German printer buys first Heidelberg workflow

After debuting, the Prinect Production Manager at drupa last year, Heidelberg sold its first workflow to commercial printer Petermann GZW in Bad Nauheim, Germany.
The Prinect Production Manager is a new use concept in the form of a rental model within the Prinect business intelligence platform. It enables print shops of all sizes to use every integration function of the Prinect production workflow precisely in line with their requirements, without having to make compromises in terms of the scope

Agfa releases Asanti 3.0 software

Agfa Graphics announced the launch of its new Asanti 3.0 workflow software. The new version is said to offer wide-format printers new functionalities, more integration possibilities and added automation.
New functions are combined with Agfa’s signature colour management platform, automatic pre-flighting and a new graphic user interface for tiling huge jobs. Version 3.0 also allows for integration with third-party print equipment, MIS platforms, and in-house software including PrintSphere and

Ghent conducts a survey

The Ghent Workgroup needs your knowledge and expertise on PDF workflow to participate in a survey. Following up a similar survey conducted in 2008, it aims to find out what has changed since and gain insight on today’s PDF use.
The survey aims to make the participants and the Ghent Workgroup aware of the state of PDF in document production, and current issues the creators and service providers are facing. David Zwang, GWG chairman, comments: “The more information we gather, the better equipped

Kornit refreshes Avalanche range with recirculating ink

Digital textile specialist Kornit Digital has upgraded its flagship Avalanche direct-to-garment printer range by adding a recirculating ink system.
The new R-Series models of the Avalanche Hexa and the Avalanche 1000 use the same recirculating ink technology that is used in the manufacturer’s Storm series as well as its Allegro and Vulcan printers.
This technology is said to optimise print quality and ink efficiency, enabling faster system availability after the start-up process.
“The Avalanche

Komori, Screen have developed integrated workflow solution

Komori Corporation and Screen Graphic and Precision  (Screen GP) have developed a new integrated workflow solution that enhances automation in all processes from prepress to printing and through to postpress.
As printing companies are required to work at a very shorter deadlines, it will require for more efficient work processes that incorporate both offset and digital systems, making it possible to achieve optimal results for a variety of different needs.
Sensing this, Komori and Screen GP have

SwissQprint enhances software features

A new software feature has been added by swissQprint to help customers to avoid rejects and rework.
After a crash, the output software resumes operations at the exact same point on the printing pass and without leaving any tell-tale traces, swissQprint announced in a statement.
The moving print head carriage of a swissQprint UV printer will immediately halts should it come into contact with a person or object. The system also stops  if there is a danger of the print head grazing the substrate

Canon launches new media

Canon has announced that the new Deep Matte single-sided media is now available for the DreamLabo 5000 inkjet production photo printer, offering customers an additional option for their  photo output.
Canon’s Deep Matte single-sided media features a smooth and glossless texture for vivid shades, contrasting colours and high-quality image of the Dreamlabo 5000 printer’s  output. Deep Matte media can be suitable for a variety of applications, including single prints, and with its creasing ability

Agfa launches 3.2m, 6 colour RTR 3200 LED printer, Jeti Ceres

Agfa Graphics has launched a new roll-to-roll printer with UV LED curing aimed at mid- to high-end applications.
The 3.2m-wide Jeti Ceres RTR 3200 LED is commercially available with immediate effect. The six-colour plus white and primer machine prints high quality on single- and dual-roll media at speeds of up to 186sqm/hr in express mode or 94sqm/hr in production mode.
The UV LED curing lamps are said to save costs, increase eco-friendliness, broaden the printable media range and eliminate

Komori launches new one-pass double-sided press

Komori has expanded its Lithrone product portfolio with the launch of a larger format one-pass double-sided offset press.
The Lithrone GX44RP, which is commercially available with immediate effect, uses the same technology as the manufacturer’s existing B1 GX840RP press but has a maximum sheet size of 840x1,150mm.
The 15,000sph machine, which can be equipped with either an H-UV or UV drying system, is said to deliver high quality, short turnarounds, high speed, stability and reduced waste in

Xaar inks partnership with Xerox

Xaar has signed a new partnership agreement with Xerox for the development of bulk piezo inkjet printheads.
Xaar chief executive Doug Edwards told PrintWeek that the partnership was similar to the co-operation over thin film technology with Ricoh, which the Cambridge-headquartered manufacturer announced at Drupa.
“It mirrors what we’ve done with Ricoh, but in bulk piezo, where our platform is getting on for 10 years old,” Edwards explained. “We’re at a point where we’re going to have to invest

