MGI receives Gold Ink Award

Gold Ink Awards program is produced by Printing Impressions Magazine to judge, recognize and honor the best print applications in the industry. In 2017, nearly a thousand entries were received and evaluated by graphic artists, production managers and print buyers. MGI received a “Gold Award” for a unique cover ‘tip card” affixed to the outside of a limited edition of PostPress Magazine.
PostPress Magazine is the official publication of the Foil & Specialty Effects Association. A special

Epson launches upgraded dye-sub machine

Epson has launched a new dye-sublimation textile printer, the 1.6m-wide SureColor SC-F9300.
The new roll-to-roll machine is an upgrade on and will replace the Fespa 2015-launched SC-F9200. It is priced at £16,595, the same as the F9200.
Epson sales manager Phil McMullin said that the main improvement on the new machine is a new feed mechanism to help avoid cockling on thin substrates of minimum 40gsm, and there are also speed improvements.
“We have been very successful over the last two years

PerfectPattern unveils for print optimization

Germany-based PerfectPattern’s web-based EasyApps utilize the company’s powerful algorithms to calculate the optimal layouts of gang forms for entire job pools in seconds. These make up the powerful sPrint One engine, which is also used in sPrint One, “the most modern solution for dynamic sheet optimization and print planning.” Billing is based on usage, but because of a temporary introductory offer, the apps are now available free of charge. PerfectPattern explained the benefits and usage of

Sun Chemical heads to InPrint

Sun Chemical will be presenting its products and expertise for functional, industrial and specialty print applications at InPrint 2017, Nov. 14-16 in Munich, Germany.
SunJet, the global inkjet brand of Sun Chemical and DIC, will demonstrate its latest developments in inkjet chemistry and its ability to collaborate in development projects with OEM partners, system integrators and printhead manufacturers in a broad range of market sectors, including graphics, décor, textile, industrial and

Domino launches 7-colour ink set for N-series digital label press

Domino Digital Printing Solutions has launched a new 7-colour ink set for the N-Series Digital Label Press at Labelexpo Europe 2017.  Designed and optimised for use specifically with the Domino N610i hardware and workflow, the new UV90 ink set is suitable for many media types, particularly in areas of low density tints and can reproduce over 92% of the Pantone range in High Quality Mode (50m/min) says the manufacturer.
UV90 has been formulated to be both EuPIA and Swiss Ordinance compliant

Domino launches new fluorescent ink

Domino Digital Printing Solutions is launching a new fluorescent ink for its K600i inkjet printer module.
The UV80CL fluorescent security ink will be given its launch at Labelexpo Europe, to be held in Brussels, from 25 to 28 September, and will be available thereafter for retrofitting or as an additional configuration for newly purchased modules.
The ink prints clear but fluoresces green under an ultraviolet light. It can be used to print 2D codes, barcodes, alpha-numeric codes, images, graphics

Polar enhances software

Polar has announced that it is now offering an additional version of the workflow software Compucut  GO, for setting up cutting programs.  Designed according to the motto ‘Plug and Cut’, there is no need to even install the software, as it runs on the medium which is installed on a computer.
The PC is integrated into the network and therefore connects the prepress stage to the guillotine type cutter. At the prepress stage, the digital sheet layout is stored as a PPF or JDF file. This file is

New Corel software package aimed at SMEs

Graphics software developer Corel has introduced a new edition of Graphics Suite targeted at small print and design businesses.
CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2017 – Small Business Edition enables SMEs to get the software, launched earlier this year, in a special package that includes three licences for less than the cost of two.
The company said the bundle equips small businesses operating in the areas of creative design, signmaking, engraving and printing with a cost-effective, in-house marketing

ColorGATE RIP solution tailored with Kornit

Manufacturers of digital textile printers, Kornit Digital and ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions will be collaborating  to provide workflow and job management solutions to their customers.
The ColorGATE Textile Productionserver (TPS) will be tailored to the Kornit settings and subsequently added to the Kornit offering. The complete solution will be available as of Q4 2017.
Thomas Kirschner, owner of ColorGATE, elaborates: “Kornit Digital knows direct-to-garment and we know RIP. The combination

MAcTac added new products

In response to the latest customer trend for larger digital sheet constructions for use on HP Indigo presses, Mactac Distributor Products has added several new pressure-sensitive sheet solutions to its METRO Digital product line.
The new 29.5”-by-20.5” products were designed specifically for customers who use the newer HP Indigo 10000 and 12000 series presses that feature the larger B2 sheet size.
“In today’s digital printing business, more and more HP Indigo press users are investing in the

