Agfa launches Fortuna 6 with improved security features

Agfa Graphics has released version six of its Fortuna security printing software with a range of improvements for increased security and anti-counterfeiting.

The 24-module suite is used on three-quarters of the world's banknotes according to the company, but its target market is increasingly encompassing broader packaging and other security applications.

The new version includes a Rainbow tool and Guilloche wizard (the spirograph-like patterns seen on bank notes), while improvements have been

De-inking inkjet in spotlight after European conferences

De-inking of inkjet print was in the spotlight last week as two separate European summits looked at inkjet's impact on the recycled waste stream.

With the CTP's Technical Conference on Deinking of Digital Prints taking place in Grenoble, followed by IMI's 19th European Ink Jet Printing Conference in Lisbon, experts were privvy to the latest developments in the field.

Research body InfoTrends said it believed inkjet currently contributes around 7% of digital print volume in document printing, but

Agfa boosts Anapurna range with M2540 FB

Agfa is targeting printers wanting to move into wide-format production with the latest addition to its Anapurna range, the M2540 FB.

The entry-level flatbed machine, which offers six-colour output, is also being pitched at businesses taking on UV wide-format technology.

The M2540 FB can print at a top speed of 42m2 an hour on a bed size of 2,540 x 1,540mm. It can handle substrates up to 450mm thick and to a maximum weight of 80kg.

Agfa has designed the new machine with 11 retractable register

Inkjet tech could play a role in 'smart skin' development

Hi-res inkjet could hold the key to commercial production of a new epidermal electronic system that is being developed by a team of scientists at the University of Illinois.

Dubbed smart skin, the technology's current incarnation uses a transfer printing fabrication system to create flexible devices with minute circuitry that can be applied to the skin and retain integrity even when bent, twisted or otherwise deformed. And because of the scale of the electronics involved, they do not need

Xerox launches DocuColor 8080 digital press with offset quality

Xerox has unveiled the latest addition to its DocuColor family of digital production printers with the launch of the DocuColor 8080.

The 80ppm digital press is designed to cater for a range of jobs that include direct mail, booklet production, marketing collateral and calendars.

The printer, which can output onto substrates up to 300gsm, features a low gloss dry ink that Xerox claims offers a smooth matt-like finish to marketing materials, helping to mirror offset print quality.

Xerox's latest

Durst unveils "genuine alternative" to screen

Durst has unveiled its latest inkjet digital printer for the textiles sector, the Kappa 180, which the manufacturer claims offers a "genuine alternative to flat bed screen printing".

The eight-colour printer, which can print at speeds of up to 600sqm an hour, offers print resolutions to a maximum 1056 x 600dpi.

Durst's new system has been built on company's QuadroZ print-head technology and prints using water-based inks developed for piezo inkjet multi-pass printing.

Featuring a maximum printing

Ricoh announces job cuts of 10,000 to boost profitability

Shares in Japanese office equipment giant Ricoh rose yesterday on the news it is to shed 10,000 jobs in a bid to boost profitability.

The cuts programme, which will prune back almost 10% of the workforce, will take place over the next three years to March 2014 and is expected to cost the company 60bn yen (£450m).

Ricoh has seen sales dip over the past few years, hobbled by the strong yen as well as, more recently, difficulties following the huge earthquake that struck Japan in March - the

Océ unveils JetStream 1400 and 3000 at Poing summit

The JetStream 1400 and JetStream 3000 are the latest additions to the digital manufacturer's compact series and dual series, respectively.
With a printing speed of 200 metres per minute (mpm), which translates to 2,700 A4 images per minute, the Océ JetStream 3000 is the new top model in the dual series.

The 100mpm (1,350 A4 images) Océ JetStream 1400 is now the high-speed model in the compact series, which offers full-colour two-up duplex productivity in a single

Heidelberg hints at 'new fancy ideas' after tie-up for Drupa 12

Heidelberg and Ricoh, following the unveiling of their digital partnership in February, have hinted that the Drupa 2012 exhibition next May could be the backdrop for the launch of a number of jointly developed products.

At a joint press conference at Digi: media show in Düsseldorf, Heidelberg chief executive Bernhard Schreier said that the companies had formed a "joint innovation council", with a view to develop and integrate new products as part of the partnership.


HP unveils its T400 inkjet web press with 1067mm width

HP has unveiled the latest addition to its inkjet web press portfolio, the T400, which features a 1067mm web width and print speeds up to 600fpm.

The new machine was launched in Los Angeles and according to HP, couples the highest productivity with the highest quality in its class.

The manufacturer is pitching the T400 at customers in the book printing, transactional and direct mail environments. HP also intends to explore its use in the commercial print space too, where it claims it would have

Ricoh adds Creo print server to Pro C901

Ricoh has added the Creo C-81 print server as an option to power its Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition increasing its focus on more demanding graphics arts applications.

