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Argos sets affordability as the target with new inkjet coater

A new entry-level inkjet spot UV coater is set to hit the market this summer.
A prototype of the MK3 from Belgian manufacturer Argos Solutions was shown at Ipex. The firm said it would be available in eight weeks.
The device can apply up to 10 layers of coating to create effects up to 1.8mm thick. It has an adjustable feed table and can handle items up to 1cm in depth. “We are trying to build a system that is affordable for small companies that can’t afford a Scodix or MGI system. We wanted to

Epson launches new SureColor range

Epson has unveiled a new family of four-colour SureColor large-format modular printers, which includes models with built-in scanners aimed at commercial printers and copyshops.

The range is made up of three models, the 44in SureColor SC-T7200, 36in SC-T5200 and 24in SC-T3200. However, the larger T7200 and T5200 are available in standard configuration, or ‘D’ models with a dual-roll option or ‘MFP’ with an optional 36in-wide colour scanner.

The dual-roll option features auto-paper loading and

Morgana unveils new DigiBook 200 during Ipex

Morgana has found space for a last-minute arrival on its Ipex booth – a new addition to its PUR perfect binder range.

The new DigiBook 200 sits above the entry-level 150 model in the firm’s PUR line-up, and has more automation than the basic version.  “We have added book block measuring to it, which sets up the heads automatically so users can go between different book sizes very quickly,” said sales and marketing director Ray Hillhouse.  The binder has touchscreen operation and a hermetically

Xerox launches wide format inkjet for demand in Middle East

Xerox Emirates, a joint venture between Xerox Corporation and Mohamed Hareb Al Otaiba, recently launched the wide format IJP 2000 enabling Xerox Emirates to keep up with the growing demand for large posters, signs, point-of-purchase graphics and banners in the UAE. 

“The growing economy in the Middle East has fueled the printing market to a great extent. The launch of the IJP 2000 is a platform for Xerox Emirates to reenter the large format print arena and set new benchmarks in quality, speed

Roland DG announces launch of its first flatbed printer

Roland DG has hailed the commercial launch of its first dedicated flatbed printer, the six-colour VersaUV LEJ-640F, as a “true milestone” in the company’s evolution.

The device can handle a maximum sheet size of 1,600x2,500mm and substrates up to 200kg in weight and 150mm in height.

Print speeds range from 12.4sqm/hr in high speed mode to 5.5sqm/hr in standard mode and 4.1sqm/hr in high quality mode; maximum print resolution is 1,440x1,440dpi.

The printer uses Roland DG’s Eco-UV ink and is

Agfa expands portfolio by launching Jeti Titan S and HS

Agfa has expanded its Jeti Titan range of UV-curable wide-format printers with a new flatbed UV inkjet device, the Jeti Titan S and HS.

Both the S (speed) and the HS (high speed) models are fitted with the 1,280-nozzle Ricoh Gen 5 inkjet printheads. The S model incorporates one row as standard and is field-upgradeable to two rows to create the HS model, doubling productivity.

According to Agfa, the portfolio expansion, which deliver a 7-picolitre droplet-size, sets a new standard for print

Mimaki announces an upgrade in its JV33

Mimaki has announced an update to its JV33 wide-format inkjet printer, allowing faster printing without any compromise on quality.

It is available free to all current JV33 owners and will be included as standard with new installs for no added cost.

The firmware upgrade, complemented by downloadable software, consists of Mimaki’s Advanced Pass System (MAPS) technology, which alters the way ink is laid down.

This technology allows a 10%-plus speed increase, said a spokesperson for Mimaki, and

Colorific has launched solvent UV hybrid print and cut machine

Colorific announces the launch of its first wide-format print-and-cut machine, the UV640PC. The 1.6m printer combines the benefits of solvent and UV-curable chemistries to provide a ‘viable, cost-effective alternative to latex while offering the photo-realistic print quality critical to many applications at this market level’,  said the manufacturer in a statement released to the press.
“Solvent, eco-solvent and latex have been a mainstay for wide-format houses producing print-and-cut

Thieme unveils first wide-format digital device

Screen-print press manufacturer Thieme has announced the upcoming launch of the Thieme 3000 D, its first digital device to have been developed completely in-house.
The 3000 D, which will be launched at Fespa next year, is a highly-customisable, multi-pass UV inkjet, wide-format printer based on a combination of Thieme’s screen printing technology and Konica Minolta’s KM1024 printheads.
Thieme has designed the press as a modular system that can operate as a standalone digital press or be

IFS to debut flagship Horizon trimmer at Ipex

Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS) is to use next March’s Ipex as the springboard for the “zero makeready” Horizon HT-1000V variable three-knife trimmer, which it said was suitable for “runs of one to runs of thousands”.
According to IFS, the HT-1000V was developed chiefly to go inline with perfect binding lines, either from Horizon or the likes of Muller Martini and Kolbus.
The Horizon pXnet JDF-enabled HT-1000V features a barcode recognition system that automatically sets the trimmer

