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OKI Europe unveils Augmented Reality App

OKI Europe has announced the launch of its new smartphone app, the ‘OKI AR Showroom’. This innovation enables customers to visualise OKI’s devices as well as high impact visual communications materials in their own environments through the use of Augmented Reality (AR).

Designed for retailers, the app is free to use and language agnostic, ensuring retailers in any country can benefit from its use. AR technology projects images onto the screen of a smartphone or tablet when the device is in

OKI Europe boosts performance for ColorPainter users with launch of Media Profiles platform

OKI Europe has launched a dedicated database for ColorPainter users with over 14,000 media profiles, giving registered users fast, free access to accurate media and colour management settings and unlocking new revenue opportunities for graphic arts businesses and creative organisations.

Developed by OKI in conjunction with leading media brands, registered ColorPainter users can download unlimited profiles from the platform, significantly cutting time and costs for dealers, distributors and

Spandex introduces rose gold metallised vinyl

Spandex has expanded its long-established ImagePerfect 6500 metallised series of vinyls with the addition of rose gold as a new colour.

The new 1.2m-wide film is available in both mirror and brushed finishes. It offers three-year outdoor durability for applications on flat or slightly curved surfaces, according to the manufacturer.

It joins gold and silver, which have been offered in the 6500 range since its launch, with the new colour available to market as of mid-October. It is priced by

ColorGate acquired by Ricoh

Ricoh has acquired German software provider ColorGate in a deal worth around €10m (£8.7m).
Ricoh said the acquisition was intended to strengthen its industrial printing business and that it was particularly attracted by ColorGate’s specialism in colour management. The transfer of shares is expected to be complete on 30 November.
ColorGate previously collaborated with Ricoh on the new Pro T7210, the manufacturer’s first wide-format UK flatbed, which entered UK markets in September. Priced at

Avery emphasizes on ‘extreme labelling’ opportunities

Business development opportunities created by labelling under the most extreme conditions are at the heart of the latest campaign from Avery Dennison. It emphasises the critical importance of the right materials and the right technical support across applications as diverse as automotive, industrial and pharmaceutical.
Georg Müller-Hof, VP marketing Europe, said that innovation is key when responding to demanding application needs, “Avery Dennison offers many ways to help our customers ‘change

Hamillroad’s new program

Hamillroad Software has introduced a new initiative with the aim of establishing mutually beneficial relationships with providers of complementary products in the printing and graphic arts industry.
Through Hamillroad Partner Program, the company is seeking providers of products that support its digitally modulated screening (DMS) pre-press technologies: Auraia DMS for offset/lithographic printing and Bellissima DMS for flexographic printing. Bellissima DMS earned Hamillroad Software an award in

GMG releases updated OpenColor software

Colour management specialist GMG is releasing an upgrade to its GMG OpenColor profiling software. Version 2.2 of the multi-award-winning software incorporates automatic, spectral data-based optimization of measurement data.
GMG OpenColor creates colour-accurate proofing and separation profiles based on characterization of the planned print production. The user measures test charts or colour patches in order to obtain data needed for characterization. This data is subsequently combined with other

Agfa Graphics to show ECO³ prepress solutions at World Publishing Expo

At the IFRA World Publishing Expo 2018 (9-11 October, Berlin), Agfa Graphics to focus on how its ECO³ prepress solutions can make newspaper printers’ operations more economical, ecological and convenient. Key elements are the recently launched Avatar V-ZH printing plate, Attiro ZH clean-out unit and the latest version of the Arkitex Production workflow software.

Agfa Graphics’ ECO³ initiative has met with significant success in the commercial print market since its introduction. The company

Enfocus launches Connect 2018 with new productivity tools

Enfocus has released a major upgrade to its personal automation product line, Enfocus Connect 2018. With this release, designers, and print service providers get a collection of powerful, and customizable, PDF tools to help with the creation, preflight, and delivery of quality PDFs for print.