Drytac launches new opaque white film after beta-testing

Drytac has expanded its SpotOn range of self-adhesive materials with the new SpotOn White M50 film.
The material was launched  in the first week of August  in  EMEA after a beta-testing period of around four months at companies in Europe and the US.   It is intended to provide opacity improvements of around 50% compared to the standard SpotOn whites costing 8% to 10% more than the standard white matte, which is currently available in 1,370x50m rolls for $342.04 per reel.
Drytac European and Asia

Komori’s Impermia IS29 receives InterTec Technology Award

Komori’s Impremia IS29 receives Printing Industries of America’s 2017 InterTec Technology Award.
The InterTech Technology Award was established in 1978 and has honored the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. In 2017, 14 recipients won award among 26 nominees. This year is the fourth time Komori has been honored with an InterTech Technology Award. Previous accolades were for the Automatic Plate Changer (APC), the Lithrone S40

Antalis launches roll storage unit and carbonless paper range

Antalis has launched a new compact portable roll storage product designed to make it easier to handle and transport rolls of large-format media.
The Stock & Roll, which is commercially available immediately, can hold up to six rolls of up to 2m wide – accommodating both 2in and 3in cores, while taking up minimal floor space with its 600mm diameter.
The option of extra roll splitters allows more rolls to be added, which enables users to double or triple their storage capacity.
The device

Sun Chemical partners with KBA-MetalPrint

Sun Chemical has announced its partnership with KBA-MetalPrint to deliver printing inks for metal decorating.
Working closely with KBA-MetalPrint, Sun Chemical will soon be providing its UV ink series DAICURE 5LM, the conventional ink series SunTrio DAIMETAL and the  flexible SunTrio TOBA series with the MetalStar 3 and Mailänder 280 metal decorating press starter kits, depending on the individual needs of the customer.
Iñaki Llona, global champion Metal Deco Inks, Sun Chemical, commented

Aslan unveils Print’nGo

Aslan, the German manufacturer of self-adhesive films for special applications, is complementing its floor graphics range with an additional slip-resistant, directly printable film. Print’nGo Aslan DFP 33 does not require any additional protective laminate after printing, whilst providing the rough surface characteristics needed for non-slip category R9 classification.
The 125 µm thick matt white film provides a safe floor graphics solution for short-term interior designs on smooth floors

MeadCo launches new software - ScriptX

UK based company MeadCo has launched ScriptX software for the printing and packaging industry.
According to MeadCo, ScriptX enables HTML pages, PDFs, labels, barcodes, wristbands, badges and more - basically any browser-hosted content - to be printed in a consistent format, from every networked Microsoft Windows computer.
Jerry Mead, CEO of MeadCo - the creators of ScriptX - said: "From individual barcodes and labels to large-run printing jobs, the printing and packaging sector needs

EyeC’s PDF proofing technology to offer more on integration

EyeC’s new Workflow Integration, pre-press operations and studios can now incorporate EyeC Proofiler Graphic, the company’s PDF proofing technology, into workflow systems such as Esko’s Automation Engine.
The EyeC Workflow Integration automates quality control in the pre-press stages. The workflow system automatically activates the inspection process and the EyeC Proofiler Graphic retrieves the order data as well as inspection parameters of the respective job from the workflow system. It

OKI launches new A3 printer with white toner

OKI has launched a new A3 printer with white toner. The machine, the Pro8432WT, is a replacement for OKI’s current A3 white toner machine, the Pro9420WT, which launched in late 2012 and has now been decommissioned.
It was given its debut at Fespa and became available for purchase straight after the Hamburg expo for £6,249, which includes 13,000 pages’ worth of white toner and 4,500 pages’ worth of each of the other colours. The white toner initially supplied with the machine has been increased

Stora Enso mill shuts down

Stora Enso recently announced that it planned to permanently shut down paper machine 8 (PM8) at Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden due to structural weakening of magazine paper demand in Europe. Co-determination negotiations with employees at the mill are still ongoing.
PM8 had an annual capacity of 100,000 tonnes of supercalendered (SC) uncoated magazine paper.
Stora Enso continues to produce SC paper at Kvarnsveden Mill PM12 as well at Maxau Mill in Germany and Langerbrugge Mill in Belgium. The group

UPM launches ‘thin’ paper for pharma

The Biofore company UPM has launched a new solution for the thin print market. The paper, UPM EcoLite, has been specially designed to meet the needs of customers printing pharmaceutical leaflets and religious literature as well as user manuals and instructions.
“The product is a result of extensive R&D work at Kaipola mill in Finland. The name, UPM EcoLite, says it all: In addition to being an ecological choice, it offers our customers an economical option without compromising on the reading

