Vol.28 No.3 | May-June 2014 | New Delhi
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Worldwide Magazine on Graphic Arts Technology ISSN : 0971-0795 Vol. 28 No.3 | May-June 2014| Annual Subscription (India): Rs.500
highlights FESPA China 2014
K 2016 kick-off
Ipex Show Report
HKTDC’s Printing and Packaging Fair
Editorial Advisory Board
Alex & Lilly - Netherlands
Andy McCourt - Australia
Goss International @ Ipex
HP @ Interpack 2014
Goss Opens New Packaging Technology Center
CONTI-AIR® Black Sticky
“See The Proof” campaign
FESPA Digital 2014 Wrap Hub
Canon’s new imagePROGRAF models
Fujifilm launches new thermo forming ink
Mike D’Angelo joins Goss
Revolutionary Digital Gateway
Joint Editors Vishwapreet Amrita
Marketing & Communications Lovleen
Web Editor Ravindar
Secretary & Legal Advisor Surinder
China Correspondents Ying Wei / Adrian Liu
Mike Steele, MJ Marketing
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Indian Printing Industry: What’s future?
n recent years, the printing industry in India has seen record levels of growth, owing to liberalized regimes, globalization and progress in automation. The industry has grown leaps and bounds due to the latest technology and machinery, quality standards and production capacities.
The printing industry in India is slowly progressing from the heavy machinery using industry to a more software-centric business. The Indian printers are today equipped with the latest computer controlled printing machines and flow lines for binding, while state-of-the-art digital technologies are used in pre-press. UV digital printing and inkjet technology are also on the rise in India. The advent of global brands, rising consumerism and growth of the pharmaceutical industry have seen an increase in the scope for package printing. Giving an optimistic outlook of the industry, the package printing sector is growing at the annual rate of 17 percent, commercial printing at a rate of 10-12 percent and digital
printing at robust 30 percent. The Indian Printing Industry, growing at a rate of 12% per annum, comprises more than 250,000 big, small and medium printers. The current annual turnover of the industry is more than INR 50,000 crores (USD 11 Billion). The booming Indian economy, increasing consumerism, entry of global brands in the country and opening of the sector to foreign investors are bound to offer growth opportunities to the industry. An upcoming application of 3D printing technology in the healthcare segment called Bio Printing involves
the printing of tissues with cells. With this new development we will be able to print organs and other body parts for transplant or repair. The printing material will be a bio ink which is made up of a biodegradable ink along with the human cells. The bio ink will be applied onto a scaffolding like structure which will be 3D printed from a scan of the organ to be repaired, like a ear, kidney or a finger. Once the bio ink sets onto the scaffolding the structure will dissolve or fall off on its own, leaving behind the printed organ. A huge advantage of this methods is that, organ rejection will be reduced as the cells used in the bio ink will be off the patients themselves. Currently this technology is in pre-clinical phase. v printingreview | may-june 2014 | 3
FESPA China 2014: Transforming business with print innovation
lobal companies line up behind second exhibition in Guangzhou
Following the success of FESPA China 2013 in Shanghai, FESPA is pleased to announce that it will return in a new location, Guangzhou Pazhou Poly World Trade Centre, from 19-21 November 2014. Over 9500 visitors attended the 2013 exhibition from 77 countries, expanding it from a primarily national exhibition to a pan-regional event. After mainland China, the largest delegations were from India, Japan, Korea and Malaysia, with printers also travelling from Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as Australasia, Europe, USA, Africa and South America. This year’s event is poised to be even larger, with a confirmed presence already from leading brands including Epson, Mimaki, Reggiani, MS, Inkwin, Monti Antonio, Cham Group and Zünd. The campaign theme for FESPA China 2014 is ‘Transforming Business with Print Innovation’. With 30,000m² exhibition space, the event will showcase the latest industry news, product innovation and ‘content led’ features to help printers stay at the top of their field. Nigel Steffens, FESPA Board Advisor adds: “We are delighted to be returning to China in a new location at Guangzhou. We look forward to seeing this show expand year upon year, attracting a growing regional audience and diversifying beyond CSGIA’s screen printing heritage to 4 | may-june 2014 | printingreview
embrace the potential of digital production.” FESPA China is delivered in partnership with the China Screenprinting & Graphic Imaging Association (CSGIA), FESPA’s Chinese national association. FESPA China 2013 exhibitor, Josep
Domingot, Anajet comments: “The 2013 Shanghai exhibition was very successful for us, it was an important part of our marketing strategy in China, even in Asia. We will continue to exhibit at FESPA China and CSGIA 2014 in Guangzhou.” The FESPA China 2014 web site is now live in English and Chinese at www.fespachina.com. FESPA will shortly announce more details about exciting new features that will enable printers to explore where the industry is headed and make FESPA China 2014 a key event within the regional printing market.
K 2016 kick-off Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the Management Board of the Reifenhäuser Group and Chairman of the VDMA plastics and rubber machinery association, will retain his position as Chairman of the Exhibitors’ Council. Dr. Rainer Büschl, Innovation & Knowledge Management Performance Materials, BASF SE, was appointed Deputy Chairman; he is also leading the concept committee. Thorsten Kühmann, Director of the VDMA plastics and rubber machinery association, will retain his position as head of the organisation committee. The Exhibitors’ Council K 2016 Düsseldorf is comprised of the following other members: Michael Baumeister Brückner Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG; Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V.; Boris Engelhardt Wirtschaftsverband der Deutschen Kautschukindustrie WdK; Dr. Harald Hammer Borealis AG; Juliane Hehl Arburg GmbH & Co KG; Ulf Kelterborn IK - Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V.; Jan-Udo Kreyenborg Kreyenborg Verwaltungs GmbH; Felix M. Loose AGOR GmbH; Dr. Oliver Möllenstädt GKV – Gesamtverband Kunststoffverarbeitende Industrie e.V.; Dr. Peter Neumann Engel Austria GmbH; Hans-Peter Neuwald Bayer MaterialScience AG; Klaus-Uwe Reiß Mitras Materials GmbH; Peter Steinbeck Windmöller & Hölscher Maschinenfabrik KG; Pascal Streiff EUROMAP; Michael Träxler Evonik Industries AG. The K trade fair in Düsseldorf presents a unique cross-section of the raw material, processing and application technology industries. At tri-annual intervals, companies from all over the world use this fair to present their latest technological developments, current and future solutions. In October last year, the K 2013 with its impressive range of innovations and high number of business deals exceeded even the highest expectations. A total of 3,219 exhibiting companies and 218,000 specialists attended the K 2013. As in previous years, the most important international suppliers and service providers of the plastics and rubber industry will exhibit at the K 2016. Over the next few months, the organisers will define the main topics of the upcoming flagship fair and develop new concepts for presenting them. Invitations will be sent to exhibitors at the beginning of 2015.
First meeting of Exhibitors’ Council for plastics and rubber flagship fair in Düsseldorf / Ulrich Reifenhäuser will retain position of Chairman The first meeting of the Exhibitors’ Council is also the kick-off meeting for K 2016, which will take place from 19 until 26 October, 2016 in Düsseldorf. The panel of experts assembled to discuss the plans concerning the most important fair for the international plastics and rubber industry. The Exhibitors’ Council assists Messe Düsseldorf with its preparations in the run-up to K 2016 and provides consultancy on basic conceptual and organisatorial matters. Comprised of representatives from exhibiting industrial segments and from important industrial associations, the council covers the entire range of products and services presented at K 2016 – machine and plant engineering, plastics and rubber raw material and auxiliary production as well as the production of semi-finished products and industrial components made from plastics and rubber. 6 | may-june 2014 | printingreview
Ipex 2014 delivers blueprint for the future of print centric events
hen Ipex 2014 closed its doors on Saturday, Informa Exhibitions had firmly established the show’s future and new direction at the state-ofthe-art ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference Centre. The event, which took place from 24th – 29th March 2014, saw a total attendance of 22,768, which included 3,532 exhibitors, with a geographical visitor split of 54% UK and 46% international.
benefits, most importantly a good return on exhibitor and visitor investment,” comments Peter Hall, Managing Director of Informa Exhibitions. “I particularly want to thank our exhibitors for their continued support, and am delighted that we could repay their confidence in Ipex by providing a high quality international and UK audience to ensure it was the key event for the international print community in 2014.”
“With the fast evolving print industry and the challenges these changes represent, Informa Exhibitions has collaborated closely with its stakeholders to ensure the delivery of an informative and engaging event that offered a wide range of
Olotunde Oyelone, CEO of Printmaster Limited in Nigeria, said: “I have been going to Ipex for nearly 20 years and was interested to see what the event was offering. I found the seminar programme in the Masterclasses very useful,especially
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the session ‘Adding value in the label sector’. Knowledge is important for print businesses to progress, and I’m looking forward to see how Ipex develops in the coming years. Additionally, the new location in London is very convenient and cost effective for me.” Nigel White, Commercial Director of The Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard, added: “Thursday was our first day at Ipex, but I wish we’d come earlier. There were just too many companies we wanted to talk to; I don’t think we got round to everyone.” Ipex exhibitors also reported positively: Olaf Lorenz, General Manager,
International Marketing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, said: “Ipex has been everything we wanted it to be and fulfilled all our objectives. We have been getting 600 qualified leads per day and have already collected more than 40 letters of intent, as well as closing some sales. Based on our historical experience of these types of shows, we are confident that Ipex will net us over •3.5million worth of new business.” First time Ipex exhibitor Lumejet is delighted with the show: “Quite frankly we are thrilled with Ipex 2014, it has far exceeded our expectations,” commented Miles Bentley, Commercial Director. “As a company we were fortunate that Ipex 2014
came just at the right time for us in our development cycle; it has delivered a significant number of good quality contacts and we have not stopped since the show opened its doors.” Keith Dalton, Director, Fujifilm Graphic Systems UK, added: “We’ve had immensely positive feedback from everyone on our approach to Ipex 2014, and feel that the support we have given the show and the successful ‘print shop’ we were running on our stand paid off. This was reinforced by the comments we were constantly receiving throughout the show. The visitor numbers were good despite the absence of a number of industry suppliers, and our stand was constantly busy with customers and some of those suppliers themselves!” In addition to the exhibitors on the show floor, Ipex also delivered the
most comprehensive content programme ever seen at an international print centric event. Across the six days, over 170 industry experts participated in the World Print Summit, Masterclasses and Cross Media Production theatres, and offered practical takeaways, new ideas, skills and solutions that printers can implement in their businesses. Conference producers reported a very good attendance in the 115 seminar sessions, with packed-out theatres and limited standing room only available in some of the keynote addresses. Kathy Sletten, Director, Print-Manager, Aveda Corp, Estee Lauder, spoke on the 'An Audience with the Print Buyers' session. Afterwards, she commented: “I was pleasantly surprised to find our audience so interested and engaged, and wish we'd had more time to share with
them. They asked many relevant and engaging questions, some of which have given me food for thought. We never stop learning from each other as long as we keep the dialogue going, and the World Print Summit at Ipex 2014 provided the perfect stage for some great discussions.” Carole Arrantash, from UK based Quadrant, which is part of the Linney Group, was complimentary of the sessions she attended in the World Print Summit: “This was a fabulous opportunity to gain an insight, both into what print buyers expect from their suppliers and how they prefer to be approached.To have the opportunity to ask pertinent questions to assist printers in their quest to work with such prestigious companies was also both unexpected and invaluable.” SME printers attended practical sessions that addressed their business issues and solutions to
streamline production and support business growth in the Masterclasses. Bill Campbell, CEO of Australian print business, Fergies Print & Mail, says: “The Ipex Masterclasses were the main motivator for our decision to visit Ipex 2014 – they have assisted our management team in validating the direction we are guiding our company in. From a commercial perspective they have provided clarity to several key areas of interest.” In the content driven Cross Media Production feature, which ran from 25th – 27th March, delegates learnt how to effectively implement multichannel communication strategies in the 1-2-1 Digital and Direct Marketing, Publishing and Brand Management Theatres. Ipex’s stakeholders were unanimous in their opinion that the feature, which had a number of supporting exhibitors, should be a
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key element in the future blueprint for Ipex. The innovative Ipex Make-Ready Challenge, sponsored by Burnetts, proved a hit with visitors during the show. This entertaining competition drew 24 entrants from the around the world to compete against the clock on a Heidelberg 5-colour press. UK-based contestant Tony Dowd completed the challenge in the record time of 4 minutes 45 seconds, and was crowned the make-ready champion on Saturday. Inspiration Avenue provided visitors with an eclectic mix of visual and factual elements that demonstrated all that is great about print with three stations spread throughout the Boulevard. The Eco Zone, sponsored by Komori, also proved a popular feature for visitors. “Komori has a long-standingtrack record of utilising major printing industry exhibitions to highlight the benefits of product 10 | may-june 2014 | printingreview
innovations and latest technology, and this was precisely the philosophy behind Komori's decision to sponsor the Ipex Eco Zone,” comments Steve Turner, Director of Sheetfed Sales, Komori UK. “Our demonstrations of the Komori H-UV curing system, with its many ecological strengths, generated serious interest from a wide range of visitors from within and outside the UK." In the Future Innovations Zone, which included three different sections covering 3D printing, printed electronics and photo products, presented technologies that are set for rapid expansion over the next few years. Ceradrop co-founder Nicolas Bernardin says: “The Future Innovations Zone at Ipex provided us with the opportunity to raise awareness of the potential of printed electronics to the print industry. A large mix of visitors from the UK, Europe,
USA, Middle East and Asia were enthralled by the possibilities of our X-Serie machine and what it could mean for communications in the commercial print and packaging sectors. We were overwhelmed by the interest our technology received, a curiosity that I feel we satisfied and we look forward to business opportunities that may materialise in the future.” Peter Hall continues: “The initial feedback from Ipex’s stakeholders confirms that the changes we implemented and the features we introduced provided visitors with more reasons than ever to attend. It also helped us deliver a multifaceted show that completely supports the industry. I believe that Ipex 2014 firmly set the tone for future events.” Tim Webb, Executive Director of PICON, commented: “The decision to move Ipex to ExCeL London has been a real step forward as far as
our membership is concerned. The location, the facilities and the staff have all contributed to a really smooth transition from Birmingham, and ultimately a successful show. Overall, the exhibition has been better than expected with a good level of high quality visitors from around the world looking to do business.” Patrick Martell, CEO of St Ives and Ipex 2014 President, concludes: "Every time I visited ExCeL this week there's been a real buzz. It has been brilliant to see the spread of international and UK visitors who attended the show to learn, network and do business. Ipex 2014 has proved that the combination of exhibitors representing the whole print supply chain, supported by a robust content programme, is the future for events including Ipex." Ipex 2018 will take place at ExCeL London from 19th – 24th March 2018.
