Easy Cut Studio adds multi-language support

A provider of sign-making software solutions, Easy Cut Studio, recently announced the availability of the Easy Cut Studio 5 family in multiple languages, including English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish and simplified Chinese. This new release is a ground-up rebuild of the software, and is available for both Windows and Mac systems, including Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP and macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 10.14 Mojave, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.12 Sierra, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9

Agfa plans virtual event

Agfa is the latest manufacturer to announce plans for a ‘virtual Drupa’ during the show’s original timeframe.

The manufacturer will run a six-day virtual event called Studio 4D48 from 18-26 June, targeting offset printing companies.

“4D48 would have been our booth number at Drupa,” explained Guy Desmet, head of marketing at Agfa’s Offset Solutions division.

“Drupa and other trade shows may have been postponed or even cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but our commitment to the printing

GMG launches digital colour card for efficacy

A reliable approval process in packaging production requires the use of physical reference proofs, so-called ink drawdowns. Only with physical colour cards can the printshops or customers visualize with certainty what the final printed result will look like.

GMG has launched a digital colour card as the proofs of choice for the approval process of packaging projects, which it claims combines digital efficiency and spectro-photometry precision with the reassuring tangibility of a proof you can

Sun Chemical addresses supply chain concerns amid outbreak

Sun Chemical has spoken of its preparations for handling potential supply chain issues amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The printing ink giant said it will continue to monitor its supply chain, including raw material and intermediate suppliers and logistics providers.

“Proactively managing our customer orders, inventory levels, in-transit shipments and open order levels is a critical path for us,” said Sun Chemical chief supply chain officer Jeffrey Shaw.

“We have established control teams to

BLI Pick award given to Ricoh Cloud Workflow Solutions

Ricoh Cloud Workflow Solutions has won the Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab (BLI) Pick award for Outstanding Productivity Ecosystem. Buyers Lab,
the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging software, hardware, and services, recognized Ricoh’s ability to deliver device-agnostic workflow automation, such as smart integration cloud connectors and workflow packages that include cloud storage connectivity.

The suite provides modular options in a simple, predictable, low-cost

Vism rolls out new updates within apps

Project management software provider Vism launched a series of new releases and updates within its cloud-based dashboards and apps.

The updates, which include a new client portal, mobile project management app and an updated installer app, have been built in response to customer feedback.

“Version two of the app is a lot smoother, with improved photo sharing capabilities and faster data transfer,” said Vism managing director Dan Tyler. “We’ve also introduced a new chat function so that

Xerox unveils PrimeLink C9070 at Digital Production showcase event

Xerox Emirates recently hosted a Digital Production showcase with over 150 attendees at the iconic Armani Hotel Burj Khalifa. 

The event was attended by high profile customers from prominent commercial and government print houses and the graphic arts sector.

At the event, Xerox Emirates launched its new light production printer, PrimeLink C9070 to serve the growing and diverse colour printing needs of the office print-on-demand and professional graphic communication segments. The PrimeLink

Xaar introduces its five-step service for inkjet evaluation

Xaar launched its 5-step service for the evaluation of fluids for use in new product development and advanced manufacturing applications. The service aims to help companies establish the suitability of inkjet technology and fluids in new applications without incurring large upfront costs. To support the new service, Xaar has invested in a dedicated laboratory. This is equipped with a number of custom test rigs for sample production and fluid testing including a Notion Systems n.jet 3D printer.

Pantone, X-Rite unveil colour management solution i1Pro 3

X-Rite and Pantone LLC announced new generation colour management solution i1Pro 3. It is aimed at professionals who require accurate colour from their printer, display and projector. Customers can use the i1Pro 3 to better track and verify monitor and print quality and capture spot colour measurements.

This comes following X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC’s announcement of the third-generation of its popular i1 Family of Colour Management solutions for the print, imaging and photo industries. The

BST eltromat, partners promote Converting 4.0

The web-processing industry has embraced the trends of Industry 4.0 and is increasingly using real-time data from production to boost efficiency. That explains the great interest in the Converting 4.0 exhibits that BST eltromat International presented in the fall of 2019 at various events in cooperation with machine manufacturers.

“Faster machine setup, minimized waste, higher energy efficiency and consistently high-quality production – we demonstrated the benefits that result from the

OKI Europe celebrates 30 years of LED technology with shared experiences

Three decades on from the release of its first LED printers, OKI Europe is celebrating its history as a “founder and champion of LED printer technology, which it continues to refine and use in its award-winning devices”.

According to the company’s press statement, from “easy maintenance to superior speed, accuracy, unrivalled media handing capabilities and print quality,” OKI Europe is passionate about the benefits OKI’s LED printer technology delivers.

As part of its 30-year celebration of

Agfa launches process-free printing plate Eclipse

Agfa introduced Eclipse, a “convenient process-free” printing plate for sheet-fed commercial printers that combines all the benefits of process-free technology with effortless printing.

Eclipse eliminates the need for a processor using chemicals, reducing printers’ capex and prepress costs. It, however, distinguishes itself from other process-free plates as this drop-in is just as easy to use as a conventional plate.