Intec’s low-cost colour printer packs 400 gsm punch

Intec Printing Solutions has begun shipping its latest CP3000 range, with demand for the low-cost colour printer outstripping expectations.
Print speed for A4 is 45ppm in colour, or 50ppm in black-and-white. Print resolution is 1,200dpi x 1,200dpi.
The firm claims it has the lowest cost-per-copy in its class.
Intec business development director Mark Baker-Homes said demand was coming from in-house marketing departments and inplants, as well as from SME printing companies.
“Overall demand has been

Inca Digital, Fujifilm launch ‘Scaleable Architecture’

Inca Digital announced the launch of a new-generation ‘Scaleable Architecture’ platform for the Inca Onset Series of large-format, flatbed UV printers, which are sold globally by Fujifilm.
Onset Scaleable Architecture uses a modular design, developed by Inca, that gives Onset users the power to evolve the productivity/colour specifications of their printers – on-site – to match their budget and changing business needs. “Onset Scaleable Architecture is a dynamic ‘future-proof’ technology that

Fujifilm launches ‘class beating’ white Onset

Fujifilm has launched a white ink version of the Inca Onset S40i, which it claimed is the fastest white printing wide-format press in its class. The Inca Digital-built flatbed, which was launched at Fespa Eurasia, is understood to be the first in a series of white ink-enabled Onsets.
The CMYK+WW machine features two white ink channels, and Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems marketing manager, high end, Tudor Morgan hinted that more white-enabled Onsets could be launched in the near future, perhaps

HP launches first-of-its-kind large-format printer

HP is targeting copy shops with what it claims is the industry’s first multi-roll, large-format ePrinter, which is an expansion of its Designjet Z-series.
The Designjet Z5400 PostScript ePrinter is aimed at copy shops that want to increase their print offering, without a large capital investment.
The 44” (1.11m) device is suitable for large-format applications with high image quality such as posters, photos, canvases, backlit prints, indoor signs, point-of-sale posters, line drawings and maps.

Epson showcases eight Sure Color inkjets at Fespa this year

Epson is to show off eight of its new-generation large-format SureColor inkjet printers for the first time together at the wide-format show in London.
    The line-up will include its two most recent machines: the SureColor SC-F6000 and SC-F7000 dye-sublimation printers.
   The SC-F6000 prints up to 44-inches (1.1m) wide at speeds of 63sqm per hour and costs £4,795.
   The SC-F7000 prints up to 64-inches (1.6m) wide at speeds of 57sqm per hour and costs £15,695.
A spokeswoman said: “The machines

GMG releases ColorServer 4.8, with colour accuracy features

Colour management developer GMG has unveiled the latest upgrade to its ColorServer software.
Making its global debut at North Print & pack, the latest version of the developer’s colour management software includes a raft of new features designed to improve user experience and to greatly improve colour accuracy.
Most notably a Paper Adaption Tool has been added, which is designed to help printers avoid colour mismatch between the paper tint on proofs, according to different standards, and the

Zund launches an MIS software to estimate cutting time for a job

Oliver Zund, CEO, Zund Swiss Cutting Systems and Lars Bendixen, product manager visited UAE for  feedback sessions with Zund’s clientele accompanied by their regional representative Ralph Busselot, MD, Colourbyte.
Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Zund said, “We have developed & launched a software in which one can calculate an estimate-time of the job required to be done. It takes in the dimensional value of the part, adds to it the time laps for the knife movements, taking in account the

KBA revamps large format line-up with Rapida 164

KBA has announced the launch of a new sheetfed offset press, the Rapida 164, which has replaced the Rapida 162 and 162a models in its large format line-up.
The Rapida 164, which KBA has dubbed the “big sister” to the Rapida 145 that was unveiled at Drupa, features a marginally larger sheet size and higher print speed than its predecessor the 162/162a.
Maximum sheet size on the Rapida 164 is 1,205x1,640mm, while the maximum print size is 1,190x1,640mm. Maximum production speed is 13,000sph or

Antalis adds Orafol products to push into signage industry

Antalis has signed up to sell the Orafol range of substrates, including plotter vinyls, extending into the signage market.
“Until now our focus has been to grow business with our existing user base, now we are moving beyond wide format graphics into signage; the deal with Orafol enables that and shows that we mean business,” said Antalis marketing manager for sign and display Chris Green.
Antalis has taken on the full Orafol range including coloured plotter vinyls, Orajet digital print substrates

Folex group acquires German firm Regulus


Substrate specialist Folex has bought German large-format poster media company Regulus. The move will see the Swiss-headquartered firm expand its position as a supplier of print media, including a wide range of wide-format films.