GLO Color Lab Accelerates Business Growth with HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press Company to explore new opportunities in the publishing segment improved productivity. The company is also looking to take on larger volumes of high value customized packaging and folding carton print jobs. “GLO Color Lab has a strong legacy of innovation, backed by deep technical expertise and an unwavering commitment to delivering the highest quality and value to its customers,” said Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager, Indigo Digital Press Division, HP. “The HP Indigo 10000 helps extend this legacy, and is delivering on its promise to change the economics for GLO Color Lab, enabling them produce a broader range of applications, increase efficiency, and accelerate profitability. We’re proud to be associated with the creative results GLO Color Lab delivers.”
GLO Color Lab acquired its first HP Indigo Digital Press back in 2007 to expand its photo-based application offerings. Today, with five HP Indigo Digital Presses in their fleet, they are the largest HP Indigo customer in India, offering services not just in photo but also in commercial, packaging and now the publishing segment.
advantage of new capabilities made possible by the wider 29-inch format. With this B2 format printing, we are poised to increase our productivity and profitability” said T.S. Ramanan, managing director, GLO Color Lab. “We are committed to providing the highest quality to our clients and HP Indigo has proved to be the right technology for our business,” he further added.
The company has experienced tremendous growth, driving the demand for expanded digital capacity and their latest acquisition, the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, will assist the company’s positive growth trajectory.
Exploring new application opportunities with the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press
The HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press will provide the company with offset print quality, substrate flexibility and wide color gamut - in a larger format. With a speed of up to 4600 sheets per hour and greater imposition efficiency it will also allow GLO Color Lab to increase profitability and differentiate its business with new applications such as B2sized calendars, book covers, posters and canvases.
With the installation of the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, GLO Color Lab plans to expand into large-scale commercial publishing and make available affordable, high-quality books in the larger-sized formats. The B2 format allows for8pp and 16pp folded book signatures and a higher print imposition efficiency for
HP recently announced that Coimbatore-based GLO Color Lab has installed the new B2-sized format HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press to accelerate its business growth and expand its product offerings in the market.
“The HP Indigo10000 Digital Press allows us to take
GLO Color Lab is displaying the range of its digital printing applications at an exclusive open house event, at the Codissia Trade Centre, Coimbatore on April 4-5, 2014. The theme “Print Solutions for Every Age” will be used to showcase the breadth of their portfolio applications which include B-2 sized photo-books, children’s books, posters, calendars, art books and wedding albums.
About HP HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers’ most complex challenges in every region of the world. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http:// www.hp.com. printingreview | may-june 2014 | 11
More than 65,000 Buyers Take in Gift and Printing Fairs Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair and the Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair Concluded Successfully!
he HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, the largest fair of its kind in the world, and the Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair closed after four-day shows at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and AsiaWorld-Expo respectively. The two fairs welcomed more than 65,000 buyers from 151 countries and regions, with overseas buyers up by six per cent. Buyers from Asia, including the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, India and Indonesia, recorded double-digit percentage growth. Traditional markets such as Japan, the United Kingdom, Korea and New Zealand also recorded significant growth. GLOBAL BUYERS More than 4,500 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions took part in 12 | may-june 2014 | printingreview
the two fairs, welcoming 164 buying missions counting some 12,400 buyers from 74 countries and regions. Buyers represented major global importers, distributors and retailers, including the Museum of Contemporary Art from the United States, Lexibook from France, H&M and JD.com from the mainland, Signes Grimalt from Spain, and Page One, agnès b and Godiva from Hong Kong. The gift fair’s Small-Order Zone featured some 400 showcases offering more than 4,000 products available in small quantities. The zone attracted over 23,000 buyer visits during the four-day period, generating some 40,000 business enquiries. SPOTLIGHT ON INDONESIA During the gift fair, the HKTDC signed
cooperation agreements with ASEAN member Indonesia, to strengthen bilateral trade promotion. The agreements cover areas ranging from gifts and premiums, to houseware, food, textiles and fashion, focusing on the promotion of Indonesian products through HKTDC fairs and online. "The Indonesian retailing sector has been growing rapidly in recent years, offering ample business opportunities for Hong Kong's companies,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. “The cooperation agreements that the HKTDC has signed with Indonesia’s Directorate General of National Export Development, Ministry of Trade, and the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs are set to expand bilateral trade promotion and exchange. At the same time,
Indonesian enterprises will be able to use our trading platform to promote their products to the world.” ON-SITE ORDERS Subash M Nair, Director (Sales) for the United Arab Emirates’ Global Tech General Trading LLC, said his company had placed orders onsite, including an order for 50,000 mirrors for about US$100,000. Mr Nair was also interested in headphones, toys and wine glasses offered by Hong Kong and Chinese producers at the fair. Global Tech is engaged in e-commerce and gift and promotional product distribution for airlines, hotels and other clients. EUROPEAN BUYERS ACTIVE Hong Kong exhibitor MGM Industries & Co launched its Thai
boxing and sportswear series at the gift fair. With Western economies recovering, the company’s Managing Director, Peter Chiu, said he had been approached by a number of European buyers, including Spain, the United Kingdom and Finland. Vicky Chang, Director of Taiwanese exhibitor Miccudo Multimedia Co, Ltd, said the company’s creative index stickers and mini-sized pot plants had drawn strong interest from European buyers, including those from France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Ms Chang said she expected good business results from the fair. Eco-Friendly Products in Demand Vania Mak, Ocean Park Hong Kong’s Merchandising Manager, said she was looking for eco-friendly products at the gift fair, including organic T-shirts, biodegradable bamboo offerings and gifts that promote environmental conservation and incorporate such messages. Ms Mak said Ocean Park collaborates with local designers. Hong Kong’s i-Deal Print Ltd, an exhibitor at the printing fair’s new Green Printing & Packaging Solutions Zone, specialises in food and beverage packaging. Karen Choy, iDeal Print’s Key Account Manager, said the company’s food-grade paper and biodegradable paper products were well-received by fair buyers from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
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Goss International showcased strategy for web offset development at IPEX 2014
xpertise spans the full range of high-speed web applications UK market at the forefront of commercial web offset developments Trade show exhibit highlights new direction. At IPEX 2014, Goss International highlighted the broad scope of applications and opportunities made possible through its ongoing development of web offset technology and support capabilities. Key advances in the development of the Vpak technology and the new Magnum Compact press come under the spotlight, as well as groundbreaking investments in unique Sunday presses and a UKfirst hybrid M-600 system. "We have responded to the changes in our industry environment by redesigning our business model to ensure competitiveness, longevity and ongoing support for customers," explains Eric Bell, marketing services director. "As well as the recent restructuring around regional parts, service and support centers, the company has also been diversifying its product portfolio to serve customers in neighboring markets where Goss expertise provides an edge." Goss technical expertise, process knowledge and high-tech industrial manufacturing have now been applied to all high-speed web markets with presses for commercial
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applications, newspaper, magazines, direct mail, catalogs, books and specialist publications, as well as flexible packaging, labels and folding carton production. The packaging market is an example where, since Goss last exhibited in the UK, the company has developed and installed groundbreaking Vpak web offset presses. Goss is also opening its first dedicated packaging technology center in the USA for demonstrations, testing and educational programs. In the commercial web sector, Goss retains worldwide technology and market leadership. New UK investments in Goss technology have been among the most highprofile developments in the graphic arts industry over the past year and have introduced a new wave of cautious optimism to the offset market. These have involved a largescale investment by Polestar in new press systems, including three Sunday 5000 presses to be installed shortly, and a new 48-page Goss Sunday 4000 press for York Mailing at the former Pindar site in Scarborough, which has just come into operation. Goss will also soon announce a new hybrid M-600 press order, the first of its kind in the UK. According to John Chambers, UK sales director for Goss International, these recent orders reflect the pressure on today's print service
providers to offer a more flexible service to their customers: "As print buyers themselves are now facing an ever-increasing range of challenges in their markets, our customers need lean workflows, fast turnarounds, adaptable format capabilities, run length flexibility, high levels of automation and top print
quality. Ipex will be an excellent opportunity to meet with existing and potential customers to discuss how we are responsive to these needs at a local level." Another development keeping Goss at the top of its market sectors is the successful launch of the
Magnum Compact press, the most highly-automated single-width press on the market. Designed to meet a global requirement for versatility and quick, easy and economical job changeovers, the press is suitable for book, newspaper and semicommercial printing in runs as low as 500 copies. Goss will showcase its
unique features at a series of open house demonstrations in the near future, and the first orders are expected to be announced soon.
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HP to Showcase Game-changing Digital Printing Solutions for Packaging at interpack 2014 Solutions for folding carton, flexible packaging, labels and corrugated packaging applications on show HP announced that it will be showcasing a wide range of packaging printing solutions and demonstrating the benefits of digital printing for packaging converters at interpack 2014, 8th – 14th May, Messe Dusseldorf (Hall 13, stand C77/E94). Brand managers, retailers and packaging converters can visit the HP stand to learn about the many business opportunities and
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production benefits provided by HP’s digital printing technology. Some of the advantages include the ability to do cost-effective shortruns, versioning, customisation for enhanced customer engagement, and on-demand production to minimise warehousing and waste. Creative, high-quality packaging applications on display at the show include labels, flexible packaging and folding cartons produced using HP Indigo technology. Examples of large-format, short-run corrugated packaging and display applications produced on HP Scitex Industrial
presses will also inspire converters looking to move from analogue to digital production. “Pressures on packaging converters include increased numbers of SKU’s, resulting in more jobs, shorter runs, shorter lead times and faster turnarounds, but with the same high quality requirements,” said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, inkjet and graphics businesses, HP. “At interpack 2014, HP will show how digital printing can meet all of these challenges, as well as help converters protect margins and add value through variable data and personalisation.”
The latest HP Indigo solutions for labels, folding cartons and flexible packaging Among the highlights on the HP stand will be the 762mm (30in) wide, web-fed HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press and the 750mm (29.5in) wide, sheet-fed HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press. The HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press is a mid-web digital press designed for packaging applications such as labels, sleeves and flexible packaging, and is capable of gravurematching print quality printing on
films as thin as 10 microns. With up to seven-colour printing, including white ink, and the ability to offer accurate, repeatable colour matching, the press enables converters to help meet brands' stringent colour and quality requirements. The HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press, a sheet-fed press designed for folding cartons, supports any off the shelf paperboard up to 24 points/600 microns and offers proven HP Indigo offset-matching print quality with up to seven-colour printing. As a near-zero setup digital solution(1), the HP Indigo 30000 can help converters address the challenges of current short run production and open new business opportunities enabled by variable data printing. The press will be demonstrated with an inline selective coating unit developed by
the TRESU group â€“ the iCoat 30000. Printed output will go through finishing on the KAMA DC 76 with die-cutting, foil stamping and automatic stripping and blanking. In addition, the HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press will be on display. A seven-colour narrow web digital press, it is the most versatile, productive digital press in the label market today. The press is capable of printing more than 40 linear metres (131 linear feet) per minute in full colour on substrates between 12 and 450 microns. The press features an in-line priming unit that enables printing on any off the shelf media: paper or synthetic labels, films and light carton board. High quality applications from the HP Scitex Presses Solutions by HP Scitex for printing
short-run, high quality corrugated packaging and displays - information and samples printed on the HP Scitex Presses are also available on the stand. A digital alternative to litho, the presses are designed to address the demands for high quality, shorter runs and fast turnarounds in the flexo and offset converting market. HP Scitex presses deliver high image quality through the game-changing HP Scitex High Dynamic Range (HDR) printing technology. HDR technology uses combinations of light and dark inks and three drop volumes to achieve the quality required for highimpact graphics.
creativity, understand supply chain benefits and enhance product placement to unlock new marketing opportunities. The sessions are scheduled for Friday 9th May and Tuesday 13th May, starting at 12:00 p.m. on the HP stand. Specialist product and application managers will be on the HP stand throughout the show to offer advice and information about these solutions as well as other HP printers and presses for packaging applications.
