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MGI AlphaJet

MGI’s do-it-all B1 inkjet is now set for beta trials.

What does the software do?

“Factory 4.0” is the description of MGI chief operating officer Victor Abergel, who says the complete AlphaJet system will handle all carton, corrugated and label making and finishing operations in a single unit, potentially with a single operator, instead of needing three or four separate machine stages.

It is a B1-format single-sided, sheetfed digital printing system, with what Abergel calls a “cluster” of optional units covering aqueous colour printing, UV embellishment (raised varnishing and foiling) and in future, finishing and electronics.

When was it launched and what market is it aimed at?

MGI first showed a prototype B2 inkjet called AlphaJet

BigPrinter BigJet UV 2031i

A solidly built flatbed with attractive pricing from Russia.

What does the software do?
The BigJet is a wide-format flatbed printer, with a large 3.1x2.02m bed that takes substrates up to 105mm in height and 50kg in weight. The bed itself is divided into four vacuum zones. It’s been designed and built by a Russian company, BigPrinter, which started off as a reseller for well-known wide-format brands into the Russian market, before building its own range of CNC cutters followed by a range of

Fujifilm Jet Press 750S

A viable digital rival to B2 litho offset presses.

What does it do?
This is claimed to be the fastest B2 format sheetfed digital press in the market. It’s a single-pass inkjet, printing wide-gamut CMYK onto standard offset papers and carton board. It succeeds the Jet Press 720S introduced in 2014, with 33% faster speed, more uptime, greater stock range and a new food-safe ink option. It also has a new black colour scheme.

When was it announced and what’s the target market?
First announcement was

Star product CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2019

What does the software do?
This is the 30th anniversary of Corel’s first release of CorelDraw and it is still finding new things to add. The big news this time is the introduction of an entirely new Mac version, after many years when only Windows was supported.
There are brand new features too, with almost full commonality between the Mac and Windows versions for tools, colour management, file formats and fonts.

When was it launched and what market is it aimed at?
Announcement date was 12 March