, and printers have the opportunity to successfully expand the capabilities of their press (by upgrading either in speed or width, or both). The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are appropriate choices for printers and converters looking at digital for the first time with future plans to expand and grow their operation – also for online label printers who are seeing their business explode.”

    Both the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are ‘middle capacity’ presses that can be upgraded on site: 

    For higher speeds, both the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 can be upgraded from 20mpm (65ft/min) to 30mpm (98ft/min) with the Xeikon CX300 or Xeikon CX500. For greater width, the Xeikon CX30 (330mm or 13”) can be upgraded to the Xeikon CX50 (520mm or 20.47”) or the Xeikon CX500 

    CHEETAH 2.0 technology is based on Xeikon’s scalable press architecture that includes five print stations and a full rotary process with a variable repeat length. Each station utilises Xeikon’s dry toner process and a variety of print widths up to 512mm (20.3”) using an LED imaging head operating at 1200x3600 dpi and delivering offset/gravure image quality. The two new presses use Xeikon’s QB dry toner based on CHEETAH 2.0 technology, which excels in the digital print landscape by offering superior colour consistency across the web and ensuring the highest volume of output with reduced waste. The toner is available in CMYK, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, extra Magenta (gamut extension colours), Super Black, plus technical colours such as One-pass opaque white, UV and reflective clear as well as colours produced at the customer’s request. The QB toner achieves top quality results on a broad range of standard flexo substrates. The pigments used in the QB toner are of the highest grade and FDA-certified as food safe, and also offer the highest levels of ‘light fastness’ in the market. The labels shine not only after printing but for long afterwards.

    The Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 are both driven by Xeikon’s powerful and intelligent X-800 digital front end for ultimate efficiency and full automation. Xeikon’s Digital Front End (DFE) workflow is a true differentiator and enabler and can be integrated with common ERP and MIS systems. Accuracy of colour reproduction over time and between presses is guaranteed by an integrated on-press inline spectrometer. Xeikon’s X-800 workflow holds variable data capabilities unseen in the current market, allowing the label printer and converter to explore a variety of high value applications with a basic press investment.

    “With Xeikon’s long standing expertise, we have developed the deeper understanding that can help label printers and converters with all aspects of running a successful digital business, from choice of equipment (10 label presses) and choice of technology (Dry toner and UV inkjet) to workflow integration and expert colour management services,” said Weymans. “We are recognized as a go-to trusted advisor and solutions provider. Xeikon wants to help label printers and converters transform their label manufacturing into digital label manufacturing – not just digitising the printing aspect but also the other aspects of the manufacturing processes inspired by digital printing. With the introduction of the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50, we continue to build and structure our comprehensive portfolio so that our customers can find everything they need with Xeikon.”

    For advice, please go to our online service (https://transform.xeikon.com/). For more information on the Xeikon CX30 and Xeikon CX50 and to book a demonstration, please contact info.americas@xeikon.com. For other products and solutions from Xeikon, visit www.xeikon.com





  • + Canon supports the accelerating demands of hybrid working with the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series

    Canon Australia today announces the latest addition to its best-selling imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX portfolio, the C5800 Seri..

    23 February 2021


    Canon Australia today announces the latest addition to its best-selling imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX portfolio, the C5800 Series - a true hub for digital transformation in effortlessly bridging physical and digital workflows to empower hybrid workforces. Comprising four models capable of producing high yield colour printing at various print speeds – including hero model, imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5870i at 70 pages per minute (PPM); imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5860i at 60 PPM; imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5850i at 50 PPM; and, imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5840i at 40 PPM[1] – Canon’s new C5800 Series is designed to boost the productivity, serviceability and security of medium to large-sized enterprises.

    With accelerating societal changes and the emergence of remote and decentralised working, this fundamental shift in behaviour has impacted the role of the office and ultimately what is needed from office technology. To support business continuity, drive digital transformation and facilitate unrivalled user experience between the office and remote working locations – thanks to the seamless integration of uniFLOW Online – the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series has been developed to support businesses thrive in today’s hybrid working reality.