Also during interpack 2014, HP is hosting two lunch-and-learn sessions for brand owners to learn how HP digital printing solutions for packaging can help them increase
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New Spandex digital materials guide aims to drive customer success
implified product guide will stimulate graphics producers to try profitable new applications. Spandex UK has launched a new, easy-to-use Digital Materials Guide summarising its ImagePerfect™ digital media portfolio, aiming to help customers get more out of their digital printer by clearly presenting materials for a wide range of applications at everyday pricing. The new 52-page Guide focuses on the range of ImagePerfect products that are specifically designed and profiled for latex, eco-solvent, solvent and UV wide format print devices. It is divided into four clear sections: ImagePerfect 2500 Digital Vinyl products; the ImagePerfect 2100 Banner Series; ImagePerfect Speciality Products; and ImagePerfect Accessories. “There’s huge potential for graphics producers to be more successful, simply by working with a more diverse range of digital media”, explains Leon Watson, UK General Manager, at Spandex UK. “We stock 26000 products at Spandex, but the majority of customers buy from a very limited range. It’s human nature to buy what we know, but with such a wide range of ImagePerfect products, a different choice of media could offer the printer a better margin on the same job, with the same or even improved performance.” “Different ImagePerfect products can help our customers to diversify and pursue exciting new revenue opportunities”, continues Leon. “For example, a printer may never have thought to explore interior decor products, or offer printed apparel –
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we have ImagePerfect products that would easily enable them to move into these lucrative areas. If a customer works happily with other ImagePerfect media, the new Guide should stimulate them to try new things.” The ImagePerfect Digital Vinyl series is further divided into high performance, intermediate, monomeric and supergrip products. The Banner Series section comprises premium event banner substrates, premium and standard frontlit media, premium and standard double-sided blockout, and photo quality banner media. Speciality Products comprises meshes, canvases, premium and self-adhesive textile transfers, roll-ups and pop-ups, backlit media, art and poster papers, wallpapers, window films, floor graphic materials and a selection of overlaminates. The ImagePerfect Accessories range includes cleaning and application fluids, adhesive remover, tools and tape. The Digital Materials Guide delivers clearly presented information on each individual product’s performance attributes, for example durability and fire rating, details of its suitability for use with different inks, and simple data on roll lengths and widths making it easy for customers to choose the right product for each application. All Spandex products are available for next day delivery within the UK. Customers can see at a glance those products that fall within Spandex UK’s Digital on Demand service, which enables customers to buy digital media by the running metre, eliminating the need to hold inventory, releasing cash and encouraging experimentation with new substrates.
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Brett Martin to inspire printers to make a change at FESPA Digital 2014
ompany to showcase diverse range of high definition wide format applications
Brett Martin (Stand B2-432), the global manufacturer of plastic products for the construction, fabrication, print and display sectors, will change the way that wide format printers think about substrates at FESPA Digital 2014 (20-23 May 2014) in Munich, Germany. The company’s full portfolio of semi-finished specialist plastic substrates will be showcased on its stand, with the ultra-smooth, ultra-bright Foamalux White PVC sheet taking centre stage. The supplier of the widest PVC sheet range on offer in the market will demonstrate how Foamalux White foam PVC sheets can help print providers create innovative work that brings colour to life. The company will also showcase the capabilities of its Foamalux Foam PVC , Marlon FS Polycarbonate and Marpet-g FS PETg sheet ranges. True white – the power to bring colour to life Visitors to the stand will see how Foamalux White’s formulation enables high definition digital printers and screen printers to create eye-catching sign and display applications with optimum clarity. The ultra-bright white makes it possible to bring photo-real colour to life, while the rigid, even surface is ideal for intricate cutting and creating durable displays that can withstand knocks and scratches. Available in thicknesses from 1-24mm, Foamalux White is a premium product that will enhance the quality of printers’ service offering. “Our Foamalux White is a formidable true white PVC sheet that radically accentuates colour to create striking applications,” explains Duncan 22 | may-june 2014 | printingreview
Smith, Sales Director, Brett Martin. “Our innovative technology has taken white opacity to the next level and helps our customers to make a change for the better. It is a cost effective solution that can become a real driver in a company’s output, and sits perfectly inside our Foam PVC sheet range – the widest range in the market.” Foamalux; a burst of colour and possibility Lightweight, versatile and durable, Foamalux has earned a reputation for its quality performance and endless applications in sign, display and print. The company’s Foamalux Colour range offers 15 shades of colour in two variations of thickness – 3mm or 5mm – offering customers an attractive depth and intensity of colour that are ideal for an exciting variety of applications for digital or screen printing, graphics adhesion and fabrication. This includes Neon Pink, Neon Green, Raspberry and Black Sparkle, the four colours launched to great fanfare at FESPA Digital 2013 in London. Foamalux Ultra, the company’s high gloss premium surface PVC offering, will also be showcased on the stand. Available in white, red, yellow, green, blue, grey and black, the 3mm or 5mm product offers enhanced UV protection and a high quality gloss finish. Digital and screen printers looking for a high quality environmentallyfriendly option to print, adhere graphics, engrave or route should visit the stand to view Brett Martin’s Foamalux Xtra. It comprises up to 80% recycled content in its black core, which is sandwiched between one or two bright white PVC surfaces and provides the optimum surface for any sign and display application.
“The breadth and diversity of the Foamalux range makes it the leader in the market, enabling printers to design and deliver more innovative products than ever before with a stunning array of vibrant colours,” explains Duncan Smith, Sales Director, Brett Martin. “Brett Martin focusses on developing products that deliver superior image quality, print clarity and colour reproduction and visitors will be able to witness this for themselves at our stand at FESPA Digital 2014.” Marpet-g FS –
transparent flat sheets for a crystal clear picture Brett Martin will also showcase its wide array of transparent sheets – including PETg, Marpet-g FS – which was also launched at FESPA last year. Offering exceptional ease of workability in print and display applications, Marpet-g is a lightweight, durable, 100% recyclable clear substrate with excellent optical clarity and light transmission properties. The sheet, currently
available in thicknesses of 1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 7.5mm is an ideal graphics adhesion solution suitable for digital and screen printing. Finally, Marlon FS provides 200 times more impact resistance than glass, at only half the weight. The fire resistant clear plastic, which is also available in bronze and opal tints, is easy to handle and offers brilliant design flexibility. And, for more challenging applications, specifiers have the
option to add a hard coat for additional abrasion and graffiti resistance. Duncan Smith concludes, “Our wide range of transparent sheets are well established in the wide format market now as Brett Martin continues to help the print and display community to create eye-catching applications that enables them to diversify and stand out. We can’t wait to engage with our existing and prospective customers to discuss these opportunities and more.”
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Italian printer expands ‘environmental’ printing portfolio with a second Goss Universal XL
nion Printing will add a further Universal XL press to its exist ing Goss press facilities at the Viterbo site, just north of Rome, this spring. The decision to expand comes as a result of high demand for the company’s services and, in particular, for its high-quality coldset print solution. The new Universal XL consists of a four-high tower, with 578 mm cut-off and 1700 mm web width, plus a folder equipped with quarter fold. This expansion will increase capacity for its growing market of ‘GDO’ (Grande Distribuzione Organizzata) products, primarily supermarket flyers and retail inserts. The key deciding factor for the second Goss Universal XL was its proven coldset capability to print high-quality
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products. “We have built on the success of our first Universal XL press installation,” comments, Rober to Pepponi, managing director of Union Printing, “so it was the natural next step for us to develop further with the technology and applications that have proven themselves so well. The productivity of our existing Universal XL press is vast, the print quality is high, the cost of production is lower and, most importantly, our customers are happy. The response from customers to our first installation was excellent and we believe that there is an opportunity to gain further market share with the second.” Founded in 1974, Union Printing is a family-owned and -run company, dealing in commercial and semi-commercial printing using a range of print-
ing equipment. Despite challenging times in the market, Roberto Pepponi, has continued to build his business through an unconventional approach to providing a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective print service. The original Universal XL installation at Union Printing, the first of its kind worldwide, resulted directly from Pepponi’s unique vision to harness the power of top-quality coldset printing for application to a traditionally heatset product type. Its application of web offset technology enabled the company to join the Ecompany Prints project. As part of the project Union Printing has been able to consistently measure its carbon footprint, gaining the
SA 8000 certification, and firmly cementing its values both for print service provider and end customer. The company continues to increase production print volumes; its current Universal XL press runs three shifts per day, six days a week. “Union Printing has become a market leader in Italy through recognizing the need to grow in an increasingly greenaware environment, and with a costconscious customer base,” explains Jennifer N’Guyen, area sales manager for Goss International. “As a result Union Printing has continued to go from strength to strength. The new Universal XL press will provide the means for the company to keep growing in line with its exceptional industry vision.”
NEW PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY CENTER Featuring Vpak web offset press system Facility dedicated to packaging press demonstrations, testing and pursuit of advanced printing concepts? Vpak 500 press features seven web offset units with EB and UV curing and flexo coating. A Goss Vpak web offset press configured for packaging printing demonstrations and testing is the centerpiece of the company’s new Packaging Technology Center, which opened this week.
oss will also use the 650square-meter (7,000square-foot) Center at its headquarters in Durham, New Hampshire (USA) to bring converters, brand owners and suppliers together to jointly explore market requirements and new print production ideas. Investment in the new Packaging Technology Center is a further indication of the Goss commitment to the packaging sector, according to Peter Walczak, director of product management for Goss. “Converters and brand owners are looking for lower costs, higher print quality, easier repeatability, faster turnaround times and shorter run lengths,” Walczak explains. “We have created a facility to demonstrate our Vpak web offset technology and also to generate and test new concepts for improved packaging printing.” The initial Vpak press system in operation at the Goss Packaging Technology Center has seven web offset units as well as EB and UV curing and flexo coating capabilities. The system prints on film substrates from 9 to 75 microns thick and board substrates as thick as 100 gsm. Web widths of up to 850 mm (33.5 inches) can be accommodated, and the repeat range is from 406 – 812 mm (16 – 32 inches).
and Asia. Educational programs for converters and brand owners will begin later this spring. The Center is also available as a controlled site for suppliers interested in testing inks, chemicals and auxiliary technologies for web offset production. Precision Press (USA) installed the first Vpak 500 press system for label and flexible packaging applications last year. Goss will ship a wider Vpak 3000 press for a board printing application in May. Goss Vpak 500 and Vpak 3000 web offset press models for folding carton, flexible packaging, pre-print and label applications are available in web widths from 520 mm to 1905 mm (20.5 to 75 inches) and print at speeds of up to 457 meters (1,500 feet) per minute. Key features include quick-change sleeve adapter technology for efficient, cost-effective size changes, and advanced offset inking, tension and control systems.
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Xeikon Café on Packaging Innovations showcases digital heat transfer label production
ustomer and partner Diamond Photofoil will present how digital heat transfer labeling changed its business At the Xeikon Café event, taking place May 20 till 22 in Belgium, Xeikon and its Aura Partners will explore how digital printing could enhance the business of label and packaging printers, converters as well as print buyers by making profit from short to medium runs. The three day-event will highlight the complete range of Xeikon's label and packaging application suites: Folding Carton Suite; Self-Adhesive Label Suite; Heat Transfer Label Suite and In-Mold Label Suite. This release
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provides more details on what Xeikon has in store for anyone interested in digital heat transfer label production. "The event will be informative and interactive, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions," says Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director of Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging. "Digital heat transfer label production is still a largely untapped market. We are convinced that, together with our partners, we have created a solution that will allow visitors to exploit its potential." "Heat transfer labels are typically used to decorate all sorts of promotional items, such as pens, magnets, pen holders, soap
dispensers or industrial products like plastic buckets, pails and cartridges. They can be applied to a variety of shapes and forms and, because they are so thin, brand owners can achieve a more exclusive no-label look. Conventional heat transfer labels are produced using screen printing, which offers limited image quality, or gravure printing. The latter achieves high quality but the high cost of the print cylinders makes it only feasible for long runs," Weymans continues. "In Europe, heat transfer labels represent a minor share of the label and packaging market. Traditional techniques for decorating industrial plastic containers are direct offset or direct screen printing. However, these
methods have certain drawbacks like lower image quality, cost and time of prepress and print run inflexibility.” Xeikon Heat Transfer Label Suite offers a low-complex solution By combining digital label printing technology with heat transfer application processes, the drawbacks of conventional heat transfer labeling or direct printing can be overcome. With digital printing there is no setup time and each print can be different, enabling full personalization of promotional as well as industrial items. Xeikon’s dry toner electrophotography in particular is a highly stable and reliable digital printing process,
offering several unique advantages in terms of print quality, color accuracy and consistency, light fastness and food and consumer product safety. Like any of Xeikon’s label and packaging application suites, the Heat Transfer Label Suite consists of a Xeikon 3000 Series press, complemented with four supporting components: (1) software, (2) consumables and tools, (3) print media and (4) pre- and postprinting equipment. This suite is the result of close collaboration between Xeikon and its Aura Partners, offering a compact and low-complex solution. Especially for the decoration of industrial items, the advantage of this heat transfer labeling solution, compared to inmold labeling or self-adhesive labeling, is significant. It offers molders an opportunity to create additional value-adding business opportunities. Printed labels are simply slit and rewound and can be fed into a wide range of applicators, ready to be applied, without any extra varnishing, die-cutting and rewinding or stacking needed. Live printing of promotional and industrial heat transfer labels During the Xeikon Café, a Xeikon 3000 Series press, equipped with CMYK and opaque white toner, will be printing promotional as well as industrial heat transfer labels. The order in which the five printing stations will be mounted is the reverse of that used for the printing of self-adhesive labels or folding cartons. The prints will be slit and rewound using an inline Xeikon rewinder (PMR). Following applications will be produced: a promotional heat transfer label printed on a 23 μ PET foil with a special release coating from Diamond Photofoil. No pretreatment of the PET foil is required. Using a conventional heat transfer label applicator, the prints can be applied on items such as pens and cups without any special surface treatment of the items required. The toner layer ensures sufficient adhesion. an industrial heat transfer label to be applied using the Presstrans heat
transfer process, specifically developed for the decoration of rigid containers that are flame-treated to improve adhesion. This label will be printed on an untreated siliconized PET foil produced by Siliconature and can be applied by a MOSS applicator. an industrial heat transfer label to be applied using Thermage, a heat transfer process commonly used in Asia and North America. The labels will be printed on wax-coated label stock. Prior to the printing, this wax coating is preconditioned with a primer from Actega Wit. This type of label can be applied to any plastic container using a Tronics applicator. Both industrial label applications will also demonstrate how Xeikon's VariLane enables the printing of labels with different SKUs and different sizes along the web – in one and the same run – thereby increasing productivity and reducing material waste. Samples of objects decorated with any of the applications printed at the event will be available on display. And during several technical seminars, the Aura Partners who contributed to the Heat Transfer Label Suite will explain why certain choices in terms of equipment, tools and consumables, software or print media were made. MEET THE CUSTOMER: DIAMOND PHOTOFOIL “Nothing beats first-hand experiences so we are very pleased that David Hitch, managing director of Diamond Photofoil, has agreed to share his story at the event,” says Weymans. “Over the years, this successful customer became a valuable partner, heavily involved in the development of the Heat Transfer Label Suite.” Established in 1968 as an injection molding company, UK-based Diamond Photofoil (www.photofoil.com) has since grown into a leader in the specialist field of printing on plastic components. About 20 years ago, the company already developed its own silk screen transfer process. It was no surprise it was also one of the first companies to explore the possibilities of digital transfer
printing. In 2000, Diamond Photofoil installed its first Xeikon-built digital press, which was regularly upgraded. Since 2010, the company has been operating a Xeikon 3000 Series press to produce its Photofoil™ transfers.
variable repeat length and always print at top speed, regardless of the number of colors used. Labels of different dimensions can be printed in one and the same run, without any adjustment to the press, thereby maximizing productivity.