“You can see the difference with our latest innovation,” said Iris Bogunovic

Heidelberg Adds Opaque White to its New Gallus Label Presses - PrintWeek MEA

Heidelberg launched a brace of new units for its Gallus label presses which add opaque white embellishing and rotary die-cutting capabilities. Both units debuted at Labelexpo in Brussels last month.

The first is the Digital Printbar, an inkjet printing unit designed for digital insetting of opaque, digital white that is compatible with a range of Gallus machines. The second, a rotary front-loading die-cutting unit, will be showcased on a Gallus Labelmaster Advanced.

Gallus head of marketing

Scodix launches web-to-print digital enhancement integration

Scodix launched a new software offering to help web-to-print companies to improve their productivity and efficiency through workflow automation.

Available with immediate effect for “all major existing web-to-print workflows”, Scodix Studio W2P integrates digital enhancement to enable web-to-print businesses operating in both the B2B and B2C sectors to “unlock new avenues for profit”.

Enhancement design files are sent to Studio W2P, which automatically processes the data and directs it to a Scodix

Epson announces its compact, commercial photo printer

Epson, on July 8, announced its SureLab SL-D800 commercial photo production printer designed for photo shops.

“This printer is for those who want to expand their printing business, with a wider range of services for their customers, while minimizing environmental impact. It’s ideally suited to photo production busi- nesses, independent photo shops, event photographers, minilabs, copy shops and self-service terminals, as well as businesses that need to print high-quality mixed print jobs

Canon unveils Oce Colorado 1650, adds to series of large format printers with UVgel technology

Canon Middle East is expanding its series of roll-to- roll large format devices featuring Canon UVgel technology with the introduction of Oce Colorado 1650 printer.

The model introduces a new flexible ink and Océ FLXfinish, meeting the needs of customers wanting increased media versatility to fuel business growth, said a statement from the company.

The new 64” production printer builds on the break- through productivity, output quality and media versatility of the Océ Colorado 1640

Raqam International invests in Nilpeter’s automated press

Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh-based Raqam International purchased Nilpeter FA6, a mid-web flexo press. The machine would be installed at Raqam’s customer facility, that is built exclusively for running
flexible packaging and tube laminates, in October.

According to Raqam’s general manager Khalid Aziz Shah, it is the “quality and a highly cooperative team” of Nilpeter that lures his company’s press needs. “The key features of Nilpeter machines are that they are stable and have almost no downtime,” he

Epson announces its first 24-inch dye sublimation printer: SureColor SC-F500

Epson announced the new SC-F500, 24-inch, dye-sublimation printer, developed to help promotional houses, photo labs, clothing producers and copy shops increase customer choice. According to the company's statement, whether producing printed phone covers, mugs, mouse mats, t-shirts or cushions, the SC-F500 offers fast turnaround times, reliability and a low total cost of ownership (TCO) to small businesses, and it requires no specialist knowledge to set up, operate or maintain.

The SC-F500 forms

Inkcups unveils X360: rotary inkjet printer

Global printing industry leader Inkcups announced the release of its latest high-speed rotary inkjet printer, the X360, to the European market following a successful year of operation at commercial production facilities in the US market.

The X360 is the newest addition to the company’s overall direct-to-cylinder product line, which boasts the industry’s premier inkjet printers on a price to performance-basis. Capable of printing on tapered and straight-walled cylinders, this machine features

Sun Chemical unveils its new range of inks

Sun Chemical has launched a new range of UV/LED-curing sheetfed offset inks for the commercial print market. “SunWave Lumina is designed for “class-leading” performance, fast makeready and stable printing with minimal wash-ups,” said the firm.

Based on Sun’s UV resin system for fast, hard curing under UV-LED and low-energy mercury lamps, the inks are made to meet the ISO 12647 process standard for offset printing.

Marketing manager of energy curing products Jonathan Sexton said: “This is a

Roland DGA introduces its new dye-sublimation printer

Roland DGA, a provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, had launched Texart RT-640M – a multi-function dye-sublimation printer that allows users to print directly onto coated polyester fabrics, or to sublimation transfer paper, using the same specially-formulated Texart SBL3 sublimation inks.

Texart RT-640M simplifies dye-sublimation production for soft-signage with its direct-to-textile print option, while maintaining the versatility of printing to transfer paper for creating

Nazdar’s series of digital imaging inks is now available worldwide

Nazdar Ink Technologies announced the introduction of its 204 Series digital imaging Inks. Previewed at FESPA 2019, the new 204 Series inks have been designed specifically for use in Roland TrueVIS SG and VG Series digital printers using Roland TrueVIS ink.

The Nazdar 204 Series inks offer a closely colour-matched and chemically-compatible alternative for Roland TrueVIS SG and VG Series printers using TrueVIS TR inks. With plug-and-play capabilities and consistent high-speed printing

FiberForce, Pantone enter into a partnership for 3D printing

Pantone entered into an agreement with FiberForce Italy to bring Pantone colours into the world of 3D printing.

There are lots of reasons companies want 3D printed items in their corporate colours and for those colours to be portrayed accurately. With some systems, white materials are used, which then can be painted. But this can be an expensive and time-consuming process. What if the items could be printed in the actual target colours?

This partnership between Pantone and FiberForce sets the

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.

Paul Winstanley

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