    Empowering productivity

    The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series excels in streamlining document workflows by combining super-fast colour print speeds, ranging from 40 PPM up to 70 PPM, and enhanced connectivity with the latest scan technology, making it ideal for medium to large enterprises that require high volume, productive output. Designed to enable consistently secure, productive and effective working as part of technology ecosystem that is location-agnostic, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series truly empowers productivity.

    Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series combines the reliability and durability of its predecessors[2] in one flagship model – imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5870i – through offering enhanced serviceability with long life parts and easier replacement capabilities. For maximum uptime and drive efficiency, each model in the C5800 Series features quick sleep recovery, powering on in just six seconds and quick starting in four. Anti-streak, multi-feed detection and blank page removal, further reduces processing time and improves the scan performance. To save valuable time getting documents ready for use, the series delivers a broad range of embedded finishing options.

    Supporting digital transformation

    Digitisation is crucial to making sure teams can connect and collaborate, especially in today’s hybrid working reality. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series is the latest in Canon’s portfolio which is pivotal to customers embarking on their digital transformation journey. As a hub where print transforms into digital, Canon’s C5800 Series allows businesses to connect employees with workplace apps and plug documents straight into their workflows through one single platform.

    With in-built connectivity – integrating with cloud-storage destinations like Dropbox and OneDrive[3] - documents can be accessed, edited and shared by colleagues working anywhere. uniFLOW Online, Canon’s cloud-based software[4] provides a single platform to connect all working locations, through which companies can centrally manage their fleet, no matter where devices are located. It offers simple cost tracking, secure scanning, and robust device security. Users with the uniFLOW Online upgrade have advanced functionalities such as Filing Assist[5], allowing information to be extracted from paper documents and inputted directly and accurately into workflow software.  

    “The last 12 months has seen immense shifts in working patterns, as well as business and technology requirements,” says Ted Matsumoto, General Manager - B2B Product Marketing, Canon Australia. “Hybrid ways of working have developed and accelerated during this time and Canon is proud to have continued evolving our technology and broadening our portfolio to support our customer’s document workflow requirements wherever they work from. From connecting distributed workforces and enabling digital transformation with the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 series, to offering flexible and highly connected multifunction laser and inkjet solutions for individuals and SMBs operating at home or remotely; Canon is confident that we’re helping our customers maintain business continuity and adapt to the demands of today’s hybrid working.”

    Key Features - imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series
    ·         Print speeds from 40 PPM up to 70 PPM A4 (single sided) depending on the model in the range
    ·         Scan up to 270 ipm A4 (300 dpi duplex)
    ·         uniFLOW Online Express as standard
    ·         10.1-inch fully digital colour touch panel
    ·         Improved media handling supports smaller paper type formats, including A5
    ·         Scan, search and store with OneDrive, SharePoint, Concur, and Dropbox
    ·         360° security with McAfee Embedded Control software
    ·         TPM 2.0 providing stronger encryption technology
    ·         Quiet ADF operation
    ·         Consumes 15% less energy than predecessor imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5700 Series[6]
    ·         Staple-free (Eco) stapling up to 10 sheets[7]

    For more information on the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series, please visit: https://www.canon.com.au/multifunction-devices/imagerunner-advance-dx-c5800i-series  
     
    Pricing for the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C5800 Series will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from late February. Product demonstrations will be available on request from late February via Canon Australia.






  • + Meet the imagePRESS C10010VP series – setting new standards in digital cut-sheet colour production

    Canon Australia today introduces the imagePRESS C10010VP series, comprising two new digital colour press printer models ..

    04 November 2020


    Canon Australia today introduces the imagePRESS C10010VP series, comprising two new digital colour press printer models – imagePRESS C10010VP and imagePRESS C9010VP – designed to drive versatility, high-quality imaging, and productivity for high-volume print environments that strive to achieve more. Built on Canon’s proven and reliable imagePRESS technology platform and featuring enhanced automation and extensive media handling capabilities, the imagePRESS C10010VP sets new standards in workflow efficiencies and application diversity.
     