These digitally printed transfers are supplied for application by its customers or Diamond Photofoil applies them to its customers’ products using specialist hot foil machines. In cooperation with GPE Ardenghi, for example, it has developed a highly automated solution for pen decoration. Diamond Photofoil also decorates products using silkscreen transfers, direct silkscreen, rotary, hot foiling and pad printing.
Depending on the model, the maximum imaging width is up to 508 mm (20”). The larger width increases the scope of applications as well as productivity.
About the Xeikon Café on Packaging Innovations – easy and free registration The Xeikon Café will take place at Xeikon’s production site in Lier, Belgium. It will run from May 20 till May 22, with basically the same program each day so participants can choose the date that best suits them. Attendance is free but registration is required online at www.xeikoncafe.com. The Xeikon Café is hosted in collaboration with the following Xeikon Aura Partners, who will all attend the event: 3M, AB Graphic International, ACTEGA Terra, Advanced Track & Trace, Argos Solutions, Bograma, CERM, CHILI Publish, Diamond Photofoil, Grafisk Maskinfabrik, Highcon, Hybrid Software, Iggesund, Kama, Label Traxx, Meech International, Michelman, OneVision, Rietstack, RotoMetrics, Schober Technologies, Siliconature, Stora Enso, Squid Inks, ThermoFlexX, Treofan, Tronics and UPM Raflatac. About the Xeikon 3000 Series The Xeikon 3000 Series comprises five simplex presses, differing in maximum printing speed and imaging width. They have several unique features that make them ideally suited to heat transfer label printing: All presses are full rotary with
True 1200 dpi combined with four-bit variable-dot density offers the image quality the market has come to expect, while automated quality control ensures perfect color registration and maintains color accuracy and consistency throughout print runs as well as between jobs and across presses. This resolution also makes it possible to print fine details, enabling the addition of bar codes and security features, such as microtext. Xeikon’s QA-I toner contains no harmful chemicals, meets FDA and ISEGA standards for food packaging applications and is CPSIA compliant. It also offer a high degree of lightfastness. When printing labels on transparent or metallic media on a Xeikon press, one pass is all it takes to produce a perfectly opaque white base layer, offering a better opacity than 'flexo white'. All Xeikon presses are equipped with the X-800 digital front-end, combining prepress, data processing and press operation functionality. It comes with several add-ons especially developed for label production, such as VariLane enabling the printing of labels with different SKUs and different sizes in the same run. Integrated into the X800 are all the necessary tools to efficiently implement color management, ensuring consistent and reproducible results. The X-800 further offers seamless integration and connectivity with any market-leading PDF, design and production workflows. As a result, it enables the implementation of fully integrated heat transfer label production workflows. printingreview | may-june 2014 | 27
CONTI-AIR® Black Sticky presented for the first time at METPACK in Essen
ew development for high-quality sheet iron and plastic tube printing • High printing quality and accurate ink transfer
Tube printing is now provided by CONTI-AIR®. At METPACK in Essen (May 6 to 10, 2014), ContiTech's printing blanket specialists will be presenting a new selfadhesive printing blanket for metal packaging for the first time. Additional powerful printing blankets for metal packaging will also be on display. Trade fair visitors from all over the world will find CONTI-AIR® in hall 1.0, booth number F53. The centerpiece of the presentation: the self-adhesive printing blanket CONTI-AIR® Black Sticky. The new product from ContiTech has been specially developed for printing using the DryOffset procedure. It is used in high-quality sheet iron and plastic tube printing, and prints cosmetic tubes as well as beverage cans and bottle labels. CONTI-AIR® Black Sticky New to the range: The self-adhesive printing blanket CONTI-AIR® Black Sticky for metal packaging has been specially developed for printing using the DryOffset procedure. "Self-adhesive printing blankets are a small but wellestablished market in the packaging industry, a market that we want to tap into for the first time now. With CONTIAIR® Black Sticky, we are adding a further interesting high-tech product to our comprehensive printing blanket range," declares Matthias Ostkamp, who is in charge of marketing the new product in his role as Area Manager at CONTI-AIR®. Optimum abrasion resistance and electrostatic properties The quality of a printing blanket determines the quality of the printing. For this reason, the self-adhesive printing blankets are manufactured using ContiTech's tried-andtested technology. They feature the innovative CONTIAIR® compressible layer, and are fitted with a shearresistant adhesive, which can be removed without leaving any residue. The self-adhesive blankets ensure precise ink transfer and perfect printing. Filled with carbon black, the cover plate compound also optimizes the abrasion resistance and electrostatic properties. The printing blankets are coated with a special adhesive on the company's own machines, and finished off in accordance with the specific machine requirements. Depending on the customer's needs, every format required can be catered for using CAD-controlled technology. In addition, the CONTI-AIR® Black Sticky can 30 | may-june 2014 | printingreview
be classified by thickness if necessary, and delivered in individual packages. Further high-tech printing blankets for metal printing in the product range CONTI-AIR® will also be displaying climate-neutral printing blankets from the HC line as well as the CONTI-AIR® 7PLUS and CONTI-AIR® UV PLUS blankets at METPACK in Essen. All of these products are robust high-tech specialists for metal printing, and feature a special CONTI-AIR® compressible layer of closed micro-cells with an overpressure.
‘Game changer’ digital flexo solution delivers results that rival offset and gravure for VEEPEE Esko Full HD Flexo and CDI technology supports VEEPEE's technology embracing ethos
‘game changer’ investment has enabled leading Indian tradeshop VEEPEE Graphic Solutions to become one of the first Asian companies to adopt Esko “Full HD Flexo” and obtain the Full HD Flexo Certification. “The installation of Esko's CDI with Full HD Flexo technology and the subsequent certification has put us in a select group of elite operations, globally certified to Esko Full HD Flexo,” states Jai Chandra, VEEPEE’s Managing Director. As a longstanding Esko customer, VEEPEE followed the development of Esko's Full HD screening and Inline UV technology. “With numerous developments in the flexible packaging industry favoring flexographic printing, there was a need for higher solid ink density and better ink lay to match the quality of gravure printing,” says Chandra. “Though there were a few competing technologies, we decided, again, to work with Esko as Full HD Flexo has proven to be a stable, consistent and reliable technology.”
to invest in our first CDI. Going digital was the order of the day then otherwise we would have been out of business by now. Esko helped us to easily enter the digital market.” Other investments over the past years include licenses for a raft of Esko prepress software solutions such as PackEdge, FlexRip and Plato to name a few. As the flexo printing process evolved over the years, and with lot more packaging jobs shifting from offset and gravure to flexographic printing, the challenge was to reproduce high quality graphics. This is when Esko launched their inline UV technology with HD Flexo screening. VEEPEE once again leveraged on the technology evolution by installing the first CDI with the inline UV and HD screening in the Asian region by the end of 2009. Last year, VEEPEE extended its cooperation with Esko by adopting Full HD Flexo, which enabled the company to increase production capabilities. “Working with Esko Full HD Flexo, we achieve higher solid
ink densities with the existing press parameters. We can print clean solids and extend the color gamut thanks to the microcell technology; and we can eliminate the halo around text and lines - a common phenomenon with flexo printing. Thanks to these benefits, we took label and flexible packaging printing to the next level and produced results that can be readily compared to offset or gravure. A lot of trials are being undertaken in corrugated post print, which is the next emerging market for flexographic printing. Our decision to invest in Esko Full HD Flexo was a game changer,” says Chandra. He continues:” With Full HD Flexo, our existing customers achieve better print quality with their existing machines and dispel the myth that flexo is unable to produce quality as good as offset and gravure. Full HD Flexo also enables to maintain predictable and sustainable print results. Today, with an end-to-end solution from workflow to plate imaging, we
can handle more complex jobs, enhance productivity, increase job turnaround time and reduce errors, thereby increasing our profitability. We can be assured to expand our customer base without any compromise on our bottom line.” Embracing emerging trends VEEPEE is now poised to embrace the emerging possibilities adds Chandra: ”The flexo prepress business is expected to grow in the next 10 years, with an important part of that growth in the flexible packaging and corrugated sector. As business is getting more localized, we will be looking at a 'spoke and wheel' module, where prepress will be done at a centralized location and multiple plate processing units close to our customer sites. This will help us service our customers better with faster turnaround times and also reduce investment costs on software and infrastructure. As the Esko CDIs with Full HD Flexo are very stable imaging systems, we are confident we will make this business module a big success.”
Leading edge technology VEEPEE's relationship with Esko started in 2006 with the installation of a CDI (Cyrel Digital Imager). “This was a conscious decision. Esko has a strong focus on flexo prepress solutions, both for software and hardware, and we already had our entire front-end on the Esko platform,” explains Chandra. “Following a detailed research of all technologies available on the market, we realized that CDIs accounted for most of the CTP systems installed in the world during that period. Our trust in Esko and its technology was the decisive factor
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Xeikon extends successful “See The Proof” campaign
asy and straightforward way of evaluating the quality and benefits of digital production now also available for folding carton, document and commercial print applications Eede, The Netherlands, March 14, 2014 – Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is inviting packaging and commercial printers to put digital print to the test through its “See The Proof" program, first launched last year. This successful program offers converters and printers a low-threshold way of testing and evaluating the quality of digital printing using their own label, packaging or commercial print projects. Xeikon's dedicated website for this campaign, www.seetheproof.com, is available now through the end of 2014. “The response we received on last year's See The Proof campaign was so overwhelming that we decided to stage it again in 2014, extending it from its original focus on labels to include folding carton and general commercial print production,” says Patrick Van Baelen, VP Marketing at Xeikon. “This easy-to-use program provides an innovative and
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convenient way for printers and converters of all types to evaluate the quality and benefits of digital production, and investigate how they can expand and grow their business. We feel this is an important service to the industry, since all segments are seeing increased demand for the values that digital printing delivers, including shorter cycle time and cost-effective production of short runs without any sacrifice in quality.” Seeing is believing Via the enhanced website www.seetheproof.com operations around the world can upload their own digital files. The work will be printed using Xeikon’s digital presses. Label designs will be printed using three different materials
with ICE toner: structured wine label material, metalized labels and transparent PE. For folding carton work, two different packaging substrates will be used, while all document and commercial printing applications will be produced on two document grades. Xeikon prints the proof The Xeikon 3000 Series presses will be producing the label and folding carton designs. “The folding carton market is on the brink of a breakthrough in digital," comments Van Baelen. "The discussion is no longer about quality, which is a given with the 3000 Series, but is now more focused on workflow management and speeding time to market. We have many customer stories from the label and folding carton
segments that validate the utility of the Xeikon 3000 Series in achieving these aims.” Document and commercial prints will be produced on a Xeikon 8000 Series press. “We make it easy for printers to benchmark our strengths – outstanding quality combined with the highest productivity. Companies simply upload a file that will be printed in a roll-to-roll configuration, and then they can judge for themselves,” Van Baelen explains. Finished work will be delivered by a Xeikon representative who will be pleased to discuss the changing business requirements of the participating companies and how high quality short-run digital production can help address many of those requirements.
FESPA’s World Wrap Masters speeds back to FESPA Digital 2014 compete in the four day competition to win the •3,000 cash prize. The runner-up will receive •1,500. Duncan MacOwan, Head of New Media & Events, FESPA comments: “Wrapping is going from strength to strength in the industry. Where it has traditionally been cars that have been wrapped, people are now using the technique to develop creative and inspiring applications. So, while cars will remain the focal point of our wrap competition, this year we’re introducing a variety of other items to wrap to illustrate the wider application and potential of wrapping.”