The machine is already available with EFI's Fiery E-41 print server as an entry-level option for corporate and commercial work, with the option to upgrade to the E-81 for demanding graphics environments.

The C-81 presents a different upgrade path for users with full support for Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) 2, support for Pantone's

Canon unveils its production printer for photo applications

Canon has made its foray into the production photo printing market after unveiling the DreamLabo 5000, an inkjet printer it claims will "revitalise" the photo printing market.

The launch forms part of Canon's strategy to claim the top spot in the digital photography sector and the manufacturer is confident that inkjet can offer a viable alternative to silver halide technology.

The launch forms part of Canon's strategy to claim the top spot in the digital photography sector and the manufacturer is

Xerox unveils inkjet production system at Innovation days

Xerox has unveiled its foray into the production print inkjet market at the Hunkeler Innovation days show in Switzerland.

The as-yet unnamed inkjet web press incorporates waterless technology and can print at speeds of up to 152.4 metres per minute.

The four-colour printer will be available in both simplex and duplex configurations and features a printing width of 52cm.

Eric Armour, president of Xerox Graphic Communications Business Group, said the production inkjet machine cut through the

Dimensional printing gets lift from Kodak with Nexpress

Kodak's dimensional ink capability is helping its customer's print truly stand out from the competition.

Through the application of a clear, dry toner from the fifth imaging unit on the Kodak Nexpress digital production press, the process can create all sorts of effects often mimicking the images underneath.

Precise ink control enables users to define intricate elements within the printed image to create a distinctive look and feel as well as different textures. The ink can be raised to varying

Digi Matrix to exhibit bending machine suitable for 3D at SGI

Dubai based distributors Digi Matrix Technologies will be participating at this year's edition of Sign and Graphics Imaging (SGI) new addition to their product line, the automatic computerised bending machine which is suitable for 3D lettering for the signage industry.

Bilal Al-Hattab, managing director, Digi Matrix said, "This year we will show the Dilli UV-Flatbed, Digi Cam, the CNC Router machine equipped with the digital cutting system and also the new addition to our product line which is

Mutoh extends UV and textile applications

Mutoh has bolstered its range of printers and cutters to broaden the range of flexible substrate and textile applications addressed.

The new flexible ink set for its UV-cured Zephyr printer in addition to the hard ink set already available widens the uses of the machine to include vehicle wrapping and any other job that requires the ink film to deform without cracking including thermoforming.

With an ability to be extended by 200% the new ink opens up applications that were previously the

Agfa throws down gauntlet to large-format litho with Titan

Agfa claims to be taking on large-format litho with the print quality delivered by the latest additions to its range of UV-cured flatbeds.

"Our quality benchmark is litho; screen has been losing out at the top end of the market for several years," said Agfa Graphics inkjet systems vice-president Richard Barham. "We're going after work produced on the KBA 205. Greyscale printing on the M-Press and the Jeti 3020 Titan allow us to do that."

At SGIA in Las Vegas the firm launched the Jeti 3020 Titan

EFI reports revenue surge with strong Q3, results in 3 segments

EFI has posted an almost 30% year-on-year increase in third-quarter revenues, following strong growth across all three of its segments.

The highlight from EFI's inkjet division, which grew 18% year on year, came in UV ink sales, with volumes up 43% year on year, driven by "terrific demand" for the Vutek GS series, which passed the 100th unit sold mark in the quarter.

In addition to the year-on-year increase, year-to-date growth in UV ink sales rose from 35% for the first six months to 41% for the

Mimaki increases speed and flexibility of JFX LED UV flatbed

Mimaki has updated its UV-cured flatbed the JFX, increasing the speed and flexibility and adding a smaller bed size to the range. This series is 80% faster than its existing model JFX-1631 due to a newly implemented post-curing unit.

The JFX-plus machines are available in the original 1.6x3.1m bed size (the 1631) and in a half size 1.6x1.5m model the 1615.

JFX plus series now achieves a maximum print speed of 23.6 sqm/h (300 x 600dpi / 4pass / bidirectional) due to the new standard installation

Canon unveils 3 new production concept presses at Paris event

Canon unveiled three new concept production machines, including an imagePress with clear toner capability, at its Paris Expo event.

The company was keeping details of the new machine, codenamed imagePress Z, under wraps, but it is understood to based on the firm's flagship imagePress C7010. It appears to utilise the clear toner technology of the entry-level imagePress C1+, launched at Drupa 2008, which can produce matt or gloss flood varnish finishes, spot varnish and a pseudo-metallic

Kodak's Prosper prospects hit by Rotomail's switch to HP kit

Kodak has suffered a setback to the launch of its Prosper press range, with Italian firm Rotomail opting for an HP T300 machine instead of Kodak's Prosper 5000XL.