Former Regulus owner Ralf Koenig will continue to work for the Swiss-headquartered firm, retaining his role as managing director of Regulus while also assuming responsibility for sales and marketing of large-format and digital print media for the entire

Oce and Manroland team up for digital newspaper production

Oce and Manroland Web Systems have teamed up to develop a digital printing and finishing system for newspaper and book production.
The device, which combines Océ's new JetStream 5500 full-colour inkjet press with Manroland Web System's FoldLine VPF 211 variable pin folder, has the flexibility to produce a range of newspaper formats as well as books and magazines.
Océ's JetStream 5500 is a 762mm wide full-colour inkjet web press that can print at 600x480dpi at up to 254m/min (mpm) or 200mpm in

Creazy adds instant photo box canvas to its pre-creased range

Creazy has added Photo Box Canvas, a pre-creased SRA3 sheet of 210gsm board that creates the look of a box canvas, to its range of pre-creased SRA3 media.

Creazy has added Photo Box Canvas, a pre-creased SRA3 sheet of 210gsm board that creates the look of a box canvas, to its range of pre-creased SRA3 media.

Creazy allows printers to produce digital print on-demand products on pre-creased and perforated sheets, which can be folded by hand to create the finished item.

Lyndon Powell, managing

Fujifilm launches additions to flatbed range-Acuity Advance

Fujifilm has unveiled the latest addition to its Acuity flatbed range, the Acuity Advance Select UV

The Acuity Advance Select features the same eight-channel inkset as the Océ Arizona 480 on which it is based, including two each for cyan and magenta, but with a different RIP and inks.
Whereas Océ's machine is kitted out with the ONYX Thrive workflow, Fujifilm said that it would offer the Acuity with a ColorGate RIP and its own Fuji Sericol Uvijet KO inks.
Gary Barnes, digital systems marketing

Ferag unveils high-speed cover hopper, basic inserting line

Post-press manufacturer Ferag has hosted demonstrations of a high-speed cover hopper with inline folding and an entry-level inserting line, at its PMC Print Media Corporation training site in Zurich
Ferag said that at 40,000 copies an hour the UniCover 40's rotary technology meant the cover hopper reached speeds that were twice as fast as other cover hoppers.
This is fast enough to enable the cover hopper to be connected inline to a UniDrum gatherer-stitcher, according to the company, allowing

Global card market reaches $17b, Asia-Pacific region leads: Report

Higher value chip-based cards used in mobile phones and other electronic transactions as well as expanded production in the Asia-Pacific region led market growth as more than 30 billion cards were manufactured worldwide in 2011, adds the report.

However, the report points out, the global card market will experience somewhat slower growth through 2015 and traditional magnetic cards will continue to be replaced by chip while smartphone apps and NFC technology will impact growth beyond 2015.


Xerox unveils new automatic finishing solutions for booklets

Xerox's has launched new automatic finishing solution for booklets which the manufacturer says eliminates bottlenecks often associated with in-line and off-line booklet production - allowing printers to complete more jobs faster.

The IntegratedPLUS Finishing Solution for Booklets offers the industry's 'first off-line automation by combining the efficiency of in-line with the flexibility of off-line into one device'.

Among the features of the IntegratedPLUS finishing solution are a dual mode

Bobst claims 2012 Drupa as the most successful trade fair ever

Bobst claims to have generates record sales at Drupa with thousands of new leads, including more than hundred firm projects due to take place over the next three months.

"Over the last few years, our entire team has worked very hard to pave the way for our company's future. The results of this year's drupa confirm in no uncertain terms the benefits of these efforts and commitment. I'm very proud of our employees' great achievement," commented Bobst CEO Jean-Pascal Bobst at the close of the

API launches chrome- based security foil

API Holographics has launched chrome-based hot stamping security foil as a security solution for use on vehicle number plates.

Aimed to help government and affiliated organisations, the chrome foil is specifically designed to be weather and heat resistant and can be used to print wallpaper or registered holographic images onto vehicle license plates.

Designed to ISO standards, the pigment foils can be either plain or inscripted with the customer's own text specifically for the numbers and

Baumann prepares for Drupa with cutting systems upgrades

Baumann Wohlenberg is using Drupa as a springboard to showcase its family of cutting systems that encompass a raft of new modules that will launch at the show.

The company will exhibit a trio of cutting models, under the banner "experience productivity", designed for different workloads, each featuring new product developments from Baumann and Wohlenberg.

The medium volume "all-purpose system" (pictured) incorporates a Wohlenberg BSB 3L professional jogger coupled with Baumann's new BA3 N e

Muller Martini set to showcase 10 machine exhibits at Drupa

Muller Martini will present new production systems and demonstrate the possibilities for optimizing existing systems at Stand C21 in Hall 14. Digital solutions from Muller Martini will also be displayed at the stands of HP and KBA."At this year's Drupa, we will showcase convincing innovations from all group divisions that meet the demands of today's market," says Bruno Muller, CEO of Muller Martini. We will present a total of ten machine exhibits at our 2,100m2 stand: - the VSOP web offset