ADRENALIN FUELLED FEATURE RETURNS WITH NEW FORMAT As part of FESPA’s Feature Hub programme, FESPA’s World Wrap Masters will return for FESPA Digital 2014 (20-23 May 2014) with a brand new competition format. The pro wrap competition will remain the focal point of the World Wrap Masters, in which up to 36 individuals from across the globe will go head-to-head to compete to become the World Wrap Master. Taking place in the Wrap Hub (stand 150, Hall A2), this year’s participants will not just be wrapping cars, but will also have the chance to wrap an array of more challenging items such as mannequins, bathroom fittings and Scandyna Podspeakers to showcase the wider applications of wrapping. Piotr Cinski who was crowned FESPA World Wrap Master at FESPA 2013 in London returns to the competition this year as a judge alongside regular Wrap Master judge, Ole Solskin. Pro-wrappers will
This year FESPA will also introduce a head-to-head competition, open to anyone, in which visitors will be invited to join in and wrap a car door ‘against the clock’. The World Wrap Masters judges will also be on hand at lunchtime on each day of the show to offer insight and guidance into the world of wrapping. The judges – pro wrappers themselves – will also demonstrate advanced techniques and discuss the business opportunities open to the wrap community. Duncan adds: “The Wrap Masters is always a crowd pleaser and this year, instead of visitors just watching the pro wrappers, they can now join in, making it an interactive event for everyone. So for printers looking to diversify into vehicle or any other type of wrapping, the Wrap Hub is the perfect place to get started and try it out for themselves.” To register your interest in competing in the World Wrap Masters, please visit: www.regonline.co.uk/ worldwrapmastersfinal For more information about FESPA Digital 2014 and to register to attend the event, please visit: www.fespadigital.com printingreview | may-june 2014 | 33
Canon announces new imagePROGRAF models FOR TECHNICAL DOCUMENT AND IN-HOUSE PRINTING MARKETS
ew upgraded devices imagePROGRAF iPF680, iPF685, iPF780, iPF785
Increased productivity, convenience and print quality for CAD, AEC, GIS and in-house printing applications New scan/print/archive solutions with launch of imagePROGRAF iPF780 MFP, iPF785 MFP and iPF8400SE MFP Canon, a world leader in imaging solutions, has today upgraded its large format printer range with the launch of new imagePROGRAF devices, some including optional MFP capabilities. Following the launch of two 6-colour SE models in February, Canon is further strengthening its line-up of 5-colour models that feature broad capabilities to address applications from high-end CAD and engineering drawings to full colour 3D renderings for AEC and even in-house poster printing. The seven new models comprise two 5-colour, 610mm (24”) devices - the imagePROGRAF iPF680/iPF685 – and two 5-colour, 914mm (36”) devices – the imagePROGRAF iPF780/ iPF785 - together with two new MFP solutions, the imagePROGRAF iPF780 MFP and iPF785 MFP. Building on the success of Canon’s 5-colour MFP solutions, the new iPF8400SE 6colour pigment device is also available as an MFP, offering longerlasting and more durable output thanks to its pigment ink set. Developed for the fast production of high quality technical documents in CAD (Computer-Aided Design), AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) and GIS (Geographical Information System) environments, the imagePROGRAF iPF680/ iPF685 and iPF780/iPF785 deliver 34 | may-june 2014 | printingreview
higher productivity and lower running costs than their predecessors, thanks to a number of new features. All models have a faster output speed, with the iPF680/685 able to print A1 in 25 seconds and the iPF780/785 able to print A0 in 41 seconds. The internal hard disk drive in the iPF685/iPF785 has been increased to 320GB, offering much more storage for print jobs. For each ink colour, users can also now choose between the previous 130ml ink tank or a larger, high capacity, 300ml ink tank that, by reducing the frequency of ink replacement, supports high-volume continuous printing and reduces the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), as the cost per millilitre of ink is lower. The new models retain their spacesaving design, which enables all operations from the front of the machine and the machine itself to be installed flush against a wall, and their ‘hot-swap’ ink tank capability, so that the ink tanks can be replaced without stopping the machine. The print quality of the output is improved as well, thanks to the introduction of a new magenta ink that expands the colour gamut and produces clearer red text and lines in CAD drawings, architectural renderings, posters and POS displays. Canon is further addressing the needs of a diverse range or uses with upgrades to its popular workflow software. Direct Print & Share, which allows users to collaborate and print via the cloud, has been upgraded to version 2.0 to support a broad range of cloud providers and to allow the printing of HPGL/2 files. A new ‘Shortcut’ print feature further extends the capability of being able to print without opening files by allowing
users to automatically print - to predefined settings - just by dragging files into a Shortcut, which suits environments where automation and centralised control of printing are key. It also saves time and effort and allows batch printing of multiple file types. PosterArtist and PosterArtist Lite have been updated to v2.5, providing full integration with Direct Print & Share and enabling the user to save and share posters in the cloud. By doing so, the software provides even more benefits to users to create superb posters with easy-to-use steps and share with other collaborative team members. Available from August this year from the Apple App Store will also be an application that will allow printing from an iPad on the new Canon imagePROGRAF 5-colour models. As well as the improvements to the print engines, the scanning capability of Canon’s imagePROGRAF MFP solutions has also expanded. A new version of SmartWorks software, v3.5, provides enhanced technical capabilities. Maximum scan length has been increased to 15m, perfect for digitising large plan drawings from utility companies and government planning departments. The optional ‘SmartWorks v3.5 Plus’ supports the production of multipage PDFs on the fly, PDF/A
scanning, and RGB colour correction in ‘Preview’ mode, meeting the requirements for large engineering projects and government offices. “In the CAD, GIS and AEC markets, we have continued to see a greater demand for colour technical drawings as well as a shift from centralised output to distributed printing at multiple sites,” said Duncan Smith, Director of Wide Format Group, Canon UK. “Similarly in the poster market, the pursuit of more efficient operations and faster turnaround is leading to an increase in the internal production of a broad range of communications. Canon has therefore addressed these clear customer demands with the new imagePROGRAF models, which deliver greater productivity, print quality and convenience.” All the new Canon imagePROGRAF models will be available from the start of May 2014 through Authorised Canon Partners. Direct Print & Share v2.0 and PosterArtist Updater for v2.5 are available for download from the Canon Software Download Centre at http://software.canon-europe.com/ More information is available on the Canon website at : www.canon.co.uk
Sun Chemical Wins Customer Excellence Award at the EFIA Awards 2014
un Chemical’s UK & Ireland Customer Service Centre based at Trafford Park has been awarded the Customer Excellence Award at the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) Annual Awards 2014. The Customer Excellence Award is given to the team that demonstrates an outstanding level of customer service. By entering, Sun Chemical’s Customer Service Team demonstrated its process of continuously improving and showcasing their ‘right first time’ approach. Sun Chemical was the only ink supplier to win one of the two awards presented in the Customer Excellence category, which was judged by an independent expert. Sun Chemical’s entry contained information on training, measurements and approach to customer service, as well as its integration with the rest of the business. Sun Chemical’s UK & Ireland Packaging Division also picked up the Silver Award for Supplier of the Year which is based on independent nominations from printers. This reiterates the quality, innovation and service Sun Chemical delivers to its customers on a daily basis. The EFIA Annual Print Awards offers participating companies the opportunity to gain public recognition of their achievements and demonstrate the outstanding degree of excellence the flexographic printing process has achieved to date. The Awards Ceremony was held at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton on Thursday 20 March and attended by members of the UK Packaging and Customer Service Team along with some of their customers.
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Fujifilm steams ahead in UV inkjet ink development Variety of new UV inkjet inks launched at FESPA 2014 Fujifilm announces the launch of number of new inks at this year’s FESPA Digital (20-23 May, Munich) targeted at a variety of applications. This new offering allows print service providers to generate business in new application areas using existing wide-format hardware. Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems (FSIS), based in Broadstairs UK, has been the leader in UV inkjet technology for 15 years, and continues to go from strength to strength. Tudor Morgan, systems marketing manager at FSIS, comments: “15 years ago we were the first company to patent a UV ink, and we now hold more patents for this technology than anyone else. Over this period we have worked hard with leading industry OEMs to ensure that UV is the ink of choice for wide-format machines in terms of quality and performance.” Building on this industry-renowned heritage, FSIS has been working closely with the company’s R&D department in Tokyo. Together they are developing next generation inks that focus on more creative applications, such as light industrial, as well as point-of-purchase where they are already well established. “With our history in UV technology we can demonstrate to the industry that we really do understand the requirements of each and every application. The chemistry that needs to go into each ink formulation is unique, and our team works hard to look for formulations that are future-proof, and also more cost effective than some of today’s solutions,” adds Tudor.
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The Fujifilm chemists are continually carrying out fundamental research into the chemical synthesis of inks, and even go so far as to create new raw materials in order to develop a cutting edge ink formulation. Taking these unique formulations and manufacturing all products on one site, allows the company to provide the quality, consistency and reliability the industry is looking for. This is based on over 60 years’ experience in screen solvent inks, screen UV and UV inkjet, complemented by Fujifilm’s own approach to quality assurance. The company also builds its own unique ink dispersions, enabling it to control the reliability and stability of each ink. At FESPA 2014, Fujifilm is bringing to market four new inks, all of which will enable customers to achieve end results more quickly, and offer greater quality and versatility. These new inks, which have a range of potential end uses, provide the
industry with more choice when combined with equipment purchases, and also give end users more options for filling their printers with work, ultimately giving a faster payback.. In addition, Fujifilm is also offering new design and delivery systems for its inks, for instance pouches, which can maximise the environmental and economic benefits for printers. Uvijet OH The latest Uvijet ink development for the Onset, Uvijet OH has been formulated for use with Polyethylene and Polypropylene materials that are becoming more popular due to their ability to be recycled. Uvijet OL Uvijet OL is a new low odour corrugated ink which satisfies the DiN EN 1230-1 standard aimed at display and secondary packaging, with the residual odour for OL
mimicking that of water based flexo inks. Uvijet KV Fujifilm’s new thermoforming UVcured inkjet ink, Uvijet KV is aimed at light industrial applications. This new formulation maintains the high quality, vivid colours and excellent performance expected from a Fujifilm ink, with no compromise to the print speed of the Acuity Advance Select printers it is used with. It has outstanding elongation properties of 300-400% when heat formed. Uvijet QN white Uvijet QN white is a new white ink which has also been developed to increase the scope of possible applications on the Uvistar. This ink will allow users to produce superwide format posters which can be illuminated for either day or night usage.
Canon to demonstrate the diversity of wide format print at Sign & Digital UK 2014
anon to demonstrate the diversity of its wide format offering at Sign & Digital UK
Stand visitors to see live demonstrations of the Océ Arizona 660XT, Océ Arizona 480GT and Océ ColorWave 900 Expert advice as well as customer success stories on offer to inspire visitors to see the full potential of wide format print Hall 2, Stand G10, Sign & Digital UK, NEC Birmingham, 29 April to 1 May 2014 Canon will be demonstrating the diversity of its wide format offering at Sign & Digital UK (29 April – 1 May 2014, NEC, Birmingham). On the stand there will be a focus on how its range of printers, software and substrates can enable customers to be more creative with wide format print, to open up additional revenue channels and improve delivery
times. The stand (G10, Hall 2) will feature the latest additions to Canon’s Arizona and ColorWave ranges, demonstrating the company’s position as a single source for all wide format solution and service needs. Inspirational customer success stories will accompany the equipment on show, including: The versatile Océ Arizona 660XT UV flatbed printer – catering for customers who require highproduction throughput of standard graphics or additional ink channels to expand application possibilities The Océ Arizona 480GT – perfect for creating exciting and high value applications for Point-of-Sale (POS) and speciality applications The Océ ColorWave 900 – offering unprecedented large format colour production capabilities with speeds
of up to 1,000 square metres per hour. The Océ ColorWave 650 poster printer with Océ CrystalPoint imaging technology will feature on the stand, demonstrating the ideal solution for printers requiring instantly dry poster prints for costeffective, high-quality POS applications. Additionally, Canon Imaging Supplies will share the Online Media Guide – a unique database that matches Canon media with all brands of printers. Partnering with Canon at Sign & Digital UK is Zünd, showcasing the S3 L1600 digital flatbed cutter for fast, compact, and uncompromising precision and design capabilities. “Sign & Digital UK is the perfect platform for Canon to demonstrate its continuing commitment to the sign making, display solutions and wide format digital printing sectors,” said Dominic Fahy, Business Group Manager, Display Graphics Systems
and Imaging Supplies, Canon (UK) & Ireland. “Seeing the power of distinctive printed applications up close is invaluable in helping customers understand the true potential of wide format print and that is our ultimate aim. “Wide format print opens up endless opportunities for printers and, used creatively, gives them the chance to both explore additional avenues with existing customers and also knock on doors and open profitable new business with exciting applications,” said Fahy. “Whether visitors to the show are looking for technology to deliver high quality applications at productive speeds, or for advice on how to drive creativity and diversify their customer offering, we will have experts on-hand to help,” he added. A daily competition running on the Canon stand throughout the show will enable visitors the opportunity to win a Canon EOS digital SLR camera. printingreview | may-june 2014 | 37
Domino launched water-based AQ90BK black ink at Ipex 2014
omino launched a brand new ink at Ipex 2014, suitable for specific use with its K600i single colour high resolution digital ink jet press. The AQ90BK is a black aqueous ink which provides end users with excellent performance over a range of applications, as well as being a cost-effective option compared with UV-curable ink solutions. Developed by Domino to work reliably with the latest generation high-speed print heads used in its K600i printer, this new ink is for use
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on porous substrates commonly used in transactional, book, newspaper, mailing, ticket and form applications. The environmentallyfriendly AQ90BK ink delivers exceptional in-printer performance thanks to a combination of low viscosity and low evaporation rates. It provides excellent end user properties on porous substrates including high optical density, low show through and superior image quality.
Celsius. AQ90BK is ideal for variable data printing (VDP) including barcodes, 2D codes such as data matrix and QR codes, graphics, addresses and transactional data.
With good adhesion and scratch resistance, it also allows for decap times of up to one hour at 23°
“We are delighted to launch this new aqueous ink for our K600i printer at Ipex,” comments Philip Easton,
All of these options are offered by Domino’s K600i monochrome printer, which is designed to integrate VDP within existing sheet and web-fed presses and finishing lines, or can be delivered as a standalone digital press.