Milan-based Rotomail was to be the European beta site for Kodak's colour machine, which was due to be installed over the summer.

"Rotomail Italia has decided to withdraw as its volume demands were not conducive to being part of a beta programme," said Eric Owen, vice-president of sales, Kodak digital printing solutions. "Instead it has

Durst eyes growing soft signage market with Rhotex 320 launch

Durst has claimed its Fespa-launched Rhotex 320 inkjet wide-format printer has created a new market for the sector.

The company said the 3.2m-wide Rhotex 320 was the first machine for the industrial soft signage market.

It prints directly onto textiles at speeds of up to 70m2 per hour. It's available in six-colours and uses water-based dispersed dye inks. Applications include flags and banners.

According to Durst chief executive Richard Piock, soft signage is the fastest growing segment in the

Agfa reveals DuPont Artistri ink deal for Jeti

Agfa closed a successful Fespa by announcing it had formed a partnership with DuPont to use its Artistri ink in the Jeti AquaJet direct to textile printer, which was the centrepiece of the firm's stand.

DuPont's Artistri technology extends the colour gamut, increases throughput and the lowers ink consumption of the AquaJet Pro inks. Availability will be from the third-quarter of this year, with AquaJet users able to switch to these latest disperse dyes ink.

"AquaJet Pro inks offer staggering

Mutoh launches traffic sign printer, Zephyr TS

Wide format inkjet printer manufacturer Mutoh has introduced a new 65" (1651 mm) wide roll-to-roll digital UV inkjet printer, named Zephyr TS, for production of road traffic signs and information signs.

The Zephyr TS will print directly onto retroreflective sheeting, using specially formulated UV inks. The combination of printer, UV inks, retroreflective sheeting and UV protection overlay film fulfills the European standard for fixed vertical road traffic signs (EN 12899-1:2007) it was

Screen launches Truepress Jet SX aimed at B3 dominated market

Screen has launched its long- awaited Truepress Jet SX sheetfed inkjet press at Ipex after taking its message of 'Your Wish is our Print on Demand' to the show.

The manufacturer is exhibiting the B2 press, which was shown as a prototype at Drupa in 2008, as well as new mono and colour additions to the Truepress platform.

According to Screen, the SX offers fast turnaround, duplex printing with variable data capability for short-run jobs and is being targeted at conventional printers and digital

Canon launches 3 large format printers in ME

Canon has launched three large format printers in the Middle East market - 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF8300, and the 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6350 and iPF6300 - for professional photographic, proofing and graphic arts markets. The new imagePROGRAF models will be available across Middle East through accredited Canon partners from 1st May 2010.

Vishal Gohel, product manager, Canon Middle East said: "Key findings in Canon's own insight research reports over the past two years have pinpointed large

Riso to release 'world's fastest cut-sheet inkjet' at Ipex 2010

Riso's latest cost-effective colour inkjet device, the ComColor, will be launched to the European market at Ipex in May.

Riso said the machine's maximum speed of 150 A4ppm, made it the "world's fastest cut-sheet inkjet printer" and said the ComColor range is designed to fill a gap between high-end production devices and multi-function office-type printers not currently being met by other manufacturers.

UK product manager Mike Murphy said units were already being field-tested here. "We've had

HP signs deal with Stratasys to add 3D printing to press range.

Under the terms of the deal, Stratasys will manufacture an HP branded 3D printer. Initially, HP will sell the product in five European countries including the UK, before rolling out the products worldwide.

The HP-branded machines are expected to be similar to Stratasys' Dimension uPrint 'personal' 3D printers.

The 3D machines, which will go on sale in the middle of this year, will be handled by HP's Graphic Services business unit, the division that includes its Scitex and Designjet

EFI claims superwide capability at wide-format price with QS220

EFI Vutek has added a lower cost UV flatbed printer to its range, which pitches it against mid-market machines such as the Oc Arizona, Fujifilm Sericol Acuity, Mimaki JFX and Screen Truepress Jet1600UV-F.

The QS220 fills a gap between the bottom of the previous Vutek line up and sister firm Rasteks products. It is a 2m-wide machine capable of up to 70m2/hour output and a maximum resolution of 1,080dpi.

"More and more businesses are exploring out-of-home advertising as a way to reach

Digitally printed textiles market to grow tenfold, report predicts

The market for digitally printed textiles is to grow in value by nearly tenfold to just under 1bn euro ($1.43bn) over the next five years, according to a new study.

The Pira International report, published in association with Fespa, has forecast the market to increase significantly from the €114.6m ($164.5m) value in 2009.

According to The Future of Digital Print for Textiles: Market Forecasts to 2014, growth in the sector will be driven, in part, by the display and signage market.