Kernow’s new KIP Range

Kernow Coating ltd has been producing synthetic media for the digital industry.  From large format Aqueous, Solvent, Latex, UV curable to Dry Toner and Design and repro media, used by printers for graphical, packaging, signage, advertising or technical-drawing applications.
Sales and marketing director, Bosy Colak, said, “It was a natural path for us to offer a product range for the KIP Colour print system. Our years of expertise in producing high quality dry toner and reprographics synthetic

Mimaki moves into industrial textile space with Tiger

Mimaki has moved into the industrial textile printing arena with the launch of its new Tiger-1800B printer. The direct-to-textile machine is the first Mimaki printer of this kind to be released, following the firm’s acquisition of Italian textile machine manufacturer La Meccanica in 2016.
The eight-colour device is commercially available with immediate effect and will be shown for the first time at a global exhibition at Heimtextil 2017, which will take place from 10 to 13 January in Frankfurt

Ricoh has launched neon yellow toner to meet customer demand

Ricoh has launched Neon Yellow toner that is retrofittable, which means existing     clients can expand the capabilities of the Ricoh Pro C7100X presses they operate today.
The Neon Yellow toner has been developed for the fifth colour station on the Ricoh Pro   C7100X series colour cut sheet digital production press. It will meet growing demand from the magazine, direct mail, retail and point of purchase markets for print that differentiates. It expands the colour gamut, enhances images and can

New colour libraries added to PantoneLive

X-Rite and its subsidiary Pantone announced the expansion of its PantoneLIVE with the addition of six new colour libraries for gravure printing. The company also released PantoneLIVE Visualizer, a new software tool for graphic designers, brands and print suppliers to better compare, evaluate and visualize colours across multiple substrates and printing technologies.
“PantoneLIVE was created to help share accurate and achievable colours across a package printing supply chain,” said Adrián

Dalim Software into partnership

Dalim Software and Silicon Publishing (SPI), announce a partnership that has brought Silicon Connector technology, known as the best way to connect InDesign to DAMs, to Dalim ES. Dalim ES is an integrated media production platform, offering a complete solution—including a comprehensive asset management system—for the management and production of many aspects of media services, regardless of final output. 
“SPI offers some powerful solutions that truly extend the use of Dalim ES, and ES

Flint launches LED inks for food packaging

Manufacturer Flint Group has launched a new range of EkoCure Ancora UV LED-curable low-migration inks for food packaging.
Having been in development for around a year, and having been beta-tested at companies in the US and Italy over the past three months, the inks were launched to the global market in  October.
Flint European marketing manager Niklas Olsson could not reveal their price but said that the inks had a “lower total applied cost” than similar inks on the market for LED. They are

Ricoh adds two booklet makers to its fininshing solutions

Ricoh has expanded its range of  finishing solutions with two  new booklet makers - Duplo DBM 350 and Duplo DBM 600.
The Duplo DBM 350 and DBM 600 are heavy-duty booklet makers. Both can be connected inline to Ricoh digital cut sheet devices: the Pro™ C9100, Pro™ C7100 and Pro™8200 series presses.
The DBM 600 also supports A4 landscape booklet production with the long sheet printing capability on the Ricoh Pro C9100 and Pro C7100 colour presses.
Benoit Chatelard, vice president, production

SAI Flexi’s certification for HP Latex 300 series

Software company SA International (SAI) has had its Flexi wide-format printing and signmaking software certified by HP for use with the latest additions to its Latex 300 Printer series.
   Both SAI Flexi and the various SAI FlexiPrint HP Latex editions are certified on all four new additions to the series, the HP Latex 315, 335, 365 and 375 models, which were launched in September. The software has also recently been certified for the printers in HP’s Latex 500 series portfolio.
    SAI said the

Kiian Digital show new inks

Kiian Digital showcased their new sublimation ink whic is been designed for direct and transfer printing intended for all Epson print heads at Fespa China. The range consists of 8 colours; 4 process, 2 light colours and 2 spot colours.
Alessandra Borghi, Kiian Digital sales director, commented: “The textile industry strives for a future without hazardous chemicals. We contribute to this challenge by designing inks with reduced hazardous chemical content which comply with global textile standards

J-Teck3 expands J-Cube PNF ink series

Italian digital ink manufacturer J-Teck3 has added four new colours to its J-Cube PNF series of inks. The new inks, comprising four high-density colours – cyan extra, magenta extra, yellow extra and black extra – are specifically engineered for Panasonic printheads and are said to offer high-quality coverage.
The fast-drying inks are tailored for uncoated and thin sublimation papers and are said to provide printers with high productivity while reducing production costs.
“We continue to listen