Director, Domino Digital Printing Solutions Division. “We’re always listening to market feedback, and an aqueous ink option for the types of applications mentioned was something that was high on our customers’ agendas. The addition of this ink broadens the number of possibilities available when printing with the K600i, and we look forward to discussing these with visitors to our stand at Ipex.” Both ink and flush are available immediately in convenient 5 litre bottles.
Meech International explains why the print industry really needs to be aware of static financial repercussions that stem from the presence of contamination on the web. Frequent downtime spent on cleaning the printing press implies a reduction in machine speed, and therefore can lead to significant loss of production. This is obviously an unacceptable outcome for businesses that heavily rely on print. Finally, there’s the health & safety angle to take into consideration. If accumulated on web rewinds, static can potentially generate harmful operator shocks. This is particularly apparent with today’s more common filmic materials, as they tend to generate higher static charges. End users are demanding more sophisticated standards in the goods they purchase than they may have done a number of years ago, and these filmic materials are being used more commonly as they are pleasing on the eye. Q In which processes is static a particular issue and what kind of problems does it create? David Rogers - Business Unit Director for Static Control at Meech International Q Why is static an important consideration for the print industry? International businesses need to take notice of static as a phenomenon mainly because when it is present on a printing line it will attract dirt and dust, which can result in poor print quality, with the printing press necessitating frequent cleaning. But many CEOs working in this sector may not be aware of the
Static can cause many quality and productivity issues throughout the printing process, but one area that needs special attention is unwind/ rewind lines. Think about a digital label printing line, where a massive static charge can be generated both during printing and as the film or paper is unwound from a roll. These charges are capable of attracting dust to the web from several feet away.
clean them due to the build-up of contamination attracted by static charges. Considering that quality expectation is much higher these days, this is a problem that requires an effective solution. There’s also the issues with ink adhesion in the digital printing process, where uncontrolled static can actually repel the ink from the material surface. Not only does this scenario lead to increased production costs, it can also lead to reduced production speeds. Q Is the print industry fully aware of the impact of static or does it need educating? As a whole, the industry is still coming to terms with the effects static can have. A lot of companies are aware – more so today than they might have been 5 years ago – that particularly in filmic applications static control is needed, but they may not fully comprehend why. That’s where the experts can step in and help, with solid knowledge of the different applications and products available to help neutralise the charges, and keep printing lines running smoothly and at optimum speeds.
Q What are some of the challenges print manufacturers are facing today? As already mentioned, quality expectations have significantly increased for printers compared to 10 years ago, but another big challenge they face is the minimisation of downtime. Printers need to be able to cope with the high volume of customer orders they receive, which means that a spotless, static-free web is required in order to keep presses running and achieve that perfect balance between productivity and print quality. Q What does the future hold for the print industry and what will it mean for static control? It is evident that print will continue to move to digital for the foreseeable future, which of course means production speeds will carry on increasing and more filmic materials will be increasingly employed. As a consequence, there will be a need for companies like Meech International to produce static control solutions that can be employed on printing presses and that will result in high quality applications.
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Fujifilm launches new thermo forming ink for light industrial applications Fujifilm announces the launch of a brand new thermo forming UVcured inkjet ink, Uvijet KV, aimed at light industrial applications. Continual investment in R&D at its awardwinning ink manufacturing plant in Broadstairs, UK, has enabled the company to act on the recognised need for a high quality digital ink targeted at these applications. With a heritage in screen printing ink, and as the pioneer of wide format digital UV inkjet ink, Fujifilm was able to use its expertise to develop Uvijet KV. This new ink system has been designed specifically for use with the company’s renowned midrange flatbed printers, the Acuity Advance Select and Acuity Advance Select HS. The new formulation maintains the high quality, vivid colours and excellent performance expected from a Fujifilm ink, with no compromise to the print speed. Once the printing
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of a flat plastic sheet is completed, it is removed to a mould where it is heated up to take on the shape of the mould, and then cooled. The ink has outstanding elongation properties of 300-400% when heated, returning to a ‘normal’ state when cool. “The Acuity is a platform that has become established as the industry benchmark for print quality in its category, and now with the addition of Uvijet KV to the ink range, we are able to help our customers take advantage of profitable new applications,” comments Mike Battersby, marketing manager, Large Format at Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems. He continues, “Large format printing has for some time been expanding away from the ‘traditional’ graphics markets, so we’ve been using our extensive ink and application
knowledge to develop solutions which allow these systems to be used for different light industrial applications. The use of inkjet printing in thermo forming is not well established, but there is an opportunity for early adopters to use their creativity and innovation to open up and develop exciting new markets.” “Uvijet KV ink is extremely flexible so that it can heat and cool without cracking or flaking. Other UV-cured digital inks simply would not be able to achieve this level of flexibility.” He continues, “Thermo forming is an ever more popular process in industrial applications, with a variety of plastics being used. Typical substrates that could be printed include polystyrene and PETG, both of which mould easily into new shapes when hot. We are very excited about the new ink, as it opens up new business opportuni-
ties for our prospects and customers.” Tismo Products BV in The Netherlands has been one of the early adopters of this technology. Coowner, Mr Jeroen Maessen comments: “I have been particularly impressed by the print quality that we have been able to achieve with the Acuity Select 4006 and the thermo forming properties of Uvijet KV. We have plans to bring these benefits to market in a new concept based around the personalisation characteristics of a digital solution.” Uvijet KV ink is commercially available now, and will be featured on Fujifilm stands at InPrint in Hannover, Sign & Digital UK in Birmingham, and FESPA Digital in Munich. This inkjet set can be used in conjunction with Fujifilm’s UV-cured screen white, Omniplus UL.
UK PRIME MINISTER PRESENTS STRATASYS 3D PRINTED GIFT TO ISRAELI PRESIDENT IN RECOGNITION OF SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION
adassah-Hebrew University Medical Centre collaborates with University of Nottingham in the development of nano-sized particles able to grow cells in treatment of Parkinson's disease 3D printed model features black rubber-like nano-particles suspended in clear transparent material, uniquely produced in a single print, using Objet500 Connex Multi-
material 3D Printer. MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, ISRAEL - March 19, 2014 - Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping and production, today announced that the United Kingdom Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron, has presented a Stratasys 3D printed diplomatic gift to the President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, in recognition of pioneering
research between the HadassahHebrew University Medical Centre and the University of Nottingham. The reunion between political leaders Cameron and Peres announces the coming together of two nations in scientific collaboration. Scientists at the University of Nottingham have developed revolutionary nano-sized particles that can facilitate the growth of cells, while Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centre has pioneered research into Parkinson's disease for several years. Working closely together, scientists from these two academic establishments are now developing a technology that is designed to deliver these new cells into the brain to aid the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Extending the international collaboration into a diplomatic gift for Israel's President Peres, British designer, Daniel Hilldrup, and UK service bureau, IPF, were invited by the British Council to 3D print a model using Stratasys' Connex technology. Recognizing the scientific research between the nations, the highly complex model features black rubber-like nano-particles suspended in a clear transparent material - made possible with the unique Connex 3D printing technology able to combine these materials in a single printed part. In fact, uniquely, both base materials were mixed together to create 12 other material properties and greyscales to demonstrate the variation in nano particles.
"We're extremely proud to represent 3D printing in such a prestigious occasion and to push our multimaterial technology to its limits, mirroring the advanced scientific research being celebrated by these nations," says Arita Mattsoff, Vice President Marketing, Stratasys. "What's amazing about this gift in particular is that 14 different material combinations were printed in a single part. Not only does it feature black rubber-like parts inside a clear material, each nano-particle varies in hardness and gradient mimicking the individuality of particles in real-life." Gary Miller, Head of 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping at IPF, continues: "Like a ship in a bottle, producing a material inside another is just not possible using traditional manufacturing methods. In fact, no other 3D printing technology can print this combination of materials with a clear transparent material and the black. The results were amazing, especially given the fact the whole piece was produced overnight." Hilldrup concludes: "For a long time in 3D printing, we were limited by the use of only one material at a time when producing a model. Objet Connex Multi-material 3D printing changed everything - it frees you up conceptually to manufacture things that you previously could not visualise. It's really satisfying when you design something and when it's actually produced, it is true to the initial vision." printingreview | may-june 2014 | 41
STRATASYS BRINGS 3D PRINTING INTO THE CLASSROOM AT WATFORD GRAMMAR SCHOOL
atford Grammar School for Girls receives a Stratasys uPrint SE 3D Printer for the day after winning WIRED Magazine design competition Following UK government’s commitment to introduce 3D printing into the school curriculum, Stratasys highlights ‘school of tomorrow’ Stratasys, Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced that Watford Grammar School for Girls has won a Stratasys uPrint SE 3D Printer for the day, first prize for winning a design competition held by WIRED Magazine. Provided by Objet UK (Stratasys’ UK subsidiary) & Eire Platinum Reseller, Laserlines Ltd, the 3D printer enabled the students to experience the future of design and manufacturing, while echoing a recent UK government pledge for 3D printing to feature within the school curriculum. The competition saw the eight winning students receive a handson demonstration of the innovative capabilities of 3D printing, before each produced personalized iPhone cases incorporating complex moveable parts with their name on. “We are absolutely delighted to introduce 3D printing to these students, empowering them to be creative and showing them how great ideas can be made a reality,” says Andy Middleton, Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Stratasys. “Personalization, in particular, is something that we believe reflects the future of manufacturing. 3D printing customized phone cases is just one example of how this technology enables us to effectively produce one-off, customized products that fit the requirements of the individual.”
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Insight into ‘school of the future’ aligns to the UK government’s commitment to invest in 3D printing technology The 3D printing workshop at Watford Grammar follows a recent pledge from the UK Education Secretary, Michael Gove, to introduce a 3D printer in every school. According to Middleton, events like today give those involved an insight into the ‘school of tomorrow’ where 3D printers will be as commonplace as inkjet variants or photocopiers, and where students will have the tools available to design and manufacture at an early age. “Educating the next generation of designers and engineers has been a big part of our ethos here at Stratasys for many years now. We are proud to support these students and to stimulate awareness of 3D printing within STEM programmes. We believe students should be exposed to the same cutting-edge technologies they will encounter in their careers, ultimately giving them a platform to succeed,” adds Middleton. 3D printed prizes 3D printed from Stratasys’ ABSplus material using the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology, the individually-named personalized iPhone cases come in a range of colors including Yellow, Blue, Red, Green, Orange, Gray and Black, designed to endure every day wearand-tear. Further emphasizing the potential for 3D printing, while perhaps signaling the eventual demise of the traditional school photograph, the winning students also received a lifelike 3D printed model [260 x 85 x 15mm] of themselves as an attentiongrabbing memento.
FARO, a leading manufacturer of 3D scanners, scanned the students with both the Focus3D 120S and X330 Laser Scanners, to gather the raw data for the 3D photograph. Working in collaboration with CADCAM specialists, Delcam, the scan data was converted into a 3D computer model suitable for 3D printing. The final model was then output on Stratasys’ Objet260 Connex multimaterial 3D Printer.
Jam Nair, Key Stage 3 & 4 ICT Coordinator at Watford Grammar School for Girls, concludes: “We are extremely privileged to have 3D printing in our classroom and I hope that this continues to inspire students of today and tomorrow to think outside the box during design projects. The 3D printed photo will hopefully become a reminder of the creative possibilities for those involved, as well as evoke curiosity and extend their creativity in the emerging technologies.”
Individual customized phone cases 3D printed from ABSplus using Stratasys’ FDM technology
Staten Island Advance’s new Goss Magnum Compact press will boost newspaper and commercial printing capacity in New York City region
ill be first press of its kind installed in the world
Advance Publications will install a new Goss Magnum Compact press this fall in Staten Island, New York - a move that will add versatile, shortrun capability in combination with output capacity approaching that of its existing double-width system. The installation, which is expected to be completed by October, will make Advance Publications the first United States user of the press. The six full-color Magnum Compact print towers and one folder will accommodate a growing volume of contract newspaper, commercial and insert printing, and also backup a double-width press used to print the daily Staten Island Advance
newspaper. Advance Publications executives were on hand for live print tests at the Goss manufacturing facility - tests that included fully automatic plate changes. "We looked at many double-width, single-width and digital options to support our vision of a modern, multi-product print operation," said John Giustiniani, Director of Production at the Staten Island Advance. "Versatility, job-change speed, print quality and simple, cost-effective operation make the Magnum Compact unique - and the right press to meet our needs," Giustiniani added. "We were particularly impressed by its clever configuration, which takes
advantage of the low 7' 2" height [2.2 meters] of its towers - a feature that is allowing us to add the capacity we need with only very minor modifications to our existing building." Goss Autoplate technology also factored in the decision in favor of the Magnum Compact press, according to Giustiniani, who says fast makereadies for successive jobs will be a key to the success of his company's business model. The fully automatic Goss plate changing system enables operators to change all plates or any combination of plates. "The ability to go from job to job in two minutes or less with extremely low waste and operator effort makes this press cost competitive
with digital printing at around 1,000 copies," Giustiniani said. "And we will achieve the quality, economy and output of offset as the run lengths go up from there." "This investment in the heart of New York City will differentiate us among contract printers and publishers throughout the region," said Staten Island Advance Associate Publisher Keith Dawn. "The unique Goss solution will give us more versatility in producing our current titles and clear cost advantages in pursuing a wide range of newspaper and commercial work." For more information about contract newspaper, commercial and insert printing at the Staten Island Advance, contact John Giustiniani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executives from Advance Publications confirmed an order for a six-tower Goss Magnum Compact press following live print tests – which included fully automatic plate changing, two-minute job changes and low waste – at the Goss manufacturing facility. Pictured from left to right are: Peng Yong, Ben Liang, Goss International, Keith Dawn, Staten Island Advance, Associate Publisher, Wesley Clements, Mark Oggero, Goss International, Mark Grunlund, Advance Central Services, Director of Manufacturing, Russ Kliese, Goss International, John Giustiniani, Staten Island Advance, Director of Production, Dan Picco, Goss International, Bob Walters, Staten Island Advance, Commercial Print Manager. printingreview | may-june 2014 | 43
Mike Dâ€™Angelo joins Goss as managing director for the Americas D'Angelo will lead the extensive Goss sales, service and support organization addressing requirements of commercial, packaging and newspaper printing operations throughout North America and Latin America. With his industry-specific experience, he will also play an important role as Goss expands its portfolio and presence in the packaging and converting sector. D'Angelo has held sales and executive positions since 1982 with Bobst, one of the world's largest suppliers of press and auxiliary equipment for packaging and converting. He most recently led the business unit responsible for webfed products and was a member of the company's executive committee in North America. Goss president and CEO Rick Nichols says the appointment of D'Angelo is in line with a transformation of the company's organizational structure in response to changing requirements of customers. Goss has created four regional centers responsible for sales, service and support for the Americas, Europe, China and Asia.