    Experience a new standard of productivity
    Commercial print businesses and in-house print rooms looking to boost productivity while delivering a diverse mix of high-quality printed output can now count on the flagship imagePRESS C10010VP toner-based colour digital press to get the job done.
     
    The imagePRESS C10010VP delivers reliable high-performance, deadline-driven printing via consistent high-speeds and high-quality outputs that provide brilliant outcomes with minimal effort. The imagePRESS C9010VP digital press is capable of high productivity print speeds of up to 92ppm, while the imagePRESS C10010VP is capable of 102ppm on A4 sized sheets.
     
    This high-performance cut-sheet digital print solution offers automated printing on-demand at a new level, resulting in far less manual intervention and far greater production efficiency. Advanced features include Ultrasonic Multi-Sheet Feed Detection, active front-to-back registration and Inline Spectrometric Sensor (ILS) for simple colour pre-adjustment on every page.
     
    Canon’s Dual Fixing Unit maintains productivity even when different media of mixed weights and textures are used for the same job. Taking it one step further, the optional High Capacity Stacker can be unloaded and loaded during print runs for continuous operation.
     
    By adding the optional long-sheet paper input module, high volume print users can now introduce auto-duplex printing on media up to 762mm, feeding 1,000 sheets through Canon POD Deck XL.
     
    Turn customer challenges into profitable opportunities
    Thanks to synthetic media support, users can expand their offering to cater for their customers that require more durable and water-resistant applications. Users can print on long-sheet media up to 1300mm for a wider range of marketing collateral, in addition to offering different media weights, between 60 and 400gsm, and supporting embossed paper. The Consistently Vivid (CV) Toner paired with more media versatility and finishing options produces highly creative applications that add value to the end users. With higher value leading to higher margins, the imagePRESS C10010VP series is an ideal tool for commercial print businesses or in-house print functions looking to boost profits.
     
    The imagePRESS C10010VP and imagePRESS C9010VP achieve the same high-image quality customers expect from the heritage Canon imagePRESS series. Thanks to its innovative R-VCSEL technology, Multi-D.A.T. colour adjustment and versatile screen patterns for ultimate image quality, users will have the confidence to deliver a diverse range of high-quality applications, from menus to mailers and from books to long-sheet banners. The unique structure of CV Toner offers superior durability and higher transfer performance, so users can benefit from even higher precision for text and images on every page of every run.
     
    For maximum flexibility business users can create their own configuration that suits the needs of their business and customers. Choose from a wide range of Canon and third party finishing solutions with Document Feeding Device (DFD) Bridge connectivity to create a product ready for immediate delivery.
     
    Ted Matsumoto, General Manager – B2B Product Marketing, Canon Australia says, “The imagePRESS C10010VP series is a new milestone in the evolution of the digital colour production press, setting new standards in productivity, application diversity and quality. With over 300 installed imagePRESS devices in Australia in the last five years[i], we’re building on a proven and reliable technology platform, with enhanced automation capabilities to help businesses achieve their future business ambitions. In times of business uncertainty, Canon is proud to give customers confidence that they can reliably deliver high-volume, high-quality print time and time again to maximise uptime. In helping our customers achieve more volume, more applications, more quality and more profit; we’re pleased that businesses can help their clients and end-customers turn their challenges into profitable opportunities.”
     
    For more information on the Canon imagePRESS C10010VP, please visit: https://www.canon.com.au/products/production-printers/cut-sheet-printers/imagepress-c10010vp
    For more information on the Canon imagePRESS C9010VP, please visit: https://www.canon.com.au/products/production-printers/cut-sheet-printers/imagepress-c9010vp
    Pricing for the imagePRESS C10010VP / C9010VP will be available through Canon and authorised dealers from November.  Product demonstrations will be available on request from late November via Canon Australia.