Agfa Graphics and EFI enhance Apogee 10 and Fiery integration

Agfa Graphics and EFI have developed an enhanced integration between EFI’s Fiery digital front-ends (DFEs) and Agfa’s new Apogee 10 workflow.
   The two firms said the development will allow Apogee users to take advantage of hybrid offset/digital workflows and enable joint customers to save time and increase digital printing productivity and profits.
    Agfa Graphics workflow solutions marketing manager Erik Peeters said: “The main benefit of the integration is having a single point of entry

Spandex vinyls get HP Media Certification

Signmaking and digital display supplier Spandex has received media certification for 10 of its ImagePerfect substrates for use with the HP Latex 300 series of digital printers.
HP certification verifies certain substrates that are suitable for use with HP Latex inks. Spandex said this provides signmakers and printers with peace of mind when looking for new compatible materials.
The certified materials include ImagePerfect 2503 Plus, 2503PA Plus, 2504, 2506, 2506PA, 2553, 2553PA, 2554, 2556 and

Accraply offers new slitter

Manufacturer of automated labelling and converting systems Accraply has launched a ‘compact and affordable’ slitter and rewinder, Stanford 438. 
    “We are very happy with the level of interest in Stanford’s technology,” noted Allison Fox, converting product line manager for Accraply. “The first 438 was sold during development, and it had a strong debut at the LabelExpo Americas event in September of 2016.”
   Among the features of the new launch are ultrasonic unwind measurement, adaptive

GMG officially launches new proofing media with OBA

Colour management firm GMG has launched its new GMG ProofMedia OBA matte 150 proofing uncoated production paper.
The proofing substrate which became available recently, will be sold alongside a similar semi-matte paper released at Drupa. Its price varies depending on quantity bought.
The paper is GMG’s first matte surface to contain Optical Brightening Agents (OBAs), similar to much of today’s printed stock. Its base material is recyclable and is available in widths of 430, 610, 1,070 and

Texo Trade Services launches new block-out textile

Print media and textile supplier Texo Trade Services has introduced a new black-backed textile that is said to guarantee a 100% block-out.
According to Texo, Blackback, which has an optical white front, is more economical than the conventional white-backed block-out textiles that require additional white coating.
The 250gsm 100% polyester knitted product, which is available with immediate effect, is suitable for printing with direct dye-sub, sublimation transfer and UV curable inks. It is

Xerox unveils nozzles for ‘quick’ 3D printing

Xerox has unveiled stainless steel nozzles ‘half width of the human hair’, for the new Xerox direct to object inkjet printer which it claims can print photos, images and text directly onto 3D objects in minutes, creating a new, label-less, on-demand method of personalizing three-dimensional objects.
The nozzles are contained in print heads that can spray ink on objects as small as bottle caps and as large as football helmets. The printer can print on plastic, metals, ceramics and glass

Mimaki unveils software

Mimaki is introducing three new software solutions - the Artista Textile Color Collection, Mimaki Profile Master 3 (MPM3) for advanced printer profiling, and RasterLink6 Version 5.0. All are designed to help printers deliver ‘accurate, repeatable colour across multiple devices and locations’.
“This collection will be expanded over time,” says Mike Horsten, general manager marketing EMEA for Mimaki, “but in its initial form, it includes 520 colours for sublimation transfer printing, including

Sinapse develops world’s first cloud-based print simulator

Paris-based software developer Sinapse has launched its Suite 8 print simulator, its first print simulator to be accessible from the cloud.

Suite 8 is available globally, but its cloud version is not accessible in China, due to firewall issues, according to Sinapse managing director Thierry Mack.

It is intended to be used as a training tool for schools and printing businesses to teach students and apprentices about the various types of print cost effectively. 

Mack said so far around 100

Sun Chemical to acquire Flint’s European gravure ink business

Sun Chemical is to acquire Flint Group’s European publication gravure ink business. Sun Chemical said the acquisition, which will include the transfer of all products, inventory and technology relating to Flint Group’s European publication gravure products, reflects its continued dedication to supporting this sector. The value of the deal was undisclosed.

Sun Chemical chief marketing officer and board member Felipe Mellado said: “The acquisition of Flint Group’s publication gravure ink

Century old ink maker goes bust, closes shop

Imex Printing Inks B.V. in Maastricht (Limburg) has been declared bankrupt by the court in Den-Haag. The insolvency number of this case is F.09/15/101.

The Maastricht-based firm has a history dating back a century to the foundation of pigment maker Ten Horn Chemistry in 1916, but has changed ownership a number of times in recent years.

It manufactured heatset inks using what was descri-bed as a “unique” extrusion process, and supplied customers across Europe as well as in South America and