In the newly created position of managing director for the Americas, Mike Dâ€™Angelo will lead the Goss sales, service and support organization in the region.
Experienced print sector executive will lead sales and support organization serving North America and Latin America Goss International has appointed Mike D'Angelo, an executive with more than 30 years of experience in the printing and packaging industries, to the newly created position of managing director for the Americas.
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"The environment that our customers operate in is fundamentally changing and, along with highly efficient and cost-effective technology, they are
looking for increasingly responsive service and support capabilities to optimize the performance of that technology," Nichols explains. "Our support network already differentiates Goss in the Americas, and Mike's background puts him in a unique position to help us further strengthen and coordinate that network." D'Angelo is a graduate of Villanova University (Pennsylvania, USA). He has served on the board of directors of the Flexible Packaging Association and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation. He is also a member or former member of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, the Paperboard Packaging Council, the Flexographic Technical Association and the Gravure Association of America. Goss International supplies presses and finishing systems - including the most automated, productive and cost-effective web offset presses in the world - for magazine, newspaper, catalog, packaging, direct mail and other printing applications. Headquartered in Durham, New Hampshire (USA), the company has manufacturing operations in North America, Asia and Europe and a worldwide sales and support network.
Kores India Ltd. Launches BrotherPT-H105 label printer
leek, compact and handheld, PT-H105 will now help you get organized at work and at home In line with its vision of offering innovative technologies, value for money and customer satisfaction, Kores India announced the launch of the PTH105 label printer from Brother, the Japanese multi-national brand. Kores India has been associated with Brother since 2001 and is a major player in the Indian label industry. The PT-H105 is a sleekly built labelling machine that can be used conveniently both at offices and homes. The handheld device increases efficiency by ensuring that items such as file folders, CD cases, bookshelves, filing cabinets, assetidentification, personal and home products are clearly identified. The P-touch H105 can also be used in schools, shops and other places of work. The PT-H105 prints on durable laminated tapes and prints labels with sizes ranging from 6 mm to 12mm. The printer comes with a special Auto Design and Deco mode functions that help in designing creative labels. With a fast 20mm per second print speed, the printer comes with 9 character styles, 178 symbols and 7 frames to print labels. The special Brother P-touch labels are laminated, consisting of seven layers of materials, resulting in a thin yet extremely strong label. The thermal transfer ink is placed between two protective layers of PET(polyester film),which protects the text against the effects of liquids, abrasion, tem-
perature, chemicals and sunlight. With a wide variety of tape cassettes in various widths and colours, the P-touch H105 is all set to become a must â€“ have device at homes and offices.
ABOUT KORES INDIA LTD. : Since its inception in the year 1932 with office stationery products, Kores has diversified into varied fields like banking automation, bulk pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, textiles, foundry, school products, art materials and international business. With a turnover of over Rs. 700 crores, Kores operates through a network of dealers, distributors and authorized channel partners who ensure availability of Kores products in every nook and corner of the country. This network forms an integral part of the companyâ€™s strength.Kores also supports education and health as a part of their corporate social responsibility and has been providing support in running several educational institutions and primary health care centers in the rural areas.
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Revolutionary Digital Gateway appadda, Makes WorldWide Debut at Mobile World Congress
ppadda launched for fast, affordable, revenue-driving access to digital content without Internet connection Winjit Technologies announces the worldwide launch of appadda in the What's Next Pavilion (Hall 8, Stand 8.0B58) at Mobile World Congress, 24 - 27 February. A revolutionary concept, appadda enables the monetisation of digital content that can be downloaded or streamed to mobile devices where Internet connections are unavailable or too expensive. "appadda brings fast, easy and affordable content download services to developing countries where people have mobile devices, but limited or unstable internet access," said Abhijit Junagade, cofounder, Winjit Technologies. "In the developed world, appadda presents a unique opportunity for businesses to provide internet access and easily accessible digital content, including music, games, apps and films. This is an exciting, wholly new opportunity for all kinds of businesses to enhance and add value to their services and create new revenue streams." Content is purchased via vouchers sold at appadda enabled locations. This ground-breaking new platform is ideal for use in shops, restaurants, hotels, on public transport and many other public places. (Click here to see how taxi cabs in South Africa are using appadda.) More than just a source of digital content, appadda is a brand new distribution channel enabling app developers, publishers and other content providers to share and sell their products without previous connectivity barriers. (Click here to see in more detail how the model works.)
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Also shown on the appadda stand will be Winjit Technologies' one-stop solution Enterprise Mobility Framework with applications that enable individuals to keep in touch with the essential functions of their businesses while away from the office. Winjit Enterprise Mobile Framework (WEMF) offers a framework for businesses to seamlessly adopt a mobility system that helps to enhance productivity, increase revenue and reduce cost. From secure web connections and app monetising solutions, to sophisticated content aggregation across different media and sources, WEMF offers a solid platform for a tailor-made solution.
KBA remote maintenance is secure!
KBA not affected by “Heartbleed” bug
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Marlowe Digital unveiled four new products for IPEX â€“ Stand S4 F300
arlowe Digital showcased solutions across the entire spectrum of prepress production at IPEX 2014. New products include: StudioRip XF, bringing extended features to StudioRIP, the current market leader in price/performance RIP and workflow solutions. Quantum, a new comprehensive, but low cost, service package for owners of rebadged Screen platesetters. Torrent JetFilm, an environmentally responsible and lower cost alternative to imagesetting for printers that still rely on film-based workflows. Torrent JetPlate, inkjet CTP for smaller commercial printers. StudioRIP XF StudioRIP is already the most competitively priced RIP and workflow solution on the market, known for its outstanding screening quality, user friendly interface, high end-to-end productivity and comprehensive array of features. From IPEX 2014, a new version, StudioRIP XF, built on a new rendering platform, will extend the brand's capabilities and flexibility. Some of the new features include a comprehensive suite of flexospecific tools, multi-core processing, ink-spread compensation, multiple screen types per job, multilevel imposition and improved preflighting. In addition, StudioRIP XF comes as standard with a dot-meter application, the ability to serve data to MAC client computers, faster and more accurate preview with no zoom limit, and much more. According to Derek Sizer, general manager of Marlowe, "StudioRIP was originally designed to lead the way 48 | may-june 2014 | printingreview
in high performance RIPing at an affordable price. The new StudioRIP XF far exceeds that goal. RIPing and workflow capabilities have been extended to suit all production environments, productivity has been increased and integrated new technologies ensure enduring product performance, still with a low price tag." Quantum As the exclusive, approved service provider for Screen UK CTP customers and holders of the Screen spares stock, Marlowe Digital has the expertise, resources and parts to offer fast response to owners of Screen CTP machines rebadged by other manufacturers. Marlowe Digital Quantum is a new service contract with flexible feature levels that has been developed specifically to give peace of mind to the users of these machines. At its most comprehensive "Gold" level, Quantum provides telephone, remote and on-site support, including labour, travel and spares, with a guaranteed response time. With an infrastructure built for fast response as well as an excellent supply chain and despatch service for parts, Marlowe Digital offers all of the above benefits at a very costeffective rate compared with the original equipment supplier. Torrent JetFilm With new imagesetters no longer available, but many printers still dependent on film for small format commercial print and flexo plate production, relentless research has resulted in a viable imagesetterreplacement technology. Launched at IPEX under the company's Torrent brand, the new solution includes an Epson printer,
driven by any version of StudioRIP, to produce high quality print-ready films with pin-sharp halftones, cleanedged graphics and imagesetterquality text. Specially developed inks and substrates ensure dimensional stability and high-density imaging, suitable for both commercial and flexo print applications. The use of multiple channels enables the Torrent system to output films at up to four times faster than the normal Epson speed, providing the productivity required for a busy print room. A Torrent JetFilm solution not only provides a new life for film-based print workflows, it also improves environmental credentials. With no chemicals, lower power requirements and less waste it is the ideal route to green cost savings, especially with the printer still available for colour proofs. Torrent JetPlate Torrent JetPlate has been designed to improve prepress workflows for smaller printers. It uses a similar technology and specification to Torrent JetFilm, using any Epson
inkjet printer with a suitable specification. The addition of a pinbased registration system together with the use of multiple channels ensures the direct output of inregister, print-ready plates at up to ten plates per hour. Suitable for stochastic or conventional screening up to 175lpi, the solution is ideal for 2- and 4-page printers that cannot justify the expense and running costs of a laser CTP system. Torrent JetPlate offers a fast ROI to these printers, possibly as low as three months depending on the volume of work. According to Darren Eliot, managing director, Marlowe Digital, "Each of the new products underpins our overall company philosophy of 'going the extra mile' for our clients by pushing the boundaries of performance, responsiveness and value for money. Just as Marlowe Digital will continue to develop new high-value support packages in the UK, we will also focus on newtechnology imaging devices for film and plate as well as helping to continuously enhance the workflow capabilities of StudioRIP XF.
KODAK NEXPRESS SX Platform First Pre-Approved Platform for PSA Certification
RIT and KODAK ready platform for individual customer PSA certification engagements
ODAK’s NEXPRESS SX Digital Production Color Platform with HD Inks has passed the pre-approval phase for Printing Standards Audit (PSA) certification. The platform becomes the first manufacturer-initiated pre-approved platform for individual customer PSA certification, speeding the process for print service providers who know their buyers will require PSA certification. Conducted by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), PSA is a certification awarded to individual print shops that go through a rigorous certification process based on the quality of the printer’s workflow and ability to produce prints that conform to a recognized characterization dataset operating in standards compliance. Pre-approval work done between RIT and KODAK makes the KODAK NEXPRESS SX Platform an approved asset to help expedite the process for printers working toward PSA certification. “Having the NEXPRESS Platform pre-approved for customer certification will drive better engagement between print shops and the print buyers and specifiers who will be looking for PSA certification from their print service providers,” said Len Christopher, worldwide Electrophotographic Systems Product Marketing Manager for Kodak’s Digital Printing & Enterprise group. “They are trying to ensure a specific level of quality and color match capability.” PSA Certification proves that a print shop has demonstrated the ability to operate in compliance with ISO 15339 (or CGATS 21) and its related graphic arts standards and has the ability to match a
substrate color-corrected dataset consisting of 1617 individual colors. PSA is the first global standard that incorporates ISO standards and also addresses the substrate color adjustments required of the optical brightener agents (OBAs) in paper. “Given the increased interest in inclusion of OBAs in the substrates, it’s become more difficult to fully match color proofing to print output processes – their inclusion affects color management and matching,” said Jeffrey Wang, Senior Imaging & Color Scientist at RIT. “PSA is the first process to incorporate and compensate for this globally, and having the KODAK NEXPRESS SX Platform pre-approved makes it an attractive option for print service providers.” The KODAK NEXPRESS SX Platform enables significant gains in image quality, productivity and growth for print service providers by
driving more jobs per shift and more profit per page, largely due to the platform’s flexibility in terms of speed and sheet size. The image quality of digital color output surpasses that of offset and enables high-value applications with a fifth imaging unit. About Printing Standards Audit Printing certification is an attestation that a manufacturer complies with specified standards. Printing Standards Audit (PSA) is a printing certification scheme, developed by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), to serve the printing certification needs of the print supply chain worldwide. The primary members of the print supply chain are print buyers, paper mills, and printers. By attaining PSA Certification, printers can objectively demonstrate that they have mastered the use of standards in the workflows they operate.
About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at kodak. com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.