  • + RICOH Delivers ‘Productivity Powerhouse Experience’ with Launch of IM C8000 A3 Colour Multifunction Printer

    RICOH, a leading provider of workplace technology, has launched the high-end IM C8000 A3 colour multifunction printer (M..

    03 November 2020


    RICOH, a leading provider of workplace technology, has launched the high-end IM C8000 A3 colour multifunction printer (MFP) featuring a range of smart applications, enhancements and software which enable businesses to deliver a great customer experience while achieving workplace efficiency.
     
    The RICOH IM C8000 MFP offers impressive speeds of up to 80 ppm (pages per minute) in colour or black and white, resulting in high quality colour prints and performance, helping users to increase productivity and efficiency.  Colour functionality can be made more impactful by being able to produce clear text and brilliant colour images of up to 2,400 x 4,800dpi resolution. 

    The device also supports jobs being completed on time and within budget with a range of optional multiple finisher options with near production like finishing for folding, stapling, punching and sorting.  As well as meeting everyday imaging needs, the IM C8000 can produce high quality customer-facing collateral, such as brochures and mailing pieces.  Smaller sized documents can also be scanned easily with the new small sized paper scan units.

    The intuitive, new generation, user-friendly 10.1-inch Smart Operation Panel allows users to navigate with simple touch and swipe gestures similar to a smartphone.  The device can also easily scan documents directly to email and folders to reduce paper consumption at a speed of 240ipm (images per minute) through the single pass document feeder (SPDF). Users can improve fast scanning accuracy by simply adding an extra double feed detection unit.

    A variety of mobile connectivity options, including the RICOH Smart Device Connector App enables remote printing as well as scanning to the office network or cloud from any smart device with built-in support for NFC, Apple AirPrint or Mopria. All this is underpinned by a unique suite of support apps from RICOH Smart Integration.
     
    In addition, users no longer need to purchase new equipment to meet changing document needs as their business grows. RICOH Always Current Technology allows new features to be installed on the existing RICOH IM C8000 on demand.  Users simply select from a range of smart applications, enhancements and software to manage document needs as they change.
     
    Mobile workers can interact seamlessly with the intelligent technology. To make their lives easier, the IM C8000 wakes up on approach utilising its built-in motion sensor, and to save time, double sided originals are scanned in a single pass and can be uploaded directly to a variety of cloud-based services, including Dropbox, Google Drive and Office 365.

    Security is also enhanced with an optional card reader which can be installed giving users the ability to restrict access to certain features, such as set print quotas.  Locked Print functionality keeps unattended documents from being left in output trays

    Energy efficiency is also highly regarded with the IM C8000 featuring a Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) value that is three time less than that of its predecessor model (MP C8003SP).

    Peter Georghiou, Senior Product Marketing Manager of RICOH Australia, said, “We are excited to bring the IM C8000 to market here in Australia.  Customers will benefit from a winning combination of being able to produce high quality brochures and mailing pieces in-house while having the opportunity to digitise and upload critical direct to the cloud.  
     
    “At the same time, the rich feature functionality in speed, simplicity, flexibility, scalability will help our customers deliver a great customer experience in the post-pandemic period by embracing the latest digital technology while supporting their own focus on business operation productivity.”





  • + Domino unveils N730i digital label press

    Domino has announced the launch of the N730i digital UV inkjet label press, which introduces the new Domino Generation 7..

    12 October 2020


    Domino has announced the launch of the N730i digital UV inkjet label press, which introduces the new Domino Generation 7 inkjet platform. 

    Philip Easton, Director of the Domino Digital Printing Solutions Division, said that, “This is the most significant product we have launched since we started in the digital label press business. It has been a huge collaborative team effort spread over five years involving our colleagues at Brother Industries, supplier partners, our development team, and our customers. Today, we are so proud of what the N730i delivers, as we truly believe it sets new standards in high performance inkjet label printing.”

    The N730i incorporates a host of brand-new features, including the enhanced Brother BITSTAR 1200 dpi piezo printhead, the SunLight graphical user interface, and the latest automated Domino i-Tech intelligent Technology features. These include i-Tech SetAlign and i-Tech CleanCap2.