Mimaki inks receive Eco Passport certification for sustainablity

Mimaki announced that its Sb54/310/410 and Sb320/420 sublimation inks have achieved the Eco Pass-port certification from OEKO-TEX.  
Eco Passport is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in sustainable textile production. It authenticates the safety of chemicals used during the production of textile dyes, pigments and finishing agents. The Eco Passport mechanism was established in 1992 by the OEKO-TEX international association headquartered

Flint launches its next-gen UV low migration inks

Flint Group announced thelaunch its new generation of sheetfed UV low migration inks; UltraCURA Sens, UltraCURA Sens Plas and UltraCURA Sens Bases. Created out of a new resin technology system, these inks are the first in a series of advanced energy curing products from Flint Group to be launched in 2017.
Trevor Amps, global product management director for energy curing inks explains the significance of the launch: “We decided to use specifically selected resin principles for all our energy

Sun Chemical develops digital coatings for HP

Sun Chemical is working with digital press manufacturer HP Indigo to produce a range of coatings to speed up the adoption of digital printing in the packaging industry. A new range of coatings including overprint varnishes and adhesives specially formulated for use in digital devices is set to be launched soon.
Marcos Valdezate, Sun Chemical’s BDM for coatings for digital applications, said: “We recognise that some transformation of the packaging industry as we know it today in terms of

Esko awarded with two EDP

Esko’s ArtiosCAD and Esko Automated Quality Assurance were awarded among 31 winners chosen from more than 150 entries.
The EDP Association aims to better assist the technology-appliers to find the right solution for their applications. As explains Klaus-Peter Nicolay, EDP President: “The awards honour the best developments in print production tools, software developments, substrates, inks, materials and finishing systems.”
EDP Awards 2017Esko’s ArtiosCAD Display Store is a comprehensive online

Asahi launches new website

Asahi Photoproducts announced the launch of a brand-new website design structured to make it easier for customers and other interested parties to quickly and easily find all the information they are seeking. The website is available in eight languages.
“In this website redesign process, we spent a great deal of time talking to customers about their requirements,” said Dr. Dieter Niederstadt, Technical marketing manager for Asahi Photoproducts Europe. “The resulting site opens an information

Corel launches upgraded graphics suite

Graphics software developer Corel has launched its CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2017. The new suite was launched on 11th April and is available for purchase or upgrade from the previous suite, CorelDraw X8, with shipping beginning on 18 April. CorelDraw has around 15 million users worldwide.
Corel vice-president of products Gerard Metrailler said from now on the suites will be released as upgrades annually instead of biennially.
The new suite costs $744 for the full version and $372 for existing

Roland and Custom Gateway partner for personalisation

Roland DG has launched a partnership with software developer Custom Gateway to integrate hardware and software in order to deliver customised products on-demand.
The first wave of development will incorporate the VersaUV LEF series with Custom Gateway’s cloud-based software, followed by the VersaStudio desktop inkjet printer and cutter and the Metaza metal printer, with the first integrated systems due for installation in summer 2017. Roland released its latest customisation printer, the

Sakurai launches new screen printer

Manufacturers of cylinder screen printing machines, Sakurai will host the official European launch of their revolutionary MS110-DDS production unit at Fespa 2017.  
The new system introduces Sakurai’s technology offering improved sheet edge accuracy with an optional CCD Camera Sheet Alignment System.
The system allows for large sheet printing with a maximum sheet size 1140mm x 788mm, and to supplement flexibility and printability on thin material and scratch resistance has been enhanced up to a

Zünd releases Version 3

Version 3 of Zünd Design Center ZDC, Zünd’s plug-in for Adobe Illustrator, is now available for download.
Zünd Design Center is an easy-to-use Adobe Illustrator plug-in that lets the user create packaging and displays with a few clicks. The centerpiece of ZDC is an extensive library of parametric designs for folding carton, corrugated cardboard, sandwich material, PVC and PP. To scale or change any of the designs provided, the user has to enter a few basic measurements, and the program

Enfocus to release PitStop 2017 with unique functions

Calling it the most powerful and technically advanced PDF preflight, editing and correction solution available on the market today (and to celebrate the 20th anniversary since its first release), Enfocus has announced the next major release of PitStop.
PitStop 2017 introduces new technology extending the possibilities of preflight and correction by allowing unique new ways for objects to be selected or ignored. An example would be configuring preflight checks to check only the objects needed to