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DynaChange function, the Inline Control systems, and the new operating system.” Press technology in detail
manroland web systems: First short-grain 64-page LITHOMAN coming to Germany Market leader introduces new commercial configuration in gravure printing dimensions Combining the high-volume and folding expertise of manroland web systems: the new short-grain 64-page LITHOMAN gives the commercial printing market a new momentum. | © manroland web systems
web systems has taken another step towards a comprehensive, finely calibrated product range. The Augsburg company will deliver the first short-grain 64-page LITHOMAN this year. The productivity and flexibility of the press offers another strong alternative for high-volume print. manroland web systems is constantly advancing in the area of high-volume printing. Every printing company wants a press that perfectly suits its needs to be able to hold its ground in the competitive print and media industry. Reducing costs therefore continues to be the main customer requirement, while the demand for production flexibility is increasing – the same press must be as efficient for high-volume printing as for part editions. The short-grain 64-page LITHOMAN achieves this aim and takes its place as one of the production heroes for commercial printing – alongside the market leading 96-page LITHOMAN (six installed presses) and the 160-page LITHOMAN, which was installed at Kraft-Schlötels in Wassenberg, Germany. New printing system stirs up the competition The Augsburg company has extensive experience with shortgrain printing systems with web widths of up to 2,060 mm
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and 70,000 cylinder revolutions per hour. Currently twenty 48-page LITHOMAN units are producing short-grain format around the world. This expertise was transferred to the 64-page LITHOMAN, and the first press is coming to Germany and will be ready for production before 2014 is over. Josef Aumiller, Sales Manager Germany at manroland web systems: “For this project, the customer recognized that the 64-page LITHOMAN is the ideal press for their order structure.” The flexible design of the LITHOMAN was consequently modified to meet the specific requirements of the customer. “Numerous automation options and new components are now integrated in the shortgrain format, some for the first time,” explains Aumiller. “Included are in-house developments such as AutomaticPlateLoading, the
The short-grain 64-page LITHOMAN, with up to 70,000 cylinder revolutions per hour, has a web width of 2,640 mm and a minimal cut-off of up to a paper-saving 872 mm. This makes the press up to 33% more productive than the short-grain 48-page LITHOMAN. The sleeve technology and the interplay of the technical features in the print process ensure high quality, less waste, and improved efficiency, even at this high output. Among the features are the autoprint equipment for seamless job changeovers with the fully-automated APL plate change (AutomaticPlateLoading) and numerous Inline Control systems. manroland web systems has become independent of other manufacturers in recent years and established its own inline systems on the market: the cutting registers (InlineCutoff Control, InlineCutoff Control Dynamic) and InlineDensityControl reduce the make-ready times and also save on waste, as does the fan-out control (InlineFanout Control). Configurations with the use of a fifth or sixth printing unit provide added value for printing commercial advertising, and additional functions such as DynaChange for flying imprint changes or coatings and special colors can also be carried out. Of course, when using the LITHOMAN the operator also works with the latest operating system on the market, the ControlCenter in combination with the MobilPad. Improved production diversity In addition to the efficiency of high-volume production, product diversity really matters to customers. That’s why the folding technology of the new short-grain LITHOMAN works with broadsheet, tabloid and “in-in product” formats. The whole unit achieves productivity and product diversity that print specialists have always marveled at in gravure printing, due to the web width and number of pages achieved. Commercial printers can now also play in this league.
The Packaging Inspiration Forum of the PrintCity Alliance is establishing itself in the packaging industry For the second time, the PrintCity Alliance issued an invitation to an exchange of information between brand owners, creative workers, printers, folding carton manufacturers and sup-pliers. More than 100 experts from all segments of the industry met in Hamburg on 19 and 20 February to continue the dialogue on the challenges of the dynamic packaging market. Information – Discussions – Networking: it’s all in the mix Keynote presentations by top-notch representatives of the industry inspired the visitors to numerous discussions and provided new food for thought. The topics addressed included the price war in the packaging industry, as well as the new possibilities offered by printed electronics, the presenta¬tion of a coffee brand, the expectations of a brand owner regarding consulting services and how packaging gives brands a voice (for more details, see the photos below). Further subjects were then intensively discussed in smaller groups, where the visitors could select the key topics of most relevance to them. Exchange and networking: increasingly important in a dynamic market environment The rapid changes and developments currently emerging, not only on the technical side, but also at the societal and structural level, make an exchange between all market players increasingly important. Dialogue and collaboration are becoming more and more a success factor for businesses – a fact that was also reflected in the numerous, lively discussions, which resulted in many of the breakout sessions lasting well into the breaks. “These two days were characterised by an extremely positive mood and great openness. They mirrored the great vitality of the packaging industry,” says a highly satisfied Rainer Kuhn, Managing Director of the PrintCity Alliance. “We hope this impetus will arouse the enthusiasm of even more brand owners, agencies and creative workers for the next event.” The next Packaging Inspiration Forum will be held in the first quarter of 2015, again in Hamburg. The Forum hosts are the PrintCity members and partners AR Carton, Bretschneider, Eltosch, Gallus, Hinderer+Mühlich, Leonhard Kurz, manroland web packaging systems, Marbach, Merck, MetsäBoard, Océ, Sappi Fine Paper Europe, Saueressig / Matthews Brand Solutions, WEILBURGER Graphics and Zeller+Gmelin. The event is supported by: creativ verpacken, easyfairs, ERA, EUWID, f:mp., InPEQ, LabelExpo, ProCarton, Verpackungsrundschau and Visom.
10 YEARS OF SUCCESS FOR Q.I. PRESS CONTROLS INDIA In April 2014 Q.I. Press Controls India celebrates its 10 year anniversary. During these ten years Q.I. Press Controls India has established itself as an esteemed supplier to the Indian newspaper and magazine printing industry with an impressive and extensive client base. The basis of the success has been the philosophy of being a partner to her customers in offering specific automate solutions to optimise their production process with the main goal of decreasing the use of materials and increasing quality and efficiency. Impressive voyage Q.I. Press Controls India was established on 28th April 2004 as wholly own subsidiary of Q.I. Press Controls – The Netherlands. Under the leadership of Mr. Vijay Pandya (M.D.) Q.I. Press Controls India quickly gained the attention and trust of Indian printers with its high quality products and friendly services. Though started as sales office, Q.I. Press Controls India expanded her activities to a full fledge sales, support and manufacturing organization in 2007. Also a software development unit was set up to support both the parent company as well as its direct customers. It was the vision of Mr. Menno Jansen, Chairman of Q.I. Press Controls to ensure total customer satisfaction. This is achieved by having a fully trained team of highly skilled technical staff led by Mr. Rakesh Dave (G.M. Technical). To offer Indian web offset printers high quality, innovative, closed loop solutions that automate the manual printing process at reasonable cost, Q.I. Press Controls India successfully adapted its technology to match the requirements of Indian printers, manufacturers and printing environment: this with 1000+ installations on various Indian and imported presses to proof its success. Triumph in Indian web offset industry Q.I. Press Controls India is considered a reliable and proven supplier. With their presence in almost all leading newspaper and commercial printing companies Q.I. Press Controls India is proud of her success. “We want to dedicate this success to our esteemed customers who have put their trust in our company and let us be their partner in business. We also thank all Indian press manufacturers for their cooperation”, says Mr. Jansen. Mr. Pandya completes: ‘We take this opportunity to assure our (potential) customers and the Indian printing industry in general that we will continue with our efforts to provide products and services that will contribute to a cost efficient and qualitative printing processes”. Future developments As a part of its global strategy, Q.I. Press Controls has plans to enlarge the production activities of Q.I. Press Controls India. With its world class assembling and testing facilities, Q.I. Press Controls India is ready to manufacture more products. “With its experienced and skilled technical team, Q.I. Press Controls India has always been and always will be a very important link in Q.I. Press Controls’ chain”, concludes Mr. Jansen. About Q.I. Press Controls Q.I. Press Controls develops and delivers innovative, high quality optical measure and control systems. We are globally active in the newspaper and magazine printing industry. Our total solutions are supported by a worldwide service network. These reliable systems are proven in the market of existing and new printing presses and offer our customers structural better results. For more information: www.qipc.com printingreview | may-june 2014 | 51
HP Enables Large-Format Graphics Customers to Break Application Boundaries HP Latex 300 Printer series and HP Designjet Z-series production printers help customers grow their businesses
Technology has established a new large-format product category with more than 19,000 units installed worldwide.(3) Offering a complete portfolio for the low-volume market,
BARCELONA, Spain, 24 April 2014 — HP today announced the new HP Latex 300 Printer series, helping sign shops, quick printers and small to medium print service providers (PSPs) easily expand large-format printing capabilities, offer new application areas and build a healthier production environment.. Small and medium PSPs have long used traditional eco-solvent ink devices for outdoor print jobs, which lengthen turnaround times and limit application versatility. Powered by third-generation, waterbased HP Latex ink technology, the HP Latex 300 Printer series helps low-volume customers efficiently handle more outdoor and indoor applications with improved durability and image quality. “Small to medium PSPs face the challenge of simultaneously addressing more applications to reach more customers while reducing costs and fitting in smaller spaces,” said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, inkjet and graphics businesses, HP. “Backed by proven HP Latex Technology, the new HP Latex 300 Printer series addresses these needs with durable quality and easy operation, helping customers break application boundaries and establish a competitive advantage.” Also for small to medium PSPs, HP is introducing the industry’s fastest 60in large-format inkjet printers, the HP Designjet Z6600 Production Printer and HP Designjet Z6800 Photo Production Printer. New series accelerates transition from solvent to HP Latex Introduced in 2008, HP Latex Printing 52 | may-june 2014 | printingreview
the new HP Latex 300 Printer series features a range of price points, sizes and production levels to serve customers from small sign shops to higher-volume PSPs. Helping customers transition more pages from solvent devices, HP 831 Latex Inks offer scratch resistance comparable to hard solvent inks on PVC banners and vinyls, while the HP Latex Optimizer enables high quality at high speeds. Third-generation HP Latex inks also contribute to a healthier work environment, with odourless prints that come out completely dry, ready to finish and deliver. Designed for easy operation in small spaces, the entry-level, 54-in HP Latex 310 Printer offers the benefits of HP Latex in a compact model with front-media loading to maximise the production area. Optimised for the
HP Latex 310 and 330 Printers, the easy-to-use SAi FlexiPRINT HP Basic Edition Raster Image Processor (RIP) software is bundled with these printers.
The 64-in HP Latex 330 Printer combines application versatility with affordability, handling larger, heavier rolls and printing up to 50 m2/hr (538 ft2/hr).
The higher-volume, 64-in HP Latex 360 Printer prints up to 91 m2/hr (978 ft2/hr ) and increases application versatility with an ink collector for porous textiles. The printer also features automatic front-to-back registration for printing double-sided banners. “As a long-time solvent user, we recently began exploring HP Latex Technology to replace our outdated solvent device,” said George
Beitner, owner and founder, All Star Signs. “Since installing the HP Latex 360 Printer, not only are we able to print three times faster than with our solvent device, we also decreased project turnaround time from one to two days to 24 hours. This difference alone has dramatically impacted how we do business.” New HP Designjet printers built for high speed and unrivaled image quality
The new HP Designjet Z6600 Production Printer and HP Designjet Z6800 Photo Production Printer increase productivity with print speeds up to 50 per cent faster than previous HP devices. Additionally, these printers are uniquely designed to deliver highvalue indoor applications and gallery-quality prints, with durable output that last up to 200 years.
Printer prints more efficiently than its predecessor using up to 30 per cent less ink, saving time and costs with an optimised ink configuration. The HP Designjet Z6800 Photo Production Printer produces topquality prints at high speeds with advanced colour management features, including an embedded spectrophotometer, as well as HP Chromatic Red Ink for a wider colour gamut and uniform gloss.
The HP Designjet Z6600 Production
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Brother P – Touch label Printers
Manufactured by Brother International, experts in printing and imaging products, the P – Touch Label printers are the solutions to fuss – free and easy labelling Kores India introduced Brother Label printers with the objective of bringing international standard products to the Indian market. The Brother P – Touch series of labellers by Brother are easy to handle and use, along with being time saving equipment. The labellers can provide instant durable labels in the very comforts of a room, minimizing the need to procure them from an external source. The labels are not just easy to print, but also have a neat and professional finish. The P – Touch labels are specially designed for tough jobs, and are ideal to be used in environments like industrial applications, laboratories, telecom networking, railways and warehouses, homes and schools. The labels are laminated, thus resulting in being extremely durable and long – lasting. They can also be customized in terms of design, colours and sizes. Along
It’s Dynamic! It’s Reinvented! It’s SGIA!
New content-driven websites offer sleek design, and a powerful search feature Spread the word: SGIA is reinvented. After much hard work and dedication to perfecting the specialty imager’s online experience, SGIA launched two brand new content-driven websites, tailored specifically to graphics producers and garment decorators. The new SGIA.org is home to all things graphics and sign, and printed electronics; while SGIA.org/garment debuts as the hub for garment decorators, encompassing screen
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printing, cut-and-sew, embroidery, dye-sub and direct-to-garment resources. Powered by Drupal, a robust content management system (CMS), SGIA.org is dynamic, promoting similar and popular content as site visitors browse. A new search feature populates results based on specific tags, ensuring a path to the right information, right when you want it. SGIA members will need to log in to get the full experience. If you can’t
with distinct features like resistance to abrasion, temperature, Ultra Violet, chemicals and water, the labels have non – toxic tapes and split back for an easy peel and stick. The P – Touch labels are available in two variants – stand alone and PC connectivity. Packaged with the promise of prompt sales and after sales service by Kores, the Brother P – Touch labels are an essential asset in any space that requires durable label identification. They can be used for cable identification, statutory tagging, asset labeling, calibration labels, and house hold article labelling and so on. Priced from INR 7,000 onwards, the P – Touch labels are present in a variety of segments in the country. remember your member number and password, please contact us for assistance, by phone, email or active chat. Not a member? Well, there’s no better time than now to join, or subscribe to SGIA. Experience our exciting new website in all its glory, and gain access to amazing benefits that include information to optimize your technology and equipment; benchmarking statistics; the SGIA Journal, and more. Use these tips to search, refine, filter and browse your way through everything the new and improved SGIA.org has to offer; and then enjoy! (We love it, and hope you do,
too.) SGIA — Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community “Specialty imaging” comprises digital imaging, screen printing and the many other imaging technologies SGIA members use, including those they’ll tap in the future. These are the imaging processes and technologies employed to create new products and to enhance existing products including point-of-purchase displays, printed electronics, membrane switches, signs, advertisements, garments, containers and vehicles. Make the most of your specialty imaging business.