Enfocus Connect 2018 focuses on providing a cost effective toolset to help anyone involved in creating, quoting or producing PDFs for print. Connect 2018 offers a collection of pre-set personal workflow

X-Rite and Pantone introduces new pressroom QA software

X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC announced the launch of ColorCert QA, a pressroom quality assurance software designed to drive excellence in the pressroom by helping customers manage standards more efficiently, optimize jobs on press and facilitate strong ink room integration.
“As run lengths and delivery times ride to grow shorter, press operators can no longer afford to adjust colour with multiple trial-and-error corrections,” said printing & imaging product portfolio manager, Ray Cheydleur

Esko and Scodix collaborate to streamline addition of packaging enhancements

Esko and Scodix announces a collaboration to include Scodix packaging enhancement applications within the Esko Studio suite including, Scodix Foil, Scodix Embossed Foil, Scodix Sense for UV embossing and Scodix Spot for varnish applications. Scodix presses bring unrivalled and unique digital enhancements to printed materials for both commercial print and folding carton in a post-print process including multiple premium quality applications on one platform. Both the Scodix Ultra2 series and the

Flint Group Narrow Web introduces products and services

This year at Label Expo Americas, Flint Group Narrow Web introduces the most complete portfolio of food compliant inks for short-run flexible packaging, the “Fastest Ink for Shrink,” and the new benchmark for colour management, VIVO® Colour Solutions. Each offering is designed to simplify the converter production process and enable higher productivity and efficiency.

“This year, our ink portfolio for short-runs of food compliant flexible packaging includes new UV curable and water borne inks

OneVision and Screen announces new workflow for label printing

The collaboration entails the integration of the OneVision automated label printing software solution, DigiLabel, working seamlessly with the Screen Equios Workflow, which streamlines production time and helps achieve cost and production savings.
The integration of the two software solutions with the Screen high-speed Truepress Jet L350UV and L350UV+ inkjet label presses ensures smooth production workflows. In addition to streamlining the prepress stage, DigiLabel optimises the entire process

Esko CDI Crystal 4835 XPS further automates

The introduction of an Esko CDI Crystal 4835 XPS platemaking solution has helped further automate the entire prepress workflow of German packaging specialist Schur Star Systems GmbH .
For more than 10 years, Schur Star Systems GmbH has been working with Esko’s technology to produce flexo plates in-house. It chose CDI Crystal 4835 XPS to further automate prepress. The system combines all the advantages of Crystal technology, including ease of use, reliability, consistency and quality, with the

Lucky and Agfa join hands

Lucky HuaGuang Graphics Co. Ltd. and Agfa Graphics announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance in the graphics prepress business. The strategic alliance aims to allow both companies to grow their respective businesses by optimizing their respective strengths in manufacturing, technology and distribution of graphic prepress products and services.
Under the collaboration, Lucky will provide manufacturing capacity for printing plates in Nanyang, China, with Agfa Graphics’ support and

SAi joins partners with Avery Dennison for RIP software

SA International (SAi) has partnered with Avery Dennison to develop specialised software for the company’s TrafficJet Print System. The FlexiSIGN & PRINT Avery Dennison TrafficJet and FlexiPRINT Avery Dennison TrafficJet software will feature on the new system, which is designed to allow the production of certified output for the highly-regulated global traffic signage market. As well as incorporating the TrafficJet large format digital printer, the bundle includes the specially-designed

Avery Dennison introduces recycled PET liners

Avery Dennison has claimed itself as the first pressure-sensitive labeling material supplier to introduce liner made from recycled PET (rPET) commercially in Europe.
The new rPET liner uses carefully selected post-consumer waste and will be introduced in October 2018 across a number of self-adhesive constructions.
This move reflects the firm’s commitment to finding more sustainable options for the labeling industry, as Jasper Zonnenberg, the supplier’s global director for films, explained.
“Avery

New ultimate vehicle visibility solutions from Avery Dennison

Among the materials science innovations Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions premiered at FESPA 2018 was a full range of reflective films designed to provide the highest possible vehicle visibility.
Oliver Guenther, senior director, marketing and channel strategy for Avery Dennison, said that Avery Dennison’s V-8000 Series of reflective films is one of the new range’s star performers, with six colours that use a unique, all-in-one prismatic technology: “The extreme, omnidirectional reflectivity

Aslan’s new laminating film to protect UV inks

Aslan has introduced a new laminating film in matt and gloss especially for the protection of UV-curable inks.
The German company is manufacturing the self-adhesive PVC film in rolls 1.35m wide and 50m long.
Key account manager René Bourgeois said the product, which was launched in the UK last week, will be available from Doro Tape and Papergraphics, but did not give pricing details.
The special adhesive of UV-PrintProtect Aslan SL 27 and matt SL 28 offer “excellent adhesion” on UV-curable

EyeC integrates measurement

With EyeC inspection systems, print shops and their customers can now measure their print products. In one inspection cycle, EyeC solutions for PDF proofing and sample testing can automatically check any relevant distances across all items. With this, companies can guarantee correct positioning of all print elements and adequate distances for clean die cutting. Even products with special shapes, such as labels for technical devices, can be measured automatically.
According to the company