    Louise Adcock, Global Product Manager, Domino Digital Printing Solutions, said, “During the development of the N730i, we focused on three key areas: providing consistent print quality at high speed, ease of use, and flexibility.”

    The N730i is designed to print all jobs, including those with a "silk-screen-like" white, at 230 fpm (70 m/m).

    The Brother BITSTAR 1200 dpi printhead uses a combination of small drop sizes of 2.1 picolitre (pl) and nominal drop sizes of 2.8 pl and 3.3 pl to provide consistent ink density across the image, producing excellent printing, including fine fonts, micro-text, sharper edges, and smoother gradients. Patented triple-layer polycrystalline micro piezo technology minimises cross talk and delivers precise nozzle control for optimum drop placement accuracy.

    Domino’s intelligent Technology (i-Tech) features represent developments designed to measurably improve efficiency, use, function, and reliability. i-Tech SetAlign is a new automated system that sets density and accurately aligns the printheads. The result is uniform and seamless print quality across the full web width. Domino has also enhanced performance with i-Tech CleanCap2, an automated printhead cleaning and capping system, which is a controlled process reducing manual operator intervention and waste. Other i-Tech features include the established i-Tech ActiFlow, UltraMix, and WebRev.

    Adcock continues, “In basic terms, our customers win business against their competitors on the labels they can produce, they make a profit from delivering them efficiently. The N730i’s consistent high print quality will mean they will win more business while high speed combined with reliability means they can also print it efficiently.”

    The existing user interface has been completely rewritten for the N730i with the development of the new Domino SunLight. This flexible graphical user interface with its modern look and feel is completely intuitive and highly configurable. A new enhanced version of the industry standard Esko Digital Front End has been adopted, including improved variable data printing performance, and producing process colours including orange and violet, for lower ink usage and an increased colour gamut. Support for the industry standard JDF/JMF data transfer format allows for automated job setup and reporting. This also means upward integration with the leading management information systems can be readily achieved.

    Offering label manufacturers excellent flexibility, the N730i is available with optional flexo stations for priming to facilitate consistent quality even on the most challenging media types, and for spot colours or varnishing, increasing the range of jobs that can be achieved, or for reverse white for cost-effective shrink sleeve applications. These flexo stations can be retrofitted, providing customers with greater flexibility as their business needs change.

    The N730i includes Domino’s own in-house developed UV90 ink set with excellent fade resistance, achieving a maximum Blue Wool Scale of eight on certain substrates. It has enhanced mechanical properties, including abrasion and scratch resistance. It is 7-colour CMYKOV + W and achieves 92% of the Pantone range. The UV90 white ink is commonly used by customers as a silk-screen replacement achieving an opacity of up to 76%. The Textures by Domino printing capability enables tactile three-dimensional label design effects to be created for greater shelf appeal.





  • + Contiweb Unveils New Variable Coater for Enhanced Digital Print Quality and Cost Savings

    Compatible with leading high-end web inkjet presses, the Variable Coater elevates the quality of digital print to match ..

    12 October 2020


    Compatible with leading high-end web inkjet presses, the Variable Coater elevates the quality of digital print to match offset, whilst providing access to a virtually unlimited range of paper and also reducing costs.

    Contiweb, a specialist in state-of-the-art technologies for printing, advanced drying and web-handling, announces today the launch of its Variable Coater (VC), a digital priming and over-print varnish applicator developed to boost product quality and reduce costs for paper in digital printing applications.

    Compatible with leading high-end web inkjet presses, the Variable Coater elevates the quality of digital print to match offset, whilst providing access to a virtually unlimited range of paper and also reducing costs.

    “We developed the Variable Coater to provide customers with the ability to use standard offset paper for all print jobs, even those with high ink coverage, which is much more cost effective. Uptime is also essential to profitability, and changing between the different grades of priming, even per side, can be a costly disruption, something that is now preventable. The Variable Coater delivers significant cost savings in numerous ways,” explains Rutger Jansen, CEO at Contiweb.

