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Flint Group unveils its water-based ink range

Flint Group Paper & Board introduces HexaCode – a full range of water-based inks designed for in class performance on corrugated board, paper bags and sacks, paper shopping bags and gift wraps.

The HexaCode ink range, according to its makers, has been designed to reduce converters’ overall total cost to print exhibiting critical key features such as optimised resolubility, excellent pH and viscosity stability, superior print quality, high colour strength and is easy to use.

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EFI plugs its portfolio gap with a second ‘true’ flatbed printer

The 3x2m LED UV EFI Pro 30f features six channels, CMYK plus double hit white, running 12 Ricoh Gen 5 UltraDrop printheads with variable drop size of 7-12 picolitres. It is capable of 210sqm/hr.

Sitting above the Pro 24f in EFI’s portfolio, offering almost double its smaller sibling’s productivity and bed size, it also offers twice the maximum media height at 100mm. “That significantly broadens the application range, particularly in terms of the industrial applications out there,” said EFI

Colordyne expands 3600 series with aqueous pigment solutions

Manufacturer of digital label and packaging equipment Colordyne has announced the addition of two aqueous pigment solutions to its 3600 Series Production Class. Colordyne debuted its 3600 Series AP - Retrofit and 3600 Series AP - Engine Kit.

“One of the biggest benefits for label converters and print providers is that the aqueous pigment inkjet works on a greater number of substrates than other water-based inkjet technologies,” said Taylor Buckthorpe, director of sales at Colordyne Technologies

MagnaColours unveils new ‘economical’ under base ink

Water-based textile inks supplier MagnaColours has developed a new under base ink to enable plastisol screen printers to take their first steps into water-based printing.

It has been developed to improve print appearance and handling while simultaneously providing “significant” cost savings for printers.
MagnaColours said the product is designed to be used as a water-based replacement for the first layer of plastisol ink or as an alternative option for printers using discharge under bases. With

Enfocus launches latest version of PitStop 2019 correction software

Enfocus is gearing up to launch the latest version of its PitStop pre-flight, editing and correction software.

The PitStop Pro 2019 Adobe Acrobat plug-in, PitStop Server 2019 hot-folder based server product and PitStop Library SDK 2019 PDF is commercially available from April. The Belgian developer’s latest release contains a raft of new features, including tools to handle complex files that can cause bottlenecks in a workflow.

Selective Rasterization enables pre-press operators to select

Xante releases iQueue 13 workflow software

Xante’ recently announced  the release of iQueue, its flagship Adobe PostScript PDF workflow software.

“iQueue 13 opens an entirely new aspect of the commercial printing industry for us and for our customers. Complete preparation and printing of mail jobs is now more powerful, simpler, and much more economical than ever before,” said Robert Ross, president and CEO of Xante’. “iQueue 13 has made mail prep just as easy as we’ve made envelope printing.”
With Xante’s iQueue 13 workflow software

Enfocus announces upcoming release of PitStop 2019

Enfocus, one of the leader in PDF quality control, advanced PDF editing and workflow automation for the graphic arts industry announces the upcoming April 2019 release of PitStop Pro 2019, PitStop Server 2019 and PitStop Library SDK 2019, the latest versions of their award-winning PDF Preflight, Editing and Correction applications.
This upcoming release contains new and improved functionality that has been developed as a result of extensive ongoing customer feedback. In particular, this release

Chili Publish gains fresh investment

Software developer Chili Publish has secured additional investment to back ambitious expansion plans.
The Belgian firm develops software for “smart artwork and marketing collateral creation”, which can be integrated with other systems. Its flagship product is Chili Publisher.
It has gained a further €3.63m (£3.1m) investment from its original backers: Volta Ventures, Pamico and Group MC.
The funds will be used to double the size of the Chili’s operations in Belgium and the US, where the firm is

Avanti to feature HP PrintOS Integration

Bi-directional integration with HP PrintOS to provide real-time job profitability data
Toronto – Avanti Systems Ltd announced it is extending its collaboration with HP to empower print services providers (PSPs) to be more efficient and productive with Avanti Slingshot and HP PrintOS. Avanti will demonstrate these new capabilities at Dscoop Edge conference in Orlando, Florida, March 24-27.
For most PSPs, calculating the profit margin on each job they produce is standard business practice. However

Ricoh and Cisco enter a strategic partnership to up productivity

Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and chief executive officer: Yoshinori Yamashita; head office: Ota-ku, Tokyo; “Ricoh”) and Cisco Systems G.K. (president and general manager: Dave West; head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; “Cisco”) have announced a global strategic partnership aimed at providing cloud solutions to empower digital workplaces that deliver increased productivity in a more secure environment.
The two companies will jointly develop solutions that deliver simpler and more secure environments in

Fespa introduces colour management feature for 2019

Fespa is set to introduce a new colour management technology showcase and supporting conference programme at its flagship event in Munich in May.

The new feature, Colour L*A*B*, has been designed to help visitors to improve the colour management practices in their print businesses.

It will offer a structured end-to-end overview of all individual elements contributing to professional colour management including monitors, measurement and calibration tools, lightboxes, hard and soft proofing

QuarkXPress 2018 December update adds full aupport for Indic languages

Quark Software Inc. released today the December Update for QuarkXPress 2018. With this update, QuarkXPress 2018 adds new features to fully support Indic language typography.

The Value of Indic Support
As a global leader in graphic design and page layout software, Quark recognizes the need for full Indic language support, which is now offered as a free update to QuarkXPress 2018. In addition to supporting current customers, Quark sees significant potential to attract a new customer base with

Jet Technologies offers new laminating films

Jet Technologies has launched a new textured matte film, Rough Touch, featuring a unique rough, gritty feel.

Released this year, Rough Touch thermal matte film provides a new touch and feel that meets consumer demands for luxury looks and sensations in products.

"The new sandy film is the biggest variation in film to hit the market since the hugely popular Soft Touch film, which offers an ultra-matte silky feel laminate," said Jack Malki, director, Jet Technologies. "We expect that the Rough

Meteor Inkjet outlines software integrations

Meteor Inkjet has bolstered its offering with a raft of new products and software integrations.
The independent supplier of electronics and software to drive industrial inkjet printheads said its new DropWatcher range of products are turnkey systems for evaluating and optimising printhead and ink combinations, using proven electronics that can be transferred straight from the lab to manufacturing.
Driven by a single Windows 10 PC, Meteor said DropWatchers are “an essential tool for printhead

Pantone Introduces 16-1546 Living Coral

Dubbed the Pantone Colour of The Year 2019, 16-1546 Living Coral is a nurturing colour that appears in natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.
In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, Pantone are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages

Tesa introduces Softprint X-Hard

Tesa has added to its range of Softprint plate mounting tapes.

Tesa Softprint X-Hard has been designed to combat the issue of pin-holing, which has a direct effect on print quality and often leads to uneven or incomplete ink distribution on solid print areas, resulting in a loss of density and a reduced color vibrancy.

Choosing the appropriate foam hardness within the plate mounting tape, in conjunction with the selected printing plate, is a crucial factor to achieve the best solid ink

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