Enfocus launches new reporting module for Switch

Enfocus, an Esko company, has recently announced the release of the Reporting Module for Switch 2018, the latest version of its automation solution for the professional print market.
According to company spokesperson, “Building on our promise of offering Switch users more production transparency across their workflows, the new module will not only provide more visibility but also offer a fully customizable experience to users. This new tool can be used across the whole organization, providing

Esko, AVT, X-Rite and Pantone combine for workflow

Esko has joined forces with Danaher sister companies AVT, X-Rite and Pantone to integrate its automation and collaboration systems with the X-Rite and Pantone colour technology and AVT’s camera inspection technology.
These three integrations, that digitize and connect the most advanced technologies of Esko, AVT, X-Rite & Pantone, were demonstrated during EskoWorld, the annual Esko user event taking place in San Antonio. The integrations are designed to preserve the digital flow of data

Mactac unveils new colours

Mactac Europe has unveiled 16 new colour choices and faster colour-matching for the popular MACal 9800 Pro range — including six new colours inspired by Mondrian’s palette. It means an even wider range of choices for long-term vehicle marking, window graphics, decorative & signage panels, and other branding applications.
Oliver Guenther, senior director marketing and channel strategy for Mactac Europe brand, said: “MACal 9800 Pro is one of our most important premium-quality films with

Epson qualifies Herma materials for production

Epson has qualified Herma self-adhesive materials for production of economic short runs of colour labels printed digitally using its water-based inkjet equipment.
Epson has performed extensive tests with its ColorWorks C7500 and C7500G water-based inkjet colour label printers. Results from these tests showed standard self-adhesive materials from Herma achieved ‘very good’ print results with ‘outstanding efficiency’ on these industrial colour label printing systems.
“Our product HERMAwhite (grade

Agfa Graphics releases InkTune and PressTune software

Agfa Graphics announces the release of InkTune and PressTune software to reduce the production costs. These tools are part of Agfa Graphics’ ECO³ offering and give print houses complete control over all printing elements, from ink use to compliance with ISO, G7 and client-specific standards, while reducing production costs. Real-time data insights into print quality drive these capabilities, independent of printing technology and press manufacturer.
According to the company spokesperson

Esko and Asahi partner to streamline flexo platemaking

Esko and Asahi are partnering to improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) in flexo platemaking through the combination of their respective technologies.
Stephan Doppelhammer, business development manager at Asahi Photoproducts Europe, explained: “In our fast-paced and rapidly evolving industry, efficiency, waste reduction and speed to market are critical. By partnering with Esko, we bring together solutions from two world-class companies to create a faster, more efficient and more

200th Anniversary for Sun Chemical in 2018

Throughout the remainder of 2018, Sun Chemical plans to celebrate its 200th anniversary.
“Beginning with the inspiring legacy of Lorilleux and Samuel Morris in the early 1800’s, Sun Chemical has delivered 200 years of colour expertise, innovative technology and an ongoing commitment to quality and service for our customers,” said Rudi Lenz, president and CEO, Sun Chemical. “Having held close to 10,000 worldwide trademarks and over 3,000 granted patents in various global jurisdictions in its

EFI DFE for Ricoh Digital presses

Electronics For Imaging, Inc., has announced a new EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE) designed to drive the new RICOH Pro C9200/C9210 Graphic Arts Edition series of high end digital colour production presses. Based on the latest Fiery FS300 Pro software, the Fiery Colour Controller E-85 ensures unparalleled productivity, exceptional colour and seamless workflow integration.
“Our customers have come to depend on the exceptional performance delivered by the combination of our award-winning presses

PitStop 2018 launched with advanced features for everyone

PitStop Pro 2018, which is available as an Adobe Acrobat plugin gets more new features. The latest version is all about making life easier, saving time and providing additional advanced editing functionality for images, graphics, text and even shadings. From gaining detailed production insight through the new dashboard feature, to simplifying Action List creation and editing, PitStop 2018 users will have the most advanced PDF preflight and editing tool on the market.
“These are major releases

Enfocus releases Switch 2018 with added new features

Enfocus, an Esko company, announced the release of Switch 2018, the latest version of its automation solution for the professional print market.
After looking into the market requirement, Switch 2018 was modified. With the new release the limitations within a workflow are now a thing of the past and diversification is key to the survival of print service providers.
“When automation is driving your business, it is essential that you have a solution that provides full control and transparency of