    “The system’s expanded range of paper as a result of the precise amount of priming per side, combined with the improved print quality of primed paper also mean printers can move more jobs from offset to digital. Jobs requiring high ink coverage will not need to be printed offset. They can take advantage of digital’s personalisation capabilities, potentially opening up new markets, and achieve higher utilisation of the digital press, leading to improved ROI and profits,” adds Jansen.

    The Contiweb Variable Coater allows variable web coverage, so printers only need to use what is required, resulting in around 15% less priming or coating usage. Also, variable in web width from 10-26 inches, the VC can work inline or near-line with leading high-end web inkjet presses. The web width of the VC can be changed with a just a quick production stop and without any requirement to exchange parts. Adjustable on-the-go with a user-friendly HMI, the Variable Coater is easy to operate and allows ‘recipes’ to be stored and used again as needed. Furthermore, there are no additional costs for consumables such as sleeves or anilox rollers.

    The Variable Coater solution was developed in conjunction with European printing group Paragon Customer Communications and Eastman Kodak Company. Paragon’s Director of Operations, Bernd Wein, says of the Variable Coater, “The flexibility was one of the main aspects of why we started this project with Contiweb. In order to achieve the best quality of printing, you must profile the paper. It absolutely makes sense to use different types of coating fluid depending on whether you’re using coated or uncoated stock, and the ability to specify only what coverage is necessary and record profiles, saves time and money.”

    The potential of the Variable Coater is further illustrated by an endorsement from Kodak. Randy Vandagriff, Senior Vice President, Digital Print, Eastman Kodak Company, said “The market is growing for digitally produced high ink coverage print products on glossy and coated papers, such as direct mail and catalogues. Contiweb’s Variable Coater, inline or near line with a Kodak PROSPER press, is a great way for printers to lower their costs, increase their quality and improve their paper supply chain.”

    The VC can work inline or near-line with all leading high-end web inkjet presses.





  • + New Scodix Ultra Series engineered to deliver fast growth opportunities for businesses of all sizes and markets

    Scodix, leading provider of pioneering digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announces the ..

    01 October 2020


    Scodix, leading provider of pioneering digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announces the commercial launch of the next generation of its Ultra Digital Enhancement Press Series, consisting of six presses, each targeted to a specific market segment.

    Having demonstrated its expertise in equipment for the commercial, packaging and W2P markets, Scodix has developed the Ultra Press Series to fully address the needs of each sector. Scodix CEO, Eli Grinberg, elaborates:

    “As the world’s most innovative and experienced company in digital print enhancement, with over 400 presses installed around the world, we’re now launching one expanded product line that’s been designed to meet the needs of all of our customers across all of these industry sectors. Whatever the application, enhancement, or budget requirement, we have a solution within this series. Print service providers can choose the press that will best support the future growth of their business.”

    Web-2-Print

    Aimed at the W2P market, the Scodix Ultra 3000 and Ultra 4000 presses both incorporate Scodix Studio W2P software. Developed with the success of companies such as Shutterfly and District Photo in mind, the Ultra 3000 focusses on Web2Print, whilst the Ultra 4000, allowing larger format substrates and pallet feeders and stackers, is aimed at Web2Pack printers.

    Commercial & Speciality

    Offering the same print areas and range of substrates, the Scodix Ultra 1000 and 2000 presses are distinguished by the number of applications available – and consequently are offered to the market at different price points. The Ultra 1000 delivers accessible digital enhancement whilst the Ultra 2000 offers all Scodix applications on one platform, including automatic polymer switching for superior productivity.

    Packaging

    The Scodix Ultra 5000 and 6000 both allow the thicker substrates required for packaging applications – up to 2mm – and incorporate industrial pallet feeders and stackers. Whilst the Ultra 6000 offers a larger format, it comes with a simplified range of enhancements.

    The six new presses in the series succeed the Ultra 101 and 202, whilst the Scodix E106 press is still available for B1 folding carton applications.

    Grinberg adds, “By incorporating digital enhancement, print providers can expand their service offerings with attention-grabbing applications, improving customer retention rates in these notoriously fickle times, whilst boosting margins and ultimately profitability. Whether the products are purchased traditional or through Web2Pack or Print channels, Scodix enhances products from premium business and greeting cards, folders, head-turning book covers, audience-engaging brochures to stand-out labels and packaging, folding cartons, rigid boxes, point-of-display and security markings always with a focus on fine detail and high quality results.

    “By launching this segmented product portfolio, we are increasing the number of customers that can employ Scodix, and we are offering Scodix value to more brands, print buyers and consumers of print. This is truly the next era for the Scodix business.”


    Scodix Ultra 2000, aimed at the Commercial & Specialty


    For more information, visit www.scodix.com or email info@scodix.com.





  • + Rotoflex launches two new digital finishers

    Rotoflex, the finishing company under the Mark Andy Inc. corporate umbrella, has announced the launch of two digital fin..

    29 September 2020


    Rotoflex, the finishing company under the Mark Andy Inc. corporate umbrella, has announced the launch of two digital finishers, DF1 and VTI Series. While both machines offer high-speed operation at low costs, they were developed to serve different converter needs.

    The DF1 is a semi-rotary offline finishing and converting machine designed to meet the rising demand for unique short run labels in a simple, fast, precise, and affordable way, allowing converters to accelerate production and profits. 

    Built on a platform with finishing speed up to 750 fpm (228.6 mpm) for full-rotary and 250 fpm (76.2 mpm) for semi-rotary, with accurate semi-rotary die-cutting functionality, the Rotoflex DF1 is an ideal addition for upwards of 80% of label converters worldwide. The quick set-up and dynamic operation allow converters to decorate, die-cut, slit, and strip labels in a single step, getting final product out the door faster and more efficiently than using multiple means of finishing. 

    “The thought process behind the DF1 came from customer needs to quickly enhance labels and ensure high-quality, inspected output in the process," says Manohar Dhugga, VP of operations, Rotoflex. 

    Relative to the established Rotoflex DF3 model launched at Labelexpo Americas 2018, the DF1 operates similarly, offering high production level speed and 50% faster changeovers than conventional converting systems. The primary differentiators between the DF3 and DF1 platforms are in terms of configurability and price point. The DF3 supports rail mounted converting options and additional print stations, while the DF1 has a single hybrid station that brings finishing and converting to a level of financial accessibility that is unprecedented in the market space.

    The VTI Series is an advanced tabletop finishing machine created to ensure conformity with stringent regulations of the pharmaceutical and high-security packaging industries. 

    With an operator control system for inspection and finishing, the VTI Series detects and corrects missing labels, remaining matrix, splices, flags, spots, fading and missing colour, and defects in text and registrations. This allow converters to effortlessly inspect, rework, and re-inspect labels, which is especially necessary if the application involves 100% accuracy, variable data, or braille inspection. 

    “The exclusive URC 2.0 control system offers multilane counting and is the most advanced defect management system available in the market. , The URC 2.0 increases operator efficiency by reducing set-up time and waste  through its automated functionality The optional biometric login security feature and online dashboard for data analysis provides for a complete finishing solution,” emphasises Dhugga. “Another important feature of the VTI series is the eDrive 2.0, a system that increases production effectiveness through optimisation of acceleration and deceleration while preserving roll quality and characteristics,” he adds, noting that the maximum speed – which varies according to the application – is 750 fpm (228 mpm). 

    “Customer demand has led us to create a more efficient and compact tabletop rewinder to replace the older, outdated models while delivering the high standard of performance known by the Rotoflex brand. The VTI can be integrated with 100% vision inspection systems and with reverse fault placement functionality allows for pharmaceutical grade inspection,” explains Dhugga. 

    The price, starting at $25,000 for the base configuration, enables converters to immediately incorporate the new unit in their pressroom, and even provides an opportunity to develop new revenue streams by venturing into highly segmented markets.

    In addition to all features, Rotoflex designed the VTI Series with a user-friendly interface and ergonomic design for sit down operation, making it comfortable for converters to smoothly manage operation.

    Rotoflex DF1 and VTI machines are available for immediate order, with the first DF1 machine shipping to a US customer this month. 





  • + Konica Minolta Australia expands smart, connected bizhub i-Series line to include new colour A3 multifunction printers

    Konica Minolta Australia has expanded its bizhub i-Series range with the launch of two new colour A3 multifunction print..

    29 September 2020


    Konica Minolta Australia has expanded its bizhub i-Series range with the launch of two new colour A3 multifunction printers (MFPs). The new bizhub C450i and bizhub C650i are next-generation multifunctional devices designed to empower digital workflows. 

    Shane Blandford, chief marketing and innovation officer, Konica Minolta, said, “Like every model in the bizhub i-Series product line, the new devices reflect a new paradigm for how multifunctional devices meet the needs of businesses by serving as a secure, smart technology hub to augment office connectivity. As SMBs continue their path to recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be critical that they choose smart technology that elevates their digital status. 

    “The new MFPs offer fast, reliable solutions for document handling and serve as an intelligent device that effectively becomes the heart of the customer’s digital office. They can also be tailored to meet the requirements of each business with the wide breadth of applications that are available from Konica Minolta’s Marketplace, which is pre-installed on every device. Furthermore, by placing the customer’s need for high operational efficiency at the heart of each MFP solution, Konica Minolta delivers best-in-class service and troubleshooting through its Remote Service Platform.” 

    The new models feature the bizhub i-Series’ fresh, contemporary exterior design and the highly intuitive smartphone-style user interface with a tiltable, floating 10-inch panel that is used throughout the bizhub i-Series range. It features a new card-type quick copy screen and various apps with integrated guidance for a better user experience. In addition, newly developed widget technology allows embedding and operating functionality directly from the MFP’s home screen, shortening the time spent in front of the MFP. This ensures an entirely natural and familiar user experience that is common across all bizhub i-Series devices. 

    High performance operation and quick response is assured by the same powerful quad-core central processing unit and standard 8 GB of memory with a 256 GB SSD, (upgradeable to optional 1 TB SSD). The three new A3 colour MFPs offer a choice of 45ppm, 55ppm or 65ppm print speeds. 

    As standard, the three new MFPs feature a dual-scan document feeder that can accommodate up to 300 sheets, with a faster 280 ipm scan speed and double-feed detection sensors. Newly designed finishers with an integrated manual staple feature are also available as an option. The new higher-speed bizhub i-Series models also have an automatic intelligent media sensor that can detect paper weight and media type. This helps to reduce user error and unnecessary support requests due to unmatched settings for the paper type being used leading to fewer paper jams, boosting productivity. 

    bizhub i-Series MFPs have been designed to work with powerful workflow tools such as Konica Minolta’s Dispatcher Phoenix. Dispatcher Phoenix offers advanced document workflow and is an ideal solution for enhancing document security via digital workflows. 





  • + News from US: Xeikon Launches Xeikon SX30000 Digital Press

    Xeikon America, Inc. launched its Xeikon SX30000 digital press, available immediately in the US and Canadian markets. ..

    29 September 2020


    Xeikon America, Inc. launched its Xeikon SX30000 digital press, available immediately in the US and Canadian markets. 
     
    The new electrophotographic toner-based press is based on SIRIUS technology.
     
    As part of the company’s Xeikon Café TV series, the public launch event was led by Xeikon America’s Director of Marketing Donna Covannon and viewed in web broadcast format by print providers, partners, analysts and journalists. 
     
    Viewers of the broadcast also saw a demonstration of the new press. 
     
    “North American print providers have been enthusiastic,” said Covannon, “and we are thrilled to begin taking orders for the press today. We anticipate very strong sales for the Xeikon SX30000 this year and many years to come.”